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CHECK OUT OBAMA’S BILLS RECORD IN THE U.S. CONGRESS COMPARED TO BILLARY’S BY DAILYKOS.COM

February 23, 2008

FROM dailykos.com

I Refuse to Buy into the Obama Hype (now a supporter)
by Grassroots Mom
Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 05:13:32 PM PST
The next President is going to have some MAJOR challenges.
I refuse to buy into the hype, on either side, but especially on that of Obama. However the “empty rhetoric” v. “history of accomplishments” arguments have prompted me to check it out on my own, not relying on any candidate’s website, book, or worst of all supporters’ diaries, like this one.

I went to the Library of Congress Website. The FACTS of what each did in the Senate last year sure surprised me. I’m sure they will surprise you, too. Whether you love or hate Hillary, you will be surprised. Whether you think Obama is the second coming of JFK or an inexperienced lightweight, you will surprised. Go check out the Library of Congress Website. After spending some time there, it will be clear that there is really only one candidate would is ready to be the next president, even better than Gore. If you don’t want to spend an hour or two doing research, then I’ll tell you what I discovered on the jump.

Grassroots Mom’s diary :: ::
I looked up Obama and looked up Clinton. I looked at the bills that they both authored and introduced. Anyone who has been around politics, and is honest, realizes that there are a lot of reasons why a Senator votes one way or another on bills or misses votes. However an examination of the bills that each of these Senators cared enough about to author and introduce revealed much to me: what they care about, what their priorities are, how they tackle problems. And the list of co-sponsors showed something about how they lead, inspire and work with others. Finally, looking at which bills actually passed is pretty indicative of how effective each would be at getting things done.

Before I get into the nitty gritty, let’s all be honest here. It is damn hard to get anything through Congress these days. And Obama and Clinton care about the same issues and have obviously worked together on a lot of legislation, whatever Sen. Clinton’s campaign may imply. She is a frequent co-sponsor on his bills, and he on hers. They are both completely competent senators.

I started with Sen. Clinton.

I’m not a Hillary Hater, but I certainly didn’t like her much either. I didn’t like her DLC history; her votes on Iraq, Iran or the bankruptcy bill; her characterization of the years she spent as First Lady as “executive experience.” Hillary Clinton is no Eleanor Roosevelt. Perhaps more like Lady Bird Johnson. Hillary claims to have brought us SCHIP (with a little help from Ted Kennedy). Lady Bird brought us Head Start as well as cleaner, nicer highways. Anyone 40 or older probably remembers when the nation’s highways were basically disgusting garbage dumps lined with billboards. But no one thinks Lady Bird should have been president. Might as well argue for Barbara Bush because of her efforts on family literacy, or Nancy Reagan and the War on Drugs.

Hillary Clinton does have a solid record in the Senate, however.

I came away from my research really knowing a lot more about what is important to Hillary in her heart: kids and their well being. My research changed my feeling about her significantly. About 40% of her bills dealt with health care and/or kids. As a mom with small kids, I like her passion for children’s issues. But curiously, her big bill to deliver health care to every child, the one she lauds on her website, S.895 : “A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every child in the United States has access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage, and for other purposes” had not a single co-sponsor. Not one, according to the Library of Congress. Why is that? Is it a bad bill? Or is she not able to recruit support for her signature issue? Or did she just submit it simply to put in the hopper, so to speak, so she could claim she was working on it. I honestly don’t know the answer, but I find it curious and suspicious that not even Ted Kennedy co-sponsored it. Its sister bill in the house, H.R. 1535, introduced by John Dingell has 42 co-sponsors. It’s just weird. I honestly don’t know what to make of it.

S.895 was major. But most of her other bills are much smaller in scale and scope — more targeted and more careful.

For example, she introduced one bill that offered tax credits for building owners who clean up lead paint. Which is a very good thing. And Obama is a co-sponsor. “S.1793 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for property owners who remove lead-based paint hazards.”

Obama’s anti-lead bill (S. 1306) directed the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify certain children’s products containing lead as banned hazardous substances. He had another bill prohibitting the interstate transport of children’s products containing lead. (S.2132) And Hillary co-sponsored each of these.

In other words, they both care about protecting children from lead.

The difference is in the scope and the approach.

Obama’s bill shows how he thinks big: do everything we can to make sure that lead-painted Thomas the Tank Engine toys don’t get into the hands and mouths of millions of toddlers in this country.

Or Hillary: encourage people by offering tax credits to clean up lead paint in old buildings. People have been talking about lead paint in old buildings hurting kids in living in inner cities, since, well when I was a kid — for decades. If it is still a big problem, is offering tax credits for clean up, i.e. scrape down the walls and repaint, the best way to protect kids from lead?

How many of you parents have lead paint problems? How many have (or had) toxic Thomas the Tank Engine Toys? They are everywhere. The local bookstore and kid’s shoe store and the doctor’s office and the preschool and the toystore all have train tables. There is nowhere you can go anymore with toddlers that doesn’t have a Thomas the Tank Engine train table covered with toxic toys. But that’s just my feeling.

Obama’s bills risk pissing off the toy industry and the Chinese. Hillary’s risks nothing.

A lot of Clinton’s health bills focus on children. Or women. She introduced a billl for research in the causes of gestational diabetes, for more pediatric research (S.895) and a rural agriculture bill to get farm-fresh veggies into schools (S.1031).

Her bill dealing with the crisis in foreclosure is actually S.2114 : “A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act, to provide for enhanced disclosures to consumers and enhanced regulation of mortgage brokers, and for other purposes.” Again, no co-sponsors. Obama also introduced a bill in the face of the mortgage foreclosure crisis: S.1222 : “A bill to stop mortgage transactions which operate to promote fraud, risk, abuse, and under-development, and for other purposes.” Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 4/25/2007), co-sponsored by Dick Durbin.

In her ads and speeches, Clinton claims that she’s fighting to stop foreclosure while implying that Obama is empty rhetoric. Actually, Clinton is calling for “enhanced disclosures to consumers and enhanced regulation”, while Obama’s bill will “stop mortgage transactions which operate to promote fraud, risk, abuse, and under-development.” After looking at the two bills, Obama’s appears to be tougher, more directly addressing the problem.

Speaking of Obama, here’s a list of some of his proposed legislation.

Four bills on energy including
• S.1151 : A bill to provide incentives to the auto industry to accelerate efforts to develop more energy-efficient vehicles to lessen dependence on oil;
•S.115 : A bill to suspend royalty relief, to repeal certain provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal certain tax incentives for the oil and gas industry; and •S.133 : A bill to promote the national security and stability of the economy of the United States by reducing the dependence of the United States on oil through the use of alternative fuels and new technology, and for other purposes.

Clinton had only one bill that I could find that addressed the same issue, S.701 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a temporary oil profit fee and to use the proceeds of the fee collected to provide a Strategic Energy Fund and expand certain energy tax incentives, and for other purposes.

Obama wants to “repeal certain tax incentives for the oil and gas industry”. Clinton sees the answer in a “temporary oil profit fee” and to “expand certain energy tax incentives” for alternative energy. Obama’s alternative energy bill (S.133) was co-sponsored by Harkin, Lugar and Salazar. Clinton’s bill again had no co-sponsors.

On health care he introduced ten bills/amendments, including one amendment that passed: S.AMDT.1041 to S.1082 To improve the safety and efficacy of genetic tests. Other issues addressed in his proposed health care legislation were AIDS research (S.823 ), hospital report cards (S.692 — the V.A., and S.1824 — Medicare), better emergency care (S.1873), and drug price controls (S.2347).

Clinton’s health care bills, for the most part, didn’t impress me much, although she introduced many more bills in this area than Obama did:

S.CON.RES.63 : A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for additional research into the chronic neurological condition hydrocephalus, and for other purposes.
S.RES.176 : A resolution recognizing April 30, 2007, as “National Healthy Schools Day”.
S.RES.222 : A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
S.201 : A bill to establish a grant program for individuals still suffering health effects as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon.
S.907 : A bill to establish an Advisory Committee on Gestational Diabetes, to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes, and for other purposes.
S.993 : A bill to improve pediatric research.
S.982 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for integration of mental health services and mental health treatment outreach teams, and for other purposes.
S.1065 : A bill to improve the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury in members and former members of the Armed Forces, to review and expand telehealth and telemental health programs of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
S.1075 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand access to contraceptive services for women and men under the Medicaid program, help low income women and couples prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortion, and for other purposes.
S.1343 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to prevention and treatment of diabetes, and for other purposes.
S.1712 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve newborn screening activities, and for other purposes.

and on and on. Plenty of these have plenty of co-sponsors. Obviously, Hillary Clinton really knows her stuff on the issues of health care. None of them passed, however. On Obama’s side, one of his health care initiatives passed in the Senate, the aforementioned amendment to Kennedy’s S.1082, the FDA Revitalization Act.

Truth be told, it was very depressing doing this research to see all these great ideas and how little actually gets done. Looking at the legislative history of Kennedy’s bill is a good example. It finally passed but its sister bill in the House, H.R.2900, was the one that was finally enacted, and with it, Obama’s amendment for safe and effective genetic testing. Clinton submitted two amendments to this bill, one of would have eliminated the sunsetting of pediatric data collection; the other would have begin the process to approve generic versions of complex and expensive drugs called biologics or biotech drugs. Neither were adopted.

Now let’s look more closely at Obama.

I was blown away as I started going through his record. I’ve already mentioned his bills on health care and energy. In addition he had introduced bills on Iran, voting, veterans, global warming, campaign finance and lobbyists, Blackwater, global poverty, nuclear proliferation, and education.
On Iran: S.J.RES.23 : A joint resolution clarifying that the use of force against Iran is not authorized by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, any resolution previously adopted, or any other provision of law.

On votingPassed out of Committee and now on the Senate Calendar for Feb. 22, 2008
S.453 : A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections Please check this out! This is a great bill. We need this. I can’t believe that this time voter intimidation is not already illegal.

On veterans and military personnel: S.1084 : A bill to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans;

On global warmingS.1324 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuel sold in the United States;S.1389 : A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to establish a Climate Change Education Program; S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy. (This last one passed both the House and the Senate as part of the budget bill.)

On campaign finance and lobbyists S.2030 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require reporting relating to bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists; and S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.

On Blackwater S.2044 : A bill to provide procedures for the proper classification of employees and independent contractors, and for other purposes, and S.2147 : A bill to require accountability for contractors and contract personnel under Federal contracts, and for other purposes.

On global poverty S.2433 : A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

On global nuclear proliferation S.1977 : A bill to provide for sustained United States leadership in a cooperative global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism, reduce global nuclear arsenals, stop the spread of nuclear weapons and related material and technology, and support the responsible and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

I counted nine education bills, but it’s getting late and I’ve got to get my kids ready for bed.

As I mentioned earlier, Clinton is a frequent co-sponsor on many of Obama’s bills. So is Ted Kennedy. So are a number of Republicans.

Finally, Obama appears to have a better record last year in the Senate on getting his bills and amendments passed than does Clinton. I’ve listed everything that passed the Senate for each them at the end in boxes. But check out Thomas.loc.gov for yourself. I may have missed something.

In my eyes Obama is the superior choice in every way. He cares about more of the issues that matter to me. Kids and health care are important but so is the issue of global warming, on which Clinton introduced not a single bill last year.

Obama is a leader. With bigger majorities in Congress, much of his agenda should sail through. He can inspire this country to change course on so many things, from health care to global warming, where attitudes have to be changed first. I remember Bill Clinton’s endless laundry lists of small, focus group approved initiatives. For those who say Hillary will not govern like Bill did, I respond that the people who were doing the market testing of his proposed policies were Dick Morris, of course, and Mark Penn, who is now running Hillary’s campaign.

It’s Obama for me! I just sent him $100. My first donation this election.

Yes, We Can!

Clinton’s Successes:
S.694 : A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to reduce the incidence of child injury and death occurring inside or outside of light motor vehicles, and for other purposes. (This is currently in conference committee to reconcile difference with the House bill)
Passed in the Senate:
S.CON.RES.27 : A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “National Purple Heart Recognition Day”.
S.RES.21 : A resolution recognizing the uncommon valor of Wesley Autrey of New York, New York
S.RES.92 : A resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of soldiers of Israel held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah.
S.RES.141 : A resolution urging all member countries of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service who have yet to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords to expedite the ratification process to allow for open access to the Holocaust archives located at Bad Arolsen, Germany.
S.RES.222 : A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
S.AMDT.666 to H.R.1591 To link award fees under Department of Homeland Security contracts to successful acquisition outcomes under such contracts.
S.AMDT.2047 to H.R.1585 To specify additional individuals eligible to transportation for survivors of deceased members of the Armed Forces to attend their burial ceremonies.
S.AMDT.2108 to H.R.1585 To require a report on the planning and implementation of the policy of the United States toward Darfur.
S.AMDT.2390 to H.R.2638 To require that all contracts of the Department of Homeland Security that provide award fees link such fees to successful acquisition outcomes.
S.AMDT.2474 to H.R.2638 To ensure that the Federal Protective Service has adequate personnel.
S.AMDT.2823 to H.R.3074 To require a report on plans to alleviate congestion and flight delays in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace.
S.AMDT.2917 to H.R.1585 To extend and enhance the authority for temporary lodging expenses for members of the Armed Forces in areas subject to a major disaster declaration or for installations experiencing a sudden increase in personnel levels.

Obama’s Success:
S.AMDT.1041 to S.1082 To improve the safety and efficacy of genetic tests.
S.AMDT.3073 to H.R.1585 To provide for transparency and accountability in military and security contracting.
S.AMDT.3078 to H.R.1585 Relating to administrative separations of members of the Armed Forces for personality disorder.
S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.
S.AMDT.524 to S.CON.RES.21 To provide $100 million for the Summer Term Education Program supporting summer learning opportunities for low-income students in the early grades to lessen summer learning losses that contribute to the achievement gaps separating low-income students from their middle-class peers.
S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy.
S.AMDT.905 to S.761 To require the Director of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education to establish a program to recruit and provide mentors for women and underrepresented minorities who are interested in careers in mathematics, science, and engineering.
S.AMDT.923 to S.761 To expand the pipeline of individuals entering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields to support United States innovation and competitiveness.
S.AMDT.924 to S.761 To establish summer term education programs.
S.AMDT.2519 to H.R.2638 To provide that one of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5 million or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee owes no past due Federal tax liability.
S.AMDT.2588 to H.R.976 To provide certain employment protections for family members who are caring for members of the Armed Forces recovering from illnesses and injuries incurred on active duty.
S.AMDT.2658 to H.R.2642 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
S.AMDT.2692 to H.R.2764 To require a comprehensive nuclear threat reduction and security plan.
S.AMDT.2799 to H.R.3074 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
S.AMDT.3137 to H.R.3222 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
S.AMDT.3234 to H.R.3093 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
S.AMDT.3331 to H.R.3043 To provide that none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal tax liability.
Senate Resolutions Passed:
S.RES.133 : A resolution celebrating the life of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson.
S.RES.268 : A resolution designating July 12, 2007, as “National Summer Learning Day”.

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“MANY BLACKS WORRY ABOUT OBAMA’S SAFETY”:PRAY FOR BROTHER OBAMA EVERYDAY AND GOD WILL NOT LET THE DEVIL’S PLANS TOUCH HIM! FROM NEWS.YAHOO.COM

February 23, 2008

from news.yahoo.com

Many blacks worry about Obama’s safety By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
Fri Feb 22, 1:32 PM ET

NEW YORK – For many black Americans, it’s a conversation they find hard to avoid, revisiting old fears in the light of bright new hopes.

They watch with wonder as Barack Obama moves ever closer to becoming America’s first black president. And they ask themselves, their family, their friends: Is he at risk? Will he be safe?

There is, of course, no sure answer. But interviews with blacks across the country, prominent and otherwise, suggest that lingering worries are outweighed by enthusiasm and determination.

“You can’t have lived through the civil rights movement and know something about the history of African-Americans in this country and not be a little concerned,” said Edna Medford, a history professor at Washington’s Howard University.

“But African-Americans are more concerned that Obama get the opportunity to do the best he can,” she added. “And if he wins, most of us believe the country would do for him what it would do for any president, that he will be as well protected as any of them.”

Clyde Barrett, 66, a longtime U.S. Labor Department employee now retired in Tampa, Fla., says he often hears expressions of concern for Obama’s safety. One young acquaintance, Barrett said, declared he wouldn’t even vote for Obama for fear of exposing him to more danger.

“To me that’s a cop-out, where you can’t take a stand and support someone because you fear for his safety,” Barrett said. “I don’t have any apprehension … We’ve got to go ahead and persevere.”

For many older blacks, the barometer for gauging hopes and fears is the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But concern about Obama’s safety transcends racial lines. He has white supporters who see him as an inspiring, youthful advocate of change in the mold of Robert F. Kennedy, and they are mindful of Kennedy’s assassination just two months after King’s.

Pam Hart, the principal of a multiracial elementary school in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham, said she is struck by the contrast between some of the black students there, innocently excited about Obama’s candidacy, and the more anxious perspective of older people who lived through the violence of the 1960s.

“My 70-year-old aunt — every time I call her, she says she’s really afraid Obama is going to be assassinated. She is so worried that history will repeat itself,” said Hart, who is 40. “I understand why she’s afraid, but I feel we live in a different world now.”

Bruce Gordon, a New York-based business leader and former president of the NAACP, also feels the climate has changed dramatically — as evidenced by the strong nationwide support that Obama is receiving from whites as well as blacks.

Gordon felt differently back in the mid-1990s, when Gen. Colin Powell was weighing a run for the presidency, and Powell’s wife, Alma, was among those voicing concern about his safety.

“When Powell decided not to run, I said to myself, ‘Good,’ because I thought someone would kill him,” Gordon recalled. “This time, I think that if, out of fear, we keep our most talented people from running for office, it will never happen.

“Yes, there’s a risk, but I would never want it to be in the way,” Gordon added. “In running, Barack Obama has to accept the fact that he faces a risk. And yes, we pray for him.”

Obama received Secret Service protection last May — the earliest ever for any presidential candidate. At the time, federal officials said they were not aware of any direct threats to Obama, but Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin — who was among those recommending the Secret Service deployment — acknowledged receiving information, some with racial overtones, that made him concerned for Obama’s safety.

Obama’s campaign, invited this week to comment on the concerns felt by many blacks, referred to a speech given by the candidate’s wife, Michelle, to a mostly black audience in South Carolina last fall.

“I know people care about Barack and our family. I know people want to protect us and themselves from disappointment,” she said, before urging people to cast fear aside.

“If you’re willing to heed Coretta Scott King’s words and not be afraid of the future … there’s no challenge we can’t overcome,” she said.

Obama himself, while acknowledging that his family and friends are concerned about his safety, has drawn a contrast with King.

“He didn’t have Secret Service protection,” Obama told TV host Tavis Smiley last fall. “I can’t even comprehend the degree of courage that was required, and look what he did.”

Sherry Miles, 45, of Madison Heights, Va., said she’s had sobering talks about Obama’s safety with her friends and her mother.

“People who want to bring drastic change bring a certain fear among those who don’t want change,” Miles said. “You look back at our history, and all of the people who tried to bring about change were killed or threatened.”

Miles, who works for Virginia’s Department of Mental Health, said she was troubled listening to a recent local radio show in which one female caller termed Obama “the devil” and falsely asserted that he was Muslim.

“It’s ill-informed people like her who concern me,” Miles said. “I’m very pleased that Obama is there, doing so well. But at the same time I’m fearful someone will try to hurt him.”

Bryan Monroe, Chicago-based editorial director for Ebony magazine, said the risk faced by Obama “is in the back of people’s minds,” but that their worries are often superseded by excitement that he could win. Their No. 1 question, Monroe says, “is could this really happen in our lifetime?”

Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, a former executive director of the Black Leadership Forum, noted that political leaders of any race face risks in a society where mass shootings and other violence by aggrieved or deranged assailants is all too common.

It is troubling, she said, to acknowledge such dangers at the very moment when Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are demonstrating the historic opportunities available to blacks and women.

“We cannot be crippled by fear. That’s the overwhelming emotion in the African-American community,” Scruggs-Leftwich said. “We have to do the American thing: We buckle up and keep going.”

BILLARY’S BIG MEXICAN-AMERICAN SUPPORTER SHOWS UP WITH HIS FAMILY AT AN OBAMA RALLY!

February 23, 2008

from barackobama.com

history being made
By Barack Blessings Yesterday at 9:01 pm EST Feb.22,2008
The Rio Grande Guardian reports that one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent supporters in the Valley showed up at a rally this morning … for Barack Obama:

State Rep. Aaron Peña, who, in print and on TV has been a leading outreach activist in the Valley for Clinton, shocked many Friday morning when he sat down with his family in the stands behind the stage at an Obama rally at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Guardian video-journalists were sitting opposite in the press riser. Contacted by phone while he waited for Obama to arrive, Peña told the Guardian he was at the event to see history being made.

“First of all my son, Aaron Peña III, is working for the Obama campaign. Second, I am here with my family to see history being made,” Peña said.

“I think last night’s debate in Austin was a turning point in this campaign. I think it will become increasingly evident very soon who is going to win this primary. While Barack Obama may not win the popular vote in Texas, the passion of his organization has an advantage in winning the important caucus delegates.”

Asked if he had now flipped over to Obama, Peña said: “I will maintain my commitment but it appears to me that the decision will be made by the public on March 4. I made a commitment to Hillary Clinton and I must maintain it. I gave my word. However, as an observer, it appears to be increasingly evident who is going to win.”

THIS BLACK BROTHER FOR OBAMA BLOWS ON WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT OBAMA ON ANOTHER BROTHER’S BADD SITE-ILLSEED.WORDPRESS.COM

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THE WRONG OBAMA SUPPORTER TO F**K WITH!
February 20, 2008, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Barack Obama, Einstein, True School, flavor of love, hillary clinton | Tags: Barack Obama, hillary clinton, illseed, politics
Check out this Barack Obama supporter and an interviewer he did. This interviewer picked the wrong one to prove his point that all people supporting Obama are emotional and illogical. See it below.

Here is the recap from Obama supporter Derrick and he his background and his reasons for supporting Barack Obama.

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I can’t fully express how refreshing it is to see a black man speak so articulate, using proper engilsh and speaking about something positive. Speaking about something other than cars, clothes, hoes and money. I really appreciate the fact that you have taken time to learn about the issues involved, you know why you are supporting Obama (not just because he is a black man), and that genuinely appreciate this democratic process that we as natural born American citizens often take for granted.
Please remain positive, focused and determined to help bring about a change in not only our country but our culture. God Bless!

Comment by Candice February 21, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

Ill, you need to have this above your rumor page every day until November 08. After hearing and seeing this brother speak; Obama should be the next President of America. Ill you need to have this brother in for a face-to-face; have brother Derrick layout Obama’s platform on this site.Let the (all)hiphop nation know, they and the rest of the nation will benefit from a man like this being President.

Comment by Deano February 21, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

wow. i’m not politically aware and certainly know nothing about American politics, but this guy drew me in so completely with his thorough responses, intellect and knowledge, and eloquence of speech. I love that his appearance (the stereo type) belies is true intellect.

Comment by insearchofbeing February 21, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

I loved the way this young man defended his statements. I tyhionk the interviewer was looking for an easy target to break down and got a ver intelligent knowledgable man instead.

I get tired of seeing our people on the news talking as if they haven’t had any formal education and it just makes me smile to see this young man here. The reporter bit off more than he could chew and it was evident when he got part way into the interview. This is how more of us need to portray ourselves in the media. I would bet all that I have that the reporter wasn’t as critical to any white person.

GREAT job Derrick. Vote OBAMA.

Comment by Ty Ryan February 21, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

LOVES IT……

Comment by Naomi February 21, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

Thought he didn’t know the business, huh? Ha! I’m loving it!
Wish this was Bill O’Rielly!

Comment by HunE916 February 21, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

This is Great!!!
He a Great Supporter!!!

The first couple questions were back to back sounding like the reporter wanted to catch a “supporter stuck on stupid”, Where a black man support Obama but could not explain why. That reporter pick the wrong guy to mess with.
I wish it was Bill O’Reilly too….haha

With history in the making, WE ARE ALL PAYING ATTENTION AND LEARNING

As Common said: (”The revolution will not be televised; the revolution is here”)

As Prince said: “Evolution will be colorized”

Comment by Krytic (Critic) February 21, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

this guy needs to be on jay leno,it would be a great thing for the world to see..

Comment by kinsley wesley February 21, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

He was fantastic. Candice, don’t be so refreshed or elated that an African-American is articulate and speaks with proper english. There are a lot of us out here. It’s almost like being proud of a black man for taking care of his child. Let’s not pat ourselves on the back for doing things that we are supposed to do. I tell my son when he scores in sports “don’t celebrate like a madman, act like you’ve been there before” Let’s act like we’ve been there before because we have

Comment by Real February 21, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

I’ve watched both of these videos several times. He’s great. I hope all supporters will strive for this kind of connection with and knowledge of their candidates.
Thanks for posting.

Comment by *Coop* February 21, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

Wow. That was hard work.

Except I’m with Real–a lot of people here seem surprised that a black guy can be so intelligent and well spoken.

She has very narrow horizons…

(Or she lives in the Connecticut suburbs??)

Comment by outsider222 February 21, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

Awesome. The interviewer was totally trying to make him look stupid (at least in the beginning) and he failed.

Comment by socratesoul February 21, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

Hillary has proven her shamleful character with her bid for the presidency. CLINTON WAS IMPEACHED!!!
Clinton Accused of 1978 Hotel Rape,
Clinton Murders video in my blog:
http://artier.wordpress.com/

i appologize if i have already contacted u.

Comment by artier February 21, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

Thanks so much for posting this. I loved hearing this man speak very much. Obama 2008

Comment by lecya February 21, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

Way to be informed! That’s awesome. Congrats to that man. I wish everyone could be this knowledgeable.

Comment by ariyathe February 21, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

Awesome! Derrik – you kick butt. I was wondering at first if this was set up, but the antagonistic tactics of the interviewer at first was clear, and his surprise seemed genuine as Derrik’s answers were so well informed.

I wish i could speak as well about Obama’s policies. But i too am for the man, not the party (or the issues, to be honest. The world needs a non-Good-Old-Boy president for the US even more than we Americans do.)

Comment by juanito February 21, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

I think it would be an injustice to assume the black man being articulate is an exception to the rule.

I am not black, white or American. I don’t even live remotely near the States but am still interested in the outcome of the presidential elections.

Despite that though, this chap is a legend!

Comment by threebasics February 21, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

Dude knew his stuff, right on. I think the interviewer was trying to ensnare him into a policy debate (where he thought he would win). I am even more surprised he published the interview, considering it did not fulfill the probable intent of the interviewer.

The only matter I disagreed with the brother was on tax incentives and subsidies to corporations. Those policies breed corruption and create perversive market incentives.

Comment by johnnypeepers February 21, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

I am blown away!!! Absolutely speechless. Take back the mic! I feel you on that!!

Comment by Lola February 21, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

Yea this Man’s on point. The interviewer tried to find an ignorant nigga, and got the complete opposite…..
I’m voting for Obama anyway, b/c he’s about progess…

Comment by alius February 21, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

OMG,
Im 29 years young and to this day I have not voted for any one in my life, but this guy has made me change the way I have felt for years all in one day with one speach. History was made with you Derrick.

Comment by Emajah February 21, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

I love the unspoken racism here.
“I can’t fully express how refreshing it is to see a black man speak so articulate, using proper engilsh and speaking about something positive. Speaking about something other than cars, clothes, hoes and money.” from Candice.
First off, inferring that black people are inarticulate, stupid and stereotyped by gangster rap mentalities.
secondly, denying the culture and language of black americans, that slang is improper, inarticulate and unintelligent.
Sheesh.
for further info on articulating points and discussion check out http://www.lordsaveusthemovie.com/

Comment by jake dockter February 21, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

Outstanding. The condescending interviewer knew he made a mistake a few minutes into it and changed his tone completely

Comment by darvish February 21, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

@jake… No kidding! What is so anomalous about a young black man who can hold an intelligent conversation?!

You guys act as if he can from some far off galaxy and laid the Codex of Life at your feet. C’mon! He’s an articulate, passionate and well-versed young American! Nothing out of the ordinary there. Certainly… wish there were more.

Comment by Gerald Buckley February 21, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

Derrick is da shit! im an Obama Mama 08!

Comment by The Bible February 21, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

man…that second video got me fired up! props to this guy, I’m with him all the way

Obama ‘08

Comment by Mike D February 22, 2008 @ 12:11 am

This young man is the most impressive political commentator I have seen in this campaign! I just happened acrosss this site and these videos and I am very impressed. He actually has me thinking that I need to at least consider voting for Obama. And considering that I’m your average white middle aged very conservative GOP-voting man, this is something! I’m going to pass these videos on to the government teacher at my daughter’s high school. Every young American should hear Derrick’s passion for the American political process. And I think we should all forward a link to these videos to Senator Kirk Watson in Texas too! He could certainly take a lesson from this young man.

Comment by TJ in St. Louis February 22, 2008 @ 12:32 am

I am in agreement! Well Said.

Comment by LaToya February 22, 2008 @ 1:12 am

Very refreshing indeed. I live in Montreal, but I follow the presidentials every day. I can tell you that many french speaking people in Quebec, just like me, would support Obama anytime.

This elections will have a huge impact on many countries. Keep up the good work, democrats supporters!

Comment by Le Détracteur Constructif February 22, 2008 @ 1:40 am

The comments posted so far substantiate that Obama supporters are emotional illogical thumb suckers.

Comment by James February 22, 2008 @ 1:49 am

A Hope for Barrack,
A Hope for America.

Comment by titov February 22, 2008 @ 2:12 am

Wow I dont have many words for this. So what if the man’s mother is white if your intrested enough to vote for someone then so be it. We all have the right to vote for who we want.And personally im still voting for Barak we need him no matter what a weird pastor says, where did this guy even come from??? CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Terrea February 22, 2008 @ 3:53 am

If this gentleman was as sharp as some of you say he is, then he would have realized that in his statement

“Part of the way in which it gets paid for is by both the worker and the employer…”

An Employer looks at, not the salary of the employee, but the COST of the employee. For clarification see Milton Friedman on youtube.

Comment by nemarasu February 22, 2008 @ 4:39 am

that was actually a really interesting interview.

Comment by cobhammar February 22, 2008 @ 5:28 am

“MORE BLACKS THAN HISPANICS MAY VOTE IN TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY” FROM MCCLATCHYDC.COM,FEB.21,2008

February 22, 2008

FROM mcclatchydc.com

More blacks than Hispanics may vote in Texas Democratic primary
By John Moritz | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 email

R. Jeena Jacobs / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

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AUSTIN, Texas — Although Hispanics outnumber African-Americans in Texas by 3 to 1, more blacks than Hispanics may turn out to vote in the state’s Democratic primary on March 4 because they’re fired up about Barack Obama.

The emergence of Illinois Sen. Obama as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has generated more excitement among African-American voters than leading black Texas Democrats have ever seen. And if, as they suspect, black voters turn out in greater numbers than do the Hispanics whom Hillary Clinton’s counting on, her hopes for victory could be crushed.

“This year, it is a force of nature that doesn’t appear to need a whole lot of help from people like me,” said Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor who in 2002 became the first African-American in Texas to win a major-party nomination for the U.S. Senate. “The black vote is going to turn itself out.”

Rep. Marc Veasey, an African-American Democrat from Fort Worth and Houston Rep. Garnet Coleman, the chairman of the African-American Legislative Caucus in Texas, expressed the same sentiment. All three support Obama.

New York Sen. Clinton kicked off her effort in Texas last week with a high-powered tour through South Texas, where the Hispanic vote is considered crucial to her hopes for victory. In California on Feb. 5, she won the Hispanic vote 2 to 1, and that propelled her to a comfortable win over Obama.

The Clinton campaign circulated a memo last week suggesting that Hispanic turnout this year would likely surpass the 24 percent mark it reached in 2004, and that Clinton once again expects to run up the score in that constituency.

But Kirk and others said that blacks this year could account for 25 percent to 30 percent of the Democratic turnout. Veteran strategist Kelly Fero, who’s white and neutral in the presidential contest, said it could be even higher.

“It’s plausible that African-American turnout could push north of 40 percent in the Democratic primary,” Fero said.

Such turnout would likely diminish or erase the 7- to 10-point lead Clinton has enjoyed in recent polls of Texas primary voters. Kirk, who lost the 2002 Senate election to Republican John Cornyn, said he expects Obama to win 80 percent to 90 percent of the African-American vote next month.

“As these primaries go on, you see him gaining strength among the black voters,” Kirk said. “I have got to believe that trend will continue when he gets to Texas.”

Veasey, who represents a heavily African-American district on Fort Worth’s east side, said enthusiasm to vote is at an all-time high. But support for Obama among Veasey’s constituents wasn’t automatic when the race began. Older voters felt more loyalty to Clinton, in part because of their affection for former President Bill Clinton, while younger voters were drawn to the 46-year-old Obama, Veasey said.

“We were kind of split between Hillary Clinton and Obama,” he said. “But something happened after South Carolina (where Obama won big on Jan. 26). It was like, hey, this guy can win this thing. You started seeing everyone — young, old, everyone — just move to Obama.”

The divided loyalty among African-American voters was on display Wednesday when Obama was rallying supporters in Dallas.

“I was hoping this would never become a black or white issue,” said Leala Green, an African-American voter. “I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King when he marched in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1960s when I was a student.

“And I defend Hillary Clinton,” she added. “But I am going to vote for Obama. Once I started listening to him, I knew I would vote for him.”

At a Bill Clinton rally in Tyler last week, Dexter Jones was holding out hopes for the best of both worlds for the African-American community.

“I wish they were both on the ticket together,” said Jones, 41

He said that it’s unfortunate if the Clintons are feeling somewhat betrayed by the black community, which was a cornerstone of the couple’s support during Bill Clinton’s White House years.

“I think the Clintons have the support of some of the African-American community, but it seems that many are turning to Obama,” said Jones, who’s still undecided. “Barack Obama has a great message — that we can be anything we want to be.”

Coleman, a state lawmaker since 1991 who’s helped the campaigns of countless Texas Democrats over the years, said he appreciates the conflict that some in the African-American community feel. He was a supporter of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards before he shifted to Obama.

“This is a powerful election year for all Democrats, but maybe especially so for African-Americans,” he said. “We have not only a chance but a real chance to put one our own in the White House. People come up to me all the time and say they never expected to see this in their lifetime.

“I never expected to see this in my lifetime,” he added. “I’m 46. I grew up when Texas was still segregated. A lot of us did. So are we going to turn out and vote? Hell, yeah.”

TEXAS BY THE NUMBERS

Exact figures breaking down Texas Democratic primary voters by race or ethnicity were not available. But here are some demographic figures for the Texas population as a whole from the Census Bureau in 2006. Percentages exceed 100 because people may be of more than one race or ethnicity:

White: 82.7 percent

Hispanic: 35.7 percent

Black: 11.9 percent

Asian: 3.4 percent

(Moritz reports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Star-Telegram staff writer Anna Tinsley contributed to this report.)

McClatchy Newspapers 2008

Login to leave a comment!02:02:01 02/22/2008jenavera
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This comment is directed to Harlee who said that Obama’s campaign is beginning to look like an occult following. I believe you have Obama confused with the occult following in Washington with President Bush and his cabal, among others. A little research might scare the h–l out of you, as it did me. I see nothing wrong with Trinity United Church of Christ. If these so-called “christians” were following Christ our country wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now. I believe just about everybody agrees we ARE in a real mess.

01:02:02 02/22/2008alux
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The reporter, John Moritz, did NOT do his research. The reason why blacks are voting more than Hispanics is simply because African-Americans are citizens. Census data does NOT preference citizenship, therefore although there may be more Hispanics in Texas than African-Americans, the fact is: they cannot vote because they are not citizens. Therefore, this is a non-issue (unless you actually mention this but you completely ignored it).

05:02:29 02/21/2008Maggie
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Rove’s Trolls are really into this one today.

We want these hopeless fools to Vote for McWar.

Then suit up for the FRONT LINES FOR HIS 100 YEARS OF WARS.

YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL REALLY “LOVE” YOU TOO

FOR TAKING THEIR LIVES IN HIS WARS TOO.

OBAMA IS ATTACKED BY A BROTHER FOR MISSING THE STATE OF BLACK AMERICA FORUM FROM MCCLATCHYDC.COM

February 22, 2008

FROM mcclatchydc.com

Obama takes heat for skipping annual black forum
By William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers
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WASHINGTON — Presidential politics will take center stage in New Orleans on Saturday at the annual “State of the Black Union” symposium, where the hottest topic is likely to be which candidate is there and which one isn’t.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will address a largely African-American crowd of thousands in New Orleans’ Ernest M. Morial Convention Center — where thousands of the city’s poorest residents sought shelter in squalid conditions after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Clinton’s Democratic rival, is skipping the event. He’ll focus instead on campaigning in Texas and Ohio in hopes of delivering a knockout blow to Clinton in those states’ presidential primaries on March 4.

The Republican presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also declined to attend the symposium, which television and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley organized and will host.

Obama’s refusal to attend and Smiley’s criticism of him for doing so have stirred debate within the African-American community and the blogosphere, taking both men to task.

“On one side, there are people who feel he (Obama) is about to make history and you (Smiley) are trying to mess it up,” said Ronald Walters, an African-American political science professor at the University of Maryland. “Then there are others who feel that Obama needs to address issues important to African-Americans more than he has.”

Clinton, meanwhile, is attending because she has to try to woo back African-American voters who’ve deserted her in droves, political analysts say. Within a year, African-American support has flipped from favoring her to backing Obama by as much as 80 percent to 90 percent in recent primaries.

Clinton could receive a cool reception from African-Americans, who think that her campaign — especially her husband, former President Bill Clinton — injected race into South Carolina’s Democratic primary last month to try to marginalize Obama as “the black candidate.”

“Her coming to the event, it’s a bit of a risk. She could get a chilly reception,” Walters said. “If it hadn’t been for South Carolina, she could go into the forum expecting a good reception.”

Minyon Moore, a Clinton campaign adviser, said the New York senator doesn’t know what to expect on Saturday.

“After all that’s been reported and said, what hasn’t changed is the commitment of Hillary, and Bill, Clinton to civil rights and racial equality,” Moore said. “If people are willing to listen to her, we’ll win the day.”

Saturday’s events will deal largely with issues in Smiley’s best-selling book, “The Covenant with Black America,” which explores how the African-Americans should address key problems that affect them.

After Clinton readily accepted the invitation and Obama didn’t, Smiley began to criticize Obama for not responding to his invitation, saying that some African-American leaders are concerned because Obama hasn’t spoken enough about African-American issues on the campaign trail.

Obama brushed off Smiley’s criticism last week during an appearance on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” radio program, which has a largely African-American audience. He said he does address issues covered in Smiley’s book.

“I’m going to have to call Tavis and straighten him out on this — I don’t know why he (Smiley) hasn’t called me directly,” Obama told Joyner. “If the notion is that I should only be talking to black people, then I’m not going to win the presidency, because there are a whole lot of people out there who are white, Latino or Asian who’ve got a whole bunch (of issues) as well.”

Obama’s campaign offered Michelle Obama to speak on her husband’s behalf in New Orleans, but Smiley declined the offer. Obama then sent a letter to Smiley officially turning down his invitation because he’ll be campaigning in Texas and Ohio, where he still trails Clinton in opinion polls but is narrowing the gap.

Smiley called Obama’s decision “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity.”

“I think as close as this race is, the concerns of African-American people are important,” Smiley said in an interview with McClatchy. “The Clinton campaign has made moves — the appointment of Maggie Williams as campaign manager — to aggressively go after the African-American vote.”

The Smiley-Obama flap has fueled sometimes-heated debate within the African-American community. Smiley, speaking on the Joyner program, hinted that he’s received death threats for his Obama comments, though he declined to elaborate.

“I’ve been getting barbecued a lot lately,” Smiley told McClatchy. “But it’s never been about me. It’s only about me now because some people are trying to change the subject. It’s about who’s coming and who’s not.”

Many say Smiley is in an ego-driven snit over Obama’s rejection. A headline on an article last week on The Root, an African-American-oriented Web site, blared “Who Died and Made Tavis King.”

“Tavis and his guests have every right to criticize Obama if they have substantive disagreements with his policy, his approach to politics or his viability as a general candidate,” wrote Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a Princeton University African-American studies associate professor. “They do not have a right to create a false, racial litmus test.”

Others find fault with Obama.

“Obama’s campaign is unraveling,” a reader named Jean wrote in a response to a Smiley-Obama post on McClatchy’s Election 2008 blog. “His followers act like a cult. Tavis is a very respected broadcaster and has a right to expect cordiality.”

McClatchy Newspapers 2008
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04:02:29 02/22/2008scogostology
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OBAMA IS RIGHT TO SKIP THE SO CALLED SOTBU SYMPOSIUM

I can understand Mr. Tavis Smiley’s anger and criticism of Obama’s inability to attend his “State of the Black Union symposium.

However, he should understand that Obama do not mean to slight him or any disrespect.

He just happens to be waging a fight for his life against a formidable, slick and devious opponent who is backed by one of the most powerful and vicious political machines in the world.

Going to Ohio to campaign is more important to him than attending a symposium to discuss African American issues.

He offered his wife, Michelle, but you declined. What is the matter?

SHE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

You have no respect for women?

Well someday soon, this same Michelle may become the First Lady!

As the man said, African Americans are not the only ones who have issues. Caucasians, Latinos, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans, Japanese, Africans and a long list of others have issues too.

BY THE WAY, AFRICAN AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE MUCH POLITICAL ISSUES ANYMORE, AS MANY HAVE BECOME GOVERNORS, SENATORS AND COMMISSIONERS.

The issues they have now are ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, (DRUG AND CRIME PROBLEMS.)

Obama is not a black candidate but an American candidate and he must address the issues of everyone if he is to win. This was what he already explained to you Mr. Smiley, The Smelly.

By the way, how much did you contribute to his campaign? How many thousands of voters have you managed to get for him? How many super delegates are you lobbying to support him? Hey buddy, it is you who has made “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity.”

What you should be doing is to assist him to win (instead of whining) and when he does, he will be able to help you solve African American issues that you are concerned about.

Obama does not owe you or anyone anything.

He is a self made and bright man.

Are you working for the Billary gang??? Have they paid you to sabotage him? Hey buddy, it will not work because the gods have already chosen and anointed this man and he is making history and there is no power on earth that can stop him.

So, back off, shut up and leave him alone.

If African American issues are so important to you, why did you not enter the race or at least join his campaign staff to work hard and help him win? Empty barrel makes the most noise.

We ask you to cease and desist from distracting him and playing the spoiler. secret33.com/carrental

02:02:30 02/22/2008jhwalker24
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This is coming from the Tavis Smiley whose program is sponsored by WalMart. The company that is known for exploiting its workers, specially black, immigrant, and female workers. While I would rather see Obama speaking in front of the Black Forum, I think black leaders would serve all people of color better by supporting Obama now. If Obama wins the Democratic Primary, then more pressure should put on him to be more progressive with his healthcare program, living wages, and creation of new manufacturing and technology jobs through a Green Revolution; otherwise, eliminate the insurance companies, raise wages, and create healthy environment in urban areas and good paying jobs, which will help all people in the USA.

Obama will be an inspiration to the USA and the world if elected as president. It will be nice to see an African-American face along with all those old white men, which I am becoming. However, once elected, he will be open scrutiny just like all of those who came before him.

02:02:46 02/22/2008rpasr

Tavis is professionally finished!

01:02:56 02/22/2008firstcitizen

That’s 1/16th Rule by the way.

01:02:33 02/22/2008firstcitizen
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Who are all these ignorant people talking about Obama is only half black? Are you even Americans? Ever heard of the 1/6th Rule? Since when in American history has a man that looks like Obama been considered white. And if we’re going to go on pure genetics, thanks for ejecting nearly 25% or more of all the African-Americans walking around today who might be up to half other.

Sure, there’s color prejudice in the African-American community, always has been. But you folks are just as bad as the ones who used to do brown paper bag tests and snub their nose at dark skin blacks. Grow up. The African american community is diverse in many ways, including genetically.

Moreover, I know you never read his book. Since if anything he ‘over-identifies’ with his black side to probably ignoring his white side. (Although his black father skipped out on him, so maybe he should have identified more with his white side.) But that’s not an option for half-black man in AMerica. Everyone sees you as black. Hell, that’s not an option for an octaroon in America.

Tavis Smiley’s feelings are hurt. Boo hoo. Barrack Obama is running to be president of the United States. Obviously, I’d be proud to have the first black president in office. I think he will be the first black president. But he will be everyone’s president, not just black people’s he has to be.

He’ll also be the most powerfal man in the world, and thus by implication the most powerful black man in the world and in America. Maybe Tavis Smiley and his cronies just can’t handle that.

01:02:27 02/22/2008affella
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Jitre!
Once upon a time, even the most intellectual and capable ‘African Americans’ men were assuming their lack of perseverance as color discrimination. People like Tavis are wolves in sheep cloth, Obama doesn’t have to say anything(or be there) for ‘African American’. His winning the election could change lot of things. Most people can’t see their color as a disadvantage but could ‘Focus on their inner abilities’. Few might not be depriving themselves from their own under utilized abilities.
Good you you pointed out that lot of Man took liberties with Black women. Doesn’t it make them more desirable ? Probably, their own women were just useless logs. Also, what about Hilary Clinton, Not even her husband wants her.
Its hard for you see the CHANGE, the pure breed animals without the inner beauty only look good in Dog Shows! Haven’t you heard about most efficient Hybrid cars ? Best Beauties with Brain, better physical capabilities and higher disease tolerance in human beings came only from diversity. Here he comes “the Best”, Efficient Green-Hybrid-Next President!

12:02:12 02/22/2008STRONGBLOOD
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Mr. Smiley is self-serving. The meeting is scheduled at a wrong time. Mr. Travis himself may not actually be seriously concerned about black issues at this time compared to bringing attention to himself, ceteris paribus. While should Mr. Obama get away from the states where he is lagging in the polls and who will be voting SOON & SOON to attend this meeting that seems more like Smiley’s SELFISH attention-seeker instead of black-issues stuff. Shame to Mr. Smiley. Black people may need to rethink seriously whether Mr. Smiley really cares for them in relation to himself!!!

11:02:00 02/21/2008STRONGBLOOD
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Mr. Tavis Smiley comes across as a selfish man by not understanding that Mr. Obama, at this critical time, has to focus on campaigning in Texas and Ohio where he is running behind. This Tavis behavior at this critical time is almost a description or depiction of a basket full of devils trying to mull a kid while the poor kid is trying to create himself a chance at having a piece of a critical bubble gum that has avaded him for years. Which one is more important at this MOST CRITICAL PERIOD–attending Smiley’s meeting set at a very wrong time or campaigning in Ohio and Texas whose times have been set years ago, cannot be changed, and the history-making black candidate (who is lagging behind in the states’ polls) is trying to make people know him before next week’s voting? Mr. Tavis Smiley is almost a silly, arrogant, and self-serving woe to himself, to the black people he thinks he is serving, and to America as a whole. I come very short of calling him a stupid name. Shame to you Mr. Tavis Smiley. Who are you fooling? It’s going to be hard before I watch your show again. You exercised a selfish judgment in your decisions with regard to your conclusion concerning Mr. Obama attending or not attending your meeting. He even offered his wife and you turned it down. I can see right now that you have a selfish aspirational political ambition. You will not get there until you learn to be wholistic and unfeigned other-minded. Shame to you!

09:02:59 02/21/2008jitre
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No Barack mother was not Indonesian. She was a white woman from Kansas. He was born in Hawaii so he is as American as apple pie. He’ll fit in OK with blacks as he is one. I think that Hillary is the better of the two. Never mind him selecting a cabinet as he wouldnt get that far.

09:02:38 02/21/2008FreeAtLast
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Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying Tavis is the enemy of the African American, because it is precisely his passion for the African American that is spurning this debate right now. I still will have preferred he calls the State of the Union of Black folk earlier. Let me hear Mitt, Edwards, everybody’s opinion on the issues of problems facing black people in this country. Why were we deprived this opportunity. why were the other candidates deprived the opportunity to give their take on this issue. Doesn’t this call seem opportunistic to you? Why is it alright that McCain misses this. If he becomes president these issues loose importance? Come on America even I’m not highly intelligent but i can tell this meeting call is really really unnecessary. Or at least the timing of it is unfortunate. I don’t think senator Clinton’s acceptance is well informed either. She needs to be on the ground meeting and assuring people that she means them well. But honestly i will prefer the candidate that prefers adressing the issues of Americans of all races over the just assuring just one race, I will prefer a candidate that assures me that opportunities will be made available all I need do is work hard, cause let’s face it the demographics qouted by jitre of Texas are almost true of the all country. But equal opportunities for of America is what will lead to healing after the many years of the present regime.

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That’s 1/16th Rule by the
Submitted by firstcitizen on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:29.
That’s 1/16th Rule by the way.

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Submitted by firstcitizen on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:29.
Who are all these ignorant people talking about Obama is only half black? Are you even Americans? Ever heard of the 1/6th Rule? Since when in American history has a man that looks like Obama been considered white. And if we’re going to go on pure genetics, thanks for ejecting nearly 25% or more of all the African-Americans walking around today who might be up to half other.

Sure, there’s color prejudice in the African-American community, always has been. But you folks are just as bad as the ones who used to do brown paper bag tests and snub their nose at dark skin blacks. Grow up. The African american community is diverse in many ways, including genetically.

Moreover, I know you never read his book. Since if anything he ‘over-identifies’ with his black side to probably ignoring his white side. (Although his black father skipped out on him, so maybe he should have identified more with his white side.) But that’s not an option for half-black man in AMerica. Everyone sees you as black. Hell, that’s not an option for an octaroon in America.

Tavis Smiley’s feelings are hurt. Boo hoo. Barrack Obama is running to be president of the United States. Obviously, I’d be proud to have the first black president in office. I think he will be the first black president. But he will be everyone’s president, not just black people’s he has to be.

He’ll also be the most powerfal man in the world, and thus by implication the most powerful black man in the world and in America. Maybe Tavis Smiley and his cronies just can’t handle that.

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Jitre! Once upon a time,
Submitted by affella on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:13.
Jitre!
Once upon a time, even the most intellectual and capable ‘African Americans’ men were assuming their lack of perseverance as color discrimination. People like Tavis are wolves in sheep cloth, Obama doesn’t have to say anything(or be there) for ‘African American’. His winning the election could change lot of things. Most people can’t see their color as a disadvantage but could ‘Focus on their inner abilities’. Few might not be depriving themselves from their own under utilized abilities.
Good you you pointed out that lot of Man took liberties with Black women. Doesn’t it make them more desirable ? Probably, their own women were just useless logs. Also, what about Hilary Clinton, Not even her husband wants her.
Its hard for you see the CHANGE, the pure breed animals without the inner beauty only look good in Dog Shows! Haven’t you heard about most efficient Hybrid cars ? Best Beauties with Brain, better physical capabilities and higher disease tolerance in human beings came only from diversity. Here he comes “the Best”, Efficient Green-Hybrid-Next President!

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CRITICAL TIME and Mr. Smiley’s Self-serving value system
Submitted by STRONGBLOOD on Fri, 2008-02-22 05:12.
Mr. Smiley is self-serving. The meeting is scheduled at a wrong time. Mr. Travis himself may not actually be seriously concerned about black issues at this time compared to bringing attention to himself, ceteris paribus. While should Mr. Obama get away from the states where he is lagging in the polls and who will be voting SOON & SOON to attend this meeting that seems more like Smiley’s SELFISH attention-seeker instead of black-issues stuff. Shame to Mr. Smiley. Black people may need to rethink seriously whether Mr. Smiley really cares for them in relation to himself!!!

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Mr. Tavis Smiley comes
Submitted by STRONGBLOOD on Fri, 2008-02-22 04:53.
Mr. Tavis Smiley comes across as a selfish man by not understanding that Mr. Obama, at this critical time, has to focus on campaigning in Texas and Ohio where he is running behind. This Tavis behavior at this critical time is almost a description or depiction of a basket full of devils trying to mull a kid while the poor kid is trying to create himself a chance at having a piece of a critical bubble gum that has avaded him for years. Which one is more important at this MOST CRITICAL PERIOD–attending Smiley’s meeting set at a very wrong time or campaigning in Ohio and Texas whose times have been set years ago, cannot be changed, and the history-making black candidate (who is lagging behind in the states’ polls) is trying to make people know him before next week’s voting? Mr. Tavis Smiley is almost a silly, arrogant, and self-serving woe to himself, to the black people he thinks he is serving, and to America as a whole. I come very short of calling him a stupid name. Shame to you Mr. Tavis Smiley. Who are you fooling? It’s going to be hard before I watch your show again. You exercised a selfish judgment in your decisions with regard to your conclusion concerning Mr. Obama attending or not attending your meeting. He even offered his wife and you turned it down. I can see right now that you have a selfish aspirational political ambition. You will not get there until you learn to be wholistic and unfeigned other-minded. Shame to you!

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No Barack mother was not
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 02:11.
No Barack mother was not Indonesian. She was a white woman from Kansas. He was born in Hawaii so he is as American as apple pie. He’ll fit in OK with blacks as he is one. I think that Hillary is the better of the two. Never mind him selecting a cabinet as he wouldnt get that far.

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Well I wouldn’t go as far as
Submitted by FreeAtLast on Fri, 2008-02-22 02:04.
Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying Tavis is the enemy of the African American, because it is precisely his passion for the African American that is spurning this debate right now. I still will have preferred he calls the State of the Union of Black folk earlier. Let me hear Mitt, Edwards, everybody’s opinion on the issues of problems facing black people in this country. Why were we deprived this opportunity. why were the other candidates deprived the opportunity to give their take on this issue. Doesn’t this call seem opportunistic to you? Why is it alright that McCain misses this. If he becomes president these issues loose importance? Come on America even I’m not highly intelligent but i can tell this meeting call is really really unnecessary. Or at least the timing of it is unfortunate. I don’t think senator Clinton’s acceptance is well informed either. She needs to be on the ground meeting and assuring people that she means them well. But honestly i will prefer the candidate that prefers adressing the issues of Americans of all races over the just assuring just one race, I will prefer a candidate that assures me that opportunities will be made available all I need do is work hard, cause let’s face it the demographics qouted by jitre of Texas are almost true of the all country. But equal opportunities for of America is what will lead to healing after the many years of the present regime.

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African Americans have a
Submitted by fresnian2 on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:57.
African Americans have a certain number of experiences in common in growing up in the US. Barack Obama, with a Kenyan father & Indonesisan mother, multi-national & multi-cultural upbringing, may not fit into the stereotypes as Blacks are expecting. I’m sure he’ll be “sympathetic” to African American issues, but how much he’ll be able to do with the legislature is in doubt. Maybe, if he picks a really strong “arm-twisting” cabinet and appoints some Black leaders. ??

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Freeatlast- thank God all
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:22.
Freeatlast- thank God all mighty we’re free at last.
I do hope so after Barack has finished with us. rpasr- you will find that Tavis is one of the saviours of Black Americans. I can see that you are one jumping on Barack’s train to nowhere. The white back lash is coming. If whites had voted the way African-Americans are voting for Barack they would have been called racist. It is unhealthy the way African -Americans are voting for Barack. MEGALOMANIA comes to mind.

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Free at Last
Submitted by rpasr on Fri, 2008-02-22 07:46.
Tavis is professionally finished!

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Yup, Obama is busy with his
Submitted by Daytona7 on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:21.
Yup, Obama is busy with his campaigning. So busy in fact that he even forgets to show respect for the Stars and Strips while everyone else around him have their hands over their hearts. Hey, it was his own people who said that Obama has a tendecy to forget about showing respect for the Stars and Strips.

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I am really disappointed in
Submitted by MelHill on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:18.
I am really disappointed in how Senator Obama is being portrayed because he can not attend the forum. Yes, he is an African American and yes I would have liked to see him attend but if he can not, I am not going to say tht he is not concerned about African Americans. We must realize this man is not running for a local political seat, he is running for the president of the United States. His schedule is BUSY and he may not be able to attend everything. I don’t think that he is turned from our community but he is on a mission so that our community could possibly be the face of America.

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Tavis Smiley is the worst
Submitted by rpasr on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:06.
Tavis Smiley is the worst enemy of Black Americans and the best friend the Republicans could have right now.

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The senator’s argument is
Submitted by FreeAtLast on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:04.
The senator’s argument is genuine in my mind. The issues affecting black people are well known and Tavis does well to document these. Now he is being plainly selfish. Opinion polls and others suggest senator Clinton is leading in Texas and ohio. In anyway maybe it is necessary for her to do damage control caused before SC primaries but canvassing votes for the senator in Texas this week and ohio next week is just as important for the obama campaign. But somebody needs to tell me how a meeting in NO is going to influence a primary in Texas. Still if i were Clinton I would still have visited more towns, cities and communities and propose tavis finds another date. Tavis is just being plainly selfish and maybe also arrogant, for his own resume. Also polarised meetings like these will not help the Obama campain. Obama is not fighting nomination to be the black candidate but to be the nominee of the Democratic party. tavis should just as much an issue with McCain who at the moment statistically holds more of a likelihood to become president than the two other candidates.

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I agree with jitre. Black
Submitted by realnumberonewoman on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:01.
I agree with jitre. Black people want to believe because BO is black, he will bring Change to their long neglected urban communities. If BO were elected President, no matter how he speaks of Change — a Change won’t come.

Look at history — we (humans) have been attempting Change for centuries. When Jesus walked the earth — we longed for Change.

Change is not an outer experience — it is an inner experience. BO will not be able keep not one promise if we (the people) do not Change. So often we look to our leaders to make Change where none can be made without “we the people”.

I fear many Blacks are going to be sorely disappointed when they come to the realization BO is a politician and an excellent orator and unable to bring the quick microwave cell phone kind of Change they so rightfully deserve.

I believe BO is making a big mistake not addressing African American concerns — its as if he is distancing himself from Arfican Americans to prove to the rest of America his impartiality to African American people. This is totally unnecessary. Does HRC try to distance herself from white women to prove her impartiality. Does McCain remove himeself from white men to prove his impartiality. African Americans are a part of BO’s constituency and should not be snubbed by him. Tavis is correct on this issue. BO should arrange his schedule to appear at the event. If this type of behavior continues if he were elected President… well, need I say more.

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My, my. What a surprise that
Submitted by brhoke on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:55.
My, my. What a surprise that Obama once he has won the black votes in Louisiana shows his true colors to those that supported him so vigorously. Get used to it black race, it’s just the beginning of your troubles from your Half-Black Savior. He makes you believe that he can walk on water and will work wonders for you if you’ll vote for him like a “good ole’ blackie” should and you have bought into his rhetoric lock, stock and barrel.

If you think that you’ll gain anything out of voting for him but disappointment, you’re in for a real shock. He’ll drop you like a sack of dung once he is installed in the Big House and your lack of mentality will only allow you to accept it while grinning like a possum. A good example of the mentality of those voting for him was just shown on CNN, when he pulled out a handkerchief and blew his nose at a recent speech, the crowd erupted in very loud cheers and swoons and he ate it up. You can’t blame Obama for taking advantage of these crowds but you can question the mentality of those supporting him.

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Good on you Tavis, well done
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:36.
Good on you Tavis, well done for inviting Hillary. It is good that there are African-Americans who can see sense through this unhealthy way many are voting. Hillary is good and so many African-Americans are treating her with contempt. They are colluding with white males who condescendingly vote for a black man to keep that male bastion- the whitehouse- male. Any man will do at the moment until the real elections. Look at the Demographic figures
Demographic figures for Texas

WHITES 83 percent
HISPANICS 36 percent
BLACKS 12 percent
ASIANS 3.4 percent

So dears, even if all African -Americans vote you cannot win
African Americans have been voting with their hearts. This is not the way to plan your future. Barack will go back to being a Senator and Michelle will probably get a big post in Washinton and where will African-Americans be after Barack has wiped out the gains made for African-Americans over the years.The pattern of voting by African-Americans will soon result in a ‘white back lash’. Barack should make time to be there to discuss with Tavis. He will need Tavis one day soon. Keep up the good work Tavis. Danderson 227 Barack has to discuss upfront. Do you honestly think if Barack gest into the white house he will have time for you. He does not need you anymore. It is important that h e discusses before hand. Lois T, Maggie is doing a good job. African -Americans are carrying all their eggs in one basket and that is crazy. Vote Hillary. SHE IS SIMPLY THE BEST. BETTER THAN ALL THE REST. Vote with your HEAD. Michelle Obama is not runnning to be President. Tavis was right not to accept her. Had Hillary sent Bill everyone would have been up in arms. You cannot have your cake and eat it. Barack show more courtesy to the African-American community.

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Thank God! Reading all
Submitted by rcjord1 on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:32.
Thank God! Reading all these responses really means there is hope for us all. Somebody please forward this Blog to Tavis or Tom Joyner and tell them both to read and be quiet!!!!!!!!!

I think we should all call into the Tom Joyner show tomorrow and each read a response.

Signed,
Feedup!

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How petty… Tavis, you know
Submitted by DoveSong on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:08.
How petty… Tavis, you know the man is busy. Yes, it is hard watching another beautiful black man get all the attention… we know, we know. But Michelle Obama is the BEST person to come and speak. Hillary is not the only highly educated woman who can speak to our people. Please call him and accept Michelle. This event is not about you – period. It is about US. ALL of us.

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If the upcoming Primaries
Submitted by bwynder on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:01.
If the upcoming Primaries were to be held in New Orleans, I would encourage Sen. Obama to attend the Black Forum, however, we all know the import of the Ohio and Texas Primaries to him and Sen. Clinton, so I would encourage her to cancel her acceptance to work the communities of both States.

In support of Sen. Obama, I quote Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle…”I am looking for stataistical evidence that shows improvement of the living conditions of Black people as a result of such rhetorical fiestsa held annually. I’m waiting for someone to tell me that as a result of such fiestas 50,000 jobs have been created, 100,000 ex-felons have been rehabilitated and given jobs. These are some of the real issues facing Black America. Basking in intellectual glory would not solve them. People need food on their tables, employment, etc.” I have not heard of one concrete proposal coming from this venue since it’s inception which has led to the creation of ONE substantive program, project, which benefitted the American public…except perhaps the sale of Mr. Smiley’s book and those authored by his guest.

This is not to say that there isn’t a place for this dialogue, on the contrary, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR THIS DIALOGUE, it just isn’t the place for Sen. Obama at this time. Let us hope Mr. Smiley will be as aggressive is pursuing him and as vocal when he accepts next year as President of the United States. Right now, he has work to do in Ohio and Texas…

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I honestly feel that Mr.
Submitted by LoisT on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:30.
I honestly feel that Mr. Smiley should work around Mr. Obama’s schedule. Mr Obama was on the campaign trail before Mr. Smiley set this forum up. Personally, Mr. Smiley acts as though he is stuck on himself and I believe this is a set up between he and Maggie, Clinton’s campaign manager. Maggie will shoot herself in the head for the Clintons. When I looked at her picture on the article when Clinton placed her in Solis stead, she acted like she was Hillary’s pit bull. It is sad that black on black political crime like the Johnson boys try and assassinate those who are striving to get to their destiny. Mr. Obama has addressed african-america needs and when he arrives, they will be addressed even more. What Maggie and Travis needs to do is stop being a ‘good ole slave’ and realize that God has set a new thing in motion. Stop hating Maggie and Travis, one day the same judgement will hit you in the FACE!

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Tavis, Yo Tavis, Tavis, you
Submitted by knockitoff on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:27.
Tavis, Yo Tavis, Tavis, you hear me calling you. Okay, good. Tavis Smiley, knock it off, ya hear me, knock it off, you’re sounding like a petulant
little boy. Show us that side of you we all admire, and call Michelle Obama and tell her to “step in” for her husband. You know diddily darn well why he MUST be in Texas.

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Surely Mr. Smiley realizes
Submitted by danderson227 on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:24.
Surely Mr. Smiley realizes that Mr. Obama can do more for everyone, including the African American community from the whitehouse. The campaign is too close and Mr. Obama is behind in the polls in some critical states. Does Mr. Smiley not realize that any appearance that Mr. Obama favors one group over can do wonders to erase the momentum he has gained. America is made up of diverse ethic groups and after Mr. Obama is elected, he can address all the groups and their concerns for right now, he needs to focus on getting elected. Learn to look at the big picture Mr. Smiley, its not just about one group it is about all Americans.

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There are two things I am
Submitted by pathways on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:56.
There are two things I am glad to see: (1) The internet and it’s ability to improve the communication process, especially in this election. I am delighted to share my thoughts on this election and to read the thoughts of others. It’s a good education. (2) I get to offer Mr. Tavis Smiley advice which he does’nt have to take or pay for. Mr. Smiley’s decision not to accept Mrs. Obama as a replacement for Mr. Obama at the (Black) State of the Union Event is a mistake and he ought to be man enough to admit it and apologize.

Shucks, he’s making me dust off some “old school rhetoric”. The (Black)
State of the Union is the type of event described by E. Franklin Frazier in his treatise on the “Black Bourgeoisie”. The purpose of this event is primarily social with some political implications. It’s not like they are going to assign delegates who will vote on the Democratic nomination to one or the other here. Let Mr. Obama work on the delegates Mr. Smiley so we can really go to work on the problems that face all Americans. ” A rising tide lifts all boats.”

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I have always been a big
Submitted by emptynest21 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:37.
I have always been a big supporter of Tavis Smiley. However, I was surprised with Mr. Smiley’s assessment with Senator Obama’s reasons for not being able to appear at the “State of the Black Union” symposium this year. After reading and listening to Mr. Smiley’s criticism against the senator, I was a bit taken back by Tavis completely. “Smiley called Obama’s decision “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity”. Missed opportunity – why? Is this the last year that C-Span will televise the symposium? Let’s be reasonable and allow the senator to move ahead with his own agenda, and just be supportive. I will be watching the “State of the Black Union” has I have in the past. I’m hoping that Mr. Smiley can get over Senator Obama’s reasons for not being present at the upcoming symposium; just remember to extend the invitation next year.

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Funny that Smiley former
Submitted by ayomi on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:27.
Funny that Smiley’s former employer, Mr. Johnson made fun of Obama and Smiley who left Johnson’s employment under unfavorable terms agree with Johnson on Obama. Both Blasting Obama funy funny crazy

WOA Grown up Black men these two will never grow up. They are the same-ego maniacs

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I wonder if Hillary send
Submitted by mrreliable on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:26.
I wonder if Hillary send Bill instead if Tavis would make such a big deal.

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I am tired of hearing and
Submitted by mwg1052 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:24.
I am tired of hearing and reading all the negative comments being made by citizens of these United States. We are not united. If Obama and Clinton are on the same accord, they should unite to serve the people. All this money being raised and spent on campaigning could easily be raised to help citizens right here in our country. Common sense is being left out. First black president or first lady president does not solve the issues. People, analyze yourselves, and pray that you are making a wise decision when you attend these rallies and primaries. Question? If there were a family tragedy or a universal tragedy, would you contribute all your financial means to help the situation be resolved? Are you rising to the occasion only to “have the first black president elected” or “the first lady elected” or is it for the TOTAL betterment of this country? An analyst or columnist from the Washington Post gave the answer this week… “the Democratic Party has a Dynamic Duo campaigning against each other”… I AGREE… As far as the Annual Black Forum, I feel that Obama should take time an attend this event. No Tavis is not GOD, just a mediator… nor is Obama or Clinton GOD.

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Why does people always call
Submitted by mrreliable on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:19.
Why does people always call Obama a black man I am sure his white side of family is getting cheated. Why is he BLACK and not WHITE when one parent is WHITE and the other one is BLACK. I would love for some one to respond.

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Why do people always call
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:58.
You seem to forget that most African-Americans are a mixture of African, European and American-Indian. That is the way it has been even since those slave ships arrived in the New World and all those males took liberties with African women. Barack knows his heritage and is proud of it. I am black too (African, European, African -American). Another thing if you knew the history of the USA or of Europe you would not ask such a silly question, Why is he black and not white? You would not ask that question about the thousand of black men in American jails. That question is only asked of black people where they are of importance. If they are not important people just see them as black, even though their skin might be lily-white. I hope that answers your question.

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to continue my comment: this
Submitted by KBELOV31 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:12.
to continue my comment: this practice of racial politics seems to be taking a back seat

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i have listened to Tavis on
Submitted by KBELOV31 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:11.
i have listened to Tavis on Tom Joyner and have watched his talkshow on PBS and it truly saddens me that he is taking this position….why doesnt he question why Hillary didnt try to cater to the African American vote AFTER the fiasco in SC? does he really think that she would even bother if she was not lagging as much? or if she didnt have some sort of agenda to use his absence against him? one of the best things that has come out of Obama’s bid is that this practice of racial politics

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It is hard to understand why
Submitted by moconnor on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:01.
It is hard to understand why Mr. Smiley would not simply get behind the Obama campaign. Any politician who caters to only one select group will not get elected- there are a lot of different backgrounds and outlooks in this country and we need someone who can bring them all to the table.
Lets give Senator Obama the vote and we can all be proud of electing him. The world is watching us, let us do the right thing.

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Mr. Smiley should have
Submitted by BatCat5 on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:57.
Mr. Smiley should have accepted Mrs. Obama to his State of the Black Union as Senator Obama offered. Tavis is obviously not in tune with the nomination goings on and is only concerned with his own ego. The State of the Black Union is a joke anyway, does any change take place after this symposium is over? What benefits the people from this get together? Tavis should have scheduled this at another time period.

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Tavis is a very respected
Submitted by Dakwnb on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:51.
Tavis is a very respected broadcaster and carries a lot of weight on many issues of importance to Blacks. I respect him and all that he has done. I do feel that his ego has been bruised a bit by Obama not being able to attend this event…and I think that it was rude of him to dismiss Michelle in Barack’s place under the circumstances. Tavis needs to put himself in Barack’s position…and ask himself if he would attend under the circumstances Barack is facing….and as Barack said…he is trying to address the issues of everyone…not just Blacks. As a Black person, I understand this and commend him. I think Tavis needs to grow up and understand it too!

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I am African American, 61
Submitted by pathways on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:51.
I am African American, 61 years old and I want to tell Tavis Smiley to Calm down. He is showing himself to be shallow and selfserving. But he’s in Business for Tavis Smiley and you’ve got make room for that. It’s really his future he’s playing with.

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Why should Obama attend this
Submitted by lupe on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:48.
Why should Obama attend this event? He knows that he’s got the black vote, no need to put any effort in getting his people support! He knows that the African-Americans see this as a Great Opportunity for a “Black Man” to become the first President, so why put any efforts? He’s a smart man, he knows what he’s doing, he can rekindle with his African American people after the Texas/Ohio Primaries. Again, he knows that he has the back of the black!!

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Give Obama a break! He needs
Submitted by MikeTX on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:22.
Give Obama a break! He needs to win the primary,
then he can attend to the needs of all the people.
Right now the Wicked Witch of the West is breathing down his neck.

Help him a little to fend her off and be kinder to him, please

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OBAMA,BILLARY DEBATE IN TEXAS,FEB.21,2008

February 22, 2008

from mcclatchydc.com

Clinton vs. Obama: a few sharp exchanges, but they mostly agree
By Jay Root and John Moritz | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tom Pennington / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

AUSTIN — Hillary Clinton came out swinging half way through a televised Texas showdown with rival Barack Obama, accusing him of stealing material for his speeches and promoting a supposedly “universal” health care plan that will leave 15 million Americans without coverage.

“If your candidacy is going to be about words, then they should be your words,” Clinton said, repeating allegations that he stole lines from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. “Lifting whole passages from someone else’s speeches is not change you can believe in. It’s change you can Xerox.” That remark drew boos from the crowd.

Obama has acknowledged using some of Patrick’s language, but noted that the Democrat is co-chairman of his campaign and had suggested that he use the language. He called the criticism “silly.”

As for her attack on his health care plan, Obama shot back at Clinton over her botched attempt in the 1990s, as first lady, to overhaul the health-care system. He said she failed in part because she “went behind closed doors” instead of opening up the policy debate.

“The notion that somehow I’m interested in leaving 15 million people without health insurance is simply not true,” he said. However, independent health analysts have said that his approach would be likely to result in about that many people failing to obtain insurance.

Their clashes came mid-way through the debate. Until then it appeared the two might stage a 90 minute love-fest, emphasizing how much they agree with each other on most everything. CNN political correspondent John King expressed astonishment at their “polite, substantive discourse,” saying it belied their rivalry on the campaign trail.

Clinton went for the emotional jugular in her closing statement, saying the “hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.

“I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and that I was called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted,” she said. “That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign.”

Earlier, the two candidates dueled on the U.S. relationship with Cuba. Obama promised to meet without preconditions with acting Cuban President Raul Castro, widely expected to take over from his brother Fidel, who recently announced he was stepping down after 49 years in power.

“I would meet without preconditions, although Senator Clinton is right that there has to be preparation,” he said. ” It is very important for us to make sure that there was an agenda, and on that agenda was human rights, releasing of political prisoners, opening up the press. And that preparation might take some time.”

He said he would take steps, starting with loosening remittances of money from family members to their Cuban relatives and relaxed travel restrictions, and hope they led toward eventual normalization of relations.

Clinton said she would meet with Raul Castro only once certain conditions are met.

“I would not meet with him until there was evidence that change was happening, because I think it’s important that they demonstrate clearly that they are committed to change the direction,” Clinton said. “Then I think, you know, something like diplomatic encounters and negotiations over specifics could take place.”

Clinton sidestepped whether she believes Obama is not qualified to be commander in chief, as she has suggested in stump speeches, and instead defended her own credentials. Obama said simply: “I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I was ready to be commander in chief.”

He also took a dig at Clinton for voting to authorize the Iraq war:

“On the war in Iraq, I believe I showed the judgment to be commander in chief,” he said. “I think Sen. Clinton was wrong in her judgments … It has diverted attention from Afghanistan.”

Clinton’s turn toward an aggressive tone in her 19th televised debate was no surprise. After losing ten states in a row to Obama, she badly needs a momentum shift.

The live CNN-Univision debate was held before a sold-out crowd packed into a gym on the University of Texas campus. Texas holds a primary on March 4.

On most major issues, the two candidates agreed, and they unloaded on the Bush administration’s tax policies and his effort to build a massive fence on the U.S.-Mexico border — highly unpopular in South Texas.

Both senators voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act but say the way it’s being implemented has been flawed.

Clinton said plans to place the fence on a college campus in the border town of Brownsville illustrated “the kind of absurdity that we’re getting from this administration.”

“The Bush administration has gone off the deep end,” she said. She said a physical barrier might be appropriate in some areas, but she prefers to use high-technology and more border guards to a fence.

Obama said that he and Clinton “almost entirely agree” on the issue. They also expressed support for immigration reform that lets undocumented workers here now eventually get U.S. citizenship, and said the next White House needs to build better ties with Mexico.

“President Bush has dropped the ball (because) he was so obsessed with Iraq,” Obama said.

The high stakes debate in Austin, a liberal enclave in otherwise conservative Texas, drew tremendous interest from political activists and curiosity seekers. The Texas Democratic Party received more than 43,000 requests for a mere 100 tickets that were given away in a drawing.

With 228 Democratic delegates, the largest single cache left, Texas has become a major battleground, and, like the March 4 election in Ohio, it is a must-win contest for Clinton.

(Root and Moritz report for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. R.A. Dyer contributed to this report.)

McClatchy Newspapers 2008
COMMENTS
POOR BILLARY IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

I wrote a comment advising Mr. Obama to eschew attacking Hillary because any attack can back fire and attract female sympathizers to her and she knows how to play gender card. It appears Mr. Obama is heeding my tip, while Hillary continues with her dirty divisive hateful politics. She does not know that hate attracts hate.

This is like the stuff that dreams are made up of. It is not supposed to be happening in the real world! Billary being whipped by Obama? And the more she plays her coy and divisive gender, age, race and media cards, the more Obama smiles, shrugs them off and keep sweeping the country with victories and getting embraced by both the democrats( young and old) the Independents and even some Republicans! Very astonishing to say the least. This man’s magic is frightening! He seems to have the magic touch and everything he touches turns into victory. Even the cynical and destructive American media embrace him, sing his praises and is treating him like a messiah! That is why I call him Mr. Bam-Bam, or the man who shall be King. secret33.com/diet

BLACK SISTERS GETTING DOWN FOR OBAMA IN BEAUTY PARLOURS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! BLACK ON! FROM GUARDIAN,UK

February 21, 2008

‘Obama has given people a little more hope’

Ed Pilkington in Columbia, South Carolina guardian.co.uk, Wednesday January 23 2008 Article history ·

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on Wednesday January 23 2008. It was last updated at 18:55 on January 23 2008.

At first sight, Salon Fabulous doesn’t quite live up to its name. A trailer in a car park in a neighbourhood of dilapidated houses and rusting cars on the outskirts of Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, it doesn’t hold out much promise of transformation.
But inside the salon’s three rooms, lined with brightly coloured bottles of treatments and unguents, Salon Fabulous dispenses political discourse alongside hair and beauty treatments.

The owner of the salon, Danyelle America, is weaving extensions into a client’s hair while delivering a crash course in the forthcoming Democratic primary. “Nicky, do I need to ask you who you are voting for?” she growls at her client with a tone of mock intimidation.

There’s no doubting whom the soldier-turned-beautician will be voting for on Saturday. Alongside the pictures of elaborate hair styles pasted over the walls are posters of Barack Obama sitting in a barber’s chair under the banner “The Future is Now”. His policy statements on the Iraq war and health reform are also on display.

“Obama has given people a little more hope,” America says, still working on the weave. “If young people see a black man doing something positive, that will give them hope.”

America was already interested in Obama when volunteers from his campaign came knocking on the trailer door a few weeks ago. “At first I was sceptical, but as we got talking I was excited to hear what they had to say.”

She signed up as an Obama organiser for the local area, and for the past few weekends she has set up a stall outside Salon Fabulous offering passersby Obama literature. This Saturday she will shut the salon entirely so she and her staff can help get out the vote.

The Obama campaign targeted America and her fellow owners of South Carolina’s beauty parlours and barber shops for a good reason. These businesses are far more than somewhere to have your hair done – they act as therapists, social meeting places and debating chambers for the local black community.

The black vote is important here, accounting for about half the Democratic electorate, with women making up almost two-thirds of that group. That is why Hillary Clinton and Obama are scrambling to woo black women.

According to Carey Crantford, a Democratic pollster in Columbia, early opinion polls put Clinton ahead of Obama among black women who remember Bill Clinton fondly as the so-called “first black president”. But since then there have been Hillary Clinton’s “tears” in New Hampshire and rows between her and Obama over sensitive areas such as the legacy of Martin Luther King. “Gender politics held firm initially among black women against racial issues, but things are moving so fast now we don’t know whether that’s still the case.”

The indication from Salon Fabulous, and other beauty parlours visited by the Guardian in South Carolina, is that Obama has been making deep inroads into black areas of the state. Part of his success has come by dispatching volunteers to proselytise within the hair salons – a trick borrowed from King, who used beauty parlours as a civil rights recruiting ground in the 1950s and 60s.

Then, as now, the salons made perfect political incubators. Clients spend up to three hours in their seats having their weaves redone, which makes them a classic captive audience. “We try to steer away from religion,” says America, “but we do talk about all sorts of other stuff: sex, marriage, men, and now politics. Things get heated, yeah, but they’re always peaceful”.

Seventy-five miles from Columbia in a small town called Summerville, Felisa Geddis runs Fantastic Fingers, where women of all ages and ethnicity come to “lay down their nails and their troubles”. She has voted Republican since Bill Clinton’s second term, but this time her thoughts are with the Democrats.

“My clients are suffering, they are losing jobs and I’ve lost a lot of customers because people have been forced out of the area. If the Republicans get back in I’ll be out of business before too long.”

She is impressed by both Clinton and Obama, but is swinging toward Obama because she believes he has the most potential to heal a divided country. She has also been disturbed by Bill Clinton’s recent attacks against his wife’s main rival. “That raises a red flag for me. The black community has been such a friend to the Clintons, and now there’s opposition to them from a black man their real feelings seem to be coming out.”

Commentators have pondered whether African-American women are more likely to vote out of loyalty to their gender or race, but Geddis dismisses such thinking. “When you know there’s a qualified candidate, are you concerned about the colour of their skin?”

At Shear Creations, a paradise of tropical plants and subdued lighting on the rundown edge of Charleston, Ursula Kershaw has a similar reaction. Asked whether she would be more proud to have the first woman or first black president, she refuses to prioritise one above the other. “If Clinton wins she’s doing well for all the women out there who will think: ‘Yeah, we can be strong, we can do it.’ Same for Obama – he would make African-American men feel like they can get out and do anything.”

But back at Salon Fabulous, any suggestion of parity between a Clinton or an Obama victory is swiftly shot down. “As black women, we deal with more black and white issues than we do with man and woman issues,” says America, and the way she says it, no one in the parlour looks in a hurry to disagree.

RIGGING BY BILLARY AGAIN IN NEW YORK CITY,REPORTED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON BARACKOBAMA.COM(NIGERIA MAYBE YOU LEARNED YOUR RIGGING FROM amerikkka!)

February 21, 2008

from barackobama.com

RIGGING IN amerikkka! Bush did it! Now Billary! On barackobama.com:” Scholar Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.

BLACK STUDENTS AT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY RALLY FOR OBAMA! FROM BARACKOBAMA.COM,FEB.20,2008

February 21, 2008

FROM barackobama.com

Remarkable story in Texas…
By Sam Graham-Felsen – Feb 20th, 2008 at 5:19 pm EST

A remarkably inspiring story out of Texas…

Hundreds of students at Prairie View A&M University on Tuesday began rallying for their right to vote.

They say a decision to eliminate all but one early voting location in Waller County makes it hard for students to cast ballots.

The marchers, in black shirts with the slogan “It is 2008 and we will vote,” carried signs and wore demanded changes in how elections are run in the county.

Police estimated that the crowd topped 2,000 as the marchers paraded from the Prairie View A&M campus seven miles to the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead.

It was just last week, after U.S. Justice Department officials got involved, that Waller County authorities added three temporary polling places for early voting. Still, those locations do not open until Friday.

Voters rights have long been a sore subject in Waller County. The county has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits for more than two decades and the Texas Attorney General’s Office is still investigating how the county conducts elections after complaints by local black leaders.
(Photo above by Evan White of the A&M Panther)

Here’s some video of the march (via Burnt Orange Report)…

Click here to read about Barack’s plan to protect voting rights for all Americans and if you’re a Texan, visit TX.BarackObama.com to find out how you can vote early in Texas.

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By Sam Graham-Felsen Yesterday at 5:36 pm EST
vote early in Texas!

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make calls to Texas!

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donate and help us win Texas!

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By Dog Lover in MA Yesterday at 5:44 pm EST
I called tons of people in texas!
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:06 pm EST
Dog Lover, Can you tell about your calls to Texas? How are they going?
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By Jonathan from Fairfax, VA Yesterday at 7:22 pm EST
YES WE CAN PROVE LOU DOBBS AND THE MSM WRONG!

VOTE “NO” IN THIS POLL NOW! WE ARE BEHIND 70 TO 30!

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By Nathan from Beverly Hills, CA Yesterday at 11:35 pm EST
a wave of change?

soundbites not sound solutions?

vote for change

watch the video here…

Link or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

vote 5 for change
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By Easton — PriceBeLow.NET : Florida Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
PLEASE, MAKE CALLS! Get on the phone and start reaching out to voters in the upcoming states. You can phonebank directly from your own home:

REMEMBER–: NOTHING CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF MILLIONS OF VOICES CALLING FOR CHANGE, Change We Can Believe In!!

Link

Thank you so much for your support and understanding!

YES WE CAN and WE WILL with your support!!
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By MelissaB. Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Sorry to sneak in here- I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered a Patch of Hope tee-shirt!

YOU HAVE HELPED RAISE $300 FOR THE CAMPAIGN!

I’ve created a fundraising page for those who would like to track the progress! You can find the link to order these fundraising shirts here too!! Link

Thanks again!
Check out Lou Dobbs Now | Report to Admin Reply
By kandy Yesterday at 8:01 pm EST
Go to the Lou Dobbs web site and vote no on the poll saying the media is biased toward Obama. Do not let this old time trash get rolling. Thanks
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By Brittany from Hot Springs National Park, AR Today at 3:00 am EST
Ummmmmmm……..certainly you realize you are sending many many people to this man’s website, which just makes him (and CNN) more popular. Just a thought. Lot’s of free advertising on this board!
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By Violet from Santa Barbara, CA Yesterday at 11:54 pm EST
yes millions of voices CALLING for change
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By Janice Today at 8:42 am EST
sorry but i don’t see how this video is an example of Obama’s change message. this guy objects to the status quo but then depends on it to take care of himself. who’s giving him those burgers or allowing him to sleep in front of their businesses — taxpayers or the status quo! Obama’s message of change is about people making a change in the status quo and not giving up and letting others take care of you as your stand on the matter
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By vtg60 Yesterday at 7:37 pm EST
I just voted for Obama today in Texas and will go to the caucus for him on March 4th…felt so wonderful to vote for this inspiring and capable man!

OBAMA 08!

Vicky in Amarillo, Texas
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By Stacey Yesterday at 9:27 pm EST
That’s excellent!! Go Texas! Yes we can!
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By Janice Today at 8:44 am EST
I am voting for Obama tomorrow here in Houston and will caucus and encourage others I know and talk with to caucus for Obama Mar 4th!! Red hot fired up in Houston 4 Obama!
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By Nathan from Beverly Hills, CA Yesterday at 11:34 pm EST
a wave of change?

soundbites not sound solutions?

vote for change

watch the video here…

Link or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

http://exposure.cbc.ca/video/c hange-pause-colour-bars-let-lo ad or Link

vote 5 for change
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By Brittany from Hot Springs National Park, AR Today at 3:07 am EST
I am an avid phone banker too! It is such a great way to reach out to people. As I was sitting around sipping my coffee yesterday morning, reading the paper as I usually do, I stumbled across another idea to reach out to voters grass-roots style!

Share your love of Obama. Let’s reach out to Texans by writing letters to the editor to the top 10 Texas Newspapers by Monday! Look at how many people we can reach with just one letter. The possibilities are huge. If we send letters to all 10 newspapers – we have the potential to reach over 5,000,000 potential voters.

Please join us:

Link

to find out how to get started. I have all the tips, contact info, and support that you need. Share your personal story or whatever inspires you about Barack. Just write down what you aleady tell your friends and family. We can do this together!
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By karen Yesterday at 6:04 pm EST
I have two parties, March 1 and 2 at my house for calls to TX and OH. In addition, I donate as much as I can every paycheck! Keep up the excellt work! karen in CO
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By Paula Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
That’s wonderful. What a supporter!
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By Janice Today at 8:46 am EST
Already, I’ve received 2 phone calls asking my support for Obama here in Houston. And I am an Obama precinct captain! We’re red hot fired up in Houston 4 Obama!
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By martisas Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
Sam

I don’t really understand the vote and caucus process. It took place in Washington state and Obama won the Caucus two weeks ago. Why the vote yesterday?

Doesn’t make since to me, unless I a missing some point.
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By Paul Furio Yesterday at 7:24 pm EST
It’s a Party issue here in WA State. The Republican Party here issues 50% of their delegates via the Caucus process, and 50% via the results of a Primary Election. The Democratic Party awards 100% of delegates based on the Caucus. The Primary Election is merely symbolic for Democrats in WA State.

Again, the Party decides these things, and how to split of the awarding of delegates. I guess it’s up to every state to decide what they want to do, except of course moving up their timeline.
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By Cherry Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
I really hope the polls are being watched closely because Obama ended up with zero votes in many precints here in NYC.
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By Jay from MN Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
Hello all,

If you are looking for a great way to celebrate and build momentum for the upcoming contests check this out:

Below is a link to the With One Voice fundraising campaign for Senator Obama. It was started in honor of the voter in South Carolina who gave this movement $3.01 and a bible verse. She, like most of us, could not afford to max out her financial contribution. However, the spirit of this movement is not a few people doing a lot, it’s many people doing everything they can.

The goal is to echo our friend 10,000 times over and raise $30,100. So far we’ve raised over $7100 from over 220 people. This is an official Barack Obama fundraiser so funds go directly to the campaign and count towards the 1,000,000 goal.

Please check it out, give what you can and pass the link on.

Link

Thanks!
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By martisas Yesterday at 6:54 pm EST
Huh?

How did he end up with 0 votes? That’s rediculous!
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By Christine Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
NY claims that it was a mere oversight that the Obama votes were not counted. Similar things happened to Hillary in some districts, but it does not seem as common as with the Obama votes. I believe there is an entire recounting of many of those NYC districts going on. The NY Times had a couple of articles about it last week. I don’t know if you can still read them online or not.
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By C Jeff from Marietta, GA Yesterday at 9:36 pm EST
Interestingly, NYC Mayor Bloomberg says it is FRAUD:
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By Christine Yesterday at 7:40 pm EST
NY claims that it was a mere oversight that the Obama votes were not counted. Similar things happened to Hillary in some districts, but it does not seem as common as with the Obama votes. I believe there is an entire recounting of many of those NYC districts going on. The NY Times had a couple of articles about it last week. I don’t know if you can still read them online or not.
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By Barbara from Jamaica, NY Yesterday at 9:03 pm EST
Hello Everyone, I am so excited 10 straight wins! I just donated again tonight. I pray that Obama does well in the Debate tomorrow and continues to be blessed. Let’s reach a Million donations by Thursday evening. Go team Obama!
barbara in Jamaica, NY
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Yesterday at 7:27 pm EST
Washington’s rules are weird. I live here and am a proud Obama delegate to my county convention next month. We used to have an open primary, but it was shot down as unconstitutional (state constitution, that is) and was replaced, at least partially, with cucuses. For Democrats, ONLY the caucus results yeild delegates; for Republicans, it is a mix of caucus and primary results. So, this year at least, the Democratic primary was strictly a beauty pageant. We obviously need to fix the state constitution before the next election!
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Yesterday at 8:20 pm EST
Washington’s rules are weird. I live here and am a proud Obama delegate to my county convention next month. We used to have an open primary, but it was shot down as unconstitutional (state constitution, that is) and was replaced, at least partially, with cucuses. For Democrats, ONLY the caucus results yeild delegates; for Republicans, it is a mix of caucus and primary results. So, this year at least, the Democratic primary was strictly a beauty pageant. We obviously need to fix the state constitution before the next election!
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By Carressa Yesterday at 8:43 pm EST
Yes, I heard about that all the way here in Florida. It is amazing how the media fail to report those things but they report the bickering. Just never understood the media goons.
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By Nancy in Walla Walla Today at 1:20 am EST
Good grief – I need to learn to proof-read! Sorry, folks, I know that it is ‘caucus’ and ‘yield’. Apparently, too many years of GWB has negatively impacted my command of the language!
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By Jonathan Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
The Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops to push early votes in Texas — they have an endless stream of ‘Early Vote’ events with both Senator Clinton and President Clinton scheduled throughout Texas.

They don’t have the great volunteers we have, the real people, and they can’t muster the crowds our guy draws, but they can stage these campaign appearances and they are ramping up their ground operation – so we need to show them how its done in Texas.

Mobilize and motivate yourselves, your friends, your families – get ’em to vote early, get em to the caucus, get ’em on the phones, and get ’em on the streets! We can win this.

Let’s finish this on March 4th and bring a unified Democratic Party to McCain and see how ‘Ole Grumpy Pants’ likes to take his daily dose of Hope!
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By Rachel R, Alexandria, VA Yesterday at 7:30 pm EST
Yes we need to encourage people to vote early for Sen. Obama. We don’t want a repeat CA.

Obama ’08
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By Henni Yesterday at 7:35 pm EST
Teamsters union endorses Obama
Update at 4:50 p.m. ET: The Teamsters just sent us a press release making it official: The 1.4-million-member union has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

The decision followed a meeting in Austin, Texas, between Obama and union president James Hoffa and Obama. Hoffa said Obama is “the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country. Senator Obama will fight for better wages, real health care reform, stronger retirement security, fair trade and an end to the outsourcing of good jobs.”

What does the backing mean in concrete campaign terms? “The union’s endorsement immediately activates the union’s 50-state election program, with special emphasis on swing states,” the Teamsters said.
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By Adam Kramer Yesterday at 7:42 pm EST
YES WE CAN!!! FIRED UP!!! LETS CALL TEXAS AND OHIO, LIKE WE CALLED WISCONSIN AND HAWAII!!!
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By Maureen from Novato, CA Yesterday at 9:14 pm EST
Check these out! 🙂

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http://www.sodahead.com/poll/1 6816/?link=HillaryObama_Google CPA_Sq5&gclid=CObwq_mY1JEC FQgogwod_XXiaw
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By Keoki Today at 1:04 am EST
Obama supporters are the greatest. We’ll keep his campaign well funded till he reaches the White House.

Keep on donating for Sen. Barack Obama.

Click on this link to donate:
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By Keoki Today at 8:43 am EST
Aloha Obama Supporters,

The Chinese believes the number 8 is good luck. Hawaii’s area code is 808, so it will be lucky for Sen. Barack Obama. In this tradition, let’s make a donation of $8 on my personal fundraising page so Barack will have good luck in Texas and Ohio on March 4th and the debate tomorrow.

Click the link below to donate on my personal fundraising page:
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Thank you,
Keoki

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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 5:43 pm EST
Talk about remaking America. All these little local struggles can come together and get support from people nationwide through this campaign.

Stuff like these really encourages me. There has been so little civic engagement in the US for so many decades. It just feels like that is really changing..
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By TB Yesterday at 5:52 pm EST
DITTO!!!

YOU GOOOOO PRARIE VIEW U!!!!!
“If God be for you, who can stand against you” | Report to Admin Reply
By “Road ” Scholar Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.
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By Melissa B in Rochester NY Yesterday at 9:16 pm EST
Your on the right track, but just to clarify, there were 80 precincts in NY with 0 votes for Obama, not 80%. Hillary only had 6 or 8 precincts where she received 0 votes. It’s still bad, just not quite THAT bad!
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By Melissa B in Rochester NY Yesterday at 9:17 pm EST
“YOU”RE on the right track…” : )
“If God be for you, who can stand against you” | Report to Admin Reply
By “Road ” Scholar Yesterday at 7:14 pm EST
Votes stolen or rigged in precincts all across, New York City. The New York Times broke this story only a few days ago, and today, Mayor Bloomberg, stated that this was totally unacceptable. Senator Obama, received (0) votes in at least, 80% of the precincts in, New York City. We’re told that the counting will be complete in early, March 2008. HRC, and her band of thugs are at it again. Be vigilant. Take nothing or no one for granted. Their shameless. Frankly I’m a little fed up with their behavior. Bush, while visiting, Africa, stated that FREE and HONEST elections should be embraced. This hypercrit. Certainly in recent years we have not been the model for Democracy throughout the world. 2000 & 2004, rigged elections. 2007 & 2008, rigged elections. The Texas Primary & Caucuses will be faced with the same challenges. Ohio & PA, are next. Let’s put an end to this sickening behavior. Take back our democracy. The world is watching.

students at Prairie View A&M University | Report to Admin Reply
By Ishara Yesterday at 5:44 pm EST
I read the article and saw the photos, such drive and determination to be heard, to have their say in who governs this country!
I applaud their spirit, they are an inspirration to us all.
YES, WE CAN!!!

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By Mike Womack Yesterday at 5:46 pm EST
Hum…who/what could be behind this?
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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 5:49 pm EST
People not willing to take the BS anymore and doing what they can to take the country back.

Kudos! | Report to Admin Reply
By suzannembeam Yesterday at 5:49 pm EST
My congratulations to those students for STANDING UP for their rights and marching to vote.
Kudos! | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
Young persons will not be denied; congratulations young men and women for embracing the Audacity of Hope! GOTV and let’s help change America!

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By IA for Obama Yesterday at 5:50 pm EST
Demand your rights, students! And Sam, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help (besides calling TX and donating; doing that already, and will keep on keeping on).
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By Susan S. Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Yayyyy!!!!!

Right on students!!!!!

That’s what hope looks like!!

Keep fighting!
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By Kristian Idol Yesterday at 10:55 pm EST
This just heartens me so much.

Although I sometimes feel he goes a bit too far, in the film “Sicko” Michael Moore says:

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

We have an adminsistration that is using fear and “security” to behave almost like a fascist regime, just p***ing on the Constitution, and we finally have a man who is helping us stand up to it all.

Asd these students, who have had the powers-that-be try to discourage their vote for 20 YEARS, finally said, “Enough!” and marched SEVEN MILES.

I am so proud.

Hilly, McCain, all politicians, you are served notice:

If you ever try to take our vote, take our voice away, we will march by the millions and throw you out on the street.

WE THE PEOPLE

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By Tiffany Yesterday at 5:51 pm EST
Sam,

Will you have echeck available soon. This is such a relief for those of use who are trying to eliminate credit card debt.

Thanks from the positive group (www.positivemagazine.110mb.co m)
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
I second that question! Great idea!

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By Julio Bats Yesterday at 5:51 pm EST
Who’s traveling to the Austin area from Southern California? Please, contact me if you’d like us to hook up and do a California for Texas event before leaving the Lone Star State.

Here: Link

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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 5:52 pm EST
James Hoffa from Teamster was just on CNN….WE NEED TO GET THAT VIDEO FOR THIS WEBSITE AND SEND COPIES TO OH. Wow!!!!!!!!!!
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By Mia Yesterday at 5:56 pm EST
He was awesome!! He needs to speak more often.

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By Travis Kiefer Yesterday at 5:54 pm EST
Great entry! Because I am also a student, I agree that student’s voices should be heard! My name is Travis and I am a freshman at Stanford University. Because I believe Barack is the best candidate with the potential to revolutionize politics, I created a new website – http://www.digobama.com – that allows people like YOU to submit your favorite articles, videos and podcasts about Barack and vote on them. This site is only a week old and is already gaining momentum in spreading Barack’s message. There are already 96 users, 169 articles, and 1069 votes! With YOUR help, this website can play an important role in helping Barack become the clear People’s Choice as the next President. Thank you and Yes We Can make a difference!!!
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By Can u feel it? Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
WAY TO GO!!!!!
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By cj Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
yes, oh yes we can….
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:04 pm EST
Whoppi Goldberg…who I have not been so happy with..is coming around because the HassleBack chic..is just crude…I can’t remember the name of the other Black lady..but she didn’t like the smug comments Hassleback made about Obama and she told her…I’m so glad…cause this prissy little blonde chick gets on my nerves…she reminds of the type who could tell me everything about the middle east but I have been there and she hasn’t….she could tell me everything about the Marines but has never been one……she’s just stupid and the only reason she’s there is because they think America wants a blonde on TV…….well I prefer the dark hair ladies..or even a red head……she’s mad at Obama for two things…He is smart&tough….oh yeah..I forgot…the POTUS…..wow.
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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Come on don’t be hating on us blond ladies! Let’s not start sorting people like that, let Hillary do that.
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By Trish Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
Hey now Danton,

Trust me, I’m just as annoyed at the ladies on the View as anybody else, but PLEASE don’t let the snippy blonde taint your view of all blondes!

I am a blonde woman with a degree in Computer Science and an entrepreneurial background, yet I’ve had to work my whole life to dispel the “dumb blonde” myth.
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By Dem,Female,46, Black/White/Indian Yesterday at 6:45 pm EST
I just joined,thank you

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By Matthew Yesterday at 5:59 pm EST
…I’m biracial actually (black and white).

But if I were a white male I would really resent the implication that the media is trying to push right now on shows like Hardball that they (white men) are only voting for Barack because they are SEXIST.

Could it be that maybe its because Hillary was wrong on the war in Iraq?

That she was wrong on Kyl-Lieberman and Iran?

That she has consistently supported lobbyists?

That maybe they don’t like the disgraceful manner with which her husband served in the White House which for many fathers with children in this country was a complete embarrassment?

That maybe they don’t like Hillary’s flip flops from everything on immigration to national security?

That they don’t like the idea of a two family dynasties controlling the white house (i.e. Bush, Clinton)?

That maybe they lost respect for both Clintons because of the manner in which they have chosen to campaign against Barack?

That maybe they don’t like the fact that Clinton more or less created the globalization and disastrous free trade dynamic that exists in this country having taken jobs from hard working Americans with programs they have supported like NAFTA?

Or maybe…Just maybe they are looking for change and they believe in Barack’s message of hope.

And they’re tired of the status quo controlling their futures and see Barack as the only leader at this time willing to take on the special interests and put an end to the red and blue state divide that has been crippling this country for generations.

Obama ’08

Matthew
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By Mama 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
Matthew, I struggled with this a few weeks ago watching the news. They were trying to discuss and dissect this campaign and I thought,

“These guys just don’t get it!”

They don’t realize:

It’s not about the demographics. It all about OUR candidate! Once they understand Sen Obama, they will get it. Until then they will keep chasing their demographic tails.
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By Enrique from Tracy, CA Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Yes me too…

I would watch the news and think to myself what are they talking about!!!

Rememeber these guy’s are in it for the ratings so the more loud and dramitical they are the more there ratings go up…

About the only show i watch now is Kieth Olberman on MSNBC… HE Rocks. He tells it like it is and using real journalism from both sides.

VIVA OBAMA!
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By Stacey Yesterday at 10:02 pm EST
BO is a phenomenon that these “professional political pundints” can’t wrap their heads around. They can’t figure it out and they never will no matter how they try to slice it. Maybe they should attend one of his rallies and get a real feel of what it’s all about!
We’ll just keep moving along, winning more and more and growing our movement!!
We love you Michelle and Barack!
The Next First Family!
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By azmicitizen Today at 1:33 am EST
You made some very good points for reasons why white or black males/females are not voting for Hillary.

I am a 61 years “young” female, who, as a business owner/entrepreneur, wife and mother will not be voting for Hillary for many of the reasons that you cited.

Hillary had her chance for the last 16 years to promote and increment change.

She didn’t!

Perhaps she was told to be a “team player” as so many of us women of our generation were instructed to do. Experience tells me she would be incapable of garnishing the necessary allegiance and following in the Presidency to affect any real change.

What this country is in need of today is a Leader. A Visionary. The Presidency isn’t a popularity contest. It isn’t American Idol. We don’t need an actor playing the part of President, we need an individual who can and will be the “President” with all that it entails.

As a “Baby Boomer”, I have been a witness and participant of the emergence and success of the American Dream and then the fall into decadence and greed under an administration with no connection to 95% of the population. The change, that Senator Obama speaks of, corresponds to the one envisioned by many fellow Americans and myself. I am not afraid to work to achieve this dream for my children,their children’s children and my fellow Americans.

Barack Obama exudes true leadership and visionary qualities. He not only speaks the words we need to hear to begin the process of healing our country, he is inspiring us, as citizens, to individually take ownership of and to participate in the processes to accomplish this goal.

I have lived through many historical periods in America. I’d like my grandchildren to remember me for my participation in the campaign for one of the greatest American leaders of our time.

Hillary says Barack has “words” and no experience. Experience, sometimes smells like fear of change! Change is inevitable! The spoken word has power! Reaffirmed, it will manifest itself into reality. Know that the words that Barack Obama speaks will manifest themselves into the America that we all envision for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. After 16 years of the erosion of American freedoms, we deserve a President who represents all American people!

FREEDOM! How sweet the sound!

Coming again soon to America!

Senator Obama, YES, WE CAN!

I JUST SAW OBAMA!! | Report to Admin Reply
By PersianForObama Yesterday at 5:59 pm EST
I was just at Obama’s speech in Dallas and let me just say, the crowd was ELECTRIC and just the fact that we were able to fill up all of Reunion Arena with only two days notice on a Wednesday morning is AMAZING. 19,000 PEOPLE!!!!

LET ME TELL YOU…WE CAN SERIOUSLY WIN TEXAS. The people here in Dallas all LOVE him.

OH, YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By cj Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
u got that exactly right, u need to go on the show.. great response..
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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
Awesome!!!!! Thanks for the feedback. I hope they prove the new Zogby poll right. Obama up 52 to 38 in the national poll.

YES WE CAN…..!!!!!

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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:00 pm EST
Hope will make you say “Yes we can.” And they did….

Very, very Impressive.

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By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?
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By Helen NY Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
How do I find your page so I can donate?
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By Praying hard Yesterday at 10:17 pm EST
Helen,

Here’s a link to my page if you’d like to donate!

Link

YES WE CAN!
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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
And once this campaign is over and Obama is President it is about watching your local government officials, state folks, federal folks and make sure they are speaking for you. We need to hold them all accountable and vote them out. Right now people don’t even bother to vote for the politicans closest to them that have a very large impact on their every day life. We are the New Watchdogs!@

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By Cat?!?! Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
Not only CAN they march.

They DID.

Age of Apathy? Hopefully its dying off.

Blogs are nice, mobilization is better!

I am so proud of these people!

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By FIREDupCollegeStudent! Yesterday at 6:01 pm EST
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE GRASSROOTS!!!!

This is so inspiring! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?
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By Frank Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
I don’t see a lot of talk about calling people in Texas, is it too early? I feel that The Clintons are putting all their hope is Texas and the Hispanic vote. The women’s vote is also going to be strong here for her. This needs to be changed. Lets reach out to these voters in a big way. We need to reach out to all Texans.
Everything is bigger in Texas
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By Garrett Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Frank.. it’s not too early to call Texas. We started early voting yesterday. I voted yesterday and there were a lot of people there. Barack is VERY popular here in the Dallas area. I saw him speak today in Dallas.. great crowd there!
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By Kimberly from Columbus, OH Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Hey Ryan! Where’s the LINK!!?

Michelle in Rhode Island | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user Yesterday at 6:02 pm EST
I would love to see a Post on Michelle in Rhode Island tonight. I think she’s magnificent – inspiring, intelligent, strong, and completely bullshit-free.
Was anybody there?
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By Paula Yesterday at 7:18 pm EST
Here is where Michelle addresses the “really proud for the first time” comment.

Smart lady.

Link
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By IA for Obama Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
My favorite line, “I know IA like I know my kitchen.”

We miss you, Michelle!

Thank you Prairie View students | Report to Admin Reply
By Heather, Memphis,TN Yesterday at 6:03 pm EST
I have been waiting for a media outlet to show this story although they repeatedly dealt with non-issues like McCain’s wife. This story to me is about why the Clintons’ can still expect big victories in places like Texas – it is my opinion that they have democratic machine allies that are willing to do what they can to supress the vote.

People need to understand, this county usually has six early voting locations but in the year where voter participation has quadrupled, they decided to have only one early voting cite – the county courthouse.

Thank you students and the faculty members that supported the students efforts by allowing them to be able to make up whatever they missed in class by walking the seven miles to be able to vote.

Texans are not going to allow the Clintons or their democratic operatives to steal their votes.

yes, we can.

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By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:03 pm EST
Link

This is so inspiring! | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:05 pm EST
This is what democracy really is! It’s not just about voting, but being involved on every level you can! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link
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By Can u feel it? Yesterday at 6:06 pm EST
Yes Pecan!!!!
New Thread up….
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:08 pm EST
I just saw Hillarys new defining speech…my gawd it made me laugh out loud..is she serious..talking about lobby groups, and fair pay..I was like wow is this the best she can do..
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By Helen NY Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
You are not the only donor anymore. Good Luck. GO OBAMA
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By Julie from Naperville, IL Yesterday at 8:48 pm EST
Ryan,
I matched your donation with $5.00 and got eve more inspired and X’s it by $10.00 so I donated $50.00…

OBAMA08

Viva Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By MCinCO Yesterday at 6:07 pm EST
Link to a too-cool video featuring Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico singing Viva Obama!

Link
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By Hai-Bah for Obama Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
That video is awesome.
Yes we can!
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By United4Change Yesterday at 8:39 pm EST
Very Cool Video!

POTUS’09!

Can someone match my donation? | Report to Admin Reply
By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:08 pm EST
We all need to keep the energy and momentum going! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link

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By Ryan KY Yesterday at 6:10 pm EST
We all need to keep the energy and momentum going! Voting, canvassing, phone banking, marching, demonstrating and donating are all essential for a healthy democracy. I am attempting to get more young people like myself to donate. I have donated several times to the campaign, but today I started a personal fund raising page, I need your help to get it going! Please help me get my efforts off the ground by donating $1, $5 or any amount you choose! My goal is $1,000 through many small contributions, but so far my $5 donation is the only one. Will any of you loyal Obama supporters match my small donation of $5?

Link

Wolf Blitzer | Report to Admin Reply
By Danny Uko Yesterday at 6:11 pm EST
I never knew Wolf Blitzer work for Fox News before he work for CNN.
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By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:17 pm EST
Oh yeah, he is still trying to work off the Fox stench; sadly, CNN is no different or better. Talk about ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’. They are all welcome to their own vomit, especially Lou Dobbs – what an absolute bigot!
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By Danny Uko Yesterday at 6:19 pm EST
Is Wolf blitzer a Democrat or a Rupeblican?
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By TEH , Gibsonia, PA Yesterday at 6:31 pm EST
More of a potatocrat to me
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By Gideon from Canada Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Recently, Wolf has been adjusting
and leaning towards Obama.

Lou Dubb, he is an old style and
tries to belittle Obama and uplift
Clinton at any moment.

Anderson Copper, Larry King, John King,
Schinder, Gloria, Jeff Tobin, Jack and
Candy are all very objective and
fair journalists.
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By essexobamania Yesterday at 6:57 pm EST
I would argue that Candy is not for us. I remember the excitement she had in NH when reporting for HC’s win and compared to the way she is struggling to stay positive when reporting for us. For me Cafferty is the best when it comes to CNN.
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By april Yesterday at 7:48 pm EST
fair on CNN: cafferty and larry king (who i think couldn’t personally give a you-know-what). other than that, they are all unprofessional.
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 11:17 pm EST
Dana bash, Susan Malwo, Mary Snow are fair too….

Candy Crowly is the worst. When Bill Clinton used racist remark in SC, Candy said…”whatever it takes to win, mission accomplished” meaning – bill can say anything and get away with…
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By april Yesterday at 7:51 pm EST
i can’t believe lou (or wolf) are even on the air. they both sicken me.

Find your early voting location page not working. | Report to Admin Reply
By Leesa Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
Just wanted to let someone know that the page on this site that allows you to enter your address and find your early voting location in Texas isn’t working- it gets stuck thinking and never returns any results. Here’s the link:

Link

I wrote the site yesterday but it still isn’t working. I’m on mac (os 10.5) using Firefox.

I wanted to alert people that this important tool isn’t functioning. We need every tool we can get to help Texans to get out the vote for Obama.

See y’all at the caucus!

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By Cornell from Harrisburg, PA Yesterday at 6:12 pm EST
That is an amazing story in Texas… wow they show there support and will help him win TX..

VIVA OBAMA VIDEO | Report to Admin Reply
By T Yesterday at 6:13 pm EST
Someone else linked this above, but I will also link it because I think it deserves a ton of viewers.

BEST ORIGINAL OBAMA SONG/VIDEO EVER!!!

Link
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST (Updated Yesterday at 9:06 pm EST)
This post has been removed due to offensive or disrespectful content.
VIVA OBAMA VIDEO | Report to Admin Reply
By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:20 pm EST
Tony – you are so wrong to doing that, I am still LMAO!
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
But what did I do or say wrong? I only said I too was a supporter.
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By Francis from Mason City, IA Today at 2:50 am EST
Someone has email this to HQS, we need this song to spread like fire, i love it and it is so orignal and all of us here to watch it 10 times and add to our favorites, this can help us appeal to the Latinos.It is our official latino song, we need to tll hds to put it on here and so more people can see it!
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By TEH , Gibsonia, PA Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
that was unfair censoring LOL
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By JediMasterMatt Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
Please DO NOT troll on other blogs!
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:11 pm EST
Please do not do that, it reflects badly on the rest of us. I know she has done some reprehensible things lately, but try and take the hight road.
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By Jen Rencher from Jersey City Yesterday at 8:25 pm EST
I agree. This type of negativity is what we’re trying to get away from. It would be better to go to Obama related forums and respond to the Hillary trolls with with (positive) fact checks.
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By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
I love that video.
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By TUMAINI Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
I like the video.

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By SaSa Yesterday at 6:14 pm EST
This is phenomenal.

I’ve been saying that the right to vote is one of those key thing in American politics that has driven people historically to march, fight, and die for.

And let this be a sound warning to the DNC that if superdelegates DO decide the vote, you can count on the COUNTRY to start looking like this march. HRC’s new site about superdelegates and so on instigates such sentiment further.

Outside DNC HQ, I’d wager.

Not to be doom and gloom, but civil unrest is very serious and usually denying people their sense of enfranchisement is the first thing to push people over the edge.

We want an election, not a revolution.

Well, some of us…

🙂

Viva Liberdad!

March onward for your freedom!

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By Virginia S. Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
And people say us “young voters” don’t care! Y’all rock!

Obama ’08!
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By BahamasForObama08 Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
Indeed – they BA-RoCK!

OBAMA 08 | Report to Admin Reply
By I Stand for America Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
HEY PEOPLE HRC IS DESPERATE SHE JUST SENT ME THIS EMAIL.

Here’s what you need to know this morning. We were outspent in Wisconsin by a 4 to 1 margin on ads — and we can’t let that happen on March 4.

If we want to win in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont, we’ve got to even the odds. We can’t let the Obama campaign overwhelm us financially. Today, I am calling on you and other online supporters to act together, making sure we have the resources to create a fair, level playing field on March 4.

Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Let this remarkable two-person contest for the Democratic nomination be determined by the strength of our ideas, the quality of our leadership, or the depth of our experience. But whatever you do, don’t let the outcome of these crucial March 4 contests be decided by a lopsided spending advantage for the Obama campaign.

Only you — our incredible online community — can act quickly and decisively enough to create a level playing field. And with everything on the line, that’s exactly what I’m asking you to do.

We’re putting everything on the line. Contribute now.

There are just two weeks left before voters go to the polls in one of the most crucial days of voting yet. We must make sure we can hold our own against an avalanche of Obama TV ads, direct mail, phone calls, and online advertising.

I have total confidence that, as long as we have the resources to compete, March 4 will be a day of dramatic victories for our campaign. Let’s make it happen.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. I am counting on your leadership and financial support. Please do all you can — and act as quickly as possible.

PLEASE EVERYONE DONATE MAKE CALLS SHE IS RUTHLESS AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING BUT OUR VOICE ARE LOUDER LET’S MAK A CHANGE.

YES WE CAN
OBAMA 08
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
Doesnt surprise me. I got the impression her campaign is on the brink of going broke as about the first thing she did in her “concession” speech last night was to direct people to her website and try to get them to donate. I almost felt bad seeing our opponent reduced to using free airtime on national TV to basically put her hat out and beg. I was glad to see BO then step on her ingracious stump speech as she didnt even have the class to thank the people who worked and voted for her in WI. Why people still follow her I cannot fathom – and they try to infer that BO supporters are cultist – how much devotion does one have to have to keep working for someone who uses you then spits you out without so much as a thank you when things dont go their way? That to me requires that sort of blind following.
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By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 7:30 pm EST
Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
It was so different when the playing field was tilted your way wasn’t it Hillary? It still is because any other candidate would’ve been asked to withdraw after those 10 crushing defeats.

And in honor of those defeats and your determination to have your campaign die a slow painful death I will contribute for the second time in 4 days to OUR camapaign. I have never had so much fun going broke.

Web Comic | Report to Admin Reply
By Jason in Iowa Yesterday at 6:16 pm EST
If you’re not a geek, you may not be familiar with xkcd. It is one of my favorite web comics. I’m sure there will be a lot of people on this forum that can relate to the latest one.

Link
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
they are pretty enthusistic, which is good for the country, actually. link for michele O? link please?
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By Kimberly from Columbus, OH Yesterday at 6:35 pm EST
LOL!
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By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:46 pm EST
Speaking of “geeks”….the Obama campaign just lost its CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (CTO)!

Just before Super Tuesday, Kevin Malover–Obama’s CTO–reportedly joined private equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner in Chicago as chief information officer, according to Investment Dealers Digest.

Prior to joining the campaign trail, Malover helped with travel site Orbitz.com and an online real estate company he cofounded. He can be credited for helping to craft Obama’s strategic use of text messaging and social networking sites such as MySpace.com and Facebook.com, and developing an interactive web site that allows Obama followers to find events and volunteer opportunities, register to vote, and call citizens in contested states to drum up support.

The Web site’s ability to reach out to voters via mass emails has been mentioned as one of the reasons for Obama’s success this campaign season.

At the time this blog was written (2/19), the call function was not available due to “overwhelmed” servers. Perhaps the campaign is already feeling the effects of Malover’s departure?

No word about a replacement CTO has come from Obama’s camp.
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By Gail from Pickerington, OH Yesterday at 6:58 pm EST
Hi Bernie, I doubt that his departure has any thing to do with any server issue. The campaign is probably not hosting the server and perhaps the issue is related to network traffic. Sometimes in the evening, I notice a delay in posting comments or making donations.

At my company today, we were having issues today with our Lotus Notes server. Just some thoughts….
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By Jen Rencher from Jersey City Yesterday at 8:30 pm EST
Interesting info, thank you. I have noticed that there are a few glitches on this site. However, I think the servers were down yesterday because there was so much interest in the Wisconsin/Hawai’i primaries.

McC’s Money Woes | Report to Admin Reply
By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:18 pm EST
Politico article

Link

This may indeed have something to do with the flap over campaign financing.

Also, Rangers (bundlers) sounds verrry similar to HillRaisers. We, however, raise money dollar by dollar, five by five, ten by ten, etc.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:19 pm EST
link for michele o? link please?
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By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
This one?

Link
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:38 pm EST
no for rhode island rally
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:21 pm EST (Updated Yesterday at 9:05 pm EST)
This post has been removed due to offensive or disrespectful content.
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By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 6:27 pm EST
I’m afraid it was just an issue that you posted.
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By Ron from Waco, TX Yesterday at 6:40 pm EST
Hey all:
Now I understand why Senator McCain wants that 85 mil. He’s broke, he needs it bad. That’s why he wants Obama To agree to public financing.
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By Tony from Coram, NY Yesterday at 6:41 pm EST
Really? Is it because of the word witch? But that is her nickname. I hear it is even a compliment. Wow!

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By Jaena from Burlington, MA Yesterday at 6:22 pm EST
Here comes the mud….

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to boost Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s sagging fortunes, a group of Democratic political strategists has assembled an organization that will raise money from wealthy donors and run ads promoting her views in Texas and Ohio.

Read more here….

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By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
And it begins, her total destruction of the democratic party. It really is a shame because she would probably do fine as a senator, like Ted Kennedy etc. But she would rather split this country again than admit defeat or back down gracefully. Sad.

Give them hell Prairie View A&M | Report to Admin Reply
By DeanDEM Yesterday at 6:24 pm EST
As Harry S. Truman once said “I tell the truth and they feal like hell”

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By Annette Yesterday at 6:24 pm EST
I will be calling TX every week night until March 4th. I get a little nervous and I am always afraid things aren’t going to come out of my mouth the way I intended them to also it feels a bit unnatural to read the script.

Plesse help if you can
OBAMA 08
YES WE CAN!

Teamsters on CNN!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Priscilla Yesterday at 6:25 pm EST
Did anyone see it? I caught it at the end but missed most of it..how did it go!?!?
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By DeanDEM Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
I seen it and it rocked.

Time to bring jobs back.

Thanks bill for NAFTA

Joe Martin
Teamster Local 695

Viva Obama 2008! | Report to Admin Reply
By John_M Yesterday at 6:26 pm EST
This has been linked a few times above – I suspect it’s going to be linked a lot more.

It’s absolutely priceless!

Go see – now!

Viva Obama 2008!

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By stclaire for Obama 08 Yesterday at 6:57 pm EST
Love it!!!

VIVA OBAMA!
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By Barb Yesterday at 7:19 pm EST
Just as the Yes We Can Song is moving, the Viva Obama song it totally uplifting! I don’t understand Spanish but I totally got it.

Viva Obama!

We Can do this! | Report to Admin Reply
By “Hope Monger” Yesterday at 6:28 pm EST
What an amazing group of young voters! Truely Inspiring!

Let the other side sling mud, it will only make them look worse in the end. Remember one of the core issues in this campaign is about changing “politics as usual.” Many people on both sides desparately want that change, and it will only help bring them our way.

Go PVU!

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By Oregon Artists 4 Obama ’08 Yesterday at 6:28 pm EST
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Awesome Mariachi video:

—-> VIVA OBAMA <—-

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By Frank Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
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By Global Support 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Here’s an old article that gives interesting insight into the origin of the disintegration of the Clinton campaign

Link

MSNBC & CNN | Report to Admin Reply
By Nomad in NC Yesterday at 6:29 pm EST
Since I can’t watch these two “news” (LOL) shows anymore with out getting a stomach ache, can anyone tell me what the line of the night is?

The Debates | Report to Admin Reply
By Unknown user Yesterday at 6:30 pm EST
Congratulations Sen. Barack Obama. 10 straight wins! Thank you Wisconsin. Thank you Hawaii. Thank you all Hopemongers.

We Must be ready for the Debates.

There is the wrong perception that HRC is better in the Debates. Not true.

Barack Obama has actually done better in some of the debates. We must nail the two upcoming debates. What we must do.

1.Review the video of the last debate. Fine tune the low points.

2.Barack must be Presidential. Look straight into the camera. Do not be tentative. No em’s whatsoever. I had some difficulty making some undecided’s vote for Obama because after some of those debates they said Barack did not come across as confident. Be the decent guy you are; pull out a sit for HRC and be cordial but remember this is a war. In the last debate that made a lot of impression on the voters.

3.Be firm, decisive and clear. Always reframe the questions and answer them by itemizing, i.e., saying what you would do point by point like # 1. # 2. #3. and finally…..

Never say “I agree with Hillary”. In debates that is a no, no. You get negative points for that. Even if you agree simply state your point otherwise you come across as not having ideas and just copying more so with the allegations of plagiarism and copying policies, this is important.

4.There will be a lot of attacks. Do not let HRC get under your skin. Answer any attack firmly with FACTS

5.Be prepared for these questions:
a.Plagiarism
b.Mitchelle saying “I am proud of my country
c.Campaign finance

Answer these very clearly and be sincere, so BE PREPARED. Find a way to inject the NY Times news of NY results irregularities of zero votes recorded for you and the NM official/supporter of HRC carrying ballot boxes home, etc into the discuss.

6.Shred into pieces this HRC “35yrs of experience talk”. Ask her to explain to the
American people how she has acquired 35yrs of experience. TEAR THIS NONSENSE INTO PIECES.

7.Throw out the NUMBERS. When you explain your policies spit out the numbers and show mastery and perfect command of the FACTS like your VICTORY speech yesterday.

8.Be yourself and be the GREAT guy you are as the next 44th POTUS.

9.We the People of the United States of America are with you, Mr. President. AMEN!!!
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By Mary in Massachusetts Yesterday at 6:45 pm EST
That was a great outline for the debates. How do we know that anyone helping BO prepare will see it? What is the pathway for that? Does HQ have someone full-time monitoring the blogs for good ideas?
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By Errol from Fort Lauderdale, FL Yesterday at 8:20 pm EST
Barack needs to let HRC defend her position, her experience, ask if also include Bill legacy. They promise the American people a heathcare plan in Bill’s era and that fails and now she is making the same fail promise again. What the new begining school age for kids 4, 5. The war, how many billions (doller amount) it has cost us since it started,and the total estimated after 2009, Fatalities numbers, injury numbers, How many took their own life in numbers. OBama must also listen to what she say and use it against her immediately. Make sure wolf have a strick time limit, don’t let her eat up the clock she is a beaten candidate who got nothing to lose. She’s looking for redemption, just keep her in her place. Nice guys finish last.
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By Mary in Massachusetts Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
That was a great outline for the debates. How do we know that anyone helping BO prepare will see it? What is the pathway for that? Does HQ have someone full-time monitoring the blogs for good ideas?
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By Dee Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
It is great to see that someone else is thinking about the debates. That is all I have been thinking about in the past couple of days. Barack has got to be ready this time probably more than ever. I hope you can get your suggestions to the campaign. It is excellent. And above all he needs to get some rest. I am sending out all of the positive energy that I can to him for these debates.
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By essexobamania Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
Again Congrats to Senator Obama, family the campaign team and all you great grassroots people. We are with you all the way. Some of are not allowed to donate. Please advise alternative.

As for the debate I would add that these will either make or break us and hence.

If you Senator Obama are given the first chance to say your opening remarks make sure you fire the first salvo. This will unsettle her and take her out of her comfort zone. And every opportunity to hammer must be seized in a subtle way.

for example:EXPERIENCE

say something like:

“While experience may be valuable it is not everything and more importanly the quality of experience is more important.
Sen Clinton claims 35 yrs experience but this is the experience that includes:
1 A failed healthcare system in 1993 which she led.
2 Misjudgement about the war in Iraqi when the vote was clearly authorising Bush to go to war.
3 Supporting NAFTA which shipped American jobs away than keep them here resulting Ohioans and Texans lossing lots of jobs.

How can The American people trust such poor experience will deliver the desired change that they now seek?”
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By Laurie Yesterday at 7:35 pm EST
Barack Obama has gone from average in the debates to more than solid in a very short period of time. It shows the level of skill enhancement he can achieve.

It’s an important point. Hillary is Hillary is Hillary – smart, but plodding. She was good at debating, but she hasn’t improved. She is still where she was and Barack has clearly surpassed her.

Barack is calm and in control. He doesn’t bite on everything she tosses out, but he can clearly discern what needs response.

Her frustration grows as the debate continues and he becomes more comfortable.

I know the debates are being pushed due to Hillary’s desparation, but her camp is pushing the old strategies. It isn’t a wise move.

She compares poorly to Barack in person. She should have said enough on the debates and gotten out to her supporters without him in the picture.

She got old time campaign managers with old time strategies.

The American people are rejecting the politics of the past and even with people telling them out loud, the Hillary camp doesn’t get it.

So I don’t worry about Barack in the debates anymore. It’s become his strength!
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By Jenna Today at 2:03 am EST
Hillary is a hypocrite. Just listen to her speak at any debate and she will contradict herself in one sentence string.

This is a characteristic of manipulative, deceptive corporate lawyers.

Enough. I’m moving my energy into helping Barack get elected.
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By Jenna Today at 2:03 am EST
Hillary is a hypocrite. Just listen to her speak at any debate and she will contradict herself in one sentence string.

This is a characteristic of manipulative, deceptive corporate lawyers.

Enough. I’m moving my energy into helping Barack get elected.

THIS JUST IN… | Report to Admin Reply
By april Yesterday at 6:32 pm EST
Dear Chris Matthews: Please Do Your Job

20 Feb 2008

Last night, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, an Obama supporter, was embarrassed on national TV when he couldn’t name any of Obama’s legislative achievements. (He wrote what I think is a pretty decent and disarming account of it here.) David Kurtz, for whom I normally have enormous respect, writes:

“I suspect this is a bit of a Rorschach test. Depending on your perspective, it’s proof that Obama is a lightweight, just goes to show what a gasbag Matthews is, or appeals to the same voyeuristic instinct that makes you slow down and gawk at a car accident.”

I think it’s only a Rorschach test for people who don’t bother to find whether or not Obama actually has any actual legislative achievements. If he does, then of course this just shows that this one supporter didn’t know what they are. If he doesn’t, it might show something more, e.g. that Obama is a lightweight. As it happens, Obama does have substantive legislative achievements. I have written more about them here. A few highlights, all of which became law:

* Ethics Reform: Obama was the Senate’s point person on ethics reform, and sponsored or co-sponsored the bills that made up what the Washington Post called “the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet.” I’m also a fan of this bill, which I think of as the Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizens’ Muckraking Empowerment Act: it creates a searchable database of recipients of federal grants and contracts.

* The Lugar-Obama initiative to strengthen the Nunn-Luger framework for securing loose nukes, and to extend it to securing and destroying stockpiles of conventional arms. (For instance, shoulder-fired missiles that could be used against passenger airlines, fired at our forces, or used to make any number of ongoing conflicts more deadly.)

* Various bills concerning the response to Hurricane Katrina, including an amendment putting strict limits on the use of no-bid contracts after disasters, requiring planning for the evacuation of people with special needs and senior citizens, creating a National Emergency Family Locator System, etc.

There are also a lot of good bills he worked on that did not make it, including the compromise immigration bill and a proposal to create an independent Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission, and some that are on the Senate calendar now, like a bill to criminalize various deceptive election tactics, like
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By april Yesterday at 7:54 pm EST
Dear Chris Matthews: Please Do Your Job

20 Feb 2008 06:21 pm

by hilzoy (blogger on andrew sullivan’s “the daily dish”), cont’d.:

There’s a lot more. Honestly, there is. I wrote a summary here (and an earlier one here), and provided lists (1, 2, 3) of all the bills and amendments sponsored or co-sponsored by Clinton and Obama in the 109th and 110th Congresses, just so it would be as easy as possible for people to see for themselves. (Fun fact about each side’s legislative records: during the 109th and 110th Congresses (which is to say, the time that both Obama and Clinton have been in the Senate), only one sponsored a substantive bill that became law. Guess who it was? Hint: the bill concerns the ongoing conflict in the Congo.) Which brings me to my larger point:

I did this because I had heard one too many people like Chris Matthews talking about Obama’s alleged lack of substance, and I thought: I know that’s not true, since I have read about Obama’s work on non-proliferation, avian flu, and a few other issues. And if people are saying he lacks substance, then surely I, as a citizen, should try to find out whether I just hallucinated all this interesting legislation, or whether this talking point was, in fact, completely wrong. So I sat down with Google and Thomas and tried to find out.

But I’m just an amateur. I have a full-time job doing something else. Chris Matthews, by contrast, is paid large sums of money to provide political commentary and insight. I assume he has research assistants at his disposal. He could have done this work a lot more easily than I did. But he didn’t. He was more interested in gotcha moments than in actually enlightening the American people.

So here’s a challenge for Chris Matthews, or anyone else in the media who wants to take it up. Go over Clinton and Obama’s actual legislative records. Find the genuine legislative accomplishments that each has to his or her name. Report to the American people on what you find. Until you do, don’t accept statements from either side about who has substance and who does not, or who traffics in “speeches” and who offers “solutions”. That’s lazy, unprofessional, and a disservice to your audience.

Do your jobs. Don’t leave it to bloggers like me to do it for you.

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By Kevin from Williamsburg, VA Yesterday at 6:33 pm EST
What about all the other states I guess they dont matter, and if HRC loses TX and or OH then Bill will say if she win RI and if she loses there I guess he will say if she win VT and so on and so on and so on until she wins something possibly Puerto Rico. HRC needs to quit NOW.
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By Global Support 4 Obama Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
Here’s an old article that gives interesting insight into the origin of the disintegration of the Clinton campaign

Link
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:41 pm EST
lol. also, the puerto rico gov. endorsed obama last weel, which is key to that state and gives time to organize there. interesting, eh
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By Our1Hope Yesterday at 7:07 pm EST
Hillary for President of New York. Let’s give it to her as her own country and call it day.
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:15 pm EST
Im in NY, have never voted for HRC in Senate races, voted for BO in the NY Primary, and will certainly not vote for our esteemed Senator in a national election. Oh, and I would have to move if she won President of NY hehe.
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By Our1Hope Yesterday at 7:22 pm EST
Sorry – okay. Let’s take all of the Obama people in NY, move them out to Cali, take all of the HRC people in Cali and move them to NY. Then we give her NY and call it a day. Her own little fiefdom, where she can mandate they all buy health insurance even if they cannot afford it, and get fined penalties if they don’t. She can ship all of their jobs overseas, so nobody will have work. She can smother them with her solutions ’til they suffocate. Sounds like a wonderful place to live….
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By Laurie Yesterday at 7:38 pm EST
We can’t even give Hillary NY until they recount all those votes that Barack got that were never counted. Hmmmm………

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By I Stand for America Yesterday at 6:34 pm EST
HEY PEOPLE HRC IS DESPERATE SHE JUST SENT ME THIS EMAIL.

Here’s what you need to know this morning. We were outspent in Wisconsin by a 4 to 1 margin on ads — and we can’t let that happen on March 4.

If we want to win in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont, we’ve got to even the odds. We can’t let the Obama campaign overwhelm us financially. Today, I am calling on you and other online supporters to act together, making sure we have the resources to create a fair, level playing field on March 4.

Contribute now to help us level the playing field.

Let this remarkable two-person contest for the Democratic nomination be determined by the strength of our ideas, the quality of our leadership, or the depth of our experience. But whatever you do, don’t let the outcome of these crucial March 4 contests be decided by a lopsided spending advantage for the Obama campaign.

Only you — our incredible online community — can act quickly and decisively enough to create a level playing field. And with everything on the line, that’s exactly what I’m asking you to do.

We’re putting everything on the line. Contribute now.

There are just two weeks left before voters go to the polls in one of the most crucial days of voting yet. We must make sure we can hold our own against an avalanche of Obama TV ads, direct mail, phone calls, and online advertising.

I have total confidence that, as long as we have the resources to compete, March 4 will be a day of dramatic victories for our campaign. Let’s make it happen.

Thanks,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. I am counting on your leadership and financial support. Please do all you can — and act as quickly as possible.

PLEASE EVERYONE DONATE MAKE CALLS SHE IS RUTHLESS AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING BUT OUR VOICE ARE LOUDER LET’S MAK A CHANGE.

YES WE CAN
OBAMA 08
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By Shane for Obama Yesterday at 6:43 pm EST
Teamster’s enorsed Barack today! They’re saying Yes WE Can!!

Obama ’08

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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
hey guys,,, alot of you know me here and i am working my butt off here in ohio,,,i own a residential concrete comapany, and right now things are really “bad” finacially for us, my wife suffered a spinal cord injury 2 years ago,and we can not afford health coverage, we have 3 beuatiful children, our oldest is 17 and ready to vote, but anyhow i know that is more info then you guys need, but what i was wondering is could someone put $5 in my fundraising thing, i am so tiered of feeling guilty everytime on click on my page, i just want to bump it up off of zero, there is nothing
in it right now.
Link
back to work! thank you all!
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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
sorry here’s the link
Link
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By mama Yesterday at 7:10 pm EST
Just donated for the second time today on your blog. Yes we can!
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By Guy——–Ohio Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
we the people of this campaign are just awesome!
so true,,,we are the ones we have been waiting for!! thank you guy’s!! from the heart!!
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By ABear Yesterday at 7:20 pm EST
A little something toward the effort. Wish I could do more but my enthusiasm for BO is getting the best of my wallet =) I wish you and your family the best.

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By Kentucky from Louisville, KY Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
In the speech Obama gave on 2-19-08 in Houston he stated, “America has never needed change more than it does right now.” What about in 1800 when there was slavery? 1900 when women were being denied the right to vote? 1945 when Japanese Americans were held in internment camps? 1960 when there was still segregation?

Later in his speech he spoke of how we were looking for “honesty, truthfulness, and straigh talk”. I do not find the statement, “America has never needed change more than it does right now”, to be honest, truthful, or straight talk.
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By Dee Yesterday at 6:51 pm EST
I should ignore you. It seemss that everyone else did. However, could it be that in the context of his speech and the points that he was covering he chose express himself that way that he did? Just a thought. I am sure Barack would agree with you that those were times that needed change. It was simply a part of that particular rendition. Please donate we have a goal of 1million. Love to have you be a part.
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By Kentucky from Louisville, KY Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
No it is not possible. What I am wondering though is if it’s possible your brain cells aren’t fuctioning at a high enough level for you to fully understand what he is doing. Let me explain. I’ll use small words.

His whole campaign is a mind trick. He tears down America by pointing out all her flaws. Sometimes with facts, sometimes embellishments, and sometimes out and out lies. He tries to make people feel like their lives are horrible, full of injustices, and no one cares. But we need not to worry because Obama cares. He and only he can help us make our pitiful lives better. All he wants us to do is let him help us. HORSESH*T! America’s catching on now.
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By Shawn Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
Yes, America is catching on. That’s why Obama keeps going up in the polls. Obama doesn’t tear America down. He lifts it up. He talks about the potential of America, and how, in recent years, we have fallen short of that potential. Some examples:

–Guantanomo, tortue, supsension of habeus corpus and the disintegration of our constitutional rights.

–The War in Iraq. One of the biggest foreign policy disasters in world history. One that has killed thousands while not making us safer.

–Totally ignoring human rights crises in Darfur and other regions of the world.

–Global warming. We are destroying the planet. If we don’t confront this problem immediately, the planet could become uninhabitable. So I would describe that as America, “never needing change more than we do right now.” If the planet is unable to sustain life, I think that would be as big a problem as racism, WWII and slavery.

Read Obama’s policies and tell me specifically what you disagree with. Where is the malicious intent? I doubt you’ll find any. You might disagree with Obama’s approach, but even his detractors, the rational ones at least, do not deny that he has the very best of intentions.
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By Unknown user Yesterday at 7:04 pm EST
hia
if you can get hold of this article it explains why I think that america, and the world, (I am a UK citizen) really really needs change right now. I think that when we look back in however many years we will see a critical point, a time where we had no clue how bad everything had gotten. Alot of what Obama is citing in policies are what have already worked in the UK. My country is not perfect, and we need to keep on top of our government, but its aim is to help the people. america just seems to be spiralling in the opposite direction, and that affects world affairs. But more than that i care that you guys are being short-changed when you could have/DESERVE much better. Anyway this article describes what I mean, and i think it predicts the obama campain, well it certainly is calling for something, and now i think its got it.

Lawson, V. (2007) Geographies of care and responsibility. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97, 1-11.

Hopefully students should easily be able to get hold of it.
Goodluck with the contest
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
I know you are not interested in debating, you are just here to spout your own opinions. Well, here are mine.

We are in a war where we are spending trillions of dollars with no end in sight. We have over 3,000 war dead. We are not taking care of our veterans. We have authorized torture as a legitimate interrogation technique. We have people locked up as “enemy combatants” with no hope of a fair trial. Al Queda is rebuilding in Afghanistan because we drew down troops before the country was stabilized. People are losing their homes due to predatory lending. College tuition is sky rocketing. Mass shootings are making the news on a monthly basis. Our immigration policy is a disaster.

So excuse me if I agree that we need a fresh prespective BADLY. I have never known a year without a Bush or a Clinton in the White House since I was voting age, and dynastic rule is NOT my idea of how America should be led.

I have to tell you that the Clinton campaign saddens me, it really does. She could have been so much better than what she has allowed her campaign to deteriorate into.

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By Jonathan Yesterday at 6:39 pm EST
The Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops to push early votes in Texas — they have an endless stream of ‘Early Vote’ events with both Senator Clinton and President Clinton scheduled throughout Texas.

They don’t have the great volunteers we have, the real people, and they can’t muster the crowds our guy draws, but they can stage these campaign appearances and they are ramping up their ground operation – so we need to show them how its done in Texas.

Mobilize and motivate yourselves, your friends, your families – get ’em to vote early, get em to the caucus, get ’em on the phones, and get ’em on the streets! We can win this.

Let’s finish this on March 4th and bring a unified Democratic Party to McCain and see how ‘Ole Grumpy Pants’ likes to take his daily dose of Hope!
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
did obama mention the early voting again in dallas like he did in houston last nite.
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By Jonathan Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
Not certain, but would be very, very surprised if he did not mention it. Early voting is critical and Senator Obama understands this well.

But more important than the Senator making mention of this, will be individuals – locals and volunteers – reaching out to their friends, family, neighbors, etc. and encouraging them to vote early and then caucus. Enlisting locals to volunteer as phonebankers (whether from home or at a local office) and canvassers will also be a real help.

We win because of the people on the ground. Because real people, who live in our communities, care enough to get out the vote — to share their support for Obama, to donate their time and energy (and yes, their money) to the campaign on the weeks and days before the election, and on the critical day of the election.

We win because it is OUR movement vs. her campaign.

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By Michele Yesterday at 6:42 pm EST
Link

Usually, I love Chris Matthews – he cracks me up. Today, though, I think he crossed the line. Not just because our guy could not answer the question, but did they ask a Clinton supporter the same thing? I LOVE Barack, I know where he stands on all issues – but do I know off the top of my head what he did in the Senate? For that matter, can I name a thing Clinton did in the Senate – other than vote for the Iraq war?

Come On!

BTW – Hillary has this clip on her website.
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By Danton from FPO, AP Yesterday at 6:44 pm EST
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Hillary blast her own daughter
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By GC Yesterday at 6:50 pm EST
I think that the campaign needs a better media strategy, and needs crisp, clear answers to tough questions.

This public financing issue is silly and the guy who they had on Tucker couldn’t answer the question. Now Marion Berry is speaking as one who has endorsed Obama. Not only does he have a reputation for corruption, but he sounds like he need a nap.
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By Mary in Massachusetts Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
I agree that sometimes the media strategy needs some attention. Who is his Director of Communications? As he acquires more momentum, the attacks will increase. They need to have a full-house of people on the watch. For example, it was great what Michelle said today in Ohio about the slur on her patriotism, but she can’t do this all herself. You know they will run that for days on FOX. I can’t stand to watch FOX, but we should have a lieutenant posted for each important TV network to get on these opinion panels and debunk the negatives. IS there a damage control unit?

I’d like to know what kind of vertical integration our team has too up from the blogs to get the good ideas to Obama and his state directors — such as showing Obama with Mariachi bands (I lived in Texas — I think the person is right that that warm image would affect the Latinos) or getting out the early voters. This will be KEY. In California, one of the reasons HRC did well was that a lot of early voters voted for her before they really heard from BO.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 6:56 pm EST
michele, he ahd sen. mccaskil on and he asked her the same question. she named 4 very good pieces of legislation and matthews said ok that is put aside now. claire mccaskil is awesome.
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By Kat Yesterday at 7:34 pm EST
When are we going to stop talking about this? Yes, the guy was unprepared. Matthews had Senator McCaskill on today to talk about Obama’s legislative record, but I have hardly seen ANY posts about that. Yet, the negative stuff gets posted on multiple threads, over several DAYS.

Of course Hillary has it on her website, what else is she going to post? That she has lost ten primaries in a row? That more of her superdelegates jumped the fence? That her campaign is a disorganized mess? That her staff just figured out this week how the delegates in Texas are appropriated?

Can we please stop acting as her publicity organization?
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By april Yesterday at 8:05 pm EST
i second that.

THE SONG THAT CLINTON AND MCCAIN DON’T WANT YOU TO HEAR | Report to Admin Reply
By TeamBarack Yesterday at 6:51 pm EST
“Ready to Believe” answers all the tired old charges being made by the Clinton camp and, increasingly, by the McCain camp. And it’s a great song…

By now, we’ve all heard “Yes We Can” which came out before the February 5 primaries.

What you probably didn’t know is that there was another song, literally being mixed in Hollywood on the same day that song was released and that it, too, was called “Yes We Can.”

The song was re-titled, “Ready to Believe” to avoid confusion and is available to keep all our great Obama campaign workers inspired and motivated. This one is a spirited rock anthem with lyrics by screenwriters who were on strike at the time (Jackie & Bryce Zabel) and music composed and performed by a powerful LA alt.rocker (Cherish Alexander).

You can hear it and see it as a music video on “You Tube” where it has received 25,000 total plays, without any real publicity, in only a week.

YOU TUBE: Link

If you like the song and want it on your iPod, or to play before a rally to warm up the crowd, or just to keep everyone in good spirits and a positive frame of mind around the office, you can get the MP3 for download free.

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Link

We hope you enjoy “Ready to Believe” and tell your friends.
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By julie Yesterday at 6:55 pm EST
This Song Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

HEADQUARTERS! PUT THIS OUT FRONT PLEASE !!!!

Everyone listen to this Song…..so awesome, let’s give it thousands of hits on youtube today.

Link
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By Barb Yesterday at 7:33 pm EST
Yes. Totally uplifting, even if I didn’t speak Spanish 🙂
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By By Faith 46 minutes ago
Absolutely Awesome! How can we get the song on the Home Page?

Keep Marching | Report to Admin Reply
By DaytonDiane Yesterday at 6:52 pm EST
I love this story about the march. I remember the HRC line “I’ve found my voice”. The difference with Barack is that he’s helped us find our voices and it is so much more powerful than hers. YES WE CAN!
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By shane Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
The march made me smile too
One happy soul today !

: )

Congrats Prarie View | Report to Admin Reply
By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:52 pm EST
Congrats to these young Prarie View students.

This is truly the “MAGIC” of this campaign. These type situations are ocurring all across the country.

Young people are fired up, and will not be deterred. That’s the magic of Barack!!!

“Hugs for Obama” | Report to Admin Reply
By Bernie in MD Yesterday at 6:55 pm EST
Are we doing all we can to keep our guy safe?

At every rally, tens of thousands of people screaming and shouting to touch him and HUG him.

It’s the “hugs” that concern me!

As one who is overly concerned about the safety of our guy, I hate to see people “HUG” him. Why is this necessary? Why does the Secret Service allow people to “wrap their arms around him?” Is he ignoring the Secret Service regarding his safety?

Before you think I’m overreacting here, just remember that Martin Luther King was stabbed by a “woman” at one of his book signings in Harlem, NY, on Sept. 20, 1958. An event as harmless as a book signing!

Should we stop people from hugging our candidate?
Isn’t shaking his hand enough?

Am I overly concerned about nothing? What do you think?
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By Danton from FPO, AP Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58 pm EST
I saw what Chris Matthews did and wow he thinks Obama has never been on his show..guess what he never will be….jerk..and Thanks to Olberman for smacking Matthews up saying dude we are doing the elections not HARDBALL…..frack you Matthews..and when he asked Chris to name somethign the Senate has done in the last 7 years he couldn’t…hahahahahaha..short little man.
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By DJ Wimberly Feb 20th 2008 at 6:59 pm EST
I’m sure the secret service has a hold on this. Like Obama said, you can live your life in fear.
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 7:04 pm EST
DON’T SAY THAT. RFK SAID THAT!!!
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By disabled veteran Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
I was thinking that more with michele o. she signs autographs, brack does not. in fairness, the ss were leaning in with ther when she signed autofraphs, they seemed ver veigilant.by the way, any body know how michele o. did in rhode island tonite? if she was crisp and no tie ups that they can use? did she address that stupid problem the media brings up?
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By AMOOSEE Yesterday at 7:07 pm EST
Link

You can find her response on this site. Very classy lady.
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By Jalynne Yesterday at 7:01 pm EST
This is a great story! You know I didn’t know much about Obama myself a few months ago BUT I was inspired by teenagers and young adults who were passionate about the ideals that Barrack Obama presented to them. They were inspired by him and their inspiration inspired me! Something to be said about the voices of the younger generation huh!
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By stclaire for Obama 08 Yesterday at 7:21 pm EST
You are not alone with this safety issue but my paranoia died down a little bit when I attended his rally in North Las Vegas. The security was very impressive and the TSA did such a fantastic job inspecting every personal belongings. The “hug” thing, I don’t know if that will stop. People just want to hug and touch him. I was lucky enough to get his hand and kiss it (you know, like the Pope). I don’t know why I did it; I guess my catholic instinct made me to do it. I will always treasure that moment. Also, I got a big hug from Michelle. I love Michelle!

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By David Yesterday at 7:03 pm EST
For allowing me to believe in the political process for the first time in thirty years. For everyone here – believe not only that Mr. Obama can bring about change – believe that you can. This is not just a campaign, it is a movement, and when a campaign and movement unite, remarkable things happen. YES YOU CAN!
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By Lynne From Bellwether MO Yesterday at 7:12 pm EST
And, thank you, David, for being a part of the process.

TEXAS..TEJANOS…TEXAS…TEJANOS | Report to Admin Reply
By LATINA4OBAMA Yesterday at 7:12 pm EST
TEXAS… TEXAS …. TEXAS ….TEXA S… TEXAS … TEXAS … TEXAS …TE XAS…. TEXAS … TEXAS … TEXAS .. .

ANYTHING TO HELP GET THE WORD OUT IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY…..

I just found this really awesome youtube clip of a mariachi band who made a song “VIVA OBAMA”…it’s AWESOME..as a fellow latina myself…despite the media & Billary campaign..Latinos do LOVE OBAMA..I think everyone needs to see this clip and forward to anyone they know in Texas…Us latinos love some mariachi’s 🙂 and this clip is so good and I think they should get them to go onstage with him in TEXAS and do this song..trust me all the latinos would LOVE IT!! Let’s get the word out!!!

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PITCURES – Dallas TX Rally with Barack Obama | Report to Admin Reply
By Marie Brehm Yesterday at 7:20 pm EST
See “Dallas Texas Stand For Change Rally 2.20.08” photos!

Link

It was wonderful!!! Emmitt Smith and Ron Kirk also spoke.

TEXAS – YES WE CAN!

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By Jonathan from Fairfax, VA Yesterday at 7:23 pm EST
YES WE CAN PROVE LOU DOBBS AND THE MSM WRONG!

VOTE “NO” IN THIS POLL NOW! WE ARE BEHIND 70 TO 30!

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By shane Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
CNN polls are always rigged it doesnt matter how many of us vote it will be the same! They already have their stories and packages ready! We have seen it time and time again with the Clinton News Network !

I will use my time to make calls insted!

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By Ariel Yesterday at 7:27 pm EST
It makes me sick that in 2008, there are still places where local governments are trying to suppress the African-American vote. I am very proud to see these brave students marching against this injustice.

gave me chills!! | Report to Admin Reply
By Jayne Yesterday at 7:31 pm EST
We are witnessing something that has never happened in my 62 yrs on this earth – this is a movement and we WILL change the politics in this country!
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By Henni Yesterday at 7:39 pm EST
Teamsters union endorses Obama
Update at 4:50 p.m. ET: The Teamsters just sent us a press release making it official: The 1.4-million-member union has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

The decision followed a meeting in Austin, Texas, between Obama and union president James Hoffa and Obama. Hoffa said Obama is “the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country. Senator Obama will fight for better wages, real health care reform, stronger retirement security, fair trade and an end to the outsourcing of good jobs.”

What does the backing mean in concrete campaign terms? “The union’s endorsement immediately activates the union’s 50-state election program, with special emphasis on swing states,” the Teamsters said.

Dallas Tx Rally Pics | Report to Admin Reply
By The G-Man Yesterday at 7:40 pm EST
Here’s 10 pics I took at the Dallas rally today. I completely believe that Barack will win TX! Get ready for an upset! Yes We Can!

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By momof3inGA Yesterday at 8:54 pm EST
Loved your pics! =)

Funny Stuff! | Report to Admin Reply
By Darin from Rainsville, AL Yesterday at 7:41 pm EST
Did anyone see the video of when Sen. Obama met Sen. Edwards?

Here it is: Link

This is a spoof of their meeting by Jay Leno.

Vote Obama!

Results? | Report to Admin Reply
By EDB Yesterday at 7:46 pm EST
I hope that something positive comes out of this! Great job!

Eight years ago….breaking news! | Report to Admin Reply
By Terry in Up State NY Yesterday at 7:49 pm EST
For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk
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DONATE TO BARACK”S DEBATE! | Report to Admin Reply
By Spartacus from San Jose, CA Yesterday at 8:04 pm EST
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THIS FUTURE DEBATE BY ADDING DIALOG:

Hillary: “Barack, you’re all talk and no action”.

Barack: “Actually, we just defeated your campaign 10 in a row. I call that action.”

Hillary:”Your speeches are empty inspirational rhetoric. I’m in the solutions business”.

Barack:”If you want specifics, refer to my 62-Pg BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE, written a while back. If you bothered to read it, you’d find that your divisive solutions business is in fact covered by my proposed bankruptcy laws. Similarly, had you bothered to read the specifics of National Intelligence Estimate you wouldn’t have authorized such a dumb war, right?”

Hillary:”I have 35 years of experience.”

Barack: “Doubtful. You’re a Junior Senator too you know, but since you’re getting ahead of yourself, here’s a Senior Citizen discount card to further cheapen this campaign. Anyways,I’ve worked in the streets of Chicago,in the Illinois and U.S. Senate. I’m also running a clean campaign w/out lobby support. So are we even now, Hillary? Besides, what GOOD is experience if its the WRONG experience. If that’s most important to you, then appoint Dick Cheney/Fidel Castro for V.P., not me…..”

Hillary:”You’re a plagiarist!”

Barack:” Actually, I’m a thief. I just stole your voters away today. And I hope to do it again in 2 weeks…”

Hillary:” I’m ready on DAY ONE to run this economy heading towards recession!You’re not!”

Barack:” Hillary, how can you say you’re equipped to manage a multi-trillion dollar economy when you can’t even manage your own campaign finances and people!You know, how you campaign is how you govern…..”


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