Hi, we're Joe the Plumber, er, I mean Gary the Lumber Yard guy, and Karin the elder-worker (I've done lots of different kinds of work with elders, both as a volunteer and in paid positions). My Dad helped to found the Seaman's Union, trying to get a decent livelihood for working class men in the misty past. He would definitely support Barack Obama, as do we.
Are we as educated and cool as Barack Obama? I don't think we are, but we recognize that we need him and his style of leadership. We don't need hot-headedness and the kind of narrowness of vision that characterizes his opponent, and has characterized the present administration. We don't need the PAST, we need the FUTURE!
Hey, you know we have a lot of really smart, capable, skilled friends: plumbers, electricians, contractors, carpenters, teachers, nurses. And all of us know that as good as we are at our jobs, we recognize that we need people with a different level of education to fix some of the problems that face us. Could one of us handle being mayor of our city? Yeah, I think so. But running the whole country? No, I think someone who has a whole team of skilled, enthusiastic, informed people would do a better job at that. As good as our plumber buddy, Mark, is at redesigning and fixing up your whole house's plumbing, or redoing the plumbing at the local swimming pool (!) he wouldn't have a clue how to provide clean, safe drinking water for the entire city of Cleveland. There's a whole other level of know-how necessary for that job. I'm great with a needle, I knit, sew my own clothes, do embroidery, etc, but would I be able to resection your bowels in surgery? Would you like to try me on that? There are specific skills that are needed to do a job right. We skilled laborers know that. We know that we need people like Barack Obama and his team, with their level of understanding of and education in the problems of the modern world.
Hey, this is politics. We're not looking for perfection here. We're not looking for heaven on earth. There's no one running for office right now with whom we're going to agree one hundred percent. But we've got to turn the country around and get ourselves going on a new track. We need someone who can reach out across the many dividing lines that create conflict in the modern world and draw more people in to taking an active part in the process of creating a better world for our kids and grandkids. In the United States of America, that person is Barack Obama.