… Brooke, who lives in Denver, is 24 and works in a local arts program. Dave, 23, lives in Connecticut, and isn’t doing a lot now. “I was recently working in an organic lettuce farm in Hawaii, and after that I was a camp counselor, and I’m currently unemployed,” he tells me. Nouri, 22, lives in New York and works for a documentary filmmaker — he’s here tonight as part of a project “making movies about protests and questioning the validity of both the convention and protesting and trying to find a place in that dynamic.” The three of them met when they were students at Wesleyan.
They all admire Obama and very much want him to become president. If that happens, I ask, what would they like to see him do?
“Tangibly?” asks Brooke.
“Well, yes — tangibly.”
“I just think that he has the capacity to really rally people together in a way that I haven’t seen before,” she says. “The other day, I went to the Denver Coliseum to see Rage Against the Machine and the Flobots. And I was astounded by their ability to musically rally a large amount of people towards peaceful protest. There was an amazing march that ensued after the concert; it was unbelievably peaceful and rule-y, as opposed to unruly, but focused and determined, and I feel that on a more general level I would love to see Barack rally a large amount of people, a very large amount of people, all together.”
“Rally them to do anything in particular?” I ask.
Brooke pauses for quite a while. “Well, build morale. Build a sense of empowerment.”
I ask about John McCain.
“Boo!” says Nouri. “He’s a warmongering, oblivious, ill-informed, bought-out politician.”
“Actually, I’d say he’d be a belly itcher and not a pitcher,” Brooke says. “And we would like a pitcher and not a belly itcher.”
The three break into giggles. “We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!” then begin to chant. “We want a batter, not a broken ladder!”
“McCain’s a broken ladder,” Brooke tells me. …
Is this who you want determining the future of America? Could these young adults actually debate any of the issues? Do they know what “change” Obama is promising? Or, are they just part of the celebrity cult of Obama?