Monday, September 08, 2008

One More Obama Fan

Friday night, as we often do, we went out for a very casual dinner. Because I was in a very casual mood, I decided to wear my Obama sweatshirt and my new jeans. (Yep, I finally found some jeans that are small enough in the waist and long enough at the inseam.) When were seated and our waitress arrived, the first thing she said to me was, “I love your sweatshirt”.

This young lady looked to be in her early twenties and was as sweet as can be. I told that she too could have a sweatshirt just like it, to which she replied she already had several shirts she had purchased from the Obama site.

I asked her was she going to vote for Senator Obama. I said, Will you actually go out and vote in November? She said, “Nothing can stop me. I registered to vote for the first time just so I could vote for him. She said all her friends are supporting Senator Obama. She was sincerely excited about all this.

So no matter what the pundits say or have said about young people turning out to vote in the past, I think this year just might be a whole lot different. I think they are paying attention and fearful of what four years of a McCain administration might mean for them. Who could blame them?

19 Comments:

Blogger fallenmonk said...

Listening to NPR this morning on the way to the airport and they rather gleefully reported that the post convention bounce for McCain puts him at 50% to Obama's 46%. Not a good way to start out at 5am Monday morning....I can't really believe half the voters in this country think four more years is the right answer.

September 08, 2008 4:03 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

In response to Fallenmonk's comment- I am fearful of all the people who have fallen for Hurricane Sarah.

It is terrifying. McCain's boost is about that woman, make no mistake. It terrifies me and I will continue to depart from my desire to not slam, but I must call her the Alaskan Taliban.

Anyway- the antidote for this was reading your post PoP!

What a great story and much needed.

September 08, 2008 4:27 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

Thanks PoP.

I have a young friend (26) who has never registered and she is now going to register and vote for Obama, because the Palin pick has pissed her off. So, one more for Obama, thanks to McCain.

September 08, 2008 7:17 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I vacillate between hope and despair. I just wish the hope lasted longer and the despair was a fleeting instant.

September 08, 2008 7:26 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I'm really glad I found your blog. It seems as though my husband and I are surrounded by McCain supporters. This is one of those times I miss living in Chicago...Democrat central!

September 08, 2008 7:44 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

I certainly hope that enough people decide to get out and vote!!! We can't possibly have Palin-McCain as the next Pres-VP as they are promptly saying...

September 08, 2008 8:56 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

the last few days I have found myself sinking into despondency. this post helped a bit. but I'm so scared of just more-of-the-same.

September 08, 2008 9:29 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

God I hope young people save us but they kind of let us down last time around.

Oh well. Eternally hopeful.

September 08, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger annie said...

it helps to have young people in my life, because it consistently reminds me that they are going to vote in larger numbers than many realize. plus, they are not the ones the pollsters poll. why? cell phones. they let us down last time because the candidate did not inspire them. or me, for that matter.

September 08, 2008 10:29 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i am more concerned for our nation's fate than even when nixon was in office.

September 08, 2008 10:42 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

It's people like that young person who don't get polled. The polls we see cited on the news are likely voters, people who have voted before.

It's foolish and nerve wracking to count on new, younger voters, but they can help us win. We need to encourage them and we definitely have to make sure they turn out to vote in November.

September 08, 2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

The right plans on stealing a third that is why they eroniously call this close. Their idiocy and lies stun me and they get away with it!
Cliff over at Lydia's posted this:

clif has left a new comment on the post "How My 7-Year-Old Learned About Pre-Marital Sex fr...":

BTW both chuck Todd and Stu Rothenburg are saying the campaign is 260 for Obama and McCain 232 electoral votes with Colorado, Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire the states which are the real battle ground states.

If Obama wins Ohio and keeps the rest of his states he wins,

If Obama wins Virginia and the rest of his states he wins,

If Obama wins both Colorado and New Hampshire and keeps the rest of his states he wins,

McCain has to win at least three out of four.

BY 538's numbers Obama is up by
1.4 points in Colorado,

2.2 points in New Hampshire,

.1 point in Ohio and

.4 points in Virginia ......

electoral-vote has it,

Colorado by 2 points for Obama

Ohio by 2 points for Obama

New Hampshire by 1 point for Obama

Virginia exactly tied.

So McCain IS behind in the real polls the 50 state individual elections which set up the electoral college to elect the next president.

This while McCain gets his post convention bounce .......

September 08, 2008 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone vote for Obama? He is like cotton candy, all sweet and no substance.

The Dems should have picked someone else. They might have actually had a chance to win the election and boot the #$%^*&# Republicans out.

September 08, 2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

last time there was no enthusiasm for Kerry -- as there is for Obama --

though some people may think it is misplaced, it's there just the same.
xxx
meanwhile, I'm unashamedly lifting a quote from Adam McKay of the Huffington Post:
"Katrina, four dollar gas, a trillion dollar war, rising unemployment, deregulated housing market, global warming...no more."

he urged us to hammer, hammer this sentence till November.

I've added it as a tag-line to my emails so that anyone who gets an email from me will get a reminder [just as if they could forget] of why we must change direction in November.
xxx
surprisingly, that simple act acted as an antidote to the depression I've been feeling the last couple of days.

September 08, 2008 4:40 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

I just hope the turnout is stupid high this time. A real feel for how this country feels is sorely needed. More numbers will do that for us. Also, the side benny is more voters usually mean more in the bank of the Democrats. Whose candidate I am supporting this time.

Young voters are harder to fire up than us old farts. I hope they come out for the future and not the past.

September 09, 2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

I'm with Annie and others, who believe it's the youth coming out in recored numbers that will put Obama in the White House.

Plus, there's more to come on Palin. I know this because the RNC is keeping her under wraps. Just you wait....

September 09, 2008 12:21 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

This is encouraging to hear - let's hope there are lots of these enthusiastic young people out there and that they all vote!

September 09, 2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Over at Kos they're saying the national polls have been goosed for McCain.

Sure hard to find fault in their analysis.

September 10, 2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Dean wormer
You bet your ass they are! The MSM has to keep this appearing close though it isn't so this one too can be justifiably stolen! It gets much worse!

September 10, 2008 11:56 AM  

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