Monday, May 19, 2008

Enthusiastic Momentum

Around 75,000 people turned out to hear Barack Obama speak in Portland, Oregon today. Portland, with a population of about 570,000, is a Democratic stronghold. At the same time, that is an extraordinary number of people to turn out to hear what was a pretty standard stump speech on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Waterfront Park (created when a freeway was ripped out a few decades ago) was packed to the gills. Film shows hundreds in the river listening in watercraft ranging from kayaks to speedboats, while a thousand or more lined the opposite side of the bank with no hope of hearing his speech but taking part in the event all the same.

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