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Top Priorities of Barack Obama as President

Friday, October 31, 2008

3 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
81 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

Assuming Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4th, 2008, what will be his top priorities as President? The two major priorities are the economy and energy independence. In an interview from Wolf Blitzer while in Des Moines, Iowa,
Obama was asked to list his priorities from a distinct list of issues. The full list is provided just below the video clip highlighting his answers immediately follows...

The Economy
Energy Independence
Health Care Reform
"Making sure we have tax cuts for the middle class as part of a broader tax reform effort."
Reforming the Education System

Barack Obama interview by (CNN) Wolf Blitzer


Barack Obama continues to dominate TV with his Infomercial

Thursday, October 30, 2008

4 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
82 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

In an attempt to step up the heat on the race to the Whitehouse, Democratic Nominee Barack Obama carefully produced an infomercial which laid out his plans for the economy. He also laid out his plans for bringing an end to the war in Iraq. It was aired on Wednesday, October 29th at 7PM CT, and ran for only 30 minutes, but in effect, Barack will consume about 24 hours of the news cycle. This effect on John McCain will be quite devastating, especially if John McCain doesn't respond with an even counter-attack. The following highlights of the political ad by Barack Obama, featured 4 American families, and was aired on 3 broadcast networks and 4 cable networks. It could have been watched by at least 40 million households. In the meantime, the Republican candidate John McCain was performing Robocalls in his home state of Nevada. The following infomercial video in its entirety.

Barack Obama Infomercial


Michelle Obama on the Jay Leno Show on October 27th, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

7 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
85 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

An interesting interview took place on the Jay Leno Show yesterday evening. The guest speaker was Michelle Obama. She spoke about her husband previously taking time off to visit his grandmother. She explains what she has been doing throughout the campaign. She explained how much she enjoys campaigning and visit people throughout the country. She mentioned that her husband Barack will be on national TV on Wednesday with his message. She mentioned how most people she talks to are worried about the economy, and how she spends allot of time talking to working men and women, especially military spouses. There are now 7 days to go until the election and Michelle claims that Barack Obama is the underdog in this election. She also mentioned how her campaign in including the Biden's are trying their hardest to get people out there to vote in this election. Comedian Jay Leno asked about her wardrobe and the price tag on what she was wearing. She mentioned celebrating her 16th wedding anniversary on October 3rd. Learn more from the interview on the Jay Leno Show immediately below.

Michelle Obama on the Jay Leno Show October 27, 2008


Barack Obama at a Reno Nevada Speaking Engagement October 25, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

8 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
86 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

One of the speeches overlooked in this blog is one that took place last Saturday, October 25, 2008 in Reno, Nevada. It is a very informative speech about the campaign, comparing John McCain to President George Bush economics. In this speech, Barack Obama receives reaction from the crowd and in some cases, in response to humorous comments by the Senator. Immediately below is the speech in its entirety.

Obama on Bush-McCain Economics


8 Days Until the Presidential Election on November 4, 2008

8 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
86 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

Now it's getting down to the wire, as Democratic hopeful Barack Obama makes his final push for votes as he delivers a campaign speech today in Canton Ohio. 21 months of campaigning throughout the country starting in New Hampshire brings him here to Ohio. Just 8 days to go and he may be the next President-elect and the first African American to ever do so. People seem to be rallying around him listening to his speeches very intensely, as thousands upon thousands of Americans travel long distances just to hear his speeches.
During his speech today, he emphasized the fact that in just 8 days from now, America has the power to change the direction of the country, by electing him as their President on November 4, 2008. He claims that now is not the time to tone down just before the election, even if he leads in most polls by double digits. Meanwhile, not all sights are on just the Presidential race, as now it appears that it would be possible that the Democrats could also win a majority in the Senate, hoping to win 60 seats. This would mean that the Senate would become filibuster-proof, and Barack Obama may easily push his future bills through Congress easily. Unlike the incumbent George Bush who now has the lowest of approval ratings in modern time, Obama should be able to get many things accomplished in a short period of time.
Now that the election centers around the economy, Obama enjoys the benefits of the lack of results built up by Republican President George Bush. Nevertheless, Obama if elected has a long hill to climb, but it appears just prior to the election that the people are rallying around him and he has an excellent chance to win the election. A video of the speech by Barack Obama will be provided when it becomes available along with a transcript in what he calls the "final push" for the Presidency.


Interviews with Barack Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2008

10 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
88 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

by Joe Klein

The following interviews were done on TV Talk Shows of with Barack Obama as the guest. Also included are highlights of the 3rd Presidential Debate.

3 Minute Highlights of the 3rd Presidential Debate

Barack Obama on Jay Leno Show during Primary Campaign

Barack Obama on the David Letterman show during the Primary Campaign

TOP 10 Barack Obama Campaign Promises


Barack Obama's ExtraordinaryJourney

10 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
88 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

The following is a PerthNews Article, a memoir of Barack Obama

October 25, 2008 04:00pm

IN this extraordinarily vivid and poignant memoir, Barack Obama tells how racism, drugs and abandonment by his father forged the man who would be president of the US.

A FEW months after my 21st birthday, a stranger called to give me the news. I was living in New York at the time, in a small apartment.

The telephone line was thick with static.

``Barry? Barry, is this you? This is your Aunt Jane. In Nairobi. Can you hear me? Listen Barry, your father is dead. He was killed in a car accident.''

That was all. The line cut off, and I sat down on the couch, smelling fried eggs burn in the kitchen, staring at cracks in the plaster, trying to measure my loss.

At the time of his death, my father remained a myth to me -- more and less than a man. He had left my mother and myself in Hawaii in 1963, when I was only two.

As a child, I knew him only through the stories that my mother and grandparents told. They all had their favourites, each one seamless, burnished smooth from repeated use.

After each telling, the stories would be packed away, like the few photographs of my father that remained in the house -- old black-and-white studio prints that I might run across while rummaging through the closets in search of Christmas ornaments.

At the point where my own memories begin, my mother had begun a courtship with the man who would become her second husband and I sensed without explanation why the photographs had to be stored away.

But once in a while, sitting on the floor with my mother, the smell of mothballs rising from the crumbling album, I would stare at my father's likeness and listen.

He was an African, I would learn, a Kenyan of the Luo tribe, born on the shores of Lake Victoria. He grew up herding his father's goats and attending the local school, set up by the British colonial administration, where he had shown great promise.

He won a scholarship to study in Nairobi and then was selected to attend university in the United States, being sent forth to master Western technology and bring it back to forge a new, modern Africa.

In 1959, aged 23, he arrived at the University of Hawaii as its first African student.

He studied econometrics and graduated in three years at the top of his class.

In a Russian language course, he met an awkward, shy American girl, only 18, and they fell in love. The girl's parents, wary at first, were won over by his charm and intellect.

The young couple married and had a son. My father won another scholarship to pursue his PhD at Harvard, but not the money to take his new family with him -- or so I was told.

A separation occurred and he returned to Africa to fulfil his promise to the continent.

There the album would close and I would wander off content, swaddled in a tale that placed me in the centre of a vast and orderly universe.

That my father looked nothing like the people around me -- that he was black as pitch, my mother as white as milk -- barely registered in my mind. There was only one problem: my father was missing.

Later, I'd become troubled by questions. Why didn't my father return? But at the age of five or six, I was satisfied to leave these mysteries intact.

I was too young to realise I was supposed to have a live-in father, just as I was too young to know I needed a race.

IN 1960, when my parents married, miscegenation -- the interbreeding of races -- was still described as a felony in more than half the states in the US.

In many parts of the south, my father could have been strung up a tree for merely looking at my mother the wrong way.

Even in the more sophisticated northern cities, hostile stares and whispers might have driven a woman in my mother's predicament into a back-alley abortion.

Between the ages of six and 10, I lived in Indonesia, where my mother had moved with her second husband.

When I was sent back to my grandparents in Hawaii for my education, I was greeted at school with a loud hoot from other pupils, like the sound of a monkey. A ruddy-faced boy asked me if my father ate people.

One day, I came across a picture in Life magazine of a black man who had tried to peel off his skin. He had received a chemical treatment, which went wrong, leaving him an uneven, ghostly hue.

I imagine other black children, then and now, undergoing similar moments of revelation.

Perhaps it comes sooner for most -- the parent's warning not to cross the boundaries of a particular neighbourhood, or the frustration of not having hair like Barbie no matter how long you tease and comb, or the tale of a father's humiliation at the hands of an employer or a cop, overheard while you're supposed to be asleep.

Maybe it's easier for a child to receive bad news in small doses, allowing for a system of defences to be built up -- though I suspect I was one of the luckier ones, given a stretch of childhood free from self-doubt.

When I was 10, my father came back from Africa to visit us for Christmas. After a week of my father in the flesh, I decided that I preferred his more distant image, an image I could alter on a whim -- or ignore when convenient.

If my father hadn't exactly disappointed me, he remained something unknown, something volatile and vaguely threatening. Like my mother, he had remarried. I now had five brothers and one sister in Kenya.

There was so much to tell, so much explaining to do. And yet, when I reach back into my memory for the words of my father, the small interactions or conversations we might have had, they seem irretrievably lost.

WE stand together in front of the Christmas tree for pictures -- the only ones I have of us together -- me holding an orange basketball, his gift to me, him showing off the tie I've bought him. He stayed a month, then was gone.

The next five years were a placid time marked by the usual rites and rituals that America expects from its children -- part-time jobs at the burger chain, acne and driving tests.

My mother separated from her Indonesian husband, Lolo, and returned to Hawaii with my sister, Maya, and I moved in with her.

I was also engaged in a fitful interior struggle. I was trying to raise myself to be a black man in America. No one around me seemed to know exactly what that meant.

The feeling that something wasn't quite right stayed with me, a warning that sounded whenever a white girl mentioned in the middle of conversation how much she liked Stevie Wonder, or when a woman in the supermarket asked me if I played basketball.

Where did I fit in? I grew tired of trying to untangle a mess that wasn't of my making. I learned not to care. Marijuana helped, and booze, maybe a little cocaine when you could afford it.

Not heroin, though -- Micky, my potential initiator, had been just a little too eager for me to go through with that. Said he could do it blindfolded, but he was shaking like a faulty engine when he said it.

Maybe he was just cold; we were standing in a meat freezer in the back of the deli where he worked.

But he didn't look like he was shaking from the cold. Looked more like he was sweating, his face shiny and tight.

He had pulled out the needle and the tubing, and I looked at him standing there, surrounded by big slabs of salami and roast beef, and right then an image popped into my head of an air bubble, shiny and round like a pearl, rolling quietly through a vein and stopping my heart.
Junkie. Pothead.

That's where I'd been headed: The final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.
The high could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory.

And if the high didn't solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world's ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bulls--t and cheap moralism.

That's how it had seemed to me then, anyway.

At the start of my senior year in high school, my mother marched into my room. My friend Pablo had been arrested.

I HAD given her a reassuring smile and patted her hand and told her not to worry, I wouldn't do anything stupid. It was usually an effective tactic. People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved -- such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn't seem angry all the time.

Except my mother hadn't looked satisfied. She had just sat there, studying my eyes, her face as grim as a hearse.

``Don't you think you're being a little casual about your future?'' she said. ``One of your friends was just arrested for drug possession. Your grades are slipping. You haven't even started on your college applications.''

My mother's worst fears didn't come to pass. In the end, I graduated, was accepted into several respectable schools and settled on Occidental College in Los Angeles. I would go on to read law at Harvard.

Eventually, my mother -- who died of ovarian cancer in 1995 -- would tell me the truth about what had happened between her and my father.

``It wasn't your father's fault he left, you know,'' she said. ``I divorced him. When we got married, your grandparents weren't happy with the idea, but came to feel it was the right thing.

``Then Barack's father wrote Gramps this long, nasty letter saying he didn't approve of the marriage. He didn't want the Obama blood sullied by a white woman, he said. Well, you can imagine how Gramps reacted to that.

``And then there was a problem with your father's first wife. He had told me that they were separated. But it was a village wedding, so there was no legal document that could show a divorce.

``Even then, it might have worked out. He received two scholarships, one in New York, which paid enough to support all three of us.

``Harvard had just agreed to pay tuition. `How can I refuse the best education?' he told me. That's all he could think about, proving that he was the best.''

She stopped and laughed to herself.

``Did I ever tell you that he was late for our first date? He asked me to meet him in front of the university library at 1pm. When I got there he hadn't arrived. It was a nice day, so I laid out on one of the benches and fell asleep.

``Well, an hour later he shows up with a couple of his friends. I woke up and heard your father saying, `You see, gentlemen. I told you that she was a fine girl, and that she would wait for me'.''

She saw my father as everyone hopes that at least one other person might see him. She had tried to help me, his son, see him in the same way.

And it was the look on her face that day that I would remember when a few months later, in 1982, I called to tell her that my father had died and heard her cry out over the distance.

I didn't go to the funeral, but later I would go to Kenya to meet the other half of my family. There, I would discover that after falling foul of the Government and losing his job in the Ministry of Tourism, my father had descended into drink.

All my life, I had carried a single image of my father, one that I had sometimes rebelled against, but had never questioned, one I had later tried to take as my own.

The brilliant scholar, the generous friend, the upstanding leader -- my father had been all of those things. All those things and more, because except for that one brief visit in Hawaii, he had never been present to foil the image.

The fantasy of my father had at least kept me from despair. Now he was dead, truly. He could no longer tell me how to live.

A year after his death, I dreamt of him.

``Barack. I always wanted to tell you how much I love you,'' he said.

He seemed small in my arms now, the size of a boy. I awoke still weeping, my first real tears for him. I remembered his only visit, the basketball he had given me and how he had taught me to dance.

And I realised, perhaps for the first time how, even in his absence, his strong image had given me some bulwark on which to grow up, an image to live up to, or disappoint.


Barack Obama in Hawaii to visit his ailing Grandmother

10 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
88 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

He's not there yet, but just 10 days to go and Barack Obama will know if he plans to live the next 4 years of his life in the Whitehouse. Meanwhile, he spent 2 days away from his campaign visiting his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham who is seriously ill after a fall in her apartment. Barack Obama does not expect to see her alive again, and left the campaign to his running mate Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton and his wife Michelle, as they continued their speaking engagements in support of their nominee Barack. The local newspaper in Hawaii, The Honolulu Advisor, is the local newspaper there covering the story of Barack in his old neighborhood.
The neighborhood that he was in seems to be so similar to the neighborhoods in the lower 48 states. Many people had the idea that Barack Obama lived in a neighborhood of fantasies and dreams, a place that many people would love to be in because it's HAWAII. Suprise!!!! His old neighborhood is no different than any moderate income neighborhood in Philidelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh or dozens more. Pictures of him walking his old neighborhood tells you how deep he is into his roots there. Nevertheless, he has now returned and continuing his campaign in the state of Nevada.
Just 10 more days to go, and he and so many people will realize that their dreams can come true, and the hope that he brings so many people can be the beginning of a great recovery for this nation.


McCain Burns GOP Bridges

10 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
88 days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

6 More Republicans break the ranks with John McCain as he continues to slam President Bush, claiming that he is not President Bush nor does he support him or his policies even though he voted the same as Bush did 95 percent of the time. They are Arnie Carlson, Bill Weld, CeeCee Goldwater, Christopher Hitchens, Scott McClellen and Colin Powell. It appears that the next 10 days will seem like an eternity for John McCain. It is the opinion of both Republicans and Democrats alike that John McCain has already lost the election. While he continues to struggle as virtually every poll now shows, some reaching double digit differences, Barack Obama has taken a 2-day break from the campaign to visit his grandmother in Hawaii, who is now gravely ill after falling and breaking her hip. Meanwhile the Vice-Presidential candidates from both sides continue to stump the trails in Republican states that John McCain and the Republican party should have won easily, but now looks like the Democrats are taking control, one by one. As a resident and registered Democrat in the state of Texas, I would be thrilled to see Barack Obama win Texas, and that is now not to far out of the question. With still 10 days to go, the continued trend by Republicans to leave their candidate should continue. The three clips below highlight the newest 6 Republicans now to walk away from supporting John McCain.

Bill Weld - Former Massachusetts Governer
Christopher Hitchens - Vanity Fair

Former Whitehouse Press Secretary - Scott McClellen
Former Secretary of State - Colin Powell

Former Minnesota Governer - Arnie Carlson
Niece of Barry Goldwater-CeeCee Goldwater


Commentary: Republican attacks show fear and desperation

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

13 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
91 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

By Roland Martin
CNN Contributor

Editor's note: Join Roland S. Martin for his weekly sound-off segment on Live at 11:10 a.m. ET Wednesday. If you're passionate about politics, he wants to hear from you. A nationally syndicated columnist, Martin has said he will vote for Barack Obama in November. He is the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith" and "Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America." Visit his Web site for more information.

(CNN) -- Watching Sen. John McCain and top Republicans swing wildly in their attempts to slam Sen. Barack Obama, with less than two weeks ago to go before Election Day, is like watching an old fighter --clearly out of gas, his legs turned to rubber, and all he can do is grab, hold, punch behind the back, just anything to try to win.

McCain's campaign is no longer about issues. He and his supporters want to bring up anything and everything to derail Obama, and nothing is sticking, so they just keep returning to their old bag of tricks.

In the past two weeks, we've seen Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann make one of the most audacious statements ever, suggesting that Obama holds anti-American views, that other members of Congress have the same views, and that the media should launch a widespread investigation to ferret them out.

No, seriously, she said that on MSNBC's "Hardball."

It didn't take long for the folks on the left to get ahold of her comments. After the video spread like wildfire, Democrats across the country pumped $700,000 into the campaign coffers of her opponent. The normally talkative Bachmann is now on lockdown, not granting any interviews, as she has to work hard to hold onto her seat.

Then you have former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who was caught suggesting that if Obama wins, he is going to put in place the policies of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Now, Gingrich has absolutely no clue what policies Wright advocated, but he wants to scare the dickens out of voters by literally making stuff up about Obama.

Cindy McCain, who has barely moved her lips during this campaign, is now accusing the Obama campaign of running the dirtiest campaign ever, and lighting up the New York Times and others for their viciousness. Never mind what's happening in her own backyard with all of the false and outlandish comments coming from her husband, his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, and their supporters.

They are now in full blame-the-media mode.

Then you have both McCain and Palin slamming Obama for essentially being a socialist. We shouldn't be surprised that it's come to this because we already had radio hosts like Lars Larson, Glenn Beck and others trying to paint Obama for months as being a Marxist. Now the junior senator from Illinois is a student of Lenin!

This has totally gotten out of hand, but instead of trying to castigate Obama and tar and feather him, the Republicans should look inward and look at how their actions have seriously harmed this nation.

The Republicans ran Congress for six years. The Republicans have held the White House for the last eight years. The Republicans have advanced the deregulation agenda that played a major role in creating the financial mess we are currently in.

The Republicans have led the foreign policy we have in place that has destroyed the moral authority we once held. Their president is one of the most unpopular in history, so bad that he and Vice President Dick Cheney can't even come out of the White House to campaign on behalf of McCain because they are so reviled by Americans.

Can someone please remind these folks of this?

Every campaign says they want the election to be about the issues, but when McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis made it clear that they want it to be about character and not issues, well, we should have realized we would get to this point.

That's why we're hearing so much about Bill Ayers. That's why they've spent more time blasting out statements about ACORN than real policy points.

It's pretty sad, really. It's sad that instead of making it about a vision for America, they want it to be about the castigating of a good man. It's sad that McCain can't fully articulate an economic plan that encompasses all Americans, instead of redistributing income upwards to the super rich.

It's sad that his only answer to the economy is tax cuts, when we need a much broader answer.

Much can happen over the next 13 days. I've seen campaigns won and lost with less time on the clock.

McCain will continue to throw jabs, swinging wildly, ignoring the game plan he came into the fight with, hoping something -- anything -- connects against the jaw of his younger, more fluid opponent. And like any aging fighter, as the rounds tick away, he could get even more desperate and fearful. So hold on to your seats. Lord knows what will come out of the GOP side over the next 13 days.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Roland Martin.


First Lady of California Supports Barack Obama

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

14 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
92 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

Maria Shriver, First Lady of California who is a liberal Democrat married to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican Governor of California, is supporting Barack Obama for President. She made an appearance on Larry King Live on Monday night October 20th. Arnold supports John McCain for President. The following video is from the Larry King show as she mentions her support for Barack Obama.


Former Reagan advisor Ken Adelman Supports Barack Obama

14 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
92 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

Former Reagan adviser Ken Adelman who "never voted for a Democatic President " discusses why he cannot support Sen. McCain and will be voting for Sen. Obama. This is more prove that major Republican voters do plan to vote for Obama. He believes that with John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin was a mistake. He claims that he only knew her for just 2 hours before he selected her after telling people that he was going to find the best candidate. Ken Adelman, served Ronald Reagan for 7 years, so he is no newcomer to the political process. He claims that Sarah Palin does not have the knowledge needed to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.


The Polls - More Favorable than Ever for Barack Obama

14 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
92 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

If you believe in polls, then here is one for the record books. Barack Obama now leads John McCain in the latest Pew Poll by 14%. People now believe that he is hot on national security and is constantly increasing his lead on the economy. The polls show a 53%-32% lead there. People believe that he displays better judgment than McCain. Everywhere you go, you hear more and more confidence in the Democratic candidate. He's passed every test, and shows to be very knowledgeable in all the issues. With the newly found backing of Colin Powell, everyone seems to think that he is right where he needs to be just 2 weeks into the campaign.

But wait... Just when he couldn't be doing better, an issue on the home front hits him front and center, causing him to put his campaign on hold for 2 days. Baracks grandmother Madelyn Dunham, 85, was released from the hospital late last week and returned to her home in Honolulu with a health condition the aide described as "very serious." Could that be a problem for him? I doubt it.. Barack Obama has now well over 130 million dollars in campaign pledges this month alone, and he has beefed up his television ad campaign to help take off the slack from campaigning for the next few days.

One other poll. Sara Palin now appears to be having a negative effect on the McCain ticket. 49% have an unfavorable opinion of her where 44% have a favorable opinion of her. Just last month, the opinions of her were reversed, as almost 54% favored her, versus 32% that did not favor her.

Lately there hasn't been any favorable news regarding the Republican ticket. The only thing they have left to do is to continue a negative smear campaign against Obama and Biden. Taxes, the economy and foreign policy should be front and center during the next few weeks, along with the constant attacks from Sarah Palin against Barack Obama.


Secretary of State Colin Powell now backs Obama

Monday, October 20, 2008

15 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
93 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

Another unexpected turn in this race to the Whitehouse this election year is the flocking of people going toward Obama during the campaign. A very notable and influential person to support Barack Obama happens to be the former Secretary of State Colin Powell. See video clip below. His main reasons for supporting Obama is the ability for the Democratic candidate to inspire people, evidence supported by the high number of people signing up to vote this year. His campaign also is very well organized and he continues to bring in lots of money from people supporting his campaign. He is outspending John McCain almost 5 to 1 in election ads on both TV and radio. Barack Obama is fighting hard to the finish, in an attempt to make his now 15 month trek to the Whitehouse successful. Colin Powell states "I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press". Other factors include the negative turn of Sen. John McCain and the campaign. People appear not to be looking for that kind of thing from the candidates, but are very interested in knowing how the candidate plans to fix the economy and other issues including taxes and the war. Instead Colin Powell states that John McCain has been wasting his time trying to run a negative campaign. It is one thing that you must fight to survive, which is what McCain is doing, but every time that he continues is negative approach to Obama, his campaign seems to suffer. Colin Powell seems to believe that Obama is steady with strong intellect and knowledge needed to handle the economy in these tough times, more than John McCain. He feels that Obama meets the tough standards of a good President.


Election Update - Obama continues to pull away from McCain in the Polls

Sunday, October 19, 2008

16 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
93 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

The latest breaking bad news continues to pile up for John McCain, while Barack Obama now enjoys a commanding lead by 6 points. That is double the numbers from a Gallup and Hotline poll taken in mid-September. Unfortunately for McCain, President Bush may be the reason why his numbers are so low, but the main reason appears to be the economy. The latest poll shows that people believe that John McCain would have the same policies as George Bush if elected, as much as 56% of the number of people polled. On the other hand, 68% of the people polled seem to think that Barack Obama is better capable of handling the economy, while only 50% believe John McCain can handle the economy, and over 40% more than President Bush.
Another factor that is helping Barack Obama is the Vice-Presidential selection of Sara Palin, because the poll shows that a majority of people believe that she would not be able to handle the job as President if she had to. With a little over 2 weeks to go, it looks like Barack Obama will continue to pull away in the polls, barring any major developments against him. John McCain and the republican party are trying their best to stir up the dirt against Barack Obama, buy he is holding his own, and every time they try, he seems to come out on top and stronger in the fight.
The only thing that may help McCain now this late in the race would be to win the battleground states that Obama is fighting to win. The only other subject that McCain can highlight would be his tax package, which appears to be the last debatable subject he has to challenge Obama. During his travels to these places, I believe that he needs to highlight his tax plan more and try to convince the people who still haven't decided their choice for President. Unfortunately for McCain, the economy and George Bush are two main reasons why I believe that Barack Obama will be elected, and also two more reasons why this website exists.


Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady

Saturday, October 18, 2008

17 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
94 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

By ALAN FRAM and TREVOR TOMPSON, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month. For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing.

People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee has deteriorated across-the-board since September, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll showed Friday, with McCain losing ground in how favorably he's seen and in a long list of personal qualities voters seek in White House contenders.

Perceptions of Obama have improved or remained steady. Beyond views of the two rivals' character traits, McCain faces another problem — Obama is more trusted on the economy, the contest's commanding issue, including a 15-percentage-point edge for better grasping how the raging financial crisis is affecting people.

Enthusiasm fading for McCain

Obama's image has been sturdy even as voters' views of the overall campaign have tumbled downhill since September. The portion of people saying the contest excites them has sunk to 32 percent while those calling it frustrating have grown to 41 percent — and in both cases, six in 10 of those whose feelings have worsened are McCain backers.

Negative campaigning and a month of intense public focus on collapsing global economic and financial markets have not been kind to McCain. The new AP-Yahoo! News poll of likely voters, conducted this month by Knowledge Networks, shows more people viewing him favorably than unfavorably by just 5 percentage points, down from a 21-point difference in mid-September.

During the same period, Obama went the other way, increasing a 5-percentage-point net favorable rating to 15 points. Now, Obama is seen favorably by 57 percent and McCain by 52 percent — a close margin that masks the opposite direction the two rivals' ratings are heading.

"He kind of scared me," Leesa Zick, 48, an undecided Republican from Edwardsville, Ill., said of McCain's abrupt and short-lived suspension of his campaign last month during Capitol Hill talks on a financial package. "We need a president who can deal with multiple tasks. It seemed like it overwhelmed him."

For McCain, the poll's good news is that despite a difficult month, his public image is not dramatically worse than Obama's and in several areas remains better. The public still rates him higher than Obama for keeping America safe, working with both political parties, and being decisive, experienced and competent.

"He's more qualified than Obama, definitely, because of his experience and history, " said Richard Tosti, 67, a Republican from Rochester, N.Y.

Zick and Tosti are among about 2,000 people the AP-Yahoo! News poll has been tracking since November. By repeatedly questioning them, the survey has opened a detailed window on how individuals have reacted to the campaign's twists and turns.

Less than three weeks from Election Day, Obama has taken a solid lead over McCain in most national and swing-state polls. The AP-Yahoo! News survey underscores the morale problem McCain faces.

Obama supporters are more than twice as likely to say they're excited about the race and significantly more likely to say they're interested and hopeful. McCain backers, meanwhile, more often say they feel frustrated and helpless. Underscoring a period that has seen the rival candidates trade personal attacks, about a fifth of those backing each say they're angry.

"There's a lot of mudslinging, which I've never been a fan of," said Eric Juhl, 27, a Republican and McCain backer from Abilene, Kan. "And to me, the media seems pretty left-wing oriented. It's kind of frustrating."

A sour public mood is typical late in presidential campaigns as both sides' attacks accumulate, said University of Wisconsin political scientist and polling authority Charles Franklin. This year's disenchantment is probably magnified by worries about how the candidates would bolster the economy, he said.

Even so, Obama has staked out a clear advantage on economic concerns in the AP-Yahoo! News poll. The Illinois senator is trusted more than McCain to improve the economy by 54 percent to 44 percent, and to handle the financial crisis by 53 percent to 46 percent.

Obama also has a 56 percent to 41 percent advantage for understanding how the financial crisis affects people. Unhappily for McCain, six in 10 voters who may still change their minds, about as many independents and even one in 10 McCain backers prefer Obama on that question.

"To me his background indicates he'd be a little more sensitive to the middle class" in addressing economic problems, Peggy Chilton, 72, an independent from Los Angeles who hasn't decided on a candidate, said of Obama.

The numbers don't get better for McCain when it comes to personal traits.

Following debates between the two rivals in which the Arizona senator has appeared angry at times, 46 percent consider him hot-tempered, more than triple the 13 percent who say so about Obama.

"He'd be a little nerve-racking to have in the White House, jumping real fast," Darlene Finley, 48, an Obama-leaning independent from Ossineke, Mich., said of McCain. "When you're talking about war, that's something you don't want to do, jumping real fast."

Since September, McCain has lost ground on nearly every quality tested in the poll, including lower scores for being likable, decisive, honest, competent, intelligent and inspiring.

He's also lost ground for understanding ordinary peoples' problems, caring about "people like you" and improving America's international standing. Growing numbers even see him as supporting big business over the public interest and being influenced by lobbyists — despite repeated vows to do exactly the opposite.

Obama's ratings have stayed level since last month for most qualities tested, though he has shown some improvement in whether he's considered experienced and decisive.

Paralleling McCain's problems are similar ones faced by his running mate, Sarah Palin.

A month ago, more people said the Alaska governor made them more likely to vote for McCain than less likely by 14 percentage points. That gap is now down to 3 points — even as growing numbers say her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, makes them more inclined to support Obama.

The AP-Yahoo! News poll included 841 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 3-13 and has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Included were interviews with 373 people who initially said they were Democrats, 252 Republicans and 214 independents, for whom the margins of sampling error are plus or minus 5.1, 6.2 and 6.7 percentage points, respectively.

The poll was conducted over the Internet by Knowledge Networks, which initially contacted people using traditional telephone polling methods and followed with online interviews. People chosen for the study who had no Internet access were given it for free.


AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.


The Final Presidential Debate - A 'REAL' Bust for McCain

Friday, October 17, 2008

18 Days until the Presidential Election - November 4, 2008
95 Days until Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009

October 17, 2008

As of this moment, a running time is installed above each article. The first line will show how many days to the Presidential election. The second line will be how many days until President-Elect Barack Obama has until his inauguration. After inauguration day, a daily record will be kept on known activities of President Obama, showing how many days of service as President have gone by from day to day for each year completed in office.

As everyone from both sides Democrats and Republicans seemed to think that nothing short of a miracle needs to happen during the final debate if John McCain was to stay into the race. With less than 3 weeks to go, McCain is trailing in the National race by 7 to 8 percentage points. Now it has been predicted that Senator Obama has gone over the top in the prediction of electoral votes by the media.
McCain was unsuccessful in the third debate VIEW BELOW, even if he was on the attack for most of the evening. John Mc'Cains attempt to stop Barack Obama win the evening was fruitless, as Barack Obama kept his composure throughout the debate. The highlight unfortunately for John McCain was the various mentions of 'Joe the Plumber'. See Barack's interview of 'Joe the Plumber' immediately below the debate video. Whenever McCain would attack and get visibly upset, Obama would just smile and display a small laugh. Regardless of how McCain had attacked, Barack had a response ready, and an answer that appeared to be credible. Topics from everything from taxes, economy and 'Joe the Plumber' were brought up. But it is too late. Unless a miracle takes place from now until the election, Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United states. Fifteen months of battling and campaigning are now almost over, and the American people can finally rid themselves of election politics.
In the meantime, I have elected to purchase another domain name, so that I can begin and maintain a daily accounting of Barack Obama. It should be the only place that you need to go to find out things about the Whitehouse and Barack Obama as President and information concerning about his very soon to be very public personal life as President. I have faith that Barack Obama will win, thus the reason for the early beginning of the new blog. After the election, all political articles concerning Barack Obama will be only supported on the new blog.


3rd and Final Presidential Debate - Truly Do or Die for John McCain

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The watch party has now begun, as the 3rd and last of the 3 scheduled Presidential debates will take place tomorrow October 15, 2008 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and moderated by CBS's Bob Schieffer.
In my opinion, for John McCain to have his last chance to pull off the election over now favored Barack Obama will require an overwhelming win of the debate on all counts. This fact is pretty much echoed by all talk show and radio show media hosts, except the conservative radio station featuring Rush Limbaugh, who has been dead set on undermining Barack Obama, and will say anything to accomplish his goals.
Rush Limbaugh will bring up William Ayres, Beradine Thorne, Acorn, and the National media. Regardless of what the right wing conservatives say, I still feel that Barack Obama will win this election, and thus again the reason why this blog exists.
Now latest polls show Barack Obama leading John McCain 50 to 42 in the National poll. One reason for this is because of the economy which appears to be crushing John McCain. The national deficit now is double over just last year at 254.9 billion dollars. As far as the electoral votes, Barack Obama now leads John McCain 264 to 174. The target is 270 which means that the first candidate that receives 270 electoral votes will become the next President of the United States.
Now to get to 270 if what is predicted comes true, Barack Obama will now only have to carry one of posibally 7 states to gain victory. These 7 states were in George Bush's column running against John Kerry in 2004, namely Florida, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Misouri. For John McCain to win, he would need to win all of these these states to get him up to 274 electoral votes which is now almost an impossible feat to accomplish. Barack seems to be just too far ahead.
One other factor.... Because Barack Obama is a black man, there may be a big surprise in store on the outcome of the election. John McCain may still win the election, regardless of where the polls stand because it may be possible that John McCain will gain a considerable amount of votes just because Barack is black. Three weeks to go and the country will know the outcome on November 4th.


Second Presidential Debate - Do or Die for John McCain

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Barack Obama and John Mcain entered the second of three Presidential Debates on Tuesday October 7th. Since John McCain is now behind Barack Obama in all the polls, the one thing that the GOP nominee had to do is to deliver THE performance of his political career to possibily change the direction of the election, but it never happened. Instead Barack Obama clearly won the debate as all the polls have claimed.
Which was supposed to be a format of the debate that favored John McCain, neither candidate were very successful in using the town hall format to help express compassion for what voters are facing today. What they both accomplished is to use the debate to further highlight their positions, besides criticizing each other on their policy beliefs.
All Barack Obama had to do was to tie John McCain in the debate for him to be considered the winner. But instead, he took the debate away from McCain and won handily. Presidential debate results are overpowering in favor for Barack Obama.
For John McCain, it appears that traveling around the states now in an attempt to sway voters to come his way may be out of the question, because there really is no more time to do so.
Reporters on CNN seem to believe that what he needs to do now, especially in todays failing economy, would be to leave the campaign trail, and focus on his economy plan, and try to convince voters that his plan is better. He most likely should secure TV advertisements about the economy and his plan instead of trying to mount verbal insults to Barack Obama. Sara Palin now needs to take as little headline as possible, and to accomplish this she needs to stay out of the news. Instead, just today she was found guilty of abusing her power as Governor of Alaska in a case involving her ex-brother-in-law. Bad news for the McCain camp.
With the Economy as the number one issue on voters minds at this time, it appears that everything else should be unimportant to McCain. Less than 1 month to go in the election and it appears that Barack Obama is running away with the election. Even his supporters or so called life long Republicans now seem to believe that John McCain will loose the race.


Vice-Presidential Debate Results

Monday, October 6, 2008

Now the Vice-Presidental Debate is over, how did the candidates do?

So many people had expected Sarah Palin to slip up and prove to the world on national TV that she was not a good running mate for John McCain. However, now as Alaska's governor, overcame expectations as 84 percent of people that watched the debate said she did better than they would have expected. It was said to be short of substance, but the republicans that support her ticket say that she did an excellent job. Vice President Debate watchers were polled and claim that Joe Biden did a better job selling his message. Fifty-three percent of these people say that Biden would most likely bring change to Washington, while only 42 percent say that Palin would do better to create change. Even though she did so well, only 46 percent claim she is qualifed to become President, while 87 percent say that Biden would most likely be qualified to become President. The video from the debate is immediately below..

Sarah Palin gave new hope to the McCain campaign. In the eyes of John McCain and the republican party, the night was a total success. It was obvious that she is a great speaker, as she did well in her only two speaking engagements since her nomination, and that was the night she accepted her nomination and last night in the debate with Joe Biden.
Nevertheless, the polls after the debate continued to fade for the McCain/Palin ticket. Tomorrow, the second debate between McCain and Obama will take place. If the McCain/Palin debate didn't make up some people's minds, then maybe this next debate will.


Vice Presidential Debate - October 2, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

In just a few short hours, the Vice Presidential Nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will take stage on location at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Even being just a vice-presidental debate, the outcome of the election can in a sense be decided, especially if Sarah Palin doesn't do well. But until it happens, noone can really say that she could not be a vice presidential candiate. She can actually give John McCain a shot in the arm and raise John McCain's ratings by a good performance. Many people claim that she lacks leadership, but being the maverick that John McCain is, he is staking his election on her ability to act as Vice President. She is an excellent debater, as proof when she won the Govornorship of Alaska. Her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention this year was also proof that she can handle her own. The question will be if she can answer questions accurately from Gwen Ifill, who is the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" on PBS.
Joe Biden, on the other hand has his tasks set for the evening. He should be directing his comments against John McCain, as he knows him well and likewise, Sarah Palin should direct statements against Barack Obama. Whoever wins the Presidential election on November 4th, will automatically take along their running mate as vice-president. So this debate should be about national and foreign policy, and directed against the Presidential Candidates. We will just have to see if Sarah Palin can hold her own during this debate. If she does not, John McCain can and will be further criticized and more and more people will insist that she step down as his running mate. That would be a disaster for McCain, as he then would be admitting making a critical wrong decision in the election. Only time will tell.
After this Vice-Presidential debate, there will be two more Presidential debates between John McCain and Barack Obama, the 2nd debate on October 7th in Nashville, Tennessee, and the final debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Just a little over 4 weeks to go before the general election on November 4th, 2008.


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