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Shoes for Barack

[Welcome pro-torture, pro-war, pro-bankster, pro-10% DISemployment, pro-HAMP, pro-foreclosure crisis liberals (poster's word) Obots! We have, in fact, "gotten to work"; this post is part of our work. And if the Ds want our votes, they should, but won't, take a lesson from 2010, where we did our work too, and stop sucking! Is that so hard to understand? So go shoot some other messenger, why donchya? Hey, how's card check coming? And the "shut the fuck up" is so 2008! Can't you move on? Then again, the video shows Our Beloved Leader just outright lying on the campaign trail, so I guess STFU is probably about the only tactic that has a chance of success... UPDATE The more I consider that post, the odder it seems. I mean, the Obots threw people like us out of their party in 2008, so why are they even worried about doing a takedown of a tiny, non-D blog that everybody hates and nobody reads? Unless.... Could it be that more people are kissing the Ds goodbye? --lambert]

Barack Obama, Nov 2007 (h/t):

And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.

The quote starts at about 15:40 into the video, and originally I was going to post a clip of just those 20 seconds or so, but there's a lot more in this speech to hold him accountable for [at a later date], so here's the whole enchilada.

The first I ever heard of Method [#21] Delivering symbolic objects, was from NTodd's anti-war blog, Pax Americana, where he mailed spines to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. That was absolutely the coolest protest idea I'd ever seen.

I propose we deliver shoes to the President.

1. Email

Here's the contact form for the White House. My suggestion would be to just c&p the quote from the top of this post, and add a link to some comfortable shoes. It turns out there's a site called called, here's a link to their men's walking shoes. Or maybe you'd rather send a picture, here's a link to some free clip art. These are just suggestions, you can think up your own idea for comfortable shoes to link to.

2. Post cards

You can make your own, y'know. Buy a pack of post cards blanks wherever you buy your printer paper, follow the instructions, and bingo! you're ready to mail them.

I'd suggest a picture of some comfortable-looking shoes on the front of the card, with that quote on the left-hand side of the back of your card, and the address of the White House on the right-hand side of the back of your card, but please do feel free to improve on this.

An address and some free clip art for you:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

3. The Real Thing

You could always mail him some real shoes, call up a local DC cab company or delivery service and have them deliver some shoes to the President, or if you're in the area, deliver them yourself. Do come back and tell us about it if you do that last one. I'd really like to hear about it, or better yet, see the video!

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Submitted by Valhalla on

Will send some virtual shoes this weekend.

Submitted by hipparchia on

for finding and posting that quote, then to ntodd for the spines [which were apparently yet other people's idea]. i'm just standing on the shoulders of my fellow blogosphereans here.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

chip in and get the poor little rich guy a pair?

Submitted by hipparchia on

collectively from corrente? i'd love that. would you deliver them?

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Submitted by cal1942 on

A PAIR implies more than just shoes.

But, if he's scared to anger his sponsors on Wall Street, THAT PAIR will probably be refused.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i totally missed that connotation.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

You have it!

Submitted by hipparchia on

i didn't really intend for these shoes to have quite the same connotation, since the idea is to remind obama of a promise he once made, and to perhaps shame him into keeping that promise, rather than to diss him outright, or suggest that he leave office.

Submitted by hipparchia on

ok, now you're going to distract me with allusions to some of my favorite music...

Submitted by jawbone on

representatives. Especially if they're Dems.

Add note asking for their help in keeping union rights and in getting Obama to live up to his fine words.

Oh, and ask what they're doing to help the long-term unemployed, as well as those receiving unemployment compensation. In other words, What about some jobs?

But, hey, why not copy to Repubs?

Submitted by hipparchia on

ok, my original reply got eated...

cc em all, d or r!

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

remove the sole from these shoes... since he doesn't have any soul.

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Submitted by propertius on

if you *happen* to have any old shoes lying around the house that you don't wear anymore, mailing them to 1600 Pennsylvania with a note seems like a great way to recycle them.

Submitted by hipparchia on

you gladden my treehugging heart.

also, mailing old shoes brings to mind rahm's trick of mailing dead fish...

Submitted by Hugh on

The country is standing on the brink of a cliff. It's good to know Obama has our backs. Oh wait, ...

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

This part of the quote really struck me-

"I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself..."

Geez, what arrogance, what hubris. Like the people marching picket lines all have "comfortable shoes"?

Translation- I will do this if I can be comfortable.

Submitted by hipparchia on

yep. i noticed that too. just a tad elitist of him. /snark

otoh, properly-fitting work boots [they're generally, though not always, expensive] can be quite comfortable. now that i no longer do construction-related work, i can probably spare my steel toe, steel shank 6" work boots. they're uninsulated, but i'm sure he could pick up some wool socks somewhere. of course, it would cost me small fortune to ship them....

Submitted by hipparchia on


as i listened to the whole speech, waiting for the particular quote, i started jotting down the various lies, broken promises, wev, so i could blog them later. about halfway there [or approx 1/4 of the way into the video] i gave up because i couldn't write fast enough to keep up.

Submitted by hipparchia on

Nurses Offer to Buy President's Shoes to March With Workers

By Rose Ann DeMoro
Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO and California Nurses Association
The Huffington Post, February 28, 2011

The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama.

He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched in Madison's snow and freezing temperatures, and slept on the floors of the capitol to defend their most fundamental right to freedom of assembly and a collective voice.

On Monday, the President told U.S. governors, "I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon."

But the President never addresses the heart of the problem, a clear statement of who is responsible for the crisis -- the corporate class and the right, aided by those like President Obama, who enable them. That's the giant elephant in the room that remains missing in the 'blame the workers' paradigm so often repeated by politicians and mainstream media alike.

Many of us recall the pledge made by candidate Barack Obama in Spartanburg, S.C. on November 3, 2007 when he declared:

"Understand this. If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States because Americans deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."

We're waiting. Nurses, who have been on the ground every day in Madison and at support rallies across the country, will buy his shoes.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

having the freedom to tell somebody to stfu.

of course, democracy is also the freedom to NOT stfu and NOT be a robot, to go on making demanding that govt work for all of us, even when lots of people want you to just go away.

Submitted by lambert on

What I added:

So go shoot some other messenger, why donchya?

What I might well have added:

So go steal another election, why donchya? Now call me a racist.

I guess I'm just too nice....

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

Similarly, the White House mostly has sought to stay out of the fray in Madison, Wis., and other state capitals where Republican governors are battling public employee unions and Democratic lawmakers over collective bargaining rights. When West Wing officials discovered that the Democratic National Committee had mobilized Mr. Obama’s national network to support the protests, they angrily reined in the staff at the party headquarters.

Administration officials said they saw the events beyond Washington as distractions from the optimistic “win the future” message that Mr. Obama introduced in his State of the Union address, in which he exhorted the country to increase spending for some programs even as it cuts others so that America can “out-innovate and out-educate” its global rivals.

Submitted by jm on

The article's subsequent two paragraphs are telling, as well:

Mr. Daley and Mr. Plouffe illustrated the administration’s fealty to that message on Tuesday. Mr. Daley, as usual, spoke to the business audience, addressing via video conference a Florida meeting of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Plouffe met with the executive council of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

The events were not advertised by the White House and were closed to the news media. But a White House official said the two men’s message was the same: Win the future.

You gotta love that whole transparency thing. We can be confident about the subtext of the message conveyed by Daley. If the administration steps into the recent labor unrest at all, it will be to mobilize the military. Meanwhile, I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall at Plouffe's meeting. What was his underlying point? "Resistance is futile (so keep on funneling money to the Democratic Party and, at least, we'll take care of the AFL-CIO leadership)"? I suspect Big Labor belongs on lambert's list of Big Money, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Food, Big Pharma....

Also, I especially liked the photo accompanying the article:

Which, of course, immediately reminded me of this image:

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Submitted by I am the walrus on

Oh, oh, oh, now I remember... the WTF.

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Submitted by Tony Wikrent on

soon after Obamabot Eclectblog posted it on DailyKos (yeah, yeah, I know, the Big Orange Satan, and all that), there was a great reply posted by mostevilangel: This whole "Appease Republicans" thing is working out so perfectly isn't it?.

Very much worth clicking through and reading. And, I'm happy to report, mostevilangel's reply got many more recommends than Eclectblog's p o s did.

Also, TomP flew into a delightful rage in his take-down of Eclectblog's p o s, Lies and Strawmen Prevail: No One Was "Teaching Obama" Anything, pointing out that in the 2010 elections, turnout and votes for Democrats among liberals and progressives was not that much different than in the 2008 elections. Where the really big difference was, and which decimated Democrats, was among moderates and independents. Now, you can argue this shows that Obama is right to try to track to the right to regain that lost support, but issue polls have consistently shown that on almost all issues, a majority of voters prefer more progressive solutions than Obama has even considered the past two years.