Obama overflow

The campaign turns away thousands in Washington.

Published January 28, 2008 5:39PM (EST)

Our concept this morning: Experience Barack Obama's rally with Ted Kennedy in Washington as a "civilian" would.

Our reality this morning: After standing outdoors for more than two hours in a line that stretched along several blocks -- and eventually getting within 20 feet of the entrance doors -- we were told that the roughly 6,000-seat Bender Auditorium at American University was completely full. At least several thousand people were in line behind us.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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