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There Are Two Obamas Campaigning

Original post made by Jane, Professorville, on May 19, 2008

Barack Obama attempted to add Michelle Obama to the category of "those who may not be discussed,"
a room now full with Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and Tony Rezko.

In fact Michelle Obama has made long speeches full of political content in her appearances at campaign rallies made to encourage people to vote for her husband.
This makes her a central figure in the campaign.

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Posted by julie
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

Path breaking gyno-politician Geraldine Ferraro has told the New York TimesWeb Link she might not vote for Barack Obama if he’s the Democratic nominee (which of course he will be).

What has driven the woman who managed the nearly impossible feat of dragging down a ticket with Walter Mondale at its head to such an extreme measure?

“I think Obama was terribly sexist,” said Ferraro.

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Posted by kay
a resident of College Terrace
on May 19, 2008 at 11:33 am

Did you hear Senator Hillary Clintons telling interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN

she said

"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me -- the 17 million people who have voted for me -- understand what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. McCain . . . uh, Sen. Obama, and against Sen. McCain," - .

CNN cleaned up the quote. But you know how she really feels.

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Posted by joel
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm

This remarkable bit of footage Web Link Barack Obama’s appearance in Oregon last night is now floating around on YouTube. It might be useful as an undergraduate course exam: how many errors can you spot?
Obama apparently believes that Iran and other rogues states (he lists Iran, Cuba and Venezuela) “don’t pose a serious threat to the U.S.” Iran, specifically, he tells us spends so little on defense relative to us that if Iran “tried to pose a serious threat to us they wouldn’t . . . they wouldn’t stand a chance.”

So, taken literally, he seems not much concerned about Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, its sponsorship of terrorist organizations,
its commitment to eradicate Israel,
its current actions in supplying weapons that have killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq,
and its role in eroding Lebanon’s sovereignty through its client Hezbollah.

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Posted by Yariv Cohen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 20, 2008 at 8:35 am

Actually, no one poses a serious threat to the U.S. The US is the only super-power, it cannot be invaded or defeated militarily. The only serious terrorist attack on US soil was the pay off for many decades of imperial behavior-brutal interference in the domestic affairs of foreign countries and societies around the world. The US government has deposed foreign leaders it didn't like and installed proxy despots-Iran, Guatemala, Chile are only a few examples. Our military budget is grotesquely inflated in order to enrich defense contractors and the politicians they lobby. Obama offers a departure from this immoral and anti-American behavior. Picking on his wife is one method the medieval war mongers, war cheerleaders and war profiteers employ in order to keep us the most hated nation in the world.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on May 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

That's no (would-be first) lady, that's my wife

Barack Obama has warned Republicans not to pick on his wife.
As far as the Republican party is concerned, that's probably good advice at two levels.
First, Obama really should be judged on his merits, not those of his wife (it's worth noting, though, that Obama defended his wife's most objectionable statement to date -- that, as an adult, she's never been proud of America).
Second, as a political strategy attacking a candidate's wife might well backfire.

But for bloggers and other commentators, the calculus is different. They can criticize all sorts of public figures for objectionable public comments, including comments that show the author to be demanding, whining, self-absorbed, self-pitying, and infantile.

There's no reason why the wife of a presidential candidate should be exempt, particularly one who is campaigning as aggressively as Michele Obama is.

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Posted by No on A
a resident of Stanford
on May 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm

There are also two McCains campaigning also--the presumptive Republican nominee who plans to keep us in Iraq until 2013 and who thinks we should negotiate with Hamas terrorists and his wife, who steals other people's recipes and posts them on her own website.

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Posted by sorry, Barack, we believe in free speech in this country
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Every time Obama speaks, he reveals yet more of his historical and current ignorance ( his latest on Iran is yet another example), and his innate tendency to try to control other people's speech.

If he doesn't want to deal with it, he does all he can to categorize the criticism into something that is irrelevant, distracting or mean.

Sorry, old Barry, any adult family member who is campaigning for someone is fair game. Any one remember Bill Clinton's brother? Attacks on Hilary when she was just the wife were out of bounds, I guess..

It is critical that the one who is trying to become first lady ( or first husband) and represent American women, if not America, to the world be appropriate. She is completely out of line..

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Posted by to jane
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Jane, who someone chooses as a spouse and parent of the children IS indicative of the merits of that person. It is indicative of the beliefs and judgement of the person running, just like choosing to stay with Wright for 20 years is.

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