VOTE for Barack Obama (Update)

by tamarjacobson

The American people aren't looking for someone to divide the country – they want someone to lead it.  Barack Obama

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Yesterday evening I had the good fortune to attend a fund-raiser for That One

I also had the good fortune of standing in the line-up close to the door where Senator Barack Obama entered and exited. And, yes, he shook my hand. Granted, my hand was one of many waving and flailing out there, hopeful for a way to show him our appreciation and support. But, he did look into my eyes for a split second. His hand shake was firm and strong. His eyes clear and sharp. It was one of the most exciting moments in my life, for yesterday I felt like I was participating in history as it was happening. 

And yet, as exciting as it was, I was accompanied by the realization that MCCain sees us all as his Fellow Prisoners of his past life (for I believe that subconscious slips are the most telling), and by the sombre news of the McCain/Palin lies, supporting ignorance and bigotry, and inciting fear, hatred, and violence. 

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violenceFrank Schaeffer, the Baltimore Sun

As I stood in the line-up waiting patiently for Senator Obama to arrive, I found I was trembling, not only with excitement, but with a smattering of trepidation because no doubt all that recent vile hate speak has permeated the atmosphere around us. I wondered how he would look. Would he be tired, coming from Ohio and going straight from our fund-raiser to yet another one moments later? Would he seem anxious about the economy, burdened by the heat of the election shenanigans?

And then, Barack Obama arrived and he talked to us. 

Oh me, oh my! What a contrast Barack Obama is from John McCain! Amidst the heat of these very turbulent times nationally and globally, amidst the lies, slander and smears, Senator Obama's countenance was clear and calm, direct, solid and steady. I felt as if there was nothing we would not be able to accomplish with Obama at the helm. He will steer us safely to where we need to go. He is not afraid. I was inspired with hope once again and felt a sense of peace and relief. 

Indeed, The Jed Report reminds us that back in July, in fact, Obama knew it was coming all along:

Now, more than ever, I strongly urge everyone who stops by this blog to make sure you go out and vote on November 4 for Senator Barack Obama. Do not listen to polls or pundits. Do not allow the fear and hate mongering to shake your faith. Do your part to change the course for our nation and the world. Go and vote for Barack Obama as early as you can! And tell all your friends and family to do the same.

Update:
In response to Ainelivia's comment: … Can you feel the hope reaching upwards from your hand to your heart?

My bracelet … which I wear through rain or shine, asleep or awake, in the shower, at work, out shopping or walking, watching TV, reading, writing my blog … 

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A year ago at Mining Nuggets: Quotes for today