A Knock On My Door
So Obama’s organizing fellowship program – a somewhat glorified way of calling upon volunteers for his summer-long voter registration drive – actually reached the doorway of my own apartment this weekend!
A skinny, smiling (but not in a creepy way) kind of guy decked out in an Obama shirt, obama button, and a hat with an obama sticker on it, knocked on my door in the middle of the afternoon. He was asking for my sister, who had become my roommate a few months back. He was there to get her to register to vote, which she hadn’t bothered doing yet.
And in a few moments, it was over, she was registered, and the walking Obama advertisement was gone.
The funny part in my mind is that my sister is a libertarian-type who voted for Bush in 2004 and while she can see why Obama has appeal, she doesn’t like him any more than McCain and is planning on abstaining from the election despite my pleas. I can understand why they’re doing this – I live in a ultra-blue district in an ultra-blue city in Virginia, and they are trying to get folks registered in order to maximize turnout. Statistically speaking, my sister and I have a high probability of being Democrats, even if – in this case – she isn’t.
Still, it’s good to see Obama doing this even without regard to party (as is the case in Virginia). And his volunteer didn’t even try selling us on the virtues of Obama, just focused on getting my sister to register to vote.
Too bad I had changed my mind just moments before – I had almost begun watching a DVD of Obama speeches two minutes before the guy arrived!