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Barack Obama delivers big speech in Terre Haute

Friday, April 11, 2008

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to a large crowd at Terre Haute North Vigo High School Friday night. Ivy Jackson Photo.
TERRE HAUTE -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama received an enthusiastic welcome in Terre Haute Friday evening.

Obama seemed comfortable at the podium, in part, because of the close proximity to his hometown of Chicago.

"This feels familiar to me -- being back in the Midwest," Obama said. "This is about as close as I get to home these days."

On the second day of a three-day bus tour across Indiana, the Illinois Senator took the stage for a town hall meeting at Terre Haute North Vigo High School shortly after 8 p.m.

The crowd of more than 2,000 Wabash Valley residents got a good workout while rising to their feet several times throughout his speech, showing their support and willingness to stand with Obama and his ideas for the future.

"The American people have figured it out -- Washington is not working for the ordinary people," Obama said. "The people are standing up and saying it is time for a change and want to turn a page in American history."

Obama said, while standing at the podium used by John F. Kennedy during his speech to Terre Haute residents in 1960, "I am not running for my own ambition, but for Dr. [Martin Luther] King's idea of a 'fierce urgency of now'."

Obama said his campaign has been successful because of the effort from regular people.

"I have financed my campaign, not from lobbyists money, but because of you and that makes me answerable to you," Obama said. "My campaign has been an opportunity to give regular people a voice."

Obama didn't spend much time talking about his most vocal critics, Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton, Republican John McCain and current President George W. Bush. He did point out that they have similar complaints, but also took a moment to mention a big difference between he and Clinton.

"[Hillary] Clinton is smart, but she doesn't believe that the lobbyists issue is a problem and wants to look back to the nineties as a good time," Obama said. "We must look forwards, not backwards, and I won't let the lobbyists drown out the voice of the American people when I'm president."

He talked about the frustration of the regular citizen over the many issues facing the country.

"The economy is teetering on who knows what. We are learning under Bush's policies that pain trickles up," Obama said. "In the last seven years we have seen wages and incomes not even stay steady, but go down. During that time we have seen the cost for gas, groceries, healthcare and education go through the roof."

Obama emphasized the need to correct corruption in big business and making things fair and right for the ordinary American worker.

"When a CEO of a corporation leaves and gets a golden umbrella and a $1 million bonus and a regular worker who gets laid off loses his pension -- that's not right and something has to change," he said.

During the speech, Obama said he identified with the public's frustration with Washington, particularly with healthcare.

"I want to give you, the American people, just as good healthcare as I have as a member of Congress," Obama said. "You pay my salary, you are my boss."

He said it is his intention to work in the best interest of American citizens, and recognized that everyone, even politicians have faults.

"I am not a perfect man and I won't be a perfect president," Obama said. "We will disagree on some things, but I will spend every day in the White House thinking about you. If you stand up with me, we will make a change."

After his speech, Obama addressed questions from the attendance.

When asked about what qualities he looks for in a vice president, Obama said that is not a priority right now.

"I don't want to take things for granted because I have to win the nomination first," he said. "I've got to win Indiana before I start thinking about a vice president."

However, Obama did say he wants anyone who works for him to have competence, integrity and independence. He said he is definitely not looking for a "yes man."

"I want to emphasize to those who want to work for me that being in public service should be about helping the public," Obama said. "I want people who will argue and tell me when I am wrong. I want them to realize their power is not from the position or the office they are in -- it comes from the American people."

Times Staff Reporter Jason Jacobs contributed to this report.


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Guns and Church

Since I identify with the people who fall into Barrack Obama's elitist description about of people of faith who keep firearms I'm not very happy with Barrack Obama's recent remarks.

He said something to the effect that us rednecks cling to our guns and our religion when we get frustrated and I would like to take umbrage to these remarks. My faith goes much deeper than his superficial explanation and I love my guns even when I'm not frustrated.

And I am not by myself. I was going to church and shooting guns before Mr. Obama was even born and come from a long line of good people who have been doing it for generations.

To me this latest Obama blunder only helps reveal the depth of condescension the far left wing of the Democrat party has for the folks out here in flyover country.

Mr. Obama's remarks are insulting to a lot of folks. It's kind of like Abraham Lincoln said, "God must love the common people because he made so many of them".

His remarks make me think that Obama doesn't know the people of this country very well. I'm sure he knows the jet set and the Hollywood bunch, the limousine liberals and the save the whales, kill the babies crowd, but does he think that the ordinary people don't count? Does he think that they're so stupid that they don't know who he's talking about when he says these things? Does he think their opinions aren't important? Apparently.

How can a man stand in front of America and tell people what he wants to do for them and have so little respect for a whole segment of the population. In fact, a very large segment. Does that mean that he would only represent the high-minded liberal ideals of the far left and ignore the rest of us?

What kind of Commander and Chief would he make if he doesn't respect the very people who make up the lion's share of the armed forces.

You may say I'm over reacting, but I'm getting sick and tired of him making these elitist statements and saying that he had been taken out of context or some other flimsy excuse.

After his wife's remark about not being proud of this country and his pastor's statements calling America the U.S.K.K.K.A. and his own statement about not wanting his daughter punished with a baby, it makes me wonder what kind of a man Obama really is and what kind of a president he'd make.

Would he be an antigun advocate pushing the effort to take the firearms out of innocent citizen's hands? Would he not respect the religious beliefs of America, not taking them into account in his agenda?

I really don't know much about the man and neither does America. He basically came from out of nowhere and as the facts come out little by little, they don't make a particularly confident picture.

I have a great fear that if our military gets broken by another president, this time we're not going to have time to fix it again and what that spells for America, I don't even want to contemplate.

Oh well, I guess I'll grab my gun and go to church.

Pray for our troops

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

-- Posted by Posiedon on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 6:59 PM


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