This Week With Barack Obama, May 11-17, 2008

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john edwards endorses barack obama in grand rapids, michigan

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endorsement of john edwards for barack obama and complete transcript

Campaign Appearances

May 19, 2008 - Town Hall with Barack, Billings, MT
May 19, 2008 - Rally with Barack, Bozeman, MT
May 19, 2008 - Rally with Barack, Crow Agency, MT
May 20, 2008 - Rally with Barack and Michelle, Des Moines, IA
May 21, 2008 - Rally with Barack, Tampa, FL

obama in sunglasses, part two

What Went Wrong?
Obama's On-the-Wall Endorsement
500K African-American Votes in Play in Georgia
Obama Warns Republicans About Critical Ads
Is it now Obama's Party?
Wake Up and Smell the Disenchantment

obama at a rally on Saturday at Roseburg High School in Oregon


Obama promises no let-up in support for Israel

Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama on Monday promised no let-up in US support for Israel, after his Republican foe repeatedly claimed he is the favored pick of the Islamist movement Hamas.

"You will not see, under my presidency, any slackening in commitment to Israel's security," Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic magazine online.

"My position on Hamas is indistinguishable from the position of Hillary Clinton or John McCain. I said they are a terrorist organization and I've repeatedly condemned them," Obama said.

"I mean what I say: since they are a terrorist organization, we should not be dealing with them until they recognize Israel, renounce terrorism."

An informal advisor to Obama's campaign stepped down last week after a British newspaper inquired about his contacts with Hamas.

The advisor explained that his paid job with the International Crisis Group required him to have such contacts and he did not want those associations to reflect negatively on Obama's campaign.

McCain, the likely Republican nominee, has repeated the assertion that Hamas supports Obama, while painting himself in contrast as a candidate who would be tougher on groups considered "terrorists" by the United States.

The Illinois senator, who is the son of a Kenyan father and white American mother, acknowledged that the portions of his childhood he spent outside the United States could lead to the perception that he is more "worldly" than President George W. Bush. continue

Characteristics of an Obama, Vice-Presidential Candidate
A lot has been written lately of who should be Barack’s running mate, etc. Personally, we don’t know who that person will be for various reasons. Until we know the Democratic Platform, which is what Obama and his running mate will embrace, we don’t know who the candidate will be. In stating that there are a few things we can consider, due to how Barack has run his campaign.

First off, any vice-presidential candidate will have to embrace the one theme that has been constant throughout the Obama Campaign, change. This is easy because that is who and what Barack Obama represents, change. The vice-presidential candidate must not only embrace and represent, change, the person when he/she steps on the stage with Barack Obama, must look and be change. Any long time insider would not only contradict the message but bring doubt about the word change in whole.

Second, any vice-presidential candidate must be on the same wave length, thought process and democratic mandate as Barack Obama. There must not be any second guessing about the vice-presidential candidate, wondering if there is any personal agenda, etc. This person must back up Barack Obama and the mandate 150%. No questions and no wonderment allowed.

Third, the vice-presidential candidate is not the lead, the presidential candidate is. There must not be any questions or concerns about that. They must look as if they will work together but more importantly mean it.

Lastly, the vice-presidential candidate must be a partner and for all intention purposes, they must respect, admire and like each other. I know many say “look at JKF/LBJ”, I have and it was 1960, this is 2008. After the disastrous Bush II years, people do want and should be given candor, honesty and frankness and this must exude from the party’s ticket. These two people must trust each other, period. No back-biting, knife fighting, etc. This is what we are trying to run against, not trying to merge.

In the end it is Barack Obama’s choice of who his running mate will be. I am sure he knows how all factions feel at this time as the primary is winding down. But more importantly, he will choose a person whom he feels can win with him in November. Let’s trust his judgment; he has not done too badly thus far.

michelle in san juan, puerto rico


Governor Katleen Sebelius (D-KS) on Vote for Change; Obama on serving our veterans; Obama at Civic Center Charleston, WV; Obama '08 - Vote For Change Video; Winner of 30 Second Obama Ad for; Obama in Louisville, Kentucky; The Boys from Bend, Oregon; MSNBC's Pat Buchanan Complete Meltdown; Max Kennedy and actor, Dule Hule at Portland State University; NPR: Obama's Cash Machine, Built in Silicon Valley; NPR: Weekly News Roundup, Week of May 14, 2008

A Tale of Two Democratic Primary States
Top 10 Reasons Obama Defeated Clinton for the Democratic Nomination
The Obama Campaign's 'unsung hero'
Obama Over The Top: How New Voters Could Redraw The Electoral Map
Superdelegates put Obama within mathematical reach
How to end a presidential campaign

Keith Olbermann, Special Comment, "President Bush, 'Shut the Hell Up'"

Obama Cues Up to Play Pool

Senator Barack Obama continued the “regular guy who does regular guy things” portion of his campaign tour here, visiting a local billiards hall where he proved that his pool skills are better than his bowling skills.

But even in that light-hearted setting, he was confronted with his perceived vulnerability in this state: that white blue-collar voters here still have questions about his background.

During a short news conference right near the bar at Schultzie’s Billiard’s, a local television reporter for WCHS TV asked him about “The challenges of attracting voters in this state _ blue collar, white voters in this state.”

“They think you are un-American,’’ he said. “How do you get those voters? Democratic voters?”

Mr. Obama responded in detail: “We just have to get information out. Hopefully they’ll watch your program tonight. They’ll know that I’m a practicing Christian. They’ll know that my grandfather fought in World War II and I was raised to love America and all these phony emails talking how I don’t pledge allegiance are just political smears.”

A bit later, another reporter asked, “How problematic are those rumors that you were talking about earlier that you don’t pledge allegiance, that you’re a Muslim? They’re out there.”

Mr. Obama said, “They’ve been out there since the beginning of this campaign. This is something that has been systematically fed into the bloodstream. We notice these e-mails get sent out in each successive state that we were campaigning in, which indicates that it is not just a random sort of viral thing. I think you know this is a dirty trick that folks are playing on voters.”NYT continue

Vote for Change by SamGrahamFelsen
MS-01: If these voters don't care about Wright, which ones will? by kos
Five Reasons why 2012 is a No-Go for Clinton by poblano
Reality Sinks In by Al Giordano
Condescending to Voters, Playing to Perceived Racial Fears Does Not Work by Jonathan Singer
A Different Dream Team? Obama/Edwards? by Paul Rosenberg
Part I: Obama Roadmap to the White House by wizinit
Barack Obama, Champion of Children, Protecting them from Lead Poisoning by TomP

obama in macomb county, michigan


Congressman Tom Allen (D-ME); Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI); Dolly Strazar, DNC Hawaii; Idaho State Democratic Chair Keith Roark; Anita Bonds chair of the DC Democratic Party; Congressman Joe Donnelly (D-IN); Mayor Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans (D-LA); Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, Flips to Obama; Former Governor of Colorado and DNC Chair Roy Romer; Endorsed by Crow Nation and Fort Peck Tribes; College Democrats Endorsements; Three Former SEC Chairmen; Wisconsin Superdelegate State Senator Lena Taylor; Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan; Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN); Democrats Abroad Chair and superdelegate Christine Schon Marques; NARAL Pro-Choice backs Obama; Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano; United Steel Workers Union; Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA); Congressmen Henry Waxman and Howard Berman (D-CA); Communication Workers of America Union and Larry Cohen, President Endorse Obama; Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA); Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Endorses Obama; MD superdelegate Greg Pecoraro; DC Clinton Delegate Councilman Jack Evans is switching to Barack Obama

Obama defends his patriotism, quarrels with McCain
Obama's long country road
A Usually Legal Practice That Wears Black Eyes
Curious George publisher may sue over T-shirt
Republicans fear public has lost confidence

barack with sen. claire mccaskill (d-mo) in cape girardeau, mo


The Stealth Campaign to Delegitimitize Obama by democrattotheend; What other murderous regimes does Cindy McCain profit from? by clammyc; "F*** yeah": Worse Than Abu Ghraib by Mash; Bill Moyers: The Meaning of Freedom by teacherken; NAACP picks young community organizer as new president by 174winchell; I'm a feminist, and that's why I don't support Hillary. by Queen Alice; I'm sick and tired by ebonyqueen; Bush Attacks Obama in Israel; Joe Biden Responds-"This is bullshit" by rikyrah; Huckabee thinks assassinating Democrats is funny by smintheus; Judiciary Committee Threatening to ARREST ROVE! by EmperorHadrian; Republican Radio Host DESTROYED by Chris Matthews on Hardball by AntonBursch; California Sup. Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality by UTBriancl; I Won't Do It. by RenaF; We need another attack - Rumsfeld by occams hatchet; Alaska will be competitive by kos; How to Market Obama to Your Republican Friends by Press to Digitate

Attacking Michelle and Defending Michelle
Florida, Michigan cannot save Clinton
Obama fires first shot in the real election battle
What should Obama do about the Clintons?
Can Obama, McCain get by on $84 mil. each?
A Subdued Clinton and Subdued Audience
Perfect Timing- Obama's Super Show Stoppers

obama at louisville, ky rally


Barack returns to Eugene, OR! by The Great Gatsby; EDWARDS/ OBAMA (Now w/ After Party Pix & VIDEO !!) by Al Rodgers; Obama Visits Louisville; Obama in West Virginia; WV Field Offices for Obama by merrinc; BREAKING: Obama 51 - McSame 44 by Al Rodgers; Thank you Daily Kos, Lizardbox, and Indiana by foxsucks81; Nevada Convention Photos and Pencast by ThatPoshGirl

Michigan on Obama's map
Steeling Obama
A dreamier Democrat 'dream ticket'
Obama's success suggests we can transcend race
New Math for November
Obama Says Mississippi Election Proves He Can Withstand Republicans
Obama sports flag pin again after long absence

h/t Stroszek


New ABC/Post Poll--It's All Good by maxnyc; SUSA Oregon Poll-Obama up 54-43% by Parker2001; USAToday/Gallup: Obama 20% lead National by Canadian4Obama; SUSA & PPP "Hard-Working White" Oregon is Solid Obama Country by Steven R; Quinnipiac National Poll: Obama +7 Against McCain by Stroszek; ABC/WaPo: Bush At all Time Low (31), Obama Extends Lead Over McCain by DemFromCT; Whom Do You Trust? Not the GOP by DemFromCT

75K in portland, oregon

McCain Campaign Pioneers A First: Courting Lefty Bloggers
Obama says he'll reshape US foreign policy. But can he?
Is Obama Too Far Left on Taxes?
Obama compares housing crisis to Great Depression
Obama gets young people back in the race
Clinton’s huge West Virginia win changes little
‘Almost Nominee’ Status Keeps Obama in Limbo
PEJ Study: Media Declaring Obama the Winner

obama with advisor richard danzig

icebergslim’s last word: the playing of politics

We now are all aware of President Bush’s assessment and/or statement of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as appeasers or playing “appeasement”.

While in Israel celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Bush compares Obama to Nazi Appeasers. Not only was this a crazy ass statement to make, but he was the one who ended up looking and sounding ridiculous. And he took major hits for this loose usage of language from the main stream media and print press.

"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said in remarks to Israel's parliament, the Knesset. "As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

Then Obama Campaign weighed in:

"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel."

"Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power -- including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy -- to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

Of course many Democratic Leaders weighed in, but it was Senator Joe Biden that really handed the Bush Administration their asses on a plate:

“This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset ... and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”

Then John “McSame" McCain had something to say:

“Yes, there have been appeasers in the past, and the president is exactly right, and one of them is Neville Chamberlain,'’ Mr. McCain told reporters on his campaign bus after a speech in Columbus, Ohio. “I believe that it’s not an accident that our hostages came home from Iran when President Reagan was president of the United States. He didn’t sit down in a negotiation with the religious extremists in Iran, he made it very clear that those hostages were coming home.'’

The Bush Administration attempted to back peddle and state the remark was not towards Obama, but Obama put Bush and McCain on notice:

Finally, the icing on the cake is given to us, thanks to Chris Matthews of Hardball (MSNBC) and the right wing "talking idiot" Kevin James. Caution: Make sure you have your history in check before going on this show.

After watching that unloaded, talking point idiot, no wonder the Republicans have nothing further to say. The Republicans are as sorry as that talking no nothing “Kevin James”, and as one person wrote, “he calls himself a lawyer!!! Where did he graduate from? Rush Limbaugh U?”

We all got energized, legitimized, after viewing and listening to this idiot, for real.

well, the photo above reminds me of 'looking through the window'. when we look through the window, we see ourselves. we may not like what we see, or we may be proud of what we see. i say, barack is very proud of what he sees, as we all should be. he has run a great grass roots campaign, he has energized the democratic base, he has brought millions of new voters to the movement, and he is an honest, stand up guy. that is worth 'looking through the window'.

remember to stay involved, donate, and get ready for november. we need every single foot soldier for the huge mountain we must climb. and climb it to win, we must. h/t to al rodgers for the incredible slide show of the portland, oregon rally, below.



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