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cross-posted to jack and jill politics canvassing in the hood/meeting Ron Kirk and discussing the dirt she saw go down in the Nevada caucus). Greer is in Indianapolis and spent the day getting out the vote in a wealthy suburban neighborhood that was heavily pro-Obama. This is just one first-hand report and should not be taken as a sign of the statewide results Here are the rough notes of her side of the conversation, and i do mean rough :) =================== this is not south dallas i'm in the nicest neighborhoods. unbelievable homes we're just getting out the vote the last house i left was 70 year old white lady. told me they had just buried her 95 year old immigrant mother from ireland. the last thing she did was send in her vote for barack unbelievable homes! people were saying "thank you so much for coming" offering water, etc. older guy got his wife to switch over cause he didn't want her to cancel out his vote. she was glad to have done so, and he pointed to us, asking, "how many hillary people have come by?" in indianapolis, 50 percent of high school seniors don't graduate a lot of people want to engage and tell their story of why they are voting for barack i haven't been to indiana since 82 or 83 i can see why people would live here house for sale, 5,800 square feet. $879,000 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. one woman was very impressed with obama's organization, strong selling point to her "i'm really surprised that you're here knocking on doors." 21,000 people at rally stevie wonder opened. raining on and off. the governor was elected on the premise of a gas tax, but it didn't work some are surprised to see folks embracing clinton's bad idea but people have very short memories. nobody's mentioned reverend wright. i pray that this is it. this has got to stop.
cross-posted to jack & jill politics This is my second weekend in Philly for Obama. Sorry my blogging has been so low, but I'm in the street most of the day and need to get some sleep at night. Below is a slideshow of my Flickr photos and notes on what I've done and seen/heard so far. Apologies in advance for the rough nature of the notes. Also, the first few photos are from my canvassing trip to philly two weeks ago. This weekend's trip starts with a black and white of a baby.
I arrived from NYC Friday evening at 5pm and went to the record-breaking rally. Because of all my insane volunteering, I was given a blue ticket, which put me in the section closest to the stage. I'll upload a photo slideshow in a later post. Standing for three or four ours isn't the most fun thing in the world, but I kept myself occupied meeting other volunteers and snapping shots with the camera. Observations:
- Security was serious, airport style, get rid of your water bottle intense
- The music at this Obama rally was horrible. They had lots of time with just the playlist and, for the life of me, I didn't get why there was so much damn country! They could have played the Yes We Can joint or the Obama Reggaeton hit. I just created this Barack The Vote muxtape available for your campaigning pleasure. At one point the crowd actually started chanting, "NO MORE MUSIC" and booed when the next song came on
- There were so many people
- I ran into a fellow New Yorker whom I met volunteering for Obama in Dallas. Dallas! And yet we found each other. Nice
- The crowd was energetic and a bit rowdy. From the video many of you may have seen Obama taking more breaks to deal with the crowd reaction. He was like, "let me finish." We were so hyped. At one point he said something like, "No matter which democrat you support..." and was immediately cut off with cries of "You!!" and "Obama!!" These people were not having any Hillary talk
- Being in the front and hanging after with volunteers, I completely missed the impromptu multi-thousand strong march down Market Street.
I've spent the past TWO weekends at home in NYC. That's a ridiculous streak for me, and it's over. In a moment, I board a train to Philadelphia to rejoin the campaign trail for Senator Obama. Tonight, I'm speaking at a Generation Obama event. Details here. The rest of the weekend I'll either be canvassing or working to recruit new volunteers. After time in NYC, DC, Virginia and Texas, I have a few stories to tell about the importance of being the change you want to see. Fired Up!