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August 26, 2008

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Sasha Obama, 7, daughter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, blows a kiss to her father while he addresses the Democratic National Convention on Monday in Denver by a satellite feed. Looking on are Michelle Obama, left, the candidate's wife, and daughter Malia, 10.

Sasha Obama, 7, daughter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, blows a kiss to her father while he addresses the Democratic National Convention on Monday in Denver by a satellite feed. Looking on are Michelle Obama, left, the candidate's wife, and daughter Malia, 10.

Election 2008

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— Ailing and aging, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy issued a ringing summons to fellow Democrats to rally behind Barack Obama's pioneering quest for the White House Monday night in a poignant opening to a party convention in search of unity for the fall campaign.

"Barack will finally bring the change we need," seconded Obama's wife, Michelle, casting her husband - bidding to become the first black president - as a leader with classic American values.

She pledged he would end the war in Iraq, revise a sputtering economy and extend health care to all.

Democrats opened their four-day convention in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains as polls underscored the closeness of the race with Republican John McCain. And there was no underestimating the challenges confronting Obama.

He faces lingering divisions from a fierce battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination, tough ads by McCain and his Republican allies, and a reminder that racism, too, could play a role.

"There are people who are not going to vote for him because he's black," said James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters union. "And we've got to hope that we can educate people to put aside their racism and to put their own interests No. 1." He spoke in an Associated Press interview.

Kennedy and Obama's wife were the bookends of an evening that left the delegates cheering, one representing the party's past, the other its present.

"The work begins anew, the hope rises again and the dream lives on," Kennedy said in a strong voice, reprising the final line of a memorable 1980 speech that brought a different convention to its feet. The senator has been undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumor.

Obama's wife said it was time to "stop doubting and start dreaming."

Moments later, Obama appeared via satellite from Missouri, drawing cheers from delegates.

Convention planners hoped the prime time address by Obama's wife would begin the work of casting the Illinois senator as a leader with classic American values.

Among them, she said: "that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

The convention's opening gavel fell with Obama and Clinton still struggling to work out the choreography for the formal roll call of the states that will make him the party nominee.

Michelle Obama included a tribute to her husband's former rival, crediting her with having placed "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" that constrains women's ambitions.

In one of their first orders of business, delegates ratified a party platform tailored to Obama's specifications. It backs "complete redeployment within 16 months from Iraq," as well as health care for all, a new economic stimulus package and higher taxes on families earning over $250,000 a year.

Comments

acg 6 years, 7 months ago

Of course you'd take the hot blond every time, malcolmx, because you, like so many of your cohorts, aren't intelligent enough to realize that Cindy McCain is an empty headed twit. Also, you have no place to say anything about someone getting right with God. You're one of the most hateful, bigoted people I've ever had the misfortune of coming across. There's a special little room in hell for people like you. Those that are part of the problem and have absolutely nothing to do with the solution.Michelle Obama's speech was fantastic. I actually imagined a lot of you steaming at home while it was being played. I know how a strong, independent, educated black woman just tears you racists up. Obama/Biden in 08!!

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

"It's not racism if it's true." Sorry barry, "African tradition of knocking up every available woman in sight and abandoning the children."That is a racist comment.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

Kevin's referencing powerlineblog - no surprise there. Of course, no mention of Cindy's "only child" status, but it's the Obamas who are trying to "rewrite their past". Kevin, the Ayers link is a joke. Obama had nothing to do with Ayers' past (Obama was 8) and he has condemned his past actions. "not like a linebacker for the Chicago Bears in drag." Maybe you'd find her more attractive if Obama had ordered her through the mail?

acg 6 years, 7 months ago

God you people are so transparent. You'd complain about Michelle Obama if she wasn't involved, if she was just a beauty that stood around looking like a great big bag of duh. You complain because she is involved, comparing her to a linebacker? Why don't you just be truthful with us all. We know you're hateful bigots. Hiding behind your internet anonymity is as sad as when you guys gather together and hide behind your sheets.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

"Why is it illegal? Are you a First Amendment attorney?"Ag was kind enough to provide links. Again, the story's going nowhere. If it was a substantial issue, there would be more interest in it than among those like you and Hannity."Oh, so you're equating all women from Asia with "mail-order" brides? I believe you just offered the first actual racist comment in this thread."Hardly, guy. Tell me, where did I mention Asian women? Why would you assume that's what I meant?

janeyb 6 years, 7 months ago

Was Michelle's speech really all that hard? All she had to do was read from a teleprompter, and try to cover up the fact that Barry thinks he is in St. Louis instead of KC. I looked up some images of her from last night--OMG I still say she looked exactly like Marie Osmond. All Cindy McCain has to do is read--she can't do any worse than Sebelius did in January. The speeches mean nothing. The gaffes, faux pas, and Freudian slips out on the campaign trail matter more than the speeches. However, people loved the Bushisms and it helped him in his election, while people didn't like Gore or Kerry because they appeared snobby and too intellectual. Barry better watch that 149 IQ. The debates could be everything.

Friendo 6 years, 7 months ago

Good to see Jimmy Hoffa has re-appeared after about 30 years or so.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

The racist right is out in full effect today it seems. What a bunch of garbage. Invictus, I highly doubt you've been personally affected by AA. If you were passed over for a minority, no offense, it's probably because they were more educated or better qualified. But judging by your posts, that wouldn't be a huge accomplishment.

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

RestoreReason: Michelle is too smart to respond to your idiotic question.

acg 6 years, 7 months ago

Keep on digging that hole, invictus. At this point the only way you're going to get out is if someone hauls you out by your mullet.

bad_dog 6 years, 7 months ago

"On a side note. Why are all of the messiahs siblings half siblings?"-bpAs a foot note; why does it matter to you? Is there a rational basis for your question or do you inquire merely because he's African-American? Is this all you've got to bring to the discussion? "I bet McCain would help his half brother if he lived in a hut."On a side note. Given his philanthropic nature duly noted above, would McCain please help Kathleen Hensley Portalski, the half-sister (from Jim Hensley's first marriage) Cindy McCain and her wealthy father apparently overlooked and continue to ignore. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93708729

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

"barrypenders (Anonymous) says: One can only talk about the various cultures in a positive light.It's called racism by the loons if one points out the problems that various cultures cause society as a whole."It's one thing to have a discussion, it's another to make blanket offensive and if not explicit, then very much implied comments about an entire culture/race of people.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey Barry, why does Cindy McCain say she's an "only child"?

acoupstick 6 years, 7 months ago

"BTW, the Bears' most famous linebracker is Brian Urlacher, who is white."Ok, now you've gone too far! It's Dick Butkus!

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 7 months ago

Barack Obama's IQ is reported to be 149. He can probably spell his name in several languages. I'd say he has earned his own ticket to the top as has Michelle Obama.

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe a serious question is not within the purview of this group. But, since my question is a serious one, I'll give it another try.I wish someone would help me understand "why Obama"? The only reason that I seem to hear is because we are sick of George W. OK:. that's a reason, but why do they think Obama has all the answers. He has limited experience, was considered bright while in school, was fairly effective as a community organizer. But, we are looking for someone to take over the most important job in our country. If we were in the position of hiring and Obama presented his resume, what does he offer us? Little time in the Senate, nothing solid in the way of passed legislation, supposed experience in a committee that he was never a member of:. and what else??Would anyone hire him as the CEO of a large company? Why is anyone considering him for the highest office in the land? He wants to bring about change: but, does he have a clue how to do it?This is a serious question that I pose. I really wish I understood "why Obama".

staff04 6 years, 7 months ago

"Of course you'd take the hot blond every time, xxxxxxxx, because you, like so many of your cohorts, aren't intelligent enough to realize that Cindy McCain is an empty headed twit"Oh, c'mon acg, surely you realize that is how his type like them! How else are they supposed to feel like the king of their castle? If the wife isn't barefoot and pregnant, what would the world come to?

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

Michelle is much smarter than the McCain Stepford Idiot.

WilburM 6 years, 7 months ago

Nice to see serious comments on the important (if symbolic) speeches by TK and MO. And it's great to see the LJW bury this story in the bowels of the paper, while putting a bunch of junk on the front page.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

Invictus: "And his dad was a practicing the African tradition of knocking up every available woman in sight and abandoning the children." barry, believe what you will, but that's a racist comment.****"I'll never understand why minorities get a free pass to mistreat women"Invictus, explain to us how minorities "get a pass" on mistreating women.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow, Kev, pretty demanding today. Do you need to be spoonfed, kiddo? Because apparently you don't know how to click a link. They work, all of them. Tell you what though, if you still can't seem to click the link, I'll sum the article up for you if you agree to tell me how exactly Obama's campaign is trying tohide the truth about his relationship with Ayers.And you know what I meant about "mail order bride". Don't play coy with your wonderful LJW neighbors who knew you as Groenhagen/Engagehorn/patriotman/Arminius/dambudzo/sionil/Ferdinand Langhorn/balikbalik/devildog/antisecularman/DollyPawPaw/lacolonia/DotsLines

janeyb 6 years, 7 months ago

Agnostick:Obama has defined this election as not about "issue positions, policies and ideas", but about change--Not what America is, but what it can be. After Michelle's "Proud to be an American" gaffe and the Angela Davis New Yorker Cover, the campaign sent her back to Illinois to be a Mom. They want her public image to play like Jackie Kennedy not Hillary Clinton. Hence the "I do volunteer work and take care of my girls" instead of "I am woman, hear me roar". Sadly much of this campaign does fall between "hairstyle" and "favorite beverage?" It makes the unscripted statements and actions more important than the scripted ones.

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

<<>>Chet.. it's so easy to answer a question by asking a question, but it reflects a lack of personal depth. It's unfortunate that you or someone is not able to answer my question. But, I'm willing to wait.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

"Of course, I would link to Powerlineblog. It's an excellent and truthful source"Posted without any sense of irony, no doubt. But hey, then again, Daily Kos is an "excellent and truthful source". *"Americans should be troubled by the Messiah campaign's attempts to initimidate stations from running this ad"It's illegal. I think stations are intimidated because they could be legally reprimanded for running them. If the situation was reversed you wingnuts would be gnashing your teeth! Obama's current relationship with Ayers is perfectly legitimate and has nothing to do with Ayers' past. If the right wants to make an issue of Ayers' past, fine, but it has nothing to do with Obama's current relationship with him -- it's a wingnut talking point designed to scare the sheep that don't bother to dig any deeper than seeing the words "Obama" "Ayers" and "terrorist" in one sentence. The story's going nowhere, except in the minds of wacko extremists like you and Hannity."That comment doesn't even make sense." You're right, Kevin. Perhaps if Michelle's skin was a little lighter, she may be more attractive to you? I mean why would Barack marry her, when he could just find a totally hot mail-order bride? Don't pretend you don't know what that means, Kevin ;)

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

"I asked you to tell us why the Ayers ad is illegal. Still waiting."You know how to click on a link. Don't ask me to read you a bed-time story little one."If it's not a substantial issue, why is the Messiah's campaign working so hard to prevent the truth from being aired?" It's out and it's not going anywhere other than with frothing-at-the-mouth wingnuts like you and Sean Hannity."If I assumed too much, then tell us exactly what you meant by "mail-order bride."A bride ordered through the mail.

janeyb 6 years, 7 months ago

They had Michelle done up to look like Marie Osmond last night. Is big hair back? Her speech was good, except the "Barry driving her and baby home from the hospital" thing was too much, but hardly fantastic. It wouldn't take much to sound fantastic following The Honorable James Leach who talked like his jaw was wired shut. Cindy McCain is a filthy rich, corporate successful, empty-headed twit, and I bet she know exactly how many properties she owns.

chet_larock 6 years, 7 months ago

Damn, Invictus, you're pretty proud of that racist inside of you!

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

I wish someone would help me understand "why Obama"? The only reason that I seem to hear is because we are sick of George W. OK:. that's a reason, but why do they think Obama has all the answers. He has limited experience, was considered bright while in school, was fairly effective as a community organizer. But, we are looking for someone to take over the most important job in our country. If we were in the position of hiring and Obama presented his resume, what does he offer us? Little time in the Senate, nothing solid in the way of passed legislation, supposed experience in a committee that he was never a member of:. and what else??Would anyone hire him as the CEO of a large company? Why is anyone considering him for the highest office in the land? He wants to bring about change: but, does he have a clue how to do it?This is a serious question that I pose. I really wish I understood "why Obama".

Daytrader23 6 years, 7 months ago

Nailed it. Lets see if McCain can appear to be half the family man that Barack is. I sure he will criticize Barack for being a loving father and husband. Thats seems the only policy McCain can come up with.Michelle- "A nation that listens to it's hopes and not it's fears"Bravo.The difference between blue and red states.

acg 6 years, 7 months ago

No one cares about the history of the KKK in regards to this particular conversation, restoreretardation, because that's not the issue. Whomeever was responsible for the origin of the organization isn't the point. The point is, in this day and age, after as far as we've supposedly progressed, the only people that are racists anymore are sad sacks like you, invictus and the idiots that parade around southern Mississippi in their sheets. So, you can try to make me look bad with your little history of your favorite organization but it doesn't detract from the fact that you are burning up on the inside at the thought of a black man being president of this nation and of his strong, black wife standing by his side.

bad_dog 6 years, 7 months ago

"BTW, the Bears' most famous linebracker is Brian Urlacher, who is white. Just another reason why your racist charge is foolish and baseless."Umm, not to quibble, but... Dick Butkus (Lithuanian) is probably the "most" famous Chicago Bears linebacker, followed closely by Mike Singletary (African-American) AKA "The Heart of the Defense" for the 1980's "Monsters of the Midway" and Bill George (Lebanese), IMHO . While Urlacher IS quite good and obviously much more in the public eye at this time, he is not the most famous Bears linebacker. Final judgment should be reserved until either Urlacher retires or the Downtown Athletic Club renames the annual "Butkus" award given to the most oustanding linebacker in college football.

acg 6 years, 7 months ago

POCO, why do you assume it's up to this board to tell you why to vote for a particular candidate? Do you really need someone to hold your hand and do your research for you? First and foremost, the most obvious answer, why Obama? Because's not not McCain. Personally? I like Obama because he's different. He's fresh blood. You rail about the fact that he doesn't have too much political experience. To me, that's a good thing. That means he hasn't had the last 40 years to be corrupted by those a**holes in Washington. I think he's honest and hard working. He comes from more humble beginnings and has a better understanding of what it's like to work for a living than someone who's either been rich or married rich his entire life. I also believe him when he speaks. Unlike McCain, Edwards, Romney and Clinton who all made me feel like I needed a bath after watching them speak. That's just a short answer, from me, as to why Obama. But seriously dude, you figure out why for yourself. No one can tell you who to vote for.

hornhunter 6 years, 7 months ago

But then again Obummers old lady does not think she needs to repay her school loans back. What a B.

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

ACG... You are making a wild assumption that I do not know who to vote for. Your statement is very incorrect. My question is an attempt to try to find out why anyone would find Obama a qualified candidate for the highest office in the land. <>>>Now, you are giving an answer: <<>>>Yes... indeed, Obama, like most of us - including me, came from humble beginnings. But, most of us did not turn to a slum landlord to help us buy a home. If we own a home, most of us worked for it. If you call slumlord assistance "working for a living", it's your definition, not mine. Cindy McCain's father worked all his life and was an American success. He was able to leave a fortune to her and she has followed in his footsteps allowing the company to grow to new heights. It's called "capitalism"... something our country is built upon.She is known for her active humanitarian efforts around the world. I do believe that the Kennedy boys inherited a fortune and no one complained. Kerry married into a fortune and few faulted him for it. McCain fought for his country, led troops in battle and has given years of public service to his country. Even Biden came from humble beginnings and did not seek favors from shady acquaintances. Want to try again to tell us what makes Obama qualified? Even Hillary and Joe Biden called Obama "unqualified". I won't argue with them... after all, they were in a position to see this "fresh blood" in action.

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

Throughout the history of the world, those who fight wars kill people. It's a sad fact... but, our brave soldiers fight for a cause... FREEDOM. The emotional scars last a lifetime. On the other hand, we have Obama who fought against providing medical care to infants who lived following "botched" abortions. Seems to me there is a lot of difference between killing in time of war and killing innocent children who are alive at birth. For those who think the nurse's testimony was faked or exaggerated, think again. I've seen it happen with my own eyes, not once, but twice. Does Obama care about living children that "nobody wants"? Not according to public records. So, let's move on... any more qualifications that make Obama ready for employment?

POCO 6 years, 7 months ago

I found these comments about Cindy McCain to be an eye-opener:"Cindy McCain...Very Interesting!No comparison between her and Obama's "unproud" wife. "Cindy McCain:There was an article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John's wife. All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside John. I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems she is. This is a summary of the article. She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher. After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman. Sales have doubled since she has taken over from her father. Cindy and John have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain separate. She is involved around the world clearing land mines - travels to these countries on a detonation team and serves on their board. They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq , another son in the Naval Academy, a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ., an adopted daughter in high school, and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm. Raised kids in Phoenix, AZ. rather than Washington DC. He commuted. In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh . Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate. She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems. They have a Family Foundation for children's causes. She's active with 'Halo Trust' - to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries. She will join an overseas mission of 'Operation Smile', a charity for corrective surgery on children's faces. She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers. She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process. I'm surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes. She sounds more capable than Hillary or Obama. We would really get two for the price of one. A person with business and international experience. John did work for the firm for awhile when he left the Navy. She, however, has the real business experience. Very interesting. "So much for those who think she's a blond bimbo.

dirkleisure 6 years, 7 months ago

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janeyb 6 years, 7 months ago

Cindy McCain may be the big surprise of the GOP convention. Since the McCain's get very little press coverage noone has had the opportunity to hear her speak. Hillary made a great speech tonight. She asked her supporters to vote for Obama, because---OK---well--because he is a Democrat and her good friend John McCain isn't. It was a good start for her next run at the presidency.

RedwoodCoast 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm with RestoreReason. In this election, I'm going to vote for the man who has had enough foresight to marry someone who might oneday look like a first lady, since the template for such apparently exists. Wow, I just wasted some time typing that.

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