(not so) steadicam

Memphis, May 16


48 Responses to “(not so) steadicam”

  1. 1 Fred
    May 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry but I just can’t understand how people can get so excited about a limmo driving by. I don’t care who is in it.

    It’s pretty cool that people do get that excited. Just sayin I wouldn’t. Meeting him and shaking his hand would be cool. But I wouldn’t be screaming or crying or anything like that.

    • 2 Charmed
      May 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      I remember when he came to Fayetteville and we got excited about the motorcade….the auditorium filled up B4 I got to the front of the line…..so I had to race home to see him on tv.

    • 4 Me4obama
      May 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Good for you Fred. I salute your bravery. For me its the day I believe I will die, because I don’t know what I will do standing in his presence, I can only imagine. I was in Washington recently and I cried just standing outside the whitehouse knowing he is inside.

      • 5 m
        May 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        I love that you cried outside the whitehouse me4obama! I must plan a trip to DC!!!!!

        • 6 Me4obama
          May 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

          M, a police officer who stands outside the white house had to come and talk to me and asked me why I was crying. Then in the middle of our conversation with with police officer I saw David Gregory going inside the gates and called out his name and waved at him and he waved back. It was a nice experience for me.

      • 7 Luci1119
        May 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

        ROFL, Lol. I can’t stop laughing, DANG!!!!!

    • May 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      It’s a bit of fun Fred, relax.

    • 10 m
      May 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      As silly as it sounds….I would be most excited to see the motorcade go by too! =) Fred, wouldn’t you want PBO to hear you cheering for him as he rode by?

    • 11 Theo67
      May 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I think that for a lot of people, the President represents the achievement of the “impossible”. It’s inspiring to see someone who has achieved great success, especially with his own efforts and hard work. He came from ordinary circumstances to live an extraordinary life – and that makes him a type of “superman” in many eyes. Very surreal. He’s larger than life – and not many would be able to do what he does every day. He’s living history.

      I know I would crumble if I was to meet him – and I don’t get starstruck. I live in LA. I know how human these people can be. But when confronted with REAL accomplishment, real success, a really extraordinary, super person – I would be star struck – and unashamedly so.

      And just imagine if you are one of these people living in Memphis. Downtrodden by blatant racism and class warfare. Suffering under the strain that has been generations in the making. Told you can’t amount to anything. And there’s someone just like you, in flesh and blood, standing in front of you – or even driving past you. It would make your own dreams possible – and that is an overwhelming thing to do for a person who might have been afraid to dream or hope for better for themselves.

      I commend you for your composure – but I know I couldn’t retain mine if I were to meet President Obama.

      • 12 sherijr
        May 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Beautifully said Theo, I could not agree more with your comment. Spot on.

      • 14 EDP4BHO
        May 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        I’m just gonna start calling you the “Reasonable One” 😀

      • 15 Luci1119
        May 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        I don’t think I could hold my composure either If I * MET * him, but I don’t see me crying or tearing, because he rode by me, or because I know he’s on the Inside of the White House, and I’m standing there next to It.

      • 16 GGail
        May 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        Theo – that was so well spoken. You described me to a tee! I too live in LA and don’t get pulsed by seeing the “stars”, but President Obama – someone who looks like me, someone who understands the racism that I endured as a young girl growing up, yes, I would cry and have cried because I was close (at USC campus) with 30,000 other people. He is the reality of many many dreams and the encouragement too!

    • 17 P
      May 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I would get excited seeing his motorcade and like someone stated above its good because it probably lets the President know there are people out there backing him 100% after all that he goes through with the haters!

      • 18 sherijr
        May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        I think thats an important point too- hearing our enthusiasm has to help him know that folks stand with him.. that we aren’t all being blinded by the media spin.

  2. 19 sherijr
    May 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I love their excitement and their enthusiasm, I love that so many folks are HAPPY & Thrilled to meet the President of the United States, it has been a long long time coming imo. And I especially love that they give this President such a wonderful welcome, it is so well deserved.

    • 20 Fred
      May 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Or maybe you are noticing it more. Bush got these sorts of receptions in places like Texas all the time.

      They gave Bush a standing ovation in that stadium in Texas just weeks after the end of his presidency. One that will go down in history as one of the most disasterous presidencies in history.

      • 21 sherijr
        May 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        I happen to think Fred, that there is a difference between getting excited over President Obama and giving a George W. Bush a standing ovation.. we’re talking very deluded dishonest folks standing up for a man who started a war based intentionally on lies and greed, a man who was handed everything including the US Presidency- compared to young people living in a very depressed area congratulating themselves for being so outstanding that a man like Barack Obama is coming to visit them and speak to their achievements.. President Barack Obama, a man who achieved the highest honors against all the odds. Theres an honesty, an integrity here.. imo.

      • May 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        What it reminded me of was Frank Sinatra appearances — good grief, the screaming! But that’s what happens with teenagers, they scream.

        My husband and I sat here at the computer, watching the live stream of the President’s appearance at Booker T Washington High School’s commencement and I can imagine how the families and faculty cried, because I cried. The President’s speeches, though, always make me cry.

        It was really wonderful, by the way, and if the entire commencement program ever appears on YouTube, I recommend it highly. The kids graduating had an enormous load of problems to overcome before they got to that graduation, especially one girl who had developmental problems and went part of her lower grades through special ed classes, telling her she most likely wouldn’t graduate. She recounted all these problems, and then said, “I stand before you …”

        What a soul-shaking moment! In fact, she was the Salutatorian — imagine how her parents and teachers felt to see her up there! In my estimation, her talk was the most inspiring of them all among the students.

        • 24 Theo67
          May 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

          I was touched by her story, too. I think all three kids who spoke were very eloquent, and inspiring. The whole thing was excellent.

        • 25 sherijr
          May 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          That is so lovely Joan, I missed most of it- I didn’t get to hear any of the students speak (started watching too late) and then when POTUS came up- my feed would go off and on.. so I will definitely watch for the whole commencement as I’d really like to listen to the students too.

      • 26 Suzanne
        May 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        Fred, Bush is FROM Texas. He was in a stadium filled with people who came to see him and who supported him. Not everyone welcomed him back or forgot what he had done to this country:


        (quote) OK, just tell me this. How do we greet him? Say I’m in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot bent forward at the waist searching for a beeswax toilet seal. I look up sideways. Damn it! It’s George W. Bush.
        I have respect for the office. I know it’s not my place to grill somebody who was president of the United States. I don’t want to make an ass of myself. But damn!

        I’m at a loss even trying to find a parallel. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president, retired to California in 1932. So how did people greet Hoover? “Interesting to meet you, sir. Thanks for the economic depression.”

        And that was all they blamed him for. With Bush, helping ruin the global economy was only the last thing he did. “Hey, sir, before you leave the plumbing aisle, do you mind my asking about the thing where you attacked the wrong country. I mean, what? We should give you a mulligan?”

        You know, we already have some pretty striking examples of how other people react to the man. There is, for example, the shoe guy. Mark my words. Within two years, there will be an enormous, Saddam-sized statue of the shoe guy in the center of a gigantic public square in Baghdad. The flying shoe will be covered in gold leaf.

        Maybe shoe-hurling will be common here too. What is that strange, muffled sound in the distance? Thunder? A marching band? Oh, no, it’s former President Bush coming our way, and the ominous sound we hear is the rolling tympani of shoes bouncing off his motorcade…..(endquote)

        • 27 sherijr
          May 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

          Thats very funny… and yet I’ve thought over the years that if I were to be in the presence of Bush could I behave properly- to the office? I dunno, I have such disregard for him and disrespect for all that he did to harm the US and the world, I’m sure I would get away from him as quickly as possible.

          • 28 Suzanne
            May 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

            I agree with you, sherijr. I would respect the office.

            I was replying to Fred who was saying that it was essentially nothing that President Obama had people screaming when he went by in a motorcade because Bush has a standing ovation in Texas at a stadium a week after the end of his presidency. I thought the guy’s comment about the thunder of shoes at Bushes motorcade to be a response with humor.

      • 29 EDP4BHO
        May 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        Uh, we don’t care about Shrub :-d

      • 30 Luci1119
        May 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        And that’s probably why they gave him a STANDING OVATION, because It was the end of his Presidency, Lol

  3. 31 lisa
    May 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to hold the camera steady either. I’d be jumping up and down and all over like a fool 🙂
    ps- I think for the people waiting, the excitement is so sharp that it’s electric and the mere possiblity of glimpsing him is so potent that you can’t help but yell, scream and jump once you see the motorcade. The one thing I kept hearing commentators say about the president today, is that “he has the magic touch,” a reason they gave for his effect on the students he met with behind the scenes prior to the actual ceremony. I’ve never met him but based on the interactions I’ve seen of him and others and based on what other people who’ve been in his presence say, the man is pure magic and electricity so it is no wonder that even though they merely glimpse his car, spectators start carrying on like all hell get-out 😉

    • 32 sherijr
      May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      On that note Lisa, George Clooney commented back during the election that when (then) Senator Obama walked into the room- you just wanted to follow him and do whatever he asked. George Clooney 😉

  4. 34 Debz
    May 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I just love these videos by real people reacting to POTUS driving by! Thank you Chipsticks for always managing to find these
    videos wherever he goes.

  5. 35 kelly
    May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    The potus our generation been waiting for. He is so boss, I love him.

  6. 36 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm


  7. 37 Suzanne
    May 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I would be screaming as loud as I could! Excited to see him going by and cheering him on. I love these videos from the folks, Chipsticks!!

  8. 38 meta
    May 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the excitement and buzz that follows this President everywhere he goes. It’s very, very exciting to see that powerful swoooosh of his motorcade. You get a great sense of his presence and how protected he is and you just overcome with sheer pride. And it’s incredible to hear him speak, shake his hand, wish him well. I’ve said it a million times – he is totally magnetic in person. It’s his big brain and sincerity, his gigantic heart and that million dollar smile. And the fact that’s he’s very good looking doesn’t hurt. Heh. I’m absolutely thrilled for the people of Memphis. This trip represents a lot to them.

  9. 40 MTmarilyn
    May 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I so agree with everyone. I wouldn’t be able to hold it steady and I would be yelling. When Senator Obama was here in Missoula during the campaign, we did get to see him and the excitement of just being close was so overwhelming. I understand how they all feel.

  10. 41 HZ
    May 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Meta, I agree with you on this topic. I think that it is so powerful to see and hear these young people especially giving their President this type of greeting and respect for this office. I think that if more of us would open up and share our emotions toward President Obama like this, what a great country we show the world. I really think for me, it is about respecting the office of President wherever I may be at the time. I think for those who were there today cheering him on in his motorcade brings joy and something loving and positive to their space at the time. I really do believe that the President respects them, and enjoys seeing people express their love and appreciation for him and for the office that he represent. When I see him in his motorcade, flags flying on the cars, and the protection around him, I also get chills justing being able to be in that space wherever I am. I love it, and I hope that more of us, when given the opportunity will continue to do the same.

  11. 42 Sue in Minnesota
    May 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I think it is simply refreshing to witness and share real responses and reactions. I love our President, so just as negative behavior and commentary directed at him hurts, positive and joyful reactions make my heart sing. It is very uncommon to see this man in the presence of others and not see what registers as joy and happiness to me. That ability to stir inspire and bring joy to so many is, in and of itself a remarkable and laudable quality.

  12. 43 Luci1119
    May 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Although, I laughed out loud earlier, because someone said that they cried standing outside the White House, knowing that he was on the Inside, well I don’t think It’ll affect me like that. But let me tell you, If that Man, President Barack Hussien Obama, was standing In front of me, and shook my hand, UMH, It just ain’t no telling what I might do. I know I’ll be tearing, and grinning all at the same time. Excited? Yes Indeed! It’s just knowing his life story, being black like me, been poor like me, struggled like me, and to now see alllllllllllllllllllllllll his accomplishments, well that’s enough to make you cry. Look, here’s a Man that has done WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL for himself. He’s living PROOF, staring me In the Face. Oh yeahhhhhhhhh I’ll be crying, oh yes, and you can bet on that.

  13. 44 Luci1119
    May 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Look, I love the Obamas, and when you walk In my Home, you will Dang sure know It. You would think he’s one In my Family. Yes Siree, I even have me an Obama Library, just books, magazines on the Obamas. It’s just that there were some humorous comments mention and said, that was just funny to me, but I understand 🙂

    • 45 EDP4BHO
      May 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      Hahaha…..I have what I call my Obama Box….mementos from the 2008 campaign….magazines, newspapers, a tee shirt, buttons, etc. I also have a mini-library and building still. Say what one may, we are all an important part of major history as PBO’s supporters, so we should never ever feel the need to quantify our love of a good man in President Obama.

      • 46 Walking on Sunshine
        May 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        I have the same thing. It’s a basket with buttons and bumper stickers and magazines. Both his books. I even got the Christmas tree ornaments – as tacky as some may think that is. I love them. I can’t part with any of it 🙂

  14. 47 CEB
    May 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Everyone has a right to how he/she feels and reacts without explanations or excuses. Live and let live I always say.

  15. 48 Titti
    May 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    To some people, the motorcade is the closest they’ll come to ever meeting this wonderful and inspirational man that has reached the ultimate heights from whence he came – the most powerful man in the world/President of the USA!! I know that come next week, I will be grinning from ear-to-ear just knowing that we are in the same time zone. I hope I get to see the motorcade, as I know that’s the closest I’LL get :(.

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