Memo to Barack Obama:
Apparently you’re not aware of this, but a majority of voters associate community organizing with Al Sharpton. They think the job consists of little more than staging protests and demonizing white people.
Here’s how Barack Obama spent his days on Chicago’s South Side:
“We knew what was wrong in the community but we didn’t know how to get something done about it,” recalls Yvonne Lloyd, 78, who worked with Obama. Obama insisted on “staying in the background while he empowered us.” By Obama’s own admission, there were few big victories. But whether it was getting the city to fill potholes, provide summer jobs, or remove asbestos from the apartments or persuading the apartment managers to repair toilets, pipes, and ceilings, Obama encouraged residents to come up with their own priorities with the gentle admonition: “It’s your community.”
What a silly waste of time.
Obama was 23 when he got the job (salary: $10,000). I was a ski bum at that age (salary: $10,000). George W. Bush was popping quarters off the stomachs of coeds (salary: N/A).
Three years later, Obama was admitted to Harvard Law School, where he graduated first in his class. He went on to teach Constitutional law and worked as a civil rights litigator before entering politics.
Here’s where I get confused. Republicans seem to want someone they can relate to — someone like Sarah Palin. Then they mock Obama for achieving nothing (though I’d gladly trade resumes with him — or Palin, for that matter).
If he’s so average, why isn’t he resonating with the average American? Because he’s an elitist. Okay … so how does a malingerer with no money or connections become an elitist? Did he pretend to be Sidney Poitier’s bastard son?
These misperceptions fester because Obama has failed to debunk them. Don’t assume voters know what you did as a community organizer (there’s a reason Republicans mock it). Don’t assume they’re familiar with your legal career — to hear the GOP describe it, you went straight from the streets of Chicago to the Senate. Don’t assume voters know better (they usually don’t).
And besides, what other candidate has been judged on their first job? What the hell was Mitt Romney doing when he was 23? (Answer: Trying to convert the French to Mormonism. Talk about a waste of time!)
As usual, Obama’s supporters on the fringe left do more to hurt than help. Jesus was not a community organizer, as Susan Sarandon, among others, has foolishly suggested.
Can we all agree that lobbying for asbestos removal was a little below Jesus’ pay grade?
Likewise, the Founding Fathers didn’t spend their time pestering the king about Boston’s pothole problem (might want to review your “john Adams” script, Laura Linney).
They were the elites — not recent college grads trying to find themselves. Good thing they’re not running for office today.
Benjamin Franklin lived in France for nine years, where he was celebrated as the “patriarch” of his village.
While in France, Franklin spent virtually all of his time with the intellectuals and upper classes.
His biographer wrote that Franklin “was temperamentally suited for France.”
His mistresses agree.
Benjamin Franklin. Right for France. Wrong for America.
At least he wasn’t a community organizer.