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Obama Answers Critical Question -- About Music

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama stopped by his Senate office before heading over to the White House this afternoon for the big bipartisan meeting on the financial meltdown.

Met at the door by a few reporters, he answered a key question -- at least for his generation.

Beatles or Stones? asked a Congressional Quarterly reporter.

"Stones," Obama replied.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 25, 2008; 4:45 PM ET
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Hey inaconundrum... did I accidentally step on your toes. Name calling and personal insults show lack of intelligence.

Posted by: DixieWrecked | September 26, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse talk about it being racist to talk about people perpetuating the "lies" about Obama in emails and blogs and yet you don't get down to what those lies are you're talking about. Besides...believing lies is not what is racist...condemning someone because they are of a different race, gender, religion etc. is prejudice which in my humble opinion is the same thing as racism.

I also believe that Obama has made it clear in his book that he hates being considered white and prefers being considered Black like his father who was Kenyan. I can't give you his direct quotes regarding this unless I have time to go find them again, but suffice to say that he is the one that said this fact in his own words. I haven't heard any news about Palin being prayed over by a Kenyan witch doctor. Where is this written about? What is the context? I think that has to be factored in. And yes, many would crucify Obama without giving him the chance to factor in the circumstances for it, which I agree is unfair. I've tried to remain bipartisan in learning as much as I can, but Obama fans are rabid and insulting when I speak the slightest words of disagreement so it makes it difficult to remain so.

Posted by: InaConundrum | September 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

As a Boomer who really doesn't like the Stones (in American Pie, Mick was the devil; LOL), I could care less about the question. What I do care about are the lies that keep being perpetuated in e-mails and blogs about Obama. and others have shown the truth, but I guess too many people can't handle the truth. It is racist to believe the lies and, yes Obama is 1/2 white, but the way race is calculated in this country has always classified one like him as black. That said, what difference does it make? He has shown he can relate to anyone regardless of age, ethniity or sex. I wonder what the bloggers would have said if Obama was the one being prayed over by a Kenyan witch doctor/preacher instead of Palin. He would have been crucified! Such hypocrites.

Posted by: childrenfirst | September 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So Dixiewrecked & think all "Boomers" are useless and should just commit community suicide to rid the world of themselves. Do you realize that you wouldn't be on the Internet in the first place if it wasn't for those SAME Boomers? Do you realize we wouldn't have half the technological and medical advances without input from those very boomers. And what about that GenX crowd...the ones who went thru and are STILL Goths and Candy Ravers...trying every illegal drug known to mankind. Rudeness such as yours comes from all ages/generations and so does stupidity such as yours. Instead of being a smart@$$ little jerk, why don't YOU come up with solutions.

Do you really care about your country? Then why are you supporting a candidate that has at least ten buddies who HATE the US and are racists. And while we're talking about racism...why is it that Obama supporters always seem to call you a racist if you don't agree with them or Obama? FIRST of all, Obama is NOT White or Black. He seems to embrace the color that will get him the reaction he wants at that moment. He turns black for his black supporters and reminds whites that he was raised by a white mother and white grandparents and yet he doesn't seem to want to be either unless it gets him the votes. I don't like or respect him for many reasons, but race IS NOT one of them.

Posted by: InaConundrum | September 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

ask him why he has willingly sought out and associated with extreme extreme radicals who hate America his entire life?

Frank Davis, HS mentor and Communist Party member
"Rev" Wright/wrong
Father Pfleger
Campus radicals and Marxist profs-in barry's own words
Michelle-clinging to bitterness

weird weird cat

Posted by: RonMexico1 | September 26, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin answered after being asked twice:
"um well, you know, if ahhh well? um... LYNYRD SKYNYRD"

Posted by: beefeater1 | September 26, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

right-on DixieWrecked
Yawn... who cares if Obama prefers the Stones over the Beatles. They're both bands from the 60's that represent the same generation that gave us dirty stinking hippies, failed liberal activist turned conservatives(neocons), and most importantly GW....

we hate old people don't vote for them they smell. And we hate weirdos from the 60's that have all kinds of unprotected sex and allow their children to take drugs and give them kooky hippie names like Piper or Willow.

Posted by: beefeater1 | September 26, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse


I would say Obama is doing alot more than McCain. In the White House meeting yesterday Obama asked many questions and McCain asked none. Yep sound like he is real interested in fixing the problems of our country....

Posted by: rharring | September 26, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on. The reporters knew that he was not going to answer any serious questions at this time so someone threw out an insignificant one.
Big deal...

Posted by: Krazijoe | September 26, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

This is all I have to say

Posted by: MDickey28 | September 26, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Yawn... who cares if Obama prefers the Stones over the Beatles. They're both bands from the 60's that represent the same generation that gave us dirty stinking hippies, failed liberal activist turned conservatives(neocons), and most importantly GW. The baby boomers are the generation that history will say brought down America and the sooner they are gone the better. They have been horrible stewards of this country both fiscally and socially. Go ride your cruiser motorcycles over a cliff in masse boomers and leave the country in more capable YOUNGER hands.

Posted by: DixieWrecked | September 25, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

How about asking Sen. Obama about Russia?

Posted by: Wiel | September 25, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Former President Bill Clinton defended Sen. John McCain's request to delay the first presidential debate, saying McCain did it in "good faith" and pushed organizers to reserve time for economy talk during the debate if the Friday plans move forward.

Appearing on Good Morning America Thursday, Clinton told ABC News' Chris Cuomo that McCain's push to postpone the debate would only be a good political move if both candidates agreed. McCain announced on Wednesday that he would "suspend" his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill.

"We know he didn't do it because he's afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates," Clinton said, adding that he was "encouraged" by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

"You can put it off a few days the problem is it's hard to reschedule those things," Clinton said, "I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted -- I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that."
Also... During the interview Bill Clinton blamed the Democrats for blocking reform of the mortgage giants:

Going very much against the media theme that the current financial crisis is all George W. Bush and the Republicans’ fault, Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC’s Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been “resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”
President Bush warned about reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae 17 times this year alone.
John McCain's reform bill was blocked by dems in 2005.
Thank you, Bill Clinton!

Posted by: thecannula | September 25, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well it's good to see that the Democratic nominee is being properly vetted by the press. Have they found any late library books for Governor Palin yet?

Posted by: joanne600 | September 25, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, BHO, aren't you the essence of cool! The worst global financial crisis in 79 years, and you trying to be all presidential and so on -- then you answer some stupid, ill-timed question like that one.
You would have looked better if you had honored the mood of the occasion and voted 'present'.
The CQ reporter ought to be called on the carpet for asking such a dumb question, and Shailagh Murray should never written about such drivel.

Posted by: beeman | September 25, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse


Of course there's a double standard. Note the humorous headline when Obama stops by his Senate office, but the other thread implies some nefarious intent "McCain Stops at Senate en Route to White House" (like he's not really that busy to justify canceling the debate).

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm all foncused! Just a few days ago, Anne Kornblut of this paper was looking for questions that Palin could be asked. And, she was quite gleeful about it:

Now, when "reporters" - presumably including those from the same paper - have a chance to ask BHO a question, they ask him about something absolutely, completely trivial.

Why, it's almost like they have different rules for different people or something.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | September 25, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Before Bush's phone call, as McCain put everything on hold to help fix our countries economic fallout, Obama stood back and made the statement "If I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, any time". I guess he was too busy cramming in Clearwater for his big midterm. Cue the music-

And no wind (no wind)
And no rain (no rain)
Or winter’s cold
Can stop me, baby (oh baby)
‘Cause if you’re ever in trouble
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, baby
Oh baby....

Country first or ME first ???

Posted by: thecannula | September 25, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Politically speaking, it was the wrong answer.

More baby boomers would go "Beatles." The younger people who know more about the Stones than the Beatles (since they're still touring) are already on the Obama band-wagon.

On this one, Barack "Can't Get No Satisfaction"...

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 25, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

No more visiting for me. What a perfectly timed question, as there clearly is nothing better to discuss.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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