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Obama strikes solemn tone on Ike September 13, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in News, Obama, Politics.
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Posted by Scott Helman, Political Reporter September 13, 2008 11:50 AM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Blessed by a beautiful late summer morning, the Barack Obama supporters who packed into Manchester’s Veterans Memorial Park today were jubilant — happy to have him back in the Granite State, confident about the election, pumped up by the music and the chants of “Yes we can!”

But Obama, almost as soon as he took the mike, struck a somber tone, and the place went quiet. Hurricane Ike had slammed into the Texas coast, he said, and things weren’t looking good. He said he had been on the phone with the head of FEMA, the Houston mayor, and other officials. The extent of the damage is unclear, he said, but the signs are ominous: perhaps 100,000 homes lost, four million people without power, and fears of widespread death and destruction in Galveston, where many people reportedly stayed to ride out the storm. Source Article

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