Barack: Black Enough For Me
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I do not mean to suggest if he were to have been more black than he is, he would have been too black for me, not at all. I don't mean to give that impression. It is just that I am fundamentally offended that the nation's top black journalists spent an entire day arguing back and forth the question if Barack is black enough.
Define black. Defy black.
There is this counseling aspect. If you had a traumatic childhood, it makes sense to seek counseling. For the African American psyche today, slavery and segregation are relevant collective memories. They have to be talked about. The pain has to be processed. But just like you can not spend the rest of your life seeking counseling, at some point you got to start living your life, the black community has to step up to contemporary issues like persistent racism, and especially chronic poverty in the inner cities.
There is a direct relationship between the chronic poverty in the American inner cities and the sorry state of Africa. Both are black and the world ignores them for it. My primary interest is Africa. My interest in the American inner cities comes by way of Africa.
Which candidate will be best for the American inner cities? Hillary is not going to be better than Bill, and Bill was pretty good, and Bill did not much touch the chronic poverty. The African American median income went up, but chronic poverty stayed.
Obama adopted the South Side of Chicago as his home. That is where he lives today. He is one of you. If he can't tackle the chronic poverty in the American inner cities, who can? Noone else is even paying attention. Edwards offers vouchers. He wants a few of you to be able to move out and let the rest rot.
And there is the issue of pride. It is to do with cultural heritage. Like Hispanics speak Spanish, I wonder if the African Americans should not pick up Swahili for pride purposes. There has to be a conscious affirmation of pride.
Without internalized racism, racism would die in the vacuum. About one third of the fight against racism is right there inside the black community. Black people partly hate themselves as well. It is to do with the wider persistent racism. But work can begin at home. Counter the self hate.
The question if Barack Obama is black enough is self hate talking. That talk has to stop. If you refuse to fight self hate, what right to you have to fight hate?
Black On Barack Racism
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Wolf Hitler, I mean Bitler, Blitler, Whatever
Bill O'Reilly, Bill O'Rama, Whatever The F___ His Name Is
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Rudy Romney: Mean On Immigration
These two are basically saying the 12 million should be transported out of the country, and while the country is at it, life should be made as miserable as possible for them through police harassments and what not, so they leave on their own.
This is mean. This is unrealistic. This is racist. This makes no economic sense. This makes no globalization sense. It does not even make security sense to force as many illegals to go under the carpet as possible.
Rudy was major league insensitive to the ethnic minorities in the city when he tried to tackle crime as Mayor. Bloomberg has manged better crime control without any of Rudy's insensitivity. Italian Rudy tries too hard to be white and fit in with the WASPs.
The immigration issue is not a crime control issue, a strict law and order problem like Rudy is portraying. America is a country of immigrants. America's birth and growth have not been crimes, or have they, Rudy?
I Am Like Warren Buffett
I am rooting for a Barack-Hillary ticket. I like them both.
Hillary has been a pretty good Senator, but then so has Ted Kennedy. Like John Kennedy said of Lyndon Johnson, agreeing with Johnson who argued he had been great in the Senate. "And that is why I think he should continue in the Senate."
Obama has been an elected official longer than Hillary. I think experience matters.
In The News
Obama and Clinton Find Pluses in Poll New York Times a choice between change and experience .... 41 percent citing fresh ideas and 44 percent citing experience .... Democrats viewed Mr. Obama as an agent of change. Two-thirds said he would seek new ways of solving the country’s problems .... About half the Democratic primary voters also perceive Mr. Obama as more likable, while 39 percent find Mrs. Clinton more likable. .... 80 percent of Democrats say Mrs. Clinton has “the right kind of experience to be a good president,” while 41 percent say that of Mr. Obama. ..... 76 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of voters over all say she could win the presidency if she wins her party’s nomination ...... As to why he could not, 37 percent said he was inexperienced and 18 percent said because he is black.
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Obama addresses black journalists Earthtimes.org Barack Obama says his background in civil rights and community organizing makes him more aware of black issues than his rivals...... told the National Association of Black Journalists they should banish criticism that he is "not black enough .... "This is a troubling question, for it to be perpetrated through our [black] press, and we should ask ourselves why that is," Obama told a crowd of about 1,500 at the NABJ's 32nd annual convention Friday. ..... Obama said his presidency would change the racial dynamics of the country immediately with his wife as first lady and the two of them playing with their children on the White House lawn. .... "Those images change how America looks," Obama said. "It changes how white children think about black children and it changes how black children think about black children."
A Conversation With Obama Washington Post eager to sharpen his differences with her. At no time did he launch an attack on the Democratic front-runner. He was careful in his choice of words and generally respectful of his leading rival. Still, he was anything but timid about pointing out areas of disagreement and projected self-confidence in arguing that he can do politically what Clinton may be incapable of doing. ....... the four-month sprint from Labor Day to the Iowa caucuses. ...... I think I can redraw the political map. I think I can break out of the 50-plus-one model of electioneering ....... Before Democratic audiences, she can be withering in her attacks on the President Bush and Republicans and strident in her language. ..... "My race for the U.S. Senate," he said, "was much more improbable than my race now for the presidency." ....... despite a short resume in national politics, he is in second place in the national polls, competitive in the early states, has raised more money than the Clinton fundraising machine and has far more donors than any other candidate. .... Come Labor Day, the race will intensify.
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Obama Would Unite U.S. "More Effectively" "ideological gridlock." ..... Some of those battles in the '90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. ..... Clinton's foreign policy views risk continued international perceptions of U.S. arrogance ..... some of the ideological battles that we fought during the '90s that were really extensions of battles we fought since the '60s ...... he conceded that because many Democrats do not know him as well as they do Clinton, she is drawing more support nationally ...... With all the calendars moved up, this is going to be a four-month race ...... acknowledged that he has yet to master the requirements of multi-candidate forums with strict time limits for answers. ...... the 60-second-format debates, or even 90-second, are tough for me ..... Experience can be a proxy for good judgment, but it isn't always ..... he is on the more solid ground in the foreign policy debate underway and that the back-and-forth has helped make clear the distinctions ...... outline in greater detail the changes he would make in health care, education, energy policy and national security policy ...... "The insurance and drug companies can have a seat at the table in our health-care debate; they just can't buy all the chairs," he said. "My argument is not that they are the source of all evil. My argument is that things are out of balance in Washington and that their influence is disproportionate."
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What Republicans See in Obama Washington Post independents and Republicans seem to recognize that Obama has the potential to appeal to voters outside the Democratic base -- but Democratic voters themselves don't yet seem to be taking that fully into account in their thinking about whom to nominate. ...... whether Obama is able to carve into Clinton's status as the party's frontrunner. ..... how Clinton had won over people in New York after being elected to the Senate ...... Too many people say, 'There's something about her I don't like .... "She's been in the public eye for a long time, and everyone's had a long time to form opinions about her. I'm not sure she can turn it around."
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Hillary the heavyweight MSNBC The results suggest Clinton's strategy of keeping one eye on the primary and another on the general may be appealing to primary voters hungry for a Democratic win after eight years of GOP rule. ..... Clinton, Obama and Edwards locked in a dead heat in Iowa. ....... will Democratic voters want to nominate someone they like, or someone they respect?
Clinton's Lead Increases Slightly Hartford Courant "The 'Hillary hostility' factor is constant and feeds doubts about whether she can win in November 2008," Carroll said. ...... Clinton is viewed favorably by 48 percent of those polled--but unfavorably by a high 43 percent, the most of any of the major contenders. ..... Barack Obama, currently Clinton's strongest challenger, was seen unfavorably by 22 percent .... Clinton continues to top the Democratic field, with 36 percent, some 15 percentage points ahead of Obama
Men.Style.Com "I’m in this to win, I want to win, and I think we will win. But I’m also going to emerge intact. I’m going to be Barack Obama and not some parody." ...... "You don’t get to where Obama is by being Mr. Goodie every day,” one of his old friends says. “You do have to compromise your values." ..... his nine-car motorcade ..... complains to Obama that his staff forced her to keep away many locals who wanted to see the senator today. “You got me in trouble,” she says. “Everybody wants to see you! Everybody! ” Obama quickly diffuses the mini-controversy by expressing some mild irritation himself. “Why couldn’t they come see me?” he chides one of his local staffers. ........ one of the most uplifting speeches in memory ...... The contrast between the image of Obama at the height of his rhetorical powers and the slight and professorial candidate they meet in person can be jarring for many people. ...... a campaign can do funny things to a man. ........ Obama, who earned his political education in Chicago’s tribal wards, is more of an old-fashioned pol than you think. ........ an ambitious, prickly, and occasionally ruthless politician ...... to lift up the nation in a way no politician has in nearly half a century. ..... “I feel that there is a piece of me in everybody.” ...... “One of the things that I’m going to do when I’m in there,” Obama says with the extreme politeness he turns on when saying something that won’t fully please his interlocutor ....... Obama revels in moments like these, when he has the chance to turn down an easy pander and tell a hard truth. ...... the Democratic contest is really about who will be the most transformational president. ...... When they compared the percentage of Democrats who said they strongly approved of Obama with the percentage who said they would vote for him, they found that the latter number was significantly lower than the former. Inside the campaign, aides dubbed this “the Gap.” ....... the calculus for Hillary voters was much simpler: Democrats who liked her knew all they needed to know about her. But for Obama voters, there were questions. Was he tough enough? Did he have enough experience? Could he actually win in the general election? ......... “The fact of the matter is, I have the most specific plan in terms of how to get out of Iraq of any candidate,” he lectured us. “I have delivered speeches over the course of the two years, before I started running for president, on every major issue out there, whether it’s education, health care, or energy. I’ve written two books that have sold close to a million copies each that probably give people more insight into how I think and how I feel about the issues facing America than any candidate in the field, and probably any candidate who’s run for office in recent memory. The problem is not that the information is not out there. The problem is that that’s not what you guys have been reporting on. You’ve been reporting on how I look in a swimsuit.” ............. After a high school reporter asked Obama an earnest question about education, Obama turned to me and some other journalists and quipped, “Take some notes, guys. That’s how you do it.” ........ His oppo staff, a team of eight or so, led by the former head of the Democratic National Committee’s research department, prepared a memo outlining the Clintons’ ties to allegedly shady Indian and Indian-American donors and businesses. ........ He spoke slowly and was clearly wrestling with the tricky balance between decrying attack politics and winning an election. ..... “The document didn’t describe my views, so even if it hadn’t been leaked I wouldn’t have been happy with it. ...... Iowa caucus-goers, the most entitled voters in America. ...... the Obama doctrine: Don’t start a fight, but respond with overwhelming force when attacked. ...... Obama may be a once-in-a-generation politician, but his campaign is staffed with fairly conventional Democratic talent. ..... Obama knows Hillary is not going to collapse of her own accord. To close the Gap, you have to yank her down a little. .... “We’re not running the race thinking we’re the horse in second,” he said, “and that ultimately the horse in first is just going to stop running.” ........ No matter how much chaos buzzes around him, Obama has a way of projecting total calm at moments like these. It’s a few minutes before showtime, and though his staffers are getting increasingly agitated, Obama stands patiently chatting with a local high school student who’s asked about his tenure as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. ......... “At some point, if you’ve got insomnia, then that’s what you do, pick up a Law Review. It’s not beach reading. It’s not John Grisham. It’s some pretty obscure stuff.” ....... Obama’s 26-year-old head speechwriter ...... I ask him if he gets nervous just before a big speech, and Obama looks at me like I’m crazy. ...... movement building, something Obama has studied and thought about for decades ...... “Movement without organization,” he says, “without policy, without plans, will dissipate. Howard Dean, one could argue, back in 2004 helped to engineer a movement, a movement in opposition to the war. But there wasn’t a structure there and a set of policies and plans that would then lead to governance.” ........ “One of the dangers of movements is that they always want to be completely pure and have everything their way. But politics is about governing and making compromises. And so sometimes folks who come into politics with a movement mentality can be disappointed.” ........ I have never witnessed a politician so genuinely trying to fuse idealism and pragmatism. ...... hinting at what divides him and Hillary, “if it’s all tactics and all politics, and there’s not the idealism, if it’s not touched by that sense of movement, then you actually never bring about change. Then it’s just pure transactions between powerful interests in Washington.” ...... Doodlegate ..... Obama has promised to shake every hand ..... on some issues there is no consensus to be built ...... Obama is on his way to raising more money from a larger pool of donors than any presidential candidate in history. ..... He can parachute into almost any city in America and attract a crowd of thousands. But his poll numbers, both nationally and in the early primary states, still aren’t budging, and the whispers about Obama being the next Howard Dean are growing louder. ......... Obama’s “beer problem.” .... he appeals to the college-educated, “wine sipping” Democrats but isn’t reaching less educated “beer drinkers.” ..... voters with more education are just paying closer attention to the campaign .... Hillary’s support among working-class Democrats is just a result of her famous name. ..... The Iowan is not impressed. “Americans spend as much on Christmas decorations as we do on the war!” he tells Obama. “That’s not true,” Obama says, realizing the conversation has hit a point of diminishing returns. “I appreciate your opinion, and obviously I’m concerned about it, but I respectfully disagree on this.” Next. ...... He is always warm and friendly, but he will probably never be a Bill Clinton-like empathizer-in-chief. “I’ve talked to four or five folks in the same situation,” he tells the woman a little clinically ....... He is in many ways an antipopulist—measured and rational rather than fiery and demagogic. ...... Obama seems to willfully resist the temptation to change his cerebral, sometimes off-putting style. ...... There is nothing less inspiring than watching a Democratic candidate campaign on the perennial issue of prescription drugs. But a third of Iowa caucus-goers are over the age of 65 ....... I am either witnessing the total trivialization of the only inspiring politician in America or just another shrewd political play by someone whose granular understanding of electoral politics is constantly underestimated. .........he is in awe of the giant fun-house media mirror from which everything he does is reflected. ...... the complete loss of privacy and the nonstop spotlight that’s on you at every moment ....... “There’s no U.S. Senate campaign that operates like this,” he says, sounding amazed at the intensity of a presidential campaign. “I think I’ve been surprised at the degree to which small things get magnified in ways that strike me as pretty silly. ......... “I think the story of my campaign is the ongoing struggle to maintain my voice and my compass in a process that in a lot of ways is slightly ridiculous.”
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Barack Obama is Confident About His New Foreign Policy Approach Associated Content, CO Obama who took a new and distinct approach on foreign affairs ..... failed to reach out to Pakistan's democratic majority .... He vividly said it is wrong to outsourced the hunt for Bin Laden and his group to Pakistan, who in someway, are scared to take a decisive action against the network ......... You don't need thousands of American troops to take out a meeting of high-level terrorists. Any student of the American military knows that we have many options to target terrorists with limited force, many of which involve no American boots on the ground. ......... Obama is deeply confident about his new approach in combating a new enemy that thinks outside the conventional wisdom in causing a groundbreaking havoc around the world. He also noted that the arrogant approach of the past years, which have placed the public desires as secondary to the "supreme knowledge" of the few Washington based foreign "experts," should be discarded, and let the good people of America have a say in how their country is run.
Obama Faces Protests From Pakistani Americans New California Media, CA He said his foreign policy will focus on diplomacy with all (even the enemies), troop pullback from Iraq, closing of Guantanamo Bay prison, and increased funding for education programs worldwide. At the same time, tough action needs to be undertaken against hardened terrorists.
Obama Poses for GQ to Dispel 'All Style, No Substance' Talk Wonkette (satire), DC Long story short: he likes change and hope and shit, and also everyone loves him but for some reason no one wants to vote for him. But boy, does he photograph well!
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Obama enthusiasts go to camp Boston Globe, United States Participants learned how to canvass. They learned how to raise money by throwing house parties in their neighborhoods. They learned how the Iowa caucus works. They learned how to use the press. They learned how to talk on people's doorsteps about Obama's policy positions. ..... Camp Obama shows that his base of volunteers is big and growing, a force that his campaign hopes will make the difference by the time the primaries begin next year.
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Text: Camp Obama Opens in St. Louis MyFox Saint Louis, MO The training prepares them to handle door to door canvassing, media contacts, online organizing and phone banks. ..... "we're raring to go to get out there and start educating people and talking to people registering people to vote.”
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Obama Gets Warning From Voter ABC News he risks becoming part of the usual political scene if he keeps being drawn into well-publicized disputes with rivals ...... a small gathering at a Hanover restaurant Monday morning that drew eight people .... Obama explained infighting among the candidates is part of the process. ..... that is part of the hazing that's required for the job," he said. ...... "If they're spending a billion dollars on lobbying over 10 years they're averaging $100 million a year that carries weight in Washington. The congressmen will deny it, but they're not spending it just to provide good information," he said. ......... Obama said the answer to health care like many policies is to reduce lobbyists' power. ...... "What's missing is not the plan, it's the sense of urgency and the willingness to take on special interests," Obama said. "It's not just enough to change political parties. For us to make those big changes, we're going to need all of you to be engaged."
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