The Silly Season

25 02 2008

I will write a complete blog later, for now, watch this video..





Obamomentum

23 02 2008

I have been waiting all week to write this post. Of course I was researching the hell out of a lot of things and running myself ragged volunteering for the Obama campaign this week.

There were two amazing things that happened to me this week in conjunction to the Obama campaign. 1) I put a smile on someone’s face and 2) I got to see Obama live not to mention meet Candy Crawley of CNN fame.

On Monday this week, our campus group sponsored a GOTV rally on campus. Of course I was decked out in all my Obama gear. As I was walking home from the bus stop, an African guy stopped and asked me where he could find an Obama shirt like mine because he had been trying to get his hand on one. He being African was a big fan of Obama. I proceeded to tell him that the Obama website was sold out and on back order and decided to give him my hard earned Obama button that took me two months to get. The biggest smile broke across his face when I handed it to him and I think the pure joy in his eyes will be forever etched into my brain. I mean to us it was just a button but to him it was hope.

Secondly, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer for the Obama rally here in Houston. I was given the job of keeping the press off of the floor and behind a steel gate. Of course I pissed a few people off because I am a stickler for decorum and rules. I guarded my area like a secret serviceman guarding a president who’s life had been threatened. I am not saying I did not enjoy myself and let my guard down a few times. I danced to the oldies and made a few secret service personnel smile and one laugh–and believe me these men are scary. They scare me and I am not easily intimidated.

At one point Senator Obama shook hands with supporters. Let me just say this, I am never star-struck. I just can’t be that silly. With that being said I was embarrassed how some of the people reacted after Senator Obama shook their hands or hug them or whatever the case was. One older black woman ran toward me and shouted , “He touched my hand!!” For real lady? How old are you? I thought I was at a cheesy church revival.

All in all the atmosphere was electrifying and Senator Obama is better in person than on television. I now understand his appeal to the world at large.

The next day our campus group hosted another rally, a McCain supporter and Daily Cougar writer came by the table and asked me a few questions about Obama. He asked, “How do you feel when people say that Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance?” I responded, “Well, in all honesty it is a fallacy. Yes he inspires people, but let’s be honest humans are 80% emotion and 20% logic. I feel you need to inspire people and tap into their emotions before bringing out the laundry list of chores you are planning to accomplish as the president and Senator Obama recognizes this.” I went on to explain to him about the $4000 tuition break that Senator Obama wishes to initiate for college students who participates in community service each year they are in college. This gentleman misinformed me–something I found out after much research–that Americorps already does this. Mind you, I have never heard of Americorps let alone seen them in my community. I know they exist but it [Americorps] has not impacted my world. Furthermore, it does not give a $4000 tuition credit to students who participate in community service. Senator Obama wishes to make this idea a national institution. As I student I think it is a fabulous idea. America invests in students and students invest in America–building the nation from the ground up.

After this incident I decided I needed to know even more than what I already knew about Senators Obama and Clinton. I did not have to look very far because this wonderful blogger did the work for me by listing all of Obama and Clinton’s accomplishments while serving in the senate–of course Obama outshines Clinton in bills passed and introduced. I even went to the The Library of Congress–Thomas to read these bills for myself–the man has a record to back up his claims.

After last night’s debate I doubt anyone will be able to say Senator Obama is all rhetoric and no substance. I am excited for this candidate and I am working my fingers to the bone to make sure he wins Texas.

Stand for change and get to know your candidate so you know what you actually stand for. Get out and vote this week–no excuses..

I am tired but will add more thoughts later about the 9 state, 1 territory, 1 democrats abroad sweep.





Weigh it out

15 02 2008

After Obama’s national 7 state, 1 territory sweep this past week, the Clinton campaign is scrambling to catch up. In a way I find this situation quite amusing seeing that Hillary underestimated the “junior” Senator from Illinois–barely refraining herself from patting him on the head when he announced that he would be running for President this year.

It is also quite amusing that she continues to campaign under the ” I am more experienced” banner when it has become apparent that Obama is out-raising and out-campaigning her. So much for being Junior, eh?

On Sunday while rallying in Virgina, one of the only states besides Maine, Senator Clinton stated, “Yes, Obama won Louisiana. It is because it has a strong, proud African American constituency.” What she forgot to mention was that the other three states he won over the weekend have a negligible black constituency. Well, I guess we can no longer say that he is winning because of the black vote which has not been the case since the beginning. Oh and BTW if you have not received the memo, he won all states and territories this weekend.

Furthermore, while campaigning in El Paso, TX which she flew to before even getting the results from the Potomac States caucuses and primaries, she made another derogatory statement, after finding out that Obama won all three states on Tuesday. She said, “Oh the states he won does not matter. They are just small states. I plan to win the big three, Texas, Ohio, and PA.” I won’t even mention the fact that she refused to campaign in the states she felt she would not win. For real, Hill? This says a lot to me about her character. I thought you were running for the President of the USA, Hill, not the President of the big states? We won’t even discuss the fact that she stated at a rally that she needed the Latino vote and that is what matter because they make up a large constituency in those the big 3.

Another peak into Hill’s lack of courtesy and integrity, in this New York Times article, one of Hill’s aides stated that Hillary is willing to take “incendiary steps” including suing the DNC to have the delegates of Florida and Michigan seated at the Convention. Incendiary steps–I guess her attitude is ‘by any means necessary” which conveys to me that she is all about power and not the people. Despite these shameful acts, I still know people who wish to have this woman as their President.

On to better things, today I read a blog by a Republican Mommy who endorsed Obama. She felt that he is the best candidate she has seen in years. So I guess she is an official Obamacan?

Today, I met with the Obama staff and let me tell you, when the guy says he is all about youth, he isn’t lying. 95% of his staff are young under 30-somethings who are excited and infectious about this candidacy. He has touched each and every one of them in some amazing way. I have never seen so much excitement. The momentum is building and once the ball begins to roll it never stops, it only picks up speed– and this ball is the Obama campaign. What you see is what you get.

I will pose a question to my readers, who do wish to have as President? Someone who may lack experience but has proven that they have excellent leadership skills and integrity? Or someone who has proven and continues to prove that they have no integrity at all and becoming President is all about power? Think long and hard–if you pay attention you will notice that one candidate’s words and actions line up but the other does not. After saying all that–I employ you all to get out and vote.

Baracking out!!





Texas Primaries

12 02 2008

For those of you who are Obama supporters and wish to see him win in the Texas Primary and Caucus I have attached some info on what you can do to show your support. Also, if you wish to volunteer, please join groups listed on Barack Obama 4 America site they are organizing in every community in Houston and other cities in the state.

Good luck and I look forward to meeting you all in the future.

Texas Primary Part 2 – Precinct Conventions HARRIS COUNTY (Meeting)
The Texas Primary is a two part process. Part one is the prmary vote. Part two is the precinct conventions. This takes place at 7:15 pm on March 4, 2008. You will meet at the polling place that you went to to vote in the primary. You must vote in the primary to participate. Both parts play a role in delegate allocation!!! The precinct convention is the grassroot level of determining the Texas state delegates who travel to the DNC in Denver.

Please refer to the links below for more information.

Texas Democratic Party Rules
http://www.txdemocrats.org/the_party/article_iv_party_conventions

Harris County Precinct Finder
http://www.hcdp.org/findprecinct.html

Harris County Democratic Party
http://www.hcdp.org/





My letter to Senator Kennedy

8 02 2008

The Clinton camp is trying to spin CLinton’s win in Massachusetts as an anti-Kennedy rebuke for endorsing Obama. But what I find is this is irrelevant. The actual endorsement from Ted Kennedy prove to remove the stigma of Obama being the “Black Candidate” and has proven to help him across the entire nation. I respect the Kennedys and their legacy and I am proud of them for standing with a candidate they feel can bring change to this country.

With this in mind, I wrote a letter to Senator Kennedy, showing my gratitude for his stance. Here is a copy of that letter. Please do the same and show appreciation for the Lion who protected the lamb and it seems brought life back to his legacy as well as to himself.

Please do the same here if you support Obama.

THE LETTER

“Dear Senator Kennedy,

I am an avid supporter of Barack Obama here in Houston, TX. I am also a graduate student in communications. I wanted to write you and tell you that I am very proud and thankful that you took a stand with your family to support Senator Obama in this presidential election. Your vote of confidence prove that our country is moving forward from its division and Obama supporters appreciate it.

I actually cried when I saw you stand at the podium to announce your endorsement. I will never forget your legacy or that of your brothers. My mom was a child when your brothers were assassinated and I remember as a child her recounting the story of the day the world stood still and mourned the death of two great leaders. I believe that by standing with Obama that you sealed your legacy.

Despite the fact that he did not win Massachusetts I believe that your endorsement proved relevant to the rest of the nation.

Thank you again for your support and standing for change, you will never be forgotten and I will one day tell my children about what you did this year. It took gumption.

Sincerely,

T.E.





Houston university students fired up and ready to go!!

8 02 2008

The University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston-Downtown, and Rice University will be FIRED UP together.

Like we have seen online and offline, Barack Obama has the vision and ability to bring diverse coalitions together. You are invited to be part of that coalition.

Tell your college friends that this will be a night to remember. It will be the night when we unite for the future of our country. Yes, we can.

Click the link below to RSVP:
Obama Rally





University of Houston Students 4 Obama

7 02 2008

There’s excitement in the air in Houston. In light of Super Tuesday many Obama supporters believe that the prize is within our grasp.

The University of Houston’s Daily Cougar did a survey of a hundred students and found that students who identify themselves as democrats overwhelmingly support Barack Obama.

The Obama camp knows the power of the student vote. It is what got them the win in Iowa and even South Carolina and other states. With the primaries in Texas coming up in 3 weeks, Houston is mobilizing for the upcoming event.

The UH students for Obama chapter has been on the move. We have been having tabling events and voter’s drives to register people to vote. Two weeks ago our Facebook page consisted of 28 students supporting Obama, today we are 103 strong and still growing at about ten participants per day.

We have signed up about 30 volunteers and plan on doing a collaborated event on February 19th with the other universities in Houston including Rice, TSU, and UH Downtown. If it is up to us Obama will win Texas. So many of the students tell us how they were successful in converting their die-hard Republican parents into Obama supporters.

I know that if we tell our friends and families why we support Obama and what issues he stand for, I know that we can change the tone of this election and get that win that Obama needs.

Hopefully, he will agree to the debate in Houston which will definitely make him a household name in the 4th largest city in the country and the largest county in the state.

Yes we can–si se puede..

Let’s Barack and Roll Texas!!

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