The first word Hannah could read herself, or at least recognize, was ‘Obama’. She has been involved with the Obama campaign for at least 30% of her three year old life, and now she and her sister Chloe will never know a world in which an African-American was not president of the United States.
Here are some pictures that bring into focus how much Chloe and Hannah have grown over the course of this election. The first is of Chloe, Caitlin and Hannah at the opening of the State College Obama campaign office in March.
Here is a picture of Chloe, Hannah and Val on Election Day, 2008. Hannah and Chloe have grown up during this campaign and I hope they have learned something about standing up for what you believe in and putting your energy and efforts into making the world a better place.
Chloe and Hannah were my intrepid canvassers, walking through many neighborhoods, ringing doorbells, always very happy to be out talking to voters. They never complained and always were happy to visit the Obama office, where they inevitably received some treats, many stickers and more than a few high fives from volunteers.
To hear President-elect Obama speak tonight in Grant Park in Chicago was gift enough for all the effort.