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Update Obama/New Hampshire: The Obama stump speech.


PORTSMOUTH, N.H.--Obama packed the hall and then some here. I'm guessing about 600 people at a this booksigning event for his bestselling "Audacity of Hope."

Wrapping up his talk before signing autographs, Obama, mulling a 2008 presidential run, told the audience in this first primary in the nation state that he is is "looking forward to being part of that process with you.''

Obama gave a version of his stump speech. The essential elements.

1. Told the story again of how he stole the title of his book from a sermon by his pastor, the Rev. Jeriamiah Wright.
(Update: told the story twice on Sunday.)

2. How a guy with funny name won the Illinois primary.

3. How with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the summer of 2004 they went to Cairo, Ill.--a town at the southern tip of the state with a long reputation for racial intolerance and Klan like activities--and how he, a black, and Durbin, a son of a Lithuanian immigrant were greeted warmly.

4. A quote that is often part of his stump speech, from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

En route back to Manchester, Obama stopped to meet and greet at a coffee shop--great name, Breaking New Grounds--in Portsmouth.

Tons of mainstream media here--also at the press tables, a seat for and



That's nice. Did he have anything to say pertaining to the many important issues at hand?

It may be an old stump speech to you, but it is new to the Democrats in New Hampshire

Why don't you post his whole speech so those of us unable to go to New Hampshire can read it??

I am glad he was greeted warmly in Southern Illinois. I have a close family connection in that general area and from what I can see it is almost solid Democrat. Less than an hour north of Cairo is Carbondale and that was Paul Simon territory. He is the man that Durbin calls his montor!
Sounds like a set up to me!!!

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