As you’ve probably heard by now, President Obama will be speaking in Milwaukee on Saturday, 9/22. The event is free, but tickets are required for admission. OFA offices across the state began handing out tickets at 5pm on Wednesday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. When I went down to my local office to pick up my tickets, I was surprised to find a line snaking around the block. It was after 8pm. In Waukesha County.
I expressed delight when I joined the line still forming shortly after 8:00 last night, but Waukesha OFA staff seemed unfazed by the excitement. This was nothing, they told me. The line was much longer earlier in the evening, winding around several city blocks, they said.
Indeed, friends of mine from all over Waukesha County- Oconomowoc, Hartland, Delafield, Brookfield, Waukesha- had waited patiently for their tickets, some as long as two hours. And by 8:30pm, the Waukesha OFA office was out of tickets for the day, according to DPW volunteer Marga Krumins.
The Waukesha OFA office wasn’t the only location swamped with ticket-seekers yesterday. Senator Chris Larson encouraged residents of Milwaukee to get their tickets before they were gone. “Did you get your tickets to see Barack Obama this Saturday? They’re going fast from the Obama offices right now,” Larson wrote on his Facebook page.
It’s been awhile since I’ve experienced this large-scale feeling of solidarity in my state. So I’m going to ride this wave of forward momentum and enjoy the hell out of it.
Get your tickets before they’re gone.