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10/29/06-AUSTIN, Texas

Obama Gets Big Welcome at Texas Capitol

 U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, promoting his latest book, got a rock star's reception Saturday at a venue that's usually much less welcoming of Democrats the Texas Capitol.

Several hundred people filled the House chamber to hear the possible presidential candidate speak at the 11th annual Texas Book Festival, an event begun by first lady Laura Bush when her husband was governor.

Much of the crowd shrieked and jumped to its feet when Obama walked in through a side door. Outside, another couple hundred people waited up to five hours to get his autograph.

The junior senator from Illinois is promoting "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."

Obama, the nation's only black senator, created a stir last Sunday when he acknowledged he was considering a run for president in 2008. Several people waiting in line for his autograph said they wanted to see for themselves what kind of candidate he would be.

About 35,000 people and about 180 writers _ including children's author Louis Sachar and novelist, playwright and political pundit Gore Vidal _ are expected to attend the free weekend festival, which raises money for public libraries.

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