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With Female Surrogates at His Side, Obama Crisscrosses the West

By Alec MacGillis
BOISE -- As Barack Obama has made his way across the plains states and West this week, one feature has been nearly as consistent as the talk of hope and change: he almost always has a woman or two by his side.

In his grandfather's hometown of El Dorado, Kansas on Tuesday, he was joined by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who endorsed him that day. That evening in Kansas City, Mo., he was bracketed on the stage by two tall stools, one occupied by Sebelius, the other by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. In Denver on Wednesday, he was introduced by Caroline Kennedy. In Phoenix that evening, the tall stools were back, and on them were perched Kennedy and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. And at events when he is introduced by lesser known community members, they have mostly been women.

Some of this, to be sure, is a matter of circumstance -- it so happens that several of Obama's most prominent endorsers in the states he's been traveling in are women. (The campaign has also produced ads featuring McCaskill, Napolitano and Kennedy.) But it's also true that the campaign has been doing what it can to try to cut into Hillary Clinton's edge among women, including bringing Oprah back for a rally this weekend in Los Angeles alongside Michelle Obama. After Obama surpassed Clinton with women voters in Iowa, large margins among women fueled Clinton's wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.

The Clinton campaign has noted the increasingly female vibe in Obama's public presentation. "It's very interesting. All his advertisements these days don't feature him, they feature women," said Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald. "I figure that's a tribute to [Clinton's] strength with women. I assume he's doing that because he feels that he needs to compensate."

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Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --
"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.
http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno2 | February 28, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY HANDS REPUBLICANS DEVASTATING SOUNDBITE FOR FALL ELECTION ...

Feb 3, 11:40 AM EST

Clinton health plan may mean tapping pay

By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC's "This Week," she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages ..."

"GOING AFTER PEOPLE'S WAGES" ...

IS THAT THE WAY REAL DEMOCRATS TALK? ...

THE REPUBLICANS WILL KILL THE DEMOCRATS WITH THAT KIND OF ANTI-WORKER, ANTI-FREE CHOICE RHETORIC ...

MARTIN EDWIN ANDERSEN

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

You guys are all crazzzzzy!!!!! Everything negative about Hiliary and Bill has been out there for years. Of course the positives, like their trying to get universal health care for everyone in 1992, yes in 1992, have all been overlooked in your hast to keep a woman from becoming president. Just wait, when the republicans bring out Obama's past and his history, he will lose to McCain, and we will continue with war and a bad economy. Of course, at least McCain recognizes global warming, something no other republican can recognize. and where were all these 50 and 60 yr old experts when I was marching with Martin King and Andy Young? And how many of you have voted for people like John Lewis and Elliot Levitas and Michael Lomax, and Marty King (the son) like I have???? Sign me a striaght white female radical!

Posted by: carolewall | February 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

To the Undecideds,

I'm writing to respectfully request that you vote for Sen. Obama. In the last year, Sen. Obama has grown the Democratic party beyond anything any party has seen since before Reagan. While his oratory has inspired America, he has backed those words up with details and action proposing detailed solutions to America's most vexing problems. From health care to immigration to the economy and the war in Iraq, Obama has answers -- and he has the broad appeal necessary to implement those answers. While Sen. Clinton is extremely intelligent and ground breaking in her own right, she does not promise the kind of change Obama does. A first woman President would be as inspirational as a first African American one. But beyond either of those things, we need a president that can for the first time in over a decade govern effectively. That is the change we need. Regardless of race or gender, Obama promises to grow the party and command the consensus needed to implement the solutions we so desperately need out of Washington.

Our country faces a choice of immense importance on Tuesday. I respectfully ask that you please cast your vote for Sen. Obama.

Posted by: maq1 | February 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

A new series of polls out today show Obama rising -- in some cases as much as 10%+ in one week -- but Clinton is holding firm in key battlegrounds like Missouri and even Alabama. Full roundup of polls: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/02/clinton-has-not-sank-just-yet-and-could.html

Posted by: campaigndiaries | February 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Look at the DATES of the polls, Clintonites. All the latest polls show Obama gaining hard and fast. The latest polls show him only 3% down in CA and 10% down in NY. He is tied in CT now. The snowball is rolling down the hill. Get over it.

Posted by: p_seshadri | February 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is showing no signs of life in the state polls, except Connecticut. HRC's even ahead in Alabama and Missouri.

Am I missing something?

Posted by: rcwkent | February 2, 2008 04:16 PM

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No, you're not missing anything, unlike Obama's bloggers who can do nothing but post cheap shots and lies at the Clintons. And, the MSM (to include WAPO) who've done all they can to destroy Hillary's campaign while cramming Obama down our throats.

Meanwhile..... The people keep voting and Hillary keeps winning. Hummmm????

Posted by: brigittepj | February 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama is showing no signs of life in the state polls, except Connecticut. HRC's even ahead in Alabama and Missouri.

Am I missing something?

Posted by: rcwkent | February 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA IS AT A DEFINING MOMENT IN ITS HISTORY.
THE CHANCE IS HERE. WE WILL GRAB IT.
WHEN COUNTRIES ARE AT DEFINING MOMENTS LIKE THIS ONE THEY CHOOSE THE BEST OF WHAT THEY'VE GOT.
LOOK AT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. THEY NEVER GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRAB THEIR CHANCES DURING DEFINING MOMENTS. TODAY THEY LOOK LIKE IMPOVERISHED DICTATORSHIPS WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES REACHING AS HIGH AS 14 PERCENT. I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT: I AM IN FRANCE (WHERE INSIDER TRADING IS LEGAL BY THE WAY...)
IF PEOPLE CHOOSES CLINTON, THIS MEANS THE USA WILL BE SET BACK IN THE PAST AND WILL SINK IN MORE CORRUPTION AND CRIMES.
YES WE CAN!

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama for President , and we can get away from this past , and all the misguided WTO Trade Policies that the 20 years of these past presidents have brought the American People that have misfunded our SS and Medicare systems because of importers of products be allowed duty free importation on products that jobs in the USA would have been doing these works and paying the deductions to SS and Medicare , and you would have thought that Trade Policy would have had Fees in Products being imported to be paid to the SS and Medicare system to offset these losses , but the Influence of Lobbyists must have altered any plan like this , so we are Left with Bush telling us the SS and Medicare systems are going broke , and I think that's these last 2 Presidents Fault , not the American Peoples ,Its time For Pure real Change from these fascists Multi-National Corporations that have Our Government bent over fair WTO Trade Policy issues .

BILL CLINTON: ROGUE CO-PRESIDENT IN WAITING

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Published on FOXNews.com on February 1, 2008.

Make no mistake about it: If Hillary Clinton is elected president, her husband will be her rogue co-president, causing constant chaos, crises and conflicts for her new administration.

And sometimes, that will be exactly what Hillary wants.

Chaos is Bill Clinton's signature style and he's not about to suddenly change. No way.


Nor does Hillary necessarily want him to be a new Bill. In many ways, his divisive role in her campaign has been carefully crafted by Hillary and her team. It might come in useful in the White House, too.

Throughout Hillary's campaign, Bill has given us an unfortunate preview of what we can expect of him in the White House. And, it's not a pretty picture.

Forget about the elder statesman, the international philanthropist, the charming idealist. Those veneers, carefully created and promoted in the past eight years, were washed away by the race-baiting, snarling, finger-waving, press-bashing partisan who talks about himself for hours at a time. And because of YouTube, voters have had the novel experience of personally witnessing the Clinton meltdowns on video without the sometimes cleansing intermediaries of the national press. It is one thing to read that Bill Clinton confronted a reporter; it is quite another thing to see the red-faced former president angrily pointing his finger in the face of a journalist who dared to ask him a legitimate question. For the first time, the public is seeing the Bill Clinton known to anyone who has ever worked for him.

But don't think that Bill wasn't working from a carefully plotted script, personally approved by Hillary. He was. He was the designated hit man. And Hillary and her aides didn't even bother to hide their glee at his escalating personal attacks on Obama. Gravely misunderstanding the mood of the electorate, they believed it was a great strategy, and patted themselves on the back as they leaked the story of their own brilliance. As the New York Times reported:

"Advisers to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton say they have concluded that Bill Clinton's aggressive politicking against Senator Barack Obama is resonating with voters, and they intend to keep him on the campaign trail in a major role after the South Carolina primary."

So we can assume that Hillary approved the use of the race card and thought that it would work. She was wrong. Very wrong. After universal condemnation (well, almost universal -- Hillary has never criticized him) for his antics in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Clinton has now quieted down. The Obama endorsements by Caroline and Ted Kennedy dramatically stunned the Clintons. They had no idea of what was coming, but immediately understand the enormity of the defection. So, they've retooled and Bill is now earnestly playing the supportive spouse who stays on message. But that's just an act. His shelf life in that role is extremely limited. And when Hillary wants another attack dog, she'll call on Bill -- whether it's in the campaign or the White House, if she gets there.

But there's more to worry about with Bill. His temper has always been there, even if it was carefully hidden from the public. But his thirst for big bucks that has le d him to dubious new endeavors is a new development that can cause trouble for Hillary.

At the core of Bill Clinton is a bold recklessness that cannot be harnessed. That inherent quality about him, combined with his arrogance and certitude leads him to test all boundaries. As a result, he involves himself in questionable financial deals, partners with inappropriate businesses and ignores blatant conflicts of interest. These arrangements will cause serious problems for a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Consider the case of Kazakhstan. The U.S. State Department has described the election of its current president as one that was filled with anti-Democratic procedures that prevented opposition parties and candidates from participating in the election. All power in the government is concentrated in the president and there is widespread corruption. There is one opposition member in the Parliament. Human rights violations are rampant. Freedom of the press does not exist.

Yet, in late 2006, as his wife was laying the ground work for a presidential race and serving in the U.S. Senate, Bill Clinton flew on a lavish private plane to the former Soviet State and met with its President, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, known best for eliminating all opposition in his country. In the short time that he was there, Clinton promoted Nazarbayev for chairman of a U.N. committee - a position that the United States government, and his own wife, had opposed. That made no difference to Clinton. Of course, he never mentioned anything at all about the rampant human rights violations.

Clinton was there as the guest of Frank Giustra, a Canadian billionaire who wanted to buy the country's uranium rights. Although he had no experience in this area of the world, he was suddenly awarded the contract which the New York Times termed a "monster deal.... [that] suddenly transformed the company into the world's largest uranium producers."

Clinton made sure that the Kazahstan President understood that Giustra and Clinton were an item.

After the deal was closed, Clinton's foundation received a $31 million contribution from Giustra and a pledge of another $100 million.

What's wrong with that? Well, aside from deliberately and publicly undermining the articulated policy of the United States government, Bill Clinton traded his power and his prestige in exchange for an unprecedented contribution to his foundation, which refuses to release the names of its donors. Clinton has considerable latitude in how the foundation funds are spent and the foundation board is filled with his cronies.

But there's something else: Bill Clinton's conduct raises a serious question about whether any other promises were made that might relate to favors that could be done by a future Clinton administration. Whether there were any promises or not, it just doesn't look g ood. It's an inappropriate role for an ex-president. Did Kazakhstan make a contribution to the library, too?

Bill Clinton's contacts with that country didn't stop with the short visit. After Hillary announced her candidacy for president, Giustra arranged for Clinton to meet with a government representative from Kazakhstan at his Chappaqua home to discuss the government's plan to buy a 10 percent stake in Westinghouse. At first, Clinton and Guistra denied any such meeting, but then the government representative, who had earlier handled the uranium matter, produced a photo showing him at the Clinton home with the former president.

No wonder Clinton lied about it. He knows that he should not be meeting with representatives of foreign governments who need favors in Washington -- favors that could be delivered by his wife if she becomes president.

Then there's the issue of Bill's financial partnership with the Em ir of Dubai and his buddy Ron Burkle. Should the husband of a presidential candidate -- or even a U.S. senator -- be in business with the head of a foreign country with growing interests in the U.S.?

The answer is NO. Bill knows that -- that's why he's trying to get a $20 million buy-out. Should we be wondering what he did for all that money?

Finally, there's Bill's 'consulting' for InfoUSA, an Iowa company that is under investigation for creating telemarketing lists used to fleece the elderly out of their life's savings. He's made millions from the company and has still not terminated his contract.

And his foundation has received $10 million from the Saudi government and millions from Dubai and other countries.

Do they expect something in exchange?

The first thing that Bill Clinton needs to do is release the names of every donor to his library. The voters have a ri ght to know who is paying his bills.

Bill Clinton will definitely be a problem for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Remember when he was advising Dubai on how to get the Port Deal done while she was opposing the contract?

Look for lots more of that.

There's no question that Bill Clinton's recent public and private behavior have been extremely unbecoming for an ex-president and would be equally so for a co-president. And there's no reason to think he'll change.

At last night's Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was bluntly asked what Bill Clinton would be like in a Hillary Clinton White House. Not surprisingly, she never really answered the question.

Hillary's ignored the question and, instead, talked about how thrilled she is to have her husband campaigning for her, while insisting that but that she will be the president and the only one who makes decisions in the White House.
Even if were true that she made all of the final decisions, that would not stop Bill Clinton from stepping into the role of rogue co-president. He's been trying out for the part for the past few months and has succeeded with flying colors.

The American presidency isn't just about making decisions; it's about setting examples, avoiding conflicts of interest, creating positive perceptions, unifying the electorate.

Those are not Bill's strong points. His appalling conduct in South Carolina stunned even the strongest Clinton partisans.

Playing the race card was not something that anyone ever expected from Bill Clinton. But people underestimate Bill's sense of purpose: He wants his wife elected president and he wants to be back in the White House. To rewrite his legacy, he'll do anything.

And then once he gets there, he'll be a rogue co-president who Hillary won't even begin to be able to control.


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Enron and Bill Clinton http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/2/28/12723.shtml
Charles R. Smith
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002
Trade Trips to Russia, India, Bosnia and Indonesia

An ex-president, a mining deal and a big donor

Huge Kazakh deal follows financier's trip with Clinton, precedes donation http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22926743

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

""CLINTON SLEEZE FATIGUE WILL INVIGORATE GOP, DISPIRIT DEMOCRATS AND SINK DEMOCRATIC TICKET""

""OBAMA/EDWARDS TO WIN""

It is possible that Senator Clinton is the best candidate. However, even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record, just as Senator Clinton insists.
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The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where assaulting, torturing and murdering people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and to protect the citizenry.
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Instead, they made a deal with the criminal gang stalker protection rackets to leave them alone and to consequently abandon the citizenry.
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Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
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Do we want a President who sends a "crime does pay" message to society?
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Would you vote for a President who signed nonaggression deals with the KKKlan or the Nazi party? Gangs that torture with poison and radiation are much like the KKKlan and Nazi Party.
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We do not need a sellout President. We need a principled leader President.
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If you are one of the few who do not know what the above refers to, do a web search for "gang stalking" to see the tip of the dirtberg. Please do it before you decide to reply to my post. Here let me make it easy for you :

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22gang+stalking%22

Posted by: avraamjack | February 2, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice try Mandy Grunwald, but the Clinton turnout of New Hampshire women was mostly a sympathy vote in reaction to the published polls showing a double-digit lead of Obama over Clinton. They didn't want the first major female presidential candidate to lose in a rout, so they voted for her. (Check some exit interviews.)

In other words, it was the women were trying to compensate.

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

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