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August 27, 2008 3:39 PM

Florida Obama devotee to get backstage time with her man

Long before Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, there was Marsha Shearer on the phone with her son predicting history. ''I had read this article about Obama when he was running for the Illinois Senate," says Shearer, a retired assistant principal living in Central Florida. "I told my son back then that Obama would be the first African-American president.'' Now, this believer and grandmother of six is among the 10 people selected to join him on stage Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.

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