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Barack Obama on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia:

As the crowd filled in a local band cranked a few tunes.

“And the band played on…” – I spotted this individual reading while he waited for the speakers.

There was a huge crowd of students and others outside the event across the street (south) of the location. While they may not have been able to see everything, the sound system was more than adequate in allowing them to hear the speeches.

A contingent of “Rednecks for Obama”

The media work space behind the main press riser.

Obama on the rope line.

Attorney General Jay Nixon (D) outside the event after it was over.