Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Michelle Grabs Our Hearts and Lights the Torch

Michelle Obama Sets the Tone
On the first night of the #DNC2012 National Convention, it drizzled outside in the Queen City of Charlotte, but dazzled inside the kinetic energy of the Time Warner Cable Arena as the Democratic faithful welcomed First Lady Michelle.  Delegates, special guests and media were treated to a delightfully authentic and impassioned speech from the First Lady.  She reminded us of our shared experience, family priorities and values. Mayor Julian Castro brought us back to basics of the fundamentals of the American promise.
  As we all watched at home, the Democratic Convention aimed to reach into the depths of the emotions of disillusioned and weary voters to stand up and fight for President Obama. We've come too far to turn back now - this video captures it -  For the second day, we have our roll call to submit our delegate votes to officially nominate President Obama for re-election.  Tune in live at and

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tuesday:  President Jimmy Carter
Mayor Julian Castro
First Lady Michelle Obama

Wednesday: Senatorial Candidate, Elizabeth Warren
President William Jefferson Clinton

Thursday:  Acceptance Speeches
VP Joe Biden
President Barack Obama

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@DemConvention 2012 #DNC2012

The journey begins for the race for 4 more years. After bringing us back from the precipice of the abyss in 2008, President Obama will lead the Democratic Party in making the case for finishing the work we started.  Follow all developments from September 3-6 at, @DemConvention on Twitter, #DNC2012.   More live updates to come.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Obama The 44th Blog No. 1, Vol. III: "Where Do You Go For Inspiration?"

Obama The 44th Blog No. 1, Vol. III: "Where Do You Go For Inspiration?"

In 2007 and 2008, you accepted my daily or weekly musings from the campaign trail. Thank you for listening and more importantly, acting on recommendations or analysis of the happenings. I have opened a new volume for a new era of engagement.

Since the election, we have watched President Obama and his Administration work diligently on a myriad of issues, policies, and/or crisis (economic stabilization, healthcare reform, financial reform, equal pay, etc.) for the greater good of American and friends around the world. Though we may disagree, at times, I am unwavering in recognizing his commitment to working towards many of the things shared on the campaign trail. There is far more work that needs to be done. No way near the finish line. This where the continued work comes in.

Where do you/we go for inspiration? In 2007 and 2008, very few believed in CHANGE. Until, we looked to each other. This week, courtesy of artist and colleague Rodney Jackson (, I received my framed collection of memorabilia from my/our journey in 2007 and 2008. It was a stark and tearful reminder (see attached samples).

We should never forget the number of house parties, phone banks, neighborhood walks, dollar campaign fundraisers, and GOTV efforts. We were the CHANGE that was recruited. Honestly, if there was a job approval poll rating on our efforts in recent months, I would say that we would receive an abysmal grade.

It is not only about the Obama administration, it is also about having his back with a political infrastructure to support the agenda we desire. It is also about being deliberate in communicating an agenda that is also good for the interests of your community, an entire nation and world that we live in.

This CHANGE is not solely on Obama's shoulders it is also squarely in the hands of our responsibility. We have to return to the basics at this time in our history. We cannot run away. Please know that there are forces that wish to downplay or even erase the pre-November 8th, 2008 experience and energy from your memory.

For any movement to be truly successful, it must have passionate persons who are committed to the greater purpose bigger than our own self interest.

On August 18, President Obama comes to town to lend support to the next Governor of Florida, CFO Alex Sink (see attached invitation).

It is time to be called back to the battlefield (back to the house meetings, policy focus groups, mini-fundraisers, letters to editors, etc... with deliberate purpose). Pull out your old pin, t-shirt, Inauguration ticket, signed photo or just look into the mirror for some inspiration.