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Friday, February 8, 2008

LIVE from KeyArena: WOW! Obama welcome louder than booming thunder

I'm not sure any noise could have prepared us for the booming thunder that greeted Senator Barack Obama when he climbed the stairs to begin his rally address to the huge crowd assembled here at KeyArena.

It was so loud that it was impossible to hear anything else in those moments. I know my ears are still ringing and my head is still pounding.

It was simply incredible.

Senator Obama is speaking now, and I have to admit, it's really hard for me to type anything he's saying because he is a such a captivating leader. And the energy here is infectious. Contagious. Electric. You really have to be here to feel this, but it's such a great feeling. It's politics that makes you happy to be alive, happy to be involved, happy to be part of something that is bigger than one person.

As he began, Obama admired the turnout, declaring: "This crowd is as big as any crowd we've gotten anywhere in the country."

UPDATE (Jennifer): Here's a snaphsot of Obama speaking.

Barack Obama Addresses Rally

Somebody shouted "we love you" and Barack responded, smiling, "You know I love you back." That, naturally, elicited a resounding cheer.

Obama is touching on every major challenge facing us today - from healthcare to education to our environment to civil liberties to international affairs. He manages to be thorough, eloquent, and concise, all at the same time.

"Ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they are given the opportunity," Obama stated, urging the audience to believe.

"I am convinced that the American people are a decent people, a generous people, willing to work hard and sacrifice on behalf of future generations," Obama added.


Blogger rfw said...

I was one of the unlucky ones who got stuck outside. Will you be posting any video of the event?

February 8, 2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger Jason Black said...

I'm sure we will! Just have to get it edited and uploaded. Stay tuned!

February 8, 2008 9:58 PM  

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