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rob kircher

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Monday I took Caroline down to the Sarah Palin rally in Richmond; a first for me as well. What a very interesting experience regardless of your political leanings. Like her or not she sure can draw a crowd. Estimates put the crowd at 25k in Richmond alone and earlier in the morning John and Sarah spoke to a crowd easily as large in Virginia Beach.

1D Mark III w/ 100-400 L IS 1/2500 s, f/5.6, 400 mm, iso 200

Political rally… As with just about anything anymore, we all can experience these things by watching the nightly (24 hour) news media but there nothing like experiencing it in person. The energy was incredible; all very very positive regardless of what the press may want the public to believe. There was the typical rhetoric from the crowd and a fun round of press taunting but nothing the likes of what has been reported in the press lately.

For the most part Caroline was bored throughout all the speeches but over all she had a pretty good time. More importantly she got Sarah's autograph which to a 10 year old is really cool.

Anyway, I put together this little photo essay to help explain the experience.

The lines to get in… 1D Mark III w/ 17-40 f/4L 1/1250 s, f/8, 17 mm, iso 200
If you look carefully to the right of the photo just over the blue tent you can see in the distance the grandstands setup at the stage.

The people
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1D Mark III w/ 100-400L IS 1/800 s, f/8, 100 mm, iso 200, flash

Very Young 1D Mark III w/ 100-400L IS 1/640 s, f/8, 100 mm, iso 200

Hippies? For McCain?
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The Characters
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The Crowd
1D Mark III /100-400L IS 1/250 s, f/8, 135 mm, iso 200

1D Mark III w/17-40 f/4L 1/800 s, f/8, 17 mm, iso 200

The Speakers
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Hank Williams Jr.
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And of course Sarah
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1D Mark III w/ 100-400L IS & 1.4 TC 1/4000 s, f/8, 560 mm, iso 400

1D Mark III w/ 100-400L IS & 1.4 TC 1/3200 s, f/8, 560 mm, iso 400

1D Mark III w/ 100-400L IS & 1.4 TC 1/640 s, f/8, 560 mm, iso 200

The Autograph Pit
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Caroline insisted that I get into this mosh-pit of supporters and get her an autograph. Although it was absolute chaos I did manage to get the the autograph

Without getting too deeply into the politics here I will say that Sarah’s message was very positive. Of course she pointed out the differences between the two tickets but mostly she stumped the McCain Palin view of the future. She did make one comment that I truly appreciated and will paraphrase here, ‘Our opponents are looking to the past and pointing fingers where John and I are looking to the future and providing solutions.’

I’m frankly tired of hearing about how bad off I’m supposed to be and who I’m suppose to blame. I think we can all agree that the current administration has had its troubles, however, I’m not one who subscribes to this idea that all of our troubles rest squarely on the shoulders of GW and is bunch. There’s plenty of blame to go around and what we need to concentrate on now is realistic non socialistic methods to improve our current state.

1D Mark III w/100-400L IS & 1.4 TC 1/400 s, f/9, 560 mm, iso 100

So for my final analysis all I suggest is you take a big swig of whatever kool-aide you are drinking , red or blue, and be sure to vote early and vote often… after all that’s what they plan to do in Ohio.



  1. Nice essay. Tight, detailed shots. Good overall shots. Crowds, individuals, signs, flags. Well covered as far as I can tell.

    Only complaint is regarding your captions. They say: "The crowd, old, young, very young, the speakers...etc"

    You forgot... "white." ;^}

  2. Now Michael, when are we finaly going to stop looking at color? ;-)

    I didn't even pay attention to the 'color' of the people there but thinking back on it there was actually a pretty large coalition of Hispanics, maybe not a big surprise, and the African Americans were doing a bang up business selling T-Shirts in the parking lot and along the line.


  3. Awesome pix and I am really jealous that you got to go. But I think you should have posted the one with Sarah and Todd holding their hands over their heart. :-)

    What a once in a lifetime opportunity for Caroline.

  4. How is your daughter dealing with Ms. Palin's
    leaving the governership? Is she excited that bigger and better goals are in front of the ex-gov?

  5. This trip wasn't about support for a particular candidate it was about educating her on how the political system works. Something more and more parents should be doing especially with the idiots we have in office now on both sides of the isle.