Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama made a brief stop at a Jackson, Mississippi, soul food
restaurant last night.
He grabbed a to-go order of peach cobbler before being whisked
off to a fundraising event.
About 35 people packed the black leather booths and bar stools
beneath the pictures of Martin Luther King Junior and Bob Marley.
Obama spent about 15 minutes shaking hands and greeting people.
At one point, the candidate belted out a few bars of the blues
standard "Misty Blue" with Dorothy Moore, the Jackson singer who
made the tune famous in the 1970s.
This is at least the second time in the past few years that the
Illinois senator has appeared in Mississippi.
The state has gone Republican in every election since 1980, but
Obama told reporters yesterday that Democrats shouldn't give up on
A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Amber
Wilkerson, said she doesn't see Obama turning the Democrats'
fortunes in Mississippi, in the presidential race.