Touring Obama Central

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CHICAGO - Deep dish pizza. The Cubs and Bulls. Lake Michigan. Fantastic shopping.

You can find them all in the Windy City - along with Sen. Barack Obama's Presidential headquarters.

Step in the expansive office tucked away on Michigan Avenue and you'll think you're in the wrong place. Sure, Obama's picture is on the wall. But the place looks more like Google's headquarters, or a Starbucks convention.

The staffers, volunteers and interns are cool and hip. Many of them look like they're too young to vote. You'll see many of them listening to iPods or sitting on large fitness balls.

Some quit their jobs or took the semester off from college to work for the junior Senator from Illinois, as he forges ahead in his bid to become President of the United States.

"We're rapidly expanding, adding more folks daily, as we gear up to potentially start a general election campaign," Tommy Vietor, Obama spokesman told CBN News.

Vietor gave CBN News a tour of Obama central.

The walls are lined with news articles about the candidate and his wife Michelle. There are maps of each state - along with the number of delegates he won in each one.

And there are people - lots of people - making calls, writing press releases, working on Obama's Web site.

There are "a couple hundred folks ," Vietor said.

All of those workers are busy, many working 12 to 14 hour days, keeping one eye on presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, and the other on Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Neither Obama nor Clinton will have the necessary 2,026 delegates needed to be declared the nominee before the Democratic National Convention in Denver. And with the fate of Florida's and Michigan's delegates hanging in the balance, they're fighting the campaign on both fronts.

Because Florida and Michigan violated DNC rules by moving their primaries up to January, the DNC punished them by stripping them of their delegates.

On Saturday, the DNC will hold a hearing to decide what will happen to those unseated delegates.

"It's going to be a pretty clear verdict as to who the nominee is, and we have to get on with this," David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist told CBN News. "There's only six months until the general election. We have very little time to put our campaign together and make the case and we can't sacrifice any more time to intramural kind of maneuvering."

Because of that, Obama's workers continue grinding the ax, having fun of course while they're at it.

Be sure to check back with CBNNews.com for the latest on Election 2008. Tune in to The 700 Club where David Brody will have a more in-depth look at what goes on inside Obama Central.

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