The following is a photo journal from the Oprah-Obama rally at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena. It was kind of a big deal.
At first I thought they were trying to get rid of me when they told me to walk around the side of the building and go in the door marked "press", like I was going to knock three times and be greeted by hired goons. Instead, it was the gateway to the bowels.
Inside the arena, a look at the stage, the podium, and the two chairs for Oprah and Michelle. Oh yeah, and the big banner behind them, in case you missed that.
Worried about getting crappy seats to the event? At least you weren't stuck in the press pen. The gentleman in the blue sweater in the center of the screen is Tim Foley, the Obama New Media Coordinator. The guy on the left is Reid Cherlin, the state Press Secretary, and the guy in the awesome Russian hat was just a volunteer. But still, it is an awesome fuckin' hat.
The crowd doing the wave while they waited for Oprah. The wave made it around about three times. I have to admit, it was pretty cool. Those women holding the signs were also dancing feverishly throughout the course of the pre-event music selection.
On the jumbotron during the pregame they played a bunch of videos with volunteers and footage from some of the earlier mass rallies.
Gov. John Lynch introduces the event. The guy in the foreground is Chris from Candidate Photos. He has been a mainstay on the trail this fall, and is a great guy. He is clearly rushing off to get a much better picture than I am getting.
Michelle Obama addresses the crowd in a funky, yet wickedly stylish, black number with incredibly wide sleeves.