Obama to crowd: 'I'm asking for your votes'

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:29 PM

            Lisa Powell
(Lisa Powell)

The following is a timeline of events surrounding Tuesday's campaign rally for President Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which took place at Triangle Park in Dayton. 

4:28 p.m.: Obama finishes with, "God bless you Ohio; God bless the United States of America."

4:27 p.m.: Obama continues speaking. "You can say in this election, we believe that everybody's got a place in America, we believe everyone has opportunities ... no matter what you look like ... no matter who you love. Here in America you can make it if you try. ... I'm asking for your votes. I need you to keep believing in me."

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4:23 p.m.: "I want to make sure our colleges and universities keep tuition low for young people," Obama said.

4:21 p.m.: Obama continues speaking. He tells people to visit barackobama.com to read his administration's plan for "moving forward." "I want you to look at my plan compared to Governor Romney's plan and see which one is better for you." "First, my plan builds up our manufacturing base," he said. "I want to give those tax breaks to small businesses."

4:15 p.m.: "Here's the good news, Ohio, if you come down with Romnesia ... you don't have to worry because Obamacare covers pre-existing conditi0ns," Obama said. "There's a cure, but you gotta vote, you gotta vote ..."

4:12 p.m.: The President says the debate on Monday was proof "Romnesia" exisits, and he doesn't want anyone in Ohio to get it. He mentioned his disagreement with Romney's tax plan. "If Mitt Romney was President when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have the auto industry today." "The industry supports 1 in 8 Ohio jobs."

4:09 p.m.: Obama says "Here in Ohio, you can vote early. Or, in Ohio, you can vote right after this event."

4:08 p.m.: The President says Sharen Neuhardt is in crowd and asks for applause for her. "Two weeks, Ohio," he said of election day.

4:07 p.m.: The President begins by speaking about educators and Joe Biden being married to a teacher. He says he cannot ask for a better partner than Biden. "There's nobody who gives me better advice than my Vice President," he said.

4:06 p.m.: President Barack Obama takes the stage.

4:05 p.m.: Biden continues speaking. He says, "The American people are not prepared to go back" to the "Great Recession of 2008" and "This President is leveling the playing field. "America is coming back, there is no 'quick' in America." ... "The American people know only one way: Forward." "Even the 47 percent of us that Romney doesn't think matter ... we're moving forward."

4 p.m.: Joe Biden is speaking at the podium. "Ladies and gentleman ... this commander in chief is leading the world," Biden said. He said Obama is a man who "leads by the power of America's example." He said Romney is trying to rewrite the history of the automobile history.

3:55 p.m.: The crowd is listening to music and waiting on speakers.

3:48 p.m.: Dayton Fire Department announces an estimated 9,500 are in attendance at Triangle Park.

3:41 p.m.: Press traveling with the presidential motorcades are in place, which signals the speakers will soon begin.

3:34 p.m.: WHIO-TV"s Yuna Lee reports exhaustion and heat have prompted calls for about a dozen people to receive treatment at the EMS tent.

3:33 p.m.: Dayton Daily News' Amelia Robinson reports the rally crowd  is singing along to "Let's Stay Together."

3:27 p.m.: Vice President Joe Biden is en route to Triangle Park from the Dayton International Airport. When he got off of Air Force 2, he was holding hands with his daughter, Ashley.

3:18 p.m.: Other speakers are now talking at the rally ahead of Biden, Obama.

3:15 p.m.: Prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance are being said. Claudia Mason led the Pledge.

3:06 p.m.: The presidential motorcade has arrived and cheering has erupted.

2:56 p.m.: Music is blaring at the rally as attendees wait for Obama, Biden to arrive. The crowd has been chanting "four more years." 

2:52 p.m.: President Obama's motorcade is traveling through Dayton now.

2:38 p.m.: Air Force One has landed at the Dayton International Airport, and President Obama will soon be on his way to Triangle Park. He greeted the following individuals: Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Willis Blackshear, Perry Henderson, Monika Intsiful, Anamaria Karrels, Deborah Lieberman, Jeanette Mauk, Ruth Pollard, Lynn Shepard, Tamelee Straub-Haskins.

2:23 p.m.: The White House has announced Vice President Joe Biden is on Air Force 2 and en route to Dayton.

2:20 p.m.: Some supporters are seen wearing homemade shirts and hats. Some bought buttons and T-shirts from vendors outside of the rally. Some have photos of the "Sesame Street" character Big Bird on their shirts. Some attendees were also seen wearing shirts purchased during Obama's inauguration in Washington D.C.

2:17 p.m.: A man in an elephant costume, representing the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is outside the entrance, protesting U.S.D.A. policies. Inside, a band plays pop hits and sports fight songs.

2 p.m.: Triangle Park is packed with rally attendees. Dayton Daily News Staff Writer Cory Frolik interviewed Sheila Back, 50, of Dayton. She said she traveled to Washington D.C. to see Obama inaugurated. "I am part of the 47 percent," Back told Frolik. She has already voted, and said she belives most people already have made up their minds for whom they will vote. But she said today's rally will convince supporters to help his campaign.  Back hopes Obama's visit to Dayton today will energize supporters and inspire them. "I know he will be the President in 2013," she said.

12:40 p.m.: The Obama campaign has confirmed that some of the shuttle buses from Triangle Park will go to the Board Of Elections after the event for people to vote early. Early voting goes on  until 7 p.m. today. 

12:20 p.m.: WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte at the Obama/Biden rally said a little bit of rain fell, though attendees are not allowed to have umbrellas with them.

12:09 p.m.: Congressman Mike Turner is conducting a rally with Delphi retirees. Dayton Daily News Staff Writer Kyle Nagel reports Turner is with the retirees to criticize the Obama administration's handling of the auto bailout. Turner said Obama "will not mention pensions that were lost, and provide no answers." Turner also said the White House "picked winners and losers" in the auto bailout.

11:35 a.m.: A volunteer at the rally told Dayton Daily News Staff Writer Amelia Robinson about 10,000 tickets were distributed for the event, which begins sometime after 3:30 p.m. today. 

11:31 a.m.: Police are helping traffic flow around the rally site. Scanner traffic indicates some drivers without handicapped-parking signage are having to be turned away from the specified parking area. Shuttles continue from the courthouse area and traffic appears to be flowing smoothly.

10:44 a.m.: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on DeWeese Parkway, near the rally site,  has issued an alert that it will close at 1:30 p.m. today and reopen Wednesday morning.

10:41 a.m.: Our staff interviewed the first person in line -- Mick Thompson, of Dayton. He arrived at 3 a.m. "I'm here to see the Pesident. I'm all fired up, ready to support him and help re-elect him," he said. Regarding Monday night's presidential candidates debate, Thompson said, "The President demolished Romney." Barbara Harris, of Dayton, was about sixth or seventh in line, having arrived around 7 a.m. "We're just here to support the President and make sure he is serving another term. ... The State of Ohio is important to the Democratic community," Harris said.

10:02 a.m.: Seven buses are lined up near the courthouse to begin shuttling event attendees. Lines have formed there, and a line has formed outside of the entrance to the rally.

10 a.m.: Roadways surrounding Triangle Park are beginning to crowd with vehicles. No problem spots have been reported. 

9 a.m.: Members of the media are at Triangle Park to have equipment checked and go through security. Shuttle service from downtown Dayton to the rally site will begin in about two hours. 

7:50 a.m.: WHIO-TV's Gabby Enright is at Triangle Park reports roads around the site of the rally are flowing. Event organizers are there working on final preparations.