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Faces in the Crowd: Caitlin Ross

Six hundred thirty-four days ago, Caitlin Ross first stenciled Barack Obama's name on a poster before a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In five more, she'll stand on the Mall and watch him be sworn in as president.

The 21-year-old University of Iowa student had been impressed by an Obama speech she heard during his 2004 Senate campaign. Three years later, as she began to open her eyes to the world during her freshman year, all it took was someone to ask her to join Hawkeyes for Obama. His brand of change resonated deeply, and she quickly became obsessed with his campaign.

"I'm not necessarily a politics person. I've planned on being a teacher for a while, and I still really want to be a teacher," Ross said. "I just really believe in Obama."

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 15, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  | Category:  Faces in the Crowd
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