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Obama Speaks with 'Deep Humility' on Memorial Day


Sen. Barack Obama, left, greets Marine Corps veterans with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Las Cruces, N.M., May 26, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Karl Vick
LAS CRUCES, N.M. --- Sen. Barack Obama spoke for most of an hour about doing right by America's veterans without crossing swords with Sen. John McCain, in a carefully measured Memorial Day appearance that kept the focus on the former service members seated around him on three sides.

"I speak to you today with deep humility," Obama said in a speech delivered before an invitation-only town hall meeting at a ranching museum in southern New Mexico. "My grandfather marched in Patton's Army, but I cannot know what it is to walk into battle like so many of you. My grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line, but I cannot know what it is for a family to sacrifice like so many of yours have.

"I am the father of two young girls, and I cannot imagine what it is to lose a child. My heart breaks for the families who've lost a loved one.

"These things I cannot know," the Illinois Democrat said, "but there are some things I do know."

And with that the candidate edged into his critique of military and veterans affairs under the Bush administration. Along the way, he endorsed legislation that he said would give veterans the same benefits his grandfather's generation enjoyed under the G.I. Bill.

McCain, the career Naval officer, former POW and presumptive GOP nominee, opposes the measure, citing concerns that it will deplete the all-volunteer army; along with the Pentagon, he prefers a plan that increases benefits with time served.

But Obama avoided renewing a clash over the issue that recently turned sharply personal. On Memorial Day his only named rival was President Bush, for threatening a veto Obama predicted Congress would vote to override.

The campaign's only event was before fewer than 200 people assembled on one end of the museum courtyard, under a mile-high bluebird sky.

"Solar!" Obama said to laughter while discussing energy policy, and the need to develop alternative energies to assure economic security, a precondition to military security. "There's a lot of sun around here. I think we can use it."

Oddly, a pair of 18 kilowatt Hollywood-style klieg lights burned from the back of the courtyard, as if the day wasn't quite bright enough.

Obama's speech was first interrupted by applause when he mentioned "giving the same priority to building a 21st-century VA as to building a 21st-century military," and a moment later when he spoke of "zero tolerance for veterans sleeping on our streets."

The emphasis on the living played well on a day of observance for the dead. The warm crowd warmed to Obama's call for positioning smaller VA clinics more conveniently to rural veterans who face long drives to larger, urban facilities. And there was applause for increased attention to mental health, including routine screening for post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Obama said he suspects that one of the reasons his grandfather seldom spoke of his wartime experience was the trauma he had witnessed.

"In World War II we didn't have the concept of post-traumatic stress syndrome. People had to basically handle it on their own," he said. Referring to an uncle who had been one of the first U.S. troops into Auschwitz, the concentration camp, Obama said: "The story in the family is he came home and just went up in the attic."

Afterward, Paul Weinbaum, 66, beamed his approval of a candidate who had captured both his frustrations and his desire.

"There is hope for America," he said. "The sincerity comes through."

He wore a straw cowboy hat, a Star of David necklace and, on his lapel, the crossed rifles of an infantryman, which took some explaining. Weinbaum served in the Navy during Vietnam, but after the war emerged into an economy that could not give him civilian work. "I got out of the Navy, went to college: No jobs. So I joined the Army."

He laughed, then related another experience that illustrated another of Obama's points.
"I went to the VA one time. They said, 'You're not sick enough.' I said, 'I just want a physical.' They did not yet have, what do you call it, any concept of preventative care."

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Posted by: 1sxjvc6dag | June 2, 2008 5:25 AM

Obama has NO HUMILITY!

Posted by: Gail G | May 28, 2008 6:17 PM

GWB = BHO

Posted by: GWB = BHO | May 28, 2008 6:51 AM

I mean really people. Give the guy a break. He didn't have a teleprompter and he wasn't giving his hope change blah blah blah speech that is so inspiring.

I mean really people. He must link himself to as many historical events as possible and without a teleprompter - in that wind - did you see that wind - for heaven's sake, he had to read looking down and lift up his head at the same time.

I mean really people.

Posted by: I mean really people. | May 28, 2008 6:43 AM

NEVER EVER OBAMA!!!

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Posted by: NEVER EVER OBAMA!!! | May 28, 2008 6:38 AM

That right Mary,

1) he just claimed to SEE DEAD PEOPLE:

"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes--and I see many of them in the audience here today--our sense of patriotism is particularly strong"

2) create an uncle that NEVER EXISTED! because his mother WAS AN ONLY CHILD!!!!!!!

3) oh yeah, and the kicker!!! GOT THE WRONG CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


At least HRC was actually in an area that there WAS sniper fire!

Not like good 'ol Obama - never served this country, never been to a war zone!!!!!!, and can't wear "that pin" - oh, sorry, his is pandering NOW and wearing "that pin" - God, that must really hurt him and Michelle!!! and he can't SALUTE THE AMERICAN FLAG EITHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, he's not "delusional"!!!!!!

If the DNC thinks they are going to force the American people into accepting Obama because women are afraid of McCain putting in Supreme Court Justices that will overturn Roe V Wade then they have got another thing coming!!!!!!!!

You got that Mary????? Now whose delusional???????

Posted by: A Woman | May 28, 2008 6:36 AM

At least he didn't claim to be under "sniper fire" like some other delusional candidate. While the actual site was Buchenwald and it was his granduncle, it was not an out and lie like the HRC camp has been spreading. NEVER, EVER HRC!!!

Posted by: Mary | May 28, 2008 6:23 AM

Obama is the Democrats Bush.

Posted by: noooooooo | May 28, 2008 5:46 AM

Didn't Obama lie about his parents meeting in Selma as well?

Hey, give the guy a break, right? He wants to be president.

Posted by: Just another lie | May 28, 2008 5:42 AM

Obama without a teleprompter.

Never a good sign.

Posted by: Ooops he did it again | May 28, 2008 5:38 AM

The meger media that is "discussing" this are gently reporting that Obama misstakenly referred to the "wrong camp" and nothing more.

Okkkkkkaaaayyyy, except for the fact that he created an uncle that never existed because his mother was an only child!!!!!

Obama not only sees dead people, he can create them out of thin air. They go into the attic for 6 months to recouperate from helping the Russians.

Only, now, when pressed, has Obama's camp (be clear, not Obama himself, he couldn't be dirtied with such details) come out to say....well, it wasn't his "uncle" persay .... it was his "great" uncle!

Buuuuuuuutttttt, we can't tell you who he is because he wouldn't want to be disturbed!!!!!!!!


Okkkkaaaaayyyyyy.....

Now you know if Hillary said this wad of lies that it would be a media blitz!!!!!!!!


But, hey, seriously - Obama has now linked himself to another historical situation! He WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lord help us all!!!!!!

Posted by: Obama creates family members | May 28, 2008 5:31 AM

all comments tonight.America is running out of time per who our next president will B. Tis not a good feeling when this person does not trust Obama;per his background;not his race. All of us R born w/God's choice 4 our race on this earth.Obama's background with his pastor's chosen words of hate against America,..Freezes my blood & my concern of what America is going to be like if Obama becomes our next President.It doesn't sit well w/me.God Bless America,JB;05/28/08

Posted by: IDA READ | May 28, 2008 2:06 AM

i am sad for america - Obama is not good for this country....for the media and power grabber yes indeed.

Posted by: allan beltran | May 27, 2008 11:34 PM

Campaign says Obama mistaken on Nazi camp
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS - 26 minutes ago

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Barack Obama's campaign says the candidate made a mistake when he said a great uncle helped liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War II.

Obama said Monday that his uncle was among the first U.S. troops at Auschwitz. But Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces.

The campaign said Tuesday that he named the wrong camp. They said it was actually Buchenwald.

Aides said his grandmother's brother, Charlie Payne, helped liberate a Buchenwald sub-camp in April 1945 as part of the 89th Infantry Division.

Critics had been questioning Obama's original comment mentioning Auschwitz.

The issue then and for soldiers today is PTSD after witnessing such atrocities.

Take a look.


Ohrdruf

http://www.trumanlibrary.org/photographs/displayimage.php?pointer=3907

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrdruf_forced_labor_camp


Sad that some would clamor to reduce this to down to a gothca moment.


Posted by: Mr. Unite Us | May 27, 2008 7:42 PM

Sorry to disappoint the Ob lovers, but the Washington Post has not quoted Ob correctly.

He does suggest his uncle was one of the first to liberate Aus. Hear it for yourselves

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/265103.php

Posted by: Pepita | May 27, 2008 6:49 PM

To those who think that a G.I. Bill that increases with the amount of time served is a good idea (I am looking at whoever decided that the moniker "A Humble Soldier's Opinion) was appropriate, I must start off by saying that I also served. I also would like to draw attention to the fact that most of the people who die in Iraq are first-termers. There is a reason for that, reason being that the people who tend to actually fight in the front-lines are the lower ranking military folk (read: first termers). The longer you're in (and thus, the higher ranking you are), the less chance you have of actually dying in combat. Tying the G.I. Bill to time served would do more to deplete the so-called all volunteer force than what Obama proposes. True, the G.I. Bill is an incentive for people to join. Even truer is that quite a few people who joined because of the G.I. Bill end up becoming lifers, especially since the G.I. Bill can be used while in service.

Posted by: Another humble marine's opinion. | May 27, 2008 6:42 PM

Can people be blamed for not believing a word this man Barack Hussein Obama says...

Obama's DOCUMENTED LIES: 50 and remarkably still growing

50 Obama claimed he had never prayed in a Mosque; his campaign had to retract that statement

49 Obama dishonestly used third party comments in his ads to pump up his healthcare plan

48 Claims he never discussed politics with Pastor; rebutted by photo of Obama with team of lobbyists led by Wright

47 Obama, an expert at parsing words, claimed he wasn't familiar with the word "Clintonian"; then changed his story

46 Despite reeking of cigarettes, Obama denied smoking to ABC; now admits smoking on MSNBC

45 Obama said he'd meet unconditionally with Leader of Iran: now claims he "didn't have Ahmadinejad in mind"

44 Obama claims he is using public financing to avoid special interests: WSJ nails his switcheroo

43 Obama's rhetoric claims more young black men in jail than college: BoJ Stats disprove

42 Claims he never said he was a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare; Video proves he did

41 Obama claims remarks to industrialists were greeted with silence, shows he can deliver tough message: video of ovation

40 Obamas claim you dont rip opponents & leave on roadside:he did to Alice Palmer

39 Obama denies saying Indiana could be tie-breaker: he did

38 Obama omits that Pastor Wright led divestiture campaign from Israel

37 Obama claims Church not controversial; he lied since 86

36 Lied aboutintention of taking US out of NAFTA

35 Obamas claim poverty growing up: both distort reality

34 Obama denies meeting Saddam's Auchi; sworn Fed. witness places Obama at undisclosed party for Auchi at Rezkos

33 Obama lies about not attacking Clinton over her Bosnia lies

32 Obama claims he passed ethics reform; ABC News shows he lied

31 Obama says he's consistently opposed NAFTA; in October 2007 he supported expansion to Peru

30 Obama claims he's above dirty political tricks; Clinton proves he lies

29 Obama claims his "bitter" remarks were mangled; then repeats attacks on guns religion and angry people

28 Obama stated he'd stopped wearing flag pin on chest; now denies saying it, but video proves he is lying

27 Obama says he did no favors for Rezko;untrue; he lobbied for him

26 Changes story repeatedly re Rezko's help in buying mansion

25 Obama claims he never supported a ban on handguns; he has twice

24 Obama claims stays at UCC as Pastor acknowledged comments were inappropriate; Wright never made this statement

23 Campaign is beholden to "only the people" as unlike McCain/Clinton he does not take lobbyist /PAC money; LIES!

22 Claims campaign never called Canada to say Obama not truthful re wanting leave NAFTA; smoking gun memo proves lied

21 Mrs Obama admits she's never been proud of America; Video disproves Sen. Obama's later claim she was misquoted

20 Claimed would not run for President

19 Claims famous in Il. for not letting lobbyists even buy him lunch; took from teachers, trial lawyers, hospital admins

18 Claims his parents met at Selma civil rights march; Washington Post noted it occurred 4 yrs after Obama's birth

17 BO claims courageously opposed war in 2002 during US Senate campaign; He did not announce his senate bid until 2003

16 Claims he passes tough Nuclear Law; NYT uncovers he took Nuclear Industry pay-off and watered down the bill

15 Claimed he didn't know Rezko was corrupt when did a real estate deal with him; Chicago papers prove he lied

14 Claims does not accept money from Big Oil: Real Clear Politics proves he lied

13 Denies using his Hopefund PAC to influence endorsers; but the Washington Post reviewed the record and disagreed

12 Claims his State Chair is not a drug company lobbyist; Time magazine cries Bullsh**

11 Lies about how much he received in campaign funds from Rezko; forced to significantly increase the amount twice

10 Claims he did not fill out the 1996 candidate questionaire; Politico proves he lied

9 Took credit for achievement of others in Chicago; resume puffing exposed by LA Times

8 Claims he kept no State Senate records; now he changes his story

7 Denies doubling wife's salary was due to becoming US Senator; omits within months he earmarked $1 million for hospital

6 Denied meeting Saddam bagman Auchi; now admits he was at his dinner but does not remember talking to him

5 Denies using his church for politics: IRS disagree

4 Claims he was unaware of Pastor Wrights 911 comments: NYT proves he lied

3 Claims his father was a goat-herd; actually he was a man of privilige

2 Claims not an active muslim as child; Indonesian paper proves he lied

1 Claims father linked to Kennedys; Washington Post proves he lied

Posted by: Pip | May 27, 2008 6:39 PM

Those who have referenced the "liberating" of the Nazi camps after World War II know a little about the subject but not enough to talk about it. Both American and Soviet troops were in and around all those camps. Which troops went in first was decided by the generals--or by the politicians (who knows which?). My uncle was among the American troops who went into one of those camps (although I don't know which one), and his reaction was much the same as Obama's (great) uncle.

Disagreeing with Obama's (or any of the candidates') opinions on the issues is fine, but this kind of nitpicking is silly and just makes the source look ignorant.

Posted by: thomas | May 27, 2008 6:10 PM

He WAS There!

Before the Russians ever arrived!

"Working"! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 27, 2008 5:50 PM

"I had an uncle who was one of the, um, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps. And the story in our family is that when he came home he just went up in the attic and he didn't leave the house for six months."
--Barack Obama, Memorial Day speech, Las Cruces, NM.

Barack Obama's dubious claim is inconsistent with world history and demands an explanation. It was Soviet troops that liberated Auschwitz, so unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way Obama's statement yesterday can be true. Obama's frequent exaggerations and outright distortions raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief," said RNC Press Secretary Alex Conant.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 5:24 PM

"Barack Obama's dubious claim is inconsistent with world history and demands an explanation. It was Soviet troops that liberated Auschwitz, so unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way Obama's statement yesterday can be true. Obama's frequent exaggerations and outright distortions raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief," said RNC Press Secretary Alex Conant.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 5:18 PM


For all of you who are trying to play off gaffe as "Oh, it was it great uncle or the story was garbled over time" or some such nonesense, please WAKE UP! He made it up for a political speech thinking no one would check him on it.

What makes it more sad is, nobody on his team caught it, how talented can they really be. This is who he chooses to help him avoid problems? Are these the same kind of people he will have handling his cold call negotiations with Iraq and Venezuela?

Finally, here is even more proof that O'Bama doesn't offer any kind of real change from Washington politics as normal. He will lie, cheat and steal to get you to vote for him just like the rest. He will associate himself with anyone when it is politically expedient and he will throw them under the bus at the first sign of trouble.

The only real change O'Bama offers is to replace capitalism with socialism and that is one change I can do without, thanks.

Posted by: karmadawg | May 27, 2008 4:36 PM

ztormtra: And Hillary has a hometown for every occasion.

I'm giving Obama a pass on this one. My great uncles all served in WWII and the family stories that have been passed down have all been miscommunicated in one way or another. I was always told that one uncle was on Omaha Beach...he was actually on Utah. The fact that the beach was wrong doesn't mean that all of his experiences are irrelevant. So maybe his (great?) uncle was actually one of the troops at Buchenwald or Dachau. If the uncle was traumatized and didn't like to talk about it, I could see how family history would just assume Auschwitz, which essentially became synonymous with the Holocaust.

Posted by: marsh | May 27, 2008 3:51 PM

Obama is an African-American version of Dan Quayle.

Posted by: Arthur | May 27, 2008 3:37 PM

BOO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 3:22 PM

Is there nothing so sacred this utterly typical politician won't use it to score crass political points?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 3:18 PM

jlind:

The Universal National Service Act of 2007 (H.R. 393) is still pending -- if Speaker Pelosi wanted to push the issue -- but it has not yet received a hearing or been scheduled for consideration.

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 3:04 PM

What part of ALL-VOLUNTEER MILITARY do you all not understand. I am a vet first of all. If I was expected to play Bush's and McCain's game of Russian roulette by going back to Irag for many tours over and over again until I got killed, why would I not want to get out. A Vet gets certain GI benefits by serving their first term, including housing etc. They now, don't receive any elevated benefits until they serve 20 years, including medical benefits.
They present a scam to vets by trying to force them to stay in the military langer than they want to. Like the back-door draft they are now running.
Mr. McCain, believe it or not, not all military people want to stay in the military. It may not be their lifestyle choice. Not all of us had the luxury and legacy of our fathers and grandfaters being admirals in the Navy. It is a lot different for a low ranking enlisted man or woman. Sometimes going out and catching bullets for womeone and something you don't believe in should not be mandatory just to get a decent GI Bill to go to college. Right now, a person MUST serve at least three-four years active duty and four more years inactive to fully complete their military duty!!! I think that is quite enough service to our country.

Posted by: jlind | May 27, 2008 2:56 PM

Yeah, right. Since when does that arrogant jerk Obama possess an OUNCE of humility???? His heinous wife is even worse. I will do anything legal to keep them out of the White House.

Posted by: MJ | May 27, 2008 2:56 PM

Stinkfinger Willie,
U.S. troops did not go into Poland at all.
Auschwitz is in Poland, not Germany.

Posted by: MikeS | May 27, 2008 2:33 PM

DonnaC:

I take issue with your comment regarding McCain

"But why would he of all people try to deny these veterans a good solid GI bill that would reward them for their years of service?"

McCain, understands the need to reward our soldiers with a generouse GI Bill that only gets larger with time served and number of deployments accomplished, thus retaining experieced soldiers. The GI Bill increases he Introduced in his bill takes things like this into account. A one size fits all GI bill only encourages temporary enlistments, and rewards soldiers for GETTING OUT, and does not retain the experienced our men and women on the ground desperately need to stay alive and acomplish their missions. Yes This new GI Bill Kills Soldiers, and Rewards the rest for getting out.

Personally I dont think it makes any sense to have a soldier who only served 4 years and two deployments get the same GI Bill as one who has served 12 years and 6 deployments.

This New GI Bill will increase the total number of initial enlistments. But a soldier who is in his first enlistment does not have the all experience necessary to survive in todays battle field without the battle hardened and experienced multi enlistment soldier... the type of soldier which this GI Bill discourages. The type of soldiers who save lives.

Posted by: A Soldiers Humble Opinion | May 27, 2008 2:03 PM

He said nothing about his uncle "liberating" anything. He said his uncle was one of the first US Troops to "go in to Auschwitz". But that hardly matters to the ones driving the Rovian distortion and smear machine looking to demonize Obama to jewish voters.

Posted by: Stinkfinger Willie | May 27, 2008 2:02 PM

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

http://www.obama.dominates.us/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&p=53#p53

Posted by: dead people | May 27, 2008 1:50 PM

Where is it either quoted or stated in the article above that Obama said his uncle liberated Auschwitz? All it states is that his uncle was among the first American troops that went into Auschwitz, which obviously occurred after the Russians liberated it. Second, he obviously was referring to a great-uncle, since any potential sibling of his mother wouldn't have been old enough to fight in World War II anyway. It's easy enough to understand his reference, considering his grandparents helped raise him.

If some of you have problems with Obama's policies, that's one issue. But your arguments appear shallow and petty when you nitpick on things such as this and complain about his lack of foreign policy experience juxtaposed to the other two remaining candidates - especially since they have little to no foreign policy experience as well.

And, when you falsely accuse him of victimizing Clinton when a myriad of diverse news sources have continuously reported otherwise over the past four months, you lose all credibility - to the point where any valid issues you raise, as few in number as they are, are summarily dismissed.

Posted by: bb | May 27, 2008 1:35 PM

Posted by: he siad it loud and clear | May 27, 2008 1:33 PM

UH? There was a name for PTSS- it was called battle Fatigue!
My cousin came home from Korea with it, he was treated for 10 years afterwards. I'll bet he is laughing at Obama right now.

Posted by: oswegodeee | May 27, 2008 1:20 PM

Although the video is posted on YouTube the gaffe was scrubbed from his website.

Posted by: I See Dead People | May 27, 2008 1:11 PM

Is it Memorial Day or Halloween?...
The gaffe master is now seeing dead people in his audience.

And, the Barack Obama Campaign actually posted video of this latest Obama gaffe on YouTube.

This time Barack Obama is seeing America's fallen heroes in his audience in New Mexico:
(First 10 seconds)

Spooky!
Barack Obama opens up his Memorial Day speech in Las Cruces, New Mexico:


"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."


Let's hope that he didn't see any fallen heroes in the audience!

Add, this to the growing list of Obama gaffes.

Posted by: I see Dead People | May 27, 2008 1:09 PM

Obama must have Russian in his family too, considering Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army.

Speaking of his "uncle", who is he? His mother is an only child and his father's family is/was in Kenya, which certainly didn't liberate the camp.

Posted by: Benson | May 27, 2008 12:55 PM

Obama, humble? What a joke. He is an arrogant pig. His constant lies would fill a book. He is NOT fit to be President. NO OBAMA!

Posted by: NURSERATCHET | May 27, 2008 12:40 PM

"In World War Two we didn't have the concept of post traumatic stress syndrome. People had to basically handle it on their own," he said. Referring to an uncle who had been one of the first U.S. troops into Auschwitz, the concentration camp, Obama said: "The story in the family is he came home and just went up in the attic."

It was the soviets who liberated Auschwitz...what a fool!

...and how about that congresswoman who said the government will "socialize" oil...the democrats should quit calling themselves democrats... communists or socialists would suit them much better

Posted by: Kenny | May 27, 2008 12:26 PM

Humility. Obama does not know the meaning of the word. He should start by looking up the word, "respect". The Clintons have been trashed by Obama since day one. The Clinton's marital problems were ridiculed openly by Obama's spiritual adviser. Obama takes every opportunity to link the Clinton Presidency with the truly horrible GW Bush. He has so much contempt for the working class that he cannot understand why they do not buy his message - there must be something wrong with them.

I cannot believe that Democrats are falling for "Hope", and "Change" from a politician. This man is running for the freakin' Office of the President of the United States. If he is elected, he will be the man. If he is elected, his insurgency campaign won't work. His legion of kool-aid drinkers will be shocked by his arrogance and ineffectiveness. The man will have to work with Washington. He will be the only one who is "changed". We will be left "Hoping" he can achieve anything. Above all else, he will actually have to take a stand - which is one thing I think he is incapable of. Don't bring up his speech against invading Iraq, because if you think Obama will pull us out, you are beyond silly.

Posted by: David | May 27, 2008 12:16 PM

Obama has a relative for every occasion.

Posted by: ztormtra | May 27, 2008 12:10 PM

Jerry:

There is Substantial and Credible Information that President Clinton Committed Acts that May Constitute Grounds for an Impeachment

I. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton lied under oath as a defendant in Jones v. Clinton regarding his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

II. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton lied under oath to the grand jury about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

III. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton lied under oath during his civil deposition when he stated that he could not recall being alone with Monica Lewinsky and when he minimized the number of gifts they had exchanged.

IV. There is substantial and credible information that the President lied under oath during his civil deposition concerning conversations he had with Monica Lewinsky about her involvement in the Jones case.

V. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice by engaging in a pattern of activity to conceal evidence regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky from the judicial process in the Jones case. The pattern included:

VI. There is substantial and credible information that

(i) President Clinton and Ms. Lewinsky had an understanding that they would lie under oath in the Jones case about their relationship; and

(ii) President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice by suggesting that Ms. Lewinsky file an affidavit so that she would not be deposed, she would not contradict his testimony, and he could attempt to avoid questions about Ms. Lewinsky at his deposition.

VII. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice by helping Ms. Lewinsky obtain a job in New York at a time when she would have been a witness against him were she to tell the truth during the Jones case.

VIII. There is substantial and credible information that the President lied under oath in describing his conversations with Vernon Jordan about Ms. Lewinsky.

IX. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice by attempting to influence the testimony of Betty Currie.

X. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton endeavored to obstruct justice during the federal grand jury investigation. While refusing to testify for seven months, he simultaneously lied to potential grand jury witnesses knowing that they would relay the falsehoods to the grand jury.

XI. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton's actions since January 17, 1998, regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky have been inconsistent with the President's constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 11:34 AM

Jerry:

Technically, the "most" Ken Starr could find was multiple instances of perjury and obstruction of justice, inconsistent with the President's constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.

http://thomas.loc.gov/icreport/

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 11:26 AM

I was in Vietnam, I was in the US Army for 3y4m25d. I do not like or respect Barack Hussein Obama, but he has the right in this country to talk about what he feels or does not feel and I have the right to disagree with him that is what American freedom is all about. The right of a man standing center stage voicing at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.

I have seen a lot of dis-respectful comments about Bill Clinton and I have to disagree with them. Yes Clinton did have an AFFAIR, but that is between him and his wife. If she has the courage to take another chance on him its her business.
However Clinton was the President of the United States and as a citizen of said country I have to show the man respect. He did start off with a crappy economy and left office with a huge surplus. He did involve the United States in a war but he also got NATO support. He and Hillary were investigated by Ken Starr over the Whitewater Land Development but the most they could find 76 million dollars later was Bill had an affair.
75% of you folks out there (check the internet for these statistics) were the same ones in 2003 that were calling those of us who didnt want a war in Iraq (non patriotic).
Now that we are in a quagmire a no win situation now you want to do a 180 degree and say " I never wanted to be there in the first place."
You believed in the Bush propaganda and now you believe in the Obama propaganda as well the man is as much of a liar as Bush ever was.
The truth is out there but 80% of you are so enamoured with his speaking ability you believe his lies and deception, this is understandable after having a president for 8 years that could not find a proper sentence with a magnifiying glass and flashlight.
I look at all the humiliation that has been heaped on Hillary Clinton by the Obama Machine and wonder if Americans just like to be lied to.
Hillary and McCain voted not for an invasion of Iraq but a resolution to authorize the United States president to use military force if he after all the facts were in deemed it necessary.
Had she not voted for it at that time so shortly after the attack on the world trade center then that 75% of you out there would have been calling her un-patriotic.

Posted by: Jerry | May 27, 2008 11:17 AM

steve boyington:

Hopefully, Hillary DIANE Clinton will make a break for it and run as an Independent ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 11:16 AM

"Deep humility"? Well by definition that's a lie. Barack makes Ronald Reagan look like a piker. Is this what you call "method acting"?

I guess Axelrod is starting to make Rove look like a piker too.

Posted by: Paul | May 27, 2008 11:15 AM

Right back at you, JakeD, from the New York Times:

WASHINGTON -- When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D., last week that efforts to "push" her out of the race before all the nominating contests were over was "unprecedented," she offered a few historical references to support her argument.

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Election GuideMore Politics NewsThe news media's attention focused on Mrs. Clinton's invocation of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy after the California primary in June 1968. But she also cited the 1992 contest that ended with Bill Clinton's nomination.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary," Mrs. Clinton told the paper's editorial board, "somewhere in the middle of June."

But for weeks before that June 2 contest, few doubted that Mr. Clinton would be the party's nominee, including those involved with the campaign of his remaining challenger, former Gov. Jerry Brown of California.

"Even if it wasn't technically finished, it was clear to everybody involved that it was over well before June," Steve McMahon, a media strategist for Mr. Brown in the 1992 race, said Monday in an interview.

The contest between Mrs. Clinton, of New York, and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is hardly as clear cut. While he appears to have an unsurpassable lead in pledged delegates, she is hoping to draw the support of elected Democratic officials and party leaders -- superdelegates -- who will also help choose the party's nominee.

She continues to win primaries in populous states like Indiana and Pennsylvania and hopes to add up enough of the overall popular vote to make a case to superdelegates that she is better positioned to be the nominee.

Howard Wolfson, a strategist for Mrs. Clinton, also pointed out on Monday that some had called for her to leave the race early in the process.

"Senator Obama's supporters in the media began calling on Senator Clinton to drop out as early as February," Mr. Wolfson said. "This is one of the closest nominating contests in American history, and the constant calls for Senator Clinton to quit are unwarranted and inappropriate."

Yet the Clinton campaign in 1992 used some of the same tactics that Mrs. Clinton and her supporters now decry, like declaring the nomination secure early and encouraging party leaders and the news media to climb on board.

In the weeks before the California primary that year, much of the attention was already focused on the general election, with Mr. Clinton treated as the presumed Democratic nominee challenging President George Bush. Sights were set on November, with speculation about how Ross Perot, a well-financed independent candidate, would affect the prospects of the two men.

Recalling the race on The Huffington Post over the weekend, William Bradley, a California political strategist-turned-writer, said he had personally delivered a message to the Clinton campaign before the California primary that Mr. Brown "would run no TV ads in the California primary and would pull back from the sharp attacks," in recognition of Mr. Clinton's strength.

In fact, the race had for all intents and purposes ended weeks earlier, on April 7 in New York, when Mr. Brown made something of a last stand. It was ultimately a bust: He came in third, behind Mr. Clinton and the second-place finisher, Senator Paul E. Tsongas of Massachusetts, who had suspended his campaign weeks earlier.

That night, George Stephanopoulos, who was then a top aide to Mr. Clinton, declared that it was "mathematically impossible for Brown to get the nomination" -- the start of a campaign to declare Mr. Clinton the presumed nominee, even as several other major primaries loomed.

"So, lightning would have to strike," Mr. Stephanopoulos, now with ABC News, said at the time, a phrase he repeated last week to describe Mrs. Clinton's chances against Mr. Obama.

Mr. Clinton soon made a victorious visit to Capitol Hill, where he began trying to rally to his side the party leaders with automatic convention seats known as superdelegates.

And party members reported an effort by Clinton allies and ranking party officials to pressure uncommitted superdelegates to line up behind Mr. Clinton, a strategy he decried this past weekend when he accused "them" of bullying superdelegates early to choose sides between Mr. Obama and his wife.

"There's this frantic effort to push her out," he said, adding, "I've never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running."

In 1992 Mr. Clinton's strategy drew some support for his candidacy, including former Representative Don Edwards of California, who said on the day of Mr. Clinton's Capitol Hill visit, "He's going to be the nominee, so good Democrats are getting on board."

The message was also shared with the news media, with Ronald H. Brown, the party chairman and Mr. Clinton's close friend, telling The New York Times that April, "I cannot imagine a set of circumstances that would keep Bill Clinton from having a majority of the delegates by the end of the primary season."

Mr. Clinton was also discussing his vice-presidential considerations, telling a student that April that "a lot of presidents have got in trouble in past years because they picked too many people who were just like them."

In one way, though, Mr. Clinton's clinching of his party's nomination was later in the primary calendar than will probably occur in 2008. The Democratic convention that year was in July, a month after the contests ended; this year it is not until the last week of August, almost three months after the last states vote.

Posted by: steve boyington | May 27, 2008 11:13 AM

DonnaC:

Did you see my post to Royster? BTW: please try telling the U.S. National Guardsmen (and women) in Iraq and Afghanistan today that they are "not serving" ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 11:12 AM

Here we go again.....some of the same good oratory by Barack Hussein, BUT, where is the substance? where is the meat?

We don't need another inexperienced clown in the whitehouse, we don't affirmative action or on-the-job training for the position of President of the United States of America, the Commander in Chief!

Barack is a cool politician that will say or do to get elected. He now wears a flag pin and wraps himself with the flag; but we know in reality he shares the same ideas, values and emotions of his uncle Jeremiah Wright; and we now know that after the sad incident on 9/11, while Americans were united in sorrow and disbelief, Barack Hussein and Jeremiah Wrights's followers were in jubilant celebration, singing along in mass "the chickens are coming home to roost" and "d... America".......

We now know Barack Hussein will say or do whatever it takes to take over the whitehouse and once in power it will turn into the blackhouse and finally the black supremacist groups will achieve their goal and then the promised "Change" will happen, but it will not be the change, the cool Barack has been talking about; it'll be the real change of his real organization:
the black supremacist and radical extremist groups he embodies.
Take a look at their goals:
blackradicalcongress.org

Yes, I have to admit that Barack is a great orator, but his words are hollow and lack substance.

Posted by: Manolete | May 27, 2008 11:11 AM

I see Bubba has gone off his meds again. So what if Obama won the election? We should nominate Hillary. Why? Just because. She has been victimized!!!

Posted by: steve boyington | May 27, 2008 11:09 AM

The headline: Obama's uncle was one of the first U.S. troops to go into Auschwitz. Didn't he mean to say the Soviet Red Army actually liberated Auschwitz? Where is Keith Olbermann when you need him!

Posted by: mpwynn | May 27, 2008 11:08 AM

To Mom (an earlier post)

George W never served - just sat in Alabama hiding from service. Cheney never served. The Clintons never served. McCain did, and deserves our honor and respect for doing so. But why would he of all people try to deny these veterans a good solid GI bill that would reward them for their years of service? Obama is doing the right thing, and I hope Congress supports him. This is the least that we as a country can do for those who serve. I for one do not want to see the government get off the hook for benefits, health care and mental health care for veterans like they tragically did to the Vietnam war vets. This is what Obama stands for. Shame on McCain for standing for anything else.

Posted by: DonnaC | May 27, 2008 11:08 AM

Royster:

McCain and his family served "enough time" in the military, right? He offered his own GI Bill that was, in fact, MORE generous for GIs who served more than one enlistment period. Otherwise, one study indicated up to 16% decrease in retention rates. McCain's bill would have increased monthly education benefits to $1500; eliminated the $1200 enrollment fee; and offered a $1000 annually for books and supplies. Importantly, McCain's bill would have allowed veterans to transfer those benefits to their spouses or dependent children or use a part of them to pay down existing student loans. McCain's bill increased benefits to the Guard and Reserve, and even more generously to those who serve in the Selected Reserve.

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 10:53 AM

PS:

Isn't it the mantra of the mob on the radical left that, unless one has served in the military, they cannot speak on issues of war and the military?

That's what they always say to those on the America-loving conservative side, when we spak out in support of the War on Terror.

What's good for the goose and all that... Barack must follow his comrades' commands. He cannot speak about war and the military, as he never served.

LOL!

Posted by: mom | May 27, 2008 10:48 AM

Oh my! Barack Obama is making up stories again, I do believe.

It was the Red Army that liberated Auschwitz. Is Barack trying to tell us that his uncle was a soldier in the Red Army?

I believe that Barack's white uncle was in the US military; and while it is very likely that he did not enter Auschwitz as a liberator, his service during WWII is no less honorable. Barack shouldn't make stuff up.

Tell us another story, Barack.

Posted by: mom | May 27, 2008 10:43 AM

Great job by Obama. I served 30 years in the Army and earned an additional degree because of the GI Bill. McCain received his first degree at tax payer expense before he served a single day in the Navy. Now he want even support a bill that would pay for a degree for our military personnel after they have given at least three years of service to their country. Shame on him.

All you who are making negative comments about Obama, how many years did you serve in the miltary or you son or daughter? How many years did Dick, Bill, and Hillary serve. And you remember George, his dad ontained him a commission in the National Guard to ensure that he wouldn't be drafted to serve in Vietnam and now he is the biggest clown and worse Commander-in-Chief our country has ever had. What a joke and so is McCain for following in his foot steps.

Posted by: Royster | May 27, 2008 10:43 AM

No need to worry. The long overdue revolution
which will excise the cancer of liberalism and Obama with it is just around the corner.

The only uniting that will come from the socialist demorats is uniting the forces of true patriots who will root out those who desire to destroy this great country.

Soap Box, Ballot Box, Bullet Box. Vote from the roof tops.

Posted by: Robert | May 27, 2008 10:40 AM

Obama has a heart for the veteran issues. He will be a breath of fresh air for this country. The last eight years have been a terrible time for this country. We do not need another four years under McCain in the same condition we are in today. May God bless you Obama as our next President.

Posted by: lclon | May 27, 2008 10:35 AM

from CNN.com:

Former President Bill Clinton said that Democrats were more likely to lose in November if his wife Hillary Clinton is not the party's presidential nominee, and suggested some people were trying to "cover this up" and "push and pressure and bully" superdelegates to make up their minds prematurely.

"I can't believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out," he said at a South Dakota campaign stop Sunday, in remarks first reported by ABC News. "'Oh, this is so terrible: The people they want her. Oh, this is so terrible: She is winning the general election, and he is not. Oh my goodness, we have to cover this up.'"

The former president added that his wife had not been given the respect she deserved as a legitimate presidential candidate. "She is winning the general election today and he is not, according to all the evidence," he said. "And I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running."

"Her only position was, 'Look, if I lose I'll be a good team player. We will all try to win -- but let's let everybody vote, and count every vote,'" he said.

The former president suggested that if the New York senator ended the primary season with an edge in the popular vote, it would be a significant development. "If you vote for her and she does well in Montana and she does well in Puerto Rico, when this is over she will be ahead in the popular vote," said Clinton.

"And they're trying to get her to cry uncle before the Democratic Party has to decide what to do in Florida and Michigan" - which the party would need to do "unless we want to lose the election. "


The current requirement to claim the Democratic presidential nomination is 2,026 delegates, a formula that does not take into account delegates from Florida and Michigan, whose contests were not sanctioned by the party - although if those votes were to be counted as cast, Hillary Clinton would still currently trail rival Barack Obama in the overall delegate count.

The former president said Sunday that the media had unfairly attacked his wife since the Iowa caucuses, repeating an often-used charge that press coverage had made him feel as though he were living in a "fun house."

"If you notice, there hasn't been a lot of publicity on these polls I just told you about," he said. "It is the first time you've heard it? Why do you think that is? Why do you think? Don't you think if the polls were the reverse and he was winning the Electoral College against Senator McCain and Hillary was losing it, it would be blasted on every television station?"

He added, "You would know it wouldn't you? It wouldn't be a little secret. And there is another Electoral College poll that I saw yesterday had her over 300 electoral votes.... She will win the general election if you nominate her. They're just trying to make sure you don't."

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2008 10:32 AM

Smart and level headed are my criteria. Obama is the only one that meets that. Stop the ideological madness.

Posted by: Navy Vet | May 27, 2008 10:28 AM

As a 76 year old white republican, I admire the intellect and managerial ability of Barack Obama. It takes guts and reams of intellectual capacity to craft such a smoothly run campaign, despite the distractions of those who would paint him into a radical corner. He rises so far above the self-centered hypocracy of Billary that he gets my vote and support in November.

Posted by: Lou | May 27, 2008 10:17 AM

Lots of opinions. Obama is a breath of fresh air. OBama 2008.

Posted by: Audrey | May 27, 2008 10:11 AM

Congradulations, Washington Post! You again win the prize for the most un-educated comments on the web. The American education system has failed us all. Your comment pages are constructed and spelled at a 4th grade level.

Posted by: guidroz | May 27, 2008 10:07 AM

From TM

It is difficult not to conclude that Senator Obama has developed his reputation as a powerful orator and skilled politician in a protected media environment and in races against candidates that were deeply flawed.

But with his nomination assured and the most important job in the world on the line, the criticism-free zone in which Obama has long prospered simply cannot be sustained, and even MSM's many accommodations cannot camouflage the gaffe parade that is Team Obama from top to bottom. The litany of stock responses from the left's library conveys that the senator really hasn't spent much time thinking through the issues that face the country, and his unpreparedness is both breath-taking and discomforting, even to his supporters. "Rolling the dice" with an untried rookie might be something a desperate NFL franchise might try with a quarterback, but the world cannot afford to have its only superpower turned over to a completely unqualified and wholly inexperienced lightweight.

Posted by: jaylo | May 27, 2008 10:02 AM

Once again I must denounce the stupidity and vitriol which characterizes so many of the posts above. Look at the BIG picture, people--namely, preventing Bush/McCain and the plutocrat Republicans from winning the White House again. Do you seriously believe the country can afford another four (or, God forbid, EIGHT) years of ruinous Republican domestic policies and destructive foreign-policy blunders??? For all who vent their rage on EITHER Obama or Clinton, vowing to vote for McCain instead: stay at home in November, or grow enough of a brain to vote Democratic in November.

In regard to some anti-Obama specifics above (and no, I'm not an Obamabot who thinks he is perfect or nearly so, but he is far better than McCain):
1) Do you really think intelligence is a bad thing, or do you think the past eight years of having a mentally mediocre president has been a good thing? Can we please have SMART for a change?????
2) BHO's lack of military service is a non-issue. Was Lincoln a veteran? FDR (not that I know)?--and they were presidents who led us through our nation's most significant wars. Do you think Dubya's years of (non, apparently) service in the National Guard gave him particularly good insight?
3) BHO's religious views are a non-issue. As a committed Christian, I would still vote for an ex-Muslim, minority (you plug in the minority you despise most), homosexual atheist if I thought his/her ideas were better for our country. God expects me to use my brain and choose the best STEWARD for our country, not apply some bogus theological, ethnic, or racial litmus test.

I expect you to call me an elitist, but it appears as if there SHOULD be an IQ test as a prerequisite to voting. And while I have an earned doctorate, I am less inclined to rub elbows with the elite many of you seem to despise, and more concerned that those many friends of mine who don't hold degrees and who do have blue-collar jobs will be betrayed once again by another Republican administration.

If you can't think, shut up.

Posted by: old white male democrat in WV | May 27, 2008 9:51 AM


So why did he NOT serve in the military????

Humble? He speaks in opposites....what a master of verbal manipulation.

DEMS for Clinton OR McCain!

Posted by: Steve | May 27, 2008 9:46 AM

Obama is lying once again - Auschwitz was located in Eastern Poland and was liberated by the Red Army. Americans were there as part of survey groups, but only much later.

Posted by: PGR88 | May 27, 2008 9:33 AM

Does any one in Washington Care about Americans?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TShPYA-OuPs

Posted by: maggieb | May 27, 2008 9:18 AM





By now, everyone's heard of Sen. John McCain's "Straight Talk Express," on which Mr. Maverick routinely shoots the breeze with members of the press. What many Americans may not know is that Sen. Barack Obama has his own campaign bus, "The Expediency Express," which is regularly deployed to flatten anyone who interferes with Obama's quest for power. The Expediency Express knows no loyalty, so passengers board at their own risk. From low-level staffers , to longtime confidants, to senior advisors, to blood relatives, Obama has displayed an unflinching willingness to toss pretty much anyone under his bus as soon as they're seen as a major liability to his campaign.

Let's review the casualties thus far. The most prominent victim, of course, was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whom Obama long regarded as a father figure and spiritual mentor. Wright married the Obamas and baptized their daughters. The words of one of his sermons inspired the title of Barack's second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope. Even after Wright's penchant for America-hating statements and conspiracy theorizing came to light, Obama stood by his minister of twenty years, insisting that the "snippets" pounced upon by the media misrepresented Wright's worldview. Then came the infamous National Press Club performance, when Wright regurgitated all of his nuttiness within the span of an hour, then proceeded to suggest that his former congregant had only distanced himself because he was saying what he needed to say in order to get elected. Although this may have been Wright's clearest insight in years, Obama perceived it as a show of "disrespect" to him and an "insult" to his campaign. Before he could blink, Wright had tire tracks down his back. The message was clear--say whatever you'd like about America, her people, and her leaders, but if you cross Captain Change, you're toast.

The Wright episode also produced an unlikely target: Obama's own grandmother. Back when Obama was still quasi-defending Wright, he delivered his now-laughable Philadelphia speech in which he drew a moral equivalence between Wright's poisonous rantings and his grandmother's private confession of latent racial bigotry. "I can no more disown [Wright] than I can my white grandmother...a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe," he said. Granny, a "typical white person" in Obama's estimation, served as a convenient sacrificial lamb. Her privately-expressed racism simply had to become public knowledge to help Obama temporarily extricate himself from a sticky situation, so under the bus she went.

The Expediency Express has also pancaked a number of Obama staffers and advisors. Obama's time-tested strategy for explaining away gaffes has been to scapegoat low-level staff members. As ABC's Jake Tapper notes , the buck frequently stops elsewhere, as Obama thoughtlessly hurls aides into oncoming traffic. Top-shelf advisors aren't immune, either. Just ask Samantha Power, who fell on her sword after badly mangling a series of interviews with the European press. Robert Malley also "voluntarily" resigned when reports of his meetings with Hamas became public. Poor Mr. Malley didn't stand a chance given Obama'a recent issue regarding those unconditional meetings with despots and dictators. The "distraction" of Malley's cozy relationship with a terrorist group proved too rich a target for Obama's critics, so under the bus he went.

Since we're constantly told that Obama is a fresh face, unsullied by political machinations, one could be forgiven for thinking these ruthless tactics are a new phenomenon--borne out of the unpleasant necessities of a presidential campaign. Such an assumption would be, to quote one ex-president, a fairy tale. Obama's short career in public service began with a political hit-and-run. In 1995, a well regarded Illinois State Senator named Alice Palmer selected a young Barack Obama keep her seat warm in Springfield as she pursued a run for US Congress. When her bid failed, she returned to stand for re-election at the state level, but Obama refused to relinquish the seat. His political machine proceeded to file lawsuits and used other legal maneuvers to force the venerable Palmer--as well as all other challengers--off the ballot. Thus, one of Obama's very first political allies and a respected African-American leader in Chicago became the first casualty of the Expediency Express. The double-crossed Palmer, incidentally, is now a Clinton supporter.

There's little doubt that Obama's rampage is far from over. In fact, the roster of potential future targets seems to grow with each passing day. At this rate, the freshman senator will have to wildly veer all over the campaign trail to cut down potential threats to his general election victory. To start with, it's a fairly safe bet that unrepentant terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn--who hosted Obama's political coming out party in the 1990s--sit atop the hit list. Any more inflammatory headlines, statements, or photographs involving the radical duo may reduce them to political roadkill faster than they can say, "we don't regret setting bombs."

Another troublesome ally who ought to look both ways before crossing the street is Greg Craig, a senior policy advisor to Obama. Craig is a defense attorney whose client list includes a member of the Panamanian parliament who's under indictment for the murder of a US serviceman. He also represented John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981. The Mainstream Obamedia informs us that their preferred candidate just kicked off a "Trust me, I'm a patriot--check out my new lapel pin!" tour, so ties to this sort of unsavory character may contribute to the candidate's self-diagnosed patriotism problem. Take the subway, Greg.

The same applies to Obama delegate James Yee. Yee is a former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who in 2007 appeared on Syrian television to accuse the US military of mistreating detainees. He cited lurid examples of Koran desecration and other such acts, undoubtedly stoking anti-American sentiment among those who saw the program. The trouble is, Yee didn't actually witness any of the alleged outrages himself. His assertions were based on the accounts of--wait for it: The terrorists! That's right, Yee took detainees at their word, then rushed over to a hostile Middle Eastern country to repeat the unsubstantiated allegations on television. Now this (hopefully unwitting) propagandist will represent Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in August. If Yee wants to avoid getting steamrolled, he ought to hope this story gets buried over the holiday weekend.

Finally, there's a nasty rumor floating around the blogosphere that the Vast Rightwing Conspiracy has gotten its mitts on a damning videotape. The alleged tape is purported to show someone very close to Senator Obama making racially incediary remarks. Who is the star of the video? None other than she-who-cannot-be-named, Michelle Obama. Granted, there are ample reasons to doubt the tape's existence. A committed Hillary Clinton supporter started the rumor and he uses anonymous "high ranking" GOP sources to validate his claims. Are we supposed to believe the Machiavellian Clinton camp really passed up on using the tape during the primaries? Could such a bombshell have been kept under wraps for months? Probably not. Regardless, the rumor still raises the question of whether Michelle Obama would get the bus treatment. Inquiring minds must know: Would Barack Obama throw his own spouse under the bus? "This is not the same woman I met twenty years ago" may not fly with voters.

All high level political candidates encounter a minefield of past associations, potential scandals, and skeletons in the closet when they run for office. They all have to denounce supporters and fire staffers from time to time. During this cycle alone, McCain has thrown a few top aides and Pastor Hagee to the wolves. Hillary Clinton dumped Geraldine Ferraro from her campaign for raising politically incorrect questions about Obama. Such is the nature of contemporary "gotcha" politics.

What makes Obama's situation unique is the sheer number of targets, as well as his relationship to them. It's galling to see a candidate publicly repudiate a steady stream of top advisers, many of whom must have been vetted at some point. It's jarring to witness a politician toss apolitical family members under the bus just to save his own skin. It's off-putting to see a man defend his spiritual mentor for weeks, only to make a poll-driven decision to cut him loose shortly thereafter. Barack Obama promises a new kind of politics. If that phrase refers to his disloyal, self-serving, and calculating tactics, his "friends" should stay as far away from the open road as possible. Obama's Expediency Express is racing toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and anyone who gets in the way, no matter how close a friend or ally they think they are, will get thrown under the bus. Full speed ahead.


Posted by: maggieb | May 27, 2008 9:16 AM

My gosh there are a lot of hostile posts here, aren't there? A bit nervous, are we? But dream on hostile posters, we aren't buying your story this year. We have a country to put back together.

Posted by: Arthur | May 27, 2008 9:11 AM

By Choice,Family connections and money, Bush and Cheney Did Not serve in tne Military! Hmm-What a Grrrr-eat "Commander in Grief" he has been for all you astute and blind GOP supporters. Give yourself a Big Hand...You Voted for this Lying, Murderous Traitorous Administration! Twice!!-Good Job! Are We all better Off Now, than 8 long miserable years Ago??? WELL...ARE WE? !!!!!!!!!OBAMA and(Jim Webb?) in 2008!!!!!!!! Ron Hagelund, USA

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 8:57 AM

In which state does Mad Michelle plan on running for the U.S. Senate after President Yobama leaves office?

Posted by: 2SaywhaT | May 27, 2008 8:53 AM

to: Iraqi Vet first wave 2003 -----

Your idea sounds good but you left out term limits for senate and house, which along with your list will never happen. Your man O will make thing even worse. While I am deeply in debt to you for your military service.... Go get an eval of your mental state.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 8:48 AM

humility?? what a joke

Posted by: kevo | May 27, 2008 8:43 AM

Now the the most junior Senator from Illinois is deeply humble?

For Barack is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--

Let the worldwide media anal exam begin. Let us see history in the making!

Posted by: Jon Iscream | May 27, 2008 8:37 AM

Its funny to see a man such as Bush destory this country and still idots still back him and Mc Cain is a fake! I'm tired of this fool thinking he's more experince because he's and Ex-Pow dont make him bright. This Countrys hurting and these fake a@* Republicans dont care. OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW, CLEAN WASHIGTON OUT ,LOBBIEST OUT, CORPARATIONS OUT, STOP PAYING THESE PEOPLE UNDER THE TABLE, AMERICAN HAS BEEN BROUGHT WITH THE BLOOD OF THE PEOPLE AND SOLD BY THE HANDS OF THE GREED. OBAMA FOR THE PEOPLE NOT THE LOBBIEST

Posted by: Iraqi Vet first wave 2003 | May 27, 2008 8:29 AM

So,once again that elitist liberal loser
phony meany mouth empty suit fraudlent false Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is out
trying to con all of us,and especially our
veterans and their families,and our current
military people and their families with yet
another phony speech as that arrogant,
smirking,struting pompus arse big mouth
Barack Obama does not know a damn thing about our military,since Obama never served
a single day in it and is therefore totally
unqualified and unfit to speak to any of
us from military families,like myself and
you bet Iam insulted and outraged by it and
by Obama pretending he is qualified to be
our Commander in Chief of the US Military
when Obama is not and I'm fed up with that
pompus arse obnoxius arrogant smirking
struting around like a peacock Democrat
version of George W Bush and I will never
vote for Obama or anyother Nancy Pelosi and
Howard Dean backed Democrat in 2008. Iam also an Independent Voter and I came from a
military family as well. NO WAY OBAMA!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | May 27, 2008 7:56 AM

Obama is a borish already.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 7:15 AM

This man plays to the gallery all the time, aided actively by friends in the media. Talk about embellishment! The Auschwitz camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet Red Army of Russia (http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/html/eng/historia_KL/wyzwolenie_ok.html). Poland became a Soviet occupied territory and there is not much documentation that the two armies (US and Soviet) ever crossed each other's occupied territories, unless someone has chosen to re-write history to use the sacrifice of US veterans to his advantage.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 4:37 AM

It's amazing to me at times that some people ignore the truth in order to justify not voting for Obama. If you choose to not vote for him be man or woman enough to admit why you didn't or won't. We all know that he's the best person to lead us. We all know that some won't vote for him simply because he's black. Here's where it should be tricky for the whites that won't vote for him...HE'S HALF WHITE AND HALF BLACK!

Posted by: ObamaGirlinBama | May 27, 2008 4:00 AM

John McCain's foreign policy is grounded in the nightmare of his Viet-Nam experience as he continues to relive it even today.

Just ask him and he will tell you that even though we lost over 47,000 brave American military and suffered nearly 250,000 casualtiies and despite killing over 2,000,000 Vietnamese in the process, that we could have "won" in that tiny southeast Asian country ( who by the way, was no threat to the United States,) if we had just stayed another 100 years or so. " The light at the end of the tunnel."

This man is a relic of the past and has no business (except his corporate friend's interests) of leading our country in a new direction. He is a mean spirited, angry old man who would better serve us by retiring to his luxurious ranch and tending to his barbecue and horses.
Not this time.

We can't afford the Supreme Court Justices that he is sure to appoint, and the continuing failed policies of the disaster named George Bush.

Viet-Nam veteran,United States Air Force,1963-1968, 433TFS,8th TFW, Ubon, 1967-1968.

flew 140 combat missions over North Viet-Nam, Laos, South Viet-Nam and saw the horrors of that ghastly war. 23 out of my squadron of 56 were shot down while I was on tour. McCain called this a "noble endeavor." My friends and I saw it as catastrophe that should never have happened.

Now this misguided man wants to "win" what is basically a civil war between three factions in which we are basically caught in the middle of with no possible military solution available.

Not this time.

This veteran is backing Senator Obama.

Posted by: Terry | May 27, 2008 3:14 AM

Boy, Brutal Truth, you seem to actually believe half the garbage you are rewriting. It is unfortunate that none of it comes from original sources like, say, a newspaper. A lot of the garbage you spew has been circulating in emails and proven false on television and print news sources.

But your purpose, like so many others that write here, is not to give opinion but to slander. It is not to point out the positives of another, but to spread falsehoods. Maybe that is because there is so little to critique Obama for. Call him on his lack of national experience. That is fact, though seen as a positive by many. Discuss the positive attributes of another candidate. But to reprint garbage, especially hateful and ignorant trash long proven false, is a waste of time.

Posted by: Josh | May 27, 2008 3:14 AM

Senator Obama appeals to all, not because he is a "empty vessel" as you suggest, but because he genuinely wants to help everybody who needs help and take a principled stand on issues. Unfortunately, the Republicans have tried to paint him weak on foreign policy and have accused him of wanting to talk to our enemies, so Senator Obama has been trying to assuage those that fear that he is going to open up diplomacy with Iran, Cuba, etc. But, in reality, a lot of us need to open our minds a bit and think about what he saying and why, rather than jump to conclusions about who he is or what his former pastor has said. Politics is not easy, and running a campaign under media scrutiny is especially difficult while trying to appeal to a variety of audiences. Barack Obama is trying to appeal to all Americans because he really wants to unite this country, not isolate over 50% of the country like George Bush did, just so he can say that he took a tough stand.

Posted by: Obama '08 | May 27, 2008 3:14 AM

Boy, Brutal Truth, you seem to actually believe half the garbage you are rewriting. It is unfortunate that none of it comes from original sources like, say, a newspaper. A lot of the garbage you spew has been circulating in emails and proven false on television and print news sources.

But your purpose, like so many others that write here, is not to give opinion but to slander. It is not to point out the positives of another, but to spread falsehoods. Maybe that is because there is so little to critique Obama for. Call him on his lack of national experience. That is fact, though seen as a positive by many. Discuss the positive attributes of another candidate. But to reprint garbage, especially hateful and ignorant trash long proven false, is a waste of time.

Posted by: Josh | May 27, 2008 3:14 AM

John McCain's foreign policy is grounded in the nightmare of his Viet-Nam experience as he continues to relive it even today.

Just ask him and he will tell you that even though we lost over 47,000 brave American military and suffered nearly 250,000 casualtiies and despite killing over 2,000,000 Vietnamese in the process, that we could have "won" in that tiny southeast Asian country ( who by the way, was no threat to the United States,) if we had just stayed another 100 years or so. " The light at the end of the tunnel."

This man is a relic of the past and has no business (except his corporate friend's interests) of leading our country in a new direction. He is a mean spirited, angry old man who would better serve us by retiring to his luxurious ranch and tending to his barbecue and horses.
Not this time.

We can't afford the Supreme Court Justices that he is sure to appoint, and the continuing failed policies of the disaster named George Bush.

Viet-Nam veteran,United States Air Force,1963-1968, 433TFS,8th TFW, Ubon, 1967-1968.

flew 140 combat missions over North Viet-Nam, Laos, South Viet-Nam and saw the horrors of that ghastly war. 23 out of my squadron of 56 were shot down while I was on tour. McCain called this a "noble endeavor." My friends and I saw it as catastrophe that should never have happened.

Now this misguided man wants to "win" what is basically a civil war between three factions in which we are basically caught in the middle of with no possible military solution available.

Not this time.

This veteran is backing Senator Obama.

Posted by: Terry | May 27, 2008 3:11 AM

Obama is all things to all people. He is an empty vessel in which you can store all your Hope and dreams of Change. What he isn't is a man. He is neither white nor black - he is what you perceive him to be. He worships in a church for twenty year but somehow doesn't attend the particular services in which Rev. Wright vilifies America. He invokes MLK but is raised by whites, educated by whites. His pastor lives not in the hood, or in black Africa, but in a gated, lily white community. This man is nothing. He channels Rev. Wright and speaks against the Iraq War, but doesn't lift a finger when he becomes Senator. Barack Obama is perfectly marketed by David Axelrod. Barack Obama has no identity. He is a blank slate. He takes no stand when in a position of influence. Barack Obama is as much a fraud as GW Bush.

Posted by: David | May 27, 2008 2:39 AM

the fem who has the clintons in the cross hairs is ok by my book

Posted by: nico Alba | May 27, 2008 1:32 AM

Forgot the Inquisition

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 12:57 AM

Brutal Truth, if you were born Muslim, your father divorces your mother, she marries a christian, which means you convert, you grow up, return to your muslim homeland and in your first office year you make the symbolic act of swearing in on a bible, yet you attend your prayers at a mosque and you went to school at a catholic church school for two years before you went to a muslim one, which religion are you? The one imposed upon you in your youth or the one you chose yourself? And what is the diffrence between the Koran and the Bible? Are they both not the Lord's Word? For you to slag a religion you know nothing about shows the depth of ignorance. Lack of Knowledge we can cure, Ignorance has none. And on the Abuse of religion, we all have done it. The wipe out of the Knights Templar was done with religion as the reason, money the motive. The witch hunts of the Dark Ages, Colonisation, Slavery, and today the idea of allowing gay marriages in the church so as to boost attendances and donations. Again money the motive. And this is all christianity. Do not preach about religion. You may have a valid fear on the school he went to, but that was ages ago, long before Osama formed his band of devil worshippers. Do not pollute people with your prejudice. you wont stomach the results. Look at the Xenophobia in South Africa. The effects will set in soon, and they will feel the economic ramifications for years. Be very careful.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 12:55 AM

Its Summertime now winter is over..Are you kiddin me? First Bill then Clinton and who is next..Chelsea? Are we in King and Queen Era?

Posted by: samatyme | May 27, 2008 12:51 AM

Here are valid reasons why Sentator Obama should become the president. During the first 8 years of his elected service Obama sponsored over 820 bills. Just in 2 years in U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written a further 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096 including ; **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law), **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act,(became law), **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill,(became law), Compare this with Clintons total of 20 bills in six years in the Senate 15 of them for naming courthouses, and post offices or honoring individuals & places. Don't listen to Hillary's empty words look into her past performance. Decide for yourselves which one of the two is smarter and works harder to deserve your vote. Here is the government source for my information( www.thomas.loc.gov). Obama will be the president. Mccain and his antiques will be left on the wayside.


Posted by: Helen | May 27, 2008 12:38 AM

Every blog is the same and you know it is getting a bit old. Everybody is being derogatory of the others preferred candidate and trying to elicit anger by saying off colored remarks. Someone tell me what does that prove, is it going to change the dynamics and guarantee your candidate will be the winner, no. If you don't like the choices don't vote. Besides after the elections are over everyone will go back to their little corners and resume their regular everyday lives and of course whoever wins they will say I told you so!!!

Posted by: Cheryl L | May 27, 2008 12:38 AM

No one said his uncle liberated Auschwitz. What he said is his uncle was there. And there were GIs in Auschwitz. Check your historical facts. Just because the Soviets liberated the camp does not mean they hung around to help the living. The Soviets hated Jews themselves and Stalin would later deport mass numbers to Siberia's concentration camps. The soviets were too busy killing germans to fully show their humanity. That is how the two countries ended up helping there. Because there was no way that the Russians could shoulder that on their own, especially since they had no first hand experience, unlike the Americans who had seen Dachau and Bauchenwald. Also by saying no GIs were there, are you also saying the hundreds or so british solders who also witnessed the camp during the relief effort are non exsistent

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 12:34 AM

Wow, a politician pandering to veterans on Memorial Day. Is this the 'Change' he's been talking about?
How many members of his campaign staff have ever served in *any* life-risking service (military, police, firefighter...)? "Lead by example" has given way to "Do as I say, not as I do"

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 27, 2008 12:25 AM

It is scary to read the ignorant rantings of "The Brutal Truth" and "Veritas Vincit". Check your facts people. You are so wrong on so many counts that it's ridiculous. It makes me wonder if you are actually trying to spread these lies to see how many people might believe it.....Hmmm?

Posted by: One who knows better | May 27, 2008 12:08 AM

Lord bless all of our troops!

May they seriously begin to come Home with our next president.

Go Obama!!! Wonderful campaign. I believe you sincerely care about our people. I believe you will deliver for us results. '08

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 27, 2008 12:06 AM

Love the pointless ad hominem attacks on politicians.

How about attacking the argument and not the person? Maybe, then, people would be more receptive of your message.

Posted by: Logical Fallacy | May 26, 2008 11:56 PM

What were Obamas big accomplishments?

he wrote a book
was an editor in college
started running for president without even a year in the senate.


Posted by: hhkeller | May 26, 2008 11:49 PM

After years of warmogering, arrogance and belligerence from Bush, Cheney and the neocon hawks, it's refreshing to see a presidential candidate who's willing to give peace a chance and focus on small, practical solutions that could make a difference. Not McCain who will continue what we have all seen enough of.

Posted by: D Griffith | May 26, 2008 11:47 PM

Here are the facts for all to see and read..anyone who thinks rationally can only conclude that Obama is a phoney and a Liar !

Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Black Muslim from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHIEST from Wichita, Kansas.

Moderate Muslims can no longer tolerate Obama. He and his wife are haters for his wife to say that this country is no good and this country has never been good to her. Obama should denounce his Pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has connections with Louis Farrakhan, along with him being friends with that underground guy William Ayres who he says is his friend after he bombed the Pentagon in1972, he received money from William Ayres, and this guy is way worse than Mark Rich.

Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii. When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia. When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school. Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim.

He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school." Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta. Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. The terrorists that crashed into the Twin Towers were once all enrolled in the study of Wahabism..just as Obama was!!

Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected Presidential candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!!!! ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office - he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Kuran (Their equivalency to our Bible, but very different beliefs) Obama also refuses to pledge allegiance to the USA flag.

How can someone who wants to be President refuse to commit to the USA? Before you vote for any candidate, remember how many people are disgusted with Obama's autobiography!!!!

Voters be cautious in this crucial election that means so much to the USA and the free world.

Posted by: The Brutal Truth | May 26, 2008 11:39 PM

Sorry, gone to Memorial Day celebration for a few hrs. Army Brat and others who say I make no sense about lie or misrepresentation about Obama's uncle who liberated Auschwitz,actually the point is valid. This is a classic lie or Spin on his part, prob. to court the important Jewish vote where he is currently having trouble! Believe me,Auschwitz was captured by Russian troops in Jan 45. There were NO American troops present at that event, in fact not for several hundreds of miles around! This is just another lie or tall tale so common among politicians of all stripes to try to make a point. They count on most people not knowing their history. Obama's uncle could not have been traumatized by an event or place he never saw!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 11:35 PM

Senator Obama comes to Las Cruces, does not release where he will appear, and invites only certain veterans. Undoubtedly, there were many veterans who did not have an opportunity to hear his Memorial Day speech.
This seems to me to be an elitist approach.

Posted by: Bob Marble | May 26, 2008 11:10 PM

black flather, white mother. does that mean that black should be considered dominant? or should black people begin thinking that the white half will sell us out? could some of you bigots answer this for me?

Posted by: iamcouriousblack | May 26, 2008 11:09 PM

people, lay off the party elders, Howie Dean is a gutless polititian who knows that if he forces the clintons out it is political suicide. all of her "fanatical supporters (who are not all of her supporters)" will have all the evidence they need to whine conspiracy and defect en masse. hilsey has to publicly either get whipped, concede or have the supers take her out. at this juncture, the blame MUST be spread if any damage control is to be done to the democratic party. many people have got to get in her face and force her to see that all of her tires are flat and the gas is used up. if this is not done (and soon), the bleeding can only get worse. BTW if you search their records, the clinton's do not publicly misspeak. what is said is measured, calculated and intentional.

Posted by: iamcouriousblack | May 26, 2008 11:06 PM

Kennedy and Dodd sailing after promoting Obama. How you say, well Kennedy was scheduled to speak at the college in Porto Rico. Granted he couldn't but he sent Obama in his place to get air time and a honorary degree! Seems Ted is sending his boy to the presidential school of cutthroat politics [prime time] It looks like the Super-Delegates are steeling the show with the hate they hold for Hillary! Get them McCain!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jackmack74 | May 26, 2008 11:04 PM

To Mike | May 26, 2008 10:14 PM -

Are you kidding me? Nobody has 'trashed' the troops as much as the idiots currently running the show. How dumb do you have to be to buy the line of "we support our troops" while doing everything to NOT support them (i.e.: no armor, crappy medical when they get home, sending disabled troops back again and again)???
To say that the Dems "trash" the troops more than recent Repugs is ridiculous.

Bush treats the troops the same way he would treat the little plastic pieces of his Risk game, which he played a lot of while getting drunk in the frat house. They don't mean a gawddamn thing to Bush, so, please, stop with the "smear and fear". The Dems will have a chance to fix Bush's nightmare, so deal with it.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 11:04 PM

I suppose being the son of a four star admiral, finishing fifth from the bottom of your class at Annapolis and yet somehow making it into the Navy as an officer, and having a political job waiting for him when he returned from Vietnam is not silver spooned? And let's compare that to growing up under a single mother who had to live on food stamps occasionally just to feed her son. Who is really part of a "silver spoon" family here?

Posted by: factspewer | May 26, 2008 10:54 PM

The DEMS, party of "Peace Brother" talking about getting a "Military Man" for Veep. Now that's enough for old Georgie Patton to rise up from his grave and start "slappin" a few people.

Posted by: ZarDotZ | May 26, 2008 10:38 PM

I'm voting for him in November.

Posted by: Maria Cristina | May 26, 2008 10:37 PM

obama is doin the rite thing

Posted by: OsamaObama | May 26, 2008 10:35 PM

The military, and Senator McCain, know that an education benefit will have minimal effect on re-enlistment. 1. For every Veteran who leaves for the benefit there will be at least one who joins for the benefit. 2. Many people re-enlist based on relationships they have with their peers not because they feel there is no opportunity upon leaving.

Posted by: Shawn | May 26, 2008 10:21 PM

One word for Obama; Chameleon. His puppet master; Zbigniew Brzezinski.

His background: Indonesian Muslim elementary school until 4th grade, then Hawaiian private school until High School graduation.

He *never* encountered the "urban black American" experience in his life.

Occidental College for two years then a pass into Columbia University.

Silver spoon all the way.

Posted by: Veritas Vincit | May 26, 2008 10:17 PM

How will the Blacks change once Barack Obama is president you ask. I don't think it will be a change at all. After all the Black man has contributed so much to this society yet never given the credit for his contributions. I am hoping that the white race becomes educated to the point that they don't let any race baiters feed them a line of crap that will prevent them from thinking for themslves. The truth be told, there are more people the equivalent of the two races that Barack Obama is made of, but the truth has been swept under the rug and put in closets. Some of you who are writing these racially charged blogs are cousins to more than a few blacks. Is that what is wrong? You are looking in the mirror. Ask your great grans for the truth.

Posted by: BJ in North Carolina | May 26, 2008 10:17 PM

Obama Speaks with "Deep Humility" on Memorial Day
He should, he's in the party that continually trashes the military and the troops.

Posted by: Mike | May 26, 2008 10:14 PM

I have nothing to add about Obama's race but neither did those who commented before me but that did not stop them from posting.

Posted by: G8tr | May 26, 2008 10:07 PM

You're right, Wait and See, I apologize.

Posted by: connect the dots | May 26, 2008 10:05 PM

Donna you are just fine, your critic does not know that it was the 800 man, all black, 761st that liberated the Bucenwald and Dachau death camps because the U.S.Army forgot to remember.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:59 PM

To the Donald/ I believe you are right. Let gas go up to $10 a gallon.Let food prices keep rising. Keep screwing up the economy and with the housing crash precipitating a recession those soldiers will kiss butt to re-up where they can drive government vehicles , eat government food, sleep in a government bed and have a health plan.I think we could maybe cut their pay , too. Oh, and they get free burial if they get whacked. You are such a generous bastard, I can't believe it.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 26, 2008 9:57 PM

NinaK, I'm with you. I think Obama will overtake McCain in the general election, and I also think he will go down as (at least) one of the better presidents.

Another thing: you silly people who are scraping the bottom of the barrel for "connections", keep it up. Your foolishness is always good for a laugh.

Posted by: LanceZ | May 26, 2008 9:55 PM

v ann- I don't think Wesley Clark is a bad person or a stupid person and he does have military experience.When I first heard that he was running for president and saw his qualifications, I was excited. I thought he might show some spark. However, I heard him 3 times on TV and every time I'm sorry to say that I came away unimpressed. He seemed to have a terrible time putting together his words in an impressionable manner. I do not think he is equipped with the public speaking skills necessary for a successful ticket.

Posted by: majorteddy | May 26, 2008 9:50 PM

e's too liberal for my taste and also too educated. Americans don't like presidents who speak too good, so I guess we'll have to "think again".

Posted by: Jay Johnson
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Jay, you are in the minority! After listening to Bill Clinton fumbling his way through his White House speeches and wagging his finger at us, and then listening to our current President literally chopping the English language, it is a breath of fresh air to have someone who is exceptionally intelligent and with oratory skills second to none!! Senator Obama was born to be a great leader! I would venture to say he will go down in history as one of our greatest Presidents!

Posted by: NinaK | May 26, 2008 9:47 PM

On one MarcAmbinder thread with about thirty comments, around 15% were white women over fifty. Or, at least an Obama supporter claiming to be one.

As for the post, I'm just surprised that Obama wasn't wearing a blue helmet, but I guess we're going to have to wait until after the inauguration for that.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 26, 2008 9:47 PM

Obama will be a president for all Americans, not just blacks. He will be fair. So, the black should not hope that Obama will do anything for them and the white should not worry that Obama only works for the black. He will do anythings that would be good for the American people and for the USA. I believe Obama will do that.

Posted by: chan | May 26, 2008 9:45 PM

e's too liberal for my taste and also too educated. Americans don't like presidents who speak too good, so I guess we'll have to "think again".

Posted by: Jay Johnson
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Jay, you are in the minority! After listening to Bill Clinton fumbling his way through his White House speeches and wgging his finger at us, and then listening to our current President literally chopping the English language, it is a breath of fresh air to have someone who is exceptionally intellent and with oratory skills second to none!! Senator Obama was born to be a great leader!

Posted by: ninaK | May 26, 2008 9:44 PM

dl----===+++Hillary is still in the race?

Posted by: oldman&theC | May 26, 2008 9:43 PM

I love how so many people go gaga over that GI Bill. Liberals get so caught up in that feel good moment they don't think about the consequences. Hmm...should, in a time of war, we pass a bill that gives incentives for people in our army to continue to serve in it or should we pass a bill that could help deplete our army. If I were a politician who wanted votes i'd pick for the bill that hurts the army but makes me look like a protector of the troops, if i were a real leader i'd pick the unpopular but necessary one..hmmm.. what is Senator Obama really changing in Washington?

Posted by: Donald | May 26, 2008 9:40 PM

Having the Clinton's back in the White House is like watching reruns of The Three Stooges, only starring Billy, Hillary & Chelsea.

Posted by: WLB, Honolulu, Hawaii | May 26, 2008 9:37 PM

This is in response to the post placed by connect the dots. IF you were in the service you would know that you are forbiden to speak for the service or service members as a whole, I personaly dont give a damn about either candidates. This is supposed to be a choice for whos better to lead us IF it is Obama then it is Obama. IF it is Clinton then it is Clinton. You people are so wraped up in this POPULARITY contest that your forgeting that. I am active duty i serve my country. And i will vote for who i believe will bring the best policys and laws for our country. At the end of the day i serve to defend DEMOCRACY not politics. I dont care about the people, i dont care about what is said about them. I dont even care if they half black, a woman, or a 1 million year old fosil. I implore you to remember that just because you like someone dosent mean their best for this country or democracy. And (connect the dots) if you do serve remember that one of the freedoms you defend is for everyone to have their OWN voice dont speak for others. NOT all Active duty and vets are for Obama. I am still waiting to see, but i do know some here in my base who support clinton, and some for Macain. And everyone that reads this please remember DEMOCRACY not POLITICS and BEST CANDIDATE not YOUR FAVORITE. Please think about it.

Posted by: Wait and see | May 26, 2008 9:36 PM

Hey you communist lover. America is a democracy. With a protected Constitution. That cannot be overthrown by any President. So your fear mongering will not work. Find something new to take the mickey with. just because someone is a communist, it does not make him evil or stalinist.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:34 PM

'My grandfather marched in Patton's Army'

Probably he did, but I don't remember him fighting by my side!

Could Obama tell us where his white grandfather fought?

Posted by: George S.Patton
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Please do not sully General Patton and his name with your hypocracy and bigotry!! Shame on you!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:34 PM

I am really confused as to what anything he said, set off the multiple comments on his ethnicity? The fact is that he has run an excellent campaign, his strategy alone was brilliant, the ability he has to raise money and manage his budget phenomenal, and most importantly his policies and ideas are out of this world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to elect a leader that will move this country forward with a Democratic Congress/Senate. Amazing things are possible. I am excited for the future, but it is disheartening to read some of your posts they are so superficial. If you don't agree with his policies than fine don't vote for him, but you cannot judge him on superficial matters that he nor any of us have control over and really don't matter.

Posted by: Shannon | May 26, 2008 9:31 PM

Obama's mantra - 'change you can believe in' -
New mantra....
Senator Obama, Are you a member of the Communist Party?

85,944 died defending America from Communism...Senator Obama, Are you a traitor?
Obama mentored by Communist Party figure"

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=65066


Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:29 PM

OBAMA 100 PERCENT! GO DEH MON.

Posted by: JNESA | May 26, 2008 9:27 PM

The most comprehensive playlist you will find on the internet with more than 100 of the best songs supporting Barack Obama: http://tinyurl.com/2t4mjf

America's got talent!

Posted by: Svarten | May 26, 2008 9:26 PM

Is it true that McCain was a clumsy idiot in the military, or are you simply pulling our collective leg

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:23 PM

Toto, I gotta differ with you. His father was an African. His mother was an American. If anyone ever was an African-American, he is it.

Posted by: steve boyington | May 26, 2008 9:18 PM

Reading the comments posted by Senator Clinton's supporters certainly seems to validate the scorn of women who feel they have been wronged. If you ladies who are fanatical Hillary supporters would spend one-tenth of the time reading history that you spend reading the store advertisements you would know that in the history of this county there has never been a more selfish individual run for the POTUS than Senator Clinton. Not only is she a power hungry, manipulative individual, she along with her lying husband will do or say anything to get elected. Even the individuals who were associated with Bill's last campaign say so. At least the ones that are lucky enough to still be living. Nineteen individuals from Vince Foster, Hillary's partner at the Rose law firm, Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce, etc who were all very good friends and supporters of the Clinton machine would tell you also except they all had untimely accidents. Wake up people before it is too late! I am a 56 year old white male who has never voted in a presidential election in my life and I believe that Senator Obama is the last hope for this country.

Posted by: Thomas@Stinson.net | May 26, 2008 9:17 PM

toto, he is a hybrid (offspring of two different species of the same category of creatures, in this case, the Homo Sapien Sapien). Dang Straight Shoot-in. Where me guns Maw, need to hold on to somethin in case dem learned wippa snappin politicos donna listein to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 9:16 PM

McCain rolled out his big guns on Obama the other day, chiding him for not serving in the military, by contrast to McCain himself, and thereby laying claim to McCain's superior judgment about how much or how little veterans should be helped in pursuit of their education with an augmented GI Bill.

Obama responded with alacrity. It's shaping up like a good conflict through which all of us learn more about our system and our status.

But in this month of May, I'm wondering what ammunition McCain is going to have left for use in his assaults come October?

Posted by: FirstMouse
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The majority of Americans do NOT serve in our military services. People do not HAVE to join the military in order to serve our country; they serve their our country in many other capacities. McCain is being very narrowminded and acts as if he is the ONLY one who has served our country. His military service and being a POW does not automatically qualify him for President of the US States. If that were the case, why is he running at age 71? As Representative Murtha has said, the Presidency is not for old men. Mr. Murtha should know, he's been in Washington for a long time and knows the rigors required of the President. Mr. Murtha is about four years older than McCain. Anyway, I think it is really think McCain is playing dirty pool by criticizing Senator Obama for not having served in the military. Did George Bush?? Did BIll Clinton? Clinton was in some foreign country protesting the Viet Nam ware instead of serving in that war. McCain ought to be careful about boasting of his military service; he crashed 7 aircraft and released a bomb on his own aircraft carrier, killing several people, destroying other aircraft, and nearly destroying the carrier. Those were MISTAKES he made. Wonder why no one brings this up. The History Channel had a documentary on this information a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: NinaK | May 26, 2008 9:09 PM

i am not against a black president but when all i read is 'the first african-american president' i feel that is wrong verbage. if obama was 100% black (jesse jackson, al sharpton, etc..) there would be no way he would be president. but, with obama being half-white, he has a better chance. the truth is that he is half white and .... half-black. they should call it what it is.. the first half-white and half-black president of the US.

Posted by: toto | May 26, 2008 8:59 PM

Back in the day I believe it was called "shell shock" and if someone came home from the war with it, well it was just a shame. How dare anyone in the Senate not vote for Webb's bill?

White chick over 50 for Obama!

Posted by: mary | May 26, 2008 8:57 PM

He's too liberal for my taste and also too educated. Americans don't like presidents who speak too good, so I guess we'll have to "think again".

Posted by: Jay Johnson | May 26, 2008 8:56 PM

Okay, you people who seem to be unable to move outside your boxes of hate need to step outside your hatred, resentment, and bigotry and look at the majority of the USA. It does not matter what Senator Obama does or doesn't do, you are forever finding fault with him. I strongly suggest you look in your mirror and search your own hearts and souls and try to get at the bottom of your nastiness. Senator Obama has more integrity and honesty in his little finger than all of you put together!!

Posted by: NinaK | May 26, 2008 8:54 PM

Originally, I was for Dennis Kucinich. He spoke the truth. The MSM blackballed him. As the field narrowed, and I began to listen to Obama, I was blown away by how inspirational he is. I'm a white guy, ex Air Force, and I firmly believe that having a thoughtful, articulate and intelligent Black man as the President will be the best thing for us right now. It will send a signal to the World - We're Back!

Posted by: Chris Barry | May 26, 2008 8:53 PM

Right on Thron!

Posted by: mary | May 26, 2008 8:49 PM

I admire Obama for his integrity. honesty and his reluctance to embroil himself with Hillary's mis-spoke' again comments. He takes the high road - not that he really has to - but his excellent judgment and calm manner will do justice for America. He has run an excellent campaign - his staff are first class and there have been no reports of tension, anger, etc. as well having great financial support. Hillary has had nothing but problems with financial debts and still in debt and much much anger and frustration within her staff. If this is the way she would run the country from Day 1 - god help us.
I hope the superdelegates come out from the shadows and support Obama before Hillary makes the democratic party a blood-bath for her own ego. The Clintons are owed absolutely nothing and should be shown the road out of the country. They have brought nothing but shame to this primary. I am a 79 year old white woman
who is voting for Obama.

Posted by: Vi | May 26, 2008 8:45 PM

McCain rolled out his big guns on Obama the other day, chiding him for not serving in the military, by contrast to McCain himself, and thereby laying claim to McCain's superior judgment about how much or how little veterans should be helped in pursuit of their education with an augmented GI Bill.

Obama responded with alacrity. It's shaping up like a good conflict through which all of us learn more about our system and our status.

But in this month of May, I'm wondering what ammunition McCain is going to have left for use in his assaults come October?

Posted by: FirstMouse | May 26, 2008 8:43 PM

Obama needs a VP choice with military and international policy experience - Wes Clark!

Posted by: VAnn | May 26, 2008 8:41 PM

"Obama mentored by Communist Party figure"

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=65066


I for one would like Obama to explain his 4 years of 'mentoring' by Frank Marshall Davis.

27,727 dead in Korea
58,217 dead in Vietnam.....85,944 died defending America from Communism...they are entitled to an answer.


Posted by: rtfanning | May 26, 2008 8:40 PM

- So, I wonder who stands a better chance of living in the White House for the next 4 years, a black or a woman?

- Bet you my new Learjet, that's gotta be a black. Chicks stand no chance there.

- Even after Pelosi?

- Hey. Piece of cake. Let's run an experiment. Remember that skinny darko from Illinois, what's his name..

- Obooma?

- Right. Something like that. Let's put him on the dem track along with Hillary, eliminate all others, set these two on head-on collision and see who gets on top.

- Awesome, let's try that. Wait. We need someone electable on the other side.

- Absolutely...

Posted by: real power | May 26, 2008 8:39 PM

ver1944 sounds like an angry rural who is holding on to his guns. Of course he is humble. What do you call appealing to one's sense of duty and charity through a pacified approach?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 8:31 PM

I guarantee you his driver's license and birth certificated don't say "half-black."
Truth is, most African Americans have mixed heritage and Obama is no different.

Yeah, I guess the truth really DOES hurt, huh?

Posted by: Biondo | May 26, 2008 8:30 PM

I am supporting Obama but i have one concern, how will the African American public change if he does become a President, for the better or the worse?

Or not at all.

Posted by: mildbrew
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Mildbrew, change begins within our ownselves, how we view ourselves and how we can improve ourselves, then we help others do the same. It is a wonderful thing! If people remain in their little boxes and do not reach out outside those boxes they never change. Take a look at Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky; the majority of people there have not moved forward in the last 40-50 years. Senator Obama asks us to lift ourselves up and I believe that is what most of us are aready doing and will continue to do. Senator Obama will be a great President and Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: NinaK | May 26, 2008 8:26 PM

'My grandfather marched in Patton's Army'

Probably he did, but I don't remember him fighting by my side!

Could Obama tell us where his white grandfather fought?

Posted by: George S.Patton | May 26, 2008 8:25 PM

Someone had a concern about how and if black people will change once Obama become president. Hum! First of all black people didn't ask to come to the USA to work as slave for a bunch of lazy people. They didn't ask when and if white people will change toward them. They fought in many ways, positive and negative to overcome. They went by tens of thousand to die in different wars to comeback home to find white people still threaten them like less than nothing.
Do not ask if the black man will change. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CHANGE. And America will be on the top of the world again

Posted by: Thron | May 26, 2008 8:23 PM

"The problems we face cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created them." --Albert Einstein

If ever there was an election that embodied the wisdom of this quote, 2008 is it.
Go Obama!

Posted by: Michael | May 26, 2008 8:19 PM

Deep humility my balls!
This guy is a joker!

Posted by: Vet1944 | May 26, 2008 8:18 PM

so many fake vets here or it's just one obamanoid faking a crowd?

Posted by: sf | May 26, 2008 8:16 PM

who cares if the hybrid is black or white. As long as he can get rid of that dang war

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 8:12 PM

Although I am a great admirer of Mr. McCain (given his exemplary military service to our nation), as a military veteran (NAVSPECWAR), I find that I must also salute Barack Obama. I am certain that he will NEVER let us down. Dare to hope, dare to dream America!!!

Barack 2008!

Posted by: USN Veteran | May 26, 2008 8:12 PM

Lincoln said: " A nation divided shall fall."
I believe we should all remember those words, and Obama like Lincoln is saying it takes the majority of us all to preserve and better our nation. Kennedy said: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Those words are foreign to people like the Clintons, they are far more concerned about themselves than our nation and people. I'm nearly 80 years of age, white, and I will be proud to cast my vote for Obama as president of the United States of America.

Posted by: Richard | May 26, 2008 8:08 PM

let's get this right folks. obama is half-black and half-white. he will be the first half-black president. truth hurts, doesn't it.

Posted by: toto | May 26, 2008 8:07 PM

Obama is endorsed by The American Legion.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 8:07 PM

You do not vote a candidate into power because of sex or color or their desire to wipe out the opposition through violence or intimidation. you vote because of policy and leadership capabilities. Anyone who does so based on the former is selling both himself and his country short at the polls. Any women Democrat who wont vote for the chosen nominee if its Obama will cheapen what has been a fantastic battle for the American future all over some petulance and their behaviour which is similar to a little child's. Hillary is not liked by a vast number of Americans, and they will get their feelings heard, at the polls, in the news, on the net and in merchandising and advertisements. Whether it is sexist or not, its an expression of dislike. And jugding by the numbers, do you seriously believe she would have won? especially without the young voters, some republicans and Independents Obama has drawn to him? She would not. Because most do not like her. Get over It and move on

Posted by: Kelly,Kentucky | May 26, 2008 7:57 PM

Veterans and active duty support Obama!

Posted by: connect the dots | May 26, 2008 7:57 PM

Shakespeare wrote these words (with Hillary in mind ), "Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone."

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 26, 2008 7:46 PM

Bob Kerry for VP, I kind of like the idea. But how long has he been living in New York? Guess it wouldn't matter. Senator Hagel would be an interesting choice, but he is pro-life. I still like Jim Webb. What about Jay Rockefeller? Did he vote for the war? Not Hillary, no way. Would have to put Bill in the attic. I'm sure Senator Obama will have a great pick. I trust his good judgment.

Posted by: Carolyn Grace | May 26, 2008 7:46 PM

am i mistaken in the assumption that McCain has lost his bearings? The GI Bill will probably cost a few billion and will look after a lot of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and in future campaigns. The war in Iraq so far totals some three trillion and there are more trillions to come. McCain wants your military in Iraq for a bit longer (10 more years- a new Vietnam). In a battle of ideas and policy, McCain loses out to Obama hands down in Economic and social policies. I am not even American but i am already convinced that either Obama or Hillary is better. Will you vote for a United America with a chance to reclaim your Diplomatic and International respect or for Nam part 2- "ANOTHER TEN YEARS" Republican Policy

Posted by: sekurumupengo | May 26, 2008 7:42 PM

White Females must feel so dishonored by the Democrat Party. To see Hillary Clinton, the far better candidate, kicked to the curb just so the Democrat Party can appease the Blacks has to hurt. Thank God I'm not one of the Democrat peanut gallery.

Posted by: CrazyMonkey1 | May 26, 2008 7:36 PM

the articles fails to conceal sarcastic smirks sprinkled all over. Obama and Humility... Yeah, baby!

Posted by: mw | May 26, 2008 7:21 PM

mildbrew, it is my opinion that the African-American people will change individually, like everyone else some for better some for worse. One of the great things about Barack is how he demonstrates in his own life, the fact that while we all come from somewhere, and we all revere our ancestors, it's what we do with our own lives that matters.
Peace Jim

Posted by: Jimmy Gunn | May 26, 2008 7:15 PM

Best choices for V.P. would be a Washington outsider with experience who can trim away Republican votes in the Midwest, upper south or west. Former Senator Bob Kerry from Nebraska, a veteran is a good choice. He also was a Hillary backer from the start. Former Senator David Boren of Oklahoma, a veteran and former char of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is another good choice. Lastly, Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee would be a good choice. He is not a veteran, but has business experience. All these choices focus on the upper Mississippi and Ohio River valley states which will be critical in November.

Posted by: VaPolitics | May 26, 2008 7:14 PM

the obama campaign sucks forget it maybe in a few years I would vote for him. no experience, no forgeign policy give it up. so nobody can take a strong women. reminds me of the 70's when you could not get a credit card without your husbands credit making ok for you. for all of you young people that is how it was for your mothers. Obama does not mean the best!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mm in the chad state | May 26, 2008 7:13 PM

mildbrew, I think the AA public will react much the same as all other Americans will react.

There will always be that fringe... White Americans, AA's, women, who would over react... depending on which of the 3 remaining major candidates get the nod. Arrogance is not limited to one group of people.

Both Obama and Clinton represent something different from McCain. Blacks will have a role model. Becoming president is a reality for them. Same goes for young women. It's a good thing.

Posted by: Cindy | May 26, 2008 7:11 PM

I wonder if he remembered to wear his flag pin today for show? I hope so, so his lies will look more believable.

Posted by: Resist Liberalism | May 26, 2008 7:10 PM

Barack Obama is supported by all the fellow troops I know must be because we are young or is it because we know what is best for us. As to to Hill folks:

Hillary supporters please relent we have no problem with your girl hanging out until the 6th or 7th of June and then of course she will have to take remedial math. I suggest thtat she board the "special bus" to school for her remedial math.

She is the best candidate to beat Mc Cain if we need someone who can blow 250 Million dollars to set us a failed strategy and run a troubled team ragged. Yes she is white but if that is her sole qualifier then once again she is proven wrong. Bye Bye Hillary enjoy Puerto Rico and then wherever you are going to write your concession speech. Oh, I apologize I forgot you are never gracious enough to congratulate your opponent when they beat your narcissist self.

BARACK AND ROLL We salute you here in the 101st all of us white , black and latinos. Sorry no Asians in our unit.

Posted by: JOE BENTO SFC, US ARMY | May 26, 2008 7:07 PM

Kenton's comment above makes no sense. There is nothing in history to contradict that either the Red Army reached Auschwitz first, or that Obama's uncle could have been one of the first U.S. troops to arrive there.

The "attic" story is a good reminder as to why we need to take better care of our troops after they have suffered for us.

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | May 26, 2008 7:02 PM

OUR VOTE HAS CONSEQUENCES AND WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH IS THE REST OF OUR LIVES, VOTE SMART, VOTE FROM YOUR HEART.

Posted by: VIDAL | May 26, 2008 6:59 PM

Nayone for VP but Hillary! Hillary, as with the Bosnia sniper fire delusion, suffers from a fantasy that she is the front-runner, and with her forever shifting goalposts, her new lunatic math and kitchen-sink-sewer, failed and bankrupt campaign, wants Obama to give her MORE TIME as some evil and psychotic person can clear the road to the WH for her . I am a feminist older than Mrs. Clinton and as an American patriot, I need to do the right thing and tell Mrs. Clinton and sex-addicted impeached Bill, get out already! The Clinton dynasty has been spoiling not just Obama's race in November but also the entire Democratic Party and its representatives'-- congressmen, governors, district officers, mayors, etc, etc--ability to win in future elections. Bill is fighting Obama to return to the WH for a third term, and Obama has been fighting not just two Clintons (both playing every dirty card in politics) but also the GOP and the mainstream media who want to see the contest continue and their high ratings maintained. To claim Senator Obama is not electable because he is black is to say that only white Americans, like Bill and Hillary, can become President, as they have for over 200 years. No Native, Hispanic, or Asian American need apply as well just in case they'll end up like Robert Kennedy as well. Is this what we want for our republic? Senator Obama MUST denounce and reject Hillary's shameless agenda. He MUST stop treating Hillary as an older white woman like his mother and therefore to be respected, and show her for the corrupt (25 million dollars gained from influence peddling last year alone), lying (Bosnia sniper fire), bullying (Judas name-calling), ruthless (just look at her ads), unelectable (highest negatives ever in a presidential candidate, and negatives increasing every day) small human that she is. The Party Elders Must remove Hillary, the basest fear-mongering, saber-rattling candidate ever, before something really really bad happens with all the hate-inciting she and Bill have been doing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:58 PM

It might be that lot Republicans crossed the line to vote for Mr Obama in this primary. Will thy vote for Mr Obama if Mr Obama is the nominee?

Posted by: Deka, Rabin | May 26, 2008 6:57 PM

Better check your facts again Donna. No American troops liberated Auschwitz! You may be thinking of other camps far to the West. Auschwitz is in Poland! No US Army unit ever got that far east!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:57 PM

There was a lot of political stuff about who got credit for what. Americans were in fact there.

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My grandfather was imprisoned at Aushwitz and yes American GI's did work with Russians to free it but there were plenty of olive clad GIs fighting and eventually successfully freeing them. A quick review of the facts will show Barack Obama is once again a truth teller not like John McCain and of course sniper fire Hillary.

VERITAS will set us all free, We are the people we have been waiting for.

Go Barack Go

Posted by: Donna Green | May 26, 2008 6:54 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:56 PM

I love the Hagel idea but the smart pick is Rendell.

Posted by: godblessusa | May 26, 2008 6:55 PM

My grandfather was imprisoned at Aushwitz and yes American GI's did work with Russians to free it but there were plenty of olive clad GIs fighting and eventually successfully freeing them. A quick review of the facts will show Barack Obama is once again a truth teller not like John McCain and of course sniper fire Hillary.

VERITAS will set us all free, We are the people we have been waiting for.

Go Barack Go

Posted by: Donna Green | May 26, 2008 6:54 PM

No one is telling Hillary to quit other then the voters.

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I find it very interesting that Barack is being so positive and praising of the veterans. It is also very interesting how positive and praising he is of Hillary..........While his henchmen are doing everything behind the scenes to get her to quit the race. What a bunch of mallarky for the candidate that bills himself as the candidate of change.... and what about reporting what Hillary said this Memorial Day. Or does the press not respect that Hillary is still in the race.

Posted by: dl | May 26, 2008 6:47 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:53 PM

Thank you Obasama for so eloquently saying you are NOT the right person for the Job of Commander in Chief!

Not everyone is qualified for every Job!

Lawyers, are Senators and Judges. Two out of three branches of Government ain't Bad! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 26, 2008 6:51 PM

Well done Obama! Don't let McCain drag you into the mud. Obama/Richardson '08!

Posted by: Jefferson2008 | May 26, 2008 6:49 PM

How will white people change, for the better or the worse?
I think it will be for the better for black people. How could they not, it will be a source of pride they have never enjoyed. Black children have never seen a president that looked like them. I think it will be a great thing we will for the first time be what we claim to be.

I remember when Tiger Woods won the Masters. On the final hole in the background were the black waiters, and workers watching Tiger Woods finish. I think under most circumstances they would have been told they could not be there, but no one did. They watched as a black man won the Masters and cheered with tears in their eyes. Yes it will be good.

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I am supporting Obama but i have one concern, how will the African American public change if he does become a President, for the better or the worse?

Or not at all.

Posted by: mildbrew | May 26, 2008 6:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 26, 2008 6:49 PM

I favor WEBB for V.P. and his miliatry cred would help the cause, Hagel also has the military cred and shows commitment to reaching across the aisle either excellent picks.

If you want to support our troops then you have to support Barack Obama. I honor John McCains service and appreciate his survival as a POW but that does not give him the keys to Commander in Chief. Lincoln, and Roosevelt never served a day in our military but led victories in the Civil and 2nd World War.

OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT BEST CHOICE FOR US VETERANS.

SEMPRE FI

Posted by: Doug McMullen SGT, USMC | May 26, 2008 6:48 PM

I find it very interesting that Barack is being so positive and praising of the veterans. It is also very interesting how positive and praising he is of Hillary..........While his henchmen are doing everything behind the scenes to get her to quit the race. What a bunch of mallarky for the candidate that bills himself as the candidate of change.... and what about reporting what Hillary said this Memorial Day. Or does the press not respect that Hillary is still in the race.

Posted by: dl | May 26, 2008 6:47 PM

Obama has to be lying or is misinformed. No American enlisted troops ever saw Auschwitz until long after the Red Army captured it.

Posted by: Kenton | May 26, 2008 6:46 PM

Senator Obama wrote and got passed the legislation that gives our troops free calls and food at Walter Reed hospital. I am amazed that we even had to pass along to give the troops these basic rights. I am a Vietnam veteran and my son just came back from serving in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq maimed.

Our nation needs to pass Jim Webbs GI Bill and it s shameful that George W. and John McCain are not prepared to give our young heroes the benefits they deserve. There is no good reason to not do right by those who fight in a war that they authorized for no good reason. Please if you read this blog and need a reason to support Jim Webbs GI Bill just go to your local veterans hospital and see the true price of this wrong war.

The good news is that even though McCain and Bush oppose this necessary bill it has enough votes to overturn a Bush veto. Take that you false patriots!!

Barack Obama is the best candidate for those of us who have paid the price for this country so lets all go vote for him.

AIRBORNE

Posted by: Pablo Hernandez, LTC U.S. Army | May 26, 2008 6:43 PM

Edwards for VP

Posted by: Mobydog! | May 26, 2008 6:41 PM

It is going to change for the better for all segments of America, thing is Obama is not going to change it.

We are.

That is what this is about.

Obama is not perfect nor can he do it himself, he says this all the time. It is going to take everyone of us working together.

Vote Obama in 08!

Posted by: Deward Bowles | May 26, 2008 6:38 PM

I am supporting Obama but i have one concern, how will the African American public change if he does become a President, for the better or the worse?

Or not at all.

Posted by: mildbrew | May 26, 2008 6:33 PM

Great job Barack! Your sticking to the substance or your plan is the best slam to that angry old stupid Republicon who has supported the complete destruction of our military with that war criminal Shrub and Chumpy. Together, they have thrown our men and women in uniform into deadly surroundings in an illegal war with a lack of proper equipment for never-ending terms of service in violation of their enlistment agreements. I doubt very much few sane persons (at least, who are not starving) will now sign up for the volunteer army in the future since everyone knows that they and their families can be literally imprisoned in h*ll for an unlimited amount of time. You have far more insight and integrity than these Republicon fools ever will.

Posted by: Patrick Henry | May 26, 2008 6:04 PM

Obama in 08!

My guess is Hagel, Webb, Warner or Palin for VP.

Posted by: Deward Bowles | May 26, 2008 6:03 PM

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