Tamarac Residents Enjoy President Obama’s Visit to South Florida

Barry and Michele Kanarek of Tamarac attend the Obama Victory Fund Dinner for President Obama

President Obama made a stop in South Florida at the Hollywood Diplomat Hotel this week and Tamarac resident Michele Kanarek was able to see him for the third time.

The last time Kanarek saw the President was at his inauguration back in 2009.  This time, there were about a million less people and the temperatures were a lot more bearable than the cold temperatures of that January day.

President Obama at the Hollywood Diplomat Hotel

President Obama made several stops through South Florida this week while attending various fundraisers. One of them was Obama Victory Fund Dinner at the Hollywood Diplomat Hotel where Michele and her husband Barry attended.

Michele, who was one of the first South Florida volunteers in 2007 before Obama was even considered as the front runner democratic nominee, first volunteered when she saw an online advertisement called “Broward for Obama.”

As a volunteer, Michele worked phone banks and canvassed door-to-door getting people to register throughout the tri-county area. She also made sure people had rides to polling stations. Michele felt Obama could win from the day she first heard his keynote speech at the 2004 convention.

Michele first met  President Obama at the Bank Atlantic Center in 2007.  It was there where she was able to meet him personally as he shook the hands of all the volunteers.  The second time she saw him was on inauguration day in 2009  when she and another volunteer received tickets for the event from one of the campaign leaders.

This week was her third time to see him, and being on the front row allowed her to shake his hand after his speech, which again, was exciting for her.

It was as if I were reliving 2007. His speech has inspired many of my friends who attended to recommit to volunteering once again.”

Barry Kanarek of Tamarac was able to have his picture taken with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz 

Both Michele and her husband Barry, a retired physician, live in Tamarac.  In 2009, they found a home in the Woodlands Country Club that Michele was able to apply her expertise in computer architectural drafting and design and totally renovate. Barry enjoys golfing in the community and they love the beautiful setting in their community.

Michele plans to do more work volunteering during this campaign season and hopes to attend more fundraisers as Florida will be an important deciding state in the Presidential election.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • woody72

    It’s nice to hear about someone in the Democratic Party who gives of their time and really cares. Broward is such a political cesspool with politicians using their positions to get their spouses jobs and lobbying work. Thanks!