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CAMPAIGN '08: THE DAY AFTER

On tarmac, Obama finds race is to the swift

January 05, 2008|From the Washington Post

CONCORD, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton may have lost to Barack Obama in the race for Iowa, but she exacted her revenge in the race out of Iowa.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, Clinton's police-escorted motorcade, zipping along the dark roads between downtown Des Moines and the airport, arrived mere seconds before Obama's police-escorted motorcade at the Signature Aviation terminal. The cars in Clinton's motorcade then fanned out on the tarmac as she boarded her plane, making it impossible for Obama's motorcade to get to his plane.

"We're being blocked by another candidate's motorcade," an Obama aide said into his radio, as Secret Service agents tried to negotiate an end to the standoff. "We're trying to go around, but it doesn't look good."

Obama finally made it past the Clinton blockade and boarded his campaign plane for the flight to New Hampshire.

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