Obama urges supporters to take Election Day “off”

No joke here, in an official release from the Obama campaign, supporters are being urged to take the day off of work, school or whatever it is they may normally be doing on Election Day, November 4th. Obama is urging supporting to volunteer with his campaign, make phone calls, or help with get-out-to-vote efforts.

Here’s the video put out by the campaign:

Report from Fox News:

A new 30-second spot on Barack Obama’s Web site is urging voters to “talk to your boss” or professor and then take the day off from work or school to volunteer for his campaign on Election Day.

The “Take the Day” campaign suggests voters sign up to go to battleground states or work in phone banks closer to home on Nov. 4, when they would normally be at work or in class.

“We can’t win this election unless every Obama supporter gets out and votes on November 4th. To do that, we need a massive team of volunteers helping us. Can you take next Tuesday off from work, join the final push, and make sure that everyone who supports Barack turns out to vote?” asks the Web page hosting the ad.

On the trail, Obama has been encouraging voters to go to the polls for early voting, and reports from several states are that Democrats are going into the voting booths in larger numbers than Republicans.

John McCain’s campaign, though, scolded Obama for encouraging voters to skip work on his behalf.

“Apparently Barack Obama believes that you can’t ‘make history’ by doing your job, or going to school, or caring for your kids. Apparently Barack Obama thinks the only way Americans can make history is by voting, and working, for Barack Obama,” McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement to FOXNews.com. “It’s the arrogance of a man who believes Americans either support his candidacy or cling bitterly to guns and religion out of fear and xenophobia.”

On Tuesday, several thousand people came out in a cold and steady rain to hear Obama address an outdoor rally at Widener University, outside Philadelphia.

“I just want all of you to know that if we see this kind of dedication on Election Day, there is no way that we’re not going to bring change to America,” he told the shivering crowd.

As an employer, I think I’d be willing to give people maybe a couple hours to go vote, but if everyone calls in for the day off, that might be an issue.

Still, voting is important and more employers are accommodating.