This is my first stab at "citizen journalism", and, well I left the experience with a lot to be desired... first of all my camera didn't work, and secondly, I didn't talk to anyone. What I'm left with are my low-res camera phone pics, and my impressions. For what it's worth.
I arrived at 2:10 PM and left around 2:30 PM, and I estimated the crowd at about 300 people. I noticed about 5 other folks just drifting around like me photographing the scene. I overheard one of the photographers asking another if he was with The Seattle Times, and he said "No". Folks were trickling in the whole time I was there.
I'd say the overall feeling was one of subdued celebration. No chanting or speeches or any marching when I was there. There were a bunch of red, white and blue balloons (with no slogans) and I'd say about half the kids had Obama T-shirts and/or signs. The signs were fairly innocuous and cliché, sayings things like "Obama for Change", "Obama for the Future" and one kid had a sign that said, "Obama Rocks". There were 2 crafts tables for kids, and the kids were creating
various things, mainly Obama posters.
There was no food available when I was there. The Obama campaign would have done well giving away hot dogs or something similar. It would have created some good will with me as I was hungry ; )
UPDATE 10:55 PM:
A fellow local blogger was there covering the story, too. There was more to the gathering than what I documented, I guess the crowd DID "march" (walk in a procession bearing a lot of Obama signs). He did a much better job than me, he had better pictures and even shot a video!
Another blogger's coverage. Score for citizen journalism! I haven't found any MSM coverage yet.
There were a lot of "I Love Obama" signs
People mainly seemed to be milling about. The "march" part of the program probably started after I left (If there was one at all).
More love for Obama, as experessed by a young child.
At least this Obama supporter has the good sense to love Golden Retrievers.
I took this one from the north when I arrived.
Lots of balloons- there were no slogans on them as far as I could see.
Just seemed like a lazy day at the lake, with some balloons and Obama propaganda thrown in.
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