Chris Rock stumps in Tampa for Obama11/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Called Americaâ€™s master comic by Rollling Stone magazine earlier this year, 43-year-old Chris Rock spoke for just a few minutes, but did throw a few zingers John McCainâ€™s way.
Rock is notorious for using blue language in concert. He acknowledged he would stay clear of his riotous, profane act, but did get edgy in saying that Sen. Barack Obama could relate more to working people. The Brooklyn based comic also said he wanted to dispel some of the rumors about Obama.
He told the audience that, just like the recent success of the bay areaâ€™s baseball team, seeing a black man elected president was indeed possible.
Among those preceeding Rock were Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Tampa Bay Bucaneer Ernest Graham and local state Rep. Betty Reed.
Gerry Williams discussed what change would mean for her.
The activist known as Life praised the Obama campaign for inspiring people to get organized to make a difference.
Charles Bryant said he was concerned about those voters who are being asked to vote provisionally because of errors in their registration.
David Bositis, the senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, told the New York Times over the weekend that he is expected a record black turnout for this election â€“ not simply because Barack Obama is the first black nominee, but that blacks have suffered substantially under the Bush years. Plus, African-Americans have been the most single anti-Iraqi-war group in the population.
Asked if somehow Barack Obama does not win Tuesday night, perhaps the most direct response came from an older man wearing an old school Atlanta Braves hat: â€œall (bleeped) up.â€