Iowa Independent: My Obama-inspired Iowa homecoming
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent
My husband thought it was more than a little strange when I bought an
airplane ticket to visit Carroll, Iowa -- half way across the country
from our home in Washington, D.C. -- just to volunteer for the Barack
Obama campaign for President. But Carroll made sense to me. It is the
closest thing I have to a family hometown. My ancestors came directly
from Germany to Iowa just before the Civil War and found their way to
Carroll County to farm the soil and build the German Catholic church.
My grandparents are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. My parents were
born and baptized here and so was I. And since this is one of the most
critical elections in a generation, I wanted to volunteer in a town
that was equally important to me. There were other reasons. This is
the first time in 40 years that I have been able to campaign.