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Obama-O'Malley rally at Bowie State

Christopher Dean Hopkins

UPDATE 5:14 p.m.: Marietta Smith,18, a sophomore from Bowie, was raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation on campus and did not get to hear the speeches. She said she is "leaning toward O'Malley."

"I have heard a lot about him and education," she said.

But despite his pledges to keep tuition low at Maryland's public universities, she said several friends could not afford to return to Bowie State this year because they could not find the funds.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

UPDATE 5:03 p.m.: Narae Wright,17, a Bowie State University freshman from Suitland, and her friends Ishalay White, 17, of Fort Washington and Jyla Wooten, 18, of Upper Marlboro waited more than three hours in the bright sun on the Bowie State quad before Obama spoke.

They had gotten in line around noon, and once the gates opened, they found themselves in the front row. If Obama had not come to campus, they said, they definitely would not have come out.

"He was powerful, inspirational," said Wooten, who said she would take his urgings to heart and vote on Nov. 2. "Not too many people come here and say to us on a daily basis to follow our dreams."

She was among the hundreds who got to shake Obama's hand after the speech as he worked the crowd across metal barricades."I took lots of pictures too," she said.

For White, Obama was the big draw. "He is for education, he's the first black president. I am with him 100 percent," she said.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Obama has wrapped up his speech and is working the crowd.

UPDATE 3:12 p.m.: Obama has arrived. Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown just took the stage and said "the president is in the house!"

"This election, like every election, is so important to our future," Brown said. "President Obama needs us - he needs Martin O'Malley in Annapolis and Sen. Mikulski in Washington.

Mikulski and O'Malley have taken the stage. Sen. Mikulski is talking now.

-- Aaron C. Davis

UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: O'Malley? Mikulski? That's not why 20 year old Shealea Steales, a junior from Odenton cut class Thursday afternoon to stand in line for more than 30 minutes at Bowie State.

"I had to," she said. "I want to hear Obama speak."

Still, she was willing to wear an O'Malley/Brown sticker and listen to more than an hour of other politicians' exhortations to get out the vote. "I guess we are her to rally for O'Malley," she said at the historically black college, one of the nation's oldest.

Prince George's low voter turnout in the Sept. 14 primary, when only about 20 percent of those eligible cast ballots, does not bode well for state Democrats, and O'Malley's campaign has stepped up its efforts in the voter-rich county, a Democratic stronghold. Thursday's appearance with Obama -- who campaigned for O'Malley four years ago at Bowie State -- is designed to inspire greater turnout on Nov. 2.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

UPDATE 2:42 p.m.: Before Obama took stage, a parade of leading Maryland Democrats took the stage, exhorting the crowd to vote for O'Malley and others on the party's ticket Nov. 2.

"It is our moment, but if we do not seize it, it will be forever gone," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). "I don't want motion, I don't want commotion, I don't want emotion without results."

Cummings said Republicans have been trying to push Obama down "a mountain of ice."

"Yet he keeps marching up that mountain," Cummings said.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), an early supporter of Obama's presidential bid, was among the Democrats who underscored how important Prince George's County is for O'Malley.

"It's not a mistake that we're in Prince George's," Gansler said. "Virginia forgot to step up, and they have a Republican governor."

-- John Wagner

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: A handful of rallygoers at the Obama rally at Bowie State University have either passed out or reported feeling dizzy, and paramedics have transported one person to the hospital, a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman said Thursday.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, said five or six people (out of an expected crowd of about 5,000) were treated for their symptoms on the scene, and one was transported to a hospital. He said it remains unclear what is causing people to become ill but "a lot of these people, once they calm down and start getting out of the crowds, they feel a lot better."

Brady said more EMS personnel have been dispatched to the scene, and a triage area has been set up for those feeling ill. He said he himself was on his way to the rally to get a better understanding of what was going on. Most of his information, he said, came from radio transmissions.

-- Matt Zapatosky

2:29 p.m.: Thousands have made their way through security and have collected around a stage erected outside the Theodore R. McKeldin Gymnasium on the campus of Bowie State University awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama for a rally to re-elect Gov. Martin O'Malley and a slate of Maryland Democrats in Congress.

obamaomalley_rally1.JPGFollowing an opening prayer, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (D-Calvert) warmed up the crowd saying Maryland Democrats will send the Tea Party and Republicans packing on Nov. 2. "We're not going to stand for the tea party here in Maryland," Miller said to raucous applause and whistles. "When we're through with them, they're going to be in the Chesapeake Bay, floating out to sea."

Using a basketball analogy, Rep. Donna Edwards, said Prince George's County is Obama's home court and the crowd would send a message that "we have his back."

Some 5,000 people RSVP'd for the rally, according to Democratic organizers. It was too soon to tell how many people had arrived. But thousands were inside and hundreds were still in line with 15 minutes before organizers had planned to close the perimeter for security reasons.

-- Aaron C. Davis

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 7, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Barack Obama, Governor, Prince George's County  
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Comments

So if OMalley is way ahead in the polls, as he should be in a Dem. dominated state like Md., why are the Dems bringing out the big guns in OBama and Clinton? Could it be that th polls are wrong and that Marylanders are afraid that the Dems will tax them to death next year?

Posted by: VikingRider | October 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the folly of youth. Their minds are so easily manipulated. Based on what I've seen from this generation, I think raising the voting age to 21 might not be a bad idea (can my mommy still come with me?).

Posted by: island1 | October 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

the world is waiting for his teleprompter to fall of the podium...then his youtube sensation of the seal falling off the podium will be complete...obama the idiot in cheif....hahahahah!

Posted by: JWx2 | October 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Americans are tired of hearing lies about "death Panels" and "Socialism" coming from the Cheap Labor Conservatives. They need to be reminded that it was Republicans who got us into this mess, and Obama who saved America from freefalling into the bottomless pit they dug.

The only people whining and complaining about what he accomplished are those who want America to go back to the exact same Bush policies that almost destroyed America. The American People are NOT fooled by a "Tea Party" rebranding by the GOP in their desperate attempt to remove the Bush stink and make everybody forget. It still stinks...America hasn't forgotten...and only the gullible poodles are falling for it.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 7, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It's getting bad when Obama makes people sick even in liberal Maryland.

Posted by: robtr | October 7, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Tune in for coverage of this race on Fox "News" and you will get the spin of one of the major donors to Ehrlich's campaign. Yes, Fox "News" Corp actually gave a MILLION DOLLARS to the Republican Governors Association, which is FUNDING Ehrlich ads.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20013876-503544.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/20/AR2010092006110.html

Did you ever dream there would be such a blatantly politically-involved TV channel that had the gall to call itself "news"? What has our media degraded into? STILL WAITING FOR HOWARD KURTZ TO GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THIS DEVELOPMENT. Hello Howard, anyone home???

Posted by: B2O2 | October 7, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Voting for the O'Malley is basically throwing in the towel. It's like saying "I'll never do well in my life, but at least I'll get a decent check from the government.

O'Malley really is the worst governor we've had. Spiro Agnew laughs at this guy.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 7, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm just looking at that crowd. Must be at least 500 people there. Not bad for two of the most unpopular politicians in the Baltimore/DC area.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I see where three dozen people got sick at the Odumbo rally.
Understandable, since I want to puke every time the leftist clown's big eared face comes on the television.

Posted by: LarryG62 | October 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I love my President. However, as a black Democrat from Prince George's county I am impressed by what your actions reveal, not who you get to come out and "endorse" you. So I am not on the "support O'Malley" side. He has left me less than impressed. I am a SuperVoter, and an organizer. All of the votes that have organized (and they are many) will go to my party Senator and Congresswoman. O'Malley has not earned my vote. The sad truth is that Ehrlich is running the worse campaign since Kennedy-Townsend. Ehrlich had better step up fast. He really needs to put something out that will make voting for O'Malley - taboo. Hmmmmmm...

Posted by: jennjen | October 7, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Quite the contrary, In MD we have strong representation in the Governor's mansion and in the US Senate and House. O'Malley, Milkulski and Hoyer make for a well governed MD and strong support for education for all. The President is a welcome guest to MD. At least here, the people have good manners and are loyal to the country. The President is our guest and was treated accordingly.

Posted by: CarmanK | October 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Quite the contrary, In MD we have strong representation in the Governor's mansion and in the US Senate and House. O'Malley, Milkulski and Hoyer make for a well governed MD and strong support for education for all. The President is a welcome guest to MD. At least here, the people have good manners and are loyal to the country. The President is our guest and was treated accordingly.

Posted by: CarmanK | October 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Quite the contrary, In MD we have strong representation in the Governor's mansion and in the US Senate and House. O'Malley, Milkulski and Hoyer make for a well governed MD and strong support for education for all. The President is a welcome guest to MD. At least here, the people have good manners and are loyal to the country. The President is our guest and was treated accordingly.

Posted by: CarmanK | October 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, give me a break, what has Mikulski done for Md.? She is a nasty person who thinks she is entitled to another term. If the GOP had any credibility in this state, although I'm a Dem., I'd vote the diminutive Senator from Md. out. And Hoyer, what has he done for his district? He is more interested in kissing up to Pelosi and Reid to advance his own political ambitions.

Posted by: VikingRider | October 7, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, give me a break, what has Mikulski done for Md.? She is a nasty person who thinks she is entitled to another term. If the GOP had any credibility in this state, although I'm a Dem., I'd vote the diminutive Senator from Md. out. And Hoyer, what has he done for his district? He is more interested in kissing up to Pelosi and Reid to advance his own political ambitions.

Posted by: VikingRider | October 7, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

But, Why is The Anti-Christ Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | October 7, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget about Van Hollen. He hasn't done a thing, and is just a hired megaphone for the DNC. At least Morella actually cared about her constituents.

Posted by: island1 | October 7, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama motivates younger people like no other politician today. And the influence he has won't be disappearing in the next 2 years. Too bad for the tired, old elephant.

Posted by: AverageJane | October 7, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

To makom and island1: For the love of God please take and stay on your meds--

There has to be a spark of rational thinking somehwere between both of you.

More to be pitied than scorned!

Posted by: suec716 | October 7, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"I'm just looking at that crowd. Must be at least 500 people there. Not bad for two of the most unpopular politicians in the Baltimore/DC area."

Unpopular? Well, let's test that. Have Ehrlich invite George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or Sarah Palin to head a rally for him in suburban DC and see how he does here. (Why hasn't he done that? Maybe he knows a little more about public opinion than some of you guys do.)

Or if they're too busy maybe Michael Steele has the time. After all, it was that landslide he won locally that put him in the US Senate...oh, wait...(rolls eyes)

Posted by: mkarns | October 7, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

CarmanK: I wonder how good your manners would be if former President Bush 43 would come to this state. My gut tells me your manners are impeccable only when it suits your needs.

wilder5121: if you and others continue to believe it was Republicans and only Republicans that are responsible for this Great Recession, you need to go on detox meds for that koolaid you're drinking. The policies promoted/led by Sen. Chris Dodd and Cong. Barney Frank and other democrats forcing banks to offer mortgages to people who plainly couldn't afford them (the Bush Administration tried for years to stop this practice) were equally responsible. No one party can be blamed; no one party can shed blame. You're talking about an organization that gave $22m of stimulus checks to dead people and prison inmates. Yes, this is a well-oiled machine.

So both of you wake up and stop playing partisan games. The sooner people stop this nonsense, the sooner we can all agree to finally get this country on the right track.

If not, God help us all.

Posted by: Jefferson5 | October 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Slightly off topic, but I don't get this:

"The policies promoted/led by Sen. Chris Dodd and Cong. Barney Frank and other democrats forcing banks to offer mortgages to people who plainly couldn't afford them (the Bush Administration tried for years to stop this practice)"

???

If the Bush administration did anything to stop that practice it sure did a good job hiding it. Bush and Co. spent a lot of time during the housing bubble bragging about record levels of homeownership; remember that "ownership society" talk? Karl Rove was saying that more homeownership among minorities and the poor was a great thing because, after all, housing prices never go down (yeah right) and the wealth created would make those Democratic voters into Republicans out of gratitude. This was not only bad economics but also didn't produce the desired political benefits.

And let's remember that during most of the Bush presidency and the housing bubble, Congress was controlled by Republicans and Dodd and Frank were thus in the minority. If Bush and the GOP really thought that housing and mortgage policy needed reform, then it seems that they should have had the votes to do something about it then, no matter what Barney Frank or Chris Dodd thought.

Posted by: mkarns | October 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

So Suec, name exactly one non-partisan accomplishment of Van Hollen's. Morella at least broke with her party's ranks to reflect the desires of her constituents.

To tie in my earlier post and this article, you ever heard the saying "if you're under 30 and a Democrat you have a heart, and if you're over 30 and a Republican you have a brain?" I'm guessing you're over 30.

Posted by: island1 | October 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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