I had called Grant Taylor on the 4th of July and asked if we could shoot some firework sequences that evening, to use as the final visual in our music video. I wanted the feeling of "Celebrate! Barack Obama, our next president!" How glorious tonight, at the end of Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in the Mile High Stadium, to have fireworks soaring all around the historic gathering. Our Next President! My conviction is higher than ever that Barack Obama is the right leader for our time.
The road is not going to be easy. All the more reason for each one of us to take a stand and do whatever we can – in our own ways – to help usher in the change that this time is asking of us. The question never was about "is Barack ready?" The real question has everything to do with "are we ready? We are the change we've been waiting for!" I have tremendous faith in the potential of our God-given humanity, and faith that we are being offered a leader who can bring forward our potential. Let's give Barack, and ourselves, what we all deserve: the opportunity to move forward into all that we can be with strength, clarity, integrity, brilliance and – most of all – heart.
Sharing a personal note from friends Gary Smith and Nancy Meze: "Susan's work has a way of reaching into the heart and stirring it up. Her new music video "Choose to Unite " motivates and inspires the best in us just as her photographic work has inspired us through the years. I find myself singing the song and watching the film to tap into the joy I look for in my life. The total visual and especially peoples' faces have made a very positive imprint in mind and heart. Isn't it wonderful to see the joy in these friends expressing "unite politics" rather than the "politics as usual" look of most? Thank you, Susan, for your vision, hard work and that of "the cast of thousands" there in Santa Fe!!