Today’s video of the day comes from an attendee of the “Countdown to Change Rally” held here in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georga World Congress Center on September 20th!
The rally was amazing. Hundreds and hundreds of Obama supporters, the media, campaign workers, and of course the Secret Service all crammed into one of the open meeting arenas at the GWCC to see the man himself, and he did not disappoint!
Thanks to the magic of YouTube, cell phone video, teeny-tiny hand-held camcorders and the Internet, we can attend any of the Senator’s stump speeches anywhere in the country. I had seen several of the Senator’s speeches in different towns and cities around the country before he came to Atlanta, but I was thrilled to see him in person nonetheless.
His message was familiar; he doesn’t vary very much in his speeches from town to town, but he has a manner of delivery that says “everyone in this audience came here to get to know me on a more personal level, and so get to know me they will”.
I was floored by his easy manner and sense of humor, and utterly overwhelmed by the passion with which he outlined his stance on important issues like the War in Iraq, education for our children, and healthcare. And I giggled my head off as he recounted yet again the story of traveling for miles in inclement weather with a backache and a bad attitude only to find 20 people in attendance at a town hall meeting. He’d promised the congresswoman representing the area that he would attend if he could gain her endorsement.
The story of the old woman he met there, and the chant she used to get the crowd “fired up” got Atlanta fired up as well, and me along with them. Watching the Senator speak to so many of the people that I see and work with on a daily basis on different campaign activities, watching the genuine admiration for him on the faces of the crowd was like the shot in the arm I needed to kick it up a notch – Senator Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States, if Black Women for Obama has anything to do with it, and have something to do with it, we will!
Join the revolution – let’s go change the world!