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Obama makes rare downstate Illinois visit to inspect flood zone and sandbag. UPDATE McCain on Midwest floods

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Since he's been running for president, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not spent much time in Illinois. On Saturday, Obama visits Quincy, Ill. to inspect Illinois flood damage and help load sandbags-- realizing that dealing with the flood stricken Midwest is a national issue. How a president deals with these massive emergencies--and avoid another Katrina mess-- will be part of the 2008 presidential conversation.

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the flooding in the Midwest:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the flooding throughout the Midwest. Cindy and I would like to extend our sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones, and stand ready to help those in the Midwest to recover and rebuild."

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This is what happens after 30 years of over development---things flood. Glad to see Obama there. Too bad we haven't had a news media for the past 30 years at the local level to keep the profiteers at bay.

Shorter storyline: When the going gets tough, Obama grabs a shovel and pitches in; McCain grabs a shovel and pitches more b.s.

Regarding McCain and Obama's response to the flooding, I am reminded of the fact that actions speak louder than words. Obama didn't just talk about helping, he pitched in.

My biggest concern about voting for Obama this November is spelled out here. I voted for him for Senator, a job he has not showed up for. If as you say he has not time to come to Illinois, and do the job he is paid for, then he should resign. I can not promote to a better job if he has not done a good job currently. Continuing absense is not how to get his current job done.

"My biggest concern about voting for Obama this November is spelled out here. I voted for him for Senator, a job he has not showed up for."

He is a bit busy campaigning for President right now - and since he cannot vote by proxy, he's stuck between a rock and a hard place when it's a choice between being in DC "doing is job" or being out on the campaign trail.

It would be more fair to look at Obama's record in the 109th Congress (01/03/05 - 01/02/07), where he made 98.3% of his Senate votes...an excellent attendance record. During the early portion of 2007, his attendance was still upwards of 90%; only after May 2007 (when his presidential campaign really got into gear) did he begin missing a significant number of votes.

Also, keep in mind that his Republican opponent, Senator McCain, isn't "showing up for his job" and has missed a significant number of votes in the 110th Congress - he's missed 60.9% of the Senate votes so far compared to Obama's 42.6%. So, if you want to vote for someone who's "shown up for the job"...you won't be voting for either Obama OR McCain (may be write in Senator Clinton? Oops, she's missed 32.7% of her votes in the 110th Congress!)

Anonymous--running for president is ALLOWED and I am unaware of any key vote Sen. Obama has missed.
Did YOU go fill any sandbags?
I'm thinking no.

Dear Tom, or should I call you Moron, as your friend does. Mr. Obama has been running for president. It takes a lot of time and traveling to do that. Mr. Obama has made it back to Washington for nearly all the critical votes this session, making far more of them than your only other realistic choice for president, John McShame, the Flip Flop King.
I would suggest that, in the future, when you feel the need to comment on a news story, you refrain from doing so. While those of us with a brain do find you amusing, those unfortunates without one, (conservatives) might take you seriously and get all excited about someone whose vote they don't have to steal. That won't do. We shouldn't excite them like that, as they always do foolish, criminal things to get more votes when they think they might be losing and no one is looking.
No, that just won't do.
Be a good boy and leave the politics to the grownups.
Go on out and play, and don't forget to wear your helmet if you go outside.
That's a good boy. . .

THAT'S WHY YOU ARE ANONYMOUS, ONLY A FOOL WOULD MAKE A STATEMENT
LIKE THAT!
HE HAS A STAFF STILL IN WASHINGTON, IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS CALL
HIS OFFICE, THEY WILL HELP YOU, AND THEN HE WILL ANSWER YOUR
CONCERNS, STOP BEING A TROUBLEMAKER, MCCAIN IS A SENATOR AS WELL,
TALK WHAT YOU KNOW, AND GROW UP!

Gee, maybe it's because all that torture in Vietnam left John McCain unable to do tasks like this? This is right up there with the DailyKos making fun of his teeth.

I can't believe it. A natural disaster occurs, and a polititian shows up to fill a sand bag and put his face in front of a camera
to ensure the masses that under his leadership bla, bla, bla...
Never saw that coming! Guess what people, it wasn't concern about the rising flood waters or the good people of Illinios that drew the politician to Quincy, it was the cameras. It is truly amazing
how "informed" and "educated" people will by that crap hook, line and sinker. Please refrain from singing the praises of either of our presidential canidates. It is the equivalent of America showing up to compete at the next Olypics with Ben and Jerry while the world scratches thier head and ponders the question --- 300,000,000+ in the U. S. and they show up with these two.

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