In June 2004, this blog first referenced Barack Obama. In July 2004, I joked after the DNC convention speech that he’d be the first black president. In February 2005, his questioning at Condi Rice’s confirmation hearings led me to muse about supporting an Obama presidential bid. Sometime later in 2005, I followed a link from Steven Benen and read his commencement speech at Knox College. I applied to a Senate internship with him because of that speech, though 16-year-old me got turned down.
In May 2006, I said Obama would be my ideal candidate in 2008, above even Gore. In October 2006, I wrote my first post defending him against the inexperience critique. On January 16, 2007, Obama formed a presidential exploratory committee, and I signed up. On March 15, 2007 I attended his campaign’s first meeting in New Hampshire, our Manchester office opening. From June to August 2007 I interned for the campaign in Manchester and Lebanon, NH. From August 2007 to January 8, 2008, I easily spent more time hanging out with the Lebanon Obama organizers (yeah Dave and Lauren) than going to high school. All the while I’ve been filling this blog with vociferously pro-Obama content.
I’ve invested more in this campaign than I have in any other cause in my life. I believe in Barack Obama more than I’ve ever believed in any politician. To see that devotion, that faith, that – yes – hope vindicated, and vindicated in such a dramatic, momentous way has been one of the greatest joys of my brief life. So thank you, Barack, for making good, and thank you America for believing. Now let’s change the world.