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McCain's Inquiring Mind Wants to Know

Barack ObamaFrank KeatingJohn McCain

Frank Keating, Barack Obama, John McCain It turns out that when John McCain asked, "Who is Barack Obama?" maybe he wasn't being rhetorical. Maybe he really wants to know. And who can blame him, when his own campaign can't get its attack stories straight?

For weeks, McCain's partisans have been hollering that Obama is an elitist, a dyed-in-the-wool Columbia University-Harvard Law-University of Chicago professor elitist.

But now another McCain partisan, former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, is doing a 180, saying now that Obama should out himself and 'fess up that he ``was a guy of the street.''

And would that street be ... Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston? No wonder McCain's confused.

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Dan Rains

Who CARES?! Right now my 401K is the issue, and after today, thousands of jobs will be lost. There are going to be bread lines, for God's sake! Tomorrow the stock market could lose 500 points. In fact, I bet they'll stop trading. The Asians markets TANKED just now. We've got to start thinking about the emergency socialist - yes, I said SOCIALIST - programs we are going to need to prevent people from starving to death. And I'm sorry, I don't care what these trickle-down economists think. Americans are not going to be able to wait for anything to trickle down. Americans are going to need help NOW. All this horrible division being preached by McCain and Palin is just plain NOT HELPFUL. These personal attacks are shocking and ridiculous. Americans need comfort right now, not these calls to anger. I pray that Barack Obama is elected so America can take a deep breath and relax in knowing that these terror-filled last eight years are finally OVER!


Someone should tell this poor guy who Barack Obama is !!

Barak Obama is the nominee of the Democratic Party for the office of the President of the United States. He is the good-looking, articulate, intelligent, African American gentleman you have had two debates with recently. You are fighting an election campaign against him. He is going to beat you.

Nancy Simpson

Who, pray tell, is going to pay for the bread handed out in these bread lines? The US is living on borrowed money right now. If Asian markets tank, our principal lender will be forming bread lines for its own people, not financing ours.

Too bad we converted all those American wheat fields to corn.

Dave in Dallas

'McCain's Inquiring Mind Wants to Know.'

He already knows, but forgot. That's what happens to a man of his age. LOL

Lonnie W. Williams Sr

I am 84 years old and John McCain gives getting old a bad name.

Larry Young

The Republicans are running out of time and lies.
I can't believe McCain and his Church of God? Palin would resort to such misrepsentation about the facts.
Desparation is a mild word..


None of this truly answers the question the article puts forward with a title that is somewhat obtuse. Many minds want to know who Obama is. Yes, one can easily ascertain the obvious aspects of Obama, Democratic nominee, great orator, etc... but there is very little else that can be drawn from his past being that his political experience has been a drop in the bucket when compared with McCain's.

Lets compare our economy to a single business and say that we are looking for a new CEO. Your company is currently in a huge crisis financially and needs the right person to help pull it all together. You have a choice between an older gentleman with years upon years of experience easily that is easily verified (do some research yourself quotes of, "voted against or for" can be quite deceptive on both sides of the isle) or you can choose a younger gentleman who is an outstanding orator, obviously intelligent, who's main premise of running your company is that of "change".

Would you really risk so much on someone with less experience touting "change" as the main factor in saving your company? Would it be better to have someone who won't need as much time to be brought up to speed, who already has well established long term relationships built with the people he is going to need on both sides of the isle, and a track record to prove his experience for the job?

If your still wondering dig your hand in your pocket, gather up any pennies, dimes, nickles, and quarters you might have. That's the only change your company and its employees are going to have left if the wrong person is chosen. It's not a popularity contest, our country is a business in need of experienced help.

Town Hall Pitchforks and Torches Meetings

Palin has as many -and closer- ties to radical extremists as Obama. McCain isn't clean, either. And then people in the McCain / Palin crowds are shouting "Terrorist!" and "Kill him!" (Obama) while the candidates smirk and say nothing in response. Unbelievable.

While they try their best to divide the nation, a whole lot of us are uniting against them. I've had my fill of the Republicans' brand of lies and fear packaged as patriotism. Now that they're losing, we are definitely seeing the true colors of a man I once considered a national hero. Shame on you, Mr. McCain.


You should care... part of the problems with todays Economy are directly related to the goings on of Senator Obama... and his relationship with ACORN.
I am sure this won't make it in the comments section because MSM doesn't want you to know any of these facts.. even though this post follows the rules set forth... and doesn't contain any bad language... check the sources.. do your own research....
WAKE UP AMERICA.. your giving your country away.,.,.

Obama Paid ACORN $800,000 Via Their "Front Group." "For starters, Obama paid ACORN, which has endorsed him for president, $800,000 to register new voters, payments his campaign failed to accurately report. (They were disguised in his FEC disclosure as payments to a front group called Citizen Services Inc. for "advance work.")" (Editorial, "Is ACORN Stealing The Election?" Investor's Business Daily, 10/8/08)

Obama Was ACORN's Lawyer. "The next year, 1993, Obama joined the civil-rights law firm Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, where he sued the state of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to implement the federal "Motor Voter" law, which the GOP governor at the time refused to do. Then-Gov. Jim Edgar argued, presciently, that the Clinton law would invite voter fraud." (Editorial, "Is ACORN Stealing The Election?" Investor's Business Daily, 10/8/08)

Obama and ACORN, Fellow Travelers. "ACORN attracted Barack Obama in his youthful community organizing days. Madeline Talbott hired him to train her staff -- the very people who would later descend on Chicago's banks as CRA shakedown artists. The Democratic nominee later funneled money to the group through the Woods Fund, on whose board he sat, and through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, ditto. Obama was not just sympathetic -- he was an ACORN fellow traveler." (Mona Charen, "ACORN, Obama, And The Mortgage Mess," Real Clear Politics, 9/30/08)

Obama Trained ACORN Staff. "Several community organizers and Altgeld Gardens tenants confirmed Johnson was working on asbestos but said Obama organized residents to act. β€˜He got people to vote with their feet' on the issue, organizer Madeleine Talbot said. At the time, Talbot worked at the social action group ACORN and initially considered Obama a competitor. But she became so impressed with his work that she invited him to help train her staff." (Letta Tayler and Keith Herbert, "Obama Forged Path As Chicago Community Organizer," Los Angeles Times, 3/2/08)

ACORN's Political Action Committee Endorsed Obama. "ACORN's Political Action Committee, ACORN Votes, announced Feb. 21 that it had endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for President." (ACORN, "ACORN's Political Action Committee Endorses Obama," Press Release, 2/21/08)

Obama Praised ACORN For Being A Good Ally. "When Obama met with ACORN leaders in November, he reminded them of his history with ACORN and his beginnings in Illinois as a Project Vote organizer, a nonprofit focused on voter rights and education. Senator Obama said, β€˜I come out of a grassroots organizing background. That's what I did for three and half years before I went to law school. That's the reason I moved to Chicago was to organize. So this is something that I know personally, the work you do, the importance of it. I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work." (Barack Obama 2008 Website, Accessed 10/8/08)

"Obama Worked As Executive Director Of ACORN's Voter-Registration Arm, Project Vote." "What's more, Obama worked as executive director of ACORN's voter-registration arm, Project Vote, in 1992. Joined by two other community organizers on Chicago's South Side, Obama conducted the voter-registration drive that helped elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the Senate that year." (Editorial, "Is ACORN Stealing The Election?" Investor's Business Daily, 10/8/08)

From the NY Post-

"I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career," he [Obama] told the group last November.

Indeed, in the early '90s, Obama was recruited by Talbott herself to run training sessions for ACORN activists.

ACORN also got funding from two charities, the Woods Fund and the Joyce Foundation, when Obama served on their boards, and from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge - the radical "education reform" outfit Obama ran from β€˜95 to β€˜99.

Ironically, the group stood to be a key beneficiary of the goodies Democrats were loading into Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson's rescue plan - including one demand that 20 percent of any profits the feds make from reselling mortgage securities go to fund groups like ACORN.

Reggie Payne

What's truly scary is these so called Americans attending the rally's of McCain/Palin. They don't care about the crisis facing Americans. And believe me, Obama better be ready for the inevitable attack rearding Mr. Wright, because the Republican party is past being civil. Here comes the REAL test for Obama. Sarah Palin is just itching to throw this dirt, but I'll "betcha" she won't bring up her own pastor praying for her protection from witchcraft.


I agree with all of the avobe comments.
This country is on it way to the worst finanail disaster of my lifetime. The McBlame campaign has nothing to run on, so the resort to mass distractions.


Town Hall Pitchfork dude: Rally against us. Your guy will probably win. But we are not so weak minded to stop believing what we believe in, and to be critical thinkers before electing an inexperienced, fake, empty promising, elitist with domestic terrorist alliances to the White House. You call us what we want; we are not ignoring the issues: these are issues. You are choosing your savior Obama (a person) over the COUNTRY. What mindless followers you Obama people are. (Let me guess....I guess I'm just a racist redneck for saying that.)

roarks, Cleveland, Ohio

The times are too serious to be pulling cheap dirty tricks like this. At home, we've got a heightening economic crisis, increasing joblessness threatening to undermine the livelihoods of entire towns, people's retirement savings decimated, folks getting thrown out of their homes, and a regulatory framework guided by ideology rather than pragmatism. Overseas, we're fighting two wars, an increasingly belligerent Iran, a resurgent Russia eager to reassert it's influence on the former soviet bloc (and now Venezuela), Ukraine destabilized, China rising, and North Korea unresolved, our alliances strained due to our unilateralism..the global tectonic plates are shifting...and here we have John McCain playing these dirty totally irrelevant political games, blatantly repeating lies, inciting hate in the electorate, destabilizing the markets with his political maneuvers, appointing an extremist running mate who knows NOTHING about the economy and the world a 72-year old heartbeat away from presidency, and dividing the country along choices (guns, race, abortion, religion, left-right) that are totally irrelevant to this new and very threatening environment, and having absolutely no solid plans to get us out of it. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I cannot believe that John McCain is STILL not interested in challenging Obama's plans, and presenting to the American public why his plans are PRACTICALLY superior or relevant to the current environment, or how they are actually DOABLE. He has not explained ow his approach is a significantly different approach to the failures of the last 8 years. His healthcare plan is a farce, taxing my health benefits to give me a healthcare tax credit which will not buy me even a bare bones healthcare plan, his tax plan is unsustainable and rewards those who don't need it, he has absolutely no solid ideas for our recovery plans, he has offered no answers on how he is going to pay for the buyout of these bad loans, is spending freeze of 18 billion will not even come close to paying for his tax cuts AND his $300 billion ideas to pay for his home owner bailout 'plan', and absolutely no transition plan for when he assumes power so he can get to work on day one (he felt winning the election was more important than planning ahead), and shows the underlying influence of special interests in his policy making and his past judgement, and his foreign policy positions have been PROVEN wrong consistently, with his war mongering rhetoric getting increasingly aggressive...and NOW THIS???!!! YOU CAN HIRE EXPERIENCE, AND YOU CAN BUY KNOWLEDGE, BUT IF YOUR MORAL COMPASS IS MISALIGNED YOUR EXPERIENCE IS OF NO USE TO US. Stop telling us you can do it John McCain, TELL US HOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT. It infuriates me the absurdity that this once great man has stooped to. Is he THIS out of touch with reality? We need a serious president, with a steady and even temperament, who is willing to listen to EVERYONE and come up with solutions that work for ALL OF US. We need a president who has the intellect, and the moral compass pointing true north to our interests, who helps the nation focus on what we have in common, not why we are different...we need a president who understands that issues should lie at the foundation of political attacks, not baseless associations focused on dominating the next news cycle. We need someone whose inner circle of influence is not tainted by special interests and lobbists, who has the highest probability of reforming Washington. We need someone who understands the new world order, and who understands that war is but ONE tactic, along with intelligence, diplomatic and economic leverage in our overall strategy to counter our foreign policy challenges today. We need a president who is a calming voice in this cacophony of chaos, who calls out to the best within all of us to lead us out of this hole we've dug ourselves into, not divide us and calls on our hate. We need a President who is a pragmatist, who has been consistent, with judgment that is guided by good nature rather than a thirst for power. We need someone with new ideas, and a new approach to change our course in history. ENOUGH WITH THIS PETTY HATE MONGERING, THE TIMES ARE TOO SERIOUS FOR THIS KIND OF NONSENSE. I DON'T CARE IF HE IS BLACK, BLUE OR PURPLE, AND I DONT CARE IF HE IS PRO OR ANTI ABORTION, OR LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE...I JUST CARE THAT HE IS RIGHT FOR THE CHALLENGES WE NOW FACE. The dirty voter suppression and caging efforts of 2004 and 2000 are very much underway and already making huge impacts across all the swing states, we are now facing the possibility of THOUSANDS of obama voters getting turned away on election day, and the campaigning is only going to get more hateful. Do not believe the polls. Obama may be ahead, but they could steal it again unless we SHOW UP IN FORCE AND GET OUR PAPERWORK STRAIGHT. We cannot let them steal it again.


What is everyone so afraid of over there on the right? In response to Jay's comment, Heck yeah I go with the young guy touting change if the older gentleman you are interviewing is giving you the same resume of the guy that got your company in trouble i the first place! Why are we sooo afraid of change!!?? This country needs a new direction immediately. As far as Obama being an elitist, well I sure hope so. I WANT someone in the white house who knows more than I do about constitutional law, the economy, and foreign policy etc.! I don't want another 8 years of someone I can have a beer with. I already watch football with that guy on Sundays and he's an idiot.

Jon Healey

Re: George's long comment on ACORN -- Not to defend ACORN here, but it's way too simplistic to blame them for the credit crisis. ACORN didn't invent credit default swaps, didn't prompt ratings agencies to grossly underestimate risk, didn't create mortgage-backed securities with befuddling tranches that aggrandized risk rather than distributing it.... I could go on. ACORN's role, AFAICT, was to push (successfully) for more subprime lending and for Fannie/Freddie to securitize subprime loans. Whether that's good policy is debatable, but you can't argue that the meltdown was a direct consequence of lending to subprime borrowers. Badly underwritten subprime loans, with insufficient risk premiums and inadequate capitalization, were more to blame.

And please -- stop with the "20% for ACORN" tripe. It wasn't in the Senate bill. I saw what purported to be some language from a version of the bill that the House rejected, but I can't vouch for its authenticity. And even if it were authentic, the money would have gone to state and local governments. Whether it would have been passed on to ACORN would have been up to them, not Congress.

Lee Sterne

Three words about the McCain-Palin campaign of mudslinging: desperate, dishonest, disgusting.


I'm Sure McCain knows who Senator Obama is ... Not sure if anyone knows what Senator Obama has done and if he is really is capable of doing anything.

So, really, who is Obama? What can he do? When will he do it?

This country has enough uncertainty ... I guess we need some more!

- Just can't wait to see the sweeping change!
I expected great changes from the majority democrat led congress and our economy reflects it.
What happened after the first 100 Days when Nancy Pelosi took over? The Dow Started it's decline. Look it up .... is it a coincidence?



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