Rapper Ludacris met privately with potential US presidential candidate BARACK OBAMA on Wednesday (29NOV06) to discuss the state of children in America. Obama, who is currently a US senator from Illinois, is contemplating a run for president in 2008. The rapper - real name Chris Bridges - was in Chicago to launch the YouthAIDS Kick Me campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during a stop at Northwestern University. Ludacris says meeting Obama, who is known for his warm personal style, was like meeting up with a relative. He adds, "We talked about empowering the youth." Obama has been surrounded by buzz that will announce his candidacy for The White House and has said he would make a decision in the coming months.