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This Clinton attack on Obama could boomerang

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Posted December 3, 2007 7:45 AM
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by Frank James

When a political candidate opens a line of attack against an opponent, it's usually wise to avoid the kind of criticism that will be viewed by many observers as the pot-calling-the-kettle-black, the sort of finger-pointing that can easily be turned back on the finger pointer.

That would seem to be the case with the renewed effort by Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to dirty up Sen. Barack Obama by accusing him of wanting to be president ever since he was just out of the womb and not being honest about it. The Clinton campaign issued a press release Sunday that included this:

In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.’ "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said." [AP, 1/25/07 ]

Yes, you can believe your eyes. The Clinton people are citing a kindergarten essay by Obama as evidence against him in a presidential campaign. Good thing he was born before widespread pre-natal ultrasounds. Who knows how they might've used that against him?

Clinton's people have thrown similar jabs before at Obama but it hasn't fazed him. So there seems to be a little more fury behind the punches as now that Obama's may have taken the lead in Iowa according to the Des Moines Register's most recent poll.

Obama, of course, has gotten under the Clinton campaign's skin by saying that unlike some in the race (read Clinton) he hasn't been angling for the White House for decades.

Coming from the same political school as her husband, who himself appeared to be eyeing the presidency since at least toddlerhood, a school which holds as a first principle that no opponent's charge can go unanswered, the Clinton campaign decided it needed to respond in kind.

Note that It hasn't gone the route of saying the former first lady hasn't been calculating her White House bid for years. That wouldn't be credible.

So the only other attack is to try a little political jiu jitsu, to turn try and turn Obama's attack against him.

One goal is to show that the senator from Illinois is no stranger to ambition, calculation and all those other attributes often ascribed to the junior senator of New York. That might help blunt such charges against Clinton if she can make it appear that she and Obama are really very much alike in this respect.

But it's also a play at catching out Obama as not the man of integrity he portrays himself as in order to turn down the wattage on that halo voters seem to see when he walks into a room.

The problem for Clinton is that her campaign's attempt to paint Obama as a calculating type who precociously hungered for the presidency runs the risk of reminding voters of some of the very questions they have about her, that she herself has wanted the presidency for decades and has plotted her course with that in mind. There's the real possibility of blowback because of perceived hypocrisy.

But the situation in Iowa has clearly gotten so dicey from the Clinton campaign perspective, that it's clearly willing to run that risk.

Here's a press release the Clinton campaign issued Sunday:

SEN. OBAMA REWRITES HISTORY,

CLAIMS HE HASN’T BEEN PLANNING WHITE HOUSE RUN

Today in Iowa, Senator Barack Obama said: "I have not been planning to run for President for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for.”

Oh really?

“Senator Obama’s comment today is fundamentally at odds with what his teachers, family, classmates and staff have said about his plans to run for President,” Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer said. “Senator Obama’s campaign rhetoric is getting in the way of his reality.”

Immediately after joining the Senate, Senator Obama started planning run for President. "'The first order of business for Senator Obama's team was charting a course for his first two years in the Senate. The game plan was to send Senator Obama into the 2007-2008 election cycle in the strongest form possible'...The final act of the plan was turning up the talk about a potential Presidential bid, which was greatly aided by his positive press and suggestions by pundits that he run for President." [U.S. News and World Report, 6/19/07 ]

His law school classmates say that Senator Obama has been planning Presidential run for 'more than a decade.' [A]ccording to those who know him, he has been talking about the presidency for more than a decade. "It was clear to me from the day I met him that he was thinking about politics," says Harvard Law School classmate Christine Spurell. [Washington Post, 8/12/07 ]

15 years ago, Senator Obama told his brother-in-law he was planning to run for President. Craig [Robinson] pulled him aside [in 1992] and asked about his plans. "He said, 'I think I'd like to teach at some point in time, and maybe run for public office,' recalls Robinson, who assumed Senator Obama meant he'd like to run for city alderman. "He said no -- at some point he'd like to run for the U.S. Senate. And then he said, 'Possibly even run for President at some point.' And I was like, 'Okay, but don't say that to my Aunt Gracie.' I was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him." [Washington Post, 8/12/07 ]

In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.’ "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said." [AP, 1/25/07 ]


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I long for the days when "any" type of negative campaign was met with disdain.


Anyone ever see that movie "The Titanic?". Thats what this reminds me of. The Clinton campaign looks like that big inevitable sinking ship. Hillary Clinton attacking Obama's kindergarten days?? LOL!! And then she also attacks his Character?? I thought I had seen it all!! but I guess not; Wow!! just Wow!!

I think Hillary Clinton just handed Obama the nomination.


Hillary is getting really DESPERATE! I guess those internal polls are showing the Senator Obama is pulling away in all the early voting states and she feels the need to dig up data from his elementary school years. Hillary is done.


They ought to run these ideas by an ordinary person before launching them, because this petty and ridiculous press release is going to hurt her.


Well Miss Inevitable said that she tried to run a positive campaign until all those nasty boys jumped on her. Now she wants to kick butt. There is a difference between the a young kid musing about being president, which every red blooded American does, and a slick wife a tainted former president plotting with him to run for president. If this woman seems desperate now, wait till a couple more weeks she'll really be pinging off the wall.


This is just hilarious and absurd that she's using past statements about wanting to run for President as a negative. The US News & World Report statement cited isn't even a statement coming from Obama - it doesn't say who it is coming from - it is likely nothing more than some writer's opinion. And statements to his brother-in-law 15 years ago or an essay he wrote in kindergarten! Who cares?

Hillary is apparently getting quite desperate as she feels Obama closing in on her for the nomination.


Anyone ever see the movie "Election" with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick? Hillary Clinton reminds me exactly of Reese Witherspoon. Will do anything to get elected and not too many people like her.

There are many democrats who will NOT vote for her in a general election. As a Dem, we cannot have her as our nominee.


They're really digging over there in the Clinton camp for some dirt on Obama. Caught redhanded writing essays in kindergarten and in third grade that he would like to be President; made me question his integrity straight away.

Unfortunately, this is not news. What IS news is that we have a man who, by historical fact, has come from a challenging childhood, managed to keep out of trouble, has continually excelled in his studies and is likeable enough that he brings people together to solve problems! He was a State Legislator - hardly a household name - for 8 years, then burst into the national limelight nearly serendipitously during the 2004 Dem Nat'l convention. Sure he did some planning, yet now has pulled ahead of the wife of a REAL past President -- the only Democratic President in the last 27 years!

This is real man bites dog news!!! It is the American, democractic political system at its best!

Obama will continue to expand market and mindshare. Kindergarten and 3rd grade essays in which he espoused a childhood fantasy of becoming President are not going to deter me from volunteering every spare moment I have to help him win the nomination, and to WIN BIG!!! here in Iowa.

The problem for Hillary is even if she were to win the nomination, the Republicans would swiftboat she and maybe her husband, too, to tears. She needs to step aside and let the next generation actually DO something about the messes we're in. Bill was nearly impeached, and while we Dems still love him, we want the White House back. What Barack Obama can do which Hillary cannot is to win the White House back! Obama - Change We Can Believe In


I just became an Obama supporter. Ms. Clinton's judgment has been sadly warped by her need to win. This kind of "win-at-any-cost" mentality is exactly the problem of too many people in our current executive AND legislative branches. We should all be sick and tired of this kind of behavior.


This really makes Clinton's campaign out to be the dinosaur that it is. An unwieldy attack on a kindergarten essay?? What??


This is simply pathetic.


Remember when Clinton claimed a month ago or so "They're only attacking me because I'm the one in the lead." So does that statement still apply, only in the converse?

Goodbye Hillary Clinton's political career. It was nice knowing you. Oh wait...no it wasn't. But thanks for the Iraq War, Patriot Act, and No Child Left Behind. Hopefully the next person will be able to clean up the mess she helped make.


To paraphrase Denny Green and the Chicago Bears, SHE IS WHO WE THOUGHT SHE WAS.


To paraphrase Denny Green and the Chicago Bears, SHE IS WHO WE THOUGHT SHE WAS.


This just shows that Hillary cannot be trusted. Using something that happened in kindergarden is ridiculous and laughable. l had so much respect for Hillary but this is insane.


Pathetic


Methinks Hillary is very, very desperate.

Maybe soon she'll reveal that Obama cheated in a game of tag on a school playground when he was six years old.


Well, at least it's not a Swift Boat attack. Squabbles over when the candidate first
thought about running for Prez seem rather quaint in today's
political environment.

However, Hill and Bill need to
re-organize. Between Kindergarten Days and Bill claiming he was against the war....they're making some mistakes. On the other hand, having just read a very scary article about the national debt (9 trillion or something, almost double what it was
after Bill) I sure hope they get it together because given Obama's liberal ways, it surely will rise in an Obama presidency. Along with our taxes.


Ira, wonderful post. I can picture Dennis Green saying just that.

Anyway, kindergarten essays? Third-grade essays?? Seems the Queen B can't stand the heat in the kitchen. COurse, she's never been in a kitchen, except perhaps to check out the knives.

Looking at ALL the candidates from the both parties, and now seeing the Queen B using grade-school essays against a candidate, is this really the best this country can do? All of them are a pathetic bunch of losers.


CHICK FIGHT.

I think in 4th grade he wanted to shady land deals in the future.

In the 5th grade he wanted to expand his thought of being president to where he would redistribute wealth throughout the country.

Obamaisms supporters - I think Chavez is doen with his "Si" t-shirts.


Ironically, it is Obama's profound lack of experience and therefore any record on any important issues that has kept him in the campaign. He can say anything. But the fact remains that he's done absolutely nothing for the people of Illinois as our senator. He has, however, cut deals to enrich himself and his wife while on our payroll. It is astounding that Obama believes he is worthy of the presidency. It is equally astounding that he has actually convinced some American that he's qualified and something special. This guy is a complete fraud and I'm ashamed he's from my home state.


Wait, you mean that Obama's kindergarten and third grade essays weren't written in Arabic and were about how he wanted to be Ayatollah?

Who would have guessesd that those e-mails saying he had been educated as a sleeper agent in a madrassah to take over the US weren't true? Next you'll be telling me that Saddam Hussein didn't have WMD's in 2003.


I think the only response that can wipe this clean is to say this was released without her consent or knowledge. Assuming of course that it's true, I would not recommend she tell a lie to save herself. This is truly sad. I better try and find all of my elementary school essays before I apply for a promotion, it may be used against me.


This is great! I am a Republican but if I had to vote for President today I would vote for Obama. It frightens me that the some Democrats want Hillary as their canidate!(?) However, it looks like she is stumbling. WOO HOO!


God will make the Democrats loose the 2008 election if they nominate Mrs Clinton, just because they think she is electable. Nominate the Truth, the Principle and Honesty. Thats what wins!
Mafaism-


Hillary's Iowa campaign is falling apart. This reeks of desperation and panic.

I mean get seriuos!! I think even the republican bloggers in the swamp would have to agree that dreaming to be president as a little kid is a good thing.

Didn't we all do that at some point? But for most of us, those "crazy dreams just came and went".


"Cause they told me when I was younger
Said boy, you're gonna be president
But just like everything else
Those old crazy dreams
Just kinda came and went"

John Mellencamp
Pink Houses 1983


Finally Hillary has decided to fight fire with fire, it shows that perhaps a lot of thought, consideration, and end results were weighed before going off to war and did not just strike out like others have against her


I am a teacher. I imagine at 63 being asked if I can remember what a kindergarten kid wrote in an essay more than 40 years ago... You've got to be kidding! And by the way, if Barack Obama wrote an ESSAY (kindergarten kids write essays??) on becoming president in Kindergarten, he was one smart kid. I want him for my President!


No more Clintons and no more Bushs please.

Obama Vs Huckabee!!


This is completely absurd. I'm shaking my head in disbelief! American women, please wake up, please.


Clearly it is a response to the stupid charge from Obama that Clinton had a pact with Bill that they would both be president. Way to take the qoute out of context though and not inculde that attack from Obama.


What's next? Will they attack his fingerpainting from kindergarten?


In Walt disney's "Song of the South" there is a song that goes "Everybody needs a laughin' place, a laughin' place to go Ho Ho..."


Commenter Derrick (who claims to be from Illinois), clearly doesn't know a single thing about our Senator.

While in the US Senate Obama has passed Lugar-Obama, a bill that expands the Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles and anti-personnel mines. He has also passed the "Coburn-Obama Transparency Act" provides for a web site, managed by the Office of Management and Budget, listing all organizations receiving Federal funds from 2007 onward, and providing breakdowns by the agency allocating the funds, the dollar amount given, and the purpose of the grant or contract. In addition to those two he has also gotten through the "Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act," which had his name on it as the first sponsor.

He also worked with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) in strengthening restrictions on travel in corporate jets to S.1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007. And then Obama sponsored with Kit Bond (R-MO) an amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges, and calling for a review by the Government Accounting Office following reports that the procedure had been used inappropriately to reduce government costs. He sponsored the "Iran Sanctions Enabling Act" supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran's oil and gas industry, and joined Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in introducing legislation to prevent nuclear terrorism. He also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to provide one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.

Not only has he done quite a bit for the people of Illinois, but the entire country has benefitted from his work - as have people in the Congo - which is increasingly becoming a more desperate situation.

As for Hillary - take a look at her record - it's suprisingly empty by comparison!

And regarding the Kindergarten essay - those internal poll numbers from Clinton's campaign must be PRETTY bad if she's willing to look this absurd. Between this and her attack on college students voting in Iowa - a state that they reside in for most of the year - she is setting herself up for quite the loss!


when it comes to character issues,I think Hillary should first clean her house.Put barck obama record on Character to bill cliton's Record.You got the best Answer.


If you cannot see that Hillary is a desperate, self-serving, misandrist who has always wanted nothing more than to be the President and will do anything to get the job, then clearly you aren't paying attention.

It's time to see what many in the "right-wing" conspiracy have been witnessing for a long time.

Go Obama!


I can't believe that anyone would take seriously the essays from a kindergarted and 3rd grade class. My own kids change their minds every other week. They have no concept of the future. And that is not the exception to all of the other kids that age I know from cub scouts and such.
Isn't that what we hope for from our kids when they're that age? We look at them and beam proudly for thinking of such a lofty goal. Do we take them seriously? No. I can't believe any one would think seriously of the Presidency until at least college. Defintely law school.
It's possible that he thought about it as a young adult, but Clinton's campaign looks ridiculous by bringing up grade school essay's. I guess the only way that a campaign would take those grade school essays seriously is because they only think like children. I certainly don't want to think about those campaign people in White House positions with a mindset like that.
They may have really lost my vote this time.


Obiwan, Bill WAS impeached. The Senate didn't vote to remove him.


This situations suggests to me that all future candidates for public office should be forced to stick to their third-grade platforms. That way we'd have many more firefighters, police officers, astronauts and cowboys.


I guess if you can't find anything negative to use go back to a person's childhood days and I am sure you will find something!!! "Obama hit a bully back in the first grade"!!! Hillary has taken off the gloves....Let the games begin!!!! LOL!!!


This is just too funny... Hillary is really grasping at straws here. I am amazed that a kindergarten student is writing at all, much less essays about becoming president....


This reinforces a gut feeling (nausea?) that many of us have had for some time: Senator Clinton may have more experience, but Senator Obama is a better candidate.

I will admit that while I agree more often with Hillary's opinions, Obama is much more likable and just someone people "take to". Call it change or fresh ideas, but it has excitement. It also does not hurt to break the retread of Bush-Clinton monotony.

It is very early, but another blunder by Hillary's handlers. She must be having a hissy fit over this one!


Thanks Hillary. You've firmly knocked me off the fence.


What a smart kid! Writing essays in kindergarten. He should become President.


Maybe this was the information that Robert Novak was talking about.


Not funny.... sad.

I have often joked among friends that one could never run for President in today's world because the media and your competitors would find out "if you cheated on a spelling test in 3rd grade". Low and behold it has come to pass. Senator Obama "allegedly" wrote that essay in 3rd grade and he is being excoriated by Hillary's people over it. Pathetic and just too absurd. Aligned with the staggering cost of running for President it is no wonder that we can't seem to find anyone in either party who can do and truly deserves the job.

And yes, I know the media has a duty to report on everything and you can't ignore these things because then it raises questions of where to "draw the line" - but how much does anyone want to bet that this won't go away for days if not weeks?

5 years ago Howard Dean was running well until he made a slightly too-ebullient war whoop to excite his campaign workers. By the time the pundits got done with him he was an also-ran and was characterised as a dangerous bipolar guy who would loose the warheads at a moment's notice!

And what did we get instead? A Kennnedy-esque Massachusetts liberal who couldn't excite the country to oust one of the most clearly incompetent and corrupt presidencies in decades.

We as voters should DEMAND that the news and the candidates stick to issues and pursue a higher ground or we will not even consider voting for them. And that includes reports about the sound of Hillary's giggle, Obama's 3rd grade essays, or for that matter who Mitt Romney hires to re-roof his home.

Let's talk instead about $70-a-barrel oil, thousands of maimed and dead GI's, bin Laden still making video's, North Korea and Iran being within a hair's breadth of a nuclear arsenal, defaulting home loans and sinking real estate values, the dollar, and everything else that has gone to hell in the past 8 years and how we are going to fix it before my great-grandchildren are born.

Oh and by the way - for the record - I never did cheat on that 3rd grade spelling test and will deny it until someone finds a smoking gun....


Hilliary, you and your political machine have gone off the deep end. She lost my vote for sure now.


Frank James.....
Can we please just call this what it is and get it over with?
That's right.....
KINDERGATE!
Obama EXPOSED!!!!!


Can somebody please explain how it's a bad thing that a presidential candidate decided when he was five years old that he would love to be president, had the wherewithal to write about it, the determination to stick with it, and the skills to make it possible? Why is this wrong? Is it better when someone doesn't plan it?


Clinton, Obama. Why not choose instead someone who runs a clean campaign and who has more impressive credentials than either of these Senators. Governor Richardson has been a Congressman, Cabinet member, Ambassador, multi-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and is currently a well-respected governor. He is the obvious choice.


Moral fiber will end up being the deciding issue in the Presidential Race.

Hillary, Obama, and Edwards will end up being the Big Losers since they have lost the high ground on this issue.


The breathy posts here are amusing. This is Obamaland -- and it shows. Hillary's no prize, but neither is Obama. And make no mistake -- both camps are desperate at this stage. If Obama was the shining, confident man of honor many here purport, he wouldn't have issued the goofy release encouraging out of state college students to dilute the Iowa caucuses. It backfired, though -- see editorial in Des Moines Register. It's a sad day in America when the best we can put forward for the highest office in the land is Obama and Clinton. We need to demand more from our candidates, including those in the Republican camp.


Obama was writing essays in Kindergarten? We could use that kind of brainpower in the Oval Office.


While I think the Clinton campaign is overreacting on this, I do believe that Obama's hyprocrisy needs to be called out. Obama made a big show about how he was going to stay positive and not attack. Yet when his poll numbers stalled, he went negative. And when Hillary fights back, he plays the victim.

I was an Obama supporter. But his holier than thou attitude along with what I perceive as an attitude problem has moved me back to the undecided column.


Democrats never fail to amaze me. They will go out of their way to ruin their chances of winning the White House.

In 2000, the Dems split their vote between Gore and Nader, and handed the election to Bush.

Are Dems really going to hand this election to the Republicans again, with through political infighting? The answer is...probably.

Man...if this keeps up, I'm going to leave the Dem Pary after 30 years.

BTW, Karl Rove just wrote a column for Newsweek giving advice to Obama on how to beat Hillary in Iowa. Now why would Rove be giving advice to Obama? The obvious answer is that Rove thinks Obama would be much easier to beat in a general election than Hillary. Just food for thought...


This is from the women who was caught with an open mic doing back stage election fixing.
You have to be insane to vote for another crooked Clinton.
I lost all respect for Hillary with the way she delt with Bills adultry.
Clintons did nothing for this country other than suck up cash for renting out bedrooms in the White House.
She is as morally bankrupt as Bill Clinton is.
No way does she get in.
Only a foolish person would give the Clintons another chance.
Look what she did to try and become president....
She lets herself be a laughing stock for the world by tolerating her husband getting oral from an intern.
She gets voted into congress from a State that she never lived in...
She tries to fix who is in a debate with her.
She has students planted in debates to ask her questions written by her staff...

You have to be crazy to vote for her.


WOW ... Senator Obama should have released this third grade essay himself. It's absolutely wonderful that in this country any child can dream and hope to become president. It is remarkable, his dreams from third grade can become a reality. Does this not demonstrate an America that works ... when you are committed to your dreams. God bless you Senator Obama and Senator Clinton for bringing this to the public's attention.


This incident reminds us that Hillary isn't all that bright! Shades of flunking her bar exams. Apparently, her spokespeople aren't any smarter than their boss.


"So their seems to be a little more fury behind the punches..." Have "their" and "there" traded definitions in the English language? Do Americans have so little regard for their language? If they're not going to get their language correct, there's little hope there will be any accuracy in any endeavor, including their elections.


"So their seems to be a little more fury behind the punches..." Have "their" and "there" traded definitions in the English language? Do Americans have so little regard for their language? If they're not going to get their language correct, there's little hope there will be any accuracy in any endeavor, including their elections.


When the going gets tough we get a glimpse of the real Hillary. And how her ambition affects her judgement. I'd hope that all candidates for president have had ambition to bcome president for some time and this isn't a whim. But what's important is how that ambition drives their behavior. Behavior is what's important, not what they (actually paid speech writers) say.


I can't believe I'm reading this....attacking someone for what they wrote in KINDERGARTEN? Kindergarten? really? I wouldn't be surprised if they dug up a finger painting Obama did in preschool of a dove and use that to accuse him of being soft on the war on terror right now. I can't believe Clinton's camp managed to put that out with a straight face and expect to be taken seriously...


Of course he's been preparing and planning to run for president, but there is nothing wrong with that. That's one reason, for example, he changed his religion from Islam to Christianity. This country would never elect an overt Muslim, at least at this point in history, and he knew it.


Let me get this straight...they had to go ALL THE WAY BACK to KINDERGARTEN??!!

In the past, all the opponent had to do was go only as far back as the college years to find any 'dirt'. Now, we have to worry about kindergarten?

I haven't had respect for Hillary for quite a few years as it is. I have even less now. Unbelievable.


Obama writing an essay in Kindergarten(?!), or third grade or whatever, called "I Want to be President" is just about the cutest damn thing I've ever seen. It doesn't turn me off to him in the slightest.

As a strong supporter of Obama ever since his breakout speech in July, 2004, I must say that even just the comments at the ends of Swamp articles have changed drastically in 6 months. Hillary, while probably victorious in November, hypothetically, is the wrong answer for our party, and the wrong answer for our nation. And we're starting to realize it.

Ladies and gentlemen, President Obama.

(Thanks, Iowa!)


They're not attacking the fact that he wanted to be president for decades, just pointing out the fact that he has, when he said he hasn't. He was the one that brought up that he "hasn't been planning to run for decades like others" -- B.S. ain't no one running for president that hasn't been planning it for decades. This should be a complete NON ISSUE! and it is now becoming a big deal.... let's talk about the real issues, unemployment, health care etc. that someone who wants to be president should have been thinking about for decades. So, personally I'm fine with the fact that they're both ambitious as all hell and have been thinking about the best way to run this country for decades, I wouldn't want someone in office who just woke up one morning and thought "what the heck, let's run for president"


I'm going to guess that this is a lead in for phase 2. In phase 2 Hillary will whine about a double standard for ambitious women versus ambitious men.


Reading all this pushed me to report that when I tried to renew my Illinois Driver's License last Spring, I was refused because the State records did not match one Social Security record in Maryland, the result of the Patriot Act requiring comparing such records. No help from anyone in getting my records reconciled until I called Senator Obama's Chicago Office which within one day after hanging on their phone with the SS Office in Maryland till they found my file found the typo, corrected it and got me cleared to get my license renewed. And all this after having received my Social Security checks for the past 17 years. Obama sees to it that even trivial local problems like this get fixed, by a staff which is super-competent and responsive! I really like this guy!


Please don't judge all Americans' linguistic accuracy by the mistakes made by this careless writer. I noticed immediately that the entire sentence makes no sense: "So their seems to be a little more fury behind the punches as now that Obama's may have taken the lead in Iowa according to the Des Moines Register's most recent poll.".


Way to show leadership skills Hillary. Let's remember it is her and her type of Democrats that were so imcompetent that they actually let the current administration defeat them not once, but twice in elections. Isn't it time for something new Democrats, so we don't get Cheaney3.0?


Thanks to the Clinton campaign for a good laugh. I won't be voting for her in the primary, so I'm thrilled to see that her staff is focussing their efforts on generating more fodder for The Daily Show.


I didn't know you wrote essays at age 5. I thought you were working on your ABC's, numbers, colors. Poor Hillary, this is all she has? I also heard that she had challenged his character over his HopeFund. This from a woman who paid off Vilsack's debt to get his endorsement. This is really getting pathetic. The Clinton's internal polls must really be heading south for her to come out with this crap.


Mr. Patrick Cropper (from above),

Karl Rove also wrote an op-ed to Hillary advising her on how to win the nomination. He'll probably write one for John Edwards next week. So your talking point here doesn't make any sense. Karl Rove isn't singling out Obama


I just read the comments from Elise. Is she kidding to represent that collection of meaningless busy-body regulation as having any value to anybody? I though at first she must be joking, but on second reading, I'm afraid not. That's modern activist politics. A law for everything and anything, because we're legislators right? So lets pass some laws.Need them or not.


Mrs. Clinton appears desperate. It would be tragic to elect this "abused wife" who doesn't have enough sense to dump her lecherous husband. Can you imagine her being able to stand up to other nations, if she can't stand up to him. Picking on a kindergarten essay only provides further insight in to her warped sense of self.


I always thought Hillary reminded me of the single-minded girl on the playground who runs up to people and twists their arms to try to get what she wants. It's adorable, really. I love it when people show who they really are. What's to hide? You are who you are.


I have a message for Hillary and the Clinton campaign.
Please concern yourself with the real serious issues surrounding us and how you intend to make this world a better place.
This is really reaching. It’s simply a sad and pathetic scenario. Good job Hillary. You and your “advisors” just cost you another vote.
I definitely won’t be voting for Hillary after this half wit situation.


Okay, let's give credit where credit is due. Despite Bill Clinton's problem with controlling his zipper, he was still more capable, and actually did do a better job of governing this country than his successor to which his wife cannot claim any credit for being a part of. Is it safe to assume her aspirations of becoming president materialized while her husband occupied the office? Yes! Nothing wrong with that either. However, to attack Obama because he wrote back in grammar school that he wanted to be president as if something is wrong with this, and expect people to not find it sad and desperate, wrong! The Democratic faithful are starting to become so over and through with Mrs. Clinton that the mass hiatus is akin to rats getting off a sinking sink. If the Democrats want any chance of winning the White House back, it won't happen with Clinton. We have met the party's show-stopper, and she is it. She's not worthy of my vote or the nomination.


A little less than a year before the election, and the Clinton camp is already digging around in Obama's Kindergarten records? Clinton is a desperate, evil woman who will do whatever is necessary to become president; I only hope that Obama has the fortitude to stand up to the evil Clinton Empire.


Oh my, this is just so sad.

Next they will dig up a 1st or 2nd grade essay where Barack said he wanted to be a fireman or an astronaut and then use it show that he's a "flip-flopper".


I'm turning in my citizenship card. Has it gotten that stupid, the quest for power. Doesn't the guy have enough things going against him traditionally that someone has to bring up his grade school papers.


I think it is stupid of the Clinton to be using a essay from someone's past. It will backfire on her. BTW - I do not support Obama either.



Politics like big business is a dirty game. Anyone who thinks that the O'Bama campaign isn't looking for the same kind of story or some kind of dirt on Hillary Clinton is a fool. Look at all the negative stories George Bush and his supporters dreamt up on anyone who got in his way or who criticized him and his campaign. Wake up Americans! Trivial stories such as these does not a President make or break.


Perhaps the Clinton camp should have a staffer researching whether Obama raised any funds in third grade for his presidential run. That would be the real "capper."

It's odd that the Iowa polls turned exactly around the same time I announced my support for Obama here in the SWAMP.


If you think this kind of political mudslinging is new, check your history books. There's an early tradition of candidates lambasting each other in the press; why do you think Alexander Hamilton dueled Aaron Burr? It's all silly, plus media and myriads of blogs blow it all out of proportion. It's too early to get hysterical, just please try to separate fact from hype.


Hillary just lost support. This is beyond the pale, when a campaign goes snooping around looking for grade school compositions?

How utterly ridiculous. Hillary has made calculated moves to enable her to run for president. That is fairly obvious. Rather than ignoring the comments, which her campaign should have done, they made a tactical move that no one can defend.


I personally think that someone who has had the Presidency in mind their whole life might make a darn good President!!


Don't tell Hillary, but when I was in kindergarten I wanted to be the Centerfielder for the Oakland A's... and then in 3rd grade I wanted to be an Astronaut, and in 6th grade I wanted to play Quarterback for the 49ers... I know, I'm such a flip flop artist. :(


Reading this article was literally the best laugh I've had all week. It is utterly, utterly ridiculous to attack someone for saying they wanted to be President in 3rd Grade. It's a complete disconnect with reality and frankly makes me question not only Hillary's judgement but her sanity.

I think it's admirable that Barack always saw himself as President. It's the same dream many children have, to be great people at the top of their profession. Frankly, the misguided attack points out the very essense of the American Dream. Barack Obama is the personification of the American Dream. He's someone who set the loftiest of goals for himself and then went about achieving them. The way he has done it is where the judgement has come in. He's made himself into a great man and frankly, if I could go back in time and see that kid write that essay and shake his hand, I sure would, and I'd also tell him, "you never stop dreaming, because the only one that can make dreams come true... is you."

Wow. I'm awed by Obama, and literally shocked and amused that THIS is how Hillary thinks she can attack him.

He really is going to be the next President of the United States. His dreams are actually coming true and that should tell you something about how great his country is and how great a dream can be if you foster it in your kids or in your self.

L


I wonder what Hillary wanted to be when she was in grammar school? Sadly, those essays are either sealed along with her college thesis and White House records or "missing" like her billing records from Rose. Is this the big secret the Clinton staff was leaking about last month?

How about a Richardson vs Huckabee election? That would be interesting.


I hope that the Clinton campaign keeps on making these mistakes! It's making it so much easier for Barack. Kudos to the desperate Clinton staffers who have no judgment as they try to throw mud!


Does anyone remember the Family Affair episode, where Jody sang the song
" Every boy can be President" I get a chuckle that Hils thinks a child shouldn't be able to dream big.


"God will make the Democrats loose the 2008 election if they nominate Mrs Clinton, just because they think she is electable. Nominate the Truth, the Principle and Honesty. Thats what wins!"

What a load of nonsense.
If that were true George Bush would NEVER have been elected.
Mrs. Clinton has gotten bad advice and gone off the deep end. I think she just lost any hope of winning the nomination.
Obama in '08 ? Maybe. I do wish there were someone better equipped for the job.

I only know I will NOT vote for any Republican.


After watching the media-stoking circuses that political contests have become, and seeing the bickersome, flaccid, ineffective governing bodies these campaigns produce I can't help wondering if democracy is the most overrated form of government.

Folks, there's scant evidence that it's working.


As a conservative independent, I disagree with Senator Clinton on many policy issues. Yet I certainly can't fault her campaign for exposing what appears to be a lie told by Senator Obama. I know what Senator Obama's strategy is on this issue---it's to portray his opponents as professional politicians and himself as an earnest young railsplitter from the American heartland. But to Senator Obama's alleged concern over candidates who've been eyeing the Oval Office for years---I say, so what? Ambition is an American as apple pie. And while I personally dislike a number of her political views, I'll say that I definitely respect and in some ways even admire Senator Clinton. She's a hard-working, idealistic, patriotic, public-spirited woman who, like each of us, has a vision for America and is working to make it a reality.


Clinton is now appearing nit-picky, desperate and pathetic in this most recent attempt to discredit Obama. Referring to a Kindergarten essay? Give me a break.


I'll bet 50% of the electorate said they'd like to be President when they were 5 years old. And the other 50% said astronaut. And lo and behold, 50% of us aren't wearing diapers and pepper spraying people, go figure. Give me a break, her campaign looks more and more pathetic with each passing day.


Just wait until Hillary drops her next bombshell of an Obama scandal: "Undeclared substance abuse!!! Obama ate paste in pre-school!"


Sadly, I don't think I can in good conscience vote for Hillary Clinton after seeing this.

I have always liked Hillary Clinton. I also like Barack Obama, but I've supported Hillary Clinton for president because I believe she is the candidate who will bring the most experience to the table. However, some of the things she's said recently have bothered me enormously, and this kindergarten press release takes the cake. I think I'll be siding with Team Barack from now on.

Un-be-lievable.


The Clinton defective detectives are at it again. A kindergarten essay. Most kindergarten kids are just learning their letters and numbers, not writing doctoral dissertations. Sounds veeeeerrrrrry suspicious, but something the devious, dishonest Clintons would do.


The Clinton defective detectives are at it again. A kindergarten essay. Most kindergarten kids are just learning their letters and numbers, not writing doctoral dissertations. Sounds veeeeerrrrrry suspicious, but something the devious, dishonest Clintons would do.


Clinton is desperate.

I wish Kucinich had a chance. His willingness to take action against this administration is what I like to see in a leader.


The Clintons and Rove are fiercely competing for the most outlandish and repulsive comments... Hillary and Bill more than hold their own individually and collective...the Sleaze Bowl.. a tight game both sides deserve to lose.


Didn't the Clinton camp attack Obama for making an inference that his childhood abroad provides him a unique quality for becoming the president. Now that it serves the Clinton cause, it seems that childhood experiences do matter! How horrible is it to think that money is being spent to dig up this type of info.


I lost all respect for Hillary with the way she delt with Bills adultry.
Posted by: Ray Skillings | December 3, 2007 10:40 AM

Geez Ray, sorry she didn't consult you. What would you have expected her to do? The fact that she stayed with him would be admired by most, even if hard to understand. It's her marriage, so I don't think she really gives a hoot about what you think she should have done.

She might ask you if you've heard of spell check though.


Are you people kidding? Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill ... Hillary Clinton didn't attack Obama, she merely set the record straight.


I guess Senator Obama's parents should be congradulated for making it possible for a kindergardener to believe in his country and himself enough to have a dream.


In kindergarten, kids don't know how to write yet - at best they might know how to write their own names, mommy, and daddy, and probably spell them wrong and have at least one letter written the wrong way round. So how could they refer to Obama writing an essay entitled "I want to be a President" while he was in kindergarten, unless he was an extremely precocious genius? The last thing anyone with genius-level intelligence would ever want is to be the president of the USA, that's for sure.


This is pathetic--I've ditched clinton now and forever--if she's the nominee I will vote Republican--anybody smelling power hunger?or is it just me?


Hillary has reached absolutely bottom. She touts that she knows how to win against republicans..if this is her strategy, republicans will bury her in stone ages. If she is counting on Women to vote for her, this absurd mud slinging will put an end to it..women know better than to vote for some one who brings up essays from KG as a way to convince American people about Obama's lack of integrity. What a shame.


See, this is the kind of tactics that I don't like about the Clintons - either one of them. I'm not a Democrat and won't be voting for either Clinton or Obama but I can tell you this... even being from the other side of the aisle even, I would MUCH rather see Obama in office than another eight years of Clinton and her husband. There is just so much of this kind of politics coming from those two.

Okay, okay, it comes from both parties... still...

Please, I beg of those of you registered as Democrats, do NOT elect Hillary!!!


Wow! A kindergartener who can write an essay!!!! He already has the current occupant of the White House beat! Yes, I'll vote for him.

Thanks Hillary for pointing out that Obama has ambition and was able to construct readable, clear, and concise sentences as early as age 5.

I wonder what Hillary was doing when she was 5?


Okay, whoever is running the campaign for Hillary seriously needs to step down! Let's get real, during childhood kids have all kinds of dreams of who they want to be and for most of us, those dreams changed as we grew up.

Hillary, if a man is running you're campaign, be aware he may have his own hidden agenda in regards to having a female president!!!!

If you really want the female vote, concentrate on what is important to us, "the future of our kids". Not this stupid immature back stabbing! Save that for the men!


Does anybody here REALLY remember what they wrote or said when they were in Kindergarten? Back in the day, most little boys would say they wanted to be a fireman, a policeman, an army man or president. This was part of growing up in America - - where you have the opportunity to be anything you want.


Hillary can have a productive, distinguished career in the Senate. With the Dems looking to pick up more seats, she can run for leadership and make her mark there.

However, she will not be president. The US only elects likeable candidates, she is NOT likeable.


That press release looks more like an article from "The Onion" than a serious piece; it's ridiculous!


The Real Hillary is just standing up and making herself known and with this foolish faux pas and all the others we have had to stomach the last couple of days I wouldn't put any act pass Hillary and her campaign.

How many of us have written little essays in grades school where we too wrote about being the president or king/queen of the world?

There is something about Hillary that just ain't right.

If women want a champion to be the first female president, bring on Sheila Jackson Lee or Nancy Pelosi, at least they have real human emotions.


I'm 29 and I can't even remember what i was learning or doing in third grade. Yawn, this is not news... Next!


This is a kid talking -- knock it off guys.


So is the Clinton camp saying that a 5 or 6 year old shouldn't have ambition? That to dream of occupying the highest office in the land shouldn't be the goal of a young person? Maybe in this political environment, that's not bad advise.


I heard that when it was nap time, Obama pretended to be asleep and did not actually sleep!!!!


This reveals something important about Obama as a candidate -- the opposition research folks can't find anything of consequence for Hillary to use against him. Joe Biden was right, Obama IS clean!!

To those who doubt whether he could handle the presidency... he has shown good judgement (early war opposition) and an ability to THINK deeply about issues. If he can beat the Clintons in Iowa, that does it for me.


I don't see what the problem is... clearly, Mz. Clinton was advocating Mr. O'Bama's campaign by stating that the worst dirt she could dig up on him was... childhood essays depicting a man who always dreamed of being part of 'change we can believe in.'

Thank you, Hilary. I now see Mr. O'Bama as you intended-- as a man whose aspirations- since childhood- have been to lead this nation. You have successfully counteracted my previous concerns of Mr. O'Bama being a political newcomer... clearly, he has been dreaming about a greater America for decades.

You have convinced me. I am off the fence. May all your childhood dreams come true, Mr. O'Bama.


Democrats take note: As a registered Democrat I will never vote for "Mrs." Clinton either in the primaries or the general election.


Wasn't Hillary helping migrant workers in suburban Chicago during her childhood?

http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ch-Co/Clinton-Hillary-Rodham.html

Do you believe this crap?

But it leads you to think what the other canidates were writing in their 3rd grade papers:

Edwards - I want to confiscate money from those that have and give to those that don't - after I take 1/3 off the top.

Kisenich - On my trip to Rosewell, New Mexico this summmer...

Dodd - I want to work in the food services business, rubbing elbows (or other body parts) with the wait staff.

Biden - I'll just copy someone else's paper.

Richardson - I'm just hoping to be second best, unless my minor league baseball career takes off.

Gracel - I just want to be a grump old man. Damn its cold up here. I hope the earth heats up some day.


Am I the only one who thinks this is funny? I had to chuckle...


Wow, a young child who writes about wanting to be President. I'm sure all of his classmates grew up to be astronauts and firemen, so why not? Hillary should simply be embarrassed for wasting time and money researching what Obama wrote under the age of 10, let alone thinking it makes a point and taking it public. This says way more about Hillary's character than Obama's.


Hey, "someone from over there," if "there" and "their" is all you have to comment on, stay over THERE!


Clinton is apparently trying to discourage little kids from dreaming. That is the essence of her attack on Obama's youth. This kind of negativity reflects terribly on Clinton. Kids should dream. And they shouldn't be chastised for it later in life. Clinton really deserves to lose badly.


The Clinton Camp is working around the clock to dig up dirt and this is the best that they can find?

We have our president!

Obama '08


Funniest press release ever. Aside from the obvious "I'm rubber you're glue"/pot-kettle nature of the charge, she's flipflopping on herself!

Last week she said living abroad as a child counted for nothing, but this week what he wrote in kindergarten is critical. This reads like a Saturday Night Live sketch. Hillary has become a parody of herself.


Hillary brings up a kindergarten essay on one day being president from her opponent to show that he is scheming?

That hilarious. She has become a parody of herself. She really has shot herself in the foot now.

She is the most scheming politician out there and will do anything to become president. And I think, if it is publicized, it'll be the final nail in the coffin of her campaign.

Is this


I am appalled at Bill who posted at 8:42a said "Hillary Clinton reminds me exactly of Reese Witherspoon." Come on, at least Ms Witherspoon is attractive and there are people who actually like her.

As for Clinton, she should be worshipping someone who could write an essay at the age of 8 let alone 5. Bet there weren't many in her "village" that could.


I just don't think Hillary should be president again.


Living with Bill all those years has finally driven her off the deep end.


I think this must be some kind of "shot across the bow."

Hillary's people are basically saying, "We've been digging so much into your life that we even know what you wrote in Kindergarten class. Don't screw with us."


Hillary Clinton, you are officially PATHETIC


Didn't the Clinton camp attack Obama for making an inference that his childhood abroad provides him a unique quality for becoming the president. Now that it serves the Clinton cause, it seems that childhood experiences do matter! How horrible is it to think that money is being spent to dig up this type of info.


The Clintons never let anything pass that they believe they can turn to their political advantage. And the research on their opponents is painstaking. When Obama said he had never wanted to be president, Clinton's war room had the retort. They found it in Obama's elementary school records. Ms. Clinton has an obsession about getting power. Beware to the American people.


I thought kindergarten and 3rd grade records were private???

I guess Bush is not the only one willing to invade privacy for information.

What is next? Is the Hillary campaign going to wire tap his high school English teacher?


Dear Hillary Spokespeople:
Duct tape might do your campaign wonders.


OMG Clinton.


I would like to thank the Tribune for helping out the Obama campaign in publishing this story. In doing so I sense that the Tribune is going "off message" as far the the RNC is concerned and taking a big risk in falling out of lock-step by NOT pushing Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee. That truly is a bold and decisive step in weening one's self from the Republican talking points teat. Since the responses to this story are a microcosm of the difficulties the Clinton campaign has had from the start in connecting their candidate with the people, it's getting very near time for Democrats to begin to put their support behind someone who really is electable.

Also, I await with baited breath the Tribune endorsement of whomever becomes the Republican presidential candidate in 2008!

Rev. William Hayashi


And the Clinton campaign implodes in 3...2...1..


Wow, this is dumb. Lots of kids say they want to be President when they are 5 or 6 years old; it proves nothing. I said it. I would NEVER want to do it now! Besides, I can think of very few things that could backfire on a person more than attacking a person for what they wrote in their kindergarten class.


I agree with the comments on Elise's post. That is really not that much production for a Senator. The problem is that all the Senators are afraid to face critical issues medicare/social security, etc. because they all want to be president! i am a republican but the best case made on this blog is for Richardson.


I'll bet little Hillary was a pretty selfish little tattletale when she was in gradeschool!


I'm really ashamed at what these candidates will do to try to win. Remember Bill Clinton is a liar and so is his wife Hillary. I have relatives in Arkansas that knew all about the Clinton's before they were national knowledge.

Don't lie to yourself or believe the lie's. Everything they have been accused of is true. The land deal's, the scandles, Bill & his side women. It's all true.

The only thing worse than a politician is a used car salesman. Remember if a car salesman tells you that all cars appreciate in value "it is a lie". Don't believe them!

As far as Obama, the guy is truly not an American Patriot along with being a fraud. He will tell the public whatever he thinks will get him a vote. While he has other plans. He is just the type of guy that would make being a Muslim our national religion. That way we could have the sunni's and shiet's fighting over her too. His belief of religion and God is exactly the opposite of what our for fathers believed in when they founded this country' government. The guy is really evil, you have no idea what he intends too do???


Negative campaigning has always been with us all the way back to the writing of our Constitution. Some of it in the past was even worse than this utterly ridiculous attempt to label Obama a liar.


WOW, based on all the comments here maybe we won't have a QUEEN in 2009. I should give voters more credit, maybe they won't elect Hillary.


Way to go Hillary, let's see if his old 1st grade classmates remember him being mean to anyone, or calling some kids a name. This is why Hillary most not get our vote. She is so "old school" that she really thinks this kind of stuff will help her. Again, time to throw out all of the old, reps and dems and get some new thinking in Washington.


Bye bye hillary, fly away, fly, fly fly...
She was is and will always be the worst.


I was truly undecided. No longer. This is pathetic. It only reminds me that Hillary is the truly power hungry politician. What a shrew.

I think that I support Obama now.


So, did Obama get an "A" on these papers? If not, is Clinton going to hold it against him for having gotten a "B" or, omg, a "C" when he was in 3rd grade?


How nice that he knew what he wanted to be way back then. Kinda like the kids that knew they wanted to be doctors so they concentrated on obtaining the skills necessary to fulfill that dream.
Hillary now reminds me of people who are envious of those who have when they have not.


WOW, is this a liberal blog site ??

Poor Hillary is in deep deep deep trouble !!

Gooooooo Barack !!!


You have got to be kidding.

Seriously, now- this is a joke, right? This is like, an 'Onion' piece or something, right?

I think Clinton just handed Obama the nomination.

Wow. This thing is just incredible beyond words.

Wow.


What politician that doesn't dream of running for the highest office?
However, Clinton is really reaching on this one.
How many of us wrote essays in grade school that stated we'd like to be President?
Of course, that was before the job was eqated at the same level as a used-car salesperson...


I guess ridiculous gaffes like this are what happens when Clinton doesn't take the time to focus group it to death first.


Amazing, Hillary knows what Obama wanted for his life in grade school, but didn't know her husban was using an interen as a semen dumping ground in the White House. This lady is Whacko...absolutely NOTHING to like about her.


KINDERGARTEN essay??? The man must be absolutely brilliant. My daughter's in kindergarten and she has an IQ in the 97th percentile, her "essays" read like this: "The cat is big. The bat is big. The cat and bat are big." As far as being president - she doesn't even understand what a president is.

If this is the worst Hillary can do, Obama should be pleased. Hopefully he won't stoop to pre-adulthood critism of his rivals. It's just well, juvenile.


I believe in an America where children are encouraged to aspire to great things. And where the United States Presidency is an admirable goal--public service of the highest order.


well, he said he hadn't been planning... if you go to papers he wrote when he was 5 and 8 you'd have a good argument that he had been dreaming of this most of his life.. half of everything we are now is due to our childhood. i'm not saying it matters in the LEAST, but if he brings it up his nondesire in the past as a reason he should be elected then everyone should have fair game if it's easily proved it's not true.


As someone who works in local gov, seen and heard it all, this makes me wanna barf.


I don't know why it's bad to have planned your whole life to be president. I remember as a child people would say about me "She's going to be the first female president." In this country, it's looked on as a good thing to want to grow up to be president.

Also, I like someone who's been thinking a lot about being president instead of just being thrown into it or groomed into it to follow a certain agenda (ahem, Bush, cough cough.)

Rather pathetic on the Clinton camp.


"Also, I await with baited breath . . .."

Posted by: William Hayashi | December 3, 2007 3:40 PM

You have worms on your tongue?


It's not too late to change!
Run Leona Helmsley from New York - a proud liberal lizard -
she has more of a chance to win than Clinton - and she died 2 years ago.


"After announcing his intent to run for president, Barack quickly set out to get the foreign policy skills by negotiating a truce between the 2nd and 4th graders... After the break, did Obama misuse lunch money to buy toys and candy? Hillary says 'Yes!'"

Buh-bye Hillary.

OBAMA '08


This looks like a brilliant piece of dirty work to me. What Nixon's people called rat .......
This has to be a plant from someone claiming to be from Hillary's campaign. Hillary has never been stupid. Devious yes,but not stupid.


To Hillary and her camp: LAME! That's all you can come up with!


I would like to thank the Tribune for helping out the Obama campaign in publishing this story. In doing so I sense that the Tribune is going "off message" as far the the RNC is concerned and taking a big risk in falling out of lock-step by NOT pushing Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee. That truly is a bold and decisive step in weening one's self from the Republican talking points teat. Since the responses to this story are a microcosm of the difficulties the Clinton campaign has had from the start in connecting their candidate with the people, it's getting very near time for Democrats to begin to put their support behind someone who really is electable.

Also, I await with baited breath the Tribune endorsement of whomever becomes the Republican presidential candidate in 2008!

Rev. William Hayashi


This is unbelievable. Can you imagine anything this woman would not do to anyone who opposes her? I think her spite surpasses even Nixon.


not that anyone will read this being that it's so far down the page, but people need to get off this experience issue.

it's not about experience, it's about judgment. it's about having the ability to make good decisions. this story shows HRC's lack of good judgment.

if she couldn't see the backlash coming from this, do you really think she'll be able to successfully smooth out a foreign policy problem? do you think she'll provide healthcare with americans' best interests in mind?


hillary you are crazy just because the man wanted to be president since k. doesn`t mean you can use that youare whack!


We should limit campaigning to 90 days total. Obviously the people making money off it wouldn't be too happy, but the rest of us wouldn't have to put up with the garbage that Mrs. Clinton and her gang of same-old-same-old.


I don't know why it's bad to have planned your whole life to be president....

That is unless you want to portray others as being calculating....

"Obama, of course, has gotten under the Clinton campaign's skin by saying that unlike some in the race (read Clinton) he hasn't been angling for the White House for decades."

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2007/06/new_book_paints_obama_as_calcu.html

Thanks Frank and Thank You Tribune.


"My guess would be that in kindergarten Hillary was very good at dodgeball...


Wow! He wrote an essay in kindergarten? I barely knew how to color in the lines.


I'll just bet he ate paste in the third grade, too.

Damn politicians.


Uh, guys, are you sure you're not being duped like the Chinese-state-run newspapers and filing a report from the Onion as if it were true? Because - unlike this column - that would actually be news.


Wait a second, why is Hillary getting dumped on here? It was Obama who slung the mud. It was Obama who tried to make it sound like an evil thing to have presidential aspirations. It was Obama who didn't even have the courage to say who he was talking about, instead saying "some" people. It was Obama being the hypocrite here. All Hillary did was call him on it.

The pathetic phony outrage I see here really is something. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.


I was on the fence trying to decide between Clinton and Obama. The kindergarten essay attack was all I needed to decide. I'm supporting Obama, unless he decides to attack Hillary's preschool aspirations.


I hope many people across Iowa read The Chicago Tribune, especially The Swamp.


So many potential reactions to this absurdity... An essay in kindergarten??! Give me a break! And, even so -- who cares?! Don't the candidates understand that what we really want to hear about is how they will solve our major problems? I am sick and tired of having valuable time spent on such stupid non-issues. We honestly don't have time left for this garbage. Are these politicians -- on both sides -- the best the country has to offer for leadership? Good grief.


While I think the article is a spoof it is not entirely beyond possibility. The woman is not to be trusted as she will lie and do anything/everything to attack any other candidate.


When my oldest son was in grade school, he used to tell us that someday he wanted to be "king of the world." Maybe I should have been more concerned instead of laughing internally. Now, of course, I'm going to be wondering who heard that and will remember it in order to use it against him... ;-)


While I think the article is a spoof it is not entirely beyond possibility. The woman is not to be trusted as she will lie and do anything/everything to attack any other candidate.


I hear in second grade he wanted to be a Fireman!!!

"Wow! He wrote an essay in kindergarten? I barely knew how to color in the lines.

Posted by: Sue | December 3, 2007 7:28 PM

I hear ya Sue. I was busy learning to crawl. Then again I'm kinda slow!


Late breaking news:
The Clinton Camp has proof that Obama wanted to be a firefighter when he was 4 years old, proving that he is just a flip-flopper.


Hey now, why do you censor me? My comments are respectful, pithy and borderline humorous.
Now give me a good reason to visit your swamp again?


What kind of morons in the Clinton campaign are bringing up a 3rd grader's innoculous essay and using it for campaign fodder? Are they delusional? I would expect all those big donors to Hillary's campaign are ready to slit their wrists about now.
And then to bring up a KINDERGARDEN essay. If this is not a screaming sign that Hillary is about to dive bomb her broomstick into a snowbank in Iowa on Jan. 3rd, nothing is.


Yeah, I heard they tried finding Hillary's kindergarten essay but the papyrus scrolls didn't survive the ages.


Well, if Obama thinks his experience as a child in Indonesia from the ages of 6-10 prepares him for international relations as president (he made that preposterous claim), then kindergarten is fair game.

You can't have it both ways Obama.

The media is buttering you up for a basting as next Fall's big turkey if you don't implode from your sheer "godliness."


Well, if Obama thinks his experience as a child in Indonesia from the ages of 6-10 prepares him for international relations as president (he made that preposterous claim), then kindergarten is fair game.

You can't have it both ways Obama.

The media is buttering you up for a basting as next Fall's big turkey if you don't implode from your sheer "godliness."


If this is for real Obama's gonna need an asthma inhaler to catch his breath from laughing so hard. Seriously, I thought that press release came from The Onion, and if it is for real Hillary is running scared.


Obama's criticism isn't about her wanting to get into the WH, it's about doing anything to get there.

With Hillary, the polls define her position. This includes supporting the war in Iraq, and starting another war in Iran. On other issues, if she doesn't have the polls behind her, she simply will not take a stand.

Obama presents us with his own ideas, and stands by them, even when they are politically unpopular (speaking out against the Iraq war in 2002). He doesn't look to the polls to determine his position, he looks at the options, listens to people's differing opinions, thinks about it, and decides. This is what a president has to do.

Obama runs on this, his judgment, which has been correct for a long time. His judgement has received the backing of many important advisors.

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Hillary has to run on a claim of experience because she doesn't have any judgement, as evidenced by this press release.


She isn't attacking Obama because of kindergate.

She is attacking him because he is a-head


Hillary has really flipped out. I am ashamed to admit that I was going to support her because I thought it was time for a woman president. Her behavior, these past few weeks, have convinced me that she is NOT the woman I want to see in the White House. Barack Obama looks like the kind of person that I can support.


Holy Smokes! Tell me this is a joke. Please. I'm not a big fan of HRC, but is she so surrounded by enablers that nobody told her this might be a bad idea?

She needs to clear out the war room and stock it with people who can think clearly and - more importantly - say "No!" clearly, when an idiot comes up with a non-bright idea like this.


for the people who think its a spoof or some Onion article, just go to hillaryclinton.com or google the press release. I confirmed before I fully believed this myself. And to Bruce Y - As I understand it, Obama wasn't exactly saying that being ambitious and planning to be president was a bad thing. He just said that he hasn't been planning it all along, in contrast to most other candidates. The fact Hillary's staff used his kindergarten 'record' to show how he HAS been planning it all along is the ridiculous thing we're making fun of her for here. I'm sorry your candidate is gonna be fighting for 3rd place in Iowa.


Now, I don't mean to be a nitpicker, but I'm not sure if this can be the correct spelling of the word phased.
"Clinton's people have thrown similar jabs before at Obama but it hasn't fazed him." Somebody please confirm or refute this for me.


Next thing Bill will accuse Obana of being unfaithful to his wife.


"If you cannot see that Hillary is a desperate, self-serving, misandrist who has always wanted nothing more than to be the President and will do anything to get the job, then clearly you aren't paying attention."

Do we REALLY need another Bush in the white house?


But isn't Hillary Clinton really the Anti-Christ? Meanwhile, Obama represents every minority there is. Sounds like the Democrat Party truly has a choice!


You guys are missing the REALLY COOL part.... he was in Indonesia during kindergarten!
Apparently he was writing essays in Bahasa Indonesian at 5 years old!

Wow!


After the laugh, let's just try to be serious for a second ... which essay was the most incriminating? Will you say 1rst grade or 3rd grade? Then any word in 2nd grade? Time's up! Let's laugh again!!!

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Bill isn't the only one who's thought of it. Reese Witherspoon's looks aside, Hillary acts just like her Traci Flicke character in "Election.". Anything to win. Hillary is just like Traci Flicke. So similar. Call her Hillary 'Traci Flicke' Clinton...


We don't need Jon Stewart to make this presidential campaign one of absolute absurdity. I can't believe that a presidential campaign put out a serious press release alleging that Obama is a hypocrite for writing an "essay" in kindergarten about being president. First off, it was most likely a paragraph, not an "essay" as the AP story says. Secondly, who doesn't want to be the most powerful person in the world at that age? I wanted to form my own sovereign nation in my bedroom when I was eight. Under the Hillary campaign's standards, I could seriously be charged with treason.

This is beyond absurdity, and it really shows the campaign's desperation. Chris Leshane on MSNBC is trying to say that they did this in good fun and with a "wink," but this is a press release, not a campy blog entry and nothing else in the release indicates that they are trying to make a joke.

Sorry, Chris, I'm not buying it. And for the campaign itself, I've lost any respect for them. This is really below-the-belt. This desperate attack may have finally pushed me off the undecided column and into Obama's, but I'm definitely not supporting Hillary now--possibly not even in the general.


Bruce Y, 8:45pm, and others who CORRECTLY point out that this CLINTON gaffe was a RESPONSE to an OBAMA comment: there is a difference between "angling" as a New York and Arkansas transplant, and "dreaming" as a young man, young lawyer, or even young state senator. There is a difference between scheming and preparing. Anyone who has watched Obama since Harvard Law School knows that he has had thoughts about the Presidency. But the first book was clearly a preparation to run for something more modest, first, like Mayor of Chicago. Similarly, he entered the Senate with plans to run sometime in the future, but not so soon. He was respectful of the Senate's traditions and seniority. His plans became accelerated because of his perception that the country could use his skills at this time (and perhaps his perception that Hillary could not win a general election). There were well documented efforts to nudge him into this year's primary: Have a look at the Hawaii newspapers about a year ago, as the Democratic party bombarded him with TV ads on his vacation, begging him to run.

Anyone who has been watching the Clintons over the past twenty years must realize that their marriage survives in part through their joint Presidential ambition. There's nothing really wrong with that, by itself, but it adds to a larger summation of "whatever it takes" plus "at all costs" plus "hidden agenda", which is a problematic sum. It is a personality flaw at best, and a disqualifier for the Presidency, in many clear-headed people's eyes. Because the ends do not justify the means. The process must be fair. I agree with your interest in fairness, but I urge you to consider the big picture.

Nobody would call Bush "evil" for his "angling toward the Presidency." In his case, maybe it would be "opportunistic." Nobody would call Perot or Nader "evil". Maybe they were "naively self-righteous" or even "naively patriotic." Nobody would call Nancy Pelosi "evil" for "angling to be Speaker." She's just "taking her rightful place." But Hillary's angling, in part because she has a long history of machination and Machiavellianism, is the kind of thing that makes people worry.

By the way, the "evil" word was from your own hyperbole (do you want to join Jesse and Joanne and see such ubiquitous evil? I do not.). I think the fair characterization is that her ambition seems single-minded. (Remember how Gollum felt about the ring, Precious?) Obama would probably trade with Al Gore for the chance to have a positive impact on the country and the world. If it's not in the cards, he won't go to pieces. Go contemplate those two scenarios for your candidate, and perhaps you'll see why so many people here disagree with you.

Gollum: He wants the precious. Always he is looking for it. And the precious is wanting to go back to him... But we mustn't let him have it.

Gollum: Where is it? Where is it? They stole it from us. My precious... Curse them. We hates them. It's ours it is... and we wants it.

Gollum: My Precious! My Precious! Oh My Precious! My Birthday Present!


Character, judgement, vision. Stack up Hillary Clinton's "Oh, really" against those yardsticks and see what the score is.


I still think I'll vote for Obama, but it does bother me that he wrote a wrote the same essay twice and at least the title got worse.


I dont think the Republican can top that?

Rush Limbaugh cannot even top that


Few public figures have been treated so badly, so unfairly, as Hillary when First Lady.

The Republicans were simply ugly in their hate-speech.

So she should know better, if anyone should.

Obama only looks more like a shining light in national politics with this garbage being strewn by a member of his own party.

Hillary sadly has behaved this way before in running for the Senate.

I do think it represents a serious problem in American politics.

After all, aren't there enough truly weighty issues in today's America to be discussed and argued?

It really is bit laughable from the outside that this is the way a great nation runs its elections.


This makes me want to cry.


Pray tell, does Hillary remember what she wrote (?) in kindergarten or in 3rd grade?. How low can she sink? That's fine with me, she is not my candidate by a loooong shot!


The day we inaugurate Barack Obama as our 44th president will be one of the proudest in our nation's history. Let's leave this sort of ridiculous, petty negativity behind and turn the freakin' page!!


and it made hilary lose it. It is sad. But the misogynist comments in this blog are sadder. Obama would be a great candidate--but he has to come clean about ethanol (a net loss of energy) and his wife's sitting on the board of wal mart supplier tree house foods. And vow to cancel nafta and get REAL EUROPEAN style health care for all--not just the opportunity to buy the insurance.


So, what you are are yearning for is yet another GOP POTUS...oh well..lets just keep on Swiftboating Sen Clinton...we can enjoy 4 more years of crap..


If you look at Hillary's web site, there are five main points. The first three points fall within acceptable "rules of engagement" but when Hillary quotes Barack's third grade teacher she steps over the line into the riduculous. She should have just focused on the first three points. It would still have been petty but not mean spirited, in fact childish like a petulant kindergartener.


Its really sad that the Hilary camp has stooped to this. Obama should just continue to stay positive and let them destroy themselves. They're doing a good job lately.


Heck Bush's first essay was as a junior in college and it was a C


Clinton is acting like a desperate housewife. Obama was just writing as a child, this cannot be considered a serious ambition. Only someone looking for any way to attack Obama would find things like this. Leave him alone.


Clinton and O!bama are frauds. Vote for courage over caution...vote for Edwards.

Oh, he can beat the hell out of the GOP too (as he's already done in a red state), if that kind of thing matters.


Hillary Clinton is a case of so near and yet so far. If she was implementing the Clinton method not letting any attack go unanswered, she should have just made some statements about the virtues of ambition, and that it's to be admired, not attacked. She would have appeared to be on the high road. Now she just looks petty. Senator Clinton has lost her way. She is so intelligent and capable, and yet she is like a a stone - throwing sentry in front of a glass house. I feel sad about this. I wish Biden or Dodd had more of a chance. They seem like the most intelligent honest folks in the race.


I don't understand why this all even matters. I should hope that someone who is running for president has aspired to be president. Remaining in a marriage after an incredibly public affair is one way. Pretending that you were not on the path to president from day one is another.


Yes, but I guarantee you Clinton has the actual blueprints of her 30-year presidential PLANS, not just the written dreams. Ask her to pull those out of the archives. She'll only tell you she has no control over them.


1st she was inevitable so she wasn't even going to go to Iowa.
2nd she decides to go but doesn't take the time to study her facts.
3rd she goes and copies Baracks ideas.
4th she gets caught with plants in the audience.
5th she complains gender card.
6th she tells Katey Couric she "will win".
7th she realizes she is losing it.
8th she attacks with kindergate.
9th she is taken away to the funny farm screaming and hollering I am the president I am I really am I am i am i i i i i

Finally the citizens who said they supported her quickly say it was all a joke ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


The change in the polls in favor of Obama is not surprising - H. Clinton had being hiding under the canopy of her husband. But the public is fast realising what each and every candidate is made of. Clinton had the advantage of receiving tremendous support at the onset of campaigns, from some sections of the media. But now it is clear that the so-called "inexperienced Obama" would surely make a better president. As for the negative attacks by Clinton on Obama; what else do you expect - she obviously is drowning and needs to grasp at anything (even a thread)in trying to survive.


Wow...I'm a fifth grade teacher and I can't get essays out of most of my kids. If Obama was writing presidential essays in kindergarten, or third grade, he needs to be our next president! I think most of my kids want to be Hannah Montana.


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One more thing (sorry).

Obama has said he wants to be a GREAT President, not just a POTUS. He usually says this after commenting on how many mediocre Presidents we have had.

As far as I know, Hillary seeks to be President, and first woman President, but says nothing about being a GREAT President.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton, whom I supported through Monicagate, etc., was worrying about his legacy because there were no great unconquered challenges during his administration. Remember that? His people were so smart, but they were not lucky enough to have been elected during national crisis.

Well, how about global warming? Never mind that his hands were tied to deal with Al-Q because of the Gingrich wag-the-dog cynicism. Global warming festered on Bill Clinton's watch. He could have been a leader on the Kyoto Protocol, but wasn't. He claimed the economy would suffer, but last I checked, the Euro, under Kyoto limits, was pretty strong. Meanwhile, NAFTA was a disasfta.

Hillary should be saying she intends to be a BETTER President than her husband, at the very least.

Forget about the "I want to be President" essays. Find me a grade school essay called "I want to be a GREAT President."


If Hillary was being graded for her social skill behaviors~does not cope well with difficult situations~would checked off on her grade card.


Who would have thought after all that Hillary went through in the last 20 years. All the ivestigations, the Vince Foster death. The endlas parade of bimbos for Bill, land scams, cattle futures,scams etc that she would be brought down by KINDERGATE. Bye bye Hillary. Now if both parties can get together and vote in a lady next time round real progress will have been made. If Hillary had been elected she would have been so corrupt she would have insured that no other female would be considered for 20 years.


Did no one from the Clinton team question the accuracy of this teacher's memory? How many kindergartners have sharp math skills and write essays???


well ms.clinton is sure gettin desperate for presidency...hunting kindergarten records to justify that obama is not fit to be president is ridiculous..and i feel that this whole issue comin up has turn out to be a postive event for obama.....He deserves to be the president...cheers !!



"This feels good. It's just like I imagined it when I was talking to my kindergarten teacher."

-- Sen. Barack Obama, quoted by the New York Observer, on his new status as Democratic frontrunner.


Words from a moderate Republican; this conduct demonstrates precisely why I cannot sleep at night with the thought that Hillary Clinton might become President. While I find her policies more moderate and less troublesome than Senator Obama's, I would still feel so much more comfortable with him in the White House. Policies are important, but 4 years of leadership brings forth so many unanticipated, issues that you ultimately have to trust the integrity, character and level-headedness of the person in the office. Madame Clinton is just plain scary. To my friends across the aisle, please, please give your nomination to Edwards or Obama. Our country is at stake.


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hillary, you just lost another vote!


Obama reminds me of a Christian Fundamentalist and is like Bush -- He says one thing and soes another.

He gives captivating speech and they say if you tell people something 8X's they will believe it. He said he would deliver change you can believe in 27 times in one speech.

I trust Hilary to make real changes happen. I have no faith in Obama, he seems like a talented con artist.


i think this is the most childish thing ive ever heard and that makes it even worse for anyone to vote for clinton she went to his childhood years to get some dirt on him she had to go back that far to get something bad on him im fiftteen and i even know thats dumb


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