The Obama campaign is encouraging its supporters to skip work and school to help his campaign on Election Day.

At a time when employment and productivity are declining and the economy seems to be hitting rock bottom, telling people to skip work seems like a pretty selfish and ego-centric act.

Below is the email to Obama supporters encouraging them to play hookey for his own benefit:

Ask your Boss. Ask your Professor.

Take Election Day off and volunteer to make history.

This election will be decided by what this grassroots movement can accomplish on Election Day.

We have volunteer shifts to fill throughout the day — make calls, knock on doors, and make sure your fellow voters get to the polls.

No previous experience is required. Sign up now to take the day off and make history on November 4th:



Jon Carson
National Field Director
Obama for America

In a video linked to the email, Obama’s campaign argues that you can’t “make history” at your desk or at school, but you can help “make history” as a volunteer for his cause. That seems like a slap in the face to all the American workers who “make history” every day by helping drive the economy of the most prosperous nation in history. Also, given that college students now spend upwards of $60,000 per year to go to school, asking them to skip a day of classes is like asking their parents to throw hundreds of dollars away.

In times of economic crisis, most admirable leaders (like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Winston Churchill) encouraged their supporters to work hard and sacrifice for the greater good of the country. Obama wants his supporters to sacrifice and skip out on responsibilites for his own personal benefit.

What will Obama’s ego cause him to do next, declare his birthday a national holiday?