The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 10:52AM

The spirit inside a large tent on the field of RFK Stadium, where volunteers are filling care packages for U.S. soldiers overseas, is pretty amazing.

A group called Operation Gratitude, based out of Encino, CA, has set up an assembly line where “super-volunteers” hand supplies to people who walk along a number of stations and get plastic bags filled up.


When the first wave of bag-filler volunteers came through the doors into the tent, the “super volunteers” cheered as if it were President-elect Barack Obama himself. And 15-20 minutes into this first hour, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden haven’t shown up, but the volunteers continue to chant “Obama,” cheer each other on, and just generally make noise.

Check out the video:



The enthusiasm went a little overboard when Michelle Obama actually arrived, along with her two girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. Jill Biden and her daughter, Ashley, 27, were also there.

Many volunteers abandoned their stations and rushed over to take pictures or try to shake hands with Mrs. Obama, and the crowd was so intense that Obama staffers escorted Malia and Sasha out after only a few minutes. Here’s video of the crowd surrounding Mrs. Obama.



Jon Ward - The Washington Times