I've been feeling a bit under the weather the past couple of days. I don't think I've been sick in close to a year, and I start feeling ill just days before our big work retreat - go figure. So, I've been stocking up on EmergenC (such good stuff) and tissues.
However, I did manage to find enough energy after work today to make it out to an Obama event. This event's purpose was to introduce the local (and new) staff of the Obama campaign here in Raleigh. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect. 40 folks had rsvped for this happy hour at a bar I haven't visited before (it's a bit too Glenwood South for my taste). So, Mr. Love Party and I mozied on over around 5:30 to see what was going on. When we arrived there were already 30 - 40 folks in attendance, and before too long the place was packed. It's a Wednesday night ya'll! The crowd grew to probably 150-200, and was a wonderfully diverse gathering. It was incredibly refreshing. Maybe more inspiring though, was the realization that Mr. LP and I didn't know more then a handful of folks there. This campaign is really something!
We learned tonight that the biggest focus of the Obama Raleigh/NC camp is not raising money, but registering voters. And while usually I am utterly opposed to the idea of canvassing and phone banking myself - I'm actually excited about heading down to the Raleigh headquarters soon to pick up some forms to register folks (before April 11)! On the other hand, I do love to host a fundraiser. Maybe our first cook-out in the new home?
Never, in my lifetime, has a campaign been so inspiring and full of hope. All, I've got to say is, YES WE CAN!