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Obama Casts Ballot in Chicago

Barack and Michelle Obama, with their daughters, voted this morning at a Chicago elementary school. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post).

By Eli Saslow
CHICAGO -- Barack Obama arrived at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School to cast a vote for himself at 7:36 a.m. today. He walked into his neighborhood polling location with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia. Obama took breaks from the ballot to look at his daughters and smile. He finished in a few minutes. Michelle took a few minutes longer.

"Voting with my daughters," he said, "that was a big deal."

It was also the beginning of what will be a long final day of this presidential campaign for Obama. A motorcade took him from Shoesmith to Chicago Midway Airport. He will fly briefly to Indianapolis to visit polls there, then travel back to Chicago for a few hours of satellite media time. He will play basketball with some friends at a downtown athletic club and then relax at home before making his way to his final rally of this campaign, in Grant Park.

Before Obama boarded his "Change" plane for the final trip of his campaign, a reporter asked him if he felt sentimental.

"You know, I'm sure I will tonight," he said. "That's when the polls close and the journey ends."

Watch video of Obama voting here.

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Here's a terrific post I found sometime ago:

...It's pretty funny to hear you right-wingers screech when things don't go your way, just like infants in the sandbox. And I don't need to be lectured on "loving America" by the same self-loving conservatives who opposed every advance in human rights in this country for the last 70 years. You have destroyed this economy every time you've gotten your hands on it, though Democrats always clean up your messes. You have killed thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of innocents around the world. You have beaten, dragged, lynched, and defamed everyone who looks different from you or disagrees with you.

I don't need your moral judgments on liberalism, because you have no ground from which to make them. You are morally, intellectually, and now financially bankrupt. It is you who hate the idea that America means dialogue and compromise--you want it all, all to yourselves.

I love my home and my country too much to cede it to the likes of you. It's not America I hate--it's your philosophy. America is more generous, decent, and kind than you have ever let it be, or would ever let it be.

That said, it's an American tradition to honor our fellow Americans' hatefulness as their "right." So I honor your right to continue hating everyone to the left of Hitler. But you will never, never, get my vote, and I will work as hard as I can to undermine your every effort, in every way I can, as long as I live.

Enjoy watching history move past you. It will whether you want it to or not.

Posted by: Mike A | September 3, 2008 1:50 AM
Great comment from a truly enlightened American Patriot! Thank you, Mike.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | November 4, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Some of the right wing kooks on the radio said Obama's an illegal alien. How come he could vote then? And how come he could get a passport and travel all over the world?

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | November 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

You are responsible.

You are about to elect a President and a legislature who will give you a bigger government and more spending. Your new President will give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, drastically increase the number of H-1B visas, and eliminate E-verify at a time when millions of American Citizens are out of work. Your new Commander in Chief will keep American soldiers in Iraq against your will. Your new Chief Executive will borrow, spend, give away, and waste billions of dollars when the national debt is passing $12 trillion. Against your wishes, your new President helped Bush give $1 trillion to the banks as his parting gift. No matter how much you object, neither Public Servant Number One nor the legislature will listen and will continue to implement their own agenda. It doesn't matter if it's Democrat or Republican.

You are responsible for what you're going to get so, no whining later.

Posted by: websmith1 | November 4, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The reason that all of these "issues" have popped up in the last week is purely political. Most have already been raised and thoroughly investigated. Still, many people have no prior knowledge of these issues so ANY claims can be made about them. It takes far too long to provide a retort, so it is effective on the ignorant and ill informed.

It is the worst kind of political ploy, underhanded and cowardly. It is equivalent to hurling insults at an opponent after having run away to a safe location...

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | November 4, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

One Last Audacious Hope-

Pollsters ponder racial bias among U.S. voters - and in their own polls
By Kate Zernike Published: October 12, 2008
International Herald Tribune

Three weeks to Election Day, and polls project a victory, possibly a big one, for Barack Obama.

Yet everywhere, anxious Democrats wring their hands. They have seen this Lucy-and-the-football routine before, and they are just waiting for their ball to be snatched away, the foiled Charlie Browns again. Remember how the exit polls in 2004 predicted President John Kerry?

The anxiety is more acute this year, because Obama is the first African-American major-party presidential nominee. And even pollsters say they cannot be sure how accurately polls capture people's feelings about race, or how forthcoming Americans are in talking about a black candidate.

In recent days, nervous Obama supporters have traded worry about a survey - widely disputed by pollsters yet voraciously consumed by the politically obsessed - that concluded racial bias would cost Obama six percentage points in the final outcome. He is, of course, about six points ahead in current polls. See? He's going to lose.

If he does, it would not be the first time that polls have overstated support for an African-American candidate. Since 1982, people have talked about the Bradley effect, where even last-minute polls predict a wide margin of victory, yet the black candidate goes on to lose, or win in a squeaker. (In the case that lent the phenomenon its name, Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles, lost his race for governor, the assumption being that voters lied to pollsters about their support for an African-American.)

Kohut conducted a study in 1997 looking at differences between people who readily agreed to be polled and those who agreed only after one or more call-backs. Reluctant participants were significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward blacks - 15 percent said they had a "very favorable" attitude toward them, as opposed to 24 percent of the ready respondents. "The kinds of people suspicious of surveys are also more intolerant," Kohut said.

Posted by: thecannula | November 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Soooo, He WAS able to decipher the Diebold and Properly Vote...

No "Rigged" Balloting?

Was there a Monitor making sure he did not try to vote Twice?-Influence others with any Brow-Beating?

Bet HE Voted for McCain having secretly changed his mind!

Seriously-The very thought of having Biden and that MOUTH of his-Around for FOUR L-O-N-G YEARS! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 4, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Each of us owes Senator Obama our gratitude from bringing hope in a time of despair. ........

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 4, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

It will be a landslide for both parties... Obama wins popular vote with huge margins in NY, CA, IL... McCains will electoral vote keeping almost all red states except NM and IA, but adding PA... With all the info about obama that the msm has been suppressing for so long finally coming out, it's amazing how many great ads could be made to coal states, to jewish and christian zionists, to free market capitalists, to defenders of the constitution ...oh and palin is cleared... Don't you kind of wish the MSM had properly vetted their candidate before anointing him?
I was on Hugh Hewitt discussing my phone call with Obama's buddy Rashid Khalidi the other day and posted it at my blog... For more on my phone call and more on how and why I predict a landslide for both candidates go to my blog...

Posted by: bazznewzz | November 4, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

What are the chances that the owner/operator of a political web site would encounter issues at a polling place? Pretty good apparently. Mine was minor and eventually resolved but how many others are experiencing the same problems throughout the country?

Posted by: pramit_mohapatra | November 4, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Oh LOL! :-D

O'Bomba stated:

""You know, I'm sure I will tonight," he said. "That's when the polls close and the journey ends." "

I guess he thinks he ran for another Senate Seat!

Sorry O'Bomba-Nation;

THIS time you were hunting Big Game!

IF, you bag it, and tag it-That is where the FUN Ends;


Ain't no "Present" votes done by the President!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 4, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Did Huckabee vote for Obama?

Was some early election results leaked accidently by diebold?

Posted by: pastor123 | November 4, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Democrats and our Obamacan friends courting all Republican and Independent Voters!

Obama’s message rings of a “Beautiful day coming to America” which is similar to Reagan’s “Its morning in america again”

Beautiful day coming to America

U2 - beautiful day

Army general Colin Powell and over 70 retired generals and admirals have endorsed Obama/Biden '08

Hope and Change backed by strength.

Our World

The Mom Vote

Change we need

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: cooday | November 4, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I could write at length extolling the virtues of Barack Obama. But I will assume any reader of this blog already knows the difference between the two candidates. I will keep this brief.

Obama represents a generational shift towards competence, intellect, character, and judgment. An Obama win will instantly renew a sense of optimism about America at home and abroad, and will give us our best chance to climb out of the dark pit the GOP has dug for us. He is pragmatic, responsible, and honest. He is unquestionably the best candidate for the presidency.

But putting that aside, my final argument comes down to two words:

Sarah Palin.

If you are still undecided, and you love your children and your country, you cannot risk putting this proudly ignorant, deeply unprepared, ethically challenged, inarticulate half-wit near a position of power. I don’t like to use fear as a tactic, but we must all legitimately be afraid of a Sarah Palin vice presidency. In America, or anywhere else, her ascent to higher office should never come to pass.

It boils down to this: we are at a defining moment. We must ask ourselves, what kind of country are we going to be?

There is only one answer for those who believe in the best of America.

Barack Obama for President.

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | November 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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