A group of friends got together and rented a couple of rooms in the Michigan Avenue Hilton, overlooking Grant Park, then invited a bunch of folks up to watch the show. Wine flowed freely, and binoculars were passed around as we watched the crowds gather.
Yep, that blurry thing? That's Obama. My full-sized camera and its spectacular zoom lens are currently out of commission, so I did this with a digital point-n-shoot and a pair of binoculars. Aheh.
We could hear him making his speech from the park; his words then repeated on a three-second time delay over CNN.
Thousands of people flooded down Balbo and back into downtown after the rally was over. All around, the air was electric. Despite the crowds, we saw no sign of problems or trouble... just a lot of happy, happy people.