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Obama Votes No on Droopy Pants

By Robert Barnes
Barack Obama doesn't want to pass a law or anything, but he also doesn't want to see your underwear.

In an interview with MTV news correspondent Sway, Obama responded to questions from viewers, and told Eric in Huntington Beach that he thinks laws that outlaw people wearing sagging pants "are a waste of time."

However.

"Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants," Obama continued. "You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on.

"There are some issues that we face, that you don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear -- I'm one of them."

Sway pressed on, wondering about people who lose their jobs for piercings, tattoos or their hair. Sway himself wears 'locks, which Obama said "looked tight."

"It's one thing if an employer discriminates on the basis of gender or sexual orientation or obviously, race or ethnicity," Obama said. But he added: "I think employers can set standards."

Obama wears his own hair cropped close, but noted his daughter Malia wears hers in twists. "To me, it looks great," he said, adding "obviously I would be upset if she were discriminated against on that basis."

But, he said, "If you are working at a fancy store and you show up to work in jeans and a shirt and you have a tattoo across your neck like Mike Tyson, for them to say, you know, 'That is not the kind of image we are trying to project,' obviously, that is in their rights as well. I think any business has the right to say, 'This is the kind of tone we want to set,' as long as they aren't discriminating on the basis of things people can't control."

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 3, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who woke up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginia. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.


Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

LonewackoDotCom, the "DREAM Act" doesn't prevent American students from getting a college education. Can you describe where that occurs, clearly and concisely, for example, the text in the bill that describes how American students will not be allowed to go to college?

In fact, among other things, it entails something we already see - foreign nationals who fight for our country, in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are later given naturalized citizenship. You know this is happening right now, right? Under President Bush? And that Republicans, like my senator, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, support this bill?

This involves people who are already in the United States, most of whom were taken here by their parents. Yes, I prefer that these people who are here illegally get a track to citizenship, so they can start paying the same taxes as the rest of us.

Do you have any idea how much it would cost in terms of manpower if overnight, we pushed every illegal immigrant out of the country? Do you know what would happen to the food industry? It would sputter and die. Better to take a sensible approach and put them on the path to legitimacy.

Making them citizens does not mean rewarding them, it means expecting them to uphold the same responsibilities as the rest of us. It would cut down on crime and many other negative things in the environment.

Illegal immigration has driven down wages in the service market, but I don't just blame people who cross the border, I blame the people who think it's OK to pay a pittance to an illegal worker instead of paying an American worker a decent wage. (I have only employed Americans. It's not hard to do.) As far as I've seen here in Texas, many of those hypocrites are Republicans.

Posted by: sibby | November 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Of interest to MTV watchers and their parents, Obama supports an anti-American bill (the DREAM Act) that would take college educations away from U.S. citizens. Because of the bill that Obama supports, some young people might not be able to go to college.

The effect of the bill that Obama supports is illustrated on these videos (made concerning Hillary, but Obama supports the bill as well):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=WZkvEmSy1vk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q_l4Lawj14A

Please tell all your friends about the bill that Obama supports.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | November 3, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

People, people, we are looking at the wrong end of the law here. I, for one, do not support the legislation of fashion. However, there was once a rule in my house. If your underwear was showing, you lost your right to complain if you got a wedgie. Was never a problem again.

I suggest we grant immunity to "wedgie-vigilantes". No government programs, no unfunded mandates, no more public displays of waist sizes!

Posted by: mabkhar | November 3, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

People, people, we are looking at the wrong end of the law here. I, for one, do not support the legislation of fashion. However, there was once a rule in my house. If your underwear was showing, you lost your right to complain if you got a wedgie. Was never a problem again.

I suggest we grant immunity to "wedgie-vigilantes". No government programs, no unfunded mandates, no more public displays of waist sizes!

Posted by: mabkhar | November 3, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I had a chance to reflect on what Obama's Candidacy was all about this Morning!

It was not a pretty sight!

It STANK!

Finally;

I came to fully accept it for what it was!

So, I flushed!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

People, people, we are looking at the wrong end of the law here. I, for one, do not support the legislation of fashion. However, there was once a rule in my house. If your underwear was showing, you lost your right to complain if you got a wedgie. Was never a problem again.

I suggest we grant immunity to "wedgie-vigilantes". No government programs, no unfunded mandates, no more public displays of waist sizes!

Posted by: mabkhar | November 3, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

People, people, we are looking at the wrong end of the law here. I, for one, do not support the legislation of fashion. However, there was once a rule in my house. If your underwear was showing, you lost your right to complain if you got a wedgie. Was never a problem again.

I suggest we grant immunity to "wedgie-vigilantes". No government programs, no unfunded mandates, no more public displays of waist sizes!

Posted by: mabkhar | November 3, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Just found "Joe the Plumber". The "Crack Is Back"!

Droopy drawers for McCain.

Posted by: NotBubba | November 3, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

awaler: I'll buy that. Change the words "look up" to "respect".

We're on the same side.

Tomorrow......:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Just found "Joe the Plumber". The "Crack Is Back"!

Droopy drawers for McCain.

Posted by: NotBubba | November 3, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

WE CAN'T START CHANGE IF YOU DON'T VOTE!!!

OBAMA IN '08

Posted by: AJ2008 | November 3, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

awaler: I'll buy that. Change the words "look up" to "respect".

We're on the same side.

Tomorrow......:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The Redneck Gazette here in Missouri thinks that Obama uses plain old Missouri Common Sense. Droopy pants don't seem to much like common sense to us rednecks. ................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/03/redneck-gazette-obama-uses-common-sense/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The Redneck Gazette here in Missouri thinks that Obama uses plain old Missouri Common Sense. Droopy pants don't seem to much like common sense to us rednecks. ................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/03/redneck-gazette-obama-uses-common-sense/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The Redneck Gazette here in Missouri thinks that Obama uses plain old Missouri Common Sense. Droopy pants don't seem to much like common sense to us rednecks. ................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/03/redneck-gazette-obama-uses-common-sense/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Quote:
The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.
Unquote.

No.
The world would simply prefer a more modest america, deserving a place in the international community by adhering to a minimum level of ethical standards. Outside the US, nobody wants to look up to America. Today still, the world is looking down to america with disgust, and this, of course, needs to be changed.
Obama enjoys admiration (deservedly), but for the US it must be quite humilating that there is not even one convincing middle class businessman who is on the same level. Who is running against Obama? An old man whose only feat is having been a POW and who utterly disqualified himself by his choice of a running mate.
In the future, if a person is picked for a job for which (s)he is not qualified at all, that choice will be termed palinesque.


Posted by: awaler | November 3, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

thecannula - The Washington Post is headquartered in Washington DC, which doesn't produce coal, and isn't a state.

Posted by: marasca | November 3, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There is a joke in Kenya.

Obama's father was a member of the Luo tribe, a tribe which has been oppressed by the dominant Kikuyu for decades.

"Obama can be President of the United States but wouldn't stand a chance right here in Kenya!".

This can only happen in America.

I couldn't happen in Britain, or France, or Germany or Italy.

Only in America.

The whole world is watching.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

thecannula - this paper is headquartered in Washington DC, which doesn't produce coal, and isn't even a state. Get a map.

Posted by: marasca | November 3, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

There is a joke in Kenya.

Obama's father was a member of the Luo tribe, a tribe which has been oppressed by the dominant Kikuyu for decades.

"Obama can be President of the United States but wouldn't stand a chance right here in Kenya!".

This can only happen in America.

I couldn't happen in Britain, or France, or Germany or Italy.

Only in America.

The whole world is watching.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The Redneck Gazette here in Missouri thinks that Obama uses plain old Missouri Common Sense. Droopy pants don't seem to much like common sense to us rednecks. ................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/03/redneck-gazette-obama-uses-common-sense/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

There is a joke in Kenya.

Obama's father was a member of the Luo tribe, a tribe which has been oppressed by the dominant Kikuyu for decades.

"Obama can be President of the United States but wouldn't stand a chance right here in Kenya!".

This can only happen in America.

I couldn't happen in Britain, or France, or Germany or Italy.

Only in America.

The whole world is watching.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Redneck Gazette here in Missouri thinks that Obama uses plain old Missouri Common Sense. Droopy pants don't seem to much like common sense to us rednecks. ................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/03/redneck-gazette-obama-uses-common-sense/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

There is a joke in Kenya.

Obama's father was a member of the Luo tribe, a tribe which has been oppressed by the dominant Kikuyu for decades.

"Obama can be President of the United States but wouldn't stand a chance right here in Kenya!".

This can only happen in America.

I couldn't happen in Britain, or France, or Germany or Italy.

Only in America.

The whole world is watching.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Here are excerpts of Sen. Obama’s planned concession speech.

“My fellow people of the world, honestly…you’ve been duped. I’ve spent the past two years holding my chin up, cocking my head slightly, speaking in measured tones with great seriousness, practicing the choreographed body language of a supremely-confident leader. Frankly, I never really thought you’d buy it. But the crowds kept getting bigger, thanks to pre-speech concerts by top recording artists and celebrity endorsements. After a while, even I started to believe that I could bring change to Washington D.C., and bring hope to your pathetic lives.

Dems voting McCain

pumpac.org

Posted by: thejaner | November 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Is this US Weekly or the Washington Post?

Isn't this newspaper headquartered in a Coal Producing State?

Baggy Pants makes it in your blog and the proposed decimation of a major employer in your state and in the United States which has just come to light, after being covered up by the San Fran Chronicle, doesn't?

I guess conservative radio IS right about everything they say about mainstream media.

Well at least the West Virginia Spectator hasn't sold its soul to Obamamania!

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama obviously understands people and appeals to their better selves to respect one another and get along. He gets along with people who don't necessarily get along with each other, which sometimes causes him to get blamed for the actions of those he tolerates. These qualities are assets overall, and a refreshing change we sorely need right now.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama obviously understands people and appeals to their better selves to respect one another and get along. He gets along with people who don't necessarily get along with each other, which sometimes causes him to get blamed for the actions of those he tolerates. These qualities are assets overall, and a refreshing change we sorely need right now.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama obviously understands people and appeals to their better selves to respect one another and get along. He gets along with people who don't necessarily get along with each other, which sometimes causes him to get blamed for the actions of those he tolerates. These qualities are assets overall, and a refreshing change we sorely need right now.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama obviously understands people and appeals to their better selves to respect one another and get along. He gets along with people who don't necessarily get along with each other, which sometimes causes him to get blamed for the actions of those he tolerates. These qualities are assets overall, and a refreshing change we sorely need right now.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The mere fact that Obama is going to, likely, be elected will send a signal loudly and clearly to black Americans.

Get a good education, work hard, and you can go as far as you want.

We won't need any more bs laws after this election. The American Dream will have become a reality. For everyone.

What Obama can do is tell Washington that they need to simplify and re-write all of the laws so that the people can understand and appreciate the rule of law they live within. Of course, many lawyers will have to find a way to otherwise employ their analytical talents, but that could lead to progress too...

Posted by: jrob822 | November 3, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the election of a smart, competent black man as President of the United States. If is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office. Then came the financial collapse.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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