Barack Obama

Now that he has announced his interest in being a candidate for President, I must say that I am impressed with the plan to use his inexperience as a politician to his advantage. We are told that because he has not been around long enough to learn the ways of Washington, he is somehow a better candidate for President?

The thing that really scares me more than anything is that his support comes 99% from the fact that he is black. WHAT!?! He's black? I didn't even notice... Yea right. Just like you never noticed Hilary Clinton was a woman. The fact of the matter is that these two candidates are going to win (Clinton as President and Obama as VP) due to the fact that they are not white males. Call me a racist, but if Barack Obama was Barry O'Bama, the freshman Senator from Illinois...we would not even be considering him for the commander-in-chief job. Good job America, apologize yourself into another Jimmy Carter.

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Submitted by tonto707 on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 1:09pm.

these two candidates will win. Fact is, neither is going anywhere. Obama is a flash in the pan and his 15 minutes of fame is past 10 minutes already.

When will you bloggers ever be able to separate media hype from reality?

Submitted by myword_mark on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 11:17am.

I hate it when I hear that you feel: “The only complaints about Obama that I have read is that he is Black, his daddy is foreign and he will have Hillary as his VP.” Please allow me to explain, as a lifelong ‘Moderate’, now ‘Conservative’, Democrat, why I do not support Barack Obama.

Since Barack Obama lacks experience, and we really know little of the man, we must look closely at his voting record. I personally take exception the following items regarding Barack Obama:

Obama sought to curtail the ability of people to file class-action lawsuits against corporations by making cases that were filed in multiple states the responsibility of federal courts. He voted with the right wingers here for big corporations.

Obama sponsored a bill in the Illinois legislature requiring local police to record the race of anyone questioned so that the data can be used to track the occurrence of racial profiling. I feel that law enforcement should be allowed to stop anyone who is breaking a law without worrying about whether they have stopped too many orange guys this month already.

Obama voted in favor of a reauthorized but slightly modified version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act. Despite this vote, in a letter to ‘The Black Commentator’ ( , Obama stated that “…I spend much of my time with audiences trying to educate them on the dangers of both the Patriot Act, Patriot Act 2, and the rest of John Ashcroft's assault on the Constitution…In the last three months alone, I passed and sent to Illinois governor's desk 25 pieces of major progressive legislation, including groundbreaking laws mandating the videotaping of all interrogations and confessions in capital cases; racial profiling legislation; a new law designed to ease the burden on ex-offenders seeking employment; and a state earned income tax credit that will put millions of dollars directly into the pockets of Illinois' working poor." Obama’s hypocrisy bothers me but my major disagreement is because I oppose the Patriot act without MAJOR changes in the ability to do warrant less records searches.

Obama voted against extending the ‘Bush’ tax cuts. I feel these cuts, in the spirit of JFK, have successfully stimulated the economy while putting money back in to the hands of the average small investor and the average working class family. In addition, the newest figures show the Federal deficient as the lowest in four years – because of these cuts. ( This is in addition to the lowest unemployment in five years. (

Obama voted to kill the Gay marriage amendment to ban Gay marriage. Again, a party line vote and a personal preference call.

Obama voted for the amendment for the president to withdraw troops from Iraq. I do not feel that, even if it becomes our policy, we should let the insurgents know what our plans are. I believe that this is a short cited ‘vote getting’ political statement at the expense of our troops.

Obama voted against the amendment to ban the burning and desecration of the American Flag. Again, as a military veteran I take great pride in our flag. I also take exception to the ‘free speech’ argument regarding the desecration of my flag.

Obama’s voting record includes votes that: “… favors abortion, socialized medicine, and Affirmative Action. “ (

Obama opposes a $2,000 tax credit for retirement and has voted against private gun ownership, mandatory sentencing and the death penalty. During his tenure as a legislator, he abstained from voting about an abortion parental notification bill and on legislation that would keep pornographic video stores and strip clubs from within 1,000 feet of schools and churches. He has also voted against laws requiring students to complete suspensions before being transferred to other school districts. He abstained from legislation requiring adult prosecution for students who fire guns on school grounds. He opposed legislation making it a criminal offense for accused gang members to associate with known gang members.” (

Obama admits to cocaine and marijuana use as a teen: (

Obama attended a lofty prep school in Hawaii before attending Columbia and then Harvard Law School. This is not a working class stiff…at least not by my standards so it bothers me when they attempt to portray one. His wife is actually the working class type – but she too went on to Harvard Law School once she married ‘money’.
Obama blocked the confirmation for U.N. Ambassador, John Bolton from coming to the floor for a debate and vote. I feel Bolton has done a great job.

Obama voted against the confirmation of John G. Roberts, Jr., to be Chief Justice of the United States. A party line vote but denied a qualified man nonetheless.

Obama voted against the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to be an Associate Supreme Court Justice. Again, a party line vote but denied a qualified candidate.

Obama said the stock market was the worst since the great depression but in reality it is at an all time high. This tells me he is either out of touch or doesn’t care what the facts are.

Obama has received major contributions and support from George Soros, People for the American Way, pro-abortion groups and teacher’s unions. I do not support any of these groups. I especially dislike George Soros.

In other words, as a ‘moderate’ now apparently 'Conservative', self made, working class Deomocrat, who opposes much of what Obama stands for, I really have very little in common with Barack Obama. I am fully aware that the media and my ‘new Democratic Party’ would like to make it appear that I do have common ground with Obama, but the truth of the matter is - I don’t.

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Submitted by Enigma on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 1:58pm.

Well said. I am on the Richardson bandwagon too! Eye-wink

Submitted by myword_mark on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 2:01pm.

I just hate it when I am told by the press and the 'New Democratic Leadership' who I should vote for. I am actually looking at Rudy Giuliani....gulp.

Submitted by bladderq on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 9:13pm.

The most qualified president in US history was Richard Nixon. He squandered his potential. You act like if the H-woman is elected she won't be very well qualified. RM was just the 2nd fiddle V-P for 8 yrs, a Congressman from CA for some. Hillary was next to Bill and has been a Sen. from NY for more than 6. She might know a thang or 2, whether you want to admit or not between the Carter bashing.
As for the O- man. It's a long way to election day. I like what I see but his election is a bit of a sham. He didn't beat some white guy Rebublican fat-cat in ILL...he beat a strawman carpetbagging Alan Keyes. Talk about celebrity smack down!!!
Relax, take a deep breath. Remember Howard Dean was anointed before he got too excited. Too bad, he would have been a breath of fresh air and an outsider.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 8:11pm.

Another Carter is on the way. Barak/Clinton or the reverse - either way a diaster, but a ticket like that has all the blacks and most of the women on board and they win. Remember, the issue will be "fresh face in Washington" God help us all.

No way a Republican beats that duo.

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Submitted by TruthinessUberAlles on Tue, 01/16/2007 - 11:35pm.

Mudcat, are you like the 76th person to have a cat as their avatar on this blog? You and Dick Hobbs should start a trite club where you could discuss the advantages of living in a rented storage unit, an idea no one has ever had.

The election is in 23 months and you are already making plans to move to Israel so that you can live in a fascist utopia where people can search your person without any probable cause what-so-ever. Get over yourself, just admit that you and everyone else on this blog is not only racist but sexist and xenophobic. The only complaints about Obama that I have read is that he is Black, his daddy is foreign and he will have Hillary as his VP. You all have no idea what you are talking about. Obama is the greatest Democrat American orator since JFK and you are all terrified that he might convince the American people that the winds of change are a blowin and that it might be time to get an articulate, idealistic, accountable leader into the White House (rather than some cheerleading, fratboy-skull and bonesmen- that cant properly chew a pretzel, or respond to a natural disaster, who wouldnt listen to anyone who dosent agree with him about anything ranging from the weather to Vietnow).

i dont even think hes the best potential democrat. I really hope that Bill Richardson runs, hes like the democrat's John McCain, minus the torture. I guess the only difference between Richardson and McCain is that Republicans can actually agree that Richardson is not a republican.

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." — George Walker Texas Ranger Bush-Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 01/17/2007 - 7:17am.

Scruffy is gone, but that boot he used during the election was pretty cool. Maybe that is more my image. I'll consider it.

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