By: Jahbrielle Henning-Rayford, Your Black World
Saturday night, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, sought to rekindle the fire of the 2008 Presidential Campaign in Des Moines, Iowa. In January of 2008, Obama won in the state of Iowa, and Emanuel wants to relive that. Over a thousand people gathered at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner to rally.
Many senators and representatives spoke, but the main attraction was the straight-talking, inspirational Rahm Emanuel. Just before Emanuel was introduced, Representative Bruce Braley, of Iowa’s 1st District urged the audience to reelect President Barack Obama next November:
“Imagine what we could do together if we still believed in change…bring that magic back to Iowa.” Braley, said.
Emanuel got on stage and reengaged the audience with the kinetic energy of hope that everyone felt in 2008. He encouraged them to take that spirit of hard work and motivation into 2012. The mayor, patriotically reminded the audience of what President Obama has accomplished in four years --- in spite of everything he inherited from President George W. Bush.
"Four years ago, at this very dinner, President Obama promised he would take the fight to Al Qa'eda, he said he would bring justice to Al Qa'eda's leaders. Tonight, Osama bin Laden is history, justice has been done. And America is better for it."
Rahm Emanuel continued to list Obama’s successes, from health care to ending the war. It is clear that Emanuel is once again standing by the president and he’s urging the people of Iowa to do the same.
With the economy struggling and Republicans fighting together to win, will Rahm Emanuel’s activism be effective again?