Monday, June 18, 2007


A June afternoon rain didn't dampen Sen. Barack Obama's campaign rally in Ottumwa Monday.
The event had been scheduled to take place in Ottumwa's downtown park, but the storm caused a last-minute change of venue to the cafeteria at Ottumwa High School.
A crowd of about 750 filled the room nearly to capacity.
After being welcomed to the stage by Wapello County Supervisor Steve Siegel, Obama thanked state and local elected officials in attendance.
As expected, Obama's speech included a call for health care reform and a planned withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
Obama also spoke of the civil rights movement, and called for similar action from people of all walks of life to get involved and help to change America once again.

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