Obama Surfaces Briefly
By Matthew Mosk
DENVER -- Barack Obama surprised the women of the Illinois delegation in the midst of lunch at a hotel here this afternoon.
"I have a speech tonight. I wanted to practice it out on you guys," Obama joked as the women cheered. "See if it works."
Received with hugs and kisses, one woman interrupted his brief remarks with a scream: "I love you!"
Obama told the gathering he wanted to drop in to thank them for getting his political career started. He pointed out friends whom he said worked on his state senate campaign, his failed congressional bid and his run for U.S. Senate.
"This is like going back on memory lane," he smiled from the podium of the Marriott Hotel ballroom.
"I have not forgotten where I came from," he said. "I haven't forgotten who got me here. It's because of all of you."
"It's because of all of you that Michelle and I have this great honor of helping to lead this party and take back this White House," he said. "Everything I do, I do because of what I've learned from you, because of the support you've given me."
Delores Register, of Oak Park, Ill., took in the scene from the back of the hall, as Obama was encircled by adoring supporters.
"It's very emotional," she said. "Very meaningful. Here we were eating lunch, and it was like the clouds parted and the sun was shining in."
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August 28, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
Categories: Barack Obama , Conventions , Democratic Party
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