Our A.C.E. at SPU students had a rare treat on Thursday: catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama and hearing him speak at the University of Washington. President Obama swung through Seattle to speak at a rally for Senator Patty Murray, who is up for reelection this November. Michelle Soule, an instructor at the language institute, organized the school-wide field trip to attend the rally, which was a great opportunity for the students to experience an American political event firsthand.
Tens of thousands turned out for the event, including faculty and students from the Language Institute. While many of our students got in line early enough to make it into the Hec Edmundson Pavilion at UW, the rest were diverted into the overflow space inside Husky stadium. The group there got a special surprise, however. Before giving their main speeches, Senator Murray and President Obama came out to thank and greet the crowd, encouraging them to vote this midterm election. Because the crowd here was much smaller, everyone got an up-close presidential experience. The President spoke for ten minutes, shook hands, and even kissed a baby.
Pictured above, from left to right, are A.C.E. students Fahad (from Saudi Arabia), Yukako (from Japan), Yan (from China), Jee (from Korea), and Jack (from Taiwan). The photo of Obama was taken by Yukako.