It was billed as a big night in East Palo Alto. For a diverse group of more than 60 people, who turned out at the Firehouse Bar and Grill in that city to watch President Obama address the Democratic National Convention, it was, indeed, a big night. Everyone in attendance seemed fired up and ready to go.
They were part of a watch party hosted by the East Palo Alto Neighborhood Team for Obama. The watch party in East Palo Alto was just one of many that was held throughout the Bay Area in support of the president.
As supporters of the Obama Biden campaign, those gathered in East Palo Alto cheered as they heard the televised speeches from the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina. Some were glad that President Obama’s speech reminded his supporters of the triumphs of his administration and the steps the administration was willing to take to fix the economy.
The supporters at the Firehouse Bar and Grill cheered as they heard President Obama say, “As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s what we believe.”
Eva Nazarewicz who came from San Mateo to watch the speech, “I thought it was a call to action.” Nazarewicz said that she believed President Obama “acknowledged all the work that has been done and acknowledged there’s still more to do as we can’t rest on our laurels.”
Lydia Gartrell of East Palo Alto was very pleased with the speech. She said, “Obama gave specifics on the big question of, ‘Are we better off than four years ago?’ I think we are.”
Ingrid Moore of East Palo Alto was pleased with the President’s demeanor throughout the speech. She said, “I liked that he wasn’t boastful when accepting responsibility for what has been accomplished.”
Representatives of the East Palo Alto Neighborhood Team for Obama said the group looks forward to putting on future events for Obama. such as phone banking and voter registration.