As passengers exited the train and made their way to the stadium, they were met with scores of supplicants asking for tickets to Barack Obama’s speech as if it were a Denver Broncos game. One man held a handwritten sign tersely reading “need tickets.” A woman held a more creative one reading, “share the hope and any extra tickets.”
Once attendees got through the metal detectors the sound of drums could be heard. A multi-racial group of musicians wearing red “East High Drumline” pounded away.
As unusual as the outdoor speech is for modern American politics, such events were common during the 19th Century as entertainment and campaigning.
Cross posted at The New York Sun.