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Clinton camp says Obama did not go far enough to reject Father Pfleger comments

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WASHINGTON--After first decling to comment on the fiery rhetoric of Father Michael Pfleger mocking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Thursday night the Clinton campaign said Sen. Barack Obama's saying he was "disappointed" in Pfleger did not go far enough.

From Clinton spokesman Phil Singer:
"Divisive and hateful language like that is totally counterproductive in our efforts to bring our party together and have no place at the pulpit or in our politics. We are disappointed that Senator Obama didn't specifically reject Father's Pflegler's dispicable comments about Senator Clinton, and assume he will do so."

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TELL SENATOR CLINTON TO STOP TRYING TO DISTRACT THE OUTCOME, SHE
HAS LOST AND THAT IS IT, BARACK OBAMA GAVE HIS VIEW OF THE SPEECH,
HE DEFENDED HER, NOW LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY!

Hillary will be vindicated when Obama and his merry band of rqacists and terrorists lose the electoral college vote in November. Most of us can see through Obama and he CANNOT win. The Democrats could have won with Hillary but Reid, Pelosi, Dean, Kerry, Kennedy etc think they know more than the average American and they keep trying to force Obama down our throats. Hopefully when he loses in November he will crawl back to Chicago and stay there- GOOD RIDDENS !!!

Too Too funny how this black church of racism and hatred keeps trying to derail their own man's campaign !!! Explain that to us someone please !! Keep up the goodwork- its working. Obama's popularity is being destroyed bit by bit and no amount of damage control from the DNC is going to help this disastrous freight train anymore !!! Write in a vote for Hillary, email the DNC and tell them you've changed your mind- we no longer want hate-filled racists in our White House. P.S Can we get a sneak peek at that video the Republicans have of Michelle Obama trashing white people ? Or do we have to wait til October to see it ??

Obama & campaign accepted Clinton's one-sided apology concerning the Kennedy assasination considering the fact that Obama might become the first black President of the U.S. Their campaign is so sensitive now due to their loss. Stop the nonsense and let's bring the Democratic party together.

OBAMA 08

Frankly, does ANYONE in GOOD conscience belief that Barack Obama should be held responsible for EVERYTHING ANY Pastor says?

If so, then John McCain should be held responsible for what his pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley have said.

I think the Father's display was to divert attention from Obama's lie about his Great Uncle as he served in the Navy stationed in the Pacific and was nowhere near the Army, nor Buchewald.

Additionally, the story that Obama's incorporated into his speeches for the last 6 years that his Grandfather's joined the Army the day after Pearl Harbor is also a lie. He joined 6 months AFTER.

To correct a misstatement: Obama's uncle was a member of the 89th Infantry Division - I believe that is Army, not Navy. Their tribute website is filled with information regarding their activities:
http://www.89infdivww2.org/

"Concerning the service of Mr. Charles Payne: C.T. Payne was a soldier in the 89th Infantry Division. He served in the 355th Infantry Regiment, Company K. The 355th Infantry Regiment was the unit to liberate Ohrdruf. Mr. Payne was there."

Ohrdruf was the work camp associated with Buchenwald. WARNING - GRAPHIC PHOTOS

Since when does a politician have the moral authority, much less any obligation, to agree or disagree with a pastor? If it is YOUR pastor, you can leave the church or stay. If it is NOT your pastor, expect them to say things you do not like. They are called to speak the Word of God, which sometimes they do, and folks don't like it. And sometimes they just say whatever they want, and folks ought to be used to that by now.

the Democrats at the national level have killed the party. Having Michigan and Florida sitting this one out is an outrage. The same old tired dancers continue to complicate, what is already an exhaustive campaign. 2012 is far away. Obama may be "within reach" of the Delgates, but he hasn't given anyone a reason to vote for him. I have become a McCain Democrat.

I am so tired of the manufacturing of worthless news stories. Why can't someone in the news industry focus on real issues confronting the American people? For instance, the economy or maybe the oil/gasoline issue.

Once again....who cares! If Obama didn't say it, remind me why this is getting so much media coverage.

No, Obama should not be "held accountable" for everything some pastor he knows says.
However this isn't the first, or even the second.
He attended this church for 20 years. OK, he did his thing about Reverand Wright and he got the benefit of the doubt from many of us, including many civil and objective Clinton supporters.

Even though he hemmed and hawed and it took forever to put it to rest, to make the break, he was disappointed, yet he also gave a speech after reportedly acting as if it was no big deal using "his opponents" or "some are saying" to belittle the concern people hade.
He gave a great speech on race, he showed his own "typical white lady" moment and finally he had do disown Wright.
Then it happened again... the new pastor of the church... and again. you will have to go to You Tube to see them all, most not reported.

Anyway, after defending him, defending Wright, understanding his dilemma, seeing more come out, again defending and dismissing, its getting old.
This one is particularly hateful.Obama has known this priest for 20 years as well and has done work with him.

Once, you can say it's a shock, it's disappointing. Twice you can still claim ignorance and disappointment.After that it's a pattern.
What I am now suspecting that this is more an Axelrod strategy.
When I first thought about it yesterday I shook my head and looked for the tin foil to make myself a hat.
But the more I thought it over the more I saw the possibility.
Think about it.
They don't have much to lose. Those who are not going to vote for Obama because of race are already written off so they don't have to worry about them. The supporters they have that are in swoondomm (I can't figure out a way to say it that doesn't sound bad, sorry) don't care what he or anyone connected to him says so they aren't losing those votes at all and the well educated and/or culturally sophisticated wouldn't really be that affected so know loss there.
But what is there to gain?
It brings up and puts out into the American consciousness the narrative that Axelrod created in Jan/Feb.
Hillary Clinton/Clinton's as racists.

Damn he is good. Astroturfing at its finest.
I hate him. I think he is a dishonest and disloyal pig.
But he is brilliant at what he does. Gotta give him credit. Destructive but brilliant. I wish Clinton had hired him.

IT GETS ALOT OF COVERAGE BECAUSE FOX NEWS WAS SITTING WITH
BAITED BREATH FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN, THEY SEND SPIES
INTO THE CHURCH TO WATCH FOR THINGS LIKE THIS!
THEY EVEN SENT SPIES TO JUDGE PINCHAM'S FUNERAL AT TRINITY, THEY
CALL SICK MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE THAT IS LISTED ON THE
ORDER OF WORSHIP PAMPHLET!
SEAN HANNITY LOVES THIS NEGATIVITY, HE IS REALLY A PERSON THAT NEEDS PRAYER!

CALL TO DEMOCRACY IN ACTION FROM INFORMED DEMOCRATS TO DNC

To: DNC Members
From: Informed Democrats
Re: Michigan and Florida Voters Candidate Intent and Voices Counted devoid of misogynistic, anti-woman, and/or sexist behavior
Date: Until Michigan and Florida are Seated

Dear Governor Dean and the Esteemed DNC Members,

As a lifelong Democrat, I continue to ask myself why you, the Democratic National Committee continue to conduct yourselves in the tradition of the Republican Party?

Throughout the history of the United States of America, we have been fortunate enough to have had many major political parties: Republican, Federalist, Democratic Republican, Whig, Free Soil Party, Know Nothings, Populist, Progressive, Bull Moose, Reform and of course, our beloved Democratic Party.

We are Americans; therefore, we are bright, intelligent, literate, passionate, honest, and hard-working and sometimes Bible thumping and Second Amendment gun-totters.

Therefore, for the love of our Democratic Party, please cease and desist your deplorable actions against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and seat Michigan and Florida as the voices of the voters intended, and award her the delegates she EARNED fair and square.

Why embarrass the Democratic Party any further by awarding the nomination to the media created Manchurian Candidate Obama and wait for the Republicans and the 529 to unload to the world Obama’s unelectable dirty laundry: Antoin Rezko, William Ayers, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Iraqi born Aiham Alsammarae, the former electricity minister convicted of corruption in Iraq and his deal with Obama and Rezko to build nuclear power plants in Iraq-a nation we are currently at war?

If you will not listen to reason, please accept this CALL TO DEMOCRACY IN ACTION as fair warning that the17 million plus Americans voting for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, if Michigan and Florida are not seated with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s full award allocation, will in fact:

Leave the Democratic Party en masse;

Work diligently against any Democratic candidate who willfully and purposefully bashed, maligned, or denigrated Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for misogynistic, anti-woman, and/or sexist purposes (don’t think we can’t, we are a powerful coalition, and we can give our $2,300.00 personally to any candidate we like and agree);

Vote for Senator John McCain, USMC retired in November if Senator Barack Obama is the Democratic Party’s nominee (trust and believe-we will never get behind Senator Barack Obama or mindlessly fall in line with the misogynistic, anti-woman, and/or sexist behavior called for to turn against our parties most electable candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and lastly,

Watch with “I told you so” satisfaction and indignation for the next eight years as the Republicans retain the White House and the Republicans regain the House and the Senate.

We as Informed Democrats will take no more misogynistic, anti-woman, and/or sexist behavior from you, Governor Dean and your Esteemed DNC Members.

Senator Obama is arrogant, presumptive and condescending to say, "I will allow her half of the delegates". Who does he think he is? He is not the Great Barack the media has created; he is only a CANDIDATE for the presidency of the United States of America. He is not President, or even God-forbid the Democratic nominee.

Due to your misogynistic, anti-woman, and/or sexist behavioral actions, we are forced to place the United States of America above the Democratic Party.

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Howard Dean are not party leaders, they are all party dividers and I can assure you Pelosi needs to fall back on her career prior to politics.

She and the likes of Missouri Senator Claire MacCaskill are politically done.

Informed Democratic women will never give either of you another dime, because a vote for either of you is a vote against women.

Enough is enough.

Democratically Yours,


Informed Democrat

PS Before you scream racism I am an African American who happens to be extremely disenchanted with Barack O'Mighty. He has set civil rights back 200 years with his dirty politicking. God help us all if he becomes President.

Yes, you are right -- Axelrod is good at what he does. I am deeply saddened how a potentially historic campaign full of hope and good will has dissipated into a nasty, vindictive contest. To all of those who want the candidates to talk about the issues, please analyze who has kept this campaign focused on race. Obama could have decisively shut down the race conversation by firmly admonishing all of those individuals and groups who are racist. A firm denouncement of Wright and his congregation several months ago would have sent a signal loud and clear that Obama would not tolerate such behavior. His surrogates over reacted to every comment made by the opposition, issuing diatribes of disgust and demanding apologies. Yet, where was the same indignation at Wright's remarks and Phleger? Americans have always voted for the candidate who impressed them as having character and integrity, especially in the face of adversity. This intangible quality tops the list of desired traits in a presidential candidate. Obama simply does not have it, folks. While proclaiming himself the great uniter in one canned speech after another, Obama's lack of decisive action in regard to race matters will be his albatross in the general election. For real/virtual, John McCain does convey a ssense of integrity and decisiveness, and he will win the general.

CUT ME A BREAK; we have alot in common with our buddy's and friends, we hang with! Birds of a feather flock together.....OBAMA chooses these type of friends and buddy's and he is guilty by association. In 20 years IF, YOU don't know a friend or buddy by then something is definately wrong with your perceptions (or you are just like them). When Obama's true colors come out and his real mask is removed, I'm sure we will all find out Obama is just like Rev. Wright and Rev. Pfleger and others. "Time" tells all and everything ends up coming out in the wash sooner or later". Obama lost my vote a long time ago and this just clinches another reason I do NOT support his B.S.; the guy is a con-artist, a travel used car sales man who will feed everyone a crock of crap. White haters, female haters, the type who call whites, "snow bunny's", egg white, wonder bread, white crackers, and every other slang name for "whites"! With OBAMA it will be 4 years of this race crap, always the race card......America does not need that smoke and mirrors during economic depressing times. Obama's flock reeks!

I find it incredible that we have another Rev. Wright clone in the pulpit of the Trinity United Church. Same invectives, same gyrations, flailing of hands, spins, crouches. Like some kind of strange, native dance in the jungle. And in the background: wild stomping, people out of their seats, clapping and shouting their approval.

This Obama character seems to dismiss this insanity in degrees...depending on how much political damage he assesses it is causing him with each new revelation. He thinks his slick rhetoric and his snake-oil salesman approach to anything and everything...will quell the firestorm all of these continuing spectacles are creating for his campaign. Well...he is dead wrong...!!!

The guy is a loser. Big time. And the Democrats, by foisting him up as their "agent of change" of hope, and of peace...are going to have egg all over their face...come election time...when voters...who have refrained from the "Kool-Aid" dispenser...reject him at the polls in droves.

Incredible...

WHY CANT SOME OF YOU WEAK MINDED PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THIS PRIEST WAS WHITE AND NOT BLACK!!!!!!!!!!! THAT SHOULD TELL SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE DO SEE THROUGH HER SMILE AND THAT "I-DESERVE-THE-NOMINATION" ATTITUDE. I'M A JOHN MCCAIN SUPPORTER AND I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD HE SAID. AND BY THE WAY- I'M WHITE, AS WHITE AS WHITE GETS. I MYSELF WILL SOON BE SUPPORTING OBAMA, NOT BECAUSE OF HIS SO-CALL GRACIOUS CHARISMA BUT BECAUSE HE REPRESENTS WHAT I STAND FOR. GOD BLESS YOU ALL WITH COMMONSENSE

After all the Clinton's have done in their political life to their opponants, who really cares. Nothing could compare. All this about Obama's faith and pastor are nonsense. Isn't America a democracy? Get real. With the KKK's faith, Hillary Clinton's "Foundation", "Family", a divine calling by God for Hillary...isn't this a little bit stupid, childish and oppressive? I think anyone exploiting Obama's faith, should have their ass kicked, or look also at Hillary's score card.

To junglejim123 in case you didn't already know this country's politics WAS BUILT ON RACISM!! But NOW you chuckleheads want to act like this is THE FIRST TIME EVER BULLSTUFF you all have been playing fast and loose with racism from day one and oh gee well looky Karma has come to give you a taste of your OWN medicine and typical of the schoolyard bully who gets his a$$ whooped you hypocrites can't handle it. Pathetic, and so is this latest load of crap this coming from the verrrry SAME woman who oh so 'accidently' brought up Robert Kennedy's assianation where was all the uproar over THAT hypocrites?!! But it's Wright,Pfgler and Mr. Obama who are the 'real racists' is he also sending HIMSELF death threats too jizzhole?!! Seems like a very thoughtless and irresponsible thing to do when you KNOW your opponent is getting death threats but the racists of AmeriKKKa can't worry about whatever sneaky,hateful,underhanded,sleazy,deceitful thing their precious little Hillary is up to!

Dear Informed Democrat:

Thank you. Thank you. Outstanding post. Yes, seat them 100% as the voters cast their ballots (not some other scheme) or see what happens in November. And that's no threat. It's a promise.

I'll this too. No candidate "pledged" to the DNC or anyone else to remove their names from the ballots in the states of Florida or Michigan.

The candidate's only pledge was to not campaign in these states and none of them did. Candidates were free to leave their names on these ballots or take them off. Barack chose to remove his name in Michigan and keep it on in Florida. Hillary kept her name on in both states. Neither violated any pledge or obligation.

So Obama supporters (including the media) need to stop the continued lying about Hillary, saying that she "broke her pledge" by keeping her name on the ballots. That Barack was not on the ballot in Iowa was his own doing, a deliberate choice calculated to help himself in Iowa.


We will remember the despicable way Hillary has been treated in this nomination process.

"Hillary will be vindicated when Obama and his merry band of rqacists and terrorists lose the electoral college vote in November. Most of us can see through Obama and he CANNOT win."

Hahahaha.

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