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Behold! The New Barack

11/13/2007 08:21 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Over the weekend, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unleashed another round of heated rhetoric about frontrunner Hillary Clinton, accusing her of running a "poll-driven campaign" that dodged questions and lacked substance. Although this newly aggressive strategy runs counter to Obama's earlier vow to rise above the confrontational, politics-as-usual approach to campaigning, it may be his best shot to stop the Clinton Express in its tracks. Will the senator nicknamed "O-Bambi" transform himself into a mudslinging, flame-throwing "O-bomb-a?" All it would take is a few minor tweaks to things he's already said.

OLD BARACK: "I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war."
NEW BARACK: "I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is pantsuits."

OLD BARACK: "You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt."
NEW BARACK: "You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt. For example, would Hillary Clinton be a good President? I doubt it."

OLD BARACK: "When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores."
NEW BARACK: "When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks within our shores. And it went to Wellesley."

OLD BARACK: "My parents... would give me an African name, Barack, or 'blessed,' believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success."
NEW BARACK: "My parents... would give me an African name, Barack, or 'blessed,' which I prefer to the name Hillary, which means 'triangulator.'"

OLD BARACK: "We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained."
NEW BARACK: "We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to change our hairstyle every other week."

OLD BARACK: "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
NEW BARACK: "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Some, however, should just keep walking...like, say, back to Chappaqua."

OLD BARACK: "In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"
NEW BARACK: "In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? But--and this is really important--I'm not talking about 'a place called Hope.' There's a big difference. 'Politics of hope,' good. 'Place called Hope,' bad."

OLD BARACK: "Dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are...giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster."
NEW BARACK: "Dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are...giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster. And speaking of man-made natural disasters..."

OLD BARACK: "In a country of 300 million people, there is a certain degree of audacity required for anybody to say, 'I'm the best person to lead this country.'"
NEW BARACK: "In a country of 300 million people, there is a certain degree of audacity required for anybody to say, 'I'm the best person to lead this country.' But there's no audacity in saying, 'I know who's not the best person to lead this country.' That could actually be very helpful."

OLD BARACK: "It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."
NEW BARACK: "It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. But if that something is too large, and polarizing, and a control-freak, well, then that wagon's not going anywhere."

OLD BARACK: "We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated."
NEW BARACK: "We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated. And if you want to see what that enemy looks like, log on to www.HillaryClinton.com...."