As we watched the speech unfold, I sat back and examined the small things in the shop, like the way the Black women in the room faces would light up every time the camera focused on 1st Lady Obama. Seeing their faces beam with pride spoke to the powerful symbolism of a Black women so gracefully defying age-old stereotypes and reinventing the position. I noticed that every time President Obama discussed restoring broad based economic prosperity, this working class group of people would clap and cheer.
The banter surrounding House Speaker John Boehner’s solemness was hysterical. The crowd couldn’t understand why Boehner looked so upset. One of the women in the shop jokingly asked, “Can that man breathe?” Yet, what was most inspiring to me was to see the joy on every person’s face when the camera focused on Congresswomen Gabby Giffords. Her mere presence brought tears to a few of people’s eyes in the shop.