My daughter and I spent a few hours yesterday hanging polling place reminders on door knobs in Philly.
It went the way it always has. We got ourselves there, a little bit hesitant at first, but had great fun in the end. We played our small role.
Among the best moments were handing out Obama buttons. Four of them went to two little kids. One maybe six, and one about eleven. They were so excited. The big one helped pin some on the little one, but he later caught up with me and asked for help putting his own on.
This is all going to be over tomorrow. But I want to make sure something happens with those buttons.
I give credit for the idea to a campaign worker in a church basement on North 10th Street. He urged me to take a lot of buttons, "because the kids like them."
Make sure that every button gets handed out, especially to children.
Here is why: They will keep them forever. Most of the election debris will be gone in a month. But those buttons - those buttons are going to be shown to grandchildren some day.
We are making history, folks. The kids can't vote. They won't even know the full impact of what happens this week until later in life. Let's make sure they have something to help them hold on to this moment.