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Local Obama supporters seeking energy, unity
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Local Obama supporters seeking energy, unity




You might have thought they were really at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night based on the energy and excitement of the more than 50 people who came to the local Obama campaign office to watch the last night of the convention together.

The people of all ages and races carried signs, waved, applauded and gave standing ovations during the night and even yelled at the large television screen.

And when they saw people they knew from Wilson on national television, they brought it to everyone’s attention.

"There’s Jean Farmer-Butterfield,” someone yelled out.

But the reason they said they came together to watch President Barack Obama accept his party’s nomination was to increase the energy and unity.

When Obama came in, the crowd in the Tarboro Street room went wild.

 

DNC IN WILSON, TOO

Bill Moore came with his wife to the local event.

"I felt like I am more a part of the convention here than I would have sitting at home with just me and my wife,” Moore said. "It’s just something about seeing him talk along with other people and the enthusiasm in the room that made a big difference to us.”Moore said times have been hard, but the president gives hope for the future.

"Hope, he has given us hope again,” Moore said. "That’s what everybody needs is hope,”

Wanda Davis said she has become a political junkie since the last presidential election in 2008. Davis said she watched both the Republican National Convention as well as the Democrat National Convention and is convinced she is a Democrat 100 percent.

After watching three days of the DNC at home, she decided to come watch and cheer for Obama with other Democrats.

"I came because I want President Obama to win,” Davis said.” I wanted to be with like-minded people rather than just sitting alone at home.”

Davis said she thought the Obama speech was very good.

"I was enthusiastic,” Davis said. "I wanted to hear every word he was saying.”

Davis said people need to be realistic when they think about the trouble the nation and the country was in when Obama took office.

"It was just like President Clinton said when he told them that President Obama put a floor under the free-falling economy,” Davis explained.

Davis said she understands the economy has a long way to go. But she said unemployment numbers have dropped even though there weren’t as many new jobs as everybody wanted.

Davis said there is an additional matter she would like to talk about.

"I waited for someone to address Gov. Chris Christie from New Jersey’s statement when he was talking about the economy and said it doesn’t matter how we got here,” Davis said sternly. "Of course it matters how we got here. Ask the person who lost their house to foreclosure or the person who made the windows for new houses and lost their job. It does matter how we got where we are.”

As Davis watched both conventions she said she was struck by the lack of diversity in the Republican party and the diversity in the Democratic party.

"Republicans don’t accurately reflect the population make up of our country, we are more diverse than that,” Davis contends.

 

NEW VOTERS

Elice Evans and Travoris Loftin are both 21 years old and voting for the first time.

Evans said she wanted to vote for Obama the last time he ran for office.

"Four years ago I barely missed it - my birthday is four months later,” Evans said. "This time I am ready to get out, canvass and register people to vote and volunteer and then vote myself.”

Evans said she was very excited to listen to the president’s speech with other Wilson residents. "I like the fact that he told us there is still hope,” Evans said. "We are still moving forward. Yes, there is a lot of work to be done and we won’t see a turn around overnight. I have faith. Obama has our back and we have his back.”

Loftin said this was his first time watching an Obama speech and this year will be his first time voting, too.

"I like that he has a plan,” Loftin said. "I love his passion for education.”

Loftin is a student at Wilson Community College and he said many of his classmates won’t be able to continue going to school if there aren’t grants to help them.

"It is important to me that he said he would stand up for those kids to get an education because it is the only way to make their lives better in the future,” Loftin said.

Priscilla Morello, who volunteered in the 2008 elections, said Obama’s speech was everything she thought it would be.

"You know what I think was helpful was that President Clinton laid the ground work the day before in his speech and then for President Obama to come in and speak more specifically about what we’re going to do going forward,” Morello said. "That’s what we needed to hear, and he didn’t disappoint us.”

For JoAnn Daniels coming to the Obama office was a way to join others in showing support for the president.

"I think the president was right on target with the plan for the future and he spelled out what he wanted to do for all the people,” Daniels said. Daniels, along with others, stood on a couple of occasions and applauded during the speech.

"My favorite thing he said is that he did not become president for a select few,” Daniels said. "But he is president for all people including the middle class. And that government is not the solution for everything, and government is not the problem.”

 

AT THE DNC

State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield had a seat many around the country envied. She was on the floor, right up front center stage at the convention. She is running unopposed for the House District 24 seat.

"I got there early and had a front seat every night for the entire week,” Farmer-Butterfield said as she drove back from Charlotte Friday afternoon. "It was almost like being on stage. There were 157 North Carolina delegates. We got excellent seats.”

Farmer-Butterfield said she got to shake hands with celebrities and was interviewed by national media outlets several times. But she said now that the excitement of the convention is finished, the work has got to continue.

"There was a lot of energy and spirit there, but the proof is in the pudding,” Farmer-Butterfield said. "Now the challenge is to get 500,000 people in North Carolina registered and then to the polls by November 6. That is critical.”

Farmer-Butterfield said she knows those who came were inspired and learned a lot listening to the speeches.

"You know President Clinton gave a realistic view of what and why he (Obama) needs to be elected for four more years,” Farmer-Butterfield said. "He told a factual story. He commanded everyone’s attention in the room.”

Farmer-Butterfield said she also thought North Carolina’s own residents gave good speeches. She said she loved the speeches Congressman G.K Butterfield gave as well as former Gov. Jim Hunt and gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton.

She said she was very impressed with first lady, Michelle Obama.

"She doesn’t need the teleprompter,” Farmer-Butterfield said. "She told us the personal story of who she and her husband are.”

But she did say Obama surprised her.

"I was excited and couldn’t wait to hear him speak, as often as I have heard him speak, but I thought he couldn’t get any better,” Farmer-Butterfield said. "He proved me wrong. He gets better and better.”

Farmer-Butterfield said she does not have her eyes closed when it comes to tackling the problems in the future.

She said he has a great plan to keep all Americans moving forward to a better tomorrow.

"I sat there and thought to myself, if not Barack Obama, then who,” Farmer-Butterfield said.

 

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847
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@ REPONDING TO UNITY said...

THE MONEY IN THE US GOVERNMENT BUDGET BELONGS TO THE TAX PAYING CITIZENS. IF THE GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING A BIG SURPLUS , THAT MEANS THEY ARE CHARGING TOO MUCH IN TAXES TO THE ONES WHO PAY TAXES. THE " MYTHYICAL PROJECTED 10 YER SURPLUS" WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY NEWT GINGINCH AND THE CONTRACT WITH AMERICA CONGRESS. I WILL GIVE CLINTO SOME CREDIT FOR THAT IN THAT HE DID FINNALY SIGN WELFARE REFORM , AFTER VETOING IT 5 TIMES AND AGAINST THE TEETH GNASHING OF DEMOCRATS, THAT CHANGED WELFARE AS WE KNOW IT AND REQUIRED SOME REPONSIBILITY AND WORK OR GOING TO SCHOLL BY ITS ABLE BODDIED RECIPIENTS INSTEAD OF YOUNG GENERATIONAL "WELFARE QUEENS" SITTING AROUND AND HAVING ONE BABY AFTER ANOTHER AS THEIR WELFARE CHECK WAS A CASH PAYOUT AND THE MORE CHILDREN THEY HAD THE LARGER CASH PAYOUT THEY GOT.

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Unity? said...

The only unity I see achieved by Obama supporters is when they all line up down at OIC when it's time for the free food giveaways. That and going to vote in droves only when there's an African American candidate on the ballot.

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Responding to Unity, Right? said...

You already decided even before this incident who you were going to vote for. It doesn't matter that I am not African American, but I can tell you that I have been embraced by the Democratic Party in Wilson, and most of the people who have reached out to this independent are African American. Can we focus on the issues. While Clinton has had his faults, like us all, he was a fiscally sound thinking president and he left us a surplus that Bush squandered. You remember those $600 checks he sent to everybody. Clinton's handling of the economy during his term tells me he understands the economy better than most and especially Reaganomics. And for Clinton to say, No president, not even him, have had to deal with conditions that were handed to Obama. And that he has done an amazing job stabilizing this severed limb he was given (not just a gaping wound. We are on the right road, and it is a slow walk, but a steady one in the right direction. I do not want Romney coming in with his "on your own" ideologies and make it worse, taking the middle class folks like myself, one who did lose a home to the bush economy, back 12 years. And I don't need someone to run up to me on the street to tell me who to vote for. Mr. President, I am with you all the way, and so are many of non-African Americans, Mr. Unity! Check.

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1:50 AM
Mr. Logic said...

Bill Clinton, a man who wagged his finger in the face of America and LIED! A man convicted of LYING to congress!This is one of your heroes? You are totaly united in your utter ignorance!

Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Remarkable said...

The ignorance I read daily in these forums is simply amazing...some of you have too much time (and bitterness) on your hands.

Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 12:53 AM
said...

If not Barack Obama, then ANYBODY!! It wouldn't take much to be an improvement! We could try an American citizen with unsealed college credentials who isn't a Muslim socialist!

Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 10:58 PM To "Dummy" said...

No need to call names... you doing so says so much more about you than it does about anyone else. Just an FYI.... Even though nobody locally went, there were people from NC that attended plus you can find a way to come up with a story and localize it if you really wanted to.... You know, find a group watching the RNC and write a story about their thoughts and reactions to the event. There are many ways to skin a cat.

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 6:01 PM ManyHaHa said...

Unity....is that what you need? You are the most unified bunch of non-thinking,people on planet earth..........that's your problem!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 3:15 PM Please Ms. Farmer Butterfield said...

Share with the rest of us Obama's "great plan". Seriously, I ask you to tell the specific points that he said on how this is going to happen.

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM Unity? Right.... said...

I have walked past the Obama campaign office a few times in the last couple of weeks. Last week I was walking past, and an African American lady was walking just a few steps behind me. (I am white.) One of the campaign workers chased her down the block to inquire if she was registered to vote, but said NOTHING to me. I am an unaffiliated voter, and have not made up my mind about who I might vote for. I think this strategy by the Obama workers have helped me decide. Thank you.

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 11:41 AM Fair reporting said...

Fair and impartial news reporting in the Wilson Daily Times??? I don't think so!!! It's amazing to me just how closed minded people have become!!! This President is a man just like all the other President's before and while Yes his speech was inspiring as well as Michelle's, a good speaker doesn't make a good leader!!! You lead by example NOT words!!! Our government has become too big and employs WAY too many people, and by "employs", I mean all the people that have CHOSEN to remove themselves from the workforce so they can leave it up to the government to support them. They pay NO taxes at all..Pretty good deal for these folks though. Give me a PRESIDENT that is just as concerned about these people that ABUSE our system while paying NO taxes as you are about the Wealthy that are PAYING taxes, but not as much as you think they should!!!!

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 7:16 AM Dummy said...

You know why, because none from Wilson went to Tampa. The Stae Republican Party didn't choose any of our local Republican idiots to go! That's why there wasn't a story about them!

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 7:11 AM Wonder said...

I wonder why there wasn't a story about locals being at the RNC? Oh that's right... we all know which way this paper leans... it is pretty obvious.

Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 12:28 AM
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