Mojo Mama meets Obama
I've had one of the busiest weeks of my life, with some really exciting events mixed in with everyday joys and responsibilities.
The day you meet your candidate for the next President of the United States is a good day! In the brief time we had to talk before his Town Hall meeting in Raleigh, I told him I was on the Executive Team at MomsRising.org and that founders Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner said hello. He knew all about MomsRising, since he has met with us before. He asked what I did, and I told him about writing Mojo Mom. I said I thought Michelle was very brave to have gone on The Colbert Report (since you never know what kind of curve ball Colbert might throw) and that I thought she had done a great job, and he said Michelle is definitely a Mojo Mom.
(While looking up Michelle Obama's video clip, I just found out that Barack himself made a surprise appearance on The Colbert Report last night, along with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. I'll check that out later today.)
Senator Obama comes across with a calm, centered energy and a talent for connecting with each person he meets. This is all the more remarkable when you consider he's been running for President for over a year. Can you imagine trying to reach everyone in the country? He and his family have sustained an impossible schedule!
In his Town Hall meeting he covered many of the points you've heard him make before. I really respect that he treats us as grown-ups. He doesn't promise easy solutions by any means, but rather expects us all to do the hard work that is necessary to move our country forward.
At the end of his speech he took about a half-dozen questions from the audience. These truly appeared to be unscripted questioners chosen in the moment by Obama. He was asked about issues from the Supreme Court decision on eminent domain, to payroll taxes, to the war, to seniors being pushed out of their homes by rising property taxes. He spoke as confidently and clearly in response to questions as he did in his prepared remarks. He truly does seem genuine and comfortable with himself and with his plans for our country. He has the spirit of a community organizer and the intellect of a Constitutional Law professor. Wouldn't that be a wonderful change after the past seven and a half years?
An African-American fourth grade boy asked for advice about becoming President some day. He said he was class president at school, and Obama said "Maybe I should ask you for advice. You've already won an election." It was a nice moment. Seeing this wonderful boy stand up in front of a crowd to confidently ask this question underscored the world of possibility that would be opened up by having Obama as our leader.
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