Hi. My name is Erika Smalley. I grew up in Iowa. I am currently a student at Kirkwood Community College.
That's the same place that Hillary Clinton visited on her first campaign stop to my state. I went there to see if I could meet Hillary. Here is Hillary's press release:
I arrived about an hour before the event and all I could find were reporters.
Lots of reporters.
Which is funny, because all they had to stare at was an empty Iowa field.
Anyway, some protesters trickled in.
These guys were funny. They were called the 'Nerd Squad.'
They wanted to 'fix Hillary's server for free.'
I also found some Hillary supporters.
It was getting close to the time when she would arrive so I tried to enter the college. I was told 'Sorry, press only,' by a Hillary staffer.
So I took a selfie.
Then someone shouted "She's coming!" And everyone started running. So I ran with them. Here is my point of view:
Here is how close I got to Hillary when she arrived:
She snuck in the backdoor and reporters were complaining that they were 'here for hours' and she wouldn't even 'let them see her.'
I noticed students pressed up against the glass in their classrooms so I took this photo. I learned later that they had been locked down for Hillary's arrival.
Then everyone just waited like kids staring over a fence.
I wandered around and found this awesome guy who shared some of my sentiment.
I take that back.
The guy in orange pants was taking a break after all of the running when someone yelled "There she is!"
Look closely: There she is! People asked her what it's like to be back in the game. She said, "Great!" Waved and got in car and left.
Then she drove right by me in her black van.
This is as close as this 'everyday Iowan' got to Hillary. Her van zoomed right by me, though I could not see her.
And that was my experience as an Iowan trying to see Hillary.