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February 27, 2008

Barack Obama In Columbus, Ohio

Filed under: News — chantal @ 10:03 pm

With the Ohio primary just days away, it’s no surprise to find the candidates making their rounds all across the state. Which is why I was so excited to bring my kids to see Barack Obama speak at St. John’s Arena on the OSU campus. We arrived early with hopes of getting good seats. I had some preferred seating tickets, but after standing in the freezing cold (and I seriously mean FREEZING!) for over an hour, we decided against the preferred viewing area where we would have been standing, and grabbed some seats in the stands. With such a huge crowd, Chanel wouldn’t have been able to see anything anyway. We entered the arena just before 9am and Obama arrived shortly after 11. The anticipation was tremendous and the crowd was totally amped!

I’m not going to review the event or give my political assessment. I’m a bit of a CNN junkie, but I’ll leave the pontificating to the political analysts. What I will say is that the atmosphere inside the arena was absolutely ELECTRIC. Obviously it was a friendly crowd, in this giant venue filled with Obama supporters, but even the biggest skeptic and cynic would be hard-pressed to leave the event without feeling inspired.

We’ve all heard him speak. By now we’re familiar with his speeches and his message of hope and change. And it’s all good. But to see Obama live, to hear him when he is just feet away, is simply indescribable. However charismatic you may think he is on TV, multiply it by 10 to get an idea of how he is in person. I’m so excited about this election, and I’m so happy that my children were able to witness history by seeing our next President live and in person.

Here are a few photos from the event:


Mayor Michael Coleman was one of three speakers before Obama came out. He gave a great 5-10 minute speech endorsing him.


The crowd went nuts when Barack Obama came out…


His speech was nothing less than inspiring and amazing!



Afterwards, he went into the crowd to shake hands and sign autographs, and he was totally swarmed with people. I wonder what that guy in the red sweatshirt was saying to him…


My prayer is that this will be something my children will never forget…and I’m confident that they won’t.

Here is a video of Obama in Columbus on Saturday, at OSU Medical Center.

This video is an excerpt from today’s speech…Obama’s response to John McCain’s comments about Tuesday night’s debate.



  1. I wish I could give up my vote in Canada to vote for this guy. I seriously wish for the hopemonger to win.

    Comment by DAVE ID — February 27, 2008 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  2. Awesome! Wish I could have been there!

    Comment by Heather — February 28, 2008 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for the pics. You’ve got the touch and these are some great photos of the rally. I’m glad that you and the “kids” were able to be a part of this historical event, no matter what the outcome in the primary or Novemeber ballots.

    Thanks for my photos. I should have posed alot better, smile.

    Say hello to Shamon for me. Sorry he had to work, but I understand.


    P.S. You ought to see if you can sell some of your shoots.

    Comment by Edwin Robinson — March 1, 2008 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for posting these photos! As an Ohio Independent for Obama, (living in New York), I hate not being around for these events. But I’m glad to see photos!

    Comment by Nikki — October 25, 2008 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

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