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There are some crazy emails out there saying insane things about Senator Obama such as the title of this post. I’ve even seen a video of Senator Obama not putting his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Well, I know there are a few occasions where I’ve forgotten to do it. Apparently one occasion for Senator Obama was caught on video and this video is being used as “evidence” he never does it. Ooooo! Well Oliver Willis puts the “hand over the heart” nonsense to bed in his post Barack Obama and the Pledge of Allegiance. In his post he has not one but two videos of Senator Obama saying the pledge and putting his hand over his heart. I feel so silly having to address such ridiculous allegations. By the way he’s a Christian and will put his hand on the Bible when he is inaugurated. To quote me when I was a kid, DUH!
UPDATE: When I wrote this little did I know that Hillary was going to join in on the smear campaign. AP has the story. Absolutely disgusting.
UPDATE 2: Apparently Representative Jack Kingston from Georgia joined in on the Obama smear campaign on Bill Maher’s show on Friday. An audience member was so pissed he responded on YouTube. Here’s the Bill Maher clip and the audience member’s response:
UPDATE 3: It is clear in this photo that former President George H. W. Bush refuses to put his hand on his heart and say the pledge! Why does Bush hate America?!?! 😉
On Thursday night we saw a great debate between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. I put up a poll and asked during the debate who was winning and overwhelmingly you voted for Senator Obama. During the debate Hillary continued to accuse Barack of plagiarism and she was booed and rightfully so. Now after the debate I went over to one of my favorite blogs and saw this post: Clinton’s wonderful final answer? Plagiarized? You’ve probably seen the articles already on Friday on how some of Hillary’s best material from the debate came straight from both Bill Clinton and John Edwards. Take a look:
Why would she continue to ATTACK Barack and say he’s plagiarizing and then use, or as she would call it – plagiarize, material from two other presidential candidates? It just doesn’t make sense.
Then yesterday she’s attacking Barack, calling him a liar [Clinton: ‘Shame on you, Barack Obama’], when all he is doing is pointing out that she and her husband supported the legislation, NAFTA, that resulted in companies shipping our jobs, American jobs, overseas and that her health care plan is going to force people to purchase health insurance even if they aren’t able to afford it. These are all facts and yet she says Senator Obama is lying.
UPDATE 2-25-08: When I wrote this little did I know that Hillary was going to start showing Barack in a trip overseas in Muslim clothing. She apparently wants to fuel bigotry in some people and fear of terrorists in others. AP has the story. Absolutely disgusting. This should eliminate her from consideration for the VP spot.
Hillary owes Barack an apology in my opinion. A HUGE ENORMOUS ONE. What do you think? Should Hillary make a public apology?
Poll: Should Hillary apologize to Barack?
money, monEY, MONEY! It takes money to run for president. So how are the candidates doing with money? Well, on Courant.com there’s an article about John McCain called McCain Facing Finance Complications. It says in part:
The nation’s top federal election official told Sen. John McCain on Thursday that he cannot immediately withdraw from the presidential public financing system as he had requested, which could dramatically restrict his spending until campaigning for the general election begins.
The implications of the decision by Federal Election Commission Chairman David Mason, a Republican, could be dramatic.
If the commission refuses McCain’s request to exit the system, his campaign could be bound by a potentially debilitating spending cap until he formally accepts his party’s nomination. His campaign has already spent $49 million [of the $54 million he’s allowed to spend], federal reports show.
Knowingly violating the spending limit is a criminal offense that could put McCain at risk of stiff fines and a jail term of up to five years.
On CNN Joe Trippi was asked what this could mean for John McCain and he said we could see McCain run out of money, not be allowed to spend additional money, and end up giving press conferences from his front yard. So he’s apparently having a cash crunch and with the charges reported in the NY Times he’s going to need money to overcome them.
The New York Times has an article called Donors Worried by Clinton Campaign Spending. It says in part:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton’s spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
But some Democrats are now asking if the money spent on a campaign that appears to be sputtering — $106 million so far — was worth it.
Yet the Clinton campaign at times found itself spending money on items that were not ultimately helpful. As part of their get-out-the-vote effort in Iowa, the campaign came up with a plan to have a local supermarket deliver sandwich platters to pre-caucus parties. It spent more than $95,384 on Jan. 1 at Hy-Vee Inc., a local grocery chain in West Des Moines, Iowa, in addition to buying loads of snow shovels to clear the walks for caucusgoers. Mrs. Clinton came in third in the Jan. 3 caucus. It did not snow.
The article didn’t say that she’s broke; just that she’s making bad and expensive spending decisions. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Times has an article called Campaign funds keep pouring in for Obama and it says in part:
He raised $36.1 million in January, three times more than McCain. A third of the donations were of $200 or less.
Obama raised $36.1 million in January — the second-biggest month for a presidential candidate, according to the Federal Election Commission. Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry had a $40-million month in May 2004.
In a reflection of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s financial situation, the onetime Democratic front-runner reported $2.5 million in unpaid bills as of Jan. 31. She lent her campaign $5 million in January. According to her filing, she would pay herself 1.26% interest if she collected on the debt by tapping her donors.
McCain also used loans to remain in contention, drawing $950,000 from a line of credit last month. But the Arizona senator’s fortunes changed Jan. 8, the day he won the New Hampshire primary.
Between then and Jan. 31, McCain raised $9.3 million of the $11.7 million he received from individual donors and political committees last month.
So it seems Senator Obama is in the best shape financially. I’d say he also is in the best shape with momentum and excitement. Obama’s doing well. Barack, just a bit of advice. Please don’t scream on camera.
Ross Per…..who? Ross Perot was a businessman who ran for President in ’92 and he railed against the government’s fiscal insanity that created the large national debt which was $4 trillion at the time. He demonstrated the debt was mostly due to the Reagan and Bush years; the 12 years before 1992. When Reagan took office the national debt was only $934 billion. Now our debt is over $9 trillion and it’s mostly due to Reagan/Bush/Bush. We can’t let the Credit Card Republicans continue to bankrupt our country.
Perot also said we would hear “a giant sucking sound” as our jobs left the country if we signed NAFTA and trade agreements like it. Guess what – he was right again. Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore were for NAFTA and agreements like it (just like BUSH) and they were wrong. From Barack Obama’s speeches I think he may understand this. Fast forward on this video by 3 minutes:
Sage advice from the past. It applies now more than ever.