The Portland Convention Center is abuzz with activity. Security personnel and organizers chatter on walkie-talkies. Photographers and reporters pace the periphery. The audience is full of dignitaries; a who’s-who of Northwest politicians and public figures.
Then a voice – a cross between a game show host and debate moderator – fills the vast room.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the president and vice president of the United States.”
The applause comes slowly, with surprising hesitation, perhaps because no one really knows where this day - April 2, 1993 - is headed.