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“I Knew Him When…”: Mary

Mary Visits the Illinois State HQ

Mary, a weekly volunteer, recently decided to take a trip to the Illinois state headquarters at 218 S Wabash Ave to make calls to voters in Iowa.

Mary met the president when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2004. She only had a half-hour lunch break from her job cleaning the office of a graphic design firm, but when she stepped into her local diner and saw Barack Obama, she made sure to talk with him.

“I didn’t know anything about him. I didn’t know if he was married or where he lived. All I knew was he was approachable, warm, and so bright. I didn’t know if he was going to win that election, so I grabbed my lunch to go and went back to the office to tell all my co-workers about him.”

Ever since then, she has had the president’s back. Mary reports that she that she sees progress from the president’s efforts on education, healthcare, immigration, and LGBT issues, but also emphasizes the work left to be done. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” she says with a smile.

Mary stands to personally benefit from President Obama’s efforts to reform student loans. While cleaning offices, she attended school to get a paralegal certification and then a bachelor’s degree in business management. She’s been paying back loans for years and appreciates the president’s efforts to keep her interest rates low.

Now semi-retired, Mary feels she has found a perfect use for her skill set: volunteering to keep the man she met in the diner in 2004 in the Oval Office for one more term.

Join Mary on the campaign and attend an upcoming event near you!

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