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The crowd waiting to see and hear Michelle Obama at 18th and Vine in Kansas City on October 1, 2008.

We sometimes tend to forget where we were and how we got here. It’s especially that way with campaigns and elections.

A year ago we hoped against hope that we were making it possible to accomplish the change for the good that was so desperately needed. Well, it did turn out to be true a month later for at least 53% of us.

As I watched the presidential campaign unfold in the months leading up to that moment of change in early November I was heartened by the number of people who showed up to volunteer to try and help make it happen. At the same time I also worried if they were going to stick around to help make the possibilities a reality when it came time for the hard part after the election – governing.

“…What do we do now?”

Health care reform. It’s they key to everything else. Barack Obama knew it then, and so did the interests who opposed him. And they know now, too. The question is, when it comes to health care reform will all those people who showed up to volunteer and who voted for change on election day show up for the difficult part?

On that pleasant day a year ago I looked out on the faces in the crowd and I knew I thought it would be possible.

Michelle Obama at 18th and Vine in Kansas City – the faces

I still hope it is.