Of course, the people around us watching me “dance” were exchanging concerned looks. They were obviously wondering, “What is she hearing?” One woman was so worried that she pulled out her cellphone and said, “Stay calm, honey! I’m calling 911!” My friend told her that I was just getting my groove thing on, and the woman said, “Girlfriend, she should turn whatever that thing is OFF and sit down before the Secret Service wrestles her to the ground!”
Fortunately, I was oblivious to all of this because at that point I was in Earth, Wind & Fire heaven. And they were just the opening act! Next up were Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry (who did not kiss a girl), Stevie Wonder and some toothy guy named George who I’m told is somehow related to Rosemary Clooney. Not really sure why he was there because he didn’t sing. It’s so sad when talent skips a generation.
Mama’s heart skipped a beat when handsome San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro came on stage. This rising star has to make the right wingers CRAZY! Not only could he finally turn Texas back into a blue state, Fox News’ chyron machine will literally explode if it ever has to put the words “President Castro” on the screen. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Then, before you could say 7.8 percent unemployment, out strode the man who really IS president of the United States. No, not Andrew Shepherd … although he is equally handsome and romantic!
And funny. President Obama praised the singers for “just performing flawlessly night after night.” Then, with perfect comic timing, he added: “I can’t always say the same.” And he flashed a Cheshire cat smile that brought 6,000 people to their feet shouting “four more years” and “give ‘em hell, Barry!”
The only problem was, Mama couldn’t see the stage anymore because a giant yellow feathered bird, he must have been 8 feet tall, was standing right in front of me waving a sign. I asked him nicely to sit down and when he turned around, I read the sign and tears welled up in my eyes. It said simply, “Save Me.”
We hugged and sang “Read Me a Story” together. I love America.
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