Friday, May 2, 2008

The Empire Strikes Barack!!!!

From the Makers of "Baracky the Movie"

The Empire Strikes Barack!!!

Starring: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Bill Richardson, Howard Dean

Introducing: Barack and Michelle Obama, with special guest star, Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, April 27, 2008

This Week With Barack Obama, April 20-26, 2008

cross-posted @ One Million Strong and Daily Kos

obama smiling during editorial meet of indianapolis star in indiana

Note: Next edition of This Week With Barack Obama, April 27-May 3, 2008 will be under the management of Al Rodgers, next Sunday, May 4, 2008. I am in Indiana from Friday through Wednesday, for the crucial Indiana Primary on Tuesday May 6, 2008. I will be working in NW Indiana between Gary, Valparaiso and South Bend. So, give Al the love you give me on this weekly. Peace.

Oh, and please digg it!!!!


barack with senator bob casey (d-pa) at gilda's diner in scranton, pa

Campaign Appearances

April 28, 2008 - Town Hall with Barack, Wilson, NC
April 28, 2008 - One-Stop Early Voting Rally with Barack, Chapel Hill, NC
April 28, 2008 - Town Hall with Barack, Wilmington, NC
April 29, 2008 - Town Hall with Barack, Winston-Salem, NC
April 29, 2008 - Town Hall with Barack, Hickory, NC

obama's speech in evansville, indiana, following pennsylvania primary

Hillary Clinton is equivalent to a “Hot Mess”

And you question what a hot mess is? One who is all over the place, incoherent, unorganized, don't carish attitude, grasping at the “whatever”. That is the Hillary Clinton we are witnessing right now.

Clinton is now witnessing something she has no control over, it is called “the train is leaving the track without you on board.” Yes, Barack Obama is in General Election mode for November. Obama has decided to start a massive 50 State Voter Registration Drive, he has agreed to work with the DNC to raise money for November, he has changed his tone, rhetoric on the trail and does not even acknowledge Hillary Clinton, he has purchased ads for all the remaining contests through June 3rd, he has started the Obama Organizing Fellows, an organization to train students and recent graduates for the technicalities and organizing needed for the future of the grassroots, more importantly the Democratic Party.

He is taking the steps forward, not backwards or standing in time with Hillary Clinton.

In the meantime, Hillary Clinton is busy trying to get another debate going. Why? Well, we can guess or discuss her reasons. One that pops in my mind is money. There have been questions if she actually raised 10M, because the language in asking this campaign is all over the place. We know she is in debt of at least 15M. And if you really want to know how much a campaign has to spend? Watch what they spend it on and how they do it. You don’t see Clinton in ads up in the remaining contests and her ads in NC and IN are sparse. So, this is a legitimate question. Remember campaigns are measured in two fold, by the message and by money the candidate has to get the message out.

Which brings us to the most comical begging of the campaign, since the kindergate fiasco of the Clinton Campaign. Requesting, asking for another debate in the style of Lincoln and Douglass of the 1860s.

Cough, cough. Umm, why is she asking? We already had 21 debates. If anyone wants to view the former debates go to CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, or ABCs video archive. All have one. And you can pick and choose for your leisure. So, why another debate? One reason only, exposure, television exposure, and lack of funds. There are some who are stating that Barack should agree to this no holds barred event, with no moderator. I say no. Why?

Because it is the loser who asks for debates, not the winner.

And the Obama Campaign has already stated so:
We have participated in 21 nationally televised debates, the most in primary history, including four exclusively with Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton refused an earlier invitation that had been accepted to debate in North Carolina. Over the next 10 days, we believe it's important to talk directly to the voters of Indiana and North Carolina about fixing our economy, cutting the cost of health care and ending a war in Iraq that never should have been authorized in the first place.

In other words, NO.

So, Hillary Clinton will have to run around in circles, continuing her negative campaigning, screeching about debates, whining about someone or something being unfair, etc. In the meantime, Barack Obama, is transitioning to become the Democratic Nominee and getting ready for John McCain and the Republicans.

As hard as it is with Hillary Clinton still in this race, and she has a right to be, it is time to just focus on McCain and the Republicans. Leave it for the Hillary Clinton campaign to figure out when to get out of this race, if they can.

barack and his heart, michelle, in evansville, in

Voting Registration Deadlines for the Following States and Early Voting Information

Indiana: Early Voting for Indiana is through noon, May 5, 2008. For information of your location for early voting, click here.

North Carolina: One Stop Early Voting is underway through May 3rd, 2008. Look up your One Stop Early Voting Location here.

Oregon: Deadline April 29th. Registration form must be received by April 29th, the downloadable form and where to mail to your county is available here.

Montana: Deadline May 5th. Registration form must be received by May 5th. Registration form and your county address is available here. Additional information is here.

South Dakota: Deadline May 19th. Downloadable form here. Fill out the form on-line, print and send here. List of counties to mail your form is here.

Plouffe's Not Worried About Racial Polarization
Clinton's Pa. win did little to change race: poll
Obama calls gas tax holiday a 'scheme'
Clinton fundraiser defects to Obama campaign
Clyburn Rips Clintons for 'Demonizing' Obama
Now, this is campaign fatigue
Casey vouches for Obama's values
Kennedy: Obama inspires people, works tirelessly

obama on plane, enroute, wednesday, april 23, 2008

Tired Barack Obama resorts to aggression
[...snip] Campaign insiders say the senator will do more to stress his humble roots as the scholarship schoolboy son of a single mother. In Indianapolis last week he pledged to "remind people of where I come from. I was raised with far fewer advantages than either of my two remaining opponents." In Kokomo he peppered his rally speech with references to his days as a community organiser in Chicago "helping folk laid off when the steel mills closed". Yet the poise with which he carries himself can seem aloof. There remains a suspicion that he is reluctant to tailor his appeal to those voters who want their president to be someone like them.

Senator Obama is gracing the next cover of GQ magazine, the men's style bible. One quote released by the magazine is revealing: "I'm in this to win and I think I will win. But I'm also going to emerge intact. I'm going to be Barack Obama and not some parody."

barack and john mellencamp in evansville, in


Financial Times Endorses Obama; Michael Moore Endorses Obama; Ohio Superdelegate Goes for Obama; 22 NC State Legislators Back Obama; 49 Former Edwards Backers Back Obama; Sheryl Crow Endorses Obama; Nebraska Superdelegate Sides with Obama; Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel of Evansville, Indiana backs Obama; Congressman David Wu (D-OR) Endorses Obama; IFPTE Endorses Obama; 43 NC Mayors Back Obama; Oregon Coalition of Latino Leaders Back Obama; Two Nobel Prize Economics for Obama; Arizona Superdelegate Backs Obama; Oklaholma Governor Brad Henry Endorses Obama

Clinton, Obama go 'negative' on eve of Pennsylvania vote
French Kiss for Obama
Many Women Don't Feel Obligated to Vote for Clinton
Clinton Campaign Accuses Obama of being Copycat
Obama far outpaces Clinton in the money race
Obama says he needs to do better with older voters
Party Fears Racial Divide
Obama Gets Encouragement and Warning From Wilder
How can Obama, Clinton not be tired?
The Democrats' war of attrition
Obama says change in Washington needed to deal with soaring gas prices
If Clinton can't run a campaign, can she run the White House?

obama hooping in kokomo, indiana

Obama March FEC: 51M/42M Cash on Hand for the Primaries
Hillary Settling Scores
For Obama, a Struggle to Win Over Key Blocs
Obama Team Remains Unshaken and Unstirred

barack obama will be the coolest president, EVAH...h/t to al rodgers

photo diaries

4,800 "feisty" voters Rally in Scranton with Obama by Steven R; BREAKING: Obama Takes Lead in PA by Al Rodgers; Obama Storms Across Pennsylvania by bored now; Guam is Ready To Go: Guam for Obama and You! by kubla000; Obama 3-on-3 Basketball; Guam for Obama; "Make It Work" Indiana: Pictures, Analysis, and a Plea for Action

inside obama's war room

The Democrats Have a Nominee
So what?

Other than ensuring the Greatest Show on Earth will continue, does it matter that Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama Tuesday in Pennsylvania by nine-plus points? Barack Obama is the nominee.

No matter how many kicks the rest of us find in such famously fun primary states as Indiana and South Dakota, it's going to be McCain versus Obama in 2008.

I believe the cement set around the Clinton coffin last Friday. The Obama campaign announced it had received the support of former Sens. Sam Nunn of Georgia and David Boren of Oklahoma. continue

obama greeting supporters outside of indianapolis star

shoutouts: Malaria Madness by Maureen; Hillary Clinton in Eugene, OR; NY Times Thursday: Obliterating Hillary's Electability Meme by Steven R; MN-Sen: Novak: Franken wins if Obama the nominee by kos; Why I Love Blogs by faboo; Flipping the Script: WHY Can't Hillary ' Tonya Harding' Clinton CLOSE THE DEAL? by rikyrah; What the F&*K is Going On In Detroit by Bendygirl; Forgotten, USA by Hunter; The down-ballot races kos; Employment Numbers: A Moving Target by GreyHawk; Gouged Out: The Consumer and the Gas Station Operator by GreyHawk; Granholm exploits Michigan problem for Clinton gain by Eric B.; Sen. Clinton, Guam and Sweatshop $$$: A Stain on the Democratic Party... by dengre; Homeless Vets. Don't You Dare Look Away. by FireCrow; Hunger by teacherken; $100+ BILLION giveaway to the oil, credit card and retail industries by clammy c; Limbaugh Calls for Denver Riots by Granny Doc; Darkness Falls by One Pissed Off Liberal

barack showin' off his skillz....

Don't stop believin', Hillary
Run, Hillary, run.

Run in Guam, run in North Carolina, run in Indiana. Run in each and every one of the nine contests that are left.

Then make some states do their contests over.

Should Barack Obama’s victory in Vermont really count? I don’t think Vermont is actually a state. I think it is technically a socialist republic. Have somebody check this out.

And Obama’s victory in Alaska? Are you kidding me? They let caribou vote in Alaska.

And do some other stuff that levels the playing field: Raise the voting age to 65 in all the remaining contests, for instance. continue

barack and michelle in evansville, indiana

Why Clinton Can't Close the Deal? by kos
They Don't Get It: We Win Even If Obama Loses in November by thereisnospoon
Obama 3-on-3 Basketball Game in Kokomo, IN by turneresq
Bill Clinton Seeks Third Presidential Term (and Loophole to 22nd Amendement) by DHinMI
This is Who Obama Is. by eugene
Keep Fighting. Yes. We. Can. by Populista
Flashback: What Do Red State Office-Seekers Want? Adam B


New Ad Targeting Female Voters in Indiana; Barack in Kokomo, IN; Barack Obama AV Podcast; Obama in Anderson, IN; Obama in Marion, IN; Obama in Indianapolis on Gas Prices; New Ads in WV and SD; Obama addresses the UFCW; Obama on Equal Pay; Michelle at Westside School in Indiana; barack's interview with editorial board of indianapolis star, under the "Obama" Tab; Impossible for Obama to Lose his Lead by Chuck Todd, MSNBC; Does Barack Look Too Good?

Ads Running in Montana
Obama Talks About Rumors
Obama Shifting Focus From Clinton to McCain
What a Mess
The Democrats' Worst Nightmare
Party Switchers Lean Toward Obama
Obama Says Party Will Be United
Democratic voter registration surges in Oregon

obama everywhere in pennsylvania

Why this Republican is Voting FOR Obama by recoveringrepub
North Carolina mayors go heavy for Obama, split in Indiana by kos
How Kentucky, West Virginia and Racism Could Screw Up the Clinton Exit by DHinMI
The Importance of Black Voters, and the Stupidity of Ignoring Them by davidsirota
Obama, Clinton and West Virginia by Carnacki
How the "Yes We Can" Video Changed My Life by Soundpolitic


icebergslim’s last word: get energized, get ready, let’s go

I know, I know, this primary season seems to drag on like a bad marriage. Yep, like that.

But, as in life, we must re-energize and double up our efforts to win this nomination. Look at Barack and Michelle!!! Are they sitting back and complaining? No, they are marching forward, as we must all do.

So, now we must regain focus and look towards the fight in the fall. But until we get to that mantle, we must finish off Indiana and North Carolina.

Many in those states are working hard and tirelessly for this campaign. As excited they are about making their statement, they are tired too. So, we must finish this off.

I am going to Indiana on Friday to volunteer for the campaign and won’t get back home until Wednesday. I am lucky and blessed to have family in NW Indiana, who I might add, are working hard to make sure the vote gets out.

So, what can you do? You know what to do.

Pick that phone up and help with the ONE MILLION PHONE CALLS BY MAY 6th DRIVE. That is the LEAST you can do. All the information is provided in the link with script, etc. Believe me, it is not hard, after a few calls you know what to do and say.

Phone banking not your bag. Well, are you close to Indiana or North Carolina? Like to chat and talk to folk in the flesh? Well get over to Indiana or North Carolina, right now. Canvass and help this campaign out. Even work the phones or paperwork in the offices. Every bit counts, not yesterday, but now.

And can’t do either? Well, pull out your credit card/debit card and donate. You can donate as little as $5 to this campaign. Why? Because it is the only people-powered campaign out there. WE OWN THIS CAMPAIGN. We have decided to give Barack and Michelle the front seat, but believe me, they listen to us.

Okay, I have vented enough. But just don’t read this, get up and do something. In the end, you will be glad that you did.

see barack wearing slain soldier sgt. ryan jopek's bracelet given to him by his mother. patriotism is something that should never be a wedge issue, but it is becoming that to divert from the real problems the bush administration has put on the shoulders of this country. patriotism is not a flag pin, it is the individual and what they stand for. we have many in the bush adminstration wearing flag pins, without any meaning or care for this country or its citizens. patriotism is who you are, what you do on a daily basis, following the rules of the land and loving this country. it is not a pin. the republicans need to answer many questions, not on patriotism, but why they allowed this country to become bankrupt, in debt to china, katrina, unable to follow the constitution, and why we are in iraq and what is the real mission. until they can answer these questions and many others on the laundry list, they are the last ones to be pointing a finger at patriotism, because they are definately not examples of the term. as i always close, remember to focus on obama and not the drama....see you in two weeks.

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This Week With Barack Obama