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crowd bakes awaiting Obama

Posted Apr 13, 2012 by William March

Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM

A crowd of around 500 people is currently baking on the asphalt at the container freight area of the Port of Tampa, listening to Secretaqry of Labor Hilda Solis and waiting for President Barack Obama.

Obama is due to speak in about 20 minutes.

The crowd is in a sort of impromptu amphitheater created on the asphalt apron by the port’s three huge container cranes, walled in by stacks of cargo containers two- or three high.

To create that space, the port used the container cranes themselves and “top picks,” bulldozer-sized, fork-lift type machines that pick up cargo containers from the top. They walled in a rough circle about 300 feet across.

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