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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton addressed Indiana Democrats at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Sunday night in Indianapolis. In the midst of a highly competitive primary contest, the candidates temporarily scaled back their criticism of each other and focused it instead on President Bush and Republican nominee John McCain, emphasizing the unity of the Democratic Party. (Video by Francine Uenuma / washingtonpost.com)

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LW:

I found this from Hillary (still nothing similar from Obama):

"If Senator Obama is the nominee, you better believe I'll work my heart out for him," Clinton said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/05/02/politics/fromtheroad/entry4068514.shtml

Posted by: JakeD | May 6, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can Clinton clinch North Carolina? She IS supposed to be catching up, you know... and oooh, catching up is hard to dooooo oooo, catching up is hard to do.

North Carolina will want to throw the bumbs out given the economy and the wars, no more clintons, no more bush, no more dynasties' dirty looks.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 6, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Myth #1: Hillary has a shot

Myth #2: McCain has a shot

Myth #3: Obama is a Christian Muslim who's Christian Pastor is a Christian Muslim.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 6, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Hope would die with an Obama loss...

Posted by: Liz | May 5, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

If you're a Mac user and having trouble with this page, send an email to the Post via this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/admin/help/popup/frame_page.html

Every time my cursor hovers over the text of this or any other post on The Trail, it becomes a live link to today's Howard Kurtz column. This has been going on all day and the Post Web gurus are apparently all out to lunch right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

TaaTaa - I can't remember Hillary telling me to "screw Em Bill" ... she looked absolutely blind sided when I made my confession to the nation. You keep forgetting I was the first black president of these United States.

Posted by: Bill | May 5, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

TaaTaa - you got me - I just did not want the people of America to deprive me further use of the Lincoln bedroom. Wink Wink!! It sure beats sleeping on the couch or being awakened by those 3:00 a.m. phone calls. Cuddle Cuddle. Lets see my 8 years and Hilliary's presumptive 8 years - give Chelsia time to be the second woman in the White House.

Posted by: Bill | May 5, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

John:

The difference, of course, is that neither Clinton knew Procanick was molesting children. Obama knew about Wright and DEFENDED him ("I could no more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother").

John:

The difference, of course, is that neither Clinton knew Procanick was molesting children. Obama knew about Wright and DEFENDED him ("I could no more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother").

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

IF A PASTOR IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY THEY KEEP!
When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to
tell the whole truth And nothing but the truth. But as the former
Clinton Pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for
Inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his Home last March, Judge
Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick Sacrificed his honesty the day he
testified.
Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton's pastor Has been convicted
of child molestation, will we see the Same furor directed at Hillary
that Obama has had to Endure these last few weeks?
IF A CANDIDATE IS KNOWN BY TH E PASTOR THEY KEEP ......
Then you u need to email this article to everyone you Know. Here the
CLINTON'S Pastor is convicted of child Molestation. So, if Obama bears
the guilt for his pastor's comment; then Hillary has to be equally
tainted by this man's crimes.
GIVES NEW MEANING TO SHOE ON THE OTHERS FOOT...

Posted by: John | May 5, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

IF A PASTOR IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY THEY KEEP!
When the Rev. William Procanick put his hand on the Bible during his
sex-abuse trial in Oneida County Court earlier this year, he swore to
tell the whole truth And nothing but the truth. But as the former
Clinton Pastor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for
Inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl at his Home last March, Judge
Michael L. Dwyer said Procanick Sacrificed his honesty the day he
testified.
Okay, so now that Bill and Hillary Clinton's pastor Has been convicted
of child molestation, will we see the Same furor directed at Hillary
that Obama has had to Endure these last few weeks?
IF A CANDIDATE IS KNOWN BY TH E PASTOR THEY KEEP ......
Then you u need to email this article to everyone you Know. Here the
CLINTON'S Pastor is convicted of child Molestation. So, if Obama bears
the guilt for his pastor's comment; then Hillary has to be equally
tainted by this man's crimes.
GIVES NEW MEANING TO SHOE ON THE OTHERS FOOT...

Posted by: John | May 5, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Another thing Jack, In 1996, Hillary is the one who said, and I quote, "Screw Em Bill, we don't need those white working-class people, what have they done for us anyway". See, when you do your homework on people, that's when you find out stuff. But when you just follow the blogger who blogged before you, that's when you sound uneducated and stupid.

Posted by: TAATAA | May 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Jack Smith, sound really crazy, but you are entiteled to your opinion. But if I may ask you a question, are you voting for her as a vote against Obama, or do you really believe in her. So you are telling me you can look past all the lies, all the deception, all the crooks in their past and with good conscious vote for her. At the same time, telling me to judge Senator Obama because his pastor is crazy. You sound crazier than his pastor. Another working-class, low income, uneducated Hillary supporter. The media defined you guys perfectly.

Posted by: TAATAA | May 5, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

After doing the math, the gas tax will save me $16.20 over a 3 month period. Hillary Clinton, how stupid do you think I am. You and Mccain may be able to reach the uneducated and less fortunate (hillary supporters that is), but even they know how to calculate and determine that this is not worth it.

Posted by: TAATAA | May 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

To the person blogging anonymously, you must be Bill Clinton. Why don't you put your name on the blog so we can address your unfounded, ridiculous comments. Obama will be the nominee because Superdelegates already know how the Clintons are. The ones who have voted for her are either on one of the Clinton's payroll, or the mobsters I mean Clintons have something on them and have threatened to reveal them. OBAMA 08 and again in 2012!!!

Posted by: TAATAA | May 5, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | May 5, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

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

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

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

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

OBAMA AIDE: "WORKING-CLASS VOTERS NOT KEY FOR DEMOCRATS" :o

Posted by: jacksmith | May 5, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This came from The Huffington Post and it will leave you speechless.

Straight from Arkansas!~


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnq5U9ovtaE&feature=related

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Dems Ramp Up Attacks

Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Hillary DIANE Clinton hit each other hard today, the day before contests in North Carolina and Indiana that could break the deadlock over who will be the Democratic nominee for president. full story:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/05/campaign.wrap/index.html

So much for "party unity" ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I = I am

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Working together, Hillary and Obama have managed to turn a general election that should have been a shoe in for the Democratic nominee into a contest that gives McCain a real shot.

Posted by: Ed | May 5, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I just hoping the next WaPo thread doesn't "stress [Democratic] unity" so much ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

We'll have to agree to disagree, then, since it is obvious to me (and even you agreed) that his statement: "I would still be campaigning for Democrats" could exclude campaigning for Hillary.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Jake, no go... second sentence of Obama's response to first question - "I want a Democrat to win in November, so even if Senator Clinton were the nominee instead of me, I would still be campaigning for Democrats"...he accedes to the idea that the result of the hypothetical question would be that Hillary is the nominee... ergo, he abides by the decision but he doesn't make any commitment to campaign for Hillary.

Posted by: LW | May 5, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

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Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

That's certainly not the first time I've had that very, same thought about a certain "newsman" named Tim Russert ; )

But, your point is well-taken. I did not use the word "refuse" but I would propose the following as a compromise:

"Sen Obama DECLINED to answer whether he would abide by super delegates' decision should they nominate Sen. Clinton."

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - Your inference could be correct but that wasn't my point...I said I didn't see where he refused to ABIDE by their decision. He was not asked if he would campaign for Hillary. Maybe you should have been the moderator to insure that "clear" questions were put to the candidate.

Posted by: LW | May 5, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I mean, even (M)Ann Coulter said "I will campaign for Hillary ..."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1963282/posts

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, LW, he didn't say "all Democrats, including Hillary" -- he instead used the generic and plural "Democrats" -- so, a literal reading of his answer (twice) could exclude campaigning for Hillary, as I bracketed above.

He was asked specifically: "if the superdelegates decide otherwise, you will abide by it" and he simply referenced his previous evasive answer. If you have him saying, specifically: "I will campaign for Hillary if she's the nominee" by all means, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Anon at 11:40 - The point is that she refuses to divulge the information that will reveal the roots of the web she straddles. The American public deserves to know the rot at the core before it's too late.

JakeD: Sorry - I don't see where Obama refuses to abide by the superdelegates' decision if they go against him. Last time I looked Hillary was a Democrat, albeit not much of one.

Posted by: LW | May 5, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

ANYONE interested in peeking ahead to see how this whole Democratic primary debacle ends, mark down this date: Aug. 28.

It's a date you'll hear a lot about in the coming months as Democrats try sorting out the mess they've made of what should have been their easy shot at the White House.

The date is not important just because it's the grand finale of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

This coming Aug. 28 also is the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s seminal "I Have a Dream" speech.

The famous 1963 speech will be on the tip of every tongue during the convention, in which party leaders will decide if they really want to strip the nomination from a man who holds the lead among earned delegates.

In the address, King dreams of a day when Americans will no longer be judged by "the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

In so many ways, Barack Obama is a realization of King's dream.

If Democratic leaders choose to award the nomination to Obama, that speech will become a rallying cry for the party.

But if they deny him the nomination because they fear that his brown skin could make it difficult to win white, working-class Democrats in key states, King's speech will become a haunting reminder of what they have wrought.

It will have been twisted by the very keepers of King's dream into the Democrats' nightmare.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05052008/news/columnists/dems_have_aug__28_date_with_destiny_109473.htm

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Will there be party unity after August 28th? Or, race riots?

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

MR. RUSSERT: If the superdelegates got together, the undecided superdelegates and said, "You know, Senator Obama, we think that Hillary Clinton is a stronger candidate against John McCain. Here are the latest polls in the swing states, the overall national polls. You've run a wonderful race, but we're going to go with Senator Clinton as our nominee," what would you do?

SEN. OBAMA: I don't think that's going to happen. I--let, let me say at the outset, I want a Democrat to win in November, so even if Senator Clinton were the nominee instead of me, I would still be campaigning for Democrats [just not Hillary?] because we haven't talked much about John McCain today, and the one thing I'm clear about is he wanted--wants to continue George Bush's foreign policy, he wants to continue George Bush's economic policies. He said George Bush had, had made great progress economically. And his proposals, which are essentially $300 billion worth of corporate tax cuts that aren't paid for that would add to our deficit and increase the imbalance in our tax code, I think is the exact wrong prescription for America. So, so, so...

MR. RUSSERT: The Republicans suggest your plans don't add up either, but that's a whole different discussion.

SEN. OBAMA: So, so, so...

MR. RUSSERT: But do the superdelegates have the right to override, in effect, the decision of the elected delegates?

SEN. OBAMA: I, I think the superdelegates, by rule, can make their own decision. I think the superdelegates are going to take a look not at momentary snapshot polls, but they're going to take a look at who's run the campaign that can bring about change in American and can actually govern after the election. And the number of new people that we've brought in, the organizations that we've set up in all 50 states, the enthusiasm, the energy that our campaign has displayed indicates to me and should indicate to the superdelegates that the American people are ready to move in a new direction, and that's what we're offering. And I'm confident that, if I am the nominee, that I offer Democrats the best chance of winning in November.

MR. RUSSERT: And if the superdelegates decide otherwise, you will abide by it.

SEN. OBAMA: Well, you know, as, as I said, I'm committed to making sure Democrats [just not Hillary?] win in November.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Whats the point, they all know she is a lying piece of s**t. They should ask her when we are getting all those tax breaks and other things they promised back in 1992 when her rapist (Yes, the girl passed a lie detector test) husband was elected.


The most revealing comment on Hillary's interview was not about Iran or the gas tax...those comments only reveal her overblown ego, which we already knew about...the real revelation came when asked about Bill's foundation:

"Clinton repeated that the list of donors to her husband's foundation, which funds his presidential library and other charitable activities, will not be disclosed until the November election: "It's a national foundation, and like most national

foundations, the rules were set up. People contributed under those rules. So going forward, if I'm president, we'll change the rules.""

There it is...sorry, folks, we ain't telling you nothing until I'm President.

I have not seen one single comment in any thread on this. Where the hell are the journalists?
Posted by: LW | May 5, 2008 11:32 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I noticed on "Meet the Press" that Obama did NOT commit (twice) to "abiding" by the super delegates if they choose Hillary and/or campagning FOR Hillary. Interesting indeed.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The most revealing comment on Hillary's interview was not about Iran or the gas tax...those comments only reveal her overblown ego, which we already knew about...the real revelation came when asked about Bill's foundation:

"Clinton repeated that the list of donors to her husband's foundation, which funds his presidential library and other charitable activities, will not be disclosed until the November election: "It's a national foundation, and like most national foundations, the rules were set up. People contributed under those rules. So going forward, if I'm president, we'll change the rules.""

There it is...sorry, folks, we ain't telling you nothing until I'm President.

I have not seen one single comment in any thread on this. Where the hell are the journalists?

Posted by: LW | May 5, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It was an informercial you moron, not a real interview. I guess you were the audience they were looking for, someone so stupid you believed what you saw. Now you can go and sell some of that crap you have bought off late night TV and donate the proceeds to Hillary.


I watched Hillary Clinton (vs. George George Stephanopoulos) and Barrack Obama (vs. Tim Russert) in the ABC and NBC, respectively on sunday. What a contrast? The New York Times said that Hillary stole the show, was confident and energized, stood up to discuss her points and relished the time. In contrast, Obama sat hunched across the moderator, was grave and dispirited. Just ask yourself, who will be the better candidate in November. I think that the democrats will be foolish not to nominate her with Obama as the VP, if they want to win in november. Senator Obama has lost his posture and his standing, and is no longer the candidate who was so captivating in the earlier part of the campaign. He obviously needs additional experience and establish himself without the domineering influence of Rev. Wright in his life. He can become the perfect candidate in 2012 or 2016. For now, it seems more like Hillary's turn because she can win in November. She radiates energy, enthusiasm, character and hunger for the presidency. I think that Obama is acting more like lightning has struck him, and even his oratory is failing him. We need to refocus on the right candidate for the job.
Posted by: Nathan | May 5, 2008 10:18 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Clinton will win Indiana and North Carolina!! Obama supporters who comment on the Post are just as arrogant and elitist as he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

From today's Fact Checker:
____________________________

Obama's explanation for his final break with Jeremiah Wright is unconvincing.

On "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Obama said that the pastor not only amplified his previous remarks, "but he added to them." But Wright was already on record with his claims on AIDS and other matters by the time he made his Philadelphia speech on March 18.

OBAMA TELLS SO MANY LIES HE BEGINS TO BELIEVE THEM.................but we Americans DO NOT buy Obama's lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I voted for one Clinton and gave him a second vote and alll he did was gave the Democratic Party a severe case of heartburn with continual lying and scandal and corruption, and I have seen nothing from theis Clinton to make me believe they have changed their spots. I believe in Obama and will vote for him. Hillary has done every cheap stunt but lift up her shirt for the frat boys to get a vote.The Clintons have no ethics and no morals.

Posted by: oldman&theC | May 5, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

And really, who really cares about Rev. Wright? Republicans? Political pundits, reporters and/or news agencies?

How is the continuing talk about Rev. Wright going to help bring good-paying jobs into some American communities? How is the continuing talk about Rev. Wright going to help get affordable healthcare to every American? How is the continuing talk about Rev. Wright going to help America towards energy security? How is the continuing talk about Rev. Wright going to help get our troops out of Iraq's civil war?

The media coverage of Rev. Wright has been as though Rev. Wright is running for president. Whatever happen to the media covering the topics important to Americans, i.e. the economy and Iraq?

Posted by: AJ | May 5, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Isn't the title and subject of blog Democratic Party unit? We need all Democrats, disenchanted Independents and Republicans to unite behind the Democratic nominee. Bush has really screwed-up America, financially, morally, and physically. Even with all his talk of being a maverick in the Republican Party over the years, McCain has pretty much walked "lock-step" with Republicans ideas on how great the economy is doing and how great the Iraq War has been, the need for potential Iran War, and military buildup needed in Asia to combat China.

Sorry, NO THANKS McCAIN! I don't anything closely resembling a Bush in the White House in 2009!

Obama in 08!

Posted by: AJ | May 5, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

hey, anonymous, my wife is white and fifty eight and she went down to Indiana with 5 other white women and a man to work for Obama.You underestimate Obama.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Why trust a word this guy says?


Krauthammer Revisits the 'Race' Speech

Fri, May 2, 2008 at 8:12:05 am PST

The Barack Obama campaign is desperately hoping that most Americans are dumb hicks with the memory retention of soap dishes; because if they start to compare what he said in that Philadelphia "race" speech last March with what he said last Tuesday, he's sunk: The 'Race' Speech Revisited.

"I can no more disown him [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother."

-- Barack Obama, Philadelphia, March 18

Guess it's time to disown Granny, if Obama's famous Philadelphia "race" speech is to be believed

Posted by: greenfun | May 5, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I would call the MORON doing the +dead/Neo Stunt, the Poster Child for the Idiots who still support the Democrats.

Last Night my Gag Reflex was tripped!

Listening to Billary Bold Face LIE, about so much, and realizing that there were literally MILLIONS of Fools who did not even know they were being Lied to, and that they were actually too mis-informed to even know it, made me ill!

The Clintons and Timothy Guinther CREATED the Banking Scams we are Now dealing with in 1998! THEY set up the China Connection. Universal "Insurance" Does NOT equate to adequate Health Coverage or TREATMENT! Especially when 15 MILLION ILLEGALS ARE THE ONES DESTROYING THE SYSTEM! ILLEGALS she Supports, and due to the Clinton's Executive Order 13166, has COST us BILLIONS to cater to them in their Language!

And On and ON!

"There's a SUCKER born every minute" alright! They grow up to become Dimocrats!

Oh, BTW-Bushie is NOT Running! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 5, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I watched Hillary Clinton (vs. George George Stephanopoulos) and Barrack Obama (vs. Tim Russert) in the ABC and NBC, respectively on sunday. What a contrast? The New York Times said that Hillary stole the show, was confident and energized, stood up to discuss her points and relished the time. In contrast, Obama sat hunched across the moderator, was grave and dispirited. Just ask yourself, who will be the better candidate in November. I think that the democrats will be foolish not to nominate her with Obama as the VP, if they want to win in november. Senator Obama has lost his posture and his standing, and is no longer the candidate who was so captivating in the earlier part of the campaign. He obviously needs additional experience and establish himself without the domineering influence of Rev. Wright in his life. He can become the perfect candidate in 2012 or 2016. For now, it seems more like Hillary's turn because she can win in November. She radiates energy, enthusiasm, character and hunger for the presidency. I think that Obama is acting more like lightning has struck him, and even his oratory is failing him. We need to refocus on the right candidate for the job.

Posted by: Nathan | May 5, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama

2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

"The Audacity of Hope"

delivered 27 July 2004, Fleet Center, Boston

[AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio. (2)]

Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Dick Durbin. You make us all proud.

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, Land of Lincoln, let me express my deepest gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.

Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father -- my grandfather -- was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that shone as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before.

While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor my grandfather signed up for duty; joined Patton's army, marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised a baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through F.H.A., and later moved west all the way to Hawaii in search of opportunity.

And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter. A common dream, born of two continents.

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined -- They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential.

They're both passed away now. And yet, I know that on this night they look down on me with great pride.

They stand here -- And I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our Nation -- not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That is the true genius of America, a faith -- a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles; that we can tuck in our children at night and know that they are fed and clothed and safe from harm; that we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door; that we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe; that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- at least most of the time.

This year, in this election we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we're measuring up to the legacy of our forbearers and the promise of future generations.

And fellow Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, I say to you tonight: We have more work to do -- more work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour; more to do for the father that I met who was losing his job and choking back the tears, wondering how he would pay 4500 dollars a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on; more to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to college.

Now, don't get me wrong. The people I meet -- in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks -- they don't expect government to solve all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead, and they want to. Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted, by a welfare agency or by the Pentagon. Go in -- Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach our kids to learn; they know that parents have to teach, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.

People don't expect -- People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all.

They know we can do better. And they want that choice.

In this election, we offer that choice. Our Party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry.

John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service because they've defined his life. From his heroic service to Vietnam, to his years as a prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he's devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we've seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available.

His values and his record affirm what is best in us. John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded; so instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he offers them to companies creating jobs here at home.

John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.

John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies, or the sabotage of foreign oil fields.

John Kerry believes in the Constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties, nor use faith as a wedge to divide us.

And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option.

You know, a while back -- awhile back I met a young man named Shamus in a V.F.W. Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid -- six two, six three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week. And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might ever hope for in a child.

But then I asked myself, "Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us?"

I thought of the 900 men and women -- sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who won't be returning to their own hometowns. I thought of the families I've met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists.

When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.

Now -- Now let me be clear. Let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued. And they must be defeated. John Kerry knows this. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure.

John Kerry believes in America. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper -- for alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we're all connected as one people. If there is a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there is a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription drugs, and having to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandparent. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.

It is that fundamental belief -- It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother's keeper. I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.

E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us -- the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of "anything goes." Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America.

The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an "awesome God" in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we've got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

In the end -- In the end -- In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?

John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope.

I'm not talking about blind optimism here -- the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.

Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.

I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.

I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.

I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us.

America! Tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do -- if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as President, and John Edwards will be sworn in as Vice President, and this country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.

Thank you very much everybody. God bless you. Thank you.

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Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

This gas thing is like an IQ test for the public. It is amazing so many are just too stupid to understand it. Hillary knew that when she proposed it. She knows the public are for the most part morons who can be lead around by the nose. Obama is almost too good for these people they will vote for Hillary and get what they deserve if she is successful. Fortunately the super delegates have IQ's above 80 and they are the ones that count. So good by Hillary, it was fun.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I DON'T BELIEVE MY PRIDE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH VOTING...I'M CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY..THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BRIGHT TO ME...WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK THAT I WOULD VOTE FPR SOMEONE WHO I THINK WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ANYTIME?

Posted by: | May 5, 2008 8:25 AM

It would appear that the Billary Final Solution is working as planned. If we can't getthe nomination, poison the well so that McSame wins. Then we can come back in four years as the great savior.

Is this what we really want?

Posted by: PRinNJ | May 5, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The title to this is "Who gets the best acting award Obama or Wright"

Obama to Wright....Ok Rev......those tapes sure screwed me up and what was worse I didn't do a very good job with that satement..I wouldn't disown him anymore than I would my white grandmother and It keeps following me ,so now its to late to disown you about those tapes ....so we gotta do it again..go out 4 or 5 times...we'll get you invited before the press club too..you make the same kind of statements....you know..about the rich white guys,the gov ahd what ever you can come up...jump all round..you know..act like you do in church....then I'll go before the people ...you know.... and the far left press who loves me so much...Then I'll say few things not to good about you and..... you know ....wink.......the people will think I have broke with you and now after listening to you 20 something years and you being like a father...Its all over with...you know....wink


Wright....That sounds real good Obama....that should make the Liberal press and your supporters real happy...they might even believe its an act but thats ok...they love you so much the liberal press will have in big headline..Obama brakes with his mentor...you know...wink..... and your supporters will believe anything...I'll just stay out of sight in my ten million dollar mansion that the poor people that I helped in our church bought me...... untill after the election...you know....wink

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I think I am like a majority of the Democratic voters this season. I really like one of the two candidates and really dislike the other. However, I think that the seven years of the Bush regime has been a total disaster and I want it to end. Therefore, if my candidate does not prevail in the race for the nomination I will firmly hold my nose and vote for the Democratic candidate, against Sen. McCain. To do anything else would be foolish, at best.

Folks, we all need to think about what we are doing here. We, the Democratic primary voters, have the ability to insure the election of John McCain and the continuation of the failed policies of George Bush. All we need to do is stay home in November, or worse yet vote against the Democratic candidate. If you look at the numbers, almost half of us will be dissapointed when the primary race ends. We must swallow our pride and support the decision of the majority.

Posted by: PRinNJ | May 5, 2008 7:55 AM

I DON'T BELIEVE MY PRIDE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH VOTING...I'M CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY..THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BRIGHT TO ME...WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK THAT I WOULD VOTE FPR SOMEONE WHO I THINK WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ANYTIME?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

FUTURE HEADLINE.......


President-elect Hillary Clinton is to testify soon a trial for fraud during her senatorial run. She has hinted that she does not remember much about the affair but may have possibly misspoken or not conveyed the facts as she once knew them to be. She has also tried to distance herself from Bill Clinton due to his conviction in the very same trial. She said she may have met him once or twice but does not really rememer him contributing financially to her campaign...and despite the same name...there is no relation at all. She reminded us that 'Clinton is a fairly common name, like Smith...'. She regrets his conviction but fraud is a serious charge and she will continue, as she always has, to fight for transparency and accountability in all areas of government.

Posted by: twotraps | May 5, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse


From "Head of State"
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/05/clinton-calls-for-bad-weather-holiday.html

Monday, May 05, 2008
Clinton Calls for "Bad Weather Holiday"

"When asked this morning by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos if she could name a single economist who backs her call for a gas tax holiday this summer, HRC said "I'm not going to put my lot in with economists."

The gas tax holiday is...so economically stupid (it would increase demand for gas and cause prices to rise, eliminating any benefit to consumers while costing the Treasury more than $9 billion, and generate more pollution) and silly (even if she won, HRC won't be president this summer) as to be worrisome. That HRC now says she doesn't care that what economists think is even more troubling."

-Robert Reich, May 4, 2008

I know we've got those "intellectual", high-falutin', elitist meteorologists, those "forecasters" with their complicated charts and their mumbo-jumbo, their high fronts and their low fronts, their Doppler radars. But I've come to say that we're going to put an end to all of that.

When my daddy and I went out in the morning in (Scranton, Indianapolis, Durham, Hagåtña, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan), and he said "It's going to be a sunny day today", well, that was good enough for me.

And that's why, if you vote for me on (May 6, May 13, June 3), I will put into effect a "Bad Weather Holiday" running from the years 2009-2012--and potentially extendable.

That's right. We shouldn't have to eat our (hot dogs, barbecue, tamales, Chicken Estufao, Stewed oxtail) under rainy skies. We've had enough of going off to work in the (streets, sands, seas) of this most beautiful (state, territory) only to face a cold, cloudy day. We know what it's like to rest our weary bones after a hard day of labor in the nearest (local watering hole, locale taberna, berlina) only to step out into a stiff, tiring wind.

The Weather issue is very real to me, as I've been meeting people across this nation who (walk, drive, sail, ride ox before stewing tail) to work, and would save precious sums if they did not have to spend their hard earned money on "umbrellas" and "rain coats" and other high priced, high class items of the upper crust.

But I say: Let the 'Umbrella Lobby' take the brunt--not our hard working citizens. Oh, sure. I know elite opinion and so called "academic experts" say that my plan would cause 12 straight years of hail, swarms of ravenous locusts, and a vortex of hurricanes ranging from the Mideast to the West Coast.

But I don't put stock in experts. And neither should you. And that's why you should vote for me on (May 6, May 13, June 3).

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/05/clinton-calls-for-bad-weather-holiday.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | May 5, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Did you see the three white women sitting behind Obama during today's TV interview. WOW, what pandering ???? What do you think was their hourly rate ??

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse


The gas tax holiday is a give away to big oil. The consumer will see little or nothing and the price of fuel will more than likely go higher as a result.

My vote is or Obama.

Posted by: | May 5, 2008 7:51 AM

Tax Holiday for big oil?????????? explain this, Albert

Little or nothing????????? explain this,Albert....


Its going higher tax or no tax Albert.....

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I think I am like a majority of the Democratic voters this season. I really like one of the two candidates and really dislike the other. However, I think that the seven years of the Bush regime has been a total disaster and I want it to end. Therefore, if my candidate does not prevail in the race for the nomination I will firmly hold my nose and vote for the Democratic candidate, against Sen. McCain. To do anything else would be foolish, at best.

Folks, we all need to think about what we are doing here. We, the Democratic primary voters, have the ability to insure the election of John McCain and the continuation of the failed policies of George Bush. All we need to do is stay home in November, or worse yet vote against the Democratic candidate. If you look at the numbers, almost half of us will be dissapointed when the primary race ends. We must swallow our pride and support the decision of the majority.

Posted by: PRinNJ | May 5, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

http://www.artba.org/economics_research/current_issues/indiana-illinois_gas_tax_2001_.pdf

The gas tax holiday is a give away to big oil. The consumer will see little or nothing and the price of fuel will more than likely go higher as a result.

My vote is or Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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