CHARLOTTE, N.C. - City Council President Greg Rabb has been representing Jamestown at the Democratic National Convention, but now he is ready to get back home to help get President Barack Obama re-elected.
"We've been 'fired up' every single day, and every day has gotten hotter and hotter," said Rabb. "The crowd was excited, and tonight the chant was 'fired up, ready to go.'"
There were a series of speeches made at the convention, including Vice President Joe Biden speaking about Obama, followed by the president himself.
"Exceptional speeches," said Rabb. "They made the case, the theme was there, about why we need to keep going with the president.
"Much like Clinton they didn't attack the Republicans," Rabb said. "In fact, one of the things they emphasized was how much they respect their opponents. They just, like me, disagree with their policies. That, this isn't personal, or even political, it's about the future of the country."
There was also a very emotional moment in which he was sure didn't leave a dry eye in the house, he said.
"When former congresswoman Giffords, who was shot and suffered some brain damage, and has been spending an enormous amount of time in rehabilitation, came out to lead the convention in the Pledge of allegiance," said Rabb. "She came out looking great, smiling her usual way, said the pledge perfectly and emphasized with a flourish at the end about liberty and justice for all."
According to Rabb, the convention covered everything he thought was important, and that if anything else would have been expanded on they'd have to have been there even longer.
"After three days we're kind of tired, and we have a lot of work to do between now and Nov. 6," said Rabb. "But, what I noticed was a repeat of several themes about how much the president has accomplished in his first term, and how much more he has to do in the second term, but that he can't do it alone it's going to take all of us. 'The change is not finished' Obama said, 'And I didn't do it, you did it.' Even though I'm no longer a young man, this convention made me feel young again, excited again and very patriotic. This was a great opportunity, and I hope I'll be around in 2016 so I'll get another chance to do it all over again."