Edith Childs Stars In Obama Campaign ‘Fired Up’ Video
1 year ago
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.