In 2007, two weeks before he made his official announcement in Springfield, the GMU College Democrats stepped up big time and brought then Sen. Obama to George Mason. I had people staying in my townhouse who drove all the way from Michigan. I don’t recall what the maximum capacity for GMU’s Johnson Center is- but we were at least 1-2,000 people over that. There were also capacity crowds that spilled over into two other viewing rooms. We had over 17 different international news agencies ask us for press credentials. A little more then 3 years later, its being held in the Patriot Center, which will undoubtedly be at capacity as well.
A big thanks to my friend Erick Sanchez, our college GMU College Democrats President who gave one of the best introductory speeches ever and Tobin Van Ostern, who after starting Student for Barack Obama, helped make it all possible. During the speech, those of us who helped out organizing the event were rewarded with backstage passes. (I was behind him on the right hand side of the stage.) During the campaign I had a few similar opportunities to hear him speak, be on stage and even get my book signed- but this was by far the most memorable and exciting rally I have ever been to.
From the Facebook Invite:
Friday March 19th- Doors open at 9:00 AM
GMU’s Patriot Center
On the morning of Friday, March 19, 2010, as we draw even closer to health reform putting Americans in charge of their health care, President Obama will speak on the urgent need for reform in Fairfax, Virginia at George Mason University’s Patriot Center. Doors open at 9:00AM EST.
There are no tickets needed for this event, just show up – but if you are in the area and on Facebook by all means rsvp to our Facebook event.
Just as a heads up, no signs or banners are permitted, and those who come are encouraged to limit personal items and not bring bags or purses