Over a thousand people stood outside in blazing heat for several hours before being admitted into the high school’s gymnasium, but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for their candidate. When he entered, a roar went up from the crowd, and his initial greeting, "Hello, Hampton!" was followed by shouts and cheers.
The president recognized two former governors who had just spoken on his behalf—Tim Kaine, now running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and Mark Warner, now a U.S. Senator from Virginia.
During his address, Obama asked his followers not to become cynical in the face of "more money and negative ads" because the stakes are great and their support is needed.
"The reason I’m here and you’re here is that we still believe in America," he said. "We still believe in hope and we still believe in change."