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Sweet: Obama says he has not seen the "red phone" ad.


AIRBORNE FROM SAN ANTONIO EN ROUTE BROWNSVILLE---After Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made a brief visit to the Mexican border following an event with Christian evangelicals in the border town of Brownsville, Obama made a very short stroll down the aisle in the campaign plane.

On wooing Hispanic voters:

"We seem to have consistently made inroads. The more people know about me and my track record. Obviously we've got a lot of catching up to do in Texas generally. But we seem to be making progress.

His Spanish:

"My accent's always been good. It's just that I only know 15 words."

I asked him if he knew any foreign language. Obama has called for all students to learn a second language.

"Indonesian, which comes in handy for the vast Indonesian population."

On if he has ever been to the border

"I've been to the border in California, but not in Texas?"

"The issue is complex. Americans don't view it uniformly … Even along the Arizona border, people obviously have a very different opinion about the issue than along the Texas border. In dealing with each, you have to make sure you are talking to state officials … it doesn't negate the points that I made in Iowa. There is consistency between what I said in front of occasionally angry audiences in Iowa with what I'm saying here, which is we've got to have strong border security. We've got to crack down on employers and we're going to have to provide a pathway to citizenship as well as improve legal immigration and improve the Mexican economy to generate jobs.

I asked Obama how he planned to use his bully pulpit if president on immigration--something he said on Thursday he wanted to do.

"I think going over their heads of Congress to talk directly to the American people about how we can solve the problem."

On if he was connecting to Hispanic evangelicals

"it's always hard to gauge. We're always doing faith outreach in various venues. The hsianic evangelical movement is growing faster than just about any religious group. It just doesn't get a lot of attention to mainstream …

On things overall are going

"It's a tight race...."The Clintons are formidable."

A referene to the "red phone" ad in the news

"I haven't seen the ad."

I asked if he sees his ads.

"I read the script," he said.


Sen. Obama forget to mention that, "we have to give driver licenses to illegal aliens...and then, because of the motor/voter law, they can go register to vote...and then they can vote for more democrats, who will give them more benefits"...etc....etc...

The 'seeing Red and Rezko' article is excellent. It is telling that so late in the campaign, Sen. Obama sits by as Tim Russert badgers Clinton about First Lady records, tax returns, and yet does not sit down with the journalists who must cover government day to day for those of us who work all day. Russert and the pundit clowns would have a 'field day' with Clinton's naval lint and possibly sway an election on relatively trivial items for a candidate who has weathered truly brutal national races--Kucinich, and Edwards also did this.
We do not yet know if Obama withstands this pressure. His handlers have shielded him too much, too long.
Rezko and the Chicago developers connected to the Daley Dems ain't nothing. These are the people who ruined affordable housing in Chicago for their own selfish greed--and get away with it daily (pardon the pun). Re-watch Bill Kurtis' 1994 documentary: HUD: America's Slumlord.
We don't question the connections of the Obama campaign to media savvy people. They quickly found technicians and voice-over people who could replicate the look, fell, even the sound of the Clinton ad. Brava! But, we saw Wag the Dog. That does not, should not impress us as citizens, as voters. Chris Fusco, Dave McKinney, Tim Novak and Carol Marin are the reporters Senator Obama (and Michelle) need to sit down with and be honest with NOW! Before supporters, voters, citizens spend any more time forming the emotional opinions that spring very readily from campaign commercials. Every person who's written a check has the right to ask--IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN'T TOLD US THAT COULD MEAN JOHN MCCAIN GETS ELECTED IN THE FALL AND NOT YOU IF YOU'RE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET?
Lynn Sweet should be commended for doing what journalists seldom do--give credit to others doing a different task. When a journalist on a tough story is basically told 'talk to the hand' by a neophyte politician who would be king, then the other journalists should circle the wagons and say "No more junkets, no more rallies, you do not exist until you show the respect to our colleague on this other story."
Okay that won't happen. Two links to Carol Marin's work (tv and print) are why it should. (video about 100 million dollars worth of failed housing in State Sen. Obama's former district); and,CST-EDT-carol25.article
Take note of the Obama staffer monitoring the whereabouts of 2 journalists.
This may be why senior civil rights figures cautioned the neophyte pol to wait at least one election cycle. Maybe two.

Ms. Sweet,

Can I safely surmise that you are a Clinton backer based upon the one-sided, utterly-subjective, and not-so-veiled support of the former First Lady? The fact that you have added, and your employer has allowed, the addition of a photo showing Senator Obama and Tony Rezko only speaks to the pathetic undermining of a candidate who is honest, straightforward, and, yes, who can admit to making a "boneheaded" mistake. I don't recall your raising the Whitewater issue nor, if my memory serves me correctly, do I remember your calling for the exposing of Mrs. Clinton's tax records. If the Sun-Times is going to honor the ability of a journalist by allowing her the entire second page of a major newspaper to print her opinions, then do you think it would be too much to ask for some balance?

So, on the conference call with reporters and Hillary's campaign on Feb 29th, someone asked what foreign policy crisis Hillary had dealt with in her career. Answer: Silence. Then, the speech she gave in China.

You read correctly, (paraphrasing) "she made a speech in China. And some other stuff, but mostly it's that she has more experience." And these were her main policy and campaign guys, not some clueless recent endorsers.

It's really stunning that no one else is asking these questions.

you can listen here if posting a link is allowed:

Lynn is balanced. Why do some Obama supporters equate backing their candidate with trashing journalists for doing their jobs, bloggers for stating opinions? And, assuming Lynn were not the balanced journalist she is, that's what Mary Mitchell's over the top denunciations of Hilary are for.

Joel--are you on Obama's payroll? A bone-headed mistake is leaving the car keys in the ignition overnight. Cozying up to a mansion-enabling crook who ruins 100 million dollars worth of housing for poor people is, well, what is it? Indictable? Enough to end our chances to defeat McCain?
Eyes on the prize, Joey.

question: is Obama using the same techniqe Oprah used when she was facing a lawsuit re red meat in that she had dr. phil help her in what she said, how she said it and body language? some time back?

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