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    Our Great Dumbocracy, Part 2

    | Richmond, VA, USA |

    (This was back in August of 2008, and I was just starting as a volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign.)

    Me: “Hi I’m calling on behalf of the Barack Obama Campaign for Change. Is [name] there?”

    Caller: “Barack Obama?”

    Me: “Yes, sir.”

    Caller: “Who’s he?”

    Me: “A candidate.”

    Caller: “For what?”

    Me: “President.”

    Caller: “President of what?”

    Me: “…the United States?”

    Caller: “I’M TALKING TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?”

    Me: “No, I’m just a volunteer.”

    Caller: “Oh okay. So go ahead, ask me the questions.”

    Me: “So which candidate do you support?”

    Caller: “Candidate for what?

    Me: “The United States.”

    Caller: “Oh, the election is this year?”

    Me: “Yes. So which candidate do you support?”

    Caller: “Well, I guess Obama, since he’s calling me.”

    Me: “Alright, good.”

    Caller: “Is he there?”

    Me: “Um… no, not right now.”

    Caller: “But I read on the news he’s supposed to be in Virginia.”

    Me: “Yeah, but not in Richmond.”

    Caller: “Oh, when will he get back?”

    Me: “I’m not sure, sir.”

    Caller: “Okay. Well, when he gets back, have him give me a call!”

    Me:“Uh… okay.”

    Caller: “You need the number?”

    Me: “No, sir, I’ve got it.”

    Caller: “Okay, he’d better call me and tell me to vote for him!”

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