Monday, June 30, 2008

"Who's Afraid of Barack Obama?"

Is former President Bill Clinton afraid of Barack Obama? If so why? They are both Democrats, charming, good looking and well spoken. Both have accomplished spouses and beautiful daughters. Barack's mother was a free spirit and Bill's mother was sort of a free spirit. Both attended ivy league schools and have been involved in what seems like questionable real estate deals. Each have friends that give new meaning to the phrase "with friends like these who needs enemies." And now Obama is attempting to accomplish a feat Clinton accomplished already, become President of the United States. With so many similarities why does it seem Bill is welcoming Barack with a chilly reception? Could it be that Bill knows or feels that his own Presidency a decade or so a go could be washed away and faded into the cannons of presidents no one remembers? After all if Barack is elected, he won't only be the first Democrat president this century, but will make history in being the first African-American president. How can Bill's legacy stack-up against this?

"and we are not saved..."

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Camelot Redux?

What are the chances of this partnership President Barack Obama and Vice President Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg? Could it be more of a reality then say a President Barack Obama and Vice President Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Some see Clinton in the number two spot a long shot, but is it possible or too far off for a Kennedy to be on the ticket? Could Camelot be resurrected with an heir apparent? All the grace and elegance coming home and being joined with something new and historic? Such a union Obama/Kennedy would be history in the making.

"and we are not saved..."

Saturday, June 28, 2008


As was expected by all who exhibit a degree of reason, except the left wing media, senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had a love fest in Unity, New Hampshire on Friday. Clinton gave one of the greatest speeches of support for a candidate a person could give. Up until that moment the media had reservations on Clinton supporting Obama. They were still reporting that the two disliked each other and how the brutal primary had in essence destroyed the Democratic Party beyond repair. It was even written that Obama should not consider and did not have to consider Clinton as his running mate. Although history has shown us that the second place winner is given consideration for the VP position. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you already know we are not supporters of a Obama/Clinton ticket.This love fest will continue with Obama asking his supporters to help payoff Clinton's debt which is a common practice once a presumptive nominee is in the wings(the media once again hates this). Even the vilified Michelle Obama through out some love and commended Clinton and her hard fought campaign. Ouch! Wonder how the media feels eating crow?

"and we are not saved..."

Friday, June 27, 2008

"Who Is John McCain"

The left wing media has not done a good job in their talking points on John McCain. For the most part all they have said is he is an old man who is out of touch with the American People. McCain hasn't done much to counter this other than to say his mother is in her nineties (longevity in the genes) and still going strong and he believes in the American value system But there is more to the man then meets the eye. While the media has been good helping McCain's the Democrats define him, hardly ever do they tell us about the man who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam or that he had a son serving in Iraq and is preparing to serve another tour. McCain has another son on his way to Iraq. There is a possibility that both sons are there now as you read this.

Who is John McCain? He is an American hero, who has devoted his entire adult life to serving his country in war and as a public servant. He is now running for the highest office in the nation...President of the United States.

"and we are not saved..."

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Religion and Politics vs Half African-Half White Man"

Barack Obama just can't get a break these days when it comes to men of the cloth and religion. First it was his own pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his insidious sermons on whites. Then came Rev. Michael Plegler and his disrespectful entitlement sermon on Hillary Clinton. Next up, the evangelical leader, James Dobson, who has accused the presumptive Democratic nominee of "distorting" the Bible.

Before it is all over, Obama would have been tested and tried like Job the biblical character in the Bible. While Job's test weren't political, he endured many and in the end came out on top and with a stronger faith in God. As for Obama, we will have to wait and see his outcome and if his faith will sustain him.

He is half-white and "Half African-American", is how Ralph Nader described Barack Obama. He continued and said the presumptive Democratic nominee doesn't talk black and appeals to "white guilt." Nader, who is running for president as a Green Party candidate, made the astonishing remarks to the Colorado's Rocky Mountain News. "He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful,black is powerful(a'la Jesse Jackson). Basically he's coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure (a'la Al Sharpton), whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up."

Nader, a one time favorite of the media, is now finding himself under attack for what he said. The media is taking him to task for his comments in an attempt to discredit him and label him an old man who is out of touch with reality. My how things change when you fall out of the good graces of the media.

Aside from the racism question, is what Nader saying true? Is Barack carefully choosing what he says so as not to offend or make white people feel threatened? Remember Barack's Father's Day message to black men, which was given to an African-American crowd. This could have possibly been perceived by white males (a group he needs to attract) that Barack is going to be tough on African-Americans (a welcomed message by whites).

While Barack does talk about the poor, many of his speeches are geared toward the middle class and now blue collar worker. Although Nader's message sounds uncomfortable for most, what he is saying could have some truth. Could it be what he is saying many people are privately thinking?

To be clear, when Nader says "talk white" he isn't referring to the tenor in Obama's voice but rather the message given.


"and we are not saved..."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Who Is The Real Victim?"

"Well, there you go," Don Imus said. "Now we know." Seven words that have put Imus back in the hot seat. Is he a racist or was he merely responding to the answer of a question he had asked Warner Wolf the sportscaster during his morning radio show on WABC?

Here is how it went down: Wolf was giving commentary on Adam "Pacman" Jones cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys. Wolf said the cornerback had been "arrested six times since he was drafted by Tennessee in 2005," and suspended the entire 2007 season with the Cowboys. After hearing this Imus asked, "What color is he?" and Wolf responded, "He's African-American."

Should we be alarmed over Imus comments or the fact that many NFL and NBA African American players are constantly in trouble with the law? A hard fact that seems to have escaped or not appeared on the desk of the likes like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who are quick to march and protest when they feel blacks have been wronged by a company or the police. Why can't they protest or teach the youths how to stay out of trouble and be responsible men and not act like boys (even boys behave better)? Hold Imus accountable for what he said? What about holding African Americans accountable for what they do or don't do? Let's Be Real!! Who is the victim? Answer: The many African American children who look up to these ball players (and rap stars) and think what they are seeing is COOL to emulate.

"The Hopeful Future President and the Popular Past President"
A picture you never thought you would see. Will Bill be able to get the votes out for Barack Obama? Contrary to popular belief, Bill still has the "It" factor and can draw a crowd. As for raising money, you can't touch him in that area. The same people Bill tapped into during his tenure as President are the same people Barack is tapping into. On Friday Obama and Hillary, once bitter rivals (as the media puts it) will share mug shots smiling when they hit the road to campaign together and ask for money. My how time flies when you are having fun.

"Who Benefits From A Terrorist Attack?"
He should have said if there is another terrorist attack on US soil the Republican Party will be best suited to handle. Instead he said, the Republican Party will win the election if there is a terrorist attack on US soil before the election. Wait...Hillary Clinton said the same thing in 2007 and it was well received? What is the difference between then and now? Hear it for yourself below.

"and we are not saved..."

Monday, June 23, 2008

"Flippin' and'a Floppin" _"Pandering and'a Pandering"

Is McCain now in favor of lifting a federal on off-shore drilling? Is Barack Obama really going back on his word on campaign financing? The answer to both questions is YES.

Now it seems that the popular position for either of the two is going back on their words. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t flip and then flop on these important issues if you are going to benefit in the long haul. Case in point, by agreeing not to receive public funds during the general election Obama can utilize his war chest of campaign money raised and out spend McCain when it comes to getting his message out there and in every nuke and cranny. McCain, who agreed to accept federal funding (appx. $85 million), will be at a disadvantage for he will have to carefully select the areas he will be competitive in during the general election.

Where do the public funds come from? From the dollar you the public donate on your tax returns every year. It is meant to keep the special interest groups from donating money to the candidates, who then become beholden to them.

The Women in His Life:

Look carefully one or all of these three women could become extremely powerful one day in the Republican world thanks to or no thanks to John McCain. They could possible make or break his candidacy if chosen to be his Vice President. Who will it be: LtoR: Republican Senator, Kay Baily Hutchinson of Texas; Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO; or Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"and we are not saved..."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Week In Review: Cat Fight, Preggers, "Chocolate City"

No cat fight...just a girls chat. The media was looking for the claws to come out on “The View” when Michelle Obama appeared as a guest host on Wednesday. Many thought she and co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who happens to be a staunch Republican and drilled Barack Obama when he appeared on the show earlier this year, were going to pull their claws out. It didn’t happen. The two women and other host got along extremely. They even gave each other the ever popular ubiquitous fist pump, thus proving to all we can agree to disagree and still be civil. The male dominated media should take note.

Question: Why do men like seeing women fight?


First it was the Hollywoodization of the 1999 movie “American Beauty” about a man going through mid-life crisis and fantasying about his teenage daughter’s cheerleader friend. The movie took top honors at the Oscars and was praised. Isn’t this a form of pedophilia?

Then there’s last years’ movie “Juno” about a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant. It too got a lot of Oscar talk. Hollywood said it was a delightful, feel good hilarious movie. What is so feel good and hilarious about teenage pregnancy?? When did we start glamorizing these types of movies? What are we telling our children? Well apparently not a lot, as we learned this week from the town of Gloucester, Mass., where 17 underage girls apparently made a “pregnancy pact” and got pregnant. It is reported one of the girls said they all wanted to get pregnant at the same time because of the attention they would get. Upon finding out they were pregnant they even gave each other high fives. Other girls who weren’t pregnant were disappointed and saddened. This is unbelievable. These are kids who made plans to have kids while they are still kids! Where were their parents? And what is the world coming to? Do these girls actually think this is something to be proud about? Don’t they realize how hard it is for a single mother not to mention a single mother who’s still in school and no education? Who fathered the babies? When did this happen? One night at the roller rink or during an episode of MTV’s Real World or some other derogatory sex fueled show?

Reuters news services reports: In Gloucester, the 1,200-student school administered 150 pregnancy tests to students in the past academic year. The school forbids the distribution of condoms and other contraception without parental consent -- a rule that prompted the school's doctor and nurse to resign in protest in May.

Finally... A message to Spike Lee(director extradonaire) SHUT UP! Your comments regarding "Chocolate City" can be perceived as being racist or prejudice (you decide). But in either way, it's not nice. Stick to doing what you do best directing and not giving political commentary.

"and we are not saved..."

Friday, June 20, 2008

Talking Points: "Impeachment Is It A Possibility?"

This is not a real Time Magazine cover. It is, however, circulating in cyberspace. As crude as it implies, it does cause one to pause and wonder if infact it is true given the state of the economy (gas prices, mortgage meltdown) and war in Iraq.

Scott McClellan, former presidential press secretary, is in the spotlight yet again. He recently appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. Fox News reports McClellan as saying the President "has lost the public's trust by failing to open up about his administration's mistakes." The mistakes include: the US involvment in Iraq and the CIA leak of Valerie Plame's identity. McClellan also suggested to the committee that Dick Cheney knows more about Valerie Plame's identity then what he is admitting.

For arugment purposes, if what McClellan is saying is true, or has a bearing of truthfulness is it grounds for impeaching the President and Vice President? We have certainly impeached a President on lesser charges (Bill Clinton in 1998 for lying about having sex with an intern. Official charges perjury and obstruction of justice).

With an apparent cloud of secrecy floating over this administration, can President George Bush and VP Dick Cheney survive their remaining days without having the book thrown at them. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has repeatedly said she would not support a resolution calling for Bush's impeachment. Such a resolution, she said, would unlikely succeed and would be divisive. Recently, Dennis Kuinich, a former Democratic presidential candidate from Ohio, introduced a resolution to impeach President Bush into the House of Representatives. A similar resolution was introduced by Kucinich to impeach Dick Cheney in 2007. Neither resolutions gained support on the Hill

Based on McClellan's book, would it be possible to impeach Bush and Cheney? On what grounds? Is the book a road map to their undoing? McClellan says the White House "needs to come clean". Is Kuinich on to something? What charges could be brought against the President and his Vice? Treason, Perjury, Obstruction of Justice? Finally, is it worth taking the country through another impeachment?


Still there is the ever puzzling question, why now is McClellan talking about his time in the White House as oppose to earlier on when the events were taking place? Was he too busy gaining as much information possible to fill the pages of his book "What Happened"?

"and we are not saved..."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Girl Chat"

During Michelle Obama's guest host spot on "The View" she answered questions ranging from sexism and Hillary Clinton being VP. Michelle admitted there was a degree of sexism in the race, and she was glad she didn't have to choose her husbands running mate. She also said, that she sent Laura Bush a note thanking her for her support after coming under attack by the media over comments she made about being proud of her country. The most interesting segment of the show came from Whoopi Goldberg. What exactly did she mean when she said Michelle Obama was representing "dark black women" because they are hardly ever seen on TV? With the exception of the women who are shown on the news with no teeth and gold teeth...and "very, very fair skinned women." As for dark skinned women, has Whoopi not seen Oprah Winfrey, Harris Faulkner on Fox, Bertha Coombs on CNBC, Donna Brazile on CNN and Deborah Roberts of ABC. What's wrong with the color of: Condelezza Rice, Robin Roberts of ABC and Fredricka Whitfield of CNN? African American women come in all shades, hues and tones. Is she taking us back to defining the color of black? Click on the below to see the entire chat.

Monday, June 16, 2008

"Al Gore Speaks"

After months of silence and badgering by the left wing media, Al Gore, endorses Barak Obama for President.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: Barack Obama gave a Father's Day Speech on Sunday where he chastised African American fathers giving them a blunt speech that they need to be better fathers.

"and we are not saved..."

Sunday, June 15, 2008

"The Media Takes A Break From Politics"

Mainstream media took a break on Sunday to honor one of its own, Tim Russert, the moderator of "Meet the Press". Russert died on Friday of an apparent heartattack.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: The regular political news cycle will start again on Monday morning.

"and we are not saved..."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Death Of A Journalist

Tim Russert, the longest running moderator of NBC's "Meet The Press", died today of an apparent heartache.

Timothy John Russert, Jr.
May 7, 1950 - June 13, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Who Is the Proudest?"

Michelle Obama -vs- Cindy McCain: You decide.

During the '92 Presidential Race, Hillary Clinton was constantly under scrutiny by the media, after she injected herself into her husbands campaign. Granted, the race was about the person running for President and not the spouse. If, however, the spouse injects herself in the campaign, what she says is fair game and should be given a second look (Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama in this year's race). Obama says lay off his wife, then perhaps he should keep her in the background and not out giving speeches. Just as the liberal media did with Obama they are giving Michelle a pass and saying she is an accomplished well spoken woman. As time passes, all will see while she is accomplished, her being outspoken will hurt Obama with white female voters.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: Jim Johnson, former chairman of Fannie Mae, who was one of Barack Obama's Vice President vetters, resigned from his post. His resignation comes days after he came under fire for questionable mortgages he received from Countrywide Financial Corp, the largest US mortgage lender. During the primaries Obama criticized Countrywide for its role in the sub prime mortgage crisis. A replacement has yet to be named for Johnson. The committee now consists of Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, a former deputy attorney general in the Clinton White House, who lobbied for the pardon of tax fugitive Marty Rich.

It should be noted there have been other questionable individuals in Obama's coterie. Foreign policy adviser Samantha Power left within hours of calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a "monster" during the primaries. Austan Goolsbee, his leading economic adviser, was embroiled over private comments he made on free trade. And then the gifts that keep on giving the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Michael Pfleger, William Ayers and Tony Rezko. While Obama has distanced himself from these individuals, it still raises the question of his judgment and those he chooses to surround himself. Another point to keep in mind, Obama has never been thoroughly vetted, so how can he expect to run a campaign when these issues come up. He can not continue to sweep these matters under the proverbial rug as the liberal media has allowed.

There have been questionable figures in John McCain's circle and he was called to task and had to answer.

"and we are not saved..."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Impeach the President?"

Former Democratic Presidential candidate and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush late on Monday during a speech on the House floor. This is interesting, for the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders have been saying for sometime that they will not be entertaining a resolution to impeach the President. John D. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a press release, "Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence."

To learn more about the impeachment resolution cut and paste the following in your browser:

Meanwhile back at the ranch: A Man With Regrets: During his last trip to Germany while in office, President Bush said he regrets the rhetoric he used leading up to the conflict in Iraq. Speaking to the UK Times newspaper, Bush said his statements of "bring them on" and wanted "dead or alive" might have created an impression that he was not a "peace maker". However, he was resolute on his position toward Iraq, "Removing Saddam Hussein made the world a safer place," Bush said.

Iraq War: Make not mistake in war men, women and children die. This is an indisputable fact. You can not escape it. Playing on the emotions of individuals that children and women are killed is subterfuge to the fact. Feeding into the idea that US soldiers will be in Iraq 100 years plus is another scare tactic. Look at previous wars. The US has always had a contingency force in countries where we participated in wars (Japan, Germany, Vietnam and Korea). What is different now? The focus now should be on leaving Iraq in as stable condition as possible and bringing the troops home. Debating on who sided with the President to go to war and who didn't is counter productive and proves nothing not even ones judgment call. We must rise above this rhetoric and get solutions.

"and we are not saved..."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"And The First Lady Is?"

Who will grace the White House as the First Lady Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain?

"Meanwhile back at the ranch" Gas prices continue to soar to new levels. Why is the government not looking at drilling in eastern Montana, western North Dakota, Alaska or Texas? Some reports indicate there's more oil in these states than all of Saudi Arabia. Yes, we want to protect our environment, but we also want to control our own oil reserves and not be dependent on foreign oil. There has to be a way to extract oil in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion in the US. This is an issue the Presidential Nominees must take on.

"and we are not saved..."

Monday, June 9, 2008

Who Will Be The Second Person In Charge?

Choosing a Vice President is one of the most important decisions John McCain and Barack Obama will make before the general election in November. They should seek out the advise of smart advisers who don't have political agendas and weigh what is being said. As of now, McCain is the only candidate who has given indication of individuals he is looking to perhaps place in the spot. It seems that heavy consideration is being placed on Bobby Jindal. As this blog noted previously, Jindal would not be a good choice. He is too young, inexperienced and has no major appeal with a major political group. If anything, there could be a backlash association over jobs being sent to India (he is of Indian descent though his parents came to the US from India years ago) and he once advised Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, who lives in London and has had controversy surrounding his treatment of his employees and business relationship with the Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. A name which has gone under the radar, since being mentioned in February, is Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska. While some would say she too has little experience, she would definitely play a major role in attracting women voters and is a popular forward thinking governor. Two choices thrown out for Obama: Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Biden has served in Congress for six terms, he is the sixth-longest serving among current Senators (fourth among Democrats) and Delaware's longest-serving Senator. He is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress. Biden has served in that position in the past, and he has served as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. While he has a distinguished record in Congress, there really isn't anything of value he would bring to the ticket. He to does not attract a major political group. Clinton on the other hand is a former first lady and came in second to Obama during this year's primary. She won the popular vote and has a strong political pull toward women and blue collar workers (both groups needed to win the race). However, she would probably be more of a liability than help on the ticket. To begin with, the bad blood the liberal media created between she and Obama over his lack of experience would be a card the Republicans would play. Also, Bill Clinton would possibly be a liability. Advice to Obama, re-think your list if you are considering those two.

Meanwhile back at the ranch:Monday morning quarterback, Tom Brokaw, recently said in relationship to the Presidential Race and Hillary Clinton:
“It was inappropriate, for journalists especially, to try to cut the process short," NBC News' anchor emeritus, Tom Brokaw, told The Associated Press. "It was an appropriate issue for people to report on, in context, but there was an awful lot of commentary disguised as reporting that gave the impression that people were trying to shove her out of the race."

Last Tuesday, after the South Dakota and Montana primaries, Brokaw was making a contrast between McCain and Obama when MSNBC loud mouth Olbermann interjected "a third one trying toshoehornn her way" into the coverage. Brokaw responded:
"Well, I think that's unfair, Keith." He continued, "I don't think she shoehornedd her way in. When you look at the states that she won and the popular vote that she piled up, and the number of delegates that she has on her side, she's got real bargaining power in all of this."

Brokaw called all the discussion about Clinton's exit a product of "too much time and too little imagination." Thanks Tom, but this blog pointed this fact out many blogs ago.

"and we are not saved..."

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

by: Langston Hughes

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Dream Deferred

Sen. Hillary Clinton's concession speech:

Thank you very, very much. Well, this isn’t exactly the party I’d planned, but I sure like the company.
And I want to start today by saying how grateful I am to all of you, to everyone who poured your hearts and your hopes into this campaign, who drove for miles and lined the streets waving homemade signs, who scrimped and saved to raise money, who knocked on doors and made calls, who talked, sometimes argued with your friends and neighbors … who e-mailed and contributed online, who invested so much in our common enterprise, to the moms and dads who came to our events, who lifted their little girls and little boys on their shoulders and whispered in their ears, “See, you can be anything you want to be.”
To the young people … like 13-year-old Anne Riddell from Mayfield, Ohio, who had been saving for two years to go to Disney World and decided to use her savings instead to travel to Pennsylvania with her mom and volunteer there, as well.
To the veterans, to the childhood friends, to New Yorkers and Arkansans … who traveled across the country, telling anyone who would listen why you supported me. And to all of those women in their 80s and their 90s … born before women could vote, who cast their votes for our campaign. I’ve told you before about Florence Stein of South Dakota who was 88 years old and insisted that her daughter bring an absentee ballot to her hospice bedside. Her daughter and a friend put an American flag behind her bed and helped her fill out the ballot.
She passed away soon after and, under state law, her ballot didn’t count, but her daughter later told a reporter, “My dad’s an ornery, old cowboy, and he didn’t like it when he heard mom’s vote wouldn’t be counted. I don’t think he had voted in 20 years, but he voted in place of my mom.”
So to all those who voted for me and to whom I pledged my utmost, my commitment to you and to the progress we seek is unyielding.
You have inspired and touched me with the stories of the joys and sorrows that make up the fabric of our lives. And you have humbled me with your commitment to our country.
Eighteen million of you, from all walks of life … women and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African- American and Caucasian … rich, poor, and middle class, gay and straight, you have stood with me.
And I will continue to stand strong with you every time, every place, in every way that I can. The dreams we share are worth fighting for.
Remember, we fought for the single mom with the young daughter, juggling work and school, who told me, “I’m doing it all to better myself for her.”
We fought for the woman who grabbed my hand and asked me, “What are you going to do to make sure I have health care?” and began to cry, because even though she works three jobs, she can’t afford insurance.
We fought for the young man in the Marine Corps T-shirt who waited months for medical care and said, “Take care of my buddies over there, and then will you please take care of me?”
We fought for all those who’ve lost jobs and health care, who can’t afford gas or groceries or college, who have felt invisible to their president these last seven years.
I entered this race because I have an old-fashioned conviction that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their dreams. I’ve had every opportunity and blessing in my own life, and I want the same for all Americans.
And until that day comes, you’ll always find me on the front lines of democracy, fighting for the future.
The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand, is to take our energy, our passion, our strength, and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States.
Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.
And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.
I have served in the Senate with him for four years. I have been in this campaign with him for 16 months. I have stood on the stage and gone toe-to-toe with him in 22 debates. I’ve had a front-row seat to his candidacy, and I have seen his strength and determination, his grace and his grit.
In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American dream, as a community organizer, in the state Senate, as a United States senator. He has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream is realized. And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to become involved in the democratic process and invested in our common future.
Now, when I started this race, I intended to win back the White House and make sure we have a president who puts our country back on the path to peace, prosperity and progress. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, by ensuring that Barack Obama walks through the doors of the Oval Office on Jan. 20, 2009.
Now, I understand — I understand that we all know this has been a tough fight, but the Democratic Party is a family. And now it’s time to restore the ties that bind us together and to come together around the ideals we share, the values we cherish and the country we love.
We may have started on separate journeys, but today our paths have merged. And we’re all heading toward the same destination, united and more ready than ever to win in November and to turn our country around, because so much is at stake.
We all want an economy that sustains the American dream, the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save for college, a home and retirement, to afford that gas and those groceries and still have a little left over at the end of the month, an economy that lifts all of our people and ensures that our prosperity is broadly distributed and shared.
We all want a health care system that is universal, high-quality and affordable … so that parents don’t have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead-end jobs simply to keep their insurance.
This isn’t just an issue for me. It is a passion and a cause, and it is a fight I will continue until every single American is insured, no exceptions and no excuses.
We all want an America defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labor rights, from women’s rights to gay rights … from ending discrimination to promoting unionization, to providing help for the most important job there is: caring for our families.
And we all want to restore America’s standing in the world, to end the war in Iraq and once again lead by the power of our values … and to join with our allies to confront our shared challenges, from poverty and genocide to terrorism and global warming.
You know, I’ve been involved in politics and public life in one way or another for four decades. And during those … 40 years, our country has voted 10 times for president. Democrats won only three of those times, and the man who won two of those elections is with us today.
We made tremendous progress during the ’90s under a Democratic president, with a flourishing economy and our leadership for peace and security respected around the world.
Just think how much more progress we could have made over the past 40 years if we’d had a Democratic president. Think about the lost opportunities of these past seven years on the environment and the economy, on health care and civil rights, on education, foreign policy and the Supreme Court.
Imagine how far … we could have come, how much we could have achieved if we had just had a Democrat in the White House.
We cannot let this moment slip away. We have come too far and accomplished too much.
Now, the journey ahead will not be easy. Some will say we can’t do it, that it’s too hard, we’re just not up to the task. But for as long as America has existed, it has been the American way to reject can’t-do claims and to choose, instead, to stretch the boundaries of the possible through hard work, determination and a pioneering spirit.
It is this belief, this optimism that Sen. Obama and I share and that has inspired so many millions of our supporters to make their voices heard. So today I am standing with Sen. Obama to say: Yes, we can!
And that together we will work — we’ll have to work hard to achieve universal health care. But on the day we live in an America where no child, no man, and no woman is without health insurance, we will live in a stronger America. That’s why we need to help elect Barack Obama our president.
We’ll have to work hard to get back to fiscal responsibility and a strong middle class. But on the day we live in an America whose middle class is thriving and growing again, where all Americans, no matter where they live or where their ancestors came from, can earn a decent living, we will live in a stronger America. And that is why we must help elect Barack Obama our president.
We’ll have to work hard to foster the innovation that will make us energy independent and lift the threat of global warming from our children’s future. But on the day we live in an America fueled by renewable energy, we will live in a stronger America. And that is why we have to help elect Barack Obama our president.
We’ll have to work hard to bring our troops home from Iraq and get them the support they’ve earned by their service. But on the day we live in an America that’s as loyal to our troops as they have been to us, we will live in a stronger America. And that is why we must help elect Barack Obama our president.
This election is a turning-point election. And it is critical that we all understand what our choice really is. Will we go forward together, or will we stall and slip backwards?
Now, think how much progress we’ve already made. When we first started, people everywhere asked the same questions. Could a woman really serve as commander-in-chief? Well, I think we answered that one.
Could an African-American really be our president? And Senator Obama has answered that one.
Together, Sen. Obama and I achieved milestones essential to our progress as a nation, part of our perpetual duty to form a more perfect union.
Now, on a personal note, when I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer, that I was proud to be running as a woman, but I was running because I thought I’d be the best president. But … I am a woman and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.
I ran as a daughter who benefited from opportunities my mother never dreamed of. I ran as a mother who worries about my daughter’s future and a mother who wants to leave all children brighter tomorrows.
To build that future I see, we must make sure that women and men alike understand the struggles of their grandmothers and their mothers, and that women enjoy equal opportunities, equal pay, and equal respect.
Let us …resolve and work toward achieving very simple propositions: There are no acceptable limits, and there are no acceptable prejudices in the 21st century in our country.
You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories … unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the president of the United States. And that is truly remarkable, my friends.
To those who are disappointed that we couldn’t go all of the way, especially the young people who put so much into this campaign, it would break my heart if, in falling short of my goal, I in any way discouraged any of you from pursuing yours.
Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.
As we gather here today in this historic, magnificent building, the 50th woman to leave this Earth is orbiting overhead. If we can blast 50 women into space, we will someday launch a woman into the White House.
Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it … and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.
That has always been the history of progress in America. Think of the suffragists who gathered at Seneca Falls in 1848 and those who kept fighting until women could cast their votes.
Think of the abolitionists who struggled and died to see the end of slavery. Think of the civil rights heroes and foot soldiers who marched, protested, and risked their lives to bring about the end of segregation and Jim Crow.
Because of them, I grew up taking for granted that women could vote and, because of them, my daughter grew up taking for granted that children of all colors could go to school together.
Because of them, Barack Obama and I could wage a hard-fought campaign for the Democratic nomination. Because of them and because of you, children today will grow up taking for granted that an African-American or a woman can, yes, become the president of the United States. And so … when that day arrives, and a woman takes the oath of office as our president, we will all stand taller, proud of the values of our nation, proud that every little girl can dream big and that her dreams can come true in America.
And all of you will know that, because of your passion and hard work, you helped pave the way for that day.
So I want to say to my supporters: When you hear people saying or think to yourself, “If only, or, “What if,” I say, please, don’t go there. Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward.
Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. And that is why I will work my heart out to make sure that Sen. Obama is our next president.
And I hope and pray that all of you will join me in that effort.
To my supporters and colleagues in Congress, to the governors and mayors, elected officials who stood with me in good times and bad, thank you for your strength and leadership.
To my friends in our labor unions who stood strong every step of the way, I thank you and pledge my support to you.
To my friends from every stage of my life, your love and ongoing commitment sustained me every single day.
To my family, especially Bill and Chelsea and my mother, you mean the world to me, and I thank you for all you have done.
And to my extraordinary staff, volunteers and supporters … thank you for working those long, hard hours.
Thank you for dropping everything, leaving work or school, traveling to places that you’ve never been, sometimes for months on end. And thanks to your families, as well, because your sacrifice was theirs, too. All of you were there for me every step of the way.
Now, being human, we are imperfect. That’s why we need each other, to catch each other when we falter, to encourage each other when we lose heart. Some may lead, some may follow, but none of us can go it alone.
The changes we’re working for are changes that we can only accomplish together. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights that belong to us as individuals. But our lives, our freedom, our happiness are best enjoyed, best protected, and best advanced when we do work together.
That is what we will do now, as we join forces with Senator Obama and his campaign. We will make history together, as we write the next chapter in America’s story. We will stand united for the values we hold dear, for the vision of progress we share, and for the country we love.
There is nothing more American than that.
And looking out at you today, I have never felt so blessed. The challenges that I have faced in this campaign … are nothing compared to those that millions of Americans face every day in their own lives.
So today I’m going to count my blessings and keep on going. I’m going to keep doing what I was doing long before the cameras ever showed up and what I’ll be doing long after they’re gone: working to give every American the same opportunities I had and working to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up and achieve his or her God- given potential.
I will do it with a heart filled with gratitude, with a deep and dividing love for our country, and with nothing but optimism and confidence for the days ahead.
This is now our time to do all that we can to make sure that, in this election, we add another Democratic president to that very small list of the last 40 years and that we take back our country and once again move with progress and commitment to the future.
Thank you all. And God bless you, and God bless America.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: Left wing liberal media reporters and commentators are slapping each other on the back (and butts)in glee that Hillary Clinton has finally exited stage left. This blog had predicted her leaving the stage soon after the final primaries were held, and she did. Why is it that the Democratic Party which seemingly prides itself in inclusionism and wanting every vote to count were so set on ending the primary season shortly after the Iowa Caucus and thus calling for Hillary Clinton to leave the race? Mind you now, there were other Democratic contenders (men)still in the race, but there was such a loud cry for her to leave. In fact, the call for her departure by the liberal media and Democratic party leaders continued right up until Saturday, June 7, 2008. Perhaps the women in the party should take note and reconsider their allegiance to a party which doesn't entirely seem to support women candidates (think Carol Moseley Braun in 2004).

In 1996, when Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole(wife of former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole)ran for president no one in the party asked her to get out of the race. She stayed in the race and left on her own.

"and we are not saved..."

Monday, June 2, 2008

"The Count Down..."

On Sunday, Barack Obama praised Hillary Clinton for running a good campaign. She in turn said she is the one to beat the Republicans in November. After Saturday's DNC meeting, inevitability once again came knocking...Obama will be the Democrats choice to face John McCain. While Puerto Rico gave Clinton a resounding win on Sunday, it isn't enough to put her close to the nomination and the race (if you can call it that) moves on to South Dakota and Montana where Obama is slightly ahead. When will the primary season for the Democrats end? When Hillary Clinton says it's over and throws in the proverbial white towel. What a week we have in store for us. Keep reading, watching and waiting...

Meanwhile back at the ranch:Finally the end of a membership. Barack Obama and family have quit the church. In a letter to the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the Obamas resigned from the church. This comes after a sermon by Rev. Pfleger aired on You-Tube which casted Hillary Clinton in a most unfavorable light (see previous blog). In a press conference on Saturday, Obama said he and his wife had given the matter serious thought and decided it was time for them to leave the church.

John McCain is counting the days before Obama visits Iraq. Earlier this week McCain suggested that the junior senator visit the country to see for himself the progress being made. He even suggested the two men visit together. Obama declined a co-visit but said he would visit the country at some point before November.

Scott McClellan peddled his book on the Sunday morning talk shows. Still all are wondering why didn't he speak up while all that he alleges took place, or better yet why didn't he leave the administration in protest. He could have still written his eyewitness viewpoint of what happened. Was it about the dollar that kept him from leaving? Could he have been holding out knowing the longer he stayed in the larger his payday?

"and we are not saved..."