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Obama Heckled on African American Policies

By Jonathan Weisman
ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A day after John McCain's campaign accused Barack Obama of having "played the race card," the senator from Illinois was confronted by self-described members of the "International African Revolution" concerned he doesn't talk enough about race.

A boisterous town hall meeting in the Gibbs High School gym here was repeatedly interrupted by activists from the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a pan-African socialist group, who accused Obama of ignoring the plight of poor blacks targeted by predatory lenders, police brutality and racist attacks. Obama tried to calm the situation, with assists from a supportive crowd that shouted the hecklers down.

Handing the activists the microphone did little to assuage them.

"All these attacks are clearly being made on the African community," one of the hecklers, St. Petersburg resident Diop Olugbulu, 31, said, when Obama recognized him and directed the microphone to him. "Why is it that that you have not spoken to the issues or spoken on behalf of the African community?"

Obama defended his record, saying he had spoken out on every issue the hecklers raised, from the shooting of Sean Bell in New York to the prosecution of the Jena Six in Louisiana to predatory lending targeted at blacks and Hispanics.

"That doesn't mean I'm always going to satisfy the way you guys want me to talk, which gives you the option of voting for someone else, which gives you the option of running for office yourself," Obama replied as the young man stood stony-faced, arms crossed, amid deafening cheers. "But the one thing that is important is that we're respectful toward each other."

The altercation comes as the issue of race resurfaces in the campaign for the White House. McCain's campaign yesterday accused Obama of having "played the race card" when he warned supporters that people would bring up Obama's "funny name" and the fact that "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills" in order to scare voters. McCain aides have challenged the Obama campaign for specific examples, and are still waiting. McCain will address the Urban League today in Orlando, and Obama will address the Urban League tomorrow on the second day of his swing through the I-4 corridor of Central Florida.

At the dawn of Obama's political ascent, he faced questions from some African Americans over whether he was "black enough." But after he won the Iowa caucuses, such doubts gave way to overwhelming pride in a black community that mobilized -- with some help from Obama organizers -- in unprecedented numbers to help deliver him the nomination. Obama is counting on that enthusiasm to help deliver him the presidency, as well, but this morning's altercation served as a reminder that the relationship is not without its complications. Just weeks ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson accused Obama of "talking down" to black people.

In a interview after the event, Olugbulu called Obama's reaction to the Bell judicial decision "one example of how he falls short in the African American community. He falls short every time."

Such flare-ups could also help Obama as he tries to win over skeptics. Obama did not back off his lecturing today, telling the audience, as he often does, that families need to mind what they eat, turn off the television, help their children learn and stop "yelling at the teacher" if their children are doing poorly in school.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 1, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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alberta treadway stated in a comment..."and Mccains story will not match any african americans that we know of and few poor or low income white" Ms. Treaday if I may call you that, most white americans are not born with a silver spoon in their mouths just like black americans... Your perception is coming from TV and persons on TV (which is less that 1% of our population) which is NOT a good representation of the information you are spewing. Obama is a Socalist, will drive this country into the ground with his health care reform package, and bailing persons "ADULTS" (either black or white) out of their bad decisions... Learn from history and why people came to this county ... do not go backwards... Ignorance is unforgivable.

Posted by: Kimberly D | August 4, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

No one has to tell african american or black or any nationality how to vote. I am a mad Old lady who was a Republican, and son don't doubt that! Obama's campagne got a chewing for what he did to those muslem girl, and it was by obama himself. The man than apologized to them and offered them a seat up front at his next appearance! He talks to heckler, not order them thrown out or ticketed like mccain does. Know for a history lesson. Our 15 th Prez was a military man, James Bushaman who got us mired down in the civil war. Our 16th prez was a lawyer who ended civilwar, freed the slaves and unified our nation. that was Abraham Lincoln. Now to remind you! Mccain graduated at the bottom of his military class! Obama graduated at the top of his Law class! He is a roll model for white and black young people alike. Because he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth like Mccain.He didn't have a daddy who kept him in School when he was at the bottom of his class, and was a poor pilot like Mccain. He worked his way up from the bottom, and Mccain married his millionair wife to start from the top! There is a big difference where, how these men got where they are today---------and Mccains story will not match any african americans that we know of and few poor or low income white! So I'm sorry if he ain't white enough or black enough for all you! He certainly is cut out of a cloth that is far above that of John Mccain who's had every thing handed to him by his daddy or his wife!

Posted by: alberta treadway | August 3, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lewis 40

Once again the black community is under the impression that the Democratic party is on their side. Then answer this.... How is it that aid for Africa has quadrupled under the Bush administration. Bush has given more than any other president. Read for yourself here.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/popular-in-africa-bush-has-given-more-aid-than-any-other-us-president-783387.html

Or listen to the Rev Jesse Lee Peterson a black Republican.
http://www.myspace.com/1talkradio

Somehow Colin Powell and Condy Rice both Republicans have been labeled "token blacks" especially by the rap industry. Accused of not being black enough. Why can't Powell or Rice be a role model for black youths instead of some rapper who is either dead, in prison, or on his way to prison.

If you do the research, you will find out where people really stand. Not by what they say on television, but by their voting records..

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

Posted by: Jim Williams | August 2, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

For a minute, I thought these hecklers were Rev. Jackson subversives.

Well now I was a listening to ole Bushie on the radio wastin his time talkin about Voodoo Energy politicy when he could be a talkin bout his accomplishments for seniors like social security and medicare.

Or how about his feats (or defeatisms) over Immigration reform and border security. He got a list of problems not fixed a mile long and it cost alot more to drive that mile these days. The voter, the electorate and people that don't vote pump their own gas, this is a travesty, a total wash.

Being poor is not exclusive to one race, gender, religious group or any specific continent. As the poor get poorer through Voodoo Energy Politicy the poorness is distributed around the world equally with a price per barrel in devaluing United States dollars. Politics is stupid and there is no one more stupid than Karl Rove. This kind of politics looks for victories that devalue our nation like Voodoo economics.

Carrying that torch into the next decade means that everyone is poor not just an unchosen few. Senior Citizens as well as children are getting poorer just the same as the cost of living rises in the United States while the dollar falls in value. Eating out now is a luxury while some can't eat at all, pathetic. Didn't they take enough yet, did they not get theirs yet ? And will the Seniors act to protect themselves and their grandchildren in the voting booths this fall, I wonder not.

Bushie's mommy Barbara said of her son George, "He don't listen to anyone". I believe her. Little Johhny McCain must have some cotton in his ears that needs to be stuck in his mouth too. Unless he thinks Rovian clones are "The bes of the bes", delusional and pathetic.

Posted by: Mark W. | August 2, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Have we not learned anything at all? You can't put a single group in a box. There is no such thing as "acting" white or black. We have to stop accepting stereotypes no matter where they come from. No one can define who you are, judge your intentions, or know your motives but you. Barack isn't black or white, he is who he knows himself to be. We can only judge his words and actions. Race shouldn't have nothing to do with that.

Posted by: Kendrick | August 2, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

and its also about pride. Pride that an African American is only three months away from being the next president of these united states. young blacks are paying attention to this more then anytime in political history and its the democrats who have given us such a wonderful opportunity to elect a qualified exceptional man like OBAMA.


Posted by: llewis40 | August 2, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Jim

Its a fact that the absolute majority of African Americans who vote are demo crates. Those who vote.

Robert Kennedy said about forty years ago that he could envision a negro being elected president and its about to come true.

The democratic party has been inconsistent at times when it deals with black issues but that have always come across as having a better understanding of our needs. Whereas the republicans have shown over and over that they dont give a damn about us. They cater to the right wing, bigoted establishment. If there's anything that they dont understand they will find a way to control it, if they cant do that they will destroy it or put it out of sound and mind.Exactly what that DOPE Bush has done with Iraq.

In my opinion any black out there who supports such a intolerant party either never particularly had black associates in their life, has a hate for their own kind, just plain embarrassed for being black. A sellout in the Clarence Thomas mode.


Posted by: lewis40 | August 2, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA will at least get 95% or 98% of the black vote. That's a given no matter what happens.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 1, 2008 9:22 PM

So Obama gets 95% or 98% of the black vote automatically because he is black. If that is how the black community will vote, then it is truly disappointing. I hope that they will study the candidates carefully and make informed decisions come November.

Posted by: Jim | August 2, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Jim Williams, good remarks. I agree with you 100% on this issue.

Posted by: Mark | August 2, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

How to fix the black community?

Get an education, get a job, and stop shooting and killing each other.
It really is that easy. If you are saying the government needs to fix the situation then you are also saying you yourselves are incapable of doing anything for yourself.

Posted by: Jim Williams | August 2, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Those blacks and whites making racist remarks here are all a disgrace to their respective races.

Both are just trash. One just as pathetic as the other!

Neither of which should be considered American because they have so little IQ and very little education or moral compass due their parents ignorance also. They are social misfits and can only find personal gratification by attacking each other with their ignorance.

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 2, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Since all you right wingers were so sanctimonious concerning Bill Clinton's adulterous affairs why haven't you or your puppet masters aka. Rush, Sean, Bill O. said anything about McCain and his past indiscretions. Not to mention his friendship with the Bonano crime family in Arizona.

Posted by: joshua kraushar | August 1, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Susan Doran

The difference between what we've suffered for these past eight years has to do with the fact that George Bush is a DOPE. DUMB. STUPID. And he got away with it by pretending to feel our pain while sending good American men and woman into a war for a country like Iraq that could give a wet fart if our own country destroyed itself from within.

Its time we had a more intelligent, cool, caring thinking man like OBAMA. I would trust him over such a ODD, ill tempered, grumpy fellow like McCain who according to him may be still fighting the Vietnam war.

He said he knows how to win wars. What damn wars has he won? He is to ODD for me to trust him with his finger hovering over that little red button.

Just to ODD.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA will at least get 95% or 98% of the black vote. That's a given no matter what happens.

To be specific McCain has no idea what African Americans need. He has no concept of that, other then the fact he knows how to win wars (he still hasn't told us which ones).

No. We are just waiting for Nov.4th to make instant history. we wont let this slip by. As blacks.

OBAMA just has to present himself as he is. Confident, cool. Presidential. Tell the American people that McCain doesn't have the temperament to be president. He needs to go on the attack more. I know that's not how he rolls but McCain and his hater brigade are out in force. It will fail, that I know because KARMA is gonna bite ODD McCain in the rear end. Eventually.

Its alright. In the final analysis OBAMA will be our next president. Get on the bus you right wingers and haters, or step aside and observe.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 1, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

If you think this (Fool) is going to make a difference you are wrong. This organization is nothing more than another meaningless, sell-out hate group. Barrack's campaign is bullet proof and all you Racist Loser's that think all African American's are the same will have to Bow Down to a Black President!! For you that have time to waste criticizing Blacks and others on a Blog you obviously are quite the Looser yourself...Otherwise you would be out making things happen. For the Gentleman that spoke out ...I am sad to see you took of a whole day from Burger King to make an attempt to get time on national Television...Nevertheless, I ain't mad at you...that's your right...You other Loser's that are speaking out of term on this Blog, I wish I could meet some of you COWARDS as you wouldn't have the B*lls to say these things in person (COWARD) and definitely don't have much to show for your ignorance...JUST BE QUIET AND BOW DOWN TO YOUR NEXT AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT or SHUT UP!!!!!!!!! If you want to say anymore just step out and state your opinion to a real Brother and see what happens!! BOW DOWN!!

Posted by: FL Bammas | August 1, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

My consternation here, which I'm feeling more frequently in this campaign, is Obama's apparently lack of interest in listening. He seems cocky and cavalier. We already have a leader who showed us from early on he doesn't give a fig about our opinions and concerns.

Basically what Obama said today to those men was: love it or leave it. We're coming up on 8 years of that. Defensiveness, arrogance, dismissiveness. Makes me so sad.

From Obama I would have expected (back in the good old days of a few months ago) a response like: I xare what you have to say. want to hear from ALL of you. I want to know your complaints, your issues, your concerns. Talk to me so I know you, so I can affectively REPRESENT you.

Posted by: Susan Doran | August 1, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Dianne72
I will pray for you.

Posted by: teecee | August 1, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

WE are so full of hate. WHY? Americans need to ask themselves what are they afraid of? We can't still be that ignorant to let the race of a candidate get in the way of REAL ISSUES. This makes me sad!

Posted by: teecee | August 1, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Not every black person is in complaince with everything Obama does or stands for. There is an silent but growing disgruntled community who are sick and tired of walking on eggshells because a black looking man is running for president. These young man WERE NOT plants but rather part of a growing silent minority who dared to ask serious question that Obama wishes to AVOID. Obama has openly addressed the Jewish, Hispanic, and other white organization but has deliberately avoided the black community, unless he wants to lecture(you know the Rev. Wright speech on black responsibility-who says Barack wasn't paying attention in church) the black community if only to show white America that they can 'trust him'.
Watch out Barack- you lose 15% of the black vote- you lose even bigger on election day!

Posted by: Tennesseevoice | August 1, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I live in a community that is 36% African American. We had our 79th murder of the year yesterday. We were considered the 4th most dangerous city in the country in 2007. We have more carjackings than any other city in the country.

I will vote for Sen. Obama in November, but I am dreading the impact that his candidacy will have on my community. This incident today is a window into the anger in the African American community and their unrealistic expectations of an Obama presidency.

The reaction of the African American community to an Obama loss is likely to be violent. But the reaction to his presidency may be as well. As Ludricous sang/said this week, "Obama will turn the White House Black." That's not likely to happen and many African Americans are likely to be dissppointed and angry when it doesn't. Disappointed unrealistic expectations are the stuff of which revolutions are made.

Posted by: Yellow Dog | August 1, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I live in a community that is 36% African American. We had our 79th murder of the year yesterday. We were considered the 4th most dangerous city in the country in 2007. We have more carjackings than any other city in the country.

I will vote for Sen. Obama in November, but I am dreading the impact that his candidacy will have on my community. This incident today is a window into the anger in the African American community and their unrealistic expectations of an Obama presidency.

The reaction of the African American community to an Obama loss is likely to be violent. But the reaction to his presidency may be as well. As Ludricous sang/said this week, "Obama will turn the White House Black." That's not likely to happen and many African Americans are likely to be dissppointed and angry when it doesn't. Disappointed unrealistic expectations are the stuff of which revolutions are made.

Posted by: Yellow Dog | August 1, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

It will be a "dark" day for America when we have a First Lady who resembles night soil.

Posted by: Dianne72 | August 1, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Tab L. Uno from Utah:

John Sidney McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Duane

I dont know if your black, white, or beige so I'm making an assumption.

But white people steal. White people kill each other to. They drop outta schools and they cant always hold down a damn job either. Just that some of my brothers and sisters make it all seem so easy so the media eats it up. White people are not above all that. They can just get away with it much easier.

Yep.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 1, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You're either delusional, or black. Latinos.. maybe. But blacks?
Total bull...

What's bull is the old boy network that promotes hiring your prep school buddies. I'm black, have a job, and work hard. The same goes for all my family and friends. I don't know anyone who sells drugs or steals.
Watching too much TV and listening to rap music can lead to believe otherwise. Learn about other cultures, don't just take the lazy way out and believe the caricature.

Posted by: priceisright | August 1, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

If one is going to look for African Americans to bash over ignoring poor African Americans look no further than U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, now that's a position that the next President is going to be nominating for - who do you feel more confident in nominating as President who in turn will nominate the next Supreme Court justice?

Posted by: Tab L. Uno from Utah | August 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

walking around money works wonders for john mccain....

Posted by: kravitz | August 1, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Originally, civil rights programs were enacted to help African Americans become full citizens of the United States. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution made slavery illegal; the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law; the Fifteenth Amendment forbids racial discrimination in access to voting. The 1866 Civil Rights Act guarantees every citizen "the same right to make and enforce contracts ... as is enjoyed by white citizens ... "

So this started in 1866 and wasn't fully enacted for another 100 years.

Posted by: priceisright | August 1, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great! The hecklers sound just like the Rev. Wright that Obama hung out with for 20 years. Nothing like a pissed off black man blaming all his problems on "the man"! Hears a fun idea, black Americans stop killing, stop stealing, stop droping out of school and hold down a job. Resect will come....:o)

Posted by: Duane | August 1, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"Blacks and Latino's are the hardest working people in this country and they do the work for less."

You're either delusional, or black. Latinos.. maybe. But blacks?
Total bull...

Posted by: miscreant | August 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The term affirmative action describes policies aimed at a historically socio-politically non-dominant group (typically, minority men or women of all racial groups) intended to promote its access to education or employment. Motivation for affirmative action is a desire to redress effects of actual or perceived, past or current discrimination that is regarded as unfair.[who?] It also serves to encourage public institutions such as universities, hospitals and police forces to be more representative of the population[1].

Posted by: priceisright | August 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"Blacks and Latino's are the hardest working people in this country and they do the work for less."

You're either delusional, or black. Latinos.. maybe. But blacks?
Total bull...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, these idiots don't know how to decipher Obama's 'code'. As recently as last week he spoke of "economic justice", which translates into increased affirmative action and reparations. So, don't worry, you'll have some walking around money. No problem, we'll get it back in no time.

Posted by: miscreant | August 1, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Mike is an idiot. Simple minds can not comprehend complex issues.
Blacks and Latino's are the hardest working people in this country and they do the work for less.
Mike needs to ask someone to give him, give him, give him a hand pulling his head out his a$$.
White people have had an advantage over blacks for over 200 years. Blacks have only been considered a whole and equal part of this society for only 40 years. Mike if your dumba$$ family wasn't able to take advantae of the 200 year headstart, that's your family's fault.

Posted by: priceisright | August 1, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

As an OBAMA supporter Ive no worries at all.

All the Clinton and ill informed Jesse Jackson supporters will go into the voting booth and pull the lever for OBAMA because his policies hit closer to home then it could ever will with McCain.

Never met the man but this Olugbulu cant be that dense. Id say he's just blowing up a wet fart of a frustration after having to endure eight years of crap from that dope George Bush. Unlike the majority of you haters and right wingers posting on these boards he knows the issues that mean most to him will be addressed in an OBAMA administration.

May as well forget it in a McCain one. Snowball chance in hell.

Posted by: llewis40 | August 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

At least Obama allows the hecklers to speak. Bush and McCain just kick them out.

Posted by: 1st Amendment | August 1, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps America deserves another heaping helping of Bush/McSame/Kissinger/Cheney.

It is going so well and if it ain't broke don't fix it. The Republican agenda is the American agenda. Republicans know what is good for the voters. Their record stands on its own. A wide stance, a bridge to nowhere, a venal, corrupt and essentially worthless record, but they love you and you love them. And they are as white as a sheet.

Are you tired of black people "not working"? Then watch yourself drop into the same pit.

I work all day every day and I don't care who is not working, those people are fools, lost souls and maybe there are a few victims.

Obama is no whiner. He is so scary, the racists' worst nightmare. Smarter than you, harder working than you and he has no patience for the people of any color who would rather complain than work.

Posted by: shrink2 | August 1, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

At this rate the Democratic Party may have to re-think who the nominee will be come convention time.

Did I say that out loud?

Posted by: Howard Dean | August 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

OfficerMancuso: Perhaps Obama would fare better with this particular constituency if he borrowed a page from Iraq's prime minister and handed out money on street corners.

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Methinks he is doing just that. Or maybe you didn't see he just proposed another $1,000 rebate check....

Posted by: ghokee | August 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Every time Blacks open their mouth - It is give me - give me - give me. How about work - work - work to get ahead in life. We all know that Barracky Hussein will cave into these people.

To the Hispanic voters - Barracky Hussein Obama does not care about you. His empty rhetoric, that U.S. citizens should learn to speak Spanish was just to try to get your vote. He cannot be trusted.

McCain in 2008

Posted by: mike | August 1, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you, Diop Olugbulu!

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted by: The Franchise | August 1, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Were you aware that Mr. Obama is just about as black as the average black person in America? No? Go meet some African people.

To me it is funny how the "Chinese Community" is not thrilled about Tiger Woods, nor is the "Black Community".

So in America, how did all that black blood get mixed in with all that white blood?

White women raped by slaves? No.

White women married black guys? Sorry, that just became legal a few decades ago.

African women falling in love with white men? Not really.

Well Obama has a snowball's chance in Hell of being elected in America, so I'll just keep sending him money.

Posted by: shrink2 | August 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Vote for OBAMA

Posted by: Robert | August 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Obama would fare better with this particular constituency if he borrowed a page from Iraq's prime minister and handed out money on street corners.

Posted by: OfficerMancuso | August 1, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the lies are starting to unravel for Obama. He claims he is going to help American blacks but he was touring the world. How's that possible? He claims he is a Commander in Chief but he can't even stomach to visit the wounded . . . because their are no cameras to see his crocodile tears.

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Cryos

Can you honestly deny that the Rovians who smeared McCain in the 2000 Primary in SC by spreading a rumor that McCain had a black child out of wedlock will not pull out all the dirty tricks he can to defeat Obama. If so, you don't need a tin hat you should just stop smoking what ever is clouding your mind.

Posted by: jefflz | August 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Steve B

How did you get the tilde into your post about pinata politics?

Obama is indeed half black so the McCain/Kissinger/Cheney ticket may win, but if it does, Americans will pay and pay and pay. Were you aware that the oil war victory already occurred?

Exxon Mobil breaks the world history record in profit and you McSame people think that is good for America and good for you. Congratulations suckers.

Posted by: shrink2 | August 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

He took the Black vote so why not dance with the one that you came to the party????

that is why he is asked

Posted by: Jay | August 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't this organization asking the same thing of McCain? How has McCain addressed these issues? Why is it only their expectation that the candidate of color address the Black community's concerns? Why is Obama being held to a different standard/accountability than McCain? The Democratic party has always worked closely with the Black community, the Republicans have not. Yet, Republicans are never held accountable for their basic dismissal of the black community's concerns.

Posted by: Bryan | August 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is hardly black. At most, he is b-racial. Whites are not threatened by him because he acts white, dresses white, talks white and was educated at elite, mostly white schools. He'll lose blacks because he is hardly one of them.

Posted by: Kathy | August 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

>If he were white, how many would still find him interesting and worthy of promotion to the highest office in the land?

If he were white he would be leading by 20 points. White people are not going to vote for a black man for president, and will create any excuse to cover their bigotry. Why white people don't come out and admit they won't elect a black is a mystery to me. What could happen? You're in the majority and have all of the power. Just admit it and get it over with.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | August 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is another picked by White America to be our Black leader. I guess they feel safe with him since his roots are not derived from his ancestors being enslaved. Those of us that have sense of the in justice of slavery, would vote for Reverend Wright.

Posted by: Jay | August 1, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

jeff quick put on your tinfoil hat. The Rovian mind control machine is on its way to your house!

Posted by: Cryos | August 1, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be shocked to learn that these hecklers were put there for a fee by Karl Rove and Band of Dirty Tricksters. This is exactly the kind of filthy play they would make since McCain is speaking to the Urban League today.

Posted by: jefflz | August 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Piñata Politics

John McCain's campaign has been operating under a similar framework for quite a while now. Under McCain's version of Piñata Politics, the senator and his team swing wildly in every direction, hoping to hit Barack Obama. There's no real consistency to the attacks, and there's even less honesty and integrity backing up the attacks. But McCain appears to be blindfolded, allowing Karl Rove's operation to spin him in circles.

There's at least some evidence the party isn't impressed.

One GOP strategist with close ties to McCain's campaign said the new line of attack reflected the operation's "schizophrenic" nature. He said that tendency was also on display last week, as McCain spoke at length about media coverage of Obama rather than sticking with his plan to focus on the economy.

"They couldn't help themselves," the strategist said, adding that the ad over the hospital visit is "churlish and unlike McCain, and hardly will resonate with the swing voters who are going to decide this election." The strategist continued: "They're doing it because the candidate, and the campaign, is not happy with where they are and they're lashing out."

If McCain hopes to win the election, the strategist added, "he needs to be a happy warrior."

I think it's a little late for that tack, isn't it?

In fact, McCain is clearly the opposite of a "happy warrior" -- he's swinging for that pinata with reckless abandon, giving up the pretense that he has anything positive to offer at all. Slate's John Dickerson last week labeled McCain the "Unhappy Warrior," arguing that McCain is "attacking too much and indiscriminately. The barrage undermines his brand, takes time away from telling voters what he might do for them, and looks awfully old-timey in a year when voters want a new brand."

Following up on a previous item, since McCain brought in Rove's team to run the campaign operation, his brand of Pinata Politics have led him to take swings in all kinds of directions:

* McCain said Obama is responsible for high gas prices. (He's not.)

* McCain said Obama blew off wounded troops to go to the gym. (He didn't.)

* McCain said Obama wants to raise middle-class taxes. (He doesn't.)

* McCain said Obama healthcare plan is socialized medicine. (It's not.)

* McCain suggested Obama might be a "socialist." (He's not.)

* McCain said Obama was taking Maliki's policy endorsement out of context. (He wasn't.)

* McCain said Obama's tax plan would hurt millions of small businesses. (It won't.)

* McCain said Obama is deliberately ignoring the successes of U.S. troops in Iraq. (He's not.)

* McCain said Obama actually might be treasonous. (He isn't.)

And, of course, he's attacked Obama's integrity, honesty, character, and patriotism. Last week, the McCain campaign even hinted that Obama is weak on genocide.

"They're doing it because the candidate, and the campaign, is not happy with where they are and they're lashing out," the Republican strategist said.

That may be true. And who knows, maybe voters will find all of this compelling.

But at this point, it seems like even Republicans are anxious to see McCain take the blindfold off -- his tactics are making the rest of us dizzy, too.


Posted by: Steve B | August 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

These "socilalist" are obvious distractions
by the Obama Camp to look like a centrist.
They are not fooling anyone.

Posted by: Frank | August 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever been to a child's birthday party in which there's a pinata? It's a pretty straightforward exercise -- the birthday boy/girl gets blindfolded, is handed a big stick, is spun around to cause minor disorientation, and is then encouraged to swing the stick wildly in every direction, in the hopes of hitting a target and getting a prize.

John McCain's campaign has been operating under a similar framework for quite a while now. Under McCain's version of Pinata Politics, the senator and his team swing wildly in every direction, hoping to hit Barack Obama. There's no real consistency to the attacks -- and there's even less honesty and integrity backing up the attacks -- but McCain appears to be blindfolded, allowing Karl Rove's operation to spin him in circles.

Want to read something funny? I mean, genuinely hysterical? Take a look at the memo distributed by the McCain campaign in early March, immediately after the Arizona senator officially secured the Republican nomination.

"It is critical," the memo explained, "as we prepare to face off with whomever the Democrats select as their nominee, that we all follow John's lead and run a respectful campaign focused on the issues.... Throughout the primary election we saw John McCain reject the type of politics that degrade our civics, and this will not change." The memo added that "overheated rhetoric and personal attacks" only serve to "distract" us, and that it was imperative that the campaign hold itself "to the highest standards."

That was nearly five months ago, and it's hard to imagine even the most sycophantic McCain supporter agreeing that the presumptive Republican nominee is meeting the standards he set for himself in March. Indeed, since McCain brought in Karl Rove's team to run the campaign operation, the swings at the pinata have become even more reckless, occasionally hitting the target, and occasionally hitting everyone else watching the festivities.

Just this week, McCain took a swing at the race card. And towards Britney Spears. And at wounded U.S. troops. To fully appreciate just how wild McCain's swings have become, take a look at this list, which is too long to reproduce here, of McCain aiming unsuccessfully at that pinata. There's no coherent thought; just an angry man with a bat.

Since the general-election campaign began in earnest, McCain has attacked Obama's integrity, honesty, character, and patriotism. Last week, the McCain campaign even hinted that Obama is weak on genocide. Hitting that pinata is apparently pretty difficult.

"They're doing it because the candidate, and the campaign, is not happy with where they are and they're lashing out," a Republican strategist recently said.

That may be true. And who knows, maybe voters will find all of this compelling.

But at this point, most of us are pretty anxious to see McCain take the blindfold off -- his tactics are starting to make us dizzy.


Posted by: Steve B | August 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Just read this interesting insight into those wacky black Republicans' minds these days. What are they thinkin' bout Obama vs. McCain? Well, apparently, they are feeling dissed and marginalized by the McCain Campaign and searching for a home. To which I say, hey, feel free to cross right back over to Obama.

Here's the dope from Yvonne R. Davis who is a former national co-chair for African Americans for Bush and a former appointee in the Bush Administration (I know, I know -- that poor woman. God only what she's seen). An excerpt from her piece:

African American Republicans are worried about their place in the Republican Party. There is fear and great trepidation on how inclusive the party of Lincoln will be when President George W. Bush leaves office next January.

I have received a number of anonymous emails from Black Elephant office holders from around the country and I have been a part of some clandestine meetings and conference calls with a number of prominent African American Republicans from Texas to Washington, DC who repeatedly ask: What is going to happen to us? There is no confidence Senator John McCain will do anything to embrace this group. Afraid to come out of the closet for Obama, most are silently breaking for him.

Although President Bush's national approval rating is under 30 percent, when it comes to African American Republicans, his approval ratings soar through the roof. He is perceived as the only Republican president since Richard Nixon to actively reach out and include African Americans. Bush's historical appointments of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice to the Secretary of State spot as well as other key appointments throughout his Administration helped garner this support. President Bush did more than pepper blacks throughout his Administration. Many of us felt he was personally committed.

Senator McCain said he would like to reach out to African Americans. However, his campaign has done no more than hold some private meetings with a few black Republicans who are trying to figure out how they can play with McCain. Minus a couple of black folks seen with him on the campaign trail, you still don't see many in the room with McCain when he is meeting and greeting or standing in crowds.

What you see with McCain are packs of what Ron Heifetz in the Harvard Executive Leadership School calls older "silverback" white males. When President Bush was on the stump in 2000 and 2004, and later in the White House, African American Republicans often heard that President Bush strongly admonished his staff for inviting the same old white guys to everything.

The McCain campaign recently launched a web site in all Spanish to woo the Latino vote Bush courted and enjoyed. McCain has a formidable advisory board of Latino leaders from across the country. He should. Latinos do vote Republican and yes they are the fastest growing minority group. However, the McCain web site does not showcase African Americans for McCain. Maybe he will wait until after the RNC Convention in September.

When Karl Rove ran the Bush operation, he was smart enough to know it made good political sense to reach out to African Americans even though the black vote meant very little to his candidate's victory. He expended dollars on black press, hired black consultants, partnered with organizations and black churches to promote education and faith-based agendas and empowered a significant number of black Republicans, peppering them throughout the campaign from grass roots to finance. When President Bush traveled from state to state, there were always African Americans involved. You never saw so many black dots as at the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions.

Posted by: Cindy Lou | August 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I hope these Hecklers hope to visit a McCain rally soon. If they do they won't be handed the microphone, they'll be handed the shaft and most likely arrested.

Come on Uhuru Movement, aren't we barking a bit up the wrong tree here?

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron, Ohio | August 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama isn't really my type. I support Rush Limbaugh because he's built for comfort, not for speed.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much that I support Rush Limbaugh and John McCain, it's more that I'm exceptionally attracted to them.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Your Republican overlords are quaking in their boots.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Jon:

I never said you were calling me a "racist" (others have no problem doing that ; )

Dean G.:

I love the Nixon Library -- there's another opinion, free of charge -- last I checked, there's no limit on the number of posts. I don't have to stop, in order for you and others to join in. The more the merrier, I always say.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

David Shuster got suspended from MSNBC for suggesting that the Clintons had "pimped' their daughter Chelsea out by getting her to call various female politicians on behalf of her mother's campaign. In 1998, Senator McCain made the following joke at a DC Republican fundraiser to general laughter and applause, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father."

When the word got out, McCain quickly apologized to the Clintons who quietly accepted the apology. Personally, I think Chelsea Clinton's quite attractive, especially if you know anything about her. Have you looked in a mirror lately Senator? In any case, the joke itself manages to be anti-gay, anti-female, and God knows what else all at once. Chelsea Clinton was not quite 18 at the time and given that other scandal that started in 1996 wasn't exactly going through the easiest time as the First Daughter. Janet Reno was also dealing with the onset of Parkinson's disease at the time. I've found nothing that suggests that McCain ever apologized to the Attorney General.

The incident suggests a streak of cruelty and/or thoughtlessness. Neither is a good thing for a possible leader fo the "free world". It also echoes some people's concerns about why John McCain left his first wife.

Even if I were a Republican I couldn't vote for John McCain. It is after all Abraham Lincoln's party. Maybe my reasons are down there with those folk who say they would never vote for the Clintons because of Monica. Even if I happened to agree with candidate McCain on every single issue, there's a side of the man that I can't support. It worries me that the national media has largely covered it up and maybe there are things I don't know about the other candidates, but I happen to know these things about John McCain.

Posted by: Jessica | August 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To Wes: I couldn't have said it better myself. I just don't have the patience to type that much. But, very inciteful, intelligent and factual. I also apreciate the attention to vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation. I am a stickler for that. :-)

To Dean G.: THANK YOU for that post. There should be some moderating for this thread. Obviously not.

To the rest of you: We Americans, unfortunately, do not have a good candidate this time. Let alone a great one. But.......when Obama can start to tell the truth, then he may find some of those independents swaying his way. He is waaaaaay too scary for me!!!

Posted by: specialagent | August 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The controversial George W. Bush-sponsored poll in South Carolina mentioned John McCain's role in the so-called Keating Five scandal, and McCain says his involvement in the scandal "will probably be on my tombstone." What exactly did McCain do?

In early 1987, at the beginning of his first Senate term, McCain attended two meetings with federal banking regulators to discuss an investigation into Lincoln Savings and Loan, an Irvine, Calif., thrift owned by Arizona developer Charles Keating. Federal auditors were investigating Keating's banking practices, and Keating, fearful that the government would seize his S&L, sought intervention from a number of U.S. senators.

At Keating's behest, four senators--McCain and Democrats Dennis DeConcini of Arizona, Alan Cranston of California, and John Glenn of Ohio--met with Ed Gray, chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, on April 2. Those four senators and Sen. Don Riegle, D-Mich., attended a second meeting at Keating's behest on April 9 with bank regulators in San Francisco.

Regulators did not seize Lincoln Savings and Loan until two years later. The Lincoln bailout cost taxpayers $2.6 billion, making it the biggest of the S&L scandals. In addition, 17,000 Lincoln investors lost $190 million.

In November 1990, the Senate Ethics Committee launched an investigation into the meetings between the senators and the regulators. McCain, Cranston, DeConcini, Glenn, and Riegle became known as the Keating Five.

(Keating himself was convicted in January 1993 of 73 counts of wire and bankruptcy fraud and served more than four years in prison before his conviction was overturned. Last year, he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and was sentenced to time served.)

McCain defended his attendance at the meetings by saying Keating was a constituent and that Keating's development company, American Continental Corporation, was a major Arizona employer. McCain said he wanted to know only whether Keating was being treated fairly and that he had not tried to influence the regulators. At the second meeting, McCain told the regulators, "I wouldn't want any special favors for them," and "I don't want any part of our conversation to be improper."

But Keating was more than a constituent to McCain--he was a longtime friend and associate. McCain met Keating in 1981 at a Navy League dinner in Arizona where McCain was the speaker. Keating was a former naval aviator himself, and the two men became friends. Keating raised money for McCain's two congressional campaigns in 1982 and 1984, and for McCain's 1986 Senate bid. By 1987, McCain campaigns had received $112,000 from Keating, his relatives, and his employees--the most received by any of the Keating Five. (Keating raised a total of $300,000 for the five senators.)

After McCain's election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, three of which were to Keating's Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989. At that point, he paid Keating $13,433 for the flights.

And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain's wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

how much will we get in reprations? bama?

Posted by: bigdickrichardson | August 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@Jake: Guilty conscience, hombre ;)
Actually, I wasn't referring to you. I could come up with a few adjectives for ya, but unless I've missed some posts, racist wouldn't be one of them.
I don't do any painting, the posts speak for themselves.

Posted by: jon | August 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

holeymoley, I got yer reparations right here!

Posted by: Eagle Sam | August 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

by butt is white
but myass is white

Posted by: bigbuttbill | August 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a maverick senator, Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war for 5 years in North Vietnam. In 2000, he nearly beat George W. Bush by being an outspoken, even honest politician, which stunned everybody. He also is known for crafting bipartisan approaches to issues such as smoking and campaign reform.

This time around though, at 71, he apparently decided "now or never" and seems to have sold his soul, suddenly adopting a bunch of boilerplate conservative positions he was brave enough to resist 8 years ago. Now, conveniently, he's even claiming to be a Baptist instead of an Episcopalian.

It didn't look like anyone was buying it for a while there, but danged if he hasn't come back and pretty much sewed up the Republican nomination. McCain went from front runner to 3rd or 4th in various polls, spent all of his huge pile of cash and lost most of his staff, and worked his way back into a dominant position.

Here are some negative allegations:


Affairs -- Religion Shopping -- A Junkie Wife -- Keating 5 -- Mafia Ties -- Quotes -- Sources
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That New Time Religion
John McCain grew up Episcopalian. He went to an Episcopalian high school. For at least 15 years, he has been listed as an Episcopalian in authoritative directories such as the Almanac of American Politics and Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America 2008. He told a reporter from McClatchy News Service in June 2007 that he was an Episcopalian.
Suddenly, in September 2007, he's campaigning in South Carolina, the heavily Baptist state where George W. Bush barely managed to stop McCain's presidential campaign 8 years ago. And guess what? McCain tells a reporter "By the way, I'm not Episcopalian. I'm Baptist."

When pressed, he said he's attended the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Arizona for more than 15 years, though he has never been baptized in that church. Now see, that's exactly the problem. Baptism is kind of a big thing in the Baptist Church. (That's how they got the name.) No baptism, not Baptist.

Anyway, details aside, this is one very clear indication of how McCain has changed. Now, he's just another hungry politician, happy to pander if it helps him win. Which eliminates the very reason people were excited about him in 2000 -- his honesty.


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

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


Mafia ties:
In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

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

Quotes:
- Leonardo DiCaprio is "an androgynous wimp." -- McCain.

- "The thought of [McCain] being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me." -- Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known McCain for 35 years.

Sources:

"McCain Says He's Been Baptist For Years", by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press, September 12, 2007
"Candidates invite questions about their faith", by Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, September 18, 2007

"The Pampered Politician", by Amy Silverman, The Phoenix New Times, May 15, 1997

"See John Run Off at the Mouth", Phoenix New Times, October 1, 1998

"Opiate for the Mrs.", Phoenix New Times, September 8, 1994

"Flashes: What's Up, Murdoch?", Phoenix New Times, September 17, 1998

the US Veteran's Dispatch web site.

"Symington Gets Slammer", Phoenix New Times, February 2, 1998

Election 98: Arizona Governor, Fox News web site, 1998 coverage (no longer on web)


"Keating Gets New Trial", CNNfn Web Site, December 2, 1996

"No More Wagging,", (editorial) by Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, January 3, 1999

"John McCain, rock-and-roll dad", by Andrew Essex, The New Yorker Magazine, December 6, 1999 p52

"Unmasking Darth McCain", by William Cleeland, The Daily Illini, March 9, 2001

"Famed McCain Temper is Tamed", By Michael Kranish Boston Globe, January 27, 2008


Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jake, c'mon guy, we ALL know you're a racist Republican and you use your fictitious moniker "Dianne72" to harass and harangue to the detriment of Mrs. Obama - a nice lady and good mother.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

bama needs to give my black butt reprations!

Posted by: holymoley | August 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain traded on his status as a "crip" for a lot longer than Obama is supposed to trade on his being black and white!

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time to this comment board, and it's peculiar how one person (JakeD) has so many opions. Keeping in mind what opions are like, being stuck on stupid has got to be painful. Give yourself a break Jake and let some other people share.

Posted by: Dean G., Loma Linda, California | August 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Big Daddy:

Who, exactly, are you labeling "racist"?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

WOW...all this racist hatred on the part of right wing "Christians". Must be that they are "Christians" on Sunday mornings for one hour..and the rest of the time they are redneck racist white trash, smoking crack and snorting oxycontin.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

my butt is black
my butt is white
say hello to reverend wright

my wife's butt is black
cindy mccain's is white
together we learn just how to wipe
just how to wi hi hi hi hi hi hipe
ah ahahahahah

Posted by: old joe schmo | August 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Donald R. Diamond, a wealthy Arizona real estate developer, was racing to snap up a stretch of virgin California coast freed by the closing of an Army base a decade ago when he turned to an old friend, Senator John McCain. When Mr. Diamond wanted to buy land at the base, Fort Ord, Mr. McCain assigned an aide who set up a meeting at the Pentagon and later stepped in again to help speed up the sale, according to people involved and a deposition Mr. Diamond gave for a related lawsuit. When he appealed to a nearby city for the right to develop other property at the former base, Mr. Diamond submitted Mr. McCain's endorsement as 'a close personal friend.'"

More: "For Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican who has staked two presidential campaigns on pledges to avoid even the appearance of dispensing an official favor for a donor, Mr. Diamond is the kind of friend who can pose a test. A longtime political patron, Mr. Diamond is one of the elite fund-raisers Mr. McCain's current presidential campaign calls Innovators, having raised more than $250,000 so far."

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone in this Pan-African group been paying attention to anything Obama has talked about? He is not running to be the President of just black Americans or just white Americans or just liberal Americans. His message has been about uniting all of us as ONE AMERICA to get involved to solve the issues we face together, not about waiting for the government to do it alone.

On that note, I would really like to know what this group has done to better the situations they are so angry about in their own community. Pointing a collective finger at someone else to lay blame for all the problems is the EASY thing to do. To get involved in the community to accomplish the positive change they seek is harder.

Posted by: VAReader | August 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@Walter - - I've yet to meet a person that is "Pro-Abortion." I'm not sure if you can understand the distinction, but, there is a reason the movement is called "Pro-Choice."
They want women to have the Choice.
It really is that simple.
But, if you ask anyone in the Pro-Choice movement, if they're Pro-Abortion, or favor, or like abortions, you'll hear a resounding "NO!"
Nobody favors abortions, but sometimes they are necessary, and the majority of women want the Choice, to make that decision.

Posted by: jon | August 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

his face is black
hisass is white
he's been listening to the reverand wright
ah hahahahaha

Posted by: odb | August 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it cool how some of the language here reflects such a high degree of welfare thinking that goes on today ? I bet a lot of these people have real Ph D's (post hole diggers). I will kill you to keep you from going to war. Right on. Go lefties. Liberal all the way.

Posted by: old mo | August 1, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's race shouldn't matter to whites, blacks or whoever. What should matter is the candidates policies and record. Everyone in the country needs to stretch their brains already and learn about the candidates and vote accordingly. This is a little more important than American Idol.

Posted by: Kathy | August 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Jon:

My real name is, indeed, Jake. I would caution against painting anyone "racist" though.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYING THE DISABILITY CARD HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Mccain has been playing the disability card for his entire career. No one dares tell the truth about him or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you,
" MY ARMS HURT, MY ARMS HURT, I WAS A P.O.W., I AM A HERO ASK ANYBODY".
He gets away with murder, why, Hell, "HE IS DISABLED".
At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around a half blind demented "Real" war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 when Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off this hero BS with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past can not even be substantiated. He can not account for most of his medals, ask him. They were just handed to him because of who his father was. It has long been just assumed his military records have been altered and faked by his father. It's nice when your father is an Admiral. Two other men in his camp who collaborated with the enemy were threatened with execution as traders for doing the exact same thing Mccain himself admits doing in his book, except Mccain did it "30" times. But like I said, when your father is an Admiral your past can be what ever you say it is and after a while you even begin to believe it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow... pretty amazing how proud these racists are, of their views. I wonder how proud they'd be, if they weren't hiding behind the perceived "anonymity" of the internet?

To anonymous, who posted: "I'm sorry, but senator Obama's character is suspect at best and to that end I would pose just one question; If he were white, how many would still find him interesting and worthy of promotion to the highest office in the land?"
If Senator Obama was white, I suspect he'd be ahead of McCain, by the same margins polls show Dems lead Reps - 12-15% points.

Posted by: jon | August 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This retard can't even spell, what does that tell you.

..............
his face is blakc, but hisass is white ah hahahahaha

Posted by: old jim crow | August 1, 2008 1:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

his face is blakc, but hisass is white ah hahahahaha

Posted by: old jim crow | August 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

jason:

That kind of language is unnecessary.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Wes...great comment!

These facts (YES THEY ARE FACTS) remain:

Obama is racist, unpatriotic, Muslim, Arabic (almost 1/2), unqualified, and has ties to terrorists. So, regardless of what you may think of McCain, it's better than this dangerous alternative!

-a Black Democratic Woman

Posted by: Kary | August 1, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

As a black american this individual is what we call "ghetto" in white mens terms he is what they call "White Trash" But Obama speaks for the true american regardless of color but character - the young man obvisouly is uneducated like alot of McCains supports lol....

Go Obama Go!!!!!

Posted by: Black American | August 1, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

CATHY: WHAT IN THE F#UCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!! PRO LIFE MEANS JUST THAT. DON'T READ OTHER CRAP INTO IT THAT'S NOT THERE. AND 'AIR OF SUPERIORITY'?!?! PA-LEASE! C'MON. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON. WE ARE TRYING TO GET MURDERERS LIKE YOU TO STOP MURDERING INNOCENT BABIES, MURDERING THIER OWN BABIES. THAT IS THE BEST THING IN LIFE TO DO. THAT IS THE TRUTH. AND IF THE TRUTH HURTS THEN TOUGH SH!T. YOUR LUCKY YOU AREN'T ON DEATH ROW GIVEN THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR SUCH HORRIFIC MURDERS.

Posted by: jason | August 1, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

In America, you are not entitled to any special dispensation or treatment based on your country of origin. When you come to America and become a citizen, you join the vast unwashed herd of Americans who are all in this together. Stop whining about your ancestry as though it qualified you some special traumatized sainthood status.

Posted by: Carol Whitmore | August 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Walter:

That is a GREAT post!! Keep it up, my man.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

RE:
Also...let the AFRICAN'S GO BACK TO AFRICA and vote in their own elections. This election is for us Americans, not foreigners.
Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:20 PM

I like your approach.

"But the one thing that is important is that we're respectful toward each other."

Doc. Obama is weak.

Posted by: pete | August 1, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I soooooo admire the words of the great Martin Luther King in judging an individual by the content of their character, no the color of their skin. I'm sorry, but senator Obama's character is suspect at best and to that end I would pose just one question; If he were white, how many would still find him interesting and worthy of promotion to the highest office in the land?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I soooooo admire the words of the great Martin Luther King in judging an individual by the content of their character, no the color of their skin. I'm sorry, but senator Obama's character is suspect at best and to that end I would pose just one question; If he were white, how many would still find him interesting and worthy of promotion to the highest office in the land?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Big Daddy:

Apology accepted. There's a new thread up about why the McCain campaign pushed back so he is not painted as a "racist" like Obama did to Clinton.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Are these idiots from the International African Revolution (or Internation People's Democratic Uhuru Movement)protesting in the wrong country? Why don't they protest against Mugabe? These people are nothing but poseurs who somehow think there is a special legitimacy in calling themselves both African and American. If they were born in the US, then they are America and no amount of posturing is going to change that.

Posted by: Steve Hanes | August 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm for whoever wants the smaller government. Arnold cut 200,000 jobs in cali yesterday. We need to do that across the country. I deal with many government departmenta with my business and most government employees or worthless. Basically they are on welfair because most serve no purpose! If you want "change" go to work and scream for lower taxes or less government waste. Obama won't be the first black president because he is 1/2 white! He is whiter than me and my parents are white! Oh; name one country that is run by negros and is not 4th world!! Blacks are different, ask the Mayor of Nework NJ! Bye

Posted by: toasted | August 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

amen, Wes!

Posted by: minority | August 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat Party has for years given lip service to the African-American community. They have talked about prominence without fulfilling the promise. They patronize without empowering. Worst of all, this unholy bond has done more to decimate and deplete our community than slavery and Jim Crow laws ever could have accomplished. This allegiance has destroyed millions of our children; children created but denied access to the American dream, children aborted.


The Democrat Party has been a major contributor to the African American slippery slide down the slope of depravity. It has caused our community to deny the God of our Fathers and ignore the counsel of His Word. This Word brought us up and out of Egypt. This Word broke the chains of a terrible bondage and established us in the path of upward mobility and prosperity.


Our loyalty to this political regime has vexed our leaders and organizations. Institutions that were birthed to advance the causes of Afro-Americans, now in their ignorance, lobby for our decline. NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, Rainbow Coalition, Urban League, the list goes on and on. All of these were once heralded groups with anoble past and great historic accomplishment. Today, they are stymied by this ungodly tie. Rev. Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, Joseph Lowery are all allied in party and, in the process, have lost their souls. What happened to the God of Dr. Martin Luther King?


Despite this deplorable behavior of our perceived leadership, the winds of change have begun to blow. Pastors and leaders in the Black community have begun to remember their roots and realize they are chained to mediocrity and complacency. There has been a consistent flow of Afro-Americans making their way back to freedom. This has sent shock waves through the present Democrat leadership. While we are yet somewhat in a vacuum of solid Afro-American leadership with true integrity (there are many on the horizon not yet recognized), we are once again being wooed by the oppressor's ploys to stay on the plantation. Staying where there is little reward and where our lives and votes are taken for granted. Once again it is someone of our own ethnicity, our own race being used. The Democrats have deployed a new pied piper in a desperate attempt topreserve their self serving party.


New face, same tune. The song being played is from the movie "The Culture of Death." The goal is to fill the seats with Afro-Americans in the theater of apostasy. Why? Because if the current trend continues the Democrat party could soon be performing in their final act.


Enter Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (D-Ill), who is truly turning out to be one of the greatest performers of all times. Obama's biggest act is that he calls himself a Christian.


Howard Dean, Chair of the Democrat National Committee, scripted most of the scenes in this production starring Obama. Dean outlined an approach that will emphasize outreach to evangelicals. He said, "People of faith are in the Democratic Party including me."


Listen to this line. Obama stated, "As I travel around this state, I don't get asked about gay marriage, I don't get asked about abortion, I get asked 'How can I find a job that allows me to support my family?' I get asked, 'How can I pay those medical bills without going into bankruptcy.'" (Taken from a reply to questions asked during the Ill. Senate campaign)


We are deeply troubled, but not surprised at the Senator's remarks. One would only have to look at Obama's consistent support and advocacy for the gay agenda and the abortion industry to understand. As a longtime activist for children in the womb (the most discriminated against segment of our society) and proponent for family values, I am horrified at this man's voting record. Anytime Planned Parenthood gives you a 100% rating, all Americans should cringe in fear because they are the leading abortion provider in the nation.
Each day, 1452 African Americans are murdered by abortion, 4,000 children over all.
There have been over 15 million African American children dismembered in the womb by the abortion holocaust and as many women victimized.

As an elected official, should anyone have to ask you about abortion to make it your concern?


Marriage, since the 1970s, is down 17% in America and in the African Community it's down 34%, which is twice the national average.


Should Barack Hussein Obama again have to wait until someone asks him about the fundamental building block of all society? Shouldn't he protect the sanctity of marriage? The truth is, someone has asked and how he has answered the question wasabysmal.


The question was asked of Obama, should the heinous act of partial birth abortion be outlawed in America? Twice Sen. Obama answered no! When he was asked if a child, who might miraculously survive the sentence of death by abortion, be protected from an abortion doctor after surviving? Sen. Obama said no! (See Born Alive Victims Protection Law.) Has he no conscience? Is he misinformed on the facts of these barbaric practices? His response to these questions is not indicative of the Black community's beliefs, and certainly shows a low degree of conscience and moral fiber.


These six things the lord hates, yea seven are an abomination unto him, a proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. (Proverbs 6:17)


There is no candidate running for the office of the presidency with a worse record than Sen. Barack Hussein Obama. His hands have aided and abetted the abortion industry's slaughter of the innocent and no other community is affected by it more than the African American community. It's an industry that targets Afro-Americans for profit at the expense of our children's lives and the pain of Black women.


This charade has been quite a production. It is now playing and coming to a theater near you!


Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his letter from a Birmingham jail, "The early church put an end to such evils as infanticide (infant killing)."


From a jail in Birmingham, AL, without any other source of reference but his heart and the Bible, Martin wrote to some Bishops and Pastors who were not in favor of the demonstrations he was leading. They felt that it was counter productive and not in the best interest of the Negro people. Martin Luther King, Jr. felt quite differently, he chided church leaders for their reluctance to join him in the struggle for freedom. King's reference to infanticide pointed to the legality of infant killing under Roman law in the first century. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed to the practice of Christians to rescue babies left on the side of the road to die, because their parents did not like their complexion, eye color, hair color or viewed the child as an inconvenience (sound familiar?) First century Christians rescued those babies and raised them as their own children.


The early Church defied unjust laws even when the consequences could have meant their own death for doing so. Oh, if that kind of love and courage could be demonstrated today by our leadership, it would begin to heal our land.


Sen. Obama has written, "I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters ashospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex - nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the sermon on the mount."


Sen. Obama, did you say obscure? That would tend to lead unlearned listeners to believe that the Bible is vague or obscure on the subject of homosexuality.


Nothing could be further from the truth. Nearly half of the 32 verses in the first chapter of the New Testament book of Romans were dedicated to warning the early church about sexual perversion. The Apostle Paul warned that perverse thinking and the habits they create were due to the fact that "they did not want to retain God in their knowledge." That verse truly reflects much of the cast in the Democrat Party.


I would like to ask Sen. Obama the question, "How obscure is this verse?"


Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with woman kind: it is an abomination.


That sounds pretty definitive to me.


It would appear to me that Sen. Obama as well as many others shun and ignore the obvious and cloak the true causes of our problems.


African Americans make up 12% of the population, but account for over 50% of all new cases of HIV. African American women account for a staggering 68% of all newly diagnosed HIV positive women in the United States. These women primarily contracted HIV from heterosexual sex. Now, with that said, 60% of all new AIDs cases in America will be the result of the violation of Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:27 (men having sex with men).


Martin Luther King, Jr., who never marched one step for "Gay Rights," said, "The contemporary church is often a weak ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is often the arch-supporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power of the average community is consoled by the churches silent and often vocal sanctions of things as they are."


You have heard my review of this masterful political production concerning Sen. Obama and a few of his cast. There is undoubtedly more to come.


Suffice it to say, the prospect of Sen. Barack Hussein Obama becoming President of the United States poses a real threat to African Americans.


Cathy Cohen, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, conducted a survey tracking the attitudes of nearly 1,600 young people of all races nationwide. The professor did one of the most comprehensive studies with the focus on African Americans 15-25 ever performed.


The survey shows that young African-Americans are more conservative than their white counterparts when it is comes to same-sex marriage and abortion. There has been consistent data that shows African-Americans are pro-life and oppose same-sex marriage. An Obama presidency would certainly not reflect Afro-American youth or the nation he'd be leading. In fact, his position on these issues would be ensuring their present destructive trend.


Black Enterprise magazine did a survey in which 58% of its participants viewed the NAACP's pro-choice stance as wrong. As a role model, Barack Hussein Obama would be stirring the cauldron of confusion and mixed emotion. Many people would be happy for his success, because he is black, but vexed by his immoral position on the critical issues.


Obama's use of the presidential bully pulpit would be a boost for the culture of death and the homosexual agenda.


As President, there would also always be the threat of a veto of any significant pro-life or pro-family legislation. Additionally, Obama would undoubtedly nominate pro-abortion justices to the US Supreme Court, which could etch Roe v. Wade into stone for generations.


Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Any success achieved at the expense of our children is no success." I and many other African-Americans long to see the day of an African-American President, but not at the expense of our children and our values.


Remember, all significant social change which empowered and eradicated injustice has come from the Church not congress, from Pastors not the president. Politicians often join in the cause later, but social reform always starts in the Church. To keep this better in mind I will close with another quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from a Birmingham Jail:


There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced as they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.


God help us to be a thermostat.


Posted by: Walter | August 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

PRINCETON, NJ -- According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
This is not much different from the results reported in Gallup Poll Daily tracking on Thursday, when the two were nearly tied with 45% for Obama and 44% for McCain. However, it is a substantial turnaround from earlier this week when Obama held a statistically significant lead coming off his high-profile trip to Europe, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

Obama and McCain were closely matched in each of the three nights of interviewing included in today's result, with neither candidate ahead by more than three percentage points. This suggests that the recent surge in voter support for Obama has truly subsided.

The contrast between Obama's recent advantage over McCain (ranging from six to nine points) and today's result is particularly notable because this is McCain's strongest showing in over a month. The last time Gallup found the race exactly tied was in late June. By contrast, in the weeks just prior to Obama's overseas trip, he had led the race by an average of four points.

How pathetic Barry is. After what Bush and the GOP have done to this country, this empty suit is only tied with McCain. What does that say about the One?

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Lori -

Exactly what did Obama "do" to Bill Clinton?

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Jake -

I apologize - I thought you said when OBAMA becomes the next President.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how people become so mesmerized with either candidate. When will Americans realize that politicians are not US. I can't help thinking how stupid people are for looking up to Obama as a messiah or looking at John McCain as nothing but a war hero. In the end, they make promises and fail to deliver on most of them. In the end, the welfare state will benefit under Obama and the millionaires will benefit under McCain. The only solution, is SMALLER government. I want government to tax me less, not because I don't like paying my fair share, but because it will certainly be wasted in some way. In the end, most of what I work for should stay in my pocket. It shouldn't go to support a single minority mother in the hood, with 3 kids and 3 baby's daddies. I will end up supporting McCain but not because I think he will save the world. I think he is less hostile to the average middle class American. Obama unfortunately appears to pander to the minorities in the hood, illegal aliens and the like. I am a minority but proud to be an American. I am sick of seeing those in my own race vote for minorities simply because the color of their skin.

Posted by: Wes | August 1, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

We can't allow Obama to do to John McCain what he did to Bill Clinton. Enough is enough, Mr. Obama.

Posted by: Lori | August 1, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Jake, if there are race riots, I suspect you'll be out in front.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is gonna kick Cindy McCain's butt come November.

Posted by: DIANNE73 | August 1, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"... Just how deep do you believe?
Will you bite the hand that feeds?
Will you chew until it bleeds? ..."

jeremiah white, jesse jackson, luda, now these morons..

Posted by: minority | August 1, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Big Daddy:

I am not the one who coined the phrase "No Justice, No Peace".

Posted by: JakeD: | August 1, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

And to think at one time in history the American people had the choice of men like Jefferson or Adams or Hamilton...and we get these two.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Looks like JakeD, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Karl Rove all drink the same kool-aid...

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope when McCain becomes our next President, there are no race riots.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"see me me" = "just me

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Obama is going to be our next president can we count on mass suicide by people like you? As Scrooge said, "Decrease the surplus population".
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obama is a fake, and the blacks only know it now? man, they're slow.

but, those obama supporters are even slower. they didn't even realize obama flip-flop on them again and again.

and u know what, that's how unhealthy relationship starts (that one party keeps sugar-coating the slips of the other with excuses). u guys keep saying, obama needs to flip-flop "IN ORDER TO" win the WH; and u say, he's gotta move to the center; yada yada.

this guy's a slime. he doesn't have backbone. he doesn't have a position. even better, he's from the chicago bull pit.

those 97% blacks who voted for obama, thinking he's one of their own, thinking he's going to do blacks good, are just dreaming. it's the same dream that those college kids are chasing, thinking that obama is gonna do good. it's idiotic at best. lol.

Posted by: eve | August 1, 2008 1:30 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Jack Straw:

Maybe that's just what Obama wants White America to think?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Barry has thrown his brothers under the train.

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain WILL get over 60 million votes in November, folks, so it's not see me and Dianne72.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

no matter how left you lean or how politically honest you are there will always be those on the left who say you're not radical enough.

Posted by: Snyder | August 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dummer...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

obama is a fake, and the blacks only know it now? man, they're slow.

but, those obama supporters are even slower. they didn't even realize obama flip-flop on them again and again.

and u know what, that's how unhealthy relationship starts (that one party keeps sugar-coating the slips of the other with excuses). u guys keep saying, obama needs to flip-flop "IN ORDER TO" win the WH; and u say, he's gotta move to the center; yada yada.

this guy's a slime. he doesn't have backbone. he doesn't have a position. even better, he's from the chicago bull pit.

those 97% blacks who voted for obama, thinking he's one of their own, thinking he's going to do blacks good, are just dreaming. it's the same dream that those college kids are chasing, thinking that obama is gonna do good. it's idiotic at best. lol.

Posted by: eve | August 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Javalation:

I never made that claim. I asked the question. See the difference?

Big Daddy:

We'll see. Don't bag on my man, Karl -- he somehow managed to get "the worst President ever" elected, twice ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, look!! It's "Dianne72" again...Jake's alter ego...and inner fairy speaking!

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

JAKE -no I don't think it was staged. That's a Karl Rove trick.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

So Jake, do you have a link to verify your claim that the two guys were really Obama supporters?

Posted by: Javalation | August 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed by what Senator Obama has accomplished. I have been in this country for 5 years and when I arrived I was struck at how poor and uneducated most blacks are. I could never figure out why most had children out of wedlock, sold drugs, and were in jail. I suppose it is the slave metality from generations ago but at some point they will have to take responsibility. I think that is the reason Senator Obama appeals to so many whites because he isn't 100% black. He has a black face but the mentality of a white person. That makes the vote palatable and they can feel good about themselves. I doubt many of these white voters would go for an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - just too black and they are for more representative of the black American - not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"What do you think the chances are that the Obama campaign staged th whole "heckler" event?

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you mean so he could continue his professional "victimhood"?

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

So, Anonymous, no "link" then? No wonder you choose to post anonymously ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I still would not vote for the idiot John McGoo if you water boarded me.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | August 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Obama had the guts to let the guy talk. His reputation of orchestrating and controlling his public appearances (sound familiar?) has generated alot of skepticism. He should agree to some town hall style meetings to further dispel that image.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I've had a change of heart and decided that I love men.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Obama's "blackness" is always emphasized, and never the other 50% of his makeup -- his "whiteness?" He is only half African-American, but you would never know it from the day-to-day campaign . . . .

Posted by: Arnold | August 1, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Let those Afro-trash rednecks go complain at a McLame town hall meeting - I doubt they would be let inside the door - and if they were, they would not be allowed to stay once they started their trash talking.

Also...let the AFRICAN'S GO BACK TO AFRICA and vote in their own elections. This election is for us Americans, not foreigners.

I support Obama because I believe him to be the best candidate for the job. I am white (no surprise, huh?) and over 55...and was a Republican until 4 years ago.

I believe our Country can do the right thing and look past race, judging a man by his ideas and ideals.

God bless America.
God bless Barack Obama and John McCain, two decent patriots wanting to do a good job for us.

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 1, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I love how folks can be "pro-life" when it comes to imposing their morality on other people, but in full support of a war that kills hundreds of thousands of living "collateral damage" (your fellow humans).

McCain is a relic of a horrible mistake.

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

They were not even Muslim
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Do you have a link for that, Anonymous? Because I heard they were both Obama supporters, deeply offended, and I hardly believe they would have agreed to help McCain at all.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:48 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna paint the White House Black . . . boyeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | August 1, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

These people who lay some claim to being a better person because they are "pro-life", what does that mean? They obviously don't understand what "pro-life" literally means or they would never lay claim to John McCain. Pro-life to these people is nothing more than their way of saying I am more sacred than thou. Garbage! Pro-life means saying you are agains things that most if not all "pro-lifer's" say they are for. Death penalty, war, govenment assistance, etc... To you so called "pro-lifer's" I say, "Get a life." Maybe then you will have more respect for the right for everyone to live, not just the "unviable unborn". Get out from under your phoney cloak of superiority and religion and learn where the real sins of the World are taking place.

Posted by: cathy | August 1, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

So, JakeD, what are you eating for dinner, poop or people? You may think this is funny,, I dont I take this election very serious.

Posted by: Jed C. | August 1, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY"

Trader? Hmmmmm.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

Same question.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Big Daddy:

What do you think the chances are that the Obama campaign staged th whole "heckler" event?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

These Uhuru movement people are idiots. I've dealt with them for years in Florida.
It's a collection of the biggest group of worthless loud mouther Americans on the planet.

Posted by: Chris | August 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Luckily, for the rest of us, DEMOCRATS like Harry Truman were not "anti-war". Sometimes, the most pro-life position means we have to fight wars -- that's just reality -- maybe, someday, you and Sheryl Crow will get your wish instead.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Have you read how ol John handles hecklers? He has them removed from the room, or cuts them off with an insult.

BTW, McCain has more in common with Paris Hilton than Obama, and it's not just race. Just as Paris is a celeb because of her family money and influence, so is ol John. He never would have even gotten into Annapolis had it not been for his family history; he was a legacy. Then he was able to get into politics thanks to his second wife's fortune and connections.

Posted by: Javalation | August 1, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The guy is a Kenyan-Kansan, he can't ever be black enough or white enough ... we need to let go of our racism and talk about the future of the country, the economy, the stupid stupid stupid war, and the actual ISSUES.

Posted by: Bud | August 1, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an Oreo..black on the outside white on the inside.

Posted by: Ray | August 1, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Senator Obama had no problem with the person from IPDUM, Mr. Olugbulu showing up and speaking his peace and I am sure Mr. Olugbulu had no expectations of coming away "satisfied" with anything Senator Obama might have to say to him. These situations are choreographed by these organizations and that's okay. You can be assured what ever result they came away with, they will attempt to use it to their advantage this is part of the process and Senator Obama knows and accepts it. What will be interesting, is to see what the MCCain Campaign does with it. I think I can figure that one out. These situations are not what is going to decide this election. Reasons being, Senator Obama is not going to sit back and allow that to happen as in past elections has been the case, and this election, there will be enough American voters who will show up, vote and say I am fed up with being played for the fool the Bush administration has made them to be. These types of events serve as good settings for Senator Obama to further exhibit his strong abilities to, articulate, lead and unifiy. Bring it on!

Posted by: cathy | August 1, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I am pro-life on Planet Earth.

And anti-war.

I always vote democrat.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Rx:

Half of those posts are the fake JakeD (I'm not complaining, mind you, since I get paid for those too ; )

thebob.bob:

You get two PLUS two choices in November? FOUR total votes?! What, do you live in Cook County? I only get two -- mine, and my wife's vote.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Ha, ha, Obama got burn playing with fire.

Posted by: pete | August 1, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Another sister souljah moment for Obama. How convenient.

He's good. I especially like the way he planted the seed in people's mind about "all those **other** presidents on those dollar bills".

Republicans have usually been able to run a candidate for President who, if not the most intelligent, was certainly the most clever at working 'we the people' at a deep level. Obama is not only smarter than McCain, but he's sneakier too. I like it.

In the world of foreign relations you have to be smart- and clever.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think JakeD forgot to take his lithium today.

Posted by: Rx | August 1, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess Diop Olugbulu will be voting for John McCain, huh? You only get two (real) choices in November. The old cranky damaged guy who has played along for 25 years in the Senate and whole-heartedly supported the Bush-child's failed administration or the energetic, smart, young, inspiring family man who can restore America. No contest.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Seneca:

I am pro-life, so my choice is McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Linda:

I am pro-life, so my choice is McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess Obama can tell the Republicans he's not a member of the pan-African socialists. But I'm sure the MSM and McCain will say this event spells doom for Obama--he's losing his base, or some such. Gotta make old man McCain look like a positive choice for the presidency.

Posted by: Seneca | August 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama told that heckler right. He knows how to handle himself. To tell you the truth its either Obama or Mccain. A vote for Mccain is definately the wrong choice because he is the past and has no originality for the future.

Posted by: Linda | August 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It is not "totally" up to The One -- he is not President just yet -- the American voters will decide that ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

At least Obama handled the situation properly. He was absolutely right. If the heckler didn't like what he was saying than he could run for office himself. This election is totally up to Obama and He shouldn't talk about just one issue to any group.

Posted by: Blake | August 1, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Do you also think that St. Petersburg resident, Diop Olugbulu, is a secret McCain agent? Quick, who planted demolition charges at the WTC?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Do you have a link for that, Anonymous? Because I heard they were both Obama supporters, deeply offended, and I hardly believe they would have agreed to help McCain at all.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

For the record, my brother is not named Mikey ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It was found out it was a set up by Mccain people who later were going to use the pictures to say it is proof Obama is a Muslim and these are some of his followers.
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As I recall, two women in Muslim dress were told to get out of an Obama photo event recently.

(Keep it up, fake JakeD -- I get paid by the post, regardless of who posts ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

My brother and his hopelessly blond girlfriend recently got into coprophagia. I'm a pretty open-minded guy, but I draw the line when I have to kiss the face that . . . well, you know. Alas, pointing out the bizarre and repugnant nature of his behavior has done little to change my lost sibling's ways. After reading a column on your site that referenced how food-service workers not washing their hands after going to the bathroom could promote the spread of disease, I started to wonder just how dangerous coprophagia is. What are the risks? Beyond disease, what could go wrong?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Again, re: "TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY" do you have a problem with McCain's position on NAFTA?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, TRADER TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

As I recall, two women in Muslim dress were told to get out of an Obama photo event recently.

(Keep it up, fake JakeD -- I get paid by the post, regardless of who posts ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse


This is what happens if you cross Mccain

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_9811687

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I asked him [Chalmers records] why they ate human flesh. He told me that it was the women of the tribes who first urged the men to kill their fellow human beings for the purpose of eating them. The husbands were, the man told me, returning from a successful hunt far inland. As was their custom, they were blowing their conch-shells and singing and dancing.

As they approached the village, coming down the river in their canoes piled high with wallabies, boars and cassowaries, the women called out to them: 'What success, husbands, that you sing and dance so?' 'Great success,' the men shouted back. 'Plenty to eat. Here, come and see for yourselves.'

The women approached the canoes, and when they saw what was in them, they called out: 'What, just that dirty stuff?' And then, in voices of scorn: 'Who is going to eat that? Is that what you call successful hunting?'

Then the men began reasoning among themselves: 'What do our wives mean, mocking us like this?' And one of them, wiser than the others, said after much thought: 'I know. They want the flesh of man!'

Then, throwing the wallabies and boars and cassowaries over the sides of their canoes, they went quickly along the river to a neighbouring village and brought back with them ten bodies. But, the man said to me, the men returned in their canoes without their usual singing and rejoicing.

When the women who were waiting for them on the river bank saw them approaching the village, they called out: 'What have our husbands brought for us to eat, this time?' And then they looked, but their husbands did not look at them, only cast their eyes downwards at what lay in their canoes. 'Yes, that is right!' shouted the women. 'Dance and sing again, now, for you have brought back with you something worth dancing and singing about!'

Then the ten bodies were taken out of the canoes and put on the river bank. And the women cooked them, and pronounced them good. And from that day till now, the men and women of these tribes have always said that the flesh of human beings is better than the flesh of any other animal.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

You notice no one stopped them from coming in with their banner. No one ejecked them because they had questions. No one had then ticketed and theretened with arrest.

NOT LIKE JOHN MCCAIN DOES AND HAS DONE AT HIS MEETINGS.

THE CRIME, THEY DISAGREED WITH JOHN, (little Hitler) MCCAIN.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

i truly feel bad for senator obama. he has to deal with attacks on both sides of the spectrum. he either isnt black enough or he is simply too black

Posted by: james | August 1, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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