Archive for November, 2008

Obama Time!

Obama Time!


Obama Win Causes Obsessed Backers To See How Empty Lives Are

                                                                                        -The Onion


Failure to Blow Election Stuns Democrats

Party Faithful Mourn End to Losing Tradition

Just minutes after their party’s longstanding losing tradition lay in tatters on the ground, millions of shell-shocked Democrats stared at their television screens in disbelief, asking themselves what went right. more...                              – Borowitz Report


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  November 6 update:


itinerantactivist phonebanks to VA for Obama on election day.

I took a few days off from working right before the election to devote them to the campaign and related activities. Sunday was tough as we were sent into a very republican area in New Hampshire near the Maine border to canvass. My friend Heidi and I couldn’t tell if we were making any kind of difference or getting any tangeable results until we made follow up calls and then tallied up the fors and againsts…. Surprisingly, it was 2-1 for Obama (& Shaheen). My favorite call while phonebanking from the big Boston phonebank Monday night was to Montana. The call recipient was almost breathless with excitement. I was his second GOTV Obama call of the evening. I started to apologize, but he cut me off to tell me he was delighted to receive my call. He was a catholic Pastor. He said that he was sure more catholics were going to vote democratic this year than in the previous more than thirty years. I confessed that I was a nice little jewish girl, but some of my best friends were brought up catholic, and we both laughed. He said we need to work together again to save the country.  I mentioned how much I liked his governor and he launched into a long conversation about the state of things also asking whether I had seen Schweitzer’s speech at the DNC (I had!) It was with regret that we ended the call as we both knew I had limited time to reach as many voters that evening as possible. My local phonebank had already surpassed 60,000 calls early Tuesday, election day. Delightedly, I saw so many people I knew or recognized. There was guarded optimism and great energy. Periodically, volunteers gathered around the TV watching MSNBC, holding their breath, eating fabulous florentine & shortbread cookies donated by my local bakery (they made Barack’s birthday cake, too!). Later that evening I went down to the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel ballroom Democratic Election Eve HQs where Jeff Santos was broadcasting election coverage live until midnight on WWZN 1510AM. I’d been assisting with production of the show all week. There were two large projection screens, broadcasting CNN’s coverage (regretfully, not MSNBC). Everyone was thrilled when state after state was put into the “blue” column. Pennsylvania was expected to go for Obama (despite the McCain camp’s claim that the numbers were too close to call), but none of us were taking anything for granted until it was official. Once Ohio went blue, along with Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico, Nevada and finally Virginia, there was no turning back! Complete strangers were hugging and screaming and jumping up and down. Teresa Heinz Kerry introduced Senator John Kerry, who had just been reelected (as expected). Kerry spoke, followed by much of the MA Democratic Congressional delegation. A little before 11pm, the networks projected Obama as the President-elect. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so much in my life! We all screamed and cried from a mixture of astonishment, happiness and relief!  I am walking around teary-eyed in a fog! The nightmare of the Bush years is *almost* over! It’s going to take a while to recover from the stress, not to mention repair and right all that’s been done, not least of all to the economy and our civil rights.  I have to keep pinching myself! Yes WE can!  

Jeff Santos interviews former Governor Michael Dukakis, election eve, Copley Plaza ballroom, 1510 AM

Jeff Santos interviews former Governor Michael Dukakis, election night, Copley Plaza ballroom, 1510 AM

itinerantactivist hangs out with broadcaster Jeff Santos(1510 AM), election eve, Copley Plaza Ballroom

itinerantactivist hangs out with broadcaster Jeff Santos(1510 AM), election night, Copley Plaza Ballroom

Democrats party @ Copley Plaza Ballroom, election eve 11/4/08

Democrats party @ Copley Plaza Ballroom, election night 11/4/08

Partying at the Copley Plaza Ballroom election eve as Obama is projected as the 44th President!

Partying at the Copley Plaza Ballroom election night as Obama is projected as the 44th President!

Obama accepts the Presidency! Midnight, Election Eve.

Obama accepts the Presidency! Midnight, Election Night.

“Oui, nous le pouvons.”

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Today we lost a legend, Studs Terkel, a true inspiration and activist.  I first read “Working” in college.  He never stopped working, never lost his curiosity and zest for living and his interest in other people. RIP. “Take it easy, but take it.”

“It’s history from the bottom up rather than history written by generals,”
                                                                                               -Studs Terkel, 1995

“I’ve always felt, in all my books, that there’s a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence—providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.”                                                                                                                         -Studs Terkel




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