The fishing village of Obama, Japan has it bad for Barack. The local 'Obama Girls' specialize in hula dancing to honor his birthplace. The town sells Obama chopsticks and Obama red bean cakes and 'Obamaburgers' made of fish. The streets are lined with Obama banners. Villagers gather to watch Obama campaign coverage on TV. Obama Girls backup dancer Saturo Wada "would like to dance with him, together" and hotel owner Seiji Fujihara, who has organized an Obama support group, plans "to visit the White House when the ceremony is held to inaugurate this President."
Scroll down for video, pictures, and a letter to the town's mayor from the man himself.
The Obama Girls shout "Yes, we can!" during a rally on May 21st after Obama declared he was 'within reach' of the Democratic nomination. (Getty)
Obama residents clap as they watch televised coverage of the campaign on March 5th. (AP)
The Obama Girls show the love at a rally on May 21st. (Getty)
A jacket for Obama. (Getty)
A child eats an "Obamaburger" (made of fish meat), served by "Obama Burgirls" during a town gathering to watch campaign coverage. (AP)
An Obama city official displays a thank you letter sent to Mayor Toshio Murakami by Barack Obama, dated February 21st. (AP)
A close-up of the letter. (See transcription in entry.) (AP)
Welcome to Obama! (AP)
Here's a transcript of the letter Barack sent Obama's mayor.
February 21, 2008
Dear Mayor Marakami,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the city of Obama for your support and encouragement, and thank you for your thoughtful gifts.
I understand that Obama is a city of rich culture, deep traditions, and natural beauty. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is exciting to hear that you are engaged in debates that reach beyond your shores. We share more than a common name; we share a common planet and common responsibilities. I look forward to a future marked by the continued friendship of our two great nations and a shared commitment to a better, freer world.
I am touched by your friendly gesture, and I wish you all the best.
[Something in Japanese],
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