President Obama earned my vote in 2007 and continues to earn it today, even more so than four years ago. The reasons for me became clear back then when I saw a candidate that was motivated by helping the majority of Americans, not just a segmented group of voters. I also saw a candidate that was interested in the well-being of the majority of families across the nation; families that faced similar hardships that President Obama’s own family had dealt with before. What stood out to me in 2007 and continues to today is the message that we heard during Mrs. Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in September -- the personal experiences that Mrs. Obama and President Obama experienced in their own lives and within their own families have been the bedrock for the issues and platforms that President Obama has rallied for these last four years.
In addition to wanting a president that draws on personal experiences to guide his political platform, I also wanted a candidate that stood where I stood on issues that are important for me as a mom and a woman. Most importantly, preserving the rights of women to be free from government and political intrusion on their bodies; the growth of small business and the middle class, and of course, health care reform, among other important issues.
As I reflect upon these last four years, a few things stand out to me that make me stand firm with the President today in hopes for four more years:
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program