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BILLARY’S PRESS STILL PLAYING THE WRIGHT RACE CARD:THIS WHITE MAN ANSWERS THEM.FROM HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

April 30, 2008

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Tom D’Antoni

Obama — Acting Positively Presidential
Posted April 29, 2008 | 04:40 PM (EST)

In the past week, the media sharks have been swimming around Barack Obama, the Republican vultures and their surrogates in the Clinton campaign flying overhead ready to devour. What has been Obama’s reaction? Calm, thoughtful, reasoned responses.

He has not lost his cool. He has looked positively presidential. He hasn’t threatened to wipe another country and all of its innocent men women and children off the map, as Clinton has, either.

He has responded to the Wright shitstorm in a proper and dignified manner…just the opposite of the snarling, hate-filled attacks on him. And the attacks are coming from all sides. Why do you think that is?

It is because he has offered hope instead of fear, reasoned proposals for dealing with the problems we face, and a realistic perception of the country and the world.

I know many of us have been despairing one minute and angry the next as the onslaught has escalated. We are up against evil, let’s face it. The powers that rule will do anything to prevent change, and I mean anything.

I stayed away from the 24 hour news channels for a day and found myself thinking that their aggregate audience, if applied to one prime-time sitcom or cop show would cause that sitcom or cop show to be cancelled inside of a month. Most people don’t watch them. They are a closed circle. One Obama has stepped outside of.

Compare the two news conferences we saw today, the angry, petulant, inarticulate, lie-filled Bush performance vs. Obama on Wright. Which guy looked presidential to you?

Americans made the mistake of voting for a dope they could have a beer with. Many are making the same mistake with Clinton. Obama’s cool cuts through all the bulls—. He is calm and reassuring. He doesn’t pander. He looks presidential.

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mydogshakespeare See Profile I’m a Fan of mydogshakespeare
Actually, I have NEVER thought of George W. Bush as “presidential”. Sure, he has the title, and all, but “presidential”? Not for a poser like him; no way!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 07:02 AM on 04/30/2008
MinneapolisBob See Profile I’m a Fan of MinneapolisBob
We have a Presidential candidate in Sen. Obama who looks the part, can present himself extremely well, can represent OUR country better than any of the thee left running for the office, and will be respected around the world by our allies; and friends of the U.S.

On the other hand, we currently have a man who is still learning on the job (after over seven years). He still doesn’t look the part, can’t present himself well if his life depended on it, and embarrasses us when he tries to represent OUR country. He virtually has no respect from citizens around the world.

The irony: If Sen. Obama was white, he would win the candidacy in a landslide. If george w. bush was black, he wouldn’t be president. This is what it means to be black or white in America.
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VOTE! Our freemdoms, rights and liberties are in danger. Remember the Supreme Court.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 06:45 AM on 04/30/2008
Manx See Profile I’m a Fan of Manx
I agree. I stopped watching the tabloid CNN because of their saturation coverage about Rev. Wright, a largely manufactured issue. I’ve noticed that before every primary, CNN emphasizes negatives about Obama and overlooksf the weaknesses of Clinton and McCain. CNN will pose a question like, “Is Obama electable without the support of blue-collar workers?” I never hear them ask: “Is Hillary Clinton electable with the highest negative rating of any other presidential candidate?” They never mention the pastor McCain sought out for an endorsement, John Hagee of San Antonio, who said that Catholics are the “whores of religion.” Biased CNN has become the most untrusted name in news.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 02:10 AM on 04/30/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
The media are really afraid of Obama. This is painful to watch. I am going to pray for my country (what’s left of it at least).

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:58 AM on 04/30/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
Why are we still talking about Wright? Obama distanced himself from him. Can we get back on issues? I just paid another $50 to fill up my gas tank, Wright saying G-d America had nothing to do with that and if Obama were elected, Wright still wouldn’t have anything do with that. We are falling into the GOP track hook, line and sinker.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:56 AM on 04/30/2008
not one of the sheep See Profile I’m a Fan of not one of the sheep
Because he won’t shut up. It doesn’t have anything to do with the repubs, it has to do with Wright wanting to stroke his ego at any cost, even that of Obama losing the presidency. Be a good “christian” and HUMBLE yourself Wright.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 07:34 AM on 04/30/2008
lafrance See Profile I’m a Fan of lafrance
We haven’t had presidential in decades.
But, when you vote for a president based on his bubba factor in beer brats and lack of class that is what you get.
You cannot honestly think you will get someone who can even play like he’s president or have the dignity of one when the press is harping on their requirement for the job. Beer.
If someone actually acted like a real president and had the brains, the class and dignity of one, the voters are told he’s elitist and therefore should not be elected.
What do you expect when the press is continuing to impress on the average voter that someone like Larry the Cable Guy is the ideal role model to base your choice on.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:52 PM on 04/29/2008
doc1400 See Profile I’m a Fan of doc1400
Comparing Bushie with Obama is not a fair comparison.
Witness that Bushie was a cheerleadear at Yale. His family bought his place in his class.
Bushie will be known as, one of the worst, if not the worst president in U.S. History.
Bushie is one dumb shit. And very reckless.
Bushie is not only intellectually challanged he is very stubborn. A lethal combination.

Obama on the other hand is educated, committed to the service of the U.S.
Chooses his words carfully, and says more in one sentence than Bushie can read in a paragraph.
Finally, Obama is extremely intelligent and honest. Bushie is into deception and is a political hack.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:32 PM on 04/29/2008
BigBen See Profile I’m a Fan of BigBen
Remember Romney Senior?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:17 PM on 04/29/2008
BlackmaninAmerica See Profile I’m a Fan of BlackmaninAmerica
That view interview was before Wright made his performance.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:53 AM on 04/30/2008
Shaddup See Profile I’m a Fan of Shaddup
I’ve noticed O’bama takes questions from non-prescreened people in the audience. Boy do I missed that.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:34 PM on 04/29/2008
AjicNYC See Profile I’m a Fan of AjicNYC

yeah I missed it too!!

Posted 12:37 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago

it is so sad that you have not learned that you do not serve your candidate well as a supporter when you persist in your campaign to malign Obama. When will you learn that you are only reminding others of all that is wrong with Rodham Clinton with your plot.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:28 AM on 04/30/2008
atienne See Profile I’m a Fan of atienne
Excellent, Excellent article!! When I came in the house today, CNN was on and they were showing Obama on tv and it was like I was WATCHING the President! Dignified, calm, civil even in disagreement. If we ever needed a President like that, it’s NOW! People who think otherwise need to think outside of their bubble for just a few minutes and realize just how Obama is!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:25 PM on 04/29/2008
dadele See Profile I’m a Fan of dadele
you obviously didn’t see the Rev. Wright performance at the Washington Press Club yesterday?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 11:14 PM on 04/29/2008
SLal See Profile I’m a Fan of SLal
Of course I did see it, and it’s the same Wright that we know and love, thanks to youtube. The only thing that Wright said that made it clear to Obama that he was trying to “hurt his campaign” was that Obama was a politician. Are we supposed to believe that to be the tipping point? That Obama is a politician is an overstatement of the obvious, but Wright certainly said nothing more controversial on other topics than he’s been saying for the past 20 years.

Somebody stop him – there goes Obama’s grandmother next!
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:57 AM on 04/30/2008
kontar1 See Profile I’m a Fan of kontar1
I think once again Obama has said how he feels about his pastors statement now if anyone talks about it that tell you where they are coming from.
Why has nothing been said about Hillarys person being responsible for Rev Wrights coming to the press club.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:23 PM on 04/29/2008
pacats See Profile I’m a Fan of pacats
There is no reason to go after Hillary. She is not in the lead. The corporate owned cable networks do not want Obama to win, and are going full force after him. Hillary, McCain and the republicans have their full concentration on collapsing Obama’s chance as the nominee.

Obama is half white and half african. He represents the best of what America has to offer. Full circle.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 02:12 AM on 04/30/2008
desmirl See Profile I’m a Fan of desmirl
The only comparison one can make to Bush is the kid you knew back in high school that was DETERMINED not to learn a thing from any of his teachers. He just sat there, angry at everyone around him, bored to death with the lessons, his mind closed to anything new. After hours, he and his friends would look around for trouble to get into and people to beat up. (He didn’t even know that it’s bad form to end a sentence with a preposition – but aren’t rules there to be broken?)

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:04 PM on 04/29/2008
lafrance See Profile I’m a Fan of lafrance
I see the very unreasoned hate filled comments here tonight. There is no reasoned discussion. Just hateful rants full of nastiness and petulance.
This is what the past 20 years has done to our society and why Obama scares so many people. He simply is not one of the rabid dogs that spew like on here.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:02 PM on 04/29/2008
Lisette See Profile I’m a Fan of Lisette
OF COURSE OBAMA IS PRESIDENTIAL.

And speaking of Bush….
Why does no one ever mention that
Bush is OBVIOUSLY
repeating what someone is telling him in his ear……..

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:01 PM on 04/29/2008
Soulsurfer See Profile I’m a Fan of Soulsurfer
Not fair to compare Bush with anyone…….he’s in his own class of delusional fantasy…..okay, maybe he’s comparable to Britney, but hey, Obama? Next.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:41 PM on 04/29/2008
AjicNYC See Profile I’m a Fan of AjicNYC
those are GOOD points!!

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:38 AM on 04/30/2008
tel8034 See Profile I’m a Fan of tel8034
Obviously MCMan has no problem with the economy, the Iraq war, health care, high gas prices, home foreclosures etc., because his entire focus is on the banal and the ridiculous.

I thought this election was to be about ISSUES and not PROPAGANDA AND POLITRICKS,

Or it may be the case that MCMan does not have a life to be so consumed on such a trivial matter that has been blown up out of proportion by the MSM who need ratings to stay in business.

If this is the only kind of baggage they can find on Obama, as compared to that of Clinton and McCain, then the Obama campaign really has nothing much to worry about.

Obama DIVORCED Wright today, so what is left to talk about.

Since McMan now has time on his hands because Wright is now a non-issue, he needs to now focus on and explain Hagee et al + the bad temper + Keating + all of the flip flops + the senior citizen moments + the lobbyists running the campaign.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:58 PM on 04/29/2008
NCMan See Profile I’m a Fan of NCMan
i did see it and there was nothing in Wright’s performance this week-end that Obama wasn’t already aware of.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:06 PM on 04/29/2008
Shaddup See Profile I’m a Fan of Shaddup
NCMan, it must’ve been hard for you to fly to all those sermons in Chicago every weekend and follow O’bama around so that you could see everything he witnessed. How much is the Hillary campaign paying people to comment these days anyway?

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 10:38 PM on 04/29/2008
mexamerican See Profile I’m a Fan of mexamerican
ncman is pissed that he can’t do his anti-wright shtick much longer. no one cares.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 03:44 AM on 04/30/2008
mamacat See Profile I’m a Fan of mamacat
I have the feeling that Bush might make a half way decent slapstick comedian. Even when he is trying to be serious, he gives one the impression that he could launch into a song and dance routine at any moment. We have already had a “B” grade actor who became a president, why not the reverse?
Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:54 PM on 04/29/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
Shall we once again revisit all the sins of Rodham Clinton? Do you never tire of having others bring back all which would have been let go, had supporters like you not continue to smear and lie about Obama? Do you not realize that every time you choose to lie about Obama, all the facts that can be proven without a doubt about Rodham Clinton come front and center because of YOU? Or perhaps you don’t care. Perhaps in your rage to besmirch Obama, you inadvertently continue to draw people’s attention to the fact that Rodham Clinton has a near 70 percent negative and dishonesty rating.

Lies seem to be second nature to her and to her followers. Shall I review them again for you?
BOSNIA, AFRICA, IRELAND PEACE PROCESS, NAFTA/CAFTA, $800,000.00 from Colombia.

Before you choose in the future to repeat a lie, ask yourself, is it worth it to have everything about your candidate dredged up again, just so you have something to type? You are not doing your candidate any good if you were to stop and think things through, which I doubt very much you do.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:40 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
you have no points – your points only serve to antagonize the opposition into reminding everyone continually about Rodham Clinton’s flaws on the world stage. She will never gain the respect of world leaders because she has lied about being a major particpant in the Irish Peace Process and was called out on it.

All of Bosnia knows that she is a liar, do you really think that anyone in the world regards a liar with respect? Only people like you do, because it is obvious that you were raised to have no moral compass. Unlike most people, you are shallow and lack what most people use to guide their choices in life. It is sad for your parents that you have been stunted with your moral growth.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:32 AM on 04/30/2008
InjunTrouble See Profile I’m a Fan of InjunTrouble
All corporations and their minions (like Billary/McCain and most of the US Media) are running scared that Obama may be elected president and he will undo the corporatocracy they have successfully built over the last several decades.

The last president who represented the people over corporations was FDR (maybe LBJ) and all the insiders are worried sick that we may be going back to the days where people mattered more than corporations.

These insiders will be trying to tear down Obama till November and even later (if he gets elected)

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:50 PM on 04/29/2008
harriscrl3 See Profile I’m a Fan of harriscrl3
We always want to kill hope in this country both literally and figuratively. Its like some of us have accepted our mediocrity and wont aspire for more. Thats why he has trouble reaching the Bubba’s in PA and Ohio they’ve been indoctrinated by a C student president. Thankfully the same demographics in WI and VI are smarter but then again WI and VI are different states from PA and OH. Back to Obama he has shown leadership like NONE of the other candidates and he has had to do so because of merely guilt by association. Hilary Bosnia Lie came out of her LIPS. McCain gaffes and flubs came out his LIPS. On the other hand those words didnt come out of Obama lips they came out Rev Wright now you tell me how thats fair. And how this frenzy that the media has been on is fair. When they found out the guy went to a madrassa they were quick to say he is a terroist in training then they found out the school caters to all religion. You would think they would have been cautious about this witch hunt based on guilt by assoication but MSM is CORPORATE CONTROLLED. Never more has it been evident than in this election. Obama is a threat to their FASCIST goverment.

Carol

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 12:53 AM on 04/30/2008
pagopago See Profile I’m a Fan of pagopago
again, you have no substance to offer in your posts to support why you hold Rodham Clinton in such high esteem other than to tear down the candidate Obama. It does little for your case to lift up your candidate when you continually bring criticism of your candidate to the forefront by your negative and antagonistic approach to debating your candidates values.

Her flaws are pointed out again and again because you and your fellow supporters choose to attack Obama and his supporters, instead of highlighting what is good about Rodham Clinton, and as long as you follow that approach, you will continue to bring out every proven flaw in your candidate, until you learn to unify with positive approach and not ugly attacks on Obama, his supporters, his family, and his church.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 01:38 AM on 04/30/2008
BlueAsh See Profile I’m a Fan of BlueAsh
Well said!

Obama has held his cool, which must drive the Clintons crazy–it certainly drives some of their supporters crazy. As someone else pointed out in another post, the Clintons would love to run against a racist or a misogynist–that will give her a legitimate platform to stand on. Obama is neither, and Hillary finds herself having nothing serious to say–quite a quandary: to paraphrase Maureen Dowd, the Clintons have to club the baby seal to death in order to win.

In that context, Rev. Wright inadvertently provided the much needed fodder. So the media, the Clintons, and the Republicans are making a big deal out of this, as if this white-haired pastor, a former Marine, is a greater threat than the rising gasoline prices, the failing economy, the military quagmire in Iraq, Bin Ladin, Bosnia sniper fire, or Hillary’s plan to level Iran with nuclear bombs.

You are absolutely right: Obama scares these people . They want to destroy before the smoke dissipates and ordinary people come to their senses.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 09:54 PM on 04/29/2008
butchie65 See Profile I’m a Fan of butchie65
“Thanks,” I’m from Wisconsin and did vote for Obama.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:59 PM on 04/29/2008
Julie02 See Profile I’m a Fan of Julie02
No one’s Pastor should be brought into any election. If we do that, it is dangerous to future elections where the other party (and in Obama’s case, his own party) attempts to swiftboat using the Pastor as a weapon.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 05:27 PM on 04/29/2008
PackyJ See Profile I’m a Fan of PackyJ
Go back and re-read the post.
D’Antoni was speaking of Bush being the “dope they could have a beer with” and people making the same mistake with Clinton – a reference to her “shot and a beer” facade of rubbing elbows with the “common folk.”
Obama may look tired to you, but unlike Hillary, he has never made “being tired” an excuse for repeated lies about being “under sniper fire.”
The “love is blind” accurately describes your infatuation with Ms. Clinton.

Posted 09:01 PM on 04/29/2008
CapitalistRebel See Profile I’m a Fan of CapitalistRebel
What’s the difference between Hillary and McCain? They both voted for the war in Iraq, both against the banning of cluster bombs, and both are clearly ready to “obliterate” Iran. Sorry, just because someone claims to be a Democrat doesn’t mean they really are.

Reply Favorite Flag as abusive Posted 08:52 PM on 04/29/2008
mexamerican See Profile I’m a Fan of mexamerican
exactly. anyone can see that shillary and mccain are the same candidate. maybe shillary will give the poor a couple of crumbs so long as her corporate masters say it’s okay. but both want to bomb iran. both voted for iraq. and they both have sold out big time. that’s why they both want to destroy obama. he’s not part of the hundred millionaires club.

THIS WHITE MAN TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT,OBAMA’S PASTOR (SENT IN BY BROTHER LOUIS ARMMAND)

April 26, 2008

sent in by Brother Louis Armmand,in his regular mailings to many

For those who don’t know Tim Wise is a White man…

COUNTERPUNCH

March 18, 2008

Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and the Unacceptability of Truth Of
National Lies and Racial America

By TIM WISE

For most white folks, indignation just doesn’t wear well. Once affected
or conjured up, it reminds one of a pudgy man, wearing a tie that may
well have fit him when he was fifty pounds lighter, but which now cuts
off somewhere above his navel and makes him look like an idiot.

Indignation doesn’t work for most whites, because having remained
sanguine about, silent during, indeed often supportive of so much
injustice over the years in this country–the theft of native land and
genocide of indigenous persons, and the enslavement of Africans being
only two of the best examples–we are just a bit late to get into the
game of moral rectitude. And once we enter it, our efforts at
righteousness tend to fail the test of sincerity.

But here we are, in 2008, fuming at the words of Pastor Jeremiah Wright,
of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago–occasionally Barack
Obama’s pastor, and the man whom Obama credits with having brought him
to Christianity–for merely reminding us of those evils about which we
have remained so quiet, so dismissive, so unconcerned. It is not the
crime that bothers us, but the remembrance of it, the unwillingness to
let it go–these last words being the first ones uttered by most whites
it seems whenever anyone, least of all an “angry black man” like
Jeremiah Wright, foists upon us the bill of particulars for several
centuries of white supremacy.

But our collective indignation, no matter how loudly we announce it,
cannot drown out the truth. And as much as white America may not be able
to hear it (and as much as politics may require Obama to condemn it) let
us be clear, Jeremiah Wright fundamentally told the truth.

Oh I know that for some such a comment will seem shocking. After all,
didn’t he say that America “got what it deserved” on 9/11? And didn’t he
say that black people should be singing “God Damn America” because of
its treatment of the African American community throughout the years?

Well actually, no he didn’t.

Wright said not that the attacks of September 11th were justified, but
that they were, in effect, predictable. Deploying the imagery of
chickens coming home to roost is not to give thanks for the return of
the poultry or to endorse such feathered homecoming as a positive good;
rather, it is merely to note two things: first, that what goes around,
indeed, comes around–a notion with longstanding theological
grounding–and secondly, that the U.S. has indeed engaged in more than
enough violence against innocent people to make it just a tad bit
hypocritical for us to then evince shock and outrage about an attack on
ourselves, as if the latter were unprecedented.

He noted that we killed far more people, far more innocent civilians in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki than were killed on 9/11 and “never batted an
eye.” That this statement is true is inarguable, at least amongst sane
people. He is correct on the math, he is correct on the innocence of the
dead (neither city was a military target), and he is most definitely
correct on the lack of remorse or even self-doubt about the act:
sixty-plus years later most Americans still believe those attacks were
justified, that they were needed to end the war and “save American
lives.”

But not only does such a calculus suggest that American lives are
inherently worth more than the lives of Japanese civilians (or, one
supposes, Vietnamese, Iraqi or Afghan civilians too), but it also
ignores the long-declassified documents, and President Truman’s own war
diaries, all of which indicate clearly that Japan had already signaled
its desire to end the war, and that we knew they were going to
surrender, even without the dropping of atomic weapons. The conclusion
to which these truths then attest is simple, both in its basic veracity
and it monstrousness: namely, that in those places we committed
premeditated and deliberate mass murder, with no justification
whatsoever; and yet for saying that I will receive more hate mail, more
hostility, more dismissive and contemptuous responses than will those
who suggest that no body count is too high when we’re the ones doing the
killing. Jeremiah Wright becomes a pariah, because, you see, we much
prefer the logic of George Bush the First, who once said that as
President he would “never apologize for the United States of America . I
don’t care what the facts are.”

And Wright didn’t say blacks should be singing “God Damn America.” He
was suggesting that blacks owe little moral allegiance to a nation that
has treated so many of them for so long as animals, as persons
undeserving of dignity and respect, and which even now locks up hundreds
of thousands of non-violent offenders (especially for drug possession),
even while whites who do the same crimes (and according to the data,
when it comes to drugs, more often in fact), are walking around free.
His reference to God in that sermon was more about what God will do to
such a nation, than it was about what should or shouldn’t happen. It was
a comment derived from, and fully in keeping with, the black prophetic
tradition, and although one can surely disagree with the theology (I do,
actually, and don’t believe that any God either blesses or condemns
nation states for their actions), the statement itself was no call for
blacks to turn on America . If anything, it was a demand that America
earn the respect of black people, something the evidence and history
suggests it has yet to do.

Finally, although one can certainly disagree with Wright about his
suggestion that the government created AIDS to get rid of black
folks–and I do, for instance–it is worth pointing out that Wright
isn’t the only one who has said this. In fact, none other than Bill
Cosby (oh yes, that Bill Cosby, the one white folks love because of his
recent moral crusade against the black poor) proffered his belief in the
very same thing back in the early ’90s in an interview on CNN, when he
said that AIDS may well have been created to get rid of people whom the
government deemed “undesirable” including gays and racial minorities.

So that’s the truth of the matter: Wright made one comment that is
highly arguable, but which has also been voiced by white America ‘s
favorite black man, another that was horribly misinterpreted and
stripped of all context, and then another that was demonstrably
accurate. And for this, he is pilloried and made into a virtual enemy of
the state; for this, Barack Obama may lose the support of just enough
white folks to cost him the Democratic nomination, and/or the
Presidency; all of it, because Jeremiah Wright, unlike most preachers
opted for truth. If he had been one of those “prosperity ministers” who
says Jesus wants nothing so much as for you to be rich, like Joel
Osteen, that would have been fine. Had he been a retread bigot like
Falwell was, or Pat Robertson is, he might have been criticized, but he
would have remained in good standing and surely not have damaged a
Presidential candidate in this way. But unlike Osteen, and Falwell, and
Robertson, Jeremiah Wright refused to feed his parishioners lies.

What Jeremiah Wright knows, and told his flock–though make no mistake,
they already knew it–is that 9/11 was neither the first, nor worst act
of terrorism on American soil. The history of this nation for folks of
color, was for generations, nothing less than an intergenerational hate
crime, one in which 9/11s were woven into the fabric of everyday life:
hundreds of thousands of the enslaved who died from the conditions of
their bondage; thousands more who were lynched (as many as 10,000 in the
first few years after the Civil War, according to testimony in the
Congressional Record at the time); millions of indigenous persons wiped
off the face of the Earth. No, to some, the horror of 9/11 was not new.
To some it was not on that day that “everything changed.” To some,
everything changed four hundred years ago, when that first ship landed
at what would become Jamestown . To some, everything changed when their
ancestors were forced into the hulls of slave ships at Goree Island and
brought to a strange land as chattel. To some, everything changed when
they were run out of Northern Mexico , only to watch it become the
Southwest United States , thanks to a war of annihilation initiated by
the U.S. government. To some, being on the receiving end of terrorism
has been a way of life. Until recently it was absolutely normal in fact.

But white folks have a hard time hearing these simple truths. We find it
almost impossible to listen to an alternative version of reality.
Indeed, what seems to bother white people more than anything, whether in
the recent episode, or at any other time, is being confronted with the
recognition that black people do not, by and large, see the world like
we do; that black people, by and large, do not view America as white
people view it. We are, in fact, shocked that this should be so, having
come to believe, apparently, that the falsehoods to which we cling like
a kidney patient clings to a dialysis machine, are equally shared by our
darker-skinned compatriots.

This is what James Baldwin was talking about in his classic 1972 work,
No Name in the Street, wherein he noted:

“White children, in the main, and whether they are rich or poor, grow up
with a grasp of reality so feeble that they can very accurately be
described as deluded–about themselves and the world they live in. White
people have managed to get through their entire lifetimes in this
euphoric state, but black people have not been so lucky: a black man who
sees the world the way John Wayne, for example, sees it would not be an
eccentric patriot, but a raving maniac.”

And so we were shocked in 1987, when Supreme Court Justice Thurgood
Marshall declined to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution,
because, as he noted, most of that history had been one of overt racism
and injustice, and to his way of thinking, the only history worth
celebrating had been that of the past three or four decades.

We were shocked to learn that black people actually believed that a
white cop who was a documented racist might frame a black man; and we’re
shocked to learn that lots of black folks still perceive the U.S. as a
racist nation–we’re literally stunned that people who say they
experience discrimination regularly (and who have the social science
research to back them up) actually think that those experiences and that
data might actually say something about the nation in which they reside.
Imagine.

Whites are easily shocked by what we see and hear from Pastor Wright and
Trinity Church , because what we see and hear so thoroughly challenges
our understanding of who we are as a nation. But black people have
never, for the most part, believed in the imagery of the “shining city
on a hill,” for they have never had the option of looking at their
nation and ignoring the mountain-sized warts still dotting its face when
it comes to race. Black people do not, in the main, get misty eyed at
the sight of the flag the way white people do–and this is true even for
millions of black veterans–for they understand that the nation for whom
that flag waves is still not fully committed to their own equality. They
have a harder time singing those tunes that white people seem so eager
to belt out, like “God Bless America ,” for they know that whites sang
those words loudly and proudly even as they were enforcing Jim Crow
segregation, rioting against blacks who dared move into previously white
neighborhoods, throwing rocks at Dr. King and then cheering, as so many
did, when they heard the news that he had been assassinated.

Whites refuse to remember (or perhaps have never learned) that which
black folks cannot afford to forget. I’ve seen white people stunned to
the point of paralysis when they learn the truth about lynching’s in this
country–when they discover that such events were not just a couple of
good old boys with a truck and a rope hauling some black guy out to the
tree, hanging him, and letting him swing there. They were never told the
truth: that lynching’s were often community events, advertised in papers
as “Negro Barbecues,” involving hundreds or even thousands of whites,
who would join in the fun, eat chicken salad and drink sweet tea, all
while the black victims of their depravity were being hung, then shot,
then burned, and then having their body parts cut off, to be handed out
to onlookers. They are stunned to learn that postcards of the events
were traded as souvenirs, and that very few whites, including members of
their own families did or said anything to stop it.

Rather than knowing about and confronting the ugliness of our past,
whites take steps to excise the less flattering aspects of our history
so that we need not be bothered with them. So, in Tulsa , Oklahoma , for
example, site of an orgy of violence against the black community in
1921, city officials literally went into the town library and removed
all reference to the mass killings in the Greenwood district from the
papers with a razor blade–an excising of truth and an assault on memory
that would remain unchanged for over seventy years.

Most white people desire, or perhaps even require the propagation of
lies when it comes to our history. Surely we prefer the lies to anything
resembling, even remotely, the truth. Our version of history, of our
national past, simply cannot allow for the intrusion of fact into a
worldview so thoroughly identified with fiction. But that white version
of America is not only extraordinarily incomplete, in that it so favors
the white experience to the exclusion of others; it is more than that;
it is actually a slap in the face to people of color, a re-injury, a
reminder that they are essentially irrelevant, their concerns trivial,
their lives unworthy of being taken seriously. In that sense, and what
few if any white Americans appear capable of grasping at present, is
that “Leave it Beaver” and “Father Knows Best,” portray an America so
divorced from the reality of the times in which they were produced, as
to raise serious questions about the sanity of those who found them so
moving, so accurate, so real. These iconographic representations of life
in the U.S. are worse than selective, worse than false, they are
assaults to the humanity and memory of black people, who were being
savagely oppressed even as June Cleaver did housework in heels and
laughed about the hilarious hijinks of Beaver and Larry Mondello.

These portraits of America are certifiable evidence of how disconnected
white folks were–and to the extent we still love them and view them as
representations of the “good old days” to which we wish we could return,
still are–from those men and women of color with whom we have long
shared a nation. Just two months before “Leave it to Beaver” debuted,
proposed civil rights legislation was killed thanks to Strom Thurmond’s
24-hour filibuster speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. One month
prior, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus called out the National Guard to
block black students from entering Little Rock Central High; and nine
days before America was introduced to the Cleavers, and the comforting
image of national life they represented, those black students were
finally allowed to enter, amid the screams of enraged, unhinged,
viciously bigoted white people, who saw nothing wrong with calling
children niggers in front of cameras. That was America of the 1950s: not
the sanitized version into which so many escape thanks to the miracle of
syndication, which merely allows white people to relive a lie, year
after year after year.

No, it is not the pastor who distorts history; Nick at Nite and your
teenager’s textbooks do that. It is not he who casts aspersions upon
“this great country” as Barack Obama put it in his public denunciations
of him; it is the historic leadership of the nation that has cast
aspersions upon it; it is they who have cheapened it, who have made
gaudy and vile the promise of American democracy by defiling it with
lies. They engage in a patriotism that is pathological in its
implications, that asks of those who adhere to it not merely a love of
country but the turning of one’s nation into an idol to be worshipped,
it not literally, then at least in terms of consequence.

It is they–the flag-lapel-pin wearing leaders of this land–who bring
shame to the country with their nonsensical suggestions that we are
always noble in warfare, always well-intended, and although we
occasionally make mistakes, we are never the ones to blame for anything.
Nothing that happens to us has anything to do with us at all. It is
always about them. They are evil, crazy, fanatical, hate our freedoms,
and are jealous of our prosperity. When individuals prattle on in this
manner we diagnose them as narcissistic, as deluded. When nations do
it–when our nation does–we celebrate it as though it were the very
model of rational and informed citizenship.

So what can we say about a nation that values lies more than it loves
truth?

Pardon me, but something is wrong here, and whatever it is, is not to be
found at Trinity United Church of Christ.

[Tim Wise is the author of: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a
Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press, 2005), and Affirmative Action: Racial
Preference in Black and White (Routledge: 2005). He can be reached at:
timjwi
Community of Medhane Alem
Mailing Address:
P O Box 438427
Chicago, Illinois 60643-8427
tel: (773) 253-5248
fax: (773) 474-7071
http://www.medhanealem-cmty.org

se@msn.com This essay originally appeared in Lip.]

BILLARY’S LAPDOG PRESS ARE LYING!: THIS WHITE GIRL WON PENN WITH 8.06% NOT %10 SO SHE LOST BADLY WHAT SHE WANTED TO GET! FROM BARACKOBAMA.COM

April 23, 2008

from barackobama.com

By mightylou 9 minutes ago
HC’s lead is NOT 10% it is 8.6 to be percise and that only rounds up to 9%.

This needs to be told and put on the blogs for all the news stations and other blogging sites.
NOTE: We will follow this statement up and get you to documented info as soon as we see it!Just like she said she won Texas and didn’t,she is busy lying here! Obama closed down her natural lead in her”home state”! This white girl is losing!
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2008 General Primary
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Unofficial Returns
*** 9,212 out of 9,264 Districts (99.44%) Reporting Statewide ***
President of the United States
Democratic Primary

Candidate Votes Percent
CLINTON, HILLARY (DEM)
1,237,696 54.6%
OBAMA, BARACK (DEM)
1,029,672 45.4%

DIFFERENCE IS 8.5 %
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SOME OF WHAT BROTHER REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT REALLY SAID FROM THE FINAL CALL.COM

April 21, 2008

FROM finalcall.com
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What Rev. Jeremiah Wright Really Said
By George E. Curry
-Guest Columnist-
Updated Apr 20, 2008, 07:57 pm Email this article
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The Attack on Black Theology (FCN, 04-20-2008)
The Chicago Tribune recently transcribed some controversial sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor. As can be seen below, many of his remarks were taken out of context.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Photo: Kenneth Muhammad/
SEPT. 16, 2001 Sound bite: “We’ve bombed Hiroshima, we’ve bombed Nagasaki, we’ve nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye. . . . We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans, and now we are indignant. Because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Wright in context:

“I heard Ambassador (Edward) Peck on an interview yesterday, did anybody else see him or hear him? He was on Fox News. This is a White man, and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. Did you see him, John? A White man. He pointed out, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true, that America’s chickens are coming home to roost.

“We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, the Iroquois, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism. We took Africans from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism. We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel; we bombed the Black civilian community of Panama, with Stealth bombers, and killed unarmed teenagers and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard-working fathers. We’ve bombed (Muammar) Gadhafi’s home and killed his child.

“Blessed are they who bash your children’s heads against the rocks. We bombed Iraq; we killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back an attack on our embassy. Killed hundreds of hard-working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day, not knowing that they would never get back home.

“We’ve bombed Hiroshima, we’ve bombed Nagasaki, we’ve nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye. Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up children after school, civilians not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans, and now we are indignant. Because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards.

“America’s chickens are coming home to roost. Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred and terrorism begets terrorism. A White ambassador said that, y’all, not a Black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism.

JULY 2003 Sound bite: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America?’ No, no, no, not ‘God Bless America,’ ‘God Damn America.’”

Wright in context:

“The United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on the reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating the citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains. The government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton fields, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of the racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America?’

“No, no, no, not ‘God Bless America,’ ‘God Damn America.’ That’s in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating its citizens as less than human, God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.”

JAN. 13, 2008 Sound bite: “Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ain’t. Bill did us just like he did Monica Lewinski. He was riding dirty.î

Wright in context:

“There is a man here who can take this country in a new direction. ‘But he’s a Black man.’ There is a man here who is empowered by hope to usher in an era of change in a country that is in desperate need of a change. ‘But he ain’t Black enough.’ There is a man here who can get Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and persons of no faith to sit down at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood and talk about our common humanity and our common future. ‘But I ain’t gonna vote for him ’cause I don’t want to waste my vote.’ ‘But Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us.’ No he ain’t. Bill did us just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty.”

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. This commentary was distributed by NNPA.

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SURPRISE IN PENNSYLVANIA?THIS WHITE MAN THINKS SO,FROM STEPHENCROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM

April 21, 2008

from stephencrose.blogspot.com

Stephen C. Rose Home

Friday, April 18, 2008
Pennsylvania Surprise — Obama Victory

Pennsylvania is where Barack Obama delivered arguably the most significant public speech on race of the last 40 years. It is also where comments about bitterness in the face of continued Washington failures did him little or no harm. It is also a state which is NOT Ohio. There may be elements of Ohio but Pennsylvania is a rabidly independent place with a sense of its own crucial role in leavening the nation with some Pennsylvania smarts. That is why I believe there’s a Pennsylvania Surprise coming. Pennsylvania will be the state where the Bradley Effect worked in reverse. It will be the state where the undecideds went for Obama.
I am fully prepared to eat some crow if I am wrong. I do not think a loss in PA will substantially hurt Barack. But I believe we have a good chance of a win. And I will list my reasons below.
1. PPP says he has the edge. I go by Public Policy Polling. It is the only one that says Barack leads. They may be wrong. But it would be the first time this primary season. They say Barack by 2. I say Barack by 4.

2. Pennsylvania is not dumb. It knows that it can be the state that puts Barack over the top. That, combined with the historic event of Barack’s speech, will, I believe, motivate the undecideds to say, Yes, Yes We Will.

3. The surprise factor. So far the election has been nothing but. A Barack victory would continue the pattern.

4. The superdelegates were unswayed by the wretched collusion that was the Wednesday Debate in Philadelphia. It was aimed at them and nothing that the moderators or Hillary threw at them stuck. So the people in Pennsylvania realize that they can play the pivotal role in creating the superdelegate surge that Barack needs to capture the nomination.

5. McCain Impatience. Enough already will be the dominant mood on Tuesday. It is time to go for McCain. And time to let Obama flex his muscles for the big battle. McCain will be the target of Tuesday’s voting and the bulk of people, including Pennsylvanians, believe Barack beats him better than Hillary would.

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THIS WHITE MAN IS TIRED OF BILLARY’S RACE CARD TRICKS:MICHAEL MOORE ENDORSES OBAMA FROM MICHAELMOORE.COM

April 21, 2008

from michaelmoore.com

Monday, April 21st, 2008
My Vote’s for Obama (if I could vote) …by Michael Moore

Friends,

I don’t get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn’t get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote — and yours — on Tuesday for Senator Barack Obama?

I haven’t spoken publicly ’til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares?; and 2) I (and most people I know) don’t give a rat’s ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there’s a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word “Democratic” next to the candidate’s name.

Seriously, I know so many people who don’t care if the name under the Big “D” is Dancer, Prancer, Clinton or Blitzen. It can be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Barry Obama or the Dalai Lama.

Well, that sounded good last year, but over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I’ve watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name “Farrakhan” out of nowhere, well that’s when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the “F” word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama’s pastor does — AND the “church bulletin” once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!

This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!

Yes, Senator Clinton, that’s how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity. How sad that I would ever have to write those words about you. You have devoted your life to good causes and good deeds. And now to throw it all away for an office you can’t win unless you smear the black man so much that the superdelegates cry “Uncle (Tom)” and give it all to you.

But that can’t happen. You cast your die when you voted to start this bloody war. When you did that you were like Moses who lost it for a moment and, because of that, was prohibited from entering the Promised Land.

How sad for a country that wanted to see the first woman elected to the White House. That day will come — but it won’t be you. We’ll have to wait for the current Democratic governor of Kansas to run in 2016 (you read it here first!).

There are those who say Obama isn’t ready, or he’s voted wrong on this or that. But that’s looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the candidate.

That is not to take anything away from this exceptional man. But what’s going on is bigger than him at this point, and that’s a good thing for the country. Because, when he wins in November, that Obama Movement is going to have to stay alert and active. Corporate America is not going to give up their hold on our government just because we say so. President Obama is going to need a nation of millions to stand behind him.

I know some of you will say, ‘Mike, what have the Democrats done to deserve our vote?’ That’s a damn good question. In November of ’06, the country loudly sent a message that we wanted the war to end. Yet the Democrats have done nothing. So why should we be so eager to line up happily behind them?

I’ll tell you why. Because I can’t stand one more friggin’ minute of this administration and the permanent, irreversible damage it has done to our people and to this world. I’m almost at the point where I don’t care if the Democrats don’t have a backbone or a kneebone or a thought in their dizzy little heads. Just as long as their name ain’t “Bush” and the word “Republican” is not beside theirs on the ballot, then that’s good enough for me.

I, like the majority of Americans, have been pummeled senseless for 8 long years. That’s why I will join millions of citizens and stagger into the voting booth come November, like a boxer in the 12th round, all bloodied and bruised with one eye swollen shut, looking for the only thing that matters — that big “D” on the ballot.

Don’t get me wrong. I lost my rose-colored glasses a long time ago.

It’s foolish to see the Democrats as anything but a nicer version of a party that exists to do the bidding of the corporate elite in this country. Any endorsement of a Democrat must be done with this acknowledgement and a hope that one day we will have a party that’ll represent the people first, and laws that allow that party an equal voice.

Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, “Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for ‘spiritual counseling?’ THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!”

But no, Obama won’t throw that at her. It wouldn’t be right. It wouldn’t be decent. She’s been through enough hurt. And so he remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.

That’s why the crowds who come to see him are so large. That’s why he’ll take us down a more decent path. That’s why I would vote for him if Michigan were allowed to have an election.

But the question I keep hearing is… ‘can he win? Can he win in November?’ In the distance we hear the siren of the death train called the Straight Talk Express. We know it’s possible to hear the words “President McCain” on January 20th. We know there are still many Americans who will never vote for a black man. Hillary knows it, too. She’s counting on it.

Pennsylvania, the state that gave birth to this great country, has a chance to set things right. It has not had a moment to shine like this since 1787 when our Constitution was written there. In that Constitution, they wrote that a black man or woman was only “three fifths” human. On Tuesday, the good people of Pennsylvania have a chance for redemption.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MichaelMoore.com
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OGA O! EVEN WHITE GIRLS ARE STARTING TO GET IT! BILLARY IS A BAD EXAMPLE OF WHITE GIRLS TOO! FROM MCCLATCHYDC.COM

April 14, 2008

from mcclatchydc.com

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Like many women over 50, Paula Houwen was eager to vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

“I was impressed when she was first lady. She wasn’t the country’s trophy wife,” the 56-year-old suburban Philadelphia pharmacist recalled.

Today, though, Houwen’s no longer a Clinton fan.

“I do not like the way Hillary Clinton has run her campaign,” she said.

Clinton’s strongest core of support — white women — is beginning to erode in Pennsylvania, the site of the critical April 22 Democratic presidential primary, and a loss here could effectively end her White House run.

A Quinnipiac University survey taken April 3-6 in Pennsylvania found that Clinton’s support fell 6 percentage points in a week among white women. Nationally, a Lifetime Networks poll of women found that 26 percent said they liked Clinton less now than in January, while only 15 percent said they liked her more.

“These are Democratic women who waited all their lives for a woman president, but Hillary is not turning them on,” said polling analyst Clay Richards.

The Clinton campaign is aware of the danger, and last week it began dispatching friends of Clinton from New York, Washington and elsewhere to key Pennsylvania communities to have “living room chats” with women.

“We thought this might happen,” senior Clinton adviser Ann Lewis said of the erosion. A key reason, she said, is rival Barack Obama’s ad barrage, notably his gentle but persistent reminders to TV viewers that he’s well-equipped to heal the ailing economy.

“I can’t overcome the media barrage, so we need to go back to talking to people about their personal concerns,” said Lewis, “and emphasizing her experience.”

Economic concerns are at the top of most women’s lists, and “Obama is coming across to more and more people as qualified on that issue,” Richards said.

Interviews in suburban Philadelphia, an area full of swing voters who are likely to determine the outcome of the primary, found other reasons for Clinton’s shaky support.

A lot of white women, and for that matter white men, want the race to end and increasingly consider Obama an acceptable nominee.

“There may be a general, reluctant acceptance that things just don’t look that good for Clinton,” said Susan Carroll, a professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University.

The most familiar echo among many Pennsylvania women when they discuss Clinton, however, is disappointment. Ask them when they became disillusioned with the woman who would be president, and they can cite almost the exact moment.

For Clare Howard, a meditation teacher from Southhampton, it was the night in January when Bill Clinton suggested that Obama did well in the South Carolina primary because of his race.

That went too far, said Howard, 60. “It was like they would do anything to win,” she said.

Joan Schmidt, 60, a school psychologist in Levittown, grew tired of hearing Clinton tout — and exaggerate — her experience.

Jane Dovel, 68, an artist in Doylestown, turned away from Clinton after hearing the New York senator’s reaction to Obama’s comments that Ronald Reagan had been a “transformative political figure.”

Clinton fired back that Republicans hadn’t had better ideas. “I don’t think it’s a better idea to privatize Social Security,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a better idea to eliminate the minimum wage.”

That’s not what Obama had said, recalled Dovel. “What Clinton said was a blatant lie,” she said. “From that moment on, she was history. She was not to be trusted.”

Obama’s increasing ability to convince these women that he’s on their side has contributed to their shift away from Clinton.

Most are old enough to remember John F. Kennedy, and it’s common to hear them say how much the Illinois senator reminds them of the young president. “He’s definitely someone who knows how to get everyone on board,” said Jill Saul, a Bristol teacher.

Howard was struck by how much her three children were impressed with Obama — much the way Democratic youngsters were taken with Kennedy.

“If I ever want to look my kids in the eye again,” she laughed, “I have to go with Obama.”

The Clinton forces realize that a new trend_ Clinton, after all, still leads Obama among white women by 28 points in the Quinnipiac poll — could quickly become a tidal wave if left unchecked.

So they’re planning more living-room visits, closed to the media and not publicized, as a way of reminding people of Clinton’s personal qualities.

Clinton is getting to be a tougher sell, though, because a lot of women have thought long and hard about moving away from someone whom they’ve wanted for a long time.

“If elected, I’m sure she’ll do a good job,” said Michele Scarborough, a Quakertown borough councilwoman. “But I just don’t feel she’s one of us.”

To read the Lifetime Networks poll, go to:

http://www.mylifetime.com/community/my-lifetime-commitment/ewc/election-race-shifts-so-do-womens-opinions-candidates-perceptio

To read the Quinnipiac poll, go to:

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1327.xml?ReleaseID=1165

McClatchy Newspapers 2008

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PAULETTA WASHINGTON\’S BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER DENZEL WASHINGTON!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK MAN FOR A HUSBAND! YOU CAN TOO!

PAULETTA WASHINGTON,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY GOT HER A FINE BLACK MAN FOR A HUSBAND! YOU CAN TOO!

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SERENA IN HER NATURAL BRAIDS-A TRUE BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY! HOPE YOU GO BACK TO NATURAL HAIR STYLES AND STOP THIS IMITATION WHITE GIRL LOOK YOU AND VENUS ARE NOW INTO!

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

AS you can see, I’m a beautiful girl because I’m dark in complexion. I like to look nice and beautiful always. My mum always encourages me every time I appear clean, that, I’m black and I’m shining. I sweep my room, lay my bed and clean our sitting room always. I learn how to be clean from my mum because she dresses well. She is my role model when it comes to looking good. - Iremide Oyelaja, 10-year-old, Pry 4. (THIS NIGERIAN MOTHER TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER TO BE PROUD OF HER BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLOR UNLIKE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER WHO TOLD HIM HIS BLACK FEATURES WERE UGLY! TEACH YOUR BLACK CHILDREN TO LOVE THEIR BLACK FEATURES-NOSE,MOUTH,BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!(IBADAN,NIGERIA)

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BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY!
Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face!

First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom!

So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most

beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens?

Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest part of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS!

Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
1981,Lagos,Nigeria

BLACK NOTES: Let me give tribute to Brother Damu,House of Umoja(San Francisco) for{1}
{2}Brother O.O. Gabugan in the poem “Black Queen For a Day”,{3}Sister Sonia Sanchez in her poem “,Queens of the Universe”,for the quoted words used in the first part of this article.

THIS MEXICAN ALLY IS SMART ABOUT MASSUH CLINTON AND HIS WHITE GIRL! TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHY THE CLINTONS ARE NOW WHITEMAILING YOU FOR NOT ENDORSING THEM! FROM NEW YORK TIMES

April 12, 2008

from nytimes.com

Why Gov. Bill Richardson didn’t endorse Clinton
Shari Vialpando / Associated Press
Gov. Bill Richardson, shown here in New Mexico on Tuesday, has drawn criticism from supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama. “I was loyal,” Richardson says. “But I don’t think that loyalty is transferable to his wife…. You don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.”
The New Mexico governor says he was dismayed by pressure from the Clinton camp, and impressed by Obama’s optimism. Besides, ‘you don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.’
By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 12, 2008
SANTA FE, N.M. — Before he endorsed Barack Obama, before he drew the wrath of the Clintons and was likened to Judas, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson nearly endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

But Richardson hesitated, and as the Democratic campaign turned ugly, he grew angry.

There was that “3 a.m.” TV ad, in which Clinton questioned Obama’s personal mettle. “That upset me,” Richardson said.

There were some ham-fisted phone calls from Clinton backers, who questioned Richardson’s honor and suggested that the governor, who served in President Clinton’s Cabinet, owed Hillary Clinton his support. “That really ticked me off,” Richardson said.

Still, even as he moved from Clinton toward Obama — “the pursuit was pretty relentless on both sides” — Richardson wrestled with the question of loyalty. After 14 years in Congress and a measure of fame as an international troubleshooter, Richardson was named Clinton’s U.N. ambassador, then Energy secretary: “two important appointments,” Richardson said.

He finally concluded that he had settled his debt to the former president: He had worked for Clinton’s election in 1992, helped pass the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of his administration, stood by him during the Monica S. Lewinsky sex scandal, and rounded up votes to fight impeachment.

“I was loyal,” Richardson said during an extended conversation over breakfast this week at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe. “But I don’t think that loyalty is transferable to his wife. . . . You don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.”

He was impressed by the mostly positive tone of Obama’s campaign, and grew to appreciate the substance and depth of their private conversations. The more Richardson heard from the Washington heavyweights backing Clinton, the more convinced he became of the need for a change inside the Beltway.

It has been three weeks since Richardson embraced the Illinois senator, an endorsement that continues to rankle and resonate — the significance, it would seem, going far beyond the preference of a governor from a poor, rural state.

But this is a family fight, between kin of the Clinton years, so perhaps the raw emotions shouldn’t be surprising. “They’re very similar in personality,” said Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party and a friend of both Bill Clinton and Richardson. “There was a bond established, and I think [the former president] feels a little hurt.”

Attention to the endorsement might have quickly passed but for the strenuous protest of Bill Clinton and others. Speaking for the campaign, advisor Mark Penn suggested Richardson’s endorsement came too late to be much help to Obama. “Everyone has their endorsers,” he said.

But then James Carville, the pundit, strategist and Clinton loyalist, hurled a lightning bolt by comparing Richardson to Judas and his surrender of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Soon after came an odd back-and-forth concerning a private conversation in which, supposedly, either Hillary Clinton or Richardson dismissed Obama as unelectable. (Neither party will discuss particulars, but Richardson said he never made that statement.)

Days later, just when interest in the endorsement seemed to wane, former President Clinton exploded in a rant about Richardson at the California Democratic Party convention. He later apologized, but his tirade in a closed-door session with superdelegates rekindled the story for several more days.

People close to Clinton said he views the governor’s action as a personal betrayal. “I think [Richardson] really owes a big chunk of his success and his career to the Clintons,” said an associate who has discussed the matter with the former president and requested anonymity to speak candidly.

“Look,” Richardson responded, “I was a successful congressman rescuing hostages before I was appointed. I was a governor afterward, elected on my own.”

Even more than the endorsement, Clinton’s associate said, the former president was angry because he thought Richardson broke his word. The two men watched the Super Bowl together at the governor’s mansion — Clinton made a special trip from California in bad weather — and the former president walked away convinced that Richardson would endorse his wife or, at least, stay neutral.

Richardson was, in fact, close to backing the New York senator that day, though his advisors — many of whom backed Obama — urged him to wait. “I remember talking to the president and saying, ‘I’m leaning. But I’m not there yet.’ He denied pledging neutrality if he changed his mind. “Sometimes people hear what they want to hear,” Richardson said.

Normally the most gregarious of politicians, the governor during the interview this week was subdued as he slowly worked his way through a plate of scrambled eggs, bacon and green chiles. His voice was soft, and he rarely smiled.

His endorsement had been highly coveted, due largely to his stature as one of the country’s most prominent Latino leaders. The pursuit began soon after Richardson quit the presidential race on Jan. 10.

He retreated to New Mexico and the governor’s adobe mansion. He sulked a bit, grew a beard, rode his quarter horse and tended to state business. “I didn’t want anything to do with national politics,” Richardson said, figuring he would keep out of the nominating fight until it was over. But slowly he reengaged, watching the debates and fielding calls from Clinton, Obama and their surrogates.

Their manner of courtship — one wooing, the other arm-twisting — seemed to reflect the candidates’ different personalities and campaign styles, he said.

Obama preferred the soft sell, calling Richardson every three days or so — “dialing the phone himself, no operator” — for long discussions about policy and campaign issues. The two developed a bantering relationship, building on the camaraderie they shared off-camera during debates, when they would roll their eyes at some of their rivals’ statements.

Clinton was more persistent and tactical. There were eight or more phone calls a day, Richardson said: “Bill calling, Hillary calling, friends of mine that were in the Clinton administration, Clinton operatives, Clinton Hispanic operatives, New Mexico Clinton Hispanic operatives.”

Some callers, who suggested Richardson had an obligation to back Clinton, did more harm than good. “I think the Clintons have a feeling of entitlement . . . that the presidency was theirs,” Richardson said, and the persistent lobbying from “Washington establishment types” convinced him of a need for some fresher faces on the scene.

He began admiring Obama back when they were rivals, and the sentiment grew the more they talked about foreign affairs, the environment and other issues. “I saw real growth in the guy,” Richardson said, “a tremendous growth in policy and expression and experience.”

And no, Richardson said, there was never talk of the vice presidency, or any other job in an Obama administration. “I never say never in politics, but I’m not pining for it,” he said. (Nor, he suggested, would he settle for just any Cabinet post, having served before.)

With his mind made up, and dreading the conversation, Richardson called Sen. Clinton a few hours before his endorsement of the Illinois senator was announced. He sat in his den, smoking a cigar with ESPN in the background. Their discussion, Richardson said, “was proper but heated.”

The two have not spoken since. Nor has he heard from Bill Clinton, who told people he was upset that Richardson did not call him as well. (The governor said he tried but never got through.)

The response from the Clinton camp — “the ferocity, the intensity” — has surprised him, Richardson said, though he knew he risked fracturing his relationship with the couple. His wife, Barbara, had warned him, he said: Richardson moved his hands apart, as if to signify a break.

“She also has great affection for the Clintons,” the governor said — she decorated their home with photos of the two couples together.

“He’s very much a part of my life,” Richardson said of the former president. The pictures are still hanging in the mansion’s private quarters.

mark.barabak@latimes.com

BROTHER TAVIS SMILEY YOU LOSE CAUSE YOU JUST LOVE THAT WHITE GIRL BILLARY TOO MUCH,TRYING TO DESTROY OBAMA BECAUSE OF IT!FROM MAYNARDIJE.ORG

April 12, 2008

from maynardije.org

Tavis Smiley Quits Tom Joyner Show
April 11, 2008
Activist Said to Be Hurt by “Hate” Over Obama Stance
After nearly 12 years as a fixture on radio’s syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” activist, commentator and broadcast personality Tavis Smiley has quit the program, Joyner told listeners on Friday.

Tavis Smiley
“He called me yesterday and said, ‘I quit,'” Joyner said on the air.

Joyner said Smiley told him he was working on too many projects, but believed the real reason was that “he can’t take the hate.

“He can’t take the hate he’s taking over this whole Barack Obama thing. People are really upset with him. He’s always busting Barack Obama’s chops. They call. They e-mail. They joke. They threaten. You know Tavis like I do. He needs to feel loved.

“We’re so emotional about this Barack Obama candidacy. If you don’t say anything for Barack Obama, you’re considered to be a hater. . . . It’s just that it hurts so deep when the people you love don’t agree with you.

“He loves black America and black America has been very critical of him,” Joyner said of Smiley. “It hurts. It hurt me to hear black Americans criticize him.”

Joyner said Smiley’s resignation was not effective immediately, but Joyner considered it to be so. “I asked him to reconsider,” Joyner said, and although Smiley agreed to do so, “he had pretty much made up his mind.”

Late Friday, Smiley issued a statement saying “it is my intention to take on the issues of the day in my commentary twice every week with the same energy, passion and commitment until the end of June.” (See next item).

Smiley had been critical of Obama for not attending Smiley’s annual “State of the Black Union” symposium on Feb. 23. Of the presidential candidates, only Sen. Hillary Clinton accepted the invitation. Obama said he would send his wife, Michelle, but Smiley insisted that was not good enough.

“I’m catching hell,” Smiley acknowledged in an interview then with Michael H. Cottman of BlackAmericaWeb.com.

“Who Died and Made Tavis King?” asked a headline on theRoot.com over a column by Melissa Harris-Lacewell. “Does Tavis realize that Obama is trying to win an election?”

Joyner explained to Journal-isms Friday night that Smiley’s 2006 “Covenant With Black America” was written with the idea of challenging candidates in 2008 to take a stand on its proposals, and in that spirit Smiley had challenged Obama. The “Covenant” Web site says, “As we move toward the national elections of 2006 and 2008, Black Americans are entitled to have questions answered and visions shared of where our leaders want to take this country and a blueprint for how we get there.”

Others, such as the Web site blacktalentnews.com, noted that in February 2007, Smiley complained when C-SPAN’s broadcast of the “State of the Black Union” gathering at Hampton University was interrupted for the kickoff of Obama’s presidential campaign, and that when the controversy erupted over the sound bites aired from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons, “Smiley charged that Obama should have defended his pastor, not condemned him.”

Joyner co-hosted the “State of the Black Union.” Not only have Joyner and Smiley been friends and allies, but Smiley’s twice-weekly commentaries brought political analysis to the Joyner program, which also serves up music and comedy.

Joyner’s “decision in 1996, to hire former Black Entertainment Television host Tavis Smiley to provide daily political commentary on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, was pivotal in raising political activism and awareness among blacks via the airwaves,” Chandra R. Thomas wrote on Time.com last Saturday, in a story called “How Black Radio Found Its Voice.”

Joyner urged listeners to call or e-mail Smiley or even their friend, professor Cornel West, who has been a part of Smiley’s forums. “I think we should all let him know that black America still loves him.”

Smiley addressed the Obama controversy in a Feb. 14 commentary on the Joyner show, but it apparently failed to persuade listeners.

Among the projects Smiley is working on are a documentary, a bus tour and a book publishing company. But Joyner said both he and Smiley have always been multi-taskers.

Joyner asked one of the show’s comedians, Huggie Lowdown, to make Smiley the “‘Bama of the Week” for resigning.

Smiley: I’m Not Leaving the Joyner Show Until June
Tavis Smiley issued this statement late Friday:

There is no way to put into words the love and respect that Tom Joyner and I have for each other, or the love affair that I’ve had with TJMS listeners for almost 12 years now.

Due to the overwhelming amount of phone calls and e-mails I have received from listeners and other media, I wanted to briefly clarify a few issues that I will address more fully in my regular TJMS commentary on Tuesday morning, April 15, at 8:20 a.m. ET.

I did not “quit” the Tom Joyner Morning Show effective immediately. In July I will celebrate my 12th anniversary with the show, and as I discussed with Tom, it is my intention to take on the issues of the day in my commentary twice every week with the same energy, passion and commitment until the end of June.

Contrary to what has been suggested, I have decided to clear some things off my plate so that I can devote my time and attention to some exciting and empowering projects that The Smiley Group, Inc. and other divisions of my company have underway this summer, this fall and beyond.

I look forward to continuing the dialogue on Tuesday and in the coming months.


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