Obama Response to Palin: So Who Are YOU Fighting For?
Here is Obama’s response to Palin’s (and Guiliani’s and Pataki’s) unnecessarily demeaning remarks about community organizers having “no responsibilities.” Here’s a hint, it has to do with the economy and jobs and timely issues like healthcare. Would have been nice to hear someone at the Republican convention mention those this week.
From The Nation:
“Obama acknowledged that his campaign had focused attention on his experience as a community organizer. But he said, “I would argue that doing work in the community to try and create jobs, to bring people together, to rejuvenate communities that have fallen on hard times, to set up job-training programs in areas that have been hard hit when the steel plants closed, that that’s relevant only in understanding where I’m coming from, who I believe in, who I’m fighting for and why I’m in this race.
“And the question I have for them is? Why would that kind of work be ridiculous? Who are they fighting for? Who are they advocating for?
“Maybe that’s the problem,” Obama concluded. “Maybe that’s part of why they are out of touch and don’t get it because they haven’t spent much time working for those kind of folks.”
Joe Klein over at Time totally calls Palin on it:
So here is what Giuliani and Palin didn’t know: Obama was working for a group of [eight Catholic] churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. They hired Obama to help those stunned people recover and get the services they needed–job training, help with housing and so forth–from the local government. It was, dare I say it, the Lord’s work–the sort of mission Jesus preached (as opposed to the war in Iraq, which Palin described as a “task from God.”)
Wow, so while the thrilla from Wasilla was running around the University of Idaho showing off her sweet “I’m broke, but I’m not flat busted” t-shirt (Don’t worry, the link is safe for work), Obama was working on behalf of people struggling with jobs, housing, and healthcare, becoming uniquely prepared to deal with the tidal wave of economic, health, and housing issues Americans face today. Then it was on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law and to become a specialist in constitutional law (thank God!) before starting his years in the Illinois congressional seat and his current senate position.
You know, I think the Republicans are about to find out why it’s a bad idea to insult community organizers. It’s because they organize communities! They don’t fight, they work. And this time, it will be for Obama/Biden. Palin may have just given Obama’s campaign a post RNC shot in the arm. It isn’t traditional, but I think it would be hilarious if the Dems got a poll bump after the RNC convention, too.