Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Presidential Candidates - and Spouses - Visit Silver Spring

It's the one week this year where national candidates care enough visit to Silver Spring, and two big names were in town the last couple of days courting voters. Barack Obama made an unannounced stop at the Mayorga in downtown Silver Spring yesterday afternoon for an "intimate meeting" with local Latino business owners and officials. The article doesn't mention if he bought a $2.20 bagel.

Here's a photo, via the Silver Spring Voice.



UPDATE: According to Joe Davidson, who is also quoted in the Post story, Obama purchased a decaf latté. I'm surprised with the schedule he has to keep he opted for the decaf. If I were him, I'd be ordering a "quad".

Meanwhile former president Bill Clinton visited Leisure World on Sunday evening. Of course, Leisure World is one of those places that is kinda Silver Spring in Name Only (SSINO). It would appear that the Ellen DeGeneres/Hillary Clinton banner guy I mentioned in an earlier post was there as well. That guy REALLY loves Hillary.



For those of you that voted today - how was your polling place? Did it have long lines? Mine (Highland View ES) wasn't too busy this morning - maybe a five minute wait.



12 comments:

k-ha said...

The Bennington on E/W Highway had about a 20 minute wait mid-morning. Oh and everyone having to wait in line was rude. But I guess I shouldn't complain since I had a .005 mile walk to my polling place.

Dan Reed said...

"Of course, Leisure World is one of those places that is kinda Silver Spring in Name Only (SSINO)."

Ouch. Does that make Up The Pike "SSINO," too?

Anonymous said...

About 8AM, the wait at E SS Elementary was closer to 20 mins. Had a good crowd.

Sligo said...

I suppose that depends on how far up the Pike. Some of those places have their own names but technically are still Silver Spring on the map.

Nikki said...

I waited in line for about 15/20 mins this morning at the SS Library.

hillary said...

No line at all at the SS Library at 5pm, but I almost ate it on the slippery sidewalks walking over there.

Nate said...

I think the Leisure World/Aspen Hill area is especially SSINO because you actually go through Wheaton to get there. White Oak and environs may be a long ways from downtown, but I don't think they qualify in the same way . . .

Vagrarian said...

No wait at all at Rolling Terrace Elementary at 5:00, although I took a spill on the ice as I was leaving. But some may not count that as it's not a popular part of the area....

Megan Farrington said...

We got to the Knights of Columbus hall on Forest Glen at 6:50 am and didn't get out of there till 7:30. I'd say there were about 40 people in line when we arrived, waiting for the polls to open. Check-in was super slow.

Megan Farrington said...

@nate: I had no idea Leisure World was considered part of Silver Spring. I always thought it was in Aspen Hill. Going out on Georgia: Silver Spring, Wheaton, (Glenmont?), Aspen Hill, Olney.

Weird. I think of Glenmont as part of Silver Spring, but I think of Wheaton as its own thing.

Clancy said...

I consider Wheaton something else entirely when I'm talking to locals, but when my parents and college friends visit, I just roll it all up into a part of the greater Silver Spring tortilla.

My polling place at Christ the King Catholic Church on E-W was absolutely empty at 9:30am. Normally I'd be there with the lines when it opens at 7:00am and spend the next 30-45 minutes with my closest friends, but with the day off, didn't have to sweat it this time.

WashingtonGardener said...

My polling place at Takoma Elementary - yes, some of us East SSers got seriously gerrymandered and shunted to a mile walk away - had no line at 2:30pm yesterday, but when I left a line of 10 had formed. I think I hit a lull.