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Monday, May 05, 2008

Obama vs. Clinton: The Stakes are High in North Carolina

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Yes, I'm here in beautiful North Carolina and the political atmosphere is high. My phone (both the home phone and mobile) have been ringing off the hook with calls from candidates and their representatives for offices such as County Commissioners, District Court Judges and as you all know, the Democratic candidates for President -- Hillary and Obama.

I must say, the Obama campaign has been relentless. I'm still getting calls from the Tennessee Obama folks (I haven't lived in Tennessee since last summer) and they call me regularly here in Charlotte. Yesterday, a nice lady from Florida who is an Obama campaign worker, actually knocked on my door to ask who I'd be supporting. She told me where and when I could vote and asked if I'd like to volunteer for the campaign (I wish I had the time!)

Hillary's folks haven't called me at all. That just goes to show how much of a superb grassroots effort the Obama campaign has waged. Both Michelle and Obama have called my home (a recording of course) and urged me to get out and vote (early) for Obama.

The nice lady from Florida left a very attractive "Vote for Barack Obama" brochure with me, so I thought I'd share a little of what the pamphlet says:

If you want to change the world, the change has to happen with you first. ... We do what we do because God is with us. ... When Moses was first called to lead people to the Promised Land, he said, "I don't think I can do it, Lord. I don't feel brave and courageous."

The Lord said, "I will be with you ... I'll show you what to do."

-- Barack Obama, Selma Alabama, March 4, 2007

"I believe in the power of prayer. Through prayer, not only can we strengthen ourselves in adversity, but we can also find the empathy and the compassion and the will to deal with the problems that we do control. What I pray for is the strength and the wisdom to be able to act on those things that I can control...."

Amen and alleluia!

4 comments:

Regina said...

I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I did sister! I hope yours was wonderful too!
Alicia

PatricktheRogue said...

Alicia,
I wish I could have been in North Carolina on primary day. Sitting this thing out in Japan has been disorienting. All I know of what is happening is what the news carries. I did manage to get my vote in in the Texas primary by mail, so I did my small part for Sen. Obama's campaign there, where it should be remembered, he ultimately won. This is going to be one interesting, and I am sure infuriating, election process this year. I ran across some interesting information while studying for a master's course and I have just added a discussion of the nonverbal characteristics of the candidates to my blog. In the post I address McCain and Obama only. I am assuming the Democratic nominee will not be Clinton. The post is here, enjoy: http://patricktherogue.blogspot.com/2008/05/obama-by-voice-mccain-by-phenotype.html
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Shaun

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Shuan,
It was an exciting day when I voted for Obama last week in the primaries. I was so proud that North Carolina overwhelmingly voted for him. I can't wait to read your blog post on the "nonverbal characteristics of the candidates." I'll be sure to comment.
My daughter and I are well. Peace and blessings to you and yours.
Alicia