Give Him Liberty
Notes from Saturday's Barack Obama rally at the grounds of the Liberty Memorial:
*The Star uses a park official's attendance estimate of 75,000. Based on my experience at music festivals at the same site, I'd say the number was closer to 45,000.
*What was the deal with the weird stage placement that artificially limited good sightlines? Thousands of people, myself included, could only listen to the candidate.
*This mildly creepy image aside, the cult of personality mania wasn't as severe as I had anticipated. Still, I empathized with a guy wearing a "Go Jesus" t-shirt who was hollering about how no mortal can offer salvation.
*I was suckered into the pointless email R.S.V.P. for the event on Friday. I've since received five spam emails from the Obama camp. The most annoying of them offers a "limited edition car magnet" for ten dollars.