This Week With Barack Obama, The Presumptive Democratic Nominee, June 16-21, 2008

                                                barack and al, detroit, michigan


                                    al gore's endorsement for barack obama, detroit, michigan

"When a disaster strikes -- a Katrina, a shooting, or a six-alarm blaze -- its city hall we lean on, its city hall we call first, and city hall we depend on to get us through tough times. Because whether its a small town or a big city, the government that people count on most is the one thats closest to the people." -- Democratic Sen. Barack Obama

This was part of a statement that Barack Obama made to the United States Conference of Mayors in Miami, Florida.

It was ironic that John McCain chose to visit Iowa, when the Governor of Iowa asked him not to.

But what was more ironic is that as the folks in the ravaged midwest come to terms of what happened, it will be this that will anger many:

"I know that Sen. McCain felt as strongly as I did," Obama said, "feeling enormous sympathy for the victims of the recent flooding. I'm sure they appreciated the sentiment, but they probably would have appreciated it even more if Sen. McCain hadn't opposed legislation to fund levees and flood control programs, which he considers pork."

This is politics folks.  Pure and simple.  McCain voted against this bill that would have sent federal dollars for restoration of dams and levees.  Maybe, McCain forgot that he did vote against this bill, but showed up for the photo-op anyway.
The bill funded hundreds of projects -- such as dams, sewage plants and beach restoration -- that are important to local communities and their representatives. It also included money for the hurricane-hit Gulf Coast and for Florida Everglades restoration efforts.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of this government not spending the appropriate money for something called, maintenance and repair on the infrastructure of this country.  Ask these folks flooded out how they feel about it, or the folks in Minnesota when a bridge just up and collasped on them, or Katrina victims STILL trying to get their lives back in order.

This country sure knows how to send money to Iraq in a snap, but for just the ordinary things like maintenance and repair, the Bush Administration will call it pork barrel spending in a minute, with McCain going right along with Bush.

A shame.

                                       michelle, the dress, on the view


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National Push by Obama on Ads and Turnout

Senator Barack Obama is drawing up plans for extensive advertising and voter-turnout drives across the nation, hoping to capitalize on his expected fund-raising advantage over Senator John McCain to force Republicans to compete in states they have not had to defend in decades.

With his decision to give up public financing and the spending limits that go with it, Mr. Obama has added several seasoned hands to his advertising team, a harbinger of a multifaceted television campaign that people inside and outside Obama headquarters said would grow well beyond its already large presence in 18 states.

Future commercials could run on big national showcases like the Olympics in August and smaller cable networks like MTV and Black Entertainment Television that appeal to specific demographic and interest groups.

He is also dispatching paid staff members to all states, an unusual move by the standards of modern presidential campaigns where the fight is often contained to contested territories.  New York Times

Ready to Attack Obama, But Geez...NO MONEYby icebergslim
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obama at the united states conference of mayors in miami, florida


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                                            barack and chairman howard dean, dnc


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icebergslim's last word:  barack obama

While many are up in arms over FISA, something else happened this week, "Barack Declared Independence."

Barack Obama opted out of public financing. A first for any major candidate.

This decision is important on many levels.  First, there will be grumbling from the other side of flip/flopping and Barack did, but for a good cause, to run a campaign independent of the shackles on your feet with public financing.  I don't expect this to stick because most of the general public is not interested in how campaigns are financed.  They just don't care.  Maybe in another year or years to come, but not this year with the economy crumbling and gas prices looking at folks to hit five dollars a gallon, soon, it is a non-issue.

But what this does mean?  It means that not only is Barack independent, but the Democratic Party, as a whole, is independent.  We are free to raise the amount of money needed to fund all 50 states through November, along with helping to raise money for all the congressional and senate races riding this independent wave, as well.

I hope you fully understand what is at stake here.  While some are complaining about FISA, we need to raise massive amounts of money for Barack, the DNC Convention, and the whole Democratic Party.  This burden is not only on Barack, but all of us.

Along with this, Barack and Michelle Obama must fundraise, Barack has to go overseas, Barack has to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack has to run the Democratic Convention, Barack has to complete a platform, all in about two months.  One word, "Wow."

A good friend told me today that she did not like that Barack only raised 22M for May, for her a huge drop off.  That is worrisome to her.  I told her it did not bother me, but now I have to sit back and look at all I just wrote above and completely state, "this is a lot of stuff to complete on a promise of ordinary voters to fund." It is.

So, while you are angry, you need to sit back and look at what we need to do and complete as a party.  I will be the first to state that having the primary go to the end did not help us with timing.  Many just became tired of it and disconnected, well it is time to reconnect and that starts with donating to the Obama for America Campaign.

See, I understand the current beef about FISA, warranted and duly noted, but the large picture is too big and the stakes too high to stop now.  There are many reading this that have a son or daughter or loved one in Iraq; somebody has lost their job; a family is wondering how to save their home; someone may not have gas money to go to work tomorrow; many are skimping on food because of costs; some teenager is crying right now because they cannot go to college, even though they had good grades; folks got the credit card companies calling constantly because they can't afford the payments and this list is endless.  Yes, endless because I know some people who are affected on this list.  So, see FISA right now is not an issue, but change and new direction in this country is.

We need to stand together, not apart now.  I am hoping this bill is shoved until after November when it can be readdressed, but no matter what happens we need to move forward, together.

Folks, we have a laundry list of items to accomplish and time is not on our side.

It starts here.  Donate to Obama for America. Because if we don't get him elected in November and increase Democrats in congress, there will be more than whining for the next four years, but some serious weeping as well.

well another week has flown by and michelle obama was the star, no doubt.  i don't know why the press is giving her a bum rap, but the woman is not only accomplished and lovely but puts her family first.  al rodgers got me hooked on the slideshows, but he is numero uno in that department.  a true, inspiration.  as the summer is coming along, many of us are busy with families, getting ready for vacations, or just coping with LIFE.  remember, we came from absolutely nothing and look where we are.  keep involved, focus, donate and remember to focus on obama and not the drama...


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cross-posted @This Week With Barack Obama

Tags: 2008 election, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Democrat, DNC, Fundraising, George W. Bush, Howard Dean, Michelle Obama, president (all tags)



Now totally privatized

Opting out of public finance makes Obama's G.E. campaign totally privatized.

Russ Feingold said the primary public financing systems are a little broken but the General Election public financing systems are not broken. He was disappointed Obama did this.

So Obama, because he's privatized, can spend $500 million but McCain will be limited by law to spending just over $80 million.

by catfish2 2008-06-22 09:19PM | 0 recs
If the American people...

...see fit to donate $500 million to Obama, then he should have every right and reason to spend it.

Also, let's not forget that while McCain is limited to $80 million, other groups - which can be funded by unlimited contributions - have few limits on what they can and can't do.  With all due respect to Sen. Feingold, that is a fatal flaw in the general election public financing system - a flaw that I think could only be fixed by either (a) closing the 527 loophole entirely, which has problematic First Amendment consequences, or (b) raising the spending limit for a candidate to equal everything all opposing groups are spending.

by mistersite 2008-06-22 09:35PM | 0 recs
Is the constitution fatally flawed too?

Feingold is pretty credible on this. At some point you need to draw the line.

So now we're back to the Guilded Age, where fatcats could buy their presidents.

by catfish2 2008-06-22 11:25PM | 0 recs
No, we're really not.

Obama's opting out of public financing doesn't change the $2300 limit on general-election donations one iota.  That isn't an opt-in limit; that's a legally-set limit.  Those "fatcats" can donate no more than I could... and even in this ridiculous Bush-McCain economy, $2300 is an accessible donation for many more than the "fatcats."  

Moreover, Sen. Obama has record numbers of small donations as well... what are we small-time "fatcats" trying to buy?

Is there anything Barack Obama could possibly do that you might see in good faith rather than interpreting every one of his actions or words as negatively as possible?

by mistersite 2008-06-23 05:49AM | 0 recs
the guilded age?

Sweet.  Verily, I shall be applying to the blacksmith's guild post haste.

by JJE 2008-06-23 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Now totally privatized
Privatized by relying on "public" donations (IOW, people like us)?
Too bad John McCain decided way back to take publica financing, even got a loan using the public financing as collateral, yet continues to raise money through lobbyists and the RNC.
I'm heartbroken, really.
by skohayes 2008-06-23 03:00AM | 0 recs
Vote for McCain then

Oh wait, you probably already are.

by BrighidG 2008-06-23 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Vote for McCain then

what a stupid comment. do you even realize how much you sound like the folks in the 60's with the lame-assed "Amurika Luv it or Leave it" or the ones in the 50's with their cries that Blacks should "just go back to Africa"? Someone having a different opinion does not make them evil, but your replies to those difference paint you as at least border-line.

by zerosumgame 2008-06-23 09:38AM | 0 recs
No, I'm someone who pays attention n/t

by BrighidG 2008-06-23 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: No, I'm someone who pays attention n/t

try paying that attention to reality one of these days.

by zerosumgame 2008-06-23 05:01PM | 0 recs
Re: This Week With Barack Obama, The Presumptive D

Nicely done summary -- I appreciated having all these links in one place.


by prodigal 2008-06-23 03:56AM | 0 recs
Re: This Week With Barack Obama, The Presumptive D

Thank you once again for the weekly "blog release" from the Obama campaign. Could the campaign possibly "package" these releases more frequently, say twice a week so they are not so long and drawn out. That might make these "releases" worth discussing.

by RedstateLib 2008-06-23 05:48AM | 0 recs
Re: This Week With Barack Obama, The Presumptive D

The charge of intellectual dishonesty you're making is a serious one.  Please provide evidence that this diary is from the campaign, rather than the work of a dedicated volunteer, or retract your claim.

by mistersite 2008-06-23 05:51AM | 0 recs
This week with Barack Obama

I had the same reaction.  I mean, nothing wrong with talking points I guess, but I prefer mine leavened with some critical analysis.

by Koan 2008-06-23 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: This week with Barack Obama

This author has been producing weekly round-ups of Obama-related news, articles, diaries, and commentary for the past eight months.

In most cases it's also included original commentary and/or analysis (sometimes, there's even some criticism of the candidate thrown in) but in general it's meant to be a clearinghouse for campaign news and information for supporters and those otherwise interested. I've found them to far more comprehensive and personalized than the press releases and campaign talking point memos I've seen offered as diaries by others.

By staying positive, and attacking only Republicans, I think these serve a great purpose.

by BobzCat 2008-06-23 06:04PM | 0 recs
Blog Spam

If we want to read your shit Edna we can go to DailyKos to get it.

Why do you find it necessary to wallpaper the blogs?

by SoCalVet 2008-06-23 07:02AM | 0 recs


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