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VIDEO: Obama's Path to the Nomination

DENVER -- As Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic Party's nomination tonight at Invesco Field, now is a good time to look back at the last eighteen months -- an amazing ride that has brought a freshman U.S. Senator to the verge of the presidency in less than two years.

Thanks to's multimedia producer Emily Freifeld, we have a video montage that takes you from the frigid day in February 2007 in Springfield, Illinois to today -- all in the space of two minutes and 49 seconds.

We're calling it the "Path to the Nomination." Check it out below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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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.



Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse


Is Obama's Campaign going to be entirely made up of false charges of racism or are they going to fabricate something else?


Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse


This is not a Convention, it's an ego trip.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

What do you think of the stage set for Obama's speech?
It's a bit much 69%
It's fitting 31%

Total Votes: 59,17

Posted by: Lastest Aol poll | August 28, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean, "The Path to Mass Hypnosis"?

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 28, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

James, if your analysis of Republican views on mind-changing is correct, it'll be interesting to see what effect adding Mitt Romney or Joe Lieberman to the ticket will have.

Posted by: VBArthur | August 28, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

edwcorey 1:26 PM has a lot of chutzpah to try to paint anyone who opposes Barack Obama as a racist black-hater when in fact it's Obama who is the proven racist. edwcorey must have missed it when the actual Jerimiah Wright sermons were aired and his actual uncut and unfiltered racist white-hating and America-hating words became public knowledge. What made these sermons significant was that Barack Obama was sitting in his personal front row pew with his wife Michelle and his two daughters just about every Sunday for more than 20 years and still supported the racist white-hating and America-hating sermons of his Pastor and friend Wright. It's a good bet also that when the Trinity UFC Church's own tapes showed this racist Trinity congregation cheering, hallejuhaing, high-fiving, and applauding every racist and vile white and America-hating words of Pastor Wright, the Obama family was probably doing the same. No one stays in a church, club, group or whatever for 20 years unless they agree with what's being said and done. Barack Obama is the PROVEN racist and only now when he needs the useful idiot white vote has he gotten religion. Had John McCain been a member of a similar white church and had supported the racist BLACK--hating speeches or sermons of a white Pastor for 20 years, the liberal Democrat Obama supporters like edwcorey et al I'm sure would be crucifying McCain. Obama though is getting a free ride because he has the politically correct skin color and that is also racist. The TRUTH is that it's Barack Obama who is the racist and always has been!!!

Posted by: madhatter | August 28, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain is hoping that his VP pick will cut into Obama's post-convention bounce.

Unless he can raise Ronald Reagan from the dead and make him 40 years younger, it won't happen.

I, for one, am hoping that he puts the last nail in his proverbial coffin by choosing Joe Leiberman. Nothing excites the conservative base more than a Jewish former Democratic VP nominee from Connecticut.

Posted by: James | August 28, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse


New Gallup tracking poll: Obama +6

McCain dropped 5 points, and I'll bet his favorables are starting to drop, too.

The smear ads during the convention aren't working. Look for Obama to launch a series of positive ads during the GOP convention. No bounce for McCain.

Posted by: James | August 28, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

That's right! I completely forgot. In Republican World, nobody is allowed to change their mind. How dare Barack Obama decide that he might just be the best man for the job after all!

In Republican World, the only reason you're allowed to change your mind is if you're pandering to Republicans on issues like immigration or tax cuts.

It's perfectly ok to trash an immigration reform bill you co-wrote, because heaven forbid you not get your party's nomination.

It's no problem to decry the Bush tax cuts, see how the administration has run the economy into the ground, then say, "the economy is fundamentally sound" when sucking up to that last desperate 15% who still think that the country is on the right track.

It's just fine and dandy to call yourself a maverick while falling into line with Bush policy 90+% of the time. After all, this is a guy who threw his disabled first wife under the bus when he decided to start a political career.

In Republican World, everything is just great.

Posted by: James | August 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice."

I was thinking about all the right-wingers puffing Obama up as a "messiah," and laughing. Then about how all the violent racists of the South liked to call MLK "Martin Luther Coon," and laugh. Or how the colonizers called Gandhi a little fakir, and laughed. Or the crowds that condemned Jesus. The bad guys all had one thing in common: they didn't listen for, care for, or respect the truth. Not to say Obama's perfect, or a messiah or a king. But the argument's against him are basically exaggerations, lies, innuendo and fear-mongering. Fact is, the guy is good. From where he came from to where he is now should command respect, even if grudging, not slander and hate--which is the Republican way. How anyone who is not a psychopathic villain can stomach this kind of politicking on an admirable American, a fellow American, can consider him- or herself a decent person is beyond my understanding. Only fear and ignorance can make you hate that much.

Posted by: edwcorey | August 28, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What lousy background music. Watch only on mute

Posted by: Ella | August 28, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

That's not the Barack Obama I thought I knew.

Posted by: snObama | August 28, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

best video ever from McCain. they are running circles around the new guy:

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps his own words will convince you:

You know, I am a believer in … in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job. Uh, and I think that … if I were seriously to consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. Now there may be some people who are comfortable doing that, but I am not one of those people. — Barack Obama, 2004

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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