In a campaign speech in 2007, President Obama (at that point Senator Obama) said, "If America workers are being denied their right to organize when I'm in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk that picket line with you as President of the United States."
Mr. President, an attempt is being made to deny American workers their right to organize... and we've not seen our President on "the picket line" (or the protest lines as the case may be).
I don't actually expect to see the President of the United States join in a protest - the tactical logistics of protecting him would be a living nightmare. I am asking him to be more vocal about protecting the very folks who helped get him elected - joining the voices of those on the protest line.
A campaign has been started on Twitter, to remind President Obama of his own words and to remind him of all the feet that will walk the rally lines this Saturday. We are sending him our comfortable shoes. The President needs to slip off those dressy business shoes and walk around in our shoes for a bit. Shoes from police officers, firefighters, teachers, public employees - Union members.
So send the President your comfortable shoes. Remind him of his words and of the people to whom he spoke them. Ask him to stand up for us, because we stood up for him. Ask him to stand in our shoes.
Send your shoes to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tell your friends about it. Share this article and ones like it on Facebook. Tweet about it using #shoes4Pres or #Obamaswalkingshoes. Send the President a message wrapped in a pair of comfortable shoes.
Also, put on YOUR comfortable shoes and get out to a Rally to Save the American Dream this Saturday (2/26/11). Don't forget you Rally signs as well. This is the one I'm taking. You can find more on The Christian Left's FB page.
And...just for fun, a song about comfortable shoes."You can be king. You can be President. It don't mean a thing if your toes are bent."