Thousands come to hear Obama in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION A crowd estimated at 5,800 packed into Cross Orchards Historical Farm Monday morning for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama the first candidate of his party to visit Grand Junction in 40 years.Those are the numbers were getting from the sheriffs office, Obama in Colorado spokesman Matt Chandler said of the crowd.Too many folks in Washington and Wall Street werent minding the store, Obama said toward the start of his address.The Illinois senator referred to a $7 tumble of oil prices over the weekend, in part attributed to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., a 158-year-old investment bank, which filed for bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer. Merrill Lynch & Co. agreed to be bought out by Bank of America Corp.The pain has trickled up, Obama said.
Under sunny skies, people hopped on train box cars and stood atop hills to catch a glance at Obama.As of 9:30 a.m., a line of people waiting to get in stretched five blocks west from Cross Orchards, down to Grand Valley Road.Sueto Djokic, 60, came down with his daughter, Emily 12.Im betting Mesa County might go Democrat as far as the presidential election goes, Djokic said. Its the economy stupid.Djokic, a registered independent and lifelong Mesa County resident, said hes backing Obama.Its not going to be a Republican runaway.Obama was introduced to the stage by local resident Bill Haggerty.Isnt this about the coolest thing seen in Grand Junction? he told the boisterous crowd.More details and photos will be posted later on postindependent.com.
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