Sunday, November 02, 2008
So, as I've talked about before, Barack Obama and I are neighbors. Literally, we live in the same neighborhood. A neighborhood that has a really high crime rate and a lot of racial tension, but still a nice place to live. I respect the hell out of Barack and Michelle for still living here (I can call them by their first names because we're neighbors and all). If I had kids, I don't know that I'd stay in Hyde Park to raise them. The Obamas send their kids to the University of Chicago Lab School, which is a really good education provided for free to the children of U of C professors. If you'll remember, Barack taught at the law school for a number of years. Michelle still works in the U of C hospital administration. I have a friend who is a workstudy in her division. (Not jealous of that at ALL, oh wait yes I am. My workstudy job sucks). I walk by their house every day on my way to school. When I first arrived in Chicago in September, they had barricaded the street the Obamas live on and had a cop car and a secret service on each end of the block. When I walked by there today, they had the sidewalk on the Obama's side of the street barricaded, four cop cars at each entrance to the block, about eleventy billion secret service vehicles, and at least a dozen City of Chicago cops walking around with gigantic bulletproof vests on. The neighborhood is crawling with reporters from every major news station. The cops and secret service do NOT let them get very close to the house, which is kind of hilarious. This is extremely exciting for me, being a Democrat and all. The latest bit of awesomeness is the fact that I got tickets to the election night party that the Obama/Biden campaign is throwing in Grant Park. I am ridiculously excited. This is the best time ever to be going to U of C. Talk about history in the making!