Reporters accompanying President Obama and Vice President Biden in Philadelphia today initially estimated their draw in the single-digit thousands. But lo and behold, the White House put the figure at 18,500, alluding some mysterious “overflow” area.
It seems possible the overflow area was somewhere across the river in Camden, NJ. From the pool report:
According to Deputy Managing Director/Director of Operations, Jazelle M. Jones,the crowd count was 18,500. Pool, as well as several other reporters expressed some skepticism at that count, but pool was told that there was an overflow somewhere.
Pool asked an officer and he said that the area right in front of where Obama was speaking, had a maximum capacity of 11,000. Pool also notes that when caravan arrived, the lots around the area where the main crowd was, were not full. As the police officer said, crowd counts are an art, not a science.
So lets ascribe this one to “artistic license.”