At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, I asked a sweet stranger I met on the street, (we were both wearing black and white polka dots), a few questions about why she was supporting Obama. This is an exact transcription. The video was muffled at the beginning because I was holding the microphone wrong. Complete video at the end.
V: Why are you supporting Obama?
Lib: I am supporting Obama because Obama is supporting the people of this country. And, there are a lot of us who are suffering
and we just want to support someone who does not feel that this country does not belong to all of us. It does. It belongs to
all of us, not just the rich, but the poor. We’re not gonna let the Republicans set a benchmark on who can be an American,
who can be a child of God, we’re all whatever it is that we want to be, and we want to feel loved and supported in our
V: Why do you think Republicans don’t love poor people?
Lib: Well, I just kinda go along with…
V: Our taxes, my husband and I have been supporting people on welfare for our whole life, we give money to church, we give money
to Compassion International, we give money to World Vision, people who are starving…why do people think Republicans don’t care
about poor people?
Lib: I can only base it on what I have seen, and I am from Florida, and I can assure you that I cannot believe that our rich
Governor who bought his election, has any compassion or concern for the poor, and some people are poor because the Bible says,
“the poor will always be with us,” but we have people who have lost their jobs, and have put them and their families in crisis,
and they didn’t see themselves that way, and people, it’s not that they don’t want to work, there’s nothing out there for
them to do, and when people are at a critical point in their lives…
V: I forgot…I forgot the microphone! See, I really am an airhead! I can’t believe I had the microphone pointing at the ground!
Seriously. Okay, start over, why are you supporting Obama?
Lib: You’re full…(laughter)..you…The reason why I am supporting Obama, I supported him in 2008, and I will continue to support
him during this election cycle, I am supporting someone who is concerned for all of the people in this country, no matter what
their walk of life is, why aren’t Rep. doing that, I don’t know, but they tend to be setting the benchmark for who can be a
child of God, because, who can be helped when they’re sick, who can be helped when they’re out of work, people have been put in
situations where they are out of work,
Rest of interview is audible and you can see here.