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Obama and Biden Heart the Steelers

By Shailagh Murray
PITTSBURGH -- Sen. Barack Obama not only has a running mate in Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. He also has a fellow sports fan.

The Democratic duo arrived at a hotel here to tape a "60 Minutes" interview and were greeted by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. "Hey coach, I'm Joe Biden. I'm second string," joked Biden, a self-declared Steelers fan (even though the Eagles are way closer to Delaware).

"If I didn't live in Chicago, I'd be a Steelers fan," Obama told Tomlin, after he and Biden posed for a photo with Tomlin's family.

"You've brightened what has been a miserable day," Tomlin told Obama. "I had to cut 23 guys this morning. Hardest day of the year."

Obama tried to be reassuring. "Your owner has supreme confidence in you," he responded, referring to Dan Rooney, who endorsed him during the primary.

"Good luck on the season," Obama continued. "We're very proud of you." He said he may even try to go to a game. "We're playing in DC the night before the election, but no
pressure," Tomlin told him.

By Lexie Verdon  |  August 29, 2008; 8:18 PM ET
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Posted by: Bob Greiner | September 25, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Former Steelers great Franco Harris is a big Obama supporter, too.

Posted by: Patrick | August 30, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bill | August 30, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

On John McCain's selection for VP - Sarah Palin:
"I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about your nomination. I cried
with joy when I heard you speak. I believe you have come the closest in my
lifetime to represent the average American. I do not want change, I want
action. Bold action takes real courage and I believe that you and John McCain
have real courage. You have my enthusiastic support. I have not felt this
excited over politics in years."

See for yourself:
http://www.palinforamerica.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184:sarah-palin-meets-america&catid=43:governor-palin&Itemid=33

Posted by: Ned | August 30, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The Game-Changer

Posted: 07:06 PM ET CNN.COM


John P. Avlon
Author, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics

The secretive selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice president is a small masterpiece of tactical and strategic triangulation intended to drive a deeper wedge between Hilary and Obama supporters. With both parties now offering historic campaigns of change, Obama loses exclusive use of that emotional real estate, and Republicans may gain a new edge with swing voters by offering both change and more of the same.

The downside for Republicans is that Palin’s selection will undermine their attacks on Barack Obama’s youth and inexperience. Governor Palin was first elected governor in 2006 – and before that she was mayor of her home town in Alaska, Wasilla, with an operating budget of less than $6 million. But Democrats will have a difficult time attacking her without provoking accusations of sexism – Joe Biden’s attack-dog instincts could backfire badly in the VP debate. That is a variation off the same problem Republicans had with Obama until they stumbled upon using humor with the Achilles heel of the “celebrity” argument.

Governor Palin’s status as a pro-life second amendment soccer mom keeps conservatives happy while offering the only (albeit brief) experience with executive leadership on either ticket.

McCain was grinning the grin of the successful gambler as he unveiled his pick in Dayton today. Palin’s introductory speech hit themes designed to appeal across the political spectrum – saying “this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line.”

Fiscal conservatives who felt betrayed by the GOP during the era of Tom Delay found plenty to like in her record of cutting taxes and government spending – she actually refused the federal funding for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

Independents and centrists will appreciate her role in filing ethics charges against the Republican State Party Chairman and Alaska Attorney General – she is an outsider and a relative reformer in the home state party of indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Liberals may appreciate her shout outs to Geraldine Ferrarro and Hillary Clinton – and her status as a 44-year old working-mother, married to her union-member high-school sweetheart, and their 5 kids – including an eldest who is due to ship out to Iraq.

The McCain campaign did an M15-job of keeping her selection under-wraps – there were no leaks or rumors even in the early morning of the announcement. In some ways it was a counter to the selection of Joe Biden and McCain’s “7 houses” gaffe. Just as Biden was an acknowledgement of Obama’s weaknesses on experience and foreign policy, Palin brings youth and a blue collar background to the McCain ticket – without angering social conservatives who were threatening to revolt if he defied their pro-life litmus tests.

Palin fits the Republican bill perfectly – but her fast rise from obscurity to being a candidate for vice-president was fast even by Obama-era standards. This is a person who had not been on the national political radar screen at all when the 08 presidential race began in the build to the 06 midterm elections. Whether she will prove to be a seasoned campaigner in the 67‑day sprint to Election Day remains to be seen.

Her selection speaks in part to the striking lack of diversity on the Republican bench, even when it comes to women. And more seasoned figures like Senator Olympia Snowe – who routinely wins 70% re-elections in the blue state of Maine – were never considered due to her liberal social positions. But Palin is an appealing young face – disarming decades old conservative stereotypes – and the Democrats must be on defense the day after their convention.

On a side note, the 2008 election has proved to be big-time for our non-continental states – Hawaii and Alaska, traditional presidential politics after-thoughts, now have native sons and daughters on the each ticket in the form of Obama and Palin. Our 49th and 50th states have come along way since Ike, and half a century since reaching statehood they’ve reached political maturity.

The bottom line: this already historic campaign just got more historic, and more competitive. Sarah Palin’s selection represents an extraordinary evolutionary step forward for the Republican Party, and by extension, for our nation’s politics. Neither the ticket looks like those of the past –and that’s a good thing for America in the 21st Century.

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"even though the Eagles are way closer to Delaware"

Shailagh Murray is the scum of the earth.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't the Post publish, in the Aug 29, 2008 issue, not even a single picture of Obama making his historic speech on the closing of the DNC Convention??????? Where was the text of the speech??????? The WP is going down and down toward the drain... Are you people insane??

Posted by: Kader B | August 30, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

>>Exhibit A just posted on the Palin/Evangelical Trail blog-
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Iam a long time supporter of Hillary's Presidency. Now she is gone. And I am glad McCain brought in Palin. I am now supporting for McCain-Palin. We are for you now McCain

Posted by: ttran | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM
Exhibit B
During my studies of this planet and the rococo, carbon based life forms that inhabit it, I have discovered how incredibly gullible you creatures are.
No matter, the Derstian Death star is on it's way, you will soon be reduced to a rapidly expanding cloud of ionized particles.

Do not doubt this post for I am really a space alien bent on the destruction of the planet earth. Assuming the death star is late getting here, however, I will be voting for McCain since my goal is your destruction.

I guess this means your voting for Obama, eh Scott? Nobody wants to support a nasty space alien who wants to vaporize earth.

Posted by: Dijetlo from the planet Zertog | August 30, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

>>Exhibit A just posted on the Palin/Evangelical Trail blog-
****************************

Iam a long time supporter of Hillary's Presidency. Now she is gone. And I am glad McCain brought in Palin. I am now supporting for McCain-Palin. We are for you now McCain

Posted by: ttran | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM
Exhibit B
During my studies of this planet and the rococo, carbon based life forms that inhabit it, I have discovered how incredibly gullible you creatures are.
No matter, the Derstian Death star is on it's way, you will soon be reduced to a rapidly expanding cloud of ionized particles.

Do not doubt this post for I am really a space alien bent on the destruction of the planet earth. Assuming the death star is late getting here, however, I will be voting for McCain since my goal is your destruction.

I guess this means your voting for Obama, eh Scott? Nobody wants to support a nasty space alien who wants to vaporize earth.

Posted by: Dijetlo from the planet Zertog | August 30, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

LET'S FACE IT. EVERY CANDIDATE WILL BE FACED WITH IRRELEVANCE. TIED WITH SOME DIRTY NAME...

WE ALL SHARE THE COMMON GOAL OF IMPROVING THE WELLFARE OF OUR LIVES. DON'T YOU? THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT.

WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE LAST 8 YEARS OF OUR ADMINISTRATION AND WHAT IS OUR COUNTRY'S CONDITION TODAY?? :(

WHAT IF...
A) ..presidential nominee McCain dies? VP nominee Palin is 44 yrs. old. We may have the youngest and most inexperienced president and surely is tied closely to the oil industry. McCain is old and this scenario can likely happen.

B) ...presidential nominee Obama dies? Palin is experienced and can handle running this stressed country. He's not tied to the oil pigs like Bush. Remember who made a $12 billion profit in 3 months. Not you and not me. Right!!

REMEMBER EVERYONE, EVERY CANDIDATE WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR. BUT LETS LOOK AT OUR PRESENT CONDITION.. WE NEED TO FIX THIS COUNTRY WITH INTEGRITY, NOT FEAR.

Posted by: p_alvi | August 30, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama needs to stop making sporting comments. Steeler fan living in Chicago? It is bad enough he dished the Cubs. Now the Bears. It is really going to be an interesting week now that the tickets are set. It will be fun to see the Gallup Daily today. http://www.gallup.com/poll/109933/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Stretches-Lead-Points.aspx Will Obama continue to rise in the poll? Will we see a Palin effect? Yesterday at the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com, while the totals show a significant gap, the daily total narrowed. Obama 7536 McCain 6112

Posted by: Bears/Cubs fan | August 30, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

JakeD considers it mission accomplished that choosing Sarah Palin has reduced press coverage of Obama. Perhaps, but the problem for the Republicans is that they'll have to keep attention off Obama every day from here to November.
We've just had the kickoff and they are trying to shut the game down already? While they are behind?
The choice of Palin might prove to be game-changing, but it's unlikely to be so in the Republicans' favor. There are just too many downsides: the insult to Hillary supporters, who are asked to accept an unqualified, inexperienced woman as a substitute for the strong, experienced woman they hoped for; the investigation into impropriety; the other Republican scandals in Alaska; the arch-conservative views; even the comparison with the way McCain chose his second wife.
It's an interesting play and unexpected. There's no doubt it's a Hail Mary. But it's too early in the game. And the Democrats have all the time in the world to counter it.

Posted by: Klippa | August 30, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama Junkie,
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey where have Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?
You do think a chief executive should have executive experience, don't you? I guess the American people feel executive experience is more important than legislative experience, as only 2 sitting Senators have been elected president- JFK and Warren Harding- JFK did however have military officer experience, which qualifies...

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

LaRouche Outlines Organizational Policy Now--Aug. 29, 2008 (LPAC)--Lyndon LaRouche issued the following statement today, for dissemination to all LaRouche PAC members and supporters, as well as the general public.--"The nomination of Senator Barack Obama, as combined with the prospect of the nomination of Senator John McCain, has settled almost nothing other than the fact of those nominations themselves. The world as a whole is presently gripped by a growing potential for a genuine thermonuclear-weapons crisis like never before, at the same time that the greatest financial-economic crisis since Europe's Fourteenth Century has the entire world presently in its grip--whether some governments and leading political figures wish to recognize that reality, or not.--"The present international financial system is hopelessly bankrupt, and could not be saved. It could only be reorganized in a bankrutpcy designed to defend people, not financial speculators.--"Neither of the two referenced candidates has any present capability for successfully meeting the grave challenges of economic breakdowns of entire economies, and threats of nuclear exchanges, which must be expected as serious possibilities between now and November.--"As recent patterns of developments have already shown, we have an intellectual capability of unique importance in this process. Our most prominent role, as through the work of LPAC, is to provide the intellectual leadership on crucial economic and other strategic issues which neither of those candidacies is presently equipped to deal competently without outside advice, including that provided by our initiatives.--"Therefore, our LPAC campaign has far greater importance for the weeks immediately ahead, than at any time prior to this point. We shall therefore mobilize accordingly.''

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else having flashbacks to Soviet propaganda? Of course, that involved Komsomol teams or Lenin stopping to congratulate a tractor operator on the bountiful harvest, but the things they said - and the so-called reporter who wrote them down - are otherwise a word-for-word translation.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 29, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Biden has been a Steelers fan for a long time. But Obama's theatrics seem a bit contrived considering he's from Chicago.

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

Posted by: matt | August 29, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

It is only going to take a potential cancer scare with McCain (he gets checks every couple of months and is due for one in during the 1st week of October) to get many voters thinking do I want Sarah Palin presiding over the war on terror, or fixing the economy or facing off against Putin and Ahmadinejad. The answer will be a resounding no in the ballot booth.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry JakeD...McCain picking Palin will not only turn off many Hillary supporters, but may anger many of them. If McCain and his campaign think that by McCain choosing a 44 year-old former beauty pageant contestant with a journalism degree who was cute enough to win the Governorship in Alaska only 18 months ago is going to get them Hillary supporters (a woman who is intelligent well-educated and a proven fighter) then the McCain campaign is sadly mistaken.

Palin is so raw to the national stage with 4 kids (one 4-month old with down's syndrome and a 5 year old) many will wonder why she would subject her family to the rigors of campaigning for the next two months and governing over the next 4 years when America has a lot of problems.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What kind of story is this? History! A woman could be a Heart Beat away! http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Posted by: Bra-NO | August 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Exhibit A just posted on the Palin/Evangelical Trail blog-
****************************

Iam a long time supporter of Hillary's Presidency. Now she is gone. And I am glad McCain brought in Palin. I am now supporting for McCain-Palin. We are for you now McCain

Posted by: ttran | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

When John McCain beats Barack Obama with Palin by his side who is the only candidate the Dems will choose to knock them off in 2012? Right Clinton- Dems for McCain dba Clinton '12 are thrilled by McCain's VP choice-
Besides,
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate him because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the only WaPo stories about Obama today are this and the fact that he called PALIN to congratulate her?

VP PICK: Mission Accomplished ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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