Obama, big teaser. On Monday night football, makes faux White House announcement. Read entire script here.

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What a kidder, that Obama.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), preparing for a 2008 White House run, taped a bit of schtick for the Monday night big football game, where the Bears were playing St. Louis.

Obama,coming off a big play in New Hampshire on Sunday--front page in local papers plus Washington Post and Boston Globe--says he needs to talk about a "very important contest.'' It's not what you think.

"In Chicago, they’re asking, does the new guy have enough experience to lead us to victory?"

Good evening, I’m Senator Barack Obama.

I’m here tonight to answer some questions about a very important contest that’s been weighing on the minds of the American people.

This is a contest about the future. A contest between two very different philosophies. A contest that will ultimately be decided in America’s heartland.

In Chicago, they’re asking, does the new guy have enough experience to lead us to victory?

In St. Louis, they’re wondering, are we facing a record that’s really so formidable? Or is it all just a bunch of hype?

Let me tell you – I’m all too familiar with these questions.

So tonight I’d like to put all the doubts to rest. And tonight, after a lot of thought and a good deal of soul-searching, I would like to announce to my hometown of Chicago and all of America that I’m ready….

…for the Bears to go all the way! [sings Monday Night Football theme song]


IMHO, it was grandstanding (no pun intended) pure and simple!

His handlers should know better.

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Lynn Sweet

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