Too good for the commuter train.
By Moe Lane Posted in 2008 | Obamafiles — Comments (106) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Jim Geraghty has a nice post up on the junior Senator from Illinois' views on the New Rochelle commuter train, which was what Obama used as an example of a life that was just "going through the motions" and what the rest of us would just call "normal." A taste:
But there's a fine line between rejecting that life and looking down at that life. Because some people are just fine with jobs that require them to take the New Rochelle train. Some people actually prefer it to the stress, the risk, the time away from family, the constant demands from strangers. And the world needs these people - who get up every morning, go to work to do jobs with no glamor and little or no prestige, wages modest or worse, and whose names never appear in the newspaper. These folks receive a round of applause when they dance at their wedding, and at their retirement party, and that's about it.
About a decade go, I rode a commuter train to my regular, not very interesting, little job. Day in, day out: three hours of travel time, which sounds very bad - until you consider the potentials for reading and/or sleep that this entails. Besides, that's where the job was, and I needed to work. I did that for five, six years, until I moved south to Maryland and eventually got married. Not exciting, but like Jim Geraghty I consider there to be nothing wrong with that kind of life. And, again like Jim, I'm kind of ticked that this is somehow considered less real, or meaningful, by some. The dignity of a man's life should not be subject to the arbitrary judgment of others, and it is annoying when it is.
PS: I almost didn't note this, but somebody should. Senator Barack Obama, if the New Rochelle train was anything like my own commute, then some of the people that rode it are now dead; murdered in a war that you now decline to properly oversee.
But I understand that their last moments of life were very "dynamic," so perhaps they didn't mind so much.