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HISTORY: Ann Cooper Votes Obama at 106

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October 21, 2013

Not long ago I posted news about 95yr. old Florence Washington voting for the first time and excited to be all for Obama. You can check it out here. Bless her heart. Now here we have Mrs. Ann Cooper at age 106 also voting for the first time… for who?… OBAMA.

UPDATE: Mr. Obama personally honors Ann Cooper during his Victory Speech November 4, 2008

In his victory speech, Obama praised Cooper's fight. The president-elect had learned of her story two weeks earlier after CNN profiled her when she went to the polls to vote early. Obama called her soon afterward.

“This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations,” Obama told the tens of thousands of supporters who had gathered in Chicago on Tuesday night. “But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing — Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

“She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

“And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.”

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