Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Barack Obama in the Queen City

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 6:28 PM

"You guys are a fiesty crowd," says presidental hopeful Barack Obama. He stood before a packed Grady Cole Center (when we all know this town hall meeting was better suited for Bobcats Arena) and spoke to the crowd of supporters in a town hall meeting where his staff didn't screen the questions. Obama says that when he's elected president, he's going to have more of these meeting and he won't have questions screened. It's a good idea in theory, but the public asks some stupid questions. However, I digress.

Obama laid out his plans for the country, a withdrawl from Iraq, healthcare that is equal to what he has in the Senate, a stop to the status quo running Washington, D.C. Basically, Obama wants to make the government that is supposed to be for the people that again. Because let's face it, President Bush has handed the government over to special interest groups and oil men.

"It is time to stop this war," he says. "A war that has gone on longer than World War I, World War II and the Civil War."

Obama works the crowd like a Baptist preacher but without the fire and brimstone. He acknowleges the screaming supporters who say "We love you, Obama."

"I love you back," he says before telling the crowd that there's work to be done. When Obama is president, he says that he won't allow people to regulate industries that they used to work for and he won't allow those people to leave the administration and come back as lobbyist. He says that revolving door is just what the Bush Administration has been allowing to go on.

It's not going to be easy, says Obama. Because those who are benefiting from the way things are now aren't going to want to change. This lead people to shout--"Yes, we can."

The other big man at the Grady Cole Center was CNN's Anderson Cooper. Man, is he short. But he's not an ass like some people you see on TV and yes, I'm talking about these local people--still I digress.

The Charlotte crowd was hyped up. Or Fired up and ready to go. These folk did the wave. What is this? A baseball game?

Some young man was given a chance to ask Obama a question and he asked about Darfur. That child can't be a product of CMS. He might even be the next Barack Obama.

"Change in America doesn't happen from the top down," says Barack Obama. "It happens from the bottom up."

Amen, Obama, amen.

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