Today’s video of the day is fairly unremarkable, until you look closely.
This past weekend in Iowa, about 500 supporters of the Senators were captured marching and chanting “O-o-o-Obama, O-o-Barack Obama!” as they entered the Harkin Steak Fry grounds in Indianola, Iowa:
If you can get pass the less than stellar attempts at rhythm from some of the crowd, and the fuzzy images, you see something really beautiful – a crowd of excited, fired up Americans of all ages and races, wildy waving signs, and chanting their support of the man who is destined to make a change in our nation.
It’s the sheer voracity of the ordinary citizen for the kind of change that Senator Obama promises that forms the very foundation of his push towards the White House. Everyday, I speak to someone new who like me, has never had enough of an interest in the outcome of an election to become actively involved; like me, they sat on the sidelines, honestly feeling as though their voice had no reach, and that the political process was so far outside the realm of their every day lives that it was pointless to even consider getting involved.
But the movement that is the Obama campaign has taught me and many others differently. It’s taught me that even my small voice can make a booming sound, as evidenced by the fact that today, Black Women for Obama formed its 11th formal chapter in the state of Washington. A fire ball by the name of Tameka Bellard stepped up to take charge of sparking the movement for change in the name of BWFO in Washington State, ready to roll up her sleeves and dive into the fray absent any formal knowledge or background in politics. She’s the bomb!
And so, what is most remarkable about today’s video is that it shows ordinary people, marching and yelling, and dancing in celebration of the joy of believing enough in a leader for once to be willing to, well, march, yell, and dance! Me, I’ll do that and then some -I’ll spread the word to everyone that’ll listen, because the thought of an administration free of the shackles of catastrophic policy mistakes, past scandals, and politics as usual is a message worth spreading. O-o-o-Obama!