A record crowd of 75,000 gathers for Obama in Oregon — — chicagotribune.com

A record crowd of 75,000 gathers for Obama in Oregon — — chicagotribune.com
PORTLAND, Ore. – They waited for hours under a warm sun, the line snaking for blocks and blocks through downtown. They packed onto the park lawn, from the makeshift stage to the waterfront and up to the street. They watched from a bridge overhead and from pleasure boats on the river, bikini-clad.

They brought their parents and their infants. Some skipped work. Some wilted in the heat. A few jammed the streets afterward, hoping for a final motorcade glimpse. Fire department officials counted 75,000 in all, a record for the main attraction, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill..

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