Michelle Obama introduced Senator Obama
to two packed Grand Hyatt ballrooms
So the bigger more official Obama '08 button they gave me as a volunteer for the March 9th NYC
event worked its magic for the entire night.

But let's start at the beginning. I witnessed both the 6PM $1,000-$5,000 event as well as the 8PM
$100 event. Michelle introduced her husband both times. And the verdict is in - MICHELLE
OBAMA IS THE FIRST LADY OF AMERICA'S FUTURE; in every conceivable way!

I found this poem online that embodies much of what's so fantastic about Michelle Obama:

a woman

there is a woman who cares
what i have to say
there is a woman who loves
me for who i am
there is a woman who says
what she wants
there is a woman who does
what she feels
there is a woman who creates
art through life
there is a woman who sees
life in art
there is a woman who sings
for those oppressed
there is a woman who acts
to save all women
there is a woman who cannot
know how we need her

In both of Michelle's introductions (which were not identical but exceptionally well tailored to the
respective crowds) she said a leader is someone with the ability to "move us from passive
indifference to active engagement."

That is exactly what Senator Obama has done for me. I fully admit it.

Before moving forward, it is so very important to note that both Michelle & Barack addressed the
two different crowds with equal passion, integrity, intelligence, & candor. One would expect to
find greater investment in the people who gave more money, but as far as I could see - the two
levels of contribution were equally appreciated and privy to the same capacity for empathy. That
speaks so very well to the kind of future we are in for AFTER WE WIN THIS!

"If we focus on what we have in common, there is no challenge we cannot meet" Senator Obama
promised both crowds, "I am an imperfect instrument in this process...people are coming out
because this is a vehicle for your hopes and dreams."

And I believed him.

I happened to be closer to the stage at the $100 event where every cell phone in the place snapped
shots of Senator Obama speaking before the American flag. I wish I could have videotaped the
techno-savvy-generation image of the wave of raised hands bearing cell phones ALL
CAPTURING THIS IMAGE OF OUR FUTURE PRESIDENT STANDING BEFORE THE
AMERICAN FLAG.

FORTUNATELY, Michael James Pinto got this shot:
In the lobby, I hooked up with the Brooklyn for Barack crew who first introduced me to the
grassroots effort. We headed down to SPICE where this table of 3 beautiful young women
noticed my bigger and bolder Obama '08 button. We reveled in awe of Michelle Obama and they
expressed enough interest that I'm sure they will soon be regulars on BarackObama.com.


And then, the table beside them (who were not present at the event) reached out to the button &
after talking with them, plans are in the works to spread our grassroots efforts into their Bronx
stomping grounds.


"
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will
be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost
." -Aristotle

Akin
* - Photo Courtesy of Michael James Pinto