Hero of the day: Jean Weiss

Jean Weiss: “You’d better be president.  You’ve gotta be president.”

From CNN:

It’s official: Barack Obama has offered the vice presidency to an 82-year-old woman.

At a town hall meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday supporter Jean Weiss stood up to ask a question and began by telling the Illinois senator that he’s “captured her heart” with his foreign policy stands.

“When you said ‘yes I will sit down with all my enemies, we’re gonna sit around the table, we’re gonna work this thing out,’” Weiss said, “sir, that was not naiveté—that was wisdom.”

She then moved on to a question about water supply. “Before I answer the question,” Obama said, “I just want to know–will you be my running mate?”

The crowd erupted in applause, and Weiss ran up to the stage and gave him a hug.

“That’s my running mate there,” Obama said as she trotted back to her seat, her arms in the air. “She is 82 years old. She’s got some fire!”

Weiss wasn’t done, though, until she offered some advice on how to handle his rival Hillary Clinton.

“Don’t hit on Hillary,” she said. “Bring us all back. Let her do that stuff. Leave her alone, you don’t need to do that. You are higher than that. Bring us up higher than that.”

MORE from The News & Observer:

Eighty-two-year-old Jean Weiss sees in Sen. Barack Obama the wisdom and courage of her late husband, a German-born American hero who flew 50 missions in World War II and later became a peace activist.

Her husband, E. Karl Weiss, died in 1992 of cancer of the esophagus, just four years into the New York couple’s retirement to Wilmington.

And so Weiss knew Obama was her candidate when he said at a debate many months ago that should he become president, he would sit down with America’s enemies and try to work it out.

Weiss told Obama as much Monday in an exchange that brought down the house at UNC-Wilmington.

What brought her there, though, was a long life that gave her three children and a caring husband, who was a grounds and building superintendent at a parochial school in New York.

“He was a peacemaker,” she said. “I loved him.”

Now Weiss lives on a tiny pension and Social Security, but having once lived in Africa with her husband as a missionary, she realizes her wealth.

She attends a conservative evangelical church, where good people support the war and President Bush, she said, but when she heard Obama was coming to Wilmington, Weiss had to see him.


“I would have loved to have my husband here with me today,” Weiss said. “He would’ve said, ‘Go up there and talk.’”

I love this woman! Pass this story and video around. This needs to go viral.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/29/08 at 06:28 AM • Permalink

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I aspire to be an old lady like that in, well, many decades from now. Obama-Weiss 08!

Hnh. Empty suit Obama caught in an obvious lie. When he’s president and fails to offer the VP to Weiss, the nation will see him for the bamboozling shuckster con artist he is. Only Hillary can save the nation.

Hillary 08!!


Frank, job well done.  You almost had me fooled there.

Obama cohorts with and offers VP position to wife of dead Third Reich airman and Nazi!


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