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Obama Appears on O'Reilly's Show

By Shailagh Murray
HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Sen. Barack Obama made his first appearance on Fox News's conservative talk show "The O'Reilly Factor" and was pressed on his foreign policy views.

According to excerpts released by Fox, host Bill O'Reilly questioned Obama on two issues that Republicans view as vulnerabilities, his opposition to the troop surge in Iraq and his willingness to talk even with U.S. adversaries.

"I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated," Obama told O'Reilly of President Bush's decision last year to increase troop levels. "It's succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."

But he added, "The Iraqis still haven't taken responsibility. And we still don't have that kind of political reconciliation."

Asked to list U.S. enemies, Obama responded, "Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America who have a distorted ideology who have perverted the faith of Islam and so we have to go after them."

He said he would "never take military action off the table" in the case of Iran. "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; it would be a game changer," Obama said.

Posted at 8:18 PM ET on Sep 4, 2008  | Category:  Barack Obama
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We consider ourselves a God-loving and Christian nation, yet we fail to ask "what would Jesus say or do"? Discourse and dailogue are viewed as a weakness by many. Our "was on terror" is being funded by the Chinese government (major lenders considering we run a massive deficit). Our energy policies are largely run by the Cabinet and VP who refuse to disclose any record under the guise of Presidential Priviledge, the President uses has bestowed unto himself the write to issue "Presidential signing statements" which he claims allows him to chose what laws to follow and/or enforce that Congress has passed and he has signed. As stewards of our land--something provided to us by the creation--the environment is an after thought. Healthcare is beyond the reach of many. Food pantries are facing a demand beyond what anyone can imagine; they empty. Education is beyond the reach of many, how can we compete with India, China, Latin America, and many of the Asian countries. Healthcare is beyond the reach of many. If you think about all the above and considered hypothetically what if Jesus were running for the highest position, would he be electable?? Would he be advocating tax cuts for "middle income" taxpayers, defined by the GOP candidate as someone making $5 million or less per year?

We ought to challenge those running to address these issues, rather than allowing them to run by "wrapping the flag around themselves" and claiming a higher moral authority or connection with God.

We need vision and the willingness to connect with all--those disenfranchised in the US as well as leaders and people in foreign countries that once looked up to us as a beacon of tolerance and hope.

Posted by: Roberto | September 11, 2008 11:55 PM

Wow, you Republicans are the saddest group of unpatriotic whiners I have ever heard and dumb too.You also are all a bunch of cowards. Osama Bin Laden has you on the run. Americans used to stand for being strong and courageous. Now you are running scared. Pathetic.You are so hoodwinked by the Republican party's tactics of getting elected that you really think they care about you. They don't care about family values and being patriotic. They know they can count on you ignorant people to follow them like lemmings to the sea. And you do! Meanwhile your stock portfolio is shrinking by the day and your homes have devalued quicker than you can God, Gun's & Gays. Meanwhile while China and India are educating their millions behind our backs(and laughing) while the good folks of America are bickering about issues that have nothing to do with how this country will make it through this century. So carry on righteous ones. When you have to decide between paying your oil bill or putting food on the table for your family just thank the Republican administration for the fine job they have done for the past eight years. Good luck suckers!

Posted by: Beth | September 11, 2008 2:23 PM

Everybody bashes Bush but thanks to his tenacity we are fighting the War on Terror in the Middle East - not in middle America. I fully support his decision to go into Iraq to help initiate a democratic government there.
Economically, we have enjoyed ridiculously low unemployment these past 6 years (until this month) thanks in great part on Bush's efforts to strengthen our economy. Let's not forget where the Dow went immediately after the 9/11 tragedy and compare it to today. People are generally better off financially. Those who are not are the gamblers who purchased real estate at its height and financed it with “creative” mortgages designed to put them into a house they could not afford. Greed. Now they are claiming to be victims of "predatory lenders". Forgive my bluntness, but if you signed a mortgage you did not understand, you are an idiot.
Finally, Obama is finally being exposed for the souffle he is. He is mostly hot air and very little substance. I am very afraid of the "Change" he proposes to make in our country. If the mainstream media dug into his past half as diligently as the Communist News Network (CNN) did Palin’s, we would see him for what he truly is, a radical liberal with socialist leanings intent on taking the country in the same direction. Thanks, but that is not for me.

Posted by: Willy | September 10, 2008 10:52 AM

From what I saw of a clip of Obama on O'Reilly last night, it was exactly what I had already beleived about Obama, that he is for income redistribution. He beleives if you work hard and make something of yourself you should give half of it to the people who refuse to work hard. I don't mind helping those who are disabled and unable to work, but those who refuse to work or are drub abusers, my husband works much too hard to support our own family of nine to give it to these people.

Posted by: Brenda | September 10, 2008 9:41 AM

In response to the accusation that Biden 'stiffed' BDR Tax associates Inc. David Emery of NetLore tried this:

I attempted to authenticate this email by contacting its author, CPA Bruce D. Riddle of Rockville, Maryland, and received this terse reply:

" This was sent to six family members as a private email. Please do not forward. He has since paid in full. "

I wasn't able to pry any further details out of him, but presumably Mr. Riddle stands by the accuracy of his charges, including the claim that at least part of the Biden campaign's debt to him was longstanding, and a perennial source of grievance. In any case, he now says the debt has been paid and the issue -- if not the hard feelings -- is resolved.

A Federal Elections Commission report shows that Biden for President, Inc. disbursed a total of $1,116,101.75 during the month of August 2008 and was still $173,999.97 in debt. For comparison, Hillary Clinton's campaign still owes $23,973,973.60, Mitt Romney's owes $44,555,000.00, and Mike Huckabee's owes $84,946.00.

Presidential campaigns typically amass millions of dollars of debt, and it often takes many years -- in rare cases, a decade or more -- for candidates to pay it off. "For losing candidates, campaign debts can linger for years," said an ABC News report in June 2008. "At the same time, the unpaid bills can cause hardships for campaign workers and vendors waiting for payment. Some end up receiving just pennies on the dollar -- if they can get paid at all."

In that respect it appears Mr. Riddle fared better than some, in the end.

Posted by: Anil, MO | September 7, 2008 7:40 PM

Every 4 years the Republicans frame the race for President on "character" and not issues.

Every 4 years people buy into this and elect another Republican.

Every 4 years I loose ground in wages, housing, paying for my kid's college, and retirement.

Every 4 years you do too.

You fear Obama, you fear his different-ness. But his policies will help you, your life, and your loved ones.

So what are you gonna do this time? Vote for the 'character' of the man who picked a beginner for VP? Vote for the 'character' of the man who has changed positions on everything, the one who is willing to do ANYTHING to get elected?

Or are you gonna wake up and stop voting just because the Republicans do TV commercials better?

Posted by: poor richard | September 7, 2008 4:31 PM


Barack and Howard Dean are using a company called Donor Services Group in Los Angeles that has an outsource call center in Manila, Philippines to handle their fund raising efforts. This isn't the only company they are using that is open about sending American Jobs to foreign soil. Both Obama and Dean know this but they are getting great rates on with low wages and this works in their efforts to mislead the public on jobs.

Donor Services Group is a minimum wage company that does not pay a fair wage to nearly 150 staffers and refuses to pay for all hours worked and makes WalMart look like a very generous company!

Both DNC and Barack know this and don't care that the company uses harsh tactics on the staff to get money raised.

Posted by: Corwin | September 7, 2008 1:44 PM

whats with all the democrats blaming Bush for the past 4 years when the congress and Senate were both ran by the democrats Why didnt they FIX anything ..oh yeah its an election year and they could all be screaming its Bush fault VOTE DEMOCRAT hhhaaaaaaaaaa they should have found one amongst them worth voting for.
I find it interesting Obama didnt think Obiden was worthy of office vs Obiden thought the same of Obama but here they are in the same bed!!!

Posted by: hatty | September 7, 2008 2:16 AM

I recieved the following in an e-mail and think it most interesting for all voters to be aware of the democat vp info contained..........
Fwd: Joe Biden

This is unconfirmed, however the man gives his complete address, email, phone numbers and URL at the end of his email.

Bruce D. Riddle is a Democrat. According to records in Rockville, MD, regarding contributions to Presidential candidates, Mr. Riddle made large contributions to the Hillary Clinton campaign on 3-31-07. Obviously, he is not a Joe Biden fan..
Family, I feel an obligation to honesty and truth to share with you some facts. My Father and Mother instilled in me the values and morals of treating people fairly and always being honest. If you purchase something, you pay for it. If you borrow something, you give it back.

I have been "stiffed" three times in my 30 year professional career by someone who I rendered services to, gave a finished product to, but who refused to pay for those services even though they acknowledged the services and products were correct, were what they asked for, and were never challenged for not being correct. I am lucky in having only three, but those three hurt badly.

Joe Biden was one of those people. I worked on his 1988 Presidential campaign financial disclosure engagement. I busted it for him and got everything right. He stiffed me for over $15,000 worth of work. He refused to pay once he dropped out of the race. I did similar Capitol Hill campaign financial disclosure work for Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan, and a Democratic candidate for Ambassador to New Zealand. All of those folks paid even though they lost the election or did not get the appointment. That type of work is very demanding and very tedious because your efforts are scrutinized by Congress. Biden did not care.

I am on the Board of Directors of a company that owns a majority position in a private jet management company in Northern Virginia. They manage jets for businesses and rich folks. They also charter planes to the public. This past winter Fred Thompson chartered over $250,000 worth of air time. He paid every penny.

Joe Biden, in his latest unsuccessful run for President, chartered over $150,000 worth of air time. He PAID ZERO.
He continues to refuse to pay stating his race is over and he is out of money. He never once complained about his flights. Joe Biden is a rich man. He could pay.

Joe Biden is a liar and a cheat. I know it first hand.
Character is what life is all about. Joe Biden is a man of bad character and sets a bad example forAmerica.

I feel compelled to share this dark side of a man who asks for your vote and trust.

Best Regards, Bruce D. Riddle, CPA, CFP
BDR Associates, LLC
2401 Research Boulevard, Suite 101
Rockville, MD 20850
Work - (240) 631-1981
Cell - (301) 580-7800
Fax - (240) 631-2778
Website -

Posted by: Hatty | September 7, 2008 2:11 AM

How about that fat blowhard Oprah not wanting to have Palin on HER show? She forgets how she got to where she is. You don't stay popular by screening your guests for political reasons.

Oprah claims that she won't interview any candidates (from either party) and why? Who knows what sort of ideological purity or delusions she maintains in this regard

Posted by: SOR | September 6, 2008 9:16 AM

The Democrats are the party of private vice what I would call NDMS (non-dick managers) The Republicans are the party that in a vague way supports the traditional ideas surrounding virtue but it is a shame that they so poorly express most of their key ideas.

Posted by: Sean | September 6, 2008 9:13 AM

I'm loving how all of you Democrats are trembling in your boots at the sight of your "chosen one" cowering in his boots at the sight of Sarah Palin. Since his spot light has finally ran out, he finally decides to talk about the issues? What an American :P McCain is much more qualified than Obama and I don't even need to start with that, you all know it's true. I interviewed a democratic supporter today, and asked why Obama should be elected. He replied "he's fresh blood". Oh my goodness, the president is supposed to be a qualified man to lead this country and make decisions for the people, if you want someone fresh, elect Will Smith! Obama has NEVER had to make a decision effecting a large group of people, the largest decision he ever made was marrying Michelle, and he screwed up there because she is a TRAMP. Kudos to McCain for looking out for America even though you democratic goons want "Change" for the worst the no one intellegent believes in.

Posted by: Mata | September 6, 2008 12:35 AM

Bush/Cheney administration was very experienced, but yet they failed. McCain is off focused he doesn't state how he will keep America safe, only stupid passe soundbites such as "chasing them to the pits of hell" what is that? how does that keep us safe? No plans, just talk. The same nonsense that was spoken 7 yrs ago.Yet, we have not caught those who were truly responsible for 9/11. We are more ostracized since The beginning of America. We need a President who can gain us Allies not more enemies.

Posted by: sweetly | September 6, 2008 12:24 AM

Thank god we are safe in this part of the world from those Islamic Fundamental Terrorists who are killing innocent people in Asia and intemediate the public in Europe. Its the terrorist who attacked us first. Our brave troops are fighting these terrorists in their territory so that we all can sleep sound and enjoy the freedom in this great country.
To all those winners on the blog,
Show some gratitidude and learn how to appreciate all that this great country provide us with.
If you do not have a clue, ask your daddy.

God bless our troops and God bless America.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:52 PM

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling rapidly.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | September 5, 2008 4:05 PM

McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time and thanked Bush "for his leadership through dark times".
-No economic plan (but he has 7 houses)
-SAYS he won't raise taxes...really? How do you spend $1 Trillion dollars on a war? OH BORROW FROM CHINA!!
-Votes against women and children rights and programs (Equal Pay Amendment, funding for day care to help women get to work)

Posted by: Remi | September 5, 2008 1:45 PM

I thought Democrats will have a landslide vitory this fall. But the fundamental problem for them this fall is their choice of candidates.

Look We do not know much about Obama or his past. What we know so far is really not going to help Democrats this fall. 20 years in racist church in chicago, Friends with Terrorists Ayers, provided tax payers money to Convicted slum loard Rezko, Friends with recently jailed Detroit mayor Kilpatrick.. Michelle's anti-american sentiments...list goes on and on... He does not have a record of accomplishments nor did he serve the country.

Now look at Biden, he is not a good choice either. He does not think that Obama is ready. He is famous as a liar and a always a man of more words.

Both of them does not have any executive or management experience..

tell me what is the basis on which you will vote for these guys even though prefer Democrats.

Posted by: Tim | September 5, 2008 1:33 PM

I am not happy that the color blend within the republican party is not good. What does that say? Many blacks have said they find it nearly impossible to be a republican because of the racist remarks they hear from their own race about choosing the other party. So I am saying there are many closet black republicans which is really sad. Listen, as a white republican white woman living in a liberal town, I can't be public either which is awful. The angry liberal left will stoop to any level to bash conservatives no matter their color, but all the more harder for any blacks. MLK's father was a republican. I wonder how many of the youth today know that.

Posted by: Susan | September 5, 2008 11:58 AM

You Republicans are crazy. Where are McCain's specific plans to lead this country out of the mess 8 years of Bush/Cheney have left us in? Especially after McCain has voted with Bush/Cheney 90% of the time over the last 8 years.

If you hadn't noticed we are on the verge of a Recession, in the middle of a Housing/Mortgage Crisis, fighting a two front war, with Record gas prices, just to name a few of the serious threats facing us as Americans today.

Where's your plan Republicans? Don't have one? Would rather pile on the personal attacks of Obama and puff up your chest with war hero rhetoric?

Here's an option for you: Instead of just blindly labeling Obama a Communist and Radical why not take a look at the real plans he has laid out. Did you know Obama simply wants to raise taxes back to where they were under President Ronald Reagan? Nothing radical, nothing that is going to socailize our country. Just firm good economics to give this country's Middle Class a fighting chance again.

Please stop the senseless and desperate personal attacks and let's get down to talking issues. So far, McCain hasn't even stepped up to the plate.

Start here and begin to educate yourself:

Posted by: Factory worker, Akron Ohio | September 5, 2008 11:36 AM

Obama with all his radical ties and 20 years in racist church.. is going to loose big this fall.. if you notice biden is off focus now a days :)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:14 AM

I noticed last night that all but a dozen or so people at the Republican Convention are vanilla white. In case you haven't noticed yet, the U.S. population is not all white. At the Democratic Convention you saw representatives from all ethnic groups, AND a lot of very smart women. Reading all the comments left by Republicans on this site, you noticed this too are scared to lose this election.

You know that Obama will get the black vote, and it looks like he also will get the Hispanic-American vote and the Asian-American vote. The women who were for Hillary are turned off by Palin. Why? Because we think it is UNAMERICAN to shoot wolves and bears from airplanes; we believe it is PATRIOTIC to protect our wildlife. We think it is UNPATRIOTIC to fire the town librarian because she refuses attempts at censorship; we believe it is PATRIOTIC to support free speech. We believe it is UNAMERICAN to leave a town of less than 10,000 burdened with $20 million in debt; we feel balancing our budget is PATRIOTIC. Anything less would be selling out our country. We believe it is UNPATRIOTIC to further AMERICA's reliance on oil; we believe it is PATRIOTIC to become the leader in alternative energies and protect our environment while doing so.
And we know that Obama will deliver. Not McCain, not Palin. And you know it too; that's why you are so scared and it cracks me up.

Posted by: Phoebe S. | September 5, 2008 9:59 AM

Obama went on O'Rilley because he felt he had to. His dodge and weave was good as usual. He needed to get a visual appearance in before McCain's speech. After all Sarah stole his thunder or should I say his media spotlight. Today he has called on the women of the Democratic party to help campaign for him. He now needs Ms. Clinton to help him.
Obama is waiting for his bloggers to destroy Sarah Palin so far it did not work as plained she accepted the nomination. So you will continue.
Should Obama start fighting out front like a man in place of sending bloggers out as fodder for his campaign machine he will loose his I TAKE THE HIGH ROAD CARD that he has played with success so far. But people are seeing that is not really so.
And yet Obama feels attacked and false roomers are being circulated about him. OH THE MORAL INDIGNATION OF IT HOW COULD THEY QUESTION AND SLUR HIM.
The illusionist has been on the stage to long and the illusion is fadeing. And now the media is looking at Sarah Palin and he will have to share the stage with both John McCain and Sarah Palin and well he might have to answer a few questions and explain just what exactly is this CHANCE AND HOPE.
He has been smoked out and now now he wants to talk about the issues. Took a long time to get him here to the issues but ya know what there is a new MAVERICK in town not George Bush and 8 more years as Obama would like to tell you.
And for Obama the very thought of having to give a straight answer to a question before the people vote scares the h-ll out of him. Unfortunately the smoke started to clear before the people voted and before the media found another person to pay attention to. The voters will decide this election not the illusionist with all of his strategy. Goodness I would love to play poker with Obama and Axelrod I would make a fortune they telegraph each move they make and they are running out of cards.
As far as issues it's going to be down and dirty read them and weep. Obama's are going to finally be pinned to a tree so all can see exactly what change he proposes and I have a feeling it will be quite an eye opener for some.
See you in November.

Posted by: Jace | September 5, 2008 9:32 AM

It is common knowledge that you don't set preconditions to meet with your friends, but you meet your potential enemies on neutral ground (both sides setting stipulations before the meeting)to keep them off-balance. Now I know Obama only met with O'Reilly ON THE PRECONDITION THAT IT HAPPENED DURING MCCAIN'S SPEECH!
SOOOO I'm thinking. Obama has no problem meeting with known terrorists without preconditions...JUST WHO DO YOU CONSIDER ENEMIES BARACK???!!!! THE TERRORISTS OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: MCCAIN FOR PRES 08 | September 5, 2008 8:43 AM

McCain P:

Do you think the U.S. fought a "just war" against Hitler?

Posted by: JakeD | September 5, 2008 5:45 AM

Its funny how some of these Bush. McCain/Palin followers support the ideaolgy of war. I wonder if we step back and THINK! about our mission with the war against Iraq was nothing but, additional corpse from the latest news it was reported we lost almost 5,000 troops if not more with the additional 5,000 plus from 9/11. The issue of war that was asked by O'reilly to Presidential Candidate Barack Obama WETHER the war was SUCCESFUL was extremely belgerent. Common sense tells you two wrongs dont make a right! O'reilly was trying to catch Obama flip floping. O'reilly needs to first of all thank Obama showing to his show to improve his fading career as a Fox news Contributor. O'reilly most times advocate the Republican agenda. I think both men went in the interview room with a little "Butterfly in ther stomach". Obama stood his grounds during the interview and battle the conservative, leftist proganda. I belive Obama did not just displayed pose but, he displayed his ability to listen, and articulate his views. See the big picture is not about him but for the common men like me and you to protect our nation! And live up the American Dream!

Posted by: McCain P. | September 5, 2008 2:32 AM

I feel asleep in the middle of McCain's speech. What did I miss? Damn convention is on too late.

Posted by: Dave | September 5, 2008 12:55 AM

Just decided to visit this page to see what the 'racists' were up to... but I need to stop being so hopeful.

Obama has been running in this race for more than a year... you you pretend you don't know him or just simply see him as an enemy... (not vetted enough)... then you get a 'hot VP' like Dennis Miller calls her... and she needs no vetting... is it because she is one of you?

Enough reason for me to vote OBAMA in November. Remember, evil feelings stay in your gut and gives you cancer.

You have the power to change that. Follow your 'scriptures' Try to follow the steps of Jesus... the light. He came to earth to guide you and show you unconditional love.

Love for every human being he created. You Christians should know AND PRACTICE that. All the best to you and I hope you find an antidote for your illness.

Posted by: LaLatina | September 5, 2008 12:28 AM

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most of whom are the lunch box crowd (hillary clinton voters)

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Posted by: jim | September 4, 2008 11:43 PM

This is a country, folks, not a high school. Vote for whichever candidate you think will do the best job, but for heaven's sake don't vote because someone convinced you that "Obama blamed the troops" or you think he's "never done a damned thing in his life." (Are you kidding me?) Elementary school students would take this more seriously--and maybe they should be the ones deciding. I read that there were about 73.7 million kids in the U.S. in 2006. They have to grow up and live here after we're gone. They need a good education, a clean environment, jobs, and a government that respects their individual rights. And for Mary in Iowa--try just getting in to law school, much less Harvard Law--it ain't easy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:38 PM

Obama is a pathetic example of where Affirmative Action can take you: from the streets of Chicago to the street in front of the White House. Mind you, I said "streets in front of" cuz that mofo won't be IN the WH. Cleaning it maybe, but never in it beyatch.

Posted by: jm77 | September 4, 2008 11:31 PM

wow, i've never seen so many fatties in one place. the rnc is fatty town. wont you take me to fatty town? It's the only place that fatty-chasers like me belong!

Posted by: fatty dem | September 4, 2008 11:20 PM

Obama does not seems to have a clue on surge and the improvements.. he just wants to blame the troops.. rediculous!

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Posted by: mycaca | September 4, 2008 11:17 PM

Red states are the biggest users of prozac. Red states have the most depression. maybe if they voted with their brain instead doing as they are told by the ghost of reagan they would be happier people

Posted by: prozac nation | September 4, 2008 11:17 PM

wow, i've never seen so many fatties in one place. the rnc is fatty town. wont you take me to fatty town?

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Posted by: macaca98506 | September 4, 2008 11:08 PM

Actually, GPM, the utter whiteness of the RNC--when taken to such an extreme--is a fair stand-in. The policies they're following turn off minorities. So much, in fact, that Alaska(!) has twice as many black folk, in proportion, than the delegates to the Convention.

Why? Because of the policies.

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Posted by: MCE | September 4, 2008 11:06 PM

07001: cut the crap! Is that how you get your jollies, by pretending to have some "inside information" that only exists inside your little brain? You can't get the recognition you so desperately need and desire by relaying this "important information" to us ANONYMOUSLY!!!!

Posted by: Iowa | September 4, 2008 11:05 PM

America is NOT the greatest country on earth. its down to #14 now. it was #5 when clinton was prez. its been dropping every yr.

Posted by: dave | September 4, 2008 11:05 PM

Fool masquerading as the Devil:

The Devil is incapable of telling the truth (like a Republican). Examine your imbecilic posts in this light.


Ben Wade, Outlaw -- sure as God's vengeance

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Posted by: MCF | September 4, 2008 11:02 PM

Hey VERY TELLING, Obama knows exactly how to win a war. Don't get into it to start with. I'm sorry,that's the only diplomacy the Republicans understand. Like McCain said Bomb Bomb Bomb---Bomb Bomb Iran. What an idiot. I wonder if his mother had any kids that weren't brain damaged.

Posted by: Sick -o- GOP | September 4, 2008 11:00 PM

yes it is amazing how FAT everyone is at the rnc.

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Posted by: MCD | September 4, 2008 10:53 PM

Rich Heyman: Do YOU have the ability to walk on water or change water into wine?? No???...who are YOU to bring up Obama's past...we've ALL made mistakes in our lives...INCLUDING YOU...unless you've lived in a monastery all your life. The main thing is ...he went on and changed the direction he was taking and became an educated (THAT'S the part you can't stand, isn't it???) productive far did YOU go in school??? It doesn't sound like you went far ENOUGH!!!!

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Posted by: MCD | September 4, 2008 10:48 PM

Grow up folks. Blackness is not a policy and forever crying about the number of this or that color person in the crowd is puerile. the only issues are policy, qualifications, and competency to lead and govern. The rest of the silliness is just that - poorly thought out childness rants. When my kids were younger this behavior resulted in a time-out, but was understandable given their tender age. A time-out from weakly considered statements would be most welcome.

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Posted by: MCD | September 4, 2008 10:45 PM

can some one post what has obama done for America? Americans?

what has his Michelle done for Americans?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:43 PM

Posted by: john mccain | September 4, 2008 10:40 PM

Republicans are bottom feeders. They should change their mascot from the elephant to the carp. Sarah Palin is the latest snarky Rovian addition.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM

Obama seem bleak in front of Bill Oreily..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM

"His Willingness To Talk"...Good, because he's not some explaining to do.

This may explain why Obama was meeting w/the FBI in Chicago today.....hmmmm

For Immediate Release: - 09/04/08


( Lafayette Hill , Pennsylvania – 09/04/08) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire,
the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s eligibility to serve as President of the United States, has RECEIVED CONFIRMATION from his Process Service Company
that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Barack Obama
WERE SERVED TODAY, September 4, 2008, with the legal documents pertaining to Berg vs. Obama, Civil Action No. 08-cv-4083. The DNC was served at 12:00 p.m. and Senator Obama was served at 1:00 p.m. The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted service on behalf of the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) on or about August 22, 2008.

Posted by: 07001 | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM

Posted by: mccain | September 4, 2008 10:39 PM

Posted by: john | September 4, 2008 10:38 PM

I don't believe this.

McCain could have gone to the "Hood" and got a few brothers and sisters to attend.

Where is Condi, Colin and Clarence?

Too many "good ol' boys" at this GOP convention.

This is not the America I know.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:35 PM

Real Brother, I saw the O'Reilly interview, too. I could not believe the disrespect this
hack showed for a man who may very well be our next president. I guess that is his attitude toward anyone not of his narrow group.

You are no doubt right about Sen.Obama not being allowed to show anger due to blackness.
So you might say, not a fair fight, right?
Well, actually I would disagree with you there. Poor Bill was totally and completely outclassed by a man who is not only smarter and better-informed and has a far superior education, but ALSO has total control of himself.
Bill came off looking like the bully he is.
Barack Obama came off looking like the presidential material HE is.
I came away more convinced than ever that this is the man who can keep us safe.
Bill O'Reilly's "No spin" zone was the perfect showcase. Thanks, Bill.
Best to you, Real Brother.
Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Jackie | September 4, 2008 10:33 PM

I was surprised to see that obama with all his "speaches" is no match for Oreilly during the interview.. umm...Obama flip flopped again on surge and victory :)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:31 PM

whoops they just showed the same dark people they showed the last 2 nights. I guess they couldnt afford to hire anymore.

Posted by: Boogieman | September 4, 2008 10:31 PM

Does Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama debate? Is America ready for that inevitable outcome?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:28 PM

Why does Palin sound like a stupid uneducated hick from the hills of north carolina? Doesnt John McCain have a home in NC? Maybe Palin is his daughter?

Posted by: steve | September 4, 2008 10:28 PM

Why the hell would he go on this hatemongers show, and lend credence to him? Why oh why?

Posted by: Shag | September 4, 2008 10:25 PM


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Posted by: MCD | September 4, 2008 10:21 PM

I love John McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 10:20 PM

McCain Votes Against Vets

Posted by: MCD | September 4, 2008 10:19 PM

Well put, Bill. But the kiddies and other easily swayed fools can't seem to get over their swoon with Obama's WORDS, NOT THE DEEDS, NOT THE VERY QUESTIONABLE ACTIONS, NO-ACTIONS OF HIS LIFE, NOT HIS NON-CAREER, JUST HIS WORDS!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:18 PM

McCain Votes Against Vets. Sad but true

Posted by: Bobby | September 4, 2008 10:17 PM

Obama Kicked O'Reilly's butt. Bill is getting a little rusty in his old age.

Posted by: RNC | September 4, 2008 10:16 PM

Real Brother here.

I saw the interview and Barack got O'reilly good.Barack being Black can never be combative, angry or come off as militant and its too bad because he could be sarcastic and chew up a White Supremacist like Bill O'Rielly but he never would knowing it would do more harm then good.How many times does Barack Obama have to say that there would have NEVER been a need for the Surge had the STUPID azz War NEVER been waged in the first place? So he opposed the War and it was likely that he would oppose the Surge which he did. To use the Surge to justify the War is STUPID and Obama's not going to embarrass any of these Idiots by saying so.

Finally, the Racists and White Supremacists act like they want to see Barack Obama and everytime they do he makes em' look STUPID.McCain and Palin don't want to see that Brother but like the Idiots they are they will see him and when they do this race will be over.


Posted by: Realbrother | September 4, 2008 10:16 PM

Sorry, guys, but I'm listening to speeches now.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 10:16 PM

You only have 1 vote.

You certainly can't influence anyone here.

So, go to bed.

Posted by: The Truth | September 4, 2008 10:15 PM

Too Late Jake D you've been outed on Drudge!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:15 PM

Anonymous seems to have multiple personality disorder.

I'm Anonymous, no I'm Anonymous, No I'm Anonymous

NO I'm Sparticus!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:14 PM

FactChecker-you and all the other paid trolls for Obama that frequent this site are ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE as annoying as your Messiah-candidate himself!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:13 PM

To Earl C. blog;

I am sorry I don't know how you can say that Sen. Obama has demonstrated that he is a principle thinking man when his actions are quite to the contrary. How can a man of principle be a member of a church whose minister who's sermons have elements of hate and anti-Americanism and sit their only because it benifits your political aspirations. A man of principle would defend his actions as to why he attends that particular church with that particular minister. A unprincipled man would throw the minister under the bus and distance himself from his action. How can you say that Sen. Obama is a man of principle when he is involved himself in a very shady real estate deal with a very shady Chicago man that is now a convicted felon. A principle man would defend his actions. A unprincipled man who realizes that he was exposed would plead ignorance and say it was poor judgment. I unlike you judge a person more by their actions than their words.

Posted by: Bill | September 4, 2008 10:12 PM

I am not gay (you do know there are fake JakeD posts, right?).

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 10:11 PM

Shannon / Anonymous,

I disagree, Obama is showing that is is real presidential material by his actions. He comments on the attacks and dismisses them. In sports, the big team doesn't pick a fight with the small one as it just brings them down to their level.

or If you fight with a pig you get dirty too.

By stating that this is about the issues and by showing real plans he is showing that he is above the partisan politics and really thinking about this country.

Posted by: kevin | September 4, 2008 10:10 PM

I love all these wingnut trolls saying it's all over for we are all going to believe you? When all the polls forecast a romp for the Dems? Maybe you believe, like your heroes W and Cheney, that if you say it often enough, it makes it true. Such infantilism...oh, I know, well look it up.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | September 4, 2008 10:10 PM

"I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated," Obama told O'Reilly of President Bush's decision last year to increase troop levels. "It's succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."

It's a shame Barack did not get advance word of Bob Woodward's book in which he writes that a breakthrough in covert operations and not the 'surge' was the primary source of 'success'.

Posted by: Rob Bentley | September 4, 2008 10:09 PM

Jake D -- Go ahead and enlist, but you'd better not tell!

Posted by: go | September 4, 2008 10:08 PM

No, they just languished in captivity, terrified, for 400 plus straight days, only to be released once a fighter became president.

Glad you think 400+ days of terror was an acceptable outcome.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:04 PM

Shannon wrote:

As an Obama supporter I'm really starting to get upset with Obama.

WTF is up with the weakling act??? Why must he continually take the damn high road?

To be honest, I'm sick of this f-ing high road, and I want to see Obama be tougher. If he can't appear tough to me, a supporter, then how in the hell is he going to come off to other people who don't support him?

I'm sick of this high road shyte. Obama needs to stand up against these attack, instead sounding off with his consistent and always annoying "UUUUUHHHHH"!

Jesus...I never thought I'd lose hope, but if Obama doesn't start to fight back then I'm am hopelessly supporting a losing candidate.


Excellent points Shannon, pretty much exactly what I've been thinking these past few days-as a Dem. who could NEVER vote for Obama, and who simply cannot stomach McCain/Palin (McCain with Romney yes-Palin? never!) I have been watching Obama's anemic response to the Republicans and am even more annoyed with him than usual! I say it again, Obama was NEVER meant to be President, he simply is not presidential material! He is not a real politician, he doesn't really know what's going on, hell, even with a teleprompter in front of him telling him what to say and where he's at, he NEVER seems to know what town or city he's in! He's just not a people person in any way, and he has no experience-people will look back at this and wonder how he ever got this far. Amazing!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:02 PM

We forget, the surge whether it works or not was not necessary. The war in Iraq should never have been fought for the stated reasons. Iraq had not attacked us and was not even close to attacking us. We also forget that Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the gang were friends with Saddam up to the day that he invaded Kuwait. We sold Saddam the chemical and biological components that he needed for his weapons, and perhaps the weapons themselves. This information is a matter of public record. By the way, this is not the first time that we have been bitten by those to whom we sold weapons. Frequently, we have ended up fighting forces that fight us with the weapons that we sold them.

Diplomacy, not weapons, is the ultimate answer. Wars should be last resort.

Posted by: Earl C | September 4, 2008 10:01 PM

Shannon wrote:

As an Obama supporter I'm really starting to get upset with Obama.

WTF is up with the weakling act??? Why must he continually take the damn high road?

To be honest, I'm sick of this f-ing high road, and I want to see Obama be tougher. If he can't appear tough to me, a supporter, then how in the hell is he going to come off to other people who don't support him?

I'm sick of this high road shyte. Obama needs to stand up against these attack, instead sounding off with his consistent and always annoying "UUUUUHHHHH"!

Jesus...I never thought I'd lose hope, but if Obama doesn't start to fight back then I'm am hopelessly supporting a losing candidate.


Excellent points Shannon, pretty much exactly what I've been thinking these past few days-as a Dem. who could NEVER vote for Obama, and who simply cannot stomach McCain/Palin (McCain with Romney yes-Palin? never!) I have been watching Obama's anemic response to the Republicans and am even more annoyed with him than usual! I say it again, Obama was NEVER meant to be President, he simply is not presidential material! He is not a real politician, he doesn't really know what's going on, hell, even with a teleprompter in front of him telling him what to say and where he's at, he NEVER seems to know what town or city he's in! He's just not a people person in any way, and he has no experience-people will look back at this and wonder how he ever got this far. Amazing!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:00 PM

I watched the first interview. O'Reilly does not listen to the those he interviews. Obama gave reasonable answers but these are complex issues and require some explanation. I respect Obama for going through the interview with a man who is obviously trying to trip him up rather than understand what he believes.

Posted by: cdgainesville | September 4, 2008 9:55 PM

Jimmy Carter was not weak. He was a true diplomat and a Christian. No one of those hostages died in captivity. You cannot say that for those who died in the Marine Barraks in Beirut when Reagan was in office. As I remember, there was absolutely no action taken.
With Carter's diplomacy, there could have been openings for talks with Iran that could only be helpful today. Instead, we launched the beginnning of wild west politics and see what we have to show for it.

Posted by: EarlC | September 4, 2008 9:53 PM

In sports there is a saying, to be a champion you have to win on the road. Obama going on O'Reilly is akin to that. If he does well in a challenging environment that can only benefit him with the independent thinkers. The idealogues on both sides can think what they want but the election is going to be decided by the centrists.

Also, O'Reilly claimed in 2000 that if Gore would have gone on and did well that might have put Gore over the top. Kerry did not go on and lost too. If Obama wins this time, O'Reilly is really going to brag about this.

Posted by: James | September 4, 2008 9:52 PM

Jake D,
You do know that Colbert is satire don't you.
Given your posts, there is reason to believe it might be going over your head.

Also I'm curious, You are gay, retired, independent.
Yet support a Man and a woman who if they could would take away all your rights as a person, whose party have been screwing up social security even more and making a mockery of health insurance for the last 8 years and lets not even mention the economy plus promise more of the same.

You must feel pretty strongly on the other issues..

Which do you care about most? ..cause if it big government then look again, if its strength in the world then look again, so that would leave abortion that it?

Sorry about the intrusion of course you don't have to answer its not like i am trying to force you to follow my beliefs and restrict your choice ;)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:51 PM

Modeho wrote, "To have been thru what Obama's been thru in the last 20 months and maintained throughout, good god, the man is made of steel. People are so fooled by actors like phony McCain. Pitiful..."

Posted by: Modeho | September 4, 2008 9:27 PM

excellent comment. people so easily forget what obama has been through... from the republicans.. from the media.. from hillary.. everything from his pastor to his nationality.. to his name.. to a flag pin on a lapel.. to his fist bumping on the dnc floor with his wife.. yes, obama never lost his cool and has been as calm as deep water.. that is excellent testimony to him. again Modeho, good post.

Posted by: Captain Ron | September 4, 2008 9:48 PM

So... when will it be televised? Tonight?

-- faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at

Posted by: Faye Kane | September 4, 2008 9:47 PM

Army Signals.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:46 PM

i just read through the comments. they are awful... ugh. some people I think that if they looked back to what they read and thought about it for more than 10 seconds they would realize how ridiculous it is.

Posted by: Awful | September 4, 2008 9:45 PM

Barack Obama has a mission bigger than most of us realize. It is a very noble effort to change politics in Washington, DC. However, this does not happen by antagonizing those who must be in the mix. Apparetly, the Republicans believe that they can insult, ridicule, and berate those who must be in the political mix in Washington and still get something done. I pray that Obama keeps the high road. For a change, many of us will get to see a brilliant man again. Bill Clinton was the last brilliant man, but he had his stupid moments. At this point, Obama seems to have his head on straight.

I am also very tired of people putting down those among us who have challenged themselves to excell and have achieved those goals under great odds. I prefer a top scholar than a bottom-ranked trouble maker, especially when I consider the politics involved. I really agree with Obama's politics. At this point, McCain has shown that he will throw principle out of the door to gain political advantage. This is not true with Obama. He is a very principaled and pragmatic man. He is analytical and thoughtful.

Posted by: Earl C | September 4, 2008 9:44 PM

"Everyone knew McCain was joking about the $5M - but Obama is using it as if McCain were serious."

Ahh, the same old McCain cop-out. "Umm, I was just kidding, yeah that's it! It was a joke!"

Posted by: McCain is a panderer | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM

Don't forget they want to talk about Saddam too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM

For the record, the real JakeD fought in the Korean War.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:29 PM

Was he in the catering corp?

Posted by: JakeE | September 4, 2008 9:41 PM


Posted by: salli | September 4, 2008 9:41 PM

Funny how this has changed from Obama to Palin. I personally didn't watch the interview, but doubt there was a whole lot on Palin. How about people stick to the issue at hand?

Posted by: Phillip | September 4, 2008 9:32 PM


To get rid of Saddam.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:32 PM

>>>>After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.

Everyone knew McCain was joking about the $5M - but Obama is using it as if McCain were serious.
Shame on Oblahma!!

Posted by: zazzlin | September 4, 2008 9:32 PM

As an Obama supporter I'm really starting to get upset with Obama.

WTF is up with the weakling act??? Why must he continually take the damn high road?

To be honest, I'm sick of this f-ing high road, and I want to see Obama be tougher. If he can't appear tough to me, a supporter, then how in the hell is he going to come off to other people who don't support him?

I'm sick of this high road shyte. Obama needs to stand up against these attack, instead sounding off with his consistent and always annoying "UUUUUHHHHH"!

Jesus...I never thought I'd lose hope, but if Obama doesn't start to fight back then I'm am hopelessly supporting a losing candidate.

Posted by: Shannon | September 4, 2008 9:30 PM

The daughter of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch works for Obama.
The media promoted Obama from the gitgo including CONCEALING damaging info about him until most of the primary was over.

Obama went around the country spinning a tale about the Kennedys bringing his father to America.
It was all a LIE! - easily exposed by the Washington Post - but never mentioned on Obamedia.

And the media is still concealing info about his votes, affiliation with anti-America types, and his lies.

Dems for McCain - NO Hussein!

Posted by: zazzlin | September 4, 2008 9:30 PM

For the record, the real JakeD fought in the Korean War.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:29 PM

so much whining from the mccain camp about the treatment palin is getting from the press. what's her problem, can't take the heat? and what's with all the machismo chest-beating for mccain? we just had 4 years of a swaggering fool in the WH. I don't want someone in there who's no more competent than I am. I want someone who keeps his cool in difficult situations, is more intelligent that the average joe blow (mcCain and Palin). To have been thru what Obama's been thru in the last 20 months and maintained throughout, good god, the man is made of steel. People are so fooled by actors like phony McCain. Pitiful. Easy to scare too.

Posted by: Modeho | September 4, 2008 9:27 PM

Can someone in here tell me why we invaded Iraq?

Posted by: Confused | September 4, 2008 9:25 PM

Palin got married at 24 and had her first child a little over 8 months later. Do the math.

She was pregnant out of wedlock.

Heckuva job Sarah!

McCain doesn't want to win...on purpose. I think he may be realizing that he won't survive his first term and instead of quitting, he's sabotaging his campaign...on purpose.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:22 PM

Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.

Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent (Barack Obama) as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."

Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.

For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.

In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.

*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.

*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.

*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.

*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.

*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."

*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."

*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."

I don't have to listen to this senile old coot (McCain) tonight to know what he's going to say.

"SURGE, DRILL, friends"

rinse and repeat....

Posted by: astral99 | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM

>>>>get ready for the next AP is out with a story questioning why paylin went to 6 colleges.

Yes, the corporate media is in the tank for Oblahma.
They know a cash cow when they see one.


Posted by: Richard | September 4, 2008 9:21 PM

Barack had a meeting with Murdick and apparently they reached an accord because now he is on the Oreilly factor. I have seen him twice and I ready everything from both sides. I am telling you all that he is the Man...I saw him at a town hall meeting here in Titusville, he was very down to earth, talked for hours without a teleprompter, answers questions in a charming, educated nice way...I have faith that he will work with you on the issues that are important to you. Its in the Democrats interest to end the wedge issues and we will do it. Like Bill Clinton did Welfare Reform...Just please think about it. Learn about him. Go see him.

Under his leadership, We can all work together to strengthen our country to ensure that we stay the Awesome USA!

Posted by: Becky | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM

I thought Obama performed wonderfully. He held his ground. As O"Reilly said, "Obama is no wimp. He looked him square in the eye, the man is no wimp". I agree with the person that said, "McCain refuses to talk to his 'enemies' (CNN) because they ask tough questions, while Obama goes right into the Lions Den". For some reason the repugs are STUCK on trying to get Obama to admit the surge worked. Why aren't they stuck on the FACT that we should'nt have gone over there in the first place. With all the lies that were told, all the propaganda that was spun, all the false fear that was instilled in the American people, all they can think about is, "the surge worked". Repugs are so bent on being right on one tiny aspect of the war, that they completely miss the big picture, which is, if we had listened to Obama in the first place, we wouldn't be in an unpopular war spending BILLIONS of dollars to rebuild another country, (when we need it here). If they would just pull their heads out of their behinds, they could see that they were WRONG from the very beginning. Now admit that...

Posted by: Alex | September 4, 2008 9:20 PM

Another Obama flip flop.
Funny watching his bots justify all his changing positions.

Dems for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: zazzlin | September 4, 2008 9:19 PM

The game is already over folks....check the electoral map projections...Obama will win in November. As the Republican pundit and commentator Noonan candidly stated yesterday...."it's over"...for McCain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:18 PM

get ready for the next AP is out with a story questioning why paylin went to 6 colleges.
In reality she spend one semester in Hawaii split between two schools. She then attended a 2-year college in Idaho which means she HAD to attend another in order to get a four year degree and in the process spent a semester at home while she finished up at Idaho. Big deal....and I guess she was doing this about the same time Obama was involved with drugs, but I don't see AP digging into that.

Posted by: rich heyman | September 4, 2008 9:15 PM

Billo bloviated for about half of the "interview." Jesus, what a boring, pompous mofo he is.

Posted by: Patrick | September 4, 2008 9:14 PM

I just watched the Stewart clip. Well yes, even the Democrats have filpflopped several times. And Karl Rove is scum. Everyone knows that.
John McCain isn't. I am voting for him. Even though my sister may have to raise the child she gives birth to regardless of her personal opinion. And I may have to pay more health insurance and work two jobs. But yeah, am enlisting to fight in Iran, Georgia, Korea..wherever.
Go McCain!

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:11 PM

I am also gay but I still believe in the Christian faith. I think it matters to me to listen to this guy tonight, but not that it'll change anything. My vote is still for the POW and the pitbull.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:08 PM

I am, indeed, registered Alaskan Independent. I am a fool too. I don't watch Colbert ;) (I prefer Stewart ; )

Posted by: JakeE | September 4, 2008 9:07 PM

Screw you, Bill-O the clown!

Funny thing to see who's complaining today...
Look at all the Republican operatives leading the crocodile tears of pain for Palin. I love it when they issue a command that "this will stop now" and just expect the press to kow tow. Blood in the water is an apt phrase, these are literally the same guys who brought you such classics as the Clinton impeachment, Swiftboat veterans for "truth", the Vince Foster "murder", Gore invented the internet, Kerry is a liar, Hillary is a lesbian, Slimed veteran Democratic senators and House members as traitors etc etc.

And now the thug Wingnuts are all crying because they have finally been shown to have no clothes, in public. The press will not and should not stop on command, there is too much profit and humor in it. Palin is an ethics challenged creationist cheerleader who has no business whatsoever being on a Presidential ticket.

Posted by: Jeff Y | September 4, 2008 9:06 PM

Plainly don't have to????
Of course he has to. This election is turning against the whimpy Barrack Obama. He has to beg for Indepedent votes that he will never get.

Sorry B.O. but the writing is on the wall.

Buh Bye.

Posted by: Nobama | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM

People don't want to to diss the military, but the success of the "surge" is due to the payoffs we made to the Sunnis not to fight us.

Obama will lose here because he has accepted the terms of the argument. It's like arguing who's the best ball player of the 20th century but saying he had to be playing in 1965.

Posted by: JakeE | September 4, 2008 9:04 PM

Just saw Bill O'Reilly say that Obama was "no wimp"!!! wonders never cease!!

Posted by: Gina | September 4, 2008 9:03 PM

Obama is as close to the presidency now as he'll ever be.

Read the tea leaves. American won't elect a weakling to be CiC again. We learned our lesson from Carter.

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 9:02 PM

Can't think why Obama thought going on O'Reilly would help him. Brave -- but why hang out with slime when you plainly don't have to.

Posted by: Perplexed | September 4, 2008 9:00 PM

I am, indeed, registered Independent. I am a conservative too. I don't watch Jon Stewart (I prefer Colbert ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 8:59 PM

I never really knew how weak Obama was until right now. How can he lead this country when he folds so pathetically to O'Reilly. McCain needs to win or we are all in trouble.

Posted by: Sad | September 4, 2008 8:57 PM

O'Reilly kicked Obama's butt. It's obvious that Obama cannot admit when he is wrong. Obama has no idea how to win a war.

Posted by: VERY TELLING | September 4, 2008 8:55 PM

I just tuned in thinking I was going to watch the entire interview and it looks like O'Reilly plans to chop up the interview and then interject commentary sections in between. Pathetic. Why doesn't he have the guts to show the entire interview uncut.

Posted by: FoxSleaze | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM

Jake D,

Please grace us with your feedback on this video where Jon Stewart totally obliterates Rove and Co. with their OWN past statements. I have a strong suspicion we won't be hearing from on this one.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:47 PM

JakeD, do you still consider yourself an 'independent'?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:43 PM

"Unlike immatured Bush who refuses to talk to enermies and declares "you are with us or against us", Obama shows courage and maturity. He is going to be a good president."

Kind of like how McCain refuses to talk to his 'enemies' (CNN) because they ask tough questions, while Obama goes right into the Lions Den.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:42 PM

LOL!! "Papa Bear"? Got your drool cup at the ready, JakeDuh? Or your falafal-loofa from O'Really?

Posted by: LABC | September 4, 2008 8:40 PM

Unlike immatured Bush who refuses to talk to enermies and declares "you are with us or against us", Obama shows courage and maturity. He is going to be a good president.

Posted by: silverspring | September 4, 2008 8:40 PM

Go get him, Papa Bear!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 8:30 PM

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