Can Anyone Explain What Obama Did As A Community Organizer?

@gewcew23 (8012)
United States
September 5, 2008 1:19pm CST
Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe attempted to explain what a community organizer is by saying that "Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies." Still does not explain what Obama did as a community organizer. To be honest I did laugh when Gov. Sarah Palin said a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities. I also laughed out loud when Giuliani laughed out loud while noting Barack Obama's deep experience as a "community organizer. I know that their are a lot of Obama supporter in the MyLot community so maybe someone can explain what Obama did as a community organizer.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
5 Sep 08
This is from U.S. News & World Report After graduating from Columbia University in 1983 with a major in political science, Obama worked as a financial consultant in New York City. But he was bored—and drawn to public service. In 1985, he moved to Chicago to work with local churches organizing job training and other programs for poor and working-class residents of Altgeld Gardens, a public housing project where 5,300 African-Americans tried to survive amid shuttered steel mills, a nearby landfill, a putrid sewage treatment plant, and a pervasive feeling that the white establishment of Chicago would never give them a fair shake. Jerry Kellman, a social activist who recruited Obama, recalls, "He was very bright, very articulate, very personable, and very idealistic," inspired by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence. Kellman offered Obama a job at the annual salary of $10,000, and he threw in $2,000 so Obama could buy a ramshackle car to get around. Obama was a stranger to the area but caught on quickly by showing humility and a strong work ethic. "We knew what was wrong in the community but we didn't know how to get something done about it," recalls Yvonne Lloyd, 78, who worked with Obama. Obama insisted on "staying in the background while he empowered us." By Obama's own admission, there were few big victories. But whether it was getting the city to fill potholes, provide summer jobs, or remove asbestos from the apartments or persuading the apartment managers to repair toilets, pipes, and ceilings, Obama encouraged residents to come up with their own priorities with the gentle admonition: "It's your community." David Kindler, a colleague at the time, said the lanky newcomer with the funny name understood that a community organizer is a combination of educator, confessor-priest, social activist, motivational expert, mediator, and campaign leader. To accomplish his mission, Obama spent hours with Altgeld residents one on one, learning their problems and their dreams, and he resisted taking credit for success, preferring to give it to individuals in the community.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
5 Sep 08
lol spalladino I am so glad that you posted the exact same time, someone would think we were the same person. Out of all the articles I have read on Obama's community day, I like that one the best. I really like the quote from Yvonne Lloyd.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Not trying to be mean but just because Jerry Kellman and David Kindler said Obama did this thing does not mean Obama did this things. I love the part where David Kindler said that Obama resisted taking credit for success, preferring to give it to individuals in the community, probably because he did not do it. Here is my problem, time. How did Obama have time to be a lawyer, a professor, a husband, a father, and everything else that Jerry Kellman and David Kindler claims he has done.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
5 Sep 08
LOL...slow day at work today so I've been able to do a lot of mylotting today. I do agree, that little old lady made it pretty clear what a community organizer does...he helps people who need it and don't know how or aren't able to help themselves alone. I had never looked closely at Obama's community organizer days but, after reading this article, I find the Republican's smug, looking down their collective noses attitude about this kind of community assistance very distasteful.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Obama went to work in Chicago as a community organizer, mainly in the housing projects and with the churches. He organized job training since a lot of the steel mills were closing up and many people were out of a job. He helped get these same people get other help they needed. I don't know if you honestly care or not but there's a nice article on the link that I am going to include in my post. I think it is a thankless job that doesn't pay a lot of money. When he started in 1983 he was making a whopping 10 grand a year. He made just a tiny bit more than my mother did at the same time without any education beyond high school. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070826/3obama.htm
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Wow great same story from the same magazine, yet can anyone back anything that is in this story. Obama organized job training but still what does that mean. I could go out and get some out of work steel worker at teach them to work at Wal-Mart. Obama helped get these same people get other help they needed, what help. I can say that I gave someone a glass of water and that would be help. If Obama made just a tiny bit more than my mother did at the same time without any education beyond high school, that mean Obama was pretty dumb. If I could make the same as I do today without a college education I would not have gone to college.
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I knew honestly that it was a complete waste of time to even bother with responding. But, I will waste a few more seconds of my time saying this. When we had a steel industry in my area, my father worked at a foundary and he made $39 an hour, for him to go to Wal-Mart and make $10 he wouldn't have made it finanacially unless of course he went about the Bush's way thinking that every American working 3 jobs was pretty cool. You can call community service dumb that's your issue but it is pretty 2-faced since the Conservative Party is the one whining about social programs.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Will you just answer the question what help did the people receive. I am not trying to waste anyone's time here, but if you could just explain what kind of job training or other help did the steel mill worker receive. Not that hard, and would not take up much of your time. And yes I do think that it is not the smartest thing to do to go into a career field that pay almost as much as someone would make with a high school degree. What is the point of going to college if you are not going to do anything with that degree?