I am one lucky volunteer.
Like so many others, I have spent tireless hours working for the campaign, striving to bring us one step closer to getting President Obama re-elected. Recently, my hard work was rewarded when I was chosen, along with two other Oakland-based volunteers, to not only see the Vice President speak, but also to have the honor of meeting him.
In a fantastic speech that helped clarify what this election is all about, Vice President Biden said one thing in particular that really stood out to me: that a job is a person’s dignity.
I grew up in Milpitas, a suburb of San Jose and also one of the most diverse cities in the country. My dad, an immigrant from China, moved to the United States in the 1980s after escaping from China to Hong Kong. Once in the US, my dad became a welder, and by the time I was three years old, he had started his first company.
From a young age, my father ingrained in me the importance of hard work and sacrifice. It is through observing his hard work that I have come to understand the dignity that a job provides a person, the importance of which cannot be overstated.
Vice President Biden’s experience growing up had many parallels to my father -- they both worked tremendously hard and made the necessary sacrifices to succeed. The fact that these stories are possible is a testament to our great nation, and is precisely why I volunteer on behalf of the President to keep us moving forward.
Through hearing the Vice President speak and having the honor of meeting him, I feel more sure than ever that my work as a volunteer is essential to the success of the campaign. Please join me and other volunteers like me and help us re-elect President Obama today!