I’ve been to several Obama events now, and inevitably the question arises – “When is Obama coming to Alaska?” And everyone behind a microphone has the same answer, “The campaign knows how we feel. They know everyone really wants him to come to Alaska. We keep telling them.” This is followed by hopeful smiles, shuffling of feet and occasionally a shrug.
Well, tell them again and keep telling them. (KNOCK KNOCK – HELLO Obama Headquarters in Alaska…ARE YOU THERE?) The time is right. The Stevens indictment is the next best thing to a hand-delivered engraved invitation. While it’s fresh in everyone’s mind, an Obama visit would all but guarantee Begich the seat – and throw in Berkowitz or Benson for good measure. And weren’t we promised a visit when those two undeclared Alaska superdelegates went for Obama? And I believe that Alaska is the only state Obama has not visited. The “49 State Strategy”? Hmmmm….it’s missing something. I know…ALASKA.
Once again Chris Weigan reads my mind. He wrote another excellent post about Obama coming north ASAP.
Barack Obama’s Introduction Speech For Mark Begich
Thank you, Alaskans, for the warm welcome. And thank you for your support in the Alaskan caucus this year, as well. I am honored to get a chance to speak to you today in support of Mayor Mark Begich for the United States Senate.
The man Mayor Begich is running against just got indicted in federal court for corruption charges while he is sitting as your state’s senator. Alaska has seen more than its fair share of corruption these past few years from its Republican officeholders, so this news may not have been as shocking to you folks as it was to the rest of America. Alaskans already knew that the Republican Party up here has been in the pockets of Big Oil for a long, long time. Only now are we realizing, with all the indictments and court cases, just how far that corruption has spread.
Which is why I am willing to bet that you won’t see John McCain visiting Alaska before the election in order to support Ted Stevens. Think about that — the Republican nominee for president can’t afford to be seen with your senior senator right now.
It’s not because they disagree on the issues. I don’t agree with Mayor Begich on every issue, and yet I fully support his bid for Senate. One of the biggest issues we disagree on is where, and how much, to drill for oil. I know that, up here, drilling for oil equals jobs. But I will be honest with you about my stance, even if I know you may disagree with me — or not vote for me — as a result. And I expect that as senator, Mark Begich will fight for what he believes is best for Alaska, and for Alaskans. I would expect no less — that is the job of any senator.
Read the rest HERE.