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Big Va. Crowd Wraps Up Obama Campaign

Barack Obama brought his 21-month campaign to a close tonight before what was called one of the largest gatherings in Prince William County history.

Tonight's "Change We Need" rally in Manassas was the Democrat's final campaign appearance before Tuesday's election.

Obama ended his general election campaign where it started -- in Virginia. After winning the Democratic nomination in June, Obama held rallies in Bristol and at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow in Prince William County.

"Despite what our opponents may say, there are no real or fake parts of Virginia, any more then there are real or fake parts of America," Obama said. "Virginia, your voice can change the world tomorrow."

Obama was introduced by former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, currently a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and current Governor Tim Kaine, both Democrats.

"Are we going to do this in Virginia tomorrow night?" Kaine asked the crowd. "We have to win for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has shown us he believes in Virginia."
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By 4 p.m., a few thousand people were already waiting outside the Prince William County Fairgrounds even though gates did not open until 5 p.m. The crowd appeared to be standing room only as the 9 p.m. scheduled start time approached.

Leonard and Priscilla Bumbaka left their Annandale home at 5 p.m. to come to the rally. After sitting in traffic for nearly three hours, they said, they pulled over, parked and walked the last mile and a half.

"We wouldn't have made it otherwise," said Leonard. Their 10-year-old son, Linus, napped in the car during the drive.

The Bumbakas won't get much sleep tonight. They plan to be at their polling place at 5:30 a.m. "I'm gong to roll out of bed and go in my pajamas," Priscilla said.

Indeed, many of those gathered were parents and children -- and both may have stayed up later than planned. The event, scheduled to start at 9 p.m., ran late as Obama didn't take the stage until 10:30 p.m.

The fairgrounds can hold up to 50,000 people. It it was densely packed and seemed to spill over beyond the grounds; the campaign estimated a total crowd of 80,000. Prince William County Police Chief Charlie Deane didn't issue an official crowd estimate but did say it was "one of the largest gatherings [the county] has seen."

Prince William prepared to host a similar-sized crowd at the Nissan Pavilion this June. About 10,000 people showed up to the event, which fell in the middle of rush hour.

Obama's campaign announced late last week that it wanted to hold its final rally in Manassas. It just had to search for the proper venue. The fairgrounds, home to Virginia's largest county fair, can be rented for special events and RV and boat storage when the week-long summer fair isn't taking place.

Obama's choice to end his campaign here is confirmation that Virginia, which hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, is a crucial part of his plan to redraw the political map

By Kristen Mack  |  November 3, 2008; 8:45 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Kristen Mack , Prince William  
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Good for the Bumbakas. You have to love people like that, who are so excited about the chance to turn this country around.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 3, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm worried that what I heard, about the MS13 targeting McCain voters or people with McCain-Palin bumper stickers, is true.

Posted by: christianvsoriano | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM


Shut up already! you raise your wimpy kids to be asleep by a certain time EVERY LIVING NIGHT? No sitting up for SANTA? NO Birthday surprise? Campaigns that come along every FOUR years have to be careful of bedtime?

Go live on a desert island already!

Posted by: Digi | November 3, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's rally is literally being held in my backyard and with cars lining my street, I went outside to offer people my drive way for them to park (they were very grateful!). I am so excited that the rally is down the street from me and I love the excitement in the air in my neighborhood! I'd be at the rally myself, but I have a baby at home and honestly, screw bed times this one evening. My 18 month old baby was very excited seeing all the cars and people walking down our street on their way to the rally and I think it is wonderful to be part of this historical election. Too bad I couldn't find a babysitter so that I could have gone to the rally too!

Posted by: rocket68 | November 3, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

re redistribution,
he war enriched military industrialists and big oil--the right-- and will cost a trillion, or 3333 per person, 6666 per person in the labor force (150 million in the us)--how much of that going to military industrialists--the 700 billion wall street bailout is already going to shareholders and execs and vacations, was supposed to be used to keep the housing market going, will cost 5000 per working person. your 700 billion is going to execs and vacation pay.

gas is cheap this week! enjoy your $20 savings!
mccain is part of that corrupt reallocation and deception.

sparkly sapphire's (if that's even her name) ancestors complained about the noise levels during the sermon on the mount.

Posted by: e9999999 | November 3, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

sprklyspphr uses a bit of stunning logic to argue that obama's "disruptive" rally (IN THE FAIRGROUNDS NEXT TO sprklyspphr's HOUSE! SURPRISE, SURPRISE!) demonstrates obama's disregard for the local noise ordinance, which translates into obama's disregard for EVERYTHING.

poor poor sprklyspphr, i'm afraid you are making a mountain of a mole hill.

oh and one more thing: next time you look for a quiet place to live, DON'T BUY A HOUSE NEXT TO THE FAIRGROUNDS!

Posted by: peterhoneyman | November 3, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Word on the street is the republicans will flip the election tomorrow. Here is pretty much how its going to go. Obama will lose Pennsylvania by a few thousand votes. Actually he will win Pennsylvania by over 1 million but the servers that report the tally will flip the actual results. He will similarly lose Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, and Virginia. Is anyone aware that 20% of the voters have already been purged from the rolls in Colorado and New Mexico?

The only way to stop it is overwhelming votes and people who know what they are doing policing the election sites. None of the voting machines should be connected to any sort of network, it is an open license to hack and steal. In the republican run counties of these states this type of theft will be rampant.

Everyone is saying how could mccain possibly win Pennsylvania, he is trailing by double digits? How indeed?? All of mccain's talk about how he is going to take Pennsylvania and all the time that he has spent there in the past week telegraph what they are about to do. At this point I think we should all be praying that everyone's vote will get counted and that Obama has enough fail-safes in place to counteract this debauchery.

Go Obama you are going to need all the help you can get, because the only way that republicans can win is to cheat and steal and they are planning to do plenty of both. I guess I will keep hoping for a better world. Get the word out on what's going down.

Posted by: HopingForABetterWorld | November 3, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

OMG I feel like I am under the troll bridge...Have the GOPers officially lost their mind with these wacko posts here tonight...Of course, they were stupid enough to vote for Bush twice so they probably lost their minds years ago!

Posted by: Beka13 | November 3, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

A fitting irony! Obama who may become our first African American President ends his campaign in the same city where the civil war began in 1861.

Posted by: rcordone | November 3, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

There were 100,000 people at the fairgrounds, not 50,000.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | November 3, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?"

Actually, getting the ordinance lifted if your rally is going to go past the set hours IS following the law. If a citizen can't understand that some events are significant to merit exceptions to her everyday routine, she hasn't been paying much attention the last two years.

Posted by: vendetta73 | November 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

This Republican is Voting for Obama.

Posted by: Fei_Hu | November 3, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised my apartment building is still standing but it's just about over. As far as buying a house near the farigrounds? That would not be something I would even consider, especially after this event!
A GOPer? No--Just someone who enjoys routine and consistency!

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

to rcordone, the Civil War began at Fort Sumter, SC. not in Manassas, tho an early battle was fought there.

Posted by: shengirl | November 3, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Just watched this historic rally on Cspan. Fired up, Ready to go!

Posted by: washpost31 | November 3, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Like the roar of some fantastic beast, I can hear the sound of hope, some 50,000 strong, from my front porch. Literally. And I live almost two and a half miles form the fairgrounds.

Senator McCain was the right man for America in 2000, but we didn't get him when we needed him. Senator Obama is the right man for America now. I hope we get him tomorrow.

Good night, all - I've got to get up early to go vote tomorrow!

Posted by: erictheviking | November 3, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

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sprklyspphr,

You are so full of crap. When the Prince William County Fair is on it's open until 11 pm during the week and midnight on Fri & Sat...tractor pulls, rodeo, demolition derbies, pro wresting, motocross races, and concerts make plenty of noise.

The truth is you don't like a Black man coming into your neighborhood.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 3, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

As a disabled Iraq war veteran I humbly ask you to research Obama on the internet before you vote for him. There's lots of videos on him in his own words on youtube. Search Ralia Odinga especially. Obama campaigned for Odinga his cousin in Kenya. Odinga campaigned on the support of radical muslims in Kenya to bring about Sharia Law in Kenya. After Odinga lost, his Isamist extremist followers killed over 1,000 people in riots including buring down a Christian chuch with women and children inside.

theobamafile dot com or search youtube

Posted by: DisabledVet | November 3, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is the President we want:

Devastating income redistribution plans
William Ayers
less free trade
ACORN
Bigger Federal Government intervention in business and our lives
Rashid Khalidi
95% tax cut lie
Most liberal voting record in Senate
Biden's 30 years of being wrong on foreign policy.
More regulation of business
Tony Resko
Bankrupt coal companies

Vote no on Obama. Way too risky

Posted by: tommyk63 | November 3, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Good well done, Barack. I my thoughts are with you on this the eve of perhaps your greatest triumph, and also your profound loss. Take a little time for yourself to be able to grieve and decompress.

Posted by: tydicea | November 3, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Voter Registration Fraud = Voter Fraud = Obama

If any fraud will be going on it will be the Obama machine causing it. Obama won the Democrat nomination through fraud - look at the videos on youtube regarding caucus fraud. Obama had people bussed in from out of state to disrupt the caucus process and intimidate people. A Democrat wrote a paper on how Hillary would have won the nomination if it wasn't for the fraud committed by the Obama campaign.

Search Hillary Backers Decry Massive Obama Fraud

Hillary supporter should be voting for McCain.

Posted by: DisabledVet | November 3, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Who organized this mess? I live a few miles from the fairgrounds and it was absolute chaos.

The Obama crowd was unruly and inconsiderate; shouting at people as they drove and walked by, cutting people off changing lanes, blocking intersections and speeding through parking lots as shortcuts. I witnessed one driving BACKWARDS on Dumfries Rd. Yes, I know they wanted to get to the fairgrounds but it was 5:30 and there was an entire city full of working people trying to get home. When I finally made it home, our evening plans had to be canceled as we couldn't drive anywhere due to the traffic.

Eight miles down the road sits the Nissan Pavilion - an entertainment venue designed for large crowds - that is away from the Manassas city limits with plenty of bathrooms, covered seating and parking. Obama used it for his first rally, why wasn't it used tonight?

Guess this is just an example of the type of planning, consideration and organization that we can expect should there be an Obama administration.

Posted by: JackESpratt | November 3, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

As a democrat who is voting for McCain I can only hope that there are enough democrats who have not fallen for the freebies being offered by Obama. Remember__"Nothing is free".

Posted by: Davide2114 | November 4, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

VIRGINIA!

Posted by: RMB2 | November 4, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

God Bless all of you who are voting for Change and Barack Obama today. This Cuban American is for THAT ONE! Time to turn the page on the divide and conquer Republicans. Enough is Enough. Our great nation will come together under President Barack Obama and thankfully the American electorate is intelligently choosing a man of intellect and integrity in a landslide. President Obama has survived an onslaught of lies and smears from the team that has no plan for our country. Obama is a communist or socialist? Why then would Bill Gates and Warren Buffet the two wealthiest capitalists on earth be supporting his candidacy? Veterans are for Mc Same? Why then did the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans grade him a D and Barack Obama a B+ look it up at iava.com, Mc Cain did not support the GI Bill education benefits for veterans. Shame on you Mc Same. This decorated veteran has voted proudly for Obama. Vote hope not fear! Much as Mc Same and igloo trash Pailin want to scream Boo we only need fear more Republican leadership. OBAMANOS! SI SE PUEDE! YES WE WILL IN A LANDSLIDE!

Posted by: pedraza1 | November 4, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

anyone blaming the chaos on the rally attendees is stupid. i asked 4 police officers why not a one of them was directing traffic and she said "that over there is manassas, not our problem" another officer inquired as to if we were attending "that political event" with a sneer so powerful it made me think twice. the PW cops are not known for their enlightened point of view, tonite was no different. as to the noise, if it was sarah palin, would you complain? yeah thought so. the rally was amazing. obama!

Posted by: formerlylove | November 4, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that readers of one of the finest media publications in the world actually cite youtube as their credible source of information. I also find it ridiculous that people would even mention noise when it comes to the final campaign rally in what will be remembered as one of the most important elections in world history. This year has made me so proud of my state...I have always loved Virginia, and our fighting spirit and loyalty to the people (not the party) has never been more apparent than in this election.

Posted by: VirginianInVietnam | November 4, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be really fun for the rest of the year watching the GOP trolls implode. Not only do they lose their (vicarious) hold on power but they are now answerable to a black man, and one of impeccable liberal credentials to boot.

Best served cold. Choke.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 4, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

To those griping about the general tumult, I have this: history is usually noisy when it's being made. Live with it if you have anything like a life.

Posted by: Gasonfires | November 4, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

As a two-time Iraqi war veteran I humbly ask you to research McCain on the internet before you vote for him. There's lots of videos on him in his own words on youtube. Search G. Gordon Liddy and Charles Keating especially. McCain palled around with a terrorist, Liddy, during his campaign. Keating is a corrupt businessman who threw the American economy into turmoil, and is friends with McCain; he influenced McCain to stop Keating's banks from being investigated. Also McCain voted AGAINST the post-9/11 GI Bill so he lost my respect for his "support the troops" comments.

google for 'mccain liddy keating' or search youtube. for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qb1VaZQBs

Posted by: FSK405K | November 4, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

LANDSLIDE OBAMA!!..I'm thinking these GOPer's who have tried to divide America over lo these many years are gonna be walking around rather forlornly tomorrow round about 9PM and for weeks thereafter!!! LANDSLIDE OBAMA!!!

Posted by: jrileyu23 | November 4, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain supporters please stay home to save some fuel and time.

Posted by: kb1088 | November 4, 2008 3:46 AM | Report abuse

And now a new truth of size: Obama suffers from alexithymia.
Yes he can cry; with one eye at least, say the pictures. It is not glycerol. At the death of his maternal grandmother who raised him when he was a teenager.
The sphynx whose biography is devoided of emotions, feelings or insight about motivations of the characters of his family as well as himself, is partially unable to express and feel any sufficient sentiments to be considered a normal human being.
Alexithymia is not rare and does not impair life - except the life of others who are living with and who suffer without understanding why -. It even helps to be opportunist without guilt; to change without a need to explain why. And then the picture of the man we observe since those campaign days can stay as he is: A sphynx by incapacity to be otherwise. Whatever the waves of his words, whatever his verbal fluency, the emptiness is his lot.
Yes he can verbalize long sentences about care and empathy for groups, for collectivities, but for one individual we still have to wait. The media noticed his lack of substance. It is not lack of intellectual programs; it is lack of real emotions.
He can live here without "knowing" that four members of his family, aunt, uncle, are living in the next city since many years. Family secrets? Not all. Auntie can come to events of his public life to rejoyce, he does not know. Alexithymics are such. The medical entity is not yet common knowledge, but common sense knows it since mankind can express feelings. Charisma can be mysterious; communication is not.

Posted by: rivenq | November 4, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Our prayers are with you USA. How sad that so many do not seem to appreciate the historic significance of this election. The world is watching and waiting for the better angels and higher purpose of this great nation to come to the fore again, instead of the narrow-minded gutter-sniping and disregard of common decency that so branded the McCain/Palin campaign.
The legacy of the past eight years is a millstone around the neck of all who supported it. The burden of greater and better leadership will fall upon the next President. Barack Obama appears to be ready to assume that responsibility, with strength, steadfastness and dignity - such are the hopes of many on this continent, and around the world.

Posted by: checkpoint1 | November 4, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey, rivenq,

What in the he11 are you trying to say? Maybe you're coming down with "Footinass Disease"

A rare Disease "of size" that occurs upon the foreign nonsense speaker who places two pennies into American Election and has large American shoe summarily injected, at great force into sphincter and large intestine.

Go Away, non-english speaking idiot. You are embarrassing yourself and Borat.

Idiot.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | November 4, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey, you kids,

get off my lawn and keep the noise down!

sprklyspewer is voting for McOld, obviously. Probably propped against a window, binoculars pressed to face, looking for those zany kids who are probably sneaking off to go "Smoke the pot."

By the way, sprklyspritzer, they are not, as you posted 6 consecutive times, "literally in your back yard."

That would mean that they were actually in your back yard, which, they are not.

You mean "practically" in your back yard... in Manassas. Home of the Northern Virginia Redneck.

Manassas is literally crawling with Rednecks, huh?

Or are you literally illiterate?

Earplugs. Invest. You'll need them for the next 4 - 8 years.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | November 4, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

sprklyspphr wrote:
The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

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Are you kidding me? Undecided voters being turned off by 80,000 of their fellow Americans coming out to see the next president of the United States? Perhaps if you took your head out of your a**, you would realize what an incredible opportunity you threw away by not bringing your kids out to your backyard and letting them see democracy in action. I have a sneaking suspicion however that you are a bush-mccain american who prefers to spread democracy by invading sovreign nations.

Can you be any more transparent. Undecided??? Ya right.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | November 4, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Virginians, thanks for being there for Senator Obama yesterday.

Posted by: ikea1 | November 4, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Vote strong Obama supporters - every single one of you. The McCain camp is already putting out stuff about why people should not pay too much attention to exit polls and providing explanations of why Obama might not do nearly as well as exit polls suggest. This is a major red flag for me.

You have to vote strong enough to make sure your democracy is not undermined AGAIN.

Good luck, god bless and let the outcome be a better future for America tomorrow.

Posted by: JayKay2 | November 4, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

As a Marine Corps Veteran and the mother of one of those kids in the Middle East, I am voting Obama!

USMC for OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | November 4, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Drove the 80 miles to see the rally, but - unfortunately - there was no place to park within a reasonable distance from the fairgrounds (that I could find). However, I got to listen to Barrack on the drive home on CSPAN Radio. It was worth the effort and drive; the people in this enormous traffic jam all seemed polite. No road rage, craziness. Just purpose. Even driving through neighborhoods, looking for a place to park, things seemed calm. Quite an experience. I wish I could have seen Barrack, but, well, there's always the inauguration.

Posted by: mediadude | November 4, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM
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It is a presidential event in which you probably wouldn't complain if it was McCain. Would you be mad at the toilet paper company for your finger breaking through or just be an adult and say Sh!t happens?

Posted by: rbraun2000 | November 4, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse


The selection of this historic battlefield for his final rally
should remind everyone how badly things can go when
power and greed manipulates human nature.

Divided we fail.

I want my country back!

My youngest daughter voted for the first time. :-)

Only took 15 minutes here in Western Loudoun County- Neersville VFD location Between The Hills.

We did our part to put the Blue back in the Blue Ridge

Hope you all have a pleasant voting experience.


Posted by: Ogredaddy | November 4, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Goodbye Grandmother "Toot". The angels took you before you could sing your song. Rest in peace.

Thank you dear Grandmother for the miracle that you have given America and the world.

I salute you .............................

Northpoint-Vet


Posted by: ArmyVet2 | November 4, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I love small minded politics - fairgrounds indeed? Are you kidding, that sounds like a Sarah Palin Childrens Policy sprklyspphr. So what do you do when the real fair comes to town? I'm sure the Democrats paid for the use of that facility! So why wouldn't you expect that fairground to be used one more time extra every 4th year? The income that generates would help to finance the maintenance and security of the fairground. That must directly benefit your family. Isn't that more important than enduring 1 night of euphoric political participation. In Australia voting is compulsory at all levels of government. You'd never hear a citizen complaining about a disturbance to their singular routine when 80,000 people are next door participating in a public event. sprklyspphr you sort of represent the acute disadvantage of non-compulsory voting in a democracy. I think some form of "actual political participation" forms a complete citizen and their outlook.
Maybe you take holidays when the fair comes to town . . . but seriously I read that voters in the US are waiting in lines for as long as three hours to vote! That is unthinkable here at our polling booths. You might have to wait a few minutes in the inner city booths of Sydney but it's hardly a 3 hr inconvenience. I'M, amazed how some of W.P readers doubt the process for counting the vote and keeping the tally? Here each party can have scrutineers watching the count by the officials. If one vote was tampered with in an Australian election it would cause a revolution immediately. The tampering of dodgy voting cards in Florida during your last election could never have happened here. We have 6 different states but all the voting papers are consistent in format. Each vote is initialed by the official, who can then authenticate that a disputed ballot is real. It is a fairly exact way of doing things.
Anyway, the world is watching America today . . .it appears that Americans are electing a man who will be President of the World - not just the USA this time. Change will happen -
you can bet on that!
in solidarity

Posted by: Antipodean | November 4, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Pray for even-handedness and Godspeed for the president-to-be. He will need it. It's what America's promise is supposed to be about. "Only in America" is what I read from Associated Press a few days or so ago. We should be proud of where we have come as a country and to be admired by the world.

See link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27491837/

We have lots of work to do to rebuild the country. Let's stop whining and get to work. A new day dawns tomorrow and we'll need all hands on deck. Are you up to it?

Posted by: CitizenA | November 4, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Well, I live in Prince William County (NOT Manassas City), 1.5 miles from the Fairgrounds. I could hear the noise with all the doors and windows shut. I agree--Nissan Pavilian would have been a better venue.

For those that think Manassas VA is full of rednecks, they haven't visited Manassas in the last 30 years.

If you speak English, you are in the minority!

Posted by: PitbullDad | November 4, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I just voted at Lebanon Church, VA (Shenandoah County). It is truly an honor and privilege to be voting in Virginia, the state of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison...and too many others to mention.

I can't think of a more appropriate state to end a campaign and begin a presidency.

I was in and out of the voting center in 10 minutes. I hope others are this lucky.

What a great country we live in!

Posted by: deerrun | November 4, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I was there, it was amazing. He was truely inspirational. It was worth the long walk, long wait and standing elbow to elbow. It is wonderful that so many people came out to support Obama. This is something that I will tell my grandkids about. " I got to see Barack, the night before he was elected the president of the United States.
As for the people who didn't like it being at the Fairgrounds, and thought it should have been at the Nissan Pavilion. There is no way that they could have fit all 90,000 of us in the Nissan Pavilion. Yeah that is right ALL 90,000!!!

WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD!

Posted by: TPOOH1973 | November 4, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I am very happy to have been one of the some 80,000 strong that stood at the Manassas Fairgrounds last night. As an ardent Obama supporter, there is nothing more invigorating than being a part of history making in our country. I am so proud of all of my fellow Virginians who saw through the complications of commuting, crowds, and everything in between to show our support at the final and biggest rally for presidential nominee, Barack Obama. Today is the most important day in our lives, and last night, we showed our passion beyond politics and campaigns, but for our futures, our children's futures, and the future of our country. There is something special about Obama voters that no other election in our nation's proud history can hold clout to: we are integral, we are hopeful, and we are caring. Standing admist a seething and anxious crowd, I felt at home, like I was at a big family reunion where I knew everyone vaguely from before. We shared not just our names, but our hopes and dreams as we clustered together in an anticipitory excitement.
For the last four years, I have found my patriotism wanning, but over the last 21 months, I have become 'fired up', and I am 'ready to go'! Today America decides her future, and I am proud to be once again a part of the process. I urge EVERY American who holds a stake in our economy, our security, and who cares about their futures to VOTE today and BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!
VOTE OBAMA '08!

Posted by: cecatlett | November 4, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The last Obama rally was held literally in my backyard. I was disappointed in the total disregard the campaign had for the neighborhoods and people they disrupted in the process of having this rally. The Noise Ordinances were lifted for this event and extremely loud music filled the night. A set bedtime for children? Gone with the obnoxious music and lack of respect for those living around the fairgounds. This was not a very bright way to win the support of voters in the area who may still be undecided. If simple laws such a noise ordinances can't be followed, how can one be trusted with larger decisions that will impact more than just a few neighborhoods?

Posted by: sprklyspphr | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM

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I guess u should of thought of that BEFORE buying a house located on the county fair grounds.

Posted by: bobby20 | November 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Say no to moose stew and more of the same courtesy of McSame ....

Paint VA Blue!

Go Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: laurabunny | November 4, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I got to see the rally from Market Square in Alexandria. They were showing it on a giant screen. It was still pretty exciting and we didn't have to go through all that traffic.

All in all, I am so excited about an Obama presidency. He is a truly great leader and I can't wait to see what he can do.

Dan.

Posted by: Dan34 | November 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

VOTE!
VOTE!
VOTE!

The Republicans will steal this if they can. Do not be complacent--get to the polls and and vote!


Posted by: alexadav | November 4, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Can we please lay off criticizing sprklyspphr and other residents? That's the kind of personal attacks and ugliness we can all live without. As an attendee, I'd like to sincerely apologize to any locals who were disturbed or inconvenienced. I'm not sure I would have been thrilled either and I'm an Obama supporter. I was in a caravan of clueless downtown DC residents who clogged the streets, constantly asked for directions (duh, follow the miles of cars) and parked in a not exactly perfect spot in a cul de sac in front of a patient, non-confrontational non-Obama supporter. (Wasn't clear if they were pro-Cain.) To anyone who wasn't there or has never been to the Fairgrounds, the area is very, very residential with no public transportation and narrow roads. (And surprisingly few street lights?) The music was, not surprisingly, loud but also had to go on longer than expected due to the start delay. Despite the Obama campaigns amazing execution skills for getting out the vote, this may not have been the best run event.

That said, I was most impressed that Obama's first reference was to acknowledge families being out late on a school night!

So again, I'm genuinely sorry to locals who had to put up with any problems. Please know it wasn't intended. And thanks to all the attendees who were patient with each other. Or maybe we were all just too tuckered out from the Great Schlep from 66 to be raucous.

There is no Fairgrounds America, there is no Zipcar America, there is only the United States (and DC) of America. Fire it up!

Posted by: AMresident | November 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I was at the rally last night and there seemed to be a complete lack of planning on the part of local officials for the traffic and the crowds. The number of people who showed up was not exactly unprecedented for this campaign. Some police traffic direction at intersections would have been a big help. We too ended up having to park alongside Prince William Parkway and walk the last few miles. And leaving the fairgrounds, there was only one small exit for tens of thousands of people to funnel through. But people were patient and it was well worth the hassle.

Posted by: jt12 | November 4, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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