Her daughter, Georgia delegate Ashley Lee, got a handshake — and a treasured memory.
The two got up early to get front-row seats at the Women’s Caucus, along with relatives Carrie Ann Ware of Rome and Rome native Eva Morris, who now lives in the convention city of Charlotte, N.C.
“Michelle Obama gave me a handshake, and when I leaned over, she was giving my mom a hug,” Ashley Lee said. “It was very emotional, and I had to fight the tears. To be able to share that moment with my mom is something I’ll remember for a lifetime.”
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Daisy Lee, Ware and Morris had community credentials to attend President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium. But heavy rain forced a transfer of the outdoor event to the smaller venue of the convention center.
Ashley Lee said the three would be watching on television instead, but all the disappointed bearers of community credentials were assured they’d have first chance for tickets if Obama comes to their state.
“That just shows his level of compassion for people and commitment to doing what he said,” she said. “He goes above and beyond to be accommodating.”
Wendy Davis of Rome is attending the convention as a guest. Her four-year term as a member of the Democratic National Committee starts today — but on Thursday she was in the nosebleed seats.
“The good news is I beat the rain to the arena, and I got a front-row seat up in the balcony,” she said with a laugh. “And I saw Marc Anthony rehearse the National Anthem twice.”
Davis also was mistakenly given delegate credentials Thursday, so she used them for a side trip to the floor and a photo with Ashley Lee before trading them back for her guest pass.
The longtime political consultant said she’s run into a number of old friends, including some colleagues from her stint on Bill Richardson’s 2008 presidential campaign who also will start terms on the DNC today.
“It’s great for people-watching, and the diversity in the hall is really wonderful to see,” she said. “The energy keeps getting better and better.”
The one down-side to her trip, she said Thursday, was “having to miss my Rome Braves playoff game. But I had friends texting me from the ballpark, and I’ll go to Asheville tomorrow to see them, so that’s good.”
The Rome Braves beat the Asheville Tourists at State Mutual Stadium on Wednesday in the first game of the South Atlantic League playoffs. They’ll play the second game tonight in Asheville, N.C.