Obama Campaign Urges Kids to Have ‘The Talk’
The Obama campaign’s attempted use of children to influence their parents is absolutely open and blatant. Why doesn’t this outrage people? This is political cynicism of an amazing degree.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do share your personal reasons for voting for Barack Obama;
Do have confidence — your opinion matters to people who care about you;
Do read up on Barack’s positions on the issues you know matter to them;
Do find a good time when both you and they will be open to a conversation;
Do talk to them in person if you live nearby, or on the phone if you don’t;
Do ask your friends to talk to their parents and grandparents as well;
Don’t worry about knowing everything about policy positions before you have this conversation;
Don’t feel defensive. Stay calm, cool and collected;
Don’t wait until the last minute — it might take a few conversations for you to convince them, so start as early as possible;
Don’t catch them at a bad time — make sure you have their attention and enough time to have a conversation.
Unbelievable. And it gets worse.
Ideas to Get the Conversation Started
Approaching your parents about who they are voting for can be intimidating if you’ve never talked about politics with them before. But this campaign has been built by supporters sharing their stories about what inspires them and why they want to see change in this country. Here are some ideas for ways you can talk to your parents about why you support Barack:
Call or ask in person if they saw the debate and what they thought about it. Tell them why you are voting for Obama and why it’s important to you.
Print out for them information on some issues you know are important.
Share Barack’s speech from the Democratic National Convention or Meet Barack, a video about who Barack Obama is, where he comes from, and what his values are.
Email them and tell them why it’s important to you that they vote for Obama.
Think about their perspective. If they are Republican, or are concerned about Barack’s policies, think about where they are coming from and what makes them think the way that they do.
And they’ve produced a video to go with this outrageous effort:
Notice: near the end of the video, one of these kids actually threatens his grandparents that he won’t help them with text messaging or Tivo unless they vote for Obama.