I was THERE and it was like being at the Vatican on Easter, with lots of sunscreen, hats, and water bottles. There were TONS of white republicans -- both young and old -- in addition to Libertarians and independents. I was surrounded in line by republicans. And, believe me, there was plenty of time to get to know them. We waited in line together for 3.5 hours and walked (very slowly) 12 blocks to get in. The line stretched for blocks and blocks behind me. The overall atmosphere was elation, rather than impatience at the wait ... A surprise for me has been the knowledge that my grandmother, who has been a life-long republican, switched her party affiliation so that she could vote for Obama.