Last night I stood in front of three senators, one governor, one mayor, and one Caroline Kennedy. These are people who all share a common vision for our country—a vision of unity in place of divides, inspiration in place of fear, common purpose in place of alienation.
The vision is infectious. I’ve been to three Barack Obama rallies in Boston, stood on line for hours in the cold among thousands of people to hear him speak. Yeah, my feet felt like ice blocks, but yet this warmth permeated through the crowd. I guess it’s called positive energy. It’s the same warmth I feel when I’m sporting my little Obama button—it actually radiates through me… even when I’m walking to work, Starbucks Chai Tea in hand, on a freezing Boston morning. Wearing that button makes me feel proud to believe in something. And I’ve honest to God never felt genuinely proud to be an American before.
This is our moment to reclaim our American pride. To show our friends abroad that we actually care about our country. To show ourselves that we actually care about the world.
This is our moment.
Now go out and Barack the vote!
P.S. For anyone who hasn’t watched the rally that took place in L.A. on Sunday, do yourself a favor and check it out. Michelle’s speech makes me think of my own grandparents—my grandfather in particular—who worked for the government to provide his family with a little slice of the American Dream. He didn't go past 8th grade in school, but was able to send both his girls to college, to grad school, to opportunity.
Full video (it’s long, but worth it)
Maria Shriver’s surprise endorsement of Barack Obama
And a word from Oprah, on the assumption that by supporting Obama she's “betraying her gender” and only “voting her race.”