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April 21, 2008 4:19 PM

A Seattle blogger peeks inside Obama's Pennsylvania campaign

Posted by Richard Wagoner

This post was written by Liz Burlingame, a student in UW professor David Domke's journalism class. More of the students' work can be found here.

PITTSBURGH - The man made a beeline to our car in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh as we exited, having just parked outside of Barack Obama’s campaign office. He was wearing a heavy, waterproof jacket with fleece lining, and sweat was pouring down his face. It was 80 degrees.

“Hi, I’m Bob,” he said, matter-of-factly. “I’m an Obama volunteer… and I’m homeless.”

Then he reached for our trunk, to help us open it.

The car alarm to our rental PT Cruiser went off and no amount of button mashing could silence it. (Later we found out we’d hit the panic button). Bob stood on the sidewalk repeating, “You ladies are hopeless.”

He might have been right.

Bob told me he was working office garbage duty that afternoon and pointed to the dumpsters in the alleyway.

“I can lift just about anything,” he said.

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