2008 Obama Youth Continued
posted by January 9 at 12:40 PMon
Given last night’s news, which was breaking as we were going to press, we decided to yank a story by Sarah Mirk about the Obama youth vote in Iowa.
Mirk, a former news intern, is a youth. Caucused in Iowa. And she’s pals with Alec Schierenbeck. Schierenbeck is the President of the Iowa College Democrats and the face of the youth movement—at least according to the NYT last Thursday night.
Schierenbeck (in the Kerry t-shirt), signs in the night’s first caucus voter in the Grinnell College gymnasium
Sarah filed a great piece, and worked her ass off all Obama-weekend while she was on Winter break and was supposed to be hanging out with her boy friend’s family and playing Scattergories.
Despite last night’s monkey wrench, Iowa is still a big moment, and Mirk’s dispatch on Schierenbeck and Obama is worth reading.
When the crowd thins out that night after the caucus results are in, I find myself next to Schierenbeck. While the rest of the Obama students around us are grinning and beginning to open bottles of wine, Schierenbeck is barely smiling. He’s honest to God misty-eyed. So I do what any good friend would do. I make fun of him. “Are you going to cry?!” I laugh. Schierenbeck looks over at me and replies, with no hint of irony or facetiousness or any of those other emotions at which we youths excel. Instead, his face is full of relief and hope and he says, very seriously, “It’s just so important.”