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For Obamas, It's Life Behind Barricades


The Obama residence in Chicago, Sept. 15, 2008. (Kari Lydersen / The Washington Post)

By Kari Lydersen
CHICAGO -- Obama family sightings used to be common in Hyde Park, and many residents walked by the presidential candidate's home on a regular basis without thinking much of it.

No longer.

Since late August, concrete and steel barricades have cordoned off Barack Obama's block -- and a sizable stretch of the perpendicular streets on either side of it -- in this Chicago neighborhood. Viewed on an unremarkable Monday afternoon, 51st Street just south of his home was guarded by five Chicago police squad cars and at least six uniformed officers, plus plainclothes guards and Secret Service personnel. Concrete traffic barriers and steel crowd control fences closed off the sidewalk in front of Obama's house; across the street, passersby were partitioned off by a line of steel fences and told by guards to keep moving.

Locals on their way home from work, shopping and school said the new measures are a significant inconvenience, but one they are willing to put up with to ensure the safety of their hometown senator and hands-down electoral favorite.

"I think they're going too far," said high school student Jerman Freeman, 14, who -- along with four friends -- narrowly missed being hit by a car as he stepped into traffic to cross the street away from the barricades on his way home from school. "It's not like I'm going to rush Obama if I see him on the street. They should at least have crossing guards for us. But I want him to be the next president, so if this is what they need to keep him safe, it's okay."

Jay Poston, who lives in a complex across the street from the Obamas' corner, said the measures "will definitely take some getting used to." She remembers more relaxed days when, she said, she would see the Obamas on the porch and her daughter was a counselor in a program attended by one of Obama's daughters at the local Jewish Community Center.

"They're probably keeping track of all our visitors and comings and goings. My phone's probably tapped right now," she said, only half-joking. "It's strange to see all this. But that's the way of our world."

Signs prohibiting parking, stopping or standing along the stretch of 51st Street south of Obama's house have been installed, and the local bus stops have been relocated. Belinda Stewart, a 47-year-old building services worker who lives nearby, noted this will make the already difficult parking situation even worse, especially once winter snow restrictions kick in.

"They should give us permits so people who live nearby can still park on that street," she said.

Michelle Gilbert, 47, an attorney who lives several blocks away, is a member of the Jewish reform temple across the street from Obama's house, inside the barricades.

"At first people were asking me if something was wrong at the temple," she said. "Some people didn't even know he lived there, but they do now."

Thanks to the changes, she has had to keep reminding herself to go straight instead of turning when she drives home, she said, and changed her dog-walking route.

"I don't mind," she said. "It's not a big deal to the dog."

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Such strict security measures are absolutely required for Obamas. God save them, always.

Posted by: Anju Chandel | September 17, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

If you had received assassination threats, would you leave your wife and children at home alone without protection?

Honestly.

Posted by: Katie | September 16, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. No curb appeal whatsoever.

Posted by: Jay | September 16, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Americans, vote substance for once.

America is far more than opinions on abortion - I disagree with Abortion.

The economy, gun control, oil wars, your civil liberties - everythin that we admire America about has just about gone to the dogs.

Be wise, VOTE OBAMA.

From,
Kalwanyi the Ugandan.

Posted by: Kalwanyi the Ugandan | September 16, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey "Words of Wisdom," You're an idot!

Posted by: Steve | September 16, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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Obama is becoming a joker.


First he decided to attack Sarah Palin - that didn't work and he ended up sinking in the polls.


Then Obama decided to be the angry man - actually committing fraud against his self-constructed image of hope - he came off all angry and mean - and that didn't work


NOW Obama is attempting to put out a vague "My economic plan is better than yours" - again vague from Obama - the problem is that Obama has been championing all these new government programs for his entire campaign -


These additional government programs will require higher taxes.


OBAMA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAX THIS NATION OUT OF ITS ECONOMIC MESS.


YOU ARE A MORON IF YOU THINK HE CAN DO THAT.


Obama is pointing everyone in the wrong direction.


Obama's people are left hoping for a better economic program - or even an economic program that works.


Obama's only economic or business experience is buying cocaine.


Seriously people Obama knows NOTHING about the economy.


Obama has built his entire career on maxing out every affirmative action program he could find until he turned the democratic delegate selection process into one giant affirmative action program including stopping Michigan and Florida voters from counting fully.


What a jokster - A Voter really has to be nuts to vote for Obama and risk the Economy on an inexperience affirmative action guy like Obama. And to risk the National Security of this nation on an affirmative action guy like Obama is wrong.


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Posted by: WordsOfWisdom | September 16, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

We are talking baby talk and soccermoms. I know a lot of women who love their children and give them tender, loving care. My own mother-in-law has an handicapped child and carried him full term and didn't give him away. Is this election ran on our households along. I'm a working mom of three and I can't take mine to work even if I wanted too. How as
Vice President will she be able to carry the precious love one wherever she goes to attend him. It takes more than baby sitting to run for VP of the USA. If that was so, most of us would quailfy.Plus, she would not be able to run the White House if everything was to happen to ( God Forbid ) McCain. We are all humans and should be treated as so, regardless of color. We need what's best for the country, which is Barrack Obama.

Posted by: CSavoy | September 16, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Scott, please put a sock in it. Your own post shows that past instances of Congressional visits show this to be a non-issue. And please stop the double and triple posting. Your information is slanted, one sided and certainly not worth more than one eyeballing.

Posted by: JakeD | September 16, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

With all respect, I guess that is what makes us different. VP Sahara would have been out in a week. Tell me why??

Posted by: justada55+ | September 16, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

McCain is finished, just like me with a disability. I do not think he even knows it. To bad, for he is still a Hero.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 16, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Think Canadian, even for a second. He is a Black Man and you all should be ashamed. From a white.

Posted by: justadad+ | September 16, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I hear Obama is going to loose becasue of his race !!! Did anyone ever thought why he own the primary in the first place. Becasue of race ..... I don't know you be the judge..

Posted by: David | September 15, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Given that Enron-linked....

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01E0D81038F934A25752C0A9649C8B63


..former senator, McCain economic advisor, and mortgage-industry-specializing banking lobbyist Phil Gramm...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24844889/


...has been credited as mover and shaker behind the very law that allowed the current financial meltdown to happen, I'd love to hear what McCain and Gramm think should be done to solve this crisis?

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20080701_Dave_Davies__A_few_minutes_with_McCain.html


As of yet, of course, their only response is to deny that any of it is significant. No problem, everything's fine. Sure, people are losing their homes to foreclosure; sure, investors are being wiped out. But hey, aside from that, everything's peachy.


Nonetheless... since McCain has indeed pegged Gramm as "one of the smartest person in the world" when it comes to economics, I'm dying to find out what Phil Gramm thinks should be done to fix the problem that Phil Gramm and the other lets-deregulate-everything Republicans helped create.


Maybe drilling will fix it? HAHAHA!!!


Maybe more deregulation will allow the free market to something something something?


Maybe if we had poured all our Social Security into these institutions, this would never have happened, because the free market dictates that private retirement investments always go up. Just like how dropped toast always lands on its edge?


Maybe the Republicans have invented a machine to convert crap into gold?


Maybe Lehman Brothers should have sold more stuff on eBay?


No, seriously -- I'm all ears. What's your advice to America this time, Gramm? McCain?.....even..maybe..Palin?!?!

Posted by: huh? | September 15, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Pfft. Yet another lie. Yet another easy debunking. Yet another time to ask the question: why on earth would they even bother lying on this stuff?


At a fundraiser in Canton, Ohio, this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had an interesting description of her speech to the Republican convention.


"There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me," Palin said. "The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn't follow it, and I just decided I'd just talk to the people in front of me. It was Ohio."


Nope. Didn't happen.


This struck many of us -- who, as she spoke, followed along with her prepared remarks, and noted how closely she stuck to the script -- as an unusual claim. (Especially those of my colleagues on the convention floor at the time, reading along on the prompter with her, noticing her excellent and disciplined delivery, how she punched words that were underlined and paused where it said "pause," noting that "nuclear" was spelled out for her phonetically.) [...]


"The teleprompter did not break," wrote Politico's Jonathan Martin. "Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not 'wing it'..."
.
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/palin-and-the-t.html
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I mean, c'mon. We've already gone past Mencken's prophecied point, happily electing an outright moron, but is it truly necessary to make Orwell obsolete as well? This one is just stupid -- lying for the sake of lying. Lying, frankly, like a child.


McCain and Palin don't just lie about big things, like tax policy, Iraq and the economy. They even lie about petty trivialities -- any tiny little thing is fair game, if it lets them preen for a moment in front of their audiences.


LIARS!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk
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Posted by: McCain/Palin = LIARS! | September 15, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Update- First mention of this Story on CNN tonight - Lou Dobbs is on it- Obama campaign, of course denies....stay Tuned

___________________

National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse


Update- First CNN mention of this Story on CNN tonight - Lou Dobbs is on it- Obama campaign, of course denies....stay Tuned

___________________

National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Timesonline 2/26/08

Barack Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a mistake

James Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London
Graphic: the house that Barack bought |

A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama's bagman Antoin "Tony" Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million.

Three weeks later, Mr Obama bought a house on the city's South Side while Mr Rezko's wife bought the garden plot next door from the same seller on the same day, June 15.

Mr Obama says he never used Mrs Rezko's still-empty lot, which could only be accessed through his property. But he admits he paid his gardener to mow the lawn.

Mrs Rezko, whose husband was widely known to be under investigation at the time, went on to sell a 10-foot strip of her property to Mr Obama seven months later so he could enjoy a bigger garden.

Mr Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a “boneheaded mistake”.

Mrs Rezko’s purchase and sale of the land to Mr Obama raises many unanswered questions.

It is unclear how Mrs Rezko could have afforded the downpayment of $125,000 and a $500,000 mortgage for the original $625,000 purchase of the garden plot at 5050 South Greenwood Ave.

In a sworn statement a year later, Mrs Rezko said she got by on a salary of $37,000 and had $35,000 assets. Mr Rezko told a court he had "no income, negative cash flow, no liquid assets, no unencumbered assets [and] is significantly in arrears on many of his obligations."

Mrs Rezko, whose husband goes on trial on unrelated corruption charges in Chicago on March 3, refused to answer questions about the case when she spoke by telephone to The Times.

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse


FROM THE FOLKS WHO BROUGHT JOHN EDWARD'S, THEY NOW BRINGS YOU: "TRACK PALIN"
THE COKE HEAD WHO BEAT GOING TO JAIL BY GOING IN THE MILITARY AND HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO RAISED SUCH A FINE FAMILY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn reside approximately 3 blocks from the Obama mansion.

I wonder if they have Secret Service clearance to visit the Obama mansion? Did Senator Obama intercede to allow them past the guards?

Posted by: Mike H | September 15, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

And all this time I thought everyone around O'Bomba-Nation WANTED his "Changes"! ;~)

...How does that phrase go?

Oh Yeah!

...There went the Neighborhood!:-(

Posted by: RAT-The | September 15, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama's residence is the smallest mansion on the 5000 block of S. Greenwood Avenue.

It is my understanding that the Secret Service has demanded to know the names of everyone who resides in the houses, who they who they have working in these houses and who will visit them, in advance.

I doubt that this would upheld if taken to court.

But I really wonder what will happen if he is elected. Will the long time residents of this block have to move?

P.S. How are they going to get their lawns mowed if the workers need to prove they are citizens?

Posted by: Mike H | September 15, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

My sister lives in the Oak Park area of chicago and the streets are kind of narrow and the parking is horrid. I can just imagine how difficult it is for the people who live on Obama's block.
But, I'm sure if my sister lived in Hyde Park instead of Oak Park she would not mind.
My family are Obama supporters and we do not want anything bad to happen to that family.
I imagine it's just as big of a pain for the Obamas. Especially the little girls who probably can't just go out and play anymore. that is sad.

Posted by: vwcat | September 15, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hyde Park is home to MANY of chicago's government, business, entertainment and, believe it or not, religious, who's who of Chicago.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

First MSM mention of this story on CNN Lou Dobbs tonight- Obama Campaign Denies Story...No surprise, Now it's out there- Stay Tuned

_____________________________

National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

In that picture of the Obama house, notice there is no house built in the lot next door (i.e. Tony Rezko ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

justadad55+

Are you trying to with someone on this thread?

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Even if true, he is tierd of all this bull. Wake up. Get away from the crap. Ask both parties to start the debate. Canada needs you to.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"From a white."?

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

From a white. Good for America, not the hispanics, not the cuban Americans, but for YOU THE PEOPLE OF THE USA. America is still yours. I am amazed at your values.sorry, have a dissability but who cares. I am like Black.

Posted by: justadadad55+ | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Better "barricades" than "baracudas" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

National Review

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
____

In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

From a white. Good for America, not the hispanics, not the cuban Americans, but for TOU THE PEOPLE OF THE USA. America is still yours. I am amazed at your values.

Posted by: justadadad55+ | September 15, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Get Cheney on a rope and drag him through downtown NYC. Bleed the MOFO, rip his fat stomach to DUBAI!!"

Posted by: Harried | September 15, 2008 4:43 PM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/15/wall_street_shocks_return_focu.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Jerman Freeman can't vote. If the Secret Service are interested in true threats, they should check out "Harried" from the previous thread.

Posted by: JakeD | September 15, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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