St. Louis and Kansas City consider themselves rival cities and the crowd in St. Louis (100,000), beat out the crowd here in Kansas City (75,000). People in the crowd knew that he drew 100K on the other side of the state, and as we looked around, some thought we drew more. Alas, we lost that contest!
Here's a link to a news article with pictures from the Missouri rallies yesterday. There are better pictures of the rally here than what we were able to get. Even though we got there by the time the gates opened, we couldn't get any closer than about 100 yards from the speaker platform. As short as what I was, I only got a couple of glimpses of him while he spoke. DH is tall so he was putting children up on his shoulders so they could see.http://www.miamiherald.com/news/poli...ry/731877.html
But here's the cool thing. We were on a road close to the memorial and trying to find a parking space. A cop started to frantically wave at us to pull over. We did, unrolled the window and asked if we did something wrong. He told us the motorcade was about to come thru. So we quickly grabbed the camera and DH got 2 pictures as he passed us.
He had his face turned to the window with his big Obama grin and waving like mad. I was in the back seat smiling and waving, and I swear we made eye contact from 8 feet apart. It totally made up for the fact that we couldn't get closer to him during his speech.
Anyway, DH didn't have time to turn the fast shutter speed on the camera so he got the 2 shots. The second shot had the car on the other angle away from us and all you could see was his hand. Note the secret service agent eyeing us with suspicion (all they saw at first was a car with the windows open and something hanging out the drivers window, which happened to be the camera). This was done with a normal lens (no zoom) so you can see how close we were. As he got adjacent to our car, he turned his head and was looking straight out the window.http://img368.imageshack.us/my.php?i...orcade1gu3.jpg
I have to crop and shrink down some other pictures. DH used his super zoom lens and even with that, the speakers were specs on the pictures.
The big names in attendance? Ike Skelton (congressman from MO), Kathleen Sebelius (governor of Kansas) and Obama.