Good stuff (video edition): Fired up! Ready to go!

I happened to be online tonight when people started tweeting about President Obama’s last campaign rally being live-streamed out of Iowa. I caught pretty much all of the President’s speech, which was wonderful and bracing and helped clear out some of my cobwebs of fear, and he ended it with the by-now familiar story of the time that he was campaigning ahead of the South Carolina primary (way back when…) and in the midst of a dreary, exhausting, rainy morning with a tiny crowd of some 20 rained-on, tired-looking people, a woman started shouting “Fired up! Ready to go!” — call and response with the 20 other souls — for minutes on  end. “And after a while, I was feeling kind of fired up! I was feeling ready to go!” I don’t mind confiding, reader: I teared up.

Though I’ve heard the story before, I’d never heard the woman’s name: It was Edith Childs, and she’s since appeared alongside the President occasionally when he tells the story, and is very active in his campaign. In Googling her to learn more, I discovered the following video: The story behind “Fired up! Ready to go!” And it’s pretty wonderful.

And so I leave it for you here. Please God and all that is good and right, let the signs pointing tonight to the President’s victory be right….

Fired up! Ready to go!



  1. I’m tearing up right there with you – and now feeling a teeny bit more hopeful as well.

  2. My face is wreathed in tears. This man has to win. That is pure enthusiasm, that is pure empathy, that is pure energy, that is what we need in our leader. He cares about us. That’s all I can say… well, that and I cast my vote for him this morning.