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Obama Opts Out of Public Financing

Updated 12:32 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama has switched course on general-election funding, announcing this morning that he would reject public financing and raise every dime for the fall campaign on his own.

The announcement was widely expected. For months, Obama has eased back from an earlier pledge to "pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," warning that it could impose unfair constraints.

The decision means Obama will give up $85 million in public money. But it frees him to raise $300 million or more from the 1.5 million-plus donors in his database, giving him an enormous -- almost breathtaking -- advantage over Sen. John McCain.

"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama said in a video message to supporters, circulated by his campaign. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we've already seen that he's not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations."

McCain campaign communications director Jill Hazelbaker responded that Obama "has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama."

"The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people," she continued in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "Barack Obama has failed that test today, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics. Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds. This decision will have far-reaching and extraordinary consequences that will weaken and undermine the public financing system."

Even as he battles for the presidency, Obama has sought to impose his fundraising model, based on large numbers of small donations, more broadly within his party. He has cut off lobbyist donations to the Democratic National Committee, now under his control, and has discouraged his donors from contributing to liberal 527 groups -- including some that were already up and running for the 2008 general-election campaign.

"From the very beginning of this campaign, I have asked my supporters to avoid that kind of unregulated activity and join us in building a new kind of politics -- and you have," Obama said. "I'm asking you to try to do something that's never been done before. Declare our independence from a broken system, and run the type of campaign that reflects the grassroots values that have already changed our politics and brought us this far."

"Now is the time to act," Obama asserted. At the bottom of the email was a red "donate" bar directing supporters to a fundraising form headlined, "Declare your independence from a broken system."

The McCain campaign charged that what Obama calls "independence" is actually a betrayal of ideals. "He's broken his word," Charlie Black, a top McCain adviser, told The Trail. "He said he believes in the new politics, to me it sounds like the old politics.... If you're trying to change politics in America, that's a step backward."

Black added, "I assume he's going to outspend us. We don't have to spend as much as he does to win."

The Obama campaign also took pains to make the case that opting out of the public financing system is necessary, at a large breakfast with reporters in Washington this morning.

There, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs and attorney Bob Bauer argued that McCain was already "gaming the system" to his benefit by relying on the Republican National Committee and outside groups -- basically ignoring the spirit of the restrictions that come with taking public money.

Bauer said he had met with McCain attorney Trevor Potter to discuss trying to work within the system, but came away from the meeting convinced that McCain did not truly want to reach a compromise. It appeared to be "merely a messaging effort and not a good faith effort," Bauer said, adding that Potter offered up "very, very thin gruel" in terms of reform.

Bauer said that Obama did not meet personally with McCain on the matter because, after that initial exchange, there was nothing left to discuss.

McCain aides sharply disputed Bauer's account of the meeting as constituting an arranged negotiation about public financing.

"Any characterization of our counsel's meeting as any kind of negotiation is flat out false," said Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman. And Potter himself told ABC News in an e-mail that Bauer's account "is not true!"

McCain aides said Bauer brought up the public financing matter in passing during a chat the pair was having, and Potter reiterated McCain's view that the Arizona senator wanted to commit to public financing.

McCain aides today also distributed a video clip from a Democratic debate in February in which Obama suggested he would meet one-on-one with the GOP nominee before deciding to opt out of the finance system.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 19, 2008; 9:07 AM ET
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Comments

Barrack Obama is wonderful and a champion of true democracy. He can lead the world people with lofty democratic values.

Posted by: umamaheswara rao c

That could be. But there is one problem. This country is a Republic, not a democracy. However, the Dems have been trying to make it a democracy ever sence they lost the Civil War. It's to bad that a black man never studied enough history to know who he is helping. Also, he must be pretty dense, else he would have asked the democrates why it took a hundred years or so before black people really had a chance at equality. However, should the Dems get what they want, then they can get rid of him the same way they did Kennedy. Round and round and round we go, people ignoring what history has to show.

Posted by: drawkcab | June 22, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

HonestAbe, Are you ready to die in the next terrorist attack in this country. If you live in a major city, it is quite possible you could, as the next attack will be done with nukes.

Posted by: drawkcab | June 22, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse


Flipflop Flipflop. How many times will he flip if he is elected president? He's already moving to the Republican side. Doesn't he know the Republicans have a candidate?

Posted by: Katherine | June 21, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I don't understand what the big ruckus is all about, Obama's getting over 90% of his donations from the public so why isn't that considered public financing and if it's not it should be.

Posted by: Mr.Suane B.Huff | June 20, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

no-name said at 12:35 am:
"Good job, facts you could really proof unlike that (Billw) person! When have Obama met Castro and more than half the names on his list... "

Met them? You are all mixed up at best. I defined then as Obama supporter colleagues. Here is my original post.

OBAMA SUPPORTER COLLEAGUES

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, muslims, and crackpots.

Posted by: Billw | June 20, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It's simple to me, perhaps a little to simple. It's ok to point out all of McCain's short comings but for goodness sakes don't mention Obama has any ties to Islam, or shady home financing, racism, and above all don't use his middle name or talk about his wife.

I hope it's ok to remind everyone that BHO had 143 days (actual days the senate was in session) of experience in the Senate at the time he formed a presidential exploratory committee.

I guess I'm just clinging to my guns and religion waiting for someone to tell me why this guy is going to make a positive "change" in the American way of life and in American politics.

Posted by: Tongaloid | June 20, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama is wonderful and a champion of true democracy. He can lead the world people with lofty democratic values.

Posted by: umamaheswara rao c | June 20, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: WylieD

He took financial and real estate favors from Tony Rezko, then ran for President and discovered Rezko was a crook.
He attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, then ran for President and discovered Wright espoused hateful views.

He promised to take public funding for his campaign, then ran for President and discovered public funding is no good.

He became President, got on-the-job training, and discovered he was wrong about many things.

We can hardly wait.

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Well while you can't wait we can not wait also, there are files out there on McCain near to 7000 pages of history and when your 527's start, we'll just roll out all the information one after the other about McCain and in the end you wouldn't think it's the same McCain you thought you knew! The Dems have learned for the past and now we are ready for the shock and awe battle.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse


He took financial and real estate favors from Tony Rezko, then ran for President and discovered Rezko was a crook.

He attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, then ran for President and discovered Wright espoused hateful views.

He promised to take public funding for his campaign, then ran for President and discovered public funding is no good.

He became President, got on-the-job training, and discovered he was wrong about many things.

We can hardly wait.

Posted by: WylieD | June 20, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Did you every wonder how this guy became a "war hero"? He did nothing heroic, but to be shotdown by small arms in his high tech heavy shielded heavy armoured attack aircraft by a much inferior enemy. Then, the mighty industrial military complex gave this loser some medals for being stupid enough to be shotdown and captured. See, in America, you can be stupid and become a hero, too.

Google "McCain Hero" and read about this OLD Traitor McCain

He killed 167 of his own because he was being stupid again, but his father is a 4 Star Admiral so they just transferred him to another ship.

http://www.picassodreams.com/picasso_dreams/2008/06/editorial-john.html

McCain's most horrendous loss occurred in 1967 on the USS Forrestal. Well, not horrendous for him. The starter motor switch on the A4E Skyhawk allowed fuel to pool in the engine. When the aircraft was "wet-started," an impressive flame would shoot from the tail. It was one of the ways young hot-shots got their jollies. Investigators and survivors took the position that McCain deliberately wet-started to harass the F4 pilot directly behind him. The cook off launched an M34 Zuni rocket that tore through the Skyhawk's fuel tank, released a thousand pound bomb, and ignited a fire that killed the pilot plus 167 men. Before the tally of dead and dying was complete, the son and grandson of admirals had been transferred to the USS Oriskany.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

The Obamanuts attend boot camp/indoctrination training pattern after terrorist training. Their mission is to force voters over to Obama to get him elected. They act like suicide bombers and defend him to their deaths wheter he is right or WRONG.
I firmly believe that Obama and his political gang members are plotting a government take-over if McCain wins in the fall. America needs to brace itself for the OBAMA REVOLUTION. The Obamanuts have pledged to DIE for him. He has MANSON, JIM JONES, HITLER personna and CONTROL over them. Remember the NAZIs....BLOOD WILL RUN IN THE STREETS. OBAMA and AXELROD are planning a WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________________________________

You are a sick right wing nut head job that really needs help, this is just the kind of talk that rallies mindless radicals to do unspeakable things. The real terrorist here is YOU!!! We all are Americans Democrats or Republicans and what you are pushing here is terror radicalism... I hope the FBI is on their way to your house now!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse


Good job, Obama. OLD Songbird McBush is quivering,

Learn more about Old Songbird McBush.

Google these and tell your friends to read about them.

McCain Affairs
McCain Songbird
McCain Womanizing
McCain Mafia
McCain Infidelity
McCain Mob
McCain Keating Five
McCain Temper
McCain Traitor
McCain Organized Crime
McCain Adultery
McCain Military Record
McCain Manchurian


Posted by: |
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Good job, facts you could really proof unlike that (Billw) person! When have Obama met Castro and more than half the names on his list...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

http://blog.case.edu/conservativemovement/2008/01/29/john_mccains_top_ten_temper_explosions
John McCain's top ten temper explosions

1) Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And "Screamed, 'F*ck You!' At Texas Sen. John Cornyn" (R-TX). "Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday. In a heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul, McCain screamed, 'F-- you!' at Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had been raising concerns about the legislation. 'This is chickens--stuff,' McCain snapped at Cornyn, according to several people in the room off the Senate floor Thursday. 'You've always been against this bill, and you're just trying to derail it.'" (Charles Hurt, "Raising McCain," New York Post, 5/19/07)

2) In 2000, Sen. McCain Ran An Attack Ad Comparing Then-Gov. George W. Bush To Bill Clinton. SEN. MCCAIN: "I guess it was bound to happen. Governor Bush's campaign is getting desperate, with a negative ad about me. The fact is, I'll use the surplus money to fix Social Security, cut your taxes and pay down the debt. Governor Bush uses all of the surplus for tax cuts, with not one new penny for Social Security or the debt. His ad twists the truth like Clinton. We're all pretty tired of that. As president, I'll be conservative and always tell you the truth. No matter what." (McCain 2000, Campaign Ad, 2/9/00; www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHoXkCprdL4)

3) Sen. McCain Repeatedly Called Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) An "A**hole", Causing A Fellow GOP Senator To Say, "I Didn't Want This Guy Anywhere Near A Trigger." "Why can't McCain win the votes of his own colleagues? To explain, a Republican senator tells this story: at a GOP meeting last fall, McCain erupted out of the blue at the respected Budget Committee chairman, Pete Domenici, saying, 'Only an a-hole would put together a budget like this.' Offended, Domenici stood up and gave a dignified, restrained speech about how in all his years in the Senate, through many heated debates, no one had ever called him that. Another senator might have taken the moment to check his temper. But McCain went on: 'I wouldn't call you an a-hole unless you really were an a-hole.' The Republican senator witnessing the scene had considered supporting McCain for president, but changed his mind. 'I decided,' the senator told Newsweek, 'I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger.'" (Evan Thomas, et al., "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

4) Sen. McCain Had A Heated Exchange With Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) And Called Him A "F*cking Jerk." "Senators are not used to having their intelligence or integrity challenged by another senator. 'Are you calling me stupid?' Sen. Chuck Grassley once inquired during a debate with McCain over the fate of the Vietnam MIAs, according to a source who was present. 'No,' replied McCain, 'I'm calling you a f--ing jerk!' (Grassley and McCain had no comment.)" (Evan Thomas, et al., "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

5) In 1995, Sen. McCain Had A "Scuffle" With 92-Year-Old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) On The Senate Floor. "In January 1995, McCain was midway through an opening statement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when chairman Strom Thurmond asked, 'Is the senator about through?' McCain glared at Thurmond, thanked him for his 'courtesy' (translation: buzz off), and continued on. McCain later confronted Thurmond on the Senate floor. A scuffle ensued, and the two didn't part friends." (Harry Jaffe, "Senator Hothead," The Washingtonian, 2/97)

6) Sen. McCain Accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Of The "Most Egregious Incident" Of Corruption He Had Seen In The Senate. "It escalated when McCain reiterated the charges Oct. 10 in a cross-examination, calling McConnell's actions the 'most egregious incident' demonstrating the appearance of corruption he has ever seen in his Senate career." (Amy Keller, "Attacks Escalate In Depositions," Roll Call, 10/21/02)

7) Sen. McCain Attacked Christian Leaders And Republicans In A Blistering Speech During The 2000 Campaign. MCCAIN: "Unfortunately, Governor Bush is a Pat Robertson Republican who will lose to Al Gore. ... The political tactics of division and slander are not our values... They are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country. Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks, Virginia Beach, VA, 2/28/00)

8) Sen. McCain Attacked Vice President Cheney. MCCAIN: "The president listened too much to the Vice President . . . Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense." (Roger Simon, "McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy," The Politico, 1/24/07)

9) Celebrating His First Senate Election In 1986, Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer. "It was election night 1986, and John McCain had just been elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time. Even so, he was not in a good mood. McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs and poking the chest of a young Republican volunteer who had set up a lectern that was too tall for the 5-foot-9 politician to be seen to advantage, according to a witness to the outburst. 'Here this poor guy is thinking he has done a good job, and he gets a new butt ripped because McCain didn't look good on television,' Jon Hinz told a reporter Thursday. At the time, Hinz was executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. ... Hinz said McCain's treatment of the young campaign worker in 1986 troubled him for years. 'There were an awful lot of people in the room,' Hinz recalled. 'You'd have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. He (McCain) was screaming at him, and he was red in the face. It wasn't right, and I was very upset at him.'" (Kris Mayes and Charles Kelly, "Stories Surface On Senator's Demeanor," The Arizona Republic, 11/5/99)

10) Sen. McCain "Publicly Abused" Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). "[McCain] noted his propensity for passion but insisted that he doesn't 'insult anybody or fly off the handle or anything like that.' This is, quite simply, hogwash. McCain often insults people and flies off the handle.... There have been the many times McCain has called reporters 'liars' and 'idiots' when they have had the audacity to ask him unpleasant, but pertinent, questions. McCain once... publicly abused Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama." (Editorial, "There's Something About McCain," The Austin American-Statesman, 1/24/07)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I would have voted for either an African American or a woman as president. Unfortunately, Obama's decision to back out of the public financing gave me another reason not to vote for him.

Posted by: DDG56
__________________________________________

Dude that's weak and you know it, you were alway a Republican McBush supporter! You just needed something to say!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Good job, Obama. OLD Songbird McBush is quivering,

Learn more about Old Songbird McBush.

Google these and tell your friends to read about them.

McCain Affairs
McCain Songbird
McCain Womanizing
McCain Mafia
McCain Infidelity
McCain Mob
McCain Keating Five
McCain Temper
McCain Traitor
McCain Organized Crime
McCain Adultery
McCain Military Record
McCain Manchurian

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse


Yo, Barack, time to take up windsurfing.

Posted by: WylieD | June 20, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Someone said:
"This is yet another flip flop from Obama"

Another said:
"Only fraud here is McCLAIM"

Yak, yak, and opinions. Their real character is defined by the company they keep. Birds of a feather flock together. Always. Here are some of Obama's colleagues that define him:

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Jimmy Carter
Muslim-American Society

Radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, muslims, and crackpots.

Posted by: Billw | June 20, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I would have voted for either an African American or a woman as president. Unfortunately, Obama's decision to back out of the public financing gave me another reason not to vote for him.

Posted by: DDG56 | June 19, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

The right wing 527 nuts are out there trying to smear Michelle Obama with her America comments, yet the news broke on MSNBC's the Verdict last night with proof that found John McCain saying on tape "I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company" he said that on FOX news a few months back and in a 1999 on the campaign trail. It is obvious that he was talking about his feeling while he was held captive as a P.O.W., but the statement within itself implies that he did not love his country much before that point in his life and how could this be any different than Michelle Obama's statement that was taken out of it's proper context?

This statement comes from a man that belongs to a political party that has supporter groups like the 527's who are out there taking Mrs. Michelle Obama statement out of context and spinning it to paint her as un-American and I feel strongly the smear attacks are motivated with racial over tones. This is also the same Republican party with it's 527 group that painted John Kerry as a liar and almost made him out to be a left wing liberal radical draft dodger elitist in 2004!

This is why Barack Obama needed to reject the use of public financing so he and his campaign could fight back some of these 527 attacks. Just look at how they are trying to paint Mrs. Obama now as a angry black woman, that forced her to go out and soften her image and retell her story. Some may want to attack Barack Obama for his choice in rejecting public financing, he had no choice when John McCain showed he was powerless against stopping attacks of these 527 groups! Keep in mind if it had been John McCain, Pat Buchanan and all his Republican cronies would have said it was a good political move on McCain's part, but this time the only difference here it's Obama that's making the moves and not McCain. This new McCain statement is fair game, he made it and he made it more than once and it should be discussed as Michelle Obama's statements were! After all here is a man that [don't wear a flag pin], who is running for the President of the United States of America and he is making statements that he did not love this country, a country he now wants to lead. To me these statements are very interesting because of how his party turned John Kerry a military veteran with war metals out to be a patriotic fraud! Now you can stick a fork in it!!!

Posted by: Jr. | June 19, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

This is yet another flip flop from Obama. Is it politically smart for him to do so? Absolutely. I do not think, however, that it speaks very much about his character. This is a man who never really delivers on his promises. He could barely focus on his state Senate and US Senate campaign promises.

Moreover, I think that a lot of Obama supporters need to study politics. PACs are not the big problem anymore. A PAC can only donate $5,000 to a campaign. Obama's campaign (and others) are gaming the system via bundling. For example, Obama took in roughly $230,000 of bundled donations from Exelon. This man offers nothing fresh or new.

Posted by: Tom | June 19, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I am completely in support of Obama's decision. Whatever it takes to beat McCain and get the Republicans out of the WH. I am ready to donate more to stop Senator McWarmonger!

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 19, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

If I sold a few pints of home grown vegtables from my small heirloom garden I will send that money to Obama! I hope all the plants produce alot of vegtables!

Posted by: The family Garden Cookie Jar money | June 19, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an intelligent strategist without being smarmy. This is the kind of character we need to lead our country. As our influence has been tarnished and our strength is diminishing to the arising of economically competitive nations with their increasing influence in global political policy, we need a character who understands how to most efficiently and with frankness remain a step ahead of the 'game' behind all politics, whether the USA election or Foreign Relations.
That Obama is also de politicizing the election funding is a major step towards bringing our election back to the people and away from the lobbyists, which are essentially economically controlled entities with particular political agendas, the agendas themselves having their own value-laden, cost-laden, and economically driven coverage and attention with which no individual can compete.
This gesture on his part also gives substantive strength to Obama and his campaign, as his reliance on purely individual donors displays his strength as a person supported by the individuals of this country and not the large groups who dominate markets in certain industries.
McCain's teams' comments were grasping, most likely because he and his party represent and get their force from market industries and their CEOS and not the individuals of our nation.
Obama is changing the usual modus operandi and is bringing in a new perspective, highly intelligent and strategic, akin to advancements in technology that push our GDP, our economy, our standard of living, and our reputation, to the forefront of possible expansion for the good of humanity.

Posted by: Galen | June 19, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

choice not "chose" i had to correct my own spelling mistake when I see it. I always thought those who ran a clean clear camp- could win more votes and respect. This is the right way to bring along more honest politics "getting the work done" for America. 60 minutes followed people who ran for their cities and states with only the support of those who voted for them giving only $5 . I like it alot.

Posted by: Brooke mispelled corrected | June 19, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I think this chose is simply beautiful, Barack Obama. Here is one practical way of saying, We the people vote with real, clean money and who they decide to support. If 100 million people send Barack a $5 bill and the republican , Mr. McCain gets 10 mil from supporters the polls will show the winner is Obama. No one sends money without showing up on the day we all vote for our President. Yea! so there will be no way the voting machines machines machines can lie to the American voters. Anyway I swear the Mc Cain audience are paid to attend so there is a small head count. I see thousands cheering and smiling at Obama's rallies. I see McCain with 10 maybe 20 widely spaced people with no one smiling or cheers . I only wish John at the time he ran against George Bush , he had won at that time but not now. I saw his passion and verve when he talked to college students and wrote his book, people liked him alot. But we got George and George sucked and spoiled the world we live on. He created a rein of terror on Iraq. Obama with his wisdom saw war as the worst chose and yet the worst president got his evil war, now it has to end.

Posted by: Brooke wrote | June 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Why do the Democrats continue to fund the Iraq War? Read the new Rolling Stone article about your Democratic leaders. The Iraq War is just an issue to these politicians - both Republican and Democrat. If everything they say is true about cherry-picking intelligence to justify a War, then GW should be impeached, today. What's scary is the silence and lack of attention paid to Rep. Kucinich when he brought up impeachment. When Tim Russert questioned Barack about his failure to become a leader in voicing his opposition to the War, Obama said he was silent because others in the Party had voted for the War. When HRC asked why Barack hadn't held one hearing of his subcommittee, Obama said that he was too busy running for the nomination. God help us if this man becomes POTUS.

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Only fraud here is McCLAIM. He broke finance rules by overspending in primary after accepting loan based on condition that he accepted public finance which limits primary spending that he blew right over. Obama said he'd opt for public funds if 527's made illegal, they haven't been. Only fraud here is McCLAIM. Go ahead McCLAIM away. You have no credibility left. McCain broke a campaign finance rule. At best, Obama fudged on a pledge. This one is a clear win for Obama.

Posted by: Headline | June 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

no-name babbles on:
"It beats putting together a list of scary dark names to scare stupid white people like you "

Hey, they are not my colleagues, they belong to your pal Obama.

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Posted by: Billw | June 19, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama has his own 527s. MoveOn.Org, Daily Kos, MSNBC are nothing more/less than 527s.

These liberal idiots think they can purchase the country and once again they are running a losing candidate.

They hide his people and carefully place white Abercrombie boys behind him so we forget his color and if we mention color, we are called bigots. Where are your people Mr. Obama? Why do you hide your voting constituents?

They are attempting to repaint his wife a darker shade of pale so to say. So what's next? Repaint the children?

Don't want the little lady picked on by the Republicans and the media? Tell her to shut her mouth, go home, tend the children, bake cookies and press Obama's shirts. After all, she would make a pretty good nut cracker herself! Now that's a market I just may have to invest in....

Posted by: Gal4Hil | June 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The right wing nuts are out there trying to smear Mrs. Obama with her America comments, yet the news just broke that there was tapes found of John MCCain saying "I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company" He said that on FOX news a few months back and in a 1999 campaign event. This is why Obama needs to fund his own campaign to fight attacks like this and now the McCain campaign will have to deal with his remarks when the right wing groups go on the attack.... Tomorrow morning news programs should be very interesting for Mr. McCain! Stay tuned!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Now before anyone 'crys' about my name..

Last name... and month/date/year of birth.

I AM NOT a Obama fan. I realize that he has changed the face of politics by his internet savy and the fact that he promises everything but SO FAR has delivered very little.

Not sure if he will debate McCain.. but unless his speeches are prepared in advance he not handle any topic that he is not briefed on in advance. He defers to his opponent.

He has bought the Democratic Nomination by buying the media. He does not want to use the public funding.. because it would LIMIT the amount of money he could spend on his publicity and advertising. He spent over 100 million dollars on his winning bid for the Democratic Nomination.

He believes that as usual the American Voter will have a short memory and forget about his promising to use the public funding.

His objective is to WIN at all costs. So he can be King Obama... of the United States.

The promises made in his campaign... can just as easily be voided once he is in power. Remember... he is no different than any of the other politicians on the Hill.

Imagine... the taxpayer paying for his and michelles wardrobe while in the white house. Bet she has more shoes that C. Rice.

Remember that you the voter will get more than you bargained for if he is elected.

Posted by: Miller51550 | June 19, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Public Financing is something that the American people have never really bought into, neither does John McCain. He just doesn't have any choice but to take it now. As MCCain continues to slip, slip, slip in the polls, his donors will begin to dry, dry, dry up. He may have graduated 5th from the bottom of his class at the academy, but he isn't so stupid as to try and run his campaign using a "dry well" getting drier by the day. He's not opting out of Public Financing because it's the honorable thing to do, he doesn't have a choice. Well, I guess the old saying is true; What goes around, comes around.

Posted by: cathy | June 19, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Only 1 out of 10 people support public finance of presidential elections by checking a whole whoopping $1 on income tax form. Non-issue.

McCain accuses Obama of flip flopping? LOL OMG. Too damn funny. Put McCain in a big aquarium with a turbine, let him do his usual flip flopping and energy crises solved! Hydro McCain power.

Posted by: Headline | June 19, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I truly find it disturbing how many people are willing to justify and overlook everything Obama says. I won't vote for him because he's an empty suit with a muddled message of hope (for what?) and change (to what?). People who are voting for him are largely hopeful that he shares their views, and he's crafty enough not to dissuade them.

Posted by: BK | June 19, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The Obamanuts attend boot camp/indoctrination training pattern after terrorist training. Their mission is to force voters over to Obama to get him elected. They act like suicide bombers and defend him to their deaths wheter he is right or WRONG.
I firmly believe that Obama and his political gang members are plotting a government take-over if McCain wins in the fall. America needs to brace itself for the OBAMA REVOLUTION. The Obamanuts have pledged to DIE for him. He has MANSON, JIM JONES, HITLER personna and CONTROL over them. Remember the NAZIs....BLOOD WILL RUN IN THE STREETS. OBAMA and AXELROD are planning a WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

At least Hilary had a plan of action Obama makes it up as he goes like any trial lawyer

Posted by: cd2008 | June 19, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Posters who are still hung up on Hillary amaze me.. they are not party loyalist but are stuck on a candidate. just simply amazing.. Hillary has moved on..gave her support to Obama.. demonstrated that she is a true Democrat and her supporters are asleep at the wheel... maybe anger makes them feel whole and fills the void in their lives... It's just simply amazing.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot to add He'll probably spend like him too. Another, 'Great Society' Some great society we got just alot of taxes?

Posted by: cd2008 | June 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

No-name said:
"Yawn...sounds like the upcoming GOP convention. "

Yeah, clip out and hide Obama's radical, terrorist, anti-American, crook, and crackpot supporters. You can't refute so you hide the evidence and project.


Posted by: Billw
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It beats putting together a list of scary dark names to scare stupid white people (like you).

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

another lyndon Johnson He'll be rich by the time the elections over?

Posted by: cd2008 | June 19, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Billw..you forgot Average Americans..

You Twit.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know where the "Fat Cat's" prowl, go to the FEC Campaign finance site and it's all there for the viewing. You won't find the Fat Cat's in Obama's reports. Have you ever noticed what little effort it takes for an elephant trainer bring his animal to it's knees?

Posted by: cathy | June 19, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

HEY SPINALTAPX
You've got a lot of nerve using that screen name. We think you ought to come and be our new drummer.
signed
Christopher Guest
Michael McKean
Harry Shearer (and please go read some of my work on Huffington Post - you need help, sir.)

Posted by: harry | June 19, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is right to break his word. After all so many voters have shown that they are willing to be bought by Obama. Why should he not continue down the path and buy the election. After all -- the tide has turned and the Democrats have shown that they are the fat cats and no longer are related to the middle class.

Posted by: johne37179 | June 19, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain should pull out of public financing as well to save taxpayers money. This country is already near bankrupt why should we now fund McCain's campaign??

Posted by: HonestAbe

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Excellent point!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"Senator Obama's reversal on public financing is one of a number of reversals that he has taken."

Too funny!

Read why:
http://www.stopthinkvote.com/quotes.html

Posted by: DMWhipp | June 19, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

You only have to review the actions, not the words, of the McCain Campaign and Senator McCain himself to see that they never intended to negotiate in good faith with the Obama Campaign in an effort to come to an agreement that would clean up the general election and cap spending at $85 million each. The McCain camp has seen the writting on the wall, and have orchestrated this whole "broken pledge" allegation because of two facts known to them; 1. Given McCain's negatives, he cannot begin to raise the kind of money Obama can 2. McCain camp knows the only chance they have at defeating Obama in November is for the same old sleezy tactics to be used to "swift boat" Obama like they did John Kerry. MCCain never intended for there to be any agreement and Obama is smart enough now to know that. Why pander to the McCain Camp, just do what you have to do to continue to fund your campaign using the small donor base you have built up and continue building it until you run the GOP and MCCain Campaign in the ground. McCain really has no choice but to use the $85 million public financing funds which is more than he could have raised on his own. "My Friend's" don't for a second believe MCCain doesn't wish he could afford to opt out of public financing as well. The 527's are hard at work as we speak preparing to crank up the "smear campaign", but it won't work. NOT THIS TIME, NOT THIS YEAR, NOT THIS ELECTION.

Posted by: cathy | June 19, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain should pull out of public financing as well to save taxpayers money. This country is already near bankrupt why should we now fund McCain's campaign??

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 19, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I am never sure if I want to stoop to the stupidity of some posters here, but as I recall, McCain has a has-been Democrat hanging around with him. Silly me, I sort of insist on consistency from folks who try to make a point. So please tell me, is McCain so weak he has to have a Democrat turned Independent hanging out with him so his buddy can correct him when he constantly mixes up the Shia and the Sunni groups in Iraq, McCain's need to constantly have corrections whispered in his ears really worries me. Is he too old, too stupid, or just too indifferent to get the facts. Whichever, he would be a menace in Foreign Affairs and those are the facts.

Posted by: Mari |

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In other words he'll be Just another George Bush, think about it! The bigger question is could we as a Nation afford another four years of the same politics? Unemployment is up, families are losing their homes, the economy is shot and entering into the big "R", we are spending over a trillion to support a war in Iraq that our President lied to us about and the real terrost is still sending out video tapes telling us what his next move. This is why over 70% of voters in this country supports CHANGE over the same old politics...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Look at it this way. Obama's generous donors (me included) will save the American taxpayers $80M dollars. America should be thanking us...

You are most welcome.

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 19, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If Obama needs more money, its because price of freedom has become more dear.

Posted by: Lobbiest go home. | June 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Beware all posts are being monitored and traced.
Posted by: WAPO Moderator
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In fact agents are on the way to confiscate the computers of anyone bad mouthing Obama.

Posted by: WAPO Board Policy Enforcenment | June 19, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

To no-name at 6:01 pm:

Looks like my supporter colleagues are the lesser of the two evils. Also your list contains much namecalling, the trademark of a losing argument. Too bad.


Posted by: Billw | June 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

He - stasoftfro people - WOW! I can't believe the racist crap WaPo allows on here. I guess you have to vent somewhere, but gee - what do you want for the country? I mean, this is not the KKK of America!!! You LOVE the President on the TV show 24? You LOVE the voice of James Earl Jones. I wonder if they use sta soft fro? Maybe Tiger Woods does.
So McSame comes out today saying that Barack misled the people about public financing. Yeah, those mixed race people - you just can't trust 'em. Especially when Obama is supported by about 2/3 of our military commanders and advisors instead of McCain. Doesn't that make you stop and think? And if you accept public financy - that means YOUR TAX DOLLARS are paying for the campaign. SO you folks can be happy that your taxes are paying for McShames lies. I support Obama and I know my money will be well spent because he will work for ALL of us. Even people who use sta soft fro. And even you idots who post about it here.
And you people are talking about FLIP FLOPPING??? McCain said he didn't support Bush's tax cuts, or offshore drilling, or drilling in ANWR. He lied. Or flip flopped - whatever you want to call it. McCain says he's all for "supporting the troops" but voted NO on the new GI Bill, along with Bush, but not any of his miltary compatriots. Remember he crashed his plane and he was a POW. He was in a world of hurt, but he did not experience the war in Vietnam. He is clueless!

It's about whether you can take people's word. You can't trust John McCain's. McCain has completely reversed himself and gone back on his word, and gonne back on the commitment he made to the American people.
ANd for all you women out there - remember we need to have at least the RIGHT to choose. That means you can so NO to abortion; for yourself, for your kids, etc. But if your daughter gets raped and becomes pregnant - are you going to get her a back alley abortion or force her to raise the child? McCain is anti-woman and don't you believe otherwise! Read his history - disgusting.

Posted by: crazyme | June 19, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you Republicans? Why can't you keep up with Obama's donors? Are you all out of work on foodstamps or what?

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 19, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I am never sure if I want to stoop to the stupidity of some posters here, but as I recall, McCain has a has-been Democrat hanging around with him. Silly me, I sort of insist on consistency from folks who try to make a point. So please tell me, is McCain so weak he has to have a Democrat turned Independent hanging out with him so his buddy can correct him when he constantly mixes up the Shia and the Sunni groups in Iraq, McCain's need to constantly have corrections whispered in his ears really worries me. Is he too old, too stupid, or just too indifferent to get the facts. Whichever, he would be a menace in Foreign Affairs and those are the facts.

Posted by: Mari | June 19, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that we are discussing this and the most alarming is the fact that anyone brings up the idea that Obama is some how not an authentic America. Ummm, listen up folks, he was born in the United States, His mother and her ancestors have been here for years and years. His father is Kenyan and he was in the United States when Barack was born. Last I checked Honolulu, Hawaii was part of the United States. My sis lives there and she votes every election that occurs in Hawaii. I used to live there also. All this stupidity about Barack's birth and his ancestors is really just a code word way of introducing racism into this election. And someone who introduced a doctored copy of Barack's birth certificate that supposedly states Barack is a Moslem is a big fat liar. Hawaiian birth certificates do not contain the religion of the newborn. It is all bigotry and frankly, one of the things I am most proud of our United States is that these hate mongers have lost their mojo.

Posted by: Mari

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Mari,

This is the only why the Republicans can win, McCain don't have a command on the issues, he often forget who we are fighting in Iraq, he flip flops on the issues and he is a part of a party that has ran this country in the hole. Mr. Obama has the vision and the intellect along with good political judgment, Mr McCain isn't worrying about the issues right now, he is worrying about how he is going to compete against the Obama campaign with out having the money to compete...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I personally am glad that he opted out. And how dare John McCain say that he's a hypocrite. Isn't John McCain the one who asked to be released from his pledge. Sour grapes.

Posted by: tect | June 19, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA SUPPORTER COLLEAGUES

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, and crackpots.

Posted by: Billw

_______________________________________________________

BILLW SUPPORTER COLLEAGUES

Political terrorist extremest

Stupidity

Ignorance

Brainless

Radical anti- Logic

Bush

Rove

Uneducated

Anti - learning

Political - stupidity

KKK

Red necks

Skin head

Corruption

Deception

war mongering

Big oil

FOX News

Elizabeth Hesslbeck

Sean Hannity

Lobbiest

Watergate

Glenn Beck

Bill O"Rilly

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that we are discussing this and the most alarming is the fact that anyone brings up the idea that Obama is some how not an authentic America. Ummm, listen up folks, he was born in the United States, His mother and her ancestors have been here for years and years. His father is Kenyan and he was in the United States when Barack was born. Last I checked Honolulu, Hawaii was part of the United States. My sis lives there and she votes every election that occurs in Hawaii. I used to live there also. All this stupidity about Barack's birth and his ancestors is really just a code word way of introducing racism into this election. And someone who introduced a doctored copy of Barack's birth certificate that supposedly states Barack is a Moslem is a big fat liar. Hawaiian birth certificates do not contain the religion of the newborn. It is all bigotry and frankly, one of the things I am most proud of our United States is that these hate mongers have lost their mojo.

Posted by: Mari | June 19, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

lowatreasures-
first of all, Obama has not been questioned by federal prosecuters on the issue of himself and Rezko. None of the cases being investigated against Rezko have nothing to do with Obama except that the donation money that Obama received could be connected to Nadhmi Audhi. This does not mean that Obama dealt with him, Tony Rezko did. There is a degree of seperation here.
Also he returned that money with an additional donation to charity.
Obama took a job for a not for profit company that developed low income and afforadable housing. Through the efforts of that company they had to deal with Tony Rezko. This is purely incidental. This is where the connection begins.
Obama has stated recently that he did 5 hrs of work for a church group that had partnered with Rezko to do a project.
Once again, a degree of seperation.
Obama opposed legislation that would have favored Rezko's business interests (a casino license for Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago).
Here is what I believe: In Chicago, Obama was trying to help the poorest people, not helping a slum lord. The nature of his work resulted in him and Rezko knowing each other but definently not business partners on any level.
Guilt by association, is an easy conclusion to come to. If you knew someone that was a drug addict or a thief or a murderer, let's say, does that make you one?

Posted by: kikgirl | June 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama...women want to box his ears, men want to watch B Ball games on a 50" plasma with him. The theories shall abound.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 19, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Beware all posts are being monitored and traced.

Posted by: WAPO Moderator | June 19, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't\blame Obama. He would insult all of us who has sent 10 to 25 dollars because he must be the next President. otherwise we will all go down with the old Washington POlitics. Is that what you truly want. Not me. I want change and Obama can do this with our help. Audrey

Posted by: Audrey | June 19, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Kerry and McCain for 04!!! LOL Hey I dont need to say anything nice about the Republicans because are country is much better off with them, than with a bunch of weak, spineless, manipulative bunch a whiny little todlers. Maybe you should try and get Alec Baldwin to run in 2012 after Obama loses in Novembe!! LOL Hey at least Alec Baldwin has more political experience than Obama!!! LOL you bed wetting liberals are such idiots!!! ROTL!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx

___________________________________________________________________________

I hope you learn how to spell and read before you cast your next vote in NOVEMBER, because unfortunately for you, you could vote for Obama instead of McBush your hero!

Oh, I forgot you are the same guy that pick his candidates on election day by knowing that "M" comes before "O"! You should tone down on the idiots remarks when addressing others, until you look deeper into yourself, you maybe surprised to discover that an even bigger idiot lives from within! Maybe that's why the Republicans always fall for smears tactic first before they use their heads to think with logic and rationality....

Your argument is about political experience, McCain has more political experience than Bush, yet Bush is the President, and military experience don't equal to political experience, it only equals to military experience and none of this means nothing with out political judgment something that both McCain and Bush lacks. Thirty years of political experience with McCain means nothing, if he is losing 30% of him memory a day...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

No-name said:
"Yawn...sounds like the upcoming GOP convention. "

Yeah, clip out and hide Obama's radical, terrorist, anti-American, crook, and crackpot supporters. You can't refute so you hide the evidence and project.

Posted by: Billw | June 19, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Sta Soft Fro makes your hair feel right...

Posted by: PeaPod
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Again, the same IP address! Jesus, Zaheed, what is with the name changes?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post sure doesn't follow its policy that personal attacks, inappropriate comments will be removed and the intellectual level here is pretty shameful.

Posted by: DiAnne | June 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Sta Soft Fro makes your hair feel right...

Posted by: PeaPod | June 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey at least Alec Baldwin has more political experience than Obama!!! LOL you bed wetting liberals are such idiots!!! ROTL!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx

Got a thing for the Baldwins, huh? No wonder your right testicle is tingling...

Now, I'm laughing...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

GOP = Terrorists PR machine.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, and crackpots.

Posted by: Billw
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Yawn...sounds like the upcoming GOP convention.

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Are you better off than 8 years ago?

McCain will continue that trend for you.

Posted by: Adolf | June 19, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

That must be a first for a black man!

Posted by: Cindy McCain | June 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain's itching for a fight because he had to sit out Vietnam. Flyboy doesn't know what it was like on the ground there anyway.

Posted by: GoldFinger | June 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Did you actually buy that BS about CHANGE and HOPE? C'mon, you're an adult. When politicians open their mouths, they lie. You know what, he's not lying to me. He's lying to you, Obama supporters. You thought he was going to be different. You believed. You took your kids to the rally. You sent him your cash. And then, he betrayed you. So, you forgive him, okay. But you know what, he knows now that he can lie to you and get away with it.

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA SUPPORTER COLLEAGUES

The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Ayers
Pfleger
Weathers
Rappers
Muslim-American Society

Radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, and crackpots.

Posted by: Billw | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I hear Michelle Obama is going to "Sta Soft Fro" commercials from the WHite House.

Posted by: PeaPod
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heard you had herpetic sores...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Lakisha is a Republican supporter!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Kerry and McCain for 04!!! LOL Hey I dont need to say anything nice about the Republicans because are country is much better off with them, than with a bunch of weak, spineless, manipulative bunch a whiny little todlers. Maybe you should try and get Alec Baldwin to run in 2012 after Obama loses in Novembe!! LOL Hey at least Alec Baldwin has more political experience than Obama!!! LOL you bed wetting liberals are such idiots!!! ROTL!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I hear Michelle Obama is going to "Sta Soft Fro" commercials from the WHite House.

Posted by: PeaPod | June 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Muslim Supporters Told to Move at Event

In a sign of outreach to supporters of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama has given Madeleine Albright, secretary of state in Bill Clinton's administration, a prominent position in his working group on national security. (By Alex Brandon -- Associated Press)
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OBAMA TEAM APOLOGIZES

Muslim Supporters Told to Move at Event


Barack Obama's campaign apologized Wednesday after a report that campaign volunteers in Detroit had shooed two Muslim women wearing head scarves out of camera range at a rally earlier this week.

According to the Web site Politico, the women were told they could not sit behind the podium where Obama was speaking, to prevent them from appearing in photographs and television footage with the candidate. Obama has battled false allegations that he is a Muslim, and the two women, both Obama supporters, told Politico they were deeply disillusioned by the incident.

Campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued an apologetic statement. "This is of course not the policy of the campaign," he said. "It is offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run. We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers."

Burton also circulated several photographs that prominently feature women in head scarves at previous Obama rallies.


-- Shailagh Murray

***********************Talking about "scrapping the bottom of the racist/xenophobic barrel"... how come no mention on WAPO about the Obama campaign asking two women in head scarves to stop out of the photo shoot???

NOTHING????

Now let's flip that. Imagine McCain campaign asked two minorities to step out of the photo shoot. It would be breaking news! Front page! If WAPO could make sound effects on the website they would!

Under the "politics" section on WAPO- every story deals with Obama. Every one.

No bias there either.


Posted by: RightPOV

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JESUS, POV, has the quality of wingnuts gone down hill since 2004?

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It is senseless to argue with the see-no-evil,hear-no-evil Obamabots.

All of us without Obatomies must direct our energy to keeping him out of the White House. Vote for McCain or at least write in your favorite candidate or stay home. If you don't like McCain, strongly support all the Democratic candidates for Congress/Senate in your state to mitigate any damage McCain may try to inflict during his 4 short years in office. Better that than a clueless teflon man.

Posted by: Has both lobes | June 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

For those who think there is anything admirable about John McCain anymore, check out http://therealmccain.com/videos.php . All the videos there are worth watching, but it's the one called "John McCain vs. John McCain" that shows he has become the world champ of flip-floppers. For women who have any thoughts about voting for McCain (or not voting), see "Why Do Women Give McCain a Zero?" (Did you see yesterday's news about even Republican women turning against him?) One last thing: those of you who have vicious, disrespectful views of Barack Obama are talking about our next President, perhaps one of our greatest, and at least the best one in quite a while.

Posted by: Neal in San Leandro, CA | June 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain accusing Obama of not keeping his word?

How rich!

http://www.stopthinkvote.com/quotes.html

Posted by: dmw | June 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

i am black and proud and not a stereotype you silly cracker.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Talking about "scrapping the bottom of the racist/xenophobic barrel"... how come no mention on WAPO about the Obama campaign asking two women in head scarves to stop out of the photo shoot???

NOTHING????

Now let's flip that. Imagine McCain campaign asked two minorities to step out of the photo shoot. It would be breaking news! Front page! If WAPO could make sound effects on the website they would!

Under the "politics" section on WAPO- every story deals with Obama. Every one.

No bias there either.

Posted by: RightPOV | June 19, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Nadeem Zakaria - why don't you drop the "Lakisha" bit. We already know it is you - same IP address and all...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What you hypocrats think you can win an election with 4 states these days Cali, NY, Mass and MD LOL cuz that all that bastard is gonna win HAHAHAHAH cya in 2012!!! ROTFL!!!!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

all white folks is racist. if you don't vote for obama. that is alright cause we gona when in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, the black man can't be free until he gets inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha

________________________________________________________________

Who you think you are trying to fool with this post? Lakisha, what a stereotype name if there was ever one? Just another reason why Obama will not take public funding.... You are trying to rally the troops, but that posting was so transparent!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Some of these Barry Hussein supporters are overwrought with fear and anger. They never offer an intelligent response - just insults and obscenity.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria
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Intelligent response? To you? You who never lets a day pass without scrapping the bottom of the racist/xenophobic barrel for something that passes for wit? Somewhere, there is someone flushing something more intelligent than you down a toilet. There are barnyard chickens with their heads cut off who I would rather see posting here than you. You have got to be kidding...

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

A lot of you posters are too immature and pathetic even to appear on a cable talk show.

Posted by: treetopflyer | June 19, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx still desperately clinging, screamed:

"Yeah just keep backpedaling like the spineless little hypocrats you are!! But it is in history the DEMOCRATS WANTED JOHN MCCAIN IN 2004!!! LOL OMG they are so retarded!!!! What a bunch of idiots!!! Do they even know what they want anymore!! HAHAHAHA MCAIN AND KERRY IN 2004!!!! HAHAHA"
___________

Yeah, Ha Ha Ha. A loser candidate considered a loser running mate. This makes you feel better? Mmmmmkay. That's pretty sad.

I love your "points" none of which in any way have said anything good about your candidate.

You picked a loser, and this is gonna be FUN!

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

isn't sequoia a black name? is you last name jackson?

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey joe news flash! People are stupid!! It's been proven that you will get more votes if your name appears first on the ballet. Good thing for McCain that M is before O!!! LOL HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx

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Now that's logic! Just another reason why we can't afford four more years of Republican logic and control.....

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I AM SO GLAD! gOOD FOR YOU BARACK!! tHERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T GET HORIBLE EMAIL'S FROM SOME RIGHT-WING GOP ORGANIZATION THAT DOESN'T ABIDE BY CAMPAIGN FINANCING SPREDING HORIBLE LIES ABOUT OBAMA. SHAME ON THE GOP AND ALL THEIR HATE MONGERING GROUPS

Posted by: pamela purse | June 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

all white folks is racist. if you don't vote for obama. that is alright cause we gona when in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, the black man can't be free until he gets inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Nadeem Zakaria cried:

"Some of these Barry Hussein supporters are overwrought with fear and anger. They never offer an intelligent response - just insults and obscenity."
____________________

Actually, we're excited and thrilled to fight for our candidate. All you have is some hillbilly obsession with a middle name.

We're better than you, and you know this.

I am so proud and excited to support Barack Hussein Obama and it's going to be fun to humiliate pathetic pieces of human trash like you.

So "Hussein" away, douchebag...as Obama pulls away in the polls. Ha Ha.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah just keep backpedaling like the spineless little hypocrats you are!! But it is in history the DEMOCRATS WANTED JOHN MCCAIN IN 2004!!! LOL OMG they are so retarded!!!! What a bunch of idiots!!! Do they even know what they want anymore!! HAHAHAHA MCAIN AND KERRY IN 2004!!!! HAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

My right testicle could beat Obama in an election!!! HAHAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx
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Well, considering how exhausted it must be with you handling it all the time, I wonder...

Sequioia is right - you sound like you are trying to pump yourself up more than scare us. Posting fake laughs and all...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

An appeal to all Democratic supports and voters.

Date: 20th June, 2008.

My dearest American brothers and sisters,

Well, as a staunch supporter of Democratic Party and an impregnable supporter of Hillary Clinton I feel very sad. It's very unfortunate that she lost to Barack Obama.

Now, what do you want to choose as your destiny? End of the world? Heralding 666 into this world? Second coming of Christ?

Here is reproduced an e-mail letter received from Barack Obama's camp:

"Ivo Oscar --

I'm about to take the stage in St. Paul and announce that we have won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

It's been a long journey, and we should all pause to thank Hillary Clinton, who made history in this campaign. Our party and our country are better off because of her.

I want to make sure you understand what's ahead of us. Earlier tonight, John McCain outlined a vision of America that's very different from ours -- a vision that continues the disastrous policies of George W. Bush.

But this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past and bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

It's going to take hard work, but thanks to you and millions of other donors and volunteers, no one has ever been more prepared for such a challenge.

Thank you for everything you've done to get us here. Let's keep making history.

Barack"

Now kindly analyze this letter. Firstly, a Muslim claiming that he has taken stage in St. Paul! Why didn't he go and take a stage in front of a Mosque and say "Allah?" Secondly, add two horns and a tail to the real Barack Obama or his photo. What do you see? Please read The Prophecies of Nostradamus and also read the Bible. Can you foresee/read the time and the political situation in today's world?

Therefore, today I feverishly appeal to all Americans not to support the Democratic Party if their candidate is Barack Obama. Instead go out in numbers and vote for Republican Party, no matter whomsoever their candidate maybe.

God Save America and the world.

Yours truly,
---Sd---
Ivo Oscar Faleiro.
Goa - INDIA.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Some of these Barry Hussein supporters are overwrought with fear and anger. They never offer an intelligent response - just insults and obscenity.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:53 PM
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Can u use a cell phone in that cave as well?

Posted by: Hating Nadeem | June 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx desperately grasped:

"Why dont you hypocrats answer that question....If McCain is so much like Bush and such a crazy horrible Republican then why did John Kerry ask him to be VP???"
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The more scary thing about that isn't John Kerry asking him, it's that John McCain can't remember John Kerry asking him to join him on the ticket!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Some of these Barry Hussein supporters are overwrought with fear and anger. They never offer an intelligent response - just insults and obscenity.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72...is that your age or the amount of days you have consistently smelled like tuna?

Posted by: Iamthinkinghowaboutyou | June 19, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Sequoia I'm not kidding you! LOL this isnt fake confidence its all real baby!!! HAHAHA Aw it is really cute how you think that Obama is really as good as he tells everyone he is and that you think hes gonna win. Hope it does sting to bad this Nov when he LOSES!!! HAHAHA My right testicle could beat Obama in an election!!! HAHAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Another smart move by Obama. We are going to see some impressive things from this young man, and he was just getting warmed up with the primary. Old politics, meet new politics.

Posted by: Piter | June 19, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Nadeem Zakaria wrote:

"Barry Hussein offers blah, blah, blah, blah"

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FYI, you totally ruin any point you might have by your childish, ignorant and xenophobic insistance on using Barack Hussein Obama's middle name as if it means anything. We aren't interested in your backwoods stupidity and desperate attempts to whip up religious and racial hysteria because you have no ideas.

So go f*ck yourself you pathetic piece of garbage. You suck.

You are an idiot and

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Be aware that on here the term "SMEAR-ALIAS" means someone who hasn't jumped on the Barry Hussein express. Beware if you do decide to take that ride, you may just get thrown under the bus.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein offers very few solutions and much hyperbole. When he can stand up and give details on how he plans solve a particular problem, I may listen. I don't trust anyone who refers me to a website containing .PDF documents created by some backroom policy wonk.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria
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Since you don't read, who cares?

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

When did a candidates middle name become the deciding factor as to whether he/she run for office? I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and believe you're not as stupid as your comment makes you seem.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein offers very few solutions and much hyperbole. When he can stand up and give details on how he plans solve a particular problem, I may listen. I don't trust anyone who refers me to a website containing .PDF documents created by some backroom policy wonk.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx desperately grasped:

"Why dont you hypocrats answer that question....If McCain is so much like Bush and such a crazy horrible Republican then why did John Kerry ask him to be VP???"
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Um, because Kerry was a terrible candidate who had bad instincts. Like McCain.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I am a very kind and considerate individual who respect the rights of others. Additionally, I do not flaunt my military service. I am proud of it and proud of the patriots who gave thier lives for America over several generations. I have always been proud of my country. anyone who is not need to LEAVE.

Posted by: EBONYFLASH
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You are a bully... why don't you peddle that faux patriotism at the Hannity web-site? I am getting tired of the super-patriot b.s. as well from people like you...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx pretended:

"ROTL at Sequoia!!!! Holy crap are you kidding me LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't need to defend McCain b/c I already know he's winning HAHAHAHA Funny how is such a piece of garbage now but 4 years ago John Kerry was asking him to be his VP HAHAHAHA you guys are such hypocrites!!! or maybe we should start calling you hypocrats HAHAHA"
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Yeah, HA HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHA. Pretend to laugh all you want. Nobody buys it.

You KNOW we have a great candidate, the energy, the momentum, the enthusiasm and of course...the money.

You KNOW you have a cranky and confused old man who has zero appeal and only GW Bush's failed policies to run on.

Good luck with that.

Enjoy your fake confidence and laughter of denial through November. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself, yur dismal chances and your evil and backwards political party that has essentially become a Southern regional party.


Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72...what is the 72 for? IQ? Number of men who have visited your hoo-haa in month? Number of racist tats on you? What?

Posted by: just curious... | June 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I am a very kind and considerate individual who respect the rights of others. Additionally, I do not flaunt my military service. I am proud of it and proud of the patriots who gave thier lives for America over several generations. I have always been proud of my country. anyone who is not need to LEAVE.

Posted by: EBONYFLASH | June 19, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Why dont you hypocrats answer that question....If McCain is so much like Bush and such a crazy horrible Republican then why did John Kerry ask him to be VP??? Was Kerry on crack that day or are you guys too proud to admitt that John McCain is above the bipartisan BS and will do whatever it takes to do what's in the best interests of the country?

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Be aware "Nadeem Zakaria" is a smear alias.

Posted by: Fake Nadeem Zakaria! | June 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Oops...more about St. McCain, by the Wall Street Journal, no less:

"Cindy McCain's corporate jet use on the campaign trail straddles the line on campaign finance laws, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal. The WSJ story focuses on several trips McCain made in her company's jet that included stops at fundraising events for her husband's campaign. From the article:

The campaign didn't reimburse Cindy McCain for the March 7-9, 2007, trip, which included the event near Times Square that brought in an estimated $100,000. Should it have done so?

According to federal campaign finance rules, the answer is yes -- and no, depending on which portion of the code is applied.

Mrs. McCain's trip offers a good example of the complex and sometimes contradictory ways that post-Watergate regulations have evolved to dictate what is considered proper use of campaign funds. Sen. McCain is one of the leading champions of such rules, but critics charge his campaign has applied them liberally in a number of instances."

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Well Dianne72s back, missed you yesterday while you must have been standing in line to get Larry Sinclair's autograph and to make a donation to his "get outa jail" fund. Guess you were as gleefully hanging on his every word of sexual and drug escapades with the Obama's as you have been in the past. Well, once a Sinclair groupie, always a Sinclair groapie I suppose.

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hi sequoia! Isn't that a black name?

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

ROTL at Sequoia!!!! Holy crap are you kidding me LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't need to defend McCain b/c I already know he's winning HAHAHAHA Funny how is such a piece of garbage now but 4 years ago John Kerry was asking him to be his VP HAHAHAHA you guys are such hypocrites!!! or maybe we should start calling you hypocrats HAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72?....I know you we used to work together...remember? You got fired for boinking the mailroom guy in the break room. Gee I heard you developed herpes and moved away to become a nun...glad to see that was wrong. Call me this is Lindsey.

Posted by: Hey Dianne!! | June 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash,

Did you just wakeup from hibernating or are you not taking your medications.

Eased up and relax!

Posted by: Take it easy! | June 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72 creid:

"Do you think we can trust Michelle Obama in the White House? She is geneticaly disposed to stealing you know. We had a black lady at work stealing office supplies and I made sure I reported her. It was my duty as a good Christain and American to make sure justice was served."
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Look at that! A stupid racist cvnt who is against Obama - shocker. We're better than you. You know this.

Maybe you should educate yourself about how Cindy McCain stole thousands of dollars from charities to support her hard core drug addiction? Michelle Obama is a self-made, brilliant and strong woman who will make me very proud as First Lady!

We are taking our country back, and I am soooo happy it scares you! Your time is over. You failed.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Oh so what if he broke his word to McCain, McCain is not going to play nice so why should Obama? "

When you set yourself out to be a "different kind of politician", would you be satisfied to behave like a usual politician when expediency demands?

"It is painful to watch defenders of Barack Obama tying themselves into knots trying to evade the obvious." - Thomas Sowell, 26 March 2008

What behaviour of McCain would you be unwilling to deny for your own candidate? Is there any? If not, you can't very well criticize McCain, can you?

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

WHEN HILLARY STEPS IN TO SAVE THE PARTY AND SHE WILL... I WANT A PERSONAL APOLOGY FROM EVRYONE OUT THERE FOR BEING UNNECESSARILY CRUEL AND HATEFUL TOWARDS THE EBONYFLASH. I AM A MAN WHO STANDS FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. DON'T FORGET THAT I LOOKED OUT FOR ALL OF YOU FOR 32 YEARS AND IAM STILL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU TH

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

WHEN HILLARY STEPS IN TO SAVE THE PARTY AND SHE WILL... I WANT A PERSONAL APOLOGY FROM EVRYONE OUT THERE FOR BEING UNNECESSARILY CRUEL AND HATEFUL TOWARDS THE EBONYFLASH. I AM A MAN WHO STANDS FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. DON'T FORGET THAT I LOOKED OUT FOR ALL OF YOU FOR 32 YEARS AND IAM STILL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU TH

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

WHEN HILLARY STEPS IN TO SAVE THE PARTY AND SHE WILL... I WANT A PERSONAL APOLOGY FROM EVRYONE OUT THERE FOR BEING UNNECESSARILY CRUEL AND HATEFUL TOWARDS THE EBONYFLASH. I AM A MAN WHO STANDS FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. DON'T FORGET THAT I LOOKED OUT FOR ALL OF YOU FOR 32 YEARS AND IAM STILL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU TH

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

WHEN HILLARY STEPS IN TO SAVE THE PARTY AND SHE WILL... I WANT A PERSONAL APOLOGY FROM EVRYONE OUT THERE FOR BEING UNNECESSARILY CRUEL AND HATEFUL TOWARDS THE EBONYFLASH. I AM A MAN WHO STANDS FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. DON'T FORGET THAT I LOOKED OUT FOR ALL OF YOU FOR 32 YEARS AND IAM STILL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU TH

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

WHEN HILLARY STEPS IN TO SAVE THE PARTY AND SHE WILL... I WANT A PERSONAL APOLOGY FROM EVRYONE OUT THERE FOR BEING UNNECESSARILY CRUEL AND HATEFUL TOWARDS THE EBONYFLASH. I AM A MAN WHO STANDS FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY. DON'T FORGET THAT I LOOKED OUT FOR ALL OF YOU FOR 32 YEARS AND IAM STILL LOOKING OUT FOR YOU TH

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

TO THE READER WHO TOLD THE EBONYFLASH TO SHUT THE F@#@ UP:

Next time be daring enough to post your name. I can not stand people who like to conduct sneak attacks. Anyway, I am a very American who srved this country for 32 years of military service...what's your story? What is Obama's story...he tells what his uncle did which was a lie. I am committed to protecting America from all enemies foreign as well as domestic, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HILLARY NOW!
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I told you to shut the f**k up because in your insane zeal to get your screeching point across you posted the same comments three frigging times!! You also use caps, which, you rude POS, means you are yelling at people!
I don't give two farts in the wind about your goddamn military service when it comes to expressing your ill-informed lies on this board. I am tired of mental cases coming on boards, announcing their "Sgt Fury" credentials, and go into a tirade that makes you think they drank napalm for breakfast. You are rude, loud, and obnoxious.

And finally, don't you bully me about posting my name. I doubt seriously your name is "ebonyflash". There no sneak attack, pyscho: I just want to read through these opinions without seeing your goddamn posts three times in a row! GOT IT?

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx ponders:

"Why are there so many Democrats happy to see Rupublicans whine about how much a piece of crap Obama is?"
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Um, because you f*cking losers are desperate and petrified and it's hilarious? I love the Obama-bashing. It proves to me that we chose the right person.

We have the best candidate in years, and you have the weakest. And you know it. Nobody buys your stupid little games saying Hillary was the better candidate. If Hillary had won the nomination, you'd say we blew it because Obama was stronger. We can see right through it.

*yawn*

Has anybody noticed how McCain "supporters" don't even say anything good about their candidate? Gee...I wonder why. It's because he totally sucks and you know it. We are excited to support our candidate and not a single Republican is. Not one.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you think we can trust Michelle Obama in the White House? She is geneticaly disposed to stealing you know. We had a black lady at work stealing office supplies and I made sure I reported her. It was my duty as a good Christain and American to make sure justice was served.

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 19, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I just have to ask; iowatreasures, have you any idea what you are talking about (rehetorical question). Just where do you get your information? Check your sources, because they are either lying or terribly missinformed. Are you just carrying on to "hear" yourself talk, or are you suggesting McCain as a possibility? If so, are you suggesting we should vote for someone who's advisor (Graham) is basically the person responsible for the mortgage crisis, the Enron loophole and soaring gas prices? If you are for the Clintons, they are out of the picture (for which I am personally very grateful). The Clintons have been out of the question for me ever since Whitewater. So what exactly is your current point? Please stop sharing your dissapointment and anger - Barack has done NOTHING to you - and it is totally pointless.

Posted by: Julie | June 19, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Get over it McCain and Republicans, and shore up your Swift Boats, because you will need it this time . . . things have changed, drastically, since 2004.

Posted by: mountainman | June 19, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What hasn't Obama back pedaled on?
But at least he blacker than McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey joe news flash! People are stupid!! It's been proven that you will get more votes if your name appears first on the ballet. Good thing for McCain that M is before O!!! LOL HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bevvyjean

Mr. oBLAHma will promise everything, and deliver nothing. All talk -- whatever necessary to achieve his goal of running this country. What a weak reed you believers are leaning on. Get real. He is not electable and this is only one very minor indication.
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Mr. McCain can't remember who we are fighting in Iraq and has made many gaffs on Iraq in the past, he speaks out against off shore drilling in the past and now he is saying he supports off shore drilling with Bush. The difference now between Bush and McCain comes down to a big blurry blend of four more years of a McBush mutation! Old age, senility or just a flip flopper on the issues, one thing is sure about John McCain, he would never make a promise, because he can't remember it the next day! That is one major indication why John McCain is not electable, so you need to get real!

Posted by: LG | June 19, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I feel sad for those who would judge someone by their freakin' middle name. How clueless is that! Brahahahahahaha!! So instead they'll vote for some old fart who can't even remember if he has a middle name...oh that's right, it's BUSH.

Posted by: Joe Chalupa | June 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

All of my tears are coming from laughter!!! ROTL Obama for 08 HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Him winning this election is just as likely as peace in Israel!!! LOL They pick a guy who's middle name is Hussein!!! OMG this s*** is so funny and these idiots actually think he can WIN!!! HAHAHAHA!!! oh you guys are too much

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:12 PM
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Kind of like how your girl Hillary won right? You expected her too win right? She lost...right? Shut the hell up...like you can predict anything...LOSER

Posted by: Repulicans give me gas | June 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The only possible negative hit Obama will take from this is from independants. His own supporters are so brainwashed it doesn't matter what he does he's always right. It probably will wield him more votes overall. They probably did surveys to find out that the loss of votes from people who actually still believe in keeping ones word will be less than the gain in votes from subjecting voters to endless advertising. As we've seen this election the media are really deciding things anyways since a lot of America can do little other than regurgitate what they hear.

Posted by: Cryos | June 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Barack on!! Barack made the wise choice and if McSame had confidence is his base he would too.

Posted by: Joe Chalupa | June 19, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Like I said before, Barry Hussein is all style and no substance. Mark my words, half way through a Hussein Obama term we will still be in Iraq and gas will be $6 a gallon. This is change we can beleive in!

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:06 PM
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Damn AT&T is good...you can get an internet signal in a cave?

Posted by: Hating Nadeem | June 19, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash screamed and cried:

"DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HILLARY NOW!"

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Hillary who? There is no Hillary in the general election.

So shut the f*ck up and move on with your miserable disappointment of a life. Mmmmkay?

If you don't like Obama, fine. Vote for McCain. Nobody cares.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

All of my tears are coming from laughter!!! ROTL Obama for 08 HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Him winning this election is just as likely as peace in Israel!!! LOL They pick a guy who's middle name is Hussein!!! OMG this s*** is so funny and these idiots actually think he can WIN!!! HAHAHAHA!!! oh you guys are too much

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash...read the name on the posting...put the meth pipe down...and take a nap

Dr. Paultney

Posted by: It flashed but damned sure was not Ebony | June 19, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse


Maybe next cycle Republicans should choose a candidate that people want to donate to.

Until then, cry us a river! This is awesome!

Posted by: Shawn | June 19, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

TO THE READER WHO TOLD THE EBONYFLASH TO SHUT THE F@#@ UP:

Next time be daring enough to post your name. I can not stand people who like to conduct sneak attacks. Anyway, I am a very American who srved this country for 32 years of military service...what's your story? What is Obama's story...he tells what his uncle did which was a lie. I am committed to protecting America from all enemies foreign as well as domestic, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HILLARY NOW!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Why are there so many Democrats happy to see Rupublicans whine about how much a piece of crap Obama is? (which he is) It doesn't matter guy Obama could raise over a billion dollars and be the most expensive loss in the history of politics. Just because there's a lot of bed wetting liberals living in the DC area humping trees and not bathing doesnt mean the whole country is like that. Obama is not winning this election. The Democrats best chance was Hilary and they screwed it up! HAHAHAHA You idiots are losing the election because you thought you could run anyone against any Republican this year and win! Which should have been the case but you greasy knuckleheads picked the worst person possible!!! My left testicle is just as qualified for the presidency as he is!! HAHAHA you idiots!!!!!! LOL

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Like I said before, Barry Hussein is all style and no substance. Mark my words, half way through a Hussein Obama term we will still be in Iraq and gas will be $6 a gallon. This is change we can beleive in!

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse


A VERY smart move by Obama.

Of course he isn't going to throw his biggest advantage out the window so it's "fair" to John McCain. Nobody likes John McCain. That's why he can't raise any money. TOO BAD!

Posted by: Shawn | June 19, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Here's McBush on now derailed "Straight Talk Express"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-a5T0HsJpw


Truly sad!

Posted by: derailed “Straight Talk Express” | June 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash you need to stop using the PCP and come back to reality....Hilary is not getting the nomination.....the democrats wanna lose can't you tell by the last two idiots they gave the nomination to?

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

ebonyflashinthepants, would you kindly SHUT THE F**K UP ALREADY!!! Three mentally deranged postings in a row is not necessary!! Christ, do not vote for Obama, but simmer down already with your deranged rantings. NO...BODY..CARES...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

And why would Senator Obama broker a deal to help out John McCain?!?! Really.

John McCain KNOWS he can't raise the kind of money Senator Obama has raised through small donors. The only hope Senator McCain has is lobbyist money and money flowing into the 527s: aka the Republican smear machine. The only way Senator McCain could possibly win this election is not on his platform or principles (they change faster than a moon cycle), but the smears and lies pushed out by the 527s. If you confuse the public enough...it worked for George Bush. Oh, there's another pesky comparison to George Bush. And as my dad says, if the shoe fits...

Senator McCain could have used some of his so-called "character" and "maverick" status by totally denying the 527s any credibility. Instead, presumably with head hung low, said that he couldn't control them. YOU'RE the presumptive nominee to your party you TWIT!!! You CAN control that. Be a real man and stand up to them. Senator McCain just chooses not to because that's his meal ticket.

Obama owes McCain nothing on this. Obama's supporters will come through, again, and McCain's campaign will be left flopping like a fish on dry land.

p.s. I LOVE the right wing crazies on here getting all upset!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!

Posted by: Kevin | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

from Kos:
Of course, Republicans will whine that Obama "broke his promise". They've got no other choice. McCain is getting crushed financially, and has little of the popular support that Obama enjoys. The GOP's best hope for financial parity was to cajole and embarrass Obama into opting into a system -- an act that would've been political malpractice for the Obama campaign. When you have millions of people eager to participate in the process, you don't muzzle them, especially not to make John McCain feel better. And as a result, Obama will be able to run a true 50-state campaign, engaging people in every corner of our country.

Of course, let's not forget that McCain opted in to the public finance system in the primary, then backed out after using his opt-in to secure a loan and get on the ballot in several states -- breaking not just his promise, but the law as well. Of course, hypocrisy never stopped Republicans, and this issue won't be any different. But let's not pretend that hypocrisy isn't there.

There's one other delicious irony at work -- don't you find it funny that McCain, the Republican, is embracing government funding for the election while Obama, the Democrat, would rather be self-reliant?

Posted by: Hypocrisy | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"In other words, you will understand that we have social problems here, and after the certain Repubs in office, perhaps we need a Democrat to help bring balance."

Sure great idea get a Democrat in office so he can just throw a bunch of MY tax dollars at the problem that should work great. Obama is a self-righteous ego manianc. So not only is he a qualified economist he also has a PhD is sociology? Yeah thats a load of BS thats piled almost as high as he is. He doesn't know jack s*** on how to run a country. You're a just another one of those ignorant people that think that money solves everything, but sorry buddy it doesn't. And the majority of the wealthy people worked really damn hard to make the money that they do and they should have the FREEDOM to use it themselves instead of some 20yr old girl with 5 kids who doesnt know what the hell a condom is!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that McCain, thinks he can scam the system (actually I wrote in his name twice instead of voting for Bush since I WAS a Republican,) I am now a Democrat by the way, due to the constant malfeasance of the Bush regime, and I shall gladly vote and work for Mr. Obama You tell me which is the best system. Huge donations from the swift boaters and McCain taking campaign finance Feds money, or having someone get their funds from millions and millions of small donors - duh, no contest. And tell me, why would Obama want to meet with McCain after Cindy McCain, the drug thief, takes such a nasty swipe at Obama;s wife. Behavior has consequences. So this has-been Republicans is happy to say, Go, Go, Go Obama. The choice for the good of America is easy. Vote OBAMA!!!! Remember, John McCain has sold his soul to the Bushies to get this nomination and it is sick, sick, sick.

Posted by: Mari | June 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Well... YOU THE VOTER are part of the Barrack plan... Guess what IF he LIMITS himself to the public funding... HE LIMITS his ability to use the MEDIA to BUY HIM his presidency.

Lot of difference between 300-400 million dollars and the public funding..

He will have spent over 500-600 million dollars to buy the presidency.

Posted by: miller51550 | June 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is an affirmative action wannabe and will lower the tone of the White House.

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 19, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

SOMEBODY aka DR. PAULTNEY:

I know you looked up AMA on the internet. You can not deceive the Ebonyflash. Playing doctor ends when chidhood is over. Listen, I am trying desparately to help you. So, work with me OK? I want you to be OK. I'm OK. Need you to be the same...called "transactual analysis", get it??
Obama is a con man. He knows who killed his choir director and he takes money from any one who will give it to him to include people who fund terrorism. If you are letting him beat you out your bill money then you too are funding organizations who are hell bent on destroying this country. It's up to you to decide your own fate. Help Hillary Clinton NOW take back what was taken from her...THE NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. She is the ONE and she EARNED IT!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

SOMEBODY aka DR. PAULTNEY:

I know you looked up AMA on the internet. You can not deceive the Ebonyflash. Playing doctor ends when chidhood is over. Listen, I am trying desparately to help you. So, work with me OK? I want you to be OK. I'm OK. Need you to be the same...called "transactual analysis", get it??
Obama is a con man. He knows who killed his choir director and he takes money from any one who will give it to him to include people who fund terrorism. If you are letting him beat you out your bill money then you too are funding organizations who are hell bent on destroying this country. It's up to you to decide your own fate. Help Hillary Clinton NOW take back what was taken from her...THE NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. She is the ONE and she EARNED IT!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

SOMEBODY aka DR. PAULTNEY:

I know you looked up AMA on the internet. You can not deceive the Ebonyflash. Playing doctor ends when chidhood is over. Listen, I am trying desparately to help you. So, work with me OK? I want you to be OK. I'm OK. Need you to be the same...called "transactual analysis", get it??
Obama is a con man. He knows who killed his choir director and he takes money from any one who will give it to him to include people who fund terrorism. If you are letting him beat you out your bill money then you too are funding organizations who are hell bent on destroying this country. It's up to you to decide your own fate. Help Hillary Clinton NOW take back what was taken from her...THE NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. She is the ONE and she EARNED IT!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

SOMEBODY aka DR. PAULTNEY:

I know you looked up AMA on the internet. You can not deceive the Ebonyflash. Playing doctor ends when chidhood is over. Listen, I am trying desparately to help you. So, work with me OK? I want you to be OK. I'm OK. Need you to be the same...called "transactual analysis", get it??
Obama is a con man. He knows who killed his choir director and he takes money from any one who will give it to him to include people who fund terrorism. If you are letting him beat you out your bill money then you too are funding organizations who are hell bent on destroying this country. It's up to you to decide your own fate. Help Hillary Clinton NOW take back what was taken from her...THE NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. She is the ONE and she EARNED IT!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are supposed to be about fiscal conservatism. So what's the fuss about using fundraised money instead of the taxpayers hard-earned dollars? I have reservations of my tax dollars being used for either candidate without my consent.

Posted by: Timothy J. | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Simply put wrote:

"Obama is a racist and an America-hating leftist.

There is a reason National Journal ranked Obama as the number one MOST liberal Democrat in the entire Senate.

Obama is an utter fraud, and the American people are, thankfully, finally realizing this.

Obama has zero chance in November because Americans do not elect racists."

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Uh-huh. Suuuuuure. If you believe that, why are you pooping in your pants? Nice try, though. Adorable! Nobody buys your obviously phony confidence.

You can race-bait all day long. We've moved past you. We are better than you and we will win.

We have the most exciting and promising politician in a generation, and you have a very old, cranky, confused, lobbyist bought & sold, George Bush loving career Washington politician with no vision, no hope and no ideas. Just a promise to destroy America with another Bush term.

Good luck with that in November.


Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you 2008 for posting that news. People need to see these truths. Foreigners posting should witness it as well!

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 19, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Does the Democratic party now owe campaign promises to Republicans? Please!

Posted by: Sore loosers. | June 19, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse


This is awesome! Can you hear the fear and desperation from the right-wing Republican trolls here?

Good luck with your $85m in the general election. Ha Ha. I guess McCain should have agreed to reign in 527s, huh? Oh, well. Now Obama will have 4x as much money as McCain.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

zzz1204 is right on the money

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

SPINALTAPX:

You are spineless!! Sucking out Obama's___
witha straw!! Shameful!! Get yourself together. Read more, engage in discussions on a higher cognitive level. Until you learn to separate fact from opinion and be able to recognize propaganda when it is hurled at you, you will always be the servant of those who believe that they were put here to control your destiny.

WE NEED HILLARY TO SALVAGE THIS MESS!!!!!!
CLINTON-FORD IN 08 sounds like music to my ears!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Nice company McCain keeps - talk about the business as usual:

"An NBC News exclusive report that ran on msnbc.com about an unusual Pentagon fuel deal has sparked an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to the committee's Web site.

As the NBC News report said, the lucrative contract to ship fuel through Jordan to Iraq involved an influential group of people, including Florida businessman Harry Sargeant III, who is now a top fundraiser for Sen. John McCain's presidential bid. It also involved the brother-in-law of the king of Jordan, who is suing Sargeant, alleging fraud. Sargeant is the president of the International Oil Trading Company (IOTC), which won the contract. The Committee Chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., sent letters requesting information about the deal. One went to Sargeant, the politically active company president. Sargeant, who has raised over $100,000 for McCain, was listed on June 3 as the co-chair of the McCain Victory Committee in Florida. The other letter was sent to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Both letters cite the msnbc.com report, and request contract information.

As NBC News reported, starting in 2004, after the invasion of Iraq, Sargeant's IOTC repeatedly won contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. NBC cited Pentagon officials, saying that even though it was not the lowest bidder it was the only firm that met the necessary conditions. The letter, signed by Waxman, quotes the NBC story: "According to a recent press account regarding International Oil Trading Company (IOTC), 'For each gallon of jet fuel that is delievered to the U.S. military in Iraq, IOTC charges the Pentagon $1.08 over the market price.'" The original NBC report said that "Sargeant's IOTC has experienced phenomenal growth since the Iraq war started, transforming itself from an unknown business in 2004 to a major Pentagon contractor in only a few years."

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hypocracy? Obama? McCain is the sponser of a bill before the Senate that will afford illegal aliens a path to citizenship. The bill has not yet come up for a vote. As a presidential candidate, McCain has stated that if he is elected president he will veto HIS OWN BILL! Now THAT is the height of hypocracy!

Posted by: Lefty | June 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

ah, obama breaks his word again.

obama grovelers say no problem

people with a brain say "he's a fraud"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

For all people, Charlie Black, the BIGGEST lobbyist in the Washington DC history is passing judgment on Barack! As the head of the extremely influential lobby shop BKSH and Associates, he's one of Washington's most powerful influence-peddlers.

Here is every company BKSH has worked for since 2000, along with the total value of their contracts, as provided by the Center for Responsive Politics lobbying database. Total money made exceeds $60 Million.

Accenture - $780,000
ACCURAY- $120,000
Accuray Inc - $60,000
Accuray Incorporated - $60,000
Advertising Co Art-Eria - $200,000
Agency for Humanitarian Technolgoies - $120,000
Alcoa - $100,000
Amerada Hess Corp - $80,000
American Financial Group - $80,000
American Hotel & Lodging Assn - $460,000
American Hotel & Motel Assn - $240,000
American Kidney Fund - $20,000
American Management Systems - $80,000
American Medical Response - $840,000
American Psychological Assn - $940,000
AMR Corp - $280,000
Arc Enterprises - $40,000
Asoex Chilean Exporters Assn - $40,000
Assn of American Medical Colleges - $420,000
AT&T - $1,185,000
AT&T Inc - $720,000
Authentix - $210,000
Baxter International - $60,000
Bethlehem Steel - $540,000
Biochem Resources - $20,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb - $690,000
California School Employees Assn - $40,000
Carlton Co - $20,000
Cavendish Digicom - $40,000
Center of the Development of Information - $50,000
CGI Group - $80,000
Chenega Corp - $120,000
ChevronTexaco - $140,000
Childrens Memorial Medical Center - $470,000
Chilean Salmon Farmers Assn - $100,000
Cintas Corp - $95,000
Citizens for Liberty in Cuba - $40,000
City of Chesapeake, VA - $10,000
City of Muncie, ID - $60,000
City of Muncie/Delaware County, ID - $160,000
City of Napoleon, OH - $120,000
City of Sunnyvale, CA - $70,000
Coca-Cola Co - $380,000
Colombian Textile & Apparel Industry - $80,000
Comasa, de la Optica - $80,000
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico - $2,400,000
Compusa - $60,000
Conservation Trust Fund of Puerto Rico - $240,000
Contran Corp - $505,000
Cook Childrens Health Care System - $660,000
Cummins Engine - $140,000
Cummins Inc - $1,300,000
DaimlerChrysler - $20,000
Dairy Fresh - $20,000
DARE America - $80,000
Dayton Advocacy Consortium - $120,000
Dayton Chamber/Miami Valley Reg Commis - $160,000
Delaware North Companies - $580,000
Digene Corp - $815,000
Dominican Republic-US Business Council - $40,000
Education Finance Council - $100,000
Egan & Assoc - $20,000
Eistream - $56,000
El Pomar Foundation - $50,000
Emergent BioSolutions - $80,000
Energy Finance Team - $710,000
Entergy Corp - $560,000
Featherlite Inc - $70,000
Federation of State Medical Boards - $420,000
First Transit - $60,000
Fort Lauderdale Downtown Devel Authority - $180,000
Freddie Mac - $820,000
General Electric - $980,000
General Motors - $570,000
Geovox Security - $20,000
Glaxo Wellcome Inc - $40,000
GlaxoSmithKline - $590,000
Global Strategies Group - $180,000
Goodman Corp - $20,000
GTECH Holdings Corp - $980,000
Harper, Meyer et al - $180,000
Harris Corp - $40,000
Health Industry Manufacturers Assn - $80,000
Honeywell International - $220,000
Importers Service Corp - $540,000
Impulso 2000 - $80,000
Indiana Dept of Transportation - $20,000
Insors - $330,000
Instinet - $440,000
Institute for Democratic Strategies - $10,000
International Franchise Assn - $290,000
International Org/Masters/Mates/Pilots - $80,000
International Steel Group - $20,000
International Tire & Rubber Assn - $50,000
Intl Assn of Convention & Visitor Bureau - $20,000
Intl Council of Shopping Centers - $680,000
Ion America - $80,000
Iprivacy - $20,000
Johnson & Johnson - $280,000
JP Morgan & Co - $140,000
JP Morgan Chase & Co - $724,000
Kosmos Energy - $40,000
Lincoln Group - $40,000
Liquidnet Inc - $60,000
Lockheed Martin - $487,500
Lucent Technologies - $20,000
Lumenos - $100,000
MacAndrews & Forbes - $180,000
Magellan Systems International - $350,000
Mariner Post Acute Network - $20,000
Maxxam Inc - $430,000
McTigue & Brooks - $20,000
MDA International - $320,000
Medactinium Inc - $40,000
Medtronic Inc - $40,000
Methodist Health Care System - $500,000
Michigan State University - $320,000
Microbran Products - $140,000
Mortgage Bankers Assn of America - $140,000
Morton International - $180,000
Mtbe Litigation Inc - $20,000
M-unit - $20,000
National Assn of Home Builders - $20,000
National Assn of Mortgage Brokers - $60,000
National Assn of Rocketry $50,000
National Assn of Trailer Manufacturers $60,000
National Auto Dealers Assn - $320,000
National Automobile Dealers Assn - $200,000
National Football League - $100,000
National Foreign Trade Council - $40,000
National Mentoring Partnership - $150,000
National Propane Gas Assn - $80,000
National Renal Administrators Assn - $640,000
National Restaurant Assn - $760,000
National School Transportation Assn - $400,000
Natl Assn of Classified School Employees - $300,000
Natl Assn of Passport & Visa Services - $60,000
Natl Center For The American Revolution - $30,000
Natl Conf of State Historic Preser Offcs - $360,000
Nec Corp - $695,000
Neopath/Tripath Imaging - $140,000
Nielsen Media Research - $240,000
North Americas Supercorridor Coalition - $440,000
Northeast Utilities - $40,000
Occidental Petroleum - $1,650,000
Occidental Petroleum - $1,650,000
Ocean Duke Corp - $20,000
Oryxe Energy International - $170,000
Osmose Holdings - $40,000
Pacific Supreme - $20,000
Par Technology - $70,000
Partners for Democratic Change - $40,000
Payne Shea & Assoc - $180,000
PCS Health Systems - $20,000
Peter NG Schwartz Management Co - $100,000
Pharmanex - $20,000
Philip Morris - $1,292,500
Policom Inc - $140,000
Popular Democractic Party - $260,000
Psi International - $20,000
Public Broadcasting Service - $385,000
Puerto Rico Highways & Transp Authority - $270,000
Radio Sedaye Iran - $37,500
Repeal PUHCA Now Coalition - $160,000
Rhoads/Weber Shandwick Govt Relations - $10,000
Roaring Fork Railroad Holding Authority - $220,000
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority - $200,000
Roche Group - $360,000
Rolls-Royce - $320,000
Safety-Kleen Corp - $810,000
SafeView Inc - $80,000
Sanborn - $165,000
Santa Clara County - $100,000
Santa Clara County, CA - $1,403,752
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Auth - $1,070,000
SAP America - $440,000
Screening for Mental Health - $30,000
Securicor Gray - $40,000
Shaw Group - $20,000
Silverleaf Resorts - $30,000
South Carolina Dept of Health/Human Srv - $40,000
South Carolina Judicial Dept - $20,000
Space Imaging Inc - $605,000
Stand Up for Steel - $120,000
State of Indiana - $120,000
Strategy Group International - $40,000
Sybase Inc - $100,000
Tam Bay Partnership - $20,000
Teck Cominco American - $100,000
Texas Childrens Hospital - $320,000
Thales - $1,055,000
Tobacco Quota Warehouse Alliance - $120,000
Travel Business Roundtable - $1,860,000
Travel Industry Assn of America - $180,000
Trilogy International Partners - $40,000
Tripoli Rocketry Assn - $50,000
United Motorcoach Assn - $20,000
United Network for Organ Sharing - $460,000
United Parcel Service - $50,000
United Technologies - $570,000
US Airways Group - $180,000
USEC Inc - $240,000
UST Inc - $1,360,000
Ust Public Affiars - $60,000
Values First - $30,000
Values Government Relations - $20,000
Vietnam Assn of Seafood Exporters & Prod - $340,000
Viohl & Assoc - $220,000
Visiting International Faculty Program - $40,000
Vladeck, Waldman et al - $20,000
Washington Group International - $20,000
Washington Metro Area Transit Authority - $440,000
Washington Mutual - $20,000
Webb County, TX - $40,000
Western Wireless Corp - $435,000
Williams Companies - $140,000
Wolf, Block et al - $60,000
WPP Group - $200,000
Wye Oak Technology - $10,000
Yukos Oil - $155,000

Total - $58,926,252

Posted by: McBush Lobbyist owned! | June 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sick of this Obamination wrote:

"Typical and of course all the Obama drones insist that he's a saint."

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Nope. Not at all. That delusion is just a symptom of your total fanatical jeaousy over the strong support Obama has. We know Obama is a politician, and I absolutely support him behaving like one when necessary. If that bothers you, oh well. We don't care and it's your problem.

:-)

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

First of all Obama reserved the right to to chose on the puplic funding questionaire. Thats the difference between Mccain and Obama. Mccain is old and see now and Obama is young and intelligent. Obama will out smart Mccain each and everytime. Mccain isn't no match up to Obama. Beside Mccain can't even read the teleprompter. He makes a fool out of himself on every attempt. Then its the Mccain flip flops and the recent flip flop on drilling which linked him directly to Bush who dumped all over it all because he's an Oil man. Why would anybody believe or trust in Republicans? I wouldn't trust a Republican after these past 7.5 years especially if Bush thinks its a good idea. If Bush thinks something is a good idea run as far as you can because another crisis will follow. The Maverick formely known as John Mccain is hi jacked by the Right Wing Republicans so you know we definately can't believe a word Mccain say's anymore. Poor Mccain, The Far Right has made him flip flop on the issues that made him the Maverick we once knew. We already had a president dictated by the right. We definately don't need another one. Vote Obama.

Posted by: Janice | June 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Poor John McCain. Just because he is soon to be 72 years old, he thinks that those who are all around him should show him the honor of agreeing to whatever direction he wants the presidendial campaign to go.

McCain has not yet learned that he cannot set the agenda and campaign direction to suit his own needs and desires.

First, McCain wants Obama to travel to Iraq with McCain serving as an elderly tour guide. Then McCain wants Obama to agree to 10 weekly town meetings on a deadline set by McCain. Then McCain wants Obama to agree to spending limits while leaving 527 organizations free to spend millions to destroy Obama.

Well, old man McCain is learning first hand what Senator Obama's primary opponents learned. Senator Obama and his campaign will set their own agenda; will follow their own time table; and will do everything that is legally necessary in order to win.

Old John McCain can huff and puff and hold his breath until he turns blue but Senator Obama will not let anyone else set his agenda except himself.

Posted by: New Era | June 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

What a joke McCain is! He is already out gaming the system regarding restrictions on the use of publc monies throught the use of the RNC and other outside groups. Yet, once again he poses as the principled, pious and pompous candidate, who wants to jump all over Obama for going back on his pledge.

McCain knows it is to his advantage to try to make Obama accept public financing since he has the support of the RNC and other outside groups including many 527's who have millions of dollars to spend on his behalf in the same way they did against Kerry in the last election--that is in a highly unprincipled and unethical manner. Yes, the current public finance system is broken. And McCain knows that too.

That McCain still positions himself as the principled candidate is a joke. He will not release his military records of over 600 pages except for a few pages that do not cause him harm. And on almost every policy position, he has a position for the left--to pander to the folks on the left--,and one for the right--to pander to the folks on the right. Quite clever! He not only lacks transparency, he is hardly a person of principle.

Posted by: Walt | June 19, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

DR. PAULTNEY:

Me, the Ebonyflash, delusional and in need of meds??? Here you are believing that you are a DR.??? Where is your AMA membership card?? Ypu probably never herad of that prestigious organization. You probaly are witch doctor. Anyway, since I do feel sorry for you I am going to go easy on you. However, please get to the nearest mental hospital and check your self in or better yet call 911 NOW!

HILLARY-FORD IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAN YOU SAY: 'HILLARY-FORD IN 08?"

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CORRECT THE OBAMA MISTAKE!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:30 PM
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Ebonyflash,

I know what the American Medical Association is...I just sent them a study on you and your Hillary-Ford Delusion...IDIOT

Dr. Paultney

Posted by: It flashed but damned sure was not Ebony | June 19, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. oBLAHma will promise everything, and deliver nothing. All talk -- whatever necessary to achieve his goal of running this country. What a weak reed you believers are leaning on. Get real. He is not electable and this is only one very minor indication.

Posted by: bevvyjean | June 19, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This does not surprise us, does it. Senator Obama has not kept his word on anything, whether it be campaign finance, NAFTA, Iraq, whatever he says today, he changes tomorrow. He is a very untrustworthy person and he will not win in November. I wish he and his angry wife would go back to southside Chicago where they fit in and belong. We're getting really sick of seeing their faces.

Posted by: hazwalnut | June 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believ that "The Messiah" broke his pledge.

Posted by: Not A Libscum
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What I can't believe is what a bunch of whiny, frightened cockroaches you GOP trolls have become in the last few weeks. Well, I guess it makes sense: McCain can barely keep up with his flip flops, polls show some scary news for him in the "red states", and McCain's decision to do his impression of Dumbya at every opportunity. I guess I would come here and rail against a campaign who could very well reach $300 million from donations by CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY!! That must kill you guys! Man, how jacked up is that! Well, no wonder the trolls are wandering the land, the villages are missing their idiots.

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I mean unless he's a lying hypocrite who would do and say anything (and support anybody) that will gain him an advantage in this election.

I'm sure there is a reason for this. I'm sure it's all about change and hope.


Posted by: Sick of this Obamination | June 19, 2008 3:27 PM
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Well Yes Mccain will say and do anything to get elected...even if he was against it

This is about change and hope because I hope someone like you can change your already slanted thinking to beleive that our country can get back on its feet

Posted by: Mccainhastwospeechesbothsuck | June 19, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

DR. PAULTNEY:

Me, the Ebonyflash, delusional and in need of meds??? Here you are believing that you are a DR.??? Where is your AMA membership card?? Ypu probably never herad of that prestigious organization. You probaly are witch doctor. Anyway, since I do feel sorry for you I am going to go easy on you. However, please get to the nearest mental hospital and check your self in or better yet call 911 NOW!

HILLARY-FORD IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAN YOU SAY: 'HILLARY-FORD IN 08?"

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CORRECT THE OBAMA MISTAKE!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

DR. PAULTNEY:

Me, the Ebonyflash, delusional and in need of meds??? Here you are believing that you are a DR.??? Where is your AMA membership card?? Ypu probably never herad of that prestigious organization. You probaly are witch doctor. Anyway, since I do feel sorry for you I am going to go easy on you. However, please get to the nearest mental hospital and check your self in or better yet call 911 NOW!

HILLARY-FORD IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAN YOU SAY: 'HILLARY-FORD IN 08?"

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CORRECT THE OBAMA MISTAKE!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse


Does this mean he will be taking money from Rezko?

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: idiot:

"zzzzzzzzzzzzz1204 - guess what Hillary can STILL be picked at the Democratic Convention and WILL."
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Yeah, okay Crazy. How's the Kool-Aid taste? Hillary is O-V-E-R. I appreciate her historic campaign, but she lost and she has disappeared from the headlines. That you can't get over it is YOUR problem, not mine.

You are angry and bitter and filled with hate. I am excited, hopeful and enthusiastic about my candidate and ready to work my butt off to get him elected. I know who I'd rather be, but keep digging if you think it will make you feel better. I couldn't care less if you don't like Obama. Suck it.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The Green Zone
Obama Opts Out of Public Financing


Updated 12:32 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama has switched course on general-election funding, announcing this morning that he would reject public financing and raise every dime for the fall campaign on his own.

The announcement was widely expected. For months, Obama has eased back from an earlier pledge to "pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," warning that it could impose unfair constraints.

The decision means Obama will give up $85 million in public money. But it frees him to raise $300 million or more from the 1.5 million-plus donors in his database, giving him an enormous -- almost breathtaking -- advantage over Sen. John McCain.

"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama said in a video message to supporters, circulated by his campaign. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we've already seen that he's not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations."

McCain campaign communications director Jill Hazelbaker responded that Obama "has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama."

"The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people," she continued in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "Barack Obama has failed that test today, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics. Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds. This decision will have far-reaching and extraordinary consequences that will weaken and undermine the public financing system."

Even as he battles for the presidency, Obama has sought to impose his fundraising model, based on large numbers of small donations, more broadly within his party. He has cut off lobbyist donations to the Democratic National Committee, now under his control, and has discouraged his donors from contributing to liberal 527 groups -- including some that were already up and running for the 2008 general-election campaign.

"From the very beginning of this campaign, I have asked my supporters to avoid that kind of unregulated activity and join us in building a new kind of politics -- and you have," Obama said. "I'm asking you to try to do something that's never been done before. Declare our independence from a broken system, and run the type of campaign that reflects the grassroots values that have already changed our politics and brought us this far."

"Now is the time to act," Obama asserted. At the bottom of the email was a red "donate" bar directing supporters to a fundraising form headlined, "Declare your independence from a broken system."

The McCain campaign charged that what Obama calls "independence" is actually a betrayal of ideals. "He's broken his word," Charlie Black, a top McCain adviser, told The Trail. "He said he believes in the new politics, to me it sounds like the old politics.... If you're trying to change politics in America, that's a step backward."

Black added, "I assume he's going to outspend us. We don't have to spend as much as he does to win."

The Obama campaign also took pains to make the case that opting out of the public financing system is necessary, at a large breakfast with reporters in Washington this morning.

There, Obama adviser Robert Gibbs and attorney Bob Bauer argued that McCain was already "gaming the system" to his benefit by relying on the Republican National Committee and outside groups -- basically ignoring the spirit of the restrictions that come with taking public money.

Bauer said he had met with McCain attorney Trevor Potter to discuss trying to work within the system, but came away from the meeting convinced that McCain did not truly want to reach a compromise. It appeared to be "merely a messaging effort and not a good faith effort," Bauer said, adding that Potter offered up "very, very thin gruel" in terms of reform.

Bauer said that Obama did not meet personally with McCain on the matter because, after that initial exchange, there was nothing left to discuss.

McCain aides sharply disputed Bauer's account of the meeting as constituting an arranged negotiation about public financing.

"Any characterization of our counsel's meeting as any kind of negotiation is flat out false," said Brian Rogers, a McCain spokesman. And Potter himself told ABC News in an e-mail that Bauer's account "is not true!"

McCain aides said Bauer brought up the public financing matter in passing during a chat the pair was having, and Potter reiterated McCain's view that the Arizona senator wanted to commit to public financing.

McCain aides today also distributed a video clip from a Democratic debate in February in which Obama suggested he would meet one-on-one with the GOP nominee before deciding to opt out of the finance system.

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God save us from ourselves!

Posted by: Jason | June 19, 2008 3:17 PM

Posted by: idiot:

"Hey "Obama2008" - get a new name - HILLARY2008 - Obama will NEVER win against McCain - that's why the Republicans secretly stuffed his campaign coffers so they wouldn't face Hillary. She is the better candidate.

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Hmmm, they said Obama would never beat Hillary. But he did. And he'll beat McCain.

Hillary lost. She isn't in the general election, so you can get over your pathetic, desperate, delusional, hysterical and fanatical conspiracy theories about why the weaker candidate LOST.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:16 PM

I wonder when the media is going to divulge the details of Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrest in Gary IN at the age of 16 for shoplifting.

Posted by: Sandy | June 19, 2008 3:15 PM

zzzzzzz1024 - go back to sleep!! You are not paying attention. Obama is can't make a speech w/o notes and if he does it's the same thing over and over - CHANGE (what change) - HOPE (what hope) - NO SUBSTANCE. He is a politician without convictions and is a liar. Dreams From My Father reveals his black heart and lying nature. Michelle's dissertation reveals her true colors - an angry prejudiced black woman....who hates whites just like her husband. Hillary is not racist nor prejudiced. Wake up. Give Obama all your money - then you'll have to go on welfare.

Posted by: | June 19, 2008 3:14 PM

Good for Obama, maybe that's one way to put a end to dirty political campaigns like the Republicans are known for over the years. It's time for a change in the way things are currently done with Bush in office now, for years the Republicans have been smearing candidates to win elections. The Republicans are good at blurring the issues with smears, filth and fear filled lies to steal election they should not have won, they villainies a war veteran to keep the same lies and deceptions going for another more four year. It is the Republicans that has ran this nation in the hole over the last eight years of their control and they want to give us another four more with McCain? "Are we better off now than we were as a Nation eight years ago?" The Republicans want to run this campaign on attacks on Obama wife, maybe even his children with fear tactics and painting the Obama's as non-American, while the Democrats are trying to run a campaign on the issues that's hurting every American family at this moment!

Posted by: LG | June 19, 2008 3:14 PM

harried -
"Yo Mamma be "FLIP-FLOP", we turned her Arse over at will!!!"
is that before or after i shook off on your mom's back, then face. but, hey, that is the way she likes it
Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 3:12 PM
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Before! Once we found Roaches in her bush we fumigatted her and sent her sorry behind to Beloxie! Mississippi that be!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Typical and of course all the Obama drones insist that he's a saint. So can someone please tell me how this man who's stands for change can tape an advertisement for John Barrow of Georgia. The man who sided with Bush and the Republicans on continuing the war and the warrantless wiretap bill. Why he is inserting himself in a local election of this old white establishment guy against the black State Senator Regina Thomas in a predominately Black voting district in Georgia.

I mean unless he's a lying hypocrite who would do and say anything (and support anybody) that will gain him an advantage in this election.

I'm sure there is a reason for this. I'm sure it's all about change and hope.

Posted by: Sick of this Obamination | June 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

mcBush can "spend" (ha) the next 5 months running from school gym to empty storefront (well not exactly running) grabbing every $5 he can collect, tacking up his posters, and hoping some newspaper story runs in Section B.

Obama will go from stadium to stadium, filling them and the front page of the papers and filling the airwaves with ads. Who knows maybe even hire the Goodyear blimb from time to time.

mcBush supporters moan vociferously, complain incessantly and wring their hands (a dozen examples below). Obama supporters have no reason whatsoever to complain.

Quite a contrast in campaign styles from here until November.

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash:

1. Every politician borrows lines.
2. Every politician is a fake sometime.
3. You are an adherent of Islam if you think Obama is a Muslim based on his father's religion.
4. You're still living in a fantasy world if you believe that the Democratic ticket will be headed by Hillary in 2008.

Posted by: Lefty | June 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believ that "The Messiah" broke his pledge.

Posted by: Not A Libscum | June 19, 2008 3:21 PM
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But John Mccain always flip flops...so why are you so suprised?

Posted by: Not a pantywaste republican | June 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: idiot:

"zzzzzzz1024 - go back to sleep!! You are not paying attention. Obama is can't make a speech w/o notes and if he does it's the same thing over and over - CHANGE (what change) - HOPE (what hope) - NO SUBSTANCE. He is a politician without convictions and is a liar. Dreams From My Father reveals his black heart and lying nature. Michelle's dissertation reveals her true colors - an angry prejudiced black woman....who hates whites just like her husband. Hillary is not racist nor prejudiced. Wake up. Give Obama all your money - then you'll have to go on welfare.

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Oh, yeah. I'm soooo sure the rabid, hateful rantings of some bitter sore Hillary loser will change my mind about the most exciting and promising politician in a generation. I am so excited to support Obama and if that bothers you, tough. I couldn't care less.

Maybe you should look in the mirror and question why you lost? That might be a start towards regaining your self-esteem and dignity.


Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Is Ebonyflash a white man in drag?

Posted by: Canadian | June 19, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I just can't believ that "The Messiah" broke his pledge.

Posted by: Not A Libscum | June 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

wonder when the media is going to divulge the details of Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrest in Gary IN at the age of 16 for shoplifting.

Posted by: Sandy | June 19, 2008 3:15 PM
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Probably when they divulge yours for prostitution at 30...

Posted by: Iamthinkinghowaboutyou | June 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets help the Libertarian candidate former GOP US Congressman Bob Barr to siphon off votes from McCain in Georgia, NH, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania & Florida. The more votes he siphon off from McCain, the better for us Democrats.

Posted by: GASTON | June 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Sandy - really? shoplifting at 16 is your ace int he hole? even if it were true, which i doubt it is, why would that even be relevant here?

Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzzzzzzzz1204 - guess what Hillary can STILL be picked at the Democratic Convention and WILL. Because Obama is going to put his big black (half black) foot in his mouth and something will come up (how much do we need) besides his preacher problems and other ineptitudes about Muslims.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Sandy wrote:

"I wonder when the media is going to divulge the details of Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrest in Gary IN at the age of 16 for shoplifting."

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Oh My God. That's it. I will vote for another Bush term now. LOL! Good to see you have a handle on the important issues. UNFIT! UNFIT!

Though hopefully they'll divulge at that time how Cindy "Devil Eyes" McCain got addicted to drugs and stole from charities, but whatever.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash,

Where is your medication? How did you get loose? I know you are hiding somewhere around here with our laptop and I want you to know security is looking for you. You need your meds or you will continue to write delusional almost stupid comments.

Dr. Canava Paultney
Claiborne Medical Facility for the Mentally Insane

Posted by: It flashed but damned sure was not Ebony | June 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

God save us from ourselves!

Posted by: Jason | June 19, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: idiot:

"Hey "Obama2008" - get a new name - HILLARY2008 - Obama will NEVER win against McCain - that's why the Republicans secretly stuffed his campaign coffers so they wouldn't face Hillary. She is the better candidate.

************************

Hmmm, they said Obama would never beat Hillary. But he did. And he'll beat McCain.

Hillary lost. She isn't in the general election, so you can get over your pathetic, desperate, delusional, hysterical and fanatical conspiracy theories about why the weaker candidate LOST.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when the media is going to divulge the details of Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrest in Gary IN at the age of 16 for shoplifting.

Posted by: Sandy | June 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzz1024 - go back to sleep!! You are not paying attention. Obama is can't make a speech w/o notes and if he does it's the same thing over and over - CHANGE (what change) - HOPE (what hope) - NO SUBSTANCE. He is a politician without convictions and is a liar. Dreams From My Father reveals his black heart and lying nature. Michelle's dissertation reveals her true colors - an angry prejudiced black woman....who hates whites just like her husband. Hillary is not racist nor prejudiced. Wake up. Give Obama all your money - then you'll have to go on welfare.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Good for Obama, maybe that's one way to put a end to dirty political campaigns like the Republicans are known for over the years. It's time for a change in the way things are currently done with Bush in office now, for years the Republicans have been smearing candidates to win elections. The Republicans are good at blurring the issues with smears, filth and fear filled lies to steal election they should not have won, they villainies a war veteran to keep the same lies and deceptions going for another more four year. It is the Republicans that has ran this nation in the hole over the last eight years of their control and they want to give us another four more with McCain? "Are we better off now than we were as a Nation eight years ago?" The Republicans want to run this campaign on attacks on Obama wife, maybe even his children with fear tactics and painting the Obama's as non-American, while the Democrats are trying to run a campaign on the issues that's hurting every American family at this moment!

Posted by: LG | June 19, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

harried -
"Yo Mamma be "FLIP-FLOP", we turned her Arse over at will!!!"

is that before or after i shook off on your mom's back, then face. but, hey, that is the way she likes it

Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Friggin Hannibal, waiting for his brother outside Rome. Rode an elephant over the Alps, then waited for BROTHER!
BROTHER is here, a smite late, but the seeds of our souls were spread in AFRICA!!
GOD SAVE THE NEST, AFRICA!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein throws 1 billion Muslims under the bus. Hold on America, it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM
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Were you under that bus...I really wish you were. I really, really, really wish you were...so I would not have to hear your crap anymore...LOSER

Posted by: Hating Nadeem | June 19, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

While I may not agree with how Obama's campaign is minimizing the greater benefits that come from accessing a supposed $300 million, it is undeniable that the US system is overdue for reforms.

The sheer magnitude of lobbyists influence over the white house is so prevalent that it is often currently studied in tandem with US foreign policies as the industry has grown in washington to become the largest in the world.

Lest us not forget some of the lessons inherent in the ENRON and Abramoff scandals. Inevitably, America's Democracy became envied by the entire world because it adapted best to globalization. But our founding fathers could never have foreseen that public financing could ever played such a significant role in government.

After all, there is a legitimate reason why many european states have adopted systems that restrict campaign financing to only state funds that are distributed proportionally to parties.

America became a world leader because of the landmark reforms it underwent. If America is going to continue being a world leader however, it is going to have to keep making tough changes that ensure greater transparency and accountability.

Eventually the American public should ask themselves how much time is being spent on fundraising by their government representatives and how much influence does a large campaign donation carry?

Posted by: American in Holland | June 19, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's change campaign means, he can can change his mind any damn time he wants and there is nothing you can do about it.

"Do as I say, and not as I do"

Ask not what I can do for you, ask what you can do for me!!

Posted by: Reality | June 19, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse


FANTASTIC NEWS!

If McCain wanted Obama to use public funding, he should have agreed to Obama's conditions. He chose not to, so of course Obama isn't going to surrender is HUGE advantage over McSame in fundraising only to get swiftboated with no funds to shoot back. Hello. So now McCain and Repugnants will scream and cry and we love it! Pooooor wittle babies lost another advantage. Boo freaking hoo.

And so sorry anti-Obama fanatics, but OF COURSE somebody running for President is a "politician" and will do what helps his campaign. Duh. This is news? This is your attack? LOL! We know Obama is a politician. He's also the brightest and most promising politician in a generation and we are so excited to support him!

I will donate to Obama tonight.

Posted by: zzz1204 | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein throws 1 billion Muslims under the bus. Hold on America, it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If you think Obama is bringing "change" to Washington, think again.

Posted by: coldbliss | June 19, 2008 12:35 PM
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Yeah and John "I've been in the Senate for 25 years and helped create and solidify this mess" will? Coldbliss take a warm shower your brain is cold.

Posted by: Mccainhastwospeechesbothsuck | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The steam escaping from the anti-Obama mob is breathtaking, billows of vapor, rants, tears, and vitriol. And as the balloon collapses, every Obama supportor must be laughing thier....off.

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist and an America-hating leftist.

There is a reason National Journal ranked Obama as the number one MOST liberal Democrat in the entire Senate.

Obama is an utter fraud, and the American people are, thankfully, finally realizing this.

Obama has zero chance in November because Americans do not elect racists.

Posted by: Simply put
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Simply put, fat, dumb and drunk is no way to go through life, son...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

LEFTY:

Listen to Deval Patrick speeches and Malcolm X speeches and then listen to your boy Barack...he lifted everything form there literary creativity. The man is a copy cat, a fake and phony. He left the southside of Chicago in a shambles and got himself a sweet deal in Hyde Park. he used Trinity Church as stepping stone. He knows whi killed Donald Young. He was born of Muslim father and according to the faith he is one. He got favors from gangsters and deviants. This is what you accept for the leadership of the greatest nation on earth???? I think you need some serious psychological followed up with months of therapy so you could find yourself. YOU ARE LOST!!!!!!!

HILLARY-FORD IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey "Obama2008" - get a new name - HILLARY2008 - Obama will NEVER win against McCain - that's why the Republicans secretly stuffed his campaign coffers so they wouldn't face Hillary. She is the better candidate. Obama is a racist, fraud.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

With a contribution base of approximately 1.5 million people and an average contribution of $107.00 he is hardly beholding to oil or any other big business. And yes, he would be beholding to his contributers who just happen to be the $5 and $10 "little people." That would truly be a change we could believe in.

Posted by: Lefty | June 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

RE: Barbara Campbell:

Freeborn & Peter -- one of many -- lobbyists giving to Obama's campaigns over the years. Obama is supported by special interests PACs and Lobbyists just like any other politician.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Repub Wall Street Stealing: Darn right

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

DWayne - you're a male chauvinist IDIOT.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Friggin Hannibal, waiting for his brother outside Rome. Rode an elephant over the Alps, then waited for BROTHER!
BROTHER is here, a smite late, but the seeds of our souls were spread in AFRICA!!
GOD SAVE THE NEST, AFRICA!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I asked you to correct or tell the whole story because the Mccain campaign is using this to distort Obama because they failed to read the small print at the bottom of the public funding questionaire. We all know we have to read the small print, therefore Mccain argument is false and is an attempt to distort Obama's image because he didn't do his homework. And Charlie Black is still on the Mccain campaign after Mccain said he'll have no Lobbyist on his campaign and the up roar he made regarding Obama's vetters for his V.P. Isn't Charlie Black the lobbyist that worked for foreign dictators? Mccain needs to be careful who he's calling a flip flop because Mccain has flip flopped on just about every issue that made him the popular independent maverick. Maverick no more now that he's pandering to the Right Wing of his Party. So lets set the record straight and not be bias towards any of the candidates eventhough Mccain has lobbyist hounding the media to show Mccain in a certain way and how to portray him. If your going to report something, report the whole story and not half of it and tell the American people what they need to know about both candidate without biases. Thank You.

Posted by: Carol | June 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, Obama was leading McCain in the polls in regards of Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. That is good news so far.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 19, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist and an America-hating leftist.

There is a reason National Journal ranked Obama as the number one MOST liberal Democrat in the entire Senate.

Obama is an utter fraud, and the American people are, thankfully, finally realizing this.

Obama has zero chance in November because Americans do not elect racists.

Posted by: Simply put | June 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRAT $24 BARREL OF OIL


OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT AND REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE AND NOW IT IS $145 A BARREL.


REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL


YOU DO THE MATH AND DECIDE IF TEXAS OIL MILLIONAIRES WARRANT INVESTIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY.


NO MORE REPUBLICAN LIES, CONSPIRACIES, AND GRAND LARCENIES.


NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.


CLEAN NUCLEAR ELECTRIC ENERGY IS THE ANSWER


WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.


BARACK OBAMA WILL BRING BACK OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: Republican Wall Street Stealing | June 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Ebonyflash:

Having read a couple of your posts in this forum I have to conclude that you are living in a fantasy world.

1. Obama is not a Muslim in spite of the name that he inherited from his father. Get real.

2. Hillary is not going to be the nominee of the Democratic party in 2008. Believeing this will happen is even less real.

Posted by: Lefty | June 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama must be really stupid if he thinks that those he is hoping to raise over $300 million from will not want something in return if, and I say if, he were to become President of the USA. The American system of getting donation stinks to high heaven. It does not help democracy if one candidate can travel more, advertise more and throw his money around to buy votes more than the other. Public funding giving the same amount to each candidate is the right way to go. I would like to see all private donations banned. Maybe then all this crap that is put out during election times would cease or at least be reduced to reasonable proportions. I just wish that state funding was in force in the UK.As it is we have the same situation here where the rich party outspends the poorer party sometimes by 300%. This is not Natural Justice or sensible. Surely the American voters are not so naive that they believe that a Presidential candidate cannot be bought? I give a candidate $5 million. Whats in it for me or my business if I do not receive favours from the candidate if elected as President. Gun Control, Oil companies, Ranchers, coalminers whatever do not donate out of the goodness of their hearts. Think about it OBAMA is trying to gain advantage by promising to discuss funding and then breaking that promise. As President you cannot agree with other countries on something and then break that promise without serious consequences for the USA be it in trade or otherwise.

Posted by: Terryllb | June 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with the KKK, am I a racist?
If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with Skinheads, am I a racist?
Posted by: Diana | June 19, 2008 2:48 PM
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And what do you "CHOSE" for dinner darlin?
Black man roasted with an apple in mouth?

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:54 PM
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Thank you for proving my point. :)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

CAN YOU SAY: "CLINTON-FORD IN 08??"


Posted by: Ebonyflash
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Can you say "Crack is whack?" Cause you are reading like you took a hit...

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

crooked SOB is getting his money from oil and big business - this is how he got it to outspend Hillary and STILL didn't get the big states.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRAT $24 BARREL OF OIL


OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT AND REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE AND NOW IT IS $145 A BARREL.


REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL


YOU DO THE MATH AND DECIDE IF TEXAS OIL MILLIONAIRES WARRANT INVESTIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY.


NO MORE REPUBLICAN LIES, CONSPIRACIES, AND GRAND LARCENIES.


NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.


CLEAN NUCLEAR ELECTRIC ENERGY IS THE ANSWER


WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.


BARACK OBAMA WILL BRING BACK OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Posted by: Republican Wall Street Stealing | June 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: latina_in_texas | June 19, 2008 2:37 PM

"You favor eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax, which now covers only the first $102,000. A Chicago police officer married to a Chicago public-school teacher, each with 20 years on the job, have a household income of $147,501, so you would take another $5,642 from them. Are they undertaxed? Are they too rich?"

You have NO clue what you are talking about.

First, the cap is 6.2 for social security earnings below 102,000.

Second, the cap is based on an individual's earnings, not on a married couple's household income. Please do research before posting incorrect information.

Posted by: Dave | June 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing to stop Obama from "gaming" a "broken" system by accepting the PUBLIC'S financing of his campaign, except for the the promise of accepting more $$$,$$$,$$$.$$ from his high-rollers by doing things his way.

Posted by: CountMyVote | June 19, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with the KKK, am I a racist?
If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with Skinheads, am I a racist?
Posted by: Diana | June 19, 2008 2:48 PM
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And what do you "CHOSE" for dinner darlin?
Black man roasted with an apple in mouth?

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

SPINALTAPX:

You are spineless!! Sucking out Obama's___
witha straw!! Shameful!! Get yourself together. Read more, engage in discussions on a higher cognitive level. Until you learn to separate fact from opinion and be able to recognize propaganda when it is hurled at you, you will always be the servant of those who believe that they were put here to control your destiny.

WE NEED HILLARY TO SALVAGE THIS MESS!!!!!!
CLINTON-FORD IN 08 sounds like music to my ears!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

SPINALTAPX:

You are spineless!! Sucking out Obama's___
witha straw!! Shameful!! Get yourself together. Read more, engage in discussions on a higher cognitive level. Until you learn to separate fact from opinion and be able to recognize propaganda when it is hurled at you, you will always be the servant of those who believe that they were put here to control your destiny.

WE NEED HILLARY TO SALVAGE THIS MESS!!!!!!
CLINTON-FORD IN 08 sounds like music to my ears!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Are you living in a bubble DWayne or are you an idiot? Obama is a socialist which is the complete OPPOSITE of what our consitution stands for. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

Riiiiight. Enroll into Sociology. There is a reason for this course; you will understand the history which explains what led to our present stances, with further explanation of various issues that various groups in our society faces, and backed by statistics. In other words, you will understand that we have social problems here, and after the certain Repubs in office, perhaps we need a Democrat to help bring balance. Certain Repubs tend to go for screwing over the backbone of this entire country, and make it harder for people to climb economic ladders. It does not help those hardworking and ambitious people when we get Repubs like McCain and Bush, favoring corporate over people's rights to be treated fairly and of equal importance, in their "pursuit of happiness." People across this nation deserve to have the same quality of education, the same chances of a job (career) position AND PAY (see McCain voted against Equal Pay - his excuse was to protect corporate over citizens), and to get fair treatment in tax cuts! There's more! If a Democrat must be named "socialist," then what are these certain Repubs who tend to take office? Just look at it as a way of bringing some form of balance. After those certain Repubs come into office and do what they intended to do, after a while people will feel the need for a Democrat in office to work in their favor, at the least. So be it, especially after Bush.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 19, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs every advantage he can get against these Republican thugs.

Posted by: HonestAbe | June 19, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I challenge you shailage Murray, if you look at the questionaire that Obama checked off for public financing at the bottom of the questionaire he reserved the right to opt out. Mccain was trying to Opt out of puplic financing as well and the DNC has filed a suit against Mccain for that reason. If Obama promised Mccain that he would accepted public financing does the RNC have grounds to file a law suite against Obama as the DNC against Mccain? My question to you is did Obama have reserve the right to chose on the questionaire for public financing? I think your article is misleading and thats why I'm challenging you. Please let your viewers or bloggers know that Obama had already reserved the right to chose. Thank You.

Posted by: Carol | June 19, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with the KKK, am I a racist?
If I "CHOSE" to associate myself with Skinheads, am I a racist?

Why then is is it different for Obama?
Wright(Like an Uncle, spiritual mentor into the primaries), Meeks(Did a campaign ad for Obama), Farrakhan.

Obama could have come into this campaign and said, "Look I've had some people I've been involved with that I should not have been involved with. People will try to use this against me, but I want you to know I disassociated myself with these people when I found out what they were about."

But he didn't, because he couldn't, because "HE CHOSE" to continue in those associations till it was no longer of benefit to him. When he began loosing primaries. Then and only then did he begin to disassiate himself with them. They used the racist card against one of their own, knowing full well Hilary is not a racist. They used it against her supporters for any question asked of Obama. No viable answers, just your a racist and a bigot.

Obama told ABC he has been a strong supporter of Women's rights. How is that when every vote concerning those rights has a Present vote. He supported us in his heart? Mind? He forgot to tell ABC at the same time he also supports men who are sexist. Use intimidation, and abuse against women. Look what they did to Hillary. Look at all the men now calling an elderly woman in Florida to threaten her for speaking out against Obama. As the silence from Obama remains deafening. Just look at the blogs still supporting Hillary. At the racist, thug mentality they're still promoting against anyone that supported Hillary. The Great Uniter? Obama is the Great Divider. He's already shown that in his division of his own party.

McCain/Clinton both two people that have reached across the table to work for the betterment of this country. For the American People. I will not vote for Obama.

Posted by: Diana | June 19, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

You must be one of those drugged out lesbians for Clinton.
I bet your IQ doesn't exceed your shoe size.
Posted by: DWayne | June 19, 2008 2:41 PM\
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Try to make some sense, or even nonsense,
being the middle is CRAP!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"...Jill Hazelbaker, reacted swiftly to this morning's announcement, saying that Mr. Obama "has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama.""

Happy to differ Jill. Senator Obama is an atypical politician who, unlike the vast vast majority of typical politicians, has been able to capture the imagination and inspire everyday citizens who in turn are more than ready to direcly "publicly" support him.

Senator McCain can only wish he had as much direct public interest in directly funding his campaign. Why should Senator Obama give up such an obvious "public" private financing advantage given that it directly reflects the desire of everyday citizens to have him elected as the next President of the United States?

Posted by: Caryl S. Foster | June 19, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama is showing he's just another politician. Change, no change, what change?

Actually, he's another Bill Clinton.

The good news is that Bill Clinton is a great politician and very like-able, so the people will love Obama. He'll be good for the Dem platform.

The bad news is, he'll probably end up involved in some kind of scandal down the road.

Posted by: Comment | June 19, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I read this today about the Obama campaign tightening up on his image;

"The campaign on Monday barred cameras from a large gathering of African-American civic leaders Mr. Obama attended. It recently refused to provide names of religious figures with whom Mr. Obama met in Chicago and directed some of them to avoid reporters by using a special exit."

what happened to transparancy. Sounds like the Cheney energy meeting and it sounds sneaky.

If I am going to vote against McCain, I want transparency - leave by secret exits?
b... s...

Posted by: lucci 8 | June 19, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

No matter what Obama said he would do, the McCain campaign is living in a fantasy world if they thought Obama was going to trade in over 300 million dollars that they have raised for 84 million dollars in public financing. That would be like a poker player with four aces discarding two of them.

They are also living in a fantasy world if they think they can make a political issue out of Obama deciding to opt out of public financing because it is just "inside the beltway" stuff that will no resonate with the average American.

Also, anytime McCain brings up the issue of public financing it reminds his supporters about the McCain-Feingold law. McCain already has a problem with generating enthusiasm among his supporters. The call for the end to the ban on offshore drilling helps but it is still a problem that becomes more of one when McCain-Feingold is more of an issue.

McCain is already behind the eightball on financing. Obama will outspend him by at least three to one. Having these technical arguments over public financing do little to help his cause.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 19, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

WE NEED HILARY NOW!!!

THE SUPERdelegates have her number and will need to make that 3 AM call before the connetion and the general election.

She is their ONLY HOPE!!!!

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SALVAGE THIS MESS.

EVERYBODY SAY: "CLINTON-FORD(from TN) in 08"

CAN YOU SAY: "CLINTON-FORD IN 08??"

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

WyllieD wrote: Looking forward to the video of Obama windsurfing
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What about the McCain video with Liberman feeding him the facts...lol

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

C'mon America.

Get with the game if you want to end the corruption that is political funding (aka bribes) for campaigns. Ban political adverts on TV and each candidate is given a slot of equal air time on each channel.

Otherwise, continue to have leaders who work for the people who paid for them to get elected.

Posted by: Shack | June 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This is another excellent decision by Sen. Obama. He needs every one of the dollars he will raise from small contributors like me in order to counteract the slime that will ooze from the 527 Swift Boat organizations that are now surfacings to try to harm him. McCain has no intention of even trying to curtail the disgusting activities of those GOP front organizations. So Obama must gather all the money he can from the rest of us.

I have given 25 dollars a month to Obama's campaign since last October and I will continue to do so until he is elected in November. This is truly public financing at its best.

Posted by: dee | June 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Morally bankrupt frontrunner money counts more than principles. In plain view, against federal guidelines. Poor Obama. Proper JUSTICE would be simple, bye bye permanently. Senator even, oh yes.

Posted by: Liza E | June 19, 2008 2:32 PM
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You must be one of those drugged out lesbians for Clinton.
I bet your IQ doesn't exceed your shoe size.

Posted by: DWayne | June 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey "BLOCKHEAD",

That chaffing ain't gonna work this time.
Tell that to the Rove queer!
Or maybe ya'll could all meet for the tap dancing lessons that Larry Craig offers in airport crappers!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Are you a complete idiot Ebony because you sound like one? Do you even know what political stance I have? Maybe we shouldn't give the power back to the people then more idiots like yourself would have more of a say in how our country is run. Maybe you idiots need the gov't because life is too much to handle for yourselves. We'll go ahead become dependent on your gov't I'm sure they have all the best intentions of servicing the people.....

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

These and much more questions need aswers from the 100+ days senator for Illinois, without the aid of a prepared speech read from a teleprompter:

May 5, 2008 issue of Newsweek

'Questions for Obama' by George F. Will

• You say, 'The insurance companies, the drug companies, they're not going to give up their profits easily when it comes to health care.' Why should they? Who will profit from making those industries unprofitable? When pharmaceutical companies have given up their profits, who will fund pharmaceutical innovations, without which there will be much preventable suffering and death? What other industries should 'give up their profits'?

• ExxonMobil's 2007 profit of $40.6 billion annoys you. Do you know that its profit, relative to its revenue, was smaller than Microsoft's and many other corporations'? And that reducing ExxonMobil's profits will injure people who participate in mutual funds, index funds and pension funds that own 52 percent of the company?

• You say John McCain is content to 'watch [Americans'] home prices decline.' So, government should prop up housing prices generally? How? Why? Were prices ideal before the bubble popped? How does a senator know ideal prices? Have you explained to young couples straining to buy their first house that declining prices are a misfortune?

• Telling young people 'don't go into corporate America ,' your wife, Michelle, urged them to become social workers or others in 'the helping industry,' not 'the moneymaking industry.' Given that the moneymakers pay for 100 percent of American jobs, in both public and private sectors, is it not helpful?

• Michelle, who was born in 1964, says that most Americans' lives have 'gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl.' Since 1960, real per capita income has increased 143 percent, life expectancy has increased by seven years, infant mortality has declined 74 percent, deaths from heart disease have been halved, childhood leukemia has stopped being a death sentence, depression has become a treatable disease, air and water pollution have been drastically reduced, the number of women earning a bachelor's degree has more than doubled, the rate of homeownership has increased 10.2 percent, the size of the average American home has doubled, the percentage of homes with air conditioning has risen from 12 to 77, the portion of Americans who own shares of stock has quintupled. Has your wife perhaps missed some pertinent developments in this country that she calls 'just downright mean'?

• You favor raising the capital gains tax rate to '20 percent or 25 percent.' You say this will not 'distort' economic decision making. Your tax returns on your 2007 income of $4.2 million show that you and Michelle own few stocks. Are you sure you understand how investors make decisions?

• During the ABC debate, you acknowledged that when the capital gains rate was dropped first to 20 percent, then to 15 percent, government revenues from the tax increased and they declined in the 1980s when it was increased to 28 percent. Nevertheless, you said you would consider raising the rate 'for purposes of fairness.' How does decreasing the government's financial resources and punishing investors promote fairness? Are you aware that 20 percent of taxpayers reporting capital gains in 2006 had incomes of less than $50,000?

• You favor eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax, which now covers only the first $102,000. A Chicago police officer married to a Chicago public-school teacher, each with 20 years on the job, have a household income of $147,501, so you would take another $5,642 from them. Are they undertaxed? Are they too rich?

• This November, electorates in four states will vote on essentially this language: 'The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.' Three states-- California , Washington and Michigan --have enacted such language. You made a radio ad opposing the Michigan initiative. Why? Are those states' voters racists?

• You denounce President Bush for arrogance toward other nations. Yet you vow to use a metaphorical 'hammer' to force revisions of trade agreements unless certain weaker nations adjust their labor, environmental and other domestic policies cto suit you. Can you define cognitive dissonance?

• You want 'to reduce money in politics.' In February and March you raised $95 million. See prior question.

Note: cognitive dissonance (Function: noun): Psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful)


Posted by: latina_in_texas | June 19, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a fascist. He loves torture and hates the constitution.
He's also a coward and a criminal.
All in all a scum bag first class.
Oh yeah, his school records confirm he's dumb as a post.

Posted by: DWayne | June 19, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Now the Republicans are crying because Obama won't run his campaign on welfare money?
Give me a break.

Posted by: DWayne | June 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Obama who supports the constitution or McCain who disdains the constitution"

Are you living in a bubble DWayne or are you an idiot? Obama is a socialist which is the complete OPPOSITE of what our consitution stands for. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I'm but giving over half my pay for a bunch of crackheads, illegal immigrants and lazy so they can get healthcare and welfare IS NOT, i repeat IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL!! If it was it would have been put in the damn constitution when it was written up......

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Morally bankrupt frontrunner money counts more than principles. In plain view, against federal guidelines. Poor Obama. Proper JUSTICE would be simple, bye bye permanently. Senator even, oh yes.

Posted by: Liza E | June 19, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Alright Obama!!

I will donate as much as I possibly can, as often as I possibly can!

'08

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 19, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Will in Seattle - so this doesn't qualify as a flip flop by obama to you?
Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 1:56 PM
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Yo Mamma be "FLIP-FLOP", we turned her Arse over at will!!!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the DNC suing the Mccain campaign for trying to opt out of Public Financing. I do believe that Obama check off on Public Financing but at the bottom of the questionaire he also had another reservation which he could also use to do either or. Therefore, The story that you have wrote and played on television like MSNBC didn't tell the whole story. Its obviously something is missing if Mccain is being sued for trying to opt out and Obama can opt out without being sued by the RNC. YOu ask to challenge any material printed so my question is. Why is Mccain able to be sued for a opt our when Obama isn't? Is there a specific reason why the RNC can't sue Obama? This will proove that Obama reserved the right to opt out when Mccain didn't. I don't think Obama broke his promise to Mccain when he reserved the right to choose. Mccain failed to realize that Obama wasn't making a promise but keeping his options open.

Posted by: Susan | June 19, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Spinaltapx wrote: give the power to the people....

What planet do you live on??? Are you still ingrade school?????
Ther is no "power to the people" inreal life. It's all a FANTASY!!! Grow up and think on a higher plane for thyself instead of being lead by your nose.

The truth is it is all about the "PEOPLE WITH THE POWER" and that is why Axelrod and Obama are using you and others like you to achieve......POWER!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Iowatreasures cried:

"For your information, Obama 08 and 12, we will not be voting for Obama no matter how much you and the rest of the Obama control freaks work at it."
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Nobody cares, loser. You voted for Hillary and look how that worked out. PLEASE don't vote for Obama. We don't want you in our party. You are a moron, and you are a perfect fit for the Republicans, so BYE and don't come back. I think it's HILARIOUS that you're switching now...just to lose, AGAIN. Ha Ha!

Anyway, Obama made the absolute right decision. There were conditions which McCain didn't abide by (527s) so no deal. Now McCain is in way over his head and it's wonderful.

Posted by: sequoia | June 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

WE NEED TO BALANCE THE ENORMOUS FUNDING AVAILABLE TO THE REPUBLICANS FROM THEIR FRIENDS' PRIVATE GROUPS SUCH AS THE 527 GROUPS WHICH WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN DEFEATING JOHN KERRY IN 2000. THEY ARE NOT CONSTRAINED BY THE PUBLIC FINANCING LAWS.
LET US DO IT. YES, WE CAN!

Posted by: CARLOS M | June 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't McCain just give up right now?? The end result of the election will be a beating similar to the one the glamorous Lakers received at the hands of the Celtics.

Posted by: Obama4YourMomma | June 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Democrat who cannot stand the Republican party; the weak, moralistic, corrupt, self-serving, self-hating ideology of the conservative movement and the total mess they have made of my country, I HATE to say it but I cannot stand Obama. I will hold my nose and vote for him because McCain is a loser with no intellectual curiosity or morals or ability, but this guy Obama is one of the greatest egotist I have ever come across. He truly believes his press. He has no moral compass but will do anything to get elected but pretend he is above it all. How could a primary season that held so much hope come down to these two liars and losers?

Well said Dave I'm from other end of the spectrum but believe that same thing that you do....join the Libertarian party buddy its the right thing to do

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I say GOOD FOR HIM. He does not need public Financing (Public Welfare) to run his campaign. We the people will help him. Let McOldie take the public welfare and use tax payer money for this. Atleast Obama is freeing up taxpayer money for something else. I never have and never will donate money for public financing. GO OBAMA. I just donated another $100.00 to express my support for his decision.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be the best president we have seen in our lifetimes. He is smart, articulate and able to rally a crowd. McCain will be Bush the 3rd, nuff said.

Posted by: KB | June 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This will make the neo-cons whine.
And all you Clinton supporters need to grow up. You lost, get over it. It wasn't due to sexism or anything other than the candidate herself.
Now the choice is clear. Obama who supports the constitution or McCain who disdains the constitution.

Posted by: DWayne | June 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal? Only the Repukes would find issue with Obama waiving his right to use taxpayer dollars to fund his campaign opting to put trust in his supporters to fund it. I'm convenced that Repukes would find issue with Obama if he decided to only wear red ties for the remainder of this campaign season...Here's the ad..."Obama refuses to wear blue ties...Change that will blind you", lol...get to the issues this country is hurting!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is HYPOCRITE! Now we see him break his word on campaign financing and additionally, go soft on NAFTA. You all must have short memories; it was only in March, when Canadian TV revealed that Obama's staffer Austan Goolsbee had met with Canadian officials in Chicago to assure them that Obama did not really plan on coming down hard on NAFTA, despite his campaign rhetoric to the opposite. I hope you voters in Ohio regain your memories, because the polls suggest you have experienced some down time.

As a former Obama supporter, I saw the light several months ago and it revealed who Obama really is - just an arrogant jerk who thinks he has been sent here to save the people. He is just another pandering and dishonest politician. What a shame it is, that Americans are falling for this deception - open your eyes people and stop taking candy from the Candy Man!

Posted by: justsaynodeal.com | June 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had not abandoned negotiations with the McCain Campaign regarding public campaign financing after lawyers from the two sides hit a brick wall, it would have given him credibility in my eyes as someone who may be able navigate the complexities of the Office of President. As it is, however, I am duly unimpressed.

Posted by: WV-DC | June 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This man has my vote and my 100$

BACK BARAK!!!

Posted by: harried | June 19, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Democrat who cannot stand the Republican party; the weak, moralistic, corrupt, self-serving, self-hating ideology of the conservative movement and the total mess they have made of my country, I HATE to say it but I cannot stand Obama. I will hold my nose and vote for him because McCain is a loser with no intellectual curiosity or morals or ability, but this guy Obama is one of the greatest egotist I have ever come across. He truly believes his press. He has no moral compass but will do anything to get elected but pretend he is above it all. How could a primary season that held so much hope come down to these two liars and losers?

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

If you Republicrats want real change join the Libertarian or Green Party and help a 3rd and 4th party get on the ballot because at this point your government has failed you both Republicans and Democrats! Let's give the power back to the people so we can actually live in a Democracy instead lying and SAYING we do.

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I say GOOD FOR HIM. He does not need public Financing (Public Welfare) to run his campaign. We the people will help him. Let McOldie take the public welfare and use tax payer money for this. Atleast Obama is freeing up taxpayer money for something else. I never have and never will donate money for public financing. GO OBAMA. I just donated another $100.00 to express my support for his decision.

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

Look at his eyes-- he's the best liar I've seen yet.

Get ready for change. You bought and paid for him America.

Posted by: Core | June 19, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Admittingly, I'm a bit slow on the draw.

What does this mean exactly?

Obama can spend personal money or money from his party?

Posted by: regular kid | June 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I say GOOD FOR HIM. He does not need public Financing (Public Welfare) to run his campaign. We the people will help him. Let McOldie take the public welfare and use tax payer money for this. Atleast Obama is freeing up taxpayer money for something else. I never have and never will donate money for public financing. GO OBAMA. I just donated another $100.00 to express my support for his decision.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of the closet Muslim (who is obviously ashamed of his true heritage)
and bring back Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic Presidential Nominee!!!!!!

Now that would be a CHANGE you can believe in!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The democrats really want "CHANGE"?????
They could start today ny getting rid of the "JOKER", the "ZEBRA", the "NATION"S BIGGEST CON ARTIST": BARACK OBAMA.
they need to go to Hillary and get her back on top for November before its too late.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:10 PM
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NEWSFLASH Ebonyflash...Hillary has moved on and is supporting Obama...when will you...move on that is...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

IF the media was pure and did it's job, the BIG ISSUE today would be HOW Obama lied about his intent to accept public money ,HOW Obama has forced this presidential camaign back onto the same old low road of money handlers (BECAUSE McCain has said time and again he would go with public financing unless Obama refused) and HOW Obama who has talked about bringing change to Washington has refused this most important opportunity to change how presidential races are ran. Why did he lie and then switch? It was to his advantage. So much for courage. So much for keeping his word. So much for change for the public good. For the sake of the country, would the media do it's job? Expose this pretender. Hold him to his own words or crucify him on the cross he constructed with his own false promises. He deserves it. The country deserves it. Let the people know he lied at the earliest opportunity for his own gain and our loss.

Posted by: arnold | June 19, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I say GOOD FOR HIM. He does not need public Financing (Public Welfare) to run his campaign. We the people will help him. Let McOldie take the public welfare and use tax payer money for this. Atleast Obama is freeing up taxpayer money for something else. I never have and never will donate money for public financing. GO OBAMA. I just donated another $100.00 to express my support for his decision.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Coming from a non-biased opinion because I hate both the Republican and Democratic parties equally I just was wondering why in the hell do you Democrats screw up so bad by giving Obama the nomination? He acts like the entire US population is stupid and he has all the answers even though he probably is the least qualified person to run for office EVER!!! Hilary was a way better choice, she's got the experience, drive and intelligence that would have given the Dem's the best shot at winning this election. Obama doesn't know what he's talking about!!! He's just a smooth talker thats plays to the people's insecurities JUST like the GW administration did!! If Obama gets elected president I'm moving to Europe, a place where socialism can work b/c its NEVER going to work here!!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Send Obama twenty five bucks every time you hear a Republican shill attack Obabma.s wife, insinuate that it's actually Reverand Wright who is running for President, put words such as "whity" in his wife's mouth or any of the other slimey Republican tactics that get used on a daily basis.

Make a copy of the check before you send it and forward the copy to the local GOP office with an explanation of why you made the contribution.

Posted by: KC | June 19, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just being smart and will not be hamstrung by a decision while the RNC and Conservative 527s spread their lies all over the place. (Swiftboaters, anyone?)

In the end Obama's campaign will be financed by the American people - at this point over 1.5 million people. (Including my household.)

Obama 08!

Posted by: FC | June 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled with this decision. Those 527s are great reasons to change a position. I just made my first cash contribution to the Obama campaign.

Posted by: John Anthony | June 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I say GOOD FOR HIM. He does not need public Financing (Publice Welfare) to run his campaign. We the people will help him. Let McOldie take the public welfare and use tax payer money for this. Atleast Obama is freeing up taxpayer money for something. I never have a never will donate money for public financing. GO OBAMA. I just donated anothee $100.00 to express my support for his decision.

Posted by: Denise | June 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see how badly this has freaked out the conservative base! McCain talks about reform, but doesn't back up his words. He sold his soul to the administration years ago.

Posted by: John T | June 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Barry is bought and paid for. This just confirms it.

Posted by: August West | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM
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Damn right, I bought a piece of him and he'd better kick Ole' Man McCain's azz or I'm gonna want a refund, lol...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

There you go again! The Republicans' bullet that will kill the presidential quest of Obama is: FLIP-FLOP. As if we did not lose the 2004 election by tagging Sen. Kerry as a Flip-Flop. Talk about change. It looks like it is his mind that changed. And where is his superior judgment? Kicking two Muslim women from the stage where he was speaking is not just a "boneheaded move," but also it showed arrogance and prejudice. Now that we are through with racial discrimination, he is starting on religion and country-of-origin type of discrimination. What a way to reach out. One thing that Obama does not know about Sen. McCain, is that when he was a plebe he even challenged those mean senior midshipmen to a fist fight, in defense of those black and Filipino stewards who were given a hard tine by them. Unless those stewards are like most of those we see on TV and read on papers, then there's nothing we can do about it, but then, if they know what gratitude is all about, then they cannot do what the "J" from New Mexico did.

Posted by: Cabby | June 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The democrats really want "CHANGE"?????
They could start today ny getting rid of the "JOKER", the "ZEBRA", the "NATION"S BIGGEST CON ARTIST": BARACK OBAMA.
they need to go to Hillary and get her back on top for November before its too late.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The democrats really want "CHANGE"?????
They could start today ny getting rid of the "JOKER", the "ZEBRA", the "NATION"S BIGGEST CON ARTIST": BARACK OBAMA.
they need to go to Hillary and get her back on top for November before its too late.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse


Looking forward to the video of Obama windsurfing.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

You are still crazy IowaGarbage. None of what you say has any validity. You are still bitter about Hillary. Get over it and get a life.

Posted by: Obama 08 and 12 | June 19, 2008 1:33 PM
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For your information, Obama 08 and 12, we will not be voting for Obama no matter how much you and the rest of the Obama control freaks work at it. Read the articles below - that should help you understand why. gw.

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Backyard Conservative writes:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rezko-Auchi-Obama, Iraq

Did Rezko and Nadhmi Auchi influence Obama's shift on his Iraq policy, at that Wilmette fundraiser? Powerline.

P.S. And Obama still accepting money from a Rezko bundler.
posted by Anne at 6/19/2008 11:23:00 AM

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

obama learned all his hustling and treachery from the Chicago big-boys who stop at nothing (to incude rubbing people out) to get what they want (Donald Young. He push the others out of the State Senate race and ran unopposed...yeah he really earned that position didn't he?? When the truth hits all you Obama suckers and suckerettes you will find that Obama is a greedy, power-hungry bisexual, coke snorting LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing "yes we can",from Obama's camp!What I have not heard is how he going to do it!Is he going to do it with a magic wand or does he have one hell of big tube of super glue? A feel good president with no idea of how the military and other asset"s is the last thing we need at this point in history!!Example's Carter with Iran,Silck Willy with Osama and Al Queda.The choice's are not the best but I am going to go with experence.USN Ret.disabled INDEPENDENT.

Posted by: Robert Alexander | June 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse


He took financial and real estate favors from Tony Rezko, then ran for President and discovered Rezko was a crook.

He attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, then ran for President and discovered Wright espoused hateful views.

He promised to take public funding for his campaign, then ran for President and discovered public funding is no good.

He became President, got on-the-job training, and discovered he's wrong about many things.

We can hardly wait.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

As much as I hate saying so, there's no way a Democrat can win the White House within the public financing system. Just no way, so it's no wonder Repulithugs are up in arms!

Like someone else mentioned, I'm starting a group, SWIFTDESTROYERS4OBAMA. Every time the Republithugs run a negative or misleading ad, I go to the Obama site and contribute!

Posted by: EthanQ | June 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Is this Obama guy for real? What kind of idiots are going to believe that nonsense thats coming out of his mouth? He's is right about one the thing the system is broke because powermongerers like himself and the Republican party don't give anyone else a chance!! He's advocating the complete opposite of how campaigning should be done in this country. Each party(Which includes independents and libertarians) should be granted an equal amount of public funds for campaigning so everyone has a fair playing field. Unbelievable this guy.....the only person in the world stupid enough to believe Barack is GW!!!!

Posted by: Spinaltapx | June 19, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see that Barack Obama has the insight to change his mind when he sees the deck stacked against him. It's like one day McCain accepts public financing, the next day he rejects it. One thing for sure Obama has outfoxed McCain by not falling for the ambush that they tried to set up for him. For all you idiot McCain supporters..... If something has not been done in thirty years and Obama does it..... that's change. There is one main reason that Obama will win this election. The Republican way of doing things to smear the Democratic candidate will not work this time and they are going F*U*C*K*I*N*G nuts.

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Who can trust anything Obama says....

Could it perhaps be because of Obama's 15-to-20-year friendship with convicted felon Syrian and Chicago resident Tony Rezko, his political fundraiser patron and personal real estate fairy? Could it possibly be because of Rezko's long-term relationship with exiles and former residents of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, many of whom have either resided in or visited Chicago?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi, alleged to have been a long-time bagman for Saddam Hussein's secret money-laundering trail, to whom Rezko was "introduced several years" prior to 2005 "by a mutual acquaintance in London" and with whom he entered into a multi-million dollar 62-acre Chicago development deal, and the source of the $3.5 million "loan" wired from a Middle East bank that landed Rezko back in jail January 29, 2008, while he awaited jury selection on March 3, 2008?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with corrupt Iraqi exile and Chicago resident--and former Interpol fugitive--Aiham Alsammarae who returned to Iraq in 2003 to serve as the Coalition Provisional Authority's minister of electricity and who was jailed August 2006 in Iraq in relation to missing millions in reconstruction funds?

Could it possibly be because of the joint plan in 2003 by Rezko, Auchi and Alsammarae to build a power plant in Kurdish Iraq--a plan yet unfilled as recently as December 2006? (Recent information on Alsammarae here, here, and here.)


Note that Auchi claims that no such relationship exists.


Brush aside Obama's claims of being guilty of making "bone-headed" mistakes in regards to his Rezko-related issues. This very significant one-degree of separation between himself and Rezko's Iraqi business partners and Saddam Hussein is much more troubling.

http://rezkowatch.blogspot.com/2008/06/obamas-2002-speech-and-rezkos-power.html

Posted by: Diane17 | June 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

With public financing limits came the rise of the 527's. Until they are brought under control, limiting campaign spending while allowing unlimited spending by 'vested interests' is suicide. Obama's funding is the closest thing to public financing we've ever seen in the USA. mcCain can't compete. Watch his 527's start with the slime.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama - a "Change of the Mind You Can Believe In"

Posted by: TruthandConsequence | June 19, 2008 1:49 PM
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McCain - "Loosing My Mind You Better Believe It"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Will in Seattle - so this doesn't qualify as a flip flop by obama to you?

Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican rederick: accuse the dems for weakening politics/policies/etc when the dems are more than anything stregthening them...meanwhile Repubs act like they are trying to play within the rules when they are simply manipulating an already-weak system in their favor. It's funny how people who play dirty always seem to accuse that of others...perhaps it's a guilty conscience.

Posted by: Jeremy from Arlington, VA | June 19, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Figures that McCain, who never saw a corrupt contribution he wouldn't take, is freeloading off the public trough while his wife won't pay for his campaign with her beer baroness money.

But then, when they wrote the book on flip flop, McCain was there, giving them examples from his personal history.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | June 19, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I fund Barack Obama's campaign too...a hundred bucks here...another $25 there...everytime I read comments like those made on this blog by undercover Repukes acting like scorned Clinton supporters, I give another $25-$50 bucks and buy a button or t-shirt from the Obama store on his website. Keep it going guys, I'll have an Obama wardrobe by the time Obama becomes the next PRESIDENT OF THESE HERE UNITED STATES, LOL...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"The Bush-Cheney energy policies not only sound like they were written by Big Oil, they were written by Big Oil, and we are paying at the pumps," I myself repeat this argument because I strongly agree with it.
Cheney is a vice president not to seek to campaign for president, because he sees the defeat in advance. Republican presidential nominee (Cain) has the same fate. Such these guys put public money into their pockets. The daily news demonstrate this my judgment.

Posted by: Tay Le | June 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS

No matter how many negative facts are presented concerning Obama, they will not change the support given him by 92% of blacks. Neither will the following drop their support: The Black Panthers, NAACP, Farrakhan, Hamas, Castro, Ortega, Chavez, Al Qaeda, Jane Fonda, Jesse Jackson, Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Pfleger, Weathers, Rappers, and the Muslim-American Society. The list includes radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, and crackpots. Obama is a slimy lying politician, and if elected will have these people at the White House doorstep.

Posted by: Billw | June 19, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

it is kind of odd to see the obama supporters endorse or rationalize this move. it is purely a political decision, but not a nice one. he backed down on his word here, no way to deny that.

Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There are alot who believe Obama campaign is run on small donations in $5, $10, or $50 dollars. Here is the web site that you can see for yourself where he get most of his money from:

http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?cycle=2008&ind=K

Posted by: God Father | June 19, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Bush supporters like being lied to when they're being tucked in at night. Makes them feel nice and warm inside. This war was for oil - sorry, but that's the ugly truth. Here's more proof in today NYT story:
Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.
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Only Liberals view the replacement of tyranny, plunder and dictatorship with freedom and free enterprise as negative. Oh, and if you want me to accept a story as "proof" avoid putting "NYT" in front of it.

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing that Sen. Obama could have done. Those Republican 527s are ruthless and will do or say anything and raise as much money as possible to attack and smear Sen. Obama.

If he accepts public financing, it would have handicapped his effort to fight those smears with a robust media campaign.

I fully support his decision, it's a smart decision.

Obama '08

Posted by: Eros Wong | June 19, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama - a "Change of the Mind You Can Believe In"

Posted by: TruthandConsequence | June 19, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

George Soros's millions at work! And by the way, I can't wait for the ultimate product of Chicago's politics to start answering questions (please refer to George Will's column in Newsweek), without the help of a teleprompter, on his secular progresssive agenda for globalization, Soros's most cherished goal.

Point in question, not only the American mainstream media, decisively in Soros's pocket, but the global media, have "crowned" Obama as the first global president.

Do not underestimate the American voter. It will be a repeat of Kerry in 2004, when he could see himself sipping red wine and speaking in French with Chirac. All these millions will have no effect.

Posted by: latina_in_texas | June 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

NObama dosn't need money , ya'll. George Soros has his back.

NObama

Posted by: Fred | June 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is invading our Country, just read a few of the comments posted to verify the statement. This is not about Obama or McCain, is about The United States of America, this is not the time to pull stupid trivia against the candidates. Think clear first !! Enemies are laughing about the internal division of our Country, that is the kind of distraction they love, be serious and ponder, hate is not the way. Have it Clear !!

Posted by: Clear4U | June 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse


Go Get 'em Obama!

People can cry about Obama "flip-flopping" (awfully rich especially from McCain supporters) until their eyes dissolve, but tough sh*t. Since McCain refused to reign in 527s, the public funding only deal is off.

Suck it, losers. Obama will crush McCain in November.

Posted by: Shawn | June 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it only fitting that the Republicans, the party of big government and huge deficits, should finance their candidate from the public trough?

I mean, if McCain wasn't sucking money from the public till, he wouldn't really be a Republican now would he?

My only gripe is that McCain seems to want everyone on the welfare he accepts. Even people like Obama, who have enough pride and ability to pay for thier own campaigns.

Posted by: KC | June 19, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain's getting less money because he's not as popular. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Doug | June 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Now if Obama supporters would just get Obama to fund education and health care the same way, we'd reaaly be rolling. Why have public financing for anything?

Posted by: Joe from Jersey | June 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse


Respectful, truthful candidates for the Presidency ONLY. That leaves OUT John McCain.
We know where he stands!


Posted by: Steve | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Bush supporters like being lied to when they're being tucked in at night. Makes them feel nice and warm inside. This war was for oil - sorry, but that's the ugly truth. Here's more proof in today NYT story:
Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Posted by: Juggernaut | June 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"The decision means Obama will give up $85 million in public money. But it frees him to raise $300 million or more from the 1.5 million-plus donors in his database, giving him an enormous -- almost breathtaking -- advantage over Sen. John McCain."

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The funny thing is, according to www.opensecrets.org, an independent campaign finance database, Mr Obama received $15,172,087 from lawyers and loddyists, which reads 15+ million dollars. For comparison, John McCain received $4,668,135, only a third of what Mr Obama got. Are these lobbyists the grass roots for Obama???

Posted by: God Father | June 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Respectful, truthful candidates for the Presidency ONLY. That leaves John McCain.
We know where he stands!


Posted by: Steve | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM
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Really??? He seems to change that everytime a microphone comes on.

Truthful??? McCain...the same one involved in the S&L scandal and cheated on his wife with Cindy "Too Much Botox" McCain

Yeah...you are a good judge of Character Steve.

Posted by: Mccain speaks twice | June 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republican National Congress has TONNES of money ready to help McCain...

Republican National CONGRESS?? TONNES?? What country are YOU from???

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Recall how the Republcians screamed against campaign spending limits? Recall how they vilified McCain for his campaign reform?

Well now they have a chance to show us they really meant it. Obama, who finances his own campaign from the private sector through freely given contributions should be their hero.

Not McCain, who acts like a Republican by taking large sums of government money from the public coffers for his own private use. Who does he think he is anyway? Dich Cheney or Haliburton?

Posted by: KC | June 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh what the hell, he did do all that he claims in the southside of Chi-town except promote himself to wealth and fame at their expense and ran off and left them...the thing he is going to do to all you who believe that B.S that his campaign is about YOU!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM
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Right and McCain wants us to believe that this Campaign is about HIM...I choose Obama

Posted by: Obama 08 and 12 | June 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a freeloader and he's going to use our tax money and 527 money to screw this country up even more. We're so in debt already because of this stupid war and Republican fiscal policy that China practically own us.

Posted by: SwiftJustice | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the way campaigns need to be financed, and NEVER have been. One donor at a time. Obama does not accept PAC donations -- check out every candidate's record at www.opensecrets.org

Public financing is great for local, nonpartisan races, such as judicial, where candidates are not allowed to spend over a certain amount. Until Presidential campaigns have spending limits, though, money has to be raised. I like knowing my candidate won't accept more thabn the legal $2300 per individual donor.

Barack Obama is a brilliant, talented, and ethical candidate. It's time we let one of those actually run for office, and support him all the way.

Posted by: kegray | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse


Keep it up Obama, as "hurting" Americans are seeing the real you!

Obama: Power hungry, controlling dictator, all EGO for him.....and ALL IT TAKES IS MONEY.....well, the White House is NOT for sale!

It is embarrasing to see a Democrat "change" on public financing at a time when Americans are having to tighten up severly to get to work...if they have work at all! HE IS OUT OF TOUCH...but as it hopefully will show in November, he is NOT OUT OF REACH OF VOTERS!

Michelle: it is ALL about MONEY. Period, the END.

The agent of "change" means that he is a chameleon...he changes at the drop of a hat to get or BUY votes! This is, quite frankly, UNAMERICAN!

Respectful, truthful candidates for the Presidency ONLY. That leaves John McCain.
We know where he stands!

Posted by: Steve | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

this is pretty bad. i may vote for him; i may not. undecided as of yet. but this is as bad as hillary and her change on fl and mi delegates.

Posted by: blockhead | June 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hillary would have been a change we knew of from experience and back toward peace and prosperity....but, that's gone. Now the Democrats have blinded themselves with hate for a dishonorable war to the point they can't even see a scam right behind someone with NO CREDENTIALS just because he voted one way or another with the idea of leveraging a just cause to benefit his fat pocketed friends.

First Year Republican,
...because of Obama.

Posted by: The Proof | June 19, 2008 12:48 PM
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I don't blame you - I am going to reregister as an Independent. I will write Hillary's name in if the polls indicate she could win that way, and if not, I will vote for McCain.

I don't want to vote for McCain, but I will definitely not vote for the angry (finger waving), immature, inexperienced, self-serving, race baiting, Obama's - they both make me sick to my stomach with their arrogance and very bad associations over the past 20 years. They are both self-serving crooks. You can dislike me for saying that but Michelle, herself, worked in the corrupt Chicago Way Mayor Daley office, and her father was Daley's precinct captain. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama has out spent, but I think a thorough audit of where he got all his money is in order. It appears a lot of it came from Iraq monies stolen from the UN food for oil program, through Auchi and Antoin Rezko. You will pooh pooh this but if you had read all the Google alerts I've read, you would not be supporting Obama/Axelrod and their control freak supporters. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:26 PM
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You are still crazy IowaGarbage. None of what you say has any validity. You are still bitter about Hillary. Get over it and get a life.

Posted by: Obama 08 and 12 | June 19, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line. Smart move to not be boxed in with public funding. Since the GOP via 527's will fund the GOP candidate anyway. The GOP wants to limit resources for the Dem candidate but fund the GOP through the back door.

Posted by: Whatever | June 19, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow. WOW. Obama is the FIRST presidential candidate since Watergate to not take public funding, which would cap his donations, and the McCain campaign says he's a typical politician!?!?!

It is PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that the McCain camp is running on fumes here. They've got no platform other than pandering and will gladly accept money from lobbyists ($2 Million just from the oil companies since he announced offshore drilling is GREAT).

McCain talks about character playing such a big role in his campaign, yet he won't tell the 527s to knock it off with the lies and smears? Where's HIS character? That's right, he left it with his first wife when he was screwing around with the beer heiress who'd later fund his entire political career. Some character.

And CHARLIE BLACK is going to lecture US about fairness and integrity when he's the lobbyist who was running his firm out of McCain's campaign bus last fall!!!

Go Obama. I donated this morning. All you owe me is an honest White House with integrity. Thank you very much.

Posted by: Martin | June 19, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Change hurts, just look the past 8 years, certainly hurt to see the most prominent Country in the world without a decent leader, I've been a Republican and will hurt to vote for Obama, but it will hurt more not to do it. Have it clear !!

Posted by: Clear4U | June 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

--> I fund Barack Obama's campaign.

25 Dollars at a time !


Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

Posted by: PulSamsara | June 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

OK. It is quite obvious a lot of people here don't know what public financing is (beginning with you), so I will make it real clear.

Public Financing means that a candidate gets government provided TAX DOLLARS to fund their campaign. NOT using public financing means that a candidate takes no government provided TAX DOLLARS and instead completely funds their campaign through donations.

(The funds come from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, that $3 box you can VOLUNTARILY check off at the end of your income tax return NOT tax dollars)

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Very honest, brave and nice thing to do,
refusing public money, and giving it back to the country.

why making him bad person for doing something that all 4 Fathers and all normal human beings would support ?

It looks like real (deep) changes are really possible with him

Posted by: Ade | June 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

lowatresures wrote: Obama is a fake, a figment of his own imagination. His telling of his past is so full of lies and he is so secretive and deceptive. He published his supposed birth certificate but blacked out the Certificate No. Why? So people couldn't verify if it was authentic or not. And, it isn't.

Obama is an Arab American, not an African American.

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Pyshosis like yours needs theraphy.. and what's with your obsession with Bill and Hillary..it seems as if everyone has moved on and you are still stuck on zero.. do you inject yourself in the morning with "nasty" or is it just a part of your DNA?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

to august west -- yes, currently paid for by 1.5 million americans who look at the republican mccain machine funding as repeat drawn-downs of the public trough funded by lobbys, not people.

Posted by: edwmccann | June 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who set records raising money in the primary election, will forgo more than $84 million that would have been available to him in the general election. He would be the first candidate to do so since Congress passed 1970s post-Watergate campaign finance laws. Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee in waiting, has taken steps to accept the public funds in the general election.

Obama officials said they decided to take that route because McCain is already spending privately raised funds toward the general election campaign. Obama has vastly outraised McCain, however, and would likely retain that advantage if McCain accepts the public money.

"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama told supporters in a video message Thursday. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system."

crazy me wrote:
I am so pround of Obama and of our country today! Don't you people realize what this means? President Obama will be accountable to the people who funded his campaign - US!

Crazyme, your name doesn't suit you at all. Naiveme is more like it. Don't you know that the reason he is opting out is so that he can accept money from special interest groups, and he can use his grass roots fundraising to his maximum advangtage? This is smart politics, but because he opted out of the federal system, which is funded by you and I not special interests, he will be more beholden to special interests than any other president in US history.

Posted by: rockinravenmaniac | June 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

KC said: I salute Obama for paying his own bills with money freely given from his grass roots supporters.
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If that is true, why is Obama having Hillary come out next week asking her supporters to donate their money to Obama?

I noticed awhile back that Obama's crowds got smaller and smaller and fewer signs in the back ground. I wondered then if he was also running out of money.

You know, Obama has bought this election from the beginning - free concert tickets to young people attending his rallies, and free Bingo for people at the caucusts, plus hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to super delegates for their campaign coffers.

Obama has out spent, but I think a thorough audit of where he got all his money is in order. It appears a lot of it came from Iraq monies stolen from the UN food for oil program, through Auchi and Antoin Rezko. You will pooh pooh this but if you had read all the Google alerts I've read, you would not be supporting Obama/Axelrod and their control freak supporters. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for you delusion sermon. Unfortunately, the column is about your messiah lying again. Don't need another inexperienced liar in the White House.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 19, 2008 1:19 PM

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So do we need an experienced liar?. Folks are allowing their biases be overcome their common sense. welcome to the good ole United States of America - oops, I meant the good ole United States of China.

Posted by: Youfolksareidiots. | June 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I am curious about how long of a honeymoon period Obama's supporters are going to give him.

(The lesser of the evils is not a choice.)

Posted by: John Olsen | June 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republican National Congress has TONNES of money ready to help McCain the Belligerent that all falls under the "public funds" umbrella.
McCain's two-faced and the only thing you can be sure of with him is he likes to fight - fight his own Republican party, fight Bush, fight Democrats, fight Iraqis, fight Europe, and fight Iran. We don't need another president like that. Our economy's already ruined from the cost and we've lost 4,000 soldiers while hundreds of thousands of civilians have died.

Posted by: Doug | June 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I am one of those internet contributors and he can continue to count on me...WASHINGTON NEEDS A CHANGE.

Posted by: lg | June 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Iowatreasures - I hope your farm is okay in the floods. How is the Bush governemnt helping y'all out?
YOU ARE SO FULL OF CR*P! I work as a recruiter and I recruit patent attorneys for the pharmaceutical industry. SO when I contribute to Obama, am I representing that industry? NO WAY! I represent ME and MY KIDS and THOUSANDS like me. You old coot. You spread lies here and feel just fine about it. What's the point?

Posted by: Sheridan1 | June 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To the reader who asked what did I do for Iowans:

Look you butt-head, it would do you some good to ask your boy Obama the question you just asked of me. You and others like you won't hold him accountanle for anything!!! He is the guy who has the connections to all sorts of money from all sources known and unknown. If he really cares about people of this country give them a helping hand and some of those millions he pocketing. Oh what the hell, he did do all that he claims in the southside of Chi-town except promote himself to wealth and fame at their expense and ran off and left them...the thing he is going to do to all you who believe that B.S that his campaign is about YOU!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Barry is bought and paid for. This just confirms it.

Posted by: August West | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama's signs should all read "CHANCE" not "Change."

Obama is a fake, a figment of his own imagination. His telling of his past is so full of lies and he is so secretive and deceptive. He published his supposed birth certificate but blacked out the Certificate No. Why? So people couldn't verify if it was authentic or not. And, it isn't.

Obama is an Arab American, not an African American.

Also, I just read on a Google Alert that Obama is a muslim and his brother has a picture to prove it. We'll see how this all turns out.

Bush got away with lying - will Obama also? Since the media let them both lie and get away with it - we may have a worse president than Bush ever thought of being.

Then Nancy Pelosi and the elitists who hi-jacked the Democratic Party and threw the American people under the bus will get their retribution - they will lose the house, the senate and the presidency in 2012.

They have effectively neutralized our two most beloved, patriotic people in the history of our country - Bill and Hillary Clinton. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

OK. It is quite obvious a lot of people here don't know what public financing is, so I will make it real clear.

Public Financing means that a candidate gets government provided TAX DOLLARS to fund their campaign. NOT using public financing means that a candidate takes no government provided TAX DOLLARS and instead completely funds their campaign through donations.

Considering the vast majority of Obama's contributions have been from individuals online in the form (on average) of less than $100 dollars...yeah, I would expect EVERYONE to be ok with this.

Those of you that aren't are just having a knee jerk reaction. Think of it this way: if Obama accepted public financing, then all of you who don't want to support him? Yeah, some of your TAX DOLLARS would be going to funding his campaign.

As it stands, I am highly pissed that some of my TAX DOLLARS are going to fund McCain's campaign. If I wanted to support him, I would donate to him.

That is exactly why every paycheck I get, I send $5-15 Obama's way.

Posted by: AdamInMaryland | June 19, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So this is "change we can believe in." Count me out!

Posted by: Former Believer | June 19, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I salute Obama for paying his own bills with money freely given from his grass roots supporters.

McCain needs to take a clue and get off the public dole too. McCain should finance his own campaign and stop fleecing the taxpayers for the money. The Republican big government, welfare mentality is one of the reasons we're in trouble today.

Posted by: KC | June 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

truth speaker,

Thanks for you delusion sermon. Unfortunately, the column is about your messiah lying again. Don't need another inexperienced liar in the White House.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Have read all comments and will just say, Count me among Obama's grass roots supporters to the very extent that I am able. Signed elderly white female who has not been proud of our country for a long time.

Canada is just short drive away, maybe they can make you proud.

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

I could use some public funds.

Posted by: Average Joe | June 19, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Small donations from the American voters is public campaign funding reform at it's best. Through the Obama method of fund raising, Millions of Americans are sending a strong message to Washington D.C. We are taking our country back from the hands of the few and giving it to the many hardworking people who have struggled so diligently to make our country a model for the world to emulate.

Posted by: BlueFalcon | June 19, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I am so pround of Obama and of our country today! Don't you people realize what this means? President Obama will be accountable to the people who funded his campaign - US!
You are looking for the dark side of a very bright light. Let's listen to their views on our national policies! Both candidates should be talking about their positions on the Economy, the war(s), global warming, and our national infrastrucure.
I know that just as Barack was out filling sandbags in Illinois several days ago before the press was even covering it, he would have been on the streets of New Orleans too after Katrina, asking all his supportes, young and old, to come to New Orleans and help. It would have been a national effort!
This is no elitist. He is one of us! And he is funded by us!
It is a new day - celebrate people; don't fall for the old Republican playbook!

Posted by: crazyme | June 19, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

You have obviously not been reading up on the background of Barack Obama. Obama has pulled every shady corrupt Chicago Way trick in the book. His quid pro quo's are legendary.

For example, as soon as he became the U. S. Senator, Michelle Obama got a sweetheart of a job through an administrator that worked in Mayor Daley's office (where Michelle also worked) - and Michelle got a nice little $200,000 a year RAISE above the $121,000 she had been making working in Mayor Daley's office.

Michelle got that nice little job and raise at the U. of Chicago, where Ayers also works - that part of the university, the hospital, got several million dollars in pork barrel monies because of Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Obama's involvement in quid pro quos is deep and troubling. You just haven't been paying attention. Obama is a fraud and a crook. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse


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Another item to add to hussein''s one paragraph resume: LIAR.

That can go just just after "twenty-year disciple of rev. "God D@#! America" wright, pal to weathermen terrorists, partner-in crime to convicted felon Tony Rezko, and hijacked the Dem nomination by coming in SECOND to Hillary in total votes cast."

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Posted by: ALEX H | June 19, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Have read all comments and will just say, Count me among Obama's grass roots supporters to the very extent that I am able. Signed elderly white female who has not been proud of our country for a long time.

Posted by: moran in va. | June 19, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Kikigirl - Barack Obama already does take money from drug companies and oil companies and lobbyists - they do it by claiming it is from the "employees." Obama also has taken money from Antoin Rezko (his political Godfather in Chicago) and from none other than Nadhmi Auchi who was Saddam Hussein's sidekick and money launderer and arms procurer and briber of foreign governments on behalf of Saddam Hussein.

Knowing Auch is crafty enough to bribe foreign officials, then he is crafty enough to get money to Obama through his puppet, Antoin Rezko. Rezko picked Obama up as soon as he left Harvard to be his political protege.

I have been reading one Google Alert after another this morning about how Obama is right in the thick of things when it comes to the powers that be in Iraq in regards to nuclear power plants, and claiming to b e against the war in Iraq.

Obama is not a nice guy. He would be a dictator, not a president. Both Obama's are angry, immature, inexperience, self-serving, self-indulging people. Not what we want after 8 years of George Bush.

I say four years of McCain is better than eight years of Barack and Michelle Obama. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | June 19, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Just because Obama is taking money from everyone and everywhere does not make him the bad guy. As long as he don't have to perform special favors for the people that donated that money it's mission accomplished. The special interest money that McCain takes has all kinds of strings attached. Go Obama!
Posted by: Mike M | June 19, 2008 12:44 PM
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Perhaps you might want to look up the word naive, then go look in the mirror for an example. No strings attached - that's the best one I've heard today. Next lesson: Hypocrisy.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 19, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight... the GOP is for campaign spending limits and public financing? It is bizarro world. The GOP is AGAINST limits... only McCain is for it on their side. They HATE McCain on this issue, and anyone who has any intelligence knows this.

Posted by: steve boyington | June 19, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein throw 1 billion Muslims under the bus. Hold on America, it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 19, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Obama said, "hello IOWA. Thsi is where the movement for change started after the first primary, so I've come back to say thanks and yes we can once more", Since the floods I have not seen where he went back there to offer any support to the thousands of Iowans who are homeless. Obama is a real CREEP!!!!!!!!!!!
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So you must have missed the pary where he was actually there helping to fill the sand bags. How many sand bags did McCain fill?

Posted by: Watching you | June 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of him.

I was afraid he would be forced into the trap laid for him by McCain and the GOP's 527s. Thank God our campaign is having none of the old corrupt ways of doing things!

Posted by: purplehawk | June 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama should not have claimed he would accept public funds if he did not intend to do so. That said, large numbers of citizens giving small donations is exactly the kind of financing campaigns should have. More problematic is bundled donations from small numbers of donors seeking influence over the candidate. In addition, the rules hold that by borrowing against the promise of public funds for the primary, McCain should be barred from raising private money until the convention. It is only the lack of quorum at the Federal Elections Commission that saves him now.

Posted by: mshaughn | June 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Do people who cut and paste in articles from other sources really think others will read them? These comments used to be fun, now its just. . . . zzzzzz zzzzzz zzzzz

Posted by: Mr Potato | June 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Typical liar. NoBama accuses "the opposition" of something they have not done so he could break his pledge. NoBama is a liar and if he lies before being presisdent, what do you think he will do if elected????

Posted by: Freeper | June 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

bart..."what change we believe in"...open up your mind, think outside of the box and for Pete sake stop asking the same darn change questions over and over again....Pay attention...Wipe the stench of hate out of your eyes and you'll be able to understand and see the change that is about to hit cha!

Posted by: bart #2 | June 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Well it's clear. We are an uneducated, disfuctional country that is chained to backward thinking and beliefs as well as just accepting what the media says. Too many blogs illustrates where we are heading if we are not careful. Hasn't 7 plus years of Bush taught us anything? Isn't it odd that during these 7 years there is so much lunacy on tv, and tabloid news all in our face? We as a nation needs to understand that who ever occupies the White House has their work cut out for them, and to expect all our problems to go away by January 2010 is fantasy because it took 7 years to get here!
Read a book, research and for Gods sake listen with an open mind. And THEN read and research again, Then not just vote, but go out and make a difference.
If you want chance, you gotta help.
It's like prayer: To pray and expect God to do everything and you not do anything is limiting.
It time to come together..we as a nation cannot afford anything less!

Posted by: truth speaker | June 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only who's noticed the apparent disingenuity with the Democratic National Committee's legal action as reported in this article?

DNC wants McCain investigated

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/17/AR2008061701221.html

"WASHINGTON -- Democratic Party officials plan to file a new lawsuit to compel federal regulators to investigate whether Sen. John McCain violated election laws by withdrawing from public financing.

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday it will sue next week in U.S. District Court. It will ask the court to order the Federal Election Commission to examine, within 30 days, the legality of McCain's decision to reject $5.8 million in taxpayer funds."

Posted by: FriendOfDC | June 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Obama said, "hello IOWA. Thsi is where the movement for change started after the first primary, so I've come back to say thanks and yes we can once more", Since the floods I have not seen where he went back there to offer any support to the thousands of Iowans who are homeless. Obama is a real CREEP!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflsah | June 19, 2008 12:52 PM"

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So...Ebonyflsah...we'd be very, very interested to hear what you've done for Iowa! Please...enlighten us!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure how "this is a step backward".... If anything, this is change already in motion, which is exactly what Obama stands for. Oh so what if he broke his word to McCain, McCain is not going to play nice so why should Obama? If anything Obama is a more honest man because he isn't going to take money from lobbyist groups behind the American people's backs. McCain's scared and desperate already, it's obvious and pretty funny.

Posted by: kikgirl | June 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I would love it if someone would ask obama "what change we can believe in" means. Give us the details -- and I don't mean copy someones speech out of a book. Seems like he's a shallow as a bird bath.

Posted by: bart | June 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

No comment on the article, but think you should have some word count limit on the posts.

Posted by: Tom | June 19, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

its naive to think public financing has anything to do with the will of the public.
its not a special interest group, a lobby group that asks in exchange for dollars given

and until that concept gets repaired and can be used fro m the beginning and for every candidate, it's not wise to use it.
TO shut out the GRASSROOTS FINANCING that is from the individuals -THE PEOPLE is what would be a problem now.


but a comment below shows a typical problem of the american voter

one liners
and misunderstood concepts.

PLEASE GO BEYOND THE ONE SENTENCE EXPLANATIONS, ALL

IM HOMELESS MULti DISABLED AND I THiNK ITS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO TAKE THE TIME. away form fighting fro my individual survival to get it right for all of us.

hope you will too!


Posted by: d matthews | June 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

In the Internet age, nothing is easier to fake than a massive number of small donations, when it really comes from a single source. At least McCain has sense enough to APPEAR like he's getting his funding the old-fashioned way. The Republicans have a real opportunity here to make Obama seem bought and paid for by George Soros, because with Internet donations, it could be hard to prove otherwise.

Posted by: Spencer Cathey | June 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

" Let me remind you that it was a Republican that ended the cold war by spending money on the military and and being tough. It is very apparent that you are not a person that likes to study history. "
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Jeremy, not only am a person that LOVES to study History, I am actually old enough to have lived through a lot of it, LOL.

Despite your implication, Reagan was NOT the sole factor in bringing about the end of the Cold War...he was just a piece in a complicated puzzle that included Pope John Paul, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, and the untenable War in Afghanistan that helped the USSR implode. I do find it interesting, in view of all the comments on Obama's interest in "talking" to "rogue" Nations, that Reagan actually was writting to Gorbachov during his Presidency and nursed along a "relationship" with him that led to the better relationship that we had with Russia when the end eventually came.

Reagan wasn't my pick as President: he busted the Unions (which hurt american workers), accumulated plenty of National debt with the tax cuts that favored, as always, the rich, and the stock market had a crash at the end of his tenure, but in Reagan's ability to finesse relationships with our former "enemies" he was nonpareil.

Let me also say that Reagan, unlike his self professed accolyte McCain, knew when to get out will the getting was good: he left Lebanon when the Marine Barracks was bombed rather than involve us in a War in the Middle-East...if only McCain had paid attention.

(BTW, Communism advocates State ownership of the sources of Wealth...the Factories, commodities, etc. Please shoe me where Obama has proposed taking over Industry, etc.? Even his Healthcare Plan can be opted out of by Adults.)

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

McCain Will Opt Out of Public Financing
Sen. John McCain "will not accept public campaign financing for the primary election -- freeing him from spending limits through September and giving him a chance to compete with his Democratic opponent," the Washington Times reports.
February 12, 2008 | Related News

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OK, folks. The primaries run through the conventions in August, so McCain is in the midst of exercising his opt-out from February.

I guess the McCain supporters have the same case of chronic short-term memory loss as the candidate of their choice.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is "in it to win it" by whatever means necessary. He has already thrown or pretended to have thrown some of his associates under the bus (to include his typical white person grandma. Now he wants to opt out so that he can get his hands on more Arab money like he use to get from Reszko and Auchi. This man is proving that he is a real gangster with gangster connections. The choir director at his church was executed along with two of his gay friends and NO ONE cares why it happened or who was behind the murders. America MSM needs to go to the southside of Chicago with ther cameras and show the country just what a great job Obama did for the people of his district. There are raggy/boarded-up tenements, dirty streets and violence is off the chain!! Where does he live?? In Hyde Park (thanks to Tony Rezko)in his $1.9 mil mansion...."yes I can". COME ON MS...get off your @#&s and go out there and let the truth be known.
Obama said, "hello IOWA. Thsi is where the movement for change started after the first primary, so I've come back to say thanks and yes we can once more", Since the floods I have not seen where he went back there to offer any support to the thousands of Iowans who are homeless. Obama is a real CREEP!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ebonyflsah | June 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are delusional. And, Nasty (and better at running the country than Democrats). Obama is for change (towards Socialism), and I don't know what republicans are for (clearly), except, higher gas prices (thats why we want to drill offshore and in Anwar), unending spending in Iraq (which Democrats continue to approve in Congress), lower education (true, we clearly failed you), and well, death to (a socialist) america, I guess. you guys should not talk anymore , no one wants to hear Republican Hot Air (then stop reading, only Socialists like Chavez suppress free speech), your alwready responsible for Global worming (LOL sounds like a b-roll horror flick). so, please be quiet (I have a better idea, why don't you move to Venezuela, Cuba or North Korea where your ideals are more mainstream), you have had your chance and you blew it. Don't worry, Democrats will fix it ( forgive me if I don't hold my breath).

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

For all you whacked out Republicans and Democrats, Obama's decision goes to show you that your more a like than you think you are. Anyone who has been paying any attention for the last eight years knows that McCain is NO BUSH and Obama doesn't have the resume yet. McCain actually talks with the "other side" and pushes his own Republicans. McCain for change. Put that in your pipe and smoke it John Cusak.

Posted by: St. John | June 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It depends were the money is coming from could it come from Iran or any Muslim country.

Posted by: jamesatkinson1 | June 19, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama get his money from ordinary people while McCain is the lobbyists' puppet

Posted by: Mike Boyajian, Fishkill USA | June 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

HUGE SURPRISE.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The proof is in the pudding...I've thought from the beginning Obama was just a tool of special interests with DEEEEP pockets. Their only interest is in their agenda and secondarily to get a black man in office, regardless of their experience & capacity... or lack thereof. I've been a Democrat from 20 years, hated the right for the last 8 & the war. But, I'll support McCain rather than see the country change for the worst. Especially in the guise of change for the sake of change, thttp://washpost.com/wpniother
Subscribe to The Postruely being a change toward private unknown intrests. As this only seems to fortify my suspicions from the start. Hillary would have been a change we knew of from experience and back toward peace and prosperity....but, that's gone. Now the Democrats have blinded themselves with hate for a dishonorable war to the point they can't even see a scam right behind someone with NO CREDENTIALS just because he voted one way or another with the idea of leveraging a just cause to benefit his fat pocketed friends.

First Year Republican,
...because of Obama.

Posted by: The Proof | June 19, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Change you can believe in - GARBAGE

Posted by: mike | June 19, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Just because Obama is taking money from everyone and everywhere does not make him the bad guy. As long as he don't have to perform special favors for the people that donated that money it's mission accomplished. The special interest money that McCain takes has all kinds of strings attached. Go Obama!

Posted by: Mike M | June 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

i think it's really cool that obama's not getting public financing

now he can ignore the will of the public with no regrets

Posted by: intense hatred | June 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Got news for you guys. Barack Obama is bought and paid for by corporate interests and the wealthy elite in this country. Obama has nothing but moderate-to-conservative foreign policy advisers. His bellicose rhetoric regarding the defense of Israel in a speech to the AIPAC slimeballs is very chilling.

If you think Obama is bringing "change" to Washington, think again.

Posted by: coldbliss | June 19, 2008 12:35 PM
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That is why the majority of his 1.5 MILLION+ donors donated less than $100, right?

Look. People can try to spin this any way they want. Obama would be an idiot to accept public financing, and I assure you if McCain could raise the same kind of money he wouldn't be accepting public financing.

And furthermore, people always complain about how Dems are always trying to raise taxes or spend tax dollars on things they shouldn't be spent on...well, all you people that despise Obama? If he accepted public financing, THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WOULD BE PAYING FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

Naturally, you folks that oppose Obama look past that fact.

Posted by: AdamInMaryland | June 19, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 12:36 PM:

If the roles were reversed the furor against McCain would be ten times as great, and NOBODY on this board can refute that. Double standard, pure and simple.

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Uhm...

1. Why can't anyone refute that?
2. What double standard?

Posted by: John | June 19, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

So, he lied. Why isn't the fact checker piece attached to this story? Answer: WAPO is in the tank.

Posted by: guido28 | June 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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i can't believe i am going to say this....but i still don't know. one of these guys needs to convince me they are ready for the whole job, not one issue here, or one there. what a mess it should be...
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NAME-BRAND journalists have let Barack Obama make any claim he chooses about Iraq, Afghanistan or coping with terrorism without pinning him down for details.

Yet many of his comments and positions seem stunningly naive about national security. Given that this man may become our next president, shouldn't he explain how he'd do the many impressive things he's promised?

This week, Obama claimed, again, that he'd promptly capture Osama bin Laden. OK, tell me how: Specifically, which concrete measures would he take that haven't been taken? How would he force our intelligence agencies to locate bin Laden? And he can't just respond, "That's classified."

He also claimed that fighting terrorism is a law-enforcement problem, not a military one (should we send the NYPD to Mosul and Kandahar?), and that the answer to terrorism is the approach taken after the 1993 World Trade Center attack, featuring conventional trials and prison terms.

That flaccid post-'93 response only encouraged terrorists - who are unfazed by the prospect of a US prison, where the quality of life's better than it was at home. The Clinton administration's hesitancy and softness gave us the subsequent attacks on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, on our embassies in East Africa, on the USS Cole and, ultimately, the events of 9/11.

The senator needs to tell us why it would be different now.

Obama has also said he'd send our troops into Pakistan, although he'll withdraw rapidly from Iraq. His unwillingness to discuss the consequences of a hasty retreat from Baghdad is one thing - but invading Pakistan would be an order of magnitude worse.

A substantial number of Iraq's 26 million citizens did welcome us. In Pakistan, with its 170 million Muslims and some of the most rugged terrain on earth, anti-Americanism prevails. Any US military incursion would be greeted with outrage and demands for a military response.

Nor does Obama appear to grasp that armies need fuel, ammunition, food, spare parts and other supplies. Nearly everything for our troops in landlocked Afghanistan, from bottled water to medical supplies, now comes via Pakistani ports, roads and railroads. If those long, difficult routes were cut, how would President Obama supply our troops? And no, it can't all be done by air.

Oh, Pakistan has nukes, too.

Also this week, Obama's advisers stated that, if apprehended, Osama bin Laden should be tried in a conventional US courtroom. My fellow Americans, do you believe that?

Do you believe that this arch-terrorist, publicly proud of his responsibility for 9/11, should be given all the rights of a US citizen and a public platform to engage in propaganda?

What the full-rights-for-terrorists advocates fail to comprehend is that our judicial processes - so dear to us - are viewed by terrorists as a means to advance their cause, to embarrass us, to reveal our intelligence methods and to perpetuate their martyr myth.

Harsh as it may sound, a dead terrorist is dead, but an imprisoned terrorist is a cause (and not just for his fellow radicals). Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is forgotten, but our Guantanamo prisoners are pop stars.

Obama appears out of his depth on all this, but the gushingly friendly media have given him a pass on every groundless claim or gaffe. It's time for journalists to start asking him tough questions - to press him when he doesn't give serious answers. Isn't that their job?

Those who knew Obama in his university days claim that he couldn't be persuaded to study history. It shows. And his lifelong lack of interest in the military is self-evident.

The response that "he has knowledgeable advisers" isn't enough. Obama's military and counterterror "experts" compose a unique collection of the dismissed, the discredited and the dysfunctional. Most appear to be out to settle personal grudges rather than to advance our nation's security.

Let's hope that just one high-profile journalist pushes Obama on the following questions:

* How would you find Osama bin Laden? What, specifically, would you do differently?

* What would be the rules for capturing or killing Osama?

* How would you manage the consequences of the military incursion into Pakistan you've threatened? Are you willing to go to war with Pakistan?

* What would be the specific results of a swift troop withdrawal from Iraq?

* Why would a judicial approach to defeating terrorists work this time when it failed to protect us in the past?

* Do you truly believe that self-admitted terrorists, when captured, deserve the full legal privileges of US citizens?

If this highly talented candidate has glaring gaps in his understanding of the world, voters deserve to know. If his campaign promises have no substance, we deserve to know that, too.
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Posted by: the rev dr kamal karna roy | June 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

And two women in hijabs were just thrown under the bus!

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were they drinking the kool-aid too, Lynne? Flip-flopping? Any more lame political cliches from you today to go with your complete lie of YESTERDAY?

Do you trolls ever break for coffee?


I know I'm not a troll. But I lied too?! Wow! So everything I say isn't to be taken seriously because I'm a troll, a liar and speak in political cliches. Well, then I guess you're off the hook and don't have to read my posts anymore. But I will still offer them and I can assure you that I'm not a troll, a liar, or merely speak in political cliches. In fact I speak my feelings and my truth. Be careful if a bus goes by, don't want Obama to throw you under it!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain is to old to be president, He does not have the youth to sustain him in the highest office of our country which now requires youth and energy as never before to endure the rigor it requires. He is a Washington insider and has all the same qualities and associates as the Bush Administration.

Obama represents change and youth. Tomorrows president has to cope with the fastest changes in history in every aspect. He must be bright, vibrant, and willing to change the directon of our country. He should represnet the next generation, it is time for the old guard to retire as they now represent much of what is wrong with our country. The war must end, we must have an energy policy that works, we must confront current infalaion related to the dollar and the price of a barrel of oil. Lets elect someone without ties to the past - a past that has brought us sorrow and dependance on other countries.

Posted by: Jack | June 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain is crying cos he's toast.

Posted by: Toaster Bot | June 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If the roles were reversed the furor against McCain would be ten times as great, and NOBODY on this board can refute that. Double standard, pure and simple.

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that uses the word flip-flop in relation to this story doesn't understand the following:

Barack Obama NEVER PROMISED TO USE PUBLIC FUNDING. He did say that he would "PURSUE AN AGREEMENT with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election." (as quoted from this article, and well-known previously)

You can whine about whether or not he pursued this (I would *guess* that party handlers in fact, did, to at least some small extend). Barack Obama has never committed to using or not using any type of campaign funding in this campaign.

Bill
John McCain 2008 (but tired of the nonsense from our citizenry).

Posted by: Bill | June 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Got news for you guys. Barack Obama is bought and paid for by corporate interests and the wealthy elite in this country. Obama has nothing but moderate-to-conservative foreign policy advisers. His bellicose rhetoric regarding the defense of Israel in a speech to the AIPAC slimeballs is very chilling.

If you think Obama is bringing "change" to Washington, think again.

Posted by: coldbliss | June 19, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are delusional. And, Nasty. Obama is for change, and I don't know what republicans are for, except, higher gas prices, unending spending in Iraq, lower education, and well, death to america, I guess. you guys should not talk anymore, no one wants to hear Republican Hot Air, your alwready responsible for Global worming. so, please be quiet, you have had your chance and you blew it. Don't worry, Democrats will fix it.

Posted by: Jay Exeter | June 19, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

LoL

Posted by: JakeD | June 19, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

does anyone wonder how this black guy running for president, with barely three years behind him in the senate, has managed to raise much more cash than any opponent, and opts out of the public financing system to give up 85 million, only to raise up to half a billion bucks from his donor-base? LOL - if any candidate had that kind of support, which none has ever had, he/she would do exactly the same thing - McCain is boo-hooed over this because there is no other choice for him - good for Obama!!

Posted by: muslit | June 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama never said he'd accept public financing if McCain didn't. Where's the "flip flop?"

Posted by: Scottilla | June 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is this NOT a good deal for Barack Obama and us Tax payers that he doesn't want to use Tax payers money to run for office?

If Obama declines to feed at the public trough for his campaign, why is that NOT a good thing, as long as special interests are NOT funding his campaign?

And has that NOT being the case, since a VAST majority of his campaign money comes from little folks donating a few dollars at a time on the internet?

It sounds to me like John McCain, and others who are taking Obama to task for refusing to limit himself to public money are DEATHLY AFRAID of what his fundraising PROWESS will do to them in the campaign money chase.

Give me a break, already!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | June 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

JeffC and all the other whining Neo-Con babies that are infecting this site.

OBAMA NEVER AGREED TO USE PUBLIC FUNDING. OK PERIOD. END OF STORY. HE NEVER AGREED TO USE PUBLIC FUNDING. HE ONLY AGREED TO PURSUE AN AGREEMENT WHICH NEVER TOOK PLACE. GET OVER IT. AND STOP WHINING LIKE THE LITTLE BABIES YOU ARE.

Posted by: dcp2685 | June 19, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama did the only thing he could given that McCain created a combined fund accepting individual contributions of up to $60,000 and he's given free license to the RNC and 527s stating that he will "not play referee."

Obama kept his pledge. He tried to pursue an agreement with the MCCain campaign, but McCain wasn't willing to play on a level field. If McCain wants to press this any more, it only raises the issue that he's currently in flagrant violation of finance laws for his primary campaign.

Posted by: Justin | June 19, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This looks so much like Chavez in Venezuela. Say one thing to gain power then think of a clever excuse that the sheep will readily accept to get out of your commitment or change the rules. The question is 'how far will it go before we put an end to it'.

"All animals are equal but some are more equal than others"
The Animal Farm

Posted by: MB | June 19, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I saw this coming a long time ago. Obama discovered he can bilk the Democratic primary voters by promising them change and picking their pockets at the same time.
He and his Chicago cronies figured out how to collar the individual voter through internet appeals,emails, personal text messages, and grandiose emotional rallies all to lull the individual into thinking "This guy really cares about ME."
I refuse to be swept up into this mania.
He doesn't make me angry... he makes me afraid.

Posted by: yoschoharo | June 19, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama is making it up as he goes along. What a joke. He's as shallow as they come.

Posted by: Robinson | June 19, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: FACT OR FICTION? | June 19, 2008 10:20 AM

was the silliness I've pasted below:

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. He is a U.S. citizen, end of story. His parents could have been from Mars (they're not, for the record, for you wingnuts out there) and he'd still be a citizen.

Should Thomas Sowell, Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow of The Hoover Institution be an actual person (it's not worth researching for anyone), he's an idiot. Anyone believing this stuff is, well, an idiot.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

[I]t seems that Barack Obama is not qualified to be president after all
for the following reason:
Barack Obama is not legally a U.S. natural-born citizen according to
the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between
'December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986? Presidential office requires a
natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. citizen
parents, which of course is what exempts John McCain though he was born
in the Panama Canal . US Law very clearly stipulates: '.If only one
parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must
have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least five
of which had to be after the age of 16.' Barack Obama's father was not
a U.S. citizen and Obama's mother was only 18 when Obama was born,
which means though she had been a U.S. citizen for 10 years, (or
citizen perhaps because of Hawaii being a territory) the mother fails
the test for being so for at least 5 years **prior to** Barack Obama's
birth, but *after* age 16. It doesn't matter *after*. In essence, she
was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic U.S. citizenship.
At most, there were only 2 years elapsed since his mother turned 16 at
the time of Barack Obama's birth when she was 18 in Hawaii. His mother
would have needed to have been 16+5= 21 years old, at the time of
Barack Obama's birth for him to have been a natural-born citizen. As
aforementioned, she was a young college student at the time and was
not. Barack Obama was already 3 years old at that time his mother would
have needed to have waited to have him as the only U.S. Citizen parent.
Obama instead should have been naturalized, but even then, that would
still disqualify him from holding the office.

*** Naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of Pre
sident. *** Though Barack Obama was sent back to Hawaii at age 10, all
the other info does not matter because his mother is the one who needed
to have been a U.S. citizen for 10 years prior to his birth on August
4, 1961, with 5 of those years being after age 16. Further, Obama may
have had to have remained in the country for some time to protect any
citizenship he would have had, rather than living in Indonesia. Now you
can see why Obama's aides stopped his speech about how we technically
have more than 50 states, because it would have led to this discovery.
This is very clear cut and a blaring violation of U.S. election law. I
think the Gov. of California would be very interested in knowing this
if Obama were elected President without being a natural-born U.S.
citizen, and it would set precedence. Stay tuned to your TV sets
because I suspect some of this information will be leaking through over
the next several days. Presidentcy
Thomas Sowell
Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305

Posted by: Bill | June 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

As a guy who rallies behind Obama, I am disappointed. We've seen by-and-large that Republicans outspend the democrats. By setting this example, I feel Senator Obama is leading other democrats into a trap. Many will not be able to raise the level of private money this one-time-exception in the form of Obama is and, now, there is perfect cover for the republicans to go their merry way, unchecked.

If he had taken public financing, he would've won on the strength of his message, I believe, but maybe that's just not what he believes anymore. Maybe he does not want to take any chances this close to his goal. I don't blame him, but he just aint what he said he was or may be he just aint what I thought he was.

Posted by: samuel | June 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

BEWARE CITIZENS OF AMERICA..

The next announcement you will hear after the election is that we will opt-out of the existing government because it is broken. We will do away with the congress and the Supreme Court because the are broken.

Posted by: pathfinder1 | June 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

First, let me say that all of this rhetoric is a good way to vent frustration, but what you ALL need to do is follow the money. Look at all of these standardized tests the students have to take--follow the money. Second,political pacs are outrageous--follow the money. Third, put all of your effort in to doing something concrete instead of being a voice in the wilderness of blogland. Follow the money--this is what I teach my college students and I am sure that at this point they are following the money!!!

Posted by: Carol | June 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I am saddened by these comments....it is claimed that 95% of Americans are ignorant regarding the political system. This is the evidence.

To have made any other choice is to have given up, as he would have tied his hands. To those who have supported him thus far, that choice would have been deplorable. As much as we may wish he would hold to his word- I am more proud that he admits he is still learning and changes his mind. He will learn that there are other promises the system will not allow him to keep as well- or at least I hope so- for otherwise he does not stand a chance.

Please go and educate yourselves regarding the parties, their bases, where their money comes from. To keep this pledge would have deprived him of grassroots support, the only kind he really has. Keeping this pledge does not would McCain at all, his support is corporate, lobbyist, and NGO or 527.

Please for all our sakes, learn more before November.

Posted by: Scholar out West | June 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

So much for "Change that you can believe in"... I serious credibility issues about Obama. How many more of the things he said before will he disregard eventually. I don't want to be cynical but Obama's inconsistent actions are not helping.

From the onset.... better the devil that you know. McCain is the only reasonable choice in November.

Posted by: CP Cook | June 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a good thing, be people will find a reason to criticize. If he fundraised like every candidate before him and said nothing of it, no one would say anything about it. As soon as he's trying to change the way he does politics, people are criticizing him for whatever reason. A step in the right direction is a step in the right direction. The point is, when special interests donate to your campaign to get you elected, then you. If the people donate to elect you, then you're are accountable to them. Plain and simple. And that's the way politics should be done.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain is correct Obama represents the status quo and the past. he is just Jimmy and Bill II.

How odd it is that an old man McCain is the one who represents ending business as usual in Washington DC.

I wasn't that enthusiastic about McCain but I see he has integrity and wants to do the right thing.

Obama is so young he has been influenced by the good ole boys running DC and just wants to fit in.

Sad to see his promise slip away into the tar pool that is politics in DC.

Posted by: Mike in Reno | June 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Good for Obama.
He should not fight with one hand tied behind his back.
He should kick McCain while he is down.

Posted by: Obama08 | June 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

To Hold-That-Tiger, you said that we need to " to wake up McBush and let him know that the Cold War is over.." Let me remind you that it was a Republican that ended the cold war by spending money on the military and and being tough. It is very apparent that you are not a person that likes to study history. I would suggest that you read some history books so that you get an understanding of the the slippery slope from socialism to communism, since it is very apparent you don't understand the relationship between the two.

Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

just what we need in the whitehouse another pathelogical liar.

Posted by: Steve James | June 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

" Obama is not any different then any other politician, it just that he is further left than most Democrats."
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Tell me Jeremy, how is Obama "further left" than "Most" Democrats?

If it means that Obama's concerns lie firmly with the middle-class, and blue collar workers, and those entrapped by grinding poverty whose incomes have flat-lined during the Bush years instead of the wealthy whose income has grown by a healthy 9%, then yes, Obama is "far Left." If you are speaking of getting us out of this very expensive entanglement with Iraq, and using the billions saved in doing so, to help average Americans get back on their feet by investing in a sensible Healthcare Program that invites all Americans to participate in, then yes, Obama is "far Left." If you are speaking of the Obama who wants to give average Americans a $1,000 tax credit toward their payroll taxes, then yes, he is a "Lefty," or maybe you are referring a return to the PAYGO system of spending that allowed Clinton to balance the budget by 1999 (no unfunded programs, and no more Bush era "borrow and spend) that all the Democrats are committed to, then yes, think "Left." Or possibly you are thinking of Obama's interest in getting Americans off of the foreign Oil teat by exploring other renewable energy options such as Nuclear energy...then he is Guilty as charged. Or is it the pro-small business Obama who wants to make business loans, and tax credits more easily available to small business owners that tilts him left? Could it be the tax incentives that Obama proposes offering to Companies that keep Jobs in the USA? Or is the fact that Obama would rather make real changes to our broken education system instead of passing meaningless unfunded mandates such as "no child left behind." Yep, that Obama...practically a communist another absurd name you lobbed at him in a previous post, or maybe he is a Patriotic Pragmatist? LOL.

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

All you haters out there - get over it and get use to President Obama. The American people are smarter and can see through all the flip flops that McSame stands for. A vote for McSame is a vote to reverse Roe vs. Wade. McSame does not care about women's issues.

Out with the old and in with the new. Go President Obama

Posted by: ob08 | June 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess that Americans everywhere need to do their homework AGAIN. OBAMA makes it "sound" as if by not using public monies that he is running "A Lobbyist free" campaign. HA, what he is doing is taking money from everywhere, everyone, and it will be harder to track, which makes it a lot easier for his Weather Underground friends, and for all we know other terrorists to support his campaign, all he has to do is be creative in the financing of their donations, and if he is lucky and wins, then he can keep all the left over for himself. After all Chicago was one of the worst run political systems while he was there, although it probably wasn't his fault he was too busy getting his hands dirty in the land deals with his Federally indicted friends! But kudos to him for fooling the rest of America into believing that this is somehow a "change for the better" or a "Less corrupt system", little scary though, I just hope I am still able to see where the money trail leads, but without it being public, it will be tough!

Posted by: rocky12272 | June 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The Guy's a Liar.....Period..Born that way, raised that way...lived that way..what do you expect?..Respect for one's own word, or for other's is not apart of anything his background (Oreo)could ever know or understand..It does not matter that he is black or white or "Oreo" as one person said...He's just a simple Liar....deserves no further thought..
But I'll bet there's a bunch of Whining Demo-Racist...people of both colors that will hold him up in admiration....You could have done better with "The other Liar....what's HER name?....Clinton and Company....she at least made no bones about "Ruling" the USA..Clinton Style....lol
Let's see..."Don't drill for Oil, Don't build new Production plants,Don't expedite Nuclear Power plants, Don't "Allow" the free enterprize of our "Shot In the Butt" economy....Just Socialize the whole country...so everyone is nicy -nicy...the same...
"And The Beat Goes On"

Posted by: One of the Sheep | June 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me how narrow minded and hateful some of these people are. The thing that is more amazing is that the less they think (and think they are being clever at bringing up "points" to prove their case) the less intelligent their point of view seems. It is obvious that they have not thought their case out very well and they write their comments in bold capital letters. It is pretty obvious that they know very little about how the political process works or how their cases against Obama seem less and less pertinent and they actually get more people to join the Obama camp.... Keep up the good work.

Posted by: phil | June 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama says that the system is broken. So, is it "not the system that he knew when he had initially promised" to opt for public financing if he were the nominee? Or is this change because the system broke overnight, and not when he had accepted it initially. Obama is just another slimy politician who sells people dreams with his words, but lacks the guts to back it with actions. I am sorry for those who were deceived and those who continue to be by his talks.

Posted by: Karthik | June 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Both Obama and McCain are typical politicians. There is no difference. The problem is that Obama is running against the system - this is his strongest claim - and McCain never did. So who is the bigger hypocrite?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Now, after reading some of these posts, I find I am VERY concerned. Some of these posts are hate-filled, some are blindly suppportive, some are anti-anything positive. For some reason, a bunch of haters have crawled out from under the woodwork and decided to post today. Some of these posts should never have been allowed to be printed, especially one of them. Where is the oversight here?

Posted by: ethixrulz13 | June 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain is cynically gaming the system by hiding Karl Rove in the background to channel 527 attack ads. The Republican 527 attack machine needs to be confronted if we are to keep our democracy.

The U.S. constitution is being shredded beyond our immediate borders, the cynical Rove divide and conquer strategies depend upon 527 attack money and ads to shred it in our elections.

If the Democrats see this and realize that the 527 Hate Monster requires opting out of public funding to deal with, that should be respected given the circumstances.

I'm a registered Republican. However, we all need to be Americans first, if only the Rove strategy would allow that we would have a fair election.

Posted by: Leo Cassidy | June 19, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn`t "ease back from an earlier pledge". He completely ignored his commitment.I`m less troubled by that fact than the weasel words and media spin that suggests no big deal.Obama affirms a program of CHANGE and assails the old WAshington politics.In reality,he is just another "old style Chicago pol" in a new pose.

Posted by: bjcass | June 19, 2008 10:36 AM
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Obama is nothing new. Nothing he proposes is new. Nothing he has said new. In fact, most of the higher ups working on his campaign are recycled from other Presidents.

Obama: Same old thing, shiny new packaging.

Actually, this applies to both candidates. And I was hoping to cast my vote for a GOOD candidate.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | June 19, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

at least millions of common people are contributing to obama's campaign - awesome -

Posted by: muslit | June 19, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Why are the republicans trying to make Obama look bad for not taking money from lobbyists and special interest groups. If anything it's McCain that looks bad for taking their money. Black is the last person that should talk about fair play. McCain's whole campaign is filled with the kind of people that are destroying this country. Obama would have to be crazy to agree to taking their money. With the kind of change Obama is talking about those lobbyists and special interest groups wouldn't give him a dime. If McCain would agree to using the initial 84 million and leave it at that, I'm sure Obama would have went along.

Posted by: Mike M | June 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

ALL OF YOU RACIST AMERICANS HATE IDEA THAT AN AFRICAN AMERICAN IS GOING TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT. GET OVER IT AND FIND JESUS, BECAUSE EQUALITY IS FINALLY TAKING FRONT STAGE.

Posted by: od | June 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The problem with this, Mark, is Obama has changed his position on pretty much every issue and policy (where he has a policy). Campaign financing, NAFTA, foreign policy (this changes daily), gun control, and on and on and on. I have NO IDEA where he stands on ANYTHING.

Posted by: Independent | June 19, 2008 11:04 AM
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That's because he's a politician and won't take a real stand on anything until after he wins. Just like any other politician.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | June 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"Don't forget that Lenin, Hitler and Mao were all for change. Look what they brought to there countries, millions of deaths and misery. Obama is leading this country down a socialist path to communism."
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Haha...betcha you can't tell me what "socialism" and Communism mean my friend...

As for Obama being a "Liar" and a "flip-flopper" How do you McWar supporters say this with a straight face? Grandpa has flip-flopped on just about every issue that made him an interesting Candidate in 2000: first the Bush tax cuts were financially imprudent and were biased toward the rich, now they are just fine; torture is bad now it's not, and so forth. You know McSame really, really wants to be President too, so please get off your moral high horse regarding Obama's purported "flip-flops"...in one important area Obama has NEVER flip-flopped, that is in his opposition to this crazy treasury draining War...the War that Gramps wants to continue on with until his glorious, undefined "victory" is achieved and he and his neo-conservative ilk can stop whining about how we "cut and run" in Vietnam (someone needs to wake up McBush and let him know that the Cold War is over..)

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr Flip Flop on IRAQ, NAFTA, NCLB, and now campaign financing. It's so easy to vote for a slogan. LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Yup! The Change you want change you'll get!

Hide and watch!

NOBAMA 08'

Posted by: chefrchef | June 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Flip flop.

Posted by: Dmitriy | June 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse


OBAMA: What do they want to hear today?

AXELROD: Let me check.

Posted by
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Anon poster: What stupid POS do you want me to harp on today about Obama?

McCain campaign: "Let's see...we are still beating the "muslim women thrown under the bus by Obama" story to death...Michelle Obama's patriotism...check....oh, feign indignation about pulling out of public financing (lucky bastard)... Larry Sinclair?...nah, too crazy...well, just the usual stuff and if you can throw in Rezco in, just for the hell of it. And a mention of what a maverick Sen. McCain is...thanks"

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Look, just reading through the posts on this thread you can see the vile, lying direction the 527's are going to go; the Obama campaign will need to be "locked and loaded" (i.e., he needs the big bucks) in order to fight the grotesque rumors that the opposition will throw at him without scruple."

You can throw bags of money at the truth all day and when the smoke clears, it will still be the truth.


Posted by: PAO | June 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

In response to bethechange1. if Michelle Obama is so pure and untainted, then please explain how she received a $200,000 increase in her salary and promotion from the University of Chicago Hospital, after Barack was able to get federal funds for that same hospital, after he was elected Senator. You liberals don't get it. Obama is not any different then any other politician, it just that he is further left than most Democrats.

Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

To Bethechange: Re-read your comments and tell the rest of us that is not exactly the 'slime" you accuse others of doing. Your vitriolic tirade of McCain's wife speaks volumes about what sort of person you are. You practice that which claim to detest in others.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I guess that says a lot for His Great calling..."A change WE can believe in".B/S...So now he's decided that the price of the presidency has no limit...lol....HELP...now I can hear him talkin to the "Daley and Company" about "Creative financing" CHICAGO style...lol...And we get sold down the creek again...Don't ya' just love it..?
and ya' know what?.....the crippled Demo-socialists,liberal whiners will jump right in there..The USA...will begin to look just like the South-side of Chicago....with much the same life-style, manners,respect.?..lol..Bunker Hill where are you?....is it time to stand on the "Green Long Commons and fight for the rights of free men yet?.....time for free men to stand and deliver...This country needs leadership from the "School Aministrations...to the Local Officials to the Congress...up to the President....That are put in place to "SERVE" the People....not "OVERSEE" the people..
"Bunch of Dumb Sheep ya'll are...
"And The Beat Goes On"

Posted by: one of the sheep | June 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm learning how to drool Republican hate. Take a look:

OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST. IF HE IS ELECTED HE WILL TURN US ALL INTO COMMIES.

WATCH OBAMA WHEN HE GOES INTO THE BATHROOM. IF HE COMES OUT QUICKLY THEN HE DIDN'T WASH HIS HANDS. IF HE STAYS IN TOO LONG, THEN HE PLAYED WITH HIMSELF. IF HE COMES OUT IN JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME, THEN HE IS BEING SLICK.

How was that? I especially liked the all caps and I was careful not to assert anything based in fact. Do you think I can get a job at Fox News?

Posted by: KC | June 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully there will come a day before the general election when the media will expose Obama for the liar that he is. He lifted quotes from others in his speeches (Deval Patrick, Malcolm X and others). "YES WE CAN" came from the children of Hugo Chavez's country and the list goes on. He flips and flops!!! Barry aka Barack is the biggest phony in America and I am baffled that people aren't challenging him on anything!! I think they are afraid of him because he says he's Black some days other days he the perfect symbol of white America. Rev Wright was right about one thing: Obama is a politician. Unity he says but yet did not want two Mis=east women in the background of one of stump speeches. What the hell and who in the hell does he think he is...."the Oreo Hitler". We as a country have been and are being "bamboozled" by the best engineers of the "okie doke": BARACK OBAMA, DAVID AXELROD and the rest of the revoultion to change America into a socialist nation. MSM please do your job NOW!! Or we will have a reenactment of what happened in Germany with Hitler's rise to power. Oncw he got the reigns of POWER he saw himself as UNSTOPPABLE, INVINCIBLE and DIVINELY ENDOWED to destroy human life. Barack's vision is not America's vision. Barack's vision is become the master of the universe.

Posted by: Ebonyflsah | June 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The point is that he pledged to use public financing.. or at least make inroads with the Republican Candidate to try to do so...
- He did not even attempt it!

He told everyone back in 2004/2005 that he has no intention of running for President because he should at least serve out his first term for the people of Illinois,
-by 2006 he was throwing his hat in the ring for the Presidency.

This is very telling of his character..

I personally dont care if someone uses public financing or not.. but if you promise something, and can't even wait until you are elected to go back on your word (like most Presidents) then i find that dishonorable.

Changing ideas on a political position over 10 years time is one thing, and i dont fault McCain or Obama for that.. even over the course of a year, it happens. I didn't fault Kerry for it either...but going back on a promise to voters is completely different.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Only in our current system could the GOP attack Obama on this issue with a straight face. The GOP is nearly unanimous in its hatred of campaign spending limits. It is an issue of free speech, according to them.

Obama agrees with them; McCain does not. They will attack their opponent for being for what they are for, and defend their candidate for being against what they are for.

Only in America today does this make sense.

Posted by: steve boyington | June 19, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

obama can't buy America...
obama can't win in America...
and
obama can't lie to America...

Posted by: Dwight | June 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama... The first president elected by the people since satan spawned the Republican party.

Posted by: Kevin Mogan | June 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

i sent in a contribution to obama's campaign and am proud of it - he's riding the wave, doing things his own way - nothing could be worse than the past eight years, and mccain does not represent the change the majority of americans want -it's simple

Posted by: muslit | June 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

FLIM FLAM THE OBAMA MAN FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP

Posted by: JODI | June 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget that Lenin, Hitler and Mao were all for change. Look what they brought to there countries, millions of deaths and misery. Obama is leading this country down a socialist path to communism.

Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2008 11:39 AM
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That claim is just stupid. The change is not the same and you know it. You must be a small minded republican with no argument so you resort to fear tactics. America is better than this.

Posted by: Iamthinkinghowaboutyou | June 19, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

So Senator Obama 'changes his mind/political position' regarding acceptance of public campaign financing. What else is new? No doubt the main stream media will report it as a 'strategic campaign move' on his part. It's probably a good thing that it wasn't Hillary as the presumptive Presidential candidate who 'changed her mind' on acceptance of public campaign funds. The media would have pounced, vehemently declaring: 'Now, isn't that just like a woman!, 'She lied to the American people!', 'Clinton's campaign for the Presidency is over!', 'If McCain wins, she is to blame!' I am a proud, 55+ life-long Democrat, American professional woman, who has never missed voting in either a Primary or General election. However I think I will just simply 'dismiss' this one. I can't for the life of me, vote for either current candidate. Talk about a 'choice' you can't believe in! P.S. If McCain does win -- Hillary will be blamed for the loss. Obama will take that one to the bank!

Posted by: mpwynn | June 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama would be crazy to accept public financing when he has out-fundraised both McCain and Clinton by huge margins. It takes a lot of money to counter the slime campaigns, which is all the repubicans have got this year.

And, to all the republicans gloating that he is "just another politician" - the way John McCain is flip-flopping on drilling off-shore oil, tax cuts, pulling troops out of Iraq by 2013, etc., you must measure your candidate by the same criteria. I don't think many citizens will care about the public funding issue, but most sane Americans know that continuing the Bush tax cuts and using the Bank of China to fund our debt is not a good idea...

And, can I just say: good thing the Obama campaign isn't slimy because Cindy McCain playing so high-mindedly about her "pride" in her country (supposedly relative to Michelle Obama) when she (1) had an affair with McCain while he was married to his first wife, (2) stole prescription pain killers from a charity she worked for, (3) was born with a silver spoon in her mouth (while Michelle Obama has the American success story of moving from working class to Harvard Law School) - please, spare me the perception of her superior virtues.

Posted by: bethechange1 | June 19, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget that Lenin, Hitler and Mao were all for change. Look what they brought to there countries, millions of deaths and misery. Obama is leading this country down a socialist path to communism.

Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

You know, I truly find it "touching" that the Obama haters are so concerned about the Muslim women with head scarves that were asked not to sit behind Obama at a rally recently (note that it wasn't Obama himself that asked them not to sit behind him, and in fact, there are photos of Obama with Muslim women supporters in head scarfs out there in media land) However, I wonder what these same posters would have said if the women were seated visibly behind him...let me guess: "Obama is a Muslim! See he has Muslims sitting behind him at his rallies! He is signalling something to his "supporters" in Hamas and all the other Islamic Terrorists!" Don't deny it, You people are so transparent...

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget that Lenin, Hitler and Mao were all for change. Look what they brought to there countries, millions of deaths and misery. Obama is leading this country down a socialist path to communism.

Posted by: Jeremy | June 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This a breath of fresh air.

I am not an Obama supporter, nor a McCain supporter. As a registered unaffiliated voter, at this point, I honestly don't know who I will vote for.

However, I have always detested the idea of "public financing" in that it takes a portion of the tax dollars from every single taxpayer in the nation, and gives it to the candidates to spend on their campaigns, no matter that a particular taxpayer is loathe to contribute a single penny to Joe Blow's campaign.

Public financing also allows mega donations from lobbyists, PACS,etc, all of which means unlimited funds from "big business" which takes the decision out of the hands of the individual voter. It doesn't matter what WE THE PEOPLE want. It matters only what big business wants, so we get only those candidates sponsored by big business to vote for.

All candidates, from President down to dog catcher, should be limited to the funds they can raise from the "little people" - you and me. Yes, I know, this might mean that only the wealthy could ever hold office (which is pretty much the case right now anyway) because they have their own funds to use for campaign money.

Well, how about something like this.....ya can't use your own money! Not one thin dime. You can use funds received ONLY from the "little people" - WE THE PEOPLE.

Something like this will force every candidate for every office to go out and pound the pavement, talk to us, convince us that he/she will be the best dog catcher/President this country has ever seen.

Posted by: Sandy | June 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Lucky for Obama, Tim Russert is not around anymore.

Or else he would have had all of Obama's previous Public Financing pronouncement video clips and asked for an explanation.

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

LET'S INVESTIGATE THE TONY REZKO DEAL

LET'S DO IT SOON

NO, WAIT, THE REPUBLICAN'S HAVE DONE IT ALREADY

HOLDING IT IN THE WINGS


OBAMA WILL STEP IN HIS OWN - BELIEVE THAT !

THE BOYS CLUB RAT PACK CAN'T GET HIM OUT OF HIS KIND OF KARMA AND TROUBLE. LIKE A BABY IN THE SCHOOL YARD.


LIARS ALWAYS GET CAUGHT

LIKE GW

HE WON'T STAY TEFLON FOREVER

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

This is a non-issue. A candidate that gets over 90% of his campaign financing from private donors...average donations of $100 dollars or less...says that he will not participate in a system that has be exploited by lobbyists. People will believe whatever they want to believe. The fact is he raised $91 Million in Feb-Mar using "grass-roots" fundraising.

Posted by: Sam | June 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Looks as if Obama's goons just forcibly blocked two muslim American women from standing behind their hero at a recent speech. And I thought this guy was supposed to be "tolerant." He is a hypocrit..

Posted by: egrib | June 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama is showing his true lying colors! This guy is such a phoney. And, he couldn't be more wrong on the issues. This whole delusion that he's the second coming of kennedy and purity is such insanity. Rezko is in jail, he was no law prof but an instructor, he's now lied about public financing, he lied about NAFTA, he's a racist candidate with 94% of blacks voting for him. on and on. it's just horrible. he's going to be worse than Bush. McCain in 08.

Posted by: mordezles | June 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that the Obama campaign is always engaged in "Parsing, Parsing, and more Parsing." ---Everytime a news story appears that is damaging to him, his advisors and naive supporters try to spin it another way and say that "it is taken out of context;" "it is a snipit and does not reflect what he really meant to say;," that his wife really was saying that she was "proud of america," and it was only politics she was referring to when she made her infamous stament; that his advisors' talks with foreign leaders about NAFTA was mischaracterized; that the Iraqi foreign minister misunderstood Barrack's comments. --- On and on it goes, always quick response parsing. What do we really know about this novice except he will make history as the first african-american running for president. If his color is reason to elect him, we as a people, are in big trouble. Don't get me wrong, I would vote for a qualified, honest and up front black person; not this one. He is like a Potemkin village: All facade, nothing of substance behind.

Posted by: Joe M | June 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA: What do they want to hear today?

AXELROD: Let me check.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is acting like Obama and the Democrats don't have lobbyists and PACs putting out ads for them. Come on...we saw them with Kerry too, and they will be just as bad this time around for Obama.

The fact is that Obama said he would make every effort to come to terms with a Republican candidate so that they both use public campaign financing.. i guess that was all well and good before he saw all that money rolling in. What a liar..sounds like his statements that said he will NOT run for President and will serve his full term as Senator for the people of Illinois.. He barely spent a year in office before he began campaigning..

Someone said....
"Barack Obama isn't being investigated by the FEC, John McCain is."

Whats McCain being investigated for?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

not taking public money to campaign on, yet wants to tax us all very high for his "Global Proverty act S.2433 very poor judgement on the Democrats and taxpayers. With the lost food and homes and farms in flooding and jobs because of Nafta, the few dollars he is saving and the other loses a poor joke on the american people. Everyone tell the truth.

Posted by: eddie | June 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse


CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT NO NAFTA MEETING

CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT IRAQ WITHDRAWAL (HIS SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER TOLD EUROPEAN TELEVISION IT WAS JUST "CAMPAIGN TALK" - BEST CASE SCENERIO AND WOULD PROBABLY "CHANGE".

CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID ABOUT DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND IN CHURCH FOR TWENTY YEARS (DOES HE REALLY THINK WE SWALLOWED THAT ??)

CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT TONY REZKO'S DIRTY CHICAGO CRIMINAL QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS CONTRIBUTIONS IN SEVEN YEARS FOR NOTHING

CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S "DIFFERENT" - PUPPETEERS DELAY DASCHLE, KERRY, KENNEDY, LEAHY, DODD, ROCKAFELLER, BRADLEY

CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S QUALIFIED - JUST LOOK AT HIS DONE NOTHING RESUME


WHAT CAN YOU "BELIEVE"


NOT MUCH

YOU CAN BELIEVE THIS : YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN EMPTY UNQUALIFIED SUIT FULL OF WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO HEAR


MARKETING MIRACLE

DAVID AXELROD PRODUCTIONS

Posted by: Thinker | June 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama is correct only on one thing. He is the change candidate. He's changed his mind on Nafta, financing, and has thrown anyone under the bus who can stop him from being President. Yesterday it was the Muslims. He will say and do anything to get elected President, and his word has proven to mean absolutely nothing.

How can you vote for a guy like this?

Posted by: Change candidate | June 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Obama. He is getting the purest form of public financing from the millions of voters like me who will gladly give our dollars to his campaign. McCain is gaming the system. The Republican spin machine just spins hoping that their followers cannot think for themselves. Obama gives very clear and reasoned responses for his changes of mind. McCain just flat out denies saying things that he has said.

Yes, we have a choice this election. Elect a person who will admit mistakes and explain changes versus a person who changes his positions by denying that he ever supported other positions. The politics as usual does not admit changes of mind or mistakes. McBush is a politics as usual.

Posted by: Earl C | June 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"But, doesn't it make you kinda feel like the Muslim women who were asked to take off their scarves or not sit behind Obama. Doesn't it disillusion you just a teeny bit. I mean, wasn't this guy supposed to be different, even transcendent."
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yada, yada, and McCain is a "Maverick" who co-incidentally in this election cycle has bent over and grabbed his ankles in an attempt to woo the Conservative base that he turned off last time by being an outspoken, Independant Thinker. You wanna talk flip-flopper? Holy-Moly McWar has virtually cornered the market on it.

I am all for transcendence, but I am also practical, as is Obama, He needs to WIN. Flying above the fray, being all "high minded" while forgetting about the Political realities got Kerry bupkus in 2004. Obama needs to be, and has shown every evidence that he will be, a street-fighter. I say he needs to take every advantage before the election; after he gets the Presidency will come the hard work of implementing his fine vision.

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse


Who didn't know he would do THAT ??

Obama just says whatever you want to hear. Whatever sounds good.

CAN'T TRUST WHAT THIS GUY SAYS.

BELIEVE 'THAT' !


Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

So Obama wants to change things! He certainly has, by changing his commitment to public financing. He is now playing the same old Washington games he is against - or was against! Or, who knows what Obama is made of?
The other day he threw Muslim women off the stage for looking different and conforming to his campaign image. Same ol same ol stuff of manipulative politics.

Posted by: Jeff C | June 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Aaahhh yes the dittoheads calling Obama a flip flopper.

Meanwhile McCain is flopping around like a fish on a boat deck with a GOP hook in his mouth.

Look at McCain's recently changed stance on offshore drilling along with Fla Gov Charlie Crist who only a week ago was against it but now has the VP glint in his eyes.

Americans need to stop lobbing feces over the fence and start looking at their own parties. A truly hard look to see that they are, in fact, being led around by the nose with no fixes in sight for business as usual. Both sides are too busy guzzling the Kool-aide to notice that it's been tainted.

Posted by: Sparky | June 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

McCain was going to hide behind Repub attack dogs and free town hall meetings to level the playing field. Obama realizes how important the election is and must tilt all he can in his favor to ensure we don't continue down the path of destruction courtesy of McCain.

I'm glad to see the Democrats being aggressive and adjusting the game plan to prevent being knocked off balance easily as they were the last 10 years.

Posted by: Mike | June 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Richard Ray Harris post: The headline should have read, "Obama Discards Public Finanancing, PACS and Lobbyists." Barack Obama never promised to use public funding in the first place; only to meet with the Republican nominee and discuss it, with agreed upon rules that would guide each.

Just like Clinton (via Stephanopolis) -- he is keeping all the promises he meant to keep.

Posted by: Alexandria | June 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

You people giving Obama a pass on this latest flip flop sound like the woman who's husband is cheating on her but refuses to believe it. We're just giving you the facts, ma'am. Doesn't matter to us if he screws around on you. You're the one(s) paying the bills while he lies and cheats on you. When he's finished using you, he'll take a shower and leave you a note = when, and if, he wins the general election he won't need you and your $25 contributions anymore. At least, you'll have company under the bus - Reverend Wright, the whole jilted Trinity Union Church, Muslim women with head scarves, Jim Johnson, Obama's typical white Nana (grandmother), and the rest, here on Barack Obama's isle.

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama isn't being investigated by the FEC, John McCain is.

Obama will need to raise every cent he can to battle all the GOP and other 527s that will be popping up like weeds in the upcoming weeks.

I don't have a problem with this. I would rather fund his campaign than have it done by lobbyists and special interests. John McCain says he doesn't need as much money to win, because he can't raise as much money as Barack Obama.

Posted by: Susan | June 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, here is to one week of right winger hypocrisy and hand wriging, and 22 weeks of Obama kicking McSame's tired tail all over the media.

Posted by: SDub | June 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The problem with this, Mark, is Obama has changed his position on pretty much every issue and policy (where he has a policy). Campaign financing, NAFTA, foreign policy (this changes daily), gun control, and on and on and on. I have NO IDEA where he stands on ANYTHING. -Posted by: Independent

Now it makes perfect sense. having changed his position on so many things, Obama was forced to "change" his position on campaign financing, just to be "consistent".

It is a "change" you can believe in! I believe in Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant & Franklin. Washington is too cheap. Cleveland, McKinley & Wilson are out of circulation.

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Those that claim Obama is Mr. Flip-Flop have not been paying attention to John "Say What Folks Want To Hear" McCain. McCain is trying hard to placate evangelicals, conservatives and moderates with rhetoric that is inconsistent and offers no solutions, especially on the price of gas and the war in Iraq. McCain is the master of flip-flop these days!

Posted by: wpreader2007 | June 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Stop hatin' on Obama and his MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of supporters. GOTTA LOVE this cmapaign. WE THE PEOPLE OBAMACANS. New Jersey in the house. Wait - I think I'll go make ANOTHER honest clean donation to his campaign right now. This is awesome and refreshing. Oh - the Republicans are not the ones to be lecturing anyone on going back on their words or FLIP FLOPPING ON something. EXCUSE ME!! HELLO!! Yes - my head is moving as I'm typing this. Peace out - on to making ANOTHER donation to the next POTUS!!

Posted by: Karen NJ | June 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

And two women in hijabs were just thrown under the bus!

Posted by: Lynn E
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were they drinking the kool-aid too, Lynne? Flip-flopping? Any more lame political cliches from you today to go with your complete lie of YESTERDAY?

Do you trolls ever break for coffee?

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Mr Flip Flop has no promises he will keep.
Funny how color can make up for stupidity.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The headline should have read, "Obama Discards Public Finanancing, PACS and Lobbyists." Barack Obama never promised to use public funding in the first place; only to meet with the Republican nominee and discuss it, with agreed upon rules that would guide each. The article's headline is a deliberate distortion. From the beginning Obama adopted the Howard Dean model whereby small donations (you and me) would fund the campaign thus reducing the influence lobbyists and pacs. That's good thing. That's what we all want..remember?

Posted by: Richard Ray Harris | June 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Thomas Sowell has it wrong about Obama's citizenship. He acquired US citizenship by virtue of birth in the US - Hawaii was a state of the union in 1961! He would have acquired US citizenship by virtue of birth in the US even if BOTH his parents were foreigners. The provisions dealing with acquiring citizenship through your parents kick in only IF YOU WERE BORN OVERSEAS - Obama wasn't.

Posted by: zach | June 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

You're all like children in a playground. Why doesn't someone weigh up the candiates based on where they stand on the issues and what their ACTUAL policies are ... has anyone even read them?!

Posted by: Mark | June 19, 2008 10:57 AM

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The problem with this, Mark, is Obama has changed his position on pretty much every issue and policy (where he has a policy). Campaign financing, NAFTA, foreign policy (this changes daily), gun control, and on and on and on. I have NO IDEA where he stands on ANYTHING.

Posted by: Independent | June 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

So the great one has once again flip floped.Quote"If I am the Democratic nominee for president ,I will accept public financing in my campaign in the general election."Is this what we can expect in an Obama administration?Excuse me,but this sounds like the liar in chief that we now have in office.
Posted by: Nan Turner

Hey, Nan, could you at least get the quote correct - (Typical RW)? Read the article the quote is: I will "pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election,"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This is very worrisome. I think this has the makings of the potential for cronyism and earmarking. There's not enough accountability in private funding.

Posted by: ethixrulz13 | June 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Hazelbaker and Black sound worried and they should be.

I don't blame Obama for going the route he is. Until soft money, PACs and 527s are eliminated from the campaign process then he has no other choice. He would be shackled by public funding and it would give the McCain camp a leg up.

We've seen how the GOP has operated in the past. We can expect nothing to change in the future from them.

While I'm not an Obama supporter, I am beginning to hope he blows away the McCain camp and forces issues like these out into public debate.

No matter what happens come November, I suspect that we the taxpayers will get screwed either way.

Posted by: Sparky | June 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"Obama won against the Clintons by proclaiming that his supposed "judgement" was more important than their experience. By appointing two questionable members to his vice-presidential vetting committee--Jim Johnson and Eric Holder--and now by reversing his earlier, and important, decision to accept public funding, he has proven that his judgement is questionable."
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nonsense. If you want "questionable" I highly suggest reading the current Vanity Fair piece on Bill Clinton and take a look at some of his "friends" and supporters of his Library...not to mention the dubious pardons of out and out criminals related to big donors of his at the end of his administration. Hillary Clinton took 1.2 Million Dollars in PAC money for her Presidental Campaign, Obama took ZERO.

Obama is not sucking off the tax payer's wallet for his Election instead opting for "public financing" That is voluntary, I say kudos, now if he hadn't opted out of offical Public Financing, then I WOULD have questioned his judgement.

Look, just reading through the posts on this thread you can see the vile, lying direction the 527's are going to go; the Obama campaign will need to be "locked and loaded" (i.e., he needs the big bucks) in order to fight the grotesque rumors that the opposition will throw at him without scruple.

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | June 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice. A democrat who actually has the balls to win a campaign.

Posted by: DQ | June 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"...and out came Napoleon himself, majestically upright, casting haughty glances from side to side, and with his dogs gambolling round him.

"He carried a whip in his trotter.

"there was a deadly silence. Amazed, terrified, huddling together, the animals watched the long line of pigs march slowly round the yard. It was as though the world had turned upside-down. Then there came a moment when the first shock had worn off and when, in spite of everything - in spite of their terror of the dogs, and of the habit, developed through long years, of never complaining, never criticizing, no matter what happened - they might have uttered some word of protest. But just at that moment, as though at a signal, all the [mainstream media] sheep burst out in a tremendous bleating of --

'Four legs good, two legs better! Four legs good, two legs better! Four legs good, two legs better!'"

--George Orwell, Animal Farm

Posted by: Franklin | June 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

So Obama says that the system of public financing is broken. Barack the Harvard trained lawyer didn't know that it was broken back when he challenged other candidates to accept public monies and spending limits? So, now, upon further review, he pronounces the system broken? Or, now that he realizes that he can raise more cash, he can back away from this high minded promise to Change the way Washington works. C'mon,people, call a spade a spade, admit it - He's backing away from this promise because it takes away an advantage - his ability to raise boatloads of cash. So what. Obama makes promises and pledges for political reasons. Big deal. All politicians do this. But, doesn't it make you kinda feel like the Muslim women who were asked to take off their scarves or not sit behind Obama. Doesn't it disillusion you just a teeny bit. I mean, wasn't this guy supposed to be different, even transcendent. How soon will it be when and if Obama becomes POTUS will he back away from withdrawal from Iraq?

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

No surprise, he already aaid he wasn't going to keep his word. He actually says he is using 'public' financing because you, the public, have donated to his campaign! That made me laugh out loud. So we're going back what - 30+ years. But what the hey, if it's not good for Barack, all bets are off. Get used to it.

Posted by: Another nail in the coffin | June 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Can you be first lady with this in your past?
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1994-09-08/news/opiate-for-the-mrs/

Posted by: chris | June 19, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

You're all like children in a playground. Why doesn't someone weigh up the candiates based on where they stand on the issues and what their ACTUAL policies are ... has anyone even read them?!

Posted by: Mark | June 19, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

How do you spell expediency? O-B-A-M-A

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Lies that Obama supporters love to hear:

1)I will limit myself to public financing of the general election if my opponent will do the same.

2)I will withdraw from Iraq in 160 days.

3)I will lower gas prices by levying additional taxes on the oil companies.

Posted by: Ed | June 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If Barack is a "typical" politician, what is McC? McC signed onto the pledge, used it to borrow independent money, then backed out of it. Obama said he would use public financing if his Republican opponent did, he said he would "pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election." Apparently no agreement was made and the "pursuit" is over. Obama wisely and smartly decided against a situation bad for him. He has to work with the system we have. Until we change the system (which needs to be changed) he needs to do what's best for his campaign.

Posted by: Lynne | June 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama and Bill Gates On Improving Education

Our high schools are obsolete.

By obsolete, I don't just mean that they are broken, flawed and underfunded -- although I can't argue with any of those descriptions.

What I mean is that they were designed 50 years ago to meet the needs of another age. Today, even when they work exactly as designed, our high schools cannot teach our kids what they need to know.

Until we design high schools to meet the needs of the 21st century, we will keep limiting -- even ruining -- the lives of millions of Americans every year. Frankly, I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow.

The idea behind the old high school system was that you could train an adequate workforce by sending only a small fraction of students to college, and that the other kids either couldn't do college work or didn't need to.

Sure enough, today only one-third of our students graduate from high school ready for college, work and citizenship.

The others, most of whom are low-income and minority students, are tracked into courses that won't ever get them ready for any of those things -- no matter how well the students learn or how hard the teachers work.

In district after district across the country, wealthy white kids are taught Algebra II, while low-income minority kids are taught how to balance a checkbook.

This is an economic disaster. In the international competition to have the best supply of workers who can communicate clearly, analyze information and solve complex problems, the United States is falling behind. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates in the industrialized world.

In math and science, our fourth-graders rank among the top students in the world, but our 12th-graders are near the bottom. China has six times as many college graduates in engineering.

As bad as it is for our economy, it's even worse for our students. Today, most jobs that pay enough to support a family require some post-secondary education. Yet only half of all students who enter high school enroll in a post-secondary institution.

High school dropouts have it worst of all. Only 40% have jobs. They are nearly four times more likely to be arrested than their friends who stayed in high school. And they die young because of years of poor healthcare, unsafe living conditions and violence.

We can put a stop to this. We designed these high schools; we can redesign them.

We have to do away with the outdated idea that only some students need to be ready for college and that the others can walk away from higher education and still thrive in our 21st century society. We need a new design that realizes that all students can do rigorous work.

There is mounting evidence in favor of this approach. Take the Kansas City, Kan., public school district, where 79% of students are minorities and 74% live below the poverty line. For years, the district struggled with high dropout rates and low test scores. In 1996, it adopted a school-reform model that, among many other steps, requires all students to take college-prep courses. Since then, the district's graduation rate has climbed more than 30 percentage points.

Kansas City is not an isolated example. Exciting work is underway to improve high schools in such cities as Oakland, Chicago and New York.

All of these schools are organized around three powerful principles: Ensure that all students are given a challenging curriculum that prepares them for college or work; that their courses clearly relate to their lives and goals; and that they are surrounded by adults who push them to achieve.

This kind of change is never easy. But I believe there are three ways that political and business leaders at every level can help build momentum for change in our schools.

First, declare that all students must graduate from high school ready for college, work and citizenship. Every politician and chief executive in the country should speak up for the belief that children need to take courses that prepare them for college.

Second, publish the data that measure our progress toward that goal. We already have some data that show us the extent of the problem. But we need to know more: What percentage of students are dropping out? What percentage are graduating? And this data must be broken down by race and income.

Finally, every state should commit to turning around failing schools and opening new ones. When the students don't learn, the school must change. Every state needs a strong intervention strategy to improve struggling schools.

If we keep the system as it is, millions of children will never get a chance to fulfill their promise because of their ZIP Code, their skin color or their parents' income. That is offensive to our values.

Every kid can graduate ready for college. Every kid should have the chance.

Let's redesign our schools to make it happen.

Posted by: Barack Obama and Bill Gates On Better Schools | June 19, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire


McCain Will Opt Out of Public Financing
Sen. John McCain "will not accept public campaign financing for the primary election -- freeing him from spending limits through September and giving him a chance to compete with his Democratic opponent," the Washington Times reports.
February 12, 2008 | Related News
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I am sure the McCain camp will turn this announcement from Obama for general election funding into a major issue, then make the same announcement several weeks from now, since they did the same during the primaries.

It would be utterly foolish for Obama to accept public financing for the general with his small donor fund-raising ability. I doubt anyone expected him to accept it. I think it was more of a McCain camp pipe-dream to give the GOP any type of chance to compete with anything close to similar coffers.

Posted by: VAReader | June 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

blah blah blah. Obama is in it to win it. The cards are stacked against him: he's black, so a certain percentage of the population is against him, no matter what. His opponents are engaged in a breathtaking propaganda campaign of lies. This lets him even things up, somewhat. If McCain wasn't such an unpopular candidate that he can't raise any money, he'd be doing the same thing.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is fantastic! Obama will meet without preconditions with Ahmadinejad, but not with McCain.

Posted by: Peter | June 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Now his supporters refer to him as "O"? Do you kids realize how immature you are?

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | June 19, 2008 10:26 AM

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Nope but we know you must be old as dirt

Posted by: Iamthinkinghowaboutyou | June 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The more we see of this guy the less we can trust him. This reneging on his promise to join McCain in accepting only public financing follows a list of other duplicitous positions. Remember when he said he would change NAFTA while campaigning in Ohio. We later learned that was a fib. His advisors were assuring foreign leaders he would not. Remember when he said he would withdraw within 16 months from Iraq. We now know from the Washington Post that he told Iraq's foreign minister he would not. Remember when he said he could no more disown Rev. Wright than his grandmother. He not only disowned him, but threw his grandmother under the bus by in essence calling her a racist with his "typical white person" reference to her. Remember when he would approve of issuing immigrants special drivers licenses, but in a debate backtracked from that position. Remember when said he would not raise taxes on average working people, then later said their social security taxes would increase under his stimulus plan. Remember when he said that he was never in the pews when Rev. Wright was giving his most hateful speeches, but later admitted he was in the pews when some 'inappropriate" things were said. There is one thing that I agree with Rev. Wright: "Barrack is a politician and he says what a politician needs to say." If his own pastor sees him in this light, why should we not believe that if "it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, looks like a duck, it is a duck." Look, I would support and vote for a qualified, honest and up front black person; not this one.

Posted by: migli3x | June 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, McCain has already proven himself completely untrustworthy to comply with the public financing system. He signed onto it, used it to borrow independent money, then backed out of it. Obama said he would use public financing if his Republican opponent did. So far, McCain shows no sign of willingness to comply.

Posted by: tom | June 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, ..."

You know if Obama unveils a detailed "change" plan to fix it, maybe, just maybe, we will believe him. As it is, it is the dumbest excuse I have ever heard.

Posted by: Lohengrin | June 19, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama has every right to do what he did, which is to effectively repeal the public campaign finance system. In the future, only losers will accept the public funding limits. Anyone with a serious chance will need to raise unlimited amounts of money out of fear that they will be up against another Obama. Now that we have given up on campaign finance reform, we should repeal the limits on contributions so that Obama supporters can contribute even more money. Why should Obama supporters be limited in the amount of love they show him? At least we can save money on our tax returns. Given what Obama has done, who in their right mind would check the box to fund presidential election campaigns?

Posted by: Joe | June 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"And we've already seen that he's not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations."

What did Obama do to stop the ad run by Moveon that was chronicled here just a couple of days ago? I thought both candidates promised to try and curb the 527s. Outrage is a one way street for Democrats.

Posted by: Ed | June 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

So, let's review, Barack Obama just saved taxpayers $85 million and Republicans are complaining. I guess fiscally responsible government is just not important to that party. Hypocrites.

Posted by: Let's Barack and Roll 08 | June 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Now that it's certain Obama is raising funds for the general, my next donation is 5 minutes away.

Posted by: Corbett | June 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Please god, get rid of these candidates! I dont' want either one of them! Obama is such a fake and he isn't a man of the people. I have never thought so but I may be stuck with him as president and it's not attractive. He is a user and is using my govermental system to flim flam people to subvert the system. Has Bush done it? Yes! But now we might substitute one from the Right to the Left with the same results. And two women in hijabs were just thrown under the bus!

Posted by: Lynn E | June 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Now his supporters refer to him as "O"? Do you kids realize how immature you are? - Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain

"O" fits him to a "T". It stands for "0" as in Z-E-R-O

That Barack, he's smoking (again)!

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn`t "ease back from an earlier pledge". He completely ignored his commitment.I`m less troubled by that fact than the weasel words and media spin that suggests no big deal.Obama affirms a program of CHANGE and assails the old WAshington politics.In reality,he is just another "old style Chicago pol" in a new pose.

Posted by: bjcass | June 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The McCane idiots are going to be crying like little babies. In about 5 minutes they're going to rehash the "Obama promised" BS.

Given he actually said "He'd think about it." Add in the fact that McCane is a lying scumbag and skirting his own campaign finance bill using his wifes plane to fly him around with out reimbursing her from his campaign. Add the disgusting 527 that are going to be throwing their perpetual lies from now until november....

Given all that i can't why Obama opted out. Good on you Senator.

I'll be sending you some dough shortly. McCan't and the GOP are going to be crushed in November.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving group.

Posted by: dcp2685 | June 19, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"announcing this morning that he would reject public financing" and revealing that he is a lying sack who will not keep his committments, the same as fathers who run out on their children. No difference.

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WTF are you talking about? Go visit your home under the bridge and scare children, troll... you whiny GOP beyotches are just scared to death because McCain couldn't raise half that money. I have an idea, Ed, take your indignant a$$ over to McCain.com and put your money where your big mouth is. SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATE!!

Posted by: 2008 | June 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

So, how much does it cost to buy an election? $85, $300 million, $400, or $500 million? Insane!

Posted by: iranter | June 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

According to the 10:20am post by FACT or FICTION? questioning Obama's citizenship credentials, John McCain was born "..in the Panama Canal." Well, that's one way to get your feet wet!!!!

Posted by: Dumbart Oakley | June 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

How is it a flip-flop. All he's doing is showing the Republican Party that if they want to skirt the rules then they will have to deal with his money machine, namely, the American people. McCain's campaign is funded on PAC and special interest money. It will be nice, for a change, to have a presidential campaign funded by the people and not special interests.

Posted by: BigB | June 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh! The Horror! mcBush supporters in their last throas (Dick Cheney was right after all).

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I guess Obama has just unveiled his first big idea of "change", with substance.

Posted by: Lohengrin | June 19, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama has every right to reject a publicly-financed campaign. What is disappointing is how he's gone about managing the situation, coming out with this bogus explanation.

He's spinning this line about how public-financing system is "broken" and because he wants to do politics differently, he's not going to go along with it b/c he wants different politics. Whatever...like he didn't know how public financing worked when he first made his statements?

Bottom line is that he knows he can make boat-loads more $$ going the private route and if he wants to be different he should just say that. But he's not different, so he won't actually call it like it is. He's going to tune up the same spin machine that all the politicians do.

Posted by: whatever | June 19, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

His campaign already is publicly financed. Millions of Americans like me are proudly financing Barack Obama.

Posted by: Tom | June 19, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on? What are we? 5 year olds? What politician doesn't change their mind? What everyday person doesn't change their mind in finance, business, or personal concerns? Anyone remember Bush, Jr.'s change of mind on weapons of mass destruction? "They're there... Ooops they're not." Or B. Clinton's change of position, "I never had sexual relations, ....but oh, maybe that 1 time??" Or H. Clinton's "I was under sniper attack.... well, maybe I misspoke." And McCain doesn't even get his Middle Eastern country references correct. So, I ask you when Obama's change in financing strategy is put in the light of other bold face LIES by political "leaders" then what is the complaint? If I decide to invest in an IRA instead of a 401K or CD, does anyone really care? We all make the best decisions we can faced with the data avaiable to us at the time.


Oh, and am I really supposed to believe that he's not a citizen? If he's been issued pass port upon pass port documenting his US citizenship, then you can dig up whatever law you want, but at the end of the day... he has had a stamp of approval from the US government on his citizenship from his childhood to the present.

Posted by: Lauren | June 19, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"announcing this morning that he would reject public financing" and revealing that he is a lying sack who will not keep his committments, the same as fathers who run out on their children. No difference.

Posted by: Ed | June 19, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, Senator Obama! Charlie Black being indignant? Puleassse -go help some dictator, slicky boy...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Now his supporters refer to him as "O"? Do you kids realize how immature you are?

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | June 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow, another liberal lie from the one with the slogan "Change". Not enough monkeys out their B. Hussein Obama to get you elected. You're gonna need security for the rest of your life after you lose in November-hope it was worth it.

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | June 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Can't stop laughing about the Larry Sinclair expose' As PT Barnum said, every second and among the anti-Obama group, it's every nano-second.

Obama's decision won't make his supporters unhappy, they are happy to give. But, it will make the mcBush supporters extremely aggitated as can be seen herein. Add that to no town hall meetings and the next gathering of mcBush fans could be a near riot (and a riot of laughs).

Obama may be Carter II, but mcBush on election nite will show he's McGovern II by vote count.

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

t seems that Barack Obama is not qualified to be president after all
for the following reason:
Barack Obama is not legally a U.S. natural-born citizen according to
the law on the books at the time of his birth, which falls between
'December 24, 1952 to November 13, 1986? Presidential office requires a
natural-born citizen if the child was not born to two U.S. citizen
parents, which of course is what exempts John McCain though he was born
in the Panama Canal . US Law very clearly stipulates: '.If only one
parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth, that parent must
have resided in the United States for at least ten years, at least five
of which had to be after the age of 16.' Barack Obama's father was not
a U.S. citizen and Obama's mother was only 18 when Obama was born,
which means though she had been a U.S. citizen for 10 years, (or
citizen perhaps because of Hawaii being a territory) the mother fails
the test for being so for at least 5 years **prior to** Barack Obama's
birth, but *after* age 16. It doesn't matter *after*. In essence, she
was not old enough to qualify her son for automatic U.S. citizenship.
At most, there were only 2 years elapsed since his mother turned 16 at
the time of Barack Obama's birth when she was 18 in Hawaii. His mother
would have needed to have been 16+5= 21 years old, at the time of
Barack Obama's birth for him to have been a natural-born citizen. As
aforementioned, she was a young college student at the time and was
not. Barack Obama was already 3 years old at that time his mother would
have needed to have waited to have him as the only U.S. Citizen parent.
Obama instead should have been naturalized, but even then, that would
still disqualify him from holding the office.

*** Naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of Pre
sident. *** Though Barack Obama was sent back to Hawaii at age 10, all
the other info does not matter because his mother is the one who needed
to have been a U.S. citizen for 10 years prior to his birth on August
4, 1961, with 5 of those years being after age 16. Further, Obama may
have had to have remained in the country for some time to protect any
citizenship he would have had, rather than living in Indonesia. Now you
can see why Obama's aides stopped his speech about how we technically
have more than 50 states, because it would have led to this discovery.
This is very clear cut and a blaring violation of U.S. election law. I
think the Gov. of California would be very interested in knowing this
if Obama were elected President without being a natural-born U.S.
citizen, and it would set precedence. Stay tuned to your TV sets
because I suspect some of this information will be leaking through over
the next several days. Presidentcy
Thomas Sowell
Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305

Posted by: FACT OR FICTION? | June 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Great decision, Sen. Obama! Just another reason for me to contribute even more to a great cause. I was holding my breath that the MCBush and his lobbies were going to force Obama to capitulate but thank God he didn't. Charlie Black is a stinking lobbyists who supported Burmese dictators. McCain confessed to North Vietnamese! McSame switches his positions that the media can't keep up. He is just another Bush minions that is even worst than Cheney.

Posted by: Che | June 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

No swift boat this time. Not this time, GOP. Would you like a little cheese with your whine, GOP'ers?

Posted by: Mark1161 | June 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

For the idiot posting all of the long crap and lies about Obama, please stop! Do you really think people are actually going to read all of that? Do you really think you are credible?

Posted by: RobininAlpharetta | June 19, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

This has nothing to do with McCain, political positions or the like. It has everything to do with Obama's INTERGRITY. He has, once again, gone back on his word. Then again, according to him they are "Just words". So much for him being a new type of politician. He crawled up from the Chicago political muck leaving a slime trail all the way.

Posted by: obiewan | June 19, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"John McCain, after making a similar statement, has already said that he will not pursue public financing."

When did John McCain say that he will not pursue public financing for the general election?

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

JohnnyMac all the way!

Posted by: Steve from Manitoba | June 19, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

So this is the "change" that Obama promised, the first candidate to opt out of public financing?

Posted by: Gary | June 19, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If Obama refuses to participate in public funding, he is committing a huge belly style flip flop. In a pulic spirited announcement some time ago he decried the private funding of campaigns and pledged to use public money instead. With this new announcement he is reneging on his own promise to use public funding for the sake of political expediency in that he hopes to raise more money than McCain can privately. Apparently promises to the people don't count when they get in the way of being elected. So much for change and an end to Washington-style politics.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | June 19, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

We are so gonna crush the republi-thugs in November. Get ready to be sent to political oblivion.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | June 19, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," Mr. Obama wrote in a questionnaire last November.

The quote was that he would pursue it, not that he would unequivocally accept it. John McCain, after making a similar statement, has already said that he will not pursue public financing. If the Republicans are going to be able to spend whatever they raise, why should Obama handcuff himself and not do the same?

Posted by: How is this a flip-flop? | June 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"Well, he has been advised by some famous past presidents - Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant & Franklin - he couldn't reject them, can he?"

Ah, yes, President Franklin - I remember him well... ;-p

Posted by: treetopflyer | June 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Why does anyone support this man? His word means absolutely nothing.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | June 19, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"We do want someone financially savvy in the White House, don't we?"

Collecting money from donors does not make you financially savvy.

However, saying one thing and doing the opposite does make you a liar.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Welcome.... to the Twilight Zone! And you thought Planter's had lots of nuts. They got nothing on some of these comments.

Posted by: Rod Serling | June 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

It's like Geddy Lee said, you know -- "Ten bucks is ten bucks."

Take off, you hosers.

koo koo koo-koo kookookoo!

Posted by: pressF1 | June 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama changed his mind on public financing, "based on new information"

Yeah, new information that his coffers are bursting from contributions. Why should he stop the inflow?

What about promises made?

Well, he has been advised by some famous past presidents - Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant & Franklin - he couldn't reject them, can he?

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Howard Dean Schemes To Shut Down Democratic Convention
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June 12, 2008 (LPAC)--The latest atrocity to come out of George Soros clone Howard Dean, is that the Democratic National Committee chairman is trying to shut the 18 million loyal Democratic and independent voters who supported Hillary Clinton out of the Denver convention altogether. In addition to reports that the Obama campaign is pushing to actually unseat all the Clinton delegates and replace them with Obama loyalists, there are more recent reports that Howard Dean is trying to prevent any balloting for the Democratic nominee, and instead is trying to just ram through a voice vote for Obama, without a state-by-state roll call. Even after the two parties turned their nominating conventions into ersatz rock concerts, it was always the case that the losing candidates were all given the opportunity to speak from the podium, and a full vote taken, before the anointed candidate was confirmed. Usually, in a gesture of party unity, after the first ballot vote was taken, a motion would be presented to endorse the candidate by unanimous consent. These traditions actually did have the effect of unifying the party, often after a tight and hotly contested primary season, and at least conveyed the idea that the party came out of the convention unified behind the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, going into the November general elections.

Clearly, between the Obama campaign and Howard Dean, there is a great deal of worry that the vicious campaign that was run against Hillary Clinton has created a level of fury, which could explode at the convention. As Lyndon LaRouche warned, between George Soros, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and, not to mention the Obama campaign itself, there has been so much bad blood generated, that they have turned Hillary Clinton supporters into Hillary Clinton fanatics. According to one well-placed Washington source, if 20 percent of the Hillary Clinton voters were to sit out the November Presidential vote, that would amount to a loss of 4 million potential Obama voters--if, indeed, Obama wound up with the nomination in the first place. That could spell certain doom for Obama's already-doomed candidacy.

The only explanation for the behavior of Howard Dean et al. is that they are truly under the thumb of British agent George Soros, and have no interest, whatsoever, in winning in November. If they were consciously out to destroy the Democratic Party altogether, they couldn't do a better job than they are doing.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Who are we John McCan't ? We don't need no stinkin public funds, that's political welfare, a dependence on the State.

Posted by: Mark W. | June 19, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... let me see, $85 million vs. several hundred million dollars. Definitely not surprising. Disappointing however. In part because he is discarding his earlier pledge to go with public funding; and no, the attempted parsing to make the pledge only about 'trying' to make an agreement work. But also because he attempts to paint all contributions to his campaign as being mom-and-pop contributions of $5, $10, $20. If that was his rational, why not go with the $3 contributions from taxes? That way you don't have to worry about any outside money causing influence.

Posted by: whurley | June 19, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

How much more of his promises is he going to change?

Posted by: He's a liar | June 19, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

For those who are accusing Obama of flip-flopping, think about the words of Luke Russert as he spoke of his father. One of his trademarks was showing footage of candidates saying one thing in the past and another thing presently. He said Tim never respected any politician that came on his show and couldn't admit to changing his/her mind on a particular topic. When Obama said he would accept public financing, he, along with everyone else assumed that Hillary and all of the rest of the candidates would be able to raise a limitless amount of money based on their name recognition to the rest of the country. Who would have thought that 16 months ago, a man named Barack Obama would raise more money than any other presidential candidate? Who would have thought that small donors such as myself, who have never in life donated to a presidential campaign, would be so instrumental in catapulting a candidate to where Obama is today. So, for those who are "hatin'" on Obama because he changed his mind, just get over it. It wouldn't make good financial sense to turn away millions of dollars that regular, everyday people donated to his cause and accept a measly 84 million from the Treasury. Obama can raise that, plus more before the convention in August. We do want someone financially savvy in the White House, don't we?

Posted by: RobininAlpharetta | June 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Barbara Campbell,

There is nothing wrong to choose the best way to finance one's campaign. Yes, O has more small donors than other candidates, but he also has about the same amount donated from lobbyists and lawyers who maxed their contribution compared to Hillary Clinton and about 6 times as much as in that category than McCain.

The thing that disgust me and others is his dishonesty about his position, and flip-flops on public financing.

Posted by: God Father | June 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Soros Bankrolling MoveOn in Last Gasp Move To Steal the Nomination for Obama
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June 3, 2008 (LPAC)--Millions of dollars are being conduited through a George Soros front organization, in a desperate effort to buy up superdelegates for Senator Barack Obama, according to well-placed Washington sources. ``They suddenly have a nearly bottomless pool of cash,'' one Washington insider reported.

MoveOn was launched in September 1998, at the peak of the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton, ostensibly to counter the impeachment drive with a more ``modest'' demand for Clinton's censure by the U.S. Congress. This occurred at exactly the moment that President Clinton was promoting the need for a ``new global financial architecture,'' and at the same time that the LaRouche movement was leading the Committee to Save the Presidency, by going hard after the Mellon Scaife and neocon network behind the impeachment drive. Whereas the Committee to Save the Presidency assailed then-Vice President Al Gore for his collusion with Joseph Lieberman, in attempting to force Clinton to resign, MoveOn has been a big booster of Gore for years. Gore and Howard Dean both promoted MoveOn after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

By Autumn 2003 at the latest, MoveOn had been gobbled up by George Soros, and his inner sanctum of billionaires, like Cleveland insurance magnate Peter Lewis, and Phoenix University founder and CEO John Sperling, both of whom had colluded with Soros throughout the 1990s to promote drug legalization, via the Drug Policy Foundation. At the initial meeting in Autumn 2003, between Soros and the co-founders of MoveOn, San Francisco IT execs Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, Soros, his son Jonathan Soros, Peter Lewis, and Peter Bing kicked in over $6 million. By various news accounts, based on FEC and IRS filings, by 2006, MoveOn had received more than $30 million from Soros and Lewis.

``Grassroots'' organization MoveOn has other billionaires among its benefactors, including two members of the Rockefeller family, who have been funding the group since 1999. Laurence Rockefeller and Wendy Rockefeller, both big boosters of the League of Conservation Voters and other radical Malthusian environmental outfits, have given undisclosed amounts of money to MoveOn. The Pritzker family of Chicago (Penny Pritzker is treasurer of the Obama for President Campaign) are big contributors to MoveOn, with Linda Pritzker, a billionaire Tibetan Buddhist, transplanted from Chicago to western Montana, having given a reported $4 million alone to the Soros group.

Now, Democratic Party sources report, that pool of cash is being targeted towards buying up superdelegate endorsements for Barack Obama. Former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards signed up for the Obama campaign one day after his antipoverty group received big financial backing from a string of other Soros-bankrolled groups, including Center for American Progress Action Committee and ACORN. Both groups are on the short list of ``approved'' organizations, funded by Soros' Democracy Alliance, an organization launched by Soros in 2004, and made up of 70 billionaires, who agreed in 2004 to pool their funds, to take over the Democratic Party.

Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized that the Anglo-Dutch financial oligarchy, which created and owns British agent George Soros, has no intention of actually allowing Barack Obama to be elected President. His sole mission is to stop Hillary Clinton from getting the nomination. There is good reason to believe that George Soros is totally aware of, and in on, this plan. Soros has been a major financial backer to John McCain, according to a variety of published reports. When McCain and Sen. Russ Feingold were pushing their McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill through the Senate, Soros front groups gave a reported $18 million to the effort to mobilize support. And more recently, Soros' Open Society Institute was a major donor to McCain's Reform Institute.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

How Soros Financed Obama's Campaign
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May 30, 2008 (LPAC)--In late 2006, George Soros, the British empire/Wall Street gatekeeper of the Left, vetted Senator Barack Obama's potential Presidential candidacy on behalf of financier oligarchs. Soros then introduced Obama to a selected financier group, and Obama soon afterwards announced he would seek the White House.

Soros's involvement with Obama's brief national political career had begun two years earlier with Soros fundraising for Obama's campaign for U.S. senate, and continued through the 2007 Presidential campaign launch with huge fundraising operations by Soros and his circle.

SOROS AND OBAMA - A Preliminary chronology

2004: The London-Wall Street axis singled out Obama, then an Illinois state senator, as their "Rising Star" in U.S. politics. The Rockefellers' family political agency known as the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Obama in the Democratic U.S. senate primary, ran TV ads on the Rising Star theme, and directly funded Obama's national career manager, consultant David Axelrod.

Obama's opponent in the Democratic primary, Blair Hull, was a self-financed millionaire, so Obama used the "millionaires' exception" to the campaign finance law to take $12,000 each from donor, six times the ordinary limit at that time. Thus nearly half of his $5 million primary funding came from 300 donors.

George Soros raised $60,000 of this Obama funding, with his own donations and those he procured from his family. Soros reportedly met with Obama first in March -- a mere state senator, Obama was the only candidate in the country with whom Soros met personally during the 2004 election cycle, according to Soros spokesman Michael Vachon (quoted by CNS News, July 27, 2004). On June 7, 2004, Obama was in Soros' New York home for an Obama campaign fundraising event.

December 4, 2006: Obama met with George Soros in Soros' mid-town Manhattan office. After an hour interview, Soros took Obama into a conference room where a dozen plutocrats waited to talk with Obama. Key among them were UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland/Swiss Bank) U.S. chief Robert Wolf, and hedge fund manager Orin Kramer.

December, 2006, a week later, Robert Wolf had dinner in Washington D.C. with Barack Obama to map out campaign strategy.

Early January, 2007: Obama announced his Presidential candidacy. The New York Times announced that candidate Obama had nailed the support of two highest-level Democratic fundraisers: George Soros and Robert Wolf. By mid-April, 2007, Wolf had raised $500,000 for Obama.

Mid-January, 2007: Wolf ran a dinner for Obama in Washington, with potential bundlers Jim Torrey, Brian Mathis, Jamie Rubin, and (again, from the original Soros meeting) Orin Kramer.

Early March, 2007: There were two fundraisers by Wolf and one by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Mid-March, 2007: George Soros began a staged dance with Obama. Writing in the New York Review of Books, Soros denounced the rightist Israeli lobby, AIPAC.

March 21, 2007: Continuing the dance, the Obama campaign rebutted Soros (as in, "Obama distances himself from Soros"), and denounced the Hamas movement.

April 9, 2007: An Obama fundraising party for the New York elite was held at the home of financier Steven Gluckstern, the former chairman of George Soros' Democracy Alliance. A photograph of the event, published (April 16, 2007) in New York magazine, showed George Soros seated immediately next to the standing, speaking Obama. Soros was enthroned as the only one in the room seated, stationed between host Gluckstern and Obama. Two months earlier Soros's Mr. Gluckstern had been quoted in the New York Observer saying he MIGHT be raising "well over a million dollars" for Obama.

May 18, 2007: George Soros hosted an Obama party at the Greenwich, Connecticut palatial mansion of Paul Tudor Jones, who runs the giant hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation. They collected $2,300 from each of the approximately 300 attendees, the local newspaper Greenwich Time reported.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The Larry Sinclair Saga

By Larry JohnsongravatarcloseAuthor: Larry Johnson Name: Larry Johnson
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Up to this point we have stayed away from the Larry Sinclair story. Larry alleges he did drugs and had consensual sex with Barack Obama. The Obama folks have gone crazy over the Sinclair allegations. Larry had a press conference today at the National Press Club. It was well attended. Shortly after the press conference ended, Larry was arrested. (I am sure this will encourage other folks to come forward and speak out (snark).) Here is Larry's statement. Decide for yourself.

Good afternoon, my name is Larry Sinclair and I am a former recreational drug user and trafficker, a convicted felon for crimes of forgery, bad checks and theft by check. I am also an American who loves this country and I cannot stay silent regarding Barack Obama knowing what I know.

Today I will discharge my obligation as a citizen to witness this knowledge to you and raise questions for others to investigate and consider. I am going to briefly describe my background, my experience with Senator Obama in 1999, what appears to me to be a coordinated effort to discredit me and finally a list of questions. After this brief statement, I will take and try to answer any reasonable questions.

Background

I am 46 years old and I currently reside in Duluth, MN. I am a US Citizen, and I have made mistakes in my lifetime. I have been convicted and served prison sentences for writing bad checks, forging checks, using stolen credit card numbers in Arizona, Florida and Colorado. These event's occurred over twenty (20) years ago between 1980 thru 1986. After going public on the internet with these claims against Senator Obama earlier this year, I became aware of a warrant out of Florida from 1986 which I have resolved and it has now been dismissed. I also have an active "Colorado Only" warrant for alleged "Theft and Forgery". I am not ignoring this warrant but am addressing it with the Court in Colorado as well as with the DA's office. I have a pending motion to dismiss this warrant which I am waiting to have calendared by the Colorado Court.

I have lived and worked under three different names. My birth name is Lawrence W. Sinclair. Later on, I had my name legally changed first to La-Rye A. Silvas, and then La-Rye Vizcarra Avila. The last two were legal name changes granted by the court in Penal County Superior Court, Florence Arizona. I legally returned to my birth name in the Fremont County District court, Canon City, Colorado in 1997. Obama Incident

I flew out of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Chicago on November 2, 1999, arriving in O'Hare early in the morning of November 3, 1999. I went to the Chicago area to attend the graduation of my god son (my best friend's son) from basic training from the Great Lakes Navy Training Center. I made reservations at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Gurnee, IL based on location to the Navy Training center. On November 5, 1999, I hired the services of Five Star Limo. I had hired them for both November 5 and November 6. On November 6, 1999, I asked the limo driver - whose name I now reveal for the first time - Paramjit Multani, if he knew anyone who would like to socialize and show me Chicago. Paramjit Multani understood that I was not looking for someone who knew Chicago and would enjoy socializing. Paramjit Multani said he knew someone who was a friend of his.

On November 6, 1999 after picking me up at the Hotel in Gurnee- and this is significant - Paramjit Multani used his cellphone to make a call. That call was made to then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama to set up an introduction between me and Senator Obama. Upon arriving at the bar and exiting the Limo, Senator Obama was standing next to Paramjit Multani and I was introduced to Senator Obama. Later that evening at a bar which I believe was called Alibis, I mention I could use a line or two to wake up. Senator Obama asked me if I was referring to "coke" and after stating I was, Obama stated he could purchase cocaine for me and then made a telephone call - and this too is significant -- from his cellphone to a presently unknown individual during which Senator Obama arranged the cocaine purchase.

Senator Obama and I then departed the bar in my limousine and proceeded to an unknown location where Senator Obama exited the limousine with two hundred fifty dollars ($250) I had given him and returned a short while later with an "eightball" of cocaine which he gave to me. I did ingest a couple of lines of cocaine, and shortly thereafter Senator Obama produced a glass cylinder pipe and packet of crack cocaine from his pants pocket and Obama smoked the crack cocaine. I performed fellatio on Senator Obama in the limousine during the time Senator Obama was smoking crack cocaine, after which I had the driver take me to the my hotel, The Comfort Suits, Gurnee, Illinois.

The following day, November 7, 1999, Senator Obama appeared at my hotel room where we again ingested cocaine and I again performed fellatio on Senator Obama. Significantly, both the driver's telephone call to Senator Obama and his call to the drug dealer should appear on the driver's and Senator Obama's cellphone billing statements. Fall 2007

In September 2007 I contacted the Presidential Campaign of Barack H. Obama, to request solely that Senator Obama publicly correct his stated drug use record to reflect his use of crack cocaine with me in November 1999. When I made that first contact I left with the Presidential Campaign of Senator Barack H. Obama a telephone number for the campaign to return my call. The first number I provided was a Texas cell phone number. From the period of Labor day weekend 2007 through November 18, 2007 I did provide a total of four (4) different call back numbers to the Obama campaign, as I had moved and had changed the numbers to reflect locally my place of residence at the time. In late September to early October 2007, I received a call from a male who identified himself as a "Mr. Young" stating he was calling in regards to calls I had made to the Obama campaign. This first call was in fact an attempt by "Mr. Young" to obtained from me the identities of anyone I had contacted concerning my 1999 allegations against Senator Obama. This first called shocked me in that this "Mr. Young" asked me why I had not asked Senator Obama to disclose the sexual encounters I had with Mr. Obama in 1999. I was shocked as I had never mentioned to the campaign or anyone working for the campaign any sexual encounters as my call was prompted by drug allegations only. The call ended with "Mr. Young" stating I would hear from someone in a few days.

In mid to late October 2007, I received a second call from this "Mr. Young" at which time I clearly became aware that this individual was personally involved with Senator Obama rather than just an employee of his campaign. The tone of the conversation had a sexual nature. "Mr. Young" did not once advise me how he obtained my phone number which by this time had now changed to a Delaware number.

In late October 2007, I received a text message from the gentleman identified as "Mr. Young" in which he stated he was intimately involved with Senator Obama and that Obama was discussing with him and his pastor how to publicly acknowledge Senator Obama's drug use in 1999 and that Obama wanted to be sure I had not discussed the sexual encounters or drug incidents with any media at that time.

In mid to late November 2007, in another text message from "Mr. Young" , he advised me that Senator Obama will publicly correct his statement as to he last time he used drugs and I did not need to concern myself with publicly disclosing it myself. The last contact I had with "Mr. Young" was in early December 2007 when he made it clear to me that Senator Obama had no intentions of publicly acknowledging his 1999 use of crack cocaine and that "Mr. Young" was in fact doing nothing more than milking information from me for Senator Obama's use.

I later learned that a Donald Young was the choir director of Reverend Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ - Obama's now-former church -- and was openly a homosexual. I also learned that he was murdered on December 23, 2007. I have cooperated with the Chicago Police Department in this matter by providing them the telephone numbers I was using during the fall of 2007 and I release them now publically in the hope that someone may be able to connect the dots between these telephone numbers and Mr. Young. Those numbers are: 954-758-1105; 956-758-1885; 956-758-8002; 302-685-7175; 612-466-1043. 2008

In what I now realize was a naive and un-counseled decision, I posted in January 2008 a video on YouTube.com where I related the above information regarding my liaisons with Senator Obama in 1999. The response was overwhelming and I quickly became the recipient of what in hindsight appears to have been a coordinated attack on my character with ever increasing falsehoods circulating on the internet.

In response I agreed to take a polygraph test from Whitehouse.com. The results of that test have been partially revealed to the end of labeling me a liar and taken as gospel by all. I would like to make the following comments about that polygraph test. I have now come to understand that lie detectors are junk science at best which is why courts of law refuse to use them. A review of the results by George W. Maschke, Ph.D. of AntiPolygraph.org raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the examination. Indeed, overlooked by almost everyone is that whitehouse.com's own examiner, Dr. Gordon Barland, observed that on the drug question regarding Senator Obama that the computerized score found that there was less than a 1% probability of deception by me. That's about as high a passing score as one can possibly attain.

Finally, in February 2008 I was told anonymously that Dan Parisi of Whitehouse.com received $750,000 from the Obama campaign through AKR Media to organize an effort to publically discredit me. When I confronted Dan Parisi with this allegation, he did not deny it but instead withdrew the second exonerating polygraph report of Dr. Gordon Barland, failed to post the video of my polygraph as he and Whitehouse.com promised they would do, and even removed posts from their web site altogether, claiming that they had "had enough of the attacks by Sinclair's supporters and Sinclair himself."

The polygraph results - as misrepresented - were immediately seized upon by the blogger community and I became the subject of vicious lies about me. I was forced to file a lawsuit in an attempt to stop those lies about me that have been circulating. That lawsuit sought to obtain the proof of what I was saying about my contact with Senator Obama through subpoenas for the identities of the anonymous bloggers so they could be linked to the Obama campaign and relevant records of the cellphone companies to prove the truth of my allegations. To date, though the lawsuit is now over ninety days old, Judge Kennedy has refused to permit the suit to move forward so this evidence may be obtained. Conclusion

In sum, you can discredit my story and then make your decision on who should be the next President of the United States. The burden is now off me as I have told my story without the distortions that have been intentionally heaped on me in what my lawyer tells me is an ad hominem attack - shoot the messenger so you don't have to hear the message he is bringing. I am now done. It is for others to find the corroborating evidence of my story by locating the limousine driver - Paramjit Multani - and the telephone numbers related to Donald Young and/or Senator Obama. I leave you with these questions that I have asked of Senator Obama but which he - who wants to be the next President of the United States - has refused to answer:

1. Why won't Senator Obama provide his cellphone numbers and telephone records for all his personal and official cell phones held by him for the time period of November 3, 1999 thru November 8, 1999, when we met?

2. Why won't Senator Obama provide his cellphone numbers and telephone records for all his personal and official cell phones held by Senator Obama or September 2007 - December 23, 2008, the murder of Donald Young?

3. Why won't Senator Obama provide all email communication both personal and campaign related to and/or from AKP Message & Media from January 18, 2008 through February 29, 2008 for Senator Obama, David Axelrod and David Plouffe?

4. Why won't Senator Obama provide proof of all payments made from AKP Message & Media, Obama for America, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, and Senator Obama's accounts for the period of January 18, 2008 through February 29, 2008?

On my website - larrysinclair.org - you will find the documents that I have referred to in this statement. A copy of the home page for that website is attached. Thank you for your time and attention this afternoon and I will now take any questions.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama won against the Clintons by proclaiming that his supposed "judgement" was more important than their experience. By appointing two questionable members to his vice-presidential vetting committee--Jim Johnson and Eric Holder--and now by reversing his earlier, and important, decision to accept public funding, he has proven that his judgement is questionable.
-Wm Tate,
http://www.atimelikethis.us/

Posted by: Wm Tate | June 19, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that Republicans cry "flip-flop!" every time a Democrat changes their mind based on new information, but they overlook the same activity in their own nominees? We've had seven years of President Bush's ultimate "won't ever change my mind, ever!" -- how'd that work for you?

Posted by: Gary Goldberg | June 19, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Good decision. I voted for McCain in 2000 but will vote for Obama in 2008. Until a true, level playing field can be established, there is no reason for him to reign in his fund raising machine. Surely the GOP bigwigs will still fund the unregulated 527s, so why should Obama seek greater regulation of his money?

Obama - not the unions, MoveOn, or the DNC - Obama is the greatest fundraiser among the Dems. Obama cannot shut down or slow down his fund raising machine in the face of the free flow of Republican money. That would be like shooting himself in the foot.

Posted by: Chris | June 19, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

How Soros Financed Obama's Campaign
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May 30, 2008 (LPAC)--In late 2006, George Soros, the British empire/Wall Street gatekeeper of the Left, vetted Senator Barack Obama's potential Presidential candidacy on behalf of financier oligarchs. Soros then introduced Obama to a selected financier group, and Obama soon afterwards announced he would seek the White House.

Soros's involvement with Obama's brief national political career had begun two years earlier with Soros fundraising for Obama's campaign for U.S. senate, and continued through the 2007 Presidential campaign launch with huge fundraising operations by Soros and his circle.

SOROS AND OBAMA - A Preliminary chronology

2004: The London-Wall Street axis singled out Obama, then an Illinois state senator, as their "Rising Star" in U.S. politics. The Rockefellers' family political agency known as the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Obama in the Democratic U.S. senate primary, ran TV ads on the Rising Star theme, and directly funded Obama's national career manager, consultant David Axelrod.

Obama's opponent in the Democratic primary, Blair Hull, was a self-financed millionaire, so Obama used the "millionaires' exception" to the campaign finance law to take $12,000 each from donor, six times the ordinary limit at that time. Thus nearly half of his $5 million primary funding came from 300 donors.

George Soros raised $60,000 of this Obama funding, with his own donations and those he procured from his family. Soros reportedly met with Obama first in March -- a mere state senator, Obama was the only candidate in the country with whom Soros met personally during the 2004 election cycle, according to Soros spokesman Michael Vachon (quoted by CNS News, July 27, 2004). On June 7, 2004, Obama was in Soros' New York home for an Obama campaign fundraising event.

December 4, 2006: Obama met with George Soros in Soros' mid-town Manhattan office. After an hour interview, Soros took Obama into a conference room where a dozen plutocrats waited to talk with Obama. Key among them were UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland/Swiss Bank) U.S. chief Robert Wolf, and hedge fund manager Orin Kramer.

December, 2006, a week later, Robert Wolf had dinner in Washington D.C. with Barack Obama to map out campaign strategy.

Early January, 2007: Obama announced his Presidential candidacy. The New York Times announced that candidate Obama had nailed the support of two highest-level Democratic fundraisers: George Soros and Robert Wolf. By mid-April, 2007, Wolf had raised $500,000 for Obama.

Mid-January, 2007: Wolf ran a dinner for Obama in Washington, with potential bundlers Jim Torrey, Brian Mathis, Jamie Rubin, and (again, from the original Soros meeting) Orin Kramer.

Early March, 2007: There were two fundraisers by Wolf and one by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Mid-March, 2007: George Soros began a staged dance with Obama. Writing in the New York Review of Books, Soros denounced the rightist Israeli lobby, AIPAC.

March 21, 2007: Continuing the dance, the Obama campaign rebutted Soros (as in, "Obama distances himself from Soros"), and denounced the Hamas movement.

April 9, 2007: An Obama fundraising party for the New York elite was held at the home of financier Steven Gluckstern, the former chairman of George Soros' Democracy Alliance. A photograph of the event, published (April 16, 2007) in New York magazine, showed George Soros seated immediately next to the standing, speaking Obama. Soros was enthroned as the only one in the room seated, stationed between host Gluckstern and Obama. Two months earlier Soros's Mr. Gluckstern had been quoted in the New York Observer saying he MIGHT be raising "well over a million dollars" for Obama.

May 18, 2007: George Soros hosted an Obama party at the Greenwich, Connecticut palatial mansion of Paul Tudor Jones, who runs the giant hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation. They collected $2,300 from each of the approximately 300 attendees, the local newspaper Greenwich Time reported.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The purpose of public financing is to get the special interest PACs out of the campaign, and out of politics in general. The rich and powerful have dominated Washington for decades. Now, the Obama campaign has revolutionized politics by financing the majority of its campaign through small-donor contributions. Obama has gone one better than public financing. The millions of small donations he's received represent the democratic process at its finest - Obama's message is getting through to the grassroots and we're responding.

McCain, on the other hand, manipulated the public finance system during the primaries, using the funding as collateral for a large loan, then opting out of public financing when there were not enough members of the FEC to enforce the rules he had broken. McCain will, of course, claim that he has taken the high road.

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | June 19, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

So the great one has once again flip floped.Quote"If I am the Democratic nominee for president ,I will accept public financing in my campaign in the general election."Is this what we can expect in an Obama administration?Excuse me,but this sounds like the liar in chief that we now have in office.

Posted by: Nan Turner | June 19, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I am not a bit surprised at what Obama did today. He is a politician and does what these people do. However I am surprised he could bring dishonesty to such a new low by blaming John McCain and the public financing system for his own calculated decision.

The problem with Obama is not that he does things other politicians do, it is his lacking of basic dignity and seem to have to find excuses for anything he does. What is he afraid of we must ask? The answer is simple: the basis of his campaign is that he is something different, and he knows much better than anyone else that he is not.

Posted by: God Father | June 19, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Obama welches on a promise because it's now inconvenient.

In March 2007, Obama challenged Republicans to take public financing. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/02/us/politics/02fec.html) He even told the Midwest Democracy Network, "If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election."

In February 2008, suddenly it's a "hypothetical." (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/us/politics/15finance.html?ref=politics)

Obama was for public financing before he was against it. It's about political expediency. It's about not keeping your word if it doesn't suit your purposes when the time comes.

Posted by: cab91 | June 19, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

""It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama told supporters in a video message Thursday. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system." "

He should have said that the campaign financing system is broken, and I am going to take full advantage of it.

Note that he made this unilateral decision, going against his prior statements of first promising to use public financing, and then b) modifying it to say that he will discuss that with the republican nominee.

To be political is to be expedient. That goes without saying. But then you can't flaunt a "different kind of politician" epithet.

Barack, you are just another crummy, crass politician, who will say and do anything to get ahead in the campaign.

Go ahead and fill the Kool-Aid tank. Your folks are coming to imbibe.

Posted by: Krishna | June 19, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

From one concerned citizen of U.S.A,

Dear American Voters, reporters, media. professionals, political parties, and presidential Nominees,

Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics.
The critical differences between the two of these presidential presumptive nominees in my opinion are as under:

1. Presidential "Temperament and Caliber".
2. Little Washington "insider Versus outsider" experience.
3. "Vision and mission" for our nation future rather than past.
4. American policies, " first U.S.A Centric" than any other country [ ies ] centric.

In my professional opinion Senator Obama leads in all above qualities and attributes.

Senator Obama and his administration along with congress will address all the critical current and future domestic and foreign issues, challenges, and opportunities in coming years.

Let us remember and recite following concepts:

" Family, Friends, Fellows, Faith, Funds, Foundation [s], Fun, with Freedom & Fairness and without Fear, Favor, & Failure" . It applies to every citizen of our Greatgrand Nation.


Please stay involved, stay engaged, and stay informed. Please do not allow any seduction, deception, and or confusion by some partisan media and leaders effect your vote [ Psychological Terrorism ]..

Yours truly,

COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall
Disabled American Veteran
Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas


PS: Please talk about the " Presidential Temperament And Caliber " of our presumptive presidential Nominees. We do talk about the "Judicial Temperament" of our Supreme Court Justices nominees and so far we have failed to talk about the " Presidential Temperament " of our presumptive presidential nominees. The " Presidential Temperament " is the ultimate and in my opinion only requirement of our president as that effects every living soul here and around the world.

Thanks again.

Posted by: COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall | June 19, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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