2. Later that day I had to address all the males in my school at an assemby without warning (stuff like that just has to be accepted at my school). So I decided to connect some of what Obama said in his speech the night before into my impromptu speech. When I prefaced it with the same question I had just asked my kids, I was greeted by hundreds of hands raised. Aside from the fact that I doubt in my middle school back home I would have come close to getting the same kind of response, it again hit home how Obama affects communities like mine.
All around town there are Obama posters put up outside the few storefronts still dotting downtown Clarksdale. There are t-shirt stands with Obama's image on them and at all the blues festivals around the area, one cannot miss the vendors selling all sorts of Obama apparel (not alll of it officially sanctioned gear :D)
Race is still an undeniable issue down here, although I've been here for too short of a time to make too many judgements. Mississippi isn't exactly a battleground state currently , although I personally believe it's going to be far closer than the polls currently indicate and I wouldn't be too suprised to see an Obama upset. What I do know is that polls do not capture the enthusiasm and pride Obama gives to entire communities,
even especially in some of the most rural areas in the country.
And hey, the first debate is in Oxford in a few weeks. Obama upset in MS anyone?