Aug 312008

Showing once again that he is the serious candidate in this election…

Obama to ask his donors to help storm victims

LIMA, Ohio (AP) – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Sunday he will tap his huge political network of donors and volunteers to help U.S. victims of Hurricane Gustav after it comes inland.

“I think we can get tons of volunteers to travel down there, if it becomes necessary,” Obama told reporters after attending St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Lima, Ohio.

“I think we can activate an e-mail list of a couple of million people who want to give back,” he said. Donations could include cash, goods and individual labor, he said.

Obama said he first would ask officials in the affected areas what is most needed, which may not be known for a few days.

“We don’t want to solicit a bunch of canned goods that can’t get there, or, you know, bottles of water where they already have water,” he said.

Obama said he might visit storm-damaged areas once “things have settled down.”

“The thing that I am always concerned about in the middle of a storm is whether we are drawing resources away from folks on the ground,” he said, referring to the security demands his traveling entourage makes on local police and other officials.[..]

Obama later conducted phone interviews with several Gulf Coast radio and TV stations, urging listeners to follow local officials’ instructions about evacuations, his campaign said.

Meanwhile, Johnny McCain adheres to the Republican rule of “never miss an opportunity for a photo op.” (The security demands his traveling entourage makes on local police and other officials are obviously of no concern to Mr. McCain.)


See also: “Analysis: Message is don’t be like Bush on Katrina.”

Aug 312008

“I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary throughout our convention, we will act as Americans, not as Republicans.” — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Johnny McCain speaking to reporters about Hurricane Gustav and the effect it may have on his party’s national convention, August 31, 2008.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they could act as Americans every day?

Update: “McCain orders convention curtailed for Gustav.”