Leroy Doe Jr., 55
Retired Marine, truck driver, maintenance technician, Obama supporter.
I don't really look at it as a black or white issue or a Democrat or Republican issue, but a people issue. People — with this economy and this war — people just want to live at ease. I just want to be a part of history in the making.
I can almost feel how Obama may feel. I went to George Wythe High School. I was in the ROTC program there and when I was a senior I was promoted to the highest ranking cadet. Some parents took their kids out of the program because they had a black colonel. … It was a predominantly white school at that time and I don't know whether they were ready for that yet. Over all, what I'm trying to say is no matter what happens there's going to be some negativity. Like he said, he can't do it alone. It starts at home. … We got to get kids [away] from the TV and the video games, and get it back to the old school, the way we were brought up and raised and get things back in order.
I think we're in the worst shape we've ever been in. Some people say it's revelation, or ends times, but there's also solutions.
[I was attending] Bainbridge Junior High School when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. That morning, Bainbridge Junior High School was a school that had not so long been integrated. When I first was a student there we were afraid to actually go there, but we had to go because we were bused there. The next morning after Martin Luther King was assassinated, some of the white kids were chanting “the king is dead” and we as young kids didn't know what to say or [how] to respond. It's not that way anymore, thank God. My Boy Scout leader took the whole troop camping that weekend and I will never forget that when we got back, Hull Street looked like a tornado had gone down. I [think] that he knew what was going to take place and just took the whole Boy Scout troop out of town to get us out of the way. I saw car lots with cars that had been turned upside down and police cars that were vandalized.
Things have gotten better, they haven't gotten worse. Certain issues [such as] education, health, veterans' problems we're going to have to work on.
I was in Vietnam for the evacuation and you just wonder about tax dollars. I mean hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment just being left behind or pushed overboard to make room for the refugees, people that had no other place to go. Even today if I had to go back I would go back and serve my country, but I would feel even stronger going back with a president that was for change and changing what we had gone through in the past. It's about taking care of business.”