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PostSubject: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:40 pm

POSTED: 12:05 p.m. EST, February 10, 2007

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Sen. Obama addressed thousands in town square of Springfield, Illinois
Chose site where Lincoln "called on a divided house to stand together"
Attended Harvard, Columbia; first black president of the Harvard Law Review
Before politics, practiced civil rights law, taught at U. of Chicago Law School


Sen. Barack Obama told supporters that if he's elected president he will tackle tough issues like poor schools, oil dependence and Iraq.


Obama waves to supporters in Springfield, Illinois, as he prepares to announce he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.



SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama stood before cheering crowds at the Capitol in his home state Saturday and announced he will seek the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

Invoking the memory of fellow Illinoisan and the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, the first-term senator addressed thousands packed into the Springfield, Illinois, town square on a chilly day in America's heartland.

To chants of "Obama! Obama!," he told the crowd: "It was here, in Springfield, where North, South, East and West come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people -- where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America," said the 45-year-old Obama, who, if elected, would become the nation's first African-American president.

"And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America."

Despite his brief tenure in the Senate, Obama has quickly gained popularity as he pondered his bid to break the Oval Office's color barrier.
According to a University of New Hampshire Survey Research Center conducted this month, Obama placed second, behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, among New Hampshire Democratic primary voters. Obama snared 21 percent of the vote in that popularity poll, trailing Clinton by 14 points.
Other Democrats seeking the office include Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware; Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut; former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina; Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Sen. Clinton of New York.

While speculation abounds over whether a black presidential candidate can be viable, Obama -- whose first name comes from the Swahili word for "one who is blessed" -- has not let the color of skin hinder his career.

He attended Harvard and Columbia universities and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He entered politics in Illinois, where he practiced civil rights law and taught at the University of Chicago Law School.

His first foray into politics came in 1997, when he took his seat in the state Senate, where he served until 2005. He was sworn in as a U.S. senator in 2005.


'People who love their country can change it'


In his Saturday announcement, Obama acknowledged that he hasn't been in Washington long, but said he is familiar enough with the city's political machinations to understand that change is in order.

"I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness in this -- a certain audacity -- to this announcement," Obama said. "I know that I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington, but I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.

He added, "People who love their country can change it."

Admitting the tactic is typical of aspiring candidates, Obama promised to overhaul a political system he says is dominated by lobbyists and special interest groups "who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play."

"They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that kind of politics is over," he said. "It's time to turn the page right here and right now."

Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and white American mother, then invoked Lincoln again.

"He had his doubts. He had his defeats. He had his setbacks, but through his will and his words, he moved a nation and helped free a people."
Obama told the crowd he would tackle problems like poor schools, economic hardships and oil dependence, saying "failure of leadership" is to blame for not meeting the nation's challenges.

He further called the Iraq war a "tragic mistake" and said, "It's time to admit that no amount of American lives can resolve the political disagreement that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war. That's why I have a plan that will bring our combat troops home by March of 2008.

"Letting the Iraqis know that we will not be there forever is our last, best hope to pressure the Sunni and Shia to come to the table and find peace," he said.

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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:35 am

Barack Hussein Obama. Good luck, sport.

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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:10 pm

for some reason I'd rather he win than hilary.
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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:12 pm

In the dem primary? Possibly. Hillary has a ton more money to throw at this election. If Gulliani enters the race I think he'll take the democratic nomination. I think he's the only person who could beat McCain.

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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:23 pm

I thought guiliiani was a repo man?

or re-pube. whatever.
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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:50 pm

My bad. I meant if Giuliani enters he is the only person that can beat McCain for the republican nomination.

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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:57 pm

sadly a lot of people who vote don't know anything about the people running, they just pick names, and this dudes name deffiantely isnt doing him any favors.

does anyone know whos runnning for reb. so far?

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PostSubject: Re: Barack Obama: I'm fired up and running for president   Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:49 pm

I just read on msn that Giuliani confirmed he's running.
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