RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

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RE-ELECT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Written: 11/03/2012

FORWARD.  We need to keep the country moving FORWARD. And there is only one candidate running for President that will keep the country moving FORWARD:  President Barack Obama.  FORWARD to more jobs and lower unemployment numbers. FORWARD to continue to protect woman’s rights.  FORWARD for healthcare. FORWARD for clean energy investment.  FORWARD for true full equality for our nation’s citizens. FORWARD to keep America safe.
 
FORWARD…NOT BACK.
 
Like most Americans, I first saw Barack Obama while watching the 2004 DNC Convention when he was the Keynote Speaker.  I remember him declaring that there is not a red America or a blue America but rather that there is the United States of America.  That there is not an America for blacks or whites or Latinos, but that they all live in the same America.
 
2004 was a difficult election for Democrats.  As the 2008 Democratic primary approached everyone – politicians, news networks, people in the Democrat world --declared Senator Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Nominee for President.  Other candidates included Senator Joe Biden, Senator John Edwards, and the Illinois Senator who spoke to my beliefs in America just four years prior, Senator Barack Obama.  No one gave Obama a chance.  But he had my interest and he differed on a major issue with the other candidates.  A decision that I think was very negative for the country.  Senator Barack Obama opposed the Iraq War – as did I.  So he was the candidate I would be supporting for the party’s nomination for President.
 
My first day of volunteering for the Obama campaign was registering voters at the local Acme supermarket on a bright, crisp morning in March of 2008.  I continued volunteering through the primary, was chosen by the campaign to work the summer campaign as an Obama Organizing Fellow and also volunteered through the general election.  I gave that campaign 8 months of my efforts, talked to who knows how many voters in my community and made many great friends. And on November 4, 2008, all that hard work paid off. Not only did Obama/Biden win Delaware County 60%-40% but also Barack Obama became the President Elect of the United States of America: 
 
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
 
It was an emotionally joyous night for all of us that had worked so hard for Obama. A joyous night for millions of Americans. America, a country with a very turbulent racial history, had made history by electing the first African-American President in American history.  Also I was one of two million people who witnessed President Obama’s inauguration in the capital on January 20, 2009. 
 
It is my firm belief that President Obama has done everything in his power to do right by the American people.  Here are some key points to how President Obama has moved America FORWARD:
 
The Lilly Ledbetter Act for equal pay for equal work for women in America.
 
The Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare to provide healthcare for millions of Americans who don’t have it and/or cannot afford it
 
The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell which allows gay and lesbian members to serve openly in the military
 
Saving the Auto Industry by bailing out the American auto industry and saving millions of American jobs
 
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan which ended a manhunt for the terrorist leader who not only mastermind the 9/11 attacks but have evaded the United States since.
 
It is my firm opinion that all of the measures have advanced America.  And the President has achieved other measures as well.
 
2012 was a different time for me than 2008.  I am focusing on my growing music career, made an album named ‘613’ that I immensely proud of, signed to Realize Records and performed in the Mid Atlantic.  I could not volunteer like I did in 2008 but I have donated to the President’s campaign, post on Twitter and Facebook and have written blogs on politic issues and have supported Obama throughout/
 
Mitt Romney has said that those of us who supported Obama four years ago “felt best about him on the day we voted for him.”  With all due respect I call “bullshit” to this statement.  Obama has struggled to get things done in large part because of an  obstructing Republican Congress whose leaders met before Obama was inaugurated and swore they would do everything in their power to make Obama “a one-term president”.  Somewhere the noble and brave and just members of Congresses past – whose spirits reside in the bicameral Capitol building – let out a great shriek of outrage at these Republican leaders.  Republicans! You are the party of Lincoln one of the greatest Presidents who saved the union!  My how things have changed. 
 
So when you step into the voting booth on Tuesday – no matter where you live, what you do, how old you are, what race and ethnicity you are – I challenge you to take a deep breath, and before you make your choice for President, ask yourself: “Who will move this country FORWARD.  FORWARD…NOT BACK.
 
And I hope you agree with that the man for these times to lead our country FORWARD is the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.  I hope he gets you vote to continue moving America…
 
FORWARD…NOT BACK