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Old October 12th, 2008, 01:10 AM   #1
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Road Blog: Barack's Barnstorming Tour of Philadelphia

Barack returned to Pennsylvania today, barnstorming four Philadelphia neighborhoods in just a few short hours. Barack was blessed with beautiful weather and huge crowds during his visits to North Philly, Germantown, the Northeast and West Philadelphia this morning and afternoon.
The first step was Progress Plaza, a shopping center just a few blocks south of Temple University, where Obama's honest and inspiring assessment of the challenges facing America today were met with cheers by a 15,000-strong crowd. "We've always seen the mountaintop from the deepest valley," Obama told the crowd. "We can do it again."
The next stop was the Mayfair Diner, in lower Northeast Philadelphia. Obama addressed a crowd of 5,000, many of them proud union members.
Barack also visited Philadelphia's historic Germantown neighborhood and 52nd Street in the legendary West Philly commercial district where, were a crowed of over 20,000 had been waiting since morning. Standing in front of the Bushfire theater, Obama laid out a plan for America's future that was short on platitudes and long on specifics. After enthusiastic introductions from Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (who grew up just a few blocks away), Obama spoke to the crowd about his plans for job creation, energy independence and accessible health care. "We can do this," Obama told the crowd. "We've done it before!"
Joel Tannenbaum
October 11, 2008
Philadelphia, PA

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