The sun was out, but a cool breeze couldn't chill the flame that ignited hundreds of Barack Obama supporters to stand for hours outside the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester waiting to attend a grassroots rally with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday afternoon.
Indeed, the line of supporters – most clad in Obama 2012 buttons, hats, tote bags and other paraphernalia, many holding signs – wrapped around the block as they were slowly guided through tight security and into the building where Biden was appearing with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who was recently named one of Obama's campaign co-chairs.
Yet while Beatriz Bearden and other supporters said they didn't mind waiting outside, even with the stiff breeze, to show their support, New Hampshire Republicans questioned the motives of the visit.
“With the President losing ground with Democrats, Independents, and young voters, it is no surprise that Vice President Biden is in New Hampshire to shake the money tree," said RNC Regional Spokesman Ryan Mahoney. "Barack Obama and Joe Biden will need all the money they can get to cover up their failure on jobs, the economy, and soaring gas prices.”
Check back with Patch later this evening for more on the visit.