CHARLOTTE,N.C. --Alabama Democrat Rep. Terri Sewell, who was one of nine freshman Democrats elected to the House of Representatives during the Republican sweep of 2010, says a gridlocked Congress won't keep President Barack Obama from being re-elected in November.
Sewell and Obama attended Harvard Law School together.
"He was the smartest, and when he spoke, everyone listened," she says. "If you would have asked me who out of our class would become president. I would have said him."
In the mid-eighties, there weren't many black students at Princeton where Sewell attended as an undergraduate so the school set up a "big sister" program. Sewell was paired with Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.
Sewell jokes she might be one of the only people in the country who knew the first lady and the president before they met in the summer of 1989 at Chicago's Sidley and Austin law firm where the first lady was assigned to mentor a star Harvard Law graduate named Barack Obama.
I hope she does more interviews this week. Her comments on Barack and Michelle Obama when they were students are great, and she's also very articulate when talking about current political issues, pointing out that we are better off today than we were four years ago ("Under Bush, we were hemorrhaging jobs") and saying that although "We could have done a better job explaining what was in the Affordable Care Act...when you talk to people and you don't label it, people get really excited about what's in it.'"