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Obama: 'Believe in Yourself'

By Peter Slevin
NORFOLK, Va. -- Before he battled back against the McCain campaign's "lipstick on a pig" allegations this morning, Sen. Barack Obama did something he enjoys doing: He talked with high school students.

Visiting a class at highly-regarded Granby High School with U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia governor Mark Warner (D), Obama took questions about his school life in the years long before he became a politician. He also answered requests for advice.

Obama, who graduated from two Ivy League schools, edited the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, admitted that he was "kind of a goof-off in high school." He recalled wanting to be an architect "once I realized I wasn't going to the NBA."

"When I was in school, I didn't push myself very hard. At some point, you've got to internalize the idea that nobody should have higher expectations for yourself than yourself," Obama said. "Find out what excites you. You want to work in something that makes you feel you want to get up in the morning."

Obama also urged the students to broaden their experience and learn "to stand in someone else's shoes." He said, "The tendency is to hang out with people who look like you." He advised them to discover "a sense of something larger than yourself. It's not all about you."

Signing autographs before he headed down the hall to talk education policy, Obama concluded with words of encouragement: "Believe in yourself -- because we believe in you."

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Isn't Ken Blackwell the one from Ohio that changed the voting paper weight etc at the last minute to screw up democratic voters?

Posted by: Lanette | September 11, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Real Clear Politics
September 11, 2008
Words Obama Will Regret
By Ken Blackwell

On Monday, Senator Obama uttered one sentence that could haunt him until Election Day. He said of Senator McCain and Governor Palin telling voters they would bring change, "they must think you're stupid." Given his stances on the surge, social issues, and his past, Mr. Obama will regret those words.

Let's start with social issues like Second Amendment freedoms. Mr. Obama denies that he's ever supported banning handguns, right after the landmark Heller case where the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.'s handgun ban.

When a 1996 questionnaire surfaced that had asked if Mr. Obama supported banning all handguns, his one-word written answer was "yes." He said an unnamed staffer must have filled it out without his knowledge. Then another copy surfaced -- this one with his handwriting on it. He says he must not have read that particular question. Sure.

On the hot-button issue of abortion, last month saw a growing concern over Mr. Obama's opposition to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which states if an abortion is botched and a live birth results, the baby is entitled to medical care. The federal version of this law unanimously passed the U.S. Senate.

However, when a version of this bill came to the Illinois Senate, Mr. Obama opposed it. When confronted last month with the fact that the federal version of this bill had been supported by the likes of Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer, Mr. Obama said the he would have supported the federal version. Those suggesting otherwise were lying, he said. Then it was revealed that a second bill was introduced in the Illinois Senate, and this one was identical to the federal version. Mr. Obama opposed that bill as well. He has yet to come up with an explanation on that one.

Posted by: Scott | September 11, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Stop the hate, refocus on the issues, and accept the idea that we will have our first Black president come Nov.

Posted by: Wake Up | September 11, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I dream for my grandson and granddaughter the quality of education Obama has received. How fortunate for him he was able to go to a school to get his start which valued his mind and not his money.

My vote Obama

why

he has a brain he uses it


Posted by: grandma this = woman | September 11, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

Need a break from - Schmit/Rove/Davis/McCain/Bush Attack Machine?

Democrats and Obamacans's courting all Republican and Independent Voters!

Obama’s message rings of a “Beautiful day coming to America” which is similar to Reagan’s “Its morning in america again”

America can wake up to a beautiful day in November.

U2 - beautiful day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omFdpnSu57U

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

The real change team for the last 19 months
Change we can believe in.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: cooday | September 11, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse


YES, WE CAN'T.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey Barry Obama-
This isn't "Change your name Change"...this isn't "bonehead move" change, this isn't "Joe changed his name for the author's name on his law school papers" change, this isn't "I attended the church for 20 years but didn't hear anything controversial" change,

THIS IS REAL-

From Today's Wall Street Journal!
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008
"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008
In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.
My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.
Let's compare.
Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."
Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.
Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.
Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.
Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.
When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.
Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."
Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.
Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.
Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.
Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.
Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?"

Posted by: Dana | September 10, 2008 8:57 PM

****************

Keep up the TIT FOR TAT Dana- lovin' it!

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks desperate now. :). Biden endorses Hillary. What a fool

Posted by: linda | September 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks desperate now. :). Biden endorses Hillary. What a fool

Posted by: linda | September 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Palin is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public video interviews about the annoucement.

Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: Dana | September 10, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

lol, check ur facts again bud.

that one comes from the same people who claim mccain has voted with bush 95% of the time (when bush hasnt had a vote in congress).

and yes, i do enough for my community to have been granted the honor of making fun of what barack obama calls service work. real men of service accomplish things, obama even as a lawyer let others speak his case for him so that he would never be held accountable for the things he said.

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"oh really? you mean community organizing was the cop out we all knew it was?

you mean voting present 170 times in the senate wasn't you doing your job but instead being the mediocre candidate you are?

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 6:41 PM"

Dale, what have YOU done for your community? It takes honor and sacrifice to do something for others at one's own expense, it says something about one's character also. I would think that Republicans would honor such an action but instead, they choose to ridicule it.

Oh, and by the way, John McCain holds the RECORD for not showing up to vote in the senate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Gift to Illinois Farmers

Study: Ethanol may add to global warming
Updated 2/8/2008 5:52 PM |
Study: Ethanol may add to global warming
Updated 2/8/2008 5:52 PM
Fuel sold at an Ohio Department of Agriculture fuel station in 2006 was 85% ethanol, and 15% petroleum.

By H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes, researchers concluded Thursday. The study challenges the rush to biofuels as a response to global warming.
The researchers said that past studies showing the benefits of ethanol in combating climate change have not taken into account almost certain changes in land use worldwide if ethanol from corn — and in the future from other feedstocks such as switchgrass — become a prized commodity.

"Using good cropland to expand biofuels will probably exacerbate global warming," concludes the study published in Science magazine.

The researchers said that farmers under economic pressure to produce biofuels will increasingly "plow up more forest or grasslands," releasing much of the carbon formerly stored in plants and soils through decomposition or fires. Globally, more grasslands and forests will be converted to growing the crops to replace the loss of grains when U.S. farmers convert land to biofuels, the study said.

The Renewable Fuels Association, which represents ethanol producers, called the researchers' view of land-use changes "simplistic" and said the study "fails to put the issue in context."

FIND MORE STORIES IN: Congress | Princeton University | Thursday
"Assigning the blame for rainforest deforestation and grassland conversion to agriculture solely on the renewable fuels industry ignores key factors that play a greater role," said Bob Dinneen, the association's president.

There has been a rush to developing biofuels, especially ethanol from corn and cellulosic feedstock such as switchgrass and wood chips, as a substitute for gasoline. President Bush signed energy legislation in December that mandates a six-fold increase in ethanol use as a fuel to 36 billion gallons a year by 2022, calling the requirement key to weaning the nation from imported oil.

The new "green" fuel, whether made from corn or other feedstocks, has been widely promoted — both in Congress and by the White House — as a key to combating global warming. Burning it produces less carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, than the fossil fuels it will replace.

During the recent congressional debate over energy legislation, lawmakers frequently cited estimates that corn-based ethanol produces 20% less greenhouse gases in production, transportation and use than gasoline, and that cellulosic ethanol has an even greater benefit of 70% less emissions.

The study released Thursday by researchers affiliated with Princeton University and a number of other institutions maintains that these analyses "were one-sided" and counted the carbon benefits of using land for biofuels but not the carbon costs of diverting land from its existing uses.

"The other studies missed a key factor that everyone agrees should have been included, the land use changes that actually are going to increase greenhouse gas emissions," said Tim Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and lead author of the study.

The study said that after taking into account expected worldwide land-use changes, corn-based ethanol, instead of reducing greenhouse gases by 20%, will increases it by 93% compared to using gasoline over a 30-year period. Biofuels from switchgrass, if they replace croplands and other carbon-absorbing lands, would result in 50% more greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers concluded.


By H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes, researchers concluded Thursday. The study challenges the rush to biofuels as a response to global warming.
The researchers said that past studies showing the benefits of ethanol in combating climate change have not taken into account almost certain changes in land use worldwide if ethanol from corn — and in the future from other feedstocks such as switchgrass — become a prized commodity.

"Using good cropland to expand biofuels will probably exacerbate global warming," concludes the study published in Science magazine.

The researchers said that farmers under economic pressure to produce biofuels will increasingly "plow up more forest or grasslands," releasing much of the carbon formerly stored in plants and soils through decomposition or fires. Globally, more grasslands and forests will be converted to growing the crops to replace the loss of grains when U.S. farmers convert land to biofuels, the study said.

The Renewable Fuels Association, which represents ethanol producers, called the researchers' view of land-use changes "simplistic" and said the study "fails to put the issue in context."

FIND MORE STORIES IN: Congress | Princeton University | Thursday
"Assigning the blame for rainforest deforestation and grassland conversion to agriculture solely on the renewable fuels industry ignores key factors that play a greater role," said Bob Dinneen, the association's president.

There has been a rush to developing biofuels, especially ethanol from corn and cellulosic feedstock such as switchgrass and wood chips, as a substitute for gasoline. President Bush signed energy legislation in December that mandates a six-fold increase in ethanol use as a fuel to 36 billion gallons a year by 2022, calling the requirement key to weaning the nation from imported oil.

The new "green" fuel, whether made from corn or other feedstocks, has been widely promoted — both in Congress and by the White House — as a key to combating global warming. Burning it produces less carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, than the fossil fuels it will replace.

During the recent congressional debate over energy legislation, lawmakers frequently cited estimates that corn-based ethanol produces 20% less greenhouse gases in production, transportation and use than gasoline, and that cellulosic ethanol has an even greater benefit of 70% less emissions.

The study released Thursday by researchers affiliated with Princeton University and a number of other institutions maintains that these analyses "were one-sided" and counted the carbon benefits of using land for biofuels but not the carbon costs of diverting land from its existing uses.

"The other studies missed a key factor that everyone agrees should have been included, the land use changes that actually are going to increase greenhouse gas emissions," said Tim Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and lead author of the study.

The study said that after taking into account expected worldwide land-use changes, corn-based ethanol, instead of reducing greenhouse gases by 20%, will increases it by 93% compared to using gasoline over a 30-year period. Biofuels from switchgrass, if they replace croplands and other carbon-absorbing lands, would result in 50% more greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers concluded.


Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

i got 37 cents in change in my pocket, obama can have it, i want real change.

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base and poach Hillary votes. Palin wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because he knew she would be popular. How is that being a "maverick"? How is it ‘Country First”? How is this “I rather win a war than loose an election”? Lipstick on a pig, is still a pig. I’ll say it again, John McCain is a sell-out.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being educated on foreign policy and is avoiding the press indicates she wasn’t prepared on day one. She is running for the second highest office, but can’t answer questions from the press or public? This doesn’t alarm anyone?

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and who Obama is, not to mention hijack Obamas core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? It makes McCain look weak and more importantly, the American people stupid if they fall for it.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days?

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

British Prime Minister Backs Obama
http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2008/09/brown-backs-oba.html


World wants Obama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/09/2360240.htm?section=world


Posted by: Laura | September 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Scott

Where do you get your facts from--FOX news. Yeah we'll see come votin time. So put that in your book and ban it--like your great geriatric leader and backward freak of a VP.

You sound a little scared? Why because you're not used to the sound of change.

Posted by: Yeah | September 10, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"ENOUGH!!!"

Posted by: Daniel | September 10, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Barack Obama gives some great advice to kids in school, and the idiots are out in full force in these comments...

Vote for who you will, but leave the smear B.S. in your trailer park.

I have never been less proud of America. Former Marine, Veteran OIF, OEF, and really disappointed.

Posted by: daniel | September 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

yes, republicans fear ignorance in democrats, its a well substantiated fear.

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

You guys sound like your're fearful of something...

Posted by: pekopper | September 10, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH: OBAMA TELLS A TRUTH!

"I didn't push myself very hard." Obama said.

oh really? you mean community organizing was the cop out we all knew it was?

you mean voting present 170 times in the senate wasn't you doing your job but instead being the mediocre candidate you are?

thanks for clearing that up, now the liberals who were confused can now vote republican.

Posted by: dale | September 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

One thing that Obama has that no other candidate has--the YOUTH VOTE.
-Yeah

Wait, don't we have mid terms in the first week of November?

Oh "Yeah" check your facts on age and voter turn out- Biden was right for the first time in this election cycle when he said Hilary would be the better choice for VP AND that she was qualified to be president (let's read between the lines) let's leave it at that.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Now, here's something odd.

Just yesterday, Anne Kornblut was soliciting questions to be asked of Palin. Yet, she hasn't to my knowledge asked BHO or McCain anything remotely discomforting.

Then today, Peter Slevin offers a "news report" that could have been simply repurposed from a BHO press release. Students asked BHO questions but we aren't told what they were. And, of course, Slevin didn't ask BHO any questions but simply acted akin to a stenographer.

Let's all help the WaPo be a real newspaper instead of a rip-off of Pravda. Please write ombudsman *at* washpost.com and suggest that they finally do their job and call BHO on just some of his lies:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007954.html

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 10, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

and we're trying to save America from this Pekopper.......

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”.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey pekopper- No, we're trying to save America from this-

Saturday, September 06, 2008
Delaware Newspaper Calls Out Biden For Drunk Driving Lie

TV's Inside Edition ran a story last week replaying Sen. Joe Biden's claim that Curtis Dunn, the truck driver who struck the car driven by his first wife in 1972 and which killed her and his daughter, was drunk at the time of the accident, bringing tears to the surviving daughter of the innocent truck driver. The Wilmington News Journal writes about Joe Biden's false claim that a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter:


Since his vice presidential nomination, Joe Biden's 2007 statement that a "guy who allegedly ... drank his lunch" and drove the truck that struck and killed his first wife and daughter has gained national media traction.

Alcohol didn't play a role in the 1972 crash, investigators found. But as recently as last week, the syndicated TV show Inside Edition aired a clip from 2001 of Biden describing the accident to an audience at the University of Delaware and saying the truck driver "stopped to drink instead of drive."

The senator's statements don't jibe with news and law enforcement reports from the time, which cleared driver Curtis C. Dunn, who died in 1999, of wrongdoing.

"To see it coming from [Biden's] mouth, I just burst into tears," Dunn's daughter, Glasgow resident Pamela Hamill, 44, said Wednesday. "My dad was always there for us. Now we feel like we should be there for him because he's not here to defend himself."

Biden spokesman David Wade said Wednesday that the senator "fully accepts the Dunn family's word that these rumors were false."


What is particularly outrageous about Biden resurrecting the false claim during his recent 2008 presidential bid is the fact that he wrote a letter of apology to the truck driver's daughter, Pamela Hamill, after she sent a letter to him about the same false claim he made when addressing a college audience shortly after September 11, 2001. The News Journal writes:


After reading a News Journal account of Biden's 2001 speech at UD, Hamill sent Biden a letter on behalf of her father. The newspaper story included Biden's description of getting the call that his wife and daughter had died, but not his comments about Dunn.

Hamill said her note to the senator described how Dunn was affected by the accident.

Printed on the senator's letter head and dated Oct. 11, 2001, the response from Biden reads:

"I apologize for taking so long to acknowledge your thoughtful and heartfelt note," Biden wrote. "All that I can say is I am sorry for all of us and please know that neither I nor my sons feel any animosity whatsoever."


Hamill immediately contacted Biden's office again after Inside Edition ran Biden's claim that his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. The News Journal reports:


Hamill said it wasn't until the Inside Edition report that she became aware that the Delaware senator had said alcohol played a role in the accident. Dunn did not consume any alcohol the day of the crash, Hamill said.

She said she immediately called Biden's office after being contacted by Inside Edition and is waiting for the senator's response.

"The family feels these statements are both hurtful and untrue and we didn't know where they originated from," Hamill said.

As Hamill watched a recording of the Inside Edition report Wednesday, she gasped when the clip of Biden's comments from Iowa came on screen.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm missing something here, but for some reason you lovely Republicons seem a little frazzeled... Are yu afraid of what Barack's team will find out in the Great White North?

Posted by: pekopper | September 10, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

martha = uninformed or a liar.

Can't the Republicans come up with anything real?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

wtf? did the karl rove machine start a hate group to innundate the Post with stupid comments?

you faks will LOSE.. because you all LIE! PALIN LIES! McCAIN LIES! STOP THE LIES! SAVE YOUR COUNTRY!

Posted by: sp | September 10, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This is what all you facist republicans are forgetting. Come votin time you will be reminded. One thing that Obama has that no other candidate has--the YOUTH VOTE. Do they take presidental poll surveys? NO. Do they like McCain? NO. Do they think Palin is a pig with lipstick? YES. Do they show up to his rallies and block traffic for hours? YES.
Will they vote this election? HECK YEAH.

Posted by: Yeah | September 10, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

We always believe in ourself and god and country. We also believe John McCain the true american hero and a mavrick who almost gave his life to this nation.

You know what?
we do not believe your "just words" liar! We do not believe in your racist wife pig!
we do not believe in your uncle radical pastor wright.
we do not believe in your friends and convicted criminals like rezko and kilpatrick.

We are voting McCain/Palin this fall because, we belive in ourself and them to keep us all safe from fundamental islamic terrorist.

Posted by: jen | September 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, Do you believe in yourself Obama?
Why did you sat 20 years in a racist church in chicago?

Why did you support radical pastor wright and anti-american rants paying $27000 ?

Why did you waste taxpayers money by grants to convicted criminal Rezko?

Why are you friends with terrorists Ayers and Dhorn?

Why are you friends with fraud Kilpatrick?

Why did you lie to america?

Why is that your wife so racist and anti-american?

Posted by: martha | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, Do you believe in yourself Obama?
Why did you sat 20 years in a racist church in chicago?

Why did you support radical pastor wright and anti-american rants paying $27000 ?

Why did you waste taxpayers money by grants to convicted criminal Rezko?

Why are you friends with terrorists Ayers and Dhorn?

Why are you friends with fraud Kilpatrick?

Why did you lie to america?

Why is that your wife so racist and anti-american?

Posted by: martha | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, Do you believe in yourself Obama?
Why did you sat 20 years in a racist church in chicago?

Why did you support radical pastor wright and anti-american rants paying $27000 ?

Why did you waste taxpayers money by grants to convicted criminal Rezko?

Why are you friends with terrorists Ayers and Dhorn?

Why are you friends with fraud Kilpatrick?

Why did you lie to america?

Why is that your wife so racist and anti-american?

Posted by: martha | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll says it all. You Won't Believe These Results!

http://www.votenic.com

See What America Thinks!

Posted by: Brandon | September 10, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! Obama need to tell us that! What a genious? Fool! Hypocrat, you never apologized to white women of america for calling em "pigs" and "phony". Call that to your anti-american racist wife, planet of ape character.

We all believe in ourselves and that is the reason why we are going to reject you. We are going to vote McCain into white house.

Posted by: linda | September 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Always remember children..

Obama and his sexist liberal hate machine did this to themselves. Hillary tried to warn you but you couldn't put the crack pipe down could you?

If you had a brain you would have nominated Hillary.

Go home, cry yourselves to sleep for 4 years and when you come back be ready to play with the big boys (or girls) or expect to get spanked again.

Posted by: reason | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey forget all of the useless Hillary Drivel already. If there are a few bats out there that are pissed off because they didn't get a woman in there??? What the hell is your alternative... years more of these Facist Morons running the ship? Are you kidding? And by the way... does anyone out there really believe for one second that any one of those blood-suckers in the Republican Party would let a Sarah Palin run anything anyway?? Could you imagine her carrying her baby to a meeting with Putin for example? You people have to be complete morons and idiots to believe that. Don't any of you dikes out there think that you'll have influence from a Hillary Clinton anyway??? Maybe Obama will select her for a Supreme Court position. Wouldn't that be good enough for you clowns? Get real already, and get your heads screwed on. Republicans are poison. If you want to live under one more minute of these pigs then vote for McCain and Palin, and get the hell out of the Democratic Party... And don't let the door hit you in your big fat asses.

Posted by: pekopper | September 10, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry Obama- This isn't "Change your name Change"...this isn't "bonehead move" change, this isn't " Joe changed his name for the author's name on his law school papers" change, this isn't "I attended the church for 20 years but didn't hear anything controversial" change,

THIS IS REAL-

From Today's Wall Street Journal!
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008
"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008
In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.
My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.
Let's compare.
Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."
Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.
Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.
Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.
Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.
When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.
Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."
Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.
Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.
Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.
Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.
Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

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Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Back to reality.
what riverdaughter said,

“And now, the DNC and the Obama campaign are surprised that women are abandoning them and that Obama can’t raise enough money for the general. I’m surprised that they are surprised. What we have witnessed is an abuse of our caucus system, fradulent primaries and superdelegates substituting their will for the will of the voters. And all of this was done with Obama’s approval because it was more important that he win than whether the party survived his candidacy. He was even willing to let Congressional candidates lose if he couldn’t be at the top of the ticket.
Those of us who are holding out aren’t doing it because we’re racists. It’s not because we are wedded to Hillary. She’s right about never looking back to what might have been. We have to move forward. But we will never support a man who has so utterly destroyed our trust in him and the party apparatus that put him in power. Not only have they failed to exercise leadership and control but they have put victories for downticket Democrats in question as well. They have subverted the process to the point that we may lose the slim margins we hold in Congress while we end up with a Republican running the White House.”


Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

why the bitter hatred?????? why cant we all just get along we can agree to disagree and be friends!!!!

Posted by: yona loriner | September 10, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

These people make me sick. Sick!


Willfully lying to the American people because we should be less concerned with the truth and "little facts" than with the fact that Sarah Palin is a chick, and that's really hip and cool and new (if you're a Republican and you slept through 1984).


I suppose the absence of any WMD in Iraq is a "little fact."


I suppose Bush's AWOL years in the National Guard is a "little fact."


I suppose the substance of Cheney's secret meetings with the energy companies is a "little fact."


I suppose McCain's flip-flopping and lying on every position is a "little fact."


I suppose the (in)effectiveness of the surge is a "little fact."


Well, here's a great big fact:


They're still gonna lose in November!


Posted by: Rene Lee | September 10, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

what a dispicable post from a meth head
the new drug of choice for rednecks,and
racist sob cowards.Obama is giving the
students something that you hillbilly
can't fathom CONFIDENCE AND POSTIVE
SELF WORTH,UNLIKE YOUR PARTY.LARRY CRAIG,
DELAY,AND PALIN,MCCAIN. SMEAR AND SMEAR
AND LIE AND LIE,AND CHEAT!

OBAMA.08

Posted by: HOPE | September 10, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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.

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 10, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Pot helps, and booze; maybe a little blow when you can afford it."

Posted by: JCRT | September 10, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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