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On the Barack Bus to Indiana from Chicago's West Side

By Kari Lydersen
INDIANAPOLIS -- Race was very much on the minds of the mostly African American group that piled onto a West Side bus in Chicago Saturday morning to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in Indianapolis three days before the state's Democratic presidential primary. So, too, was history.

"When I was growing up, they said coffee would make you black, so I didn't drink it, I drank tea," Chicago congressman Danny Davis, who organized the trip, told the busload of volunteers when they stopped for a coffee break. "That was before James Brown said, 'I'm black and I'm proud.'"

For many of the volunteers in the diverse group, which spanned the age and socioeconomic spectrums, it was their first time getting involved in politics -- something they were drawn to in hopes of electing the country's first black president.

"We want someone sympathetic to us on issues like police brutality," explained Dalton Brown, 34, founder of a nonprofit organization called Felony Free Society. "Cops are always trying to plant dope on us, things like the Sean Bell shooting are happening all the time. Like Michelle [Obama] always says, we just want to live our American dream."

Such messages resonated with African Americans the campaigners encountered in Indianapolis, who almost unanimously supported Obama. Ada Lanier, 77, was approached by the Chicago volunteers at a McDonald's. She just happened to be carrying a spiral notebook she had turned into a scrapbook of Campaign Trail Wardrobe selections for Michelle Obama. She gave the notebook to Chicago campaigners to deliver to the senator's wife, along with the lyrics of her version of a Bobby Womack song dedicated to Obama, admonishing him to stay strong "when your foes far and wide are ripping at your hide."

Inside the notebook, the pages were filled with images clipped from magazines of dresses, swimsuits and other outfits for Michelle, including evening wear for "quiet time with Mr. O." The skin of a white model's arm visible in one cutout had been colored black with marker.

Clayton Boyd, assistant to Davis, used racial solidarity as his pitch for residents of the Butler Tarkington neighborhood, a middle-class enclave visibly impacted by the foreclosure crisis, scattered liberally with vacant homes and overgrown yards. Obama campaign mailers peeked out of overstuffed mailboxes at several abandoned homes.

"We've got to do our part; we're only 12 percent of the population," Boyd called to several young men. "Fill up your car with voters on Election Day. And charge the gas to Obama."

Resident Norvell Young, a 34-year-old worker at a nearby Ford Motors plant, didn't need to be convinced.

"He's really genuine, he understands the middle class, the needs of people making less than $25,000," said Young. "You can relate to someone like him who worked their way up to where they are."

Some Obama supporters feared racism would hurt Obama in the Hoosier state. One woman in McDonald's worried he would be assassinated; Davis's sister Ceola Barnes told her not to even speak those words.

"Indiana is not what you would call a non-racial state, and Indianapolis is not what you would call a non-racial city," said Marsha Conley, a 39-year-old registered nurse, trimming her tree as she lamented that a local radio personality is urging Republicans to vote for Clinton to prevent an Obama candidacy.

With Rev. Jeremiah Wright's inflammatory remarks still fresh in the ears of Chicagoans, most of the campaigners said they understood Wright's viewpoint but feared the controversy will harm Obama.

"Obama's main crusade has always been uniting people, and now Reverand Wright has endangered that dream," said Robbie Smith, who hosts a cable TV show highlighting positive stories in the black community. "A lot of people want to find an excuse not to vote for Obama, to say, 'I told you so.'"

Davis compared Obama's style to that of his own father, who he said once spent the night locked in an Arkansas plantation general store because he refused to be underpaid for the cotton he had picked that year.

"He said he wasn't going home without his money, so he stayed in the store," said Davis. He said his father was finally paid $1,600 for the cotton, four times more than he was originally promised. "My father wasn't a militant, he was simply a person willing to stand up for what he believed in."

"I'm not just voting for Barack, I'm voting for a concept," said Davis. "I'm voting for Nat Turner, for Harriet Tubman, for Denmark Vesey and for my mother, who believed troubles won't always be."

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

Who sat in the back of the bus?

Posted by: Ed | May 5, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone look up Larry Sinclair?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:34 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 we gotta do it again..go out 4 or 5 times...we'll get you invited before the press club make the same kind of know..about the rich white guys,the gov ahd what ever you can come up...jump all know..act like you do in church....then I'll go before the people 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 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 breaks with his know...wink..... and your supporters will believe anything... after 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 know....wink
5/5/2008 9:11:14 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

People keep posting the same drivel (on both sides) like a broken record, and they wonder why they can't get inspired by the candidates. The majority of posts simply attack one candidate or the other- while
no one EVER mentions Senator McCain.
Is he still running, or have people just
forgotten about him?
One poster ('Black Saint'??) thinks that
someone should 'throw Michelle Obama under
the bus' as if he would actually vote for
Obama if he did. And he wouldn't vote for Obama anyway, so why bother mentioning it??
The nameless poster who doesn't think that
jobless people who are worried about losing
their homes, somehow manage to keep their dignity! Really?? What's that called? 'homeless pride' or something?

Hillary voted for the war because everyone in Congress did at the time, and in case you've forgotten NY Mayor Guiliani was the most popular person in America at the time.
And everyone loved GW Bush for being tough.
Hillary will pull out the troops as well,
because she is a Democrat, after all.
Even if I liked her, I know she would be
a better president than 'President' Cheney
and his sidekick, the affable Dubya.
But I hope the skinny guy with the funny
name wins. He's got charisma at least.

Posted by: Philip van Bergen | May 5, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

For the IGNORANT who commented above, as a 65 year old Latino female who supports Obama, I would like to see a female as POTUS, just NOT the FEMALE named HRC! She is NOT qualified and certainly has none of the qualities of England's Margaret Thatcher nor is she respectable. She is not STRONG; she is just a HATEFUL, MEAN AND NASTY FEMALE.

Posted by: Disparaged | May 5, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Our question was: why Obama took so long to distance him self from Rev. Wrights.

THIS PROVES THAT James Carville was wrong when he called Bill Richardson Judas.
OBAMA IS JUDAS he used his Pastor to gain the African American Vote than after; HE SOLD HIS PASTOR FOR 30 COINS.

At the beginning and for months of his campaign he could not stop talking about his pastor, because he was his inspiration, he help him to define him self, when he felt dirty to be son of a typical white woman, and black man.
He was grateful he had him as his pastor spiritually and personal adviser, that he felt like he was his family.
He talks about him as if he could not do anything without his pastor.

Now we know that he was using him to gain the African American vote.

Now that he won African American vote, it is obvious he careless for the man that inspires him for 20 years.

(This does not mean I agree with Rev. Wright's comments).

This has to do with Obama's instability and the different games he is playing to gain votes. He distanced from J. Wrights now, because he wants to prove he can gain the white vote denouncing his pastor. He knows it is the only way to win the white vote.


Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 5:41 AM | Report abuse

I support Obama. I have already given him money. I Like is style and I can see why people like him. He'd be a nice change from either Mccain and Clinton or Bush.

Posted by: JP | May 5, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Obama | May 5, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

There is no doubt, some Libbies(Mr.or Ms. +Dead, and Neo), are simply so out of line when it comes to acceptable behavior, that the very fact they fit in with the Barry and Billary Camps, is almost enough to flat out disqualify the Candidates due to their supporters being "Mental"!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 4, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

re: "Facts are a stubborn thing. Obama cannot...."

facts are a stubborn thing

Obama's lead in pledged delegates cannot be over come. Fact: Hillary lost. Fact: Obama won. The up-coming primaries are unimportant. Hillary lost.

again, facts are a stubborn thing

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard Bus O'Bomba!

The Captain "Barry" tells us to strap ourselves in securely. There will be additional Turbulence in the miles for-coming.

Any complaintants will find themselves causing even more additional discomfort to the behaving Sheeple;

As you JOIN the other "Former" Obamabots-


Whump-Whump-WHUMPING Along! Bus O'Bomba leaving a "TRAIL" to follow! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 4, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Facts are a stubborn thing. Obama cannot close his 20 year old relationship with Wright because there is so much video evidence against it. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his views of America were inappropriate and mischaracterized, that his words had offended many people. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Tour? This was either a blatant lie; Obama using clever semantics to avoid the main issue. Or worse, Obama was fooled by Wright which is kind of scary. That a possible next president can be played by a character such as Wright. Check the video evidence yourselves.

And if the video is not enough: Read this in which calls on Obama to state the truth.

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | May 4, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow a Democrat like Hillary Clinton teaming up with John McCain on a Tax Holiday that isn't a holiday at all for the average worker, just a lil more of the same ole same ole gas hikes that would be even higher in the long run, what do you make of that. You have Two Devils making deals with one another to assassinate Barack's character and his position of repudiating that stupid Tax Holiday as it is, A GIMMICK TO GET VOTES. HRC has sunk to even lower depths by teaming with McCain. It basically says she'll shake hands with Lucifer himself to try and smear Barack and destroy the party to get nominated. How can the common man and woman not see through her? How can they see this woman is more Elitist than McCain, and even more than Barack can ever be? She is pandering, talking down to folks, patting them on the back like she's doing them and us a favor by saving a measley 18 cents which will amount to saving us nothing. While her and Dollar Bill keep counting the hundreds of millions in their accounts, we keep struggling to find enough money to put gas in our vehicles and food on our table. After all Hillary's father was a staunch Republican and Hillary siding with John McCain leads me to believe she's more Republican than Democrat and she should change her allegiance. She's disgraceful and I hope Barack carries IN and NC and slay the vampire in the heart.

Posted by: 2PACOLYPSE | May 4, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is completely unfit to be a president, as a matter of fact, any leader with high scale power, as she is high handed, not intelligent, and the well known war mongerer, and liar. Obama in 2008!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, why does the author of this piece sound like he's tingling for obama...?

oh , he is?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I will never understand how anyone who even attended school through the sixth grade could vote for Clinton.

The thought of the Clintons being back in the Whitehouse is so scary I have a hard time sleeping at night. Lies, corruption, double dealings/double standards, evil to the core.....even my five year old grandaughter knows better than that.

Those who let skin color get in the way of better judgement has no judgement at all....this coming from a 55 year old blue collar, white, female for Obama!!!!

And as far as the gas tax just that....a lot of gas!!!!!!

Posted by: BillieJean in Idaho | May 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has any hope of being President he needs to throw his big ugly Racist wife under the Bus alone with his Grandmother and the Rev. Wright. I am sure the Obama cult will believe him when he tells them he just discovery she was an American hating, Racist!

Part of the Obama snow job where he portrayed Rev. Wright's paranoid rants as coming from anger that is the baggage as the legacy of of old white racism, carried by old blacks. Well, there is current-day stuff that is alive and well, carried by the young blacks, that is a lot worse than the racism, sexism and homophobic intolerance of the older generation of blacks. It's called Hip Hop, Gangsta and Street culture. It's full of racism, paranoia, anger, violence, abuse of women, sexism and a whole lot of dysfunctional antisocial expression schemes. The social psychological disordered behavior that Rev. Wright's hate-speech-as-sermons represents and coveys to blacks and supported by Obama is alive and well in the current-day generation in Black America. It's just in a newer more dangerous carnation.

Blacks leaders should start speaking out about taking some personal responsibility for high rate of high school drop out, sexual promiscuity, children born out of wedlock, , absence of male parenting/role models, drugs, crime, incarceration, AIDS, instead of playing the victimhood game and blaming whites for black failures! Until that time there will always be hate mongers & race baiter,s to use them and profit from their plight like the Rev. Wright, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as 10,s of thousands of White and Black Politicians. In fact the whole Democrat party! Hand outs, instead of a hand up, is the means of keeping Blacks down and economic Slaves! Keeping Blacks as an race of victims and believing all of the above is Whitey fault is designed to keep them from progressing instead of a race of achievers! It is in the best interest of Black preachers and Democrat politicians! Blacks will never be lead to the promise land by hate mongering Preachers like Rev. Wright or by bottom feeding Politicians that wants and works to keep Blacks in the Ghetto, on Welfare, and voting Democrat!

Posted by: Black Saint | May 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana today said about the people in Indiana going through hard times that, "You lose your sense of dignity."

And the response from the crowd?

s i l e n c e

Obama is the most arrogant and elitist politician to come along in a long time. This is absolutely no different than his comments that people are bitter so they "cling" to their guns and religion. Aside from being a snob, the guy is clueless about how most Americans feel -- since most Americans are going through harder and more difficult times ... and they still have their dignity!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

So Elme- found the page and the links- Straight or lesbian makes no iota of difference- Hillary poor cow needs a good friend / partner after what Bill did so I feel she deserves it. Its just the links that bring you to the history of Huma that stick in my craw!- No date of birth?
Not GW degree mentioned. Earns 10000 plus 25000 bonus per year but buys straight out a 750000 dollar appartment- Who's paying?
The worst is the fact that she was from 2 to 18 in Saudie Arabia and stays a committed muslim like Osama bin Laden.
Whos going to be advising when the 3am phone rings requiring immediate action -Huma . or Hillary?????

Posted by: sorryIdontlikeher | May 4, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hillary and Bill are big friends with Rezko too !! Look it up if you dare . Pathetic twaddle coming from your keyboard.
How about Huma Abedin- Hillary's "body" person- very pretty, also unfortunately very muslim! on Hillarys orders everything but the basics deleted on Wikipedia.
Good old Hillary eh ! Dont like the truth then try to bend it or destroy it.

Posted by: sorryIdont like her. | May 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

From "Head of State"

"Saturday, May 03, 2008

I have been watching Sen. Obama during his weeks of adversity.

He has what we need--a transformative national vision, a commitment to a new and unifying politics, and to a long-needed truth in governance and international relations.

He needs to transcend other characteristics.

There is a prickliness--a sense of insult or hurt that, having given an honest message, the message has been distorted--a certain wounded defeatism.

He must rise above this and be strong.

This is the vulnerability of a man long without a father.

In such circumstances, men often become their own father-- accompanied by the grandiosity, limitlessness, precociousness, and willingness to quickly fill in gaps with apparent consistencies that is characteristic of a persona adopted in childhood, too large and too soon--i.e., Bill Clinton;

They too can become the agent of the genuine, intelligent, and heartfelt ideals of their mother-- passed on, rightly, as the intelligent and humane truth of the world, but not buttressed by the daily measuring and inevitable confrontation of those ideals that can come from the presence of a father--the tensile strength. and resilience that causes those ideals to energetically endure in the face of challenge.

Obama has recently shown an underlying hurt and lethargy in reaction to the politics of fear and attack--what has been reported by some as "boredom."

To win--and more important, to reach the goals that he has set out for himself--he must turn away from such disappointment in the reaction of the nation.

He must put forward his energy and strength in the face of distortion to bring the nation to a realization of what matters most at this time.

When he shows such disappointment in reaction to such events, he shows that he cannot stand up to the distortion that will inevitably come, and that he must overcome to reach the point of national transformation.

Barack: There is no place in this campaign for disappointment, wounded defense and hurt. You are taking on the gigantic task of changing the minds of the American people, including those diverted, suspicious thoughts that will inevitably rise from the restraining bonds of our collective past--and, as you know, will be encouraged to do so.

Now is the time for strength--strength of purpose and strength of commitment. Bring people to an image of what can be established and created beyond the trivial, momentary excitement of attack politics. Do not be drawn into the minutiae of a ground war, or into a position of withdrawn and injured hopelessness. A hint of this creates the image of someone who is playing the old game, by the old rules.

You've made this clear in your stump speech: This is your moment. Now--Fully step into it. Bring people to fully realize what they can have, with full energy, commitment, strength and belief: A nation committed to truth in its relation to the people of this and other nations, to the unity of this country rather than to tactical and self-serving division, and to the interests of the many, rather than the few."

Incidentally, this "Head of State" post predicted today's actions by Obama, in the following AP/Telegraph report:

"Michelle Obama: Barack has hit boiling point

Barack Obama is struggling to contain his anger and frustration over the constant barrage of questions about his character and judgment, his wife has revealed.

Michelle Obama told her audience that her husband was 'sick of the battle against Clinton'

Michelle Obama lifted the lid on the irritation felt by the leading Democrat candidate for the White House at the way anti-American outbursts by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, have dogged his campaign.

He is said to be itching to turn all his fire on John McCain, the Republican candidate, who is benefiting most from Mr Obama's protracted tussle with Hillary Clinton.

Mrs Obama told a rally in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday that only her husband's desire to change US politics had helped him to control his feelings: "Barack is always thinking three steps ahead - what do we need to do to make change."

Her husband was thinking "I can't let my ego, my anger, my frustration get in the way of the ultimate goal," she said."

Head of State

Posted by: Robert Hewson | May 4, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Ask Obama WHY he Voted FOR The Cheney Energy Bill (H.R. 6 passed in 2005)

Ask Clinton WHY she Voted AGAINST The Cheney Energy Bill.

Ask Obama if he is aware of the fact that nuclear waste disposal has been a 50 year

continuing NIGHTMARE; as exemplified by Rocky Flats and Hanford, Washington?

Ask Obama if its true that his legislative experience in the Illinois Legislature consists

of: 26 Bills, all passed in ONE year, AND if ANY of those 26 bills was Originated by, or, written by him.


WHY is MSNBC/NBC SO PRO-Obama, So Anti-Clinton?

ANSWER: Because Obama is PRO-Nuclear & he voted FOR the Cheney energy Bill; Clinton is NOT Pro-Nuke & Voted AGAINST the Cheney Energy Bill.

GE owns MSNBC/NBC ... & Thanks to the Cheney Energy Bill is planning to reap BILLIONS in proftis (Risk-Free) from building 29 new nukes AND from 30-40 years of Higher Electricity Rates.

Other participants in Cheney's NExt Big MONOPOLY POWER

---ENERGY RIPoff---

Excelon Corp. of ILLINOIS, Westinghouse (Owner of CBS), Entergy (owners of many utilities in the Southern States); 3 consortiums of nuke industry corporations.

McCain voted for the Cheney Energy Bill & has already said on the campaign trail: I have to remember to say ... its absoultely necessary for to build nuclear power plants.

GE, et al ... Are running Obama AND McCain for President.

If you think nukes are ok... just GOOGLE: Rocky Flats Denver plutonium, and, Hanford WA nuclear waste.

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

Obama claims 7 years experience in the Illinois legislature - Working Across the Aisles, Bringing people together to get good CHANGES passed -as exemplified by 26 good bills with his name on them.

A Chicago reporter says all 26 bills were passed in ONE Year, and they were NOT Obama's.


But what's interesting, and almost never discussed, is that he built his entire legislative record in Illinois in a single year.

Republicans controlled the Illinois General Assembly for six years of Obama's seven-year tenure.

Then Emil Jones Jr. (became the Senate Majority leader), He became Obama's kingmaker.

Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.

During his seventh year in the state Senate, Obama ... sponsored a whopping 26 bills including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked as inexperienced.

Working Across the Aisles/


Taking Credit for Other People's Work/


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

Still have any doubt this election is about GE Cheney ... "the establishment" ... running Obama AND McCain for President in order to assure themselves of Pulling Off Cheney's NEXt Big Energy RIPOFF?

You think Obama's 20 year "friendship" with the Rev. Wright makes people suspicious of his ... spiritual ... beliefs?

Just Wait until his 20 year "friendship" with Rezko ... shows up on your TV screen - AFTER he gets the nomination, or, AFTER he's OUT of the race:

GOOGLE Info about: The 3 friends who attended engineering school in Illinois: Rezko Alsammarae Auichi:

Auichi (still a billionaire) convicted in a French court of MASSIVE fraud/looting involving

ELF a French petroleum company and the UN Oil for Food program.

Rezko business partner.

Alsammarae - convicted in an Iraq court (under its current govt) of LOOTING the Iraq ELECTRICITY Grid [while he was Minister of Electricity ... He was Appointed Electricity Minister by the Bush/Cheney ... Coalition Provisional Authority]. Rezko was...allegedly...his partner in LOOTING the electricity grid, and partners in planning to build a power plant in Iraq.

Last week's NEWS from the Rezko trial ... you didn't see on TV:

Federal prosecution witness testified that Obama and his wife DID attend a party at Rezko's home thrown in honor of Auichi.

Obama has previously said: He doesn't remember meeting Auichi.

The MEDIA is NOT asking him this question: Did you and your wife attend that Party?

Another prosecution witness testified that REZKO told him not to worry about the upcoming trial because the White House was going to fire the prosecutior (Patrick Fitzgerald) - to kill the criminal prosecution of Rezko.

Common threads: Natonal AND International ENERGY RIPoffs , Power Plants, Massive LOOTING - involving Bush/Cheney admin/ Rezko/ GE - That's a WHOLE LOT of REALLY BIG DIRT all the CORRUPT Politicans and their CORRUPT Media are desperately trying to keep covered up. Obama is part and parcel of it

Posted by: elme | May 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the Gas Tax debate isn't getting more airtime. It's the worst policy proposal of this election. John McCain first came up with it, then Hillary jumped on the bandwagon with a similar plan, but Obama took a different stand.

Cutting the gas tax, if executed perfectly, will lower the price of gas by 17 cents per gallon for the rest of the summer. But that's only if it goes perfectly.

And there's nothing that will prevent gas companies from just going ahead and raising the prices anyway! With the increased demand, the prices WILL rise. That's basic high school economics there.

Hundreds of thousands of working class jobs will be lost, gas prices will be unaffected, roads will be less safe...

And then everyone will realize that this was just a plot to get votes with no regards for the consequences. Shame.

Posted by: Steve | May 4, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse



Joe Andrew - Homosexual - needs an Obama win, to assure passage of favorable, homosexual marriage laws!

Not rocket science, but thought I'd mention this, since many liberal live in denial!



Posted by: JTheRealist | May 4, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This article shows the bias when it comes to issues of race. If there were a busload or Whites, and they were saying they needed to get busloads of whites to the polls I would consider that racist.
I consider what is being described here as racist. I do not understand why this double standard is acceptable. The Obama campaing has accused so many people of making race an issue but when they do it they think it's okay.
This election is not about race, it is about who will be the best Democratic Candidate for President.

Barack Obama has no backbone.

He refused to debate Hillary Clinton because he said he was too busy but has gone on show after show, where he had an interviewer who was biased in his favor.

He has chosen to take interviews with laid back interviewers who ask softball questions as though they are afraid to hurt his feelings or be called racist.

Hillary Clinton on the other hand has taken interviews with those who oppose her and interviewers that will ask hard questions without worrying about her feelings.
She even took questions from the audience. She is strong and the interviewers seem to sense that she can handle a hard interview.

This is why Obama refused the debate. He cannot answer hard questions without prepared answers. This is where you can see the honesty in the candidates.

When you believe what you are saying you have no difficulty answering questions.
You don't have to plan an answer because you just answer with the truth as Hillary Clinton does.
If you don't believe what you are saying it requires alot of thought to figure out what you should say.

Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that actually knows what she is talking about and is therefore able to stand up against popular opinion and speak out for Americans. She has never taken the easy road and said what people want to hear.

She tells you what she thinks, and explains her reasoning in detail. Obama gives inconclusive answers that can be interpreted in many ways.

Hillary Clinton is the best hope for an America of Peace and Prosperity.

Posted by: cheryl | May 4, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

All I want, at minimum, is that the NEOCONS are out in November. I worry more about the race factor than the gender factor come November and I can't see why all these Republicans and "newly" registered Democrats in Red states are casting their lot almost exclusively with Barak.
The November election will be on a state by state basis, and about 35% of Barak's pledged delegates are from states that are very "RED"!
Previous to the 2004 election Karl Rove put forth a plan to game the Democrat's nomination process. It featured Red state Democratic primaries/caucuses giving delegates to the nominee who would be most vulnerable in November.
The plan had two problems at the time.
1----It was too late to implement for 2004
2----The Southern red states with primaries that only allowed registered Democrates ( more than half black ) to vote.

By 2007 problem 1 had been solved in places like Wyoming, Idaho, etc, by getting White Republicans to cast votes for Barak.
Problem 2 was solved by getting a "COLORED" man, Barak, to run! BTW, his ascendency to the Senate was realized only because of scandal investigations, first of his democratic primary opponent, then of his opponent for the Senate. Karl Rove is a master at having his opponents "investigated"!

I don't see these "RED" states going for Barak come November. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: harried | May 4, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

ah, yes...barack obama says he has faith in the good about america: . that we can change (must change), and become better.


Barack Obama for President !

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I would hope that the voters of Indiana and South Carolina, on Tuesday, do as I have taught my children to do. When it comes to life, religion and politics, close your eyes and open your minds and hearts. I grew up the middle child of a working class couple from Louisiana. We all have blue eyes, our Mother's nose and Dad's mouth, but when it came to hair and skin, my sister and brother are blonde and fair and I am brown haired and darker skinned. Once when I was 5, a woman in a grocery store ask my Mother if I was part black. My Mother was furious. My Mother was Irish decent and my Dad was French-Creole decent. I grew up hearing that story told over and over and having people question who I was. My parents were good people with many bias fixed in the generation from which they came. In fact, if they were alive today, they would probably fit the demographics of Senator Clinton's base voters. Up in age, low income, less educated, "blue-collar" and whether we want to face it or not, good people with deep bias rooted in a generation raised in a "so-called free" society full of racism. However, my parents had a determination to encourage me to be better educated, more economically privileged and aspire to have more than they did. I did just as they hoped for, only one better; I escaped the racial bias my good, hardworking, loving parents had and this was the one thing I hoped for my children that my parents failed to pass on to me. My fellow citizen's, please don't let the media continue to divide this country along those lines. Close your eyes the bias that tug at us, and open your minds and hearts to what is really needed in this country if we are to over come the problems that we all know exist, but don't want to take responsibility for.

Posted by: cathy | May 4, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse



Charlotte Observer backs Obama

North Carolina's biggest paper backs Obama for his potential to restore decency to politics, and for a list of reasons it doesn't like Hillary:

[W]e're troubled by, to cite a few examples, these aspects of her presidential campaign:

• Many of her supporters seem intent on depicting Sen. Obama as the Jesse Jackson of 2008, a leader who appeals to an ethnic minority but not to the broader electorate needed to win.

• She sometimes exaggerates her influence and experiences, as when she claimed she "helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland" and said she ducked under sniper fire in Bosnia.

• Florida and Michigan were stripped of national convention delegates after breaking party rules by scheduling their primaries too early. The candidates didn't campaign in them. Yet after Sen. Clinton did well in those states, she pushed to change the rules and count the votes. That's a cynical, self-serving effort to corrupt the selection process.

• Her tendency to tell voters what they want to hear is disturbing. Her proposal to suspend the federal tax on gasoline this summer is campaign gimmickry, not leadership. Her assertion that she was a critic of NAFTA from the beginning is simply unbelievable. The record shows she was an ardent advocate of the trade deal.

Posted by: martin edwin andersen | May 4, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

We'll find out on Tuesday, but I agree that the 'gas tax holiday' pandering to supposedly dumb voters may be what finally sinks Clinton's ship. That is just so condescending!

Posted by: Tom J | May 4, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It is worth noting that the primary in NC and IN and ultimately the election hinge on a bet by two of the candidates that low information voters will believe their preposterous assertions that a "gas tax holiday" will help them pay their fuel bills this summer. Anyone with a high school level education in economics will tell you a gas tax holiday will actually have the effect of raising gasoline prices. The consumer will simply never see a dime and the oil companies will make even higher profits. Not to mention the fact that it might put as many as 300.000 people out of work when the country is reeling from job losses or drive our debt even higher. It is simply impossible to even suggest that such a measure could be introduced much less pass through congress before the end of the summer given nobody but McCain and Clinton support it in congress. We are witnessing an epic and historic clash of old and new politics, one rooted in pander and deception of the past and one with the promise of truth and transparency.My vote is for Senator Obama

Posted by: Deward Bowles | May 4, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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