SENATOR SWEEITE BARACK OBAMA IS FURIOUS.
"I AM SUPPOSED TO BE THIS YEAR'S DAVID COOK!" HE SNARLED OVER THE PHONE. "JUST LISTEN TO WHAT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT ME TODAY, 'OBAMA HAS SENT TO CHARITY $159,000 THAT REZKO RAISED FOR HIS CAMPAIGNS FOR THE STATE LEGISLATURE, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.' BUT I DIDN'T STEAL BOBBY RUSH'S HOUSE SEAT SO THAT SHOULDN'T COUNT! THEY GO ON, 'OBAMA'S NAME CAME UP IN TESTIMONY AT THE TRIAL FOUR TIMES, TWICE IN CONNECTION WITH AN OBSCURE LEGISLATIVE MEMO, AS A GUEST AT A REXKO PARTY AND WHEN DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOSEPH DUFFY TOLD JURORS HIS CLIENT WAS A FRIEND OF THE SENATOR.' THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY I AM HIS FRIEND! THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE PAULA, NOT LIKE SIMON! THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO CHEER ME ON! DAVID AXELROD FEEDS THEM THE LINES THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO SAY! HOW DARE THEY GO OFF SCRIPT!"
WHEN ASKED WHY HE WAS SO UPSET, BARACK STATED THAT "IT MAKES ME LOOK LIKE A LIAR! I TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LAST SPRING THAT MY ONLY CONNECTION TO BIG TONY REZKO WAS FIVE HOURS OF LEGAL WORK! NOW THEY SAY THIS!"
YES, BUT "THIS" IS THE TRUTH.
"TRUTH DOESN'T MATTER, ONLY I MATTER!" HUFFED SENATOR SWEETIE. "LISTEN UP, THEY SAY THAT 'QUESTIONS CONCERING OBAMA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH REZKO LINGER, PARTICULARLY OVER TEZKO'S ROLE IN THE PURCHASE OF OBAMA'S HOME.' AND THEN THEY TALK ABOUT HOW WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE 1991. THEN THEY SAY, 'THE MEN TALKED POLITICS FREQUENTLY AND OCCASSIONALLY DINED TOGETHER WITH THEIR WIVES.' THAT'S RACISM! BRINGING MICHELLE INTO IT IS RACISM! SHE'S BLACK, YOU KNOW. RACIST ASSOCIATED PRESS! THEN THEY WRITE, 'IN 2005, THE OBAMAS PAID $1.65 MILLION FOR THEIR HOME NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO.' THAT'S GOT TO BE RACISM TOO. I'LL ASK DAVID AXELROD. I NEVER KNOW WHAT RACISM IS UNLESS JEREMIAH WRIGHT OR DAVID TELL ME. I GREW UP IN HAWAII WHICH IS MULTI-RACIAL AND THIS WHOLE TOPIC JUST SCREWS WITH MY HEAD. BUT DAVID WON'T LET ME TALK TO JEREMIAH AND SINCE I TRASHED JEREMIAH, HE WON'T EVEN TEXT ME ANYMORE! I USED TO HAVE HIM IN MY CIRCLE OF FIVE FOR TEAM MOBILE, MAN. LISTEN TO THIS, THEY WRITE, 'THE SELLERS WANTED A PARCEL THEY OWNED NEXT DOOR TO SELL ON THE SAME DAY, AND REZKO'S WIFE, RITA, WAS THE BUYER.' SO WHAT! BIG TONY CAN'T HAVE A WIFE NAMED RITA! I BET YOU THAT'S RACISM TOO! THEN THEY SAY, 'AT THE REQUEST OF THE OBAMAS, MRS. REZKO LATER SOLD THEM A 10-FOOT STRIP OF LAND TO ENLARGE THEIR LOT. THEY PAID $104,500'."
WELL, THESE REPORTED POINTED OUT, AP DIDN'T MENTION THAT HE PAID $300,000 BELOW ASKING PRICE.
"YEAH, YEAH, THAT'S TRUE. BUT I JUST FEEL LIKE THEY'RE TURNING ON ME. AND AFTER ALL I'VE GIVEN THEM. GOOD THOUGHTS, HAPPY THOUGHTS EVEN. I AM THE F**KING TINKER BELL OF THE WORLD OF POLITICS AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR ME THEY'D BE LOST BOYS JUST DRIFTING AROUND! MAN IF BIG TONY WASN'T AWAITING SENTENCING, I'D ASK HIM TO PUT A CAP IN THESE GUYS' ASSES!"
WHEN REACHED FOR COMMENT, DAVID AXELROD STATED, "WE DEPLORE THE FACT THAT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS STOOPED TO RACISM. TO IMPLY THAT A BLACK MAN LIKE SENATOR OBAMA GIVING $159,000 TO CHARITY -- WELL WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? THAT A BLACK MAN CAN'T GIVE TO CHARITY? IT IS RACISM! AND TO DRAG MRS. REZKO INTO IT AND DISGRACE HER BY POINTING OUT THAT HER FIRST NAME IS RITA IS JUST PURE RACISM. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT OKLAHOMA BOMBER TIMOTHY MCVEIGH SENT A LETTER TO RITA COSBY OF FOX NEWS! BRINGING UP 'RITA' -- USING MRS. REZKO'S FIRST NAME -- IS CLEARLY A TACTIC ON THE PART OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TO LINK SENATOR OBAMA TO TERRORISM! THEIR USE OF 'RITA' IS MCCARTHYISM! THEN THEY TRY TO TIE BARACK TO TIMOTHY MCVEIGH BY NOTING THAT HE EATS DINNER!"
THESE REPORTERS WERE CONFUSED.
"HE EATS DINNER! THEY SAY HE ATE DINNER WITH BIG TONY! WELL, EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD KNOWS TIMOTHY MCVEIGH USED TO EAT DINNER! THEY'RE TRYING TO CALL BARACK A TERRORIST! THIS IS SHODDY AND UNPROFESSIONAL AND RACIST JOURNALISM ON THE PART OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. I FAXED THEM A MEMO OF QUOTES AND TALKING POINTS TO WRITE UP FOR SATURDAY'S NEWS CYCLE BUT THEY HAVE DECIDED YELLOW JOURNALISM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN REPEATING WHAT I GIVE THEM. THIS IS A VERY LOW DAY FOR JOURNALISM IN THE UNITED STATES!"
Public TV notes. NOW on PBS examines the American Dream as gas prices soar and home values crumble. PBS' Washington Week finds Gwen sitting down with Washington Post's Dan Balz, National Journal's James Barnes, Wall St. Journal's David Wessel and mystery guest Karen Tumulty (Time magazine) who may or may not do her Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte impersonation. Both programs air tonight in some PBS markets, check local listings.
Turning to the US presidential race, Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party presidential candidate and Rosa Clemente is her running mate. Rosa has the following upcoming campaign event this weekend in New York:
Jericho 10th Anniversary Weekend of Resistance
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @ 12 Noon
Rally at the Harlem State Office Building
(Corner of 126th St. & A.C. Powell Blvd.)
March through Harlem @ 1 p.m.
Closing Rally in Morningside Park @ 2 p.m.
Between 112th & 114th near Morningside Ave. entrances
Ralph Nader is the independent presidential candidate and Sunday he will be Fairfax, VA to speak at a press conference and rally at Geroge Mason Univeristy beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden is his running mate. As Wally and Cedric noted yesterday, Barack seemed to offer some sort of Born Free/Elsa excuse for his friendship with Ayers whom he called "rehabilitated." Jake Tapper (ABC News) ponders rehabilitation:
And Ayers has made it clear that he is unrepentant.
''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Ayers told the New York Times in 2001. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' Asked if he would do it all again, Ayers said ''I don't want to discount the possibility. I don't think you can understand a single thing we did without understanding the violence of the Vietnam War."
In a comic strip that Ayers recently posted on his blog, Ayers tried to explain the "we didn't do enough quote" from seven years ago, writing, "It's impossible to get to be my age and not have plenty of regrets. The one thing I don't regret is opposing the war in Vietnam with every ounce of my being. During the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground took credit for bombing several government installations as a dramatic form of armed propaganda. Action was taken against symbolic targets in order to declare a state of emergency. But warnings were always called in, and by design no one was ever hurt.
"When I say, 'We didn't do enough,' a lot of people rush to think, 'That must mean, "We didn't bomb enough s---."' But that's not the point at all. It's not a tactical statement, it's an obvious political and ethical statement. In this context, 'we' means 'everyone.' The war in Vietnam was not only illegal, it was profoundly immoral, millions of people were needlessly killed. Even though I worked hard to end the war, I feel to this day that I didn't do enough because the war dragged on for years after the majority of the American people came to oppose it. I don't think violent resistance is necessarily the answer, but I do think opposition and refusal is imperative."
(He doesn't think violent resistance is NECESSARILY the answer?)
So today, with today's facts, does Obama think Ayers has been "rehabilitated"?
No, he doesn't think so, a source at the campaign tells me.
Mike did a press roundup on Barack's Ayers stories last night, Kat called out AP's Philip Elliott who does not seem to grasp the number of "40," Ruth contemplated the press mistakes, Rebecca noted the lack of standards and Marcia congratulates Oklahoma community members (as have Kat, as did Elaine and Mike). Oklahoma community members are supporting the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin.
ANNCR: Obama's blind ambition.
When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers.
When discovered, he lied.
Obama. Blind ambition. Bad judgment.
Congressional liberals fought for risky sub-prime loans.
Congressional liberals fought against more regulation.
Then, the housing market collapsed costing you billions.
In crisis, we need leadership, not bad judgment.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.
In addition, the Republican ticket notes:
Today McCain-Palin 2008 announced that Bill Bruins, a dairy farmer from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, joined the McCain-Palin Farm & Ranch Team National Steering Committee. Bruins joins a distinguished team of elected officials and leaders in agriculture who share a common goal with John McCain: to provide the leadership necessary to create prosperity in America's rural heartland.
The benefits of American leadership in agriculture extend well beyond our borders -- America's contribution to meeting the food, fiber, feed and energy needs of a growing world population through efficient production and technology innovation are critical to our national security.
More details on John McCain's statement on "Prosperity for Rural America" can be found on the McCain-Palin 2008 web site at rural.JohnMcCain.com.
MCCAIN-PALIN 2008 FARM & RANCH TEAM NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE*
And finally, Team Nader notes:
This morning, as markets around the world are crashing, Nader/Gonzalez is on the rise.
We have a chance over the next week to run inexpensive radio ads.
In battleground states all across this country.
To expose The Bailout Boys -- Obama and McCain.
And to let the American people know that on November 4, they have a choice.
The people's candidate -- Independent Ralph Nader.
The man who stood against the bailout of Wall Street crooks.
And for regulation that would have prevented the current crisis.
Here's the problem:
We want to run the radio ads from October 21 to Election Day -- November 4.
In thirty markets all across this country.
Our radio guy tells us he needs the money by Monday to be able to reserve air time for the last two weeks before the election.
Throughout this year, when we have asked, you have delivered.
Thanks to you, we have not missed one fundraising deadline this year.
Now, we are in a corner.
Over the past week, you have donated $130,000 to our October Surprise Fund.
On our way to our goal of $250,000 by Sunday midnight.
Now, to reach our goal, we need 12,000 of you -- our loyal supporters -- to kick in $10 each.
We know that many of you have dug deep for the past seven months.
So, after you hit that contribute button, pick up the phone and get your friends, relatives, neighbors -- who are angry about the bailout and looking for an independent outlet -- to support the one candidate who has stood with the American people against the corporate criminal elite on Wall street.
To give you a sneak preview, we have cut a demo tape.
If we reach our goal by Sunday night, we will be professionally producing a version of this demo ad and getting it out to our radio guy in Los Angeles.
As the Dow collapses, the Nader/Gonzalez shift the power platform is on the rise.
So, donate now -- whatever you can afford -- $10, $100, $1000 -- up to the legal limit of $2,300.
Help us fund our nationwide radio ad buy.
Inform the American public.
There is a choice on November 4.
Vote Ralph Nader for President.
Onward to November.
The Nader Team
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