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I feel so lucky to have experienced the rally last night.

I was able to attend Obama's final rally before the election in Manassas, VA last night. 90,000 people strong! It was amazing. We arrived at 5:00 and stood there about 100 feet from the stage until Barack spoke at 10:30. He was finished by 11:15 and we did not get home until 3:30 in the morning due to incredible traffic. It was worth every moment of wait.

After seeing all of the anger and hatred expressed at the televised McCain-Palin rallys, I can attest to the fact that there was none of that here. In fact, just the opposite.

Here is a picture I took with my cell phone. Two young boys...one black and one white holding up an Obama sign. The crowd applauded this moment and hundreds of camera popped up to take photos. These kids are too young to understand racism and could very well grow up in a world where they will never have to know it.  To me it encapsulated what we fundamentally have to look forward to with an Obama presidency within our nation as well as the international community.  People getting along.  For me that is enough of an issue to vote.

One can't help to draw conclusions about the nature of the two campaigns. Obama praised McCain a couple times last night and the crowd respectfully clapped. Whenever Obama's name was mentioned in a Mccain/Palin rally, he was booed...words such as terrorist, kill him, n***er, etc were yelled out much to the delight of Palin and Mccain.

As a nation wouldn't we be proud of everyone being able to get along and work together? This rally, 90,000 strong was all about people supporting one another and supporting the betterment of this nation. This picture captures the spirit of Obama, his campaign and what this nation has to look forward to:
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Obama ended the rally with this call to duty which put the crowd into a frenzy of high fives, cheers and back slaps:

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It all makes Hannity and Rush, et al. look really small.

Originally posted to GalenSevinne on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 01:40 PM PST.

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  •  Embedded vid for VA rally here: (5+ / 0-)

    NV, CO, NM, Montana, West Coast...STAY IN LINE AND VOTE NO MATTER WHAT IS REPORTED FROM EAST COAST! REMEMBER 2000!

    by Inland on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 01:47:34 PM PST

  •  Took my 16 yo teenage daughter with me (2+ / 0-)
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    Bulldawg, barbwires

    she has been telling everybody all day how great it was.

    She went to the polling place with my wife today and was disappointed that she couldn't vote yet.

    Incredible night - Incredible man.

    "...hope can find its way back to the darkest of corners" -- Barack Obama, May 6, 2008

    by SnowItch on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 01:55:56 PM PST

  •  He left it all on the road last night (3+ / 0-)
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    barbwires, SBandini, TomFromNJ

    Obama is the best Presidential candidate America has produced in my generation.

    I was 8 yrs old and remember vividly my parent's reaction to JFK's passing.

    I still remember exactly how I felt when I heard the news about RFK.

    I am thankful for my generation to have the chance to see history tonight.  Never thought I would.

    Only in America.

  •  I was there, too. (2+ / 0-)
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    pmcmscot, barbwires

    It was wonderful! I got home at 2:30 am, so I must not live as far away as you. :)

    The one thing I didn't like was when he did his bit about having people raise their hands if they make less than $250K. I don't like having to choose between lying in front of my kids or letting everyone know that I'm a rich asshole.

    I'm 50% Barack Obama, 40% Ari Gold, and 10% Eric Cartman.

    by I Love Cheezy Poofs on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 02:06:31 PM PST

  •  The pic of the boys, that's beautiful. (1+ / 0-)
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    TomFromNJ

    As you said, they could care less about color.  It's adults that put that crap in their heads.  Here's to a future for them, and our kids, to teach us how to get it done.

    "We waste no part of the animal."--Koko, Peter Straub

    by Red Reign on Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 02:22:21 PM PST

  •  I was there (0+ / 0-)

    The crowd was filled with positive energy.

    (Fire it up!)
    (Let's go!)

    "reductio ad absurdum" - Andrew Sullivan on the state of the Republican Party

    by Bulldawg on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 06:02:38 AM PST

  •  photo (0+ / 0-)

    I've been a nearly daily reader of Kos for years, but had never created an account.  When I read this diary & saw the photo yesterday, I created an account right away so I could post a comment (had to wait 24 hours b/c my first one).

    I have 2 sons, ages 6 and 10, who will grow up in a different America than the one that I grew up in -- the photo that you posted said it all.  I printed the photo immediately & stuck it on the 'fridge for my sons to see as soon as they got home from school yesterday -- Such great promise, such great hope for reconciliation and a new day.

    Out of many, one.

  •  thanks! I wish I had a real camera as.... (0+ / 0-)

    my cell phone camera wasn't so great but it was such a spontaneous moments and seemed to capture exactly the spirit of Obama.

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