5 Black Women on Why Obama's the Right Choice

At the Democratic National Convention, ESSENCE's Wendy L. Wilson met a few women who explained exactly why they want to reelect the President. (Meet 6 Black Republican women voting for Mitt Romney.)

Wendy L. Wilson Oct, 08, 2012

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“President Obama’s vision for America is the right vision we need to have in order to move forward. I think Clinton said it best: No president could have solved the mess of our nation in four years, but President Obama has absolutely put us on the right track to move forward. This is a man who embodies the American dream and the American ideal. His story is seen in the stories of so many people in my generation. We can all relate to the President’s personal history and the First Lady’s. He’s the leader we need to keep our nation unified, to bring us back toward prosperity and take us into a new economic generation.”

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“In 2010, Republicans took over the house in North Carolina for the first time since 1864, and because of that I have felt the negative effects. I’m an African American young woman who is a single parent and a lot of things that have been put into place here are not supportive of my lifestyle. To think of the possibility of that happening nationwide is detrimental. We cannot go backwards, we can only move forward, and that’s why I’m passionate about getting President Obama reelected. He’s a family man who identifies with all races, and he's a President of inclusion. It takes more than four years to do anything effectively. I think he’s done a great job and I know people who personally have been able to get college degrees because of the President developing more money for Pell Grants. If it weren’t for that opportunity, these people wouldn't have been able to go.”

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“I joined the Black Women for Obama in 2008. President Obama has signed some 150 laws into legislation that have helped me as an African American, as a woman, as a business owner and as a grandparent. He has worked hard in spite of tremendous contention and obstacles. I have to support him in this reelection and I’m hoping the next Obama to run will be Mrs. Obama. Both the President and the First Lady make me feel like they understand that I’m a mother and a wife, and that’s important and should be recognized by any politician who wants my vote. I pay taxes and I want to make sure people in my community don’t lose their homes if they lose their jobs. I want my community to stay strong.  He has made it very clear that he supports opportunity and education, and that’s what I want for my community and my state. They make me proud to be an American.” 

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“I have so many boxes I can check: I’m Black, I’m a female, I’m gay, but at the end of the day I’m reminded that I’m just an American. There are so many reasons why President Obama is the right choice. My partner and I have been together for nine years and celebrated five years of her breast cancer remission. Other than her getting healthy again, our main concern was health insurance. You cannot build a house in two weeks. He will not be able to rebuild our government in four years. He understands what the problems are, he has laid a foundation, and now he needs to continue that vision. To come into what he came into and still be able to get so much done is amazing. Tough times don’t last but tough people do. He’s a tough person who sees a problem and is very methodical in his thinking to get a solution accomplished. ”

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“A lot of my work focuses around civic engagement with the youth, I helped run a program on seven campuses in 2008 turning on thousands of young people to voting. One of our campuses had 100 percent voter registration and 100 percent voter turnout. To see what the President has done to help young people, like passing the affordable health care act enabling young people to stay on their parents' health care until they are 26, coming out of college with less student debt — we need to allow him to finish what he’s started. He has more than proved he does amazing work and can make things happen. He’s just doing so much in light of stepping into such catastrophe. He’s done so much for the country — why not give him a second term? To me, it’s a no brainer.”