Message From Barack: Gustav [Updated]
by January 20, Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 02:26:11 PM EDT
EDIT: Calling all sockpuppets! Okay, I don't really have any sock puppets (and would repudiate them if I did) but please rec this one up for today. Let's bump my lingering focus group diary make sure this one does some good. It's the first time I've asked for recs, hopefully it'll be the last.Now back to the diary... Barack's Speech on Gustave after the bump. Sorry for the lack of Palin in this diary but there are a few other things on the horizon.
Today Barack sent email and text messages to his massive list of supporters, soliciting contributions for the Red Cross in their efforts for hurricane relief. I'm sure that most MyDD readers have already received this, but it's still a good example of just who we have as a nominee.
I know you share my pride in Barack, I hope you'll also share your $.
Barack asks that you give to the Red Cross today: give $5 by texting GIVE to 24357 or give more by calling 1-800-435-7669 or at https://donate.barackobama.com/redcross.
From: Barack Obama
Subject: Help Gulf Coast residents and first responders
Today, the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with those in the path of Hurricane Gustav -- and many of you are asking what you can do to help.
We do not yet know what the impact of Hurricane Gustav will be, and we hope with all our hearts that the damage will not be as great as it was three years ago.
But we know there will be damage, and there is something you can do right now.
Your financial support will strengthen organizations like the American Red Cross that are evacuating Gulf Coast residents and planning to help communities get back on their feet.
Make a donation to support the American Red Cross today.
At times like this, it is our compassion and resilience that define who we are as a nation.
Please give whatever you can afford, even $10, to make sure the American Red Cross has the resources to help those in the path of this storm:https://donate.barackobama.com/redcross
Thank you for your generosity, and I hope you will join Michelle and me in praying for the safety of those in the path of the storm and the first responders who are doing all they can to ensure the safety of their communities.
As a journalist who has covered Obama for 19 months now, I have heard him deliver more speeches than I can count. I know when hes tired he goes long like 90 minutes long rambling through oft-repeated points and stories. Ive seen him address crowds of 80,000 and rooms of less than 100. And after a while you become immune to his prose and tune in only to new wrinkles. Obama spent today giving curtailed speeches in respect to Hurricane Gustav. But tonight, in front of a Milwaukee audience of 14,000, invoking both the Bible and Thoreau, he was as good as Ive ever heard him. He spoke for just over 14 minutes but he left the audience roaring. Here are excerpts of the last five minutes. I will endeavor to post the audio.Now, https://donate.barackobama.com/redcrossBarack: That spirit of looking out for one another, that core value that says I am my brothers keeper, I am my sisters keeper, that spirit is most evident during times of great tragedy, its most evident during times of great hardship, its most evident when natural disasters strike because we understand that only God has control and so it takes it out of the realm of politics. We all understand that we have to come together. But that spirit cant just be restricted to moments of great catastrophe. Because as I stand here today and look out at the thousands of folks who have gathered here today, I know that theres some folks that are going through their own quiet storms. [ ] Therere people out there whove seen their jobs shipped overseas. Therere people out there who dont have healthcare, maybe theyve been trying to pay it on a credit card but mostly theyve just been putting off trying to see a doctor. Therere seniors out there that dont know how theyre going to pay their home heating bill this winter. There are folks out there that dont know how theyre going to fill up the gas tank. There are young people in this audience right now that have graduated from high school, have the grades and want to go to college, but dont have the money. There are young people being born in the inner cities, right here in Milwaukee, that dont see any prospects for the future that think the only path available to them is a casket or a jail cell. All across America there are quiet storms taking place. There are lives of quiet desperation. People who need just a little bit of help. Now, Americans are a self-reliant people, were an independent people. We dont like asking somebody else to do what we can do ourselves but you know what we understand is that every once in a while somebodys going to get knocked down. Every once in a while somebodys going to go through some hard times. When we least expect it tragedy may strike. And what has always made this country great is the understanding that we rise and fall as one nation, that values and family, community and neighborhood, they have to express themselves in our government. Those are national values. Those are values that we all subscribe to. And so that the spirit that we extend today and in the days to come as we monitor what happens on the Gulf thats the spirit that weve got to carry with us each and every day. Thats the spirit that we need in our own homes and its the spirit that we need in the White House. And thats why Im running for president of the United States of America. Because if theres a poor child out there thats my child. If theres a senior thats having trouble thats my grandparent. If theres a guy whos lost his job, thats my brother. If theres a woman out there without healthcare thats my sister. Those are the values that built this country. Those are the values we are fighting for.