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Sen. Barack Obama received support in Houston on Wednesday from Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and their son, Max. They visited volunteers at the Obama campaign headquarters in downtown Houston. KPRC's Lisa Baldwin reports.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 27, 2008; 9:04 PM ET
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I believe Ethel is wrong, but she is free to have her opinion.

Posted by: katherine11 | February 29, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Obama flies the Cuban flag with Che Guevara on it,at his campaign headquarters." Sure he does. I know if I were running for President, I'd do that. You people are idiots - chek these things out!
Maria Isabel, a supporter of Barack in Houston, has this flag in her home. Her own private home. She is Latina.

Posted by: sheridan1 | February 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

USAalways posted (a partial quote - I agreed with the rest)...
"Ethel, the whole problem with Cuba started with JFK. DOES that NOT matter to you."
Correction, and with all due respect (as you may be a professor of history at some prestigous college or university), it was under Eisenhower that the plans were born to unseat the upstart guerilla Fidel Castro, who seized power from Batista in 1959 (two years before JFK took office). It was Eisenhower's CIA that hatched the early invasion plans that came to be the Bay of Pigs fiasco...It was under Eisenhower that the stage was set for this confrontation and invasion of Cuba, and it took place within a couple of months after JFK took office, against his direct orders to Allen Dulles, the CIA chief...and he (JFK) fired him for that arrogant bit of insubordination. Some have speculated that this is when the plans to assassinate JFK first took root...as it was JFK's plan to dismember the out-of-control agency (CIA) and rebuild it as an agency that the federal government and executive branch could hold accountable for it's covert actions...The CIA had been running wild under Eisenhower, and there was no oversight over their activities.
Ask Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush about that...they were there, along with Zapata Offshore Oil Co.
To conclude, JFK and RFK did try more than once to rid themselves and Cuba of Castro...as a communist state, the threat was too great to leave there some ninety miles off our shores...this escalating situation grew into the Cuban Missile Crisis 18 months later, in October 1962. But is it quite incorrect to state that "the whole problem with Cuba started with JFK." He inherited the Cuban problem, and eventually Kennedy did his best to de-fuse it in resolving the Missile Crisis peacefully....considered by many to have been his administration's finest hour.

Posted by: rhewitt | February 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Brown is the new Black
B***h is a new Black
Hussien is a new "N"?

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Has anyone seen Conan the first movie?

Do you think we are going to end up with Snake Temples all over the United States. (you have to have seen the movie and be cynical to find that amusing.)"

Love Conan. The musical score by Basil Poledouris is fantastic. And Ah-nuld is perfect for the role.

"Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women."

I also have a fairly strong streak of cynicism in me.

However, I don't find that comment of yours to be amusing, or even to make much sense, for that matter. Perhaps you could explain?

Posted by: crd203 | February 28, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"RFK had alot more relevant experience when he ran for President than Obama has today."

First off, I note that "a lot" is two words.

I won't deny that for RFK, being the nation's Attorney General did qualify as relevant experience, as did being a one-term Senator.

Obama, in addition to being a constitutional law scholar and a civil rights attorney, served eight years in the Illinois Senate before becoming a U.S. Senator.

It's unquestionable that Obama and RFK each had more experience under his belt than George Bush II (one term governor of Texas). But contrast the relative experience of Warren Harding, with 22 years in elective office, including four years in the Ohio Senate, two as the Lt. Governor of Ohio, and two terms as a U.S. Senator. As the examples of Bush and Harding illustrate in stark fashion, experience (or lack thereof) isn't always the strongest predictor of ability to govern -- both are widely viewed as two of the worst presidents ever to have held the office.

Posted by: crd203 | February 28, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

1. The flare up with the Obama picture was that it was released to the Drudge Report BY the Clinton campaign. What idiot cannot figure that one out? 2. For anyone to dare try and level sarcasm at the Obama campaign is so blind that it is sad. Compare the three campaigns and it is so obvious which one has been the most successful and the least desperate. 3. The Che Guevara/Cuban Flag flare up was by an Obama supporter. The flag was in her office. RIF people. R.eading I.s F.undamental -- but I guess not if you're ego won't allow you to see things clearly. It's so pathetic that people take Obama's winning so personally. Hey, here's an idea! Why not get mad at your CANDIDATE for running a crappy campaign and being ill prepared?

Posted by: emquinn | February 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

rn_ragan,

You are a complete idiot. 'nuff said.

Posted by: jkallen001 | February 28, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

diksagv:

I would not vote for Hillary DIANE Clinton in a million years.

valuddite:

You can't keep running forever.

-- Tommy Lee Jones "The Fugitive"

Posted by: JakeD | February 28, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD "If Barack HUSSEIN Obama would simply take ownership of his name, ..."
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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-- Wm. Shakespeare


Posted by: valuddite | February 28, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

RFK had alot more relevant experience when he ran for President than Obama has today.

There is no such thing as a free lunch and McCain will have Obama for lunch in November.

It's long time for these naive and narcissistic Obamanics get a clue about life in the real world.

Posted by: niksiz | February 28, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Ethel Kennedy stumping for anyone in Texas would cost anyone more votes than she brings in. Just what are her qualifications anyway, besides being a celebrity wife? Respected for what?

Posted by: bong_jamesbong2001 | February 28, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Ethel Kennedy stumping for anyone in Texas would cost anyone more votes than she brings in. Just what are her qualifications anyway, besides being a celebrity wife? Respected for what?

Posted by: bong_jamesbong2001 | February 28, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Ethel Kennedy stumping for anyone in Texas would cost anyone more votes than she brings in. By the way, just what are her qualifications to stump for anyone?

Posted by: bong_jamesbong2001 | February 28, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen Conan the first movie?

Do you think we are going to end up with Snake Temples all over the United States. (you have to have seen the movie and be cynical to find that amusing.)

I just saw Mac's life story. Very moving. He lost three planes that I saw. Non were his fault. He is going to be hard to beat, but I have no idea how people respond to politics and personality.

If Obama loses the HRC people are never never never going to let you forget it.

Posted by: mul | February 28, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree on the middle name. Just say Hey my name is H******. I like to be called Obama if you hide the name it looks worse. The schooling is a 'big problem' and that will come out. (not every one knows and no I don't care)


If I never see another Kennedy again it will be too soon.

I wonder now if Obama is going to put Hillary on the Ticket. I thought no way but she would solve a lot of problems for him.

Posted by: mul | February 28, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

do you really think Obama is the name of a United States President or the guy that gave america to the middle east.

Posted by: rn_ragan | February 28, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

they finally found there boy by the Name of Obama.

Posted by: rn_ragan | February 28, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Ok the Kenneys must stop trying to help Obama they already have screwed they american people out of a real president By the Name of Hillary Clinton. They don't respect women in any way in my opinion so please stop with the Kennedy's.
they finaly foud there boy.

Posted by: rn_ragan | February 28, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Anyway you cut-it, Obama is looking strong and stronger in Texas:

Texas Primary- Hillary vs. Barack:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=50

Posted by: davidmwe | February 28, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

JakeD - it makes me proud to know that YOU are a Clinton supporter. Perhaps she should both reject and renounce your support.

It must hurt to see a woman from this generation stumping for Barack Obama. Unlike many other politicians, Barack Obama id eager to include all Americans in his camp. Not only does Mrs. Kennedy represent Hillary Clinton's core constituency; she is possibly the best suited to draw comparisons between Senator Obama and her late husband. I'm not sure that it's worth drawing much distinction between them, but I have always thought that Barrack Obama reminds me much more of Senator Robert F Kennedy than of his brother, President John F Kennedy. Both were very special leaders for this country and remain icons of Democratic politics. Your slur against a fine American who has suffered much for her family's service to this country is noted with great disgust. Why don't you come back some time when you have something constructive (and a lot less prejudiced) to say.

Posted by: diksagev | February 28, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Given the growing importance of environmental issues, do you think that RFK Jr. is on the short list to be the next EPA administrator?

Posted by: crd203 | February 28, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Given the growing importance of environmental issues, do you think that RFK Jr. is on the short list to be the next EPA administrator?

Posted by: crd203 | February 28, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama redeems Robert F. Kennedy's observation that politics is an honorable adventure.

And is proof, as the Illinois senator himself says, that "cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom."

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 27, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"IF Obama holds Cuba's Flag closer to his heart than ours than he is NOT fit to be our President"


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Well, since he doesn't, he is.

Next.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 27, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Dahveed1:

May I ask (1) who on this thread you think are "small-minded" "racist" "bigots"; (2) which specific posts [other than your own] you think are "slander"; and (3) why name-calling is O.K. if you do it?

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

America, if you look in your rear view mirror, you will see we are now clearing Dogpatch.

Adios, Clintons.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 27, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The small-minded always resort to slander and name-calling, as well as bigoted, racist remarks. Imagine the pain they must be in! Thank you, Ms. Kennedy! We appreciate your support. The momentum is unstoppable! Our time is now.

Posted by: Dahveed1 | February 27, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama flies the Cuban flag with Che Guevara on it,at his campaign headquarters.
NOT the American Flag.
Ethel, the whole problem with Cuba started with JFK. DOES that NOT matter to you.

These video's take a minute to watch but tell us plenty about Obama.

1- Click here- Trinity United Church of Christ
2- Click here: You Tube - Obama Communist Flag In Office!
3- Click here: You Tube - Obama and the National Anthem
4- Click here: Media Matters - Hannity guest on Obama's church: Its "scary doctrine" is "something that you'd see in more like


IF Obama holds Cuba's Flag closer to his heart than ours than he is NOT fit to be our President, Senator, Police Officer of any other Govt. Job.

Posted by: USAalways | February 27, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, wpost4112, how have you been? Watch out for CitizenXX (he/she is on the warpath tonight ; )"

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Been good.
XX always good entertainment.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 27, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

scharb:

You have me confused with someone who would vote for Hillary DIANE Clinton within the next million years -- I am the one above who said that Barack HUSSEIN Obama should be proud of his name -- I think it means "handsome" actually ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, wpost4112, how have you been? Watch out for CitizenXX (he/she is on the warpath tonight ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Hillary (Diane Rodham) Clinton has changed her name about five times. In early 2007, she changed to just "Hillary Clinton" for purely political reasons. Is she 'hiding from' or 'ashamed of' that "Rodham?"

Or are you just presenting an unfair criticism and attempting to add fuel to the Islamophobic fire?

Obama didn't change his name after 9/11, despite the inevitable Obama/Osama comparisons. Isn't that somewhat courageous? He had every reason in the world to change his name, but he stuck by his heritage and didn't run away from himself. Rodham/Rodham-Clinton/Clinton, on the other hand, seems to be doing that continuously.

Posted by: scharb | February 27, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"In any case, his reaction is indicative of an inexperienced politician that is not ready to be president and should NOT be president."

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Twaddle and nonsense.

Now, THIS GUY seems to be running for Principal of the United States. The girls looks understandably worried:

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2008/02/27/PH2008022701835.jpg

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 27, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Barack Obama is going to be the next president. All those who don't like it, stay home on election day. You can't stop this movement. Young people are our greatest natural resource and they are for him. That says a lot. He is the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream and the 21st Century's answer to JFK. My prayer is that he does not suffer their fate. God bless and keep him. He is going to win.
YES WE CAN!!!

Posted by: gtownes | February 27, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't accept being referred to with his middle name or having some innocuous picture of himself floating around the internet without crying foul and claiming that it is some kind of fear mongering attack against him. Sure sounds like whining, doesn't it? In any case, his reaction is indicative of an inexperienced politician that is not ready to be president and should NOT be president. Maybe the brains behind Obama's campaign (apparently Axelrod) is really the one that ought to be running for president.

Posted by: mo897 | February 27, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I'll do it for you JakeD (whatever your name is):

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, (soon-to-be) President of the United States of America. (soon-to-be) President Obama, for short.

Was that good enough for you JakeD (or whatever your name is)?

Posted by: meldupree | February 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Some of these remarks show just how uneducated the Clinton backers truly are. Ethel Kennedy is one of the most respected women of her generation and as such should at least be shown respect regardless of who your voting for. Shame on you.

Posted by: Bulldoglover100 | February 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"If Barack HUSSEIN Obama would simply take ownership of his name, he makes this line of attack completely ineffective."


completely agree. He should turn the "negative: into a huge positive....go on 60 minutes and explain that in the rest of the world "Hussein" is equivalent to "Smith"....so really it's like saying Barack "Mr. Smith" Obama....

turn it right on its head....

no charge for the advice.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 27, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

What a singularly decent woman.
Bless you, Ethel!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

One more thing: the Obama campaign needs to take some pride in their candidate's FULL name -- he running for the Highest Office in the Land, for Gawd's Sake, so he can't be scared of something like that -- candidates that run from things lose. If you run from your own name, you're doomed. If Barack HUSSEIN Obama would simply take ownership of his name, he makes this line of attack completely ineffective. If, on the other hand, he complains that his opponent is merely speaking his name, then he will lose guaranteed.

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

BTW: it's Ethel SKAKEL Kennedy ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

ETHEL Kennedy?! Couldn't Obama have found someone just a bit OLDER?

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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