Sunday, May 18, 2008

Yes, we did

I'm not generally a "rally" guy, even when it comes to a phenomenal candidate like Obama. But when our adopted campaign worker got us some "VIP" tickets to today's Portland extravaganza (with opening act, the Decemberists), something compelled us to go check it out.

("VIP," we later learned, merely refers to the difference between being sorta far away from the candidate and being extremely far away from the candidate.)

Turns out this was the biggest rally the campaign has had -- 75,000 people is the estimate -- and there was more than a little of what I could only call "historical electricity" in the air. Here's how the Washington Post described the scene:

The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.


The weather cooperated with the underlying theme of "change" -- shifting in recent days from a dismal cool cloudiness to full-on summer heat.

Daphne and I tried to snap pics from every phase of the three or so hours that we spent on the waterfront. They follow below, in chronological order, and are pretty much self-explanatory. (Click any pic to enlarge.)















3 comments:

Kris Tiner said...

Wow. Dang. Check out this photo.

How was the speech?

Andrew Durkin... said...

Cool photo. If you look really close, you can see us...

The speech was good -- typical stuff for him -- but in a way it was almost secondary to the turnout, which in itself was a pretty strong political statement...

Heard a rumor that a Clinton or two actually drove by the rally on the way to one of their own events. Not sure if that's true...

M.Farina said...

I was in Phila this past weekend and it was a BIG DEAL there. Front page of the NY Times on Monday. Some folks were seeing that rally as the MOMENT of this election so far.
Pretty cool.