Obama's Denver Event: Police Say More than 100,000 Attended
larger version here.
Update: He's speaking. "It's good to be back in Denver. It's good to be back in Colorado. Introduces Sen. Ken Salazar. Gov. Bill Ritter. Our soon to be Senator Mark Udall. Congresspersons Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter.Former Mayor Federico Pena.
He asks how many have already voted. Loud cheers. He tells them to use the mail-in ballot, don't stand in line. He thanks everyone for the good wishes, cards, etc. on his grandmother.
"Colorado, in just 9 days, you have the chance to elect your next President." He's beginning the prepared remarks, you can read them here.
Adlibs: After talking about the Clinton '90 s he adds that things were very good under Clinton. After the jobs portion, he adds, "Yes we can", "Si Se Puede." He's actually adlibbing frequently. When he gets to the part about people who don't have health insurance being able to get the same insurance as members of Congress, he adds "including John McCain."
On the public service portion, he lays out the options: join the military, the peace corps, work at a Veteran's hospital... He adds a portion about parents needing to get kids to turn off the tv. He urges people to turn off the lights, check the their tire pressure.
On the people who have served, in addition to Republicans, Democrats and Independents, he adds colors. He is not just reading this speech, he obviously knows it so well he can add full paragraphs on his own.
Very, very impressive. He has really grown as a speaker over the course of this campaign. He's totally presidential. McCain pales by comparison.
Park Opens Early to Accomodate Crowds For Obama Event
Police opened Civic Center Park in Denver 45 minutes early today to accomodate the growing crowds arriving to hear Obama. The program is set to begin at 11:30 am MT.
The Obama campaign expects 34,000 to attend. Here's a webcam from the Rocky Mountain News. Lines are stretched out for blocks as everyone has to go through a metal detector.
This kid is just the cutest.
Update: Here are Obama's prepared remarks (pdf)for his speech in Denver today.
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