Obama Meets the Press in Indy: The Swamp
 
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Posted May 4, 2008 10:25 AM
The Swamp

by John McCormick

INDIANAPOLIS -- In a wide-ranging national television interview today, Sen. Barack Obama said he did not know his longtime Chicago pastor as well as he thought and that as a national candidate he is learning the importance of rapidly dealing with controversies.

"He didn't know me as well as he though he did, and I certainly didn't know him as well as I thought I did," Obama said during an appearance that spanned the full hour of NBC's Meet the Press.

The discussion about Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and Obama's response to his controversial statements dominated the first third of the interview, an appearance Obama's advisors hope will help wash the matter from his presidential bid.

The Illinois Democrat was asked about a wide variety of topics, ranging from a running debate over a proposed federal gasoline tax holiday to his support of the coal industry to some foreign affairs questions.

On Wright, Obama said his pastor had "put gasoline on the fire" when he made an appearance last week at the National Press Club and failed to show "much regard" for Obama's desire to bridge racial divides.

"What he said did not bring the country together," he said. "It divided the country."

Pressed by moderator Tim Russert why it took Obama so long to distance himself from Wright, he said he did not think that was necessary until Wright's National Press Club appearance.

"What really changed was a sense that he was going to double down on the statements that he had made before," Obama said.

But then Russert questioned why Obama had not done so much sooner, considering that he was aware that Wright could get "kind of rough" in his sermons.

That was one of the factors for why Wright did not appear on stage with Obama in Springfield, Ill., when he announced his presidential bid in February 2007. Responding to Russert, Obama acknowledged that he later apologized to Wright for blocking his public involvement with that event.

Obama agreed that it is fair game for people to question his judgment in having such a long relationship with Wright, but said it should be considered along with everything else he has done over the last two decades. "This is one element of a much larger track record," he said.

Asked whether Wright would be provide any counsel should he become president, Obama said "absolutely not."

Obama said the experience with the Wright controversy in recent weeks has reminded him of some political strategists often encourage.

"When you are in national politics, it is always good to pull the Band-aide off quick," he said. "Life's messy sometimes...all this stuff is happening under a spotlight and you need to deal with it quickly."

On the running debate among Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain over a proposed federal gas tax holidy this summer, Obama said he believes the issue offers a stark contrast.

"This defines, I think, the difference between myself and Sen. Clinton," he said.

Obama opposes the idea, calling it a "classic Washington gimmick" that would offer little financial relief and not reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, while Clinton and McCain support the idea.

Asked about his past support of a tax holiday in Illinois when he was a state lawmaker, Obama said there was evidence that the savings were not being passed on to consumers. "I learned from a mistake," he said of his 2000 vote.

Campaigning in a state where ethanol is an important and growing product, Obama said he is willing to look at the nation's ethanol policy if it is placing too much upward pressure on food prices.

"If it turns out that we've got to make changes in our ethanol policy to help people get something to eat, then that's gotta the step we take," Obama said. "But I also believe, ethanol has been an important transitional tool for us to start dealing with our long-term energy crisis."

Previewing comments he will likely make if his campaign next moves on to West Virginia, Obama pledged his long-term commitment to coal.

"I have an aggressive goal of reducing carbon emissions and coal is a dirty fuel right now," he said. "But if we can figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal - we're the Saudi Arabia of coal - and I don't think that we can dismiss out of hand the use of coal as part of our energy mix."

With polls showing a tight race in Indiana, Obama softened his past statement of calling the state a "tiebreaker," instead saying he meant that Indiana was the toughest state to call in a group that included Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Whatever the outcome in Tuesday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Obama said he is "confident that Sen. Clinton is going to stay in until the very end."

Obama also stopped short of calling for Clinton's exit from the race, if she does not win Indiana. "I don't think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out," he said.

If the decision comes down to superdelegates in June, Obama said he remains confident.

"They're going to take a look at who has run the kind of campaign that can bring about change and can actually govern after the election," he said. "I offer Democrats the best chance of winning in November."

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Comments

Does this guy even know how to tell the truth?
Answer: NO. He can't even buy a mansion without the help of a mobster.


After 20 years of marriage, I couldn't even tell you the name of the pastor that married us.


Wright was certainly a blessing.
obama only got asked about his 'clean coal' support? Did they ask why he hasn't ended mountaintop blow ups --part of his constituents have to compete against coal gathered this way.
No mention of sellilng out his IL constitutents to unregulated nuke releases---gee thanks Barry--or should we thank EXELON which GAVE him 300 G?
No mention of flip flopping on the war--selling himself as anti war.
What a LIAR!
Russert works for GE--which will benefit from the 29 new nukes young barry supported in Cheney's 2005 energy bill.


a fine self made and decent man

don't we deserve this?
Please Indiana and NC - vote Obama

We need to end this shamble of a nominating fight and move on to the general


Obama says: "he is learning the importance of rapidly dealing with controversies".

Ya good time to start eould have been from the beginning dude! Oh and also, you better start dealing with McCain now before he trounces you in debates! (that is if you get the nomination, even though the majority of popular votes choose Clinton over you)


Obama certainly has his nerve..More ambigious answers to the Wright issue then a tad of self scolding and we are supposed to believe that washes away 20 years of listening to nothing but radical ideas and a theology in black liberation...Basically all he said was he knew it all along but when he decided to run for President he knew he had to start distancing himself from Wright...He will never be President and Wright will always be his legacy...He chose to listen to racist sermons for 20 yrs. but now he wnts to become the GREAT UNITER...Doesn't work that way.....HRC will bring our TROOPS HOME NOW!!!


I hope that all voters saw MTP and are seeing Clinton on ABC right now. Come on state of my birth. Get it right. Do like we old guys did when we supported RFK. Vote Obama. Let's get this over with and turn to defeating Bush III.


This whole rev wright thing is disgusting and racist. not on his part but on the part of the racists media that continues to play the hell out of the story. The bottom line is that whatever Obmas pastor said is his own words and not Obamas. In fact in rev wrights own words at the press club he told a reporter "Obama made it to sunday service about as much as you have"!!! H E L L O! In his own words he said the guy wasn't there that much. If the media and the american public was not racist Obama's pastor wouldn't even be an issue. There is this attitude out there of "hey we will vote for a black president as long as he doesn't seem black and as long as he denounces and rejects all of his black friends". This is ridiculous. And at the same time the Clintons had Rev wright at the white house and john mccain takes endorsements from nut jobs like John Hagee and other pastors who make ridiculous statements but they are given a pass. This is an obivious witch hunt on Obama. Since you people (yeah i said it) can't hang him on any real issues you harass and persecute him for things that his neighbors and other around him say. When has anyone ever been held responsible for the words of another adult. This is ridiculous. Especially from white people who constantly have their foot in their mouth concerning issues of race and would cry race card in a minute if someone took them out of context for a miss speak. But yet what you hate being done to you, you are doing to this man. I find it very disgusting that in a country like this where black people are the ultimate victims of racism, that the only person being accused of racism is the black candiate and his pastor? it is sickening.


So I guess Rev. Wright's overtures to be his VP running mate will fall on deaf ears too???

Seriously, The Rev. Wright has been nothing but a millstone around Obama's neck. However, I felt when he finally and completely repudiated him, he did so much too late. As Hillary said months ago, a pastor is not ones family. One CHOOSES which church one is affiliated with. In that respect I agree with Rev. Wright that Obama knew what he stood for long before, and is only coming out now against him for political purposes.


B Hussein Obama gets softball questions from liberal Democrat Tim Russert.
Obama won't tell truth about Wright because it exposes his judgement. Jerry White, Springfield, IL


I was fortunate enough to see not only Obama's interview with Russert, but also, Clinton's interview with Stephanopoulos. Clearly, Obama did a better job in answering questions more directly. HOWEVER, that having been said, I will admit that Obama was forced to spend most of his time STILL talking about Rev. Wright (Move on, Russert) while CLinton was asked more questions about a wider range of things. THAT having been said, Clinton was rude, kept cutting George off, and tried to use the time for stump speech, while Obama was quiet and waited for the next question. Sorry, folks, I just can't see her and her personality winning over the world. She is SOOOO self-promoting, pandering, and rude.


Obama is not a self made man, he's a man who uses people then throw them away when necessary.

Obama and Wright were joined to the hip, its fair for him to put the total shame and blame on Dr. Wright.

Obama loved and enjoyed the Freak Show we witnessed whenever he sat his behind in the pews.

The good ole Doctor would shot "Black Power, and Liberation Theology" in Obama veins, while Obama laughed, clapped, and shouted for joy.

Sad times in Chi-town, no doubt

:-(


I hope the voters in Indiana and North Carolina will reflect on the phrase "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are."

I personally needed to look no further than Senator Obama's long-term relationships with Rev. Wright (20+ years), Mr. Rezko, Obama's fundraiser and person who bought the lot next door to Obama's current residence and who's on trial now for kickbacks in Chicago and Obama's name has been mentioned several times in the trial already (17+ years); and, Mr. Ayers who has no regrets for bombing our government buildings (8+ years working together)--certainly not a "flimsy" relationship as Senator Obama alledged in PA on ABC's debate on April 16th.

So before the voters of Indiana & North Carolina cast their votes on Tuesday, I only ask you to answer the question posed above. Thanks.


This is absolutely incredible.. How is he proposing to bridge the racial divide? He ignores all the prominent civil rights leaders. Unless there's a lot of winking going on in this campaign, how are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton so satisfied with his campaign? And not coming after him, as Wright put.

He also glossed over all the points Rev. Wright made that have relevance in dealing with our racial divide. Those are worth noting in our segregated society.

I have seen no plans. He's iffy on affirmative action.We are just supposed to take him on his word FOR EVERYTHING.
There are never any concrete plans.
No thank you. This is for president of the USA. That type of carte blanche is fine for someone running for state senate. But please.


When Bill Clinton was caught in the Oval Office with a White House intern, the pastor whom he and his wife sought out for counseling was...Rev. Wright.


No disavowal here, though.


John McCain has groveled at the feet of Reverend Hagee, who equates Catholics with the devil and who pronounced Hurricane Katrina, "God's judgement on New Orleans."


For from renouncing Hagee, McCain craves his support.


So much for pastors. Now...how about the issues?


Yeah. Gas tax. Repeal it and save me $25 bucks.


Thanks, John & Hillary.


I expect Obama thought Wright was playing "devil's advocate" in his sermons (the ones he actually heard, not the ones that were sound-bited) to get the congregation's attention. Nothing unusual about that. Now he finds out Wright really meant some of that stuff.

The bottom line is...Obama has his own beliefs and outlook, and those are fine.


Hillary was great! Stephanopoulos was asking her tough questions on all issues. He was interrupting her and did not let her even finish sentences. However, Hillary smiled and stayed focused on the issue. Russet was spooning with Obama. (I could not watch it. Obama reminds me of Bush the way he talks.)


I can't help but keep wondering why Obama is so eager to sit for an hour long interview with Russert in which he can bad-mouth Clinton, but doesn't have the courage to debate her directly where she can respond? Is Obama really that disrespectful of the constitutional concept of "the right to confront witnesses against you"? Or is this yet another example of his unwillingness to have the rules apply to him?


After watching Senator Obama on Meet The Press, he has my vote.
He will make a great President for America and a great representative throughout the world!! He will certainly bring a whole, new fresh approach to the political atmosphere in Washington. That alone, should lead most of the Democratic voters to vote for him!!
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME. ALIVE. NOW.


Good to see an article where it let's the candidate speak for himself. Too many that like to snip out only the stuff that suits an intended purpose or suggests something different than actually intended.

It is clear that what you see is what you get with Obama. I think this kind of reporting is helpful and constructive for voters getting to their decisions.

It is interesting to see so many Clinton and no doubt Republicans (not the real cross over kind) making all kinds of extreme remarks. They want to keep stirring the pot on non issues in the mistaken belief that the low income whites will vote based on the raving and not the issues. I think they underestimate these good people.

I agree with the comments about there being too much about Wright. Those that go on about him in their comments seem to forget that McCain has as many or more issues with his own pastors (yes plural). This should all be dropped in the discussion. It is cheap shots and cheap talk that America can ill afford. And, not to mention, by being one sided, it smacks of racism against Obama.

I think that Obama is saying that in the normal course his way initially was to give Wright a graceful way out and not the back of his hand. He called him the wacky uncle, which is clearly what he has proven to be. You know, most of us get that analogy - I have an uncle like that too. Now, when Wright came back on national TV with the same points as in the snippet that was produced, he lost his right to the graceful way out.

I think Obama is saying that in politics, maybe he needs to move more quickly to denounce if he is to avoid the nonsense that follows. I think that this is something that should really not be necessary. It is unfortunate that the press, and the legions of people that take a Bush / Rovian approach to their politics make this necessary in order to shut manufactured issues down. As some say here, Wright is not Obama. And, after what Wright said on TV, it is clear that if you think that Obama believes what Wright said, then I suppose he believes in aliens too.

What a waste of precious time, energy and human capital. Why not spend some time on the real issues? A few suggestions and I'm sure there's more if you start to think:
- the mistaken brutal, bloody and expensive war in Iraq,
- the mishandled war on terror,
- the still missing Bin Laden, and the increasing problems in Afghanistan,
- the weakened economy, plummeting dollar, health care, Social Security,
- America's reduced standing, lost opportunity and near irreparably damaged global reputation,
- the resumption of real global leadership to deal with the financial crisis [made in America], the environment (it is a real issue), poverty, health, etc..

I suggest to those that want to make Wright into a character issue, that they take a good look in the mirror. You will find the real character issues there. For those on the payroll of Hillary and McCain, you can look to those that are feeding you the talking points too.


Could we please move on to the issues now? Why does the media feel the need to keep talking about non-issues. Obama tried his best to get off the Wright topic, but it seems to me that the media runs all the campaigns, not the senators running. Issues people! 10 years from now no one will remember this! Can you recall 10 years ago when all hell broke loose with the impeachment of Pres. Bill Clinton? Do you recall the months of finger-pointing and who was doing it? Do recall Kenneth Star and all the misinformation the media turned into a soap opera? What about 5 years ago when Pres. George Bush stood under the banner "Mission Accomplished" and touted that horn of the Iraq war which was in fact, 5 years later clarified, they were talking about the successful deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln? Drama sells! Misinformation speaks! What is going on people? Do you have any idea what is going on in the world, or has ignorance become you?


Somewhat disappointed at the interview...or rather a last minuted campaign platform for Obama.

Obama calls the gasoline tax holiday political pandering (which it is), but he is a big supporter of ethanol subsidy--a much larger sacale, more narrowly focused and longer standing political pandering (or pork barrel). Ethanol is in no way an efficient or significant fuel source for driving. Farmers are paid to grow corn and large oil companies are paid to buy the ethanol product....no more, no less.

Regarding Rev. Wright.....I don't judge Obama's core values by his association with Wright but I do judge his judgement and leadership.

For someone who prides himself on being able to bridge cultural and racial divides, Obama did a very poor job with Wright and his church for 20 years. Obama gave a great speech a few weeks back in Philly about the racial divide in America. However, if Obama is so interested in crating a discussion on the topic, why didn't he start something at his own church--he had 20 years. This is an issue I keep seeing with Obama: he keeps saying what he wants to do when his President, but I don't see any evidence of him taking on these issues in his past (even on a smaller scale).

His much touted healthcare insurance for children in IL was something that was going to pass easily, with or without him....he didn't provide leadership. In fact, there's no evidence of Obama taking any political risk or leadership on any issue of importance (i.e. IL government ethics reform would have been nice).

In my opinion, Obama has mistaken lack of political courage for consensus building.

Both Clinton and McCain have made mistakes and had their share of "issues" in the past. However, one thing I thing I can say about them is that they've demonstrated toughness and willingness to go against the crowd when they believe in something. In McCain's case, his own party still call him a maverick and left leaning for reaching across the isle to work on spending and ethics issues.

Clinton basically went all in with her first attempt at universal healthcare reform. Although she failed miserably, her experience will teach her how to do it better this time around....this is why relevant experience is so important in life and politics. For the record, I'm personally against a government run healthcare system.

In my opinion, Obama is certainly intelligent enough to talk about the issues, but I don't believe he has the experience or, for lack of a better word, the persistence to "fight" political innertia and social status quo in order to make real changes.


I see the racists are out in full force today. Racism comes from fear of the bogeyman, that is, fear of nothing. It's like when you walk home in the dark, afraid of what might jump out of the woods and grab you - so you whistle for courage. That's all racism is - whistling in the dark over the imagined bogeyman.

Overcome your fear of the dark.
Vote for Senator Obama.


tony said it
Clinton was rude, kept cutting George off, and tried to use the time for stump speech, while Obama was quiet and waited for the next question. Sorry, folks, I just can't see her and her personality winning over the world. She is SOOOO self-promoting, pandering, and rude.

Obama listens and then responds Clinton is buldoging her way and has no desire to listen to anyone. she OBLITERATES everyone! Americans wake up take part in your country OBAMA will be a leader Clintion would be an elected dictator.


Has ANYONE read Obama's book??? Seriously, if anyone had there would be no question that Obama and Wright are as far apart as the earth and jupiter.

READ HIS BOOK, PLEASE. Heck, just read the prologue.

Wright is "old school" in that he's still of a 60's mindset, and refuses to believe that blacks have been able to come a long way to overcome oppression.

It was in WRIGHT's best interests that Obama NOT BE ELECTED because then Wright has much less to gripe about if a black man has become President.

And, BTW, Oprah is a member of the same church....she didn't quit that church, and there's no accusations that she's radical.

And yes, people can get nuttier as they get older. Also, Wright just retired so he's actually FREER to express more radical views that he couldn't as a pastor.

Don't let Obama get away from us, folks. Clinton in the White House won't be a horrible thing, but it will mean MORE THAN THIRTY TWO YEARS OF THE SAME TWO FAMILIES RUNNING THE COUNTRY. 36 if she's reelected.

THIRTY SIX YEARS of Bush & Clinton is too much, no matter who you voted for.


The bottom line is that white people are making a REALLY big deal out of Reverend Wright's comments because they are used to white privilege. They are thinking "How are a black person say ANYTHING bad about white people and how racist they are in America?" Everyone who is white and offended should get off their high horse and look at the racist country that they live in that privileges white skin over black skin. And just for the record, that inquiry has NOTHING to do with Obama - its a problem that American has had since its inception. White people, don't continue the racist cycle of feeling like your race always has to be talked about positively. Truth be told, there are lots of negative things about the white race, including white privilege, and Wright brought to light some of them. If you are offended as a white person. be offended that racism is still alive and well in your country and stop blaming Obama for this because he didn't do it - your forefathers did.


I am stunned that Obama believes that the race won't be over until Clinton decides to get out. WHAT? I'm so angry that I don't even know what to say. I will never vote for Obama.


Barack Obama wants to have a national discussion about race without offending white people.

But as we've learned these past 6 weeks, it's not going to happen.

Honestly, does anyone have anything... anything at all to say about EXACTLY what Rev. Wright SAID, and not about how his remarks have been characterized (i.e. anti-Americian, fiery, controversial).

Go read the transcripts of his entire sermons and of his presentations. Then ask yourself, "Where is he wrong?"

Don't be duped by a national press that is pretending to report on what Rev. Wright actually said.

Don't find yourself in Joe Klein's position in Time magazine when he writes, "The left believed it was all right for people like Wright to condemn white America but it was 'blaming the victim' to criticize the antisocial behavior - the crime and family disintegration - going on in the black community." ("Exit Wright," Time, May 12, 2008.)

When you compare that to what Rev. Wright said several times just during his three day presentations, you realize that the media really is just running on the fumes of over-reaction.

Many of us are committed to changing ... the way we treat each other. The way black men treat black women. The way black parents treat black children. The way black youth treat black elders and the way black elders treat black youth. We are committed to changing the way we treat each other.

- Rev. Jeremiah Wright before the NAACP dinner, Sunday, April 27, 2008

God doesn't bless everything. God does not bless gang-bangers. God does not bless dope dealers. God does not bless young thugs that hit old women upside the head and snatch their purse. God does not bless that. God does not bless the killing of babies. God does not bless the killing of enemies.

- Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Bill Moyers program, April 25, 2008

God does not desire for us, as children of God, to be at war with each other, to see each other as superior or inferior, to hate each other, abuse each other, misuse each other, define each other, or put each other down.

God wants us reconciled, one to another. And that third principle in the prophetic theology of the black church is also and has always been at the heart of the black church experience in North America.

- Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the National Press Club, April 28, 2008

Unfortunately, Obama does not have the political courage to call the media out on its mischaracterizations of Rev. Wright's words. He is like Peter, going-along to get-along.

When he wakes up either after the Democratic nomination process or after the general election, he's going to realize that he sold Rev. Wright out to please white people that weren't really going to vote for him anyway.

Maybe then he will hear the cock will crow and be born again.


HRC's been outhustled, outcampaigned, and outorganized, and outfunded by a relative newcomer who hasn't been in the White House and whose spouse was NOT the President. She went Ivy League, just like the Obamas, so spare me the cheap shots about intellectual elitism, and now offers shameless gas tax relief pandering in an act of pure desperation. Spare me.
Obama '08!


clinton seemed to be saying 'george, you won't embarrass mommy, right?' while obama was saying 'she's pandering again, what's with you people.' and somehow, the shell oil lobbyist clinton has on the stump didn't come up.


Obama is a joke it's time to abandon ship. Vote smart, vote Clinton.


obama keeps changing the rules of the game. he needs to get out of the race now since he can no longer win in the fall.obama cannot win any big battleground states. he agreed to get out if he couldnot win ohio, texas, penn.and now he is once again going back on his word to get out if he loses indiana which he will lose. it is over obama you lost it all fair and sqare. support the eventual winner. HILLARY CLINTON. YOU GO GIRL!


Did any viewer come away from the MTP interview enlightened or informed about Sen. Obama or his core beliefs and values?

Did this interview sway undecided voters
to vote for Sen. Obama?

Was anyone convinced by the interview that Sen. Obama '
knew his beans?

In my view, it was a total waste
of airtime.


I am stunned that Obama believes that the race won't be over until Clinton decides to get out. WHAT? I'm so angry that I don't even know what to say. I will never vote for Obama.


Umm....wow....really. I find it discouraging as a young black professional that this much subversive racism is going among the country. If we could honestly address what is going on here, I think the discourse would change to, "Why are White Americans so uncomfortable with Black independence?" Ultimately the entire Jeremiah Wright 'debate' (read witch hunt) revolves around white americans' discomfort with black 'nationalism' and coming to terms with Barack Obama being a Black candidate. Yes America, he is a black man...that means that he was raised in a country where he is presumed to be less qualified and often vilified by no fault of his own. Like it or not this is the black experience, especially for blacks who try to better themselves and are thereby forced to enter white mainstream america. this, simply put, is white americans discomfort with black americans dissidence. I challenge each white reader to find a time when they heard a racist statement and openly denounced the statement and disassociated with the speaker. It would seem nonsensical for Hilary Clinton to be forced to denounce each person she has had support from, who has made a racist statement in their life. Also, Jeremiah Wright's statements were not racist. His statements addressed the united states government. It is presumptive 'whiteness' that has many white americans offended and that presumptive whiteness for black americans is offensive in and of itself. If we cannot have an open discourse about why many black americans are frustrated and feel disenfranchised the we will continue to have more frustration. The facts are clear, blacks are still treated unequally in America. Historically, we were chattel, then 60% of a human, then human with limited rights, then human with full legal rights, but no legal support, then it took the united states supreme court to acknowledge that institutional racism still exists and there is a legitimate rationale for affirmative action in educational institutions. (Gruder (2003)) I say all this to say, if you're shocked that most black americans have instinctive distrust and DISGUST with their government you're out of touch with the black american experience. To some this may not mean much, but the snippets we've all seen in the media are the senationalized feelings of black americans. We don't really care if white americans don't like it , we're not going to be any less disgusted following this xenophobic media frenzy. Barack Obama being criticized for his pastor is no different than those Catholics who continued to go to mass following their CRIMINAL PEDOPHILE PRIESTS open acknowledgment of their abuse of children and the national cover-up. But for it being a white institution the catholic church's sins would still not receive the public absolution that Trinity is expected to seek. Damn white america and white americans if they don't understand.


'MEET THE PRESS'
IS NOT THE SAME AS
'meeting the press and answering questions about Rezko; nukes and campaign contribs from those who profit from them, and a whole LINE of amazingly pertinent questions.


Do you democrats want to win in the fall? If so, kick Obama to the curb. I have never voted for a Republican. I've held my nose and voted for some really crappy Democrats over the years. Obama's nomination will put an end to all of that. Think about it. Do the math. The Democratic party may well go the way of the Whigs and the Federalists after this fall.


Obama is one of the greatest liars of this generation. Just amazing. What a con man. I have never seen someone with more anger and anti US venom, and he is such an elitest snot. If liberals have to find this guy to represent them, hopefully we go the way of Britain and return the conservatives back to power. This is ridiculous, Obama = Marx.


Reply to Wow....really.
This was a great post. Challenging and true.

But what about Obama's dununciation of Rev. Wright afterall? How does that fit in? And shouldn't his race speech have been as honest as your post? Really?

I think Obama is a phony. I don't think he attended Trinity because he was inspired by Rev. Wright. He went to boost himself politically. He isn't a "new" kind of politician, just newer to the game. He didn't denounce Wright because he was offended by the comments, but because he was PERSONALLY offended that Wright was hurting his campaign. When it came down to his ass or Wright's, then screw Wright. Obama's arrogance and pretense are what repel me. Despite everyone's presumption (drilled and re-drilled into them by the MSM) that Hillary Clinton is dishonest, she's inately authentic. She is who she is. Obama SAYS he's someone, but doesn't stand up for anything but his own ambition.


Obama has not answered the following questions:

1. Who invited Wright to give the invocation in Springfield.

and

2. Who decided he had to be uninvited.

It would seem that the political implications were already known, but he was not able to face it.


kaye m, you wrote:

'More ambigious answers'

it's spelled ambiguous.

since you can't spell, you probably also have difficulty reading. so how do you vote - multiple choice?


He chose to listen to racist sermons for 20 yrs. but now he wnts to become the GREAT UNITER...Doesn't work that way.....HRC will bring our TROOPS HOME NOW!!!

Posted by: kaye m. | May 4, 2008 11:11 AM


Kaye may I remind you that folks like Mrs Clinton put us in Iraq. Next fool to dispatch...Al.

I can't help but keep wondering why Obama is so eager to sit for an hour long interview with Russert in which he can bad-mouth Clinton, but doesn't have the courage to debate her directly where she can respond? Is Obama really that disrespectful of the constitutional concept of "the right to confront witnesses against you"? Or is this yet another example of his unwillingness to have the rules apply to him?

Posted by: Al | May 4, 2008 12:43 PM


Al I guess you didn't watch Obama's brilliant performance on Meet The Press where he addressed each and every issue with the calm sober thinking that is the hallmark of ggreatness. He also did not "bad-mouth Clinton." I doubt you even watched Mr Obama since it is so clear you have no respect for him. Well my little brainwashing victim I have no respect for Mrs clinton or Mr McCain either. She has comported herself like an insane person lying and getting all theatrical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBuuR62hVAs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwWdciKp0G0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67ANtTZpCmE


HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)


Ombama is the best candidate for President of America. H. Clinton cannot beat Obama and she cannot beat McCain. Obama is the leader we need for america.


MR. RUSSERT: The Republicans suggest your plans don't add up either, but that's a whole different discussion.

Two minutes from the end of the hour-long discussion, Tim realizes that if he hadn't asked Obama so many questions about someone who isn't a part of his campaign and doesn't share his philosophy about America or how to move America forward, he realizes that he didn't get a chance to ask him questions of substance.

Nice job, Tim.


Obama's biggest failing is his blindness to WHY Wright would want to derail him.

Should Obama win the White House how do the fear pimps (Wright, Jackson, Sharpton & Friends) continue to tell young blacks that there is no hope?

Those folks want Obama to lose, cause he could derail their gravy train.


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