Since the first primary caucus in Iowa in January 2008, when I first heard Obama speak, I was in.
I had never cared much about politics here in the US. In fact, I never really liked any of the candidates enough to care. My choice, come election day, was more about the lesser of two evils, but all that changed this year.
If you would have told me I'd be donating money to a Presidential campaign- I would have said you were nuts. Coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs. Insane in the membrane.
I would have sooner eaten tripe. I would have told you politicians were all rich crooks and they could go to h-e-double hockey sticks. (Palin- that one's for you).
But this year was different. Obama is different. I have been donating $25, every few weeks since the beginning of the year. Mind you, I don't have $25 to spare- but it was THAT important to me. I made it work.
But, money isn't everything. It's easy to just tap a few keys on my computer keyboard and give money to Obama. C. and I felt like we really wanted to do more.
Yesterday, we made calls for Obama at the Headquarters in Poughkeepsie. About 20 others showed up as well. We sat in rooms and made calls to voters in Pennsylvania on our cell phones with a script. These were just soft calls- reminding voters identified as Democrats of the importance of coming out to vote on Tuesday. We gave them their polling location, poll closing times and encouraged them to bring friends and family and to get out early to avoid the lines.
We called pages and pages of voters, for 3 hours. It was fun and the time flew by. Mostly, we left messages on answering machines, but we had great experiences with the folks that did pick up the phone. Lots of enthusiasm for Obama!!
Some of the positive responses:
"Let's do this!"
" On Tuesday I am voting for the right, honorable, Senator Obama, me and my whole family."
Another lady wanted to get into a policy debate, and yet another stated "We were doing a very, very good thing."
Sure, we got a few hang-ups and another that picked up the phone mid-stream the voice mail I was leaving and screamed "McCain" in the phone and hung-up. But hey, that is to be expected.
We felt so good when we left, like we really made a difference.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, because maybe I can encourage one, just one of you to volunteer in these last few days. And maybe that one person will reach just one voter that you call, that you encourage to vote who might have otherwise stayed home. And maybe that person brings a few people with them. And maybe those votes in Pennsylvania will push our candidate over the top.
That is why I am sharing it with you.
So, won't you sign up to make calls? Won't you volunteer in the last few days of this campaign. Won't you become an integral part of this historic campaign and help the first African-American President get elected?
If you are interested in making calls at your nearest phonebank, here is the link.
You can even make calls from the comfort of your home, through this link! How much easier can they make it??!!
C'mon folks!! Let's do this!!
Worried about voting problems or long lines in your state? What if you see or hear attempts at voter suppression? CNN has a toll-free voter hotline to report any inconsistencies. Jot it down and use it if you need it. 877-462-6608
Please pay special attention if your voting stations are computerized. Oprah even reported a problem when she voted. Votes have been disappearing or showing up as McCain, even if you pushed Obama. Please, please, double check to make sure everything is right before you leave the voting booth. This is much too important!!
Do you like coffee? In an ad running last night, with inspiring and encouraging words, Starbucks is giving away free coffee to anyone who votes on election day!! You can watch the ad here.