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Obama on Tuesday

Not looking to spark any political debates here, but I was wondering if anyone had any inside info on the Obama rally at the Kohl center this tuesday. As in, will it be packed? If I'm only vaguely interested in going, should I yield my seat to someone more rabid? Most importantly, will there be a line outside in the cold (as I think the doors open 45 minutes before the event)? Anyone else planning to go, when are you planning to get there?


Drive safely everyone! Don't freeze!


Go. If you are on the fence, this will sway your allegiance one way or another. If it's for him, that's great. If he says stuff that you don't agree with, now you know. Don't sell him, or your own feelings, short. A good report from a newly convinced you should help motivate others to do likewise and get their vote counted, for whomever they end up voting for.
I'm definitely going- as early as possible. Probably 4:45 right after work.

You can get reservations at www.barackobama.com/madison but it's first come first serve (so I'm not really sure what the point of a reservation is, but oh well). I'm thinking it's going to be packed, most of his events are.

As far as whether to go or not if you're on the fence, I say go. It will at least give you a chance to hear him speak and get a better idea of if you want to vote for him or not.

Edited at 2008-02-10 04:13 am (UTC)
Huh, that link isn't working for me - do you know somewhere else that has info?
My bad, I fubared the url. Here is the real link: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/madison
No problem. I was trying to find it earlier when I heard about the event and my google-fu failed me. That son-of-a-gun rally is hard to find information on! I tried the kohl center site, the Obama site, Isthumus, Madison.com... Eventually a friend just emailed it to me.
I was gonna say! I'm a campaign comtributor and I haven't heard a peep till this post!
As far as I can tell, it was just finalized. The e-mail in my box came across after 5pm Saturday.
I think I'm going to go! But I have no idea when... I'm going to try to convince my mother to come with me, too, but she works until 4. So I'm not sure yet!
Yeah my husband and I spun out coming home from the grocery store a little bit ago, everything's turning to ice!
I honestly didn't know about the rally but I think we're going to go now. Thanks for posting this.
So Obama is going to be there, then?
Hell yes.
From the email I just received tonight:

Please join Barack Obama at a 'Stand for Change' Rally in Madison, where he'll talk about his vision for bringing America together and bringing about the kind of change we can believe in.

Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama

University of Wisconsin
Kohl Center
601 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Doors Open: 6:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Sign up now:

I'll need to remember this time to keep track of how many audience members pass out during his speech.

I think it was 2-3 when he spoke at the Terrace this past fall, largely because they were packed in there so tight and people were stuck standing around for two hours waiting for him to speak.
Don't sit out to leave room for the rabid supporters. Those people are so sold that attendance for them is more of a celebrity gush than anything.

That said, high turnout is a given, and I would expect entrance to be slow due to security. It's not unheard of for events to start late due to security slow downs.

If it another -40 wind chill afternoon, you have an easy decision. Stay home and keep your toes. If it's like 32 and dry, just bring some gloves and a hat.

Personally, I'm opting out, but that has more to do with my dislike of large crowd events.
I'm thinking about going but I've got class until 5:45, so it's unlikely that I'll get a good seat. Mainly, I just want to see what he says - I'm still on the fence about my vote.

Anyone know if any of the local channels are carrying his speech? I'd much rather be at home to watch it than go to the Kohl Center and be around screaming fans.


You can be guaranteed the speech (at least major portions) will be carried on the cable networks CNN and MSNBC.

I wouldn't expect Obama to start speaking until closer to 9 o'clock, after the results from Virgina, DC, and Maryland kick in. We could be in for a long evening!

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