Tuesday, November 23, 2010

23 November 2010: President

So after much kerfuffle and the usual Kokomo prospect of unannounced road closures, the day arrived.

The new Irish pub opened to the public at 11am today. Over-21s only, so no Hannah.

Oh, and at 11.30 the President and Vice-President were due to arrive. Rumour was that the VP will get here first (presumably so he can open the doors or something?) and they'd go for a nice downtown Kokomo lunch. Which, frankly, left their options limited since the Ice Cream place has closed for the winter: there's Jamie's Soda Fountain (traditional-style burger and hand-pumped Coca-Cola type place and the only downtown eaterie to survive the recession) along with newcomers Baja Burritos, 'Hoops' (kind of a bar/restaurant thing in the Chili's/Applebee's mould) and of course the new Irish pub, which opened 30 minutes prior to the President's supposed arrival time.

What a coincidence! Opening the same day the President arrives! I wonder which downtown establishment he was planning to go to ... ? Especially as O'Bama likes all things Irish.

In practice, what seemed to happen was that they arrived late, flashed past us (with Obama waving, which was nice of him), went to the Fire Station (where he had sandwiches and crisps for lunch) and headed straight back out of town. And we were all waiting for him to walk up to the downtown square for lunch.. but off they went with their flashing lights into the distance. And that was that.

Still, the streaming video seemed to work to some extent. Could benefit from stimulus funding, of course...

1 comment:

Kevin Sawers said...

Wow, very exciting! I may well come back later to have a little look at your video feed.