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President Obama headlines rally on UW campus

October 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments

A crowd of more than 10,000 packed Hec Ed Pavilion this morning to see and hear President Obama during a rally for Senator Patty Murray.  Some people even camped out all night to make sure they had a seat. But even those who had to sit in the overflow area at Husky Stadium got a treat when the President stopped in to say hello before heading into Hec Ed.

President Obama surprises the overflow crowd in Husky Stadium. Photo by Robby Delaware.

“We were all stunned,” said UW junior Gina.  “I decided to come at the last minute and had no idea he’d take the time to greet all of us who couldn’t get in.”

Robby Delaware, who took the photo above, even got to shake hands with the President.

“Shaking President Obama’s hand was a great honor,” he tells us.

Some anti-war protestors and opponents of Senator Murray carried signs through the crowd.  Other than a few verbal arguments, officers tell us there were no problems.

The President’s limo crosses the Montlake Bridge after the rally

While parking was hard to find, traffic around the area seemed to move smoothly.  The walk back to our parking space from Hec Ed across the Montlake Bridge took 10 minutes, and the President’s motorcade even passed by.  Less than 5 minutes later, we were on 520 heading toward downtown.

Crowd leaves Hec Ed after the rally

Earlier in the day, President Obama paid a visit to a home in Wedgwood for a backyard chat.  You can read coverage of that story on our sister site  Our news partners at the Seattle Times have a detailed look at the President’s day in Seattle.

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