Maria, you’ve done it again. We actually make a pretty darn good team at this.
Miss Ialacci was not only one of the attendees yesterday at Sarah Palin’s appearance in York, Pennsylvania, she was right down in front. So she got some really good photos that she was happy to send to me to share with you.
First of all, let me set the scene for you. The venue was the Toyota Arena in York. Looks like a nice building.
For a woman who supposedly has a 59 percent disapproval rating and is dragging down the McCain campaign, there’s a pretty good line of folks to see her.
Maria didn’t get as many sign shots as she did the last time – not that there weren’t a lot of signs, just that a couple of the photos were on the blurry side. (Don’t worry Maria, I toss out a lot of Shorebird pics for that same reason.) I did like this one she got though.
Once inside the arena, there was a nod to the holiday which was occurring. I have two photos, one which includes part of the backdrop and the other being more of a close-up of the pumpkins.
As is often the case with these events, the gates open far earlier than any speaker is scheduled. So there’s entertainment of some sort prior to the introductions and remarks.
The one thing I will say about the Obama campaign is that they probably have music more to my liking at their events. But I came of age in an era which featured both a great Republican President and great hard rock bands, so what can I say?
After the music, you had a series of speakers. Maria had snapped a shot of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Tom Corbett (one I didn’t use) and the camera timer showed 2:36 p.m. At 4:25 p.m. here’s former Governor (and a man considered for Palin’s slot) Tom Ridge introducing Governor Palin.
You’ll hopefully notice in the photo caption above that I said “Palins.” Coming along for this particular appearance were husband Todd and daughter Piper.
As you can tell by the last photo, Maria was far from the only photographer there. Also, let me tell you that Todd and Piper were a little more pleased in the next photo. Just like the rally, I’ve done the preliminaries and here’s the lady you’ve all been waiting for!
When I spoke to Maria last night, she was really thrilled about how things went. She got to shake “the First Dude’s” hand (I had to remind her that he would be the “Second Dude” but no matter) and she also got a photo of Sarah that someone had given her earlier autographed. In fact, you can tell Governor Palin enjoyed meeting a few lucky patrons.
So if you see the young lady below at a GOP function before I do, give her my thanks for being places I couldn’t necessarily be.
And Governor Palin, should you become Vice-President Palin, the folks around here would welcome you with open arms. It’s time to start building Maryland into a state worthy of visiting on the campaign by building our party.