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Obama's Accidental Sister Souljah Moment


Rev. Jesse Jackson holds a campaign sign for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in Chicago last February. (Associated Press)

By Dan Balz
Barack Obama leads a charmed life. He finally had his Sister Souljah moment and didn't even have to show up. Jesse Jackson did it for him solo.

Sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton used a Jackson-sponsored forum to rebuke the rap singer for suggesting that black people "have a week and kill white people" rather than each other. Jackson fumed as Clinton made the comments and denounced them later. Politically, Clinton came out such a winner that "Sister Souljah moment" now has its own entry in Wikipedia.

Roll forward to this week and the controversy that is attracting so much attention. Obama did not have to rebuke an important constituency himself to define himself as different from the Jackson-Sharpton wing of the Democratic Party. Being attacked by Jackson was more than enough to get across the point. Whatever people may know or think they know about Obama, they can no longer mistake him as a direct descendant of old-style black politics.

Jackson's multiple apologies attest to the harm the civil rights leader knows he did to himself. His crude comment, captured on an open microphone on Fox News, was so out of bounds that even Jackson's son, a national co-chair of Obama's campaign, leaped to condemn "the ugly rhetoric" and urged his father to keep his mouth shut. Jackson has certainly diminished himself and, given the fact that he attacked the first African American to lead a major party into a general election, likely hurt himself in particular within the black community.

The full extent of Jackson's grievances with Obama may never be known. The direct reference that led to the raw remark came over Obama's embrace of faith-based programs to help deliver social welfare assistance, although there was also a suggestion that Jackson was troubled by other ways he believed Obama was talking down to black audiences.

Whatever his disagreements, Jackson's outburst suggested that he has some fundamental disagreements with Obama's worldview. The more he makes that clear, the better it's likely to be for Obama. Jackson is an old-fashioned liberal with an abiding faith in government, for which he makes no apologies. He has kept that flame burning for many years.

But he is also trapped in a battle that was resolved within the Democratic Party long ago, when Bill Clinton declared the era of big government over. The party is comfortable with both governmental and non-governmental solutions and Obama is on the other side of that divide. He speaks in a language that is foreign to Jackson's ears.

In one of his apologies, Jackson compounded his problems, as he sought to define Obama's candidacy only in the context of his own history in the civil rights movement. There's no question that Jackson's presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988 helped pave the way for Obama (and Jackson's demand for proportional distribution of delegates turned out to be Obama's secret weapon in his race against Hillary Clinton).

While Obama has acknowledged his debt to those who led the civil rights movement, he has never sought to define his candidacy or his politics strictly in a racial context. Even in attempting to praise Obama, Jackson left the impression that he is unhappy with the way Obama has projected his candidacy, or would like all Americans to see it strictly through the prism of civil rights.

Obama has been reluctant to pick fights within the Democratic family. He has not tried to define himself by taking issue with one faction or another, as Bill Clinton did when he was running. He has often floated above the party on his rhetorical message of change and new politics.

Obama also has long appealed more to upscale, well-educated voters than to downscale and less-educated voters, in part because his reform message plays better in those wealthier precincts. Finding ways to talk more directly to hard-pressed working families has been a major priority ever since he lost the Ohio primary to Clinton in March.

If Obama were looking for a way to endear himself more to those white, working class voters who were resistant to his appeals in the Democratic primaries, nothing is likely to help more than a condemnation from Jesse Jackson.

Racial politics certainly still exists in this country. Obama was damaged by the remarks of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., and will still face skepticism and hostility among some voters because of the color of his skin -- no matter how strongly he denounced Wright last spring. Jackson's vulgar denigration won't erase questions about Obama's long association with Wright, but may serve Obama's purposes in pointing to the sizable generational division in black politics.

Perhaps Jackson will find enough ways to apologize to make this controversy disappear quickly. By the time the campaign ends, the episode may be remembered only as a footnote or less. But as a moment, it has served Obama nicely -- and he didn't have to do anything other than happily accept Jackson's apology.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 10, 2008; 12:39 PM ET
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Just how many Sister Souljah moments does Obama need?
Distancing himself from the Muslims. DIstancing himself from Rev. Wright. Distancing hismelf from the slacker black fathers.
Distancing himself from his own plans for withdrawl from Iraq
Distancing hismelf from those who oppose FISA
Distancing himself from those who say we don't need our liberties to communicate curtailed
Distancing himself from "insider" Washington
Distancing himself from elitistism
Distancing himself, now, from Jackson, an admittedly irrelevant figure -- but still.
Obama is so distant now that no one really can depend on him to stand near them.
He's two-faced and he's behaving in a weasel-like fashion. He's a true politician who will say anything, do anything and distance himself from anything to get elected.
Better watch him. SUPERDELEGATES -- IT ISN'T TOO LATE!

Posted by: Choirboy | July 12, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

So reassuring to see the black community turn on good old Jessie.Time for him to go under the bus.

Posted by: Andrew O'Donnell | July 11, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Common Jesse, you have a strong legacy and it will never be forgotten. Try to change into something else while still being you. It's all about the mind-set. Embrace the prevailing momentum because your prayers have been heard. Above all be happy and show it. You are in new place and time. You do not have to be nostalgic to your past struggle. It has finally bared fruit and Obama is proof of that and he is about to take it into a completely new dimension and even beyond. Why? Because God has given each and everyone of us a different purpose. We have embraced yours and now it is time for you to happily embrace those of others. Besides, that STRUGGLE of HUMANITY for HUMANITY continues and tomorrow Obama himself will have to hand it over to someone else who will serve his or her own purpose by restarting a brand new chapter towards another higher dimension - and it never stops. It is never a snapshot, it is a motin picture. Happiness and Peace to us all, to u Jesse and to Obama!!!!

Posted by: Sly - Cameroon | July 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"He quickly turned his back on Sista Soulja (someone who is passionate about the empowerment of the black community), to get on the band wagon with Bill Clinton. AND Bill, indeed a great president, simply used a great public relations campaign to schmooze blacks. Play a sax, smoke weed, office in Harlem...and he won us over!"

Geez, why do black people get on Clinton so bad. Would you have liked the alternatives? He seemed like a pretty competent President to me. If Obama is half a successful, it will surprise the heck out of me.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorrow for those individuals writing here who are so into their own selfs; their own way, their own thinking, that their own inner bitterness shows up as their only real friend. Racism by bigoted blacks as well as all people cannot be tolerated, but what happens is that people can become the very thing they hate because of their own bitterness and self centered, power hungary thinking. The greatest symptom of patients in mental institutions is their self centered, selfish thinking patterns which causes great inner bitterness; and bitternes is like an acid that destroys the container that holds it and all those others in the general vicinity!

Posted by: josecanyousee | July 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

To sum it, He knows that Michelle and Barack are aware of the mess behind their so called "non-profit" organizations, as well as their race-card publicity hustle.

Not only are the Obamas aware, but so are many of the informed and educated blacks in America. Therefore, Jesse and AL can either get on board and pull it together or they shall be exposed.

Jesse and Al have taken advantage of the less fortunate and uneducated blacks for too long. This was Jesse's attempt to use his influence to lure his SMALL following from Barack! People pay Jesse well to do this mess. Once Barack is in, he will be (siff, siff) CUT!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm a black woman who's proud of how far her people have come. But as for Jesse Jackson, there's no respect. He is a race card hustler with a skeptical "non-profit" organization. He quickly turned his back on Sista Soulja (someone who is passionate about the empowerment of the black community), to get on the band wagon with Bill Clinton. AND Bill, indeed a great president, simply used a great public relations campaign to schmooze blacks. Play a sax, smoke weed, office in Harlem...and he won us over! Wake up people...Jesse ain't right. He will never be one of the greats.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Apparently you people have nothing better to do than be trashy average whites belittling the intelligent black candidate. Get your head out of your ass and face the facts. McCain is too old and we'll have the same dam economic and social wars we have now. He's Bush's right hand man. Vote for him and you may as well hand Bush a third term. White, Middle-class woman for Democrats, and proud of it!

Posted by: Heather | July 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Hello, my name is harried and I'm a cowardly rage-aholic. You know me, my type is as common as dirt, on these anonymous web chat rooms. To compensate for having been, er, "shortchanged" by nature - in so many ways - I spew not-very-original insults at other folks.

It ain't much, but it gives me a reason to go on. And it's a new day, so I'm raring to go.

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

oh

Posted by: moh | July 11, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

It's not really a Sister Souljah moment. Obama did not beard the lion in its den. Still it will probably cause some swing voters to warm to him a little bit. But the real question is, how many people will warm to Jesse Jackson over the incident?

Posted by: fred gill | July 11, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Gee, ma, I'm really important here on the web. They must like me, ma, 'cause they talk to me and stuff. And I'm so very clever, ma, that they even respect and fear me here, ma. Yeah, I'm so very, very clever now, ma. You'd be so proud. Not like how it used to be.

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA CANNOT POSSIBLY MEET EXPECTATIONS, EVEN HIS OWN ---

Obama's impossible road ahead:

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/07/why-obama-will-win-but-cant-deliver.html


Posted by: PacificGatePost | July 11, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Here is the interesting - and sad - part. Obama, like Tiger woods, is only part black.

Yet, since they are successful, that is on what so many key.

What Jesse and Al and the rest of the black racists really are pis#ed at is the fact that Obama has kicked their as*es six ways to Sunday - the preposterous "reverend" title aside.

The reason Jesse wants to cut his nuts out is because he is cutting into his take.

Now that cannot be tolerated.

Remember the dialog between Michael Caine and Steve Martin in the movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?" When Caine dryly tells Martin that "this scam, as you refer to it, took me years to perfect."

Right on the money.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Hang in there, harried. You can still get some cheap validation here, until the guys at the bike shop have patched up Inflatable Floozie for ya. Isn't the web a godsend for bozos like you? ;)
Posted by: | July 11, 2008 1:00 AM
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Actually, you [HOLE]|July guys , thank you for your big lipped, round mouthed Mothers.
Got any little sisters that ain't had a bus driven up the tract yet?

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Hang in there, harried. You can still get some cheap validation here, until the guys at the bike shop have patched up Inflatable Floozie for ya. Isn't the web a godsend for bozos like you? ;)

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Smoke good Ganga ..."
Lawdy, you are one BORING dweeb.
Posted by: | July 11, 2008 12:40 AM
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You want boring, go to bed with your mother, CHILD!

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

An Black American Patriot - use the spell checker.
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 11:59 PM
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GEEZ LOUISE! These friggin Pulitzer prize winners get on my nerves!
"And" it's just another "an" that got by the checker!

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"Smoke good Ganga ..."

Lawdy, you are one BORING dweeb.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

"A" black American patriot. Learn grammar!

Posted by: Grammar Police | July 11, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I find it disappointing that we can not move past what seperates us and explore the beauty of what unites us. Posted by: An Black American Patriot | July 10, 2008 11:45 PM
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Smoke good Ganga, and some morphine to the main vein!
Works every time!!!!

Posted by: harried | July 11, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Any racists here? Just checking.

Posted by: BigJohn | July 11, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

An Black American Patriot - use the spell checker.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I find it disappointing that we can not move past what seperates us and explore the beauty of what unites us. We are Americans-White or Black, rich or poor, nationals or foreign born. We are all responisble. Obama or McCant the fact will remain the same that our president no matter the political association will be an American. Words are powerful. Lets us them to build up our nation as we re-focus on the American in each one of us.

God Bless America and ones who are graced to have her blood running through their veins.

Posted by: An Black American Patriot | July 10, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Now I know where all the NYT forums' mavens lit out to.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

And the more Karl Rove fish, the better!

Posted by: hariied | July 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Harried...
I don't speak caveman.
I could't understand a single syllable that you uttered.
Posted by: OBAMAJAMESCONE | July 10, 2008 10:50 PM

Are Jesse Jackson's eyes ABNORMALLY wide apart ??
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 10:31 PM
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You are so f'in stupid white boy you missed the target! It's his mouth that's screwed up.
WaPo did the worst they could so you third breed "WHITE COUSINS" can't even see right anymore!
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That's where having your babies by screwing your cousins get's you!
You my friend are just a smiddgin below Shrubs IQ.
Sylable? where were you taught about sylables in goat class?

BTW I hade to get another six pack of Beck's. Pardon the intermission. But I've got another "FISH" on the line, let's see what happens!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Harried...

I don't speak caveman.

I could't understand a single syllable that you uttered.

Posted by: OBAMAJAMESCONE | July 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Are Jesse Jackson's eyes ABNORMALLY wide apart ??
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 10:31 PM
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You are so f'in stupid white boy you missed the target! It's his mouth that's screwed up.
WaPo did the worst they could so you third breed "WHITE COUSINS" can't even see right anymore!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Are Jesse Jackson's eyes ABNORMALLY wide apart ??
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 10:31 PM
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Another ALBINO heard from! Why don't these peopl let us know where the can be "REACHED"?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Are Jesse Jackson's eyes ABNORMALLY wide apart ??

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that thinks the "BLACK-WHITE" thing will just go away in America need look no further than the Indian immigration and the fact that most "WHITE" people will accept bedbugs, cockroaches, and arrogance before they admit that thier Father had and beat black slaves!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

OBAMAJAMESCONE,

When you think of yourself, do you think you are "WHITE"?
Why don't you think beyond the color of your friggin covering?
Small brains too, HUH?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the funniest part of all this is how absolutely um, nuts, the press has gone over all of this. There's a really funny reel that shows a compilation of the absurd reactions of news anchors/political pundits. Enjoy! http://www.236.com/news/2008/07/10/cable_news_anchors_choking_on_7663.php

Posted by: eliana | July 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I laughed until my eyes watered when I watched Jackson. ALRIGHT JESSE! You tell them! Wow was that amazing.

As crude and rude and hilarious as it was, Jackson has an undeniable and vaild point. Obama does talk down to blacks - and to everyone for that matter. He is a megalomaniacal ultra tweeked narcissist. He knows who he is. He is just really good at hiding his horns (well most of the time.)

Jackson and MLK spent their lives preaching words of encouragement and hope to blacks only to have a smug A-hole come along, take the crown, and then preach negative black libertation theology/ all blacks are screwed because of their skin B.S.... as if people staring at Obama can't see through his ridiculously outmoded philosophy as he stands before them all on the brink of being our next president. You tell him Jesse! Tell him to shove his black liberation bullsh!t where the sun doesn't shine and to stop infecting blacks with his negative views of them.

Posted by: OBAMAJAMESCONE | July 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I see post employees writing also.
Posted by: 3456jh | July 10, 2008 10:02 PM
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Yeah, they are bringin the "SHOCK TROOPS", but old Harried has one more beer, and he's got the MOJO working!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

hey KRUGER,

GO FOR IT!!!!
I've got one more beer left!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I see post employees writing also.

Posted by: 3456jh | July 10, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Someone with that level of thinking wouldn't be correct grammatically and a near-perfect speller!
Posted by: RJ Kruger | July 10, 2008 9:32
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Well fan my bottom! And my top too Gringo!
Bring Momma out, give us a juice squeeze, and tell Pappa to come out of his coma, we are about to kill him!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I would bet a year's salary that the "Harried" "Where dis puppy at" commentator is a Republican shill. How ridiculous and transparent. Someone with that level of thinking wouldn't be correct grammatically and a near-perfect speller!
Posted by: RJ Kruger | July 10, 2008 9:32
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How much who's holding the bet!
My job at The Daily Worker(1955-57) paid my the $15/month for me and brother Ronnie at cardinal Hayes Memorial High School For BOYS!
I was a Proof BOY, was then, still
am!
Exactly how much is that year's salary again?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"I would bet a year's salary that...'

I agree, multiple posters are actually one person.

Sometimes they use the name of someone further down the list just to stir up nonsense.

Posted by: wertt678 | July 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS "IMITATION OF LIFE" IN THE FLESH.

MLK TOOK US TO THE MOUNTAIN LOOKED OVER AND SAW THE PROMISED LAND.

JESSE CLEARED THE PATH SO MANY COULD FOLLOW THE TRAIL UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

OBAMA LIKE MANY OTHERS FOLLOWED THAT TRAIL CLEARED BY JESSE.

NOW ONCE UP ON THE MOUNTAIN OBAMA KICKS EVERY ONE OFF THE MOUNTAIN........

WHY?....... HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF "KING OF THE MOUNTAIN".

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I would bet a year's salary that the "Harried" "Where dis puppy at" commentator is a Republican shill. How ridiculous and transparent. Someone with that level of thinking wouldn't be correct grammatically and a near-perfect speller!

Posted by: RJ Kruger | July 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it Jesse will fight for Jesse until the day he dies.

Posted by: JJ | July 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I mean, look at some of the posts here! I can spot an uneducated slang using person just from their comments.
Posted by: Christopher | July 10, 2008 9:22 PM
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So, Christopher

Are educated slang your preference!
SHUT UP MORON!!

Posted by: hariied | July 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is a black man who paid his dues and put his life on the line for civil rights i this country for the beter part of 40+ years.
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Do you understand why youth is for expession and old geezers are for noise control?
After close to seventy years my biggest thrill comes from our dancing, screaming kids under five.
It's what old men get to enjoy.
Sit back and look at the new brood, it's a pleasure!

PS: BTW, the little ba$tards get a skate board and they become arrogant

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is nothing more than a racist jerk who has made a fortune by keeping black people dependent and down. It's not "Whitey" doing it to us and it's not the Government. We do it all to ourselves.

I mean, look at some of the posts here! I can spot an uneducated slang using person just from their comments. Get a clue and stop destroying our future and let's take responsibility for our own failures.

Posted by: Christopher | July 10, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Jackson is a rabid race baiter and Ted Kennedy is a drunken killer.

So, these are your ideas of "elder statesmen?" No wonder America is held up to ridicule.

Amazing, isn't it, how the left trips all over themselves to make excuses for their embarrassing actions and statements - while burning the right at the stake for the most inconsequential of remarks - regardless of their pasts.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to sense where this puppy's at. He ain't no Malcolm, hey sure in the heck ain't a no Mohammed Ali!

He's a Black Person that doesn't know he's black?
Clarence got married to a White Ugly Thing.
This guy's got a Lady at his side and not a friggin clue!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is a black man who paid his dues and put his life on the line for civil rights in this country for the better part of 40+ years. OK, So he expressed, by way of a crude remark, his displeasure with "The Golden Child's"(OBAMA) attitude and demeaning conversation with the black community. This is not reason enough to execute Jesse. Had it not been for Jesse Obama wouldn't be the latte drinking, "I'm all that and bag of chips" person that he is today. Neither would Jesse Jr. It is absolutely sad how we as black people X one another out because we feel they no longer matter. Jesse is an old warrior. In many culturs the 'Elder Statesmen' are highly regarded by the young newcomers. Look at Ted Kennedy. He is regarded by many as the "Godfather" of the senate isn't he. Ted's past has some not so good baggage laying around...Mary Jo...the accident etc. Let's face it Jesse will fight for black America until the day he dies.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is a black man who paid his dues and put his life on the line for civil rights in this country for the better part of 40+ years. OK, So he expressed, by way of a crude remark, his displeasure with "The Golden Child's"(OBAMA) attitude and demeaning conversation with the black community. This is not reason enough to execute Jesse. Had it not been for Jesse Obama wpuldn't be the latte drinking, "I'm all that and bag of chips" person that he is today. Neither would Jesse Jr. It is absolutely sad how we as black people X one another out because we feel they no longer matter. Jesse is an old warrior. In many culturs the 'Elder Statesmen' are highly regarded by the young newcomers. Look at Ted Kennedy. He is regarded by many as the "Godfather" of the senate isn't he. Ted's past has some not so good baggage laying around...Mary Jo...the accident etc. Let's face it Jesse will fight for black America until the day he dies.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is a black man who paid his dues and put his life on the line for civil rights i this country for the beter part of 40+ years. OK, So he exprees by way of a crude remark his displeasure with "The Golden Child's"(OBAMA) attitude and demeaning conversation with the black community. This is not reason enough to execute Jesse. Has it not been for Jesse Obama wpuldn't be the latte drinking, "I'm all that and bag of chips" person that he is today. Neither would Jesse Jr. It is absolutely sad how we as black people X one another out because we feel they no longer matter. Jesse is an old warrior. In many culturs the 'Elder Statesmen' are highly regarded by the young newcomers. Look at Ted Kennedy. He is regarded by many as the "Godfather" of the senate isn't he. Ted's past has some not so good baggage laying around...Mary Jo...the accident etc. Let's face it Jesse will fight for black America until the day he dies.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

lakeridge1 - Good post.

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jesse my behind! Second biggest "SELLOUT" next to "CLARENCE "GORRILA" THOMAS!
If you don't shake Bwana's house boys off your back, we ain't got a chance. Problem now is Barack is staring to look like "STEP'N FETCH IT"

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Just how are Jackson's remarks somehow crude and offensive, while Obama's giving Clinton the finger - twice - in such a juvenile manner, elevated and wrapped in "change."

They are both petty, immature and clearly indicative of both of them being unfit for public office.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

kt,

Senator Obama has been minding his own home even before he started campaigning. Does his campaigning now take him away from his family? YES! Is it worth it? YES! And if you have listened to his wife speak, she says as a family they made the decision that these sacrifices would be worthwhile for a better future for their children and other American children. So, if you have an issue with Senator Obama pointing out something that he knows something about (his own father was MIA)and that every community needs to hear - including the black community, don't get defensive because he has the courage to speak up and address something difficult. Instead understand that someone may need to hear it to change their life around and to become a parent who actively and consistently participates in the lives of their children. Such parents DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Posted by: lakeridge1 | July 10, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jesse Jackson. Barack Obama represents different generations and different approaches and Jesse Jackson cannot make the leap. He sees reasons why huge numbers of young men of color are in prison while Barack Obama sees reasons why huge numbers of young men of color can be in law or medical school with proper mentoring. He is moving forward while Jackson is looking backward. Both are looking at the same thing from different angles.

Posted by: Karen | July 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I saw and heard the video of Jackson making his comment. This is an angry man who doesn't seem to understand that time has passed him by. Continuing to look to government for solutions is self-defeating. Government has opened the doors as much as possible without alienating the rest of society. It's now up to black leaders to show their constituents that they must take personal responsibility for closing the remaining gaps. He needs to accept that, like Moses, he will not enter the promised land with his people. A new generation of leaders is needed for the final part of their jouney.

Posted by: Jerry Brown | July 10, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fraud! All bow to the great seal of Obama and to all his powerful Oz-like brilliance!
Carol, in FLA
Posted by: Carol S | July 10, 2008 7:44 PM
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Carol,
Wow old are you? Are you a JEW or just a bit JEWISH? Corol is sorta an Italian name. Say what?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

There can never be any more real growth in racial tolerance and harmony as long as big mouthed, bigoted blacks like Wright, Wright's replacement "preacher", Farrakan, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and all the other bigoted blacks in our midst get the free pass and even praise for their ignorance! As a cab driver I found out that(many) African Nationals have an African word for black people whose color isn't black enough. It's just like the N-word: in fact it's exactly like the N-word except that blacks use this word on themselves (for centuries) if they are not a pure enough race! not a black enough colored skin as if that matters(except only to the primative cultures.) It's the Pure Arian Race-in reverse! Seriously! It's just as Bill Clinton said in the original "Sister Souljah Moment", because if the word black was replaced with the word white, David Duke could easily be making the remarks. Needless to say, J.J. got a little upset with Bill who was our first black president! Now, if John Rocker and the other whities got the "re-education" gulag (and I agree he should have had some punishment which Rocker greatly recieved for comments that pale(no pun intended) in comparison to J.J.'s), then Wright, Farrakan, J.J., and all the other prideful big mouths need a full life sentence in re-education!! Seriously. No one can take the race situation seriously for very long since such an obviously huge double standard exists that only makes others of different races very mad and wanting to retaliate. We all know that Wright, Farrakan, J.J., and the others will only get the Eddy Murphy treatment on Saturday Night Live with another "Hymietown" skit.. That's all.. Well so much for the racism problem in America; the NAACP is silent, except to blame Geraldine Ferraro-she's the white racist, of course!! in reverse racism fantasy land! So, I'm an old time democrat that's definately going to vote for McCain! McCain is fair. His service more than proves this. Obama conveniently changes his mind too often-that's a little too much change for me! McCain for President!!

Posted by: josecanyousee | July 10, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

When I hear Senator Obama talk about our young black "boys" being MIA or AWOL, the same could be said for him.Posted by: kt | July 10, 2008 8:18 PM
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Does this post "our young black "boys"" mean your Mother was BLACK, your Father?
You are about as "BLACK" as Andy Warhol!
SOUP DU JOUR anyone?
Chicken Noodle?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 8:27 PM

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If we are called the UNITED states of america why are we so divided when it comes to making our country better. The comments made by jackson are invalid, and obama hasnt thrown anyone under any bus. I agree with obama on the stance that all black people need to take full responsibility of there actions and lives and stop blaming white people and the government. I myself am not an african american but im classified as being black. i have encountered many racial prejudice moments but i dont let it bother me any because i dont live my life hating people. People need to realize that obama is carrying the most heaviest load any candidate will ever carry and he will stumble and make mistakes but at the end of it all i believe he wants to help better our great country with the help of the american citizens.

Posted by: lokki | July 10, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Where does AsperGirl stand on all this?

Posted by: Just Wondering | July 10, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

When I hear Senator Obama talk about our young black "boys" being MIA or AWOL, the same could be said for him.Posted by: kt | July 10, 2008 8:18 PM
___________________________________ Does Does this post "our young black "boys"" mean your Mother was BLACK, your Father?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

When I hear Senator Obama talk about our young black "boys" being MIA or AWOL, the same could be said for him. I feel sorry for his children, they loose their dad. He's already lost a great deal of time away from them. He needs to mind his own home before telling others how to mind theirs.

Posted by: kt | July 10, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE - McCain rebukes derogatory comments made about him by Wilford Brimley... about being really old.

Posted by: AP | July 10, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Maggie B........if you dont like Obama....then dont like him...just say it......you can find anything on YouTube.......Im sure there are still videos purporting Bill Clinton as the Anti-Christ.....(you dipstick)

Posted by: Roy | July 10, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, with Obama he'll throw anyone under the bus if he thinks it will help him get elected."

He learned that from the Billary Machine.

;)

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 10, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama also has long appealed more to upscale, well-educated voters than to downscale and less-educated voters, in part because his reform message plays better in those wealthier precincts."
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Obama gets 95% of black vote. If these 95% really are highly educated and living in wealthy precincts where is the data to back your argument? Does this mean the uneducated blacks living in the ghettos are voting republican?

Posted by: realitycheck | July 10, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Jimbob ... you be an elitist? ... although my father always used the term "educated idiots" ... you don't know what is in Obama's head .. but you think you do ... and that is anything but intelligent thinking.

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | July 10, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

THE DEMOCRATS ARE STOPPNG THE BAN ON OFF SHORE DRILLING BEING LIFTED, EITHER DROP THE BAN OR WE BAN ELECTING DEMOCRATS LIKE NON CITIZEN OBAMA . This is what we are emailing washington congress & Senate
Seems all the media won't report any thing truthful or any bad reports on Obama, but let Mccain make one little mistake and all the media is all over it. so report the truth, At least show some one is Investigating this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXNLLAk9g...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03_ZHGAJx... (citizenship)

Posted by: maggieb | July 10, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

No offense, but this article did not make a lot of sense. I'm not quite sure what your message is.

Posted by: J L | July 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a joke. Obama "Fake" Obama. He should start using Hussein because fake is becoming his middle name.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"Obama also has long appealed more to upscale, well-educated voters than to downscale and less-educated voters, in part because his reform message plays better in those wealthier precincts."
But not because of their wealth, Dan. Because Obama's message is cerebral in nature, not fear-based or jingoism-based, not featuring the emotionally-loaded and simplistic belligerence of the Right, some familiarity with complex concepts is a big help in understanding why he's the ONLY choice for president.

Posted by: JimBob | July 10, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Various Obamanuts, chauvins for Obama media people, even Jesse Jr. are having a good old time beating up on Jesse.

But Jesse has paid his dues. He was out there on the battlelines putting his life on the line when many of his current detractors were not even a gleam in their father's eye.

Just what have most of his detractors done for anyone, other than for themselves, including Obama, for people today? I know, you sip your lattes and discuss.

Of course, with Obama he'll throw anyone under the bus if he thinks it will help him get elected.

The smiling con man selling his snake oil.

Posted by: William | July 10, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Campaign falsely accused the Clintons of being racist so they could gain the Black vote ... now Obama is using negative-black-stereotypes to attempt to gain the "typical-white-person" vote.
... as Rev Wright stated, Obama is a politician ... his words are worthless!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | July 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Carol,

I'm ashamed. Clearly you hold your skin color more dearly than your belief in progressive ideals. Don't identify yourself as a "Clinton supporter," identify yourself as white.

Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I kind of came in here with the "conspiracy theory" idea, but a poster below makes a valid point. He could have done the same thing with Wright, and that went on for a month or two.

Posted by: werrt678 | July 10, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fraud! All bow to the great seal of Obama and to all his powerful Oz-like brilliance! I have no doubt Jackson was a plant--he did it so make Obama look less like the racist, white hating candidate that he is.

Another Hillary supporter for McCain

Carol, in FLA

Posted by: Carol S | July 10, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

You have to love the "it was contrived" conspiricy theorists. Because after all, if you want to contrive something, where else would a Democrat go to execute the plot that Faux News?

It is a dumb idea on every level. If this was an off-the-air hot mike comment, Fox had the discretion regarding whether to air it at all. So now we have Rupert Murdock's minions doing Sister Soulja sanitation work? That's rich.

I think the larger message here is one many of us have been saying for years. What Democrat in his right mind would go on Faux News in the first place? Hope it was worth the moment back in the bright lights, Jesse.

Posted by: Prattle in Seattle | July 10, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

At the rate Marxist Socialist Democrat Loser the Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is
throwing everyone under the bus,by Election
Day there will be no one left to vote for
Obama,except crazy Michelle Obama and himself. Go get him John McCain! NO OBAMA!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Harried, I have never masqueraded as a police officer, and I can't be responsible for anyone else who may have posted under this name.

I use it as a reference to the character in *A Confederacy of Dunces* who is relegated to catching people doing the nasty in public toilets.

All the more reason to force folks to give up their real names when logging on.

I don't think Thomas Jefferson ever imagined that freedom of speech applied to someone who hid behind a curtain.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | July 10, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually Obama missed his Sister Souljah Moment when he defended the Rev Wright for months before disowning him.

Posted by: tdl62 | July 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse


I doubt he knows who "Gerge" is.

Posted by: Miguel | July 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

You indirectly made my point. We don't have real options. We have to choose between two politicians. McCain has character flaws, Obama has character flaws. Character flaws are a common thread throughout humanity. Since neither candidate really offers true change, I'm voting for a high ideal. In my mind it is the only real choice we have--to vote for a high ideal or to pretend as though there is some sort of pragmatic reasoning behind choosing one of two charlatans? There is no difference, politican=charlatan. If one chooses to participate in the political process, I figure they might as well make a sociopolitical statement.

Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

OfficerMancuso,

Couple days ago, mayby a week, you said you were a DC--Constable On Patrol--(aka COP) right?
Here's the question:
Would you shoot Gerge Walker Bush if you saw him stranging a child in the street?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is no saint either.

He has been overheard in North Carolina prior to entering the stage at a faith based event to state to his aides: "Watch me wow these White folks".

Whatever, Obama is old style dirty Chicago politics-he just didn't have the strong Black pedigree to come from the Black side of the liberal Democratic Party, with his White mama and all.

If you think JJIII admonishing his Daddy is not political postering then I have some land to sell you over the Mississippi River.

Grow up and smell the coffee. Obama is as dirty and fowl as Jackson.

Posted by: Informed Democrat | July 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"I must have missed where I mentioned..'

You didn't I was the one who told you.

I'm guessing with that kind of intellect you're going to be told alot of things in life.

Deal with it...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"BTW it wasn't Jackson that said "Hymeietown," it was Sharpton. Get your idiots right!"

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wikipedia:

Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies" and to New York City as "Hymietown" in January 1984 during a conversation with Washington Post reporter Milton Coleman. Jackson at first denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. The Nation of Islam's leader Louis Farrakhan, threatened Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson's presence: "If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm." Finally, Jackson apologized during a speech before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue.

Posted by: Miguel | July 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

By the way....I think it's an excellent idea that no one should be able to log onto the internet until they give up their real name, and attach it to every word they post.

I am not, of course, Officer Mancuso. I am Douglas Barber in Crisfield, Maryland.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | July 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

For all of those whining souls who have just now discovered that the internet is like the wild, wild west:

The Washington Post doesn't hire 20 people to police the comments in each article they post.

Have a good look at the great unwashed, and move on.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | July 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Dan,
I get a bit raunchy now and then, but I'm a "RECOVRING CATHOLIC" that from fourteen years to fifty-five spent 90% of my waking hours thinking about getting women. Maybe you know that hunt, maybe you don't. Well that's just me. Got nothing against the Homos(aka Gays), just never wanted to "CLOSE DANCE" with a man.
Now the "LESBIANS" bring them on!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"dewdrop2"

"Where exactly do I start?"

Registration for all...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"GC4Life"

I don't think it was 4, I think it was 2 and one was a deck fire.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Please e-mail us to report offensive posts."

Where exactly do I start?

Do you folks at the Post actually READ any of the posts that get put up on these blogs, or has your threshold for "offensive" gotten so high that it doesn't matter anymore? The posts I'm referring to in this particular case are for this article, "Obama's Accidental 'Sista Souljah' Moment," but there hasn't been a blog on the Post's website that hasn't had a huge share of posts casting doubt on other posters parentage, comparing them to specific anatomic parts, inviting them to perform impossible sexual acts upon themselves, etc.. There are also the others that take racial slurs and bigotry to new heights I never thought I'd see connected with what was once a respectable press institution.

You don't have to be a Luddite to be put off by much of the swill that is posted on these blogs and passing for unfettered "free expression." Is it too much to ask that posters be required to do more than the bare minimum in observing some decorum when responding to articles and to each other? Judging from the non-policing I've seen on your blogsites, apparently it is.

Posted by: dewdrop2 | July 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

"people if your are going to spout smear.."

Correction:

General Wesley Clark

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72 I think the MSM sould investigate that with the same rigor they did with GW Bush's Cocaine use in his late 20's and 30's back in 2000. But I guess since GWB is a Republican it's perfectly fine and we can throw our morals books away.

BTW it wasn't Jackson that said "Hymeietown," it was Sharpton. Get your idiots right!

BTW when did Petreus badmouth McCain?

Please people if your are going to spout smear make sure your facts are correct. I mean John McCain Crashed 4 aircraft prior to getting shot down. Most aviators would get their wings pulled after 2 crashes, however being an elitist son of a 4-star Admiral, and grandson of a 4-star Admiral he was able to hold on to his flight status and make it to O-6.

Posted by: GC4Life | July 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Look [?}| july 10,

Remember this day, the Mets just won six straight(7-3), and I got more than I need till death, so I'm not gonna give no friggin ground!
I'm old time. Go get my beer, and drink---pushin seventy now.
One thing I know, "NO ONE KNOWS", me included!
You just wake up in the morning and go to bed at night!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:57 PM


That was me. Forgot to put my name in during the heat of battle. Sorry about that.

I'm gonna go have a beer myself and will toast to your mets. My rockies ain't so blessed.

Cheers to beer and cheers to "no one knowing"!

Have a good one my fellow posters!

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Look [?}| july 10,

Remember this day, the Mets just won six straight(7-3), and I got more than I need till death, so I'm not gonna give no friggin ground!
I'm old time. Go get my beer, and drink---pushin seventy now.
One thing I know, "NO ONE KNOWS", me included!
You just wake up in the morning and go to bed at night!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

FISA, Campaign financing, faith based initiatives, late term abortion stance, FISA, FISA,FISA, getting out of Iraq...Obama should change his slogan to: "Change My Mind" Change you can believe in oh please.

Posted by: Sonia38 | July 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Did you need me to provide the definition of truth from Webster's
What say you dummy?
Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM
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I say this to you Dan, the definition was Rcisis Baiting, and only fools speak of "TRUTH"!!
How's that "MORON"...look it up!


Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:48 PM

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

I gotta admit harried...I can't decipher a thing you've said lately....care to make sense a bit more next time?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's your truth:

1. Remember the rumor and common perception that BHO was a Muslim and how it was affecting middle class christian perceptions of him? His handlers then float the story of two burka wearing women removed from the stage behind him, making him seem non-sympathetic to Muslims. Problem solved.

2. Remember the perception that he didn't have enough armed forces experience compared to McCain? Patreaus magically steps forward and garbage-mouths a hero. Problem solved.

3. Perceived as too pro-black to your working class white constuency, get in an argument with another black leader, and take the moral high ground. White working class loves seeing that. Problem solved.

4. Religious fundamentalists got you down? Promise faith based initiatives. Problem solved.

5. Not enough foreign experience? Try to get the Germans to let you set up a presentation at Brandenburg gate, same place as Kennedy and Reagan made their iconic speeches. Problem solved.

6. Not liked by Latinos in general? Make veiled promises of Americans having to learn Spanish. Problem solved.

I have at least 5 other instances of BHO playing both sides against the middle. What happened to troops out in 9 months? What happened to border security? Gun control? Offshore drilling?

I think you get the picture. Maybe not all of them are race-baiting per se, but definitely a case of manipulation of the media, and most definitely manipulation of the promises made to his Democratic base in order to get in the next level.

He is continually flopping and centering on statements he made to us, and presenting himself as a typical politician rather than the unique individual that he sold us.

I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Please don't misconstrue my vote. I'm not that simplistic. I'm not voting on Obama because of his skin color. I'm voting for Obama because skin color in this country (regardless of the faulty logic behind "color-blindness" and its covert political mission--for those who would like more reading on this topic, go and pick up a copy of Michael Eric Dyson's "I May Not Get There With You") determines how you are perceived, how you are treated, how your life experience plays out and how you see the world...
Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 6:29 PM
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It sounds pretty, but it is misguided. In a situation where there was no rationale for choosing other than this, it might make some sense. But when this rationale is used to overlook serious personal character flaws such as Barack has, then it is just plain wrong. Don't let the love of high ideals blind you to the charlatan in your midst.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"What say you"

Truth hurts, and you're being a little over optimistic that I care what your opinion is...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:43 PM


I must have missed where I mentioned anything about you caring about my opinion....

I simply asked if you needed the definition of "truth" since most of your posts don't seem to be based in it.

I gave you the definition of race-baiting and you blew that one so I thought I'd give you another try.

Kinda like when the gimpy kid can't hit the ball off the tee. You keep letting him try until he eventually hits it five feet....then everyone pretends to try and get him out while he runs the bases for a home run.

In this case...you're the intellectual gimp. Capiche?

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Did you need me to provide the definition of truth from Webster's
What say you dummy?
Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM
__________________________________

I say this to you Dan, the definition was Rcisis Baiting, and only fools speak of "TRUTH"!!
How's that "MORON"...look it up!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"I was fine with trading posts..."

You're the one who took a perfectly valid, non confrontational post and turned it into an excuse to attention seek.

Hate the post, but most of the comments were valid.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM

I think you have me confused with another poster. I agree with most of your points. I just pointed out that they were not race-bating in my opinion. I am fine with us not agreeing on that, but I don't see where I was seeking attention. I also have tried to stay away from attacking you personally. So you know, all of my posts are under pgchambers.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"Geez Louise, I've got.."

I think you have it backwards.

I've got...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"What say you"

Truth hurts, and you're being a little over optimistic that I care what your opinion is...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"Reposting is lame..."
Truth hurts
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:37 PM
_____________________________

"Reposting is lame..."...?
Truth hurts

Geez Louise, I've got an anonymous bite!
Are you human?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"I was fine with trading posts..."

You're the one who took a perfectly valid, non confrontational post and turned it into an excuse to attention seek.

Hate the post, but most of the comments were valid.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"Reposting is lame..."

Truth hurts

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:37 PM


Reposting is still lame. Your post was dumb enough the first time...no need to cut and paste it again.

Did you need me to provide the definition of truth from Webster's (you know...the "authority" on definitions) as well so you realize that you're not actually posting the truth?

What say you dummy?

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

RealCalGal, I could be mistaken - an always reduntant clause - but I don't guess that the Washington Post is in the market for unemployed Californian would-be editors.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | July 10, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"Reposting is lame..."

Truth hurts

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

That's not me you f'n idiot.
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:32 PM
_________________________________
Look pal, so far you are just a big space in your Mama's hole.
You have a name?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"You really thought it..."

That's not me you f'n idiot.

This is like fish in a barrel, kind of like your mom.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:32 PM

I realize it wasn't you. I was laughing at the fact that that poster thought it was over. I was fine with trading posts with you and even disagreeing with you until it got childish and insulting. I will leave those type of attacks to the rest of you. On that note, I do feel my hypocrite comment went to far and apologize for that.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Reposting is lame....

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Dear WaPo,

A am available to moderate your comments.

Without moderation, as you could see if you LOOKED at any of your comments sections, racists and just plain potty-mouths will spew all over ySour site.

Not moderating these sections to remove the blatently racist and just plain disgusting comments makes washingtonpost.com look like a beginner's website.

Shame on you, and shame on the majority, unfortunatley, of your commenters.

Posted by: RealCalGal | July 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

1. Remember the rumor and common perception that BHO was a Muslim and how it was affecting middle class christian perceptions of him? His handlers then float the story of two burka wearing women removed from the stage behind him, making him seem non-sympathetic to Muslims. Problem solved.

2. Remember the perception that he didn't have enough armed forces experience compared to McCain? Patreaus magically steps forward and garbage-mouths a hero. Problem solved.

3. Perceived as too pro-black to your working class white constuency, get in an argument with another black leader, and take the moral high ground. White working class loves seeing that. Problem solved.

4. Religious fundamentalists got you down? Promise faith based initiatives. Problem solved.

5. Not enough foreign experience? Try to get the Germans to let you set up a presentation at Brandenburg gate, same place as Kennedy and Reagan made their iconic speeches. Problem solved.

6. Not liked by Latinos in general? Make veiled promises of Americans having to learn Spanish. Problem solved.

I have at least 5 other instances of BHO playing both sides against the middle. What happened to troops out in 9 months? What happened to border security? Gun control? Offshore drilling?

I think you get the picture. Maybe not all of them are race-baiting per se, but definitely a case of manipulation of the media, and most definitely manipulation of the promises made to his Democratic base in order to get in the next level.

He is continually flopping and centering on statements he made to us, and presenting himself as a typical politician rather than the unique individual that he sold us.

I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"You really thought it..."

That's not me you f'n idiot.

This is like fish in a barrel, kind of like your mom.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

If imaginary Obama operatives of the G. Gordon Liddy type had been able to implant a microchip in Rev. Jesse Jackson's brain, controlling his speech, they could hardly have produced a better result than issued from Jackson's own mouth on the Fox tape.

Oh Happy Day...Jesse Jackson's day has come and gone...halleluya!

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | July 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"The party is comfortable with both governmental and non-governmental solutions", says Dan-bama. Really? Perhaps you could give us an example of the Democrats advocating for something other than a government solution.

It's fun coming to WaPo where objective journalists like Dan-bama and Chris-bama write Obama propoganda much better than the Senator's own staff.

Too bad they couldn't use the opportunity to take a shot or two at McCain like they normally do, but all in all a good job of advocacy.

Posted by: guido | July 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Please don't misconstrue my vote. I'm not that simplistic. I'm not voting on Obama because of his skin color. I'm voting for Obama because skin color in this country (regardless of the faulty logic behind "color-blindness" and its covert political mission--for those who would like more reading on this topic, go and pick up a copy of Michael Eric Dyson's "I May Not Get There With You") determines how you are perceived, how you are treated, how your life experience plays out and how you see the world. Race does not make one bit of difference when it comes to intelligence or talent. It does however shape the course of people's lives and what they have to overcome. I want someone in the White House who has had to overcome the institutionalized racism that still plagues our country. I want someone who is empathetic (not to be confused with sympathetic) to the struggles faced by minorities in our country on a daily basis. Most importantly, I want a role model in the white house who is a minority so that children in our country who are not white or are not male, can say "I want to be the President of the United States one day" and believe it. I would have voted for Clinton and I will vote for Obama. Please don't insult me by oversimplifying my logic.

Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I used the definition of race-baiting straight from Webster's dictionary.
_______________________________
No such thing as of last month!
Race is defined and so is Bait, your Mama fits bait, kinda like a "HOOKER"!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Now that you guys are done.

"I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would... "


I think he is being a typical politician.

Posted by: Me too | July 10, 2008 6:23 PM

You really thought it was done?

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Your behavior is far from adult you little whiny baby.

I used the definition of race-baiting straight from Webster's dictionary.

They not "authority" enough for you simpleton?

You wanna go cry in your room now lil' man?

By the way have you won an argument yet?
You seem to be getting trounced around here....lil baby.
Time for diaper change and your baba yet???
Posted by: Somebody doesn't like being proven an idiot... | July 10, 2008 6:12 PM
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Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me??? Did yo Mama use yo diapers to catch the come that dripped down tween her legs?
Is that the way ya'll was nested?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Your behavior is far from..."

Your still hear?

I thought I dismissed you...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:18 PM

I can still "hear".

Who said I was deaf?

You're devolving....can't take the heat tiny man?

Posted by: Yep. | July 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama has flip-flopped like a fish on a dock on every conceivable important issue: free trade, the Iraq war, campaign financing, handgun control, etc.

Change my ass...the only change he wants is the change he thinks he can get you to donate to his campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Now that you guys are done.

"I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would... "

I think he is being a typical politician.

Posted by: Me too | July 10, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Know we really know what the (so called) Rev. Jackson really thinks. Where did he get get his Revendship from-a Cracker Jack Box? So much for so called Rev. Jackson!

Posted by: Joe | July 10, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

In this election I'll be voting for Obama because his background and life story offer change in that they do not conform to the traditional demographic profile that Americans have used to elect their President since the country's founding. That change is as good as we can hope for, however. Obama's race and story are different, but his profession is the same: politician
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Sadly many people feel the same as this poster. People wake up. To vote for Obama just because he is biracial or black (depending on what you think) with a "different" family history goes against everything that America stands for.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"Your behavior is far from..."

Your still hear?

I thought I dismissed you...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Americans, Europeans and the World ,,,Blah, blah blah,,,are,, GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR HOME.
Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 10, 2008 6:11 PM
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Shut UP! Let people that can think handle these NEOCONS

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

FYI, mhr is a known troll.

Posted by: RealCalGal | July 10, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"I even gave you the definition of race-baiting..."

I didn't use yours because you don't sound like an authority on anything, but your parents basement, you loser.

Now shut up, and let the adults talk.


Deal with it...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:05 PM


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Your behavior is far from adult you little whiny baby.

I used the definition of race-baiting straight from Webster's dictionary.

They not "authority" enough for you simpleton?

You wanna go cry in your room now lil' man?

By the way have you won an argument yet?

You seem to be getting trounced around here....lil baby.

Time for diaper change and your baba yet???

Posted by: Somebody doesn't like being proven an idiot... | July 10, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"I even gave you the definition of race-baiting..."
Now shut up, and let the adults talk.
Posted by: | July 10, 2008 6:05 PM
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Don't know about the "RACE" part but your Mother was definetly week old Rotten Bait!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Americans, Europeans and the World are under the impression that Rich GOP Republicans are pathological liars and thieves. And they are right. False statements, cheating and undermining Democratic values are GOP Republican tools to hurt mankind in their selfish destructive quest to own and control this beautiful world that's temporarily enjoyed by all.

GOP Republican Failures McCain-McBush must answer to the fact that a barrel of Oil was $24 when McBush took office and now a barrel of Oil is $145. GOP Republican rich Oil conspiracy has undermined the American People and Our Economy in their quest for selfish, destructive and greedy ill gotten super-capitalistic Wall Street gains.

MCCAIN-MCBUSH SEVEN YEARS AGO CHANGED A BARREL OF OIL FROM $24 INTO TODAY'S SUPER-CAPITALISTIC GREEDY OUT OF CONTROL $145.

WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SIT ON THEIR HANDS AND ALLOW MCCAIN-MCBUSH CONTINUED OUT OF CONTROL WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTIC GREED TO RAISE A BARREL OF OIL TO $200?

THE PRICE OF OIL IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. OIL SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY NATIONALIZED FOR UNITED STATES NATIONAL DEFENSE.

GOP REPUBLICAN FAILURES MCCAIN-MCBUSH WITHIN SEVEN YEARS CHANGED A $24 BARREL OF OIL INTO A $145 BARREL OF OIL.

WERE THE GOP REPUBLICAN FAILURES MCCAIN-MCBUSH SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR SERVING THEIR SUPER-RICH FRIENDS WHEN THEY HELP CHANGE THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL FROM $24 TO $145 IN JUST SEVEN YEARS?

IT'S TIME TO NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRIES FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.

300,000,000 Americans come first when it comes to the greatest benefits to the greatest number. When one percent of the population (super rich), owns and runs everything to the destruction of the ninety nine percent (typical Americans), then something must change. McCain-McBush represents greed and destruction that must stop.

If you love America, then you should inspire the American People to rise higher and HOPE for better days.

America is HOPEFUL and GREAT and will follow the HOPEFUL and INSPIRATIONAL message of Harvard Scholar Barack Obama.

This is the greatest presidential race in history, because Harvard Scholar Barack Obama is flying like an eagle.

GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR HOME. Harvard Scholar Barack Obama.

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 10, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The naivete of American citizens (i.e. most of you) who believe the political process is guided by the truth never ceases to amaze me. I read the attacks on Obama and his "flopping" and "lying" and I am amused. Name me one politician from the past fifty years who didn't play the political game (manipulating the media, blurring the truth, flip-flopping) and I'll call you a revisionist historian. The sooner our country realizes that politicans (and on a grander scale, our political system) are not agents of change, but rather protectors of the status quo, the sooner we might actually see change occur. There is a reason why true activists and agents of change do not become politicians (MLK, Gandhi, etc.). They quickly (and wisely) realize that doing so would force them to cater to the provincial worldviews and desires of the voting public in order to get elected. Moreover, it would require them to abandon their views and efforts working towards the social change they initially dedicated their lives to in order to conform. Don't get me wrong, catering to the constituents is precisely how our system is set up to work--as any true Democracy should be constructed. The problem is that we falsely believe that politicians will help reshape our lives, our views, and our systems, when the political process ensures that they will not transform those things but rather be a servant to them. True "change" occurs when courageous individuals sacrifice their own wants and desires for a greater good. They refuse to do what is expected, to silently follow the norms that will bring success for only themselves. These leaders, these agents of change are the ones who challenge us, who redefine our society, who help us to grow collectively, who, ultimately, help us to realize the principles of justice and equality this country promised when it was founded. I challenge you to seek out those individuals and put your faith in them, stop counting on politicians to make improvements. Success in their careers is determined by how well they can convince people to vote for them, not by how well they further justice and equality for all. In this election I'll be voting for Obama because his background and life story offer change in that they do not conform to the traditional demographic profile that Americans have used to elect their President since the country's founding. That change is as good as we can hope for, however. Obama's race and story are different, but his profession is the same: politician.

Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

They call him ...

BO ... as in Beeee Oooo
Hussein
O'Bama

Some people are so mean spirited!!

Eaves dropping and open mikes ... terrible.

Posted by: An O'Reilly Republican | July 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Harried,
To clarify, I was referring to the racist post you were responding to and not calling you a fool. I re-read my post and fealt I needed to clarify.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, while we're on the issue of race and this and that...

Since when is it a crime to be an educated person of color and highly successful at what you do? For those like zazzle who randomly talk nonsense and bend the truth (RE: LIE), the truth will set you free. You have exposed yourselves for what you really are. I hope you're proud, your parents did a good job. If you had any inclination for your countrymen, you wouldn't act and type the way that you do. But the truth is, you don't, and will say and do anything to get someone who doesn't have anything to do with, or cares about you a vote. nice. Go ahead and vote for the most corrupted political party in the history of our government. I hope we go to war with Iran so you can get drafted and get your n u t s blown off by an EFP. (We all know how repubs think, vote for war but never join the military).

and to ConcernedCitizenX, WOW. Blue Faries (A.I. reference) and Kool-Aid. Are you some kind of pedophile? If you don't get help at Charter, please, get help somewhere.

Posted by: zazzlesuxbalzsacs | July 10, 2008 4:05 PM
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It is absolutely stunning to see the illiteracy, narrowness, mindlessness, and childishness that typify the followers of Obama who post on these boards. To the idiot who wrote the above, the literate on this board know all about the "Blue Fairy" and "Kool-Aid" references. If I were you I would be careful that I didn't show my underpants with such remarkably ignorant statements. If you don't know, don't try to seem to know. Shut up. Unfortunately, this seems typical of Obama followers. They have come of age privileged to live in the highly protected bubble world that is this great country called America. Even the poorest of Americans live lives far better than entire swaths of the globe (if you think we have serious poverty and strife here you don't know the meaning of the words). The arrogance and ignorance with which you pander to this absolute fraud of a man whom the Democrats have had the sorry misfortune to choose as their representative is unbelieveable. You have taken your freedom to speak so far for granted that you think, in your mindless illiteracy that you can shamelessly assault thinking people with the absolute trash that spews from your commentary in the name of your much-vaunted cult figure. Your association with and blindly unquestioning faith in this man who owes everything to people who came before him, people like the Clintons who have been shamelessly trashed by his campaign and the media, does him a complete disservice and reveals him to be what he is: the mad icon of an unthinking mob.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This article is so off base its not funny.
Just because 90% of black people polled in exit polls said they voted for Obama doesn't make it fact.
How many black people didn't vote in the primaries at all?
Just because cricism re: Obama by black people is not spoken to the press, doesn't mean it's not happening.
Not everybody likes to be taken for granted by a candidate who indeed talks down to them.
The heretofore silent segment of the black population that agrees with Jesse Jackson might be a lot larger than you think.

Posted by: Mozella | July 10, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"I even gave you the definition of race-baiting..."

I didn't use yours because you don't sound like an authority on anything, but your parents basement, you loser.

Now shut up, and let the adults talk.

Deal with it...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Getting down to it ya'll, the Homo White boys are comming out of the closet!
AIRORT TAP DANCING ANYONE?

Posted by: Harried | July 10, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 11B | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM
He's made bitter tiny little people like you end up on the losing team.
Posted by: 12C | July 10, 2008 5:36 PM
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Does 11B come before 12C!
Guess your momma can't keep count, HUH?


Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 5:50 PM

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11B does come before 12C don't it?

And 5:36 (12C) comes after 5:23 (11B) right?

Did my momma not teach me right?

Posted by: 13D | July 10, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Getting it out in the open, Huh? This should make the line a bit clearer JACKOFF!!!
May your Mother if not dead yet, be butcherd by a sweet lovin White Boy like SHRUB!


Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:01 PM

Responding only encourages the fool.
Please! Do not feed the animals!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA APPEARS NOT TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA OWES HIM ANYTHING FOR THE CONTRARY HE SEAMS GRATEFUL AND HAPPY FOR WHAT HE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THIS COUNTRY OF OPPORTUNITIES. ON THE OTHER HAND PEOPLE LIKE J. JACKSON AND EVEN HIS OWN WIFE SEAMS TO BE WAITING FOR EVER THAN SOME ONE, SOME HOW SHOULD REPAIR THE EVIL PERPETRATED TO THEIR ANCESTORS DURING THE SLAVERY PERIOD. THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND, AND IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THE NEW EDUCATED BLACK AMERICANS DO AND MOVED ON; THE SLAVE HOLDERS ARE SO DEAD AND THEY CAN NOT BE HOLD ACCOUNTABLE BUT TO GOD. BETTER MOVE AHEAD AND BE HAPPY. AGREE?

Posted by: vidal | July 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

TOO BAD THESE NIGGAARS DIDN'T DO THE NIGGAAR THING AND SHOOT IT OUT!!!!
THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER WITHOUT EITHER OF THESE BLAK MONKEYS!!!!
Posted by: Jesse Jackoff | July 10, 2008 5:53 PM
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Getting it out in the open, Huh? This should make the line a bit clearer JACKOFF!!!
May your Mother if not dead yet, be butcherd by a sweet lovin White Boy like SHRUB!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"Nice try but a swing..."

Nice try, but you're the one answering 3 times.

Your proving my point nicely enough by yourself. All the points are valid. I don't care what your "definitions" are, and you can't do anything about it.

Deal with it...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 5:39 PM

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So you're admitting you can't comprehend and then answer a simple question?

I even gave you the definition of race-baiting. Then clearly asked you to provide examples, which you clearly did not.

You's kinda slow....deal with it.

Posted by: You ain't so bright... | July 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

TOO BAD THESE NIGGAARS DIDN'T DO THE NIGGAAR THING AND SHOOT IT OUT!!!!

THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER WITHOUT EITHER OF THESE BLAK MONKEYS!!!!

Posted by: Jesse Jackoff | July 10, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"...that what Obama's accomplished is somehow fake and worthless"


Umm, exactly what has he "accomplished"? We're still waiting for that part. Can you please expound on what Obama has actually done?

Posted by: 11B | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM
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Glad you asked.

Here are just a few highlights from Barack Obama's career as a US Senator: specific pieces of legislation, what they meant and how they were passed.

His many accomplishments over his 13-year career as a state legislator are not listed for the sake of brevity.

The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.

First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states.

Lugar-Obama expanded this nonproliferation program to conventional weapons -- including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines. When the bill received $48 million in funding, Obama said, "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007.

Despite a "secret hold" on this bill by Senators Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd, the act passed into law and was signed by President Bush. The act had 43 cosponsors, including John McCain.

The act created a website which provides citizens with valuable information about government-funded programs.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act

This law helped specify US policy toward the Congo, and states that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the African nation.

The bill marked the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. Following this legislation's passage, Obama toured Africa, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. He spoke forcefully against ethnic rivalries and political corruption in Kenya.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.

The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."

Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act

Following the Republican-sponsored voter intimidation tactics seen in mostly black counties in Maryland during the 2006 midterm elections, Obama worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce this bill.

The bill has been referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Obama said of the bill, "This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished."

The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill

The Obama-McCain bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050.

Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007

Introduced by Obama, this binding act would stop the planned troop increase of 21,500 in Iraq, and would also begin a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 31, 2008.

Explaining the bill, Obama said it reflects his view that the problems in Iraq do not have a military solution. "Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said.

Amendments to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill

Obama worked with Sen. Kit Bond to limit, through this bill, the Pentagon's use of personality disorder discharges in the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

This provision would add additional safeguards to discharge procedures and require a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office. This followed news reports that the Pentagon inappropriately used these procedures to discharge service members with service-connected psychological injuries.

"With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing," said Senator Obama. "This provision will add additional safeguards to the Department of Defense's use of this discharge and mandate a comprehensive review of these policies."

The Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction provision

Working with Sen. Hagel and Rep. Adam Schiff, Obama authored this provision, which would require the president to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose.

A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

"It is imperative that we build and sustain a truly global effort under an aggressive timeline to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material to keep them out of the wrong hands. The comprehensive nuclear threat reduction plan required by this provision is an important step in that effort," Obama said of the provision.

Posted by: ACS | July 10, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 11B | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM
He's made bitter tiny little people like you end up on the losing team.
Posted by: 12C | July 10, 2008 5:36 PM
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Does 11B come before 12C!
Guess your momma can't keep count, HUH?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

It only proves what everyone already knows...the most dangerous place to be is between Jesse Jackson and a microphone.

Posted by: Joan | July 10, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I fully concur with Michaal comments earlier today ( Posted by: Michael | July 10, 2008 2:21 PM) Just because you dissagree with Obama or McCain does not mean that you should attaclk their character. They are both good Americans having different views on how best America moves forward. Where is the civility in discussing opposing views? How we become such idealogs that we can't listen to opposing view-points? It seems to me that a lot of folks have forgotten how to use factual information to back up their point or vie, and has unfortunatelyt, turned to personal attachs on the candidates. America deserves better. Lets have civility in our discussion and lets focus on whats really important to the American people - Economy, Energy, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Ending the war in Iraq, protecting America and the Supreme Court. Which candidate has the best policies and/or judgement on these issues?

Posted by: DD | July 10, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

You repubs have become quite fond of the whole "love it or leave it" redneck shtick over the last 7.5 years. Go ahead and start packing your bags, you have until November 4 to find a new home.

Posted by: winner | July 10, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"Nice try but a swing..."

Nice try, but you're the one answering 3 times.

Your proving my point nicely enough by yourself. All the points are valid. I don't care what your "definitions" are, and you can't do anything about it.

Deal with it...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 5:39 PM

He only responded once, while I responded twice. So you know, I am a right-leaning independent who plans on voting for McCain, but that does not stop me from seeing incredibly flawed logic and hypocrisy. Even if your points are valid, they still do not describe race-bating, and your point is far from proven. So, again I ask what mark you thought you hit so close to?

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe tha Obama the kind of guy who tells "n-jokes" to his rich white buddies to separate himself from blacks. Now that he's in the driver seat of the bus that he throws everybody under he feels even more empowered to go into black churches and tell clueless black people who are just so overwhelmed with proud over his success that they are the source of thier own problems. This works with his white supporters just like the "n-jokes". It separates him and that's what he wants in order to get the votes. Blacks need to open their eyes and see that they have been once again EXPOLITED. Jesse is right. I wish he had said this to Obama face to face.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"like you end up on the losing team."

11B is right, he really hasn't accomplished anything, and should have waited to a later date to run...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I believe tha Obama the kind of guy who tells "n-jokes" to his rich white buddies to separate himself from blacks. Now that he's in the driver seat of the bus that he throws everybody under he feels even more empowered to go into black churches and tell clueless black people who are just so overwhelmed with proud over his success that they are the source of thier own problems. This works with his white supporters just like the "n-jokes". It separates him and that what he wants in order to get the votes. Blacks need to open their eyes and see that they have been once again EXPOLITED. Jesse is right. I wish he had said this to Obama face to face.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

" This guy is not turning out like I thought he would... "
To paraphrase the man himself, Obama is not the man we knew.
Posted by: BigJohn | July 10, 2008 5:26 PM
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How well do you "WE" people know him?
May all the "WE" people raise their hand?

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"Nice try but a swing..."

Nice try, but you're the one answering 3 times.

Your proving my point nicely enough by yourself. All the points are valid. I don't care what your "definitions" are, and you can't do anything about it.

Deal with it...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

jesse really didn't owe obama an apology,he was thinking what many black american men feel toward obama's fathers day speech criticizing black men not being responsible for their families.why would he single out black men and not address or being critics of white men and hispanics.the reason being is that he was afraid to alienate these group of voters.obama is no different than any white politician that feels he can criticize the black male but cherish the female black voter because he feels she is more responsible than her mate.

Posted by: ron aka crimefighter1 | July 10, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe tha Obama the kind of guy who tells "n-jokes" to his rich white buddies to separate himself from blacks. Now that he's in the driver seat of the bus that he throws everybody under he feels even more empowered to go into black churches and tell clueless black people who are just so overwhelmed with proud over his success taht they are the source of thier own problems. This works with his white supporters just like the "n-jokes". It separates him and that what he wants in order to get the votes. Blacks need to open their eyse and see that they have been once again EXPOLITED. Jesse is roight. I wid=sh he had said this to Obama face to face.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I believe tha Obama the kind of guy who tells "n-jokes" to his rich white buddies to separate himself from blacks. Now that he's in the driver seat of the bus that he throws everybody under he feels even more empowered to go into black churches and tell clueless black people who are just so overwhelmed with proud over his success taht they are the source of thier own problems. This works with his white supporters just like the "n-jokes". It separates him and that what he wants in order to get the votes. Blacks need to open their eyse and see that they have been once again EXPOLITED. Jesse is roight. I wid=sh he had said this to Obama face to face.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 10, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"...that what Obama's accomplished is somehow fake and worthless"


Umm, exactly what has he "accomplished"? We're still waiting for that part. Can you please expound on what Obama has actually done?

Posted by: 11B | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM


He's made bitter tiny little people like you end up on the losing team.

Although....I suppose that isn't much of an accomplishment now is it?

Sucks to lose don't it?

Posted by: 12C | July 10, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is WaPo completely ignoring the stifling of free speech by the McCain campaign?

"McCain held what was called a "public" town hall meeting on July 9 in Denver, but it turned out to be none too public as a peaceful and polite woman holding a sign outside the event was cited and threatened with arrest for "trespassing." .....Yesterday, Sen. John McCain's Secret Service detail had a 60 year-old librarian removed from a public plaza. The librarian, Carol Kreck, was merely carrying a sign that said: McCain = Bush." Others carrying pro-McCain signs (though carying a sign saying McCain = Bush is not exactly anti-McCain) were not arrested. She is required to appear in court on July 23.
Read more at http://www.democracyfornewmexico.com/

Posted by: NMAIF | July 10, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Please explain when Obama engaged in "race-baiting"? I've yet to hear a solid example of him ever engaging in race-baiting."

I'm not razzle, but I'll answer the question for you...

1. Remember the rumor and common perception that BHO was a Muslim and how it was affecting middle class christian perceptions of him? His handlers then float the story of two burka wearing women removed from the stage behind him, making him seem non-sympathetic to Muslims. Problem solved.

2. Remember the perception that he didn't have enough armed forces experience compared to McCain? Patreaus magically steps forward and garbage-mouths a hero. Problem solved.

3. Perceived as too pro-black to your working class white constuency, get in an argument with another black leader, and take the moral high ground. White working class loves seeing that. Problem solved.

4. Religious fundamentalists got you down? Promise faith based initiatives. Problem solved.

5. Not enough foreign experience? Try to get the Germans to let you set up a presentation at Brandenburg gate, same place as Kennedy and Reagan made their iconic speeches. Problem solved.

6. Not liked by Latinos in general? Make veiled promises of Americans having to learn Spanish. Problem solved.

I have at least 5 other instances of BHO playing both sides against the middle. What happened to troops out in 9 months? What happened to border security? Gun control? Offshore drilling?

I think you get the picture. Maybe not all of them are race-baiting per se, but definitely a case of manipulation of the media, and most definitely manipulation of the promises made to his Democratic base in order to get in the next level.

He is continually flopping and centering on statements he made to us, and presenting himself as a typical politician rather than the unique individual that he sold us.

I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 5:03 PM

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You need to start over by reading the definition of race-baiting I provided.

Or reread the part where I said "solid example of race-baiting".

Or just give up already....you're not really helping your cause.

Posted by: Nice try but a swing and a miss.... | July 10, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, none of them are..."

What would you call marginalizing one religion or culture to placate another?

Sounds like the same old product in a different package to me.

And by your answer back, it sounds like I hit really close to the mark.

Deal with it...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 5:20 PM

I would simply not call any of your examples race-bating, and what mark do you think you hit so close to? I agree Obama is not the "different" kind of politician he claims to be, but you started out by saying you were going to answer a question as to how Obama was race-baiting and then proceeded to list a bunch of things you don't like about him that are not race-baiting. As I said, you would make a great politician.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Many of you have suggested that Jackson's remarks were part of a political stunt aim at showing Obama in a good light. Someone even stated that JJ's career is coming to an end and thus it doesn't matter to him. Have you people seen any of JJ's public apologies aired on TV? He is clearly a man aware and horrified at the fact that he has essentially committed political suicide. For these comments he will loose favor among a group of Americans he has spent a lifetime trying to bolster. In addition, the initial reporting on this matter by O'Reilly and his crowd was charged with gitty excitement over what was perceived as a blunder marring the democratic party as a whole.

If anything regarding this sequence of events was contrived, as some of you suggest, it was the work of the usual suspect, Fox News et al. In their haze of exitement over this inter-party drama, per usual, they made it out to be as big-a-deal as possible. This miscalculation only blew the thing out of proportion so that when the smoke cleared and Obama came out on top, everyone was paying attention.

Posted by: nb | July 10, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

" This guy is not turning out like I thought he would... "

To paraphrase the man himself, Obama is not the man we knew.

Posted by: BigJohn | July 10, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I bet Bill C was laughing his A%% off when he heard Jacksons comments too funny

Posted by: betty | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM

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What's wrong Betty? Walmart out of twinkies?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Goodnight all...this was fun

Posted by: I can do this all day/Hey Dianne | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"...that what Obama's accomplished is somehow fake and worthless"


Umm, exactly what has he "accomplished"? We're still waiting for that part. Can you please expound on what Obama has actually done?

Posted by: 11B | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Jackson got caught speaking his thoughts so what he isnt required to praise BO any more than any of us are
what makes Jackson bad? because he isnt licking BOs dress shoes?
Im sure Jackson like many early BO supporters has come to realize that MO&BO are simply a couple of fakes
Maybe he just really doesnt like the guy!
BO has caused much concern for the peopple who made sure he was nominated and rightly so
Jackson is getting what he deserves for ever supporting BO
and all the rest who so determindly got him elected will suffer the same
and they deserve it
I bet Bill C was laughing his A%% off when he heard Jacksons comments too funny

Posted by: betty | July 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Off the subject but interesting: according to the New York Times, a Hill-Raiser declines to support Obama because he is an elitist. Her name is Rothschild! As as somebody whose father was more than once out of work--on strike, laid-off, or fired--I am always glad to learn how the elite define elitist.

Posted by: David Fahey | July 10, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting when the press starts reporting on the Obama crack/gay encounter with Larry Sinclair in 1999 and the recent murders of 3 Obama Church Gay Members of the Choir, 2 were killed execution style.

When this comes out, super delegates will change their vote, and Hillary will get the nomination.

Obama's Swift Boat is about to sink, right in time for the DNC convention in Denver.

I'm not watching his speech, too many good football games on that night, start of NCAA Football season on Thurs, 8/28.

Posted by: Bob | July 10, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, none of them are..."

What would you call marginalizing one religion or culture to placate another?

Sounds like the same old product in a different package to me.

And by your answer back, it sounds like I hit really close to the mark.

Deal with it...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"all white folks...."

Posted by: Lakisha | July 10, 2008 5:18 PM

We all know you are a white male. Just stop.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

all white folks is racist! that os o.k. cause we are taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man cannot be free until he get up inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | July 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Didn't they just create another Sister Souljah moment?

Because it does appear a bit contrived.

If so, those hoping for change just got a copycat flash.

Posted by: Mitty | July 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Gee Harried,

Just when I want to blast you...you go and do something I appreciate you for. Way to go girl!

Posted by: Hugging Harried...for now | July 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

to the Honky stop worrying about obama and michelle and try to figure out why your children are murdering you,taking your drugs i mean prescriptions, your marriages are failing and your women are crossing over to the dark side...

Posted by: Tracylee | July 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"who believes Fox."

I do, I saw it on video with my own two eyes.

Don't think for two seconds it wasn't carefully orchestrated.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

JohnL

Except for one thing JohnL.

Americans are a bunch of whiners, just take a look at some of the posts on this board for example.

Posted by: But? | July 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72, when you think of yourself, are you "WHITE"?

Stop the Crap, you are a "BIGOT" that's a kind way of saying "RACIST MORON"!!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Jackson has certainly put his foot in his mouth. Anyway, who believes Fox. Obama was gracious enough to accept his apology. I'm supporting Obama. Visit WHYOBAMA08.org!!

Posted by: Sally White | July 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Jackson...Whether or not you agree with him, at least he isn't afraid to be who he is.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | July 10, 2008 5:06 PM
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I love your signature...you should put it to use

Posted by: I can do this all day | July 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Please explain when Obama engaged in "race-baiting"? I've yet to hear a solid example of him ever engaging in race-baiting."

I'm not razzle, but I'll answer the question for you...

1. Remember the rumor and common perception that BHO was a Muslim and how it was affecting middle class christian perceptions of him? His handlers then float the story of two burka wearing women removed from the stage behind him, making him seem non-sympathetic to Muslims. Problem solved.

2. Remember the perception that he didn't have enough armed forces experience compared to McCain? Patreaus magically steps forward and garbage-mouths a hero. Problem solved.

3. Perceived as too pro-black to your working class white constuency, get in an argument with another black leader, and take the moral high ground. White working class loves seeing that. Problem solved.

4. Religious fundamentalists got you down? Promise faith based initiatives. Problem solved.

5. Not enough foreign experience? Try to get the Germans to let you set up a presentation at Brandenburg gate, same place as Kennedy and Reagan made their iconic speeches. Problem solved.

6. Not liked by Latinos in general? Make veiled promises of Americans having to learn Spanish. Problem solved.

I have at least 5 other instances of BHO playing both sides against the middle. What happened to troops out in 9 months? What happened to border security? Gun control? Offshore drilling?

I think you get the picture. Maybe not all of them are race-baiting per se, but definitely a case of manipulation of the media, and most definitely manipulation of the promises made to his Democratic base in order to get in the next level.

He is continually flopping and centering on statements he made to us, and presenting himself as a typical politician rather than the unique individual that he sold us.

I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would...

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 5:03 PM


Actually, none of them are race-bating. Typical political games from someone who is supposed to be different, I'll give you. You managed to get a lot of negative Obama points out, but you didn't really answer the question. Sounds like you would make an excellent politican.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm embarrassed by the gaping hole in our logic and the misshapen lenses we use to examine the worthiness of our candidates. Only a bitter infant would suggest that what Obama's accomplished is somehow fake and worthless. In time, we'll have presidents spanning the collective of American society and at least both sexes (publicly). Each of those, who shatter whatever barriers to be considered at this level, who can galvanize the American political collective beyond the obvious reasons to distrust and fragment is to be noted and treated with a certain reverence that some posters here seem incapable of doing.
NO it doesn't mean you have to vote Obama because of what he's accomplished. It simply means you should stop and think before writing anything ever again. Freedom of speech isn't free...it was paid for, past and present, in ways most of us will never have to witness.
I wonder how well thought out these comments here would be if you were first faced with dogs and fire hoses and the prospect of death for what you believed in. We have a political process that allows us to chose. To suggest that either of these candidates is completely unfit is an indictment of the process...more so than any one candidate.
Having said this...Rev Jackson and others of his time may have a painful lesson ahead. It involves accepting your role in history and in the future...he should be sharing lessons learned with Obama, giving historical context from his first-hand experience instead of doing this. He should understand that times do change...that there's other ways to accomplish what his era wasn't ready to embrace...and that when he has an issue he should take that to that person personally. We live in a time where too many people have forgotten how to behave. It's so sad to see an elder statesman forget lessons he learned years ago...I have a 15 year old daughter who now thinks JJ is an idiot...He's stayed around long enough to through mud on his own memorial...

Posted by: Jenkins, NY | July 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Why do people spend their precious time drafting entries that personally attack Mr. Obama? The strange thing is that the comments suggest that the writers know what motivates him when the fact is that they do not. In my experience, it is hard (if not impossible) to accurately read the hearts and minds of even people that you are close to, much less someone you have never met.

I am an Obama supporter but I do not have to make Mr. McCain out to be the devil in order to support him. They are both United States Senators! That is a pretty exclusive club of people working for the people of the United States. Rather than demonize either of them, I believe a more logical approach is to assume that both of the candidates love this country but have radically different ideas on how to move forward. For example, should the U.S. take a more active role in diplomacy with countries with which we disagree or rely on strong rhetoric backed by military power? The answer to that question could literally change our world in the next 4 years.

Why not comment on ideas instead of the silly stuff that is on here? I always thought that readers of the Washington Post engaged on a more cerebral level.

And by the way, the open mic comment isn't even news . . .

Posted by: Uzoma | July 10, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The problem is, Jackson knows Obama is a phoney, there's just nothing he can do about it. He's frustrated. Obama has the support of the rich elitists and guilty whites, something Jesse never got, and, dare I say, probably did not want. Jackson stands for something. Whether or not you agree with him, at least he isn't afraid to be who he is.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | July 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Please explain when Obama engaged in "race-baiting"? I've yet to hear a solid example of him ever engaging in race-baiting."

I'm not razzle, but I'll answer the question for you...

1. Remember the rumor and common perception that BHO was a Muslim and how it was affecting middle class christian perceptions of him? His handlers then float the story of two burka wearing women removed from the stage behind him, making him seem non-sympathetic to Muslims. Problem solved.

2. Remember the perception that he didn't have enough armed forces experience compared to McCain? Patreaus magically steps forward and garbage-mouths a hero. Problem solved.

3. Perceived as too pro-black to your working class white constuency, get in an argument with another black leader, and take the moral high ground. White working class loves seeing that. Problem solved.

4. Religious fundamentalists got you down? Promise faith based initiatives. Problem solved.

5. Not enough foreign experience? Try to get the Germans to let you set up a presentation at Brandenburg gate, same place as Kennedy and Reagan made their iconic speeches. Problem solved.

6. Not liked by Latinos in general? Make veiled promises of Americans having to learn Spanish. Problem solved.

I have at least 5 other instances of BHO playing both sides against the middle. What happened to troops out in 9 months? What happened to border security? Gun control? Offshore drilling?

I think you get the picture. Maybe not all of them are race-baiting per se, but definitely a case of manipulation of the media, and most definitely manipulation of the promises made to his Democratic base in order to get in the next level.

He is continually flopping and centering on statements he made to us, and presenting himself as a typical politician rather than the unique individual that he sold us.

I'm angry about the economy, border security, and open ended troop deployment just like everyone else. Just not angry enough to invite a liar into office with my vote.

This guy is not turning out like I thought he would...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

There's a new Associated Press/Yahoo News poll out, this time looking at how Americans viw the wives of the two presidential frontrunners.

More Americans than not have an unfavorable view of Michelle Obama. According to the poll, 35 percent have an "unfavorable" view of Mrs. Obama, compared to 30 percent with a positive view.

For Cindy McCain, wife of Republican challenger John McCain, 27 percent have a favorable view, while 17 percent don't. Also interesting is the fact that nearly 56 percent of those polled say they don't know enough about Mrs. McCain to make an informed decision.

Quote: In other words: While the two women are about equally liked, Michelle Obama is twice as disliked as Cindy McCain.

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:51 PM


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Phil6....there was a new poll released today and it showed that 99% of americans will be voting for Obama or WcCain this election.

While 1% (i.e. you) will apparently be voting for Michelle or Cyndi.

You got any other pointless polls you'd like to share with us?

Posted by: Whoopteedooo | July 10, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72,

I am not gonna hate on you much more...must be hot for you right now. It is summer and you have all that excess skin

Posted by: Hey Dianne!! | July 10, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Phil6 : "...Michelle Obama is twice as disliked as Cindy McCain."

It's the first time as an adult I've been really proud of my country.

Posted by: Mark Tillman | July 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Quote: In other words: While the two women are about equally liked, Michelle Obama is twice as disliked as Cindy McCain.

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:51 PM
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So?

Posted by: Cheney | July 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm smarter than you...

Choose your battles. Some posts are not worth a response, and some posters are not worth a second thought. Not trying to get in your face - just sayin.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

All you anti-Obama racist heathens are goin' to hell, HAH GLORY!

Posted by: aunt_esther | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I was raised not to call them "retards" but mentally_challenged.

Posted by: K Street Lawyer | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So did Obama, with all that $$$$, pay Jesse for the slur? Just one big Chicago love fest.

After all, if Jesse Jackson attacks you, you must be acceptable to honkies, right? Maybe even Hymies from Hymietown, as Jesse would put it.

Posted by: Mark Tillman | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

This latest controversy is completely different from the so-called "Sistah Souljah moment," because in this instance, Jackson has profusely apologized. In 1992, there was legitimate bad blood. Here, Jackson's true feelings about Obama, which he was trying to keep secret, have been exposed.

Posted by: cali-snowboarder | July 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

We'll win by clowns like you posting stupid crap like this.

Every time you do it drives more supporters his way so keep it up!

Hooray for ignorance!
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As usual, nothing to say in real defence of the undefendable candidate. no experience, no truth. only more of the same change (you can anticipate). Mr. Flip-Flopper needs to hire more bloggers with a better repertoire.

Obummer can get 55 million from foreign credit cards (and yea, lets see if foreigners are putting money into the obummer campaign!!) but he cant hire anyone to blog for him that has half a brain. they only know how to insult and how to say 'it's all your fault'.

ID10Ts in the obummer camp.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM

I was responding to the following post:

"Come on you obummer supporting nigs. tell us how your monkey is going to win in november!!!"


I didn't find it necessary to defend Obama on this one. I'm pretty sure this vulgar post speaks for itself.

If you want to match wits I'm game all day long. Like Obama..."I don't do cowering".

However, first you'd have to come up with something halfway coherent or intelligent before I can respond to you.

I was raised not to pick on retards....

Posted by: I'm smarter than you... | July 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

There's a new Associated Press/Yahoo News poll out, this time looking at how Americans viw the wives of the two presidential frontrunners.

More Americans than not have an unfavorable view of Michelle Obama. According to the poll, 35 percent have an "unfavorable" view of Mrs. Obama, compared to 30 percent with a positive view.

For Cindy McCain, wife of Republican challenger John McCain, 27 percent have a favorable view, while 17 percent don't. Also interesting is the fact that nearly 56 percent of those polled say they don't know enough about Mrs. McCain to make an informed decision.

Quote: In other words: While the two women are about equally liked, Michelle Obama is twice as disliked as Cindy McCain.

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Grow up porch-monkeys. Were not buying your boy. You will have to deal with another 4 years in repug land so we can get a real candidate. Obama may talk the talk, but he has never walked the walk.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

So Greg, are you voting for the Obama?

Posted by: BigJohn | July 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72 is bitter because she failed her GED test and Michelle Obama graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law.

Isn't envy one of the 7 deadly sins?

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And the Jigabos that do nothing but post here in defense of obamination are enjoying the hopes and dreams of a long term future in the wellfare system.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Karma payback for Jesse!

>>>Guess if your son goes out and accuses President Bill Clinton of being a racist when you knew it was nonsense and said as much, albeit ever so quietly, maybe next time you'll slap your rude kid upside the head and tell him to stop lying - and stand up for your old friend Bill with a little more gusto.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/10/insults-and-karma-or-here%e2%80%99s-my-foot-can-my-mouth-be-far-behind

Posted by: Josey | July 10, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

" Your wife left you... for a black man. "

Wow... See that in the newspaper ads?

Posted by: BigJohn | July 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Your hotlunch spewing boyfriend is a black man...

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:40 PM

El Rico,

I am not spewing hot lunch and I am your man...honey...and I am Puerto Rican...Miss Thang...not black

Posted by: El Stinko | July 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It is both frightening and unsettling to see how many hateful, ignorant, unpleasant people there are on both sides of this discussion.

I really don't want ANY of you people deciding this country's future.

Just grow up.

Posted by: Fred Evil | July 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to lose and lose big in November. You supporters are gonna feel like you ate a diarrhea hot lunch the day after.

Let me illustrate. Imagine taking a boat tour in the Chicago river and going under one of those steel grate bridges. Next, imagine looking up at all the pretty cars. Then with your mouth open and that dazed messiah look on your face, a tour bus empties the latrine all over your faces.


ROTFLMAO

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72,

The racism flows from you much like your excessive smell and rotting flesh trapped between your fat wedges

Posted by: Hey Dianne!! | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

El Rico, how did you know?

Posted by: Greg | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

We'll win by clowns like you posting stupid crap like this.

Every time you do it drives more supporters his way so keep it up!

Hooray for ignorance!
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As usual, nothing to say in real defence of the undefendable candidate. no experience, no truth. only more of the same change (you can anticipate). Mr. Flip-Flopper needs to hire more bloggers with a better repertoire.

Obummer can get 55 million from foreign credit cards (and yea, lets see if foreigners are putting money into the obummer campaign!!) but he cant hire anyone to blog for him that has half a brain. they only know how to insult and how to say 'it's all your fault'.

ID10Ts in the obummer camp.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

got to bookmark this one and continue tomorrow. I like the comments recently for Sean Hannity's America.

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What a dreadful place we've come to when we have to vote for Obama because he's not McCain. Horrid. What a terrible choice Americans-for-a-pretty-face have given us. It makes me sob. Obama does not promise to be a good president. Obama is a perennial candidate, he's never done a job he just campaigns. His presumptive status caused me to resign from the Democratic party, and likely Nader will be my man... even in a state so deeply crimson it will hardly matter. I'm turning my attention to the Senate races. When McCain takes oath, he'll be facing a congressional majority from the other party.

Posted by: maggie --still a Hillary supporter | July 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

8888******************
YOU ARE A SICK PUPPY. Mad because your wife left you?

Posted by: GWS | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM

The imagery just gave you a terrible taste in your mouth, didn't it?

Prepare yourself for the diarrhea hot lunch!

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM

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Yeah, I was right. Your wife left you... for a black man.

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 4:39 PM

Your hotlunch spewing boyfriend is a black man...

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The imagery just gave you a terrible taste in your mouth, didn't it?

Prepare yourself for the diarrhea hot lunch!

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM
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Are you bottling water again?

Posted by: El Stinko | July 10, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

8888******************
YOU ARE A SICK PUPPY. Mad because your wife left you?

Posted by: GWS | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM

The imagery just gave you a terrible taste in your mouth, didn't it?

Prepare yourself for the diarrhea hot lunch!

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM

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Yeah, I was right. Your wife left you... for a black man.

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM
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Kind of like drinking the water in your country...huh?

Posted by: David Van Hausen | July 10, 2008 4:32 PM

Kinda like what your boyfriend did to you last night...

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Come on you obummer supporting nigs. tell us how your monkey is going to win in november!!!

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM

We'll win by clowns like you posting stupid crap like this.

Every time you do it drives more supporters his way so keep it up!

Hooray for ignorance!

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Stinky, smelly Obasmic supporters are a bunch of losers that are full of hate.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM
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Gee it is called hate...I thought it was responding to BS from hatefilled old people

Posted by: Not an angry old person | July 10, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

88888******************
YOU ARE A SICK PUPPY. Mad because your wife left you?

Posted by: GWS | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM

The imagery just gave you a terrible taste in your mouth, didn't it?

Prepare yourself for the diarrhea hot lunch!

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Let me illustrate. Imagine taking a boat tour in the Chicago river and going under one of those steel grate bridges. Next, imagine looking up at all the pretty cars. Then with your mouth open and that dazed messiah look on your face, a tour bus empties the latrine all over your faces.

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How would you be able to tell the bus emptied on BO? The color wont make any difference!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Look, you less than thirties are the greatest wave of Robot Morons since Hitler's "YOUTH ARMY"!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM
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Yeah how was that Youth Army of which you were obviously a member...old hag

Posted by: Harried Hags | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Look, you less than thirties are the greatest wave of Robot Morons since Hitler's "YOUTH ARMY"!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM
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Yeah how was that Youth Army of which you were obviously a member...old hag

Posted by: Harried Hags | July 10, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Come on you obummer supporting nigs. tell us how your monkey is going to win in november!!!

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM
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Ohhhhh. I am so shocked. Such words. Who is "Us"?

Posted by: gws | July 10, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Stinky, smelly Obasmic supporters are a bunch of losers that are full of hate.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

They still call it the White House, but that's a temporary condition.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM
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I guess if they paint it red they can call it the Red House...gee you are a dumba**

Posted by: I can do this all day | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

How many of you people ever heard what Sister Soulja said? Not many, you're too busy sayin "WHAT"S UP" on the cell phone up your butt, and drinking tap water from your plastic bottles. Nipple anyone!

Look, you less than thirties are the greatest wave of Robot Morons since Hitler's "YOUTH ARMY"!

Posted by: harried | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Come on you obummer supporting nigs. tell us how your monkey is going to win in november!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to lose and lose big in November. You supporters are gonna feel like you ate a diarrhea hot lunch the day after.

Let me illustrate. Imagine taking a boat tour in the Chicago river and going under one of those steel grate bridges. Next, imagine looking up at all the pretty cars. Then with your mouth open and that dazed messiah look on your face, a tour bus empties the latrine all over your faces.


ROTFLMAO

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM

88888******************
YOU ARE A SICK PUPPY. Mad because your wife left you?

Posted by: GWS | July 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I read every post and came to the conclusion. Obamabots (hatefull jerks) will demonize anyone that disagrees with them. No matter how many years that person has been a Dem or how much they 'wish' Obummer was not so inexperienced and such a liar.

Go to hell Obamination. I'm a life-long Dem that will never vote for your N-word.

Now you may demonize me for giving you the truth

Posted by: Tom | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM


By telling millions of people to "Go to hell", I think you have demonized yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the left's version of Reagan. Nothing sticks to a teflon candidate.

Obama is going to eat the old geezer for lunch.

They still call it the White House, but that's a temporary condition.

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They don't call it "The White House" for nothing!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Let me illustrate. Imagine taking a boat tour in the Chicago river and going under one of those steel grate bridges. Next, imagine looking up at all the pretty cars. Then with your mouth open and that dazed messiah look on your face, a tour bus empties the latrine all over your faces.


ROTFLMAO

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM
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Kind of like drinking the water in your country...huh?

Posted by: David Van Hausen | July 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the left's version of Reagan. Nothing sticks to a teflon candidate.

Obama is going to eat the old geezer for lunch.

They still call it the White House, but that's a temporary condition.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I read every post and came to the conclusion. Obamabots (hatefull jerks) will demonize anyone that disagrees with them. No matter how many years that person has been a Dem or how much they 'wish' Obummer was not so inexperienced and such a liar.

Go to hell Obamination. I'm a life-long Dem that will never vote for your N-word.

Now you may demonize me for giving you the truth

Posted by: Tom | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM

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You call us "hateful jerks" as you call Obama the "n-word".

How classy of you....

No need to demonize you....you've demonized yourself just fine.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to lose and lose big in November. You supporters are gonna feel like you ate a diarrhea hot lunch the day after.

Let me illustrate. Imagine taking a boat tour in the Chicago river and going under one of those steel grate bridges. Next, imagine looking up at all the pretty cars. Then with your mouth open and that dazed messiah look on your face, a tour bus empties the latrine all over your faces.


ROTFLMAO

Posted by: El Rico | July 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I read every post and came to the conclusion. Obamabots (hatefull jerks) will demonize anyone that disagrees with them. No matter how many years that person has been a Dem or how much they 'wish' Obummer was not so inexperienced and such a liar.

Go to hell Obamination. I'm a life-long Dem that will never vote for your N-word.

Now you may demonize me for giving you the truth

Posted by: Tom | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM

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You sound like you are knocking on death's door anyway...so thanks for nothing

Posted by: Obamabot | July 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

You should be ashamed for the biased words. You'd have to be brain dead to NOT be able to read between the lines on articles like this nonsense.

NO Obambi - EVER

Posted by: Liberal but American first | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM
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Hillary lost you hatemonger...get over it...you loser

Posted by: Obama 08 and 12 | July 10, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I read every post and came to the conclusion. Obamabots (hatefull jerks) will demonize anyone that disagrees with them. No matter how many years that person has been a Dem or how much they 'wish' Obummer was not so inexperienced and such a liar.

Go to hell Obamination. I'm a life-long Dem that will never vote for your N-word.

Now you may demonize me for giving you the truth

Posted by: Tom | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM
888*****************
We will certainly miss you. **** NOT !!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

If you think race is not a factor in this election hang on.

Why do you think Hillary has hung around so long? She and Bill are setting up for being VP and VP-advisor and Barack actually thinks he will be President!

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

You know the endless media bias and adoration for Obambi that you and your ilk show is quite tiring and unprofessional.

Yeh Jackson is an unlikable a-hole but Obama didn't come out ahead on this. He's still seen as a snob, unqualified, liar, hanging with corrupt characters and terrorists, with NO credentials for being president and a guy who's used dirty and illegal tactics along with reverse racism to steal this so called nomination.

No decent American will vote for Obama if they care about their country first and foremost.

Obama is just like Jackson. As for Jackson's son "being upset". The FACTS are that Jackson Jr. sent out phone calls and emails warning, threatening blacks in Washington Politics if they didn't support and vote for Obama their political careers were in jeopardy.

It was a blatant threat he sent out.

This is your kind of America? This is change?

You should be ashamed for the biased words. You'd have to be brain dead to NOT be able to read between the lines on articles like this nonsense.

NO Obambi - EVER

Posted by: Liberal but American first | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Mike Huckabee - 2008

Mac & Huck - 08!!

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM

This a funny combo....you got one guy who believes that humans used to walk with dinosaurs. And the other guy is actually old enough to have done so....priceless.

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 4:23 PM

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That was funny !!

How about Chuck Norris as Secretary of Defense? We certainly win the war on terror then.

Posted by: gws | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I read every post and came to the conclusion. Obamabots (hatefull jerks) will demonize anyone that disagrees with them. No matter how many years that person has been a Dem or how much they 'wish' Obummer was not so inexperienced and such a liar.

Go to hell Obamination. I'm a life-long Dem that will never vote for your N-word.

Now you may demonize me for giving you the truth

Posted by: Tom | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Another deceptions by Obama.....don't for a minute believe these comments by his friend Jesse were accidental and that Jesse did not know the microphone was on. Obama is such a lair; he'll do almost anything to get votes. I don't believe that he did not want his family to all be interviewed and taped. That too was no "accident" or spontaneous moment. Obama is a showman; that's all he is.

Posted by: Nathan O'Brien | July 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This whole interaction was completely made up by JJ and BHO, just look at how BHO benefits from the press.

Different packaging same product as always.

I hope BHO loses every single state come November.

Posted by:
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I guess idiots do post here anonymously.

Posted by: 2008 | July 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This whole interaction was completely made up by JJ and BHO, just look at how BHO benefits from the press.

Different packaging same product as always.

I hope BHO loses every single state come November.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:18 PM
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Did you use the word "HOPE".

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

BO is black only when he appears in purely black signature events like a church// He has not shown his face in New Orleans. The only other black trying harder to be white is Mike Jackson.

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM

I didn't realize only black people were affected by Katrina - my bad.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Mike Huckabee - 2008

Mac & Huck - 08!!

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM

This a funny combo....you got one guy who believes that humans used to walk with dinosaurs. And the other guy is actually old enough to have done so....priceless.

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

BO is black only when he appears in purely black signature events like a church// He has not shown his face in New Orleans. The only other black trying harder to be white is Mike Jackson.

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM

Perhaps because he's half-white, half-black he doesn't act 100% black enough for you....whatever that has to do with anything.

And you're simply lying about NO. Lying is bad you know...

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope BHO loses every single state come November.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 4:18 PM

I hope you pee your pants tonight but some things probably will and will not happen

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Mike Huckabee - 2008

Mac & Huck - 08!!

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This whole interaction was completely made up by JJ and BHO, just look at how BHO benefits from the press.

Different packaging same product as always.

I hope BHO loses every single state come November.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If you NEVER had a person in America make a Multi-Billion Dollar Business, then why the hell would give the same people control over a MULTI-TRILLION Dollar Country!?!?!?!>.

Posted by: Not A Pawn to ObamaCon | July 10, 2008 1:23 PM

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I believe the only president who would have fit this criterion for making (as opposed to inheriting) a billion dollar business would be Herbert Hoover. I suppose we sure could use him now.

Posted by: Mark in Charlottesville | July 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama's race-baiting during the primary WHILE he was attending a race-baiting hatemongering church, guaranteed this Dem family would never vote for him.

Obama is a con and a hypocrite!

Obama/Wright08

Dems for McCain!


Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:59 PM

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Main Entry: race-bait·ing
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive

: the making of verbal attacks against members of a racial group


Please explain when Obama engaged in "race-baiting"? I've yet to hear a solid example of him ever engaging in race-baiting.

What rational reason would he have for race-baiting anyways?

Do you honestly think a black candidate vying to be the first black president would somehow benefit from race-baiting?

It just doesn't make sense....which is par for the course when it comes to zazzle's BS....

Posted by: itstruethatzazzlesuxballsack | July 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

BO is black only when he appears in purely black signature events like a church// He has not shown his face in New Orleans. The only other black trying harder to be white is Mike Jackson.

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM
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You forgot Larry Elder. Saw his show last week. Whoa. Pass the Oreo cookies.

Posted by: g | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is very reminiscent of Jimmy Carter's remark before the 1980 elections that the nation's economy was gripped by a "malaise", which many people believe ultimately led to his failure to win a second term as President of the United States. When Carter made this remark, the GOP jumped all over him. Well, the shoe is now on the other foot, and it'll be amusing to watch McSame's attempts to wiggle out of this one. Malaise is defined as: "a general feeling of worry, discontent, or dissatisfaction, often resulting in lethargy." To me, there is no difference between what Carter said and Phil Gramm is now saying as part of McSame's campaign.

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you have a 24 hour news cycle. PETTY S..T.

GET A LIFE. PLEASE!!!

GO OUTSIDE. ITS SUMMER. ENJOY

Posted by: Greg | July 10, 2008 4:11 PM

Made me laugh, but you should be telling some of us to get back to work. It may be summer, but I still should be working instead of reading these posts.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

BO is black only when he appears in purely black signature events like a church// He has not shown his face in New Orleans. The only other black trying harder to be white is Mike Jackson.

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM

Check your facts...he has been in New Orleans more than once...but the truth is something that obvioulsy scares you. But thank you for a check on his blackness...I am sure you are an expert in the matter...idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Will Jesse Jackson now step down after these hurtful and vulgar remarks?

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about a spin attempt... Balz is bailing furiously for Obama.

The difference between a Clinton Sister Souljah moment and the current flap os that Clinton made his moment whereas Obama's only on the receiving end of some Jackson comment on this one.

Sorry, but a redemption-by-proxy is a little over the top for evan an Obama-propagandizing Washington Post story to be dishing, Balz.

At this point, it doesn't matter what Obama utterance Jackson has issue with, anyways. Obama's been flailing about for votes with so many fishing expeditions using pandering statements, not even talking down to black dropouts will make him look like a tough-talking, tough-love-dispensing critic.

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 10, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

BO is black only when he appears in purely black signature events like a church// He has not shown his face in New Orleans. The only other black trying harder to be white is Mike Jackson.

Posted by: K Blit | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

LMinCA,

Sen. Obama was a toddler during the civil rights movement era. Therefore, there is no way he could have marched with Dr. King, let alone be there when he was assassinated. Furthermore, it is Jesse Jackson who has a self entitlement attitude as though he should be the democratic nominee. Jackson is jealous and upset because Obama has surpassed him in the presidential race.

Posted by: DHDC | July 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you have a 24 hour news cycle. PETTY S..T.

GET A LIFE. PLEASE!!!

GO OUTSIDE. ITS SUMMER. ENJOY

Posted by: Greg | July 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"..Why hasn't Obama accepted McCain's challenge to ten town hall debates? This would be an excellent way of comparing the two men. What is Obama afraid of? "

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 10, 2008 4:03 PM

Long-winded nonsensical quesstions from people like you

Posted by: Holly Breckenridge | July 10, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's time to let up on Rev. Jackson! While he was in the Fox studio, he had been talking about his favorite dish, sweetbreads. What he said about Sen. Obama probably was nothing more than a Freudian slip.

Posted by: Beauregard "Bo" Weinstein | July 10, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Trolls, kool-aid drinkers, haters, apologists. When I read posts that toss around these tired over-used phrases, I am reminded that Rush no longer holds the patent on ditto-heads.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 4:06 PM


Well said...unnecessary...but well said

Posted by: Just Looking | July 10, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame that many cannot get past their bigotry. Jessie Jackson could not get paid enough to destroy his reputation but HIS bigotry did it for him. Prejudice goes both ways. As for Obama, it is refreshing to see an intelligent young man, who has dark skin, step forward to give hope that America can rise above ignorance.
Sincerely,
an Irish, French, Native American, Dutch, English,and Scottish American

Posted by: Heinz 57 | July 10, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Trolls, kool-aid drinkers, haters, apologists. When I read posts that toss around these tired over-used phrases, I am reminded that Rush no longer holds the patent on ditto-heads.

Posted by: pgchambers | July 10, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, while we're on the issue of race and this and that...

Since when is it a crime to be an educated person of color and highly successful at what you do? For those like zazzle who randomly talk nonsense and bend the truth (RE: LIE), the truth will set you free. You have exposed yourselves for what you really are. I hope you're proud, your parents did a good job. If you had any inclination for your countrymen, you wouldn't act and type the way that you do. But the truth is, you don't, and will say and do anything to get someone who doesn't have anything to do with, or cares about you a vote. nice. Go ahead and vote for the most corrupted political party in the history of our government. I hope we go to war with Iran so you can get drafted and get your n u t s blown off by an EFP. (We all know how repubs think, vote for war but never join the military).

and to ConcernedCitizenX, WOW. Blue Faries (A.I. reference) and Kool-Aid. Are you some kind of pedophile? If you don't get help at Charter, please, get help somewhere.

Posted by: zazzlesuxbalzsacs | July 10, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This particular aspect of the campaign is truly much ado about nothing. The reverend just isn't that important. Jesse Jackson could criticize the Pope and Catholics wouldn't notice.
Mr. Jackson criticized Obama for "talking down to Black men". That's nonsense. As Al Sharpton pointed out on CNN last night, calling upon African-Americans to be there for their children isn't in any way talking down to someone. Rather it's "talking up' and urging them to do the right thing. Jackson seems to feel that Obama isn't Black enough. Does anyone care?
At the beginning of this campaign, Obama ran a brilliant campaign for the presidency as an American, not as an African-American, and that is why overwhelmingly white states such as Iowa have voted for him. The question of his race seemed irrelevant-and it still does.
Since those earlier days, however, the Obama campaign,with the help of an enthusiastic media have used race as a weapon against their opponents. In our politically correct society, people hesitated to critize Obama for fear of being labelled racist by the media.
Was Bill Clinton's comment about Jesse Jackson winning South Carolina as racist as the media would have us believe? It seemed more like a media/Obama attempt to restrict Bill Clinton's attempts to campaign hard for his wife. When Clinton suggested that it wasn't that hard for Obama to win South Carolina because of the large number of African-Americans in the state the media, prompted by the Obama campaign, burst into a chorus of condemnation. Wasn't Clinton's point just a statement of the obvious? If he claimed that Kennedy's always win in Massachusetts does that make him anti-Irish?
The media, supported by the Obama campaign reported it as if Clinton had shown up wearing a Klan hood and carrying a burning cross.
This willingness to ascribe racial predjudice to someone who criticizes Obama is disturbing because it causes critics to hestate before speaking out. It's all part of the Obama campaign's effort, supported by a biased media, to prevent a close examination of their candidate.
American needs to know-especially since Obama's opinions appear to change with the wind. Let's see Obama questioned by real reporters who ask hard questions instead of admiring quasi-reporters who just throw him softballs.
Why hasn't Obama accepted McCain's challenge to ten town hall debates? This would be an excellent way of comparing the two men. What is Obama afraid of?

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 10, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Did you guys really think that Jesse Jackson didn't know his mic was on? This is one of the oldest tricks in political PR. I'm pretty sure this was all strategically planned. If not, JJ's flack is an idiot and he should be fired. First advice an average PR pro would tell a client is that once the mic is clipped, assume it's on.

See how much buzz this whole thing is getting and how Obama is benefitting from it...

Posted by: unnamed source | July 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Dems for McCain!


Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:59 PM
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Oh you mean Losers for Angry Old Man 08

Posted by: Dems for Real | July 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama is campaigning for responsibility all around. What a concept.

Imagine responsible fathers, a resposible government, a responsible electorate. Yeah, that's us. Look it up. Find a reliable source. Pay attention. Do the right thing.

Posted by: DoTheMath | July 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I'm hoping the African-American community finally feels free to criticize Obama..."

Posted by: Lynn E | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM


Thank you for your permission you arrogant troll.

Posted by: Kelly | July 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama's race-baiting during the primary WHILE he was attending a race-baiting hatemongering church, guaranteed this Dem family would never vote for him.

Obama is a con and a hypocrite!

Obama/Wright08

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 2:29 PM

You need to clam down! If Obama is elected he won't turn the dogs and water hoses on you! Claim Down! You won't turn black and the world will not destroy itself!

You can't turn back the hands of time! Hillary moments are over with! Gone! If a mistake was made it was made by the people for the people!Don't you think GWB was a mistake!

Claim down.... take medication it's not the end of the world there are 424 white members of the house and 100 senators to protect you from that big mean blackman that's POTUS.

Posted by: blackeyepeas | July 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This man has made it his life's work to ruin anyone who wouldn't kowtow to him. When he confided that he wanted to cut Obama's nuts off, he was simply talking about SOP, another day at the office. Now it's his turn.

Posted by: treetopflyer | July 10, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse


Balz!

Aren't you afraid you sort of, kind of, maybe accidently said something nice around the perimeter of the obama campaign?

The new Exec editor on board or something?

We have such hopes for the new EE, accordingly.

Posted by: karma | July 10, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I just love how liberals cannot help trying to kneecap each other over this guy Obama. Of course it wasn't staged... Jackson clearly doesn't LIKE Obama, since Barack is managing to accomplish what JJ couldn't in two presidential runs, and is undercutting the entire Rainbow Coalition "it's y'all's fault" premise of African-American disenfranchisement. If Obama pulls off a win, then the best Jesse can do is sit back, clap politely, and stew about how it wasn't a "real black man" that won the office. Not that it'll happen, though.

Posted by: 23112 | July 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama's position on government funding for faith-based programs makes perfect sense to me. Let's help organizations that help needy Americans, but let's not give the taxpayers' money to organizations that discriminate.

What could be more principled or sensible?

Religious organizations can still do what they want, but if they want to discriminate, they shouldn't expect the government of ALL the people, not just the people they prefer, to subsidize their activities.

Posted by: DoTheMath | July 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"...Spare us. The time for him to take a pricipled stand against Afro-centric thinking was during the 20 years he listened to Rev. Wright.."

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | July 10, 2008 3:44 PM
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Dyinglikeflies,

Spare us your Sista Hillary Moment that you keep having. Who are you to test authenticity on a subject you know absolutely nothing about. You are still bitter and will stay that way.

Posted by: Pest Control | July 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. Obama is winning because he is a good candidate and has a better strategy than most others. That's why even when the odds were stacked against him, he still won. He wasn't playing the race card, it was playing against him, as did all the other hateful rumors. I'm supporting Obama for president. Go see WhyObama08.org!

Posted by: Sally White | July 10, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Very clever--for retarded people. This will probably garner millions of "poor baby" sympathy votes. Wander what the Obama regime had to pay J.J.?

Posted by: lone wolf | July 10, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Jackson strayed off the planation and talked smack about the Man's favorite Negro. That could mess things up for Democrats among blacks. Good thing for them Jesse doesn't want to be made irrelevant.

Posted by: Andrew | July 10, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Jackson knew exactly what he was doing. Jackson has been doing TV for years he would not have made such a stupid mistake."

While it certainly could be a bad cop / good cop play as you suggest, but I tend to think the good "rev" was genuinely offended.
BO's remarks about personal responsibilty surely hit a sore spot with the pius preacher, since he fathered a child with a teen a few years bcak.

Posted by: Political Guy | July 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"Jackson has certainly diminished himself and, ..."

Better

"Jackson has certainly been seen for what he has always been - a narcissistic power hungry charlatan - and, ..."

Posted by: mountainfever | July 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse


Jessie J. is like nothing so much as

a first wife who put her husband thorough
school, then has to stand by and watch as the second wife gets the big houses and cars. And she gets poor digs.

Much as I dislike Jessie (and respect and like Obama) it would be tough. He should keep his mouth shut, however.

Posted by: seasoned | July 10, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The phony and well-predicted "Sister Souljah" moment we are seeing stage-managed by the Obama campaign is a lame one, to be sure. Oh my, he even preaches non-controvertial and insipid things to African-Americans! Guess that means he "transcends race", right?

Spare us. The time for him to take a pricipled stand against Afro-centric thinking was during the 20 years he listened to Rev. Wright, whom he put on his campaign ctte., disparage America and its allies. This is two decades late and a billion dollars short.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | July 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters and Balz are claiming Jackson's comments help Obama - because white people don't like Jackson.
Jeeeez! many of us don't like OTHER Obama associates - which are clearly more damaging to Obama than Jackson!!

Obama spent 20 years listening to Rev. Wright's racist rants and hatemongering!
{{{scary}}}

Obama/Wright08

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM

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If Obama listened to 20 years of this, why do we only have 10 minutes of tape on this you idiot? This is old. Even FOX is tired of this.

Posted by: g. | July 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If you're still talking about Wright, please stop. You're embarrassing yourselves. If that's all you've got, McCain is in big trouble.

Posted by: Luke | July 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was the only Republican to attend the ceremony for Dr. King in April.
Hillary also attended.

Obama stayed away.

Dems for McCain!


Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:36 PM


You're referring to the same WcCain who voted against MLK day moron.....

And dems for WcCain must be a lonely club.

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't anyone thought that maybe Jesse was "signaling" to other African-Americans that they don't have to stand by Obama if they don't want to?

Rev. Jesse Jackson has a long history of standing up for African-Americans. He has fought hard for civil rights and personally, I think he has a right to be angry with Sen. Obama.

If I were him, I'd be pretty annoyed with Sen. Obama who (a)did not march with King; (b) was not in Memphis when King was assasinated; (c) whose South Carolina win was minimized by OBAMA who said that Bill Clinton was being racist for comparing his win to Jesse's - which by the way - was phenomenal, (d) was raised by a white family in multi-cultural Hawaii, AND (e) DOES talk down to blacks....and just about EVERYONE else...women ("get over it" and "the blues"), Hillary ("likeable enough"), Hispanics ("learn English"), rural voters ("bitter gunowners"), and the media ("sweetie").

Let's face it - Sen. Obama is arrogant! He acts more entitled than his "Gen-Y" followers who hang on his every word.

I like Jesse and I respect him for how hard he has worked in his life. I don't agree with him on most things, but I respect what he's done.

Obama is just hype - arrogance and hype - a heck of a lot like George W. Bush in that way.

Posted by: LMinCA | July 10, 2008 3:23 PM


Yea don't vote for Obama b/c he was not there when MLK was assassinated - shame on him (I guess?) and I am not voting for McCain either because he was not present for the signing of the Declaration of Independence...actually I take that back, he might just have been, lol

LMinCA is a clown!

Posted by: Back to the Future IV? | July 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

i'm voting for nader, & i vote in nh where it counts

Posted by: hugues da mousse | July 10, 2008 3:36 PM
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If I were you, I would keep that to myself.
Nitwits for Nader - 2008

Posted by: greg | July 10, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters and Balz are claiming Jackson's comments help Obama - because white people don't like Jackson.
Jeeeez! many of us don't like OTHER Obama associates - which are clearly more damaging to Obama than Jackson!!

Obama spent 20 years listening to Rev. Wright's racist rants and hatemongering!
{{{scary}}}

Obama/Wright08

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It was nice of Rev. Jackson to jump under the bus (joining Rev. Wright, Obama's white grandmother, and various talkative former aides, whom Obama tossed under the bus in the primaries).
What Obama needs is a "Heinz 57 moment" like the guy in the original Manchurian Candidate - though I guess that his ever-changing 'positions' fit the mold of a "candidate for change".

Posted by: JonDo369 | July 10, 2008 3:29 PM

First off...it's WcCain who drives a bus so please direct your bus references his way please. After all his adviser Gramm just drove over all of us "whiny" americans complaining about the economy.

Second of all....you need to rewatch the Manchurian Candidate. It's about a POW captured by a southeast asian country and brainwashed to become a political assassin. Now who does that sound more like...Obama or WcCain????

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

what if this was calculated by mr jackson. maybe it wasn't a mistake. he is a smart man who surely knows how to play the game of 3 card monte.

Posted by: mr cynic | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

MAY BE COMMENTS BY REV. JACKSON WERE UNFORTUNATE BUT THAT COMES FROM THE HEART OF MOST BLACKS. THE STATEMENT IS FACTUAL.
OBAMA USED THE BLACKS AND RACE CARD TO DEFEAT HILLARY IN PRIMARIES. NOW HE DOES NOT NEED BLACKS BECAUSE CLINTON IS NOT THERE AND THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN AS PER OBAMA,S JUDGMENT.
AS SAYING GOES HE CAN SELL HIS OWN MOTHER FOR VOTES. HE HAS GONE AGAINST THE PERCIEVED DEMOCRATIC POSITIONS ON WIRETAPING, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT , IRAQ, FAITHBASED FUNDING ETC.HE IS AFTER WHITE CONSERVATIVE VOTERS NOW . IT IS A MIRACLE THAT MOST LIBERAL SENATOR IS SUDDENLY MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN MCCAIN.
HE IS A CHARMER WHO SAYS WHAT AUDIENCE WANT TO HEAR. WHEN HE SPOKE BEFORE A JEWISH GATHERING HE CLAIMED THAT JERUSALEM MUST BE UNDIVIDED CAPITAL OF ISRAEL WHERE AS ISRAEL IS READY TO SHARE IT.
IN MY VIEW HE THINKS VOTERS ARE FOOLS AND THEY NEED HIM TO FOOL THEM.
HE IS EVEN FOOLING HILLARY ASKING HER DONORS TO HELP HIS CAMPAIGN WHERE AS HIS DONORD HAVE ONLY RAISED $100,000. TO PAY OFF HILLARY,S CAMPAIGN DEBT.
I AM ONE OF THOSE DEMOCRATS WHO DOES NOT LIKE BEING FOOLED AND WILL VOTE MCCAIN A MAN OF HONOUR AND A NATIONAL HERO
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Posted by: bhagwan deol | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Everyone over fifty, they are starting to look more and more arrogant old and stupid Jesse, and Graham. Does Jesse Jackson have a set of balls? They aren't admired like the man he critisized. The double chin guy whats his fool name Graham? Hes been working off the backs of american people we can do without comments from MCAIN'S Camp and Jesse you're a damn idiot! And how about that summit bunch of losers, could'nt they find one great Iranian to ask to their boring party? It was all about leaving someone out just to be rude and arrogent, no real diplomacy pigs of nations. Thanks for nothing George. It was Jim Webb who cares about the VETRANS just incase you didn't know George You never gave the Best Man the credit he deserves}. You never read the papers that's obvious. You never did anything to help our soldiers that's true but to be bitter about someone who is helping American Vets- proves you are what everyone says about you! You will be forgotten.

Posted by: Thank God my name isn't Jackson | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping the African-American community finally feels free to criticize Obama. The day before Jesse said what he said, Bob Herbert of The New York Times stated that Obama shouldn't take the Black vote for granted. He shouldn't and if he continues to do so, somebody should speak up. Obama just thinks he is beyond anyone's criticism and he has already been crowned King.

Posted by: Lynn E | July 10, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

We need a healthy president like Obama. McCain can die anytime because of his health. Vote for OBAMA.

Posted by: Kahn | July 10, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse


John McCain was the only Republican to attend the ceremony for Dr. King in April.
Hillary also attended.

Obama stayed away.

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:36 PM
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Didn't he oppose the King Holiday?

Obama was right. This is the silly season.

Posted by: Greg | July 10, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The devil did get elected - in 2000 and 2004.

Posted by: socrates | July 10, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Shaping up nicely for Mr. Obama! He's going to walk through the finish line so far ahead it'll make your head spin.

President Obama - get used to it!

Posted by: All-Mi-T | July 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was the only Republican to attend the ceremony for Dr. King in April.
Hillary also attended.

Obama stayed away.

Dems for McCain!

Posted by: zazzle | July 10, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

i'm voting for nader, & i vote in nh where it counts

Posted by: hugues da mousse | July 10, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

To PUMA people I only have one thing to say to you: President McCain. 3 Supreme Court appointments. If that doesn't knock some sense into you and get you back on Obama's side, I don't know what will. Unless you want to see Roe vs. Wade overturned...

Posted by: Luke | July 10, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the devil in disguise and has enough charisma to fool all the morons. This country is in serious trouble because the devil actually has a chance of getting elected. Then his true nature will come forth and all of america will be in for serious trouble from that point forward

Posted by: RD | July 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I used to be for McCain but now Obama has moved so far to the right, He's my man! But he better stop now. If he keeps moving right I'm going to have to go back to the centrist McCain.

Posted by: Lefty Flynn | July 10, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Guess Jesse won't be in Obama's Inner Circle. Now if Al Sharpton will put his foot in his mouth too, that would be good for Ob. He doesn;t need those jokers. JS

Posted by: John Sprague | July 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is one of the few people that can have a prayer of serious welfare reform. Today we have a system where its better to live off the government than to work a minimum wage job.

Posted by: Larry | July 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I knew some lazy columnist would use this headline- didn't think it would be Balz.

These two events are totally different. It is a fight among African Americans which can't be good for Obama and definitely won't make any racists happy or get them to vote for Obama.

Obama will have to do more than fight with Jesse Jackson to get people to understand where he is coming from. Actually the faith based concept that Obama is endorsing is getting a lot more people than Jessse Jackson upset. Most progressives find it an insult that Obama would use a failed George Bush program to show he isn't a liberal and then on top of it he endorses ENDA which makes the whole program a sham as churches won't participate if they have to abide by federal hiring laws including hopefully one that will prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Obama needs to show what his core values are and so far with changes on FISE, gun control, the death penalty and Iraq he isn't doing that.

He has time but his campaign should get it together fast. I am for Obama and will vote for him but he needs to stick to a vision and talk about programs that will lead us there.

Posted by: peter DC | July 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Put a fork in Jesse he's done.

Posted by: FLvet | July 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It was nice of Rev. Jackson to jump under the bus (joining Rev. Wright, Obama's white grandmother, and various talkative former aides, whom Obama tossed under the bus in the primaries).
What Obama needs is a "Heinz 57 moment" like the guy in the original Manchurian Candidate - though I guess that his ever-changing 'positions' fit the mold of a "candidate for change".

Posted by: JonDo369 | July 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Jackson knew exactly what he was doing. He has not been at the forefront, during the Presidential race with MSM, so he made this comment "off mike" on Fox. Jackson has been doing TV for years he would not have made such a stupid mistake.

Posted by: rlj | July 10, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Bush is going to attack Iran in conjunction with Israelists. If that happens, Obama can kiss this election good bye. It will be such a mess in Middle East that electing a Bush's clown McBush is possible. But any president of the US can protect US interests across the globe. It is his job to do so. Republicans have no monopoly on defending America. Kennedy had to get involved in BoPigs fiasco even though he probably believed it was not such a smart idea.

Posted by: CHE | July 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is staging this Jackson event to get Iraq and 16 months as well as FISA off the headline news.

Posted by: Grace | July 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Mr. Balz, you fell for it. If I were Obama's campaign advisor I would say--- how can we get Sharpton, Jackson, and while we're at it, Nazis, to attack Obama? Let's pay them! And let's pay them to praise McCain! The fact is this was set up to make Obama look like less of a left-wing nutcase. Too bad Americans won't fall for the propaganda like you did, Mr. Balz.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Jackson is the Don Imus of American politics.

The Robert Smigel cartoon on Saturday Night Live where Obama managed to keep Jackson and Sharpton from being part of his events was more than just satire. It turned out to be good campaign strategy.

But, Imus returned and Jackson will also.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | July 10, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

you are moron if you vote for obama.
it is scarey to think that this person could become president.... but it won't happen, america won't have a black president, at least not at this time.

Posted by: scott | July 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

to:
ConcernedCitizenX,

wow, you should lay off huffing that gasoline dude.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM

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That's not so difficult, Mike. There isn't any left. It's all circulating in your brain cells, along with the Kool-Aid, O-man fed ya. The cheap shots don't make your man any more real. But maybe the Blue Fairy will come along and turn him into a real boy one day.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 3:15 PM


The kool aid tastes nice on a hot day like today.

You should try it sometime.

It's much better than you snorting the dust off of WcCain's old a$$....

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't anyone thought that maybe Jesse was "signaling" to other African-Americans that they don't have to stand by Obama if they don't want to?

Rev. Jesse Jackson has a long history of standing up for African-Americans. He has fought hard for civil rights and personally, I think he has a right to be angry with Sen. Obama.

If I were him, I'd be pretty annoyed with Sen. Obama who (a)did not march with King; (b) was not in Memphis when King was assasinated; (c) whose South Carolina win was minimized by OBAMA who said that Bill Clinton was being racist for comparing his win to Jesse's - which by the way - was phenomenal, (d) was raised by a white family in multi-cultural Hawaii, AND (e) DOES talk down to blacks....and just about EVERYONE else...women ("get over it" and "the blues"), Hillary ("likeable enough"), Hispanics ("learn English"), rural voters ("bitter gunowners"), and the media ("sweetie").

Let's face it - Sen. Obama is arrogant! He acts more entitled than his "Gen-Y" followers who hang on his every word.

I like Jesse and I respect him for how hard he has worked in his life. I don't agree with him on most things, but I respect what he's done.

Obama is just hype - arrogance and hype - a heck of a lot like George W. Bush in that way.

Posted by: LMinCA | July 10, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am starting to wonder if this was staged ( O has ran out of people to throw under the bus ) to deflect attention from the FISA fiasco.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You're a moron if you think Obama and Jackson somehow choreagraphed this.

And that's all I have to say about that.

On a different topic....WcCain's economic policy adviser said we're all a bunch of whiners for thinking the economy sucks.

Now that's a "moment" I shan't soon forget....

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I could list all the facts about Obama that prove he's the most crooked politician in political history, but you should already know, and if you don't... GOD DAMN YOU!
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I love when people take such a hardcore stance and offer no facts to back it up, claiming, "if you don't already know, then shame on you" (or god damn you, in this case)...

i have this really hot girlfriend in canada...but you wouldn't know her.

Posted by: monkey | July 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Hillman: Welfare was eradicated almost 15 years ago. And most of the great American cities are doing just fine. All except for the rust-belt that is, and globalization killed that, not welfare my friend.

Posted by: mike | July 10, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Obfuscating sound like a bad word - Help me please are you an Elite O'Bama supporter?

I am confused and probably unintelligent

Posted by: Confused | July 10, 2008 3:10 PM
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Yes, indeedy. I put an Obama sign on my lawn last spring during my state's primary mostly because I realized the demographics supporting him and appreciated the cache.....

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

to:
ConcernedCitizenX,

wow, you should lay off huffing that gasoline dude.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM

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That's not so difficult, Mike. There isn't any left. It's all circulating in your brain cells, along with the Kool-Aid, O-man fed ya. The cheap shots don't make your man any more real. But maybe the Blue Fairy will come along and turn him into a real boy one day.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Are you just confused or obfuscating?

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 2:54 PM

Obfuscating sound like a bad word - Help me please are you an Elite O'Bama supporter?

I am confused and probably unintelligent

Posted by: Confused | July 10, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The fear many mainstream Americans have that Obama would reinstate the failed welfare programs of decades past is very real, and runs very deep.

It may very well cost him the election.

I'd love to always vote Democratic, but I just can't stand seeing what welfare has done to so many great American cities. And I blame the Democrats for that.

Posted by: Hillman | July 10, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Today was a perfect one-two knockout blow for Obama.

First, knuckleheaded Jesse Jackson establishes beyond any doubt that Obama is of a different cut of cloth than the old-style Civil Rights era leaders. Obama comes out of this beautifully as a bonafide leader of ALL Americans.

Second, McCain's chief economic henchman Phil Graham peels back the veneer from the ugly Republican worldview. He states on the record and without apology that we ordinary Americans are whiney simpletons who don't know when we have it good economically. We are just suffering through a "mental depression" rather than the real thing, according to fulminating Phil. Talk about elitists!

Obama is going to win this election in a walk, to the everlasting benefit of the nation.

Posted by: dee | July 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson has shown in the past that like Mugabe in Zimbabwe there is room for only one top dog in his world and that is himself.

Thus his gossipy "He is talking down to black people" remark to another black leader seated next to Jesse.i It is what it is. It was meant to place doubt about Obama whom Jesse sees as a competitor into the minds of the leader sitting next to him.

It is also an expression of Jesse's frustration like that shared by Hillary Clinton that he is the one who has put in the time and HE should be the first black president not this young upstart Barak Obama.

When black leaders put the interest of the people ahead of themselves then dramatic progress will be made.

Jesse is part of the old school of civil rights carpetbaggers who have confused their personal financial aggrandizement as synonymous with the advancement of the people they claim to represent.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we pay for food and gas?
Whine, whine, whine....
Because we are Wayne and Wendy Whiiiiiner.

Posted by: Wayne and Wendy Whiner | July 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

My name has been used to often. By last count this is the 6,004,287th time that a Sista Souljah campaign moment has occurred this season. Are political "journalists" required to use played out cliches in every article? Is this a federal reg?

Posted by: Sista Souljah | July 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Roy, I like your initiative, but unfortunately, I can't think of a single instance when I have or would partonize any of those advertisers!

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one sick of how tired terms like "Sister Souljah moment" get recycled over and over again?

Posted by: John C | July 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson trashes him; Maliki calls for a withdrawal timetable and Phil Gramm calls financially-strapped voters "whiners."

It's Christmas in July for Obama!

Posted by: Brittman1 | July 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why did BO not tell Wright to stop complaining and damning USA and ask Blacks to take responsibility,

This whole new talk is hog wash and attempt to take white votes

do not fall in the trap

Posted by: akg | July 10, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

As the necon bigots at Fox News dance in delight over another story they can loop, it's time to boycott their advertisers.

No one slings more sh*t at Barack Obama than Fox News. Like the cheap shock jocks Imus and Howard stern, they have a biased, vicious and calculated smear campaign against Obama for ratings. If you're sick of it like I am, write to and boycott advertisers of Fox News and Foxnews.com

Here are some to start with:

CarsDiret
bankrate.com
singles.net
Vonage
freecreditreport.com
Peoplecom

Write them by going to their websites and selecting "Contact Us" from their home or corporate page. Let them know they have been targeted for a nationwide boycott until they stop advertising on Fox News or Foxnews.com.

Neochristians do this when they don't like a company or the media it advertises on. What goes around comes around and when Murdoch starts losing advertisers, maybe he will finally understand what "Fair and Balanced" really means.

Posted by: Roy | July 10, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Why is it most of the people who write here opposing Obama, either they are Hillary supporters or McCain's supporter, don't know how to write? Seriously?

Posted by: Tina
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Shhhhhhh! People will think you're elitist. Better to make points here in boobish parlance.....

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a "Sister Souljah moment" -- it is a "Kitty Dukakis" moment. The demographic group of white, rural, union, Democratic males Obama has trouble reaching sees this sad episode and thinks: You just heard another man talk about you in public like that, and so what are you going to do about it?

Posted by: Anonymous - DC | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

to:
ConcernedCitizenX,

wow, you should lay off huffing that gasoline dude.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

After the shock wore off, I was glad to see Jackson make it clear that Obama does not come from the same line of politics as he does.

As a Democrat, WHAT IS IT WITH YOU PEOPLE--so-called fellow Dems who keep harping on his candidacy being invalid or inappropriate? He's a great candidate, much better than Kerry, Gore and need I say "Dukakis"? Grow up and support your party and let's put the Republican'ts out of the business of governing.
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Some of us supported the Democrats because we supported their values, not because we wanted to support the "team". Obama has no character, no integrity. He has betrayed his orginal supporters from his Chicago (let's not forget he threw his own pastor under the bus), and he has betrayed the electorate that wanted real change. Nobody knows what the man stands for other than getting elected. It actually seems that that's all he cares about. I wouldn't be surprised if even he doesn't know what he stands for. Such a man must not be given the power of the Presidency.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why is it most of the people who write here opposing Obama, either they are Hillary supporters or McCain's supporter, don't know how to write? Seriously?

Posted by: Tina | July 10, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Jackson is is Obama's trusted inner circle.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 10, 2008 2:51 PM
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Jesse Jr is; Jesse Sr most assuredly is not. Are you just confused or obfuscating?

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

mhr said: "a nation of whiners and those leading the chorus are liberal Democrats"

Or is it just that you favor the incessant and absurd whining of conservatives? Christmas is in danger, taxes are too high, there are too many foreigners anymore, minorities are too uppity, etc., etc.

At any rate, if the ineffective whining of blacks and liberals is what drives your vote, you deserve the government you get. Maybe you'll get a regime with even less respect for free speech than the current one, that can eliminate all annoying "whining" once and for all.

Posted by: drossless | July 10, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Watching the video of Jesse Jackson, he was really making a joke..
It was a joke, people..humor,satire, ha ha...
Sorry to offend the nutless among you, but he was kidding....Lighten up, let's not make too much of this.. hey how about poverty, crime, war in Iraq, gas, energy...any room in the air for that discussion ?

Posted by: jonesy | July 10, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Jackson is is Obama's trusted inner circle.

Now, when Bob Johnson starts "acting the fool" then we'll know that the Obama people and the Clinton people are really together.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedCitizenX: How many betrayals? So far I count 0.

So you say you are a democrat, but yet you are supporting McCain. interesting. Hope that works out well for ya...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The Rev. Jackson stating an opinion about Sen. Obama talking on Father's Day about fathers is reasonable, as was what the Senator had talked about in a Father's Day address. Saying he would like to castrate the Senator, even as a metaphor, is SICK!

Posted by: Carl Rabbin | July 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

After the shock wore off, I was glad to see Jackson make it clear that Obama does not come from the same line of politics as he does.

As a Democrat, WHAT IS IT WITH YOU PEOPLE--so-called fellow Dems who keep harping on his candidacy being invalid or inappropriate? He's a great candidate, much better than Kerry, Gore and need I say "Dukakis"? Grow up and support your party and let's put the Republican'ts out of the business of governing.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | July 10, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Rev. Jackson's comments were NOT on the record. He was on a live mike that probably should not have been on."

If you're on Fox news and you have a mike on, how stupid do you have to be to think that anything you say won't be recorded???

Posted by: Wolfcastle | July 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course this was a complete set-up by Obama and Jackson
- the Clintons said long ago that Obama needs to be careful not to be seen as another Jesse Jackson.....

Posted by: pgr88
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Your long, dim recital unfortunately neglects to account for one little, tiny well-known fact: Jackson has been galled ever since Bill Clinton aluded to Jackson the loser in SC while attempting to tie that stone around Obama's neck. "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here." Obama subsequently kicked the Clintons (and Jackson's) collective arses.

Again, I challenge you conspiracy theorists here to address the salient points Balz makes. Or did you read his piece?

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Not A Pawn to ObamaCon: You are one strange bird. So Obama is too inexperienced to be president, but in that short time he has become the most crooked politician in history. Or you clinically insane? The most crooked politician in history?

P.S.> Bush ran a multi-billion dollar business, and while president he ran this multi-trillion dollar country into the ground economically. How does your logic work again?

Posted by: mike | July 10, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought Jesse Jackson looked like a catfish and babbled like an imbecile. There he was, once again doing just that...looking like a catfish and babbling like an imbecile.

Posted by: Its the truth anyhow!! | July 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Gramm comment and the Obama/Jesse story dovetail neatly. We have become, in fact, a nation of whiners and those leading the chorus are liberal Democrats. That party, to which I belonged for years, is a conglomeration of groups that spend their days thinking up alleged inequalities they can whine about- women have their beloved "glass ceiling," blacks have the racism that they allege confronts them every day of their lives, many Hispanics have joined the choir that bemoans the way "people of color" are treated in this country while tens of thousands of Mexicans try to enter the US by hook or by crook. Homosexuals, teachers and their complaints about their allegedly low pay, etc. If I believed that a black president would end the complaining, I would vote for Obama- but what would blacks and the other "activists" do without something to whine about? Move to another country? I wish.

Posted by: mhr | July 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedCitizenX = Concerned GOP Troll!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 10, 2008 2:33 PM
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Sorry Doug, you and the rest of the Obamabots can't demonize everyone. There are some longtime democrat supporters out here who see Obama as the disaster waiting to happen that he is. Lay off the Kool-Aid and think. Your man is a liar. How many betrayals do you need before you see it?

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course this was a complete set-up by Obama and Jackson
- the Clintons said long ago that Obama needs to be careful not to be seen as another Jesse Jackson
- Who better to dis Obama then than Jackson?
- Jesse Jackson will not run for political office again anyway, so no long-term harm to him
- Coincidence that Jackson's son is also one of Obama's top campaign aides?
- How convenient it happened at Jackson's greatest opponent FOX News!
- Allows Obama to take the high ground, and show to centrist voters he is not "jackson"
- Also allows lots of media coverage
- Obama will come out in a few days and "forgive" Jackson, and clowns like Matthews on hardball will declare Obama a centrist, uniter, and forgiver.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 10, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Bill O'Reilly taking any heat on this? I'm so sick of Fox News portending to be a news organization and then publishing as if they were the National Enquirer.

Rev. Jackson's comments were NOT on the record. He was on a live mike that probably should not have been on. He didn't think it was on, did he? Anything that was said before the interview should have been kept private!

Had it been a white Republican in that studio saying he wanted to cut President Bush's testicles off Fox News would have NEVER put it on the air. Had the Washington Post, New York Times, or Los Angeles Times published off-the-record comments such as these, Fox News would have been crying bloody murder and saying you were a bunch unethical, exploitive liberals.

I think it's time for someone to do an analysis of the 'reporting' of this event and tell us what we are to expect in ''fair and balanced' 'reporting''. Don't journalists have a code of ethics?

Posted by: David Blackburn | July 10, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Look, if you believe this was a set-up, you believe in the tooth fairy. Campaigns are made up of just as many unexpected moments and twists and turns as they are made up of staged events. It's pretty easy for anybody with common sense to tell the difference. This was not staged.

In the interests of equal opportunity rationality, I also do not believe that Phil Gramm's insane comments that we are a nation of whiners were a deliberate, staged set-up. The reason I call them insane has nothing to do with whether he was right or wrong, but whether he and the McCain campaign grasp that you do not win people's votes by insulting them. To broadly paint most American voters as whiners is not rational politics. Perhaps next he could comment negatively about voters' mothers, as a way of broadening the namecalling strategy.

If McCain goes on to denounce Phil Gramm's insulting description of voters, I still will not believe the whole episode was a set up to rebuild his "maverick" image, any more than I believe this contretemps with an open Fox News microphone was a set up to appeal to white voters. This is the real world, not Alice in Wonderland.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | July 10, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think as a country who has had it's share of presidents who have put not only the sanctity and dignity of our country in shambles (U.S. looks like a bunch of bullies) but an entire generation of young american soldiers hung out to roast, I would imagine that we would want to embrace a candidate who wants better for us. How can we say Obama is a flip flopper, did Bush tell you after he released those rebate checks in 2001/2002 that while we were in line depositing our checks, he was behind our backs plotting to kill an entire country of people for they'er oil?

Posted by: Very Disappointed | July 10, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedCitizenX = Concerned GOP Troll!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 10, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

One of your more insightful and interesting efforts, Mr. Balz. To those who think this is a set up, your stating so does not make it so. Instead of just spouting, how about if you do something interesting for a change and try to tackle Dan's very cogent points about the historical, cultural, and educational shift Obama represents and why that does explain the seemingly odd antipathy Jackson has expressed many times before.

Remember, Jackson may have paved the way in considerable respects, but he still lost, badly. You don't think that grates on him just a bit?!!

Posted by: abqcleve | July 10, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lord, will the Clinton-backing Obama-haters ever stop playing racial politics with this election?

Sad and pathetic. This election isn't about racism, it's about the complete and utter disgrace and disaster of our government and the Bush administration.

Barack Obama is not perfect, but at least he is well-positioned to change the tone and focus of politics in Washington DC back to one where the government is actually acting out of a confidence in our Constitution and its structures, and one where the government should be acting in our actual interests instead of a fantasy set of interests based on an unrealistic ideological worldview rooted in small-town Texas isolationism and xenophobia.

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Always fun to watch Obama haters like TK and Pawn wail and gnash their teeth when things swing his way. Right before they drag out all their (rather moldy) dead horses for one more good whipping.

And nice touch, Pawn, cursing everyone who doesn't agree with you. It has a kind of deranged, wacky energy to it. Nice epitome of the ranting, irrational Obama hater.

Posted by: drossless | July 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

This article is a ridiculous attempt to falsely portray Obama as having engaged in his own "Sister Souljah" moment (however "accidentally") in relation to his black constituency in order to further the Washington Post's agenda of sanitizing Obama for the general public. In fact, Obama's nomination presents deep problems for the Democratic Party, as his candidacy is shown more and more to be based on a fraud.

This column is further a diversion tactic and an attempt to minimize the very real problems with Barack Obama's candidacy and is an insult to the intelligence of the American electorate. This kind of talk about Obama's supposed speaking "truth to power" to his constituency is nonsense and a complete smokescreen for what is wrong with Obama. The problem is that Obama is a liar. His slick handlers and apologists may try to make this sort of con act look like he makes strong statements to his supporters a la Bill Clinton's "Sister Souljah Moment", but the American people are too smart for that. Obama has, in fact, made many promises and broken them, and no amount of fake tough talk will counteract this hard truth. The fact that he, his campaign, the Democratic Party that has shamefully abandoned the legitimate centrist in their midst, and the various proxies for Obama in the media attempt to distract the electorate from the obvious, merely shows further what kind of politician Obama is: the usual kind. The kind he promised NOT to be. In terms of hard qualifications, Obama is the least qualified candidate for the job of President in anyone's memory. What overcame this handicap for him was his promise to be an agent of change. By breaking promises and principled stances on campaign finance, on his vow to filibuster FISA, on the death penalty, on abortion, on Iraq, he has invalidated his candidacy by being an unprincipled flip-flopping promise-breaker. We have come to expect this from our politicians, but Obama's whole candidacy rested on the notion that he would be different. The fact that he has revealed himself to be the "same old politics" means that his entire candidacy was built upon a monumental fraud. Attempts by his campaign and the media to downplay or divert attention will not detract one bit from the truth of it, and the American people will see him for what he is -- the "same old politics" that he assured us he was not. It is especially interesting to see how much his apologists scream about how his stance on Iraq has supposedly not changed. For all the bleating about how he always said he'd pay attention to the facts on the ground (which nobody ever expected him not to do), what is striking is how quickly the language of his stance has changed. Remember, he promised over and over to begin immediately and have all combat troopos out in 16 months. Whatever "refining" he has to do, if he does not stick to that, then he is just a liar, as he has shown himself to be on a host of issues, most recently FISA. No, the real problem for Obama, and why his proxies keep shouting about is illusory strengths in the media, is that the American electorate knows exactly what is meant when someone says they have to "refine" their position. It means they want to open the door to changing their position. This is called a flip-flop for anyone in doubt. And it is, once again, the same old politics. No, I'm afraid that all the work is now in Obama's court. He has to convince everyone that his candidacy wasn't a fraud. Too bad there's already too much evidence on the ground. It remains to be seen whether America is ready to believe yet another lie from the man who promised us "Change We Can Believe In" and now delivers "Change We Can Expect" ...in every way.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 10, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Do I detect just the slightest bit of jealousy from Jesse? Perhaps Obama has superseded Jesse and with a grace and elegance that JJ only dreamed about.
Jesse you're disgusting and your better than thou attitude has been revealed for what it is...a sham. Listen to your son...he's got it right. Coretta Scott King, God rest her soul, pegged you for what you really are...a phony!

Posted by: Wordfest | July 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Cool!

[Hey, wasn't there some other dude running for president a week or so ago...? Kinda' looked like a skinny Dick Cheney...?]

Posted by: mobedda | July 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Balz is SO right. What a gift to Obama from Jackson! This is the only thing the cable newsies are yapping about today. If McCain has any public appearances today, you'd never know it.

Posted by: Brittman1 | July 10, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I have really tried to refrain from personal attacks, but some of you people are pathetic...a staged event (What is this? the Bush Administration...,Obama is a crook, there is plenty of evidence...if you look, but the person posting doesn't sight any of this mountain of evidence..., the current White House occupant can't even spell, but somehow this honors grad of Harvard Law is a nitwit...I could go on) I am sure the well meaning of you will claim none of this is racially motivated, but I can't figure out any other reason for the level of pure hatred. I dislike McCain's policies(and, btw, I agree w/ Gen. Clarke---just b/c you were a prisoner of war, doesn't mean you should be president), but I honestly would not spend my time posting such negative comments about a person a don't know. It just seems silly and, well...stupid, kinda like your posts...

Posted by: Michael | July 10, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson is obviously consumed with jealousy because Senator Obama has won the Democratic candidate's position that Jackson failed miserably to obtain when he tried. He knows the American people judge Obama to be the far better man. Jackson also showed the trashy side of himself with his words. He now stands revealed forever as an ugly hypocrite. His day is done.

Posted by: David S. Robins | July 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

All this means to me is that Obama talks "down to Black folk" the same way he talks "down to typical white folk" ... he is arrogant and an elitist and I actually prefer a Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton as you know where they stand on the issues of today.

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | July 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama has already destroyed the once-formidable and absolutely shameless Clinton machine. McCain should be easy.

Posted by: Jeff Wagner | July 10, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"I seem to have missed the part where Balz considered the possibility that this was a complete setup from beginning to end."

Do you also believe in Big Foot and the Tooth Fairy?

Posted by: Me | July 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes -- Obama's poll numbers are going to take off like a shot. He has confirmed the feelings of most white people and the better educated black people as well. Brilliant all around. He's going to be one hell of a President.

Posted by: Jeff Wagner | July 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

We live in nutty times don't we?! For a brief scarry moment it could have been less nutty.

Posted by: Tim | July 10, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Last night on cable there were talking heads asking whether this could hurt Obama! And they get paid for this? Anyone who hasn't been in a coma for the past thirty years knows that the supreme opportunist, Jesse Jackson, is absolutely toxic among whites and rightfully so. His hatred of Obama obviously benefits Obama but Obama has benefitted all along in this regard by being black. Unlike white Democratic presidential candidates he's never had to hold Jackson at arms length while worrying that black Democrats might perceive it as a snub.

Posted by: John L | July 10, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"If you NEVER had a person in America make a Multi-Billion Dollar Business, then why the hell would give the same people control over a MULTI-TRILLION Dollar Country!?!?!?!"

What multi-billion dollar business has Senator McCain ran?

Posted by: Me | July 10, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Time to make lemonade out of lemons.

Thank you for slamming Obama Rev. Jackson. Obama accepted your apology and will move on. The media will bite into this "Rev. Jackson moment" story like a dog into a steak! Obama will come out of this "Rev. Jackson moment" looking more appealing to some conservative Democrats and moderate/liberal Republicans.

Then add on the statements from McCain's senior economic adviser, Phil Gramm, that Americans have a "mental recession" and are "whiners" when it comes to the economy will make Obama and his campaign have a strong week if Obama capitalizes off of the major mis-statement.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 10, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Total set up. The media falls again or is complicit in this sideshow. Which is it Balz?

The media will not decide this election, the people will.

The Obamarama is a media driven illusion. Obama is a fraud.

The Obama vote FOR FISA yesterday was a huge mistake. Obama has proven himself a liar and flip flopper once again that's he's not fit to be President. The "constitutional law" expert Obama should actually read the constitution BEFORE he votes to destroy it.

Thank you Hillary Clinton for voting correctly NO on both FISA bills. This is why we LOVE you Hillary, the most qualified and most electable candidate for President. THIS is why the superdelegates should cast their vote for Hillary in late August at the DNC convention in Denver when the ACTUAL nominee is selected. Until then, Obama is simply the arrogant presumptive unqualified, unelectable candidate. JUST SAY NO TO OBAMA! Call the DNC, Call the superdelegates, call party officials, write letters to the editor, blog, etc. to convince the DNC to actually have a real democratic convention with ballots (gasp) and actual votes (gasp) and ask the delegates to nominate Hillary Clinton, who has won the popular vote, winning more votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history!

Hillary rocks, Obama sucks, FISA sucks!

Wake up America!

Posted by: TK | July 10, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the anaylsis.

Once again, Obama looks like he is above the petty political fray. And he gets to distance himself from a faction of the black political establishment that white Americans view with distrust.

It's about time the Democrats had a charmed candidate.

Obama got rid of the Clintons. Now it's time to dispatch John McCain.

Posted by: CB | July 10, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

this "moment" was so plotted it's like a 1920's melodrama.

JJ pretends to be outraged so Obama can appear even whiter....

pretty dam nasty

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Re: David Axelrod

That's why I said David is not a "professional" painter.

"Jackson is an old-fashioned liberal with an abiding faith in government, for which he makes no apologies."

Yes he is. Rev. Jackson should not afraid of presenting his opposing views. Do not whisper if you think something is right.

What he said about Obama is true: He does not not need to apologize.

Posted by: Premier | July 10, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

America,

Are you awake? HELLO!?!?!

If you NEVER had a person in America make a Multi-Billion Dollar Business, then why the hell would give the same people control over a MULTI-TRILLION Dollar Country!?!?!?!

Anyone who supports Obama is more Naive than Obama himself>.

I could list all the facts about Obama that prove he's the most crooked politician in political history, but you should already know, and if you don't... GOD DAMN YOU!

Posted by: Not A Pawn to ObamaCon | July 10, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I seem to have missed the part where Balz considered the possibility that this was a complete setup from beginning to end.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 10, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

If Obama was to have a Sister Souljah moment, it had to be this kind of thing. As Dan pointed out, he has not gone out of his way to try to alienate a portion of the party in order to define himself.

This IS how he defines himself. By showing restraint where none is due, by maximizing party cohesion, he will soon have the opportunity to bring the whole country together in the same fashion.

As for Rev. Jackson, it is an unfortunate extension of his megalomania that he named his son after himself. Congressman Jackson should start calling himself "J.J." or Junior ANYTHING but Jesse from now on.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | July 10, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a very interesting take on the situation.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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