Friday, March 16, 2012 was truly a day that will forever go down in the history of our great city! Our president, the first African-American President of the United States of America, made his mark in Southwest Atlanta; with tons of supporters lining Greenbriar Parkway in hopes of getting a glimpse of the man of the hour and his motorcade as it made it’s way to Tyler Perry Studios. What was the occasion you ask? It was a grand fundraiser for a worthy cause, his 2012 re-election bid.
This event was the second stop that the President made during his time here in Atlanta. Upon his arrival, he attended an event at local Atlanta businessman McKinley “Mack” Wilbourn Jr.’s home, where guests paid $10,000 each to attend. Ticket prices for the Obama Celebration for America Gala event ranged from $250 to $10,000. Among those in attendance were Rev. Joseph Lowery, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, U.S. Reps. John Lewis, David Scott and close to 1,000 other local supporters of our great President. After the culmination of this event, Tyler Perry himself later hosted an intimate gathering at his home with a price tag of $35,000 per ticket for each guest in attendance.
President Obama addressed the adoring crowd for a little over thirty minutes and reminded the citizens of Atlanta that, he is not a perfect man nor president but that he promised us that he would wake up every morning with the American people on his mind and that he has done just that. And, if re-elected he can promise that his allegiance to that promise will stay true. He spoke of the accomplishments that have been achieved under his admnistration and of the positive change that our country has undergone since he has been in office. He spoke of energy, healthcare, and education reform; pointing out the need for support of all teachers in the classroom. He noted that while change has been evident, change also takes time and he reminded us to remember that.
That night was one that truly left me in awe and personally overwhelmed with gratitude for all that our President has done for our great country. The first African-American President of my time and of our country rode through the neighborhood that I grew up in as a child with his Presidential motorcade in tow. As a child I could have never imagine that and today, as a much wiser and more aware adult I got to witness it with my very own eyes. The chants of “four more years”, the people screaming “I love you” and the President saying, ”I love you back”, the small children sitting on the shoulders of their parents holding up homemade signs for President Obama, it all left me speechless and in deep and constant thought. Change, progression, and a foreshadowing of what is to come for our nation were all in the air and it is my sincere hope that those in attendance that night as well as all of the other residence of this great city experience the same thing. For more information on the Presidential campaign and how you can do your part to re-elect President Obama and fulfill the chants of many across the nation visit http://www.barackobama.com/.
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