Apparently you had to line up for the Obama Rally at 9:00am to get a good spot… That’s 12 and a half hours before he even was to take the stage! I got there at 6:00pm and here’s what the line looked like. Apparently the total was around 40,000 people, though some estimates go up to 65,000!
And apparently there were some 16 charter buses on the way! Basically a freaking ton of people were all anxious to see Barack Obama speak. As I type this I can hear the cheers and music from the quad, it sounds like victory to me!
Here’s a few pics of all the people waiting.
I hung out with the media folk for a while. With my camera, lenses and tripod, I totally fit in. Might have even gotten to go further into the rally area if I’d stuck with them but I wandered too far out and the cops sent me across the street. Apparently you need real credentials haha.
Oh, and of all the people there, I only saw two guys who were for McCain/Palin. Oh, yeah, you could totally tell too, besides the Obama is a socialist t-shirt… look at that face! Holy moly…
Micheal, Ryan and I walked around, bumped into a few friends but ultimately decided not to stay for the event seeing as we probably wouldn’t even see Obama from where our standing room only spot would be.
I really don’t think there is anyway 50,000 people could fit in the area they designated.
We went to Flat Branch for appetizers instead. I bumped into one of my fellow photography peers. Her photography is absolutely amazing. I’m always amazed at how incredible and personal her pictures are. Stunning stuff. What’s great though is that she saw me first and told her boyfriend and buddy that I was a really awesome photographer in her class… Wow, so cool. She’s better haha.
We had a great time, then we headed back to my apartment where we are currently watching the zombie movie, 28 Days Later. I’ve never seen it, it’s pretty decent though 🙂