I first joined the campaign back in 2007 – before I was a dad. I volunteered and organized as a senior on my college campus. At that time, there were two wars going on, a tough job market and an uncertainty for what the future might bring. Then-Senator Obama had ideas and action we could take a brighter future, and I felt compelled to begin organizing and volunteering to get him elected.
I am so thankful for the education I received in college. My wife is the first in her family to go to college and my parents are both teachers. While we were in school, money was tight. I started working the night shift as a custodian to support both of us and often it was difficult to focus on our studies because money was always a constant worry.
I'm so proud to have the opportunity to work for President Obama because he has kept his promise and is fighting for students and their futures. I hope that my son will be able to take advantage of that when he grows up and can benefit from the work the President has done to improve our schools and education programs.
My wife and I first started organizing for this President back in 2007 and we celebrated our first anniversary collecting voter registration forms together. I am now part of the Wisconsin team, but back home in Washington, my wife has helped with data entry and phone calling for the campaign and my son cheers us on.
Throughout this journey, I write a journal of letters to my son in hopes that one day he’ll be able to read them and understand the work we did as a family to elect Barack Obama and now re-elect him in 2012.
Every morning I receive a text from my family that says, “Good Morning! Good Luck today. We love you.” I do this work for the future of my family – and hope that when my son gets older he will understand the history we made.This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day and share the stories of fathers here in Wisconsin and why they support President Obama. You can read more about the work President Obama has done on student loan reform here.