On Saturday, I went to the big Obama rally held in Oakland. Obama gave an excellent speech, and the 10,000 people who came left very pumped up. Femlaw had a great diary about the event here, and Frank Russo at California Progress Report covered it as well.
I volunteered to help for the event, which means that I had to show up early and stay a little bit late. I was there for a total of almost six hours, and I was happy to help. What I want to tell you about today is how I got to be there.
Many of you know me because of my posts and work on behalf of my Dad, Jack Carter, who ran for US Senate in Nevada last year. You may also know that Jimmy Carter is my grandfather. While I was growing up, I was always aware of what was going on politically, but I was never involved. I would vote, but that was about it. I had never volunteered for a campaign, never gone to a rally, and never given money to someone running for office.
Until June of 2003.