"If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner."
- Barack Obama, 2007
Yeah, it's a speech and allowances should be made for polliticians, but still ...
Not only that, but this is clearly a partisan issue. In state after state (e.g. Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Maine) the Democrats are on one side, the Republicans the other. And the president doesn't weigh in.
Also, Joe Klein, in a follow-up
after the "surprise" Wisconsin bill, makes it obvious that he has no interest whatsoever in public service unions.
Umm, Mr. President? Still waiting for you to lace up those shoes.