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Monday, February 18, 2008

Obama-bardment TV

From the Obama campaign

Columbus, OH – Senator Barack Obama’s Ohio campaign will begin airing a new series of statewide television spots throughout the state highlight Obama's record of standing up to special interests and fighting to restore fairness and balance to the economy for working families.

The thirty-second ad entitled “Enough” highlights Obama’s commitment to leveling the economic playing field for the middle class and protecting American jobs by eliminating tax for corporations that move jobs overseas.

In the thirty-second ad entitled "Need," Obama describes American workers as the "bedrock" of our economy and offers his breaks plan to reverse the widening gap between the middle class and the wealthy.

The sixty-second ad, entitled "Choices," discusses Obama's choice to pass up a lucrative career on Wall Street work as a community organizer to help community devastated by a steel plant closing. Throughout his career, Obama has mobilized and united Americans from all backgrounds to bring change.

In the thirty-second ad, entitled “Join,” Obama urges voters to reject the broken political system in Washington and join his movement for change.

The campaign is already running radio ads statewide.

You can watch “Enough” here
You can watch “Need” here
You can watch “Choices” here
Listen to “Join” here


at 12:15 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Desperation rhetoric when your down by 21 points !

See the real deal: Here !

at 12:27 PM, February 18, 2008 Blogger Kegger & Beav said...

I've been thinking this through for some time now and I'm pretty certain I'm right about this (as you read me, you'll find that I rarely say anything that I haven't thought pretty well through, and refrain from speaking if I do not have a pretty solid rationale for something):

It would be best for the Nation, and the Democratic party if Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President in 2008, and Barack Obama in 2016. I know this will hit Obama supporters right between the eyes and stimulate an emotional response, but take a second to think about this and it's hard not to agree with this point of view. Also, understand, I'm not a Clinton insider of any kind. I haven't campaigned for her, I haven't sent her money, I've just been in deep thought on this for a few months now.

So, here is what swayed me;

It is clear to me that we need a prolonged period of Democratic rule to fix the various socio-economic structures that are nicked up right now. (I'd just like to point out that I don't believe I'm understating in saying "nicked up." For the most part we are still a very strong country and very rich, so we really aren't in the disaster recovery mode that some make us out to be.) I believe that we need twelve or sixteen years of Democratic balance of power, primarily to clean up corporate (executive pay, rules abuse, outright fraud) and social corruption (abuse of government programs by free-riders and worthless bureaucrats must be included in the clean-up), regain our moral authority in the international community, realign religion with home-life instead of government influence and rebuild the middle class through a comprehensive education initiative at the youngest levels.

Next, it appears to me that the Democrats really do have two good candidates for the first time in a long time. Each has a flaw however. Hillary Clinton's flaw is the extreme dislike of her from the Evangelical and red-neck right (they like labels, so let's label). Barack Obama's flaw is a little more serious, but more fixable; he's woefully inexperienced, as are his barely tenured advisors. His flaw would likely cause him to lose to McCain in the fall, Hillary's wouldn't.

So, how do we solve our little issue between two good candidates, and get the prolonged period of Democratic balance of power. We need to elect Hillary now, and Barack later. We can do it easily by having the ticket be Clinton/Obama (I don't care if they like each other or not). We can in one fell swoop solve a lot of problems if we run Hillary with Barack as the VP. This would all but guarantee a victory in the fall, and, it would create a presumptive successor to the White House.


at 12:47 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Horrible. He turned the war into a rock song.


at 1:10 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous M. A. said...

Peter Wallsten, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, wrote an article on Jan. 24, 2008 entitled, "Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes. It is an interesting article.

Many people may not have read the article; following is most of it:

Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago's West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation. He goofed. "I was not aware that I had voted no, "he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he "intended to vote yes."

The rules allow state lawmakers to clear up a mishap if they suffered from a momentary case of stumbly fingers or a lapse of attention. But some lawmakers say the practice also offers a relatively painless way to placate both sides of a difficult issue. Even if a lawmaker admits an error, the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator's "intent."

Four of Obama's admitted flubs drew little controversy. On March 19, 1997, he announced he had fumbled an election-reform vote the day before, on a measure that passed 51 to 6. "I was trying to vote yes on this, and I was recorded as a no," he said. The next day, he acknowledged voting "present on a key telecommunications vote. He stood on March 11, 1999, to take back his vote against legislation to end good-behavior credits for certain felons in county jails. "I pressed the wrong button on that," he said.

Obama was the lone dissenter on Feb. 24, 2000, against 57 years for a ban on human cloning. "I pressed the wrong button by accident," he said. But two of Obama's bumbles came on more-sensitive topics. On Nov. 14, 1997, he backed legislation to permit riverboat casinos to operate even when the boats were dockside. The measure, pushed by the gambling industry and fought by church groups whose support Obama was seeking, passed with two "yeas" to spare – including Obama's. Moments after its passage he rose to say, "I'd like to be recorded as a no vote," explaining that he had mistakenly voted for it…The senator who led the opposition to the gambling measure, Republican Todd Sieben, said he took Obama at his word that the initial vote was an error. But Sieben also said the thin margin of victory was a sign that perhaps there was more to the vote than met the eye. "He was obviously paying attention to this vote. It was a major, major issue in the state, and it was a long debate," Sieben said. "The inadvertent Oops, I missed the switch – I'd be kind of skeptical of that."

On June 11, 2002, Obama's vote sparked a confrontation after he joined Republicans to block Democrats trying to override a veto by GOP Gov. George Ryan of a $2-million allotment for the West Chicago child welfare office. Shortly afterward, Obama chastised Republicans for their "sanctimony" in claiming that only they had the mettle to make tough choices in a tight budget year. And he called for "responsible budgeting". A fellow Democrat suddenly seethed with anger. "You got a lot of nerve to talk about being responsible," said Sen. Rickey Hendon, accusing Obama of voting to close the child welfare office. Obama replied right away. "I understand Sen. Hendon's anger…I was not aware that I had voted no on that last – last piece of legislation," he said.

The article ends with Hendon saying he is supporting the senator all the way. He said, "it happens" that senators press the wrong button. But he was quick to add: "I've never done it."

at 2:50 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous M. A. said...

Obama says he should have credited Patrick
But jobs, trade issues far more important, he says in Ohio
Monday, February 18, 2008 1:18 PM

Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after touring a factory in Youngstown today.

NILES, Ohio — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said he should have attributed phrases he borrowed from the Massachusetts governor for a speech Saturday, but he downplayed their significance.
“I really don't think this is too big of a deal,” Obama said this afternoon at a press conference near Youngstown.
The New York Times today pointed to similarities between a speech by Obama in Wisconsin on Saturday with remarks from the 2006 campaign by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
“Don't tell me words don't matter,” Obama said two days ago, in response to Sen. Hillary Clinton's attacks that he is a smooth talker but not a problem solver.
“ I have a dream — just words? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal — just words? We have nothing to fear but fear itself — just words? Just speeches?”
Today, Obama said Patrick occasionally uses his words and that he's used Patrick's words at times.
When asked whether he should have credited Patrick, Obama replied, “I'm sure I should have.”

This is definitely another oops for Obama. I think he believes if just apologizes or acknowledges that he made a mistake, people will forget it. Regarding the vote on the Iran resolution, he didn't go to Washington to cast his no vote. When a reporter asked him why he missed that important vote, he apologized for missing it and changed the subject.

I think a pattern is emerging about how he handles issues.

at 3:10 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming a Clinton/Obama ticket could win, aren't you setting up Hillary as an elimination target by those who want a black President now?
We all know that there are nuts out there that would like nothing better than to change history.

at 3:20 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the Obama campaign would focus more on the effects of free trade supported under the Clinton Administration. Free trade has seriously hurt the Ohio economy by outsourcing well paying jobs to foreign countries.

Both Clintons are prominent heads of the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) which epouses free trade. Bill Clinton backed NAFTA which pushed free trade in North America and also made deals with many Chinese Nationals (some contacts have gotten them into much trouble with campaign financing). Hillary is now stating that she disagreed with her husband on NAFTA and yet she remains front and center in the DLC that promotes free trade. If she is now against this trade then surely she will renounce her leadership role at the DLC-that is unless it's all just campaign rhetoric!

at 3:44 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

to m.a.

Mrs. Clinton decided... not to acknowledge my help.": Hillary's ghostwriter

So, Hillary accidently omitted the name of her ghostwriter from "It takes a Village" and has the nerve to scandalize Obama for reciting bits form a political ally's speech?

The ghostwriter, Barbara Feinman Todd, says this:


So before I would ultimately hang up the sheet for good, my client list would grow to include an African princess, a congresswoman, two senators, a first lady, a Middle East peace negotiator, and an erstwhile presidential candidate. The First Lady, Hillary Clinton, is the one, predictably, people still bring up to this day. The actual writing experience of working on It Takes a Village with Mrs. Clinton was not extraordinary in any respect. Together with our editor, we produced drafts in a round-robin style. We worked well as a team and things went about as smoothly as can be expected when you're producing a high-profile book in eight months and one of you is married to the leader of the free world. The problem came when Mrs. Clinton decided, for reasons still a mystery to me, not to acknowledge my help, or that of anyone else by name. Because the White House had issued a press release early on in the process stating that I had been hired to "help prepare the manuscript," when it was finished and there was no mention of me in the acknowledgments, the anti-Clinton forces went to town. The irony was that by not acknowledging me, rather than diminishing my role, she unwittingly elevated me to a sort of literary Joan of Arc with the likes of everyone from Don Imus to Maureen Dowd to Rush Limbaugh weighing in before Thank-YouGate blew over. Pundits had a field day opining how much of the book she had actually written. The truth was much more prosaic: Like any first lady, Mrs. Clinton had an extremely hectic schedule and writing a book without assistance would have been logistically impossible. The book, despite the fact that it was at best a mediocre political tract on the virtues of governmental responsibility in the raising of children through subsidized programs like Head Start, was a bestseller and its audio version won Mrs. Clinton a Grammy.


at 4:21 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Or by a phony, King Imitator !

'we can have a dream' ?

No thanks 'WE DID' have a 'DREAM TEAM' !

They left the country with a surplus, PERIOD !


at 4:24 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ooops, the real deal Here !


at 5:16 PM, February 18, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"They left the country with a surplus, PERIOD !"


at 6:24 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had enough vote Clinton?

An oxymoron statement if ever there was one!

The Clinton's were and are once again trying to be part of the problem!

Smart people recognize that we have had either a Bush or Clinton in the White house for over 20 years.

End the madness.

Vote Obama 2008!!!!!

at 6:50 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

" usefullidiot said..."They left the country with a surplus, PERIOD !" .....UNDER THE CONTROL OF A GOP LED HOUSE!!! 5:16 PM, February 18, 2008"

Once again the use-less ****ing idiot of the NAZI party (tnp) spews her (wmd) misleading elephant dung propaganda !

The 'bush-whacko' had both house and senate and couldn't do anything except line the pockets of the oil men and his crony drug lords, thus, leaving the country in such shambles that even the wRong wingnut whacko red-necks threw the bums out !

lol, Lol, loL, LOL

PATHETIC 'HypocRite' !


at 6:55 PM, February 18, 2008 Blogger Marisol said...



at 7:07 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just Words. Just not Obama's !

What a 'schmidt'y trickster !



at 7:52 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They left the country with a surplus, PERIOD"

Free trade allowed a short term surplus but at the long term expense of the middle class whose jobs were outsourced to countries with practically slave labor, no environmental regulations and no safety oversight. That surplus has lead to tainted products, loss of jobs and erosion of the environment all for short term gain.

Ah..those wonderful Clinton years, they gave us the Telecom Act of '96 which lead to the current media consolidation in which a few corporations handle all the news. And don't forget the deregulation of the banking industry that Bill Clinton supported-how did that work for us? Do you really believe the current mortgage crisis was JUST the result of the current administration?

Sometimes it takes years for results to be felt. Have you noticed how Hillary is backing away from Bill Clinton's support of NAFTA? Funny, if you go to the DLC website, you see her photo. Go to the issues and you'll find their support of free trade.

Sorry Hillary, you can't have it both ways. You can't take credit for your husband's administration while denouncing his policies on the side.

at 12:23 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary has no room to talk about what others say: I pledge to adhere to the democrat's decision to not seat delegates from Michigan and Florida, then, I'll fight to seat Michigan and Florida.

I'd rather have a great orator who means what he says than an experienced liar.

at 9:58 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous hype not hope said...

To the Enquirer/Carl Weiser- you continue to show favoritism for Obama. Those ads are on his site so is it your job to spoon feed the same info to your readers? Apparently you think so.

at 10:07 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong whack job typist blue-stained Clintonista Gore-whore!
Send Billary to Havana !

OBAMA 08 Be the Change

at 11:24 AM, February 19, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"Send Billary to Havana !'


at 11:42 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... Anonymous said...Wrong whack job typist blue-stained Clintonista Gore-whore! Send Billary to Havana ! OBAMA 08 Be the Change 10:07 AM, February 19, 2008"

Once again the use-less ****ing idiot of the NAZI party (tnp) is spewing the elephant dung propaganda !

The wRong wingnut whackos want ally-obam-eee to be the opposition because they realize he can't win once they unleash the swift-boat, Strom red-necks on him !

The wRong wingnut whackos feel they can have the bam-eeee running for his life toward the Saddam, muslin underground !

Typical entitlement mentality !

Get real, What a Fairy Tale !

at 12:25 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Emeril said...

bam, bam bam




at 6:25 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

nonono oh unintelligible wacko foottappin floss between the empty space between your ears Clintonista. Y'see, I voted for Jesse Jackson,Bill Clinton (fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me), Gore, Kerry, and now (Drumroll) BARACK OBAMA 2008.

Please , oh fool of the blogosphere, separate FACT from Fiction and TRUTH from whatever your version of reality happens to be at the moment.

Obama 08
Be the Change

at 9:15 PM, February 20, 2008 Blogger DivineComedy said...

It's a shame that more aren't taking a look at www.barackobama.com. That site sort of indicates how well run things CAN be. Not only is all the information well organized but there is a machine of thousands of volunteers taking care of options to campaign and support Obama through it. Whether you agree that Obama is a good choice or not, it's hard to argue that he clearly has an idea of the demands of the new world. Everything about Hillary Clinton is old.. her staff doesn't understand that we aren't interested in hearing about her complaints about other candidates.. we want to hear the positives about her.

She had the opportunity to raise this race to a level NEVER seen in the history of this country. IF she could have been as poised and confident as Barack.. the debates would have been more substantive and watchable and the news would have made us proud that we had two such great candidates. Instead, she's just low and seeking to drag her competitors down to her level. No wonder, it's always worked for her before.

Do you REALLY want someone who acts like this? Who has to sink to dirty tricks when she doesn't get her way, interacting with the REST of the world on *our* behalf? Ok, I didn't think so.

Go to www.barackobama.com - you'll see the biography, accomplishments and plans of a man whose experience eclipses that of plenty of other Presidents of the US like Clinton, Bush, Wilson, and more.

You want to wait to elect Obama? You really think the country can stand another 8 years of a Bush OR Clinton? Which are you more willing to tolerate a lack of brains filled with arrogance or a lack of morales filled with arrogance?

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