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Obama Backs Larry Craig? Change We Can't Believe In!

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A production snafu put the images of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and disgraced Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) on a political button.

By Mary Ann Akers
...A la the Chicago Tribune's famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, folks all across Idaho are howling over a snafu that put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on a political button with GOP Sen. Larry Craig, who isn't even running for reelection in Idaho on account of his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting.

The unlikely pair appear together on a button under Obama's signature campaign banner: "Change We Can Believe In."

But that kind of change is too much for anyone to believe in. Even if the conservative Idaho senator were running again, rest assured, Obama would not be lending his name to that reelection effort, or his face on an Obama-Craig button.

Suffice it to say, the button was a mistake. The button maker, Tigereye Design in Ohio, got the wrong Larry. The face they meant to put on the button was that of Idaho Senate Democratic candidate Larry LaRocco.

At least they got the name correct. Underneath the photos of Obama and Craig, the button reads: Obama for President/LaRocco for U.S. Senate.

LaRocco campaign spokesman Dean Ferguson tells us LaRocco "just laughed like everyone else did" when he found out about the button snafu. The funny thing is, the LaRocco campaign didn't even commission the button.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  July 28, 2008; 6:31 PM ET
 
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The Obama-Craig Show

The button should read: THE RECORD NOT THE MAN

Anyone with an IQ of 100 or more, should have pause to
reflect on the secularist drive of Obama and Craig. They
are certainly for dilution, "FOR EVERY RIGHT THERE IS A
RESPONSIBILITY."

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 4, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

What error? After they printed them then they called it an error. whiteagle38

Posted by: R Juneau | August 1, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this "change" is certainly we cannot believe in !

Posted by: Anju Chandel | July 30, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Or use the bottom motto, "We can straighten things out/"

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | July 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Quick, buy up all they buttons you can, add the following text to replace the logo:

I support the rights of my conflicted friend, here to investigate his feelings.

Hand them out all over Idaho. (You don't expect to carry that state any way, did you?

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | July 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse


I am not voting for Obama for what I consider very good reasons. However, I saw no point in this newspiece and I don't consider it newsworthy.

Posted by: Katherine | July 29, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse


What's the big hullabaloo? Obama supports gays and gay right. Or so he says, especially in San Francisco.

Posted by: Katherine | July 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You may call it a mistake. But I see it as a deliberate attempt to make Obama look bad. Pairing him with a known Homo: "Oh, Golly, gosh, darn! Look what I did. I am so sorry. Such a silly mistake."

Posted by: BillSlm | July 29, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I guess you never heard the rumors about your buddy Mccain

Yes the worst I heard, is that his wife shops too much.

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Barry and Larry,

Bye

Sitting in a Tree,

Yes


P-L-A-Y-ing Footsies!

They should have waited til the end.

Barack, I just knew that at the rate you are "Changing";

He will probably not read this.

You'd be a Transexual, Gay Partnered, White Candidate by November!

For good reasons.

Hint, though;

Try Big Gay Al Gore! ;~)

Tipper may be a witch, but that does not make him gay. Why do you think Al Gore is gay? Not the happy out pleeeease.


Senator Craig-Was set up! ;~)

Even if he wasn't, DC has no right to dictate sex.

Posted by: RAT-The | July 29, 2008 12:49 AM
interesting.
Posted by: | July 29, 2008 11:11 AM


Posted by: Bittertooth sawThe Rat | July 29, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

You call them journalists? Wow you are nicer then I am. There isn't a journalist left on most any newspaper anymore.

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Thats not what SNAFU means. The comment section going quickly off topic and dissolving into anger, conspiracy theories, and petty name-calling is a SNAFU. US soldiers in Vietnam having to scavenge food and supplies from the corpses of their foes because the air support never came is a SNAFU.

An unusual production error in a campaign button that pairs Obama with Larry Craig is a snag, a goof, but not a SNAFU.

Situation Normal, All F----- Up is what SNAFU stands for and it refers to a situation that would be incredible it if wasn't happening over and over again. Like Bush being mind-blowingly myopic and putting the nation in harm's way.

You're a journalist, use words correctly.

Posted by: Wordsmith | July 29, 2008 11:26 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Bob

Come on you cannot be serious. You are scared of his name? First of all the name you are scared of dates back thousands of years. Are you afraid of the name Joseph? Because Joseph Stalin was one of the worlds most notorious killers. He killed millions of people including his own. Does Joseph scare you? Grow up!

Posted by: Brian | July 29, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Any halfwit that has a problem with Obama's name is a closed minded IDIOT, can you catch my drift bob???

Posted by: Randy | July 29, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I would suggest that before anyone makes comments about the candidates, first, take the time and do some research on the matter. Use your own independent thinking, and don't take what the media say's as the gospel. If you are going to make a statement about someone, have your facts right... The problem with some people is that they allow others to do their thinking for them, thus, allowing shady facts to enter into the equation. Please, do your research first!!! Google is waiting.

Posted by: Smittyd | July 29, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Thats not what SNAFU means. The comment section going quickly off topic and dissolving into anger, conspiracy theories, and petty name-calling is a SNAFU. US soldiers in Vietnam having to scavenge food and supplies from the corpses of their foes because the air support never came is a SNAFU.

An unusual production error in a campaign button that pairs Obama with Larry Craig is a snag, a goof, but not a SNAFU.

Situation Normal, All F----- Up is what SNAFU stands for and it refers to a situation that would be incredible it if wasn't happening over and over again. Like Bush being mind-blowingly myopic and putting the nation in harm's way.

You're a journalist, use words correctly.

Posted by: Wordsmith | July 29, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

what mistake, Obama hasn't been vetted enough to know if he like little kids

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Lets be honest it is his blackness you don't like

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I have a big problem with a US president whose middle name is Hussein. It causes shivers whenever I think about it.

Posted by: Bob | July 29, 2008 4:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I guess you never heard the rumors about your buddy Mccain

=======
Barry and Larry,

Sitting in a Tree,

P-L-A-Y-ing Footsies!

Barack, I just knew that at the rate you are "Changing";

You'd be a Transexual, Gay Partnered, White Candidate by November!

Hint, though;

Try Big Gay Al Gore! ;~)

Senator Craig-Was set up! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 29, 2008 12:49 AM

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

Wow, this story has the "journalism" blackshirts on the march.

I guess every news item needs to be about the insight, beauty, depth and oneness of Barack and about how McCain is old and very much like Bush.

Well, I got a chuckle out of it to start the day. Let's face it, news about Larry Craig is funny in any context.

Posted by: Paul | July 29, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the media? Is this the only top news of today? Seems there are impeachment processes going on...seems there is an unjust war going on, seems there is a deficit that even our grandchildren won't be able to cover going on....I really wanted to read about mistakes made by a button maker!!! And I also wanted to read remarks from idiots about their problems with middle names....!

Posted by: bjk89 | July 29, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Glad you took the time to cover this instead of, oh, maybe ISSUES!

Posted by: FlownOver | July 29, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

A production error!!!!

STOP THE PRESS

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Real "good stuff" something for you to be proud of reporting. obviously the Re-pop-tarts did this on purpose and you feal hook sink and liner. You are too tranparent with your silly reporting. get serious.

Posted by: annette | July 29, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

How is this a major political story?? It's a stupid button maker's error for gosh sakes. Pathetic journalism.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 29, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate the WaPo choose to put this stupid story in as "news". And the way the article was titled to make it look like Obama was really for Craig is pretty low.

But since WaPo is apparently for McCain I guess we should expect more garbage like this in the future.

Just another thing for the McSamers to latch onto.

What a shame....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I have a big problem with a US president whose middle name is Hussein. It causes shivers whenever I think about it.

Posted by: Bob | July 29, 2008 4:29 AM
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Oh grow up, it's just a name!
Are you really so shallow you can't even take the time READ what the candidates stand for.

Take a look at McCain's record on veterns for example. He even voted against rest time between going back out to the front lines!

The really sad part is YOU can actually vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I thought this McCain Youth Rally video was pretty symbolic - probably more satire but was hilarious when I first watched it. Can't seem to get their show off the ground!

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

literally!

Posted by: Sarah B | July 29, 2008 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Poor Larry Craig.

Posted by: seedobecome | July 29, 2008 4:41 AM | Report abuse

I have a big problem with a US president whose middle name is Hussein. It causes shivers whenever I think about it.

Posted by: Bob | July 29, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Is this the only thing you found worth reporting on from "the trail"? I find this kind of fluff story kinda disheartening, given there were real people out today trying to convince young people that their voices matter. But the campaign trail already can't seem to respect their votes, come on now-- if you don't know what I am talking about because you were busy keeping yourself entertained reading this funny little story go to www.hiphopcaucus.org .

Posted by: Mox | July 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Barry and Larry,

Sitting in a Tree,

P-L-A-Y-ing Footsies!

Barack, I just knew that at the rate you are "Changing";

You'd be a Transexual, Gay Partnered, White Candidate by November!

Hint, though;

Try Big Gay Al Gore! ;~)

Senator Craig-Was set up! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

America does not need any changes.

Posted by: premier | July 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, it has been said that politics makes strange bedfellows.

Obama does seem to like to hang around gay men. (his "pastor" Wright, his pal Rev. Pfleger, etc.) Just sayin...

Posted by: TK | July 29, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Read my entire paragraph, not just the first sentence. I realize he pled guilty, but I think he pled guilty because it was easier than fighting the charge. Also, I implore you to take the time/effort to listen to the audio before forming an opinion. It may change your mind.

As a side note, I'm not actually a supporter of Craig or anything, as I haven't researched anything about his political stances, but I absolutely hate sensationalism, and this event was sensationalism at its finest. To me, it makes perfect logical sense as to why he pled guilty at the time. To others, maybe not. But listen to the audio. Reading the excerpts of the audio doesn't do it justice. Listen to it and give it a second thought.

Posted by: bob | July 28, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The button is horribly cute, but doesn't the WaPo have some reporting to do? Ooops, I forgot: they don't do real reporting, they just try to entertain us with cheap laughs. For an example of Akers lying and misleading, see my comment here:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/sleuth/2008/04/congressman_tancredo_blasts_po.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 28, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Suffice it to say, the button was a MISTAKE. The button maker, Tigereye Design in Ohio, got the wrong Larry. The face they meant to put on the button was that of Idaho Senate Democratic candidate Larry LaRocco.

The only thing I can't believe is that headline. How low can you stoop?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

No, we figure that he pled guilty, he is guilty. Or dumb, or both.

Dumb IS provable, since he has privilege against arrest while en route to a session of Congress. Dumb is provable because he isn't smart enough to just shut up. Dumb because he was implicated in the first place.

But guilty because HE SAID SO.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | July 28, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Heh. Everyone automatically assumes that Craig is guilty because of the media surrounding the issue. You should listen to the actual conversation with the police:
http://www.breitbart.tv/html/5047.html

If you listen to the conversation (pathetic as it is), it becomes very obvious that he's not guilty and that he was entrapped. He pled guilty, as the police officer seemed to advise that he should do. That way he would just pay a fine and there would be no questions asked. He has tons of money and wouldn't mind paying a fine.

Listen to the conversation, then form your opinions.

Posted by: bob | July 28, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow..talk about Democratic support for the gays...

Posted by: Eagle Sam | July 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"The mainstream media in full distraction mode. The CBO just announced a potential $500 billion federal deficit for 2009 thanks to GW Bush (and partly McCain) and the only posting we get to see is about some DAMN buttons!"

You forgot the criminal politicization of the DoJ. The contraception is Abortion rule, etc. etc. That's how Republicans operate, with Weapons of Mass Distraction.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 28, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

SIX national polls were released today. Gallup had McCain up (that's now become famouS) but the 5 other polls had Obama ahead by margins ranging from 3% to 11%. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/28/mccain-grabs-national-lead-in-gallup

Posted by: Dan | July 28, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't have Craigs name on it. If not pointed out who would even know who it was?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This is beyond hilarious and pathetic. The funniest campaign goof in quite awhile.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 28, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media in full distraction mode. The CBO just announced a potential $500 billion federal deficit for 2009 thanks to GW Bush (and partly McCain) and the only posting we get to see is about some DAMN buttons!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I'd really like to get one of those buttons for my collection. Please put them on Ebay, political memorabilia and watch them disappear. Like stamps printed upside down, little story to go with each one (in this case a long funny story).

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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