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Obama and His Base

Dr. Ronald Walters, in his interview with Bill Moyers this week, Daily News coverexplains that he believes some African Americans have not embraced the Presidential candidacy of Barack Obama because the Senator is focused on a national middle ground, and thus unable to highlight the core issues of the African-American community. Walters states:

Barack Obama has to maintain that middle. And, therefore, he has to marginalize, to a great extent, over hot button racial issues...

...His campaign has said that, "We have to continue to develop our base in the white community. We have, therefore, to continue to make them comfortable with the idea of your candidacy. We can't do that if we're going to bring up these hot button racial issues."

What do you think?

  • Can a Presidential candidate, searching for a multi-racial national base in order to be elected, avoid alienating his/her own minority base?


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    The full text of letter from an Iranian teacher to American president Obama about his letter to his children

    Why isn't anyone talking about THIS?
    A review of Federal Election Commission records back to 1989 reveals Obama in his three complete years in the Senate is the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee.

    First I do NOT beleive ANYTHING the media claims- they have not stepped out of their offices in decades, They don't even know what the Base Is anymore- going off antiquated suppositions. Additionally thy have proven to be nothing more then Political mouthpieces fro the Spinmeister. 'If their mouth is moving ,they are Lying' both 'Conservatives' and the so called 'liberals' (covert opertives throwing US crumbles of the Corp/Politico 'conventioanl wisedom'.
    I am a Blue color, 45 yr old college educated, Rural White female - and I do NOT trust Hillary as far as I could Throw her. I even voted for her Husband 2x's- was an avid supporter & DEFENDER of Both Throughout the '90's. bu tshe has Tipped her Neo CON hand (along with the rest of the DLC members and the other wannabe's in Congress).it has not been that a Dem has been unable to win th eWH- it ahs been that the real DEM Base has smelled a rat with all their candidates- (Gore/ Liebermann, Kerry/Edwards, and Hillary are all DLCers') Yet not one media Outlet will point this fact out. They are nothing more than the Blue arm of the Neo CONS.We know it not from seeing the list of members- but by their 'slips' and we are suspecious. I printed a list and use it now as a 'key' for watching CSPAN- Now I KNOW why at times I can't tell a Dem from a REpub until their anme comes up underneath- Two sides of the Same Coin, just focusing on Conning different Target groups to use and throw crumbles at!
    I became Very suspecious when th Oxymoron term "Reagan Democrats'began being thrown around like a historical Fact- No such Beast ever lived (Union buster,civil rights denier, Corp crimes enabler...). It is being tauted to explain Hillary! and as an attempt to confuse issues. Just like McCain v Hillary- same policies, just one is full blown Cheney and the other is Cheney lite.
    The Dem base (knowinly or not ) have been trying to push these Neo CON Covert operatives out of our Party by not putting the full force of our Votes behind these Traitors- Gore & kerry did not win Over the Base, some like me did hold our noses and vote, but those more Staunch knew what they were (hindsight is Now 20/20- and I'm armed with my DLC list and listening far closer to alleged Dem candidates)
    So Hillary can keep her ill informed psuedo Dems she too will not win becuase WE KNOW she will Be another 4-8 yrs CHENEY Term. "Totally obliterate Iran" proveded she is a Cheney/Neo CON sociopathic Protege. I not only want her out of the Dem party- I want her kicked out of the Senate & Prosecuted for Dereliciiton of Duty while on th eArmed Services Com (con)- along with the rest of those Committee members. This may finally be the Decade both the Old School Dems & Republicans get rid of the insideous, Corp Profiteers who have infestated and contaminated Both our Parties and have Run this country into the Ground!

    Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Cheney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Cheney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

    The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten’s of billions.

    Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

    Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

    Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

    Two years ago, Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
    Involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

    LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
    Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming Tax Fraud charges — Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Oddly enough, Barack Obama, and his mentor Rev. Wright, failed to mention Planned Parenthood, an organization established by eugenicist Margaret Sanger expressly for the purpose of black genocide. The Obelus -- Kiss-A-Cuss and "GLORK" black demagoguery of Obama's Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X, foreshadows X - PATRIOT Obama (the nuclear AGA KHAN) - the Umkhonto we Sizwe (or MK), translated "Spear of the Nation" - as the bringer of a “new politics,” rising above the old Washington ways of expediency. It's hard to think of an act more blatantly expedient than renouncing Wright when his show, once done from the press club instead of the pulpit, could no longer be "contextualized" as something whites could not understand and only Obama could explain in all its complexity. Pope Benedict XVI quoted Alexis de Tocqueville and Franklin Roosevelt on the positive role of faith in society, used the term “E Pluribus Unum” (Latin for "Out of Many, One."), and extrapolated America’s long history of interfaith cooperation efforts in his speech to America. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

    OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

    "GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
    Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

    Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

    "GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Beneath that Darth-Vader-Mace-Windu-Jedi-Me ssiah Helmet Hairdo of Michelle Obama lurks a Wildabeast. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. The Lexis-Nexis-Albatross-Abacus-Complex of Barack and Michelle's relationship with MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and black demagoguery of Obama's Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; is about as much of a Hoax as Oxfam volunteers believe in HIV-- AIDS Witch Doctors in Africa they feed.
    "God damn America" - Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama.
    "God bless America" - Pope Benedict XVI and Hillary Clinton --
    Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast -- failed the Illinois Bar Exam. If Barack Obama had married Shaniqua instead of the leftist-separatist-racist-beast-'ist Michelle, his jackanapes' excitedly-fixed-elitism, Nemet-Oure-Saxas Our Father Our King -- black rage, and "GLORK" black demagoguery of Obama's Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; would be taken a lot more expeditiously. Its expected that Obam will manage his explosive MUSLIM JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMISM obsession bitter. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

    THE SPEECH --

    The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
    In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
    In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

    MUSLIM LIES --

    The ILLIGITIAMTE MUSLIM MESSIA has blundered yet again!!! The self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, lied about the politics of his campaign. The danger involved with this self-aggrandizing, -a-hoop, Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama is that -- "Like Father Like Son" X - PATRIOT Obama (the nuclear AGA KHAN), is constantly wanting to impress America with "...his incapacity for sound judgment." In 2005, Sen. Obama voted for the Dick Cheney energy bill, which Cheney wrote in secret with the Exxon Mobil oil industry. Hillary Clinton opposed Cheney's energy bill, has a plan to eliminate oil industry tax breaks, and would require oil companies to contribute to a $50 billion strategic energy fund to jump-start research and investment in clean energy technologies. On top of the horrible crime Obama executed in Harlem, the fact is, we have to hear it from Karl Rove about Obama's latest Campaign Crisis.

    "GLORK" Top Ten Obama Lies:

    1. Obam said his parents met at the Selma march -- Reality: He was born 4 years before that.

    2. Obam said he was a constitutional law professor -- Reality: . . . Obama Made This False Claim In His 2004 Senate Race. “Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school..

    3. Obam said he spoke fluent Indonesian as a child -- Reality: . . . Obama has claimed on numerous occasions to have become fluent in Indonesian in six months. Yet another Phi Beta Krakatau lie from Obama. Those who knew him disputed that during recent interviews. Israel la Pareira Darmawan, Obama's 1st-grade teacher, said she attempted to help him learn the Indonesian language by going over pronunciation and vowel sounds. Truth-be-told: Obama's Indonesian teachers say Kaku-Pooh.

    4. Obam said he was involved in community asbestos and housing project for the poor -- Reality: . . . Didn't happen. This was the basis for Barack and Michelle's claim, that he was a community activist on the South and East Side of Chicago. Usher United Arab Emirates (UAE) A+ lie both he and his twenty-four (24) mule-team, Hus-suey loving wife Michelle Obama have been claiming in the campaign -- Reality: The Chicago Newspaper's Obelus -- Kiss-A-Cuss:...NO-MAMA.

    5. Obam said in his book that he received his racial awakening at age nine reading a Life/Ebony Magazine story about a black man who was scarred trying to dye his skin white -- Reality: . . . Didn't happen. Both Magazines (Life and Ebony), and the Rev. Wright and Farrakhan MUSLIM Trumpet Newsmagazine say, just didn't happen.

    6. Obam’s Campaign Didn’t Have The “Technical Capacity” To Produce The “1984” Ad:

    Obama: “But it's not something that we had anything to do with or were aware of and that frankly, given what it looks like, we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 3/24/07) -- Reality:...The Creator Admitted All It Took Was A “Sunday Afternoon” On His Mac. Phillip de Vellis: “I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs.”

    7. Obam’s Campaign Claimed His High School Friend Tried To Extort Money From Them:

    “According To The Obama Campaign, [Obama’s Punahou Classmate Keith] Kakugawa Explicitly Raised The Possibility That He Could Make Up False Stories About Obama, Implying He Would Do So If The Campaign Did Not Give Him Money.” (Maurice Possley, Kirsten Scharnberg and Ray Gibson, -- Reality: “...An Old Friend's Troublesome Return,” Chicago Tribune, 3/25/07).

    8. Obam voted to bring low-cost foreign labor into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- Reality: . . . This was a slap in the face against the African-Americans who were displaced in that city. Obama also voted to place Michael Chertoff, the man responsible for the Katrina catastrophe, in charge of Homeland Security. Obama voted for Senate-Bills that gave Blackwater the funding they needed to shoot the folks of New Orleans who were only trying to save their own lives. Inextricably, the towel head voted to allow Michael Chertoff to waive all applicable laws, including murder, torture, kidnaping, and he suppoted water-boarding.

    9. Obam voted more than five times for USA-PATRIOT ACT renewal -- Reality: . . . This is a Senate-Bill patently offensive to most Americans. City after city has passed resolutions condemning USA-PATRIOT ACT. Passively or reflexively, Obama chose to side with tyranny over freedom and Bush over the folks on this issue. The Real ID Act, which would allow Michael Chertoff to declare martial law and imprison Americans, was supported by ex-patriot Obama, as noted above.

    10. Obam is not a MAD MAN. Sen. Obama has not exaggerated the disconnection with . . ."The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth" --Ex. xxxiv. 6; or extolled his venomous-vexatious-Vesuvius MUSLIM madrassahs'-faux-pas on us. Sen. Obama Is not involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor, now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO); or Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley. Sen. Obama is not involved with- nor has Sen. Obama exhibited any nuclear security, bribery, money payoffs, or cronyism in the state of Illinois; or criminal activities related to the BIG HALIBURTAN and V.P. Cheney's Halliburton bribery case; or any political misjudgment in his escalating Campaign Crisis. Sen. Obama does not take money from people who hire lobbyists, partners of lobbyists, spouses of lobbyists, former lobbyists or state lobbyists. "GLORK" Sen. Obama Is not involved with any Hoax or Oxfam volunteers and HIV-- AIDS Witch Doctors in Africa they feed. Sen. Obama is not associated with Exiled "God damn America" SOULJAH JIHAD -- Rev. Jeremiah Wright, MUSLIM EXTREMIST Malcolm X KillA -- Louis Farrakhan and black-rage demagoguery; or Obama's Mea Culpa-Apologia; or Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; Sen. Obama has not exulted the virtue of being an aggrieved black man. Sen. Obama does not accept political contributions from terrorists. Sen. Obama has not expressed the troublesome sub-text of the October Surprise: "X-Files" -- The 1980 election scandal exposed... the extraneous-demon-us-venomous anger driven association between Obama and aging [VX] Vietnam-era Weather Underground Radical Terrorist William Ayers. Sen. Obama has not expressed the troublesome sub-text of the November Surprise: "X-X-Files" -- The 2008 election scandal exposed... the extraneous-demon-us-venomous anger driven association between Obama and 501-(C)-Shaddy-Sharpton-Semilunar-Crescent of Allah Islam and Solar-Solecism-Sista-Soljah-Souljah-Jihad -- AXIS OF EVIL Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Wright and MUSLIM EXTREMIST Malcolm X KillA -- Louis Farrakhan, and Malcolm X Mosque No. 7 - JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMIST underground-money connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Sen. Obama is not a separatist-racist. Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast is not a liberal-leftist-sexist-racist. Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast -- did not fail the Illinois Bar Exam and trot out her Marxist leftist-separatist-racist Socialist X box - Soapbox; X - PATRIOT Obama Is not the new AGA KHAN. Sen. Obama is not a self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box. "GLORK" Obama executed no crime in Harlem. Obama is Not America's Poison -- Reality:...He's Radio-Active.

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/


    NUCLEAR SOULJAH JIHAD -- OBAMA CAMPAIGN CRISIS

    The Republicans' disengagement (media bias), if not disillusionment, with the economic campaign issues is borne out by the fact that many more Republicans are able to explain, extinguish, and excoriate the name Barrack Obama with the term (JIHAD), than can name Bush/Dick Cheney and McCain -- as the Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN politicians expanding GOP IRAQ WAR ideology, and Republican White House Party Elders' GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century IRAQ WAR ECONOMY. Even among Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Ben Holt, Cotton-Club to Lenox Club- a.k.a. "The Breakfast Club," Staples Singers In Ghana 1971: "When Will We Get Paid," Paul Robeson, DMX or Jay-Z . . . excerpts from the infamous Malcolm X speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” inexperienced Obama and conservative Republicans: Clinton is much more visible than GOP presumptive candidate John McCain towards affecting positively the important economic issues facing America's middle class economy. Next, Speaking at an awards banquet for the Society of Professional Journalists on April 4, "Phoenix New Times" and Village Voice Media Inc. Executive Editor Michael Lacey used the "N-word" to refer to a former colleague who voted for the godless, money-laundering, call-girl-reach-around loving liberal McCain, who collaborated with the Viet Cong, hides a Rx- cyanide pill in his check, and secretly fathered a black child with a Unicorn Crêpe Suzette look-alike, who turned out to become -- you guessed it -- Barack Obama?

    When asked who they would vote for in the general election for president of the United States, the natural pendulum swing in America is approximately 79% of Republicans named Hillary Clinton as their choice. Reasons for Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis include:

    No excuses. Sen. Obama accepted more money from oil company executives last month than any other candidate, while he ran an ad saying he didn't take money from oil companies. Context of ad extends that oil money taken by IL Sen. Barrack Obama from BIG HALIBURTAN spells bad MO-Jo for Obama Campaign Crisis and RX for U.S. stock x-change = VX for U.S. economy. Sen. Obama's giveaways to the oil industry are not limited to tax breaks. They also include provisions like royalty relief that are worth billions. And many of the tax "increases" are simply extensions of existing taxes that do not impose any additional burden on oil companies. Exactly half of giveaways were not tax provisions. For instance, the oil companies received billions in royalty waivers. Obama voted for Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN Dick Cheney's 2005 energy bill containing "billions in dollars in giveaways to the oil companies." [ Ludacris ]

    Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN -- OBAM 50 Cent LIES --
    EXAMPLE:

    Sections 344-345
    Waives royalty payments for drilling for some natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Section 346
    Waives royalty payments for drilling in offshore Alaska.

    Sections 353-4
    Waives royalty payments for gas hydrate extraction on the Outer Continental Shelf and public land in Alaska.

    Section 383
    Allows oil companies drilling in federal land off the coast of a particular state to pay the state 44 cents of every dollar it would have paid to the federal government for the privilege of drilling on federal land.

    "Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show. Obama has taken at least $263,000 from oil company executives, family members and employees since entering the presidential race last year, including $46,000 last month. At least $140,000 has come in chunks of between $1,000 and $2,300, the maximum permitted under federal law." [LA Times, 4/24/08]

    "Obam has more holes in him than Swiss-Cheese." [CNN's "Politics.com," 4/01/08]

    Obam presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. [fec.gov]

    Obam has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam extracted $666,357 from Exxon-Mobil. [factcheck.org]

    Obam extorted $213,000 from Exelon- a nuclear plant operator in Illinois. [truthdig.com]

    Obam has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]


    NUCLEAR "GLORK" SOULJAH JIHAD -- CAMPAIGN CRISIS
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3369102968312745410&q=Fitna&total=1413&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=5

    WASHINGTON -- Obama's support among Democrats nationally has softened.

    "GLORK" Sen. Barack Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month, particularly among men and upper-income voters, as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    The survey suggests that Mr. Obama's proximity to Chicago, Democrat of Illinois, may have been at something of a peak in February, propelled by a string of primary and caucus victories over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, and that perceptions of him are dramatically trending downward.

    Mr. Obama’s favorability rating among Democratic primary voters has dropped seventeen percentage points, to 42 percent, since the last Times/CBS News survey, in late February. While that figure is steadily declining, this dramatic decline came in a month during which he endured withering attacks from Mrs. Clinton, and responded to reports that his exiled former pastor had made politically inflammatory statements from his church’s pulpit in Chicago, and swirling questions about Harlem, and the criminal money generating underworld of 501-(C)-Shaddy-Sharpton-Semilunar-Crescent of Allah Islam Mosque No. 7; and what Barack Obama did in Harlem -- from which he cannot extricate himself.

    The events of the last month (with the possible exception of Muslim Jihad).appear to have fundamentally altered the race for the party’s nomination and provided Mrs. Clinton’s campaign extensive evidence of a collapse in Mr. Obama’s standing or an overwhelming preference voiced for Mrs. Clinton by Democratic and Republican voters in polls: -- perplexing developments in Obama's ongoing Campaign Crisis, that could be used to persuade uncommitted super-delegates to sign on with Hillary Clinton.

    Twenty-six percent of the general electorate voters who heard of the Apologia speech that Mr. Obama the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama gave to try to deal with the controversy over Obama's separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah, said it made them dislike him. And 74 percent of Democrats and Republicans said Mr. Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis "God damn America" - Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. "God bless America" - Pope Benedict XVI and Hillary Clinton... stems from the fact that he shows continued misjudgment for even the most challenging problems. Next, the overall opinion of people in the news this year; Mr. Obama lacks the decisive capability to lead, willingness to listen, conviction and courage. Mr. Obama is no Alexander Manly when it comes to sexist-racist issues, and he uses false charges and exaggerated hate-the Saxon-race claims to play politics with national security.

    The junior senator from Illinois has been doing a lot of explaining about the inexcusable company he has kept for the last 17 years or so. The complexity of Obama's extremism is that it is all about him. He's the change... as in La change, c'est moi! ("I am the State") Exactly. Barack Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX, and his wife Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast -- the Marxist Leninist Separatist-Racist Socialist X box - SoapboX come across as condescending Ivy League black rage liberationists. A politician can not chose the family he has However; he can chose the pastor he keeps. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has influenced Obama's liberal-elitist-separatist-racist Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad views on a variety of subjects. This flare-up may have exacerbated what happened to Obama over the years, as his MUSLIM radicalism and demonize the White-Saxon-race, may expel the same Rev. Wright belief -- that America and its US allies brought on 9/11. In a sincere re-examination of his world-view, Obama's Mea Culpa-Apologia says this guy is like an uncle to him. To Obama the excursus of AXIS OF EVIL Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Wright and MUSLIM EXTREMIST Malcolm X KillA -- Louis Farrakhan black rage, is grounded in extremist-racist hate Israel world-view, and extols Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s praise of Barack; while white resentment of Obama's black-rage demagoguery is exaggerated and exploited. But shouldn’t his long term relationship with these despicable characters call into question at the very least Obama’s judgment? From Waxahache, TX.-- to Axis-of-Evil, Mr. Obama lied about the politics of his campaign, and knew about Ex-Pastor Rev. Wright's MUSLIM Militant Farrakhan Malcolm X Mosque No. 7 - JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMIST mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/


    Colfax: Sen. Obama on Lobbyists --

    “Considering that Sen. Obama voted to suspend the gas tax three times when gas cost less than $2 a gallon and has an energy lobbyist chairing his Indiana campaign, it's hard to take his latest criticisms very seriously. Senator Obama wants Americans to pay the gas tax but Senator Clinton thinks the big oil companies should pay it this summer.” - Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer

    Colfax: Sen. Obama voted three times for a gas tax holiday in 2000 when gas prices were less than $2 a gallon. Next, Kip Tew, the top advisor to Obama's Indiana campaign is an energy lobbyist. Tew said recently, "I'm not running away from the fact that I'm a lobbyist. I have a healthy client list, and I'm proud of it."

    May 3, 2008--APEX-- 2:11:35 PM #

    The choice is simple: Senator Obama wants the American people to pay the gas tax this summer but Senator Clinton thinks Big Oil should.

    The Clinton gas tax holiday is financed exclusively through a tax on windfall profits from oil companies and keeps the Highway Transportation Trust fund intact. Hillary opposed a plan in 2000 for a gas tax holiday because it was financed with transportation funds.

    Sen. Obama voted three times for a gas tax holiday in 2000 when gas prices were less than $2 a gallon.

    MAY 2, 2008--APEX-- 11:54:21 AM #

    "When it comes to lobbyists, Senator Obama’s words might sound nice but voters need to make sure they read the fine print. Despite trying to give the impression that he has no relationship with lobbyists or special interests, the reality is that Senator Obama takes money from people who hire lobbyists, partners of lobbyists, spouses of lobbyists, former lobbyists and state lobbyists."
    Statement from Clinton Deputy Communications Director, Phil Singer
    Sen. Obama Has Ties to Lobbyists in His Presidential Bid.

    Public Citizen: 10 of Sen. Obama's bundlers have been federal lobbyists. The Public Citizen report listed the following ten bundlers for Sen. Obama who have registered as federal lobbyists: Frank Clark, Commonwealth Edison; Scott Harris, Harris Wiltshire and Grannis; Allan J. Katz, Akerman Senterfitt; Robert S. Litt, Arnold & Porter; Thomas J. Perrelli, Jenner and Block; Thomas A. Reed, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP; Paul N. Roth, Schulte Roth & Zabel; Miriam Sapiro, Summit Strategies; Alan Solomont, Solomont Bailis Ventures; and Tom E. Wheeler, Core Capital Partners. [Public Citizen, 1/29/08]

    Sen. Obama and his thugs extort money from employees of firms that lobby and has lobbyists as advisers. "But those who lobby for a living say it's not that simple, and even Obama's stance shows some flexibility. He won't take money from federal lobbyists but accepts money from employees of firms and corporations that lobby, and he uses lobbyists and other government relations professionals as advisers... Obama has also used major fundraisers who are registered lobbyists on the state level. And he uses registered federal lobbyists such as Broderick Johnson, who lobbies for AT&T and Shell Oil, among others, as a campaign adviser. Because Johnson isn't giving money to Obama, his name won't show up in Federal Election Commission records." [Chicago Tribune, 2/10/08]

    Bloomberg: Five of [Obama’s] ten biggest sources of funds are groups of employees at law firms that lobby in Washington. "While Obama doesn't accept money from registered federal lobbyists, five of his 10 biggest sources of funds are groups of employees at law firms that lobby in Washington…Among Obama's top donors were employees of the Chicago-based law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, who gave $105,750 in the first quarter. The firm was paid $4.5 million last year" for lobbying the federal government. [Bloomberg, 6/7/07]

    Obam presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. [fec.gov]

    Obam has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

    Obam extracted $666,357 from Exxon-Mobil. [factcheck.org]

    Obam extorted $213,000 from Exelon- a nuclear plant operator in Illinois. [truthdig.com]

    Obam voted for the Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN Dick Cheney's 2005 Energy Bill, Hillary opposed. [H.R. 6, Vote #213, 07/29/05]

    Prior to His Presidential Campaign, Sen. Obama extorted Money from Lobbyists and PACs

    Obam's Leadership PAC includes John Gorman of Texas-based Tejas Securities, a major supporter of Senate Democrats as well as the Bush presidential campaigns. [truthdig.com]

    1996-2004: $296,000 of the $461,000 Sen. Obama raised as a state senator came from PACs, corporate contributions or unions. "But behind Obama's campaign rhetoric about taking on special interests lies a more complicated truth. A Globe review of Obama's campaign finance records shows that he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and PACs as a state legislator in Illinois, a US senator, and a presidential aspirant. In Obama's eight years in the Illinois Senate, from 1996 to 2004, almost two-thirds of the money he raised for his campaigns -- $296,000 of $461,000 -- came from PACs, corporate contributions, or unions, according to Illinois Board of Elections records. He tapped financial services firms, real estate developers, healthcare providers, oil companies, and many other corporate interests, the records show." [Boston Globe, 8/9/07]

    In his 2004 U.S. Senate race, Sen. Obama raised $128,000 from lobbyists and $1.3 million from PACs. "Obama's US Senate campaign committee, starting with his successful run in 2004, has collected $128,000 from lobbyists and $1.3 million from PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit organization that tracks money in politics. His $1.3 million from PACs represents 8 percent of what he has raised overall." [Boston Globe, 8/9/07]

    FITNA: Nostradamus often used anagrams: barack hUSsein oBAMa. The capitalized letters spell MABUS--Nostradamus name for the antichrist.
    Remember--God is good, and is in time, on time--every time.

    According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is: The anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal.... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything.

    Is it OBAM ??
    I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to repost this article in its entirety as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet...do it!

    http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

    Obama has no supporters except the long lines of people angry about government in its current state.

    If anything, Obama voters are revolutionists against the Bush-Cheney policies in how Americans have been treated. It is change for change sake, not change for progress sake.

    Progress requires experience. Change requires only revolution. This is dangerous change promoted by poor performance of the current administration with a refusal of Congress to limit their powers, or impeach.

    It is a dangerous time in American politics for the enormous risk of change that has the same probability as the benefit of change for the wrong direction - a 50/50 proposition, a political lottery. No government should exist on a lottery basis, especially one that is rooted in a Constitution.

    The danger of getting it wrong is equal to the change of getting it right.

    But as neither black nor white, Obama represents no one of consequence by demographic grouping except those who are outraged at government. That anger turned rage has turned to him as Messiah of deliverance, a very dangerous mentality for Americans.

    Bill Moyers -- thank you for a thought provoking conversation with a guest who can give substantial insight into the subject at hand -- like all your usual work. But I have a real complaint, that I would like to voice to most anyone who refers to the Democratic presidential candidates. This is not a race where a "woman" is running against a "black man," but a race where a white woman is running against a black man. It is typical of our white privilege to refer to Clinton as a normative woman rather than to specify her race as well. But both gender and race are at work here and both are equally important -- even as much as we would like to argue that they are not. (And I won't even get into the issue of class -- as both you and Dr. Walters repeatedly state in the interview, John Edwards is the only candidate who is highlighting that important issue.) Let's not forget that Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to run for president in 1972.

    Oprah destroyed any Obama appeal for me. Oprah is popular because of her shallowness and conformity, a flexible pitchwoman. She has a generally benign or even positive effect: she promotes reading and women's equality. Now that her head is in the race she should be subjected to questioning too. Crude pundits could ask about her cocaine addiction in Baltimore, but more importantly examine how she got so "lucky $$$", and at who's expense. Oprah has not demonstrated any special talent beyond acquisitiveness and bowing to power. Tragically, I think Obama has demonstrated empathy for people and a willingness to admit errors, but if he is serious about Hillary and Oprah as key advisors, I think I could suggest the names of better women.So Barack and Hillary are out for me and I am not sure where to turn. Meanwhile I have not forgotten our censored Kucinich, who could make a fine Vice President and add much depth.

    Maurice Jones:
    Your comments are really insightful and give a very nuanced picture of the community. Thanks for writing in, you've given me a lot to think about.

    Dr. Walters was a breath of fresh air, calmly articulating an analysis not grounded in well intentioned hopes but in an awareness of history, political engagement and personal experience.

    His analysis portrayed Obama as neither devil nor angel but simply as a politician embodying a strategy designed to broaden and deepen his support among the white voters the campaign knows he needs in order to win.

    Whether Obama can win without substantial support from blacks if he continues to sidestep the issues that matter to them, depends on several factors:

    1) A substantial number of middle-of-the-road black voters may give him the benefit of the doubt, hoping that he will insert their issues into the national agenda post-election; and/or

    2) If they see an Obama groundswell building, more progressive blacks (who might prefer Kucinich or Edwards, and in that order) might choose to lend their support to that groundswell as a strategic move, in the hope of influencing policy and legislation.

    I thank Bill Moyers for giving Dr. Walters an opportunity to comment on the Oprah/Obama spectacle--almost as much as I appreciate Walters's sober, but certainly not cynical, view of the current situation in American presidential politics.

    I don’t know if I'd call Barack's strategy during this point in the election "alienating" to minorities as the forum’s question presupposes. Dr. Walters pointed out that Obama and his campaign staff are not focusing their campaign rhetoric on many of the most crucial issues facing the African-American community. This is true, but I don’t think that Obama is turning off black voters en masse as he concentrates on persuading the electorates of two overwhelmingly white states to vote for him. That’s what all of the candidates are doing right now.

    I am concerned with Obama’s lack of substantive policy discussion during his public appearances and during the debates, although I admittedly have missed several of them. Perhaps that’s just his speaking style, to focus on broader themes and therefore use more vague, inspirational rhetoric. That was certainly the case when I witnessed an early speech he gave to the Democratic faithful in Louisville during 2005. At any rate, Obama is simply adhering to basic political strategy at this point, and aiming to win over as many voters as possible. As Walters noted, Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement is best viewed in this sense – as a signal to the largely apolitical masses that one of America’s most admired cultural icons is backing him.

    So yes, it’s frustrating that Obama is not cutting through all of the fluff and getting down to razor-sharp analysis on discrete issues and attacking the powers that be. But those types of politicians – of leaders – will never get elected until the social context and the populace are sufficiently agitated. Hard as it is to believe, America still isn’t to that point yet. It all has to do primarily with Americans’ surfeit of material affluence relative to most of the rest of human existence and their resulting comfort… but that’s getting way off topic for this post.

    Anyway, the crucial element for Obama supporters who may be dismayed by his lack of specificity and general unwillingness to address what Walters calls the “hot button” issues (Jena 6, Katrina, No Child Left Behind, etc.) can be found in Obama’s biography. Yes, he’s biracial. Yes, he spent his childhood in Hawaii. Yes, he earned a law degree from Harvard. All points are fodder for the “is he black enough?” brigade. Here’s the key, though: after getting his degree, Obama headed straight to the south side of Chicago and immersed himself in the thankless world of local, grass-roots community organizing. Not up the Dan Ryan to the Miracle Mile, or to Manhattan or Washington for that matter. Obama critics have to ask themselves: why would a Harvard law grad go THERE, of all places? Personal ambition is only a partial explanation. The man wanted to learn, first-hand, the problems facing working-class, largely minority, Americans, and focus on solving them. Walters glosses over this point when he briefly recounts Obama’s history. But certainly, as a longtime colleague of Chi-town’s Jesse Jackson, he knows about Obama’s time spent on the South Side.

    I admit that it requires somewhat of a leap of faith from Obama supporters to be patient in the understanding that the man is deeply committed to tackling the issues of race and poverty once elected, even though he’s not talking much about them now. But hey, call me an optimist – I see Obama’s strategy during the early primary for what it is – a STRATEGY – and am confident that he will direct his considerable energies to several of Walter’s “hot button” topics in due time. And when he does so, his inclusive rhetoric from the campaign – his insistence that race does not have to be the controlling, even oppressive, force that holds America back – will help him get all parties on board to achieve social and economic justice.

    But hey, I live in Kentucky. The candidate will already be anointed by the time my state’s primary rolls around. Truth is, there’s not a dime’s difference between most of them (save Kucinich, who’s right about a lot of things including Iraq but won’t be elected). I’ll be vociferously supporting brother Obama, or brother Edwards, or even sister Clinton come summertime…


    I wish Obama had the depth of character to justify the novelty of a "ethnic minority" President. He is no breakthrough, in that he communicates totally through platitudes and "what you wanna hear". Ron Walters is incomplete in his analysis that Barack can't be confrontational on racial issues: It's that he can't afford confrontation on any issue. He is weak and it shows, a man who needs Oprah's brand of "soap appeal" can't be any use. Let's take ENERGY for instance: His hidden agenda is nuclear power and token ethanol. That's 20, maybe fifty years behind reality.
    Ethanol uses as much energy to produce and transport as it provides (corrosive to pipelines and tanks) and we yet have no place to store or reprocess nuclear waste. (We are even stashing French nuclear waste at Savannah River.) I think the thing that disturbs me most is that all dozen candidates claim to have all the answers, and none including Senator Obama are in a frame of mind to do any learning. Maybe the Bush psychosis is contagious.

    I wish Obama had the depth of character to justify the novelty of a "ethnic minority" President. He is no breakthrough, in that he communicates totally through platitudes and "what you wanna hear". Ron Walters is incomplete in his analysis that Barack can't be confrontational on racial issues: It's that he can't afford confrontation on any issue. He is weak and it shows, a man who needs Oprah's brand of "soap appeal" can't be any use. Let's take ENERGY for instance: His hidden agenda is nuclear power and token ethanol. That's 20, maybe fifty years behind reality.
    Ethanol uses as much energy to produce and transport as it provides (corrosive to pipelines and tanks) and we yet have no place to store or reprocess nuclear waste. (We are even stashing French nuclear waste at Savannah River.) I think the thing that disturbs me most is that all dozen candidates claim to have all the answers, and none including Senator Obama are in a frame of mind to do any learning. Maybe the Bush psychosis is contagious.

    Interesting that JFK's former advisors are endorsing Obama:

    "But the former Kennedy aides are the ones drawing the most attention for their bold comparisons.

    Obama received an email from Harris Wofford, 81, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and adviser to President John F. Kennedy, soon after his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention.

    The message: “Do not let this moment pass.”

    “He touches my soul, and I think he has touched the soul of America,” said Wofford in an interview after endorsing Obama this month.

    “For me, no one has done that since John, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. I waited a long time to have that feeling.”

    For George Stevens Jr., the longtime producer of the Kennedy Center Honors who worked in the Kennedy administration, Obama “captures the spirit” of Bobby Kennedy.

    Stevens, too, wrote Obama a letter to tell him so. And Stevens later signed on as an informal adviser to the campaign.

    Theodore Sorensen, 79, a former speechwriter to President Kennedy, traveled to Iowa in October to endorse Obama and challenge the criticism of him as not yet ready, citing JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis as evidence.

    “That young president who had been accused of being too inexperienced and too young successfully steered the country through that crisis,” Sorensen said of Kennedy, who was 43 years old when he took office."

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1207/7405_Page2.html

    Ron Walters is a nutjob. The one chance he and other blacks have to vote for a black person and they are throwing it away. Its not easy to be black in America, descendant of slave or not. People like Walter, Sharpton and Jackson are bitter that they didnt get a shot at power so that they can make white people feel guilty and so now they want to stop other black candidates from becoming president. what is Michelle Obama? I bet she is the descendant of a slave. Barack, with his background, could have married any woman, even white. Yet he chose Michelle. I am sure people like Sharpton will say he chose Michelle to woo the authentic "black" community...like there are guidelines as to what constitutes as authentic black...black men run around looking for white women and when they dont get one, they bray racism. when they get one, then other blacks call them Uncle Tom. and then Mr. Walter says Barack will never win because of racism. oh yeah and all this time he is bitching to Bill Moyers that Barack isnt black enough. Talk about self fulfilled prophecy.

    I was intrigued by Ron Walters and what he had to say about Obama and Oprah. And I concluded how alike Hillary and Obama are, both appealing to the middle! Ten years ago I would have backed Hillary but not now. Nor do I back Obama. Both are tied to the corporate interests in this country and only John Edwards has consistently addressed the increased gap between the rich and the poor.And as was pointed out it's not matter of race or gender with Oprah. She is a business woman (in addition to her other qualities) and you can be sure that her backing of Obama is consistent with her self interest.

    Your black guest,Ronald Walters, and you kept highlighting skin color as the most important issue in selecting a President this time around. Dr.Walters is far too pessimistic and carries a chip on his shoulder for past political defeats by black politicians and why you agreed with him is beyond understanding. As for Hillary Clinton's bid in this presidential race her huge ego will culminate in overreaching eventually. I
    would recommend reading an
    article in the Vanity Fair
    November 2007 issue by Sally Smith entitled "White
    House Civil War" to get the
    flavor of cynicism that motivates the Clinton's political moves. Frank

    i think all the racism is overexaggerated and that obama could easily win the election because all the republicans are terrible. im not really a big obama fan but hes waaay better than hillary!

    For years, I have learned from you, and extolled your virtues. I have been very angered and deeply saddened by your coverage of the Democratic candidates in the last two weeks.

    Last week you spent a lot of time discussing the bias against Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. I speak as a woman of Hillary’s age who is eager to elect a woman president. But I cannot and will not support Hillary, and it has nothing to do with her gender. I do not support Hillary for many reasons. Hillary Clinton is a calculating, pragmatic politician who is driven not by her convictions, but rather by the most prevalent and popular positions of the day. She is cold and calculating: one who would call into question her major opponent’s kindergarten essays and then, when that tactic does not play well in the press claim that it was a “joke.” Her experience, which she touts, is no more than a wife of a president, and one-term senator. Hillary Clinton is the antithesis of the woman I want to become the first woman president of the Untied States. Yes, I am sure there is misogyny connected with opposition to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but I claim that there are many substantive arguments in many people’s opposition to her.

    I withheld my tongue.

    This week, however, when you attacked Barack Obama I became very angry. This is too much! This is biased! You were repeating the question that has been raised since Obama announced his candidacy – is he black enough? That question, to me, reflects thinking that is grounded in the past. In truth, Obama is bi-racial. Must he rage the prejudice fight in the same way that it was in the 1960’s to be valid? He is a man of a new generation. He is brilliant. He is eloquent. He is empathetic. He is complex. He is not a black candidate, he is a candidate who is bi-racial. He is a man with a global perspective and a proclivity for cooperation. Those qualities, for me, transcend race.

    If indeed, you want to bring out biases in the campaign, you could do an entire segment on the totally false statements that have been flying through the air- waves that Barack Obama is Muslim. Many of these have come directly from Hillary Clinton volunteers in Iowa.

    I am hopeful that you will, in the near future, present a more balanced piece on each of these candidates.

    skin color is NOT the enemy, ignorance is!

    Dr. Ronald Walters was somewhat evasive answering the question of Obama becoming president. However in this era of political correctness, frankness is not a virtue. It does not matter how well Obama does in Iowa or South Carolina primaries. Even if he win the democratic nomination, which is doubtful, to all but an idealist, he just can't win. America still has this preoccupation with skin color and gender. America is a patriarchal society where the Great White Father is still the Master. One need look no farther than the progressive southern state of Tennessee where former congressman Harold Ford (a well qualified, experienced, and highly intelligent African-American) was defeated by a white mayor of a mid-sized city. In that seriously contested 2006 senate race overtures of racial steroetypes were hurled against Ford that appealed to and aroused the passions of conservative whites. Ford lost by a narrow margin. As long as people have their eye-sight, race will be an issue. Regretfully, America is not enlightened enough at this point in time to elect a black person or a womam to the presidency.

    I enjoyed the interview with Dr. Ronald Walters. But I think this program misses the point about who could or should be elected president. Yes, a woman, or a black man should be able to be president, but not because they are a woman or black. The question should not be about someones race or sex, but who they are as a person, who do they stand for, what do they believe. And I must say, from what I see, Clinton and Obama are more of the same, politics as usual. Just because they aren't white men doesn't mean their priorities are going to be any different.
    From what I see both of them are in the pockets of corporations. Both of them will use war as an instrument of policy. Neither has supported impeachment of Bush or Cheney. Neither has a solution to the war on drugs, to health care, to poverty, to education.
    There are 3 candidates that offer true change. And they just happen to be white men. They are Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, and Mike Gravel.
    Clinton and Obama are more of the same, politics as usual.

    The problems we currently have in this country is we have a president that does not speak for ALL the people and worse yet he acts out his dislike for black people in this country.

    We need someone that is going to be fair and just to ALL.

    I think most black people want equality in this country and fairness in the laws and justice system , equal excess to available opportunities and treated like we also have made some very important contributions to at least what we used to think was a great country.

    I really think we are ready for Senator Obama and when I attend his community events and visit his local offices, there is always an array of different people of all colors, that really like and trust this guy to lead this country into tomorrow and to be a positive voice as he works to clean up our immage and show the world that we are so much better then this

    The problems we currently have in this country is we have a president that does not speak for ALL the people and worse yet he acts out his dislike for black people in this country.

    We need someone that is going to be fair and just to ALL.

    I think most black people want equality in this country and fairness in the laws and justice system , equal excess to available opportunities and treated like we also have made some very important contributions to at least what we used to think was a great country.

    I really think we are ready for Senator Obama and when I attend his community events and visit his local offices, there is always an array of different people of all colors, that really like and trust this guy to lead this country into tomorrow and to be a positive voice as he works to clean up our immage and show the world that we are so much better then this

    Dr. Ronald Walters is very bright and articulate but seems overly pessimistic and cynical. Such a depth of knowledge of black history seems to prevent Dr. Walters from believing that a black man will ever be elected president. His viewpoint perhaps can be understood within the context of his years of teaching black political history and his active support of the two campaigns of Jesse Jackson in the 1980's. After writing several books about the black political experience, he must quickly be able to catalog a 40-year span of painful impediments since the civil rights movement. Many younger generation blacks,whites and browns know that so shall you think, so shall it be. They respond to high expectations, working and studying hard, and find a faith and a moral compass that helps replace anger with action. What we are seeing is a movement toward real possibilities and true opportunities. We who support Barack Obama are acting to bring that vision to life. In the 40 years since the civil rights movement, multicultural and global influences have helped broaden the conversation and the imperative. It is sad to think that after four decades, some are so suspect of true positive change that they cannot and will not believe that such change is possible. I say, let's cheer for the substantive progress made. Please support this historic moment and this extraordinarily talented and honorable man.

    Dr. Ronald Walters was an impressive guest. He was intelligent, informed and balanced. He made a very important point. People like Obama because he is he only candidate you could trust to end the war in Iraq, not because he has nice brown skin.

    Why must we still define ourselves based on the color of our skin? Rather, why do people define people of color based on the darkness of the color of their skin? I read in an encyclopedia that there are 44 shades to the human skin. I like the fact that Obama wants to be an American president. I do hope that Dr. Ronald Walters will seen and heard again.

    Black issues are the same as white issues.  We just have the obstacle of Racism that whites do not.  I deal with it everyday in my business.  I even sometimes send my white employee, because I know he will get the contract, (based on past experience), and I will not because of my race.  This does not mean that we, (he and I), don't have the same wants and desiress, because we do. Blacks are as tired of the victim position as non whites.  We want that extra protection when we are wronged, but not an advantage.  I find that most blacks I know are very conservative.  We are strong on crime prevention, because, in the inner city, we are the main victims.  The difference is that we also know personally many who are wronged by the system, and want extra protection to prevent that.  This is different from whites, because they don't have to face false conviction as much as we do.  We experience the "welfare cheat", in the inner city who is dispised by the majority of blacks who are hard working.  We know that the majority of people on welfare are white, (although the media will not portray this), but we have a higher percentage as a people in this condition.  We want rational reform of these programs, but also want to preserve the safeguards that we "need", again because of racism which is very alive, and experienced daily.  Many blacks now have the money to buy themselves out of racism, (Oprah), but it still exists strongly.  We see the Jena 6 situation, and know we have far to go, but your guess seems to chaistise Obama because he did not attend a rally.  He is running for President of all the people.  Oprah, for example, has done far more than Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton combined in the elevation of blacks in this country.  Oprah speaks to all people, and women in particular of both races.  She does not hesitate to comment on whites being naive on some issues, as many blacks feel, on her show.  The same discussion many blacks have with their white friends in dialouges all the time.  She is not afraid to be bilingual, as many blacks are in the business realm.  (if you don't know what I mean then you will not understand) She represents the possiblilites of America, a promiscuous youth, who was pregnant early, and was prompted by her father, (yes a black man), to success in education. This was her beginning, and catalyst.  No different than many inner city women, white or black. Blacks have the same relationship issues, money issues, parenting issues, so she is speaking to both.  Black "leaders" want to tell her how to be black, and then whites want to tell her how to educate black kids in her school.  She is not holding to anyone, as most of black America is today. The  people who complain are the, (so called), black leaders.  They complain about Oprah not addressing black issues directly, and Obama as well, as if they were different from whites.  There are no differences, only astericks concerning both cultures, and the issues of today.  This is like the discussion about Don Imus, where it was turned into a discussion on Rap music.  No one in the media got the story right.  Blacks were upset because they were on a high that year.  The story of the "Subway Superman", hit the airways.  A black man who was taking his daughters to school, stopped to save a white man that no one else would, risking his life, and then went to work.  He was someone that blacks recognized, but whites did not.  We know many men like this Brave, Industrious, Moral, Hardworking, Parental, Humble, not like the media portrays blacks.  We finally were saying, Yes!!  A true representation of us.  There was also the biggest show in the country, written by a black woman, showcasing a black women that looked like black women we recognized, but wasn't listed as a black show, Gray's Anatomy.  The rise of an American Idol who was ridiculed for being a larger women on the show, which many blacks found to be a normal size.  Winning an Oscar, and showing grace, and poise in the time of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears,  and Lissy Lohan.  Finally blacks were shown in the media as we, (blacks), saw ourselves.  Not rappers, criminals and murderers. Then Don Imus attacked women that were doing all the things that society said was paramount to be considered a viable human.  What we felt is no matter how much we do to get ahead, we will always be considered in another light. We heard things he said about Gwen Ifil of PBS, who we thought would have been an even better pick than Katie Curic for the first woman on the nightly news.  This is the true story of the outrage of blacks concerning this incident. Nothing to do with what Rappers say on records. Obama and Hillary are what we want, someone who will govern all the people, and not just a section of the population.  

    Bill, please talk about the Iowa fiasco
    of prohibiting Kucinich (and Gravel)
    from the debate sponsored by a newspaper--hardly a democratic debate
    leaving out Kucinich who has been voted
    ahead of all others on many voting polls.

    Anything is possible. We're one step closer to having Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech reach the White House in a most profound way.

    http://solshine7.blogspot.com

    One question that should be asked of every contender for the office is this. Why don't you work to pass a law right NOW that would ban health insurance companies from rejecting coverage for pre existing conditions? We are promised schemes and plans. Many include such language as this, yet there is no excuse for not doing it right now!

    Barack Obama is a serious political contender. I praise Oprah's move to support the man. It is unfortunate that show business is replacing statesmanship. Yet in this age of short attention spans and noise every peaceful means should be used to effect positive change.

    I hesitate to say this about one of my heroes in journalism but, Mr. Moyers, in your last two programs, there seems to be a bias against Barack Obama. Last week you talked about the scurilous attacks on Clinton but did not mention those on Obama. This week, Your guest just emphasized his appeal to white America and castigated him for not being black enough - mainly because he did not appear at the Jena 6 rallies. He does speak strongly to issues of poverty, educational opportunities, racial profiling, and economic opportunity. He also speaks strongly to a united America - not torn by divisiveness. He does speak for the black community and the white community who want an end to the corporate ownership of our government.

    Bill,

    What's happening?
    Are you losing your journalism skills? Are you just soft-handling a soft-spoken guest?

    You both gave lip service to candidates other than Obama (face and name-time is everything just ask the logo counters for televised sports events) and your guest gave a pregnant pause before saying that Obama was the 'only' one to commit to ending the war.

    What is his voting record on this?

    Senator Mike Gravel is the ONLY one who said in public that he would stop the ILLEGAL WAR IMMEDIATELY.

    Are you trying to create such a civil conversation to contrast the earlier piece on shouting commentary that you don't even bring up the fact that Sen. Obama admitted that he was related to Dick Cheney?

    What possible difference could color make if The Dynasty remains in power?

    we cannot give precedence to either gender or race. there are inequalities inherent in both areas. i really hope that black people won't vote for obama just because he's black, or that women won't vote for hillary just because she's a woman. who cares? america won't be a truly egalitarian society until such trivial matters like gender and race aren't an issue at all. pretending to be color- or gender-blind does not do the trick.

    lets just worry about which candidate is FOR THE PEOPLE and the PEOPLE ONLY (a tricky task) and go from there.

    I think the greater injustice is against GENDER, rather than RACE!
    Over fifty percent of the voters are women. It is about time men accepted their competence on the political stage as well as the home-front!
    Why are you singling out race, as though it were an issue?
    Mr. Obama does make an attractive candidate; but, if you put it in racial terms; for me,-- experience trumps rashness, and gender trumps race.
    Actually I hope to vote for the candidate that offers the best chance at peace and justice, never mind the other classifications.


    I think it is time to go color blind and realize that we are all in the same boat going in the same direction. The Democrats need to do what ever it takes to win the next election. Otherwise, they may never get another chance at election. The Republicans are establishing a system of government to assure their power base and permanently install a system that maintains industrialists as having complete control over our government. All of the working people will work for minimum wages and be at the mercy of company policies. Democracy depends on a government of the people, for the people and by the people. Without Equity and Justice there is only slavery.

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