My grandmother and I woke up early Dec. 9 to drive to Columbia for the rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, featuring talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
I wanted to witness history in the making.
I had met the senator in Washington D.C. last February. I thought that he was the coolest thing since sliced bread. He signed both of his books for me and told me that he was looking forward to rallying with me when I run for president in about 20 years.
By 12:30 p.m., my grandmother and I were in a long, winding line at Williams-Brice Stadium for the rally, which began at 2. We stood in line for what seemed an eternity and were relieved when we finally got to our seats in the nosebleed section.
The Obama support group provided entertainment, with a few high school bands and some local acts. My favorite performance was by Arrested Development, a hip-hop group that was popular when I was younger. They performed all of their old hits and some of their new stuff.
The fact that there was entertainment made me feel as though I was at a concert and not a political rally. This signified to me that Mr. Obama is in touch with the younger generation.
When Ms. Winfrey appeared, there was so much commotion in the stands that I felt inspired to join in. To think that such an inspirational woman is willing to take time out of her busy schedule to endorse a politician -- this man has to be worth something.
She talked about their common interests and why she believes in him. She urged the crowd to believe in him, too. Then Mr. Obama entered the stadium, and once again the crowd went wild.
He spoke about his beliefs and what needs to be done to change the country for the better. He made promises about health care, education and the war in Iraq. Like Ms. Winfrey, Mr. Obama was inspiring. People clapped and cheered.
He spoke of playing basketball in Hawaii and his wife's childhood in South Carolina. I felt as though I could relate to him on every level. I agreed with some of the ideas he proposed, such as universal health care and an affordable education for every child.
As the rally ended and we had to return to our cars, I was in awe as I saw many people the same age as I, if not younger, walk to their cars. I saw high school students and college students wearing Obama T-shirts. There were some young people who participated in signing petitions and passing out fliers promoting voter registration.
I was intrigued by young people who were a part of something that is perhaps greater than they are. I was so inspired by the youths at the rally that I signed up to be a volunteer as soon as I got home. I want to be a part of his campaign and help change the world.
Brianna Mack is a senior at the Academy of Richmond County.