images-1I was sitting outside of a coffee shop this morning working on my computer when heard a woman, who was on a balcony at her nearby residence, sobbing uncontrollably.

“I got the job! I got the job! I got the job! I got the job…,” she said over and over while on the phone with her mother delivering the good news.

I sat there and eavesdropped on most of her conversation. She had been without a job for over two years. She was truly dead broke, and desperate. The enormous relief she felt when landing the job caused her emotions to overflow during that phone call with her mother. Months and months of hopelessness were finally coming to an end for her.

She’s one of the lucky ones. Not everyone who needs a job found one this week. Many, many people are struggling and they don’t know how their going to make it. The have no hope, and they don’t know what they are going to do.

Folks, this is real life in America today.

All of those Americans, who are just trying to survive, are who we should think about when we are deciding which of the presidential candidates is best prepared to lead our country next year. Frankly, I am tired of hearing about who has been the most successful corporate CEO or professional politician. I agree with what Gov. Chris Christie has said, they’re all successful. I want to hear about their plans for making it possible for every American, no matter who they are, to realize the American Dream.

This campaign season is certainly fun to watch, but let’s keep it all in perspective. Let’s remember to focus our attention in this election year more on the people than on the politicians.


*** NOTE: I did add an acknowledgement above that Gov. Christie first said that the presidential candidates are successful. I shouldn’t have stolen that line without attribution!