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Meeting the President of the United States

Chicago Heights native and resident, Wendell Mosby, a member of Gen44, the official under-40 fundraising program of Obama for America.

As a kid growing up in the Beacon Hill community of Chicago Heights, wanting to be the President of the United States was never a dream I had for obvious reasons.  However, after the 2008 election, heard and seen around the world, millions of young Black children including my son are dreaming that they too, could be the Leader of the Free World.

As I reflect on what I wanted to be growing up, I honestly can not recall what it was I wanted to be until my teenage years.  I do vividly remember attending headstart at Happy Hour, located on Eastside for several years because I was a January baby...please don’t get me started on that. After that my mother moved onto 26th street, in the Hill community where I graduated from Kindergarten at Garfield Elementary School. I still have ties to Garfield because one of my teacher’s is still there, Mrs. Maria Luisa Alvardo.

My journey through life has had its fair share of ups and downs.  Yet because of the encouragement of several women now looking down from Heaven above (stepmother-Martha Brookins ’95, mother-Terri Terry ‘01, grandmother-Bernice Brookins ’09, grandmother-June Mosby ’10, eldest aunt-Marsha Robinson ’12) their voices continue to give me the solidarity and strength to keep on, keeping on.  It was a tremendous honor and privilege to meet President Barack Obama and I hope that more Chicago Heights residents will also be afforded the opportunity.

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Lee Malizia July 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
What a great opportunity for Wendall. Such a blessing to have all those "Moms". Congrat's to all! Lee
Matt Bender July 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
This is one of those you have to say it like it is. Another young African-American blindly following Barak Hussein Obama like he is something special. It is regularly reported that 95% of African American's will vote for Obama. Why is that? It certainly is not because his policies have helped the black community, because facts show the opposite has occured. Is it because of Obama's stance on gay marriage or abortion? It certainly is not because many blacks maintain strong moral beliefs and reject Obama on that. So why is it? Why would African Americans continue to support the Democratic Party and Obama? Why do African American fear Republicans? Why do African American's feel a strong economy with job opportunities is a scary thing? It is amazing when you sit back and think about it. If African American's haven't figured out by now that the only use the Democratic party has for the them is the need for their vote, then they never will remove themselves from the life of dependency!!!! Do you think the time has come for African Americans to at least consider the Republican alternatives? If African American's say NO, then get ready for another generation of dependency. Guaranteed!!

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