Fired up: Obama in Rock Hill, SC

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I had the pleasure of attending a big spirited rally for Barack Obama in Rock Hill, SC yesterday. I thought you might like to read a report on the event.

The Gym of the Northwestern High School in Rock Hill was packed to the brim with over 2000 supporters.
I was surprised to see a very diverse crowd there (I had expected a predominantly African American group), from disabled veterans to young teenagers, from black to white, young and old.

The doors opened up at 6.45 pm and Senator Obama took the stage at 7.45. He spoke for a little more than an hour. He was introduced by Congressman John Spratt after the local marching band played a few tunes.

Obama spoke in front of a rowdy crowd in Rock Hill, receiving loud applause at points in his speech.

"The reason you're here, let's face it, is that you're sick and tired of George Bush," he said.

Obama's speech emphasized hope for the future and the need for substantial political change.

He spent quite some time in his speech defending himself from the critics that are saying he "doesn't have enough experience" and "doesn't know how to play the game in Washington".

In an obvious swipe at fellow contender Hillary Clinton he stated: "We don't need somebody who knows how to play the game better, we need somebody to put an end to the game playing and change the game".

Naturally, there was a lot of talk about the war in Iraq.
Obama harshly criticized President Bush for pursuing what he called, "a war of passion, not of reason". Obama was always against this war and has consistently voted against it.
He pledged to call the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces to the White House the day after he gets sworn in to start pulling our troops back.

He received an equally loud response when he proposed increasing the minimum wage every year and criticized the No Child Left Behind education program.

Other highlights of His speech talked about raising vehicle emissions standards to decrease dependency on foreign oil and providing health care to all Americans.

Obama also touted the need for open government and pledged to be honest about where he stands on issues and what his plans are.


He ended his speech by having the crowd chant "fired up" and "ready to go" and concluded with a marching order: "Let's go change the world."

I left being thoroughly impressed with a man that just radiates charisma and really seems to mean what he says.
He's got my vote.

If you'd like to look at some more pictures I took yesterday, you can find them here, here, here and here.

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In the words of Chris Rock

Chris Rock:

"The big question is... Is America ready for a black president? Why not? We just had a retarded one. When did being black become a bigger deterrent than being retarded?"

Left on 49

Great Report

Thanks for posting.
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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracts. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

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There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Good reporting

ya got some good pics too. I like Obama and was really impressed when he gave that speach that put him in the national spotlight.....way back when. I'm still pulling for Edwards, (my vote would go to Gore if he ever got into the race), but I will support whomever is our party's candidate.

It's amazing that a black presidential candidate can draw that many in South Carolina!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Actually, I think a lot of folks have tired of the presidential

campaigns. I know I have. I barely read anything about a pres. race. Of course, I've just not caught up yet here on Blue.

If you've ever been to hear Jesse Jackson, you'll recognize the chanting routine. It's a great tactic....and I don't mean that in a negative light. When I was in high school Jesse Jackson was speaking in Charlotte. Most of the students invited to attend were African American, however a handful of white students were invited as well and I was lucky enough to be among them. The energy in the auditorium was amazing. He's a very talented motivator. I imagine this tactic produces the same effect for Obama. It's a great way to get people involved in the message and the excitement of the moment.

Like, Momoaizo, I was impressed the first time I heard Obama speak. Unfortunately, it didn't have a lasting impact. If he is the Dem nominee, he absolutely has my support and my vote. However.....until then.....I'm an Edwards supporter.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Right now, I'm an Edwards supporter.

and an Obama supporter. And a Dodd supporter. And, ye gods help me, even a Clinton and a Biden supporter.

I'll be glad when the primary dog and pony show is over.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I find my support of Clinton is a case of relativity.

Even though I find her the least appealing of the front-runners in the Democratic race - I still think she's better than anything the Republicans will throw at us.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Good video

thanks for this!

i'm a huge obama supporter. we need to pull together!

i'm trying to spread the word about obama's rally in durham on november 1st. have you purchased your ticket yet? if not, here's the link: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/C2Cnc.

you probably have already heard about this, but let me know if you need any more info.

I really need to hear Obama speak in person.

I am a John Edwards supporter - but I have not had the chance to experience Obama in person. I would like to hear what he has to say. I think I will try to go to that rally. I just wish they didn't do so many things on work days.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi