January 6th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama rally closes doors on crowd

Kucinich is encouraging his supporters to make their second choice Obama.

Supporters line up for an Obama event.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Dozens of slightly disgruntled potential Obama supporters were turned away Sunday morning at his first rally of the day.

At the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, crowds lined up and down the block as they filed through the lobby and to their seats. But capacity was set at 850.

"That's it. I'm sorry," said a woman with the theatre as she had to shut the doors.

"I can't believe we waited in line," one woman was heard saying.

Some decided to stay outside, citing Obama's campaign theme as the reason.

"Hope. We have hope," a man in an Obama hat said, laughing.

"We've come all the way from Cape Cod just for this event," another said. "And just because we got here a little late, we haven't given up hope."

Theatre staff told CNN 901 people were let in the building. The Obama campaign says 950.

Obama took the stage 35 minutes late. The campaign said the reason was a combination of their leaving the hotel ten minutes late and the fact that it was a "smaller venue."

UPDATE: Obama communications director Robert Gibbs told reporters that Obama stopped "to talk and shake hands" with a group of 30 to 50 people who were kept outside, but acknowledged that doing that is "not ideal."

"On one hand it’s a nice problem to have," Gibbs said. "But obviously we want to make sure that…as many people as possible that come are able to get in."

– CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. KENNEDY ANYANGO

    CNN reporters have always openly rooted for Hillary Clinton, with the exception of Caf, Bill, and A-Cooper. Those other biased speakers must be very ashamed with their forced predictions of a Hillary landslide. Americans want change and no amount of biased reporting will change their resolve. So go ahead and support your candidate Clinton but after NH, she will be a shameful potato to push down people's throats. But for the C-files, A-Cooper, Larry and Bill-S, you are the only reason we watch CNN. KEEP IT UP FOR BEING REAL AND UNBIASED.

    Another thing, Hillary's campaign has gotten awful. The only thing she can do is to attack Barack Obama? Oh please! This is pathetic, her campaign platform has changed from the agent of change to the agent of Obama attack. Surely what are her campaign managers doing? They are not surely helping her, any one can notice that she is desperate to destroy Obama but she doesn't even believe in the things she is saying about Obama. Awful is what her campaign has become. Obama will win NH.

    January 7, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Joe

    Go John Edwards,your the man!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  3. Mr T E Monroe

    Hillary is the ticket for peace. America: wake up!

    January 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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