Hailing from the notoriously hot and humid city of Houston, in which snow-that-can-barely-be-called-snow deigns to appear about once in ten years, it was understandably a big deal for me when last Sunday, in the midst of 30-something-degree weather, it began to snow.
Much to the amusement of floormate Swetha ’13 and with the full support of my roommate Jeanne ’13, I pulled out my camera and literally took pictures for about ten minutes:
Clearly, I’m from Texas :) And the first snow of the 2009-2010 academic year was pretty exciting to me.
But not nearly as exciting as President Obama’s visit to campus today!
I was unfortunately not one of lucky students to score an invitation to his speech; thus, my hopes of seeing President Obama were forced to realize themselves through a more creative outlet.
It all began on the balcony of the McCormick’s East Tower Penthouse. Unable to see through the trees that lined the streets and ordered not to leave the confines of McCormick, Swetha ’13, Carin ’13, Divya B. ’13 and I sought an aerial view of President Obama’s arrival. We were soon joined by others, who seemed to have had the same bright idea. We stood out there, victims of the natural elements, for about an hour.
This is me being cold:
This is everything being so completely worth it:
Did you hear the voices at the end of the video? That was Secret Service! WE GOT KICKED OUT BY SECRET SERVICE!!!! How exciting is that??! They TALKED to us. And we didn’t get arrested! Or shot by the snipers:
As you can no doubt tell, I was a little hyper by this time.
And the fun wasn’t even over! We left the penthouse and headed to various other locations in the building, hoping to continue following Obama’s trail through MIT. We eventually settled in the dining hall, where we watched the live stream of the president’s speech:
And then the best part:
WE SAW HIM AS HE LEFT! In the second limo! Ahhhhhhh!!!!! If only my video-editing skills were more impressive, I would zoom in – over and over and over again. And then all of you could see him too! But for now, you simply have to believe me when I say we were less than five feet away from the president of the United States.
Things were slightly anti-climactic after that. Within a couple of hours, the barricades were removed, the number of security personnel dwindled, calc lecture took place as usual, and only the shiny, recently-cleaned windows of Kresge Auditorium hinted at the fact that the president had just visited campus.
In other news: Happy Mole Day, everyone!