Every now and then, Senator Obama demonstrates that he is, indeed, a new type of politician. That he is beyond the old politics, and represents Hopey Changefulness about the future. And he’s doing it again.
One of the things that politicians tend to do that drives voters nuts is they make all kinds of promises while campaigning, then forgets all about them once they get elected. Actually, it doesn’t really drive folks any more — we expect it. It’s become a cliche’.
Well, no more. Senator Obama doesn’t do that. Instead, he dumps his promises as soon as he makes them.
Back in 2006, Senator Obama visited the Kenyan village where his father was born. While there, he visited an elementary school that was being renamed in his honor. Touched by this gesture, he pledged to help and support the school.
Well, he apparently hasn’t sent one penny to the school. This caught the attention of quite a few people, especially the blogger Baldilocks. In real life, Baldilocks is also of Kenyan ancestry — in fact, even the same tribe from which Senator Obama descends. She’s decided that even if Senator Obama can’t keep his promise, it will be fulfilled — and she’s set up a non-profit to collect money for the Senator Obama Kegolo School.
I sent in a few bucks last night, and I’d urge everyone else to do the same. Hey, it’s a win-win — help a bunch of kids in Africa, AND tweak the nose of Senator Obama at the same time!
More recently, Senator Obama made another financial promise he hasn’t kept. When Hillary Clinton finally suspended (NOT ended) her campaign, Senator Obama promised to help her retire her sizable campaign debt. (I’m sensing a common theme here… politicians not paying their bills and keeping their promises.) The deal was that they’d each raise $500,000 for each other.
Hillary’s kept her end of the deal, and both she and Bill have been good soldiers (well, as good as they can when they’re not working for their own benefit) for Obama. So far, though, Obama’s fallen a bit short of the money he pledged her.
But I’m sure these are aberrations. I can’t imagine that Obama would show the same disregard he makes to the American people as he’s shown for schoolchildren in Africa (who, after all, are too young to vote and couldn’t, anyway, because they’re not Americans) and his fiercest political rival in exchange for her support.
That would be cynical, and smacking of The Old Politics, and just plain wrong.