Friday Photo(s)

October 31, 2008

Barack Obama was on campus Tuesday. More than 7,500 people were allowed in, and several thousand more were not. People stood in the cold wind for hours to get in, although I got a press pass so I was able to get in without much wait. This was the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has campaigned in town since Stephen Douglas (also a Democratic Senator from Illinois) in 1860. A lot has obviously changed since then--Abraham Lincoln was not on the ballot in Virginia because it was a slave state. It will be interesting to see if Obama's visit helps him in this Republican city. John McCain has not been to the area during this campaign. A couple photos are below, and you can see more here.