Sen. Barack Obama's newest recruits gathered in a modern picture gallery to practice the political art of electing a president. For three days, they focused on the low-tech skills of registering voters and identifying community leaders to vouch for the Illinois Democrat and carry his message.Howie P.S.: Don't be surprised if you meet an Obama fellow at a meeting or on a doorstep near you.
As her group headed toward the temporary St. Louis office to review the experience, California biologist Sarah Warnock spoke of feeling "more optimistic." She never expected Obama to win the nomination, but what she saw and heard seemed to validate her decision to leave behind her husband and school-age children for six weeks.
"I think it's important for them to see me doing everything I can for a campaign, especially this campaign," Warnock said. "If everybody gets committed and does it, it really could work."