When Obama gives his much-anticipated acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, Prince George’s County residents will be watching on big screens at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, at El Charro restaurant in Laurel, at an official campaign office in Largo and at Barry Fletcher’s impromptu gathering at his Hair Palace in Mitchellville.
“Seems like the Republicans are on a fact-free diet. I’m afraid that people don’t really understand the facts,” said Fletcher, who plans to watch convention speeches with close friends at his shop.
Fletcher, an African American hairstylist who owns a popular line of hair products branded with his name, has hosted two fundraisers for Obama in the county. He penned, performed and posted a compelling tribute to Obama, “The Revolution was Televised” on YouTube, and on his Web site, he shares a lengthy tribute to “the only politician I trust.” He will watch Obama on a 120-inch screen in his salon.
“I’m expecting him to lay his cards on the table and tell people what’s really going on,” Fletcher said. “People will love him for it.”
April Jordan, the Maryland Democratic Coordinating Campaign regional leader, gave money to Obama’s campaign four years ago. This time around, she’s giving all she’s got. “This election is far more critical than the last. This time I’m in a position to not only contribute money, but also my time, energy and leadership,” she said.
Four years ago she lived in Atlanta and had a job that required a lot of travel, so she wrote a check to the campaign but did not have time or energy to volunteer. Now, she says she’s “all-in.” Tonight, she and Obama supporters will work, phone banking, while they party. They will enjoy a lavish feast of chicken, green beans and mac and cheese, she said. But working the phones will be their priority.
“There’s 61 days left and people realize there’s not a lot of time left,” Jordan said. “They want to get involved.” Jordan is expecting at least 85 Obama supporters, who registered online, for a watch party at the Coordinating Campaign’s headquarters at 1101 Mercantile Lane in Largo. Others are welcome to drop by until the room reaches capacity.
If you’re looking for a watch party near your home, you can input your zip code on the official Obama Web site and find one nearest you.
Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery is a contributing writer for The Root D.C. She is also author of “Little X: Growing Up in the Nation of Islam” and “Do Me Twice: My Life After Islam.” Follow her on Twitter @Sonsyrea.
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