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A quiet Sunday at the park

On Sunday, we had lunch with my sister to celebrate her birthday, then Jess, Pratt, my mom, and myself drove to downtown Portland to see Barack Obama speak.  We were surprised at how realitively easy it was for us to get a decent place to stand for the 3 hours we were there.  After an introduction by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Pratt was hoping for Greg Oden), then the whole Obama family walked on stage: 

The Obama Family at the Waterfront in Portland, Oregon

Barack gave a good speech, covering everything from the war in Iraq to gas prices and increasing teacher pay (score.).  It was interesting how the crowd filled in around us because once we got home, we heard that we had been a part of the 75,000 people who were there.  Also reported was that even though there was a crowd there of 7.5 times Cottage Grove, there wasn’t any garbage left in the entire area: 

Barack Obama Speaks in Portland Oregon (New York Times Photo)

The last two people I saw while they were campaigning for the presidency was John Edwards (well, ok at that time he was Kerry’s VP) and then Dukakis (way back when)… hopefully Obama doesn’t end up as a similar footnote to history.