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Yes, This Mama’s for Obama

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

I wasn't going to do this. Wasn't planning to write a post about my choice in the presidential election.

This blog is seen by many of my extended family members. It's seen by friends and colleagues. Some will agree with my choice and some won't. Why make waves?

Well, I'm a mom. I have a 12-year-old son and I care about his future. And I have never felt so strongly about an election in my lifetime.

I want a president who is incredibly intelligent. Someone who is steady and calm, both in the face of an immediate crisis and over the long haul.

I want a president who can begin to mend our crumbling relationship with so much of the rest of the world.

And I want someone who is smart enough to surround himself with the best minds when it comes to foreign policy, the environment and the economy — and who will listen to those advisers and look at all sides of an issue.

So this morning I volunteered to work a phone bank for the Obama campaign, and the experience really touched me. I spoke with Obama supporters in Miami, Fla., urging them to vote early, if possible.

Some told me about standing in line for two to three hours for early voting. Some who had yet to vote were elderly and they were still planning to wait in line for as long as it took to vote, fearing that the lines on election day would be even longer.

Several younger voters said they work two jobs and they've been trying to vote early during their off hours. And some (bless them for shortening the lines!) had already mailed their absentee ballots.

One sweet, older gentleman, not knowing that I was calling from California, asked if I could give him a ride to the polls. He is blind, he explained. But he wants to make sure he can vote. I called the Miami campaign office and was able to arrange for someone to take him to his early-voting location. (By the way, the Obama campaign's organizational skills are darned impressive!) When I called him back to tell him he would have a ride to the polls, he couldn't have been happier.

If this gentleman could make the effort to vote, when it would be so much easier to just stay home, what's my excuse for not doing everything I can for a candidate I so strongly believe in?

So I'm sporting my "Another Mama for Obama" button. I made a donation at (I love the fact that the campaign has raised so many millions of dollars and yet the average donation is $86. That's the power of a LOT of individual people in this country who want to make something happen.) And I plan to be back, working that phone bank, between now and election day. 

I want my son to know that it's important to stand up for, and work for, what you believe in. And this mom believes in Barack Obama.