Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri on Saturday night

I attended a campaign event for Hillary Clinton at the William Chrisman High School gymnasium in Independence on Saturday night.

We got in line a few minutes after 5:00 p.m. There were five or six television trucks (along with their film crews) from the various Kansas City affiliates.

The doors opened a little before 7:00 p.m. and we took seats in the bleachers with a good view of the podium. We estimated about 1200 people were in the gym (bleachers and in seating on the floor). We learned later that there was an overflow room, but I have no idea about the numbers there.

A school band played between the early speakers {including Representative Emmanuel Cleaver, State Senator Jolie Justus, and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders) and Bill Clinton.

I've posted a transcript of Bill Clinton's speech taken from my digital recorder at Show Me Progress.

As we left the gym, we were confronted by about a dozen Ron Paul supporters near the exit holding large signs and verbally interacting with the crowd. I stopped to take a few photos. One individual approached me to hand me a brochure. I declined. he stated, "Well, you took a picture, you should take a brochure." I replied, "I don't think so" and laughed.

Tags: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, independence, Missouri (all tags)

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Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri

Awesome speech. Bill just has a way with people. No matter how much the Media tries to tear him down, he's still standing. Thank you Bill Clinton.

by lonnette33 2008-01-27 09:33AM | 0 recs
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Apart from those of you who have crushes on Bill, his "way with people" is proving to be the way of pissing people off...He's tired and needs to go away.

by PositiveFreedom 2008-01-27 09:37AM | 0 recs
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Ah I see that you subscribe to a consumerist view of American politics. Quick, look over there, there's another shiny bauble...

by Michael Bersin 2008-01-27 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri on Satu

On tv, it looked like they arranged it so he had an all-white group of supporters behind him.  Does that square with your recollection?

by Adam B 2008-01-27 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri on Satu

Exactly.  He is YESTERDAY and look it.

by Edna Howard 2008-01-27 09:47AM | 0 recs
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There were a number of African Americans sitting behind him (I have photos) - the kids standing behind him were from the school and the band that played before he spoke. Representative Emmanuel Cleaver spoke before Clinton. So, for anyone to posit that there were no African Americans in attendance would be incorrect.

by Michael Bersin 2008-01-27 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri

In that case, they just screwed up (or deliberately shifted things) for the tv portion, which is unfortunate.

by Adam B 2008-01-27 11:22AM | 0 recs
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Nah, you can lead the media to a photo op, but you can't make 'em take the picture.

by Michael Bersin 2008-01-27 03:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Bill Clinton in Independence, Missouri on Satu

Nice stuff.  Wow, that must have been a really long speech.  I remember seeing Hillary campaign for Bill in 1992 and she was super impressive.

by Steve M 2008-01-27 09:38AM | 0 recs
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Wow, that must have been a really long speech.

According to my digital recorder it was about 58 minutes.
by Michael Bersin 2008-01-27 10:39AM | 0 recs
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Thanks for the report, Michael.  Nicely done.  

by georgep 2008-01-27 05:23PM | 0 recs

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