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My older sister(who is all but engaged to a Republican ha!) and I are planning on taking the kids and driving over to Springfield tomorrow to see Barack Obama either make his big VP announcement or possibly appear with the subject of said announcement at the Old State Capitol.

Unless it is lightning and thunder type weather, then we may go to the mall.

My biggest concern is that in teh email that I received, they said that for security reasons we were supposed to not bring bags and limit personal items.

I have an 16 month old toddler who eats a lot of fruit and will be having to stand around for several hours. Does anyone who has been to one of these things have any advice? I would really love to take my stroller for the wee man to be able to ride and or sleep in if he needs and then I will have to have diapers and wipes at least. I thought that maybe I could use clear plastic bags ( kind of like at the air port) and that might be more agreeable to the Secret Service or Springfield police or whoever else is gaurding the gates. Any suggestions??


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Aug. 22nd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know but that sounds like a grand idea! Say HI to Vi for me!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
How exciting!

I would take the clear plastic bags, definitely. You might be able to find a clear large cosmetic bag or purse someplace. I know a lot of people who work in department stores have to use them, so they should be available somewhere. I'm just not sure where.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh how exciting!

When I saw Obama a couple of months ago the stuff you could not bring was a bigger frustration for many people than the hours waiting in line. There were the security issues but there there were also things that were specific to the venue. For example for some reason you can not bring umbrellas into the Xcel center. There was a likelihood of rain that evening. As a result there were piles of umbrellas by every entrance -- including my own. I am hoping that some industrious homeless person gathered them up and sold them.

The rule was no big bags but purses were allowed. I saw some women with pretty big purses. I am really not sure about strollers... I know I saw some but I do not recall if they were allowed in or not.

I would bet that if you contacted the Obama campaign there would be someone there fielding these sorts of questions. I knew in advance about everything but the umbrellas and my umbrella was a cheap one so I didn't care. I know that there were some people who had much more difficulty. Knowing as much as possible about what to expect beforehand will make the whole experience better.

Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I sent an email to one of the campaign organizers and they said that a small diaper bag would be okay, but they were unsure about the stroller.

I have two strollers one is a little collapsable number and the other is a bigger one that has a storage area underneath.

I am thinking that I can take the small diaper bag and the collapsable stroller and then it will be no great loss if I have to leave it outside and it is comandeered by someone.

They suggested I contact the local police as well to see if they could give me a better idea. I may do that.
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