- Security was serious, airport style, get rid of your water bottle intense
- The music at this Obama rally was horrible. They had lots of time with just the playlist and, for the life of me, I didn't get why there was so much damn country! They could have played the Yes We Can joint or the Obama Reggaeton hit. I just created this Barack The Vote muxtape available for your campaigning pleasure. At one point the crowd actually started chanting, "NO MORE MUSIC" and booed when the next song came on
- There were so many people
- I ran into a fellow New Yorker whom I met volunteering for Obama in Dallas. Dallas! And yet we found each other. Nice
- The crowd was energetic and a bit rowdy. From the video many of you may have seen Obama taking more breaks to deal with the crowd reaction. He was like, "let me finish." We were so hyped. At one point he said something like, "No matter which democrat you support..." and was immediately cut off with cries of "You!!" and "Obama!!" These people were not having any Hillary talk
- Being in the front and hanging after with volunteers, I completely missed the impromptu multi-thousand strong march down Market Street.
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cross-posted to jack & jill politics This is my second weekend in Philly for Obama. Sorry my blogging has been so low, but I'm in the street most of the day and need to get some sleep at night. Below is a slideshow of my Flickr photos and notes on what I've done and seen/heard so far. Apologies in advance for the rough nature of the notes. Also, the first few photos are from my canvassing trip to philly two weeks ago. This weekend's trip starts with a black and white of a baby.
I arrived from NYC Friday evening at 5pm and went to the record-breaking rally. Because of all my insane volunteering, I was given a blue ticket, which put me in the section closest to the stage. I'll upload a photo slideshow in a later post. Standing for three or four ours isn't the most fun thing in the world, but I kept myself occupied meeting other volunteers and snapping shots with the camera. Observations:
I've spent the past TWO weekends at home in NYC. That's a ridiculous streak for me, and it's over. In a moment, I board a train to Philadelphia to rejoin the campaign trail for Senator Obama. Tonight, I'm speaking at a Generation Obama event. Details here. The rest of the weekend I'll either be canvassing or working to recruit new volunteers. After time in NYC, DC, Virginia and Texas, I have a few stories to tell about the importance of being the change you want to see. Fired Up!
For those of you down to help, this message comes from Beth Bafford. She coordinated a big part of my trip to Northern Virginia a few weeks ago. She's now moved on to PA. Here's her message.
Greetings from Philadelphia! WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are embarking on a major voter registration push to get Pennsylvania voters registered as Democrats by the March 24th deadline. We have tons of volunteers from in and out of state in PA going door to door registering voters, but we need people calling as well to reach as many potential Barack voters as possible. We need to call registered independents [SUNDAY] AND MONDAY to ask them if they are Obama supporters, and if so, then we will send them voter registration forms RIGHT AWAY for them to fill out and return by the deadline! If you can help, please EMAIL ME- email@example.com, and I will email you call sheets and brief scripts to use in your efforts! EVERY CALL COUNTS! If you get one independent Obama supporter to register as a Democrat, it is worth it! We have been told that we need to make 90,000 calls tomorrow- so let's show PA that New York is still working hard to elect Barack Obama as our next President!!! FIRED UP! BethUpdate: if you're on Facebook, you can join this group to help folks get registered to vote