The media made quite a fuss about the huge crowd that showed up for his rally in Portland. Estimates were over 70,000. But the major news outlets neglected to mention that his appearance was preceeded by a rare, free, 45-minute concert by a very popular indy band called "The Decemberists".
A shrewd move by the Obama camp to be sure. Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. But it demonstrates again how much many of the major media outlets are absolutely "in the tank" for Obama. Had a McCain or even Hillary pulled such a stunt, the story would be about how they had to offer free concert tickets to fill the seats: like tying a steak to your kid to get the dog to play with him.