This time last week I was fretting and packing and so excited to be heading to sleep only to wake up early and take the first train to Philadelphia! Tonight, I go to sleep knowing that when I wake up there are just 99 days left until November 8, 2016. 99 days left to work, sweat, knock and call and get out the vote for the first female nominee for President of these United States. A Democrat. A Clinton. A Female! So so so exciting. What a great time to be alive!
This past week’s experiences cannot be put into words. I witnessed and was a part of so much history. It was an amazing few days in the “City of Brotherly Love” & “America’s First City” celebrating history (my major) and women’s studies (my minor). I wore my acorn & oak leaf necklace as a tribute to Elon! (Long Live Elon!) I wore my great grandmother’s engagement ring to keep her with me at all times, and a bracelet from my mother for the same reason. Truly an exceptional few days! I wouldn’t have been there without those women, Elon & EMILY’s List, where I interned my senior year of college. Yes, that was the Spring of 2000, and my springboard on into the National Presidential Campaign trail that took me thru to Nashville, TN and the Gore Lieberman campaign where America originally (most recently) learned about the 3rd party candidate debacle that I hope does not rear its ugly head into Election Day & Night, November 8 of 2016!
You see, I connected (thank you, Mark Zuckerberg & Facebook) with my mentor, boss lady, official badass & Emerge Wisconsin’s Woman of the Year award winner, The Great Heather Colburn, and landed a volunteer gig with the Democratic National Convention Committee. It only took a few days and an email to which I relied “Deal. Me. In” and, voila, I was tasked to serve as a “Suite Access Volunteer” and just get myself to Philly & find a place to sleep! Thank you to both AirBnB.com and Amtrak, I was set in a matter of hours!
Monday afternoon I met up with my team (plenty early, of course, because you know I didn’t want to be late or miss a thing!) and became fast friends with several wonderful people and lowly volunteers lucky enough to be given the privilege to serve and be handed credentials not only to the Wells Fargo Center, but to club & balcony levels, too!
Ironically enough, not one person (ok some fellow volunteers & some not-so-volunteers, but staffers) came into my suite on Monday night. But to be parallel with the balloons suspended from the rafters was definitely a breath-taking experience. It sounds totally cliché, but as soon as I saw the balloons I was taken back to Boston (2004) & Los Angeles (2000) instantly, where I had been in similar seats to witness history of a different kind.
So, yes, I was there to watch and listen to Michelle Obama as she exuded nothing but pure passion for this great nation and pride in her daughters, never mind how much she pumped up the crowd! And I was there on my feet screaming and clapping when Cory Booker told us to “Rise Together!”
Tuesday evening, I was able to enjoy a few more folks in the suite to which I was assigned, but still not many, so therefore I was able to listen as every state cast its votes and Bernie Sanders handed the nomination off to Hillary Rodham Clinton! I took a video. I’ll upload it soon. It was terrific to witness.
Then, I was calmly able to focus on every word Bill Clinton spoke about his love affair with “a girl” he met in the Spring of 1971.
But right this minute I’m going to bed. Sorry – more tomorrow!