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Obama’s last campaign stop at UNCC is a mix of emotions

by Bryce Little    November 3, 2008

It’s been a long journey for Sen. Barack Obama. He started his quest for the presidency on the steps of the Springfield, Illinois courthouse. Twenty-one months and millions of dollars later, Barrack Obama has found himself halfway across the nation in Charlotte, N.C. with less than 12 hours before the polls open to determine the winner of the 2008 presidential election.

The crowd holds signs and cheers as Barack Obama makes his last campaign stop before the election
The crowd holds signs and cheers as Barack Obama makes his last campaign stop before the election

Lines snaked around the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus as thousands of people flocked to the intramural fields to hear Obama’s last talking points before Election Day.

Even following late afternoon rain showers the audience remained intact. The mass of people poured off the field overflowing into the surrounding parking lots.

Obama addressed the usual talking points – outsourcing of jobs, health insurance and putting an end to lobbyist influence in Washington.  The talking points were all there  but  something was different about Obama. This was his last campaign stop, but the first without the support of his grandmother.

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On the eve of this election the passing of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who was 86, overshadowed Barack Obama’s excitement. She had been battling cancer and died in her sleep earlier that morning .  He called his grandmother a “quiet hero.”  Obama explained how she had lived through the Great Depression, worked on military bombers during World War II, and helped raise him into the person that he is today.

“There is great joy as well as tears.” Obama said

“She was one of those quiet heroes we have all across America.” Obama announced to the reverent North Carolina crowd. “Their names are not in the newspapers, but each and everyday they work hard and look after their families, they sacrifice for their children and grandchildren.”

Obama did not speak long about his grandmother. He kept it short, referring to many North Carolinian’s in the crowd as the same type of “quiet hero”  his grandmother was.

Barack Obama adressing Charlotte crowd
Barack Obama addressing Charlotte crowd
Young and Old support Obama
Young and Old support Obama
Obama supporters weather the storm.
Obama supporters weather the storm.
Crowd looks on
Crowd looks on

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Obama supporters overflow into the parking lot.

Obama supporters overflow into the parking lot.

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Obama Sign that was rough around the edges but still gets the point across.

Obama Sign that was rough around the edges but still got the point across.

More Pictures from Obama

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  1. Janna said,

    The video interview is really strong. I love it – even the background music! You got a good tight shot and you spoke with a knowledgeable person who was able to lend some perspective. The still photos are MARVELOUS. I think I like the ones you gave to Emily Silva to use just as much as those you selected for your own story. The storytelling is well done and pretty well edited. It was important that you included the print copy, and you have a beautiful touch in doing that kind of writing. All in all this was truly a banner day for a mojo named Bryce Little!


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