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Dialing for Obama

Last night, I did my first round of campaign calls for Barack Obama. The phone list I received was for Florida voters. I made 35 calls in two and a half hours while at home using my cell phone. Thanks AT&T for all those roll over minutes and free long distance!

It was so heartening to talk to people of all ages and hear that they supported Obama. I only had two people say they were voting for McCain and one woman would not say who she supported so I figure it was McCain. Many people had already participated in early voting.

One gentleman in his sixties told me that he and his wife were "lifelong Republicans" who voted for Obama. They went to the Obama rally in Tampa on Monday and then stood in line for 4 hours to vote. I asked if they were interested in volunteering and he said that he could not because of a disability but that his wife had already contacted an Obama field office in her area. Lifelong Republicans. Amazing.

I'll be making more calls this evening.

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biomaton
Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Why do you support Obama?
silverdee
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I support Barack Obama because it's time for a person of my generation (mid-40s) and of mixed race who has lived in other countries and been exposed to other cultures to lead this country. We need a different approach that we won't get from John McCain who represents my parents' generation.

I’ve always like John McCain. I hoped he’d win the Republican nomination in 2000 because I was never a W fan but I am not a Gore fan, either. McCain’s not the right man in 2008. I heard him described somewhere as a 20th century man trying to lead in a 21st century world. And I agree with that. With me, it’s not McCain’s age so much as his generational world view and his capacity to grasp the rapidity of changes that we face socially, technologically, globally.

I wasn’t immediately sold on Obama but as I’ve watched his campaign, the discipline and deliberative nature of it have impressed me. The nature of a campaign is a reflection of the person running in my estimation. As a political junkie, I watched the disorganized decline of Hillary’s campaign in astonishment given all the years the Clinton’s had to gear up the machinery and regard the scattershot desperation of McCain’s campaign with apprehension.

I am ready to see if Obama can bring that discipline and deliberativeness to the White House. After the last 16 years, I am willing to give him the opportunity.
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silverdee
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hiya! I am very excited about this campaign.
i_beckygardens
Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
I wish the do not call list extended to political and charity, even though I admire your dedication, I hate the ringing off the hook this time of year:(
silverdee
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm on the do not call list, too. I don't mind calls as much with actual people but the robo-calls are so annoying.
i_beckygardens
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, actually I am nice and usually answer surveys but I hate the recorded ones
yellowdoggrl
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
How heartening!

See if you can make some calls to North Carolina!! :-)

And as you would know were you also on Facebook, I VOTED, and the O in the middle is the Obama logo. :-)
silverdee
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
We are voting on Friday!!! But reports here are that some early voting places have long lines taking folks 2-3 hours. I think 11/4 will be worse, though.
weelisa
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
silverdee
Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
And Gobama!
weelisa
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so proud of my Miss Dee.
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