Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Old Woman Who Voted for the President

At his victory speech in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama referred to a 106-year old woman from Atlanta - Ann Nixon Cooper - who voted in Tuesday's election, apparently for the first time.

Meanwhile, in Gaithersburg, MD, 108-year old Geneva Garner cast her vote in her 22nd presidential election - on this occasion choosing independent candidate Ralph Nader, who received virtually no coverage on any of the mainstream American media channells and even less overseas. Nader has championed grass roots consumer action and environmentalism.

Said Garner - who can remember listening to speeches by Theodore Roosevelt in the first decade of the 20th century and who was born when William McKinley was president - " I don't expect him [Nader] to win. It's just on principle … It's a protest vote."

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