S.C. Woman 'Fires Up' Democratic National Convention
Retired nurse from Greenwood featured in campaign video moves Democrats with chant.
CHARLOTTE — It's hard to go anywhere at this week's Democratic National Convention without hearing "Fired up! Ready to go!" echoing through the halls.
The call and response is part of Obama campaign history, dating back to a 2008 Democratic Primary rally in rural Greenwood, S.C.
President Obama describes in a campaign video about arriving in the small town, roughly 70 miles west of Columbia. Only 20 supporters had turned out, and the energy was tepid until Edith Childs began chanting "Fired up! Ready to go!"
For the 63-year-old retired nurse, it's a phrase she's been using for decades.
"Back in the 1960s, early 1970s ... we would go out in the community to register people to vote, that was our battle cry," Childs said. "We'd do about five rounds of that, and we'd go out and register so many people."
Childs, a first-time delegate from the Palmetto State, will announce the tally of votes from South Carolina during the party's roll call.
"It's an honor normally reserved for the delegation chair, which is Dick Harpootlian, but he asked Edith to do it because she lit the spark that started a nation to get fired up and ready to go," said state party spokeswoman Amanda Loveday.
Around Charlotte this week, Childs has been stopped along the streets and at DNC venues and thanked for her video, which has more than 100,000 views on YouTube.
"It's a humbling experience," Childs said. "I'm just so grateful I was there."