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Mrs. Obama and the Women


Michelle Obama is applauded as she heads to the podium before speaking at a Women for Obama luncheon Monday, July, 28, 2008 in Chicago. (Associated Press)

By Peter Slevin
CHICAGO -- Women will choose the next president, Michelle Obama said at a rally here Wednesday as she described one of her husband's most important challenges in his race against Sen. John McCain: "We need to educate more women and bring them into this campaign."

"They need to know about this candidate and understand what the issues are that are at stake. And then we have to get them out to vote," she told about 800 supporters at a Women for Obama lunch overseen by Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters.

"We're going to decide the outcome of this race. Whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us."

Fifty-four percent of voters in 2004 were women, said Obama, who predicted the figure will be higher this year.

Obama has emerged as the most prominent voice on women's issues in Sen. Barack Obama's campaign. She told stories about women she had met while campaigning and described a series of policies that she said would help working women and families.

"This is personal," said Obama, who talks often of juggling family and career. "These are the issues that I carry in my heart every single day."

The immediate challenge is also political. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ran strongly among women during the Democratic primary season, taking the women's vote in more than half the primaries.

"In the 35 states that held primaries over the course of this year, Barack won the women's votes in 15 of those states," Obama said. "So, there's something going on. We're doing something right, but we have more work to do."

Waters traveled from her chic Berkeley restaurant to oversee the preparations of grilled organic chicken and baked stuffed Hargrande apricots with vanilla ice cream. Before introducing Obama, she made a pitch for healthier eating, more leisurely mealtimes and the use of more local produce.

Waters said the next president should set an example by planting a vegetable garden on the White House lawn.

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Comments

Thank you, Katherine : )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I must say there are some very harsh and racist statements made about Michelle Obama. I would hope that all of you so-called Christians and women of this century- would THINK that Black women are not in "their place"-because they are not cleaning your houses and taking care of your kids-Who cares if you do not vote for Obama-YOU are the one who will have to live with your decision-YOU DO REAP-WHAT YOU SOW----

Posted by: fanlue_89@hotmail.com | July 30, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama also looks presidential! How about having her as your running mate, Mr. Obama?! You two would make a great pair and work much better for "changes we can believe in"!

Posted by: Anju Chandel | July 30, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

i am white,63 years old, married 26 years, and i have a very deep respect for michelle obamas courage and strength.

Posted by: robt miller | July 29, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Katerine - who is the sexist in this presidetial election? And who is racist, aside from yourself? Someone hasn't been listening.
McCain has voted against womens rights, including equal pay for eqal jobs. In case you have read nothing, he left his first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident, and was already having an affair with Cindy, who is an heiress. Obama flies every day? Yeah? Why is this a bad thing. He also got student loans, went to school on scholarshops, grduated from Harvard law school cumlaude, while John McCain was 5th from the bottom of his class at Annapolis.
And if you'd like to know who McCain REALLY is, please put this into google - "Keating Five."

Do you make over 250,000 a year? If so, vote for mcCain because he will not raise your taxes. Otherwise, he will. When he says he won't raise taxes, he's NOT talking to any middle class people.

McCain said he would never run a negative campaign but that's all he's got, folks. Th-th-th-that's all.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

julieinjax:

It's called free speech.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Katerina Deligiannis:

Obama flies every day. He got his money for his mansion through a crook. He (was?) a cocaine abuser. He can't quit smoking. Obama is a sexist and and a racist. McCain is head and shoulders above Obama. People listen to the smooth glib Obama and treat him like a movie star. He acts like one. So I guess that is the criteria for many to vote for a president? Obama has arthritis and they call McCain old. Age is measured in more than just years. Obama is the oldest in many ways and the most immature.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This woman is not voting for Obama or his wife. As a Democrat, I have never voted for a sexist or racist and I surely won't start now.

Posted by: Katherine | July 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course the female VOTE is important. I, for one, find it insulting that my Vote for the last 50 years has been not an INFORMED vote.

I simply don't vote for anyone, by color of skin. I vote for those who support MY VALUES.

ANYONE that votes for any other reason than for values- is a BIGOT!

GET OFF THE RACE CARD! VOTE for what you believe in.

I believe in INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. Get off your butt's and believe you can do that! STOP expecting other's to take responsibility for you. You lose your Liberty and your respect of self, when you let others support you!

Posted by: Marilyn | July 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Republican Women Say No To McCain

Full news article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/0 6/18/MNS211BBRL.DTL&tsp=1

Short quote from the article: "The challenges facing Sen. Barack Obama as he tries to woo supporters of former rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could pale in comparison with Sen. John McCain's troubles with female voters - if the voices of a growing number of prominent Republican women are any indication. "I cannot see a more counterproductive candidate for women," said Jillian Manus-Salzman, a leading California Republican activist and generous GOP donor in the nation's most populous state, an ATM for presidential campaigns. "I cannot vote for McCain."
Elitism, Thy Name is Cindy McCain
Cindy McCain said: "In Arizona, the only way to get around is by small private plane.
But Cindy McCain jokes about buying a fricking plane and spends more in a month than many Americans make in their adult lives and the McCains are portrayed as just "down home" folks? McCains' SEVEN homes



John and Cindy McCain Foundation

McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, which received at least $267,000 from the senator's foundation during the years that his sons were there.
The McCain foundation also donated money-roughly $128,000-to Christ Lutheran School, which the McCain's 15-year-old adopted daughter, Bridget, and their son Jim both attended. In 2001, the foundation also donated $41,667 to the Phoenix Country Day School, another elite prep school where both Meghan and Jack had been students.

But its not charity when a donation is intended to benefit yourself and your family, even if others benefit incidentally.
And one shouldn't be allowed to write this stuff off. For one thing, it could lead to abuses. Consider this... sooner or later, it will occur to a donor or a school (assuming it hasn't already), that a tax deductible "charitable" donation can be exchanged for tuition.
how much McCain has saved in taxes through his foundation's donations since he has thus far refused to release his tax returns (and won't commit to releasing them after formally becoming the nominee either). There's nothing illegal or improper about the foundation's contributions, but it's not exactly the pattern of giving you'd expect from someone who has cultivated an anti-elitist image.

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | July 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It makes no difference to me what color Michelle is but her attitude does matter.Talking down to people seems tgo have worked for her husband but does not work for her.I think women can judge other women better than men.I have worked with women like Michelle and they are not easy to be around.Her color does not make her entitled to anything more than mine does.As a wife,mother that worked outside the home she is no better than others like myself.She worries about $5,000 for ballet lessons I worried about $50 to pay for food.

Posted by: HTowell | July 29, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone should tell Peter Slevin that most women could care less about what the ladies ate for lunch.

The worst thing that could happen to this country is the Obamas'. Their back ground is one of hate. This has nothing to do with the color of their skin or the color of mine. It just happens that Mrs. Obama is worse then Mr. Obama.

Posted by: Michigan2 | July 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I have a totally different picture than women who have benefitted by virtue of being white and so do a whole lot of other minority women. You people kill me with your racist rants. Bitter and angry that's what you are. If you want to be acknowledged, then you have to ask your husband or children to do that for you. As my pastor said this past Sunday, we ALL have "Leah" moments. Meaning, that anything we put before GOD we will be disillusioned and disappointed, whether it's family, friends, candidates or whatever. Hillary is not a little goddess and Barack is not a little god, he is just the best candidate. You small-minded people better remember that you reap what you sow. Depression is self-hatred turned inward. Destiny will be fulfilled. Barack 08!

Posted by: demcor | July 29, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Guess what? This is a mean country. It is also a loving and caring country. When they let Katrina victims die and go for days without water, food, etc. This was a MEAN country. For lots of people, the policies depict meanness of spirit. When she is talking about educating women, she is probably talking about a lot of young women who just don't know a lot about too much of the history of this country period. On History International last night they were talking about Reconstruction. Did you know that in many states, cities and towns all across this country that you believe is so great, they literally hung black women and those that were pregnant, had their babies pulled from their wombs. Don't tell me this country is not MEAN. If this country would just own up to its WRONGS, not only to black people, but Indians, Chinese, etc. We might just be able to move on.

Posted by: demcor | July 29, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Good points, AK.

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

[Michelle] Obama has emerged as the most prominent voice on women's issues in Sen. Barack Obama's campaign. She told stories about women she had met while campaigning and described a series of policies that she said would help working women and families.

"This is personal," said Obama, who talks often of juggling family and career. "These are the issues that I carry in my heart every single day."

If a married woman with a combined family income of over $500,000 needs government programs to help her, then there's no one who doesn't need government programs, and we're all serfs.

Posted by: AK | July 29, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I think Barack Obama would make a bad president, but I would never think of referring to the Democrats as "the bad guys."

Of course, I'm not allowed to criticize Michelle Obama. Barack told me to "lay off," and when the Messiah speaks, I must obey.

Posted by: AK | July 29, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

And you people wonder why the country is falling apart. Wow, such EDUCATED opinions.

Posted by: YouthOfAmerica | July 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Do we really need to email The Trail about all the hateful comments? Shame on all of you! What is it you are really scared of? Becoming obsolete and insignificant? Keep doing the same things you have always done and you will continue to reap the same rewards. Allow the powers that be to continue to divide us and we will all continue to have our disparate, frail voices carried away on the wind.

We have a dying ocean, being polluted beyond repair every moment of every day. We have so much Mercury in our air and water that Autism is exploding past the AIDS epidemic. We have an illegal, immoral Occupation continuing to hemorrhage our sons and daughters blood and our Nation's financial resources. We have tens of thousands of working families losing their homes and healthcare daily, AND we have the fat cats in DC and on Wall Street looking around at their comfy cushy lives and saying that we are all a bunch of WHINERS.

It's not just about the Supreme Court, it's also the Attorney General and the whole Cabinet who will decide the agenda of the next 4 years. Go ahead though, and vote for John McCain. He'll take care of YOU. OR you might want to try and elect someone who will set an agenda where you will be able to help YOURSELVES. That would put a damper on feeling victimized though, wouldn't it?

Posted by: Juli in Jax | July 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

DixieCherokee:

Would you consider voting for McCain if he picked Kay Bailey Hutchinson (or a different woman) as his running mate?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Some of us women voters consider ourselves well educated already; we observed our mothers working to improve our lot by joining unions and voting; we worked to get passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. We have a quite full knowledge of the impact of Republican Administrations on the country as a whole and on issues important to most women. However, we see nothing in Sen. Obama's lifetime that displays he has either an understanding of what women have endured (excluding his mother and her educationaL grants) or of what will be helpful to women as a whole. If there is a strong Democratic presence in the US Senate, we won't have another Roberts or Alioto, or Scalia nominated by McCain. That was one of the main reasons I've voted Democratic all my voting life. However, I'm tired of voting for losers. I'll not vote the top of the ticket. Now, if anyone wants to take issue with me or call me names, go right ahead. I'll not be moved from this position. Sen. Obama won the US Senate because of lack of opposition in the Dem. primary in Illinois and the outsider running on the Republican ticket. A candidate in name only. Sen. Obama's claim to fame is light and airy, just like some of those delectable desserts that just slide down our throats. Mrs. Obama needs to think about what women have endured throughout the ages; most of us already know that. We don't need educating; we need acknowledgement. Maybe her growing-up-black didn't give her any insights into this situation. Any women studies program would help HER become educated. We know the issues and we know the consequences of having certain men as president. Bill Clinton was a friend to women, regardless of how he is painted now because of the Monica situation. Maybe Mrs. Obama could meet and become educated by spending time with either or both the Clintons.

Posted by: DixieCherokee | July 29, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's words, "whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us.," jump off the page.

Who, in this day and age, really believes that they can reduce the differences between the candidates to "Good vs. Bad"?

What a shining example of "talking down" to the voters - how incredibly elitist to believe that Americans need to see the race in such shades of black and white.

Would you want this person who obviously believes she is superior and believes he average American inferior to have the ear of a President?

Posted by: Suz | July 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

To all those individuals with your reckless remarks, before you judgement someone please judge them right. Take the time and do your research first... Stop relying on mainstream media for your facts and get them for your yourselves. At least show Mrs. Obama the respect she deserve as a committed mother to her daughters and a loving wife to her husband. Lastly, if your can't say anything good about someone, say nothing at ALL...

Posted by: Smittyd | July 29, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

One thing that's obvious with the criticisms of Michelle Obama is the blatant jealousy and fear - ignorance. I live in a culturally diverse city, and I find those like Sandy5274 to be intellectual neanderthals. Bitter bitter bitter - there must be something in Sandys miserable past to make her ignorance an acceptable way of live. It must really stink to live in Sandys skin.

Posted by: JDB | July 29, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

These comments about Michelle Obama are just ridiculous, but when you have someone so obviously superior to you, any smear, lie or stereotype will do so you can have a healthier sense of self. There, there.

Besides--I thought you Klan types liked guns. Scared much?

Posted by: My, oh my... | July 29, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Sandy5274 wrote;The best thing Black Pantheress Wannabe "Michelle Obama can do now,in reality would be go to your room Michelle and clean yourAK-47 so that you and His Arrogance Loser Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama can go commit murder and suicide together after Obama hands the election to John McCain,with Obama's Big Mouth and Your Big Mouth Michelle The Racist One!"

Oh my! So much hatred and bigotry can't possibly be good for you.
Take a breathe and try not to be such a mean nasty person. It's for your own good.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I think the New Yorker was correct. Michelle Obama does wear army boots. And we know who wears that pants at home. Is this the man and woman you want in our White House? God, the thought scares the bejesus out of me and millions....

Posted by: LAMM01 | July 29, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"To Susan - I'm a woman and I did support Hillary in the primary. So please don't make sweeping accusations about this "Women for Obama" garbage."

Posted by: Lucy | July 29, 2008 1:37 AM .
===========================================

I don't recall making any accusations about anything, Lucy. Please read my original post before commenting with your PUMA crap.

I asked a previous poster to not make broad sweeping generalizations about what women want in this election.

Your claws are showing, dear. And it's so unnecessary, because your candidate is so yesterday. Get over yourself.

Posted by: Susan | July 29, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The best thing Black Pantheress Wannabe
Michelle Obama can do now,in reality would
be go to your room Michelle and clean your
AK-47 so that you and His Arrogance Loser
Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama can
go commit murder and suicide together
after Obama hands the election to John McCain,with Obama's Big Mouth and Your
Big Mouth Michelle The Racist One!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | July 29, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

JBinVA wrote: "good lord, did she really say "We need to educate more women"?

Clearly arrogance is not just a male obama trait.

Hillary gets it. Cindy McCain gets it -- see her wonderful WSJ op-ed yesterday: "Rwanda's Women Are Leading the Way"

-------------------------------------------And there you have it the REASON more women need to educate themselves.

It's women like JBinVA who don't have enough sense to read the candidates' policies and to look at their records that makes what Ms Obama says true.

JBinVA, why don't you try actually READING McCain's voting record on women's issues instead of articles on Rwanda's women?

And the part about Hillary 08 or McCain 08? Hillary would be so very happy that you do NOT want to promote her agenda by voting for someone who is diametrically opposed to everything she stands for.

READ my dear, READ. THEN maybe you will have a worthwhile opinion because now you don't.

Posted by: Muppet | July 29, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

good lord, did she really say "We need to educate more women"?

Clearly arrogance is not just a male obama trait.

Hillary gets it. Cindy McCain gets it -- see her wonderful WSJ op-ed yesterday: "Rwanda's Women Are Leading the Way"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121720134007588395.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_topbox

Michelle & BHo don't. And they won't get the women's vote or the WH either.

Hillary 08
or McCain 08

Posted by: JBinVA | July 29, 2008 6:50 AM
-------------------------------------------
And there you have it, the REASON more women need to be educated. Women like you who don't read the policies and don't even know what the candidates stand for.

Hillary or McCain 08? Oh Hillary would just LOVE that. Go ahead and vote for the person whoes policies she is against. That's REALLY smart. Don't bother to EDUCATE yourself on the policies, just take a few words out of context and go from there. That seems to be your style right?

You're still stuck on loser Hillary. You should try educating YOURSELF on what McCain says about women and the policies FOR women that he voted against.

YOU instead are enamored by an article by Cindy about Rwandan women.

READ my dear, READ about what's going on here in the USA and READ what McCain is doing AGAINST women.

THEN maybe you will have a worthwhile opinion because now you don't.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

good lord, did she really say "We need to educate more women"?

Clearly arrogance is not just a male obama trait.

Hillary gets it. Cindy McCain gets it -- see her wonderful WSJ op-ed yesterday: "Rwanda's Women Are Leading the Way"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121720134007588395.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_topbox

Michelle & BHo don't. And they won't get the women's vote or the WH either.

blog.pumapac.org

Hillary 08

or McCain 08

Posted by: JBinVA | July 29, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama is too fugly to be 1st lady.

Posted by: Bill | July 29, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Another example of how the McCain camp seems a bit unable to get themselves off the ground!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yuHylcp4lY

Conservative Youth Rallies for McCain? Oh please.

Posted by: Sarah Beth | July 29, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

To Susan - I'm a woman and I did support Hillary in the primary. So please don't make sweeping accusations about this "Women for Obama" garbage.

Posted by: Lucy | July 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't like the term "good guys vs. the bad guys." Doesn't Michelle Obama know that "W" is not on the ballot in November? I don't consider McCain a "bad guy." I could buy her argument over "W" - but not with McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Michelle is still speaking; Barack is still hiding!!

Posted by: imagination | July 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

One of the problems with the "Obamas" is that they appear to actually believe the drivel spewed forth at ivy leagues, that "they" are the "chosen" ones. LOL. Trouble is, they are not and they will never be the "chosen" ones. What they fail to understand is that you must "be born into it". They were not. They don't get it.

The audacity of Barack Obama knows no bounds.

It reminds me of the commercial "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV".

Obama: "I am not President, but I play one on TV" LOL

All the while the ever adoring lapdog media follows his every move....

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Posted by: OK | July 29, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

These comments are truly bizarre.

We have a graduate of two of our country's top schools, a former associate at a top law firm and city government official who now holds a corporate post and raises her two daughters at home rather than D.C.. Sounds pretty conventional, even conservative.

Let's face it, if she were white, some folks might not like her, but nobody would be piling all this slime on her.

Posted by: Helen | July 29, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

ICLON said: "Obama will win the President no matter what the racist haters think."

By the phrase "racist haters" you must mean Barrack and Michelle. They studied racism and hatred in that sickening church with their racist mentors for 20 years. Endorsing the Obama's is endorsing the racism and hatred that they endorsed for 20 years.

SAY NO TO RACISM AND HATRED! VOTE NOBAMA '08!

Posted by: OBAMAHATESWHITEAMERICA | July 28, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Michelle is a militant America hating racist foaming at the mouth COMMUNIST. God help us all.

Posted by: Desiree | July 28, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Michelle Obama is a demon. She scares the crap out of me. She scowls and hisses lies and the whole world seems to shudder. They should make a horror film about her.

Posted by: OBAMAHATESWHITEAMERICA | July 28, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"No self respecting woman should wish for or work for the success of a party which ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony

I don't presume to speak for ALL women, but it is factual to say that women, by an overwhelming majority voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries and still support Hillary for President and new polls today prove the point. Obama is losing the women's vote to McCain. It's a fact.

Democrats don't win without the women's vote. That's a fact. This was supposed to be our year and Obama has destroyed the DEmocratic party.

For decades, women have been the majority voting block of the Democratic party under the illusion that the party supported women. In 2008, we have discovered they do not. While Hillary Clinton was villified 24/7 in ALL media for over a year and half, the DNC NOT ONCE denounced the attacks, not once denounced the rampant sexism, classism, racism and voter disenfranchisement practiced by Obama and his campaign. NOT ONCE! This is unacceptable. The process has NOT been fair. The DNC MUST be held accountable.

The ole hook of Roe v Wade won't work this year. The U.S. Supreme Court could attempt to overturn Roe right now if they wanted to. I don't believe that they do. The real battle for abortion rights is being fought right now in every statehouse in this country. If you are concerned about women's issues you need to pay less attention to the U.S. Supreme Court and more attention to whom you are electing to your local legislature.

Michelle Obama's "good guys, bad guys" argument is lame. Barack Obama is simply not Presidential material. Obama is not qualified to be a U.S SEnator, let alone U.S. President.

The media driven Obamarama has been an illusion! A very dangerous one at that.

Wake up AMerica!

Posted by: GL | July 28, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Boy, there sure are a lot of democrats worried about their jobs posting here.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's words, "whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us.," are not helping her husband. What she is saying is dividing our Country into two camps...the "good guys" and "the bad guys"... and does little to bring ALL AMERICANS
together.

Posted by: San | July 28, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama's words, "whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us.," are not helping her husband. What she is says is dividing our Country into to camps...the "good guys" and "the bad guys"... and does little to bring ALL AMERICANS
together.

Posted by: San | July 28, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I am a woman.

I did not support Hillary in the primary.

GL, please have enough respect for women to not make broad, sweeping generalizations about what we want or are thinking. You are not correct.

Posted by: Susan | July 28, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

"The Democratic party has made a tragic mistake in casting aside the incredible Hillary Clinton,"

Yeah, an incredible liar and felon.

No more Clinton slime in the White House, ever again.

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 28, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Boy, there sure are a lot of Republicans worried about their jobs posting here.

Posted by: drossless | July 28, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Women will decide this election. Women decide every election. Women want Hillary Clinton to be President, NOT Barack Obama.

The Democratic party has made a tragic mistake in casting aside the incredible Hillary Clinton, who remains the better candidate, most qualified and most electable for the unqualified and unelectable Barack Obama.

The DNC has a chance to rectify this unfortunate situation at the DNC convention in late August in Denver when the ACTUAL VOTE on the nomination is cast. The superdelegates who will decide this nomination as neither Hillary or Obama earned enough delegates out right, should vote for Hillary Clinton. The DNC MUST allow Hillary and Obama's names to be placed in nomination, allow speeches by and on behalf of BOTH, allow BOTH names to be placed on the ballot, and GASP COUNT ALL THE VOTES! Now, that would be actual democracy in action! Call, write and DEMAND that the DNC OPEN UP THE CONVENTION!

Obama has lead feet in the polls, women are switching to McCain. Obama's continual interjection of sexism, racism, classism, and voter disenfranchisement does not play well with women (or men). The DNC has been complicit in disenfranchising voters. THIS is NOT my party in 2008!

It's Hillary or McCain. Country first, party second. The DNC MUST be held accountable.

Posted by: GL | July 28, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I read many of the comments here this evening and can now easily see why this country is in so much trouble.

Posted by: Susan | July 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama will win the President no matter what the racist haters think. Mrs. Obama will be a beautiful first lady who will compliment her husband. God bless you Obama as our next President.

Posted by: lclon | July 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh!
'Former Democrats' post that Obama is a sexist creep?!? After everything McSame's already said & done??

The real irony here is in trying to claim that he pays campaign workers more that Obama (Sure ... like you'd know!!) and that he's got more women on staff ... (like you'd know that too!)

Puhleease!

McSame's PUBLIC statements for the last 20 years say it all.

McCain is a flaming sexist, misogynist!
He's obviously an angry, old white guy who wants all of us women to just SHUT UP ... just like women did when he was a kid!

NO!!! It's inexcusable to ...
Call your wife the C-word in public ... in private ... ANYWHERE!
Make a 17 yr old kid the butt of your jokes by calling her 'ugly'!
Joke around that 'women really love to be raped'!!!

McCain not a sexist ???

Yeah sure! ... and you're REALLY former democrats!

Posted by: AmyG | July 28, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, some CREEP is using my name, trying to sanitize me!

I AM a racist pig, and proud of it. And it's so easy to air my disgusting crap as an anonymous coward on a web site!

Ain't America great?

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's words are hollow, actions and example mean everything."

Uhm, so what does that say about McCain that he would call his wife a "trollop" and a "c*nt" He doesn't respect women,especially his wife. I think it's fairly despicable.

Posted by: hereandnow | July 28, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

my main man jake has this thing about repugs... what can I say. Plus, he no likey black people, except kinda, some football player's. And then he will die.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | July 28, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

▁▂▃▄▅▆▇█ OBAMA - LEAHY '08 █▇▆▅▄▃▂▁

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 28, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is not getting OUR vote.

He has done nothing to genuinely address women's political concerns, instead he takes for granted that he'll get women's votes because they've no alternative.

He's a sexist creep. Love black people who (rightfully) decry discrimination, but then turn around and are sexist.

John McCain employs more women and pays them more than the men. Obama pays his female staffers less than the men. Obama's words are hollow, actions and example mean everything.

Michelle Obama is a phony angry joke.

Alice Waters is cool, but does anyone see the irony of her traveling all the way to Chicago to promote the use of local produce???

Posted by: Former Democrats | July 28, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"Whether the bad guys or the good guys win.."

so, that's it, huh? In 2008, it's the bad guys vs. good guys??? UNREAL!

Posted by: wakeup call | July 28, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"We're going to decide the outcome of this race. Whether the bad guys or the good guys win, it's going to be up to us." - First Lady candidate Obama

Indeed, the Obama's represent the "bad guys" of the far far left.

Posted by: Dr. Dave | July 28, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

But her husband on the other hand...come to think of it, he's pretty nice, too. But nice don't get it when being the head of the free world. We need a kick-ass leader...

VOTE JOHN McCAIN

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"Mrs. Obama said that America is a 'mean country.' Guess I will have to be mean and not vote for her Marxist, fraudulent husband."

I think you just proved Michelle right...

Posted by: ODB | July 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I would like to apologize for my previous comment. I firmly believe we need to keep the spouses out of the mud slinging. Mrs. Obama is a wife and mother...and appears to be a pretty good one, too.

My mouth overran my brain before.

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

thebob.bob:

Unless you happen to be an unborn American, right?

Marc:

No, are you?

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"Mrs. Obama is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, and is, by all accounts a loving mother and wife."

If those who profess "family values" meant it in any meaningful way, they would support Obama over McCain....hands down!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 28, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, are you a KKK member yourself?

Posted by: Marc | July 28, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

This is disgraceful.
There is no leadership at all. Race card then sex card, is there no noble issue worth fighting for?
They are just playing a game now.

Posted by: pete | July 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama said that America is a "mean country." Guess I will have to be mean and not vote for her Marxist, fraudulent husband.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not here to deliver encouraging news -- try MoveOn.org if you want to be deluded -- I just call 'em like I see 'em.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh great...JakeD is here again with more encouraging news. {MAJOR SARCASM!}

The only difference between Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton is that Michelle is darker and has a better marriage.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

For whatever reason, the bigots appear to be especially taken with Mrs Obama. It's sad and embarrassing that we, as a nation, cannot yet view people by the content of their character.

Mrs. Obama is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, and is, by all accounts a loving mother and wife.

You people should be ashamed of yourself for being so low as to oppose her because of her dark skin.

The silver lining in this is that Gen. Powell understands what is going on. And he will weigh in on this election at the time and place of his choosing, in a manner that will help make up for our national lack of grace.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I predict the figure will be lower than 54% (with many KKK members registering and voting for the very first time ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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