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FixCam Week in Preview: July 4 Edition

It's an abbreviated week on the campaign trail for Barack Obama and John McCain as the July 4 get-away will begin in earnest tomorrow and Wednesday.

While both men will campaign in a series of swing states in the early part of the week -- Obama in Missouri, Ohio and Colorado; McCain in Pennsylvania -- the real focus will be when McCain (and possibly Obama) head out of the country later in the week.

McCain is headed to Mexico and Colombia with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). Expect McCain to talk up his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement during the trip. (Obama has said he favors renegotiating the treaty.)

As for Obama, his campaign released a statement over the weekend that announced he would make a trip this summer to Europe (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) as well as the Middle East (Israel and Jordan). Obama is also expected to make a separate trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we face," Obama said.

For both candidates, trips abroad are an important way to burnish their "statesman" credentials and show the American voters they are up to representing the country abroad.

The trips are particularly important for Obama who has been lambasted by McCain for not traveling to Iraq in more than two years. Obama is almost certain to get a hero's welcome in Europe (a mixed blessing for his campaign) but the stakes will be higher in Iraq and Afghanistan as voters will be looking to see whether the Illinois Senator is ready to lead on the international stage.

And, last but not least, the winner of the most recent "Who Won the Week" contest is "atsherwi" and his/her post is below. (While 90 percent of the posts said Obama had won the week, we tend to agree with Time's Mark Halperin that it was McCain who emerged victorious last week.) If you are "atsherwi" make sure to send your preferred official Fix t-shirt size and mailing address to chris DOT cillizza AT washingtonpost DOT com.

Here's the winning submission:

"The winner of the week was Obama for 2 reasons. First, he do[d]ged a major bullet with the Supreme Court case. Because the Court sided with the NRA, Obama avoided a major get-out-the-vote campaign for all those voters who "cling to their guns" that would have benefited McCain at Obama's expense. Second, his event with Hillary gets the media focused on party unity and away from a broken Democrat Party. By doing it in NH, the state that saved Hillary from a complete loss, Obama is making the case the bygones are bygones. Because of these two events, Obama won the week, and despite not having a Fix Tshirt, is still the man to beat."

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2008; 9:05 AM ET
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Chris, you think John McCain won the week. That makes you one of the dumbest people in the media.

Posted by: Julian | July 13, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Kevin writes:


This is a fundamental question of personal integrity of Obama, not an anti-Muslim attack on a political candidate. Why has the news media missed the big question of whether Obama may have deliberately lied about his past practice of Islam to secure the Democratic nomination.

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Exactly. This is exactly the point. It is about Obama being a Slimy Fish - more than a religious question.


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Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama was LISTED BY A CATHOLIC SCHOOL AS BEING A MUSLIM


Obama's half brother has publicly stated that Obama is a Muslim.


Obama's own campaign has stated that Obama attended a madrassa, however it was not a "radical madrassa" just a regular madrassa in which they taught the Koran and the kids learned other Muslim things like there are 57 states of Islam.


We simply post the facts.

The case is pretty much closed on Obama's Muslim heritage, which is correct, real and true. If the Obama campaign says anything different, they are either being deceptive or outright lying to you.


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Posted by: Words of Wisdom | July 1, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama was LISTED BY A CATHOLIC SCHOOL AS BEING A MUSLIM


Obama's half brother has publicly stated that Obama is a Muslim.


Obama's own campaign has stated that Obama attended a madrassa, however it was not a "radical madrassa" just a regular madrassa in which they taught the Koran and the kids learned other Muslim things like there are 57 states of Islam.


We simply post the facts.

The case is pretty much closed on Obama's Muslim heritage, which is correct, real and true. If the Obama campaign says anything different, they are either being deceptive or outright lying to you.


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Posted by: Words of Wisdom | July 1, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse


The Obama campaign website claims "Obama has always been a Christian." that statement is belied by several eye witnesses that are quoted in responsible newspapers who stated Obama often worshiped at mosques and Islamic prayer rooms when Obama lived in Indonesia.

What is Obama hiding. We know that Obama has claimed he has always been a Christian, yet Paul Watson of the L.A. Times Djakarta Bureau published an investigative report replete with numerous accounts that Obama worshiped in mosques and Islamic prayer rooms while he lived in Indonesia. Read the never refuted Watson report for yourselves styled: "Islam an unknown factor in Obama bid," which can be found at: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/bal-te.obama16mar16,1,7181735,full.story?coll=la-headlines-nation .

Here is but one paragraph of the Watson report that has never been specifically refuted by Barack Obama or his campaign:

The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque. "We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played," said Zulfin Adi, who describes himself as among Obama's closest childhood friends.

According to the SWAMP, the Chicago Tribune's political bog of December 22, 2007, Barrack Obama specifically denied EVER practicing Islam. Obama stated: "I've always been a Christian" and "I have never practiced [Islam]." This raise the question: Is Barack Obama an Impostor? Did Obama's answers to direct questions obfuscate the truth? Was Obama deliberately lying to gain the highest office of the land by blatant misrepresentations of material facts that his campaign considers so important that it has dedicated a good portion of its website to support the claim that: " Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed Christian."

The Obama campaign website makes the unsubstantiated claim: "Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim. Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ." Did Paul Watson fabricate a story about Obama's Muslim prayers at a Djakarta mosque? Were the quotations form the Los Angeles Times report of march 16, 2007, which can be accessed on the Obama website by a hyper-link false? Was the account of one of Obama's closest friend in Djakarta an utter falsehood, which hoodwinked Watson to write: "The childhood friends say Obama sometimes went to Friday prayers at the local mosque. 'We prayed but not really seriously, just following actions done by older people in the mosque. But as kids, we loved to meet our friends and went to the mosque together and played,' said Zulfin Adi, who describes himself as among Obama's closest childhood friends." What motive to fabricate such basic historical facts did Zulfin Adi and /or Watson have at the time the report was published? I submit none whatsoever.

This is a fundamental question of personal integrity of Obama, not an anti-Muslim attack on a political candidate. Why has the news media missed the big question of whether Obama may have deliberately lied about his past practice of Islam to secure the Democratic nomination.

On January 16, 2007, Obama launched BarackObama.com and issued a press release stating that on February 20, 2007, he would make an announcement on his running for President of the United States, as reported by local Station NBC5 in Chicago. Following that announcement, on January 27, 2007, The Kaltim Post, an Indonesian newspaper carried a story about Obama's Indonesian friends clearly discussing that Obama was a practicing Muslim when he lived in Djakarta, reporting in Indonesian: " Mengenai agama yang dianut sang senator AS, Akhmad Solikhin, wakil kepala SDN 1 Menteng, tidak yakin Barry beragama Islam. . . .menurut Tine sang guru, Barry mengikuti pelajaran agama Islam semasa sekolah." That translates into English as: " Concerning the religion that was followed by the US senator, Akhmad Solikhin, the representative of the SDN head 1 Menteng, was not sure Barry was religious [devoute] in Islam. . . . according to his teacher(guru) Barry took part in the Islam religious lesson during the period of the school." Additionally, another Indonesian newspaper The Benjarmasin Post, in a July 9, 2006 report on Barack Obama's time in Indonesia, based upon Obama's local friends in Djakarta wrote:"Barry dulu memang beragama Islam," which clearly translates into English: " Barry was previously quite religious [in] Islam."

Do he research yourselves and you we see ample credible evidence that Barack Obama deliberately misrepresented his practice of Islam. Eye witness accounts of Obama's long time personal friends published in Indonesian newspapers, as well as the unrefuted investigative of Paul Watson have not been refuted by Obama, whose campaign merely begs the question by incessantly intoning Obama is a Christian.

This is a fundamental question of personal integrity of Obama, not an anti-Muslim attack on a political candidate. Why has the news media missed the big question of whether Obama may have deliberately lied about his past practice of Islam to secure the Democratic nomination. Obama has now changed positions within months on gun control, foreign intelligence and FISA reforms, campaign finance reform, direct head- of- state to head- of- state meetings with Cuba, Iran, North Korea without any preconditions whatsoever, NAFTA and free trade reform, capital gains taxation ( where Obama has a different position according what news organization is interviewing him), payroll taxes, roll back of Clinton era welfare reforms such as work fare, as well as a claimed willingness to engage McCain anywhere, anytime, under any format. Finally, Obama had tht temerity to apppear before AIPAC and pledge to American Jews that he supported an undivided Jerusalem as the capitol of Isreal and do a complete about face the next day to appease Muslim factions. This was deceitful.

Obama has flipped numerous times on taxes. he is not well informed on the big issues affecting the economy, just as the present president, who like Obama is arrogant, self absorbed, highly vindictive, and dismissive of others. In addition, Obama like Bush won't back off from mistakes until it is politically expedient.

Barack Obama attacks anyone for using his middle name HUSSEIN. Why? Why did he not chose a "Christian" name when he was baptised as a Christian by Pastor Jeremiah Wright? Why has Barack Hussein Obama not acknowledged that he is a Muslim apostate, as documented by Paul Watson in the March 16, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Times. ( read: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/bal-te.obama16mar16,1,7181735,full.story?coll=la-headlines-nation ).

Barack Obama's ideology, his prior political associations with radical Marxists and his political thought processes point to a Marxist strategy of wealth transfer from the haves to the have nots that is repugnant to American free market capitalism and sympathetic to convicted felons and violent criminals. The fact is that the world has experienced that before and even Communist China has eschewed economic Marxism for capitalism. Barack Obama's antidiluvian political and economic theories of redistribution of wealth did not work in Jamestown VA in 1607, nor under the rule of Stalin, Chairman Mao or under present day North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.


Posted by: Kevin25 | June 30, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Chris, actually, "going abroad has made sense ever since the days of the Founding Fathers" isn't accurate. The first President of the US to leave the country was Woodrow Wilson in 1918.

Posted by: Adam | June 30, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama has attended secular schools, and is a Christian. But let's try to elevate this debate and focus on the important issues please.

My personal opinion is that this country is in dire need of a change in direction and Obama has some very good ideas. We need new energy policy, new foreign policy, and a direction for healthcare and the economy. I think it's hard to argue with that. I don't agree with every single position he has, but he's reasonable and most of what he says makes a lot of sense. I respect McCain but his plans don't help solve most of our current problems. He's on the same page as Bush most of the time, and Bush has done a terrible job. So to me the decision is straightforward in November.

Posted by: Dan | June 30, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The slow summer lull is where this race could be lost. Obama needs to be wary of any more flip-flops.

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

Posted by: matt | June 30, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH/VOLUNTEER" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS -- and urge your local media to investigate this, because it's apparently happening all over America:

http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: scrivener | June 30, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama went to a Muslim school in a Muslim country for several years when he was a pre-teen. That doesn't make him a Muslim any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. Wise up, Vote smart.

Posted by: Fred B | June 30, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men."

Well? Let's see the analysis!

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

9:15 am post:

"During the Democratic primaries, before I abandoned Obama's first white opponent for his current white opponent, I made 50k repetitive, nonsensical posts about Obama's disturbed Christian thinking.

See, I was right. He is such a disturbed Christian that he is a Muslim. In a few months I will be telling anyone who listens that Obama is Jewish."

Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator | June 30, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I need my blind and true believers to march out there and blur the fact that I am simply a seld-serving run of the mill extreme liberal politician. Can you all please continue chanting change and hope and new politics and all that tripe? I may have to come up with some actual accomplishments (citing things I didn't vote for only goes so far) otherwise and some realistic approaches to things. If you can get the real morons to think I have more experience and judgment than McCain, that would be swell. Obviously, you have to be a complete nincompoop to even say this kind of thing(hat tip General stooge), but I am going to need all the ignorance and gullibility I can muster to get elected. (aka - liberals)

Posted by: snObama | June 30, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Just 4 more months to go till McCain be comes president. I just can't wait to see all the Elites start talking about leaving the country because Mccain won.
VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | June 30, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men. That is in contrast to Republican presidential candidate John McCain's Senate office, where women, for the most part, out-rank and are paid more than men.


all my liberal ideas are meant for other people. I am not going to pay your taxes, you are going to pay mine. I am still getting soaked by the piano teacher. We Libs do indeed love high taxes, as long as WE don't have to pay them. however, we despise the military no matter what.

Posted by: snObama | June 30, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

To the muslim hater under me:

So, if you're saying Obama is muslim, and even if he is muslim, does anyone even care? He has great views on our country and will do nothing but good. I've never seen a more racist issue than this stupid muslim thing.

http://www.votenic.com

Posted by: Anonymous | June 30, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

the winner everyweek is John McCain. If he were involved in a hit & run the Wash Post wouldn't write about it. McCain could default on his taxing at his Calif. home and it wouldn't get published b/c Chris & his media partners like Chris & the rest don't want John to be seen in a negative light. McCain could NOT pay his taxes for 4 years and it wouldn't be published...but if Obama or Hillary were in the same situation-Chris & his McCainites would question how one would want to run a country when they can't run their own household.

Posted by: scott | June 30, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

The ROOTS of this story about Obama being a Muslim are OBAMA'S OWN BOOK - in which Obama talks about his Muslim schooling. Please go get the quotes yourself - and David Broder just might be losing it.

Also, Obama's own brother is on record as making statement about Obama's Muslim schooling.

Obama's OWN BROTHER - HALF BROTHER WHATEVER


Obama's own brother said Obama was a Muslim. The implication here is that there is no basis for the fact that Obama was a Muslim, but there is.


This is not a smear.


Chris I would like to point out that Sunnis draw little difference between moderate and radical Sunnis - the distinction are between Sunni and Shi'ite. Sunnis view themselves as all the same - to attempt place them into two camps is simply not how they view themselves.


So this is wrong.


Obama was a Sunni Muslim. Obama received training at a Muslim school. These are facts not smears.

In addition, Obama's website incorrectly attempted to draw a distinction between a "radical Muslim school" and a "moderate Muslim school."


Well, the website SHOULD BE CLEAR and state that Obama did go to a MUSLIM SCHOOL.


I believe that Obama's website that attempts to clear the air is actually DECEPTIVE and unworthy of confidence, just like the candidate Obama is as well


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 30, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

In other news today we learn that the Bush administration helped arrange the no-bid contracts for five western oil companies to development Iraqi oil fields. Not only have our taxpayer dollars been spent on securing lucrative contracts for Bush's friends in the oil industry, American dollars are also being spent to guard the oil pipelines. Just the way I want my taxes to be used - guaranteeing oil industry profits.

The Iraq invasion really was about oil after all, and John McCain has been an enthusiastic participant.

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | June 30, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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