The New York Times photographer who has followed President Obama in 2008 and 2012 offers his pictures and thoughts on the two campaigns.
He mentions a rally at a Virginia baseball stadium.
This time around many of his rallies have a small-town scale but lack the grassroots feel of ’08. They have a uniform, packaged gloss, typical of most presidential events. At a rally at a baseball field in Virginia the president came out swinging, literally, with an imaginary bat. But the crowd was squeezed into a corner of the stadium to give the illusion of density. Four years ago, he would have been speaking in the center of that stadium with supporters lining the field and filling the stands.
The final line says it all.
Out on the trail this year, I am reminded that you can only elect the first black president once.