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Obama Convention Speech Will Double as GOTV Rally

By Jonathan Weisman
Barack Obama campaign officials plan to use next month's Democratic National Convention -- especially the final night at Invesco Field -- as their largest organizing opportunity to date, with credentials going in part to Obama supporters and Democratic activists who pledge to join voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives in the campaign's final weeks, deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said.

With the Denver convention just four weeks away, final plans and schedules should be ready next week, Hildebrand said, but he made clear special attention is being paid to the final night, when the senator from Illinois will accept the nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. Of the 75,000 people on hand that night, between 6,000 and 7,000 will be delegates and Democratic Party officials. That will leave as many as 69,000 credentials to be doled out to Obama supporters, rank-and-file Democrats and other well-wishers.

The largest block of those will be reserved for Denver residents and Coloradans, Hildebrand said. But thousands will be distributed to Democratic Party offices in all 50 states. To get those credential, individuals will have to make clear they can actually get to Denver on their own and find a place to stay in a city whose hotels are completely booked. Once that hurdle is cleared, Obama aides want them to pledge to help in the campaign's final 65 days.

"We want to use this night and all of convention week as an opportunity to put people to work," Hildebrand said. "This is not just about watching an acceptance speech or casting Barack Obama's name as nominee of the party. This is serious business."

Despite glowing press reports from Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe, recent polls in key battleground states indicate the race with presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is tight and may be tightening. Hildebrand attributed that to a barrage of advertising -- some of it negative -- from a McCain campaign that is now outspending Obama.

"In cases like that, you're not going to see us widen the spread. You're more likely to see the gap narrowing," he said. "It's not what you want, but it is the situation."

Asked whether Obama would counter with a more aggressive advertising buy, Hildebrand hedged, hinting that McCain's expenditures in July may work to Obama's advantage in the fall. The Obama campaign for the time being will continue to focus on the political ground game.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint," he said. "The big question out there is, 'Is John McCain going to be able to sustain this for four and a half months?' His fundraising is good. It's not great, certainly not what we have, and he doesn't have much of anything on the ground in these states. If fundraising does not improve significantly, he's not going to be able to sustain a four-and-a-half month television buy, and there's not a lot underneath."

The Obama campaign has been demanding a lot of its supporters even from its earliest days, when book signings and low-dollar campaign fundraisers and rallies included a request for contact information. But the organizing planned for the convention will be of a different magnitude. Attendees will have to file through metal detectors and security, meaning doors will be open early. That will give campaign aides time to sign volunteers up and issue marching orders for the fall.

Hildebrand was unapologetic about those demands.

"We're going to always push the envelope and get what we can out of people who care about this election," he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 25, 2008; 3:52 PM ET
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yo:rtfanning that one reason is enough for me not to want change.i don't think so we will come alive in november and i still would give you the shirt off my back.you see i am for real my friend of a human being.everyone for change out there please stay focus.there is only one difinition of love and that is love.

Posted by: frank | July 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

people we need to do the right thing.so who ever your almighty may be who ever you look to for help ect...i want to say this again do the right thing.listen we as a people have been wrong since the 60's we can't let this one get away from us.lets get it right i am counting on you.we have a chance to get some respect back in this world and in this country of ours.love to all my brothers and sisters we are one.

Posted by: bo | July 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

A logical fallacy can only exist in relation to an argument. (Example: "X is an expert. X claims Y, therefore Y must be true".) What you cited was not an argument, but merely an assertion. It could be true, it could be false, but it cannot be a fallacy. Using fancy words does not make you look smarter if it is obvious that you do not know what they mean.

Posted by: Wild Bill | July 26, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Yo Frank, Re:

"we are going to pick one state to put all the obama's haters in "

Will you be wearing a brown shirt and goose stepping when you round us up ?

Posted by: rtfanning | July 26, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

8/28/08 Denver...make sure you get your brown shirt for the party in Denver at the Invesco Stadium...it will be bigger and better than the one thrown March 23, 1933 at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin.

This ludicrous bill sponsored and written by Barack Obama would give the UN an additional 845 billion taxpayer dollars above our current foreign aid to redistribute to kleptocrats at the whim of the next President
GovTrack: S. 2433: Text of Legislation

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433

Posted by: rtfanning | July 26, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

we are going to pick one state to put all the obama's haters in and see how long it will take them to repent when it is all said and done.i hope the the europeans is reading this garbage so they can see just how much america has been push back in time.for all good human beings out there who see only us as a humans i urge you to vote for change.vote with your heart, ears, and intellect.the time has come to close your eyes we did it during kennedy era and it is here again.we the good people in this america deserve this.thank you

Posted by: frank | July 26, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's see the Democrats have had both houses for near 2 years and what have they done??? Nothing. They have the majority and yet are still too weak to do anything. I am really tired of Obamites blaming McCain for the entire history of the RNC. So I guess we can blame Obama for the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, Bill Clinton's affair with Monica and 9/11 because it was n motion before Bush took office..Yes Obama is to blame for it all!!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | July 26, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

McSame / Novakulaaaaaa! 2008
Get the Hell Out of the Way!

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | July 26, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Jake D
Troll.
Is your real name Karl Rove?
Sure sound like it.
Have a nice life.

Posted by: anglohistorian | July 25, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I also miss Tim Russert, i wonder what he would have asked at the upcoming Obama/Mccain debates.
He was a unique and respected man. I Know this is odd but if Obama is sworn in as president, they need to name something big after Tim Russert

Posted by: combinedsun | July 25, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, hopefully not President of the UNITED STATES. I don't mind if he becomes president at some liberal law school or such.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be president and you will benefit because of it. Of course you will never admit as much :P

Posted by: Truth | July 25, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of Repugs altogether. Here is an oversimplification and gross generalization, but it's oh so true in my neck of the woods: most of the Repugs I know inherited their party from their parents - which means necessarily that they do not think from themselves and are simply mindless automatons in the voting booths, always voting straight tickets regardless of the election or candidate. They have mediocre jobs, highschool educations, are either in a trade industry or farm operation, or both, and they truly never have any idea what they are talking about when it comes to politics. They couldn't tell you anything about Barack Obama except that he's black, he's muslim (complete lie) and that his middle name is Hussein. All they know or need to know about McSame is that he's white and Repugnican...

The truly insane thing is, as if the above is not insane, is that these Repugs have no reason to be Repugs. The GOP has done nothing to help them or their families. The like to think of themselves, as do most uneducated morons, as belonging to the Good Ol' Boy party, where everyone's rich, a cowboy, owns a 10 million acre ranch and would rather throw back a beer than run this country. They have been utterly duped. The Repugs look out for no one other than themselves and their rich cronies. Seriously, who is better off in this country, who has benefited at all in the last 8 years? The wealthy... the creme de le creme, the top 1%. Here's a banner for you: Trickle Down Economics or Supply Side Economics DOES NOT WORK. It is a hoax dreamed up by right wing nut job economists to pad their pockets and stuff their mattresses. The real work horses of our economy, the real people who buy the lion's share of the products, work the hardest and contribute more than any other are the middle class. Without them the rich would have nothing. No labor force, and no one to eagerly buy their widgets. The wealthy DO NOT NEED our assistance. They don't need tax breaks during a time of war (unheard of before Dumbya)... if you want to help the economy you help the middle class... I am in no way against rich people, I hope to be one someday... this is simply the truth. If you cut the top 1%'s taxes, they simply make more money... they don't create more jobs, they don't give more back to charity.. they simply make more money and the US government has to borrow more to keep us afloat.

Posted by: WTF | July 25, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, America would be in a bigger mess with Obama as President. That's why I predict he will not be sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Could America be in a bigger mess!?

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, and have no problem using it against fellow US citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: TTT | July 25, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

For the record, there's no "luck" involved in the FACT the Hillary's Senate seat is not up for re-election this year -- she's safe until 2012 -- I thought that readers of WaPo were a little more knowledgeable about politics than the average joe?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

LEAKY Leahy couldn't even get to the bottom of the U.S. Attorneys firing! What makes you think he can help "exfoliate" anyone at all?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse


▁▂▃▄▅▆▇█ OBAMA - LEAHY '08 █▇▆▅▄▃▂▁

Obama can certainly handle foreign affairs, and with Leahy, we get to exfoliate the repugs. I support this combo because it drives the repugs to bleed out their discharge shoots in fear (Congressional investigations with Executive Branch teeth...)

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a total failure. She'll be lucky to even be a Senator after her failed campaign. I feel sorry for NY having to deal with her for now!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

No.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

have not had to go negative yet ourselves, unless you count those devestating commercials that run non-stop of T. Boone Pickens, who it seems, every time they do a story on McCain's drill, drill, drill.... it is followed by T. Boone's "You'd have to be a moron to think we can drill ourselves out of this crisis. But you keep praying for the "whitey" tape, that is what kept the HRC wretches going for so long.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

sounds like a land grab to me.... anyhoo... so you have the phone number's of lot's of anger management counselor's. I bet you do. Google my name, it is an old political cartoon from the '80's, that use to play out in the Washington Weekly. Are you connected with Jake's on the Pike (Rockville)?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I miss Tim Russert.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Factory Worker:

Sorry I can't offer you well wishes on your candidate (I doubt he will win Ohio even). Thanks for keeping it civil though.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

You ain't seen nothing yet, Osamanites, if you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......

Just remember the words of Hussein's religious leader Jeremiah Wright: "the chickens are coming home to roost" when their congregation of Hate for America were celebrating the murderous attack on America by Muslims on 9/11. Yes, the chickens are coming home to roost, ....We will be watching all those videos once again and we'll be watching Osama and his family attending the congregation of hate for America while America is being damned.

You ain't seen nothing yet, Osamanites, if you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......
After the convention, Americans will be reminded of the true Barrack Hussein Osama, the black supremacists and radical extremist that shares the views, beliefs and values of his beloved leader Jeremiah Wright.

You ain't seen nothing yet, Osamanites, if you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......

Posted by: Manolete | July 25, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Yeah, Hillary won the Primary here in Ohio because of all the baby boomer women here, man. Those crazy baby boomers, i tell ya. Ever hear of a term called "Brain Drain"? That when college educated 20-30 somethings leave an area for better jobs and a better standard of living. That's what has happened in Ohio in the last 8 years because there's no good paying jobs left in Ohio anymore, thus you have a lot of older folks there that were more comfortable voting for Hillary. It's not that big a rub on Obama, really. It actually refelcts more on the poor judgement of the Bush administration to deal with job loss in the American Midwest than it does to show any weakness about Obama.

Obama will do fine in Ohio come November I think. I disagree respectfully about McCain becoming President and also about your vitriol views concerning Obama, although you're free to express them.

Good luck to you and your candidate though!

Obama '08

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | July 25, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous (Franky?):

I was not comparing Obama to Hitler -- I would hope impeachment was on the table long before Obama could get that far along -- I was simply pointing out the logical FALLACY in Factory Worker's first post: "Obama is creating a new politics for the 21st century, truly ..."

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no Family Values:

McCain has a reputation as a politician who has difficulty keeping his pants zipped, according to Republican sources. He acknowledges that his adultery broke up his first marriage. His second wife Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. McCain acknowledges that she didn't want him to run, and only agreed once he promised that she doesn't have to go to New Hampshire or Iowa.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a Founding Member of the Keating Five criminal group:

Back in the old days, defendants in famous trials got numbers -- the Chicago Eight, the Gang of Four, the Dave Clark Five, the Daytona 500. McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wrong again, angriestdog:

According to Stephen Kinzer's 2006 book Overthrow, in 1898 the chief of the French Canal Syndicate (a group that owned large swathes of land across Panama), Philippe Bunau Varilla, hired William Nelson Cromwell (of the US law firm Sullivan & Cromwell) to lobby the US Congress to build a canal across Panama, and not across Nicaragua.

In 1902, after having run into a 10-cent Nicaraguan postal stamp produced in the US by the American Bank Note Company erroneously depicting a fuming Momotombo volcano (which was nearly dormant and stands more than 160 km (100 miles) from the proposed Nicaraguan canal path) and taking advantage of a particularly volcanic year in the Caribbean, Cromwell planted a story in the New York Sun reporting that the Momotombo volcano had erupted and caused a series of seismic shocks. He thereafter sent leaflets with the above stamps pasted on them to all U.S. Senators as witness to the volcanic activity in Nicaragua. On June 19, 1902, three days after senators received the stamps, they voted for the Panama route for the canal. For his lobbying efforts, Cromwell received the sum of $800,000.[8]

In November 1903, Phillipe Bunau-Varilla, Panama's ambassador to the United States, signed the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty, granting rights to the United States to build and indefinitely administer the Panama Canal. Bunau-Varilla, although serving as Panama's ambassador, was a French citizen, and was not authorized to sign treaties on behalf of Panama without the review of the Panamanians. Those issues were resolved with the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties in 1977, returning the former Canal Zone territories to Panama.

The United States, previously, under President Theodore Roosevelt (with John Frank Stevens as Chief Engineer from 1905-1907), bought out the French equipment and excavations, and began work itself on May 4, 1904, after helping Panama achieve the separation from Colombia by deploying troops and naval forces to block Colombia from stopping the rebellion against Colombian governance. The United States even paid Colombia $25,000,000 in 1921, seven years after completion of the canal, for redress of President Roosevelt's role in the creation of Panama, and Colombia officially recognized Panama, under the terms of the Thomson-Urrutia Treaty.

McCain was, thereafter, born in 1936.

Seriously, I can get you a number of a great anger management class.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......

Just remember the words of Hussein's religious leader Jeremiah Wright: "the chickens are coming home to roost" when their congregation of Hate for America were celebrating the murderous attack on America by Muslims on 9/11. Yes, the chickens are coming home to roost, ....We will be watching all those videos once again and we'll be watching Osama and his family attending the congregation of hate for America while America is being damned.

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......
After the convention, Americans will be reminded of the true Barrack Hussein Osama, the black supremacists and radical extremist that shares the views, beliefs and values of his beloved leader Jeremiah Wright.

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements are negative now......

Posted by: Manolete | July 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Franky:

What "fear" and "hate" is that, specifically? You can't be upset about me using your guy's REAL middle name, right? Are you embarassed by it?
---

No his middle name is no problem, but I am embarassed a fellow citizen would compare President Candidate to a Nazi.

That is shameful! And yes, Hillary was equally as shameful, that is why she was rejected, just like McCain.

P.S. I know you're just mad that Hillary lost, but your attacks on Obama are misguided.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements......

Just remember the words of Hussein's religious leader Jeremiah Wright: "the chickens are coming home to roost" when their congregation of Hate for America were celebrating the murderous attack on America by Muslims on 9/11. We will be watching all those videos once again and we'll be watching Osama and his family attending the congregation while America is being damned.

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements......
Americans will be reminded of the true Barrack Hussein Osama, the black supremacists and radical extremists that shares the views, beliefs and values of his beloved leader Jeremiah Wright.

You ain't seeing nothing yet, Osamanites, if you you think the Patriot McCain's ads and statements......

Posted by: Manolete | July 25, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As someone correctly noted, if America had elected Strom Turmond President, we wouldn't have all the problems ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Could America be in a bigger mess!?

Yes, Barack Hussein Obama could be President.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Jakey mistakey.... the U.S. did go down to Columbia and carve out a section wherein they could build a canal.... and they did call it Panama... and maybe why McCain's father was stationed down there in occupied Columbia. Maybe you better do some research little buddy.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Franky:

What "fear" and "hate" is that, specifically? You can't be upset about me using your guy's REAL middle name, right? Are you embarassed by it?

BTW: Wouldn't "stoop[ing] to the lowest levels" be reserved for Hillary's invocation of RFK's assassination as justification for staying in the primary? Last I checked, she was a registered DEMOCRAT.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Could America be in a bigger mess!?

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, and have no problem using it against fellow US citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans continue to be bottom feeders.

They continue to use FEAR and HATE and their carrot and stick.

See examples from "JakeD" below that stoop to the lowest levels.

FEAR is for the Republican Cowards. I for one am not a coward.

Posted by: Franky | July 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

First, your angar produces a misfire about Patrick LEAKY Leahy and now confusing Panama with Columbia? You should really look into those anger management classes.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

John McCain (the repug, not the '70's Quinn Martin production) was born in Columbia, South America. And he can not even speak Spanglish.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. Often referred to simply as "His Holiness" (HH), or "His Holiness The Dalai Lama", Tibetans usually call the Dalai Lama by the epithets Gyalwa Rinpoche, meaning "Precious Victor", or Yeshe Norbu, meaning "Wish-fulfilling Jewel." "Lama" (meaning "teacher") is a title given to many different ranks of Tibetan Buddhist clergy.

The Dalai Lama is believed to be the current incarnation of a long line of Tulkus, or Buddhist Masters, who have become exempt from the wheel of death and rebirth. These ascended masters have chosen of their own free will to be reborn to this plane in order to teach humanity.

Between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lama was the head of the Tibetan Government, administering a large portion of the country from the capital Lhasa, although the extent of the lineage's political authority and rulership over territory has been contested. Since 1959, the Dalai Lama has presided over the Central Tibetan Administration, which is exiled in India. The Dalai Lama is often thought to be the head of the Gelug School, but this position officially belongs to the Ganden Tripa, which is a temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama (who in practice exerts more influence).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Your "hero's" name is spelled Dalai Lama.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

then again, he is a doddering old man with mad cow disease. But the thing is, he is now immune. You see, if you have had mad cow disease you can not get it again. Plus he is meeting with my hero, the Dolly Llama, whom in case you have not heard, is God's rep on Earth.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | July 25, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

I doubt that Obama would select someone like Patrick LEAKY Leahy, as that would really highlight how little foreign policy experience Obama has.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

P.S to Factory Worker, Akron Ohio:

You are aware that even Hillary DIANE Clinton beat Obama in your State's primary, right?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

▁▂▃▄▅▆▇█ OBAMA - LEAHY '08 █▇▆▅▄▃▂▁

Obama can certainly handle foreign affairs, and with Leahy, we get to exfoliate the repugs. I support this combo because it drives the repugs to bleed out their discharge shoots in fear (Congressional investigations with Executive Branch teeth...)

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 25, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, I obviously believe that John SINDEY McCain will be President -- America will finally wake up to the fake-Messiah -- and, knowing what we already know about the Obamas, I would not compare him to Billy Graham, that's for sure.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

JakeD... Who will be President on January 20, 2009 then and why won't Obama be President?

Also, Martin Luther King Jr. drew large crowds too. Is it safe then, using your logic, to compare Obama to Martin Luther King Jr? Billy Grahsm drew large crowds too. Can we also compare Obama to Billy Graham as well?

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your answers.

Posted by: DakeJ | July 25, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Anonymous, you are aware that this thread is about OBAMA's Denver stadium appearance, right? There are plenty of McCain threads, below, where you can spread your "McCain = Hate" post.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN THE CANDIDATE OF HATE

Mccain has turned the final corner in his political campaign. It is little more then a campaign of hate now with no substance. Mccain will not be able to turn back now. As people begin to see this man is little more then a cancer on our political landscape as grotesque as that on his face, they will respond in November. I see many of Mccains votes that are just anti Obama votes pealing off to Barr or Nader as little more then protest votes.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Adolf Hitler created a new politics for the 20th century, truly. Drew large stadium crowds as well ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama is creating a new politics for the 21st century, truly. His campaign is one of grassroots support and reflects his philosophy of things working from the bottom up. It is refreshing to see, in this day and age, a candidate with such focus and drive and vision.

Obama's Middle East and European trip I think was good for Obama. It allowed him to get out of United States for a while, and to meet with the players that will become important on the international stage when he becomes president. I am hoping when he returns he will be received with even greater support to get this country heading in the new and bold direction it needs to take to confront the new issues of our age.

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | July 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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