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Obama campaign office opens in Halifax County

Supporters of President Barack Obama opened six new campaign offices in Virginia this weekend including one Saturday at 3166 Halifax Road in South Boston. 

More than 60 people attended the grand opening of the Halifax office Saturday afternoon. 

Obama supporters were able to sign up for volunteer opportunities and hear a few words from the Virginia research and policy director for the Obama campaign Eric Cage and Ebony Guy Field Organizer for Halifax, Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties.

Other offices were opened in Emporia, Fluvanna, Reston, Lynchburg and Mt. Vernon.

According to a news release sent by Virginia Regional Press Secretary Dan Crawford, the office openings are the latest steps to build the campaign’s grassroots infrastructure in every corner of the commonwealth and bring the total number of offices to 31.

Cage is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Rutgers Universities and a former Halifax County High School teacher. He has had the opportunity to work with Congressmen Keith Ellison and Tom Perriello. 

“Regardless of where I go or what I do, at the end of the day I will always be a simple country boy from Halifax County,” Cage said. 

Cage explained the reason he has been so successful and has been able to live the American dream is because of the policies President Obama and Democrats support.   

Cage mentioned policies like the Pell Grant which, has made sure people who don’t come from the top 2 percent have an opportunity to get assistance during college, the job and skill training programs put in place, and the new health care act. 

According to Cage, the new health care act was put in place to make sure everybody, regardless of economic status, will have the opportunity to receive insurance coverage. 

Cage went on to explain that because of the efforts of Obama and other Democrats there has been progress.

He told supporters that although things are not completely perfect it is better than the alternative.

“If President Obama hadn’t stepped up and taken some really bold actions from Day One of his presidency, we could very much now be in a second great depression, but because of the bold actions President Obama took from day one of assuming office we are making strong progress to where we need to be as a county.

According to Cage, there has been 28.9 consecutive weeks of private sector job growth in Virginia because of the stimulus recovery act.

“We’ve seen over 131,000 created right here in Virginia,” Cage said.

Cage mentioned those on the other side (Republicans) had no interest in working with the president and that Sen. Mitch McConnell said it was number one priority that the president would be defeated the second time around.

Cage said the president has had to push against a lot of headwinds.

“When folks say the president could have done this and the president could have done that, sure he could done more if he had willing partners,” Cage said.

Cage told supporters that even through all those headwinds the president has been able to push forward and has taken the country in a positive direction. 

“There is still a lot of work to be done, and that is why we need to give the president four more years to finish what he started,” Cage said.

“What we need to do is take a step back and look at what the alternative is. We know the candidate on the other side is interested in one thing and one thing only and that is supporting the wealthy,” Cage said. 

The wealthy is only 2 percent in this country, Cage noted.  He wrapped up his speech by saying,“ That’s not what the folks in this room are about. We are hard working folks that come from real class backgrounds. We still believe that if we work hard and play by the rules we’re going to achieve the American Dream. We need a president that believes in that dream and believes in us and that’s President Obama.” 

Following Cage’s speech, Guy presented supporters with a call to action.

Guy took supporters back to November 2008 when Obama was elected president. She asked the supporters to reminisce about where they were and how they felt when the president was elected. 

“It was such a magical moment. Then reality hit, wow the auto motive industry is failing, wow the banks are shutting down. All these things were coming at our president elect and we just didn’t know where to start,” Guy said. “ The president just took on that task and now we are where we are today.”

Grassroots support is what the campaign is all about, Guy added.

“It starts here. The people in this room are going to be the people that get President Obama reelected,” Guy said. “You are going to get your churches organized, you’re going to get your family and friends organized, you’re going to give just a little bit of your time to this candidate. You’re not doing it for me, you’re doing for your country,” Guy said.

Guy explained this is about moving America forward. She said it isn’t about a Democratic president or Republican president it’s about the United States of America.  

“This is about America, this about our children,” Guy said.

The choices that America makes will make a difference in the lives of the children Guy explained. 

She asked supporters to look out for any volunteer opportunities, whether it be tweeting, making phone calls and helping with voter registration. 

Guy thanked supporters for their support of the president.

She concluded with the reasons why it is important to volunteer and to get involved because “one person can make a difference.”