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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:29 PM
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Just got back from seeing Obama today in Indiana.
There is no doubt left in my mind that I just met the next President of the United States.

People were lined up since 5:45 this morning. They tried camping overnight, but were turned away. Even tho they only gave out 1500 tickets, they still managed to squeeze in the people who couldn't get tickets online. I had to drive about an hour to get there, but it was definitely worth it. This was by far one of the most electrical and exciting events I have ever attended.

The crowd was incredibly diverse. Obama even took a question from a 12 year old young man who asked about the lack of black history being taught in schools today. Obama talked about wanting to enusure that the history of all of our mixed cultures were being taught and preserved. He also had a most excellent line about having little pieces of all of America inside of him. I will have to look up the exact later because it was incredibly insightful and sincere.

Anyway, it was incredible seeing this kind of support in this reddest of red states. I honestly think that we may see more of the trend we saw in 2006 this November.

I've volunteered for his campaign for the next few weeks (April 7 is the deadline to register) and I hope that anyone who gets an opportunity to experience this grassroots movement (either volunteering or just coming out to see him speak) will take advantage of it.

The number of young people attending today and their excitement was one of the most encouraging and rewarding things I have seen in over a decade.

GOBAMA!!!
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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:30 PM
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1. Awesome! Thanks so much for the report!
Watched it online.
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easy_b94 Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:31 PM
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2. great post
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:32 PM
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3. K & R
:thumbsup:
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:32 PM
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4. Watched it on CNN!
You guys, you people in that Indiana crowd, lifted me up.

My favorite part was the woman who asked him how we would convince Americans to be patient with him, considering the enormous mess he would inherit as President. She said, "When you are president..." and that crowd burst into cheers.

:hug: Hoosiers Rule!! :hug:
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:32 PM
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5. I watched online. It was great, Yay! K and R
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slinkerwink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:33 PM
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6. I'm glad to hear that!
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writes3000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:33 PM
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7. I watched some of the event on CNN. The crowd support was obvious and encouraging.
So glad you got a chance to be there.

Thanks for posting this. It's been my favorite post of the day.
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:33 PM
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8. thanks
the MSM has been so carelful about reporting anything that might be favorable to the Obama campaign, it's nice to hear that the energy and enthousiasm is still out there... even though it's not getting reported.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:34 PM
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9. That happened in INDIANA?
:wow:

Thanks for your report.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:40 PM
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17. Yes, Plainfield Indiana.
It really was awesome!
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:35 PM
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10. Thanks for the update!
AP has some photos of him in Indiana here:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/galleries/595.html?SITE=AP...

Don't know how long they will be at this link but hopefully for a little bit today.
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:36 PM
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11. Politics as UNUSUAL
That's what we have in the Obama package: some chance we can turn this around through positive interaction.

Or we can choose the solutions of the past eight years with a new coat of paint.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:36 PM
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12. Thank you for your report......
I believe that Americans are about to fall in love with Barack all over again.

His RFK quotes on race was awesome!



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bigbrother05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:06 PM
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35. FrenchieCat, I love that poster
where did you get that, if you don't mind my asking
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:59 AM
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42. Just googled Image with search words "one race" n/t
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bigbrother05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:02 AM
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43. Thanks
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SKKY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:36 PM
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13. Ok guys, now here's what you need you to do...
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 04:36 PM by ALiberalSailor
...we need for you to "wander" on down south, take 65-S to Louisville and spread that around down there as well.
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:36 PM
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14. Great post, thanks!
If you only watch the news (or lurk here) you can get mired in the drama and doom of the moment...if you actually go out an look at what the candidates themselves are doing and saying, and look at the people and the turnouts...history is handing us on a platter one of the greatest opportunities of an age.
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:38 PM
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15. K&R
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:38 PM
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16. K&R
:kick:
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ampad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:40 PM
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18. I watched it online
Hearing the 12yr old ask such a great question really warmed my heart. It's great to see the youth get so involved. From where I was watching it online I couldn't really tell how big the crowd was. Thanks for the first hand account. :)
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Nitrogenica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:13 PM
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19. Sounds the same as the crowd here in Minneapolis at the Target Center.
It was packed right up to the rarely-used cheap seats.

Everyone was so enthusiastic and happy.

I'm sure it would be exactly the same if that rally was held here today.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:10 PM
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20. Some video footage from this afternoon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FsqDTVmlKk

We have to come together.

"What I continue to believe in, is that this country wants to move beyond these kinds of divisions, that this country wants something different. And so, I just wanna say to everybody here that as somebody who was born into a diverse family, as somebody who has little pieces of America all in me, I will not allow us to lose this moment."
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:17 PM
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24. Full video here -
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:36 PM
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26. Tyvm! n/t
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:02 PM
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29. This is awesome video - Thank you very very much nt
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IndependentDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:12 AM
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40. Thanks! i was looking for this. n/t
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:16 PM
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59. THAT's what I'm looking for!
Thank you! :thumbsup:

GObama! GObama!

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 07:50 PM
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21. What an excellent report from the
field, JT.. almost feel like I was there, thank you! What with the pictures and Obama's speech and your report..almost there.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:00 PM
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22. What's that on the door--bullet holes???
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 08:05 PM by rocknation
It looks like he really DID "dodge a bullet" on the Pastor Wright scandal!

:scared:
rocknation
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:17 PM
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30. What a good eye you have, rocknation.
..a beaming Obama emerging unscathed from the latest dino plot.
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Blondiegrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:13 PM
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23. That's wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
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NickMorgan Donating Member (88 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:33 PM
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25. Awesome
Great! I'm envious!
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:36 PM
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27. but does Indiana count? n/t
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locker13 Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:46 PM
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28. what pin is he wearing?
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:18 PM
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31. Surely, it's either a miniature Koran, an image of Farrakhan, or it says "Wright is Right"
Not sure which one though...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:19 PM
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32. It's an Al-Qaeda lapel pin
with McCain's quote that Osama will attack US if Obama is elected President.

:sarcasm:
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IndependentDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:09 AM
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39. dont know, that was one of the first things i noticed.. would like to know n/t
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:56 PM
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33. Here the link to the video of his speech today and a transcript of it.........
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bigbrother05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:04 PM
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34. I went to two of his events in Texas
they were great, I watched the one today on line, never get tired of hearing him.
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casus belli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:07 PM
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36. So wanted to go....
but I wasn't anywhere even close to getting a ticket seeing as how all the tickets were gone within a half hour of announcing it.

Glad you and yours had a good time! It's exhilarating to see people excited about politics.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:33 AM
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46. Yeah I hear you. Just imagine, tho. Well over a couple thousand people near a little red city
were stalking his site waiting for those tickets to be put up. It's just amazing.

Someone posted a link not too long ago that showed donations by area on a google type map layout. Democrats were getting the lion's share of the donations. I know that won't mean much to folks that haven't spent time in Indianapolis, lol, but it is freaking phenomenal to me.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:10 PM
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37. I don't care how far I have to drive.
when he comes to West Virginia, I'll be there!

:hi:
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InAbLuEsTaTe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:32 PM
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38. Sounds like Obama has not lost his stride. GObama!
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:54 AM
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41. here's a link to his speech...
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 12:55 AM by ElsewheresDaughter


he gave the same one 5 times today


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FsqDTVmlKk



.
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SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:04 AM
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44. At least he's consistent...
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 01:06 AM by SunsetDreams
I'd much rather have that, than someone saying what a particular audience wants to hear, and no I'm not talking about Hillary

I'm talking about the politicians of our past

We need a Dem in WH Desperately, whether it's Hillary or Barack

Thank you for posting the link :)
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:34 AM
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47. Didn't Hillary call some news conference yesterday? Haven't seen or heard anything about it. n/t
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LibGranny Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:39 AM
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51. Hillary & her "Speeches"
are filled with lies, inconsistencies, and vagaries as proven by the people who were there - i.e., Ireland, Kosovo, and in Congress when S-Chip was commenced. If you are only voting for Hillary because you own a vagina - then find a better use for it!
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:20 PM
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61. me me i know i know
i know what to do with all those vaginas after hillary is through with them
pick me pick me!!!!!
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SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:06 AM
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45. Awesome!
I totally agree, he is the next President of the United States. He has everything going for him, it is a grassroots movement!

I have watched his speech several times today, and I am deeply touched! This is a Leader!

Obama 08
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List left Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:07 AM
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48. I find Obama's ability to reason and to moderate
I find Obama's ability to reason and to moderate whatever is in the mix to be inspirational and bodes well for the country. The fact that this man inspires so much of the youth of our country gives me great hope.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:30 AM
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49. Robert F. Kennedy won the Indiana primary in 1968.
I think Barack Obama will win it in 2008.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:10 PM
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57. I think Obama is very competitive in Indiana, in May and in November
I will certainly contribute my share to see Indiana go for Obama!

:-)
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:11 PM
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58. Great news if we can get a lof of people to the polls. Are IU and Purdue
still in session? I hope the primary is scheduled while people are still in those two communities.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:37 PM
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62. I don't know about Purdue, but IUPUI is having finals on the first week in May
and I presume IU is as well.
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:31 AM
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50. Thanks for the news. Because I heard he was finished! nt
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kitfalbo Donating Member (237 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:41 AM
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52. History
I'm an Obama supporter, but again I'd like a more solid idea on his opinion of history rather than mix it up.

If a holistic approach to history does happen, I'm not sure there will be more black history in the general history that is taught. At least from what I remember about a lack of hispanic history that is taught. High school, middle school, and other lower education history books are rife with inaccuracies and just a boring format. Every topic tends to get a paragraph, and it makes everything boring. History is such an interesting topic and important.

Who cares when Betsy Ross made the American flag. (When she didn't even do it.)
Who cares when the Berlin wall fell. (When they are not teaching what caused it to fall, and why it was important.)

What they need to do is have more history. More accurate, more in depth, more class on specific topics. I'd like for history to be able to teach a middle schooler about Us involvement in the middle east, so they can understand why we are there and why some of them don't like us. As part of the cold war we put Saddam into power to threaten Iran and ended up fighting our own tanks. How we "knew" they had weapons of mass destruction because we gave them the starter kit. The secret war in Afghanistan. Why can't we teach that in middle school... It just makes me sad.
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:15 AM
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53. K & R
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:37 AM
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54. Sounds like Columbus, Ohio!
Glad you got to see and hear him. Keep up the work in your great state. Peace, Kim
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elfdog Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:59 AM
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55. I felt the same thing when I went to see him in Dallas
I live in Texas and I know what you meant by a red state.

:yourock:
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trevjr Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:08 PM
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56. I love the way
that Obama responds to things, so calm, cool and collected. He is picking up delegates as states finalize the counts, super delegates are moving over in a steady stream, in the mean time Hillary gets more shrill and slings more mud. Where are those taxes returns? They were due years ago, don't they have a copy machine?
Obama sat down with the editors of Illinois papers and answered every question about Rezko. They cleared him 100% and these are conservative papers! I really hope that Hillary can see the writing on the wall. By the way it looks like the strike has cleared out the Obama haters. It is so nice here now.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:17 PM
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60. Thank you for this inspiring report. !
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IndependentDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:40 PM
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63. i love the Q&A part of these things
he actually seems to answer the questions with something other than a canned response his handlers feed him. i think it is great when he has to pause for a moment and says um or has to re-word what he is saying. it shows that he is actually thinking and trying to respond, not just spit out some lame talking points. they are just words, but he always seems to have the right ones.
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