We Were There: Obama in Unity, NH


D.R. Richards

Image: D.R. Richards

I happened to be coming back from the Northfield Conference last spring, and heard from a friend, that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in Unity, New Hampshire, of all places, giving a speech of Unity. The timing was right, so I swung in, on my way back to Sunapee. There were shuttle buses all over the place. Acquaintances and fellow townspeople that recognized, were streaming in along with from the surrounding towns of New London, Sunapee and Newport to see these two. Joining were them were a few thousand from points afar, and joining them were photographers and press people of all sorts.  I hadn’t heard about the shuttle buses, or any arrangements about leaving cars at some remote lot, and drove my van along the road to Unity and parked about a half mile from  the “downtown Unity village district”.   

During my travels with Mountain Spirit Institute, Outward Bound, or Alpine Ascents International, I have always encountered foreigners who have enjoyed getting to know us North Americans, but have had concerns about our serious lack of judgement when it comes to controlling or choosing our leaders.   I am once again proud of our populace for finally making a progressive decision. I haven’t felt this way since I was a child.  I have no delusions that Obama is the fix-all president, however this goes a long way in our country, to rising to the occasion, as a more compassionate people and nation. Thank God, it’s about time.
I used to work for Suki Coughlin in New London, NH.  She was a stringer for U.P.I. Wire Services, and taught me a lot about press work. I used to cover quite a few presidential campaigns in my former life. So, When I had my camera with me this day,  decided to get near the podium and take a few shots of this moment. Who would have thought? It’s not only true that we’ve passed a crossroads in having our first black president, but we’ve certainly crossed a wonderful threshold where it’s becoming self-evident there is a new paradigm in the U.S., one of a new level of compassion, humility and equality.

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2 Responses to “We Were There: Obama in Unity, NH”

  1. Catherine Says:

    On Election Day, I stopped by the Sherburne Gym to find an outpouring of activity by young people, something I had not seen before at the polls in Sunapee. Along Route 11, local middle-high school students lined the road waving and showing support for their candidate. [http://sunapeenews.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/signs-and-supporters-greet-voters-in-sunapee/]
    Most all were backing Barack Obama. One woman said that her two young granddaughters had made their own campaign signs, which they proudly held as voters passed by. The older students help large totems, one had a bold artistic image of Obama with the word: HOPE. [http://obeygiant.com/headlines/political-culture-meets-pop-culture]
    Along the highway, a large truck passed, his air horn sounded, and youthful cheers responded and filled the afternoon air. The young people, the signs, the smiles, the energy and pride of message—all were powerful and empowering. Perhaps this election was transformational, and was ushering in a new level of activism that would be all inclusive, multi-generational and enduring.

  2. Sunapee News: blog surfing « Sunapee News Says:

    […] article, Richards comments on the historic election of Barack Obama and posts a photo he took in Unity, NH, June 27, 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Obama launched their post-primary unity […]

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