Bill Clinton says that the election outcome might depend on the vote in Adams County. After his speech in Denver, everyone feels that President Obama has a strong case and will prevail and overcome
The rally is at 4pm at Adams High School at Commerce City in Denver, Colorado. I join the line at 3:30pm to make sure that I get into the gymnasium. The line grows longer, snakes around the block. There is a great assortment of people — young, old, whites, blacks, Hispanics, Indians and so on. There’s even a large man wearing a shirt that says ”White Men for Obama” and it drew loud cheers. The mood is mildly celebratory as no one is absolutely sure that President Obama will win while on the other hand no one is sure that President Obama will lose.
Everyone feels it is going to be an incredibly close race.
Pro and anti Obama banners are put up and then the campaign takes a negative turn. There are anti-Romney banners as well and it gets too nasty. Authorities had to be called in and took off all banners at the place. It got too unpleasant which affected the harmony
I get into the line next to a two pretty women who are originally from Ethiopia—Elizabeth and Asni. The mother has diamond crosses dangling from her ears. I enquire them of the prevailing mood and how it was different from four years ago. They said that the mood then was exuberant and now it is tense and poised on a knife’s edge. Elizabeth tells me that she came to the United States in 1990 and works in a medical research facility. Asni, her daughter, who is pretty as a picture, makes the case for President Obama. She says that she is about to start college and the president’s education policies are so much better and bats for the middleclass.
At last we move into the gymnasium. There’s huge crowd and atmosphere is quite festive with a brass band playing. Soon all the Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives take the stage and make their case. The wait for ex-President Bill Clinton is getting interminable. Then the brass band strikes up once again and ex-president strides in looking dapper in a suit with his leonine silver mane. The crowd goes berserk. He gets to business immediately by stating that President Obama is the best man to create jobs for the middle-class and rattles off facts and figures of the American economy. Then he criticizes the opposition candidate, Mitt Romney’s plan and disparages ”trickle down” economics. He goes on to talk about deficit, ‘green’ jobs, healthcare, education and so on. During the speech, he’s takes care in contrasting Obama’s policies with Romney’s and builds the most convincing case I have heard for the president.
Clinton finally says that the election outcome might depend on the vote in Adams County. After Bill Clinton is done everyone feels that President Obama has a strong case to make and will prevail and overcome.
(Harsh Desai has done his BA in Political Science from St Xavier's College & Elphinstone College, Bombay and has done his Master's in Law from Columbia University in the city of New York. He is a practicing advocate at the Bombay High Court.)