Obama not a false hope

Nathan Stapleton

Nathan Stapleton

Savannah Garner

In case anyone has been living underneath a rock for the past year and a half, there is a revolution going on in America. It began underground, with a few people muttering about the state of the government and about how we need a change. Then more and more people began to pick up the call.

This year, it isn’t the same-old politics and the same-old race. This year is a whole new ball game. On one hand, we have Sen. John McCain – a former Vietnam veteran. He fought for our country with bravery and deserves our respect. On the other hand, there is a relative newcomer. He has been a senator for four years and before that, spent his time in Chicago as a community organizer when he could have been making a six-figure salary on Wall Street. He is African-American and was raised by his white mother in Hawaii after his Kenyan father left them. Like so many of us, he took out loans to make it through college. He worked his way up from the bottom, personifying the American dream. And now he is days away from becoming the 44th president of the United States. His name is Barack Obama.

There are cynics who call Obama unqualified, inexperienced, and a flash-in-the-pan of politics with no real way of bringing about the change he preaches. They accuse him of peddling false hopes. But as Obama put it, “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

Tell Emery Hutson about false hopes. He is 53, and spends every single day at the campaign office, knocking on doors and working himself sick to get a man he has never met elected because he believes in Obama’s message. Tell Bobbi Bateman about false hopes. She had polio as a child and walks with a brace. But, she has an undeniable spirit and an unbreakable will to tell everyone she can why Obama’s health care plan is best for America. So please, tell me about false hopes. Tell all the volunteers across this state and across this nation, who have given up so much sleep and so much free time to this movement, that we have been wasting our time. Tell us that this is not possible. Tell us that an Obama-Biden administration is doomed, and all our efforts will amount to nothing. Tell us we cannot do this. And we will respond with a resounding, “Yes we can!”