August 26, 2008

Americans for Obama in Manila

GOT this in the mail from manilajay...hwaw! this Barack Obama has his grassroots campaign down pat. He even has the Americans in the Philippines organizing and making themselves heard. Very cool.

(US citizens in Manila rally for Obama at Quezon Bridge, Aug. 24, 2008. Lookit the cute baby! ay, and the cute Dad! Photo by Ben Razon.)

I hope they start selling Obama T-shirts here, I have to have one! Unless any of my nice relatives or friends abroad is willing to donate a Tee to me. (Of course, that excludes you, Auntie D. and Uncle B. you die-hard Republicans, hmmmph! I will not dare speak your candidate's name in the same space as my man, Obama. Hee-hee, love 'ya guys!)
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Btw, I was just watching the news and was very moved at 'ol Uncle Teddy going up the stage and enjoining all Democrats to come together to elect Obama as U.S. president. While his voice quivered a bit, his eyes sparkled with determination, resolved to not only fight the Big C. but to get the Democrats back into the White House. One cannot help but admire this man who has gone through so much personal and family tragedy but resolute to leave a respectable legacy in his family's name. And what a legacy it would be if, can you imagine, he is able to help put Obama in the presidency, being someone that Uncle Teddy says reminds him of his late brother, and U.S. president JFK?

The end of Kennedy's speech must have also resonated with a lot of African-Americans, coming as it did three days before the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Said Kennedy:

"There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination -- not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation.

And this November the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans, so with Barack Obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on." (Click here for the rest.)

MLK's speech, as well as Kennedy's last night, should also resonate with a lot of us Pinoys who are looking for some hope and changes in our future. We need a leadership that will bring order to the land especially now when Muslims and Christians are at odds down south, rid the government of corruption, pump new life into the economy that will give jobs to the jobless and encourage our OFWs to come home, and just inspire all of us to become better citizens who will follow the law.
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'Kanos here in da Pinas who want to help get out the vote for Obama may contact the following:

David McCauley
Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad, Philippines

Ben Razon
Get Out the Vote Team

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