Thousands line up to see Obama in Hollywood

Thousands of people are on hand at McArthur High School for President Barack Obama.

They've been waiting for hours.

And the event is just getting underway.


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U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Miami Democrat who represents part of South Broward, delivered the first warmup speech.

“When we do our job, we will knock it out of the park in Broward, giving Barack Obama the margin to win Florida…. When we win Florida, it’s game over for Mitt Romney," Wilson said.

Still to come, speeches from former Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Commitee.

Then the president.

Cuban-American rap star Pitbull is addressing the crowd. He's even wearing a suit.

Much of the crowd raised hands when asked by one speaker whether they’d voted already. They were urged to tell friends to vote for Obama.

The greatest cheers so far have been for former Gov. Charlie Crist, and for the president. When the crowd got a peek at the arriving fleet of black vehicles, one of which carried Obama, they screamed and cheered.

Obama got a big cheer during his speech when he said the words, "And Osama Bin Laden is dead.''

As he concluded his speech, the song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’’ played, and Obama smoved slightly the beat, mouthing the lyrics “ewww, baby.’’

   He came down from the podium and pressed into the crowd, giving fist bumps and hugs and handshakes, and stopping briefly to chat when he got to U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wesserman Schultz, D-Weston.

    “Nice hat!’’ he told a little boy in an Uncle Sam tophat.

    The crowd jostled to touch him, the Secret Service pulling their arms off him with every hug and hand on his shoulder.

Afterwards, Miramar Democrat Mary Robinson was speechless.

    “I am just, I can’t find words,’’ the 66-year-old said. “I don’t know. I looked at him and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, he’s a gift. He’s a gift.’ “

         Robinson said she has two daughters and two granddaughters, and Obama’s stance on women’s issues connects with her.

   “I look at the babies and I think, ‘How can this be? How can their rights be taken away?’ I grew up in the 60s. We fought for those rights.’’

         That was one of the premier issues for Amanda Rodriguez, 25, a registered Republican from Pembroke Pines who said her decision to vote for Obama ‘’wasn’t automatic.’’