Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dumbfounded, But Entertained

I'm dumbfounded. 

Henrietta Hughes in Florida was at a "town hall meeting" with Barack Obama. When she had her turn at the microphone she said with trembling in her voice, "I have a urgent... need. Unemployment and homelessness. A very small vehicle for my family and I to live in. We need urgent... and housing authorities have two years waiting lists and we need something more than a vehicle and parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom... Please help."

Obama's response? He got her name and then said that they were going to do everything they could to help. He then gave her a kiss... and after he kissed her, you could see a lady off to the left mouthing, "I love you, Barack." Ewwww....

Then there's the McDonald's guy. Have you heard this? Julio Osegueda was the last question of the meeting... "Oh, it's such a blessing to see you Mr. President! Thank you for taking time out of your DAY!! Oh, GRACIOUS GOD, thank you so much!" No, I'm not kidding. This is really what the guy said. Obama responded while chuckling lightly, "Alright, what's the question?" Julio asked, "Mr. President, my name is Julio Osegueda and I'm currently a student at Edison State College in my second semester and... okay. I've been at the same job which is McDonald's for four and a half years because of the fact that I can't find another job. Now, with the fact that I've been there for as long as I've been there, do you have any plan or any idea of making one that has been there for a long time receive any better benefits than what they've already received?" Sadly, Julio is majoring in communications and would like a career in radio or television. Let's  hope Edison State is capable of taking that one on...

Obama says that the fact that Julio is working as hard as he's working at a job that doesn't always pay as well as other jobs is a source of pride for him (Julio). Never mind the fact that Obama has no clue how hard Julio works while he's at McDonald's. And never mind that one can get a pretty reasonable idea as to why Julio can't find another job simply from listening to him speak... Obama says that Julio will actually benefit from the tax breaks that they're passing. Obama says he wants to reform the health care system for Julio. And Obama wants to make it easier for Julio to go to college by giving him a refundable tax credit for his tuition. Uh... earth to Obama. Julio is already IN college.

A retired school teacher asks Obama what he's going to do about getting out a stimulus to the American people who are notoriously impatient. Obama hopes that the American people expect from him the same thing that he expects from himself. He just wants us to feel like he and his staff everyday are thinking about us and our lives. They're talking to the most knowledgeable people, they're making the best decisions for what's good for working families and middle class (not just the wealthy, powerful and well connected), they're open to any idea (whether it comes from Democrat, Republican, Vegetarian...-Obama's humor, not mine), and that they're working as hard as they can to solve our problems. 

I know that people aren't just going crazy now... they must have been crazy before, too. But it does seem like all the crazies are coming out of the woodwork... and they're going to Obama's town hall meetings. Like I said, I'm dumbfounded. But on a positive note, it certainly does provide for some good, free entertainment.

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