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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/18/2008

Did Obama author the stimulus package?

By Michael Dobbs


Campaign rally, Golden, Co., Sept.16, 2008.

"In January, I outlined a plan to help revive our faltering economy, which formed the basis for a bipartisan stimulus package that passed the Congress."
--Barack Obama, Golden, Co., Sept. 16, 2008.

The McCain campaign is ridiculing Obama's claim that his economic stimulus plan was the basis for the compromise package eventually adopted by Congress and the Bush administration earlier this year. The McCainites point out that the Illinois senator did not even vote on the final package, which passed the Senate on February 7, 2008.

The Facts

Like his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, Barack Obama did come up with his own stimulus package to jumpstart the faltering economy. Announced in January, the $75 billion Obama plan included a proposed $250 tax cut for "workers and their families" and a $250 bonus for seniors, to be distributed via their Social Security checks. It called for an additional round of tax cuts and bonuses "if the economy continues to falter."

The Obama plan certainly bears a passing resemblance to one that was eventually adopted by Congress on February 7 following negotiations between the Democratic leadership in Congress and the White House. The final $152 billion package turned out to be even more generous than the one proposed by Obama, including $600 payments for individuals ($1,200 for couples), and $300 for low-income seniors and disabled veterans. By contrast, McCain initially opposed individual rebates and preferred a cut in the corporate tax rate.

Despite the superficial similarities between the two plans, it is a big stretch for Obama to claim that his proposal "formed the basis" for the package that eventually passed. There were many different plans floating around. According to contemporaneous news reports, the final package was hammered out in negotiations between the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca), with some input from Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NA).

The final version of the plan was based on the House version, HR 5140, not the Senate version. In last-minute bargaining, Senate leader succeeded in inserting the provision for $300 payouts for seniors into the House-crafted bill.

My colleague Jonathan Weisman, who covered the Congressional negotiations for The Post, notes that other Democratic presidential candidates came up with stimulus plans. "At the time Obama put out his plan, Hillary put out hers. They were somewhat similar, and Pelosi and Reid did not want to take sides in the primary fight. They consciously said they were going their own way."

McCain is correct in saying that Obama did not show up for the final Senate vote on the economic stimulus package on February 7. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton were out on the campaign trail that day. However, McCain himself missed a important Senate vote on the bill the previous day, on February 6, drawing criticism from the Democrats for missing an opportunity "to stand up for America's working families." The truth is that all the candidates were distracted from their Senate duties.

The Pinocchio Test

Barack Obama can fairly claim to have outlined an economic stimulus plan back in January, parts of which were similar to the package eventually adopted by Congress and signed into law by president Bush. But the junior senator from Illinois is exaggerating his influence, and his role in the process of legislative give-and-take, to claim that his ideas "formed the basis" of the final package.

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By Michael Dobbs  | September 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Economy  
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{It called for an additional round of tax cuts and bonuses "if the economy continues to falter."}

That would be a tax cut during wartime, eh? In the Spring, that was a big complaint about Bush in the Dem primaries.

Obama's overstating his influence. That's what Senators DO, for goodness sakes, and why governors usually beat senators in presidential elections.

Overall a fair column, and fairly substantial, a nice return from the petty and harsh columns about Palin.

Posted by: The Angry One | September 18, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Under a President Obama the truth will become whatever he says it is.

Posted by: info | September 18, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The Pinocchio Test...

Wasn't Pinocchio a liar?

The wooden Senator from Illinois a liar? No he's from Harvard and everyone knows that graduates of Harvard never ever lie.

Posted by: Robert Messa | September 18, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

another resumé padding attempt by obama which has been FOUND out. OBAMA=INEXPERIENCE

Posted by: mikel | September 18, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama doesn't care a whit about the people. He only thinks what will benefit him and his party politically.

This is the party that jumps in glee when news of economic downturn occurs and hurts the people. They are elated when soldiers die in a war they opposed for they see an opportunity to gain political power. What a shame!

Posted by: tim591 | September 18, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

wonder if t here is any truth to the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and polls?

provided there is an election considering how the economy may put a stop to it or another Bush/Cheney orchestrated war with Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, etc.

apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy, exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

wonder how would they bump off mutual opponent?

will Dems use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time waiting? BTW, OJ is available as his trial is underway today.

will GOP use a Guiliani-like mob ties as used by his protege, ex-NYPD commissioner and was indicted for and may be doing up to 140 years of jail time? or use Gotti, Jr. who is also available as his trial is underway today too?

will both parties employ the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convicts commit crime/murders in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not suspected?

as this information is given, do we too have to worry about our personal safety? For example, should my diabetic husband worry about his health/life while doing his routine jog after work around 4-4:15pm in the Hackensack, Bogota and Teaneck, areas in NJ today? Do I have to worry about my own safety as I commute to the city via Port Authority bus this afternoon?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Well I see the Republican talking point drones are out in force in the comments section today.

I think this column is fair. Barack didn't quite choose his words exactly right. The fact is that Barack Obama was for helping people through this crisis while McCain doesn't care until big companies like AIG go under. When a huge insurance company like AIG needs help, Bush and certainly his newly cloned replacement McCain, are just fine with socializing it. But fixing the American health care system? The Republicans don't want that -- that's socialism they say. What's the difference? Regular people would benefit so Republicans hate it.

Republicans love tax cuts and tax giveaways just as long as they are focused on the rich and big oil. In the spirit of bipartisan compromise, the Democratic majority in the house included increased drilling in their energy package and the Republicans call it a sham. Why? Because it doesn't go fare enough -- it doesn't let big oil drill within 50 miles of the shore. Oh, and it eliminates billions of dollars in tax breaks for big oil.

For the most part, the Republicans in the house and senate _are_ big oil. In the pocket. Bought and sold.

Posted by: Ed Lynch | September 18, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Dobbs:
"The Obama plan certainly bears a passing resemblance to one that was eventually adopted by Congress on February 7 following negotiations between the Democratic leadership in Congress and the White House...
...By contrast, McCain initially opposed individual rebates and preferred a cut in the corporate tax rate."

That's what matters. Other than that, this is just a typical Dobbs effort to split hairs so he can occasionally call Obama a liar, too.

Posted by: zukermand | September 18, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

...and, by the way, the headline is a ridiculous mischaracterization of Sen Obama's claim.

Posted by: zukermand | September 18, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the poster mentioning the Republican talking point drones was right on. Obama exaggerated, but McCain wanted to cut taxes on corporations, not private citizens. Which is worse?

Posted by: CSH | September 18, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Ed, you have the just the Obama-gall to first call the bloggers here GOP talking point drones, then spew the Democrats talking points. Guess both drones are out today and not just over Pakistan.

The point being made is that the media only makes headlines calling McCain a liar, when we all know that both candidates as you say "choose their words incorrectly".

Politicians lie. We hope the press can let us know when they lie, so it is refreshing to see the press finally showing Obama to be not so truthful as well.

Posted by: Robert | September 18, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I think the Fact Checker in this case is assuming that Obama couldn't have had that kind of influence. Why not? He's definitely a motivator. Go back to the drawing board on this one - you made a mistake!

Posted by: Judy | September 18, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Having let go unchallenged a barrage of McCain lies over the weeks recently, Michael Dobbs seems determined to play catch-up and demonstrate that he is able to be balanced in awarding his Pinocchios.

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | September 18, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Micheal Dobbs...in your effort to fact check Obama's statement you overstate your fact checking.

Somehow you have confused the word "OUTLINE" with the word "AUTHOR". The word "OUTLINE" refers to a general description covering the main points of a subject. The word "AUTHOR" refers to someone who creates or originates a piece of work.

Obama is correct in that he publicly outlined that America needed a stimulus package while McCain is on record as saying "the Fundamentals of our economy are strong" and opposed such actions during that same time period in January 2008.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 18, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

You say Obama caint spell...you caint either...read your stupid articles and use spell check before you critisiize Obama.

I caint spell..but I can sure tell when someone is an idiot...idiot.

Posted by: Fact check yourself stupid | September 18, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Just to check, Obama's statement is a "stretch" NOT because it can actually be demonstrated that his outline (which is NOT the same as authoring. That title is horrible!) was not used as a basis for the stimulus package (which ought to be the standard for saying something is a "lie") but only because it can't be definitively ascertained that the outline WAS used as that basis?

I don't see what folks are jumping on here....

Posted by: B-W | September 18, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think the issue is well covered and revealed by comments here. It is such a breath of fresh air to see a "blog" of informed level headed people.

Well, for the most part that is. Right, I know that wasn't a complete sentence and don't care.

I think the fear is legit anonymous,
"provided there is an election considering how the economy may put a stop to it or another Bush/Cheney orchestrated war with Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, etc."

You hit the biggest danger our Nation faces right on the head.
God bless us and God protect us from those who don't care about the real people who keep the US going with blood, sweat and tears.
Commonsense

Posted by: commonsense | September 18, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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

http://www.votenic.com

Results are instant.

Posted by: fred | September 18, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Jennifer | September 18, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

You go with your false balance.

Posted by: jill | September 18, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Only two Pinocchios! Senator Obama deserves ten Pinocchios! Obama=thin resumé
Vote for real change. vote McCain/Palin08
Hillary Clinton 2012

Posted by: mmarii | September 18, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

the economic stimulus package was an absolute waste of money considering what has happened on wall street lately. I dont want the government to send me another check. It will have no impact on my life whatsoever. Quit the insane spending and use that money to create JOBS or pay off debt. I am not a charity case and whoever came up with this stimulus idea should be ashamed of it.

Posted by: john | September 18, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Note to John: The govt doesnt create jobs......companies create jobs.

Posted by: Indy man | September 18, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

note to indy man: that comment is to stupid for a reply

Posted by: john | September 18, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Note to Indy man: Companies don't create jobs......demand for products and services creates jobs

Posted by: zukermand | September 18, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

which is it? biden 'paying more taxes
is patriotic' obama '95% will get tax
breaks'

Posted by: usa3 | September 18, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Both.
Duh.

Posted by: zukermand | September 18, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

so what you are saying is the actual package was along the same idea as Obama's, but offered more relief?

and, let me get this straight, McCain wanted to give the break to corporations, and not to individuals?

any more thoughts on this?

Posted by: Baltanon | September 18, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think Dobbs got this one right. Some might argue for 3 pinocchios, but I think 2 is fine. Obama's claim is misleading. His outline might be similar to the actual plan that passed, but saying that it "formed the basis" of the plan that passed is a little much.

Posted by: jfg | September 18, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse


Yes, he invented the internet too, before "opposing" the war from his little Illinois senate seat.

Why don't you put these items in the headlines, as you do with McCain and Palin?

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 18, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

FactChecker- You are doing a shockingly good job of being bi-partisan here. Didn't think that was possible anymore. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: DCDave | September 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have said:
"In January, I outlined a plan to help revive our faltering economy, the elements of which formed the basis for a bipartisan stimulus package that passed the Congress."

I'm not sure how material his inflation is, but I recognize I'll tend to leniency. The fact remains, his suggestions were included, McCain's were not.

That being said, the column title is glaringly, obviously way out of line with the incident.

Posted by: zukermand | September 18, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The actual plan bears resemblance to that which was actually passed.

Moral of the story: OBAMA DRAFTED A PLAN, MCCAIN DRAFTED NOTHING!!!!!!!! but of course, he shows up to whine. Maybe he was too busy inventing another Blackberry.

Posted by: T Andrews | September 18, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

That being said, the column title is glaringly, obviously way out of line with the incident.

Posted by: zukermand
-----

I agree to some extent. I don't think Obama meant he authored the plan that passed. It's just too easy to verify he didn't for him to go that far.

But I could easily see someone reading that statement and thinking Omaba handed his plan/outline to congress and they used it as a foundation for whatever they drew up (making him look like an author or generator of the idea).

Posted by: jfg | September 18, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter,I like the idea he had helped the middle class and elderly before the congress had to be hit over the head. He in no way influenced congress, the terrible economy did. I think the wisest comments on the financial crisis came from NYC Mayor Bloomberg. I think he and Sen. Bradley should sit together and find a way out of this mess.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 18, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

tim591 looking at your blog,am sure u r very comfy with the way the economy is going down it must not hurt you at all. About the war u very well know that we r in it from the wrong reasons and it will take the same people who opposed it to rescue america and place it to where it should be economically, and maybe help end that stupid war n bring those brave soldiers home to loved ones. War is never the answer...........

Posted by: miss123 | September 18, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

You may have a point here, although it is hard to know exactly what goes on behind the scenes. It is certainly the case that Obama talks to his Democratic colleagues.

The thing is, I bet that if you asked Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi if Obama was lying or exaggerating his position they'd probably say he was not. Maybe they would be lying when answering to protect their candidate, but as you're using their words as your source you don't have much option but to assume that they're telling the truth.

Catch 22....Fail

Posted by: Fact Wrecker | September 18, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What does someone who does not know how many houses have a clue about the economy? lol. If OBAMA did or did not help outline the stimulus package so what thats not important, but then again look at the way he ran his campaing he might has well have.
OBAMA/BIDEN....08

Posted by: miss123 | September 18, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Michael, dear, since you're working so hard to be fair and balanced -- one more automaton that won't admit that McCain uses lies and Obama uses argument -- why not talk about

-- McCain's newest ad that Obama will raise taxes (leaving out the fact that its only going to be on McCain and his ilk, possibly including Palin, if she ever released her taxes -- maybe she didn't pay any?)

-- McCain's supposed foreign policy skill, when he doesn't know who the president of Spain is, or even where the country is located? Or maybe, as his adviser contends, he really intends to insult an old ally?

-- Palin's increasing roster of lies:

1. Bridge to Nowhere -- and NOW, the Road to Nowhere!
2. Windfall profits taxes on oil companies
3. I fired the guy because he was "insubordinate," and I've decided not to cooperate with the legislature
4. I reduced my pay as mayor
5. I'm against big government (as long as the federal government keeps paying me thousands of dollars per Alaskan)

Posted by: Helen | September 18, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

He can stand in front of 100 American flags, but he is still and inexperienced, knows nothing, ego maniac, 1/2 American candidate.

He has made a mockery of the entire Political process.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama tries to take credit for anything and everything if policies in Washington are initiated. What an egoist. He reminds me of Al Gore claiming to have started the internet.

But at least Gore was knowlegeable.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

WaPo,
PLEASE stop and read the headlines of your Political stories.

Your bias for Obama is so deep you need a flashlight to get it to print.

At least attempt to act as if you are journalist.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The only package Obama knows anything about is the kind with white powder inside it. It’s in his memoir. Memoir!?!? This guy is so full of himself. Give me a break. Bill Clinton was right, his whole campaign is a fairytale.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 18, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The only package Obama knows anything about is the kind with white powder inside it. It’s in his memoir. Memoir!?!? This guy is so full of himself. Give me a break. Bill Clinton was right, his whole campaign is a fairytale.

Posted by: what the ?!?!? | September 18, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama invented the internet as well.

Posted by: matt | September 18, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama did not write the stimulus bill and did not vote on it either? I am surprised the Washington Post even bothered to check it out. Aren’t we supposed to cheer anything Sen. Obama says?

Posted by: Wiel | September 18, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama takes responsibility for nothing,
not Wright, Rezko, Ayers, or his Black Liberatioon Theology. None of it serves him well right now.
But he will sure take responsibility for anything that looks like it is a positive step in the political climate.
And even if it came from him........him would mean his advisors.
Obama knows everything about absolutely nothing. He is not qualified to tie my shoes.

Posted by: NO Experience Necessary | September 18, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

CHANGE WE NEED


Yes, We Need more TAX and Spend
and Tax and Spend and TAX and Spend and then give it all away ...

then TAX and Spend and
Tax and Spend and then Spend Some More then give it all away

Obama, We Need YOUR Change like a hole in the head!

Posted by: Tax them! They have a job! | September 18, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Matt, perhaps you missed the news -- McCain invented the Blackberry!

In spite of the fact that he doesn't know how to use it, and it comes from Canada.

If you're going to engage in the game, you should at least refer to this year's campaign.

Posted by: Helen | September 18, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Abortion

1. Consistently for abortion even if it includes infanticide. Said I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
2. Obama wrongly claimed that abortions "have not gone down" under president bush. In fact, the abortion rate has gone down 9 percent, and the annual total has declined by more than 100,000.
3. Obama advocates abortion rights even more sweeping than those enacted under Roe v. Wade. "The first thing I'd do as president," he assured the Planned Parenthood Action Fund last year, "is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." The measure would not only codify Roe, it would eliminate even restrictions on abortion that the Supreme Court has allowed - the federal ban on government funding of abortion, for example, or the law prohibiting partial-birth abortion.

Campaign Finance

4. He vowed to take public financing but reneged on that option when he decided he could raise more money than the republicans.
5. Donations from lobbyists and special interest pacs Obama say he doesn’t take money from D.C. lobbyists and special interest pacs this is the type of double-talk “politics of the past” rhetoric Obama rails against. While his claim is technically true, what he does do is take money from state lobbyists and other big money contributors who have substantial lobbyist machines in D.C., like law firms and corporations. In April 2007, the LA times quoted the campaign finance institute’s Stephen Weismann as pointing out that the distinction Obama makes on lobbyist money is meaningless: “he gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different. … But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists. “the capital eye reported that “[a]cording to the center for responsive politics, 14 of Obama’s top 20 contributors employed lobbyists this year, spending a total of $16.2 million to influence the federal government in the first six months of 2007.”
6. Special interests in January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as "special interest" money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.

Distortions

7. He said McCain, far from being a maverick who’s “broken with his party,” has voted to support bush policies 90 percent of the time. True enough, but by the same measure Obama has voted with fellow democrats in the senate 97 percent of the time.
8. Dreams of my father, writes of a story in Life magazine that influenced him -- about a black man trying to bleach his skin white. No such article could be found in life or ebony.
9. "I’ve been long enough in Washington to know that Washington needs to change." he is running against Washington yet his campaign is populated with political professionals who are Washington insiders.
10. Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Barack Obama repudiated what he called “inflammatory and appalling remarks” made by his Chicago pastor. Obama said he had not been present during the sermons in question. Obama told MSNBC, “Had I heard them in church I would have expressed that concern directly to Rev. Wright. ”Please note, he says that he would have expressed concern, not repudiate, the words. (Source: audacity of hypocrisy) previously Obama had said "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
11. Barack Obama won his first election by having his lawyers knock all his opponents off the ballot on technicalities
12. Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Obama traced his "very existence" to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother. The Kennedy’s never paid for his father’s scholarship.
13. Obama told Larry king on CNN – when asked about that anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton YouTube ad, Obama stated, "we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that." turns out the creator was unmasked and ended up being a political operative who worked for a firm overseeing the technical side of Obama’s web site.
14. Obama claimed that "I worked with John McCain" on ethics legislation. In fact, the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of "partisan posturing" and added, "I won't make the same mistake again." McCain later voted against the ethics bill that Obama supported, stating that it was written by democrats with "no input" from Republicans.
15. Obama botched his facts in a speech criticizing the U.S. auto industry for “investing in bigger and faster cars while foreign competitors invested in more fuel-efficient technology.” Obama stated that “while our fuel standards haven’t moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both china and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon. Not true.
16. He once told an audience in Selma about how he had been conceived by his parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham, because they had been inspired by the fervor following the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights demonstration that was commemorated March 4. “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama,” he said, “because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama “Obama was born in 1961, and the Selma march occurred four years later, in 1965. The New York Times reported that when the senator was asked about the discrepancy later that day, he clarified: “I meant the whole civil rights movement.”
17. To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. — Obama spokesman bill Burton, cot. 24, 2007. Now, Obama says he will vote in favor of the FISA bill that gives the immunity Obama was so opposed to.
18. Decriminalization of marijuana: while running for the U.S. senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.
19. Running for president or vice president of the United States: on the January 22nd edition of “Meet the Press,” Tim russet and Obama had the following exchange: Russert: “when we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, ‘there’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’ ”Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed. ”Russert: “so you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?” Obama: “I will not.”

Ear Marks

20. "In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its construction of the new hospital pavilion.
21. Obama requested a $1 million earmark for the university of Chicago medical center where his wife had just been appointed vice president.
22. Obama requested 139 projects totaling $334 million for FY 2007.
23. Obama requested 330 projects totaling almost $1 billion ($935.7 million) since being sworn in as a senator in January 2005.
24. In 2006 and 2007, Obama requested a total of $4 million in earmarks for the Illinois primary health care association (IPHCA) whose lobbying firm contributed nearly $38,000 to Obama:
25. IPHCA hired Holland & knight to lobby for its earmark request; lawyers at Holland & knight have contributed at least $37,900 to Obama’s senate and presidential campaign
26. Over a two-year period in the U.S. senate, Obama requested $3.2 million in earmarks for the center for neighborhood technology, an organization led by political supporters and friends:
27. In 2006, Obama requested $2.2 million for the center for neighborhood technology's information for communities’ project.
28. In 2005, Obama requested $1 million and secured $400,000 for the center for neighborhood technology's I-go car sharing program.
29. "Obama ... sought money for the center for neighborhood technology, where his neighbor Jacky grim haw is a honcho.

Education

30. Obama opposed and condemned school voucher programs, yet sends his daughters to private school with "a break on the cost":
31. While running for U.S. senate, Obama opposed school vouchers.
32. When speaking at an NEA meeting, Obama "condemned voucher programs."
33. When interviewed by the Milwaukee journal sentinel, Obama softened his approach on school vouchers
34. Obama originally voted in favor of no child left behind for states, now bashes it
35. As a state senator, Obama voted in favor of no child left behind.

Foreign policy

36. The Cuba embargo in January 2004, Obama said it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in august 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."
37. Obama stated "I believe in free trade" and then later said well, I don't think NAFTA has been good for America - and I never have.
38. NAFTA: on February 29th, the Obama campaign told Canadian television (CTV) that no message was passed to the Canadian government suggesting that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated. However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser, Austin Goolsbee, and the Canadian consulate general in Chicago. Earlier, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.CTV didn’t stop there. They announced that their sources, at the highest levels of the Canadian government,” reconfirmed the story to CTV and one of their primary sources provided a timeline of the discussion to CTV.
39. Meeting with Ahmadinejad: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama underscored his willingness to talk to leaders of countries like Iran that are considered U.S. adversaries but said that does not necessarily mean an audience with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting," Reuters,(5/26/08)
"'There's no reason why we would necessarily meet with Ahmadinejad before we know he's actually in power. He’s not the most powerful person in Iran,' Obama told reporters while campaigning in New Mexico." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting,"(Reuters,(5/26/08)
40. In July 2007, Obama said he would meet with the leaders of hostile foreign nations, including Iran.
41. Obama argued for years that we need to move from a 'Musharraf policy' to a 'Pakistan policy. False.
42. At a July 2007 debate, Obama announced he would personally meet with leaders of Iran, north Korea, Syria and other hostile nations "without precondition."
question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?
"Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) (Source: RNC via Newsmax)
43. Jerusalem: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel public affairs committee policy conference.
44. Meeting with foreign leaders: Obama now claims that he will only meet with foreign leaders at a time of his choosing if it will advance U.S. interests, but previously said he would meet with rogue leaders his first year in office without preconditions: in his remarks to the AIPAC conference, Obama claimed that he would only meet with the "appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place" of his choosing. Obama: "contrary to the claims of some, I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking. But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place of my choosing - if, and only if - it can advance the interests of the United States." (Sen. Barack Obama, remarks at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Arlington, V.A., 6/4/08) but at a July 2007 debate, Obama said he would meet with hostile leaders during his first year in office. Question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"...Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) at a September 2007 press conference, Obama confirmed that he would meet specifically with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Question: "senator, you've said before that you'd meet with president Ahmadinejad ..." Obama: "uh huh." question: "would you still meet with him today?" Obama: "yeah, nothing's changed with respect to my belief that strong countries and strong presidents talk to their enemies and talk to their adversaries. I find many of president Ahmadinejad's statements odious and I’ve said that repeatedly. And I think that we have to recognize that there are a lot of rogue nations in the world that don't have American interests at heart. But what I also believe is that, as john f. Kennedy said, we should never negotiate out of fear but we should never fear to negotiate." (Sen. Barack Obama, press conference, New York, NY, 9/24/07
45. Legislation labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization: Obama has been inconsistent in his views on labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization. "Obama’s campaign suddenly discovered that their man -despite having spent the last nine months campaigning on his opposition to kyl-lieberman - 'has consistently urged that Iran’s revolutionary guard be labeled what it is: a terrorist organization.' well, not that consistently. Senator Obama has been scrupulously careful not to call explicitly for designation of the irgc as a terrorist organization. Now, however, with the democratic nomination almost in hand, Obama feels comfortable telling a pro-Israel audience what it wants to hear."(Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08)
"[t]he audience at AIPAC might ask why senator Obama has pivoted from opposition to 'lieberman-kyl' to support for the irgc designation his audience demands. Is this really change they can believe in?" (Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08) "Which Barack Obama will be the democratic standard-bearer: the one who vowed to 'eliminate' the Iranian nuclear threat two days ago, or the one who opposed designating the revolutionary guards a terrorist organization?" (editorial, "Obama and Iran," the Washington times, 6/6/08)

Friends in Low Places

46. Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price for his mansion, while Tony Rezko’s wife paid full price for a vacant lot next door on the very same day.
47. Obama later purchased a portion of Rezko’s land for $104,500; it was valued at $40,500.
48. In one of the biggest lies he ever told — Obama says he “vehemently condemns” the words of his pastor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah a. Wright, an official member of Obama’s campaign.
49. Obama provided political favors to Tony Rezko, including writing letters on his behalf:"as a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron tony Rezko’s successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens
50. Rezko offered Obama a job after law school and the two have been friends ever since.
51. Obama has admitted to $250,000 worth of campaign funding provided by tony Rezko
52. Obama and risk’s socializing included their wives and a trip to Rezko’s lake house.
53. The Obama’s and Rezko’s took a trip together to Rezko’s home at lake Geneva, WI
54. Friend of Alexi Giannoulias. In 2006, Alex Giannoulias was elected treasurer of the state of Illinois. In 2006, Giannoulias came under fire for lending money to crime figures. Giannoulias accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from a Florida casino fleet owner whose uncle was "gunned down in an execution-style slaying" and who has ties to lobbyist jack Abramoff.
55. Friend of William Ayers. A founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. capitol and the pentagon during the 1970s. From 1999 to 2002, Obama served with Ayers on the board of directors for the woods fund of Chicago.
56. Friend of Marilyn Katz. Katz organized Vietnam War protests through students for a democratic society (sods), including throwing nails in the street to thwart police officers. Katz met William Ayers through sods and defended him after his association with Obama surfaced in the 2008 presidential campaign.
57. Friend of Nadhmi Auchi. Nadhmi Auchi is an Iraqi billionaire with business and personal ties to convicted Obama fundraiser Anthony "tony" Reckon. "Auchi is the man who provided Rezko a $3.5 million loan that Reckon did not disclose to the court -- resulting in his January arrest."
58. Friend of Jodie Evans. Founder of code pink. Enough said.
59. Friend of Larry Lessig. Lessig has used a controversial video of Jesus getting hit by a bus in his speeches and lectures. "the former Harvard law school professor is the leading light of what is known as the 'free culture movement,' which insists that the age of the internet should mean the abolition of intellectual property rights." (editorial, "another odd guru, “investor’s business daily, 4/23/08)
60. Friend of Howard Guttmann. Guttmann is an attorney at Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly. In 1999 and 2000, Gutman was a registered federal lobbyist for Williams & Connolly.
Gutman represented Bolivia’s former president Gonzalo Sanchez de lozada and former defense minister José Carlos Sanchez berzain, who were accused of using controversial tactics in response to a political protest. Sanchez de lozada was accused of "crimes against humanity" after over 60 protesters were killed by soldiers; he responded that clearing roads "isn't a crime in this or any country
61. Obama said he could “pay for every dime” of his spending and tax cut proposals “by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens.” that’s wrong – his proposed tax increases on upper-income individuals are key components of paying for his program, as well.
Gaffes

62. Obama says the U.S. senate banking committee is "my committee”.
63. In June 2008, Obama falsely claimed his father served in world war II.
64. An Obama ad running in Michigan claims McCain didn't support loan guarantees for the auto industry. In fact, he does support them.
65. In may 2008, Obama claimed to have visited 57 states
66. On May 8th, Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died. ”in case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” the democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser. The death toll was 12.

Gay rights

67. Opposed to gay marriage and respected the rights of states to set conditions for marriage. Now he says he opposes California’s (delegate rich California) attempt to ban gay marriage. Flipped answer.

Gun control

68. Favored a ban on the manufacture sale and possession of fire arms and then he told people in Idaho that he was for the second amendment.
69. Supported a ban on firearms kept in the home.
70. Supported a ban on right-to-carry permits.
71. Supported a total ban on handguns.

Health Care-Welfare

72. Obama noted that McCain’s health care plan would “tax people’s benefits” but didn’t say that it also would provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for families.

73. Single-payer healthcare: on January 22nd, the Hillary Clinton campaign releases a video that proves that Obama lied about his position on “single-payer healthcare. “The video compares statements Obama made during the January 21st democratic debate with those he made to an AFL-CIO conference in June 2003 while campaigning for the senate. Contradicting what Obama said at the debate, the old footage shows the senator saying, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see. “At the debate, Obama stated: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer (healthcare).”Single-payer healthcare is a euphemism for socialized medicine.
74. Pay as you go: Obama promised to "restore a law that was in place during the Clinton presidency—called Pay as you go—that prohibits money from leaving the treasury without some way of compensating for the lost revenue." But now Obama says he's not going to sacrifice his domestic priorities for deficit reduction. Universal health care, renewable energy and all the rest won't be sacrificed on the altar of Pay as you go.(source: q and o)
75. Obama shifts on welfare reform. "I am not a defender of the status quo with respect to welfare," Obama said on the floor of the Illinois state senate on May 31, 1997. "Having said that, I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems."

Immigration

76. Illegal immigration in a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." he replied "oppose." in a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."
77. Illegal immigrants and driver's licenses: as a state senator in Illinois, Obama voted to require illegal immigrants to get a driver's license. The change? In the November 2007 cnn debate, he was asked what his stand was on that issue and he said, "I am not proposing that's what we do."

Military

78. Stated in his own Iowa caucus video that he wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
79. On 9/7 Obama claimed he would buck his party by increasing the size of the military.
80. But in October 2007, Obama told the caucus for priorities that he would cut military spending.
81. Stated he would not make bin laden into a martyr by executing him. But later said he would. He thinks murdering 3k of our U.S. citizens might qualify for the ultimate penalty.
82. Obama claims his Iraq plan always depended on conditions on the ground, but previously said troops would be out in 16 months although he previously said ) Obama previously said he would immediately begin withdrawing troops from Iraq and would have them out in 16 months.
83. Said the surge would make things worse now he thinks it has been a success.
84. Obama accused his fellow American citizens of the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, saying, “and these private (Blackwater USA) contractors, they go out and they’re spraying bullets and hitting civilians and that makes it more dangerous for our troops
85. On July 28th, the day after his speech at the democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an “absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success. “The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster,” he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. “It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective.
86. He twisted McCain’s words about Afghanistan, saying, “when john McCain said we could just ‘muddle through’ in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources.” actually, McCain said in 2003 he “may” muddle through, and he recently also called for more troops there.


Oil, coal gas

87. Opposed offshore drilling and now supports it.
88. Was for tapping the strategic oil reserve and then he was against it.
89. Obama tells Michigan voters that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment" in gas prices? Obama opposes gas tax relief.
90. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas."
91. Didn’t tell hardworking Michigan families that he opposes gas tax relief. Nearly four-fifths of Michigan households use natural gas to heat their homes.
92. Wrong for Pennsylvania’s economy. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas." Pennsylvania had 270
93. Coal mines as of 2006. As of 2006, there were 7,526 people employed in Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry.
94. Coal: Obama, whose support for coal-to-liquid has been widely criticized by environmentalists, sent out a press release clarifying his position on liquid coal: senator Obama supports research into all technologies to help solve our climate change and energy dependence problems, including shifting our energy use to renewable fuels and investing in technology that could make coal a clean-burning source of energy…however, unless and until this technology is perfected, senator Obama will not support the development of any coal-to-liquid fuels unless they emit at least 20% less life-cycle carbon than conventional fuels.
This “clarification” is an important step for the Obama campaign in trying to gain support from environmental organizations and voters. However, the la times notes that his position change on this issue is even more significant because it symbolizes “there’s a race to the top among the democratic candidates for the strongest position on how to solve the climate crisis.”(source: carbon coalition)

Taxes

95. Barack Obama said on ABC Sunday that he might not go through with his plans to increase taxes.
96. Obama called for a windfall profits tax on oil companies.
97. Wants to raise taxes even above the levels of the Clinton era, including a huge increase in the payroll tax.
98. To date, Obama has voted for a tax increase approximately once every five days congress has been in session.
99. Americans for tax reform gave Obama a lifetime rating of 7.5 out of 100.
100. Citizens against government waste gave Obama a lifetime rating of 22 out of 100.
101. The national taxpayers union gave Obama a grade of “f” for his fiscal voting record.
102. The U.S. chamber of commerce gave Obama a 33 percent rating in 2007.
103. Obama told reporters he would raise taxes on the top 5 percent of earners also claimed that a family making less than $250,000 will not see higher taxes under his plan. In 2005, the cut off for the top 5 percent of earners began at $145,283 - well below Obama’s $250,000.
104. Obama claimed that the argument that middle income Americans would be hurt by a capital gains tax increase is "a phony argument and then clarified that middle income Americans would be exempted from his capital gains tax hike.
105. Obama shifts on taxes: said he may "defer" tax hikes depending on the economic situation - a tacit acknowledgment that higher taxes hurt the economy and affect job creation and then states he may "possibly defer" some of his tax increases based on the economic situation.
106. Obama said “average family income” went down $2,000 under bush, which isn’t correct. An aide said he was really talking only about “working” families and not retired couples. And – math teachers, please note – he meant median (or midpoint) and not really the mean or average. Median family income actually has inched up slightly under bush.
107. In 109th – 110th congresses, Obama voted at least 94 times for higher taxes.
108. HR. 6, CQ vote #425: motion rejected 59-40: r 9-39; d 48-1; I 2-0, 12/13/07, Obama voted yea;
109. HR. 6, CQ vote #416: motion rejected 53-42: r 5-39; d 46-3; I 2-0, 12/7/07, Obama voted yea;
110. H.R. 976, CQ vote #352: motion agreed to 69-30: r 18-30; d 49-0; I 2-0, 9/27/07, Obama voted yea;
111. H.R. 976, CQ vote #307: passed 68-31: r 18-31; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
112. H.R. 976, CQ vote #306: motion agreed to 67-32: r 17-32; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
113. H.R. 976, CQ vote #304: motion rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
114. H.R. 976, CQ vote #296: motion rejected 39-60: r 37-12; d 2-46; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
115. H.R. 976, CQ vote #295: motion rejected 47-52: r 46-3; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
116. H.R. 976, CQ vote #292: rejected 36-60: r 1-46; d 33-14; I 2-0, 8/1/07, Obama voted yea;
117. H.R. 6, CQ vote #223: motion rejected 57-36: r 10-34; d 45-2; I 2-0, 6/21/07, Obama voted yea;
118. H.R. 2206, CQ vote #181: motion agreed to 80-14: r 42-3; d 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Obama voted nay;
119. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #172: adopted 52-40: r 2-40; d 48-0; I 2-0, 5/17/07, Obama voted yea;
120. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #161: motion rejected 44-51: r 44-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
121. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #159: motion agreed to 54-41: r 46-0; d 8-39; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
122. H.R. 1591, CQ vote #118: adopted 74-23: r 25-22; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/28/07, Obama voted yea;
123. S. con. res. 21,cq vote #113: rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
124. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #109: rejected 44-55: r 44-5; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
125. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #108: rejected 44-53: r 44-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
126. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #107: rejected 46-52: r 46-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
127. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #105: adopted 59-40: r 13-36; d 44-4; I 2-0, 3/23/07, Obama voted yea;
128. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #102: rejected 48-51: r 48-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
129. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #100: rejected 46-53: r 46-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
130. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #98: rejected 42-53: r 42-4; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/22/07, Obama voted nay;
131. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #94: rejected 38-58: r 0-47; d 36-11; I 2-0, 3/22/07, Obama voted yea;
132. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #83: rejected 47-51: r 47-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/21/07, Obama voted nay;
133. H.R. 2, CQ vote #38: motion rejected 46-50: r 44-3; d 2-45; I 0-2, 1/31/07, Obama voted nay;
134. H.R. 2, CQ vote #37: motion agreed to 49-48: r 1-46; d 46-2; I 2-0, 1/31/07, Obama voted yea;
135. H.R. 2, CQ vote #32: motion agreed to 50-42: r 3-42; d 45-0; I 2-0, 1/25/07, Obama voted yea;
136. H.R. 2, CQ vote #30: motion rejected 43-50: r 42-3; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
137. H.R. 2, CQ vote #28: motion rejected 42-51: r 41-4; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
138. s. 256, CQ vote #27: rejected 38-61: r 38-17; d 0-43; I 0-1, 3/7/05, Obama voted nay;
139. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #50: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/15/05, Obama voted yea;
140. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #61: rejected 44-56: r 1-54; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
141. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #63: rejected 40-59: r 0-54; d 40-4; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
142. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #81: adopted 51-49: r 51-4; d 0-44; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
143. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #65: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
144. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #68: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
145. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #70: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
146. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #74: motion adopted 55-45: r 50-5; d 5-39; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
147. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #75: rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
148. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #78: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
149. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #79: rejected 37-63: r 1-54; d 35-9; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
150. H. con. res. 95, CQ vote #114: motion adopted 52-47: r 52-3; d 0-43; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Obama voted nay;
151. H.R. 3058, CQ vote #258: motion rejected 42-57: r 42-13; d 0-43; I 0-1, 10/19/05, Obama voted nay;
152. s. 2020, CQ vote #330: rejected 44-55: r 2-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
153. s. 2020, CQ vote #331: motion rejected 35-64: r 0-55; d 34-9; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
154. s. 2020, CQ vote #333: motion rejected 40-59: r 1-54; d 38-5; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
155. s. 2020, CQ vote #337: motion rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
156. s. 2020, CQ vote #338: motion rejected 36-62: r 0-54; d 35-8; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
157. s. 2020, CQ vote #339: motion rejected 50-48: r 9-45; d 40-3; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
158. s. 2020, CQ vote #341: motion rejected 33-65: r 0-54; d 32-11; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
159. s. 2020, CQ vote #343: motion rejected 43-55: r 1-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
160. s. 2020, CQ vote #345: motion rejected 47-51: r 3-51; d 43-0; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
161. s. 2020, CQ vote #346: motion rejected 42-56: r 0-54; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
162. s. 2020, CQ vote #347: passed 64-33: r 49-4; d 15-28; I 0-1, 11/18/05, Obama voted nay;
163. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #7: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
164. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #8: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
165. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #10: passed 66-31: r 49-4; d 17-26; I 0-1, 2/2/06, Obama voted nay;
166. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #15: motion rejected 40-53: r 1-52; d 39-1; I 0-0, 2/13/06, Obama voted yea;
167. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #16: motion agreed to 53-47: r 51-4; d 2-42; I 0-1, 2/14/06, Obama voted nay;
168. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #17: motion rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
169. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #18: motion rejected 45-55: r 1-54; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
170. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #39: rejected 50-50: r 5-50; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
171. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #41: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
172. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #42: rejected 46-54: r 3-52; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
173. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #43: rejected 45-53: r 1-53; d 43-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
174. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #45: rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
175. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #47: rejected 43-53: r 0-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
176. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #51: rejected 44-53: r 1-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
177. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #57: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
178. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #60: rejected 48-49: r 5-49; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
179. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #61: rejected 42-56: r 0-55; d 41-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
180. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #63: rejected 46-54: r 2-53; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
181. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #64: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
182. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #66: rejected 48-52: r 3-52; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
183. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #67: rejected 46-53: r 2-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
184. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #69: rejected 43-57: r 1-54; d 41-3; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
185. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #118: motion adopted 54-44: r 51-3; d 3-40; I 0-1, 5/11/06, Obama voted nay;
186. H.R. 8, CQ vote #164: motion rejected 57-41: r 53-2; d 4-38; I 0-1, 6/8/06, Obama voted nay;
187. H.R. 5970, CQ vote #229: motion rejected 56-42: r 52-3; d 4-38; I 0-1, 8/3/06, Obama voted nay;
188. H.R. 4954, CQ vote #244: motion agreed to 57-41: r 54-0; d 3-40; I 0-1, 9/13/06, Obama voted nay;
189. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #142: adopted 48- 45: r 2- 44; d 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama voted yea;
190. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #85, adopted 51-44: r 2-43; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama voted yea;
191. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #82, rejected 45-51: r 45-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/14/08, Obama voted nay;
192. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #77, rejected 48-50: r 47-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
193. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #74, rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
194. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #50: rejected 50-50: r 48-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
195. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #52: rejected 47-53: r 47-2; d 0-49; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
196. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #48: rejected 49-51: r 48-1; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
197. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #43: rejected 47-52: r 47-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
198. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #47: motion agreed to: 50-50: r 49-0, vice president Cheney casting a ‘yea’ vote; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
199. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #46: motion rejected 49-51: r 0-49; d 47-2; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea
200. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #45: rejected 49-50: r 47-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
201. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #64: rejected 43-55: r 1-47; d 40-8; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea

Posted by: Rightinmissouri | September 19, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone compare this complaint about Obama with McCain's campaign commercials that have regularly stretched the truth to the point of outright lying.

"Obama wouldn't visit troops without cameras present"
(debunked by network reporters)

Barack Obama supported “comprehensive sex education” for children in kindergarten (“dishonest” and “deceptive” said The Washington Post);

Obama used the colloquial expression “lipstick on a pig” to describe Sarah Palin (G.O.P. Senator Orrin Hatch labeled the charge “ridiculous” and it's been shown that McCain himself has used the phrase repeatedly);

Ms. Palin never accepted earmarks as governor of Alaska; (this is patently false, she actually requested $450 million in earmarks as governor);

Mr. Obama will raise taxes on middle-class families (false again--his plan would actually give a tax cut to 80 percent of Americans);

Obama's health care plan will force families into a government-run health care plan; (a public health expert called that “inaccurate and false”);

Ms. Palin told Congress “thanks, but no thanks” on the Bridge to Nowhere (she initially supported the bridge and kept the Congressional funds earmarked for the project)

Ms. Palin visited Ireland and Iraq (her airplane refueled in the former and never crossed the border into the latter).

The list of McCain/Palin lies goes on and on.

Obama is a paragon of virtue compared to McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Nick K. | September 19, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

if you say it enough
it might as well be true.
guber/obama
he seems to have studied
the nazi rise in germany,
and mixed it with some
tidbits from bobby kennedy
speeches.
Wake Up America
Nobama!

Posted by: usa3 | September 19, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

All Obama does is complain, blame and point fingers. He's meeting today with his "advisors" so he can get orders on what to say about Wall Street. Obama has no experience and off the teleprompter, it's "uhhh" and "ah" and babbling of an ivory tower elitist who is confronted with the stark reality of real world problems.

Let's face it, Obama loves himself first, last and always. He's spent 20 years in an angry black church, he pals around with former domestic terrorists, he got a sweetheart deal on his home from a convicted felon and all this drivel about "change we can believe in" is for swooning sops. Nothing is going to change because Obama has no history of bipartisanship, unlike John McCain, and he's got the most liberal voting record in the Senate, when he can bring himself to vote instead of voting "present."

Plus, Obama has voted for tax increases 94 times in the U.S. Senate. The American public will feel the impact of an Obama campaign because he's said he's going to take your money and send $1,000 checks to people who don't work and don't want to work.

That's a little farther than being the most liberal voter in the Senate...that's socialism.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This does seem to be quibbling over terms. Formed a basis, bore a passing resemblance...the fact is, elements similar to the Obama plan made it into the final bill. McCain just wanted to give companies more tax breaks. How does that help the American worker? It doesn't.

McCain's the real elitist.

Posted by: DFlynn | September 20, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Quibbling over terms" - O MY GAWD! What a bunch of hypocrites and double standards, just like Nazis work. Deny the truth, and blame everyone else.

Obama LIED... get it?

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama's initial ideas were far closer to the end package than were those of his rival, McCain. Many of Obama's key proposals were incorporated into the final legislation. That is the thrust of his comment. This critique is about turn of phrase, not substance. McCain regularly tells flat out lies. Then desperate GOP cheerleaders take license to go over Obama's phrases with a fine-toothed comb. Nonsense.

Posted by: EricaJC | September 21, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has ties to Crooks and Radicals:

Wright/Ayers/Rezko/Kilpatrick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0cq4Nytu8

Posted by: Kip | September 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

You can tell by the dim-witted comments made that most of the people responding to this article are just plain "stupid." It is apparent they only read the untrue blogs & are not properly informed. This also makes it easlier for the racists in them to show face. Why don't they just say that they are not voting for Obama because he is black. What does his loving and taking care of his wife & children have to do with the time of day? Oh I forgot, Black people are not supposed to be rich. They are not supposed to GRADUATE from Harvard. I wonder if the person responding earlier graduated from HS. Hopefully, ignorance won't prevail in this election. We've already had 8 years of it. Geeze Get a Grip.

Posted by: Ella | September 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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