There were many highlights from the President's State of the Union speech last night. Some of the things that stood out to me were the mentioning of pre-K for all, the raising of the minimum wage, 15 new technology center hubs, climate change, and the call for a vote on Gun Control (that was a real emotional moment in the speech). All of these things made an impression on me, but nothing more so than when the President talked about Ms. Desiline Victor.
Ms. Desiline Victor is the 102 year-old Haitian born Floridian who stood in line for hours to cast her vote for President Obama.
She participated in early voting in Florida, and waited for three hours to cast her ballot. Her long wait was due to the Republicans of the state of Florida shortening the early voting period from 14 to 8 days.
Victor became a citizen in 2005 and casted her first vote for the president in 2008.