My time at the Barack Obama Event

Barack Obama visited the Flying Star on Broadway in Albuquerque early Monday afternoon to speak with working women. I was lucky enough to get a press credential and be allowed to cover the event. Even though, while I work, I am not, nor have ever been, a woman.

I got some really good pictures of the event. Click on any of the pictures to get a larger-sized image.

For a few more pictures of the event see the Flickr set.

Go read DFNM's take on the event too.

Obama is a powerful speaker, and he clearly cares about women's issues. He has two daughters and told the group of about 30 women that some of the biggest influences in his life were working women.

"I would not be standing before you as a candidate for President of the United States if it were not for working women," Obama told the crowd. He said he owed his success to his mother, his grandmother -- who he called "an original Rosie the Riveter" -- and his wife.

But other issues were clearly on his mind as well, like drilling in off-shore areas like George W Bush, John McCain and the Republicans want to do with such conviction. A position which, by the way, John McCain flip-flopped on after just three weeks. Which has to be some type of record.

Obama spoke in front of a crowd of about three dozen working women, including Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and First Lady of New Mexico Barbara Richardson. Denish, who supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries and was one of Clinton's most prominent superdelegate supporters in the land of enchantment, introduced Obama to the crowd and media.

"The media is making a lot of talk about angry white women," Denish told the audience of working women. "But they're right about one thing, we are angry. We haven't made any progress in the last eight years."

"We may be angry, but we're really smart too."

I met up with a few working women before the event -- Barb and Mary Ellen from Democracy for New Mexico and Mary from A Female New Mexican's Political Opinion.

One of the working women who asked Obama a question asked about healthcare. She hadn't been to a doctor in ten years, since she was 18. She worked two jobs, supported her boyfriend while he worked his way through college and raised her boyfriend's baby.

"What are you going to do for me?"

One thing is for sure. On women's issues, Obama is better than John McCain. Which is why in today's Rasmussen poll:
As in most states, Obama polls better among women in New Mexico than men. He has an eleven-point lead among women, and just a seven-point lead among men. Those numbers have shown little change since last month.
That 12 percent margin is identical to the margin in Rasmussen's national polling. So nationwide, women are just as likely to vote for Obama as they are in New Mexico.

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Comment by delarose on June 24, 2008 at 10:36am
Is there really a Flying Star on Broadway???
Comment by LP on June 24, 2008 at 11:02am
We were in what looked to be a back room, so I assumed there was a restaurant on the other side of one of the walls; I know there was a kitchen at least, because Obama did have lunch there before he came out to speak with the crowd.
Comment by Matt on June 24, 2008 at 11:36am
oh, what a lucky bunch of priveleged three dozen women.
I'm working a full time job, I participate in a strong health care plan, am happily married and am buying a nice home in the north east heights. I have a mortgage, and a car loan or two, and a couple of credit cards. I have two dogs, and I'm basically a happy person.
I wonder......
What's he going to do for/to me?
Comment by freekbuoy on June 24, 2008 at 12:51pm
Matt: sounds like you are firmly in the middle class. This means that neither candidate will do anything "for" or "to" you. If a Rep. is elected, then the president will do many things for those in the higher socioeconomic strata than you. If a Dem. is elected, then the president will do many things for those in the lower socioeconomic strata than you. Problem is, in the current economy, it is far more likely for those in the middle class to lose ground in said socioeconomic strata than gain. Thus, you are more likely to benefit from a Dem. president than a Rep. one.
Keep in mind that, if you lean Libertarian, no candidate will do anything you want according to your political affiliation. However, since no Libertarian candidate has a chance at winning, and since people generally want to (or maybe should) vote for that candidate that will directly benefit them, then they should truly look at what each candidate is proposing. For instance, a standard Rep. political platform is "lower taxes." However, for whom do said lower taxes benefit? I do not propose to answer that question; rather, I propose that those interested in such a benefit truly look at the logistics of the plan and determine, for themselves, if they will actually benefit from the lower taxes.
Comment by Morgan on June 24, 2008 at 1:16pm
It is not a restaurant but the headquarters where they bake all the fresh cakes and pastries.
Comment by LP on June 24, 2008 at 5:07pm
To clarify about the "what are you going to do for me?" question, she was talking about healthcare. It was just a funny, kind of awkward, ending to a question.
Comment by bg on June 24, 2008 at 5:07pm
Obama "came around" on FISA? You mean he "came around" to flush the 4th amendment? He "came around" to give retroactive immunity to the telecoms for spying on us without warrants while giving the government the on-going opportunity to use basket warrants and warrantless wiretaps? Yep, sounds like FISA to me. It sucks. Obama vowed to filibuster retroactive immunity. I hope he will come back around to that.
Comment by Lady Noodle on June 24, 2008 at 9:38pm
I'd like to see Obama advocate for and invest in a national railway system for me. And also stop giving tax breaks to big oil for me. And maybe return to lower interest rates on federal higher education loans for me. I'd really love it if he reformed health care access for me too. Never mind all the things he could do for me regarding our gorgeous blue planet!
I remember JFK... Ask not what Obama can do for you...
Comment by ABQSkippy on June 24, 2008 at 10:11pm
I wish that Senator Obama would do a big open event. I would really like to see him!
Comment by Dan Ehrig on June 25, 2008 at 8:53am
Regarding FISA, I'm of two minds about it. On the one hand, I really hate Qwest (and its sister baby bells.) On the other hand, it seems kind of hard to blame them for complying with what the executive branch of the government demanded from them, especially in the panicked/paranoid state of the country in 2001/2002. I'm pretty sure the Bushies wouldn't have taken kindly to being refused.


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