70,000 to hear Obama

Senator Barack Obama garnered a crowd of 70 thousand people in Portland. Nope, that’s not a typo. It wasn’t the 700 folks that gathered to hear Senator John McCain or even the 7 thousand folks that gathered to hear other popular political figures. Instead, it was 70 thousand!!! Wow!

From the Washington Post:

Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now.

The campaign, citing figures from Duane Bray, battalion chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, estimated that 75,000 people are watching him speak.

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.