A soon-to-be trademark high five debuted with a young supporter at a grassroots event in Des Moines, Iowa, in May.
This now-famous photo was taken in August at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa.
Tomorrow is Election Day. For me, it’s the culmination of several years of hard work, years I spent talking to people all across New Mexico. And one thing is crystal clear:
This campaign is about people.
It’s never been about the polls or the pundits or the deeply cynical view that our elections can be bought by the highest bidder.
This election is about Victor in Anthony, who used the organizing skills he learned during the President’s 2008 campaign to lead—and win—the fight to incorporate his community. Today his kids have a better shot at good schools, cleaner water and safer sidewalks.
It’s about Dianne in Taos, a licensed social worker who is called by her Catholic faith to support a President who fights for us all.
It’s about William, who walked the streets of Navajo country in the blistering summer heat because Barack Obama stands up for tribal communities in New Mexico and across America.
It’s about Lydia, a nursing student in Las Cruces, who has been phone banking in English and Spanish to empower her Hispanic neighbors and protect her rights as a woman.
It’s about Joshua in Corrales, who has a great new software job and a bright future ahead of him thanks to the President Obama’s work to make education more affordable.
It’s about Somáh in Albuquerque, who, for the first time ever, has a President speaking out for her right to marry the person she loves… regardless of her sexual orientation.
And it’s about my very good friend Judy. Judy received a free mammogram under Obamacare, which meant doctors could find and treat her breast cancer early, saving her life. And even as she was undergoing chemotherapy, Judy continued to make calls to her neighbors, encouraging them to vote to re-elect the President.
Tomorrow is about Judy, Somáh, Joshua, Lydia, William, Dianne, Victor… and all of New Mexico.
Tomorrow, we write history. Let’s win this thing.
A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for all of us. Find your polling location at http://vote.barackobama.com
The OFA New Mexico staff, fellows and volunteers are fired up and ready to go!
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Some of the most influential Native American artists in New Mexico are showing their support for the President's re-election effort under the banner of Native American Artists for Obama:
Neighborhood Team Leader Marita Hinds, with help from Native artist, Ben Calabaza (Santo Domingo Pueblo), who designed the artwork, kicked off the effort. She says:
"A lot of these artists are some of the most prominent, well known artists in the Native American arts community.
They have a following and are mentors to a lot of younger artists. They have collectors. They have galleries. It resonates to another audience too.
These artists all are for Obama and support what he's done for the last four years and want to support him for the next four years."
President Obama has shown an unprecedented commitment to Native American communities. And there are just five days left to re-elect him. Please sign up to volunteer between now and Election Day at http://ofa.bo/gotvRead More…
Virginia, a history professor at UNM, supports the President because, “I think given the kind of obstacles that he faced coming in, and then since he’s been President, he’s done an extraordinary job. I want to see him have four more years to complete the work that we elected him to do.”
Virginia voted early at the Student Union Building on campus with her daughter Annie, a UNM senior in Spanish and sustainability studies. “It was incredibly easy. There was a steady stream of people but plenty of poll workers, plenty of poll stations. It couldn’t have been better. It was a wonderful experience.”
There’s one week left of early voting in New Mexico. Find locations and times at http://vote.barackobama.com. ¡Obamanos!
UNM grad student, Molly, signs up to help get out the vote after visiting the Obama booth on campus.
With only 11 days left until Election Day, we need even more volunteers like Molly who know this election is about moving the country forward. Can you help? Sign up here: http://www.barackobama.com/vote