obama.jpgUnprecedented crowd of 25,000 receive Obama in New York

By Amin George Forji

   Dem. Presidential hopeful, and Illinois Senator, Barack Obama on Thursday, 27th September 2007, at a rally at Hillary Clinton’s backyard, in Washington Square Park , New York set a new feat as the biggest crowd puller in the history of  American politics. Estimates showed that over 25,000 attended the free rally.

The presidential hopeful himself wasted no time to point out the diversity in the multitude and  the mammoth crowd itself as evidence that his stump message of hope and change was resonating and further that the whole country was hungry for radical change, and not just a change in political parties, and a continuation of the old ways of doing politics.

“You’ve got young people and old people,” he said. “You’ve got poor folk and not-so-poor folk. You’ve got blacks, whites, Asians, Native Americans. You’ve got gay and straight. You’ve got people with disabilities. You’ve got Democrats and independents, and, yes, you’ve even got some Republicans.” He remarked.

“….We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We want something new. We want some change,” Obama added.

“It is good to be back in New York. Some of you know, I used to live in New York City. I used to hang out in Washington Square Park. I know a little something about Greenwich Village.”


Almost every phrase from the candidate was accompanied by applause. One NY resident, 50 years old Matha Liz, who prior to the event had been contemplating between Clinton, Edwards and Obama, said after the rally that she was fired up by Obama, and will be voting for him during the primaries.

“He is fresh, inspiring, and committed to clean Washington…” Matha echoed, buying an Obama t-shirt, which read, “I love NY”.

Most significant is the fact that the rally was taking place in New York, the backyard of the presumably front-runner, Hillary Clinton, whose highest crowd in the state since the campaign began is just 2,500.

Her campaign will have to be very worried about the eventual media coverage that may ensue from the event, and potentially overturn polls, which have put her on a lead so far.

The enthusiasm around Obama continues to be enormous throughout the country.  But will it be translated into votes at the forthcoming priaries? That is of course the hope of the Obama campaign. The fact of the matter is that he has built the strongest grassroot movement in this race, amongst all the candidates running, and it may be to early for anyone to draw any conclusion yet on who will be the eventual nominees, for the reuplicans and the democrats.


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