Obama Is Coming to Town

Tomorrow, Barack Obama is coming to Saint Louis.  He is scheduled to speak tomorrow at noon on the grounds of the Arch.  The crowd is expected to reach 60,000 people.  The weather should be good.  Missouri is a battleground state now.  A month ago it was in John McCain’s column.  Now it is in play.  I think I’ll bike down there.

Today the Chicago Tribune endorsed Barrack Obama.  This is more surprising than you might think.  Although the Tribune is Obama’s hometown, it has never endorsed a Democrat for president before, not in 161 years.  The Tribune once famously and erroneously exclaimed Dewey Defeats Truman in the 1948 election.  A delighted Truman was photographed at St. Louis Union Station holding a copy of his premature political obituary.  This event crystallizes the Tribunes unwavering and sometimes myoptic Republican support, that is until today.  The closing lines of today’s Tribune endorsement reads:

It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln.  We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation’s most powerful office, he will prove it wasn’t so audacious after all.  We are proud to add Barack Obama’s name to Lincoln’s in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.

And in news of the weird, Sarah Palin is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live tomorrow.  See Politico’s article on the appearance.  My question is will there be one Sarah Palin or two on the show?  The guest host tomorrow is Josh Brolin, the star of Oliver Stone’s movie, “W.”  Must see TV!

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