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Obama Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) will launch an 18-state ad buy beginning tomorrow in which he speaks directly to voters in an attempt to get out in front of the misinformation likely to be spread about him as the general election campaign revs up.

The ad, which runs 60 seconds, features Obama speaking to camera -- telling voters about his background and his hopes for the country if he is elected. Interestingly, while the ad will run in all of the traditional battleground states (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania etc.) it will also run in North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia, North Dakota and Montana -- a sign that Obama is putting his money where his mouth is about expanding the general election playing field. (That the ad campaign was announced just hours after Obama decided to forego public financing in the general election is not a coincidence.)

Here's the ad:

In many ways, the ad is an attempt to insulate Obama from attacks about his background or his patriotism.

"America's a country of strong families and strong values," he says at the ad's start. "My life's been blessed by both." He noted that he was raised by a single mom and his grandparents, instilled with values developed "straight from the Kansas heartland." (It's worth mentioning that images of Obama's mother and grandparents -- all of whom are white -- are featured prominently in the ad.)

Obama goes on to list those values, including "working hard without making excuses" and "love of country" and "treating your neighbor as you'd like to be treated."

Obama closes the ad with another appeal to those voters who may harbor doubts about whether he understands and empathizes with their lives and their struggles.

"I'll never forget those values and if I have the honor of taking the oath of office as president it will be with a deep and abiding faith in the country I love," he said.

It's clear from this ad that the Obama campaign recognizes that it must educate voters about his background in order to counter the slew of negative information being moved via whisper campaigns and email chains already in this race.

This ad's message is simple: Barack Obama is just like you. He knows what it's like to start with little and work your way up, he loves his country, he loves his family.

It's a powerful opening salvo -- aided by a candidate who looks natural delivering the message. It's also an important sign of the work still facing the Obama campaign in the coming weeks and months.

Many voters know little of Obama and are hungry for more information. Do they get that information from the candidate or from other sources that are far less favorably inclined to the Illinois senator? It's a key question heading into the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2008; 12:25 PM ET
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The truth is that we know a fair amount about Obama, but it is so inconsistent, both in message and in reality, that we know we are not getting an honest picture of this candidate. He says he as accomplished much, but only in the Illinois Senate, and acquired in a fraudulent
manner.http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/23/224059/069
He says almost all of his money comes from small donors. Not true. http://www.counterpunch.org/martens05052008.html. He says he is different sort of politician, but flip/flops on public financing and donated over 700 grand to superdelegates as of Feb. ( we don't know the final number yet)
One of the big questions is why has the media provided such biased coverage of this guy? We are no longer under any sort of illusion that news sources have actually been reporting the news. It falls more under the category of -manipulating the news. And why has the DNC gone so far as to disenfranchise voters and stop practicing Democracy? It is up to the voters to reject the force feeding of Obama, and demand that all important questions are both asked and answered truthfully. These are perilous times, and so much needs to be done. This is not the time to elect someone who may be either ineffective or dangerous.
PUMA PAC

Posted by: greenfun | June 27, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that we know a fair amount about Obama, but it is so inconsistent, both in message and in reality, that we know we are not getting an honest picture of this candidate. He says he as accomplished much, but only in the Illinois Senate, and acquired in a fraudulent
manner.http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/23/224059/069
He says almost all of his money comes from small donors. Not true. http://www.counterpunch.org/martens05052008.html. He says he is different sort of politician, but flip/flops on public financing and donated over 700 grand to superdelegates as of Feb. ( we don't know the final number yet)
One of the big questions is why has the media provided such biased coverage of this guy? We are no longer under any sort of illusion that news sources have actually been reporting the news. It falls more under the category of -manipulating the news. And why has the DNC gone so far as to disenfranchise voters and stop practicing Democracy? It is up to the voters to reject the force feeding of Obama, and demand that all important questions are both asked and answered truthfully. These are perilous times, and so much needs to be done. This is not the time to elect someone who may be either ineffective or dangerous.
PUMA PAC

Posted by: greenfun | June 27, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign will buy "hope & change" ads, presenting him as a transcendent figure, and the 527s will buy the negative ads to pummel McCain by calling him Bush's third term.

Problem is, Obama will get eviscerated in the debates, and will of course face attack ads against him that are much more damaging, for example his pathetic national and state senate records and his connections with Wright and Rezko, and McCain will be just enough of a "maverick" that he won't seem like a Bush third term. And, Iraq will improve and Bush will withdraw troops, taking that away as an issue.

Posted by: Tristan | June 27, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we all have a right to our oppinions. But when they are formed from the negative propaganda and garbage that our media is turning out of recent years, it only shows how easily some people can be led into war. They believed all the lies. I believe that intelligent people who have read Barack Obama's books, heard his speaches in full and takes the time and effort to really get to know the person who Barack Obama is, cringe when we read such small minded, bias, false and slanderous remarks. It is these small minded people that perpetrate and fuel the bias and predudice that keep us divided. I would like to remind everyone that we are the UNITED States of America! I am a 59 yr. old, white, working woman who believes in equal rights, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and Liberty and Justice for ALL. Those who don't believe in these for all paople are NOT true Americans!

Posted by: Marietta Thompson | June 24, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If Obama's ads feature his accomplishments, they will be rather short. Can't think of one thing he has done to better America. Oh, yes, he can talk and talk and talk. Democrats, get out of your Obama coma, you had a winner in Hillary. This guy is never going to defeat McCain. And I am a life-long Democrat who is having problems voting for someone with no experience or vision. Sure it would be great to have another Kennedy. On second thought, Kennedy really was a disaster as president. Again, how many democracies in Latin America did the Kennedy Administration overturn???

Posted by: Political Watchdog | June 24, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Even with operation makeover for both Obama and his (sic) lovely wife,I will never vote for him! I don't believe him to be honest, experienced or even christian( oh yes I KNOW he says he is) He also said he was NEVER muslim (pictures of obama, his father and kenya cousin in 1985 tell me different!) he also said he would take public financing if the republician nominee did, he didn't of course! Obama also stated he never heard Rev. Wright make comments like those on youtube (yeah right after 20 years you didn't know how the man believed!)I really don't think 143 working days in the federal senate prepares him for the mess Bush is leaving! I have NO onfidence he will or can do anything he promises! Obama is so far left he makes Bush seem centered! I will never support him ( he doesn't need my support when Hamas and the likes support him!) He makes me ashamed of the dem. party which is why I am no longer a dem. after 30 years. Nobama ever! Hillary or McCain, never obama! Better the devil I know than the devil I don't!

Posted by: Sherri | June 24, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

New footage, Hillery was under fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc&watch_response

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 23, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Hillery was right, she was under sniper fire:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc&watch_response

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 23, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

John W. McCain is old ideas that don't work, while Obama represents change from Bush policies. Conservatives can whine all they want and poke fun at Obama's TV spots all day long, it will only make him stronger and provide him with more donations that continue to upset right-wingers.

Posted by: Dwayne | June 23, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

He reminds me of Eddie Haskill in this video!

"Yes, Mrs. Cleaver, I sure do love my country. And may I say that is a lovely dress you are wearing today."

Ad is juvenile - dopey music playing.

If he were running for student council it could be effective.

Posted by: TWP | June 23, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been borrowing ideas from McCain's 3R plan which was leaked several months ago by me.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JOHN McCAIN'S 3R ECONOMIC PLAN 2008
Abbreviated version

Progressive Candidate John McCain comes through for America with his 3R economic plan.
In the persona of Theodore Roosevelt, McCain's plan just makes sense.

1. RETHINK: America must rethink the global views on what America is capable of in our current state of technology, engineering and the demands that face the world.

"RE-Think" the basic job goals involve the dwindling retirement, health care and social security plans that are failing Americans. With a strong base and a higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) America has a new bargaining chip in the way we live and the ways we retire.

The framework is already in place through existing laws to make this happen. The Progressive attitude of John McCain to get things done by crossing party lines will resurrect America.

2. REFORM: America must rise to these demands and compete aggressively in a global economy. American people must demand higher quality products and less restricted trade routes for Made in USA components.

The USA will reform its dead manufacturing base to create the most innovative and green-engineered products possible. We will compete in a world market along with other high quality products. Once again, the world needs American success in these new ways of manufacturing.

3. REINVENT: America and Americans must reinvent themselves to reach and maintain these standards and by sheer American ingenuity, control the world's marketplace in the competitive manner, as we have always been proud to be #1. Can you hear Theodore Roosevelt shouting this?

Americans are going back to a 3R-schooling program where they are paid to reinvent their skills and learn new skills to design and lead their personal LLC, Corporation or joint venture company. That's easy enough to comprehend and just as easy to implement. The 3R plan is designed as a six-month rapid advancement system. Graduates may return for additional skill enhancements from time to time, or step up after new advanced training in executive management.

NUTS AND BOLTS of the plan are simple.

Green Engineering firms with actual answers to viable fossil fuel free transportation and climate control for homes and office have products that will save end users billions per year have finally realized why these ideas have always been avoided. Billions of savings equates to millions of lost tax revenue from energy companies.

Here is the John McCain 3R solution.

McCain's 3R is about technical, closely monitored and rapid hands on training from pros to create new pros. Thousands of currently-job-displaced "once leaders in the manufacturing arena" will be asked to train and play instructor rolls in the 3R plan. Paid, of course, as these new leaders will help create a whole new style of prosperous America.

A new guard for Social Security.

While manufacturing is a very important part of this plan, thousands of new businesses must to be created to meet the new surge of 3R manufacturing industries to create a new era of prosperous Americans.
Initial estimates of 1 in 5 students will begin his or her own company and drive even more Americans into a viable lifestyle with real jobs, real benefits and a retirement to look forward to.

All of this can be done without costing taxpayers (or the government) additional funds. America has the means to follow through with John McCain's 3R plan, ready and in place across the USA. The buildings we need sit vacant for the most part. By assuming leases on abandoned stores and factories across America with MC-3R schools and mini-manufacturing training centers, the USA made products can be sold and support the stores. Building owners write off the loss in taxes over a few years!

This is the new place for financial speculators to invest!

The speculators who first drove the economy with mortgage investments and most recently with crude oil investments have a better arena for their investments. America as nation of industrious individuals who want to work and want to succeed will make them huge profits. The supply of eager Americans with ideas and dreams to prosper is limitless.

Although the thousands of new businesses manufacturing USA Made products is exciting enough, the real excitement comes from the massive amount of additional jobs that will be created to provide the new housing, new buildings, new parks, shopping, grocery stores, schools, government outlets and so much more.
McCain's Progressive nature embodies Theodore Roosevelt more than any US presidential candidate in history since the original Rough Rider blazed the greatest era of growth in America.

We need John McCain to lead our nation with the same type of change.

Posted by: John Lewis Mealer | June 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama wasn't a professor at the University of Chicago. He was a lecturer teaching history, and he was not tenured. Please get that story straight.

Posted by: Jeffrey | June 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

1/2 of the woman that Michelle Obama is......everytime you hate on the Obamas, their supporters donate more money....

Posted by: | June 23, 2008 2:17 PM

She's 1/2 a woman..., What?

I'm a conservative and have an Ivy League education...

The Obama's lack the experience and creditability to be in the White House PERIOD.

Like this guy said:

• No military experience
• 3 years as a senator
• NO bipartisan leadership

Posted by: Independent for McCain | June 23, 2008 3:13 PM

Posted by: Harvard Conservative for McCain | June 23, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Liberalism is a mental disorder

Posted by: MikeD | June 23, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

the 527s unleash their junkyard dogs on him. They're going to discover that he's the Tiger Woods of politics: He may have a relaxed demeaner, but he's tougher and more prepared than any of his opponents. This campaign is going to be fun.

Posted by: Andy | June 23, 2008 7:16 AM

FYI- Democrats spend WAY more on 527's. It's 2:1

Check the FACTS- This is nothing more than exploiting the $ advantage.

So, much for "change..."


Check the FACTS

Liberalism is a mental disorder

Posted by: Eric78 | June 23, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You mad dogs foaming at the mouth about conservatives and their a: fear of Obama, b: racism, c: jealousy, d: lies, etc need to get a grip. Not all conservatives listen to silly statements from people like Jerry Falwell, et al. We don't kill and eat little children. Nor do we need uneducated partisans telling us why we don't like and won't vote for Obama. Plain and simple: he's inexperienced, despite his claims to the contrary. His economic ideas are a diaster waiting to happen and his non-existent understanding of foreign affairs is truly dangerous. His views are among the most liberal in Congress and his ideas straight out of a socialistic playbook. He's a product of slimy Chicago politics with all the associated unsavory history. He's admired and associated freely for years with anti-white, anti-American, racist people as well as the general run of the mill crooks like Tony Rezko. He was influenced in his early life by an atheistic mother and a Marxist father, who though not around was apparently greatly admired by his son. He has proclaimed himself as black to secure the significant black vote and is now trotting out the white half of his family in order to sway white voters. He is an opportunist, as is his wife. Neither inspire admiration or respect.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | June 23, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It will be difficult sending a message that covers-up inexperience and a complete lack of qualifications for the job... But hey, this is America!

• No military experience
• 3 years as a senator
• NO bipartisan leadership

Excellent Choice!

C-H-A-N-G-E = incompetence

Posted by: Independent for McCain | June 23, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives need to STFU with their b.s. partriotism pitch! It's full of cRAP!!! and I mean stank dog dung crap. Conservatives are a bunch of COWARDS, who are afraid of not only Mr. Barak Obama but the sissies are much more jealous, angry and afraid of Michelle Obama. They envy her class, her ivy league education, her stregth as a woman and a good mother, her intelligence and her ability to hold an executive adminstrative position in a large healthcare system whic says an awful lot about her leadership qualities....these white conservative jokers who call themselves "conservative men" and their hopeless hateful jealous white women who can't even in their dreams become 1/2 of the woman that Michelle Obama is......everytime you hate on the Obamas, their supporters donate more money....

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This ad sucks!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This ad is playing in Northern Virginia... waaaay too often. I'm sick of it already. By November I'm going to hate his voice.

Posted by: Amy | June 23, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

When I look at that Obama ad and think about the reaction it gets from the Boxcar Willie Republican operatives who post their comments here, I think of the great Keith McCready ("Grady Seasons") line in "The Color of Money," where he takes the money from Tom Cruise and says,

"IT'S LIKE A NIGHTMARE, ISN'T IT?

AND IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE."

These Republicans going to find out that Barack Obama isn't a black version of Adlai Stevenson, who will curl up in a fetal position whenever the 527s unleash their junkyard dogs on him. They're going to discover that he's the Tiger Woods of politics: He may have a relaxed demeaner, but he's tougher and more prepared than any of his opponents. This campaign is going to be fun.

Posted by: Andy | June 23, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

the more the ignorance flows from the Obama haters the more the money flows into the Obama campaign. Thank you small minded ones.

Posted by: tc | June 23, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

I just saw Obama's latest 18-state video ad and could not help but notice that Mr. Obama has been intimidated into donning a flag pin. This is very upsetting to me. In my dictionary, flag-waving is defined as "excessive or blind patriotism; chauvinism." Flag-waving, like chauvinism, "expresses exaggerated and aggressive nationalism, malice and hatred towards a rival group; jingoism." It is tantamount to telling the whole world, "We are better than you are." When the cabal in the present white house started showing up with flag lapel pins, I was immediately reminded that this was exactly what those in the Nixon administration had done. Those damned flag pins was their way of telling everyone that they were more patriotic than anyone else!! I was encouraged when Obama chose to not wear one. Now, besides his reversing himself on public funding, he has also reversed himself on showing the other side that he can be just as jingoist as they are. There is no need to advertise that one is a US citizen unless one is a competitor in some international competition (like the Olympics) where every team marches under the flag of its country--for purposes of identification. I am not now, and have never been, a flag waver. It also upset me very much when I saw than some Democrats began copying the neo-cons' habit of wearing flag pins. I think it is awful. I am chagrined by many things that I did not expect from this person who has promised unity and change. Giving in to the neo-cons is NOT progressive. And, for heaven sake, calling a journalist "sweetie!!!!" I do not think that even Bill Clinton ever did that. For shame!!

And as for patriotism (a word that really started being bandied about in the 18th Cent.), the Webster's dictionary offers some definitions: Synonyms: nationalism Related Words: chauvinism; jingoism; allegiance, constancy, devotion, faithfulness, fealty, loyalty, staunchness, steadfastness; fervency, fervidness, passion.

Posted by: PRLibre | June 21, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

People get ready..get educated..This new ad speaks volumes to many folks re family values. Now,McC.is angry because this ad trumps the non str talking angry flipflop quotes of McC. 1st no SS protection,he can fight in the St for himself. He wants to earn his finance the hard way.WUWT? I hope It doesn't mean lobbyist,etc.It appeared that McSame didn't consommate a real deal with Obama re the Campaign finance,now he appears disturbed that Obama made a good judgement call to stop old practice for Campaign financing. McC claims he wasn't inlove w/America til he was a POW. WUWT? Now he is so in love w America,he wants to be President and keep our troops hostage for another 100 yrs. He isnt thinking about our troops of today he's thinking about all future babies&unborns for the next 100 yrs. WUWTM? These are not our shared Values. Yes,This is a very good Ad from the Obama Campaign. He shows that he understand our need for change

Posted by: Mamamay | June 21, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: sheridan1 | June 20, 2008 8:09 PM: .....people keep referring to angry "black congregations", with no mention of Jerry Falwell and his ilk who are even crazier than Wright.

Jerry Falwell and others have gotten their share of hate comments in blogs. But Jerry Falwell was a long time ago and he is no longer a part of this equation.

A lot of people will criticize candidates, and their wives, about their looks. It's immature and childish. But that's the way it's always been.

You saw one comment about Michele you feel was a racist remark. And maybe a few others. But that does not mean that everyone else who does not like Obama, or feels he is a bad choice, is a racist.

Posted by: lsb | June 20, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse


BLANCHE LINCOLN for VICE PRESIDENT!

Posted by: MBW | June 20, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay..uh...no name. I won't say people are racist...although someone was posting here yesterday talking about how Michelle uses "sta puff fro" and people keep referring to angry "black congregations", with no mention of Jerry Falwell and his ilk who are even crazier than Wright.

I will say people seem to be afraid of someone who is "not like them." So I will use the word xenophobes from now on. Thanks for making the point.

Now go put the name "Chalie Black" into google and see what McCains #1 strategist has been up to. We just cannot let this happen AGAIN. 8 years is enough! Doesn't the fact that ExxonMobil and British Petroleum are now negotiating with Iraq to get back the 'no-bid' deal they lost in 1976? Bush can finally say "Mission Accomplished" and be telling the truth for a change.

It's not only our eyes we need to keep open now - it's our minds.

Posted by: sheridan1 | June 20, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sheridan1 | June 20, 2008 7:21 PM: "The racists on this site need to get a clue..."

More accusations of RACISM anytime someone criticizes Obama. Pulleeez! Get over it. That's so cheap and easy to fall back on and everyone knows it.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who are repeating your posts over and over again are appearing very self-centered, not to mention foolish.

Besides, it's so irritating that you're only going to end up discouraging anyone from even wanting to read it.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

grey parrot - YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! In your post, you basically encapsulated everything many of us feel.

The racists on this site need to get a clue - the world is ahead of us and it's time to celebrate our diversity and come together to make America great again!

Folks, McCain backed out on HIS promise to stop the 527's by saying his campaign couldn't do anything about them? He was going to run a clean campaign? PUHLEASE! He campaigns on very little substance except for attaking Obama, ("my firends".)

Like grey parrot said McCain is "anti-choice, anti-health care, pro-Iraq war, pandering on the gas tax and oil drilling; and too gutless to denounce the smear campaign by a bunch of racist anti-Muslim kooks currently flourishing on the Internet."
OH YES. Just get used to saying it, folks. President Barack Obama.

Posted by: sheridan1 | June 20, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Barry the Manchurian candidate is now the Goliath of the Evil Empire.

Posted by: Quiet Patriot | June 20, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen his new logo? It's a near exact replica of the White House logo, only with HIS name of it.

He refused to wear a flag lapel pin (stated on video "I will not wear a flag lapel pin") until he was practically forced to. Now he has the gall to copy the Presidential Seal as his campaign logo?

It's not funny, it not clever. It's just plain sickening.

Who would have guessed that under that laid-back, modest facade, we'd find a total megalomanic.

Posted by: SMD | June 20, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is a great newspaper, but many of its readers are racist--oh, no doubt Republicans on a rant.

Posted by: BAK | June 20, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The comments on here tell me everything I need to know.

Posted by: Who needs the ad? | June 20, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Lots of scared Republicans posting here -- most of them can't even be bothered to think up a new slur, they just keep posting the same garbage over and over and over.

Hey, guys, haven't you gotten the message: McCain, Huckabee, and Bloomberg have all told you to stop posting these lies. First, because it's a bad thing to lie, of course. But most importantly: IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!

Naturally, us Democrats don't mind if you want to keep revealing yourselves as shallow, mindless, rude, lying, petty little dolts, but your party leaders are bumming out about it.

Posted by: drossless | June 20, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I think it is fantastic that this man has the advantage over McFlip/Flop...Republicans are not used to that....and for all those who feel Obama backed on his word which he did, if you really look at this he is changing the way a canidate will be elected in the future....McFlip/Flop's campaign is not doing nearly the depth of internet communication as Obama is doing....so right there it is a change....The fact that you have a 72 yr old man running for Pres. in the 21st Ctry speaks volumes.....you ask what kind of change? Where is the change? Look at Obama's campaign....how he is going about being President.....OUTSIDE THE NORM...OUTSIDE OF EVERYONE'S COMFORT ZONE...OUTSIDE OF THE MEDIA PUNDITS, ALL OF IT IS CHANGE!!!

OBAMA08/12

Posted by: BUZZARD'S KORNER | June 20, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

A great beginning, but with his money advantage he should do a half hour, prime time, "This is My Life" special. It keeps him from having to nickel and dime responses to every baseless attack, is impossible to refute and solves his largest problem - sharing who he is. McCain couldn't match it and trying would appear weak in the process.

Posted by: bissron | June 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Davis,

Nice cut and paste. It seems you are forgetting our first cocaine using elected president GWB. So I guess as long as someone on the team is doing something it's not that bad, but when it is a person who is not on the "Team" it's horrible!!!!! I'm amazed that republicans are bringing up cocaine when they pushed it aside 8 years ago.

Posted by: GC4Life | June 20, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Okay I'll say it...

Couldn't they have found another pic besides the one in the knockoff fonzie jacket and the bad hair? I know Obama is just like me but did he really have to bust out the cosby era bad photo to do it?

Posted by: RR | June 20, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This is a very interesting year for everyone outside a 'battleground state'.

Here in Colorado, we actually had visits from BOTH Democratic candidates and some Republicans too. Because we mattered for the first time since I can remember. Same for Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada. It wasn't all decided for us by NY and CA. THanks!

And its very cool that there will be campaigning for the general too. I didn't see one ad for the 2004 presidential election. I don't know how many times the coverage was "Bush goes to Pennsylvania for the 400th time" or Kerry visits Florida for the 397th time. No one even asked for our votes.

Thanks HRC, BO and Mr. Dean! We are all paying attention this time!

Posted by: Votes for Obama | June 20, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

SS

McCain also tried to opt out of the public funds but could not because he took a loan against them from the banks. McShame is so full of $h!t his eyes are brown.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | June 20, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's put this into perspective.

Obama - Decided not to take public funds for his campaign after saying he was going to take the funds. He saves the country money and uses only money he can raise. You people call him a liar for not taking the public funds.

Bush/McCain/Repubs - Misled the WHOLE WORLD with false intelligence/fear/war mongering and MILLIONS of people are dying because of it. I would say they are liars also.

Now you decide which is worse.

And OH YES. Bush/McCain/Repubs are terms that can be interchanged.

Posted by: SS | June 20, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Larry Sinclair has a story of gay sex with Obama while under the influence of cocaine.
In return for exercising his Freedom of Speech and telling the country what Obama is all about,
It appears that the Obama people had Larry Sinclair investigated and arrested.
----------------------
Nice try. Sinclair is a career criminal who had two open warrents for his arrest. His 27 year long rap sheet is enough to kill any serious consideration.He was arrested because he was on the news and wanted in two States.

Plus he is not saying where the money to fund his year long smear campaign against Obama,or why he waited this long to bring it up.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse


Davis (Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM), you've made a number of charges here without any facts! It'll be more prudent to state the facts (with evidence) and allow others to review, rather than hammering away at O'ma or any other candidate for that matter.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a special interest, I'm a grouchy old lady who is sick of Republicans sticking it to the middle class and creating an oil colony in Iraq, so I'm putting my money and my vote with Obama. Yes, he's a politician: get over it. The RNC has plenty of money from big corporate donors to augment McCain's $84 million in public money. There's the real Nixon connection, because you can rest assured the dirty money will be flowing to McCain to keep the Halliburtons and Texacos rolling along, just like in 1972. Not a time I will ever forget, by the way. Then there are all the free attacks from "journalists" at Fox News, aka the White House News Agency and Swift Boaters 'r Us. And don't forget Cindy's jet. John McCain is at no financial disadvantage if he wants to fund a TV campaign to explain why he deserves my vote for being anti-choice, anti-health care, pro-Iraq war, pandering on the gas tax and oil drilling; and too gutless to denounce the smear campaign by a bunch of racist anti-Muslim kooks currently flourishing on the Internet. Bring it on, John. I'm listening.

Posted by: grey parrot | June 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Best ad yet from any campaign. Of course, it's sad that the thing that makes it such a good ad is the context of our political climate these days; i.e., a candidate has to put out an ad to inform/remind voters that he's not the radical muslim or communist demon that some on the right are portraying him to be. He's a good guy (as is McCain), and it comes through in this ad.

Posted by: Jim K | June 20, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow.. You think the GOP is a little scared of Obama? Maybe if you smear Obama enough, McCain might win a few states.

Posted by: DDB | June 20, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Nice article Chris. Surprise, there is a white side to Obama! Besides he is human - just look at his ears. Strange as it may seem: I have not seen too many 'black' people with really big ears. When I was a kid, I was called, DUMBO because of my ears. I just happen to be white.

Posted by: DenisR | June 20, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Man, the back-channel cross burners are really having to dig deep [see below]!

We remember, folks; that's why we're voting for Obama!

Posted by: mobedda | June 20, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Yo! Chris you really need to start deleting these repetitious postings by these ignorant idiots. What right do they have to filibuster others? I am a little tired of your hands-off approach. Get real dude!

Posted by: Henry Spencer | June 20, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse


The reversal of Obama on Campaign Finance is beginning to appear as if Obama is elected, this country is headed for the THIRD NIXON ADMINISTRATION.


Please do not let that happen.


Clearly Obama is advocating OLD POLITICS OVER NEW POLITICS - in fact Obama is supporting going BACKWARDS TO A NIXONIAN ERA IN WHICH CAMPAIGN CASH HAS NO LIMITS.


Remember CREEP and the bagloads of campaign cash all over the place? The TWA situation??? ahhhhh.......


Washington Post please run the old stories to refresh everyone. Obama's support is from the young people who do not remember Watergate or who were born after those scandals.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse


The reversal of Obama on Campaign Finance is beginning to appear as if Obama is elected, this country is headed for the THIRD NIXON ADMINISTRATION.


Please do not let that happen.


Clearly Obama is advocating OLD POLITICS OVER NEW POLITICS - in fact Obama is supporting going BACKWARDS TO A NIXONIAN ERA IN WHICH CAMPAIGN CASH HAS NO LIMITS.


Remember CREEP and the bagloads of campaign cash all over the place? The TWA situation??? ahhhhh.......


Washington Post please run the old stories to refresh everyone. Obama's support is from the young people who do not remember Watergate or who were born after those scandals.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse


The reversal of Obama on Campaign Finance is beginning to appear as if Obama is elected, this country is headed for the THIRD NIXON ADMINISTRATION.


Please do not let that happen.


Clearly Obama is advocating OLD POLITICS OVER NEW POLITICS - in fact Obama is supporting going BACKWARDS TO A NIXONIAN ERA IN WHICH CAMPAIGN CASH HAS NO LIMITS.


Remember CREEP and the bagloads of campaign cash all over the place? The TWA situation??? ahhhhh.......


Washington Post please run the old stories to refresh everyone. Obama's support is from the young people who do not remember Watergate or who were born after those scandals.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to keep cutting and pasting the same thing over and over and over again into the same comments thread, at least wait for a few buffer posts between your identical rants.

Otherwise, you just look--I don't know--DESPERATE and PATHETIC.

What a mess..........

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to keep cutting and pasting the same thing over and over and over again into the same comments thread, at least wait for a few buffer posts between your identical rants.

Otherwise, you just look--I don't know--DESPERATE and PATHETIC.

What a mess..........

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The reversal of Obama on Campaign Finance is beginning to appear as if Obama is elected, this country is headed for the THIRD NIXON ADMINISTRATION.

Please do not let that happen.

Clearly Obama is advocating OLD POLITICS OVER NEW POLITICS - in fact Obama is supporting going BACKWARDS TO A NIXONIAN ERA IN WHICH CAMPAIGN CASH HAS NO LIMITS.


Remember CREEP and the bagloads of campaign cash all over the place? The TWA situation??? ahhhhh.......

Washington Post please run the old stories to refresh everyone. Obama's support is from the young people who do not remember Watergate or who were born after those scandals.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to keep cutting and pasting the same thing over and over and over again into the same comments thread, at least wait for a few buffer posts between your identical rants.

Otherwise, you just look--I don't know--DESPERATE and PATHETIC.

What a mess..........

Posted by: Cut And Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste | June 20, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

David Brooks wrote a great article exposing Obama for what he is.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/opinion/20brooks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: slt | June 20, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Obama has to say the obvious as the
result of vicious and dishonest swift-boating by the neocon Hiatt and Fox News regarding his religion and patriotism.

Willie Horton is next. Let's hope Americans don't fall for the Rovian politics of hate and fear again this election and vote for Cheney's third term.

Posted by: Roy | June 20, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

We, hard-working people, are going to finance the Obama's campaign with small donations of $25-$50. That's real campaign reform right there. I'm just glad there aren't enough haters to give to McCain.

Posted by: Veronique | June 20, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

There's an awful lot of stupid going around this morning...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama has lied to a lot of folks in Iowa. He said that he felt our pains and would renegotiate NAFTA. But this week he went back on his word during an interview for Fortune magazine. He lied to us. We'll remember this in November.

Posted by: Disappointed | June 20, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama has lied to a lot of folks in Iowa. He said that he felt our pains and would renegotiate NAFTA. But this week he went back on his word during an interview for Fortune magazine. He lied to us. We'll remember this in November.

Posted by: Disappointed | June 20, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

With his reversal on campaign finance, Obama simply proved that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word - and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama just showed that he is a LIAR - that the American People can not trust Obama on his word and Obama has shown that he is weak on campaign finance reform.


What a mess..........


This is very bad. This is serious. The conduct of Obama during this campaign has been so pathetic - like the rules simply do not apply to him. Going back on such a commitment on such a important subject to our democracy as campaign finance reform is a serious transgression. I seriously do not know why the media is not pouncing on Obama over this.


The media either does not understand this situation or is not watching.


McCain is now positioned as the REAL REFORMER - THE REAL CHANGE AGENT. Obama has confirmed that he stands for the same old politics.


.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Larry Sinclair has a story of gay sex with Obama while under the influence of cocaine.

In return for exercising his Freedom of Speech and telling the country what Obama is all about,


It appears that the Obama people had Larry Sinclair investigated and arrested.

HHHHMMMMMMM Well I dont know what to say.

I can tell you this, Obama keeps looking more and more like Nixon. Hear that Washington Post, NIXON. Obama would be the THIRD NIXON ADMINISTRATION.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Robert

Thank you for this commentary You are very correct that the Obama posters reflect the possible Obama administration, and as such should be stopped

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I agree, untrue racist garbage does not belong anywhere on the net but if your advocating violence to stop people from posting the truth about a canidate you might be a Barack Obama supporter. No Mcain supporters that I know of ever threaten bodily harm. Does any body else notice that?

Anyway, Why, does Barack Obama's ad not address:

Admitted cocaine use.

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 5:39 PM

Davis is right about alot of things. Some of Obama's supporters are little more than thugs attempting to silence average people from posting. The media and blogs may be pushing Obama but us poor folks on the grass roots still hear the 411 on Obama. And it is not good at all.

Posted by: Robert | June 19, 2008 5:48 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Alright Obama!!

Dems White House beginning '09, with the values and stances on the issues I can believe in.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 20, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

We need and deserve a reflective, calm, intelligent politician as President. Barack Obama is not perfect but wow, he is light years better than the fools in charge now. We're in desperate shape thanks to the neo-con clowns and torturers we've had running the government for the last seven years or so. Obama is a really mainstream politican with plain old values such as working within the system, getting a good education, raising a family, and making money by working hard. Seems to me that the only reason you folks find him scary is because he is black. And by the way, it is "turnip truck" not "turnup truck" .....

Posted by: Otney | June 20, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Larry Sinclair is the guy that had sexaul relations with Barack Obama in the back of a Limo. His story among others against Obama is being suppressed by all the media outlets.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Curious minds want to know:

Did an ex choir master of Trinity United named by Larry Sinclair work for the BHO campaign or not?

This seems to be a factoid that can confirmed without lie detector tests.

Posted by: Geraldine | June 19, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I think the thug just might be youmibrooks27 if they are referring to one in particular. A bit scary.
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Robert, Davis -
Typical for you beta male cowards. You feel all empowered to sit back and throw lies and racist remarks about Obama and, then, jump off saying that someone is threatening you when all I want to know is who and where you are so I can humiliate you for the sort of dimwitted clodhoppers you so obviously are. Obama is a better man than me, he would forgive you. I, on the other hand, am a Native American and we hold grudges.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 8:26 PM

see our local ugly little troll, the anonymous poster of defamation, lies, and racist garbage is still taking up space here. Chris, is there any way we can find out this gnomes real identity and send him some "ove letters" Perhaps pay them a social visit?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM

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Posted by: Lisa | June 19, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama can spend all the money he wants to lie on national television, but it does NOT change the 20 YEAR TRUTH!

And it is UNBELIEVABLE that someone that followed ANTI-American spews of hatred for this long would be capable of running, much less winning, the Presidency...as in the AMERICAN President!

Posted by: DEM now IND | June 19, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is not only a racist white-hater and a America-hater--a proven fact by his 20 year assocciation with a racist white and America-hating church--he's also a liar. Obama once told a reporter (whose name I have forgotten) that he and his family go to Trinity almost every Sunday. After the racial hate anti-white and anti-America Jerimiah Wright sermons were made public however, he claimed that he had never heard these sermons, or was not present when they were made. Barack Obama and his supporters must think we all fell off the turnup truck. There is no way that he could not have heard them. He is a liar!

Posted by: mojoe | June 19, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Robert, Davis -
Typical for you beta male cowards. You feel all empowered to sit back and throw lies and racist remarks about Obama and, then, jump off saying that someone is threatening you when all I want to know is who and where you are so I can humiliate you for the sort of dimwitted clodhoppers you so obviously are. Obama is a better man than me, he would forgive you. I, on the other hand, am a Native American and we hold grudges.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree, untrue racist garbage does not belong anywhere on the net but if your advocating violence to stop people from posting the truth about a canidate you might be a Barack Obama supporter. No Mcain supporters that I know of ever threaten bodily harm. Does any body else notice that?

Anyway, Why, does Barack Obama's ad not address:

Admitted cocaine use.

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 5:39 PM

Davis is right about alot of things. Some of Obama's supporters are little more than thugs attempting to silence average people from posting. The media and blogs may be pushing Obama but us poor folks on the grass roots still hear the 411 on Obama. And it is not good at all.

Posted by: Robert | June 19, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I see our local ugly little troll, the anonymous poster of defamation, lies, and racist garbage is still taking up space here. Chris, is there any way we can find out this gnomes real identity and send him some "ove letters" Perhaps pay them a social visit?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM

I agree, untrue racist garbage does not belong anywhere on the net but if your advocating violence to stop people from posting the truth about a canidate you might be a Barack Obama supporter. No Mcain supporters that I know of ever threaten bodily harm. Does any body else notice that?

Anyway, Why, does Barack Obama's ad not address:

Admitted cocaine use.

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I love the comments about Obama opting out of public financing because he is in the pockets of lobbyists.

The campaign has amassed donations from 1.5m ordinary people, with most giving under $200 each.

I'm getting very sick of people flaming Obama on discussion boards. I might generate my own feeble pseudo-conspiracy to place Obama in the Oval Office. Is there a site somewhere that will randomly concoct a conspiracy which I can cut and paste into every discussion board on every newspaper, TV network and politics site on the internet?

Also I'm finding it quite hypocritical of McCain to start on about Obama being dishonest in not taking public finance. Do we have to recall the loan he got during the primaries based on the assurance that he would take public funding if he flopped?

Posted by: Mike | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM

Mike I think you don't kow the meaning of the word conspiracy. I'm talking about verifiable information.

His ad does not address:

Admitted cocaine use.

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I see our local ugly little troll, the anonymous poster of defamation, lies, and racist garbage is still taking up space here. Chris, is there any way we can find out this gnomes real identity and send him some "ove letters" Perhaps pay them a social visit?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I love the comments about Obama opting out of public financing because he is in the pockets of lobbyists.

The campaign has amassed donations from 1.5m ordinary people, with most giving under $200 each.

I'm getting very sick of people flaming Obama on discussion boards. I might generate my own feeble pseudo-conspiracy to place Obama in the Oval Office. Is there a site somewhere that will randomly concoct a conspiracy which I can cut and paste into every discussion board on every newspaper, TV network and politics site on the internet?

Also I'm finding it quite hypocritical of McCain to start on about Obama being dishonest in not taking public finance. Do we have to recall the loan he got during the primaries based on the assurance that he would take public funding if he flopped?

Posted by: Mike | June 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

In other words VDH, Vote for Obama despite: his documented cocaine use, and reverse racism to defeat Bush?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama has promised a new dialogue on race and tolerance. His own impressive personal journey may make that possible. But his 20-year intimate relationship with the racist Rev. Jeremiah Wright suggests that for years he was heavily invested in the rather tired and predictable identity politics of grievance rather than a vocal advocate of novel racial transcendence.

Overall, Obama's announced policies are sounding pretty much the same old, same old once promised by candidates like George McGovern, Mike Dukakis, Walter Mondale, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Of course, a return to the standard big-government nostrums of the past may well be what the angry voters want after 20 years of the Bushes and Clintons. But it is not a novel agenda, much less championed by a post-racial, post-political emissary.

So what are the Democrats thinking? That a mesmerizing, path-breaking African-American candidate -- coupled with Bush exhaustion -- will overcome past public skepticism of northern presidential Democratic candidates, traditional liberal agendas, and Obama's own relative lack of experience.

In other words: we should count on hope rather than change.

-- Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by: vdh | June 19, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

His ad does not address:

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM

Enough said!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

United Church of Christ--a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

This is straight off the UCC website. Look it up yourself at http://www.ucc.org/about-us/. Not a hate group!

Posted by: mruth | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM

Not now that is. Obama defended it, then left it for no reason? Hate Group!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What a Joke!!! It's something to laugh about...ha, ha, ha.........
The only thing missing was Barack Hussein wearing a cowboy hat......

Missing from the ad were his black congregation, family and friends, all who are black and hate America...Yes, we still remember Barack's religious leader, his family uncle and spiritual father, Jeremiah Wright, and we still remember the videos of their celebration after the Muslim's vicious attack on our country........"The chickens are coming home to roost"

You are Wright Jeremiah..."the chickens are coming home to roost" and you, your congregation of hate and your son Barack Hussein Obama, will be exposed and revealed for what you are.....racists, supremacist and people that hate the country we love and we've always been proud of......

Yes, republicans and democrats have different opinions about many social issues.. but we all understand now, that we need to come together and defend our country from Barack Hussein's effort to take over the United States Government.

The time is now, for americans to come together and save our country by voting for John McCain, a patriot that loves our country!!!

The time is now......

Posted by: Manolete | June 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk - And I suppose the "new" make over of that doper and thief Cindy McCain has somehow passed your notice? Or, how about John McCain and the Keating scandle. How much money did he make off that? Oh, 5 million dollars. And, even when caught, he never gave one dime back! Now, of course, he has aligned himself with the first Vice President in this nations history to be on the payroll of a private company (Halliburton) while he was in office! And, I would remind you, Halliburton is a huge controibuter to McCain to the 527's attacking Obama, and they aren't even "officially" U.S. based any more. When they got in hot water and COngress attempted to investigate them, they moved thir headquarters and CEI to Dubai! So, John McCain, Dick CHeney, and who knows who else associated with this rats nest of vermin you call the Republican Party, are literally agents for a foreign government.

Oh, and you are such a good conservative. Let's ralk about communism. You know, that old fashioned threat of Marxism, one world government...globalization? Now, just in case you haven't noticed, the chief proponents of this modern day retread of Marxism are the various Bushies. This sort of nonsense has gotten any better since the Societs tried it and failed. It is just as danerous and the proponents - Bush, Cheney, McCain, Rice, the entire rats nest at the Whitehouse - are just as dangerously delussional as Lenin and Stalin and Mao. Now I know you call yourself a conserative, but if you cannot see that the Republican Party has become nothing mroe than a collection of corporate controlled fuzzy minded one worlders, then you are blind. They DESERVE to be wiped out, they CANNOT be permitted to wreck any more harm upon this country or the world. Like it or not, Barak Obama is the one decent man left in this race.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Great ad!

Posted by: skylights | June 19, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Opens with Obama speaking directly to viewers, a flag pin on his lapel.

aka - false patriotism

this stinks to high heaven of a hollywood style makeover. Same thing his wife is attempting. We will never know the actual Barry Hussain. It is all just spin at this point.

"It's both an effort to counter the notion that the Harvard-educated, Chicago resident is an elitist and an attempt to connect with working-class voters who largely preferred rival Hillary Rodham Clinton during the primaries." even AP gets it. although I doubt the nitwits in Obamaland will.

AIRING: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia

aka - states I am going to lose to McCain. I am that careless with your money. and I will be if elected. I promise to raise taxes a lot to cover all my expenses.

Posted by: kingofzouk | June 19, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

United Church of Christ--a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

This is straight off the UCC website. Look it up yourself at http://www.ucc.org/about-us/. Not a hate group!

Posted by: mruth | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone please tell me how a congregation of the United Church of Christ qualifies as a "hate group." What is the proof? Look up the United Church of Christ and you will find that it is the most tolerant denomination in the US. It is not a "hate group" anymore than the Baptists or the Episcopalians or the United Methodists or the Lutherans or the Congregationalists. Whoever cavalierly tars the United Church of Christ as a "hate group" simply doesn't know anything about Protestant denominations in the US. Perhaps they are people who don't go to church at all.

Posted by: mruth | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

to man hater
Your ignorance is the truly amazing thing. He became a member of the church 20 years ago... that does not mean he went there for 20 years. In fact it has been proven over and over he was not in attenance for any of the slew of sound bites that has circulated the airwaves. I am an indedentant who is undesided as i am learning as much FACTUAL information about BOTH candidates. I was issues with some of Obama's policy's and McCains but overall so far they both have good quality's and strenthes respectivly. If you want to rant about gossip and spread unconfirmed rumors... go back to high school. The Facts are Obama have spent the VAST majority of his time in the last 12 years outside of chicago on a regular basis( Il senate, US senate, and other political functions) The media on reputable networks CLEARLY state that Obama was a MEMBER of a church not attended. That is because his attendance is not required for membership. I my self am still considered a member of 2 churches in my home town 2500 miles away yet i have not been to them in 8 and 15 years respectivly. That being said, I know many people you disagree with preachings, stances, positions and what ever that are given in church, yet they attend for god not the pastor. I also know some that attended church for 15+ years and left because at some point the little things came to a head, and a LARGE issue surfaced. the large issue being one that was against their thinking, morals, and some times belief. Looking back and talking with others these opinions from the pulpit were common knowlegde to some. But are new news to others. mainly because they didn't attend EVERY sunday, or even most. I attend church an average of 3 or 4 times a year. Primarily when I decide " I think I'll go to church today". So if I began attending ( now your a member) 5 years ago I'm i responsible for everything that is said and or done in the church... NO. If the church and or pastor is found to have taken a hatful/racial/sexist/whatever view does that mean I share it. The fact that Obama didn't immediatly disown the pastor is the surist sign of his humanity. politictions are know to be cold and calculating, yet he had to talk to the Rev. and come to terms with the Rev he knew and the Man before him. Each of us has a family member or friend with a strong view diffent than our own, America has had a lot of them. From rock and role to rap, gay to gay marriage, interracial to equality, from sexism and child labor. the list goes on and on, but the point is if this was some one you held in high reguard... a parent, a bother, a Rev.. you would probably try to talk with them, pray with them, and pray for them because you dissagree with there view but you see ohter qualities worth saving... As many of you know some times you must let that person go. Not just for you, but for those around you, the stress relieve is near immediately felt by others. Make no mistake I do NOT condone REV wright's views. I simply think by repeating incorrect and baised information you seem to be his clone... or disciple.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama and all, but who the hell writes the music for these ads? Soo Hallmark.

Posted by: Paul | June 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This race is not about Obama. More than any other event in our times this is a fight between good and evil, it's about our survival as a nation. And thsat means stomping out, riping up the weeds swon by the Bush Administration. John McCain, for whatever season, has decided to align himself with George Bush and Dick Cheney and the corporate frauds and vermin that have preyed upon this country. As a consequence, I encourage Obama, the DNC, and every liberal organization seeking to rid us for the Bush legacy, to take money, to spend it advertising lavishly, to do whatever it takes to defeat these evil men and women.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 19, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

His ad does not address:

His own half brother reporting his muslim backround.

His dealings with Rezko.

His ties to an admmitted Terrorist of the United States.

His racism against Hispanics.

His 20 year connection to a racist church where he brought his own children.

Posted by: Davis | June 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Obama can overcome a big setback, via the supreme court:

Supreme Court Reverses Gore Endorsement, Awards it to McCain:

http://reallyseriousnews.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/supreme-court-reverses-gore-endorsement-awarding-it-to-mccain/

"It is plainly obvious, by reading Section One, Clause Four of Article Two, that the framers, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton, were firm in their resolve, that in the 2008 Presidential election, 219 years after ratification, former Vice President Gore, who the constitution also stipulated must lose the 2000 Presidential election regardless of the voters' wishes, would be required to hand his endorsement and considerable public influence to John McCain, who was himself one of the original framers of Constitution," Scalia wrote.

Posted by: Jordan Zakarin | June 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD-
That's a great idea. IIRC, 7-11 is a franchise shop. The US Gov't should open 7-11 franchses on the grounds of all of our embassies for the wanna-be jail birds to attempt to knock over. Since the staff will be embassy employees, it'll be a federal crime under the "Conspiracy to Attack a US National Abroad" law, or whatever.

Posted by: Mason | June 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Zathras: No, they don't. That is, they have no idea how desperate they look (because idiots usually lack self awareness)."

With your post, you've seemingly proved your point.

Posted by: lexsilia | June 19, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"That flaccid post-'93 response only encouraged terrorists - who are unfazed by the prospect of a US prison, where the quality of life's better than it was at home."

Um, yeah, thats why they're blowing up buildings...so that they can get into one of those cushy American jails.

That might be a good idea on Obama's part. The terrorists might just go and rob a 7-11 instead of truckbombing an embassy. Its a lot easier way to get into jail.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama can talk, talk, talk, and talk all he wants to about his new-found love of all people and all races but the people with common sense won't be fooled into believing his fairy tales now after a more than 20 year history PROVING the opposite. No person becomes a member and stays a member of a hate group that preaches hatred of all whites and hatred of America for more than 20 years unless that person is a true believer in what's being said and done. Barack Obama is a Louis Farrakhan and Jerimiah Wright Jr. clone and desciple and all his fine talk now expousing all this love and togetherness is pure BS. He needs the white vote and that's the one and only reason he's pretending to be another MLK. Only the very dumb, easely flim-flamed liberal whites and the racist blacks could support and believe this guy.

Posted by: madhatter | June 19, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just like you... just as long as you'd march in support of illegal activity at an event organized by possible proxies for a foreign government that wants to change our laws:

http://nomoreblather.com/barack-obama-and-the-immigration-marches

Would you be like Obama? Or, would you investigate the links between those organizers and the foreign government?

Which is the patriotic choice?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 19, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Forget it, Obama will never be truthful with voters.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

BHO has proposed a health plan that entrenches the employer based model. I suggest that moving away from the employer based model is a reform that would make the USA more competitive with Europe and Asia and Canada and Australia, which do not have employer based coverage.

BHO is either for or against NAFTA. I suggest that NAFTA on balance has been a success, but that it does need tweaking on labor standards, on labor movement, and on environmental standards. Canada will be with us on all three, I think.

McC does not describe a mission in Iraq and neither does BHO. They are spouting talking points. I suspect BHO would be respectful of Lugar and Biden [see Broder] but I do not know where McC is on this, as I post this. Thus I may favor BHO here, on faith.

These are better candidates than GWB and Kerry, but they still disappoint.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Opting out of the Campaign Finance System - a system designed to limit the influence of Washington lobbyists - is the first big COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH OBAMA HAS BROKEN - CLEARLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN NOT TRUST OBAMA TO DO WHAT HE SAYS.


Obama is a disgrace.


Obama committed to take public funds - now Obama is going against his word. That makes Obama a LIAR AGAIN.


Sorry if the obamatrolls are unhappy.


With such little experience, the Empty Suit Obama has shown the American People again that he simply can not be trusted. Michele Obama made a slip the other day when she called Obama "pathetic" - I think she calls him pathetic all the time and she just repeated it on national television by course of habit.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 19, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Bold move going into some very Red states. This is why opting out makes sense. He can crush McCAin in ads and general cash flow.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The issue is honesty and trust - Obama fails on both accounts.


A real man sticks by his word.


Clearly there is no personal honor to Obama - like his affirmative action programs he feels he is entitled to a different set of rules than anyone else.

Did he cite Jim Crow when he said he was going to go back on his word.

I like a man who sticks to what he has said. Period. I also like a man who goes to great lengths to stick to what he has said. Obama is a miserable failure.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Zathras: No, they don't. That is, they have no idea how desperate they look (because idiots usually lack self awareness).

Posted by: Marc P | June 19, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the anti-Obama people who are cutting and pasting here there and everywhere realize how desperate they look.

Posted by: Zathras | June 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Many voters know little of Obama and are hungry for more information."

This is what is wrong with U.S. Democracy today summarized in a single sentence.

How in the world can ANYONE in this country "know little of Obama" after the longest, hardest battled, most covered, most advertised Democratic primaries in U.S. history?

Democracy only works when people get involved or, at the least, pay attention.

Posted by: Jim Crozier | June 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: dab23 | June 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Obama can even buy his own house (in his case Chicago mansion) without help from his dearest advisor Tony Rezko who soon will be in slamhouse for long period time."

Absolutely dopey. If you want to parrot Obama dirt, go ahead, but you should at least get you story correct. He didn't buy his home from Rezko, he bought a strip of the vacant lot next to his house from Rezko's wife.

The Fix is a field ripe for plowing by the Obama Internet Truth Squad.

Posted by: bondjedi | June 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Very smart and well-made ad! The family emphasis, the working hard to get ahead message, the warm fuzzy vibe are politically perfect. This calm, level-headed, personable man speaking directly into the camera will be disarming and surprising to many who have only seen him in short clips speaking to large rallies or through inflammatory emails.

This is precisely the tone Obama needs to adopt as he introduces himself to Americans who haven't been following the primaries closely and whose limited view of Obama is shaped by scurrilous emails and rumors, racial stereotypes, and clips of Rev. Wright. Obama needs to use the summer to retake control of his image, and this a great start for him.

I actually thought one of the most effective clips in the ad was the shot of houses while he talks about working in a neighborhood that was devastated by steel plant closings. It was a simple picture of the kind of blue collar community in Ohio, PA, Mich, WVa, Indiana etc where Obama needs to connect better with voters. This sends the message that he understands those communities first hand ... very smart.

And the shot of him whispering with the older white woman is a very effective way of presenting him as a listener who is good at bringing diverse people together.

The Obama campaign proved during the primaries that they were capable of running an incredibly effective and pitch perfect campaign (there is no way he would have beaten the front runner if they weren't). This ad is a sign that the Obama general election campaign is likely to be very effective as well.


Posted by: terje | June 19, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The guy is going to the next Presiden to the United States. Totally crazy. Black guy from Chicago is going to be taking the oath of office on the steps of the US Capitol in January. I didn't think I would ever see the day a black guy got elected President. And to think a mere 6 years ago he was just another small time state senator.

America is a beautiful place.

Posted by: Tom | June 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Chris - Has there ever been a candidate who has provided more information on their background, policy positions, campaign, etc.. than the Obama campaign?

Through Facebook, Myspace, political blogs, 24/7 cable news, the campaign web site, all those videos up on YouTube, and the insufferable, endless campaign coverage from the MSM - you can't walk out the door without tripping on information (solid or scurrilous) about Obama: who he is, what he thinks, who he's surrounded himself with, what his wife thinks, etc...

Not only that, now that he has opted out of public financing he will outspend McCain by an incredible sum.

So if you are worried people do not or will not know about Barack Obama come November - I wouldn't worry.

Posted by: pkohan | June 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Rick Moran

This is pretty shameless - even for a politician who claims to practice a "new kind" of politics.

During the Ohio primary against Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama skewered her for her support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), calling her out on what many Ohio workers thought was the reason they lost their jobs.

Obama promised that if he were president he never would have signed it in the first place and that if he became president, he would try to renegotiate the terms with Canada and Mexico.

You may recall that his economic advisor told the Candadians that Obama really wasn't serious about this, that it was just campaign rhetoric.

Well, it turns out that the advisor - Austen Goolsbee - was absolutely right:

CNN Money:


The general campaign is on, independent voters up for grabs, and Barack Obama is toning down his populist rhetoric - at least when it comes to free trade.

In an interview with Fortune to be featured in the magazine's upcoming issue, the presumptive Democratic nominee suggests he doesn't want to unilaterally blow up NAFTA after all.

"Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified," he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA "devastating" and "a big mistake," despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Does that mean his rhetoric was overheated and amplified? "Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don't exempt myself," he answered.

What Obama says now is that he believes in "opening up a dialogue" with trading partners Canada and Mexico "and figuring to how we can make this work for all people."

The rank cynicism of this move staggers the imagination. Basically, what Obama is saying is that he doesn't have a very level head and that sometimes he lets hyperbole take over when things get tough. The candidate is hinting at his dishonesty on the matter and brushing it off as "overheated" rhetoric.

This is change we can lie about.

Posted by: I lie when it suits me | June 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I just will, that's all:


This week, Obama claimed, again, that he'd promptly capture Osama bin Laden. OK, tell me how: Specifically, which concrete measures would he take that haven't been taken? How would he force our intelligence agencies to locate bin Laden? And he can't just respond, "That's classified."

He also claimed that fighting terrorism is a law-enforcement problem, not a military one (should we send the NYPD to Mosul and Kandahar?), and that the answer to terrorism is the approach taken after the 1993 World Trade Center attack, featuring conventional trials and prison terms.

That flaccid post-'93 response only encouraged terrorists - who are unfazed by the prospect of a US prison, where the quality of life's better than it was at home. The Clinton administration's hesitancy and softness gave us the subsequent attacks on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, on our embassies in East Africa, on the USS Cole and, ultimately, the events of 9/11.

The senator needs to tell us why it would be different now.

Obama has also said he'd send our troops into Pakistan, although he'll withdraw rapidly from Iraq. His unwillingness to discuss the consequences of a hasty retreat from Baghdad is one thing - but invading Pakistan would be an order of magnitude worse.

A substantial number of Iraq's 26 million citizens did welcome us. In Pakistan, with its 170 million Muslims and some of the most rugged terrain on earth, anti-Americanism prevails. Any US military incursion would be greeted with outrage and demands for a military response.

Nor does Obama appear to grasp that armies need fuel, ammunition, food, spare parts and other supplies. Nearly everything for our troops in landlocked Afghanistan, from bottled water to medical supplies, now comes via Pakistani ports, roads and railroads. If those long, difficult routes were cut, how would President Obama supply our troops? And no, it can't all be done by air.

Oh, Pakistan has nukes, too.

Also this week, Obama's advisers stated that, if apprehended, Osama bin Laden should be tried in a conventional US courtroom. My fellow Americans, do you believe that?

Do you believe that this arch-terrorist, publicly proud of his responsibility for 9/11, should be given all the rights of a US citizen and a public platform to engage in propaganda?

Posted by: snObama | June 19, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama can even buy his own house (in his case Chicago mansion) without help from his dearest advisor Tony Rezko who soon will be in slamhouse for long period time.

America can not trust Obama to handle our national economy crisis of the day.

McCain is no better either. McCain calls Carly Fiorina (his economic advisor) at 3 o'clock in the morning for her advise on subprime mortage crisis. Carly Fiorina is still at her beauty parlor doing her hair and what else.

McSame Bush = John McCain
BushLite = Barack Obama

Pick your choice if you are voting to destroy this country.

Posted by: Pat | June 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Obama! Do you get the sense that his campaign is about twice as smart as those who have tried to take him on?

I'm going to donate some more to keep ads like these rolling.

Sorry about the public financing thing, GOPers. I'm sure that McCain can scrape a few bucks together to run his own ads some day. Maybe a bake sale?

Posted by: BB | June 19, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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