Obama Does Housework

Candidate works with a home health care worker for a day
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:52 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, puts sugar on John Thorton's cereal as home health care worker Pauline Beck, center, looks on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in Oakland, Calif....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama mopped, dusted, and made breakfast for an elderly amputee yesterday as a precondition for gaining endorsement from the powerful Service Employees Union. Accompanied by a throng of photographers, Obama helped a caregiver perform her daily duties, and did his best to please. "Is this the way he likes it?" he asked when making the bed.

The union requires that all candidates participate in the "Walk a Day in My Shoes" program to be considered for endorsement (although Obama's work actually only lasted two hours).  "I'm not going to lie to you. It's been a while," said Obama after mop duty. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to help out a Las Vegas nurse next month.