At this point I can still barely speak about Ohio. Here are some lowlights:

  • 12 hour drive through a blizzard after work on a Friday night
  • walking through a foot of snow in expensive boots to canvas abandoned apartments
  • forgetting to take down the ‘do not disturb’ sign, resulting in the reuse of the towel on the floor
  • Dutch Oven cabbage rolls

One highlight:

Barack in Parma, OH

Barack spoke at a town hall meeting at a high school in Parma, OH and we got to sit in the fifth row.
We tried!

Still, no handshake, but the Senator definitely waved at me.


March 11, 2008. Barack Obama, Ohio, Political Action, Travel, Volunteering. 2 comments.

“Shame on you!”

So I’m flying back to NYC through D.C. I had to get one of those cheap tickets, so I’m changing planes and airlines. This is totally annoying because I have to go through security twice. In Dallas I made it through with all of my carefully hidden lotions and shampoos. Unfortunately I got caught in D.C. I was pulled over to the inspection table in my socks.

“Shame on you, Barack Obama!”

Excuse me? (Did he find my contraband shampoo? Is my Obama button souring his opinion of Barack?)

“You saw Hillary this morning, right? Complaining about the campaign mail?”

Oh yeah, I did. Thought I was getting in trouble with you.

“I can’t believe how she’s grasping for straws! How dare she go after Barack after the bullcrap she and Bill pulled in South Carolina!”

Another security guy joins in the conversation.

“And that plagiarism charge! How many lines has she borrowed from Bill?”

I was really hoping these guys would keep it up and fail to notice that my bag is stuffed with above regulation size bath products. Alas, they did not, and I was forced to leave behind my shaving cream, face lotion, perfume(!), shampoo, and conditioner.

March 5, 2008. Barack Obama, Travel. 2 comments.

Barack at Reunion Arena


Here’s myself and 19,000 like-minded Obama supporters lined up (some as early as 4am) in Dallas to see our candidate speak.

 Golden Legs  The Wave

Emmett Smith introduced Barack…we did the wave!

So close to MY sign! <– Librarians for Obama

See the signs on the lower right-hand corner by Barack? Yeah, that’s as close as I got to the stage. I also made another reversible sign that read “Dog Lovers for Obama”/”Cat Lovers for Obama.”

 No velvet 

I got pretty close, but no handshake this time, either. There were two parts of Barack’s speech that ellicted huge applause from the crowd. First, when Obama made the statement that there will be no George Bush or Dick Cheney on the ticket next November. And second, when this happened:

March 5, 2008. Barack Obama, Texas, Travel. Leave a comment.

A Texas rally sign gallery.

These days, you need to steal an official Obama campaign sign if you don’t have one already. I saw exactly two yard signs in Dallas, and both were Obama signs. Here’s one on Swiss Avenue (go and get it!):

Yard sign in front of a fancy house.

In Brooklyn, folks were pissed off when told that no signs were available, but in Texas people just made their own.

Obama y'allThe star at night are big and bright8 year-old supporterNative Nativescowboy hatPlano!

Here’s the sign that I made for rally on February 20th. The man who got to hold it in the front row wouldn’t give it back to me, nor would he let the little boy behind him get in close to the barrier so he could also shake Barack’s hand.

Audacity of Hope

Enjoy you jerk. Make sure you vote twice on March 4th.

February 25, 2008. Barack Obama, Texas, Travel. Leave a comment.

Office Space

Good signage Just an old Sears factory

The Dallas Obama office is really nice. It is huge, just like everything else in Texas. Here’s the Brooklyn 3 at the office:

Gunnar, Deanna, and me.

Just look at all that space!

posters! where are the volunteers, tho? Bring your laptop!

Nothing at all like the Brooklyn office…

Feb. 5th Jordan Thomas isn't lazy, he's just stressed.

My two favorite parts of the office were the sign making table and the “health and wellness” table, a la Google.

Mr. Sketch Snacks!

The start-up of the Dallas office was a little slow. I had to repress all of my New York-y tendencies to keep from freaking out at the lack of phones and Internet access for the first couple of days, but eventually things came together as Dallas was starting to get its first taste of the Iowa treatment.

February 24, 2008. Barack Obama, Texas, Travel, Volunteering. Leave a comment.

Rally at State Fair (HRC’s backyard)

The day after arriving in Texas, a big rally for Barack Obama was held outside of the beautiful Hall of State building in Dallas.

Hall of State

Obama wasn’t even in Texas yet, but a few thousand people turned out to show support, both young and old.

Baby w/ cowboy hat Even some gray hairs.

Brooklyn’s crew made some signs.

Reserved Parking

And I found a miniature Statue of Liberty!

Baby Liberty

The 15 year-old rapper, KO, performed a pro-Obama song that I’ve been calling “We Need a Chaaange.”

February 23, 2008. Barack Obama, Live Music, Texas, Travel, Volunteering. Leave a comment.

The trip out to West.

Trying to leave New York City around 5pm on a Friday evening via the Holland Tunnel is hardly ever a good idea, unless you’re headed to Dallas to volunteer for Barack Obama. I mean, what could be better than working a full day at school, then getting into a car and driving 24 hours straight to Texas? In my book, nothing.

Here are Ben and Gunnar (BHO-BFFs), and our stupid KIA:


Thanks for the bagels and birch beer, Ben!

So off we drove into the sunset. I drove through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. We stopped at Denny’s and had an awful meal (eggs & toast/chicken fried steak & imposter mashed potatoes). Gunnar drove to Tennessee. Then I drove into the Central Time Zone part of Tennessee, which pushed dawn back another hour. I couldn’t take it too much more after Nashville, so we stopped at a Waffle House just before 7am. Our waitress had no teeth but she did have an abundance of buttons and pins on her hat. We ate another bad meal and Gunnar drank a diet coke instead of Waffle House coffee, as he was convinced that “good coffee” was around the corner. After about a half hour on the road we made it to Jackson, TN and found:

After the coffee buzz wore off, driving became rather difficult. We hit Arkansas and NPR was no where to be found on the radio. Plus, it was raining. We resolved to stop in Little Rock and visit its most famous library

Clinton Library lovable?the library is a GREEN building! not my button

Bill’s library is pretty nice! No blue dresses on display, though. We had our best meal of the entire trip in “Cafe 42,” where the choices included Starbucks coffee, a Presidential salad bar, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chocolate chip cookies. After we finished up with the library, we set off on the final leg of our journey through a rainy, rainy East Texas. I’m not sure, but Gunnar may have a touch of pluviophobia. So I spent the final stretch watching for funnel clouds while Gunnar kept his eyes on the road.

no blue skies

It was sort of tense.

February 21, 2008. Barack Obama, Libraries, New York City, Texas, Travel. Leave a comment.

Fox(y) News

Click on the video associated with this link. That’s the Obama campaign’s new headquarters, which is scheduled to open tomorrow.

Texas is something else; much, much more to come…

February 19, 2008. Barack Obama, Texas, Travel. Leave a comment.

Don’t mess with Texas…or with Brooklyn for that matter.


The Chevy has been rented, the flight reservations have been made, and three Brooklyn for Barack-ers are about to head out to Texas. The plan is to drive straight through to Dallas, though my co-pilot has requested a few “20 minute stops” to read historical markers/pay respects to Elvis. Once we get into town, we will seek out the Dallas Obama campaign office and get to work (or take a shower and then get to work).

Sometime between then and now I need to find a digital camera. My camera-phone’s photo quality is not acceptable for the nature of this journey. Plus, I think I really need a zoom, cos I have the feeling there’s some stuff that I’m really gonna want to see that I don’t necessarily want to get that close to, i.e. scorpions or saloon fights.

The weather looks semi-decent for Dallas for next week. Rain’s predicted, but I fully intend to pull out the warm-weather stuff to pack in my bag. Unlike my experience in New Hampshire, one Texan has guaranteed that there is no such thing as “too-short” when it comes to skirts.

February 13, 2008. Barack Obama, Texas, Travel, Volunteering. Leave a comment.

All’s well that ends well.

I started wearing my Obama button a little over a year ago, even before Barack announced his candidacy, because I just knew it was time. Later I started writing this blog because I was receiving so many interesting/disturbing/hilarious responses to the button. Back then, some folks had never even seen or heard of Barack Obama, so I had the pleasure of making the introduction.

In retrospect, wearing the button all that time was really about raising political consciousness and less about having a good time with strangers. But at this point, we all know who Obama is, though…right? I wasn’t getting those exciting weird responses to the button anymore (which is my excuse for lagging between posts…ha). 

So when I arrived back home in New York on New Year’s Day without my button, I wasn’t as heartbroken as I may have been a few months back. That button was a real one-of-a-kind, but I’ll just have to “join the movement” and display a campaign issued button on my coat. So it goes.

Thanks for reading all this time.

Obama ’08!

January 3, 2008. Barack Obama, Travel. 4 comments.

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