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Thousands Turn Out For Obama Rally

Tim Craig

Thousands of people are waiting in line to get into Sen. Barack Obama's rally this evening at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

The line to get through security stretches for more than a mile through the leafy campus. Obama will be joined by his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), the first time the two have campaigned together since the days immediately following last month's Democratic National Convention.

The rally begins at 5:30 p.m., but the campus square where Obama and Biden will speak is already crammed with thousands of supporters. Those still waiting in line are being warned they may not get in.

Dawna Vaughn of Fredericksburg is in line with her 9-year-old daughter, Lizzy

"This is incredible. I was just on the phone trying to explain to my husband why we were not in yet," said Vaughn, who's been in line 45 minutes. "He expects us to be in and he just doesn't understand and can't conceive of the amount of people here."

Vaughn remains optimistic that she and Lizzy will still make it into the rally.

"We want to see a once-in-a-lifetime event," Vaughn said.

Karen Czekanski of Woodbridge is convinced she may not get in. But Czekanski said she is heartened to see so many people turn out, which she said should bode well on Nov. 4.

"It is just exciting to see the magnitude of his support," said Czekanski, who has been in line more than an hour. "It's just fun to be in line and talk with everyone, who have so much in common."

Update 5:15 p.m: The United States Secret Service has now stopped letting additional people into the campus square. There appears to be 5,000 to 8,000 people who made it in, but nearly as many - perhaps more - were left outside.

Making matters worse, an intense storm is now blowing into Fredericksburg. The crowd is getting soaked, but no one is leaving.

Update: 5:40 p.m. Storm over.

Update:6:45 p.m. People are still waiting for Obama and Biden to arrive. And they are standing in a muddy mess.

Jamie Wolf, 23, has been at the event since 11:00 a.m.. She and her boyfriend, Kyle, 27, drove in this morning from Chesapeake Beach Maryland, a 90-minute trip.

"We came here to see Obama," Wolf said, as she sat on a metal barrier to try to escape the mud. "It's worth it. He found out yesterday Obama was speaking and we just wanted to see him in person."

Update 6:55 p.m.: A Fredericksburg police officer confirms that thousands of people were unable to get into the rally. Some left for home, but many others are still wandering the campus or surrounding neighborhoods.

Update 7:02 p.m. Jay Snipes, chief of the University of Mary Washington police force, estimates that 12,000 are at the rally and another 14,000 were unable to get in, according to an email he sent the Obama campaign.

Update 7:04 p.m: Obama and Biden have just arrived to a thunderous welcome.

"I think this is the leftover crowd from the soccer game," Biden joked.

Update: 7:10 p.m. Biden is delivering a biting critique of Arizona Sen. John McCain's record and his peformance at last night's debate.

"This was supposed to be John McCain's home turf but Barack owned that turf last night," Biden said of the debate.

7:22 p.m. Obama is now speaking.

"It is a thrill to be here back in Virginia because I think we may just turn Virginia blue this time." Obama said. "I know some of you got a little damp, and I'm deeply sorry."

He added, "Those of you wearing that special outfit, I would like to cover everyone's dry cleaning bills tonight, but I can't 'cause I got to use it on the campaign. So consider it one more modest effort to help the campaign."

Update 7:25 p.m. It's raining again, but Obama continues to give his stump speech.

By Tim Craig  |  September 27, 2008; 4:05 PM ET
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Comments

It is great that so many people want to be part of history, words can not explain..

Posted by: Kathy Knott | September 27, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't need a beauty queen to draw a crowd when your message is correct.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

It is great that so many people want to be part of history, words can not explain..

Posted by: Kathy Knott of Stafford | September 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

It truly is incredible. I hope all that try, get to attend and see this fine team Obama-Biden. So wise of them to take this opportunity to campaign together. Virginia is within reach for them this year.

Posted by: Skyline1 | September 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess everyone wants to see history being made. I don't see anything exciting about Obama at all. He should be defeated in a landslide unless the country has all gone wacky.

Posted by: Joe Bloise | September 27, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

We are fired up and ready to go! Obama's got the wind at his back with a powerful debate performance under his belt and Joe Biden at his side. Where is Sarah Palin today? Oh, yea, the campaign schedule says she in an "undisclosed location," again.

Posted by: Army Brat | September 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in Virginia for nearly 30 years and I have never seen people more excited about a political candidate. Obama transcends color and traditional party lines.

He has a base in both the white and black communities and is attracting moderate Republicans and independents in a manner similar to what Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have. Neither the far left nor the far right can hope to win an election.

Obama's candidacy is not only about hope and the future, but it is also about healing the past so we can truly become the United States of America.

Posted by: Carol A.O. Wolf of Richmond, Va. | September 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Why are these folks waiting in line? Because Obama represents a future of hope and unity. Wish I could be there!

Posted by: Honolulu1 | September 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

There will be a lot more people than that at the Sarah Palin event in Orange County, California!!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | September 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

My brother, a lifelong Republican and a CFO of a large corporation, called after the debate last night to let me know that he is voting for Obama. Why?

He said that the people who understand all the details of how this market meltdown came into being know that the same sort of thinking that created the problems -- cannot solve the problems.

His favorite OBama quote from last night:

“We also have to recognize that this is a final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by George Bush, supported by Senator McCain — the theory that basically says that we can shred regulations and consumer protections and give more and more to the most and somehow prosperity will trickle down,” Mr. Obama said. “It hasn’t worked, and I think that the fundamentals of the economy have to be measured by whether or not the middle class is getting a fair shake.”

Posted by: GOP Sister, Chesterfield County, Va. | September 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

That's a wonderful testament to how much people want change.

Posted by: Sara B | September 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Virginia,
While you are listening to Obama and his BS, he is responsible for putting MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of tax payer money in the bailout to go to HIS GROUP, ACORN!
This low income housing group ran by "Community Organizers" gave loans to millions of Americans who could NOT pay back the loan! But they did NOT care! They are currently under investigation for Voter Fraud. LOTS of voter fraud. And of course, these "community organizers" are responsible for the Millions of bad loans. Obama rewards this low income housing group with MORE WORKING AMERICANS MONEY! He is a Community Organizer and their lawyer! He is a crook!

And the DECEIPT by Harry Reid, Chris Dodd whom is the HEAD of the Banking Committee that instead of DOING his job of overseeing these agencies instead took $600,000 PLUS from these groups, Nancy Plosi and Obama, who also took HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS is UNforgiveable.

America trusted you and you did this!

America, FIRE Reid, Pelosi, Dodd AND OBAMA!

SHAME ON OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRAT SENATE!
America, FIRE OBAMA!

Posted by: OBAMA IS A FRAUD! | September 27, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Senator McCain’s Judgment of picking VP please watch Gov Palin’s interview over CBS Katie Couric
I think 10th grader could to better then her

Posted by: free55 | September 27, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear OBAMA IS A FRAUD! --
Please stop yelling at us.
Thanks.

Posted by: Harry | September 27, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama = 21st Century
McCain = 19th Century
Palin= Prehistoric Times

Posted by: HM | September 27, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

As a foreigner, I cannot comprehend how anyone who is reasonably intelligent and who loves America could possibly vote for a ticket with Sarah Palin on it. Do they not have self respect? Do they not feel insulted? Do they not feel afraid to put that kind of power into the hands of someone of such limited intelligence who could blow up the whole world, not to mention the United States? Does winning mean so much that you could put the entire country at risk?

Posted by: Beverley Walrond | September 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As a foreigner, I cannot comprehend how anyone who is reasonably intelligent and who loves America could possibly vote for a ticket with Sarah Palin on it. Do they not have self respect? Do they not feel insulted? Do they not feel afraid to put that kind of power into the hands of someone of such limited intelligence who could blow up the whole world, not to mention the United States? Does winning mean so much that you could put the entire country at risk?

Posted by: Beverley Walrond | September 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Francisco Cardenas said:

There will be a lot more people than that at the Sarah Palin event in Orange County, California!!


i am sure there will be. a comedy act like that doesn't come along every day| hilarious

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I live in Loudoun County, VA - Obama bumper stickers and signs are everywhere..

Despite all the sarcasm/condescension of the angry old man yesterday....The Obama movement is stronger...

No McCain, No Drama (suspend campaign, fire Cox, Bomb Iran etc)..

God bless America

Posted by: Andy | September 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

After last night, it's game over for Grumpy and Caribou Barbie. They don't even trust her enough to provide post-debate commentary. That's truly amazing. Biden was everywhere, but where oh where was Caribou Barbie? She was being muzzled by McCain's handlers and possibly cramming with Cliff Notes for her debate. The McCain/Palin ticket is a joke and a HUGE insult to al Americans. Last night we saw the real McCain- nasty, condescending, rude and full of ideas about the past. Obama, on the other hand, was polite, well-versed, intelligent, thoughtful, analytical and full of ideas about our future - exactly the kind of things we should look for in a President. The right choice in this election is SO obvious that I can't believe anyone still thinks McCain/Palin is a ticket to vote for. How could anyone vote to put the hockey mom a heartbeat away from the Presidency is beyond me!

Posted by: teresa | September 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who lives here in Virginia, especial rural Virginia, knows the magnitude of the change that has already occured. We have a viable Obama office right here in the Gloucester/Middlesex /Mathews area. The First Congressional District was gerrymandered beyond belief to give it to any republican who was breathing. Democracy was dead. Now it is all different. Lots of volunteers, a going campaign. History has already been made and is being made every day. Bill Day may become our congressman. Mark Warner will certainly be our senator along side Jimm Webb. Yes we can and we will!

Posted by: Don Mikulecky | September 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

After last night, it's game over for Grumpy and Caribou Barbie. They don't even trust her enough to provide post-debate commentary. That's truly amazing. Biden was everywhere, but where oh where was Caribou Barbie? She was being muzzled by McCain's handlers and possibly cramming with Cliff Notes for her debate. The McCain/Palin ticket is a joke and a HUGE insult to al Americans. Last night we saw the real McCain- nasty, condescending, rude and full of ideas about the past. Obama, on the other hand, was polite, well-versed, intelligent, thoughtful, analytical and full of ideas about our future - exactly the kind of things we should look for in a President. The right choice in this election is SO obvious that I can't believe anyone still thinks McCain/Palin is a ticket to vote for. How could anyone vote to put the hockey mom a heartbeat away from the Presidency is beyond me!

Posted by: teresa | September 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who lives here in Virginia, especial rural Virginia, knows the magnitude of the change that has already occured. We have a viable Obama office right here in the Gloucester/Middlesex /Mathews area. The First Congressional District was gerrymandered beyond belief to give it to any republican who was breathing. Democracy was dead. Now it is all different. Lots of volunteers, a going campaign. History has already been made and is being made every day. Bill Day may become our congressman. Mark Warner will certainly be our senator along side Jimm Webb. Yes we can and we will!

Posted by: Don Mikulecky | September 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

After watching the debate last night I have no doubt Obama is going to be the next president.

Posted by: venny gesare | September 27, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse


There will be a lot more people than that at the Sarah Palin event in Orange County, California!!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | September 27, 2008 5:25 PM

I believe you. Freak shows always draw larger crowds!!

Posted by: McCain's Membrane | September 27, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Dear "OBAMA IS A FRAUD".
Don't waste your breath, even though what you are saying is factually true. Talking reason to Obama followers is like talking reason to one high on a drug. Lets see when the curtain is drawn in the voting booth, if Americans vote for a smooth talking lawyer with corrupt friends, mentors, and associates, and a large Pied Piper following. If we do, we deserve what is coming.

Posted by: woodstock1969 | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin voters are completely removed from reality. The country has changed for the worse. Another incumbent is not the answer. OBAMA 2008!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin voters are completely removed from reality. The country has changed for the worse. Another incumbent is not the answer. OBAMA 2008!

Posted by: No McCain/Palin | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Don M. and Andy - I too sense the sea change that is taking place in VA politics. I have lived here since 1980 and never have I seen the state so enthusiastic for a Democratic presidential nominee. In Loudoun, Obama signs and supporters are everywhere you look. One need only look the turnout today in Fredericksburg to realize the Old Dominion is no longer reliably Republican. We have a Dem for governor and will soon have 2 Dems as Senators. I truly think Obama can and will take VA on November 4 - a state that hasn't voted for a Dem for President since 1964. The times, they are a changin'.

Posted by: Terresa | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Don M. and Andy - I have lived in VA since 1980 and I, too, sense the sea change taking place in VA politics. I truly believe Obama can and will take this state - a state that hasn't voted for a Dem for Prez since 1964! We have a Dem governor and wills soon have 2 Dem Senators. "Oh the times, they are a changin'"

Posted by: teresa | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Don M. and Andy - I have lived in VA since 1980 and I, too, sense the sea change taking place in VA politics. I truly believe Obama can and will take this state - a state that hasn't voted for a Dem for Prez since 1964! We have a Dem governor and wills soon have 2 Dem Senators. "Oh the times, they are a changin'"

Posted by: teresa | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I attended the Obama rally in Greensboro North Carolina today. Thousands of folks in attendance.We are craving change in this country.

So happy to read about a great turnout in Virginia tonight!

Posted by: mary marshall | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin voters are completely removed from reality. The country has changed for the worse. Another incumbent is not the answer. OBAMA 2008!

Posted by: No McCain or Palin | September 27, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

A live feed was supposed to be available at http://origin.barackobama.com/live/ but it keeps saying "off-air". Rain delay?

I hope the video is available afterward. We tried to go but got there late due to work we had to finish up beforehand, and the line was all the way around the south half of the campus and into a diagonal street inside it as far as we could see. A bit too much for someone with a touch of the 'ritis so we headed home to hopefully watch from home.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

8,000 for Obama and Biden. 23,000 for McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Susan | September 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

If McCain came there today, he'd get about 32 people. But the papers would say 3200.

Come on, news media. This election is about the future, not some grumpy old frog. It's about time we all put little GI John to bed.

Posted by: madman | September 27, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"8,000 for Obama and Biden. 23,000 for McCain and Palin."
......................................
yea....22,000 old horny white men and 1000 bimbos and Fox new girls...all needing a life!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Susan, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported that it wasn't 23,000 for McPalin but actually 10,000. The Repub Party of Virginia threw out that inflated figure.

Posted by: Marsha H | September 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear Woodstock1969 --

Re: "If we do, we deserve what is coming."

Has this country deserved what we got the last eight years?


Posted by: Harry | September 27, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

He appeared in Seattle back in Feb and I went to the Seattle Center rally he put on. It was amazing to me the number of people of all types who were in a very long line to get in to hear him. The Key Arena held ~20k and my estimate was that I was about the 22,000th person in line.

Ultimately the arena maxxed out and there were 5k+ of us standing in a light drizzle hoping that his speech would be piped outside the entrance where we were all gathered. That they did but not before Barack Obama himself made an appearance and gave a short talk to us on the outside before entering and delivering a speech that still resonates within me.

Posted by: PatD | September 27, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Virginia... how many times do you need to get hit over the head before you ask who's hittin' ya? Get busy in VA -- do what you can to make it happen. Remember how close the Webb vs. Macaca election was? Every vote counts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

dagnamit! History is in the making, but work got the best of me. I wish I was there so 30 years from now I can tell my grandchildren I was there.

Posted by: jake | September 27, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Francisco in OC, California: Didn't Palin cancel her event in OC?

Posted by: Allison in San Diego | September 27, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

When Sarah Palin appeared in Florida at the Villages I saw Fox reporting crowd of 60,000. I couldn't believe the number so I caught all three TampaBay newscasts - one said 20,000, one said 30,000 and one said 40,000. Someone should fact check the McCain campaign crowd estimates.

Posted by: jberry999 | September 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Those Virginia and Maryland people really are on the ball. They know a change it is a comin'. And they know that the Obama/Biden selection is the one to make if you want this country to get back on the right track. I want to be able to travel to other countries and have my money worth something, and my flag be respected the way it use to be - BGB - before George Bush. And McBush and Catibou Barbie are not an answer to anything except courting disaster.

Posted by: Betty C, MD | September 27, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the live feed ( http://origin.barackobama.com/live/ ) is working now.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

whoever said 23000 showed up for McCain/Palin. Didn't you see WSJ saying the McCain campaign was lying about that?

Posted by: jaleh | September 27, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

An unsung moment of the debate
by greenrose2

I watched the replay of the debate to digest the whole thing. To think rather than emote my way through the responses. And it was in watching the replay that I picked up my absolute favorite unsung moment of the debate.

It came when Senator McCain was stumbling with Ahmadinejad's name. He was stumbling hard, almost unable to get the name or any semblance of it pronounced. Very quietly, but audibly Senator Obama can be heard saying something. In the first viewing, I knew he had said something there, but was unable to decipher exactly what he had said. In listening to the replay it's easy to hear his comment.

He quietly acknowledged to Senator McCain "That's a tough one." When I heard his remark, his gracious nod to the Senator's struggle to pronounce a very difficult name, his compassion for the man, I choked up. It humbled me. It made me briefly look inward, and feel lesser for originally maybe hoping that it was some cutting barb. And it showed him as a man greater than politics, greater for inspiring empathy and compassion for a fellow man.

Senator McCain's demeaning, belittling style in the debate has drawn criticism. Rightly so in my opinion. Some has been said of Senator Obama's gracious and respectful style, some even criticizing his style for not being more vicious, more attacking. But to me, the real measure of the man, not his "style," but who he is, came in that comment.

It was a very quiet statement. But what it said about Barack Obama is loud and clear.

Posted by: Bill | September 27, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that not too many paid Republican strategists have added their negative comments to this report. Good to see that Virginia is not really sippin the Palin Koolaid. Virginia, you can do it! If you select Obama, it's a wrap. Get to work, Virginia. It is our time, it is your turn. Make this thing happen. We in Maryland are tired of watching this country go downhill for no other reason than stupidity while other countries laugh at us and shake their heads. It's time for a change. --Go Virginia! (Wahoo School of Medicine '98)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that not too many paid Republican strategists have added their negative comments to this report. Good to see that Virginia is not really sippin the Palin Koolaid. Virginia, you can do it! If you select Obama, it's a wrap. Get to work, Virginia. It is our time, it is your turn. Make this thing happen. We in Maryland are tired of watching this country go downhill for no other reason than stupidity while other countries laugh at us and shake their heads. It's time for a change. --Go Virginia! (Wahoo School of Medicine '98)

Posted by: a_skeptic | September 27, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

An unsung moment of the debate
by greenrose2

I watched the replay of the debate to digest the whole thing. To think rather than emote my way through the responses. And it was in watching the replay that I picked up my absolute favorite unsung moment of the debate.

It came when Senator McCain was stumbling with Ahmadinejad's name. He was stumbling hard, almost unable to get the name or any semblance of it pronounced. Very quietly, but audibly Senator Obama can be heard saying something. In the first viewing, I knew he had said something there, but was unable to decipher exactly what he had said. In listening to the replay it's easy to hear his comment.

He quietly acknowledged to Senator McCain "That's a tough one." When I heard his remark, his gracious nod to the Senator's struggle to pronounce a very difficult name, his compassion for the man, I choked up. It humbled me. It made me briefly look inward, and feel lesser for originally maybe hoping that it was some cutting barb. And it showed him as a man greater than politics, greater for inspiring empathy and compassion for a fellow man.

Senator McCain's demeaning, belittling style in the debate has drawn criticism. Rightly so in my opinion. Some has been said of Senator Obama's gracious and respectful style, some even criticizing his style for not being more vicious, more attacking. But to me, the real measure of the man, not his "style," but who he is, came in that comment.

It was a very quiet statement. But what it said about Barack Obama is loud and clear.

Posted by: Bill | September 27, 2008 7:02 PM

-----------------------

Amen, Bill. Amen.

Posted by: a_skeptic | September 27, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Keep losing the feed. GRRRR!

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This is inspiring, but I hope that those who put up with so much to see the candidates will turn out on November 4th. The one thing that the Republicans have going for them is that their "base" is reliable on election day. I have been a precinct worker for over ten years, and I can tell you that the Republicans turn out regardless of the weather. We need to remember that none of the "polls" matter except for the one taken that day at official polling places. Obama can win Virginia, but his supporters have to show up on November 4th to be counted.

Posted by: jsw | September 27, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing that after reading all about the storm, the mud, and (above all) the fact that more than half the crowd couldn't even get in... I'm just kicking myself I didn't go down there as well!

It sounds like the rally of a lifetime. The excitement and fun of an event like this is not just seeing the candidates (if you get to) but meeting all the other Obama supporters and volunteers. We are fired up in the commonwealth, and we ARE going to turn Virginia blue. Barack and Joe, come back again soon.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 27, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama is a fraud. Because everyone knows its just a snap to get into Harvard Law School, and once you are there to be the one out of 1500 who is selected to be President of the Law Review. Oh yeah, the first black President of the Law Review. And running for the Illinois State Senate, and serving there for 11 years, and becoming a Senator from a huge, diverse state, why those require no brains and no talent at all. And lord knows he seemed utterly flustered and confused last week. Oh wait, that was McCain.

Posted by: fmjk | September 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin brought McCain into the limelite, but she will be the cause of his downfall. They can't hide her forever and she will have to make appearances before Nov 4 or lose by default. They lose either way.
Naturally she will draw big crowds in Orange County, one of the country's largest republican strongholds and Rush's biggest herd of sheep. Doubt if she will say anything cognitive, just feed the choir more pablum...and no questions please.

Posted by: westcan46 | September 27, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Lost feed again, after having it freeze.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Virginians will make history if they step forward and make the state blue. As one of the oldest states in the union, Virginia can lead the way to a better future for the whole nation if they go Obama/Biden.

Posted by: freein08 | September 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama all the way!He is so inspirational and practical at the same time.Mcnasty is a mean old man!Old man yells at cloud.

Obama08

Posted by: Philippa | September 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

It is funny how some people after watching the debate memorized how Mccain stumbled saying some names and they failed to recognize how Obama could not remember the soldier's name on his bracelet he had to look for the name !!!!! how insensitive self-seving pig! The mom gave him her son's bracelet to wear and he did not even bother reading his name in the midest of Barbara singing and his gym's work out !

Posted by: CVO | September 27, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

woodstock1969 wrote:

"Lets see when the curtain is drawn in the voting booth, if Americans vote for a smooth talking lawyer with corrupt friends, mentors, and associates,"

I didn't know McCain was a lawyer, and I would never consider him to be a smooth talker. But, corrupt friends and associates, that's McCain to a T! The last thing this country needs is another 4 years of Bush/Cheney deciding.

Posted by: halcyon1 | September 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

To the delusional McSame/Palin blogges if you think Sarah can get votes for McSame your wrong. The difference is Obama crowds back him up by voting for him that why Obama/Biden will win this election.

After the debate last night Obama is going to take over the red states on Nov 4 just wait and see, so take all your small talk which is about nothing.

We have a real change Leader not someone who can't back up his own campaign slogan "Country First" and by stealing others ideas.

Obama for President

Posted by: Jacie- California | September 27, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

See Beverly's comment below. The prospect of a McCain-Palin administration is very scarey. People in other countries must think Americans are really stupid. And as Beverly says, lacking in self respect.

As a foreigner, I cannot comprehend how anyone who is reasonably intelligent and who loves America could possibly vote for a ticket with Sarah Palin on it. Do they not have self respect? Do they not feel insulted? Do they not feel afraid to put that kind of power into the hands of someone of such limited intelligence who could blow up the whole world, not to mention the United States? Does winning mean so much that you could put the entire country at risk?

Posted by: Beverley Walrond | September 27, 2008 5:56 PM

Posted by: Denise | September 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Woodstock 1969 --
Question: Did you take the brown acid?
Just curious.

Posted by: Harry | September 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Lost feed again.

Liked his (presumed) ad-lib about the storm and dark clouds.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Feed picked up again for the closing. There were over 2000 viewing it by then. I hope they post a replay.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

This election is about the future vs the past; change vs the status squo. If you are better off now than you were four/or eight years ago, you should vote for McCain because he is pursuing the same failed Bush policies. But if you are like me and million of people in the middle class (the forgotten class), you need to vote for Obama.
America cannot afford four more years of the same failed policies. America cannot afford the status squo. America cannot afford to go back to the past. America must move forward toward a new future, a future based on shared purposes and values, a future based on telling the truth, a future based on real leadership. Obama is a leader who will unite us instead of divide us, a leader who has a plan to lift America from the deep hole it's in, a leader with a vision.
Thus, I am not surprised that Virginians are excited to attend the Obama rally, to hear from a leader who understands where he comes from and has a plan to move the country forward. America wake up!!! The future of our country and our children are at stake.
This election is about who has the best judgment to lead this country. Senator Obama was against the war in Iraq from the beginning while Senator McCain was for it. Senator McCain said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that was a lie. Senator McCain said that our braved troops would be treated as liberators and that the Iraqis would welcome the troops with flowers. Again, he was wrong and that was a lie. He said that the war would have cost less than $50 billion and that Iraq could pay of it. Again, he was wrong, and that was a lie. The war has cost us more than $600 billion so far. Again, and again, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and John McCain lied about the war, and sent our sons and daughters to war without the necessary equipments, without body harmers. This is not leadership, that's a criminal conduct. McCain said he supported the troops because he is himself a veteran, but he opposed necessary health care benefits for veterans. By the way, did you see the poor housing conditions where our injured soldiers were forced to live under when they came back from Iraq? Where was John McCain?
My fellow American, this election is critical to the future of our nation, and we must not go back to the past or maintain the status squo. We must select a leader with a vision to lead. That leader is Senator Barak Obama. Unlike Senator McCain, Senator Obama does not own 13 cars and 9 houses. Senator Obama owns only one car and one house. He understands what the middle class is going through because he spent most of his life in the middle class. He is one of us!!!

Posted by: Michel | September 27, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

As black women I have always had much pride in my country and that is why i'm serving as a Marine. Quantico might not voice out loud this great moment in history but i can tell you that their heads are held a little higher! people in Va. can make a difference.........

Obama 08'
USMC

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the live feed is gone (rained out?) but glad to see here that the event continues! I'll just have to keep trying on the site to see more...

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 27, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I just got home from Fredericksburg. No, my husband and I did not get in, even though we were there by 4:00.
It was absolutely incredible to see the thousands and thousands of people that were there. Quietly waiting in this mile long line, talking with each other.
It was truly awe-inspiring!!!
If this is any indication of the way Virginia will go, I think it may turn blue!

Posted by: Karen C, Purcellville, Va | September 27, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for this coverage. I tried to find a live stream from a TV station that broadcasts in the area, but found none. Wish I could have seen some coverage. Va is a hard market for Dems, so it's amazing to get out such a huge crowd. Go Obama!

Posted by: cindy | September 27, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me how many colleges Sarah Palin attended in order to get her Bachelor's degree? The answer is five. How many years did it take her to finish? The answer is six years. We now can see why. Sometimes I wonder whether she is even qualified to be the mayor of her small town (5,600 people), yet alone the governor of Alaska (600,000 people). Now, she is a heartbeat away to be the president of the United States? Did I say "the United States of America?" I wonder why Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson would say. If they could talk, they would get out of the graves and say that Ms. Palin would never swear in as VP on my dead bodies. It's sad (very sad indeed) to listen to this poor woman. She lacks the intellectual accumen to be a councilwoman, yet alone the vice-president of the USA. America wake up!!!

Posted by: Michel | September 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Wishful thinking is not going to fix what is screwed up with this country and most of it's citizens. What is really unfortunate is that NONE of the people running for President could fix this country given a year full of their "best days."

Americans have been far too spoiled for far too long.

Posted by: PLU482 | September 27, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice that Obama wasn't allowing any signs?! I wasn't there, so I was hoping to get a report from someone who was. Rumor is he banned them, even though it was on public land.

Posted by: whysoangry | September 27, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a fraud, illiterate, and anti-intellectual. As a mayor, she tried to censure several books at the local library even though she never read them. As mayor, she made victims of rape (women) pay for the rape test. As governor, she charged the states a per diem for more than 300 nights she stayed in her own home. As governor, she fired her anyone who challenged her and hired her friends even though they were not qualified. As governor, she fired a State Trooper Commissioner because he refused to fire a State Trooper who had a messy divorce with Sarah's sister. She said she is against earmarks even though she is requesting them (even for the fiscal year 2009). She was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it.
Worst of all, she wants to criminalize any rape victims who got pregnant and want to have an abortion. In order words, if your fifteen years old daughter is raped by a monster and got pregnant, to put insult to injury, Sarah Palin would put her in jail if she attempts to abort the rapist baby.
Sarah has a Down syndrome child, but as governor, she cuts funding for disabled children. Sarah does not want any sex education in school. She favors only abstinence, but her teenage daughter does not practice it. She forgot to tell her teenage daughter about it. Her daughter did not get the memo.
Now, John McCain nominated her as his vice-presidential candidate, but McCain shields her from the media. She does not give interviews (only 2 so far and she was horrible). Last night, we saw Joe Biden on many channels. Where was Sarah? She was nowhere to be found. I guess she was hiding under the bridge to nowhere.
My fellow Americans, Sarah Palin is a fraud. She lacks the education, experience, and the judgment to be vice-president to a 72-year old president. What if something happens, can you imagine Sarah to the president of the United States? As some people have said, that would be a "very bad movie."

Posted by: Joseph | September 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

An excellent speech. An excellent debate. But only one intelligent and future mind man in the escenary. the next President of
the United States of America: Barack Obama.
God Bless Obama, the United States and the
World. Congratulations, Obama!!

Posted by: carlos orozco | September 27, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Amazing crowd today! The line stretched block after block. An anti-abortion protester's megaphone was drowned out by chants of 'War is not Pro-Life!' and 'Obama' from the thousands waiting to get in. I think Virginia can pull this off! YES WE CAN!

Posted by: Ryan | September 27, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Joseph, you sound very much like a lying hack. Do you honestly think you are influencing anyone?

Posted by: whysoangry | September 27, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

You also sound exactly like "Michael", which, if you are, would actually make you a lying hack.

Posted by: whysoangry | September 27, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

So, were they giving out lawn signs? ;-)

Posted by: Chris in Fairfax | September 27, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, whysoangry, but we all see through Palin.

Posted by: John | September 27, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

No mention of the rally in Greensboro NC earlier today where he drew 21,00 plus? Perhaps a bigger event... not to mention the first appearance since the debate, which you falsely imply this minor event was.

Posted by: Jeff P | September 27, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The reason there are so many Obama signs in Loudoun as opposed to McCain signs is that we McCain supporters know that so many of you guys are Kool-Aid drinking freaks that we are afraid you would slash our tires because we do not support your "messiah." It is not that we do not heartily support McCain - we simply believe you people are insane.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I have been canvassing in an affluent part of Fairfax County the last two weekends and have encountered a lot of support for Barack. I think a lot of the thinking is generational, although it's hard to believe that these crusty old patriots can take Mrs. Palin seriously - maybe they just think McCain will last, or if he doesn't the powers won't really let her step in. However, these ARE the same people who put those stupid "Drill Now Pay Less for Gas Vote GOP" signs on their lawn. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about the fossil fuel economy knows that drilling US assets now doesn't result in paying less for gas - Duh.

Posted by: Julie McNamara | September 27, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

By the bye, Virginia today swung back into the "Obama leads" category in the Gallup daily tracker.

I've been doing phone work for the Obama campaign in Loudoun Co., and anecdotally support for him is building.

Playing with some of the online electoral maps, it's very conceivable that Obama will end up trouncing McCain by more than 130 electoral votes...or more.

Posted by: MartinZook | September 27, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

We stood in line for over an hour today and didn't get in, and there were thousands behind us. I was told they gave out 20,000 tickets, so I'm surprised the numbers are so low in this article. It was so good to see such a huge turnout; I am hopeful for the first time in many years. I hope those 50 or 100 McCain/Palin supporters waiving their flags and signs just outside the campus were enlightened by this turnout... but that's probably impossible.

Posted by: Optimistic1 | September 27, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The race is over.

Posted by: waterboard | September 27, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Folks:

Obama/Biden appeared together in Greensboro, NC today. So--although Va may have numerous people -- it's not the first appearance of the slate since the Democratic convention.

Posted by: selle | September 27, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The thought of Obamaand Pelosi might be running this country is a nightmare.

Posted by: PAL | September 27, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear OBAMA IS A FRAUD---

JESUS WAS "A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER."
PONTIUS PILATE WAS A GOVERNOR.

I REST MY CASE.

Posted by: chrisb18 | September 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Monroe County in New York have 14,000 newly registered voters; 11,000 Democrats and 3000 Republicans. I know that NY is reliably blue, but this bodes well for the Democratic Candidates for Congress;;Maffei and Massa.

Posted by: Bill | September 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

So perhaps the rally was why traffic was crawling on 95N?
I feel so much better knowing it was an Obama Rally! Come on Virginia, you can do this! We need you!!

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Sen. Obama in D.C, when Sen. Kennedy endorsed him. It was absolutely amazing!
My 14 year old son and I waited for 5hrs in the freezing cold, but it was worth it!

Posted by: rcamp1 | September 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

DEAR chrisb18 --

IF YOU CAN READ THIS THANK A TEACHER

I rest my case

Posted by: whysoangry | September 27, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I was there the whole time, through the rain, mud, and a few rude people.


I think they underestimated how many people were there inside and out. The line. It stretched way further too.

Very amazing experience.

Posted by: Raven | September 27, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

20,000 in Greensboro and 26,000 in Fredericksburg?

Big Deal.

Diva McSurge was in Washington monitoring the bailout by phone call.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 27, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I live in the Villages, FL and despite all the hype about Palin's visit - there is absolutely no way you can get 60,000 people in that square. The local paper - VERY Republican, of course, yaps about it every day --- still writing about it. People were fainting in the heat while standing around to see the little princess who did her usual sound bites. Inane chatter is about all she's capable of -- this is a retirement community and ye gods, they must be inordinately eager for something to do.....unbelievable.

Posted by: Rosie | September 27, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

They were 18,000 in Greensboro N.C. to see Obama and Biden earlier today.

Posted by: bushwacker 1 | September 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I WAS THERE!!!!!!! i got to touch obama and shake joe bidens hand! i got to shake both there hands it was so awesome

Posted by: OBAMA IS AWESOME | September 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a bully and showed his true colors in the debate. He talks of bi-partisanship but acts like an a**hole all the time. He caused so many problems on his trip into D.C. people were screaming to get Bush to get him out of town. He may be old and has been around the block but he has stood for deregulation and cutting all gov spending except for the military. These policies have led to the meltdown of the financial system. Even the SEC chairman admits this. McCain is a man who is out of touch. He doesn't have any clue how people without money live and it shows he has no idea what it is like to live as a middle class American and what we need to get by. Out of touch.

Posted by: don | September 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The party is over for Palin/McCain, I hope she resigns before the debate. I don't think I could survive her lack of intellect, after the last 2 interviews. It's painful to watch her make a fool of herself, and all of us along with her. John McCain certainly did not put "Country First", when he selected Sarah. Go Virginia!!! You all can do it-Yes you can.

Posted by: RICHARD P. JAGIELSKI | September 27, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Just got home, soaking wet and cold to the bones. Didn't mind one single bit. Walking in a line that wrapped the campus, 3-4 abreast, talking to people about what brought them to Mary Washington on this day. Amazing. Parents brought children and were quiety explaining to them why there were so many people there. Kids in a tree, in order to see better. Standing outside the barrier, along with thousands of others, listening to Joe Biden fire up the crowd (wanted him to hurry a bit while the sky began to look pretty nasty), then Barack came out, the place erupted, rain started pouring and he just took his jacket off, got soaked like the rest of us. So many people commented on the look of the crowd. I'd expected the majority to be students. I was wrong. Young, old, black, white, from what appeared to be a wide range of socioeconomic groups. Loads of students enthusiastically getting people to register to vote. My husband detests lines. He didn't mind this one a bit. I'd twisted his arm to go- I don't think he'll regret it. In Virginia. Never thought I'd see this, but I do think he's going to do it.

Posted by: Lisa | September 27, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I have seen Obama twice--in Bristol and Lebanon, VA. In my 62 years,I've never seen such enthusiam for a candidate. I live in TN, but was born in VA and lived there in my formative years. I'm certain the good folks of VA can win this one for Obama!

Posted by: Wanda | September 27, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse


DEAR WHYSOANGRY---

WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY? AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN ON NOVEMBER 4TH? IF SO, GET OVER IT.

Posted by: chrisb18 | September 27, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

DEAR WHYSOANGRY---

WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY? AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN ON NOVEMBER 4TH? IF SO, GET OVER IT.

Posted by: chrisb18 | September 27, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Sad to say the Palen visit to Ca. is not for substance but curiosity. As a REP.I am disappointed in the VP selection. Why does the membership in the party have to suffer? What did we do to McCain to deserve this?

Posted by: Lindans | September 27, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

VA, just do it! We need you guys to come through; put this country out our misery and vote OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: shelly | September 27, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I was undecided between McCain and Obama when I attened Obama's rally in Baltimore, Maryland. When he spoke, it was as if he was speaking directly to me. He answered all of my questions-why he was running now with a relatively low level of experience and whether he was really running to help this country.

I used to respect McCain but his behavior during this election has been a major dissapointment. Let's get Obama elected and rebuild America to be great again!

Posted by: James Lee | September 27, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

If good judgement is important in a President, then the selection of Sarah Palin by McCain to be his vice Presidential ticketmate was the first major indication of bad judgement on his part. McCain was certainly not thinking about the future welfare of our country when he choose her. I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come if he becomes President.

Posted by: Dave | September 27, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

That was a great event and the enthusiasm that I saw there was amazing. Although, I am still wet from all the rain.

Virginia might just become a blue state this year.

Posted by: Josh | September 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I saw Obama in Texas.
I'm so glad the primaries worked out in a way that the campaign came to the state. I feel the Democrats have abandoned Texas, but even that state could flip in a minute with the kind of excitement Obama generated.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

"The thought of Obamaand Pelosi might be running this country is a nightmare."
Posted by: PAL | September 27, 2008 9:19 PM

Hey! We are experiencing our worst financial nightmare since the 1930's. And it's a republican problem. Borrow and spend. Borrow and spend. Eight years is enough. Wake up and turn off Faux News.

Two categories of republicans: the rich and the ignorant

Posted by: rb | September 27, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I was there and I'm still wet! It was worth it and so exciting to see so many people rallying for Obama.

Posted by: Gretchen | September 27, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I live in Louisville, KY. No Obama HQ in town so went across the river to a Jeffersonville, IN office to get tix for Biden visit. Asked for Obama bumper sticker. They are ALL OUT. They can't keep them in stock. That MUST mean something in this very conservative Sou. Indiana area. If America votes with its brains this time, our next president will be Obama. If it falls for the poison of emotional wedge 'issues'--like Obama's skin color--McCain stands a chance. It's time for the undecideds to decide. Let us pray they use their brains this time.

Posted by: cody mccall | September 27, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I have been volunteering on Obama's campaign since February. This has been the most important civic contribution I have ever made in my lifetime. I live in a traditionally "red" county. We are working harder than ever to make real progress. Today at the rally (rain and HUGE crowds) was another great experience! Let's turn Va Blue!

Posted by: Go Fauquier, VA!! | September 27, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm foreigner and here is my thinking:
I respected McCain until he picked Palin:
- he picked her to win which is fine with me but he should stop using "Country first" because that was definitely "me" first.
- Or he picked her because he ran out of time and options and that's dangerous to me. You can't have a president who makes this type of decision like that.

Posted by: mouaddi | September 27, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I was a t the rally today. I never seen so many people so excited. We stood in line what seems for hrs. i really didn't think we would get it..but we did. we got rained on..but that was OK. everyone was singing and having a good time. then we saw the lights flashing from Obama's motorcade and the crowd went insane.

I was so thrilled to be part of history. So many people standing in the rain chanting

Obama! Obama!

Posted by: Kels Va | September 27, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I am going to vote for McCain because his policies are closer to my conservative beliefs. Nevertheless, I believe he is too old. I also know Palin is not up to be vp, much less the prez. Very poor choice. He should have chosen Romney. I think McCain holds a grudge, in addition to having a hot temper.
The debate was disappointing. McCain should have looked at/acknowleged Obama's existence. Obama was magnanimous. As I said, I can't vote for a liberal, but, if Obama is elected, I will be rooting for him to be a huge success. Was never for McCain, but we conservatives are stuck with him.

Posted by: karen | September 27, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I got to the University of Mary Washington just after 3 this afternoon for the rally. I walked, stood and waited in line for 4 hours with thousands of others in the rain just to hear Biden and Obama speak. Just to be a part of history. I am from Chicago and have watched Obama over the years. Never have I thought that in my lifetime, two Democrats could set foot in Fredericksburg, Virginia and speak the words that could ignite a change in our entire nation. I did not see my candidates, but I did hear them through the raindrops and it was powerful for all of us, including the lovely Mccain/Palin supporters who lied in order to get people to leave the line before hearing the truth. I guess there just wasn't enough duct tape to go around.....Through the rain, wind, and mud, the message is clear: AMERICA, WE NEED A CHANGE.
YES WE CAN!!

Posted by: ronin | September 27, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"I put BS in CBS" - Sarah Palin, Sept. 25, 2008

Posted by: thor | September 27, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Watch this as dems deny problems! You libs need to wake up, you've neartly destroyed America with your stupidity!

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/09/memory_lane_lynching_franklin.html

Posted by: WallyG | September 27, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Its no wonder someone with the name of "Woodstock1969" makes drug analogies to those who would vote for Obama. It would take an awful lot of the product this guy must be familiar with to get me to vote for a bass-ackwards, 19th century OAF like Senator McCain.
And the thing, the very thing that is driving you culture war vultures crazy is that change is coming, baby...and you can't stop it. You can't control it. It can't be bought. Thats why 26,000 in VA would turn out to see Obama/Biden.
Perhaps if your candidate would undo his gag order on his trophy vice, she might have a chance. But the fact is, she's so far bush league (hey, I made a funny).....and most of us are SICK AND TIRED OF BUSH LEAGUES!

Posted by: Suzanne | September 27, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Post for Karen!!

You need to go to your local Obama campaign office and discuss what your most important issues are to you at this time. Barack Obama has issues' papers that the office can provide to you. Do NOT vote for the same policies that you abhor. That is absurd.

Posted by: Go Fauquier, VA!! | September 27, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

As a former Marine, both enlisted & officer, I was overwhemingly conviced that Sen. Obama is both Presidential & intelligent enough to be my Commander In Chief. At the rally today in Fredericksburg I was disappointed to see the McCain supporters arriving to heckle Obama supporters parking at the shopping center across from UMW. I was even more disappointed when a McCain supporter challenged me as to why I would support Obama since I was wearing a United States Marine Corps t-shirt. I responded as to why McCain supporters assume Obama supporters are any less patriotic and dedicated to the security of this great country than McCain supporters? He couldn't answer so I continued to attend my first political rally.

As an Independant I have to say that I was undecided until I witnessed Obama give his acceptance speech at the DNC. I began to lean toward Obama until McCain selected Palin as his running mate. That poor demonstration of judgement and desparate move strictly for political reasons forced me to solidify my vote for Barack Obama. I can not for the life of me believe why the Republican Party, and John McCain would risk the security and future of this country by nominating someone like Palin to be a mere heartbeat from being the Commander in Chief. Not only is she not ready the McCain campaign team should question themselves as to their patriotism for not allowing the American public from being allowed of doing thier due diligence in putting her through a rigorous interview process for this important position. She has had less interview time and questioning than a prospective employee for job at Macy's.

Bottom line is that McCain sold out America and Veterans by selecting someone who can not be a Commander in Chief. His words of Country First are only words as he only thought of what would get him elected. Barack Obama is not only ready he is what is needed now!

Posted by: Veteran for Obama | September 27, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"I am going to vote for McCain because his policies are closer to my conservative beliefs." - Karen

What are those conservative beliefs that would not allow you to vote for Obama? I am really curious to know.

Thank you!

Posted by: Steely Dan | September 27, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

You do have a point when you say the libs have "neartly [sic] destroyed America". George W. Bush and the Republicans have been in charge of this country for the bulk of the last 8 years.

The conservative fiscal philosophy of smaller government, lower taxes, and less regulation WORKS. Free markets work when the government acts as the referee, intelligently balancing regulation with non-intervention and laying the ground rules for corporations who, almost by definition, are interested in their shareholders above their customers.

What we have seen under George W. Bush is not conservatism, but cronyism and an extreme form of liberalism masquerading as a Reagan conservative. George W. Bush has ballooned the deficit, cut taxes, refused to cut spending, and engaged in an "orgy" of free-for-all deregulation that has helped the rich get richer and the poor stay poorer. Bush will go down as the worst (if not, second worst behind Buchanan) president in United States history. He may well have hastened the demise of the American empire. History will be none too kind to Bush who is hardly a Goldwater Republican and hardly a conservative.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I wish I had known about this. My teens all want to see Obama,and Fredericksburg is only 2 hours away. I hope he comes to northern VA!

Posted by: genuine risk | September 27, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh the pettiness of the dems. If you watched the debates, you know that both candidates did a good job.

And what was, is, and will be obvious, is that Obama does not have the experience that supports his great plans. He is 4-8 years too soon. Community activism simply is not a qualifier.

McCain now, maybe Obama later.

Posted by: Oh the pettiness | September 27, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

anyone who will vote for old mccain and less intelligent palin, dosen't love this country. he's 72yrs old,too old for an incoming president, she is not a smart woman, attended 6 colleges to obatain a bachalors degree in communication.
how did she become a mayor, or a governor. did you know that sarah palin husband todd palin did not go to college.mccain chosed the worse person, she answers questions like someone whom had never seem the four walls of a high school.
foregn policy experience to her is leaving close to a foreign country. i need someone to explain to her the meaning of foreign policy. is she claiming that everyone in alsaka has a foreign policy expirence?

Posted by: mokolo12 | September 27, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I got in line at 1:30 and waited in anticipation for the evening speech. The rain cannot stop this party!!! Vote for Change!!

Also, someone mentioned all of the Obama/Biden signs in Loudoun County...and I would like to point out how many GIANT McCain/Palin signs I see in yards. Can you make it a little more obvious that all of your voters are old blind farts?!

Posted by: Stephanie | September 27, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

I am a native of Georgia; however, my Dad was from Virginia, and my sons graduated from Washington and Lee University. I am thrilled that Senator Obama has a real chance to win in Virginia. Please, Virginians, do all that you can to help elect Senator Obama.

Posted by: D. F. Woodham | September 28, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

A tremendous showing by Obama and his supporters.

Don't be too concerned by the McSame/Palin trolls. They're just trying to boost their point totals in the campaign's "frequent poster program", wherein they get free campaign goodies in exchange for posting Republican talking points (doesn't that sound rather pathetic?).

Posted by: Russ | September 28, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I live in the blue state of CT and I'm jealous of all you people in VA who are so excited about Obama that you would stand in the rain to see him. It must have been so great to be part of that! Lisa's post brought tears to my eyes. Keep working to turn VA blue, I wish I were there with you!

Posted by: Sue | September 28, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm and Independent voter and have to say that I'm Impressed with Obama/Biden.

Too me Sen. McCain seems to have become Old and Grumpy! and Gov. Palin seems out of her league.

America will be the Better if we Elect Obama/Biden!

Posted by: Richard B | September 28, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama = new hope for the future
Sen. McCain = yesterday's failed policy
Sen. Biden = Veteran Backup Quarterback
Gov Palin = Comic Relief

Posted by: Karl | September 28, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama- Biden

Two Brains are Better Than NONE

Posted by: tomdc | September 28, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

We Virginians endured today's heavy rains and light showers to support Change. I was one of the 14 thousand folks denied access to the main area; nevertheless we 14 thousand: young, old, white,black, brown, gay, straight, poor, middle class and elites, packed like vienna sausage, didn't complain. We had a ball, singing, dancing, laughing, and conversing in the rain with total strangers united for one common purpose: to embrace Barack Obama's message of Change!

Posted by: Marlon | September 28, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Let's try voting for reason, logic, hard evidence, and civilized discussion, rather than for superstition, religious dogma, hatred, and venomous fighting with our fellow countrymen and women, shall we?

Posted by: John | September 28, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

McNasty chose Sarah for reasons of personal security. If he should be elected with her as No. 2, even his worst enemies will look to his safety.

Posted by: Leif | September 28, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

hey guys i was wondering if anyone could tell me where i could find the lyrics of his speech at the rally? i was there and want to have the speech lyrics. thanks

Posted by: OBAMA IS AWESOME | September 28, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

and yes John (refering to the guy who poster earlier trying to preach to us about saying we should vote for reason logic etc) lets try voting for reason and logic and all those great things VOTE BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN!!!!

Posted by: OBAMA IS AWESOME | September 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

The line that struck me most in the article repeats a theme I've heard before. "...said Czekanski, who has been in line more than an hour. 'It's just fun to be in line and talk with everyone, who have so much in common.'"
I've seen seven year old's at Disneyland who couldn't muster that kind of enthusiasm. We have waited too long (frankly my whole lifetime--43 years) for a moment like this, for a leader like this. YES WE CAN!

Posted by: Gunnar | September 28, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

RE: Statement by Bill on September 27, at 7:02pm
Obama did say "That's a tough one" when McCain having difficulty with Ahmadinejad's name.
At another part of the debate when Obama was speaking about what Kissinger said about Iran, you can hear McCain saying Horses**t 2 times.
That shows his character too. The complete opposite of what you said about Obama.
I believe if McCain/Palin are voted into office, America as we know it will be gone.
We will be in war after war; the economy will be in ruin (more than now with Bush in charge) so that a Depression looks like GOOD TIMES; and their will be no "United" states, it will be everyone for themselves.
I think that anyone who can vote for most ridiculous Republican ticket ever, only does so for one of 2 reasons; because they have a "R" next to their name, or because they can't vote for a Democrat. Poor reasons.
This is not the vote for American Idol-you can't just be bummed if your person didn't win. We have to LIVE for the next 4 years with the decisions this ticket makes for our country. We will be effected EVERYDAY by how they handle the domestic and foreign issues. It will effect yur pocketbook as well as your safety. McCain/Palin is WRONG on so many levels!
Even people from other countries see what a bad choice McCain/Palin would be.
Can you imagine Palin trying to talk to Ahmadinejad or Putin in a coherent way to get them to back down? She cannot even answer Couric on a simple question without looking like a loon. Scary stuff!
My 13 year old daughter and I saw Obama 2 times here in Dayton, Ohio-He was inspiring, amazing and made me excited about the future again, instead of feeling like whatever happens, happens in the election.
I have NEVER been involved in the political process before. He has motivated an enormous amount of people this way. Doesn't it feel good to be proud to be a part of the process instead of a victim of it!
OBAMA/BIDEN '08 ALL THE WAY!

Posted by: Lori | September 28, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I was there.
I was wet.
I was cold.
I was inspired.

My wife and I were lucky enough to get into the inner circle of the event. We saw thousands wait hours and then get rained on right before temperatures dropped to September-evening levels. Very few people, mostly ones with small children, left. Most of the tens of thousands stayed. Soaked to the bone, shivering, and cheering themselves hoarse. This isn't about a candidate. It's about a revolution.

Posted by: Adam | September 28, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY'S MANIFESTO

1. You have to believe the AIDS virus is spread by lack of Federal funding.

2. You have to believe that the school system that can't teach a fourth grader how to read is some how the best qualified to teach those same children all about sex.

3. You have to believe that guns, in the hands of law abiding Americans, are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese communists.

4. You have to believe there was no art before Federal funding.

5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth's climate, and more affected by Americans driving SUVs.

6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.

7. You have to be against capital punishment but support abortion on demand.

8. You have to believe that business creates oppression and governments create prosperity.

9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about nature, but loony activists from Seattle do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

11. You have to believe that the U.S. Military, not evil and tyrannical regimes, start wars.

12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitut ion, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain pa rts of the Constitution.

13. You have to beli eve that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.

14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, or Thomas Edison.

15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

16. You have to believe Hillary Clinton is all about "progress" and not power. She just wants to help us out of the archaic system of governing that we have been subjected to since our founding.

17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried, is because the right people haven't been in charge. (I've got news for you. It has never worked because the RIGHT people have been in charge.)

18. You have to believe Republicans telling the truth belong in jail, but a cheat, liar and sex offender belongs in the White House and you would vote him back in there in a New York Minute (if you could).

19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

20. You have to believe that ille gal Democrat Party funding by the Chinese is somehow in the best interest of the United States.
21. You have to believe that the vociferous minorities who protest against prayer and saluting the flag in school have far more rights than the majority who believe in God and country, and want these values instilled in our young children.

22. You have to believe in MOB RULE and not RULING THE MOB (The Republican way).

23. You must not listen to Rush Limbaugh.


24 Trade Unions and Trial Lawyers are our strength and power.


25 The Main Stream Media and Hollywood are our propagandists.

26- FEMINISTS and GAYS are the men of our party.

27- The Terri Schiavo case proves we and a two-timing husband have more power than GOD and 2 loving parents.

28 WE HAVE TO CUT & RUN FROM IRAQ BECAUSE IF

THE U.S. HELPS THEM WIN - WE LOSE.

29 WE AND THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA MUST NEVER LET THE TRUTH

ABOUT TWA FLIGHT 800 (www.cashill.com) ANDTHE ARKANSAS PRISON TO CANADA BLOOD SCANDAL ( www.factor8movie.com) TO GET OUT TO RUIN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION.

30 You must remember the immortal word's of our Uncle Joe Stalin - "IT'S NOT WHO VOTES THAT COUNTS - BUT WHO COUNTS THE VOTES."

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31 LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE ARE THE PARTY FOR THE LOSERS IN

LIFE AND WE(The Elitists -ie-
Kerry or Soros) CAN ONLY KEEP OUR POWER BY KEEPING THEM

THERE.

31 You have to swear to the : THE DEVIL'S CODE

HIS HEART DOES NOT EXIST
HE SPEAKET H WITH A FORKED TONGUE
HIS STRENGTH UPHOLDS THE WICKED
HIS SWORD SLAYS THE DEFENSELESS
HIS WRATH UNDOES THE INNOCENT
'
BUT NOT TO THE: THE KNIGHT'S CODE

HIS HEART KNOWS VIRTUE
HIS TONGUE SPEAKS ONLY TRUTH
HIS STRENGTH UPHOLDS THE WEAK
HIS SWORD DEFENDS THE HELPLESS
HIS WRATH UNDOES THE WICKED

THIS WAS THE OATH OF A FIGHTER PILOT. Keep forwarding and add more

PS-THE COWBOY AND FIGHTER PILOT IS AMERICA’S VERSION OF OLD EUROPE’S CHIVALRY AND KNIGHTHOOD.

PSS - BOBBY KENNEDY WAS KILLED BY SIRHAN SIRHAN A PALESTINIAN AND POPE JOHN PAUL WAS ATTEMPTED TO BE KILLED BY ALI MEHMET AGCA A TURKISH MUSLIM. THIS STARTED IN 1968. HOW SOON WE FORGET.

PSSS -PASS THIS ON TO 1000 FRIEND S OR 1000 TIMES TO ONE DEMOCRAT

PSSSS - I JUST FOUND OUT MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS A REPUBLICAN - WHATA GREAT DAY
0A

MR BIL

PS THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT THE ELITISTS VERSUS THE COMMON FOLKS

Posted by: ms.helga | September 28, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

to whysoangry,

It is true that no signs were allowed inside the rally area. Umbrellas were also banned. This did not come from Obama, but the Secret Service. Unfortunately, the level of security required for this particular candidate is unprecedented. There were SWAT teams located on the top of all the buildings surrounding the circle. Large signs and umbrellas would prevent the marksmen from seeing any dangerous activity from above. They eventually allowed small signs to be passed out, which many parents used to shield their children from the rain. I was there and did not miss my umbrella one bit. It was a great day, filled with hope.

Posted by: Mrs.Donahue | September 28, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

hey mrs.donahue i agree with u i was there as well in the inner circle and got to shake both their hands it was a wonderful inspiring day filled with hope and greatness

Posted by: mitchell | September 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I attended the Obama rally in Fredericksburg last evening and I was one of the lucky ones to grab a spot right by the stage. I didn't mind the rain one bit, neither did my six year old and 19 month old daughters! To all of the delusional McSame supporters because this former Republican/Catholic/Latina Woman is voting Obama/Biden 08 for the future's of my children and this country!

Yes we can!

Posted by: Stephani | September 28, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If you're having trouble getting campaign signs and such, you can download the images from here: http://www.barackobama.com/downloads/ and make your own, either printing them yourself or through a local printing service. (Check the yellow pages.)

Posted by: John | September 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

A monkey in a suit is still a monkey....

America does not know who the real Barack Hussein Obama is,.... but, Americans remember clearly Obama’s 20 year close association and blood relationship with his religious leader, priest and father image, Jeremiah Wright.

Americans remember vividly the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright's congregation which included Obama and Oprah, when they were celebrating in bombastic joy, the murderous attack on America on 9/11.

Americans that love our country and have always been proud of it, know Barack is a radical extremist and black supremacist that has a hidden agenda that is a serious threat to the American values we all treasure and cherish.

Country First!
McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | September 28, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Mary Washington student who was at that rally yesterday and it was amazing...all those hours of standing in the rain and mud were worth it. Barack will change our contry for the better i have no doubt, and frankly it's about damn time somebody did. he is an intelligent and compelling public speaker with brilliant ideas...it would be in our best interests to give him the opportunity to act on those good ideas as president. He's the best thing that's come to this campus or this dead little town in the three and a half years i've been here.

Posted by: CR | September 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

btw Manolete...you are ignorant and severly misinformed. you are the personification of everything that is wrong with this country and you can't deal with the fact that your bigoted message no longer resounds with the people. the words hideous, supremacist, radical, and extremist that you use so easily apply FAR more to you (and the people who think like you) than they do to Barack Obama. Use his middle name if you want, use his religious affiliation, or even use Oprah if your case has sunk so pathetically low, but the people who truly love america won't vote it into destruction yet again. sorry, your time is over.

Posted by: CR | September 28, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm only a thirteen year old, and I do have to say that rally was ah-mazing.
Wether or not, Obama becomes president, I know for sure, I will have remberance of this rally.
It was exciting.
I couldn't believe was less than about 1/4th of a mile from him.
I felt pretty special.!! =]
Although, I was lookin' pretty short in the crowd, I still couldn't believe it.

I hope Obama wins this '08 election.
It will definetly change our country for the better.
..

My favorite thing I heard at the rally, was when people were selling the bottons and T-shirts, and this one, I'd have to say fairly old guy was like, "Bye, bye, Buuuushh!!, Thank GODD., it's about time.
=]

=]

Go Obama.!!

Posted by: Jaszmine | September 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

As someone who got to shake the hands of both Obama and Biden at yesterday's rally, it's safe to say that it was one of the best, most exciting nights of my life. The rain only made it better--especially Obama's and Biden's classy responses to it.

Posted by: Sam | September 28, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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