Obama Rallies the Grassroots in Roanoke


    Today, Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine joined President Barack Obama for a Grassroots Rally in Roanoke at the historic Firehouse 1. An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 filled the street to hear the President give a speech filled with optimism for the future combined with a promise to work throughout a second term to regain for the middle class the American dream that seemed to vanish during the Bush years.

    The President reminded us that the change we hoped for four years ago hasn’t been as fast as we wanted or as complete as we hoped for, but if we remain true to the vision that the way to grow the economy is not from the top down, but from the middle out and the bottom up, all the nation can prosper once again, not just the top 2% of Americans.

    President Obama remarked that in 2008 when he visited Roanoke, political pundits said he was not serious in the visit but just covering all bases, However, he stated he intends to show the pundits again that, “I’m going to get some votes down here.” He also promised us that if he wins Virginia, “I’m going to get four more years.” He’s absolutely correct.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      The event was ticketed. There were 3,040 people crowded into the small space in front of Firehouse 1. Brian Lang, chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee, was a driver in the motorcade that brought President Obama from the airport to downtown Roanoke and had this comment:

      “Even though I was not supposed to pay close attention to the crowds along the route, of course I couldn’t help noticing how numerous the well-wishers were, starting all the way up near the airport.  I never expected so many people who couldn’t attend the speech to find ways to be showing their strong support and outright affection for President Obama.  Their enthusiasm was infectious.”

      I, too, sensed that level of enthusiasm among a crowd that waited for hours in line to get in and endured a drizzling rain once inside the venue. Every few minutes, a chant would start: “Fired up…Ready to go!”…”Four more years!”…”Obama! Obama!”

      When the rain started, a woman next to me pulled out a plastic rain poncho and then said, “Let’s share this.” So, we spread it over the heads of four or five of us, laughing and remarking that a Republican would call that “socialism.”

      The enthusiasm of the crowds in this campaign swing through our state is exactly what we need to nurture. It’s what we need to win this thing in November.