What better way to start off a weekend than chanting “Fired up! Ready to go!” with other enthusiastic supporters of the President? Hundreds of people filled the 218 S Wabash field office and did just that on Saturday morning at the campaign’s African Americans for Obama open house.
After getting to know each other over breakfast and coffee, the 250 attendees learned about how to get more involved from a number of staff members and elected officials. Community Organizer Charles Watkins got the ball rolling by introducing his old friend and one-time mentee, Michael Blake.
Blake, Deputy Director of the campaign’s Operation Vote initiative, walked the crowd through an overview of national strategy. Field Organizer Deborah Williams took the microphone next to emphasize the importance of neighborhood teams and to urge everyone to connect with theirs if they hadn’t already.
Former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones turned up the volume from the already-excited crowd after sharing his memories of working with Barack Obama when he was a community organizer on the south side of Chicago.
“Are you proud?” Jones asked the crowd. “Are you fired up?” The room erupted in applause and cheers as he continued, his voice rising. “We are going to protect his home base and win big here! We’re going to win huge!”
Energized by the speeches and by The Story of "Fired up! Ready to go!”, supporters closed the event by signing volunteer pledge cards and committing to join and work with their neighborhood team.
Fired up? Ready to go? Join us and canvass in Iowa on Saturday, July 28th!