Barack Obama Speaks at Widener’s Chester Campus
Web Editor - Published: October 28, 2008

"I just want all of you to know that if we see this kind of dedication on Election Day, there is no way that we're not going to bring change to America," said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to roughly ten thousand rain-soaked individuals gathered to hear him speak at Widener’s Chester campus on Tuesday morning, October 28th. Several members of the Law School community braved the harsh rain, wind, and cold to hear Obama, including Dean Linda Ammons, who had the opportunity to meet with the candidate briefly.

Obama spoke just after 10:00 am on Memorial Field behind Old Main, making the case a week before the election that he is the candidate most equipped to deal with the country’s current financial crisis. He also sounded a populist note, suggesting that change would come not from a political candidate, but rather from the American people themselves, saying, “When times are tough, when it's cold, when it's raining, when it's hard — that's when we need to stand up."

Both Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Widener University President James T. Harris III spoke briefly before Obama arrived. Harris welcomed everyone to Chester and noted that Obama's running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., is a long-time member of the Delaware campus law faculty. Senator Biden has taught a seminar on issues in constitutional law at Delaware’s only law school since 1991.