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October 13, 2009
Obama: 'We're going to paint nation purple with SEIU'
Explains how he 'built political power on south side of Chicago'
Posted: October 13, 2009
9:41 pm Eastern
During his campaign, President Obama boasted of his track record of working with the Illinois-based Service Employees International Union, helping it "build more and more power" – and he promised to "paint the nation purple with SEIU."
In the following recently surfaced video from January 2008 posted by Breitbart, Obama told a group of SEIU workers that all presidential, gubernatorial and congressional candidates claim they are pro-union when they are looking for endorsements:
"They'll all say, 'We love SEIU,'" he said. "But he question you've got to ask yourself is, do they have it in their gut? Do they have a track record of standing alongside you on picket lines? Do they have a track record of going after the companies that aren't letting you organize? Do they have a track record of voting the right way but also helping you organize to build more and more power?"
Obama referenced his background as a community organizer and his ties to SEIU Local 880, a union for homecare workers and home childcare providers in Illinois that first mobilized through Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
"I've been working with SEIU before I was elected to anything," he said. "When I was a community organizer, SEIU local 880 and myself, we organized people to make sure that home-care workers had the basic right to organize. We organized voting registration drives. That's how we built political power on the south side of Chicago."
He continued, "And now the time has come for us to do it all across this country. We are going to paint the nation purple with SEIU."
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Obama credited the SEIU with helping him with his election to the U.S. Senate.
"I would not be a United States senator had it not been for the support of your brothers and sisters in Illinois," he said. "They supported me early. They supported me often. I've got my purple windbreaker from my campaign in 2004."
He encouraged the crowd to knock on doors and "work the precinct."
"SEIU, I'm glad you're with me," he declared. "Let's together change the country."
Obama raised his fist and chanted, "SEIU! SEIU! SEIU!"
As WND reported, newspaper evidence shows Obama was a member of the New Party, which sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda. While running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 as a Democrat, Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party, according to confirmed reports during last year's presidential campaign.
According to Democratic Socialists of America documents, the New Party worked with ACORN and SEIU Local 880 to promote its candidates.
In 1995, the DSA's New Ground newsletter stated, "Chicago organizers for ACORN and organizers for SEIU Local 880 have been given modest monthly recruitment quotas for new New Party members."
The 1.9-million member SEIU publicly endorsed Obama in February 2008.
"There has never been a fight in Illinois or a fight in the nation where our members have not asked Barack Obama for assistance and he has not done everything he could to help us," Andy Stern, the union's president, said when he announced the decision.
WND also reported when SEIU members appeared at national town-hall meetings in droves to support the administration's health-care plans. Obama specifically called on some SEIU members who asked non-compromising questions.