A busy Indiana morning for Obama: The Swamp
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Posted May 6, 2008 2:24 PM
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Barack Obama greets diners at Four Seasons Family Restaurant in Greenwood, Ind., Tuesday, May 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

by John McCormick

INDIANAPOLIS - With voters at the polls across Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama stopped by an area restaurant and polling place today before heading for North Carolina, where he will end this critical primary day.

"I think we campaigned hard and well in this state,'' Obama said at the Four Seasons Family Restaurant in Greenwood, Ind. "I think it's going to be close. I don't think anybody knows exactly what's going to happen. But as usual, I'm seeing a lot of enthusiasm among the voters. People are really engaged and excited about this campaign.''

As Obama downed another hearty breakfast like the one he had a day earlier in Evansville, Obama noted that he has "lost about 7 or 8 pounds" during the campaign, according to a pool report of the stop.

About 50 people were eating breakfast at the restaurant when Obama walked in.

One of his first table stops did not go well. As he approached a man sitting alone at a table, Obama was waved away. The man later told a Los Angeles Times reporter that he was not interested in meeting Obama.

"I can't stand him,'' he said. "He's a Muslim. He's not even pro-American as far as I'm concerned."

Obama got another surprise at another table. While talking to a trio of men eating breakfast, one handed him the bill. "This will seal the thing,'' the man said. The somewhat tightwad senator accepted the check and later took it to the cashier and paid it.

Obama's own meal was well recorded by the cameras. "You guys ever get tired of taking pictures?'' he asked the photographers at one point.

At his next stop, outside Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse, Obama spoke to reporters at greater length.

"I like winning every state,'' he said, when asked about his chances in Indiana. "I think there's going to be a good turnout. People seem very enthusiastic.''

Obama was also asked about his difficulties winning over blue-collar voters.

"It's really a mixed bag,'' he said. "There've been some states where we have won the blue collar vote. Wisconsin. We won it in Iowa. We won it in Minnesota. Then there are other states where we've not done so well, mainly because people are much more familiar with Sen. Clinton and President Clinton and their track record."

The Illinois Democrat offered praise for the Clinton political operation.

"You have to give them credit," he said. "They're the best established brand name in Democratic politics, maybe in politics overall. They've been on the scene for 20 years. They're not going to go down easy."

Obama prowled the building's parking lot looking for people on their way in to cast ballots.

"Any more voters?'' he would say. Aides said Obama was careful to meet the requirement that candidates stay 50 feet from the polling place.

"President Obama!'' called out Tracie Nelson, 37, a health care recruiter from Indianapolis.

"That has a ring to it, doesn't it?'' Obama said.

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The guy who waved him away is clearly an informed voter.

Just the type to vote for Hillary...

This country really is in trouble.

"I can't stand him,'' he said. "He's a Muslim. He's not even pro-American as far as I'm concerned."

No wonder this loner sat alone.

He is bitter and ill informed and sounds like the type of person no one sits with at his workplace caffeteria.

Agree with Susan and Martina. Whew! I sure am glad these Indiana voters don't represent the MAJORITY of voters or we'd all be a sorry country! It's too bad hillary preys on people like this, their blind trust and ill-informed political understanding to get her votes. I also very much resent journalists and reporters who never bother to advise such persons of the truth, instead, they'd rather feed the fire with misconception and untruth, then write about it...I fault the media for so much of what has happened in this race. We heard about Rev. Wright ad nauseam, but somehow, I didn't see a SINGLE report or blog that mentioned hillary's
only direct response to George St. on Sunday---that she would NOT release donors names to Bill's library until AFTER the election. Those "rural" Indiana voters are spoon-fed what they want to hear and they swallow it and ask for more. Pity America!

I love these fake postings.

Nothing so transparent as a Latte drinker trying to sound "stoopid."

It's like the dialogue in Huck Finn, only not as well done.

Where did the name Hoosier originate?
'There were two farmers standing on a hill looking down on their flocks of sheep. One farmer said to the other...'
Never mind.

You nailed it. The truth about American politics; Ignorance + Stupidity = victory.
Here's a video of that bitter guy taking refuge in his gun;

I won't work for EITHER dem front-runner===till they introduce, lobby for and PASS legislation to bring those kids home NOW!
I'll vote for whomever is at the top of the ticket. But, my it's been disappointing!

Regarding the gentleman who thinks Senator Obama is a Muslim:
The author missed a golden opportunity to inform an obviously misinformed public on this matter. Senator Obama is not a Muslim.

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