From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/14/07
Obama delivers 'goosebumps'
The rain stayed away, the weather was a cool 62, and a crowd of about 20,000 - war veterans, college students and parents pushing strollers - listened in rapt attention Saturday to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, at Atlanta's first public rally of the 2008 presidential campaign.The crowd at least rivaled the largest so far for the campaign of the junior senator from Illinois. He spoke for 36 minutes and was interrupted by applause 116 times.
Weaving in the theme of turning a page, Obama talked about the lack of universal healthcare, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal and the petty politics in Washington that thwarts meaningful change.
The crowd cheered loudest when he condemned the war in Iraq.
"This is the first time I have gotten goose bumps from any politician in a long, long time," said Jay Frasier, a 31-year-old attorney.
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