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Obama: Hitting the road for book tour, politics. SUNDAY OBAMA HYPE UPDATE


Just a few blocks from his home in Chicago, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) starts the publicity machine for his second book Tuesday morning at the venerable 57th St. Books, in the city's Hyde Park community near the University of Chicago.
The hype includes an Oprah show (Oprah is touting Obama for president. Obama is selling his book. Oprah is a major force in book selling) and a book tour starting in Chicago and ending in Milwaukee on Oct. 31 with runs across the country in between.

Overlaying the book blitz for Obama will also be a schedule of political appearences--fundraising for Democratic candidates and rallying the troops as it gets closer to the Nov. 7 elections.

SUNDAY UPDATE: The hype over the book triggers more hype about Obama's presidential ambition. It's a political symbiotic perfect storm. As part of the public relations roll-out, Obama's team made a deal for Time Magazine to run excerpts. He's on the cover with the headline ``The Next President,'' and a column by Joe Klein. Klein asks Obama about his presidential ambitions.

``Obama replies that after November, I will think about how I can be most useful to the country and how I can reconcile that with being a good dad and a good husband," he says carefully, and then adds, "I haven't completely decided or unraveled that puzzle yet."

Which is even closer to a yes—or, perhaps, it's just a clever strategy to gin up some publicity at the launch of his book tour.''

Klein, the author of ``Primary Colors,'' the thinly disguised novel about Bill Clinton, has a long history of observing political phenomena. Perhaps that is why his article, of the many written about Obama, is far more tempered and contexted.

``The current Obama mania is reminiscent of the Colin Powell mania of September 1995, when the general—another political rainbow—leveraged speculation that he might run for President into book sales of 2.6 million copies for his memoir, My American Journey. Powell and Obama have another thing in common: they are black people who—like Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan—seem to have an iconic power over the American imagination because they transcend racial stereotypes.''

from the publisher...

Obama book tour
10/17/2006 57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street Ticketed event
Chicago, IL 60637

10/17/2006 Borders Books
830 N. Michigan Avenue Ticketed event
Chicago, IL 60611

10/17/2006 First United Methodist Church
Sponsored by Book Stall at Chestnut Court 77 West Washington Church
Chicago, IL 60093
5 pm

10/18/2006 Barnes & Noble
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
11:30 am

10/19/2006 Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

10/20/2006 Kennedy Library Forum
John F. Kennedy Library, Smith Hall Ticketed event
Boston, MA 02125
5:30 pm

10/21/2006 Free Library of Philadelphia
Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine Ticketed event
Philadelphia, PA 19103
6:30 pm

10/23/2006 Orpheum Theatre, Presented by Changing Hands Book Store
Phoenix, AZ 85003
7 pm

10/24/2006 Tattered Cover Bookstore
1628 16th Street Ticketed event
Denver, CO 80202

10/25/2006 Book Passage Luncheon
Ticketed event Please call store for details
San Francisco, CA 94111

10/26/2006 Benaroya Hall, 200 University St
presented by Elliott Bay Book Co. For information, please contact store
Seattle, WA 98104

10/27/2006 California African American Museum
Presented by Esowon Books 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90016

10/28/2006 Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol's House Chamber Wristband event
Austin, TX 78701

10/30/2006 Borders Books
600 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

10/31/2006 Alverno College's Pitman Theater
Presented by Schwartz Books Ticketed event
Milwaukee, WI 53234


Obama shot himself in the foot with his comment that conservatives should realize that most women value reproductive rights as strongly as they view the right to worship. First of all, conservatives don't view abortion as a right. Instead, they see it as a wrong. Next, he's simply wrong about how strongly conservatives feel on this issue. How many people would be willing to die to protect the right to have an abortion? In contrast, millions of people have died for the right to worship God in their own way.

I can just imagine the fun that Falwell and Robertson will have with this if he becomes a serious candidate for the Presidency. They'll say that Obama believes that there's no difference between killing unborn children and going to church. What was Obama thinking when he wrote this???

I would like for the Barack Obama book tour to come to Atlanta, please.

People are scalping book tour tickets in Seattle - do you know that?

No wonder they sold out in an hour or two for the symphony hall.

We couldn't get any tickets - now we have to buy from the scalpers to go, which we refuse to do.

Why don't you do something to stop this?

Individuals will ultimately be accountable for the gift of free will we've been given. Please, if you are going to reference someones words, use proper citing. Actually, I don't believe any male has a right to stick their noses into the choices of reproduction-you can't comprehend it. Proper citing of those words are: "On democracy and values: In a country as diverse as ours, there will always be passionate arguments about how our democracy works. But our democracy might work a bit better if we recognized that all of us possess values that are worthy of respect: if liberals at least acknowledged that the recreational hunter feels the same way about his gun as they feel about their library books, and if the conservatives recognized that most women feel as protective of their right to reproductive freedom as evangelicals do of their right to worship ("

Hey David, conservatives aren't willing to die for abortion, they are willing to kill for abortion. Big difference. Then again conservatives have never had a problem killing others for thier ideology.

Obama never said anything like that. GOP trolls are trying to spread misinformation about Obama in advance b/c they are scared of his run for the presidency.

Please don't get waited down in the politics of this (democratic, republican, rights, GOP) without considering what is actually going on here. The fact is that the voiceless are being killed, not conservatives (who do sometimes kill others to try and draw attention which is equally horrific).

Here is my cry and my plea, as a young woman born in 1986, 13 years after Roe v. Wade. 1/3 of my generation is missing, there have been 51 legal abortions since 1973. As a feminist who believes in equality - the abortion industry is just that, a grasp for power and money and convenience that fits the philosophy of a throw-away culture. As much as we should be recycling to preserve environmental life and health, we should be protecting the life of the unborn as an act of dignity. Women are often lied to, mislead, and traumatized in the process of aborting their child. I will not condemn them, either the decision to abort or the decision to carry through is a difficult decision. But though both are difficult, one is right - not in the moralistic sense (purely) but in the heart of every mother who knows that here is a small heart and body with fingers and toes living and growing in her belly. The choice to carry through is courageous and has its own rewards too.

What we as human beings should be advocating is a culture of life. Put aside the party talk! This means valuing the life of the unborn, as well as the born. Being a voice for the unborn, the Sudanese refugee, the North Korean political prisoners, the environment, those on death rowe, immigrants, sex-slaves, the homeless. This is the silent revolution that reacts to the powers of communism, fascism, legalism, liberalism, conservatism - all isms that fail to face the world for what it is and individual responsibility for what it is and corporate responsibility for what it is, because we supposedly live in a nation governed by the people and for the people. Is being pro-life legislating morality? not exactly. Wrestle with whether being pro-choice really is legalizing murder, for if it is it's a phenomena of death over 6 times greater than the holocaust.

To be pro-life is not to tow the GOP party line, to be truly pro-life you must be pro-peace, anti-nukes, pro social justice and education reform, pro-environment anti-capital punishment...a lifestyle of life is a commitment to a Ghandi-style life, "The change must begin with me."

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