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  •  I still remember a DKos diary during the primary (7+ / 0-)

    that made me smile...  Someone told the story of her somewhat elderly aunt and her aunt's two friends waiting in line, proudly wearing Obama T-shirts. They talked about how in the sixties the Jews marched with African Americans for civil rights and these proud Jewish women were so excited to vote for a black man for the nomination. A tall, white man was standing next to them in line and he was a Hillary supporter. When it was the aunt's turn to vote, she wasn't allowed in because of her T-shirt. The tall white man came to her rescue and offered his leather jacket to cover her shirt. Each friend took a turn in the jacket so they could cast their vote.

    The niece was waiting outside for her aunt and friends and she talked to the man. She pleasantly commented on his vote for Hillary and he said that no, actually he cast his vote for Barack Obama. He said Obama was going to win and our country was going to elect our first black president -- "and someday, when I have grandkids and tell them about this moment, I don't want to be standing on the wrong side of history."

    It warms my heart whenever I read about someone who gets it -- without a fight!

    Good morning and huggggggs to all!

    "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank

    by theKgirls on Sat Aug 08, 2009 at 05:59:18 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for sharing this, Kgirls :) (5+ / 0-)

      I guess I missed the diary, but the story is so inspiring that I'm smiling.  

      Hugggs and good morning to you and the girls.

      "No man is my enemy, my own hands imprison me, love rescue me." -- Love Rescue Me/U2

      by winterbanyan on Sat Aug 08, 2009 at 06:25:05 AM PDT

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    •  Happened in cincicannti (7+ / 0-)

         Upon arriving at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati to vote early today I happened upon some friends of my mother’s — three small, elderly Jewish women. They were quite upset as they were being refused admitance to the polling location due to their Obama T-Shirts, hats and buttons. Apparently you cannot wear Obama/McCain gear into polling locations here in Ohio.... They were practically on the verge of tears.

         After a minute or two of this a huge man (6′5″, 300 lbs easy) wearing a Dale Earnhardt jacket and Bengal’s baseball cap left the voting line, came up to us and introduced himself as Mike. He told us he had overheard our conversation and asked if the ladies would like to borrow his jacket to put over their t-shirts so they could go in and vote. The ladies quickly agreed. As long as I live I will never forget the image of these 80-plus-year-old Jewish ladies walking into the polling location wearing a huge Dale Earnhardt racing jacket that came over their hands and down to their knees!

         Mike patiently waited for each woman to cast their vote, accepted their many thanks and then got back in line (I saved him a place while he was helping out the ladies). When Mike got back in line I asked him if he was an Obama supporter. He said that he was not, but that he couldn’t stand to see those ladies so upset. I thanked him for being a gentleman in a time of bitter partisanship and wished him well.

         After I voted I walked out to the street to find my mother’s friends surrouding our new friend Mike — they were laughing and having a great time. I joined them and soon learned that Mike had changed his mind in the polling booth and ended up voting for Obama. When I asked him why he changed his mind at the last minute, he explained that while he was waiting for his jacket he got into a conversation with one of the ladies who had explained how the Jewish community, and she, had worked side by side with the black community during the civil rights movements of the ’60s, and that this vote was the culmination of those personal and community efforts so many years ago. That this election for her was more than just a vote ... but a chance at history.

         Mike looked at me and said, "Obama’s going to win, and I didn’t want to tell my grandchildren some day that I had an opportunity to vote for the first black president, but I missed my chance at history and voted for the other guy."

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