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The last Obama rally draws 90,000 to Manassas, Va.

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Manassas, Virginia, Nov. 3, 2008
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MANASSAS, VA. -A sea of some 90,000 people rallied for Barack Obama in northern Virginia late Monday night, in the last rally of a two year presidential campaign that is poised to vault the Illlinois senator to the White House on Tuesday.

"Even if we're successful tomorrow we will be facing bigger challenges than probably any administration since FDR. But you and I know, you can feel in your gut, something happening here. That it is time together. It is time to look at the future again."


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HE PACKS THEM IN, HE HAS THAT AFFECT ON PEOPLE!
THEY WANT CHANGE, HE IS CHANGE, I WANT CHANGE!
BARACK OBAMA A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, MY DEEPEST
SYMPATHY ON THE PASSING OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER TOOT!

I JUST GOT HOME FROM THE OBAMA RALLY IN MANASSAS AND I'VE GOT TO SAY, HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THREE ROWS FROM OBAMA'S PODIUM AND GETTING TO SHAKE HIS HAND WAS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMINAL. SO WERE THE MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE. TOMORROW WILL BE AMAZING!

My family and I were there. It was simply amazing. 90,000 standing for 3+++ hours packed like sardines ... 90,000 Americans from different backgrounds, different religions, different races, different economic classes yet all there for a common cause and a shared belief in the what is the best future for this country.

We can only hope this serves as an indication of not only our generation but for generations to come.

Mr. Obama is it appears ascending to the highest calling of an American and that is leading this great country.

His GrandMother has also ascended to the highest calling of every humans life and that is death.

Although the moment will be so bittersweet for Mr. Obama I would venture a comment.

GOD called forth from this life the spirit of Toot Dunham and whispered gently to her;

"your job is done my faithful angel, now Barack belongs to the people"

God Bless you Mr. Obama and your family in this time of both sorrow and triumph. I voted for you as I promised you I would and my prayers ride on wings of butterflies to the ears of God to keep you and sustain you.

Fired Up!!

Ready to Go!!

IT IS SO SWEET TO SEE AMERICAN'S LOOK PAST COLOR,
AND LISTEN TO THE CONTENT OF ONES HEART!!!!!!
AMAZING AMERICA!!!!!!!

IT IS SO SWEET TO SEE AMERICAN'S LOOK PAST COLOR,
AND LISTEN TO THE CONTENT OF ONES HEART!!!!!!
AMAZING AMERICA!!!!!!!

To see all those people, of all races and creeds gathered at that place (Manassas, Virginia) at this time is nothing short of witnessing a miracle. I am a 59 year old african american female who remembers very well to civil rights movement and even particpated in a march after Dr. King was assassinated.If my history class serves me well, Manassas, Virginia was the site of one of the most racial wars of our time and now to have the first african american with a real chance to become the president of our country stand on that very ground is nothing short of phenomenal. I have always been proud of my country, but not always proud of some of the attitudes and actions of some of some its people. Thank God for our white sisters and brothers, who to me, are very special because they are willing to stand before the world and support his candicacy. When I talked with my children as they were growing up, I would always tell them that were it not for the whites that stood up with us, we and therefore, he, would not be at this point in history. They and all like them are very special people.

To see all those people, of all races and creeds gathered at that place (Manassas, Virginia) at this time is nothing short of witnessing a miracle. I am a 59 year old african american female who remembers very well to civil rights movement and even particpated in a march after Dr. King was assassinated.If my history class serves me well, Manassas, Virginia was the site of one of the most racial wars of our time and now to have the first african american with a real chance to become the president of our country stand on that very ground is nothing short of phenomenal. I have always been proud of my country, but not always proud of some of the attitudes and actions of some of some its people. Thank God for our white sisters and brothers, who to me, are very special because they are willing to stand before the world and support his candicacy. When I talked with my children as they were growing up, I would always tell them that were it not for the whites that stood up with us, we and therefore, he, would not be at this point in history. They and all like them are very special people.

I was there. It was a diverse, huge, harmonized crowd who wanted to be a witness to history. America's best face!

I just love him

Hi

We just returned from a cruise and spent some time in our favourite state - Florida. As Canadians we are so hopeful the Obama will be elected. We believe he can provide profound leadership in the world based on positive values and, most importantly, common sense.

We really like the American people and have faith that they will see this man as a gift they cannot ignore.

I am a 38 year old African American woman who stood among the 80 thousand Americans in Manassas VA last night; Amazing. I am so thankful to be alive and to witness and be apart of this historic time. Barack Obama and his family are first class all the way. I would be honored to have his family become the first family of the United States.(The Change We Need)
I stood on my feet for six hours and without complaint because the experience was priceless. As I stood among the crowd I thanked God for allowing me to be at the rally and experience the compassion, excitement, and determination of those in attendance.

When I awoke this morning I cried tears of joy and rejoiced at the opportunity to cast my vote in Maryland today.

Since voting I have made countless calls to family and friends making sure they to make their vote count.

I actually would have supported Hillary Clinton because I thought she was the best candidate. I liked Obama, too, but until yesterday I didn't really feel much connection with him.

But this rally was exceptional, and it wasn't so much the size of the crowd as its diversity that really brought the message home: Obama appeals to so many people on so many different levels that it's hard to conceive of any other candidate winning.

And by the way, if anyone had any doubt: Manassas, Prince William County, and all of Northern Virginia are a far cry from the Old South.

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