“I've been voting for democrats for president since I first voted for JFK.........and I'm still not ready to back Obama..........I wonder what convinced him?
Before you attack me, I don't "hate" Obama and I'm not waiting for Hil to steal the nomination.............I'm just worried because I haven't seen any substance.
And I hate the comparisons to JFK..........I voted for JFK and Obama is NOT JFK reincarnated, although I do understand why this generation would like to think they have a JFK in Obama's shoes.”
“I don't hate Obama........but I do think that this has been way overblown. The people who see this and think it's "real" already have their mind set against him.
The article would have been far more damaging for some, but because of all the hype about the cover, no one is talking about the article. So, he broke even, IMO.”
“I thought the article was very informative. I always wondered if Obama was just saying he was a progressive for political reasons but it really looks like he went further left for political reasons.
It also explains some of the turns he's made already.
Progressive/Independent is where he started and probably where he'll be after he's elected.
After reading this article and seeing his one/one with Fareed Z. on CNN today, he's looking much better to me.”
“ALL the dems are united and Obama has been annointed by many as the next great hope, so I'm confused as to why so many fear an open convention?
Obama has advocated for honesty and transparency in politics
I would think he would prefer a roll call vote to show the world his legitimacy, rather than the appearance of a coronation which will give Hillary supporters (and those who aren't awed by him) even more to protest. He would be strengthened, not weakened by the process.
Unless, of course, he lost.”
karela on Jul 12, 2008 at 20:33:16
“There won't be an open convention. Hillary will quash it herself. She's not going to allow this mess at the convention.”
hlawyer on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:29:15
“That is a strawman argument. Nobody "fears" an "open" convention. People are understandably upset that a groups is trying to get delegates, whose votes were determined by a democratic process, to change their votes undemocratically, or trying to influence superdelegates to endorse a candidate that did not win the popular vote. The process has completed and was well-documented, much more so than it ever has been historically. The only reason to get delegates to do a roll call vote is to try to get the superdelegates to change.”
ThunderclapNewman on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:16:49
“Anyone with at least half a brain knows that a divided convention results in a Republican president.
It has happened over and over again.
You have no idea on earth what you are talking about.”
Relax08 on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:13:56
“Repub in disquise. Read the Profile.”
axt113 on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:05:50
“Because parties that have problems at the conventions lose in november, go read your history
And a president McCain is the last thing we need”
closetodemfection on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:01:57
“Exactly. If they try to strip her of it, it stinks of them hiding something. Not a smart thing.”
windwalker1984 on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:02:41
“Read the 1st lines of the ad -- there has been talk. Rumors. Not facts. Don't drink the koolaid.”
RatgurlSD on Jul 12, 2008 at 17:01:17
“Nobody fears an open roll call. These people took their cue from Hillary & are trying to change the rules in the middle of the game.
I'm sure an open role call will jst solidify Obama's position. The actual problem is that it's pandering to the nutjobs that can't accept the reality that already exists.”
“On a lighter note, I stopped thinking of him as the "new, fresh, able to transcend politics" guy when I recently saw a re-run of the movie "Man of the Year" and saw that the Robin Williams character, Tom Dobbs ran the same campaign.............right down to the "there are no red states, there are no blue state, just the United States" speech.
He is what he is, I, like so many others just wanted him to be so much more.........now we are left, once again, deciding on who will do the least damage.”
brakmaster on Jul 13, 2008 at 11:29:52
“We're also left with a somewhat divided family. There was a lot of bad blood spilled during the course of this primary, and I think it's going to be difficult moving forward without some type of frank dialogue between the two camps.”
“Which, I guess is supposed to excuse Obama for actually voting for it?”
Deaninphilly on Jul 10, 2008 at 06:01:20
“Of course lvgal. Did you forget that it is always someone else's fault! It's hillary's fault he does anything. He's such a strong leader, Hillary tells him what to do when he does something his followers don't like.”
“I hate to tell you but for those of you who think EVERYONE has made up their mind about who to vote for and therefore Obama (or McCain) is not doing things to get votes, you really need to get out more. Most people in the US have never heard of the Huffington post, have no idea what FISA is and probably couldn't even tell you WHO's running.
Access Hollywood got him more votes than voting against the FISA bill lost him.”
plainsman on Jul 10, 2008 at 04:00:11
“Lucky for us that only a 1/3 of 300 million vote. Could you imagine if more dumbasses got off the couch?”
“That's because you (like I) hang with people who are informed.......to think that EVERONE has already decided is naive and uninformed about all those Americans who have never even heard of the "huffington post"!”
“Actually, I just "want" someone who really wants to "change things". Someone who has a record of helping people and who would really like to do that for all of us, not someone who just wants to be President at any cost or has a "label" I like.
I've been around a long time and one thing I've learned is that if you can't depend on them to keep their word BEFORE they're elected, you can forget about expecting them to do what they said AFTER they're elected. (kind of like marriage :-)
At this point, I haven't seen or heard what I "want".
Although, I'm not denying the Obama's package has been wrapped the best.”
“For everyone who seems to be so "confused" about the bill and are trying to find a righteous meaning to why Obama changed his vote........the important thing to know is that Obama was against it before he was for it.
Like he was for public financing until he was against it.
And, no one should be surprised, he told us up front, he beieves in "CHANGE".
There is no secret, hidden meaning or different wording that made him justify changing his mind. He's won the primary. Those on the left aren't going to leave him over this and he has to try to get more votes on the right.”
luvobama on Jul 10, 2008 at 02:47:00
“He was never going to "get" anymore votes from people hell bent on voting for McRidiculous. You know it and so does everyone else. To pretend that there are people who don't know who they are voting for is disingenuous. We've all known since the primaries. If you are a good Dem you know who you are voting for. If not, who cares?”
“Gee, yesterday when I said it was politics 101 to leave your kids out of it, a bunch of you jumped all over me.............accused me of sour grapes and one of you even told me to get into a "coma"............I find it rather interesting that Obama, himself, has now said it was a bad idea.
Even the Clintons , who have been accused of exploiting anything and everything possible, kept their daughter out of politics until she became an adult.
I admire Obama for admitting today, what I said yesterday, bad idea to involve your children. You're running for president, not father of the year.”
dawlishgal on Jul 10, 2008 at 12:46:56
“Oh please. Every candidate with children has at least allowed some photos and some minimal contact with the press. Even Carter allowed Amy to speak up once in a while. And there was plenty of publicity for the Edwards children when he was running for VP and (this is the important part) NOBODY COMPLAINED THEN. And Chelsea Clinton was how old when she accompanied her mother to Bosnia and was (maybe) fired on by snipers? Hillary said that "everybody knew that it was dangerous," but she took her daughter anyhow.
The Obama family made a decision to let the children participate in an interview. One time. That doesn't mean that they are going to put makeup on the children and do the Lindsay Lohan bit.
I suspect that what bothers conservatives the most is the obvious charm of these children and the loving way they treated their parents. Cant' have THAT or it will be even harder for them to paint Obama as some kind of "not like us" outsider or marginal fringer. So they summoned their surrogates to come to places like Huffpost and spew. So what's new?”
“Right, this was LAST week's news, why should we be worried about such things.......we should all be busy watching Hollywood Access and admiring the beautiful family of the man who promised us "CHANGE" in Washington. Why be influenced by his ACTIONS (?) just keep watching the show!”
hank48188 on Jul 9, 2008 at 23:19:00
“Obama was exploiting his children yesterday on Access Hollywood, but today he said it was a mistake and he won't do that again, I guess that's just another good example of Obama's superior judgement. Or maybe getting Tony Rezko to help you buy a house you can't afford, Obama called that a "Boneheaded" move. I guess after reading about 100 stories in the paper about Rezko being under investigation by the FEDS Obama couldn't figure it out.”
“Does anyone remember the reason Bush was elected? HE was the guy everyone wanted to "have a beer with".
This time, we got a guy who knows how to give a speech and draws crowds like a rock star, a family that everyone would "like to be neighbor's with", a wife everyone wants as their "best friend" who wears dresses everyone wants to buy, and "such adorable kids" that are going to look so cute in the white house.............when are we going to start using our brains to pick a president?
Hollywood Access is exactly where this interview belonged, because in reading most of the remarks, it's exactly where the voter's mentality is...............unfortunately,”
mypov123 on Jul 10, 2008 at 00:19:36
“Lemme guess, you wanted Hillary??”
LynnElizabeth on Jul 10, 2008 at 00:17:14
“Yes, perhaps the Obama family is one that people identify with and would like to be close to. However, that is not the reason people are going to vote for Barack Obama. This man proposes to bring an end to the war, bring discussion to the world table and not go to war in the first place in order to bring more wealth to his friends, tax the very rich, help the middle class, pay attention to the environmental crisis; the list goes on and on. Your comment that the votors' mentality is set at a superficial level and, therefore, the reason we are voting for Barack Obama is that he's a cool guy, his wife is a great gal, and the kids are adorable is way off base.
By the way, I believe that many people who voted for Bush did so because he's a guy they'd like to down a few beers with; many of those people are now McCain supporters, as are the rich who will be adversely affected by the higher taxes proposed by Obama.”
“Politics 101----keep the children OUT of it! As far as I'm concerned, putting your young children on Access Hollywood invites the press into their young lives............most politicians don't use their children like this because they know better. Just another sign of Obama's inexperience and willingness to do anything to win.”
lotuslike on Jul 9, 2008 at 00:28:40
“Wow...haters in the house! Don't you tire of being so bitter and petty all the time?”
2liveNdie on Jul 8, 2008 at 23:46:16
“the kids are cuter than most kids potentially running in the white house halls!”
amst on Jul 8, 2008 at 23:28:40
That's a pretty harsh statement. Sounds like sour grapes to me. I'm sure somewhere in politics 101 it indicates that the public should have an idea of who a Presidential candidate is. Let's face it, Obama has kept them out of the entire primary until now. The public (well a lot of them) feel they don't know Obama and I think it's good for them to see the family. It was the fourth of July, their daughter's birthday and although campaigning, they were together as a family. You act as though he's constantly flaunting his kids. You're most likely upset because the entire family came across so well and it doesn't fit into the "agenda" of the rightwingers or leftover Hillary lapdogs. Actually I think they should have more these interviews. The media has been so unfair to him and I'm guessing people who had doubts about his personality, and watched this found a positive impression.