Most Pathetic Interview Ever

I don't know if this has made the blog rounds yet (I have been out of touch and have not gotten through me feed reader today) but this is perhaps one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.  It's a 40 second interview with a woman named Geri Punteney in Iowa about Barack Obama on the left of this page  (ironically, NPR makes you listen to a brief commercial before you hear the clip).

You really, really need to take the time to listen.  I will include an excerpt below, but you won't get the full effect of the woman absolutely in tears through the statement, crying because she had gotten to touch someone she had seen on TV.

A few weeks ago, at the home in Oelwein, Iowa, she shares with her mother, Punteney said she'd been inspired to see Obama when he came to the area.                        

"I'd seen the commercials," she said. "And he just seemed sincere, like he's for people like my mom, my brother and me."                        

Many people feel politicians may not be the first place to turn when in dire need of help. But Punteney said she was confident Obama could do something to make her feel better.                     
"I never had anyone pay attention to me and my needs "” and he held my hand," she said.

He can do something to make me feel better?  Barf.  Can it really be that my future freedom and prosperity depend on how this woman votes?  Have we really given this woman so much power over the rest of us?  Have we really throttled back the most productive in society so this woman can feel like she is keeping up?  Have I really become the sacrificial lamb to this woman's need to feel better?

And, oh by the way, in case I have not gone off on this rant in the last five minutes or so, Obama can care because he can promise you whatever you desire, and then he can force me to pay for it.  Unlike people in private life who really do care, politicians don't actually pay for their promises because they can force other people to do it for them.  Worse, politicians like Obama reap the praises of women like this for being caring, while vilifying people like me who are productive and make his caring possible.  It just makes me sick.

Oh, and how much did Obama really care?  Not much, it seems:

I brought a tape recorder to Punteney's house and played her moment
with Obama back for her "” and his suggestion that he'd write her
brother a note. He never did.                        

didn't have time, I guess," she said. "I understand. You know, he was
bombarded by so many people. But just knowing he knows "” that's more
important than a note."

So here it is:  Cares enough to spend Coyote's money:  Yes.  Cares enough to actually expend some effort himself:  No way.

Indeed, Punteney seemed to get just what she wanted from Obama. She got noticed.

How about a trade, Ms. Punteney?  If I promise to get you to an Oprah show, will you promise not to ever vote?

Update: Yeah, I know, her brother has leukemia, which is sad.  The lack of portability of his health insurance is also pain, a result of WWII wage control policy and subsequent tax policy that encouraged the practice.    Sorry, but this need to be touched and noticed by a second or third term Congressman is pathetic. 


  1. greg:

    Did you notice every thing she said about him was, "he SEEMS" this, and "he SEEMS" that?

    yeah, why bother looking at his record, or what he actually has done. Just pay attention to how you yourself are reading him.

  2. Stan:

    That was a difficult piece to listen to. Not because of her and her brothers difficulties but because of her personal insecurities that were so evident. The other piece of the segment that featured the waitress was a nice reality check for this woman.

  3. Jens Fiederer:

    Hopefully, this woman will work her way up....and eventually actually get touched by a Kennedy.

  4. markm:

    Over on Megan McArdle's new blog, there is a discussion of the "Care Bear Stare" that fits in with this.

    For those fortunate enough to have missed this 1980's kiddie TV show, the Care Bears would solve problems by synchronized staring - because they cared so much. I have concluded that if you don't know they were cartoon characters, you might be a liberal Democrat.

  5. JimK:

    It's tough not to empathise with the woman. She is obviously very lonely, given that a small amount of attention from a politician (who probably did the same thing 100+ times that day) had such an impact on her. Warren is absolutely right. The most galling thing about this is that through her vote she has the ability to force me to help her with her problems, regardless of my personal situation.

    I am reminded of this quote:
    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."

  6. Bearster:

    I hear ya JimK.

    I think it depends on two things (which we have in abundance) in the USA today:
    1) altruism. The belief that the "good" is sacraficing for others.
    2) ignorance. The belief that a pyramid can work if the gov't makes it.