Associated Press reports:
Obama Hears Tearful Plea to End Iraq War
By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 20, 2007
The Illinois senator vowed to end the unpopular conflict if elected, a position that later earned him thunderous applause during a 5,800-person rally in Boston.
Obama fielded questions about health care, gun control and energy during a midday appearance before some 200 people at a Nashua senior center.
The residents politely applauded, and then Jean Serino of Hudson told the candidate her nephew was heading to Iraq to serve.
“I can’t breathe,” she said, her voice breaking with sobs.
“I want to know, when am I going to be able to breathe?
Are you going to get us the hell out of there? Promise us you will get us out of there.
That’s the most important thing.”
The crowd’s applause as she finished gave Obama time to compose an answer.
“I can only imagine how you feel, as a father and as a parent,” he said.
“I don’t go to a single town-hall meeting where I don’t meet a mother or father who either is seeing a loved one go over there or has already lost someone, or has a loved one who has come back injured.
“So I make a solemn pledge to you, as president we will be out of Iraq,” Obama said to loud applause.
Oliver Stone: get troops out of Iraq.