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New RNC Video Highlights Obama's Iraq Shift

Asked by a voter today in Georgia if he has shifted his opinions on Iraq, guns and the death penalty, Barack Obama suggested "The people who say this haven't apparently been listening to me."

"You're not going to agree with me on 100 percent of what I think, but don't assume that if I don't agree with you on something that it must be because I'm doing that politically," Obama told voters.

The GOP has produced a Web-only video however that's designed to demonstrate how Obama has shifted his position on the Iraqi "troop surge."

"Obama's Iraq Problem: Change That Works For Him" starts with video clips of Obama stating his opposition to the surge and his support of a 16-month withdrawal schedule. It then uses statements by Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Sen. Joseph Liberman (I-Conn.), and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) stating that the surge is working. It ends with a clip of a July 3 press conference where Obama is asked if he's shifted his position on his 16-month timetable of withdrawal. Obama laughs nervously, but his final answer is not shown.

This is not the first video of its kind, and as both Obama and John McCain shift positions on issues, it will not be the last.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 8, 2008; 7:48 PM ET Barack Obama
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Re: RNC & Mr. Schmidt

I LOVE this ads! Thanks for listening to all of our comments. This is great!

Within the "Love" thematic frame, you can create great discourses about McCain whom we know. You can create additional positive messages about his Love for family, friends, people, and country as well as the world. McCain can also use this theme when he talks to his audience that has not experienced any wars--especially young voters. I know McCain dose not brag his war experiences, but audience and voters have to see how much he is passionate about this country. So this is a great move.

As I posted (and shouted) several times, please do not even mention "Obama" in McCain's speeches--just straight talk about Senator McCain's life, achievements, records, positions, values, and Love for his country, people, and family--and policies for 2008 Presidential Election ONLY.

Please do not label Obama as a "flip-flopper." How many times I yelled at you not to do it and why did you spend your time at such silly things? Just let him play with his own logic and money. Let him enjoy the public attention. Why do you bother him? He is not even your opponent. Please don't call, label, or judge him: Let him play his game.

Because RNC called him FF, despite my objection, some media "pundits" already played McCain's old speeches that have different stances about Iraq, but that is silly and stupid. It was 2004--not 2008 Presidential Election. So just focus on your policy stances for 2008 only. Those who have said you have flip-flopped have any clues what is happening in Iraq. Do not listen to them or "sensitive" what they say. Just stand by your Values and LOVE.

Please tell us your major achievements as a senator--especially Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. Explain why you did it and why you worked so hard: It was the best reform bill ever negotiated. You have worked at the Senate as an Independent, so it is silly if the media or Obama accuses you as a FF. Explain to us all of your achievements and accomplishments that the American public have to know, including all of your positions and policies in a clear narrative tone. Do not conclude anything: Just tell us who-you-are, what & why you stand for.

If McCain focuses ONLY on his positions and values, then voters "see, compare, and tell" who is credible and trustworthy to lead this country. Again Obama has the burden to prove that he is consistent, credible, and electable, so let him enjoy what he is doing--"digging." The more he tries to clarify or "refine," he makes more mistakes. Do not bother him. Just let him do him and watch how he responds.

Obama's only card is his stance on Iraq so called "the right judgment." So when RNC launches any attacks, he goes back to his original stance that most Americans agree. Do not repeat this cycle: Hit-the-nerve hard by showing all of his policy discourses that have been "changed," shifted, denied, and refined. Do not accuse, charge, or blame all of his "changes." Let voters see those differences and decide who is more credible. When narratives tell the true stories, it is most powerful and effective.

Unfortunately, Obama picked a wrong card. When Clark made his horrible comment on McCain's military service, he offended all Americans who Love this country. When attacked by the media, Obama decided to keep him--not "disown" him. Well, he then has to explain why he keeps him. Please let the media do the job for you. The American people LOVE this country; we do not like anyone who attacks such meta-value whatsoever.

If you want to question Obama's patriotism, simply run ads that have all of his shifting comments from wearing-flag-pin to recent shifts (originally he said he would not wear the pin), along with Clark's outrageous comment and add one sentence: "This is not the way we LOVE our country." Then all Americans identify with the meta-theme: Wearing flag-pin is important! Do not conclude that he is not patriotic or un-American. Let voters see, feel, and identify with the meta-theme you present.

As for McCain's public speaking skills, I can tell he's worked hard. Sometimes he has to deliver his message to his audience in different formats, so I would suggest him to pick a style or voice with which he feels comfortable. Sometimes a public speaking style works as he did in Canada; sometimes the town-hall meetings. Do not mention "Obama" in any of his public speeches; do not even compare his plans with McCain's. Obama is an orator with empty logic, which we all know already. Independents are highly educated; we already decided whom we will vote for.

Now you need to run a noble campaign for the American public who do not know McCain well enough and who have been brainwashed by Obama's negative ads. His recent advertisement in that he compared McCain with Bush is ridiculous: Bush is doing great job. Obama just got popular when he defined himself as someone for "anti-Bush-and-anti-Iraq." So just tell us true stories about McCain based on "facts."

Obama will launch very nasty advertisements against McCain since he does not have any "cards" left. The more he goes negative, the more you have to stand by your own values and conviction, and the meta-theme, LOVE. All Americans LOVE this country. Do not get intimidated by his phony rhetoric or number of people he has mobilized.

The only card he can use is a fear-mongering card, which he already "tested" recently (airplane malfunction) to see how the public would respond (sorry I detected). He might do the same in Iraq and accuse you as the author. So please, as I have been yelling-and-shouting, do not run any negative campaigns. You have to focus on McCain only to convince your audience: McCain is your brand, so do not tarnish his public images. Just tell us about McCain, his vision, the Summer Love--NO Obama please.

At this point, McCain does not need to "advertise" anything. He has all winning cards and the Brand, John McCain. Just do PR to tell and inform your audience and voters about his values, philosophy, and LOVE. If I were you, I would run several different PR messages: (1) policy discourses about McCain in that he talks about his values, visions, stances, principles, achievements; (2) "factual contrast" between McCain and Obama to contrast his long vitae with that of Obama's. Obama has shifted everything: Iraq, NAFTA (he is now a free trader!), & Public Financing System; as well as demonstrated his lack of knowledge on US Constitution in his stance about death penalty & gun control; and even compromised his "liberal value" in his stance about the FISA. Obama was an Independent over the weekend and is even a Catholic now!

All of his recent shifts show who he is, what he stands for--and what kind of judgment he has. Do not accuse him. Simply show us how his policy discourses have shifted, changed, and refined "within 17 months" in a positive narrative tone. Do not conclude, judge, or label him.

When voters know who McCain is and what he stands for, they never believe whatever Obama will say, attack, or accuse McCain: You are John McCain. The American people just need some time to compare and think. So please relax: Be graceful, noble, charming, witty, and classy (this is what we know about McCain), yet logical and consistent.

Cindy is doing great as well. Great job!


Posted by: Premier | July 9, 2008 9:14 AM

New RNC Video Highlights Obama's Iraq Shift

E=mc2. Obama has merely taken all the surrounding circumstances into view before making a final decision. I commend him on that. Jumping to conclusion could be detrimental in any decision making. Even if the surge is finally coming into play, it is about time, yet our troops need to come home from this useless war. McCain seems to be grasping for words in the middle of the road and his surrogates are not to far behind him in the same manner.

Posted by: Nisey01 | July 12, 2008 4:28 AM

Cindy is doing well also? Really, I thought she had mover from prescription drugs to crack.

)))))))((((((((((
Re: RNC & Mr. Schmidt

I LOVE this ads! Thanks for listening to all of our comments. This is great!

Within the "Love" thematic frame, you can create great discourses about McCain whom we know. You can create additional positive messages about his Love for family, friends, people, and country as well as the world. McCain can also use this theme when he talks to his audience that has not experienced any wars--especially young voters. I know McCain dose not brag his war experiences, but audience and voters have to see how much he is passionate about this country. So this is a great move.

As I posted (and shouted) several times, please do not even mention "Obama" in McCain's speeches--just straight talk about Senator McCain's life, achievements, records, positions, values, and Love for his country, people, and family--and policies for 2008 Presidential Election ONLY.

Please do not label Obama as a "flip-flopper." How many times I yelled at you not to do it and why did you spend your time at such silly things? Just let him play with his own logic and money. Let him enjoy the public attention. Why do you bother him? He is not even your opponent. Please don't call, label, or judge him: Let him play his game.

Because RNC called him FF, despite my objection, some media "pundits" already played McCain's old speeches that have different stances about Iraq, but that is silly and stupid. It was 2004--not 2008 Presidential Election. So just focus on your policy stances for 2008 only. Those who have said you have flip-flopped have any clues what is happening in Iraq. Do not listen to them or "sensitive" what they say. Just stand by your Values and LOVE.

Please tell us your major achievements as a senator--especially Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. Explain why you did it and why you worked so hard: It was the best reform bill ever negotiated. You have worked at the Senate as an Independent, so it is silly if the media or Obama accuses you as a FF. Explain to us all of your achievements and accomplishments that the American public have to know, including all of your positions and policies in a clear narrative tone. Do not conclude anything: Just tell us who-you-are, what & why you stand for.

If McCain focuses ONLY on his positions and values, then voters "see, compare, and tell" who is credible and trustworthy to lead this country. Again Obama has the burden to prove that he is consistent, credible, and electable, so let him enjoy what he is doing--"digging." The more he tries to clarify or "refine," he makes more mistakes. Do not bother him. Just let him do him and watch how he responds.

Obama's only card is his stance on Iraq so called "the right judgment." So when RNC launches any attacks, he goes back to his original stance that most Americans agree. Do not repeat this cycle: Hit-the-nerve hard by showing all of his policy discourses that have been "changed," shifted, denied, and refined. Do not accuse, charge, or blame all of his "changes." Let voters see those differences and decide who is more credible. When narratives tell the true stories, it is most powerful and effective.

Unfortunately, Obama picked a wrong card. When Clark made his horrible comment on McCain's military service, he offended all Americans who Love this country. When attacked by the media, Obama decided to keep him--not "disown" him. Well, he then has to explain why he keeps him. Please let the media do the job for you. The American people LOVE this country; we do not like anyone who attacks such meta-value whatsoever.

If you want to question Obama's patriotism, simply run ads that have all of his shifting comments from wearing-flag-pin to recent shifts (originally he said he would not wear the pin), along with Clark's outrageous comment and add one sentence: "This is not the way we LOVE our country." Then all Americans identify with the meta-theme: Wearing flag-pin is important! Do not conclude that he is not patriotic or un-American. Let voters see, feel, and identify with the meta-theme you present.

As for McCain's public speaking skills, I can tell he's worked hard. Sometimes he has to deliver his message to his audience in different formats, so I would suggest him to pick a style or voice with which he feels comfortable. Sometimes a public speaking style works as he did in Canada; sometimes the town-hall meetings. Do not mention "Obama" in any of his public speeches; do not even compare his plans with McCain's. Obama is an orator with empty logic, which we all know already. Independents are highly educated; we already decided whom we will vote for.

Now you need to run a noble campaign for the American public who do not know McCain well enough and who have been brainwashed by Obama's negative ads. His recent advertisement in that he compared McCain with Bush is ridiculous: Bush is doing great job. Obama just got popular when he defined himself as someone for "anti-Bush-and-anti-Iraq." So just tell us true stories about McCain based on "facts."

Obama will launch very nasty advertisements against McCain since he does not have any "cards" left. The more he goes negative, the more you have to stand by your own values and conviction, and the meta-theme, LOVE. All Americans LOVE this country. Do not get intimidated by his phony rhetoric or number of people he has mobilized.

The only card he can use is a fear-mongering card, which he already "tested" recently (airplane malfunction) to see how the public would respond (sorry I detected). He might do the same in Iraq and accuse you as the author. So please, as I have been yelling-and-shouting, do not run any negative campaigns. You have to focus on McCain only to convince your audience: McCain is your brand, so do not tarnish his public images. Just tell us about McCain, his vision, the Summer Love--NO Obama please.

At this point, McCain does not need to "advertise" anything. He has all winning cards and the Brand, John McCain. Just do PR to tell and inform your audience and voters about his values, philosophy, and LOVE. If I were you, I would run several different PR messages: (1) policy discourses about McCain in that he talks about his values, visions, stances, principles, achievements; (2) "factual contrast" between McCain and Obama to contrast his long vitae with that of Obama's. Obama has shifted everything: Iraq, NAFTA (he is now a free trader!), & Public Financing System; as well as demonstrated his lack of knowledge on US Constitution in his stance about death penalty & gun control; and even compromised his "liberal value" in his stance about the FISA. Obama was an Independent over the weekend and is even a Catholic now!

All of his recent shifts show who he is, what he stands for--and what kind of judgment he has. Do not accuse him. Simply show us how his policy discourses have shifted, changed, and refined "within 17 months" in a positive narrative tone. Do not conclude, judge, or label him.

When voters know who McCain is and what he stands for, they never believe whatever Obama will say, attack, or accuse McCain: You are John McCain. The American people just need some time to compare and think. So please relax: Be graceful, noble, charming, witty, and classy (this is what we know about McCain), yet logical and consistent.

Cindy is doing great as well. Great job!


Posted by: Premier | July 9, 2008 9:14 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2008 12:49 PM

Being jealous is a good sign!

Posted by: imagination | July 16, 2008 2:06 PM

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