I don’t think that I can have a blog and write in it consistently and not mention my experience last fall. I wanted to put this up yesterday, but I spent a lot of different parts of the day thinking back on it.
Last fall, I dropped everything and moved to Denver Colorado. Where I worked from August to November to help elect Barack Obama as our 44th president.
I was lucky I didn’t have to move around a bunch during those couple months. I had training in Boston, moved out to Colorado, went to Richmond, Virginia for a few days and ended back up in Colorado for the last month. It was nuts, I did a little couch surfing my first 3 weeks in Denver, and eventually started renting a room in my own house. A room I would only see for about 5 or 6 hours a night. I also had a roommate who I think was a vampire, who drank grape drink.
I made friends with people I am still close with today.
We had some pretty ridiculous adventures, especially when we had pizza night. Karma, that crackhead got what was coming to them. Conference calls that never ended. Really becoming close with spreadsheets. I was so in the zone during the campaign that my phone could be set on vibrate and wake me up in the morning for work. Oh and my phone never rang, it was always on vibrate. I learned office etiquette 101. ❤ Coffee.
I got to see old friends out in the field.
I also got my laptop stepped on while in Virginia, but thank goodness my laptop is a trooper and it was not seriously injured.
I was one of the few, (Invesco field was packed but still..) who got to see Barack Obama make his democratic nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Hope filled the air and my lungs and never left me after that night.
It wasn’t a glamorous job, everybody always smiles when I tell them I worked to get Obama elected and they tell me how great that must have been. But it wasn’t super glamorous at all. I worked everyday, 7 days a week. Some nights I didn’t know it was Friday and didn’t understand why everybody was out when I left work at midnight. But, even so I was fortunate to have a good experience. I learned a lot, about myself and about political campaigns. I was also fortunate to be able to get on camera. So was Mer.
Denver 4! I will never forget our tiny office space, with the most rotten conservatives in our building. I loved our landlady, she was fair and she was very nice. I do wanna send out a shout out to Meredith, Lauryn, Ben, Ben, Ben, Tommy, Justin, Kristine, Courtney, Sean and Katie. Those were my peeps. I miss breakfast burrito Saturdays. Dr. Pepper for me before the canvass everyday. Getting the count down so we could get our numbers in on time…
Every day was an adventure, something new to learn, people to talk to, goals to meet. I found a love for another place I didn’t think could exist. Colorado is so beautiful. I didn’t get to enjoy it’s beauty until after the election unfortunately.
After it was all over, I didn’t want to say good bye to my friends. But we did. I hope I see you all again (some I know I am going to see sooner than others.) I love you guys.
Yes we can became yes we did. But the work doesn’t stop there. Electing the first progressive, President. First Black president. First Community ORGANIZER as President. Just because the leader of the free world wants to change it, doesn’t mean he can do it alone. Don’t forget to do your part. Vote, be an educated voter, know the facts before you get to the polls. Call your congressperson and let them know how you want them to vote. Maybe you don’t like to talk about politics, but it is running your life. Tell me you are glad for the roads you drive on, the air you breathe, the schools you attended, the water you drink, etc. It’s all politics my friend. And your members of congress? They are working for you.
I will leave you all today with my favorite part of Barack Obama’s DNC acceptance speech.
“For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past. You understand that in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teaches us – that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn’t come from
Washington. Change comes to Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it – because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.” Barack Obama Democratic National Convention Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech. August 28, 2008