Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Getting the vote out

"Hi, you're speaking with Anette/Fabijana from the Barack Obama presidential campaign..." 

A lot of our sentences started like that today - and it was great. Waking up - in what seems to be a gay hostel, with a invisible owner, who leaves us notes - we decided to find the Obama Headquarters for Illinois and do some work. 

We were greeted with open arms and a clip board each with about sixty names and numbers on it. The mission was to find volunteers, who would help with the GET OUT THE VOTE DRIVE in Missouri.

It's fairly simple - everyone can endorse Obama on the Internet, among friends, with a pin, or sign in your front lawn - but all of this means nothing if they don't also remember to vote for the guy. 

We met great people, especially Ann who is the nicest woman on earth. She sat next to me and left such nice messages on people's voicemail that I have a hard time imagining who could say no to her.

For us it was all pretty new and exciting and we enjoyed every minute of it. People were smiling and taking time to talk to you. It was amazing to witness the diverse group gathered to help Obama - his message of unity has never been so materialised to me than at this place.

After finishing our phone calls, we went out to see Chicago and what a great city. Today we just walked and took in all impressions, tomorrow we will meet up with Katie, who we also know from DC2006 - can't wait to see more of Chicago.

I read a - unrelated- quote today on a bill board that I want to be the thing you remember from this blog today:

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits" - Einstein. 



(Due to hurried packing we have a hard time locating the cord to Anette's camera - so pic. will be up as soon as we find a store where we can buy a new one)


Energysync said...


This is Nick from the campaign office earlier today. I finally got a chance to sit down and read some things from your blog, and I think it is put together really well! It's very interesting to read first-hand what people from outside the country really think of the election. I just wanted to say thank you again for helping fix our country, and it was nice meeting you today! If you're there again around 2:00 on Thursday I'll probably see you again.
Possibly see you soon,

- Fabijana og Anette said...

Hey Nick.

Thank you so much for your nice comment. I'll probably be there on Thursday - so I'll see you then.