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NEW YORK -- The uproar over Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, shook up his staffers and was the "low point" of his presidential bid, an adviser told donors Thursday, providing the first inside account of how the Wright crisis affected the campaign.

"Probably the low point in the campaign occurred last Saturday . . . with the Rev. Wright experience, and everybody was asking ourselves, 'How much damage would it do and why and could it be repaired?'" said Greg Craig, one of Obama's chief foreign policy advisers. Craig spoke at a sold-out, $1,000-a-person fund-raising lunch in Manhattan headlined by Obama.


"And I can tell you the campaign was running around just as much on a roller coaster as the rest of us were," said Craig, who once served as one of President Bill Clinton's impeachment lawyers.

Obama traveled to Manhattan for fund-raisers, to sprint through a series of interviews and to deliver a speech on the economy at which he was introduced by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an Independent and onetime Republican and Democrat.

Last December, Obama and Bloomberg breakfasted together, and Obama paid the billionaire's tab. On Wednesday, the Obama campaign confirmed, Obama called Bloomberg and asked him to look over his speech and introduce him before he spoke. Bloomberg made a point of saying he has not endorsed anyone yet. Obama has been wooing and attracting Independents and Republicans, and Bloomberg's appearance triggered speculation of an Obama-Bloomberg ticket.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal national survey shows Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a tie and both in a statistical dead heat with presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain.

"This poll shows that despite this experience, Barack Obama's negatives had not increased. They're exactly the same, and to the extent that we took a hit, we recovered ... and it shows I think the resilience of not only the campaign but of the candidate," Craig said at the fund-raiser.

Still, the Wright episode is not behind Obama and remains a problem for the general election, if Obama is the nominee. NBC reported Thursday that bulletins published by Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side included "anti-Israel" material and a piece calling Italians "garlic noses" and references to "White supremacists" who "run the U.S. government."

Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer said, "I think comments like that have no place in the public discourse."

The Obama-Clinton contest is in its most tense phase, as Democrats worry if the civil war will only assure a McCain victory in November.

Obama told ABC's Charlie Gibson on Thursday, "I don't think we are hurt, long-term. ... I think what's gonna happen is that there are gonna be some bruised feelings, whoever the nominee is."

The fund-raiser was in a banquet hall in the Credit Suisse building but was not, contrary to the Clinton campaign claim, connected with the firm, one of those associated with the subprime mortgage meltdown.

Obama also visited with the women of ABC's "The View," where co-host Barbara Walters told him in a segment to be broadcast today, "We thought you were very sexy looking." Obama made no reply. But he did fan himself.

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There is still so much more we don't know about Obama. He has made claims that were found to be false or embellished. He had nothing to do with that asbestos claim, amoung others.
This deal with Rezko can come out during the generals, and then dems will not win.

I can't support someone who doesn't have much experience, and who's only claim is Judgement, without experience and with out the gain of wisdom from that experience.

The Wright thing is just an example of that. Obama was running for nomination to run for Presidency. He should have distance himself a long time ago from Wright. He did not. I do not believe he did not know.

We haven't seen the low point because, unlike what Obama told the starstruck women on The View, it's not about 'vetting' his minister--it's about 'vetting' Obama. Vetting means not just the story lines, but how people will interpret them.
And people have only recently started comparing the treatment Obama gave Don Imus with the treatment Obama gave a minister he followed for 20 years. Expect that to escalate once the Republicans really get going.
We haven't seen the low point, because our Chicago media is trying to parlay Obama's candidacy into side streams of revenue--print people getting sideline gigs on MSNBC, etc.. And they're doing this while the investigative reporters at their newspapers are not pursuing Rezko and the Chicago Combine on trial story properly. That will happen.
In the Fall.
After the Chicago candidate has given the MAXIMUM dollar amount possible to our Chicago based reporters' corporate media bosses.
Wake up! If Obama does not join into Hilary's campaign soon, we LOSE and LOSE BIG.
This could hurt Obama's eventual chances to become president!
It's not going to be Obama in the white house this time. His candidacy right now is built upon cynical republicans voting him in quietly in Iowa. They only started bragging about it when they felt they'd been called on it--and they were not called on it by the news media until tired everyday blogging types called them on it.
Our news media continues to let us down and sell us out.
Obama supporters---this is not an attack on the candidate. This is a call for reason and rationality. Hilary clinton and Bill clinton are not your enemies.
We're on the same team.
Obama has a major major ego problem and it will hurt our country if he does not hear from former supporters that it's time for him to join the Clinton campaign. For the good of the party.
For the good of the country. For the good of the planet.

Golden Oldie, you are correct in your analysis. Last night on Anderson Cooper's show, he had a reporter from Time magazine on who said that McCain's people have told him that if Obama is the nominee this Wright controversy will be invaluable to them when they present the real Obama to the American people. The reporter also said McCain's camp is "licking their chops" in anticipation of getting at Obama. BTW, if you want to be a good American and help stop Obama from ruining this country, go to JohnMccain.com and make a contribution. I answered this call from my country yesterday and gave him 50 bucks. I suggest every patriotic American do the same.

Obama is a speech

His Ideas, ideologies, and religious beliefs, personal flaws are something that will deter him making a good President.

He is a pacifist, who wants to sweet talk the world. Our Enemies are cheering for him to win. It will make their goals easier.

He is indebted to his church. He owes them. His loyalty and allegiance is to his church and Africa. Evident by his actions, deeds and what he says. (if they paid for his schooling he is indebted forever to them)

Obama is the front man, He is to use his power with words and speeches. That is all he has or knows. Who is the power behind him? Who will be running the country while he tries to talk the American people into things? His church? the black leaders? The Mob?

The Democrat party is destroying itself, by pushing him on to the American People. Do they want to destroy the country also? They must, because the people do not want obama.

Mr Obama has never ever taken responsibility for any of his actions, deeds or spoken words or lies. Never not once. He has, cast blame, demanded apologizes, pointed fingers, mislead, Slung mud, and constantly pushing people, transferring blame, and accused others of things. That is the mainstay of his campaign.

Go Obama, take Michelle, rev right and your crooked friends with you. We do not need you or want you as our president.

God Bless America

Love it or leave it

No one objects to a honest and healthy debate, but what they do object to is one based upon lies, smear, distortion -- swiftboating and/or the Tonya Harding, however, Tonya Harding was sent packing in disgrace. And does she have to divide and separate the country by Gender & Race while she is Pressing on to win the top job? This is a New Era -- the Age of Aquarius/Brotherhood. It is about turning the page -- it is the old separative, materialistic and corrupt politicians vs. the new moral/ethical politicians (I call them the New Age Politicians as they work on building a more holistic and unified society where wealth is shared among the masses.)

Camp Clinton, is enraged with Barack that people have discovered that Hillary has a "truth" problem, that she got caught telling that horrendous tall tale, "the Bosnian Sniper Fire" story and now everyone knows her true character and the depths she will go to embellish her own persona, and the fact that people are now skeptical to believe anything that she says... However, I am surprised that Andrea Mithcell, who went on that trip with her, never reported that there wasn't any Sniper fire until it became public knowledge, though Hillary had told that story three (3) times before, yet Andrea does think it is her personal mission to dig up old sermons of Rev. Wright's and expose them to the public. Rev. Wright is no worse than Pat Buchanan who is allowed to make a cushy salary on talk shows while he continually spews out words of fear, separatism and hate within our society, and he has been getting away with it for years! And, if that is not Anti-American, I do not know what is! On these talk shows he is allowed to say very controversial and racial statements, and all he gets is a pat-on-the back and more air time! He is the very thing he accuses Rev. Wright of and worse. If Morning Joe and certain Pundits are going to object to Rev. Wright's words than they should object to Pat Buchanan's too! Yet, Rev. Wright's words would be pertienent except for the fact that we are electing a President, Not a Pastor, and those are Rev. Wright's words NOT Barack's, as in the Sniper Fire Story which are Hillary's and Hillary's alone.

Then there is the statement Hillary likes to make "that she would never meet with her enemies", than why did she meet and sit down with her Arch Enemy, Richard Mellon Scaife, to re-introduce the Rev. Wright matter. This is the same Richard Scaife, who accused Hillary and Bill of Vince Foster's murder, 60 murders in all, and was their personal persecutor and devil while they were in the White House and took them on a witch hunt for years, What's that about, what did she really tell him?

In her desire to make Barack look unelectable it seems, instead, Hillary's Chickens are Coming Home to Roost!

GO AHEAD AND GIVE YOUR MONEY TO MCCAIN, REMEMBER BUSH AND CHENEY
CALLED HIM THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE EIGHT YEARS AGO!
YOU'RE JUST AFRAID TO HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT, YOUR RACISM IS
COMING OUT VERY CLEAR.
YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THE FULL SERMONS OF REV. WRIGHT AND NOT BE
DECEIVED BY FOX NEWS.
MCCAIN AND HILLARY CAN'T STOP THE BEST, YES AND YOU KNOW IT,
BARACK OBAMA IS THE BEST CANDIDATE.
MCCAIN HAS ALOT OF SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSET, AND YOU KNOW IT,
AND HE BETTER KEEP JOE LEIBERMAN AROUND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR
HIM. THE VIETNAM WAR AND AGE HAVE DONE HIM IN!
DON'T FORGET HE SAID HE DOESN'T KNOW ALOT ABOUT ECONOMY ISSUES!
28 MILLION PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH
AND YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR A 71 YEAR OLD GUY.
DON'T FORGET- CONTENT OF CHARACTER, NOT THE COLOR OF ONE'S SKIN!

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