I'm exhausted, I have been dealing with a cold that seems to grip my throat so hard I can't swallow and my ears ring with pain. My daughter is dealing with the same and being 3 she doesn't let one minute go by to indulge in the sympathy. I take the deal to travel 30 minutes away without daughter in tow to visit my hometown where Barak Obama is going to Rally. Am I crazy? Some of you may argue yes! While others so devoted to his campaign say No way, you go girl!

I get into town with bumper to bumper traffic and my gas meter just told me I have 0 miles until empty. It seems like an endless drive of curves traffic and detours and the time is now 5:00 pm. The same time the doors open. My mother so patiently waits in the 28 degree weather since 4 and calls to tell me she is now in front of the building 75 people from entering. My stress level is high, I have anxiety and the traffic never gets better, oh no as I come closer to the venue it has become worse. The venue so close yet so far away. I get a call from my mothers friend who tells me to get out of the traffic turn around and lead me into the back road ways where I finally was able to make it and luckily I didn't run out of gas. However my journey to the venue wasn't over yet. I still had time to turn around. I had to park in BFE where I could barely see the building and there was nothing but dirt and weeds for what seemed a good mile away:(((( Oh my warm car with gas station not so far away seemed like a better deal. No I stubbornly ran up the hills and the weeds slit my pants and my hands felt like they were going to fall off. For Barack Obama! Say what??

We get in! Only 100 behind us get in and the rest were stuck outside in the cold so disappointed. The time is 6:45 where is Barack Obama? He's suppose to be here and darn it he better show up! Low and behold he took the time a good 20 minutes to stand in the miserable cold with no jacket just his suit to address the disappointed crowd that didn't make it in. He'd already went to the big city of our state. He could have been done. Our city is already a progressive city one less stop he didn't need to make but he did.

He speaks! He's charismatic. He's articulate. I laughed and I cried. My heart is really touched and I leave feeling enlightened! Remember how I felt going in? Is that enough to vote for someone? No, but for once in 7 years I'm really starting to feel like America can be rebuilt, healed, and united!

 I want someone that is going to work with the people. I'm tired of big corporations, special interest groups and leaving the American people behind. I want someone who is going to say I'm going to make sure you have health care and not worry about choosing a mortgage or health care. This is America you can have your cake and it too. You can own your house and have health care! Wow what a concept. I want a President that is going to bring our Troops home, those brave men and women and take care of them as any good Soldier should be treated after fighting for us. I want my daughter to have quality education and the choice to go to college. I want her to work at it and instill values. I want a President with integrity and dignity. *Voted to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour over two years. (2003)
Helped pass a 5 percent earned-income tax credit for low-income working families in 2000; made the credit permanent in 2003.
Voted to end $300 million worth of tax breaks for businesses. (2004) *I want a Person to get the mindset straight about what the Iraq war is really about. I want honesty and integrity. Barack Obama opposed the war from the very beginning. He does NOT believe in pre-emptive war especially when there wasn't an imminent threat. "There is no doubt that because we put American troops in Iraq, more American troops in Iraq, that they are doing a magnificent job. They are making a difference in certain neighborhoods. But the overall strategy is failed because we have not seen any change in behavior among Iraq's political leaders. That is the essence of what we should be trying to do in Iraq. That's why I'm going to bring this war to a close. That's why we can get our combat troops out within 16 months and have to initiate the kind of regional diplomacy, not just talking to our friends, but talking to our enemies, like Iran and Syria, to try to stabilize the situation there. This year, we saw the highest casualty rates for American troops in Iraq since this war started. The same is true in Afghanistan. If we have seen a lowering violence rate, that's only compared to earlier this year. We're back to where we started back in 2006. " & Finally I want a person to heal and unite this country. The first part to getting America back and restored is to be able to heal and bridge the gap that has polarized this great American country. We need to stand together, work together and believe that we can come together and give America the integrity she once had. When you vote, vote on the issues. Vote on what is in your heart. A better future, a better family, peace and prosperity. America, moral progress, economic progress, and social progress to benefit all humanity. We need as JFK said "someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs. " I found my candidate. When you vote I hope you look inside your heart. You heard them, you read and study them and you can be clear with conviction that is the candidate you want to heal, strengthen and restore the American Dream.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 7:33 PM I wish I could see him speak.  That would be cool!  I liked your post.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 7:33 PM What I love when I heard him at his rallies is not just his beautiful ideas and ways to make our country better but that I believe him. Independents believe him, even some republicans believe him. Once you hear someone with integrity speak you just don't want to go back to the old ways a divisive country where it is wrong to make the first move so that we can move forward. We can be better- YES WE CAN!

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Wow, Can I send your post to Obama's web site?

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 7:50 PM

DiLyFly I agree, you finally feel the power of someone who is running because they actually care about the people of America! It's about time!

tericared! Sure- it wasn't as well written as I had wanted. But I didn't want an "in your face," vote for this candidate. I wanted people to feel the passion of someone who can work with us rather than against us. Someone who cares about this country and for what it truly stands for.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 8:14 PM This is GREAT. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 8:19 PM I remember always hearing stories about JFK and people would say how he gave them hope.  I never knew what that was like, I didn't understand what they meant.  I didn't even think that was possible.  Until Barack Obama and now for the first time I understand what that generation meant...the generation of MLK and JFK.  I am moved by this man as are millions, to believe we can reclaim this nation and be the American we intended to be.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 8:30 PM Thank You I posted it in several places, and wrote where it came from. Your post was raw and real, and came from some one with out a motive. Thanks for letting me share it with more people.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 8:43 PM Christy, you're awesome! You make it possible for me to be optimistic again.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 9:01 PM Great post....glad you were able to attend! Hope you and your daughter are feeling better soon! What a good Mom you have -- sweet!

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 9:29 PM lucky you.!

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