February 10, 2007

The Obama announcement speech

I finally got around to capturing a few stills from the video taken of Obama delivering his announcement speech live. I arrived just as the speech began, (text of speech here) and found myself pretty far from the podium.

It took me a while to even find where Obama was speaking, as it was like a speck only visible over the heads of those in front of me. (the square marks the podium) It was clearly set up nearly exclusively for the media, as their bleachers on either side of Obama's podium nearly obscurred him entirely from anyone who was outside the media area.

Needless to say, after several minutes of holding the camcorder over my head with my hand and arm going numb from cold, it was difficult to hold it steady and take a still shot, especially when it was zoomed about 20x. (and trying to juggle a cup of coffee, two cameras, and two bags at the same time is NOT recommended in any weather, but especially not when it's barely above zero.)

Click pictures to enlarge.

"It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people - where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America.

And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States."

Below: Barack and Michelle Obama wave to the crowd after the speech.


At 2/11/2007 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It loved how Obama compared himself to Lincoln. Even the backdrop was reminiscent of Lincoln with the old capital behind him. This was a great political move.

At 2/11/2007 10:33 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Whatever you say. I know that many blacks didn't like the symbolism at all, in light of the fact that Lincoln in reality didn't free any slaves.

At 2/11/2007 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No availability to the press after an announcement. Is this normal?

At 2/11/2007 1:09 PM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

Eric Krol noted,

When Sen. Barack Obama formally jumped into the 2008 presidential race Saturday, he delivered his speech about a hundred feet from a rather ominous landmark.

In the Old State Capitol plaza hangs a plaque denoting the place from which the Donner Party set out from Springfield in 1846. The expedition to California became infamous when disaster struck and some members of the party resorted to cannibalism.

At 2/11/2007 1:53 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Had to look pretty hard for a negative, eh Bill? Yeesh.

At 2/13/2007 7:07 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Personally, I think a better strategy would be to have Obama stand out in the cold and drone on with a long, detailed policy speech, for at least 1-2 hours. Give'em all something to chew on. Then he should have answered every single question until every person and reporter felt special.

At 2/13/2007 7:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Gee Nico... not too cynical towards the man, are we? ha!


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