In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama told the story of a 102-year-old North Miami, Florida woman who was told she would have to stand in line for six hours to vote, and stayed in line to vote anyhow.
"We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her -- because Desiline is 102 years old."
He added, "And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read, 'I voted.'"
Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the Obama administration's commitment to holding the fractured country together. The U.S. is now conducting about 50 intelligence sorties over Iraq a day, they said, from about one flight a month a few months ago.