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Updated 12:01 a.m.
By Anne E. Kornblut
Sen. Barack Obama joined Sen. Joe Biden on stage at the end of Biden's speech. After leaving the stage, he went to Invesco Field at Mile High, which is adjacent to the Pepsi Center, to practice the staging for his speech for tomorrow.

From the press pool report:

Obama strolled into onto the Invesco stage around 9:20 for a photo op with very little light (stadium overhead lights were off). He was joined by Axelrod, Gibbs, and Michelle Obama. He took in the stadium from a number of different vantage points, and with Axelrod walked down the runway to the raised center platform and podium. He kept his hands shoved in his suit pockets. He waved to a crowd of around 30 volunteers as the pool was escorted out.

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Ths is to the ObamaCon... Learn to read.. The America that I once Knew when Iwas a child taught me how to read, write, and spell by the second grade. I hope yu come back to read where you post. The link that you posted up says nothing of Biden or of obama saying anything is not a big deal, but using the words of another senetor.. Read, then write..

Posted by: Mary-Jane Williams | September 3, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I hope that Hispanic voters realize that if Baracky Hussein Obama becomes President, they will be at the bottom of the barrel - Baracky Hussein Obama will have to pacify the Black voters after gaining 99 % of their vote.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: gary | August 28, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse


JOHN MCCAIN LEADER OR MADMAN
YOU BE THE JUDGE.

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain arrived late at his Senate office on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. “This is war,” he murmured to his aides. The sound of scrambling fighter planes rattled the windows, sending a tremor of panic through the room.


Erik Jacobs for The New York Times
John McCain said he had consulted Henry A. Kissinger on foreign policy before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Within hours, Mr. McCain, the Vietnam War hero and famed straight talker of the 2000 Republican primary, had taken on a new role: the leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against Al Qaeda far beyond Afghanistan. In a marathon of television and radio appearances, Mr. McCain recited a short list of other countries said to support terrorism, invariably including Iraq, Iran and Syria.

“There is a system out there or network, and that network is going to have to be attacked,” Mr. McCain said the next morning on ABC News. “It isn’t just Afghanistan,” he added, on MSNBC. “I don’t think if you got bin Laden tomorrow that the threat has disappeared,” he said on CBS, pointing toward other countries in the Middle East.

Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!”

Now, as Mr. McCain prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, his response to the attacks of Sept. 11 opens a window onto how he might approach the gravest responsibilities of a potential commander in chief. Like many, he immediately recalibrated his assessment of the unseen risks to America’s security. But he also began to suggest that he saw a new “opportunity” to deter other potential foes by punishing not only Al Qaeda but also Iraq.

“Just as Sept. 11 revolutionized our resolve to defeat our enemies, so has it brought into focus the opportunities we now have to secure and expand our freedom,” Mr. McCain told a NATO conference in Munich in early 2002, urging the Europeans to join what he portrayed as an all but certain assault on Saddam Hussein. “A better world is already emerging from the rubble.”

To his admirers, Mr. McCain’s tough response to Sept. 11 is at the heart of his appeal. They argue that he displayed the same decisiveness again last week in his swift calls to penalize Russia for its incursion into Georgia, in part by sending peacekeepers to police its border.

His critics charge that the emotion of Sept. 11 overwhelmed his former cool-eyed caution about deploying American troops without a clear national interest and a well-defined exit, turning him into a tool of the Bush administration in its push for a war to transform the region.

“He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out,” said retired Gen. John H. Johns, a former friend and supporter of Mr. McCain who turned against him over the Iraq war. “Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit.”

Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam. He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.

While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. He lauded the war planners he would later criticize, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Mr. McCain even volunteered that he would have given the same job to Mr. Cheney.) He urged support for the later-discredited Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi’s opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, and echoed some of its suspect accusations in the national media. And he advanced misleading assertions not only about Mr. Hussein’s supposed weapons programs but also about his possible ties to international terrorists, Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Mr. McCain’s supporters note that he became an early critic of the administration’s execution of the occupation, and they credit him with pushing the troop “surge” that helped bring stability. Mr. McCain, though, stands by his support for the war and expresses no regrets about his advocacy.

In written answers to questions, he blamed “Iraq’s opacity under Saddam” for any misleading remarks he made about the peril it posed.

The Sept. 11 attacks “demonstrated the grave threat posed by a hostile regime, possessing weapons of mass destruction, and with reported ties to terrorists,” Mr. McCain wrote in an e-mail message on Friday. Given Mr. Hussein’s history of pursuing illegal weapons and his avowed hostility to the United States, “his regime posed a threat we had to take seriously.” The attacks were still a reminder, Mr. McCain added, of the importance of international action “to prevent outlaw states — like Iran today — from developing weapons of mass destruction.”

Formative Years

Mr. McCain has been debating questions about the use of military force far longer than most. He grew up in a family that had sent a son to every American war since 1776, and international relations were a staple of the McCain family dinner table. Mr. McCain grew up listening to his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., deliver lectures on “The Four Ocean Navy and the Soviet Threat,” closing with a slide of an image he considered the ultimate factor in the balance of power: a soldier marching through a rice paddy with a rifle at his shoulder.

“To quote Sherman, war is all hell and we need to fight it out and get it over with and that is when the killing stops,” recalled Joe McCain, Senator McCain’s younger brother.

Vietnam, for Senator McCain, reinforced those lessons. He has often said he blamed the Johnson administration’s pause in bombing for prolonging the war, and he credited President Richard M. Nixon’s renewed attacks with securing his release from a North Vietnamese prison. He has made the principle that the exercise of military power sets the bargaining table for international relations a consistent theme of his career ever since, and in his 2002 memoir he wrote that one of his lifelong convictions was “the imperative that American power never retreat in response to an inferior adversary’s provocation.”


But Mr. McCain also took away from Vietnam a second, restraining lesson: the necessity for broad domestic support for any military action. For years he opposed a string of interventions — in Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and, for a time, the Balkans — on the grounds that the public would balk at the loss of life without clear national interests. “The Vietnam thing,” he recently said.

In the late 1990s, however, while he was beginning to consider his 2000 presidential race, he started rebalancing his view of the needs to project American strength and to sustain public support. The 1995 massacre of 5,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica under NATO’s watch struck at his conscience, he has said, and in addition to America’s strategic national interests — in that case, the future and credibility of NATO — Mr. McCain began to speak more expansively about America’s moral obligations as the only remaining superpower.

His aides say he later described the American air strikes in Bosnia in 1996 and in Kosovo in 1999 as a parable of political leadership: Mr. McCain, Senator Bob Dole and others had rallied Congressional support for the strikes despite widespread public opposition, then watched approval soar after the intervention helped to bring peace.

“Americans elect their leaders to make these kinds of judgments,” Mr. McCain said in the e-mail message.

It was during the Balkan wars that Mr. McCain and his advisers read a 1997 article on the Wall Street Journal editorial page by William Kristol and David Brooks of The Weekly Standard — both now Op-Ed page columnists at The New York Times — promoting the idea of “national greatness” conservatism, defined by a more activist agenda at home and a more muscular role in the world.

“I wouldn’t call it a ‘eureka’ moment, but there was a sense that this is where we are headed and this is what we are trying to articulate and they have already done a lot of the work,” said John Weaver, a former McCain political adviser. “And, quite frankly, from a crass political point of view, we were in the making-friends business. The Weekly Standard represented a part of the primary electorate that we could get.”

Soon Mr. McCain and his aides were consulting regularly with the circle of hawkish foreign policy thinkers sometimes referred to as neoconservatives — including Mr. Kristol, Robert Kagan and Randy Scheunemann, a former aide to Mr. Dole who became a McCain campaign adviser — to develop the senator’s foreign policy ideas and instincts into the broad themes of a presidential campaign. (In his e-mail message, Mr. McCain noted that he had also consulted with friends like Henry A. Kissinger, known for a narrower view of American interests.)

One result was a series of speeches in which Mr. McCain called for “rogue state rollback.” He argued that disparate regional troublemakers, including Iraq, North Korea and Serbia, bore a common stamp: they were all autocracies. And as such, he contended, they were more likely to export terrorism, spread dangerous weapons, or start ethnic conflicts. In an early outline of what would become his initial response to the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. McCain argued that “swift and sure” retribution against any one of the rogue states was an essential deterrent to any of the others. But Mr. McCain’s advisers and aides say his “rogue state” speeches stopped short of the most sweeping international agenda put forth by Mr. Kristol, Mr. Kagan and their allies. Mr. McCain explicitly disavowed direct military action merely to advance American values, foreswearing any “global crusade” of interventions in favor of relying on covert and financial support for internal opposition groups.

As an example, he could point to his 1998 sponsorship of the Iraqi Liberation Act, which sought to direct nearly $100 million to Iraqis who hoped to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The bill, signed by President Bill Clinton, also endorsed the ouster of Mr. Hussein.

Mr. McCain said then that he doubted the United States could muster the political will to use ground troops to remove the Iraqi dictator any time soon. “It was much easier when Saddam Hussein was occupying Kuwait and threatening Saudi Arabia,” the senator told Fox News in November 1998. “We’d have to convince the American people that it’s worth again the sacrifice of American lives, because that would also be part of the price.”

Hard Calls

Mr. McCain spent the afternoon of Sept. 11 in a young aide’s studio apartment near the Capitol. There was no cable television, nothing but water in the kitchen, and the hallway reminded him of an old boxing gym. Evacuated from his office but stranded by traffic, he could not resist imagining himself at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “There are not enough Secret Service agents in the world to keep me away from Washington and New York at a time like this,” Mr. McCain told an adviser.


Over the next days and weeks, however, Mr. McCain became almost as visible as he would have been as president. Broadcasters rushed to him as a patriotic icon and reassuring voice, and for weeks he was ubiquitous on the morning news programs, Sunday talk shows, cable news networks, and even late-night comedy shows.

In the spotlight, he pushed rogue state rollback one step further, arguing that the United States should go on the offensive as a warning to any other country that might condone such an attack. “These networks are well-embedded in some of these countries,” Mr. McCain said on Sept. 12, listing Iraq, Iran and Syria as potential targets of United States pressure. “We’re going to have to prove to them that we are very serious, and the price that they will pay will not only be for punishment but also deterrence.”

Although he had campaigned for President Bush during the 2000 general election, he was still largely frozen out of the White House because of animosities left over from the Republican primary. But after Mr. Bush declared he would hold responsible any country condoning terrorism, Mr. McCain called his leadership “magnificent” and his national security team the strongest “that has ever been assembled.” A few weeks later, Larry King of CNN asked whether he would have named Mr. Rumsfeld and Colin L. Powell to a McCain cabinet. “Oh, yes, and Cheney,” Mr. McCain answered, saying he, too, would have offered Mr. Cheney the vice presidency.

Even during the heat of the war in Afghanistan, Mr. McCain kept an eye on Iraq. To Jay Leno in mid-September, Mr. McCain said he believed “some other countries” had assisted Osama bin Laden, going on to suggest Iraq, Syria and Iran as potential suspects. In October 2001, when an Op-Ed page column in The New York Times speculated that Iraq, Russia or some other country might bear responsibility for that month’s anthrax mailings, Mr. McCain interrupted a question about Afghanistan from David Letterman on that night’s “Late Show.” “The second phase is Iraq,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “Some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.” (The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it came from a federal government laboratory in Maryland.) By October, United States and foreign intelligence agencies had said publicly that they doubted any cooperation between Mr. Hussein and Al Qaeda, noting Al Qaeda’s opposition to such secular nationalists. American intelligence officials soon declared that Mr. Hussein had not supported international terrorism for nearly a decade.

But when the Czech government said that before the attacks, one of the 9/11 hijackers had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence official, Mr. McCain seized the report as something close to a smoking gun. “The evidence is very clear,” he said three days later, in an Oct. 29 television interview. (Intelligence agencies quickly cast doubt on the meeting.)

Frustrated by the dearth of American intelligence about Iraq, Mr. McCain’s aides say, he had long sought to learn as much as he could from Iraqi opposition figures in exile, including Mr. Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress. Over the years, Mr. McCain often urged support for the group, saying it had “significant support, in my view, inside Iraq.”

After Sept. 11, Mr. Chalabi’s group said an Iraqi emissary had once met with Osama bin Laden, and brought forward two Iraqi defectors who described terrorist training camps and biological weapons efforts. At times, Mr. McCain seemed to echo their accusations, citing the “two defectors” in a television interview and attesting to “credible reports of involvement between Iraqi administration officials, Iraqi officials and the terrorists.”

Growing Impatient

But United States intelligence officials had doubts about Mr. Chalabi at the time and have since discredited his group. In 2006, Mr. McCain acknowledged to The New Republic that he had been “too enamored with the I.N.C.” In his e-mail message, though, he said he never relied on the group for information about Iraq’s weapons program.

At a European security conference in February 2002, when the Bush administration still publicly maintained that it had made no decision about moving against Iraq, Mr. McCain described an invasion as all but certain. “A terrorist resides in Baghdad,” he said, adding, “A day of reckoning is approaching.”

Regime change in Iraq in addition to Afghanistan, he argued, would compel other sponsors of terrorism to mend their ways, “accomplishing by example what we would otherwise have to pursue through force of arms.”

Finally, as American troops massed in the Persian Gulf in early 2003, Mr. McCain grew impatient, his aides say, concerned that the White House was failing to act as the hot desert summer neared. Waiting, he warned in a speech in Washington, risked squandering the public and international support aroused by Sept. 11. “Does anyone really believe that the world’s will to contain Saddam won’t eventually collapse as utterly as it did in the 1990s?” Mr. McCain asked.

In retrospect, some of Mr. McCain’s critics now accuse him of looking for a pretext to justify the war. “McCain was hell-bent for leather: ‘Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, we have got to teach him, let’s send a message to the other people in the Middle East,’ ” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.

But Mr. McCain, in his e-mail message, said the reason he had supported the war was the evolving threat from Mr. Hussein.

“I believe voters elect their leaders based on their experience and judgment — their ability to make hard calls, for instance, on matters of war and peace,” he wrote. “It’s important to get them right.”

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experience without intelligence, or open-mindedness, is worse. Is W any better at leading the world after 8 years experience? And I won't even talk about stability: a hot tempered man with his finger on the button, and a man with a one-dimensional view of conflict, scares me far more.
Posted by: Steve | August 28, 2008 1:09 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Someone who is 47 years old, like Barack Obama, really cannot be called either young or inexperienced. Ask anyone you know who's that age and think to yourself whether they are "young" or actually (in reality) middle-aged.

Only in politics would 47 be considered young. In the corporate workforce, a 47-year-old is more likely to be an experienced hand who's brought in to help solve problems and bring the 20somethings up to speed.

Add to that that Obama has chosen to spend his time working to help others, whether as a community organizer, civil rights lawyer, law school teacher, state senator, bestselling author, or United States Senator, and I'd say he has exactly the kind of experience to understand the economic bind so many Americans are in.

Intelligence plus experience plus a knack for bringing opponents to his side plus a talent for assembling a team that gets things done. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

You had no idea what you were watching. That roll call vote you watched was like watching the academy awards. The results were delivered earlier in the day to the DNC and recorded. No one fooled with the numbers. They knew what the results were. They did save Hillary some embarrassment though by permitting her to stop it as she only had just over 5% of her delegates left and the final number would not have been very pretty.

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I am a bit fatigued by all this Obama hoopla. However, Sen. Biden clearly went overboard. Is there anything that Obama cannot do? Is there anything that Obama was not right about? Give me a break. Obamamania in its highest I would say. Is there any dose of reality that is relevant to us that Democrats could mention? O yes, the elections have been canceled because Democrats already elected the President. Wait a minute! Aren’t voters supposed to do it in November? However, let’s not spoil the bacchanalia for Democrats now. Is this the change we can believe in? I doubt it.
By the way, Obama was supposed to be nominated in a democratic roll call among delegates. Did you see that roll call? I do not think it was a democratic one either. It reminded me about Democratic bosses’ back room deals. Yes, this is the change we can believe in. Really?
Posted by: Wiel | August 28, 2008 8:40 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I am a bit fatigued by all this Obama hoopla. However, Sen. Biden clearly went overboard. Is there anything that Obama cannot do? Is there anything that Obama was not right about? Give me a break. Obamamania in its highest I would say. Is there any dose of reality that is relevant to us that Democrats could mention? O yes, the elections have been canceled because Democrats already elected the President. Wait a minute! Aren’t voters supposed to do it in November? However, let’s not spoil the bacchanalia for Democrats now. Is this the change we can believe in? I doubt it.
By the way, Obama was supposed to be nominated in a democratic roll call among delegates. Did you see that roll call? I do not think it was a democratic one either. It reminded me about Democratic bosses’ back room deals. Yes, this is the change we can believe in. Really?

Posted by: Wiel | August 28, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Lesley honey, you are as clueless as the republican party. Between Rummy, Dick & Johnny, they had about 75 years experience & the decider acted by not listening to any one. Look at the damage they have done to the country.
Do yourself a favor, googling the inexperienced Obama's 2002 speech on invading Iraq. Every word of it has come true. The republican MORONS heckled Obama inside & outside of USA. Now they are doing exactly what they heckled him about.
Your "EXPERIENCED STATESMEN'S" decision has cost us several billions of dollars (Billion has 9 zeroes, incase you want to know) & 4100+ lives. With good economy we can recover the billions of dollars but not those lives that are gone.
If experience means number of years, those furniture in the capitol are more experienced than McCain & they are better because they don't make bad decisions.

Posted by: Saroja | August 28, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually watch this crap?

2 Plagiarists!

Biden dropped out in the 1988 election because of a Plagiarism Scandal!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/biden.htm

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Obama utilizes Plagiarism too and says "it's not a big deal!"
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-02-18-obama-borrowed-lines_N.htm (This link takes a minute to load, be patient!)

How can you lead the FREE WORLD if you can't make your own speeches?!?!? YOU CAN'T! The Dumbocrats picked a real loser on this ticket!

Everyone says the Republicans failed U.S. but the Democrats have failed miserably, but in the long run, have been able to get rid of Obama by letting him lose... He will NOT be re-elected by the State of Illinois has a U.S. Senator and all those Donor lists that Obama bribed the Super Delegates with, will still come in handy.

McChange/Mitt "Economy" Romney 08'

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! | August 28, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

How can someone choose experience over intelligence? You can't acquire intelligence, it's a gift. On the other hand, with intelligence, you can get the experience. McCain was never an intelligent man, he will never have what Obama has naturally.

Posted by: sam | August 28, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Lesley: experience without intelligence, or open-mindedness, is worse. Is W any better at leading the world after 8 years experience? And I won't even talk about stability: a hot tempered man with his finger on the button, and a man with a one-dimensional view of conflict, scares me far more.

Posted by: Steve | August 28, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I think we have better things to do. I will leave that stuff to the dumb rep.

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Oh he did! Yes we Can! Check out what the McCain potatoes are saying. Butwere the H are the democrats @ http://www.bop-o-rama.com? Team Obama needs to get organized.

http://www.potatoparade.co.uk/default.aspx?userid=deb8b221-14fb-456e-8e13-2009bae0b541

Posted by: The potato master | August 27, 2008 11:16 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

They look GREAT together!

Did anyone count the number of Bidens on stage?:-) What a darling family.

Posted by: Just A Thought | August 27, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh he did! Yes we Can! Check out what the McCain potatoes are saying. Butwere the H are the democrats @ http://www.bop-o-rama.com? Team Obama needs to get organized.

http://www.potatoparade.co.uk/default.aspx?userid=deb8b221-14fb-456e-8e13-2009bae0b541

Posted by: The potato master | August 27, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama can join anyone he wants on stage. Rubbing shoulders with Biden doesn't rub off Biden's experience on Obama.

After all, think about it - Obama is the decision-maker, not Biden. Obama is the one who must face off with Putin, the N. Koreans, the Chinese, the Iranians...or will he call Biden to check in on the next move? Obama is the one with his finger on the nuclear weapon button.

As one of 300 million Americans, I do not want to be led by a guy who is just learning about international politics and machinations. That absolutely terrifies me. Intelligence can't match experience in this game.

McCain all the way. End of discussion.

Posted by: Lesley | August 27, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Here Puma Puma Puma:

Bill Clinton: "Last night Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually, that makes 18 million of us."

Posted by: Don | August 27, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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