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Obama Warns Supporters Against Overconfidence

By Shailagh Murray
NEW YORK -- Sen. Barack Obama urged supporters at a fundraiser this morning not to grow complacent in the final days of the campaign.

"For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire," Obama told top contributors over breakfast at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. "I've been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked."

Obama's Grantie State loss surprised even the candidate, who had been lulled by the huge crowds he was drawing. It very likely prolonged his primary battle with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. But although it was stinging at the time, the defeat came to be viewed as a blessing in disguise for the relatively green senator from Illinois, by toughening him up over a long and difficult nomination fight.

Obama told his New York supporters, "That's another good lesson that Hillary Clinton taught me, so we want to make sure that we are closing strong, running through the tape."

At least 120 people -- with a contribution of $30,800 per person to the Obama Victory Fund -- were seated at round tables as Obama spoke, including business executives like Dick Parsons and Jim Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank. Obama asked the group for help, not just between now and election day, but also in an Obama administration, should he be elected.

"Once we're done, there is extraordinary expertise in this room and we're going to need good advice," Obama said. "And who knows, there might be even some of you who decide that you want to spend a little time in government. We're going to need people who can roll up their sleeves and make sure that Washington and Wall Street and the country as a whole are working."

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WHO SHOULD OVERSEE THE FIX and WHO SHOULD BE HEADING TO JAIL?

If you’re a Congressman who fed at the trough of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, give the money back. Plus, what the executives did was illegal. Taking their cash favors was morally bankrupt.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/09/fanny-mae-freddie-mac-congressional.html

Some executives and some in Congress should see jail time, starting with all Senators who took cash from Fannie and Freddie?

Posted by: JamesRaider | October 16, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Let me be clear. I like Obama and I have voted early for him. However, the activity described in this article sounds dangerously close to a quid pro quo. Donate $30,800 and "spend a little time in government." Judges. Ambassadors. US Attorneys. Cabinet Members.

Posted by: ooooomaha | October 16, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08!!!


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 16, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Indeed jy2008, a great leap forward.

Posted by: spanielmcnugget | October 16, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"
"Once we're done, there is extraordinary expertise in this room and we're going to need good advice," Obama said. "And who knows, there might be even some of you who decide that you want to spend a little time in government. We're going to need people who can roll up their sleeves and make sure that Washington and Wall Street and the country as a whole are working."
"

I am so excited. It is like 1957-1958 in China.

Th odd is Amercia may change to China and China may change to Ameirca.

LOL

Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

McNASTY LOSES SKIRMISH, BUT WAR ON THE COOL ONE SLOGS ON

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mcnasty-loses-debate-skirmish-war-cool-one-slogs


ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens


WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 16, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Conclusion:

The recent policies of Fannie which is the root cause of financial crisis is certainly off reality and against business fundamentals.

Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The great McNuggets of Poodleshire, a small area in the very highlands of err, this fine land, far from civilization and hense our pride in our ignorance. Aye sir, we go back many years and since there are no others to be found in our part of the world, I am by necessity, single, as a good malt must be!

Posted by: spanielmcnugget | October 16, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

My point is that you need to face reality.

You can not assume everyone has good heart. At least not now.

If you want to donate, do it by tax payers wihtout needing Fannie.

Hate it or not. Fannie is still about business and if you do not follow the business fundamentals you had better bankrupt your business early to avoid damaging shareholders deeper (tax payers?).

Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

spanielmcnugget

your name turns me on are you single

Posted by: JohnnyREP | October 16, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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Manolete = "OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!"

You guys tickle me. Propping up the banks and other institutions with Federal money is not socialism when it is undertaken by a Republican administration. Well stab me backwards with a Joe the Plumber six pack, you learn something every day!
"

Considering Fannie policies and government regulation (in recent years),

It is logically equivalent to considering thief and passenger.

Thief argues that I do it but why you do not protect yourself.

Passenger argues that it is true I should put on special device but you still have no right to steal others.
"

More........

Thief argues that there is no law (policies) against me doing so.

Passenger argues that it is true but why I did not need to protect myself before (with previous Fannie policies)?

Passage continues: "Do you means (with new Fannie policies) it is legal to steal until I put on special protection device (new regulation)?

Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that makes sense jy2008. It must make sense. It looks prophetic and deep. It has to make sense. That does make sense doesn't it jy2008?

Posted by: spanielmcnugget | October 16, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

rabble ACORN rabble DRILL rabble rabble JOE SIX PACK rabble rabble rabble rabble TAKE YER GUNS rabble rabble RAISE TAXES rabble COMMUNIST rabble TERRORIST rabble rabble rabble MIDDLE CLASS rabble MAIN STREET rabble rabble CRISIS rabble rabble RENZO rabble WRIGHT rabble!!! wink!

Posted by: JohnnyREP | October 16, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"
Manolete = "OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!"

You guys tickle me. Propping up the banks and other institutions with Federal money is not socialism when it is undertaken by a Republican administration. Well stab me backwards with a Joe the Plumber six pack, you learn something every day!
"

Considering Fannie policies and government regulation (in recent years),

It is logically equivalent to considering thief and passenger.

Thief argues that I do it but why you do not protect yourself.

Passenger argues that it is true I should put on special device but you still have no right to steal others.


Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Your are such a card Pro36! Communism denies the existance of God and believes that life is absolutely materialistic. Islam (that is the religion of Muslims Pro36) believes in one God and is inherently spiritual in nature (which means it's not particularly materialistic Pro36). I know this is complicated Pro36 but it means in effect that it is difficult for a Muslim to also be a Communist. Obama can EITHER be a communist OR a Muslim but not both. God I love being ignorant!

Posted by: spanielmcnugget | October 16, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Tip to the conservatives posting here: DON'T USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. No one reads that, or if they do, they assume you are yelling and screaming. You will not convince undecideds (which you must do) by yelling.

As to the points raised:

"Redistribution of wealth": The notion of a progressive tax system helps America because it needs tax revenues to invest in infrastructure, education, defense, and other essential country-strengthening activities. The "progressive" part means that all this heavy lifting is shared proportionately by citizens. If the rich are "Schwartneggers" in their ability to carry the country, and we are "Barney Fifes", then it doesn't make sense for all of us Barney Fifes to be carrying the country while those with extra resources get tax cuts. Is that "redistribution of wealth"? No, it's fairness. The "redistribution of wealth" phrase is code for socialism and communism, which invoke emotional, not rational, responses, from conservatives.

Barack Hussein Obama: Get a life, guys. Hussein as a name is like Smith and Jones in the US. If you really want to get paranoid (and I know you do), please note that Biden's last name is the first two letters of BIN and the last three of LADEN. That should keep you dancing like dervishes for a while.

Drilling for oil: First, Obama says we should look at that, so you are wrong on the facts. Second, Obama correctly says that our reserves are far outstripped by our consumption. Drilling for oil is hardly a panacea. Would it have affected our gas prices at the pump? Not when the schedule for new drilling puts gas into the system many, many years from now. Sorry, that talking point don't hunt.

If you have issues with Barack Obama, my conservative friends, tone down the baseless rhetoric, used mixed case in your postings, and deal with policy differences. Look, for example, at how independent organizations (make sure they're truly independent) assess the debt and deficit impact of each candidate's plans. Look as well at how foreign policy has been effective in the past, and how it has been ineffective, and compare the candidates' approaches. Look at the balance between totally free markets and "fair" markets that look at checks and balances that help ensure health, safety and moderated national financial turmoil that comes from truly free markets.

When you have your points on those topics, and can assess McCain vs Obama in reasonable terms, I'd for one be happy.

Otherwise, we'll just assume you're using the classic "framing" techniques of propagandists, who hope to evoke deep, emotional responses out of proportion to reality, and without regard to facts -- and we'll tune you out.

Or, at least I will.

Civility is what makes America civilized. Let's keep it that way.


Posted by: pkward | October 16, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

**pro36 - newsflash -

Obama never broke any law when he bought his house. "sigh"

Rezko's WIFE bought the adjoining lot, which SHE sold FOR A PROFIT -and a portion of which Obama bought for ABOVE MARKET VALUE.

If Rezko's wife made a PROFIT on her sale of the property, what is illegal or even unethical about it?

No wonder McCain's losing - PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE "NOT" DUMB!!!

Posted by: paulserrano | October 16, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I've been wondering about the invisible man in all this, namely George W. Bush himself. Does anyone else think it's odd that the sitting President, a Republican, has not made a SINGLE campaign appearance with his own parties candidate for President? Gee could it be because he's the WORST.PRESIDENT.EVER?

I'm curious as to the post-Bush opinion of the many conservatives who championed his candidacy in 2004, and praised his 'leadership' amid the 'threats we were facing. Who 'knew the real threat was his own mind boggling incompetence, as well as that of his economic advisors.

The BIG LIE lately is that community reinvestment policies are responsible for the banking meltdown - THE TRUTH? - most of the mortgages (over 70%) which plummeted in value when the housing bubble burst were issued by INDEPENDENT MORTGAGE LENDERS, not banks - IML's are not covered by the community reinvestment act, and were never obligated to give out 'risky' loans; they did so to collect the fat commisions when the loans were later re-sold and bundled as equities, which are now worthless.

Posted by: paulserrano | October 16, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Who is Obama ? Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with the criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.Do we need the criminal in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 16, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

ignorant liberals -Ur Obama is the muslim communist with the communist agenda for this great country.Do we need the muslim communist in OUR WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 16, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Spreading wealth is nothing new. It has been practiced somewhere else.

Spreading wealth is neither bad nor good. It can not go extreme either way.

If more middle-class become poor, Obama will win.

If more poors become middle-class, McCain will win.

Sounds ridiculous?

Keep in mind that it is all about individual or group interest.

Many great ones have come and gone. No one has ever changed such mind.

So following God rather than being God.


Well, in fast-paced growing global economy today,
Americans should be given more choices.
Immigration never means one-way.

Posted by: jy2008 | October 16, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Scared white people, you have nothing to fear in an Obama Administration. Racist people, your ignorance in the 21st century is glaring.

If you disagree with Obama simply do not vote for him. Period.

But no one is being fooled by your persistent lying and convenient distortions about who Obama is, what he is about and his policies should he take office.

DO IT FOR YOUR CHILDREN if not for your COUNTRY - which you claim to love so much.

Posted by: secondwynd | October 16, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama,
When you were pocketing HALF A MILLION DOLLARS from Fannie, Lehman and other lenders, while Americans were LOSING their homes, You did NOT care about Americans or "if it was working."

When you voted AGAINST drilling for oil, it was one of the main reasons AMERICANS were and will be again paying $4.00 per gallon for gasoline. Ten years from now, without drilling, it will be $10.00! We are dependent on the Middle East! You did NOT care about Americans money GOING TO MAKING THE MIDDLE EAST RICH OR IF "IT WAS WORKING."


AMERICA,
COLORODO,VIRGINIA, MISSOURI,
- VOTE NO OBAMA ON NOVEMBER 4TH.

NEW MEXICO, NEVADA, PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, FLORIDA, NEW HAMPSHIRE
- TELL OBAMA NO AGAIN!

AMERICA, VOTE NO TO OBAMA ON NOVEMBER 4th!

He has half a million dollars. That is enough reward for bad behavior.
WE DO NOT NEED MORE OF THE SAME FROM OBAMA! VOTE NO OBAMA ON NOVEMBER 4TH!

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 16, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Manolete = "OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!"

You guys tickle me. Propping up the banks and other institutions with Federal money is not socialism when it is undertaken by a Republican administration. Well stab me backwards with a Joe the Plumber six pack, you learn something every day!

Posted by: spanielmcnugget | October 16, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

WELCOME TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S NEW AMERICA, IT’S CALLED REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH
Posted by: Manolete | October 16, 2008 10:53 AM

When Bush redistributed wealth from ordinary people to the rich that was called wise tax policy. That wise tax policy resulted in lower incomes and job formation for the middle class and the economic turmoil that we now have.

When Obama simply wants to correct that maldistribution and put money in the hands of ordinary people because putting it in the hands of the rich clearly was fruitless that is called redistribution and socialism.

Manolete you are a parrot repeating the same mindless tripe each day. The problem is that what you say is only successful if you ignore the reality of life in America today. Fortunately Americans are not doing that and our country will embrace the change that we need and we will slowly work our way out of this mess that like minded people to you have created over the last many years..

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 16, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to read some posts from people who are capable of thinking for themselves. You "conservatives" must all have a central talking points resource - can you let me in on the secret?

Posted by: retiredzoomie | October 16, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

woodard3,
I guess you haven't heard what Joe Biden said.
Obama can't bring the VEEP to the table to admire him.
Mc Cain is right and Obama's own response to Joe Plumber on tape shows the Obama plan clearly.It is a plan to defeat the American dream.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2008/10/the_final_debate_mccain_goes_v.html

Posted by: dottydo | October 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

rabble rabble DRILL rabble JOE SIX PACK rabble rabble rabble rabble TAKE YER GUNS rabble rabble RAISE TAXES rabble COMMUNIST rabble TERRORIST rabble rabble rabble MIDDLE CLASS rabble MAIN STREET rabble rabble CRISIS RABBLE!!!

Posted by: JohnnyREP | October 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST!
HIS MOST RECENT SERMON CLAIMS:
“I THINK WHEN YOU SPREAD THE WEALTH AROUND, IT’S GOOD FOR EVERYBODY.” What Barack means is for government taking from one group of people (the people who worked hard and earned it) and giving it to those who did not earned it (welfare cheats).

WELCOME TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S NEW AMERICA, IT’S CALLED REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH and his tax cuts for 95% of America is nothing more than Government welfare for people that don’t pay taxes at all. He’s even promising to cut taxes enough that the government’s tax share of GDP will be no more than 18.2% — which is lower than it is today.
There are several sleights of hand, but the most crafty is to redefine the meaning of “tax cut.”
For Barack Hussein Obama, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. IN HIS REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH PLAN, A TAX CUT INCLUDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS THAT ARE DISGUISED BY THE PHRASE “TAX CREDIT.”

Will hard working Americans support to cater to the ”parasite class” and bury the American worker further?

Mission almost accomplished.
UNLESS YOU VOTE FOR THE PATRIOT JOHN MCCAIN, AND PRESERVE AMERICA AND OUR AMERICAN VALUES!

Posted by: Manolete | October 16, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

the more you listen to this man, the more you will like him. He brings people from all persuasions to the table....refreshing!

Posted by: woodard3 | October 16, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is fearful that the institution that has failed the American people the most in this election year might actually start to perform it's function.

The press has failed to ask the difficult questions of Obama regarding his plans and policies for the future and his questionable relationships back in Illinois!

I doubt that they will start to do so now but it would be refreshing if they did so. I encourage them to finally do something.

Posted by: mwhoke | October 16, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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