Obama Takes Up Nursing Care - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Obama Takes Up Nursing Care

At age 86 you're certainly owed a helping hand, but not many get a presidential candidate to come over and clean their house.

While folding clothes Illinois Senator and presidential hopeful Barak Obama recalls, "This takes me back to my bachelor days!"

Obama took a humbling step off the stump earlier this week and landed in John Thornton's kitchen, mopping his floor, washing his dishes and cooking his breakfast.

When asked if some people may look and say, "When was the last time you really picked up a mop or washed some dishes?", Obama laughed and replied, "I did the laundry although my wife will say that I wasn't the guy who folded up the laundry."

It was nothing short of a dare from the SEIU, the nation's largest labor union, who put it to all the candidates to take time off campaigning, and walk one day in someone else's shoes.

Anna Burger, the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU says, "We think that it's important for anybody who wants to be president to understand what it's like to be a working person in america today."

Mr. Obama had big shoes to fill, that of Pauline Beck's.

She's a home health care provider who looks after Mr. Thornton.

He's 86, an amputee and he can't get around without her.

She gets just $10.50 an hour for her sometimes back breaking work, and she supports two foster children.

She says, while sitting at the kitchen table, "You have to get a second and third income to survive."

Obama says the country has to, "do something more fundamental than just tinkering around with the edges," when it comes to the state of health care. 

On a day absent big rallies and high priced fundraisers, Barak Obama seemed genuinely at home.

Powered by Frankly