First we have:
Presidential candidate Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) likes to tell audiences that his father drove a milk truck.
“He was a Teamster,” Gephardt said in a speech last January to kick off his campaign in Iowa. “He told me every time … we were at the dinner table that we had food on the table and clothes on our back because he was represented by a union that could bargain and get him fair wages for his work.”
Gephardt’s father, Louis, who died in 1984, had a variety of jobs, among them selling real estate and life insurance. Even so, his nine years on a milk route have given Gephardt the most mileage with organized labor.
But according to Gephardt’s brother, Don, their father hated driving a milk truck. “My father was in the Teamsters, but that’s because he had to be to get the job,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I don’t recall him talking much about the union, how great it was. He prided himself on being a Republican. He hated Harry Truman. He had the feeling you had to make it on your own, that any kind of welfare program would just raise taxes.”
And during the last presidential election:
Gore had told the story Monday night in Las Vegas, in accepting the Teamsters’ endorsement. “I still remember the lullabies I heard as a child,” Gore said, singing a bit to the delight of his audience.
The Republicans jumped on that, saying the song, “Look for the Union Label” hadn’t been written when he was a child. More evidence, they said, that he can’t be trusted, along with his recently revised story about his mother-in-law having to pay more than his dog for the same arthritis medicine.
I wonder if this is part of the checklist for being a democrat and running for president. Step 1. Make up some homey sounding lie about unions and relate it to your parents.