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Obama Is Trolling For Stories About ‘Crisis’

From Obama’s (endless campaign) website:

Watch the video and share your story:

It’s up to you to share and collect the real stories of this economic crisis. America needs to hear how this crisis is affecting your life and why the economic recovery plan is important to you and your community.

You can record your story in the form below, on video, upload photos, or call a special toll free number to tell your story in your own way.

Once you submit your stories, they’ll be made available to the public to show how critical it is to support the economic recovery plan.

Share your story (or the story of a friend, neighbor, or family member) below…

They are even sending out missives to their vast databank of email addresses:

Paul —

Americans have organized Economic Recovery House Meetings in all 50 states — including 382 in California, 255 in Florida, 115 in Ohio, 199 in New York, 105 in Washington, and 149 in Texas.

That’s more than 3,587 meetings in 1,579 cities and 429 congressional districts.

This past weekend, meeting hosts and guests watched a video of Governor Tim Kaine answering your questions about the president’s recovery plan. Then they shared their own stories about how the crisis has affected them.

The media is filled with numbers about the economic crisis. But the numbers do not tell the full story.

The story of this crisis is in homes across the country — homes where a family member has lost a job, where parents are struggling to pay a mortgage, and where college tuition has slipped out of reach.

That’s also where the story of our recovery begins — in communities where repairing roads and bridges, manufacturing green technologies, and rehabilitating our schools and hospitals will directly impact the lives of ordinary people and their families.

President Obama’s recovery plan will help struggling families right now by saving or creating up to 4 million jobs. But it will also help strengthen our economy for the future by investing in crucial infrastructure projects in health care, education, and energy.

Share your story about how this economic crisis is affecting you and your family and join your fellow Americans in supporting bold action to speed our recovery:


Thank you for organizing so much support at this crucial moment for our country,

Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

Hey, if we don’t have enough panic yet, let’s create more.

(Thanks to Colonel1961 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

37 Responses to “Obama Is Trolling For Stories About ‘Crisis’”

  1. Colonel1961 says:

    Wow – haven’t used the ‘Son of the South (c)’ moniker in a while…it’s actually me, Colonel1961. Thanks for the props.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    We have 1 credit card – kept for dire emergency – we are paying 5X the min/month will have it gone soonest. Both (for those in Rio Linda, that is two) cars are paid in full. We have the mortgage. My husband is being paid better than he has in more than 4 years. He is in college (full time – co-op program work 3 months, school 3 months etc), our youngest daughter is in college and I am taking a college course (with a disabled adult child – taking it a step at a time).

    I know 2 people who have lost their job (MI – go figure) – my neighbors (who have infinately less education/job experience than we do) are in our same boat – she was made a manager, they have a mortgage, (actually they are better off ) 3 older cars paid off – doing better today than when they moved in 4 years ago – ditto neighbors on the other side. . .

    So I have to ask – why should all of America have to pay for their financial problems?!?

    Oh, btw, did I tell you I’m not employed – not in more than a year. . .Oh the horror of living within our means!

  3. proreason says:

    The real story here…..why are they suddenly pretending to find real sob stories?

    It’s always been good enough to make shit up before.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Dear Mr. Obama:

    Here’s my story. Next year you will let my taxes go back up so that you can “spread the wealth around”. Please note the money will come from jobs we cut from our union workers – if we have any left because our client base have suspended all spending in anticipation of having to horde cash until they figure out where it is safe to invest. Note off shore the US are strong candidates. I guess this means you’ll get less taxes in the end anyway.

    You also want to spend trillions of dollars so you will do two things (1) force my daughter & her children with the debt to pay it back & (2) need to print more money making everything more expensive because of inflation.

    So, Mr. Obama, since your plan insists on increasing taxes on the front end while borrowing/printing trillions with tab left to our children, I would like to know why you didn’t choose Bernie Madoff as your treasury secretary as his only crime was the same ponzi scheme as yours but insignificant by comparison. So far as I know, he is not a tax cheat.

    I suppose we can all hope that some natural disaster comes along and takes care of the rest. In the meantime, thank you for nothing. You’re doing a hell of a job in the truest sense.

    Sincerely, RB

  5. Trogdor says:

    Here is the sob story I sent to Dear Leader:

    My 401K dropped 30%, but more government spending spread out over 10 years isn’t going to help. Unfortunately, Bush’s main failure was allowing too much government spending, and allowing the government forced giveaway (favored mainly by Democrats) of homes that people couldn’t afford. So I don’t see how this is any different from what got us into this “crisis” in the first place.
    Cutting corporate taxes and capital gains taxes would bring immediate help. But the rhetoric doesn’t fit the lie.
    Hopefully my kids will be able to attend a university that allows freedom from academic indoctrination, but if the economy continues to be driven towards a socialist society, I don’t have much hope of academic freedom either.

  6. BigBad says:

    So much for “choosing hope over fear.”
    More like “choosing hype AND fear!”

  7. Colonel1961 says:

    One of my liberal friends (yes, I have a few – RCS) suggested that I send in a sob story to Comrade Leader Obama about not being able to afford a new Ferrari next year.

    They neglected to publish it for some reason…

  8. proreason says:

    Dear Moron, thanks for asking for sob stories that you can use as a basis for lying to the American public. Here’s mine.

    My parents came of age during the Great Depression. They had to wait until their late 20’s to marry because your hero FDR wasn’t satisfied that the country was Socialist enough, so they didn’t have jobs or money. But then megalomaniacs like you started WWII, partly because of FDR’s incompetance, which cost a hundred million lives. Even so, it probably saved many more by putting a stop to the Socialist nonsense in the West for decades. Did you notice how the world’s population and wealth exploded thanks to free markets and the power of the United States? Didn’t think you had. But that’s why you are The Moron, right?

    Things went so well that people like me were able to lead much better lives than our parents, lives filled with opportunity and accomplishment. But that was us. While that was going on, you and your nutter friends were creating hatred in minority populations here and abroad so, like Hitler, you could gain power and control peoples’ lives. By 2007, you had the flames fanned to a fever pitch by lying about everything, with the help of brainwashed idiots in the press. Then your drooling perverted friends Barney Franks and George Soros, pulled the plug on the economy and bought you the election.

    Now my life and millions of others are like our parents. We can look forward to enjoying the same prosperity FDR brought them. Isn’t it cool how the circle is always squared?

    But your catatonic do-nothing, hate-everything voters will have their McDonald’s stipends increased by $500 dollars a year, so they are happy in their brain-adled way. And the young people smart enough to understand that the American Dream is over and that from here forward their lives will also depend on McDonald’s stipends “lost” didn’t they? heh, heh. Too bad for them!!

    Thanks for everything.

    ps, please rush the $500

  9. pdsand says:

    I eagerly anticipate the stories that flow forth from this. Tales of woe because people can’t afford to buy organic produce, and how their health insurance will only last for a year and a half while they look for another job. All plump, round, well-dressed and housed individuals will be featured I’m sure, talking about how if this doesn’t turn around within a couple of months they’re gonna have to start making some tough decisions.

  10. 11ten1775 says:

    Didn’t Obama want “shared sacrifice?” Why not ask for stories like wardmama’s? Who’s got some hurdles but is managing to overcome them?
    Where’s the hope? Hope must be one of those things we have to abandon due to our current “crisis,” along with capitalism, free markets, the private sector…
    You know, all those things that caused our “crisis.”
    Can’t help but think back to all the ridiculous vehicles my parents drove for so many years, so that my siblings and I could attend private schools and take music lessons. I don’t even remember the number of times my dad was laid off from factory work while my mom worked endless overtime at the hospital. Somehow, I don’t recall them ever blaming the President or lamenting the economy. When things were tough, they just worked harder. Imagine that…

  11. Consilience says:

    These Marxists depend on the cry-baby’s to moan, bitch, and complain—these people need someone to take care of them, which democrats pretend to do. It’s about time for a little revolution and show the cry-baby’s and the Marxist who is paying for this BS.

  12. proreason says:

    Star Parker – her story. Well worth 2 minutes.


    “Perhaps more incredibly, Obama seems to think that government taking over an economy is a new idea. Or that massive growth in government can take place “with unprecedented transparency and accountability.”

    Yes, sir, we heard it from Jimmy Carter when he created the Department of Energy, the Synfuels Corporation, and the Department of Education.

    Or how about the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 — The War on Poverty — which President Johnson said “…does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.”

    Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single parent homes and out of wedlock births. “

  13. arb says:

    There’s nothing like displaying leadership in a crisis, and indeed President Obama displays nothing like it.

  14. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Meetings? Didn’t we already vote? Isn’t Congress supposed to do the voting now? Oh — I forgot, this is a Marxist tactic of “mass organizing”, or at least giving the appearance of it.

    I recall that after the election, SG posted an ACORN release reminding their cadres that FDR’s election was not effective without the pressure exerted by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The ACORN material did not mention that the CIO was under complete communist control at the time.

  15. VMAN says:

    If I am having business trouble now or in any other business I’ve had it is because of the stinking socialist democrats and their stupid regulations and scaring the snot out of people for no other reason than to get more of their stupid regulations pushed through. The only thing these socialists know how to do is screw things up. Most of the greatest institutions, organizations, museums, colleges and the like were built by great men long before the “New Deal”, “The Great Society”, income tax and all the other socialist crap we have now.

  16. U NO HOO says:

    I’ve been laid off twice…I say up theirs who get laid off now.


    A lay off is an OPPORTUNITY.


    I retired at 62.

  17. Anonymoose says:

    My car is old but I keep it in good working order, I’m actually making more now I have in my entire life. Regrettably after paying off my last long term credit card this summer I took out two more (actually had to) but have stopped using them and am paying them down. I don’t have a 401K, I just stick to bonds.

    I know several people who’ve been laid off, but so far it doesn’t seem any worse than the previous recessions that come around every decade or so (1980-82, 1990-1991, and 2002 come to mind.) Back then I heard all the same stuff as today, such as America was losing it’s place as a world leader, so many qualified people are out of work, blah blah. I just do my job and don’t make a big fuss about things.

    People forget that in the olden days “living well” meant having a room with heat and enough food to live. No Nintendos or flat screen TV’s or cell phones with 10,000 jingle rings. I have no sympathy for the people who signed up for $400,000 mortgages on $20,000 a year and then wonder why they couldn’t pay for their McMansions, or the idiot lenders who all seemed to think they could buy out before the storm struck. Why should I pay for their mistakes?

    • Trogdor says:

      “or the idiot lenders who all seemed to think they could buy out before the storm struck. Why should I pay for their mistakes?”

      The problem with that is, in many cases, the lenders didn’t want to make those loans, but the government passed the idiot laws that made them lend to deadbeats.

    • proreason says:

      Mortgage lending was the most conservative business in the world for 60 years.

      Then in the late 90’s, all mortgage bankers woke up in unison one day, took stupid pills and traded their 3-piece suits and 28% loan-to-income ratios for open-necked silk shirts, bongs and pads in Las Vegas.

      Either that, or big mamma government changed the rules to make it impossible for banks to avoid risky loans.

      Since the government always has my best interests at heart, I just can’t decide what really happened.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      I know this has been mentioned, but it needs to be said again: people were actually allowed to count unemployment checks as qualifying income for these so-called loans! I miss the old days when being unemployed meant ‘wait until you get your ducks in a row before asking for a mortgage.’ Silly me…

  18. Liberals Demise says:

    Dear SackFull “O” Nuts,
    I use to be a Flag Waving Amerian and I loved my country until Michele found a reason to be proud of her nation. Ever since then ….. this country has been spinning in the shitter waiting for the “WOOSH”!! Thanks for the kick in the face and maybe if you leave enough of America that can be recognized…I, too can be proud once again. Now go do a line and smoke a butt before you stress out and sell our children too!! (He did sell their futures out)

  19. catie says:

    Dear Barry,
    You don’t want to know what I think. Everyday I wake up and you’re da prez is a disaster.

  20. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Submit your sob stories of crisis? What is this some sick joke from the Obama camp? It’s called life. It happens non-stop and it’s not fair, but then again life was never fair to begin with. And yet there are many who accept this simple fact and press on, enjoying what successes come their way. While I accept that circumstances do arise that are beyond a persons’ control, most actions are the result of either good or bad choices on an individuals part. If you make a bad decision it isn’t Uncle Sam’s nor the population’s responsibility to bail you out. The old saying is true, ‘A lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine.’ If you fail to plan you can count on failing. It’s that simple.

  21. curvyred says:

    I don’t really have a sob story to share – although my 401k has been severely damaged because of irresponsible people who bit off more mortgage then they could pay back – who is going to bail me out?

    Barry will access the O’bots at anytime to push his “agenda”::

    “President-elect Barack Obama announced the formation of a new group known as “Organizing for America” that aims to continue the grassroots advocacy that the former Illinois Senator began in his presidential campaign.

    “As President, I will need the help of all Americans to meet the challenges that lie ahead,” Obama said in a video message e-mailed to supporters (and reporters) this morning. “That’s why I’m asking people like you who fought for change during the campaign to continue fighting for change in your communities.”

    “It’s clear that Obama recognizes the power that his email list, which boasts more than 13 million names, represents in American politics and is working to ensure it stays within the control of a small group who are charged with protecting the Obama brand.”


  22. gipper says:

    What Mr. President said: “As President, I will need the help of all Americans to meet the challenges that lie ahead…”

    What Mr. President meant: “As President, I will lie to all Americans to create the need for the challenges ahead…”

  23. DGA says:

    Obama lied, the middle class died.

  24. aze_216 says:

    The problem with these morons is that they are too hip for the rest of the world. They think that you can twitter, blackberry and web site your way through problems. Cute slogans, bumper stickers, sloppy wet rhetoric – like that rediculous “volunteer” site he’s pushing on television ads. Like nobody ever volunteered before obama thought it up –
    They really think that this kind of thing is going to fix something. It’s classic liberal form over function so they can pat themselves on the back and drink another glass of merlot and sniff at how superior they are to the same people that are stupid enough to whine on their idiot web site.

    I am so angry now about all this stuff I can’t even see straight. For the first time in my life I’m sorry to be an American…ok – not really, but I am pretty pissed off.

  25. sheehanjihad says:

    Our 401K had an early withdrawal penalty something around 10%. I should have taken it all out last year, because by leaving it in, I now paid a penalty of 62%. That leaves me with the ability to sustain myself for six months at best, and since the stimulus package wont be creating anything resembling jobs, and there will be no tax relief, I have about three months left before I will not be able to pay my mortgage.

    Every job opening in my area, even run of the mill journeyman positions instantly attracts over 200 applicants, all very much younger than myself, and willing to work for literally any wage offered, and because of that, my 40 plus years of experience is tacitly ignored because I am “too old” in their eyes to do the job anymore, because the jobs expect one to work double shifts, with no overtime, and zero benefits…and people are taking them. I am in a world of shit, yet since I am a white, male boomer past my prime, and I dont have my union card or my democrat voter registration card, I flat do not qualify for anything from anybody.

    Even MacDonalds has a waiting list of over three thousand applications this year alone, and trust me, nobody is quitting, and everyone who is employed and being taken advantage of by employers knows that there are hundreds of people who would be all to happy to see them go. Thus, the employment prospects here are zero. As it is in the rest of the nation…via jobsites and craigslist….there is nothing out there in my line of work. Where is the financial assistance for people like me?

    I’ll tell you where. Studying global warming, or rewarding ACORN for tilting the election, and paying back unions and other organizers….billions and billions of dollars going to people who arent going to lose their houses, but who kissed the right asses to remain in power. I dont qualify for a damn thing….unless I get arrested for a crime. Then I dont need a house, or insurance, or anything…the Government will give it to me for free!

    Same goes for my wife, who suffers from Lupus….her medicine costs over 1500 dollars a month. Her employer changed insurance providers again…now we have a 3000 dollar deductible to contend with…so where will she be in three months? She doesnt qualify for any assistance either….so yeah, I got a real hard sob story for Obama, except I dont fit his idea of a toe the line socialist democrat, my demographic isnt on the “help scale”, and I am pretty much screwed.

    And Obamy is showing up in my area today to tell us all how we must “endeavor to percevere” and find some job, any job to pay for his stimulus giveaway.. Ok, end of sob story….I have been in worse situations before, and I will get myself out of this one……but I wanted to share what Obama is hoping his voter base will share….and watch and see.

    People like me will never be used as an example of the contrived economic meltdown, and this pie in the sky “recovery” that will give no relief to the people who need it, but reward those who smooched the proper tubes to get it. I am sick of all of the bullshit….I need relief Mr President. Why dont you look at me when you talk? Oh, yeah, people like me dont exist in your utopian world. I am a freakin dinosaur. I actually want to work.

  26. Right of the People says:

    I feel as though I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Do I drink this Kool-Aide or is it that Kool-Aide to get smaller, I don’t remember now. I am fortunate to have a relatively recession-proof job and my only child is grown and gone although we do support my mother-in-law and my mother. My 401K like everyone else’s is in the crapper and our savings our pretty low but I can’t complain. I’m just afraid that something bad (actually worse) is going to happen and not only will my wife and I go down but take our mothers with us, that scares and pisses me off at the same time. I thought Clinton was bad because you could tell he was in love with being president but didn’t really want the responsibility that went with the job but Obamy doesn’t even want the job, he just wanted to win. He’s so damned proud to tell everyone “I won you know, I won cause you know, uh, ah that I you know won! So nanny, nanny to you.” I’ve known 12 year olds who were more mature. I’d like to give him some change he could believe in.


  27. Kilmeny says:

    Dear Mr. President:

    I just happen to be in one of those demographics that you profess to be so worried about taking care of. A single, unemployed mother, with no health insurance, and while I don’t have a mortgage I can default on (sorry about that!) I do have quite a stiff little property tax bill every six months. Without a solid work history behind me, I can only find employment in the service-style industries, all of which are currently cutting back to save money. This being winter in New England and all, I’ve been paying over $600 a month for heating oil, $300 a month for electricity, and a few hundred dollars per for a man to plow my driveway and shovel snow off a leaky roof that badly needs replacing. I am behind in my oldest daughters’ school tuition payments, and my savings are running out.

    My problem is this: The government won’t leave me alone.

    I don’t want your help, basically. I don’t really need it, much as I appreciate the sentiment you attribute to your impulses to hand me money. It’s mighty generous of you to give it to me, seeing as how some of it is mine anyway, but it’s not necessary. You’re interfering with my right to choose the way I want to live.

    I am a single mother not because I decided it might be fun to have a few babies, but by the choices of both me and their father. I decided on my own to hold off getting a health care policy, figuring that for now it was a better option to pay for visits myself. My home has been in the family for a few hundred years; I live in it because I love it and well, if it occasionally needs a new roof or maybe new plumbing, those are the breaks in life. And if it takes my kids out of a basically useless local school system, I will flip burgers to the end of time to pay for their private, more rigorous school.

    All I ask, Mr. Pres., is that you quit taking my own money to pay for programs that are supposed to benefit me that I never wanted in the first place. I would rather live in an unheated apartment in the middle of winter while earning $15 a week, as my grandparents did during the real Great Depression, than have you hand me a check and pat me on the head as if I was incapable of taking care of myself, thank you very much. You know where to put that $500.

    • proreason says:

      Kilmeny, you might enjoy some of the things Gov Mark Sanders of South Carolina has been saying lately.



      The reason I bring it up is that although Gov Sanders is adamently opposed to this Depression Stimulus, he also will NOT say that he will turn down money for his state from it. INMO, there is no inconsistency in that. Like him, I’m opposed to government hand-outs, but if I qualify for one, by golly, I’m gonna take it. I’ve paid in more than my share, and if I don’t get something out, then it will just go to some deadbeat.

      As you have described your situation, I think you should go get your share (i.e., health insurance, help with utility bills). It doesn’t obligate you to lick The Moron’s boots, and I know you won’t.

      —end of advice column for today—

    • Kilmeny says:

      Oh, I know what you’re saying, proreason. There’s probably a lot I’d do that I hated, just to keep the kids taken care of. However, being blessed (or cursed, say some) with one of those hardheaded temperaments that cause long suffering people such as my parents to say “Why do you always do everything the hard way?!”, I prefer to sink or swim, all by myself, because once you sip the Kool Aid it gets harder and harder to say no.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Kilmeny: I remember my dad telling stories about – as you said – the real great depression, and one was his father’s prohibition of taking any kind of Government assistance. He told my dad ‘We’ll eat rat turd sandwiches before anyone gives me a penny.’ Glad to see folks with the same courage of their convictions as my grandfather had. A hell of a man and a great (first generation) American. Cheers to you!

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