First report from the Obama rally today UPDATE Photos, video and Instalanche! UPDATE 3000 supporters bussed in

Posted: October 16, 2010 in elections, internet/free speech, short films/interviews, special events
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Just arrived at the Sean Bielat HQ in Newton from the Obama rally today several observations:

The Unions had a lot of sign holders out across the street, there was a small tea party presence there as well but not very significant from what I saw.

I was told on the record that the fire Marshall allowed 6600 in the main room, it was full, there is also an over flow room that hold about 2400, there were 800 people or so there plus another 200-500 outside. So figure maybe 8000. That means that president Barack Obama, Deval Patrick and Barney Frank were unable on a Saturday 3 weeks before an election to outdraw Sarah Palin on the Boston Common in April on a Wednesday. Democrats be afraid, be very afraid.

I am very interested in how many congressional candidates and state office holders in contested races choose to skip this rally.

Most of the people there once they found out I was a conservative and a tea party supporter clamed up and assumed I would be a dishonorable liar. I should have resented that more but I was more amazed than resentful. When I told them I predicted that we (Republicans) will take 3 seats including ma-10 they laughed at me….

…but they also insisted the tea party was strictly astroturf and that we were being financed. To that I say, if only, IF ONLY!

I did talk to several people in line (only one would go on camera, delightful woman) and they were mixed about how much help the visit would be. I actually think it will help Patrick a lot since it’s a 3 way race and in a 3 way race your base is the most important.

Ran into Michael Graham who was at the Comic Book convention (and Magic tourney) in the same building. The comic book & magic people drew about 2500 so the prez did 3 times better than them with a free event.

For the first time ever I forgot my press credential from the Scott Brown rally, and it hurt because the Secret Service turned me away from the press entrance because of it.

The defining moment of the day for me happened just after that. One of the guys from a comic store in Lowell figured this was a great chance to move some of the Obama hardcover Spiderman comics that he can’t move. Cover price is $30, Amazon sells it at $22, he offered it for $5 and out of a dozen managed to sell…..2.

This rally has absolutely convinced me that democrats in Massachusetts are in deeper trouble than I thought and the most fanatical ones of them are in even deeper denial.

I’ll update with photos as soon as I get a chance.

Update: Here is a slideshow from the event

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Also Stacy has some info on the rally

Update 2: Here is some video. The first is the spiderman video

The next one was while I was inside heading to the overflow room, I thought the line was for the president but it turned out it was for the Mayor of Quahog

In fairness of COURSE there were more people there to see the president and governer, his crew outnumbered the Magic the gathering tournament and the comic convention 3 to 1 (of course it was free to see the president).

Here was the overflow room, I got there at the end and you can see how many had flowed in:

The delightful lady who supported Deval and Obama was Natella Poladzade

If I was the president I’d take her to every rally he has.

Update 3: Via Fleming and hays Barney’s boyfriend heckles Sean Bielat at WGBH:

They ask an interesting question:

This brings an interesting element to the race when such a prominent “supporter” of Frank feels the need to try and pick a fight with the opposition. While Frank continues to promote his theory that, “According to our numbers we are up by more than 20 points no matter what we do.”, this type of action smells of desperation and fear. Not to mention, he clearly has no campaign staff to speak of, obviously, because the only person he could muster up to heckle his opponent was the antithesis of anonymous. We’ve got to give Barney a break, though, this is the first time in 30 years he’s had to campaign and he clearly doesn’t know how to go about it.

That’s a good question, I invite those who doubt my three seat prediction or my report on the trend in Massachusetts at Examiner.com to answer.

Update 4:
Quick FYI to the people who talked to me and gave their first names, I’ll be writing a longer examiner column about what you said during my road trip that I’m starting tonight, do not worry you will be heard.

Update 5: Instalanche welcome pundit readers. I have a little more video I’m about to add. Also $190 away for paying for a 3 state road trip with RS McCain to cover a few congressional races in NY and Pa (and maybe va) so if you can kick in to finish paying for the rental and gas that would be much appreciated.

Meanwhile here is the crowd moving forward

and more crowd shots:

And a “bad sign” for Deval

And the info about the 6600 allowed in:

Update 6: Chris Lackey claims I’m misrepresenting facts, since he claims that I’m acting dishonorably I demand satisfaction! I put a series of questions in comments for him to answer or to put up his own account of what he saw.

Update 7: Chris answered my questions in comments and I answered his in comments, and I figured out why he thought I was BS’ing. He was counting the number of people in the hall itself. The 6600 represents the number of supporters that the fire Marshall allowed in AFTER security and people on stage etc. So naturally he thought I was lowballing the number since he of course based his number on everyone while to me the number allowed in (indicating the number of supporters willing to show up) was the story. No wonder he thought I was lying. That should have occurred to me so I’m sorry I got so angry about it, but questioning my veracity or honor is a hot button thing with me.

Also apparently they held initial people in the overflow room (when Chris showed up) so naturally it was full then. I saw it after the main hall was full and they were putting people in there to see. Both of us were right but different perspective because of different times.

Update 8: Continued the discussion here and discovered that 3000 supporters were Bussed in ahead of time all over the state. As I recall this wasn’t done for the April 14th Rally with the Tea Party express and Sarah Palin. So I guess things are even worse then I thought if they had to bus people in to make sure they had numbers.

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  1. hoboduke says:

    The President is sort of like a ghost of Carter from the past. People today don’t care to hear about hope and change, after the wipe out of 2008 was followed by the wasted money of stimulus with no jobs. Don’t expect Obama to make any money as ex prez like Clinton. Nobody will fund a museum in his name either.

  2. Largebill says:

    You have to consider the novelty factor. Another group of socialists running their mouth in Boston is nothing new. A conservative who loves this country? Now, that’s something you don’t see in Massachusetts every day.

  3. Dr. T says:

    I’m sorry, but I find the report incoherent.

    “I was told on the record that the fire Marshall allowed 6600 in the main room, it was full, there is also an over flow room that hold about 2400, there were 800 people or so there plus another 200-500 outside. So figure maybe 8000. That means that president Barack Obama, Deval Patrick and Barney Frank were unable on a Saturday 3 weeks before an election to outdraw Sarah Palin on the Boston Common in April on a Wednesday. Democrats be afraid, be very afraid.”

    What room? What rally was this? Where was Sarah Palin?
    Then a clarification later on…of course Obama’s rally outnumbered something or other by 3:1.
    What?!?

  4. JAWs says:

    I was at the comic book convention and yeah, I noticed the preprinted signs dumped in the street. Also one of the pro Deval folks was at one point holding two signs and trying to hide a counter protestor’s sign.

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  6. cali girl says:

    Wow, they all looked cold standing outside. We are still wearing shorts and sandals in Calif.

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  10. How Stupid are those running the State GOP?

    Headline from Newsmax in May: “Even in Massachusetts, 70% oppose benefits for illegal aliens” and that was from a rasmussen poll.

    All 9 incumbents running, are co-sponsors of the DREAM Act!

    Does anyone see any statewide ads, informing the public to this FACT?

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  12. Conservative Deb says:

    I’m sorry but why do Liberals feel they are entitled to leave their trash everyplace. Mommy can’t always be there to pick up after you!

  13. iteezy says:

    awesome work….very good
    impressed

  14. JAWs says:

    The con was fun, though it was mostly one big dealer’s room. I am more of a fan run convention kinda guy myself.

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  16. bandit says:

    Most of the people there once they found out I was a conservative and a tea party supporter clamed up and assumed I would be a dishonorable liar.

    No they assume you’re going to tell the truth – that’s why they ‘clamed’ up

  17. Chris Lackey says:

    They were right to worry about your coverage, Pete. A lot of this is inaccurate and misrepresented. I was there, and actually took the time to get in. There are elements that are dead wrong in this post, misrepresented to make us look bad. Very disappointed in Pete and in people willing to use this as a trustable source.

  18. Chris Lackey says:

    1. No photos were faked, just inaccurate jaded commentary without time stamps.

    2. Film isn’t tampered – same as above.

    3. I don’t think you misrepresented people’s words, and I never claimed you did. Interesting how you tried to morph my accusation into something you felt better about being held responsible for.

    4. Yes. There were already over 3000 people inside that were bused in from various towns/groups that were inside at 11am (that’s what that room you were in was – a holding room before going through security). They then allowed over 6,000 ADDITIONAL people in from the thousands of the general public who were waiting in lines around the block, SIGNIFICANTLY longer than the hundreds in the Adam West line.

    5. The overflow room was the area that held people past the over 10,000 persons in the actual room with the president, and held people getting ready to go through security. This room was massive, and the line where people were standing in your video was over the halfway point in the room, leading me to believe numbers were over 1K in that room when you filmed.

    6. The area where the man was selling the (way overprinted) Spiderman comics was secondary and in the comic convention area which was an optional exit for the rally attendees. Did you take this picture when the rally ended? If not, those people passing through were unlikely to have been rally attendees – except for the one buying. PLUS, it was a comic book. Not every voter for Patrick/Obama wants to buy a comic book, even if it was a dollar, especially from a guy rudely and obnoxiously trying to prove a point with circumstantial evidence. The comic came out well over a year ago, so it’s not like it was new, either. I don’t think you should be using that as an indicator about how people are going to vote.

    7. There were signs on the ground, left for people to use if they wish. You walking through (at a completely unspecified time) and seeing them not being used could have been before or after the speeches, or just extras – there were hundreds inside the waiting room when we got there. There were also instructions to leave any used signs on the ground and they would be picked up by cleanup crews. We were not allowed to bring signs of our own, and cleanup inside the building was quick while we were getting prepared to enter, so the cleanup crews were there to do the job. Why do you think everyone outside with signs or standing in support were union members? The signs were one of the 2 designs that were printed by the campaign, and could be found everywhere. They stated nothing about unions, and there were many groups standing outside in support. If you don’t want the Tea Party to be accused of being an “astro turf” organization, please stop claiming the democratic party is only supported by unions.

    I did not see you because I was actually inside during much of the preparation and speeches, and then outside during the big name speeches, where I saw hundreds also standing outside the building watching on the giant screen with a live feed. I saw the thousands inside the room, and then the thousands outside, wrapped around the building, hoping to get in. They did not allow everyone in that showed up, showing there was even more interest than just the over 10,000 that were able to get inside.

    In one photo, you mention that no one was allowed in yet, on an image of hundreds of people waiting. Buses were the first allowed in at 11am through another entrance – there were thousands of us. We were all waiting in the overflow room until about 12:15, when we were passed through security, which took well over an hour and a half, and then later they allowed people from the general public in.

    I’d be interested in hearing what time you did your rounds of the area, and when pictures were taken. You make large assumptions about what was going on, without actually being where the action was taking place.

    I’m also waiting for your coverage of the many Olver signs I’ve been seeing popping up around town – there was so much coverage of that one sign on this blog previously, I expected wall-to-wall coverage of each one in front of the businesses and homes I’ve been seeing! Only one small mention of 3 you saw a week ago, and it didn’t even make the headline??

    Also waiting for coverage of the Central Massachusetts Tea Party groups removing the discriminatory members from their ranks that it took me only two trips to expose. Justin Brooks claimed there is a zero-tolerance policy, yet I heard some horrific anti-gay speech in Sutton, as well as was told personally that atheists can’t be good citizens. I guess I’ll just have to wait until the policy is actually enforced. I mean, my report made the paper the following day, but I guess that was only a month and a half ago…

    I’ll be looking forward to your coverage of the Rally to Restore Sanity with JON Stewart from a few blocks away.

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  20. Chris Lackey says:

    People were bused into the Palin’s event as well. 2 minute’s worth of Google searching brought this reference to people from as far as Maine busing in.
    http://www.pressherald.com/news/tea-party-express-rallying-in-boston-today_2010-04-14.html

    I’m not accusing you of lying, just consistently getting facts wrong.

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