Photo Essay: Obama Rally - Sarasota, Florida, Oct 30, 2008

by: Chris Blask

Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 15:08:48 PM EDT



Barack Obama came to Sarasota Florida today for an intimate gathering with about 15,000 people.

I volunteered and had the honor of assisting the elderly and disabled into the stadium, keeping them all hydrated and otherwise fussing over them.

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Chris Blask :: Photo Essay: Obama Rally - Sarasota, Florida, Oct 30, 2008
By 7:30am the line stretched for a mile or two, out of the Ed Smith stadium parking lot, down the street, around the corner, down the next street, across it, winding through the alternate parking, around another corner and down the block.

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Barack Obama came on stage and spoke for about an hour.  He described John McCain as a passenger in the George W. Bush car, waiting eagerly to take the wheel and continue down the road.  Most of his talk focused on his economic policy and the dire straights being faced by Florida residents.  He spoke about complacency and how hard we should all work until this thing is done.  He also took a shot at the politics of destruction of the McCain campaign.

"I have two words for you Sarasota.  Five Days!

...

"In five days, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election, that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat, that asks us to fear at a time when what we really need is hope.

"In five days, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need."

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It was a great rally handled without a single noticeable flaw.  Everyone got in, right on time.  Water was provided (though I did purloin a cooler just for our section - shhhh!), the volunteers were everywhere and the campaign staff exhibited the now-typical tightly organized team that we have all come to know and love.  Volunteer teams gathered and shared experience and suggestions for better process to share with the staffers, even with only five days left.  Hundreds of new volunteers were signed up to canvas non-stop through Tuesday, not a spot of complacency was to be seen.

A wonderful, high-energy, positive and motivational day.  As Dan the Staffer said during rally prep last night, if Sarasota goes for Obama, Florida goes for Obama.  If Florida goes for Obama, the White House will be in Democratic hands.

Now, for a few days of canvassing and taking people to the polls to make that happen.

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What a great collection of photos (2.00 / 4)
And what a wonderful assembly of people. Photos like this make me miss being there (make me miss being American).

Oh. And in your 8th photo - I love that walking stick waved in the air.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


Pfft. (2.00 / 4)
Yeah, but where were the free corn dogs?!?  ;)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Should hide rate you... (2.00 / 3)
..for arcane but pertinent references to own diary. Ego trolls are out.

Hey? But I'm an ego troll too.

Oops.

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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Heh. (2.00 / 3)
;)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Every shape and size of person, (2.00 / 2)
which reflects the America I know rather better than the Albino Club meeting Palin held where the sheriff got a cheer for using Obama's middle name...

Speaking of Sherriffs, my genealogy searches show roots in Nottinghamshire, and the brother in law of William the Conqueror, so I'm fairly certain you owe me some sort of tithing...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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What a beautiful sight. (2.00 / 2)
Thanks for putting this up!

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


Impressive! (2.00 / 4)
Nothing more needed to say.

That means a lot from you (2.00 / 2)
you're much better at framing pics than I am.  I was thinking about you as I shot these.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Great photos! (2.00 / 4)
I'm so jealous.  I had a test the day he was in Tampa.  One of my friends got to shake his hand.

Christ, since you are a native Floridian, I have to ask you, what is with the fucking weather this week?


The weather was perfect for the rally, it was still a bit hot by the end (2.00 / 3)
of it but we didn't have folks passing out in line like the Biden event last month.

I'm still a recent transplant, about two weeks short of a year.  But this is the "freaking hot weather finally breaks" so we can enjoy the 80-83 degree weather for the next week.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Don't tell me about the weather (2.00 / 3)
Two days ago we had our first snow in October for something like 70 years. Freezing my tits off here.

Pardon my french

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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Tits shouldn't even be on the list! (2.00 / 2)
/carlin

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Lucky bastard. n/t (2.00 / 5)


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

looks pretty (2.00 / 4)
badass!!

"The past is indestructible; sooner or later all things will return, including the plan to abolish the past" -Jorge Luis Borges

tanqs (2.00 / 3)


John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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