Message From Barack: Gustav [Updated]

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



From: Barack Obama
Subject: Help Gulf Coast residents and first responders

Friend --

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:

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.


Update [2008-9-1 21:4:26 by January 20]:

From Jay Newton-Small at TIME:
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 he’s tired he goes long – like 90 minutes long – rambling through oft-repeated points and stories. I’ve 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 I’ve 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.

That spirit of looking out for one another, that core value that says I am my brothers’ keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, that spirit is most evident during times of great tragedy, it’s most evident during times of great hardship, it’s 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 can’t 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 there’s some folks that are going through their own quiet storms.


There’re people out there who’ve seen their jobs shipped overseas. There’re people out there who don’t have healthcare, maybe they’ve been trying to pay it on a credit card but mostly they’ve just been putting off trying to see a doctor. There’re seniors out there that don’t know how they’re going to pay their home heating bill this winter. There are folks out there that don’t know how they’re 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 don’t have the money. There are young people being born in the inner cities, right here in Milwaukee, that don’t 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, we’re an independent people. We don’t like asking somebody else to do what we can do ourselves but you know what we understand is that every once in a while somebody’s going to get knocked down. Every once in a while somebody’s 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 that’s the spirit that we’ve got to carry with us each and every day. That’s the spirit that we need in our own homes and it’s the spirit that we need in the White House. And that’s why I’m running for president of the United States of America.

Because if there’s a poor child out there that’s my child. If there’s a senior that’s having trouble that’s my grandparent. If there’s a guy who’s lost his job, that’s my brother. If there’s a woman out there without healthcare that’s my sister. Those are the values that built this country. Those are the values we are fighting for.

Tags: Barack Obama, campaign, Give, Gustav, Red Cross (all tags)



Re: From Barack: GIVE - Text and Email Messages

Instead of tips why not just texting GIVE to 24357, call 1-800-435-7669, or head to

by January 20 2008-09-01 02:28PM | 0 recs
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by spacemanspiff 2008-09-01 02:36PM | 0 recs

by chrisblask 2008-09-01 03:05PM | 0 recs
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by tired of dynasties 2008-09-01 03:06PM | 0 recs
Could everyone

PLEASE rec'd this diary?

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 03:44PM | 0 recs
Links that work

Here ya go:

Donate to the Red Cross through Obama's site.

Red Cross

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work

Thanks Kevin!

What's the trick?  I've posted working links in past diaries - did nothing different this time.

by January 20 2008-09-01 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work

With https sites you MUST do the whole "code" thing. a href and all.

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work

I know I sounds like I'm at teh McCain-level here (though I can boot up on my own!)  What is the href code?  What I see looking at your link in page source isn't working for me.

by January 20 2008-09-01 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work

Let me see if this works.

(a href="">MyDD</a)</p&gt

Replace ( and ) with < and >

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work not add the /p reference or the brackets that are with it.

Also, that http could also be an https

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Links that work

Thanks again, it worked.

I got this after the edit so the /p didn't hurt. :)

by January 20 2008-09-01 04:39PM | 0 recs
By the way

this is on the Red Cross site:

Minimum Donation Amount of $10.00

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 03:39PM | 0 recs
I just gave

$10.00 through the Obama/RedCross link.

by kevin22262 2008-09-01 03:43PM | 0 recs


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