In 2008 this country was in a crisis, and we came together and worked tirelessly to bring in leadership to steer us through treacherous, scary times. Today, we are at a crossroads in the road to recovery from that crisis and as we head toward the election of 2012, our commitment to our choice in leadership is even more crucial. It's been a long road, and not an easy one, but the core values that brought us together to bring about change and our commitment to a humane and inclusive America must not waver. Mine will not and I want you with me.
I reflect on a time when I was hanging out on the beach in Miami with my two beautiful daughters on my birthday, when I got a call asking if I would fly to Ohio immediately. It was a small plane. A really, really small plane. It began to rain. In fact, it began to rain very hard. I am not at all scary about flying. I couldn't believe any plane would take off in that weather. But, we did.
My office knows not to schedule anything in during my birthday - it's when I re-charge the battery and hang with the kids. For twenty years no one has ever been able to change my vacation plans. This year would be different. This year we would make history. This year would change our lives forever. So, I hopped on this little plane by myself and flew to Ohio to campaign for Barack Obama. I hit three cities in Ohio that day and it was one of the many, many trips I took in support of our President.