Obama’s campaign responds

Does this sound as disingenuous to you as it does to me? He blasts McCain and the “attack squad.” Does that mean he didn’t go the the DNC? Heck he could have even watched it on TV.

Cindy —

I wasn’t planning on sending you something tonight. But if you saw what I saw from the Republican convention, you know that it demands a response.

I saw John McCain’s attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked you for being a part of this campaign.

But worst of all — and this deserves to be noted — they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.

You know that despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the power to build something extraordinary when we come together. Make a donation of $5 or more right now to remind them.

Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.

Let’s clarify something for them right now.

Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

And it’s no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.

Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it’s happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.

Meanwhile, we still haven’t gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.

It’s now clear that John McCain’s campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks — on Barack Obama and on you — are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.

But you can send a crystal clear message.

Enough is enough. Make your voice heard loud and clear by making a $5 donation right now:


Thank you for joining more than 2 million ordinary Americans who refuse to be silenced.


David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


  1. Don’t you think it disgusting that Sarah Palin should tout herself as a heroine for being a “small town mayor” and disrespect an urban community for having a “community organizer”? If that is what you call “reaching out”, then you can keep it.

    It’s even more disgraceful that “Mr 9/11”, the multi-millionaire former mayor of the largest city in the USA should not stand up for some of the people who voted for him. Instead he danced along with the “Small Town America good, Urban America bad” shtick. Any community that has to have an “organizer” is clearly not ready to be of interest to the politically powerful.

  2. Toby, last I knew those of you living in Ireland don’t vote for an American president. Nor would most Americans know the Irish Prime Minister’s name.

    Thanks for visiting, though.

  3. Lucky Lady says:

    Yesterday’s attacks on the children of Sarah Palin are proof of the left’s “desperate lies and personal attacks.” There is good community organizing and bad community organizing. When the c.o. came out of the Saul Alinsky camp, sat in Jeremiah Wrights’s church for 20 years, rubbed shoulders with a convicted terrorist, we need to take a long, hard look at the c.o. When you read up on Saul Alinsky, the words “socialist” and “Marxism” come up very often. “Rules for Radicals” is their conscience. The tactic Obama used in his early run for office to clear the ballot of competition is very questionable.

  4. Why does the south side of Chicago continue to be so “disorganized” when they had such a good c.o.?

  5. That’s very hard to do, Leapin. It’s very hard to do even in “small” suburbs…now imagine massive cities like Chicago.

  6. Greg – It really shouldn’t be hard considering the laundry list of problems he claims he will be solving if we elect him president. (Not to mention “calming of seas” (g)).

  7. What on earth were they thinking? You don’t bash community organizers! Most significant change that has occurred in this country began there. How they come up with the word ‘elitist’ to describe Obama, I don’t get. What’s elite about the south side of Chicago? Have they been there? At the end of the day, there’s one thing that stands out for me…it doesn’t necessarily concern our day-to-day economic issues, which are indeed considerable, but the world view and how the world views us. Our position in the world has plummeted over the past 8 years. Obama had 200,000 Europeans waving American flags. McCain/Palin simply will not salvage our reputation as “thugs” because they are thugs. Obama is the one who might make it okay for me to travel abroad with my head held high again. And, incidentally, if Michelle Obama meant what she said, I would have agreed with her. I’m not currently proud to be an American. It’s disgraceful what has occurred over the past 8 years. Just pick one of the horrifying things that have happened, say the use of torture, and one must agree that in their heart of hearts, they cringe. We are not proud, but we can be – and soon. Obama all the way!

  8. Johnny Mac says:

    Obama is such an ELITIST! I cannot stand these ivy-league ivory-tower people, straight-A students, who go to LAW SCHOOL and brag about how they finished at the top of their class. These are the people which we all hated in high school because they made us look so dumb. I want SARAH to lead us, someone who isn’t an ELITIST, someone who is like US and not some super brain nerd.

  9. Rabbitdave says:

    Steve, Do you like being the leading country of the world? or would you like to step down for a while and go live in Mexico or France?

    Look at the problems of Europe that you want to be like. Not a place I would want to live. So why strive to be average when you can be great?

    I visited Germany and Russia in the 80’s. Time and again the people I spoke with looked up to the US because it was a leader in the world. I was even told by one former Nazi party member, that I must always support the strongest president that would not be afraid to fight for what is right, because the rest of the world would not. If the US was not strong, the world would have groups like the Nazi party again. So I vote for the strongest president, even if that goes agains what the great Europeans want. What do you support?

  10. Johnny Mac–Only in the Republican Party can an beer empire heiress like Cindy McCain and the son and grandson of two distinguished admirals like John McCain could be called “one of the common folk” and a mixed-race young man, raised by a single mon and her parents, who made something of himself be called an “elite”.

    This used to be called “the American Dream”. Also the American Dream that you could be born in such circumstances and still become president of the United States. If Barack Obama was a Republican, he’d be nominated for sainthood.

    And I for one, knowing that I am not smart enough to handle what’s going on in the world today to come up with really good solutions, am smart enough to know I want someone smarter than me to be running this country. I have spent the last eight years with a president who can’t even read from a teleprompter with any great skill!

  11. Johnny Mac –

    Really? you are calling someone who is educated ELITIST?

    In my mind there is a vast difference between educated and elitist. If your definition were to hold true, then every top-of-their-class doctor, lawyer, PhD, or general straight A student would be elitist. I know a number of people that fall into these categories and I would not consider any of them elitist. I would imagine that there are a number of “elitists” on this site that would disagree with you as well.

    I’d agree with Mary in that we need someone smarter than us to run the country. So, I’ll take ivy-league educated, law school graduate any day of the week, even if they did make me feel dumb in high school.