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If I want to work for Barack, though, I can also recruit and train volunteers and run phone banks. I can even have conversations with people on their front porches. This seems like a classist slip – not all of us are fortunate enough to have front porches. Beyond that, if I’m going to sit on somebody’s front porch and watch the hawk making lazy circles in the sky, I’d rather not be talking about our ubiquitous president.
But most of all, Michelle wants me to “build the relationships” that will bring my community together to fight for progress. Once again, these buzzwords leave something to be desired. The progress envisioned here has little to do, say, with more economic or social freedom; it has to do, no doubt, with bigger government. So I’m supposed to devote my summer vacation to that?
The pathetic attempts of the Obama campaign to paint itself as friend of the common man aren’t just empty, they’re insulting. Michelle’s characterization of her husband as a victim of the American people – he needs our help, we’re his only hope! – is beyond arrogant. Barack Obama is the most powerful man on the planet. For him to act the aggrieved politician requiring the help of the little people is too condescending for words.
But it gets better. Within 48 hours of Michelle’s cute email, I got one from Julianna Smoot, Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama. This email told me that if I just donated $3, I’d have a chance at having dinner with George Clooney and Obama – at Clooney’s house! “He’s hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November,” the email breathlessly announced. “And he’s saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It’s just not a chance most people get — well, ever.”
The chance to sit with a bunch of pompous people who think they do important work while reading lines written by actually talented people? Color me enthused! Eating dinner across the room from George Clooney? The George Clooney? As in the guy in Syriana?!
This is how the Democrats reach out to their constituents: by getting them to spend the summer changing the possibility that Obama won’t be reelected and entering a lottery to eat scraps from George Clooney’s table! What a deal!
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