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Obama campaign plane poised to depart from Chicago for Mid-east and Europe

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CHICAGO---In a newly painted 757--with the Obama sunrise logo on the tail and "Change we can believe in" painted on the sides--the Middle East and Europe bound Obama campaign press plane was poised to lift off Sunday evening from Midway Airport to meet up with presumptive presidential Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) after he finishes visits to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.

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Obama's newly reconfigured plane is divided into first class for the candidate and his closest advisors--such as strategist David Axelrod, who is on the flight; business class seats, occupied Sunday by foreign affairs advisors such as Denis McDonough and coach, where 41 journalists who are part of the traveling Obama press corps are seated.

In the days ahead I hope to report on the substance of the Obama visit as well as the media circus aspects of the highly choreographed trip.

Obama already has booked interviews with network anchors and has a date to do "Meet the Press" from London next Sunday. The campaign announced at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning--but mid-day in Europe that Obama will deliver a speech on trans-Atlantic relations in Berlin on Thursday outdoors in a park near the Brandenburg Gate.

Fruit and cheese platters greeted the reporters on board the very pricey charter.


The plane will make a stop in Shannon, Ireland en route to a destination that I cannot say. Our overnight kits for the flight include toothbrush, mouthwash, socks, Neutrogena body lotion and lip moisturizer, Scope mouthwash, ear plugs and blindfold for sleeping.

The campaign is still requesting details of the Obama visit be kept secret. Obama arrived in Afghanistan early Saturday morning--traveling on military aircraft--and will soon be enroute to Iraq after a stopover in Kuwait.

The Obama overseas tour takes him to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.

Dinner entrees are a choice of beef medallions, baked tilapia or eggplant parmesan.

101 Comments

When it is safe to, please do all you can to see that main stream media report seriously on the fact that though secret service and state department rules and requests require secrecy as to the candidates travel itinerary, McCain announced Obama's travel into a war zone while Obama was actually en route to that war zone. That is the very essence of unpatriotic and he endangered a presidential candidate for his own sick gain. McMoldy needs to take some heat for that. It was a really lousy thing to do.

yes we can ! I believe Barack Obama will be our next president!He deserves a brand new plane for his safety.

Congratulations to you and your campaign. Remain on the "high road" and stay a winner.

Awesome! I'm going to fantasize about riding on this plane with our next POTUS and Michelle and the girls!

Let it be!

Wonder how I can get this arranged????

Hmmmmmm

Carol

Very nice. And very befitting of our soon-to-be President. I guess we'll just call it Air Force O, for now.

What, no pics of the inside?
no fair.
Beauty of a plane from the outside but, I'd love to see some pics of the inside too, lynn!

thanks for the update and from one citizen to another, take care of our nominee and have a safe and remunerative trip.

be well.

The writer makes reference to "the very pricey charter," as if the bathroom fixtures were gold, implying there is some non-pricey way for a presedential candidate to fly.

I hope you are all comfortable. Looking forward to more updates.

Thank you Ms. Sweet

YES WE CAN

anybody remember that movie, "Soul Plane". All that's missing is the shiny rims. I wonder if the plane's hydraulics can bounce up and down.

Just joking. I'd love to be a fly on the wall during his two week tour around the world.

Obama 08.

Ok, i think i've seen enough.

Barack is the bravest, smartest candidate this generation has experienced. May he travel in safety and bring us all closer to peace.

Who's paying for this? We've already paid him and Hilary for work they didn't do. The campaign length is ridiculous. Why don't we shorten it?

Wow, pretty exciting Lynn. Have fun!!

What a smart move, a departure from the past presidential campaigns.Instead of inscribing the candidate's name and his running mate, the Obamas went for the message and logo instead of personalities, thereby avoiding media circus that would have greeted a parked plane in the hanger being redesigned.
In less than two weeks he is expected to announce his running mate. I don't think he will be redesigning his all over again.
Change in the air! Welcome AIR CHANGE, where the eagles beleive again.

Nice to know that somebody's still getting good airplane food.

Hello Lynn,
I love the plane and love the report. We are big on hope out here.

I love you although sometimes you are very hard on the hope candidate and frankly you let john McCain go because he is old... we know the drill, you guys in the press slant to coverage in favor of John McCain to level the playing field. But guess what our nation depend on it.

Why try to report anything if you don't have real news? No one is reading your column for the renditions of the galloping gourmet. I guess you thought your place was to be sitting in first class? Why did you go, anyway? You can't even do your job objectively. This mess is not cute or informative. Lawd I detest your snide bias un-reporting. All you do is complain. To think they actually made you bureau chief, were they just giving out titles at your paper that day? Sheesh!

I'm a big Obama supporter/campaign worker. I'm a bit worried that he is flying around with his HUGE logo on the side of his plane. It's bad enough that there are snipers on top of roofs to protect him while on campaign stops, but to invite the crazies with this--I just would feel better if it was more low key.

(all that was missing was "Dear Diary" for this rather had that ring to it...Frankly, itsy bitsy details of overnight kit,meal offerigs but mmmm, like almost would have preferred background on the plane itself..chartered 757, heading them off to Europe, painted in campaign logo..and painting an airplane is not cheap--so presume this plane is to stay for the rest of the campaign until traded in on AF1 and then perhaps mothballed til 2012 re-election/selection...Kinda expensive but given the state of commercial air travel that folks have to endure, makes sense but expensive and saps those $$$$ for sure...crew, maintainence,parking,loading landing fee's,food service on board,cleaning and WOW...going to need some $$$ to cover tht expense for sure !!!

Very interesting. The plane looks inredible. Well, atleast the reporters are comfortable.. lol

The Whole World Is Watching

Forty years ago in 1967 Carl B. Stokes was elected the first black Mayor of a major American city. I was the operations manager of that campaign along with my partner Geraldine Willliams. In 1965, Stokes had run and almost won in a city that was 70% white and 30% black. In 1965 he had come so close to winning that there was a recount. His victory in 67 was hailed as one the greatest moments in the civil rights struggle and also a triumph of the brotherhood of man. Partially, yes----partially, no. In the 1965 campaign there were practically no white votes for Stokes. In 67 there was only 15%. Not exactly a triumph for the brotherhood of man.! In fact, in 1965 I was his “white” aide and traveling companion to show not only the white community, but also just as importantly the black community that he had white support. Many in the black community said “it’s not time”---he’s not ready---will he win and bring disgrace to the community---will he be killed by the racists” Do these same sentiments sound familiar in 2007?
Also, in 1965 he was up against a potent political machine, one that regularly ”bought off” members of the black community. There were city councilman and black pastors all of whom had ties to the white establishment. Sound familiar in 2007?
In both 1965 and 1967 it was the black community that turned out in large numbers and then voted 97% for Stokes. He still lost in 1965 because the councilman and pastors disaffected some of the black vote but it was so close that in 1967 and with the blessing of the establishment he won----but by a very small margin. Again, it was the black turnout and overwhelming percentage of vote in his favor that carried the day.
How does Barack Obama’s campaign of 2007 differ from those two campaigns of long ago? He is running against the establishment (the Clinton machine) and there are black ”leaders” that are staying with the establishment. Polls are showing that many in the black community are saying the same things that they said in 1965-----it’s not time---he’s not ready---he will be killed if he is elected. Are these sentiments carried down through time going to defeat him in 2007?
Here is the reason that the campaigns are not alike. The white support for Obama is huge compared to the white support for Stokes forty years ago. Who would have dreamed then that a black man running for the President of the United States could garner such white support, attract such crowds, and be so close to winning. When I see campaign crowds, I see a sea of white faces cheering him and I see a much different time than that of 1965 & 1967.
Following is an example from the 1965 campaign. It shows how extraordinary the idea of a black mayor (there are now hundreds) was to the black community at that time.
The last weekend before the election we had a parade through the streets of the East Side of Cleveland. It wasn’t much of a parade, as parades go, a handful of cars with balloons and banners on the them, horns honking, people waving, and Carl and is wife sitting on the back of the last car. I was in the front seat. As the caravan pulled past the corner, there was a small boy about ten or eleven standing in the middle of a group of children. The cars had been going past honking with signs “Stokes for Mayor” on the sides. As the car with Stokes sitting on the back came to the corner the boy stood straight up, his eyes widened at the sight of Carl and he cried out, “HE’S COLORED.” He started to clap his hands and jump up and down. “HE’S COLORED, HE’S COLORED,” he cried out to no one in particular. “HE’S COLORED, HE’S COLORED” and he started to skip down the street after the car. I looked back as the cars picked up speed and left the little boy in the distance. He was still running and clapping his hands. I turned around to Carl and caught a very different expression on his face, part smile and part a distant look in his eyes. “I think it’s all been worthwhile,” I said. A quick but soft-spoken reply, “Yes, I think you’re right.” That’s how it was back then. A little boy thought, “this couldn’t be-----his parents and grandparents thought---could this possibly be? And a city and a nation wondered if history was in the making.
I sometimes wonder where that little boy is now, forty years later. What about his children and grandchildren? Does he remember how he felt that day? Does he remember the wonderment of seeing a black man siting on the top of a convertible, his skipping down the street in that wonderment of a black man striving for the impossible? How do his children and grandchildren feel today? Will they participate in today’s “impossible dream”?
Now, forty years later I see the crowds, more white than black, cheering a man of color. Now, forty years later, I see polls showing that this man of color could likely be the next President of the United States. I see now, forty years later, that dreams do come true-------and a little boy of so long ago could still clap, skip down the street and cry out----“He’s colored—He’s colored---- he’s colored”.
Will the black community support Obama as we Irish Catholics did for John Kennedy in 1960, as the Mormons will do for Mitt Romney this year, as every ethnic group has done for their history making candidates since the country began. It is the black vote that can insure victory for Barack Obama. This is the year. This is the time. This is history in the making.

The face of The United States of America is about to change.

Nice aircraft. I would love to be apart of that traveling press, even if it is coach.

Obama's team is not encouraging parallels between the candidate's upcoming visit to Germany and John F Kennedy's legendary Ich Bin Ein Berliner address in 1963. After all, one of the hoariest Republican attack lines deployed against Democratic opponents is that they are vaguely foreign, somehow more comfortable abroad, and therefore likely to put America's interests second – after those of their elitist friends in Europe. Remember the Republican nickname for the Democratic nominee of 2004? They called him "Jean Cherie".

The US media is assuming that we'll be turning out in massive numbers, all but throwing street parades for the new American saviour. Setting the bar high.

Obviously the Illinois senator will receive a warm reception and Team Obama firmly reminds us that this is ‘only’ a Congressional tour. Senator Obama already has booked interviews with network anchors and has a date to do "Meet the Press" from London next Sunday. The campaign announced at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning--but mid-day in Europe that Mr. Obama will deliver a speech on trans-Atlantic relations in Berlin on Thursday July 24th, outdoors in a park near the Brandenburg Gate.

The column’s 19th-century fluted structure towering the opposite end of a tree-lined boulevard from the Brandenburg Gate will highlight a modern, more enlightened Germany. Der Siegessäule is the Victory Column in Berlin and poised to be the beacon of unprecedented history.

Danke Berlin.


Now I like that plan. This is really really nice looking. GREAT JOB! OBAMA 08'

So, let's get this straight...a senator is flying around the world on a junket.

Where's the change?

congradulations fit for a presidential candidate.
God Bless America and God Bless President Obama!!!!

The media circus aspects are very disturbing to me, as the anchors are treating this trip as the Second Coming of Christ. (I guess that's appropriate, as Obama thinks of himself as the Messiah.)

So thank you, Lynn Sweet, for throwing an objective eye on things. (Would that other reporters do the same, but they don't seem to have the ability.)

I suggest that Senator Obama seek to curb the "imperial" aura exemplified by the seal and this aircraft. A clean paint job would be more becoming to a Democratic nominee. Too late to take that into consideration, hope he painters were well paid.

A new plane a new administration a new hope and beginning for this "great Nation" !!
God bless America and God bless Sen. Obama !!!!!

A new plane a new administration a new hope and beginning for this "great Nation" !!
God bless America and God bless Sen. Obama !!!!!

Let's hope they gave the reporters 35-inch seat pitch in coach instead of airline cattle-class 30 to 32 inch. We wouldn't want cranky journos covering the candidate, now, would we?

As Obama flies into the wild blue yonder in his
spiffed-up 757 well stocked with intelligence
and judgement, McCain reveals more inner workings of his feable mental state with a statement on live TV about the "Iraq/Pakistan
border."

The latest issue of Rolling Stone profiles Senator Obama and his campaign team. The article specifically described the interior of this 757 as one of all coach seating with no sectional divisions. Senator Obama was separated from the press by about a dozen rows of seats; he used a row for himself and his papers. I liked the symbolism of it. This expensive upgrade of the aircraft in the last few months of the campaign makes a different statement. On the heels of his disappointing vote on FISA, he seems to be moving to the more standard beltway position of electability. I hope not. I'll vote for him because I think John McCain is nuts. Still, in our hearts (if not our votes) we're a lot more progressive as a nation than our republican "leaders" would have us believe.

Hello,
Loved the bit about choice entree's.Baked Tilapis tops the bill.Obabma is as trully a son of the soil as can be .Tilapia is the favourite fish of his people the Luo.We are so proud Obama keep it real

'Fruit and cheese platters greeted the reporters on board the very pricey charter'.

So, what is your point? Would you have worded a McCain flight, 'pricey' or just cheese platters and fruit were on the charter? I'm sure the Obama campaign can afford it, which by the way did not have to be mentioned.

I read all of A. Huffington's reports - I think she is a super business woman and "tells it like it is". The articles were great and I read everything.A great journalist, author and reporter.
I think McCain is very, very "jealous" of the articulate, charasmatic, poised and brilliant opponent he faces in the election; namely Barack Obama. Never have I seen a candidate like Barack.
It is the first time I have seen a candidate like Barack since John F. Kennedy. I am so happy to see Caroline on the world stage again. helping Barack Obama and that she believes in his issues and , and it is so good to see a "Kennedy" in the presidential elections, helping. I think she would make a "super V.P." and would renew all the interests of our "young people" again and make them active in our government once more.
McCain/was second to the bottom in his Class/graduation from Annapolis, so how much does he give to America? Barack was at the top of his Class when he graduated as a lawyer at Harvard. Both he and his wife Michelle are lawyers, and just maybe ,if we had the Obama's in the White House, we wouldn't need so many "Hearings" as we have had over the last 7-1/2 years. People are "fed up with that garbage and the state of our Nation today. Would also be nice to have "little children" back in our White House also.
I must reveal what I read in my area newspaper, on the second page. It read (with black pictures of the White House) "Can we have a BLACK WHITE HOUSE" and in the next column it read: "Can we have a "BLACK CAMELOT"? I thought that was "the height of ridicule and that the days of "Racisim" were over. This is in Florida and I don't mind telling it - I saved the pictures and cptions. I was really upset. That paper should be shut down. A lot of the journalists write articles about Barack Obama and say don't vote for him. Well I am white, worked 41 years in old Chicago town, Barack & Michelle's home base, and I am so proud of them, I can't wait for November to come to vote for him. McCain didn't have a very good rep when he was young - a carouser and apparently didn't care about learning - you know how big the graduating class at Annapolis is. He ought to be ashamed of himself - now he's going around campaigning against Obama today, when he told him to go - senility????????????
George Bush had no resume until he was 40 due to drinking and carousing and he was elected to two terms or should I say "bought" by his vast "Right Wing Conservatives".
Also, I think Barack is the "greatest orator" since Patrick Henry (I just read about him) and he draws "Rock Crowds" like I have never seen in a politician. We need Barack Obama in the White House and I am convinced he will pick the smartest Cabinet in History and a Vice President that can step into his chair, God forbid, anything happens, and be "off and running the Country's business". This young Presidential nominee is a natural "genius" with an IQ that I bet surpasses all other candidates we ever had who were running for the White House. I've studied all of the candidates over the years.
I have NEVER seen a candidate who carried out his Campaign like Barack has run his campaigns.
It renews interest in Politics and our Great Country.
God Bless America and Barack Obama & Family. Let's all get out our vote and give Barack a chance at being our "Commander In Chief".
Thank You. Mary Jerome Gillette

I read all of A. Huffington's reports - I think she is a super business woman and "tells it like it is". The articles were great and I read everything.A great journalist, author and reporter.
I think McCain is very, very "jealous" of the articulate, charasmatic, poised and brilliant opponent he faces in the election; namely Barack Obama. Never have I seen a candidate like Barack.
It is the first time I have seen a candidate like Barack since John F. Kennedy. I am so happy to see Caroline on the world stage again. helping Barack Obama and that she believes in his issues and , and it is so good to see a "Kennedy" in the presidential elections, helping. I think she would make a "super V.P." and would renew all the interests of our "young people" again and make them active in our government once more.
McCain/was second to the bottom in his Class/graduation from Annapolis, so how much does he give to America? Barack was at the top of his Class when he graduated as a lawyer at Harvard. Both he and his wife Michelle are lawyers, and just maybe ,if we had the Obama's in the White House, we wouldn't need so many "Hearings" as we have had over the last 7-1/2 years. People are "fed up with that garbage and the state of our Nation today. Would also be nice to have "little children" back in our White House also.
I must reveal what I read in my area newspaper, on the second page. It read (with black pictures of the White House) "Can we have a BLACK WHITE HOUSE" and in the next column it read: "Can we have a "BLACK CAMELOT"? I thought that was "the height of ridicule and that the days of "Racisim" were over. This is in Florida and I don't mind telling it - I saved the pictures and cptions. I was really upset. That paper should be shut down. A lot of the journalists write articles about Barack Obama and say don't vote for him. Well I am white, worked 41 years in old Chicago town, Barack & Michelle's home base, and I am so proud of them, I can't wait for November to come to vote for him. McCain didn't have a very good rep when he was young - a carouser and apparently didn't care about learning - you know how big the graduating class at Annapolis is. He ought to be ashamed of himself - now he's going around campaigning against Obama today, when he told him to go - senility????????????
George Bush had no resume until he was 40 due to drinking and carousing and he was elected to two terms or should I say "bought" by his vast "Right Wing Conservatives".
Also, I think Barack is the "greatest orator" since Patrick Henry (I just read about him) and he draws "Rock Crowds" like I have never seen in a politician. We need Barack Obama in the White House and I am convinced he will pick the smartest Cabinet in History and a Vice President that can step into his chair, God forbid, anything happens, and be "off and running the Country's business". This young Presidential nominee is a natural "genius" with an IQ that I bet surpasses all other candidates we ever had who were running for the White House. I've studied all of the candidates over the years.
I have NEVER seen a candidate who carried out his Campaign like Barack has run his campaigns.
It renews interest in Politics and our Great Country.
God Bless America and Barack Obama & Family. Let's all get out our vote and give Barack a chance at being our "Commander In Chief".
Thank You. Mary Jerome Gillette

Barack's "Change We Can Believe In" airplane thrills me. I'm proud to be one of the older, white women who support this inspiring candidate. Although I am a retired teacher, I have never before contributed money to a presidential candidate, nor have I ever followed a campaign so closely. Barack Obama is our greatest hope to bring common sense back to our way of governing and to restore our position of leadership and hope in a very complex world.

try to be objective while following the Illinois Senator around, please.

Is the American flag displayed on "our" plane? ( Taxpayers are paying for the aircraft) UMMMM. Kinda scary....

I can't believe you people would support a corrupt person like Obama. OPERATION BOARD GAMES.

Well, I see the US flag has been replaced, with a red/white/blue "O"....this is the change we will see!

This guy is so egotistical, and nothing more than just another politician.

I am tired of US Presidents, now candidates, flying all over the world, with dreams of ruling the whole world...stay home, save our fuel and stop sticking your noses in foreign country's business!

My gosh, the posts here are unbelievable!

It's like watching Oprah enter stage, all those wide eyed women, looking at her like she's some kind of savior......this is the same thing....

FYI, one of his aides said he thought his supporters were expecting too much, and will be let down....'ya think?

Douglas, when has objectivity ever been a forte of the modern American press?

And what is with Obama's Big O? Is he too ashamed of all of us Americans who only speak English that he can't put the flag of the very nation he wants to become president of that he can't see his way to put our flag on his plane?

Mary Jerome Gillette, you say you are proud of Obama. Just exactly what has he accomplished that you are proud of? Ignoring his own constituants while his friend, Rezko, contributed to the blight that was his Illinois Senate district? Are you proud of that? Are you proud of the jobs he brought into that district, the elimination of the drug dealers that kids have to walk by on their way to school, his stellar federal Senate career where he has not managed to have passed on bill that he authored? Then you go on to mention Bush's drinking while you ignore Obama's own admission of doing drugs "enthusiastically". What a hypocrite you are.

This candidate has done nothing to deserve the accolades you heap on him. His Illinois district is so crime ridden the governor of Illinois is threatening to call in the Nationa Guard.

But then, if you are really 41 years old and are just now reading about Patrick Henry, I guess I can see why you would chose style over substance. Rock star over American hero. Poor basketball player over a man who gave more to this nation that you can ever hope to give.

Obama promises hope. Only non-specific hope knowing that for each person it is really something else. Hope, is not universal. It is not the same thing to every person.

Basically you have bought into the greatest PR campaign since ColaCola and are too blinded by the Lightworker to see that.

McCain announced Obama's travel into a war zone while Obama was actually en route to that war zone.

Nice try cult member, actually the press - WSJ and a whole host of others did that.

Can someone tell Obama that repainting the plain is expensive and environmentally hypocritical, please.


O=Outrageous

Flag replaced with O's egotistical symbol.

What a pecksniffian fraud!

After receiving a hailstorm of criticism for considering Brandenburg Gate for a public speech, as well as official German dissuasion, Barack Obama moved the venue to the Siegessäule monument. Obama will speak about “historic” US-German relations, but once again, Obama’s own grasp of history has been proven deficient. Not only does the site contain a monument to Prussian victories over other American allies in Europe, its placement was decided by Adolf Hitler — in order to impress crowds in his idealized version of Berlin called Germania:
Still, even as the issue of his speech’s location has now been settled, a number of politicians in Berlin are still dissatisfied with the site. The Siegessäule — or Victory Column — was erected in memory of Prussia’s victories over Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870/71). The column originally stood in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, but was moved by Adolf Hitler to its current location in 1939 to make way for his planned transformation of Berlin into the Nazi capital “Germania.”
“The Siegessäule in Berlin was moved to where it is now by Adolf Hitler. He saw it as a symbol of German superiority and of the victorious wars against Denmark, Austria and France,” the deputy leader of the Free Democrats, Rainer Brüderle, told Bild am Sonntag. He raised the question as to “whether Barack Obama was advised correctly in his choice of the Siegessäule as the site to hold a speech on his vision for a more cooperative world.”
Andreas Schockenhoff of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats said, “the Siegessäule in Berlin is dedicated to a victory over neighbors who are today our European friends and allies. It is a problematic symbol.”
Hitler didn’t just move the monument to its more central location. He had a taller column built for it as well, to emphasize its message of German military domination over Europe. He saw it as a message to Germans of their destiny — as well as to other Europeans as their destiny as well. It was never meant as a symbol of peaceful, multicultural co-existence.
Team Obama has outdone themselves on symbolism with this choice. They’ve managed to make their hosts uncomfortable for a second time with their choice of rallying point, and perhaps more so this time. If one wanted to talk peace, what worse location could one choose than Adolf Hitler’s favorite monument to militaristic domination? One has to wonder how France, Denmark, and Austria will feel about Obama rallying German masses under the Siegessäule. Deja vu?
Obama could be excused for his gaffe, except for two reasons. His team certainly understood the historical weight that the Brandenburg Gate would have lent his event, so why didn’t they bother to ask the Germans about the Siegessäule? Quite obviously, the Germans understand the meaning and subtext of the monument, and most of them wonder why Obama does not. Maybe this is a better example of clueless Americans traveling abroad than those who can only say Merci, beaucoup.
The more basic question is why Obama feels the need to conduct a campaign event among Germans. Meeting with foreign leaders makes sense for a man with no foreign policy experience whatsoever, but that doesn’t require massive rallies among people who aren’t voting in this election. In his rush to look impressive for no one’s purposes but his own, Obama has made himself look ignorant and arrogant all over again.

Give it a rest - he is such a hypocrite. How dare he take a trip like that and discuss foreign policy but then he is a socialist like Pelosi when she took her tour of the middle east and had all her meetings. Yes, he fully believes he is the messiah - we are doomed if he wins and we have a totally socialist government. Our Constitution, Bill of Rights and freedoms will be gone and we will no longer be the country of the free and that the rest of the world envies. We will just be another third world country. All you liberals/socialists think about that. He has already told us our children should learn spanish, next he will tell us we have to learn the arabic languages.

I'm surprised he didn't have Change we can believe in, in Arabic, German, etc., etc.. Those are the people that he wishes would vote for him.

I'm surprised he didn't have Change we can believe in, in Arabic, German, etc., etc.. Those are the people that he wishes would vote for him.

A beautiful plane.

Why is McBush still in the Senate? I mean the guy is a crook.

Obama 08

I am a hardcore liberal, but a realist as well. You people are all so cute thinking change is going to come. NOTHING but the small, meaningless stuff will change as it did with Clinton and then it will all just back to "normal." Read your history people and I mean HISTORY....go way back and follow the fascist psychopaths throughout history...they will always win unless WE spill their blood. Bush family is one of them...daddy helped kill JFK, RFK and JFK,JR. not to mention MLK,JR. and Lennon. Don't believe me.....first of all T H I N K and then do the research ...it's out there for all to peruse. Again, of course I dig what Obama "stands" for but it matters not....NO ONE will do a thing against the pharm. companies, the military industrial hardware companies, big oil so on and blah blah blah. Wake up...When we have our own civil war against the neocon fascists only then will we win....or die trying. Be well.

I like Obama. But.....he NEEDS to put an AMERICAN flag on his plane. Kind of disrespectful to our nation.

I mean Barack H. Obama is doing some pretty wacky things on this tour.

Sitting in Head of state chairs, negotiating foreign policy, utilizing terrorist organizations for security, issuing dress code to the paparazzi, I mean media, hehe, speaking from historic monuments in Germany, all as if he were the actual POTUS?

But this must be the best (Worst) thing yet!

Of course I hedge that bet as we are only into day two, so we do have some more fun in store I'm sure. That being said, it seems our Jr Senator has decided to remove the US flag and insignia from the US aircraft he is using and opted instead for the logo for his 08 campaign?

Maybe this wouldn't be such a big deal if it were not for the fact that he is on a US taxpayer excursion! We are putting the gas in that Plane!? Why are we paying for him to fly his campaign jet around the world? This is wrong!

Now thats what I call AUDACITY!

Maybe Obama finally going to Iraq isn't such a bad idea afterall!! That means Obama and Blackwater will be in the same country at the same time, hmmmmmmm and Blackwater can't be held responsible for their actions in Iraq or America! Yep maybe its not such a bad idea!!

Where is the American Flag?

God help us! Like on guy said earlier, Soul Plane! I can't wait to see it on 2 wheel motion going down the runway. What a freaking joke! A young black man with NO EXPERIENCE. That is just what we need in times like this. I am not saying that John McCain is any better, but I do believe he is the lesser of 2 evils. Come on people, look at Trinity Church. The man, Barack Hussien Obama, spent 20 years of his life listening to the hatred, prejudice, and disgust of America from Rev. Wright. You mean to tell me he had no influence on Obama? Come on people, use your heads just a little and you will see that this man is bad for America!!!!

GOD HELP US ALL!

Morons...just complete morons.

There you go. He does not want to represent America. Dislikes all things American(except his freedom to criticize it)and only seeks his own agenda. Be careful, America. Ever heard of a "wolf in sheep's clothing"?

Well now can you bamabots see how patriotic bama is.........How much you wanna bet he's already got a new Presidential Seal waiting in the wings. How many times does he have to insult our country before you bamabots can see the writing on the wall. Has anyone noticed the stripes in the logo are not US Flag Stripes but "curved half crescents"??? There's his protection as he shows our enemies whose side he's really on!....

If attracting crowds overseas is the criteria for becoming President of the United States, why don't we just elect Michael Jackson ... he would be just as qualified as Obama.

I can't believe how crazy people are. This is by no means a new plane. This is an old beater. I should know, I worked for North American in the past. N755NA research it! In addition to this, I think the painting over of the American flag says a lot about this entire campaign. Not only has he had issues about patriotism, but now this. I think this company has one of the most beautiful paint jobs in the industry. He should have kept it that way. Oh by the way this is the same North American Airlines that did the Bush/Cheney campaign. Also, the same company who's owner was a Reagan crony(head of the CAB under the Reagan administration) and has major issues with labor relations. But don't worry, this is "change you can believe in". I'm not buying this rhetoric.

It is really disappointing to think that this country has so many bamalots that actually are falling for his load of crap. It is so easy to see thru it and see this truely wonderful speaker is only a speaker, with no experience to be able to do a single thing for this country except raise our taxes. He cannot even put a US flag on the plane? Why is that not being reported? If it was a Republican you creeps would be all over it. No flags for this guy? in his book he says he will not stand with Americans but will stand with the Muslims? Can we actually elect this creep? He has proven to us over and over and over how he and his wife hate Americans yet that is ignored? UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Is this guy going to run for the President of the United States or his own country? There is no American flag on it. Oh well you idiots will bow down to this guy, worship him, and kiss his feet

What happened the American flad on the plane?

Thank heavens the U.S. flag has been removed from Obama's plane. The thought of defiling the flag by having it on 'his' plane is offensive.

So, I guess this means if Obama wins the Presidency the American flag will be removed from all plans, buildings etc; and the "O" will be our new symbol. This is sooo sad! You people are crazy and have simply forgotten how we came to be the nation we once were. God help us!!!!

Is this an indication of how taxpayers' moneys will be spent. Look out Democrats when you get your new tax bill if this guy is elected? Hope you won't be too ticked off at yourself. It's disgusting that people act like he is the president already. This is the kind of person you have to watch for -- all show up front and then the real person comes out and surprises everyone. But then it's too late to change your mind about him. Obama will never be the man that John McCann is. He wouldn't have lasted as a POW and probaby would've given up every detail he could to the enemy.

So this presidential candidate continues to mock patriotism to the USA, why are all these prospective voters putting up with it? Flag pin conspicuously absent, "first time i'm proud of our country (wifey)" comments, paints over american flag on his airplane, why i heard from one post that he preferred the song "i'd like to teach the world to sing" to our current national anthem. Can't you people see the evidence mounting up?

I can see why people want to vote for a young good looking guy who talks the talk. I can see why they think voting for a black guy is cool, and why they think the message "change" is good.

IMHO it's OKAY to vote for the white guy who loves his country, is proud to be an american, who has the best experience to handle the job and who will try his utmost to make decisions for the GOOD of THIS country and it's people.

McCain has History, you know what he's about, he's not the arrogant, stubborn Texan that Demo "strategists" have painted Bush. Obama is a flash in the pan, you think you can trust him, but to do what? He's a great salesman, so was Bubba Clinton. Can he walk the walk? Cummon, TAKE A CHANCE! "I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony! la la la la la la la la, Obama is for ME!!! LOLOLOL!

No american flag on a Presidential candidates plane. WHY? The plane prior to the recent Obama makeover had a very large and prominent American Flag on the tail section. In his planes makeover, that section of the plane could of remained the same proudly showing our stars and stripes but he choose to take that off, why? There seems to always be questions as to his patriotism. I don't think a presidential hopefull should always have doubts surrounding him on such a fundamental and important issue. Is this the type of change we are looking for in our country?

Could someone please tell me the truth about where "O" was born, where is his mother, etc. There is so much propaganda circulating. Why did he paint over the tail of the plane, who paid for the plane?
Thanks

Some say Obama is a subversive out to ruin the country. Some say he would carry on business as usual. Elitist,ethnic,Islamic,collectivist; this is change hard to believe. Actually, it is
an embodiment of the American myth. Hard work and talent win out, cream rises to the top. In spite of all the doubt and cynicism he represents our story as effectively as the flag.
More so maybe, than than an angry, spoiled, child of priviledge, militant bully.

I cannot believe the arrogance of this man. First, he refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance, or even to hold his hand over his heart, and now he's removed the American Flag from his plane and replaced it with his own personal symbol? How in the WORLD can anyone support such an egotistical anti-American man? I am VERY afraid of what will happen if he becomes President. I think he will tear our country up; he obviously doesn't feel any ties to the United States. One has to wonder what his REAL motivations behind running for President are...

If you are a true patriot then you would have known that according to our own American national protocol,the American flag should never have been on the tail of the airplane to begin with. Before you judge why don't you find out if he was trying to follow proper protocol. Now stick your foot in your mouth.

First of all, you should inspect this aircraft further and realize that the Flag is just ahead of the registration number forward of the rear stabilizer. You crazy people need to get your stories straight before printing them.

Obama is the best thing to happen to this country, He had my prayers, respect and my vote. I hope the negative propaganda from the McCain side will deminish with time. God help this country and these money hungry Republicans that will sell this country to others countries for their financial gains. Obama is all American and who ever wants this country to move forward. Vote for Obama. A vote for McCain or no vote for Obama puts that A-hole McCain/Bush in the white house.

This man will be the end of our nation.

Rob A.

You don't need to put gold fixtures in a plane to make it pricey. There is a non-pricey way to fly. It's called flying on a mechanically safe plane. Asthetic upgrades are not necessary to do the job. Especially the removal of the American flag to paint your own logo. Wow! That was bold. Ego-centric? Yep.

Oh my, is there ANYTHING you neo-conservative idiots won't blow completely out of proportion..
Have any of you ever been to the Middle East? Been there, done that....I work for a major aerospace company and in fact am very familiar with supporting the presidental fleet.
The removal of the flag had NOTHING to do with Obama.. It is highly advised by your national security agency not to draw any unnecessary attention to yourself when such travel occurs. Ahhh it's called SECURITY you pundents!!!
FACT, not just more retoric spewing from your uninformed lips...
When foreign nationals travel here, guess what??? they too remove the flag of their own country from the plane. Iran, Pakistan, China, take your pic. They fly into Edwards Air Force Base and you could stand on the tarmac and not have a clue who's plane is who's. Gee, I guess all the worlds leaders are not patriotic to their contry either huh? It's called SECURITY!!!
Wake up and SHUT UP!

Forget the presidency- perhaps King Obama is more appropriate. How horrible for a candidate to so visibly disassociate himself from our beloved American symbol, on a perceived "official use" vehicle while calling for America to "Change!" If he takes office with a mandate, will we be raising the Obama "O" at the 2012 Olympics?

Voter disqualification... as much as I dislike the Senator McCain, John is getting my vote... no American Flag no vote for Barry.

What happened to the U.S. flag image on the tail section????

Having read "Dreams from my Father" and, having mostly read "The Audacity of Hope", I am truly skeptical of Obama. At the very least I believe he is hopelessly racist, and although he is fully half each White and Black, he chooses to identify only with his black half--the part of him that did absolutely nothing to raise him and give him the underpining of his speech, education, manners and aplomb. As for changing the symbol of the American flag, that or nothing else about this man, so far, can or will surprise me. He isn't a king, or the savior of anything; he is Barach Hussein Obama, son of a philandering African Kenyan of the Luo tribe who sired him when in fact he had a wife and child back home in the care of family--per "Dreams from my Father." I only wish his words were true, and he could divorce himself from his black-ness to truly represent the entire nation, but, alas, he fails in this respect as badly as he did when he was asked by his daughter, Sasha, about dying and where we go afterward. He may well be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Be afraid American, be very afraid.

I will never vote for someone with the name OBAMA, and who gets over 22 Million Dollars from Middle Eastern Countries and especialy Iran.
All of you Fools will be sorry.

Are you kidding me?!?! I can't believe some of you people are actually taking this guy seriously! Some of you are screaming "unpatriotic" about McCain, yet what can be more unpatriotic than not saluting your own country's flag??? You people need to wake up. It's not a new change we need, we need to stand up for what is right, go back to the old ways, and turn our focus back on GOD and the beliefs that this country was founded on. The only thing Obama is good at is talking. And the only thing he is really saying is change, change, change. Change what? Has anybody actually heard what he is going to change? Look at the bright side. If by some unholy act he IS elected president, we'll just continue on the same path that we've been on of destroying ourselves and what we know as America. Do some study sometime on the Book of Revelation. Anyone ever notice that after a certain point in time, America is never talked about again? Do you think that's because we finally destroy ourselves and the country that was once so loved? Start standing up for yourselves. Get rid of all the illegal immigrants. Make ENGLISH the primary language again. It's time America became America again.

It's sad to think that some are even considering electing a president who will not salute our FLAG,and who would replace our FLAG! You know where Im going with this...For the first time in my life I am fearful for our great nation. The man clearly doesnt respect what our country was founded on. The audacity of the man running for the Presidency to represent this country is a shameful act in it's self. I for one cannot say or hear his name without thinking of 9-11. What next?? The flag be removed from the White House? From the Presidents office? Then...from our homes? Sounds like another Hitler to me. And all you can say is, nice ride? With Obama in office who needs enemies far and abroad!

I used to think highly of Obama, but perhaps the length of the campaign has been a good thing, since it slowly allows more and more of who he really is (or isn't) to be divulged. I'd like to know exactly who it is that is pulling this puppet's strings. He doesn't understand economics. He's terribly naive about foreign policy. He talks adamantly and pointedly on "stances" on issues i.e. taking troops out of Iraq, no drilling in the U.S. for oil, etc., but when he can deny the truth no longer, then he slowly tries to turn around and make it sound like he's had some sort of epiphany! Too little, too late, Mr. Obama. And stop dissing our country -- the greatest in the world -- in front of foreign nations. You can't possibly think that's good for the United States?!! Wake up, people! Time to take the blinders off.

Karela, the fact that the big O was flying into a war zone had already been announced by his own campaign, not to mention the media from every perspective. Nice try, but that post shows your unreasoned bias.

Kudos to Charie Winn! I will never acknowledge Obama as President-- Wake up people! Of the People, for the People---that mean anything anymore??

All the name calling, judgments and prejudicial/racial comments aside, we have but two choices. As I make most of my decisions, take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle, mark the first column, pros and the second column cons. A brief look does not take a rocket scientist, intelligencia or any other group to see that this administration has not done the best job this go around. It is time for the Dems. As George Will commented recently, to paraphrase, "the good thing about the Democrats having a go, is that the Republicans will have a reason to come back". What insight!! Doesn't take a law degree to figure that one out. How about finding a balance with a third party. Maybe if we mix Washington up a little more, there wouldn't be such a difinitive divide. If Obama has a unique way of running his campaign or the government, it is a welcome addition. Get off your high horses and stop pretending to know it all. Hopefully we are all evolving from our first breath to our last, including Obama. You're damn right when you say he is our only hope to miraculously save us from this hopelessness that Bush and Cheney have left us with. Who else is there??

I,too can not believe the people that are being taken in by this "change you can believe in" This is BULL!!
Obama can't even get it that we the American people want to see first and foremost a leader that is proud of his country and shows it!!!I am go proud of my country and am moved by the reverance to our Flag as a symbol of all we stand for.
Obama does not have that reverance!!!!He is not an American!!!
By putting his own symbol on his plane he shows his downright arrogance.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH "YOU PEOPLE" THIS IS TURNING INTO A FRIGGIN CIRCUS!~= WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO OUR COUNTRY? WE LOOK LIKE STUPID IDIOTS! NO WONDER OTHER COUNTRIES HATE US!
GET REAL....STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELEIVE IN... I'M SORRY BUT I DON'T BELEIVE IN THIS....PUT OUR FLAG BACK...WHAT A DISGRACE. I COULD WRITE SO MUCH MORE.

Who cares about the plane? It's the fact he seems so reluctant to represent America in even the smallest of matters that should really catch peoples' attention, not his stinking new plane that isn't even new. Remember back when he didn't even place his hand on his heart during The Pledge Of Allegiance? Or how about not even wearing the flag pin until AFTER hearing the negative reports.
-Change indeed is needed.

Brian you said it well! Personally I don't oppose a black man as president, but I do oppose appointing this black man to run our country. America does not need someone that cannot display our flag, has a minister and wife that don't believe in this country, and is so self-involved. Hopefully there are enough intelligent people on this planet to keep this man out of office.

I still do not get it with people in this country. THe stereotype someone and the stigma stays.
When will you people of colour and other minorities learn that a PERSON HAS MORE THAN ONE HERITAGE.
Not one person on this post has given any credit to the Woman that went through LABOR PAINS to have Barack. Thsi woman and his grandmother from Knasa raised Barack. This woman and his Grandmother are WHITER THAN WHITE. The only credit given as I can see is to the Black Father and the Black Grandmother not even living in this country.
Baracj Hussein Obama is a BI-RACIAL individual. Barack Obama is not just Black. People, get with the program and stop your being in DENIAL to this fact.
On another subjedct. The Right Wing has started to call Obama unpatriotic. Obama and his campaign just did an overhaul of the plane he travels in. It is leased from North American Airlines. The $500,000.00 make over included removing the American Flag from the Rudder (Tail). The Neo Con's are sending out e mails. If one goes to snope.com you will get the real story about the plane. The plane has a new symbol on the rudder and American flags are at either side of the aircraft, just like all of the other US carriers. The Neo Con's failed to mention this in the email. Now on to John McLame. The same email states McShame's plane has in fact the US flag on the rudder. THIS A BIG BOLD FACE LIE. If you go to snopes.com you will see both planes. Obama has a RED WHITE AN BLUE CIRCLE on the rudder. McInsane has John McStupid on the rudder. No US Flag as stated by the Extremist from the right. McDementia has the US Flag on either side of his plane as well. As you can readily gather. The Right Wing Mental midgets are at it again. They (the Neo Con Base) thinks we are going to roll over and play dead as 2000/2004 with their half truths. There is just too much information on the internet for lies like these. Obama will be the next President. The First BI-RACIAL PRESIDENT in our history.

He needs to put the American Flag on the plane. Where is it?

you know what hes symbol even means? when he change that symbol for the american flag he is saying that "I DON'T WORK FOR AMERICAN" he doesn't care about you or anyone that lifes for America, be open minded. (for once)

Obama scares the hell out of me. "I have not forgotten how it felt that day" If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it must be a duck. I am not as trusting any more. Thank you but no thank you I will stay with what I can understand and trust in.

too bad tht the smallest item on the outside of yhe plane is the american flag if you can find it at all

for a moslem who would want the stars and stripes on anything when they don't believe in anerica.

if this item is not put on your board obamahas already brain washed all of you

The American people trust that Barack Obama will conscientiously address the foreign issues.

Long Live President Barack Obama!

Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual and does not like racism:

It is opined that Bill Clinton committed terrifying, racist, hate crimes during his presidency, and I am not free to say anything further about it.

Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang, J.D. Candidate
B.S., With the Highest Level of Academic Honors at Graduation, 1996
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

(I can type 90 words per minute, and there are thousands of copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post. And there are thousands of copies in very many countries around the world.)
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‘If only there could be a ban against invention that bottled up memory like scent & it never faded & it never got stale.’ It came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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