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Obama Rally in Downtown Chicago: What a long, strange trip it's been.

About a half hour ago I drove past the Obama rally site in Grant Park on the lakefront in Chicago. The police were out in force and signs indicated that Lake Shore Drive would be closed entirely by 7pm CT.

I have heard that between 500,000 and a million people are expected.

I can't help thinking of what those who demonstrated at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Grant Park 40 years ago must be thinking about the juxtaposition.

What a long, strange trip it's been.

Constantin:
It's not really that strange. It's just that the guys rioting in the streets in '68 mentored the guy who is going to win tonight.
11.4.2008 7:26pm
Steve:
For the younger generation, Grant Park means Bulls victory parades...
11.4.2008 7:27pm
DLL Circulation Worker (mail):
Can people please stop quoting The Grateful Dead at every possible opportunity? Or, at the very least, change up what song you reference?

How about: "And I got no chance of losing this time"?
11.4.2008 7:31pm
Mongoose388:
This long strange trip is over. Tonight, Obama's election marks the end of the American empire as we knew it. Time to start a new long, strange trip...
11.4.2008 7:39pm
BT:
I was at Madison and Michigan at 7:00am this morning and cops were everywhere. The guy at the building I was inspecting said that they were shutting down at noon. I asked him if this was a directive from the city and he said indirectly; the city suggested that they wanted everyone out of the Loop by 2pm. My guess is that they got what they wanted.
11.4.2008 7:42pm
DangerMouse:
I wonder if their rally will include mention of Senator Schumer's support for the Fairness Doctrine.

According to Schumer's logic, Grant Park is a public place and so half of the rally should be devoted to McCain.
11.4.2008 7:48pm
bbbeard (mail):
Yes, they went from being led by Communists to... being led by Communists. Freaky ;-)

BBB
11.4.2008 8:17pm
pete (mail) (www):
In 2000 a friend and I deicided on the spur of the moment to drive and hour and a half to Austin to see if we could get into the rally at about 9pm that night when we saw the Texas capital building on the news coverage. It was a cold and wet night so all the people who had been there for hours and who had kids/jobs they had to go to in the morning started to go home. Security was sending everyone through after going through metal detectors so they could fill up the crowd.

We were able to get about 100 feet from the stage and Wayne Newton walked right by us at one point. A semi drunk UT student yelled out "danke schoen" at him. There were a lot of semi-drunk UT students around us, but all were in good spirits considering the weather.

We saw the well produced victory video projected on the Giant TVs after the networks called Florida for Bush. Then we saw the networks take back the call. No one ever came out to explain what was going on, which I thought was a bad call since you had thousands of people who had waited hours in the cold at that point.

I still have the little american flags they handed out.

Good times.
11.4.2008 8:18pm
EH (mail):
I hope Republicans are prepared to prove their patriotism tomorrow. Seems like it would be downright un-American not to support the new President, n'est-ce pas?
11.4.2008 9:31pm
csm:
Party first, EH. Party first.
11.4.2008 9:48pm
subpatre (mail):
EH - Patriotism? You mean like all those "Not MY President" bumper stickers? The "Selected Not Elected" bumper stickers?

No, our duty is to pray for the President, whoever it may be.
11.4.2008 9:51pm
Hoosier:
I wish this hadn't happened. I hope Obama turns out to be a better president than I have expected him to be.

Now we will have the opportunity to find out . . .
11.4.2008 10:05pm
Careless:
Low of 50 in Chicago tonight, maybe the best 3 day stretch of November weather in my life. Daley is such an ass, repeatedly telling people to go to the Park after his own subordinates freaked out at his stupidity
11.4.2008 10:06pm
Hoosier:
EH--"Support" means what in this case? I won't slander him. I won't make base accusations about him. I won't ask Bruce Springteen to campaign against him.

But am I required to agree with his policies as a matter of patriotic duty? Nope.
11.4.2008 10:07pm
DangerMouse:
I hope Republicans are prepared to prove their patriotism tomorrow. Seems like it would be downright un-American not to support the new President, n'est-ce pas?

I thought dissent was patriotic?
11.4.2008 10:16pm
David Warner:
"I can't help thinking of what those who demonstrated at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Grant Park 40 years ago must be thinking about the juxtaposition."

Have they thought of anything else in the mean time?
11.4.2008 10:28pm
MikeS (mail):

It's just that the guys rioting in the streets in '68 mentored the guy who is going to win tonight.


Obama was mentored by the Chicago police force?
11.5.2008 1:47pm