Its a day before the Pennsylvania Primary here and the campaigning is frenetic with my campus polarized between the Clinton and Obama crew. See, here, on a liberal campus, the politics of the Democratic Party are huge in the daily elections talk.
I got a call from Obama. I picked up the phone to hear,”Hi, this is Barack Obama, ….” Caught in the middle of paper writing, or whatever passes for Monday afternoon for me, I was thrilled to hear his voice on the phone. No amount of convincing will wipe the grin off my face. My job this afternoon is to tell people to go and vote. I am sure it will be a hotbed here, with people waiting late into the night.
What does it feel like to be in PA right now. Well, every two seconds on the radio there is an anti-Obama ad approved by the Clinton campaign and then the ever hopeful Obama words. If you have not already, check out his “A More Perfect Union” address just before Easter Weekend. Then there are the posters everywhere and dorm storms, where basically, if you are in your room, you get a knock at the door asking you to get out and vote tomorrow. I was stopped by a granny who asked me whether I was going to vote. When she heard I was from Kenya, she said what I absolutely expected her to say, “You must feel so lucky to be here, what with the turmoil in your country…” Really? You must feel really lucky too,” I said.
So on Saturday, Obama was on a train hitting the Main Line, and stopped by my sleepy town. So thriling, to see people gathered in the hot sun, to hear the man say a few words before the big rally in Wynnewood, PA. Within minutes of leaving the station, people had already posted their pictures of the brief stop, on the warmest Saturday we have had in a while, and that was thrilling. For obvious reasons, you will not hear me say that Madeline Albright was here a couple of weeks ago for the other candidate. But Michelle Obama spoke to students at Haverford College last Tuesday, and it was good to see so many young people going to hear all the speakers and actively deciding who they are going to vote for.
Today, I suspect that we shall not be let to rest, those on either side of the Primary campaigns will be up late into the night with the work of getting their peers, neighbors and others to vote. Does this affect the quality of life in Kenya, yes! If anyone gets elected to president in the US, the policies they make really will make or break us. I shall continue this post as the results trickle in from all over the Keystone state!