Sunday, September 07, 2008

Obama Opens NW Florida Office

The Northwest Florida campaign office of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was opened officially in Pensacola yesterday afternoon. As many as 1,000 locals stopped by over the two and a half hour opening ceremonies.

Some inspected the spacious two-story headquarters at 321 DeVilliers Street. Others grazed the sidewalk tables to collect campaign buttons and posters. Still others met with Obama campaign officials to volunteer for the local voter registration drive.

Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) addressed an enthusiastic crowd of about 400 who crowded into the windowless hall of a nearby jazz club, which was turned meeting room for the occasion.
As Louis Cooper reports in the PNJ, Rep. Lewis is a civil rights icon who was "an architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington and a veteran of the 'Bloody Sunday' clashes in Selma, Ala. in 1965."

Lewis spoke primarily about the importance of registering voters before the coming election and working hard for Barack Obama over the next 59 days.

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