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Thanks for Voting!

THANKS FOR VOTING! 

 What I learned (and sometimes re-learned) working on the ground in Ohio …

•   People of every age, color, religion, region, and income level will work tirelessly, happily and with great spirit together …

•   Volunteers will not only work for free, but pay their own way to work for someone else …

•   You really can be wrong when you have preconceptions about someone else …

•   There are people who still use the “N” word (prefaced by G–D—) …

•   Never go into a fenced-in area without checking to see if there’s a dog there first …

•   A 5′ tall white person wearing an Obama button and walking in an all African-American neighborhood can feel not just safe, but loved …

•   There are single moms with two jobs, two adopted disabled kids, and a very clean bathroom who — even when they’re away working — leave their house wide open to strangers sharing their cause…

•   The phrase “towel head” is actively used in some quarters …

•   People will vote against their own best interests …

•   There are busy people who have families and work full-time but still find a way to cook lunches and dinners that they deliver on their way to somewhere else …

•   There are many many many poor, under-educated, unhealthy, disheartened people in this country who remain hopeful … and also many others who aren’t …

•   America may be huge, but it is a place where you can (miraculously) make change by going call-to-call, door-to-door, person-to-person …

•   A smile and good humor are very disarming weapons …

•   I am an incredibly lucky person … and, if you’re reading this message, probably so are you …

With great affection,

Harriett

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4 Comments
Sarah Oman Horne says: November 5th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Thank you, Harriett. You made a difference in my home town! Yea! xo
Sarah

Barbara Katz says: November 6th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Harriet –
I’m a friend of Francine Russo. I live in Virginia (northern) now, and was very active in the Obama campaign here, but am originally from Ohio — where in Ohio were you?

Glad you volunteered in my home state.

Regards,
Barbara

Harriett says: November 6th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for reading … I was in and about Columbus, a really nice town …
Harriett

David Leventhal says: November 11th, 2008 at 3:27 am

Harriet, same is true over the phone. While you were going door to door, I was sitting in a phone bank in San Carlos, CA calling into those homes to make sure your visits were as efficient as possible. The office was so crowded that they set up tents outside in the parking lot to handle the overflow of volunteers. There was a sense of mission that was palpable. Thanks for taking care of my lovely wife, Sandra, on the road in Columbus.

At 6:31 PM Pacific Time, while driving to a friend’s home to watch the results come in on TV, we were listening to NPR and heard them declare Ohio firmly in the Obama camp. Sandra was overcome with emotion.

Ticket to Ohio, $956. New shoes to replace worn out soles from canvasing $34.50. Hearing Ohio being called for Obama, priceless.

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