Turns out that rumor Dana mentioned about "some kids" setting up camp outside American University six hours before doors opened for the Obama rally was true: at five this morning, I was third in line. And I did end up shaking his hand.

Some local television stations that were not permitted inside instead interviewed and filmed the long line of students and Obama supporters lying and rallying on the sidewalks around Bender Arena (one man insisted the line stretched for at least a mile). Maybe most indicative of the buzz surrounding Obama's campaign was the fact that the two girls in front of me were College Republicans, one (unsurprisingly) from Obama's home state of Illinois, and the other from upstate New York.

--Kyle Winslow