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The Speech: How Did He Do?



Barack Obama delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Committee. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

DENVER -- Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination tonight in the Mile High City, delivering a speech that was among the most anticipated political events in modern memory.

Obama's speech was more substance than style; more specifics than rhetorical flourish. The Illinois senator even directly rebutted the idea -- advanced by John McCain's campaign -- that he is more celebrity than politician.

After recounting the story of his grandmother and her rise from the "secretarial pool to middle-management," Obama said: "I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me."

Obama also challenged McCain directly on national security and the ability to keep America safe -- insisting that he welcomed a debate against the Arizona senator on the issue.

And when Obama went on to dress down McCain and the Republican party over their stances on taxes and healthcare, he roared: "That is not the judgment we need. That won't keep America safe. We need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past."

The speech was, by in large, meaty. Obama avoided soaring rhetoric until the final moments of the address perhaps for fear that an address heavy on oratory would be picked apart by Republicans as more evidence that he is heavy on style and light on substance.

Did Obama do enough with his speech? Were you convinced (if you needed convincing)? Sound off in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 11:28 PM ET
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Comments

I really felt him during his speech. It awaken and inspired me to pay closer attention to what is happening in this country with this election. I felt abandoned yet embraced. I really liked the educational plans as well as the re-interation of some society has cast aside. Both economically and spiritually. It was a bit much on show....but this is a moment that will be remembered.....a new shot fired around the world. racial equality in the "White House" go figure.

Posted by: Mozell | September 2, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Change is something that been getting thrown around a lot. There are two candidates that again will not bring any change to the US government or economy. I am a police officer and i get impacted as any citizen would. Tax cuts have already resulted in our police force being undersized and undermanned. Neither McCain Will bring the change that US citizens believe and hope they will. I Hope and pray the US citizens will make a sensible choice and not a choice based on a hope or desperation of change that will not come anytime in the near or distant future. I am a proud american and US citizen, but until either candidate shows anything besides showing the problems with our government, and our economy there nothing different about either of them than any other candidate in the past. We need our government to make changes, and i don't think either candidate will do so they will just play out to our hopes and desperation for change. Then continue to carry out their personal agenda. I will vote but am undecided at the moment we will see as time plays out. I have an open mind and I'm listening to both candidates but have had heard nothing different from either that we've all heard from in the past.

Posted by: MIA | September 2, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I am a US Citizen, residing overseas. I realise that most people in the US care very little about what 'foreigners' think of the US and its leaders, but folks you need to. The past years have been difficult for everyone, and a change is required. There is a vast world out here and what the US does impacts so many people and nations a balance must be found. I do not believe that McCain can provide that balance, particularly now that he has chosen his running mate, which is an embarrassment and slap in the face of intelligent people.
Mr Obama will have my vote

Posted by: Mary C | August 31, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA forbBIDEN!

Posted by: ayesa | August 31, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Why should I be interested in voting for a man who professes to love America while simultaneously promising to change everything about it, so that it is not the America "as it is", but the America the Obamas want to make it. A land where the government mandates students to do "volunteer" work in the community, where "everyone" has health insurance from the government (with the predictable results we see in Canada, etc.), where everyone will talk about terrorism, a la Bill Clinton, but never do anything about it.

Posted by: NightFire | August 30, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Another bad day for the Baracky Hussein Obama campaign.

Every single day, he sounds more and more like a Republican. Saying anything that he thinks will gain him votes – he is a poll watcher with no convictions.

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

Even his running mate and Hillary Clinton have stated, that he is not qualified to be President.

I hope that all Hispanic voters realize, that they will be at the bottom of the barrel if Baracky Hussein Obama is elected.

Baracky Hussein Obama will have to pacify the Black voters, after receiving 99 % of their vote in November.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008 – The Maverick is back.

Posted by: gary | August 30, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

38 Million people turned in to watch, and 78,000 sit in the stadium to listen, not to mention thousand outside the stadium to listen, it take someone bigger than ourselvs to command a crowd that MASSIVE. HE made me proud to be a part of History, and to thank god I live in a country, like AMERICA. words cant express how I feel. He was Wonderful.

Posted by: Flora | August 30, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Also, talk about a classic old-school politician. Obama wants it both ways with guns. He supports the 2nd Amendment and banning guns! He mentions his support of gun owners in his speech but claims we need different levels of freedom depending on location in the country.

I'd love to see Obama make such a silly statement when it comes to the First Amendment. Or the Fourth or Fifth.

I suppose with Obama's 2nd Amendment theory, he would actually support Gitmo incarceration without legal representation? After all, we need different levels of Constitutional freedoms depending on situation and need.

Absolutely incredible coming from a supposed constitutional law prof.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama specifically mentioned FDR and Kennedy when he tried to show that the Dems are as capable of defending the country as the Republicans.

Tell me what FDR and Kennedy did to merit Obama's claim? WWII, Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, i.e., war.

QED.

Posted by: royalcx | August 30, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

if you want more war vote mccain. also im sick of the abortion issue being front and center in every election. this is a very important election and we need to concentrate on economy,world affairs. mccain has a violent temper. i saw him bring some poor women to tears when she pushed to continue the pow agenda. he was opposed to continuing the search for mias.hes a vietnam pow and i cant imagine him not supporting the search.voted against the gi bill. but took credit for it. bush and mccain are one and the same. vote OBAMA

Posted by: bill doc | August 30, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I like Tony Blair...but he screwed up when he went with Bush. I am not sure why anyone would want 4 more years of his failed policies, but that's what McCain is offering. Nothing more.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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How about when Obama tried to show that the Democrats were tough on national security and tried to prove that Democrats can wage war as well as the Republicans?

That was silly beyond belief. After all of Obama's spouting about engaging the international community, avoiding war, etc etc. Now he wants to show that he can wage war? What kind of war? Obama mentioned Kennedy. Does that mean Bay of Pigs? Great. Vietnam? Really great. Put this on top of his previous rhetoric about invading Pakistan, plus Biden's well-established bellicose attitude and you have a team that appears to be claiming that they are itching for war.

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I do believe that soon to be president Obama said don't tell me Democrats can't protect us, not that they could wage war.

At least if you are going to try to tear down his speech, get it right.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

So the answer to the substantive speech by Obama by some here is to recount Rezko, Wright, Ayers, etc.?
Can anyone have a substantive discussion with right-wingers anymore? It is all about smear, taunts and lies!
No, not this time. It will not work.

Posted by: Buddy | August 29, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Barack Obama was awesome! He touched every aspects on what Americans need in this 21st century. We can not afford to have four more years of Bush polictics. Sen. John Mccain is not on the same page with everyday working class Americans. We need our economy to rise to benefit all Americans, more jobs, better health care system for all, better education for our youth, bring our soldiers home, etc.... Obama and Biden will make this "CHANGE"! GO OBAMA AND BIDEN! "YES WE CAN"

Posted by: PATTY J | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

the character of the writer is evident in the nature of their immediate negative response. I am so proud to be voting for the Democratic Duo! Barak's speech was worded and delivered with the sincerety he intended and the world (yes, the world)is praying our voters will have the good sense to vote him is as our and ultimately, their leader. We will realize long range benefits from his leadership and many short range will not be within his accomplishmet immediately but worth waiting for. I pray Pelosi will have the opportunity to work closely with him on future legislation to better us and our children and grandchildren will do so thru an improved Supreme Court. I pray this duo is victorious Nov 4th!

Posted by: mariane | August 29, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

A "fantastic" speech?

Hard to believe that when Obama spouts up a classic, big-ego gaff right at the very start. He has been nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for President of the US. He most certainly has not been nominated for President of the US.

Language matters, and since language is a politician's main tool and main product, it really matters when Obama self-annoits himself as President already.

How about when Obama tried to show that the Democrats were tough on national security and tried to prove that Democrats can wage war as well as the Republicans?

That was silly beyond belief. After all of Obama's spouting about engaging the international community, avoiding war, etc etc. Now he wants to show that he can wage war? What kind of war? Obama mentioned Kennedy. Does that mean Bay of Pigs? Great. Vietnam? Really great. Put this on top of his previous rhetoric about invading Pakistan, plus Biden's well-established bellicose attitude and you have a team that appears to be claiming that they are itching for war.

Obama is a clown and truly worse than an empty suit. No experience, no accomplishments, just a lot of smooth talk. And a telling VP choice: a serial plagarizer, C and D student in college, bottom of the class in law school, 35 years in Washington, a classic DC insider (who by the way, said that Obama was unqualified to be President during the primary). So where is the change?

Posted by: royalcx | August 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

As I watched the spectacle last night, I almost succumbed to its hypnotic effects. But just when I was almost convinced that this man is the savior of America and that I would follow him, a chill came over me as I recalled that most famous scene from "It's A Wonderful Life", when George Bailey was about to accept Mr. Potter's offer of employment.

“No, no, no, no. Wait a minute here.
Wait a minute.

I don't need twenty-four hours.
I, I don't have to talk to anybody.

I know right now,
and the answer is no! No!

Doggone it!

You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money.

Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter.

In the...in the whole
vast configuration of things,
I'd say you were nothing
but a scurvy little spider."

Posted by: mtweed | August 29, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The most disciplined Presidential Candidate made History tonight:
“With profound gratitude and great humility I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America!” All Americans can share in this amazing moment.
On the 45th Anniversary of possibly the most memorable speech in history…when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963; Barrack Obama delivered tonight from the mile high stadium in Denver. It was not just an evening of amazing pyrotechnics but it was a spectacle of a man who is “fired up” to serve. “This is not about me, but about you”…Barrack said, stating this night was also a night for the hardworking blue-collar Grandmother that worked to give him an education.
This was a symphony of words, with the right timing, the best tempo, a determined cadence and rhythm, building to a crescendo climax of Promise and Hope. This was a moment of transcending politics and cultural barriers.
Tonight there was a voicing of concerns on the interweaving issues that matter most to the true Middle American: Jobs and the economy, human rights, health care, energy, a timetable for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq. There were specific proposals that show the promise of the United States to once again become the “moral leader” of the world, with echoes of Lincoln, Kennedy and even Reagan…a masterpiece…
Obama may now be growing into the job of a new Presidency…
Formidable…a willing to take on John McCain. “We cannot afford another eight years like the last years: ‘Eight is enough’”!!!---Willing to take on Osama Bin Laden---“I supported finishing the job in Afghanistan”---but McCain was noted as “Reckless”…a voting record that was diminished by the party line 90 percent of the time. Stating: “McCain would not even go into the cave where Osama bin Laden lives!” Powerful---strong, straight words…”We must take out Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants!” and he looked the camera right in the eye…confident in picking Biden for V.P., that foreign policy is won through diplomacy and engagement.

Barrack may have made the transformational speech of the Century so far.
“Washington will get changed from the 'Outside In'”---this was another March on Washington…Dr. King would be proud---a new peaceful army of invigorated America: “I may not make it with you to the Promised Land” taking on new meaning now…
A promise of new hope with specifics, becomes a different kind of speech than Barrack has given to date.
Obama ended with three thoughts based upon his Faith in God. Quoting the scripture that says God works in “seen and unseen ways”---and expanding that: “We must work to become our brothers’ keeper” A man seeking urgency in renewal through community.
We know where Barrack stands now…his values…morally, on the issues…where he will lead the Nation…and once becoming President that Divinity will remain his steadfast boss. Instead of the Gore line, “A woman’s right to choose” (what about the babies right to life)…Obama professes that we must find common ground together in preventing unwanted pregnancy. There is a problem with the tolerance for same-sex marriage---Jesus was clear in Matthew: That; “He who made them in the beginning made them male and female and for this reason a man shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”---
However compromised by party line, Barrack is the only candidate in recent memory that has called upon the name of Jesus in a public forum for guidance.
Like the Preacher Dr. King, Obama was not afraid to quote the Bible this mile high evening...and that is different for a latter day Democrat...Thanking God at the end of a history making speech…finishing with: “Hold firmly without wavering to the hope that we now confess,” and for now, this candidate steps daily into his script for a New Dawn…
Eric Soldahl
August 28, 2008
(Soldahl and his wife Betsy penned the words for the original "Rock around Barrack Tonight" theme song. Musical groups such as Pearl Jam have recorded versions).
Washington Posted by: Eric Soldahl | August 28, 2008 12:54 AM

Posted by: Eric Soldahl | August 29, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I think "MP" (that Obama is superior--in a class of his own) and Bill E. Pilgrim (how superficial AP's comments were) both truly understand the reality, i.e., this speech is truly historic. A truly eloquent presentation based on unassailable facts linked by unassailable logic that drew the sharp distinction of the choice American voters face in November: Vote for continued decline under the GOP or to reverse our decline under the new progressive government. Comments like those of AP remind one of the ink blot test which tell more about the person looking at the ink blot that about the ink blot. The speech was flawless--superb, but those who disparage it tell us alot about the themselves--not about Barack Obama. Andre Sauvageot, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

Posted by: Andre Sauvageot | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The speech was fantastic. I was concerned that Obama might not be tough enough. In the speech he proved that he is ready to take on the other side.

Posted by: osmith | August 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Before: convinced to vote for Obama.
After: convinced to spend every available moment working for Obama's campaign and doing everything I can to get him into office.

PS I was THERE! A local allowed in-- a nice touch to allow the non-delegates in to be a part of history.

Posted by: DR_JES | August 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

and Tony Blair got behind GWB and invaded Iraq. And look where it got HIM!
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Tony Blair never had a clue about how to use email and cell phones, yet he was one of the greatest prime ministers Britain ever had.

If the US cannot now have Hillary, then John McCain it has to be!

Obama will be a loony left disaster and I say this as a Brit who is a member of the British Labour Party and who would be a Democrat if I was a citizen of your great nation.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM

Posted by: Enough! | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM

Tony Blair served as PM for 10 years; not many achieve that. He was the first Labour leader to win 3 terms in office; the first to achieve that.

All this against a backdrop of lifting so many out of poverty, introducing a minimum wage, making our health service so much better, improving education, bringing in greater equality, improving employment law, dealing with terrorism, improving law and order...the list goes on. It is amazing what one man can achieve when he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Obama will not acheive anything for America unless he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Oh I am sorry, I hear he already has. Tony Blair was right on Iraq and Obama may agree as he is not as keen to pull the troops out straight away as he was at the beginning of his campaign for the candidacy. John McCain has been right on this one all along.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

and Tony Blair got behind GWB and invaded Iraq. And look where it got HIM!
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Tony Blair never had a clue about how to use email and cell phones, yet he was one of the greatest prime ministers Britain ever had.

If the US cannot now have Hillary, then John McCain it has to be!

Obama will be a loony left disaster and I say this as a Brit who is a member of the British Labour Party and who would be a Democrat if I was a citizen of your great nation.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM

Posted by: Enough! | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM

Tony Blair served as PM for 10 years; not many achieve that. He was the first Labour leader to win 3 terms in office; the first to achieve that.

All this against a backdrop of lifting so many out of poverty, introducing a minimum wage, making our health service so much better, improving education, bringing in greater equality, improving employment law, dealing with terrorism, improving law and order...the list goes on. It is amazing what one man can achieve when he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Obama will not acheive anything for America unless he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Oh I am sorry, I hear he already has. Tony Blair was right on Iraq and Obama may agree as he is not as keen to pull the troops out straight away as he was at the beginning of his campaign for the candidacy. John McCain has been right on this one all along.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

and Tony Blair got behind GWB and invaded Iraq. And look where it got HIM!
*************************************************************

Tony Blair never had a clue about how to use email and cell phones, yet he was one of the greatest prime ministers Britain ever had.

If the US cannot now have Hillary, then John McCain it has to be!

Obama will be a loony left disaster and I say this as a Brit who is a member of the British Labour Party and who would be a Democrat if I was a citizen of your great nation.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM

Posted by: Enough! | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM

Tony Blair served as PM for 10 years; not many achieve that. He was the first Labour leader to win 3 terms in office; the first to achieve that.

All this against a backdrop of lifting so many out of poverty, introducing a minimum wage, making our health service so much better, improving education, bringing in greater equality, improving employment law, dealing with terrorism, improving law and order...the list goes on. It is amazing what one man can achieve when he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Obama will not acheive anything for America unless he leaves his far left-wing views behind him.

Oh I am sorry, I hear he already has. Tony Blair was right on Iraq and Obama may agree as he is not as keen to pull the troops out straight away as he was at the beginning of his campaign for the candidacy. John McCain has been right on this one all along.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I saw an Obama commercial today, where McCain is riding in his golf cart and says he does not know how many houses he owns because he has lost track, and that the middle class is anyone earning less than 5 million per year. The commercial points out that this is why McCain thinks the fundamentals of the economy are fine- because from where he sits they are fine. Then it asks "But how are you doing"

My answer is NOT GOOD! Finally SOMEONE notices and cares! Finally someone who is not calling us whiners! Finally someone who is not saying "Let them eat cake!" Refreshing to be acknowledged.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I think now that the convention is over you will see Obama moving ahead and never relinquishing the lead. Karl Rove said that Mccain could not win and here is what he said. He said the problem Mccain has is, he will have to completely flip voters his way. If they are not already in the Mccain camp it would take a lot to get them there. Obama on the other hand is even with Mccain now and all his voters are waiting for is him to give them some signal he can close the deal. They "WANT" to vote for him and just need to be reassured. As Rove put it, Unless Obama implodes they will tip his way and this may not even be as close election as it looks now. After last night and what will most likely take place over the next couple of months, In Florida there are over 3000 Obama workers on the ground right now. Obama is going to close this thing out with crescendo. Anyone who has been watching this all these months and thinks it is luck Obama has gotten where is are kidding themselves.


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Anonymous at 9:09--whichever one you are--I don't know about "Obamabots" but don't be surprised if, in the next few days, Obama goes above 50% in national polls for the first time, indicating movement by undecided voters.

Posted by: dch | August 29, 2008 10:25 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the Hillary part but you can keep the McCain part

Posted by: Michael-NYC | August 29, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

and Tony Blair got behind GWB and invaded Iraq. And look where it got HIM!
*************************************************************

Tony Blair never had a clue about how to use email and cell phones, yet he was one of the greatest prime ministers Britain ever had.

If the US cannot now have Hillary, then John McCain it has to be!

Obama will be a loony left disaster and I say this as a Brit who is a member of the British Labour Party and who would be a Democrat if I was a citizen of your great nation.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM

Posted by: Enough! | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

sorry there was an error and it posted my last comment twice.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with your assessment of the division. It appears we are being over run and controlled by the extremists on the fringe of each party. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, however reading this board I have read far more centrist comments from Democrats than from the Republicans. That may be because centrist Republicans don't post here, only the Ditto-heads do, or it may be because many have changed party affiliation. I think it is sad that both major parties have been co opted by the radicals and the normal people are either ignored or shouted down. That is why I choose not to be associated with either major party.

"I am trying really hard to understand Republicans, however I am not following along with their logic."

Based on the rest of your comments, Karin, it doesn't sound like you are trying to understand Repubs at all. Sadly, it sounds like you just buy into stereotypes.

See, I'm trying to understand Democrats, but I just can't follow their logic. It seems that they are either America-hating flag-burners. Or gay atheists who act like being religious is a crime. Or they are lazy entitlement-grubbers who think they have an inalienable right to have the other taxpayers take care of them. What's the deal? Are all the reasonable people in the Repub party or what?

Posted by: Karin's logic | August 29, 2008 10:15 AM

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I agree with your assessment of the division. It appears we are being over run and controlled by the extremists on the fringe of each party. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, however reading this board I have read far more centrist comments from Democrats than from the Republicans. That may be because centrist Republicans don't post here, only the Ditto-heads do, or it may be because many have changed party affiliation. I think it is sad that both major parties have been co opted by the radicals and the normal people are either ignored or shouted down. That is why I choose not to be associated with either major party.

"I am trying really hard to understand Republicans, however I am not following along with their logic."

Based on the rest of your comments, Karin, it doesn't sound like you are trying to understand Repubs at all. Sadly, it sounds like you just buy into stereotypes.

See, I'm trying to understand Democrats, but I just can't follow their logic. It seems that they are either America-hating flag-burners. Or gay atheists who act like being religious is a crime. Or they are lazy entitlement-grubbers who think they have an inalienable right to have the other taxpayers take care of them. What's the deal? Are all the reasonable people in the Repub party or what?

Posted by: Karin's logic | August 29, 2008 10:15 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

McCain's type of leadership might have worked 10 years ago but in today's changing world climate we need a very different type of leader. America does not possess the leverage it once held a decline i believe largely resulting from the policies of the last 8 years. Hopefully, with Baracks leadership and most importantly democratic control of both houses we stand a chance to effect some long overdue progress on the issues that are common to all Americans.

Posted by: michael-NYC | August 29, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Mr Obama succeeded in convincing many undecided voters tonight. He did not give solutions but enumerated the themes of his would-be administration, which makes for a more mature political climate. In truth we do not know what president Mr. McCain would be, nor Mr. Obama. We can only follow our instincts, unless our political convictions are so strong that we vote without conscientiously choosing.

He said nothing new but deeply inspired many. This is what a great leader does, inspire greatness in his followers. So, my fellow Americans, do not distrust the inspiration you feel when listening to Mr. Obama, because it is you the worker, father, soldier, taxpayer that has to save America. An inspired you is much more effective, perhaps unstoppable, to make America great once more.

Posted by: Amsterdam | August 29, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

ummmm I agree with Obama. I am a working class lower middle income American, and I would classify myself as Bitter, disillusioned, disenfranchised because I am not being represented by the current elitist administration, pissed off, disgusted, hopeless, and also a fair minded registered Libertarian who votes for candidates for office based on what I BELIEVE they will do in service to this nation. I disagree with McCain- I am not a whiner, I believe my COMPLAINTS against this administration are LEGITIMATE and to classify them as whining is yet another slap in the face! I do not vote for a candidate because some talking head pill popping pundit says I should vote for them, not because some Labor Union rep says I should vote for them, not because some newscaster tells me to vote for them, not because my own family tells me to vote for them. I vote based on my own BELIEFS in the person getting my vote. I have lost faith and confidence in the current administration, which consequently I DID NOT vote into power. I am tired of being dismissed as some Obamaite in disguise. That is so far from the reality of my case it is laughable.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous at 9:09--whichever one you are--I don't know about "Obamabots" but don't be surprised if, in the next few days, Obama goes above 50% in national polls for the first time, indicating movement by undecided voters.

Posted by: dch | August 29, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"I am trying really hard to understand Republicans, however I am not following along with their logic."

Based on the rest of your comments, Karin, it doesn't sound like you are trying to understand Repubs at all. Sadly, it sounds like you just buy into stereotypes.

See, I'm trying to understand Democrats, but I just can't follow their logic. It seems that they are either America-hating flag-burners. Or gay atheists who act like being religious is a crime. Or they are lazy entitlement-grubbers who think they have an inalienable right to have the other taxpayers take care of them. What's the deal? Are all the reasonable people in the Repub party or what?

Posted by: Karin's logic | August 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Would you say that Social Security qualifies as a Socialist program, because I would. We have been a quasi-socialist nation for many many years now. What is your point.

My last comment was deleted, because I neglected to sign it. So here goes again.

I am now more scared for our country than ever. Obama may be a spectacular orator, but does that negate the fact that his ideas are borderline Socialist? SOS.

I am not calling Obama a socialist. But not to see this in his ideas is ignorant. It is not slander as I am not name calling. Wouldn't it be nice if everything were black and white like in Yup's world?

Posted by: really | August 29, 2008 10:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

My candidate was Hillary Clinton; I love the Clintons; and I have not heard Obama's speech (it's on tape & we'll watch it later).

But I did read the transcript this morning & I am fired up to get Obama elected.
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How can you possible be fired up by that empty speech?
With regards to energy plans, this was Obama in the WSJ june 2008:

"...Obama favors legislation that would make fossil fuel more expensive. Doesn't that mean more pain to come under an Obama presidency? "There's no doubt that in the short term, adapting to this new energy economy is going to carry some costs."

OF COURSE, HE DIDN'T SAY THAT LAST NIGHT. HE DIDN'T SAY THAT THE COST WILL BE PASSED ONLY TO THE WORKING CLASS.
Then:
"As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

Did i hear right?:
"...AND FIND WAYS to safely....?

WOW, NOW THAT'S A SOLUTION: 'I PROMISE I WILL FIND WAYS TO DO EVERYTHING I'M PROMISING HERE".

"In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East."

"IN 10 YEARS??!!"
WHAT ARE OBAMA'S PLAN TO BE IN POWER FOR 10 YEARS?

These were empty promises. Not once he explained how he will achieve them. He flip flops constantly.His promises are "temporary". He called the american working class "bitter".

HOW CAN YOU BE PERSUADED BY A CRAFTED SPEECH, PROMISES OF A POLITICIAN USING EMOTIONAL WORDS TO COVER HIS LACK OF POLITICAL IDEAS?

IF YOU DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, FINE. BUT PLEASE, DON'T DELUDE YOURSELF INTO BELIEVING THAT THIS SPEECH WAS CONVINCING. YOU CONVINCED YOUR SELF.

HE JUST HYPNOTIZED YOU.

WE LOST YOU.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

When Obama said that McCain supported George Bush all but 10% of the time, he implied that his proposals reflect a much more significant change. This was a catastrophic statement for him. There is an age old fact that while people think they want change, they RESIST it and often for good reason.

The question seems to be: Just how much change is really necessary? Degree is everything. 100% change from present policies would mean a reversal of each and every government policy in existence today. First of all, that would be impossible to accomplish and secondly, it is ludicrous. It would, for instance, mean an end to all the freedom our predecessors worked so hard to establish. I would think that McCain and Obama both support the notion of Freedom of Speech. Thus, neither would work to change that it. It is a common ideal/policy that binds us as Americans. We don't want it changed.

If an airplane attempts to fly around the globe at the equator and sets it's heading only 1 degree off, it will wind up being 500 miles from where it intended to land at the completion of it's journey. Similarly, small changes in policy can have LARGE impact. If McCain were to manage to change only 10% of the current policies/laws in place, that would be an ENORMOUS amount of change for one adminstration.

Overall, if Obama had wanted to draw the undecided vote or waivering Republicans, this was not the right speech to give.

Posted by: KGus | August 29, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

FYI about the oil drigging off shore/in the Arctic...

A lot of people don't know this because the big oil guys/politicians don't talk about it, but just to clarify:

1) Any oil drilling done offshore/in the Arctic... You won't get any of it for 15-20 years! So if you're thinking immediate solution... sorry... you were misled.
2) Any oil drilling done offshore/in the Arctic... You will only get what America doesn't sell to other countries! America is part of a wide chain of countries that drill oil and then sell it off to each other. It's been going on for years. The oil we're drilling right now... we aren't getting all of it anyway, no matter how much our country wants it. So if you thought we get ALL the oil we drill... sorry, you're been misled.
3) Any oil drilling done offshore/in the Arctic...would only be enough to cover American needs for a very short period of time anyway! Americans use SO much oil + scientists have realized that there isn't much oil left underground at all so.... You do the math.
4) The price for oil went down as soon as Bush said "Let's drill offshore!" Isn't that proof enough to the common American that the price of oil has little or nothing to do with the supply of oil itself?? We haven't even drilled anything yet. The price changed because one guy said something. This should only be confirmation to the common man that prices are determined by WORDS, not by actual SUPPLY. (Which is what a lot of folks have been saying for years, but the common man hasn't listened to.)

PLEASE take this opportunity to EDUCATE yourselves about this important issue. This government has thrived for 8 years by pulling the wool over the common American's eyes! Why? Because Bush, Cheney, and their boys in office... they have STOCK IN OIL.

Again... YOU do the math...

Posted by: Someone who reads | August 29, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

My last comment was deleted, because I neglected to sign it. So here goes again.

I am now more scared for our country than ever. Obama may be a spectacular orator, but does that negate the fact that his ideas are borderline Socialist? SOS.

I am not calling Obama a socialist. But not to see this in his ideas is ignorant. It is not slander as I am not name calling. Wouldn't it be nice if everything were black and white like in Yup's world?

Posted by: really | August 29, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Again a great speak, but for one time we the people (Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc) have got to come together as Americans. This country has too many issues confronting it and we need a leader that will be able to think outside of the box. McCain isn't that man. He is going to do or say anything to try to be president. He has already went against his own views (voted against Bush tax cuts now wants them to be permanent, his Immigration bill that he is now against).

This country is facing some tough times economically, environmentally, politically. We will need a leader who will look for new ways and ideas to lead this country. We need an energy policy to move us away from foreign oil (not just a comment after 6 years in office that America is addicted to oil). We need to work with the Russians to overcome hurdles because they are fearing our missile defense system which may lead us into a new cold war. We have an economy which has been in a recession for the last 13 months but no one wants to say that.

The policies of Bush/Cheyney won't work and John McCain is just more of the same. If we move into green energy jobs (everybody estimates 5 million new jobs actually it will equal out to 12.5 million new jobs over the next 8 years) which would help the US to become energy independent and stop putting money into the Saudis, Iranians, etc pockets.

So we need a new leader with new visions and out of the two candidates only Barack Obama fits that description.

I'm a african-american male, member of the US military (26 years going back to the
Reagan years), and a independent voter who was previously supporting Hillary Clinton and now I'm supporting Barack Obama.

Some of the respondents on this list need to open up their eyes and look at the US and the World. This country cannot survive another 4 years of the same.
The deficit has doubled since GW took over the White House. Un-employment is spiraling up and no one has seen the worst yet. We are in a major recession (since August 2007) that doesn't have an end in sight. Social Security is in trouble. Our banking industry is shaking. Our military is stretched thin. We are not the world leader instead we are a world power being led by a little kid who if he doesn't get things his way he has a fit.
We all have to come together and get our country back on track and that starts with voting for Barack Obama.

Posted by: Mike63 | August 29, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama's acceptance speech was on the whole a disappointment; especially after all the build-up and climax I think fizzled. His performance was not out of the ordinary. It was OK, or was it? Certainly not a great political speech by any measure! In that sense Obama failed to seize the chance. His speech did not grab me held me captive like Bill or Hillary Clinton’s speeches did. Obama gave too much of details, made too many promises--we all have heard all of it before. He was chasing John McCain like in a Tom and Jerry cartoon. There was no poetry or passion that transformed his words into gems. Obama's speech was too long. He tried to cover too much and by doing that he sacrificed the magic of the moment. He failed to rise up to the historic moment he talked about. What was needed at the moment was political poetry. Obama failed to recognize that. So he loses the very first chance he had to hit a home run! He talks, but he fails, but the media is trying to tell us that he made a great speech; but he didn't. He was lost and meandering at times, repeating himself over, bogged down in details; delivery of the speech lacks sincere precision or purpose. He could have taken a lesson or two form Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Thus the best parts of the convention still belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. Even when the media people like your newspaper ignores them, Hillary Clinton gave a truly brilliant speech. Bill Clinton delivered a master performance. David Brooks of the New York Times and PBS Lehrer News Hour rated Obama speech "Underwhelming..." Obama perhaps did not fumble. Or did he? He missed a historical opportunity to be really great! He did not rise to the occasion he was presented with. So that's why on the whole, all things considered it was indeed, disappointing! The true triumph of the DNC convention goes to Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her grace under pressure and her tenacity in defeat. Hillary Clinton gave a brilliant speech and rose to the occasion. Now, that’s genius…

Posted by: elytis | August 29, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I am trying really hard to understand Republicans, however I am not following along with their logic. It seems to me that they are either a card carrying Rush Limbaugh cult member, endlessly spewing his rhetoric with no real thought basis like so many brain-washed zombies. Or they are voting strictly along party lines even though they are less than thrilled with the Republican candidate. Or they are hell bent on imposing their religious views on the rest of the nation like the Puritans tried when they got here. Or they are wealthy elitists that look down on anyone making less than 5million per year and fee justified in their oppression of the "lower class lazy whiners". Have all the normal, thoughtful, forward thinking people joined the Democrats or become an independent or Libertarian like myself. I don't understand what has happened to the Republican party. I voted for Reagan in the past and I don't remember Republicans at that time being so mindless and divisive!

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

BarackObamasConscience wrote:
""Amazing. As I scan through the comments above I see the the same sad insults. "Socialism" cries one. "Jerimiah Wright" cries another. "He can't/won't change a thing." And let's not forget the the eloquent, "I HATE HIM.""

Oh people of my cult, these aren't "sad insults", they are opinions. Yes, the people on the other side have actual "opinions" because they are allowed to, and "concerns" because old people have them."

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Calling Obama a socialist is not an opinion. He either is or he isn't - and, by the way, he isn't (not like that should need saying). You can have an opinion about whether Obama has the temperment to lead or whether he can deliver on his promises to bring all parties to the table. But couching these blatant smears as "opinions" and giving them some value beyond just plain scare tactics is disingenous at best.

Posted by: yup | August 29, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Really? You want to argue about a president that can't pronounce words correctly? Tell me you are kidding?
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And do we want a president who cannot pronounce "inexplicably"?

Het Wylie D!! After 8 years of Bush saying
"Nuke-you-lar" instead of "Nuke-lee-yar", which is proper, it will be so good to have an articulate and WELL educated leader of the FREE world again.

Posted by: Al Anon | August 29, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I just don't get where people think Obama is some incredible orator. I wanted goose bumps last night and I got a goose egg. How many laundry lists of the issues of the day can we hear? There were maybe two good lines, but many more opportunities missed- especially invoking MLK- he could have torn Denver apart on that theme alone but he never really got there. It re-enforced he is an A-team State Senator and a C-team national figure. Moments like that come around once in a lifetime and was squandered for a list of positions crafted from opinion polling, which has defined the only group with a lower approval rating than President Bush- the US Congress of which Obama is suppose to be a leading member. I can remember nothing he has achieved there, as I remember none of the pablum he very eloquently spouted last night.

Posted by: James O'Brien | August 29, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

My candidate was Hillary Clinton; I love the Clintons; and I have not heard Obama's speech (it's on tape & we'll watch it later).

But I did read the transcript this morning & I am fired up to get Obama elected. Yes, it IS time for us all to say 'enough.' America IS better than what these past eight years have shown.

Now, I must draw the line at standing in a group and chanting, "Yes, we can." But otherwise, I'm there.

Posted by: Dee | August 29, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

As an independent whose flirted with both sides of the aisle in the past, here is my best take on Obama - positives and negatives.

Positives:
1)For sure the most inspiring politician behind a podium that I have seen so far; and his detractors should not underestimate the power of inspiration. A key quality of good leadership is the ability to spark belief.

2)His Robin Hood-like message of going after corporate entities to give back to the average citizen certainly resonates with me. I for one have grown sick of Enron/Tyco scandals and oil companies making more than ever while the most everyone else is fighting an uphill battle to make ends meet.

Negatives
1) The centerpiece of the Dem message has been this: "McCain is a great patriot, but he's the 2nd coming of George W. Bush". I feel a bit insulted intellectually if Barack actually thinks I'm going to buy that line. You couldn't find a Republican in the Senate who has been more out of step over the years with his party's mainstream than McCain - so much so that him and Kerry were flirting about a joint ticket. Now 4 years later he's the 2nd coming of Bush? Please. Laying 8 years of Bush policies at the feet of McCain is like trying to lay 9/11 at the feet of Saddam Hussein.

2)I just don't believe that Obama is up to the game that he talks in terms of forging unity and a "new" politics. He says he wants to take the partisanship out of politics and bring people together. This rhetoric works with the masses, but when you look at the man, the truth is that you see a very very left-leaning figure (nothing to be ashamed of if that is his politics - he should ust own up to it) with very polarizing associations (Wright, Ayers). He's had a hard time unifying his own party (granted, alot of that is the Clinton's fault), and it is one thing to rally unemployed factory workers as an activist, but it is another thing to rally other politicians as a politician - and there is nothing to lead me to believe that he has the goods to make that happen.

Posted by: indy | August 29, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

It's disheartening to read all the offensive comments in these reader sound off columns, whether towards Mr. Obama or Mr. Mc Cain. Shame on us for being so hate filled.
I usually vote republican but I am disappointed with where we are after 8 years of republican government. Obama '08.

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 29, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I give his speech an A- ... he is a strong orator and showed his toughness against the McCain attacks.
It's impossible for ANY candidate to change Washington on their own....that's why there is a VP, a Congress and a Senate, a Cabinet, a Supreme Court, etc.
What each candidate must do is surround themselves with the best and the brightest to ensure that their vision of change--be it Republican or Democrat--becomes reality.
Therefore, it is with faith and hope that we put forth our vote for the candidate that we believe will put the best TEAM together for the people of this great Nation.
One of the biggest problems that haunts Bush today is his terrible choice of key advisors.
I believe I am not alone as I continue to sit on the fence awaiting the announcement of McCain's choice for VP, as well as the debates that should tell us once and for all who will be the strongest leader over the next four to eight years.

Posted by: JAK | August 29, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Military in Germany says, "I wish we had someone else, but, he is all we got, so I am stuck, and I will still vote for him, out of loyalty to the party", meaning McCain. I'm sorry you feel this way. I have never voted only for party (I actually voted for Reagan the 2nd time). I vote for the best person and the one who shares my ideals. Do you want to remain loyal to the party or do what's best for your country. Sounds to me like you really need to search your soul. This is a no brainer in my book.

Posted by: Ralph in Hagerstown | August 29, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I found Obama's speech, intentions, and the entire DNC very impressive. I have found a newfound admiration of him.

Points I appreciated:

1) His statement that government needs to make a positive change from the past 8 years, but that it's the individual American who has to be a responsible and active part of it, too. (For economic growth, for education of their children, for environmental improvement, etc.) Americans in general don't take enough responsible involvement, in my opinion- so I applaud him for his recognition that government cannot act alone for the benefit of the people. The people have to act, too.
2) His statement that we may disagree on things like abortion, but we all agree that we need to minimize the number of unwanted pregnancies; that we may disagree on gay rights, but we all agree that a person should be allowed to visit their loved one in a hospital... Obama represents compromise and working toward the general good. I think McCain could never make that statement because he's too one-sided/one-mindset like Bush and that doesn't make for a good leader.
3) As the DNC has shown, Obama has the potential to assemble a cracker-jack, top-notch team of strong internationally and locally experienced individuals behind him in the Oval Office. The government is not solely run by one guy. He/she needs a great team. Obama would DEFINITELY have that.

The simple fact is... he's right. Our country has sunk to a new low in the past 8 years. Economically... educationally.... environmentally... internationally... It would be absolutely INSANE then to hire someone into the position of President who has the potential to keep us going down the exact same path! Why the hell would we do that? Again, he's right... in looking at McCain's stance on issues and track record... he's just another Bush/Cheney. That's all. He's even got the hot-head aspect down (did you see what he said to his wife on national tv?? Yeesh...).

No, I will not vote for McCain. He has too many negatives outweighing any positives.
He supports big oil.
He supports ignorance and prejudices.
He supports tax breaks for the stinking rich.
And ultimately, he supports fear-mongering to control the American citizens who aren't educated enough to see through the image of fear.
He's too much of a risk for our country to continue down this self-destructive path. And we can't risk good government anymore.

Posted by: Now decided | August 29, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama is NOT planning to "be in power" for 10 years. He stated he will set a clear GOAL that will help the nation attain middle east oil independence in 10 years. This mean he will create a PLAN of ACTION, unlike the Bush administrations "plan" which is "There is NO plan." Drilling for oil in the Gulf, or off shore, or in Alaska or in shale fields throughout the nation is not a long term solution to the energy crisis that is looming. Oil is a finite resource and we will soon run out no matter where or how much we drill. Without a REAL PLAN that takes into consideration the future generations, unlike the short sighted policies of this administration, we will no longer have oil. And when that day comes, what will you tell your grand children- I didn't vote for the person who could have helped avoid this turmoil because Rush Limbaugh said not to? How will you justify that decision.

"I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East. "

HOW IS OBAMA PLANNING TO BE IN POWER FOR 10 YEARS?!!!!

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Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I invite you the Airport restroom of the Minneapolis airport bathroom where I will deliver the keynote address for the Republican National Convention. Some of my party's best ideas come directly from the toilets, so what better place from which to deliver my speech.

After my speech, I invite all hard bodied studs to stick around for toilet hijinks and hot man to man action. It's going to be love GOPStyle™. Karl "Hot Karl" Rove will be there to spread his views and his hot fleshy cheeks.

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) | August 29, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Watching the speech I was struck by how excited I am to have someone this thoughtful, this experienced, this compassionate be President of our great nation. America is truly lucky today to be faced with the opportunity to elect this great man as leader of the free world.

Posted by: fletc3her | August 29, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Did I hear right:
"As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, AND FIND WAYS to safely harness nuclear power."

NOW, THAT'S A SOLUTION: 'I PROMISE I WILL FIND WAYS TO DO EVERYTHING I'M PROMISING HERE. I HAVE OVER 10 YEARS TO DO IT BECAUSE I WILL ELIMINATE TERM LIMITS AND BE IN POWER FOR EVER".

Posted by: OBAMASUCK | August 29, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I am now more scared for our country than ever. Obama may be a spectacular orator, but does that negate the fact that his ideas are borderline socialist? Mind you, some of his closing remarks are reminiscent of Marx, Stalin, and Lenin. SOS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Really? You want to argue about a president that can't pronounce words correctly? Tell me you are kidding?
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And do we want a president who cannot pronounce "inexplicably"?


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Posted by: biggirl | August 29, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This Republican knows leadership when he sees it.

As mush as it initially seemed wrong, the choice of Obama is now clear. McCain lacks the potency and will that is required of our Commander in Chief.

This man has great dreams and sound plans for these United States. I see nothing wrong with his goals. Last night I felt like an American again, and I realized that I haven't felt like that in many years. It is indeed time for a change.

Obama Biden '08... Wow.

Posted by: Stuart J. | August 29, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East. "

HOW IS OBAMA PLANNING TO BE IN POWER FOR 10 YEARS?!!!!

Posted by: HEILOBAMA | August 29, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Right wingers criticize Obama's rhetoric. I think that's exactly what this country needs right now: a good dose of rhetoric. We've become one of the most uninformed nations in the first world, and what we need right now is someone who has the charisma to get Americans to tune in again and find out what's actually going on in the world. We need someone who will get people to believe in the country again. We need someone who will say "My opponent cares about this country as much as I do. We just differ on how to get it done." (Sorry for my rhetoric here. I'm still feeling pretty inspired by last night's speech.)

Posted by: Josh | August 29, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama's attempted refutation of the celebrity charge was simply illogical -- celebrities come from a lot of backgrounds. It is more a question of whether or not the adulation becomes more important to you than anything else.

Posted by: Jane | August 29, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Would one of the Ditto-heads on here please explain to me precisely what they mean by "Obama's patriotism is suspect."

From my perspective as a registered Libertarian, I question the patriotism of GW Bush. The same Bush who could not even bother to serve in the National Guard. He has done more in his 8 years as president to destroy this country both morally and economically than Osama Bin Laden ever dreamed of accomplishing with 9-11. Bush has picked up the ball that Bin Laden dropped on us and run with it, clear cutting our civil liberties, shredding the Constitution in the name of "Safety" and running up the highest debt this nation has ever seen all while focusing on Iraq, a country that DID NOT ATTACK US, and leaving Afghanistan to languish. Could Bin Laden have asked for a better outcome! Bush has put the aspirations and greed of his elitist cronies above the LAWS of this nation, above the NEEDS of it's people and above the Moral high ground that should have been taken after 9-11, by lowering our selves to that of Al Quida by sanctioning TORTURE. I am personally Sick and Tired of the 8 year lawless religious crusade Bush has been hell bent on leading this nation on.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This speech will go down in the history as one of the greatest and the setting was appropriate. Now we need to get to work to get Obama elected. The Republicans will throw every dirty trick they know and will succeed if we sit back and let it happen.

Posted by: Joan from Virginia | August 29, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

He didn't need to do anything except point out the failures of Republicans. Of course, they skewed the economy to favor the super-rich. Unique to the Bush administration was their failure to defend the country against a terrible attack on our own soil and their engagement in two wars they could not control. And, they have some time left and they are considering yet another war to help McCain.

So, why not change? Yep, all that is left is "Blazing Saddles."

Posted by: rusty 3 | August 29, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Some speculation this morning is that it's Alaskan Governor Phelen. She's been a governor for two years. If this is true, it kind of waters down their complaint against Obama about experience. Oh she was a beauty queen too.

Posted by: Tim | August 29, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Like many people in this country, I thought my lifetime would pass before a person of color would or could become President of the USA. And now - we have a candidate not only of color - but of substance and inspiration. Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004 failed to inspire me and many others. Obama inspires in the same way I was inspired by Bill Clinton in 1992. I was so moved by President Clinton back then, that I wrote a letter to the White House and invited him to my home if he was ever in the neighborhood. For Obama, I will do the same. He can break bread at our table any time. I look forward to November 4, 2008 (my 51st birthday) to casting my vote for the next President of the United States of Amercia, Barack Obama. His election would be a great way to spend my birthday.

Posted by: Ralph Mauriello | August 29, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

WELL, FIX, I MUST EAT MY WORDS-IT LOOKS LIKE MITT ROMNEY IS NOT OUR NEXT VP. PLEASE TELL ME MCCAIN DID NOT CHOOSE RIDGE-THAT WOULD BE SO NOT GOOD.

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

My favorite part was that Obama inverted the predictable, though important, reference to Dr. King's powerful "I have a dream" speech.

He focused not on Dr. King, but on the crowd that formed the March on Washington. With his words he turned our attention to the sea of people, black and white, from near and far, who listened to King's words (and the other speeches that day). To me, the connection to the rest of Obama's speech was clear. They were us. We are them. This election is about us, about the power of the grassroots and all Americans, not about Barack Obama or Dr. King.

This was no mere rhetorical device I know people who went to the original March and their stories of very long bus rides (even multiple days), the diversity of the crowd, planning for the day, and so on, are often overlooked. I wonder how many stories of participating in the March were even mentioned in the articles yesterday. Theirs is the forgotten story of that day and I'm glad it was heard again in this address.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 29, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I think many of you have got to cut McCain some slack. He's planning a big event which includes a very big over the top balloon drop!

Posted by: Tim | August 29, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Quote: "THE EMPEROR IS NAKED, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD."

And you are so far off-base you wouldn't know base if it hit you in your face.

Posted by: purplehawk | August 29, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I would like to say Amen to this comment.
"I am a lifelong Republican and 22-year veteran who volunteered for three tours in Vietnam, and I will vote for Barack Obama because he's the best candidate. It's really that simple.

Yes, I wish there was a strong Republican candidate running for president, but there isn't, and it's time to deal with reality.

This statement is the truth! Don't let your party sway you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

His speech was excellent. But one thing he said was particularly true and relevant: This election isn't about "him" but about us, Americans who've been ignored by the administration in power now and their cronies, such as John Mc. I will vote for BO and his ideas.

Posted by: took | August 29, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

In his speech, Obama said "he [McCain's adviser] said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we've become, and I quote, "a nation of whiners". These are not whiners. They work hard, and they give back, and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know."

Er, but Obama said about that same people "they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them..."

OBAMA, YOUR HYPOCRISY IS APPALLING.

Posted by: NOBAMA | August 29, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

"At last, a compilation of posts by a surprisingly diverse group of writers. As one might expect--app. 30% very negative--no chance they would change their mind--another 40% who are already sold--no surprise there--and the remaining 30% I am flabbergasted by the number of posters from that remaining 30% who sound as though they were convinced by Obama's."
^
Who are you kidding?
That30% who are now convinced to vote for him,are Obamabots in disguise.That said even this guy sounds like one of these operatives.Good tactics but does little to affect the voting pattern.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Great great speech last night. If people really weren't such slaves to ideology, they'll hear Obama and then they'll hear McCain....and I anticipate no comparison.
McCain doesn't have the ability to speak to just the issues. His campaign team recommends "go negative" whenever and wherever the chance arises.
I'd be really interested in specifics from McCain, but I already anticipate more personal attacks on Obama and his family from the RNC's hate fest. I'm feeling for Minneapolis for having to put up with it. Looking forward to seeing if there's more people protesting outside than are inside and as excited as everyone in Denver seemed to be.
But then again, what does the GOP have to cheer about? The rich getting richer? Abandoning an American city? Lies to lead to war and rhetoric to lead to more war? Gas for Bush and McCain's oil pals?
Whatever. Go Obama! You hit the nail on the head, man.

Posted by: Suzanne | August 29, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama delivered what America needs to here as well as a plan to change America to where we need to be. The Republicans have driven this country into the ground for 8 years and completely unraveled the success of President Clinton's tenure. What baffles me, is how Americans can continue to support a Republican party that does not support them back. Other countries are prospering, while our economy is suffering. It is time a for a CHANGE. Obama delivered a fantastic speech. I am looking forward to putting his name on my ballad November 4.

Posted by: CK1 | August 29, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Extremely disappointing.Last night,Obama shed his independent though vague,change message for the usual generic democratic party slogans.He sounded more like Bill Clinton though much less eloquent and effective in delivery.Even many lines were borrowed from Bill Clinton.Many policy proposals lifted straight from Hillarys campaign speeches.Instead of talking about his own patriotism which is in question,he chose to hide behind the democratic platform as if people were questioning his patriotism just because he is a democrat.He should have explained why he is a patriot in the context of his associations with "anti-Americans".It may be a smart move to be a generic democrat when the brand is doing better than the candidate but does really dilute Obamas original message.The only time he really came across as passionate and genuine about what he was talking about was towards the end of the speech when he talked about MLK,the legacy and historic significance.

Posted by: SS | August 29, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

At last, a compilation of posts by a surprisingly diverse group of writers. As one might expect--app. 30% very negative--no chance they would change their mind--another 40% who are already sold--no surprise there--and the remaining 30% I am flabbergasted by the number of posters from that remaining 30% who sound as though they were convinced by Obama's. If this site is a bell-weather (and that remains to be seen) then Obama did more than hit a home run, he just won the election. Breathtaking!

Posted by: dch | August 29, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Asking how Barack Obama did in a major speech on a historic night, that had to simultaneously appeal to an unprecedented stadium audience and to a nation of TV viewers with many different concerns, is like asking whether Michael Phelps swam fast this time. Duh, dude, of course he did great. Oratory is just one of his many skills, but it is surely a huge one.

An anecdote: My boyfriend had to work late and planned to watch a recording when he got home. On the way home, he got talking with a stranger as they both stopped for gas here in Virginia. This man is a mechanic and had just listened to the speech at work. He's a Republican, but is now leaning Obama. When my boyfriend got home we watched (re-watched in my case) the speech. He was amazed to discover that it was like he had already seen it, because he had heard so many parts word-for-word from this guy at the gas station. I'd say that's a speech that reached its audience.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 29, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

REMEMBER, CILEZZA-I CALLED IT YESTERDAY AND A WEEK BEFORE-IT IS THE BRILLIANT MITT ROMNEY WHO WILL BE OUR NEXT VICE PRESIDENT, AND MOST LIKELY FUTURE PRESIDENT. TOGETHER WITH JOHN MCCAIN, THEY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, THE LEADERSHIP, THE KNOWLEDGE, THE EXPERTISE, PARTICULARLY MITT ROMNEY, OF HOW TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THE ECONOMIC WILDERNESS-AND OUR NEW VP WILL SPEAK FLUENT FRENCH AS WELL!

ALL HAIL MITT ROMNEY AND JOHN MCCAIN-A WINNING TICKET IN NOVEMBER, A TICKET THAT THE WHOLE WORLD CAN EMBRACE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY!

AND REMEMBER, CILEZZA-YOU WERE WRONG ABOUT PAWLENTY, AND I WAS RIGHT! (SMILE)

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that John McCain's inability to learn how to use the internet or send emails isn't a bigger issue.

I mean, how many of you find it challenging to get online or use email?

How could anyone vote for a man who hasn't taken the time or made the effort to learn what is arguably the most important technological advancement in a hundred years?

If John McCain can't figure out how to use a computer, how is he going to handle the demands of being president at a time when the world is experiencing crisis?

As I said before, John McCain loves to joke about graduating at the bottom of his class in college, but his inability to tackle something as simple as the internet doesn't bode well for his ability to lead our nation.

Posted by: Bill Randle | August 29, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely incredible speech. Looking forward to having an intelligent conversation during what's left of the campaign, although I doubt it. The fact is, Congressional seats will be lost by Rs to Ds, and change will happen. Will there be a signatory in the White House that will veto or sign? I hope O is there to sign. He showed direction, dignity, and gravitas (remember that?). I think the country needs him.

Posted by: dcgrrl | August 29, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

HOW MANY TIMES DID OBAMA MENTIONED THE NAME OF MARTIN LUTHER KING?

ZERO, NADA, ZILCH.

IF AFRICAN AMERICANS THINK THAT YESTERDAY WAS THE BEGINING OF A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AMERICA AND BLACKS, THINK AGAIN.

OBAMA INTENSELY DISLIKES MAINLAND AFRICAN AMERICANS, THAT'S WHY MLK'S NAME WAS NEVER MENTIONED. HE DID CHASTIZED AA AGAIN - BE GOOD PARENTS, PLEASE, BLACK PEOPLE.

OBAMA'S SPEECH WAS EMPTY AND BORING. IT LACKED THE POWER OF WORDS OF HIS PREVIOUS "GEMS". HE JUST UTTERED EMPTY POLITICAL PROMISES, "TEMPORARY" PROMISES SUBJECT TO HIS FLIP-FLOPPINGS. NEVER EXPLAINED HOW HE WAS GOING TO ACHIEVE THAT.

HE HAS ALWAYS SPOKEN AGAINST THE "WORKING CLASS TENDENCIES TO PROTECTIONISM", HE IS PRO-GLOBALIZATION. BUT LAST NIGHT, AH, LAST NIGHT HE WAS A PROTECTIONIST.

FOOLS, YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF FOOLS. HE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING CONCRETE.

THE EMPEROR IS NAKED, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

Posted by: OBAMASUCK | August 29, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Let's see the guy who was last in his class at Annapolis, stood shoulder to shoulder with the macaca senator, and can only play the pow-for-5-years card in lieu of anything substantive to say, match this. I forgot, he also played around with his present wife while still married to his crippled first wife, the one who was silly enough to stay devoted to Mr. Flyboy while he was in Vietnam. Oh no, I forgot the Keating Five too. But all is forgiven: All he has to do is say `I am saved and forgiven.' and all is well. It's stomping time for the party of Lincoln turned to the party of C-grade bigoted incompetent nepotism.

Posted by: c-student | August 29, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm usually pretty unaffected by these speeches, but Obama delivered better than I've seen.

Do we still have to bother with election/inauguration? Just move Bush out and move Obama in. Today!

Cut out the middle-man and save taxpayers some money for a change!

Posted by: Donny | August 29, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I USUALLY VOTE REPUBLICAN, BUT I BELIEVE OBAMA HAS THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THIS COUNTRY NEEDS.

OBAMA 2008 MICHIGAN

Posted by: angie | August 29, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What an amazing speech.
Obama really moved me. I hadn't really watched him before and was waiting to hear waht he had to say. In my opinion, we cannot vote for another president who continues to think the way this last president has, who has dragged our country into absolute turmoil, turned the economy into crap, lied about why he went to war, and so many other things.
Mccain wants to continue down the same path as Bush, something we cannot afford 4 more years of.
Barack is an inspiration and it is definitely time for something NEW.
I got teary eyed just watching him speak. He's right, he's not the typical nominee and that is exactly why he's perfect.
When he said, This election isn't about me, it's about YOU, that brought it for me.
I got goosebumps.
Rock on, Obama!

Posted by: Lola | August 29, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Words are not deeds. Promises have to backed up. Judgement is paramount. He can't just shrug off his past associations. We are all shaped by our associations, and Obama spent 20 years listening to radical racist rants. Many very uninformed people are backing this terribly unprepared man based just on oratory. As a retired teacher, I take offense to his shallow promise to "pay teachers more" without understanding where teachers' pay comes from. The teachers' union has ruined the profession, fights merit pay, and protects lousy teachers. The president does not pay teachers. Another example of empty rhetorical promises that can't be backed up with facts.

Posted by: Hal | August 29, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Words are not deeds. Promises have to backed up. Judgement is paramount. He can't just shrug off his past associations. We are all shaped by our associations, and Obama spent 20 years listening to radical racist rants. Many very uninformed people are backing this terribly unprepared man based just on oratory. As a retired teacher, I take offense to his shallow promise to "pay teachers more" without understanding where teachers' pay comes from. The teachers' union has ruined the profession, fights merit pay, and protects lousy teachers. The president does not pay teachers. Another example of empty rhetorical promises that can't be backed up with facts.

Posted by: Hal | August 29, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Amazing.

Let's see McSame try to match last night.

Posted by: Trab | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The speech was like the man, exceptional. The approach was straightforward, decisive, strong and honest. If Jefferson and Obama were switched in time, I do not think the outcome would differ. This man understands what the founding fathers wanted this nation to be. He may go down in history as one of the greatest presidents, because of the crisis he will face, and the judgment he will bring to bear.

Posted by: Gene Smith | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

John McCain laughs when he talks about not knowing how to use the internet or send an email. I mean, seriously folks, a 5-year-old child can learn how to use the internet in about 10 minutes. How is it possible that McCain apparently has neither the aptitude or intelligence to figure out how to send an email?

And the Republicans want us to believe he's prepared to lead our nation into the 21st Century? If McCain can't be bothered to learn something as simple as the internet, or a computer, how is he going to handle the complexities of having what is arguably the most demanding job in the nation?

No wonder John McCain jokes about graduating at the bottom of his class in college. Do we really need another "below average" student for president?

Posted by: Bill Randle | August 29, 2008 7:48 AM

Tony Blair never had a clue about how to use email and cell phones, yet he was one of the greatest prime ministers Britain ever had.

If the US cannot now have Hillary, then John McCain it has to be!

Obama will be a loony left disaster and I say this as a Brit who is a member of the British Labour Party and who would be a Democrat if I was a citizen of your great nation.

Posted by: Miriam Rice | August 29, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

John McCain now has a clear choice.

He can either take the high road of debating the issues: The economy; Iraq; taxes; the Supreme Court; the regulatory commissions.

Or he can just hitch his star to Schmidt, Rove, and the Swift Boaters, and not only lose the election, but disgrace himself in the process.

It's his call. He can't blame his surrogates. He's the candidate, and the buck stops with him.

Posted by: Andy | August 29, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

He wants change. How does he propose to change the 400+ representatives and 100 senators who make the laws? The president is just the executive, not the legislator.
I thought his speech was insubstantial. He wont change anything. Blaming McCain for the Bush years is illogical, McCain is not mailine republican anyway.
As someone said, every election is about change. He needs a new message

Posted by: joe | August 29, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"It's Time for Us to Change America" Another cliqued tiresome speech written by a group of writers. Obama's speech was the same bunk we have heard spoken at every election campaign. He could have just said:
"Hurray for good and down with evil!" Then left the podium. That is the content of his speech in a nutshell.
Anyone that found substance in Obama's speech "wanted" to find it. Otherwise you could have whited out the name and written:
Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, or Gore. Then again Biden is on his ticket so maybe it is indeed someone else's speech?

Posted by: Philip L | August 29, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit I'm leaning much more to Obama now than ever before.

It will be interesting to see what McCain says but if he continues on his "war with the world" rhetoric I can promise that I won't be voting for him.

The one thing Obama showed me tonight is that he is capable of negotiation and he surrounds himself with strong and intelligent people who I trust to run this nation.

What this country needs, while in the middle of two wars, is a strong diplomat not a tyrant who wants to throw us into even more military battles.

While Obama may lack foreign policy experience his cabinet most definitely will not. And while I trust Obama to listen to the advice of his cabinet I don’t trust a man campaigning on the idea of being a “maverick”.

Neither Obama nor McCain could ever come close to understand all of the problems facing the US but at least one of them listens to the people who do.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous (not sure which one)
When are you people going to realize that it doesn't matter who is in office, Dem or Rep, your taxes are going to be raised. What do you think happened these last eight years? That the U.S. magically conjured up money to fund the Irag War. Republicans in office will ship your jobs overseas and do not give a damn about the struggling middle class, lower middle class and the poor. Unfortunatly the next president will have to inherit the debt that George Bush's administration helped create (it wasn't all them, I know, but they had their hand it.)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

McCain on military committees, had the chance to add amendment to military spending bills to increase troops and material strength, where was this elder statesman? Iran is a minimal threat to our Country, not beacause Obama sid it, but Adm. Fallon, centcom commander whose was asked to resign to protect McCain. Republicans strong on defense makes me LOL. Three of the best military minds on the planet have resigned under their leadership. Shinseki, Powell and Fallon offered wisdom against the neocon mantra and were put out to pasture. McCain and Cheney pushed for Saaskevili to go up against Russia in South Ossetia. Rice and Gates had an opposing view whose position is embraced by Obama. Americans are stupid to believe Obama had the wrong take on Georgia. I trust the real experts over the neocon idealogues every time. The joint chiefs have already started to drawdown Iraq as per their plan. Will McCain buck their wisdom and keep troops there againt the wishes of a Democratically elected Iraqi government? Al Qaeda has a couple of thousand supporters left in Iraq, while the Taliban in other theater has millions. Iraq is central to the war on terror, Iran is a grave threat, Al Qaeda in Iran, the Iraq/Pakistan border and pushing Saaskavili to go up againt the bear are what to expect from the former POW's fighter jock mentality. McCain is the stronger candidate on defense, LOL. Voted against Powell on Somalia, against Shinseki on Iraq, got Adm. Fallon fired, and will be slower in moving resources against our real enemy in Afghanistan. On the religious front, Obama while pro choice has allowed pro life advocacy at the convention. His embrace of religious organizations doing social work is a wise move considering resources given these organizations are used far more effectively than government employees doing the same work. The four E's have Obama's platform way ahead of McCain's. The economy will be better without trickle down and less money going outbound for oil, employment will be better with billions spent on alternative energy and infrastructure, billions for early education bringing the poor closer in level of education to the affluent communities, energy will be better using everything, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass as well as McCain's clean coal and drilling. I too am pragmatic, and have seen enough of the neocons to fight tooth and nail against their destruction of the American way. Obama will increase the deficit by 100 billion accoding to the numbers, McCain will be 1.4 trillion with additional corporate cuts and non-expiring tax cuts on the rich. I can see American's voting McCain because Obama is too liberal, but not ready and the stupid garbage attacks should not influence your decision.

Posted by: Jimbo | August 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

McCain, son of the admiral who was son of the Admiral, who lived, growing up, with socialized medicine (provided free by the Navy), and who has married into millions. He's in touch?

Obama, raised by middle class people in middle America, with hardworking ancestors.

Who made himself by his own brilliance and work into a law grad, who could have had a pick of the big firms and plenty, but chose to work in the neighborhoods, and organize for the least powerful. He's not in touch?

With whom? and for what purpose.

I'll take Obama.

Posted by: Bears repetition | August 29, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"Amazing. As I scan through the comments above I see the the same sad insults. "Socialism" cries one. "Jerimiah Wright" cries another. "He can't/won't change a thing." And let's not forget the the eloquent, "I HATE HIM.""

Oh people of my cult, these aren't "sad insults", they are opinions. Yes, the people on the other side have actual "opinions" because they are allowed to, and "concerns" because old people have them.

Old people aren't as programmable and obedient as young cult members.

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 29, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I thought Hillary gave the better speech. They made a mistake by using the football stadium for his speech. Not the right place to address a national audience. He rarely looked into the camera.

Posted by: joe | August 29, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Republican and 22-year veteran who volunteered for three tours in Vietnam, and I will vote for Barack Obama because he's the best candidate. It's really that simple.

Yes, I wish there was a strong Republican candidate running for president, but there isn't, and it's time to deal with reality.

Posted by: Bill R. | August 29, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The vast majority of amerikans are biggest bigots I've ever heard in my life. Your country is doomed to return the stone age where you belong.

Posted by: Kiwi | August 29, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

What's funny is that some people think that they are so clever with their witty comments about Obama's relationships, McCain's homes, someone's a Muslim, someone else can't stop saying POW...WHO CARES? Most of this is just regurgitating things that other people said, meaning that the people who continue these statements have no idea what they're talking about. You can't take any of this on face value, and some of it is patently idiotic. Please don't make your choice on this basis.

Ona more note about "experience": NO ONE has the experience to be president, unless they've been president before. It is always a leap of faith. Being a senator for 20+ years doesn't qualify you for anything except holding hearings and taking taxpayer-funded trips. It is all about judgment and temperament - who will take the information available, consider the inputs, and make the most rational decisions in the situation? You have to decide this for yourself, but for me John McCain is the LAST person I'd want doing this. I'd rather not have someone who's predisposed to military action and has a record of being a bit "rash" sometimes.

Posted by: c-hawk | August 29, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Based on their previous actions, there is nothing that either Obama or McCain could say to convince me to support either of them. As far as the presidency is concerned, we are just screwed. Let's just hope the US survives the next four years, and work at the grass roots for two results: 1) congressmen who will vote to restrain the government, and 2) a better choice in 2012.

Posted by: Jive Dadson | August 29, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

^^^ What if Obama's Conscience Spoke at the Same Time? ^^^

^^^ Annotated transcript from Obama's speech last night ^^^

"I accept the nomination for the presidency"

--People of Earth, I will be YOUR GOD!

"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story -- of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to."

--Four years ago, I laid a big one on you out of my fictionalized life story that I made about my drunken, polygamist, already-married Kenyan father who knocked up my then-17 year old mother and then abandoned up.

"It is that promise that has always set this country apart -- that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well."

--And where people like me can get ahead on racial preference and affirmative action, so that we advance without ever actually doing anything resembling hard work and sacrifice like you people!

"It is why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

--And support the undeserved advancement and also pay for my racial preference scholarships and all the gravy train that has come my way over the years! The donations of millions of african american supporters -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- paid my campaign the $6 million that it cost to move my nominating night event from the Pepsi arena to Invesco field for my Greco-Roman crowning!

"We meet at one of those defining moments -- a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more."

--And the Democratic party is nominating a president with no experience or qualifications that might make him a credible executive!! I couldn't get hired to run a factory!! Ha Ha!

"Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay and tuition that is beyond your reach"

--And yet you have sent $400 million to my presidential campaign! That I keep spending on helping the voters get to know me better! As if that's the problem! What suckers!

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 29, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Let's have an election on issues, not smears and innuendo. I'm looking forward to hearing McCain's thoughts.

I'm concerned however about a candidate whose advisers accuse us of being economic whiners and recommend use of emergency rooms as "free" care--which it isn't.

Posted by: Cycledoc | August 29, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. As I scan through the comments above I see the the same sad insults. "Socialism" cries one. "Jerimiah Wright" cries another. "He can't/won't change a thing." And let's not forget the the eloquent, "I HATE HIM."

This all goes past the point of being sad. This is psychologically unhealthy for those that feel this way. Be honest with yourselves. You are afraid.

Honestly you need to confront your fears. Barack Obama is a guy with a rocky upbringing. Thank God he had people like his mom, and his grandparents in his life to set him straight. He worked hard in school, got a law degree, passed the bar, which in itself is an accomplishment, and went on to get married, to a woman, and started raising a family. No absentee dad, he. You want a man who shows the system works? Here he is. You want someone who was given lemons and made lemonade? Here he is. Do you want an example to show the world that America works? You've got him!

Jerimiah Wright is a jerk. But he's not running for president.

Face your fear. Grow past it. Barack Obama, despite Rush et al, is not the Bogeyman. He is an American that wants the best for America.

If you've got a problem with his tax policy, let's discuss it like adults. If you have a concerns about abortion and a women's right to make choices, let's talk. But this type of reasoned debate can only happen once you get past the fear that cripples your thought process. I garauntee you that once you've thought it all through, you'll vote for Obama/Biden, because at the end of the day, it's a vote for yourself.

Posted by: Lawrence Hawkins | August 29, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I was riveted to the screen. No one can say he desn't have specific plans; as you said, there was "meat" in his speech and he made a clear case that Washington during the Bush/Republican tenure has become a tragedy for America, and us middle-class citizens. I felt Obama was passionate and clear-headed and clearly willing to take on McCain's Karl Rove smear tactics. Inspiring, and I don't think I've ever used that word about a politician's speech before.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Substance, style, and sensibility are finally back in the American Political Forum. Obama 08

Posted by: Tess | August 29, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

All glory to the MESSIAH as he ascends to Mount Olympis. Eveyone must bow down before him and worship.

Posted by: RobT | August 29, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Jega is not a Hillary supportor only a Obama stooge.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

News Flash!!!! Barack Obama is Half WHITE! Just in case some of you out there whose racists comments makes absolutely no sense. He was raised by a white woman and his white grandparents. Yes he looks like a man of color, but his roots are far beyond his outward appearance. There is all of this talk about racism and is or isn't he? ARE YOU SERIOUS! If you are going to vote for McCain then that is what you do. I respect your opinion as would Senator Obama. But do not justify your choice for voting for McCain by saying that Obama is racist, just because you have no real reason NOT to vote for Obama. The only thing that I can say for certain is that the republican president in office now has been the only person to display racist qualities. Can you say "Hurricane Katrina" everyone. And please do not use the fact that he Condoleezza Rice is a member of his cabinet. Last time I checked there are a lot of racist people with minorities as their friends to deter people from what they really feel.

We are at a critical time in our lives. Yes other countries are doing worse than we are, but we are not other countries. We are the United States of American. We have built a foundation and a lifestyle unmatched to others. And when that is compromised we look to our elected leaders to set the tone, pace, and environment for stability and growth.

I respect both candidates and what they have to offer. What we must ask within ourselves is what will be best for me, my family, friends, country and the like. And if the answer to that question is voting for Senator Obama or McCain, then you choice will be received and respected. But the immature high school name calling is ridiculous. These are crucial times for our country, not because a “black” man has been nominated for president, but because families are hurting and are crying out for help. The image of the American people has been undermined and tarnished. We are at a cross roads and it is up to us to make a change for the better.

I am an avid supporter of Barack Obama. I believe not only in what he will do or can do, but I believe in him as a man. I believe that he can implement the change that Senator McCain can't. We are all human beings and everyone makes mistakes, some try and succeed and others try and fail. It is unfortunate that we are in this position to begin with. But because of the failed policies, and misguided beliefs of the current administration this is where we find ourselves.

So I ask you all where do we go from here? I have always been taught that “If you always do what you have always done, you will always be where you are right now.” Now is the time that we break from the mold and move forward with the grace, resilience and dignity that we have been know for.

No matter who you chose to vote for be steadfast in your conviction that person will make a difference your life and the lives of others. I SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA AND HE IS MY ADVOCTAE FOR CHANGE. Who is yours?

Posted by: ReadyforChange | August 29, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Judgment is what the choice is about... or in the case of John McCain the lack of judgment. It was this lack of judgment that caused McCain to be passed over for promotions in the early eighties. The very Admirals who John McCain's father had promoted to Admiral passed over his son time and time again. Although McCain has courage he does not have the judgment needed to make the right strategic decisions when commanding multiple ship task forces. If he did not have the right stuff for that responsibility how is he qualified to command all our nations’ resources? He simply is not. This has been reflected time and time again over the past eight years. He made the wrong decision in invading Iraq and outsourcing the capture of Bin Laden. He has taken the wrong approach in Iraq. He has a hand in the fiasco in Georgia by encouraging the Georgian president to get involved in a fight he could not finish because he assumed after paying John McCain’s campaign manager we would finish it for him. McCain This man is an honorable man who just lacks the judgment to be President. The judgment that Obama has proven he has to make our nation great again.

Posted by: bradcpa | August 29, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hear, hear to BidWadOne.
Obama is the one for the times.

Posted by: ramallama | August 29, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

From the Washington Monthly (Steve Benen) "He didn't just take the fight to McCain, he eviscerated McCain, his worldview, his party, and his record. Obama took McCain's claims and debunked them. He took McCain's talking points, and mocked them. Remember the questions about Obama's toughness? His willingness to mix it up? Neither do I."

Posted by: jvf | August 29, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...


Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM
Barak's Mother would be so pissed at him over this Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Kim K | August 29, 2008 5:14 AM
Just Type in "Obama is racist against Hispanics" and google. No wonder he wants you to believe he is the victim of their racism!

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 6:10 AM
Maybe Chris will write something to prove or disprove this damaging information on Obama. Not!!

Posted by: Brinton | August 29, 2008 6:48 AM
Obama could kill a white man during a speech and all posters for him would talk about is it interrupting him...

Posted by: Landis | August 29, 2008 7:01 AM

What are people like JimGoldbloom so affraid of I would like to know if it is true don't you. Any way Denver Source said some things that were dead on.

Posted by: Suckthis | August 29, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

A great speech with specificity, toughness, passion and compassion.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 29, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

First, I am proud to be an American, proud to be a republican, and proud to be black. I will vote for Mr. Obama, because he is the right person for this job at this time. John McCain is a good man, but he is not the right man for the job at this time. I believe his time has come and gone. Mr. Obama will stimulate and motivate this country to become the shining example it once was. We need leadership to get the things done he said last night and I believe he is a very effective leader and statesman. We need every American to get behind the tasks at hand and uplift this nation. Eight years of Mr. Bush has left us extremely vunerable like a punch drunk fighter. We needed the standing eight count and we are now ready to come out fighting.

Posted by: BigWadOne | August 29, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

The man is amazing. I can not believe that anyone would vote for McCain rather than Obama. All the McCain camp does is discuss his status as a POW when confronted with anything they don't like or don't want to answer.

Let them have their convention next week and then on to the debates.

Senator Obama will blow McSame away.

Posted by: fred | August 29, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Does Obama have flaws? Sure, who doesn't? The question is whether he's preferable to McCain. Neither Obama nor McCain can claim to be ready for the Presidency from "Day One" - no one is ready - it's on-the-job training. But it's a helpful start if one is willing to recognize that the past 8 years has been a disaster for the US. McCain won't say it, but Obama said it last night. Advantage Obama.

Posted by: jp | August 29, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Its hard to imagine anyone picking apart that speech. He is clearly prepared to lead. I"m glad to see the emphasis on the democrats as the party of the future. After decades of mocking, the Republicans are just now catching up to the Democrats on the reality of our dependence on foreign oil-- the need for alternative fuels, smaller cars vs. gas guzzlers, the connection to global warming, etc. They are finally getting a message they can't ignore directly from the people who didn't care until they felt it in their wallets but are now demanding we address it. That's what Obama means when he says the election is about us and power comes from the bottom up. He could also explain, specifically, how the billions we're squandering in Iraq can be used at home. That's the meat people want to hear concretely layed out. Overall, it was a masterful speech and he's run a tight-ship campaign indicative of how he will govern (as opposed to a weak, disorganized campaign by a punchy, gaffe-prone McCain who is now so heavily managed it's frightening) Truthfully, Obama gets it so succinctly, McCain doesn't have it him.

Posted by: lsigalov | August 29, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama held serve in the speech -- nothing more. A workmanlike effort. It could have been much better. I am amazed that the GOP could get Obama to back away from his strength -- his ability to produce stirring rhetoric.

Posted by: In the Middle | August 29, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Its alot of Obama haters out here because if last night's speech didn't move you nothing will. Like he said if you won't more of the same vote for McCain but if you want CHANGE vote or Obama. Whoever that is living in the USA and happy with the way this country has been ran the last 8 years are in serious trouble. Is it color or what? You saying Barack is to young but in my eyes McCain is too old. We don't need somebody getting around the white house with a walker in a few years. Obama stands for all the right things and first he got to clean up Bush's mess before he can start on his own plans. VOTE OBAMA and lets party in Novemeber... :o)

Posted by: Decky C | August 29, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I haven't been that crazy about Obama, but his speech last night convinced me. He finally said what Democrats have been unwilling to say for so long. He defined exactly what is right about the Democratic party, and more importantly, what is wrong with the Republicans. He put McCain on the defensive. I thought it was a wonderful speech.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

As someone who has worked with prominent republicans but now taking a serious look at Obama, "the speech" failed to enchant, although the setting, venue and historical significance were truly compelling. From my perspective, Obama promised everything short of sending a plumber to fix the leaky kitchen faucet, and failed to offer solutions to the vexing problems cited. It was encouraging to hear that he would cut useless federal programs. And, I agree that the government needs to be more inclusive of all Americans--a point where divisive Republicans tear this country apart. But the strident tone lacking much "soaring" rhetoric put off this viewer including the silly and absurd claim that only he would find Osama cowering in a cave was sophmoric. No matter what anyone may think of President Bush, the failure to find Osama is not because of a lack of serious and consistent intelligence and military effort. Yet, this speech hopefully marks a turning point in American history and perhaps a shift in the silly partisan conventions that offer little beyond a massive waste of money. The night in Mile High Stadium accomplished all that the Democrats needed to do in the entire week and proved that in this country, aspirations know no ethnic, racial or hopefully gender constraints.

Posted by: David Snepp | August 29, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama gave an exceptional speech last evening. He demonstrated that he is ready to lead this country back out of the economic and foreign policy abyss created by greed, ignorance, and outdated, useless Republican ideology. He also demonstrated that he was fully aware of every sleazy attack made upon his character by the Republicans and he dispatched every one of them. Journalist Josh Marshall (TalkingPointsMemo.com) put it best when he said it made McCain look like a very small man in statute and in character.

Posted by: maxfli | August 29, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I was blown away by the speech, by the intelligence, by the moment and I came away with dare I say it...HOPE. Hope not just for Democrats but hope for America and really in the end isn't that what it is about perserving the basis of our union so we can be a respected country?

Posted by: jacquie | August 29, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere up in heaven MLK is smiling today!

Posted by: Wayne G | August 29, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SoonerThought.blogspot.com | August 29, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

For all those who say that it was just rhetoric, Obama will never deliver on what he promised, give a closer listen. He is not saying he will deliver all these things, he is saying all these things are possible if we mutually agree to confront these challenges. If you believe that these things are not possible, that is merely a revelation of your own self-doubt. Last I heard, doubters live in France--doers live in the U S of A. Please join the crowd.

Posted by: Early Man | August 29, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere up in heaven MLK is smiling!

Posted by: Wayne G | August 29, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama did a great job and fully engaged the swift-boating garbage McNasty has been throwing at him. You saw the first glint of Chicago Steel under the nice guy surface. I have only one piece of advice for the Republicans - Be afraid, be very afraid.

Posted by: Larry T | August 29, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

No doubt about it - after watching this speech, I know this man will be elected president of the United States. Make no mistake, this year, young voters are not only going to vote for Obama, we are actively working for him and campaigning every day. This is a grassroots political movement the likes of which this country has not seen in generations.

Posted by: Crystal | August 29, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Line of the night: Its time for them to own their failure. Obama will run against the GOP, and considering the past 8 yrs, I am curious how McCain is going to convince us that he isn't a Republican. Or that the past 8 yrs have been successful. I guess we're instead going to get 2 months of POW stories. And he calls Obama an empty suit? HA!

Posted by: Vincent F | August 29, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

"John McCain has gotten to the point where he can't speak a sentence without invoking his POW status."

Obama has nothing to invoke

Posted by: Tra la la | August 29, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Now I perfectly understand why Dems berate Republicans (usually in a hateful rant) to vote "self-interest." They've coronated, in a Greek temple, Narcissus, Emperor for Life.

Vote for YOU. Vote for your self interest.
Vote Democrat.

Posted by: Oh How I Adore Me | August 29, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Will the developer of this site PLEASE add in a dupe checker on post submission, and while you're at it send 10,000 volts through the line each time "Denver Source" tries to post.

Posted by: JimGoldbloom | August 29, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think it was such a great speech. It was filled with the same platitudes as usual from Obama. It was full of sweeping promises for a litany of things we all want, but as usual, very thin on how he would be able to accomplish most of it. And, it was full of the adnauseam drum beat of tying McCain to failed Bush policies, with plenty of Bush bashing. What gave the speech any gravity, was the usual big adulating crowds, the big impressive venue, and the performing celebrities in attendance. But, in the final analysis, Obama is an inexperienced, candidate, lacking in the character, judgement and wisdom to lead this great country and actually solve its many problems and challenges. Keep America Strong, elect Senator John McCain in November.

Posted by: Gina | August 29, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, most voters have made up their minds by now, and it's pretty clear that Obama is going to win by about five points.

However, the mainstream media wants to sell advertising so they try to fan the flames and make it appear to be a horse race when it's pretty much of a foregone conclusion.

Independents decide elections, and every poll is showing them breaking for the Dems in 2008.

Unless Obama gets caught in bed with a 13-year-old choirboy, he's going to be the next president of the United States.

Posted by: George K. | August 29, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is a flabby, gooey, pathetic little weenie.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has gotten to the point where he can't speak a sentence without invoking his POW status.

Giuliani has the same problem with 9/11, and look where that got him...

Posted by: Lisa Singleton | August 29, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

just words.

No reaching out to Clintons supporters.
Just that britney spears set...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama brought it last night. He did well. I was proud and am glad I'll be able to vote for him.

Posted by: Karen from Maryland | August 29, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

John McCain laughs when he talks about not knowing how to use the internet or send an email. I mean, seriously folks, a 5-year-old child can learn how to use the internet in about 10 minutes. How is it possible that McCain apparently has neither the aptitude or intelligence to figure out how to send an email?

And the Republicans want us to believe he's prepared to lead our nation into the 21st Century? If McCain can't be bothered to learn something as simple as the internet, or a computer, how is he going to handle the complexities of having what is arguably the most demanding job in the nation?

No wonder John McCain jokes about graduating at the bottom of his class in college. Do we really need another "below average" student for president?

Posted by: Bill Randle | August 29, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Pipe dreams and empty words. The President does not have the power to do all of those things that Obama promised, yet people hung on his every word. He may say "yes, we can," bu he can't perform miracles. I am not convinced.

Posted by: Disappointed | August 29, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised at the many negative comments . Perhaps Phil Gramm is right-we are a bitter people!

Posted by: James from Chillicothe ,Ohio | August 29, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The comments by Anonymous are offensive and he has posted similar nasty things before. That is why he is Anonymous. The convention last night was first rate, five stars, especially the Obama and Gore speeches. Anon must work for the GOP as a hateful, angry hack.

We see no evidence Obama is neutered...what an odd thing to say. Really grasping at straws there, Anon. WaPo should address the fact Republicans have taken over posting on their political boards, it is pathetic. Every day I read hateful posts full of lies and fear mongering. You guys are scared. Your tactics are desperate and stupid. I will never read another Anon post and will scroll past his hate. The best thing to do with a bigot is to ignore them...bye bye Anon.

Posted by: laurabunny | August 29, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The first poster spoke volumes. Bottom line is I have and want mine and if you don't have any tough s***! Now, we finally see McCain's platform.

Obama did the seemingly impossible last night. I was wary of the venue, crowd and reaction. It was great. The pundits will be talking about this evening in a 100 years. I seen a number of campaign rallies including Obama's in person and am sorry I couldn't be there last night, but what an evening. Even Gore didn's sound like he had taken a "boring" pill.

Now we see what the GOP can do in Minneapolis. I have a feeling it's going to look more like the "amateur hour" after this week

Posted by: Bud for Everyone | August 29, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

to all you that think that McCain isn't going to raise your taxes you are wrong, who is going to pay for all the mess that the Republicans have left this nation.
McCain will only give tax breaks to the top 1%.
I believe that if you truly believe McCain about his tax cuts, than ask yourself about the tax cuts we got from BUSH!
Here are a few
Higher gas prices,food cost, loss of jobs, who got those tax cuts I sure in the Hell didn't, so in my opinion you are a fool if you believe MCBUSH!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sb | August 29, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Some of you call Senator Obama an "empty suit."

My Friends, let's see if McCain can debate an empty suit and win.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY! It is a refreshing thought to the possibly of having an intelligent President again that does not fumble the english language.

Posted by: 999 | August 29, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

All you dems forget for the last 48 years the Democratic party has been able to get new and young voters all excited about their presidential candidates. What happens when it comes time to vote? They dont vote in numbers to turn the tide.

And since those 50yo and older turn out in larger numbers you are going to have to deal with them really not being ready to vote for an African American.

Myself I have a hard choice vote for a scum sucking ambulance chasing lawyer whose wifey is also a lawyer. Or vote for a Depends wearing Naval Academy grad whose wifey inherited a Bud distributorship?

Shame Michelle and Cindy arent the candidates for their respective parties. They are better choices than their husband.

And when was Barack neutered by his wife!

I am voting for Mccain. Wifey with a Bud distributorship wins. And Mccain wont raise my taxes and destroy my standard of living. I dont care about yours!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that Obama hit it out of the park last night. It was a great speak and first and foremost I was a Hillary Clinton supporter and Obama received my vote last night.

It is a shame to see the responses to this story from some of the bitter republicans. I said it, you guys are so bitter and you have to look at your candidate who can't speak, is out of touch with the world. You bitter republicans can only look at the current POTUS and have to support that fool.

I'm a member of the U.S. Air Force and it is going to be great to get someone in charge that won't stretch the military so far and thin. An again to you bitter republicans until you have to fly back on a Medevac flight with so many wounded and injured soldiers you won't understand the debacle that we have been in. The military wanted to be turned loose to get Bin Laden but, the current POTUS, Cheney, and Rumsfeld didn't want to spend the money to go get him. They didn't even follow the Powell doctrine (ashame he was in the cabinent and Rumsfeld wanted to do a war on a budget). The military wanted to get Bin Laden badly but, this administration had other objectives which were to mainly get them and their friends some very rich retirements. So yes, you bitter republicans, especially the ones making less than $250,000 a year. The current POTUS wasn't for you. The only persons to profit during the last eight years had incomes above $250,000. An now you bitter republicans want to support McCain. I respect him for previously being a soldier but, I don't respect his policies and his plans because with McCain I guess me and my fellow soldiers have better get ready to fight Iran. We still won't go after Bin Laden. And yes, McCain will follow Bin Laden to the gates of hell, when they both meet up in Hell.

Obama has to win to end this stupidity.

Posted by: Mike63 | August 29, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

You really do need to be "A Mile High" to believe it.

Posted by: Nice Dreams | August 29, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Denver Post wrote: "He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary."

Even worse he did not explain the reasons for not giving the VP job to Chris Dodd, or Bill Richardson (a Hispanic) or to Denver Post.

One can have little doubt that McCain will explain his reasons for not giving Ron Paul the VP spot.

Posted by: Jega | August 29, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Jamesrfitz examples please and who in particular? Be specific unlike Obama...

Posted by: Craig | August 29, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Y'all just listen to Ruch Limbaugh today who will analyze the LIES!!!

Posted by: atamom11 | August 29, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

The speech was standard political fare, something far from what one might expect from a self-professed agent of change. I was completely unimpressed.

Obama made the usual sweeping promises that cannot be kept. He was extremely negative and looked quite angry for much of the speech. The presentation was rambling and unfocused. Obama talked about energy policy, which is fine. Then he suddenly complains that US bankruptcy laws need to be fixed? Huh? At one point he complained that the US hadn't done anything in energy policy in 30 years and that McCain has been around for 26 of those years. Of course, Obama's own VP choice, Joe Biden, has been around for 35 years. The speech was filled with these sorts of unstated gaffs where Obama would blame McCain or the Republicans for something, yet he himself was just as equally responsible.

Obama is an empty suit and now an empty suit with lousy rhetoric to boot.


Posted by: royalcx | August 29, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

It's time for Grampa to retire. McCain you are stale and old and have nothing new to offer hard working Americans but your lies and plans to stay wealthy and protect your wealthy friends with more of the same failed Bush policies and tax cuts for the rich. Obama is the direction forward, you will not stop us, we will prevail, we will move our country forward into the future and do what is right and good for ALL Americans by electing Barack Obama, the time is NOW.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | August 29, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

BRILLIANT! What a great feeling to know that our next president will actually be smarter than a fifth grader.

Posted by: pj451 | August 29, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Well crafted and delivered. As with most speeches, long on rhetoric and short on details.

However, I'm waiting for the debates. THAT'S where the real meat is.

Posted by: JackESpratt | August 29, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

After reading a lot of online comments about the candidates, I have come to realize that about 90% of these responses to political stories and editorials are written by staffers of both parties or paid employees. They fall into two camps: gushing and adoring of a candidate or focused misleading half-truths designed to inspire fear of the opponent. Of course I may be wrong and 90% of people who respond online could be blithering idiots. Otherwise there is no way to explain the ridiculous hype and fear-mongering one reads here.

Posted by: Jamesrfitz | August 29, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...


Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM
Barak's Mother would be so pissed at him over this Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Kim K | August 29, 2008 5:14 AM
Just Type in "Obama is racist against Hispanics" and google. No wonder he wants you to believe he is the victim of their racism!

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 6:10 AM
Maybe Chris will write something to prove or disprove this damaging information on Obama. Not!!

Posted by: Brinton | August 29, 2008 6:48 AM
Obama could kill a white man during a speech and all posters for him would talk about is it interrupting him...

Posted by: Landis | August 29, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

ALL MY NEIGHBORS ARE DIE HARD REPUBLICANS SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS RIGHT NOW.THEY KNOW THE LAST 4 YEARS HAVEN"T BEEN NO PICNIC.

THEY KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (INCLUDING BULLETS) HAS GONE UP THRU THE ROOF.

THEY WERE PREPARED TO FIGHT 'HILLIARY' IN THIS CAMPAIGN, BUT THE DEMOCRATS RALLIED BEHIND THIS GUY AT THIS TIME.

THE OLD ONES ARE NEVER GONNA CHANGE, THEY ARE AFRAID OF CHANGE, MCCAIN 'USED TO BE A MAVERICK' BUT MCCAIN SOLD OUT HIS SOUL IN THE LAST 2 YEARS!

CANT TRUST NOBODY WHO DOES A COMPLETE REVERSAL IN THE LAST 2 YEARS MCCAIN !

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU BEING A MAVERICK???
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU FIGHTING FOR GUYS LIKE YOU THAT SERVED AND HAVE BEEN DIS-SERVED BY
THE VA & WALTER REED PRACTICES ?
JOHN YOU HAD BETTER COME UP WITH A GOOD VP CHOICE OTHERWISE I CROSSING THE RIVER TO THE OTHER SIDE, I HAVE A FAMILY TO PROTECT & MY 401K IS ABOUT GONE PAYING FOR ALL THESE PRICES HIKES AND I CAN'T GET A HOME EQ. LOAN NO MORE ! THAT STIMULUS CHECK PAID FOR ONLY 2 MONTHS OF GAS NOT 12 MONTHS!

Posted by: Wood in VIRGINIA | August 29, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Inspiring. This country will be truly blessed to have this man leading us. I've been disappointed by the Dems for too long, but I believe that they have finally produced a real winner.

Posted by: CarolBG | August 29, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I've yet to see what all the fuss about any Obama speech is about. He doesn't speak to me. He wants to be president and he'll say whatever he has to say to get the job. Show me some credentials, Obama. Show me how you're going to pay for all of these promises.

You won't get this Democrat's vote. You just don't deserve it.

Posted by: Democrat for McCain | August 29, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Barack and his beautiful family were simply magnificent and will uplift and inspire our nation to embrace the challenges of the 21st century. A tired, antiquated and totally clueless old man will trudge to St. Paul with his pack of attack dogs. They will peddle their fear mongering garbage in an attempt to scare voters into accepting a third term of Bush. It will all be for naught, for as Barack likes to say, "Not this time!"

Posted by: Robert Luciano | August 29, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

I was so moved, by the energy all around me, He gave a great speech. I was once a Hilary Supporter. Obama got my support, and VOTE.

Posted by: Flora | August 29, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Best post of the week, Pragmatist.

Truer words were never written.

Teddy Roosevelt must be rolling in his grave...the Republican Party has become everything he fought during his lifetime.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 29, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...


Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM
Barak's Mother would be so pissed at him over this Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Kim K | August 29, 2008 5:14 AM
Just Type in "Obama is racist against Hispanics" and google. No wonder he wants you to believe he is the victim of their racism!

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 6:10 AM
Maybe Chris will write something to prove or disprove this damaging information on Obama. Not!!

Posted by: Brinton | August 29, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I didn't watch the speech live, unfortunately. He did a great job doing what he did. He took the republicans upfront. That was good. Obama was convincinly speaking to the people aT HOME. He didn't give specifics.

Give me an break. Eight is enough! That sums it all for me.

Posted by: fa | August 29, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Iraq and China signed a $3 billion deal this week to develop a large Iraqi oil field, the first major commercial oil contract here with a foreign company since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The contract also requires China to build a major electrical station in the area to help boost Iraq's overworked power grid. Did he do this bad? McCain's friends that he worked with and new so well in Iraq have not only advocated Obama's foriegn policy but now they have turned to communist's to develop their oil fields and electric infrasructure great job Johnnie

Posted by: TooDumb | August 29, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

The reason McCain will lsoe and Obama will win is clearly demonstrated on this board today. The Republicans offer hate and fear and faslehoods. They are no longer conservatives. they have lost any semblance of the intellignet approach they brought to government a quarter century ago.Indeed they have betrayed every bedrock principle of conservatism - fiscal restraint, limitation of executive power, defense of individual freedom from the government - all gone and nothing, nothing to replce them

Posted by: Pragmatist | August 29, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are back! It seemed the GOP had the advantage with the media until last night. The media liked the speech. Barack Obama gave them the bells and whistles they wanted. Now many of them will treat Obama more fairly than they have up to now. Obama has been getting as much if not more media coverage, but it has been a lot of faint praise and lots of attention to the sophomoric GOP attacks on Obama. We'll have to wait 'til after the GOP convention to be sure, but it may mean the media love affair with John McCain may be over. If that's the case, Obama will definitely prevail.
Great job soon-to-be President Barack Obama. ~ richard allbritton, Miami

Posted by: Richard Allbritton, Miami | August 29, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a great speech. A few days ago I said I would be one of those tepid voters for Obama, not anymore, now I'm an enthusiastic voter for Obama. I'm really excited for our country.

Posted by: Hillary Supporter | August 29, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Ask Flip-Floppin' John W McCain about the weather, and he'll tell you about being a POW forty years ago.

Flip-Floppin' John W McCain makes Bob Dole look like a WINNER.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 29, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Look for Obama and the Dem machinery to preach doom and gloom about how bad it is in America and that's why we need change.

Face it, people, it's not so bad in America. Want to see bad? Travel abroad either pond and spend a week in another country. Pick any country. You'll be kissing the tarmac when you return to the United States.

I want a centerist President. Hillary Clinton was comfortable in the mainstream, and John McCain has spent a lot of time there as a Senator. Obama? Voted most liberal of all of them, with Biden the third most liberal.

I don't want a dose of the far left any more than I wanted a dose of Bush's far right government.

Obama is what he is: An extreme liberal with a complaint media, questionable relationships with pastors and former terrorists and no record.

God save the U.S. if he's elected.

I'm another Democrat whose proudly and easily voting for John McCain in November.

Posted by: PoliticalPuck | August 29, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama did a great job!!! his speech was moving, and straight to the point, he layed it out what he want to do WHEN HE IS PRESIDENT. Unlike Mcaine who always hide behind his POW statis.When every you ask him a question, he don't understand, or know how to answer, he ALWAYS have to tell a story when he was a POW.like that excuse him from answering the question.
This is something someone have never asked.
Try this.. Have anyone every question Mr Mccain about the Impact , being a POW did to his mental state?? Do he have flashback?, do he take medication? like prozac???. If not that would explain, why he have this desire to go to WAR with everyone.Do you really want someone like that in the White House?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Carl is right. This is the kind of propaganda allowed on Obama's own web site to cover his own Racism against Hispanics and fabricate a reason why they did not vote for him.

Will Hispanic racism kill Obama's campaign
By Gaurav - Jan 20th, 2008 at 2:12 pm EST
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The answer is probably not because Latinos like African Americans don't like to vote. However the other big story from Nevada is how convincingly Hillary won the Latino vote. Lets explore why?

Just two days ago while I was going back home a bus, I started conversing with the driver, who was of Peruvian descent. The talk moved from everyday things to politics and I asked him whom did he support for presidential candidate. He said Hillary and he in turn asked me and I mentioned Obama. Then this guy looks back at me and says, "Blacks no good". "Always doing drugs ...no no he won't be good. Blacks no good." I gulped and made some lame remark. Now it is useful to note that I am brown skinned and latinos will sometimes confide things in me they may not confide in "gringos". Of course the Peruvian driver was a "Hispanic white".

But anecodtal evidence doesn't quiet count as proof. So add to the above story two things: Racial resentment that Hispanic whites feel against African Americans comes up consistently high on surveys done in Political Science (in fact their resentment against Asians is pretty phenomenal too), and the recent results from Nevada. Even these don't quiet add up to conclusive proof but it gives you a fair idea of the challenges Obama faces.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/gauravsood/CGxMQ

Posted by: Holy cow Obama is a pig | August 29, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Many Democrats are now having buyers remorse, because they know that Obama is a weak empty suit who will lose in November.

The mainstream media is asleep at the wheel, and when the Obama train derails on election day, it will be a long overdue wake up call for the clueless, elitist, biased media.

Hillary was a genius with substance, experience, and judgment. What fools Americans were to pass her over.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Political Puck

This year you have this forum - you can at least post your questions here for people to read - this is a far cry from previous elections in which the deceptions went unanswered from the public.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

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John McCain has been on the Straight Talk Express for 10 years SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY about the reforms he would like in Washington.

Obama focus-groups the word "change" and all of a sudden he is the real guy. Obama then has never really been that specific about what his changes are. I sense a bit of "me-tooism" from Obama - and it is a bit deceptive. "Maybe they won't notice that I am taking John McCain's straight talk express campaign themes." Also McCain will be NOTHING like Bush, they hate each other - another deception practiced by the Obama people.


The REAL CHANGE AGENT IS JOHN MCCAIN - HE HAS HAS BEEN SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO FOR 10 YEARS NOW - AND SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HAS THE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL ENABLE HIM TO GET THOSE CHANGES IN PLACE IN WASHINGTON.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Yawn, the fawning of Obama continues by the mainstream media.

What disregard for duty. What disregard for professional skepticism. What disregard for asking questions of Obama that we can't ask.


Posted by: PoliticalPuck | August 29, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Great speech that answers the skeptics (at least the ones with something of an open mind, as opposed to some of those posting irrational or distasteful comments here).

If history is any indication, the GOP's natural play at this point will be to start up the Rovian fear mongering machine. Ultimately, these tactics strengthens the call for change among a weary electorate; whether or not we have the courage to answer it remains an open question.

Posted by: JT | August 29, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Yes, once again the speech pre-written for him was performed well and certinally historic, now blacks will have to step up to he plate and perform instead of using the race card to excuse failures...Obama is still too self absorbed for us, This election for Dems in only about the inexperienced politicans skin color,not fixing our country...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama says '...These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me."'

Really. You forgot to mention their names, Senator.

Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis, anti-Americans all...

Yes, theirs are the stories I KNOW that shaped YOU.

Posted by: Ben Reyes | August 29, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Extraordinary. Thrilling. A great speech by Obama last night. Without doubt, a major event.

A moving, sincere, intelligent, strong evening--remarkably intimate for a crowd of 70,000--the tears and members at prayer were striking--and the readiness to fight is clear.

This is the time.

We are watching the world change.

Now is the time to devote our time and energies to the election.

To prevent another 4 years of the past 8 years.

Now it's time for Obama '08 to begin full power, full steam and in earnest, and for each of us to put our full energy behind the effort.

If you haven't been able to get to an Obama rally, or have, and want to take it with you, you can get the entire Obama rally setlist--all the way from U2's "City of Blinding Lights", to which Obama takes the stage, to the Obama victory anthem "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" at ITunes, here:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=273868596&s=143441&v0=575

Posted by: Marie Stewart | August 29, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Empty suit.

Posted by: Ben Reyes | August 29, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Responding to Kathy Libbey's comments...

Kathy,

Please keep in mind that age doesn't mean a lack of progressive values or insights. In fact, real progressive values--today's cultural climate--are clearly "retro."

Ralph Nader, only yesterday, invoked the wise words of Eugene Debs in his campaign speech. Do you even know who Debs was and what he stood for?

I know many people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, who see Barack Obama as the last hope for bridging modern neoliberalism to the strong socialist values of the 1920s. This was a time when Kansas, of all places, was a hotbed of support for American Socialism. A time when Kansans understood that unions were not only the key to standing up to corporate arrogance, but also a time when we Americans called into question the very model of wage-labor itself.

Ralph Nader, despite the inevitable lampooning of his style and message by the corporate controlled media--and the society that follow it--is a living example of how age is NOT an automatic disqualifier in the progressive agenda.

Old people do NOT always "resist change," as you would have it. Especially, in today's neoliberal climate among democrats, it is old people who still remember a time when there were viable alternatives to the corporate servitude our major parties represent (and I'm talking about the Democrats just as much as I'm talking about the Republicans, despite the recent rhetoric).

Kathy, I agree with you: we should vote for Obama. However, we should not be lulled into the idea that Obama has a monopoly on "new" ideas, nor that "old people" are inherently conservative. For many "old people" I know, Obama is far LESS progressive than they want him to be.

For the "old people" who remember Eugene Debs (and I'm only 40 years old), Obama is one of many who represent a back-tracking from real progressive ideals about labor, the economy, and a questioning of capitalism as the basis for an economy that serves all its participants. It's not that Obama is a bad guy, it's just that he's caught up in a politics that doesn't allow major political figures to question market capitalism and the wage-labor system that makes it so successful.

Kathy, there are many "old people" who remember a time when it was possible to bring into open debate the very nature of the corporate system, and hope to change it.

McCain's problem is not that he is "old people," but that he is "old people" that are bought and paid for by a modern system. Obama is the best alternative, but we should not expect too much, given the current corporate climate in Washington.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Same speech, maybe even a little more narcissism. "This election isn't about me!" Oh brother. Why would such a thought even cross his mind? This guy is scary.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | August 29, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has been on the Straight Talk Express for 10 years SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY about the reforms he would like in Washington.

Obama focus-groups the word "change" and all of a sudden he is the real guy. Obama then has never really been that specific about what his changes are. I sense a bit of "me-tooism" from Obama - and it is a bit deceptive. "Maybe they won't notice that I am taking John McCain's straight talk express campaign themes." Also McCain will be NOTHING like Bush, they hate each other - another deception practiced by the Obama people.


The REAL CHANGE AGENT IS JOHN MCCAIN - HE HAS HAS BEEN SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO FOR 10 YEARS NOW - AND SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HAS THE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL ENABLE HIM TO GET THOSE CHANGES IN PLACE IN WASHINGTON.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 29, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...


Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM
Barak's Mother would be so pissed at him over this Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Kim K | August 29, 2008 5:14 AM
Just Type in "Obama is racist against Hispanics" and google. No wonder he wants you to believe he is the victim of their racism!

Posted by: Carl | August 29, 2008 6:10 AM | Report abuse

So his inexperienced...boohooohooo...Bush came in with all that experience, family history etc etc...lol look where that got you lot, after 8 years Americans are mocked and laughed at. And about 100 times worse off then 8 years ago. You kept bush for a second term,and I don't blame you their was no other leadership to follow.

But now when hope and change is on your doorstep, you are using inexperience as your excuse? Who can ever be ready for the most difficult job in the world? You think McCain is cos his 71...lol then you really are out of touch. You have had old men govern you, Mr Bush for eg, that got you bombed, warred and frankly depressed. Try something different, stop complaining and vote for Obama.

Oh well, guess you can't please everyone....

Posted by: suzi_Q | August 29, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

You don't have to lie johnrobertdavis and I hope that is a made up name. Just becuz your sister is hot does not mean... well you now that is wrong right? Or is she your mother also? That might explain some things.

Posted by: Sick | August 29, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

This election is clearly an election for the ages, especially now that Obama made his 42-min. rebuttal in front of world audience. Next week, it's McCain's and Repub's turn. This could become of the greatest monments in our history.

But there's just a single question that still haunts me. A student asked me once in my high school US history class, "Are we headed into another civil war, Mr. W...?" I didn't have the answer - no one really does when predicting the future. I did reply based on the second generation of America's (the War of 1812-Jacksonian Era) experience and consequence. If we fail to adjust our American democratic-republic system periodically, that system will fail. Back then, that generation's politics was even nastier than today in the Age of Reagan (1976-2008?). And still that question haunts me although I strongly have hope in the promise of the future, especially after the last 32 years.

Finally, I hope that student and others students across our 50 states and D.C. are watching this election closely because it will not only decide our fate in the next decade but the fate for a generation of America yet unborn (their children, my grandchildren). So I urge all of my fellow Americans - READ about the issues, WATCH what McCain and Obama SAY & DO, and VOTE! That's what Jacksonian democracy means - to be involved and engage, not apathic and disconnected as this country has been over the last eight presidential elections.

Just a little something for all to ponder over this holiday weekend and fall campaign...

Posted by: NJ Teacher | August 29, 2008 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Empty words, empty suit.

Posted by: Capt. Howard | August 29, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Why is he friends with a guy who blew people up?
Wake up you Obama morons.

Remember Adolf Hitler was very popular.....

Posted by: christopher | August 29, 2008 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Flabby little John McCain is weenie. His name should be John McWeenie.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama’s Shameless Racism
November 6th, 2006 at 03:46pm Jon Roth

Democrats have cynically played the race card every two years, and Barack Obama seems to be the poster child for it this year. Best of the Web notes:


“Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois today urged hundreds of blacks not to vote along racial lines next week in Maryland’s Senate race. Obama, the only black U.S. senator, came to the state to rally support for Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is white. Cardin’s Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, is the first black candidate ever elected statewide and has been courting black Democrats.”–Associated Press, Nov. 3

“The nation’s only black senator, Barack Obama, D-Ill., asked voters at two black churches and at a Nashville rally to elect [Harold] Ford, a Democrat who is trying to become the first black senator from the South in more than 100 years. ‘I know that all of you are going to work the next couple of days to make sure it happens, because I’m feeling lonely in Washington,’ Obama said at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. ‘I need my dear friend to join me.’ “–Associated Press, Nov. 5

This guy is an outright racist if this is really what he believes. If it’s not, then he’s just another duplicitous political hack. Either way, the media-fueled halo that surrounds him is certain to dim as people realize he brings nothing new or valuable to America’s political discourse. Pathetic.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

We are surprised not that the dog preaches well
But only that he preaches at all!

Posted by: JamesT | August 29, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

Black Supporters Get Harassed by ObamaPosted in February 29th, 2008 by DE in obamaOn Politico.com, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton, is quoted as saying, “African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened1.” Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.” He continued by saying, “This is the politics of the 1950s, a lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.”

This is quite an immature and inexperienced way to win over superdelgates’ support. If our country is so beyond race, what is the issue? How does ‘Unlce Tom’ come up? Maybe our country though is not beyond race, at least not past it enough that Obama attempts to shun those who support whites. Truthfully, this should make voters weary of Obama. If he wins the nomination, will he always need to vote in favor of blacks even if it’s questionably good for the country? Maybe the people are blind to color, but is Obama, or is he going to play the ‘black card’ to take care of business in the White House? These harassment allegations are not to be taken lightly, and should concern voters of the nature of reverse-racism.

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

There was a time when I thought I would vote for McCain. But, his hypocritical shift to the right is so disappointing. His campaign has completely been taken over by the ghost of Rove, as if that is the only way to convince voters to vote for him, i.e., not vote for the other guy. This is such a pathetic way to conduct oneself, and I have lost my respect for him. I'm voting Obama-Biden.

Posted by: George | August 29, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

It is really scary and sad that the Amreican electorate is to stupid that they can be fooled by this slick sleazy Chicago politician who is a pure communist. Karl Marx is one of his idles. If he should be elected God forbid and has a democrat house and senate, his change will be the destruction of the greatest nation in the history of the world. I read of talk about taxing corporations by some fool who has no clue how economics works. Corporations don't pay taxes, their customers do. They must make a reasonable profit for their shareholders or go out of business and any new taxes will be passed on to their customers.

Posted by: Glenn | August 29, 2008 5:43 AM | Report abuse

I have left the Republican Party (at least until they have flushed out the Body Snatchers) - and thought the speech by Obama was over the top and you bet he's got my vote. My sister and husband who live in the Bible Belt in deep East Texas, are bible thumpers and die-hard Republicans, also just informed me that they will be voting for Obama. And by the way, I am a 63 year old(white)Texas Red Neck. So put that in your pipe and smoke it - you misfits who are slamming Obama.

Posted by: johnrobertdavis | August 29, 2008 5:38 AM | Report abuse

our government is set up such that change can't happen over night. there are a series of checks and balances that need to be followed in order to institute change. unless mr.obama thinks these rules don't apply to him,well, he's got another thing coming. his speech tonight was full of the same ol rhetoric that every other politiian speels about. they say what they think we want to here and there are those morons out there that fall for it. he can not deliver on anything that he promises. i loved how they had michelle sitting next to his white uncle that he hadn't had contact with for nearly 10 years. it doesn't change anything, he is a black man running for president of the united states.
i've run into hundreds of people. i ask if they'll vote for obama, and in a hushed voice, every white said they'd never vote for him. it seems like the big white conspiracy. say up front that race doesn't matter, they secretly vote against him. the area i polled was east central ohio, northern panhandle of west virginia, and western pa. granted, he's not all that loved in these areas. i've asked why they don't like him, the responses have all nearly been the same, he's arrogant, he talks down to people, he doesn't have to worry where his next paycheck is coming from....the big one, he's an elitist. there are those out there that still think he's a muslim. he has the area black vote. but, now that blacks are no longer the largest minority group in this country, hispanics favor mccain 2 to 1 in this area.
it's not a given that obama is going to win as he believes is his right. john mccain's first order of business isn't going to be cutting the military budget, which is the first place democrats attack, leaving our military with nothing to do their jobs. he's here for us, not obama.

Posted by: same ol crap | August 29, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

I live in Arizona, and I'm a Nader supporter, by disposition. Despite that, I voted for Kerry in the last election, and I'll probably vote for Obama this time, though in my state, it probably won't matter.

The thing I keep coming back to, when I think about the lofty goals and promises made by Barack and his supporters, is that our society is what it is because of some very entrenched social power structures that can't simply be waved away with a magic wand and idealism. To wit...

1) Huge corporations have immense influence on our congress. Big oil and coal may have already bought Obama--witness his promise to promote US natural gas and "clean" coal (not to mention nuclear) energy sources. We should also recall that "US" oil companies still get a lot of their oil and natural gas from drilling fields abroad, and that these companies' actions in places like Nigeria prop up brutal dictatorships and help to perpetuate social systems based on exploitation and maintaining poverty.

The only way to get out from under the yoke of these companies' influence is to enact--and enforce--real campaign finance reform and lobbying limits that decouple large corporate coffers and the viability of our politicians' careers. Ironically, McCain is one of the few who tried to do this, but his reforms have failed because of loopholes and cynicism among our politicians. Can any president close those loopholes? The answer is no. And we can't depend on the legislative branch to do it, because so many of them rise or fall because of corporate contributions.

Furthermore, the idea of "energy independence" is a myth, at least until we wean ourselves from the teat of fossil fuels. Until that time, we will always be beholden to Big Energy, whether it's getting its natural gas from Nigeria, or getting oil from Brazil's newly discovered oilfields.

2) While I agree that huge corporations should be taxed, so that US prosperity can be shared by the working class (these companies sure can't be depended upon to share that prosperity through higher wages and benefits), I worry that the larger transnationals will simply opt to flee the US in favor of greener fields in the third world.

One way multinational corporations can extort us is simply by saying that, unless they get their tax breaks, they will pull up stakes entirely, and move to India, or Indonesia, or wherever they can buy off the local government to create an economic climate favorable for their profits. Thirty years of Reaganomics and neoliberal Clintonism, crowned by Bush's all-out savage capitalism, has created a climate where it may impossible to bring big money to heel, despite the fact that the uber-capitalist corporate powers made their fortunes with the labor of the US working people. In the present circumstances, even with congress behind him, a president Obama may not be able to prevent corporate power from evolving into a truly global power structure that is no longer beholden to any individual nation(s) to keep it in check. The US has created transnational Frankenstein monsters, thanks to Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, Jr. over the last 30 years. It will be hard to get the genie back in the bottle.

3) Meaningful healthcare reform can only be brought about by the elimination of the profit motive in the health services, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. None of the mega-corporate networks in these fields will be willing to go out without a fight. Even Obama's healthcare platform would do little to move us in the direction of a non-profit healthcare model, and I think this means that Democrats' promises of "healthcare for all" will be, at best, very hard to guarantee. Perhaps, once in office, Obama would push for a non-profit healthcare model, but he would be up against a congress that receives huge donations from the industries-that-be. The transition from our current healthcare "system" to a robust universal healthcare system--like the ones in all other industrialized countries--will be a tough row to hoe.

Most likely, we will see some kind of tepid reform that allows (or requires, like the Massachusetts model) people to buy for-profit insurance through the federal government. And believe me, that insurance will still be susceptible to all the attempts to deny claims to which any private for-profit insurance model falls prey. I expect very little to change in this area under Obama, except that millions more Americans will be able to have insurance, only to find their claims denied by profit-hungry insurance executives (and, of course, their hapless employees).

4) The rhetoric of unity--always a staple of US politics--cannot erase the cold, hard fact that a huge segment of the US population have been conditioned to vote against their own interests. The tactics are many, but a good example is the abortion debate. While very few Republican politicians actually believe that Roe v. Wade would ever be overturned, they continue to use this issue to bring voters to the polls. Across the country, these voters are largely blue-collar, God-fearing people, who turn out in droves to cast their votes for the very people who sanction unfettered corporate power--the same corporations that send their jobs overseas and fight to deny healthcare benefits to these same blue-collar workers. These same voters, while calling down Democrats for raising taxes, will wholeheartedly vote for candidates who promise to cut taxes for big business, but do little or nothing to ensure stability for US blue-collar jobs.

An Obama administration, even with a Democratic congress, will still have to deal with this kind of delusional support from legions of voters--and their congressional representatives--for policies that endorse the kind of "trickle-down" economics that Obama himself criticizes. The Republicans still have this card to play--that they can call out the issues of abortion, gun control, and gay marriage--to support their economic agenda by default. Given that the congress is still firmly in corporate pockets, this kind of resistance to a progressive agenda will be hard to fight.

5) I applaud the efforts of Barack Obama and the Democratic party to reach out to the christian faithful, and try to reorient religious politics to a more progressive agenda. Though I, myself, am deeply troubled by Obama's commitment to expanding Bush's "faith-based initiatives"--mainly because I am a believer in State/Church separation--I can see the value in reminding christians that Bush's savage capitalism has little to do with Jesus Christ's message of mutual love and support for all.

However, by endorsing government funding of religious organizations, we are moving away from the Jeffersonian ideal of a nation built not on religious peculiarities, but on common ethical values. While it may be true that many of these ethical values are shared by religious groups in the US, the federal funding of religious organizations opens the door to state-funded religion-specific moral crusades, and to spending monies through religious organizations, when those monies could be put to use in ways that have no religious "strings attached" whatsoever. Our collective treasure, as a nation, should not be distributed to people in a way that depends on their religious persuasion.

Barack Obama's insistence on expanding Bush's "faith-based" funding program is a mistake, though I acknowledge the strategic value in it, and I admit that I like the fact that it will inevitably help to end the Republicans' ability to link religious preferences to their own economic agenda.

In short, I think Barack made a great speech, and I think his campaign has had many inspiring moments. I also think we should vote for him as president of the United States. I also, however, don't expect too much when it comes to turning his American dreams into reality.

Fingers crossed, and hoping against cynicism for a substantive change,

John.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...


Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM
Barak's Mother would be so pissed at him over this Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Kim K | August 29, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

History Redux

Why go with experience? Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Bush, and McCain have ample experience, but they are foolish, arrogant, and incompetent, and they have been a disaster.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:10 AM | Report abuse

I thought Obama did great although I would have liked to hear a little more "hope and change" that we heard all through the primaries.

But the true question for all us Denverites who check in regularly with the Fix is: Where did the Fix eat, drink and hang while in Denver? Can we get a top ten or Friday Line on that?

gObama!

Posted by: lp | August 29, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Hell Yeah!

I just watched Obama give the most truthful speech, and the most moving speech of my lifetime. One that has made me proud of my country for the first time in my life.

I have never been a voter because I hated politics. The lies and self serving rhetoric of politicians made me ashamed of this country on so many occasions that I could not make myself vote for the lesser of two evils as my mother called it. My mother, may God rest her soul, was of the belief that it was our duty as Americans to vote. She was a firm believer in the idea that those who did not vote had no right to complain about this country.

Well with the exception of one local election, I refused to vote, because I was of the opinion that evil was evil and I was above choosing the lesser of the evils. Now I, a daughter born into a military family, who was once so ashamed of the country I live, have found new hope from a man that I, like many others, felt was to inexperienced to lead this country.

In my job, I am trained to watch for facial expressions and body language that indicates truthfulness. Obama was totally truthful in his acceptance speech, and more than that what he was right on in everything. He hit the nail on the head, if you will pardon my expression, in every single topic that he covered. He not only described what is wrong with this country, but he also explained exactly what it would take to fix it. He has allowed me to see for the first time, the dreams and ideas that I know made my Mother love this country the way she did.

My Mother was somewhat racist, but I know in my heart that she would have voted for Obama, because he represents everything she knew was good about this country. Things that I never saw in my lifetime.

I will vote in this election, and I will vote for Obama. I will do it for my Mom, and I will do it so that my children and my grandchildren will be able to hold their heads up and be proud of the country in which they live. I will do it because, I believe that Obama has an honest understanding of what the American people need, and is not so arrogant that he will let politics or anything else stand in his way to reunite the country and bring about the change that we must have to gain our self respect once again. He will, in my opinion, take up where J.F.K. and Martin Luther King left off.

As for McCain, well he seems like a nice old man. However, the problem with old people is that they resist change. Mostly because they don't understand it, but also because their minds aren't able to process new information well.

We need someone who will represents America as strong and energetic, not as tired and outdated. We need a President who can give us the confidence to stand proud, not someone that we want to give a glass of warm milk to.

I am sorry, but even if I had not of been as impressed with Obama as I was, I would not want a tired old man being appointed President. And nice or not, you must admit that McCain comes across as just that. Think about it.

Vote for Obama, he at least understands what we are up against in this day and age.

Posted by: Kathy Libbey | August 29, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

"How many know exactly how long Abraham Lincoln had in public life before becoming president? *** Lincoln had one term in the House and a few more in the Illinois State Senate. He also knew how to use words and he only saved the nation."

I guess that will show you what a Civil War can do for you. We got lucky once. No point trying that again. Better go with experience this time.

Posted by: History Redux? | August 29, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

From a typical white person who harbors racist feelings and makes Obama cringes to a hero of his - was Obama lying then or is he lying now about his grandmother?

From dismissing Iran's threat as "tiny", to opposing the surge, to needing three takes to barely get a grip on Russian invasion of Georgia - Obama's been riding his one-trick pony on his judgment over national security that just keeps tripping himself over.

All the "meat" he offers on the silver platter at his Toga party, he intends to steal it from his neighbors' freezers 'cause he's got no way to pay for it.

All in all, his speech carries a fancier label, but what's in the bottle is the same old and stale Colt 45.

Posted by: W.H. | August 29, 2008 5:03 AM | Report abuse

How many of the posters who complain about Obama's lack of experience are Republicans who voted for Bush against Gore? How many would do so again? How many know exactly how long Abraham Lincoln had in public life before becoming president? I can't answer the first two questions for you (and you will have to be honest with yourselves to answer them for yourself), but I can say something about the last question. Lincoln had one term in the House and a few more in the Illinois State Senate. He also knew how to use words and he only saved the nation.

Posted by: rw | August 29, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

John W McCain is considering cancelling the Republican Convention.

Good idea...after America saw and heard what Obama said last night.

For the first time in forty years, McCain is putting his country first, by quitting the race now.

Good job, McCain.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 29, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM

Obama is a selective Brothers keeper...

Posted by: Marvin | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

He says he will put an end to Russian Aggression and stop Iran from getting Nukular weapons.

How is this Pro Change, this is Exact Samey Same Hokum as McCain, borrer a few more trillions if the Asiatics wanna lend it to ya and get a few 1000 more Americans and Central Asians killed.

Starting a war in the Caucases is Change, since when, what happened to Talk to People in Russia and Teheran and work to an amicable and mutually respected future for the safety of the entire region and planet.

This guy is wedded to the same Defense and Special Interests as McCain, whoever we get is gonna be belligerent and high handed.

Russia was not the aggressor in the Caucauses, Bush Jim Baker puppet Saakashvili was the aggressor, Russia went in and saved their buddies and citizens. Those peeps want Russia there, they do not want George Bush.

George Bush had plenty of opportunities to build a walmart in Georgia, but he wanted to start a war. Barack is also gonna start a war, he is already talking about Russia aggression.

How does he plan to stop Iran from getting nukes?

Why should he? How is this Change from McCain.

Barack is a complete basket case.

Why should we get out of bed to vote for him. The heck with it.

USA will get poorer by the minute while Barack stands around trying to out belligerent mad McCain.

China and Iraq, yes, thas Iraq, ya know the Iraq they said would be Grateful to their Liberators and only give us the oil, that Iraq, is making 20 y deals with China, who never went near the Liberation and which already has deals with Iran and has a nice port and prolly will have a nice pipeline to the port in Pakistan, called Gwadar.

Bush missed the boat again.

The fighting in Iran stopped once Cheney loosened his vise grip on the oil and once the oil started flowing, the Iraqis said, OK, the fighting is over, ta da just like that.

Which planet was Barack bawling from, he is a complete phoney and imposter.

He likes Bobby Rubin, Ben Bernanke, Warren Buffet, he wanna attack Russia to stop their ***aggression*** and he wanna confront Iran over nukes, how does he plan to do all this. When is he gonna address the Speculation Dereg that Bobby Rubin and the 2 looney Gramms and Richard Lugar unleashed on the American public in 2000.

Oh, I forgot, he also likes Richard Lugar. Maybe his economic czar will be Phil Gramm. I dont trust his sleazy Austan Goolsbee either. Has he said he will stop speculation, has he said he will demand 50% to 75% of the futures bet upfront and marked to market the same day and restrict futures trades to 6 months? NO?

He is still blabbing about Free Markets, these markets have been Free to every looter on the planet and they dont even wanna demand that Secret Insider Trades and swaps should be in the full light of day.

Since when is this change? Change to what? A lighter shade of Deep, deep Republican.

Fuhgeddaboutit.

Posted by: MinnieB9 | August 29, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

The speech was a home run.

Posted by: Jumpy | August 29, 2008 4:48 AM | Report abuse

I am an African American living in Germany after serving 23 years of military service (1 month since retirement). I am Republican and have voted that way since I turned 18. Take away all party identification and lets look at some hard cold facts. I have been a McCain fan since he was trying to get the nomination against Bush, even though he voted against making MLK Birthday a national holiday and just recently, voted against the New GI Bill (taking care of the troops). But Republicans have to understand and accept responsibility for the fact that up until a couple of years ago, we had total control (Senate, President and Congress) and now our country is in total disarray. Now, I am not saying it is the parties fault, but, if you are in charge, you must take responsibility. Remember, you can delegate authority, but not, responsibility.

McCain is attacking Obama on his inexperience, and rightfully so. With that said, McCain is saying he is more experienced because he has been making decisions for alot longer. Well it is obvious that those decisions havent been good ones, considering he has been with the majority voice for the past eight years and yes, if you look, he does align himself with our current president. Also, even as the Iraqi's are telling us, they wan't us out, he is making claims that we will continue to stay there. Who's country is it, and, wasn't our purpose of going was to bring "Democracy" to Iraq. Well, in a democracy "Majority Rule". I wish we had someone else, but, he is all we got, so I am stuck, and I will still vote for him, out of loyalty to the party.

Posted by: Military in Germany | August 29, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Congress should work across the aisle to solve current problems. No argument with that. But that takes experience, to know what's been tried and hasn't worked, and wisdom, to know how not to make problems worse in an attempt to solve them. Obama has not had enough time on the world stage to have either. John McCain, prior to his run for President, was one of the few Republicans admired by Democrats for his willingness to work for compromise to move forward (i.e. immigration reform).

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | August 29, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why no one responded to my earlier post about people using inexperience as a reason as to why they refuse to vote for Obama???

I pointed out that all presidents,past and current,all have advisers to help them to make their most important decisions.

And that even though the final say in the matter belongs to the man himself,he will look to people more knowledgeable about the subject than he is before doing something about it.

As we are all Americans, the choice affects all of us in one way or another.

That is the reason we should choose someone who is willing to look at things from a fresh point of view.

Someone who is not committed to the policies of the current administration.

Someone who has the courage to seek change for the masses instead of the close and chosen few.

Anyone willing to risk another 4 to 8 years of things either remaining the same or getting even worse, has been living on the moon for the last 8 years.

I've heard all the shallow reasons being given as to why not to vote Obama into office and if those same people used just a minimum of effort,they could find just as many good reasons to vote for the man,maybe more.

Even the CLINTONS have come to the decision that as democrats, OBAMA IS THE ONLY VALID CHOICE WE HAVE IN THIS ELECTION.

The primaries were rough on us all as we had to choose between two very well respected and qualified candidates and had either one faced someone else,our choice would have been easier.

But it was what it was,and it is now time for us as democrats to do as we have always done and stand together,united as one,for the good of us all.

Why should one who supported Hillary then, not support her choice now ???

You diminish all that she achieved by doing not so.

Hillary is a team player,and, so is her husband,Bill.

Anyone who was with her then should be with her now and she's with OBAMA.

She is first and foremost a TRUE DEMOCRAT TEAM PLAYER.

You have to respect a person who stands true to her convictions,no matter how painful it is to do so.

It shows the principal of her character as a person of high morality.

Her supporters should strive to be as strong as she has shown herself to be.

And by embracing OBAMA,she has shown us all,that she is truly concerned about the direction our once great country is heading and that she wants to and will be a part of the solution.

That she will help to restore AMERICA back into the great country we all know it can and will be.

That we have more in common as democrats, united, than as individuals.

Posted by: A True Democrat | August 29, 2008 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Osama bin Laden's best friend is John McCain. Little Mr. McCain has done more than any other politician to preserve, protect, and defend the life of the world's greatest terrorist.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Words matter and he delivered them well.
BBC had an interesting comment; they said that in most countries around the globe Obama would be chosen by a landslide...

You see so much unfathomable anger directed at him; surely not all of it is racism, but it is puzzling. I think Americans would want to return to a world in which they were the undisputed masters, never threatened at home and the worlds best and biggest economy and currency.

Ain't gonna happen any time soon and nobody's fault; I do think in present times Obama is a much better choice than McCain. McCai will not be able to change from an America dominating by force, to an America using its influence and diplomacy to still
having a decisive influence.

Posted by: Tilleke | August 29, 2008 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Democrats loved the speech. Republicans dumped on it. Next time we will have McCain's speech to kick around and the Republicans will love it and the Democrats will dump on it. There is precious little integrity among partisans.

The Independents will decide this election. And that is just as it should be.

Posted by: A Nonaligned Independent | August 29, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

"Did Obama do enough with his speech? Were you convinced (if you needed convincing)?"

Yes.

Posted by: Helena Montana | August 29, 2008 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Wipe that grin off your face, you look like a shump.

Posted by: Shump | August 29, 2008 4:28 AM | Report abuse

The big problem with Obama's thrust against McCain is that he could only attack him based on associating him with Bush and with anti-change.

If McCain can somehow slap that aside, Obama basically has no compelling argument against him.

Doubtful McCain can decisively demolish that association -- being an agent for inertia from the Bush Administration -- because the Republican base is obstinately stuck in 20th century right-wing dogma that by this time is just embarrassing and reactionary.

There is a risk that McCain will just lose his base if he tries to act like a change agent and indeed they threaten to punish him with a lack of support if he tries to moderate abortion stands or other litmus test issues. In this kind of situation, the irrational, spoiled ideologue-dominated base essentially has to be "punished" be being cast out and sidelined until it forms a newer and more rational attitude. I.e. the Republican's right-wing ideologue dominated base has to lose for a long time and spend years out of power to get an "attitude adjustment".

So there is good reason for Obama to go after McCain in this way because McCain's base is holding him hostage, threatening to turn away from him if he tries to push too much change.

But if somehow McCain comes up with some way to take leadership of the Republican Party and reformulate it, he can swat aside Obama's arguments that Obama spent months formulating against him, and discredit him. If McCain can swat aside the "Bush Third Term" label, Obama has nothing on him.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM | Report abuse


Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM
No wonder Obama does not suggest holding himself accountable like Hillary did...

Posted by: Hannah | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM | Report abuse

If America needs to make some sort of Historical Statement-Vote Obamma.
If we need a President who is a leader, and shows this by putting his life on the line for the Country-Vote-McCain.

Posted by: Joseph | August 29, 2008 4:26 AM | Report abuse

As usual, says he will debate but does not. Now that he has been practicing his poor debate skills for the last few months lets hope he does not look like himself - silly.

Posted by: Debate | August 29, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Hillary almost said it best 'No way, No how, Nobama'

Posted by: Lots of Hope | August 29, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse

John McCain. Why can't he exercise a little? Why can't he lose the paunch and the horrible comb-over, and at least look like a plausible leader?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

I think I'm speaking for everyone on this blog when I say that anyone who disagrees with my opinion is a f*cking retard.

Posted by: Nothing but the truth | August 29, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

"He hit it out of the ball park, and that was a huge park to hit it out of."

Especially since he was playing whiffle ball.

Posted by: vanderleun | August 29, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches."

Each speech should fit with its unique occasion, and its time and place.
This is like thawed meat and left-over, completely unsuitable for this occasion.

Posted by: pete | August 29, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

TO SUPPORT MY POINT THAT THIS COUNTRY IS BY NO MEANS BEHIND OBAMA, LOOK AT THE RESULTS OF THIS GALLUP POLL TAKEN YESTERDAY:

August 28, 2008

Obama Still Lags McCain as Leader, Commander in ChiefObama’s strengths lie in domestic, softer issues

USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain has an edge over Barack Obama in the public's eyes as a strong and decisive leader, and McCain is also significantly more likely to be viewed as able to handle the job of commander in chief. These facts underscore an area of weakness for Obama that McCain has attempted to exploit in recent campaign ads, and that Obama could in theory fruitfully address in his high-visibility acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night."

THIS TELLS YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW-WE DEMS WILL BE CROSSING BY THE MILLIONS TO VOTE MCCAIN/ROMNEY-AND WITH THE REPUBLICANS, IT WILL NOT BE A CLOSE RACE-OBAMA WILL BE OUT, BECAUSE HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

Note to Posted by: T-Prop | August 29, 2008 3:16 AM--- Guess you might have missed row after row of seasoned Generals? White, black, minory and women? That's some military support, right there.

Posted by: Daisy | August 29, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Laughing --

History lesson time -- check out the societies in which people actually have been dragged you off without trial for something they said. You wont find any of them with free market economies. You will find they all had collective economies designed with the admirable, but unattainable, goal of equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity.

Do you think those societies started with the socialist leaders telling the citizens their plan was an iron border and detentions and political prisoners? Check the speeches from 1917. They said precisely, what was said tonight -- Government is here to help, it needs to lend a hand, it takes a village, I am my brothers keeper, its only fair to take from the "well to do" and redistribute to those in need, and we will all live happily and equally ever after.

Only problem is, collectivist systems have been proven to end in misery for the citizens, with the degree of misery being correlated to the degree of collectivist redistribution -- ranging from "old Europe" unemployment and stratification that prevents moving up the ladder and a thriving middle class (where we are headed under Obama), to true repression a la Cuba/Romania/USSR/North Korea/etc. (where we of course are not headed under Obama)

The bad news is that so many in our society are once again debating free markets and suggesting they are the problem, rather than the solution...this is an act of cognitive dissonance that is understandable simply because the "equality of outcome" goal sounds so good when you imagine the utopian society where nobody is left wanting.

The good news is, that even with a modest shift to the left in 1992, Newt Gingrich and his colleagues were swept into office only 2 years later, after which Clinton governed admirably as a true centrist Democrat committed to free trade and free markets and welfare reform. So the lurch leftward will be temporary, and when its results are more closed factories and lost jobs and stagnation of opportunity for the least fortunate among us, we will sweep it away as we always have.

It is unfortunate, but unpreventable, that so many have decided that the immutable laws of supply and demand and the invisible hand are somehow suspended if you preach enough envy and label collectivism with platitudes about fairness and equality. Equality of opportunity, not of outcome, produces the most good for the most citizens, and a true economic ladder to climb.

You reap what you sow, and the story remains the same. Change, indeed. New, antyhing but.

Posted by: Reagan Democrat | August 29, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Where have all the real Republicans gone? they too are disgusted by the neo con two lobby control of this country, the speech tonight will go down in history, the ad hominy attacks are now going to come back and bite you in the rear, keep talking about lapel pins and middle names, its clear now, you have to come up with more than what the set looked like, you may actually have to comment on what the man said, continue posting.. the debates are coming, you can play your games for so long, Obama is the answer, you know it,the nation knows it....the truth stings doesnt it.

Posted by: Charles K. | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse


Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM
Good one DNP

Posted by: Angie | August 29, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

JEREMY, I KNOW IT IS DIFFICULT BUT YOU AND THE REST OF THE OBAMA WORSHIPERS ARE REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO FACE REALITY-IF WHAT YOU SAID WAS TRUE, THEN THE POLLS WOULD SHOW OBAMA WAY WAY AHEAD-AND THEY DON'T. IN FACT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY, THE NOMINEE AND HIS VP WENT DOWN IN THE POLLS, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME MCCAIN WAS AHEAD OF OBAMA IN THIS CAMPAIGN! THAT WAS REMARKABLE! EVERYWHERE I LOOK WHEN I TRAVEL THIS COUNTRY I SEE BUMPER STICKERS FOR MCCAIN, NOT OBAMA! SO IF IT WERE TRUE WHAT YOU SAY, THAT HE WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT, THEN THE POLLS OUGHT TO REFLECT THAT, AND IN FACT, THEY REFLECT THE OPPOSITE-THAT THE PEOPLE WANT JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS VP MITT ROMNEY. THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO THAT.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Joe the military man,

Are you kidding me? I'm a military spouse who's been to more change of command ceremonies than I care to count, and I've never heard anything close to this speech. Come on, when you read comments like yours (and many others), you realize that Obama could have walked on water to get to the podium and you would have found fault because of your partisanship. McCain spoke at my husband's graduation ceremony in '93, and it was an incredible speech. I've been a registered Democrat since I could vote, but I'm "man" enough to recognize a good speech from either side of the aisle.

As a spouse of a naval aviator who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I will vote for Obama; in part because military families have given enough to this debacle in Iraq. For years I've been a loner as a Democrat in military circles, but I'm amazed at the lack of enthusiasm for McCain's candidacy (see previous posts regarding military contributions to Obama's campaign). The folks who are sacrificing the most for Bush's GWOT have had enough!

Posted by: To Joe the military man | August 29, 2008 3:44 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who are still wondering why Hillary Clinton didn't win the nomination outright... or was selected by Barack Obama to be VP... the answer is obvious:

BUBBA!

If Bubba wasn't always lurking around as the 3rd term-wannabe, Hillary would have won. There is only one thing I will fault Hillary Clinton for and that is the fact she didn't boot Bubba right out the door, divorce him, and seek political office on her own. She certainly was capable enough. In fact, her only judgement lapse that I can see is keeping Bubba on.

Posted by: Nancy Drew | August 29, 2008 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama is no messiah. He is our next President. Save your fearmongering and lies. No one wants to hear them anymore.

Posted by: Jeremy | August 29, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama delivered a much needed prescription for action tonight. At the same time we have been assured that he is just the man for the job.

Posted by: PatD | August 29, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

NO KAPUSTA, LORD OBAMA WILL NOT, REPEAT, NOT NOW, AND NOT EVER, BE IN CHARGE OF THAT RED BUTTON-THAT'S AN IDEA THAT IS WAY TOO SCARY TO CONTEMPLATE. WE NEED AND WE WILL ELECT REAL LEADERS WHO HAVE REALTIME EXPERIENCE AND THAT MEANS JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS BRILLIANT VP MITT ROMNEY-THE TWO OF THEM ARE LIKE A DREAM TEAM TICKET-AND FOR ALL THE MILLIONS WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY RATHER THAN SOME EMPTY SUIT DEMOGOGUE WHO'S IN LOVE WITH HIMSELF (TALK ABOUT A NARCISSIST!) THE UNHEARD FROM MILLIONS WILL SPEAK AT THE POLLS AND THEY WILL SPEAK REPUBLICAN.

AND IF YOU DONT' BELIEVE ME, THEN WHY ARE THE POLLS, EVEN AFTER THE SELECTION OF OBAMA'S VP, SHOWING NO GREAT BOUNCE FORWARD FOR OBAMA, HUH? OBAMA AND MCCAIN ARE IN A DEAD HEAT FOR THE PRESIDENCY RIGHT NOW-AND MCCAIN HASN'T EVEN BEEN NOMINATED YET! THAT SHOULD TELL THE OBAMA CULTISTS THAT MOST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE CAUGHT DEAD VOTING FOR OBAMA-DESPITE HIS SOARING RHETORIC, WHICH AT ANY RATE IS GETTING BOTH ANNOYING AND BORING, BECAUSE OBAMA IS STRICTLY A ONE NOTE POLITICIAN-AS YOU WILL SEE WHEN HE HAS TO DO A TOWN HALL DEBATE-HE WON'T SURVIVE IT, BECAUSE HE CAN'T SPEAK ON ISSUES WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER. GET HIM OUTTA HERE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

It was the perfect combination of vision and specifics. When I look at what we are going to get in Obama and at what we've had for the past 8 years I can't believe the contrast! Obama will be a tough time for comedians but a great time for the rest of us.

Posted by: jay | August 29, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

My Dad was around for Eisenhower speeches, when Jack Kennedy spoke eloquently, when Bobby captured the youth of the 60s, when MLK captivated our hope.
He liked Reagan.
But arms crossed, he reluctantly watched the Obama speech.
He was silent throughout.
Then he rose.
And he said --- "I don't care what party Barack represents. America is aching, not just for change, but a Sea of Change.
This man is a born leader. (And he hinted Michelle will make an outstanding President in the future.)
The Senator addressed every issue, even the most controversial ones, which I respect, whether we agree or not. He was respectful to McCain. And he didn't lay the blame on Congress. He put the future responsibility on himself. We saw what the last 8 years have done. We are *Trillions* of dollars in debt, AND it excludes the war debt. These are precipitous times for so many Americans. And I'm surprised-- and pleased to announce, Senator Obama has my vote. I was unsure, but I'm not now."

The kicker---
Dad's a lifelong Republican.

I used to be too.
I'm an independent now.

We have another chance, to set aside our hard-won shell of cynicism. But Obama also calls for us to take a new view too, one not only of amorphous hope, but of goals, real action plans, and personal action. Are you ready? I am.

Sign me-- now for Obama in Denver!

I never thought I'd see this day.

I'm so proud!

Posted by: Sarah | August 29, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama struck a balance of concerns which answers to all our most personal and national problems.

My thought is that he is the RIGHT choice because going in exactly the right direction is going to get us closer to solving our problems than any other direction.

Granted he has a very tough row to hoe. But is bound to solve more of our problems than going in the wrong direction as Mccain is doing.


Posted by: John Sellers | August 29, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Well, by the time he was finished, after all the promises and new programs he promised .... it was clear that the only change would be all that would be left in our bank accounts at the end of each month .... just a little change after paying all the new taxes.

Just another tax and spend liberal .... only bigger taxes and bigger spending.

Posted by: Mark Wright | August 29, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

He did well, better than I expected. His speech was more tangible and concrete than the previous ones. However, this was not the knockout blow he needed.

The reason I think it's inadequate is not due to some intrinsic quality of the speech but because of limitations of what a speech can do for him at this point.

Obama has shown he's a great speaker. The problem is that he's also shown that he's only good a producing speeches, autobiographies and adorable kids. He has no real substantial works with tangible result otherwise.

Ergo, he can't overcome the biggest obstacle to his substance deficit with a speech, no matter how concrete or substantial, unless the speech was so technical and detailed that it proved he knows exactly what to do, and how to implement his specific proposals. At this point, he'd have to produce a speech like a business plan to prove that he knows what he's talking about and doing.

In summary, it was a great speech that pivoted away from the rhetorical into more substance, but, being a speech, wasn't inherently able to show he's able to do more as an executive except give speeches.

And there is still the problem of his fanatical and cultlike "movement" that in itself is reason to not wupport him.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 29, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

he did what he needed to do tonight. let the repugs have their days next week and then let the battle begin. obama will win in a landslide but it won't break until mid to late october.

Posted by: speakingwheat | August 29, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama did well but in the end (for those of you outside of America who do not realize this), the candidate who wins is the candidate who gets down and dirty. Karl Rove is the legendary political operative who realized the winning combination and thank our Good Lord, some of his colleagues are helping John McCain out.

In America, in the end its all about who gets the power. The means to an end. John McCain was almost too late in figuring that out, but since he has, the race has clearly tightened.

McCain 08

Posted by: Carmen | August 29, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

It was horrible.
Some Democrats were trying real hard to get the drama-tears flowing but they just couldn't.
Same old stuffs, same old as on CNN.

Posted by: pete | August 29, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM
I believe it...

Posted by: Chris | August 29, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

I have been a very loyal democrat my entire life (58), and I come from a family of loyal democrats. I will very, very reluctantly vote for Obama! As far as I can see, he stole this primary election much like Bush stole the general election.
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Posted by: Tammy | August 29, 2008 3:29 AM

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Don't do it, Tammy. Hillary still has a chance but only if Obama loses this election. If Obama wins, you will never have a woman president in your lifetime. So don't vote for Obama. Don't let Hillary down.

Posted by: Don't do it | August 29, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

I think it's time to rename the party: Democratic National Plagiarists.

Posted by: DNP | August 29, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

I have been a very loyal democrat my entire life (58), and I come from a family of loyal democrats. I will very, very reluctantly vote for Obama! As far as I can see, he stole this primary election much like Bush stole the general election. He has repeatedly lied to us, and he is every much a politician as the rest of them. To tell you the truth, I find it so sad that the first "possible" president of color is not someone we can really trust and respect. I would love to see a president of color, or of a different sex ( now that REALLY would have been a change), or possibly of a different religion...or maybe even NO religion (oh my, my...God forbid)!

Yes, I am a white woman, but the key word is woman...."hear me roar"! Last night I asked my husband to close his eyes and picture his life of 59 years with only women as presidents, vice-presidents, etc. He thought it was a silly exercise. I didn't! This was our time, and no one deserved it more than Hillary Clinton. She has worked so hard and REALLY has devoted her whole adult life to helping the "ordinary folk" (I HATE that demeaning term). "ORDINARY"??? How about the terms citizens, voters, American family or as Hillary simply said..."you". Even McCain's "my friends" is easier to swallow the "ordinary folk". It just sounds so elitist! Why not just call us commoners?

Oh, and about the war??? If Obama was so against the war, why wasn't he out there with Cindy Sheehan fighting like mad to get something CHANGED? I admire Sheehan's determination and guts. Where was Obama??? We all knew her name and didn't know who the heck Barak Obama was! OK...so he gave that anti-war speech. He did that in a fancy suit on TV in front of all those "ordinary people" when (even then) he was probably planning to hypnotize you all later. Well, so it goes, it was Cindy Sheehan (not the Obama) camping out on the streets handing out anti-war flyers and scolding Bush in Crawford, TX! Wouldn't want to get that spiffy Obama suit dirty! I hope Cindy Sheehan beats Pelosi in November. At least we will REALLY know that there would be one less do-nothing politician in DC, and someone (no... a W-O-M-A-N) who we can admire! Let's face it, Pelosi wasn't stepping up to support Hillary because Pelosi wants to be the first woman president someday. Don't hold your breath Nancy!

We democrats really missed the boat this time, and we will regret it for a long time regardless of which party wins in November. I like Joe Biden, but why isn't the ticket Biden/Clinton or Clinton/Biden??? Had those calculating, seasoned democrats (Kennedy, Kerry, Gore, Daschle, Dean, Pelosi, etc.) not groomed this very clever over-ambitious politician and his Washington machine (yes Washington), his over-blown ego wouldn't be sweeping you all off your feet, and we wouldn't be in this mess! We just elected a talented orator (not much different than a talented singer) as our candidate for the highest office of this land, during one of the most dangerous times in the history of the United States. No wonder he had to put Joe Biden on the ticket! Just like Bush with Cheney...somebody needs to hold his hand (that is IF he wins)!

CHANGE??? Oh give us a break! Does he really think we are all that ordinary and that STUPID.

Posted by: Tammy | August 29, 2008 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama where he is because he is black and America is obsessed with electing black. He can speak. So did Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Many more. So why america have to be better that others? Others were destroyed by idiots. We should elect community organiser to become a god and ruler of the univerce. Yes, he will be in charge of the red button.

Posted by: Kapusta | August 29, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to say this again, OBAMA IS UNELECTABLE-HE IS NOTHING BUT A CULT FIGURE, HE WILL GO DOWN IN POLITICAL HISTORY AS SUCH. HE WILL NOT WIN IN NOVEMBER, I'M SORRY FOR ALL THESE KIDDIES WHO ARE SUCH WORSHIPERS OF THEIR MESSIAH, BUT IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN, BECAUSE THERE ARE 300 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND IF EVEN ONE THIRD OF THEM VOTE, THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA-HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN MAKING REASONABLY WELL DELIVERED BUT PREDICTABLE SPEECHES, AND HE NO MORE BELONGS AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAN YOUR AVERAGE SENATE PAGE. IT WILL BE MCCAIN AND ROMNEY WHO WILL CARRY THIS COUNTRY THROUGH WISELY, AND WELL-WHO REPRESENT THE VALUES, EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP THAT THE MILLIONS OF UNHEARD FROM VOTERS WANT IN THEIR PRESIDENT-CERTAINLY NOT SOME INGENUE ROCK STAR CULTIST AND HIS PLAGIARIST DO-NOTHING SIDEKICK! WHAT A DISASTROUS DUO THEY ARE-BUT COME NOV. 5TH-TO THE SURPRISE OF ALL THE OBAMANIACS, HE WILL NOT MANAGE TO WIN, IN FACT, IT WILL BE A LANDSLIDE FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY. MARK MY WORDS.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Simply astonishing.

Most important speech in a generation, and he nailed it. The McCain's campaign response is weak, emaciated, almost non-existent. They've been thoroughly pummeled by this, and frankly they've utterly failed to give a timely, coherent answer; this alone speaks volumes. Compare this major-league speech to McCain's Time magazine interview, and you see two polar opposites- a man in total control, and a man frightened, weary, and unable to articulate the reasons why he should be in charge.

This election will be a disaster for the Republicans.

Posted by: Dendroica | August 29, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

As an interested UK citizen, I am aghast that any clear-thinking US citizen could ever contemplate voting for 4 years of more of the same. Freudian slip it might have been but Biden was right. George McCain cannot be your next President.

Posted by: Andrew Kenning | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM

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Obviously you are pretty, darn clueless about US politics. Infact, going through this forum what is most evident to me as an independent is that McCain is up against that same character assassinating, misrepresenting crowd that did him in in 2000. Only this time, instead of wearing red they are wearing blue. Here's a simple ladder of inference for simplistic drones like you. If McCain was so like Bush do you think the conservative talk show crowd and hard core conservatives in general would have been so much against his candidacy? Why do you think McCain, despite supporting the war and the surge was lagging all the known names in the Republican primary? Because he is very much a maverick who has crossed swords with conservatives many times. Unfortunately the Democrats of this year are very much like the Republicans of 2000 - trying to repeat a falsity into our consciousness. But you better realize: just saying McCain is like Bush over and over again is not going to work. Why? Because McCain has a two decade body of work that speaks against it. There is a reason, Bluebirds, why DNC has been trying this McSame mantra since McCain won the primaries yet only seen the gap between him and Obama reduce. Stuff sticks if has a kernel of truth in it. Like the celebrity thing. Get it? I don't think so.

Posted by: Stupid, clueless foreigners | August 29, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Look what has happened to UK when it elected a government like Democrats, we have become a third world country. Appeasers never win, they will just keep going from one disaster to another. UK will kick out our Democrats at the next election, The last one was our biggest mistake. USA dont make the same error as we did. Vote Mccain or die.

Posted by: Lemar | August 29, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Well, so far, the best that the neocons on this list can come up with is, "Obama is a Communist" and "what about Rev. Wright" and "Oh, he is just a flowery speaker".

If that is the best that the opposition can desperately come up with, then they certainly deserve to lose in the battle of ideas.

Looking forward to the sea of blue suits and the glare of all that grey hair and money for confetti on the convention floor this next week in St Paul. Steel yourself for such refreshing rebuttals like, "Tax and spend liberal", "celebrity". Why don't they just come out and say they really don't like the idea of a black person as president. How about real truth from their end? I know that is a hard thing for the neocons to grasp, the truth. Lies and deception have served them well for the last 8 years. Until now, that is.

Posted by: tdub | August 29, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous! Why are you screaming? Is something burning?

:)

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HECK OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM

Posted by: T-Prop | August 29, 2008 3:16 AM

:) :) :) :)

Posted by: T-Prop | August 29, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Very arousing speech.
Doesn't say how he would do as president but he certainly has the ability to inspire.
And perhaps that's the best we can hope for in this country that is mired in debt, wrack with war and divided by race and religion.
Maybe the best we can hope for is a good cheering section to urge us on to do better than we have in the last 8 years.
McCain is a total bore with no public personality. He knows it. Even his prepared speeches fail to arouse emotions.
Neither candidate has the ability to pay off the national debt.
We are in such debt do do that the only option is for our country to file bankruptcy

Posted by: John jones | August 29, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

George: you miss Hillary because she promised universal healthcare, and now that she's not the Dem candidate, you'll vote mccain? Can't you see how that logic makes no sense?

Rickman: I have no idea what you're talking about. But I can say I don't work for Obama, I just enjoy a politician who speaks to us like we're not children and who doesn't try to frighten us into voting for him. Cause, you know, otherwise the terrists 'r gonna getcha.

MTWeed: get your comparisons straight. Is he a Roman or a Nazi?

RTFanning: Charles Krauthammer? Really? That's like asking Karl Rove to be a political "contributor."

Heyray: this is actually kind of fun.

Dee: you're holding Obama's wealth against him (even though he writes his own speeches and books, went to Harvard on his own merits, and earns his money) and don't apply the same reasoning to mccain, who married money and is much richer than the Obamas? This is a consistent pattern among Republicans, to consistently vote for rich guys who were born or married into wealth while simultaneously writing off rich Democrats as "elites" regardless of how they got their money. How do you guys explain that to yourselves without your heads exploding?

RATM: good night man.

Posted by: leo | August 29, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: And The Winner Is... | August 29, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives, you have just lost the election... Posted by: Laughing | August 29, 2008 3:12 AM

Oh my Good Friend Laughing, you most greatly underestimate the hold of fear bred by ignorance...

Posted by: T-Prop | August 29, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are ignorant enough to believe that mentioning Senator Obama's middle name, Hussein, is an insult. Hussein means beautiful and is a beautiful name. You can only honor him by mentioning his name. Some of you probably claim to be Christians, but in reality you are hypocrites. You have nothing to do with Jesus and he has nothing to do with you. It's ok to disagree, but ad hominem attacks are not acceptable and only point to your weakness and ignorance.

Posted by: Yusuf | August 29, 2008 3:20 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HECK OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

Fantastic job!!!! Obama demonstrated why so many people around the world want him to be president. He is intelligent, inspirational and not afraid to fight when necessary.

For those who continue to post nonsense about Ayers, Rezco, etc.: Are you also the ones who continue to send out emails about flag pens, madrassas and alleged quotes from Obamas books? You nuts thrive on the idea that people are ignorant and don't conduct research. Well, perhaps this time those of us who actually think will win.

No way. No how. No McCain!
ENOUGH!

Posted by: MrsJones | August 29, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous! Why are you screaming? Is something burning?

:)

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HECK OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM

Posted by: T-Prop | August 29, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing just how well Mr. Obama did. He was specific but interesting. No laundry list of what he wants to do but explanations as to how he will get the job done. I am one more Republican who will gladly vote for Mr. Obama. And that vote, cast strictly on value judgments re Mr. Obama's plans. Our country will be in good hands and will once again have a leader who makes ethical decisions. God bless American and help us elect Senator Obama to the Presidency.

Posted by: mari | August 29, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives, you have just lost the election. Obama has shown tonight his true ability, and if he continues around the country with the message he gave tonight, your political movement is over. You will be forced back into the closet you were locked in after the great depression, and not a moment too soon. The great works of Roosevelt will be resumed, and the spirit of Kennedy will be revived. But don't feel bad little Republicans, because we are a benevolent party that doesn't believe in intimidation and crushing free speech, you will be allowed to sit in the shadows and babble about socialism, atheists, gays, minorities, etc. Be thankful we aren't like you; you will never have to worry about men in suits dragging you off without trial for something you said.

Posted by: Laughing | August 29, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HECK OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives, you have just lost the election. Obama has shown tonight his true ability, and if he continues around the country with the message he gave tonight, your political movement is over. You will be forced back into the closet you were locked in after the great depression, and not a moment too soon. The great works of Roosevelt will be resumed, and the spirit of Kennedy will be revived. But don't feel bad little Republicans: because we are a benevolent party that doesn't believe in crushing free speech, you will be allowed to sit in the shadows and babble hate about socialism, atheists, gays, minorities, etc. Be thankful we aren't like you; you will never have to worry about men in black suits dragging you off without trial for something you said. And we will make sure that even you benifit from what we do with the country.

Posted by: Laughing | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Actually the republicans are considering delaying their convention if Gustav pounds the US:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/28/AR2008082803165.html

Just remember that (according to the polls), the other half of country's voters(mostly republican but also independents, hillary-voters, and others) are Americans too. This includes the Eastern-Indian-American and Republican Governor of Lousiana Bobby Jindal.

Barack supporters... Holier than thou, ask not! Stop bashing your fellow Americans.

Throw Partisanship in the garbage where it belongs, don't vote by party, vote for what makes sense, vote for all the good things we are today, and consider the people who have worked and served for YEARS to bring you to this moment in time. Oh and buy a smaller car and stop eating all the samples at Costco and take better care of your body too!

Posted by: Xavier | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Actually the republicans are considering delaying their convention if Gustav pounds the US:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/28/AR2008082803165.html

Just remember that (according to the polls), the other half of country's voters(mostly republican but also independents, hillary-voters, and others) are Americans too. This includes the Eastern-Indian-American and Republican Governor of Lousiana Bobby Jindal.

Barack supporters... Holier than thou, ask not! Stop bashing your fellow Americans.

Throw Partisanship in the garbage where it belongs, don't vote by party, vote for what makes sense, vote for all the good things we are today, and consider the people who have worked and served for YEARS to bring you to this moment in time. Oh and buy a smaller car and stop eating all the samples at Costco and take better care of your body too!

Posted by: Xavier | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

My Dad was around for Eisenhower speeches, when Jack Kennedy spoke eloquently, when Bobby captured the youth of the 60s, when MLK captivated our hope. And he said tonight--- "I don't care what party Barack represents. He Is the man for President. He's the Sea of Change America is aching for. (And he hinted Michelle will make an outstanding President in the future.)
The Senator addressed every issue, even the most controversial ones, which I respect, with action plans. And he didn't lay the blame on Congress. He put the future responsibility on himself. We saw what the last 8 years have done. This man is a leader, and won't be run over. We are Trillions of dollars in debt, AND it excludes the war debt. These are precipitous times for so many Americans. And I'm surprised-- and pleased to announce, he has my vote."

The kicker---
Dad's a lifelong Republican.

I never thought I'd see this day.

If he can, I can too.

Posted by: Mosley | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

My Dad was around for Eisenhower speeches, when Jack Kennedy spoke eloquently, when Bobby captured the youth of the 60s, when MLK captivated our hope. And he said tonight--- "I don't care what party Barack represents. He Is the man for President. He's the Sea of Change America is aching for. (And he hinted Michelle will make an outstanding President in the future.)
The Senator addressed every issue, even the most controversial ones, which I respect, with action plans. And he didn't lay the blame on Congress. He put the future responsibility on himself. We saw what the last 8 years have done. This man is a leader, and won't be run over. We are Trillions of dollars in debt, AND it excludes the war debt. These are precipitous times for so many Americans. And I'm surprised-- and pleased to announce, he has my vote."

The kicker---
Dad's a lifelong Republican.

I never thought I'd see this day.

If he can, I can too.

Posted by: Mosley | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Actually the republicans are considering delaying their convention if Gustav pounds the US:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/28/AR2008082803165.html

Just remember that (according to the polls), the other half of country's voters(mostly republican but also independents, hillary-voters, and others) are Americans too. This includes the Eastern-Indian-American and Republican Governor of Lousiana Bobby Jindal.

Barack supporters... Holier than thou, ask not! Stop bashing your fellow Americans.

Throw Partisanship in the garbage where it belongs, don't vote by party, vote for what makes sense, vote for all the good things we are today, and consider the people who have worked and served for YEARS to bring you to this moment in time. Oh and buy a smaller car and stop eating all the samples at Costco and take better care of your body too!

Posted by: Xavier | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama tonight has not just made history to be the first African American to be nominated to lead the Democratic party to become the president of the United States Of America, he also brought hope and enlarged the prospect of positive spirit of Americans every where, who can not wait to BRING Change to Washington and Change to the world.


Well done Obama....

Posted by: Mohamed-Libya | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

I would hesitate for a moment to kiss Obama's behind! I'd do his laundry wiht my tongue if he asked me to!

Posted by: Converted | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HECK OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives, you better police your own. KKK members aren't going to help you out with this one.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! I'M SURE THE MILLIONS WHO WERE WATCHING WERE MOSTLY IRRITATED AND ANNOYED AT SUCH A SHOWY SPECTACLE OF NOTHING-THERE WAS NOBODY TO ATTEST TO OBAMA EXCEPT OBAMA AND OBAMA'S WIFE-NO ONE ELSE-NO ONE NO TEACHERS, PROFESSORS, OBVIOUSLY NOT HIS 20 YEAR PLUS SPIRITUAL MENTOR-THE CRAZY RACEMONGER REV. WRIGHT, NOW WAS THERE? IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CULT OF OBAMA-ONE OF THE STRANGER SPECTACLES IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY-JUST OBAMA, AND HIS WIFE-NO ONE ELSE TO TESTIFY TO HIS SKILLS, HIS STRENGTHS, HIS ABILITIES-NOTHING. THAT SHOULD SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUT OF YOU, AMERICA, QUITE FRANKLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY!!...now I can rest for a few...praise me in your sleep too!..I will be!

obama bin biden 08! and forever more

Posted by: its ME | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY!!...now I can rest for a few...praise me in your sleep too!..I will be!

obama bin biden 08! and forever more

Posted by: its ME | August 29, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM


Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM
It makes alot of good points

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

RATM,
Socialism will be just as dead as every other governing style. Right after Osabama betrays Israel, the "Great Lion of the North (Soviet) will attack Israel, a vast Army of 200,000,000 will march from the East (currently, China has a mandatory army enlistment of approximately 200,000,000 men as of the past 10 years.) Then the trumpet will blow, and you and all your socialist pals will be "left behind" "in the twinkling of an eye"!
Jesus is coming very soon. The mayans had it right 2012 is juuust enough time for barack to get us signed up for Amageddon. I sure do hope those preachers are correct that preach about a "Pre-Tribulation" rapture, and that I am able to hear the words, "well done!, Thou good and faithful servant". Not, oh, and by the way, "they're" gonna tell you I'm black". Sounds like a jive turkey honky to me!
BTW Jeremiah Wright, and Father Phlegm, Go to hell and preach, we have enough foul language at the border, we surely don't need it in church.
Here is a verse that describes what some of you with wisdom have bee trying to say. "Bad friends corrupt good morals." If Osabama were a man of good morals, he'd NEVER support abortion as a 'right'. It is murder unless it saves the life of the mother. Which is another sleazy Demoncratic policy. Let the woman decide, it's HER body. Then why do we have ANY drug laws? It's MY body, I can wipe out my lungs, veins AND brain cells if I want to, they're MINE! (P. S. you might need to go to wikipedia.com, it will help demos understand what brain cells are) Go J. M.
Hey! This dude has the same inits that I do!. You better win John! Ayers has HAD his fun, Resco too. Father Wright? of cussing God somewhere, Father Phlegm? Hacking up a huge lugey for Barack to use to hold his sinking ship together, Resco? Resco to the Dairy Queen for some ice-cream! The Clintons? nuff said, Fair-ick-con? X-his-Malcolm_assteroid outta the U.S.A., Michelle, tell U.S. where you would have RATHER grown up to become who you THINK you are? THEN let's see how long it takes to become proud of America.
Calling ALL slaves descendants: YOU ARE FREE to go back to the nation of your ancestors at any time. I can make this bold statement because I am confident I will never receive a single taker. Oh yeah, and did I tell ya? Osabama is WHITE!!! You can't trust a honky! Nevah!

Posted by: FrankLee Scarlett | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Here in Sweden we got up at 4 am to listen to his speech. Thought it a masterful performance and don't see how it could have been bettter. He got down to specifics and am pretty sure he's going to continue in that direction. Obama just might surprise a lot of the pundits and win big in November.

Posted by: Roger Choate | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Here in Sweden we got up at 4 am to listen to his speech. Thought it a masterful performance and don't see how it could have been bettter. He got down to specifics and am pretty sure he's going to continue in that direction. Obama just might surprise a lot of the pundits and win big in November.

Posted by: Rogerchoate | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

WOW! I've been thinking about it for some time now and finally it has hit home. I'm gonna disrobe for Obama! If the KKK want to deface or disgrace a real human like Obama has shown himself to be, then we are unworthy pigs. I'm out of the white darkness and into the light.

Thank you Obama!

Posted by: KKK member | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Again, all McCain supporters only slam Obama, or say McCain has the qualifications, but never specify. This is because they have nothing else to go on.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

As an interested UK citizen, I am aghast that any clear-thinking US citizen could ever contemplate voting for 4 years of more of the same. Freudian slip it might have been but Biden was right. George McCain cannot be your next President.

Posted by: Andrew Kenning | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations America, Obama is the real deal and you deserve him.

Posted by: B-man | August 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Somehow ,after hearing just that one speech I now believe that he is the one.All praise ,Obama,the chosen one the bringer of change, the prince of politics.How can we not hear his words and believe.I believe that he will fix all our problems because he has spoken the mantra.Change , Change .... Oh wait sorry ,I must have dosed off... was that was just a dream or did it really happen . Nah, I must of been dreaming no one could really deliver on all those empty promises could they. Wow , glad I woke up and that was just a bad dream. Hope i didn't miss the speech.

Posted by: a true american | August 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm NOT voting for Obama cause he's a Black Man.

I'm Not voting for Obama because he is a freakn communist!

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

My 78 year old mother, a lifelong Republican, called me from Arkansas tonight after Obama's speech.

She was almost speechless, very moved, and told me that she and my father - also a lifelong Republican - will be voting for Obama.

I've never heard her like that. I'm stunned.

Posted by: wilder5121 | August 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

What a fool you are Anon1 Obama has you to thank for losing votes!

Posted by: Kelly | August 29, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

its me i say! the big O!!!!you know barryHO...lets all bow our heads in a moment of silence and repeat after ME:

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

why, i say why (finger pointed) aren't you worshipping ME?

Posted by: its ME | August 29, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

It is nearly 4 am, I’m a Canadian and I can’t sleep because I’m still bouncing off the walls. The convention has been amazing but Barack tonight just blew me away—I’m stunned.

I know it is not a done deal yet but I’m such an optimist. America is back and perhaps back in way we have never seen her before. Most of free world is dying to be inspired by Obama also. That is unprecedented and no telling what the collective effect of that could be.

I know he’ll really have to get the economy firing to pay for all that stuff but enticing companies to bring their jobs back and getting the green economy firing on all cylinders would be a helluva start.

Maybe I better watch some of the Republican convention too just to bring me down a notch or two.

Congratulations America.

Posted by: Keith | August 29, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM

Posted by: They are afraid of this | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

America's first handsome president! And an intelligent one too! And fair and just. A people's man! Could this be the break in the previous mode of "kiss my butt and do as I say" commanders in chief? Obama is what America and the rest of the world needs whole heatedly to get the derailed train back on track.

Posted by: William Oz | August 29, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me?

I'm a military man and I've heard better and more well-delivered speeches at a change of command for the company commander than Obama's teleprompted pandering to the "have-nots".

Seriously, people paid 500 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS?? WOW WHAT A RIPOFF!!

I think they should have voters show proof of research for their candidate when they arrive at the polls.

Elect by qualification and example, not by lavish stages and concerts and free beer(although this last one's tempting)!

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Dear Republican Party,
You have failed us on a regular basis and you know it. You have two months to clean out your offices, and if you'd like to line your pockets any further you need to go back to your day jobs in the oil industry. All of the massive profiteering you've done won't buy you this election, and you don't have enough siblings in office to change the counts like when you stole the last election. All your inane comments and BS can't cloud the Obama/Biden ticket what so ever. You don't have to go home, but you gotta get your carcass' up on out of here! Barack Obama is the American Dream personified, and that is something you can never, ever take away. Dreaming is free, but with all that petroleum residue clouding your vision you've most likely lost sight of that. Also, you may want to start stashing your cash-the taxman cometh, and he cometh for you. Buh-Bye... AND DON'T COME BACK!!!
I've haven't felt this kind of hope and pride since the Kennedy's.
Tim Russert is one happy man somewhere, and I'm happy and filled with hope for my niece, nephew and grand daughter, something I had almost given up on with the Bush/Cheney "administration." Bill Hicks is laughing his butt off and so am I. The youth of our country have two men they can look up to and hopefully emulate.... BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!

Posted by: MKWILHIDE | August 29, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

A true historical moment for the U.S.A regardless if you are for Obama or not the one part I question of his speech his 10 year plan for us to stop being dependent on foreign oil I am a baby boomer 1946 and I never thought I would see this day Congrats America

Posted by: torres398@yahoo.com | August 29, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

If your an Obama fan, you probably loved it. If your a conservative you probably were not impressed. If you were a Clinton supporter you might pay it lip service and then go write in Hilliary on the ballot. If you were undecided, you probably still are and are waiting for the debates instead of a prepared speech in front of the friendliest of crowds when no assertion goes challenged.

Posted by: Leonidas | August 29, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

wow, you are a socialist if you pay for someone elses healthcare?
then we're all socialist. what do you think medicare is?

Posted by: priceisright | August 29, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

A true historical moment for the U.S.A regardless if you are for Obama or not the one part I question of his speech his 10 year plan for us to stop being dependent on foreign oil I am a baby boomer 1946 and I never thought I would see this day Congrats America

Posted by: torres398@yahoo.com | August 29, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Dude! I think my Cain and Able segment works.! Obama have you people write my people to get this on your ad. I COINED the ad. My name is James Mata and I support my comments as Cain and Able

Posted by: James | August 29, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

How did Obama pay for the weed and crack cocaine he smoked during his college grant years? Maybe this is why he sees dead people and thinks there is 57 states? Atleast he can read a tele prompt.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

According to the Hurricane Center projections, Gustav is (probably) going to hit New Orleans
just as Cheney takes the stage on Monday.

Karma or Voodoo? I report, you decide.

--bks

Posted by: bks | August 29, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

I've tried to make sense of all the comments. I did listen to the speech and for once Obama did get down to specifics.
What sems to me a bias is no one seems to question McCain's ideas, votes or attacks against Obama and if anyone does, Oh my, What you question a hero? Well, how many soldiers were kept prisoner and tortured during Korean War(that's closer to WWII veterans), even Vietnam War and never said anything about being entitled to be Commander in Chief??? We were McCain supporters in 2000 but he really has dashed all our hopes in his pursuit of the Rep. Nom. How can a man embrace the one that sanctioned ads accusing him of fathering "a Black child" (talk about history!!!) and all the rest: Tax cuts but if you can pay for them, well now is " you cannot raise taxes, you will loose jobs," would be interesting to know how many jobs were really created by those tax cuts and all the rest of it, against torture but now it's O.K, doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia and has to have Lieberman!!! tell him what is what, doesn't know that Pakistan definitely has no border with Iraq (My goodness me, talk about the level of knowledge from TV talk show who didn't pick on that, but maybe Oh we have to treat him with kid gloves, so let it pass and of course the majority of the people watching probably didn't know any better as was probably the TV talking head!!!) And you want to trust our country to that person? And nobody knows what his psy. profile says, that's in the hands of the Pentagon but everybody seems to agree that McCain has a short fuse, really I wouldn't relish the idea of him having his finger on the red button. And who is going to ask him what his foreign policy adviser (who was also up to mid-may a lobbyist for the Georgian government), the head of the Georgian government (MS) and Karl Rove doing on the 10th of July in Yalta???? Vacation or plotting an "international crisis" to showcase McCain's credentials as "commander-in-chief"???
There is so much at stake and such ignorance or indifference, people will go to vote and will not know what their vote really means. I just wish the media would be more balanced and truthful about what is at stake and what the two candidates propose to do. But then, this is a dream.

Posted by: Sratus | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

heyrey I didn't read yours either I swear?!
Tell it to your Obamites...

Posted by: Nancy | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, there is a reason that active-duty miliary are donating 6X as much to Obama's campaign than more of the same's campaign.

SIX TIMES AS MUCH to Obama than McSAME.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-08-14-military-donations_N.htm

We want CHANGE too!!

Posted by: Veteran4Obama | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

pray I say!

its me i say! the big O!!!!you know barryHO...lets all bow our heads in a moment of silence and repeat after ME:

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

why, i say why (finger pointed) aren't you worshipping ME?

Posted by: its ME | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

"Aw Gee how nice of Messiah Barack Obama to
Surrender to John McCain,since all that the
Democrats have to offer the voters is a
pair of phony lying brainless empty suit
losers in their little tin God loser
Barack Hussein Obama and US Senate Clown
old fool Joe Biden,therefore let me be among the first to accept your unconditional surrender,as millions of
Independent Voters like myself will gladly
go vote for Republican John McCain,along
with the Republicans and 27% of Sold Out
Hillary Clinton Voters will be glad to
kick your phony Commie Sympathizer Marxist
Socialist Democrat Liberal Loser Butts!
NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM"

someone's off their medication again...

Posted by: cb | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

He did it exactly right. He made the speech all-inclusive, even when he quoted MLK. Because he is a candidate of all the people. And as far as specifics go, his speech had room for soaring words. After all, doesn't the platform committee hammer out the specifics of his platform? So this bit about specifics is a Red Herring. Some of the analysts I heard were wandering around in left field. He nailed it.

Posted by: Richard Bentley | August 29, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

I'd never have believed I'd ever find myself quoting Pat Buchanan, but then the circumstances are remarkable:

Pat Buchanan raves on:

"It was a genuinely outstanding speech. It was magnificent. It is the finest - and I saw Cuomo's speech, I saw Kennedy in '80, I even saw Douglas MacArthur, I saw Martin Luther King - this is the greatest convention speech, and probably the most important because unlike Cuomo and the others this is an acceptance speech. This came out of the heart of America and he went right at the heart of America..."

Posted by: headlights on | August 29, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's speech really highlighted what an out of touch old poop McCain is. The guy needs to retire before he falls asleep while talking. And if I hear that creep mutter "my friends" one more time, I think I will puke on my new TV.

Posted by: Billie Jean | August 29, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm writing from Nairobi, Kenya.

It was 5 a.m. local time when Barrack Obama's acceptance speech came on, and I would never have missed this for the world. It was a wonderful speech, laden with the specifics that critics have been asking for. I understand that some commentators are not Democratic Party supporters, but they must try to have the intellectual honesty to acknowledge that Obama is a much better candidate (in background, vision for the future, judgement on the most important contemporary issues to America and the world) than John McCain can ever be. He is brave enough to reiterate his stand on abortion and homosexuality which are divisive (and which I personally don't agree with him about) - so that when voters eventually choose to vote for or against him they know for sure what he stands for.

I think Americans have a very good leader in Obama, and what now remains to be done is for them to cast their vote wisely come November.

Posted by: Charles Opondo | August 29, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama showed me that he's capable of being FARTUS - all stink wind and no solid matter

Man, his neck must hurt from jerking back on forth from the left teleprompter to the right one

Oh and did you see how he felt down on himself after he finished?

75,000 people arrived and he couldn't give a better speech than the grandpa politician Joe Biden?!!

What a joke.

Glad I never handed him my money, I'd be asking for a refund!!

Posted by: Cyprus | August 29, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama a communist? Maybe he should have chosen Castro for VP, and send a swiftboat out there to pick him up. Jeese, don't you guys have anything really positive to say about your own candidate McCain, rather than slam Obama with libel all night?

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Cain and Able

Posted by: james | August 29, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow where have you been for the last 8 years if this is your first exposure to a demigod!

This spectacle was something right out of the pages of Nuremberg in the 1930’s. The adoring faces, the tears, the mesmerized tens of thousands cheering in orgasmic unison. The only thing missing was an aide whispering in Barack Hussein Obama's ear (as was done to Roman generals receiving their triumphs in Rome) "remember, thou art mortal". I’ve never thought I’d live to witness our republic being usurped by a demigod.

Posted by: mtweed | August 29, 2008 2:40 AM

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Reagan Democrat: by your logic, the 50s were a period of economic stagnation (very high taxes, maybe you're not old enough to remember that?), and a tax rate of 0% would yield the greatest tax revenue the world has ever seen! Republican success has depended on convincing people that up is down, east is west, and that god hates gay people.

I like what Biden said last night, that a period of sustained economic growth, brought about by record-setting individual worker productivity, yielding an overall REDUCTION in the wages of those same workers is not a success. It's great for the rich 1% who rule the rest of us, but so was feudalism. I'll take my Obama tax cut and happily watch the upper class pay something back for my productivity. Hell, keep the tax cut, I for one don't mind paying to live in a civilization.

Posted by: leo | August 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

How could anyone hear that speech and not recognize that he is what we want America to be? Amazing speech and an Amazing man!

Posted by: Tim - Spokane, WA | August 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Comment Chuck's post, Keating five um four of the five were democrats and it wasn't bad enough to remove them from office. And lets see what you would do for the chinease communist with a rod stuck up your pie hole.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

How cou anyone hear that speech and not recognize that he is what we want America to be? Amazing speech and an Amazing man!

Posted by: Tim - Spokane, WA | August 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

he certainly showed he's no wimp and knows how to take it to the enemy, with wit and with rapier-like thrusts that resonate.

He has shown he's fit to lead, not merely the fight with McCain and his lowlife operatives, but to inspire Americans who aren't whiners but who are wanting to reclaim the power of the Middle Class robbed of them via a thousand little cuts during the Republican regime and when they controlled Congress.

The opposition has 2 faces - Bush and McCain - but really one goal: the maintenance of the power they arrogated to themselves and their Halliburton et al cronies, the destruction of America's financial integrity and the belittling of those who disagree and want to reverse that downward spiral.

A 99 yard pass into the end zone, a bases-clearing homer, slam dunk time (not the CIA's version).

Imagine, a leader who knows how to talk coherently and intelligently, with passion and conviction and uplifting too. They don't come very often - Kennedy and King, Jr. come to mind.

Posted by: David E | August 29, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

It is almost funny how snippy, sarcastic, and sad the Republicans become in the face of such a powerful and obviously successful political moment. He hit it out of the park, and as he runs into home plate the critics are screaming that he cheated, that it was a foul ball, that he runs like a girl, etc. Sad, really, how hitting talking points regardless of the facts makes one look so pathetic and backward. The contrast between this convention the the next will be quite interesting to see.

Posted by: Jeff | August 29, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

its me i say! the big O!!!!you know barryHO...lets all bow our heads in a moment of silence and repeat after ME:

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

why, i say why (finger pointed) aren't you worshipping ME?

Posted by: its me | August 29, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama set a benchmark tonight that is impossible for McCain to reach. His speech tonight was directed to and included a long neglected majority segment of America, the struggling middle class, who have suffered from the Republicans' preferential treatment of Bush and McCain's, "haves and have-mores". It is about time that elected officials remember they are public servants, not kings, not like "King George", our self-imposed US emperor with no clothes on. I regained faith tonight in the concept of good, and that an Obama tenure would be based on "What is the Right Thing To Do?" It's really not that complicated, unless you are a Republican person, a mean, greedy, selfish person.

Posted by: Charlotte LaBorde | August 29, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

I thought Barack Obama's acceptance speech was phenomenal. We have come to expect extraordinary things from him - and yet were surprised by how much better he was tonight - more concrete, more focused on defining how and why he is a better choice than McCain, and more personal for each of the millions who listened. I have heard him give some repetitive canned speeches. Tonight, even his old lines from 2004 had a new intensity and context. This time he had done his homework and gotten enough sleep. He hit every point with clarity, humor, penetrating insight, and perfect timing.

It was a surprisingly sombre speech and our local group was concerned even when joking. Our group, and the people who spoke at the Denver stadium before Barack, underlined just how serious the situation in America is. As in previous times of crisis, these are the times that try men's and women's hearts. Barack reminded us that what distinguishes America is the ability to care about each other and to step up to the plate to create a better world "around the bend."

I am a woman in her late 60's who has supported him through triumph and despair since he first announced he was running. I was born in 1940 in a white supremacy state in the South, but I have always been for civil rights for all races, genders, religions, and gender preferences. I've always stepped up to the plate for a better world no matter who I had to take on or where I had to move to do it. The speech was made more powerful in the group because I was not at home alone in front of my computer screen but sharing the experience with 30 strangers in front of a new high definition TV. Each of us was extraordinary. Each night of the convention, each speaker carefully stuck to scripted speeches to help heal party wonds and answer Republican attacks. The fierce urgency of now was visible everywhere. Someone and something had herded my fellow notorious Democats to a common message and a shared vision. Would the finale cap the crescendo without stooping to bathos?

Obama rose to the occasion and then some. We cheered. We potlucked at a home in our Bernal Heights neighborhood, all ages and callings, drawn by Barack's organization and vision and our computers. Why were we watching together? We wanted to share an historic occasion and confront America's huge challenges as a group. We are the reenforcements that we have been waiting for. We are the green wave which will save America and the world.

Everyone at the "watch" knew that it was an extraordinary occasion. We are sophisticated people, as cynical as other Americans who know the odds against authenticity and success. We couldn't care less what race Obama is - whites have long been a minority in San Francisco. We are hungry for leadership, ideas, and the skills to make change happen. The Obama speech was different from every other political event any of us had ever been to - more serious and larger in concept and purpose. The stakes couldn't be higher. Local old guard Democrats are mired in the past. Like John McCain, they are not bad people - they just don't get it.

We agreed the speech was excellent and went our separate ways after having champagne and ice cream. We were a little bit more organized as a community. We went back to work electing Barack Obama and electing a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. We have our work cut out for us.

We are all over America - not just in the blue states. And now is very urgent.

Posted by: MJones | August 29, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

>>For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...<<

The Wall Street Journal will be reporting later today that Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, withdrew his name from consideration after it became known by authorities that he was in fact an illegal alien named Jose Moralles Escobar of El Rosario Mexico. Mr Escobar had been a gardener for the McCains prior to the Senators death of natural causes in July of 2003.
Said Escobar as he boarded the bus to Tijuana " Ask Senior Ayles if I still get to be presidente!!!"


Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the McSamers want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass the bong.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
This stuff is frying your brains, maybe you ought to lay down...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out.

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic. By the way, does Jose get to be Presidente?
No?
Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM

Posted by: Anon1 | August 29, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

I work on public speaking in Toastmasters. That was a masterful speech, delivered with the skill of a master orator.
He showed he is willing to fight and challenged us all to step up.
He pointed out the differences between himself and McCain with clarity and he set a timeline for eliminating out dependence on Foriegn oil. He touched on eliminating wasteful government spending but probably didn't go far enough into details.

Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

he certainly showed he's no wimp and knows how to take it to the enemy, with wit and with rapier-like thrusts that resonate.

He has shown he's fit to lead, not merely the fight with McCain and his lowlife operatives, but to inspire Americans who aren't whiners but who are wanting to reclaim the power of the Middle Class robbed of them via a thousand little cuts during the Republican regime and when they controlled Congress.

The opposition has 2 faces - Bush and McCain - but really one goal: the maintenance of the power they arrogated to themselves and their Halliburton et al cronies, the destruction of America's financial integrity and the belittling of those who disagree and want to reverse that downward spiral.

A 99 yard pass into the end zone, a bases-clearing homer, slam dunk time (not the CIA's version).

Imagine, a leader who knows how to talk coherently and intelligently, with passion and conviction and uplifting too. They don't come very often - Kennedy and King, Jr. come to mind.

Posted by: David E | August 29, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Mccain turned into such a flipflopping codger that he's a complete embarrassment.

Obama is the president we need!!

Posted by: Jake in AZ | August 29, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Junior
If you are going to copy Donald Trump anecdotes then at least have the decency to say so.


Posted by: Jack | August 29, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it folks, the Repubs Rule. No, really, they rule. King Dubya has accomplished more in his 8 years than pretty much any president before him. You should be appreciative of the fact that he instituted a line-item veto. Hey, his congress couldn't overrule him. You should also be appreciative of the added security you have thanks to formerly illegal wiretaps, secret internment of citizens, and even a little good old torture. Hey the Taliban is hardly killing anybody anymore. Then look at the terrible thing the Dems did last time. That Bill Clinton was such a tax and spend liberal that we wound up with a balanced budget and a surplus of dollars. That bastard. Dubya has fixed all that and restored the natural order of things. Small government, better economy. Wait, what? The old fart running now has been a fine civil servant. A war hero and a survivor. These are things to respect. Do those things make for a good president? The nation does not have to be at war. Warriors don't necessarily make good generals. Hey, George Forman was a hell of a fighter - brave and could take a punch. He is also old enough to not be accused of being a kid. And he has this really cool grill. Maybe the Repubs should run George for president. He could cook a fine meal for our enemies and delight our allies with low fat specialties. But the Dems put up this kid. No experience except maybe being a law school professor and some charity work and some time in government. Not long enough to be totally converted to the status quo, so he can't be much good. He speaks of things that could be, and that scares people. He is a cheerleader for the country and that is a bad thing somehow. Guess I'm going to vote for him though.

Oh, you can leave the country now asshat.

Posted by: Roger | August 29, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow what a speech, I haven't heard anything better since President Clinton spoke yesterday and Hillary the day before. They spoke and closed out their debt to the paper suit Obama yesterday...notice you did not see them among the 75K bored-looking people tonight!

Too bad the dems squandered their best candidate Hillary Clinton!! At least she was sure of one thing... universal healthcare... something that every other modern country provides for their people. Don't think you'll hear Obama preaching it though.

Now it's time to vote for the proven Public Servant.

It's time to vote for John McCain!!

Posted by: George | August 29, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

This speech reminded me of FDR, IKE aand JFK. This was certainly go down in history as one of the top 10 US political speeches of all time, somewhere behind the Gettysburg Address and JFK's inaugural speech. I was very impressed and I'm an old timer. It takes a lot to impress me. If this is a measure of the man, then he's a genius. I'll vote for Obama.

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

This spectacle was something right out of the pages of Nuremberg in the 1930’s. The adoring faces, the tears, the mesmerized tens of thousands cheering in orgasmic unison. The only thing missing was an aide whispering in Barack Hussein Obama's ear (as was done to Roman generals receiving their triumphs in Rome) "remember, thou art mortal". I’ve never thought I’d live to witness our republic being usurped by a demigod.

Posted by: mtweed | August 29, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

For once I feel like I can believe the promises of a politician. That's what you get from only 4 years in Washington.

ZH, thank you. I wish you luck in Pakistan. We watch what Al Queda and the Taliban are trying to do to your people and your beliefs and it makes us wish there was more each of us could do. The best thing America can do for Americans and the world is to vote for Obama/Biden to lead us for the next 4 years.

Not only do we have our own problems to fix, but we have a responsibility to lead to world to peace, health, and success.

To America, follow the advice of Obama and every economist who cares about the state of our economy. Pay off your bills! Make hard sacrifices to get out of debt. Do what you can to eliminate credit card and car payments from your life. Only go into debt for necessary things like a house and an education. Even then, start small. By an affordable house. Get an education that can get you a job. We have to take responsibility for our economy. While Obama eliminates the federal spending deficit let us eliminate the American deficit. DO IT!

Posted by: MissRed | August 29, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

You must work for the Obama camp Leo. Obama's people know better then us so we don't need to hear his side on discrimination against Hispanics, and the Ayers connection. He needs to address one claim above all the others racism is a no joke. Of course I think he also should explain why he did not pick Hillary but I don't plan on voting for him anymore until I hear about the Hispanic thing.

Posted by: Rickman | August 29, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Oh and Juniorsbox- didn't you mean in your cute little civics lesson to the little girl "welcome to the Libertarian Party" since your story is more of a Libertarian philosophy than a Republican one, since Republicans have no problem taking money from the middle class and poor to give to the wealthy.

Libertarians are the ones who believe if we earn it, the government should keep their hands off it!

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

ONE MORE THING BEFORE I SIGN OFF. I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD TOTALLY KEEP THIS UP ALL NIGHT.

AS AN ACT OF YOUR PATRIOTISM, LET'S SEE IF YOU CAN POST ENOUGH COMMENTS TO CRASH WASHINGTON - the POST, I MEAN.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Not bad, but not great.
We should expect more from a man with little overall experience who has enthralled the masses with flash rather than substance. Over the past 18 months it has become intuitively obvious to even the most pedestrian observer that he simply represents the same old politics dressed in new fancy clothing. Great sounding promises on health care reform and economic prosperity to come -- but his flawed fiscal policy ideas will only drag America further into recession. Not to mention the scary proposition of this guy as commander in chief. What qualifies him as a commander ready to lead? That's right. Nothing.
Wake up America -- and stop being fooled by this master charlatan. We deserve better.

Posted by: nick | August 29, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Let me be perfectly clear! I'm voting for McCain, because Obama is a communist.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama accomplished more things in one speech than I thought was possible. Packed with content, inspiring too. A wonderful gathering, a beautiful night.

Posted by: Susan Andrews | August 29, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse


Obama showed me that he's fit to be POTUS. Factually, on the other hand, John McCain voluntarily made 32 propaganda films for the North Vietnamese Communists. This is a fact documented in his FOIA papers by the FBI and CIA. McCain violated the Military Code for POWS and is a TRAITOR. McCain also took bribes in the Keating Five affair and was a friend of Joe Bonnano, his constituent.
Let's not forget that. I will not.

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Pendragon: Every argument you make is straight out of the taking points of the dems and Obama. Can't you think for yourself? Funny that you say that McCain wants us in Iraq for 100 years. That is the dem talking point, but that's not what he said. But you probably don't care because you would rather just blindly follow whatever they say. If you ever get curious, do a google search for the 100 year comment and read the entire statement. If you have half an ounce of credibility, you will, otherwise just keep living life believing everything you're told.

Posted by: Obama Sucks | August 29, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Dee,
Obviously we have different views of what a leaders is.
One way I decided that Obama would be a better leader than McCain is by listening to his vision of the future America tonight.

Do you remember McCains future from a few months ago. He just doesn't get it.

I hope Obama wins because he has positive plans for the issues I care about and America.

You seem to hope McCain wins simply because he is not Obama or a democrat. Surely it cant be because he thinks the same as Bush - even republicans have to admit we don't need another one of those.

Posted by: Bill | August 29, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse


Americans should all be proud of this moment in their history. However, there is so much inward focus on your own blunders that you fail to see the new generation of leaders around the democratic nations of the world that are moving forward with new ideas and pragmatic approaches to problems and challenges that are becoming common to America and everyone else.

I guess you all still believe that the US can maintain its prominence in the world by being a half-step behind everyone else in the world.

I believe Obama is the best thing that's happened to American leadership in a long, long time. If you Americans remain cynical, negative, and hopeless, you deserve to fall behind all other countries in the world in terms of education, energy, defense, and economic prosperity.

Look around you.

Posted by: LookAroundU | August 29, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama has clearly defined who he is and what he is ready and willing to do for the American people. I think everyone is so caught up in the color line of red and blue that they are forgetting about the most important part, themselves. If you can't respect the speech that was made tonight by Barack then there is really something wrong. If he wasn't able to change your minds tonight then your minds were made up before he announced his candidacy. The facts are that he not only described who he was but he described what we want as American people. We want to be free from the bureaucratic presidency that is currently in place. We want to be free from high gasoline prices and the high food prices. We want our bills to stop rising and our pay to start increasing. We want equal pay for equal work. We want our unemployment rate to decline. I want my parents to have proper health care. I want all elders to have the health care they deserve. I don't know about you but it devastates me to know that we have veterans who are sleeping on the streets. That is crazy. Let's start respecting our veterans and what they have done for this country. And for the gentleman who was on Larry King who made the ridiculous comment that a weakened economy was passed down to Bush when he entered office, that is so far from the truth. I'm sure it was an oversight but it was actually Clinton who entered into the presidency with a deficit from no one other than Bush Sr. and when he left office after 8 years there was a surplus. We can have it again, I'm sure of it.

And before I foget about the wonderful Hillary, HATS OFF GIRL! You were dynamite on Tuesday night. Between the Twin Cities humor and the quotes from Harriet Tubman you were absolutely phenomenal.

Everyone's vote is their own and I'm voting for Barack Obama, a change I can believe in. However, I think it's important that we all exercise our right to vote no matter who you are casting your ballots for.

Posted by: Courtney | August 29, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that republicans think that by flooding Washington Post message boards over and over with this meaningless crap that they will manipulate public opinion. Most Americans aren't reading this message board, and most can see through these petty attempts to bait. Americans are better than this, and if this is what the republican party has to resort to to make it's point, it's truly a sad state of affairs.

Posted by: heyrey | August 29, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Wow! This was a magnificent speech in every respect. I haven´t heard such a combination of substance and inspiration since JFK. Most importantly, he is going in the right direction!! I´m behind him 100%!!!

Posted by: P. Hedgie | August 29, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Simply Incredible!!

I went from a Hillary supporter to 100% Obama/Biden.

And by the way, there's a good Youtube reason why mcSAME likely won't select Mitt. Seems Mitt has said some pretty nice things about future president Obama!

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

LOL!!!

Posted by: Anna | August 29, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

I readily admitted today that John McCain's ad congratulating Barack was an annoyingly smart move, from an Obama supporter's perspective.

After tonight's speech from Obama my response to the R's is, "good luck next week,"

"Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!"

Posted by: John Wykoff | August 29, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was an excellent speech.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

thanks for that junior. just another shining example of the overly simplistic thinking that sent us into iraq without any plan for what do to once we got there.

Posted by: zack | August 29, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I have to go to sleep because this hard working Ameriacn has a lot of work tomorrow. I work for my money, unlike some folks who can afford to argue all night spewing childish, nonsensical and crazy right wing neocon stuff all night long. Maybe you are so rich you don't need a job and think it's OK that they're all going to China and India and Saudi Arabia to your friend Bin Laden. Nighty night.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Funny, Barack Obama was talking with a little girl who asked him why he wants to be president (the most painfully obvious question that ever existed for a presidential candidate in my opinion) and he responded with the most George W. Bush moment I have seen him perform in the last week or so....
Watch for yourself here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/07/obama-america-is-no-longer-what-it-once-was/

Do you really want this guy to be telling your children stuff like this as president?

Too Funny. But not really.

Posted by: Leon | August 29, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

wow, i'm spent. believe it or not, Socialists actually do sleep. we're not always annoying, you know - just when we know our efforts to persuade the masses are utterly futile. i feel validated being a pest. sad yes, but perhaps not more so than having either of these 2 'candidates' as a 'leader.' if i've elicited a response from you, i've done my job. I'm a Socialist - it's who i am, it's what i do.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

I doubt any party will make a real significant difference but I'm voting Obama just because!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

the big O!!!!

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

why, i say why (finger pointed) isnt anyone worshipping?

Posted by: its me | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Superb speech. I just hope Obama gets elected as he's most likely to lose. The Republicans know how to win in close elections. I hope the dems come out in force in November, or else, we will have 4 more years of seeing America continue to falter.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

This is a great story, where do you live, I would be interested in that "Good paying" job by Republican standards- since it is par for the course with the quality of Mcjobs this administration has "created"

Just a passing thought.

I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl, and she said she wanted
to be President some day.
Both of her parents, liberal
Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President what
would be the first thing you would do?'She replied, 'I'd give houses
to all the homeless people.'
'Wow...what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'You don't have to wait until
you're President to do that. You can
come over to my house and mow, pull weeds,
and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50.
Then I'll take you over to the grocery
store where the homeless guy's hang out,
and you can give him the $50 to use toward
a new house.'
She thought that over for a few seconds
while her Mom glared at me, then she
looked me straight in the eye and asked,
'Why doesn't the homeless guy come over
and do the work, and you can just pay him
the $50?'
And I said, "Great Idea and Welcome to
the Republican Party !!!"
Her folks still aren't talking to me.

Posted by: Juniorsbox | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

AWESOME!! Republican convention next week will look pathetic and sad in comparison! The should start blowing up balloons now and just continue to drop them all week. Shock and awe!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Aw Gee how nice of Messiah Barack Obama to
Surrender to John McCain,since all that the
Democrats have to offer the voters is a
pair of phony lying brainless empty suit
losers in their little tin God loser
Barack Hussein Obama and US Senate Clown
old fool Joe Biden,therefore let me be among the first to accept your unconditional surrender,as millions of
Independent Voters like myself will gladly
go vote for Republican John McCain,along
with the Republicans and 27% of Sold Out
Hillary Clinton Voters will be glad to
kick your phony Commie Sympathizer Marxist
Socialist Democrat Liberal Loser Butts!
NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | August 29, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

He played it safe tonight.But reality will soon come and slap him in the face.The american people will never pay for his outlandish healthcare,or let him close down wasteful goverment agencies. The congress and the senate will be to busy covering their own behinds when the bills come due to help him.look at how effective they been to date with old Nancey P and Harry R. at the helm.God help Obama if he wins .

Posted by: A true american | August 29, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was very good. I love Erin.

Posted by: Steve Jobs | August 29, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how everything changes if you stop saying that John McCain is the only person that is responsible for the last 8 years of W.

Remember, 70+ percent of congress voted for the Iraq war, including Biden and Hillary. Also, it is news that Biden also pushed a bill that helped cause the Bankruptcy/mortgage crisis of the past few years. Do your research, and stop trying to pin all of America's problems on one Public Servant of the USA.

What qualifies Obama to take the place of the next president? Being in the right place at the right time with a good speech? Do your research people!

Posted by: Morty | August 29, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Even some of the conservatives I watched agreed it was a huge hit out of the ball park. Those who do not see that, like David Brooks & Charles Krauthammer, seem bitter and partisan and elitist.


Posted by: Gary D | August 29, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

the polls were close because of very high IQ folks who voted for the village idiot that brought us an unnecessary war and KILLED ALMOST 7,000 YOUNG AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN

the polls were close because of people who voted for a goveerment that placed this nation in a 3 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.

the polls were close because of people who voted for a OLIGARCHY OF THE WEATLHY who OUTSOURCED YOUR JOBS OFFSHORE.

don't fall for dirty smear tactics and lies. the benefits are short-lived. two can play the same game.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

If you are going to quote me. please at least have the common courtesy to quote me in the entirety. Thank you.

What exactly are the Qualifications to be President.

The Constitution defines them as being over the age of 35 and being a natural born citizen of the United States in addition to being elected and taking the Oath of office, which implies a belief in a God-not an athiest. PERIOD.

Anything beyond those REQUIREMENTS is icing on the cake. Nowhere does it say that you must have been a POW or even have served in the armed forces to qualify. No where does it say you have to even be able to speak coherently- Look at Bush! Nobody is "Qualified" to be President unless they have done it before, which neither candidate has. SO the point of "qualifications" is moot, since BOTH candidates meet the requirements set forth in the law. Now it is simply a matter of who will lead the country in a direction that is positive for the people.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:14 AM

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was one of the great speeches of my lifetime (59 years). Up there with "Ask not what your country can do for you." What amazes me is the people who confuse courage and a war record with judgment and ability to tackle tough national problems. Can we really put our trust in a guy who wasn't right about why we needed to go to war (remember the notion that there was a link between Saddam and Al Quaeda?) and is confused about who we're fighting (he still can't keep straight how the whole Sunni/Shiite thing figures in-- Al Quaeda Sunni, Saudi Arabia- Sunni, Iran- Shiite, Iraq- lead by Shiite majority; it's kind of like the Catholic/Protestant schism of the 18th century), and is even confused about where we're fighting (oh yeah, Afghanistan doesn't have a border with Iran). Please, let's not confuse a brave guy who finished last in his class at the Naval Academy with the leader we need at one of the most difficult times in our history. The test for President is not how you hold up under torture.


Posted by: a policy wonk | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Just a passing thought.

I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl, and she said she wanted
to be President some day.
Both of her parents, liberal
Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, 'If you were President what
would be the first thing you would do?'She replied, 'I'd give houses
to all the homeless people.'
'Wow...what a worthy goal.' I told her, 'You don't have to wait until
you're President to do that. You can
come over to my house and mow, pull weeds,
and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50.
Then I'll take you over to the grocery
store where the homeless guy's hang out,
and you can give him the $50 to use toward
a new house.'
She thought that over for a few seconds
while her Mom glared at me, then she
looked me straight in the eye and asked,
'Why doesn't the homeless guy come over
and do the work, and you can just pay him
the $50?'
And I said, "Great Idea and Welcome to
the Republican Party !!!"
Her folks still aren't talking to me.

Posted by: Juniorsbox | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's put it this way Chris. There is a good reason Obama is beating McCain 6 to 1 in donations from ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY. We want the change that he brings as well.

As far as his speech? He ROCKED the nation!! Mike

Posted by: Veteran4Obama | August 29, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Boy, we are sure out in force tonight. If we work hard enough, maybe we can post and post and post and convince people that Obama really didn't make a great speech by citing lots of irrelevant things like the construction of the stage. We make up things and call them facts (like revenue always goes down when taxes go up).

We are doing a nice job on criticizing his stance on Iraq because he didn't focus on it enough. And we are mad because he didn't mention Rezco, even though there is less meat on that than there is on King Tut.

We even liken him to an astrologer so that his supporters will question their own intelligence.

Yes, you guys are doing a great job. We know its all BS, but the other guys won't figure it out. I promise.

Posted by: Rush Limbaugh | August 29, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe the reasons some people are giving as to why they wont vote for Obama for President.
The #1 being inexperience.
Do these people truly believe that any past President has ever made any major decision without consulting the people he has chosen to surround himself with???
And although the final decision lies with the man himself,he has listened and heard from those he feels and knows to have more insight and knowledge on the subject,whatever it may be,before deciding.

No one man can claim to know everything about anything and only a fool would tend to believe that he does.

Obama is smart enough to know this and will continue to surround himself with others who have the knowledge to help him to make the right choices,as he has in the past.
But,and I think even more importantly,he has the courage to admit it, when he gets it wrong,and to try to find a workable solution after that.

Being able to admit mistakes is very rare in politics(as proven by the current administration)but that same quality allows one to fix things before they get out of hand.

If Bush had been able to own up to being wrong about the reasons for invading Iran,this war would not have lasted as long as it has and countless lives would have been spared.

Being able to admit mistakes is not a sign of weakness.

It is a sign of good judgement and shows the strength of ones character.

We all know someone who thinks they know everything and feels that they are smarter than everyone else.
Or that person who refuse's to admit when they are wrong,even about the most simple things.
We try to avoid these people at all cost and at all times.

We need to apply this way of thinking in making our choice of the man who will be guiding our country and making decisions that affect our lives and our families lives,our future and our quality of life.

Do this and your choice will be Barack Obama for President.

Posted by: A True Democrat | August 29, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Reading some of the posts on this board, I truly believe, as an educated white man, that uneducated white men will be the downfall of this country.

Posted by: B-man | August 29, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Political Dad: Blacks voting over 90 percent for Obama over Hillary Clinton is racism, plain and simple. Clean up your own party before you make stupid comments about Republicans being racist. Real Republicans wouldn't vote for Obama just like they wouldn't vote or Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dukakis, etc. Not because they are racist, but because Democratic ideas are nonsensical. McCain is the next president. Start crying.

Posted by: Obama Sucks | August 29, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

Posted by: barry | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

As a former Democratic who votes independentI will never vote for Obama His speech did nothing to clarify his white side. He acts like only his African roots are what's important. As far as his wife is concerned, I fnd nothing that takes away how she has felt along about us " whities" I always considered myself a liberial and as a woman who worked for 45 years and raised four kids and with my grandchildren I helped my husband build one of our houses. I held a job in the telecommuication industry that was a man's s job for years. I was given the pay for it. I served in the military myself before it was considered okay. Been there down that. Again I say we are being fed bunch of bull by those Teddy Kennedy and Clinton Democratic fools ! McCain is still a better choice .

Posted by: grannym1 | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

so tired of all those cynics. Don't you have a heart? is your heart so black that it can not be touched? For once start seeing the good in people!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Quoting from the EPA's own official website: When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formed some fifteen years ago, America had just awakened to the seriousness of its environmental pollution problem. Creation of EPA was part of the response to growing public concern and a grass roots movement to "do something" about the deteriorating conditions of water, air, and land.
I met Nixon. Don't tell me that Nixon had anything to do with the EPA's origins... he was forced to do it from the bottom up. That is the only way good things get done.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

And Where Are The Witnesses To His Ability?
By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Pyongyang,Bejing, Moscow

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.
Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States. A leap of such audacity is odd.
The air of unease at the Democratic Convention this week was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments — bearing even fewer witnesses.
When John Kerry was introduced at his convention four years ago, an honor guard of a dozen mates from his Vietnam days surrounded him on the podium attesting to his character and readiness to lead.
Such personal testimonials are the norm. The roster of fellow soldiers or fellow senators who could from personal experience vouch for John McCain is rather long. At a less partisan date in the calendar, that roster might even include Democrats Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy, with whom John McCain has worked to fashion important legislation.
Eerily missing at the Democratic Convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.
Hillary Clinton could have said something like that. She and Obama had, after all, engaged in a historic, utterly compelling contest for the nomination. During her convention speech, you kept waiting for her to offer just one line of testimony: I have come to know this man, to admire this man, to see his character, his courage, his wisdom, his judgment. Whatever.
Anything.
Instead, nothing.
She of course endorsed him. But the endorsement was entirely programmatic: We're all Democrats. He's a Democrat. He believes what you believe. So we must elect him — I am currently unavailable — to get Democratic things done. God bless America.
Clinton's withholding the "I've come to know this man" was vindictive and supremely self-serving — but jarring, too, because you realize that if she didn't do it, no one else would. Not because of any inherent deficiency in Obama's character. But simply as a reflection of a young life with a biography remarkably thin by the standard of presidential candidates.
Who was there to speak about the real Barack Obama? His wife. She could tell you about Barack the father, the husband, the family man in a winning and perfectly sincere way. But that only takes you so far. It doesn't take you to the public man, the national leader.
Who is to testify to that? Hillary's husband on night three did aver that Obama is "ready to lead." However, he offered not a shred of evidence, let alone personal experience with Obama. And although he pulled it off charmingly, everyone knew that, having been suggesting precisely the opposite for months, he meant not a word of it.
Obama's vice presidential selection, Joe Biden, naturally advertised his patron's virtues, such as the fact that he had "reached across party lines to . . . keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists." But securing loose nukes is as bipartisan as motherhood and as uncontroversial as apple pie. The measure was so minimal that it passed by voice vote and received near zero media coverage.
Thought experiment. Assume John McCain had retired from politics. Would he have testified to Obama's political courage in reaching across the aisle to work with him on ethics reform, a collaboration Obama boasted about in the Saddleback debate?
"In fact," reports the Annenberg Political Fact Check, "the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of 'partisan posturing' " — and launched a volcanic missive charging him with double cross.
So where are the colleagues? The buddies? The political or spiritual soul mates? His most important spiritual adviser and mentor was Jeremiah Wright. But he's out. Then there's William Ayers, with whom he served on a board. He's out. Where are the others?
The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger — a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair.
Having slowly woken up, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.

Posted by: rtfanning | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

To the Republicans, the Hillary Supporters, the Independents, and the Undecideds who are now voting for Obama:

Thank you. You all affirm the HOPE in our American promise.

"That's why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

Posted by: Carole2 | August 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

mcsame a maverick?
i guess he can AFFORD to be one. when your family is one of the richest in a desert state, i guess...

Posted by: priceisright | August 29, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

"What exactly are the Qualifications to be President."


That you prove through a LIFETIME OF SERVICE that you are the most likely candidate for the job.

I'm sorry but a couple of books and some speeches that consequently earn a man 4 MILLION dollars while he criticizes his opponent for making 1/10 of that does not qualify a person to be president.

Obama's speeches aren't even that great. He repeats himself and is painfully attached to the teleprompter.

Let's see some debates, to see truly how "qualified" this Obama is.

Funny how Obama is turning down the debates, simply by saying "John McCain" will get a boost of publicity out of it and we can have that. Is this an admission of Obama's own perceived failure?

A true leader will give voice to the opposition and then provide a better answer to the problem. It's the simple "straw man" in writing.

Obama has not debated Mr. McCain publicly thus far because he is either playing dirty politics, or is afraid that he will lose, badly.

America deserves a proven leader, not an overrated one.

Posted by: Dee | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM
I agree.

Posted by: Dean | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I'll bite: Ron, Obama did address those concerns. He said he's not letting a big election be defined by small things. Understand also that it makes you look weak to be on the defensive, plus: Republicans have convinced their followers (and most of the media) that thoughfulness is weakness, intelligence is lame, being smart makes you a pussy.

Also: the speech wasn't about explaining campaign decisions or responding to all the conspiracy-theory-flavored BS that the right wing likes to spew across the web. All of that stuff is refuted elsewhere, if you have an internet connection you can waste your own time reading it.

As for Hillary, maybe it's best for Hillary if the Obama campaign doesn't spell out the reasons they didn't pick her. Their campaign is among the biggest and best-funded political operations in history, don't you think they know more about her than you do?

Posted by: leo | August 29, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Vote for Obama, purely because voting for McCain is voting for another 4+ years of the same failing policies that have driven the USA into the dirt and wrecked its reputation on the world political stage.

McCain wants another 100 years of war in Iraq...look at what the last 7 years has cost the country; our troops dead in an unnecessary, deceitful war, our reputation ruined; our deficit boosted to the point our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be footing the bill.
And he wants MORE of that? Is that acting in the best interests of the USA and all who live here? Not by a long shot. If he was a public servant, he is no longer.

McCain touts himself as a war hero because he was captured and tortured...but then supports legalizing "advanced interrogation" in turn; he should make the moral decision, instead he hides behind semantics, and makes the political decision, the one that will win him support.

McCain can't even tell how many houses he has; he tells reporters that to him, rich is someone earning $5 million a year...he's utterly out of touch with reality, and utterly out of touch with America in the 21st century, just the same as Bush is. This is a man that doesn't even know how to send an email.

It's time for a change, and the USA desperately needs it.

Posted by: Pendragon | August 29, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Just sit back and think for a momemt:
"Rasied by a single mom, African American went to the best school in the country and became athe nominee for president at 47 yrs".
This is an incredible success story achieved by a unique human being with superior IQ eqaully matched by determination and oratory skills.
Hope American public is smart enough to seize the opportunity presented to them. Hope we do not wash it away in the usual republican rhetoric and lies.

Posted by: SN | August 29, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

It's very simple as Obama pointed out. All you cry babies GOP if you like what Bush has given you the last 8 yrs...go for McCain, keep your F10Trucks and pay up the wooozo for everything. McCain is old, and will forget more than Bush. Another weak speaker for the GOP, where do you fine these guys. You have so much that you didn't do when you had both houses. Most of them are in Prison for the crooks they are. Cheney is your Hero, kiss his feet and McCain. REpublican Don't deserve another 4 yrs. They are scared because this Man Obama just might give America the change WE need. Remember McCAin lost to Bush in 2000, Why is that? McCAin had more experience than Bush? More Houses than Bush? You were suckered into the Phoney that Rove created and just can't say it. Bet you still believe that the WMD are in Iraq? How embarrassing to kill our 4000 and more soldiers for this Weak Crawford Cowboy..very sad. Vote McCain, you don't know better....

Posted by: McCannot | August 29, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama’s speech was excellent. He explained why we can’t afford 4 more years of failed Bush/McCain policies. Barack Obama will be a great president, and we will be better off than we have been for the last 8 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Obama. McCain. 2 sides of the same coin. Trust NO politicians.

Posted by: Ruel | August 29, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Mary said: "... It is Obama who has preached as a pillar of his own campaign that he "does not believe in Lobbyist funded campaigns" AND YET it is Obama WHO HAS REJECTED PUBLIC FUNDING!!!

John McCain, the Maverick, is the one who PUSHED the laws that limit public funding, and guess what? He is USING PUBLIC FUNDING."

As adults, we should all be careful to include the full context. Obama did offer to limit his campaign (and the DNC) to only public funding, if McCain would agree to do the same - the key issue being limiting the RNC's funding as well. At the time, this was a major concession for Obama as he has led in fund raising since the beginning. Unfortunately, while McCain was willing to do this, the RNC was not. We may never know if there were forces in the DNC that refused as well, but we do know that in the end there was no agreement.

Mutual disarmament only works if both sides disarm. I respect McCain's willingness to make all sides equal, and I understand Obama's decision that if the sides could not be equal, he was not willing to be the underdog.

Perhaps when this is all over, one way or another, more campaign finance reforms can be enacted.

Posted by: Arthanyel | August 29, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

OHussein that you would light up my dark and dismal world!...That you would bring fortune to my poverty and distress...That would spend ALL of our dollars in your mansion in the sky...and the heavens would reign UP on your glory..Give praise to the almighty OHussein you masses of degredation...

obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

nite all

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

After much anticipation, I finally watching the speech in the wee hours of the morning, carried live on all the global news networks broadcasting in Pakistan. It was a tad disappointing that the speech wasn’t as lyrical as I had hoped. Still, amid the consuming unflattering press about the US in recent years, this was one of those moments when many of us are reminded about all that is unique and worth celebrating in your country.

I don’t have any doubt: only in America was this story even possible.

Posted by: ZH | August 29, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Bill Wineberg, wow, what a gargantuan (big word) post! i almost read it!

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

You all are suckas. Trust NO politicians.

Posted by: IBRuel | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

If this is the Messiah, how come the poll numbers are so close?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

A Happy Birthday wish to John McCain

Dear John,

As we celebrate our respective 72nd birthdays it is apparent that we have a lot in common. You were born on August 29, 1936; I was born two days later on August 31st. While you went to the Naval Academy, I attended Stanford and we both graduated near the bottom of our respective classes. We were commissioned as Naval Officers in 1958 and each of us failed in our first marriages. Luckily, however, we both are now happily married to successful women who each are over 18 years younger than we — quite a challenge to keep up with them, and a real incentive to enjoy life after 72.

While I cannot claim an experience comparable to five years in captivity in Vietnam, it is apparent that our Navy service has substantially affected our lives. You recovered from your captivity to become a lobbyist for the Navy and then a Congressman and Senator. After the Navy, I “grew up,” applied myself, headed the University of Chicago Law Review and became a trial lawyer. We both have been life-long Republicans and we both personally knew and were influenced by Barry Goldwater. We both believe in service to our country, but have we learned to recognize our limitations?

Where we differ — John — is that I know that I am too old to be President of the United States. From every indication, you are too.

There is a reason that nobody our age has previously run for the highest office in the land. I am much too old to be a CEO of a major corporation. How many captains of industry have assumed the helm at age 72? And, as you more than I know, by 72 virtually all of the Generals and Admirals have been sent off into retirement. What I absolutely do know John is that I am now too old to run a major law firm or to try a major case as lead counsel. Where I used to bill over 2,000 hours a year and work late into the night and on weekends, now I am awake late at night contemplating my prostrate. It’s not a complaint, John – just a fact of life – I just don’t have the stamina anymore to work the hours required of a chief executive much less as our nation’s President.

While unlike you, I regularly use the internet, I recognize that technology is passing me by and I must rely upon others to do things I used to do well myself. While I have been in good health, exercise strenuously and play hardball in a league with players as young as 30 year olds, I am just not what I used to be when it comes to dealing with a crisis or working long hours. Each morning as I climb out of bed my aching limbs remind me of my age and mortality. Given your POW experience and medical history, I cannot imagine that you are not experiencing the same.

I also find that my memory is slipping. I have always had excellent recall, but now and again I am frustrated by the fact that I am occasionally drawing a blank when seeking to remember a name or event. I can still come up with the information, just not as quickly or as accurately. In that connection, I often find myself either embellishing or confabulating events of my past life. Those old stories just keep getting better and I find myself telling them over and over again to the point of tedium. I also find that I am less diplomatic and more prickly than before, so I fully understand your frustration in dealing with that TIME writer who wanted to know your definition of “honor.” From observing you throughout this campaign I know that you are sharing my experiences. At 72 we should not have to explain ourselves and we have earned the right to lose it occasionally. That said, however, John I am not sure that approach works in diplomacy or that it is appropriate for the President of the United States.

John, we both have a wealth of experience in our chosen areas of endeavor and we have much to contribute based upon our age and experience—but I know that given our age we both have blind spots in dealing with the challenges of the 21st Century. Our experience can only take us so far — at some point we must pay our respect to father time. That is the reason why, in business, law and politics, age matters.

John, on our 72nd birthdays I wish you well for a long and distinguished career in a role that is appropriate for our age — the United States Senate.

With all best wishes and Happy Birthday,

William A. Wineberg
Stanford, Class of 58
U.S.Navy 1958-61


Posted by: Bill Wineberg | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous, YES!!!! Thank you...

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The McCain enthusiasts are calling *Obama* supporters fanatics??

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fa·nat·ic
n.
A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause.
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I cannot believe the vituperative tone in responses here. I seriously thought that it was the people who were paid to do it that resort to this level of attack mentality, but the sheer fear I am seeing lobbed by McCain supporters in these responses may speak louder as to how effective this speech was than anything else.

As an aside, I can never figure out when a persuasive ability, such as Obama's speech writing and delivery (yes, folks, he is apparently plagerizing...himself according to many here) was a liability to a president. Honestly, folks, at least 50% of what leadership and, yes, politics, is about is about the ability to move others to your point of view.

Unbelievable.
(Alan, hilarious about the patron saint of caplocks. And sadly true.)

Posted by: KIC | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

"The Republicans have to own their failure."

That says it all.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what he says. He's a politician. Don't listen to any of them. Watch them. Obama is a racist, he's anti-American, he's a marxist totalitarian. His actions speak louder than his empty words. America will come to regret falling in with this Pied Piper.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Here's whats sad.... after the last 8 years of Bush and Conservative debacles half the country will still vote for a republican't to run the country..

Posted by: Vince | August 29, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I admire Obama; I'm a lifelong Democrat and am happy that we have a candidate who can win, who is extremely smart, a great speaker (after 8 years of the inarticulate one, don't we deserve someone whose education "took." Bush went to Andover, Yale and Harvard Business School, yet he can't get out a coherent sentence, much less a coherent thought.

But to be fair, it was Nixon not a Democrat who created the EPA and OSHA (someone tell Christophr that). It will take some time for Obama to close the deal, but I'm glad Axelrod and Pfouffle are counting states (electoral votes) and not just national polls. I think Obama will win, but it will be close. Then we will see how he governs and also how his presidency and our nation are seen around the world. One thing he cannot say in the midst of a campaign, but that I can say, is that we have to learn to use our leadership position to eventually relinquish our leadership or at least accept that we are a great power among other great powers- Europe, China, India, Japan, Russia, the emerging nations of Latin America, the Middle East, etc. We live in a multipolar rather than unipolar world. This century can be a good century for the United States, but it will not be another American century. That is something a good president will need to tell the American people, not to weaken us but to strengthen us. As Bob Dylan would the world "is a-changing." We can resist that change and bring our nation to virtual collapse and miss our opportunities for maturity, peace and stability in a new world; or we accept a different fate and take our place in a world that is open to possibility even if we are not a hegemonic power. We can use all our resources for public good and peace and prosperity -- if we work together as Obama suggested. From his mouth to God's ear.

Posted by: Wally | August 29, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I heard Resco and Ayers also gave a ton of money to the Republicans. They actually offers some big bribes, and boy did the fish bite.

That is a big piece of juicy news for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

My... my... there's a whiff of desperation in the air tonight. Beneath the usual bigotry I you can smell fear.

Posted by: Political Dad | August 29, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

The value of the whole convention wasn't the speech. It really was that the Democratic Party began to unite. The theme of the convention was really Building Barack's Base. Because of the speeches by the Obamas and the Clintons, I suspect that Obama's base increased by 25-50%. Further, through the VP announcement and the Invesco Field day, the Obama campaign was able to get thousands of cell phone numbers which they can use to recruit volunteers to canvass neighborhoods, call undecided voters and call the base to remind them to vote. That was the real value of the DNC. The fact that Obama delivered a good speech is icing on the cake.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

What exactly are the Qualifications to be President.

The Constitution defines them as being over the age of 35 and being a natural born citizen of the United States in addition to being elected and taking the Oath of office, which implies a belief in a God-not an athiest. PERIOD.

Anything beyond those REQUIREMENTS is icing on the cake. Nowhere does it say that you must have been a POW or even have served in the armed forces to qualify. No where does it say you have to even be able to speak coherently- Look at Bush! Nobody is "Qualified" to be President unless they have done it before, which neither candidate has. SO the point of "qualifications" is moot, since BOTH candidates meet the requirements set forth in the law. Now it is simply a matter of who will lead the country in a direction that is positive for the people.

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

A magnificently crafted speech, which provided the specifics of Obama's plan and threw a gauntlet into the face of John McCain and the Republican party.

I feel sorry for those who can't even admit the obvious quality of the speech, regardless of your political orientation. What sad, desperate people you have become. All I can say to you is this: your time is over.

Enough.

Posted by: Peter | August 29, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is such a great politician and the second coming of Jesus Christ, then why are Obama and McCain tied in the polls in a year where we are in a war in Iraq and people are complaining about the economy? Simple. People see through his lofty rhetoric and see it for what it's worth: nothing! McCain is the next president! Dems can go cry in a corner like they do after losing the presidential election every 4 years.

Posted by: Obama sucks | August 29, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

If I judged Senator Obama on his speeches, then I would be quite the fan. But I don’t. I judge him on his word and what little record he has and on those counts I find him sorely lacking.


Posted by: Charles in SF

i respect that argument.
i think you are wasting your vote, obama-biden '08

Posted by: priceisright | August 29, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Check out who Obama hangs out with?

You can't fool all the people!
Hmmm Bill Ayers
Obama said that he would clean Washington and the politics from special interests. When asked about his relations to a shady businessman Tony Resco (an alleged Chicago mobster now being sued in Chicago), Obama said that he hardy knew the guy. Then he said that he knew him, but never took. then he said that he took, but not a lot. and immediately returned. even more then took.

Poor REV. Wright got thrown under the bus for being honest! Wright said, "He is just a Politician...Obama says whatever he needs to say"

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Um, criminal connections include, but are not limited to:

Tony Rezko(oh yeah, the guy who helped fund Obama's mansion), Ayers (oh yeah, the guy who sent bombs to the capital and is still proud of it today), and Kwame Kilpatric (oh yeah, the man who has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to cover up his own boodie calls), to say a few....the woodwork will keep working.

Are these not criminals that have been personally endorsed by Barack Obama?

Wow.. and they said Hillary voters are dumb

Posted by: Lionel | August 29, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain has voted against the Republican party in the past. The maverick has a secret plan to throw the election, ya'll.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow. What a speech!

Trickle down economics, market-based economies, and the ownership society are "discredited", failed policies.

Not sure where I was when those judgments were rendered, I must have been in line for gasoline in the 1970s or figuring out why revenues decrease every time taxes increase (an inconvienent truth).

Those of us not swooning and fainting and voting for the first time in this election can recall Jimmy Carter's policies, Mike Dukakis' policies, and Ronald Reagan's policies. And it is pretty straightforward as to what works for the middle class and what doesn't. Alec Baldwin and Hollywood already have their millions, so easy for them to embrace programmatic redistribution and entitlement expansion -- but all the plumbers and teachers and parent struggling to get by that Barack described tonight aren't going to make it up a ladder without any rungs.

The sad part about the littany of entitlements and liberal programs that Barack articulated as his prescription for change tonight, is that those are the programs that make the economic ladder harder to climb for the very voters struggling to make ends meet who he claims to be trying to help.

So Barack can (and likely will) criticize the "well-off" and ride a wave of envy into office, but 70 years of experiments with collectivism vs. market-based economies were run, and -- this just in -- the results werent pretty. The only system that created a vibrant middle class was a system characterized by free markets, free trade, low regulation, low taxes (for everyone), and low government spending. Sadly for Barack's voters and those so enthused for him, Adam Smith figured this out hundreds of years ago and attempts to discredit him haven't gone so well in any countries that have tried, from Cuba to France and everything in between.

But it appears that we will try the most liberal society since Jimmy Carter, setting back those who need help the most.

The fact that the already "well-off" will actually still be OK under an Obama presidency, but the middle class will stagnate as it always does in tax & spend & entitlement liberalism, is the ultimate irony. You reap what you sow.

Obama in 08 and you get what you deserve.

Posted by: Reagan Democrat | August 29, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

BLIND HATRED AND FEAR - that is what seems to be in too many of these postings. I have to ask myself WHY?

Obama gave an amazing speech, organized an amazing convention, and anyone who can't recognize that, whether they like him or not, gives me pause.

One might assume it must be fear; the prospect that an articulate, intelligent, student of law and human dignity is a threat to people who must teeter on the edge of self-loathing and can only rebut by fear-mongering?

Of course there a more likely, albeit Orwellian scenario!
These seemingly random hate mongers are Rovian bots and that the powerful status quo and big business machinery has deep pockets and dark motivations.

Obama is light in a world of very dark and disturbing politics.

YOU GO OBAMA!

Posted by: knoxworx | August 29, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

well, larry, that's because most of us work during the day..but you can certainly hope... =)

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Here is my take on the Obama speech and why I am giving him a grade of "C" for his effort:

Building a stage that appeared to be a greek temple or even the Lincoln Memorial set the bar high.

So did Bill and Hillary Clinton with their masterful performances.

Then we had the hype from the Obama campaign that Obama looked at his own speech from 2004, Kennedy's, King's, Reagan's and Clinton's.

I was really expecting him to deliver.

Obama set his own bar and sounded like every other Democrat to me.

If he sounded amazing to people I think it was only because people know how inexperienced he is and expect very little.

King gave us a dream, Kennedy gave us a new frontier, Clinton gave us a bridge to the 21st century. Reagan, who Obama claims to admire so much, gave us the trickle down Reaganomics he now abhors. Obama gave us a promise and agreeing to a promise requires us to give him our trust. I really don't think he is up to the task.

Posted by: peppermintgirl | August 29, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM
This is not my idea of change. I do not know Barak Obama but I know he should not be president. In my heart I know this!

Posted by: Laura | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it's related to the early morning hour that so many rants outweigh the quieter arguments - One can hope discourse is a little less vehement in comments made during the day.

Posted by: Larry | August 29, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

hey, i'm all about the love, guys. seriously. cmon, i'm socialist. let's be social.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

I found the speech to be powerful and reassuring. Reassuring in the sense that I thought Obama needed to add some of the new themes that he did, and to get tough. I thought he needed to and he did.

But just for a reality check, I watched the chattering class to see what they had to see. After hearing a few Conservative commentators voice effusive praise for the speech, I curiously flipped over to Fox News. Looked like they were holding a wake.

If Obama sticks to the themes and tone of this speech for the next week, then he will gain the presidency.

Posted by: tom a. | August 29, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

So you're saying McCain is the lobbyist? LUDICROUS!!

It is Obama who has preached as a pillar of his own campaign that he "does not believe in Lobbyist funded campaigns" AND YET it is Obama WHO HAS REJECTED PUBLIC FUNDING!!!

John McCain, the Maverick, is the one who PUSHED the laws that limit public funding, and guess what? He is USING PUBLIC FUNDING.

Obama's flip-flopping is only exceeded by his criminal connections.

Posted by: Mary | August 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, let's see. He's served his country in just about every way a man CAN serve his country. He was a war hero while Bam-Bam was busy getting stoned on illegal drugs. McCain risked his political career to support the surge that is winning the war in Iraq, and he was right. Obama voted against the surge, not out of conviction - he has no convictions - but because he's led by polls. That's what's so great about McCain. The man is the very personification of courage. Obama never did a gutsy thing in his political career. What is so great about HIM?

Posted by: Anonymous

that's a pretty short list for a guy that's been in dc for 26 yrs.
btw barack was 12 yo when mcsame was released from nam jackhole.
another thing anon, americans can't be couragous unless they serve in the military? that sounds like some north korean propoganda, ben franklin never served in the military i guess he was a coward, Thomas Jefferson never served he must have been a coward too.
its not whats great about barack, its great to have someone who thinks like him be in a position to do something about our situation. someone really like you and me, not an admirals son and grandson who would have been kicked out of the academy if not for his 'connections'.

Posted by: priceisright | August 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

If I judged Senator Obama on his speeches, then I would be quite the fan. But I don’t. I judge him on his word and what little record he has and on those counts I find him sorely lacking.

Posted by: Charles in SF | August 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

TO fellow/future dems,
I think we can all sit back and relax.No need to listen to the republican moles who are infecting this blog.They are a desperate bunch. We have had a good convention with two great candidates/great speakers/motivators.Hillary supporters will start showing up in the polls-all will be fine.Next week McCain and Pawlenty will be speaking here in St.Paul.Pawlenty is a drip.McCain is like listening to an old man at a diner.Good luck mates.

Posted by: dudefromMN | August 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

What has been interesting to me this week is how much the Republicans have won what I would call the psychological warfare of this campaign, as they have done in the past. Even Chris can’t help but attribute the style of Mr. Obama’s speech to perhaps the “fear” of being “picked apart by Republicans.”

A fair number of commentors still talk about their fear of the Democrats still screwing it up in the next couple of months. If you think they are the only ones than can screw up stuff, then you haven’t been paying attention the past 8 years…and that kind of screw up really does matter. Just look at what people were worried about the last couple of days before Mr. Obama’s speech. Whether the Republicans would use the look of the set to tear down the Democrats. People, lighten up and stop being afraid of your own shadows.

Posted by: Nana | August 29, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

WHO ARE YOU SAYING HAS CRIMINAL CONNECTIONS? MORE DIRTY TACTICS. BE CAREFUL, YOU CAN BE SUED FOR LIBEL.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

ratm...READ son READ...not my logic...the utopian socilist prof's...
see dumbed-down, reeducated masses...
God do Help us!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Could you imagine Obama at a G-8 summit trying to convince other EXPERIENCED leaders the will of the United States.. Good thing Biden's been chosen...

Incidently, as disgusting as it is, racism is not confined to this country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Alas ------------------------------
i am knot political but independent
and one should vote accordingly
if you have been happy and properest
the last 8 years and want another
8 years of the same one
should vote McCain it is my hope
that gas goes to $8.00 and cuts down
cars there just to manny small cars
this wood make room for bigger suv-
blessings bobknab --------------------

Posted by: bobknab | August 29, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

I am not a racist, I just don't vote for baby killers

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Times comments section is depressing.. make that another reason to stick to the NYT. I'd like to think it's the same three appallingly ignorant, miserable people posting misspelled invective over and over again, but it's not likely. If this forum is any indication, America really does get the government it deserves, and that's not changing any time soon.

Posted by: leo | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

hey hey hey. Anonymous - i do love W. how could you not? he's provided immeasurable entertainment over the years. sort of like....christopher walken. i heard he's a socialist.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

This community organizing stuff seems mindless. If he really wanted to make a difference he would have joined the board of a nonprofit and given his time and $. Sounds like he was just bringing people who were unmotivated coffee and donuts and citing passages from MLK. Isn't there more than that. Besides Michelle Obama even says in the website that she did not know what a community organizer was..did she ever study the Civil Rights Movement? How does she compare to Cindy McCain who has helped dozens of relief organizations even before McCain ran for Prez.

Posted by: Sophie | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, let's see. He's served his country in just about every way a man CAN serve his country. He was a war hero while Bam-Bam was busy getting stoned on illegal drugs. McCain risked his political career to support the surge that is winning the war in Iraq, and he was right. Obama voted against the surge, not out of conviction - he has no convictions - but because he's led by polls. That's what's so great about McCain. The man is the very personification of courage. Obama never did a gutsy thing in his political career. What is so great about HIM?

Posted by: Anonymous

that's a pretty short list for a guy that's been in dc for 26 yrs.
btw barack was 12 yo when mcsame was released from nam jackhole.
another thing anon, americans can't be couragous unless they serve in the military? that sounds like some north korean sh*t, ben franklin never served in the military i guess he was a coward, Thomas Jefferson never served he must have been a coward too.
its not whats great about barack, its great to have someone who thinks like him be in a position to do something about our situation. someone really like you and me, not an admirals son and grandson who would have been kicked out of the academy if not for his 'connections'.

Posted by: priceisright | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

"All these white GOP guys saying you'll vote for Obama, just wait til you hear Michelle Obama's rant. Remember how many demagogues in history were cunning?

The Obamas play nice in front of you and win you over, but if you'd been sitting in that church of theirs where they were members for the past 20 years, you would have been uncomfortable. I guess him winning would be the ultimate way to give it to "The Man."

Posted by: Wilson | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM"

I am white, I listen to Rush Limbaugh sometimes but I am not a Republican. I have read the communist manifesto, yet I am not a Communist. I attend a Lutheran church, yet I am a Buddhist. I have listened to Malcolm X, yet I am not a Black Panther. I have heard the translated speeches of Adolph Hitler, yet I am no nazi.

What is the point of this- Do not judge the character of a person based on the information they choose to expose themselves to. I listen to all perspectives and all ideologies because honestly it is better to know your enemy than to sink your head in the sand. Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it. Look at the last 8 years for the reality of that statement.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Syntax...
Diction...

You've impressed me yet again,RATM, with your use of SAT words. In case you've never heard of it, the SAT is a standardized test that American teens take in their junior year of high school.

Posted by: NYer for Obama | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I know that idiots exist everywhere but judging by the majority of previous comments one could come to the conclusion that America has more than it's share.

Posted by: Outsidelookingin | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Hype and bs... people enjoy being sold... it's all psychological

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

beth, oh beth. how flawed your logic is! utopian socialism is a redundant statement!

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

What?

So you mean to say EVERYONE that doesn't vote for Obama is a Racist?

That's the most ridiculous thing I've read in almost 2 minutes from an Obama supporter.

Obama the American LACKS THE QUALIFICATION TO BE PRESIDENT. PERIOD.

If you don't see that, you're blind.

I say people that "close their eyes" after seeing the skin color of a candidate and pick an unqualified, crook of a politician with criminal connections is the TRUE RACIST!!

2008 - Don't vote by color. Vote by what makes SENSE!!! Stop trying to blame the actions of the entire (mostly democratic) Congress and President for the past years on Mr. John McCain. You are insulting a proven public servant to our country!!!

America is capable of change, yes it's true, it's written into our constitution! - that soldiers are dying in the name of even this week!!

Don't insult your fellow Americans in order to push a non-qualified presidential candidate, it will only lead to EVERYONE feeling very bad in the end.

Posted by: Heidi | August 29, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE RIGHT WING POSTS, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THEY ARE LARGELY BASED ON NONSENSICAL THINGS, LIKE "OH I DON'T LIKE MICHELLE'S LOOK" OR "SOCIALISM" OR "OBAMA IS OSAMA" OR JUST SUCH OTHER SILLY NAME CALLING AND OTHER CHILDISH TACTICS. IT'S LIKE KINDERGARTEN.

THAT'S WHY THEY THINK DUBYA WITH HIS HIGH IQ IS THEIR BIGGEST HERO.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Barack got elected to Illinois state Senate in 1996, that's 12 years ago.

I wonder how come someone coming from an unprivileged and challenging background is getting so much criticism and facing so much cynicism.

Time will tell, I guess arguments are only points of view and hindsight is 20/20. I would only say to people to keep an open mind and look back in a year or two and reflect back on their hopes and fears that they feel today. What will happen in the next few years will clarify who Obama and Mccain were/are. I also wonder what does it say say about us. Is that fair?

Just look back and reflect on what you are taking as reality today and see how close or far you were from the mark, don't forget.

Posted by: Farooq | August 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain had his chance 8 years ago. If McCain would have won the Republican nomination in 2000 I think we would have been FAR better off than we are now, no question. McCain 8 years ago WAS the Maverick. Now he is falling in line with the Bush cronies and letting lobbyists run the show, going further to the right everyday. He is flopping on issues he once stood for so his own party will back him. McCain's time passed when he let Carl Rove's underhanded tactics get the best of him during the primaries for the 2000 elections. One could possibly blame our Bush-caused troubles on the fact that McCain couldn't stop the Boy Wonder before he really mucked things up. I can't forgive him for that.

Posted by: Phil | August 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

As an older American woman who has watched this country slip away from all that we once stood for, watching Barak Obama tonight was like breathing hope.
This man is articulate, intelligent, and not afraid to be that way. He doesn't depend on the the "good ol' boy" image. Every time Bush has opened his mouth in a foreign setting to others from different countries, I cringe. Obama has the knowledge and grace needed to act as our country's leading example of American diplomacy. Aren't our presidents supposed to mirror the best of what we are?
For weeks and months people have criticized Obama for being too soft on the GOP. Now, when he clearly uses his strength and courage to answer their questions, he gets hammered.
Obviously, Obama could not or should not answer each one of our questions and concerns in this one speech. That's absurd!
Most important, he has energized our youth, and has involved them in the one thing that sets us apart from other countries: participatory democracy, carried out in the privacy of the voting booth. Hope lives!

Posted by: Carolyn | August 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

An effective acceptance speech -- sober and to the point. No American President can solve all our problems in a system run by the corporations. But a good one can make a difference, and Obama has once again shown that he has the savvy, talent and heart to be that person.

Posted by: Tom | August 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM
I guess he is not putting himself in my shoes as a Hispanic.

Posted by: Francisco | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

As always, Obama is an inspirational figure and the captivating speaker. He knows which words will move the people and what events will capture the imagination. Personally, I liked how he eloquently convinced his audience that he was all for change and through everyone's effort, America can become a better place. He stated his view points all major issued and threw out rebuttals against the McCain's campaign.
Here are the 2 major things I didn't like:
We all know he is all for equality for all, including homosexuals. He has stated, while running for president and while he was just a senator, that he believes that everyone should be treated equally and yet he has stated he opposes gay marriage in 2006. After this, he has the guts to say "I'm civil unity and gay rights". How can deny gay marriage and in the same breath say he wants equality for homosexuals?
Energy efficiency and completely oil independence from the middle east within 10 years? Is he kidding?! American is the largest importers of oil and an estimated 96% of our transportation runs on it. He wants to be compeletely dependent of America's reserve? Especially when we own less than 6% of the world's reserve?!?! Energy efficient cars are great, but they are still expensive and no matter how much you lower the price, it's not going to be cheaper than buying a fuel dependent car. Many can't afford buy hybrids with almost 60% of the oil reserve located in the middle east, it's going to take more than 10 years to accomplish this. While the plan is great, realistically, it's impossible.

However, despite my criticism of his points, the delivery of the speech was perfect. I completely agree with everything else he stated, better and affordable education, tax cuts to the working people, block loop holes in the tax cut for big corporations, and bringing our soldiers home. He has visions for the future that McCain doesn't have. While not all of his promises will be fulfilled while he is in office, I believe WHEN he gets there, he will lay down the foundation for change and progress.

GO OBAMA!

Posted by: ^.^ | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Great points, not as smart as you !

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

i took 2 grad classes in the 80's (im old too) to a self-prescribed socialist...utopian socialism he called it...3 things needed to happen before its institution in America
1. reeducate (check)
2. get the guns from the citizenry (sorry)
3. control the federal government (close)

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Syntax...
Diction...

You've impressed me with SAT words again, RATM. In case you aren't familiar with it, the SAT is a standardized test that American teens take in their junior year of high school. But I doubt that you got that far. And I doubt that you can define those word either.

O-B 08

Posted by: NYer for Obama | August 29, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama is not the most gifted politician. He hasn't won anything yet except the nomination. Ronald Reagan won two terms in landslide victories. Watch Obama lose it all like the other loser democratic nominees (Kerry, Gore, Dukakis, etc.) Let's see him get crushed at another debate with McCain, like he did at the Saddleback debate. Let's make him president because he's good at delivering a speech that someone wrote for him.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Good speech,good charisma,well delivered.The task of a good orator is to convince or persuade whether with false or sound arguments. Most of his arguments were
fabricated and fallacies.He promissed more that any president can deliver.Only superficial minds will believe in what he said.Oh, Yes! the 4th of July type of show was good and, of course, 140 hated corporations were paying for it.The rich Democrats were also at hand, the Soros, the Kennedys, the movie stars. Obama,the phantom of the opera.What a show!No,no,no,is no matter of his tan, but of his ideas,connexions,the Rangers,Serranos,the agents of the left,all those "socialists" praying for him to get elected president of the nation they want to destroy.

Posted by: Adolfo | August 29, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Socialists have nothing better to do than to lurk around forums and web pages...but still more effective than the U.S. government. can we all agree?

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

What kind of dirty tricks does Karl Rove have up his sleeve.

Whata guy Karl is.

A real shining star.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Reminder: I didn't have time to give fancy speeches when I was a POW. Ty.

Posted by: John McCain | August 29, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

To the person who asked who's going to finance the $450 billion for alternative energy, I answer that it will be financed by the same entity that financed George W. Bush's trillion-dollar Iraq adventure.

You Republicans are all in favor of borrowing money to fight a war -- any war -- but when it comes to building something, you fall curiously silent. Don't call it the Republican Party, call it the Death Party.

Posted by: Fightin' Democrat | August 29, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

"And what experience are you referring to, exactly? Obama is good at leading people on, but that's about it. LOL!"

You are free to leave the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Racism exists and it is the reason Obama won't be elected, my guess is it will sway the election by about 5%. Close election it will make the difference. I don't like Obamas positions (would never vote for a dem)but I don't dislike him... I don't like Michelle.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

You conservatives speak as if socialism is a bad thing. Taxes pay for fire departments, roads, emergency rooms, police, and public education. If it were left up to the Liberarians and neo-cons, we'd be living in a post-apocolyptic nightmare with Mel Gibson and his fanatic Christian freaky friends, with machine guns at the ready. Hospitals should provide healthcare, not profits. When human beings are treated with dignity, and know that healthcare, education, safe working conditions, and unpolluted food and water are human rights, then they stop losing their minds and shooting each other, and throwing everyone in jail, like we do here in the states.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama promised us a future. That is a hope well need. I liked the speech and his questioning of the Republicans ability to change and do the same. Its rather obvious their way is not working.
He did not tell the people ONE thing that is rather evident but necessary tho

UNLESS Democrats get a full majority in both houses, and/or the presidency, we will see the same blockage of all legislation and another Congress that is crippled.

Posted by: Lou Dubin | August 29, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous - I can see why you're anonymous for your insight is flawed. Just going off to war doesn't necessarily make you a hero. People go off to war for various reasons and, depending, they may be tested severely for those reasons. Joining the military to have your college education paid for is hardly heroic. It is a disgrace that our system is so flawed that scholarships are used to entice people into the military and withheld in other sectors making it unbelievably challenging for so many to get a university education. A hero is anyone who has courage (even if scared) to do the right thing....hence the anomoly of kids, housewives, dogs, and yes, men who speak out against morally wrong, genocidal wars may actually be heros while some soldiers may be anything but....notwithstanding they crashed a plane or were wounded. The point I'm trying to make is that there is a higher standard for "hero" than merely going off to war. I'd like to see more heros doing their homework and using some intelligence to figure out if what they are doing is morally right. Too many leave their brains behind when it comes to the military and when it comes to church. The "good" soldier never questions and the "good" follower never questions. No wonder we are plagued by religious wars...they make for quite a marriage....untold stupidity under the guise of "faith". Right. Look at Vietman and the lie of the Tonklin Gulf. Let's face it, our government lies. Our country is dysfunctional. Wake up and start using your brains and hearts. Stop putting all your faith in leaders. It is time for the sheep to kick it in the ass and finally take responsibility to become individuals. Now that would be real change and that is the change Obama is talking about. Of course the man can't do it all himself. Stop waving your petty flags and become real heros. Live the talk. Use your minds and hearts to make our huge nation a reality where we can agree to disagree and help ourselves and each other to actualize our deepest dreams. The flag is just colored cloth. But that flag is you and me and More: it is our call to act with courage and regard and respect. Deep respect for the sacrifices from before and deep respect for each other now.There is nothing petty in that. Not now. Not ever. For the flag is a call for us to become country. It is a call for us to become heros. Wake up little sheep. Wake up....

Posted by: Kathy Phoenix | August 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Its going to be an Obama and a Biden knockout punch on Nov. 4, 2008 because they and all of us that "Get It" as Bill Clinton said are on the right side of history.

Posted by: chill | August 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

wow, Nyer for Obama. I'm really impressed with your syntax and diction. you must be a college grad...

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Sad, very sad, on such a historic day and such an important election, that people can't be more reasonable.
Is this the America you want?

Posted by: Larry | August 29, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I would like to think that Obama is running on the issues and not running against Bush. LOL

Posted by: chris c | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Biden's son has been a lobbyist for the credit card industry.

Posted by: l | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

I think you all are on to something. Obama is really all about Obama. I remember seeing and reading about the prayer he left in the sacred wall in Israel. No where in that prayer does he pray for the safety and security of America and the World. Seems like a natural thing that any aspiring president would do. Instead he prays for his pride and despair. What an egomaniac! That's what made me think twice about him and that's why we need McCain's level of commitment to country!

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

ratm...just luuuuuuuuv your brother....youll find out!

Posted by: beth | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

'i've got a headache,...and the only prescription is..socialism'

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous,
Are you still 20 and stupid, or did you just stop evolving?

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN = OSAMA BIDEN

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

LOL.. dumb people.

So yes you can spell socialism, but I'll bet dollars to yen that you didn't learn what it means in whatever second-rate GED class you took. You would know a good thing if it up and slapped its black hand in your face.

This is the man we need, and the fact that he has no Washington experience is refreshing when you look at the idiots who do.

OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!!!

Posted by: NYer for Obama | August 29, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

"And what experience are you referring to, exactly? Obama is good at leading people on, but that's about it. LOL!"

You are free to leave the country.

Posted by: AMERICA CALLING | August 29, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh and how about that "Contemptuous Look" from Michele Obama... Are you ready for 4 years of that?

Is she going to go to schools with little children and scorn them for not thinking like she does?

Checkout this video to see the treatment little tykes get when they don't agree to Ruler Obama's ways:
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/07/obama-america-is-no-longer-what-it-once-was/

Posted by: Gillian | August 29, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

”We need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past."

--Obama

This statement clearly crystallize the difference between the two candidate—Future vs Past.

Posted by: The Future vs Past | August 29, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Maybe after 'O' has sucked this country dry you 'LIBS' will pull your heads out of your toilets.
Later.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Do you want the USA to be ruled by big, rich companies? Their biggest goal is to maximize profits. They will send all the jobs overseas where people will work for them for pennies. Your jobs will be gone.

The country will not be communism. RICH COMPANIES WILL RULE YOU, OWN YOU, SPIT YOU OUT, AND GIVE YOUR MONEY TO FOREIGNERS.

AND THEY NEED OIL SO THEY WILL BUY FROM SAUDI ARABIA, THE BIGGEST FUNDER OF BIN LADIN. YOU WILL THEN REALLY BE RULED BY BIN LADIN, BY LETTING THE BIG RICH REPUBLICAN COMPANIES RUN YOUR COUNTRY!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

actually, jh. I'm not fatally confused. you can't confuse dying. cmon, everyone knows that...

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was an awesome speech; but, then again, I've been in the tank for Obama for awhile now. Because my life depends on it.

You see, I'm a bone marrow transplant survivor. I get health insurance through my wife; I lost my own insurance almost two years ago when I "capped out". (Guess that means I'm worth at least $1 million now.) If McCain wins, and if anything ever happened to my wife or her job, I'd be screwed. I probably would die without insurance. I wouldn't be able to afford any more treatments or medications.

I believe Obama when he says he's going to try to reform our health care system. Can he do it? I don't know. Bill and Hillary couldn't. But, for crying out loud, give the man a chance! At least he wants to TRY. McCain represents the status quo, and we all know that is NOT good enough right now!

SI SE PUEDE!

Posted by: Justin | August 29, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

communist eh..socialist hmm...and where exactly was president Bush on 8/8/08...China...I think it still is a communist country, unless Prez Bush looked into their eyes and saw their soul. (I say President only because I respect the office...event though the name I put after that does diminish that a bit na.)

Posted by: ashupasu | August 29, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

read up on your history. socialism works.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Karl Rove will do now.

OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA.

Posted by: Greg | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

This was a stunningly substantive, intelligent and powerful speech from a rare candidate for this office. It's interesting to see how many of the commenters in this list who don't agree with or approve of the content of Obama's speech are only capable of resorting to name-calling or overworked cliches and stereotypes to try to put down Obama and his supporters. It's becoming so sadly apparent, this threadbare strategy of attempting to resort to humiliation or even slander as one's only recourse when faced with facts and a better argument, that it doesn't even get me riled any more - it just seems kind of sad...

Posted by: billvb | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

"And what experience are you referring to, exactly? Obama is good at leading people on, but that's about it. LOL!"

You are free to leave the country jackass.

Posted by: AMERICA CALLING | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

When I think about what I heard tonight and contrast it to Bush, I actually feel like retching.

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

I am puzzled at how Sen Obama can deliver on the *meaty* items in the acceptance speech. Especially as to how he is going to retool American automotive industry and make the cars they produce affordable. Who is going to finance the 450 billion for alternative energy, the Chinese?

I was happy to see that his white mother and grandparents took center stage tonight but was confused as their being portrayed as working class. Doesn't his grandmother have a sister who is a professor of statistics and a brother who is a scientist? Wasn't his grandfather a graduate of CAL (UC Berkeley)

I find Sen Obama charming and his daughters adorable. Even admire his wife who navigates her road admirably. I just don't get how a man with so few accomplishments of substance (other than 2 self promoting books and a startling run for the presidential nomination) can believe he is qualified to be president . I think people will be emotionally taken by his speech but after awhile will wonder if they have been snookered.

Posted by: not as smart as you | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

why don't all Obama haters really own up to the real reason why they would never vote for him? because they're racist. simple as that. there's a certain percentage of this country of ours that will NEVER vote for Obama, and no policy, speech, debate will ever change their minds.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

My "wow" momment was after the Saddleback Forum, I was amazed how much better McCain was than Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

RATM, you really...no, I mean really are funny. And so is socialism.
did I mention you are fatally confused ?

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

A fancy suit with a great sales pitch. If he can't make '08. GM and Ford can use him to convince American sheep into Cadillac and Lincoln SUVs again...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the most gifted politician I have ever seen.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

i don't read other people's comments. i only impose my 'beliefs' by incessantly repeating this word: i'm soooo socialist, that, i don't even know how social i am.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that one nescient republican activist is hard at work tonight hitting up each and every "Comment" box. But newly electrified citizens and voters, do not be worried, soon American Idol will be back on and he'll be back to work calling in votes for the falsetto-ed expressions of a young teenage boy.

Posted by: Erica | August 29, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

great speech...
i like obama for his understanding of the power of education, it needs to start early.
no matter your political ideals we should realize that this country faces a problem where we are no longer producing engineers/scientists/doctors to the degrees we have been known for.
we live in a country where 'acting' educated is shunned and we prefer to make a buck w/o ever participating in discussions of ethics and goals as a society.

i grew up poor and had to fight off the temptations of gang culture and make it out of the barrio to go to school and i've seen the difference.
i believe in the importance of restructuring education and updating our methods. the world youth live in now is technologically different and we need to prepare them.

i trust obama understands the problems and has the intelligence to handpick a team of only the best to tackle them with novel solutions.

america must become what it is meant to be in this growing and entwined world of information, economies, and people.

americans are...
native, european, african, asian, and latino in all possible mixes that can result in this large landmass of complex histories for many people from all over the world.

i'd love to see many of us begin to accept ourselves for what we are and what we can be.

Posted by: francisco | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Seek this out and repost it...

Posted by: Russ | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

JFK was not a good president and his lack of experience showed with the bay of pigs, just because he was assassinated does not make him a great president

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

At the end of Obama speech, I could only master “Wow”. This was an extraordinary speech at an extraordinary space by an extraordinary speaker. Everything that could have gone right went right; the weather cooperated, the stage, the specificity of his plans (tax cuts to 95% of Americans, healthcare, national security, etc0, the fact that he took the fight to McCain and putting everything in a context-- Republicans owning their failure. It crystallized both the bigger theme and specific plans of Obama administration. This speech was not written by professional speech writers, who poll and test every word and phrase, this was Obama’s own speech. It was written and delivered by Obama. This one is for the history.

Posted by: Out of the Ballpark—Homerun, indeed | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I get a kick out of all the 'open-minded' thinkers who write comments in this section. They wouldn't admit that either Obamma or McCain had a good idea if they tripped and fell over it. Socialism??? What planet are you from...

No wonder our politics are so polarizing in the US. Just read these comments.

Some day common sense, common ground for the common good may become common place, but not on this blog..

Posted by: rmk3551 Yakima,WA | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Is that the death-rattle of the neocons I'm hearing (reading) here? You betcha!

How did Senator Obama do, Chris?

WOW... (the clear alternative to nuthin' to offer US but "POW").

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

wonderful article.. Obama proved pundits and critics alike wrong again. Nice to see them admit it.
As for who to vote for? It doesn't take a brain surgeon to see how pathetic the republicans have been and their nominee affirms the joke; Mcain is on his last leg.

Posted by: ukeman | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

RATM,
Do you socialist sit around all day in big groups and sing CUM-BAY-YAH?
I bet you feel real good doing this, right?
All the while the gov't is sucking you and your life dry !
Quite an existence !
Do any of you have anything for brains, or do you just write it off to MCD- that's mad cow disease.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me there are people out there for whom Bush is their biggest hero. It is also sad and also funny. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

i don't read other people's comments. i only impose my 'beliefs' by incessantly repeating this word: i'm soooo socialist, that, i don't even know how social i am.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't know who the boneheaded author of this article was referring to when he declared that Obama's speech "was among the most anticipated political events in modern memory." I know BS when I see it, and this speech tonight was full of it. He said he was going to pay teachers more. Last time I checked, the federal government didn't pay teachers, the states and the local school boards did. So there's a lie. He said he will get us out of Iraq "responsibly." I guess he changed his position to McCain's position. No more timetable set in stone? Only morons would follow such nonsense without question.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

He is the next Jimmy Carter.

Spend some time in the Senate or whatever and think about running when you have accomplished something real.

Posted by: Realist | August 29, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

While not as powerful, to me, as Biden's speech, it definately was not the "all style, no substance" that the McBush fans thought it would be. Moving, powerful, and direct. Very impressive.

McCain should be happy. He'll have plenty of time in December to hunt of that 11th mansion he's been wanting.

Posted by: Matthew | August 29, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

All these white GOP guys saying you'll vote for Obama, just wait til you hear Michelle Obama's rant. Remember how many demagogues in history were cunning?

The Obamas play nice in front of you and win you over, but if you'd been sitting in that church of theirs where they were members for the past 20 years, you would have been uncomfortable. I guess him winning would be the ultimate way to give it to "The Man."

Posted by: Wilson | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Get Ready wrote: "Liberals control all three branches of government = perfect recipe for communism... we can kiss the ol' constitution goodbye"

Why this sudden interest in the Constitution? It hasn't seemed to be a big concern for Republicans these last eight years of spying on Americans, locking them up without access to the courts, bypassing the Constitution to intrude in the Terry Schaivo case . . . I mean, when even Republican judges say you are violating the Constitution, I think you've lost the moral credibility to talk about defending the Constitution. Hypocrite.

Democrats have often been in charge of all three branches, and won WWII as such, and established containment of Communism as such. And yet we remained, until this recent period of Republican rule, the strongest market-based democracy in the world. On the other hand, even a few years of Republicans in charge of all three branches has resulted in clear, self-evident failure in almost every sphere of endeavor, from war to Katrina to the economy.

Posted by: drossless | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

He delivers a lively speech with a teleprompter and he promises everything to everybody, but that does not mean that the sick will suddenly rise up or the blind will suddenly see. However the gullible will surely follow.

Posted by: J. | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

How I hate Obama's speech and how I loved Bill Clinton's last night. Obama talked about his mother dying of cancer as if he was talking about interesting academic subject. He showed exactly as much emotion in talking about his mother dying as he did when he talked about the waitress working for the minimum wage. And how is he going to pay for all his programs? Obama sucks! Things are bad now but they will get worse with Obama. I will vote for McCain because I can't stand the BS that Obama was dishing out tonight.

Posted by: SMAN | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

look at me, I'm being Socialist.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was not quite as good as Hillary's, but it was still very good. The Republicans should be ashamed of what they have done to this country. Instead, they have the arrogance to ask for four more years.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama... I've liked this guy from the start because he believes in what America COULD be. I just hope, when he's president, he doesn't fall under the weight of an obstinate, cynical world. God Bless America.

Posted by: Sher | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

True i think 5-10% won't vote for Obama because he's black. Also there are people who don't want to see a black first lady and will not vote for him because of his wife.. Obama is 8-12 too soon. I predict he will lose and pave the way for another black in the future

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Great post from someone worth repeating over and over:
How about a reality check (in other words stop chanting "It's Bush's fault):

In 2001 (Bush's first year) unleaded regular gas was $1.43 (Source DOE.GOV... for those in Rio Linda, that would be Dept. of Energy).

By 2006, with a REPUBLICAN congress it had risen to $2.22, for a grand total of 79 cents.

With the DEMOCRAT lead congress, the $2.22 went up to $4.00 over the next 2 years, for a total rise of $1.78.

Now let's try some basic math.

REPUBLICAN congress 79 cents divide by 6 = 13 cents/year.

DEMOCRAT congress $1.78 divide by 2
= 89 cents/year.

And yet some how the gas price was BUSH'S fault?

With math like that no wonder Barack's story adds up for you.

Posted by: Errol | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Look at the only item on Obama's resume...community organizer in the South Side of Chicago. The South Side of Chicago was a rate hole under Democrat leadership for years. Obama enters as a community organizer. The South Side of Chicago is still a rat hole.
As Obama's chosen VP Biden said, "Obama is not ready to lead". We believe you.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

think about it: do you really know what Socialism is? if you do, then you know it is far superior to everything that this country represents.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

I watched Barack's speech before heading off to work (I'm from Maryland, but live overseas, so CNN was playing it at 9 am).

Barack Obama, much like Abraham Lincoln, is being criticized for his "lack of experience" (Lincoln served only a couple years in the House of Representatives before running for President).

He's being criticized, much like JFK, for being too young.

Sen. Obama is older than JFK was when he ran for office, he's older than Bill Clinton was when he ran in 1992, he's got more experience than Lincoln did.

His speech was very good, although it's true that he won't be able to accomplish all the things he would like, even in two terms. But if you don't aim high, you won't accomplish anything. I was really impressed with his speech, and his pick of Joe Biden, a very smart, and knowledgeable Senator.

It will be nice to finally have a President that I honestly feel is smarter, more worldly, and better educated than I am. With Bush, or McCain, it's almost embarrassing, because they are both intellectual lightweights. McCain is not a bad person - but he's wrong too many issues, and has marched too much in lock-step with Bush (and has promised to appoint Supreme Court judges who are against choice, and McCain supports changing the Constitution just to strip rights from gays, and by his own admission, McCain knows little and cares less about economics).

Living overseas, it would be nice to say with pride, and without seeing the pity on others' face, that I'm an American.

I spent four years in the 101st ABN DIV as a soldier, out of love of country, and I really would love to see America on the path to greatness again - a leader not only in how great our military hardware is, not only measured in GDP, but a moral leader, and a symbol of freedom. We were once, and can be again.

Posted by: Kirk Davis | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Full of platitudes

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

How come Hillary Clinton had someone else speak as the host during her entire warm-up video? I'll tell you why, because it was believable and good.


Did Barack follow suite? No. Instead, his warmup video was mostly hosted by himself. So there was a speech before the speech! How lovely! Maybe we could have THREE OR FOUR repetitive Obama speeches in a row!!!

Here's a question, Obama's Grandma "won't travel", but this is the 21st century, HOW COME SHE HAS NOT SPOKE ON CAMERA? HOW COME WE HAVE NEVER SEEN HER ON CAMERA? DOES SHE EXIST? DOES SHE ENDORSE OBAMA, OR MCCAIN? DID SHE GET RUN-OVER BY A BUS?

Wow. Barack's Autobiographies are so real I could faint.

Where is this man's past? Did it get shredded?

Posted by: Phil | August 29, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Heck no Anonomous...OHussein will be sending in our troops to help em!
obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

The people who dismiss Obama's lack of experience clearly have no idea what "community organizing" is. That is the activity where people actually go out into their neighborhoods to help real people achieve real goals, like finding money for community centers, health clinics, churches, etc. He had to navigate the politics of Chicago, which is probably tougher than shepherding a bill through Congress. Obama got more relevant experience working as a community organizer than he did in the Senate. He has abundant experience in actually changing people's lives. So don't give me the lines about Obama lacking experience. The key question is, WHAT EXPERIENCE? And Obama has the kind of experience that actually gets things done. McCain has accomplished a lot in the Senate (I won't deny that), but that kind of experience is far removed from the kind of changes people are looking for in their lives.

Posted by: Adam | August 29, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

RATM,
you're so right...socialism isn't funny.
But it's the BO M-O.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

i'm actually an American. American Socialist, that is.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Nonsensical arguments and baseless cries of "communism" are signs of desperation. Buys no credibility.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

what begins with an 's' and ends with an 'ism?'


SOCIALISM.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Lenin and RATM...like i posted earlier...dumb-downed America, she's ready!
obama bin biden 08! and forever more!

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

RATM,
You're really sounding scary with that socialism.
Go back to Canada, Germany, France or whatever socialist state you came from.
'O's' socialism is not the answer.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Many liars on hear.. a die hard republican would never vote for this liberla empty suit... so just stop lying

Posted by: Tim | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

jh, socialism isn't funny.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Matt B- So agree! Another Neville Chamberlain. Could you imagine if Putin and his boys roll over Eastern Europe?! Will Obama pick up the phone at 3AM..?

Appeaser-to-Be

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I believe this is another chance for America to get it right. But, a lot of people are afraid to be honest and say that they don't want a black person as our president, and instead say things like "I just have a strange feeling about him", etc. etc. etc. This is a great opportunity for America to vote for a terrific team for a change... Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

You right winged fascists need to figure this out. We don't want your candidate for America. McCain is not going to fix America he will RUIN US!! You could try taking a chance and voting for someone who might make our world and living a bit more peaceful instead of fearful-- like it has been the past eight years with Bush.Remember our lives before September 11th and the color codes or terrorist levels?? McCain is more of a war monger then Bush, this is frightening to me. Frankly I don't want any more wars I want to see our leaders TALK with others not INVADE.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

socialism = solution.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

RATM,
you are funny.
Socialism is not what we need, BUT WHAT WE'LL GET WITH BARRY 'O'.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I really loved Jon Moss and coke I might add

Posted by: Boy George | August 29, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Socialists unite!

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

This is the best opportunity for America to get it right. Don't read or listen to those false things that are going around on the internet about Obama. He is our best choice for president, and the team of Obama and Biden is what America needs now... a change for the better, not more of the same stuff!

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Too many people seem to get lost in the novelties & superficial things presented both by the candidates and media critics.

Having a first Black presidential nominee or President is irrelevant. Having the nominee connect to you on a personal, warm-hearted note is irrelevant. Making all sorts of fantastic promises, invoking emotions with carefully worded statements doesn't achieve the "change" he vouches to bring.

What really matters is a candidate who can be effective in office and make the right choices for the nation to keep us as prosperous and safe as he/she can within his/her power.

Obama certainly can give a speech, but under those words theres no certainty in what is actually brung to the table. We need a man with a plan.

Posted by: Dave | August 29, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

It's very clear that Obama is an idea of the Kennedys! He couldn't carry on the Clinton baton because of Hillary. Why was Caroline in charge of his search committee? The Kennedys are using Obama as some tool to perpetuate something they lost a long time ago and something that Ted could never live up to. Shame on him for dissing Carter in 80. Guess it's just in his nature.

Posted by: Brandon | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

"We need Change!"

We need this same old politician to change from promises to proven action, and details, and but-kicking debates!!

We need Change alright, change from listening to this partisan fight to elect a non-qualified candidate.

There will be a __fill in the blank___ president of America!!! This is America yes there will be!!!

Whoever the person is though, must have proven it with a LIFETIME OF SERVICE.

Barack Obama is Not the One.

Posted by: Chris | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

socialism is the answer.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Several people from his past in Chicago and Illinois spoke in strong support of Barrack during the course of the convention... You see and hear what you want.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Vladmir Putin's claim that Americans trigerred the war in Georgia may sound far fetched.

But if we look at the past credentials of Bush Government, It is very much possible that Bush actually did that to help Mccain in the election. One more underhand republican tactic at the expense of lives of ordinary Americans

Posted by: Dubya started war to help Mccain ? | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

As a 64 yr old Republican veteran who has never voted for a Democrat, I have to say Obama gets my vote. McCain hasn't done squat for veterans, or the middle class. McCain referred to lobbyists as birds of prey swooping in for the spoils, yet his campaign is run by lobbyists. If you take the time to check his record he's no friend of the common man. 5 years as a pow qualifies him for respect, not the presidency.

Posted by: stbdtac | August 29, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

After eight years of Bush, it will be nice to have a president for whom English is not a second language.

Posted by: drossless | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

While I respect John McCain and what he has given to this country, he is a bad choice for president at this time. Maybe some other time, but not this time. Obama is the best choice.

Posted by: Rusty Bloods | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm a typical die-hard republican. After listening to Obama tonight, i have decided to own up to our years of mistakes. The facts are there,we have deceived Americans for years. The time for change has come. I love this country more than any political party....It's time for us to take responsibilities for our gruesome actions for the past eight years and give CHANGE a chance.Mr. MCcain, it is unfortunate that you became the GOP nominee at a time as this, your are a good man, but Americans can't wait any longer. A movement has just started!.

Posted by: Giftology | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Communism is the way of the future

Posted by: Lenin | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

socialism is the answer.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Keep squawking. Keep grasping at the past. You're going to be mowed over this fall, and some mending will be done to the tarring and feathering Bush-McCain thinking has done to America over the past 8 years. You can mutter and complain all you want, as you enjoy your slowly improving lives.

Posted by: heyrey | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

We witnessed history being made tonight, folks, and in this election the Democrats are on the right side of history.

I don't really need to say it...I think we all know it: Obama and Biden will win this election.

Posted by: We are a better country than this | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Notice that no conservative anti-Obamist has mentioned anything positive about the entire middle class. We're all a bunch of whiney freeloaders, or a bunch of paid supporters. I know of no positive thing since the 1880's that a Republican president has done for the middle class. Social Security? That was the dems. Unions? Dems. Environmental regulations, safety in the workplace regulations, recall legislation for dangerous products, civil rights legislation, and the list goes on and on and on. You do not convince. You will lose the White House, and yes, things will change this time.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

They also said Bill Clinton wasn't ready to lead, yet his presidency was, to understate it, a lot better than George W. Bush's has been. I know that I was financially better off with Clinton. We were at peace also. Now we are at war. Bush's governorship was irrelevant. Yet he wasn't critiqued on this.

It boils down to WHO HAS THE SMARTS. Who has the youth and energy and won't be in danger of developing Alzheimer's in office.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

*I don't agree with everything Obama says, but it is obvious he is a smart, experienced leader and will make an excellent president.*

And what experience are you referring to, exactly? Obama is good at leading people on, but that's about it. LOL!

Posted by: Puddytat | August 29, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Heidi,
You admitted you just began following the race.
Don't make your choice after just one night of politics...one speech, exceptionally delivered, but equally hollow.
Check the facts.
Inspiration and hope only gets you so far.
I want results and he has NEVER delivered them - at least not as a US Senator.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

I won't take a single speech and make a measure of a man, especially someone who wants to be the most powerful leader of the free world. I prefer, to measure a man by his words, his deeds and his abilities and examine that in light of the position he is applying for.

The words of Obama tell me he leans towards the ways of Socialist and Marxist thought (read his books); that he will meet with dictators without precondition (think Neville Chamberlin and Hitler); that he wants to save the environment from global warming but refuses to protect the sanctity of a human life, even supporting partial birth abortion.

The deeds of Obama tell me he is someone who hates America as it exists today (think Saul Alinsky); that he associates with known terrorists (William Ayers - who launched his political carerr in his home and served with him on a board); that he has never run anything but a campaign; that he has never served in the military; that he does not understand military strategy; that he does not support capitalism; that he believes wealth is to be redistributed (think steal from everyone and give to all according to his need).

The primary role of the President of the United States is the role of Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces (think George Washington). Given Obama's proclivity towards laissez faire policies and desire to 'bring the troops home now' attitude, clearly demonstrates his lack of ability to fully comprehend the role of the US military in the world today. Like his almost political father, Jimmy Carter, Obama has made the mistake of presenting weakness as a strength, instead wanting to discuss human rights from a position of weakness (think of the Iran hostage crisis) and will only embolden terrorists and hostile nations (Russia - do you think it is a coincidence that Russia sees our annointed leader as weak and feels able to invade Georgia) (China - simply looking for an excuse to invade Taiwan) (Iran - simply waiting to invade Iraq) (North Korea - can't wait to sell nuclear arms to terrorists).

So no, I am not impressed with this young Senator, regardless of his speech.

Posted by: Matt B | August 29, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

socialism is what we need.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Wake up feeble minded sheep! Obama will not deliver nothing but well scripted speeches.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Whatcha talking about Obama?

Posted by: Gary Coleman | August 29, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Funny Brian everything you wrote actually fits senile McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

We witnessed history being made tonight, folks, and in this election the Democrats are on the right side of history.

I don't really need to say it...I think we all know it: Obama and Biden will win this election.

Posted by: We are a better country than this | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

As an Independent, I am trying to find a reason to take Obama seriously. His speech was very well done. Make no mistakes, the man can inspire and motivate others, but what motivates Obama? Is it to serve his community, state or now his country? Obama has had ample opportunity to accomplish something meaningful at every level of office he has served, yet what has he accomplished as a Congressman besides becoming a Congressman and voting present. He has put self interest and self promotion before service in his current office. How can anyone trust his decisions which will bring “change” when his track record simply shows “present?

Posted by: Independent | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

socialism is what we need.

Posted by: RATM | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

*I just gave the Obama campaign another $25. I imagine I'm not alone*

You certainly won't be alone if Obama is elected. He'll be getting money through higher taxes on working people, and killing economic expansion by raising the capital gains tax, then send that money to Africa and here on all the po' folk. You shoulda hung on to that twenty-five bucks, friend. If Bam-Bam gets elected, you're gonna need every cent you can get.

Posted by: Puddytat | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Well spoken. Appropriate content. Relevant to the American people. The man is a very credible candidate, and I hope he wins. He has a more positive vision for America that the detractor party, that can only seem to throw rocks, and distort reality. What I saw tonight was populism, versus celebrity. It's a great contrast between a rising star, and a falling angel.

Posted by: Jill Again | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Why do y'all compare Obama to Dr. King? Dr. King was the ultimate patriot. Obama seems to me to be some opportunist who likes the attention because people like Oprah give it to him. Lincoln and MLK should never be compared to the likes of Obama. People those two figures actually did something! Obama aint done a damn thing but run for White House bcus he gave a thunderous speech in 04.

Posted by: Jenkins in NC | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

In response to Karin, above, I am a white, middle-class American age 62. Although I had nothing against Hillary, I have been an Obama supporter ever since I heard him speak during the 2004 Democratic convention. I knew then that he would one day run for president.
Tonight, once again, I thought he gave an amazing speech -- inspiring but meaty, serious yet laced with humor, lofty yet appealing to the common man (and woman).
Why do the Republicans like to disparage great oratory? Would we remember Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy the way we do if it were not for their memorable lines and heroic thoughts? I just hope the country shows it deserves someone with Obama's intelligence and leadership ability by voting for him in November.

Posted by: Ann Strosnider | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Well this has been an interesting waste of time- A bunch of people of varying political affiliations inspired to work together to discuss ideas to solve the pressing problems of the nation by a great speech, only to be verbally belittled, mocked, interrupted and dismissed my a bunch of Republicans. Hummmmmmm. I wonder why so many people are turned off by politics. I find this generation of Republicans to be the most divisive group within this nation at the moment. It is very hard for me to keep in mind that they are the party of Lincoln, the great unifier. How have you strayed so far from your roots. This country needs unity now not division, yet you continue to divide. Please stop this for the sake of your country. If you can not say something nice, constructive, helpful or respectful, please refrain from saying anything at all. That is just good manners. Please learn some!

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Liberals control all three branches of government = perfect recipe for communism...
we can kiss the ol' constitution goodbye...raise your banners then dems, and say it could never have happened.
p.s. it never ceases to amaze me how dems use God and help in the same sentence, abortion loving advocates that they are.

Posted by: Get Ready | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Tony Rezko
Bill Ayers
Jeremiah Wright
Louis Farrakhan
Michael Pfleger

'You can tell a man by the company he keeps" - the folk wisdom

Posted by: Obama Bin Biden | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

It is disheartening reading the vicious, nasty comments on here. If you don't like Obama, give specific reasons please, not lies and generalizations.

I watched his speech tonight. To me the most important thing was his pointing out that the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us. Hope, not fear.

I don't agree with everything Obama says, but it is obvious he is a smart, experienced leader and will make an excellent president.

Posted by: homer | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Great job!
Short and sweet with No personal attacks, I like clean politics....Fair and square game is something that we all miss now a days its refreshing air to see " Some instead of digging dirt is talking about issues.Comments on Cindy and J.M meeting are not funny, Its wrong to bring their personal life on this spot- How they met and why the met is nothing to do with his running for election, wish people keep posts to the point.Candidates should get respect as individuals, just like we all want to have our Pvt.life not become part of what we do for living.
Obama supporter.

Posted by: american soul | August 29, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I AM AN AMERICAN VOTER, AND I SAY OBAMA IS READY TO LEAD.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

To: "McCain's military experience is irrelevant."

Obama's 10 years of service to the great state of Chicago and Tony Rezko are irrelevant to any "change" and "hope" that he says he is such the bringer of.

Furthermore, Obama's connections to organized crime(Rezko and Kilpatrick to name two), American Terr0rists (Ayers), and racist-bigots for 20 years (Pastor Wright - even Oprah smartly stepped off of him with vigorousness years ago) are a testament to the kind of DIRTY, FILTHY POLITICS THAT HE REPRESENTS.

NICE HYPE OBAMA BIN BIDEN, TOO BAD IT COST AMERICANS NEARLY $500 MILLION DOLLARS!! THAT'S AT LEAST 2 1/2 YEARS OF CANCER RESEARCH!!

Now kindly exit stage left, and let the true servants of our way and our way of life FOR A LIFETIME do what needs to be done to make our country a better place!!

NO MORE AMERICAN IDOL FOR PRESIDENT!!! GIVE US SOMEONE WHO HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY FOR LIFE, HAS SHOWN IT, AND WILL PROVE IT FOR LIFE!!!

Posted by: Greeves | August 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Barack's speech was awesome and pushing the edge! making real history. Why do some think that Obama has slid thru his gov't tenure?? my friend, a hillary supporter truely beleives he has not sponsored "not one piece of legislation". All one need to do to see the work Obama has done is to go to Wikipedia and research him - he has sponsored 132 bills and co-sponsored 619 bills in his time since 2005. He is a virtual superman when it comes to proposing legislation. He is doing work! - lots of it - now it is just a matter of getting the rest of the rich guys & gals in office to come together and support this grassroots Love train to pull this economy and social structure up to the standards of Europe, etc., and heal the wounded of our country who have done everything from sign up for war to eating super-processed cheap foods just to survive. Face it, poor americans are starving in a myriad of ways and we need change! Let's hope the Love of the Barack movement can make it happen.

Posted by: Kim | August 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Shoshanna G.,
A candidate of his stature would have a record to rely on...you might call it a resume.
He has not resume outside of South Chicago,
and he surrounds himself with questionable
characters, at best.
LOOK AT THE FACTS and you'll find the true choice.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Rhetoric Rhetoric Rhetoric!! Tired of it. Barack Obama is same politician with a new rhetoric. This is what I learnt from his speech today.
1. Same old politics - On and on attacking his opponent - and no truth.
2. He asks not to question his patriotism but he is questioning John Mccain patriotism!! Ouch!!
3. Rhetoric but no substance to back up.
4. Inexperience
5. Hops from one decision to another. No clear policies and agenda.
6. says he is bipartisan but today he proved he is nothing but a democrat. He can never reach across Isle.
7. Lies about his voting record - example botched abortion vote.
8. Promising higher taxes.
9. Was against surge, was against funding our troups - now boasts that he has achieved something. He was not even a US senator when war started. he was a illinois senator and he says he voted against war!! - Lie
etc, etc.

Barack Obama sealed the deal. I am voting for John Mccain after this. I am independent and I cannot vote for an inexperienced, naive, lying, flip-flop, same old politician. We know what it means to elect an inexperience rhetoric president (George Bush) and do we do the same again to our country by electing Barack Obama. I say NO.

John Mccain has a record to back. He was agains bush policies many a times. He was for suge - thanks to him atleast we are thinking of getting our troups back and with victory.
These are dangerous times and I need a president whose decision I can beleive on.

Posted by: Brian | August 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse


A crowd of 80,000?

He had 250,000 in Berlin.

Obama is running for office in the wrong country.

Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse


"Obama is an idea."

Brandon, look up the word idea in the dictionary. Each definition looks pretty good to me. Ideas and acting upon them is what made this country. We need idea not sitting on our hands until they falls asleep to perform "the stranger" to trick us into thinking something is new.

The speech was great, I only listened to Obama's speech of the DNC because I was curious to see what he had to say. I definitely like the part of eliminated the capital gains tax for small business owners. He has good ideas and we should give him a chance to let action be taken on them.

Posted by: Heidi | August 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse



Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.


I get amazed, I can't look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I'm trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men.

I have sinned against you, my Lord.


I'm gonna be blunt and plain, if one ever looks at me like that I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died.


I'm knocking our pitiful, pathetic lawmakers. And I thank God that President Bush has stated, we need a Constitutional amendment that states that marriage is between a man and a woman.


I'm not knocking the poor homosexual, I'm not. They need salvation just like anybody else.

I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry.


I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm going to be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died.

WHERES MY DAMN DRUGS????
AND PORN???

Posted by: Jimmy Swaggart | August 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I just gave the Obama campaign another $25. I imagine I'm not alone.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Here is a question for everyone. During the 19 mo. that Sen. Obama has been running for president, I have not seen one individual from his past come forward to say he is ready to lead! During this convention, did we see any individuals from the State Legis of Ill. come forward to say he can lead. Where are the people from Harvard, from the law review, his fellow students? Where are the State Sen. from Ill. His past employer's he worked for after he got out of college. We saw the Rev. Wright, the priest, they have been silenced & tossed aside. When I hear the Obama camp say the American people do not know Obama well enough yet, I think, because no one will tell us! Good man, good speech, to many questions? I am ready for change, but Sen. Obama will not change my mind, my vote goes to McCain, I know what I am getting!

Posted by: Kim | August 29, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

The speech was on par with JFK's 1960 acceptance speech, not including the obvious elements of deliberate symbolic linkages to the LA Coliseum venue.

Obama touched every base he needed to, and in enough detail to make his post-election plans clear.

The nation picked the best two candidates available to them for the upcoming election. The vitriol from the right-side posters in this thread clearly indicates the Democrats made the right choice. The measured responses from the left and center are equally clear about the Republican choice.

(And really, Washington Post, you need to moderate the capslock-challenged and the racists)

The subtext of the posts prior to mine, hidden - undiscussed - but equally clear, is that we as a people are about to enter an ideological war for the future of the nation. This poster believes the outcome of this war will decide once and for all whether the United States descends to second-tier status or recovers its mantle of world leadership.

Either way - McCain or Obama - this nation gets exactly one election to make the right choice. If the voters fail this time, we're done. Everything after will be gravity, entropy, and their inexorable outcome.

-- Joseph Taylor, Suburban Maryland --

Posted by: Joseph Taylor | August 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

You could tell the repugneocons and the right wing fascists are totally worried. (They should be.)

Cuz the pinch-faced, miserly, ungenerous, cranky old curmudgeons and gasbags from the right -- mostly but not exclusively seen on Faux Newz -- were at their most Rovian this week in all their distortions, lies and spinning.

If there were to be a cartoon caption above all their heads, it would read: "Oh Sh*t. Our goose is cooked."


As Hillary put it: We don't want four more years of the last 8 years.


Posted by: Time for CHANGE | August 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Clyde -

Compare Obama to Hitler? Do you have a fourth-grade education? Think before you speak.

Posted by: anticlyde | August 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Amy..my Dear, how very perceptive you are! You said very well what I was thinkin':) Good on you. These other poor souls who can't think beyond the fireworks will probably be confused when in the future we'll be required to speak only Russian if BHO gets the nod. Can you imagine Barack sitting at the table with experienced, grisly world leaders of other countries who hate us and only want to destroy us? "let's talk", He will say...."OK" they will say as they snicker and elbow each other. Barack will say, "we'll remove all our troops from your country if you'll leave us alone, OK?" They will say "OK". Handshakes all around. Soon afterwards, Russian or perhaps Farsi will be our National language. So many Americans sadly live in La-La Land thinking that everyone will love us if we are just nice to them! How many anti-war types even know where Iraq is? And then how many can actually put together the Big Picture of why we are really there? Do you think it has anything to do with Iran...the real threat in the ME? Same with Afgan. And now we have the Black Sea situation..huh? where's that? How could that affect us? Barack doesn't know either:) So go buy your "Russian for Dummies" book if BO becomes our "leader"...McCain isn't the best, but he has a clue at least. History will show that Pres Bush understund the global threats to the U.S. and had the courage to initiate action. Don't forget..Congress approved the U.S. going into Iraq!! And Congress had to approve the war budget every year!! Don't call it "Bush's War"..It was America's War! Bush knew what had to be done, Barck doesn't, McCain...maybe.

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I thought about many people tonight, but principally I remembered one of my political heros. Fanny Lou Hammer of the Mississippi Free Democratic Party addressing the 1964 convention with her famous "sick and tired" speech, surely she is smiling from heaven at the promise of a new America. And of course that magnificent Republican from CA, Earl Warren, who made this possible.

A brilliantly crafted wonderfully delivered speech that will go down in history. I am so proud of Senator Obama and of our country.

My Southern grandmother, born on a plantation in rural GA who willed me her Adlai Stevenson campaign memorabilia would be jumping for joy.

Happy days are here again!

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

*Kennedy had lofty ideas. He believe that we had the ability to send a man to the moon. We did it . Because of leadership and vision.John McCain is too old to provide either. Some of you will never believe anything. So, just move out of the way for those of us he still have hopes and dreams for our famiilies and our futures. I'm sorry you've given up on yours.*

Kennedy also started the Vietnam War and created the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which entrenched Castro as pitiless dictator for decades to come. I'm sorry you're so callow and ill-informed. Comes from being a whippersnapper I guess. LOL!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

It will be very interesting to see if America will vote for a black liberal democrat. He is good at reading a speech but has a stuttering program when he speaks off the cuff and sounds like a fool.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a rare gem - a national treasure! Only a candidate of his stature is capable of repairing the damage done to this great nation over the past eight years.

Posted by: Shoshanna G. | August 29, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Taylor Morin,
You are so out of touch.
If you paid attention to the facts, you would ultimately vote for McCain... the only logical choice.
If you want to continue 'FEELING', then continue just as you are and vote 'O'. And we'll see where he leads us. See you at the bottom of the toilet bowl...you might as well pull the handle now.
What kind of records do O/B have. B is a pro-choice Catholic and Catholics believe life begins at conception. B is no Catholic otherwise he could never be a Dem ...the only reason he chose that party was for political gain...which means he sold himself out !
GET THE FACTS !

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I never imagined, 45 years ago, that Dr. King's dream could come true in my lifetime.

The White House will respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights again. We will be respected in the world once more. We will become again, "the shining city upon a hill."

Posted by: Lee In Minneapolis | August 29, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I never imagined, 45 years ago, that Dr. King's dream could come true in my lifetime.

The White House will respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights again. We will be respected in the world once more. We will become again, "the shining city upon a hill."

Posted by: Lee In Minneapolis | August 29, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Chuck brings up a good point. Why didn't Obama help his little brother in Africa? Maybe Michelle is too controlling. I'm tired of all these hipocrits. Like he should reach out to his only family before he thinks he can make us one big Obamanation.

Posted by: Lauren | August 29, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Osabama is the man to be the leader of the new "One World Government". This man is the ego for the ages. He has no political skill. All he has is oratorical skill. One person way up near the top of this post said it well. Osabama reminds me of a prewar German/Jew named Adolph. Funny name, mustache made him look not at all like any Presidents on the "dollar Bill". He raged against the machine and claimed he was the answer for Germany and it's people. Recall the popular poster from the 70's about "The streets of our cities are in turmoil"? It was quoted in the cult classic anti-war propaganda film "Billy Jack". The original quote was made by Adolph Hitler in 1933 or 36 I believe. Many more comparisons can be made. Osabama seems to like to call himself black. Why? He is white too. Hitler hated the Jewish blood that ran through HIS veins, does Osabama hate the white in his? Hitler promised "change" too. Then, selects a guy who is almost as old as McCain, and is totally sold out to D.C. and the way it runs. Change huh? If he is all about change, then why did he compare himself to JFK, someone else really old, and FDR? FDR gave us "the new deal". We've been socially dependent and bankrupt ever since. Osabama can only pay for all of his grandiosity by employing the entire country, much like FDR did in the 30's to end the depression. All that was was a bandage. What got the country truly moving and viable was Hitler and WW-II. What a sad legacy FDR left behind. Social Security, massive population dependency on government, income taxes, 1,000 times as much death and destruction than Iraq has, or will ever, cause. Now we might get the same thing, only this time it'll be called "change", not "the new deal". The speech? More hot air than any balloon in the world could hold. I could have sworn I heard him say it would take 10 years to implement the energy plan. Wait, uh, we can't do that! 10 years? That's not worth doing then. If we can't see any benefit for 10 years? Why do it at all? What about that Mr Clinton? Sound Familiar? What about being ready to go on day one? What, Debating with Hillary suddenly made Osabama ready? Sound familiar Hillary? I'd love to run as John McCain's Vice President. Now he doesn't know what he's doing? Sound familiar Joe Biden? Joe Biden is change. John McCain was one of George Bush's largest Republican pains in the butt. McCain opposed GW more than many democrats. John McCain represents change about 5 years worth of hard time compared to Joe Biden. Joe Biden? If it weren't for his giant ego and major face time on the networks, I wouldn't know who HE was either! What truly scares me is, none of the incredibly faithfully lemmings of the democrats have the slightest idea who Barack Hussein Osabama IS, or is iz is? I never can get that definition right! Osabama will most assuredly get this nation so deep into trouble, there will be no digging us out. Please, America, don't vote for the guy most likely to suceed this time. We are voting for the most important job this country has ever voted for. It's NOT a rock star show. DON'T let you eyes be blinded by the light. Satan comes as an angel of light. This is the biggest example of that prophecy being fulfilled since Adolph Hitler. You are being lied to on a scale that even the Egyptians wouldn't have been able to calculate when they were able to calculate how to build a pyramid scheme to less than a meter using Orion stars as a pattern. Osabama is nothing more than a Chicago punk, thug. He will betray you, me, and most importantly, Israel. Watch AND pray. Please, America, vote with your mind and heart, not just on wild emotions.

Posted by: FrankLee Scarlett | August 29, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama did great- delivered very well.
McAncient is going down.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

*This is an incredible individual - he has the skills that only come to a chosen few*

Yeah, those who are chosen to read a teleprompter. LOL!

Posted by: Puddytat | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy had lofty ideas. He believe that we had the ability to send a man to the moon. We did it . Because of leadership and vision.John McCain is too old to provide either. Some of you will never believe anything. So, just move out of the way for those of us he still have hopes and dreams for our famiilies and our futures. I'm sorry you've given up on yours.

Posted by: David A. Hawkins | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama has met his half brother ONCE.

How about Cindy McCain's half-sister? She and Cindy live in the same city. She's voting for Obama.

Obama's experieince is slim? He has 8 years in the Illinois legislature, and 4 years in the Senate. Compare that with Abraham Lincoln, who had 8 years in the Illinois legislature and just two years in the House. Would you have voted against Lincoln, universally regarded as the US's best president, because he had too little experience?

Posted by: tex | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama knocked the homerun he had to, and he did it remarkably well!

Posted by: Lance | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Arrabbiato says: "They [the Republicans} have the most experience in all the areas that matter-Period end of story."

Arrabbiato [meaning 'mad' in Italian]: How right you are. Check the last eight years of the Bush administration and you'll find countless examples: 1) a useless war that killed thousands of American young men and women and countless civilians based on a total lie; 2) a failing economy and tax-breaks for the super-wealthy; 3) 10 billion$ per month wasted in Iraq; 4) the use of torture against international law; 5) failure to secure Afghanistan from the Taliban; 6) failure to help New Orleans; 7) a complete disregard for the poor and the veterans; 8) ETC., ETC., ETC... "PERIOD END OF STORY," as you say.
Fatti una doccia fredda e svegliati! (Take a cold shower and wake up!). In another post you have the unmitigated gall of comparing Sen. Obama to Hitler. For that, I must tell you that you are a CIUCO, SOMARO, ASINO, E SCECCO. BUFFONE BECERO!

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

EARTH to OBAMANIACS!!!

Pssstt!!! Hey... Bush is not running for the third term. Just thought I'd let you know, as you seem to be confused about that too ..lol

McCain will wipe his feet with your "community organizer" who can not even speak without a teleprompter.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Fred:

Government is not supposed to bail your butt out. It's supposed to get out of the way with smaller size, less regulation and lower business taxes. Obama wants to enslave you in his big government bailout and socialized medicine program.

Maybe you want him to?

But that is socialism not capitalism.

------------------------------------
This is the guy for the job. Mr' I own seven houses is too old to understand what I go through each day and could never do a thing to help me.

Posted by: fred derf | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Great speech. Hit on everything he had to, providing enough specifics as could be in a 45 minute speech and took it to McCain. As MSNBC pointed out, he exposed the underbelly of the Republicans who don't have much defence for the last eight years. As Gergen of CNN described, it was a symphony.

Posted by: Cleduc | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Glad I wore my boots! This man can really sling it! The next time he talks I'll wear my wet suit...

Posted by: ridi | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

I only caught the last 18 seconds of Obama's speech, because I accidentally turned on the TV 19 seconds too early.

Posted by: John D | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

omg I thought it was 1977 at Studio 54... what a party... where's my poppers??

Posted by: Donna Summer | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM
A woman could have done no worse...

Posted by: Diana | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

BY THE WAY, I WAS READING THE ITALIAN NEWS BLOG OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE CONVENTION-THE ITALIAN REPORTER STATED THAT WHILE HILLARY WAS TALKING MICHELLE GLARED AT HER WITH A LOOK OF PURE HATE, AND WHEN BILL WAS SPEAKING, SHE ALSO HAD THIS ICY LOOK-HER LOOK CHANGED IMMEDIATELY WHEN BIDEN APPEARED-IT SOFTENED VISIBLY. NOW GO LOOK AT THAT PICTURE OF OBAMA AND MICHELLE RIGHT NOW-SHE IS NOT SMILING-HERS IS A LOOK OF DEFIANT SCREW YOU TRIUMPH. IT'S UGLY, AND IT'S SAD-BUT IT'S ALSO SHORT-LIVED-THEY WON'T BE ELECTED, THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO THAT.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

*How can you watch this, look at their records, what they are promising and what they have done, and then say you are going to vote for John McCain? The thought is ludicrous*


Um, McCain fought for his country, suffered in prison, rose from his wounds to become a respected U.S. Senator. What the heck has Obama done? I can answer that, NOTHING. He's been in the Senate maybe over 100 days. Wow. Now that's what I call experience LOL!

Posted by: Puddytat | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

pkinatyou,

How about a reality check (in other words stop chanting "It's Bush's fault):

In 2001 (Bush's first year) unleaded regular gas was $1.43 (Source DOE.GOV... for those in Rio Linda, that would be Dept. of Energy).

By 2006, with a REPUBLICAN congress it had risen to $2.22, for a grand total of 79 cents.

With the DEMOCRAT lead congress, the $2.22 went up to $4.00 over the next 2 years, for a total rise of $1.78.

Now let's try some basic math.

REPUBLICAN congress 79 cents divide by 6 = 13 cents/year.

DEMOCRAT congress $1.78 divide by 2
= 89 cents/year.

And yet some how the gas price was BUSH'S fault?

With math like that no wonder Barack's story adds up for you.

Posted by: Mitt Fan | August 29, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

To Jim, 1:16 am: Sounds like one of Barack's yarns. As noted earlier, if you don't do your homework, you'll get fooled.

Posted by: Erroll | August 29, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Well... based on tonight's speech I am going to give Obama a shot and vote for him.
It is true, he could be a huge failure. However, there is also an upside potential.
I am voting to see if the other party can do a better job. I may regret it later, but right now I can't vote for the same party that brought us Monica Goodling, Mike Brown, Iraq War, torture, and a national debt that almost doubled in the past 7 years.

Posted by: Tim | August 29, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama has great speak writers and he is a wonderful speaker. However Gore comparing Obama to Lincoln was really stupid; there is absolutely no similarities between Lincoln, the statesman, who was a patriot, honorable, honest, a true American who loved his country; and Obama, the arrogant liar. Gore should have compared Obama to Hitler both great speakers who fooled the people.

Posted by: clyde | August 29, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

sdg: Quite a lot of insight for someone your age. Very level headed thinking and reasoning. Obviously, you've put some thought into your decisions about who to vote for. Don't know your color, race, religion, or area of the country, but it's refreshing to hear an educated voice from the younger group of Americans who KNOW why you're voting. Many times all we hear(between the lines, of course) is "I'm voting for him because he's black, I'm voting for her because she's a woman, I voting republican because I always have, etc. Glad to know there really are young people like you that will always consider the consequences and rewards of your vote. Keep truckin, son/daughter. You make me feel like there's hope after all.

Posted by: stickem | August 29, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama / Biden '08

How can you watch this, look at their records, what they are promising and what they have done, and then say you are going to vote for John McCain? The thought is ludicrous

Posted by: Taylor Morin | August 29, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama-Junkie,
McCain will pound 'O' into Senate oblivion during the upcoming debates.
Anyone can write and read a speech.
But the truth is ( as 'O' said tonight), 'O' doesn't know the first thing about bringing people together.
WHERE HAS HE EVER SHOWN THAT HE'S DONE THIS ON A NATIONAL LEVEL.
Go back to South Chicago, 'O'. You did great things there, and they need you there more than we do.
McCain is a proven leader who has gotten things done with both Dems AND GOPs.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

pkinatyou,

How about a reality check (in other words stop chanting "It's Bush's fault):

In 2001 (Bush's first year) unleaded regular gas was $1.43 (Source DOE.GOV... for those in Rio Linda, that would be Dept. of Energy).

By 2006, with a REPUBLICAN congress it had risen to $2.22, for a grand total of 79 cents.

With the DEMOCRAT lead congress, the $2.22 went up to $4.00 over the next 2 years, for a total rise of $1.78.

Now let's try some basic math.

REPUBLICAN congress 79 cents divide by 6 = 13 cents/year.

DEMOCRAT congress $1.78 divide by 2
= 89 cents/year.

And yet some how the gas price was BUSH'S fault?

With math like that no wonder Barack's story adds up for you.

Posted by: Mitt Fan | August 29, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama's first order of business. Go to Iran and deliver a speech. They'll welcome him since he does not view them as a threat. When will Obama bring his brother to America? Why is he letting his brother rot in that poor African village? Doesn't brotherly love start with your own family too?

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

The speech was refreshingly egoless. His words sound better and better each time I hear them. A test of a good speech.

This country deserves and is hungary for an inspiring, thoughtful, contemplative, and intelligient leader! Enough of the D- group folks propped up by the RNC. Enough of dumb and dumber.

Posted by: M. Little | August 29, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

With every speech Obama gives his leadership skills shine through. If we do not see this supremely gifted individual in the incredible combination of purpose and mission that he brings then we are a blind nation. In competency based models of management, the Leadership competency is only found in less than 1% of the people. It is not a competency that can be learned. Flexibility, innovation, and creativity as well as long term thinking are also in this category. By all standards, Obama has all these compentencies and more. He is an innate leader and innate leaders do not come packaged up and ready to be purchased at the supermarket.

We should be extremely proud that we have a man of his caliber ready to serve this country. His speech tonight was one of the most moving speeches I have ever seen in this country and I am proud to be an American who is of Latin American descent.

I am confident he will bring a team to the White House who will have all the skills that we need. We are naive to think that one man does it all. The man at the top needs to inspire us to be more than we are in our everyday, someone who can give us hope to go on. It is also about how effectively they can get things done. Obama's reputation at Harvard Law Review where it is common opinion that he was the best Law Review Editor ever precedes him. At every step of his career he has done things that defy expectations -- a man who didn't have a pass to the 2000 Democratic Convention accepted the nomination of his party tonight only 8 years later.

This is an incredible individual - he has the skills that only come to a chosen few and with those you can choose to serve mamon or serve a higher purpose -- what he has chosen is to lead us to be a better nation. Let us be thankful his time has come!! Out of the park and into the new world!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I would take a US Naval Aviator over a Harvard lawyer any day.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

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Sure. That's why you voted for the Harvard MBA over the decorated Naval Lt. Commander in 2004.

McCain's military experience is irrelevant.

Posted by: mnjam | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama is brilliant. He was lofty in Iowa, and he keeps it straight here. He's been able to meet, and triumph in all of the challenges he has faced so far. He leads us today, with even the president enacting policies that Obama addressed a year ago. He IS an amazing leader.

I hope that we will elect him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

"Disaster for the world and the USA if Obama doesn't win. He'll need an extra-big turnout, though, to compensate for the Repug advantages - caging, chicanery vs. black voters, Diebold pro-GOP hacks. Keep everything crossed on Nov.4."

EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE-TOO FAR GONE....INDEED WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST DEBATE-YOU'RE RIGHT REGINA, OBAMA WILL CRASH AND BURN-HE SIMPLY CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

*This is the guy for the job. Mr' I own seven houses is too old to understand what I go through each day and could never do a thing to help me. 4 more years of the same and we wind up deeper in debt and looked down on by the world. When we get Obamma in we will guarantee 16 years of Dems in power. time to get it right*

And why do you need help from the government? Ever thinking of getting a helping hand from the end of your own arm? And as for the world looking down on us, HAAHAHAAHAAHHAAA!!!! Europe would KILL for our economy, as "troubled" as it supposedly is (even though the latest reports say that we had robust growth in the last quarter). It's pitiful so hear the same old self-pitying, self-deluded nonsense coming from people who think the world owes them a living and who care too much about what the rest of the world thinks about us. Put it in a nutshell: they envy us. We have saved their butts via two world wars, and we have solved problems they're still crippled by. We still have the strongest economy BY FAR in the world, which is why all those people who supposedly look down on us struggle so hard to move here. And that's your reality check for the day. Spend it wisely.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, did you see that very showy photo on the front page? It looks great until you look a little closer. It has all the elements of an Obama and the Democrat's America. A beautiful building but just a facade, bombs bursting in air but over America because of the disappearing security, smoke through the air, yes, it's just Obama blowing smoke with more platitudes once again, the appearance of loving families but no they're filled with hatred of America because of 20 years of hate from their "spiritual adviser" who curses America and never really being proud of America. Yes a beautiful sight but very deceiving. Thank you Democrats for encapsulating in this one picture the true change and direction America will endure under an Obama. Yes, even the chosen Democrat VP Biden said in a moment of truth, "Obama is not ready to lead". We believe you.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Spectacular speech.

Here's the problem though, I watched FOX "News"and Larry King after the speech. Most of the talking heads, like many posters here are deliberately deluded and/or misleading when they talk about the speech. Remember the final Bush/Gore debate? After the debate, there was a poll of people who DID NOT WATCH the debate that showed that most non-viewers thought Bush won. (Polls showed that most ACTUAL viewers thought Gore won.)

The second problem of course is that with electronic voting machines, the election results will once again be suspect.

In the next couple months, let's speak truth to our friends and family that watch FOX. Let's work toward fair and accountable elections.

Posted by: sc | August 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, I've seen this show before... the outcome is predictable

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

After watching Hillary and Bill Clinton's powerful speeches that touched people deeply, watching Barack was hopeless and sad...

Barack is truly the affirmative action candidate, that has good orator skills but his words are empty and lack the sincerity that makes the words powerful.

It is very sad to see Barack being the democratic candidate and witness Hillary's talent and powerful experience and readiness being wasted. Barack is an empty suit, a young and naive politician that is truly representative of an affirmative action program.

Barack failed to inspire and change the minds of Hillary supporters that see no alternative but to vote for John McCain a moderate conservative that will govern from the center and will work with a democratic congress putting into work the solutions to the problems our country is facing.

No Way, No How, NObama!

Posted by: Manolete | August 29, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

There are limitations to every candidacy. No one is perfect - even Obama admits it. Clearly, not everything can be accomplished. Democracy is messy and often misguided by special interests. Money talks, etc. We all know this. Policy specifics are there if you take time to read - on both sides - so no need debate how many specifics are offered in these speeches, you wouldn't want to sit through a 8 hour speech anyway.

Setting the tone and direction for our country is what elections are about. What I want to know is what is the character of the person wanting to lead us? What this nation is really looking for is some solid, positive, inspiring leadership. Obama just happens to be the one providing that spark and for good reason - reasons outlined in the 1000 positive posts above.

He has managed, better than any candidate, to take the nation's bitter negative energy of the past eight years and transform it into a positive, hopeful direction. This is genius.

Down deep, we all know it, those who doubt it resist their better natures.

Posted by: Jeff33 | August 29, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

OHussein is NOT a statesmen! He's a radical preacher, and he had solid training. His fingerpointing is proof enough.

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

He did great!!! The question all voters have to ask themselves is whether or not they are happy with the last 8 years, and if they want these times to continue. Do you really want war, high gas prices, a bad economy, the erosion of our civil liberties, and a government that gives tax breaks to Donald Trump and Exxon?

McCain = Bush

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama was so great tonite I knew he would not disappoint me. I am very proud as an American that for the first time in History that a Africain American can overcome and become such a strong leader.

I khow without a doubt that Americans will do the right thing and support Senator Obama because I think Obama has reach out to them and touch their hearts.

Senator Obama has style,grace,poise and strenght. He proven that he is ready to fight Mccain on all the issues.

Senator Obama speech will be a hallmark of history. It was a great moment if you would have looked at the peoples faces in that crowd you felt the inspiration, the joy, the cheering and most of all the warmthe. If people don't vote for him after hearing this speech then I just have to say vote for John Mccain but for me I choose Senator Obama as my President.

Like Senator Obama so profoundly..ENOUGH ENOUGH....ENOUGH....ENOUGH....I'm ready for change...I'm tired of Bush/Chenney & McCain and their broken promises.

Obama for President.

Posted by: jacie - california | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM

Peace...

Posted by: Amy | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I can't see how a jewish guy could be for obama - mitchell

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

How can you say Obama has never done a damn thing in his life.

HE WORKED FOR IT FROM A POOR BACKGROUND. HE DIDN'T INHERIT IT.

HE WASN'T BORN WITH A SILVER FOOT LIKE OLD DUMBO W. BUSH, YOUR HERO. BUSH DID A LOT ALL RIGHT, DID A LOT OF HARM BASED ON HIS STUDIDITY.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU. I NEED SOMEBODY SMART IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I think the best part was to tell all Americans that change does not happen at D.C its every ones responsibility to "take responsibility" to make sure to shut the TV sets when its time for kids to study!
To be ready to work hard than to sit on welfare and look for handouts! His message was very clear "we can change our destiny by hard work and will power" I think HE IS RIGHT........... remember all those Big lies Mr someone told 8 years back?
At least OBAMA is honest and open about One fact- "if you want a good life you must build it and work for it" .... I agree with him Govt. can only help those who help themselves... A little help will take middle class way far to prosperity.
Go-Obama

Posted by: american soul | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Great speach! Loved the huge open-air venue. There's a storm coming Repubs. It's also going to rain on your event. God's on our side!

Posted by: rjinsd | August 29, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

He won me over tonight! Where before I gave Obama no real consideration...It seems to me that this is a man capable of leading a new desperately needed American revolution by inspiring people to get involved and take responsibility. I was reminded of the country they taught me I lived in when I was in elementary school. Freedom,Liberty, Justice, Equality,Tolerance, Dignity, Self-Respect,Brotherhood and Community. WOW.
I am afraid to believe anything can really change...but he headed me off there...he said I know you are afraid to hope...All the arguments that people have with him I think he has countered...He said you may think its rhetoric, but he cant wait to be challenged and to debate it... He addressed the abortion and gay issues, and though I know the opponents are unable to respectfully disagree as have been asked...I am so tired and scared of those people who are hostile ignorant bullies parading themselves as Christian patriots. I thought that truly was who we as a country had become. Even if it turn out to be a brief moment, right now I am a proud American because I think that may begin to mean something once again. I also have much respect for the Clintons and their plea for support. Also was the best speech I ever heard from Al Gore. Perhaps you will see it as sad that I can have been so affected by this candidate and convention...but Im asking how can anyone not understand the voice of reason?????

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

We really need a war hero. That McCain did not leave the POW camp when offered a release by his captors speaks volumes. Oh, Obama speaks volumes to large crowds of people. He didn't even win the big states: no Michigan, no California, no Texas, no Ohio. He did win Virginia. He did what sorry John Edwards always promised to do but couldn't. Obama is an idea. He is a mirage.

Posted by: Brandon | August 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

The Obamaniacs are sheep in search of a shepherd, the "true believers" that help put totalitarian dictators in power because they have a need to be taken care of, the miserable creatures who hate their lives and in need of "change", no matter what that "change" might bring.

However, your fuehrer - Barack Hussein Obama is UNELECTABLE! He is a fraud, demagogue, charlatan and a political thug. In addition he is an empty suit, unable to utter an intelligent sentence without a script and a teleprompter. He will crash, burn and disintegrate during his first debate.

Posted by: Regina | August 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Obama!
Obama!
Obama!
my brotha!

'Alahu Akbar'- Al Qaeda

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Great speech.

Disaster for the world and the USA if Obama doesn't win. He'll need an extra-big turnout, though, to compensate for the Repug advantages - caging, chicanery vs. black voters, Diebold pro-GOP hacks. Keep everything crossed on Nov.4.

Posted by: Fertippton | August 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

"The best and most electrifying parts of that whole convention were twofold - Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, oh and where were either of them tonight?"
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They were at Mile High listening to Obama's speech like other good democrats. Why weren't they shown? Because tonight was Barack's and the Clintons are gracious...Hillary even released a warm congratulatory press release on the speech. I know that I am wasting my breath because you want to hate Obama, but I'm giving just the facts mame.

Posted by: radical_moderate | August 29, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain: Patron saint of the Caps Lock crowd.

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

but mother... If i want to walk naked on the beach its my business....

Posted by: Janice | August 29, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Great speach! Loved the huge open-air venue. There's a storm coming Repubs. It's also going to rain on your event. God's on our side!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

All Republicans should Vote FOR BO in this election and hold him to his determination of producing Action, while the speech is billed simply as words or "not believable". Do the right thing and throw out the fears and start being human again.

Posted by: O.P.Neon | August 29, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

People keep saying "beefy" and "specifics"? What specifics? What programs will he cut? On who will he raise taxes? What taxes will go up? Will there be user fees imposed in place of taxes? Through waht means will he make sure his daughters aren't treated worse than other people's sons? How will he get us out of Iraq? He laid out some points goals. He didn't tell us how each of them would be done. He didn't promise no new taxes. He didn't say he would cut welfare and social spending. He wants more funding for education as if we arent' already spending a lot on education and gettnig nothing. He says we should pay teachers more - fine, how much are you willing to sacrifice fo rhigher pay for teachers. BTW, do you know how much some union-represented teachers make? Probably more than you if it's under 80 to 100K plus three months off a year.

Nice speech. Nice outline. Light on specifics.

Posted by: NObama no way no how | August 29, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

"The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician is worried about the next election, while a statesman is worried about the next generation."

Barack Obama is a statesman. Whether you agree or disagree with his plans, his opinions or his party, he is trying to get us all to focus on the kind of America that the next generation will inherit from us.

The question undecided voters must ask themselves is this: What kind of America do you want your children to inherit, and which candidate is the most likely to try to make it real. Whether they succeed or fail will be measured by history, but we should chose our leader by looking at where he wants to lead us.

For me, a lifelong Republican until 2004, I would rather have my baby girl live in Obama's America.*

You have no idea what a statesman is, my friend. A statesman is not someone who votes according to the latest polls, as Obama always does. A statesman is someone like John McCain, who risked his political career to vote for the surge that has won the war in Iraq. Obama has never done anything politically risky in his life. He runs from tough questions, sidesteps them, gives vague non-answers. But some people are so easily swayed by a good speaking voice. Oh and a pretty face!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

anybody who is against you is black, anybody who is against you is hitler

ha, ha, ha.....

crazy....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

KIC,
If you weren't so lazy and hadn't just begun following this race, you'd know that while in the Senate, John McCain has crossed the lines so many times and has pissed off the right so many times, many of us did not want him as our candidate.
If you had been following this race you would have known this already.
Do the research over the next 2 1/2 months and you'll come to know the truth about both candidates.
And you'll know that only McCain will get it done.
I'll take age and experience over lack of experience and questions of character... look who's he's associated himself with over the past 20 years.
John McCain is much less an elitist than BO (now, McCain's wife is an elitist, but she has earned it).

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

If they gave out Kool-Aid after the speech, there'd be 84,000 dead people in Denver.

Jim Jones could only dream of building a cult of personality like Obama's built.

Check out how these nutters attacked Stanley Kurtz on demand last night over at wgn.com."

EXACTLY, INFO-IT'S SCARY AND DISHEARTENING TO SEE HOW EASILY AND SUPERFICIALLY PEOPLE ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE LED BY ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, BY SOMEONE WHO TRULY IS A TOTALLY EFF OFF-NEVER DID A D AMN THING IN HIS LIFE-I DON'T GET IT-BUT AS A DEM. I DON'T HAVE TO -I'M VOTING MCSAME AND THE BRILLIANT ROMNEY-WHO WILL CEASE THE OBAMA INSANITY!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

This is the guy for the job. Mr' I own seven houses is too old to understand what I go through each day and could never do a thing to help me. 4 more years of the same and we wind up deeper in debt and looked down on by the world. When we get Obamma in we will guarantee 16 years of Dems in power. time to get it right

Posted by: fred derf | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

From my experience, the best decisions on difficult issues are made when all relevant (including opposing) viewpoints have been properly considered and a compromise of sorts is effected that does not adopt one or the other viewpoint, but uses ideas from all views. The politics in the US has become so divisive that both the Democrats and Republicans make everything a pitched battle so that one side or the other has to win or lose and, in the process paints the other party as the enemy. They draw those of the public who pay attention into the fray, leading to the vitreolic approach of discussion and many of the posts above.

Honest debate is truly essential to good outcomes. No one can have all the answers and we cannot expect a candidate to know in advance how he/she will handle the unpredictable future. But, I would like to see us have politicians who want to move beyond the bickering and face issues, not the advantage for the next election or how the public can be engineered to view them.

The quality I want most in a candidate is the ability to bring people together, to seek all viewpoints and compromise them into a workable solution for the country's problems. That is why I like what Obama says about the desire to put aside the politics of the past and what he says about bringing people together. However, as attractive and smooth he appears and as much as I like what he says he plans to do about bringing people together, his record does not demonstrate that he has ever actually done that. On the other hand, McCain has done a tremendous amount of work "across the aisle" and he has done that effectively. Notwithstanding the effort to paint him as a "Bush" clone, the fact is that he has been very independent and has worked extensively on compromises with Democrats, even when it angers his own party.

Campaign speeches are about what the politician and his/her speech writers think they need to say to get elected. That is why Obama says he wants to bring people together, because they know that is what Americans down deep want. Americans are tired of the polarizing politics. I am tired of both parties doing that. Each party has really good ideas and we need all of those ideas to have our country succeed.

So, no matter what the rhetoric and promises have been from either candidate, to decide which candidate to vote for, I have looked at both Obama's and McCain's actual, proven track record on bringing both sides/parties together. On that basis, I am voting for McCain.

Posted by: Jeff | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Great speech by Obama! It hit all the right cylinders!

He defined himself and his history. He elaborated on the major issues important to Americans, the economy, national security, healthcare and jobs. He took McCain to task and linked the failed Republican policies of Bush and Cheney directed to McCain. And he left the stage on a high note with soaring rhetoric of inspiration, hope, and change.

Two of the memorable moments of his speech is when Obama said the following about McCain:

"John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change."

And when Obama said this about McCain (which will surely make it to political media headlines):

"John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of hell — but he won't even go to the cave where he lives."

Ahhhh...sweet response. Now America will see Obama go all out on McCain!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM

United...

Posted by: Danielle | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that Rush Limbaugh cult sure has a lot of followers on here it appears. I listen to Rush sometimes, but only when I want a really good laugh, since he is such a fraud it is just amusing :)

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA - BIDEN '08!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

"Came across as an angry black man," by Anonymous, of course.

This is a classic and quintessential conservative/Republican reaction. This evening was a proud moment for America, and principled Republicans should recognize that something amazing happened tonight when one of the two parties was bold and fearless enough of racism to nominate an African American for President. Anyone who actually watched the speech would have found notable that he spoke, not as a Black candidate -- indeed he carefully avoided so identifying himself and his achievement -- but as an American. Was he angrier than any other impassioned political speaker? Obviously not. But for the so-called conservatives of America, the opportunity to name-call -- and to invoke racism -- is irresistable, so Anonymous could hear nothing but black anger. It's pathetic, but it will be part of the Republican exercise in futility. Barack Obama is not the messiah, and much about his political vision is flawed. But not so flawed as the racism-mongering, war-embracing, love-the-rich-above-all-others politics of the Bush-McCain dynasty. Soon we will see an even more astounding vision acheived, of Americans realizing that protecting America from the destructive grasp of the neo-cons and the super-rich matters more to their future and their chidlrens' future than what biases they still have against African Americans. Yes, perhaps Obama did show us an angry black man, angry at the injustices perpetrated by the Bush-McCain program. And this angry white man agrees with him.

Posted by: MItchell Zimmerman | August 29, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Our American dream, including the right to vote, has been desecrated and made an "American Idol" contest based on popularity of a facade.
Great "execution" of mthe speech, but even greater prevarication, distortion, and abuse of facts (including leaving out significant facts, taking things out of context or without the real story)- actually Obama said the same old thing we hear year after year from many politicians, while making absolutely false statements about and "from" McCain. Fact - McCain had Iraq right all along, against Bush; McCain has dozens of non-Bush votes - while Obama is doing good if he even has a dozen votes. Do some homework.
This Obama/Hollywood "show" proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama is a "false prophet", is dangerous, and worst of all deceives folks who do not really study the facts. In his own words, "Words, just words ... ". This spectacle is degrading our most predcious right to vote into an "American Idol" vote - and we all know the no-talents" often get lots of votes form text messageing, cell phones, etc based on a "marketing" team approach. But, this election is not a game, not a popularity contest, but affects the live of million sof people. I encourage voters to STUDY the facts, see what Obama did NOT say (that he should have), and look at the real character of th person - Obama does not want that, as he even stated at the end of his speech. He doesn't want people to know the real Barack Hussei Obama. But, everyone must now hear the rest of th estory, tune in to McCain's speeh, and really poay attenbtion to all of the debates (even review the Saddleback discussion) so the real persons will be known. Anyone who does not listen to the rest of the story before making a decision before voting is being made a fool. Now who is paying for all the things Obama is going to do, especially if 95% of the people get reducedtaxes? Shoot, right now 90% of the tax monies are paid by 3% of th people. And oil companies are demoniuzed for making 8% profit, while Wall Street (big backer of Demovcrats) a5re bailed out ... .

Posted by: Erroll | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I never agreed with Tony Blair, but whenever I heard him speak on the Iraq war, I was about ready to enlist. I totally disagreed with Blair's conclusions but could hear with my own ears he was a great speaker, making rational and passionate appeals for his cause. All you conservatives who disagree with Obama and his version of democratic politics, I got no problem with you saying you disagree with his proposals, his words, but you really lose major credibility and look just plain blinded by your idealogy when you do not admit this was a good political speech. You may disagree with Obama profoundly, but come on, he is a good speaker and does inspire people.
Too many politicians squander of the power of their celebrity, the authority of their office, their campaigns to change things by challenging people, leading people, offering goals for them to adopt. JFK's going to the moon, MLK Having a Dream for racial equality, these were just fancy speeches, high ideas, but by putting them out there, by being stated in an inspiring way, it lead people to accomplish things previously thought unlikely. Good generals and coaches do the same, sure the soldiers must be prepared, but inspiration is also necessary. You may not agree but don't look like an idiot and claim Obama did not give a very good speech, that he does not inspire many, and that inspiration is of no value. Try to acknowledge what a partisan anti-war person could do about Blair. If I could do that, you have to be at least be able to do as well.

Posted by: karen | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse


If a white man gave that speech, nobody would care.

Mr. Obama said nothing new.

He proved only that he deserves an Oscar for public speaking.

Watch out Denzel!

Posted by: George | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe some of the comments. How blind some people can be. Don't you see what happened to YOU during last 8 years? Stop hurting yourselves and America. 4 god's sake what does McCain deliver? How could you see him as president on January?

I just can't believe how blind one can get. Obama is the smartest president ever who is handed over to you on a plate. Please don't screw up this chance. ...please,.., think a bit , do you want US to get weaker and more isolated? ... think about it... vote for Obama , vote for "America"

Posted by: Ali | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely loved this fricken speech. I used to know his mother.. but she escaped Guyana... oh well...a dime a dozen

Posted by: Jim Jones | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama being the Harvard lawyer that he is, even admitted having no experience. He said, 'this isn't about me, it's about you'. That's great and emotional and all, but I would really like to vote for someone with real experience who can deliver what he promises. I think Obama's ability to deliver what he says is probably inversely proportional to the amount of money they spent on the event this evening.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

You Obama supporters are about as blind as those who believed OJ was innocent.

Obama gets elected it will be the ghettoization of America.

Posted by: Hughes | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Gutsy or Stupid? I say stupid.

Obama endorses the "great" Mayor Kilpatric of Detroit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNvC_-RW2Q

Perhaps they can write a book together about how to be a criminal and get paid for it

Man, youtube is awesome, just think how much MORE Obama would be pulling wool over people's eyes without it

Posted by: Gracie | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

The speech was a good solid B I think. He sorted of skimmed over the specifics of his policies, preferring style over substance. But the inspirational effect was great. McCain's speech will look and sound so tired and played next Thursday. Obama-Biden 08

Posted by: jay | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM

I like it.

Posted by: Montoya | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

I gotta tell you...for the last 18 months I was ready to cast my vote for "NONE OF THE ABOVE." I've posted my voice on blog after blog that a vote for either dem or repub was a vote for the same ole same ole. But finally, tonight, BO echoed my own words on the issues that I've been waiting for someone to address; almost verbatim. He continues on like this (and doesn't let up, and gives more detail) he just might get my vote. Yes, you heard it here first, folks. Stickem may just vote dem if BO continues to get my attention like he did tonight. (Sorry 'bout the last 8 years, one of those term first votes was mine)

BTW. He first started to get my attention with his pick for VP. Smart move on his part. Very smart.

Posted by: stickem | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

First off, let me say that Obama deliverd a very prominent speech tonight.

I am a 21 year old who finally has the opportunity to participate in a presidential election. I was raised in a Democratic home in the middle of a Republican state but do not pledge loyalty to either. Even though this may be the first time to make my voice heard in an election, I do have clear memories of the 2000 and 2004 elections. One thing that I can clearly say is that no political figure, or anyone for that matter, has seemed to speak more directly to me as an American as Obama does.

Some may call him a great orator with lofty ideas. But great figures from the past have always had the ability to dream bigger when noone else could. While I realize that Obama may not seem to have all the answers at the moment, neither does McCain.

But Obama does know that the present is not America's finest moment. I recall an interview with Bob Costas on 8/11/08 during NBC's Olympics coverage where President Bush stated the following: "... I don't see America as having problems." I firmly believe that is an attitude this country can not afford to keep in the future.

Obama recognizes the problems America faces and believes that the minds of both Democrats and Republicans must be utilized to solve them. What great leader in any aspect of life doesn't have the ability to challenge, inspire, and unite others to achieve great things? It's obvious that Obama's experience as a leader can be questioned; what cannot be questioned is his drive to better America alongside hundreds of millions of its citizens. And like any great team, America will lead itself into the future when enough members/citizens buy into the struggles in front of them, embrace those challenges, and put in the hard work to defeat them.

Having someone that can make us proud to be an American and someone we can believe in will be a nice change after the last 8 years. Obama has convinced me that he can be the next leader of this great nation. He's already got my vote!

Posted by: sdg | August 29, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Why are there so many partisans writing their comments here that do not have anything to do with the speech? Can't you stay on topic?

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

*boy, the mccain/repub operatives are out in force tonight...but their blatant lies, empty, worn out rhetoric won't fool anyone anymore...this was a terrific speech, given by a man who has come to the aid of his country just in time!*

I'm no operative, I'm an independent voter who's more impressed with deeds than words. McCain has paid in blood for what he believes in. HE came to the aid of his country. Obama voted against giving our troops the equipment they need to win the war. He's a defeatist who hangs out with race-baiters and terrorists. How I pity those people who are so bedazzled by empty pretty words. They're like lemmings tumbling over a cliff. Sad.

Posted by: Buster | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Well... I was asked to be a guest judge on Project Runway but I declined

Posted by: Madonna | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Most revealing aspect tonight is not the speech, it is the nature of these blogs. I do my best to understand...forgive. My heart is so weighed by the hatred, the division. So much for the "United" states.

First and Last blog.

Time to "learn to swim".

Posted by: wayne | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I'll have to agree with Pat Buchanan - "best convention speech ever".

Posted by: DeeDee | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Kathy. Keep it pithy! LOL

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

For all who repeat -- or are tempted to believe -- all of the vague, generic, cheap insults people post about Obama...

Get away from these comment threads, and listen to his speech with an open mind. Ignore the crowds, ignore the juvenile comments, and listen to the substance of what he said tonight. Then decide what you think about his ideas.

I, for one, am impressed.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Thank god McCain will win! Obama's lack of substance will not win over the silent majority of this country. We did not like either of the clintons, and we will not support this latest incarnation of the
far left and it's inability to understand the will of the country.

Posted by: montana | August 29, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM

Sweet...

Posted by: Elinor | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Well said, KIC.

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician is worried about the next election, while a statesman is worried about the next generation."

Barack Obama is a statesman. Whether you agree or disagree with his plans, his opinions or his party, he is trying to get us all to focus on the kind of America that the next generation will inherit from us.

The question undecided voters must ask themselves is this: What kind of America do you want your children to inherit, and which candidate is the most likely to try to make it real. Whether they succeed or fail will be measured by history, but we should chose our leader by looking at where he wants to lead us.

For me, a lifelong Republican until 2004, I would rather have my baby girl live in Obama's America.

Posted by: Arthanyel | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

As a senior from Canada, I watched his speech and found it the best speech since JFK Kennedy, if not better.

Remember: People avoid change until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing.

People will get the government they deserve.

I wish that I could vote and my vote would be for Barack Obama!!

Posted by: learning | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"he just doesn't get it..."

get it?

Posted by: awool | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

If they gave out Kool-Aid after the speech, there'd be 84,000 dead people in Denver.

Jim Jones could only dream of building a cult of personality like Obama's built.

Check out how these nutters attacked Stanley Kurtz on demand last night over at wgn.com.

Posted by: info | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

what a tremendous speech, a truly enjoyable and wonderful moment in time.

Posted by: evan | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Punahou School in Honolulu.

In 1979, the year Obama graduated, tuition for high school students at Punahou was $1,990. He got through college and law school on student loans and scholarships.

Posted by: tex805 | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Both inspirational and specific, this speech was marvelous. I was not originally an Obama person. I supported and voted for Ms. Clinton. I have learned, however, in the last month, and especially during this convention, that Mr. Obama is the right man to help right the ship of state. We've been on the wrong course for nearly eight years, and it will take a leader like Mr. Obama to lead us out of the wilderness of bankrupt policies we find ourselves in currently. Vote!!!!

Posted by: Harold F. Crockett Jr. | August 29, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

As an extremely strong Republican, please, let me urge you to NOT watch FOX News. They are biased crap, and they don't report the truth. Again, I am a conservative, and I am highly AGAINST biased news.

Also, don't listen to Rush, he loves attention.

Why don't you just look at the politics yourself, and not let someone influence/choose for you?

McCain '08.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I suppose after 8 years of OHussein, when we're TOTALLY government controlled, Obama-mites will once again be crying out for change. Too late then.
obama bin biden 08!

Posted by: Get Ready | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh, one more thing. You have to have followers to lead, so, no jokes about the ability to attract and inspire a huge crowd of Americans holds any water with me. McCain sounds like "Hey, come back here, I'm the leader!!" as he chases after the public to get their attention.

Posted by: Arishia | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

What I do best is get 6th, 7th and 8th grade students into Stanford, Princeton, UCLA and Harvard gifted programs.Intelligence isn't everything, but heart and vision and intelligence is... and that is what Obama actualizes. You don't get to where he is by sashaying empty promises. He delivers. He has acute judgement and he deeply cares. I'm from the state of John McCain. He is one of the Keating five that stole millions from honest people. He is not too bright having graduated third from the bottom in his flight school class but was able to persevere with Daddy's money. Not much has changed as he was having an affair with Cindy while married...but then again, now he owns seven houses at last count with her money. Talk about money addictions - no wonder lobbyists abound around him. Our greatest strength is doing our own homework - voting is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. This is not a football game or a beauty pageant or, for that matter, a baseball game. This team mentality is rather infantile. Just do your homework, if more of you had just done a background check on Bush, 9-11 would not have reached the hysterical fever pitch it had where so many Americans got swept....and our constitution got fried. I'm a woman and I'm voting for Obama, not Hillary and not McCain, because at least he got Iraq right and didn't get his intellect squandered by those sacred cows of so called patriotism. Our worst enemies are domestic. Our constitution is only a piece of paper after all if you won't even take the time to connect all the dots. The most important question is really "Who are we"? Answer that, not with funny slogans and trite comparisons but with meaningful action. Oh, by the way, I am rich enough to own two homes. I guess you could say I am a millionaire. But I am rich not from the houses. I am rich by what I do. How about you? Are you just going to vote and then forget everything.... or are you going to pay attention finally and be responsible in your decision making and interactions with each other. We are interconnected with each other and the world....negotiation should be a higher priority than war whenever sensibly possible. Obama gets it. And yes, he is gifted in communication and he is a closer. Give McCain another 100 years, and his judgements on war will still be set in stone and wrong as mud.

Posted by: Kathy Phoenix | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

KRAUTHAMMER-you are an annoying wind bag. We all know that you do not like Obama. Why do you persist in going on and on about him. Talk about empty rhetoric.

Posted by: BILL | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to decide whether the best part of that entire DNC was President Clinton, or Hillary Clinton.

Watch the videos, you can see it in their eyes, Obama's speech was rhetorical, painfully read from the teleprompter, and utterly disappointing.

President and Hillary Clinton on the other hand, they inspired, they really moved the crowd. Perhaps they should be the ones to endorse the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil, I think they could sell it. And not through Obama's weak facade either.

Democrat for mccain

Posted by: Ceila | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

How much is th emiddle class willing to spend in new taxes for his programs? Health care for everyone - fine - give up your company's plan, pay more for a government sponsored plan, and pay more to cover others who don't work. Let Obama inspire you on you rown dime. Don't make me support the welfare class more than I already do.

And to the guy who is so upset McCain crashed a plane bought with his tax dollars so he i sno hero, I trust you recall how Max Cleland lost his legs. He was out on a drinking binge against platoon orders. He got drunk and wandered into the woods and stepped on a mine. Had he not been drunk - had he followed orders - he wouldn't be in a wheelchair. Not a hero in my book!

Posted by: Ob Man | August 29, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Chicago for Hillary:

LMAO You're not even in a swing state go sit down somewhere and finish your quilt old woman.

Posted by: LOL | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Why does Biden always seem like he's going to cry? I mean, dude, like really sob. I guess this whole experience has made him very emotional. He makes me feel awkward like when I'm in a therapy session and people start tearing up and all that!

Posted by: Cappy | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

What I'm looking forward to is the red, white and blue Obama spoke of. Our country is so divided and people are so afraid to hear something other than their own beliefs - proof is on this page. We debate with the sole intention to argue, rather than understand. There's no such thing as a perfect government, however we can still try and come together on some middle ground - which is what I thought politics is about.
Why not act a little more maturely and everyone start respecting everyone else's opinion - it doesn't meant you have to change yours. Obama should be the next president in my opinion. If you don't like that opinion, fine. That's what voting ballots are for.

Posted by: Divided We Fail | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Did Obama give a good speech? - does a bear s**t in the woods? Cry me a river trolls - run up your McCain points - all you will get from this election is some McCain bumper stickers and coffee mugs...

Posted by: rm-rf | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

*Does anyone ever notice that Obama bashers never say just what it is that McCain *can* do? What is so great about him?*

Oh well, let's see. He's served his country in just about every way a man CAN serve his country. He was a war hero while Bam-Bam was busy getting stoned on illegal drugs. McCain risked his political career to support the surge that is winning the war in Iraq, and he was right. Obama voted against the surge, not out of conviction - he has no convictions - but because he's led by polls. That's what's so great about McCain. The man is the very personification of courage. Obama never did a gutsy thing in his political career. What is so great about HIM?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

tex805 ? Good for you! A loss this year is the best thing that could happen to the GOP. They REALLY need to do some housecleaning and then decide if they want to get serious and govern responsibly.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

A great speech. But can he deliver?

Posted by: NVnospin | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

boy, the mccain/repub operatives are out in force tonight...but their blatant lies, empty, worn out rhetoric won't fool anyone anymore...this was a terrific speech, given by a man who has come to the aid of his country just in time!

Posted by: BMurray | August 29, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama did not vote against the war in Iraq. He wasn't there to vote. He wasn't a Senator yet. But he has cute kids and can stir the hearts of the masses into believing he did something he could not have done. Desperately hoping that he can change anything is no way to approach the voting booth. But I guess that warm gooey feeling will have to be enough until we see just what we got.

Posted by: helenoftroy | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama was outstanding and he has adopted a policy that might take him to the White House.

You can defeat a person but you can't defeat a movement. His ability to organize, include and empowere are absolutely brilliant.

I am also impressed by his willingness to confront the wedge issues of abortion, gay rights, and gun control. Most politicians are afraid to go there. His philosophy of finding common ground through common sense will go a long way towards uniting the country.

This is a man for our times.

Posted by: Ron H | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

The euphoria brought by Obama's speech tonight is great! Now, let's just wait and see if he can transform his great speech into tangible things. I usually have my doubts. Politics is the same everywhere. Politicians often make fantastic promises just to win votes.

My only hope is that later on, when he becomes president and everybody realizes that he is not delivering on his election promises, people would not resort to finger-pointing and blaming others with a "I told you so" attitude.

Posted by: poggi11 | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

ARRABBIATO says: "THEY [THE REPUBLICANS] HAVE THE MOST EXPERIENCE IN ALL THE AREAS THAT MATTER-PERIOD END OF STORY."

ARRABBIATO: How right you are! Check the last eight years and you'll find countless examples of the experience you're talking about:

1) a useless war that killed thousands of American young men and women base on a total lie.
2) an illiterate president and a vice-president who shoots his friends.
3) a failing economy and tax-breaks for the super-rich.
4) 10 billion$ per month wasted in Iraq.
5) the use of torture against International Law.
6) failure to secure Afghanistan.
7) failure to help New Orleans, an American city.
8) ETC., ETC., ETC...... "PERIOD. END OF STORY," as you say.

Amico mio, fatti una doccia fredda e svegliati!

Had you stopped there, I would have stopped here. But, in another post of yours, you compared Sen. Obama to Hitler. Since you signed yourself in a way that suggests you are Italian (at least, that's what you want people to believe), as an Italian I take offense and respond as follows: You are a CIUCO, SOMARO, ASINO E SCECCO. BUFFONE BECERO, VAFFANCULO!!!

Posted by: Giuseppe | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

P.S. AND YOUR SCENARIO IS A FREAKING SCREAM-"WORKED VERY HARD" WORKED "VERY VERY HARD" ANYBODY CAN TELL YOU THAT NOBODY WORKS HARD AT HARVARD, ONCE THEY GET IN, AND AS FAR AS OBAMA'S RECORD IN THE STATE SENATE, HE WAS MOSTLY ABSENT ON THE JOB, JUST LIKE AS IN HIS BRIEF TENURE AS US SENATOR. NO OBAMA IS A TRUE EFF OFF-HE DOESN'T DO IT UNLESS SOMEBODY HANDS HIM SOMETHING ON A SILVER PLATTER-WHICH EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

When he talked about being our "brother's keeper" I couldn't help but think about his half-brother who is living in a hut in Kenya on $1 a month ... shouldn't he be helping his own brother before he asks other people to? Also, some of what he said about McCain was false, some partially-true, and some true ... but so far in the Senate, Obama has done nothing ... he voted "Present" how many times? .. and he never mentioned Rev Wright in his speech .. you know the radical rev that brought him to Jesus!
Sorry Obama you need to do more before I can vote for you for the highest office in this country! This Dem is voting McCain!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I still think Obama is part of a secret tv reality show that is going to be sprung on us - Who want's to be President? Take an empty suit and package him and see if the american people bite. Why do people want the government to take care of them... take care of yourself... stop complaining.. we are not in recession and we do have a nation of whiners and people looking for a hand out. It's sickening.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

McCain is old, really old.

...which means he must not be too bad at whatever he does, cause he ain't dead, and he's still in office.

Put aside your emotions, and actually look at the big picture.

John McCain 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is a war hero and served his country well. Barack is a community organizer, whatever that is. I'm sure he's great at organizing, but I'm not sure that makes him ready to be President.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

solid.

Obama for pres.

Posted by: bob | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

The best convention speech ever.

Posted by: Edward | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

It was a perfect speech. It clearly stated the major positions he takes on important issues. It clearly stated the contrast between what John McCain stands for and what Barack Obama stands for. It took care of business! And it also made my heart soar. I felt really, really proud of my country, of what we stand for, of our greatest traditions and the hope and possibility of reclaiming our place in the world. I wanted to be a better person. I wanted America to be the best that we can make her. I wanted a good life, not just for myself, but for all of us. If a president's job is to lead the American people, if it's to inspire them to greater heights of courage and action, if a president's job is to help all of us individually and collectively work to achieve our dreams, then Barack Obama is the president I've been yearning for. Barack Obama stands for the things I've always believed America stands for. It was a welcome relief to feel hopeful instead of cynical. To make decisions based on possibility instead of fear. Yahoo!

Posted by: karela | August 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

For the first time in my adult life, I feel enthusiastic about a presidential candidate.

Listening to Obama tonight, I felt history being made. I often wished I'd been old enough to hear JFK or Robert Kennedy speak. I lament missing the opportunity to hear Martin Luther King Jr. while he was still with us.

Tonight I feel as though I've witnessed that kind of history and much more. Anyone who makes small of this, or sees this through the cynical eyes our country has created, well I just feel sorry for you, for us as a nation, that you could be so very blind.

For myself, my daughter, my family, I finally feel hopeful again!

Posted by: Teresa | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Reminisicent of Nuremberg...and I'm sure we'll see more of the same from the GOP.

Posted by: K.T. | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Those who ask: "why should I vote for Obama?", deserve to have a Bush-like presidency for a third term.

Posted by: Joey | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Recent anonymous,
The 'right' does sometimes, no many times, act based on their agenda. But so does the 'left'.
But what the 'right' is saying is based on facts.
Don't listen to Rush...he exagerrates.
Try Glenn Beck or anyone on Fox, which does present both sides better than any other network.
Watch and you'll learn more of the truth.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I was so moved and convinced. I loved this speech. I especially love that he hit McCain on things that I would love to hit him on myself. Great speech and the best acceptance speech I have heard in my lifetime.

Posted by: Arishia | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM

I agree ron pass it on.

Posted by: Higher | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain. Lost five planes as an aviator. With 20 total combat hours. Military experience?

McCain. Got his marriage license before he got divorced. Family values?

McCain. An angry old man.

Let him retire in peace.

Posted by: tex805 | August 29, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I want some guy who can fly the plane. Not some community organizer who thinks it's okay to hang out with people who want to bomb federal buildings! Look at Obama's state senate record. He hardly cast any votes. Where was he? Where will he be for the American people. Probably in Europe speaking to hundreds of thousands instead.

Posted by: Baker | August 29, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Julian,
AGREE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Casey wrote:

A poor child of mixed race, raised by a single mother, worked very, very hard and made his way into Harvard. He got into the Illinois State Senate where he continued to work hard and eventually became a United States Senator. It is now between him and only one other person to be in charge of running the world.

According to Obama and the Dems, the country that allowed him to reach such a level is unfair and broken.

UH, CASEY, DEAR, THERE'S A SLIGHT PROBLEM WITH YOUR DESPERATELY POOR OBAMA SCENARIO-IT SIMPLY ISN'T TRUE. YOU FORGOT TO POINT OUT THAT OBAMA ATTENDED ONE OF THE MOST EXCLUSIVE PREP SCHOOLS IN THE NATION, PUNAHOU SCHOOL-A PRIVATE SCHOOL THAT EVEN IN OBAMA'S TIME, COST $13,000 IN TUITION, NOW AROUND 18,000. I CAN ALSO TELL YOU THAT ALMOST NONE OF HAWAII'S VERY DESERVING SCHOOL CHILDREN GET TO GO THERE-THERE'S AN INCOME THRESHOLD THAT GETS YOU IN THAT MOST PARENTS IN HAWAII CAN'T MEET-AND IT WAS THAT "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" GRANDMOTHER OF HIS WHO PAID FOR IT. OKAY? SO QUIT TRYING TO MAKE THIS OUT TO BE SOME GD HORATION ALGER STORY-LIKE OBAMA JUST MORE SMOKE AND MIRRORS!E

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

*Giuliani: a noun, a verb, and 9/11.
McSame: a noun, a verb, and POW.

I'm glad Obama and Biden are willing to challenge him on this, with all due respect for what he suffered. The presidency is not the Purple Heart. My stepdad was a POW, too; should I tell him to get ready to move into the Oval Office?*

I'm willing to bet he's more qualified than a do-nothing senator who hangs out with race-baiters and terrorists.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone ever notice that Obama bashers never say just what it is that McCain *can* do? What is so great about him?

C'mon. Experience in the political halls of D.C. just means you play the game by those rules of the past years. I'm ready for someone who actually has worked in community service and doesn't just tell us we should. Obama isn't a good speech maker, he's a good *communicator*. That means he is also a good listener and has a knowledge and experience base to draw from and not that he can just make something sound good.

He's smart. He's disciplined. He's educated and informed. He's got a quality of unflappable belief *in his country*, not just in his party or his "old boy system". I'm ready for someone outside of the old boy hall of fame.

I personally think that bashers actually *fear* change. They don't know how to handle it. They are afraid that they will personally have to change their own life and look outside their narrow vision.

It's time.

Posted by: KIC | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm reading this in Canada, after having watched the speech and all. There was something of the transcendental about tonight, a taste of something beyond divisions about human potential. By contrast, the negative comments here about Obama seem to be part of the old angry world, disgusting and deceptive, spiteful, cynical and selfish. I wish I was American tonight, I really do.

Posted by: Wesley | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

A lot of undecided listeners did not catch Senator Obama mention of auditing the Federal government and cutting government waste. As for not feeling comfortable with Senator Obama. Hope is a luxury for some and a way of life for others yet it is the foundation of what we call the America Dream without it there would be no America.

Posted by: fresh brain | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

As usual when I read comments the dems who post tend to call anybody who's not an Obamaite a racist or stupid.Couldn't be we just won't vote for a wack job liberal.Who by the way almost always voted present instead of actally voting in Illinois,and when he did vote he'd change it before the vote was over.And true to form has changed his position on everything.As for Bush adopting Nobama position on Iraq,we will be pulling troops out because the surge worked an we've won.Nobama still will not admit the surge worked,and in case you're not paying attention Nobama will continue the war,but in Afganistan,still a war and people will still die.
Please name one civil liberty we've lost,I can name one we will lose if Nobama's elected,owning guns no matter what he says now,he'll change his mind like he does.

Posted by: gunrunner | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I would take a Decorated US Naval Commander who has served decades to public service at discount price over a hyped-up, bare-knuckling, crook-friending, racist-labeling, non-patriotic, PURE POLITICIAN ANYDAY!!

I serve. I am American. I believe in Freedom.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I listened to the speech but heard nothing but a hollywood script.

Posted by: Lalo D | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

John McCain will need more than his POW record to compensate for his record of poor judgment and ill temperament.

Posted by: John Patrick Smith | August 29, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama Biden 2008!!!!

We have seen a milestone , and the beginning of a new chapter of American history

Posted by: J | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Take John McBush off his respirator and let him explain his Naval flight record in Viet Nam. The official record shows that he recklessly disobeyed direct orders by flying into a known SAM/anti-aircraft area when he was shot down. Risking himself and a multi-million dollar jet all to satisfy his arrogant, reckless, hot dog ego. Had he not been shot down he would have faced a court- martial. So much for rational judgment,John. To think my tax dollars were wasted by a hot head like you.

Posted by: Timo | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

As a senior from Canada I watched Obama and found his speech inspiring, brilliant, it was truly a master piece!!

Remember: People avoid change until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing.

If I could vote it'd be Barack Obama.

Posted by: learning | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

A liberal posted;
"Hey Obama-haters..."
and then finished their sentence with;
"...all you can do is call names."

At least we know Obama will be getting the Community College vote!

Posted by: Colin in Seattle | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Madonna told me her old cone-tits Gaultier bustier is a work of art.. but moldy and stanky

Posted by: nickrhodes | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

*McBush is going with the neo-cons*

Yeah, the ones who are helping us win the war in Iraq, which the Dems had already declared lost. If Obama gets elected, he will be surrounding himself with traitors and defeatists. Hope YOU can sleep at night with such a fool in charge.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

We can blame the idiot George Bush for the current state of Obamamania. He has left this country in such a dismal state that you are seeing answers that aren't there in the mirage Obama.

Let't take a case in point. The Chicago Public Schools, alleged recipient of the benefits of Obama and the Annenberg multi-million dollar challenge for education, are being threatened by a student boycott of the first days of school. The reforms for the CPS are in disarray, the local school councils (populated by parents) are begging for participation by parents in some sections of the city. So the change he is promising is something he could not deliver in his own backyard.

I don't trust him because he has no track record of achievement though he had ample opportunity to be a "rock star" right here in Illinois. But he wasn't.

He fooled me into voting for him once (US Senate), but I won't be fooled again.

Posted by: Chicago for Hillary | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I am finally convinced: Barack will make an amazing president. And I will also admit: perhaps even better than I thought Hillary would. I wouldn't be surprised if McCain is thinking right now: "Gosh, even I want to vote for that man!"

Posted by: Paea LePendu | August 29, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Giuliani: a noun, a verb, and 9/11.
McSame: a noun, a verb, and POW.

I'm glad Obama and Biden are willing to challenge him on this, with all due respect for what he suffered. The presidency is not the Purple Heart. My stepdad was a POW, too; should I tell him to get ready to move into the Oval Office?

Posted by: Ankhorite | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

i must commend Col Tom Davis of the 101st Airborne for his comment about Obama's speech tonight. He hit the nail by naming the "Puppet Master" of the Republican Party. Obama's speech said it all.
We are in dire need of a good leader and not another puppet with Rove tugging on the strings. Now that GWB's reign is at end, we don't need a carbon copy as our
chosen leader. tell McCain to hang it up
and sit on his rocking chair on the porch of one of his houses and maybe save a space
for Rove, too.

Posted by: cynthia from ukiah, ca | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I was moved to tears, and I'm a man who has done very well during the Bush years.

Obama addressed every issue facing America in a clear, concise, rational manner that nothing short of thrilling.

And unlike the McCain trolls who have been popping up around here like the weeds they are, I was not paid to say this.

Rewarding trolls for polluting the public debate!

It is so unfortunate that a man who has devoted SO much of himself to honorably serving this country, McCain has brought so much DISHONOR to himself and his party in the manner he has been conducting his campaign.

Posted by: Ethan Q | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Gore, then Obama after him... WoW!!! So much for the Democrats caring about the "global warming". The amount of hot air that came out of those two windbags has just increased the Earth temperature tremendously. I guess that what Obama meant when he said that the tides will rise should he be elected President..

I amazes me that so many seemingly sane people buy into pure hype and political demagoguery that's coming from a self-indulgent charlatan with the dictatorial aspirations.

Posted by: Iggy | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse


About "haters".

I do not, nor I suspect do many others who post here, hate Obama.

I think he's a little pompous, a bit self-important, ambitious beyond any demonstrated abilities. and not (yet, at least) qualified to be president.

And it's jolly to ridicule him.

Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Earl C
why was obama not willing to hold town hall meetings with mccain (never mind he lied) its pretty easy to answer all of the attacks in one carefully crafted speech. dont be afraid, debate!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was AMAZING tonight! I will be completely surprised if he doesn't get elected in November..I am 19 and will be able to vote for the first time. I don't see how anyone could vote for McCain! Barack's comment about how McCain said he would "follow Bin Laden to the gates of hell" when he wouldn't even follow him to the cave where he lives was BRILLIANT!

How could anyone vote for a man who thinks $5 million is middle class? I mean, the man thinks we're a nation of whiners for cryin out loud! I think we have a right to complain if u ask me. He couldn't even tell us how many houses he owns..7 to be exact, worth about $14 million all together. No wonder he doesn't think there's anything wrong with our economy..He is so out of touch that it's ridiculous.

HEY MCCAIN TRY NOT TO SOIL YOUR DEPENDS! MAYBE YOU CAN START DOING METAMUCIL COMMERCIALS AFTER YOU LOSE THE ELECTION! LOL

Posted by: Ebony | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

for all my kurdish american citizen Vote for freedom Vote for MaCain, ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;obama is just homeless He needs some change hehehhehhee, but i dont have change,

Kurdish , Kurdistan

Posted by: American Kurdish | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama was outstanding.

His approach to this campaign is brilliant. You can defeat a person but you can't defeat a movement.

Obama has crafted a movement by his ability to motivate, organize and empower. He summed up his philosophy when he said, 'McCain doesn't get it. It's not about me. It's about you.'

His willingness to find common ground through common sense impresses me. Most politician stay away from abortion, gay rights, and gun control. All the wedge issues. Obama attacked them head on and showed that there is common ground if we have the courage and respect of opposing ideas to move there.


Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Conservative and almost everything Sen. Obama mentioned sounded eerily familiar.

Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, and Kerry all basically cited the same laundry list solutions to our nation's problems.

Paying lip service to our differences on abortion and gun-control, while still continuing to push for tighter gun control laws and more allowance for abortion rights, doesn't make you a special candidate.

We fundamentally disagree. Don't pander to me. I don't want to hear it.

Let's take it to the people. Americans are basically common-sense folk.

We'll see in November.

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

I AM AN INDEPENDENT AND AM REALLY TURNED OFF BY THE PERSONAL ATTACKS BELOW.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Synykyl,
A speech written does NOTHING to qualify a person to be President.
What sets a person aside is what they do (and what they've done).
This man has done nothing.

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Is it the speech we are all critiquing or each others views? That goes for Republican and Democrats alike. The speech was well delivered, informative and moving. It was historical moment for all Americans. If you disagree with the content or have issue with delivery, etc. That is a critique.
The minutia going on between conservatives, sore Hillary voters and angry Obama voters (being nasty towards 18 million voters aren’t going to get them to change their vote) is really what’s wrong. We are in a crisis of epic proportion. Time to focus people
Great. Now I’m not talking about the speech.

Posted by: Robin | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

This outta be good. Why is that synykyl?

Posted by: Moniker | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

"My first vote was for LBJ" - correct, but as a registered Republican. And GOP ever since.

Posted by: tex805 | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

People say..great speech, I was moved. he made me cry blablabla. I could care less how someone made me 'feel'. DON'T BE DECEIVED BY YOU FEELINGS. WHY ARE PEOPLE BASING THEIR OPINIONS ON HOW 'THEY FEEL'???? Every empire has its days numbered.

Posted by: JOSEF SAMUEL | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama is not qualified to be President of this Country. He isn't. And a speech in front of 75 people or 75000 will not make him qualified. It just means more people heard his speech.

Posted by: DEM NOW IND | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

*The media and the right wing need to stop defining Senator Obama. They always get him wrong. They define him according to their own agenda.*

No, we define him according to his agenda - of supporting race-baiters, home-grown terrorists and criminals. Oh, and saying whatever he thinks he needs to say to get elected, no matter how contradictory he sounds. Obama is his own worst enemy.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Is it the speech we are all critiquing or each others views? That goes for Republican and Democrats alike. The speech was well delivered, informative and moving. It was historical moment for all Americans. If you disagree with the content or have issue with delivery, etc. That is a critique.
The minutia going on between conservatives, sore Hillary voters and angry Obama voters (being nasty towards 18 million voters aren’t going to get them to change their vote) is really what’s wrong. We are in a crisis of epic proportion. Time to focus people
Great. Now I’m not talking about the speech.

Posted by: Robin | August 29, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton had no foreign policy experience but surrounded himself with those who did. George W. Bush had no foreign policy experience and surrounded himself with arrogant neo-cons. That's the difference. McBush is going with the neo-cons.

Posted by: Denverite | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Leadership includes the ability to inspire and move people and institutions beyond their status quo. Obama can lead.

McCain, if elected, can merely govern.

That difference is immense.

Posted by: respost | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

"It's so sad that all Dems can do is rag on Bush. "...

If Al Gore would have just won his own state, we would not have Bush!!

Posted by: Sam | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Its amazing to read people saying that Obama has no plan for paying for what he promises, when you think of the trillion dollars spent killing tens of thousands of innocents in Iraq, and the good that that that money could have done in, say, alternative energy R&D, education, infrastructure, etc. You say Obama is a lightweight? Why, because he can put a coherent sentence together and motivate people through words, rather than fear? Get real. Bush, McCain and the GOP are run by oil companies and corporate interests. Middle class voters who go for the GOP are their willing dupes. Wake up.

Posted by: Phattuscattus | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

who is calling Americans lazy? You gazillionaires. Lobbyists for big money.

You will lose.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

OHussein! OHussein!
America, dumb-downed and ready for your ambiguity, inexperience, and half-blackness

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I would take a US Naval Aviator over a Harvard lawyer any day.

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

The only reason I see as a benefit if Barak Obama gets elected is that angry Blacks can no longer claim that everyone that is black is against them. Non-blacks will no longer have the victim role. The country will tank for 4 years but so be it. I lived through Jimmy Carter with 8% unemployment, 21% interest rates and having to get up every other day at 5am to get my car filled up with gas.

Posted by: Barb | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

...Repubs are in shock, they are talking about delaying their convention because Gramps can barely read a teleprompter"


People who have worked so hard and have paid their dues through actions for their lifetime do not need teleprompters. Obama on the other hand, I saw him hiccup at least three times when switching from left teleprompter to right.

Elect a true leader, not a unicorn.

Believe me, I believe that our country is changing, and is hopeful, and has a bright future for sure!!! I just DO NOT believe in a crook with 20+ years of questionable associations and a few books that earned 4+ MILLION dollars for a PROMISER OF FARCNESS that is Mr. Obama!!

McCain made only $400K last year, working as a public servant for our country for a LIFETIME.

To hear Mr. Obama talk about our troops and the service they've given, it's quite disrespectful to them indeed. Not only has Mr. Obama foregone the opportunity to SERVE our country as a member of our Armed Forces, but he skipped over seeing our wounded warriors for lack of publicity that would boost his political stature.

Mr. Obama truly DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE!!

How about if you had family members that were crushed by the events of 9-11, would you expect a POLITICIAN who is trying to be the president of our great land to have served his entire life as a public servant? Or would you select one that has sold books for 4 Million dollars last year and provides free rock/pop/hip-hop concerts at his speeches? Think about it and then choose responsibly!!


Vote McCain in 2008!!!

Posted by: Julian | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

jh said: "Try FOX, you really hear more about both sides."

Wow, we found one of the die-hard 28%-ers. I got a good chuckle out of this.

As much as I can stomach it, I do watch Fox - a.k.a. the wrong-wing propaganda channel, and I'm astounded by the lack of intellectual honesty.

Posted by: TVI | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

My nitpicks with Obama's speech: not enough zingers against McShame, and not enough humor/mocking of the politically bankrupt GOP. Fine speech, just a tad serious. I can follow the logic in Obama's speech. For McShame's arguments to prevail, I have to rely on my worst fears and my dark side.

Posted by: ChandraSF | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Jim, freedom comes with a price and I'll bet you never served.
You probably think everything will just work itself out.
If you had followed the months leading to our assault on Saddam, you'd realize that he was in violation of numerous UN resolutions.
There is, and has been, a tremendous cost.
Where I live I came across an Iraqi national who was very thankful for our intervention(as were many of his countrymen & women).

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

As to the speech, wow. I have not seen its equal from a Presidential nominee in the past 30 years.

Posted by: Aaron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a compilation of many of his speeches even lines borrowed from other Dems during primes. The speech was good as far as that goes but as for something new it did not go far enough. He did not explain the reasons behind not giving the job of VP to Hillary. He did not talk about sitting on his hands and allowing Hispanics being discriminated against and treated diffrently in his home state of Illinois.(Substantiated) He did not denounce or dispute his disturbing connection with Ayers being more than he first led us to believe. He spoke of You, We, Us, wanting change but not why he should be trusted to deliver it...

Posted by: Denver Source | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM


For all the hype not one of the Obamites want to address this comment...

Posted by: Ron | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who watched that speech now knows that Obama most definitely *is* qualified to be President of the United states.

Posted by: synykyl | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

This from a lifelong registered Republican (my first vote was for LBJ):

The Republicans tried to set the hurdles high for Obama.

"He has to get tough." He did.
"He has to get specific." He did.
"He has to show his patriotism." He did.
"He has to talk about tough issues." He did.
"He has to let people know about him personally." He did.
"He has to show he is ready to be president." He did.

He has convinced me. I'm ready to recognize that my party has left me, and that I am voting for Obama this year.

Posted by: tex805 | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I wanted and voted for Hillary also, but hey now. If it's her or McCain or Obama, it would be one thing, but it's not. It's either Obama or McCain.

If you choose McCain, you WILL BE CHOOSING YOUR RIGHT TO CONTROL YOUR OWN BODY, YOU WILL BE VOTING AGAINST YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK.

You will be voting against yourself and your sisters. Now you don't have to go and do that.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

In a nut shell,
He wants my money and give it to the lazy
and freeloaders of america.

Posted by: dan G | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Obama moved his audience, drove home his points, and turned McCain's lame attacks against him on McCain. I remember being moved by John F Kennedy and thinking I would never hear another speech of Kennedy caliber. Obama's speech was superior--a credit to Obama not a criticism of Kennedy.

Posted by: mbiggs | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm totally amused that all the people posting in all caps with way too many exclamation points are neocons.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

It's so sad that all Dems can do is rag on Bush. He beat you twice! Forget Florida. All Gore had to do was win one other state. Kerry exercised poor judgement by not fighting back and picking that liar John Edwards. Plus, Clinton created this problem for you. He could have been a symbol of the party as much as Reagan was for GOP. At the end of the day, your own party weakness elected Bush, twice!!!

Posted by: Wilson | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

*Just like in every other election, you Republicans have nothing positive to say, no positive ideas and a status quo attitude. You can't see beyond your mud slinging and negative ads and would rather cut off your ears to spite your face.*

My, what a selective memory you have. You don't remember Reagan's description of America as the "shining city on the hill"? Or the senior Bush's description of American charity workers as "a thousand points of light"? You can't see past a headful of left-wing dogma or Bam-Bam's pretty face to make any kind of coherent statement based on fact. You Sheep for Good Shepherd Obama are the ones getting fleeced, not us McCain supporters. LOL!

Posted by: Lee | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

As a disabled Vet from Korea, I am sick of all the lies and all the BS. and this B.O. is just as much lier as all the rest in DC.

Posted by: I.B. | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Obama moved his audience, drove home his points, and turned McCain's lame attacks against him on McCain. I remember being moved by John F Kennedy and thinking I would never hear another speech of Kennedy caliber. Obama's speech was superior--a credit to Obama not a criticism of Kennedy.

Posted by: mbiggs | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

He did great!

The media and the right wing need to stop defining Senator Obama. They always get him wrong. They define him according to their own agenda.

Just give us what he says. He makes sense.

And BTW what doesn't John McCain understand about the simple statement of "Yes WE Can"?

The important word there is "We".

Obama is going to give us our voice back.

Republicans tell us to do what they say.

Obama says "Yes, WE can". You and I together. Obama's people will be listening to "We the people".

Nuff said.

Posted by: Bill Lenner | August 29, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

He defined the new-generation democratic philosophy he believes. His policy positions don't have the super-idealistic quality of sixties democrats - on issue after issue, he finds a common sense path and is willing to accept tradeoffs betweeen the ideal and the real.

Barack Obama is a perfect showcase of this wizened, reality-based viewpoint. He is extremely optimistic about what the world can BE, but he's not naive about the realities of things like needing to pay for social programs ("I have laid out how I will pay for every dime of my policies" and "I will go through the federal budget line by line" eliminating old and poorly functioning bureaucracies).

He did a fantastic job of defining this philosophy and laying out in detail what it means in practice. He will be remembered as a figurehead who shifted the official stance of the democratic party to completely acknowledge the harsh realities of the world, while retaining the love and the dream of a harmonious future.

Posted by: Jeremy | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Came across as an angry black man

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse


Don't let the TERRORISTS win.

Vote Obama/Biden!

Posted by: chasemonster | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot...

His brother lives in shack in Africa on $1 a month. How can I vote for someone who doesn't take care of their own?

Also Joe Biden said he would be proud to serve with John McCain.

Hillary said John McCain had a lot of great experience to bring to the White House, Barack had a speech.


Ok, how can I vote for Obama, especially when Hillary and Joe Biden think I should vote for John McCain?

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

"It doesn't matter what some of you say. What Obama says is true. It doesn't change anything when you say otherwise. It's still true and he even wants to help you."

WOW! THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE SUCCESSFUL CULT PROGRAMMING-ALL CIRCULAR LOGIC GOING BACK TO THE MESSIAH! MY DEAR, YOU ARE ONE OBAMABOT THAT NEEDS AN INTERVENTION!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Sorry. I just think Democrats are a bunch of angry wanna-bes. They feel like they're entitled, and they're mad because they lost to Bush. The last Democrat president desecrated the office, lied to the American people and Congress. He left Bin Laden alive when he could have killed him. Obama may win. He appears o be a good man, and he may actually make some improvements. But he's in over his head.

Posted by: ken | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Great speech, what a relief it will be to have someone with a brain for President.

Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: ProudAmerican | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

This lack of national security experience talk is just nonsense. Most presidents dont have that - if they are a governor - Reagan, Bush, Clinton etc- they dont have it in advance. Obama has more than they did....and Pawlenty who is McCains VP choice has none...and i hate to say it, but you have to look at McCains VP choice very closely cuz hes old and might not make it thru his first term and then youd have a new governor with no experience as PREZ. All pres have advisors - you need judgement and smarts. It just baffles me that being intelligent and being able to fill up a stadium are detriments. The media coverage also shocked me. The GOPs on CNN had nice things to say about the speech and how OBama hit it out of the park and they were glad they werent working on the gop campaign. On Fox, allt heir GOP pundits said the speech was terrible, he didnt deliver etc. Im just fed up with this whole political system. Lets talk issues - not vote because we think someone is a celebrity or we think their set looks like barakopolis- how silly. The sad thing is that it shows me how stupid the american public is...IF most americans would vote, Obama would win in a second but they dont so we get the same ole same ole. Im willing to risk a change- how much worse could it be?

Posted by: STEVEN | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain will have to fight both Obama and an increasing senility in the upcoming debates. While witty, he may have trouble when all Obama does is spend time preparing briefs, he is, after all, a Harvard trained barrister.

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse


A poor child of mixed race, raised by a single mother, worked very, very hard and made his way into Harvard. He got into the Illinois State Senate where he continued to work hard and eventually became a United States Senator. It is now between him and only one other person to be in charge of running the world.

According to Obama and the Dems, the country that allowed him to reach such a level is unfair and broken.

Posted by: Casey | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

As Pat Buchanan said " Best convention speech ever." I agree. You have to be dead not to see how great that speech was. The cons had eight years with an inarticulate oaf as the leader. It is our turn with a brilliant orator to lead. We will see how it turns out after 8 years of Obama.

Posted by: Obominator | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

it doesn't matter what Barack said, because the hard core right-wingers would hate it no matter what. they do not matter in this election, because he will never win them over. (no one could win them over). all he needs is the independents, and he is reaching them and they are responding. the neo-cons are scared, that's why they are yelling louder and louder and more incoherently as the campaign moves forward.

Posted by: mcj3691 | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Hillary, but knew I'd be voting for whatever Dem candidate won the primary, so I didn't need this convention to win me over. I don't have cable, and haven't seen Obama speak before. While I liked the speech while I watched it, in retrospect I think the speech was brilliant.

I know that Obama can't deliver on many of the promises he made in the speech, but great things cannot be accomplished unless we are willing to try. Independence from middle eastern oil? An economy that supports job creation instead of outsourcing? Health care for everyone? For years, our government has scoffed and told us these (and many other) things aren't possible, yet look at our history. Our country has accomplished many great things that we thought weren't possible, and it wasn't done by whining about impossibility, but by hard work and a clear vision, something that the Republican party has completely forgotten.

Posted by: TEL1 | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I know it is not as important as our domestic agenda but I can just imagine what people around the world would think of US if we elected an articulate and inspiring African American as our President and I imagine the thought would be
Bravo America!!!

Posted by: Sheldon | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"ok guys...you had your say. guys with laptops and desktops have given their opinions here. Now i want to know what the white middle class working voters are thinking. I dont know whether they are convinced."

I am not a guy, but I am white, 41 and lower middle class according to the GAO. I am a registered Libertarian, and I do vote religiously when I am allowed. I am not allowed to vote in primaries here in Fl because I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican.
So here is what I have to say- Eight is ENOUGH! I NEED to feel proud of my country again! I NEED to feel that there is HOPE for a brighter future! I NEED to believe there is a possibility no matter how tiny that this country can once again become the envy of the world, not the but of it's jokes! I NEED something, ANYTHING to change!

Posted by: Karin | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"It doesn't matter what some of you say. What Obama says is true. It doesn't change anything when you say otherwise. It's still true and he even wants to help you."

WOW! THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE SUCCESSFUL CULT PROGRAMMING-ALL CIRCULAR LOGIC GOING BACK TO THE MESSIAH! MY DEAR, YOU ARE ONE OBAMABOT THAT NEEDS AN INTERVENTION!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

im just reading this for my homework.:/

Posted by: adr | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Is it the speech we are all critiquing or each others views? That goes for Republican and Democrats alike. The speech was well delivered, informative and moving. It was historical moment for all Americans. If you disagree with the content or have issue with delivery, etc. That is a critique.
The minutia going on between conservatives, sore Hillary voters and angry Obama voters (being nasty towards 18 million voters aren’t going to get them to change their vote) is really what’s wrong. We are in a crisis of epic proportion. Time to focus people
Great. Now I’m not talking about the speech.

Posted by: Robin | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who is willing to put the interest of the majority of Americans first will vote for Obama. McSame/Bush will only bring another 4 years of more of the same failures. The only resaon the Repubs want McCain is so that Bush will not look so bad. With Obama, the US will unite and we will begin to more forward again as a country united. Bush has failed in every single measurement of success for us. Gas was only $1.25/gallon, no debt and in general the US was headed in the right direction. Since Bush was appointed, Gas is around $4/gallon, the Bush Iraq occupation is costing us $12,000 million (or $12 billion) a month, the economy is terrible, the dollar at an all time low, true inflation (with gas and food included) is around 10%, the US image around the world is at an all time low, and Osama been good to Bush is still on the loose after 7 years.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I am so looking forward to the next election to see how America defines itself. Most of the complaints about Obama seem a little airy and self-serving, but it comes down to this. Are you a hopeful optimist and believe we can be a kinder gentler nation? or are you a warmonger and love to bully people into thinking you're the greatest.

Nevertheless, Obama is inspiring, making history for America. He is a unifying force and is challenging us to take responsibility for our government. He promises to partner with us and let us have some say as to what will happen. I've never, ever in my life heard a president invite us to do so.

I love Joe Biden and I know Hillary will be somewhere in the Whitehouse. Obama is smart enough to surround himself with other smart people. Look forward to great things.

Posted by: gallowam | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

As to the speech--wow. I have not seen its like from any Presidential nominee in the last 30 years.

Posted by: Aaron | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

jh wrote: "did you know he was a POW?"

Good thing, or I don't know what he'd be running on. His consistent support for Bush? His even disposition? His command over simple facts like the number of homes he owns? The wealth he married into?

Posted by: drossless | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

He won me over tonight! Where before I gave Obama no real consideration...It seems to me that this is a man capable of leading a new desperately needed American revolution by inspiring people to get involved and take responsibility. I was reminded of the country they taught me I lived in when I was in elementary school. Freedom,Liberty, Justice, Equality,Tolerance, Dignity, Self-Respect,Brotherhood and Community. WOW.
I am afraid to believe anything can really change...but he headed me off there...he said I know you are afraid to hope...All the arguments that people have with him I think he has countered...He said you may think its rhetoric, but he cant wait to be challenged and to debate it... He addressed the abortion and gay issues, and though I know the opponents are unable to respectfully disagree as have been asked...I am so tired and scared of those people who are hostile ignorant bullies parading themselves as Christian patriots. I thought that truly was who we as a country had become. Even if it turn out to be a brief moment, right now I am a proud American because I think that may begin to mean something once again. I also have much respect for the Clintons and their plea for support. Also was the best speech I ever heard from Al Gore. Perhaps you will see it as sad that I can have been so affected by this candidate and convention...but Im asking how can anyone not understand the voice of reason?????

Posted by: e | August 29, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Madonna told me personally that her panties are fabulous

Posted by: nickrhodes | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

He did well.

He's a smart man with a good message at the right time.

- what more should we expect from the next President of the UNITED States of America.

Posted by: PulSamsara | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Take John McBush off his respirator and let him explain his Naval flight record in Viet Nam. The official record shows that he recklessly disobeyed direct orders by flying into a known SAM/anti-aircraft area when he was shot down. Risking himself and a multi-million dollar jet all to satisfy his arrogant, reckless, hot dog ego. Had he not been shot down he would have faced a court- martial. So much for rational judgment,John. To think my tax dollars were wasted by a hot head like you.

Posted by: Timo | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse


"After recounting the story of his grandmother and her rise from the 'secretarial pool to middle-management,""

She was a bank VP. And it kind of blows his story about how his mother had to get by on food stamps.

Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama struck me tonight, as he usually does, much as John Kerry struck me four years ago. That is, Barack Obama reminds me, as John Kerry did four years ago, of a younger and much more liberal/"progressive" version of the equally bright, but very "cold" and arrogant, Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Jill Aronson | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Kris, I'll try to be nice about this.
Did you just start following this presidential race?
Yes, I am angry. I've followed this race during the primary season and if any one of you had, you'd know that Hillary is much more qualified than 'O'.
But, Hillary forgot about the caucas states.
But neither has the experience of John McCain. And I guarantee you John McCain will not be another 4 years of GW.
Who will pay for all of 'O's' tax cuts?
Don't any of you question his character... look who he's been hanging with the past 20 years?
I do believe he did some great things in South Chicago, but he hasn't done a thing since arriving in Washington.
He would serve all of us better by returning to Chicago where he did and will again make a difference.
If you listen to the major networks (which are all 'pro' 'O') YOU WILL NOT EVER HEAR THE TRUTH about him. Try FOX, you really hear more about both sides.
Good luck !

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Great speech! Great Moment!

Those who think experience is an issue should remember that Dick Cheney and Bush had more "experience" regarding military and foreign policy and still mis-led us into the Iraq "quagmire".

Posted by: jim | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama-haters, you sound like little children hurling insults in the playground. I'm disappointed; can't you make some real points instead of just calling names?

Great speech: he came on strong, politely pointed out what he things is wrong with the opposition AND made the positive case for the Democratic party. I can see why the super-rich Republicans will vote against him, but you if you earn under $5 million, McCain has already told you who has your best interests at heart.

Posted by: Sharon | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

He kicked it out of Mile High stadium!!!Like we knew he could. Like he's already done many times before. He connected, reflected and asked us to vision more for ourselves. His campaign is unmatched and in every way it showed tonight.

The future looks bright and with Obama/Biden at the helm!

Posted by: Michelle | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

When people question Obama's motives or integrity- you need only to remember that he was one of the few that voted AGAINST the war in Iraq. That probably didn't make him very popular, but it shows that he has great intuition and is not swayed by fickle political pressures and media. The mark of great leaders like Lincoln, Washington and Kennedy is that they posses foresight and wisdom to do what is best regardless of popularity. I feel lucky that he is offering to lead us into the future, and that we can be part of a positive change for the next generation.

Posted by: optimistic | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

He hit it out of the park, and I thought with rhetorical flourishes all through. What his aides were hyping was an address that kept to policy, but I thought there was plenty of lofty rhetoric, and would have been disappointed if there weren't. Obama's strength with voters, as opposed perhaps to commentators, is his ability to inspire. If he were to have given a dry speech, lacking his themes of hope and change, sublimating his style to please critics, it would have been a failure, a missed opportunity to energize the biggest single audience (not just live, but on TV too) that he was going to be able to address before voting day. He carried it off magnificently.

Posted by: Dan in Thailand | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

What's this familiarity with NeoNazi talk. Comparing anybody you are running agains to Hitler and then using words like "LENI RIEFENSTAHL" Methinks you are a mite too familiar with this mumbo jumbo neonazi stuff. True colors you are showing......

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I still want Hillary!

Posted by: Democrat in FL | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

For those of you posting about how will Obama reduce unwanted pregancies and ask "What more can be done?", RESTORE FUNDING FOR FREE BIRTH CONTROL AND MEDICAL EXAMS TO POOR WOMEN!!! Many of the states cut this kind of funding back in 2001 I am sure it was directly due to a shift in where federal money was to be distributed through the states.

I know poor is not the politically correct term but it is the most specific. Those that do not have healthcare need free pap smears, std tests, and birth control. Abortion is not birth control and despite the fact that the safest way to keep from becoming pregnant is no sexual intercourse that is not reasonable for when it comes to sex people are not reasonable.

OK, I am going to get off my soap box of solutions.

Thank you Obama you have inspired me and encouraged the decisions that have lead to the most recent changes in my life. I pray that you continue to be an inspiration to us all and that we get more democratic and independent Senators into office this year too.

Posted by: Heidi | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Great Speech. As to those who think that alternative energy is inefficient, solar thermal is very efficient. It can supply a huge amount of energy and can be built fairly quickly with a bit of investment. Once built it has 0% pollution and very low maintenance costs with no additional energy costs at all. The excess heated water can be stored in large thermoses underground and run the turbines at night. The Bush administration has been blocking almost all attempts to build this 50 year old technology since they got into office.
Ten years, yes, if we get the oil companies out of our way.
Go Barack

Posted by: kensolar | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

4/5 of Obama supporter's comments on this page directly prove what Obama is about... talking a whole bunch but not saying anything. You call names, hate, stereotype, the exact things you all say you support Obama for, because he's against.

But you're all right, it's time for a change. Just let someone, anyone, know what needs to be changed, and what is changing- and we'll all back Obama. 'Cause Barrack himself sure hasn't done it yet.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama was earnest but insubstantial. I'm voting for McCain--the difference in life experience is too great to ignore and I was not moved by the speech tonight.

Posted by: CustomsWiz | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

TRULY, MONIKER, THERE ARE PAID OBAMA CAMPAIGN BLOGGERS HERE TONIGHT-THAT IS PATENTLY OBVIOUS!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

We are not convinced.

Posted by: White Middle Class | August 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Uhh...no....

"Reagonomics" was:

1)Shift the tax burden from the wealthy to the middle class.(Regan cut income tax, but he DOUBLED the FICA taxes which hurts the poor and middle class the most).
2)Run up the biggest deficit in the history of the country.

That's called fiscal irresponsibility - the mark of the Republicans.

Sorry, you don't get to rewrite history.

Posted by: Jeff | August 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, such a refreshing change from 8 years of the fumbling, bumbling, and mumbling of George Bush.

Posted by: bman | August 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what some of you say. What Obama says is true. It doesn't change anything when you say otherwise. It's still true and he even wants to help you. You don't believe it, but that doesn't matter, because when he's the president, you'll reap the benefits, too. He's that kind of man. If the republicans cheat again, then the next 4 years will knock you down like you've never been knocked.
Did you hear McCain say he will need the draft this week. No, of course you didn't. But he did. Doesn't matter if you don't believe it because he said it anyway. If you are younger than I believe 43, you'll get drafted. Start to read truth. For your sake and ours.

Posted by: refuge | August 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

WOW
I have heard a lot of speeches, and that was as good as it gets.
Just hope he backs it up if elected.
Would of liked to hear more about the way our rights are being usurped.
The fact that he back peddled on FISA still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Not really sure I can vote for either candidate.
I guess in the final analysis, since he voted for FISA, and he just brushes off our loss of habeas corpus, what he seems to want is a socialist police state.
That of course diametrically opposes the Republican Fascist police state.
One way or the other we end up trading our rights for some sort of false since sense of security.
Nope I still can not vote for either candidate, even though I just heard the best speech ever in my life time.

Posted by: John O Kennedy | August 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who can not accept that Obamas' speech was one for the history books is in denial. For him or against him the speech was good. A strong platform has been established. And with the help of his impeccable staff, Barack Obama will be sworn in on January 20th 2009 as the 44th President of the United States of America. A message to McCain and Friends, America is ready for a change that you are not ready for or don't want. I don't know but America is speaking in a historical way. Oh yeah God does not like ugly. Why would one pray for it to rain on the DNC?

Posted by: Quincey Randolph | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

It was the best political speech in generations. Possibly as good as ever given. One would have to go back to Lincoln to find the like.

Posted by: JohninSeattle | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama was great tonight. Usually he uses a lot of rhetoric in his speeches and I was a little worried that he wouldn't take a firm stand. However, tonight won me over by stating what he would do.
Go OBAMA

Posted by: Shawn | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

How did he do?

HE HIT A GRAND SLAM OUT OF THE PARK!!!

America would be the most fortunate country on earth if we elect Obama president!

Posted by: Bill G | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

db, military events begin with the pledge of allegiance, not political events. There is a still a difference in America.

Obama? Shrug. Not a great speech. A lot of Republicans would have voted for Hillary, it would have been over if he'd tapped her for VP.

Obama didn't close the deal for me.

Posted by: Casey | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse


Barack Obama is a flawless orator, but his is a studied passion,never erupting with the volcanic fervor of Martin Luther King. He has yet to come up with content that rings with originality, but that is a weakness he shares with John McCain. The decibel count was equal to that of Hillary Clinton's.

The image of history in the making will remain long after either candidate's words are forgotten.

Posted by: Wes Pedersen | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama was working on that speech since 2004. Seriously, has he even finished reading his freshman senator handbook? What audacity. Don't let him and his racist wife guilt trip America into voting for him because he thinks he's special.

Posted by: Wilson | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Why does it seem the supporters of Obama keep trying to discuss issues while the McCain supporters revert to name calling, fear mongering and extremist tactics? Apparently the ideas of finding common ground and collaboration to support ALL Americans in their persual of life, liberty and happiness is still lost on some.

Posted by: jackie | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

if race did not matter,this election would not even be close. We have a choice of a bumbling old warmonger who makes major gaffes constantly and has admitted he knows nothing about the economy, running against a vibrant, dynamic, inspiring candidate who beats him hands down in intelligence and appeal. The only reason this is even close is because millions of white people are too chicken shish to admit that they won't vote for a Black man to be Pres. It really is sad given the grvitus of the issues and moment in history that so many of you are still blinded by race, and even worse toare disingenious to admit it.

Posted by: chrisc | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Kris perception is not everything. Obama paid bloggers our out in force tonight. Using canned "I was blown away", I know who I'm voting for now", "He won me over."
etc...
Not all of us are sheep.

Posted by: Moniker | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

The most disciplined Presidential Candidate made History tonight:

“With profound gratitude and great humility I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America!” All Americans can share in this amazing moment.

On the 45th Anniversary of possibly the most memorable speech in history…when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Barrack Obama delivered tonight from the mile high stadium in Denver. It was not just an evening of amazing pyrotechnics but it was a spectacle of a man who is “fired up” to serve. “This is not about me, but about you”…stating this night was also a night for the Grandmother that worked to give him an education.

This was a symphony of words, with the right timing, the best tempo, a cadence and rhythm, building to climax of Promise and Hope. This was a moment of transcending politics and cultural barriers.

Tonight there was a voicing of concerns on the interweaving issues that matter most to the true Middle American: Jobs and the economy, human rights, energy, a timetable for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq. There where specific proposals that show the promise of the United States to once again become the “moral leader” of the world, with echoes of Lincoln, Kennedy and even Reagan…a masterpiece…

Obama may now be growing into the job of a new Presidency…

Formidable…willing to take on John McCain. “We cannot afford another eight years like the last years: ‘Eight is enough’”!!!---Willing to take on Osama Bin Laden---“I supported finishing the job in Afghanistan”---but McCain was noted as “Reckless”…”and “McCain would not even go into the cave where Osama bin Laden lives!” Powerful---Strong, Straight words…”We must take out Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants!” and he looked the camera right in the eye…

Barrack may have made the transformational speech of the Century so far.
“Washington will get changed from the “Outside In”---this was another March on Washington…Dr. King would be proud at the thought: “I may not make it with you to the Promised Land”…A different kind of speech than Barrack has given to date.

Obama ended with three thoughts based upon his faith in God. Scripture says that God works in “unseen ways”---We know where Barrack stands now…on the issues…on where he will lead the Nation…and once becoming President, who will remain his steadfast boss…
Like the Preacher Dr. King, Obama was not afraid to quote scripture this mile high evening...Thanking God for this step into a New Dawn of History…

Eric Soldahl
August 28, 2008
(Soldahl and his wife Betsy penned the words for the original "Rock Around Barrack Tonight" theme song. Musical groups such as Pearl Jam have recorded versions).

Posted by: Eric Soldahl | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Just like in every other election, you Republicans have nothing positive to say, no positive ideas and a status quo attitude. You can't see beyond your mud slinging and negative ads and would rather cut off your ears to spite your face. Wake up!! Drilling off shore won't produce results for 10 years. Why not spend that money now on alternative energy production? If we'd spent 10 billion a month on rebuilding our infrastructure instead of in Iraq, how many more jobs would we have produced? If we had a health care system that prevented illness instead of treating them later, how many sick days could a hard working American save? Obama tapped Paulson and Buffet in structuring his economic plan, so it CAN be funded. You can't talk about all the specifics in a speech. If you're really educated, read his plan...THEN make a decision. If you don't do you're own homework you're either too lazy or not well enough versed to post negative comments. Put forth an effort to make an informed decision and post comments that you can substantiate or shut up! And John McCain..I am not a Georgian...I'm and American.

Posted by: KC | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Watching Barack tonight and reading these comments made me wonder about the two very different kinds of people in the world. Those that believe that everyone should vote for what is best for themselves, and those that believe they should vote for what is best for everyone. Believing in the latter- That we should all be our brothers & sisters keepers, I was very inspired by tonights speach and what Obama stands for. History proves, being selfish just gets people into trouble. The last eight years have shown the American people, and the world, that being selfish is bad for everybody in the end. Obama's message of lifting the middle and low end of our nation is what will make everyone better off in the future! My hopes are with him.

Posted by: Mark, aspen | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Claudine 1000, McCain can have your vote.

Posted by: kobio | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

The ignorance shown here by the Repukes is quite amazing. Just who do you blame for your current situation?

More of the same just doesn't cut it. Go ahead and put down Obama this winter as you continue to pay $4.00 a gallon for gas and find out you can't afford to heat your home. Sheesh!

Posted by: pkinatyou | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I supported Bush 1st term, Kerry 4 years ago to resteer the lost ship. However, since the ship has sunk to the bottom of the ocean, I have no choice but to choose a captain who agrees that using a high-tech GPS system rather than a handheld compass and a cartegraph might be a more efficient method in finding the way to our destination while embarquing on a new journey, a journey to regaining our position as the superpower. I am supporting Obama, the American Dalai Lama. I do not want a sticker bumper for the next 4 years on my car saying "Dont blame me, I voted for Obama"

Posted by: Asim Khan | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I completely disagree with Chris Cillizza's statement that this speech had substance. It was pathetically weak and exaggerated the very little Obama has done. This included more platitudes and attacks on the free market and "rich" people. He promised NOTHING NEW...More government and more government. These are ideas of the past. He's convincing; hell there are alot of his minions responding here. In the end, his speech was populist and empty. He made lofty promises to which he COULD NEVER DELIVER. What hubris!

Posted by: Malcom Z. | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Vote your hopes, not your fears! America, in the wake of 9/11 you vowed not to be afraid. You showed the world you would not allow terrorists to dictate your way of life. If you vote for McCain then the terrorists will have won, as that vote can only be one out of fear.

Posted by: HG | August 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

i was waiting for the sky to open and for the
celestial choir to appear.... he really thinks he's the ONE but after wasting my vote on him once i know what he does.... nothing
he's done nothing for illinois or the south side of chicago

Posted by: wcwinc | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

INDEED, SHADES OF LENI RIEFENSTAHL-THE GREAT DEMOGOGUE HAS SPOKEN AND THE MASSES ARE APPROPRIATELY MESMERIZED!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

COMPARING OBAMA TO HITLER BECAUSE THEY BOTH CAN SPEAK WELL IS TYPICAL DESPERATE CRAZY TALK. DESPERATE BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE.......

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

He has great speech writers but so little experience

Posted by: JOHN | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Aye!! I think it was a home run. People it is just a speech. Its no brainer. America needs not someone who can make great speeches. But; someone who can give more substance. Still Obama has a long way to go before he can lead a country which is answerable to the world; a leader whose decissions can make or break the security of Americans and what America stands for.

Posted by: Tex | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

READ THE SHOCK DOCTRINE and it will open your eyes. I believe this will be very close. Our country needs Mr. Obama to defend all the good, hardworking people that live in it. However the mega rich who have 50% of the population fooled as they steal their investments right from under them, will now pull out all the stops. They are extremely good at lying and distorting the truth. If McCain wins, then the people have spoken and they will get what they deserve. We tried to tell the about Bush but they wouldn't listen. Hey, who needs a middle class anyway. Now get back to work or you're fired!

Posted by: Joe Jauch | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

senator obama did a fine job considering the hype that surrounds him. politicians ARE todays rockstars, and he came across the way the usa expects its icons to appear---larger than life and full of promises. i simply wish it could be done on a smaller scale. after all, he wont be making his decisions at invesco field unless he's signed by the broncos.

Posted by: non american | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

What sticks in the craws of the Reprobate Party is that their is an uppity negra who refuses to stay in his place and say, "yes massa"! And the symbol of that mob, who lives in 1950 mississippi and Alabama is that wrinkled, ghost-white racist, John McCain, who is well known for his racist and misogynistic "jokes"...he who calls his wife a c-nt and offers her up to display her nude body for a biker rally. What a perfect companion he has in Karl Rove!

Posted by: Robinson | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me that Obama delivered the goods tonight. As a Republican, who has always trusted the US government, I can look back and say without hesitation that I've been had. I have been lied to and the government has taken advantage of me. I left important decisions to those in power because that's what I thought was the right thing to do, and I was led down a path that was corrupt and that cost lots of young men and women their lives, and for what? Al Qaida is stronger than ever because we took things in the wrong direction. And because we spent so much in Iraq, we let our own country go down the tubes. I have had it with Republicans-I'm voting Obama. I think he will right some of the wrongs and it has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat. It has to do with decency.

Posted by: Bob Hillyard | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting when people keep looking for specifics from the Obama campaign. Does the McCain campaign offer specifics? Seems to me, McCain just takes cheap shots at Obama's character. Is that their idea of specifics?

In reality, any specifics offered right now are BS anyway. Nobody truly knows how much and how their going to do anything until they get elected. The best way to know who to elect is to ensure they stand up for what you believe in and that they have the leadership skills to execute when the time comes.

Posted by: Citizen | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

There is no use talking sense to a Republican, if you offered them a choice between a steak and a steaming pile, but said the pile was Republican, they would eat it right up! Thats why they still support McSame.

Posted by: Eatyourliver | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

To those doubting Obama's commander in chief capability: the only argument you have is without logic. Lack of concrete evidence for a premise (i.e., that we should have been attacked by now) is not proof that the conclusion based on it is true (i.e., that government anti-terrorism activities have prevented the attacks.) Example: Because you aren't hit by a car while driving drunk, this proves that you aren't drunk. Nope. Before you make another fallacious argument, get an education. To those who responded in favor of 'liberalized' trade: these trade agreements are what have gotten the entire middle class nearly wiped off the map, and taken good jobs overseas. For example, if anyone believes that big oil companies will somehow give us a price break on the oil they steal (paying nearly nothing for the mineral rights on Federal land, while at the same time doing nothing to repair the damage), well, you neither have any idea how oil companies make their money, nor do you know how the free-market system you so love works. And you have no idea how duped you have been by their pr campaigns. Either that, or you have been made rich by them, and of course you don't mind that. Barak Obama is the man, and you money-grubbing conservatives who don't care about anything but your own wallet are going to lose... and that's just the way it is.

Posted by: Christopher | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

The torch has been passed to the next generation. Obama took the torch and advanced the cause of our great democratic republic. It has been asked, "Who wrote the speech." I would not be surprised if Obama wrote most, if not all, of it. The facts that he used were common knowledge in this convention. However, Obama's politics are his own and are shared with a generation that is willing to accept change and responsibility. I know this generation coming along because I helped to teach them. Whoever wrote the speech shows that effort and patience work wonders. The speech carries the marks of a master craftsman. "W" should have fired his speech writers long ago. In fact, Republicans in general have poor speech writers.

The Republican high-road response would have looked like, "We applaud Obama for his speech, and we accept his challenge to debate the issues. We have an alternative view of the issues and priorities that America will find compelling." However, the Republican response is true Republican hard-nose rhetoric. They are afraid if they give even an inch, they have lost. What kind of politics is this?

Obama nailed every Republican issue about/against him with a very understandable and thoughtful response. Obama didn't duck anything. He laid his program out there for all to see. America needs Obama at this moment, just as it needed Lincoln, FDR, JFK, and Bill Clinton. The Republicans fend for their own while the national social agenda goes begging.

I am very proud of Obama. I am proud of the Democratic Convention.

Posted by: Earl C | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

"He should have taken the high road and left the attacks to Biden and other surrogates.

The other problem is that Obama has apparently exhausted his tool bag of speaking techniques. I don't for a moment doubt that the speech left Democrats ecstatic. But that will not win the election."

I completely agree. There were too many attacks and repetitions in this speech. I did not think I would be more excited about McCain's speech until I saw Barack speak.

Posted by: Eric Horne | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad his speech was over by 8 p.m. I didn't want to miss any of Big Brother.

Posted by: Sunny | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Ok, why should I vote for him?

Posted by: Jay |
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I dunno...you are a bit too stupid for Obama. Go vote for McCain. He has a job for you - kicking the world's a$$..for 100 years.

Posted by: My name is Jay and I Iike fiberglass | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

... Tah Tah Karl Rove, BUSH/CHENEY, Grumpie Grampie McSAME, Condi, GOP, etc. You're YESTERDAY'S "Bad News!!!"

Posted by: hanfrina | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I still want Hillary!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Anbody who has heard Bush's guffaws would hail this speech as Exemplary - but the moment that he captured was of Unity and we have not seen or felt that since the last 8 years. rsb

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

SALLY: HOW HE IS GOING TO DO THE THINGS?

Are you slow or just playing dumb? He said he would do it by eliminating pork barrel spending. Incresing funding for programs that work and getting rid of those that dont.

What do you want him to do tell you who the majority whip will be and the exct words that will be on his health care bill?

Stop being an idiot and pay attention. I feel like I'm sitting next to the dumb cheerleader (only WAY less attractive most likely) who doesnt know anything so she just starts calling the smart kids names until they just break down and give her the answers.

Obama was very specific in his speech. Those of us with IQs in the triple digits heard a laundry list of things he'd like to do and how he was going to do them.

Posted by: JN | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I was very moved. What thinking, feeling being would not be? If that makes me a chump, I'll wear that badge proudly. Better that, than a dead soul! I pity you heartless, right-wing dead-enders. It's so much easier to tear down than to build up, isn't it? Willfully ignorant, selfish, hateful, intolerant, cowardly (I'm looking at you, Mr. Anonymous), hypocritical — you're twice the threat to America's promise than Bin Laden and all the terrorists taken together. Shame, SHAME! Please, PLEASE — open your eyes, your minds, your hearts.

Posted by: Jim Santo | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

i think obamas speach was on the mark. directly addressing the differences between barak and mcain. i think that obama will crush mcain in the debates, but i must admit that the speach gave me the impression that there is alot more promises than can be accomplished. but either way its a better plan that mcain will ever wish to come up with. lets face it, when mcain don't even know what country borders pakistan, had to be corrected when he was in iraq about insugents, don't know how many homes he has, and to top it off he don't know what a bar code is, before ya know it he will be attacking san fransisco thinking there are insugents there. anything is better than mcain.

Posted by: therealdeal | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I thought the speech was a masterpiece of marketing-he communicated, he included, he spoke to the issues and he offered solutions.
I am astounded that when someone has the audacity to state that we can do better, we can be better, that we can actually hope to make things better for everyone instead of just a privileged few that that person is criticized for being vague and inexperienced. Only two Senators in the past century went from the Congress by election into the White House, one being John Kennedy.
Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and our current President had zero national political experience when they were elected. Experience? 4 of 5 of them were Governors, not seasoned Washington insiders.
It sounded to me tonight that Mr Obama had been in Washington long enough to understand how to improve it. Many times we get the government we deserve-I pray that this time we get a better one.

Posted by: Eric | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Alan wrote:
What would be the response of some of you if Obama was white?
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Is Obama was white he would NOT be the Democratic Presidential Candidate because he would have to had substance rather than rhetoric.

Posted by: DemAbroad | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

It is nice to see the Democratic Party get a little fire in its belly, finally. It's even nicer to see Obama get mad about something and show it. While he did everything all the pundits wanted him to do, the one thing in Obama's speech that really got me excited was the shout,

ENOUGH!

If Kerry had given a speech in 2004 like the one he gave this week, or if Gore gave a speech in 2000 like he did today, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. Thank God that Obama realizes this and finally started taking the hide off of McCain.

Posted by: willytrhekorn | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Inspiring, heartfelt, patriotic speech! I want a president that tries to unite, rather than divide. A president that works for the low and middle income folks-- the rich have enough power already.

Posted by: Joanne | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Heil Obama, the new Hitler!

Posted by: susan | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Senator Obama was right on target. Still, I'm hopeful that, prior to the election, he and Senator McCain will address the plight of the 2 million children in the U.S. annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized through no fault of their own. As a consequence of blatant political indifference to the plight of these children through numerous administrations, there are now more than 50 million adults--voters--who suffered the same way these children do now. It is time for the candidates to recognize and address a pervasive problem--a dirty little secret--this country has had for ages. 50 million voters: that's twice the number of American voters who are veterans of all wars, equal to the number of African-American voters, equal to one quarter of all eligible voters, and only 12 million less than the number of voters who elected our current President. Senators Obama and McCain should give this tremendous voting bloc the acknowledgment it deserves and help end the suffering of the 2 million vulnerable children in dire straits. If they continue to fail to do that, I will--as the write-in candidate for President. I've already proposed specific solutions that will not cost any more than our federal government already spends on these children. Visit www.SantaClaus08.com to learn more. Santa Claus is my legal name and I'm a full-time volunteer children's advocate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I am in college right now and really struggling. I want to be a History Teacher and his speech made me so emotional because I just saw history.

He also made me comfortable again as I thought he was being too vague but he hit it right on the mark. YES WE CAN.

I am willing to work in an inner city school. I am willing to work at a rural school. If they will take $4000 off my school debt then count me in!!!!!!

Posted by: Tori, Oregon | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Very simple, GOP will talk about experience.
Democrats will talk about Temperament. McCain will be defined as reckless and with the millions of dollars to do it, it's going to be tough.

Obama may have more than $100 Million in the bank at the beginning of September. This is the last election that the GOP will ever accept public financing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I've been a life long Dem... I mean Republican. But tonight for the first time I realized what a dummy I've been for not understanding that Obama and the gummit are really the answer to all my problems. I'm not a fake Red-stater like the other trolls here pretending to be a Repub. I really did get on my knees and pray that every one would become as delusional ... I mean enlighted as me. (Actually after watching the speech I'm going to be sick because O man is truly a delusional pol.)

Posted by: patrick | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

FOLKS, LET ME SAY IT RIGHT HERE AND NOW-ENJOY YOUR CANDIDATE'S TURN IN THE SPOTLIGHT-IT'S GOING TO BE SOON GONE-BOTH HE AND HIS LYING PLAGIARIST SIDEKICK ARE GOING TO F**K UP AS USUAL, BUT WHEN MCCAIN/ROMNEY GET WOUND UP, IT IS THE REPUBLICAN TICKET WHO THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WILL VOTE FOR-WITHOUT A DOUBT-BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE MOST EXPERIENCE IN ALL THE AREAS THAT MATTER-PERIOD END OF STORY.

COME BACK TO THIS SPOT IN NOVEMBER, AFTER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER. I WILL BE REMINDING ALL OF YOU OF THIS FACT.

MCCAIN/ROMNEY 08!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse


He's going to raise my taxes but if he creates a strong middle class it's worth it.

Republicans have become a party of big government, big debt, and corruption. It's so obviously time for a change.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: Mr Judgment | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans had the House, the Senate, and the Presidency for 6 years. Why didn't they get anything done??!!

Time for a change, let the other party try to fix things.

Posted by: Poor Richard | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Give Obama a teleprompter and a large crowd and he has the power of a televangelist. That's his gift. Put him in a debate where he has to rely on substance and he can't live up. Look at how many times Hilary won those debates. Look at how he is ducking McCain on doing the Town Hall meetings. I also liked him taking that line from Michael Douglas in The American President. Don't underestimate McCain, everyone he beat was much younger.

Posted by: Chuck | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Great speech. I really enjoyed the "common purpose" bit. I felt at that part he was trying to reach out to everyone. Obama may not have all the solutions at the moment but really no one does.
All of this mess about good style is crap. You're pretty much a hypocrite if you simply say that Obama is all style. How many time has McCain been on the Tonight Show? Gosh, that sure gives him a lot of substance.

Posted by: anon | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Alan - it would be the same response as I gave Kerry, Clinton, Dukakis, Carter, etc. It's not about color, you liberals want that so bad. If Condi Rice ran I would be out there everyday for her. Now grow up!

Posted by: CB | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Ya think Ebeneezer McCain could ever come close to a speech like this in a stadium of 80,000 people. He couldn't draw flies to the town dump. The Repubs are in shock, they are talking about delaying their convention because Gramps can barely read a teleprompter

Posted by: Xerxes | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

If America does not vote for Obama, then that tells me something about this country: cynical and hopeless.

Posted by: Christina | August 29, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

The speech was outstanding, just as Senator Obama is an exceptional nominee. There is hope for our country.

I am so impressed about the quantity and quality of positive comments here. Usually, it is more filled up with the unreasonable and utterly silly comments of people who appear only to be interested in how outrageous they can be. There is hope for our country.

For all of you who disagree (along with David Brooks, Ron Fournier,and various Republican operatives) I'll stand up for your right to disagree. Please, just be civil and rational and fair about it.

Posted by: Byron | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Hitler made a great speech too, had tremendous charisma, and enthralled the misguided masses. So did Castro. Those of you who are on your knees worshiping at the temple of God Obama might better rethink tomorrow when you have a clearer head. Think about who his real friends are. This guy and the surrounding hysterical scene are scary! If he is elected, it will be interesting to hear from you in a year or so, if you still have the freedom to speak critically.

Posted by: bill | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant!

Posted by: xensen | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Drossless, nice try.
What has Obama ever done except hang with shady characters.
Can't say that about McCain.
By the way, did you know he was a POW?

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

from all the comments i read, it looks like the majority of you were inspired by obama's speech, as was i, and that most of you who were undecided have decided to vote for him.

what i am curious about is why some of you, even if it is a small number, are so against him, with so much anger. This is a real request, can you share why in a thoughtful way, in a way that really shares where you're coming from rather than going for cheap attacks?

Posted by: kris | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

They all can say want they want at the end of the day you either approve of the democratic platform or the republican platform. Neither of them are new neither one is a change the only change Obama will bring is the change from the same old Rep platform to the same old Dem platform.

Posted by: jeff | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

"If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and the judgment to serve as the next commander in chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have," he said.

WHAT??? WHAT DEBATE??? HE SHOULD DEBATE!!!!!!

OBAMA WILL NOT AGREE TO DEBATE BECAUSE HIS WEAKNESS WILL BE SHOWN!!!

DEBATE OBAMA!!! I CHALLENGE YOU!!!

OBAMA WAS SINGED BY THE LAST DEBATE HE LOST WITH HILLARY, WAIT UNTIL HE DEBATES MCCAIN!!!

HOW CAN WE ELECT SOMEONE WHO IS NOT WILLING TO SHOW HIS STRENGTH BY DEBATING!!!????

OBAMA HAS NOT DEBATED MCCAIN!!! MCCAIN HAS CHALLENGED OBAMA AGAIN AND AGAIN AND OBAMA HAS SKIPPED OUT!!! BECAUSE IT WILL SHOW THAT HE WILL LOSE!!!!

DEBATE!!! AMERICANS DEBATED ENGLAND, AND THEN LIBERATED THEMSELVES!!! OBAMA MUST STOP THE COWARDICE AND DEBATE MCCAIN!!! WHAT DO WE AMERICANS HAVE TO LOOSE???

Posted by: SHOW YOUR WORTHINESS | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Same old BS!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse


"What would be the response of some of you if Obama was white?"

No response. He wouldn't be the nominee.

Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

i was not allowed to be a doctor because i flunked algebra. Now i can do surgery because barack and michelle will make it possible.

Posted by: silvia
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i love meth head humor - you don't even have to pretend to know what the hell you are talking about.

Posted by: silvia + meth= WAPO post | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

ok guys...you had your say. guys with laptops and desktops have given their opinions here. Now i want to know what the white middle class working voters are thinking. I dont know whether they are convinced.

Posted by: discerners | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

In Australia, and utterly blown away by his speech. As someone with the advantage of clear perspective only possible through observation from outside the nation, I respectfully submit that his plans are workable, and his ideals great. He does know how to balance a budget, and help an ailing economy. I can't tell any American how to vote, nor do I have the right to--but this is the man I support.

Posted by: es | August 29, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I am not from either party. I have supported Republicans and Democrats (and neither) over the years. I supported McCain in 2000. I don't believe that Barack Obama is a messiah that will solve all of the worlds problems but I think he gives us a chance to try a fresh new approach and this is more important than experience. He may be a little green but you can tell he is a thoughtful person that won't rush to a conclusion. Even if his association with 'Change' were only symbolic (or imagined), this symbol (or perception) in and of it's self can cause actual change to occur because the symbol inspires people to look at things in a new way.

Posted by: Todd | August 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Hello Intern,

I'm covered in butter and i need some salt.

Posted by: John McCain | August 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Did Obama do enough with his speech? Were you convinced (if you needed convincing)?

No... he didn't do enough with his speech and I'm not convinced at all. The best predictor of the future is the past. I don't care what Obama says, his past behavior indicates that he's a political rookie and doesn't have the judgment or leadership ability to be a President. I think he's promising a bunch of b.s. he can't deliver and doesn't know how to deliver. Even worse, he gave erroneous information in his speech. Really weak.

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

WHOVER SAYS WHAT OBAMA SAYS HAS NO SUBSTANCE DID NOT LISTEN TO THE SPEECH.

YOUR ARGUMENT IS WHAT HAS NO SUBSTANCE. YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. GIVE IT UP.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse


And do we want a president who cannot pronounce "inexplicably"?


Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I think that Obama threw down the gauntlet after enduring weeks of lies and half-truths from the Rovian McCain camp. He stood up and said to the Republicans --- DO NOT QUESTION MY PATRIOTISM! He showed a backbone, something we have not seen in a Democrat in quite a while. Meanwhile, the Republicans snicker (usually because they don't really understand what is going on---like the Mile-High Stadium set---it's the White House, not a freaking temple!) but they know they are in trouble.

Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

He has done what he promised to do, raise politics to another level. Now it is up to us to support him and the change he champions and bring change to the highest office in our land.

I've been a Republican for 15 years, when I heard Barack in January of this year I was changed. I donated money for the first time in my life to a politician, I volunteered to campaign, and I changed my party affiliation to Democrat.

Tonight I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a Democrat. Most of all I am proud of this great country that has made this all possible and I look forward to working with people across the country to bring this change to Washington.

Posted by: Debbie | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Just like another speech, there's nothing new - full of promises but no delivery.

Posted by: Peter Truong | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Robert - you're a typical Liberal - uneducated and brief with a child like mentality.

Posted by: cb | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Heaven help us.

Posted by: Larissa S. | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that our great grandparents, grandparents and moms and dads "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps" (according to Obama's examples in his speech) but for some reason we now need the government to "bail us out" when times get tough. I'm so tired of hearing about how crappy things are in America. In my travels to Ukraine and other Eastern european countries everyone wanted to know how to get into America. They loved America. Obama "welcomes" the chance to debate McCain? What a joke. McCain begged for ten town hall meetings prior to the conventions and Obama agreed to one. And at Saddleback he got his butt handed to him. Joe Biden? Is that change? It's another lifetime politician that just enhances the fact that Obama has zero experience. Caring about the "least of these?" Did you see that spectacle? How many people could have been sent to college or fed with the money that was spent on that production. If that's hope and change... count me out.

Posted by: Me | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that Obama did a great job of telling us who he is, how he is different than McCain/Bush and why we need a change in this country. I was trying to remember what it was like when the US was really a country that showed the world what honor looks like on a national level. It was definitely before Bush dishonored the presidency and every American by ruling the country with lies, fear and greed. I hope and pray that there is a path to redemption. I know McCain ain't it. I vote Obama.

Posted by: Smitty | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

He has no experience.
He is going to raise your taxes.
He wants to increase business regulation.
He does not want to drill for oil.
He is going to cut Military programs and spending.
He was wrong on the surge and now wants to take credit. He wanted to surrender.
He came out the Chicago Politial Machine.
He bought his house from a convicted felon.
He has a relationship with an unrepentant radical who bombed the Pentagon, and wished he did more.
He sat in church for 20 years listening to GD America and other racist and un-American slurs.
His wife isn't proud of her country, except maybe if her hubby wins Pres.
He is going to force socialized medicine down your throat.
He didn't want his daughters to be punished with a baby - he is pro abortion.

Ok, why should I vote for him?

Posted by: Jay | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

People in my family have bad credit, no houses and crummy cars. We want the good life like those rich folk in the suburbs. Once the police take away their ak47's and then the gov takes away the police, we will live in their houses and make them work like we do or would do if we had jobs.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Michael, enough about Kilpatric, McCain is buddies with Pastor Hagee, enough said.

Posted by: kobio | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Great speech and lots of emotion. When the rubber meets the road, however, we will need more than that. A lot more. The masses are easily persuaded by pretty words and is very fickle, after all even Hitler had the gift of the golden tongue. God help us if Barak Hussein Obama becomes president.

Posted by: JOSEF SAMUEL | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

What would be the response of some of you if Obama was white?

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

All of the naysayers who posted here tonight are, in reality, actually shaking in their boots. They know the power in the speech they heard tonight. But, they are "dancing as fast as they can" to convince themselves and others that we didn't see what we all know that we saw - the first nationwide speech of the man who will be the next President of the United States. In fact, it's the sheer volume of the nonsense they are posting that convinces me, beyond any doubt, that Obama hit a homerun tonight. Face it you Obama bashers - you are scared beyond belief because he proved tonight that he is a tough, disciplined, inspiring, and very intelligent candidate who will leave McCain at the starting gate as he sweeps to victory in November.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Action speaks louder than words. What condition did he leave Chicago in when he was a State Senator? Answer: It's worse than ever.

Frankly, No politician cares about the working class. As a Conservacrat, I don't like any candidate but will probably vote for a Republican President for the first time in my life.

Posted by: Barry | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is a man that will work with everyone to solve our many problems -- granted, mostly problems George Bush caused while talking down to us and belittling our intelligence...

Still Obama is a man who can change history. Why not make it a goal to end our dependence on foreign oil? We should have done that 20 years ago! And ending dependence does not mean people with older cars have to buy new ones -- we can still produce our own oil, but stop borrowing from foreign governments to pay for foreign oil while our domestic economy suffers.

Except for diehard republicans and racists, I do not see how this election will be anything but a landslide for a man who will transform this country with authenticity, tenacity, goals, and action.

Posted by: Ran | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes Scott your wonderful Democrat Congress has done so much - their ratings are lower than the president - and now you want to continue with those empty suits, and have an empty suit lead them - he may be able to do it - buy he'll need a tele-prompter - otherwise you guys are screwed.

Posted by: cb | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I was glad they put the Dems put him up in a rock star stage. It showed him for what he is. Style not substance. Go McCain!

Posted by: Seattleite | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

The Man is BRILLIANT! Only dummys or people who have their head stuck in the sand can vote McCain

Posted by: Robert | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

What speech? Don't political events start with a "Pledge of Allegiance" Did the speaker recite it?

Posted by: d81625 | August 29, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Excellent speech! Enough already with the lack of experience. His resume stands up very well when compared with historical presidential resumes. He is 46 years old for gods sake, and has 14 years of legislative experience. At some point there is a diminishing rate of return to "time in office." In terms of the general election, the Republican party simply can not be rewarded with the presidency after the last eight years. Clean up the party and come back with an Eisenhower style platform and the votes will be well deserved. In 2008, accountability is long overdue for the Republican party that has led us so far astray.

Posted by: CullenP | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm from Springfield, IL. My friend works for Obama the Senator. She remembers trying to get 120 people to show up at one of his speeches. Now look at him. This guy is a leader, no matter what you say about him. And America is hungry for real leadership who understands their problems. But my personal feelings are that his presidency is going to very good or very bad. For the sake of the country I will hope very good.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

The last politician who moved me this much was John F. Kennedy when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you ..." I was 11 then; it was a lot easier to impress me when I was 11.

I know Obama is a politician. He's a damned good politician. But he's also a disciplined and charismatic man with good ideas. We aren't going to do better than that.

Bush has left this country in such a disastrous mess that it could well be impossible to fix, but Obama tonight gave me hope that he can do it.

Posted by: Nancy Jane Moore | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Hi. I'm a crazy neocon pretending to be an angry Dem that is going to vote R for the first time.

Posted by: Frosty | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

The man just doesn't resonate with me. And besides, tonight's performance was just a speech in front of a devoted following. As president will he talk to his staff in those lofy cadences? To congress? To the heads of other governments? The fight for "change we can believe in" (one of the poorest political slogans I've heard in 62 years of following politics)...the fight hasn't even started yet.

Posted by: Yoshi | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama was awesome.

Eli Saslow, or whoever wrote that headline that belies the article, is a moron if he thinks that was pagentry. That was the best political speech since FDR and only a complete idiot or GOP ideologue would have failed to notice that. Washington Post? Fire this moron.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

The following remark is from a report out in April 2006 titled:

Closing the Aspirations-Attainment Gap: Implications for High School Reform A Commentary from Chicago

Melissa Roderick School of Social Service Administration and The Consortium on Chicago School Research The University of Chicago

"Using local data to drive home her point, Roderick estimates that fewer than 7 percent of 13-year-olds in the Chicago Public School system ultimately will graduate from high school by age 19, enter a four-year college, and obtain a degree within six years after high school
graduation."

What can Obama do for education in the US when his own Chicago schools and teachers are not up to the job of producing a greater percentage of college graduates?

Posted by: zqll1 | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama inspires and motivates. Obama has a capacity to intelligently lead this country.

Obama's speech was excellent.

Get out and talk to people about the election. Contribute time and your money. It feels great to do something positive.

Get Obama elected and help save this country. We can't afford McCain and Republican idiocy for four more years.

Posted by: Pete K | August 29, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

He is elquonte to say the least. and after having a president that could hardly put two words together this is tuly refreshing.I voted for Bush twice and now turn to Obama to fix the mess of the last 8 years. He has my prayers and surport because it is not going to be easy.
May God Bless him and his beautiful family.

Posted by: Judy | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Politicians will be politicians, but i believe Obama will be ten times better then McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

What would be the response of some of you if Obama was white?

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

i was not allowed to be a doctor because i flunked algebra. Now i can do surgery because barack and michelle will make it possible.

Posted by: silvia | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I can only assume that those who didn't like Obama's speech also don't like the idea of a unified America, a smarter America, or a government that doesn't try to con it's people. As Obama said, this isn't about red states and blue states, it's about the United States. Those who don't get this really need to wake up.

Posted by: Joseph S. | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

These people who bluster and shout so much about Obama's "lack" of substance must have gone through the entire speech with the TV on mute. He's got the substance he needs to shift this nation back on course.

Abraham Lincoln had less experience than Obama at the time he took the office of the presidency and look at how history regards him.

You people who swear so devoutly to the Republican platform should stop. Pause. And research the stances of these two candidates. Make your decision then with a comparison of facts.

Posted by: Rhys BT | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"CRAP WITH NO SUBSTANCE BEHIND IT"

ARRABBIATO, those are your posts!

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama will run circles around the old man. It should be an entertaining campaign. I suspect McCain will want to take a long vacation in one of his 8 houses after Obama waxes his ass in the election.

Posted by: jim | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Mark - Yes Bush may come off as arrogant - he earned it. You could do better than that - comon a little contrasting thought from an intellectual liberal. I know you have it in you - then again just as your leader -no substance, just show!

Posted by: CB | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama gave a brillliant speech. But he hasn't done anything since his election to the senate but run for president. He doesn't have the judgement or experience to be president. If he is elected I fear for the future of our nation. I look forward to $7.00 a gallon gas. Higher taxes and a total collapse of our economy. Lets not forget Bill Clinton could have dealt with Bin Laden after the USS Cole was attacked. If he declared war on the taliban then there would never had been an attack on the world trade center. I am a student of history. I remember reading about a British Prime Minister who thought He could talk to the terrorist in Germany. And we see where that led.

But Obama can give a good speech with little or no substance and the nation will follow him. So I look forward to the Democrats taking over led by Obama. God help us.

Posted by: Scott Williams | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

People are funny. Why do you think that the federal government is better at ANYTHING than we are. Many of you seem to have lost faith in the American Dream. Government IS the problem, not the solution. Obama will increase the size of government and create more LOST jobs than jobs gained. Penalizing capitalism is what mde the USSR such a power... Oh, wait, the USSR went broke!!!

I'm glad that there are so many of you out there who intend to rely on the government. I will enjoy watching my children CRUSH your children at everything from school to jobs, to relationships and beyond.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

SORRY ADAM, BUT YOUR LITTLE EARNEST LECTURE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE-THERE ARE LOTS OF SPEECH THAT ARE PACKED FULL OF SUBSTANCE-BILL CLINTON NEVER OPENS HIS MOUTH BUT WHAT PURE SUBSTANCE FLOW OUT OF IT-BUT HE WORKED VERY HARD AS A GOVERNOR FOR WHAT HE GOT-OBAMA HAS SKATED IN ON A BREEZE, BECAUSE HE IS A BIRACIAL CANDIDATE GIVEN A FREE PASS WHERE OTHERS WHO ARE NOT HAVE NOT BEEN. THAT'S ALL-THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE TO SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA WHO HASNT DONE ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE-THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Enough indeed! OBAMA BIDEN the team to bring back the America we can be proud of. No more ripping up our constitution, no more sending out troops to war based on lies, no more spending our treasure and putting us in the biggest debt ever, no more spying on us, no more Cheney and no more Bush no giving the Republlcans liars a chance to take away the GI bill from us that Obama supported and Mc Cain joined Bush in trying to veto. YES WE CAN YES WE MUST! NO WAY NO HOW NO MC CAIN!

AIRBORNE FOR OBAMA

Posted by: Col Tom Davis 101st Airborne | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Poignant speech. He delivered as I expected him to. To Michael who thinks it was a big disappointment> clearly we were not listening to the same speech. I suggest you look it up online and replay it. If you arrive at the same conclusion> clearly you are beyond help

Posted by: Dee | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Great speech! And boy oh boy, am I looking forward to the debates.

Posted by: mhelms | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

HA !! I liked that - John McCain answers every hard question or attack with - I was a POW!

So true!!

Obama's speech could not have been better! He is truly the leader we need at this critical moment in America's history.

Posted by: KH | August 29, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I think Barack Obama's speech and his vision for getting America back on track was awe inspiring and amazing. There is no other politician that I know of who has shown the ability to lead and inspire and to talk directly to the people as Barack Obama did tonight.

He is right on target and showed the substance of his promises as more than mere words to be forgotten after he receives your vote for President. Change is what we need and he is the only one that has laid out a plan to make any change whatsoever to get us out of this downward death spiral we have been in for the last 8 years.

For those who support McCain for President, the lucky thing for you is that even if you lose ... you win, because Obama's changes will better the life of every American no matter who you voted for.

Unfortunately, for those of us who see the truth of Obama's words, if we lose ... we lose. Thankfully, I don't think that will be a problem we will ever have to worry about. Obama completely knocked it out of the park tonight. Only the hardened, stiff necked, and closed minded could not have been moved and inspired by the promise of change and now the knowledge of how that change will come about.

Posted by: Jefferson | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes Obama hit it out of the park and McCain will still be looking for it after the election!!

Posted by: Momo | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Republicans.When there's nothing left to burn, you must set yourself on fire. Please do so.. OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!

Posted by: Tiggles | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

so many times in the past 8 years I have been ashamed of our country because of the actions of the Bush presidency. I am once more proud and hopeful after Obama's speech. Obama could not possible do worse than Bush and McCain is a clown.

Posted by: suedbee | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Perfect speech. Great orator no doubt. But remember you criticized McCain using one of his former economic adviser. "nation of whiners". McCain campaign will do the same with Samantha Power and many many others. What a better way to start the fireworks.

Posted by: discerner | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Great speech. If for one's people stop looking at his race/color, he would easily have at least a 20 points lead over McCain.

McCain - Policy same as Bush with high temperament problems and 72 years old.

Obama - Promises change, don't know if he would deliver and is african-american.

My two cents:
With McCain as president we all know for a fact nothing would/can change we at least have a chance with Obama.
Democrats definitely deserve a chance specially after 8 years of Republicans.

If McCain wins this election then it would be proved that we brought racial discrimination with us to 21st century, their is NO other reason for Obama to loose.

Posted by: Saket | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was very good for the simple reason he borrowed lines from Ronald Reagan's 1980 Nomination Acceptance Speech. Especially the part where Obama said the American people were tired of the Bush policies for which we would say "Enough"! Ronald Reagan used that line 8 minutes into his nomination acceptance speech when he said the same thing about the Carter administration. It seems to me that Obama is not as original and new as he says he is, at least when it comes to his speech writing!

Posted by: Mark on the World | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Get used to it - a Dem Pres and a Dem controlled congress. Finally!

Posted by: pkinatyou | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

David, please tell us how Obama is dangerous

Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

An excellent speech. Everything it needed to be. Wonderful job making history.

Posted by: Alexis | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama was a state legislator for 7 years.

Abraham Lincoln was a state legislator for 8 years.

Obama won his first U.S. Senate Race and has been a senator for 3 years so far.

Abraham ran for U.S. Senate twice and lost both times.

So who is more qualified, Obama or Lincoln?

Are all of you republicans out there going to tell me that Lincoln was unqualified to be president? I doubt it. Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents we had and served in one of the most difficult times in our history. So let's cut all the crap about Obama not being qualified. It's a stupid argument. (but I do realize it's the only straw you have to grasp at).

Posted by: charles | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a much better speech when Clinton delivered it in 1992. He had passion and power and an alfa-male swagger that this kid doesn't have.

Posted by: Tammyinlalaland | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's speech was a shining moment in the history of America. Obama is a true leader, with the morals and intelligence we need in a president. I will absolutely be voting for him in November. Imagine, America with a leader that does not embarrass us, a leader that we can actually look forward to listening to, not only because he gives brilliant speeches, but also because we can believe in the America he is trying to build.

Posted by: maggie | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of experience, I am so sick and tired of that debate. For those of you who had to climb the corporate ladder and gain experience to get where you are today, GET OVER IT. I, too, have had to wait my turn career-wise, but I hold nothing against someone who may not be as experienced but is ready and WILLING to lead. I recently read an article about two nurses, one with years of experience, the other brand new--both were involved in a simulated patient experience. Under the simulation,the patient coded. Guess who killed the patient faster while trying to save the patient's life? The more experienced nurse. GET OVER IT.

Posted by: bring on the next excuse | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Bill, Hillary and Obama worked together to get to the point that Obama could speak forcefully as he did tonight. It was a hopeful, definitive speech which helped all of who were watching in the Convention Watch Parties across the nation realize that we want to work very, very hard for and toward Obama presidency. Fortunately, the campaign is so well organized that I know just what to do and when b/c of the website and it's options.....at 67 years of age I've just begun to campaign again!!! Joy

Posted by: Joy | August 29, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama speaks to me as an ordinary good ole American.

I am no gazillionaire businessman.

GO, GO, GO, OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I was undecided until tonight. No more wars, all children will go to college. Everyone will have healthcare. Homeless people will be given shelter. We will all love each other. This will be heaven on earth. Like those Jehovah witness catalogs. Praise our new leader. Cancer will be gone in eight years. Yes.

Posted by: rose | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I have heard most of the great American political speeches and speakers of the last 50 years, and consider Ted and Rbt Kennedy, MLK and Jesse Jackson (on one occasion), among the best. Barack's effort tonight was compelling. It sounded like he has been taking notes for the past 4 years on issues and programs that he wanted to discuss with the nation, and set them out tonight for us all to consider. The speech itself does not qualify him for the office of the presidency, but the breath of issues at his command shows he is fully aware of the complexity of the job. And I still cannot fathom how his detractors can ignore his law school tenure when they discuss his "qualifications" for a constitutional office. He taught the history and the legal framework of this nation at one of this country's most competitive law schools. I doubt he will be as easily misled by an overly political Justice Department as some recent executives.

Posted by: jackson25 | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Strong, nuanced, clever, well written, and as much substance as any that I have heard. I'm on the fence until the third debate is over, but I am so impressed by this man. He writes his own speeches, has strong conviction, incredible organizational skills, and has a street smarts that is needed in Washington. The enthusiasm that he generates is very reminiscent of Robert Kennedy's campaign. Is it possible that intelligence and authenticity can find it's way into the white house again?

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Amazing fulfillment of a dream as only the "All Knowing" could have orchestrated. I beleive the Compelling Force that catapulted the current White House occupant into office is giving us a lesson in contrasting leadership - America badly needs that lesson. Whoever does not get it from this point onwards, well ... "let the stupid be stupid still;" beyond hope so don't waste time listening to inspiring messages lest you get caught up in doing the right thing. Marta

Posted by: Marta | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

"The speech was, by in large, meaty."

"by IN large"? Really? The boys from TEAL need to get over here.

Posted by: Anna | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I found Obama's words to be hollow, empty and without substance. It's the same old story of lots of expenditures promised without any hint of how he's going to pay for all these programs. This man is scary; he claims he's an agent of change yet he selects a VP who has been in the senate for 36 years. Is that change? Obama can't be believed; he attended a church for 20 years but claims he didn't know what was being said. Is this the guy we want in the White House? I don't like either Bush or McCain, but McCain isn't as dangerous as Obama, so I'll hold my nose and vote for him.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

"If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and the judgment to serve as the next commander in chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have," he said.

Posted by: Dennis | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I am made of paste, primarily derived from the boiled orde hooves of the dead horses i've beaten. Xoxoxo

Posted by: John McCain | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

so many times in the past 8 years I have been ashamed of our country because of the actions of the Bush presidency. I am once more proud and hopeful after Obama's speech. Obama could not possible do worse than Bush and McCain is a clown.

Posted by: suedbee | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse


He should have asked Bill Clinton to deliver the speech.

Obama diminished himself tonight.

He should have taken the high road and left the attacks to Biden and other surrogates.

The other problem is that Obama has apparently exhausted his tool bag of speaking techniques. I don't for a moment doubt that the speech left Democrats ecstatic. But that will not win the election.

Posted by: WylieD | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I found Obama's words to be hollow, empty and without substance. It's the same old story of lots of expenditures promised without any hint of how he's going to pay for all these programs. This man is scary; he claims he's an agent of change yet he selects a VP who has been in the senate for 36 years. Is that change? Obama can't be believed; he attended a church for 20 years but claims he didn't know what was being said. Is this the guy we want in the White House? I don't like either Bush or McCain, but McCain isn't as dangerous as Obama, so I'll hold my nose and vote for him.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

He said what he always says, talks smooth ans says nothing

Posted by: Robert | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Poppa Vein McCain's my man and I'm sticking with him.

Posted by: Babs W. | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Great speech! I hope MLK was watching it from somewhere. And now it's time to get to work.

Posted by: Fluffy the Cat of Doom | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

The whole spectacle was like something out of Leni Riefenstahl's documentary about the 1934 Nazi party rally. Very cultish. This Dem is voting McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

It seems like the comments that are negative about the speech are from people who were predisposed to not be swayed by a speech in the first place. How does someone convince you of his "experience" in a speech? He doesn't. He can convince you that his ideas are correct or he has good judgment, but he can't convince you that he's been in politics longer than he has been. We each make a judgment about what is enough experience, and whether that's even important, but with regard to this speech, that's irrelevant.

For those who say that this speech doesn't tell you how, precisely, Obama will accomplish his goals, what do you want him to say? Do you want him to read a bill in front of you? Describe who will sponsor the legislation? For a major speech, Obama got about as detailed as one can get. I'd hope John McCain is as detailed next week-- and I hope these same people who question how Obama will accomplish his policies ask the same questions to McCain.

I think that this speech eliminated some of the most common complaints about Obama. That he's not tough, or not substantive. At this point, if you're against him, you either don't agree with him on the issues, and not everyone will, or you value the number of years someone has been working over the judgment that someone displays in work, or you just will not vote for a black man. I don't think there's much more Obama can do to convince you if you're not convinced after that.

Posted by: Adam | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Amazing fulfillment of a dream as only the "All Knowing" could have orchestrated. I beleive the Compelling Force that catapulted the current White House occupant into office is giving us a lesson in contrasting leadership - America badly needs that lesson. Whoever does not get it from this point onwards, well ... "let the stupid be stupid still;" beyond hope so don't waste time listening to inspiring messages lest you get caught up in doing the right thing. Marta

Posted by: Marta | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Be sure to check in next week, 'O' fans, to get the other 'true' side of reality.
Promises made, and promises kept.
MCCAIN

Posted by: jh | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

"Amy" raised a sensible question at 12:31 AM. If both Barack and Michelle Obama could go to college, using loans and scholarships, why do we need to do anything about the cost of college? My answer: (1) Both Barack and Michelle were far above average, we want to educate students who are less talented too, (2) College costs a LOT more now than it did then, the costs are rising like a Mars rocket, and (3) having those kids graduate with an enormous debt may push them to be more mature but also weighs them down (I think).

Posted by: Richardo | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Very dramatic, I grew up in Illinois, I lived in north and south sections big insurance down south, daley's chicago up north. No wonder the insurance angle is still there. I thought I heard something about a house divided at some point, well I was reading history books from the 1800's. The federalists didn't keep the house divided. I was insulted by the presence of Bill Clinton. The man disgraced the representation of the white house globally. Either way you look their related to the irish....they didn't promise to remove troops they promised to relocate them. The federalist had a sort of dogma to protect this country, the borders thereof. I've looked online there were papers on federalists, the book I read was a bit different by Appleton. It was a simple book a teaching book, easy reading. It taught how important our own borders were at that point in time and how important they should have been for years now... That's what I learned. Will I vote, I think not. Illinois wants to remind me that they think to this day they all that with the irish. I found out more about the irish and their associates than I ever wanted to know, or to rephrase acknowledge.
Maybe now some of my sillier questions could be answered also, like why are the metros not tall enough to accomodate the rejected basketball players of 7 foot plus coast to coast? Where do they get to? I haven't seen them in office spaces, grocery stores, etc.... Once again the irish seem to have found multiple ways to insult myself and my family and heritage.......with their associates world wide. The insult must be understood, it is understood you mental retards..........

Posted by: las | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I thought I was beyond being inspired by politicians, but I was moved by this speech. The fact that Republican pundits can hear that speech and continue to talk about columns is astounding (especially since it was Bush himself who adopted the use of giant columns behind an island podium exactly four years ago -- it was exactly the same setup!)

Posted by: kd | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

And Where Are The Witnesses To His Ability?
By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER | Posted Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:30 PM PT

Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.
Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States. A leap of such audacity is odd.
The air of unease at the Democratic Convention this week was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments — bearing even fewer witnesses.
When John Kerry was introduced at his convention four years ago, an honor guard of a dozen mates from his Vietnam days surrounded him on the podium attesting to his character and readiness to lead.
Such personal testimonials are the norm. The roster of fellow soldiers or fellow senators who could from personal experience vouch for John McCain is rather long. At a less partisan date in the calendar, that roster might even include Democrats Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy, with whom John McCain has worked to fashion important legislation.
Eerily missing at the Democratic Convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.
Hillary Clinton could have said something like that. She and Obama had, after all, engaged in a historic, utterly compelling contest for the nomination. During her convention speech, you kept waiting for her to offer just one line of testimony: I have come to know this man, to admire this man, to see his character, his courage, his wisdom, his judgment. Whatever.
Anything.
Instead, nothing.
She of course endorsed him. But the endorsement was entirely programmatic: We're all Democrats. He's a Democrat. He believes what you believe. So we must elect him — I am currently unavailable — to get Democratic things done. God bless America.
Clinton's withholding the "I've come to know this man" was vindictive and supremely self-serving — but jarring, too, because you realize that if she didn't do it, no one else would. Not because of any inherent deficiency in Obama's character. But simply as a reflection of a young life with a biography remarkably thin by the standard of presidential candidates.
Who was there to speak about the real Barack Obama? His wife. She could tell you about Barack the father, the husband, the family man in a winning and perfectly sincere way. But that only takes you so far. It doesn't take you to the public man, the national leader.
Who is to testify to that? Hillary's husband on night three did aver that Obama is "ready to lead." However, he offered not a shred of evidence, let alone personal experience with Obama. And although he pulled it off charmingly, everyone knew that, having been suggesting precisely the opposite for months, he meant not a word of it.
Obama's vice presidential selection, Joe Biden, naturally advertised his patron's virtues, such as the fact that he had "reached across party lines to . . . keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists." But securing loose nukes is as bipartisan as motherhood and as uncontroversial as apple pie. The measure was so minimal that it passed by voice vote and received near zero media coverage.
Thought experiment. Assume John McCain had retired from politics. Would he have testified to Obama's political courage in reaching across the aisle to work with him on ethics reform, a collaboration Obama boasted about in the Saddleback debate?
"In fact," reports the Annenberg Political Fact Check, "the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of 'partisan posturing' " — and launched a volcanic missive charging him with double cross.
So where are the colleagues? The buddies? The political or spiritual soul mates? His most important spiritual adviser and mentor was Jeremiah Wright. But he's out. Then there's William Ayers, with whom he served on a board. He's out. Where are the others?
The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger — a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair.
Having slowly woken up, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.

Posted by: BruiserND | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm 61, white, middlle class and voting for Barak. Takes a little courage, but the times call for a little courage...

-RCA


Posted by: king144 | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

A leader who is articulate, charismatic, energetic, and thoughtful? Is America ready for this? This speech cinched it for me; Obama is the best man for the job and he has my full support.

Posted by: MJS | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I found Obama's words to be hollow, empty and without substance. It's the same old story of lots of expenditures promised without any hint of how he's going to pay for all these programs. This man is scary; he claims he's an agent of change yet he selects a VP who has been in the senate for 36 years. Is that change? Obama can't be believed; he attended a church for 20 years but claims he didn't know what was being said. Is this the guy we want in the White House? I don't like either Bush or McCain, but McCain isn't as dangerous as Obama, so I'll hold my nose and vote for him.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Greatest speech by a politician ever. It was a very specific, passionate, intelligent, wise, confrontational without belligerancy, leader and follower, inclusive, unifying, responsible, never forgetting where we came from, respectful to all people, futuristic thinker, fair, challenging and it was very, very positive.
The question is will the voters deserve this great potential presidental candidate with all of these values that are deeply rooted in American Culture?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

He nailed it. Now we have to nail it in November.

Word to the right wing Republican carps - we are going to take our country back. But don't sweat it. We promise we'll treat you better than you've treated us for the last 8 years.

Posted by: DWG | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Al Gore took the prize! What a great president he would be . . . :=)

Posted by: Xiao | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

SALLY WROTE:

haven't heard anything new in this speech and frankly, I'm disappointed. I was hoping to hear something about HOW he plans on doing all these things. And by the way, increasing taxes on companies is a great way for them to just pass on higher costs to consumers. And when the consumers can't pay the increased prices, the company will just stop making their product instead, because it's not worth the decreased profit to continue production, putting people out of jobs. So, I want to know how he plans on "closing tax loopholes" and charging businesses higher taxes without it affecting the American public. As I said, I want to know how he actually plans on accomplishing anything, but apparently the American public does not need to know because he's so smart and he can think for us.

SPOT ON SALLY, OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT LOFTY RHETORIC, LIGHTER THAN AIR, AND HE CAN MESMERIZE, JUST AS HITLER COULD MESMERIZE THE MASSES BACK IN 1939-OBAMA IS RATHER LIKE A TRUE HONEST TO GOD 21ST CENTURY DEMOGOGUE-AND THOSE WHO ARE SO SUSCEPTIBLE TO LOFTY DEMOGOGIC CRAP WITH NO SUBSTANCE BEHIND IT WILL BE MOVED....TO TEARS-GEE, HOW VERY EMOTIONALLY MANIPULATIVE OF YOU OBAMA.

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Right on Joe in Kansas. It is nice to have someone young and vibrant run for office. Less danger of him developing Alzheimer's in office...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The next two months:

McCain: Celebrity!
Obama: The economy is tanking.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: Where is Osama Bin Laden?
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: Republicans blew Katrina.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: We're going to lower taxes for all but the most wealthy who got the big cuts last time.
McCain: I was a POW!
Obama: Housing crisis.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: Stock market tanking.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: Gas prices.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: We're launching an "Apollo" program for energy independence.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: We're going to reserve war for when diplomacy does not work, not reserve diplomacy for when war doesn't work.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: We're going to cut tax breaks to oil companies and spend the savings on infrastructure and education.
McCain: I was a POW. And I'm a maverick!
Obama: You've voted with Bush 90% of the time.
McCain: I was a POW.
Obama: We're going to return to the principles of George Washington and ban torture.
McCain: Socialist!
Justice Roberts: Do you swear to protect and defend the Constitution?
Obama: I do.

Posted by: drossless | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I like that Obama finally mentioned that TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DON'T WORK. Trickle down economics are the basis of the Republican Party's economic policy. That's why John McCain is only really cutting taxes for the rich. That sort of policy doesn't do anything but widen the income gap.

Posted by: JM | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I've been a Republican for the past 12 years, and tonight I have to give a lot of respect of Obama. What he basically spoke about -- unity, personal responsibility, and restoring our nation's common sense is necessary after years of misinformation and cynical policies from the White House. I can understand that those who don't like him personally, but our principle of government is based on informed decisions and informed people, and quite frankly, nobody on this comment page, whether you're a conservative or liberal, really knows what's happening out there, including me. Through the years, I've seen the smugness and the manipulations of my follows to the point that I can't take it anymore. Anything that seemed to give America an informed choice was beaten down by fear, slander, and media spin. I came to realize that people who do that, honestly, just simply hate themselves, and have a self-destructive attitude towards human beings. I see this in the people I work with. I see this in how parents treat their kids. This is not the American way, and this can not go on any longer.

Posted by: carlmtx | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

A stadium full of basket case Democrates who can't get over their emotions long enough to think with their brains.

NOBAMA IN NOVEMBER!

Go McCain/Romney!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Speech was great FOX news wet their pants


Posted by: USA | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Now, I am worried. I voted for Bush in 00 and 04, because I believe in this great country of ours becoming a banana republic where you desperate poor shmucks work for ME at minimum wage so that I do not have to pay taxes to support your health or for your retirement. Hell, when you guys get old or sick, and cannot work for ME anymore, just get lost and clear the way. And why the heck should I pay to educate your kids! They would get all these fancy ideas about fair pay and all that crap that would eat MY PROFIT MARGIN!!! Besides, I need them in Iraq obeying orders, not thinking big thoughts at home. Leave the thinking to ME.


The heck with that ! I hope that Bush ... sorry John squeaks by, and then it will be eight more years of fat bonuses for my private defense contractor firm.

Listen to FOX ! Vote for Bush ! Heck, I own it, so I know that it is right ... I AM telling the journalists there what to say and there is none of this confusing investigative and critical journalism crap ... what is good for ME is good for you!

Vote McCain/Bush ! Vote for ME !

Posted by: Billionster | August 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

too Christian for me

Posted by: danny | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Lead us to the promise land, restore my faith, hopes and dreams.

Peace

Posted by: Barack "The Dream" | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Poppa Vein McCain's Depends gonna need some quick changing . . .

Posted by: George | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't convinced until tonight. Totally convincing. Totally historical. Totally phenomenal.

Posted by: Larry | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

James wrote:Obama supporters -- quick, name five things he said he would do to actually restore the economy. And if you say "cut taxes," you just defined Reaganomics!
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How about I name one big thing? The economy is bad due to spending 500 BILLION dollars on a war in Iraq the purpose of which was find and destroy nonexistent WMDs. The fix is to STOP spending money on that war, and to not go willy-nilly into a new one. For me, this is the first of the top five reasons to vote for Obama.

Looking forward to January.

Posted by: Momentus | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Michael: second base? you didn't go on a date with the guy.

Posted by: Jesse | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey whoever said Blacks dont have charm ? Obama is a mixture of Reagan & Clinton in that dept. Both smiled to victories in their respective 2 terms did extremely well in Office. Obama should do better a write a new law for future Presidents..i.e. " THOU SHALL NOT OFFER TO HELP IN THE PROCESS OF ANY DISTURBED COUNTRY"

Posted by: Ashvin Desai | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

In twenty years if I am still alive at 82, this was one of those historical moments that I will be telling my great grandchildren about hearing and experiencing, if only on television. It was superb! and a defining moment for this nation. His critics will continue to mock him, but anyone with any sense has to admit that he delivered what America needed to hear.

Posted by: S Urioste | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

The world outside America have been waiting for a leader like Obama. Millions around the world are now hoping he will become the next president.

Posted by: Olle | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Who ever said they were a southern democrat and not voting for Obama after this speech has lived in a cave for the last 8 years. Get a clue and look at the numbers in this economy. Vote someone in who will do something other than the same old Washington.

If you are a Republican you cannot defend Bush for the last 8 years. You cannot say the economy will get worse than it is now with Obama in office. If you do, then it is because you voted for Bush the last 8 years, who has gotten us in this mess!

I am a small business owner and I liked that Obama said he would get rid of the capital gains tax for small businesses.

Speech was fantastic. I am now voting for Obama.

Posted by: Billy | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse