Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obama campaign punks Girl Scouts

Geez...for a presidential candidate who wants to spend YOUR money, when it comes to spending a little of his, he sure can be cheap.

First there was the revelation that Barry O. has a brother in Kenya living on less than a dollar a month.

Then there is the school in Kenya that bears Obama's he made a financial promise to support.

You'd think Obama would want to support his impoverished brother and this school. Maybe he is waiting for your tax dollars to do it.

Now comes word that a Chicago-area Girl Scout troop was just looking for a few trinkets from the Obama campaign, to teach the girls about the upcoming election. Of course their HOPE was misguided:

Michelle Walsh wanted to teach her 2nd-grade Girl Scout troop about the presidential election.

What the Naperville mother got was a lesson about the rough-and-tumble world of political finances.

Walsh said she called both campaigns and asked for free trinkets she could give the 7-year-olds to help them learn. If they did well, she explained, each Scout would earn her "Ms. President" patch. The tchotchkes would provide added incentive.

A representative for John McCain responded immediately, sending Walsh a box filled with stickers and signs.

The Barack Obama camp wasn't quite so generous, Walsh said.

The troop leader said she called Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters and explained why she needed the curios. Walsh said she was directed to Obama's Web site—where she could buy all the buttons and posters she wanted.

On the Web, a packet of 50 stickers that say "Obama '08" goes for $5; a yard sign is $8. "Got Hope?" bumper stickers are $3 each, or two for $5.

Walsh found the prices a bit exorbitant her small group.

She said she asked Obama's campaign worker again if she could get a few items for free. She pointed out that McCain's camp had agreed to send a box and, well, her 12-member Scout troop runs on a very small budget.

Walsh said the woman at Obama's headquarters put her on hold. After a few minutes, she returned with the same answer. The woman told her that she sympathized, but the Obama campaign needs every penny it can get, Walsh said.

The story has a happy ending. After Walsh emailed the Chicago Tribune's "problem solver" for a little intervention, the Obama campaign acquiesed. You was all a big misunderstanding:

The Problem Solver called Obama spokesman Justin DeJong.

Within days, an Obama employee personally delivered Walsh a box of pins, magnets and bracelets with the slogans "Hope" and "Obama."

DeJong said that whoever took Walsh's call at the campaign headquarters misspoke.

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