Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Barak Obama Campaigns via Amtrak

Harry Truman was trailing badly in the 1948 presidential campaign, but he took his case directly to the people of small-town America by train ... and he won.

Senator Barak Obama has taken a page from President Harry Truman’s book and is campaigning through Pennsylvania on his own whistle-stop tour aboard a four-car train hauled by twin Amtrak locomotives.

This is being written before the results from the Pennsylvania's Primary Election are in, so we don’t know yet how effective Obama’s whistle-stop campaign will be.

But, as a rail advocate, it’s nice to know there’s at least one candidate who understands that you really gain a true understanding of this country from the window, or the observation platform, of a train.

(More on this subject in tomorrow's post.)

2 comments:

Susan Och said...

Great photo. What a difference between the view from the train and the view from a limo. Like seeing the backyards instead of the frontyards.

JIM LOOMIS said...

Absolutely! It's an important distinction, too. Thanks for the comment and the astute observation.