Senator Barack Obama (IL-D) paid a visit yesterday to Columbus, Ohio, to show his support for Democratic candidates. The Columbus Dispatch had just a little to say about Sen. Obama's visit to Columbus:
....Yesterday, Strickland sought to shore up his support among black voters at a rally featuring Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing & Cultural Arts Complex on the Near East Side.
"This helps energize the African-American voter base to go out and vote, and vote heavily," said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, who introduced Obama.
Obama told a standing-roomonly audience that the "arrogance of power" displayed by the Bush administration and Republicans controlling Congress and the Ohio Statehouse has caused widespread disgruntlement that the country is on the wrong track.
Here is what the Akron Beacon Journal reported about his visit:
Sen. Barack Obama told a crowded hall of supporters Tuesday that the American mood is somber and serious heading into the fall elections as voters grow weary of high health care costs, struggling schools and the war in Iraq.
But said he sees people's engagement in issues as a good thing.
"For too many years, our politics have been a sideshow," he told spectators at the King Arts Complex on Columbus' near east side. "It's like WWF."
Obama, who has been floated as a presidential contender in 2008, was in town campaigning for gubernatorial nominee Ted Strickland, Senate candidate Sherrod Brown and other Democrats.
In his second appearance in Columbus since June, Obama accused the Bush administration of underwriting both sides of the war on terrorism, underfunding the No Child Left Behind education act and ignoring scientific evidence of global warming.
"The only scientists who still deny that climate change exists are in the White House," he said.
He said Republicans, who have controlled Congress and all branches of Ohio government for more than a decade, are struggling against Democrats this year because they grew too cavalier with their power.
"The Lord has a way, when you stop being humble, he'll knock you down," he said....