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Obama Slams Clinton Camp Over Drudge Photo

Updated: 2:30 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Barack Obama's campaign this morning sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's campaign for reportedly sending a picture to the Drudge Report of the Illinois senator that showed him in African dress, with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accusing Clinton of engaging in "shameful, offensive fear-mongering."

The picture, taken of Obama while he was in Kenya in 2006 on a Senate trip to Africa, shows him in Somali garb, and Obama aides suggested the Clinton campaign circulated it to call attention to Obama's African ancestry and give credence to persistent and false allegations circulating online that he is a Muslim. Obama is a Christian who attends a United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago.

Clinton campaign officials did not deny sending Drudge the picture. Instead, in a statement, campaign manager Maggie Williams said, "If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely."

"We will not be distracted," Williams said.

Later in the day, Howard Wolfson, Clinton's communications director, said in response to a reporter's question on a conference call that "I've never seen that picture before."

He replied "not to my knowledge" when asked if a Clinton a staffer had sent the pictures to the web site.

Clinton's criticisms of Obama have increased over the last week as she seeks to bring down down the man who has become the clear Democratic front-runner, but the Obama photo controversy seemed oddly timed, as Clinton is set to deliver a foreign policy address today that is expected to offer a substantive critique of Obama's international record. Her campaign has stayed away from highlighting Obama's unusual biography before, even dumping volunteers who forwarded virally circulating e-mails falsely alleging that he is a Muslim.

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i believe that Obama should BECOME the president..
not because of his race..
but because i STRONGLY believe that he can help this country become a better place,and to calm all this war between the U.S and other countries..
Also,to make it safer for you,others,his family,and most of all the country

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Ah Mr. Bacon. Must be mildly redemptive for you, this story. If only you had shown similar grasp of fact and fiction last November. Shame, that. But well done here.

Posted by: kendall_watson | February 27, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Whatever, Jake. LOL, Every poll I see today shows Obama beating McCain.
Yep, I remember the photo of a smiling Harry Truman holding the newspaper the day after the election. The headline says "Dewey Wins".

Posted by: wly34 | February 27, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

wly34:

Today's LA Times/Bloomberg poll shows John SIDNEY McCain beating BOTH Dem hopefuls ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Texas poll:

The 'Ayes' of Texas Are Upon Him: Obama Now Atop Clinton -- In a Democratic Primary in Texas today, 02/25/08, 8 days till votes are counted, Barack Obama moves ever-so-slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton, though at the edge of the margin of sampling error, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KTRK-TV Houston, KTVT-TV Dallas and KRLD-AM radio Dallas. Today, it's Obama 49%, Clinton 45%. Compared to a SurveyUSA tracking poll released one week ago, Obama is up 4 points, Clinton is down 5 points."

Almost 30 percent of the people polled say they have already voted and Obama leads there with a large margin.

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok, let's hear more about the Florida and Michigan primaries, after reading this:

"Bill and Hillary Clinton like to say that they're committed to fighting for people "who work hard and play by the rules". The Clintons may work hard, but their bending of the spirit, if not the letter, of Democratic Party rules which they agreed to follow in Michigan and Florida, demonstrate that playing by the rules is not something the Clintons believe applies to them.

Both the Democratic and Republican National Committees were put in a difficult position by Michigan and Florida, which moved up their primary dates in violation of Party rules meant to give some order to the voting process. Given the importance of Michigan and Florida to the fall election, the Republican National Committee probably played it smarter than the DNC. The RNC allowed Republicans to campaign in Michigan and Florida primaries, while denying those states half their Convention delegates. The DNC stripped those states of all of their delegates and prohibited candidates from campaigning there.
The DNC was particularly harsh with the Florida Democratic Party, which was effectively forced to move up its primary date by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Nevertheless, all of the Democratic candidates pledged to abide by their party's rules. Only Hillary Clinton tried to gain an extra advantage by flaunting those rules. In Michigan, Hillary was the only Democrat who did not take her name off the ballot. Even with no other Democrat's name on the ballot, "uncommitted" got almost as many votes as Hillary.""

Yeah, she won in Michigan, she was the only one on the ballot and them almost got beat.
Either Clinton supporters, can't read, can't understand what they read or don't want to think Hillary will do anything to be elected. We know her only too well down this way.

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

This incident force me to make up my mind.

I voted for Obama in my state primary and I'll vote for him in November if I have a chance.

But if it comes down to McCain and Clinton -- despite the fact that I think McCain was wrong about the Iraq invasion, despite my fears about his age, despite the fact that I was deeply troubled by his wooing of the religious right, despite my *many* misgivings about his candidacy, I believe I will have to vote for McCain if my only other choice is Clinton.

She has run not just a disastrously poorly run campaign -- but one which has dipped repeatedly into the gutter in its desperate attempts to hold on to what it once clearly considered an entitlement.

Posted by: dogmo | February 26, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you wish to believe, but read todays latest news. Sorry Clinton supporters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Three national polls of Democrats show Sen. Barack Obama is the front-runner for the nomination. But what's behind this latest momentum?

New national polls show Sen. Barack Obama, right, trumping Sen. John McCain in November.

There's growing evidence that Obama is seen as more electable than Sen. Hillary Clinton..."

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton did not release the photograph. She may not be your preferred candidate, but please acknowledge that she is not a stupid woman. She would know that it would provoke a firestorm of a reaction from Sen Obama's supporters, who would rally to defend him from this sort of attack, and that the media would use it as another weapon with which to attack her.

For the reasons stated above, the person or persons responsible for circulating this picture were definitely not from the Clinton camp. Now, when looking for the culprit of the crime, the first question a good detective would ask is, "who benefits?" Not Hillary.

Posted by: bessmount | February 26, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

If a freshman senator chooses to take a five country tour on my nickel and then chooses to dress like a somali elder (still on my nickel) and somebody shoots a photo of it and it's published, what is the problem? It's public information and should have public access.

Posted by: Dave25 | February 26, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If senator Clinton wins this nomination after the SHAME ON YOU BARACK ATTACK and the recent KENYAN PHOTOS, admittedly supplied by his campaign staff,i will quit my job as a packer in a factory and contest the next presidential elections. Anyone so DEVIOUS AND DESPERATE SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED TO BE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.

Posted by: yankpayankpist | February 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Sure looks like when things get tight, Clinton is pulling pages straight out of the Republican playbook. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Matt Drudge's site one of the sites that broke the Monica Lewinski scandal? How sad that Her campaign is now trying to use the same GOP mouthpiece to spread her "message". And what IS that message? "Careful or you might vote for a Muslim!" Even though Obama is a Christian, obviously that's what is being conveyed by sending out that picture. It can only damage her, Obama followers see it for what it is. She really is part of the old machine.

Posted by: coco_dtd | February 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

In Response to WLY34:

What does Obama have to offer but offer false hope to his followers through giving fiery motivational inspirational speeches with no substance, and if Obama had won those two states, his campaign would have wanted them counted as well, so don't give me that Bologna, if does not fly with me. Hillary is running for president not bill so please don't for get that, Hillary has her own Ideas on how she want's to run the country in order to get us out of this mess Bush has our country in, you see, this is that gender-biased thinking surfacing again, some men think that women are incapable of leading, and really don't really want a woman being President anyway, I know a lot of my fellow men that are sorry leaders as well. We need to put gender, emotion, inspiration, and race aside in this campaign and vote for the candidate who has the most and best experience to fix the mess this country is in, I'm a strong confident man who believes that Hillary meets that criteria, over Obama who only has a Hope and inspiration that things will be turned around for the better in this country.
Hillary may not be the best talker, but utlimately she's the best walker.

Posted by: Lilly111 | February 26, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Florida and Michigan . . .

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, many Republicans are crossing over to vote for Obama in the Texas primaries, because they can't stand Hillary. Then they can vote for whomever they wish in the general election.
Thank you Texas for your election laws.

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, wly34, I voted for Obama in the primary as well -- at this point, I hope Hillary secures the nomination just to keep all the Obama voters away from the polls -- I think we are now arguing about voting for him in the GENERAL election.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Now all of sudden, this stupid photo shows up, and we are to believe the Clinton camp is behind it? Sorry fellas, I am not buying it."

Then all they have to do is deny it. It's been 24 hours and they have not denied it, even when Williams had the chance. Why won't they deny it? Because they sent it.

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Quote: "I see you have nothing better to do but to attack me personally, you have the problem, I don't. The important thing here is don't make an mistake and vote fora man who's too inexperienced to be President."

I have already voted for him. As most of Texas is doing.
Inexperienced?? Hillary is counting her years as the first lady for experience?? Help us all. The president who was impeached for lying under oath. The president who pushed NAFTA and then signed it into law, while Hillary bragged about it being a "boon" to the economy until she needs to be against it to be elected. The "experienced" one who said, "don't count Florida and Michigan" until she now needs them. That kind of "experience" we can do without.

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, given the "backlash" against Hillary Clinton over the last 24 hours, that would be one big purpose -- perhaps you haven't read any of the posts above -- another purpose would be to further immunize Obama in the GENERAL election (i.e. Dan Rather's National Guard story re: Bush). Shall I go on?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Not only where did you get that "scoop".
What is the purpose of publishing it??

Posted by: wly34 | February 26, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

jmfromdc:

Wow!!! Where did you get that scoop?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

News Flash---------- It was a Clinton staffer that sent the "picture" to Drudge..
Not a Clinton 08 staffer but a Clinton 92 staffer working in 08 for OBama

Posted by: jmfromdc | February 26, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Lilly111:

Was Abe Lincoln "too inexperienced" to be President? Was Andrew Jackson? George Washington?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

In response to hikaya:

I see you have nothing better to do but to attack me personally, you have the problem, I don't. The important thing here is don't make an mistake and vote fora man who's too inexperienced to be President.

Posted by: Lilly111 | February 26, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Article in the Atlantic on Clinton's connection to Drudge:
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200712/clinton-obama/2

Perhaps the ultimate example of hard-won experience is the relationship that developed last year, brokered by an outside ally, between the Clinton campaign and a man who was once a sworn enemy: Matt Drudge, the Internet pioneer. (News of the Monica Lewinsky scandal first broke on the Drudge Report.) In a Democratic primary, news that the Clinton campaign is funneling information to Drudge is potentially explosive--few figures inspire more liberal wrath than Drudge. (When I confronted the mole, she confirmed the connection to Drudge, but first asked for anonymity.) Still, Drudge has proved a useful tool for the campaign in framing media coverage. When it became clear that Obama had raised more first-quarter money for the primary race than Clinton had, the Clinton campaign minimized the damage by preemptively leaking its own numbers to Drudge. "Clinton Blows the Field Away" was the headline on an exclusive Drudge story claiming she had raised $36 million. Only later, with much less fanfare, did it become clear that only $19 million would count toward the Democratic primary.

The Clinton campaign has also used Drudge to go on offense. In one example, an aide confirmed that the campaign sent Drudge a link to a story in which Michelle Obama seemed to take a swipe at Hillary Clinton over Bill's infidelity. The story was presented--from Clinton to Drudge to the public--in a manner that was badly out of context, with a link to an exclusive videotape of Michelle Obama's comment. But it nevertheless dominated the news cycle for 24 hours.

From the NY Times Oct. 07:
Clinton Finds Way to Play Along With Drudge
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/us/politics/22drudge.html?pagewanted=print

Posted by: arielwire | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Article in the Atlantic on Clinton's connection to Drudge:
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200712/clinton-obama/2

Perhaps the ultimate example of hard-won experience is the relationship that developed last year, brokered by an outside ally, between the Clinton campaign and a man who was once a sworn enemy: Matt Drudge, the Internet pioneer. (News of the Monica Lewinsky scandal first broke on the Drudge Report.) In a Democratic primary, news that the Clinton campaign is funneling information to Drudge is potentially explosive--few figures inspire more liberal wrath than Drudge. (When I confronted the mole, she confirmed the connection to Drudge, but first asked for anonymity.) Still, Drudge has proved a useful tool for the campaign in framing media coverage. When it became clear that Obama had raised more first-quarter money for the primary race than Clinton had, the Clinton campaign minimized the damage by preemptively leaking its own numbers to Drudge. "Clinton Blows the Field Away" was the headline on an exclusive Drudge story claiming she had raised $36 million. Only later, with much less fanfare, did it become clear that only $19 million would count toward the Democratic primary.

The Clinton campaign has also used Drudge to go on offense. In one example, an aide confirmed that the campaign sent Drudge a link to a story in which Michelle Obama seemed to take a swipe at Hillary Clinton over Bill's infidelity. The story was presented--from Clinton to Drudge to the public--in a manner that was badly out of context, with a link to an exclusive videotape of Michelle Obama's comment. But it nevertheless dominated the news cycle for 24 hours.

From the NY Times Oct. 07:
Clinton Finds Way to Play Along With Drudge
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/us/politics/22drudge.html?pagewanted=print

Posted by: arielwire | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Hillary has the "experience" of a back seat driver.

Posted by: xira | February 25, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

ginigirl3 wrote:

"Now all of sudden, this stupid photo shows up, and we are to believe the Clinton camp is behind it? Sorry fellas, I am not buying it."

--------------------------------------------------

Nonsense. More of the same again from the Clinton camp.

The origin and relevance of the photo should be of concern to any Democrat who would not use race or religion or patriotism as a wedge in our society. If that's acceptable to you, you don't really know what the Democratic Party has traditionally stood for or what its ideology is all about.

The origin is indisputably from the Clinton campaign, according to the Drudge Report. And why do I believe Drudge? Because he was right about the Lewinsky scandal and because it fits the pattern of the Clinton machine in this campaign. The same machine which has been caught using push-polling in Iowa, the campaign that ABC News reported Friday has been circulating claims that Obama hobnobbed with former members of a radical domestic terrorist group (while conveniently leaving out that Bill pardoned dozens of violent radicals, including one of the same group the Clinton campaign tries to link Obama to). The same Clinton machine that gave up delegates in Michigan and Florida only to vow they would be seated. The same campaign that has circulated mailers falsely accusing Obama of praising GOP economic policies and wanting to decrease Social Security benefits. The same Clinton machine that speaks of being honored to be onstage with Obama, then accuses him of Rove tactics while emailing stories and photos to bolster what Hillary said today about Obama not being able to provide for national security.

And why wouldn't he, Hillary? Because you want to paint him as a sleeper agent bound for the heart of our democracy?

What garbage. What vile excrement! This is the Hillary Clinton we know: the purveyor of filth and innuendo.

It's why the backlash has started. It's why the Clintons will be noted for their obscene politics. And it's why Hillary will spend the next eight years in obscurity, remembering this season as the one in which she elevated Obama to the presidency.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. The Obama camp released two flyers to defame Hillary Clinton this weekend in Ohio. Now all of sudden, this stupid photo shows up, and we are to believe the Clinton camp is behind it? Sorry fellas, I am not buying it. Let's hope at tomorrow's debate, that Hillary puts up her dukes and shows us the fight we have all been waiting for.

The "anyone but Hillary" people are behind Barack Obama. They know damn well he is not qualified. The Repulicans will chew him up and spit him out-no doubt in my mind.

Hillary Clinton 2008-- Let's hope it is not too late. if it is , McCain has my vote. Barack Hussein Obama will need to grow into his ears, and become a full grown man before I would even consider voting for him.And believe me, that is many years off!!

Posted by: ginigirl3 | February 25, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

This is yet another Nixonian stunt by the Clintons. They damage themselves more than anyone. Sadly, they also damage the prospects for a Democratic victory in the fall as well.

Posted by: bdfroms | February 25, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

jhbyer

I understand. And this is not a court of law, but politics. In politics perception sometimes trumps reality and facts.

My candidate dropped out long ago and I have been watching the last two candidates standing.

Obama now is 7 or 8 points up on McCain. And its February. I remember 2004 when Kerry was 17 points up on Dubya and lost close.

I remember 1988 when Dukakis was 20 points up on Poppy and lost miserably.

If any of this stuff comes out in the General Election, and count on the Republicans to dig it up and put it out, that 7 or 8 point lead won't last.

This stuff and more is out there floating about on the internet, some surfaces on Drudge, now, but they are all holding their fire until Obama is finally settled on, then the fire will come down on him and his wife and what she has said.

After reading the piece, tell me, where do you think that Obama wants to take the country?? Where you have been is a good indicator as to where you are going and where you will take the country as president.

Where has Obama been?? What has shaped him into the person he is?

I do not buy that he is or was a Muslim. It doesn't matter. Anything from his father or step father doesn't matter because he was not raised by his father. He is the product of a single parent home, that single parent being his mother who more than likely had a greater impact on his formative years and psyche than any other person. Know his mother and learn about Obama.

This piece gives some insight. But I am looking for any other piece that can give some insight into where this man, 3 years on the national stage all the sudden wants to take the country. He is a man without portfolio promising change. I think he is determined enough, smart enough, politically savvy enough to make it to the presidency and to change the country.

But into what?? You tell me.

Posted by: pkmc83a | February 25, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

"God Help Us from these Three Gangesters"


Obama's pastor disses Natalee Holloway

'White girl goes off and gives it up' in Aruba, preacher pal says


Posted: January 27, 2008
6:49 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com

Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friend and spiritual adviser trashed the memory of a missing and presumed dead American teenage girl, according to church publications reviewed by WND.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial minister of Obama's church in Chicago, cited the case of Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba in complaining about what he sees as the media's bias in covering white victims of crime over black victims.

"Black women are being raped daily in Darfur, Sudan, in the Congo and in Sub-Saharan Africa. That doesn't make news," Wright said in the August 2005 edition of Trumpet Magazine, a publication of his Trinity United Church of Christ.

But, "One 18-year-old white girl from Alabama gets drunk on a graduation trip to Aruba, goes off and 'gives it up' while in a foreign country, and that stays in the news for months!" he added. "Maybe I am missing something!"

The circumstances involving the coed's disappearance remain unclear, and the case remains unsolved. Holloway left Mountain Brook, Ala., on a May 2005 senior class trip to Aruba.


Barack Obama

Attempts to reach her family for comment were unsuccessful. But her mother, Beth Holloway, has written a book, "Loving Natalee," in which she reveals her daughter named Jesus Christ as one of the most influential people in her life in a trove of writings she found in her bedroom.

In the same 2005 church publication, Wright suggested "white America" had the 9/11 attacks coming, while calling for business "divestment from Israel," which he refers to as a "racist" state along with America.

"In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01," he wrote on page 7. "White America and the Western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just 'disappeared,' as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring Black concerns."

Obama says he is "proud" of Wright and values their 20-year friendship.

Though Wright has nurtured Obama's political career as a close adviser and mentor, the Democrat presidential hopeful says they don't agree on everything. Wright married Obama and baptized his daughters.


Louis Farrakhan

In the November/December 2007 issue of Trumpet, Wright sang the praises of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has described whites as "blue-eyed devils" and Jews as "bloodsuckers."

"He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest," Wright said. "Minister Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the 20th and 21st century giants of the African-American religious experience."

Wright then held Farrakhan up as a pillar of "integrity."

"His integrity and honesty have secured him a place in history as one of the nation's most powerful critics," he continued. "His love for Africa and African-American people has made him an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose."

Farrakhan's photo is splashed across the cover of the church magazine, which gushes "the Minister truly epitomized greatness."

On Nov. 2, 2007, Wright presented Farrakhan with a "lifetime achievement" award during a Trumpet gala held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The tribute included a three-and-a-half minute video lionizing "the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan."

"For his commitment to truth, education and leadership, we honor Minister Louis Farrakhan with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award," the video announces.


Posted by: ebubuk2004 | February 25, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

GOD HELP US Chicago Gang


Obama's pastor disses Natalee Holloway

'White girl goes off and gives it up' in Aruba, preacher pal says

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Posted: January 27, 2008
6:49 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | February 25, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama's pastor disses Natalee Holloway

'White girl goes off and gives it up' in Aruba, preacher pal says


Posted: January 27, 2008
6:49 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily.com

Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friend and spiritual adviser trashed the memory of a missing and presumed dead American teenage girl, according to church publications reviewed by WND.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial minister of Obama's church in Chicago, cited the case of Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba in complaining about what he sees as the media's bias in covering white victims of crime over black victims.

"Black women are being raped daily in Darfur, Sudan, in the Congo and in Sub-Saharan Africa. That doesn't make news," Wright said in the August 2005 edition of Trumpet Magazine, a publication of his Trinity United Church of Christ.

But, "One 18-year-old white girl from Alabama gets drunk on a graduation trip to Aruba, goes off and 'gives it up' while in a foreign country, and that stays in the news for months!" he added. "Maybe I am missing something!"

The circumstances involving the coed's disappearance remain unclear, and the case remains unsolved. Holloway left Mountain Brook, Ala., on a May 2005 senior class trip to Aruba.


Barack Obama

Attempts to reach her family for comment were unsuccessful. But her mother, Beth Holloway, has written a book, "Loving Natalee," in which she reveals her daughter named Jesus Christ as one of the most influential people in her life in a trove of writings she found in her bedroom.

In the same 2005 church publication, Wright suggested "white America" had the 9/11 attacks coming, while calling for business "divestment from Israel," which he refers to as a "racist" state along with America.

"In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01," he wrote on page 7. "White America and the Western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just 'disappeared,' as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring Black concerns."

Obama says he is "proud" of Wright and values their 20-year friendship.

Though Wright has nurtured Obama's political career as a close adviser and mentor, the Democrat presidential hopeful says they don't agree on everything. Wright married Obama and baptized his daughters.


Louis Farrakhan

In the November/December 2007 issue of Trumpet, Wright sang the praises of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has described whites as "blue-eyed devils" and Jews as "bloodsuckers."

"He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest," Wright said. "Minister Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the 20th and 21st century giants of the African-American religious experience."

Wright then held Farrakhan up as a pillar of "integrity."

"His integrity and honesty have secured him a place in history as one of the nation's most powerful critics," he continued. "His love for Africa and African-American people has made him an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose."

Farrakhan's photo is splashed across the cover of the church magazine, which gushes "the Minister truly epitomized greatness."

On Nov. 2, 2007, Wright presented Farrakhan with a "lifetime achievement" award during a Trumpet gala held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The tribute included a three-and-a-half minute video lionizing "the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan."

"For his commitment to truth, education and leadership, we honor Minister Louis Farrakhan with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award," the video announces.

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | February 25, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting that Mr Obama's team and the press find the discussion about the photo offensive. i thing that this is hypocritical, simply because, if the picture was related to the Clintons in anyway, they would accept the uproar with relish. On the other hand, any criticism of Mr Obama is taken as blasphemy. Why the double standards Mr Obama? Are you ashamed to own up? How come you are above and beyond the reach of discussion of what you did, and what you do, what you think and what you say? Do you claim that all your criticisms about Ms. Clinton had only been over the policy issues? ha ha! what a joke, and what shameful hypocrisy!

Posted by: prh7774 | February 25, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama will take order from his Father Cult religion.
He will betray America.

Obama is Muslim first!!!

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | February 25, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

VOTE for AMERICAN PART of Obama!!!
VOTE for AMERICAN PART of Obama!!!
VOTE for AMERICAN PART of Obama!!!
VOTE for AMERICAN PART of Obama!!!

VOTE for WHITE part of Obama!!!
Vote for WHITE part of Obama

HRC 08

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | February 25, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

To prove my point, before his untimely demise, Peter Jennings was pro-Arab (and Canadian to boot), so I wouldn't have supported him running for President either. Does that help, if I take it outside of the context of "The One"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

dogsbestfriend:

You will have to clarify what group you think I belong to that makes me "less than 2% of the population" (helpful hint: I am not Jewish) and why attacking the messenger is a valid debate point? I don't believe I've ever posted in any Israeli newspapers (The Post is based in D.C., right?), nor have I ever commented on Bush and Annapolis. As for the ADL, I believe you can contact them on-line nowadays.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote:

"I don't know that Jews think Obama is a "secret Muslim" as much as they don't want ANY pro-Arab President elected, regardless of whether he (or she) is Muslim, Christian, or Mormon for that matter."

________________________

So feel free not to vote for him. You are less than 2% of the population and even we generously assume 3/4 of Jews are as RACIST Israel-FIRSTers like yourself, their numbers won't put a dent. However, that doesn't give you the right to come here and spew your hatred just like you do in Israeli papers every day of the week.

Yes your behavior is UN-AMERICAN. I have read posts from the likes of you in Israeli papers, where some American-Jews make it utterly clear where their allegiance lies. For instance when Bush was pushing for the Annapolis conference or asking to stop building new settlements your comments about him were no different than the hatred you spew against Obama.

So cut the crap, we all know where all this is coming from, and the rest of us view people like yourself in the same category as KKK.

Where is ADL when you need them!

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 25, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry...Obama looks like a goof. Great photo! Look forward to seeing it all across the web this week festooned with a plethora of pithy punchlines.

(And no, I won't think any more or less of the guy as a politician, so lighten up already.)

Posted by: jd5024 | February 25, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

It makes me feel better about the Washington Post when Perry Bacon Jr., author of a prior "Muslim Links"-headlined article, now writes this: "Obama is a Christian who attends a United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago."

Posted by: FirstMouse | February 25, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

B2O2:

I know the difference, and I am not confused -- as I said, above, it is simply my hypothesis -- it is perfectly legitimate for you to ask McCain whether he will take orders from whomever had control of him in that POW camp too. Be my guest and run with that hypothesis (as it would not exclude the possibility of my hypothesis being true -- in fact, if your hypothesis were true, that might lend credence to my hypothesis -- could it be a mere coincidence that TWO United States Senators were brainwashed overseas in order to install them into high-level positions?). However, if neither were brainwashed, then there's nothing to "undo", is there?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

"I think it is legitimate to ask Obama (or Hillary if you want) whether he will take orders from Muslims -- has no one here ever seen the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?"

Most educated voters know the difference between Hollywood movies and real life. For those like you who get the two confused, well, I don't readily know how to help you. And are you saying that John McCain should undergo intense psychiatric evaluations to undo the brainwashing the Vietcong did to him while in captivity? Maybe that is what you are saying.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 25, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

dogsbestfriend:

I don't know that Jews think Obama is a "secret Muslim" as much as they don't want ANY pro-Arab President elected, regardless of whether he (or she) is Muslim, Christian, or Mormon for that matter.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

wly34:

I am not saying that Bill Clinton had anything to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall / USSR -- those were two separate questions -- I shall number / re-phrase them so as to reduce any further confusion:

1) Are you saying that all of the things between 1992-2000 that Bill Clinton presented to the world were "nothing to be proud of"?

2) Are you specifically saying that the fall of the Berlin Wall / USSR (whomever gets that credit) was "nothing to be proud of"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a African American college educated male ... I just don't trust Obama...I really respect and Thank Hillary for taking the time out of her busy campaign schedule in Ohio and Teaxs to attend the "State Of The Black Union Conference" ... Obama was not willing to take the time ... he's not going to address African American issues ... Africans American's need to wake up and smell the coffee before it's to late; just because Obama is black that does not mean he's going to properly address our issues ... Go Hillary"
Posted by: Lilly111

You probably should have changed your monicker before posing as an "African American college educated male", Lilly-white.

Posted by: Bud0 | February 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Rosenberg explains where the attacks on Obama are coming from:

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/01/24/smear_campaign_against_obama_s/

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 25, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

hmm, we should really ask who would you rather like to see - (someone who can dress in traditional garb, acknowledging other peoples' culture and differences etc.,) while meeting important world leaders? or know-it-all BHillary ...

Posted by: mana | February 25, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, sometimes I have a hard time following you. Are you saying that Bill Clinton had anything to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Or just what are you saying??

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

rose_la:

No, if John McCain paid a visit to Ireland to celebrate his roots, and was photographed in a pub having a pint, I would not call him an alcoholic, potato-eating mick secretly plotting to overthrow England -- not sure what that has to do with "honor[ing]" any particular struggle -- any more questions?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

kathleenrjohnson:

If you read that entire Op Ed, you also see that Michelle Obama was criticizing BILL Clinton as well -- are you saying that "all of the things he presented to the world is nothing to be proud of" too? The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 -- was THAT anything for an American to be proud of?!

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

To the African/Muslim fear-mongers that have posted here, if John McCain paid a visit to Ireland to celebrate his roots, and was photographed in a pub having a pint, would you call him an alcoholic, potato-eating mick secretly plotting to overthrow England? Slap yourselves in the face a few times, and see your bigotry for what it is. Your ancestors also had to fight this kind of hatred and fear, and they did it so that you could live here in freedom; and this is how you honor that struggle? As for Clinton, I've had enough of her irresponsible, schizophrenic campaign. I don't even want her as my senator any more. She has lost my vote forever. She does not represent the kind of America I have hope for. Yes, hope! Even in the face of the ignorant hatred that so clearly still lives here in what those same people like to call God's country.

Posted by: rose_la | February 25, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

to thinker: Go on now! Tell us that you secretly admire bamabamagobama. It shows in your pithy blogs. What do you think about white knee high go-go boots with 6 inch heels.
from cowpatti

Posted by: cowpatti | February 25, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The closer we get to the primary the more mud Hillary slings hoping something will stick. She's wants a real campaign after all of her negative attacks, fake tears and staged theatrics? Hillary, don't go away mad, just go away.

Posted by: xmassan | February 25, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

me13: I couldn't understand why Michelle Obama said it was the first time she was proud of her country. Then I heard her and what has been left out of every report is the word "really" and that makes all the difference.

Here's from the New York Times Opinion page---"Fast forward to last Monday in Wisconsin. Michelle Obama, in the course of a stump speech, remarked, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

I know exactly what she means. All of the things America has presented to the world, especially in the last 7 years, is nothing to be proud of. The fact that we are now looking for a new direction to correct those terrible actions speaks to what America is really about.

And by the way, Michelle is no refugee. Are you that confused or just devious?

Posted by: kathleenrjohnson | February 25, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton's Campaign is in the death throws of last ditch efforts to derail Obama come hook-or-crook.

She's the change candidate alright. She and her campaign have changed with camillion-like swiftness. She's put on so many faces it's become a masquerade. Which is real?

Meanwhile Obama has been on point and consistent throughout from the very beginning.

"The Clinton Machine" is a clunky lemon truging down the highway, switching gears and campaign personel, while Obama's Campaign is a smooth running streamliner of efficiency.

Clinton supporters at this point are white knuckling for reasons other than believing Senator Clinton is the better candidate, when everything happening between their campaigns demostrates otherwise.

I can appreciate going down with the ship on principal rather practicality. Hope you have life jackets.

Posted by: calumetspfd | February 25, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "And the Hillary supporters: you are not in the least bit concerned about the radical mood shifts this woman has displayed in the last 72 hours? Do you really want an emotionally and mentally unstability President? She scares me--I don't want her near the big red button."

And that says it in a nutshell. The woman is, at best, bi-polar.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

My goodness...I have read almost every post in this list and can't believe what I am reading. First and foremost, I cannot believe some people are SILLY enough to believe the photo represents anything other than a visitor's walking a mile in another's shoes and are once more bringing up that totally bogus 'Obama is a Muslim' trash: he is a born-again Christian and no, Islam is not inherited like a genetic trait. Simply because his relatives are Muslim is no more telling then if I claim to be Methodist but my Mom was Catholic.

And the Hillary supporters: you are not in the least bit concerned about the radical mood shifts this woman has displayed in the last 72 hours? Do you really want an emotionally and mentally unstability President? She scares me--I don't want her near the big red button.

Sorry. Until the last week, I was on the fence, only leaning toward Obama. I have jumped over and run away from that fence line as fast as I can. We have no need for the kind of campaign the Clintons are running.

Posted by: graytok | February 25, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "dinainva you darn well know that Muslim is a 4 letter word in American..."

Really?? I didn't know that. So much for the Muslim Mosque that is in our city of less than 100,000, IN TEXAS YET.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

dinainva,

What's this about Islam being your "adopted inherited religion"? Which is it?

And what would you know about Obama being upfront about his religion or the percentage of people changing names as they adopt new religions?

It strikes me as not unusual at all for a young man in his early 20s who has never espoused any religion until that point to keep his name after adopting Christianity. He would do so out of respect for his parents' choice, his and others' familiarity with him under his given name and a reluctance to invent a new name when his current one serves him quite well.

Keep pushing it, baby. You want to come off thoughtful and open-minded, but you are harping on the name thing to instill paranoia, same as Hillary and the GOP.

Come off it. You are Muslim? Like hell. You're a Clintonite.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

dinainva you darn well know that Muslim is a 4 letter word in American. Obama is not hiding his Muslim heritage because he is not a Muslim.

No one wants to be associated with that religion.

Posted by: Holcombe1 | February 25, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse


Good Grief, Obama is a member of The United Church of Christ. Same as another member of congress who is one of the top senators in terms of length of service.

So he has a muslim name?? I have a royal English name, but that doesn't make me an heir to the throne of Great Britain.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Go Hillary! I am so sad that Obama might win the primary. He has little experience, a wife with a chip on her shoulder, and he preaches in the most condescending and manipulative way. What's wrong with all you followers? You Obama fans are not very perceptive. You're being duped by a smooth talker. I prefer the smart candidate. Go Hillary!

Posted by: sallyes | February 25, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

wly34:

I see nothing wrong with your hypothesis, and I hope it's true.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Ussamsarmy
I do not think I claimed I have comprehensive knowledge of Islam. It just happened to be my adopted inherited religion.
Mr Obama has never been upfront about his faith so other than his name which is Muslim Arabic name; it means beautiful and it is well respected among Muslims because as I stated earlier It is prophet Muhammad's grandson's name. Muslims and Christians live in peace in the Middle East. However names quite distinctively used to refer to one's religion. It is highly unusual for someone to have a Muslim name and keep it with the change of his religion to Christianity.
Muslims are not divided into the ones with us and the ones against us. Muslims are shia and Sunni. The majority of Muslims are Sunni. You could be Muslim and at the same time secular,moderate and /or extremist. Islam is just a religion; faith comes with each individual just like any religion. If we are looking at moderate Muslims, Indonesia majority is Sunni Muslim. We can not stereotype a country but Indonesia had its share of extremism as well as terrorism. But then again being religious does not necessarily mean terrorist/ extremist. Which No one can dare to claim Mr Obama is .He might be Muslim and a bad one too, but not an extremist. Osama ben laden and Sadaam Husein are both Sunni just because one did not like the other that did not mean they shared different faith. Back again to our point adopting a certain religion is not a crime, hiding it to appeal to the public is hypocritical and makes you wonder how far that person is willing to go to get where he wants? . We all should be proud of who we are and what we believe.

Posted by: dinainva1 | February 25, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "I also watched a woman in Texas who said that Hillary would give them health care, better jobs, education and more money. I feel sorry for her.

Most of us in Texas know better. I can't understand all this about health care that these nuts in Texas harp on. In my county, you cannot be refused treatment in the county hospital (one of the top 100 in the country). And all they have to do is go to the local facility for the un-insured or lower incomes, to get the SAME treatment as someone who pays for it. We'll even send FREE transportation to deliver you there and take you home!!

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. My last two posts will close out this episode of "Mocking the Hillary Commenters." Join us again next article as Thinker, mul and svreader ask the musical question, "WHY DOES THE STUPID PEOPLES LOVE OBAMA SO &*#! MUCH AND HATESES OUR PRECIOUS?!?!"

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Nonsense. This is purely nonsense. Hillary Clinton has hit an all time low. This is an insult to all Americans of every ethnicity.

There is nothing wrong with the picture. Senator Obama is showing respect for the tradition of the area he is visiting. The problem is with the Clinton campaign insinuating that there is a problem with it. This is negative campaigning at its worst. It is racial, religious and ethnic bigotry toward the people of that region of the world on an insidious level.

The American people are bigger than this. We are not stupid or easily fooled. I am a middle aged, professional woman. Hillary you have let me down. Do not vote for Senator Clinton.

Enough Hillary. You can't really sink much lower.

Posted by: sherri_ah | February 25, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

pkmc83a,
Inferences aren't evidence. An infinitude of inferences doesn't equal a single fact. By relying on inferences, your theory is twice removed from the reality you would define. This is not to discourage you, but rather to invite you to remake your point from the ground up.

Posted by: jhbyer | February 25, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Before we follow Sen. Clinton too far down teh path of personal destruction (self-destruction, in her case), or get sidetracked by the bait-n-switch arguments of the Obama bashers, or respond to another "who? lil ol' me?" question about the source of the negative attacks on Obama, let's all settle down and remember one indisputable (Settled down yet?) fact:

Hillary eats children.

And don't try to deny it, Clinton-GOP conspirators! If you can't stand the heat, get Hillary out of the kitchen!

For God's sake! The CHILDREN!!!

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

indlouis: I haven't followed NAFTA issues but I did watch Hillary say that she didn't think there would be fines for people who didn't sign up for her health care, but that they would probably garnish wages. Now what?

I also watched a woman in Texas who said that Hillary would give them health care, better jobs, education and more money. I feel sorry for her.

Posted by: kathleenrjohnson | February 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

And Thinker, you, ImpeachNOW and the other assorted morons here who try to deny that the Clinton campaign released this to Drudge-- if this were the case, then why has the Clinton campaign on 3 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS refused to make a denial? Obviously they know that if they did try to deny it, that Drudge would just go and pull out the original Email. IOW, they sent it. See? Logical skills accrued to most people from the 3rd grade, easy.

You're such an idiot I'm not sure that the turpentine would be good enough for you. Maybe a full-fledged lobotomy really is the only thing to rescue you in your pathetic case.

Posted by: malagasy | February 25, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Thinker-- you are an insult to Rodin and his statue by taking on such a moniker. That you would defend the Hillary Clinton campaign after they'd deigned to use such revolting tactics, shows just how truly brain-anesthetized too many Hillary backers are.

The funny thing is, most of us here aren't Obama backers per se, we're wait and see folks. But we despise BS, and when crap like this comes out and the Hillary campaign again digs a hole for itself, all of you supporters dig it even deeper by insulting our intelligence.

We all know what the Clinton campaign is trying to do here, no psychological degree needed to figure it out. What makes this even more reprehensible is that Obama was donning such attire as a goodwill gesture to the Kenyans and the Somali minority there, as a way to show and earn respect. It's exactly what a professional leader in a foreign nation, acting diplomatically, should do.

You and j87vst might as well just go and sniff some turpentine to lobotomize yourselves, since you're already 3/4 of the way there. You'll contribute a lot more to society like that.

Posted by: malagasy | February 25, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Thinker, do you really believe Obama's comment you mention about "knocking out" Clinton was meant in any way to support violence against women? That's quite a remarkable stretch, and I think even you know how far you're reaching and that it just isn't true.

Help me out here... isn't it Hillary who consistently uses the "fight" analogies in here speech. Is she advocating some sort of violence by holding up that pair of boxing gloves in Wisconsin?

Maybe instead of making these kinds of arguments, you can ask something relevant, like how he has treated his wife and if there's ever been any claim of abuse (not to my or anyone's knowledge). I think if you want to accuse someone of something like that, you would do well to actually ask the question, not make baseless and, quite frankly, slanderous accusations.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Looneybin2000 I have two words for you: Michelle Obama.

Posted by: kathleenrjohnson | February 25, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Note to Thinker on being bought:

If Obama got a $1.6 million advance on his book, the amount donated by Rezko under Illinois campaign contribution limits would not buy much influence.

I would guess you are still paid by the piece rate under government rules applying to the developmentally disabled.

That about cover it, Tinky?

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Thinker:

"Obamabambi"?

Don't agree with you, but looks like you finally thought about something before you typed it.

Now if you could just Think about something beyond coming up with cute names.

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 25, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Advice to Obama: To win the South, you'll need less turban and more bourbon."

Really, he has already won the primaties in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia. Where do you think they are, in the northeast??

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Advice to Obama: To win the South, you'll need less turban and more bourbon.

Posted by: diggyzazz | February 25, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Advice to Obama: To win the South, you'll need less turban and more bourbon.

Posted by: diggyzazz | February 25, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "As I said, wly34, it is simply a hypothesis."

Try this for a hypothesis. Clinton is roundly defeated in both Texas and Ohio. But instead of dropping out, she goes on to the convention hoping that her super delegates win the nomination for her. Thereby ruining her party for years to come, placing it in the position that it is now in in Texas. Used to be, you couldn't find a Republican in the State, now almost everyone is one. All done by the Democrats and to themselves. Yep, nothing but the facts.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It was Tom Clancy's "Executive Orders" book (not sure if there was a movie of that one), where one of the President's bodyguards is an Iranian-American sleeper agent named Jeff Rahman who indeed tries to assassinate the President.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tinsely1978.... your being in the military doesn't give you the right to tell everyone else how we should be patriotic. I was a DOD employee with the Marine Corps my first year out of college and my brother serves with honor as a LT. in the naval construction engineers corps. I love my country and our military, but that does not mean we are always right. What I was upset about was your use of the ridiculous phrase, "blame america first crowd" as if there is some roaming group of people chanting it's your fault america. I stand by what I said previously. Place the blame where it belongs, this war was a mistake. It has cost us billions of dollars and made us less safe than we were before it began. Bush should be imprisoned for starting this war, on faulty information and greed. His friends made billions off the deaths of 4000 service men and women, not to mention the Iraqi civillian death toll.

Oh yeah and to try and use your military experience as justification for arguments is stupid, it's why I didn't start off telling everyone that my family has ties to the military, because those facts are irrelevant, I don't question other's patriotism if they don't share my views, that's somehting people like YOU do and it's sad and pathetic.

Posted by: formlessness | February 25, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

There's another movie (or book -- I can't remember the name or author) where a sleeper agent becomes a Secret Service agent finally assigned to protect the President. I am including that in my hypothesis as well.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

As I said, wly34, it is simply a hypothesis.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Did you ever see the original "Manchurian Candidate"?"

Uh yeah, and am I going to base my vote on a movie?? I don't think so.

Get a life and stop living in a movie world.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The only thing we seem to know about Obama is what he's written about himself in his TWO autobiographies. Isn't that handy? A convenient truth or un-truth - who's to say? This man is sly. He got an advance on the first book to buy the 1.6 million dollar house from the criminal in Illinois who bankrolled all of his political life there. He says he worked for the guy for 5 hours. Well - very well paid.

He's calculated and has kept himself well hidden. High aboard his follow me float, givinng speeches, channelinng famous dead people and pretending he is them - he couldn't hold a candle to them. But he says so. And he preaches this to kids who suck it up. And he preaches this to black people who are supposed to vote for me, because he looks like them. And he's white in Kansas... but, Toto, we're non in Kansas anymore - now we're in Michigan so we're black again. And now we're in Texas so we will speak perfect english and shed our inner city voice.

Where are you today? He speaks at least twelve languages. He can be you, too.

Watch out. The Republicans are going to peel away his smiley face and that terrible long frowney face we've seen him wear is going to be frozen there forever in it's place. Deer in the headlights. Obamabambi.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Quote Thinker: "I'm a guy...."

Really?? You could have fooled me, with all your talk about what shoes would go with the dress in the photo, etc. Hmmmmm?

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, Muslim followers of Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab would be the best guess, but there could be other sects too -- of course, I think the hypothesis would be quite a stretch if his mother was completely unaware -- either he was brainwashed (starting in Indonesia) to go into politics as he has and/or assassinate politician(s). Did you ever see the original "Manchurian Candidate"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

thinker--

have you ever heard of an analogy?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

No, you are missing my point, but I'll even take it one step further...I'll even work with your hypothetical assumption that Obama was "brainwashed" by "muslims". Obviously, several questions should be answered. Since this is your "hypothesis" anyways, you should be able to answer them:

WHICH "muslims" brainwashed Obama?
WHAT is their agenda?
WHEN did they "brainwash" Obama and to what end (in other words, why "brainwash" Obama..was he trained to attempt to be president")
WHERE did the brainwashing take place?
WHAT role did Obama's mother play in the "brainwashing" (after all, Obama's father left when he was 2)

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

P.P.S. (as I stated above) my concern is not whether Obama is, or is not, Muslim -- the Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office in any event -- the same concern exists for McCain being brainwashed during his time in that Vietnam POW camp.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse


svreader - Absolutely right! Ditto. He is never called on any of his smirky games. Women in American can be beaten, slammed, slandered and worse and the crowd just walks right by. Obama is black so it's ooooh hands off. Well, let's talk about his white half then. He's banking on that kid gloves crap. The Republicans will peel away his happy face and expose him with no second thoughts. Now - what will it be, flats or pumps with that outfit?

sv wrote:

Obama's comment about "knocking out" Senator Clnton speaks volumes about his total deafness regarding violence towards women in this country.

Any woman who votes for Obama after he made that remark would have to be a total idiot or full of self-hatred.

Obama has no respect for women.

I'm a guy, and I would never, never, vote for a man who invokes the image of a man hitting a woman as a postive thing, no matter who she is!!!

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to answer your other questions, we do indeed have Muslim allies in Iraq, Turkey, even Indonesia -- we are liberating them across the globe -- those Muslims who are our allies are not the ones I'm worried about ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

ussamsarmy:

I am NOT assuming that Obama is Muslim -- in fact, if my hypothesis is true, it is actually BETTER for him to think he is a Christian himself -- the reason why a similar picture of Hillary Clinton (or even George W. Bush) would not be relevant is because neither of them have been in any compromising position whereby they could have been brainwashed by Muslims. See the difference?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "I hope the people of Ohio and Texas see this for what it is. A FAKE candidate trying anything she can including the destruction of the likely nominee and the splitting of the party...anything to get elected."

Oh, we've seen it all right.
And we recognize it for what it is!

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and Maggie must be thinking that the American people are really stupid!

And one more thing, does she really want to invest more in education?

Posted by: linh_p | February 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hillary ,again is practicing in gutter
politics. I have been a Democrat for over 50 years, and if she wins the nomination this will be the first time in my life that I sit out an election.
Her so called 35 years experience.
6 years on the board of walmart where she sat with her mouth closed as the board trashed the unions and agreed with not giving workers benefits. First lady of Arkansas where she got involved with shady
land deals and spending her time trashing
Jenifer Flowers and Paula Jones because Bill had the morals of a snake.
Then there was the white house, she spent her time trying to bury Monica and Bill's lying to the American people. " I never had sex with that women! "
I would be more then happy to vote for a women, but not this one!

Posted by: gpaykel | February 25, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

rippermccord:

Thanks for the good work here.
just hope the voters in Ohio and Texas think along the same lines.

There will be problems at the Dem. convention (and maybe after) if Senator Clinton doesn't get over herself soon.

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 25, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Lets assume Obama is a muslim? So what? Don't we have muslim allies in iraq? Aren't those the people we are liberating?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Midwestreader1 wrote:

"It is a photograph from The Associated Press!
Why is the Clinton campaign being blamed for circulating this?
Is this what Barack was talking about when he mentioned "silly season" in politics in the debate.

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Nonsense. More of the same again from the Clinton camp.

The origin and relevance of the photo should be of concern to any Democrat who would not use race or religion or patriotism as a wedge in our society. If that's acceptable to you, you don't really know what the Democratic Party has traditionally stood for or what its ideology is all about.

The origin is indisputably from the Clinton campaign, according to the Drudge Report. And why do I believe Drudge? Because he was right about the Lewinsky scandal and because it fits the pattern of the Clinton machine in this campaign. The same machine which has been caught using push-polling in Iowa, the campaign that ABC News reported Friday has been circulating claims that Obama hobnobbed with former members of a radical domestic terrorist group (while conveniently leaving out that Bill pardoned dozens of violent radicals, including one of the same group the Clinton campaign tries to link Obama to). The same Clinton machine that gave up delegates in Michigan and Florida only to vow they would be seated. The same campaign that has circulated mailers falsely accusing Obama of praising GOP economic policies and wanting to decrease Social Security benefits. The same Clinton machine that speaks of being honored to be onstage with Obama, then accuses him of Rove tactics while emailing stories and photos to bolster what Hillary said today about Obama not being able to provide for national security.

And why wouldn't he, Hillary? Because you want to paint him as a sleeper agent bound for the heart of our democracy?

What garbage. What vile excrement! This is the Hillary Clinton we know: the purveyor of filth and innuendo.

It's why the backlash has started. It's why the Clintons will be noted for their obscene politics. And it's why Hillary will spend the next eight years in obscurity, remembering this season as the one in which she elevated Obama to the presidency.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

David2007:

If neither photo is relevant to any campaign, why are we seeing the Obama photo and not the Clinton photo? We would never have even known that Clintons and GW Bush were dressed in a similar manner, until you pointed it out. So why is the picture that is being circulated focusing ONLY on Obama and not the other three, if it is so irrelevant? Why is it being circulated AT ALL? Why is Fox News showing ONLY the Obama picture and NOT the Bush picture?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I see that there's been an UPDATE to the main article pointing out that Hillary's campaign "has stayed away from highlighting Obama's unusual biography before, even dumping volunteers who forwarded virally circulating e-mails falsely alleging that he is a Muslim."

"Falsely"? Are we sure about that? Only God knows for certain -- but that is besides the point -- non-Muslims can still be brainwashed in maddrasas, right?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

An example of the stupidity of the Clinton campaign. From his own mouth, and they wonder why Hillary is on the downhill run.

"Bill Clinton's statement in Beaumont, Texas:

If we lose in Ohio or Texas, it's probably over."

Now that's a true but stupid remark. Hillary, better get rid of Bill before he really hurts your chances.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

dyinglikeflies wrote:

Obama's speeches are the place where ideas go to die. His rhetoricical flourishes are, by design, unspecific, and his campaign is based on empty slogan-mongering. If you want to know what he supposedly "believes" you are referred by his supporters to his website, which was written by others. Americans are currently full of self-loathing as a hangover from the hypocritical use of "patriotism" and fear by Bush. We are instead being asked by Obama to take a vacation from reality and from ourselves and to look for "change"- nothing specific, because any change will do for us self-loathing Americans. And so we are willing to cast aside a qualified candidate like Clinton, who can actually BE a good President, rather than just give speeches like one.

Four questions for you, dyinglikeflies:
What is your definition of leadership?

Does the president have any responsiblity to engage the electorate? What is the most effective method of doing so?

If Hillary could not get her healthcare passed once before, what makes you think it will be different this time around?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm relieved that the candidates and the media are spending time on important issues like the candidates' clothes and whether they wear American flag lapel pins, and don't bother us with frivolous nonsense like the Iraq war, the economy, and the increasing lack of health care. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: cturner3rd | February 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Tlasley1978 -- one other thing. More than the experience that you can get in Washington and what it can make you into (saying that as someone who reports on Congress), I think it counts perhaps much more to see who a person really is, and what's in his or her heart. Remember that some of the finest U.S. presidents didn't have much so-called 'experience' in the workings of the Washington machinery... perhaps for good reason.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

To: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 04:19 PM
Regarding your post:
"Well, why don't we see those pictures of Clinton, Bush and Bush Sr. in african dress? Why is it relevant to Obama's campaign, but not Clinton's?"
http://www.drudgereport.com/flashoa.htm

I'm not sure what you are referring to in your post?

Do you mean that perhaps we should see a photo of Hillary Clinton in African dress, in order to offset the photo of Obama in Somali African dress?

Regarding relevance? I think that neither photo is relevant to either campaign. But if they are not relevant, then why are Obama's people complaining so much?

You would think that he would be proud to have such a photo displayed, rather than complain that Hillary Clinton's people are trying to undercut him and playing negative and dirty politics.

Again, me thinks they do protest too much.


Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Tlasley1978, I wish everyone out there would check on what people have done and how they have lived their lives. So if you are doing that, I think that's a very good thing.

And no, I don't think the name-calling back and forth does much good at all. What happens, unfortunately, is that when people get mad about something, the temptation is to become exactly what it is they are accusing others of and act out of hate or meanness.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"the majority of us who will be voting for him in November will no doubt have a word of advice for all of you in 2009: if you dont like the president and his policies, hit the road and find another country to park yourselves in. The shoe is on the other foot now, folks, and something tells me, those of you who have been kicking the antiwar people in the pants with it for almost a decade are not gonna like the same feeling when that boot is slamming against your own butts."

This is great, I think it should be on the Obama for President website!

Peace, love, and Obama 2008, y'all.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

aarongmarsh, You can not seem to make it through a sentence without adding a profanity but you ask people to grow up. Get real young man!!
That's not a dress, folks. I know you've lived your whole life in a three-block radius, but work with me here and repeat after me: "That's not a dress. I will give it my best shot to grow the f*&% up."

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Maggie Williams is a prime example of the kind of shifty, lying worm that would serve in a second Clinton administration. It's ironic that they think the way to beat Obama is to use the same kind of negative nationalistic knee-jerk propaganda that Fox News and the Bush administration have used against Democrats since 9/11. It's because the Clintons and their advisors are no different than the Bush people and their advisors. Anyone who thinks Janet Reno was in any way a "better" or more honest attorney general than Ashcroft or Gonzales is deluding themselves.

The 90s are extremely overrated, and so are the Clintons. Waco proved that Democrats will use fascist tactics just the same as Republicans will, and the Dems blind justifications for the Waco murders in the 90s showed that, just like Republicans, they were more than willing to put blind partisan loyalty over the truth. Maybe the truly unprecedented support for Obama is a sign that people on both sides (and independents like myself especially) are sick of this lock on the white house by two shady families who are willing to do literally anything to keep their arrogant power over this country.

Hillary is just proving with her last gasping desperation moves in this campaign exactly what her detractors (including me) have been saying all along: a vote for her is a vote for continuing the evil tactics of the Bush administration. Democrats realized it just in time and switched to a proper candidate (though I personally would have preferred Richardson). Republicans are making fools of themselves by literally choosing THE worst choice they had, and with the latest revelations of McCainiac's letters to the FCC in the 90s on behalf of a supporter and possible mistress, they are realizing it now, all too late. (I wont be at all surprised if at some point, McCain is "convinced" to step down from the nomination, and it ends up going to Romney or Huckabee instead. It's their only possible even remote chance to win in November, their chances with McCain are less than zero.)

To the racists and the gung ho nationalist swine in BOTH parties who are offended that Obama will probably be our next president (and deservedly so), the majority of us who will be voting for him in November will no doubt have a word of advice for all of you in 2009: if you dont like the president and his policies, hit the road and find another country to park yourselves in. The shoe is on the other foot now, folks, and something tells me, those of you who have been kicking the antiwar people in the pants with it for almost a decade are not gonna like the same feeling when that boot is slamming against your own butts. Obama scares you because like all bullies, when one takes away your bluster and your empty threats, what remains is a terrified individual who mirrors their self-loathing out to the world in a desperate attempt to justify their own pathetic existence to themselves. I dont need a set of Tarot cards to predict that you all will be getting a major dose of reality soon, and (with a nod to the great Eugene O'Neill) it wont take Hickey to shatter your pipe dreams. The O-man cometh.

OBAMA / RICHARDSON in 2008

BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE

Posted by: saintsubversive | February 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "The sad thing is that Senator Clinton clearly does not recognize the damage that this style of campaigning will do to the Democratic Party, or to her reputation in the party."

She recognizes it all right. She just doesn't care. Anything to be elected.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why do we have people making jokes about wearing heels and pumps and such? Are we really that uneducated that we have to call Somali garb -- let's throw in Scottish kilts, too, while we're senselessly bashing other cultures -- are feminine or something?

That's not a dress, folks. I know you've lived your whole life in a three-block radius, but work with me here and repeat after me: "That's not a dress. I will give it my best shot to grow the f*&% up."


Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Aeldus wrote:
"I don't agree with Mrs. Clinton tactics but this is the type of attacks that Obama will be facing sooner or later if he wants to be President. No one said life was fair.. and in politics NOTHING is fair."

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I just don't understand why HRC is being blamed for photograph taken by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. The Druge report story is also oddly ambiguous, saying "staffers" "circulated" the picture--so is it that one campaign volunteer handed it or e-mailed it to another volunteer?

These sorts of news stories are really strange. I wish there was more investigative reporting (rather than summaries of internet reports followed by campaign responses) on major newspaper sites.

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 25, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

David2007

Well, why don't we see those pictures of Clinton, Bush and Bush Sr. in african dress? Why is it relevant to Obama's campaign, but not Clinton's?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Here is what you get when you attempt to investigate, instead of jump blindly on a bandwagon of hate:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1975275/posts?q=1&;page=86#86

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/02/obama-needs-to-bury-this-muslim-photo.html

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-wore-muslim-gear-during-kenya-trip

Yeah, a poster at Free Republic posted a page from some "The Examiner" with the photo. This got picked up by other bloggers.

I can imagine someone in Clinton's campaign ran across this and forwarded to someone else, complaining about media bias. Drudge claims a Clinton staffer remarked that were Hillary in such a photo dressed like that, she would be criticized in the media, yet Obama was not. This may or may not be a valid criticism of media bias. But Obama's side really jumped on it and distorted it, even rewording Drudge to claim the Clinton team released the photo to Drudge (as in, "hey Drudge, did you know Obama once dressed in this Muslim-looking outfit? Hint hint"). The Obama camp is making claims that Drudge hasn't.

Now, if you wish to claim that the Clinton team was behind the original post at Free Republic, that's your call. And if you think the only anti-Obama people are Hillary supporters, and they post as Freepers, I have a bridge to sell you. Or maybe I could sell you a presidential candidate.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

pkmc83a - I think he is from Snowy River.

Pure Comedy for all these keyboard intellectuals....these blogs should have video feeds as well, so we can see how many of you are actuall sitting in your basements with aluminum foli hats on.

Posted by: J_thinks | February 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

so a demo.rat sends this photo to a right wing blog ro fire up the crazies...oh america your fraudulence never ceases to amaze me...if nothing else, the 'real americans' are united
and you wonder why the man's wife said this is the first time she's been proud of her g*d forsaken country of refuge

Posted by: me13 | February 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Umm Irishlass527, you wrote:

"How sympathetic will he be to the middle east? Remember the prophecy? The muslims will attack from the inner core of our government and take it down from the inside out! Why invite the devil in???"

What "prophecy" would that be? I think maybe you've been reading some pretty nutty stuff. No offense, but people who walk around citing "prophesies" are exactly what I'm afraid of.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It is very funny to see tensions so high over a photo. The left has never liked the Clintons because they made decisions that were in the best interest of the United States and not the left coast. Why do you folks that support obama get so defensive and call folks that don't support obama such terrible names just because they do not share your opinion. At the same time you have no problem calling those politians you do not support every name in the book! Name calling seems to be the adult attribute on this forum. I thought that obama's supporters were college educated. Anyone reading this forum would think otherwise!

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

dinainva-- what type of Muslim is Obama? Is he the type of Muslim we are "liberating" in Iraq (i.e. on our side) or is he the type of Muslim that is trying to kill us? You brought up his middle name "Hussein" and asked if it sounded familiar. I assume you are referring to Sadaam Hussein. Was he a practicing muslim? Didn't Osama bin Laden hate Sadaam because he was "too secular"? How common is the name Hussein among Muslims? Obama was clearly named after his father. Didn't his father leave when obama was 2? Are we to assume that his midwestern mother schooled him in the ways of Islam?

Since you have such a comprehensive knowledge about Islam, can you answer a few more questions for me? What types of muslims are in indonesia? How about muslims in africa? Which African countries have the highest concentration of Muslims?

Posted by: ussamsarmy | February 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

To poster:
wdsoulplane | February 25, 2008 03:59 PM

"Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress."

I'm impressed by Obama's record of being involved with 570 bills during the 109 and 110 Congress.

This works out to 285 bills/year = 23.75 bills/month = 5.48 bills/week = 1.1 bill/day.

Wow! He must be a Superman to have been involved with a little over ONE bill/day for 2 straight years!

How did he do it?

Or is it all smoke and mirrors?

Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

To poster:
wdsoulplane | February 25, 2008 03:59 PM

"Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress."

I'm impressed by Obama's record of being involved with 570 bills during the 109 and 110 Congress.

This works out to 285 bills/year = 23.75 bills/month = 5.48 bills/week = 1.1 bill/day.

Wow! He must be a Superman to have been involved with a little over ONE bill/day for 3 straight years!

How did he do it?

Or is it all smoke and mirrors?

Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "So Obama's supporters are delusional cultists? The statistics tell a different story. According to exit polls from the last 10 primaries and caucuses, Obama's supporters tend to be better educated, more affluent, and cover all ethnic groups, ages, and both genders. Clinton's supporters tend to be concentrated in gender/age-associated older females and the less educated and less affluent. Quite a consituency contrast and the very reason the Clinton consistently loses in the hypothetical general election matchups."

That just about says it all.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

speaking of the manchurian candidate, doesn't hillary resemble the mother in both movies?

Posted by: ol_dj | February 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if Team Hillary really wanted to show something that is curious, odd and unique -- they could publish a picture of their own "pantsuit princess" in a dress! (That is, presuming she owns one.)

Posted by: Vic1 | February 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Just a thought, Let's see what happens on Saturday Night Live this week. Let's see Hillary point out another obvious thing and have the media shout her down this time..."

Saturday Night Live?? Another reason to vote for Obama.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

So why are the Obama people all worked up over a picture of him in African garb. Afterall, his father is from Kenya!! The Obama people take this as some sort of slam, but as the article says, Clinton has worn traditional garb when traveling, and it has been of someone else's tradition. I think the picture speaks well of Obama.

But what does not speak well of him is an article that appeared in today's Asia Times. The article is not about his father, his father's race or his father's religion. That is all bogus Rovian crap that has nothing to do with who Barak Obama is at all. His father left him when he was quite young.

No, Obama was shaped more as a person by his mother, as all children are, particularly male children who are raised by a single parent, namely the mother. To learn about who Barak Obama is, you have to know who his mother was. She has since passed.

His mother was an anthropologist, that is, a scientist who investigates other cultures. She was quite obviously taken in by Kenyans, married into the family and thus satisfied her intellectual curiosity studying east Africans. It is usually a rather detatched sort of study where individuals from the culture are considered a specimens to which various objective tests are given in order to obtain responses and then to learn about the culture from those responses to various stimuli.

In the Asian Times story, located at:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JB26Aa01.html

the theory is put forth that Obama is approaching his campaign as his mother the anthropologist would. You will notice that as he makes his emotional appeals and whips up the crowds, he remains very much emotionally detached from the people that he has affected, much as an anthopologist would in studying specimens under observation.

There are several other cogent points made.

Obama is out to change America, no doubt. He is very forthright about this. In the last debate, he gave a clue about how he intended to change it. He said that part of the problem with America is that we think we are better than other countries and that its some sort of a privilege for another head of state to meet the US President. He would end that by having the US Presidency placed on par with other heads of state.

This is part from his mother. She did not like US culture or society and rebelled against it. Twice. Obama's wife has said that this is the first time she has been proud about America, the way it is voting for Obama. Another sign of the changes to come.

Obama wants to take America off of its traditional place in the world, a place from which his experience tells him the US has bullied the world, forced other countries to adapt to US culture and interests. It is very much a Third World perception of the US that Obama brings because that is the perception to which his mother became endeared through her anthropological studies. He is taking her scientific method and employing it in his campaign to play on the latent fears or wishes of the American people for something better as we go through all of the changes which present themselves in the current environment.

I don't think that the change that Obama intends is the same change that the throngs seem to have entrusted him to deliver.

All of the other, the Muslim religion; his race; his past cocaine use; even this crap about Larry Sinclair, is all smoke. Its all diversionary. Its all bunk that is being put out there for the purpose of being debunked by Obama thus enhancing his credibility.

Obama-mania. Its what the news people call it and it has swept the nation. Hillary will be swept away by it very soon. What is it? Its an emotional reaction. Is it an emotional reaction that could have been predicted, that was predicted? When people make rational decisions based on emotion and are encouraged to do so, its for a reason. The reason is that whoever is encouraging this does not want people to use their thinking mind and so it is clouded with emotion.

Scoff if you like, but this is not the first time that we have had a political leader appealing to the emotions of the people in an effort to overcome their rational thinking minds which informs them otherwise. Is it??

In 2004 did not Bush use the emotion of fear to overcome the otherwise rational thinking minds of the voters? Every time he gets cornered, he brings out the boogie man, causes people to become afraid and like that political support is ginned up.

If the emotion of fear can move people to act, why not the emotion of hope?? However, as with fear, emotions cloud the mind so that you act on emotion rather than logic. Just now, Americans are fearful and would respond to a hopeful message and Obama has tied right into that and is riding the wave pretty high.

In this he has shown great political skills. But before we all get out our surfboards and participate in the "no-brainer" of Obamania, take a sober minute to look at where this man comes from and where he wants to take the country once he gets his emotional hooks into the public consciousness.

Read the story and then make your own mind up about just what the agenda is of this little known man from Illinois, or is it Kansas or Hawaii, or Kenya, or Indonesia??

Posted by: pkmc83a | February 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

To poster:
wdsoulplane | February 25, 2008 03:59 PM

I'm impressed by Obama's record of being involved with 570 bills during in 3 years in the U.S. Senate. This works out to 190 bills/year = 15.8 bills/month = 3.65 bills/week = 0.73 bill/day.

Wow! He must be a Superman to have been involved with almost ONE bill/day for 3 straight years!

How did he do it? Or is it all smoke and mirrors?

Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It does not matter who released the photo, this will hurt Obama (not help) in the General Election.

This photo somewhat sends out subliminal message to all Americans.

There are few still photos you never forget!

- Gore's visit to Buddhist temple
- Dukakis's "tank moment"
- John Kerry's swiftboat/windsurfing
- Obama's muslim garb

Posted by: kat7 | February 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

So Obama's supporters are delusional cultists? The statistics tell a different story. According to exit polls from the last 10 primaries and caucuses, Obama's supporters tend to be better educated, more affluent, and cover all ethnic groups, ages, and both genders. Clinton's supporters tend to be concentrated in gender/age-associated older females and the less educated and less affluent. Quite a consituency contrast and the very reason the Clinton consistently loses in the hypothetical general election matchups.

Posted by: sbrandt | February 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And this photo on the same day her top advisor re-opened the Jesse Jackson can of worms... Did he "not recall" that, when Bill did it, it cost them South Carolina?

The Clinton campaign is falling apart.

Posted by: z71ragdoll | February 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Drudge posted the other photos from his archive - they were not a part of the email he received.

Again, back to the mailers - she had those for three weeks, and decided to get angry over the weekend? Why not slap them out during teh debate?

Just curious and playing fact checker to the comedians here.

Posted by: J_thinks | February 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

formlessness, To begin with while I was serving our military for 25 years to give immature individuals like you the right to cuss out others over the internet, you were probably getting spoon fed. You are reason this country has gone to hell in a hand basket. Young man, you need to take pride in this great country and talk like an adult!

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Israel-FIRSTers have declared war on Obama for the last few months as they realized he is a serious candidate. A daily perusal of their papers yields an attack article or two a day. Little do they know that their attacks make Obama more attractive to the vast majority of Americans who are sick of being pushed around by special interest groups.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 25, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

kunanibeach, and I'll point out again that Drudge doesn't claim that Clinton or her campaign sent him the photo or the story. But Obamaists have conveniently invented the "truth" that Clinton "released it" to him.

If I send my co-worker at Microsoft (fictional) an email making fun of Hillary for having big thighs, and that email gets sent along to more people, and winds up in Drudge's mailbox, can it be charged that Microsoft is deviously attempting to smear Hillary? What if Drudge didn't even know that the email really came from a Microsoft employee? That's pretty much what this story is right now, from what we know at this time.

More level-headed and logical? You guys show once again you'll follow anything with that suits your way of thinking, no matter how tenuous the reality may be. And you'll do it with passion and fury. Nothing like a self-righteous mob that's made up its mind, facts be damned (or facts unknown).

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Hillary's plan is informed, brilliant and will insure everyone at very little cost. It will be income based so it will be affordable. And it will be excellent coverage."

Really, she tried it once before and it was soundly defeated. Even the members of her own party didn't like it. Partly, because she tried to shove it down their throats without consulting them. Will she never learn??

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Here's another pitiful example of Team Hillary's blind, ruthless ambition -- and the reckless, scorched-earth style of politics gone wild -- that continue to offend so Americans and allies abroad. I can't wait until next Tuesday when the next round of primary voters will show and prove that we've all had enough already of gutter politics as usual. Go Obama!

Posted by: Vic1 | February 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I've been wondering what Karl Rove has been up to since leaving the White House. Now I know . . . he's working for the Clinton campaign. I know Hillary is getting frustrated and frazzled that she may not be the Democratic nominee, but if her campaign is sending stuff to the Drudge Report in an effort to attack Obama, she should be ashamed, as it's beneath what the Democratic Party stands for. I know politics is politics, and not very nice, but people are tired of this grammar school crap, and want the candidates to stick to what is really important to ALL Americans (except for the radical rightwingers, who just want George Bush (appointed by God, so they say) to be president forever).
Keep it on the up and up. We've been watching politicians in the sewer for the last 7+ years, and are sick of it.

Denise Brown

Posted by: denisicle | February 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters, please go to the link cited in the story which is the following link:
http://www.drudgereport.com/flashoa.htm

Before you tear your hair out, note that 3 other people are also in native dress:
President Clinton, Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush.

So, it really puzzles me why

"Barack Obama's campaign this morning sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's campaign for reportedly sending a picture to the Drudge Report of the Illinois senator that showed him in African dress, with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accusing Clinton of engaging in "shameful, offensive fear-mongering."

Me thinks they do protest too much!


Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary did have a chance to win, she blew it with this newest tactic of hers. The reason why Obama is winning because he is not about this GOT-CHA politics, but chooses to debate the issues. Believe me, as all of us know, he could bring up all kind of Dirty things on the Clintons, but this is negative politicking, politics that tears you down and not build you up. Obama is not about this, he wants a more uplifting and unifying tone to dominate Washington, so we can get some things done. Time waits for no one and we must measure up to our times. We must find newer and more positive ways to do things and address our problems. It's called problem solving. And Obama has over 20 years of experience coupled with Judgement.
"
I Found the BEEF - Senator Obama's Senate Record"
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/21/164117/783/290/461422

Posted by: wdsoulplane | February 25, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

From an article regarding Hillary's campaign response to the releasing of the photo:

"Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement (see below) that didn't respond to the question of a staffer distributing the Barack Obama 'dressed' photo, instead attacking the Obama campaign for being offended. Instead, it's more of a 'non-denial denial'. The Clinton campaign must think the Democratic base (and the rest of America) is stupid. This is exactly the sleazy politics of personal destruction the Clinton's are known for and it's a big turn-off to millions of voters who will make Barack Obama the next Democratic nominee for president. Thanks Hillary! Senator Clinton, it's time for you to step down.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign could have illustrated its mailers with candid photos of an angered Hillary (presumably screaming at her husband), her visage contorted and most unflattering to her inner human self. These candids adorned tabloids at grocery check-out counters during the Clintons' troubles of the 1990s. There have been successive generations of such candid shots since, right up to the present, in fact. They would have tacitly yet powerfully reminded voters that they might prefer not to see or hear this person constantly for the next 4 years in our newscasts. But evidently the Obama campaign chose not to take this road toward the White House.

However, the option remains open to the Republican Party and its Swiftboat comrades.

Posted by: FirstMouse | February 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This is the best comedy on the web.

Posted by: J_thinks | February 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse


If you want to know about he health care lies and differences. NPR had a very objective piece about it this morning. Go to www.npr.org to listen to it. All Things Consdered show. Very good information for Obama fanst - though they seldom are interested in the truth about him.

He can't get a thing done. He took Hillary's and dumbed it down so he could say he had one. Doesn't have a CLUE.

Hillary's plan is informed, brilliant and will insure everyone at very little cost. It will be income based so it will be affordable. And it will be excellent coverage.

I know Obama-bots won't want to go listen. They are drunk with chants and channeling acts of deceased people... who Obama fancies himself to be as good as. Junior Senator, 2 1/2 yrs in DC. Wanna be President. The Audacity of Audacity.


Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

aarongmarsh, Thank you for responding. You sound like you are the 1% that have actually checked Obama's record. As an independent, I have voted in many elections and do intensive background checks on the people I support. Obama gives great speeches, but his records of accomplishments to not hold a candle to Clinton or McCain. I still feel there is more to come about Obama and the slum lord and other tidbits. I bet the Clintons are still holding information back.

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It is a photograph from The Associated Press!

Why is the Clinton campaign being blamed for circulating this?

Is this what Barack was talking about when he mentioned "silly season" in politics in the debate.

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

A photo of Obama with his father and wearing traditional dress? That's something to be proud of.

If I were Obama I would tell my campaign managers and the press just that. One of the reasons I would consider voting for him is because he would have respect and understanding for the diverse cultural heritages that make up this great nation.

Posted by: newton11 | February 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Barak husein Obama's middle name Husein ( does that name ring a bell?) it is the name of prophet Muhammad's grandson. If Mr Obama was not muslim I would assume he will change that name which does not indicate anything as a church goer. it is customary in Islam that you would change your name to a muslim name if you converted to Islam and you would change it back to christian if you converted back to christianity. The question is not about his relegion. the real question is about him lying about it . the essence of his compaign is that he is green and fresh with hopes and that he is not a politician/player that would say whatever to get to where he wants. which so far has proven wrong; he is a flip flap!with his few years in politics and he has already played the game of changing positions to get to where he wants . Which of you was born christian and converted a different relegion ? very few and under tremendous cirumstances and you will definely be subjucated to criticism from your family and everyone that knows you as of a certain faith. when and why did he change ? or did not he? and why did not he change his name to a good christian name if he was ? would your parent be proud of you if you changed your inherited relegion? Again it is not about our relegion or color of skin it is what we stand for. It is honesty and truthfulness.In politics it doesnot seem to take place so now we are back to the same point if Hillary and Obama are both politician play the game of doing what it takes to get to where they want then may be we should look into other factors experience and knowlege in addition to you being a politician to get this country somewhere. The ability to change does not come from nowhere instead it comes from deep knowledge of the issue,sincere loyalty to one's country which Mrs and Mr Obama do not have !with all this country has given Mrs Obama the only time when she was really proud of her country is when her husband was considered for a position of a president. A millionaire with two beautiful children and a sucessful husband and a great career did not find anything to be proud of her country for !

Posted by: dinainva1 | February 25, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Thinker, your parents just called. They said to get off the computer. You're making a fool of yourself.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Has Hillary the hypocrite forgotten her own pictures in muslim garb?

http://www.againsthillary.com/2008/02/25/clinton-staffers-circulated-dressed-obama-pictures/

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 25, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


mindriot2003.

Yes. He definitely could have leaked this photo himself. They are a really twisted political crew. After the full size, glossy, colored photo book full of lies and disinformation they distributed in Ohio - it's obvious they'll do anything at all. This man is a different kind of candidate. He's just plain deceitful. Lots to know and find out about him. He's been very careful to write his own story, to cover his past and to even abstain from voting so he would have no legislative history. He was bought and paid for in Illinois. 1.6 million dollar home in a real estate scandal, his entire career there financed by a criminal. The Republicans will peel away his smiley face to show whats there - if the Democrats don't want to - and it won't be pretty. He is their dream target.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Gotta point out again...Clinton staffers did not deny they sent out this photo and accompanying story. Why wouldn't they? Because they would be caught lying. And, given the history of Clinton being unable to reign in the voracious lies of previous staffers (see the sacking of her staffers who DID circulate the lie that Obama was a Muslim), how reliable is her word, anyway?

Call us cultists if you will, but Obama supporters are more levelheaded and logical than the delusional Clinton camp and the McCain "the Insane" and his promotion of the 100 year war and imperialist policies. I am proud to be part of the Obama movement and the positivity it brought to politics. All the critics are just proving us right.

And, by the way, I have gone from potential Clinton supporter to resolutely voting for Nader if she wins the nomination. Her terrible campaign has lost my vote for life.

Posted by: kunanibeach | February 25, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Bill & Hillary are both as crooked as a dogs hind leg. Oh boy bama is an empty suit. He has no substance but he would be an awsome TV evangelist. He would heal you for a small donation.

If this is the best you dumb dems have to offer your going to lose... signed COWPATTI

Posted by: cowpatti | February 25, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Obama camp and Obama supporters so distressed about a photograph of Obama in Somali African dress?

Are they ashamed of it? Or is it because it highlights the fact that Obama is black and has close ties to Africa through his step father and they would rather not remind Americans of this?

I just don't get it why Obama and his supporters should get upset about this photo? Rather than being upset, they should be proud.

Posted by: David2007 | February 25, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

lndlouis,
If Hillary's health care plan WON'T garnish wages, which she herself suggested as a way to enforce universal coverage, then her plan is NOT universal, but a dishonestly promoted plan identical to Barack's. If Hillary's supporters can't come to terms with that and other startling realities, such as her being no less "all talk" for telling us she's not, then I too, like you, will despair.

Posted by: jhbyer | February 25, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The blow back onto the Clinton's will be enormous and finally put an end to her campaign.This is really distasteful and yet will be effective--effective that is in helping the right wing extremists to start their swift boarding/boating.
Thanks Hilary! Its over for you and Barack.

Once the primaries are over, all the attacks will start on Barack. The good feelings of this momentous run will face the harsh reality of a system that will not allow Barack Obama to succeed.

We who hope for a fair outcome in November unfortunately are not diabolical enough to counter what will occur in the unbridled campaign dirty tricks to come.

Hilary's effort in these last desperate days are all that is bad about politics and shocks the optimism I have had back to the cynical realities of this country.

really, what is to like about American politics?

Posted by: frank16 | February 25, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me but Obama says you can't use his middle name which is HUSSEIN because people might draw the wrong conclusion? You can't show him in Muslim garments because people might draw the wrong conclusions? What is wrong with this guy?

Is he stupid? Yeah! Since when is using is REAL MIDDLE NAME AND REAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIM WRONG???? I mean honestly that is slander?? HAVE THESE PEOPLE GONE MAD??

I AM SITTING HERE LAUGHING AT THE STORY AND THE MEDIA AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY WRITING ABOUT THIS STUFF!! WHERE IS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WHEN YOU NEED THEM!!
Laughing out loud at the stupidity of the press and the Obama people...

Some how this guy and the media and his people turn REAL PICTURES, HIS REAL NAME AND HIS REAL ACTIONS into attack on him?

COME ON! I'm laughig you people are so stupid it isn't even funny. Look the guy is who he is, his name is ARABIC, Barack Hussein Obama. HE WAS BORN A MUSLIM, HE WENT TO AN ISLAMIC SCHOOL, HE CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY AT 20. You cannot change facts.

The question isn't this it is what type of associations does he have? He is associated with Jeremiah Wright who is associated with Louis Farrakhan. That is problematic and it will come out in a general election if he makes the nomination.

I don't give a fig if he's muslim or not. That is irrelevant to the larger question of his connections to other bad actors in the United States who tend to associate with terrorists and terror groups inside and outside the country.

So you can check out his credentials now and not have it come out later or you can wait and stupidly allow him to be nominated and then have all of this come out in the General Election and then be totally embarassed and watch him go up in flames.

In the meantime I'm laughing at the scene I'm going to see on Saturday Night Live where they mock a debate when a moderator chastises Hillary for using Obama's middle name! Get real, the guy had the photograph made and it is legitimate. Is he ashamed of Muslims? What is wrong with him? Is he ashamed of his blackness? What is wrong with him?

The problem with Obama is he can't stay with anything for more than 5 minutes and the fact that his people and the people in the media and the blogs get offended at the slightest hint about his Muslim roots is ridiculous. I am laughing as I am writing this. How offensive is this to the Muslims in the United States is he???

I mean honestly he is who he is isn't he? He was born a Muslim, that is the way it works when your father is a Muslim and he gives you an Islamic name! Just say it Barack!!! You want Hillary to apologize for her war vote? And you didn't even have a vote and you won't admit that! And then you won't admit you converted to Christianity from Islam? What is wrong with you?

Are you ashamed of your conversion to Christianity?

Some of us know the truth and you are not an honest man Barack! So we understand why you don't want people to even see you with a photograph of you in a schmag and the traditional thob or garments a man would wear in the Islamic world?

Just a thought, Let's see what happens on Saturday Night Live this week. Let's see Hillary point out another obvious thing and have the media shout her down this time...

Booooo on the media once more...

Posted by: UWBizKid | February 25, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speeches are the place where ideas go to die. His rhetoricical flourishes are, by design, unspecific, and his campaign is based on empty slogan-mongering. If you want to know what he supposedly "believes" you are referred by his supporters to his website, which was written by others. Americans are currently full of self-loathing as a hangover from the hypocritical use of "patriotism" and fear by Bush. We are instead being asked by Obama to take a vacation from reality and from ourselves and to look for "change"- nothing specific, because any change will do for us self-loathing Americans. And so we are willing to cast aside a qualified candidate like Clinton, who can actually BE a good President, rather than just give speeches like one.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | February 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"People say they have had enough of the Clintons, but let me ask you this where you saying the same thing when this country's economy rose to it's best in the 90's when they were in the White house. The Clintons with all of their problems left this country in the best economic shape it had had in many, many years. Doesn't that mean anything! And that was just in 8 years!


Oh brother, all this great economy was under a Republican dominated Senate and House. Elected shortly after Clinton took office and still there when he left.

Try another tactic, such as change.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Its come down to selecting the candidate, be they Republican, Democrat, or other, that would hurt this great nation the least if elected. How sad. Look at it this way:
..A vote for Hill is a vote for Bill. (no way. the worst of the choices).
..A vote for Obama? based on what? great oratory? Being a likeable guy? I don't think so.
..A vote for any of the rest? May be the least of all the ills whomever you vote for, but not by too much.
Where are the John F. Kennedy's, or the Ronald Reagans when you need them. Its no suprise the rest of the world looks down its noses at us. We are in deep kimshee for certain this time around.

Posted by: toto3 | February 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse


Well, Obama told his "followers" he was a different kind of candidate - they just didn't know HOW different.

Now, what shoes will I wear with this? My flats or my pumps?

At least we know now what he would to wear to the inauguration ball.

Everyone can get hats to match.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Latest PPP Poll: Obama Surging in Ohio. Now only 4 points behind!!! Clinton attacks continue to backfire.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED THAT OBAMA's CAMPAIGN COULD BE LEAKING THIS STUFF???!!!

Posted by: mind_riot2003 | February 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Latest Gallup poll shows Obama up by 12 points nationally! WooHoo Message to Clinton: Attacks backfiring!!

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Will the Obama Cultist agree to leave the party after he loses. We will then not let indys or republicans vote in our primaries."

Another Clinton know-nothing supporter heard from. You can't say who will vote in the primaries. It's up to the states. In Texas, I can vote in any primary that I want and then vote in the main election for anyone that I want. I can vote for a Democrat in the primary and for a Republican in the general election if I so wish. And so can any other Texan and most of them will. In fact, in early voting I will vote for Obama tomorrow.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It sad to see that this country is willing to elect an inexperienced candidate to lead them out of the mess our current and eloquent president is leaving.

Yes, Mr. Obama is a very inspirational speaker, but that is where the buck stops!!! His future plans are just unrealistic dreams. It is time for a reality check! This country needs someone with a plan in place that is willing to put down the first stone in a long path to recovery, get dirty and not just rearrange things to show short-term results. This country needs someone who can take the hits and keep on moving. I think that person is Hillary Clinton.

People say they have had enough of the Clintons, but let me ask you this where you saying the same thing when this country's economy rose to it's best in the 90's when they were in the White house. The Clintons with all of their problems left this country in the best economic shape it had had in many, many years. Doesn't that mean anything! And that was just in 8 years!

So much has been said about Mr. Obama's picture, but if he is not ashamed of his heritage and he has nothing to hide. Why does his campaign jump to point the finger! I agree with some of the bloggers, if this is the reaction he has when his character is challenged right now then what can we expect to see in eight months. To run for president you have to have a very thick skin and not just dish out a nice speech.

Lilly111, you are the first person in this blog that has consciously and informatively presented an argument as to why not vote for OBAMA. Thank you, too bad the majority of our population is going to vote based on a mirage!!!

Posted by: mramirez1396 | February 25, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Does Senator Clinton really think that those of us who have respected her in the past will forgive her for this? If that's her calculation, she's wrong. As I've written before, Senator Clinton has opted to ignore the adage, "Win with grace; lose with dignity." This campaign has allowed us to see her true colors. Not only is she a polarizing figure in America has a whole, she has become a polarizing figure within the Democratic Party. I hope she adds this to her list of accomplishments because this will be her legacy.

Posted by: leo2thenet | February 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

American voters are smarter than what they usually get credit for. On March 4, the voters will speak up - it will be either for better or worse for Senator Clinton. I have to admit, I'm a bit disappointed in Senator Clinton.

Posted by: felicitymason | February 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I have never voted for a Republican and I never will. But under no circumstances will I vote for Hillary Clinton. Both she and Bill Clinton have shown clear signs of having gone off the deep end. Our nation is in enough danger as it is. If the superdelegates steal the nomination for her, I'll sit on my hands before I vote for her. And I won't be the only one.

Howard Schwartz

Posted by: hschwartz | February 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama has never shied away from using dirty political tricks. He bounced all his opposition from the ballot in his first run for state senate - an old Chicago political trick.

He likes to play both sides and get the support of African Americans - today he was backed by Farrakhan and he attends a race-centric church:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-farrakhan25feb25,1,4595663.story

While at the same time trying to appeal to everyone else who's agenda is truly backing civil rights, like the GLBT community. I wonder how the Jewish community feels about this guy?

Obama is a whiner. Shaming anyone for circulating a photo? Is he so ashamed of his visit to Somalia? The entire Chicago Press corps seemed to fall all over themselves to go with him to Kenya. Are those photos 'off limits' to our political sensibilities?

This is such a hypocritical position from the Obama cult followers. What a joke it is going to be if this man is the Democratic Nominee - the Republicans are going to chew him up and spit him out. Oh well, Nancy Pelosi will claim indignation as Murtha continues to profit from his pentagon connections.


Posted by: clawrence35 | February 25, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong democrat, I would NEVER vote for another Clinton again! They have certainly displayed their quest to takeover the Whitehouse by any means necessary......The Clintonians have struck again!!! I guess she'll end tomorrow's debate with a clip from Dr. King....that she has been to the mountain top and seen the promise land....! But she won't be able to cross the promise land and then she'll slap a wet kiss across Obama's lips! hahaha....you just can't never tell with Hillary....when that bi-polar stikes!!!

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As her campaign disintegrates, Clinton is apparently returning to her republican roots. Her personal attacks denigrating Obama's ability to generate large crowds and inspire voters of all political persuasions and her staffers circulation of pictures of Obama that imply that he is a Muslim are the final straws for me. I have been an Obama supporter who would vote for Clinton if she were the nominee, even though I think that she is as potentially devisive as Bush. No more, if Clinton is the nominee, I will not, under any circumstances, vote for her. I will not vote for McCain either because of his hypocrisy, temperament, and obsessive ambition that clouds his judgement, but Clinton's character is just as flawed, if not more so. Depressing - truly depressing... Here is a woman who had every opportunity to become the first female American president who has shown herself to have no personal values beyond winning at all costs. A truly tragic historical figure...

Posted by: sbrandt | February 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

If Obama can withstand Clinton tough scrutiny, he'll win the nomination and have a good shot at the presidency in November.

Posted by: fredricfortney | February 25, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone riled up about this?

I don't think he (Obama) is being accused of being a cross-dresser, rather someone that is comfortable crossing into other cultures, party lines and embracing them.

If Hillary's campaign did put this out which we don't know if they did or if it was an individual's act, they are just showing further the diversity and inclusiveness that exists within the Democratic party, kudos to them!

There are many pictures of Hillary wearing other culture's outfits. As a Hillary supporter, the only thing I would be worried about is did Obama see a picture of Hillary in a cultural outfit first and in the tradition of copying ("xeroxing") words from Deval's campaign, did he decide to don this outfit?

The question to be asked is did Hillary wear this first? If yes, then, I would be a bit disappointed that Obama who is running a great campaign is now copying more than just words, but, also outfits!

Anyway, dems are in good shape with either or hopefully as a team Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton, they are both competent and smart and of course have a knack for style!

Posted by: cheersdk | February 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

How much lower can Hillary Clinton go?

Posted by: Holcombe1 | February 25, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Write to Dr. Dean at the DNC to ask him and other Democratic leaders to do an intervention on the Clintons and force them, for the good of the party and the '08 race, to bow out of the race now:

http://www.dnc.org/contact.html

Posted by: willowbarcelona | February 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone riled up about this?

I don't think he (Obama) is being accused of being a cross-dresser, rather someone that is comfortable crossing into other cultures, party lines and embracing them.

If Hillary's campaign did put this out which we don't know if they did or if it was an individual's act, they are just showing further the diversity and inclusiveness that exists within the Democratic party, kudos to them!

There are many pictures of Hillary wearing other culture's outfits. As a Hillary supporter, the only thing I would be worried about is did Obama see a picture of Hillary in a cultural outfit first and in the tradition of copying ("xeroxing") words from Deval's campaign, did he decide to don this outfit?

The question to be asked is did Hillary wear this first? If yes, then, I would be a bit disappointed that Obama who is running a great campaign is now copying more than just words, but, also outfits!

Anyway, dems are in good shape with either or hopefully as a team Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton, they are both competent and smart.

Posted by: cheersdk | February 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What an utterly PATHETIC play by Hillary and Co. Someone in her camp must have stolen KKKarl Rove's laptop.

Come on Hil. It that your best shot?

Posted by: Ethearch | February 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is itsomehow unfair or sleazy to show this photo? Sen. Obama went to Africa out of a sense of pride, and he has spoken of the trip with pride. It is no secret. Why is the photo a problem unless Sen. Obama is trying to hide the trip to Africa? He should be proud of his heritage, and it should not be a secret that he went to Africa and wore a gift of traditional garb. Should he be elected presdient, this will be one of many photo which will appear chronicling his life.

Where's the racism in pointing out the history of someone's life?

Posted by: TerryM3 | February 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

(i)wounded wife
(ii) mother america
(iii) seasoned, groomed and ready to rule queen of america
(iv) honored debator
(v) weeping willow
(vi) racist and divisive campaigner

will the real hillary stand up, please.

Posted by: kosbon | February 25, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Get real, Obama bashers.

Hillary is sleaze. You lower yourself by defending the indefensible. And sleazing a fellow Democrat by trying to use the press to weave the ugly narrative of terrorism about him is FORBIDDEN. It's Rove. It's McCarthy. It's Nixon.

Now it's Hillary. And she is now permanently, in all conceivable ways, without a doubt, to the exclusion of all irrational theories, forever and irretrievably F----D.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

First thinly veiled racism. Now an appeal to religious intolerance. The Clinton's are sinking ever lower in their quest to gain the votes of bigots. Karl Rove would be proud.

Posted by: progressivebulldog | February 25, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

All right, John Edwards, it's time!

Before we see the Clintons do further damage to the party and the country with their lurid innuendo, we need Edwards to step up to the plate and endorse Obama.

That would put an end to these anonymous middle-of-the-night "deliveries" from the Clintons once and for all.

Posted by: yswolf | February 25, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Clinton showed good principled sense in firing aides who circulated lies about her rival. Does she have the "right stuff" to likewise fire Maggie Williams for her intellectually dishonest attack that compounds an obvious intent to injure Obama with spurious insult certain to repel Democrats in upcoming primaries? How stupidly desperate will Clinton prove to be?

Posted by: jhbyer | February 25, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama admitted that the words he used were never said by Hillary and that patently, the fliers are false. But - but - but - it's ok because she has attacked him. He patently states falsehoods about her health plan by falsely stating that peoples wages will be garnished - NOT TRUE - but he still perpetuates that illusion after telling the Clinton campaign he knows these are false statements and will stop. So he sends out a flier to millions of home with the same words on them and then dismisses the complaint as just another Hillary b.... trip.

Never, never will I vote for a man who is telling the corporations and wall street that he is planning to vote for NAFTA expansions while publicly berating Hillary for her support for NAFTA.

Ralph Nader is looking better everyday. Obama needs to be aware that his behaviour while not affecting his followers is having a major negative impact as HE divides our party with his false claims and delusions of grandeur. And now, the democrats a new alternative to him. Alot of very upset people would rather vote for him than reward Barak for his deceptive bad behaviour.

And if you think I am being critical, wait until you meet the shredding machine coming his way. All you false journalist supporters of Obama now are the same guys and gals that sold us George Bush. In one day you will see them go from slamming HIllary to slamming Obama.

I think I will just turn my head and walk away.

Posted by: lndlouis | February 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This can only hurt Obama in the General Election. It will not help Hillary among democrats in any way.

I used to be very impressed with the Clintons. No more. They are not team players and they have worn out their welcome in the democratic party.

As Bill once said to Bush 41 in their campaign, "just go away, Mr. Bush" the same can now be said of the Clintons.

Just leave us alone.


Posted by: dwchill | February 25, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee has told USA TODAY's Kathy Kiely that he doesn't know if anyone on the Clinton staff circulated the photo. He also says, Kathy reports, that "if the point someone on our staff is trying to make is that the press treats us differently; it does."

Posted by: jonsid | February 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

HEADS UP, APOLOGISTS FOR CLINTON!

ONE LAST TIME:


The verdict on the Clintons' responsibility for this smear is in. It's part of a pattern that began after the last debate. Like this lead on an ABC News story Feb. 22, the day Hillary accused Obama of using Rove's tactics:

"The Hillary Clinton campaign pushed to reporters today stories about Barack Obama and his ties to former members of a radical domestic terrorist group -- but did not note that as president, Clinton's husband pardoned more than a dozen convicted violent radicals, including a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories."

FULL STORY:
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4330128&page=1


Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is going to run ads with this photo talking about how Barack HUSSEIN Obama met with admitted terrorists as a State Senator and how he wants to meet personally with dictators in Iran and North Korea.

General rhetoric about hope and change is not going to overcome Republican attacks. They are going to use his middle name every time they talk about him, and they'll use this photo in every campaign ad. Obama's campaign will not be able to throw out the race card / politics of fear whenever the GOP runs an ad.

Is it fear mongering or racist to use a candidate's middle name and show a photograph taken of him? No. If Obama's supporters want an untested candidate who has never faced a real political challenge, they're going to have to deal with a lot worse than this. The Rezco real estate bribery scandal (trial starts March 1st) and weakening legislation for nuclear power campaign contributors will get a lot more attention as we move closer to the general election.

Posted by: iankeywest | February 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Smithgroup21...
You forgot to mention... if Bill consulted her on EVERYTHING... then she gets credit for NAFTA, as well.... but then, she "doesn't recall" that... does she?

Posted by: z71ragdoll | February 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Mrs. Clinton tactics but this is the type of attacks that Obama will be facing sooner or later if he wants to be President. No one said life was fair.. and in politics NOTHING is fair.

Posted by: Aeldas | February 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has nothing to hide, why should his camp worry about this photo. He has a multi-religious past - born Muslim, turned Christian and should be proud of it and happy that someone has released this picture which shows his multi-faceted personality and upbringing.

Posted by: ajoshi | February 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

tony.alexis,

what is all the fuss with this photo?

It's part of a pattern of sleazy tactics used by the Clinton campaign in the waning days of her candidacy. In the end, Obama will benefit by her campaign's reckless, groping stupidity. But in the meantime, she has demonstrated just how low she will go to claim power. That isn't a problem for him. It's a serious problem for what the history books will record under her name. Democrats are turning their backs on her. Only the weak, simpering fools who place their hopes in such a vicious witch as Hillary are whining. Read the reactions here. Hillary has just built her own coffin.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

svreader.......welcome back.....I see that you still hate the fact that a black man is running for the President's job.....now you want to take it another step by insinuating that Obama is violent towards white women!! I crack the heck up everytime you post...it's entertaining....

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, when does the Rezko trial start up? Once that scandal begins and the media lemmings begin to pay attention to it, McCain will have a field day with Obama.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I understand Obama thinks nothing of striking a woman. This is not a man! He is a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. Ladies, if you vote for this coward you will be wearing veils instead of caps on your heads and walking single file behind the boss of bosses, men! Oprah - how you like that

Happy Days

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA 08

It is a custom to dress in another culture when in their country ,other Presidents have done this before!If he was a muslim it would not bother me although he is not, he has an AMERICAN WIFE AND CHILDREN is that not telling you America how low hill will go.
OBAMA 08 *= I believe And I believe in HIM

Posted by: USA2 | February 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign cannot confirm or deny they sent out the photo. Translation: They sent it out.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

!!! Why does everyone automatically believe the liar Matt Drudge over his longtime victim, Hillary Clinton???

Does no one remember the vicious attacks by Drudge and his "insane clown posse" for nearly a full decade? Attacks based on outright lies?

Shame, shame on Democrats who are ready to believe any crap a known liar will spread.

Posted by: editwest | February 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The fliers that keep getting mentioned have been in HRCs hands for three weeks, but they get blasted over the weekend. She could have addressed them during the texas debate last week, since she already had them. Rather than using the lame xerox comment, she could have hit hard with the material. Why not, because in essence they are accurate.

I personally think the photos are irrelevant, but good for the back and forth humor here.

Posted by: J_thinks | February 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters will believe anyone...even Drudge...so sad.

Posted by: KathyCorey | February 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

There is no way Hillary will ever win the nomination after this awful, despicable display of sleaze politics. The "supers" will see to that.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

NOTE THIS AMERICANS:

Farrakhan: Obama is the 'hope of the entire world'

February 25, 2008
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the ''hope of the entire world'' that the U.S. will change for the better.

Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the annual Saviours' Day celebration at McCormick Place, never outrightly endorsed Obama but spent the majority of the nearly two-hour speech praising the Illinois senator.

Farrakhan also leveled small jabs at Hillary Rodham Clinton in his keynote address

Posted by: accountability_in_gov | February 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Loonybin2000......your comment certainly fits your sign in name! hahahaha....lol

I'll have another latte on that one!

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Geez, the more I see the Clintons, the more I think of George W. Bush and Carl Rove type election tactics. Go ahead Ohio, vote for Clinton, watch her get the nomination and watch her loose to McCain. Way to go! I love seeing Democrats shoot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: personal109 | February 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow. A non-denial deflection! The weaselspeak here is about as weaselly as it gets.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | February 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

mul, svreader, Thinker, et al:

Please hush and let the adults talk.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I can only surmise that Senator Clinton is laying somewhere, comatose and unaware that this photo has been passed on by her staff. I can't believe that she would have allowed it, and if she has, then she should withdraw from seeking the candidacy for President of the United States.

Posted by: jonsid | February 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It appears the Clinton and the Repub attack machines are now working hand in hand. Disgusting.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

As far Obama in traditional garb, it will bring out the ignorance in Americans as they wonder if he will "take orders" from Africa. It's amazing. You have microbes that are mutating faster than we can make medicine, and we have one or more pendemics on the way very soon. You have global warming already occuring and changing the face of the planet. You have impending water shortages, active genocides, millions of refugess, millions of people starving, the need to change our fuel, education, and health systems and hundreds of other key issues...while people wonder if Clinton released a photo of a guy in Africa wearing African clothes. Amazing.

Posted by: kevindreed | February 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

what is all the fuss with the photo?
The point that Obama supporters miss is that the Republicans will put this photo in their TV ads and even show photos of the Syrian Mr. Rezko with his shadowy Arab connections along with the details of how his wife helped the Obama's discount the purchase of their home by buying up the lot next door on the same day from the same owner.
I support any Democrat that can win back the America I know.
Obama and his handlers can't have their liberal cake and eat it too - if they can't take light shots like this how are they going to win? Most media reporting on Obama have been fluff and that worries me.
At least with Hillary as the Democratic candidate she will have to pick Obama as VP and he can prove himself over 8 years.

Posted by: tony.alexis | February 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

No emotional display is necessary. Time is going forward. No matter what we say, write, think about it, shall come what may. We are pawns, prey on for our emotions, if we are for or against Obama. Fear, doubt, extreme legitimate concern are playing against all.
There will be both. Action reaction. So before to react let's try to act first on our own emotions and you shall see, how much irrelevant this all " there will be mud" is... But then, comes a question, what is it to be human, rich and complexe ??????

Posted by: Liquidsea | February 25, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Shrillary and her race-baiting husband, Slick Willie,

Good stuff.

Can everyone see the irony? Do any Obama supporters have the irony gene?

Posted by: mul | February 25, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me that so many people are getting caught up on all of these unimportant issues in this campaign. The bottom line is the candidates stand on the issues that are important to this country such as the economy, education, health care, and foreign policy. We have a government that currently caters to corporations and the rich. When will we wise up and select a candidate that is for the people? Government should fear the people, but they are too busy trying to line their pockets with gifts from lobbyists and special interest groups. I originally supported Edwards, but since the media decided to basically ignore him early on in this election cycle he is no longer in contention. Looking at the 2 remaining candidates Obama seems to be the candidate that is for the people.

As far as all of the people who have chosen to make ignorant comments about candidates in traditional garb, you need to grow up. I guess that kilts are skirts in your opinions, and robes worn by religious leaders are dresses too. I guess you would also say that Jesus wore a dress. Grow up. There are differences in cultural attire and they should be respected.

The bottom line is, support the candidate that matches your beliefs the best.

Posted by: mharrell | February 25, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, KJS1956. But my earlier post makes clear that this and OTHER stuff is coming from Clinton's campaign. The photo in question is likely one drawn from the Senate archives, which Clinton would have easy access to. To repeat:

The verdict on the Clintons' responsibility for this smear is in. It's part of a pattern that began after the last debate. Like this lead on an ABC News story Feb. 22, the day Hillary accused Obama of using Rove's tactics:

"The Hillary Clinton campaign pushed to reporters today stories about Barack Obama and his ties to former members of a radical domestic terrorist group -- but did not note that as president, Clinton's husband pardoned more than a dozen convicted violent radicals, including a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories."

FULL STORY:
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4330128&page=1

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"Thinker," you picked the only name you can't use because, based on your comments, you are nothing more than a childish fool. If you are over the age of 18, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: kevindreed | February 25, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

This latest sleazy move by the Clintons really does insult the intelligence of voters in Ohio, Texas and the remaining states. The Clinton campaign does not deny disseminating the photograph, and the only conceivable reason for disseminating it would be a belief that voters will somehow think less of Obama for doing the same innocent thing that visiting dignitaries everywhere do.

Posted by: dsmith | February 25, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It is not clear who sent what when. Again, the Obama campaign is peddling innuendo.

I'm off to raise more funds for Clinton!
See you in Ohio.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama, you want to dress up like an African native that your thing and this is America where we salute the American Flag and try our darndest to respect our country!

Come clean and tell America what else you are hiding - White Mother -Church that does not allow white people to enter - money from crooks and convicts, and G*D knows what else ! Of course, this is a free country and anyone can be on your team -but an Endorsement fro FARRAHKAN is really a bit much.

By the by, would Obama please explain where the line in his mind, is drawn between Free Trade and NFTA, or doesn't he know?

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The photo has been out in the public domain for along time. The question is why someone in the Clinton campaign would decide to send this out today to the media. That question needs to be answered.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the crazy Nader peeps?

Will the Obama Cultist agree to leave the party after he loses. We will then not let indys or republicans vote in our primaries.

Posted by: mul | February 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

How sad. If disclosing a photo of Obama in Native dress is the best Shrillary and her arrogant minions can raise to counter Obama kicking her butt in eleven consecutive primaries, I submit that desperation is in full bloom in the Shrillary camp.

I really would like to hear Shrillary and her race-baiting husband, Slick Willie, rationalize how her inevitability for the nomination was blown out of the water by the brilliant, articulate, visionary Barack Obama.

Oh well, I am certain she will thrive while running out her Senate term, and Obama fulfulls his presidential responsibilities. GO OBAMA GO!
Forrest Gerard

Posted by: fgerard | February 25, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Someone in the Clinton campaign sent it, no doubt about it. Maggie Smith could not deny it, she only tried to change the subject. Pathetic.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The choice is becoming clearer, Obama or McCain. Clinton is acting like a spoiled child. I off to https://donate.barackobama.com/to make another contribution.

Posted by: DesertCrier | February 25, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE PLEASE READ THE ABOVE POST from Smithgroup21 CALLED "HISTORY LESSON ON HILLARY"...Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

Posted by: madison7 | February 25, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone find it odd that a Clinton staffer allegedly has such a photo? Was it publishe somewhere before? Wouldn't it more likely be a photo the Obama campaign would have? Here is a scenerio for you: the Obama campaign sends out the photo on the day that HRC is giving a major foreign policy speech to take the news focus away from her speech. Then the Obama campaign claims it is more of the same from the Clinton campaign. Obama has more to gain from such a strategy. Clinton really has very little to gain. The newspeople and the people are being duped by this guy and you are all clueless. For just once, please think about what makes logical rational sense. BTW, Drudge and McCain gain even more by the whole incident and by blaming it all on HRC.

Posted by: KJS1956 | February 25, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Would not suprise me if Obama's camp actually brought this pix/story to light so he and his naive followers can castigate blame towards everyone else!

Posted by: ansr_1234 | February 25, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Somebody needs to tell Barack to duck, the kitchen sink is on the way!

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Please leave the country after Mac gets elected. You can come back in for years when the adults have gotten the Dems back in power.

Obama Cultist live on BS and outrage. Pathetic!

Posted by: mul | February 25, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

Try not to get your panties in a wad over Obama's very common appropriation of boxing language to describe the political fight as Clinton continues to use low blows in her sparring with the upstart contender who has her on the ropes.

You don't really have a clue about anything, do you?

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, is this a signal that the Clinton camp is going into self destruct mode?

Lets see... using Drudge site, the one that posted all the nasty stories about Monica and the stained dress first!

Then there is the racist angle, oh.. look at the dark skinned man in a tunic! oh dear!

And, lastly, how stupid does she believe the Ohio and Texans are anyway? She must believe Ohio's to be stupider than Michigan's!

Posted by: wowisdabomb | February 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hilary has stooped to an ALL TIME LOW . She is DESEPARATE.

The things in the flier are true, NAFTA, health care , etc., . and she claims to have 35 yrs of experience but will not release her tax returns or records /documents during Bill's admin. Remember Hilary said she is in the business for SOLUTIONS. So give me the solutions as to why u are hiding these documents.

Every time Hilary camps does something UGLY to Barack, I dislike her and Bill even more.

Posted by: K2007 | February 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: waynewurzer | February 25, 2008 02:52 PM

Waynewurzer...You must another ill-informed Hillary-supporter. Hillary is the one candidate who started using "boxing" analogies recently in her race against Obama. I'm not sure where you have been but below is a link showing Hillary with boxing gloves.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1958329/posts

Posted by: ajtiger92 | February 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand all this hullaballoo.

First of all, The Drudge can't prove the Clinton campaign was actively behind this.

Second, it is the Obama campaign that is making all the noise.

What about this strategy: Embarrass Clinton by planting this rather innocuous photo and then claim she is fear mongering.

I would not put it behind the OB.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The clintons are a two headed serpent.

Posted by: bobnsri | February 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

David Plouffe accusing Clinton of engaging in "shameful, offensive fear-mongering."

Why must the obama Cultist give us Mac for pres?

Just yesterday HRC was being lambasted for defending a rapist while acting as a lawyer.

You guys are beyond pathetic.

Posted by: mul | February 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons are destroying this party. It gets uglier everyday. I actually think the general election campaign, Obama versus McCain, will be more civil.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I did not mean to sound "disingenuous", "un-American" or anything else at all -- as someone else pointed out, I think it's legitimate to ask whether McCain is a "Manchurian Candidate" too, and will he take orders from whomever had access to him in that POW camp -- I was not aware that asking questions was against the First Amendment anymore. Please, excuse me, as I let the rest of you discuss to your heart's content.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry."

Does anyone else find it ironic that this quote actually came from the CLINTON campaign?!!

Posted by: z71ragdoll | February 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If I were a Clinton supporter, I'd have to reevaluate my position. Anyone who could be supported by such a butthead as Thinker would have to at least make me nervous.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What's "offensive" concerning the photo? It depicts Mr. Obama as what he is and shows what he does. He apparently wants to present himself as something that he is not. He has had a free ride previously, presenting himself as a blank slate onto which people could project their own idealized image, which was unrelated to the reality of his persona.

A great deal of his baggage has remained unexplored as Mrs. Clinton's camp seemed reluctant to exploit negatives of her opponent for fear of alienating black voters she would need in the future if she were to secure the nomination. But it seems that it is a time of desperation for her with Mr. Obama holding significant leads in polls in Texas and Ohio, and with his support surging.

Will the Obama camp decry references to his "Afrocentric" church and its influence on his support of use of more than $800 billion of American taxpayers' funds for aid for Africa? Will it protest as "unfair" references to the man he claims as his mentor, his Pastor whose anti-white and anti-Semitic postures, and presentation of a 2007 Man of the Year award to Louis Farrakhan, leader of the black racist Nation of Islam, merit address? What about acquisition by Mr. Obama of a home costing more than $1,000,000 at $300,000 less than value in a then rising market through the intermediation of an Arab-American businessman, and his free use of contiguopus property? If Mr. Obama has feet of clay, now is the time to explore his vulnerabilities.

Posted by: Johnson11 | February 25, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary has decided to use a depth charge. She should remember that once she starts skimming the slim from the ocean floor, it can be very hard to resurface into the good clean air again without getting the bends.

Posted by: mhitchons | February 25, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh Hillary...for SHAME! I implore everyone reading this blog to think and research the Obama campaign and compare it to the Hillary campaign. Obama tries to focus on policy and judgement differences between Hillary and himself. This the fourth or fifth time that Hillary's campaign has tried to attack Obama personally, but painting him as a drug dealer, Muslim, and unpatriotic.

I'm not totally surprised by the Hillary camp tactics, but more so disappointed. I urge everyone who is disgusted or disappointed by this Hillary camp smear, go to barackobama.com and make a donation or volunteer to deny the politics of divisiveness and personal destruction.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: ajtiger92 | February 25, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama's comment about "knocking out" Senator Clnton speaks volumes about his total deafness regarding violence towards women in this country.

Any woman who votes for Obama after he made that remark would have to be a total idiot or full of self-hatred.

Obama has no respect for women.

I'm a guy, and I would never, never, vote for a man who invokes the image of a man hitting a woman as a postive thing, no matter who she is!!!

Posted by: svreader | February 25, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"sink" lower (not "seek")

Posted by: waynewurzer | February 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"notice that Mandy Williams never denied that the Clinton campaign send it to Drudge"

Nowhere does Matt Drudge make the claim that the Clinton campaign sent him the photo. Yet over and over on this forum, people shriek that Hillary sent it to Drudge herself, or her campaign sent it, or the Clinton campaign "released" the photo. It's amazing how John Q Public runs with a story and embellishes it with nary a analytical thought in his addled brain.

For the record, Drudge claims the Clinton campaign circulated the photo. Circulated among staff members? Circulated to the media? Drudge doesn't say, but no other media outlet has claimed they had one "circulated" to them. Drudge also says he "obtained" an email with the photo. Sounds to me like a leak, not a release. If even true.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting of the Clinton camp. They continue to seek lower and become more desperate than I ever believed they could. Gotta go now tho -- I'm like one of the other posters; everything time Hillary does this I go and donate another $100 to Obama's campaign, which is marked by integrity. He's way above this garbage.

Posted by: waynewurzer | February 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

For a guy who unashamedly goes after the Black vote, Obama is way too sensitive about pictures and comments that link him to Africa, to the Koran, and to the Afro-American church with which he has been associated for many years which uses rhetoric to preach a kind of "black power" agenda.

It seems that in his cum-by-ya vision of politics he wants also to be considered as a white.

He is way too sensitive to criticism and clearly not fit to take the heat that will come his way if he is the nominee or, God forbid, President.


Posted by: vocco | February 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Thinker,

You need professional help. President Obama will see that you get it.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

jbenzl: Re: "I have a Dream"

From Wikipedia:

"Approximately twenty percent, the last two minutes, of King's historic speech bears a strong resemblance to a speech delivered in 1952 at the Republican National Convention by Reverend Archibald Carey, Sr., a personal friend of King's. Many, however, believe that the similarities are so slight that they do not rise to the level of plagiarism."

Posted by: max | February 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This nasty little tactic has the entire party in an uproar and threatens to rip Democrats apart. The Clintons need to remember that the "Supers" are watching. I suspect many are ready to pull the plug on her.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

sjg49er,

The verdict on the Clintons' responsibility for this smear is in. It's part of a pattern that began after the last debate. Like this lead on an ABC News story Feb. 22, the day Hillary accused Obama of using Rove's tactics:

"The Hillary Clinton campaign pushed to reporters today stories about Barack Obama and his ties to former members of a radical domestic terrorist group -- but did not note that as president, Clinton's husband pardoned more than a dozen convicted violent radicals, including a member of the same group mentioned in the Obama stories."

FULL STORY:
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4330128&page=1

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I just sent money to Obama campaign, for the first time.

Posted by: smithking1 | February 25, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Shameful. Completely shameful behavior, Senator Clinton, your sarcastic put down of Senator Obama's real leadership, and now your campaign has released this morning the photo of Senator Obama dressed in local dress in Kenya as a way to smear him.

Note to self: this is what all world travelers do and certainly is what I did when I traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, and as you yourself must have done countless times as First Lady as a courtesy to your host country. Did you not cover your arms and head when you traveled to Arabic countries? Does that make you an Islamic terrorist? Please.

And your strategists naively think that this photograph will win you Ohio and Texas simply because it's a tactic taken out of the Karl Rove fear-mongering playbook? I swear, Mrs. Clinton, for about $500 a day, I could have run your campaign about 1000 times better than the crowd you've got around you, but when loyalty means more to a candidate than outside accurate thinking, this is what happens.

And one more thing, Senator Clinton, when you earlier this past weekend used the words, "Shame on you, Barack Obama," regarding Senator Obama's Ohio campaign mailings faulting your support in your book of NAFTA, I would hope you would consider the complete and utterly undeserved shame you and your husband unloaded on the Lewinsky parents.

While it is a parents' right and duty to protect their daughters, as you have ably and honorably demonstrated and achieved with Chelsea, you seem to have no memory chip available to "feel the pain," as your husband lulled us into believing he felt for Americans' plight, that either of you ever felt the pain your dysfunctional co-dependent marriage dealt the daughter of another set of parents.

The extraordinary personality changes in you that American voters have been subjected to in the past five days is alarming in and of itself. Either you are understandably exhausted or really entering a state that requires some medical oversight. Either one would be understandable--a presidential nomination campaign is an arduous marathon for both you and Senator Obama and your families, but Americans want our first woman president to be, above all, filled with graciousness and kindness, good humor, and a steel solid backbone when it comes to love of country and intellectual grasp of domestic and world affairs.

Please return to the graceful brilliant Wellesley graduate we all admire, the woman we want to see gain an appointment to the Supreme Court. Please realize what Mandy and Mark and Patty and Maggie should have told you early on: the first successful woman candidate for the presidency needs to be a woman who created her own career and who stands on her own merits and not be a wife of a former president whose candidacy poorly masquerades the seemingly primal desire on the part of her husband to regain the White House in order for the two of you to settle old scores.

Posted by: willowbarcelona | February 25, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I am always amused by Democrats feigning outrage over a "sensitive" remark by one of their own. "Insensitive" remarks are being uttered by Democrats towards non-Democrats on a minute-by-minute basis, 24/7. Should comments like these have been stated by anyone outside the Democratic circles, there would have been authorized campaings to have that person assassinated, albeit politically. However, should the Democrat party gain control of the country in the next election - real assassinations cannot be far behind, these people know no boundaries.

Posted by: ansr_1234 | February 25, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What non-sense. World leaders often wear local traditional clothing. The real story is why did the Clinton campaign circulate this two year old photo today?? They need to answer that question.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I always thought the Clintons were beyond contempt, but this act probably "takes the cake".

She can kiss that Veep slot goodbye!

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/02/you-knew-john-mccain-was-winning.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | February 25, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama uses race politics again. He was in a public and people were taking pictures. Bill and Hillary are not racist and Obama is not black OK everyone got that.

If he and his supporters would stop using sexist BS all the time I would be joyful.

Posted by: mul | February 25, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The funny part is that Barack Hussein Obama is just as fake, sly, and slick, if not more, than Clinton. He has somehow duped a great many into believing he is something more than a power hungry politician with his titillating rhetoric. Beware of those who tell you exactly what you want to hear, with you saying anything at all.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Gbooksdc......Great comment....forgot to ad to that ad..."fearmonging...and extreme bipolar"

Fired up and ready to Vote for OBAMA in the November general ELECTION!!!

Way to go OBAMA!!!!! Time to contribute more money to help him seal up the nomination.

Sister girl, is on her way out the door and hopeful to get some PROZAC! hahaha

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of HilLary and her crap I do not know what to do. She thinks when she pull this cry baby crap no one can see WHAT SHE IS TRYING TO PULL, but everyone has peeped her number. WHAT DOES SHE THINK JUST BECAUSE OBAMA IS WEARING AFRICAN ATTIRE THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THINGS, I THINK NOT!!!!!! SHE IS VERY AGONYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALSO, I AM TRY OF PEOPLE SAYING THAT OBAMA IS MUSLIM, CHRISTIANITY STARTED IN AFRICA OVER 2000 YEARS AGO CHECK YOUR HISTORY PEOPLE.

Posted by: dbarnes1 | February 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse


KARL ROVE = BARACK OBAMA'S FULL PAGE, COLOR. GLOSSY AND VERY EXPENSIVE BROCHURE OF DELIVEBERATE AND TOTAL LIES. AND HE SMIRKS LIKE A KARL AND GEO JR, TOO.

HE DOES THAT KARL ROVE ACT RIGHT AFTER HE STOLE 99% OF THE THE DAMN THING BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE OR POLICY


FROM THE LOOKS OF IT, MR. OBAMA IS ...... WELL, A REAL LADY I GUESS.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Like many who've posted comments about this story, I'm not the biggest Hillary fan. Nor do I like Maggie Williams' initial reaction to the story. But I do think we need to let the details emerge before conclusively condemning Clinton for this one. For one thing, the Drudge story doesn't say that Clinton staffers sent him the photo. Instead, it says:

"With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a "dressed" Barack Obama.

"The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner fitted as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.

"The senator was on a five-country tour of Africa.

""Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?" questioned one campaign staffer, in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT."

It's conceivable that a Clinton staffer did send an email with the photo attached, but just to some friends/aquaintances rather than to Drudge and that he got somehow got hold of it.

True, Maggie Williams' non-denial denial does seem to indicate that a photo was circulated by someone in the Clinton camp. But, again, it's at least possible that the person was a low level staffer sharing it in a limited way, and that it wasn't done at the direction of a Clinton staffer.

I'm not saying that Clinton's team is necessarily above intentionally circulating the photo. But it seems like such a stupid thing for them to do that it's at least possible that there's less to this story than meets the eye.

If the Clinton campaign can convincingly identify (and fire) a staffer who circulated the photo without the campaign's permission, it may not be as blameworthy as some feel. If, on the other hand, all we're left with is Maggie Williams' statement, then I reluctantly agree that her campaign has sunk to new lows.

Posted by: sjg49er | February 25, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So now we know why Hillary threw out the Karl Rove nonsense...she was planning on actually using his tactics and was thus attempting to inoculate herself.

Can she get off the stage before she does something she regrets? Oh wait, she already has....

Posted by: onwaj6 | February 25, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"has no one here ever seen the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?"

I saw it; McCain is obviously a Viet Cong 'plant,' brainwashed and sent here to rise to power and do something dastardly. And he wore the same clothing as his Viet Cong captors while in captivity. According to JakeD, this is conclusive evidence the McCain is a "Manchurian Candidate." Case closed. Call the NSA and have McCain clapped in irons.

Posted by: judgeccrater | February 25, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

WOW! She is as desperate as desperate gets. Pathetic and completely off the beat and path action for someone running for the most important position in the Unites States of American. She is evil.

Posted by: madison7 | February 25, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hillary Rodham Clinton wins on March 4 and beyond.

She is clearly the only candidate capable of being so vilely hateful to continue to lead the American people through more years of acidic politics.

Long Live the Callous Queen!

Posted by: johnjonesmt | February 25, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

FAKE TEARS followed by FAKE SWEETNESS ("it's an honor to be here with you") followed by FAKE ANGER (the circular had been out for over a week) followed by a FAKE PHOTO (an obvious attempt to feed on the fears of 9/11) followed by a FAKE DENIAL (notice that Mandy Williams never denied that the Clinton campaign send it to Drudge). I hope the people of Ohio and Texas see this for what it is. A FAKE candidate trying anything she can including the destruction of the likely nominee and the splitting of the party...anything to get elected.

Posted by: giantfan | February 25, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Someone should title the picture 'An Appeal to Prejudice' - and publish it on the front page of the Washington Post. That's exactly what it is.

Either that or the Clinton campaign was trying to showcase a foreign policy courtesy shown to a sitting US Senator in an outreach effort to a muslim community.

Any Clinton supporter that graduated from high school knows which is which. It's time to be objective and rein your candidate in. This is gutter stuff.

Posted by: asja | February 25, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The only response befitting this latest ploy would be to heed the wisdom of the late, great erstwhile Presidential candidate, Pat Paulsen:

"I've upped my standards. Now, up yours!"

I'm voting for Change. I'm voting for 08AMA.. Fired UP! See you in November!

Posted by: stivnik | February 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

you just whine all the time about how people are mean to you, but you are always doing the same to them. Somehow the press doesn't pick it up. What about the anti-Hillary fliers your camp sent out last week full of lies?

Posted by: nanaterra | February 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary said that it was an "honor" to have a debate with Obama.Her next statement was "Shame on you Obama".As another commentator notes, she is gone bipolar, not what you would want in a President.
mm

Posted by: mmartini | February 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Michael Herrinton wrote, "Every time the Clinton campaign pulls a stunt like this, I contribute $100 to the Obama campaign. Looks like it's time to make another contribution."

Sounds like a reasonable response to me. Think I'll do the same.

Posted by: Schmedley | February 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse


The Audacity of Writing Your Own Convenient Truth

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I'm pretty sure "I have a dream" was mostly King.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

All you Obama cult followers better get some thicker skin - you haven't seen anything yet.

To bad your guy doesn't live up to his stated high standards. If he were a real change agent that we could believe in then he would have a case. Alas, he is but another Chicago politician who will use any trick he can in order to win a political seat - and reaps the rewards from his political patrons:

"In June 2005, Obama bought a 98-year-old Kenwood mansion from a University of Chicago doctor for $1.65 million, using a $1.69 million advance he received from publishers Crown for his book, "The Audacity of Hope." The same day Rezko's wife Rita paid the doctor $625,000 for the empty lot adjoining Obama's property.
Even though at the time Rezko was under federal investigation for influence-peddling in Illinois Governor Blagojevich's administration, Obama did business with him, buying for $104,500 a 10-foot wide strip of Rita Rezko's lot, ostensibly to provide space for a fence. The deal left Mrs. Rezko's lot too small to build upon, thereby lifting the value of Obama's home." (recap is from a NY Post article written by N. Wapscott published on Feb 24, 2008)

That African Hut and traditional garb are the least of his problems. He needs to stop whining about how unfair life has been to him - he is running for President. Not many of us get that opportunity, and he looks more and more ridiculous every time he cries foul.

Posted by: clawrence35 | February 25, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Obama has spent alot of time and energy keeping anything about himself either covered up or inaccessible. He even wrote two autobiographies. Why? Did he expect to be famous someday? Why two? Is he an egomaniac? No one knows much of anything about him -- except he has a wife with some stupid things to say. She got the big hook fast. Haven't seen her since the last dumb thing - never proud to be an American til now. Hmm. Maybe she'd like to tell that to a Marine.

Hide things away and they won't know better.

Xerox other peoples plans and policies and tweek em - say you wrote em. Sign onto some Senior Senator's bills in DC over the short two years he's been there - claim you wrote them. Abstain on a couple hundred votes in Illionios - don't want to leave a trail of legislation to answer for. Sign on twelve years ago with David Axelrod and being looking into the past for "political material". Four years videotaping him - getting ready for the White House.

The Audacity of Wanting To Be President With No Experience.

The Audacity of Coming To This Job Interview Without a Resume

The Audacity of .... claiming you've won with only a 69 delegate lead

The Audacity of... 50% of Americans = claiming you've won the nomination already

The Audacity of ... discounting the 50% of the Democrats who have not voted for you

The Audacity of.... discounting the remaining Americans who have NOT voted YET

THOSE VOTERS WOULD BE:
Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, Guam, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wes Virginia, Montana, South Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico


The Audacity of Thinking You're The President of the United States Today


Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I suppose it is also silly to point out that he overtly flaunts basic patriotic gestures (good picture of that too). And he has the audacity to dismiss such questions with a wave of his hand. Way to show your love of country Obama, along with your condescending manner.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Tlasley1978.... the blame america first crowd. It's funny because anyone who I've ever heard use that term are usually the ones who blame their own problems on everybody but themselves. I don't blame America first, I blame the people who are responsible first. If it was our responsibilty and we f#@ked up, well then it's our fault. Grow the f#@k up already and start taking some responsibilty. I love my country and I'm sick of seeing selfish idiots like you do horrible things in our names and then blame everybody but those who are responsible

Posted by: formlessness | February 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

First rule of politics (which JFK understood) is: never allow yourself to be photographed wearing a funny hat. OTOH, Obama's got the smartest staff going, they'll figure out a way to neutralize this (maybe tie the Dukakis tank picture to GHW Bush).

Guess the Clintons were holding this in reserve for the right time, and Hillary getting called out on NAFTA has been deemed the right time. You know she must fear the NAFTA card if she's resorting to this.

Hillary had gotten rave reviews for the kinder, gentler Hillary we saw at the debate. It would reduce her negatives, which has stimulated record turnout to support Obama/repudiate Hillary. The NAFTA card forced Hillary out of that, so it ultimately benefits Obama. Hillary has been unable to make Obama the issue, at playing a faith card; this looks like another attempt to go there.

Here's the problem: the backlash will have longer legs than the impact (just like when they tried the race card). She can't clinch the nomination even if she wins out, and the superdelegates will recoil from being associated with Clinton campaign dirty tricks. I think she'd have been better off staying in the kinder, gentler zone, responding with hurt and disappointment instead of outrage at the Obama/NAFTA card.

If I'm the Obama campaign, the ad I'm writing is: supported the Iraq War; supported NAFTA, which cost manufacturing jobs; 527 Swift-Boating ads; Karl Rove-style dirty tricks. Don't we Democrats want a change from the Bush years?

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Nobody has really original thoughts jbenzl --JFK borrrowed his "ask not" line from Cato.

Posted by: max | February 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons are doing what they do best: lie and smear. While she accuses the GOP of running an "attack machine," Hillary runs the "Clinton machine." Now we know its diabolical purpose.

Her entire campaign is noteworthy for its
-runaway spending,
-revolving-door management,
-inability to articulate a cohesive message,
-elective "experience" in denying her support for NAFTA,
-casting herself as the guardian of universal health care instead of the reason for its demise in 1993,
-emphasis on division rather than unity,
-appeal to fear and paranoia,
-reliance on lies and half-truths,
-history of deceit and disgraceful conduct,
-and laughable proposition that Hillary represents the best America has to offer.

If I were a Republican, I would be salivating at the prospect of voting against her. If I were Barack Obama, I would feel lucky to be matched against such a scolding, empty sack of s---.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If you believe is Obama black first, then one must also accept the fact that he is also son of muslim father.

Obama = black first by birth
Obama = muslim first by birth

No argument here!

Posted by: kat7 | February 25, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Would the Clinton camp like to explain what the statement by Ms. Williams means? Did they release the photo to Drudge because they wanted Obama recognized for being a snappy dresser? Do they think the Bush education cuts have dumbed the country down that much that we are unable to see racism and fear mongering?

If they released this then this is the end and Senator Clinton needs to withdraw from this race.

Posted by: tjtl | February 25, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Yes we can" isn't even his own slogan. It was created by Ceasar Chavez decades ago. Does this guy have any original thoughts?

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Negative Attacks, Personal Smear, indirect surrogates and direct campaign staffers sending pictures - how low we can go .. we need to ask
H(B)il-low-ry Clinton. It appears they have exhausted all the goodwill that they had. And can someone tell them that even Chelsea can forget my support - no matter what happens..!

Posted by: s_kumar | February 25, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign is just trying to get some of the white Obama voters to stay home in Texas and Ohio next week. They know that they aren't going to win anyone over to her side in a week because she has no compelling message; but they might be able to throw enough crap at him in a week to turn white voters away from him for at least a short turn. It doesn't have to last just a week.
Obama should object strongly to the tactics and insinuations that Clinton is making but then just keep dismissing this stuff as "silly season" and keep his head high. If he can do that with class; then she is toast. If he gets into the mud with her; she will rip him up because she loves a good dirty fight.

God save us from this brand of politics!

Posted by: johnhodson | February 25, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

For windridge/pali2500,

This was Somali garb, not Luo, so it was not "his heritage". But clearly, such niceties will be lost on the voting public - that's his (apparently) justified fear.

And it *does* make a difference: just remember when people didn't know that there was a difference between Shia and Sunni. Just as Scottish and Irish people are annoyed to be called "English".

Posted by: fukuitani | February 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "I say the red flats and some nice pearls would dress that up nicely."

And I say, you should know.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Clinton - you are a pathetic human being.

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Mr. Bacon for noting the false accusations about Obama being a Muslim and noting he is a Christian. Not all journalists have done as clearly when reporting these type of stories.

Posted by: frankwalter | February 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I think this episode confirms that Hillary Clinton is surrounded by a group who want her to be President for their own reasons, more than she wants to be President herself. When Hillary speaks her own words she sounds like someone who has been pushed by others to exceed all her life. I think she might have found her calling as Senator, and maybe toying with Senate majority leader, ... I think she desparately wants to have arrived. Every time she almost says it outright, her entourage puts he back on the attack with words of inevitability and historic firsts and obligation.

Posted by: TigerPaw1 | February 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, I meant, when you ARE in Obamaland, a mandate must not be a mandate. Hillary = mandated health care = bad. Obama = mandated coverage for your kids = no mandate here!

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Hillary just outed herself as a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

Posted by: ogenec | February 25, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary just outed herself as a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

Posted by: ogenec | February 25, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

YesWeCan1, you seem to make a big deal out of mandated health care, to the point that you write it all-caps. "Mandated" seems to be a deal-breaker for you.

Obama's health care plan mandates that parents buy health insurance for their children.

When is a mandate not a mandate? When you're not in Obamaland, it seems.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Thinker:

This is a serious discussion going on between adults. Go and play with your toys or do your school home work.

Posted by: jj2000 | February 25, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Tlasley1978, that's just what I like: unsubstantiated hyperbole. You wrote: "After all, 99% of the people supporting Obama do not know one single accomplishment of this man."

Okay... being that that's simply an exaggeration and you should know better, I thought I'd help you get some closure in your life. First, Barack was president of the Harvard Law Review; does that count as "one single accomplishment?" He's published two books, including "The Audacity of Hope." Am I getting warmer?

Or perhaps you only think it's relevant to cite "accomplishments" in Congress..? Alright, here is how you can find that. Go visit http://thomas.loc.gov. That's "loc" as in "Library of Congress." You'll find that helpful, because there you'll be able to select Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John McCain (from amongst the Senators) or anyone in the House of Representatives and view legislation these folks have sponsored.

Hope that clears up any confusion for ya, Tlasley, mm-kay.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton Camp says: "If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely."

This is hilarious. Both major Democratic candidates are arguing over who has been photographed the most often dressed the least like a traditional American (and which of them is proud / ashamed...I've lost track of which they're saying these incidents are.) This embarrasing day for Democrats should go over well in red states.

Posted by: dwyorkster1968 | February 25, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse


as the article says, he was being nice to the peole he visited. How about BUSH wearing that stupid shirt i China. And China is diktatorship, yet he still followed protocol.

Posted by: uffecortzen | February 25, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his cult followers think anything that isn't put out by the Obama branding team to the press is unfair. Obama wearing traditional garbs on a visit to a foreign country (many politicians wear the traditional garb in a foreign country - what exactly is wrong with that?). Photos of Senator Clinton and Gov. Richardson with their hands over heart to say the pledge of allegiance while Obama stands between them without his hand over heart? How completely unfair.

Life is so unfair to the Obama's, no wonder they aren't proud of their country. While they were attending Princeton, Columbia, and Harvard, and he was experimenting in drugs I can only imagine the struggles this poor man went through. And now it looks like a decorated veteran who spent over five years as a POW in Vietnam is challenging him on living up to his word on public funding? The Audacity! Don't they know that Oprah herself, serving as an Oracle for this nation, has declared him "THE ONE" and he is going to save our souls.

You ungrateful people who don't appreciate his great speeches that will talk our way out of all the problems this nation faces! HOW DARE YOU!

Posted by: clawrence35 | February 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The only good news in this is that if Obama wins, the sleaze and fear mongering tactics will be over. Maybe there won't be any Rove-like tactics to put in play in the general election, but it will be because Hillary will already have used them all.

Posted by: lerbra | February 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The question I ask myself, with each debate is this: "Is Hillary bipolar?"

Posted by: Its_the_Truth_Anyhow | February 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Williams knows how this photo might be seen and how it will be used to misinform the public. Her response is disengenuous and frankly quite nasty.

And why would the Clinton campaign be disseminating Obama photos if not to do him harm?

HRC keeps talking about the Republican Attack Machine --what is she if not the Democratic Attack Machine?

SHAME.

I've seen plenty of people write that they wouldn't vote for HRC if she were the nominee, but this is the first time I admit to feeling the same.

Posted by: max | February 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Hillary should know by now that this sort of racism will not be tolerated in this election. If she had a glimmer of hope left for her messy campaign, it is over! Even if she steals this election, she will not get half the support she will need to be President. It would be to easy to vote for a McCain or Nader.

If Senator Clinton did not approve this smear, why is she not denying it? She doesn't know how to run a clean campaign. She's too messy!

Posted by: Debmood | February 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

PS: I hope no one publishes Obama's church magazine, wherein Farrakhan is mightily praised. Or that his pastor went with Farrakhan to visit Khaddafy. That would be disgraceful! Telling the truth and all that. Just not done in Obamaworld. No, butter wouldn't melt in their mouth.

Posted by: Chicago1 | February 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote:
"It is true that Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely -- I think it is legitimate to ask Obama (or Hillary if you want) whether he will take orders from Muslims -- has no one here ever seen the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?"

....sigh... god where do I even begin with this one. you are so retarded jake. ok here goes.
1) yeah it's true Hillary Clinton and Obama have both donned the traditional garb of foriegn places they have visited.
2) No there isn't anything wrong with that, I wore a Yukata at ceremonies while I lived in Japan, same thing. It isn't anything to be alarmed about, anyone who is alarmed clearly hasn't left the country before.
3) really you're throwing the mancherian candidate into this... first of all that's a movie and while you may live in la-la land the rest of us are pretty comfortable here in reality. Besides Bush bares far more of a resemblance to that movie than any candidate currently running.
4) Finally, it's legitmate to ask if they will take orders from Muslims? Why is that legitimate to ask? When has any candidate in this race shown any sign of taking orders from Muslims..... you know what they will be taking orders from muslims, and christians and jews and hindus and atheists too, because that's who comprises the American Public and that's who the president is supposed to serve.
JakeD you clearly hate Americans. I mean you seem to like a few americans, as long as they are White, Rich and Republican. But clearly you don't love America, if you did you probably wouldn't have such a huge problem with Americans.

Posted by: formlessness | February 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama's picture, taken in Kenya was an impressive mark of respect for the Somali people of North Eastern Kenya, cousins of the Somali people across the border. If we are to win against Al Qaeda, the help and goodwill of these people will be crucial.

People don't understand the reason the Obama campaign is protesting this. It is not because they are thin-skinned. Obama has nothing to hide from the picture, it was taken when he was a member of the United States Senate.

The real, very VERY ugly point is this, for Mrs. Clinton's campaign to distribute the picture, they had to think that it could play to racial and religious prejudices of the voters in Ohio and Texas. Maggie Williams' spin is an insult to our intelligence. I'd be hard pressed to find someone in the Clinton campaign who would say that they distributed this picture to help Obama's campaign. That's the key point! They think that Mr. Obama's ancestry disqualifies him from competing for the highest public office. Issue the smear and then deny it was anything negative. The WaPo and NYT should question the motives of the Clinton campaign thoroughly and not brush over what is clearly an appeal to prejudiced instincts. To fail to do so would be to do a great disservice to the voting public.

I don't know who is advising Hillary but she should know that anyone with strong reservations about voting for Obama because of his race or middle name is unlikely to be a Hillary-Obama swing voter. This move just alienates Democrats who are focused on the issues and insults people's intelligence.

I wasn't sure Clinton was going to lose, but after seeing this I know that if primary voters see through this issue, Hillary has no chance of being the nominee.

As for those who wonder what campaigning against the Republicans will be in the fall. Hillary Clinton is just about the best practice you can get.

Posted by: asja | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic. We've got Bill - an adulterer and a perjuror. We've got Hill - multiple personalities and increasingly unstable. What a pair. I vote Obama over McCain. I vote McCain over Clinton...

Posted by: aestern | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

JakeD

That question was answered months ago, after the first time it was asked.

It is no longer a legit question.

Barack Obama is a church going christian who took the oath of office on a bible and leads the Senate in the Pledge of Alliegance.

The fact that you keep asking the question after it has been answered, and proven false in so many ways, os many times over makes you a BIGOTED RACIST.

Did you know that your post sounds disingenuous and UNAMERICAN?

Well, it does.

Posted by: onestring | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


thisworld

jbenzl

Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!

Mr. Obama put the dress on. Can you believe all these guys having such a problem with their candidates choice of clolthing? All the misdirected anger at Hillary?

I say the red flats and some nice pearls would dress that up nicely.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who defends these garbage tactics is sick. Hillary is a desperate, sick individual and unqualified morally to be President. I am a Democrat, I am white, and I will not vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for any public office.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's health care 'plan' is doomed to fail.
But he gets a free pass when he smears Hillary for producing a plan that will actually work?

She can't even sneeze with out you guys crying foul.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people seem to be assuming that the Clinton campaign sent this to Drudge, with the intent that he would publish it and it would harm Obama. That's not how I assess it after reading Drudge.

If you read the Drudge article, he states "stressed-out" (how does he know?) Clinton staffers were circulating the photo this weekend. Then Drudge quotes a Clinton staffer saying "Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?", in an email OBTAINED BY Drudge.

That's obtained by. Not, "Clinton camp releases photo of Obama" or "Clinton campaign sends Drudge photo of Obama". I can picture a scenario where someone on the Clinton campaign found the photo, which, after all, has been online in various places before, and feeling that the media gives a pass to Obama while slamming Clinton for everything from tears to cleavage, emailed it to a colleague complaining of an unfair double standard. With the way people pass emails around and hit reply-to without thinking, it's easy to think that this conversation got to someone who felt like forwarding it to Drudge, to harm Clinton.

That's my dinosaur theory. And it assumes that the photo actually was being passed around in the Clinton camp. We don't even know if that's a fact at this point.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Now everybody is seeing the legacy of Karl Rove. Even Democrats got infected by his virus.

Even the GOP which benefited a lot from his playbook is now shivering at the sight of this monster running wild in the Democratic camp. McCain is running for cover now.

Posted by: jj2000 | February 25, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What did the Hillary try to accomplish when she released the picture? World leaders wear traditional clothing from host countries all the time. It is no big deal. This is type of divisive goverment that Hillary is going to be leading. This is disgusting.

Posted by: HoaLu | February 25, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

First Obama complains about untruths, now he complains about truths. He has never run a contested campaign. What does he think the Republicans are going to do to him? Does he think he is going to change the rules? This all points to his dangerous naivete. He thinks he is going to negotiate with Ahmadinejad. What an idiot. Just like George Bush.

Posted by: Chicago1 | February 25, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I just have to laugh: Whenever you think it is impossible for the Clintons to sink still lower they out do themselves on the sleaze-o-meter! When you put together a candidate who'll do or say anything to win and who seems to careen from day to day as to what her campaign's fundamental reason for being is, this kind of garbage is what you get....The Trail or The Fix should have a contest to project what tomorrow's campaign theme will be.....

Posted by: cliffordmc | February 25, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a photo from a personal family photo album. It is most likely that Obama or his handlers sent the photo to Drudge to start a new round of anti-Clinton venom. Think about it Obama-bots, the Clinton campaign could not get a personal photo unless it was released by the people who own it.

Posted by: readmonster | February 25, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

AMAZING people consider this photo a threat to our national security!! The deduction is Neanderthal. A + B = WTF?? Far better to have a charismatic President who respects cultural sensitivities than a President who resorts to desperate acts of fear mongering every time her ratings drop a notch.

Posted by: primarywatcher | February 25, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I encourage people who are offended by these under-handed tactics to email her campaign to complaign. just google hillary clinton and her site will come up. you have to jockey a little bit to get to the home page where you can hit the "contact" button, but, man, enough is enough with this garbage.

Posted by: info | February 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ugly, shameful, and embarrassing.

And this woman thinks she has the class and stature to be president?

My wife and I will be sending another $250 to Obama's campaign tonight.

Posted by: reporter1 | February 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Well Obama mania. You love this stuff when it's someone else.

Get a mirror. Take a good look. Then get over it.

He put on the dress. No one else.

Nice hat."

Hilarious, but typical of Hillary supporters.
So you want examples. Look at what she did to education in Arkansas, when she was in charge. More tax, more waffling,. Very little improvement. They can't abide her and they know her best.
As for her health program. Didn't that already fall flat on its face long ago, even in her own party.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What is so wrong about broadcasting a picture? Or is it that the first amendment only applies to words? Come on people, at least she isn't lying about her opponent.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

So Maggie Williams thinks that she gets a pass for being black...you notice they didn't send Howard Wolfson out to defend this.

They obviously have polling in Ohio that leads them to think this stuff works. But they are cutting off their nose to spite their face. After Hillary loses, this will go down as part of her legacy...the Clintons continue to show their true colors.

Posted by: onwaj6 | February 25, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It's good that Obama is under the media magnifying glass. Consider it his "test". He's dealing well thus far.

In regards to this week's mailing conflicts, Obama was able to defend his mailers himself whereas the Clinton campaign did not take responsibility nor did the deny it.

Posted by: stvn_le | February 25, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Thinker....do a fact checker....actually both Clinton and Obama's policies have both been accepted by some critics and criticized by some. Clinton lied when she said that Obama's healthcare plan left out 15 million...Hillary did make a statement something to the fact that, one of Bill's greatest achievements was passing and supporting NAFTA.....and Hillary is imposing a mandated health care policy to support her universial healthcare policy which she didn't achieve in the 8 years that Bill was the President, I might add. What is MANDATED healthcare? Do you know what MANDATED means? "An authoritative command" (Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary). Hillary is teed because the Majority of folks know the meaning of "mandated".

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Come on... I think wherever that picture came from should be clarified, not speculated about. But if it indeed came from the Clinton campaign, and was times thus, it can only be some attempt to make voters shout, "Look, he's wearing one of those... err... Turbans! He's got a turban on, Luke, it's one of those things that the people in Eye-Rack wear! We'd better vote for the other one, not the Eye-Rackee!!"

I really don't see any other possible point to it, and if that was the case, it's just low. Didn't anyone see Pres. Bush get presented with that ceremonial African robe last week on his trip? If I was in such a situation and one of the people asked me to try it on, I would think it extraordinarily discourteous not to oblige.

Posted by: aarongmarsh | February 25, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse


givemeabreak1.

No, you give me one.

Flats or pumps with that dress?

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think he looks rather cute. Ooooh, he is such an eye candy, he looks good in anything...

Posted by: thisworld | February 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama is as sly as the rest, only he can't find a picture of Hillary wearing a turban.

He twists her words and attacks her plans --what can she do? Attack his plans too? Oh wait, he hasn't any.

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Thinker,

Your name is a joke, right? Sarcasm?

Too funny for words.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

ProfessorWrightBSU you write, "All this time I thought the Democrats were supposed to be anti-racist. I thought they loved black people. I mean Bill Clinton's best friend is black. But I guess Hillary doesn't have any black friends, or staff members to bounce bad ideas off of." Does this mean that Obama should be treated different because of the color of his skin. The politics of search and destroy your opponent is equal opportunity for every running for President. His color should not protect him from having his life turned upside down before we elect him President. We need to know everything possible about someone's background that wants to be President. Afterall, 99% of the people supporting Obama do not know one single accomplishment of this man.

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Well Obama mania. You love this stuff when it's someone else.

Get a mirror. Take a good look. Then get over it.

He put on the dress. No one else.

Nice hat.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Who is going to tell her to drop out of the race.

No one wants that job according to the Democratic Party.

They expect Obama with win on March 4, 2008

Hillary's team says she will fight to the convention. Their the Super Delagates are supporting her.

Talking about someone who has her head in the sand.


GIVE IT UP HILLARY

Posted by: MsRita | February 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Lilly111:

You wrote:

"I'm a African American college educated male, who is so glad that Ralph Nader is jumping onto the Race, because if Obama get's the Democratic Nomination, I will be voting for him instead, I just don't trust Obama, because he's very arrogant and cocky, does not truly respect women, and too inexperienced to run this country; given the mess Bush will leave America in after leaving office."

I call your bluff. You're college educated, but use horrible grammar and start off with a run-on sentence. And please explain your screen name. Surely as an educated man, the female name "Lilly" has some meaning...

Posted by: hikaya | February 25, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

To Hillary supporters everywhere:

Your defense of the indefensible must be examined by experts someday, just as each of you must be.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

No, I think I like the pumps better. The red ones go with this very nicely.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... I don't think there is anything wrong with anyone wearing traditional clothings, I mean, remember George W. Bush visit in Hanoi where he and his fellow leaders from Russia, China, South Korea and Japan, endorsed the colorful, elongated tunics of Vietnam's traditional dress, the Ao Dai, which is worn with much grace by Vietnamese women and men.

BUT this is not what this was about, now, was it? And Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Maggie Williams's response seems to me rather disingenuous.

The question - plain and simple - is this:

Did or did not the Clinton's campaign send a picture showing Barack Obama in African dress to the Drudge Report. And if the Clinton's campaign did send that picture, why did they do it? What was their purpose with that? What were they aiming to achieve? Didn't Maggie Williams thought that it could have been... uh... "distractive?"---just asking.

Posted by: marnie_bowen | February 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse


What a surprise, yet another new low in the Clinton campaign.

If she wins the nomination, I'm voting for McCain.

I say that as a life-long democrat.

Posted by: info | February 25, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse


The worst kind of politics is printing in glossy color deliberate lies about a candidates health care policy. The very policy you xeroxed your own policy from because you didn't have a clue. Tweek here, tweek there - call it mine. This many is a phony - and his float followers are totally intoxicated with - well, nothing. Because he hasn't answered any questions with anything but repeating the question, explaining why it's a questions and then saying he agrees with Hillary.

Wake up and smell your lattes. Gonna be a real hangover when you wake up.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thinker,

Hillary released those photos keeping in mind people like you. Looks like it is working. Good that people like you are in minority now. Majority of people in this country now want a change and they are going to get it. Hillary must be really stupid to pull something like this at this time.

Posted by: jj2000 | February 25, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

For all those who are defending Sen. Clinton's campaign in sending out the photo, you have seen this one, right.?
http://noquarterusa.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/bhuttoclintons533.jpg

Why else would they publish the photo, except to hint there is something wrong with dressing in foreign clothing. All the time knowing that Hillary and Bill Clinton did the same many times. That is why I can't go along with their tactics any longer. I can't figure whether her campaign is inept or stupid, or both.

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I think about Barack family being of Musleam descent

Maybe he can really make a change and maybe he will be able to work with them.

Maybe we wont be a target anymore.

Posted by: MsRita | February 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

xplanes wrote:

"If Obama's campaign is this thin skinned, wait until the general election. This is the tip of the iceberg and Obama's campaign won't be able to cry about it."

I disagree. This IS the iceberg--icebergs, really, since there appear to be several: HRC's campaign, McCain's campaign and now Nader's campaign. Add to that systemic racism and perceptual biases in the US that gives stupid stunts like this (and the lame lapel-pin flag brouhaha) traction and I'd say Obama is facing the apex of adversity.

Unfortunately for his opponents, Obama's ship seems a fair bit more manuverable and sturdy than the Titanic, and the bergs just keep bouncing off the hull.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear that most of those buying into the Clinton garbage and purposefully distorting the truth are trolls for Hillary or the GOP right. Don't let these ugly little fractions of humanity get you down. Hillary's political days are numbered. I estimate she has about 30 hours left. Her tactics will be seen for what they are: The death throes of a pointless campaign driven by the same paranoia-peddling that the Republicans have made their policy over the last seven years. After tomorrow's debate, she won't be making history. She will be history.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm a African American college educated male, who is so glad that Ralph Nader is jumping onto the Race, because if Obama get's the Democratic Nomination, I will be voting for him instead, I just don't trust Obama, because he's very arrogant and cocky, does not truly respect women, and too inexperienced to run this country; given the mess Bush will leave America in after leaving office. Oh Obama speaks so well and have so many people mesmerized with his style of campaigning that many Democrats are willing to take an ill-informed and irresponsible risk on an inexperienced "Johnny Come Lately" Senator who makes promises he knows he's not going to be able to keep or deliver on.

People are really only voting for Obama, because he's young, black, and sounds so motivational and inspirational to them, but every thing or person that looks and sounds good may not always be good for you in the long-term, people instead need to objectively and intelligently research both candidate's issues and make an informed voting decision, not on hype and emotion generated by the media and the candidates. Obama even has Jesse Jackson, AL Sharpton, Oprah Winfery, and many powerful people in government Duped, it's like Obama has become America's Knight In Shining Armour that came to town and has swept people off of their feet with his deceiving Inspirational Rhetoric. I thought these Civil Right's leader's where Sharper then that, they really surprised and fooled me.

People, Please cast your vote for what's in the best interest of this country, and not solely based on Emotion and Inspiration generated by one candidate over the other, vote experience and the best issues developed by a candidate who also has the ability, knowledge, strength, and passion to turn this country in the positive direction on "Day One" of stepping into the Oval Office, don't turn this country over into the hands of a novice "Johnny Come Lately" Senator, who just speaks well and excite people, but lacks in-depth substance.

One last thing, I really respect and Thank Hillary for taking the time out of her busy campaign schedule in Ohio and Teaxs to attend the "State Of The Black Union Conference" Hosted by Tavis Smiley in New Orleans this past Saturday afternoon. Obama was not willing to take the time out of his busy campaign schedule to attend this conference to discuss his campaign platform; campaigning other places seemed more important to him, this should tell people something; especially African American's who voted for him in the Louisiana Primaries, he figured there was no political incentive or gain for him to attend, Obama figured he did not have to fight for their votes anymore until the general election, because he already got them in his hip pocket, so he declined to show up.

I truly believe by the behavior Obama is currently exhibiting towards African Americans; it's becoming more evident that he's not going to address African American issues with any real substance, conviction, or force if elected President, this is evident, because he never went to New Orleans doing the Katrina crisis and offered his help, or addressed the Jena 6 issue with any real substance as well, Obama made statements that race was not a factor in President Bush's failure to accurately come to the aid of Louisiana citizen's doing this crisis. I believe Obama was too afraid to speak up and speak out on Bush's failure concerning both Katrina and Jena 6, because he believed it may have hurt his Presidential aspirations. I see Obama has a habit of running, ducking, dodging, and hiding when it comes to addressing controversial issues that negatively affect the African American Community.

Africans American's need to wake up and smell the coffee before it's to late; just because Obama is black that does not mean he's going to properly address our issues, but instead, he's going to avoid them all together, once elected President. People must understand and realize that Obama is no Martin Luther King or John F. Kennedy who fought for equality for all Americans in the area's of poverty, homelessness, livable wage jobs, economic and business empowerment, and better educational opportunities, discrimination of all types, social and legal injustice' and Civil Rights. In my opinion, I believe that Obama is only going to take care of Obama, his inner circle, Oprah's school initiatives in Africa, and his father's homeland, Kenya. Obama is going forget about and snub the supporter's who helped him become the first African American President in US history by failing to address our issues.

Go Hillary, America needs you and your experience, knowledge, and strength to tackle and fix the mess Bush will leave behind in 2009.

Posted by: Lilly111 | February 25, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

This is what Clinton supporters have been asking her to do. They must be so proud.

Time to make a donation to Obama . . . and I'm not even a democrat.

Posted by: brooksofsheffield | February 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

There is an adage about judging a person by the company he/she keeps. It can also translate to judging a candidate by the supporters he/she garners. Over the past couple of weeks, I have visited many websites and have read the comments posted by Hillary's supporters and Obama's supporters. I am very surprised by hate being spewed from supporters on both sides, but the majority of it has come from Hillary's supporters. The comments have been horrible. Some have been downright vulgar.

Thinker, I am assuming you chose that moniker because that is the trait for which you would like to be known, thinking. Please provide substantive reasons for voting for Hillary. Persuade people with wisdom, not by calling them idiots because they may not presently see things your way.

Posted by: dlcb | February 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If the Clinton camp didn't think that the photo's would hurt Obama then they wouldn't have sent them. They certainly aren't in the business of sending out information that they believe will help Obama gain votes.

All this time I thought the Democrats were supposed to be anti-racist. I thought they loved black people. I mean Bill Clinton's best friend is black. But I guess Hillary doesn't have any black friends, or staff members to bounce bad ideas off of.

BTW, someone asked whether Obama will be a pawn to his father's homeland. You forget that Obama was not raised by his father. He was raised by his step-father. 50% of this countries children are raised in a nuclear family.

Obama's father is Kenyan, but his Dad is Indonesian.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | February 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama is preaching all of this Rhetoric about Hope, Change, and Unity and know he can't deliver on it; all that's coming out of his mouth is just beautiful Rhetoric with no substance or plan to make what little issues he does has become reality. People really need to research Obama's personal and political background before running off voting for a man who just sound's good on the campaign stump, don't take the bait during the rest of these primaries or in the general election, don't fall for his beautiful deceitful Okey Doke Rhetoric.

This Is A Call To Protest Obama's Nomination, if Obama is nominated over Hillary, I suggest that all her supporters consider Ralph Nader as an alternative candidate to vote for, we need to stop Obama from winning the General Election next fall, I believe the best way to successfully do this is by strongly instituting the Nader Factor. We should not trust Obama in no shape or form with the office of the U.S. Presidency, I rather have Hillary or Nader in office over the inexperienced, untested, "Johnny Come Lately" Obama anytime, any day, and please don't consider voting for McCain either, because he's bad for this country as well, McCain want's to keep Bush's failed policies in place. Obama is very inexperienced and really don't know what's he's doing, all he's going to do is mess this country up greater than what George Bush ever did doing his time in office.

How can Hillary Supporters Unify behind a candidate who we honestly don't or can't trust to properly and effectively govern the highest office in the Nation, and if we vote to put Obama in office just for the good of the party, than we all get what we deserved and if things don't work out like we hoped, and as promised by Obama, we have no room to complain, because we would have compromised our principles, sound judgment, beliefs, and voting power, by voting for Obama, who may turn his back on the very same voter's who put him in office. I suggest that voter's count up the long-term cost of voting for Obama or Hillary, I believe Hillary is our best choice to successfully pick this country up by it's boot strips and turn it in the right and positive direction, as oppose to Obama who only has a Hope and Dream through Beautiful and Inspiring Rhetoric that things can be turn around, I want more than Hope and great speeches, I want someone who will work hard from Day One of becoming President to begin tackling and fixing America's pressing issues though out their time in the Oval Office, and that's Hillary Clinton.

Remember,If no Hillary, then Nader.

Posted by: Lilly111 | February 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

bwvr thanks foresponding to my comment. I knew there would be an immature individual that can only respond with name calling. Thanks for proving my point.


JPRS, while you are noble in saying that "the Clinton's think Ohio Democrats are racists and stupid," it appears from the comments of Tlasley1978 and JakeD that there are stupid voters. Admittedly, JakeD's comment might have been a joke.

It is absolutely amazing that people still think that Barack is a muslim and/or that he would somehow take orders from his religious sect.

How come no one questions Christian Conservatives who take orders from their religious sect?

Posted by: bwvr | February 25, 2008 12:45 PM

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

We've had to endure months of pictures of Clinton showing "too much cleavage", looking "old", looking "wild eyed", "cackling", etc. etc. This is an undoctored photograph. Would the Obama finally stop whining about "unfairness" and "racism" and deal with the real world? Or is it only their opponents who must deal with it?

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | February 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Re: Maggie Williams said "if Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed."

OK, Maggie... then what DID Sen. Clinton's staffers mean to suggest when they sent the photo around? Is there ANY answer that can be interpreted in a positive light for Sen. Clinton?

Posted by: egc52556 | February 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember last presidential election, Matt Drudge published a rumor that John Kerry had an affair with an intern? Drudge had to apologize for it, it was false.

How many of you instantly criticized Kerry the moment you read the Drudge story on that? I can't believe the number of people here saying, "well, that seals it for me about Hillary, she really went too far." No wonder we wind up with George W Bush for president 2 times, when people are so accepting to whatever they hear, within minutes of hearing it. No skepticism, no digging deeper, no waiting to hear more? This mob mentality is getting worrisome.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary should know by now that this sort of racism will not be tolerated in this election. If she had a glimmer of hope left for her messy campaign, it is over! Even if she steals this election, she will not get half the support she will need to be President. It would be to easy to vote for a McCain or Nader.

If Senator Clinton did not approve this smear, why is she not denying it? She doesn't know how to run a clean campaign. She's too messy!

Posted by: Debmood | February 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I have lost all respect for Hilary Clinton as a woman and as a candidate. These ridiculous low blows that she pulls on Barack is showing her obvious incapablity of running a country. there are even photos of her with muslim head garb and she has the nerve to question Mr. Obama's loyalties. All i can say is that she must realize that each time she take a stupid punch (wether it hurts Barack or not) it undoubtedly make her look more of a Moron than Curly from the three stooges.
Hilary, get it together!!!!!
This ain't Kinder-care or preschool. Show some maturity.

Posted by: Montientte_26 | February 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

HRC is despicable.
I too give more to the Obama campaign every time I see one of these stunts.

Posted by: filtechwest | February 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama ashamed of?

The photograph?

Dressing up in tribal dress?

His African heritage?

Why would he find any of it "divisive"?

Posted by: pali2500 | February 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

This Hell Mary won't be caught. Fifty more dollars donated to Barack.

End this fear mongering now!

Posted by: ryan.dicks | February 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

One of the most inspiring elements of Obama's campaign is his faith in the American people. His success up to this point reflects, not only his appeal as a candidate and his skill in leading the best-run campaign in this election, but also the character of the American people. We're better than I thought we were. We're not as susceptible as I thought to fear mongering, baseless accusations, and groundless smear campaigns. And for the first time, we're taking responsibility for our government in great numbers, participating in the political process. Let's keep up the good work.

Posted by: DoTheMath | February 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

That's the lowest yet. Despicable. Hillary should have stayed a Goldwater girl. She would have made a great Republican.

Every time I start feeling sorry for Hillary, she reminds how she doesn't deserve my sympathy.

Posted by: kenonwenu | February 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the electorate to take action and reject negative politics. E-mail Nancy Pelosi (AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov if you live outside her district)and Harry Reid (http://reid.senate.gov/contact/)and let them know that we won't stand for it and it's time for them to take action.

Posted by: givemeabreak1 | February 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hello, Everyone:

Can you imagine what it must be like playing a pickup game of basketball with Senator Obama? He'd be calling a foul everytime you looked crosseyed at him. Go ahead. Nominate this guy. The Republicans will make him cry AND pout on national TV. Heck, even Mr. Nadar will get to him.

I didn't realize that the audacity of hope was so thin skinned. Mother Teresa could have taken a harder foul than this guy and still make the shot.

Okay, past all the juvenile joking, I don't view Mr. Obama's response here as positive. It's very easy to hit a hot button on him and we're still eight months out from Election Day. That's a long time.

Posted by: drsbb | February 25, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

to the very first who made a comment. jakeD I belive it was.

if Obama is elected president, you think he will take orders from muslims..?

You must be dumb as hell.

Posted by: uffecortzen | February 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Thinker...."this is your fearless leader--in drag"....

Your post clearly shows your level of intellect (or lack thereof). Its quite clear to me, that this is exactly what the media reports when they state that "...most of Hillary's supporters are less educated and uninformed..." Is this your way of showing your American patriotism?" Way to go....for all the dumba**^!

I really hope that the question is asked to Hillary during the NBC debate since CNN played around, "why won't she release her tax returns just as McCain, Obama, Romney and Huckabee? What is she hiding from the American people? I think that its fraudalent to present herself as a candidate of experience and change, when you are up to the same tricks and tactics as the current Bush Administration...Hillary needs to bounce of the Bush bashing and release her statements to the American people...is it that she won't be able to play the "I am for the less fortunate American people" when Americans see how much money that both she and Bill have gotten over the past year form Lobbyist and special interest groups?

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, when Billary gets desperate, she/he really goes all the way. Looks like they're ready to stoop to anything.

Posted by: loulor | February 25, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Woooops, cultists..

There goes the south and all the Jewish votes in New York, Connecticut and Florida..

A Spry Farrakhan Sings Obama's Praises

SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press Writer
Sun Feb 24, 10:40 PM ET

CHICAGO - In his first major public address since a cancer crisis, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that presidential candidate Barack Obama is the "hope of the entire world" that the U.S. will change for the better.

The 74-year-old Farrakhan, addressing an estimated crowd of 20,000 people at the annual Saviours' Day celebration, never outrightly endorsed Obama but spent most of the nearly two-hour speech praising the Illinois senator.

"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."

Farrakhan compared Obama to the religion's founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father.

"A black man with a white mother became a savior to us," he told the crowd of mostly followers. "A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall."


Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | February 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

It's crunch time! The Clinton political machine will say and do whatever they need try to win this nomination now that Hillary's back is against the wall. Look for tomorrow's debate to truly manifest this ugly side of her campaign. To my fellow Ohioans, don't be fooled! Turn the page. Yes we can!

Posted by: scavin | February 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton has repeatedly talked about how she is the only candidate who knows how the "GOP attack machine" works and also mentioned how despicable those tactics are. Yet, with her back against the wall, she and her campaign have decided to circulate this photo in an attempt to play to our deepest fears about Senator Obama's background. It seems that years of knowing how the "GOP attack machine" works has made Senator Clinton comfortable in using despicable tactics.

For me, this is the straw that broke the camel's back. While I have supported Senator Obama over Senator Clinton in the race for the democratic nomination, I have always been proud that Senator Clinton has represented New York. Now because of this and other attacks on Senator Obama that have been less than honorable (or accurate), I will have a serious problem voting for Senator Clinton to represent me and the State of New York in the United States Senate.

Posted by: flashmix212 | February 25, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Is this really an issue for print?

Posted by: J_thinks | February 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

iChief,

Axelrod's comments in the wake of the Bhutto assassination, which he subsequently backed away from, were "Barack Obama had the judgment to oppose the war in Iraq. And he warned at the time that it would divert us from Afghanistan and al Qaeda, and now we see the effect of that."

Sure, a stretch perhaps, but grounded in a real idea, based on a real policy position. At least that was related to policy.

A photo showing Obama being polite when he's traveling and donning headgear like that is thoroughly unrelated to policy or substance. Or is it? Perhaps you would present the argument that this is prove Obama is - what? A sleeper cell agent? A Goatherd? Too polite and unassuming to be president? What's the point of this photo?

Dirty politics - the worst kind of dirty politics - and the kind that is becoming more transparent.

HRC is toast. For good reason.

Posted by: WriteKing | February 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wly34 | February 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised that the clintons would stoop this low to win this campaign hillary and bill are showing the true clintons. You know that this photograph was released to draw out racism in this campaign. You know this photo was released to portray Obama as a Muslim (when the clintons know he is a Christain) and to hopefully gain voters by preying on American racism toward Muslims. The Clintons should be more than ashamed of themselves by using the tactic of racism to gain voters. I hope this backfires on them as happened in the earlier primaries/caucuses. I WOULD NEVER EVER VOTE FOR OR SUPPORT THE CLINTONS FRO ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. NEVER EVER. The media needs to call the Clintons especially hillary to the carpet for her support of racism. Also the democratic party officials/heads should come out in full force agaisnt the clintons for their blatant embrace of racism

Posted by: kewlair | February 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

ichief,

It's worms like you in the Clinton campaign that make me want to vomit on the poisoned green apples of her tactics. You list offenses real and imagined, committed not by the Obama campaign, but by media idiots or others for whom Obama's campaign is not responsible. Choke all you want on your laundry list of misplaced anger, but try...really try now...to see that the Clinton campaign is DIRECTLY responsible for pushing the most desperate, dirtiest of tactics in the last 50 years of political history.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I would like express my current thoughts on Hillary Clinton. Here they are:

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Oh, I have one more comment:

Gobama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mrhamham | February 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

On the other side of the aisle, we love to watch Hillary and Obama duke it out. Living in Virginia we had a chance to vote in your primary. We wanted Obama and we are going to get our wish. If we cannot beat a Senator that is so far left, who makes Hillary look like a moderate, we deserve to lose. You think the picture is bad? Wait until the Super Delegates have to start paying Bill back. Blacks are taken for granted in the Democratic Party. It continues to amaze me that Republican's continue to look to put the best person forward without looking at race and the Democrates try to pay lip service without really letting the best person go forward.
Blacks sit at the back of the bus in your party. In our party they can drive, sit or lead, but are never asked to sit in back and be happy. Democrates have decided that Hispanics are their future, not African Americans. Come join our party, we want everyone to succeed, Black, Brown, Red, White and Yellow. If you are legal join in!

Posted by: hcallaway | February 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Everyone agrees that the Clinton camp sent it just because Matt Drudge says so? It's clear that the number of people fearing Obama is some Manchurian-via-Mecca candidate is small, and the backlash against Clinton for this stunt would outweigh any potential benefit to her. On the other hand, both McCain and Obama stand to benefit. McCain, because it further splits the Democrats, and there are more on the right who DO fear the "Muslim" Obama. The benefits to Obama are obvious. Reinforces the perception of Hillary as a devious nasty evil person.

Perhaps Maggie Williams hasn't denied it because it just came out and she hasn't had time to investigate. If she denied and it the Clinton camp turned out to be responsible, that would be worse than downplaying it now and then later announcing some staffer's dismissal, and apologizing. If they weren't responsible for it, why apologize?

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Michael Herrinton post. Every time I read stuff like this, $50 to $100 goes to Obama from my checkbook. Really this story is a lesson in Clintonian politics. We'll dish a photo of Obama in Somali garb to Drudge, then call him "shameful" for saying the photo is a low blow by the Clinton campaign. Unreal. The logic is mind-numbing. This is how Clinton and Maggie Williams work together. Anyway possibly think that Secret Service agent was lying about Williams talking out papers from Vince Foster's office after his suicide? ;)

Posted by: rimbaud1 | February 25, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

JakeD said: " I think it is legitimate to ask Obama (or Hillary if you want) whether he will take orders from Muslims -- has no one here ever seen the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?"

Are you kidding? Obama will be asked to take an oath to protect the constitution (as he was asked to do when he was sworn in as senator). That is all any candidate will be asked, and that should be enough.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | February 25, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the last few days we see the real Hillary. Leave it to Hillary to give us the Republican preview.

The right wing nuts posting here are tiresome. People should not dignify their posts with a response.

Posted by: cjroses | February 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I cannot get over the first comment referencing the "Manchurian Candidate." I assume it's from a Hillary supporter. Are you kidding me? IT'S A MOVIE!!! Just goes to show, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."

Posted by: mpmoss | February 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly the Politics of THE PAST that we are all sick and tired of, Hilary R Clinton shows is clearly that is what she is all about.

Hilary sacked a member of her campaign team the last time offensive accusations where made, the people want to see quick Acton from her again but this time Hilary look at the deeper problem YOURSELF!

For the sake of the Democratic Party Hilary should stand down today if not the VOTERS and they are the ones that count next Tuesday should send a message she is finished!

Posted by: jaybs1 | February 25, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

CHECK THIS OUT:

THE NEW "CLINTONGATE"

Clintons To Face Fraud Trial:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56868

Posted by: crystaltaurus | February 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Let her lose TX and OH so she and Bill can finally get their divorce."

This is the best portrate of a Obamaphile, arrogant, moronic, rude and intrusive. If this is the future of dem party, let's all leave it.

Posted by: sgr_astar | February 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Listen to all the Obama cry babies. Different when it's you.

This is your fearless leader -- in drag.

He put the dress on... he stood there -- no one else.

Grow up.

Do you think he wore pumps -- or flats with that outfit?

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blowmeplz | February 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What you do not know.
Bill and Hill made a bet way back in the late 80s on which could be president. It's a two part bet.Bill won his part. Now if Hill does not win she has to have sex him everyday from now on. Bill wants her to win badly, and she wants to win badly.
All joking aside, the email with the photo said: (kind of quoting) - If HRC wore this it would be in all magazines cover. Huh?????????
They did not deny because they could not. The email was traced back to them and the staffer resigned. Heard that before. Typical.

Posted by: al_164_1999 | February 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Please stop with the back stabbing....so junior high! If Barack is whinning about a picture of him in African "garb"..what else will he whine about? The Muslim issue must be addressed..were so worried about being politically correct that we're sidestepping the religious issues, just walking into a Christian house of worship doesn't make you a christian...he was brought up a muslim!Where are those muslim values now? How sympathetic will he be to the middle east? Remember the prophecy? The muslims will attack from the inner core of our government and take it down from the inside out! Why invite the devil in???

Posted by: irishlass527 | February 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Well thank God that the majority of Obama supporters are well educated and smart. We can smell dirt and "silly season" politics when it reaks of it...Obama and Obama supporters, please STAY positive and more importantly, STAY FOCUSED!" As you can see Hillary has changed her position, her focus, and more importantly HER MESSAGE so much, until VOTERS don't have a clue who she is anymore. I voted for Bill both times when he ran for President. Had I known that this was the type of divisiveness and "silly seasoned" political tricks they use, I would have gotten a bad taste in my mouth and he would not have gotten my vote. If Hillary wins, as a lifelong Democrat, I can't envision myself supporting her nomination because I am so tired of this type of nonsense, that I probably won't vote. Her campaign and a lot of her supporters have displayed the most hateful, racist, and disrespectful behavior that I have ever witness in a democratic primary election! The mere idea that her and her supporters have characterized the millions of Americans who voted for Obama as a Democratic candidate as "delusional, and cult like" is most upsetting to me. They are using the same Republican tactics and as a Democrat, I am teed off!!! Nancy and the rest of the DNC had better get off their behinds and straighten this crap out before Nader upsets another November election!!! And I mean QUICKLY!!!

Posted by: YesweCan1 | February 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Clinton supporters must be so proud.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Obama's campaign is this thin skinned, wait until the general election. This is the tip of the iceberg and Obama's campaign won't be able to cry about it. I'm sure Karl Rove and the Republicans have a lot more pictures like this. And, I agree with Hillary's campaign. What's the big deal? The big deal is that this is who Obama really is. Everyone should read Geraldine Ferraro's column in the NY Times today and get a reality check on what is going on in the Democratic Party. If it is going to be 1972 again, and it will be if Obama gets the nomination (and some of the reasons he should not get the nomination are outlined in this op-ed piece), then the Democrats need to sit back and realize that Obama will probably lose at least 40 states, maybe more. I am being generous. The left wing has a hold of the party, they have always hated the Clintons since they did not owe the left wing anything, and now we have a candidate who owes the left wing everything. People really need to think about this not in terms of Ra!Ra!Ra!, but that McCain will bury Obama in the general election and for reasons that are not even visible right now. I am really sad because the Democrats really had a good shot at the White House. But, with Obama's nomination, they can kiss the White House, and possibly control of the Senate, good-bye all thanks to the left wing. The good news is, after this disaster, Hillary can run again and this time people will realize that the left wing nominee cannot win an election (they never have) and she will be able to get the White House because of her EXPERIENCE, something totally lacking in Obama.

Posted by: xplanes | February 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone talking about Clinton?? Did she dress up like that?

If the picture didn't go anywhere at all - it was still taken.

The picture is the point -- not how it got anywhere.

Like everything else hidden about him - you idiot Obama freaks don't care what's in his closet....

Oh, but maybe we should from the looks of this picture.

Do you think he wore flats or pumps with that outfit ?

I say pumps. They're his style.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what Tavis would think of this. Doesn't get more racist than this. Maggie should be ashamed of herself. Nothing new for HRC. I guess with only winning 10+ percent of the black vote they no longer care. If she were to get the nomination (and SHE WON'T) guess how fast we would start african americans for McCain.

I will never vote for her! Donation time for me.

Posted by: dab23 | February 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to a photo of Obama doing cocaine.

Posted by: svreader | February 25, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons have proven once and for all that they lack any grace and do not deserve to represent American democracy.

Maggie Williams should be ashamed of herself. She is just another classless Clintonista.

http://thepage.time.com/2008/02/25/obama-campaign-blasts-clinton-team-for-drudge-photo/

Posted by: veeve | February 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Lots of insults on HRC in this blog- with no evidence of her campaign doing anything. Yet another example of the bullyish, obnoxious tactics taken by the Obamites.

Is this your new way of doing things?

Is this how we are doing "change"?-since it has been otherwise undefined.

Posted by: nycLeon | February 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

To the person who calls him/herself "Thinker". What an ironic handle. The Drudge Report itself stated that Clinton staffers gave them the photo. So whatever Maggie Williams may think is distracting, why o why did they give the photo to the Drudge report. What was their purpose. She should answer this.
KARL ROVE = HILLARY CLINTON

Posted by: AB68 | February 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The more I see of Sen. Clinton, the more I realize how far she has strayed from reality into the playpen of Joe McCarthy. While throwing a hissy fit over Obama's punctuation on a mailing, she works behind the scenes to weave a villainous narrative about him lifted from America's worst fears. Her tactics are beyond reprehensible. They are Machiavellian. I'll be joining MichaelH3 in making another donation to Obama today. Thanks, Hillary, for clearing up your total willingness to split the party and win at any cost. Your legacy is toast.

Posted by: rippermccord | February 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, George Bush, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney just laugh and laugh and laugh.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is that a lot of people seem to equate HRC's dirty tricks with competency. That is what Tina Fey's stupid SNL skit was all about.

I guess after being lied to, watching Bill double cross his friends, selling out on policies he was supposedly committed to and then embarrasing and demoralizing his Dem supporters by selfishly sexually gratifying himself in the oval office, some Dems are just hungering to be kicked around by the Clintons for another four years.

The couple and their lust for power, are really sick. Wonderful policies or not, in HRC's quest for power, she will sell out labor the same way Bill did on the NAFTA issue. They are not trustworthy.

Posted by: maddymappo | February 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I THOUGHT THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN COULDN'T GET ANY LOWER..WOW..WAS I WRONG..IF THIS IS THE BEST..CLINTON..CAN COME UP WITH..SHE IS TOAST..CLINTON IS TRYING LIKE CRAZY..TO DISTANT HERSELF FROM..NAFTA..I ENDORCED IT..BUT..PRIVATLY I DIDN'T..JUST LIKE WHEN CLINTON VOTED FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ..AND SAID I WAS FOOLED..THIS IS WHY CLINTON IS LOSING..SHE WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBLILTY FOR HER ACTIONS..LIE..DENY..BLAME ON OTHERS..IS WHAT CLINTON DOES..PEOPLE ARE SOOOO TIRED OF IT..TEXAS AND OHIO..LETS END THIS..AND VOTE FOR OBAMA..TIRED OF THE BUSHES AND CLINTONS..

Posted by: thailandjames1 | February 25, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't get over how many people on both sides of the Obama-Clinton debate are white-knuckled idiots.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Great... after flailing around for a message, HRC is going to hang her hat on the approach that brought us "Barack HUSSEIN Obama" push polling.

I've seen enough, Hillary. Crawl back in the sewer.

Posted by: Dave20707 | February 25, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? It is a nice picture of Obama anyway . . . unless you really do believe that people will take issue with it?

Posted by: jfbenzl | February 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse


mkk0918.

Well - gee - how did they get the photo?

Obama dressed up and he stood there you idiot.

Do you think he wore pumps or flats with that outfit?

Pearls.... or something less formal?

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Is the HRC Campaign SOOOO desperate that they
put out a pic, sees that it backfired on them, then they have the gall to say " Enough " ?

Yeah I have had enough ...of the Clintons ! You have sunk to an all time low and lost any chance of leaving with dignity !

Posted by: soflindie | February 25, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign has entered the super-shameful realm. Ridiculous. There are a lot of dedicated Obama-people out there, and my guess is Hillary "Change You Can Xerox" Rodham Clinton will not get the votes of any of those people. They'll stay away from the polls, write in Obama or vote McCain. No one wants to hear her voice for the next four years. No one wants to see her face. No one wants this kind of politics.

Let her lose TX and OH so she and Bill can finally get their divorce.

Posted by: WriteKing | February 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What the last few days of 'news' from the campaign trail indicate is that Senator Clinton's so-called 'valedictory' speech at the end of the Texas debate was anything but-- she is not going to go out quietly into the night, and is not going go out without slinging as much mud as she can.

Indeed, that little speech allowed her to present herself as above the fray of politics, while behind the scenes directing her staff to move to a much more negative style of campaigning.

At this point the Clinton campaign realizes they have few other options-- Obama is closing in on Clinton in both Texas and Ohio, and if they lose either, the pressure on Clinton to withdraw will increase exponentially.

The sad thing is that Senator Clinton clearly does not recognize the damage that this style of campaigning will do to the Democratic Party, or to her reputation in the party. Hopefully the voters on March 4th will make all this moot, and clearly signal their intentions-- and not for the candidate who's inclined to sling muck when they're behind or down in the polls.

Posted by: mj64 | February 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

smithgroup21:

WOW! Looking at your lists, I can imagine you must be shivering in bed, thinking Hillary may be ordering your murder for posting such top secrets.

Don't worry, she is a gracious old lady, not a large grey wolf. Besides, with Uncle Bill in the house, everything will be ok.

Posted by: sgr_astar | February 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How did they get the picture? Did they pay for it? Or, did they plant a spy in Obama's camp?
No wonder they are running out of campaign money.

Posted by: mkk0918 | February 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign could not possibly stoop as low as the Obama campaign has stooped on several occasions.

When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, the "classy" Obama team accused Hillary Clinton of murdering her.

When David Shuster used the pimp word to talk about Chelsea Clinton, Obama supporters came out in droves to support Shuster's right to slander the Clinton family.

Obamaphiles reached another new low when they twisted Bill Clinton's words to accuse him of racism, and it took the messiah weeks before he finally hung his head in public to admit that the civil rights record of Bill and Hillary Clinton is impeccable.

I can no longer stomach glancing past the first two or three comments by Obama supporters on any message board on the internet; the hate-mongering trash talk is just too nauseating to wade through.

And this is the crowd who will be following Obama if he goes to Washington?

No thanks.

Posted by: ichief | February 25, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hilary is underestimating the intelligence of us Ohioans. Small sects of intolerant Ohioans are making a big deal about Barack's middle name and this is clearly a play on that. Do not get fooled. Focus on the issues like renegotiating NAFTA versus freezing mortgage rates; past senate records etc..!

Posted by: sajivshriv | February 25, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's in excellent company. Bono and US Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O'neill were also photographed in African dress during their trip to Africa. oh, BTW, JakeD, the character in "Manchurian Candidate" (the much better original version) was a prisoner of war in N. Korea when he was brainwashed and his mother was an ambitious maniac and undercover agent who wanted her husband to become president. How does that relate in any way to Sen. Obama's story?

Posted by: nbriggs | February 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Thinker....

Please do not shout! This is a conversation being held by adults. If you do not have anything of either substance or of import to say then keep it to yourself. I find your postings extremely disspiriting and they help neither you or any ideas (that you may or may not have).

Posted by: vrinda_23 | February 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Do you think he wore flats -- or pumps with that outfit?

Handbag or clutch purse?

Pearls or something more casual?


Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the worst kind of gutter politics from the Clintons. I think after 8 years of the Orwellian tactics of the Bush administration, people are sick of politics like this. I really do think a lot of Democrats will sit home or vote McCain if she finds an ugly way to beat Obama.

Posted by: jsheppar | February 25, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

A majority of people see through the subtle and baseless attacks of the Hillary campaign. Although, I am amazed at the subtle racist nature of some of the comments in this forum. The facts are Obama's natural father was a Muslim -- so what? The facts are today Christians (2.1 billion), Muslims (1.5 billion) and Jews (0.014 billion)of the world all belive in ONE God. The majority of Americans are decent honorable people who are ready to "turn the page" of history. The remaining few please grow up -- the world is changing and you all remain in the stone age!

Posted by: sydrahman | February 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Hillary needs to end it now. Before the campaign started, I was expecting to vote for her. But, seeing the lies and smears and despicable behavior coming out of the Clinton camp has made that option out of the question.

Signing a pledge to support the DNC regarding Florida and Michigan, and then backing out of her word is dishonorable, in a string of dishonorable tactics.
The lies and smears and attack dog politics are a disrespect to the American voter and the Office of the President.

Hillary Clinton owes the American people an apology for her disreputable and dishonest behavior.

Posted by: arielwire | February 25, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse


shoemiaw

Don't wet your pants. undies in a bundie? how does it feel?

What I want to know is -- do you think he wore flats with that outfit -- or pumps?

Anything underneath? or au naturale ?

I actually think it's a ploy by OBAMA to not debate.

betcha. I don't put anything past him and his weirdo crew.

Well - who would after that picture?

hohohohohoho

too much fun.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Look. The Clintons have been plotting their return to the White House since the day the moving truck pulled up to take them to their new favorite home in New York. All their careful planning has been undone by that upstart from Chicago. She can only stand there in her canary yellow pantsuit and continue to chirp and warble while her opponent sings a clear song that everyone else seems to know the words to. And he has laid waste to the Clintons' trajectory back into the White House. Of course she isn't happy. Of course she will do whatever it takes. Wait until she ponies up the money or the muscle to seat those "disenfranchised voters" in Florida and Michigan....they have no plans to exit the stage gracefully.

Posted by: randomsandythoughts | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

So is Obama ashamed of wearing the traditional dress of his father's country? I thought his campaign had so far worked diligently to promote his diverse ethnic background and to assiduously court black voters. If he is as proud of his heritage as he claims, what's the problem with the photo? And why does it matter?

Posted by: windridge | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Look. The Clintons have been plotting their return to the White House since the day the moving truck pulled up to take them to their new favorite home in New York. All their careful planning has been undone by that upstart from Chicago. She can only stand there in her canary yellow pantsuit and continue to chirp and warble while her opponent sings a clear song that everyone else seems to know the words to. And he has laid waste to the Clintons' trajectory back into the White House. Of course she isn't happy. Of course she will do whatever it takes. Wait until she ponies up the money or the muscle to seat those "disenfranchised voters" in Florida and Michigan....they have no plans to exit the stage gracefully.

Posted by: randomsandythoughts | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It turns nasty, indeed. I welcome the increased press scrutiny Senator Obama gets, because to me it means he finally is being taken serious as a possible next President. And I almost welcome this kind of campaigning from the Clinton camp, it shows she cannot be taken serious as a possible future US President.What does she think this kind of Rovian mudslinging will do to the Democratic Party? She so shows her colours of a traditional Washingtonian, who cares not about her party, let alone her country, but only about her own ambitions.

What other Europeans think, you find here:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/opinion-the-turning-tides/

Posted by: old_europe | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is so good at trashing, after all she has had decades of practice, she trashed Monica and other women before her whom her husband had used and abused sexually and then dumped on them. Both she and her husband had then the audacity to lie on the national television. On top of it they claim to be Christians. Where does in the Bible it say that you can lie, spread false rumours, distort facts and say anything to get elected?

As to her reinvention of herself as a nice lady champion of workers is as much a fairy tale as her claim to be the champion of women. All baloney. Not to worry though people can see the truth beyond the veneer and no amount of make up can hide who she really is, and Obama will prevail.

Posted by: Charles_BCCA | February 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that on March 5, her campaign will wonder once again why she only received 40% of the vote in Ohio and Texas.

Why, they will wonder, did all the undecideds go to Obama at the last minute?

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Many of you folks don't get it. After Iowa, Senator Clinton staffers were fired for forwarding the infamous eamail with lies about Senator Obama's muslim background. Now we see part two of the game. Her staff admits forwarding this photo. You have to be really stupid not to understand the Clinton intent here.
This is additional proof that the Clintons will do anything to win. Same old garbage.

Posted by: rj.paul | February 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

EVERY DEMOCRAT SHOULD DEMAND THAT HILLARY CLINTON APOLOGIZE AND THEN DROP OUT OF THE PRIMARY RACE!!!


No democrat wants a bigot for a nominee! This is an all-time low, even for Hillary Clinton. She is using race, religion, and smear emails to swiftboat a FELLOW DEMOCRAT!


Are you kidding me? Now I don't just want her back in NY... I want her out of the US Senate. This woman is devious and borderline evil!


I'm more determined than ever to stand for change! The only good news is that Hillary's cheap shots and low blows are driving more and more people to Obama.


OBAMA 08! YES WE CAN!

Posted by: shoemiaw | February 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse


What I'm wondering is - what was his choice for accessories??

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse


.
For which African country is O-BOMBA running for president?

Do Americans really want another president that will focus only on certain "special" interests?

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Posted by: ImpeachNOW | February 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is destroying her own career and legacy at this point. This type of smear tactic, combined with her crocodile tears and angry tirades, makes for a very ugly campaign. Seems that in the race to the White House, anything goes for Hillary. There's not much to admire anymore.

Posted by: DogBitez | February 25, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

How interesting that almost everyone has
jumped to the conclusion that someone from the Hillary camp sent out this photo.

This sounds like a Karl Rove-type manipualtion technique. Obama's campaign manager was recently described as the democratic counterpart to the republican party's Karl Rove. Clinton team knows they have too much to lose by engaging in this tactic at this stage of the game. I STRONGLY doubt anyone sent this photo out from Clinton campaign. BTW- How would they have gotten it to send out-just curious...

Posted by: teddy21 | February 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It's this kind of stuff that will drive Obama supporters away from Clinton should she get the nomination. It seems like every week the Clinton campaign goes lower and lower in their attempt to win. I've voted 3rd party in all but one presidential election (2004) because I vote for the person and not the party. I'm not sure if I could hold my nose and vote Clinton after the campaign she has run.

Posted by: jasonferna | February 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Shameless and shameful.

We don't want more years of Clinton angst.

Posted by: roldo | February 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse


GROW UP OBAMA IDIOTS.

NO ONE SAID HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS PHOTO.

CERTAINLY OBAMA DID.

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIM DRESSING UP LIKE A WOMAN. MAYBE NOW HE WANTS TO RUN AS A BLACK MAN, WHITE MAN AND A WOMAN AND THEY PUT IT OUT TO GET PEOPLE GOING.

WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST HIS CREW.

OH - BUT OBAMA CAN PUBLISH TOTAL LIES ABOUT HILLARY'S HEALTH CARE PLAN AND YOU ALL CLAP LIKE TRAINED SEALS.

WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS. TOTAL FOOLS FOR THIS MAN.

GO KISS HIM - HE'S DRESSED FOR IT.

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The picture of Mr.Obama wearing African clothes sent to the Drudge Report is manipulative and uninspirational.

Does this mean that the opponents to Mr. Obama do not want to talk about Health Programs, NAFTA, scandals in the 8 years of government of the Clinton's...and rather maipulate the situations to cover the glass ceilings of the Clinton's?

I love politics: good politics. I get bothered by bad politics.

Good politics is about presenting to the public a set of believes and programs. The the public read, analize and vote. Simple.

Bad politics is about manipulating the facts, scare the people, and obscure (spin) the facts...Good politics is good; bad politics is destructive in an individual and a collective way.

Fortunately the winds of change are already here. A new generation of politicians are already in the arena to capture the opportunities and the ways to manage the future.

The rejection of an opaque past is not only necessary, but it is a political responsability

Posted by: PCM01 | February 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You would expect something like this from Republicans, but from a fellow Democrat. The Clinton team will do anything to win this election. They are worst than the Republicans. How can you vote for someone like this?

Posted by: life386 | February 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

HISTORY LESSON ON HILLARY

The entire list below represents historical facts that are not in dispute anywhere.

So let's think about the logic of those who would consider, even for a moment, bringing anyone associated with the Clintons back into the White House-----especially Hillary.

The Clintons have been telling America that Hillary is the most qualified candidate for president based on her record,' which they say includes her eight years in the White House as First Lady - or "co-president" - and her seven years in the Senate.

In fact, in his stump speeches, Bill Clinton goes so far as to marvel at his wife's "genius" and repeatedly claims that he never made a major policy, legislative or political decision without consulting her during that 1st Clinton Administration.

So here is a PARTIAL list of her accomplishments, activities, and behavior during the past 15 years since they first ran for President in 1992:

1) As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over Health Care Reform, process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told both Bill Bradley and Pat Moynahan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that she would 'demonize' anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress controlled by her own party. (And in the next election, her party lost control of both the House and Senate.)

2) Hillary also assumed authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two recommendations (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) were forced to withdraw their names from consideration, and then she chose Janet Reno.
The same Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as 'my worst mistake.'

3) Hillary was also the person who recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to be withdrawn....need more?

4) Hillary recommended three of her former law partners for Administration jobs: Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department, White House staff, and the Treasury Dept., respectively.
Hubbell was later imprisoned, Foster allegedly committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to
resign.

5) Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him. (FBI
agent Dennis Sculimbrene later confirmed in a 1996 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing both the drug use and Hillary' s involvement in hiring Livingstone.
As a result, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office, which had previously served seven presidents for over thirty years without any such incident.)

6) In order to open 'slots' in the White House for her friends the Harry Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts could be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for gross mismanagement' and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury acquitted him in less than two hours.

7) Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the "bimbo eruption squad" and scandal defense. How competently did she perform? Just follow these dots:
She is the one who urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. She also stubbornly refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill's lying about and later admitting the affair.
Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all.
And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury.
And Bill was impeached by the House.
And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. She avoided it mostly because she repeated, 'I do not recall,' 'I have no recollection,' and 'I don't know' 56 times
under oath.


8) Hillary accepted the traditional First Lady's role of decorator of the White House at Christmas, but in a unique Hillary way. In 1994,
for example, the First Lady's Tree in the Blue Room (the focal point each year) was decorated with drug paraphernalia, sex toys, and pornographic ornaments, all personally approved by Hillary as the invited artists' depictions of the theme, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.'

9) Hillary wrote 'It Takes a Village,' demonstrating her Socialist viewpoint.

10) Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state where she had never lived. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get
Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support. Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support.

11) Then Hillary left the White House, but later had to return $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.

12) In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the "gender card" by portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on a poor woman.

13) Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those records.)

14) As a Senator from New York, Hillary has passed no major legislation. She has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer) to tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical problems of workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11.

15) Hillary's one notable vote, supporting the plan to invade Iraq, she has since disavowed.

Again, all above are facts that are not in dispute. Together they paint a picture of a distburbing pattern of manipulation, deceipt, and bad judgement that her conduct of this campaign confirms, yet grossly understates.

Someone told me this resume, while impressive, feels more like it belongs to someone in a crime family.

Posted by: smithgroup21 | February 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

How times change. First, Fox News was of the devil and Drudge was a right wing confidante. Now, Hillary is endorsing Fox, CNN is trying to remake itself into Fox, MSNBC is tilting to the right, and Drudge is accused of being Clinton's mouthpiece.

I'd say the right side has the left side running scared. Being smack in the middle, I find it all very entertaining.

Posted by: ader | February 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse


You know, when Bush went to Africa they all had Obama signs. They said they thought as a US President he would help them in Africa. Hello?? We have more than enough problems of our own. If he wants to run for President of Africa I'm sure he's more than welcome to do it. In Africa.

But then, he's white really.... or was that only in Kansas? Hard to tell with this guy. This one day, that the next. Well, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.... who are we today, what do they want to hear in this place?

Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I have heretofore stayed away from making comments about the Democratic Presidential race. But this is the type of tactic that only hateful people engage in. It is outrageous and horrible. Hillary, may you NEVER recover from your losses!

Posted by: vance.warren | February 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't trust Obama, I have no confidence whatsoever in Hillary Clinton and I'm not about to vote for a Republican. I'm gonna hole up at home with my classical music collection and wait until it's over.

Posted by: dmaccabee | February 25, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

If, according to Maggie Williams, the photo is innocuous then what was their motive in sending it to, of all places, The Drudge report? C'mon Maggie, YOU should be ashamed of how you're running Hillary's campaign. You're destroying her!

Posted by: oskar1921 | February 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask those of you who are blaming the Clinton campaign: The only source that attributes the photo's circulation to "stressed Clinton staffers" is Drudge.

Why would you take Drudge's word for it? His 15 minutes are so over. Maggie Williams is the only one behaving like an adult here.

Why is the Obama campaign freaked about a photo? If Obama is truly the change we seek, ready to unite us and bring our nation a different image, why do they care who circulated the shot?

Obama's team needs to quite whining and blaming Clinton and figure out what they're going to do if they win the nomination, because putting out press releases blaming Republicans for what we all know is going to happen isn't a winning strategy.


Posted by: cab91 | February 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is at an all time low is this the type of person we want as president. The idea that she projects is racist and very disappointing. I would never ever vote for her even if she was the last women standing. It's time for Dean to take commend of the party and put a stop to this so that Obama can start preparing for Nov. Hillary is yesterday's news she needs to step aside with some respect. People are tired of the same old Washington tactics that she is showing. Shame on you Hillary Clinton. Go home and leave the race know with some respect.

Posted by: terrisharpe1 | February 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

There have been more than one or two press reports about Clinton working hand-in-hand with the likes of Drudge.

At least they are not issuing incorrect denials. They are comfortable working with him.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, there are voters for whom the "Obama is a Muslim" accusation will work -- but they're the people who probably would react the same way if the accusation was that Obama is a zombie. They really don't know there's a difference. Sad, but that's the level of "informed" in the electorate these days. They wouldn't do well in Jay Leno's jaywalking interviews.

Posted by: ponpal | February 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Heh. They are trying the "attack," "wait for the reaction," "act all innocent" thing again.

If the photo was not meant to be devisive, why did the Clinton team spread it around?

Are they trying to support Obama now? Is Hillary now embracing the African nations? If so, why not release the pictures of her in native dress?

No, they were thinking it would look like something Muslin or threatening. Shame on Maggie WIlliams. Besides being racist, it's showing your true colors. (Pun intended.)

Thankfully, this bombed and looks like the desperate act that it is. Bye, Hillary.

Posted by: ader | February 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse


Wow. I can't believe how Omamacide people cry baby when it's they who have a problem or the media is pointing to anything about this man - of whom they know very little.

Falsely claiming the Clinton had anything to do with this is usual Obama spin.

If Obama dressed up in ladies clothes what would you think of that???

Oh, well - I suppose he kind of did!

Stop crying - someone might make a big deal of it and say you're faking.

Idiots.


Posted by: Thinker | February 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone so desperate to be President does not deserve to be President. Pack it in Hillary.

Posted by: acindc007 | February 25, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

If you check out the pictures on the Drudge report, you will see a picture of Hillary in a women's Muslim head scarf. There is also a picture of Bill and George W. in African dress. This latest manure slinging is another typical Clinton attempt to ruin Obama's credibility. Shame on you, Hillary!!

Posted by: karen.howlett | February 25, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun, I hope someone posts a picture of Hillary in a burka with full a face veil. How do you know if it is really Hillary wearing the outfit? You don't, that's what makes it fun. It also makes it just as newsworthy as the 2 year-old picture of Obama.

Posted by: ex-Navy | February 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we can trust Obama. I tis time for him to join McCain and retire in the Arizona desert or to visit his old grandmother in Kenya. I was more upset when I say his grandmother living in a farm while he was running for President. Obama come to Western Union and send her some money. If you cannot take care of your family how can you become the leader of the free world. Obama, you must be dreaming.

Posted by: j87vst | February 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Comments like those from Tlasley1978 and JakeD reveal a kind of bigoted naivete associated with JFK in the 1960s, when some ignorant Americans feared that if elected president, Kennedy would take orders from the Vatican.

Grow up--and try to invest some clear thinking into baseless, emotional nonsense.

Posted by: MRK33 | February 25, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I despise the negative attacks. They are so not usful. Unfortunately, they may influence some voters unless Obama is able to defend himself persuasively. I feel badly that he tried to run a campaign on the issues, but Hillary is turning into this into a campaign on who can descend deeper into the cesspool of destruction. Between her erratic mood swings and her negative attacks on Obama that have NOTHING to do with the issues, she has proven that she should not be the face of American democracy. I hope the good voters of Texas and Ohio finally see Hillary for who she is and put us all out of our misery by voting against her on March 4th. I'm tired of her sandbox antics.

Posted by: Seneca7 | February 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Done the same day Ickes compares Obama to Jesse Jackson, it's clear what they are doing. The Clintons want to both play the race card and get the benefit from doing so, in that they will then act innocent and try to provoke backlash among white folks who think black people are too sensitive.

Posted by: mainer2 | February 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton engages in the politics of sleaze.. I am sick of this crap..

Posted by: TennGurl | February 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama's father left him when he was 2 - so he never knew his father or his father's religion. He was brought up Christian and continues to practice Christianity. This election is probably going to show just how ignorant so many americans are and continue to be... get ready.

And as for Clinton, I personally like the Hillary that talks issues and makes arguments based on policies. But when Hillary and her surrogates take to the gutter I think its sad. This has been her problem: she keeps changing her message and who she is as a candidate. I'm assuming this latest ball of negativity will have the same results that it has every time she went this route in the past months - and will drive more voters away from her then it brings to her.

Posted by: the964kid | February 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

UNBELIEVABLE! It's OK. This stuff won't work. Barack will rise about these sorts of attacks. The response from Hillary's cohorts is pretty sad.

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | February 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Jake:

Give it up. Only the true xenophobes will bite on your little "Obama is a Muslim" bait. The rest of the country is too smart for it.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | February 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Just how low can Hillary go? This woman is not worthy of high office. I am a loyal Democrat, but she will not get my vote if she is the nominee. Despicable person. She is desparate, ruthless, and knows just when to turn on the charm. As Hillary says, Fool me once shame on her, Fool me twice shame on me.

Posted by: jaybrams | February 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The stench of desperation is rising from Hillary's camp.

Time to throw in the towel, Hillary is only damaging herself at this point.

Posted by: dwchill | February 25, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow.. the Clinton campaign does not deny sending the photo. They don't mind being caught trying to play into racist/xenophobic fear. So much for being "honored" to shared the stage with Barack. This tells you the internal poll #s are worse than anyone is letting on. Next thing you know they'll be sending out photos of Barack at that "awkward stage", where we all had bad hair, horribly out of style clothes, maybe some braces,. etc

Posted by: xcrunner771 | February 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

JPRS, while you are noble in saying that "the Clinton's think Ohio Democrats are racists and stupid," it appears from the comments of Tlasley1978 and JakeD that there are stupid voters. Admittedly, JakeD's comment might have been a joke.

It is absolutely amazing that people still think that Barack is a muslim and/or that he would somehow take orders from his religious sect.

How come no one questions Christian Conservatives who take orders from their religious sect?

Posted by: bwvr | February 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton has some major issues going on with this race right now and her campaign is of course working very hard to try and correct them;

Barack vs Hillary Analysis
The Home Stretch- Hillary's Personal Alamo:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=53

Will it be her last stand?

Posted by: davidmwe | February 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

WOW........they aren't even denying this blatant attempt to play on the fears of voters in Ohio. This proves just how despicable and contemptible the Clintons are. At least Obama was hitting Hillary on the issues. This is beneath contempt. Now who's using Karl Rove's playbook?

Posted by: chris30338 | February 25, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

For those American citizen's that blame America for the world's problems, we need to know if Obama will stand up for America first or take orders from his father's country and religious sect.

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | February 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Every time the Clinton campaign pulls a stunt like this, I contribute $100 to the Obama campaign. Looks like it's time to make another contribution.

Michael Herrinton

Posted by: MichaelH3 | February 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the Clinton's think Ohio Democrats are racists and stupid.

We'll have an answer to that question in another week.

As far as the pic goes, it's pretty much par for course for the Clinton Team. The non-denial shows that they lack a backbone too. If you do something, take responsibility for it. I realize Rove never did, and some Republicans fell right in line but, come on Hil, not all of us are stupid.

Posted by: JPRS | February 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It is true that Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely -- I think it is legitimate to ask Obama (or Hillary if you want) whether he will take orders from Muslims -- has no one here ever seen the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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