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Sweet's Obamaville: After skipping AARP Iowa forum, Obama headlines senior event in Ames Friday. Uses mother in new spot.


WASHINGTON---White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the youngest candidate running for president, skipped a Democratic presidential forum in Iowa on Thursday sponsored by AARP. But he is mindful seniors--whose political power is magnified because they turn out to vote--need some reason to consider him. So he's hosting a "Town Hall" aimed at Seniors on Friday.

Obama's camp also started a new 30-second spot in Iowa titled aptly "Mother" because it has a scene of him as a tot with his mom. Obama tells a story in the spot--a new element in his stump speech--about how his mother, near the end of her life-- had cancer and was worried about insurance coverage if she changed jobs.

from the obama campaign....

Obama to Host ‘Senior Town Hall’ in Ames on Friday Afternoon

Unveils New TV Ad Touting Obama’s Universal Health Care Plan

DES MOINES – The presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama today announced he will host a “Senior Town Hall Meeting” – bringing together senior citizens and high schools seniors -- in Ames tomorrow. At the meeting, Obama will answer questions and participate in a conversation about his vision for uniting Americans, young and old, behind the effort to change Washington.

“Americans of all ages, from high school seniors to senior citizens, are tired of being divided by Washington politicians looking to score political points,” Obama said. “We’re building a grassroots movement of generations of Americans who are ready to challenge the divisive, special interest-driven system in Washington and unite the country around our shared values.”

Obama’s campaign will also begin airing a new 30-second television ad in Iowa on Friday in which Obama highlights his commitment to changing the system in Washington and reforming our nation’s health care system. The ad, titled “Mother”, opens with Obama talking directly to the camera about how his mother was burdened by a failing health care system as she battled cancer during the last few months of her life. To view the ad: click here.

“For twenty years Washington’s talked about health care reform and reformed nothing,” Obama says in the ad. “I’ve got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone. But unless we stop the bickering and the lobbyists, we’ll be in the same place 20 years from now.”

On Friday, the Quad City Times will publish an op-ed from Senator Obama in which he writes about his commitment to strengthening Social Security and firmly opposing any effort to privatize Social Security.



Obama, Edwards and Hillary all came out with statements of support for the six black boys who tried to murder one white person in Jena Louisiana. So remember white voters, a vote for one of those three is a vote for someone who supports black on white violence.

Obama, Edwards and Clinton all came out with statements of condemnation, decrying the disparate treatment meted out to six black youths accused of beating a white youth and kicking him in the head versus that meted out to several white youths who earlier attacked and broke a bottle over the head of a black youth.

The victims of the respective attacks are both fine. And if the perpetrators of these separate crimes had received even remotely similar punishment -- harsh or lenient -- we would not be having this discussion.

But they didn't. The white attackers on the black youth received a mere suspension from school. The black attackers on the white youth (who was well enough to attend a party following the attack on that very same evening) had the good fortune of being charged as adults -- with attempted murder, among other things.

Therein lies the issue.

So remember voters -- white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or otherwise -- a vote for one of these three is a vote for someone who holds fast to the cherished ideal that American justice must be colorblind.

To Jerry,

I don't know what you ate before you posted your message. You are basically saying that Edwards and Clinton are racist and have a bias against their race and ofcourse Obama is not a racist or biased against whites.

His mother is white and his grandparents who raised him are white as well.

I have not followed it as close as I should, but from the coverage I've seen, the boy that was beaten took a gun to school with the intent of using it on the 6 boys or at least some of them. That was what caused the fight.

Barack Obama is America Democratic President he won by Hillary.Obama as the fifth African American Senator in U.S. history, and the third to have been popularly elected. Obama sponsored legislation requiring nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks. In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the "Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act," marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. In January 2007, Obama co-sponsored the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007.
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