Obama in Charlotte
Posted on 21 Sep 2008 by Justin Ruckman
Make it into the Obama rally today uptown today? Congratulations! Truth be told, if you weren’t on the scene by 10:30 this morning, you didn’t have much chance of getting in for the 1:00 speech. No CLT Blog contributers were able to get in; we were unprepared for the sheer volume of people and long lines. Current estimates say about 20,000 were present inside the rally’s gates, with another 5–10,000 outside who never made it in.
Regardless of party affiliation, today’s event was somewhat historic for Charlotte. Obama’s speech focused heavily on the economy with the towers of Bank of America and Wachovia looming in the background. He addressed the concerns of a crowd who lives in the country’s second-largest banking capital, in the midst of the largest economic crisis since the great depression.
Even though I couldn’t make it in today, I did get some nice photos of the crowds. Check out the these hig-res panoramas below in full size for the best effect.
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The mainstream press was out today in full force, and in addition to other “normal” people with cameras, produced a lot of media worth checking out. Here are some links you might find interesting:
- the Observer’s video, photo & live blog coverage (kudos to the Observer for their live blog effort)
- WSOC TV’s coverage
- NYT blogger Jeff Zeleny was at the rally and gave his report of Obama’s speech
- discussion & photos at Urban Planet
- YouTube video from someone who couldn’t make it in today, but got a lot of crowd footage
- Flickr photo search results for today’s rally (some really impressive shots here)
If anyone has experiences/photos/etc. to share from the rally, please do!