Obama Casts Ballot With Wife and Daughters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Barack Obama brought his two young daughters to the ballot box Tuesday as he cast a vote in the election he hopes will make them the first black family to occupy the White House.

The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Michelle, were among the first to vote after polls opened Tuesday at Chicago's Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School. They cast paper ballots in side-by-side booths with 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha looking on.

The family was ushered inside ahead of a line of their Hyde Park neighbors that wrapped around the block and cheered upon their arrival. Fellow voters inside watched in silence and snapped cell-phone pictures.

Obama kissed the cheek of the poll worker who took his ballot, then watched while she fed it into a machine. The crowd broke into applause when a smiling Obama held up his validation slip for the media and said, "I voted."

Obama voted a few minutes after William Ayers, the 1960s radical who lives in the neighborhood and whom Republicans tried to link to Obama in the campaign. Ayers did not answer a question about how he voted from reporters waiting inside for Obama's arrival.

Afterward, Obama headed for a final campaign stop in Indiana to encourage voters in the Republican-leaning state to support the Democratic candidate from next door. He planned his voting-day game of basketball with friends and staff - a habit he liked to stick to in the primaries for good luck - before watching returns at a Chicago hotel room.

After the race is called, he planned to address supporters from a stage built especially for the occasion in Chicago's Grant Park.

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  • by Blessed Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    Yes he did! What a great day in America. It's amazing that a third world country in Africa could see a female president before America was brave enough to elect a Black president, but thank God it happened. Understand that in many countries in Africa, women barely have the opportunity to be educated, let alone run for president and win, but Liberia made the change and now it's America's turn. But Obama represents so much more than just the first Black president. People say he doesn't have enough experience, but I wonder...are you proud of what Bush did with his experience? Look at the state of the economy. Look at how many lives have been lost in a senseless war. Look at how many people are losing jobs everyday. An inexperienced person could have jacked the country up like that, but he had experience huh? What's even better for me today is that there is no question about whether or not Obama won...look at the votes. Go America for making the change!!!
  • by Livi Location: Leon County on Nov 5, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    The votes are in, the verdict is out, It's time for Bush to get the hell out!!! To all of you who are like myself and supported the Obama/Biden campaign our change has finally come. And to those who STILL don't believe that GOD is REAL and that he does answer prayer, look at all the headlines.
  • by mama Location: bainbridge on Nov 5, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    You all new it was going to happen one day and this is the day. You have four years to see if he makes a great president and if he does not go out and vote him out. Guess he is singing Im Moving on Up right now.
  • by OBAMA SUPPORTER Location: THOMASVILLE on Nov 4, 2008 at 09:15 PM
  • by Jay Location: this bleak corner on Nov 4, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    OMG. These are some of the most senseless, hate filled comments around. Chicago may have crime but stupidity is just as deadly. At least I'm briefed to see grumps around work tomorrow based most of these posts.
  • by Anonymous Location: Crawfordville, FL on Nov 4, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    Go Obama! We need change like never before. To many people are losing their jobs and houses. To many people are dying overseas, and WAY too much money is being spent overseas when there are MUCH better ways to spend that over $3 billion here in America, such as healthcare and college funding, more jobs, better schools, even to help people who can't afford to feed their families because they can't qualify for federal help because their not "poor enough" or because they have a job. It's just such a shame that people (especially younger voters) think that's normal and ok. It's not. And as for Runs w/scissors "we Need experience in the White House" I would much rather have a President who is not only going to make POSITIVE change, but who will also live through the whole 4 years.
  • by OBAMA SUPPORTER Location: FLORIDA on Nov 4, 2008 at 06:05 PM
  • by todd Location: steves house...tallahassee on Nov 4, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    oh diane just to answer your question....john mccain voted alone cuz everyone he knows is wicked old and dead. anything else?
  • by steve Location: tallahassee on Nov 4, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    james im not sure what a "sociallistic" government is....ya know cuz its not a word....but when you manage to figure out how to read just disregard the directions on the bottle of pain killers and do us all a favor and take them all.
  • by Runs w/scissors Location: Valdosta on Nov 4, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    I AM a McCain supporter and God Bless America...We NEED experience in the White House and not bigotry,,BHO has not provided evedence that he is even American and born here so How can he even run????
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