Philadelphia

OBAMA WINS IT ALL and I helped a tiny little itty bit

Mike got up and went down to our polling place, that’s right our building is it’s own little district as we have a population of a little over a thousand people in the 776 units. There was a line at 6:30AM, geez those old folks get up early I admire them.
Mike took an IPhone shot of his mom working the polls and it later appeared on the City Paper Election Cover page

Then it was out on the streets to drive voters to the polls, and for visibility as we duded up our car.It’s good to see Florida blue, and Virigina voting a Democratic Prez in for the first time in 44 yrs – WOW


Lots of good visibility on Broad and Chestnut. It was good to see a lot of young people out on the streets fighting the good cause
Relentlessly the Earth is supporting Obama. Mike and I actually had a lot of down time as it turned out that many of the voters had planned accordingly to get to the polls, to make a difference, but it was nice to have the backup just in case of an emergency, we were glad to be there for themI was so irritated to see Jesse Jackson crying as just a few weeks back he had some harsh words about Obama (I understand why he is crying as I cried too, but I disagree with his criticism of the President elect including this statement)… An open microphone picked up Jackson whispering, “See, Barack’s been talking down to black people … I want to cut his nuts off.” I think he was just jealous, but I don’t want to see him near the White House.
Even Morocco was for Obama
1500 Sansom Hdqtrs was buzzing all day, people really came out and worked hard for Obama. They were so organized that there wasn’t a lot to do to get folks to the polls, we were sorta back up in case the car pools or vans failed.

After driving a few folks to the polls, we were sent to North Philly near Lehigh and 10th Street, to pick up a few volunteers and return them to Hdqrts. Some people had put in 10 -12 hr days for the past week, many took vacation days to travel to our swing state to help out.
Lots of buzzing going on here too

Obama is her Homeboy!North Philly Broad Street 6PM, lots of great visibility.
Then we picked up a few volunteers (3) from 15th Street to take back to North Philly (22nd & Diamond), Nicole and Stacy; small world they work for Red Tettemer which is in the building where I work! In fact I was introduced to Stacy a few weeks back by Matthew Vlahos, but don’t tell her I don’t remember; that is the drawback to my hobby, I meet hundreds of people and it will take me a bit to get to know them all.

As I was talking to the girls, asking their assignment one bailed and said she didn’t want to fo to that area, then we discussed it and we returned to the 15th Street headquarters for another assignment. In the end I told the Vol Director of everyone’s concern in canvasing/line control in North Philly (22nd & Diamond), which would have been a problem in the daylight, we were just completely unfamiliar with that area. Instead they sent us to Point Breeze, which he said they could walk the 2 miles to get there. Which was crazy as it was 7:15PM and who had time.I drove them. Well in this area they wanted her to canvas and knock on doors at 25th and Washington. The girls had just missed the training and didn’t want to wing it, so we took another call to drive a women in Kennsington to her place of voting. Even if it wasn’t questionable areas, I just don’t think knocking on any door at 7PM is a good use of anyone’s time, let alone I wouldn’t want anyone knocking on my door on election night at 7PM, enough already.


at 7:30PM, we did get a call right before that to drive a man in the NE to a polling place, but it was 5 miles in the other direction and he wasn’t sure if he was even registered.
After 8PM, Mike and I headed home, checking in on our polling place. Obama trounced McCain with the majority of the building being little ‘ol Jewish ladies as my mother-in-law and her friends say of themselves who are the little ‘ol Jewish women, who volunteered daily for months at the campaign office, worked the polls for 12 hrs and sold buttons on the streets of Philadelphia. In my building they have an impressive way of mobilizing themselves, they have a discussion group, and even the most prominent politician and speakers come speak to them at organized meetings. Nonetheless 709 folks voted out of 1100 folks, we always have a high percentage, but this was unprecendented.

We called it a night after they called Ohio, and returned to our condo to wait for the big speech at Midnight!!I Twitter’ed my happiness at 11PM when CNN made the prediction