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Time to fight for Obama

By Bess Kercher
Special to the Observer

What has it been like in the arena for the past two days?

Tuesday night was electric. Take your most stirring church experience and combine it with your most awesome rock concert. Add your favorite tear-jerker movie and finish it off with Christmas morning. Yes, it was that good.

The message from Mayor Anthony Foxx, a classmate of mine from West Charlotte High and Davidson College, was inspiring: If we work together, we can solve any problem. If we think beyond ourselves, we honor what it means to be an American.

But the question posed to every presidential incumbent is this: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

The answers rang out Tuesday night. If you are the parents of a child with a heart condition that requires expensive medical treatment: Yes.

If you’re gay and trying to build a life and a family with your partner: Yes.

If you’re a woman desiring equal pay for equal work: Yes.

If you’re a military vet or auto industry worker: Yes.

When I told a busy concession stand volunteer that we were lucky to have her help, she said she was lucky, too – lucky to be helping the president. Her support underscored what many speakers, including crowd favorite Michelle Obama, said. President Obama has fought for us. Now it is our time to fight for him.

Bess Kercher, a longtime Charlotte resident, is a liberal political junkie, writer and stay-at-home mom.
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