On October 7, 2015, presidential candidate Donald Trump visited the Electric Park Ball Room in Waterloo, IA. The night before, we happened to be asked if we would be interested in volunteering for the event, and my sister, mama, and I thought it would be quite a neat experience! So the next morning we drove into Waterloo bright and early, and attended the Trump volunteer meeting! The boss of the volunteers told us that excellence was what people think of when they think of Mr. Trump, and that each us workers needed to represent the meeting in an excellent manner. He assigned us three to take care of the back room seating, which involved showing people where to find seats, and scrunching the crowd as close as possible to make more room. Soon we were finding out what it is like to be behind the scenes: greeting security officers, being told not to beat up any of Trump's protesters, etc... At 10:30 the doors opened and the tremendously long line of people flooded in, some to take seats in our designated area, and others to stand in the large ball room. Only an hour later, the place was packed to its limit and the fire marshal said that that was it. No one else was allowed in. This left hundreds of upset people outside the guarded doors, with about 800 of us packed in the ball room.
Shortly after the clock struck noon, Donald Trump pulled in with his fancy black car, and was introduced to the stage by Dan Gable! Trump talked about building a huge wall across the Mexican border, with a big beautiful door, and he plans to have the Mexicans pay for it. He addressed the ridiculousness of other politicians, and he said we need to elect as our next president someone who isn't like them. Trump certainly isn't. He says what he thinks, and a lot of it (in my opinion) is good. He told how far ahead he is in the polls. He also addressed the problems in the Middle East. He definitely has a lot of plans to (as his campaign logo says) “Make America Great Again”. I think it would certainly be interesting to see him elected as the country's next president.
After his speech he shook a lot of hands and made his way out to his car. With the hundreds and hundreds of people swarming around him, it was almost impossible for my sister and I to come close enough to have our pictures taken with him. We managed to get incredibly close to it though! We found our way up, and even talked with him, but the best photo we got was of him from his car.
This definitely was an interesting experience, and I'm very glad we had the opportunity to have it!
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