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Obama, McCain flub answers at Saddleback forum; Obama off base in claims of working with McCain.


One of the raps on presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is that he is ultra cautious and has never put his brand at risk over any issue. At the Saddleback Forum on Sunday--where Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) both appeared-- Obama, answering Pastor Rich Warren's question about going against his party, cited his work on campaign ethics reform with McCain.

That's actually one of Obama's bi-partisan fiasco's. The blow-up between Obama and McCain over an ethics measure they were working on was the subject of my very first blog posting on February, 2006. has an analysis about Obama's rewrite of history at Saddleback and how McCain overstated claims about taxes at the forum.

REV. WARREN: Can you give me a good example of where you went against party loyalty and maybe even went against your own best interest for the good of America.

SEN. OBAMA: Well, you know, I'll give you an example that in fact I worked with John McCain on, and that was the issue of campaign ethics reform and finance reform. That wasn't probably in my interest or his, for that matter, because the truth was that both Democrats and Republicans sort of like the status quo. And I was new to the Senate, and it didn't necessarily then engender a lot of popularity when I started saying, you know, we're going to eliminate meals and gifts from corporate lobbyists. I remember one of my colleagues, whose name will be unmentioned, who said, well, where do you expect us to eat, McDonald's?


Barack needs to go on the attack..and quit acting like he is on Oprah's show!
I voted for Hillary because she would be a real tough cookie who would chop up the GOP sleaze machine like Bill did(twice!).
Obama should pick a running mate who will FIGHT...not Bayh or Kaine... who won't!
Obama-Bayh would be a pinata for the swift-boat lowlifes!!

There is a story out there on the blogs that the MSM is not reporting on regarding a story that John McCain is telling that is possibly false while he was a POW -- the cross in the sand story. This story goes to credibility. Americans are tired of being lied to. After all we were lied into a war. We demand more from our politicians -- truth, honesty, integrity? Is that too much to ask from someone who would be leading our nation? After all do we like being lied to from our spouse, lover, children? I think not. This is the same kind of relationship. If there are any investigative journalists out there, they need to get to the truth or falsity of this story. Americans have the right to know the character and morals of the people they will be electing into office. We already know that McCain was not in the so-called "cone of silence" and therefore possibly had an unfair advantage.

'The massed power of goodwill,
the dynamic effect of intelligent and active understanding, and the potency of a trained and alive public opinion,
which desires the greatest good of the greatest number are beyond belief.

This dynamic power has never been employed.
It can today save the world.'
Djwhal Khul

With the exception of Hillary, the veep isn't the fighter. Hillary's barbs would be accepted as veep (as they weren't when she was first lady--go figure).
The campaign apparently did not think that McSame would do anything but suck with his party's **** ed up 'base' of the fundy christians.
This was a nightmare.


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