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From the Floor: Final Post From Denver

Chrisi West

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who blogged for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County.

The stadium was packed on Thursday night, and people were still streaming in from the long lines snaking around the building and through the parking lots. The Virginia delegation was still close to the stage, behind Illinois, so we had a prime time spot to see the speeches being made.

The most poignant testimonies to the character of the Democratic nominee were the personal stories of regular citizens, union workers, and everyday people. Their reasons for supporting Senator Obama were as diverse as they were themselves, coming from all over the country and from different walks of life. The stories were sad, heartwarming, and sometimes even funny, and I think one man in particular, Barney Smith, won the heart of every person in that stadium.

Keith and I made a quick conference call to the 22 parties being hosted in our magisterial district back home in Fairfax County from the convention floor. Supporters were gathering all over the Commonwealth to watch the speech with friends and soon-to-be friends, and talk about organizing on a precinct by precinct level. Part of me wished I could be there celebrating with them, although I'm definitely complaining about where I was instead!

It was almost a relief when Barack finally took the stage to make his speech to the sound of the roaring, record sized convention crowd. I couldn't yell, I couldn't chant, I couldn't scream. I could only hold up my "Change" sign when he came out, completely overwhelmed by all of the people and the gravity of the moment. It was probably the first Obama event I've attended where I was rendered completely speechless.

I wish all of my fellow Obama supporters and friends could've been on the field with us on Thursday night at INVESCO Field to witness history in the making. All of the canvassing, travel, phone banking and organizing of all the volunteers across the country over the last year and a half got Senator Obama to this moment. It was an organized, unprecedented grassroots effort that will hopefully carry the party into the next election and for elections to come.

In the meantime, it's back to work for me. I have some doors to knock on and voters to register!

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 30, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
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Great reporting! It's been nice reading this blog and getting a feel for things in Denver. Thanks!

Posted by: Rondar | August 31, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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