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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:16 PM
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Photos: Holy Cow.Check Out This Crowd In St. Louis, MO

Sat Oct 18, 1:48 PM ET
Supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a rally in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



Sat Oct 18, 1:49 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., bottom right, at a rally in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



Sat Oct 18, 1:49 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, waves as he arrives at a rally in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



Sat Oct 18, 1:50 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, waves as he arrives at a rally in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



Sat Oct 18, 1:59 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a rally in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



Sat Oct 18, 2:03 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters under the Gateway Arch as the Old Courthouse stands in the background Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in St. Louis, Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)



Sat Oct 18, 2:03 PM ET
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks to supporters under the Gateway Arch Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in St. Louis, Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:17 PM
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1. OMG! This is fabulous. n/t
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:30 PM
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40. Note to those reading this: Please take a sec to REC this up to Greatest !
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:34 PM
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47. k & r
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:20 PM
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WS Journal says 100,000 (and nice photo)


Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri

October 18, 2008, 1:48 pm

Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from St. Louis.

Barack Obama attracted 100,000 people at a Saturday rally here, his biggest crowd ever at a U.S. event.

The crowd assembled under the Gateway Arch on a sunny Saturday afternoon to hear Obama speak about taxes and slam the Republicans on economic issues.

Lt. Samuel Dotson of the St. Louis Police Department confirmed the number of attendees piled into the grassy lawn by the Mississippi River.

To be sure, big crowds dont always signal a big turnout on Election Day. But Obamas ability to draw his largest audience yet in a typically red state that just weeks ago looked out of reach, could signal a changing electoral map.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/18/obama-rally-draws-100000-in-missouri/
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spelldmilk Donating Member (183 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:34 AM
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212. Okay, I'm cryingagain. This is amazing.
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trashcanistanista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:38 AM
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213. Oh. My. God. Unbelievable!
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Anwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:17 PM
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2. That is a breathtaking sight!
Our future president!! :)
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progressivebydesign Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:18 PM
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3. Don't let them say it's 10k people! That's over 50k.. The Rose Bowl holds 10k..
and this is many times that! The news is saying it's only 10k. No freaking way. That is unbelievable.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:18 PM
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5. Heard on CNN 100k
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:23 PM
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23. I've had MSNBC on in background and heard nothing so far.
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:25 PM
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27. MSNBC Did Say One HUNDRED Thousand... Just Recently!! I'm Painting
signs and didn't get a look-see, but they DID SAY IT!!
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:14 PM
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185. The local police chief confirmed 100,000 to WSJ today
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DarthDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:24 PM
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25. Rose Bowl Holds More Than 10K!


Actually about 92,000. :-) And that picture does indeed look like 100,000 people - - especially since I was just in St. Louis (one of my favorite cities) a few months back and strolled right through that beautiful area around and under the Arch. Seeing it filled with people like that is awe-inspiring.

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Bluestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:29 PM
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36. Uh, the Rose Bowl holds 100K, not 10K n/t
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:04 PM
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101. NPR saying 100,000.
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:49 PM
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158. The Rose Bowl holds 92,000+
Official estimate of the St. Louis crowd was ~100,000.

How many town hall meetings will McCain have to hold to match that?
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JMDEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 11:41 PM
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206. They're saying 100K
And the Rose Bowl holds about 80K, I'm pretty sure
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Top Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:18 PM
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4. Wow
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Danieljay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:18 PM
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6. People..... We HAVE to win this thing... The polls are fucked. It CAN'T be as close as they say
unless they are preparing for a theft of the election.

I'm a bit afraid.
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:01 PM
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124. I don't believe for one minute it's that close
And if they try to steal it, we will raise hell. I'm keeping optimistic.
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Paul95 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:14 PM
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126. theft of the election
That's EXACTLY what they're preparing for:


  • Part of what they're doing now is overt: Disenfranchisement by nullification of voter registrations, which, amazingly, is actually being covered (a little) in the corporate media.*
  • Part of what they will do in November will also be overt: Too few voting machines in heavily Democratic areas, "ran out of ballots," and so on.
  • Part of what they've already done will culminate in covert disenfranchisement via vote switching within the vote tabulation machines, which btw use proprietary code so it cannot be inspected by a court of law.

* I have finally, finally, figured out the main tactics used by Karl Rove:

  1. Using any means possible, attack the spot where your opponent has the greatest advantage over your own candidate.

    Example from 2004: Destroy Kerry's reputation as Vietnam war hero to immunize Bush, who went AWOL during Vietnam.


  2. After deciding on a means to an end, project it onto your opponent's campaign. That is, find a way to attack your opponent for doing exactly what you are doing or have decided to do. The purpose is to immunize your own (Republican) campaign.

    Example from 2008: Paint ACORN as perpetrating "voter fraud" (and attempt to associate ACORN with Obama's campaign), while conducting election fraud on a massive scale nationwide.



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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:50 PM
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138. Welcome to DU, Paul95! We've been discussing election fraud tactics here since
shortly after the theft of the 2004 election.

:hi:
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:03 PM
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238. I think that election fraud discussion started in
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 01:05 PM by xxqqqzme
2001 cuz it was still being discussed when I found DU in March, 2002.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:11 PM
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240. Well, the Obama campaign has geared up for this. We're just not hearing about their strategy.
The way they handled the Ohio case is indicative, I believe. I heard on one talk show that the campaign has lined up 5,000 lawyers to go to polling places where they suspect election fraud at its worst.

They're keeping their cards close to their chest. No way are they gonna lose this one to Rovian tactics. PLUS, the media is onto the game now...
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:22 PM
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167. When I was somewhat younger, we had a board game based on electoral voting
No such thing as computer games back then. I think the game was called "Landslide." It was a presidential election version of "Risk." You had to manage your campaign resources and take advantage of certain factors such as "the bandwagon effect," "the underdog effect," "bellwether states," "birds of a feather," etc. The object was to win 270 or more electoral votes. I used to kill at that game because I focused on the electoral votes, while others let themselves be distracted by the popular vote, or winning a state by a larger margin. Winning 40 states by 1% each beat winning 10 states by 10% each.

Senator Obama is playing the real life version of this game very, very skillfully. He leads in the popular vote by a small margin, but his electoral lead looks massive. Well played, sir, well played.
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 08:48 AM
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229. Good analysis except your conclusion ...
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 08:50 AM by BearSquirrel2
Obama has a reasonably large popular vote advantage. But the war is being fought in only a few close states now: Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and North Dakota. http://www.electoral-vote.com.

Obama has leads or is trending upward in all but Indiana. It's not over but the fat lady is warming up. Obama has a 7 point lead in Virgina. If Obama holds that lead, he will beat McCain ... PERIOD!!! He could lose ALL the other states. This is an unlikely scenario. What's more likely is that they will split the battleground states and Obama will win by a comfy margin.

The job for Obama at this point is to try to bury McCain in polls in the days leading up to the election. If he can accomplish this, he may be able to keep die hard conservatives away from the polls as they will believe their candidate is sunk. This could help sway some Senate contests and get the Democrats to 60 non Lieberman Senators that we will need to fix things.









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Lubernaut Donating Member (614 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:18 PM
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7. Whoa!
That's a lot of people!!!
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:19 PM
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8. St. Louis Police Dept. says crowd is 100,000+
Is that some kind of record, or what?
:)
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ekwhite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:37 PM
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115. In that case, it is probably 200,000
No offense to the St. Louis police, but official estimates are almost always on the low side.
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JimDandy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:21 PM
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241. Unless you're Bush! Then, rally estimates are always on the HIGH side.
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:43 PM
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157. It is a campaign record, and a Missouri record! n/t
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:09 PM
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182. 2nd largest Obama rally and largest gathering since 1904 Worlds Fair! n/t
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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:17 PM
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188. If it's Obama's 2nd largest, but the largest gathering since the 1904 Worlds Fair...
then I'm confused. When and where did O generate a bigger crowd? Do we know of the largest crowd a presidential candidate's ever generated?
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:11 PM
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239. It's the largest, according to the Obama campaign.
"An estimated 100,000 people showed up in St. Louis Saturday morning to hear Obama speak at the Gateway Arch -- the largest crowd ever to hear Obama in the United States."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/campaign-2008/story/732102.html
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 04:12 PM
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249. His speech in Berlin drew 200,00 (nt)
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:22 PM
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236. Only second largest?
What was #1?
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Chrisnreno Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:19 PM
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9. Absolutely stunning images. Gives one hope for our country! nt
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KathieG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:19 PM
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10. WOW!
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:19 PM
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11. Oh my God!
:wow: :woohoo:
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gemdem Donating Member (975 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:20 PM
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12. Holy cow! Indeed!
How many people are at that rally? It looks like the whole state of Missouri (and half of Illinois) showed up.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:20 PM
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13. NO FREAKIN WAY !! Holy shoot.. never seen anything like this ! n/t
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:20 PM
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14. holy s***!!!
turn MO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!
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Blue Diadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM
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15. WOW!
:wow:


:bounce:

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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM
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16. This is what democracy looks like! I'm close to tears
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM by livetohike
Screw McCain/Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rush, Hannity, et. al. This is amazing.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:33 PM
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111. Me too.
I'm speechless and near tears. Amazing images. Amazing Americans. :)
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM
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17. As I said in another thread,
it's awesome to see the Old Courthouse--site of the Dred Scott decision--in the background. Seeing Obama next to it, it's kind of like coming full circle.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:43 PM
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136. Oh damn...
you're right. That one went right past me.
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:46 PM
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175. Holy Cow! Dred Scott? Is that true?
It is! Confirmed on Wikipedia, the article on "Dred Scott v. Sandford" says: "The Missouri cases were argued at the St. Louis State and Federal Courthouse (now called the "Old Courthouse"), part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the "Gateway Arch")."

For those who are Supreme Court challenged (Sarah, pay attention now), Dred Scott was a slave whose master took him to live in "free territory" (Wisconsin) for many years. When his master brought him back to Missouri and passed away, Dred Scott, aided by abolitionists, sued for his freedom, on the grounds that he had lived in a free state for so long. The case started right there, a few hundred paces from where Barack Obama addressed the crowd. The Supreme Court eventually took on the case in 1857, finding against Dred Scott, and ruling that no former slave or descendant of a slave could be a citizen of the United States.

The 13th and 14th Amendments overruled this decision.

The historical significance of Barack Obama standing in that place, running for President . . . wow, . . . just wow!

Thank you so much for pointing this out.
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wildflowergardener Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:20 PM
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189. True
If you ever visit St. Louis - they used to - I don't know if they still do, do reenactments of the Dred Scott trial in the courthouse. I had a summer internship with the National Park Service one year and got to play one of the character - don't remember what - I think maybe I was in the jury. I was working in the library archiving drawings and it was kind of neat to think I was working where all those old trials took place. They also have a good historical museum in the courthouse - I am not sure how many people visit it or know about it.

Meg
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM
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18. Oh sweet Lord, No WONDER M$M did not want to show this!!!
Does this look like we're losing??!!!!

Thank you so much for the photos!
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:21 PM
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19. Wow! Just wow. Holy shit! eom
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:22 PM
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20. WOW !!! - Portland... I Think They May Have Topped Ya !!!
:wow::woohoo::wow:

:bounce:
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:23 PM
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24. Were the Decemberists in St. Louis, too??!!
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 01:24 PM by K Gardner
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DeschutesRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:08 PM
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88. Sincere congrats from an Oregonian - you did top us, and I am happy for it!
Swear I have tears in my eyes from seeing such a turnout - it just makes me feel really really good.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:01 PM
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99. Me Too !!!
:grouphug:

:hi:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:39 PM
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116. That's okay! We're happy they did! Way to go, St. Louis!
:toast:
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:22 PM
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21. Obama mania!! That's incredible and beautiful!!
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:22 PM
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22. Totally awesome! Thanks for the pics. n/t
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:24 PM
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Holy Moly! I hope Obama comes to LA again before the election!
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O.M.B.inOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:24 PM
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26. Wow! McCain can't get 5% of that, even when his posters read "Free Beer!"
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:25 PM
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28. If I were McCain, I'd be making a plan B
Awesome crowds - Yay!

Thanks!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:35 PM
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49. If you were mccain you would look at those
crowds and start tripling up on the Heinous tricks.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:38 PM
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51. Ooo, probably. Thankfully I don't think like him!
:hi:
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:52 PM
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83. Plan B for McCain
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 02:54 PM by NJCher
If I were McCain, I'd be making a plan B

Means "B" for "beer." As in working for Cindy.

After this campaign, he will be persona non grata at the Senate.



Cher

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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:25 PM
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29. Gobama! Gobama! go Bama!!!!!
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bevoette Donating Member (609 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM
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30. OMG *speechless*
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM
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31. Have you ever been in one of those crowds?
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM by Marnieworld
I recently went to the Springsteen rally in Philly for Obama. These are tests of physical endurance. You're hot. You can't go to the bathroom. Your feet and back ache eventually and you can get claustrophobic if you allow yourself to think about wanting to leave the crowd and how hard it would be. You are pressed up against strangers for hours. You have park far away. Blah blah blah. It's not pleasant or easy but you do it when it's worth it. It takes passion to have that commitment. Look at all of that passion! It's beautiful. I wish there was a shot from the crowd POV with the Arch in the background. I am grateful for these shots. I looked everywhere for them on MSNBC's website. Considering it's such a huge crowd there should be at least one there right? Nope. Thanks.
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bevoette Donating Member (609 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:27 PM
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35. he was here during the primary and i could KICK myself for not going!!! :(
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:58 PM
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86. you are so right, Marnieworld
Showing support like this asks a lot out of a human. But there's a payback, too. The excitement of the crowed and the feeling of unity is unparalleled.

I wish more people knew what you say above. Then they would be more polite when we activists come knocking on their door with campaign literature. They would understand that protesters get no financial gain for what they do, and in fact, are financially set back for their efforts.



Cher
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Milspec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:09 PM
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162. Fine post Marnieworld
Wish I could find somthing like that here in Tulsa
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Doug_Orlando Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:37 PM
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172. pic from crowd POV
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 11:17 PM
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204. talking about you:
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JawJaw Donating Member (574 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:40 AM
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216. Amazing
What a beautiful expression on that kid's face. You can see he's being inspired, and will remember that day for the rest of his life..
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salbi Donating Member (195 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:55 PM
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203. I saw him in Springfield in Aug. It was in the 90's
We stood in line at 7:00 am for a 2:00 speech, it was hot, people were passing out, but even with the misery, the people I was standing with were great, and I got up next to the stage. He shook my grandson's hand, and it was a memory I will never forget. Well worth it!
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:35 AM
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225. i was in that crowd and the experience was wonderful!
no one shoving or being rude- sure we were close but everyone had their space.

here is a video i made of my place directly under the Arch-

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x218780
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lizzieforkerry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM
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32. WOW!!!
:bounce: Where did they all park?!?!?
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wildflowergardener Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:21 PM
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130. parking
I'm not sure- there is a lot of parking garages and lots around there because the baseball stadium is downtown and lots of businesses as well. I was lucky because I had my brother's parking pass to park in his office building parking garage downtown - I was glad too because I was worried about finding a place. Also metrolink (light rail) system goes there as well. I was going to take that but then was able to borrow the pass at the last minute.

Meg
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM
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33. Wow, see what Hope and Courage look like.. Wow. That's beautiful.
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Shoelace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:26 PM
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34. just posted this too - WOW, DOUBLE WOW!!
I listened to the speech live, got teared up. Our next president!


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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:29 PM
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37. do you have a link for these pics?
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RNdaSilva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:37 PM
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133. If you were to right click on any pic, click properties and
check out the Address (URL) you'll find your link.
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:29 PM
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38. It looks like the crowds at Berlin!
Amazing. That's Missouri? "Red" Missouri? Yikes. McC could be in for a bad election night.

A wonderful sight! :)
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sunnybrook Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:02 PM
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161. I'm in St. Louis
This town is absolutely filled with Obama bumper stickers and yard signs... don't count out Missouri
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:31 PM
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198. Oh, I don't at all. Just remarking on what a turn around it is -
that the "common wisdom" was to count it red, and unwinnable.

GO MO!! :) It's magnificent!
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greenmutha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:29 PM
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39. OMG - These bring tears to my eyes.
:cry: So beautiful! :cry:

Thank you for posting them.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:08 PM
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87. me, too, greenmutha
:grouphug:

Tears of joy!!



Cher

p.s. I hope the foreign media prints these pictures. I want everyone around the world to know what REAL Americans are like!!!


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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:47 PM
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93. Me too, except for the onions in my salad......
just kidding. I have waited for eight years for this moment. And the Thugs aren't taking it away.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 11:40 PM
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205. These pictures bring tears to the eyes of Freepers too!
Just for different reasons.



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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 04:51 AM
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218. ouch. nice graphic. n/t
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:30 PM
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41. WHOH, that looks like 100K alright.
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Shoelace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:33 PM
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44. someone there said it was closer to 150,000!!
I believe it!
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:58 PM
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177. Well, the picture is right there. One, two, three, four, . . .
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:32 PM
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42. Holy wow!
:wow:
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:33 PM
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43. A nice tribute to Clare McCaskell (sp?) too, she's been such a strong
and forceful advocate for Obama.
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:33 PM
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45. K & R.
:kick:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:33 PM
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46. wow, that is an awesome sight
Way to go St. Louis! :bounce:
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:35 PM
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48. OMG!!! Look at all those people who hate Murca1111
"Crazy Eyes" Bachmann is probably cowering in a corner somewhere.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:36 PM
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50. Amazing! Did any of the networks show the crowd??
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jjray7 Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:48 PM
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52. I WAS THERE!
The turnout was unf'ing believable. My personal estimate for the crowd is 120k to 150k. The girl standing in front of me was from Arkansas (drove up just for the event). The couple next to her from Illinois. The closest thing I can compare it to that I personally attended was Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. It was that electric. Very smoothly run. Barak was his normal charismatic self. And the different types of people all there as one to support Barak. I'll remember this for a long time. I've never seen a campaign with this much energy.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:21 PM
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89. That is so awesome! And welcome to DU, jray.
(P.S. It's Barack, with a 'c'):hi:
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Roy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 04:46 AM
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217. My grandkids spelled without the C also,
But made new signs with corrections.
They were very disappointed when they were not allowed to take the signs onto the Arch grounds.
But, they thoroughly enjoyed the event.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:19 AM
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230. How wonderful that your grandchildren were there, too. Kudos!
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IndianaJohn Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:48 PM
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53. From the St. Louis Post Dispatch
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:59 PM
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59. Look closely at these photos -- what do you notice?
The DIVERSITY of the crowd -- the JOY on the faces of the people -- the HOPE that is palpable.

Not like the Palin/McCain Klanvocations, filled with angry, bitter, hateful, violent, racist goons -- who all look alike.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:50 PM
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95. Video from today, really good
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:49 PM
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Is that in "real" Missouri, or the "un-American" part of Missouri?
:rofl: :rofl:
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:49 PM
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54. Holy...
:wow: :wow: :wow:
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:51 PM
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55. Sorry, Mccain, what were you sayying about your rallies of "5,000, 10,000, 20,000..."?
Couldn't hear ya over the 100,000 Americans at Obama's rally.
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:08 PM
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65. More like 500, 1000 or 2000.
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TNMOM Donating Member (735 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:51 PM
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56. OMG. Jeebus. Now, that is a RALLY.
Mcshame-Failin couldn't get that kind of crowd if they paid people to come. Wow. I'm completely bowled over. What a great day for Obama!
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Texasatheist2 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:37 PM
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156. 100K Moose W/ Lipstick
McCrackpot/Palin couldn't get 100k Moose with lipstick there if you gave them feed to eat !!LOL !
(McCRACKPOT/PALIN--THE PAIR TO NOWHARE..slang for us Etexans)
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:54 PM
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57. Geez did the whole state show up?! Man..that's gorgeous. n/t
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 01:54 PM
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58. More photos at Yahoo
Only a couple are up now, but I expect more are coming. Use this search string: http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?p=obama+missouri&c=images

Here's one that's already there:


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BelgianMadCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:08 PM
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66. That search show NONE of the great pics in the OP...
go figure...

not an attack on you, starroute. Just amazed they aren't there.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:02 PM
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60. !!!!!!!!!
:wow:

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XOKCowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:04 PM
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61. I thought at first that the photo's had to be Photoshopped.........
Nope. That is astounding. The Repugs have their work cut out for them to steal THIS election!
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:06 PM
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62. Wow,
I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees all those people?
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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:07 PM
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63. That's Awesome!
:bounce:
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:07 PM
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64. It's beautiful seeing the shadow of the freedom arch over the massive! HOPE!
Gobama!
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liam_laddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:33 AM
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235. It's the Gateway Arch actually
as in "Gateway to the West." And to Victory on 11/4, I might add. There's a wonderful, Smithsonian-run (IIRC) museum underground there; dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and the "western expansion." Been 25 years since I visited; hope they've added some content about what we white men did to Native-Americans...and continue to do to this day. Ethnic cleansing anyone?
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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:11 PM
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67. Anybody with a strong stomach wanna post these at freeperville?
I wanna hear the sound of exploding heads.
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victory8374 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 03:36 PM
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248. PUZZLED
What do you mean EXPLODING HEADS?

I wanna hear the sound of exploding heads.

smb
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allmyfault Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:11 PM
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68. wow
that's amazing!
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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:31 PM
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75. Welcome to DU allmyfault!
:hi:
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nancyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:12 PM
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69. Spine-tingling!!!!
Amazing pictures.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:12 PM
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70. McCain in a squeaker.
:eyes:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:13 PM
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71. Superkallifragalistic AWESOME! Is America reborn or what?!!!!
And we're talking about MISSOURA!

My Dad's from that town! He would be so proud, bless his lifelong Democratic soul--voted for FDR, voted for Harry Truman, voted for Adlai Stevenson--with Mom making us all kneel down and pray the Rosary for a Stevenson victory-- voted for JFK, but didn't live long enough to vote for BARACK OBAMA. I just did it for him, and her!

Kudos and laurel wreaths to the people of St. Louis, Missoura! May the Goddess shower her blessings upon you!
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malik flavors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:15 PM
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72. That's crazy.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:16 PM
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73. St. Louis police say 100,000. Barack's biggest crowd yet, except for Berlin.
Amazing.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:20 PM
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74. CALLING SARAH PALIN:

Your fucking turn, sweetie....top that!

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VIC in MO Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:34 PM
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76. I Was There!
Beautiful day, dramatic location, historic event!

:dem:
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:57 PM
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139. Welcome to DU, VIC in MO! It is great to hear your first hand report...
I grew up in the St. Louis suburbs and I love the area in the city around the arch -- especially the Old Courthouse and the Cathedral.



:hi:
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live love laugh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:35 PM
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77. O...M....G.....!!!!!!!!!!! There's something happening here..what it is, IS perfectly clear...
Hey now what's that sound, everybody look what's goin' down...

GOBAMA!!!
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alwysdrunk Donating Member (908 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:35 PM
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78. Record Breaking - It has to be
Along with the other smashed records of this race, including that one BIG record left to break on Nov 4.

I can't wait to see the Records Broken by Obama 08 thread.
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:36 PM
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79. Holy shit, now that's a crowd.
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:36 PM
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80. These pictures are beautiful in SO many ways!!!!!
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 02:36 PM by Desertrose
THX!!
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DB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:45 PM
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81. I had a diehard Repub tell me the polls are fudged. He predicts an Obama landslide.
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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:47 PM
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82. Front page on The Huffington Post
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:52 PM
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84. Holey Moley! You lucky St. Louis people! Wow, I can feel the energy from CA!
Thanks for posting awesome pics!
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 02:57 PM
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85. That is well over 100,000! Beautiful! n/t
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TornadoTN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:22 PM
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90. My reaction: HOLY SHIT
Unbelievable. Awe inspiring.

These images are amazing and should give us all hope that we are going to prevail. We've got a real fighter on our side that truly cares about us and this nation - even the GOP'ers that hate him so much.

We are going to win this thing.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:25 PM
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92. I'll second that. Wow. n/t
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:23 PM
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91. These photos made my day. Thanks for posting!!
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joop Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:48 PM
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94. I seriously have chills
THAT'S OUR PRESIDENT!!!
K&R!
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Glimmer of Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:51 PM
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96. Me too! These pics are amazing.
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budkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:52 PM
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97. Holy crap!
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budkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:53 PM
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98. RNC says there are about 2000 people there. ;-)
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:06 PM
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102. NPR says 100,000
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:16 PM
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106. :) nt
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bluemarkers Donating Member (209 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:46 PM
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118. confused with McCain's "several thousand" in North Carolina!
can you believe it?

Right outside of Charlotte (600,000 people more than the state of Alaska)

bummer for MCain

http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/1259987.html
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:04 PM
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100. President Obama
:bounce:
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:04 PM
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181. Damn! Those are sweet words...
I am as proud of my city as i have ever been in my LIFE!

... and yes- I WAS THERE!
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:15 PM
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103. Ladies and Gentlemen, the People are taking back control of the country.
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:15 PM
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104. That takes my breath away! nt
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Torn_Scorned_Ignored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:16 PM
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105. I am 54 years old. I have Never seen crowds
like this for a nominee or a president.









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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:17 PM
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107. K & R
:thumbsup:
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political_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:17 PM
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108. Thank you for the pictures. That is truly humbling, inspiring and breath-taking.
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ChimpersMcSmirkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:25 PM
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109. That is beautiful. K&R
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Puzzler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:28 PM
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110. Great pics, except CNN newscyle completely dominated by missing white kid.
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 04:28 PM by Puzzler
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:34 PM
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112. K&R Damn! Don't it make ya feel goood!!!!!!!
:woohoo:
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:35 PM
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113. incredible
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dudewheresmycountry Donating Member (99 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:37 PM
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114. Oh Yea
now thats what i am talking about, people who are actively engaged!
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:40 PM
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117. wow
thanks for the OP
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:54 PM
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119. A THIRD of the city turned out
St Louis has approx, 350,000 people in it. Just. Wow.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:54 PM
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120. OK I'm crying now. This is just awesome.....what a weight our
candidate is taking on his shoulders. May he be safe. Thanks so much for these wonderful pictures.

K&R :patriot:
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captainjack08 Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:56 PM
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121. Compare with this dinky McCain Missouri rally
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B9uE1UuzhE

If McCain somehow wins, it will be obvious they have stolen it when even conservative cities have more Obama supporters than McCain supporters.
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sunnybrook Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:23 PM
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169. What will be funny is when McCain comes here Monday
He is scheduled to come to St. Charles, which is basically the outskirts of St. Louis, and it is where the Repugs always go. His crowd will not come close and I have not heard them mention Palin coming with him, so he will REALLY have a hard time if that is the case. So they will go back to name calling him as a celebrity. They are so damn stupid. That is supposed to be negative that he is popular! They are pathetic. Go my hometown of St. Louis!
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 04:59 PM
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122. Holy Cow is right!
:wow: That's just fantastic!
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wildflowergardener Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:00 PM
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123. Proud of my city
I'm proud of my city - I just got back from the rally - I hung around the city for awhile to let the crowd clear out. They say on the evening news it's the largest crowd in St. Louis since the 1904 World's Fair!

Meg
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:16 PM
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127. Awesome, Meg
I'm from Portland, and you just topped us.

Just amazing. Way to go, STL!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:02 PM
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125. That is the biggest crowd yet.
It is overwhelming, beautiful and encouraging.
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onefreespiritedchick Donating Member (846 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:16 PM
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128. This is really amazing!
Almost brings me to tears. Go Obama!
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:20 PM
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129. jesus.
:thumbsup:
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Sodan Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:23 PM
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131. WTG St. Louis
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:27 PM
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132. Beautiful! This is very inspiring.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:40 PM
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134. Unbelievable! I think we may win Missouri.
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President Decider Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:42 PM
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135. DAMN IMPRESSIVE ....
When you can pull that kind of crowd ....
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Kalifornia.Kid Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:48 PM
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137. Oh.. that's what that horizontal line was ...
It was the shadow of the Arch overhead.
Now repugs can't say it was a Photoshop seam.

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wildflowergardener Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:41 PM
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195. I think it's a road
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 09:50 PM by mbergen
I thought that the line was Memorial Drive, which separates the park across the street from the arch grounds where the old courthouse is, and the archgrounds. The national park is Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and it's cut in two by that road.

If I can figure out how to post a picture, here it is, from the National Park Service Website.


Here's a link to the map if it doesn't work.

http://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/maps.htm

On second thought - by looking at the trees on the side, I think I am wrong and you are right.

Meg
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LaStrega Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:57 PM
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140. WOW!
This made my day. And considering I learned last night that I'm gonna be layed off ... I needed that.

k & enthusiastic r
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gblady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:16 PM
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187. ((()))
sorry about your rough news...
hopefully there will be good news
just down the road a piece.
Hang in there!
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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 05:58 PM
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141. That's what happens when folks sense a change in the wind and they're witnessing history!
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Left 0f Center Donating Member (58 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:02 PM
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142. Error: You've already reccomended that thread
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:04 PM
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143. Okay, seriously...
do we really need an election?

And if something goes wrong and this one is stolen like the last two, we better have crowds at least twice that size in every major city in this country!

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Az_lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:06 PM
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144. My god, what a beautiful sight!!!
:toast: to you Mr. Obama!!!!
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bermudat Donating Member (985 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:07 PM
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145. OH MY GOD!
I want to send these pictures to Bay Buchanan, Laura Ingraham and the rest of that ilk who say

Palin draws as many people as Obama. Yeah right.
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blossomstar Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:13 PM
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146. Wish I was there, amazing. This is history in the making!
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:19 PM
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147. i wonder if madison wisconsin can top that this thrusday...
kerry and the boss-biggest crowd ever till today...
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kaiden Donating Member (811 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:20 PM
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148. Now THAT is a mandate.
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racaulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 06:53 PM
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149. I can just hear the roar of that crowd!
That is a beautiful sight! Thank you for posting these pics for us. :hi:

K&R
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:09 PM
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150. I heard NPR say there were 100k at the Gateway Arch for this speech and I
was stupified.

Here I was, doing door hanger drops for my State Rep and heard this over my radio. Stopped me dead in my tracks.

That is freaking amazing.
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:11 PM
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151. GOBAMA!
~Peace~
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:22 PM
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152. If someone says there are 1 million people there I would believe them.
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Life Long Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:22 PM
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153. Wow!
Yep...but I'm staying critically worried up until election day! ;-)
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:34 PM
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154. If you look at the third photo down with Obama on stage in the lower right
...and the perspective looking back toward the Capital looking dome building I woould say that the domed building is at least 450 feet wide so the plaza in front between the two rowsa of trees flanking the crowd and coming forward to the stage must be 500 feet wide by 2,000 feet long and that would be 1,000,000 square feet packed solid with standing people. Then there has to be people under and on the othere sides of the tree rows plus more people in the foreground on Obama's left.

There must be at least 1 million people in that crowd
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:35 PM
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155. If anyone has a chance to document something this BIG:
Please shoot a panorama of the event. Just start at the left side and make multiple exposures going from left to right, overlapping a bit in each subsequent image. Then in Photo Shop (hopefully CS3 v10) you can merge the files. You go down the list under "file" to "automate" to "photomerge"; tell the software what three or four frames to "merge" and it is magic.

as an example: A three shot pano of our marching band:

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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:18 PM
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166. Wow ! Thanks for the tip.
I've been using Photoshop in general for about 12 years and CS since it came out

and I didn't know about this function at all. :toast:
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:26 PM
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171. Hey glad to help...
been shooting panos forever...they are so much fun. Give it a try!
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crossroads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 07:51 PM
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159. Amazing!!! k&r
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Suprk Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:01 PM
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160. K & R
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:10 PM
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163. omg, just brought a tear to my eye. So beautiful!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:15 PM
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164. Way to go Missouri!
:patriot:
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:15 PM
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165. Thanks for posting the photos. NT
NT
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:23 PM
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168. Wow !
An Ocean of peoples ! I have goosebumps.That's so wonderful.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:24 PM
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170. The "Show Me State" showed up!! Fantastic! n/t
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chookie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:43 PM
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173. Only the Pope gets crowds bigger than this
Wow.

That is an ocean of humanity.

And look at the excitement.

I'm swooning.

Barack is bringing the White House back home to us.
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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:46 PM
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174. Bet ya the....
...Prick/Pornstar campaign just shit in its collective boots upon seeing what a real crowd looks like.
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DesertRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:47 PM
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176. Wow! k&r
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phoenixriz Donating Member (147 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:11 PM
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183. 75,000 in Kansas City. Mo tonite
After Obama left St. Louis he came here and we had 75,000 at the National WW1 Museum. That makes 175,000 for Missori today. " The Show-Me State"
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DesertRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:42 PM
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200. That's fantastic!
:woohoo:
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:59 PM
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178. Oh Sacred Bovine what a crowd
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:02 PM
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179. I am almost speechless,
this is what America is supposed to look like, this is what an American Leader is supposed to be able to muster in the way of support. Has anyone ever seen 1/10th of this at a * rally?
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:03 PM
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180. 99,996 . . . 99,997 . . . 99,998 . . . 99,999 . . . wait, did I already count that guy?
Darn it. One, two, three, four, ...
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tomnjoy Donating Member (204 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 11:49 PM
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208. ROFL!!
:spray:

:rofl:
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:58 PM
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247. The ones in back couldn't hear so well.
So one guy says to another, "I think he said, 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'"
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:13 PM
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184. It's taken amost 7 long years of hard work and it's finally paying off
There's been more than a few times I, and I'm sure quite a few old timers on DU, have thought it was liked demanding the tides to change. It's damn good to see.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:15 PM
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186. Those pics give me hope...nt
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:28 PM
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190. I read an article saying Palin was drawing WAY bigger crowds than Obama
the other day. ::snark:: :rofl:
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wildflowergardener Donating Member (863 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:30 PM
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191. Crowds
Edited on Sat Oct-18-08 09:31 PM by mbergen
What's interesting to me as I think about it, is that I've seen Obama three times in St. Louis, and every time the crowd grows bigger. I went to see him at a Claire McCaskill Rally in 2006 in Forest Park and I was way up close because I'd volunteered for the McCaskill campaign. The crowd was pretty big then but not huge. In the primaries there were way more people than in 06, but not as many as today. Now of course there are way more. I was pretty lucky that I got to see Obama way close up before everyone knew who he was, cause I doubt it'll ever happen again.

I bet one reason Claire McCaskill is helping Obama so much is that supported her when she was running by speaking at her rally.

I was thinking it would be pretty easy to calculate about how many people. There is a defined area people were in, and if you could figure out the square footage of space filled and how much space a person filled up I bet you could get a pretty accurate count. I don't know how they do it though really.

Meg
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:57 AM
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232. They use a grid system. They take a picture of the crowd from above via a helicopter
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 09:58 AM by lunatica
Then they superimpose it on a grid. They count how many are in one grid and multiply it by the number of grids where there are people.

It's very simple. I saw it explained years ago in the newspaper.

edited for spelling
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:30 PM
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192. You know what this reminds me of
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Teacher in SC Donating Member (100 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:36 PM
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193. You're right! The massive number of people look more like
something you'd see in Washington, D.C. MLK would be proud!
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 09:36 PM
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194. Absolutely fabulous!
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bonecrusher3k Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:09 PM
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196. Good God Almighty
That crowd is impressive. Gotta hand it to him. Go Obama!!!
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NikolaC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:27 PM
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197. Amazing
That is just great to see. :kick:
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workinclasszero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:42 PM
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199. This is in a REDSTATE people!
Obama is going to WIPE OUT McBush in Missouri on election day!!! I will proudly vote for the next President of the United States, Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden in the KC area!

Jay Nixon will also kick his thug opponents ass so we will finally have a decent Governor in Missouri!

GOBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::woohoo:
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:49 PM
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201. That is what DEMOCRACY looks like!
Wooooo Hooooo!


K and R
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Darkhawk32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 10:50 PM
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202. I attended the event and posted a report.
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Swagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 11:42 PM
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207. in this day and age when we mostly rely on TV broadcasts-this is sensational
to see a crowd like that is unprecedented.
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David Van Os Donating Member (281 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:08 AM
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209. A sweet irony - the Dredd Scott decision was announced in
that old blue-domed courthouse.
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Stevie_66 Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:52 AM
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210. Reports as high as 75,000 in Kansas City
One report had 40K,another had 75K. I was there, and it was very full. I guessed 50K when I got home. It was so beautiful-all races, men, women, children. Peaceful, yet excited. No one being negative or name calling, no anger or rage. No monkeys with McCain stickers on them, no nasty signs, no negativity. It was full of people who were feeling hopeful and anticipating a better future for their children. We were feeling empowered.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:21 AM
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211. 175,000... WOW!


Obama tells 175,000 supporters: change is coming
Agence France-Presse
Published: Saturday October 18, 2008


Print This Email This

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AFP) Democrat Barack Obama said Saturday the winds of change were blowing across America as he roused monster crowds totalling more than 175,000 in the Republican "red" state of Missouri.

Republican John McCain, fighting a rearguard offensive before the November 4 presidential election, insisted that Obama's economic plan would "kill" job creation as the United States weathers its worst financial crisis in decades.

"At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives," he said in his weekly radio address.

But the Democrat, who is riding high in national and state polls, said McCain was positing false arguments including via automated "robo-calls" to voters that portray Obama as a secret radical bent on subverting democracy.


more...


http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Obama_tells_175000_supporters_change_coming_1018.html
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KsStorm Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:08 AM
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215. Oh.My God.
Standing in line from noon till 6:15 today in Kansas City to see Obama,we heard rumors of what happened in St. Louis this morning. haven't heard the final numbers for KC yet...??? But it was UNREAL, what we saw in KC.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:56 AM
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214. Republicans will not enjoy the backlash if they steal the 2008 election
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FKA MNChimpH8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:26 AM
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219. No one, NO ONE has ever done this before.
We are so incredibly fortunate to have this man at this moment. The mind boggles that there were 150.000 people in St Louis to see this remarkable man speak to his supporters. The awesomeness of Barack Obama will not be denied.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:51 AM
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227. it's a record for any presidential candidate, and tops Berlin
I'm happy to say! CNNI is completely down-playing it.
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Cr4sh Dummy Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:49 AM
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220. Victory is ours!
:evilgrin:
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specialed Donating Member (276 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:51 AM
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221. I've only been in crowds that large for rock concerts
It's amazing. No one, not even Reagan, in my life time, has drawn crowds this size.
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heliarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:25 AM
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222. Historic...
plain and simple... we are watching history make itself...
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:27 AM
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223. Holy shit. The PEOPLE want change.
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:35 AM
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224. ....
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:50 AM
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226. CNNI is all but ignoring this story, opting for "Sadie" on SNL
which is run every minute on CNNI's news trailer.
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BearSquirrel2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 08:18 AM
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228. I'm quite enheartened ...

Imagine the size of the crowds if the Bush crowd try to steal the election!!!!

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banzai26 Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:27 AM
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231. You should have seen the line trying to get in
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sickinohio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:17 AM
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234. Wow - Just Wow - that is all we can say.
I think we are feeling the energy form that rally all across all areas of our Great Nation and welcome to DU :hi:
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Maribelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:01 AM
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233. This is truly a great turnout for Obama
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:56 PM
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237. I'm so proud of my hometown--I'm literally crying.
Remember, guys, this is the heartland. It doesn't get any more "middle America" than this! And the courthouse--oh man, I'm just blubbering away...
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:48 PM
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242. kick
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:09 PM
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243. GOP Talking Heads on FOX estimate the crowd to be... oh... 150 people.
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Wolfies Revenge Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:10 PM
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244. amazing
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tclambert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:54 PM
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245. I've been to a few college football games with crowds that size.
And that always impresses me, too. Just moving that many people in and out of the venue is a logistical wonder.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:55 PM
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246. Wow! That's a heckuva lot of newly-purged voters! :)
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 04:28 PM
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250. Thanks for posting these awesome pictures!!

Wowee!
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