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    106-year-old Atlanta woman basks in Obama tribute
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    ATLANTA – At age 106, Ann Nixon Cooper doesn't usually stay awake past midnight. But on Election Night she had special reason to do so: She was waiting for Barack Obama to mention her name. Cooper, one of the oldest voters for the nation's first black president, had been tipped off by the Obama campaign that she would be mentioned in his acceptance speech. Toward the end, she got her moment.
    "I was waiting for it," said Cooper. "I had heard that they would be calling my name at least."
    Obama introduced the world to a woman who "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."
    "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," he said.
    On Wednesday, Cooper beamed as she greeted reporters at her southwest Atlanta home, wearing a gold cross around her neck that proudly displayed her age.
    Cooper first registered to vote on Sept. 1, 1941. Though she was friends with elite black Atlantans like W.E.B. Du Bois, John Hope Franklin and Benjamin E. Mays, because of her status as a black woman in a segregated and sexist society, she didn't exercise her right to vote for years.
    Instead, she deferred to her husband — Dr. Albert B. Cooper, a prominent Atlanta dentist — who "voted for the house."
    Her husband died in 1967. Cooper has outlived three of her four children and lived to see women gain the right to vote and the end of segregation. On Oct. 16, she voted early for the Illinois senator, who called to thank her after reading a news article about her.
    Cooper said she believes Obama's win could finally signal the change she has been waiting for.
    "I feel nothing but relief that things have changed as much as they have," she said. "After a while, we will all be one. That's what I look forward to."
    Cooper turns 107 in January, just a few weeks before Obama's inauguration.
    106-year-old Atlanta woman basks in Obama tribute
    Good for her. And Obama's inauguration should be a nice birthday present for her. And for me, since my birthday's in January, too. Hell, I might actually head to Washington for the inauguration.

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    ya know. i won that free plane ticket anywhere American Airlines flies, and i'm seriously thinking about using it for the inauguration.

    i was going to visit my best friend in Idaho, but get this,American Airlines doesnt fly to Ohio (they use Horizon air).
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    Free ticket. Go for it and use it for the inauguration.

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    Really,it would be the chance of a lifetime!
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    Ms. Deb., you got that ticket for a reason... I am taking the bus over to the inauguration!


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    if i cannot find a way to get to Idaho for free from another city, then by Monday i'll be doing it. i'm a big puss as a traveler, so if i do this, it'll be a minor miracle.
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    Whoever makes it to the inauguration better post some kick ass photos, or I'll kick 'em in the ass. (I mean that in the most loving sort of way.)

    I am now counting down the days...76 to be exact!
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    i wish i had planned ahead and gone to chicago...i would've loved to be at that speech

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    Wonderful.

    I also liked the part where Obama said that if his kids live as long they would see the next (22nd) century.

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    106-year-old Atlanta woman basks in Barack Obama tribute
    Can you imagine how great something must be, if it can still inspire a
    106 year old?!!!!!!
    Fantastic that she lived to see it, fantastic to read that she's still
    "all there", mentally! I hope she lives to see (or be present at) the
    inauguration.
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    I watched this lovely woman on one of the morning shows - she was so sweet. She said to one reporter who thanked her for her time "your hands are so nice and warm"... the way she said it made me go 'aww'.
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    What a beautiful story. She seems like such a sweet lady.

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    Beautiful

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