Obama pounds the pavement in Elkhart

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

A family vying to get into the White House for the first time was in Michiana Sunday.

Illinois senator Barack Obama visited an Elkhart neighborhood with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.

In a virtual dead heat with Hillary Clinton just before the all important primary this Tuesday, in effort to try and take the lead Obama was reaching out to voters in Elkhart one-on-one.

It was billed as door-knocking, but before the doors of Barack Obama’s motorcoach opened people in this Elkhart neighborhood had already gathered to see what was going on.

When the presidential contender stepped out some couldn't believe their eyes. “Everybody is just overwhelmed and excited that he's here,” said resident Rhonda Freeman.

Obama didn't have to go any farther than Bank Street to hear concerns that are echoed throughout the community and the nation. From unemployment to the war in Iraq.

“I've been unemployed for six months and it's tough,” said Denise Cummins. “It's tough finding a job. My husband and I are used to a two income family and were doing okay, but there's no you know fun money for us right now.”

“I believe that he's sincere about bringing the troops home,” said Penny Ellis. “I’m for that.”

Obama listened as dozens had the opportunity to tell the Illinois senator what they would want from him as the nation's leader. But will the time spent listening and visiting buy Obama any votes from the Elkhart community?

“He's already got my vote,” said Chad Johnson, “so it won't affect me that much.”

As the primary approaches each new day shows new numbers in the polls, some showing Clinton with the lead, others showing Obama with the lead. But as time ticks down until the polls open, the Obama camp hopes events like these will continue to tick down any remaining margin.

The Obama family spent about an hour talking with folks in the neighborhood, with their motorcade leaving just before two o’clock. It was then off to Fort Wayne where the Senator visited with more Indiana voters.


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