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Ad Showcases Women in Obama's Family

Barack Obama still trails Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania polling, but a new ad may help introduce him to voters still unsure about his work, and his life.

"Maya" is a 30-second spot that features his wife, Michelle, his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

"I think it's given him a lot of depth, and a broadness of view," Dunham says of Obama's family background.

The Post's polling director Jon Cohen reports that "Since mid-March, Obama has narrowed Clinton's advantage among women, white voters and economy voters, and made strides in the central and southeastern parts of the state. Among women, Clinton's 13-point lead is down from 24 points, and her 15-point edge among those prioritizing the economy is now just four points."

Will this ad help Obama win Pennsylvania's women? Stay tuned.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  April 8, 2008; 6:00 PM ET Barack Obama
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Beautiful ad.

I think a lot of women will respond to this.

Posted by: Sandi from Oregon | April 9, 2008 10:04 AM

The multi-racial background of Barack Obama appeals to all of us, whether African, Asian, Latino or White. We see ourselves in him and this gives us hope for a better future. He has brought a freshness to politics that makes people believe again in their elected officials. I am a woman, white, and a grandmother and would never vote for Hillary Clinton. She represents the past, the status quo and more of the same. She may be a clever politician, but she is just that. I have followed her rise from wife of a governor to First lady, then Senator, and now 'would be' President. She has honed her debating and rhetoric skills well over the years, but her heart seems cold and to me that points to a dangerous character flaw to have in a leader of the free world.
Even though John McCain's policies on both Iraq and the economy are far from perfect, atleast he comes across as having compassion for others.

Today, as we enter the 21st century, the world needs Barack Obama, and more people like him, in order to change the cynicism that has surrounded our politics for so long, a politics that focuses on the 'non-thinking' individual whose attention span drifts from soundbite to soundbite.

It seems the young people have got it right and it is a joy to see their enthusiasm and their own desire to make their mark and change the world, with Barack Obama as their mentor and leader.

Posted by: Robin | April 9, 2008 10:06 AM

It's time for a president of all the people. McCain's supporters are bragging up John McCain against Tiger Woods. This is code for we don't want no black guy and they all look alike.What rock have these people been living under. I don't know how any black person could ever vote for McCain after he sanctioned comments like that.The guy looked and acted like some little smart aleck rich-kid wise guy who's had it all handed to him on a silver spoon like W.

Posted by: major teddy | April 9, 2008 10:31 AM

The ad is nice but I certainly hope that Obama is not nominated since he has very very little experience and has done nothing but play the race card through out this campaign. Wake up Obamamites because he brings his kids to that church and has them learn white hatred from Rev. Wright. Obama is not the guy the young people think they are voting for and it is really sdad to see someone claiming to be a white grandmother has fallen under the spell of Obama......please listen to what the man says, recognize that he says nothing and then vote Hillary. Remember that character counts and Obama has shown poor character in schooling his kids under Rev. Wright and slandering the Clinton's and Ms. Ferraro by calling them racist......this guy is trash and it is very sad that while we raised our kids, now in college to be color blind, it is clear that the Obama's are raising their kids to hate whites and slander whites like the Clinton's that have spent a lifetime helping poor communities and fighting for their civil rights..Vote Hillary Clinton or we will get McCain. I have never voted republican but I will this year if the option is Obama because although I would have voted for Colin Powell I will never vote Obama because of the slanderous racist comments he and his supporters are supporting.

Posted by: jodi | April 9, 2008 12:24 PM

Senator Obama has outperformed, outfundraised and outorganized one of the most formidable politicians the Democratic party has to offer (Senator Clinton). Senator Obama has done this with very little name recognition, no political machine and very few of the known Democratic operatives and his opponent, Senator Clinton has 100% name recognition, the political machine (especially in Penn) and almost all of the known Democratic operatives on her side.

Hopefully, Senator Obama will come at least within 7 in Pennsylvania, as that would be an outstanding comeback from 18-20 points down. It would also make the chance that Senator Clinton can pass him in pledged delegates, which is already highly unlikely, almost impossible.
Some people don't seem to realize, however, that right now even if you include MI and FL,

Senator Obama still leads Senator Clinton in pledged delegates by 118 (a significant almost unsurmountable lead). Some people don't realize that Senator Obama has won not only more contests (30-16), but also more primary states (17-15), more big states (9-6), more typically blue states (12-7) as well as more typically red states ((16-9) and more caucus states (14-1). He also recently took Texas from Senator Clinton's win column -- and that is one of the biggest states which makes his lead in big states 10-5.
http://the-independent13.blogspot.com/2008/03/clinton-vs-obama-stats.html

Senator Obama is the best hope of the country come November 2008 and all that he is lacking is more time to get himself known to all voters. The more time Senator Obama has, the better he does.

...and John McCain Repeats Al-Qaida Shiite Confusion?? President Obama - hurry up please and take office! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/24020793#24020793

Posted by: SMS | April 9, 2008 12:36 PM

I think this ad asks voters in Pennsylvania to vote for him because he's black.

How else to explain his grandma's obligque statement about his unique "depth and a broadness of view."?

How about Michelle's point that Obama's priority is to ensure their children "can imagine any kind of world for themselves with no barriers"?

Barriers because of gender?? Race??? What the hell are these people talking about????

Posted by: Mimi Schaeffer | April 9, 2008 12:56 PM

Lovely ad.

l love Barack and l pray he wins in november.

God bless Obama and God bless America.

Posted by: nkgilb | April 9, 2008 1:14 PM


great youtube video - Obama everywhere man

http://agonist.org/schecter/?p=8644

Posted by: Robin | April 9, 2008 1:19 PM

Are you people for real or zombies? Th 3 seond clip of his grandmother gets cut off before she can really say anything. Also there was a blurb on AOL earlier that said Obama eeps hs grandmother away from te public beause she is to fagile...wow he throws her under the bus again I guess...he obviously doesn't care abut his "ragile" grandmothers ealth.

Posted by: Rose | April 9, 2008 1:37 PM

I also say God bless Barack and his family
and keep them safe.
We as a country need him bad

Love to you Barack and your family

Mona of Missouri

Posted by: Mona | April 9, 2008 3:10 PM

I also agree that this is beautiful. Obama is so soft spoken and genuine I truly hope he can win this election and start the healing process in our country.
Hillary's win at any cost campaign has been harmful to democrats. It is said the recent "demotion" of ammoral chief advisor Mark Penn may derail the latest "throw the bathroom sink" plan of negative ads. As many know, Mr. Penn was in Colombia advocating for the very NAFTA deals that Ms. Clinton was (pretending?) to oppose while campaigning in Pennsylvania.
I surely hope busy Pennsylvanians, struggling to survive in this economy, have time to learn enough about Obama's strenghts, and decide to vote for him.

Posted by: Lynn Levine | April 9, 2008 3:32 PM

I also agree that this is beautiful. Obama is so soft spoken and genuine I truly hope he can win this election and start the healing process in our country.
Hillary's win-at-any-cost campaign has been harmful to democrats. It is said the recent "demotion" of ammoral chief advisor Mark Penn may derail the latest "throw the bathroom sink" plan of negative ads. As many know, Mr. Penn was in Colombia advocating for the very NAFTA deals that Ms. Clinton was (pretending?) to oppose while campaigning in Pennsylvania.
I surely hope busy Pennsylvanians, struggling to survive in this economy, have time to learn enough about Obama's strenghts, and decide to vote for him.

Posted by: Lynn Levine | April 9, 2008 3:34 PM

Oh o i guess he took his white grandmother from under the bus HE THREW HER UNDER a couple weeks ago ad dusted her off to appeal to white voters pathetic and shameful..VOTE HILLARY

Posted by: Vote Hillary | April 9, 2008 4:09 PM

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith...

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot!

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. Naughty Girl. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 9, 2008 5:22 PM

to 'jacksmith' if all those things were TRue and you supported obama you might be an idiot..... but if you call yourself 'jacksmith' and continue to spread continous spam falacies, there is no doubt: you Are an idiot!

Posted by: teopa | April 9, 2008 5:43 PM

First he uses his Grandmother to win votes in Kansas (even though he basically never lived there), then, after his Grandmother dedicates her life to raising him... he throws her under the bus for Wright. Now he uses her again to appeal to, I would assume, women voters! Oh My God! This guy is a nut! If he thinks this way about his Grandmother, then no woman should vote for him. And if his wife is any sign of the women that are, then America is in big trouble.

Posted by: Texas Democrat | April 9, 2008 5:53 PM

It is clearly evident that Senator Obama attracts educated and more affluent people! The level of stupidity and ignorance that are so grossly displayed leads one to believe and understand why Senator Clinton continues to "lead the sheep".

Please listen to, investigate and thoroughly peruse the issues Senator Obama will attempt to implement. They are so well stated and explained on his web site.

If you also would listen and see how Senator Obama has consistently run a well defined,organized and extraordinary campaign you can easily see how his strengths could truly help our world.Just open your hearts and mind to someone who wants to help EVERY BODY, not just the elite!

Let us not judge him on the color of his skin, but by the content of his character! High gas prices, groceries, and health care have NO COLOR LINE. The prices don't change because of the color of our skin. So if you would rather vote for McCain and continue with the WARS, HIGHER GAS PRICES, HIGHER FOOD PRICES, AND NOT HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE, THEN GO AHEAD BUT DON'T COMPLAIN FOR THE NEXT FOUR AND/OR EIGHT YEARS.

And by the way, I am a retiree who has been blessed with financial means to not be affected by the higher prices and also able to provide health care for myself (husband included). SO I DO NOT WANT YOU TO THINK I AM LOOKING FOR A HAND OUT!

Let's go to the polls and vote OBAMA and let everybody have access to the piece of pie! AMERICA CAN BE GREAT---AGAIN!

Posted by: Berniece | April 9, 2008 7:24 PM

It is clearly evident that Senator Obama attracts educated and more affluent people! The level of stupidity and ignorance that are so grossly displayed leads one to believe and understand why Senator Clinton continues to "lead the sheep".

Please listen to, investigate and thoroughly peruse the issues Senator Obama will attempt to implement. They are so well stated and explained on his web site.

If you also would listen and see how Senator Obama has consistently run a well defined,organized and extraordinary campaign you can easily see how his strengths could truly help our world.Just open your hearts and mind to someone who wants to help EVERY BODY, not just the elite!

Let us not judge him on the color of his skin, but by the content of his character! High gas prices, groceries, and health care have NO COLOR LINE. The prices don't change because of the color of our skin. So if you would rather vote for McCain and continue with the WARS, HIGHER GAS PRICES, HIGHER FOOD PRICES, AND NOT HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE, THEN GO AHEAD BUT DON'T COMPLAIN FOR THE NEXT FOUR AND/OR EIGHT YEARS.

And by the way, I am a retiree who has been blessed with financial means to not be affected by the higher prices and also able to provide health care for myself (husband included). SO I DO NOT WANT YOU TO THINK I AM LOOKING FOR A HAND OUT!

Let's go to the polls and vote OBAMA and let everybody have access to the piece of pie! AMERICA CAN BE GREAT---AGAIN!

Posted by: Berniece | April 9, 2008 7:26 PM

I support Barack Obama because he understands that we can only achieve the promise of America when we reject (and denounce) fear and hatred of our fellow Americans and recognize ourselves in each other. He's strong in his principles, so he's got no fear in listening to those with whom he disagrees. If you study his life and character you will see he's guided by this principle: We are our brother's keeper, our sister's keeper. We are best when we care about each other.

This most American of ideas was spelled out in our founding documents. We have in our American tradition phrases like United We Stand, Liberty and Justice for All, and E Pluribus Unum- Out of many, One.

These are the things that make America the greatest nation in the history of the planet.

What makes America great is not our religion, our economy, or our natural resources, all of which can be found elsewhere on this Earth. But no other country on Earth has our core values. No other country ever stated that All Men are Created Equal. No country began with the principles of freedom of movement, of religion, speech, press, and assembly. No other country ever established a government of We The People. A government committed to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for each individual.

We have choices. We can choose to listen to distractions and word games. We can decide we want to fight for our democracy, or we can listen to those who make money by dividing us. The choice is ours. This democracy is ours to lose. The money that has infiltrated our politics and some of our media hopes you go back to sleep and stop participating. But if you love this country and what it stands for, if you want to see this wonderful experiment in self-governance continue, then fight for it. Pay attention to the actions of those we send to Washington. Reward those who choose the good of the people over personal gain. Don't give in to those who want us to be distracted by fear and hatred. They win if we stay divided. America wins if we choose to be united.

Posted by: Jennifer | April 9, 2008 7:36 PM

I support Barack Obama because he makes the right calls like he did in opposing the Iraq War.

He also offers the people a chance to vote based on merit rather than on family connections such as bush-clinton-clinton-bush-bush-clinton again? I say Obama, he clined from State offices to the US Senate and has no ties to a former president, just himself and his ability to lead rather than divide and war-monger.

Posted by: eljefejesus | April 10, 2008 12:20 AM

I'm so tired of comments that mouth the Hannity/Limbaugh talk that Obama "threw his grandmother under a bus"-- ridiculous. He only ever spoke respectfully of her, and those who repeat this garbage just show their ignorance & bias.

There are facts here-- and one is that white women of his grandmother's age, especially those who had little interaction with blacks (& so most) would frequently show more nervousness when encountering a strange black man than they would a white man. There are solid scientific studies that show that these attitudes are still around today, if more subtle and less pronounced, even among those who consider themselves completely unbiased. (See Kristof's NYT article on measuring racism- try the tests yourself- and btw, even African Americans have some degree of stereotyping against their fellow African Americans- the attitudes are this unconscious and pervasive).

If you were a young black child, you would notice that in a way that white people would not notice. But to call it "typical" isn't insulting & isn't even remotely implying that her grandmother was in any conscious way racist- just that difference can be a problem for all of us and that entrenched cultural attitudes affect us even when we don't think that way.

My own mother, whom I considered to be a model of open-mindedness, showed a degree of both curiosity & discomfort that seemed completely out of character to me when her best friend's daughter married a Jew-- it was unfamiliarity & ignorance, not bigotry at work, and for me to notice this does not mean I think any less of her character, but just that I notice that we have work to do to learn more about each other and keep ourselves open & focussed on the person.

Was my mother a "typical" catholic woman for her time- yes & no- she was actually far more open than most, but still typically affected. I can note that & still be proud of her. So can Obama note his grandmother's "typical" unconscious anxiety and still be proud of her. So really, let's stop the ignorant distortions here. Anyone speaking like that convicts themselves, not him.

Posted by: cl | April 10, 2008 12:35 AM

Excellent ad. No matter what voters do, he's so raised the quality of awareness, he's modeled grace under pressure, relaxation and strength together, we are so lucky to have a candidate with his presence, values, consciousness.

I spoke with a man in line at an Obama event where I live and mentioned having read Audacity of Hope. That man said the first book was even better, before Obama got to be famous. So I read the first book. The man can write the wait Monet paints light.

We are so lucky to be witnessing this.

Posted by: Gaias Child | April 10, 2008 2:29 AM

What we are witnessing is the greatest sham to be carried off in the history of America.

Obama is in no way, shape, or form ready to be the president of the United States.

His rip off, Bob the Builder slogan proves that his supporters seem to think on the same level as pre-kindergarten children.

Tell us good things without out details and we will believe if you just keep saying it enough.

I'm glad I no longer have to DVR television shows so I can fast forward past his barrage of commercials. Three every half hour.

That was a heck of a lot of money to spend in a state where he lost big time.

Do I sound shallow? I guess I do, in response to the shallow candidate that so many are throwing their money at to feel good until his first 100 days in office tell the real tale of Obama as president.

It's no wonder infants are donating the $2300 limit to his campaign. Good thing they can't really vote. But someone is hoping to get in a candidate that they can manipulate.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 3:08 AM

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