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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/11/2008

Sarah Palin's 'Worst Nightmare'?

By Michael Dobbs


"Her teleprompter malfunctioned...Every poltician's worst nightmare.....It happened to her. She walked out there under the gaze of, what, 35, 40 million people with this onslaught going on, with all the networks and the cables and all around there, yknow, looking at her, waiting for any kind of slip-up. All the criticism, all the pressure. She walked out there and took command of the situation, spoke from her heart."
--Fred Thompson, McCain campaign rally, September 10, 2008.

"The teleprompter did not break."
--Politico September, 4, 2008.

In a highly charged political atmosphere, even simple matters of fact are sharply disputed. Take the great Sarah Palin teleprompter debate. To hear her partisans tell the story, teleprompter problems forced the vice-presidential nominee to improvise and ad-lib during the Republican convention in St. Paul earlier this month. According to one-time Republican candidate Fred Thompson, it was "every politician's worst nightmare." Nonsense, say the Democrats. Her teleprompter was working fine. So what is the truth?

The Facts

As far as I can tell, the story of the mal-functioning teleprompter was initially launched by a conservative blogger, Erick Erickson, on Red State. Citing "sources close to the McCain campaign." Erickson wrote that Palin had been forced to "wing" significant portions of the speech because the teleprompter raced ahead of the applause lines. Fox News subsequently reported that the Alaska governor ad-libbed her "what is the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull--lipstick" line because her view of the teleprompter was obscured by cheering delegates.

Politico reporter Jonathan Martin knocked down the Red State report the same day on the basis of his personal observations from the press section. He conceded that there may have been moments when the teleprompter scrolled past the exact point of Palin's speech, but insisted that there was "no serious malfunction."

Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow was standing with the Michigan delegation about 45 feet from the podium, but slightly to one side. He had a clear view of both Palin and the main teleprompter, a large widescreen display about 75 feet from Palin, elevated above the delegates. (There were also two transparent screens located to either side of the podium which Saslow could not see.) Saslow reports that the main teleprompter was definitely working, but there was a minor "glitch with the applause lines." Palin would stop for applause, and the teleprompter would keep going, until it was four or five words in front of the speaker.

Saslow believes that Palin may have been obliged to memorize or improvise "a total of 40 words in the speech, typically at the beginning of sentences." Filling in the missing words at the beginning of sentences did not require a great feat of improvisation as they were standard political boilerplate.

The lipstick line was a genuine ad-lib, according to Saslow and other Washington Post reporters present in the hall. The Alaska governor was responding to the "we love hockey mom" signs being waved by some of the Michigan delegates, which happened to catch her attention. Saslow believes that Palin simply seized the moment, and was not reacting to an obscured view of the teleprompter, as some have suggested. She has used the line often in political speeches.

McCain-Palin spokesmen did not reply to a request for clarification.

The Pinocchio Test

It seems clear that there were some minor teleprompter glitches during Palin's speech to the Republican convention, which drew some 37 million viewers, one of the largest television audiences of the convention season. On the other hand, the problems were fairly easy to rectify. The vice presidential nominee delivered a rousing speech, but Fred Thompson is exaggerating when he claims that she recovered brilliantly from "every politician's worst nightmare."

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By Michael Dobbs  | September 11, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

I had heard conflicting accounts of the teleprompter malfunction; this article tides up that muddle very well, and very evenhandedly.

This is NOT the most salient subject up for debate by a long shot, however.

I suggest you look into Obama's silly claim that privatizing Social Security puts "your retirement at risk" like he said in his speech. Try to find an example of a broad stock investment losing money after 20 years, and try to find an example of a middle class investor becoming rich off Treasuries, and when you find neither, give Obama the four pinocchios he deserves for that fearmongering quip directed at the economically illiterate.

Posted by: The Angry One | September 11, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6qr95o

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Truth

Mark Halperin, on Anderson Cooper 360, September 9, from Talking Points Memo:

"AC: Mark, has there ever been a vice presidential candidate who has yet to talk to the press at this point in the race?

MH: No. And it's another thing I get that I'm embarrassed about our profession for. She should be held more accountable for that. The "bridge to nowhere" thing is outrageous. And if you press them on that, they falter because they know they can't defend what they're saying. They're saying it on the stump, as a core part of their message. It's in their advertising. I'm not saying the press should be out to get John McCain and Sarah Palin. But if a core part of their message is something that every journalist...journalism organization in the country has looked at and says it's demonstrably false, again, we're not doing our jobs if we just treat this as one of many things that's happening."

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6qr95o

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 11, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

>>Try to find an example of a broad stock investment losing money after 20 years,
Oh your right, nobody looses money in the stock market, it's just an ever rising balloon that can't possibly fail to make someone rich.
Generaly that someone is the broker.
Give yourself four pinnochios for suggesting the Dems don't understand economics, and another four for trying to swindle your Republicans bretheren (better known as "the rubes".)

Posted by: dijetlo | September 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

She slices, she dices, clears tall buildings with a single bound.....she's super Sarah !

But my curiosity lies in what she believes. For example, when she sat in her church recently and listened to a member of the group Jews for Jesus, blame Islamic terroism against the state of Israel on Jews rejection of Christ as the savior.

The McCain camp, of course, issued a statement claiming Plain didn't believe this. One wonders what Palin really believes. Palin, who will only answer questions that show her "deference", according to Rick Davis, and at a time and place of their choosing, has a lot of explaining to do.

What else does she "believe" ? That the Iraqi war, as she clearly stated, was being executed according to a "plan from God" ? Global warming is a hoax ? Polar bears aren't an endangered species ?

And how about women who are rape victims. Why does Palin believe these victims of a brutal crime should have to then bring to term, the child of some perverted criminal ? Any of you guys, if God forbid your wife was raped, want her to bring that baby to term ?

Yep, Palin has a lot to answer to. We'll see if Charles Gibson actually gets to ask her any tough question. Or if the ABC "special" ends up being another infomercial for the Palin-McCain campaign, like the recent "show" on FOX.

Posted by: MA | September 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

i really can't see how anyone is buying into anything within the McCain-Palin trail. they are liars & crooks.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

First of all, Gov. Palin has never brought this up herself ( as far as I am aware ). Second, I agree with the Angry One above. This makes three McCain-Palin "Fact Checker" threads in a row ( not to mention the "Featured Item" which has been the same for months now ). I will be back when ( if ) Mr. Dobbs ever decides to tackle an Obama-Biden lie.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I will be back when ( if ) Mr. Dobbs ever decides to tackle an Obama-Biden lie.

Posted by: JakeD

Care to provide an example?

Posted by: zukermand | September 11, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Obama supporters want to bring up Palin's church.

Pastor Wright.

That's all I have to say.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

There was an Alaskan farmer
Who annoyed senator Obama

He called her a pig
But she danced a jig

In Alaska that’s flattery and won’t harm her

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

There was an Alaskan farmer
Who annoyed senator Obama

He called her a pig
But she danced a jig

In Alaska that’s flattery and won’t harm her

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 9:24 AM

So let me get this straight, John, a phrase that Obama has used all through his campaign, long before Sarah Palin daughter got knocked up, is somehow a slam at her? So now no one, including Dick Cheney and John McCain, can no longer use this popular phrase because it could offend Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Please stop posting analyses of McCain Palin lies. There are simply too many of them. No fair--you cannot factcheck McCain twice in a row! Sure the actual occurance ratio as of last week is 1000 to 0--advantage McCain Palin. But three stories in a row??? Sexists!

Posted by: Lee | September 11, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

the mythical sarah palin. Why would this even be an article? I'm a republican sarah lover and I don't even understand what you people are self-destructing about. This is going to be too easy. Won't 2012 be fun, with the incumbent McCain, (or Palin perhaps?), and Hillary. I can't wait!

Posted by: mike | September 11, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

We don't need no more old fools in the white house. McCain is too damn old for me and his Vice President don't have enough class. She is like Trailer Trash with her daughter and the baby out of wedlock. She should spend some time with her daughter so she won't have anymore children without the benefit of marriage.

Posted by: Mirinda Jackson | September 11, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

zuckermand:

You want me to "cite an example" of something that may ( or may not ) happen in the future?! Do you deny it's been McCain-Palin ever since he returned? How many "Fact Checker" threads in a row would you draw the line at? 30? I thought YOU of all people would advocate fair-handedness. I guess not. Seriously, though, I will not post again here until Dobbs decides to make at least SOME showing of impartiality.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Is that the best you got. Egg is being smeared on the left at every opportunity. First the E BAy thing, then the baby and now the telepromter. Wait till she dismantles the wave of criticism on the famous bridge to nowhere. I can't wait for her upcoming interviews and the VP debate where she is going up against Biden who said...Clinton would probably be better than me. Stand up and cheer..oh sorry.

Posted by: Dave | September 11, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, maybe if McCain-Palin were to stop telling lies, half-truths, misstatements, then there would be no more Fact Checker columns on them. Even after the whole "Thanks, but No Thanks" on the bridge to nowhere has been debunked, they are still using this blatant lie.

Posted by: McCain = The Same | September 11, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Jake D., you will never come back. Hopefully you and the rest of your lying, desperate, Hitler-like people called the Republican Party will go off to some cave and let good, honest people try to get this great country back on track after Bush raced it headlong into the ditch.

Posted by: sue | September 11, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama: Man, we can put this campaign on autopilot! People love us! Repeat after me: Change is good! Hee hee!
Biden: Amen!
Obama: Look at the cheering throngs, the worshipping masses! Even I didn't know how awesome I am!
Biden: So true!
Obama: So they got this Alaskan lady Palin on the ticket-- we're number one!
Biden: Yes, oh wise one!
Obama: Just look at all... uh... where did everybody go? What happened to my lead in the polls?
Republicans: Ah hahahahaha! Checkmate, Senator! Hee hee!!

Posted by: Flaming Liberal | September 11, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I have two questions:

Can someone explain to me and first time voters like me, why citizens vote democrats as govenors, senators, etc, but then vote republican for president? It seems there is a disconnect here since the very being of a democrat is in opposition to that of a republican. This does nothing to 'get things done' in Washington, so why is it done so often -- voting this way actually promotes gridlock in Washington.

Has the presidential election been turned into "American Idol"?

Posted by: Onusomos | September 11, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

She can wing a speech yet not take questions from the press? Laughable. More trash from the Crooked Liars Express.

Posted by: bill from OH | September 11, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Boo-hoo, the Republicans are liars. Like Republicans have a lock on lying. Can you say "Clinton"? Grow up.

Posted by: Flaming Liberal | September 11, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It's all because of the vast, right-wing conspiracy, right? And that Carl Rove guy. Nothing to do with Obama's thin experience, Reverend Wright, Michelle not being proud to be an American, desire to beat down the corporations who employ us and to take their evil profits (what are we anyway, a Capitalist country?) or weakness when it comes to America's security. Nope, none of that. Durn that Carl Rove. Jeepers.

Posted by: Flaming Liberal | September 11, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Everyone must remember that these "dupes for W" live by the motto "don't ever let the facts get in the way of what you want to believe".

Posted by: Swami | September 11, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Pretty funny....Post Fact-Checker Michael Dobbs has proved in recent days that he is usually interested in hearing only one side of every story to come up with his 'factual' conclusions, as his sources tend to be disgruntled and disaffected Democrat party loyalists.

So, par for the course, who and what does he use as his non-partisan source for "Fact-Checking" this teleprompter story? Another Washington Post reporter buddy. Very unbiased and non-partisan, guys!

Look, I don't care what happened with the teleprompter. I would just love if you guys in the press who keep telling us how 'unbiased' you are would use sources other than each other to support your 'facts'.

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

MA:

What do you think most voters will be concerned about? The end-times views of Palin's preacher who she hasn't sat under in 6 years?

Or the here-and-now racist rantings of Obama's spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright, who Obama sat under for 20 years before leaving just 3 months ago?

I keep trying to warn you Democrats....say what you will about Palin's religious beliefs, but a "religious belief" debate is not a road you want to go down because at the other end all most voters will see is Jeremiah Wright.

Why do you think Obama himself keeps saying 'religious views' should be off limits? Gee, wonder why he thinks that!

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

In contrast, look what happens when Barack's teleprompter goes out...OBAMA UNPLUGGED.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJSVPAx8xc

I ask you - is THIS the President you want talking to foreign leaders WITHOUT A SCRIPT? Without the prompter, he was talking about a kid with asthma using a BREATHALIZER instead of an INHALER!

We'll find out more about Sarah with Charley Gibson. I think she is probably far more seasoned than anyone wants to give her credit for, she just has to pass muster on her command of the ISSUES.

Posted by: RedInABlueState | September 11, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a call to all real true Democrats. If you really believe in your party and you really stand behind the leaders that we have selected. Then let's bond together like never before. Stop giving in to the Republican way of politics and every time there is an ad or campaign that the news media covers about the Republicans turn off the TV. change the channel go to the store or do something that will kill thier exposure. Stop giving them the upperhand by increasing the ratings of the bias news media.

It is obvious that Sarah Palin is a liar, It's obvious that McCain don't care about the real issues.

The more we democrats feed into thier tatics the more distracted we become. I learned the from a movie that I watched "MERLIN'
The best way that to destroy a thing that has a strong hold over you is to simply forget it. Let Obama handle McCain. Let Biden handle the over exposed feminist. Let us the voter handle the election because reall it is in our hands. Futhermore look to the future all these Rebulican Sen., Gov, Mayor that spoke and you heard thier real stance about America vote them out of office it's that simple.

Posted by: Mark From Tenn | September 11, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Palin delivered a smooth speech, regardless of a teleprompter malfunction or not, in front of the largest audience among the candidates, shows voters that Palin is not shrill but confident and cool.

Obama stutters without a prepared speech, because he processes every word in his brain in an attempt to either evade a direct question or come up with an excuse.

As far as that Bridge to Nowhere that some posts refer to or quote Obama MSM surrogates, read the following:

Though Gov. Palin originally supported the earmark spending on the Bridge to Nowhere in a political debate, as Governor she killed the project, choosing to spend the funds on other infrastructure programs instead.

However, Sen. Biden and Sen. Obama voted FOR the Bridge to Nowhere, even when given the chance by Sen. Tom Coburn to vote on an amendment which proposed to shift the funds to Katrina relief instead. Obama and Biden voted for the Bridge to Nowhere. McCain opposed the Bridge to Nowhere earmark.

I'd say the MSM surrogates, Obama and Biden are being disingenuous, wouldn't ya say?

Funny how the adoring Obama MSM surrogates fail to mention these facts and don't call out Obama and Biden on this.

So much for honesty!

Posted by: J | September 11, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"It's all because of the vast, right-wing conspiracy, right?"

Actually, the right-wing conspiracy was only half-vast.

Posted by: Sour Puss | September 11, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm serious let's kill the ratings of CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS.
We demand that Sarah Palin prove herself on the campain trail as all the rest of them did and not with the help of the media.

She is being potected by McShame and his gang. Come to find out that this same Republican party has been exposed by the inspector Gen for sex, drugs and whatever else by the big oil companies.
Do you think I want more of this crap God forbid.

lie after lie after lie that is now coming forth from the rebublican party and the nerves that some people to think he put country first.

They are not voting for McShame because he's for the country. They are voting because they don't want a black man in the White House and all America knows it

I use to love Chuck Norris. After watching Larry King last night not anymore.

Posted by: Mark Tenn | September 11, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Mark from Tenn:

So your plan for Democrats is to turn off all sources of information that are run by your fellow liberal Democrats, and follow the teaching of a make-believe movie character?

Sounds as solid as Obama's plan so far. Let us know how that works out for you...

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I am confused, the Republicans are Nazis but Obama is Jesus and Palin is Pontius Pilate. Nazis hate Jews. The Jews crucified Jesus. Doesn't that make Republicans pro-Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama's worst nightmare?

JOE BIDEN

* "Hillary is probably more qualified to be President or VP than me"
* "Palin is prettier than I am"
* "Palin would be a step backward for women"

And finally, giving much relief to Catholic Bishops (NOT):

* "life begins at conception"

Barack Obama went on This Week and admitted his "above my pay grade" answer to when life begins was too flip, but he STILL WOULDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION!

Saddleback Forum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mem_xEcZHVY

This Week: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/07/obama-says-above-my-pay-grade-comment-was-too-flip/

Joe Biden doesn't appear to share this problem - he agrees it begins at conception:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/us/politics/08campaign.html?ref=politics

The next time he gets a hard question Obama should just ASK JOE. It's evidently not above HIS pay grade.

Biden is the GAFFE MACHINE gift that keeps on giving. The only time he gets covered now is when he MAKES a gaffe. Other than that, it's "HEY, REPORTERS! I'M OVER HERE!"

Posted by: RedInABlueState | September 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If you've seen some of my posts on other articles, you know earlier this week I questioned whether Obama made a huge blunder by picking Joe Biden, and why doesn't anyone in the media question Obama's decision-making.

Now it seems I have an unlikely ally in my argument: "...she [Hillary} quite frankly would probably have been a better pick. She's first-rate."

The unlikely speaker of the quote above: Joe Biden, campaigning yesterday in New Hampshire.

Ha ha ha ha ha......now even Obama's running mate is questioning Obama. You can't make this up, can you Barack?

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Americans: just please vote for Obama and finish what I started.

Now chant after me: "Chaaaange." Repeat ad nauseum.

Thank you.

Obama '08

Posted by: Adolf | September 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Palin,

What you've done is bring white trash to politics. Limbaugh can call you a babe all he wants. He loves those skin-head white-supremist horse-apples.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "Seriously, though, I will not post again here until Dobbs decides to make at least SOME showing of impartiality. "

On behalf of my preferred candidate, let me apologize that Obama is not meeting the high Republican standard for number of lies issued per news cycle. He's dealing with pros, though, give him a break.

Don't worry, he'll make a modest flub in passing soon enough that you can crow over and equate with the total falsehoods that are the very basis of the Republican campaign strategy right now.

Posted by: drossless | September 11, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Re: Senator Obama's recent "lipstick" comment, whether he meant it toward Governor Palin or not, was a poor choice of words on his part. While the cliche of "lipstick on a pig" is widely used and widely recognized, the most recent use of the term "lipstick" in the political forum had been by Governor Palin in her acceptance speech, a speech that was watched by I believe over 40 million viewers. It is only to be expected that Senator Obama's use of the "lipstick" reference would thought to be connected to Governor Palin. If Senator Obama doesn't want discussion of important issues to be diluted in these final weeks by trivia, he should be more careful in his word choice. Sarcasam doesn't work for me, regardless of the party who mouthes it. I wish both parties would grow up and show the American populace a bit more respect.

Posted by: Jean in MD | September 11, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

dijetlo, the stock market has returned an average of 10-12% per year since 1926. Last I read there had never been a 17-year period with an overall negative return (including dividends).

Check out some Dow history: http://tinyurl.com/5navwd

Can you spot the losing trend that lasted decades?

You see, Obama is LYING to you when he speaks of the "risk" of stocks. He's Harvard-educated; he knows better.

Social Security is a large domestic program with a simple fix that Obama would refuse to implement. That's an important reason to vote against him.

Posted by: The Angry One | September 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin sat in church last month, and listened to David Brickner of Jews for Jesus say this:

"What we see in Israel, the conflict that has spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment," David Brickner told an audience at Wasilla Baptist Church that included Palin. He added that when his son visited Jerusalem, “He was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment -- you can't miss it."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/09/1368740.aspx


Brickner later qualified his statements and the McCain camp (not "divine" Sarah of course, she doesn't have to answer any questions) came out and claimed Palin didn't know Brickner was going to speak and went on to say that Palin didn't believe what Brickner said.

Well, I'm sure the McCain camp speaks truthfully some of the time and then some of the time they do not. I tend to believe they're not speaking truthfully here.

Obama answered hundreds, perhaps thousands of questions about his church and his faith.

Is it too much to ask Palin personally if she believes that Jews are being punished because they don't accept Christ as their personal savior ? Does every answer she allegedly gives have to be filtered through the McCain camp ?

Apparently so. She will only answer questions by a hand picked interviewer (we don't know what Gibson will be allowed to ask) and only if they show respect and "deference", according to Rick Davis.

Will Putin show Sarah any deference ? How about the Islamic terrorists in Al Quaida ?

Posted by: MA | September 11, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

In case we have forgotten what this election is about, here is a sobering reminder...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnyUPktNIP0

Posted by: 1truepatriot | September 11, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet NObama wishes he hadn't improvised a few choice words recently.

Posted by: ALG1231 | September 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Stop with so compliments... It was really teleprompter malfunctioned same! You want to insult the intelligence of us of the third world. It was the worst speech for a people that is considered first world. That speech was well-written, simple and ready to convince a mass of ignorants... Until I can also to give a speech thus. Here is an example of a good speech to country of first world. The speech down was of the own author, clear and without any help:

During a recent panel discussion in the United States, I was asked what I thought about the idea of internationalizing the Amazon Rain Forest. The young man who asked this question began by saying that he wanted me to answer as a humanist and not as a Brazilian.
This was the first time that anyone has ever stipulated a humanistic perspective as the point of departure when asking me a question.

In point of fact, as a Brazilian I would always argue against the internationalization of the Amazon Rain Forest. Even though our government has not given this patrimony the care that it deserves, it is ours.
I replied that, as a humanist who fears the risks posed by the environmental degradation that the Amazon is suffering, I could imagine its internationalization, just as I could imagine the internationalization of everything else of importance to humanity.
If, from a humanist perspective, the Amazon must be internationalized, we should also internationalize the entire world's petroleum reserves. Oil is just as important for the well being of humanity as the Amazon is for our future. The owners of the reserves, however, feel that they have the right to increase or decrease the amount of oil production, as well as to increase or lower the price per barrel. The rich of the world feel that they have the right to burn up this immense patrimony of humanity.
In much the same way, the wealthy countries' financial capital should be internationalized.
Since the Amazon Rain Forest is a reserve for all human beings, an owner or a country must not be allowed to burn it up. The burning of the Amazon is as serious a problem as the unemployment caused by the arbitrary decisions made by global speculators. We cannot permit the use of financial reserves to burn up entire countries in the frenzy of speculation.
Before we internationalize the Amazon, I would like to see the internationalization of all the world's great museums. The Louvre should not belong merely to France.
The world's museums are guardians of the most beautiful pieces of art produced by the human genius. We cannot let this cultural patrimony, like the natural patrimony of the Amazon, be manipulated and destroyed by the whims of an owner or a country. A short time ago a Japanese millionaire decided to be buried with a painting by a great artist. Before this could happen, that painting should have been internationalized.
While I was at the meeting during which I was asked about internationalizing the Amazon Rain Forest, the United Nations convened the Millennium Summit, but some presidents of countries had difficulties in attending due to U.S. border-crossing constraints. Because of this, I said that New York, as the headquarters of the United Nations, should have been internationalized. The city, or at least Manhattan, should belong to all humanity. As should Paris, Venice, Rome, London, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife-each city, with its unique beauty, its history of the world, should belong to the entire world.
If, to minimize the risk of leaving it in the hands of Brazilians, the United States wants to internationalize the Amazon Rain Forest, we should internationalize the United States' nuclear arsenals. If only because the country has already demonstrated that it is capable of using these arms, causing destruction thousands of times greater than the deplorable burnings done in the forests of Brazil.
In their debates, the United States presidential candidates have defended the idea of internationalizing the world's forest reserves in exchange for debt relief. We should begin by using this debt to guarantee that each child in the world has the opportunity to go to school. We should internationalize the children, treating them, all of them, no matter their country of birth, as patrimony that deserves to be cared for by the entire world. Even more than the Amazon deserves to be cared for.
When the world's leaders begin to treat the poor children of the world as a patrimony of humanity, they will not let children work when they should be studying, die when they should be living.
As a humanist, I agree to defend the internationalization of the world. But, as long as the world treats me as a Brazilian, I will fight for the Amazon Rain Forest to remain ours. Ours alone.

OBS.: Cristovam Buarque is an economics professor at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and the founder of the Missão Criança, an NGO dedicated to keeping the world's poor children in school. He was the Workers Party governor of the Federal District of Brasilia from 1995 to 1998. The article was originally published as "O mundo para todos" on October 23, 2000, in O Globo (Rio de Janeiro).

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS CITIZENS IN USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


so far, everyone one of the hustler's bragging points is a big fat lie.

If the National Inquirer, just now made mor believable by their latest "get"...has another big get today. Her perfect family wasn't so perfect, what? and how let's see if her perfect marraige has some same problems. Such loud mouth purity types evangelicals rarely pass muster, if you read history.

Posted by: so pure | September 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Are we arguing about whether or not a teleprompter was broken? She ad-libbed the line probably because she was nervous as crap and because she had no substantive comments to make on the campaign's policies and why it was better than the Democratic Party's policies. What we saw was an exercise during a freshman level public speaking course. Amateur.

Posted by: Switters | September 11, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I BELEIVE ALL THIS PALIN CRAP IS GONNA COME TO A END JUST LIKE WHEN THEY HAD A BILLBOARD UP TELLING THE WANNA BE CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR RAIN ON THE DAY OBAMA GIVES HIS SPEECH IN DENVER IT DIDNT WORK BUT INSTEAD IT RAIN ON THE REPUBLICAN PARADE WITH HURRICAN GUSTAV I DONT THINK THIS THING IS OVER I THINK ALL THAT CONFIDENCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IS GONNA SLAP THEM IN THE FACE AT THE END. ALL THAT CRAP ABOUT QUESTIONING OBAMA CHRISTIANTY HIS BELIEFE IN GOD IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH REMEBER IN THE PRIMARYS WHEN HILLARY DID THE SAMETHING IT CAME BACK AT THE END AND SLAP HER WHEN SHE THOUGHT THINGS WERE GETTING BETTER I THINK THE SAME THING IS GONNA HAPPEN TO MCCAIN.IN ABOUT PALIN ALL THE LIES LIES LIES ARE GONNA COME TO LIGHT USEING HER BABY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE MCCAIN USEING HIS POW FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE.THE THING I DONT LIKE ABOUT MCCAIN HE IS HIDDING BEHIND PALIN THAT SAME PERSON HE IS HIDDING BEHIND IS THE ONE WHO IS GONNA BRING HIM DOWN.ONE THING ABOUT OBAMA WHEN THEY JUST THINK THEY GOT HIM ON HIS HEELS HE COMEOUT SWINGING HARD IM GLAD HE IS ON HIS HEELS BECAUSE WHEN HE COME OUT ITS LIKE SUPERMAN BATMAN. OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: keesa | September 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

She calls the native alaskins.....Artic Arabs. This is the Republican geneology..hate, division, racist, bigot, gestapo, do as I say not as I do philosophy that is very prominant in the 'underbelly' of American politics. The kkk i s Republican. When will America stand up and realize 'a pig is a pig, put lipstick on it, it's still a pig. I think Obama should never apologize for his innocent comment, instead always call them on it as he did. Look what they have done to Obama, still doing it. They are all of the above mentioned for doing it and loving it. Yes, Obama is uppitiy...and I'm proud he is otherwise he would be just like those calling him what they want. Pigs also like mud.

Posted by: canadagirl | September 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Reg:I can't believe that Obama supporters want to bring up Palin's church.

Pastor Wright.

That's all I have to say.

Response: very simple.McCain camp is already talking about Pastor wright.The right wing has never stopped.
Obama has disowned Wright.Will Sarah Palin disown her pastor?!That will be the big difference.
The pastors do not run for office.Obama and Palin do.It is how they respond to their pastors which counts.Guess who will come out winner!

Posted by: Urojen | September 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

GOD BLESS OR SAVE USA?

God bless or save USA? Therefore it is the first time in the political history of one country that issues and solutions for crisis in the economy are less important than beauty and familiar life of a VP candidate.
Is Palin pretty? Palin has 5 children, one with down syndrome. Does Palin have a pregnant daughter? Then the beauty and familiar life of an unknown VP become more important than the real problems of the country in newspapers and magazines...
The USA in the last 5 years has record unemployment, 11 banks closed, rising inflation and insolvency, operations of risk to save two giant mortgage lenders, but the people seem to be sleeping or debating on the beauty or life of a VP.
The brilliant columnist Paul Krugman wrote on the financial crisis in USA – in his great article The Power of De, published in September 7, the following: “SAVE THE HOME LENDERS, SAVE THE WORLD? IF ONLY IT WERE THAT SIMPLE.”
This is the worry of all us that live so far from the USA. Therefore the globalized market and economy is very much dependent on the good functioning of the US economy. And unfortunately a small flu in the biggest economy of the world, all other economies will feel the effects of it too.
Then, what is happening with the people in USA? Is it the absence of critical vision of the media or of the readers? Perhaps this is the sign of decadency of the education in the country, good reading and critical vision of people there. And mainly the absence of responsibility and seriousness of the independent media too.
How can an empty speech of one night to change a election? How can an empty speech to be more important than the solutions for the problems? What all of us living out of USA are watching there is a capitalist country that is considered of first world revealing their fault and defect typical of third world.
A sensationalist and capitalist media making of small things the reason to their own survival. And also a mass of ignorants without own opinion and critical vision being manipulated all the time for a unscrupulous group who adore just to sell fear and scandals...
What must to be relevant in an election is not the speech of one night and nor the promises of one day of a candidate, but alright all history of the candidates confronted to their ideas, vision, knowledge, political ethics, principles and values...
And also must to be relevant the capacity of each candidate to be president and VP solving the problems of the country today, but never personal life of them in debate. It’s important to debate issues and proposals of each presidential candidate, including VP, and also their team.

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS CITIZENS IN USA!!!

OBS.: The media is manipulating the people. The Americans need to do questions direct for all candidates. The Americans need what the candidate really think and no what is written in ready speech. The Americans need debate directly with the candidates issues and solution for crisis in the economy today. Until now I see McCain&Palin giving ready speech and well-written. They are worst speakers who I saw in all times...They speak what is written and have not own thought. WAKE UP USA!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Biden was hired as an insider to derail the Jesus Obama train.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

No, Obama is her worst nightmare. He is going to pimp slap her down just like he did Hillary. Back to the kitchen ladies.

Posted by: obamapwnsu | September 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dalmo

If you walk the halls as we do you would see we look way past the media.


Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The LIES just piles on!!!

Posted by: Guy From LA | September 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is everyones worst nightmare. He will make government so top heavy it will fall over right on top of you.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Poor Sarah, If her teleprompter should ever "break" again I'm sure she could just read excerpts from this wonderful book written by one of McCain's former advisors, Torie Clarke, published a couple years ago called… Lipstick on a Pig: Winning In the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game.

GO OBAMA 08

Posted by: Shannon | September 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Al I can say is "UUUUUUUUUUUUUU, I am like them [over in the Middle East] uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu they will uuuuuu identify with me because I am like them uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu that is why they will listen uuuuuuuuuuu....We will sit down and uuuuuuuuuuuuu talk...."

And everything will just be "ok."

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

To Jennifer:

The media is manipulating the people... You and all the Americans need to do questions direct for all candidates. The Americans need know what the candidate really think and no what is written in ready speech. Last years in Brazil, we get to introduce in the electoral campaign public debate. The people make freely the questions and the candidate then answer. The candidates need debate between them same and thus you will know deeply what each one think.

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

There probably was not much need for Gov. Palin to ad-lib. The speech she delivered was written even before her selection, by a man who did not know she would be selected. In other words, it was packaged advertising cant. If she had any integrity or salience, she would have ad-libbed much more than she did, and with content much more substantive than an outworn joke used previously by an intellectual giant such as Rev. Hagee. So not only is it not impressive that she gave the packaged speech with a few ad-libs, it further demonstrates her total lack of substance.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Bush 7 for 0 no Attacks.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This is in response the the first comments about privatizing Social Security. Imagine if you had yoru S.S. tied up in Enron, where would you be now? Moron!

Posted by: Len | September 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Dalmo

No one is manipulating me. I believe in things like freedom of choice. Obama is quite simply the most liberal candidate I have ever seen and he has an agenda that doesn't include me. Also, as an aside coming from a highly Christian nation you should note the importance of Life--Obama pushes a culture of death.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson's worst nightmare: rational listeners who think about and ask questions of the garbage he spouts.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Dalmo

Obama has said I am a typical "white person", He has said IRA's and 401ks (our planned savings for retirement) are nothing but "socialized" and he believes the government should pay for our retirement. I would rather have my own money and invest it as I see fit and then have a nice nest egg when I retire. Otherwise as with all government programs they can take money and use it for whatever they want--it is done all the time. So big gov growth is my enemy as it is every American and every country. I could go on but I will drop for a bit here.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm concerned about Willow Palin, the Gov's 14-year old daughter. She's fast approaching old maid territory. I know that's not how her parents are raising her.

Come on, Willow, look at your sister -- get a move on with the baby makin'. If you need some assistance, I'll be at the Wasilla Walmart, by the soda machines.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Len

Who is the moron? You are clueless Do you really trust the government to make choices for you?

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

IF Obama's daughter was pregnant...if he had tried to get an ex-inlaw fired....if he had supported one of the most famous cases of crooked political projects (bridge to nowhere) if he refused to speak to reporters...if his spouse had been a member of an Illinois separatist group....he would be toast.

But all those "American Values" voters just take it in stride. They have no problem telling all of us what is ethical and moral. Like killing people you don't know (Iraqis or Saudis, what's the difference- they're all terrorists) Like destroying the careers of TRUTHFUL intelligence agents (Valerie Plame) so that you can lie your country into a war. Who are these responsible, moral people? they are from the party that has given us Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Bob Haldemann and John Erlichmann, Spiro Agnew, George W, Karl Rove, Swiftboaters, and NOW Sarah Palin! This is the party that not only tolerates dirty tricks, lying and cheating- they obviously LIKE it. Its what they do.....

Posted by: John in Brazil | September 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Len

Say good bye to capital gains--no more deductions. Say good bye to personal savings accounts. Your money will go to the government and they will spend I mean invest your money and give it back to you when you need it.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

More like JOE BIDEN'S worst nightmare...

Want a debate preview? Try Alaska's gubernatorial debate from CSPAN:

http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=195195-1&showVid=true

She has a command of the facts. She's boning up for old Joe and I think he knows he's in trouble. He's already trying to lower expectations...

Posted by: RedInABlueState | September 11, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

John in Brazil
How can you complain? Obama won by eliminating his competition not by popular vote. 80% McCain Vs Obama % not even a contest. I love the fact that the keynote speaker for the Dems was Senator Kennedy "drown a woman and run to your lawyer before calling the police."

When you guys say McSame I always think about Carter and Clinton.

By the way, God Bless Nixon he was a great President!

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is playing right into McCain's hands.

"She's hiding! She won't do interviews! She'll get killed by tough questions!"

And then when her interviews air, the audience will be through the roof. She will handle herself well and here come millions more votes.

Posted by: JimAK | September 11, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama = 1/2 Black Carter

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RedInABlueState, if one thing is clear, Sarah Palin is very accomplished at "boning up," skills which obviously she is imparting to her daughters. As for her performance in the debate and the reasonableness of her positions on issues, well, I'm sure she's crossing her legs, um, fingers and hoping Americans continue to ignore.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

To jennifer:

That people now who said to be agents of change. They never was or will be. You need just to observe the style of life of them. When we tried elect our president LULA by first time in Brazil, we don't get it. Know you why? The old politics from Brazil all united against him. They used same lies and old strategies to convince the Brazilians as:our cnadidate was communist, had not experience to leader, would increase taxs and many other lies... They tried to blind the eyes of the middle class using the fear, but we get to win that elite. That elite was years in the power and the Brazil now is giving right.

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the last word!

Bye for now

Remember, the Dems shut off the electricity and went on vacation to avoid voting on drilling. While they were enjoying their life of priviledge flying off to a wonderful warm beach we were working ourselves to death to try to pay for gasoline just so we could return to another 12 hour work day. Now the Dems have been forced by their own desire to stay in office to finally propose drilling.

Don't trust the rich Dem's; they are not like Us. ALL they live for is Politics. They want more government and more control of our lives and they are winning. Stop the abuse Vote Republican

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama votes 97% with the Democratic Senate. Some change, huh?

This guy is either really stupid or think we are?

Posted by: Dem voting McCain/Palin | September 11, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Please Fact Check this. Thank you.

From The Nation

"John McCain has been hammering rival Barack Obama for being little more than a vapid "celebrity" and "elitist." But The Nation has obtained a photo revealing just how star-struck a straight-talking maverick can become when offered the chance to celebrate his birthday aboard a yacht filled with celebrities--even if one of those celebrity types turns out to be an A-list con man.

The McCain-Follieri Love Boat Presidential Election 2008

Mark Ames & Ari Berman: What are we to make of a straight-talking maverick who spends his 70th birthday on the yacht of an A-list con man?

The photograph substantiates reports that in late August, 2006, McCain celebrated his 70th birthday aboard a yacht, the Celine Ashley, rented by A-list con man Raffaello Follieri and his then-movie star girlfriend Anne Hathaway. In the current edition of Vanity Fair, Michael Schnayerson reported that Follieri rented the Celine Ashley for the month of August 2006. Montenegro's leading daily newspaper, Vijesti, earlier reported that during McCain's visit in 2006 he celebrated with birthday cocktails and sweets aboard the Celine Ashley yacht. In the photograph, taken in Montenegro at the end of August, McCain is shown boarding the yacht ramp towards the smiling Follieri and Hathaway. Just ahead of McCain and shaking hands with Follieri appears to be Rick Davis--McCain's top aide and now co-manager of his campaign, who accompanied him on the trip and advised the government of Montenegro.

A few months after McCain's yacht party, Follieri strengthened his ties to McCain's orbit by retaining Rick Davis's well-connected Washington lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, and offering Davis both an investment deal and help in securing the Catholic vote for McCain's presidential bid.

Follieri, who posed as Vatican chief financial officer in order to win friends and investments, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan district court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, eight counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering. As part of the plea, Follieri admitted to misappropriating at least $2.4 million of investor money and redirecting it to foreign personal bank accounts that were disguised as business accounts.


Yet Follieri's ties to McCain's orbit have been largely overlooked by the media. Follieri first met McCain when the Arizona Senator visited Montenegro from August 29-31 as part of a Congressional delegation that included Republican senators Lindsay Graham, Richard Burr, Saxby Chambliss, Mel Martinez and John Sununu. [We'll have more on what else McCain was doing in Montenegro in a forthcoming article in the print edition of The Nation.]

What, exactly, was McCain doing aboard Follieri's yacht? Or put another way, was this McCain's 70th birthday wish--to spend an evening floating on the Adriatic with one of Hollywood's top actresses and her smooth-talking Italian beau?

An even bigger mystery is how Follieri's boat came to be docked in Montenegro on McCain's birthday. According to a journalist in Montenegro, the yacht had been anchored there for several days before McCain's arrival, and only sailed away after McCain boarded. According to Vijesti, locals were told that McCain was meeting "friends from Florida" on the yacht.

McCain aides later confirmed the encounter with Follieri, but said it was "entirely social and nothing came of it." Follieri, they told the New York Daily News, was just a "passing acquaintance." (Though the McCain campaign promise to comment on the encounter, it did not respond to The Nation's request by the time this article was published.)

It must not have seemed that way to Follieri. According to the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, in January 2007 Follieri sent Rick Davis a packet of information on his companies Follieri Capital and Follieri Media, apparently hoping to get financing from Pegasus Capital Advisors, a hedge fund in Connecticut that Davis represented. "Follieri's proposal to Davis had two dimensions to it--first, as an investment opportunity for Davis's fund; but secondly, there was the political dimension, in which Follieri offered to help deliver Catholic votes to McCain," said Claudio Gatti, a reporter for Il Sole 24 Ore, who investigated Follieri for eighteen months.

In February 2007, according to a recent article in the New York Daily News, Follieri retained Davis's lobbying firm, Davis Manafort. According to the paper, "on Feb. 27, 2007, Davis Manafort partner Rick Gates signed a confidentiality agreement drafted by the Follieri Group. In the contract...Gates agreed not to disclose any information about Follieri's deal to get Clinton pal Ron Burkle to buy Catholic Church properties." (Gates did not respond to repeated requests for comment.)

In June of this year, Follieri was finally arrested and charged. Following his guilty plea this week, Follieri now faces up to five years and three months in jail."

Posted by: Not this time | September 11, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

>>Try to find an example of a broad stock investment losing money after 20 years,

The dow index did not return to its 1929 high until 1953.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fact Check: Has anyone else noticed that the business name that Sarah Palin registered for her company- which never got off the ground- is "Rouge Cou," which translates from French as " Red Neck?"

Red Neck-- that seems to be a constant theme in the Palin family. Levi Johnston, her future son in law describes himself as " A F**king Red Neck." The Palin's are moving to Washington D.C. to "reform" the place.- Not.

Puhleeze "my friends," say it ain't so.

Posted by: Not this Time | September 11, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

How about fact checking some of the McCain camp whoppers that really matter! Taxes, sex education, the state of the economy, his assertions about war, the draft, you name it McCain/Palin will get it wrong!

Posted by: sueb | September 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

To JimAK:

You are right. This is the strategy of the republicans and media. Media publish what republican want on Palin, but they can't to realize interviews with her. That is to increase the curiosity of the people and rise audience when she give first interview.
And the republicans selected just one tv to realize it: ABC. It's clear that she know already all the questions that will be made for her. Then she will answer all because she was prepared.
The people need to leave Sarah Palin of side and demand public debate between all candidates with participation of all classes, students and other sectors of the society doing freely the questions for the candidates.

Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Uh, You can choose I love that word lets repeat choose.

You can choose to invest your IRA in a house or or or. I am not an investment expert but I like choices. America is about choice. I guess you wan tsomeone to run your portfolio then do so that is a choice too.

Posted by: mike | September 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

And we wonder why Washington does not work. The news media is royally pissed off because they never saw the Palin pick coming, and now they can't steer the McCain/Palin ticket into the ground like they would like. Every single day the media and the Obama supporters look for reasons to smear Gov Palin. It is no wonder she has not spoken with any news media considering the treatment they have given her. She will have to step up to the plate soon, which I am sure she will, so she can further get out her message. The media needs to try to hold back their gender bias, the obvious hatred of the republican party, and wait their turn to give Sarah hell.

Posted by: Susan | September 11, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Carl Cameron of Fox reported the teleprompter malfunction within 3 or 4 minutes after the speech, saying it was cutting off 4 or 5 lines of the speech at a time. He said he witnessed this personally. By leaving out his report, your story doesn't appear very evenhanded.

Posted by: White River | September 11, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Miguel | September 11, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey "Not this Time":

That was a great article you posted that weakly tries to tie McCain to Raffaello Follieri because he brushed shoulders with him once.

Could you also post some articles here about Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers? I'm just trying to compare notes....

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, if FOX says something happened then you know it's true...

Posted by: Shannon | September 11, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is quickly running out of things he can talk about and campaign on. It appears he can no longer talk about:

Experience – thanks to his own lack of it

Foreign policy credentials – thanks to his own lack of experience, flip-flop on Cuba (showing ignorance of important issues), and Biden’s dumb idea about portioning Iraq.

Military service – thanks to Joe Biden’s refusal to serve his country

Earmarks – thanks to himself and Joe Biden

Special interests – thanks to his ready acceptance of all special interest funds coming his way from labor unions, after denouncing them during the primary

Religion – thanks to his 20 year association with ‘mentor’ Jeremiah Wright.

Ties to questionable backers – thanks to his even longer ties to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and criminal sleazeball Tony Rezco

Claim to be making history – thanks to Gov Palin’s presence on the other side, which would also make history.

Women’s issues – how can he pretend to know more about women’s issues than Sarah Palin?

So what does that leave for Obama to campaign on? That he's a really, really nice guy?

Posted by: dbw | September 11, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

dbw

" a really...nice guy"

Sorry, can't even say that....he is a lawyer and his single highest contributor is lawyers. I know you were trying to give them something but really, there is nothing there. Now that is not to say he won't be a really great leader just lets leave him where he started in his own hometown community as a leader there. We know the Chicago mafia bosses son Daley will have him back.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Lets all Democrats and Republicans just agree to disagree on this most historic Sept 11th. Lets ceibrate that our President has kept his word to keep us safe from terror:

7 out 7 no attacks.

Posted by: Jennifer | September 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Lets all Democrats and Republicans just agree to disagree on this most historic Sept 11th. Lets celebrate that our President has kept his word to keep us safe from terror:

7 out 7 no attacks.

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama would foul up his OWN NAME if his teleprompter ever went out.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The Pinocchio avatar is neat.

Maybe Fox News could display the appropriate Pinocchio in real time during Obama speeches....

or audience members could rate Obama's Pinocchio rating live, like gymnasts are judged.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally, I feel free to speak my mind. Thank God for John McCain and Sarah Palin, true American heroes who will immediately restore the lost honor of our Presidency and who as Republicans know that we need to fight rather than back down from any challenge.

As a proud American and Christian conservative who happens to be white, it relieves me so much to see the overwhelming positive response Ms. Palin has been receiving for her forthcoming views. As a proven maverick, Sarah Palin puts her family first and speaks from her faith, rather than ever listen to those around her. I am certain that McCain will teach her everything she needs to know about foreign policy over the coming weeks, and she will probably even teach him more. She is exactly the sort of outspoken maverick we need to continue the unrecognized work of President Bush and to stand beside Mr. McCain in the White House as his closest advisor. With no thanks to the minority of this country, we have won the war in Iraq and are winning the war on terror, and McCain-Palin will see to it that the minority with its constant racism card and crocodile tears does not run our country and its economy into the ground.

Also, while I am not a racist, I am tired of hearing how the time for a black American president is here -- I do not believe that time will ever come if we are always to be called racists. It is a shame for Mr. Obama that he is only experienced as a community organizer in a black community, since this does not represent any of the the rest of us. Sarah Palin represents far more of us, though, and she showed that she has the executive skills and can make the hard decisions we need as mayor of Wasilla and governor of by far the biggest, largest state.

I feel that only by supporting McCain, Palin and the Republican party can we honor our founding fathers and the sacrifices they once made for our land and our freedom. We always have and always will represent the majority in this country, and we should not be ashamed to support our own. This is not talking down to the rest of the country, but they will never be here for as long as we have been. The liberal left-wing media as we all know would have us sell out our country and vote for a man like Obama out of guilt for something that never happened, thinking that we truly are racists and that we will then vote for Obama simply to relieve our own guilt.

Like millions of others, I am so proud that this will not happen now, and that white Americans finally have a clear choice, instead of having to feel guilty and vote for a black man. That is no vote at all. I am happy to hear that independent voters and even women are joining the Republican party today in embracing the values and heritage that once made this country the greatest ever.

The world needs a strong United States, not another Africa, and not another Middle East. John McCain and Sarah Palin understand this and will never let our country fall into the hands of those who would turn us into a third world nation.

Believe me, for the first time in many months, I am looking forward to the next 16 years. There will be plenty of time for us to get to know Sarah Palin after she is elected -- America, what are you waiting for?

Posted by: evelynbauers | September 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Wash Po REALLY needs a DUMBO avatar.

For stupidity.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 11, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Well I'm interested to see what she has to say without a Teleprompter and the aid of a screen that helps her pronouce nuclear-NEW-CLEAR. GW in a dress.

Multiple VP debates and I want them now.

Multiple VP debates and I want them now.

Multiple VP debates and I want them now.

Multiple VP debates and I want them now.

Posted by: Vote sane | September 11, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

To Vote sane:

you are correct!The people need to leave Sarah Palin of side and demand public debate between all candidates with participation of all classes, students and other sectors of the society doing freely the questions for the candidates.
The strategy of the republicans and media is to distract the Americans. Media publish what republican want on Palin, but they can't to realize open interviews with her. That is to increase the curiosity of the people and rise audience when she give first interview.
They selected just one tv to realize it: ABC. And she know already all the questions that will be made for her. Then she will answer all questions because she was prepared for it yet.


Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

To Vote sane:

You are correct! Multiple debates with all candidates to president and VP, demanding the participation of all sectors of the society American. Thus the Americans will know who is who, what think and what can to can there.
We in Brazil demanded of the tv's public debate with participation of all sectors of the society here. The candidates doing questions between them, and the society doing questions for them too. This is democracy!

Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Len, you said:

"Imagine if you had yoru S.S. tied up in Enron, where would you be now? Moron!"

I was discussing a *broad* stock investment. One company does not constitute a broad investment. The S&P 500 contained Enron and performed fine when the MSM produced nothing but bad news by citing WorldCom, Tyco, Enron, and similar debacles.

Ask a financial advisor if a retirement portfolio of 100% Treasuries is advisable for any client of any age. They'll say no, emphatically.

Ask yourself if the Congress forcing the public to lend it money and calling the loan "off-budget" constitutes a moral hazard. You should say yes, but if you struggle, imagine Enron doing the same thing.

Ask any government employee you know if they've bought-and-held in the Thrift Savings Plan stock funds for a period of 20 years or more and lost money doing so. They'll say no. Then ask yourself why the TSP should be unavailable to the general public.

Obama is playing on peoples irrational fears by demonizing private investments. And you've been drinking their Kool-Aid.

Posted by: The Angry One | September 11, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you go find some fact to check that is of real interest? This is not even good infotainment...

Posted by: ttj | September 11, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

IF Obama's daughter was pregnant...if he had tried to get an ex-inlaw fired....if he had supported one of the most famous cases of crooked political projects (bridge to nowhere) if he refused to speak to reporters...if his spouse had been a member of an Illinois separatist group....he would be toast.

---------------------------------------

Blow, Rezko, Auchi, Wright....toast.


Posted by: ttj | September 11, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Easy to explain...

Monkeys Flick Poo!

Think about what the liberal dems (no offense to monkeys) are doing...
Flicking Poo hoping it will stick.

Dems.. if you have any poo, flik it now.

Posted by: JL Mealer | September 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that when the Republican campaign finally allowed Palin to do a National interview, they chose noted lightweight Charles Gibson rather than Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw or Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. She needs to face the media heavyweights, not just the lightweights.

Posted by: OHIO CITIZEN | September 11, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me how the McCain/Palin ticket plans to appeal to Black voters, better yet, minorities in general?

How exactly do they plan to connect with middle class Americans?

Will race play the 800 pound gorilla than gender?

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Sick of Republicans TN | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't want to put social security into the private sector because he and other congress members will not a pot to rob to give to their causes. Don't anyone realize that congress dips into our social security and uses it to their projects. Do you not know that congress has their own social security fund that is not used as ours is by them. Plus they get expenses, they have special service police the rest of their lives (at taxpayers expense) Jackie Kennedy was the only one that declined that for her and her two children. Also check out Biden's story that he says a drunk trucker killed his wife and kid. Yes they were killed by a trucker but he was proven he was not drunk, they think he's wife had drifted out into the path of his on coming truck. A woman from his state knew the daughter and said that his daughter said her father has never had a Merry Christmas since that day, because even though he did hit the car and it wasn't he's fought, he still thinks of that woman and her child. Now how do you think he feels that Biden is going around with this lie , trying to get sympathy for a lie. Boy I don't know how this Biden piece of crap can sleep at night. If Obama lies about he's faith healer and Biden lies about stuff like this , what will the two of them do together , to this country and the people in it. Please just really be careful and get the facts. Vote for who's the best for you and your country. I think Obama/Biden will burn forever where they are going .

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

And if the teleprompter malfunctioned, didn't Governor Yahoo have a paper copy of the speech at the lectern in front of her?

Shame on you Hush Puppy Fred Thompson for spreading this nonsense!

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted by: The Franchise | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

So far, Palin appears to have the same views and values as Bush. She appears to be even more like Bush than McCain.
I want change.
Incidentally, Bush of course also campaigned for president as a Washington outsider ready to shake up the status quo.

I'll stick with Obama and focus on change.

Posted by: David | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the Republicans to lie, lie, lie.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect to read the truth in Plain's hometown newspaper. News staff at the Frontiersman report that the publisher and editor will not allow them to report any coverage or their lipstick lady.

Posted by: hResz | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

There's a reason why there's a disproportionate number of fact-check reports on the McCain campaign. They're doing most of the lying! Go to factcheck.org, which tries to cover everything and which is non-partisan. Of the dozen most recent postings there, 9 debunk major distortions or outright falsehoods by the McCain campaign. 1 debunks internet rumours about Palin which factcheck clearly states are NOT traceable to Obama or his campaign. And only two report errors or exaggerations by the Obama campaign - NO LIES.

Posted by: Martimr1 | September 11, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

G.W. Bush's Agenda = War, anywhere? Oh! Iraq. McCain agreed. McCain's idea of change = Continued war in Iraq + Palin = War in Iraq (Doing the work of God) + instigating more war, with Russia, she said it, to defend Georgia as Nato member. Is this what we really want for this country and our children, and their children? Warmongers at heart with no sense of diplomacy in resolving issues; while EVERYTHING in this country fall apart. FOLKS! OPEN YOUR EARS AND EYES to the poor offering of this Republican ticket of BUSH/PALIN/McCAIN.

Posted by: ds_cenpak@comcast.net | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

All I know is, somebody better set up a couple more pinnochio manufacturing centers, because the way Palin and McCain and the Republican lie machine are going at it this year, we'll run out of pinnochios long before columbus day.

Posted by: majorteddy | September 11, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I for one could care less what a Brit has to say about American Politics. Why don't you keep you nose in your own limey business.

Dobbs is now a full time writer, and divides his time between London and Wiltshire

Posted by: shamik | September 11, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a "Bush Babe". She is a Karl Rove creation. McCain believes that tossing her into the campaign will make her the issue, not him. McCain must deal with Obama on the issues. This is where he will lose.

Palin is a distraction, a hope and a prayer. She is not ready to lead on day one if Mccain were to die as president. She was not chosen to help him govern. She is there only to help him win.

Obama vs. McCain. Obama wins!

Posted by: Sean | September 11, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin want a cracker? Because either Palin is a parrot that only repeats what has been force fed to her or she is the mother of the Miss Teen USA SC 2007 because her answer was just a ...how did Charlie say it...Blizzard of words.

Posted by: okc, dem | September 11, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, I attended a rally here in Asheville, NC where Michelle Obama spoke. It was windy and her notes blew away. She spoke for the best part of an hour without them - intelligently, openly, warmly, honestly.

Posted by: Barbara | September 12, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

i find this all very amussing. the press and the whackp left has just created the first teflon vp. shes in your head you cant shake her. she is especially in the chosen ones head. he is stuttering more than he usually does, since her speech he cant put a coherent thought together. Not very impressive for the annoited on. hehehe

Posted by: dittman | September 12, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

To The Angry One:

The S&P 500 is worth less today than when Bush took office. That's a losing trend.

Posted by: drossless | September 12, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the Republicans posting here are undergoing a major case of flop sweat. Guess they saw Palin's one and only, long-awaited, extremely well rehearsed interview FLOP tonight, and are realizing how utterly screwed they are.

There will be no miracles. You will have to pay the dues for what you have done to the country these last eight years.

Posted by: drossless | September 12, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

He you, yes the one that knows that it is a lie that the telepromter malfunctioned, stand up and tell the truth.

No way this lady has done this speach from her hart.

Having heard a part of her speech when she came home yesterday, we can be certain that Palin will invite Medvedev/Putin an Hu Jintao to Alaska to meet the fine warm people and her husband and family.

What an ingnorant speech.

Posted by: aqua-vigilo | September 12, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Come on Obama Camp. Prove that the "fact" that the teleprompter malfunctioned is another lie.
Surely there is somebody who knows this for a fact.

Having heard a part of her speech when she came home yesterday she had nothing sensible to say and we can be certain that Palin will invite Medvedev/Putin an Hu Jintao to Alaska to meet the fine warm people and her husband and family.
If they don't she will declare war.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

The hell with knowing what the frak the Bush Doctrine is...I absolutely cannot believe that Palin so cavalierly talked about going to war against RUSSIA!! War with Russia IS NOT AN OPTION! EVER! EVER!This isn't a pep rally Palin. You aren't talking about playing basketball against a rival high school team! We are talking about nukes and the destruction of life as we know it! This isn't the time to talk butch. Don't you realize other countries are watching and taking notes on what to expect from a new administration?!? I'm sure the idea of this hockey mom/pitbull/pig with lipstick having her finger on the button is just as terrifying to them as it is to us. I repeat WAR AGAINST RUSSIA IS NOT AN OPTION! It shouldn't even be DISCUSSED hypothetically.

This interview underlines the very real & dangerous reasons why we all have to forget party lines in this election. If you REALLY care about this country and want whats best for it, you CANNOT trust the judgement of this neophyte. And you absolutely CANNOT trust the judgement of John McCain for putting someone so obviously unprepared & unqualified on the ticket...Even if you like John McCain, you CANNOT vote for him now. I'm sorry but I care too much for my kids & country to even ENTERTAIN the thought of trying to play chicken with Russia. We're talking NUKES here people. This isn't invading Iraq or Afganistan. We're talking millions of people being incinerated and she says it with a gleam in her eye & a perky shake of her head. Even you die-hard Rightys can't be stupid enough to think there's a winner in a NUCLEAR WAR!!!!! Say what you want about Obama but he's NEVER even remotely suggested a war with Russia nor would he...PLEASE... PLEASE... stop this madness! I would like to live long enough to see MY grandchildren grow up ok?

Posted by: K | September 12, 2008 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Is this even worthy of a fact check? This did not come from the campaign, but from a blog and and ad lib by former Senator Biden. If this is worthy of fact checking, why haven't there been fact checks of liberal blogs, statements by Biden's campaign supporters or even the dumb comments people put in the Fact Checker comment area?

Posted by: krush | September 12, 2008 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Are telepompters designed to scroll past the point of the user's speech? If not, there was a malfunction. I agree that it would have been a "serious malfunction" for Mr. Obama than Mrs. Palin, but it was a malfunction none the less.

I cannot count the time that I have heard that Sarah didn't write her speech. Am I to presume that Obama wrote his speech?


Posted by: UBU2008 | September 12, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Baracky Hussein Obama has an extremely liberal Senate voting record - he cannot run and hide from that fact.

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Helen | September 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I must say that I agree with the writer who said WAR WITH RUSSIA is not an option. For the past eight years our country has been in war. A war that most of the country does not understand since the main enemy who sent ment to destroy thousands of our people is still lose. We were told that Iraq was where we needed to go. I agree that Saddam needed to go, but Binladin needed to go first!!.

Posted by: Sue | September 12, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If we ignore her maybe she'll go away as quickly as she appeared.

Posted by: nfloridaandnotvotingmccain | September 12, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Martimr1:

If that were the case, then one would expect SOME mention of the Obama-Biden gaffs, right? Not five threads in a row about McCain-Palin (and the "featured item" attacking McCain on earmarks from months ago). If EVERY "fact checker" thread between now and the election ignored the Democrats, would you agree then that Dobbs is in their tank? That's my point.

BTW: Dobbs is not claimng that McCain or Palin "lied".

Posted by: JakeD | September 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Yes, of course, it just happened to happen to Sarah Palin. Please forgive me for refraining from belief. Anyway, is really that important? I would think her lack of education, knowledge, and character would be of more interest and consideration.

Posted by: ziadora | September 14, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

some of you thin skinned liberals really think that the VP of the USA can declare war, do you people that have fallen for the biggest fraud since snake oil was invented, really believe that VP Palin can start a war. no wonder you fools are for Obama, Dick Cheney can't start a war, and he is the man.
get over it libs, McCain/Palin '08 will rule and keep the libs at bay.

Posted by: JimBob of TN | September 14, 2008 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's 'Worst Nightmare'?

It is so sad to see how low Palin has to stoop because McCain had no one else to run for his VP. I am appalled, embarassed and must say shame on you McCain. Palin appears to be lost in a total maze. My heart goes out to her.

Posted by: Nisey01 | September 14, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

In an Associated Press article about the "bridge to nowhere," Palin makes a statement. In that statement she admits that Congress, not she, ended the project. Congress decided to cut off funding for it. Then, she ended the project. Here's a snippet of what she said.

"It's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island," Palin said. "Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here."

And, even after the Gibson interview, and everyone knowing it's a lie, she still TODAY said the same old tired lie. Unbelievable.

Posted by: steve | September 15, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, zuckermand, I love examples, but can't ever seem to find any.

http://apalinfan.blogspot.com/

Posted by: PF | September 15, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Nisey,

Really? Why? Why does your heart go out to a woman who has power in office, a supportive husband and family, brains, looks . . . faith? Why?

http://apalinfan.blogspot.com/

Posted by: PF | September 15, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

too bad the teleprompter did not malfunction...
then she would have had to give up
the bush's writer speech and find her own words...

i'm sure we would have heard "you guys" used more as in her speaking in church...

Posted by: jeff London | September 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think whatever happened, it was a great moment in American politics, one we'll be talking about for years.
Sometimes a song is worth a thousand words. Here's on that sums it up on Sarah Palin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWSSNuayR7I

Enjoy

rb

Posted by: thirdstreetmusic | September 17, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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