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Barbara Moody attends DNC

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pictured above are the massive throngs of people waving U.S. flags who went to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Col. Photo by Barbara Moody
Throngs of people pile through the stadium as cameras flash their blinding lights from every direction. Red, white and blue are seen in a shining array of colors arranged in gayful displays of balloons, ribbons and confetti. "I thought it was an awesome experience, and I use the word 'awesome' in the truest sense of the word," said Barbara Moody, a Democratic delegate from the First Congressional District who went to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo.

Moody said there were about 70,000 to 75,000 people at the convention. She said there were also lines outside the Pepsi Center. "The amount of people there was whatever the stadium holds plus the others outside," Moody said. The Pepsi Center has 18,129 seats.

"There were so many things going on. It was really a huge emotional and physical experience," Moody said. "Every minute of every day, there was always something going on." Moody also said it was moving to hear Ted Kennedy speak.

Before the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party of Arkansas experienced an emotional shock when a gunman entered party headquarters and fatally shot the State Chair of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, Bill Gwatney.

Moody said she was in Little Rock at the time of the shooting but not in the office when the gunman came in. "I had only been out of the office about 10 minutes when the shooter came in," Moody said.

According to Moody, she was at her monthly Weight Watchers meeting when her cell phone started ringing. When her phone kept vibrating, Moody went out to the hallway to see what the call was about. She said her daughter was on the other line. "My daughter said, 'Mom, why are you whispering?'" Moody said. Moody then informed her daughter that she was at a meeting and not at Democratic Party headquarters. "My daughter then said, 'Haven't you heard what happened?'" Moody said.

"When I heard what happened, my heart ached for the kids, or young adults, that were in the office at the time," Moody said.

Though Moody said there seems to be some paranoid aftershocks of the event, "Everybody (at Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters) seems to be doing pretty well," Moody said.

Shortly after this dramatic moment, Moody and other Arkansas Democratic delegates went to the Democratic National Convention.

Before all the Democrats' eyes looked to Sen. Barack Obama as their next president, Moody was rooting for Sen. Hillary Clinton. "Hillary strongly believed in reforming education in Arkansas (when she was Arkansas' first lady) and in veterans' benefits," Moody said. "I also supported Hillary because of all the work she's done for women and children. She was just a hometown girl."

Moody said she believes Obama's strongest point that will lead him through the election in November is his platform. "It's all about values," Moody said.

According to Moody, she wasn't always a Democrat. "Growing up in a military family, you tend to have a Republican outlook," Moody said. Then Moody said she started paying more attention to the debates. She said she has been a Democrat for 35 years.

"To me, Democrats are more about family and children and helping people who need help," Moody said. "The Republicans have gotten us in a mess. I really am frightened for our country right now. The U.S. doesn't have a good standing around the world."

"Obama's down in the polls and I think the Palin factor played into a lot of it," Moody said. "It hurt Obama." But as people get to see where Palin really stands people might change their minds, she said.

Moody said Sen. John McCain is getting old and has suffered from cancer. "His days are numbered," Moody said. If McCain were to die in office, Gov. Sarah Palin would be the one to take over. Moody said some voters might not be comfortable with Palin taking the role of president because of her lack of experience.

"Changes are much better for women with Obama," Moody said. "I am still a little disappointed (though) about Obama not choosing Hillary for his running mate."

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