Friday, October 10, 2008

Oops

Okay, so last night I was doing my part to save my country by making phone calls for the Obama campaign. It was mainly to find out who folks are voting for, if they've sent in their Mail-In Ballots and if they had any questions about Obama or Colorado's Democrat Senate candidate, Mark Udall. At some point, I got into a very detailed conversation with a woman who sounded about 50-ish.

The voter had many questions about Obama's policies and it really kept me on my toes. After mostly getting answering machines, I was glad to finally be engaged. At some point, the person brought up the recent accusations by Sarah Palin that Obama hangs with terrorists. I explained the entire William Ayers story - that he is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in Obama’s neighborhood. (Ayers was also named citizen of the year in Chicago in 1997, has worked with Obama on a schools project and a charitable board, and gave a house party when Obama was running for the State Senate. Total contribution that Ayer's has given to the Obama campaign: $200.)

After walking the person through all the facts, that Ayers was associated with a radical group to protest the Vietnam war when Obama was eight years old, I finally appealed to the person's common sense.

Me: "I mean, you sound like a smart woman. I think that you ..."
Person: "Actually, I'm a man."
Me: "Wha ....? Oh, Jesus. I'm so sorry."
Person: "Yes, I'm a male person."
Me: "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry. I really, I just ... I ..."

Yeah, so that was fun - for both of us, I'm sure. The person also had one of those gender neutral names like Jessie, so that wasn't a clue. Christ, I'm helping the Obama campaign about as much as Lindsay Lohan.

In the end, the dude (I mean, if he says so) was won over by my reasoning and it was the only mind I changed that night, even if I had to offend him first.

4 comments:

quirkychick said...

Oh my Gawd! That's freaking hilarious Heather - and it's so something that would happen to you.

Yay! One more vote for Obama - you rule! Not just because you changed a mind but because you took the time and you have shiny hope and some faith in this system.

That's just one of the many things that I love about you.

Fang Bastardson said...

I'm most offended that you talked my ear off for a half an hour before even realizing it was me!

Mrs.X said...

You must have had some amazing tricks up your sleeve to still add this guy to your win column.

And, I love Pat!

ClizBiz said...

Poor fellow. Evidently, it happens to him all the time. And he has a learning disorder to boot. Hey, if he/she can have, can't we all?

:-P