Thursday, August 28, 2008

Top 11 Actual Victims Mentioned By Barack Obama in his Acceptance Speech

Barack Obama did not take our advice on potential victims of America to name check during his DNC acceptance speech. But he didn't disappoint coming up with his own candidates. Following are excerpts from his speech, in chronological order:

11) a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work

10) a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news

9) veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty

8) the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made

7) the military families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty

6) that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift

5) my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships

4) another worker tell me that his factory has shut down

3) all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed

2) my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman

1) my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer


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