Volunteers campaigning Saturday for the reelection of President Barack Obama in Northern Virginia got a pep talk and thank you from the president through "Law & Order: SVU" star BD Wong.
Wong, a “Surrogate for Obama,” spoke to a crowd of grassroots volunteers Saturday morning at the Falls Church campaign office. The television star shared his background with the group and urged them to work hard as they go door to door.
“We really dig this guy, he’s awesome,” Wong told the crowd. “This is the first president in my lifetime that, when he speaks, I feel like he’s talking to me.”
Dozens of people gathered at , before canvassing Northern Virginia getting people to register to vote and sharing information on the Democratic candidate. This is the first time Wong has helped with a presidential campaign, he said. Virginia Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) said the canvassing event is one of hundreds of thousands of going on across the country.
Jie Zheng, 27, of Washington, D.C., mingled with volunteers representing various ethnic and social organizations. Zheng, with Chinese-Americans for Obama, is hopeful the president will win the election.
If the president wins the election, “for me, it means we can continue to have a voice,” Zheng said. “President Obama is for all Americans.”
Representing the Asian and LBGT communities, Wong said he believes the president is for people of all backgrounds. He said there are millions of people across the country that support Obama and they all believe something needs to be done on Election Day, Nov. 6.
“I feel he is an inclusive president,” Wong said.
For 11 years, Wong starred on the long-running television series as Dr. George Huang. Wong said he never intended to be a part of the show as long as he was and left to pursue a role in anther show.
“I was on for 11 years and I had an opportunity to do another show,” Wong said. “It was a great run for me and I go back for guest appearances every now and then, but I’m just not under contract anymore.”