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President's speech gets mixed reactions from local crowd
by Jill Lufrano
Aug 21, 2012 | 1864 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – Temperatures at the top of Dandini Boulevard, where it was estimated that 2,100 people waited up to five hours to hear President Obama speak for 45 minutes Tuesday, peaked at a high of 92 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

One Obama supporter, age 64, from Carson City, who declined to be named, said he was disappointed with the entire arrangement.

“Everybody just stood in the sun for hours,” he said. “I left before it was even over. People are just leaving in disgust, I think.”

According to the attendee, only a few people were able to see the podium, set up in a “very small venue” inside the Truckee Meadows Community College’s Dandini campus.

“Some was good, but I didn’t even see him,” the man said. “I could barely hear him most of the time.”

Mike, who did not want to give his last name, said he was a volunteer for the campaign and therefore was able to show up to the event within an hour of it starting. He also got a seat “fairly close” to the podium and was able to see the President and hear his speech.

“He was very dynamic,” Mike said, as he rushed off to meet his bus.

Christina Murrow, 30, Reno, who is a veteran of the Navy and part of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Reno, said she came to the event because she appreciates everything Obama has done for the LGBT community.

“With everything he’s done for my community, for the LBGT community, for all issues he stands for, he seems to actually care,” Murrow said. “He got the entire crowd going. Everyone was clapping and cheering.

“I am a veteran and a student so that meant a lot to me,” she said. “It was crowded but it was still worth it to me. I’ve waited for so long to see him speak.”

David Hull, 33, of Reno, said he thought the wait to hear the President speak was “awesome.”

“I thought it was really good the President came to Reno and gave a great speech,” Hull said.

The most intriguing aspect of Obama’s speech, which the President spent most of his time on, was education, Hull said.

“Probably with the fact that he’s really into the grant with the schooling, with America and with everyone who wants to go to school and get an education and get a job that way, that’s great. That would increase our economy as well,” he said. “It seemed like that’s most of what he spoke the about. It’s what I probably liked about him. He’s more for the middle class and that’s what I get out of it.”

Tax breaks for the middle class, being pushed by Obama as a promise during his campaign, is one of the perks Hull “likes about him.”

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