“Our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each others’ backs.” – President Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union address
On Tuesday night, supporters across the country gathered to watch our President deliver the 2012 State of the Union address. Teams across New York organized watch parties—bringing the community together, building momentum for the campaign, and having fun! Together, we can support President Obama in his effort to lead our country toward better education, financial security, and energy solutions. Here are a few highlights from a watch party in White Plains, NY:
“A capacity crowd filled White Plains' Vintage bar and restaurant to watch President Obama deliver the 2012 State of the Union address. An expected guest list of about 56 people ballooned to nearly 90 by the time the President began his speech.
If your average bar customer entered Vintage at around 9pm, they would have been taken aback by the atypical silence and focus emanating throughout the room. The usual college basketball games and drunken banter were replaced by a quiet not even crickets would dare to spoil. But as the speech went on, the President's oratory lifted the crowd to the point that respectful applause was replaced by outright cheers and whistles. Particularly popular among the crowd were clean energy initiatives, student loan relief, and equal pay for women.
All in all it was a great crowd. Reliable OFA Neighborhood team leaders and core team members met with local Democratic leaders and activists while new recruits joined the ranks, whether they found out about the event online or by accidentally being in the right bar at the right time. Now we look forward to riding this momentum through November!” – Mike Devlin, Irvington, NY
Did you watch the State of the Union this week? Help us build the momentum by getting involved in your community: find an event here.