Philadelphia is a swing state. So for the election this means that no particular party has control and that is why I believe Clinton came to visit Philadelphia before the election. Today after looking on The Philadelphia Center Facebook page I was made aware that Bill Clinton would be at the University of Pennsylvania and the doors would open at 4 p.m.
On Mondays, I have class all day, and today, we even had a field trip today to the Eastern State Penitentiary, which is quite the story I will probably write about later. After class, we rushed over to UPenn so we would hopefully get good seats because doors opened about an hour before our 42nd president spoke.
Once we finally arrived to Palestra Arena where the event was being held, there was a line that wrapped around the block. Little did we know that was early the line. It extended from West Philly all the way into Center City, which is about five blocks! It was crazy the turnout that Bill Clinton brought to the arena tonight!
At first, we had the most awful seats, sitting directly behind the stage with a huge flag in our faces, but the opposite side of the auditorium was empty. So, after a few people made some bold moves, before you know it, about 1,000 people had shifted from one side of the auditorium to the other (thankfully there were no injuries).
Before Clinton was on stage, several other political figures made their statements including two congressmen, a senator and Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia. Then, finally, the man of the hour was on stage!
It was insane to finally see this man who you hear about, who had such a history and had done so much for our country just a few years ago. He began speaking and the crowd was silent. It was amazing the crowd control he had and how well everyone was so interested in what he had to say.
Seeing President Clinton was definitely one of the highlights of my time here in Philadelphia this semester.