We started this grassroots effort back in October of 2006. This was our original blog.
Sen. Obama came down to Texas to promote his book, Audacity of Hope, at the Texas Book Festival. People lined up at the Texas Capitol starting at 1:00am, and by 8:00am there were 600 people hoping to secure a limited number of tickets to hear Sen. Obama speak. They were not disappointed. The speech was inspiring, and the question and answer session afterwards was amazing. Unlike our current President, Sen. Obama is actually intelligent. He can answer questions off the cuff, and he doesn't need a teleprompter or Karl Rove. Sen. Obama has a wealth of life experience to draw from, and he's not afraid to be candid and tell people he disagrees with them. But he always respects everyone's opinion, and he tries to lead people to a better place and build consensus in the process.
After seeing so many people excited about Sen. Obama's book, our first grassroots effort was designed to build a book club. We held our first book club on Dec. 7, 2006 in Austin, Texas. It was a huge success. A full two years away from 2008, we had 30 people show up eager to discuss their passionate support for Sen. Obama.
As the support has continued to grow, we've realized that this grassroots effort was bigger than just a book club. While we strongly believe that everyone who reads Sen. Obama's two books will be inspired, we've realized that if we truly support Sen. Obama for President, we needed to do more. Thus this "Texans for Obama" grassroots effort has grown to become a fully-functioning campaign effort designed to get Sen. Obama on the Texas ballot and to provide information to curious Obama supporters.
We welcome any and all feedback. This is not a professionally run effort. There's lots more that could be done. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any interest in helping spread the word about Sen. Obama, or if you have any special skills you can bring to the table.
Keep Hope Alive! Obama '08!