Michelle Obama: "I Didn't Quite Know What Community Organizing Was"

Part one of another highly-anticipated interview with Sarah Palin aired last night on the Fox News Channel.  Palin looked terrific, relaxed and confident and, as I predicted earlier this week, Sean Hannity let her finish her sentences the entire interview.  Full transcript here, and the video on YouTube here.


In a press conference at the Capitol Hill Club, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a member of the DNC Platform Committee, top fundraiser and friend of Hillary Clinton, endorsed John McCain for president.  Concerned that Barack Obama has taken the Democratic Party too far to the left along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rothschild said, “I worry enormously what will happen to this country if John McCain and Sarah Palin are not elected.  The centrist view would not be heard.”  Rothschild said about Palin, “I think she’s pretty cool.”  About the timing of her endorsement, she said, “If I can help give confidence now to other Democrats to help John McCain and to vote for John McCain, I wanted to do it.”

Yet another day of upheaval in the financial sector yesterday as politicians traded barbs, pointed fingers and “loaned” even more taxpayer money in bailouts.  Amidst the hullabaloo, John McCain’s attempt to fix Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2005 before being thwarted by Democrats was thoroughly documented on 

“Politically, the pertinent question is this: Which candidate foresaw the credit crisis and tried to do something about it?  As it turns out, John McCain did — and partnered with three other Senate Republicans to reform the government’s involvement in lending three years ago, after an attempt by the Bush administration died in Congress two years earlier.”  More at the link.

The American Spectator is reporting that the Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday trying on different spin control scenarios to refute the New York Post report on Obama demanding that Iraq not negotiate with the Bush Administration on the withdrawal of American troops during his July visit to Iraq.  From the link:  “The three problems, according to campaign sources: The report was true, there were at least three other people in the room with Obama and [Iraqi Foreign Minister] Zebari to confirm the conversation, and there was concern that there were enough aggressive reporters based in Baghdad with the sources to confirm the conversation that to deny the comments would create a bigger problem.”

In the streaming video “Meet Michelle Obama” from the Obama campaign website Obama’s own wife questioned what a community organizer does.  “He had told me that he was a community organizer and I didn’t quite know what community organizing was. I had never met anybody who was a community organizer.”  Sarah 1, Michelle 0.

Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo email account was hacked yesterday by a group calling itself “Anonymous” (how original).  Some of Palin’s personal emails were posted on the internet family pictures were stolen and the cell phone number of one of her daughters was published on the web.  McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis issued the following statement, “This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”  As of publication, the emails were still on the Gawker website.

New national poll out from the American Research Group has McCain leading Obama by 3 percentage points.  ARG also conducted 26 state polls with individual state breakdowns which are included on their website.