A chance encounter with a Kennedy in Denver

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August 26, 2008

Cheryl Miller, 55, and her husband, Michael, coordinate the Volunteers for Obama office in Anne Arundel County. She is an Annapolis resident and mother of two who runs a home-based event planning business.

Despite studying political science at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, Miller was not particularly involved in politics until this year. She was invited to a fundraiser last fall, and soon found herself immersed in the Obama campaign, working phone banks and traveling to Ohio and Pennsylvania to knock on doors.

This is her first convention, and she agreed to blog this week for The Baltimore Sun about her experiences. Here's an excerpt from her online diary:

Shhh! Shhh! Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is admonishing us to silence so that the formal program of speeches can begin in earnest on our first evening together in Denver as a Maryland Delegation.

Over many months as political activists in the Obama campaign, we have grown accustomed to Elijah's able and inspiring leadership. As a result, the room quickly falls quiet.

With the speeches that ensue at this Sunday evening reception inside our hotel, our week-long work as delegates has finally begun ...

Former presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry takes the stage, and from only 20 feet in front of me, shares lessons learned from his unsuccessful bid for president ...

Monday morning and there is more excitement in the air. Each breath brings a new experience. My ride on the elevator results in a chance encounter with Caroline Kennedy. A true believer in Camelot, I am thrilled as she graciously shakes my hand as we descend to the lobby.

Next week, a Maryland delegate to the Republican delegation will blog for The Baltimore Sun.

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