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WASHINGTON--Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News "On the Record," covered Sen. Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday and posted pictures she snapped of the Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, Fox News Major Garrett and Obama media consultant Jim Margolis. LINK TO VAN SUSTEREN PICTURES

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Mr. Obama has again rose to the occasion. I am also biracial and understand the feelings of frustration of racism for blacks, I also understand the frustraction of whites that feel that other racially different people are given a leg up on help that they don't receive. I feel that if both groups examine the history and situations that brought on the current racial climate in our country that we will realize that we all have to work together to heal the wounds on both sides. We all have to work together to make sure that our children work towards the freedom for all Americans and that all Americans receive benefits like a good standard education, housing, healthcare, and job prospects.

We are losing jobs by the thousands every day. Can we now afford to fight each other?

I missed the speech since I was at work. I would like to see the full speech by Senator Obama, not excerpts. The paper said it would be printed.

Obama's speech was a slap in the face of America!

Obama had a change to separate himself from Reverend Wright and the radical leaders that this pastor endorses.

Obama continues to endorse Reverend Wright by attending this church. What a demonstration of poor judgment. Reverend Wright has no place in this presidential election. Accepting Obama's support for his pastor is asking America to accep hatred.

Barack Obama is not a man who hates -- but Barack Obama chose to walk with a man who does.

Sweet: referring to your comment on page 3 of the Sun-times, with respect to Obama saying something different on Friday....you should not take his words out of context...Obama said he wasn't in church when any of "those" sermons were issued"..referring to those comments depicted on You-tube"..made by Rev. Wright..and what he meant by saying in his speech on page 26 is...did I ever hear him (Rev. Wright) make remarks that could be considered controvsersial while he (Obama) sat in church".Yes. Obama never denied that he didn't hear some controversial statements made by Rev. Wright..while he attending his Church....but he wasn't in the church when "those" particular controversial statements, as shown on You-Tube were said.
As an editor...please read between those lines...and refraim from making some misleading statements.
Thank you.

Obama has passed his test and has set out a vision for America that must not be denied, or should not be denied. Now it is up to Party leaders to be Leaders and end this divisive quest for power of the Clintons and bring unity to the Democratic Party and possibly a greater union to this country. If we really love America we must come together, our problems are too great.

Due to the divisions Camp Clinton initiated into the political society at this time, Obama had to address Race, which turned out to be a good thing and hopefully will begin to heal the division instituted by the Clintons. Obama has shown through this contoversy that he is a true leader. Obama wants a force for good, for groping and solving our problems which effect us today and have not really been addressed or solved. We have to do something new for the old ways have not worked. He has shown by his willingness not to go negative, not to get angry, not to be critical, that he indeed, represents something new and a leader for our times who can work with both Democrats and Republicans.


Unfotunately, there are some who want to continue the Rev. Wright controversy for their own selfish ends. Rev. Wright did not preach hate every day like some want to suggest, and seem so shocked that he, and he alone, only preached this way, not unlike some Right-Wing preachers who sit with presidents today. Pundits like Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, and others who want to continue to sow division, represent the very things they say about Rev. Wright -- hatefulness divisiveness, extremists, and all the ugly things that go along with that type of personality and are a part of the old ways that we want to move away from as we are trying to build a more sane, untified, holistic society, filled with goodwill instead of hate. As long as we have pundits and media who prefer to concentrate on our differences and expoit them, they constitute an impediment, a wall to the very kind of unity we are trying to build. These pundits should not be allowed to make big salaries while they continue to tear America down and apart. They are no friend to America. These pundits like to talk about white, blue collar workers, and what they really want, as if they really represent them with their cushy salaries. However, I am part of the average joes who grew up in up-state New York, and Joe, Pat, and other divisive media personalities, average working people are willing to hear what Obama has to say, white and black, men and women, because they are more concerned about their pocketbooks than continuing a race/gender divide. They don't want to see this Unity, because with unity there is power, a force, either for good or bad but it is a powerful force.

Barack Obama is asking America to put anger aside, to heal, to walk over that bridge in reconcilliation. That is why he, uniquely, can work with Republicans while being a Democrat. America we must demand better of our leaders, politicians and media if we are to survive the herculean problems facing us today. We cannot continue to let the forces of separatism tear us apart, the stakes are way too high. We can demand better and we can do better. It is in us to overcome if we do not let these forces continue to fan the flames of hatred and fear.

It is time for Party Leaders to step in and end Hillary's destructive quest to gain the White House. that She cannot win and only further tears apart not just the Democratic Party apart but also the United States in this quest for power. If she was running for office in a more unifying and ethical way, then I would say more power to her, but she is not. She has run amuck and against Democratic core principles and seems more Republican like than Democratic. As for the Iraq war, Hillary Clinton has no credibility. She can do all the speeches on Iraq that she chooses but no one really believes her. She represents the past ways of doing things which are negative and impediments to the qualities of goodwill and unity which we are trying to implement in a more holistic society. America is embracing her Soul!

Obama is truly teflon...nothing sticks.

Senator Barack Obama's speech was brilliant! I applaud him. He's the first potential Presidential candidate (or any former or sitting President) that has ever openly and so eloquently spoke about the "racial cyst" that exist in America. It's embarassing; because other countries around the world know about our racial divide and the persons in control that don't even bother to extract it from our American society. They don't do so--because racism for them has economic, social, and educational gains for the wealthy. But for the most part it's economic gain on the backs of other races. Most of us are regular working class folks. But there are some that benefit from the "racial cyst" that exist and keeps us divided. If he loses the white male or the independents it would be unfortunate, but it won't be the end of Senator Obama. The Senator no matter what happens will be a force to rekon with from here on out. Politicians should be wary. Because I do believe that the Senator or someone like him would ultimately run again very soon IF Obama doesn't get the nomination. So, it's coming ... a black man will be President of this country (the US of A) one day --- the question for the American voters is --- which black man would you prefer?

Obama's speech was just an example of a desperate, cunning politician trying to save his failing campaign. He did not WANT to make this speech, after consulting with his advisors he felt he HAD to make this speech because his campaign is in free fall. The speech showed Obama to be a man of low morality, and a coward. By throwing his grandmother under the bus and dirtying up her name for political survival, this showed how morally bankrupt he is. This is the same grandmother who helped raise him after his deadbeat, morally bankrupt father ran out on him and his mother. I guess in Obama's case as it pertains to his father the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The coward in him came through when he didn't open up the floor for questions after this political speech. Wake up America, this clown has some destructive, evil forces permeating his soul, and God help not just the U.S.A. but the world if he is handed the most powerful job on the planet.

I suggest the two previous posters check out the blogs on the liberal, pro Obama CNN website. About 75% of the bloggers are calling Obama a hypocrite, a liar, a racist, or all of the above. There are also many Hillary supporters on there saying that if Obama wins the nomination they are voting for McCain, or not voting at all, but will DEFINITELY not vote for Obama. Also, check out the latest poll #'s, Obama is in free fall. In response to the previous post that Obama is the first politician to speak honestly about race. Obama is half black, so he has the freedom to say whatever he wants about any topic. Any white politician knows that his or her career would be over if they spoke honestly about race.

SEN. OBAMA’ SPEECH ???

“I COULD NO MORE DISOWN THE REV. WRIGHT FOR HIS SHORTCOMINGS, AS I COULD NOT DISOWN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, OR MY WHITE GRANDMOTHER.”

“I COULD NO MORE DISOWN THE REV. WRIGHT FOR HIS SHORTCOMIGS, AS I COULD NOT DISOWN THE BLACK COMMUNITY,OR THE WHITE COMMUNITY.”

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT " OR THE WHITE COMMUNITY" STATEMENT WOULD HAVE COME TO MIND NEXT IN WRITING A SPEECH THAT ENDED UP BEING A SHAME ON YOU WHITE AMERICA. INSTEAD HE INSERTS MY WHITE GRANDMOTHER.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT DISOWNING THE WHITE COMMUNITY REMAINS ON THE TABLE???

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