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Obama Set to Air Second Olympic Ad

By Jonathan Weisman
The Ad: Barack Obama's campaign will release a new, feel-good economic advertisement this afternoon extolling the senator from Illinois's economic plan and slated to begin a nationwide run on Monday during the Olympics.

After two negative attack ads on John McCain, the latest ad is all about Obama, with light music and imagery of a nation at work.

"It begins with a plan, a plan to build, a plan to put hard-working Americans first," the narrator begins, before talking up plans to end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas, helping businesses create jobs in the United States, increasing spending on education, offering a $1,000 tax break for most middle-income families and prioritizing efforts to make the nation energy independent.

"Barack Obama, he'll put the middle class ahead of corporate interests," the ad states.

Analysis: Obama took a page from Sen. John Kerry's campaign in 2004 when he proposed ending the ability of companies to defer taxation on profits earned by their overseas subsidiaries until that money is brought back to the United States. Democrats maintain that tax break encourages firms to invest overseas and to never bring those profits home. Sen. John McCain and other Republicans say the entire corporate income tax structure is too onerous and needs to be remade to cut taxes on business and help U.S. industries be more internationally competitive.

Both Obama and McCain have embraced energy independence as a campaign mantra, but Obama aides note that in eight successive votes in the Senate this Congress, McCain has failed to show up to say where he stands on legislation to extend tax credits for renewable energy production, financed in part by ending tax breaks for oil companies reaping record profits. Obama has proposed a tax cut to help offset the burden of Medicare and Social Security taxes for the working poor and middle income families while allowing President Bush's tax cuts for more affluent families to expire. McCain aides say his plan to make all of Bush's tax cuts permanent would help all Americans, but he has yet to detail how that plan would be paid for.

The ad's timing could prove auspicious. The government reported today that the consumer prices have been rising by 5.6 percent this year, the highest inflation rate since 1991. Jason Furman, an Obama campaign economic adviser, called that "truly shocking news."

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Barrack has what it takes to lead in the 21st Century. Aggressive diplomacy and concensus-seeking works wonders on the global stage and that's what Barrack would do compared to his opponent who understands only one language of carrying out foreign policy objectives - war!! America, this is the moment, to shape the very direction of this century.


Posted by: Jay | August 16, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Neither candidate has shown any understanding of how basic economics work.

But their supporters continue to extol the virtues of each candidate's economic plans.

Which of course means that their supporters are either disingenuous or understand economics as well as their preferred candidate.

My bet is on the latter of those 2 propositions.

How can one support another's economic plan when one lacks even a basic understanding of economics?

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 15, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear that Obama is running ads during the Olympic coverage. It is better late than never. He better get serious if he wants to keep his lead. This story tells more about that.

Posted by: Avery | August 14, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Another great positive ad from Senator Obama. Jonathan Weisman, you said that he had run two negative ads against McCain during the Olympics. That is not true, The first ad that he ran was also positive. McCain is the one that ran a negative ad during the Olympics and continues to do so.

Weren't you the one, along with Dana Millbank, who got the quotes all wrong from the meeting that Obama had with the congressional dems? Have you apologized yet? Probably not.

Posted by: Carolyn Grace | August 14, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Just a shout out to our Troops. We know that you are following the elections and checking the internet. Stay safe ok!

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’ | August 14, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ad Watch
Obama Set to Air Second Olympic Ad
By Jonathan Weisman
The Ad:
Laval, Canada, August 6, 2008


‘It is in adversity’, I was going to say in ‘darkness’, that one recognizes true friends.

Energy of the Sixties tested, confronted by Todays’s Energy crisis, what does Science hold for us in this field at the crossroad of the third millennium?

Each of us should express solidarity, according to his means.

My contribution, apparently futuristic, refers, Senator Obama, to an inexhaustible source of energy, which one should tame now.

In a book with limited publication, translated in English for the needs of the cause, entitled ‘BILL A RI And There Was Light’, addressed during his last American election campaign to President Bill Clinton who acknowledged having received it, I dared to tackle this subject.

It’s like to say to you, Senator Obama, that in the exceptional circumstances in which we live today - in the point of view of energy - no exploration in the mid or long term, by the american expertise , of an additional source of energy, at the same time safe and profitable, should not be ruled out.

There is no witchcraft at all involved in all that, Mister Obama. In spite of my Haïtian ascent and my carefully phrased remarks. It is undoubtedly so when a taboo should be broken through. A taboo of magnitude, Sir, I admit it. A ’scientific’ taboo, seldom encountered.

‘ The taboo arises as a negative categorical imperative,’ affirms Roger Caillois.

It is not saying little. Especially when it is a question of adequately correcting the theory of Newton on light and colors.

However, at the dawn of the twenty first century, to denounce this taboo, to reverse it, should I say, what an asset! Moreover, at the same time the multiple taboos grow blurred which surround another phenomenon of the highest scientific range, the well known phenomenon under the abusive name of ‘Black Holes’, synthesis of light and colors. Indeed Newton, in good faith undoubtedly in his time, really reversed the interpretation of the phenomenon of light. He took the part for the whole ! So much and so well that today like yesterday, the visible appears so much more tempting. Physicists say it: ‘ninety to ninety nine percent of the matter of the universe (Grosso Modo - said here roughly by Lucien BONNET - for more precisions see "LINKS" or "GOOGLE") is made up of a dark matter, invisible, which generates, propels and surrounds the visible, like the sea surrounds the continents’. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking affirm it. The Hubble Telescope confirms it. But theoretical Optics is stagnant.

My intervention, here, Senator Obama, would mean that. It is possible to use another form of energy. By decoding the Black Matter.Without a play on words. Theoretically initially. While ‘returning the elevator to Newton’ - without a play on words. By the Act which consists in making an AMENDMENT TO THE LAW OF NEWTON ON LIGHT AND COLORS.

Presently, why should we take the result instead of the cause?

— Objectively and in a pragmatic way, how not focussing on a new synthesis?

Consequently, what a liberation !

At the threshold of the third millennium, let light live, invisible by synthesis, visible by analysis !

‘Synthesis and analysis are two wings of the same bird, the rythm of the universe’s heartbeat, tamed inside the infinitely small having mass. Successively contracted and deployed. In the benefit of humanity.’

One small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind - I also said myself - in ‘ BILL A RI and there was light !… ‘

Unfortunate, yes, but how much a convenient Energy crisis if I dare say, which invites us to explore other avenues, other concepts and, therefore, other resources so far neglected.

Invitation to go from the invisible to the visible and vice versa. Taking advantage of the sequence of colorless and colored luminous speeds. In order to better understand the Universe. Where Law and Order prevail. Just like in Democracy !

Energetic formula with a unique character !

In the name of Science and Technology, vapor is being reverse !

A winning formula !

In The United States Of America.

By The United States Of America.

For The United States Of America and abroad !

With you today, Senator Obama, I repeat this sentence - since 1972 and 1978 - that is to say forty years old, but always, in my opinion, carrying the same message that I wish more and more positive for the years to come, in the third millennium, as I said since 1972 and on April 10, 1978, in a Letter to Doctor Carl Sagan:

‘On the cosmic scale as on the terrestrial scale, darkness or blackness forms an integral, sine qua non part, of color and light pocess’.

Is it still broad daylight
in the shadow of the black sun?

Yours truly,

PLEASE SEE ‘Bill A Ri And There Was Light !’

LINKS (JANUARY 12, 2008)
UBC astronomer makes first map of dark matter - 11 Jan 2008
For the first time, a team of UBC scientists have mapped the elusive ‘dark matter’ in a supercluster of stars in the night sky.
New map lets scientists ’see’ dark matter CBC News
Astronomers get best look yet at dark matter surrounding galaxies The Canadian Press.

Posted by: loubonnet | August 14, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's confusing to me how the republican can consistently attempt to attack obama's Americanism, when baracks and michelle obamas entire story is what the American dream is all about! Everything about the republican party is about fear mongering and negativity something as a lifelong republican i can no longer be apart of!

Posted by: apinkston | August 14, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Senator Obama returned to his original position: Closing the border.

Posted by: premier | August 14, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

A positive campaign ad!?!? Wow, that was refreshing.

Posted by: Sols | August 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama truly wants to put hard-working Americans first!

It just depends on how you define "Americans", and BHO's definition appears to include illegal aliens. It also includes those powerful forces behind NAFTA and similar deals.

It just depends on how you define things.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | August 14, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's ability to inspire through speech has been said to be a negative. In fact it has been the mark of almost all good leaders. Why? Because leaders have the ability to unify the country in times of war and around common causes. Where would we be without LBJ's fireside chats pulling us out of the depression? What if Lincoln hadn't spoken so elequently during the Civil War? If Dr. Martin Luther King had been boring on the podium would he have had such a profound effect on history? Yeah for Borack's uplifting speeches! Yeah for his ability to rouse us to our greatest good in these trying times. Yeah that he stays out of the political muck and runs ads like this.

Posted by: Joshua | August 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

What a great ad! I've never liked attack ads and negative campaigning, so I'm glad the Obama camp is doing it's part to keep their campaign positive.
I'm so glad to see military personnel supporting his campaign too. Your support is so valuable. For veteran himself, John McCain isn't doing much for other veterans and soldiers.

Posted by: sfsinger | August 14, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, McCain is simply not smart enough to lead our country right now. The world is complicated. In spite of the fact that he seems to be a really sweet guy, President McCain would render America irrelevant on the international stage.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 14, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

great positive add...keep it coming!

Posted by: ob08 | August 14, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just an older Bush, and you know how well that's worked out!!!!!

Posted by: McBush | August 14, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Smart move in putting up the positive, feel-good stuff for the broad Olympic audience. McCain;'s mistake was airing an attack ad as his first Olympic spot.

Posted by: matt | August 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

You say:

While it is true statement that McCain's would cut the taxes of all Americans, that statement is very misleading. For example:

Families with $18,982 - $37,595 get a 3.6% tax cut under Obama's plan vs. a mere 0.5% tax cut from McCain. That is more than seven times less even though McCain's tax cut is much, much larger over all.

($37,965 - $66,354 it is $1,042 from Obama and only a third of that -- $319 -- from McCain's proposal.)

Posted by: filibart | August 14, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA is the better choice and has better economic and even war plans. He knew what we knew that the true enemy was in Afghanistan and Pakistan not Iraq. We are looking forward to his becoming Commander in Chief so we can get about the business of pursuing the enemy. He also was a strong supporter of the GI Bill while Mc Cain tried to torpedo it and George W threatened veto. We veterans want the guy who honors our service in charge. Obamas new ad here shows he has a plan for those of us not able to marry a beer heiress. YES WE CAN! AIRBORNE for BARACK OBAMA!

Posted by: COL MARK WITTINGTON US ARMY | August 14, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

That's a great ad. When was the last time McCain aired an ad that didn't include something negative about Barack? This country needs to be based on positive things.

And, there is a 2008 Presidential Election Vice President poll at so see who America thinks should back the candidates.

Posted by: Brandon | August 14, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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