Live at Obama’s Event in Grant Park
CHICAGO, Ill.– The Obama campaign has put together a pretty nice “victory” event here at sprawling Grant Park in Chicago. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend — though there’s only space for a few thousand to view Sen. Barack Obama directly.
There’s a small strip of coveted real estate between the stage and the largest bank of TV cameras I’ve seen on the campaign trail this year. The rest of the crowd will fill out a huge aisle of the park, facing the stage at something like an 80-degree angle. Most will watch tonight’s speech on JumboTrons dotted throughout the park. (There are almost no attendees here yet.)
In the press filing center, CNN is playing on two big screens, and about 100 reporters are milling about the half-empty tent. People are buzzing over some early, unreliable exit polls that suggest Obama leading in virtually every key state. As Laura just posted, exit polls are hardly a basis to buzz in any direction.
Meanwhile, Obama has been (finally) relaxing — he played basketball with friends and returned to a nearby hotel at about 5:10pm.