miss weiss, fired up

One of my most loved videos from the campaign – 82-year-old Jean Weiss from Wilmington, NC, getting then Senator Obama fired up, and almost beating Joe Biden to a place on the ticket.

8 Responses to “miss weiss, fired up”

  1. January 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I found these clips of people at the
    memorial service in Tucson…The first is
    really emtional and the second was a homemade
    first-hand account of how folks were
    behaving in the stands…

  2. 2 A.L.Zymers
    January 17, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Thank you, tigerfist88 for enriching the information stream as you did with the RFK tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. It adds immeasurably to the value of this site.

    And thank you, Chipsticks, for the Ms Weiss video. I wanted to refer to it in a comment I made about the consistency of President Obama’s message of civil political discourse–it wasn’t new, and a wise one like Ms Weiss encouraged his practice of it at a time when he was being criticized for not fighting back with the same venom and intemperance that was being directed at him. It was also during the campaign that the feeding frenzied reporters asked him about Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and he forcefully responded not only that candidate’s families were off-limits, but then, startlingly said, “My mother had me when she was 18!” I remember thinking (though I would not have articulated it precisely this way at the time), that this man had the Golden Rule emblazoned on his heart. At least it’s up there with the North Star that he is aiming at.

    Perhaps he can’t bring the citizenry or his fellow politicians up to the level of responsible rhetoric, but he is determined not to get down into the gutter with them. And that’s how one leads by example. It’s called Character.

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself, when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk to wise
    [Well, he sure fails here, doesn’t he;-)]

    ….You’ll be a Man my son

    It’s called Character, even by Rudyard Kipling.

  3. 6 Dorothy Rissman
    January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Chipsticks, I have watched that clip so many times since the election. Eventually moved on, but how great to be reminded of it. “Will you be my running mate” Thanks for all that you do.

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