A week or two ago, as I drove through downtown Birmingham, I spied a large Obama Headquarters sign on the side of a building on 4th Avenue North. I made a mental note to drop by when I could, introduce myself to whatever staff may be in, write a little check, and pick up a bumper sticker or button or some such thing. I really like those " A l O b a m a " stickers. So, yesterday, Saturday the 9th, I blocked-out a few minutes to make a call on Obama HQ.
This is what I saw:
Here's the view from the front: The other thing I saw was a whole lot of absolutely no other cars. Something I felt was a locked door when I tried to open it. Something I heard, when I dialed the number on the banners, was the sound of a pleasant young woman's voice telling me to leave a message, UNLESS it had anything to do with the Obama Campaign because the number on the banners was wrong and it was her number and that she was and is in no way affiliated with the Obama campaign. Interesting, that. I don't mean to complain, but I've actually got some experience in this. In '92 and again in '96, I ran the County Headquarters (in a largish West Alabama County) for Bill Clinton (and all state and local "down-ticket" Democratic Candidates. Did the same for Don (and local candidates) in '98. And, thing is, we were always up-and-running by this time (staffed, etc.) -- by the end of the first week of August. And, further thing is, Clinton did not have a "50 State Strategy"... I would suggest that unless and until the Birmingham Headquarters actually opens, that sign needs to come down. I'd also suggest that when the sign goes back up, it have the right phone number on it. I'd finally suggest that the Headquarters open up asap. When it does, I'll be by.