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Baby-surfing, seat-swapping at Obama event
Helenair ^ | 4/5/08 | CHELSI MOY

Posted on 04/06/2008 7:59:55 AM PDT by mylife

Baby-surfing, seat-swapping at Obama event By CHELSI MOY - Missoulian - 04/05/08 AP Photo/Alex Brandon - Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., right, reaches over the crowd to take Missoula infant Natalie Pankratz-Osborn, 8 months, at a rally at the Adams Center at the University of Montana Saturday. MISSOULA - It’s doubtful that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will have any time soon to kick back with a fly rod and learn the delicate skills of one of Montana’s most treasured pastimes, yet he sounded interested just the same on Saturday.

“You guys have a nice deal around here,” Obama told a packed crowd in the Adams Center. “This is some pretty country out here. I think I need to learn fly-fishing get some waders, go out there, clear my head. We may have to come back to Missoula, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke to some 8,000 people stuffed in the University of Montana’s basketball arena, and another 500 watching a live broadcast on the Jumbotron in Washington-Grizzly Sta-dium. In some ways, his speech resembled a sporting event more than a political rally.

Tickets to the event sold out in a matter of hours. Music blared. Outside, vendors sold souvenir buttons and T-shirts. Inside, cheering fans waved signs and passed the time by doing the wave. The scoreboard in each corner of the arena read “OBAMA” and the clock read 20:08.

There was even crowd surfing sort of.

As Obama shook hands with supporters after his speech, a parent several rows back passed a baby for-ward to have its photo taken with Obama. Afterward, the senator handed the infant back to the crowd. The baby was then passed back, presumably to the right parent.

Only two homemade signs hung inside the arena. A sign-making party at campaign headquarters in Mis-soula on Friday never materialized. Yet, people were excited.

Aaron Curtis’ friends could not talk him out of painting “Rebel 4 Pres” on his face.

The 22-year-old was determined to shake the hand of the man whom Curtis is confident will be the next president of the United States. Since homemade signs weren’t allowed in the rally because they might re-strict the view of press cameras, Curtis had to do something else to get Obama’s attention.

He heard on CNN that “Rebel” is the Secret Service’s code name for Obama.

“I’ve never met anyone famous,” said Curtis, of Missoula.

When Obama came near the crowd, Curtis reached out his hand. It was more of a brush than a shake, but that didn’t matter.

“It was like a heart-stopping moment,” he said.

It was still dark when Tami Adams arrived at the Adams Center. She got in the line, which eventually stretched west through the parking lot, around the side of the University of Montana Law School, by the University Theater and back to Arthur Avenue.

Adams’ two girlfriends joined her an hour later.

Except, Adams registered online for a ticket while the others picked up orange tickets from Obama’s campaign headquarters in Missoula Thursday. Once inside, her friends were ushered to the floor section and Adams was sent to the nosebleed rows.

“I kept going up and up and up,” she said. “I didn’t stand in line at 5:45 a.m. to sit up here.”

Adams later sneaked down to the floor, nodding “yes” as volunteers asked whether she had an orange ticket. “I wanted to get a good seat,” she said.

Saturday morning’s crowd was naturally dominated by Obama supporters, including Nate McConnell, 36, of Missoula, who was counting on his own personal mojo working on the senator’s behalf. McConnell saw Bill Clinton in 1992 when he was running for president, and of course Clinton was successful. But McCon-nell missed opportunities to see Democratic candidates Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. Both lost.

“I thought that my coming here today and seeing (Obama), maybe my magic could work,” said McCon-nell, a research historian.

Missoula Mayor John Engen stared at a blank Microsoft Word sheet on his computer screen for half an hour Friday.

“When you are speaking within minutes of one of the great modern orators,” Engen said, it’s best to be brief.

Engen, who endorsed Obama more than a week ago, spoke at Saturday’s rally shortly before the senator came on stage. He rattled off a list of one-word adjectives to describe why he supported Obama.

“He’s smart, honest, decent, compassionate, fair, thoughtful, innovative, collaborative, tough, wise, hum-ble and human,” he said. “Frankly, folks, I think he could be a Missoulian.”

Afterward, Engen had a chance to sit down with Obama for several minutes, but knowing what to say was a tad overwhelming. A somewhat-nervous Engen mentioned the troubles with finding affordable housing in Missoula and elsewhere in the West.

“The man is remarkably intelligent, but he put me right at ease,” said Engen, who only hours after his endorsement speech was posted on YouTube, with both French and English headlines, had already received a dozen e-mails from Obama supporters worldwide. One of the videos already had nearly 5,000 hits.

As Obama spoke inside the Adams Center, security guards and police turned away some people who had tickets to the event, but who didn’t get there in time to claim their seats before the center filled up.

Rosemary Caye, 47, of Elmo, on the Flathead Reservation, pleaded with a woman blocking the entrance to the Adams Center.

“My sister is inside saving a seat for me,” said Caye, brandishing her ticket in the woman’s face. “Please, I drove 80, 90 miles per hour to get here, and I just walked about a mile from Miller Hall, and now I can’t even see Barack.”

Caye said she wanted to see Obama “because I believe he can make a change, not only for my people, in-digenous people, but for people throughout the United States.”

The woman at the door firmly directed Caye to Washington-Grizzly Stadium, where Obama’s speech was being shown on the Jumbotron. His words echoed through the chilly air.

Those who made their way to the stadium were rewarded, however, when Obama made a surprise stop there after his speech, shaking hands with members of the overflow crowd, including Dan Taylor of Mis-soula, who held a sign reading: “Trout for Obama.”

Brian Borsett has lived in Missoula for 25 years and in Washington, D.C., before that. Never has he seen a candidate generate this kind of excitement, especially among the younger generations.

The Smurfit-Stone pulp mill worker liked that Obama talked about capping carbon emissions and appre-ciated that he said nice things about his Democratic opponent, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“I admire Sen. Clinton,” Obama said. “She’s a terrific senator. ... We are going to be unified by the time we get to Denver.”

It’s important for people to hear that, Borsett said.

“A lot of people are in doubt,” he said.

Missoulian assistant city editor Gwen Florio contributed to this story.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
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1 posted on 04/06/2008 8:00:03 AM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

I am speechless.


2 posted on 04/06/2008 8:03:39 AM PDT by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights)
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To: mylife
Natalie Pankratz-Osborn

Rule #1 in life: Never, ever, under any circumstances trust a women with a hyphenated name.

Even if she is only 8 months old.

3 posted on 04/06/2008 8:04:27 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: mylife

Did they have a baby mosh pit too?


4 posted on 04/06/2008 8:04:32 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: ozaukeemom

Bizarre isnt it?, and dangerous.


5 posted on 04/06/2008 8:04:45 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

If Republicans pulled a “baby mosh pit” the press would be yelling “child endangerment” and somebody would be getting a visit from the Department of Child Services.


6 posted on 04/06/2008 8:06:55 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: mylife
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7 posted on 04/06/2008 8:07:38 AM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: dawn53

That is what I was thinking. And, Obama handed her back!!! So, he endangered the child. Ugh!


8 posted on 04/06/2008 8:08:07 AM PDT by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights)
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To: mylife
It takes a village to raise a child.

Leni

9 posted on 04/06/2008 8:08:36 AM PDT by MinuteGal (I Love My Country More Than I Dislike John McCain)
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To: mylife

It breaks my heart. What if something had happened to the little girl?


10 posted on 04/06/2008 8:09:08 AM PDT by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights)
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To: dawn53

No doubt


11 posted on 04/06/2008 8:09:09 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: mylife

>>>“You guys have a nice deal around here,” Obama told a packed crowd in the Adams Center. “This is some pretty country out here. I think I need to learn fly-fishing get some waders, go out there, clear my head. We may have to come back to Missoula, there’s no doubt about it.”<<<

Sounds like Kerry when he wanted to get himself a huntin’ license in Iowa.... :)


12 posted on 04/06/2008 8:09:25 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (<<<Life's a bitch, don't elect one President.>>>)
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To: mylife

It’s a cult. “Touch my baby, and heal her racial sins!”


13 posted on 04/06/2008 8:09:34 AM PDT by July 4th
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Babbling for Barack
14 posted on 04/06/2008 8:10:31 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Obuma is a pure hypocrite who uses this child for a photo op. Obuma like the rest of the left wing marxist liberals embrace abortion on demand, but funny they themselves have already been born.

Any person who would vote for Obuma is a sorry excuse for a human being. Obuma is nothing more that changingling of death, who hates Whites and the rest of Non P.C. Americans.

Obuma, we know what your Rev, your church and family stand for and remember the (Old Guard) is still around.

We Dare Defend our Rights against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

I would rather see Hillary get the nomination than Obuma. He is a POS and a racist phoney in the midst of America.

I urge all Americans vote for John McCain, “We cannot let America Fall, on our watch.”

For God and Country,
NSNR


15 posted on 04/06/2008 8:13:02 AM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: mylife

Makes me want to spit up.


16 posted on 04/06/2008 8:13:53 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

LoL!


17 posted on 04/06/2008 8:14:55 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

actually, I thought it said “baby-surfing, wife swapping at Obama event” and then I thought you know Bill Clinton got to be there.


18 posted on 04/06/2008 8:15:35 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (I have not yet begun to fight!)
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To: mylife

I almost stepped in a pile of Obama this morning. Evidently my neighbor’s dog made Obama in my front yard last night.


19 posted on 04/06/2008 8:18:03 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: mylife
“This is some pretty country out here. I think I need to learn fly-fishing get some waders, go out there, clear my head. We may have to come back to Missoula, there’s no doubt.

Come on Barry, don't be so modest. Everyone knows you won't need those waders... After all you walk on water, doncha?

PIAPS would have said, "I first came fly-fishing in Montana with Ted Williams back in 1962."

20 posted on 04/06/2008 8:18:04 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Big Guy and Rusty 99

It could happen ;)


21 posted on 04/06/2008 8:18:11 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dawn53
On the Republican side, it's the CANDIDATES who do the crowd surfing!!!


Why didn't Obama take a stage dive?



"Obama...You're a Wimp!"
22 posted on 04/06/2008 8:18:14 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: metesky

Aint it the truth?!!


23 posted on 04/06/2008 8:18:46 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
a parent several rows back passed a baby for-ward to have its photo taken with Obama. Afterward, the senator handed the infant back to the crowd. The baby was then passed back, presumably to the right parent.

I wouldn't do that, even at Thanksgiving dinner, where I knew everybody, much less in a roomful of strangers...

24 posted on 04/06/2008 8:20:08 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: mylife

I hear Bill Clinton likes fly fishing too. :-)


25 posted on 04/06/2008 8:20:11 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: RepoGirl

bump


26 posted on 04/06/2008 8:20:18 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (I have not yet begun to fight!)
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To: RepoGirl

bump


27 posted on 04/06/2008 8:20:19 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 (I have not yet begun to fight!)
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To: vietvet67

That was Monica


28 posted on 04/06/2008 8:20:51 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: vietvet67
"Hey baby, ya wanna go fly fishing for trouser trout"?


29 posted on 04/06/2008 8:24:53 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
In later news, Obama claims to be half female.
Hillary trumps Obama by claiming to be half African male.
30 posted on 04/06/2008 8:27:34 AM PDT by MaxMax (It's not the politics I despise, It's the politicians for being so stupid..)
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To: All

All of the folks on this thread that wring their hands as though some sort of child abuse occurred here are frightening.


31 posted on 04/06/2008 8:27:52 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (If you don't want a liberal in the White House, don't nominate one and expect me to fall in line.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Okey dokey


32 posted on 04/06/2008 8:29:06 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

OBAMA had evidently a stupid mother planted before every event who is willing to have her baby used as a prop exposing the Rev. Wright hated child to multiple diseases and trauma as it is passed like a pinata to the stage.
Motherhood not at it's finest.

33 posted on 04/06/2008 8:29:21 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

There is no shortage of them, thats for sure.


34 posted on 04/06/2008 8:30:29 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

What the hell is wrong with this stupid woman??? She should be arrested for child neglect.


35 posted on 04/06/2008 8:35:15 AM PDT by montag813
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To: mylife

lol. perfect..


36 posted on 04/06/2008 8:36:14 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: mylife
When Obama came near the crowd, Curtis reached out his hand. It was more of a brush than a shake, but that didn’t matter. “It was like a heart-stopping moment,” he said.

Sounds like an Obasm.

37 posted on 04/06/2008 8:36:24 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: mylife
Did someone say Rebel:
38 posted on 04/06/2008 8:39:48 AM PDT by sticker
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To: mylife
“You guys have a nice deal around here,” Obama told a packed crowd in the Adams Center.

And if he gets to be President he will END IT. Stupid, stupid people, more and bigger government is what he plans on bringing, more laws, more taxes and more government intervention. If you want to preserve your way of life Montana work hard to make sure he is not elected!

39 posted on 04/06/2008 8:41:08 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence")
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To: sticker

Rebel without a clue


40 posted on 04/06/2008 8:45:58 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2001convSVT

And $200 trout stamps


41 posted on 04/06/2008 8:46:51 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ozaukeemom

This bunch would take the grape KOOL-AID without a whimper.
What a tragic waste this closet Muslim will leave when he is defeated in November.


42 posted on 04/06/2008 8:50:04 AM PDT by Uncle George
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To: mylife
Or he will make Trout an endangered species, and make fish trout off limits to common folk (he and the ruling elite will be exempt of course).
43 posted on 04/06/2008 8:50:54 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence")
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To: 2001convSVT

Of course ;0)


44 posted on 04/06/2008 8:53:44 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Big Guy and Rusty 99
actually, I thought it said “baby-surfing, wife swapping at Obama event” and then I thought you know Bill Clinton got to be there.

Think about it, unless someone would be married to Hellen Thomas, who in their right mind would wife swap with Bill Clinton?

45 posted on 04/06/2008 8:57:19 AM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mylife

I wish he wouldn’t say “You guys.” Too informal. Yes, I know that ESL teachers use that phrase as a substitute for the second person plural, but Barack is a native English speaker.


46 posted on 04/06/2008 9:09:21 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: A CA Guy

My brother and his wife were allowed to attend a meeting with the Pope in Rome. They had with them an eight month old daughter. My sister in law wanted to pass the baby down about 6 rows so that the Pope would bless her. My brother said “NO! -What if someone in the first row is praying for a baby!”


47 posted on 04/06/2008 9:13:40 AM PDT by Tweeker
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Just think of the negative publicity it generated when Michael Jackson held his kid up on that balcony, or when Britney Spears almost fell while carrying her baby. This looks like a pretty dangerous photo op.


48 posted on 04/06/2008 9:15:41 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: metesky
>>>I think I need to learn fly-fishing get some waders, go out there, clear my head.<<<

Shades of John F. Kerry...."where can I get me a hunt'in license aroun' here?"

If Obama clears his head, the debris would be a toxic Superfund Site

49 posted on 04/06/2008 9:18:25 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: mylife
Obama's predecessor..... Fair use Disclaimer - Tape transcripts, summaries, some primary source documents, and all photographs on this site are free and available to the public for use by crediting: The Jonestown Institute, http://jonestown.sdsu.edu
50 posted on 04/06/2008 9:18:36 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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