A front row seat to history
From the opening salvos of the recent presidential campaign to the historic inauguration of America's first black president, Grinnellians have had a front row seat throughout much of the election process.
You can view the Presidential inauguration live in ARH 302, the Harris Center Cinema, and Rosenfield Center Room 101. Coverage began at 8 a.m., with the inauguration shortly before 11 a.m., followed by the inaugural speech and parade.
Due to Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, candidates start campaigning here early. In August 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama visited Grinnell, playing a round of basketball on campus before heading over to a local coffee house to meet with voters.
Though Grinnellians gave Obama space to relax while he was on campus earlier in the day, Greg Wallace, director of athletics, took advantage of the public meeting to present the candidate with a Grinnell t-shirt while Michelle Obama looked on.
Kathleen Skerrett, associate dean of the College, was one of several Grinnellians who got some one-on-one time with the candidate.
Bill Ferguson, professor of economics, leans in to hear the candidate better, while Neill Goltz, director of planned giving, looks on.
Obama discusses his views with Donna Briggs, planned giving assistant.
Obama's December rally on campus saw a much larger crowd than August's earlier meeting.
Participants illustrated the diverse support Obama would later draw from to win the presidential election.
In his trademark sky-blue tie and rolled-up sleeves, Obama captured the attention of those present.
With residence halls closed for winter break, the College opened up the gym to students who wanted to experience the Iowa caucuses.
For many Grinnell students, their time at the College will be their only opportunity to experience the community, excitement, and controlled chaos of an Iowa caucus.