Well, we’re here. Helicopters above and massive traffic and lines below. We must be at the PNC Arts Center, for the first visit by a new President, Barack Obama, to stand beside Governor Jon Corzine.
Jason and I – and a horde of other press folks all carrying equipment – have been here for hours. And we’re a little late getting to our seats behind the television camera risers, because we had Jason go down from the heat after almost two hours standing in the press line, which was in full sun, close quarters, and no movement. EMS and the state police came running, with blood pressure cuffs, ice for the back of his neck and water for me to pour over his head. I’ll try to post pix later of the occasion. And I thought I was the gimpy one. He’s fine now, and we’re in the press section, behind rafters full of television cameras, setting up and listening to a wild crowd.
Michael Jackson on the sound system. Blue-and-white Obama-Corzine signs everywhere. An astonishing number of women teetering in very high strappy shoes. Good cheer. And a vast American flag hanging from the rafters.
Dana Redd, thanking everybody. Star-Spangled banner. The rest of it, in live-blog, below.