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Three days in Austin aboard the Obama/Clinton Press Show
DEBATE PREPARATIONS - THE FIGHT ITSELF - SECRET SERVICE - CHEAP DEODORANT - BAG SEARCHES - AND BEHIND THE GATES AT THE OBAMA RALLY
by Ethan Persoff, http://www.ep.tc
ENTERING THE GREAT DEBATE HALL
The following is an eleven page excerpt from a larger work in progress
focusing on the upcoming Presidential election, with an emphasis on Texas and the upcoming brokered National Convention in Denver.
(once more with feeling)
Walking up the steps from the Press Area and into the Debate Hall itself is quite thrilling. Even this second time. I was so rushed and stressed during my visit about a half an hour ago that I didn't really process things beyond 'Hey Nice Colors' and 'Oh Secret Service' messages, which obviously served to cancel each other out. Now I am allowed about an hour to look at the hall itself and think about the implications of tomorrow night's fight.
And what interesting implications these are, too. I will leave comments about the debate for tomorrow, as I'll have a long day there to think about things before the match. But in the meantime, let's gaze above at the glowing red and blue altar that is the CNN/UNIVISION stage.
I enjoyed seeing that each debate seat arrives wrapped in its own pre-debate condom. Freshness and single-use is a guarantee. Apparently they look ribbed for pleasure, as well.
A close-up of the set.
Not even the night of the debate, and race is already an issue.
I loved this pre-debate 'swordfight' arrangement of the candidate microphones. Already firmly locked in battle ... Please, no gender jokes.
CNN's Bill Schneider is so excited about tomorrow's debate he's literally shaking the entire room into a frenzy.
A calmer moment
The view from Camera Six
I stay around the Debate Hall for around 45 minutes, watching various press come and go - viewing recorded televised spots, arguments on the phone, unexpected complaints about there being no liquor, etc. Tomorrow the plan is to show up around 11am and spend the entire day around the press area, writing. See you then.
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