Thursday, February 21, 2008

Women For Obama Tea

It was her admiration for former President Bill Clinton that initially prompted Donna Williams to support Sen. Hillary Clinton's candidacy — but she's now rooting for Sen. Barack Obama.

"I'm excited about Barack. I've been listening to what he has to say, and I like his ideas about inclusion," said Williams, one of about 70 women who attended a "Women for Obama Tea" on Wednesday at the Edward L. "Peel" Coleman Center.

They came to hear award-winning actress Alfre Woodard, who's stumping for Obama, her friend of four years.

… Woodard's first stop in Stark County was at Obama's Canton headquarters at 1800 Cleveland Ave. NW for its official opening.

"It's not just enough to vote for him," she told the standing crowd of 50. "You have to do something."

"I enjoyed her," said Dixie Wadsworth of Minerva, who signed up to volunteer for Obama's campaign. "It was a nice little celebratory kickoff."

James "Shelley" Bishop of Plain Township said he, too, was inspired by Woodard's visit.

"I think it was lovely," he said. "Perfect. Right on time. Canton needed this."

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