Monday, October 24, 2011

[Your Name Here] for America

It's not always a popular decision, but sometimes I blog about politics. I make no secret of my party affiliations: In the space next to "Political Views," my Facebook profile reads, "I'm blessed with one of those hearts that bleeds." Do I believe our president has done everything he promised to do? No. Do I believe he could be doing better? Probably. Do I wish he'd take a stronger presidential stance for the views he campaigned on? Absolutely. But do I think he has our country's best intentions at heart - and that he's the best man for the job? A thousand times yes.

Driven by these beliefs, I met this morning with my local Obama for America organize. He's a 25-year-old recent grad who transitioned from acting to politics when he saw his father, a small-business owner, struggle in the flailing economy & a close friend default on his college loans for the same reasons. We spent 45 minutes swapping stories & talking about how I can get involved in the campaign to reelect our president - and I couldn't be more excited.

As you might recall, I still don't have many friends in town. I've struggled to get involved, & I've mostly failed. But this is something I truly believe in & feel passionate about - and the social aspects will be a bonus. I look forward to connecting with like-minded New Hampshire residents who are driven to help, on a grassroots level, to get our neighbors & friends on board with this campaign.

It's easy to become disillusioned & jaded by politics, to believe that your individual voice has no influence. After three years in D.C., I know this as well as anyone. But this is a real opportunity to spread the good word, if you will, of President Obama's vision for America & to encourage others to care about the future of our country - and ourselves.

Have you looked into volunteering with Obama for America in your community? They'll take whatever time & effort you're able to spare. Whether it's a weekend spent door-knocking, a night spend phone banking, a letter written to the editor vocalizing your support, or all of the above, this campaign needs your help. Won't you join me?

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