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Who Was at the Bush Rally in Farmington, MI today?
Jews for George ^ | Oct. 6, 2004 | Alouette

Posted on 10/06/2004 2:19:44 PM PDT by Alouette

Even though it's the day before a 3-day-long Jewish holiday, I put my cooking and preparations aside to hear a speech by President Bush on the campus of Oakland Community College in Farmington, MI.

Security was VERY VERY tight. My son and I got tickets for the event from jewsforgeorge.com. The rally was held on the sports field and the grass was very muddy. No one wanted to sit or stand on a Bush/Cheney poster and disrespect the President and the Flag, and there weren't any Kerry/Edwards posters at the site. Anyway my New Balance sneakers lost their nice white look and the hem of my skirt got filthy. It was much worse for a group of Black church people wearing their Sunday best. Not to mention the Secret Service who were very distinctive with their shaved heads, mirror shades, black suits, wingtips and earpieces.

My son and I had tickets to the "inner circle" which was closer to the President, not that close and the ground was even muddier. And of course being a very short person I could barely see the President, but there he was, and gave an excellent speech, which was interrupted frequently by whistles, cheers and chants of FOUR MORE YEARS!! Every time he mentioned his opponent's name, the crowd chanted "Flip Flop! Flip Flop!"

Anyway my son and I had a great time. Were any other Michigan FReepers there? If you saw a short red-haired lady wearing a black trench coat with a tall, good-looking bearded guy wearing a black suit and a pumpkin-colored shirt, that was me and my son "kazatzkeh."


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 4moreyears; bush; gwb2004; michigan; napalminthemorning; wot

1 posted on 10/06/2004 2:19:44 PM PDT by Alouette
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I forgot to mention that the KKK (Krazy Kooks for Kerry) staged their own "counter-protest" but they weren't allowed to get any closer than five miles from the Bush rally. There must have been at least 1000 people who came to hear Bush (I'm not much good at crowd estimating, but it sure looked like a lot of people from my vantage point), but the KKK could only muster about a dozen nutcakes.

This is the only picture of the rally I could find on the news wire.

U.S. President Bush shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Farmington Hills, Michigan, October 6, 2004. Bush, looking to regain the momentum after a slip in the polls, said today that Democratic rival John Kerry's 'defensive mind-set of September the 10th' would paralyze the United States in a dangerous world.     REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque    US ELECTION
Wed Oct 6, 4:25 PM ET
Reuters

U.S. President Bush (news - web sites) shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Farmington Hills, Michigan, October 6, 2004. Bush, looking to regain the momentum after a slip in the polls, said today that Democratic rival John Kerry (news - web sites)'s 'defensive mind-set of September the 10th' would paralyze the United States in a dangerous world. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque US ELECTION

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2 posted on 10/06/2004 2:27:19 PM PDT by Alouette (I'm an "irrational" Jew -- I believe in G-D and His Torah!)
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To: Alouette

What is it with Classy, Red-Haired women being the smartest in MI???

HillarysLovelyLegs (also Red-Haired) had tickets to give away. I'm sure she was there.

This time, my girls had tons of work and I had a dentist appointment. I wish I could have been there to finally meet you.

Geez, I think it's time to change my hair color!


3 posted on 10/06/2004 2:28:37 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Alouette

Cool, I grew up in West Bloomfield and took classes at OCC while I was in high school. Glad to hear the Prez is making a real effort in Michigan. Unfortunately I currently live in non-swing Washington state, and am unlikely to see any campaigning here :(


4 posted on 10/06/2004 2:35:54 PM PDT by Politicalities (http://www.politicalities.com)
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To: Alouette

Could you ping me when you get more pics.

There would have been one more, but President Bush only comes to Michigan during the week, when I'm at work.


5 posted on 10/06/2004 2:43:01 PM PDT by Springman (Sen. Kerry, if things are so bad, I shouldn't be working overtime right!!!)
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To: All

Could someone tell me if Bush is speaking tonite. I have searched all over but I cannot find anything. Thanks.


6 posted on 10/06/2004 2:48:54 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Alouette
The rally was held on the sports field and the grass was very muddy.

They must have watered down the field because I haven't seen rain in this state in over two weeks. I could barely stick my Bush/Cheney yard sign in the ground is so dry.

7 posted on 10/06/2004 3:07:13 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: Alouette
I was there. I worked the volunteer security. I was stationed right in front of the SS mags. I was at mag 2. from 9:30Am this morning until they closed the gates at 2:30pm.
Afterward, us volunteers were situated up front. The President had some great lines about the debate. A great experience. I worked the rally in Wayne County a few weeks ago as well. That rally was not as large or as organized, but I got to sit on the dais behind the President which was awesome. All in all, both experiences were great and my pleasure to work for our President.
8 posted on 10/06/2004 3:08:22 PM PDT by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: Politicalities
Unfortunately I currently live in non-swing Washington state, and am unlikely to see any campaigning here :(

Maybe Mt St Helen will blow soot all over the democrat precincts.

9 posted on 10/06/2004 3:08:28 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: ClintonBeGone
I haven't seen rain in this state in over two weeks.

What state were you in last week? It rained buckets last Thursday because everything left inside our sukkah ws thoroughly soaked.

10 posted on 10/06/2004 3:31:22 PM PDT by Alouette (I'm an "irrational" Jew -- I believe in G-D and His Torah!)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Mt St Helen will blow soot all over the democrat precincts.

Bush will get blamed for it, I'm sure.

11 posted on 10/06/2004 3:33:07 PM PDT by Alouette (I'm an "irrational" Jew -- I believe in G-D and His Torah!)
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To: Alouette
I was there. Drove from Livingston County. I was way in the back and there were thousands behind me. It was packed. I'd say 15,000.
12 posted on 10/06/2004 3:45:00 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
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13 posted on 10/06/2004 3:47:13 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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14 posted on 10/06/2004 3:53:56 PM PDT by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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To: Alouette; ClintonBeGone
CBG and I are both in mid-Michigan, Lansing area. We haven't had a good rain in recent memory.

I had to use a hammer for the yard signs and then watched as a felon kicked them over. I called his parle officer the next morning. Now he walks on the other side of the street.

At least he can't vote!

15 posted on 10/06/2004 3:57:04 PM PDT by grellis (Quick, someone post a Python graphic!)
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To: grellis
Now he walks on the other side of the street.

LOL

16 posted on 10/06/2004 3:58:07 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: Alouette

where were yall i was there today i was one of the bus security people (i had on a camo vest)


17 posted on 10/06/2004 3:59:50 PM PDT by MetalHeadConservative35 (George Bush : The man of the 21st century)
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To: grellis
" At least he can't vote"

You wanna bet?

Apparently felons are in great demand by the Dems this year for a number of "employment opportunities". Knocking down yard signs seems to be one. Busting into Republican HQ's seems to be another.

Glad you caught him....take care ....but the DEMS canNOT be allowed to get away with these crimes.

18 posted on 10/06/2004 4:15:35 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Dan from Michigan

Hey Dan,
I'd love to know how many people were there if you get a count. Its so hard to gage. Where did you park?


19 posted on 10/06/2004 4:39:26 PM PDT by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: Alouette
Hi,
I didn't see you there, but wish I had. I'd have loved to met a fellow freeper. I worked as a volunteer and when we went inside to our designated areas just before he spoke, I was horrified at the mud. That was really too bad. There were so many ladies with heels on. I can't imagine how they fared!
But mud aside, it was a beautiful, picture perfect day, and our President was fabulous.
I was also surprised and happy to see that Bill Lambier supported our President.
20 posted on 10/06/2004 4:43:25 PM PDT by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
I'd say 15,000.

Wow, we have to very different crowd estimates. I hope yours was more accurate. I think it's a good sign the President was on the east side of the State today. Kerry seems afraid to return here (it's probably beneath him)...he's sending Edwards.

21 posted on 10/06/2004 4:43:32 PM PDT by Dolphy (Support swiftvets.com)
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To: Sea2ShiningSea
I parked at the other end of campus, near the Farmington Rd entrance.
22 posted on 10/06/2004 4:55:58 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
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To: grellis
then watched as a felon kicked them over.

At least they wern't stolen. My dad's was stolen - twice.

23 posted on 10/06/2004 4:57:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
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To: Sea2ShiningSea

Speaking of meeting fellow FReepers...make sure you check out the Michigan FR forum--I've met a lot of geat area FReepers that way. I'm heading to the MI forum now to see if I can set up a campaign-related FReeping get-together.


24 posted on 10/06/2004 5:00:25 PM PDT by grellis (Quick, someone post a Python graphic!)
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To: grellis

Air Force One flew right over my work building today on its way to Metro Airport. It flew in surprisingly low to the ground so I could see the markings on the plane very clearly. It almost looked like they wanted to give the President a closeup of the Ford World Headquarters.


25 posted on 10/06/2004 5:09:50 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: MetalHeadConservative35
You were security? Did your bring your hockey stick to bash the protestors? :) (I told one of the "no one lied when Klinton died' types that 56000 Americans died because Kerry lied.)

I was in the middle-back and could barely see since I'm only 5'10.

26 posted on 10/06/2004 5:20:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
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To: Alouette

KKK (Krazy Kooks for Kerry)

I LIKE IT!

but the KKK could only muster about a dozen nutcakes.

Might I suggest they get a nice new suv. They hold more than a spec.


27 posted on 10/06/2004 8:59:28 PM PDT by Valin (I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.)
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To: Azzurri
I only got a F-16 flyover at work. :-( ;-)
28 posted on 10/06/2004 11:55:19 PM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

That is exactly where I parked.


29 posted on 10/07/2004 4:43:51 AM PDT by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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To: Sea2ShiningSea

I had the black Explorer that has a blue "Stop Hanoi John Kerry" and "Sportsmen for Bush" stickers on the back window.


30 posted on 10/07/2004 5:08:52 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
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To: Dan from Michigan
My dad's was stolen - twice.

I must be a lucky one. I bought the party pack and put all the signs up in my tiny yard. Someone drove by and asked if he could have one, and I said sure. Then a coworker asked for one, and I gave her one. Had my house painted and they destroyed one - by accident. I now only have 3 left - but it is more than enough. Only one other sign on the block and it's just like mine - a busier street (on the corner) and I thought for sure his would disappear - as we live in the Democratic stronghold of Mount Clemens - Michigan - home of the Reagan Democrats - County Seat of Macomb County.

31 posted on 10/07/2004 7:23:31 AM PDT by Core_Conservative (The Democratic Party is the Fraternal Order of Excretory Sphincters.)
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To: Chemist_Geek

Our Air National Guard at work - protecting our President - they were scrambled from Alert at Selfridge. God I love our Military - especially the ANG (Course my wife is a lifer with the Mi Ang).


32 posted on 10/07/2004 7:25:30 AM PDT by Core_Conservative (The Democratic Party is the Fraternal Order of Excretory Sphincters.)
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To: netmilsmom

Red Head in Atlanta!

Although I must admit grey is showing up more and more.


33 posted on 10/07/2004 7:27:38 AM PDT by Republican Red (A Global Freak'n Test ???????)
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To: Core_Conservative

Go Blue! ;-)

34 posted on 10/07/2004 7:38:04 AM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

We were there also, we drove to 12 Oaks and buses drove us to the rally.

Luckly we stood on the straw, on the right and had a great view of the Pres, and next to the national media. I was able to snear at John Roberts of CBS primping for his live shot. We harrassed him unmercifully.

The Pres sounded great, and the crowd around me went wild, almost like Elvis! I loved Bo's speech too.

Law enforcement said to me that they estimated 15,000 to 20,000.


35 posted on 10/07/2004 8:03:45 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Alouette

My family and a few friends and I were there. I was disappointed in the lack of attention to datail as far as signs at teh parking area at teh mall (there were none) and they could have used another dozen porta potties. I think they soaked the field to control dust. Great idea, but they oversoaked it.

There was also no water. My daughter was dehydrating and getting faint. We had to go to the med tent to get some water and waste their time with a minor issue. Secret Service was confiscating water bottles at the gate.

We were toward the back but had a great time. I help run a homeschool Cub Scout pack. Saw several Scout families.

We were on the last shuttle bus out after waiting 2-3 hours to leave. No one was grumbling as we had a great opportunity to see the leader of the free world and support his re-election.

Now for the best part. Some of the kids started to gripe about being hungry. Our group had 8 kids from 14 to 4 months, plus a bunch of my Cubs were around as well. I walked over toward the buildings and encountered a couple of Oakland College Police Officers. I told them that I had about 20 getting hungry kids and asked if there was a candy machine around. He told me to wait around, went into his office and came back with a big bag of mini candy bars and gave them to me. I passed them out to our kids and any other kids I could find.

4 kids refused to take candy from a stranger until I told their parents that I got it from the police and received their permission. Great kids. I mad esure that the police received the credit for the candy.


36 posted on 10/07/2004 10:30:33 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Dan from Michigan
You were security? Did your bring your hockey stick to bash the protestors? :) (I told one of the "no one lied when Klinton died' types that 56000 Americans died because Kerry lied.)

ive only got one stick..its gotta last me this year.

yea the bush bashers at OCC were actually polite they protested but were very peaceful..i shook the hands of one of them saying that im glad that him and his friends were not causing problems he was like "yea i dont want trouble..just want my voice heard" i told him that he was doing it right by peacefully assembling

37 posted on 10/07/2004 12:12:26 PM PDT by MetalHeadConservative35 (George Bush : The man of the 21st century)
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To: Politicalities
Unfortunately I currently live in non-swing Washington state, and am unlikely to see any campaigning here

Last time I've ever been to a rally was in 1989 when Bush 41 came to Billings, Montana, I was going to college in Billings at the time. I even watched Air Force 1 touchdown at Billings Logan International Airport the night before. Classes were let out that day, so I took the opportunity to go hear him speak. He was there to talk about the D.A.R.E. program. Bush 43 came to Billings in 2002 to rally the voters for Mike Taylor, but unfortuantely, I had other obligations. I guess if one is to attend rallies once a month in your homestate, one has to live in a battleground state. The only politician I've ever met personally is the lone Representative in the House Of Representatives. He makes a point to visit all 56 counties in Montana every year.

38 posted on 10/07/2004 1:43:39 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: Alouette; cyclotic; Dan from Michigan; Dolphy
The Detroit Free Press (or as my witty cuz refers to them as the Flea Press) stated there was a "crowd of several thousand". See: Bush sharpens jabs in Mich. speech I knew they would underestimate the crowd just like they always inflate the numbers of sheeple who show up to support Kerry or protest Bush. We anticipated the MSM would pull this and although I am not a good judge of numbers, the field was packed!

If you check out the Flea Press article mentioned, you would notice a few more MSM tricks. First, the picture FP chose to use has the Prez standing a step or 2 below Laimbeer at the split-second that Laimbeer just turned around from the podium to shake POTUS' hand after introducing him. Second, I take issue with the comment, “Supporters waved flags and pompons and held signs. An emcee told them when to wave them, when to cheer.” The only time we were told to cheer or wave anything was before POTUS arrived (absolutely no prodding was needed once President Bush took over). I've never been to a rally or concert where an emcee didn't attempt to fire up a crowd prior to the main event!

It was unfortunate that there were not any concession stands but you can probably thank the Democrat Mayor of Farmington Hills (Vicki Barnett?) who found a way to change the venue at the last minute, which left the organizers scrambling. Up until Monday, this rally was planned for the Founders Sports Park on 8 Mile Rd. However, they were passing out small water bottles when I arrived around 12:30 PM. Perhaps, due to the size of the crowd, they ran out.

POTUS was definitely on his game; his reworked stump speech was powerful. God willing and the Creek don't rise - he will funnel the same energy into tonight's debate!

39 posted on 10/08/2004 7:10:19 AM PDT by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot

I concur with you. Laimbeer did a mock into about 4 minutes before POTUS arrived and I think that was the only crowd pumping. I figured that the change of venue trhew them for a loop. Do you think the soaking of the field was a Dem dirty trick too? I think hosing the field is a good idea for dust control, but they must have thought they were filling a pool. The muck was 2-3 inches deep where we were.


40 posted on 10/08/2004 7:45:44 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: cyclotic
Actually, I don't think they hosed the field - at least not where I was because it was all thick grass so there'd be no reason to hose it down. It did rain just a few days before & that field was in a low-lying area. Plus, the soil may have a lot of clay in it.
41 posted on 10/08/2004 8:21:53 AM PDT by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot

Could be, but as soon as you walked away from the field, the grass was bone dry.


42 posted on 10/08/2004 8:24:59 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: cyclotic
When I left the field, I walked down the straw-laden path & then made a beeline between the news trucks that were parked on the road. I was walking towards Orchard Lake Rd. Thus, I never walked on any other grass. Was there an area of the rally that did not have any grass?
43 posted on 10/08/2004 8:49:27 AM PDT by banyanroot
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To: banyanroot

We were part of the great unwashed with green tickets in the back. The whole back area was grass and mud. Thick mud with fresh clear water. We were sinking down in the grass. There were also some tire tracks sunk about 8" deep. This was not from a rainfall a week ago. I'm not complaining as it was great to have the kids see, I'm sorry, hear) the President, but man, it was a mess.


44 posted on 10/08/2004 9:53:06 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: cyclotic
In that case, perhaps you are right in that it was a dirty Dem trick! It was difficult enough to stand there for hours; there was a very sweet woman in her 80's that was taken away on a seat stretcher not long after POTUS began his speech. I think the blazing sun & the time she spent on her feet just overwhelmed her. Yet, when the paramedics tried to get her onto the stretcher, she resisted letting go of the top of a gate railing until they assured her they wouldn't take her out of the park. I wish I knew if she is OK.
45 posted on 10/08/2004 10:19:53 AM PDT by banyanroot
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To: Azzurri
It almost looked like they wanted to give the President a closeup of the Ford World Headquarters.

Ford World Headquarters is on the regular flight approach to Metro Airport. I've flown over it many times and it is very distinctive from the air.

46 posted on 10/09/2004 7:27:22 PM PDT by Alouette (I'm an "irrational" Jew -- I believe in G-D and His Torah!)
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To: MetalHeadConservative35

We parked on Orchard Lake Rd. south of 12 Mile and about a mile from the OCC campus western entry where Farmington PD were checking tickets before allowing people to board the busses.

After boarding the busses we were driven to 12 Oaks Mall in Novi and transferred to other busses, tickets checked again. I was kind of nervous because I had left my personal ID in the car, all I had with me was my ticket, cellphone, a prayer book, a psalm book and a picture of the Lubavitcher Rebbe with the 23rd Psalm in Hebrew.

Anyway then from the mall we got on the busses again and drove back to OCC where we went through an airport-style security check. I got through.

The mud on the field was really bad. Fortunately my sneakers and my skirt can be cleaned, other ladies and gentlemen dressed up, probably ruined their shoes.

If you saw a short red-haired lady in a black trenchcoat, in the company of a very good-looking guy in bolack suit and pumpkin-colored shirt, that was me and my son.

After the rally we just walked out the west entrance of the campus and back to where we parked our car. Right next to our car was the car of a "KKK" (Krazy Kerry Klown) protestor. I was tempted do add another decoration to the junker: a Bush/Cheney sticker on the rear windshield. However my son persuaded me not to. "We're Republicans and we respect others' property."


47 posted on 10/09/2004 7:38:05 PM PDT by Alouette (I'm an "irrational" Jew -- I believe in G-D and His Torah!)
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To: Alouette

i believe my bus took you guys,if you remember a dude at the front with a vest and sunglasses that was me,but im pretty sure that was your group because there were several jews aboard (i liked having jews aboard to,kind of a conforting feeling from god)


48 posted on 10/09/2004 11:35:10 PM PDT by MetalHeadConservative35 (George Bush : The man of the 21st century)
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