By Kaye M. of Greenville, S.C.
I am a person with many past lives. For 25 years, I was a textile designer in New York City. Then my husband moved me south and I ran a horse farm and showed dogs. When my husband passed away, I moved back to the New York area and opened a store in Tribeca. Six months later, 9/11 happened and the area became a ghost town. I closed my business and came back to Greenville, S.C. and attended Greenville Technical College to get my certification as a Veterinary Assistant and Groomer. I worked for many years and have just recently retired.
I heard Barack Obama speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and said to myself, if that man ever runs for office, I am going to commit myself to him. I was overwhelmed with his message, strength, intelligence, and most of all his compassion for the state of our country. I believed he would save this nation, and despite those working against him in Congress, he has done so much to get our country out of the Bush abyss and back on track toward progress and stability.
I volunteered extensively in the 2007 primary and 2008 general election. I poured all of my energy into getting Barack Obama elected. To this day, I continue to feel that way and decided to again get involved – even though I live in a largely Republican area of South Carolina – and show people that not everyone in this town is ultra conservative or part of the Tea Party.
Because of the stagnation in Congress and the Republicans' focus on bringing Obama and our economy down, I feel compelled to jump back in and do whatever I can to get him re-elected. So I became a volunteer Team Leader to get all of the volunteers from the last election back together and working again for our President. We have already had some very successful meetings and voter registration and phone banking activities, and we look forward to many more.
I, like many of President Obama's supporters, have very personal reasons for voting for him – mine is healthcare. I am a cancer survivor and was given health insurance through a pool in the state. When my premium reached $1,300 a month, I had to give it up as unaffordable and tried to get individual insurance, which eventually dropped me. I am now on Medicare, so I am lucky, but there are many people out there who are in the same position I was. Thankfully, Obama's Affordable Care Act is now helping them.
I am also happy to know that thanks to President Obama we will now be out of Iraq by the end of this year. And along with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and new programs that support our veterans, I am fired up and ready to go again! I am a Woman for Obama. Go Obama!!!