Sunday, October 09, 2011

Let's start a "Bring Back Buttons" campaign!

We don't see as many buttons as we used to. I remember wearing several each day, and I remember a large collection of buttons pinned to the headliner in one of my old vans! These days I wear my handmade wooden Obama 12 pin most of the time, or one of my other wooden political pins - "Yes We Can", "Mr. Obama", or "That One" ..... The "Mr. Obama" design was born the first time I heard him called that on the radio - it turns out that NPR has a system - "President Obama" is used the first time he is mentioned in a news story, and "Mr. Obama" is usually used for subsequent mentions of our president in the same story.

"That One" is a reference to the time when John McCain in the October 7, 2008 debate with Barack Obama referred to him as "that one." John McCain was referring to Barack Obama's vote on an energy bill in the senate. McCain said it was "loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one." McCain pointed at Obama as he said the words "that one."

I think we should "Bring Back Buttons". They are a good way to start a great conversation. We don't need to agree with each other's buttons, but we do need to talk to each other! Maybe bring back bumper stickers too?

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