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Obama receives Sebelius’ endorsement

January 29, 2008


Sebelius announces support for Obama

At a rally in El Dorado today, Governor Kathleen Sebelius made her support for Barack Obama clear. 6News reporter Kendall Jones traveled to El Dorado and explains how Obama is giving hope to local people who made the trip south to hear him speak. Enlarge video

— Thousands of supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama filled a gymnasium here as the Democratic hopeful made his first visit to Kansas since he declared his candidacy for president.

After Obama spoke to the crowd at Butler Community College, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius joined him on stage to announce her endorsement of the junior senator, arousing the cheers of a jubilant audience.

'Midwestern values'

Speaking in the hometown of his maternal grandfather, Obama laid out his plan for the presidency, describing how he would make education, health care and the environment cornerstones of his agenda. He decried the influence of lobbyists in policy making, and he pledged to make tax cuts for the very rich a thing of the past. The senator vowed to cut a tax break for senior citizens who earn less than $15,000 a year, and said ending the crisis in Darfur would be a priority of his administration.

Sebelius, who presented the Democrats' response to President Bush's State of the Union address on Monday, stood hand-in-hand with Obama after she had given her endorsement.

"Barack Obama has Midwestern values," she said, adding that Tuesday was Kansas Day, the day the state was admitted to the Union in 1847. "Values we know about. He understands how to bring people together across party lines."

Obama said he was tired of the divisive nature of politics.

"It's a vision of America that I am running for president to fundamentally reject," he said. "This election is our chance to restore the simple dream of those that came before us.

"The choice in this election, it's about the future versus the past," he said.

He praised the hard work and sacrifice of his grandparents, who came of age during the Great Depression. He told of how his family lived on food stamps when he was a young boy. But from sheer effort, he and his sister had the opportunity to succeed.

His story, he said, "is an American story. My story could only happen in the United States of America."


In addition to preaching unity, Obama pledged to invest billions of dollars in new energy means in states like Kansas and Missouri. He said money currently used to fund combat operations in Iraq would be better used developing solar and wind energy projects, which could add jobs to the region.

On the subject of health care, the candidate said he would pass health care reform by the end of his first term. He vowed that insurers would no longer exclude patients for a pre-existing condition and that the government would cut as much as $2,500 from patients' premiums.

"You pay my salary. You are my boss," Obama said. "I shouldn't have better health care than you."

The loudest cheers of the afternoon came not when Obama stated his opposition to the Iraq war, which he briefly mentioned, but when he discussed education.

Rousing cheers and a standing ovation followed his promise to reward good teachers with higher wages and to provide college students with a $4,000 tuition credit a year, in exchange for national service, with organizations such as the Peace Corps.

"We will invest in you, and you will invest in America, and together we will chart a new course together," Obama said, shouting to make himself heard over the boisterous crowd.

He touched upon the financial squeeze many are feeling because of a slowing economy.

"Our economy is out of balance," Obama said. "People need help right now."

To help future retirees, Obama said he would require employers to set up direct deposit retirement funds, where employees could choose a certain amount of money to save. He said the federal government would match those funds for low-income families and pledged to raise the minimum wage annually.

Overflow crowds

Thousands stood in blowing flurries and 20-degree weather as the line of foot-stomping, hand-rubbing Obama supporters snaked around the gymnasium at Butler Community College. Not all of them would get in. A fire marshal's estimate said 2,300 people filled the basketball gymnasium, while several hundred more populated overflow areas in a theater and athletic training center near the gym. They were able to watch the rally via closed-circuit television.

Cindy Miles, a spokeswoman for Butler Community College, said her staff set up a "triage" on Monday to accommodate a flood of phone calls from the media. Crews from local media and national media outlets hovered around the stage, which seated more Obama supporters.

"It's a huge event for us," Miles said, calling it the most attention the school has had since the president's mother, Barbara Bush, visited El Dorado in 2001.

"It's great exposure for Butler. We do this more to give the students and community a chance to interact with a presidential candidate because for some that can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Obama stayed in the region Tuesday night, giving a speech at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.


antney 10 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Gov. Sebelious.

With this endorsement and those of other democratic leaders in our state, Sen. Obama is going to win Kansas on Feb 5th.

I think Obama/Sebelius would make a winning ticket for the general election.

Toto_the_great 10 years, 4 months ago

My intelligent mother-in-law was there to see Obama speak. While there, she heard rumors about his Muslim status and some whacked out theory (because he is Muslim, he supports the attackers of 9/11)... now she is questioning his ability. Are you serious? For the love of god (whoever's god that might be).... why are people so stupid or close-minded? Who cares if he is Muslim? Who cares if he is Jewish? Who cares if he warships the spaghetti monster? If he can lead the country (which he can), then he has my vote. In my opinion, he appears to be a better candidate than some other crack-pots.

cellogrl 10 years, 4 months ago

overplayedhistory - I just have to say, I totally agree with you. I've been waiting my whole life to vote for someone like Obama as well. I just think he's amazing. Way to go Sebelius! Smart choice!

10 years, 4 months ago

Don't know what the heck Mrs. L is talking about. Way to go Obama! It's awesome that he's receiving Sebelius' support (and by proxy Kansas?) for the upcoming election. I really hope he makes it.

Xooter 10 years, 4 months ago

Mrslyons has apparently fallen for one of the persistent false internet emails that disparage and distort Sen. Obama's record. The verifiable facts are not hard to find. See the article, "Sliming Obama" on the website. (a service of the University of Pennsylvania) is a highly regarded, reliable, and useful site for checking all manner of political claims against the relevant facts. Senator Obama is a loyal American, every bit as much as you and I. Read the truth at and you will readily see how thoroughly incorrect the previous comments are.

ilikestuff 10 years, 4 months ago


Lyons views, while appearing ill-conceived and most likely erroneous, are not bigoted. I think perhaps you should consider another adjective to describe your perceptions.


mrslyons 10 years, 4 months ago

It is a sad day for those of us in the United States when people in office such as Govenor Sebelius decides to support someone for the office of president of the United States who turns his back on the flag of this county, a person who refuses to say the pledge of alligence to this country. I think that we the people of the United States of America should really give thought about wether we want someone in this roll when the disrespect our Country. We look down of Fred Phelps and his church for the things they do to disrespect the USA but let someone like this man to run for President.... WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? He will not get my vote.

ctutgo 10 years, 4 months ago

It is so good to see that people are finally standing up to all the lies and actually looking for the truth. I too have never felt such passion about our political process before. For that alone, Obama would get my vote. But then to hear his stand on the issues, he really is intelligent and grounded. Now, all of us supporters need to go to the caucus!! This is our time. Go Obama!

Paul R Getto 10 years, 4 months ago

Frankly, I'm surprised. Obama gives good speech, but fails to inspire beyond his soaring phrases. He is, like other candidates, subjected to scandalous smears. Too bad for all of us.

Toto_the_great 10 years, 4 months ago

Are conservatives (e.g., most of Kansas and the Baptist south) ready for a non-white or non-male or even a non-Christian president?

justme2 10 years, 4 months ago

Finally! I can't wait to live in an Obama led US. Go Obama!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 4 months ago

""Barack Obama has Midwestern values," she said, adding that Tuesday was Kansas Day, the day the state was admitted to the Union in 1847. "

Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861.

ndmoderate 10 years, 4 months ago

If you think Obama is a muslim, then you're a fool.

"Minds are like parachutes; they only function when open." -I don't remember who said that, but it wasn't me

Richard Heckler 10 years, 4 months ago

Obama may well be the next president. Edwards is moving on as he will announce later today.

janeyb 10 years, 4 months ago

He is talking like this is the 2000 election and there is a suplus of money. Obama, Bush has been president, not Clinton.

"Obama said he was tired of the divisive nature of politics."

I guess he is truthful. The way to achieve harmony (and get elected) is to promise everyone everything they could possible want.

"The senator vowed to cut a tax break for senior citizens who earn less than $15,000 a year"

My brother got his master's degree, had to give up is GA position and was job hunting in 2006. I don't remember his income, but he didn't have to pay any federal income tax (Kansas still hit him up though). He got something like $400 back from the gov. anyway in Earned Income Credit. He filed his return and the IRS actually contacted him and told him he qualifed for this refund. Do these seniors really have to pay income tax?

Richard Heckler 10 years, 4 months ago


Washington Post Awarded "The Scoundrel" Who Put The Obama/Pledge Of Allegiance Email Into Circulation "Four Pinocchios" On Its Fact Checking Scale, Which Classifies The Attack As A "Whopper." "Anonymous attacks by e-mail are, or at least should be, un-American. This particular one was also wrong on the facts: the ceremony in question had nothing to do with the pledge of the allegiance. We award the scoundrel who put the e-mail into circulation four Pinocchios." [Washington Post, 11/2/07]

Email Made False Claims About The Content Of A Time Article. "Oddly, the accurate caption from Time is included in the chain e-mail. But someone has added that "the article said" Obama refused to say the pledge and would not put his hand on his heart. There is no such article on the Time Web site and searches of the Web and newspaper-magazine databases could only find blog postings that repeat the claim from the e-mail. It's unclear where the allegation originated." [St. Petersburg Times, 11/9/07] AND WAS CALLED SCURRILOUS AND FALSE BY OTHER NEWS SOURCES

"Scurrilous." "A scurrilous new e-mail is circulating about Barack Obama." [Slate, 11/8/07]

"Addressed And Debunked." "Today, the Obama campaign explained that the photo was taken not during the pledge of allegiance but during the star spangled banner. Said Obama, "I was taught by my grandfather that you put your hand over your heart during the pledge, but during the Star Spangled Banner, you sing!" Of course, it doesn't really matter that Obama has addressed and debunked the e-mail because it's going to keep circulating." [The Nation, 11/8/07]

"False." "(Again, the above email is false. It is printed here for information purposes and should not be construed as fact.)" [Iowa Independent, 11/8/07] OBAMA SAID ONE SHOWS PATRIOTISM BY HOW ONE TREATS FELLOW AMERICANS AND VETERANS...

Obama Had Not Worn A Flag Pin For Years, Said Patriotism Resided In The Heart And Not The Lapel. The Chicago Tribune reported, "His campaign, sensing the issue was dominating campaign news, had earlier made clear he had not worn such a pin for years. 'I'm less concerned about what you are wearing on your lapel than what's in your heart,' he said under a county fairgrounds pavilion here, a giant American flag draped behind him. 'You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who served.' He suggested that some politicians who wear such pins act in disingenuous ways. 'After a while, you know, you start noticing people wearing a lapel pin, but not acting very patriotic, not voting to provide veterans with the resources that they need,' he said." [Chicago Tribune, 10/5/07]

dirkleisure 10 years, 4 months ago

Mrs. Lyons is fully aware that e-mail is a farce.

That information is posted here strictly to confuse. It is a liar knowingly spreading a lie.

What I don't understand is why Mrs. Lyons isn't also informing us about how John McCain became close, personal friends with his captors in Vietnam, and has worked while as US Senator to provide direct aid from the US Government to their families.

Toto_the_great 10 years, 4 months ago

What about Obama and Edwards on a ticket? I say form it now and see what happens. I think it would be better than Clinton and (?).

raiderssb 10 years, 4 months ago

Obama and Edwards would make a great ticket. I agree that there are just to many folks who believe all the negative hype. Well, I say, forget them!! Move on and remember to caucus on Feb 5. I attended the town hall meeting last night in KCMO, and it was an inspirational group of old, and young, Black, White and everything in between. This man brought us all together - something NONE of the other candidates can do. His ideas, his vision, and positive spirit were strong among the attendees - in spite of that idiot Fred Phelps, and his clan of despicable persons showing up. I say Rock Chalk Barack.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years, 4 months ago

Obama gets all the press and Hillary gets all the votes. I'm sort of tired of the news media doing all of our voting for us. Where are the articles explaining Hillary's victories in the face of all the press coverage telling us how unpopular she us and how nice Obama is?

With the exception of SC Hillary has overwhelmingly won all of the other states, and polls higher against the entire range of Republican candidates. Hmmmmm.....

lounger 10 years, 4 months ago

mrslyons- what are you talking about? I Dont do the pledge of alligence at my daughters school everytime it is done. We reserve this right! People died in wars for this. Your little View of flag waiving is old, worn out and blind. Please realize that G.W. Bully has presented a blurred view of reality and the "your either with us or without us" attitude was never based in said reality. We should question our leaders and have a right to do whatever we feel is correct at the appropriate time. Obama will be our next prez with or without your closed minded, antiquated vote!!!!

bd 10 years, 4 months ago

Good enough for Ted "hickup" Kennedy, good enough for me!

toefungus 10 years, 4 months ago

Show me the beef. Obama is just a talker and glad hander. We have enough of those people in corporate America, and they are starting to escape into politics. Looks good, talks good, paid millions, trashes the company. Check out Sprint for a good example.

dirkleisure 10 years, 4 months ago

With the exception of SC... and Iowa... and the delegate count in NV.

But, with the exception of 3 of the 4 nominating contests so far, you are correct. Overwhelming wins by Hillary. If you want to call NH overwhelming.

I also understand Obama supports the KU Med/St. Luke's merger. Read it in an e-mail so it must be true.

kansanjayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

No surprise here-a liberal supports a liberal. Lately, our governor has been showing her true colors! We conservatives say, "Keep it up!".

mrslyons 10 years, 4 months ago

I have believe in this country.... My father, brothers, uncles and other family members fought for this country. I want someone in the office that will take the values that my forefather's fought for. And I do not care what your name is or what color you are as long as you BELIEVE IN WHAT THIS COUNTRY MEANS. And as far as it goes for CLINTON... SHE HAS HAD HER TURN TO RUN THIS COUNTRY WHILE HER HUSBAND WAS OFF DOING HIS THING. I have also read in USA TODAY that Obama has had dealings with a man who is now in trouble with the law... and his ties with him go way back over many years. KEEP DIGGING PEOPLE.

mrslyons 10 years, 4 months ago

I meant to say that Hilliary Clinton has had her turn running this country while her husband was supposed to be. He was to busy to do his job because he was out getting some head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrslyons 10 years, 4 months ago

If one would go into they would find the answers that they must have over looked. Do some real deep digging and you will see that this man has turned his back on our flag and has refussed to say the pledge. If you ever really pay attention to him when he is on TV when the pledge is being said you will see that he doesn't move his lips.

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