I did in fact go to watch Obama Speak. 70,000 people in an outdoor football stadium, unreal. I watched most of it from the Press / Media area. You can't tell from the pictures but you could actually see everything really really well.
When he walked out to U2's "City Of Blinding Light", all I could think was, there are moments when U2 works perfectly, this was one of those moments.
In the Press room there was much discussion of the "Rockstar" factor, of having it held outdoors with such a huge crowd. ...What's so wrong with being a Rockstar? And seriously, if any other Politician could pull that number of seats, they would. Period.
But my hypothesis is that Obama wanted to stand in a massive crowd and look Presidential (and survive it.) It freaked me out how much talk of assassination there was all week, and I thought Obama's camp heard it too. And I think standing there on stage, no secret service with him, made a statement of strength, confidence and fearlessness.
About 15 minutes out from the end of his speech we went into the crowd to feel that energy and it was really powerful. The floor was shaking earthquake-style because people were stomping there feet so hard (also made it hard to get a clear photo.)
OK, OK all you want is GOSSIP, so... from my video crew on the floor: Oprah was running around the front row like a crazy person, making herself very seen, yet saying (over and over) "This is Barack's night." Ummm, then why are youuuu... I know speaking against Oprah might get ME assassinated, so I'll stop there.
Oh, yes here's the J. Hud moment, you probably missed (TUBE BELOW) (and look man, it's a tough note, be nice.) Happy for her that she got to do it, it must have been an honor for her.
One more, John Legend was on my flight and damn is he smoove in person.