Looking Back at Iowa ’08

The recent GOP Caucus fight in Iowa between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul reminded me of my time four years ago campaigning for then-longshot-candidate Barack Obama.

A busload of over 100 St. Louisans traveled to Iowa to knock on doors in the freezing cold on behalf of the charismatic senator from Illinois who was trying to be the first serious African-American candidate for President of the United States. At that time it was a goal that even most African-Americans thought couldn’t be reached. As a matter of fact, according to polls, African-Americans were still strongly supporting Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t until Iowa that black Americans thought “This could really happen.”

A few weeks later, I had the pleasure of returning to Iowa on the night of the Caucuses and witness a speech I will never forget.

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