hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

Do candidates understand the common "man?"

Just had a "driveway moment" (which is often the case when I get to the parking lot at work.)

This story was doing follow-ups with people who had run into Barack and Hilary (I've started referring to politicians by first names to make them more human, though campaigns are still referred to as the Obama campaign, etc).

The first hook for me was the mention of Maid-Rite, which my friend Justin used to rave about from when he lived in Greenville, OH. I've never eaten there, but small connections always make stories more interesting. Anyway, Hilary and her entourage had lunch at a Maid-Rite in Iowa. Hilary spoke with the waitress, Anita Esterday, and used her story of low-wage struggle (two jobs, raising two children as a single mother, etc) while campaigning.

The most telling part to me is that no one left her a tip.
Esterday does not think Clinton got it. "I don't think she understood at all what I was saying," Esterday said. "I mean, nobody got left a tip that day."

So you want to help the working class, those who get nickel and dimed and aren't getting by, yet you don't tip those same people? That screams of a lack of understanding for what these low wage employees are going through. Tsk tsk tsk.

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