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Prince George's Turns Out for Obama

Rosalind Helderman

Thousands of Prince Georgians and residents from elsewhere in the Washington region streamed into an open parking lot at the Prince George's Community College last evening for a rally for Sen. Barack Obama (D), his first presidential campaign stop in Maryland.

They streamed through tight security checkpoints for a good hour before Obama was ushered on the stage, many with signs and t-shirts. ("Got Hope?" read a popular one.) Most said they were committed Obama supporters, like Latrice Johnson, a small business owner from Washington, who said she had attended an Obama rally at Howard University and had now driven to Prince George's to hear him again.

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"I believe he really is going to bring change. We need something different," she said.

But some voters were still making up their minds. A group of seniors in their school uniforms from Landover's Jericho Christian Academy said they will be voting for the first time in the next presidential election and wanted to hear Obama to make an informed selection.

"A lot of people who vote, they'll vote for the person other people tell them to vote for. I don't want to be like that," said Lindsey Dixon, 17, of Lanham.

There were many well-known Prince Georgians in the crowd, including prominent ministers and politicians from all levels of government. Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) was ebullient as he headed to an area reserved for VIPs. "This is history in the making," he said. "To see an African-American who as a real shot, a genuine shot, of being president of the United States."

In Obama's speech, he hit on key Democratic issues including health care, the economy, ending the war in Iraq and energy independence. "It's not going to be enough just to change parties, we've got to change our politics," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 11, 2007; 11:32 AM ET
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Comments

Way to GO Barack! Obama'08!

Posted by: Daniel | October 11, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama!!!!!!

Posted by: Luv2laff11 | October 11, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet you a dollar that Obama is opposed to a 20% hike in Maryand's regressive sales tax. Almost everyone wants a 4% real estate commission over a 6% commission. A 0% sales tax in Delaware vs a 6% Maryland sales tax decision is a nobrainer. Isn't it President Obama?

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | October 11, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people were pressed to shake his hand, which is OK, but I think it's a bit over-rated. I much preferred having the honor to volunteer to help his campaign. (That was me near the metal detector calling out to open your bags...)

Clinton has overtaken Obama, according to current polls, so we have a LOT of work to do. I know some of the people (the VIPs) paid a minimum $1,000 per ticket up to the maximum amount aloud (over $2,000). What an honor it must be to help out in that way, but for those of us who can't, there are so many other ways to help. I'll be posting my photos and links to more stories at my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/joycedowling

Posted by: Joyce | October 11, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I really feel like Obama brings something special. I was at his announcement in Feb. and it was so inspiring. And Obama energizes people of all races, ages, ect.
People just know this man is someone who can do what is right for this country and the people and change the course of politics as we now know it. Thank goodness!

Posted by: vwcat | October 11, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I have hope for the future of our great country because of Barack Obama. Hope that we will avoid falling victim to another one of the corporastocracies candidates.

Clinton and the GOP, good for big business, bad for you and me.

Posted by: Charles Kushner | October 12, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Robin Ficker of Robin Realty: While I'm sure you are being genuine in your tax concerns, your efforts are totally misguided. Because the taxes you are complaining about are a state issue, presidential candidates have no right getting involved in state issues. That is for the states to decide, you should complain about it to someone who can actually do something about it.

Posted by: ck | October 12, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Other than getting elected to the United States Senate, exactly what has Barak Hussein Obama done?

Posted by: Rufus | October 12, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Nothing at all to answer your question, Rufus.

But don't think for a second that this guy is inexperienced and doesn't know how things work in DC. Obama also knows by now that Hillary is slipping away from him. Coming to PG County MD is a complete waste of his time. His entire campaign has been nothing more than a book tour for "The Audacity of Hope" disguised as a Presidential campaign. Stopping in PG County at this point when his campaign is in the toilet only proves the fact.

I also wonder if a Rudy Giuliani visit to Maryland would rate a full color video link in the Maryland Moment to help get his message out? I doubt it.

Posted by: BG from PG | October 13, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What exactly has Barack done?
Barack was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a civil rights lawyer in Chicago and taught constitutional law.
He served eight years in the Illinois State Senate where, among many accomplishments, he created the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state and he pushed through an expansion of early childhood education.
As U.S. Senator he has fought to help veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. He co-sponsored the enactment of conventional weapons control and transparency legislation designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars. He continues to work to end the Iraq war, provide border security and immigration reform, and healthcare reform.
Next time he's in town, you should come hear what he has to say.

Posted by: LW | October 13, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that you haven't credited him with inventing the internet too. Oh yeah, that's already been claimed.

Now matter how much his rhetoric energizes you leftists, it's hard for me to get around the fact that he'll NEVER win a general election. Therefore, I'll look to another candidate.

Posted by: BG from PG | October 14, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Forget Obama. How about Marty Bass for President? Let's put a short bald guy into the White House!

http://martybass2008.blogspot.com/

You know it makes sense, hon.

Posted by: mb2008 | October 16, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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