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Obama: 'Our Time Has Come'

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Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) addresses his supporters after the Super Tuesday primary election results filter in. (AP Video)

Posted at 1:16 AM ET on Feb 6, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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Is that THE Sheridan? Still with Tarquin?

Posted by: sawargos | February 6, 2008 9:08 PM

Tell me, sheridan1, what do you think the BILL Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush's "match-up" polling numbers were on February 6, 1992? When both parties officially nominate, then we can talk "match-ups" (even then, after the last conventions, Kerry vs. Bush 43 fluctuated wildly right up until Election Day). Before that, it's less than irrelevant.

Posted by: JakeD | February 6, 2008 3:31 PM

Excuse me? Clinton only won the delegate counts when they add in super delegates, who can change their mind at the convention when they realize what's best for the Party. Obama won more super Tuesday delegates - period.

Also, you may notice that in McCain match-ups, Obama beats McCain, Hillary does not. The super delegates may not like that. With the primaries to come, he will easily be ahead when it comes time for Texas and Ohio and by then, the momentum could even shift toward him there. It really IS looking like
Obama '08!

Posted by: sheridan1 | February 6, 2008 3:18 PM

I'm dismayed by the number of people supporting one candidate can only point to the flaws(they see) in another candidate. For example, if Hillary Clinton had gotten 80% of the white vote, would that make her a candidate only for white people, thus a racist white community supporting her. He won 45% of the white vote as well as 80% of the black vote. Now let's get away from the three states that he won so much because of the large population of blacks. Let's take Idaho, Connecticut, Kansas, Alaska, Colorado and New Mexico. Did he all of a sudden become a white candidate in these states or is it possible he won because of his message. Should I say Hillary won California because she is more biased towards the latinos. Or maybe her message was delivered to them better by her and her supporters. The problem with politics as usual is we think the only way we can support our candidate is by tearing down the other candidates. What are you going to do if your candidate loses. all of a sudden, you going to find reasons to like the other candidate or are you going to vote for someone on the other side or are youo going to just stay home. Stop being so adversarial about the other candidates and just be supportive of your candidate. I could clearly pull out just as many bad things to say about other candidates but how would that help our causes.

Posted by: marcuschilds | February 6, 2008 2:57 PM

It is not the experience that Obama is questioning of Sen. Clinton, it is the lack of change she represents. Still accepting lobbyists money and continue a system of democracy that relies more on them than the people. Why not lead by example, if she wants to lower their influence stop having them participate in her campaign.

And as for Barack not speaking to Whites, when I saw him here in Richmond he was very welcoming to talk to me and it isn't him talking about "our" time as to blacks in the nation but to all of those who are sick of how politics have run during our lifetime.

I also so saw same the Barack could not win in the southern bible belt but look at Georgia's turnout this year, with 99% reporting 1,041,234 have voted for the Democrats and 952,692 voters for the republican nominees. Obama is here to inspire a country, inspire people with a common goal of making this country the best it can be (sorry for the cheesy line). Look at other states across the country as well the trend is there. Young voters who have been thrown away by people claiming we do not vote are coming out by the thousands to make sure that previous mistakes made by our elders are not repeated again in this election. We have to much at stake to sit by silently and watch the course of American History be short sighted and blind to the needs that this faces today. Obama is the man not only ready to be President on day one but make the tough decisions on day 1 the Hillary has been on the wrong side time and time again.

We can change the course of history.

Obama 08.

Posted by: millonat | February 6, 2008 12:32 PM

Wow, I'm amazed by the ignorance of the previous commentators. First, did you notice wins in Iowa, Kansas, IL, or endorsements by Kennedys, Kerry, Durbin, and numerous other white people? And you STILL think white people won't vote for him? Super Tues. was about time and Obama didn't have time to go around everywhere to spread his message. In the following states, you'll see he'll come through.

Second, about his message of hope and change. He wants to change health care, our foreign policy, domestic spending, environmental policies, immigration, and numerous other policies. If you want details go to his website and do some research instead of complaining.

Finally, the media isn't pro-Obama. The fact is that when the Rezko thing came out, they were all over that just as they talked about his abortion voting record. However, both have been researched and found to be non-issues in that he's given back his Rezko money and has supported the right to abortion more than anybody. If Clinton didn't have so many issues, the media wouldn't be focusing on it. However, because nobody will say how large a roll she had in the White House and they won't release the papers that detail that role, nor do they comment on what Bill's role will be if they're elected, there's a lot more to talk about on that front.

Posted by: somua2 | February 6, 2008 12:21 PM


African-Americans vote 80-88% (and higher) for the Democrat in the general election too -- and all of those have been WHITE males -- so to answer your question, no.

Posted by: JakeD | February 6, 2008 12:09 PM

Obama collected an average of 80 percent of the African-American vote in the Super Tuesday states, according to exit polls, winning Georgia last night with 88 percent of the African-American vote and Alabama with 82 percent of the African-American vote.

Do the results from the Primaries & Caucuses reflect racism within the African American Community towards Whites?


Posted by: jeffboste | February 6, 2008 12:05 PM

I wonder if Obama would take the VP slot?

Posted by: JakeD | February 6, 2008 11:20 AM

Understandable, Obama Won in places with a larger Proportion of Blacks... and they "Block Voted" for African-Indonesian-American, and Digital Gen Youth Hype (many under 18?) made up balance.

Open Your Eyes! Why are the Pro-Republican Media & Pundits ONLY ATTACKING Mrs CLINTON, and Silent on Obama? They Know they Can Beat Barak Hussain, but not Hillary Rodman- She "Is Vetted" by 5 Year Investigations by Ken Starr & Republican Power Base - With NO RESULTS! Their Obama Nomination Strategy allows "Swiftboating Barak Hussein", they know there is a lot to Dig Up to Slime and Win!

It "IS All About Experience and ability to Fight" To REPAIR seven years of Lies by Republican Mal-Administration, rampant Federal Law violations, Documented 235 Iraq War of Choice Lies by Bush and Cheney, Corporatism in Government - allowing the manipulation of unregulated trading of oil and energy prices, lax enforcement of environmental laws, no mine safety regulation fines, attack on Constitutional Bill of Rights, Free Speech, spying on Americans, from imprisoning demonstrators in New York at Republican Convention to lying to Justice Investigation Valerie Plame violation of Federal Security Laws by Bush, directed by Cheney secret government and Irve Libby neocon manipulations, Karl Rove leaks to Robert Novak, etc. Yes, Experience Is More Important than Republican Media Hype to support Obama "bring us together", rather than Reverse Last 8 years!

Posted by: rmcnicoll | February 6, 2008 10:34 AM

Obama's calls for hope, for change. but hope to do what, to change to what? He hasn't said yet. He doesn't seem to know. He says that one of the high qualities of leadership is the ability to inspire by words, and he is right. It's a rare ability. But inspire to what end? It's a pity. He promised so much.Senator Obama going to say to republicans when asked why he favors granting drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants as Obama has admitted twice in debates? About Obama's present position that undocumented workers will not be covered in his healthcare proposal, yet when he was running for the Senate he said that children of undocumented workers should get the same healthcare benefits that citizens get? when they begin to ask him about negotiating in unstructured summits with the leaders of Iran, North Korea and Cuba without preconditions? What will Senator Obama say when Senator McCain asks him why he said in 2004 that he did not know how he would have voted on the Iraq war authorization and that his view of the Iraq war was not different from President Bush's? What will Senator Obama say when Senator McCain compares Obama's votes to fully fund the Iraq War in the Senate to Obama's rhetorical opposition to that war? What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain questions Obama's claim to be "the most qualified person in America to conduct the foreign policy of the United States"? What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain says that Obama is not one of the most qualified members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lead this country in today's dangerous world but instead one of the most absent? Senator Obama has not conducted a single policy hearing as chairman of the subcommittee on European Affairs of the Foreign Relations Committee?

Posted by: dyck21005 | February 6, 2008 10:17 AM

Some needs to finally tell Obama, he cant win only speaking to black voters telling only them there time has come!CLINTON WINS BIG ANOTHER UPSET FOR OBAMA AND MEDIA!
Barack Obama might have captured 3-more states on Super Tuesday, but Clinton leads the delegate count. Obama speech on super Tuesday appears to be addressing black voters only, guess Uncle teddy didn't help? If you are still undecided today then here's a thought: If you want REAL change and we all do, you have to have a change agent that knows the system and has the contacts to create that change. Democratic nominee will be attacked by the Republican Party and, more importantly slimy political world that surrounds the GOP. These 'independent' organizations have a sole purpose: to attack relentlessly, in the most vicious possible ways. Who is best equipped to handle the vicious, continuous attacks that the other side will launch? who could best stand up and fight? Hillary Clinton has, as she has said, taken this incoming fire for 15 years or more. She's been unfairly attacked by mainstream media and men who fear a strong intelligent woman like Ted Kennedy. Shes been accused of everything thing the media and obama camp can think of and yet she's still the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination. She's proven after super Tuesday shes tougher than boot leather while having a human side. Those are assets that our candidate needs. Hillary Clinton has developed thick skin and the ability to remain calm in campaign combat. Yet, also knows how to listen to the American people. Qualifications? She's a successful, liberal US Senator. won a Senate election that by fighting back and campaigning in the non-traditional places in NY. She went to conservative, Republican based northern rural areas and won them over with smart policies, substantive talk and the fact she simply listened! In that most unlikely of places, she won with 67% of the vote. 2006 she won re-election. We are convinced Hillary is strong where others, including Barack Obama, would be weak and inexperienced. She will fight the filth machine of the other side with vigor and calmness. She knows how to outmaneuver them. She's a warrior. It's a term seldom applied to women. Yet being a warrior is what she's been from her Watergate committee staffing experience, through several terms as the First Lady of Arkansas, working on multiple corporate boards fighting for equal rights for minorities, middle class workers and women and during her years as First Lady of the US traveling the world. She learned first hand in those travels the foreign issues and realities. Hillary Clinton has made the personal contacts that are will be so valuable in the White House. She has consistently fought for the underdog and the American people. She was a warrior without anyone using the term.
Hillary Clinton knows how to form coalitions on Capitial Hill to get the job done! She has, that 'bad' word this election cycle, 'experience'. JFK, perhaps one of the most inspirational speakers in his day, had 8 years US Senate experience and had taken a run at the Vice Presidency in 1956. He knew government from the inside. JFK was not an outsider condemning the system and all those in it as Obama camp would like you to believe. If you want change in government you first have to learn how to operate from the inside to get the laws and policies changed. We learned this time and time again from JFK to Bill Clinton.

Posted by: dyck21005 | February 6, 2008 10:16 AM

I seem to have missed the part where he actually said anything. Something about you want change, you're tired of being disappointed, and he needs you to work with him.

Has anyone compared his lines to those of a phone salesman? He sounds like he's trying to sell me toner or something.

If anyone wants to do the job the MSM won't do, videotape his response to this question:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | February 6, 2008 1:38 AM

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