• A sense of pride

    Isam, a regional field organizer from San Diego, spent Election Day 2008 working to get out the vote. He describes the moment President Obama was first announced—and what the win meant to him:

    “Words can’t describe that feeling. I was in Nevada campaigning. I got there the Friday before [the election]. I remember in the hotel room, I was just jumping up and down. I remember crying and everything.

    "The biggest moment was when he was inaugurated. I tell everybody that was the most important day of my life. He is giving people that sense of pride—that ‘we can do this, we can do whatever we want to do.’ I never thought I would live to see something like this happen. It just gives people a sense of hope that there are still things that they can accomplish if they put their mind to it.”

    Isam, California

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