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INDEPENDENCE, IA.—The power of product advertising is such that everyone here just knew the punchline this Saturday morning without White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama having to say a thing.

Here’s the set-up to a communal moment.

At a town hall, Obama slammed the Clintons for running a closed health care reform operation in 1992 and 1993. The “did it the wrong way because they went behind closed doors and tried to do it by themselves.”

And then he started talking about drugs companies and how “A whole bunch of these profits are going into these tv ads where you don’t even know what the ads are for.

“You don’t know what the drugs do, right? There are people running in fields and they are all dancing. Actually, that is not true. There is one drug where you know what it is for.”

People burst our laughing and applauded. Everybody got it.

That one drug Obama was joking about: Can it be anything but those heavily advisertised pills for erectile dysfunction?

UPDATE--Obama just used this line again in Waterloo. And got the same instant communal response. A Viagra campaign moment.

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Obama's lines remind me of the great oratory of Elmer Gantrey the movie land tent preacher who kept people spell bound with his voice . Promise them what they want to hear, get their money in your hat. Only in this case he is schilling for your vote. He can't possibly deliver with Congress and the ready cash to do it with is just not there. Right now I think the nation's physical health is poor. The Wars are draining us dry and we will have to pay back China before we can really take of our own I believe we can all thank Bush's crowd of incompentence Rob

Hmm.. Either the joke has no punch or I do not get it!

Wow, this was one dumb article and one dumb comment. And why does Obama have something to say about whether drug companies choose to advertise or not? The reason that they can't make claims in some ads is that there is not time to substantiate the claims, so they are going for name recognition.

http://www.lezident.com That lezident term is turning up all over...have you heard it?

It's called "standing up" for what you believe in.

How is that funny? He needs to focus on America - he's overqualified to be town mayor, but the presidency, well, that's a different story entirely.

Edwards used this same joke a week earlier in Iowa (and actually in 2003 too)

I guess there's no plagiarism in politics. (unless it's joe biden)

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2007/12/edwards_silly_season_has_begun.html

Well, I liked the joke and your campaign tidbit, Lynn. Don't mind the naysayers. Keep the anecdotes coming.

What is the point of this article? Obama made a humorous reference in a speech about health care. I think its just some Obama-hating.

Well, in Europe, drug companies are not allowed to advertise at all. Which makes sense. You can make anyone think that a pill can solve all of their problems by just the way you phrase an advertisement. I remember after watching one and thinking I was suffering from depression. I really wanted to start taking that pill so that I could be a more social person. So, lezident, remember, these are drugs we are talking about, not some brand of soda. It matters if drug companies advertise. Especially in this country where everyone wants the easiest fix.

I have to admit I wonder a bit about Mr. Obama. His record seems to be considerably more conservative than his stump speeches would indicate.

Isn't it time the Democrats moved far enough away from the Republican Party so that an objective observer could tell there is actually a two-party system in the US?

I have no issues w/ any current candidates. I chose Hillary. Now you may think she does not fit your concept of "I have to love the candidate emotionally" or that you have issues w/ the fact that she actually has thoughts, maybe god forbid has not made her mind up on an issue yet. I chose her BECAUSE-------

She will fix the things that matter. I don't want the "HOPE" candidate... I want the "get down and dirty and Fix this crap" candidate. You go be the Tree hugger and I will be for the candidate who will save the forest. She may give up a few trees to the loggers, but will compromise to save the big picture.

I don't care about whether you feel all emotionally tangled up in how she looks or sounds when laughing or OMG she is polarizing because we liberals have fallen for the Repub's standard attack line on her( while factually we have heard from her fellow senator's on both sides who speak highly off her).

RATHER...I look at my wife who travels internationally ( forever hearing how "we are not really liked outside this country" and she is concerned about her safety because it's border lining ridiculous the hatred out there), my son who's future is tough because of this debt and borrowing for this war, Our retirement in 25 years looking bleak -- and I go That"s why I chose Hillary.

I choose her because "when I sit with my family at the dinner table". I see her as the best horse in the race that has proven (Clinton years), for my family"s chance of a better life- be it fiscal safety or back to our American standards.

The lady has Balls and earned respect among the big boys in congress... and gets it done.

Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clintons, Clintons.

I will vote for Obama because I believe that the country should have a clean break from the entrenched power.

Also I don't see Hillary has any remarkable "experience" as she claimed. Considering:

- voting for Iraq war--the gigantic foreign policy failure. in addition to that her senate record is thin and timid

- her only official responsibility in her husband's administration is the failure of health insurance reform

- she did travel extensively as a first lady, which actually caused a great deal complaint from Republican party, thinking she used too much tax payers' money for "personal" travel

- her campaign tactic is the most scarry part--planting questions, spreading rumors, it reminded me of Bush's tactic

- enlisting all the heavyweights to advocate for her while we voters prefer a candidate who can stands on his/her own shoes to prove him/herself. This is another evidence of Washington Establishment wants to prolong their way. If Hillary is so great, why not makes case for and by herself instead of outside advocates.

Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clintons, Clintons.

I will vote for Obama because I believe that the country should have a clean break from the entrenched power.

Also I don't see Hillary has any remarkable "experience" as she claimed. Considering:

- voting for Iraq war--the gigantic foreign policy failure. in addition to that her senate record is thin and timid

- her only official responsibility in her husband's administration is the failure of health insurance reform

- she did travel extensively as a first lady, which actually caused a great deal complaint from Republican party, thinking she used too much tax payers' money for "personal" travel

- her campaign tactic is the most scarry part--planting questions, spreading rumors, it reminded me of Bush's tactic

- enlisting all the heavyweights to advocate for her while we voters prefer a candidate who can stands on his/her own shoes to prove him/herself. This is another evidence of Washington Establishment wants to prolong their way. If Hillary is so great, why not makes case for and by herself instead of outside advocates.

America deserves free people and natural beauty to preserve the hopes and aspirations of the World. We are the World's role model of how great and wonderful humankind can be.

Barack Obama represents America's greatest hope of demonstrating to the World that humanity is wonderful and far greater than blind Supercapitalism, which buys and sells EVERYTHING.

Human Freedom and Natural Beauty is not for sale. Some things are precious and not for sale by Wall Street's Supercapitalism.

Human Freedom is not for sale. Natural Beauty is not for sale. America is sacred and loved by Americans and the World.

WE THE PEOPLE with Barack Obama as our spokesperson will realize the wonderful brilliance of AMERICA.

The World wants a WONDERFUL AMERICA to lead the way for FREE PEOPLE and NATURAL BEAUTY for present and future generations.

America deserves free people and natural beauty to preserve the hopes and aspirations of the World. We are the World's role model of how great and wonderful humankind can be.

Barack Obama represents America's greatest hope of demonstrating to the World that humanity is wonderful and far greater than blind Supercapitalism, which buys and sells EVERYTHING.

Human Freedom and Natural Beauty is not for sale. Some things are precious and not for sale by Wall Street's Supercapitalism.

Human Freedom is not for sale. Natural Beauty is not for sale. America is sacred and loved by Americans and the World.

WE THE PEOPLE with Barack Obama as our spokesperson will realize the wonderful brilliance of AMERICA.

The World wants a WONDERFUL AMERICA to lead the way for FREE PEOPLE and NATURAL BEAUTY for present and future generations.

Obama shares his memory of watching his own dying mother fret over healthcare bills in our current system. HRC plays the system and accepts the most campaign money from BigPharma and health insurers.

It's funny...one person here accuses Obama of being a republican, another calls him a tree hugger. Why don't you do your homework? Obama is an American. He calls it as he sees it.
How is it that people talk about Hillary's experience? Tell me, what has she accomplished? I have yet to hear of some major initiative that she has pushed through. If she has so much more experience, why hasn't she accomplished anything?
Being from Illinois myself, I think Obama has done an amazing job of rising above traditional Illinois democratic politics, and actually getting things done by working across the aisle. If he can do that here, he can certainly do it in Washington!
Do your homework. Obama has Illinois republicans supporting him. I met Mitt Romney's campaign manager here in Illinois. He is a state senator here, and he told me personally that he knows Obama and has the greatest respect for him. We need someone that people on both sides can respect. That man is Barack Obama.

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