I remember there being a lot of talk about Obama being an elitist (a loaded word for uppity intellectual who isn’t like you and me in reglar ‘murrica).
I was browsing MetaFilter today (as I’m apt to do during a regular work day) and came across this post.
Powerful, quiet photos of Barack Obama
Now, in this set of photos, by the photographer Callie Shell, there is one that really struck a cord with me.
Senator Obama was doing press interviews by telephone in a holding room between events. Sometime later as he was getting ready to begin his event, he asked me if I was photographing his shoes. When I said yes, he told me that he had already had them resoled once since he entered the race a year earlier. Providence, R.I., 3/1/2008.
Now, contrast this with the “real-American” candidates. The Republican Party Vice-Presidential nominee, small-town born and bred, Sarah Palin.
A story on Politico shows that the RNC reportedly spent $150,000 on vetting, I mean, clothing the Palins.
This doesn’t sit well with me. Coming from the side that’s been riding on the “small-town, real ‘Murrica, real values, just like you, Joe the Plumber, Hockey Moms and Joe Six-Packs” this doesn’t look very good.
It’s easy for me to make this argument. I’m an Obama supporter and eventual voter. But, if I was part of “Real America,” I would think long and hard about this. I mean, the Presidential Candidate already has 7 houses and multiple cars.
I don’t know too many plumbers who have multiple houses and can take their wives and thousand dollar shopping sprees.
And think of how many six-packs that Joe could have bought?