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A Summer Organizer Reflects on His Reasons for Joining the Campaign

Fwd: Pictures from James houseparty on Saturday

As the results of the 2008 Presidential election were tallied from each state, my family, friends, and I clutched the couch, hoping the improbable would become reality. After hours of anticipation and suspense, every media outlet announced what many thought was impossible: “Ladies and gentlemen, its been confirmed that Senator Barack Obama is the newly elected 44th President of the United States of America.” When I heard those words, I thought of Pres. Kennedy, Dr. King, and every monumental figure that shaped our nation’s history. I felt cold chills and numbness seized my body. I was ecstatic, but I never believed America would ever elect an African-American President, especially a man with an African name who didn’t come from fortune and fame. But I was wrong! That night I realized America was ready for change. And Barack Obama, having lived the American dream, was the epitome of the change everyone wanted to see. But my biggest regret was not getting involved in the 2008 Presidential campaign because of my skepticism about Sen. Obama’s chances of winning the election. After watching President Obama's inauguration in 2009, I made a promise to myself that I would never doubt my convictions, and that if I wanted a vision to become reality, then I must take action! So I took the initiative and applied for the summer organizer program. I knew this would be an amazing summer and its lived up to all my expectations!
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