When I arrived at 7:30 am, thousands of people were already lined up along the sidewalk waiting to get in. There were people up in the trees and on all the rooftops. Once I got up to the gate, I could see tents set up along the sidewalk where the early arrivals had slept the night before.
The crowd was a diverse mix of people from all sorts of backgrounds. The mood was casual and family friendly, but the excitement in the air was palpable. There was an overwhelming sense that we were witnessing something profoundly historic.
Here are two video clips that I found online this morning. The quality of the first clip is a little shaky, but the story he tells is pretty funny. The second clip is higher quality and shows the last ten minutes of his speech.
A friend of mine commented that the four locations that Obama chose for his rallys were all in neighborhoods that had been hardest hit by the sliding economy. Judging by the response I saw yesterday, and by the 50,000 people who came to see Bruce Springsteen at the rally last weekend, I'd say that Philadelphia overwhelmingly supports Barack Obama.
"Obama's Saturday in Philly" News article on MSNBC.com