Archive for the ‘Barack Obama’ category

Relax, Obama is just politicking

June 20, 2008

It’s presidential election campaign season, so it’s time for all media to scrutinize every move made by Barack Obama and John McCain. why so frightening?

(I heard that Obama eats sausage links with his fingers and McCain puts his pants on right leg first, both facts bringing skepticism to their leadership abilities.)  Okay, that was a joke; I have to clarify this, because some people don’t know the difference in levity and genuine criticism.

Here is one example of not understanding simple polliticking by the Obama campaign.  The blog post links to a story about Obama’s people asking two women wearing Muslim headscarves to not sit behind a podium, where Obama was speaking.  Granted, this is not the best move Obama’s people have made, but in their defense, they were simply looking out for their candidate.

Obama has been called everything short of Osam Bin Laden’s twin by his detractors; this Muslim link just won’t go away.  So, what’s the most obvious, though maybe not the best, campaign strategy?  Distance Obama from Muslims.  Not that he’s afraid of the association.  Americans are afraid.

In another obvious piece of politicking, Obama called the two women personally and apologized.

Maybe if Americans were less fearful of the Muslim faith, this sort of politicking wouldn’t be necessary.

Obama talks Fathers Day, basketball and more with Jimmy Kimmel

June 16, 2008

One more demonstration of Barack Obama’s charisma. If November comes down to a popularity vote, McCain is in trouble.

Pajama Press off the mark on Obama and church

June 10, 2008

I like the Pajamas Media.  This is a blog-lovers blog.  A collection of all sorts of opinions and news that offers readers a cornucopoia of thought-provoking prose.

A recent post, though, about Barack Obama and the Trinity Church, in which Bernard Chapin says that Obama, the church and outrageous reverend Jeremiah Wright will forever be linked as “inseperable peas in a leftist pod” is a bit over the top.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama may well be our next president, but he is surrounded by individuals who have nothing but disdain and contempt for our nation. He even shares a bed with one. Clearly, Reverend Wright was no aberration because his replacement, Otis Moss III, is an ideological clone. Moss is well known to Obama, who described him as a “wonderful young pastor.”

Like most political miscues (Bill Clinton sleeping with an intern and Hillary Clinton being linked to white supremicists in her early legal career, to name a couple) are soon forgotten.

Barack Obama will be measured by the decisions he makes as president, assuming he wins in November.  Americans will praise hime, when unemployment declines and vilify him, when universal health care flops.

As far as Obama’s religious choices, most Americans will view these as the average Catholic treats the weekly obligation — it’s only important when others are watching.

And they won’t be watching Obama on Sundays.

Obama taking fight to McCain in the south

June 9, 2008

Barack Obama is getting feisty, and he’s doing it in battleground states like North Carolina and Virginia.AP photo

Hammering away at John McCain with what promises to be a refrain we’ll hear until November, Obama is linking McCain and George Bush with one salvo after another, hoping the latter’s poor approval rating will drag down his party’s presumtive nominee.

Obama is like a well-produced McDonalds advertisement.  His rhetoric is so clearly defined that it resonates like a jingle. 

Everytime I see McCain,  I can   just hear Obama saying, “100 years in Iraq, 100 Years in Iraq.”

It’s this type of relentless branding that will help Obama defeat McCain in November.

 

How Obama networked his way to victory

June 5, 2008

A very insightful youtube video explains how a 24-year-old social networking guru turned relative unknow, Barack Obama, into the presumptive Democratic presidential nomineee.

Check out the video at Sensico’s blog.

Is Hillary’s concession too late?

June 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton has finally conceded the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, who has claimed enough delegates to win the outright nomination.  This is the move the Democratic National Committee wanted months ago.

For all intents and purposes, Obama sewed up the nomination in a narrow defeat in the Ohio primary.  While losing, Obama won enough delegates to build an insurmountable lead.  Everyone this side of Bill Clinton was begging Hillary to drop out of the race.

John McCain wrapped up the Republican nomination in what now seems like eons ago, and he has had his sights set on the Dems for months, but even with the DNC saying that Hillary was damaging the party’s chances to win in November by dragging out a lost battle,  the indefatigable New York senator forged ahead.

Now, Hillary is finally calling it quits and promising to do whatever she can do to help Obama win the White House.

One must wonder if her concession is too late.

DNC clobbers Hillary

June 1, 2008

All the kings horses and all the kings men and the entire Democratic National Committee can’t put Hillary Clinton’s chances to win the Democratic presidential nomination together again.

In fact, the DNC worked very hard yesterday to smash into tiny pieces any semblance of hope Hillary had at surpassing Barack Obama, when the committee decided to split delegates in Michigan down the middle — virtually wrapping up the nomination for Obama.

It has been a great fight, but I for one say let’s move ahead to Obama vs. McCain.

Hillary fighting to the bitter end

May 31, 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Barack Obama would win the Democratic Win McNameepresidential nomination, based on his seemingly insurmountable delegate lead, Hillary Clinton has lept back into the fray, fists ablazing.

The Dallas News reports that the Democratic National Committee will decide today whether or not to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida.  As you may recall, both of these renegade states held primaries too early, based on DNC rules, and their delegates have not been awarded to anyone.

Hillary contends that these delegates will vault her back into contention, while Obama and most political wonks disagree.

Regardless of how it all ends, Hillary Clinton just won’t go away.  Some people say she’s manipulating the system.  Others go as far as to call her evil.

One thing is certain.  Hillary Clinton is a fierce fighter. 

Makes you wonder if she isn’t the kind of tenacious politician that America needs to bring out of the depths of recession and ugly foregin affairs?

Is Obama too inexperienced. . . or too black to win?

May 27, 2008

Before you get your underwear in a bunch over this post’s title, take a deep breath and say, “jack likes Barack” ten times.  Jack rogers is certainly no racist (did I just reference myself in the third person?).

This question is posed because of a Memorial Day conversation, when a relative suggested that she would not vote for Barack Obama, even though she prefers a Democrat, because he’s too inexperienced.  A breath later she said she believes Obama could be assasinated, if he wins.  (Hmm, sound familiar?)

This got me to thinking.  For the fence-sitters out there who might otherwise lean toward Obama over John McCain, what might ultimately change their minds on election day — Obama’s inexperience or the fact that he’s black?

Fence-sitters may decide next president

May 25, 2008

America’s fence-sitters (my term of endearment for independents), may have a lot to say on the November 4, presidential election.  Recent Gallup and Pew polls give Obama only the slightest edge currently among the fence-sitters.

According to Newsday, independent voters will make up between one fifth and one third of the electorate in each state.

As the campaign season continues, it wil be interesting to see how the candidates approach this important group.

It just may come down to popularity, which would have to give the charismatic Obama a huge edge.