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Obama Put Me in My Place in 2012

What will happen today?

Kerry Speckman
Judging by seat placement, I fall somewhere between City Councilman John Crescembeni and Edward Waters College President (and former sheriff) Nat Glover, who were four and six rows behind me, respectively ...
Kerry Speckman
... and Rhiannon Owens renowned drag queen and host of Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's, who had a primo spot standing in the barricaded section directly in front of the podium
Kerry Speckman
One of the real mover and shakers, however, turned out to be Dave McDonald (aka Jax Food Critic), who appeared to have the best seat in the house.
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Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

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Today, President Barack Obama will be at the Jacksonville Port Authority to present his vision for the economy. Jacksonville has experienced continued economic growth directly as a result of Jaxport, a trend that city leaders would certainly like to build upon.

I am so excited that I have the opportunity to be on the Tarmac (I've always wanted an excuse to use the word "Tarmac"), watch Air Force 1 land and see the leader of the free world, surrounded by scary Secret Service agents who could kill me with a pinky, descend the red carpeted airstairs on to a red carpet. 

This isn't my first experience seeing the president, though...

Originally posted July 20, 2012 on specktator.com

Ever wonder where you fit in the Jacksonville socio-political scene? Up until yesterday, I never did, but after attending President Barack Obama's "grassroots rally" at the Prime Osborn Convention, I know exactly where I stand, rather, sit.

Judging by seat placement, I fall somewhere between City Councilman John Crescembeni and Edward Waters College President (and former sheriff) Nat Glover, who were four and six rows behind me, respectively, and Rhiannon Owens renowned drag queen and host of Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's, who had a primo spot standing in the barricaded section directly in front of the podium.

One of the real mover and shakers, however, turned out to be Dave McDonald (aka Jax Food Critic), who appeared to have the best seat in the house.

Check the photo gallery above for photographic evidence.

And, of course, Lee High School choir director and chairman of the music department AJ Neaher, who sang the national anthem...

 

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