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Why I Support Barack Obama

Paint a picture in your mind if you will. It’s 1961 in the United States of America. No British invasion, the counter-culture is in its infancy, the free-speech movement hasn’t started yet, the pill has just made it’s way into mainstream America, we haven’t even set foot on the moon yet.  In a hospital room in Honolulu Hawaii, a young man from Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya and a young woman from Wichita, Kansas are awaiting the birth of their son, Barack Obama. A relatively common event. Little did they realize, the little boy being born that day, would want to change this world in a most profound way. Ann Durham, Barack’s mother was for the most part a single mother. Barack did not grow up rich. He did not come from an affluent family. He had an extremely interesting childhood, growing up in Hawaii, and Indonesia. He went on to graduate from Punahou School in Honolulu, to attend Occidental College for two years before transferring to Columbia University, graduating in 1983. Barack then went on to work as a community organizer in Chicago before attending Harvard Law, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.  Soon after graduation he returned to Chicago to become a civil rights attorney. He didn’t go to some big money law firm; he went to work for the people. His advocacy work had paid off and allowed him to become an Illinois State senator. In 2004 Barack Obama ran successfully for the United States Senate. During the campaign, Barack took a huge risk and spoke out against the war in Iraq. This was risky because coming out with such a bold statement early in a campaign can break it for you. Fortunately for all of us, it paid off.  Barack also delivered the keynote speech of the 2004 Democratic Convention, thrusting him onto the national stage. I remember thinking to myself “Who’s this Obama, and why isn’t he running?”

Fast forward to February, 2007. Barack Obama makes an announcement that he is running for president.  Since starting the campaign he has gone on to being 17 pledged delegates away from a majority lead in the race to the nomination. Some people have come out to criticize Barack Obama saying he’s an elitist, like he thinks he’s above everyone. Let me say this. I was brought up by my mother too. My mother, just like Ann Durham had to go at it alone for the most part when it came to raising me. I haven’t had the opportunities Barack has had, but I too have worked hard, real hard, for what I’ve got. I find it offensive that a man who is married to a woman who is worth 100 million dollars plus can call a man who just within this past year finished paying his student loans off an elitist.

Barack Obama along with us is the change we’ve all been waiting for. Barack Obama is my definition of the American Dream. We have a man who has risen up through everything the conservatives and others have thrown his way to make his stamp on history. We need someone to end this senseless war in Iraq. We need someone to take away the failed policies of the Bush administration and turn things around. Barack Obama is ready to ensure everyone in this country can afford an education, have access to good jobs, and get our economy back out of the dumpster. Barack Obama has a real plan for universal heath care. He wants to ensure that if you as an American worker want to organize, you have the right to do so without repercussions.  Barack Obama is ready to take this country back from the lobbyists and the oil companies. Barack Obama speaks to the core values of the American people. Barack Obama speaks to me. Barack Obama is the epitome American Dream, and that is why I support, volunteer and have voted for, and will vote again in November for Barack Obama.

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Elitist Cindy McCain will NOT release her tax returns. “Ever”

Wow. It amazes me how these people call Barack Obama an elitist.

What are John & Cindy McCain hiding? That’s the only thing that comes to mind. Now granted, although Bill & Hillary filed for an extension this year, they did release their 2006 returns. Barack & Michelle of course released their 2007 returns a while ago. But what about the McCains? I realize of course Cindy McCain isn’t running for president, and it is her right to keep them private, but I don’t understand why? Are John and Cindy McCain sleeping on a mattress stuffed with money that the IRS doesn’t know about? Look dishonest to me.

“John McCain may not like it, but the American people have a right to know about the well documented links between his political career and the McCains’ business ventures,” DNC chairman Howard Dean said in a statement. “John McCain’s refusal to meet the standard of every other candidate seeking the office is one more reason he’s the wrong choice for America’s future.” (Courtesy of

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Swiftboating part deux?

I definitely feel Barack Obama is being swiftboated over Reverend Wright’s latest comments. Why is he guilty by association? Why isn’t the media also focusing on the fact that Reverend John Hagee has made equally if not more outlandish comments? Why aren’t they harpooning John McCain too? Check out this commentary by Adrian Walker, of the Boston Globe:

I think we need to do everything in our power to phonebank for Barack this weekend. Even ten calls are better than none. Go to or to get a list and make some calls! Most of us get free weekends on our cell phones. Let’s let the folks in Indiana and North Carolina know how much we support Senator Obama and how important it is for him to be the Democratic nominee for President.


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DNC chairman under Bill Clinton: Unite behind Obama

Wow. Superdelegate Joe Andrew DNC chairman under Bill Clinton made the announcement in his home town of Indianapolis today. This is huge for Obama! Read Joe Andrew’s letter at the link below.

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I have a thought today on grassroots action. I think some folks who I’ve encountered on another blog get so mad at Obama supporters because we’re better organized than any other campaign out there. That’s why our signs are being stolen, we’re being accused of being “fanatics like the Ron Paul people”, because we’re that organized and not going away. When Barack Obama started this campaign, he was told you can’t run a campaign if you can’t raise money. He’s raised alot of money. Then he was told, you can’t run a campaign without people. Here we are. Then he was told If you lose Iowa, you might as well throw in the towel. He won Iowa. He’s won 30 out of 44 contests thus far. Some folks are mad because they feel it is their canidate’s destiny to become President. Like their canidate is entitled. The only canidate that is entitled to be President is the person who wins the election. And as one of many grassroots volunteers for Barack Obama, I’m going to do my part to ensure he wins the Democratic party nomination.

Yesterday I spent the day in Philadelphia at Mad Maude letterpress in Port Richmond. Our good friends Leslie Graham and Ryan Howell are the owners. Along with the Rectenwald Studio they came up with a great idea which was to letterpress Obama rally signs. They had a plate made up for the press depicting Obama as seen in Shepard Fairey’s “Progress” poster. Recentwald Studios contacted Shepard and got his permission to reproduce the poster. I had a handfull of these at the March B4O meeting and they went fast. You may have seen them in the Campaign office on the wall. Well, after a long, blue ink-filled day, I printed quite a few and will be dropping them off sometime today at the office for folks to take for free.




I would like to thank Mad Maude & Rectenwald Studio for their hospitality, and for helping me bring some real homemade grassroots posters to the folks of Berks County. Together, YES WE CAN!


People have been asking for these posters.  Someone from California sent an email requesting one of these posters.  They are showing up everywhere.  OBAMA EVERYWHERE IN PENNSYLVANIA!

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Remember that bin Laden guy?

Do you? I do. Did you know he’s not in Iraq? George W. Bush doesn’t seem to know this. Barack Obama knows. I’m sure the other candidates know. So why have we now lost in excess of 4000 lives in Iraq and bin Laden is still (assumed, if not dead already) running free? Free to build Al Qaeda up to a stronger level than what it was at on 9/11/01. Free to gain more arms, more young jihadists to take up their cause, train them, send out messages of hate etc. “There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq until George W. Bush and John McCain said there was” This is true. Barack Obama has a plan to get us out of Iraq and focus on capturing bin Laden. Check out Michael Smerconish’s opinion here.   Comment if you can, it seems the neo-cons are bashing him for telling the truth too! 

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Obama: Elitist?

Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton have proclaimed Barack Obama as an elitist. What?

Barack Obama has just recently paid off his student loans.

John McCain is married to a woman who is worth over 100 million dollars. Together they own eight houses.

Bill & Hillary’s tax return from last year since she still has yet to release her 2007 returns and has filed for an extension (conveniently) shows they made 109 million dollars.

Barack Obama is the elitist?

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Volunteering is fun and rewarding.

I’ve been volunteering in various degrees over the course of my life since I was a kid. Whether it was at Rydal Park nursing home in Abington or Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia when I was younger, or my nine years with the Rockledge Fire Company and various other fire companies. To echo what Berks Region 4 leader Don Ritchie said, we’re not just trying to get a guy in the White House, we’re a grassroots neighborhood organization. After 4/22 our staffers will head off to the next contest and we’ll all still be here in PA. We need to make sure after 4/22 and especially after 11/4 we need to stick together for the greater good. Let’s say some big box store comes in and wants to take one of our parks by eminent domain? Who’s going to have more say? A large group of concerned citizens or just a few? I think what Barack Obama’s candidacy for president has started in this country is something truly great. He’s brought people together who probably under other circumstances would have never even met, who are all working for the same thing. This is truly powerful. All races, religions, colors, creeds and economic backgrounds all trying to change the country. If you take a step back and look at it, it’s really unprecedented. So I say, between April and September, aside from helping phonebank to other states (hint hint) let’s continue our work to make our communities better for everyone!


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Update: signs, signs, everywhere signs.

Wow. Two days, two signs I’ve found on the side of the road in various places here in Berks. If you see a wayward Obama sign, pick it up. I’m sure Barack wouldn’t want them becoming litter. But I’m curious as to HOW these signs are uprooting themeselves from the ground? Especially when a Ron Paul sign down the road was standing proud….Hmmmmm.

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The times they are a-changin’

And I thought I was the only one from the “dark side of the force” to switch! Way to go, Lou! We need more people like Lou to stand up for what they believe in! Thank you to Citizen Field aka CA for Obama on myspace for bringing this to my attention!

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