Last week Barack Obama announced that his Democratic National Convention speech would be held at Invesco Field in Denver. The move is certainly representative of his personality-driven campaign. Where would the Democratic Party be without their star? Actor Robert Redford isn’t very hopeful. Last week at Trinity College he said, “I hope he’ll win. I think he will. If he doesn’t, you can kiss the Democratic Party goodbye.”
The decision to mov e his speech to Invesco Field is indicative of how the Obama campaign operates. The decision left networks scrambling to rework their budget and convention coverage. The decision isn’t about reaching the largest audience. It’s about Obama, the wannabe rock star. The move to Invesco Field is going forward despite an $11 million shortfall in convention funding. Denver Councilman Charles Brown said, “The issue is the money. Show me the money. Here we are $11 million short. There are some serious financial questions [already] being raised, and now we’ve got this.”
We hope the Obama campaign has budgeted for the carbon credits to alleviate their 75,000-person extravaganza.
Michelle Obama: The Voice of the Common Woman
Christina Bellatoni of The Washington Times reports that while the Obama camp was scolding Phil Gramm for his “whiners” comment, Michelle Obama was whining about the amount of the economic stimulus checks. “You’re getting $600 — what can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn’t pay down every bill every month,” she said. “The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings.”
How About Adios?
Last week Barack Obama continued lecturing Americans on how positively embarrassing we’ve become. Obama told the audience:
You know, I don’t understand when people are going around worrying about, “We need to have English- only.” They want to pass a law, “We want English-only.”
Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your kids can speak Spanish.
You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual. We should have every child speaking more than one language.
You know, it’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. Then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup.
Obama Won’t Meet with Military Families
A coalition of military support groups have invited Barack Obama and John McCain to participate at a town hall-type meeting in Belton, Texas on August 11. Belton is just down the road from Fort Hood, the Army’s largest post. The event organizers estimate that up to 800 of the service members who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan have come through Fort Hood.
The town hall meeting will be attended by 6,000 military family members, veterans and service members. McCain has agreed to participate, but Obama has declined citing a scheduling conflict. Managing Director of the event, Carissa Picard said, “I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why. We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates.”
It’s understandable that Obama is apprehensive about this town hall meeting. He’ll be surrounded by thousands people with more foreign policy experience than he has. A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Fort Hood with Ted Nugent’s wife, Shemane. The soldiers and family members we met were so grateful to talk to people outside of their community about their thoughts on the war on terrorism and importance of finishing their mission. It was a memorable visit and it’s unfortunate that Obama won’t be able to experience it.
But He Will Meet with the Palestinian President
Obama will stop in the West Bank next week during his trip through the Middle East. The International Herald Tribune reported:
The Palestinians expressed satisfaction over the planned meeting with the presumptive Democratic nominee, which comes months after Obama’s likely Republican opponent, John McCain, passed over the Palestinians during a brief visit to Israel.
Obama is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his July 23 stop in Ramallah, said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, wh o was in Paris for a Mediterranean summit.
At the 2007 AIPAC Policy Forum in Chicago, Obama told the audience, “Our job is to renew the United States’ efforts to help Israel achieve peace with its neighbors while remaining vigilant against those who do not share this vision. . . That effort begins with a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel: our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy. That will always be my starting point.”
Apparently the starting point is actually President Mahmoud Abbas’s doorstep.
It’s not unusual for companies and organizations to buy up domain names similar to theirs. Several domain names like obamaclinton08.com, obamaedwards08.com and obamabiden08.com are redirected to generic websites that simply “park” a bunch of domain names. One domain name, however, has been more active. ObamaBayh08.com was originally redirected to Obama’s official campaign website. Once a political gossip site caught on, the website was temporarily redirected to Yahoo. As of this week, ObamaBayh08.com now directs to the Democratic Party’s website.
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