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November 10, 2008

The Power Of Four

Forty-five years ago Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He foretold that there would be a time when men would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. He had a dream that evoked a belief in our hearts and minds that equality in these United States was possible. His dream became our prayer.

Four years ago Barack Obama was introduced to the world on the stage of the 2004 Democratic Convention. His words were electrifying. I was filled with hope and optimism. I sensed that the world would see him again but I never could have imagined that this extraordinary man would become the 44th president of these United States.

Two years ago I screamed for my husband as though the house was on fire as I watched Barack Obama announce his intentions to run for president of the United States of America. My husband sat down beside me as we listened to Obama's every word. After his pronouncement we agreed that he would be our next president. I was committed to do all I could to insure that he would not only be the democratic nominee but elected as president. Martin's world rang in my ears as I watched Obama willing to be the mantle of change that inspired over fifty two percent of voters in this country to elect him the 44th president of this country.

He never would have made it if the pundits and critics were to be believed. He believed long before most of us that it was our moment - it was our time. He never would have made it if not for the millions of small donations backed by the fervor, commitment and tenacious work of the volunteers that also believed it was time. He made it because we stood with him and took it one step further as we voted for him. He made it because the content of the man shone brightly through the color of his skin.

November 4th, 2008 the culmination of over 20 months of vigorous, unrelenting campaigning ended with a resounding YES! Yes we can be the beacon of light that still shines brightly throughout the world. Yes we can and yes we did. November 4th the majority of voters collectively elected Barrack Obama 44th president of our country. The next four years promise to be all we imagine them to be. Jobs, health care, help for our ailing planet and veterans are only the beginning. Barack can't do it alone. The real work begins now. The change we seek is not the man we elected, but the change is within ourselves. So catch your breath and let us help Barack Obama keep his campaign promises as we take back our country. The best is yet to come.

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