Huge in Harrisonburg

Well folks, I’m guessing that the Obama rally in Harrisonburg was the largest event in recent history for the city.  According to the JMU website, the convocation center holds 7,612 and I assure you that many more thousands of people were there who didn’t make it inside.  I wish that I could show you pictures of Senator Obama, but unfortunately I was unable to get in myself.  From what I overheard, apparently you needed to arrive at least a good four hours ahead of time and, as I mentioned in my last post, I was quite unwilling to stand out in the cold for more than an hour.  To be fair, I would have tried to arrive sooner, but misinformation related to shuttle services delayed me considerably.

Nevertheless, I found numerous interesting pictures:  the scores of Obama supporters, the relatively small band of McCain supporters, vendors haggling their wares, piles of trash left scattered about by the waiting spectators, masses clustered around TV sets watching the live broadcast, and let us not forget a curious man in a suit waving a Soviet flag while shouting pro-Obama messages.  I present to you a mere sampling of the sights of the day.  If you still need more, check out YouTube or http://hbblogs.com/.

A pro-McCain rally going on nearby
A pro-McCain rally going on nearby
My first sight of the event...not a good sign
My first sight of the event...not a good sign
The line of people unable to get in continues.
The line of people unable to get in continues.
A view of the crowd in the back of the building
A view of the crowd in the back of the building
Another view of the crowd in back.
Another view of the crowd in back.

Disgraceful.  Just disgraceful.
Disgraceful. Just disgraceful.
A fairly happy band of pro-McCain students.
A fairly happy band of pro-McCain students.
Watching from the TV (1)
Watching from the TV (1)
Watching from the TV (2)
Watching from the TV (2)
Man with Soviet Flag
Man with Soviet Flag

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