Saturday, March 22, 2008

Richardson Endorses Sen. Obama

The city where I live was offered a special treat yesterday (Friday, March 21st) and here's what happened:

Declaring that Sen. Barack Obama is an "extraordinary American," Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico endorsed Obama for the Democratic nominee for president on Friday.

Richardson -- who sought this year's Democratic nomination for president himself -- joined Obama at a rally in Portland, Oregon, where the senator from Illinois is campaigning.

"Barack Obama will make a great and historic president," Richardson said, Obama standing at his side. "[It] is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation and you are a once-in-a-lifetime leader."

"He's done the kind of work that you want from your public servants, somebody who's driven not just by raw ambition, not just by an interest in personal aggrandizement," Obama added. "He's been somebody who's been motivated by the desire to make the lives of his constituents and working people a little bit better."

Richardson praised Obama for his speech this week on race in America, saying "he appealed to the best in us."

Richardson is the nation's only Hispanic governor. Hispanics have tended to support Sen. Hillary Clinton in her quest for the Democratic nomination. Obama and Clinton both lobbied Richardson for his endorsement after he dropped out of the race January 10. Richardson called Clinton Thursday to tell her of his decision. Richardson was secretary of energy and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton. He said he remains friends with the Clintons, and watched the Super Bowl with Bill Clinton this year. Find out more about Gov. Richard at: And if you would like to hear Sen. Obama's eloquent, thoughtful, and self-penned speech on the state of race relations in America, which won Richards endorsement just go to:

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Now, here's a poem from this Portland poet:

"Roots, Thick As A Pencil" Sonnet

Begin with tractor treads in the snow.
A train track with a flattened penny on
it. Clods of regional clay. Fog rolling in
over a chalky lake. A city's lights in the
far distance. Farms nestled in thickets
of woodlands. A smokehouse. Rusty
garden tools. The way night birds roost
in the barn's ledges. A danger sign
posted near an abandoned quarry. The
word "rural" in print. Footwear suited
for manual labor. Lichen hanging rock.
Rain that insist on freezing by midnight.
Feather beds. Tin roofs. A recently drained
wetlands beseiged by land developers.
Kernels of loose grain in the wind. Or just
a small amount of preening required.

Poem first published Blue Fifth Review
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