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Crowd Breaks Obama Record in Philly

By Shailagh Murray
PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Barack Obama drew 35,000 people at a downtown rally tonight in Independence Park, local security officials told the campaign, making the crowd at this evening's event his largest ever. The sea of people sprawled across nearly three city blocks.

That's 5,000 more than the nearly 30,000 people who showed up for Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., in December. The senator from Illinois tried to make it worth their while, delivering a new speech that portrayed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in unusually stark terms as a political opportunist. His rival was due to arrive in Philadelphia later tonight, and the two are scheduled to barnstorm the state over the next three days, leading up the potentially pivotal Tuesday primary.

"She's taken more money from Washington lobbyists than any other candidate in this race, even John McCain, because she says that lobbyists represent 'real Americans,'" Obama said. "She's taken a different position at different times on issues as fundamental as trade and even war, to suit the politics of the moment. And in the last few months, she's launched what her campaign calls a kitchen-sink strategy of negative attacks, which she defends as telling us that this is what the Republicans will do. She says that's how the game is played, and she can play that game back."

"Well I'm not running for President to play the same old Washington game," Obama continued, "I'm running to end the game-playing."

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

-----OBAMA / WEBB 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.
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Posted by: avraam jack | April 21, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Onward Obama......Victory Awaits!!!

Posted by: Zulu | April 21, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

I hope people will come to their senses and stop talking about race already. We are all from the same race. The human race. Sen. Obama has been helping the working class in this country for years. He does it because he cares. All this hateful small-minded talk with racial comments is not what america is about anymore. Let all of us challenge ourselves to put a stop to that kind of thinking no matter who we are or where we come from. We have come to a place in our history that so many americans have worked for. Let all of us be good Americans and do the right thing now that we really have a choice. Sen. Obama will not favor one race over the other. He really means what he says in his speeches and this country will be the benafactor if we will stay focused on the truth. No one will ever run for president who has not made a mistake or had a bad thought. We have all done it and now we need to move forward with a little forgiveness in our hearts. How many more good leaders will we throw away because people prefer to stay with what they know. If it should happen that a president turns out to have an ulterior motive, we need to remember the constitution provides for impeachment and other sensorships. So those of you out there who seem to be controlled by paranoia, relaxe a little. I happen to believe that we will see real change, for the better that our country needs if we elect Sen. Obama for President.

Posted by: southern girl | April 20, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Some people were bused from OHIo for this event. Obama paid people to come a lousy $50. Don't believe the media hype.

Posted by: NoBama | April 20, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

DON'T BE DUPED !!!

Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses from early on. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. With Hillary Clinton you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. "Carpe diem" (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see's a beautiful world of plenty for all. She's a woman, and a mother. And it's time America. Do this for your-selves, and your children's future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-selves.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. She also leads in the electoral college numbers that you must win to become President in the November national election. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been OUT MANNED! OUT GUNNED! and OUT SPENT! 4 and 5 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton's. Only the Clinton's are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

"This is not a game" (Hillary Clinton)

Sincerely

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | April 20, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW "BITTER", STUPID, WORKING CLASS PEOPLE :-)

If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 20, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comment made by Robin Good.

Sen Clinton's character makes her ineligible to be the 1st female president of the United States of America.

Posted by: Brnman | April 20, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I was there. And I live in Philadelphia.
35,000 is a pretty accurate. I also followed the march up Market St. It was intense.

The rally felt like what America should be. It was not all black. There was not any placed whites. There was a spectrum of races coming together like I've never seen. This man has what we have been looking for in many years.

I hope he wins. For my children's sake.

I am a white, middle class, 30 something. I will vote for Obama for change.

Posted by: cek138 | April 20, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see a woman as president of the United States in the near future... but not Hillary. Hillary is a woman who thinks she can be a leader by mimic the macho language and attitude of men instead of focusing on the qualities of women. She just going to make a career out of the presidency... and she is a big time liar too, like her husband.

Let's give the honor to be the first female president of the US to a woman who have the charisma and leadership built from the qualities women have.

Posted by: robin good | April 20, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Screw 'em," Hillary Clinton told her husband. "You don't owe [Southern working class whites] a thing, Bill. They're doing nothing for you; you don't have to do anything for them."

The 1995 Hillary quote, is a more than adequate representation of her "constitutional character." Hillary's history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther, and goes much deeper than anyone realizes. Hillary has treated and continues to treat all working class Americans as a species apart, and screw them she did: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | April 19, 2008 5:12 PM

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A Vote for or a Donation to Hillary Rodham Clinton - NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

This says it all regarding the Clinton Campaign:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iLs-HI9I2k&

Time to step up Pennsylvania.
Time to step up undecided Super Delegates.

Posted by: PAVotersforTRUTH | April 20, 2008 5:02 AM | Report abuse

well from me i really love obama an i am only 12 yaers old

Posted by: markiesha | April 20, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Peggy, do you have a recording for that coming from Hillary's mouth? like we do for Obama? Oh wait, that's right you don't, because it was written by Benjamin Barber in his book and if you had read his book you would know that based on the excerpt that comment is mentioned in, she was not referring to the "working class whites", in his book at the time that comment (again according to Barber) was made she was specifically talking about Angry Southern White Males who had just voted in a GOP Congress that would torment the Clintons for the next six years, she was understandably furious and wounded about that, and was making a point about tit-for-tat politics, not American culture generally. But once again this is all according to the the book as told by Benjamin Barber.

Posted by: ElaineG. PA | April 20, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Go Obama!!! PA gets the nod =)! C'mon Pennsylvania!! Yes WE Can!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | April 20, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's Not forget the many buses and caravans that transported his supporters from other states to the rally last night. Which means that the crowd did not represent "35,000 Pennsylvania" residents and voters

Posted by: Danielle | April 19, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Thugs R US - The Obama Campaign

Obama is nasty, ruthless and utilizes techniques not unlike those of a street hoodlum. He recently gave Hillary the finger and laughed about it on national TV. How did he get away with this? He also stole his position as senator by stealing it from the other contenders by having all his competition unfairly disqualified.

Besides this he is surrounded by unsavory characters such as Ayers of the violent group Weather Underground, the white hating Rev. Wright and Senator Meeks, a wife who openly hates America, his Kenyan half brother Islamic Jihad terrorist Abongo "Roy" Obama, or his Jewish/Israeli hating best friend Rashid Khalidi, or his close advisor Robert Malley who advocates supporting and helping the terrorist group Hamas, or Mr. McPeaks, Obama's military advisor who open believes American Jews are the "problem." and "Christian Zionists were driving America's policy in Iraq to benefit Israel," or Obama's super delegate and major long term supporter Senator Meeks who openly hates and distrust all whites and gays or Obama's most dangerous affiliation to Mr. Auchi who was Saddam Hussein right hand man and made billions in Iraq and has been a important supporter and behind the scene man throughout Obama's rise to power.

Is this the role model we want for our children?
Do we hate ourselves so much as to elect someone into office who is so clearly intent on destroying this country, intentionally or inadvertently? Or are we blinded by our fear of not wanting to seem racially prejudice so we vote for skin color and not the man.

Posted by: Haven Knoll | April 19, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

How many boxed lunches and free cigs were given out to "peoples" at the rally

Heard it started late because BHO is on CPT

President Camacho lives........

Posted by: Hussien O'Bama | April 19, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How many boxed lunches and free cigs were given out to "peoples" at the rally

Heard it started late because BHO is on CPT

President Camacho lives........

Posted by: BHO | April 19, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How many boxed lunches and free cigs were given out to "peoples" at the rally

Heard it started late because BHO is on CPT

President Camacho lives........

Posted by: BHO | April 19, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

When Obama wins all white people that racist should be gassed if they say one more racsit word out of there mouths.White people are finished.We areproud and will own the countery again whites will be washing dishes.OOOOOOOOOO8

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

When Obama wins all white people that racist should be gassed if they say one more racsit word out of there mouths.White people are finished.We areproud and will own the countery again whites will be washing dishes.OOOOOOOOOO8

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

whites need to shut the F.U. and get back to the end of the line its our time to shine!For to long we be under the heal of the white man now its time for you to be wipped and put in jailBarac Obama 08

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I worry about people who's conspiracy theories are more wild than my own.

Posted by: spiffydigs | April 19, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Are you for real? All fake? I was there dammit! There are like 5 white people for every one black person. No reason to play the arrangement game. Anyway they all do that, silly. Hillary struggles harder to make her audience look diverse. Please let go of your fears and trust us, just this once. This is about us.

Posted by: spiffydigs | April 19, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

max,
You're going to lose fair and square.You, sore loser!

Posted by: joseph pierre | April 19, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I can no longer view any pictures or videoes of this phony at campaign rallies without the thought in the back of my mind, that every white person sitting behind him is strategically placed there by Barack Hussein's campaign workers.
ALL FAKE!

Posted by: ToddonCapeCod | April 19, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama
Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers, Ayers wife Bernadine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, Hamas...just a few of the American hater who will be sleeping in the Linchon bedroom.

Posted by: JD | April 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"Screw 'em," Hillary Clinton told her husband. "You don't owe [Southern working class whites] a thing, Bill. They're doing nothing for you; you don't have to do anything for them."

The 1995 Hillary quote, is a more than adequate representation of her "constitutional character." Hillary's history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther, and goes much deeper than anyone realizes. Hillary has treated and continues to treat all working class Americans as a species apart, and screw them she did: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | April 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Btw, why are you so afraid of Black people?
Get over it and join us in song.

Posted by: spiffydigs | April 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I can only imagine what the Clinton camp would be doing if the leading shoe was on the other foot. The Clinton's became their own worst enemy during the late 90's and now they are about to self destruct again. It is unfortunate that the collateral damage that was once felt by Al Gore may now fall upon sen. Obama.

Posted by: Tradlog2 | April 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I like to think that Nutter has been forced to tow the line on this. He's been told to support her, I believe. It's not like he's doing cartwheels. Just some silent nodding. I think there are a lot of folks who can't wait for her to be done in so they can come out for Barack.

Posted by: spiffydigs | April 19, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I have twu bottles of "Mumm" (French) champange on ice - one OBMA' primary the other genral election victories. HILLARY, ENOUGH ALREADY - Step aside Iam thirsty!!!

Posted by: Lee GIABENELLI | April 19, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

You can't spell Hillary without L I A R.

Posted by: truth does not equal elitism | April 19, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks, Obama is going to get his clock cleaned in the General Election.

Posted by: Carol | April 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Max, cynics like..are usually only overtaken by the truth at the 11th hour.

PA security may not have been trying to turn the knife like George and Gibbs and ABC. But that estimate is short of the real figure. A figure between 40000 and 50000 would be a fair estimate.

Posted by: aicentre | April 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

In response to Barack Obama's Philadelphia rally, Hillary Clinton's new spokesman, Scooby replied: "Whoop dee doooo"


Solutions for Corporate America

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 19, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

After reading all these posts all I can say we didnt have to wait 200 years to get president Comacho.Its a movie go watch it

Posted by: Comacho | April 19, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Barrack wil have to send in the cleaning crew to furmigate the white house after bush.He gots a dirty old dogs in the house.His wife may need to throw all the carpets for fleas.Maybe we can pull down most of the white pictures and put up the real america people of color in the photos in the white house.Lots to do for Barrack !

Posted by: Barrac08 | April 19, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Free Flag Pins Made in China

The sing "BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN"

When Place Hand on HEART

www//mccain.com

Draft what Draft John?

Posted by: Deepthought | April 19, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

obama going win i bielive that going happens.hillary is a loser

Posted by: justin | April 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of Obama students and elitists trying to take the luster off true grassroots - the elderly & disabled, those who work. If Obama would get out the way, the Democrats would unite and steamroll McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think there should just be a flat out white tax where you go to the store and your license says your white then you pay an extra 10% .White people are the cuase of all thats wrong in america and i think most now know what they have done and will be willing to pay and if not Barrack wiill need to pass a law.this money will go straight to black groups and schools other races that are victims also.

Posted by: white tax | April 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Philly! I'm so tired of Clinton backers trying to take the luster off a true grassroots phenomena. If Hillary would get out the way, the Democrats would unite and steamroll McCain.

Posted by: Chris336 | April 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I have contacted people in barracks camp and thier are plans to offer free education and home loans guarantteed bythe government for people of color.As far as flat out cash I was told That a plan for 25,000 for each person has been floated around but many said it was not enough maybe more will come out after they get rid of clinton.Barrrack08

Posted by: Reparations | April 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE - not even Mr Beam (or Dean or whatever his name is), Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama nor God himself can decide that my old aunt´s vote for Hillary Clinton is not going to be counted. She lives in Florida. USA is not Zimbabwe.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The white mans chikens is going home to roost and its time to pay the piper man.Get out your wallets and pay me whats you owe people of color in this country.Go Barrack

Posted by: Hallaleuya | April 19, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

RACE CARD
Barack Obama has used the race-card in a tactical and wily way. On the very day when Martin Luther King died he campaigned in Indiana were primary is going to occur on May 6th. I dare say, his main goal wasn´t to honour the memory of Martin Luther King. HIS SELFISH GOAL WAS TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH MARTIN LUTHER KING in the eyes of the voters in Indiana and to CAMPAIGN for the primary at the same time. Hillary Clinton went to Memphis to honour the memory of MLK and she didn´t misuse that important day. THIS MADE ME CHANGE MY MIND.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Joseph Goebbels would be proud. I even got the Heil right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXnTiUUHEYs

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 19, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman I dont have a problem with 50% of whites its the others that need to be taught alesson.We should get Barrack to open camps for the others so they can be taught to learn new rules on how to be towards people of color.they have money so they can pay for it and save tax payers!

Posted by: whites | April 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Finaly we are going to get whats owed us i cant wait! Go barack

Posted by: REparations | April 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What I am in favor is having all the racist whites who will not follow the new rules on hate speach rouded up and put on a kind of race trial like those radio and tv guys where all there monies are taken and given to the poor.This will be fair to right the wrongs of the past.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Callin our presideant obama a mrx man is racist you need to shut up white man and go on its anew day whites will need to zip it now.

Posted by: racist | April 19, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Senator Barack Ombama will win PA. Even the news commentators are saying Hillary may have set her expectations for a blow out in PA too high. Her campaign has led the people to believe that she would win in the high double digits (17 to 26 points). However, if she doesn't win at this level, her win will be viewed as somewhat of a loss; while Barack's expectation for winning PA has always been described as low, a number below this will be perceived as a win him. In terms of the number of delegates he will gain, it will not only be perceived as a win but it will be "a win".

Posted by: Holmes | April 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The core of Obama's support comes from the "YouTube" crowd and/or very impressionable people. These groups make up a microscopic portion of the voting public. The silent majority doesn't hang out on online forums or show up at rallys, it is they who will decide the the next President.

I don't support any of the candidates and from I can see as an unbiased voter is that McCain will win come November. I hope it's a quick four years.

Posted by: Carol | April 19, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I was talking to one of the staff of obamas and he said after the election there was a proposal to add reparations tax for all people if you arnt a minority and it will pay for new schools and free college if you were a minority does anyone have any info on this.I am beginning school soon.

Posted by: REParations | April 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If "educated" whites support this Marxist crap, it shows how far we have fallen in our education system

Posted by: BHO | April 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It was like the million man march!!!

God help us all

Posted by: Change? | April 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes We Can!

Posted by: julie, ca | April 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry redneck america a blackman is comin to tell To you what to do !Its a new day a whites just need to jump off the mountain if the dont want to follow the new rules!

Posted by: BOO hoo | April 19, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

i was there last night. i met quite a few interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum who were going to vote for obama on tuesday. he definitely seemed pretty fired up by everything that's been happening over the last few days, and he tied in the political history of philadelphia to his speech and his campaign very well. i don't think i have ever been in a place with that many people before, there were people of all ages and races. even after he spoke the energy was really something, people were talking to strangers about different issues and their experiences with the campaign as they waited to take the subway home. one of the things that i took away from it was how an informed and empowered electorate can be really powerful.

Posted by: mona31 | April 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this all will lead to reparations from rich and middle class whites who need give back to minorities all that they stole.

Posted by: johnson | April 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

'White people are the skunks of the earth'Qoute from rev wright obamas spiritual leader.The new area where whitey sits at the back of the bus will begin.Whites will pay for all thier sins.

Posted by: donho | April 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

This says better than I can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iLs-HI9I2k

Think.

Posted by: ListenUpPAVoters | April 19, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ReadMORE | April 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RegardingObamaFundraising | April 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"Sound of my finger leaving my mouth, making a "Plopping" Noise". :-o

Posted by: RAT-The | April 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: . | April 19, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Cheryl said:

"Obama has run a dirty and dishonest campaign and the media has helped to sell him to the American people like an infomercial. The tables will turn if he is the democratic nominee because the media will support McCain. He will not be able to win the general election, and if he did, God help our country."


Kind of scary that a new kind of politics, coordinated and set up by a junior senator from Illinois, has quite convincingly outperformed quite arguably the most formidable campaign machine in the Clinton machine. Until now. The groundwork for Obama has put in place for campaign fundraising is nothing short of historic. Types a few words, hits enter key, and replenishes his account. This will be a model, copied, scrutinized, and taught from here forward, regardless of whether HRC's successfully steals the nomination. Obama, if nothing else, has demonstrated that he can organize and motivate a nationwide campaign to put the Clinton machine on its proverbial heels - we will need this infrastructure this fall to get the White House.

Posted by: PAVotersforObama | April 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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N E O C O N S

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C L I N T O N

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Posted by: NEOCON | April 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm truly amazed that Nutter would support the wife of the so-called first Black President (Bill Clinton) and then not support the soon to be First Black President---Obama.
Nutter is from the school of "if you don't know your undesirable past, you're doomed to repeat it". I'm thinking there must be something very personally in it for Nutter to support Clinton when clearly his own city says Obama.
Perhaps the PA citizentry will remember this 4 years hence. Classic case of politics as usual---to thine own self be good---to hell with the people. The machine telling him what to do. A non-thinker of the people.
Nutter you are a disgrace. Perhaps the Clintons will hire you 4 years from now when you are out of work.

Posted by: Jean | April 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

How are all these yound people going to react if Hillary Clinton is being President? Revolution?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama´s friend Jimmy Carter is on his way to betray Israel and his own country. Hezbollah next?

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Wow, from mob boss, to elitist to Hitler and all in one week.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

cheryl you are a fool,

as if the Clintons have done anything but run for office in the past eight years.

He will obliterate Bush/McCain.

You people need to get your smears straight. He can not be Adolf Hitler, a street thug, a drug addict, an aloof,
overeducated, out of touch with the masses elitist and a rock star too.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 19, 2008 11:08 AM


I never accused him of being all of those things but your statement is faulty.

People can be many many things at the same time.

I am not a fool and do not appreciate name calling. If you support Obama, fine, but I have done my research and looked beyond the information that is provided by the mainstream media, and read his books and what I have found out about this man leads me disagree. There are too many questions about the man that have not been answered. In a few years when there has been time to look into these things maybe he will look different but as it stands I do not think the man is good for this country. His books and his actions show him to hold very racist views and anti-american sentiment. I would not vote for him at this point in time under any circumstances.

As for questions regarding Hillary Clinton.
I am old enough to have watched her career for a long time and I know she is not perfect. She is however a great person, with an incredible mind and heart. She is someone who has spent her life fighting for the things she believes in and to make life better for others. I think she is this countries best hope.

The Republican party spent more than 80 million dollars investigating the Clintons over a 7 year period. They had the resources of the US government at their disposal and a Special Prosecutor with unlimited manpower. After 7 years the only thing they could find to attack the Clintons on was an indiscretion on the part of Bill Clinton. The rest of the stuff that people throw around has long ago been investigated and found to be false.

If we spend 80 million investigating Obama, I wonder what we would find. If he came out as well as the Clintons then I would be willing to vote for him.

Obama has run a dirty and dishonest campaign and the media has helped to sell him to the American people like an infomercial. The tables will turn if he is the democratic nominee because the media will support McCain. He will not be able to win the general election, and if he did, God help our country.

Posted by: cheryl | April 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Yes he can - "Sieg Heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg .............
When people stops thinking by themselfes it´s being dangerous.........

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I tell you -- it's just another indicator of this cultural paradigm shift.

Posted by: scj | April 19, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Thats it people jump on the band wagon just like you did with Geo. Bush! Its like a mob mentality Obama is not a saint! You zero in on Hillery's negatives and ignore his. How weird is that? You want to be carried off into the sunset--sorry-- that is not reality!

Posted by: sammi56 | April 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"cheryl you are a fool"

No, (and I'm not Cheryl, or Elizabeth, or any of the other names I employ)

You're the one that's dumb.
you believe in the intelligence of the American People

ha, ha, ha,

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Posted by: NEOCON | April 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

* REALITY CHECK *

NOT THIS TIME.

If you are reading this, I tip my hat to you for pursuing truth in opinion. I would encourage you to always seek truth and speak it as well. Where truth gets lost is in perception and it is from that point I draw motivation to write an entry here.

We are currently entrenched in the most historic nomination process ever. Either candidate getting the Presidency will mark very important milestones; gender, race, age.

What do you campaign on if two candidates are essentially positioned identically on all the main issues?

Honesty & Integrity; Leadership, Wisdom & Experience; Likeability & Electability?

Let me try to tackle each with questions, I'll let you make up your own mind:

Honesty & Integrity.
Is getting caught lying to voters with intent to decieve and mislead a fair indication of an individual's character? When it becomes confirmed that the lies were calculated and repeated many times an indication of broader ramifications? Is it a conflict of interest to take $800,000 that goes into a joint account from Special Interests totally against what your stated positions are an indication that you will owe them something should you get elected? Is there further deception that your Lead Strategist goes to Colombia to iron out details for a Free Trade Agreement or is it more likely you are lying again to voters and really support it? Is credibility important? Is filing for an extension on you tax returns for 2007 while only providing scarce outline with no details another intent to decieve? Is hiding a donor list another attempt to decieve? How important is loyalty with regard to donations when your main message from your SuperDelegates is loyalty? Exactly how many people do you owe favors and loyalty to and where do the issues of voters fall into this in terms of your priorities?

Leadership, Wisdom, and Experience.
Is it really important to have insight to the real cost, not just the dollars, to the outcome of war? Is it important to be able to remain clear-minded and be able to accurately identify our enemy while overwhelming sentiment is to strike anyone who crossed us regardless of their actual threat? Is it important to demonstrate and exhaust all diplomatic avenues with any country before going to war? The Bush Administration has set this up perfectly, how on earth is it possible to achieve success in Iraq when the definition of success keeps changing or simply does not exist? Is it the role of our military to act as peacekeepers or would it be better to draw down, reinforce our alliances to draw in a more multinational peacekeeping force and open a dialog with all bordering countries that our current adminstration has been unwilling and unable to do? Is it true that our very presence in the Middle-East is what caused the attacks of 9/11 and keeping them there actually fans the flames of Radical Extremism and growing their numbers far greater than they were before invading Iraq? Are we more safe? Is it more likely we are bankrupting our nation in a no-win scenario? If we succeed we stay and if we haven't succeeded we stay - what kind of strategy is that, while the death toll keeps rising? Is it curious to you that record profits are being reported by u.s. oil companies, yet Iraq can't or won't spend it's own money? Are they even getting their money or are our oil companies? If markets are determining prices & profits and the oil companies aren't gouging us - where did the profits come from then?

Likeability & Electability.
Is it important to grow our Democractic base or discourage and alienate them? Is it important to stay on message while opposition continues to divide and conquer? Is it important that a very large portion of the opposition will be automatically be against you because of a previous history of controversy in earlier administrations? Is your clear difference of opinion with your spouse an indication of other differences that existed from long ago or will there be more drama to come? Is it unfair to ask questions about this in an attempt to diffuse what is already out there and most certainly will come up again? Does tearing down your democratic ally to better yourself make you more likeable or would it be far more likely that would be perceived as divisiveness? Does it make you weaker or stronger to stay on message, defend when necessary, and continue to speak the truth above all else even though it may not be what you want to hear, but what we need to know?

It is very important to be critical, but be critical on the facts, not interpretations and opinion. See what is happening for what it is. Know that Hillary Rodham Clinton did, in fact, lie to you and got caught then gave a remorseless apology, then joked about it on national tv while our soldiers are getting killed daily from very real sniper fire. Those are the facts.
Obama accurately assessed the growing sentiment in small towns in Pennsylvania and throughout this country that they have lost jobs, pensions, pay more than they ever have for gas and heating and food, and confidence in our Government on the whole - all polling indicates that overwhelmingly. It is fact that a growing majority of middle and lower class income voters have in fact become bitter as a result, and do vote single issue on occasion with no real expectation that anything significant will change. Obama is reaching to those people, like he has all of us, to help us realize that change can in fact happen, and while he can't bowl a good game, he can inspire us to achieve more, not to be satisfied with where we are rather to work together to make change happen. What else could possibly explain his campaign performance from six months ago to now? Being out of touch? By being snobby and elitist? Now who said this first? What is their credibility? And who jumped in on it soon after? ask the better question - WHY was it brought up? Was it an attempt to perhaps take the eye of justifiable scrutiny off of her?

Know the facts. Think.
You be the judge.
Then VOTE.

If you have already voted, here is where change is happening - DONATE & continue to SUPPORT with calls, discussions, blogs, email.

Change not only will happen - it IS happening.

God Bless America
God Bless Barack Obama

Michael & Erica Williams
Philadelphia, PA

* REALITY CHECK *

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

cheryl you are a fool,

as if the Clintons have done anything but run for office in the past eight years.

He will obliterate Bush/McCain.

You people need to get your smears straight. He can not be Adolf Hitler, a street thug, a drug addict, an aloof, overeducated, out of touch with the masses elitist and a rock star too.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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NEOCONS FOR HILLARY

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call him an elitist, then call him a demagogue, call him a muslim, call him a christian

it doesn't matter...

the American people are stupid,
just keep repeating anything over and over, and they'll believe it.

we got them to invade Iraq!

HA, NOW WE'LL GET THEM TO VOTE FOR HILLARY

(she's one of us..she voted for the war)
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Posted by: THE BIG LIE | April 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Straight Shooter PA

If you will not support a candidate who lies to you then you will not support Obama.
He has lied over and over, it has be proven and covered by the media but his supporters continue to ignore this fact and continue to attack Hillary Clinton.

You should do some research before claiming your Candidate is so honest.

He lied outright to the American people at the debate when he said his signature was not on the page regarding gun laws and the paper was presented to everyone right after the debat clearly showing his handwriting and signature.
This had already come up before and he knew that the proof was there but lied about it anyway, knowing that many Americans will never find out that he lied.

Go to factcheck.org or do some research and see the actual donations and who they come from in his campaign. He has lied to his supporters regarding this from day one.

There is no more dishonest politician that Barack Obama.

Posted by: cheryl | April 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the only intelligent truthful person contesting in this election.
A person who makes so many mistakes and having memory laps is not fit be the president of United States of America. Bill is a cheater and a lire but Hillary is a lire.

Posted by: robinspp | April 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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NEOCONS FOR HILLARY

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call him an elitist, then call him a demagogue, call him a muslim, call him a christian

it doesn't matter...

the American people are stupid,
just keep repeating anything over and over, and they'll believe it.

we got them to invade Iraq!

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Posted by: THE BIG LIE | April 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

...you keep repeating the question, so, just in case you're interested in the answer

the answer is no

Posted by: jkl | April 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

To be able to rally a large number of people at a rally is not the prerequisite to be a good president. It is the prerequisite for being able to lead a cult.

There were thousands of people listening and cheering when Adolf Hitler spoke.

History has shown of that cults of personality are dangerous.

We need a president who can work for America when there is not an adoring crowd.
When the speeches are over we need someone who will actually understand the problems America faces at home and abroad. Someone who will be willing to work to fix the economy, to end the war in Iraq, and to make America energy independent.
Obama does not have enough experience to heal our country. He has done nothing but run for political office for the past 8 years.

This man is an image that he has created to appeal to the masses. No-one really knows anything about who the man really is.

Barack Obama will not be able to win the general election once the Republican party and the media begin peeling away the layers of his image to reveal the actual person.

I find the whole idea of this 35,000 people cheering in the streets for a political candidate frightening. It does not matter at this point what the man says it is more like a rock star than a presidential candidate.

I hope that these people are the minority of Pennsylvanians because I really believe that Hillary Clinton is the only hope the democrats have to win this election and the only hope to repair the damage done to our country by the Bush administration.

Posted by: cheryl | April 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Mass psychosis not very different from what happened in Germany before the second world war. Mr Obama, I am worried about your true goals. Barack, you are unawarely(?) spreading anti-Semitism among young Americans and your alleged (Syrian) friend emphasizes my true fear.
European

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What a wonderful time this is going to be.
The Clintons have destroyed themselves in their attempt to destroy Obama and the Bush/McCain ticket is dead on arrival.

bin Laden needs Bush/McCain like he needs air. If he does not have hate filled right wing zealots running the US, he'll not be able to recruit people who want to die to kill them. These killers need each other. Look how ordinary the Vietnamese have become since the French and the Americans stopped bombing them.

Hamas and Hezbollah are in the same category. They can never destroy Isreal and they can not be crushed, but they could easily be made irrelevant. There is nothing terrorist groups dread more than being irrelevant.

People who characterize Obama as weak and stupid are in for a big surprise. The Clintons still can't believe he made them irrelevant to American politics. Can you imagine a crowd that size showing up to see the Clintons? They need to quit now and at least some people will respect them.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

You mean Romney?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

There were easily 35,000 and perhaps more. I had read before the rally that if the blocks were full from the stage on Independence MAll to Independence Hall behind it, there would be 50,000. From where I was standing it looked like that was almost reached.

Posted by: Bill | April 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

WOW. Never, in my voting lifetime (since 1984), have I witnessed a politician who drew in this many people and was so inspirational. It is truly heartwarming to see so many Americans rally behind a true leader. SUPERDELEGATES- pay attention.

Posted by: VAreader | April 19, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

A REAL CANDIDATE NEEDED NOW!
YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: trettin | April 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Read the posts by Hillary's supporters. I'm beginning to believe that most of "her" supporters are literally uneducated. Perhaps that's the reason she can SNOW them.

Posted by: Greg | April 19, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

A WASTE OF TIME! NEW REAL TALENT NEEDED NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

Posted by: BRAD LEIGH | April 19, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Please Pennsylvania vote Obama. You can be the state that shows the spineless,super delegates the voice of the people! Clinton can not win in the General, half the country hates her, Republicans will rally against her, and the young with never go out to polls in record numbers as they have for Barrack. It's up to you. Go and vote on Tuesday, take everyone of your friends, neighbors, relatives...leave no voter without a casted ballot for Obama. Clinton is expected to win, but if YOU can keep the win under 10% it's still a win for us, the country, and Barrack Obama.
Please...

Posted by: lee from Florida | April 19, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Mass hysteria over NOTHINGS AND NO-ONES!

Posted by: Brad Leigh | April 19, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Here is an IQ test for WashPo reporters:

1. Record one of Obama speeches on audiotape.

2. Have someone transcribe that is type up the speech.

3. Read the speech.

4. Search for a coherent thought, policy, analysis or even a non-emotional cognitive sputter.

5. Repeat 1-4 for 10 Obama speeeches.

6. Write an article about your findings.

If ANY reporter EVER does this we are talking Pulitzer.

Posted by: JaxMax | April 19, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hillary just lost another advisor..
Wow.. the one who was over her CHINA deals..
Wow.. its time to wake up
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/in-canada-clint.html

Posted by: Karen in PA | April 19, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Its time to move to YES WE CAN if you haven't already..

It's time to believe in the un-believable..
The Under Dog has moved to the lead.

Folks just can't seem to realize. Its a new season.
Obama is going to be the next POTUS.

I believe, I believe I believe

Posted by: Janet | April 19, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the crowd got the word Obama Hussein had been endorsed by Hamas, while Jimmy Carter was meeting with Hamas in Gaza.

Any flag pins today?

Or perhaps we need to be more specific. was Obama wearing any US flag pins today?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Are these the best candidates that America has to offer? Pity us!

Posted by: Brad Leigh | April 19, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I am a senior citizen feminist who will never vote for Mrs. Clinton. Hillary believes she is entitled to her husband's ex-job, but most Americans dislike and distrust her, and on good evidence. We've watched Hillary lie with a smile on St Patrick's Day about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia. Watched her smile as she knee-caps Obama with distortions on words taken out of context. Watched her smile as she lies to blue collar workers about NAFTA and about her working class identity, she of the multimillions from shady off-shore corporations and with a Yale law-school degree put to the service of union-busting Walmart. Senator Obama shows restraint and class in steering away from negative attacks on her, and whoa! is there a pile of *hit on record with the Clinton dynasty. Pardons in exchange for payback from criminals, Saudi millions for the Clinton Foundation, hundreds of thousands for support of the Colombian free trade treaty, etc, etc. Hillary cries for the camera, chugs down whiskey chased with beer for the barflies, and keeps intimate company with an impeached president caught lying with his hand on the Bible about not having sex with that woman. The more we watch Hillary, the more we distrust her. The more we know Obama, the more he becomes our candidate to change dynastic business as usual in Washington. We citizens of the American Republic denounce and reject the Clinton dynasty. We want our democracy back.

Posted by: shirl | April 19, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

responding to a comment regarding the Olympics.

It seems to me that Chinese want the prestige of having the President of the United States at the opening ceremonies. Quiet diplomacy gets something in exchange for that. Publicly threatening the Chinese with a boycott as Hillary is suggesting gets you nothing but pandering to a group of activists. Obama's answer I believe was nuanced.

Posted by: crazyv | April 19, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Sieg Heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg heil"-"yes we can"-"sieg .............
When people stops thinking by themselfes it´s dangerous.........


Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I view the debate as a debacle and the media really dropped the ball. The way i read Obama's performance was in keeping with the fact that we really do need to come together after this nomination process is over. To be honest, I was watching the debate with my jaw open as question after question revolving around nonsense that would make little or no difference regarding the serious issues facing our nation. Now while Hillary has no choice but to destroy Obama to have any chance at all, I expected this from Hillary. But as a last chance to get views on torture, Iraq and Foreign Policy, economy, schools & education, - the debate was severely lacking in professionalism and fed into the mindframe that Americans are too stupid to be interested in actual issues, so let's rehash all the bs that turns voters off. From what Im hearing from some - the GOP/MSM tactic is working. Now to criticize Obama for trying to take a higher road with November in mind - he doesn't want to alienate some Demoncrats - but for Hillary AND the GOP/MSM to gang up like this is - what is a fair way to characterize "bs" Now if it was on Iraq policy great - but seriously 45 minutes of this?
Now despite all of this, Obama did draw the largest crowd to date in Philly - 35,000 +
and Hillary DID tell a calculated LIE to you and to ALL Americans repeated many times in an effort to clearly decieve you, under the assumption that voters were too lazy & stupid to figure it out. Well guess what? She got caught and gave a remorseless apology 8 days AFTER the lie was known indicating to most that she was only sorry that she got caught. Then, goes on the Tonight Show with Leno and makes a joke about it while our men and women are coming home in body bags - of the 4000+ families suffering a loss - spose they found her joke cute?
Now i am all for women and equality, but I cannot and will not support any candidate that lies to me and doesn't show enough common sense and tact when making a joke about it. Do we need to discuss the severe deception that no one seems to be putting a finger on? How about Penn and Bill. How about $800,000 in special interest money deposited into a joint account, writing a check for $5,000,000 to her own campaign. Now is there a little bit of a conflict there? Does she support NAFTA only when it's convenient? or is she against it with a severe special interest conflict? Just how many special interest groups will she owe favors to? Loyalty is everything to her & Bill, that much was made clear - do you seriously think she is speaking FOR you or AT you to get your vote. Bottom line - I don't trust her, and in light of the facts out there - no one should. Women need to break the glass ceiling - you could find a better person for that role clearly - to put her in charge - NOTHING WILL CHANGE.


Obama 08

Posted by: Straight Shooter PA | April 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

By DAVID BROOKS
Published: April 18, 2008
Back in Iowa, Barack Obama promised to be something new -- an unconventional leader who would confront unpleasant truths, embrace novel policies and unify the country. If he had knocked Hillary Clinton out in New Hampshire and entered general-election mode early, this enormously thoughtful man would have become that.
But he did not knock her out, and the aura around Obama has changed. Furiously courting Democratic primary voters and apparently exhausted, Obama has emerged as a more conventional politician and a more orthodox liberal.

He sprinkled his debate performance Wednesday night with the sorts of fibs, evasions and hypocrisies that are the stuff of conventional politics. He claimed falsely that his handwriting wasn't on a questionnaire about gun control. He claimed that he had never attacked Clinton for her exaggerations about the Tuzla airport, though his campaign was all over it. Obama piously condemned the practice of lifting other candidates' words out of context, but he has been doing exactly the same thing to John McCain, especially over his 100 years in Iraq comment.

Obama also made a pair of grand and cynical promises that are the sign of someone who is thinking more about campaigning than governing.

He made a sweeping read-my-lips pledge never to raise taxes on anybody making less than $200,000 to $250,000 a year. That will make it impossible to address entitlement reform any time in an Obama presidency. It will also make it much harder to afford the vast array of middle-class tax breaks, health care reforms and energy policy Manhattan Projects that he promises to deliver.

Then he made an iron vow to get American troops out of Iraq within 16 months. Neither Obama nor anyone else has any clue what the conditions will be like when the next president takes office. He could have responsibly said that he aims to bring the troops home but will make a judgment at the time. Instead, he rigidly locked himself into a policy that will not be fully implemented for another three years.

If Obama is elected, he will either go back on this pledge -- in which case he would destroy his credibility -- or he will risk genocide in the region and a viciously polarizing political war at home.

Posted by: Lucygirl1 | April 19, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Mass psychosis not very different from what happened in Germany before the second world war. Mr Obama, I am worried about your true goals. Barack, you are unawarely(?) spreading anti-Semitism among young Americans and your alleged (Syrian) friend emphasizes my true fear.
European

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 19, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting for the video and article of obama flipping off Clinton.

not that anyone would expect news from then column

Posted by: Trey | April 19, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Only at rallies and giving prepared speeches can Obama pretend he is the almighty. What a farce. When forced to think on his feet, he falls flat on his face.

The bottom line is the guy isn't really that smart - all his Ivy League connections aside and help from the make-over Ad man guru Axelrod.

Obama is trying to cover up his pathetic performance at the debate - when confronted one on one he hems and haws and stumbles. Only when he is away from Hillary, he takes swipes at her.

I can't respect someone who doesn't have the decency and character to criticize his/her opponents to their faces. No wonder he doesn't want debates. If he can't stand up for himself, why should we think he will stand up for the rest of us?

Posted by: alee21 | April 19, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

cont'd ..
..among believers is the stock in trade of every rock star. Obama is a political rock star, definitely. But not a president.

Posted by: Roseann | April 19, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter if he draws 350,000 people into the streets. When he had to stand up before two members of the media, one opponent and 10,000,000 viewers in a debate he had his worst performance. No rap moves, no Oprah rally, no mob scene can hide Obama's real flaws. Ability to draw crowds and create excitement among b

Posted by: Roseann | April 19, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Chief Said:

Don't try to patronize me. I make my own decisions on facts not mania. He doesn't motivate me. I'm voting Hillary-Hillary or Hillary-McCain. The MSNBC debate helped me make that decision. I just can't understand why the Dems can't see this guy for what he is. He starts all this negativity and Hillary gets blamed. What fools.

Yep, just what I want. A "God Damn America' president.

__________________

Wow. Well I'll put this out there and hope you aren't continuing to be misled by the GOP/RW Media bs that got you so dare I say "bitter". The "God Damn..." from Wright has been WAY blown out of proportion and seriously taken out of context. Youtube - lookup TRINITYCHGO, then watch all the sermons, in full, then make an informed decision - when you echo mindless response exactly the way the GOP & RW media intended - it only serves to let them continue. It so happens the Wright was making a very earnest sermon and was quoting Ambassador Peck from an interview he gave to Fox News. As far as Obama starting negativity - dont even know how to go with this one except to say that Obama has made a concerted effort not to go "all-out" on Hillary. First, Hillary does not just have character issues - she flat-out LIED to you- cold and calculating and repeated multiple times. Her apology to you and the rest of the public was remorseless and strongly indicated thatr she was sorry that she got caught. What I found personally tasteless was for her to go onto the Tonight Show with Leno and make a damn JOKE about the lies while our men and women are in very REAL danger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the 4000+ families in pain of a loss, how many DID DIE from sniper fire/fatal bullet wounds? Now I find it actually demonstrates a bit of class and restraint Obama has demonstrated, but don't think for one second Obama isn't justified as the frontrunner - he draws 35,000+ for a reason and my invitation was/is to those Clinton supporters that feel that maybe her assuming you were too stupid to pick up on her deceptions - now Obama may not come out and take down a fellow Democrat, but I sure as hell will. Get your facts straight, do some investigating, and vote your conscious ...

Posted by: Straight Shooter PA | April 19, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

There's another quote both Clintons and, more importantly the American voter, should remember. It's the one about someone who doesn't honor their marriage contract likely won't honor any other. It's also by Harry Truman.

Yes, Philly's supposed to go for Obama, but 35,000 people in an area where parking stinks and most had to rely on public transportation speaks volumes.

Uh, about those negative ads and your debate performance, Hillary!

Posted by: The Buck Stops Where? | April 19, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

One question where is Barack Obama father? no one writng about him. Has he seen his father, is father dead? I know his father is from Africa. But, where is he?

Posted by: CRMcNeal | April 19, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama wants democrats to forget about Florida and Michigan !!!!!!!

If Florida and Michigan is not counted, this nomination is flawed and should be rejected. Obama wants to keep Florida and Michigan out which in terms of population is equal to keeping 20 states out ( like Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington DC and Wyoming).
I am surprised not a single Obama maniacs are responding to this math and they are the ones with the so called "mail order degreed" supporters who drink only at Starbucks. These 2 states are more important than the 20 rigged caucus states which Obama has "won".

Posted by: vs_sv | April 19, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

The country is not off on the "activist" side and if Barack Obama gets the nomination,his friends scares me, this country will have the oldest President in history, President McCann. That jesture dusting his shoulder, in the streets has bad symbolism, and that is rap sound about it. Right now, if Hillary wasn't running, I would vote for her. I like McCann as democrat I am one those Reagan Democrat. He is quick, smart, and I just like him, he is not, he is down to earth. I like his character.

Posted by: CRMcneal | April 19, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

I hope Philly has the stones to follow through with votes. I know Indiana will finish the job if Philly can't.

Posted by: shawn | April 19, 2008 12:17 AM

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama
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You Obamanites never learn. Always counting those chickens before they hatch.

Aren't you tired of getting all high(does Obama provide the dope) and having to come down so hard. Don't those polls scare you by now. Remember NH, Cal, Etc. etc.

I believe folks have learned to lie to the pollsters.

Don't count Hillary out yet. She is hanging pretty close against all odds, money, ignorance and media bias. Ole Middle Fingrer Obama's arrogance could still cause his downfall.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Mass hysteria by a segment of the population. Where is a picture? Obambi's economic policy and tax rates will make everyone equal.

Posted by: Cerebral | April 19, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Well if the media doesn't cover this - then it becomes clear THEY are out of touch!
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity we could very well never see again. Please be a part of it. While issues that separate the two candidates are minor, Obama clearly has a growing consensus and a very unique ability to motivate thousands. I would be so bold as to ask if Hillary supporters might vote for Obama on Tuesday?
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Don't try to patronize me. I make my own decisions on facts not mania. He doesn't motivate me. I'm voting Hillary-Hillary or Hillary-McCain. The MSNBC debate helped me make that decision. I just can't understand why the Dems can't see this guy for what he is. He starts all this negativity and Hillary gets blamed. What fools.

Yep, just what I want. A "God Damn America' president.

Posted by: Chief | April 19, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

35,000 Americas, Awesome.
Now the truth well come out.
Do we want War, No. Enough already.
Can the USA and Canada survive without the Middle East, Yes.
Together with a fresh young perspective, both Countries can be World Helpers. We cannot change the world although we can take care of matters at home first.
To my American neighbors . Your sons and Daughters will never, never be forgotten Heros. They are the Bravest men and women in the world. It is time now for change, and we the people of the USA and Canada will be dominant in showing our true colors. We can and will take care of our Country first, Yes that great peace of the Earth that ties us together. No Politician can ruin our relation ship if we stick together as the people. The People, Man, that sounds great. I see change coming and have hope for our children, more hope than I have had in many a year.

Posted by: justadad55 | April 19, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Damn. No wonder this country is in trouble.
The voters only believe BS.

Quote by Obama from this article.
"Well I'm not running for President to play the same old Washington game," Obama continued, "I'm running to end the game-playing."

Didn't he brag the other day about being a "pretty darn good politician"? Pure BS.

Yep, no more politics as usual with Obama.
What's sad is the Dem party voters falling for this BS.

Posted by: Chief | April 19, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Well if the media doesn't cover this - then it becomes clear THEY are out of touch!
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity we could very well never see again. Please be a part of it. While issues that separate the two candidates are minor, Obama clearly has a growing consensus and a very unique ability to motivate thousands. I would be so bold as to ask if Hillary supporters might vote for Obama on Tuesday? Let's get this wrapped up so we can move forward on campaign strats against Scrooge McBush (like a guy that chases cats away with a broom, thats how I see him anyway, then sits back down in his rocker and puts his watch back in his pocket.) Eventually we must all come together, I would ask if we can do this sooner rather than later to give us the very best chance to win in November. We are all pulling for you PA.

Fired Up and Ready To Go!
YES WE CAN!

Wanna make history? - End this in Pennsylvania!
Any Supers on the fence wanna be a leader or still wanna take orders from Hillary to wait? Step up and be a leader, or follow later - your call.

Mr. President - Barack Obama will be watching who comes out for him in front of this Tuesday primary.

God Bless America & Barack Obama

Posted by: Straight Shooter in PA | April 19, 2008 4:56 AM | Report abuse

To Shailagh Murray

Obama's rally was so much more than just his comment about Hillary's campaign. It was positive and hopeful and inspiring to the tens of thousands of people there. Why in the world does the media have to reduce such a wonderful event to inconsequential bickering. I am so tired of the press worrying about the horse race instead of informing people about the events as they actually happened.

Posted by: sharon | April 19, 2008 4:30 AM | Report abuse

I attended one of his rally's in Houston because my son isn't allowed to drive into Houston so I took him. I am a Republican.
I left a voting Democrat. I have worked for this man and his message and will continue to do so in the general.
His position on policy is good and though I may not agree with everything he says, compared to the others? He has my vote.
I also could not sit still and listen to Hillary anylonger. We have used the mute button on the t.v more in the last month than we ever have!

Posted by: Deanna | April 19, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Come on PA ... I'm glad to see Barack back in front of a big audience giving the kind of inspirational talk that gets his supporters motivated. Michael Smerconish, a conservative talk radio host in Philly, predicted a 51-49% Obama victory on MSNBC tonite. Get out there and do it guys!!!

Posted by: omyobama | April 19, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Here's Hillary's rapid response to the rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXnTiUUHEYs

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 19, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Please take some time to take a look at this site. http://www.paulvclinton.com/
This really comes as a shock for me. Let the others know. Everyone deserves to know.

Posted by: Shocking | April 19, 2008 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Here's Hillary's response to the rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXnTiUUHEYs

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 19, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Please take some time to take a look at this site. http://www.paulvclinton.com/
This really comes as a shock for me. Let the others know. Everyone deserves to know.

Posted by: Shocking | April 19, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Here's Hillary's response to the rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXnTiUUHEYs

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 19, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Well,

How long has it been since we saw this kind of energy? WOW!

I am very interested in the primary results, as well as the super delegates after this coming week.

Posted by: Vance McDaniel | April 19, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYUkyvpA_a8
moving video of the spontaneous march, chanting through the halls and streets. that is patriotism. that is the greatness of our politics.

Posted by: taylor | April 19, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYUkyvpA_a8
moving video of that spontaneous march. chanting through the halls and streets. that is patriotism. that is the potential of our politics.

Posted by: taylor | April 19, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was there tonight. The most remarkable thing is how it turned into a march for 10 city blocks.
We were told doors open at 6pm, so most got there around 5:30. Then we had to wait three hours until he finally came out. I really thought the speech could have been more electrifying, but it didn't matter. Once it was over, people just started marching down the street towards city hall, cheering at any car that honked. There were ZERO cops in site, the most civil march a huge group of people could have. This video is from someone who must have been behind me, the group I was with at that spot was chanting Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYUkyvpA_a8

I wish everyone I know could have been there. I wish you could have been there.
The energy was not so much Obama's words, but the combined voice of the people that gathered. This man may not fix everything, but the fact that he can energize us like this makes him something special.

By the way, the news won't report this story. Ask yourself why.

Posted by: Spiffydigs | April 19, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

I pity Bill Clinton what life must have been like with Hillary!

While the media and political websites and blogs try to evaluate every minute movement Barack Obama may wait, the Proof is in The Pudding that he is still energizing voters in a Big Way and at the end of the day that is what counts.

Posted by: John B Sheffield | April 19, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

I pity Bill Clinton what life must have been like with Hillary!

While the media and political websites and blogs try to evaluate every minute movement Barack Obama may wait, the Proof is in The Pudding that he is still energizing voters in a Big Way and at the end of the day that is what counts.

Posted by: John B Sheffield | April 19, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

I pity Bill Clinton what life must have been like with Hillary!

While the media and political websites and blogs try to evaluate every minute movement Barack Obama may wait, the Proof is in The Pudding that he is still energizing voters in a Big Way and at the end of the day that is what counts.

Posted by: John B Sheffield | April 19, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

I pity Bill Clinton what life must have been like with Hillary!

While the media and political websites and blogs try to evaluate every minute movement Barack Obama may wait, the Proof is in The Pudding that he is still energizing voters in a Big Way and at the end of the day that is what counts.

Posted by: John B Sheffield | April 19, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

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Posted by: : | April 19, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

My enthusiasm for Barack has slightly diminished, not because of the recent trivial "controversies," but because of his positions on certain issues. I support free trade agreements, perhaps President Bill Clinton's most positive legacy, because free trade is overall good for Americans, as well as one of the best ways to promote global stability, which is in the self-interest of the United States.

He also seems to be pandering on the issue of the Olympics, to appear to be "tough" on an international issue. Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are right, the Olympics are supposed to be above politics, but some people are trying to tarnish the games with political disputes.

Hillary is smart and Barack would probably be a better candidate with more national political experience. However, the Clintons lack integrity. Their campaign tactics have appalled such persons as Bill Richardson and Robert Reich, who were in the Clinton administration, as well as Teddy Kennedy.
Their endorsement of Barack speaks volumes as to why he is a better candidate for President than Hillary.

Posted by: An Independent | April 19, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Believe me, the Superdelegates are watching these crowds and this enthusiasm that Barack brings to the process.

Posted by: Linda Johnson | April 19, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

You Americans are a funny lot.You love to suspend reality.Well at least 40% of you do.I mean you got a guy attracting 35,000 poeple to a political event on a Friday night,you got a guy who's won 14 of the last 17 states,he's ahead in every category you can name.Yey people bicker away on who's actually the best.Isn't it obvious who the majority of the people want?Doesn't this Hillary person seem to get it?We had one university psychology professor here talk about how he's convinced Hillary Clinton is a female sociopath.I mean come on America get with the program,this woman just ain't no good.

Posted by: Habby (From Canada) | April 19, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I am behind Barack 100% until the end but I still have my critiques. If Hillary gets the nomination I will hold my nose while I vote for her (I keep trying to like her and just can't). I was never one of those who was tricked by the Clintons and now their true colors are shining bright and clear of what their characters really consist of. No doubt that Hillary is brilliant and was doing decision making with Bill in the White House. She is a much better debater than Barack -- very quick and sharp. But she is brilliant without character; without integrity. I never have gotten the sense that you can really see her core; see who she is and what she truly believes because what she says she believes always changes based on the votes or political favors she thinks she's going to get. She and Bill just seem like fake political mannequins. I thought Barack showed a weak performance in the first half of the debate. He couldn't be that naiive not to expect those attacks. I expected more of him. And I don't like the way he backed off of the Bill Ayers question. What's up with that? I host a fundraising party for you and you act like you barely know me? Come on. He fell into the media trap letting THEM define the situation when he could have turned their flawed reasoning on its head (just like he should have given a better response to the whole flag lapel thing--who the heck even wears those things anyway?). I thought his response was weak. Why couldn't he have said, as Mayor Richard M. Daley did, that Ayers is a "distinguished professor of education" and a "valued member of the Chicago community," and "It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep refighting 40-year-old battles." THAT'S what I wanted Obama to say. THAT'S what I expect from him going forward. He needs to get up to speed on responding to these dirty games. I don't want a wimp -- I want a fighter.

Posted by: m | April 19, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Major correction needed to my above post.

People would take Clinton over Dole. A million times, to party with.

Posted by: Comment | April 19, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Clemenhagen,

I've seen him speak, live, in person.

I wasn't that impressed. He was o.k. And that's being honest.

But my comment goes more towards how we vote for President. Charisma matters more than substance.

It comes down to who you'd most like to spend a night partying with.

Kerry or Bush? Bush.
Gore or Bush? Bush
Clinton or Dole? Dole
Clinton or Bush? Clinton
Bush or Dukakis? Close one.
Reagan? 2x.
Carter over Ford
Kennedy over Nixon


We go on gut, and then use rationalization to make the choice more erudite.

It's not that obama doesn't have substance.
He's smart.

But that fact that he has great charisma counts more.

It's what draws people to him the most. Not issues.

Posted by: Comment | April 19, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Read the pundits and it's all about Clinton's and Obama's political maneuvers. Listen to the reporters on the streets and it's all about the tens of thousands of fired up voters who are sick and tired of the osified partisanship of the last 40 years. The million+ small donors who are refusing to let the 'powers that be' decide who will be president. As Dylan said,
"Your old road is Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 19, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

I was there with some of my college buddies. It was powerful and the crowd was fully energized.

Posted by: Queixada | April 19, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: . | April 19, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

"We don't vote so much issues and substance, but physical appeal.
Obama has alot of charisma. It has carried him far."

With respect, I beg to differ with this characterization. The lack of substance claim comes from corporate entrenched opposition to Obama; they hope repeating the lie enough times will allow this claim to stick in the public consciousness.
Have you ever listened to Obama in an unscripted town-hall style meeting? His ability to field questions on a wide range of subjects blows the lack of substance claim out the window. This isn't Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush here, mouthing platitudes and sound bytes devoid of depth. His responses will look at an issue in its entirety; complexity entails a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach in order to render any significant progress. I may simply long for a president who can actually speak in coherent sentences and construct complete bodies of thought on the fly. But I truly doubt you rise to the top of the Harvard Law Review by being someone of limited intellectual depth.

Posted by: clemenhagen | April 19, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I was there tonight as well. To me, the most exciting and telling part of the event was when the enthusiasm spilled out into the streets after the speech. Cars were honking, people were cheering; it was absolutely electric. Obama inspires a belief that we CAN and MUST do better. Obama in '08!!!

Posted by: Obamaniac from the Burbs | April 19, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

For Obama to win he will need some help: our help. For the past six weeks he has faced a combined onslaught from the following powerful entities: a Clinton machine of establishment types bound to drive his negatives to match Hillary's (her only chance) and a Republican talking-point machine that must make the election about unsavory personal stuff rather than their record. Our task is simple. We must collectively help Obama combat the smear. Talk to friends, family, and anyone else who will listen. Spread the real truth rather than allow these fabrications and innuendos fester into fact. The only way they can win is to distort the message and keep the focus off of the real truth of the past twenty or so years of right-wing rule. May all reasonable people of progressive mentality unite to spread the message of change and take back our country.

Posted by: clemenhagen | April 19, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Charisma counts for alot. Run through the Presidential elections in the tv age, and the candidate with the most charisma tends to win.

We don't vote so much issues and substance, but physical appeal.

Obama has alot of charisma. It has carried him far.

Posted by: Comment | April 19, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

yesssss!!!!!

love it love it love it!!!!!

come on PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: goobamago | April 19, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

A teenage American Idol event......word circulates, it becomes the place to be! Cameras roll from way up high to show the crowd....because if they got closer the number of non-voters would be too apparent. That is how he does it!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sean McM | April 19, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I too was in this crowd and was in a see of people. The speech was fiery. As one person mentioned, this crowd was at times quietly hanging on every word. To be with my fellow Americans as his words bounced off the buildings and Independence Hall looming in the horizon, filled me with hope. It was a coalition of every person you could imagine. We are ready.

Posted by: Juan | April 19, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I was for Hillary Clinton but now for Obama because of her kitchen sink. But it is too bad that this campaign is turned into not only sound bites, negatives, and now head (or body) counts as if there is no important issue facing us!

That is why we got W in the first place.

Posted by: Steve Chan, Los Altos Hills | April 19, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

I went to one of his rally in Dallas, it was amazing. But I already know all his speeches as I followed all the campaigns since the start..

Yes.. I became a political junky....
I did not throw my support at him blindly, but he's truly the best one to put America back to its rightful place... the top.

Posted by: Jing Li | April 19, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

35,000 is a modest estimate. I was there and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that crowd. The cheers of that many people are deafening, but even more electric was the fact that, in the heart of one of America's biggest cities and in a crowd of somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 people, there were moments of silence in the crowd such that the echo of Obama's voice off of every building was separately audible.

Posted by: Charlie | April 19, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I was at the rally tonight in downtown Philly outside of the Constitution Center and I am going to tell you it was AWESOME!!! It was actually more than 35,000 people, a few folks did faint because of the heat and the crowd. Barak delivered a great message and I like the way he contrast himself from Hillary. I really like Barak and his message. He is a good man and truly loves America and the American people. He is certainly going to bring a much different environment to Washington.....Fired up and Ready to Go here in Philly! This rally tonight certainly sent a message to the news pundits....that Barak Obama supporters are fired up and ready to Go!!!!

Posted by: Fired Up and Ready to GO!!! | April 19, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

And in the crowd of 35,000 people, how many are registered to vote and how many will actually show up at the polls?
IT'S A CRAPSHOOT!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20080419/i/r950469435.jpg
Historic looking image of the Senator at the event.

Posted by: taylor | April 19, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I was there. If they say it was 35,000, I believe them. 3 city blocks were completely packed with people. There were two lines for ticket holders to get into the area near the stage, and both lines wrapped around 4 blocks.

Posted by: Mike | April 19, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

"P.S. There were NOT 35000 there."

Max counted each and every one of them individually. There were only 34,998. One couple went across the street to get a beer from McCain's father-in-law.

Posted by: tom | April 19, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Please Please Pennsylvanians- save us from Hillary. She has ruined NY state (everywhere except her rich NYC friends). Upsate & western New York is decaying b/c she just used us to prepare for her Presidential run and her book tour which was to prepare for her Presidential run. Spare the country from her fake flip-flip foucs group driven politics and elect a real leader. Someone who doesn't owe anybody but the American people his alligience! No more voting for who you'd rather have a beer with. Look where that got us. We need a brilliant and compassionate man like Barack. Hillary can't win anyway. If the supers were going to support her they would have already. Make your vote count!! Have you no sense of decency left??

Posted by: Lisa in Buffalo | April 19, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Even if Obama squeaks out a win in Pennsylvania, that will be just enough to stick it to Hillary. Even a flat out draw would send the message that Hillary is finished. I hope people finally realize the Hillary is not the right person for the presidency. Let Obama and McCain duke it out in the fall and let Hillary be once and for all ousted!!! I hope she loses the senator seat as well the next time it comes up for election.

Posted by: Carlos | April 19, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Max, those Philly cops were obviously inflating the crowd size because they're elitists just like Obama. [/sarcasm]

Posted by: SF | April 19, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jimmy crackcorn | April 19, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

max, you are a nitwit of the flea order. You go right ahead and vote for McSame and Shillery if you choose. I'll be at Obama inauguration come 20 January 2009.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow, from the pictures all you can see is this sea of people in every direction! Oh my goodness!

Hey max, were you there? If not, how do you know there were not thirty-five thousand people? My brother and his wife live in Philly and they were en route to the Obama rally (and they are voting for Obama).

Obama '08!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Max, shutupalready!


Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

You are fools. Obama cannot win, McCain will win by a landslide. I am in PA. We are all voting Clinton on Tuesday, and McCain if Obama is the nominee. All the crap is going to finally be publicized IF the OBAMA is the nominee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoOFp-RDpvM

P.S. There were NOT 35000 there.

Posted by: max | April 19, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I hope Philly has the stones to follow through with votes. I know Indiana will finish the job if Philly can't.

Posted by: shawn | April 19, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

The other part of this story is , over 5000 people from this crowd took off on a march down the streets , ready to atke there country back. This is one of them "movements" that can't be stopped, it's either get on board or get out of the way.

Obama will be our next President. I look for him to win PA.

Posted by: James | April 18, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope the large crowd is indicative of the vote outcome next Tuesday.

Posted by: SCL | April 18, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Given the latest polls and now this, bet some more of the superdelegates are getting itchy to move.

Posted by: FirstMouse | April 18, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton mentions the Truman quote about heat in the kitchen and how she can take it based on her experience. This argument is a bit much: if the Clintons hadn't set fire to their White House kitchen, perhaps it would not have been so hot? I am hoping Sen. Obama will be a more skilled cook.

Posted by: peter | April 18, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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