Plane Problems Cancel Obama N.C. Visit

Barack Obama isn't going to North Carolina today after all.

His plane had to make an unscheduled landing in St. Louis due to a mechanical problem.

The charter was taking the Democratic presidential candidate to campaign events in Charlotte. A cockpit announcement said the plane experienced a flight-control problem after take-off from Chicago.

Passengers felt the plane dip briefly. But the unexpected movement did not cause visible alarm for the frequent fliers on the plane.

Obama told reporters on board that the stopover was to "spice things up a little bit."

The Illinois senator and a small entourage eventually left the plane and the tarmac to await a flight maintenance check at a local hotel. The North Carolina trip has been postponed until a future date. Obama is instead delivering his remarks on the economy to the reporters traveling with him.


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  • by Rita Hollins on Jul 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    I'd like to where can I buy obama buttons in the kansas City area"
  • by Yes We Can! Location: Plymouth on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    Rob- I assure you that whatever Obama has to offer will be tons better than what McBush has in store.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 8, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    Katrina- Be careful what you wish for.
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jul 8, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”- Sir Walter Scott.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jul 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    I don't see what all of the hype is about. I thought Bill Clinton was the first black president. Now that's according to Rush Limbaugh. And if you can trust Rush or any other neo-conservative, who can you trust?
  • by Yes We Can! Location: Plymouth on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    J- what an asinine comment to make. You are saying "yay" to the fact that Senator Obama was on a plane with mechanical problems? Seriously?
  • by J Location: Gville on Jul 8, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    YAY!! Stay away from NC.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    "Just Wondering", that's where the "one drop" rule comes into play. Nearly every African American in this country has mixed ancestry. Even some white people who appear full-blooded white have Black and/or Native American ancestors. Race is so overemphasized.
  • by Katrina Location: NC on Jul 7, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    Hatred will NEVER prevail over greatness! It boggles my mind that someone would have the audacity to make such a thoughtless comment and post anonymously. If your beliefs are that strong and you are making such a strong statement for your family, don't be so ashamed that you have to hide your identity. Obama will visit the state regardless of how you feel and we will paint NC blue in November. YES WE CAN!!!!
  • by Yes We Can! Location: Plymouth on Jul 7, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    I just have to wonder can you give any valid reason why you don't want him here?
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