Volunteer for Obama... Or Else!



DATE: August 13, 2008

TO: The Inner Circle, The Disciples

SUBJECT: That hateful partisan story in today's Rocky Mountain News

From the Desk of David Axelrod

Chief Media Consultant

Obama for America 2008

Hey guys,

We've got trouble.

Somehow media hack Kevin Vaughn found out about The One's requirement that those who wish to hear Him give His acceptance speech must put in six hours of "volunteer" work. Here's what one of our devotees was quoted saying.

"My whole reason why I'm so mad about it is because Democrats need to act like Democrats," said Heather Kreider, a working mother from Centennial.

"Democrats work for a living, and they have to work and take care of their families. And they say these are open to those in the community, so they shouldn't ask people to drop everything in their lives for this," Kreider said Tuesday.

"It's not fair. It's elitist. And they need to practice what they're preaching," she added.

You can see the whole story but it's just more of the same. We look bad, and The One doesn't look good either.

Worse, Vaughn claims that "Arbeit macht tickets" won't even guarantee a ticket, just a shot at getting one. Is that right? This was Hildrebrand's idea wasn't it? Brilliant! (Way better than that stupid "viral" hand gesture thing Patti came up with. Like a giant vagina is going to help us with the white male vote. Send her back to the Clintons, ASAP.) How many extra workers will we get for those tix? Two for each? Three? But it sure doesn't make us look good now that it's gotten out. We've got to get things cleared up, pronto. If that means losing some "volunteers," then so be it. Also, this is going to require a BIG press offensive, and I want nothing but facts out there this time, OK?

I've come up with three points. Don't deviate.