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Madison Snaps: February 13, 2008
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Obama Rally
Obama Rally
Credit:Sara Ziemendorf

Today's image is titled Obama Rally and was photographed by Sara Ziemendorf.

The spectacle that was the rally for Barack Obama at the Kohl Center on Tuesday night offered countless scenes of political theater and grassroots excitement that combine to form the classic American presidential campaign event. There was no shortage of media on the floor, shooting video and photos of the candidate and the ebullient supporters surrounding him on the main stage, numerous views of which can be found in a photo gallery on The Daily Page.

Most of the 18,000-plus people who seated inside the arena, though, had a much different perspective, with the best close-up view of Obama afforded by the four-sided video scoreboard hanging from the roof. Otherwise, the candidate appeared as a tiny figure surrounded by a sea of people. This is the view that can be seen in this photo by Ziemendorf, along with many others taken by attendees at the rally.

Many more photos from the rally have already been posted online.

These include a set by Julie Olsen that show the crowd and media gathering outside before the event. "Tonight's walk was one of the best as thousands of people packed the Kohl Center to hear Barack Obama speak," she writes, noting her support of the candidate and "the palpable excitement amidst the falling snow."

Another photo set was shot by Robb and Jessie Stankey, which show Obama and the crowd on the floor as seen from high up in the bleachers. Another photo was shot by John Zuehlke. "I wanted to experience first-hand what it was like to hear Obama speak, and he didn't disappoint despite the fact that he was visibly tired," he writes of the rally. "I also know that he has one hell of mess to clean up on many fronts, but I just truly believe he will be a president like no other."

Then there is a photo set shot by Lee Davenport. She writes of initially supporting Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, but ultimately is looking to put a Democrat in the White House come next year. She concludes: "Wisconsin's primary might matter this time around. It could be his ninth win in a row. Obama was in Madison tonight. I went to the rally and next week I will be voting for Obama because that is all I can do."

Many, many other photos can be seen in sets shot by Allison Jennings (here), Tristan Porto (here), Alison Leah (here), Joan Hughes (here), as well as here, here, and here. Many more will likely be added to Flickr in upcoming days.

Finally, there is a another set shot by Melody Hanson, which likewise offer a perspective on the rally from the third tier of seats inside the Kohl Center. Along with noting the crowd's response to Obama's speech, she discusses the impression that the event made upon one attendee in a photo that takes in nearly the entirety of the rally. She writes:

It was a great event. Late, for my little ten year old. But I think she will remember this night for a long time. I asked her what her strongest impression was from the night and she said "He's going to end the war." "You really believe he will do it don't you?" "Yes, she said, of course." I hope so. I believe he will.

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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