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At a fund-raiser in Jacksonville, Fl., presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he expects Republicans to inject race into the campaign. Pool report from John Broder, New York Times:

Obama “The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy. We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?"

TIME: 5:20pm ET

EVENT: Barack Obama Fundraiser in Jacksonville


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From: John Broder [mailto:broder@nytimes.com]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 4:53 PM
To: Jen Psaki
Subject: pool report from the jax event

6.20.08

Pool Report 1

Jacksonville, Fla.

Senator Barack Obama spoke to about 600 paying guests at a reception at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in downtown Jacksonville. He began at 5:17p and spoke for about 20 minutes. The crowd was well-dressed and mixed-race. There was an occasional shout of “Viva!”

The attendees paid between $500 and $2,300. The campaign did not release an aggregate figure, nor say how much of the money was for the primary or general elections.

He was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, a big Clinton supporter during the primaries. His remarks will be familiar to you, although his tone was a little sharper, more cynical, probably because this was a highly partisan and appreciative audience.

He said Republicans and McCain criticized him when he expressed approval of the Supreme Court decision granting habeas corpus to the detainees at Guantanamo.

“They said, ‘You’d give habeas corpus to Osama bin Laden?’ and I said, ‘First we gotta catch him.’ ”

He had effusive praise for Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton and I agree on 99% on the issues. We had to work to find something to disagree on. The differences we have pale in comparison with the differences we have with George W. Bush and John McCain and that’s what’s at stake in November, making sure we don’t have a third George Bush term under the guise of John McCain.”

Probably his best riff was:

“The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy. We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?

He’s got a feisty wife.”

(big cheer).

“We know the strategy because they’ve already shown their cards. Ultimately I think the American people recognize that old stuff hasn’t moved us forward. That old stuff just divides us.”

He stayed for a while shaking hands.

John Broder

New York Times

24 Comments

Yep, that is what they are going to say or imply over and over again. Let's see if America has grown up.

GOP DON'T GO THERE, DON'T STOOP TO THIS LEVEL, WHY DON'T YOU TRY
AND ELEVATE YOUR CANDIDATE, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO ATTACK THE ONE
WHO IS GOING TO WIN!

Ha! What a BS headline. He never said that is why they would go after him (that's clear - its because he the Dem nominee). He was simply explaining how they would go after him.

The only people making anything out of his "blackness" is him and the press. All we really care about is whether he has a plan or a clue.

If he wins we aren't racist. If he doesn't, does that make us racist? Must we be this simple or is that just what makes for the best sound bite?

Did I mention that he's black?
Did I mention that he's black?
Did I mention that he's black?

A vote for McCain isn't a vote for the black man, therefore racist...

I think Obama is the one using race.

Poor Poor, woe is me Barack Obama.

The guy is unreal.

He is the dirtiest political in This campaign.

He spearheaded the hate bush, hate the war, the war is causing all your problems, hate the government campaign.

He has been at it from day one of his campaign.

He has attacked, smeared and tried to make every Candidate look bad, Make them look evil and blamed them for everything under the sun.

He has not had a speech, make a statement, asked a question, where he did not try to transfer blame to someone else to take eyes off him and what he was doing.

He has used everything he could use or find against others. Demanding records to try to find more.

He has won in the evil department this election.

What is he hiding that he is afraid will surface, by all the PR overtime work trying to avoid it.

Could it be some Truth about him coming out, Obama hates truth. Evident by how many times he has lied about his friends and family.

Who has Mr Obama not thrown under a Bus?

For Sen. Obama, uncritical and adulating press coverage (though not all is) may wind up "killing him with kindness." It certainly has helped intensify my already deep distrust toward him.

Sight-unseen I would never vote for anyone who wrote an autobiography before accomplishing much of anything. I would not vote for anyone who started the wheels of a Presidential campaign (at least in his own head and words) before he barely set his foot into the halls of the US Senate. How much could he care about the people who elected him to serve THEM?

Am I a racist if I point out his 20-yrst close financial relationship with Antoine Rezko, a felon convicted of money laundering, attempted bribery, and fourteen more fraud related counts? Is that the "smear" and "race card" Obama is warning everyone about so they will not listen? Should voters tune out such vulgar distractions?
In my judgment, Sen. Obama is now trying to pave the Barack H. Obama Honorary Freeway to the Presidency - an expressway with no tolls, no speed limit, and no hard questions asked. I could never in my life vote for him.

Will the media hype (not all media) kill him with kindness? You decide with your vote and I'll decide with mine. We'll have to live with the consequences.

I am very disappointed in Senator Obama introducing the race question into the Presidential race.

It appears to me that the only individuals who are bringing up the race card are he and his close friends. i.e. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, etc.

I have yet to hear Senator McCain say anything about race and I doubt that we will.

Did he say they'll go after him BECAUSE he's black?
I would interpret it differently:
They fear his POLICIES--but rather than explore those policies and say things that would be truly unpopular to the american people-=they will appeal to their lesser angels.
They will make up false issues and also try to make people fear his race.

Democrats blame the economy, environment, & high oil prices on the Republicans. Funny, Democrats have been the majority in Congress and the Senate for the past 6 years, why haven't they made anything happen. I'll tell you why, the Dems are big campaign liars. They prey on the lower taxpayers and never give them anything in return for their votes. When will these voters figure it out?

I think a fairer of looking of why the Republicans are going after him it's because he is the Democratic nominee. Has 'O' heard of Michael Dukais and how they went after him with the Willie Horton, TV ad?

'O', best run on his record and not scream racisim. The voters will decide that and they deserve to know his real accomplishment politically as a politican.

Not just his stage presence and his Hip appeal to uneducated voters.

Why does he have to inject race into the campaign?

I have not read a report that John McCain has mentioned his ancestoral history.

His campaign made the Clinton's out to be 'racists' and now HE is mentioning race again. And yes, as this speech shows, HE is the guy bringing up race. GARBAGE ! Try talking about the issues, Sen. Obama. Instead of saying the word 'change', give us actual examples of how you are going to impliment change.

The Obama campaign and its supporters have once again injected the race card, just as they did through out the primaries and blamed it on the Clintons!

Obama's the one who brought it up. He used race to turn blacks against Clinton, now more obviously injecting race into the general election. I've got his number-Obama has little to offer but this. I wouldn't vote for him for dogcatcher!

How disappointing that the fellow who said he was going to unify us now, in effect, says his political opponents are racist that they'll run ads against him saying oh by the way he's black.

I am stunned! Is Sen. Obama saying that any ad that criticizes him for any reason is a racist one?? Whatever happened to honest and respectful disagreements and political debate about the issues.

I'm sorry that Senator Obama hasn't been in politics long enough to know that we expect our candidates to talk about the ISSUES.

In the words of Shakespeare, "Thou doth protest too much." So much vitriol it makes me wonder what is going on in some peoples heads. I would hope that the American Character was less reactionary. But what do I expect when we have become consumers of politics instead of citzens.

SOME OF YOU MISCONSTRUE THINGS, I BET YOU WERE TERRIBLE STUDENTS!
YOU READ INTO THINGS WITH CLOSE MINDS!
IF I TOLD YOU SLAVERY WAS A GOOD THING, YOU PROBABLY WOULD SAY
YEP IT SURE WAS!
ELEVATE YOUR MINDS AND YOUR LOWER PARTS WILL FOLLOW!
WE'RE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, AND YOU WANT TO TELL THE MAN WHO
IS ON THE INSIDE WHAT HE MEANT, GET A LIFE, AND STOP BLOGGING!

Obama has a clue. He notes Republicans, not necessarily John McCain, will find it very hard to run on the issues & so they'll guttersnipe & try to get people afraid of Barack Hussein Obama. Sean Hannity already is working hard with his daily "Stop the Radical Barack Obama" so conservatives ARE showing their hand. Don't get me wrong, I luv Conservative Talk radio even if I disagree. Some aren't out for truth and are just hating Barak like some hate Bush. Note: Obama said he didn't hear every single sermon Wright preached. What's the problem? Rezko was a successful businessman & gave money all around, which Obama gave back, what's the problem? Ayers? The talking points are there & hopefully Obama will get into all 50 states, go on Hannity's show to let Conservatives know he's clean & they've got nothing.

I still am waiting for Senator Obama to apoligize to Geraldine Ferraro for falsely accusing her of being a racist.

Race was introduced by the media and talk radio from the start.
How many have you heard the media talk about the Black vote and White vote. By contrast how many times have you heard the media comment on the candidates legislative record.

Limbaugh can hardly get through a show or a football game without
bringing up race.

Rightwingers used racism to defeat McCain in 2000. They accused him of having an illegitimate BLACK child. In truth was adopted by his wife from Pakistan.


He knows McCain won't inject race... but claiming he will, helps Obama with some voters who believe it. By teh way, such an attack would likely backfire... Obama's weaknesses are lack of experience and an extreme liberal policy. He brings up other things to distract from these fatal flaws. Look at the foolish comments on drilling (won't help immediately, so don't do it) and no more nuc plants (again ought be part of a longer term strategy). Deep down he wants Americans to do with less... and we are a nation that believes more is always an option.

We are not scared of you because you're black. We're scared of you because you are a slick salesman...got that sweetie? I'm tired of being called a racist because I don't buy your kind of change and your kind of hope. Because of you and your bamboozling of the DNC, I left the party and am now casting my vote for McCain. It wasn't a hard decision. Which one should I vote for, a man who sat in jail for an extra 4 years because he doesn't want to take advantage of his connections for personal gain over his fellow soldiers or do I vote for a man who sat in a church listening to hate for personal gain of winning votes from the black community? Do you even know when Selma happened Barak? Apparently not, since you said that was when your parents met and you were born a year later. Too bad you were born 4 years prior otherwise, it would have been a good story. So, stop playing the race baiting game. We're just not into you, sweetie.

"The only people making anything out of his "blackness" is him and the press. All we really care about is whether he has a plan or a clue." - No Respect

I am with you, No Respect.

But since others have brought the topic up...I am foolishly going to step into it too.

I worked as an enumerator for a Census Bureau special census in 1993. We were told that in the extremely rare case that there was uncertainty about the race of an individual, to refer to the mother's race.

That is not my opinion, nor am I trying to make a point. It is just a little bit of factual trivia.


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