So the right-wing has been trying to paint Barack Obama as an elitist and unlike John Kerry the Obama campaign is fighting back and addressing that charge. So I'd like to do my best to refute that charge too.
Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks has this to say recently about Barack:
I don't know about Brooks but Applebee's is expensive for my wife and I but then again we're just average folks. Oh wait, Books is supposed to be defending the average folks. Too bad I can't make his meeting at Applebee's because I can't afford the gas to get there. Maybe David Brooks can pick me up in his company car. That being said, I guess I should want a president who can pass the "Applebee's Customer-in-Chief" test. What a load of cow dung Brooks.
Barack Obama is the son of an immigrant from Kenya, Africa, his mother had to use food stamps at one point to feed the family. She is largely descended from pre-revolutionary British colonists to the U.S. So Barack not only has the genealogy that goes back to the earliest days of America but he also has the DNA of a newly arrived citizen to America in his father. And he's of mixed race. What better a pedigree could one have to say, "All-American?"
As a teen-ager Barack worked scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robins and we all know that's an elitist job (sarcasm in case you can't tell). Of their 41 flavors of ice cream I love their edible 24k gold garnished chocolate and the free glass of Don Perignon champagne that comes with it. The cream is had churned by farmers in the Swiss Alps, imported by a jet airplane and is called, "Elitist Chocolate" (Obviously more sarcasm here).
And as a young man who was struggling to find his identity after being abandoned by his father Obama returned to Kenya to visit his family there and sit at his Dad's grave. He said that he cried many tears there and came to terms with the troubled relationship with his father. Is it elitist to struggle with one's father? Is it elitist that he traveled to Africa to connect with his family and his roots there? If you think so then you're either not being honest or you're one of the people trying to smear him.
Like most of us he had to rely on student loans to pay through college and has said that until recently was still paying them off. And following college he could have cashed in and gotten a job with a high paying, well known law firm but decided to use his education to help others. And so he became a community organizer living on $12,000 a year. He lived in a beat up apartment and drove a beat up car not unlike the rest of us. In fact, I think I lived in that apartment and drove that car. :)
So I find it interesting that McCain is using this tactic given that his wife Cindy inherited a fortune estimated at $100 million and that they live in 8 houses. I bet one of those houses is all glass and you know what they say about people who live in glass houses? They shouldn't throw rocks.
I want to end this post mentioning a bit the myths out there about Barack Obama. First, Barack is NOT a Muslim, not that there is anything wrong with being Muslim. Two, Michelle Obama has never said "whitey" as the internet rumor mill is claiming. There is NO VIDEO and I call upon the accusers to produce one scrape of evidence. They say she used the racial insult on camera and that there is video--so, produce that video and let everyone see for themselves.
Another LIE is that Barack is hiding his birth certificate because he's not an American. Here is his birth certificate, see for yourself. An additional LIE is that Obama doesn't say the pledge of allegiance or put his hand over his heart during the pledge. Watch Obama lead the pledge in the Senate.
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