Stir It Up
Onstage with Obama
How I wound up sharing the spotlight with the president
Published: September 14, 2011
I got calls and e-mails from across the country from people I knew wondering if that was really me next seemingly to the president. Local news, CNN, MSNBC, PBS Newshour: I was on all of them, smiling and clapping. I was glad I did it.
Obama's speech was more of a PR event. He saved the real meat for his Thursday night address to Congress on his jobs plan. That's an initiative we can't just smile and clap for. That's where the boots-on-the-ground activism is needed and crucial. And my little 15 minutes of fame means little in that context.
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