2008 Obama’s Expected Record Breaking Portland Crowd
posted by May 18 at 12:46 PMon
The line to get in to see Barack Obama on the Portland Waterfront today, according to one cop I spoke with, stretched from the waterfront, on the east edge of downtown, to the South Park Blocks on the other side of downtown. The officer pegged the line at 20,000, and the doors hadn’t even opened yet. People who biked here have turned the railing along the waterfront’s bike and pedestrian path into the longest bike rack I’ve ever seen (every bike rack and parking meter for blocks in every direction is at capacity).
Local and national reporters are grumbling that we’re three hours away from actually seeing Barack Obama. Portland’s indie-rock darlings the Decemberists are going on at 2:30, followed by the candidate.
But it takes that long to shuffle tens of thousands of people through security. One of the communications staffers herding the press says they’re expecting 50,000 people at the waterfront today—Obama’s biggest crowd ever. (He pulled in a record 35,000 in Philadelphia, four days before Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary, and he’s had a 30,000 crowd when Oprah took the stage beside him. Take that, Oprah—the Decemberists can kick your ass!)
Stay tuned for photos and updates.