Here are a few pictures from the 4th of July Parade in Butte, Montana. Barack Obama was actually in Butte today, and it had been publicized that he would march in this parade. Can you imagine the world’s eye suddenly turned on Butte? It reminds us of a time long ago when candidates canvassed the country by railroad. Unfortunately, however, a lack of security detail forced a last minute change of plans–to everyone’s disappointment–and Obama instead looked on from some safe-point. It’s a strange thing to have such a highly protected individual in a place like Butte, and frankly reminds us a little of the precious lone pregnant woman in the movie “Children of Men.” Later, Obama was present at a picnic event inside one of the town stadiums, which was limited to 2000 people who had been lucky enough to score free tickets in the days prior. We didn’t get any. Still, a good time was had by all in Butte, America.