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MY BROTHER JOHN LEWIS WHO WAS MY LEADER AND WHO I WENT TO JAIL WITH BACK AT BLACK FISK UNIVERSITY IN THE 1960’S HAS FINALLY ENDORSED A BLACK PRESIDENT,OBAMA! FROM MY.BARACKOBAMA.COM

February 15, 2008

FROM my.barackobama.com

Post from Sam Graham-Felsen’s Blog:
Breaking: Rep. John Lewis Switches to Obama
By Sam Graham-Felsen – Feb 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm EST

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Breaking news from the New York Times — Representative John Lewis says he is switching his support from Clinton to Obama…

Prominent Clinton Backer Says He’ll Vote for Obama

MILWAUKEE – Representative John Lewis, an iconic figure from the Civil Rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

Mr. Lewis, an elder statesman of the black civil rights establishment who carries great influence among other members of Congress and in the black community, disclosed his decision in an interview as the Service Employees International Union was on the brink of endorsing Mr. Obama. It also came as fresh signs emerged that Mrs. Clinton’s support was beginning to erode from some African American lawmakers who also serve as superdelegates. Representative David Scott of Georgia, who was among the first to defect, said he would not go against the will of voters in his district who overwhelmingly supported Mr. Obama last week.

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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
YES!!!!

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By Andrew From NYC! Yesterday at 10:01 pm EST
Well, in one way, I am happy that barack and Michelle spent Valentine’s Day together, unlike Billary. On the other hand, we have a lot of work to do. We need to get control of the press before we see this precious momentum vanish.
We are down double digits in Texas and Ohio. I know that they are lagging indicators, but we have to get Barck into both markets quick with a BIG SPLASH. Second, I’m not sure why the campaign has not put on a big fundraising push, which we are great at, to get headlines and underscore one of our strengths. We need these headlines and huge rallies that create headlines.
Next Tuesday can help if all goes well, but on March 4th we are either going to put this away, or keep it in contention.
Call, Raise money, campain, spin…let’s put this away on March 4th.
Yes we can!!!!
Barack 08! Let’s make it great!
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By Megan Yesterday at 10:11 pm EST
Barack is doing three full-sized rallies here in Wisconsin in the coming days.
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By ForBarackAllTheWay Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
C’mon the man deserves a day away from the spotlight. As a former journalist, I don’t think we can “get control of the press.” They will do what they will do.

As for donations, check the counter on the front page of the site.

Yes, there’s work to be done. And it is getting done. No one is complacent.

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By KYLE from Tallahassee, FL Yesterday at 10:04 pm EST
Wow if only people gave a damn who John Lewis is.

Lewis and Kennedy, two great turncoats whose voice is irrelevant among Americans.
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:06 pm EST
KYLE — Are you kidding?

You sound like a bitter hillaryite that logged on to the WRONG website!
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By Andrew From NYC! Yesterday at 10:12 pm EST
They are getting bitter and so is Hillary. We must be prepared for the negative onslaught which is inevitable as her fading campaign does anything to hold on. The negativity is just beginning and will only pick up with the change in staff for Hillary. I was on urban baby, a parents blog tonight, and when I correctly quoted the number of bills that Barack co-sponsored, in response to the “lack of experience” argument, the response that I got was “hey moron….”. Sounds like the bitter partisanship of the hopefully bygone era, doesn’t it? Well, we are gonna need some think skin, as all we will hear from Hillary is “where’s the beef” rhetoric and no beef on her end.
Barack the vote people!
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
Guys/Gals, Obviously, Kyle cares. If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t say anything.
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By Danielle Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
Fair enough! Truth or Dare Kyle, go post something negative on the hrc site and let us know if Free Speech is working there. Will you do that for us?
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By EmmaJ Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
Kyle is obviously for Billary.. maybe he’ll stay here long enough to see the light and vote for the best candidate, Senator Obama! its never to late 🙂
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By Melisa K.S. of MONTANA Yesterday at 10:08 pm EST
I want to stay positive and focused but I get disheartened at times when I see HRC continue to drive a wedge between Americans and now all Democrats. She tried to push Black against White. She tried to wedge Black against Brown, and now she is saying those of us who have researched Obama’s policies and agree with them are just hope-mongers. Her purported strength -‘solutions’ always seem divisive and I do not think that as a good thing.
I say Thanks John Lewis ~ and let’s Stand UNITED for Change in the primaries and then on to November to elect Barack Obama President of the UNITED States.
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By Jeffrey from Eastpointe, MI Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
You’re on the wrong site.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
Who cares? I DO!

And so do an awful lot of other people. You may like them, or not like them, but they are certainly not irrelevant! Did you listen to Kennedy’s endorsement speech for Barack? It was incredible.

Who do you support as the democratic nominee?
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By wuck Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
All the other superdelegates know who he is.

If the superdelegate contest draws closer (or starts to reflect the pledged delegates), the Clinton campaign can’t use that as a final firewall. And it’s not going to help her with donations.
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By Midtown Adam Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
this isn’t hillaryis44. maybe you are lost.
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By Nebraska for Obama Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Kyle, we treat you with respect.
In first grade, my class learned the golden rule.
‘Treat others how you would like to be treated.’
Think about it, you’re just asking for disrespect, yet we’re trying to be nice.

I’d expect that you would act with more maturity than you are, seeing as you’re representing an entire body of people supporting your candidate.

And, I think everyone should listen to this song: Link
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By Katzenkavalier Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
Sour grapes, Kyle? The Hillary Express is being derailed… get over it.
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By Desert Rat Dan Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
Kyle,

I imagine YOU cared a great deal when John Lewis endorsed Senator Clinton and when you THOUGHT Senator Kennedy was going to endorse Senator Clinton. I think you might have been just a little too obvious with the “turncoat” reference. Showing your true colors perhaps? But you know what, we wish you peace and happiness just the same.
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By Lulu Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
TROLL ALERT
TROLL ALERT

Everyone donate $10!!

Kyle, I’m on to you, babe!

But thanks for the donations!!!

lulu
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By suzannembeam Yesterday at 10:43 pm EST
Kyle,

This is the third blog I’ve seen you post on this evening without having anything useful to say. Either ask a question, debate some policy or go away. Your quest to post insults isn’t going to get you anywhere and frankly, you’re annoying.
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By Ilya Yesterday at 11:28 pm EST
We care, thats why we are here. We care about our country and our future, thats why we are doing this.

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By Jeffrey from Eastpointe, MI Yesterday at 10:07 pm EST
Who ever gets more pledge delegates should determine who wins the superdelegates. If Obama wins more states and pledge delegates but loses the nomination ecause of superdelegates, Denver will look like Chicago in 1968.
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By Vincent from New York, NY Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
I agree. It would be SUICIDE for the democrats to nominate Billary when Obama receives more votes and VOTE delegates. So many Obama supporters would simply not vote, or else simply not vote for Billary.
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By Megan Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
I’m convinced this is why the supers are starting to drift our way. They don’t want a messy convention. It would be bad for everyone involved. By coming over, they are adding to our momentum. That may help us in the big states. If it works correctly, the supers won’t have any problem backing the prevailing leader.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
I completely agree!
Most democrats do not want a messy convention.
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By Patty from NY Yesterday at 10:48 pm EST
absolutely, I was just a kid, but I remember that convention of ’68 ~ think my Dad did quite a lot of talking about it~ must of made an early impression on me!!

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By Ryno Yesterday at 10:08 pm EST
I have no idea who you are Mr. Lewis, but welcome aboard. We can restore integrity to this country!
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By wuck Yesterday at 10:11 pm EST
Even if he didn’t support Obama until now, he’s one of the many Civil Rights Era activists who made what’s happening today for both Clinton and Obama possible.
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By Midtown Adam Yesterday at 10:15 pm EST
he’s a big figure in the south.

was always big for clintons.
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By Dee in TN Yesterday at 10:21 pm EST
I have been so angry at John Lewis every since he was at the debate when Hillary made that “slumlord” remark! John Lewis and Rep. Stephanie Jones from Ohio were in the audience laughing their heads off and clapping like circus seals! MSNBC kept showing that clip over and over again of them taking such joy in a real ugly and untrue remark.

He lost all dignity and integrity in my sight that night. Now, he has partially redeemed himself by endorsing Senator Obama.
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:23 pm EST
Wow, Dee..

I didn’t see Representative Lewis in the audience when they panned out there during that debate I guess..

Sad as it was, the “clapping like a circus seal” comment made me crack up.

I’m very glad he has come to his senses!!!!!!
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By Dee in TN Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Yes, he was there as were other reps and senators. I can’t remember where the debate since up until that point I had watched them all and now they all run together.

But that was the last debate that I watched. It just turned my stomach to see something like that, and as I said they played that clip over and over on MSNBC.

Since then, I have not watched MSNBC either. I’m trying to stay focused on what we need to accomplish and my nerves just can’t take the MSM!
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By Ricky in MD 3 minutes ago
Dee, that clapping incident was during the South Carolina debate after Hillary made the slumlord comment. For me too, that image is seared into my memory. I’m trying to move on to remain positive, but I do think that Lewis has lost many people’s respect (and become less relevant) over the course of this campaign.
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By JonnieRae Yesterday at 11:51 pm EST
I agree. I will always see him as a sell-out. Bishop L. was right there with us from the start, even defended O. in a debate on PBS with Lewis. Too little, too late.
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By Jay from Illinois Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
Dee,

I am totally in agreement with you.
This John Lewis appeared on PBS News Hour and slamming Obama team for making Hillary’s MLK remark a racial issue. He was of course sent by Hillary as a token representative of the Black people.

He knew of course that he was lying. If he had not, he is as dumb as it can come.
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By Sam from ATL Yesterday at 10:49 pm EST
I totally agree, Dee. Being from ATL, Rep Lewis has been a local iconic hero for as long as I can remember. I was deeply disappointed when he supported Hillary, but I lost a great deal of respect for him when I saw him smiling and clapping at that debate remark. Some of that respect will never be restored, but I can say overwhemingly, that his switching endorsements is huge. It opens the doors for others to switch, and he may be used to contact other superdelegates to persuade them to switch, as well.

Better late than never. We’re building a coalition and no one is turned away.
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
…listen team, for so long, we have not had a Barack Obama as the “Contender”, so now John Lewis has seen the light and knows what is possible….he is reaching for his better angel now, which proves to me that he has not been “bought” by the opponent….

….but now some of these other “looming” endorsements that still have not come, give me REAL pause to ponder the character, integrity and “what’s right for America right now” question a bit further……
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
What I want to know is where in the hell is OUR media attention today?

Hillary’s sucking the airwaves like she’s got some kind of superhuman gravitation pull all of the sudden, and it seems that everyone is just zipping through all of the Obama headlines. Their folks are always complaining about not getting their fair media shake, but they seem to be the ones who get the most of it. What’s worse is that we all had to suffer though Hillary’s, Bill’s and Chelsea’s little talks today which, ironically, were completely lacking in anything that comes close to resembling SUBSTANCE, but there they were anyway–reaching their way into all of our living rooms with a triple dose of tripe! And talk about Clinton brand name recognition! People might be so brainwashed just from having to look at them all day that they’ll go stumbling on into their polling places like a pack of zombies chanting “Billary Chels-Clinton Bill-ary-Chelsea-inton. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

All kidding aside, I did see one good discussion about Obama v Clinton. Forgot who the gentleman was, but he made very strong and very spot-on claims about how Hillary is decisive, how she has shown that her incompetent-Obama stance is complete BS since he has clearly shown that he has charisma and can run a campaign more competently than she, etc. He even said that the superdelegates would be silly to try to give Hillary the win.
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By phillipsosophy Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
I agree, did you see the article in First Read about Hillary passing out chocolates and peach cobbler? Frankly to me it seems a lot of the people in the media do not want to see our candidate succeed. Quite disturbing.
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:59 pm EST
Barack was at home nurturing and being nurtured there, as he should have been (IMHO, of course). And you KNOW by now that the MSM has the attention span of a gnat! or maybe it’s even worse, they are afraid that the whole Clintons plan to make the MSM seem like they are so against Clintons has ‘scared them straight’ into not holding her accountable…that’ll work….yeah…..uhuh.
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By Jade Yesterday at 11:10 pm EST
What? Peach cobbler? Gack.

Another thing I find disturbing is that Obama and Obama supporters are the only people who are feeling the heat of all of the smears and lies lately. You never hear of anybody else’s supporters being grilled on why they support their candidate or what EXACTLY their policies and plans of implementation are, etc. HRC Central went spreading rumors all over the place that Barack stole Hillary’s economic plan and how it proves that he has no integrity. Truth is that it was his plan all along. Guess that’s what happens when you’re on top and everyone is AFRAID of you, though. In a sense, the smears are a very good sign–so long as we all remain vigilant and call them out for what they are.

And in case ya’ll think i’m going batty for calling Hillary “decisive,” I’m not. I just haven’t slept in over 24 hours. I meant “divisive”. I’m leaving typos all over the place. Good thing the typo police aren’t out tonight. ;O)
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By Lulu Yesterday at 10:46 pm EST
ONE of the many things he’s known for is that he was one of MJK Jr’s closest friends. You can see him at MLK’s side in many pictures. He marched with him, was arrested with him.

Lulu in CA
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By hawkjt Today at 3:43 am EST
Please everyone refrain from disrespectful comments about Congressman John Lewis. He is a true hero from the civil rights movement and deserves our respect and gratitude for his decision to support Senator Obama.
I am positive that Barack would agree with this attitude.

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By Jon from Oxford, MS Yesterday at 10:08 pm EST
I like that Obama’s getting the support of this guy. He wasn’t there for him in Georgia but now that he stands with him, if that’ll help him great! We need all the help we can get! Hillary would love nothing more than to regain the lead and win it. But we have to make sure that doesn’t happen. So everything’s good, however I’m bothered a bit by the phrase “In Obama we trust” I believe in his ability to lead and make things happen, but that phrase is and should be “In God we trust”
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By Trev from Charlotte, NC Yesterday at 10:12 pm EST
I excited about the entire 4th quarter of this race that is yet to play out.

Our momentum is inevitable. . .
Our message undeniable. . .
and our moment is now!

The wind is in our back. . .they wrote our campaign off. . .now it’s our turn to write off hers’.

United we stand. . . divided they fall!

Let them spin until they can spin the media no more. We will be heard this time. Change is near!

Si se puede!

WWW.DATAMECCA.NET Link

and Jon I’d rather say “In Obama we trust” than “In the conservatives we trust”!
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By Asmeret Yesterday at 10:26 pm EST
I think youre referring to me.Im assuming youre a new supporter Ive said this before and if i have to, ill say it again.Firstly im a Christian.

Secondly,Ive been with this campaign from the beginning and always end my comments with that slogan.I have used ‘IN OBAMA WE TRUST’ as a motivating slogan to highlight that he is the only CANDIDATE we trust-its short and concise.Anyone who thinks that im suggesting that we worship Obama more than God or in place of God seriously need to evaluate their thinking
and i say that respectfully.I have spoken to more than 3500 americans andthis hasnt been a problem.

In fact,thirdly this slogan was used for a new hampshire rally with a female holding a red sign with the blue words ‘IN OBAMA WE TRUST’
within a line of people behind Mr Obama himself!

So there you go.

IN OBAMA WE TRUST
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By Asmeret Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
Thankyou for understanding Trev! Even c-span closed up on it as obama talked in the rally.

IN OBAMA WE TRUST
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By Asmeret Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
Now since we trust Obama more than any other candidate, we should make more sacrifices in terms of time and money.If we seriously do this WE WILL WIN texas and ohio in a landslide.No dream is too big.We need to imagine,hope and work our hearts out.This is it! No turning back,no half efforts and the clintons are working as if this is do-or-die.Not just twice as hard but more. We need to make the results crystal clear that the american people have undisputely and decisively chosen Obama.

remember YES WE CAN!

IN OBAMA WE TRUST
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:35 pm EST
I heart Asmeret!!
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
….true…. I think we have to sometimes remind people not to “deify” Obama, just as Michelle Obama has tried to remind us all…..

….he is a human being, he will make mistakes and he will make mistakes as president, but he will own up to them and correct them is what Michelle said about him on Larry King..

….so for all those who are stuck in the place of “deifying” Obama, we ask you to stop and continue to celebrate him as a remarkable human being that has been given to us as an American people to take us out of the place we’re in to a more perfect union….

…but let us not worship Obama as many are trying hard to do when they come into the blog…no offense, but let us not worship Obama…

…if you are a person of faith, then you know who is worthy to be “worshipped”. If not, then you have your own path to the higher consciousness, but let us Obama supporters not worship another human being ever! Honor – yes; worship – no, that’s taking it way to far.

…the first mistake he makes, then the “worshippers” will be totally crushed because they thought he was “perfect”. So, we have to watch out for this and step back from the worshipful behavior.

…That all said, I, too, honor him and am very proud of him. I pray God’s best over his life, his presidency and his family.
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By Asmeret Yesterday at 11:13 pm EST
Who said anything about worshipping Obama? Please read my posts carefully.

The issue here is Trust.Im not foolish enough to think he is perfect,only that he is more TRUSTWORTHY than the other candidates and better able to respect and protect the trust the people would bestow on him as President.Yes ive heard everything she said on some people’s high adoration of Barack,ive also spoken to her so im aware of that danger of some people expectations that he will be perfect.Im sure you remember Barack himself said he will not be a perfect president and will make some mistakes along the way.I am fully aware of this matter.Im not responsible for what people think.I take responsibility for my comments and my slogan which any person should understand that IN OBAMA WE TRUST obviously doesnt mean we hold Obama in the same level as God.Geez.Im tired of having to explain this.Im wasting time blogging here.Im going to get more on board and hit my target of 4000 people ive spoken to since last year.Thats why you rarely see my posts.I suggest you get out there and get at least 300 people between now and march 3rd and thats a challenge.

IN OBAMA WE TRUST
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By Danielle Yesterday at 11:58 pm EST
Oh come on Asmeret….don’t disappear from the blog. I love how you engage with others. So I heart you too! <3,866-675-2008 or info@barackobama.com

Thanks so much for being so open and willing to give free miles for others to travel and support the Obama campaign! You are the one we have been waiting for to give away 60K frequent flyer miles to help get Obama elected to the White House!
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By Andrew From NYC! Yesterday at 10:15 pm EST
Great job, creative thinking, proud to be on your side!!!!
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By Dan from Texas Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
Yeah, I’ve been in contact with Idris, he’s flying into Dallas next thursday! The WACO Obama team is excited about getting him in.
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By From Blake, With Love Yesterday at 10:36 pm EST
I’d love to be able to help in Texas. Never been…

Idris is a lucky guy 🙂

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By Derek Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
I never understood why John Lewis was not with us from the start. I am just starting to educate myself about him and others who transformed this country with M.L. King just less than a half century ago and expected him to be a leading voice in this movement. I have sensed from the onset that this WAS a movement…

I am enormously hopeful of this news and am glad that my heart has been right with Senator Obama all along.
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:18 pm EST
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Derek,

I think it’s that so many prominent Democrats such as Lewis just had no idea that Barack would ROCK the nation like he has… and they stuck with what they had known.

As they see how Senator Obama is uniting the nation, it’s like the clouds have cleared and they’re able to see past the Clintonian years.
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By wuck Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
And Lewis said his much. He thought that Clinton (who he’d supported) had a better chance at winning. A lot of the US thought that. But he can see the tide turning. I respect that, even if it’s in part to please his constituency.
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By Sam from ATL Yesterday at 10:58 pm EST
You know, IMO, a lot of “old school” folks can’t get past the cynicism. My Dad is one of them, too…from the same generation. The cynicism and loss of hope and belief in government at its finest runs very deep. They have lost the ability to hope…or its buried so deep that they’ve lost touch with it. Sometimes it hurts so much to dream, for fear of being disappointed, that its easier to stay in the rut.

Rev Joseph Lowery, also an ATL icon and civil rights hereo, has been with Obama since the beginning…or at least very early on. I think his deep spirituality and his consistent contact with college students keeps his spirit young and vital, so the ability to hope and believe in change was not buried so deeply.

John Lewis has been in Washington for years. The spirit tends to die there…or harden into stone. I hope this is an indication that Rep Lewis is getting back in touch with his idealistic roots. He’ll be a formidable force for change…always has been.
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By Ali Alavi Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
I didn’t know Dr. Lowery before, but I heard him speak in a church, he was so sweet and lovely and so supportive. I was impressed by his dept.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:59 pm EST
From the beginning… I have felt that it was my job to believe in Barack, to have faith in Barack, to work for Barack, for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t believe it was possible.

At first I thought I just need to get him through Iowa, and then people will see that he can win, and they will believe. So I went to Iowa to help.

Then I thought I just need to get him through Super Tuesday, and then people will believe this is possible. So I went to Colorado to help.

I got back from Colorado on Sunday and I’m still giving heart and soul (and money) to Barack. But it’s different now. I think a lot of people started to believe, at least a little bit, after Barack won everything last Saturday. And after the big wins on Tuesday, I think we’re finally there.

I think that many, many people – people who didn’t dare to hope, who didn’t dare to believe – started to believe after Barack won on Tuesday. I think we turned a corner. We believed long enough and hard enough. We had faith. We worked to make this happen. And now people are seeing what is possible and they are believing.

I think John Lewis just couldn’t believe. I think Eugene Robinson just couldn’t believe. Now they can. Now they do. Those of us who believed when others didn’t have paved the way for the ones who couldn’t believe. Barack had faith in us, and we had faith in him.

That’s why I think we have the momentum. It’s not the pundits. It’s not just that we’ve been winning. It’s because new people are believing in Barack. They were slow to get here, but they’re here now, and they don’t want to go back. They believe in Barack. That’s why we are going to win.
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 11:03 pm EST
And I SO completely appreciate you (and everyone’s) support!! Iowa was such an amazing place for that month or more, amazing!!!
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:27 pm EST
Iowa was amazing. I have said multiple times that my work for the campaign in Iowa was the most unglamorous thing I have ever done. But it’s also one of the best things I have ever done, and I am so glad to have played a part, however small, in bringing Iowa home for Barack.

I confess that I always thought the whole Iowa – New Hampshire thing made no sense and was completely undemocratic. But I have to say, if Barack had had to campaign nationally from the start, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Needless to say, my opinion about Iowa has changed!
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By Ali Alavi Yesterday at 11:15 pm EST
I really appreciate your hard work Nancy!

And I have said this many times, If it was not because of Iowa, this whole movement would not have been born. So we owe this to all who worked hard there and Iowans who as Barack always say, lifted the hood and kicked the tires over there.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:34 pm EST
Thank you! You are too kind. I’m sure if you asked my family and friends they would say I’ve done a crazy amount of stuff for Barack, but I keep thinking there is so much more that I should be doing…

I confess to being a bit weary after my trip to Colorado, and I haven’t made a single phone call yet. But I am going broke for Barack! I was going to say “slowly but surely”, but between my donations, my trips, and paying someone to stay with my dog and cat while I’m gone, which is the most expensive part!… I have to say I am going broke much faster than that! 🙂
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 11:10 pm EST
Derek,
I can only guess that there was no formidable challenger to our opponent’s candidacy until Obama started to pick up momentum.

Remember, many started out with this notion in their heads of the “first black president” being our opponent’s husband. Now that he has totally erased any notion of that from the minds and hearts of AA’s, after NH and SC, now we have a very formidable candidate in Obama and he has now proven that he can win the nomination and the general election.

We can wait to see how other CBC members react over the next two weeks and that is probably the best way to determine who has potentially been “bought out” by the opponent.

John Lewis just proved that he is not for sale, but of course the heat in the kitchen probably wasn’t nice down in Georgia!!! (LOL)

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By Rob Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
Thank you to Barack Obama for running for President of the United States. Thank you to John Lewis for having the courage to follow his convictions, especially given, I’m sure, his long-standing positive relationship with the Clinton’s.

mc cain manager said on npr yesterday if obama is candidate he’ll resign as campiagn head | Report to Admin Reply
By chitown Yesterday at 10:14 pm EST
Earlier today, the Swamp noted that Mark McKinnon, a senior campaign adviser to both President Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, had said some time ago that he could not serve McCain if Sen. Barack Obama became the Democratic presidential nominee.

And now this evening, the Republican consultant is reaffirming his stance that he will have to step out of his advisor’s role for the campaign if Obama wins the Democratic nomination. He explained his aversion to campaigning against Obama in an interview aired by National Public Radio, where Michele Norris interviewed him for All Things Considered:

“I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal,” McKinnon said. “I disagree with him on very fundamental issues. But I think, as I said, I think it would a great race for the country, and I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama. I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.” Read on…
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By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:23 pm EST
Now that is respect. I actually personally believe John McCain WOULD NOT try as hard as if he was against Clinton. I feel he likes Obama but could not afford Clinton winning.

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By Nathalie Yesterday at 10:15 pm EST
Both McCain & Clinton are going after us. To be expected of course, but I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

Those people have character problem.
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By Andrew From NYC! Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
That makes sense, because essentially they are the same candidate!
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By Texan4Obama08 Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
Yep, both voted for the war and both voted for Kyl-Liebermann to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Two hawks in a nest, a real one and a chicken hawk who pretends to be one. And all for political purposes so she looks tough on national security. Shame on you Mrs. Clinton, I had the utmost respect for you until you helped Bush get us into this war. You talk about solutions, well those 2 solutions aren’t the solutions we want in this country.

Great Character | Report to Admin Reply
By native daughter Yesterday at 10:16 pm EST
Thank you Rep. Lewis, I have always thought you have great character. You have proven it.

Better late than never | Report to Admin Reply
By Actionmac Yesterday at 10:16 pm EST
I guess it’s better late than never… Mr. Lewis should have had his a-s out of the Clinton camp when they were using him, Young, Dinkins, and Rangel as window dressing for their race bating in South Carolina.

Yes I am angry about it as Barack and his family had to suffer through the indignations from the Clinton camp as Mr. Lewis and others seemed apathetic. Mr. Lewis marched with Dr. King to stop and prevent the same kinds of assaults against African Americans and improve relations among all Americans.

Mr. Lewis call the others and tell them to apologize in the same manner as yourself by placing their support with Barack Obama. Let Mr. Rangel that the stupid statement will require him to hit the road for Barack, he can tell people it took his better-half’s (Mrs. Rangel) support of Obama to help him see the light. oh, and make it as public as your support for Clinton.

Thank you Mr. Lewis…

“YES WE CAN” and we WILL in 2008
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By Lee Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
Now lwt’s see if Andrew Young and Charlie Rangel will do the right thing as well.
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By JimmieFromDayton Yesterday at 11:06 pm EST
Stevenson, Senator Obama is not angry. We’ve got a mission that’s going to require that we not hold grudges against those who’ve come into our fold to help take our government away from special interest and the dark art of divisive politics. I implore you to look past the anger and at the prize. Thanks

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By Rob Yesterday at 10:16 pm EST
Thank you to Barack Obama for running for President of the United States. Thank you to John Lewis for having the courage to follow his convictions, especially given, I’m sure, his long-standing positive relationship with Clinton’s. That took guts. And, so it did when he stood as a young man with Dr. Martin Luther King in Washington DC, preceding Dr. King’s speech with a great one of his own.

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By eric4obama Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
Everyone please donate! I know most people get paid tomorrow. Please contribute something even if it’s only 5 or 10 dollars. Also, ask your friends and family to donate also!!!

This is very, very important. We need the money to air ads throughout the country. We’ve had the financial advantage in 2008 and it’s made a BIG difference.

Let’s keep the momentum going strong!! DONATE NOW!!!!!!

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric

New Theme Song… | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan Yesterday at 10:18 pm EST
The Clintons have made some changes in their strategerie (bushism)…

New Slogan – Solutions

New Negative Attacks – Words are Cheap, All talk and No action, He gives Speeches and I gove solutions, He hasn’t ever done anything, etc…

NEW CLINTON CAMPAIGN SONG in accordance with their negative attacks…

White Snake – Here We Go Again

TEXAS FOR OBAMA!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Marcel from Dallas,TX Yesterday at 10:18 pm EST
TEXAS FOR OBAMA!!!!!

Whooo!!!

Fired Up and Ready to Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes WE Can! | Report to Admin Reply
By Evan from New York, NY Yesterday at 10:18 pm EST
YES WE CAN!

I DON’T CARE WHAT THE POLLS SAY, I DON’T CARE WHAT THE PUNDITS SAY, I DON’T CARE WHAT THE SPIN DOCTORS SAY, KEEP VOTING, KEEP CALLING, KEEP DONATING, KEEP BELIEVING,

YES WE CAN!

KEEP CALLING WISCONSIN!

YES WE CAN!

KEEP CALLING HAWAII!

YES WE CAN!

KEEP CALLING TEXAS!

YES WE CAN!

KEEP CALLING OHIO!

YES WE CAN!

KEEP CALLING PENNSYLVANIA!

YES WE CAN!

AS BARACK OBAMA HAS SAID, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST!

YES WE CAN!

EVERY VOTE COUNTS, EVERY DONATION COUNTS, EVERY PHONE CALL COUNTS, EVERY VOICE COUNTS!

YES WE CAN!

EVERY STATE ACROSS THE NATION!

YES WE CAN!

FIRED UP AND READY TO GO, FIRED UP AND READY TO VOTE!

YES WE CAN!

A Call from on High | Report to Admin Reply
By Ann Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
Destiny calls us!

There is a sound that began as a whisper.

Now, that whisper has swelled.

It has reached all corners of the earth saying, “The time has come!”

It’s time to dance a new dance.

It’s time to sing a new song.

Destiny calls us!

Will you answer?

SEIU National to endorse OBAMA!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Enrique from Tracy, CA Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
Link
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
I’m Mary, I’m an Iowa SEIU Worksite Leader, and I HEARTILY ENDORSE BARACK OBAMA!!!

John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Andrea Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
Good Evening everyone!

Imagine my surprise when I saw this link detialing Rep. Lewis’ support of Sen. Obama. John Lewis is one of my favorite people on this earth. When he initially endorsed Sen. Clinton, I was not mad or even disappointed because he has served this country in a way that could never be taken away by a mere endoresment.

I learned a lot about him in college. From his days in SNCC and his deliberate choice to be a “Freedom Rider”- this man literally got his head bashed in to give African Americans the basic dignities that were not afforded to them because of racist Jim Crow laws. This man is a true American Hero. John McCain named Lewis as on of his heroes in a book he wrote a few years back.

If you ever want to read an inspiring book – please take the time to read “Walking With the Wind”. It is Lewis’ autobiography. It is an excellent account of what it was like to grow up poor and Black in AL in those not so nice days.

The one thing that always stuck in my mind was how John Lewis responded when someone askd him how he could still preach non violence even in the midst of getting his skull kicked in. He said if you could picture your enemy as a helpless baby- you can’t help but have love toward them. Empathy- kind of what Sen. Obama talks about.

One good man endorsing another good man.
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By Lee Yesterday at 11:07 pm EST
Now let’s see if Andrew Young will do the right thing as well.

Bloomberg | Report to Admin Reply
By Andrew From NYC! Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Props from Bloomberg:
regarding economy
“I don’t know whether Senator Obama looked to see what I’ve been advocating, or not — you’ll have to ask him — but he’s doing the right thing,” Bloomberg said.
Full article: Link
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By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:26 pm EST
My wife and I actually believe he might be the VP for Obama. We don’t know why but we just for some reason think that will happen
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By JP Yesterday at 10:47 pm EST
I was thinking the same thing. Would be interesting for sure, but I doubt it will happen. I think Obama will want someone from the south or a swing state on the ticket and someone with military experience. But you can’t predict anything this year so who knows.
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 11:23 pm EST
…premature to speculate about the VP, but it seems that there would need to be a counter/argument and answer for “my friend of 100 years in Iraq”, while still making a strong showing for national security experience that would be unquestioned in the general election! LOL! LOL!

A Call from on High | Report to Admin Reply
By Ann Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Destiny calls us!

There is a sound that began as a whisper.

Now, that whisper has swelled.

It has reached all corners of the earth saying, “The time has come!”

It’s time to dance a new dance.

It’s time to sing a new song.

Destiny calls us!

Will you answer?

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By Dee Dee Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Alright, Irene!

That’s what I’M talking about!

How many? | Report to Admin Reply
By Mike Womack Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Does anyone know how many super delegates have switched from him to her or her to him? That’s at least two today, right?
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By wuck Yesterday at 10:41 pm EST
In recent days, 3 superdelegates have switched, and 2 have gone uncommitted (previously with Clinton). A plus 8 gain.

Remember to Thank Iowans | Report to Admin Reply
By HOMETOWN LOVE FOR BARACK Yesterday at 10:22 pm EST
You know this election seems to have moved in lightning speed for all of us. It wasn’t that long ago that Barack was an unknown to so many. I keep reflecting on it all and thinking, “Thank God for those wonderful Americans in Iowa who were brave enough to stand up to The Machine.”

They voted with their hearts and their minds and we are all grateful that they had the courage to not listen to what they were expected to do by the pundits and experts.

I have a sneaky suspicion that Barack and Michelle will forever hold a special place in their hearts for those Iowans as well.

I know the Iowa story is certainly not as dramatic and it didn’t cost them their lives, but it reminds me of the courage of the those who stood up for freedom’s cause on Flight 93.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone and may God take care of all the patriots of our country living and those who fought and died for it.
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By Actionmac Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
x2

“YES WE CAN” and we WILL in 2008
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By JQ Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
Iowans will always be in the history books for starting the movement to elect the frist black african president.

Thank you Iowans.
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By Kris Yesterday at 11:34 pm EST
I completely agree that the Iowans need a huge thank you!

From the beginning when I heard he was going to run for president, I didn’t really think he had a chance (for that matter, I didn’t think Hillary did either). I wasn’t sure America was ready.

When I did my research to figure out who I wanted to support, and realized that Obama’s stances on the issues were closer to mine than any of the other candidates, I was afraid that once again I was going to be supporting someone who couldn’t win.

When Iowa came through, for the first time in a very long time, I found the HOPE that Obama has been talking about. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be half the hope-monger that I am now.

So, yes, Thank you, Iowa. Thank you.

we are on our way | Report to Admin Reply
By dmurphy Yesterday at 10:22 pm EST
this is great news.. and im sure more will follow..as long as we fight the good fight.. all good things will come

Yesterday is not tomorrow! | Report to Admin Reply
By Darin from Rainsville, AL Yesterday at 10:22 pm EST
Yesterday is gone and today will soon be over…

Sen. Obama supporters!

Listen to what I say. Our confidence is building and we are beginning to look and appear arrogant. I trust in HOPE. HOPE is not arrogant.

Arrogance is not the message of Sen. Obama. We must work now harder than we have ever worked before. If we let Sen. Clinton squeak out a victory in Wisconsin and then take Texas and Ohio, we are finished.

We have to maintain a large percentage of the vote and momentum to maintain our pledged delegate lead. Nothing but victory can ensure this.

We have to win and win big. I sincerely believe that if Sen. Obama is ahead in the popular vote, pledged delegates then the Super Delegates will have no choice but to back him; however, if we let Sen. Clinton get ahead in TX, WI, and OH with not just the popular vote, she will get ahead in the pledged delegate vote too.

So goes the next few primaries…so goes the nomination.

Now is not the time to take a break and look backwards. I will sum it up in Sen. Obama’s own words: This election is about the future not the past. Iowa is the past. South Carolina is the past. Super Tuesday is the past. The Potomac Primary is the past.

WI, HI, TX, and OH is the future.

Vote Obama~!
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By FIREDupCollegeStudent! Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
I agree with you. 2 big wins in Ohio and Texas would be amazing and would wrap this thing up. I also agree that this is far from over and we should not be over confident or arrogant. The Clinton Machine is still operating–NO ONE count them out.
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By Trish Yesterday at 10:46 pm EST
Darin – I couldn’t agree more. Everyone was right to spend Tuesday evening celebrating (even the toughest campaigners have to take a break) but now we have to work even harder. I’ve been involved in politics since the early 1970s, and I can promise everyone that this is going to be a very, very hard road. If we fall five feet from the finish line, it will be as if we never ran.
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By Actionmac Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
NJ super delegate that made the switch… Link

The reason Hillary will stay in race… Link

IT TOOK ONE CLINTON TO LOSE THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS FOR 8 YEARS AND IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER CLINTON TO LOSE THE DEMOCRATS 2008 BID FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AND DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!

“YES WE CAN” and we WILL in 2008

Spirit & Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Harold & Mary Yesterday at 10:24 pm EST
First comes the spirit, then comes the change.
Thank You Mr Lewis!
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By MsCiara Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
There have been five AA super delegates who have changed from Hill or uncommitted to Barack !!

Link

The TIDE IS HIGH !!!

Something IS happening! | Report to Admin Reply
By FIREDupCollegeStudent! Yesterday at 10:24 pm EST
SOMETHING is INEDEED HAPPENING IN AMERICA! Let’s show the rest of the country how it’s done on March 4th! Are you in?

YES WE CAN!

Thank Rep Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By JBelbute Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
Send John Lewis a thank you Link
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:33 pm EST
~

Thank you JBelbute!

I will send him a thank you note!!! :o)

(((HUGS)))
Re: Thank Rep Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Heather from Northern California Yesterday at 11:14 pm EST
I just sent him a note also. It was heartfelt.
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By Myrell Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
I sent him a nice thank you note.

I sure am feeling the love on Valentines day!
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By Debbie for Obama!! Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
I Just did!

Love,Debbie

DNC can end Clinton distruction of party | Report to Admin Reply
By Kevin from Williamsburg, VA Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
By simply having 30 super delagates pledged to Clinton come out publically together in a press comference and swatch to BO. This public display of support for BO and against HRC would finish THEM.
Re: DNC can end Clinton distruction of party | Report to Admin Reply
By Actionmac Today at 12:45 am EST
Black Lawmakers Rethink Clinton Support… Link

The reason Hillary will stay in race… Link

IT TOOK THE BEHAVIOR OF A CLINTON TO LOSE THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER THE FIRST BUSH AND IT WILL TAKE THE BEHAVIOR OF ANOTHER CLINTON TO LOSE THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER THE SECOND BUSH!

“YES WE CAN” and we WILL in 2008

hawaii | Report to Admin Reply
By Elizabeth from Jersey City, NJ Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
I just wanted to say that I’ve made a couple of calls to Hawaii and it’s been absolutley wonderful, inspiring and heartwarming. All the people I got in touch with spoke of Barack as if he was their son.

They said things like, ‘by ALL means I’m caucusing for him.’

And, “I don’t just THINK he’ll win, I BELIEVE he will.”

I encourage all to make a couple of calls to HI for no other reason than just to bond with these lovely people.

THEN HIT OHIO!!!!!!

Good luck.
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By Kris from Des Plaines, IL Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
good to hear that.
let make more calls to WI too.
we need to win both.

Yes We can

Lobby the Super Delegates? | Report to Admin Reply
By Claire from Kerrville, TX Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
Is there a list of Super Delegates somewhere? Is it possible / feasible that we should be writing them to gain their votes for Obama?

May Rep. John Lewis be the first among many.
Re: Lobby the Super Delegates? | Report to Admin Reply
By Joe Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
Look to the right side:

Link

Yes We Can,

Joe
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By suzannembeam Yesterday at 10:58 pm EST
Claire,

The campaign has asked us not to contact the super delegates. Please let Senator Obama handle them. We can do our part by canvassing, phone banking, and donating.

Shooting at NIU in Illinois | Report to Admin Reply
By Franchee Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
Sam,

Representative John Lewis’ endorsement is great, but where is a statement from Senator Obama about the shooting here in IL. I know that the information is sketchy, but I think he should make a statement sooner rather than later.

And great work on organizing the phonebanking!
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By SaSa Yesterday at 10:33 pm EST
It’s 10:30 pm in Illinois where he’s with his wife for the first time in ages on Valentine’s Day and umm…

I hope they aren’t taking calls 🙂

I’m certain he’ll respond!
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:52 pm EST
I agree with SaSa ~ Senator Obama will respond as time permits.

That’s one of the awesome things about him — he always does respond to crisis such as that horrible shooting.
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By Mary Il. Yesterday at 11:00 pm EST
With 5 dead at NIU in Illinois today, plus the shoote = 6, I think we should all make 5 calls and donate 5 or 50 or 500 dollars in their honor. NIU is a college in Obama’s home state, Dekalb about an hour west of Chicago .. so very tragic.

Why can guns be purchased so easily? He had 3.

Please say a prayer for all of the dead, plus the other 16 or so injured.
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By Kevin Winterfield Yesterday at 11:09 pm EST
I wonder if Sam would consider opening up a separate blog post for NIU. We could all then add our prayers and thoughts to that – creating an online ‘hope’ book for the victims and their families.

-Kev

Very Big! | Report to Admin Reply
By Eamon George Nelson Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
As always, a leader of many.

A sincere question | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
This is really, really excellent. THANK YOU for paying attention to the American people’s wants and needs.

We are in a time of change.

Off topic, I have a question that might sound like a criticism but definately isn’t (as many on this board know, I am a frequent poster, volunteer, and outspoken Obama-maniac):

A prominent radical friend of mine in the activist community sent out a private op-ed today about why she was voting McKinney. In the piece, she did mention she liked Obama more than HRC, even as a die-hard lifelong feminist (she’s in her 70’s now). But, she said she felt very aggravated that the issue of class has “been avoided” by both campaigns, focusing instead only on race and gender.

Now I don’t agree, because I feel like his heart is in the right place, and he has stated time and again that he would help not only the middle-class (which she sees as too broad and ill-defined) but also assist the lower class.

I know her thoughts are turned toward the homeless and the near-homeless, and people who are really struggling with full-time jobs but can barely make their rent.

It’s true that “class” hasn’t been brought up much, not in the sense that economics have.

But I’d like to write a very well-stated counter op ed that can cite sources, because I think she’s sensible and will hear me out and spread support if I can show her that Obama does have commitment to dire poverty and the “grey zone” folks who couldn’t get a mortgage if their life depended on it (pretty much everyone in the Bay Area, where homes are about 600-700K+ average).

We don’t have foreclosures, we have homeless encampments (we can’t even afford shelters, they’ve cut them out). We don’t have unemployment, we have ridiculous costs of living.

Someone throw me a bone here and point me to a place where he addresses “class” not only the middle class but poor folks.

THANKS.

I know I’ve seen this stuff, but can’t recall where anymore.

I’ll write a very serious opinion piece back with the info. Yeah, it’s CA, but we’re still volunteering here.

And I dislike disinformation.

Nothing defensive please, just cold data, quotes, anything. Economics aren’t my strong suit.

SI SE PUEDE!

(today’s news has me reeling with excitement, btw, we are going to WIN this)
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By SaSa Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
p.s. the private op-ed is intended to be published and distributed to several tens of thousands, so that’s why I’m looking to write something fast and counter it before she does that. I feel I could win her support, but she’s a tough old activist and I’m just a rookie. Still, she’ll hear me out.

Didn’t quite clarify that.
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By Lisa Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
The best place to start would be his issues page under poverty. He identifies his goals and at the bottom describes some accomplishments. Is this the kind of stuff you are looking for?

Link

Lisa
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By SaSa Yesterday at 10:53 pm EST
Lisa, yes, bingo, thank you!

It might seem like a no-brainer, but I looked under “economics.”

Thank you for the swift reply. Glanced through it and it looks solid to me to reply cogently and make my case.

I really don’t fully understand what she’s talking about, and will point that out to her, since it appears she’s buying into the media representation far more than Barack’s actual message.
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By DianaR Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
That would be so funny if she based it on what she saw from the media!!! They don’t seem to have a clue what they are talking about!!! It’s like the uninformed trying to inform!!! AND, the correct information is all over the place!!!
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By SaSa Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
The mainstream media is portraying it as race vs. gender, and I have to say, too much alternative media is still silent.

I never personally heard of Barack until I came online because we have no media except alt-media (no tv or radio, by choice).

It’s probably word of mouth, which is how conversation travels and can get distorted sometimes when you don’t “do” media.

But since my Obama-fixation, I admit to being hooked on net-news.

Yahoo is actually my favorite (and I think is fair, generally, see this go around all the time… though I think I’ve come to like some of the CNN people too… and weirdly impressed with Colin Powell recently after actually watching how well-spoken he is… unsure where he lies politically but his strong words about Barack’s capacity to end the war and why impressed me).

Thanks for bearing with this long post and the others.

But just gotta defend ma’ man and those were fighting words from a friend! And maybe put in print if I don’t hustle up and stop her.

She did take his side over HRC’s.

That’s good.
Re: A sincere question | Report to Admin Reply
By IA for Obama Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
Barack on poverty:

Link

Blueprint for change

Link

Also, today (yesterday?) there was a blog about Barack on foreclosures

And read Dreams from my Father, especially where he talks about his days as a community organizer
Re: A sincere question | Report to Admin Reply
By IA for Obama Yesterday at 10:54 pm EST
video with Barack talking about foreclosures and link to his recent economic speech:

Link
Re: A sincere question | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
Well, we’re not too worried about foreclosures when we can’t even get the homeless shelters open here. California has PROBLEMS. Thousands and thousands of homeless people in this county. Rent would be nice for many.

I cook for 50-100 most sundays, volunteer.

But I looked under economics instead of poverty and went, hey, where did all the stuff I know went. Brain fog.

My love of Barack comes in part due to my understanding of those community organizer roots. We do what we can here too. I believe his heart is always in the right place if he’s walked the same path the rest of us have.

I’d long since given up on electoral politics before he came along. The man inspires me, and if activists are even talking about him here, that’s impressive. Most are so jaded by this stuff…

But he has street cred with me.

Well, what to say, I love that soul of his and believe in him. No president can buck the system, they have to work in it. But put a good human into a bad position and hope it wears off.

I’m continuously impressed with his ability to MOTIVATE the apathetic.

Been claiming for years that we’re in a war on apathy.

I see something different.

And his policies are amazing.

Satisfying to the whole spectrum.

He seems to include all.

I appreciate even being allowed to HAVE this conversation on this board. There’s no other candidate who would let me ask this kind of very real question about “class,” without censoring me, even if the critique is to combat the critique, if that makes sense.

We are all blessed with Barack.

🙂
Re: A sincere question | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Today at 2:15 am EST
Link

I sent her this link. I’d never seen it before and it blew me to pieces. I’m not even going to counter her until she’s replied back. And if she doesn’t, she’s nuts.

That is one of the most powerful speeches I’ve ever seen, ever, and if you can’t feel the sincerity of Senator Obama’s personal war on poverty and deep understanding of it, you aren’t worth my time!

WOW

Watch that speech on urban poverty if you’ve never seen it before.

John Lewis change of Heart | Report to Admin Reply
By SHAPEARL Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
African-Americans in this country were very upset that John Lewis had endorsed Sen.Clinton. As a African-American women, I pleased to see that John Lewis has had a change of heart in regards to supporting Barack Obama. The light has been turned on in his eyes and I just pray that the Clinton Machine does not try to interfere with his decision.
Re: John Lewis change of Heart | Report to Admin Reply
By Lee Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
Now let’s see if Andrew Young will have a change of heart as well.
Re: John Lewis change of Heart | Report to Admin Reply
By Red_pill Gee from Memphis Yesterday at 11:55 pm EST
Lets be careful with making the change of heart about race more than what the voters in his state feel is in the best interest for the country.

The last thing we need is to polarize issues according to race. We may lose a few as well according to how some superdelgate states voted.

Lets keep our eye on the prize and work Hard, Hard, Hard……..The Clinton’s are not done, they know ALL the tricks in the book. We must beat them in numbers, we must let the world know we demand change and we will not sit back and let establishment candidates and their presidential support take it away from us.

The Clinton’s will not give up until the very end.

Work hard, stay focused

Yes we have…Yes we can….Yes we will

How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By Victoria Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
Mrs. Clinton’s advisers made it clear that they were prepared to take a number of potentially incendiary steps to build up Mrs. Clinton’s count. Top among these, her aides said, is pressing for Democrats to seat the disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan, who held their primaries in January in defiance of Democratic Party rules.

I am from Florida & I could not vote!

The superdelegates are under lots of pressure right now to come out for one candidate or the other. We urgently need to encourage them to let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama—and then to support the will of the people. Move on will place an ad in USA today of they get 200 signature….

I signed a petition urging the superdelegates to respect the will of the voters. Can you please join me at the link below and vote…

Link

whether you agree with Moveon or not at least they are doing something!
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By United1 Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
Hillary will brush off this switch because George is not significant. If he were from California, then this would cause them a problem. But, as we all know now, every state outside of Illinois that Barack has won is insignificant.

United1, signing off from insignificant VA.
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
George?

George who?
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By Gloria from Englewood, FL Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
Victoria, I’m from Florida, too. People showed up in droves that day to vote on a property tax issue. No one at my job even discussed which candidate they were voting for, because everyone knew the delegates had been stripped.Using such a botched election to seat delegates would be a sham.
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By Gloria from Englewood, FL Yesterday at 10:56 pm EST
Victoria, I’m from Florida, too. People showed up in droves that day to vote on a property tax issue. No one at my job even discussed which candidate they were voting for, because everyone knew the delegates had been stripped.Using such a botched election to seat delegates would be a sham.
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By Gloria from Englewood, FL Yesterday at 10:58 pm EST
Victoria, I’m from Florida, too. People showed up in droves that day to vote on a property tax issue. No one at my job even discussed which candidate they were voting for, because everyone knew the delegates had been stripped.Using such a botched election to seat delegates would be a sham.
Re: How would you like your vote stolen? | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Yesterday at 11:16 pm EST
Thank you moveon.org!

Signed.

Thank You John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Phil In the Cuse Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
Mr. Lewis, I have always admired the sacrifices you made as a young man for the cause of freedom and civil rights. So naturally I felt a bit disappointed when you originally endorsed Senator Clinton, though I understood how difficult it was for any well-known Democratic official to stand up against the Clinton machine.
So I thank you for supporting Barack Obama’s movement. Some here might think you are simply following an electoral trend, but with your powerful example, you can make it easier for other Democrats to take that “great leap” you talked about, and unite our country again in the way your colleague Dr. King dreamed about.
YES WE CAN!!

Thank You! | Report to Admin Reply
By momof3inGA Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
Thank you, Mr. Lewis, sir.

Thank you!

Political courage | Report to Admin Reply
By TUMAINI Yesterday at 10:29 pm EST
Every superdelegate counts. We have to welcome, thank, and congratulate all superdelegates who join the movement now even those who opposed us at first. In the end these superdelegates will help win the nomination process. The more superdelegates we get, the sooner we will win the nomination. Thank you J. Lewis for your political courage. Thank you for joining the movement. Help us bring in more superdelegates.
Re: Political courage | Report to Admin Reply
By Victoria Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
I am not taking that chance..you take it. I trust the vote and the will of the people!

I thank those who support us but the people should decide this election!
Re: Political courage | Report to Admin Reply
By Lulu Yesterday at 10:35 pm EST
yes. I think it is more about what it REPRESENTS, the message it sends, when these folks make this change.

At the end of the day I HOPE the SD’c won’t have to determine the Dem nom.

Lulu in CA
Re: Political courage | Report to Admin Reply
By Victoria Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
The will of the people is democracy! The vote is democracy- and it is normal that you feel this way because you don’t live in Florida where you could not vote… again i thank those that support Obama but this election belongs to the people!

Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By Sheikh from Carle Place, NY Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
All the money you all are raising are going into the pockets of millionarie super delegates??? This is just wrong.
Re: Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By momof3inGA Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
No – Barack doesn’t play those games, nor does he pander.

The opponent, however, does.

Have a blessed night.
Re: Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By Ehuzu!, IL Yesterday at 10:33 pm EST
Thank you. We hope you got some too.

YES WE CAN!
Re: Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By Adam Yesterday at 10:40 pm EST
Actually, he does.

AND SO DOES CLINTON.

AND EVERY OTHER CAMPAIGN SEEKING THE PRESIDENCY.

It’s common practice.

Nothing to see here, move along.
Re: Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By Adam Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
HI, COINTELPRO!

The answer to your question is NO.

BOTH campaigns – Clinton’s and Obama’s – along with every other campaign, contributes money to the campaigns of superdelegates. Both Clinton AND Obama have been doing so since 2005. It’s common practice, 100% legal, and is being done by every campaign. Got it?

Now – as you’re most likely some sort of PLANT by the other campaign, let me try and explain things to you on how this is going to go:

We’re too smart, too informed, and too aware of what you’re doing.

So just give it up.

Bye.
Re: Obama paying superdelegates??????? | Report to Admin Reply
By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:47 pm EST
No, Clinton is the only one who pays for endorsements. Please tell me why there are $10,000 checks to Iowa newspapers that endorsed you?

Suggestion to HQ | Report to Admin Reply
By Femoo from Knoxville, TN Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
More than 60% of the votes of educated americans have so far gone to Sen. Obama, yet Sen. Clinton and McCain have continued to say that there is no specifics in what he has been saying that he is only full of speeches.

The interpretation of their alegations is that 39% of IA, 68% of WA, 62% of NE, 57% of LA, 68% of VA – the list goes on do not know the difference between specifics and ordinary speeches.
HQ should call them to order and tell them to stop abusing the sensibilities of Americans.

Afterall the people that have the knowledge and the qualifications are voting for him in record numbers.
Re: Suggestion to HQ | Report to Admin Reply
By Rod Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
hmmm…well put Femoo 🙂
Re: Suggestion to HQ | Report to Admin Reply
By JP Yesterday at 10:52 pm EST
Very well put Femmo. As an ‘educated’ person, I like to do my research and hear both candidates. Its clear to me that Obama has the judgement, leadership, and skills, to lead this country on the many issues and plans he as mentioned in interviews, parts of speaches, and on paper.

PS.. | Report to Admin Reply
By Victoria Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
Bill Clinton is one of those “superdelegates”

Sign the petition Now!

Link

Obama rallies | Report to Admin Reply
By Jeffrey from Eastpointe, MI Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
How can someone get into an Obama rally? I live in the Metro Detroit area and hope to see Obama when he comes to Ohio since it’s close to me, especially Toledo.
Re: Obama rallies | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan Yesterday at 10:49 pm EST
Get there about 4 hours early and don’t move out of your space in line!
Re: Obama rallies | Report to Admin Reply
By Trish Yesterday at 11:03 pm EST
Jeffrey – Why not join the Ohio group? That way you will know when and where Sen. Obama will be. You will need to get in line very early though. These rallies are packed!

Thats two! | Report to Admin Reply
By Cris from NJ Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
First “Roz” Samuels from NJ, and now John Lewis…

it has begun! it will be interesting to see who else and how fast the supers jump ship from S.S. Clinton…
Re: Thats two! | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Now THAT is the kind of momentum that is inspiring.

I am so proud of the superdelegates for taking a stand FOR democracy.

You make me proud and hopeful again.
Re: Thats two! | Report to Admin Reply
By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:36 pm EST
Amen

YES WE CAN

Yes we can!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Matt S. Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Link

Wooo HOO!!

Thanks Congressman Lewis!!

We are deeply honored to have you in our ranks!!

PSSS everyone, let the record reflect that I was pushing for this on these blogs at approx. 2:00 p.m. EST. Ya Baby!!!!

Let the avalanche begin!

Come on Congressman Clyburn! Come on!!

THIS IS SERIOUS!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Anthony in Michigan Yesterday at 10:36 pm EST
The Clinton campaign has urged their supporters to contact the DNC to have the MI and FL delegates count. According to my recent knowledge, the DNC has offered that the states hold a caucus that follows DNC rules to settle this. So I think we should contact these states to have our voices heard!!

Here is some information to contact them:

MICHIGAN –

ONLINE CONTACT Link

Mailing Address:
606 Townsend St.
Lansing, MI 48933

Phone:
517.371.5410

FLORIDA

Mailing Address:
214 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone:
850.222.3411

Fax:
850.222.0916

Email:
email@fladems.com

LET’S CONTACT THEM AND URGE THEM TO HOLD CAUCUSES!!

AND…

LET’S MAKE MORE CALLS TO OHIO AND TEXAS AND GET MORE PEOPLE ON BOARD THE CHANGE EXPRESS!!
Re: THIS IS SERIOUS!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Anthony in Michigan Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
here’s the MI link that didn’t show up: Link

SEIU to endorse Barack Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By Luke from Peachtree City, GA Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
The SEIU (who represent 1.9 million people) are going to endorse Barack Obama.

Link
Re: SEIU to endorse Barack Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
Great news
Re: SEIU to endorse Barack Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By marytnurse Yesterday at 11:15 pm EST
I’m Mary, I’m an Iowa SEIU Worksite Leader and I PROUDLY endorse Barack Obama!!!

This will be huge in terms of movers and shakers mobilizing to get this man the nomination! This will be much bigger than Moveon, etc.!

Obama rallies | Report to Admin Reply
By Jeffrey from Eastpointe, MI Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
How can someone get into an Obama rally? I live in the Metro Detroit area and hope to see Obama when he comes to Ohio since it’s close to me, especially Toledo.
Re: Obama rallies | Report to Admin Reply
By JQ Yesterday at 10:44 pm EST
Sign up for email alerts and by the way if you have an Ohio address use it and they will send you events alerts.

THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Lulu Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
Link

Ok, THAT is the best video yet!

I’m crying – AGAIN!

That is one of my fav songs

I was especially moved by the pix of him with his white grandparents.

My maternal grandmother disowned my mother & me (her first grandchild) because my father was black. To see how much Obama’s grandparents loved & adored him…

…tears falling…heart full…no words…

Lulu in CA
Re: THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 11:04 pm EST
I am sorry to read that your grandmother disowned your mother and you.

My father disowned me in 1980 because I went with and then married a Black man. But my true father who taught me to treat every one the way I wanted to be treated, came through 2 months after the marriage. He cherished his grandchildren and loved his son-in-law whole heartily for 21 years.

One of my uncles who was a blatant racist has done a complete 180 over the past few years because of the same situation.

And after discovering 2 of his grandsons were gay he had to change his heart yet again. I love to hear him brag about his grandkids unabashedly.

Obama is the answer to all of the hate filled years we have been forced to live under Bush and Co.. He has empathy, common sense and wisdom just like my father, so I trust him completely.
Re: THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Lulu Yesterday at 11:15 pm EST
I have often said the Obama is truly healing this nation, in so many ways. It will continue to be a beautiful thing to behold over the next 8 years!!!
Re: THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By SaSa Today at 2:35 am EST
Thanks for sharing.
I know, it’s like I work my problems out by campaigning. Irked because I won’t have until tomorrow night to make calls, however I can start at 5:30 pm PST but the computer only lets me go to 9 pm, or I could keep phoning Hawaii later.

My goal: 200-300 calls per day.
for two days straight.

Thank You Rep, John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 10:41 pm EST
Thank You Rep. John Lewis by changing your vote you are helping to give the U.S. government back to the American people.

Now could you please twist a few more of your fellow super delegates ears! Tell them not to be afraid of the Clinton wrath. I have a feeling it will be a whimper at the end of this race.

You want positive content?!?! | Report to Admin Reply
By Shoshana W Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
I got positive content!

I’ve posted before that despite being a child of DC movement activists & being practically nursed on politics & activism, I had not volunteered on a campaign since my childhood until now. My mom (also transplanted to IL) volunteered for Barack during the US Senate race, but I only voted and sent a few dollars.

NOW — I’ve made over a 100 calls from home & 6 hours worth on Super Tuesday from HQ, e-mailed dozens of friends, and have raised >$1000 on my fund-raising page!!! I had to increase my goal …

In the Jewish tradition of donating in multiples of $18 (18 = chai = life in Hebrew), I’m asking donors to give $18 for each loved one whose life would be bettered when Barack is President. Help me reach my new goal of $1800:

Link

Go make calls!
Donate money!
E-mail friends!
Travel to upcoming states! (I will see you in WI on Tuesday!)

YES WE CAN!
KEIN ANU YECHOLIM!
SI SE PUEDE!
Re: You want positive content?!?! | Report to Admin Reply
By Kevin Winterfield Yesterday at 11:14 pm EST
I love it!

The courage to face fear, even when it wasn’t popular | Report to Admin Reply
By Our Future is at stake Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
The courage to face fear, even when it wasn’t popular 1 of 2
Link

The courage to face fear, even when it wasn’t popular 2 of 2Link

Mr. Lewis – thank you | Report to Admin Reply
By Steve from Rogers City, MI Yesterday at 10:43 pm EST
Thank you Mr. Lewis for your support. The entire Obama campaign appreicates your support!!
Re: Mr. Lewis – thank you | Report to Admin Reply
By JQ Yesterday at 10:50 pm EST
The ghost of MLK might be hunting Mr. Lewis the next person will be Andrew Young.

No Time | Report to Admin Reply
By Desert Rat Dan Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
No Time for the politics of old
No Time for the politics of fear
No Time for the politics of racism
No Time for the politics of Clinton

Link

45,000 Donors here in 3 days | Report to Admin Reply
By Texan4Obama08 Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
Just something to get you all going. Started keeping track Feb. 11 at around 9PM and after 3 days now, we’ve had around 45,000 donations. Let’s up the goal to 750,000. With 18 days until March 4th, let’s go for 750,000 donations…..it can be done!!!
Re: 45,000 Donors here in 3 days | Report to Admin Reply
By Texan4Obama08 Yesterday at 10:49 pm EST
Better yet, lets hit 500,000 by Sunday. I’m putting another $50.00 right now, we need to win Texas.

John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Andrea Yesterday at 10:47 pm EST
My first post was snatched up into the Twilight Zone

Rep. Lewis is a great American Hero. He literally got his head bashed in to get voting rights and basic HUMAN rights to African American during the evil days of state sanctioned Jim Crow societies.

If you ever want to read a great book please check out Walking with the Wind. It is Lewis’ autobiography.

One good man endorsing another. That’s a good thing.

Solutions vs. Talk | Report to Admin Reply
By Lisa (Long Island, NY) Yesterday at 10:47 pm EST
I really think we need an effective ad refuting this new “solutions vs. talk” Clinton campaign slogan. I’d like to know what “solutions” Clinton as been a part of. Her attempt at health care reform failed miserably because she didn’t reach across the aisle. I can’t think of any other major “solution” she’s been a part of. She’s just talk. On the other hand, Obama’s solutions need to be highlighted. Many people don’t know much about him and think he’s done nothing. Some of his legislation both in Illinois and in the Senate, such as ethics reform which was achieved by reaching across the aisle and working with Republicans, need to be highlighted. These kinds of “solutions” need to be highlighted in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania. We can’t let Hillary get away with claiming she’s all “solutions” and he’s all “talk”. People in those states who don’t know much about Obama will believe it.

We need a campaign ad that clearly shows how Obama has gotten things done and Hillary has not.
Re: Solutions vs. Talk | Report to Admin Reply
By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:37 pm EST
Lisa, this is one of my favorite Senator Clinton quotes from CNN in 2004:

Lou Dobbs asked Clinton, “Senator, a number of people pointed out to us, e-mailing us and calling us, saying, ask the senator about her helping Tata Consulting, a well-known outsourcer, open jobs — and office in Buffalo, New York. I’m asking you, did you really understand the degree to which they were involved in
outsourcing jobs when you were there?”

Clinton replied, “Well, of course I know that they outsource jobs, that they’ve actually brought jobs to Buffalo. They’ve created 10 jobs in Buffalo and have told me and the Buffalo
community that they intend to be a source of new jobs in the area, because, you know, outsourcing does work
both ways.” [CNN, 3/3/04]

She brought 10 jobs to Buffalo New York!

Kind of pales next to the healthcare that Barack Obama got for 154,000 poor children in Illinois.

The right decision | Report to Admin Reply
By MDmike Yesterday at 10:48 pm EST
Rep. Lewis has fought for opportunity for longer than I’ve been alive. I have to believe that any action that stands in the way of that “great leap” he speaks of would be, for someone like him, a tragedy of poetic proportions.

Obama ’08

Hillary’s Team | Report to Admin Reply
By Eva Yesterday at 10:49 pm EST
They don’t seem to be getting along!

Link

Lulu | Report to Admin Reply
By HOMETOWN LOVE FOR BARACK Yesterday at 10:49 pm EST
Thank you for sharing Lulu. I know that must be painful memories for you but you show your heart to take comfort and joy in that Barack’s grandparents embraced him in their love – at a time in this world when such things were sadly not accepted.

They say he is not SPECIFIC look at this from nov 2007 | Report to Admin Reply
By ChangeMustCome Yesterday at 10:50 pm EST
How specific do you want this guy to get….
Conference with google from nov 2007

Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4fgOkh9euBs&feature=relat ed

Hillary..get a life…a new one preferrably.
Pull off the wool from everyones eyes.
Re: They say he is not SPECIFIC look at this from nov 2007 | Report to Admin Reply
By T Yesterday at 10:54 pm EST
I agree. I think the only thing without substance is the false accusation that Obama is not specific. I think he has been much more specific than other candidates. The people who gripe about his “substance” refuse to read about the issues.

Then again, Clinton supporters are largely uneducated. :/

**TRAVEL EXPENSES — IMPORTANT** | Report to Admin Reply
By Jill K from Redondo Beach, CA Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
I’ve noticed that quite a few people are talking about traveling to assist in the campaign effort. This is AWESOME, but there ARE SOME LIMITS everyone should be aware of.

There is a LIMIT OF $1,000.00 IN TRAVEL EXPENSES, per candidate, per election. Expenses in excess of that MUST BE REPORTED TO THE CAMPAIGN AS AN “IN-KIND” CONTRIBUTION.

Travel Expenses includes airfare, car rental, etc. Meals and other “subsistence” expenses are not considered contributions and don’t count towards the $1,000.00 limit. If you have questions about what is included and what isn’t, call the FEC at 800-424-9530.

See the FEC’s web page: Link

______________________________ __________________
“This brochure applies only to volunteer activity related to Federal elections. It explains how individuals may volunteer their services and certain goods to candidates for Federal office and to political party committees. Such activity does not count as a contribution or expenditure and is not reportable. However, CERTAIN ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO A MONETARY LIMIT; the volunteer’s expenses that exceed the limit MUST BE REPORTED BY A CANDIDATE OR PARTY COMMITTEE AS AN IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION. For example, an individual might decide to offer his/her home to a candidate for a fundraising event. As host, the individual may spend up to $1,000 for food, beverages and invitations without making a contribution. If the individual exceeds the limit by spending $1,500, the $500 would be a reportable in-kind contribution and would count against the individual’s contribution limit

. . .

Volunteer Activity Subject to Limits

Travel

An individual may pay for his/her own travel expenses related to candidate or party activity. The individual may spend UP TO $1,000 PER CANDIDATE, PER ELECTION, and up to $2,000 on behalf of all political committees of each party in a calendar year. 11 CFR 100.79. If an individual exceeds these limits, the excess amount would be a reportable in-kind contribution and would count against the individual’s contribution limit.”
______________________________ __________________

BEWARE: If your combined cash AND in-kind contributions total more than the individual contribution limit, the Obama campaign will have to refund the difference to you. If you have “maxed out” your contribution limit in cash donations, it is important to keep any travel expenses UNDER $1,000.00.

**THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO REPORT ALL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS, SO IT IS UP TO YOU TO NOTIFY THE CAMPAIGN IF YOU INCUR TRAVEL EXPENSES IN EXCESS OF THE $1,000.00 LIMIT**
4***OBAMA***FROM***IRAQ | Report to Admin Reply
By Army Officer (Ty) Yesterday at 10:57 pm EST
John Lewis is a great endorsement. I was wondering when he would come over to the right side. Better late then never. I read his book “Walking With The wind” which chronicles the time he spent working with the great MLK.

Hey people keep up the good work. We are cheering for you all here from Iraq. Not get on those phones and motivate Ohio, Pennsylvania, Teaxs and Wisconsin to get out and vote for Barack.

OBAMA 08

4****OBAMA****FROM****IRAQ
Re: 4***OBAMA***FROM***IRAQ | Report to Admin Reply
By Lulu Yesterday at 11:56 pm EST
Hi Ty!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be safe, dear friend.

Hugs,

Lulu in CA

John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Ericka A. Yesterday at 10:52 pm EST
I am happy Rep. John Lewis has listened to the people of Georgia. We voted for true change. We voted for Senator Obama. I still don’t know if I can vote to re-elect him, should he run again. But with this act, he has certainly restored the respect I was slowly losing for him. Thank you, John Lewis.

Holy Molly !!!!!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Diamond *IrishAmericansForObama* Yesterday at 10:53 pm EST
Holy Molly!!!!!

John Lewis? Who would’ve thunk it?

I was just reading a story where some of the black leaders were saying they didn’t expect Obama would go this far.

Here’s a video of Lewis defending Hillary in a debate with fellow civil rights veteran, Rev. Lowery

Link

Winds of Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Hope In Texas Yesterday at 10:53 pm EST
I can feel the winds of change shifting . . .

Yes, We Can!
Re: Winds of Change | Report to Admin Reply
By Texan4Obama08 Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
Here’s the video, hope it gets you excited.

Link

John Lewis | Report to Admin Reply
By Andrea Yesterday at 10:54 pm EST
My first post was snatched up into the Twilight Zone

Rep. Lewis is a great American Hero. He literally got his head bashed in to get voting rights and basic HUMAN rights to African American during the evil days of state sanctioned Jim Crow societies.

If you ever want to read a great book please check out Walking with the Wind. It is Lewis’ autobiography.

One good man endorsing another. That’s a good thing.

Rep. John Lewis is READY TO BELIEVE! | Report to Admin Reply
By BZTV Yesterday at 10:54 pm EST
There is a new song about Barack Obama’s campaign that addresses, like an anthem, this feeling that is sweeping the country. It’s professionally produced from two (previously) striking screenwriters and a extremely talented alt.rock singer-composer named Cherish Alexander.

See the You Tube video: Link

Get an MP3 to put on your iPod: Link

If you think the song does capture the spirit of the moment, please pass it along to your friends.

Trivia note: It was being mixed in LA on the day that “Yes We Can” came out — the working title was “Yes We Can.” It’s got a new title, but the same spirit.

Memories of 1964 | Report to Admin Reply
By John from Irvington, NY Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
The decision by John Lewis to endorse Barack Obama has great meaning for those of us who were colleagues in the part of the civil rights movement led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

We share with him the painful memory of the Democratic Convention’s unconscionable refusal to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964.

To find ourselves forty-four years later on the opposite side of the culmination of what we struggled for would have been a great disappointment.

It does not diminish the past contribution of Hillary and Bill Clinton to racial and social justice to say that Barack Obama takes us to a new level in national progress.

The moment will come when the Clintons too will realize it is time to step back and confirm their legacy by embracing the future.

John McAuliff
Mississippi Summer Project, 1964
Re: Memories of 1964 | Report to Admin Reply
By firsttimer Yesterday at 11:00 pm EST
Thank you John!

Sometimes people forget how hard it is to make change happen.
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By CBSNNJ Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
Thank you, Mr. McAuliff, for sharing your story. I wasn’t around in those days, but I know that the hard work of people like you and Mr. Lewis is what’s gotten us to where we are today. Rep. Lewis’s endorsement in support of Barack Obama makes a powerful statement- progress for all!

Don’t mess with the movement! | Report to Admin Reply
By Robert from Arlington, VA Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
I see that the Clintons and their surrogates are now stepping up their personal attacks on Barack and on our movement. One of the Clinton surrogates has even gone so far as to call us “chicken”.

To the Clintons and their surrogates: I am not afraid of you and your bullying tactics. If you think that you are going to claw your way to the White House through bullying and intimidation, you are mistaken.

Things have changed. You can no longer take my vote for granted. You do not deserve my vote, and the only reason you might get it would be to keep the Republicans out of the White House. But do not count on that. If you snatch the nomination through bullying, intimidation, and cheating I will not hesitate to vote for John McCain in November. If you choose to go down that dark path, and I conclude that the only way to bring the Democratic Party back into the light is by putting John McCain in the White House for four years, so be it.

You think that you own the rules for hardball. Well, I’ve got some news. I’m not following your rules. I’m announcing to you here and now that you can no longer take my vote for granted. I don’t expect you or your people to like it – but you will deal with it, because that is the new political reality. How is that for “chicken”!

“Don’t mess with the movement!” – Rob
Re: Don’t mess with the movement! | Report to Admin Reply
By Robert from Arlington, VA Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
Sometimes I think I’d be better off if I just stopped watching political television completely. I want to stay on top of things, but political television can be maddening as hell.

Rob
Re: Don’t mess with the movement! | Report to Admin Reply
By Millie Bradenton FL Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
Know what Rob?

Given enough rope they will hang themselves. Did they not learn from SC that going negative backfires? People are tired of the same old politics. The more they do this stuff, the more people will understnaf that the “solutions” that hillary offers are the old ones that won’t work. People want change.
Re: Don’t mess with the movement! | Report to Admin Reply
By cpr-konani Today at 12:49 am EST
Maybe that should be (I say this with a smile and not neceesarily to be repeated outside the folds of this blog YET), — AND for the sake of our TX friends as well: DON’T MESS WITH OBAMAMERICA!

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By GOP4OBAMA Yesterday at 10:57 pm EST
I am very pleased to see John Lewis announce his support for Barack Obama. We can all see the the light. I am a conservative leaning Republican supporting Barack Obama. I know so many other republicans and independents who feel the same way as I do. Change is upon us!
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By colonial82 Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
I am too, welcome to the many just like us.

Change WILL happen and it will because Obama brought it.

YES WE CAN

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By Millie Bradenton FL Yesterday at 10:57 pm EST
This is good for our side that the Clintons just don’t get it. Did you guys see this?

Link

They are at each others throats and their “solutions” are the old solutions that don’t work! Yep let them continue to point fingers, fund raise with private parties in one Mahattan high rise, dial for dollars video conferences and $250-$1000 dinners, we’ll contineu to build our grassroots base of $10 $25 and $50 donors to continue to raise a million a day.

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By Virginia S. Yesterday at 10:58 pm EST
Thank you Mr. Lewis! The tide of superdelegates is going to begin flowing towards Barack!

Obama ’08!

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By ChangeMustCome Yesterday at 10:59 pm EST
How specific do you want this guy to get….
Conference with google from nov 2007

Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4fgOkh9euBs&feature=relat ed

Hillary..get a life…a new one preferrably.
Pull off the wool from everyones eyes.

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By YesICan from Huntsville, TX Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
The Clintons always play or inject the race card at every turn.
Hc’s and BC’s statements about BO is all talk and no substance is really an afront. I do not want to inject the race card but the clintons inject race whenevr BO is surging. HC’s remark and that of BC that BO only gives good speaches is really a stereotype that quite often is used to refer to AA’s as just eloquent but lacking in competence and intelligence, they can not be all eloquent,competent and intelligent.

Lets put these stereotypes on Bo to rest.

1. BO was not born from previlage. Raised by a single white mother who was once on food stamps, raising a biracial son in the 60’s one can imagine what it might have been like for little barack.
2. BO was accepted to Harvard Law school and by the way he passed the bar exam with flying colors way above the pass mark according to Mithcell.

3. First AA president to head the Harvard law review. Not a small accomplishment.

4. After Law school he could have gone to wall street and made big money but decided to be a community organizer.

5. Voted to the IL senate legislator and against all odds elected sentor of that state.

6. Less than one term in the senate offered himself as a candidte for President.

7. From scracth BO against all odds put together a world class campaign unmatched even by the Clintons.
out raised the clintons when this was seen as totally
impossible.

This is what BO refers to as the Audacity of Hope

Hillary Clinton with all the trappings of power and previlage i.e, husband 2 term president,She was first Lady, the establishment connections across the country even with all these advantages her campaign went broke and she had to loan her campaign 5million and now claims she has experience. How is she going to govern the country when can’t even manage her campaign finances.
HC became a Senator riding on her husbands cocktails. What if she was Hillary Brown or Hillary Obama do you think she would have been a US senator? I mean we can go on and on.
Who ever thought a guy with a name like Barack Obama would be giving her hell
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By Andrew Patterson Yesterday at 11:14 pm EST
I think this is an important point which has been touched on but no one has driven home yet.
It is quite evident that the Clinton’s have been planning there going back into the white house ever since they left it.All beginning with HRCs well choreographed senate victories.
There motivations for doing so in my view could be
1)Legacy/Dynasty
2) A point to prove to show their republican enemies their back,and correct their tarnished image
3)Lust for power,money,and influence
4)One up man ship and keeping up with the Bushes
5) The audacity to believe that they have the monopoly of democratic ideals

In my view why someone wants something whether its for the good of others or for their own personal aggrandizement,tells me alot about their sincerity,
Don’t get me wrong greed at times can be a good thing but i feel this nation needs someone with more altruistic tenancies, who will genuinely toil and unite the nation, and not just divide it for the sake of their own personal ambition

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By Joel from North Little Rock, AR Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
The latest Rasmussen Wisconsin poll has Obama beating Hillary 47% to 43% (as of today). As you can see this is not a big lead and no lead is safe. WE NEED TO HIT THE PHONEs AND MAKE CALLS ALL WEEKEND.

YES WE CAN!! 1,000,000 call by Tuesday!!

Here is a link to the Rasmussen website.

Link
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By George W Yesterday at 11:21 pm EST
Hello everyone,

Thank you all for our support in Obama’s candidacy. But, we have to understand this: this is our movement. Clinton family is starting building on what we have for a year. This means that we have to redouble oour effort in Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, and Hawai. This Tuesday is going to be a big day, a day that is going to set the path for March 4. I, personnally, believe that if we win by 10% (and WE HAVE TOO) and if we keep so many people on the ground in Texas and Ohio, it will be difficult for Hillary to overcome it. Our donation is important. But our time on the ground is more important as they have decided to opt and use our strategy.
Thanks

Making it impossible for some Superdelegates to justify an HRC vote | Report to Admin Reply
By DocMobley Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
The OBAMA wave is deep and wide.

Catch the wave!

Obama is inspiring a nation!

Obama is going to make it clear by the popular vote count, pledged delegate count, and the grassroots $ count that “he is the one” as Oprah said.

A MAJORITY OF THE SUPERDELEGATES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JUSTIFY ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN OBAMA VOTE!

YES WE CAN

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By Mehari Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
Welcome home Congressman. We are a forgiving and positive bunch and you will be happy you joined us.

I must admit that I was bitter when the TV screen showed when you enthusiastically clapped when Senator Clinton hurled her ‘slum lord’ mud at Senator Obama.

But we are a forward looking movement and we are glad that you finally saw the light. Your experience and wisdom will complement Senator Obama’s vision and we are honored to have you on hour side.

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By carol Yesterday at 11:04 pm EST
I am going to Ohio on sat. 2/16 for a funeral. While there I will visit several of the organizing meetings. If anyone has any campaign material I can provide to Ohio volunteers I would appreciate it. I have been volunteering in Chicago and want to help our Ohio friends get started. If you live close to Chgo I can pickup on FRiday. Thanks.
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By GM_from_Ohio Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
Are you coming to Dayton area??
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By Winning in ’08 Yesterday at 11:18 pm EST
I would like to print out some materials and send it to you guys. What address should I send it to?

I AM FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!!!

YES WE CAN!!!!

THIS MAN IS PUTTING HIS LIFE ON THE LINE FOR US!!!!
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By GM_from_Ohio Yesterday at 11:27 pm EST
8555 Highmount Dr
Springboro OH 45066
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By MRA – Mary, NY Yesterday at 11:30 pm EST
Sorry for your loss.

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By God’s Timing Is Exact… Yesterday at 11:04 pm EST
I found this great link guys:

Link

Gosh, I know it was weird for Barack though, when John backed Clinton…

Read the above when you are able—his words are the same as they are today.

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By Diamond *IrishAmericansForObama* Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
Holy Molly!!!!!

John Lewis? Who would’ve thunk it?

I was just reading a story where some of the black leaders were saying they didn’t expect Obama would go this far.

Here’s a video of Lewis defending Hillary in a debate with fellow civil rights veteran, Rev. Lowery.

Link

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By GM_from_Ohio Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
Just back from the first Organizational meeting hosted by campaign staff here in Dayton Ohio.
I could not believe my eyes, people kept pouring in. We were expecting anywhere from 150 to 200 people. But more than 350 people packed the room in all directions.
The energy and spirit was simply superb. People lined up to sign the volunteer sheets and were all fired up to take the campaign to the next level.

Yes we can …. Yes we can …. Yes we can win greater Dayton area and Ohio

regards,
girish
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By Kris from Des Plaines, IL Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
good to hear that.
we have good chance in OH if we work hard .

Yes We Can
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By colonial82 Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
Great news, add that to the 1,000 we had last night in Columbus and 700 in Cincinnati, Ohio WILL be an Obama state.
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By Ehuzu!, IL Yesterday at 11:22 pm EST
Great job Girish! We know you are the man.
Thank to all volunteers and all Ohioans!

March 4th is the D day when the other campaign will hit a wall of defeat.

Go Ohio!

Yes We Can!
Si Se Puede!
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By Robert from Arlington, VA Today at 12:20 am EST
girish,

That is great! It sounds exactly like it was for us here in Northern Virginia. The grass roots organizers here were superb. The number of volunteers was astonishing. We were so numerous, so tough, and so enthusiastic that we completely overwhelmed Hillary’s grass roots team. THAT is how we wound up with a 29% victory.

The Clintons and McCain still think that we are passive and weak, with our heads in the clouds. How they could still hang on to such an illusion after the poundings we’ve been giving the Clintons recently is hard to fathom.

The Clintons and McCain seem incapable of acknowledging that our extraordinary grass roots campaign is a concrete demonstration of Barack’s ability to inspire change from the bottom-up. They act as if all of this is just happening by luck or by magic!

It’s our courage, resolve, and hard work that is making this happen. This grass roots network IS hope – hope exactly the way that Barack describes it. By the time the Clintons and McCain figure it out, our new President Barack Obama will probably be inspiring bottom-up change from within the White House!

Rob

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By Wensley from Hollywood, FL Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to endorse Obama and quit while she’s behind!!! That way, we’ll be able to devote our full attention on McCain. By the way, I don’t think Obama should accept the public financing proposed by McCain because we can raise wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than $85million.

Hillary needs to Endorse OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

OBAMA ’08!!!
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By Feather Ives Yesterday at 11:09 pm EST
This is a real concern. When he gets the nomination, will she stump for him?
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By Ilya Yesterday at 11:36 pm EST
I hope not…
Obama is building a new majority. HRC is still a very divisive figure to many Americans.
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By JK57 Yesterday at 11:41 pm EST
I think McCain has chosen not to accept public financing. That’s a good thing cuz Barack had pledged to accept public financing if he was the nominee and the Republican candidate agreed to do so also.
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By Ehuzu!, IL Yesterday at 11:25 pm EST
You are not the only dreamer my friend (sound like McCain my friend!).
That day will be here sooner than we dreamed of. March 5th will be a good date for this! 🙂

Yes We Can!
Si Se Puede!
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By Barbara Yesterday at 11:37 pm EST
Guys, how can you talk about whether she will endorse him?? We are way behind in Ohio and a bit behind in Texas and Wisconsin is not assured at all. There is no polling in Hawaii.

Let’s keep our feet on the ground.

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By Harry from East Rockaway, NY Yesterday at 11:06 pm EST
Let’s see, what can we say now?
OK…let’s try this on for size:
“…Hillary and I were so pleased to see that the people of New Mexico have finally had their voices heard. Let’s give it up for this key state!
We will be similarly happy when democracy triumphs in Florida and Michigan where, as our dear friend Julien Bond has so eloquently said, the will of the people have been thwarted.
Now we’ve had some setbacks, where Stabuck latte drinking caucus goers and mindlessly hopeful folks have voted for our opponent. But remember my fellow Americans, that those luck among you who earn the big bucks don’t need a President! Heck, y’all can buy one any old day, so why should we worry who you vote for.
Anyway, Hillary equalshard work equals solutions, and Obama equals hope equals disappointment.
So Mr. Lewis, you had it right on Day One. Oh heck, who cares what an old pol like you does anyway!”
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By DaytonDiane Yesterday at 11:25 pm EST
Let me get this straight. Hillary wants Michigan to count when she was the only one on the ballot and Florida where no one campaigned. It seems anyone could win if they are the only one on the ballot. Duh! Further, it seems that our history suggests that campaigning is an integral part of the democratic process. Florida did not have this. All had agreed. Does Hillary not keep her promises???? This again shows Hillary’s desparation.

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By Bradley from Maple Shade, NJ Yesterday at 11:07 pm EST
YES WE CAN!.. A simple phrase that sums up the great spirit of America. We need to wake up and be the great country we know we are.

OBAMA 08!

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By Anthony in Michigan Yesterday at 11:07 pm EST
The Clinton campaign has urged their supporters to contact the DNC to have the MI and FL delegates count. According to my recent knowledge, the DNC has offered that the states hold a caucus that follows DNC rules to settle this. So I think we should contact these states to have our voices heard!!

Here is some information to contact them:

MICHIGAN –

ONLINE CONTACT Link

Mailing Address:
606 Townsend St.
Lansing, MI 48933

Phone:
517.371.5410

FLORIDA

Mailing Address:
214 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone:
850.222.3411

Fax:
850.222.0916

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Breaking: Rep. John Lewis Switches to Obama
By Sam Graham-Felsen – Feb 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm EST

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Breaking news from the New York Times — Representative John Lewis says he is switching his support from Clinton to Obama…

Prominent Clinton Backer Says He’ll Vote for Obama

MILWAUKEE – Representative John Lewis, an iconic figure from the Civil Rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

Mr. Lewis, an elder statesman of the black civil rights establishment who carries great influence among other members of Congress and in the black community, disclosed his decision in an interview as the Service Employees International Union was on the brink of endorsing Mr. Obama. It also came as fresh signs emerged that Mrs. Clinton’s support was beginning to erode from some African American lawmakers who also serve as superdelegates. Representative David Scott of Georgia, who was among the first to defect, said he would not go against the will of voters in his district who overwhelmingly supported Mr. Obama last week.

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By Al Yesterday at 9:39 pm EST
FIRST?
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By Luis Yesterday at 9:41 pm EST
The only thing I can say is wow!.Thank you Mr Lewis.

OBAMA 08
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By William from Gainesville, FL Yesterday at 9:43 pm EST
Thank you so much, sir! I admire you Mr. Lewis. I have seen you on television several times and I respect what you have done for this nation.

YES WE CAN!
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:11 pm EST
Let’s take a closer look at who’s really qualified and or who’s really working for the good of all of us in the Senate. Obama or Clinton.

Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term – 6yrs. – and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law – 20 – twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.

These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress http://www.thomas.loc.gov, but to save you trouble, I’ll post them here for you.

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.

2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.

3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.

5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.

6. Name post office after Jonn A. O’Shea.

7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.

10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.

11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.

12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.

13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.

14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.

15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton’s bills are, more substantive. 16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.

17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11 18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.

19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.

20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

There you have it, the fact’s straight from the Senate Record.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:11 pm EST
Now, I would post those of Obama’s, but the list is too substantive, so I’ll mainly categorize.

During the first – 8 – eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced

233 regarding healthcare reform,

125 on poverty and public assistance,

112 crime fighting bills,

97 economic bills,

60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,

21 ethics reform bills,

15 gun control,

6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These inculded **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 – became law, **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, – became law, **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, – became law, **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee, and many more.

In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no record according to some who would prefer that this comparison not be made public.

He’s not just a talker.

He’s a doer.

Pass it on….It’s impressive
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By Matthew Yesterday at 10:16 pm EST
Ben,

You need to post those every day. Please do it every day if you can. If you can’t then I will.

Let me know.

Great list! 🙂

Obama ’08

Matthew
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:22 pm EST
That’s so funny, Matthew!
After I started reading the list, I paused to back up a minute to see if you had posted it. 🙂
But it was Ben. I always like Ben’s posts, too!
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By Patty from NY Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
And may I add, NOT one single thing to help the people of Upstate NY, not one, whose populations have been suffering from loss of jobs to Canada & Mexico due to NAFTA!!!
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By mdgirlforobama Yesterday at 11:20 pm EST
barack carried illinois by 32% over clinton. clinton won new york by only 17%. that tells me something right there.

YES WE CAN.
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By Jing from Irving, TX Yesterday at 11:36 pm EST
Hey power of government transparency in play, thanks to ingenious lawmakers in congress and sen.Obama!

As for Sen. Clinton, she had a lot of good intentions and she worked very hard everyday i suppose, but she couldn’t get anything worthwhile passed
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By Jed K Today at 12:10 am EST
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let’s keep building the momentum for Barack Obama in every way we can!

If you have any interest whatsoever, I urge you to head on over to VQTE, a community for political talk and debate with focus on the 2008 election.
http://www.vqte.com
Link

Just a few posts here and there would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
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By latinObama Yesterday at 11:45 pm EST
NOt to mention that NAFTA IS hurting badly small famers all over Mexico.

Clinton NO!!
Obama SI!!
Todos a votar por Obama!!!
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:47 pm EST
Arriba!!!!
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By Psulionae Today at 3:28 am EST
spanish speaking people such as yourself would definitely be an asset for phonebanking in texas!! :o)
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By Tahira, Michigan Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
This is just what I’ve been needing. I am requesting to copy this information to pass out to people who are looking for more details. This is also great for reference when making calls.
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By JonnieRae Yesterday at 11:44 pm EST
If only we could get these printed, side by side in newspapers where he is running now. Could you send them in? Even as a paid ad? It’s just a killer and most people, including me, didn’t know the extent of the difference in their records. When you see it like that, in a list, it makes you feel like a fool to support Hilary.
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By JoAnn Davison Today at 1:08 am EST
That sounds like an excellent idea JohnnieRae. Undecided voters need to take a look at the comparisons. As a supporter, I know what he’s capable of and I’m impressed, just think how impressive it would be to others who view this list. A political ad (as others have suggested) would be good at this time also. HRC has started her attacks on Obama in her speeches so putting a list out of his accomplishments in comparison with hers would really help undeciders voters, and maybe even the Latinos… make up their minds about Sen. Obama. We need to do whatever it will take to stay in the game.

HRC is pretty clever and we must never underestimate her. Just like that old song: “Never Underestimate… the Power of a Woman.” I’m not exactly sure who the artist is or if that’s the correct title, but I remember the lyrics all to well. It’s hard to predict her strategies, but we must stay on top of them and fight twice as hard.
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By Clarise Mason Today at 12:38 am EST
Me too.
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By Millie Bradenton FL Yesterday at 10:33 pm EST
Wow is right. Maybe the campaign should consider doing a poltical add using the list.
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By Asian4BO Yesterday at 10:47 pm EST
This is a great listing. Do you think it would be more effective and reach more people if it is made into a flyer for mailing?
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By Lorie V. Yesterday at 11:05 pm EST
Thank you Ben Vos for the information on the voting records, I will pass that on.

Thank you Mr. Lewis, better late than never and welcome!
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By Leila Yesterday at 11:26 pm EST
I ditto Matthew’s request.

Ben Vos, please post that every single day on every single thread. Thanks!
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By Ron Today at 12:20 am EST
WOW for sure! I had no idea. I suppose there will be a time and place, but these facts must be brought out by Barack. Perhaps the next debate?? It seems that the public has no clue about Obams’s record compared to HRC. If these facts are true, it should settle the issue that Obama has not done anything as a Senator. Excuse me for cutting this short but I am watching McCain on Larry King and I am about to hurl!!!!
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By Jasmine, Obamacan from nc Today at 12:50 am EST
nice job…the only thing that I would recommend before sending this out in mass would be to put the bill number and date next to each one as well as passed or failed, it may have to be more like a table to be clear….you seem to have a great handel on this, but let me know if you need any help.
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By Tracy Today at 1:15 am EST
It would be great if a summary of his legislative accomplishments could be listed under learn.
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By Carol from Brooklyn, NY Today at 2:07 am EST
I have no doubt that he has an extensive record more extensive than hers and he has handled more hot button issues than she has. What annoys me is that the media LETS HER and McCain get away with saying that. I was watching MSNBC today and they were talking about this and Tucker or Chris I think said that Governor of Wisconsin couldnt give specifics on why he likes Obama. I wish they would ask me why I support Obama cause I could lay it out for them. Hillary is starting a campagin that makes it seem like Obama is just pretty speeches and fluff while she is specific and gets to the heart of the issue. If anyone has fluff its HER. She is the one at the debates that goes on and on and dont answer the question. Now she is about specifics? Riiight Why are they letting her get away with this its not true. I really wish someone in the media would point it out. Why they are at it they can ask her why she didnt go on vote on fisa when she was in the area.

Carol
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By Samantha from Lakeside, CA Today at 2:19 am EST
I’m tired of Hillary saying that Obama is all “talk and no action”, and I’m tired of her ranting about how she is the only Democrat with any real experience! Pretty harsh comments from someone who had to copy Obama’s economic plan and is now campaigning with his catch phrases and rhetoric, since she can’t come up with anything on her own.

I plan to e-mail this list to as many people I know, to help undermine her false arguments. Now that Hillary has stepped up her attacks on Obama, we need to step up our game too. We all need to make sure that we get the facts out, so that voters are not misled. Also, keep up the donations and phone calls… we can’t take for granted the lead we have right now!

YES WE CAN!

p.s. Does anyone know what is happening with the fiasco regarding Hillary refusing to disclose her tax and income records? I know Obama has released all of his records to the public, but what happened with Hillary?
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By Eula from Los Angeles, CA Today at 2:42 am EST
Hi folks

Very Very very impressed!!!!!! Good information where is the website so I can pass it on when people ask why they should get on the Obama movement this is why
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By Unknown user Today at 2:46 am EST
I agree Wow… I didn’t know these things… our guy is remarkalbe gentleman… and he is honest..thanks for the info…je
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By Kris Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
Ben, thank you for these stunning numbers. I always suspected that Mr. Obama had been much more productive in his service than Mrs. Clinton had, but I had no idea it was this disparate.

I hope you dont mind, but I passed this information on to a friend who is working in Austin, TX to support Barack, but he calls himself an “old dog” and does not visit the blogs often. I wanted to make sure he had this information.
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By Charlotte Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Thank you so much for posting this! I remember when it was posted before and have been looking long and hard for it to nail some people on politico.com.

Thanks! It is now a sticky on my desktop:)
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:10 pm EST
Link

Experience doesn’t matter. Results do.
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By nycforobama Yesterday at 11:32 pm EST
great post. we need to get the word out!
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By NewHorizons Today at 12:22 am EST
It’s Already out! It’s on its way to facebook and myspace as we speak.

I din’t know.

Ben, get us more facts.
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By Fleur-de-Moi Today at 2:56 am EST
Hope this gets passed along in Ohio and Pennsylvania too.

Especially among all of the older folks in those states who don’t use computers.
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:36 pm EST
Great post, Ben.
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By Sarah Yesterday at 10:41 pm EST
Hey,

I really want to believe this. I really, really do. But I’m punching names and numbers into the thomas.loc.gov search engines, and no matter how I do it, I can’t pull up the results you’ve pulled up. It would be great if you could walk us through how you got these numbers so that we can use them to show to undecideds.

I’m assuming the 890/1096 numbers include his time spent in the Illinois State Senate, right?

Thanks.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
There are two sets of numbers – and it is rather confusing because Obama has MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ELECTED OFFICE than Hillary Clinton does. But yes, part of these numbers includes the 8 years in the Illinois State Senate. There is also a nice profile of his experience available at the NY Times.

Link
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By ForBarackAllTheWay Yesterday at 10:52 pm EST
Hi Ben –
I posted this info a few days ago. See below for “all on one page” version, and feel free to spread around!
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
And thank you very much for posting it … I can’t take credit for the information, I’m just sharing what was freely shared with me.
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By Jasmine, Obamacan from nc Today at 12:54 am EST
I agree that state senate bills should be separate…it would be great if anyone from the campain could help look over this great idea, but it has to be perfectly correct or it can back fire. Here we’re all on the same page, but when it goes out…it has to be water tight.
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By Tara K Yesterday at 10:50 pm EST
Hey Ben–thanks for posting this! Just a friendly note that only a small fraction of Obama’s legislation has passed, so the comparison isn’t equitable, in my opinion. Here’s the best search page I could find at the Library of Congress
Link
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:54 pm EST
Agreed, but you have to ask yourself … if Hillary Clinton is making … well, a speech … about the fact that “words are cheap” and that you “need to have a record of results” in order to be qualified as president … well, what exactly is the record of results that Hillary Rodham Clinton is touting?

What legislation did she pass? What has she actually accomplished?

The answer?

Not a whole lot. Certainly a lot less than Obama has accomplished, especially if you count it in terms of “accomplishments per year”.

Hillary is running on her husband’s record of accomplishments, not her own.
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By Harry from Martinsburg, WV Yesterday at 11:20 pm EST
Just to comment to that I’m starting to get sick and tired of MSNBC always having “save hillary day” I mean when she was up they gloated now everyday you watch its like a clinic for hillary what she needs to do, who to go after, what to wear ect–Ugggggh! I just get frustrated cuz our guy has worked his *** of and still no one is even singing praises excpt the people they bring on the show–even pat buchanon yesterday said “Hey we need to give praise where its due and Barack has truly earned that from me”–Were gonna do this and finialy shut the pundits up cuz frankly i’m over it!
Fired up and Ready to Go!
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 11:29 pm EST
Harry,
They do seem to be overcompensating for the “Chelsea” comment, which I thought was inappropriate. Yet, they were overcompensating before the Chelsea comment, so go figure.

…I would love to see the names of the major stock holders of the parent companies of these MSM’s. Boy oh boy do I feel like they are “owned” right now and earning their bread and butter by overcompensating the opponent.
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By Ismael from Santa Rosa, CA Yesterday at 11:42 pm EST
Is HRC running agaist Hope? cheap? woow, She is talking about solutions , she VOTED for the WAR in Iraq, and The Kyle/Lieberman to attack Iran.are those the solutiond to take our country into another WAR? and everytime she talks it seems that she is escreming at us. We want our country BACK PRONTO yes we can. yes we can.
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By Ismael from Santa Rosa, CA Yesterday at 11:46 pm EST
Is HRC running agaist Hope? cheap? woow, She is talking about solutions , she VOTED for the WAR in Iraq, and The Kyle/Lieberman to attack Iran.are those the solutiond to take our country into another WAR? and everytime she talks it seems that she is escreming at us. We want our country BACK PRONTO yes we can. yes we can.
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By Kelly from Illinois Today at 12:49 am EST
Does anyone else see what I see on MSNBC? Ever since Chris Matthews was chided for his anti-Hillary remarks during the New Hampshire primary, he has become the “good cop” and Keith Olberman has become the “bad cop”. This is on purpose so Chris doesn’t look like he’s ripping on her all the time. But take a look. Right after his show is Olberman’s and he points out ALOT of the Hillary crap she spews. Also, I think they are extremely angry that HRC forced them into the position of having to suspend David Shuster for his comment about Chelsea being “pimped out”. Yeah, it was a bonehead comment, but I’ve heard far worse coming out of Hannity’s (for instance) mouth. She was “getting back” at MSNBC for not being a co-Clinton News Network (CNN), by insisting Shuster be reprimanded, even fired, and she threatened to pull out of the upcoming MSNBC debate. Now Chris has to tone it down, BUT Olberman doesn’t. Just watch. I love it!

Kelly
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By SJB1464 Today at 1:13 am EST
I have noticed the same thing, so now I just turn off my t.v.

Remember: It is the people who count. It is not MSNBC, CNN, Fox News or the like. It is us. The believers, the hopemongers. We are the ones Senator Obama is speaking to. We are the ones who will help him bring about real change in Washington. We are the ones who are flocking in droves to hear him speak. We are the ones who are giving him double and triple wins in state after state. We – the American People – are the ones who are giving the Senator his due for all of his hard work and inspirational speeches. We ARE the ones that matter!! And our voices are speaking loud and clear.

Let the naysayers have their conversations. WE are the ones who know the truth!!

Stay focused!! Obama – Yes WE CAN!!!
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By O for USA Today at 1:50 am EST
Harry I soooo agree with you,, i thought i was the only one feeling this obvious discrim. from MSNBC against our guy ..for God’s sake this is the democratic channel..if it was CNN i wouldn’t be surprised but they have to treat both candidates equally and give our guy some credit for all these brilliant wins and acknowledge that Hillary is actually losing!!!This is SOO frusturating to see
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
Hi Ben,
You are great and this is the best piece i have read from bloggers so far in this campaign. I encourage, as others, that you post this everyday. You can also mail it via surface to Obama campaign HQs in OHIO, TEXAS, PENYIA and other keys remaining states of this contest. The staff in those HQs will have to post this to the mail box of all democrats in those states ahead of March 4th.
Thanks again for the good work.
WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.
OBAMA ’08. YES WE CAN.
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
Hi Ben,
You are great and this is the best piece i have read from bloggers so far in this campaign. I encourage, as others, that you post this everyday. You can also mail it via surface to Obama campaign HQs in OHIO, TEXAS, PENYIA and other keys remaining states of this contest. The staff in those HQs will have to post this to the mail box of all democrats in those states ahead of March 4th.
Thanks again for the good work.
WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.
OBAMA ’08. YES WE CAN.
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By mdgirlforobama Yesterday at 11:31 pm EST
absolutely Ben. this is the type of encouraging info the fence straddlers need.

SI SE PUEDE
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By Virginia S. Yesterday at 11:01 pm EST
That’s insane! Thanks for posting. 🙂
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By Aaron from Missouri City, TX Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
If you list only her passed legislation, list only his legislation passed into law as well.

the link you gave did not work for me, and I had trouble finding it from the Library of congress (www.loc.gov) but if wikipedia is up to date Barack’s list is:

“Secure Fence Law”
“Lugar-Obama amend to Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction”
“Coburn-Obama Transparency Act”
“Congo Relief Security Act”
“Honest Government & Open leadership act”
Added personality disorder safegaurds to the Defense authorization act

Don’t get me wrong, I want him to win as well, but lets not let our zeal cloud our eyes.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:15 pm EST
The thing about it is, Obama has a strong record of passing legislation in the Illinois State Senate, before he ever came to Washington DC.

Hillary Clinton has NO legislative experience prior to coming to the US Senate. And her failures on healthcare reform in the 1990s are legendary.

She says, “I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’ve been tested. I’ve been vetted.”

But then she turns around and says, “Words are cheap. We want results.”

What does she have other than her words? What exactly has she accomplished in her “35 years of experience”? Is she talking her about her work with the Walmart board?

Link
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By Cagey Today at 2:07 am EST
Link
Hope this helps. It’s the Library of Congress

The list includes bills sponsored, not all of which are passed. But Obama has numerous sponsorships, a sign of his activism on the issues that concern us all. Just my night owl contribution.
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By tgslampwork Yesterday at 11:12 pm EST
Thanks for this — I’ve printed it for use when making calls and speaking to friends, family and colleagues.
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By Jennifer from Sonoma, CA Yesterday at 11:50 pm EST
oooooweee! Can we get an official sort of essay type thingy that could be posted on the website…people really are moved by this. Not everybody will look at the blog …. Jen Hope (Yes thats my name!)
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By Michelle in Detroit Today at 12:36 am EST
I’ve been seeing this message comparing BO and HRC’s records repeated on blogs and editorial comment sites for the past week or so. This is powerful information even if most of Senator Obama’s bills weren’t passed. It shows his focus. BUT…Before we send it out en masse, is there any way to make sure that it is absolutely accurate?
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By Heather, Memphis,TN Today at 1:03 am EST
She does not even harp on her senate record anynore as experience. She talks of her work in the legislative work in Arkansas schools and CDF. Arkansas School funding and achievement has been in shambles for decades. See all the law suits against Bill as governor which have only recently been settled with many rural communities losing schools and control. Her Children’s Defense Fund Work was a less than 6 month internship and then the Clintons sold the organization out to get re-elected.

I hope during the next debate she will be ask to quantify her experience and the successes she achieved. I also hope she will be ask why she will not release her White House calender and taxes.
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By Sarah in San Diego Today at 2:13 am EST
It’s worth noting that Senator Clinton was at the Children’s Defense Fund for less than a year.
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By Cagey Today at 12:45 am EST
I just sent this to pundit Chris Matthews. He had Gov. Doyle (WIS) on. Doyle was generous but didn’t hit the bullet points crisply enough on Barack’s record when pressed in typical “gotcha” style. So, I couldn’t find Matthews contact at Hardball, so, instead, I sent his record along to the “Chris Matthews Show” which airs on NBC on Sunday mornings.

Anybody got a email contact for MSNBC?

YES WE CAN!
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By Robyn from San Antonio, TX Today at 12:51 am EST
Ben – thank you.

I am not interested in wasting one single minute of our precious 19 days trying to tear down my opponent. She is who she is.

I am interested in spending every single minute I can spare in the next 19 days trying to explain why our man is the better choice.

This list, which I’ve seen twice now this evening, is a BIG help.

Thank you. I will distribute it at my Open House on Monday.

Oh yeah. Yes, we can. Fired up here in San Antonio, Texas!

Robyn
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By Tacoman Today at 12:57 am EST
Go Obama!
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By A. Scott Today at 1:12 am EST
You’re right. Just because he is a brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime rhetoritician, who can give people hope and UNITY, people decide he is “all talk”. That’s like saying someone on a football schloarship must be stupid cause he’s a good athlete. But this leader has charisma AND knowledge AND perception AND action.
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By Margaret from Beaufort, SC Today at 2:11 am EST
good work-you need to call their head quarters and tell them this-please dont forget this is very important she acts like she has done so much and guess what???I know why people keep thinking he is a muslim -if you search clinton.com it is right amoung her stuff-guess she thought shed lie a bit more so that is how it got up there look and see-clinton .com-they are using our information -they must have spies because they know about the 500-000-they cant win without corruption and that needs to be said-go look clinton .com
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By Margaret from Beaufort, SC Today at 2:11 am EST
good work-you need to call their head quarters and tell them this-please dont forget this is very important she acts like she has done so much and guess what???I know why people keep thinking he is a muslim -if you search clinton.com it is right amoung her stuff-guess she thought shed lie a bit more so that is how it got up there look and see-clinton .com-they are using our information -they must have spies because they know about the 500-000-they cant win without corruption and that needs to be said-go look clinton .com
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By Ramona from Schererville, IN Today at 2:27 am EST
Ben, Your listing of Obama vs Clinton accomplishments is very good. It is a great marketing piece to pass thru emails. Since you already did the homework I would like to know the synopsis for Clinton similar to the one you did for Barack. Where you say “His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427”. I think those that I “work” on will see the difference between authored and sponsored and I want to make sure I have all my ammo in place before I go out and run my list thru again. Actually instead of the first year do you have their Senatorial records like that…not a big list but just Obama Authored xxx Clinton Authored xxx Obama co-sponsored xxx Clinton co-sponsored xxx.

The comparison can certainly shoot down all reference to Hillary having more experience than Barack.

Thanks Ramona rjipbs@aol.com
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By Tonyman Today at 3:01 am EST
Thanks Ben! We’ll spread this out. Inspiring and reassuring.
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By Gerald Today at 3:31 am EST
This is great, but I wish Obama’s surrogates would read and study this before they go out on TV. Gov. Doyle of Wisconsin just got exposed this evening on Hardball. All it meant was that Doyle was unfamiliar with Obama’s work. But in the hands of Chris “HA!” Matthews, it furthers the notion that Obama did no work in the senate.

Let’s not let up now. The other side now has nothing to lose. They are in Operation Iraqi Freedom terms, “deadenders.” They have already gone negative, vowed to try to count MI and FL and to win by superdelegates, and are starting to borrow ideas like phonebanking. And believe it or not, if you read her comments on LA’s results, they’re still trying to ghettoize Obama and his support. We can’t take the nomination for granted.

I’m fired up and ready to go! Let’s get to work!
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By JP 60 minutes ago
Ben,

I just spent the last hour doing some research, and the list above does seem to have some inaccuracies. Clinton has infact sponsored or co-sponsored more than is listed here. In fact, while Obama did introduce the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (S.2590) in the 109th Congress, Clinton was a later co-sponsor of the bill.

Don’t get me wrong. I voted for Obama, support Obama, and think he is the best choice for President. There are a host of reasons I’ve posted elsewhere in these blogs. I do truely believe he is the best leader – not the least of which is his management of his staff and campaign thus far as evidence to that fact. But I’d like to see better accuracy when we do these things.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:28 pm EST
Go Ben. Great list!

Do you think there’s any way to get that to fit on one page?
That would be an awesome one-page handout for all of us to distribute.

If that doesn’t interest you, maybe we could ask Barath do give it a shot?
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By Lace King Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
Tomorrow, I’ll ask some of the graphic designers on
http://www.obamacycle.com Link

if they can help you out
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
Link
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By ForBarackAllTheWay Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
Let’s Compare Records

Obama
During the first 8 eight years of elected service, sponsored over 820 bills:
233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, authored 152 bills, co-sponsored another 427, including:
– the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
– The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
– The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
– The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
– The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more

Clinton
Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has authored and pass into law, 20 pieces of legislation. These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress (www.thomas.loc.gov).
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Hon
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O’Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men’s Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton’s bills are more substantive:
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

There you have it. The facts straight from the Senate Record.
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By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
I always assume that everyone has seen this site, but I forget there may be new people looking for good, concise information. I refer to it frequently when answering questions on other blogs.

Link

I like this link too, from the same site. It outlines what Senator Obama did “when the cameras were off” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Powerful stuff.

Link
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By Ken from Corona Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
This is perfect..
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By Rhonda from Willmar, MN Yesterday at 11:25 pm EST
I am a huge Obama supporter but I think we need to be really honest about the comparison of the records. The thing that I see as lacking in looking at the compilation of the two records is the number of bills Hillary sponsored and the number she co-sponsored. That doesn’t seem to be in any of the posts. Then, it’s apples to apples.

Yes we can!
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:42 pm EST
If Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to say that Obama is “focused on promises” while she is “focused on solutions,” then it is up to Hillary Rodham Clinton to show the world that she has a record of results.

She has no results to claim.

The empress has no clothes.

And I am SICK AND TIRED OF THE DISTORTIONS from the Clinton campaign.

She failed us on healthcare. She gave an impassioned speech about authorizing the use of force in Iraq. (How do we like the results of that?) She has produced very little by way of results while in the US Senate. She failed the workers of Walmart when she served on the board and idly watched as the board worked to keep workers from unionizing.

So, what exactly are the results that she claims? Granted, Children’s Health Insurance Program. But Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch were the ones who brought up the legislation (Link and all that Hillary Clinton did was to help with that process by lobbying her husband’s staff in the White House.

She’s riding the coattails of Bill Clinton and Bill Clinton has the habit of taking credit for everything good that happened in the 90s, while refusing to admit responsibility for the recession that started shortly before he left office.
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By JP Yesterday at 11:51 pm EST
Yes, and while I’ll concede that she is probably more vetted, she has NOT beaten the GOP machine as she claims. No way was she going to loose the NY race. She was not ‘battle tested’ by the GOP in that race. She has battled the GOP in the court of public opinion, but not in a serious election. Don’t let her sell you on that. The court of public opinion is still out. Its unfortunate, but 45% of the people like her, and 45% of the people don’t like her – so how exactly is this beating the “GOP machine” as she likes to say?
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By Michele Today at 3:10 am EST
I’ve been trying to locate a message from someone here earlier today who pointed to a blog entry re: Hillary experience. One of her supporters drew up a long list.

A quick scan revealed that the list referred to her achievements as First Lady during Bill’s presidency (minus the health care fiasco) Where can we locate that? Anyone know?
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By Jody from Kent, WA Today at 1:15 am EST
Hi…This is my first time to post something, but I have been on here everyday reading the posts. I have also supported Barack Obama by donating over $600 dollars for this movement.
I loved the post comparing clinton’s record and Obama’s record. Would it be a good idea to post this on clinton’s web site. Maybe some of those misguided people will see the light and start supporting the right person…OBAMA for President!
BTW…I am a white female that would NEVER support HRC.
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By Libby Winters Today at 3:13 am EST
~ ~

Hi Jody in WA,

I’ve personally never even been over to the Clinton website, so I have no idea what they even have set up as far as a blog goes.

But I would “guess” that if you went over there as an Obama supporter to share information, they may not take too kindly to it?

Then again… if they have undecideds that hang out there, maybe they’d be ok with it?

Hopefully someone who is familiar with HRC’s site will have some input. I just can’t even go over and look at her site (ACK!!).. but that’s me.

Glad you are HERE !!!!! ~~~ xoxoxo ~~ HUGS!
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By Francis from Mason City, IA Yesterday at 11:21 pm EST
Hey Ben,
i saw that posting on the fox blog a few weeks ago and it was challenged by a Clinton Supporter, i think, we need to research a little more on their records, it would just be fair and it would help us prove our point that Barack has substance but let’s do our homework
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:28 pm EST
The NY Times ran a big story back in 2007 (before anyone was paying attention, I guess) about Obama’s record in the IL Senate.

Link

Includes a link to a great graphical description of key legislation from Obama in the IL State Senate.

And by the way … one thing that the Clintonistas CANNOT disagree with: Hillary Rodham Clinton has accomplished very little as a US Senator.
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By Baby Boomer for Barack Today at 2:25 am EST
Please send a link verifying this –

I’ve seen this list online for days and everyone goes gaga over it.

So far, I cannot find any confirmation.

You look at the Library of Congress, and it shows that Obama introduced 113 bills; Clinton introduced 150 bills.

There is nothing I can find (Senate record or otherwise) that lays it out as clearly as this.

And you know that just does not fly – please send hard links to exactly what is being proffered as experience!

thanks
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By FIREDupCollegeStudent! Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
That’s what she’s done in the senate???????!?! 3 years in, and our guy passes one of the most comprehensive ethics reform bills ever! Why? Because he knows how to work with people. You can have “35 years” of experience, but if you don’t know how to work with republicans, NOTHING will be accomplished. That’s what I’m talking about! He IS about solutions! Imagine how he’ll be as president!
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
I really don’t want to go check out Hillary’s Issues on her site right now, so does anyone know if she’s ever actually done anything to create new jobs anywhere? That’s one of the major criticisms she has been leveling against Barack lately. That, and the no-substance/experience thing.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 10:46 pm EST
The only thing she can take credit for is supporting NAFTA at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland back in 1998.

Link
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By Tara K Yesterday at 10:53 pm EST
Well, one contraversial project that I know of, she has supported DestinyUSA (i.e., helped it get federal funding).
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By Tara K Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
Oh, I should add that the millions in earmarks every year also help with jobs.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:07 pm EST
Yup … lots of pork. No beef.
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By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:12 pm EST
She’s created new jobs in India, as far as I know.

“Hillary Clinton Accepted Almost $60,000 In Contributions From Employees Of Cisco Systems, Which
Laid Off American Workers to Hire Indian “Techies.” Clinton’s Presidential Exploratory Committee took
$39,450 from Cisco employees during the first quarter of 2007. Cisco employees have also donated $18,900 to
Clinton’s Senate committee between 1999 and 2006. Forbes reported, in a feature called “A Tale of Two Cities”
that Cisco was laying off $60,000-a-year “techies,” while hiring new employees in Bangalore, India. “Cisco
used only a few Infosys workers in Bangalore six years ago [in 1998]; [by 2004, it used] almost 300 contract
staff, plus 550 full-fledged employees in its own Bangalore office.” In 2006, Newsweek reported that “for
Cisco, India is the new frontier, where it’s investing $1.2 billion to build a gleaming R&D campus that will
employ 3,000 people.” [FEC filings; Forbes, 4/12/04; Newsweek, 3/6/06]

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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:19 pm EST
I’m sure that makes her very popular with people.
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By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:27 pm EST
I’m sure it does!

Oh my.
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By Brenda in Indiana Yesterday at 11:46 pm EST
This stuff needs to be posted everywhere we can. It sure is nice to see just how much of a “talker” Clinton is as opposed to a “doer” as she claims herself to be
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By SaSa Today at 2:47 am EST
to my knowledge, no, she has never created new jobs.

So, I looked on her site and um… it’s sad?

She has no mention of what she’s done. Her economic plan is about strengthening the middle class. She does NOT address poverty or those who live paycheck to paycheck. In short, she panders to the false promise of the American Dream like a peddler selling dreams to people who’d long run out.

Frankly, I find her policies ignorant and exploitational when you consider that her largest constituency also encompasses one block of the largest poverty sectors in the U.S., which is mixed-documentation migrant families who live all around me packed in like sardines.

Does Hillary Clinton know that homeless people do exist. Or as Barack says, “the working poor.” Which is paycheck to paycheck if you make less than 60K a year where I live, and that is with no frills, none. Family of five.

This area is a nightmare.

They just closed the last county mental health inpatient facility with no backup plan today. Which would be fine if this wasn’t a county of a million people, and 3 deaths related to these kinds of slashed budget cuts (responding to Arnold Schwarzennegers cuts, he also budget cut our state forests *angry*… you can’t close a redwood tree preserve, that’s… insane).

Sigh.

Fire me up.

I need to be ready to go.

This area is decimated.

We’re really doing poorly.

I’ve got my plan to get out and that is through education. What was this post about? Sorry, I think I’ve been up for too darned long mainly trying to deal with kids and school…

Peppy in the morning!
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By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:06 pm EST
He also passed The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 with Senator Coburn that established this amazing site USAspendng.gov that allows you to see where your tax dollars go. It’s nothing short of revolutionary.

Link
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By Ron from Portland, OR Yesterday at 10:50 pm EST
Ben

This might sound odd…but you should forward this list to Bill O’Reilly. They have a bit where they do dial polls with undecided voters or committed voters to Obama. He loves to ask the crowd to name one thing Obama has done. Sadly, not all citizens are as informed as you. Bill needs to see this list.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:00 pm EST
Link

No, America needs to see the list. Bill O’Reilly is just one man. He likes playing “gotcha” politics. And he cares very little about the truth.

America needs to know the truth about Barack Obama. America needs to know the truth about the paltry record of Hillary Clinton. Everyone thinks that she’s done great things because she keeps saying that she’s done great things. But the media has given her a free pass on her “experience”. Instead of asking tough questions or looking at the record, the TV media has just acted like a bunch of parrots repeating the same empty half-truths that are fed to them by Clinton’s handlers. And then they ask, “Is America ready for a black president? Is America ready for a woman president? Is Hillary Clinton winning among Latino voters? Did Obama remember to give Clinton a hug when they saw each other in the Senate chamber today?”
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By Benny Ambrose from Hawthorne, CA Yesterday at 11:18 pm EST
Ben, listen I am currently working to solve the question of Senator Obama’s experience, and I need a partner to work with me so we can do an indepth critical study and analysis and have it ready by next week. At least before the OH, PA, and TX primaries. If you like to work with me, please contact me at the following email address:

b_ambrose_2000@yahoo.com , address everything to to Prof. B.A. Akonteh, Ph.D., at the same address. We have been challenged particularly for TX, and it is up to us to meet that challenge in the most technical and factual manner possible. Let’s all go. We can do it. We congratulate, and encourage the participation of everybody.
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:46 pm EST
I appreciate the gracious offer. However, I would prefer that I interact with you through the Obama campaign website. You have not yet created a public profile, so I cannot befriend you on the campaign website. Would you please create a profile so I know which groups you’re a part of and how you are going to use this information?

Thanks very much for all the work you’re doing to support Obama in 2008!
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By Howard from Reston, VA Yesterday at 11:50 pm EST
Take a look at this link from Thomas to start with:
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By Chris San Jose Cal Yesterday at 11:40 pm EST
You’re kidding, right?
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By cpr-konani Today at 12:18 am EST
Ben – This is great research; maybe the main web guys will pick up on it! I might add that the recognition of Shirley Chisholm was long over due and should not have waited for her passing. Her run for president, though brief broke ground for both HRC and Obama. May she smile on this hour. She would say: Yes WE can. Go to it!
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By Unknown user Today at 1:06 am EST
Ben,

GREAT STUFF???

You mean bills: for naming offices in honor of some respected personalities (for the loved ones to vote for her???), and those designating the so-called “Day”/”Month” celebration / commemoration… YOU’RE KIDDING ME BEN!

And SHE HAS THE GUTS TO STAND AND SAY THAT SHE’S THE BEST NOMINEE. Well…
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By Kelly from Greenbank, WA Today at 1:22 am EST
Ok, I don’t know what you’re doing there. I’m a little thick.
So, a couple items in her long list of accomplishments are of some real note, but for the most part she was busy renaming buildings and establishing some honorary function or thing.
Sounds like she’s ready to lead.
I’ll have to more strongly reaffirm my belief that Obama is the better to lead. Thank you for helping me to be sure I voted for the right one.
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By Baby Boomer for Barack Today at 2:21 am EST
Okay… not to be a party pooper…. but I’ve been seeing this list and trying to get confirmation of the information… so far no one has responded.

It’s very impressive, but nowhere can I find verification of this online.

People say: Look it up at the Library of Congress web site. Sorry, it’s just not there.

Someone – can you send me a link?
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By Yvonne Today at 2:41 am EST
Michal. If you verify this will you please let me know. I found it on other’s sites, and used it on mine, but want to delete inaccurate information. yv_akai@yahoo.com

Thanks!!
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By Pakakele Today at 2:22 am EST
THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE COMPARISON. I HOPE THAT HQ WILL USE THIS IN THE NEXT DEBATE. I POSTED IT ON MY BLOG AND I NOTED THAT YOU WERE THE AUTHOR. MAHALO BEN!
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By jose and change 38 minutes ago
Now mccains say NO WE CAN’T, can you believe this?? and he says he wants change?? I can’t believe they are going to nominate him. HE SHOULD ALSO GET A SINGING COACH BY THE WAY.
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By George from Minneapolis, MN Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
Finally! I am glad you are with us. We have a long way to go and we need to work hard. Billary’s attacks and their drive to win at any cost can NEVER be taken for granted. We really need to work and give any help that we can till we win. YES WE WILL.
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By Ismael from Santa Rosa, CA Yesterday at 11:25 pm EST
Mr Lewis, how can my family ever thank you, our country needs change , and now it’s the time.so thank you.thank you, thank you Sir, We need our country Back.
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By Ismael from Santa Rosa, CA Yesterday at 11:27 pm EST
Mr Lewis, how can my family ever thank you, our country needs change , and now it’s the time.so thank you.thank you, thank you Sir, We need our country Back.
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By Robin from Ledyard, CT Yesterday at 11:51 pm EST
Thank oyu so much
Mr. Lewis . We need all the help we can get , To open more eyes and the truth ,
Thank you
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By jose and change 35 minutes ago
LETS HOPE SENATOR CLINTON DOESN’T CRY RIGHT BEFORE THESE STATES BECAUSE PEOPLE SUDDENLY FEEL THE LOVE. AS FAR AS THE SUPER MEN AND WOMEN LETS HOPE THEY PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND NOT THEIR CAPE.
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By Suna Z. Yesterday at 10:07 pm EST
Let this be a sign of things to come!
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By Lace King Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
Exactly

😀
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By CILLA IN NYC Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT!!!

I SAID A PRAY BEFORE I WENT TO SLEEP TUESDAY NIGHT THAT SOME OF CBC (Congressional Black cacus)”LET THEM SEE THE LIGHT!!! That is what I call power!! LOL!!! Thank you Rep. Lewis for all that you have done for the past 40 yrs of fighting the good fight and standing up and saying “SAY WE CAN”.
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By Jameela Yesterday at 11:30 pm EST
I am thrilled that some are waking up and taking the step to endorse Mr. Obama. Its discouraging to see some are still undecided or skeptical. Still, I will remain optomistic that many will take the stand against the old ways and pledge for the new.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:38 pm EST
Cilla, I see that when you pray, you think big.
Thanks for that!
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By Blake Ellis Yesterday at 10:35 pm EST
John Lewis….wow! This is really big, and I think it will encourage other superdelegates to get behind Obama, if for no other reason than to prevent a floor fight at the convention. If you want to help keep the momentum going, help me reach my fundraising goal for Obama. The campaign needs all the help it can get!

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By Hai-Bah for Obama Yesterday at 10:40 pm EST
The choice is clear, a fresh wind is blowing!!!
Yes we can!!!
!!!Si se puede!!!
Oui Nous pouvons!!!
Wi nou kapabab!!!
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By Hai-Bah for Obama Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
Wi nou kapab!!!*
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By ghe of seattle Yesterday at 10:53 pm EST
kaya natin ito
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By Wensley from Hollywood, FL Yesterday at 11:09 pm EST
AYITI POU OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WI NOU KAPAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!**

OBAMA ’08!!
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By Sac-4-Obama Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
Thank you Mr. Lewis! I am so grateful that you reconsidered and took a strong look at Senator Obama, and agree that he really is the best candidate to become our next president!
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By Trevor from Ellenwood, GA Today at 12:40 am EST
Is Mr Lewis is coming out public with his change of heart!
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By Luis Yesterday at 9:42 pm EST
The only thing I can say is wow!.Thank you Mr Lewis.

OBAMA 08
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By Michael Lazar Yesterday at 9:51 pm EST
This should bring along a few more! With him, every member of the CBC has the cover they need to come over – although I wouldn’t expect Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Maxine Waters, or other women to come quite yet – but let get fired up!!
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By cpr-konani Today at 12:32 am EST
Don’t underestimate Maxine W – she has a dynamite head on her shoulders; it’s the D Feinstein’s and B Boxer’s which need to wake up, and realize that their goals (Deomcratic and Feminist) can only be achieved if the county is fired up and participating. That will happen only with Obama 08! Let’s just keep our ear and hearts to the phone calls and continue to build each other up – then the rest will follow. Yea, Mr. Lewis, yea team, Barack. FIRED UP AND READY TO GO.
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By Wynona from Ellenwood, GA Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
Thank goodness. I live in Atlanta and lets just say he would have needed a bodyguard 24-7 cause the african americans here was hating him very much for supporting hillary. Now maybe Andrew Young will follow his lead and the rest of the georgia superdelegates.
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By Kat Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
LOL, I am glad for the endorsement, but I am sure some of these folks are looking at their own re election campaigns, when they would have to not only answer why they didn’t call out Bill Clinton on his racebaiting crap, but refused to support Senator Obama as well.
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By Gail from Pickerington, OH Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
EXACTLEY!!!
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By Francis from Mason City, IA Yesterday at 11:36 pm EST
I support your annalysis too, he doesnt need these people who helped put Hillary in this strong position, they shoould have stayed neutral all the way, you dont lose nothing, but when you hand your support to someone with a big name like Hillary, you give no chance to Obama,kucinichi,Dodd and everyone else, i personally believe that these super delegates need to stop early endorsments or even endorsing at all, they should remain neutral and allow all voices to be heard, this is for future Obama’s or kennedy’s and MCcaskills,a fair platform for everyone to lay out their plans and let the people decide, this will help the democrats to stop being divided into Clinto and Obama camps and the issue of super delegates being able to decide an election should just stop, i support Obama and i think we only should win on the ballot and not because of the so called delegates.I hope the democrats will reform this process.
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By LaShanda from Hyattsville, MD Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
Wow. Sen. Lewis and Sen. Samuels (I believe its senator), I admire you for your courage, which it takes to go against the establishment. Further it takes even more courage to do this pubically. Thank you for your support!!
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By PTC GA Mom Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
Congratulations Congressman Lewis! Glad to see you have the courage of your long established convictions.

Georgia Thanks you for your support!
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By Debbie for Obama!! Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
Yes, Thank you!!

I’m one of those GA for Obama!!

Love, Debbie
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By Major_Man Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
Fellow Obama family,
Can those of you who strive to post “first” at least comment on the subject matter of the blog entry -or- post something else meaningful (perhaps a useful link, your favorite Obama quote, campaign activity in your area, etc….

Thanks in advance.
Regards,
Major Man
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By Lulu Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
Some of us have been doing it for awhile. It’s kind of an inside joke between some of us. It’s just a silly thing we do. It’s not a big deal. I’m actually tired of people telling us what to do/not do.

It’s NOT that big of a deal. Get over it.

(said with love & a hug & a little bit of irritation)

Lulu in CA
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Then we might not be first and we need to be immature and foolish when we are trying to save the world 🙂
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 10:24 pm EST
Well said, my fellow first Obama girl.
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 10:26 pm EST
This was meant to be a reply to Lulu, not myself 🙂
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:35 pm EST
Awwwwwww. This is part of the fun we get to have here. It’s harmless. A little childish, yes, but it’s still really fun. (I was first once and it was pretty exciting!) And if it’s what the people want, why deny them? This campaign is about all of us.
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By Lulu Yesterday at 10:41 pm EST
oh I’m glad…wheww…I was going to reply but didn’t want to interrupt! hee hee
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By IManOBAMAmama Yesterday at 10:57 pm EST
So… ABOUT THE ‘FIRST’ THING.

It’s a harmless bit of fun!! And, please note, that when you are first, YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO REJOICE! Life is too short! Find joy in the little things!!

OF COURSE, we are working for OBAMA! Calling for OBAMA!! DONATING for OBAMA!

Every time you get grumpy about something that bring somebody else joy, who does it affect?
Hmmm? HHHMMM???? You are grumpy, the other person is happy. (not a good outcome for you..)

There are some days for me when my joy, MY JOY! is reading the whacky comments on these blogs.

YES WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD! But I, for one, plan on having some fun while I work at it!!

Peace,

I’m an OBAMA mama!!
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By Justin from Perrysburg, OH Yesterday at 11:02 pm EST
Hey folks please send this link to all working folks in ohio.Link

It’s an ABC article on hillary and walmart.

Also Moveon.org is trying to get 200,000 signatures on there petition for the Superdelagates to back the popular canidate. they say they will buy an add in USA today if they get 200,000 sigs,
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By Helen from Riverdale, GA Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
It was only last night that my family and I talked about John Lewis and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what it means to see his dream coming alive. Thank you Mr. Lewis, you are witnessing MLK’s dream becoming a reality. Dr. King is proud of you today!
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By Joe Ruwe Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Little by little people are seeing how legitimate this campaign is. You can call him a rock star or call us a cult following but the truth is that he is a great leader, who comes along once in a generation or two and we are listening to him and believing in him. A lot of us.
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By Mary Il. Yesterday at 11:03 pm EST
5 students have died in the shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb about an hour west of chicago.

Please say a prayer, and make 5 calls for each student in their honor. Also we could donate in their honor.

Senator Obama will help us change gun laws so they are not so easily purchased. The shooter had a shotgun and 2 handguns.

God Bless them and their families.
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By NY Hope in the Air Yesterday at 11:06 pm EST
Obama supporters show Congressman John Lewis some love on this Valentine’s Day.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Congressman Lewis.

Link
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By Wensley from Hollywood, FL Yesterday at 11:07 pm EST
Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to endorse Obama and quit while she’s behind!!! That way, we’ll be able to devote our full attention on McCain. By the way, I don’t think Obama should accept the public financing proposed by McCain because we can raise wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than $85million.

Hillary needs to Endorse OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

OBAMA ’08!!!
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By Manly Parks Today at 1:40 am EST
If I understand correctly, I think McCain has himself rejected public funding for the General Election (which is rather ironic given McCain-Fingold and all of that). I am pretty sure I saw a news story on this in the last couple of days, though I can’t recall where.
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By Dian from Sumner, WA Yesterday at 11:08 pm EST
I just want to thank Barack and his family and all of those working hard for this election. Our country is crumbling and only Barack and all of us can make the changes needed. It will take time but we can do this, were American’s and we have never been afraid. The administration today wants you to be scared that’s their way of controlling us. Break out and support honesty, morality, and let us be proud again and know we can do anything because its all possible. Be strong in your hearts, your mind and may we all be blessed. Hope in the hearts of American’s is the way to freedom. I am so hopeful and thank you for being you and bringing us up from the ashes….. Barack Obama you have given my heart so much hope and I am so pleased you are running and we will win. I have been watching you as many have for several years… Vietnam generation, woman, believer in change and the strength of us all…. Dian Washington State
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By Marie from Gaithersburg, MD Today at 12:17 am EST
The following suggestions/comments were sent to HQ.
First I am a diehard Obama supporter and was in MD knocking on doors on Feb 12 by icy weather. that said I have tow comments/suggestions and hope they can reach Sen Obama/Michelle somehow.

1/ Is there a possibility of him changing the form (not content) of his stump speech. There are thousand ways of saying the same things. He does not have to use the same words and sentences over and over again. Michelle does that in a very good way. She basically always talk about the same thing, however in so many different ways that you can listen to her over and over again w/o getting bored and w/o even noticing that she is basically saying the same things, yet she unlike Barack has a limited spectrum of issues to talk about. Please change the form of your stumps speech a little even for the press who follow you every single day. You can do it

2/ We all know that Clinton will do everything to win the next contests including going negative, she will certainly send out flyers/robot calls on election days to disturd Barack records. He has such an impressive achievement in Il and in the sen. Why not prepare flyers listing BO achievements to be sent to people on the eve of each election day to counter potential negative ad and misinformation from the Clinton campaign.

3/ I am sick of people in the media stating that he is all talk and no substance, when we keep silent people will start to believe in them. Please put together a flyer only on his achievements in the sen and Il legislations and have volunteer like myself mail them all over the country if the media won’t do. This is very important. I would not mind spending $50 in postage to send such flyers from my house to designated address accross the state who have not voted yet. This is particular important as he is an unknow entity compared to Clinton. This would likely solve the issue of uncertainty that many voters still face especially the last deciders in the last day. When they are confused they go with the know choice which is Clinton ans they also visualize Bill behind her.

Please forward my comments to Barack/Michelle even if you don’t agree with them
thank you
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By Our Future is at stake Today at 1:13 am EST
Our time has come

Link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Ky_mjTDj9UU
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By Money can’t buy votes…. Today at 1:51 am EST
Dirty Politics and we need to stand up!

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By Asmeret Yesterday at 9:40 pm EST
WHEN PEOPLE LIKE HIM SWITCH OBAMA WILL WIN!

IN OBAMA WE TRUST!
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By eric4obama Yesterday at 10:10 pm EST
Thank you, Mr. Lewis! Welcome to the family.

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric
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By Michelle in Detroit Today at 12:47 am EST
Great idea, Marie. A flyer listing his accomplishments in plain English could help sway undecideds I’d love to
get professional looking ones from the campaign if they’d provide the template.
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By Lex Today at 12:56 am EST
I feel exactly the same way, your words are being heard, I think it is starting to change from what I am hearing on all the news media outlets today. The only thing is some people are hearing the speeches for the first time, but I am confident he will give clear answers about his plans on the issues that concern americans in his next debate, I see him as someone who aviods unnecesary conflicts with Billary, I believe his confidence is building slowly, I sure he knows what he needs to do, atleast he is aware of the fact he needs to change it up.

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By Asmeret Yesterday at 9:41 pm EST
WHEN PEOPLE LIKE HIM SWITCH OBAMA WILL WIN!

IN OBAMA WE TRUST!
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By Mike Yesterday at 9:44 pm EST
I will donate $10 for every official super delegate that switches to Obama’s camp from Clinton.
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By Kevin Winterfield Yesterday at 9:51 pm EST
Ditto. and Thank you Representative Lewis.
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By Amy B Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
I think we need to take a minute to pray for the students at NIU.
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By Tahira, Michigan Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! Another push in the right direction. Thank you for being one to lead and maybe give courage to the others.

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By colonial82 Yesterday at 9:43 pm EST
Great news, keep up the great news. This won’t be the last

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By Montana Yesterday at 9:43 pm EST
You have made the right choice. We ARE ready to make the next leap and I am so glad you will be there with us.

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By Anthony Thomalla Yesterday at 9:44 pm EST
The tide is turning…Yes We Can!
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By Mike Yesterday at 9:45 pm EST
The tide has just stalled. We need you to make sure this tide has turned and stays turned.
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:02 pm EST
I have a nice picture for you to enjoy as you worry about us (and worry being so bad for you and all, I hope this picture will help!). Enjoy!! Link
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By Gail from Pickerington, OH Yesterday at 10:35 pm EST
So that’s what a SUPERdelegate looks like…lol
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
Just as I had imagined them.
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By SvK Yesterday at 9:50 pm EST
OK…..

How many AA superdelegates are currently still siding with Clinton?

😉

SvK
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:04 pm EST
Steve, you know I love you but…must we make it about race? I mean, I know it is to some extent, but can’t it be about a shared experience, and a recognition that this campaign transcends race and gender and even political divides?
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By Melisa K.S. of MONTANA Yesterday at 10:13 pm EST
It is only about race if we let Clintons get away with it.
I have been very offended by them using the race card. I see it all over again when they try to wedge black folks from hispanics.
One thing I love about the Obama campaign is it shows we can transcend that story line – sorry Bill, James Carville and Mark Penn your brand of racism is toast.
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By YesICan from Huntsville, TX Yesterday at 10:32 pm EST
The Clintons always play or inject the race card at every turn. Check this out.
First of all Hc’s statements about BO (making good speeches) and now her hubby bill that BO is all talk and no substance is really an afront. I do not want to inject the race card but the clintons inject race whenevr BO is surging. HC’s remark and that of bill that BO only gives good speaches is really a stereotype that quite often is used to mean that an AA male that is able to express themselves eloquently is all they have but lacking in competence and intelligence, they can not be both eloquent and intelligent.
Therefore with all due respect we have to call them out whenever the clintons use race in subtle ways. No offense intended.
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By JP Yesterday at 10:38 pm EST
I voted for Obama and am a big fan, but I have to disagree that these comments today is racial. I will say that they played the race card before S.C. and it back fired. As a white male, I was pissed at the words and tone used. But saying someone ‘only makes good speeches’ is not racial in any way.

Having said that, I do not believe the Clinton rhetoric that Obama is all talk and no solutions/results. I could list all the reasons I support Obama but have done so numerous times in the past. But I will say his campaign compared to hers is clearly the mark of some significant results – especially when Clinton thought her coronation would be official after Super Tuesday.
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:46 pm EST
I agree, I was calling Steve on it at THIS time. I cannot understand how they can get away with this….I cannot get it. I understand them saying it, as we know from EVERYONE who supports them AND who opposes them, that they will do anything to win, but why are they getting away with it???
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By Francis from Mason City, IA Yesterday at 11:52 pm EST
Listen people, she has dug her own grave, let us prove her wrong, Barack has a good record in Illinois and a promising record in the senate, let us find all the good stuff he has done and parade them and shove it to her face, she is lying, i will tell you where there criticism came from, they saw that his words are inspirational and a powerful too, so they have just tried to attack him based on that, MCcain said something similar, they are in the same camp with MCcain, neither of them wants the old to end, they want the same tactics of lies to continue.
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By Lulu Yesterday at 10:26 pm EST
I have to say this: in some ways it IS about race. And it’s OK for us to admit it. It’s naive to pretend it’s not. And actually I’m TIRED of having to downplay it.

No, it’s not ALL about race. No, I’m not supporting him b’c he is AA, as am I.

But sometimes I DO want to be able to CELEBRATE it.

And the truth is that it matters a GREAT deal in the AA community – esp. among other AA politician – when someone of Mr. Lewis’ stature shows his support.

It’s a BIG BIG BIG deal & we should be able to acknowledge it!

Ok, stepping off my soapbox. You know I love you Mary.

Lulu in CA (a little bit more fired up than usual)
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By Claire from Kerrville, TX Yesterday at 10:33 pm EST
I’m white, and maybe it’s not appropriate for me to comment at all, but I think it’s a wonderful thing to celebrate Obama as an African American. This candidacy is the fruitiion of a dream held by many civil rights workers for generations. I think it would be tragic not to recognize that.
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By addictedyeswecan Yesterday at 10:37 pm EST
Thank you Claire!

As a AA female, I appreciate your willingness to say that with conviction and not feel like you have to hold back or anything.

Thanks for being open-minded.
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By Dee in TN Yesterday at 10:43 pm EST
Kerry,

I don’t think it is inappropriate for you to comment at all. I welcome and appreciate what you have said. The Civil Rights movement was about justice and equality for all.

When we can all join together and celebrate the strength in our diversity and respect that diversity, then we embellish the true essence of the dream (as you called it).

Thanks!
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By Ben Vos Yesterday at 11:03 pm EST
Hello, Dee!

WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!!!!!
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By Dee in TN Yesterday at 11:28 pm EST
Hey Neighbor,

Yes, together we all shall overcome!
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By Dee in TN Yesterday at 11:21 pm EST
So sorry Claire,

I addressed you as Kerry. I was distracted while posting (putting a child to bed) and mixed up your name with the partial name of where you live.
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By Student4Obama Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
First, I got praise you for your outstanding motivation and energy. You are a prolific blogger and I do appreciate most of your comments. However, it is important to remember that many people are coming here for answers. Our behavior and comments may turn them off. We should refrain from some issues that might divert our attention to where we don’t want. Just advice!!!

Yes We Can!
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By John Hay – An Australian for Barack Today at 12:42 am EST
I am a dedicated and enthusiastic Barack Obama supporter. Also foreigner, a white male, 68yrs of age and a proud Australian! Sadly I am not eligible to vote. However I support Barack for President of the United States because he is the most talented and qualified candidate in all of the important areas; i.e. personally, policy wise and politically! And we like him! I wouldn’t care if he was green, had stripes, or was a female. All people rate being fairly considered for office regardless, and then the people decide.

People really like Barack because they know he likes people and genuinely cares for them. His humanity and character shines through when he speaks, it makes us feel happy, comfortable and trusting at the same time! Through the influence of this one man, Barack Obama, people from around the world, not just in America, are becoming involved and are united, without regard to race, colour, creed, economic circumstance or countries of origin. It feels like an election for the first World President!

As human beings seeking a better world we recognise a gifted leader when we see one. And as Oprah said so succintly ” He is the One”
Oh! and yes, he’s got the right attitude and policies as well.

The only colour I see in Barack Obama is the colour of the future! A hue which promises to make the world a better place. And a Presidency which promises to make America bright and beautiful again.

John Hay
Brisbane Qld Australia
john@tellingthoughts.com
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By Melisa K.S. of MONTANA Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
His candidacy is a source of pride for our whole country and I applaud your comments.
United we stand for change!!!
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By Foreigner Yesterday at 10:43 pm EST
My 2c…

It’s about “race” if one “race” is winning over another “race”. I don’t perceive that happening here.

What I notice is that all races and genders and groups and lifestyles are being uplifted by Lulu, marytnurse, nancy m, laura hubka and hundreds of thousands of Americans as they campaign for their beloved candidate Barack Obama!

On second thoughts, let me add ‘all nations’ to that list above.

Love from Sydney Australia! 🙂
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By The Kid Yesterday at 11:16 pm EST
I have to add my 2 cents here as this is the first time I have seen race come up, and I have been waiting to discuss it for a while. As a paistey white kid, originally from Dick Cheney’s home town of Casper, WY, I have to tell you that it is very important to me for Obama to become President.

As I know I will never feel the kind of discrimination that African Americans have endured and FOUGHT THROUGH over time, it makes my skin crawl every time I hear comments from my elderly clients that are racially charged. (I am a young man working with senior citizens) I have said for years that, although we can never forget the terrible things that have happened in the past (mostly events I didn’t live through) or the great people like MLK who fought for change, it will take the dying off of “the greatest generation” to get one step closer to equality. Obama can make this happen sooner than I have anticipated. I would like nothing more than to have my biggoted elderly clients watch as President Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

This election has more at stake than bringing Democrats and Republicans together. And as I am sure Lulu and others have, I have shed many a tear as this quiet campaign has turned into a bang heard round the world. This time it REALLY IS ABOUT CHANGE….

Peace.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:21 pm EST
Foreigner, I am honored to be on your list! Do you know if StrongHeart and Dimitris are still posting these days? I haven’t seen anything from them since I returned from Colorado.
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 11:28 pm EST
Strong Heart is on every day or so, and Dimitris is on less frequently but does come on. There are a lot of ‘regulars’ who have stopped coming so often as there is so much new traffic.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:42 pm EST
I am one of them! I have felt very out of it since I returned from CO to all these new names and not so many familiar ones…
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By Foreigner Yesterday at 11:34 pm EST
Hi Nancy, good to hear from you. (All of you are busy in the field, with no time for the blogs, that’s good!!)

Yes, Strong Heart is around. I think he featured quotes by Bloomberg yesterday 🙂

Dimitris hasn’t been around for weeks; I thought he said he was going off to Europe.

I’m at work now, so can’t stay for long (3:30 pm here). Signing off now; will check in again once I get home 🙂
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:39 pm EST
Thanks so much for all the info!
– Love to you from here in Illinois
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By Melisa K.S. of MONTANA Yesterday at 10:48 pm EST
His candidacy is a source of pride for our whole country and I applaud your comments.
United we stand for change!!!
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:51 pm EST
I completely agree, and I think you misunderstood my point; (sorry Steve) Steve is the one I was calling out on it this time; he injected race into it. I adore Steve, and I DO GET IT that this is a significant issue for all of us AND I am saying that IN THIS CASE it isn’t about race….am I wrong?
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:52 pm EST
I’m one of the whitest chics you’d ever want to meet, and I’m telling you, I don’t see Barack’s race. That’s not to diminish his ancestry or anything–I just don’t see it, which is generally what happens when you get to know someone who looks different than you . . . even if it’s just knowing that person rather vicariously.

Race as an issue, though, is a different story. Some folks are supporting him based on his race, but it’s racist and diminishes folks to assume that they can’t think for themselves and are all only voting on the basis of race. (And, btw–it’s funny that nobody in the MSM has ever considered the possibility that Hillary drove her African-American base away because of her crappy comments and divisiveness.)

What I’ve found to be so ironic during this whole campaign is that even while Hillary has pigeon-holed Barack by playing a few race cards, and the MSM seems to want to talk very little about anything BUT the importance of race (and gender), they are the ones with all of the hangups, for the most part. The People have shown that we’re beyond race. We’re not voting based on who has the same skin color (and gonads) as ourselves. We have shown that while there are still deep racial inequalities in this society, the racial divisions aren’t so deep as they want us to believe. Guess what I’m saying is that it seems that the media and the politicians in power are the ones who create a lot of the racial divisions by highlighting them so much and bombarding us all with it.
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By Patrick Yesterday at 11:12 pm EST
LULU: As a black man I to celebrate on one level.

What brings it in to full joy though is after 51 years living,I see so many people now teammates , broken from bigotry chains.

I hope people of all races take joy in that and take a second to imagery what Martin Luther King would feel about Obama nation.

I hope we win the nomination,and respect HRC supporters,as a huge dream for them will have been missed.

I hope they will find joy as we will on Barrack dunking on and postering John McSame ,as Barrack goes onto the POTUS.

With Love and Peace
Patrick
Go Obama 2008
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By KJ Today at 12:26 am EST
When the full contribution of any segment of humanity is realized, all of humanity is enriched. When the full contribution of any segment of humanity is suppressed, all of humanity suffers.

We are participating in but one of many steps toward the end of suppression of an integral segment of our society. Many steps have led to this momentous time. Many steps must follow.

How wonderful to see the re-emergence of the empathy that has been lacking in our society, as Senator Obama has so eloquently noted in his ‘speeches’.

It is with great hope and great great satisfaction that this white woman is watching as Senator Obama’s ‘words’ are having their effect—leading us along the steps to true equality.

Yes, celebrate that! All of us—equally!

Yes we can!!!
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By SaSa Today at 2:12 am EST
Well I’ll counter you with that I agree, sometimes race matters because personally I’m tired of seeing white people on my money and in my white house.

No, that’s not what it’s all about, but I don’t want to walk around with the cross of white privilege to bear or some silliness that other white folk thrust on me.

So yeah, that’s a bit of it.

But so much more.
So much more.

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By Ehuzu!, IL Yesterday at 9:45 pm EST
Some politicians are now making speeches just to say this about Senator Obama: “Speeches don’t put food on the table”.
They barely realized that they are making speeches to be able to say that. They seemed trapped in their own logic.
Don’t let them fool you!

Link

America Our Moment Is Now!
Yes We Can!
Si Se Puede
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By Trev from Charlotte, NC Yesterday at 9:50 pm EST
Great news! The wind is in out backs! Now is our moment! We’re writing her off because less than two months ago they wrote us off.

Let us stand united. . . divided she’ll lose!

Let here spin until she can spin the media no more. We will be heard this time. Change is near!

WWW.DATAMECCA.NET Link

Si se puede!

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By Ali Alavi Yesterday at 9:46 pm EST
That is going to break someone’s back!
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By Jake Yesterday at 9:51 pm EST
I have left over materials here in new york from Feb 5th…I have a bunch of pamphlets that turn into huge Obama posters, and a bunch of literature with Obamas basic views on major issues..Send me a message with an adress and i ll be willing to ship them to you,

…only if you promise to put them to good use and bring us home a victory of course (-;
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By Vonda from Dallas, TX Yesterday at 10:06 pm EST
Jake, if you still have materials, we could really use them in Dallas.
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By Vonda from Dallas, TX Yesterday at 10:15 pm EST
Jake, if you still have materials, we could really use them in Dallas.
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By Joy IA Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
Jake, if your materials are state specific, then they shouldn’t be “Obamacycled.” I asked after our Iowa caucuses about some of the things I had and they said if it had “Iowa” anywhere on it, then they wuoldn’t take it back to reuse.

YES WE CAN BECAUSE WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!
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By Leila Yesterday at 11:37 pm EST
Actually, we recycled literature from the Nevada caucus here in CA and had no problem. People understood. You can just cross out the outdated information.

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By Bye-Partisan Yesterday at 9:48 pm EST
I remember when He first backed Clinton I went over to the Hillary website and the blog was excited claiming that this hurt Obama because he “wanted his endorsement so bad.” Well we got it!!
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By Ali Alavi Yesterday at 9:55 pm EST
There is something about Barack, whoever comes on this change express, come wholeheartedly. There is no arm twisting, or promises or deals. That is good, because in the end Barack does not owe anybody anything, but the PEOPLE.

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By Unknown user Yesterday at 9:50 pm EST
I am against all super delegates. If he said he wouldn’t cast a vote I would be really excited. Super delegates derail the political process. Teh convention should be decided by our votes not the congressman’s.
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 9:54 pm EST
I agree. I don’t think we can go back in forth with our views on whether superdelagates are good or bad depending on whether they are supporting Hillary or Obama. They are either democratic or they are not. Which is it?

But of course, I’m thrilled he has switched.
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By Bernard in MD Yesterday at 9:57 pm EST
They are not democratic! Do away with superdelegates!
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By LaShanda from Hyattsville, MD Yesterday at 10:15 pm EST
Well the thing is…they are a part of the process like it or not. Now we can affect the way they vote, making sure it follows the will of the popular votes. However, I think we do need to do away with it! But the more superdelegates we do get, the better it looks for us going into the convention.
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By Stacie Yesterday at 9:55 pm EST
While I am not excited about them persay, we have to fight this battle on all fronts. Clinton can’t claim the superdelegates if they are defecting from her camp. She will try to win at all costs and we simply have to be prepared for whatever that brings.
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By The Bard of Wilmette Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
If I was a religious person, I would probably say, “Amen to that.” Whether or not we like the existence of the super delegates, the fact is that they are a significant element of the nomination process (20% of the total) at this time. Maybe we can trim their numbers in the future, but that is for the future. In the present, any votes for Obama, especially when they are from super delegates formerly on record for Clinton, is very welcome.
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By Ali Alavi Yesterday at 9:58 pm EST
I agree with you, but I also think there are some maneuvers that the campaign has to do to disarm the other camp from just collecting super delegates and psychologically affect the race. This kind of news is good in general. At the end whoever gets more pledged delegate should be the winner.
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By Megan Yesterday at 10:07 pm EST
The supers are switching because the see the prevailing wind is at Obama’s back. They know what’s good for the party, and I think they’re being responsible. This process wasn’t put into practice just this year. Democrats agreed to it and put it into motion. Again, you can’t start knocking a system just because it seems like it won’t go in your favor. The DNC agreed to the rules. Now we have to abide by them.
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By LT in CA Today at 12:43 am EST
I agree, Megan. We should do what we can do following the rules. If we can continue collecting pledged delegates and winning states by large margins, the superdelegates will change their minds. They have that choice.

That’s why we’re at an advantage over Clinton. Our delegates are mostly pledged and they cannot change their minds.

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By Asmeret Yesterday at 9:52 pm EST
“Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

Please join me in saying:

We are ready Mr Lewis! We the People are ready!

IN OBAMA WE TRUST

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By Bernard in MD Yesterday at 9:53 pm EST
While I have the utmost respect for Rep. John Lewis and his selfless efforts for the Civil Rights Movement, I believe his switch to our guy is an effort to save face.

Look, let’s face it. Obama won Georgia BIG and with no help from him….None, no help. He backed Hillary all the way.

His switch to Obama as a superdelegate appears to be an effort to “win favor” with his constituency back in Georgia.

I mean the Congressman no disrespect, and as I’ve noted, I appreciate his personal and professional sacrifices for the Civil Rights movement. However, his support of Hillary was a slap in the face of the 82% of black folks in Georgia who supported Obama in the primary.

I don’t think his support at this juncture will mean much. Next, you’ll see another former Civil Rights leader–Andrew Young–change his superdelegate vote from Hillary to Obama.
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By Jeannie in PA Yesterday at 9:59 pm EST
If John Edwards were to endorse now, I think I would feel the same way. Obviously, we want that endorsement but it seems like he is just waiting to see who will benefit him the most. He knows the issues. How could he not know at this point who to endorse?
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By Jay from Illinois Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
I think he is as phony as a two-dollar bill and phonier than Mitt Romney.

Edwards’ supporters have duped by this ambulance chaser.
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By Kevin from MD Yesterday at 10:45 pm EST
I think Edwards will endorse HRC before 3/4 to have it appear that his backing helped her win OH and TX (IF she does win). The fact that his views line up more with Obama’s doesn’t matter. Political expediency at its best. I think this will backfire on him. 24 hours after this happens, Obama will have an endorsement that will trump Edwards’.
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By colonial82 Yesterday at 10:58 pm EST
I still don’t believe Edwards will endorse Clinton, I still believe he will endorse Obama. I think this is just a media ploy trying to guess.
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By Chicago Bob Yesterday at 11:13 pm EST
If the SEIU endorses Obama as expected tomorrow, I can’t see how Edwards could endorse HRC (very possible he doesn’t endorse anyone). If you want to tackle it from a political maneuvering perspective, I don’t think he’d go against big labor. He’s still got years of politics ahead of him. By the way, I’m also a Republican (voted for Barack on Super Tuesday and YES there are Republicans in Chicago, though you can probably count us with the fingers on both of your hands), so I’m not taking sides, just looking at it from an outsiders perspective.
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By Kristian Idol Today at 2:07 am EST
Some journalist put it this way: “They’re politicians – they know which side their bread is buttered on.”
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By Brett Yesterday at 10:48 pm EST
And Mitt Romney is totally phony.
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By Gail from Pickerington, OH Yesterday at 10:40 pm EST
I agree and at this point it provides no gain to the campaign. I’ve always felt that he would endorse Billary.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 9:59 pm EST
I was disappointed in John Lewis when he endorsed Hillary. But I am willing to take him at his word now:

Representative John Lewis, an iconic figure from the Civil Rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

I think it takes courage for him to do this, and I applaud any delegate that switches in order to prevent a delegate fight at the convention.

I think Hillary overplayed her hand today when she said she will take the fight to the convention and has no problem with superdelegates voting for a different nominee than who we (the people) have chosen.
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By Patty from NY Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
Hi Nancy!
How’ve you been? All recovered from your trip to Colorado? Planning any more road trips? We have a bunch of people going to Cleveland to help out. Unfortunately, I am unable to go.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
Hi Patty. I am well, thanks for asking! I got home on Sunday and I have been feeling kind of tired since then, but I guess that’s to be expected after 18 days away from home!

No more trips for me – I have used a ton of vacation time (9 days in Iowa and 18 in Colorado) so it’s back to work for me.

No regrets!
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By Debbie for Obama!! Yesterday at 10:34 pm EST
Same here. I was disappointed also but in the end truth will prevail.

Love,Debbie
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By The Bard of Wilmette Yesterday at 10:44 pm EST
I agree about John Edwards… except for one thing: aren’t $2 bills still legal tender? Let’s make the metaphor a $3 bill, and not because of inflation.
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By Megan Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
Honestly, I don’t think you can assume the super delegates will switch to our side out of altruism. Some will, but many of these people are hardcore politicians with constituencies to please. Take it for what it’s worth.
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By firsttimer Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
Megan the pragmatic. That is how I will always remember you.
I think I’m in love!
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:51 pm EST
For some superdelegates, it may not be altruism – it may be that elected officials will see that they will be more electable with Barack at the top of the ticket.

I read an article that say that the large majority of hillary’s current superdelegates are not elected officials – they are folks in the DNC who are not well known. Those are the ones I worry about. Sadly for them (and us, indirectly) I think it may be “party before country” or “power and personal gain before everything”. We shall see…
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By TUMAINI Yesterday at 10:16 pm EST
We still need the support of superdelegates. It will not be easy to make the 2025 pledged delegates needed to win the nomination. So, we should value any superdelegate who joins the movement. That will help us in the end to have 2025 total delegates to be declared winners of the nomination process. We have to welcome the decision of Lewis and thank and congratulate him for his political courage.
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By kijero Yesterday at 10:18 pm EST
Keep in mind, the political analysts hsvr often stated that delegates commitments are not written in stone, and they can switch at any time. I have to wonder how John Lewis feels that he had no belief in Barack Obama’s ability to inspire change in the hearts and minds of so many people in so many states enough to consider him to be their candidate for President.

The argument many voters have is that their elected officials aren’t following their wishes, and supporting their candidate, well here is an elected official saying your wish is my command. The timimg is right enough.

Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can.
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By Susan Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
The argument could be made that because of the 82% black vote in Georgia, Rep. Lewis is doing the honorable thing and going with Obama. At any rate, we’ll gladly take him.
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By kijero Yesterday at 10:24 pm EST
Keep in mind, the political analysts hsvr often stated that delegates commitments are not written in stone, and they can switch at any time. I have to wonder how John Lewis feels that he had no belief in Barack Obama’s ability to inspire change in the hearts and minds of so many people in so many states enough to consider him to be their candidate for President.

The argument many voters have is that their elected officials aren’t following their wishes, and supporting their candidate, well here is an elected official saying your wish is my command. The timimg is right enough.

Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can.
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By Matt S. Yesterday at 10:39 pm EST
What are you talking about?

He is A SUPERDELEGATE man!!

Even assuming he has no influence, it is one delegate out of Hillary’s column and one added to our column. We net a two delegate spread. That has been the margin of some of our State victories.

Every Super Delegate that switches, and there will be many many more, is HUGE!! Huge for PR, HUGE towards the nomination, and HUGE sign of momentum!!

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By Steve Yesterday at 9:53 pm EST
Thank you Mr. Lewis!
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By Jade Yesterday at 10:09 pm EST
I’m hardly able to contain myself with all of the days’ news. From the R’s walking out of Congress in protest to the news of shooting missiles at the satellite dish heading for us to the heartbreak at UNC . . . the Union endorsements, endoresement from Texas, Lincoln endorsement, NJ superdelegate flip, and now THIS!!!!

HOLY CRAP! My head is going to pop!

How exciting!

In the meantime, Hillary won New Mexico (kudos) and had to suffer with us through that New Mexico speech only to find out that she earned 2 more delegates there than Obama. She spread some nasty lies about Barack and campaigned in Texas and Ohio. And what else? Nothing more but the same old same old. There’s a “Thank you New Mexicans” message on her home site, because she only just figured out that she needs to treat her supporters like human beings. Blah blah blah.

But where are her endorsements? Huh? Oh, right, there aren’t any!

What a day it has been! Certainly one V-Day most of us won’t ever forget!

Congrats Obamamites and Congrats Obama Family!!!!

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By Jay from Illinois Yesterday at 9:54 pm EST
This guy, John Lewis, sold himself out to the Clintons and has been throwing mud at Obama in public. Now he is scared just like a rat on a sinking ship.

He is worse that that BET guy. I suppose Julian Bond will be next. This guy has demanded the DNC to seat MI and FL delegates. He is supposed to be chairman of NAACP or something like that.
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By Mason City 4 Obama Yesterday at 9:57 pm EST
Better late than never, don’t you think? I’d much rather be on the receiving end than the other side towards the end of this process.

Thank you, Rep. Lewis, for joining us…finally! We appreciate the support.

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By Montana Yesterday at 9:55 pm EST
Link

It is a nice story about how the OBAMA campaign has been a hit with school-age children. It is really sweet. and true.
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By Danielle Yesterday at 10:04 pm EST
Thxs Montana! Kids r so honest with their feelings. They always tell it like it is!
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By Tara Rama Yesterday at 10:31 pm EST
I’m an elementary school teacher – the young ones. We were talking about Martin Luther King, Jr recently. A boy raised his hand, his eye filled with excitement…”I know him! I know him! He’s running for President!” (Well, not exactly…) But it was cute, nonetheless. LOL.
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By Heather in Maine Yesterday at 11:24 pm EST
That is so adorable and SO TRUE! My almost 9 year old and his best friend have been running a hot chocolate stand in our driveway to raise money for Obama’s campaign. They also made signs for my car, (since bumper stickers are scarce these days). But the homemade signs taped to my back window get so many smiles and beeps. I feel like a float in the Macy’s Day Parade.

They are fired up!

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By Aaron Yesterday at 9:55 pm EST
i went to hillary’s blog (you know, just like her people come here sometimes)…

and i posted something on her NM win. I asked why there were only pro-hillary comments? I said that there must be people blogging from obama and mccain and paul just like there are here…

so i put in the comment and it said there would be a delay…this was 8:00….i checked at 8:30 and it was not up…

i waited until 9 and then 9:30 and now finally 9:55…still it is not up….WHY???
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By Jade Yesterday at 9:59 pm EST
Yes, that’s common fare over there.

But did you also notice what’s on the top of her home page? Link
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By Tstorm Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
It’s been a while since I’ve been to HC’s web site. It absolutely horrible! Looks like they’ve got a team group managing the site. Still now better than ours. Great job to the tech team at camp Obama.
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By Montana Yesterday at 10:02 pm EST
Aaron, to parpaphrase Jack Nicholson, “She can’t handle the truth.”

That’s why..There is no personality over there because they edit it out. Just another case of this campaign doing things the right way and other campaigns…not!
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By Ryno Yesterday at 10:11 pm EST
Ever seen “Good Morning Vietnam!” with Robin Williams? And the news prints on the printer and the censors take the black markers and mark out over half the page?

It’s kind of like that.
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By Danielle Yesterday at 10:14 pm EST
Yep, No Free Speech over there! Ya know I have never checked out her site and honestly won’t.
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By Melisa K.S. of MONTANA Yesterday at 10:25 pm EST
I had the same thing happen several months back when I went in to ask very respectfully about HRC’s chances in the west. They never – ever printed my question… I wasn’t impressed with them — even more than I was already unimpressed.
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By Kevin Winterfield Yesterday at 11:11 pm EST
as a test, you should try to post something positive, then post something more challenging. see if one gets posted and the other doesn’t.

-kev
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By Ryno Today at 12:00 am EST
That would be great, someone try to post something absurdly flattering.

Great news | Report to Admin Reply
By KoaNY Yesterday at 9:57 pm EST
Thank you Mr. Lewis

YES WE CAN!!!

OBAMA ’08

Obama helps us find corruption and waste | Report to Admin Reply
By Barath Yesterday at 9:57 pm EST
Obama helps us track $17,550,300,000,000 of federal spending:

I posted a writeup at Daily Kos on Obama’s legislation that created USAspending.gov, which helped me find, among other things contracts with KBR/Halliburton, Tom Delay’s pork and Duke Cunningham’s backers, no bid contracts with defense contractors, contracts with shadowy Blackwater subsidiaries, declining support for homeless veterans with increasing support for abstinence programs, spending on guided missiles, and more.

The link is here – please give it a read (and login over there and click “recommend”!):

Link

Also, please digg it up, here:

Link

I hope this helps us fight the argument that Obama has no substance!
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By Kris from Des Plaines, IL Yesterday at 10:01 pm EST
we should aggressively post this in other blogs.
i am sick of the attack saying obama has no substance
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:05 pm EST
Hi Barath, I also posted your article here:

Link

It’s the new Obama site that was created by a Stanford student. People can submit (and vote for) their favorite Obama articles and podcasts.

BTW, did you see my question earlier. Your article was important enough, I thought, to get me over the hump and sign up for DK. I can’t figure out how to recommend something on DK, though. Can you tell me? Or maybe I can’t recommend because I cannot make a comment for the first 24 hours?
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By Barath Yesterday at 10:20 pm EST
Cool, thanks.

You just need to open the article in Daily Kos while logged in and then you’ll see a “recommend” button on the right hand side of the screen – just click there.
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 11:15 pm EST
I swear there is not recommend button on the right hand side of my screen. It offers “logout” as an option, so I know I must be logged in!

I see a list on the right: home, nancym’s page, diaries, dkosapedia, search and logout. Should recommend be in that list?
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 10:08 pm EST
Dugg it!
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By Patty from NY Yesterday at 10:42 pm EST
Dugg!!

Biden for VP | Report to Admin Reply
By O-SMACKDOWN in Matthews, NC Yesterday at 10:00 pm EST
Awesome Obama/Biden video

pass it on. It’s the future.

Link
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By Nancy M. Yesterday at 10:19 pm EST
I like Joe Biden so I watched your video. Except for the title, it looked more like a Biden/Obama ticket to me… I can tell you are a Biden fan! But it was a good reminder about Dafur and that these are two men who care about people.
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By JonnieRae Today at 12:21 am EST
dugg

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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:01 pm EST
And we also just received ANOTHER major Union Endorsement !!

>>>>> Link
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:21 pm EST
sorry, I had to stop and email EVERYONE I KNOW about this!!

WOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I’m SEIU and I SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA!!!
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By marytnurse Yesterday at 10:26 pm EST
PLEASE digg it instead!! Link
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By Heather from Northern California Yesterday at 10:30 pm EST
Martynurse–I knew you would be thrilled. I am too!!!!!!! Go SEIU International!!!
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By Patty from NY Yesterday at 10:44 pm EST
Dugg!!
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By Ilya Yesterday at 11:21 pm EST
Great news, just dugg it.
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By Libby Winters Yesterday at 10:27 pm EST
~ ~ ~

Martynurse..

Anderson Cooper 360 just mentioned that the second big Union Endorsement would be coming tomorrow!!!

Food Workers and -NOW- the SEIU too !!!

Email:
email@fladems.com

LET’S CONTACT THEM AND URGE THEM TO HOLD CAUCUSES!!

AND…

LET’S MAKE MORE CALLS TO OHIO AND TEXAS AND GET MORE PEOPLE ON BOARD THE CHANGE EXPRESS!!

“OBAMA’S CROWDS ARE AWESOME FOR SO EARLY” BY ASSOCIATED PRESS,FEB. 14,2008

February 15, 2008

from news.yahoo.com

Obama’s crowds are awesome for so early By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 14, 5:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama is attracting jaw-dropping crowds at stop after stop. Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be thrilled with her own big turnouts except that his are so much bigger.

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Political insiders are unsure what to make of it all: No one has seen these kinds of crowds so long before Election Day.

Do to-the-rafters audiences in the primaries mean Obama will win the Democratic nomination? Or do his crowds simply represent highly motivated fans who eventually will be outnumbered by quieter, less-visible voters for Clinton? Or for the Republican nominee in November?

While some major Republican candidates were struggling to draw 800 people just before the Feb. 5 primaries, Obama spoke before 54,000 on a three-stop Saturday. That was approaching the population of Wilmington, Del., where he drew 20,000 the next day, Super Bowl Sunday.

Within 24 hours last weekend, Clinton drew 45,000 people in three cities in Virginia and Maryland.

The crowds were reflected in the turnout on primary day, numbers that warm the hearts of Democrats looking ahead to November and cause consternation in the GOP. In Virginia, where a Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t won in four decades, Democrats outnumbered Republicans at the polls by two-to-one, 970,393 to 481,970, and Obama got 623,141 votes.

In arena after arena, fire marshals turn people away. Obama briefly speaks to the disappointed groups, in overflow rooms or freezing parking lots, before addressing the big crowds inside.

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said the last politician to draw such “fervent, huge crowds” was Robert F. Kennedy, in 1968. Unlike Obama, she said, Kennedy started with a famous name and legacy, “which makes this even more extraordinary.”

Obama is attracting these crowds without help from big-name celebrities, so they differ from the 30,000-person December event in South Carolina, when Oprah Winfrey joined him.

Clinton has drawn impressive crowds too. They include 10,000 people in San Diego and another 10,000 in San Jose, shortly before she carried California on Feb. 5.

On Tuesday night, as Obama was sweeping the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, 12,000 people came to see Clinton in El Paso, Texas. Obama’s crowd that night in Madison, Wis., was more than 17,000, with some turned away.

When the two Democrats campaign in proximity, Obama’s crowds usually overwhelm hers. More than 17,000 people packed Seattle’s Key Arena to hear Obama on Feb. 8, while 3,000 others were shut out. The same day in Tacoma, Wash., a Clinton rally drew about 6,000. Her audience in Seattle the night before was 5,000.

On Feb. 9, about 7,000 people came to see Obama in Bangor, Maine, (although only 5,700 could fit in the gym). In the nearby college town of Orono, Clinton was drawing about 2,000.

Republican John McCain, who regularly draws crowds of 1,000 to 1,200, has noticed Obama’s drawing power.

“I would remind you, and I don’t mean to diminish his success, but Howard Dean used to get really big turnouts as well,” McCain told reporters last week, referring to the Democrat who flamed out after causing excitement in the 2004 race. “If I had a crowd like that, I’d be thrilled. I congratulate him for attracting that number of people.”

Republican Mike Huckabee generally gets smaller crowds, around 500 to 700.

A crucial question is whether big political crowds point to big voter turnouts. Obama hopes so, and recent trends encourage his camp.

Democrats have swarmed to the early primaries, often outnumbering Republicans in regions where the opposite usually happens. Democrats exceeded Republicans in same-day primaries held this year in GOP-leaning New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Tennessee — all won by Clinton — and in South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana, won by Obama.

In the Jan. 26 South Carolina Democratic primary, Obama clobbered Clinton and John Edwards, winning more votes than were cast for all the Democrats combined in the contested 2004 primary. In Missouri, a battleground state narrowly won by Obama this month, more than 820,000 Democrats voted, compared with about 585,000 Republicans.

It is not simply Obama’s crowd numbers that dazzle, but also the fervor.

Many people, women in particular, are excited about the prospects of Clinton becoming the first female president. But many of Obama’s listeners — black, white, young, old — seem almost in awe, and they often talk of being part of history.

Some shout “I love you” as he talks. A few quietly weep. When he takes the stage, the roar is often deafening.

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat covered both candidates and tried to describe the difference. In a Feb. 9 article he said Clinton “was impressive” at her Seattle rally, “with a speech packed with policy specifics and a certain intangible steeliness that signals she’s got what it takes to be president.”

But “the Obamapalooza,” he wrote, “is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.”

The Bangor Daily News reported that in the past 20 years only a rock group “and illustrious Maine basketball players” have filled the Bangor Auditorium as Obama did Saturday. “The audience gave riotous applause and pounded their seats when Obama mentioned his initial opposition to the war in Iraq,” it reported.

Clinton and Obama regularly hold round-table talks and other small events between their rallies, and those sometimes generate valuable local news coverage. But it is the big-arena shows that draw the most attention.

Does that mean he is pulling away from Clinton?

“We don’t know,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert on political communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1964, she said, Republican Barry Goldwater thought he would beat President Johnson because he often drew bigger crowds.

“Sometimes a higher percentage of your base turns out to see you because they’re highly motivated,” Jamieson said, which helps explain Goldwater’s landslide loss. The danger for Clinton, she said, is if journalists conclude that Obama’s big crowds indicate a universal voter preference, which could become “a self-fulfilling prophecy” through misleading reporting.

Perhaps Clinton will shock Obama in Wisconsin next week, or turn the tide later in Ohio, Texas or Pennsylvania. For now, however, Obama’s huge crowds are intoxicating some politicians, such as Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

“This is not a campaign for the presidency of the United States,” he shouted while introducing Obama in Baltimore last Monday. “This is a movement to change the world.”


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