Gustav forces Obama to curtail Labor Day politics
U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, who had planned an economic tour through the industrial Midwest, is changing his schedule because of Hurricane Gustav. Instead of staying overnight in the battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday, Obama is flying back to his home in Chicago to monitor the storm.
“I wanted to talk about organized labor as the backbone of our economy and of our country and I wanted to talk about how we sustain that middle class against all the challenges we face today and how we promote policies that honor the dignity of work,” he said.
“But I have to tell you that, as we meet today, I have to change my plans a little bit. Our neighbors and our fellow citizens in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast are once again under siege from a terrible storm,” he added.
“Although we are prayerful that this will not be the same kind situation that we saw three years ago, today’s not a day political speeches. I hope you’ll forgive me. I hope you don’t mind.”
“I want everybody to remember that there is a time for us to argue politics but there’s a time for us to come together as Americans.
“I know John McCain wants what’s best for the people who have been evacuated. I know (President) George Bush wants what’s best for them and so do I. And so I want all of us to come together.”
The Obama campaign sent e-mails and text messages to its network of volunteers and donors, asking them to send donations to the Red Cross in order to help the residents of the Gulf Coast.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook. Sen. Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit. Sept. 1, 2008