A month ago I wrote the President a letter to explain a campaign donation our family had made. I told him that even though our family currently lives on a very tight budget, we know his campaign puts great value on "grassroots donations." So, one evening, we chose to skip a special pizza dinner at our favorite spot, eat leftovers and give that money to the campaign. Even though our donation wasn’t much, we wanted to stand up and be a part of this.
Last week, as I was putting dinner on the stove and my daughters were running around the house, I heard the phone ring. When I answered the call I was completely caught off guard by what I heard next: "please hold for the President of the United States." President Obama had called to thank me not only for my donation, but for the volunteer work I’ve been doing to make sure Pennsylvanians are excited and ready to vote this November. He took the time to say hello to my two daughters and to my husband, and thanked them as well. As soon as the phone call was over I ran outside and was screaming with excitement. The neighbors said they could hear me halfway down the street.
I feel incredibly honored that a man who is so busy and has so much on his mind took the time to call me. There are so many people across the country more deserving of that call than me, but it is an experience my family will remember for the rest of our lives.
My family will continue working hard to elect President Obama to a second term so he can continue fixing what millions of hard-working, still optimistic, still hopeful people sent him to office to fix. Americans have greater access to affordable healthcare, we have an auto industry, we have 30-straight months of economic growth, we have 4.6 million new private-sector jobs, we have opened a door for dreamers, and we have ended DADT. We did all of these things together, and we need to keep fighting alongside President Obama to continue moving our country forward. I encourage everyone to be a part of this campaign during these final 7 weeks. Whether your contribution is big or small, it all makes a difference.