Ex-leader Frank mingles with BarackBy Victoria Corbett
November 05, 2008
Working on the US presidential election trail has been an “incredible” experience, according to former Wokingham Borough Council leader Frank Browne.
After shaking hands with the man himself on Monday, Mr Browne was among supporters in North Carolina on Tuesday who saw Barack Obama make history and become the first black US president.
Mr Browne, who went door-to-door to meet American voters as part of Mr Obama’s campaign team, said today: “It has been absolutely incredible.”
American citizen and Wokingham resident Tom EcEvilly told The Wokingham Times two weeks ago how he will be backing Obama all the way to the White House.
Extraordinary scenes of celebration were seen in America and around the world today (Wednesday) as people welcomed the result.
Mr Obama has a few months to go before his inauguration ceremony in January, which will be attended by Akyini, the daughter of Ian Manners, who works in Wokingham, and his former wife Auma, Mr Obama’s half sister.
Auma Obama-Manners was among the people Mr Obama thanked in his acceptance speech.
Mr Obama famously attended Mr Manners’ stag do in 1996 in the week before Mr Manners mar-ried Auma.
Mr Obama left the New Rose pub in Market Place when a stripper dressed as a St Trinians schoolgirl arrived.
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