I live in a small town on Lake Michigan's shore between 2 larger towns. Our town was not given an official field office because it is small and pretty conservative and the two larger towns 20 minutes to the North and South of us had one. That wasn't good enough for Tim - our field organizer. He contacted the campaign and said he was willing to secure a location (an empty house for sale on our "main" street that was lent to us free of charge), set up phone service, and run the office for free. Tim is in his 50's and owns a bike repair shop in our town. At first, our office was open Saturdays and 2 evenings a week. But soon they had so many volunteers they were open 7 days a week. By the time we got to the Get out the Vote days we had over 100 people signed up to volunteer each of the days. We were done with our canvassing packets so quickly that many of us were sent to other towns and counties to work. In the end, our small conservative town voted for Obama! Tim was a huge part of this and his passion and hard work were hugely appreciaed!
My mom in Ohio worked with 2 young men who were campaign organizers in her area. They were in their 20's and she in her 60's and they became close. One of the men had recently graduated law school and had taken a year's leave of absence from his new job at a law finrm in Chicago to work on the campaign. Unfortunately, the law firm went under and he has no job to return to. Now my mom (who used to own a corporate outplacement company) is working with him to try to find a new job.
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My field organizer was awesome. Young guy that was living in NY but moved back to LA to work on the campaign. Isn't it amazing to see all these young people being so responsible, dedicated, and motivated? I was totally blown away by him and all the campaign staff.
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Ours was a woman in her fifties..Obama appeals to all ages, and all worked for him untiringly and with enthusiasm! His appeal for the young is impressive..in previous elections they often didn't even vote, but came out in vast numbers for him!
Great Stories. Ours was a young 24 year old who also took a year off from college where he is majoring in Political Science. He was so sweet and protective of me and so appreciative of the many hours I made calls since Sept. He was born in Amahn, Jordon and is half Arab. He told us of his many good and bad experiences being Arab His Mom is American, and he is an American citizen.We really liked him, and he says he'll keep in touch. I hope he does. He was going to Italy to spend time with his Mother on vacation before he starts school again. I met some wonderful young people and was treated with the utmost respect, and yet as one of them too. I am 60.
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Your post reminded me of my mom's experience at our local campaign headquarters. Mom (78 year old Marine veteran!) worked once a week for months at our Obama office. She has never volunteered in this way before but she knew he was "the one" long before many of us!
One of the full time organizers was a young man who took a semester off from college to devote himself to Obama's campaign. My mom just adored this young man & wished one of her grand daughters lived closer because she wanted to fix them up! I helped in the final weeks - Get Out the Vote time & met her "adopted" grandson. He was every bit as cute as she said he was! So many community workers who gave so much... I heard on news today, the Obama team hopes to harness this community service moving forward - into something beyond campaign work.
I so admire these young people who gave up so much of their lives for this cause. They worked up to 18 hours a day and always stayed positive and never gave up. I love to hear the stories about them.
Ours was from Virginia. He worked in Geogia for a while, then he was sent to Alaska. He said they were doing really great up there until the barracuda entered the picture. Then he was sent here to replace the one we had. He had to cover our county and parts of 2 other counties. He was only 20 and gave up his life for a year to work for Obama. I would come back from canvassing with back spasms and he was so worried about me. It was cute, but I'd be back the next day anxious to get out there again.
On election day, he had us making calls at 8:15 yet. Our polls closed at 9. I accidently heard about Pa. but he didn't want me to tell anyone or they may stop calling. LOL Finally, I went in and told him if he didn't let us know how it was going, I was just going to start calling people to ask the results. He relented.
Bless his heart. I miss him and wonder what he's doing now. Anyway, thanks Sam for all you did.
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