Obama Gets Personal With Voters
Senator aims to shed pure-rhetoric image
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2008 1:40 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., fills sandbags at a sandbag station in Quincy, Ill., Saturday, June 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Seeking to shake criticism that he’s nothing more than a talented orator, Barack Obama has spent the week meeting voters face-to-face, the New York Times reports. His massive primary-campaign rallies were energizing, but also “isolating,” said his chief strategist. So instead the presumptive Democratic nominee has hosted round-table discussions, toured a hospital, school, and retirement home, and met privately with a family.

But the smaller-scale events didn't prevent him from tossing some hard words at Republicans: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” he said, quoting The Untouchables.