Letters to the Editor

Obama’s style

September 4, 2008


To the editor:

I saw that Sen. Obama claimed that he has more "executive experience" because he has overseen his campaign for the past 18 months and its 2,500 employees than Gov. Palin who has been governor of a state for the last two years and a mayor previously.

How ridiculous of a statement is that?

But, let's say for a moment that is true, what can we learn from his management style? When he has needed more money, what has he done? Certainly not cut things but rather he has raised more money, and, if elected, who do you think he will be raising money from to pay for his long list of spending programs?

That's right sports fans, it's YOU!

Craig Campbell,


David Omar 9 years, 3 months ago

I don't care who was nominated from the Dems, I am tired of what we have now and want a substantial change. Can Obama deliver that? I don't know, but I don't think Mc Cain will. He will follow exactly what he has these last 8 years. All along, I looked to Mc Cain to challenge the Bush/Chaney policies, but he never did. He followed them. This is what we will get and if McCain dies in office, remember he is 73 years old, we have a woman who was governor of a state whose population is no bigger than Kansas City. Is this what we want? Palin is nice looking, has a great family, but while she was governor she took lots of time off to have a baby. Thats ok, no problem, but who handled the state during that time? She didn't. What really are we getting with her? I don't know, do you?

Scott Drummond 9 years, 3 months ago

"Gov. Palin who has been governor of a state for the last two years" this statement is not true, she has been Gov. for LESS than two years.

Navin_R_Johnson 9 years, 3 months ago

scott3460 (Anonymous) says: "'Gov. Palin who has been governor of a state for the last two years'this statement is not true, she has been Gov. for LESS than two years."liberals never met a statement they couldn't muster the will to engage in new levels of pettiness. that'll really capture the hearts and minds of those small towns the 'party of inclusion' has determined, and continue to perpetuate, are populated with dumba$$es. keep it up! this woman's going to be the death of your candidate with apostle's like you.please, continue.

KS 9 years, 3 months ago

Craig, I could not have said it better. He is not the change people want. Hopefully folks will open their eyes before the go to the ballot box.

JohnBrown 9 years, 3 months ago

You're right, Bush didn't raise taxes to pay for the war, he just mortgaged our future. The republicans, instead, have created more debt for this country in 8 years than ALL the previous administrations that came before it, all the way back to George Washington. Gee, that's really sound economic planning. So far the Republican Convention is right on topic: NOT talking about the economy, hard to blame that on the Dems, eh? [can't blame the Dems for the "do nothing congress' this time either: the republicans have the veto, AND the filibuster.] That's why this congress has done nothing, and the voters know this. Republicans have failed in their fiscal discipline, and have failed in making Bush/Cheney accountable for anything. They have also failed their oath: "to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States".This whole mess began with 9/11, which happened on the republican watch.

blahblahblah 9 years, 3 months ago

And you geniuses on the left have yet to explain how someone as "dumb" as Bush defeated both Gore and the Bactine Kid.FEAR. Instill a sense of fear in the ignorant lower classes, make them feel that their family is in danger if you are not elected. It appears you fell for it, Restore. And yes, I called you ignorant and low class.

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 9 years, 3 months ago

Joe Biden said it best when he described Obama like this:"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Navin_R_Johnson 9 years, 3 months ago

anxiousatheist:"if you hate people that go to school, ...then that's your opinion, but it's based in fear."i for one do not hate such, nor have i ever said such; yet this is a self-serving accusation typically rendered by wrong headed leftists who confuse education with wisdom, and merely wish to engage in the petty drama of self-pity and adolescence.

BigDog 9 years, 3 months ago

Clint Gentry (Clint Gentry) says: Oh my, you McCain supporters ain't gonna like this:http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/:-----------------------------------------------------------Why would we be upset that Obama was up in polls following the Democratic Convention and prior to Palin even speaking?

Navin_R_Johnson 9 years, 3 months ago

anxiousatheist:"Your anti-elitism stems directly from insecurities with your own psychology."so you are an elitist! good. that smart alecky, self ordained sense of superiority really plays well with those small town, gun and religion clinging morons you think the American public to be. oh yeah, the democratic party is the party of the common man, you betcha!well done atheist. and for your next act...

TheOriginalCA 9 years, 3 months ago

JohnBrown, 9/11 was a sucker punch and cowardly in nature. Your portrayal of 9/11 is also a sucker punch. You characterize 9/11 conveniently while knowing full well that these terrorists were allowed to be in the US due to expired Visa's that happened on Bill Clinton's watch.

meggers 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, Iraq sure has been a bargain for the taxpayers, hasn't it? I suppose the republicans must have been either posessed or sleepwalking during the six years they controlled both Congress and the White House.Hearing Republicans speak about the need for fiscal responsibility is like hearing China talk about the need to uphold human rights. All bluster and not an ounce of reflection, sincerity, or truth.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 3 months ago

There is a lot of shallow talk about executive experience and little substance on policy coming from Palin or McCain. Like the GW Bush campaign performance in 2000 and 2004.Plenty of shallow talk about executive experience associated with being a governor. Meet GW Bush who lies,screws the vets around and has the nations economics in shambles.http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/articleid/9559Who was in office when terrrorists got around the nations security and intelligence and hijacked 4 large commercial airliners simultaneously? RepublicansWhat party is in the white house that went around the nation lying to citizens about Social Security? Republicans!http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.htmlWhat party is in the white house and has been observing the sub prime loan scandal carry on pretending nothing was wrong? RepublicansWho has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans!http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htmWho hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons to the white house? Republicanshttp://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.htmlhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.htmlWho brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans!http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/5/iran_contra_20_how_the_bushWhich party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.htmlWhich party held secret energy meetings and refused our election officials its' content and who attended? GW Bush and the republicansWhich party lied to congress and the world,went against military advice and created the worst strategic blunder in the history of the USA aka Iraq War? Republican PartyWhich party has held secret oil deals with Saudi Arabia?Republicans!http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/20/did_bush_cut_secret_oil_dealSecret Oil deals for Iraq Oil- Republicanshttp://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/262.html?task=viewWhich party introduced voodoo economics into our system? Reaganomics and RepublicansWho still practices Voodoo economics? GW Bush and the republican party!

jaywalker 9 years, 3 months ago

No offense, blahblah, but the 'fear' tactic is quite similar if not identical to the Dem strategy of this campaign to identify McCain with Bush at every step. Not saying it's a bad stategy when you have a Prez with such a low approval rating, but the premise is the same as a Rovian fear technique. Who's to blame for all that is wrong with this country?Bush/Republicans!All Republicans are the same as Bush, McCain's republican, ergo he's Bush!If you hate Bush, then you'll hate McCain!Pelosi, Reid, the Clintons, numerous bloggers on these strings shouting about 'McBush' and the like....it's guilt by association of ideas. And it's as false as someone heaping all Dems in the same boat.

blahblahblah 9 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker, your point would have a lot more validity if Bush and republicans were not responsible for the problems of this country, but they are. Control of all 3 branches until recently, but you are correct, it is not their fault. It is the fault of the idiots that voted for them. If they were doing a great job, then why would McCain want to distance himself? It is hard to make an argument that the man is different from Bush, and that he is a maverick, if he did back Bush in 90% of his votes.

laphroiag 9 years, 3 months ago

i feel sick. unfortunatly tonight it isn't the scotch

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

The sexism and hatred of the left is in full display this evening. Isn't the plumage beautiful?

MyName 9 years, 3 months ago

@Dejacrew:I think it's pretty much impossible to judge any legislator by the number of "days of work" since alot of their time revolves around either meeting their constituents or traveling around their district or state looking into some of the issues that concern people there. One thing you can go by is the number of votes they've missed.Sen. Obama missed something like a handful (less than 2%) of the votes up until the middle of 2007 (when his Presidential campaign really heated up). Then he missed somewhere between 50% until the end of this year when he's missed like 80%. Sen. McCain's numbers trend almost exactly the same, except that he's actually missed more (he's only made 1 vote since the middle of 2008). http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?tab=votes&id=300071http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?tab=votes&id=400629I don't think it's because either candidate is being lazy. They're just too busy campaigning for President to be a good (or at least a "present") member of the Senate.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

"Obama will spend the rest of his life wondering why he rejected the obvious road to victory, that is, choosing Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential nominee. However reluctantly, Clinton would have had to accept. McCain's choice of vice presidential candidate made obvious after the fact what the party professionals felt in their fingertips at the stadium extravaganza yesterday: rejecting Clinton in favor of the colorless, unpopular, tangle-tongued Washington perennial Joe Biden was a statement of weakness. McCain's selection was a statement of strength. America's voters will forgive many things in a politician, including sexual misconduct, but they will not forgive weakness.That is why McCain will win in November, and by a landslide, barring some unforeseen event. Obama is the most talented and persuasive politician of his generation, the intellectual superior of all his competitors, but a fatally insecure personality. American voters are not intellectual, but they are shrewd, like animals. They can smell insecurity, and the convention stank of it. Obama's prospective defeat is entirely of its own making. No one is more surprised than Republican strategists, who were convinced just weeks ago that a weakening economy ensured a Democratic victory.Biden, who won 3% of the popular vote in the Democratic presidential primary in his home state of Delaware, and 1% or less in every other contest he entered, is ballot-box poison. Obama evidently chose him to assuage critics who point to his lack of foreign policy credentials. That was a deadly error, for by appearing to concede the critics' claim that he knows little about foreign policy, Obama raised questions about whether he is qualified to be president in the first place. He had a winning alternative, which was to pick Clinton. That would have sent a double message: first, that Obama is tough enough to make the slippery Clintons into his subordinates, and second, that he is generous enough to extend a hand to his toughest adversary in the cause of unity."http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JI03Aa02.html

davidnta 9 years, 3 months ago

A responsible American citizen pays her/his bills. If raising taxes gets cuts our deficit and how much we owe to China then so be it.

Brandon Devlin 9 years, 3 months ago

"If you vote this year there is only one morally correct thing to do. After all that black americans have done for this country. From the days of slavery to today. If an american who is one half white and one half black can do what the slaves did, what the black men who fought from the civil war thru Iraq,what blacks have done in the sports arena,in the arts and education.In every field , black men and women have given this once great country a huge contribution.Obama deserves your support. Only a racist would vote mcbush after the last 8 years.Do the right thing america,or we will continue the slide into a third world country."Oh dear God.

DinkyDow 9 years, 3 months ago

uh uh all you have to uh uh do is uh ask yourself uh one question uh uh Are you poor? uh because uh if you'r poor uh uh I won't raise your uh uh taxes. Now uh all you have to do uh is not buy anything from someone uh uh that I do tax. And through this uh uh you can uh live the American uh dream. Uh while you didn't uh uh ask. My uh good friend and uh uh running mate Joe Biden uh never meant it when he uh uh said I wasn't qualified. I uh uh asked Joe uh uh about that and he uh uh said his fingers were crossed. Now we uh all know uh that uh under uh UN rules. Uh nothin counts when your uh fingers are crossed. So, uh I'd uh like to uh put uh that to rest.

KansasPerson 9 years, 3 months ago

I think it was Restore who said:"I don't believe the founders of this country considered themselves part of the elite...."I'm not so sure about that. Didn't the earliest laws regulating voting in the U.S. say that you had to be a property owner to be able to cast a vote? I'm not sure why -- did they feel that you didn't have the right to choose your government unless you had a stake in the country, or was it an elitist-type thinking?... I dunno.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

Detroit style!"Long before sex, lies and texting caused Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to plead guilty to two felonies and resign on Thursday, he and Barack Obama shared a warm man-hug before a huge Motown crowd. It came 16 months ago, as Obama was launching his campaign for president with a scalding speech to the Detroit Economic Club upbraiding Detroit's automakers for not building more fuel-efficient cars. But while that speech gave Obama green street-cred, his praise of Kilpatrick as a "great mayor" who will do "astounding things for many years to come" backfired. As Kilpatrick now heads to jail for four months, for obstruction of justice, two attack ads have already appeared on the Web replaying Obama's Kwame moment. One, produced by the conservative Freedom's Defense Fund and soon going into heavy rotation on Detroit TV stations, shows Kilpatrick's mug shot, as the 10 felonies he faced scroll down the screen while Obama says, "I'm grateful to call him a friend." The ad ends ominously with the line: "You should know who Obama's friends are.""http://www.newsweek.com/id/157274?from=rss

uncleandyt 9 years, 3 months ago

It's unfair that he's taking money from only sports fans.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 3 months ago

Todd, have you read this?"Use Policy AgreementBy contributing to this Web site, you:¢ Agree not to solicit others. You agree not to contribute for the purposes of advertising or to solicit anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind, or to promote other web sites, without our express written approval, or where expressly permitted."Or do you have permission to plug your own site?BTW, I was pointing out the use of Obama as a messiah figure by the folks on the sinister side of the aisle. You provided a great example of that. Rave on, bub.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 3 months ago

Can somebody please tell me if this is right or not? Is it true that since sworn in Obama has only signed in for like 147 days of actual work? I thought I heard that somewhere, maybe not. Just curious. If so, doesn't really seem like he's experienced enough to be president. But, it may not be true, with a 1 year old and a 3 year old, I'm not really sure what I hear on t.v. between WonderPets and Dora

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 3 months ago

The messiah, the chosen one, Barack Hussein, Barack Osama, etc, etc."The sexism and hatred of the left is in full display this evening."I guess it goes both ways, huh.

pomegranate 9 years, 3 months ago

Snap, Of course NoBama couldn't have chosen Hillary as his VP. Then he would have needed a food-taster among other such safety measures!

Unix_Admin 9 years, 3 months ago

" I'm not really sure what I hear on t.v. betweenWonderPets and Dora"--------------------------------------------------------------------------Your really better off with those two instead of all the blowhards on TV.

marcdeveraux 9 years, 3 months ago

If you vote this year there is only one morally correct thing to do. After all that black americans have done for this country. From the days of slavery to today. If an american who is one half white and one half black can do what the slaves did, what the black men who fought from the civil war thru Iraq,what blacks have done in the sports arena,in the arts and education.In every field , black men and women have given this once great country a huge contribution.Obama deserves your support. Only a racist would vote mcbush after the last 8 years.Do the right thing america,or we will continue the slide into a third world country.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 3 months ago

Please don't throw out the race card. If that's the case, shouldn't our president be Native American? Check your history books, aren't they the only race to be slaughtered, tribes wiped out, just for this soil?

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