Wednesday, May 6, 2015

West Philly Welcomes Obama

And that’s a wrap. Obama conluded his neighborhood tour in West Philly, with a rocking rally at 52nd and Locust streets. A crowd estimated at 20,000 jammed shoulder to shoulder for blocks under the sunshine, shouting, screaming and waving signs. From the audience, we kept hearing the same word over and over: history. “We’re going to make history, baby,” said 72-year-old Naomi Smith, of West Philadelphia, who said she’d been out waiting since 8:30 in the morning. “Everybody’s for him and he brought out the young people.” Vicky Moody, 54, of West Philly, said people in the neighborhood are excited. “This whole campaign period is different. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

West Philly Welcomes Obama

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And that’s a wrap.

Obama conluded his neighborhood tour in West Philly, with a rocking rally at 52nd and Locust streets. A crowd estimated at 20,000 jammed shoulder to shoulder for blocks under the sunshine, shouting, screaming and waving signs.

From the audience, we kept hearing the same word over and over: history.

“We’re going to make history, baby,” said 72-year-old Naomi Smith, of West Philadelphia, who said she’d been out waiting since 8:30 in the morning. “Everybody’s for him and he brought out the young people.”

Vicky Moody, 54, of West Philly, said people in the neighborhood are excited. “This whole campaign period is different. I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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