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Oregon & Obama * 75000 * Size of a City

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks to people at Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore., May 18, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Matthew Mosk
PORTLAND, Ore. — Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now.

The campaign, citing figures from Duane Bray, battalion chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, estimated that 75,000 people are watching him speak. =  Link to video of Rally.

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore. Link to Washington Post story>>>

The Oregon Rally … Every picture tells a story

Barack Obama speaking plaform looking towards the bridge

A marine audience as well. His campaign is all about firsts!

What the Oregon marine birdlife saw when they overflew their favourite Party rally

Photo courtesy Daily Kos – for more photos >>



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  1. Amazing! Look at that tremendous and mind blowing crowd! I love your photo caption comment about the marine audience and “firsts”.

    Fantastic photos and I love your beautiful, poetic description.

    Obama looks SO Presidential overseeing these crowds.

    Posted by Cami | May 20, 2008, 12:26 am