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Obama Beats Clinton for Award

By Josh Freedom duLac
LOS ANGELES -- Another day, another "Obama-beats-Clinton" headline.

Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" won the Grammy Award for best spoken word album this afternoon, besting a field that included Bill Clinton along with another ex-prez, Jimmy Carter.

Don't bother searching on YouTube for the Illinois senator's victory speech, though; he wasn't at the Los Angeles Convention Center to pick up the trophy. Something about a busy campaign schedule.

"We're going to have to accept his award, and he's going to have to personally meet us to get it," Cathy Fink said as her co-presenter and musical partner Marcy Marxer nodded. Maybe they can all get together during Tuesday's primary in Maryland: Fink and Marxer are based in Kensington.

It was Obama's second Grammy: His first win came two years ago, for the audio edition of "Dreams From My Father."

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Exciting as he is, does Obama understand what the lies of No Child Left Behind have done to 100s of 1000s of our children, our young people -- especially those in the states -- like Texas, with the most minorities?

Or does he really think ALL students can pass the higher and higher "standards" -- simply with the help of more money?

Doesn't he -- or any leader -- understand that we're all different, with valuable natural talents (Gifts from God, inherited, quirks of the brain), which help define us, motivate us? All together, those talents, nurtured and encouraged - can solve our problems -- IF there's any commonsense from the leadership.
I really can't tell if Obama, Clinton, anyone understands, and it frightens me.
(The conservatives are too scary.)

Nobody seems to feel any "accountability" for all those "Left" violently "Behind" -- hopeless, helpless,dangerously angry, humiliated by NCLB. Our jails are overflowing. Violence abounds.)

Nobody seems to see that available self-development -- education (normal,passable, of course),literacy, information, and practical vocational training of ALL of the adults who need it would really have made our country -- our states --strong, legitimately prosperous, with self-sufficient families -- a benefit instead of a constant drain.

That's where the money should go -- but it never has. The "stimulus" package for the poor is no better than food banks. Poverty and hunger will never "end," unless we see their causes.

Have any of the presidential candidates done any of their homework all over the internet, in the magazines, newspapers? Do any of them understand what they would inherit from this clueless president?

NOT only the aftermath of the War, you know.

It breaks my heart, what we're doing to our once-beloved country and its precious people.

Posted by: pegtoli | February 12, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Will all of the Clinton people please stand up and go away and let the normal people discuss their interests!

Posted by: coatesmoe | February 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if Obama did drugs as a teenager. Back in day everyone did a little. Anyone who brings up highschool drama sits around the house and have phone sex because they can't get a date.

Posted by: lauren_66 | February 11, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

bernicemay - clearly, you have access to the Internet, yes? I've been able to locate quite a few of the candidates positions through Google. Give it a shot.

JakeD - I'd like to know what you're currently addicted to. The latest twist on Obama's drug use is that he wasn't enough of a drug addict to merit mentioning. So, the best we can dig up on this guy is that he didn't do ENOUGH drugs as a teenager? Keep on grasping at straws, buddy, you'll need them for the Kool Aid.

Posted by: squintz | February 11, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree with afrederick, and I certainly hope that Obama wins the Democratic nomination and Hillary Clinton doesn't manage to steal it away from him (i.e. Florida / Michigan, super-delegates, and keep in mind all those cacuses -- cauci? -- have not officially bound delegates for Obama yet ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

to edeerfield: Does it matter to you that Bill Clinton is a sex addict? Were you there and actually witnessed Obama doing cocaine? Are you on drugs? You may try and try hard you might, but Obama will be our next President! Get over it. Pull your morals together and select integrity, honesty, and see the realness of the man.

Posted by: afrederick | February 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

edeerfield:

If Obama is so "honest" why hasn't he answered whether he was (is) an addict or dealer of illegal drugs -- would it even matter to you if he was CURRENTLY a coke addict?

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

One of the best things to come from these campaigns is the American people are finally finding out out unstable the Clinton's are. The two people have duped the American public for years, and they are being found out just how nasty, mean and dishonest they have been.
Mr. Obama is honest, has integrity, and speaks the truth. In him we have a peson who cares about all the people of America. There is no black or white, red or green. We are all one united together to work for the things that are most important for the country. And together, with a leader like Mr. Obama, we can make all the changes for the better we want. We can make this country great again. It can only happen if a lot of people will stop believing the lies the Clinton's put out. I do not believe that she can get the Congress to work together the way Mr. Obama can and will. He will bring this country together for all the people. "VOTE FOR OBAMA".

Posted by: edeerfield | February 11, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

mooshu20

Obama fully understand the power of words and on our history -whether those words are Reagen's or Wright's -and translates their power not to persecute, but to lift up and restore the good of all peoples. Not just the few.
Obama has always expressed his intents and concerns for the plights of ALL peoples of the world. His words and deeds prove that.

While your friend Hillary joined with all of the Republicans to defeat Obama and the majority of Senate Democrats, when she fought with the Right to continue using those vile child-maiming flesh-burning cluster bombs on innocent civilian populations. She said NO to the Red Cross and every other humanitarian agency in the world for the sole purpose of protecting the interests of Israel and the United States. Her words and deeds do not support you arguments.

The real 'devil" is always found in the hidden details.

Posted by: hazmaq | February 11, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I drank Clinton kool-aid long time a go and I am no longer willing to do the same thing again. I voted for them for two terms, defended his philandering and rewarded the wife with a senatorial seat. Now, they want more because they must think that I am a fool. Democrats lost congressional, governors and state seats during the Clinton years and a republican surge. Democrats need rehab from the Clintons. The masses are ready to define their choice and not the one dictated to them. What can be worse than the ways Clintons and the Bushes have humiliated us before the world. Wake up!

Posted by: Gohiwerei | February 11, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama got the title of this book from a sermon that his pastor/mentor/friend, Jeremiah Wright, delivered a few years ago. Wright believes that Israel is the cause of all trouble in the Middle East, all Jews are devils, and that the 9/11 attacks were "just desserts" to white folks in this country. He also sees all of American history and current US events in terms of a black-white struggle. Obama said that he doesn't agree with Wright on everything. Since Wright harbors vile and bigoted ideas on an array of subjects, what exactly do these two have in common? If Obama does become the next POTUS, Wright will certainly be at his side, spreading the hate around on a national scale.

Posted by: mooshu20 | February 11, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

.."Oh God. Pray for our country...they are drinking up the Kool-Aid."
???

"..I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~Frederick Douglass, escaped slave

VIVA OBAMA!

Posted by: hazmaq | February 11, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama is giving neck to neck competition to his competitors. It is not so easy for Hillary to won this presidential elections. Popularity of Obama can raise a problem in the way of presidentship.

Posted by: electionspeak | February 11, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TomJx | February 11, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Wake 06:00 Is Obama still there?
07:00 Read comments, Blogs and Google Alerts.
07:30 Check out Clinton dirty tricks.
Every 30 minutes check on any breaking news on Obama.
10:00 Check the videos and local news portals.
11:00 Check Google News in the various English speaking countries.
11:30 Check the world opinion.
12:00 Check the status of Bill and his dirty tricks along with Hillary.
Every hour check if Obama is still there and still ahead. Read the BLogs
15:00 Check C-Span.
18:00 Review the foreign press for Obama comments.
20:00 Check polls to see if they are correct.
When is this going to end? When is Hillary going to go home and take Bill with her.
02:00 finish reading about Bill new business deals and his 131 Million payback and how Hillary pulled 5 Million out of her cookie jar.

Please let this end. Obama move faster. Hillary go away and take Bill and McCain with you.

Posted by: coatesmoe | February 11, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

PS. And unlike kool aid, with hot chocolate you actually get to wake up in the morning.

Posted by: JayKay2 | February 11, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Come on guys - Obama isn't kool aid, he's hot chocolate. Helps you sleep better at night don't ya know?

Posted by: JayKay2 | February 11, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Nobody said "pray for this country" or mentioned Kool-Aid drinking after his big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. The Party gave him a national spotlight and he ran with it and he's been running ever since. All he is showing is that he is exactly what they thought he was. His policies are 95% the same as Clinton. So I'll take his platform and his inspiration, thank you very much. We could do a lot worse than someone who inspires this jaded, politically ambivalent country we live in.

And please, all sides want you to drink their Kool-Aid. Senator Clinton is now calling Obama "The Establishment Candidate" and trying to call her campaign a "movement." She's not only serving up the Kool-Aid she's grasping at straws to help you drink it.

As an Independent, if I'm gonna drink anybody's Kool-Aid, at least Obama's isn't bitter.

Posted by: bjensen | February 10, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

He my be a motivational speaker, butr do the people who think he is the answer really know what they are rooting for? Who is he really, and what does he have to offer other than a pleasing motto. What change is he leading us to? Pray for our Country if he gets elected!

Posted by: bernicemay | February 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"As Maine goes, so goes the nation"

Posted by: JJenolan | February 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

"Oh God. Pray for our country...they are drinking up the Kool-Aid."

This country needs praying for years. Our so called traditional leaders have made this country worse. Why not elect somebody different that sees issues from a different point of view. Wheres my Kool-Aid with extra sugar!!!!

Posted by: kblake1 | February 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"Oh God. Pray for our country...they are drinking up the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: mjno | February 10, 2008 10:00 PM "

Better Kool-Aid than the vomit we've been having to drink ...

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

Oh God. Pray for our country...they are drinking up the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: mjno | February 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: toneye | February 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

If it was such a great national platform, why wasn't he there?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

A truly remarkable weekend for Obama. The three state sweep, followed by a victory in Maine--and a national platform in the Grammy Victory.

A Grammy is doubly appropriate. Obama has one of the best setlists for his rallies of any candidate. From his entrance to the stage, accompanied by U2's "City of Blinding Lights", to the now classic Obama theme song, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", his rallies offer music that matches the passion and enthusiasm of his message.

For those of you who haven't made it to a rally, you can find the entire Obama Rally setlist on ITunes here:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=273867065&s=143441&v0=575

Obama '08

Posted by: caraprado1 | February 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama also makes a clean sweep this weekend, as CNN just projected him the winner of the Maine caucus.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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