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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:06 PM
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Thousands pack Toledo stadium to rally for Obama
February 24, 2008

TOLEDO - The first Barack Obama fan arrived at the University of Toledo at 3:45 a.m. today, anxious to see the political phenomenon.

By 3:45 p.m., Savage Hall at the university was packed with more than 10,000 adoring supporters, who listened to gospel choirs, mariachi bands and chanted Yes We Can, the trademark slogan of the surging Obama campaign.

I love the talk of change, like guaranteed medical coverage for children and the $4,000 grant for college students, said Angel Beene, a 31-year-old Toledo resident who brought her 8-year-old son Derick Daniels to his first political rally.

I like change too, Derick chimed in.

And Obama didnt disappoint.

The American people are ready for something new; politics that arent about tearing people down, but lifting people up, he said. If we could just come together and get beyond the divisions, which politicians sometimes make worse then there is no challenge we couldnt solve, no destiny we couldnt fulfill.

Speaking in a state almost as economically challenged as Michigan, Obama delivered a populist message, saying he would end tax breaks for wealthy individuals and businesses that ship jobs overseas, renegotiate trade deals that have cost Americans jobs and offer a health care plan that would bring better days for the 47 million Americans without insurance.

But, speaking in Toledo, just an hour away from the headquarters of the domestic auto industry, Obama once again took a shot at Detroit, repeating the story of how he delivered a tough message about fuel efficiency standards to the Big 3 during a speech to the Detroit Economic Club last May.

We cant let Toyota and Honda dominate the fuel efficient car market, he said. Well work with the Big 3, but Ive told them theyve got to raise fuel efficiency standards to 40 miles per gallon.

He said the audience at the Detroit Economic Club got quiet and offered little applause to that message.

But its not just about telling them what they want to hear, but what they need to hear, Obama said.

He also took shots at his Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton for her complaints about a mailer that he sent to Ohio voters about her positions on trade policy and health care.

The Clinton administration championed NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) all the way, he said. Now, you cant take credit for everything good in the Clinton administration and then not for things you now say you dont like.

Ohio and Texas voters will go the polls March 4 in contests where Clinton has been a front-runner, but has seen her lead slipping in recent days.

Obama has been drawing crowds in the tens of thousands in both states and has a distinct advantage among younger people, African Americans and white men.

Audiences members cited Obamas message of change and the tone of his campaign as reasons to support the Illinois Senator.

The transformational differences in our politics, that have pitted red against blue and driven wedges between parts of our community are done, said Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray. Were done with that and were going to turn the page.

Barack Obama offers the great hope of turning the page and changing the destructive state of our politics and we believe hes the best choice for Ohio families, he added.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080224/NEWS15/80224050

:thumbsup:

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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:08 PM
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1. Apparently they turned 4,000 people away.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:14 PM
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Interesting video at that site on the Obama rally........
also the Republican woman very clearly stating that it's time for all of us to get together....that we all want most of the same things.

Go Obama!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:21 PM
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13. Poignant to see that some republicans
definetly are not lemmings.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:09 PM
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2. It's an illusion
there wern't really 10,000 people attending. Probably more like 10.
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alteredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:11 PM
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5. Yeah, it must have been a cheap camera trick.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:23 PM
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15. I drove by it
There were not only no people, but the entire hall was covered in cobwebs. Obama should just concede now and get it over with.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:36 PM
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31. A super-duper mega fisheye lens
plus special effects courtesy of ILM. No way no how that many people showed up to that rally. I should know! I drove by & the place was boarded up & nothing on the streets but a lone tumbleweed dancing in the wind.


dg
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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:11 PM
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6. Let's ask Ozark Dem!
The resident expert on crowd size
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:18 PM
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10. Good one!
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:27 PM
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24. I expected 150,000. This has to be very disappointing for him.
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:34 PM
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29. Did anyone check the balconies?
They were probably empty, just like in Cleveland.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:10 PM
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3. The Obama Tsunami may win Ohio, and this is one thing to suggest it.
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:22 PM
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14. I hope so

and Texas too! Let's get on with the fight against McCain already.
Vermont is in the bag and Rhode Island has lots of energy....
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Window Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:11 PM
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4. Ut oh. Hillary's gonna git him. She told him just yesterday,
no more big rallies. LOL!



Peace:thumbsup:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:24 PM
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16. Omg..that's right and here he is again..
Flaunting it..right in her face practically. Obama better watch during the debate, especially for any "new" and improved hilary backbites.
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:33 PM
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28. How dare he attack her that way! how uncouth!
sexist!

Shame on him!

:rofl:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:35 PM
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30. Obama's shame..knows
no bounds!
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Yael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:12 PM
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7. Its all smoke and mirrors. Couldn't have been but 2,000 people, tops
:P
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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:20 PM
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11. Couldn't have turned away more than 1,800 tops!
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:13 PM
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8. There wasn't anyone there at all. Just figments of Barack Obama's massive ego.
:crazy:
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:14 PM
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9. Alright, Toledo!
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:21 PM
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12. This blog says 15,000.
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alteredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:24 PM
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17. Don't be fooled!
Ohioans don't like Obama and he can't fill a convention hall in Ohio. Just ask our Cleveland expert.
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:28 PM
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25. Yeah, I know
I'm so easily DUPED!

:P

:hi:
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:31 PM
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27. I travel in various circles
and can tell you otherwise. :)
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:37 PM
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33. Maybe its because over 4,000 were turned away.
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ErnestoG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:24 PM
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18. Fantastic. That's our guy!
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:24 PM
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19. Hillary got a "crowd" of 3,500 in Toledo yesterday per their NBC affiliate
She is going to have another of those heaven opening moments now for sure. I can just see it all now.:nuke:
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ErnestoG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:25 PM
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21. How much did they pay them per head?
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:25 PM
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20. For comparison, when Hillary spoke in Toledo, she drew about 3,000.
She spoke at a local high school.

More than 3,000 people packed the gym, and several hundred more were in overflow space.

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080223/NEWS09/802230456/-1/FRONTPAGE
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Yael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:25 PM
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22. She didn't think to hire a celestial choir
Again, Obama is a step ahead of her.
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alteredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:36 PM
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32. That's right!
Obama doesn't have to hire his celestial choir! At the proper time during every Obama rally,
the clouds part, and it descends from the sky!

Those Clinton supporters don't know what they're missing!

O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8) O8)
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:42 PM
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35. LOL!
So true. ;-)
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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:26 PM
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23. Cool!
:kick:
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:30 PM
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26. This is so GREAT
to hear! :bounce:
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:41 PM
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34. It's just the FREE "Brats & Beer" signs on the corner ...
Otherwise no one would bother.
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:10 PM
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36. Obama's in the house, everybody shout, amen... AMEN!
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