SCENE: I am helping a client while a TV silently plays the local news in the background. Obama is slated to appear in Indianapolis today and the Indy newscasters are mouthing the pros and cons of an Obama presidency.
CLIENT: Who do you want to win this thing? Obama or McCain?
ME: (lying for the sake of workplace politeness) Oh, I don’t really pay attention to those things.
CLIENT: Oh, sure you do. You’re young, I’ll bet you’re going to vote for Obama.
ME: Well, actually I voted for Obama last week at the courthouse. (tries to change the subject) It took me longer to find a parking spot than to actually vote.
CLIENT: You know what? (lowers voice) I heard that Obama was born in Kenya. He’s not even an American citizen.
ME: Hm, well I’m pretty sure Obama was born in Hawaii. And actually McCain wasn’t born in the U.S., he was born in Panama.
CLIENT: No way, no way. Plus, I hear Obama is a socialist. And a Muslim. He’s the one that voted for all that bank bailout stuff.
ME: Well, um, kind of but not really. McCain voted for it, and Bush was the one that was really pushing it. Along with a lot of other people. Plus, Obama is a pretty dedicated Christian from what I hear.
CLIENT: Well, whatever. You know who you really shouldn’t vote for?
ME: (cringes) Who?
CLIENT: [Seated Indiana governor, privatization junkie, and GWB lackey] Mitch Daniels. If you want a job in the next five years, you’ll vote that asshole out.
ME: Consider it done. *
Surely I’m not the only one to have inane conversations about politics at work with customers or fellow employees that make you want to put your head through your desk. Share yours in the comments.
* Daniels is competing for the governorship against Jill Long Thompson. Thompson has a good chance of winning the seat and would be the first female Indiana governor. She is a proponent of bringing more manufacturing jobs back into the state in addition to pushing vocational education, both of which are very important to the state’s economy.