Edith Childs Stars In Obama Campaign ‘Fired Up’ Video
South Carolinian supporter of the president is the inspiration of campaign’s chant
Edith Childs is the latest face of the Obama campaign’s push to re-energize voters ahead of the fall presidential election.
Sporting an ornate church hat, Childs recreates the moment she inspired then-Senator Barack Obama to adopt a rally chant. In 2007, Childs assembled a small group of her neighbors to pump up a rain-drenched Obama, during an out-of-the-way campaign stop.
“Fired up, ready to go!” chants Childs, in the opening of the video. “I’m the one that got Barack Obama fired up.”
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In the video, Obama describes his meeting with Childs on the night before his election in 2008:
“It’s pouring down rain and my umbrella blows open,” Obama told a large crowd of supporters in Virginia. “I’m mad, I’m wet. We go inside, and low and behold…turns out there are 20 people there.”
Childs said she recognized Obama’s ambivalence.
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“And looking around at everyone in the room, I knew we had to do something,” she said.
The rest was history. The video shows a montage of appearance Childs made at several campaign rallies, after her initial meeting with Obama in 2007.
This is the latest cinematic style campaign video released by the president's re-election team. Last month, the campaign released a short documentary, titled "The Road We've Traveled." To watch the documentary, click here.