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Obama speaks to the country — on seven stations

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Barack Obama appeals to Americans for their vote via primetime television. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

Barack Obama held off normal programming Wednesday night to share the tales of five everyday Americans and summarize his plans for the country.

In a half-hour block of documentary-style television reminiscent of an Oprah Winfrey special, Obama — already ahead among early voters in several key polls — stated specifics of how he would rectify those Americans’ situations. The story of his late mother’s life and testimonies from several politicians helped to fortify Obama’s case.

“Boy, life sure is short and you better live in the moment,” he had said upon learning of the death of his mother, Stanley Ann Durham.

As Obama outlined his economic, energy, education, health care and national defense plans for the United States, he doubtlessly looked presidential. But on-screen reminders to text the campaign and visit its Web site for voting information allowed him to look like a modern president.

“I’m not a perfect man, and I won’t be a perfect president,” the Democratic nominee said. “But I can promise you this — I will always tell you what I think and where I stand.”

The ad blast, which is estimated to have cost the Obama campaign $4 million, won’t likely hurt his presidential chances, but it remains to be seen whether it will help him.

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