Obama in Independence, MO: photos

Crossposted from Show Me Progress.

As I approached the press entrance to the Truman Memorial Building I stopped to take a photo of the media trucks. This very nice lady stopped and asked me, "Are you with the Kansas City Star?" I replied that I was not, I was a blogger. She then asked me, "Would you like to take my picture with my husband he's just around the corner?" I thought, "Why not?" and told her I would. As we walked back to the line of people around the corner I asked her if she had ever been to an event like this before. She replied, "No, never before. This is historic." We found her husband in line and I took this photo. They reminded me of my parents.

I waited my turn to go through security at the press entrance. The uniformed officer had me take out and start up all of my electronic equipment, including my camera. As he peered through the viewfinder he took this photo. He quipped to me, "If you publish this I should get credit." He's got it.

Congressman Ike Skelton and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II in front of the press area as we all waited for Obama to arrive.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders in front of the press area. Ike Skelton, Emanuel Cleaver and Mike Sanders are delegates to the DNC who publicly supported Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

The little girl in the foreground was fascinated by the press table and the crowd behind her.

The "blue ticket" area in front of the press riser.

The "red ticket" area behind the press.

The lighting in the hall was quite good until they discovered that the overhead lights were causing glare on the teleprompter. The electrician was told to turn out the overhead lights (before Obama arrived). A credentialed video photographer in the balconey went ballistic because of the low light. I alternated between slow shutter speeds without flash and flash with varying degrees of success.

A credentialed member of the press shows me an I-phone photo taken at the rope line shortly after Obama finished his speech.

A local television reporter prepares for a "stand up" outside the hall as the crowd exited the hall.

This individual stood alone studying the memorial after she had left the hall.

Tags: independence, Missouri, obama (all tags)




Great to see Obama out there fighting for swing states, and also the enthusiasm of the people for seeing him.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-01 07:47AM | 0 recs
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Very nice. I'm jealous of the reporter for both the iPhone and the picture.

by clarkent 2008-07-01 07:48AM | 0 recs
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In looking at the Memorial pic...I noticed
"War on Terror"

Shouldn't it read
War of Terror

What was your take on the "feel of the Speech?
Over heard comments?

I always find personal takes a points of interest.
My brother-in-law is a Baptist Minister in Independence. It is a pretty Conservative area..
(Many Mormans believe it is the Garden of Eden and there are some impressive Temples there.)

Obama is sending a message that MO is one the table.

by nogo postal 2008-07-01 07:52AM | 0 recs
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What was your take on the "feel of the Speech?

This was not the usual campaign event. The tone was serious. The crowd was serious.

I've been to a lot of these over the years. There was no music playing over the sound system (I remarked on this to someone else in the press seating before Obama arrived) to "pump up" the crowd.

Overall it was a very sober event. It was no campaign rally.

by Michael Bersin 2008-07-01 07:59AM | 0 recs
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hey, i volunteered at the event yesterday.  it definately was a more somber event and not a rally.  volunteers combed the lines of people waiting to go in to make sure that no signs or banners of any kind entered the building.

none the less, there was some good energy in the room. people were impressed with the speech and kept interupting him with applause and standing ovations. good sign.

over 50 people showed up to volunteer, which i think is an even better sign.

shameless diary pimp:  i wrote a diary about my experience yesterday and my feel for the speech, if you would like to read it.

http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/6/30/2020 52/075

by elie 2008-07-01 08:31AM | 0 recs
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I've yet to get in to cover Obama over here on the eastern side of the state. We have three regular front pagers at Show Me Progress, and three of you have had a shot at it. My turn next.

Good photos, Michael.

by Jo Etta 2008-07-01 08:14AM | 0 recs
The elderly couple

in matching outfits are adorable!  They look like an advertisement for grandparents.

by GFORD 2008-07-01 09:16AM | 0 recs
Actually getting to see and hear

Obama speak and feel the excitement he generates in a crowd is something everyone should experience. He speaks well and addresses the issues and it sounds differently than when I read some reporters take.

I've gotten to see and him twice now and won't pass up the chance again if it becomes avaliable.

Thanks for posting the pics and info. Love the couple pic at the top!

by Grissom1001 2008-07-01 11:01AM | 0 recs
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More pictures, please!

by xdem 2008-07-01 02:26PM | 0 recs


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