Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fayetteville woman is on board with Obama

A very nice -- and well-deserved -- article in her hometown paper about Jenny Yeager, who is kicking butt for Obama in the Tri-State area:

(Fayetteville Observer, The (Fayetteville, NC) (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

Feb. 3--Growing up in Fayetteville, Jenny Yeager planned to change the world.

At 28, she hopes she's doing that by working on the 2008 campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Yeager is Obama's finance director for the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. She has been with him for four years, since his Senate campaign in Illinois. The stakes are higher this time around.

"I just want him to win," she said. "Honestly, I did not get in this four years ago because I thought he would run for president. I really like him."

Obama scooped her up off the unemployment line in 2004 to be his deputy national finance director. Her role in the beginning was to raise money outside Illinois for his Senate bid.

"Personally, he has been unbelievably good to me. He has given me a ton of professional respect and a lot of responsibility," Yeager said. "I don't know many people in power who would hand over certain positions to someone my age."

During a telephone interview from her office on 59th Street and Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, Yeager talked about life in the high-stakes political world that she orbits: the exhausting pace she's keeping in the presidential campaign, her inside take on a would-be president who doesn't take himself too seriously, and her passion and sense of pride in working to put Obama in the White House.

"I would see him winning as historic, not just because he's African-American," she said. "But what he's trying to do is historic, if not symbolic. He's asking everyone to adjust the way they think about politics. Trust again in their leaders and understand that this country -- it's really a great country, and there's no reason why we shouldn't be engaged and feel good about ourselves. That's what's historic about it."


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