Former President Barack Obama is campaigning for former Vice President Joe Biden in the last day before the election. He began with a rally in Atlanta, Georgia, and followed up later with a rally in Miami, Florida. Read on to see crowd photos from Atlanta, Georgia, and learn more about how many attended the drive-in rally.
About 200 Cars Attended Obama’s Drive-In Rally
Obama’s Atlanta rally was a drive-in rally that started earlier in the day at 12:45 p.m. This gave him enough time to speak and then appear for an evening rally in Miami. Adam Murphy of CBS46 estimated that about 200 cars were at the rally.
This time, Obama spoke in front of the ’96 Olympic rings. Among those also at the rally were Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and musician Monica Denise.
He encouraged attendees to get out and vote, saying: “It’s not too much to ask. Go out there and vote. Do this basic thing that can make America better.”
He also talked about how he and former first lady Michelle Obama simply can’t believe that they are still dealing with some of the issues they hear about every day. He said: “Sometimes Michelle and I are at the dinner table like, ‘Lord. Why are we still fighting some of these battles?’ It can be discouraging sometimes.”
Biden and Obama’s rallies have been drive-in rallies to help encourage social distancing. Recently at some of Obama’s rallies though, people have crowded near the front and not all were distancing.
As with his previous speeches, Obama didn’t hold anything back when talking about President Donald Trump. At one point, he noted that Trump’s 2020 election closing argument was a threat about firing Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When the crowd booed in response, Obama said: “Don’t boo, vote.”
He wasn’t all serious and somber during his speech though. At one point, Obama joked with the crowd about his greying hair. “You see all this grey hair I’ve got? It still looks good, you said? All right. I’ll let Michelle know.”
The event took place at Georgia State University’s football stadium. Obama also encouraged attendees to vote for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both Democrats running for Georgia Senate.
Watch Obama’s Speech in Atlanta
You can watch Obama’s speech below, along with the speeches of others at the Atlanta event.
Both candidates were campaigning intensely the night before the election. Trump held five rallies in four states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Biden hosted drive-in rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including a Pittsburgh rally that Lady Gaga attended. His Philadelphia rally — the last of the day — featured John Legend performing.
Thousands have already voted early in the race, and Tuesday is the last day to vote.