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WASHINGTON--With a deadly hurricane aimed at Texas, Barack Obama cancelled his appearance on Saturday Night Live this evening, spokesman Jen Psaki in a statement.

"In the light of the unfolding crisis in Texas, Senator Obama has decided it is no longer appropriate to appear on Saturday Night Live tomorrow evening," she said.

Obama hits Manchester, New Hampshire Saturday morning for a rally with Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D-NH) and Gov. John Lynch.

With no SNL to tape in New York, Obama will fly to Chicago from Manchester.

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Obama should apply for a full time job on SNL. Him and Biden both. Together, they make quiet the comedic act!

First intelligent thing he has done in many weeks

When is Sen. McCain's appearance on SNL? Silly me. Why would Sen. McCain appear on SNL? That might imply an endorsement.

This is exactly why network television continues to grow increasingly irrelevant.

If the Democratic Party wants to implement a "media fairness doctrine", perhaps it will start by prohibiting the blatant or implied endorsement of any candidate by any media accessed by public airwaves. At least then we won't have to witness the slaughter of decent people by network anchors and other pundits of the left.

If SNL really wanted to have a politician as a guest host who has some sense of humor and comedic timing, Lorne Michaels should consider inviting Sarah Palin. She's the wittiest candidate to appear on the national political stage in quite some time.


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It showed common sense not to de monck

One word to describe Obama's decision to pull out of his SNL obligation: Choke. Think the landsharks at SNL will turn on him now?

Chicken. Now the show will have to bring in unrehearsed skits to fill the time. The show is based in New York, not Texas. Who cares about the rednecks who can't swim?

Obama should still go on the show. the problem is that the Dems blasted Bush for not taking Katrina seriously enough. Now, they must stop everything for a hurricane

That's the smart thing to do. I'm praying for those in the path of this destructive hurricane.

Obama/Biden 08!!

Call me wrong, but don't you think a presidential nominee should not be appearing on a show for satire until after the election?

Or maybe I'm wrong... if he makes one more comment about Palin being a pig as one of his 'jokes' he can kiss the election goodbye anyway.

What a shame that the man turned into a whiney six year old the minute things looked tough.

Argh... I want President Palmer.


I guess a skit to slam 'Sarah' was not in the best interest of Obama.

His decision was the correct one. No telling how many lives will be lost because of Hurricane Ike or the extent of destruction. No time for a national leader to be on a comedy show.

I believe Barak is confused and perplexed by the Palin phenomon. His whole plan to walk into the White House is now in shambles and going nowhere.
This is a dangerous man who harbors anger toward the white people who founded this country and have not paid reparations for the slavery fiasco of earlier days. His background in the "hood" prepared him to take advantage of power in the government and now it had been destroyed by a fine white woman from Alaska who the nation cannot get enough of.
This campaign is going to get desperate and worse than anything we have ever seen in the past, supported by ignorant Democrats and other Americans.
We are praying for God's intervention in this matter and it is more evident daily.
Blessings on the "thinking" people of America who see him for who he is and will speak to it in the voting booth in November.

Cancels? ROFL

Ejects.

"In light of the unfolding crisis I have decided that putting my foot in my mouth on SNL is a really really bad idea."

"You know...I have THEM in my back pocket. It's the other 70% of the country that I need to hide from that really really bothas mey."

Damage control experts are busy.

Bummer

He didn't need to cancel his appearance. He has become less relevant in the campaign.

he doesn't really need a sl appearence, he's already a joke.

How much do you want to bet that the SNL sketch was about "lipstick"?

What a phoney. Instead of flying to Chicago why doesn't he go to Texas to help out. This guy is a fake. He just is out to further himself by going down in history as the first black president. Don't give him a chance.

"With no SNL to tape in New York"?

If it's taped, why do they call it Saturday Night LIVE?

Figures...these candidates are so self conscience they will do nothing claiming it is inappropriate. I hope they consider it inappropriate after they are elected, as they will then be doing it while on the government payroll 24 hours a day...oh wait, they already ARE on the government payroll 24 hours a day. Why don't they consider it inappropriate not to show up for work now, as it is? Would your employer pay you for never showing up for work? Now THAT is inappropriate.

Who cares?

I think he heard that Tina Fay is going to be doing her Palin imitation and he was scared he would be put in his place by a woman, standing in for another woman.

He's really quite the wuss, isn't he?

With free time, Obama can go back to Chicago and muse over why he didn't pick Sarah.

What is he out walking on water again? He is on the ropes!!! He is so full of crap he floats...what difference do you think it makes to anybody whether he appears on SNL or not...let's see...he had fake Roman buildings...spoke to Europe like he was a 'real' statesman...created a fake presidential style seal with his name on it...ever heard the saying Pride Goes Before a Fall???...but he is on the ropes from a one two McCain Palin Punch...who would vote for this fool...? The Foolish.

Obama will not be on SNL in New York, because there is a storm in Texas, so he will fly to Chicago? Obama is a fraud. His presidential race is failing, he cannot have a conversation without a script, and he has lost his direction. McCain withstood years of torture while Obama whines over comments about his big ears. Now that the shine is fading from this new star, he fears any chance of ridicule from the likes of SNL (who typically take it easy liberals). This country needs a leader who can take the heat and stand strong, not a whiner who cannot decide if he is a Muslim Christian or Christian Muslim (or discuss it without the help of the press guiding him).

It's all about politics...

I wish to thank Mr. Obama for his jesture esp. in light of other members of his party who feel hurricanes are God's gift to them to punish Republicans. I was all for him until I learned a lot about him. The media slant is very bad in this election. I hope all Americans will help the Texas Gulf Coast recover from a truely terrible storm and not use it for their own advantage, political or otherwise.

That's OK. There are plenty of jobs at McDonald's that will leave his Saturday nights free after November 4th.

He cancelled because he does not want to maintain his elite star status.
THat 's what this is about.

I live in Durham, NH. Thanks for letting me know where Obama will be so that I may stay far away!

Wow. I guess you can't be funny during a tradegy nObama. Or maybe you just aren't very funny at all. Seems the nation could use a laugh from you instead of at you for a change.

Gee, hurricane must be an act of God to happen on the Obamessiah's scheduled appearance on SNL
*insert eye roll*

Inappropriate to visit New York and play a fool? Then why detour to Chicago to play the fool there? What good is he going to do in Chicago? He's nothing but an empty suite.

Uh huh... Sure, blame it on the hurricane. Funny that everyone was talking about how lame the show would be with him on, and then he cancels...

I think that was a good move by Obama.

Knowing the likes of SNL and Lorne Michaels, especially with trying to get a visit from Tina Fey to play Gov Palin, I would imagine Obama isnt ready to be made fun of, even in a comedy sense.

Seeing how they protrayed Clinton, etc in the past, I have a feeling the skit would show Paling kicking butt. Guess Obama is afraid of a women, and so he should be!

Approval or censorship?

Thanks for being so considerate President Obama


Why didn't he just STOP the hurricane? I mean, here's a guy that claims that historians will come to remember HIS Presidency, as the "Time that the levels of the Oceans were lowered". So, what's a little hurricane, compared to that? He shoulda went on Saturday Night Live. That's where he belongs. He could tell all kinds of jokes. Like, how he's even remotely QUALIFIED to be anything more than an Electrolux salesman.-(I hope that wasn't a code word)-He could explain how he's going to INCREASE JOBS, to the middle class, by TAXING their EMPLOYERS out of existence. At least, in THIS country. He could get up on stage, and tell us the one about "Inflating our tires". Or the "Jesus was a Community Organizer, and Pilate was a Governor". I know, how about, how he wants to stop working toward a MISSILE DEFENCE, just as folks like Iran are about to get NUKES? Or what about. NOT modernizing our Nuclear Arsenel? Or stopping "investment" in New WEAPONS SYSTEMS? And the punch line would be, that he, and his Democrat buddies, are NOT WEAK ON DEFENCE.-(I'm laughing now)-Or he could just put Biden on the stage, and have him open his mouth. Forgive them father-(these idiot Obama supporters)-for they know not what they do. God help us.

I commend our future president, Barack Obama, for assisting the focus to remain on the destructive force of the current hurricane hitting Houston, Galveston, and other Texas cities. We are all Americans, and our thoughts and prayers should be with them. Although I moved here to California from Chicago due to medical reasons, I grew up in Texas. I was in Dallas, but the hurricane, Carla, hitting those same areas greatly affected my life. It is far reaching what these storms can sadly impact. More is on the way though as
readers may glimpse in an excerpt from my book written since I've been here - "How Sweet the Sound." It starts out on my way to Chicago from Houston and Dallas during another storm you may remember. More than a coincidence! See www.nobaq.com. That's NOBA Q DOT COM. Inside info about Obama too!

You all are a bunch of uninformed idiots. Obama is going to Chicago because that's where he LIVES! After a week of fighting McCain and Palin's out-an-out LIES, he's going home to spend a little time with his first and ONLY wife, the lovely and intelligent Michelle, and to talk to his little girls about their first week of school. Give him a break, for crying out loud!

McCain should be on SNL for trying to say Obama was talking about Palin with the Pig comment, trying to say Palin was against the bridge to nowhere. etc

Hes a walking joke nowadays.

I heard he voted "Present" on SNL

McBush has already been on SNL many times before! He can barely speak and any one who saw Palin's interview with Charles Gibson knows that she is only good at speaking about general topics, much like the beauty pageant participant she is. She has NO knowledge of how big government works and looked like a deer caught in headlights with the questions that were asked of her, questions that my high school students would be able to answer. Very scary that people are even considering her for a position that can determine their lives. We need someone with knowledge in the White House... Palin is NOT that person, and McCain is 4 more years of the same.
He is NOT the straight talk express he claimed to be years ago; he will reort to lies to win... nice character!

Philip E. Crabtree :When is Sen. McCain's appearance on SNL? Silly me. Why would Sen. McCain appear on SNL? That might imply an endorsement.

Obama, McCain, Guiliani, Huckabee, and Clinton all appeared on SNL during the primary season.

McCain: http://www.hulu.com/watch/20334/saturday-night-live-mccain-in-one

Huckabee: http://www.hulu.com/watch/10229/saturday-night-live-gov-huckabee-on-update

Clinton: http://www.hulu.com/watch/11204/saturday-night-live-editorial-response---sen-clinton

Oh, and McCain has the longest IMDB listing of all the candidates. Who's the celebrity again?


Somewhere down the line these gestures by politicians, celebrities, entertainers and
sport stars have to be seen as empty, reactive and self serving. Unless they are willing
to directly intervene and help they should carry on with their normal life. Yes, a prayer
and recognition should be given but soon it will become like the party goers that take a moment to recognize the recovering alcoholic with a toast before they go back to partying.

The show must go on! It's a hurricane, big freaking deal. It's not like Barry was going to win Texas anyway. Pandering much? Next he'll offer that his supporters go sandbag or pass out foodstamps? Weak.

The Senator needs to be ready just in case a "national call" goes out for Community Organizers for Galveston and Houston. Once the water has receeded, he can go and walk through the devastated areas, careful to not get his feet wet or hands dirty, and shake hands, pat some backs and act like he is in charge.

Has he ever worked for a living?
...And do you find it kind of uncomfortable,creepy how Senator Obama is always hugging people, touching their shoulders, putting his hands on people's legs during interviews? Is this his way of belittling the other person with a "There, there that's OK, you don't understand because I am smarter than you."?

Mike M

Dearest NeoCons,

Just because your white, redneck and/or rich daddy brainwashed you with the "liberal media" B.S. doesn´t make it true. I mean, what else do you want? You have an entire network doing your propoganda for you (Fox), you have radio extremists spewing hate to the masses (Limbaugh, et al), and you have "respectable" newspapers like the Wall Street Journal constantly supporting your views.

Other than Bill Maher and Chris Mathews...who is this supposed "liberal media" you keep whining about?

But don´t worry, McCain is having no problems using the "liberal media" to do the only thing he can do...negative attacks that avoid the real topics facing normal Americans.

So don´t worry, your precious capital gains are probably not in jeopardy...America hasn´t evolved that much yet...we´re not ready for someone progressive or liberal...but the time is just right for McSenile and every redneck´s wet dream...an extreme "pro-life" candidate who kills animals from a helicopter....oh..oh..oh....ahhhhhhhhhhh

I'm not sure what the other readers are talking about. McCain has appeared on SNL numerous times.
Wake up and get with reality BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

Kudos to Senator Obama for taking the high road in choosing not to do SNL in light of the hurricane. Didn't Republicans withold Monday night of the conventoin for the same reason? You seem to have conveniently forgotten that, eh? By the way, folks, your bad grammar is showing. Where did you go to school? Seems the Obama folks use better English.

Obama-Biden 2008

Awwwww M.M. you deserve a big boo hoo. You just can't stand the fact that your "boy" as your other hero Jimmah Carter calls B Hussein Obama is a big wuss who can't even figure out who he is running against. He is so scared of a girl and all you can whine about is FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh. You have Randi Rhodes and Al Franken and the Skeletor Alan Colmes not to mention "Charles Gibson" and Katie Couric to feed you the pablum that you also expect for your government. Here's an idea, instead of sitting around whining about how hard your life is, why don't you make something of yourself and then you would understand why people who succeed are able to do so and want to keep the nannny state government out of their back pockets.

I'm glad he cancelled. Maybe now I will watch the show!


You Americans have your heads up your bums and are incredibly self-serving and introverted.

How is him bowing out of SNL helping anyone in Texas?

Is he going there to help nail plywood to the windows?

Is that showing "respect" by not being on SNL? How is this practical (either way)?

So if some unfortunate people are in a natural disaster in Texas, it's inappropriate to go on SNL on the other side of the country?

Uhhh.... what about the rest of the natural disasters on the planet?

What about the train collision in California today? More people will die from that than the hurricane this week.

Should he not have cancelled because of that?

America's overweight and over-religious whacked out attitudes towards everything is why you've let your country fall into insane debt as you all march along to whoever says they are leading you.

Spend less time on gestures of formality you've been brainwashed into thinking what is appropriate and begin seeing the bigger picture on a planetary scale.

Douchebags.

Now go and enjoy SNL.

The vigar of some of you Republicans here. How does McCain show that he can be president by keeping the Bush tax plan that's only helped the wealthy, staying the course in Iraq when everyone is agreeing on time table withdrawals now, and appointing an unqualified individual to the highest position in government.

McCain HAS been on SNL, and will be again.
And for those with with NO memory, the GOP cancelled much of its own convention, including Mr. Bush's appearance, because of a much smaller hurricane. Enough already with this hypocracy. I think some folks just did not get the memo: the point this year is to try to get this country moving in a positive direction again. All I keep reading is angry BS written by dream-killers.
Enough already!

Jamie in PA

So, the mighty Barack Hussein Obama couldn't stop the waters? And I suppose one BIG WIND is enough for one night eh? The crumbling, stumbling, dirty tricks played on Alice Palmer and his GOP Senate rival in the 2004 campaign, by releasing divorce papers, might be too much fodder and comic relief for the one Pelosi claims as a "blessing God has given us at this time" just can't walk in HIS shoes and just ends up a Poor deluded empty suit!

Just so I know MM are you an American? your computer seems to be foreign- but it doesn't matter- Did you hear any of the speech's at the republican convention?When the bias of the press was mentioned the entire arena chanted NBC NBC - this could explain the chiken hearted move to keep Matthews and Olberman- even give Olberman a raise (he seems to know where the bodies are buried) but they can no longer be the political anchors- instead you and we are getting the ever so fairminded and unbiased David Gregory- so so much for your nonsense- we didn't even discuss ABC's inane and I guess insane too-overbearingly rude mean and one sided interviews(meant to be assinations. That we can do another day!

Barack's once again selfish decision- when a "star" cancels a show close to show time it's a real bitch for everybody-to get somebody in to replace them. But let's say this it was a wise decision- I saw him on David Biased Letterman- and even good ole Dave couldn't save him- he was not- is not the least bit humorous.Dave could never admit it but what a bad little interview that was. So now Barack knows that tonight Tina Fey- Palin's twin except in decency- and he Barack would have had to make so much fun of Sarah and John it would have cost him the election- going home to his wife and children? Where were his wife and children on 9/11- a day of mourning and saddness- a totally non-political day- I bet she had to work-tsk tsk a working Mom who just couldn't do it all- awwwh poor baby- anyway as a Neocon whatever that may mean- I say you are a bit of a jerk with a hot temper and you need to lighten up Ciao! I mean you MM--What will being home do for the Hurricane victims or Texas (his favorite state) do?
Nada Nada Nada or in English NOTHING ciao again!

Wow, what are all the Republican drones doing on The Sun-Times website?? Get back to the Tribune where you belong. I guess this is part of the McCain get-out-the-vote campaign?

Our country is so far in the red, it can't see straight. McCain wants to reduce corporate taxes. 66% of U.S. corporations paid NO INCOME TAX last year. How does that make you feel about paying your taxes? Do they need more breaks? C'mon, let's get fiscally responsible, "Republicans". Our government needs an emergency infusion of cash. Obama is no better: offering more money to the voters seemingly every week. "95% of Americans will get reduced taxes" and "we need another economic incentive package" i.e. more government checks for the populace. What happened to economic security and common sense.

But Palin? I can't vote for a 72 year-old with her as V.P.. She thinks she has foreign-policy experience because "You can see Russia from Alaska...an island in Alaska." Ha. She "supported the bridge to nowhere before she opposed it." Sounds exactly like the Republican attack on Kerry about the vote to authorize war in Iraq. She believes in Creationism, that homosexuals can be straight if they pray hard enough, and there should be no ban on semi-automatic weapons. She has to choke out the words contraception is OK to be taught as long as abstinence is the focus.... This would be a huge step backwards. And McCain just lost his argument that Obama doesn't have the experience to be President!

MM said "Other than Bill Maher and Chris Mathews...who is this supposed "liberal media" you keep whining about? "

Let's see - that would be:

MSNBC
CNN
NBC
ABC
CBS
NPR
NY Times
LA Times
Washington Post
US Magazine
Vanity Fair
Time Magazine
Newsweek

and that's just off the top of my head. And I am not a Republican. I cannot even stomach the "Male Stream Media" anymore. I get all my news online these days since these "reporters" can't get their heads out of Obama's butt and Palin's vagina long enough to get air. If you truly can't see that, then this country is much farther gone than I feared.


Wake up. You are being distracted yet again from the issues of real importance (The occupation of Iraq, the militarization of our police into a Thug Caste, the erosion of our Civil Liberties) with a non-issue of an even even more farcical nature than is usual from this bought and paid for 'press'. Why are none of these candidates even TALKING about restoring your Constitutionally gauranteed rights? Because they all serve the same evil masters, that's why, and those Masters are not interested in you or your paltry 'rights'. Just ask David Koresh.

If you have not yet figured out that the Dems and Repubs are the same party (that is, the Ruling Elite who lord it over us more blatantly by the day) then you are beyond reaching. Go your way peacefully into Oblivion, friend.

The United States of America is imploding before your eyes, yet you find time to weigh in on this irrelevant nonsense about an insipid show which was relevant for about 5 minutes in 1976. How easily it is to lead and manipulate you! You are Zombified Mind Slaves. Wake up! Waku up! I implore you to WAKE UP!

The election is a con game, Three Card Monte fueled by the billions of phony money they keep printing. Obama is no more an actual candidate for President than is the guy who picks up your trash. It's fixed, it's rigged, the REAL Masters of this country would NEVER allow us peasants to actually influence the outcome. For the love of God, wake up! You have been brainwashed by the slickest propaganda machine the world has ever seen: Television.

But of course, you won't wake up. Will you?

OMG, the ignorance of you people (with the exception of MM) is mind boggling!!! What is wrong with you? Apparently you do not keep up with the big picture, the welfare of this country is at stake. It seems you are happy with where you are today compared to 8 years ago. I cannot even waste my time giving you any facts about either candidate because by your comments you would not be able to understand them. I have voted Republican for 35 years and this year is the greatest disappointment with the Republican ticket!!! If I had been voting for McCain, it certainly changed after he picked “my way or no way palin”. I will try to speak so you can understand, YOU must like bosses that tell you what to do and if you don’t do it to just fire you, even for just disagreeing with them. Maybe its the “good ole boy thing” of having a beauty queen on each arm that appeals to most of you because it is NOT what is in the best interest of the country.

“President Obama will be a stern taskmaster. He will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism… that you come out of your isolation… Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.” - Michelle Obama

A couple suggestions Mr. Obama:


1. Cancel Chicago and volunteer to help clean up Texas for crying out loud.

2. Make your appearance on SNL and don't forget to break your leg.

Damned if you do; damned if you don't.Ooops, forgive me Sarah: Darned if you do;darned if you don't.

I think the Republican religious right, like Palin and Bush who attribute so much to god's will, ought to consider reading 'his' message into timely events as they occur. For instance the shuttle burning out in a streak above Texas on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the hurricane that hit New Orleans on the eve of their convention and now the hurricane that has hit Texas on the eve of the election.

You would think it would cause them to question eight years of horrific leadership and four more years of supporting this unchanging Republican mandate.

Ms Palin's threats of war with Russia, of all countries, are dangerously naive and one wonders who in America still imagines she should be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Certainly her teleprompter spelling nuclear phonetically for her was a good indication the Republican party is preparing themselves for a nuclear confrontation with Russia.

You mean he isn't going to wear his pigsuit with lipstick after all! That was going to be so funny! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! That's a killer!
By the bye, rather shocking that the Anointed One who is here to heal the world can't stop a measly hurricane! Jeesh!

Barack would be criticized for appearing on SNL,by the same idiots stating that he is a phony. When will these people grow up. This is not a game. People are suffering, and this needs to be acknowledged. This country has cold hearted, hypocritical, nut cases in it

Don't use the hurricane as an excuse Barky.

Your handlers put the nix on your appearance, for reasons totally unrelated to the weather.
To say otherwise is simply more political nonsence.

Maybe you should have gone to galveston and filled sandbags or something. Then I would believe your reasoning.

"With no SNL to tape in New York"

What part of "live" does the author not understand?

Nothing against the fabulous Amy Poehler, and some of the other cast members, but the only reason that the show gets any attention is due to politicians.

The question I have is: which GE/NBC executive does Lorne Michaels have photos of hanging out with farm animals?

Seems to me that Barack Obama has quietly asserted that we need to pay attention to real issues during this campaign and forget about how we play on a show that while funny finds its voice in satirizing not informing. If we continue to depend on Saturday Night Live to inform us on our choices for leaders we deserve exactly what we have gotten since it emerged as a political must for candidates. If you must find your political information on television please go to the Daily Show which has some degree of accuracy in their information and not just fluffy satires.

In addition, many Seattle Obama supporters are not even watching television they are standing lines out the door and down the block at 9PM in waiting to donate $10, or even less, to the Obama campaign. Even if they did not make it home for the Daily show they can see the re-run on the following night!

As for Sarah, interesting twist for the far right. I wonder if Rove and company and the neo-conservatives are considering her this election's answer to the George Bush Hand Puppet?

Both the Democrats and Republicans need a good thrashing in the polls . Both have in the last 50 years combined to loot,rape and git America.
Those that continue to enable the murderers of America to remain in power are willing enablers to the murder of America.

It's really sad to read such ridiculous comments with a few exceptions, Susan,Nancy,&M.M. McBush, we may as well call him since thats the type of leadership he'll be following after if he lives long enough needs to come up with something other than his P.O.W. stories.And Sarah's comment on being an advocate for children w/ special needs if elected...WOW, what a way to use your baby to get votes! If people could just look at each other and see just that another person , not a color, and just stop being so critical already.I guess theres just alot of republican millionaires out there who agree with bashing other people to get what you want is the way to go.And Paul and Mike need to get a clue. OBAMA-BIDEN ALL THE WAY IN 2008!!!!

Obama made the right call; unfortunately, no one is affording him any latitude these days. But further, after reading several of these comments, I can only say that it is astonishing to me that there are so many people prepared to take Palin seriously as a legitimate political figure. She is a national joke (whose flag pin gets bigger every time she appears in public; I guess size matters) and women who support her just because she shares their gender ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Im pretty mad...what does a hurricane have to do with not appearing on the show!! im pretty mad now!! i wanted to see him on snl!

In this mean and hateful election campaign I'm glad one candidate has the American people at heart. It is no surprise but it is the source of much sadness to see such hate and meanness expressed in the comments in response to Obama's decision to cancel his appearance on SNL. What ever happen to the integrity, truthfulness and kindness of the American people - is it no wonder with the hate perpetuated by the Republican party that we have comments such as these. It truly is a sad day in America!!!

It is really sad to see the racist hatred of some of the Obama detractors on this thread.("His background in the "hood" prepared him to take advantage of power in the government and now it had been destroyed by a fine white woman from Alaska who the nation cannot get enough of.") WOW, what a MORON!! Is this the kind of people driving the McCain run??
..Also to see Senator McCain stooping to the Rovian sleaze tactics that savaged his family in 2000 is sad as he used to be a pretty stand up guy. It seems that their strategy is to name a nice, but unqualified VP pick and then scream sexism against the Obama campaign, by lying and taking the Senators comments out of context..The plan is to get the votes of uneducated white women who would have voted for Clinton, but are closet racists...As sleazy as it is...it will probably work...American politics has become a bad joke...

Fellow Earthlings,

When are you going to realize the true state of our nation? Democrats and Republicans are like Coke and Pepsi---they belong to the same company. Didn't you learn in the last two elections, that the decision is made for you, not by you? The Skull and Bones run our country; oil wars run our country; greed and fascism run our country. We are mere members of a caste system,save but one or two lucky lotto winners. We are the richest slaves in the world, bound by debt and oil addiction.

So, what do we do, sit and whine about it? Some of the best teachers, philosophers, gurus, astronauts and politicians who spent their whole lives working on what to do have come to the conclusion that the world could be a better place if we'd all just be a little nicer to one another. The dualism of left vs. right is a total facade. It represents the dualism within us all and should no longer be patronized.

Albert Einstein once said that you cannot solve a problem with the means by which it was created. Politics cannot be solved with politics. It's time to think beyond this system. Start with yourself. Forgive someone, get counseling, get more sleep, exercise, eat better, be nicer. This would do more for the betterment and progression of America and the whole world than any Democrat or Republican could dream of. Take care of your children, don't get so mad over stupid stuff, say WTF sometimes and appreciate every moment of health and well-being. Life is too short to give in to this silly soap opera. Live your own life and turn the t.v off.

Love and Light to all. Even the Republicans.

Comments from some people about "ignorant Democrats" are laughable considering Palin didn't even know what the Bush doctrine is. And you're telling us we should be convinced that this woman can handle foreign policy...as if!

As for SNL, Obama has done the right thing to bow out. FYI, Mr Crabtree, McCain already appeared on SNL in May...its time to stop blaming bias media. If anything the media is giving too much time to the false accusations of name calling and sexism, helping the McCain/Palin ticket focus on trivia so they can avoid talking about the issues.

The Republicans' record over the last 8 years speaks for itself and anyone who supports McCain/Palin is basically voting for America to continue on a downward spiral.

IF YOU CAN READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS: Just to correct things, I believe that McCain AND Obama cancelled appearances the Monday that Gustav was to hit the gulf. And if Obama went to the gulf coast...he would have the SS with him and would cause such a distraction that it would hurt the cause. For him to stay away, is more respectful than going just for a photo-op.Further, by him beating the Clinton machine ( a very fine machine), I really don't think that he is afraid of a woman, I do think that he can run a very well organized and energized campaign. I will vote for Obama in Nov. because of this reason.

Most of you sound like a bunch of racist cornballs, get a life... and face reality Palin is a joke and Obama's Gonna be President. GET OVER YOURSELF YOU LOSERS!!! By the way the Civil War was over decades ago

Philip,

For your reference, John McCain has appeared twice on SNL, the same number as Obama had he appeared tonight. Doesn't sound like network favoritism to me. Who's the celebrity?

Judy in Oregon I agree...damned if you do and damned if you don't.
He chose not to make an appearance on freakin' comedy show!!! GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!!
If he appeared then the previous bloggers would be suggesting that Obama is a celebrity! If the man sneezes wrong it's up for debate! PEOPLE...he lives in chicago. There's currently a hurricane in Texas...UMM is Baby Boy Bush in Texas right now??? just wondering...
Get over yourselves and go down new orleans and texas and see what going on for yourselves. So quick to pass judgement...IT"S A COMEDY SHOW!!!

THERE ARE HARDLY APPROPRIATE WORDS FOR THE WASTE OF TIME EVERYONE IS SPENDING CREATING MORE HATE. IF A PERSON WANTS THE BEST FOR A COUNTRY AND A PLANET, LET THEM DO IT. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE REALLY DOING WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL PEOPLE. THAT MEANS BEING ABOUT GOODNESS AND COMPASSION, AND CREATING GOOD. HELLO! THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SO MUCH HATE BURNING INSIDE YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO TURN TO UGLY, RACIST, SEXIST COMMENTS TO FEEL BETTER, IT'S VERY SAD. INSTEAD HOW ABOUT THINKING. HOW ABOUT REALLY LISTENING TO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING AND WRITING IN THIS BLOG. YOU ARE GOING TO PRAY TO GOD TO BRING SOMEONE DOWN?!! WHAT KIND OF GOD DO YOU BELIEVE IN? WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE YOU THAT YOU WANT GOD TO INTERVENE IN YOUR HATE? YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF GOOD PEOPLE, YET SINCE THE LAST CONVENTION YOU HAVE ALLOWED ONE PERSON TO INSIGHT SO MUCH FEAR MONGERING AND HATE. AND WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS THIS THAT GETS JOY FROM CAUSING ALL THIS HATE, FEAR AND DISCONTENT? ARE THESE PEOPLE YOU WANT LEADING OUR COUNTRY? WHO START OUT ENCOURAGING HATE. WHO PULL STUNTS? WHO DO NOT TAKE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT SERIOUS AND THINK IT'S OKAY TO PULL LAST MINUTE STUNTS WITH UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE? AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE AS SHOWN IN THIS BLOG THERE ARE SO MANY OF YOU THAT HAVE GENERATIONS OF HATE YOU ARE HARBORING THAT YOU BUY INTO IT. YOU ARE ALLOWING YOURSELVES TO BE MANIPULATED BY PEOPLE WITH TWISTED SELF INTEREST. THAT IS WHAT GOT US INTO THIS 8 YEAR SITUATION, AND PEOPLE ARE REALLY SUFFERING NOW, LOSING THEIR HOMES, NOT ABLE TO PAY THEIR DEBTS, LOSING THEIR FUTURE, WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE? ARE YOU SO FULL OF HATE AND INSENSITIVITY THAT YOU CAN'T THINK AND MAKE CHOICES THAT WILL MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE? SHAME ON EVERYONE WHO IS ENCOURAGING THIS HORRIBLE HATE, SHAME ON YOU! THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SHOULD BE SAYING IS TO ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU A KINDER, BETTER PERSON WHO DOESN'T ENCOURAGE HATE IN BLOGS; WHO RECYCLES, LOVES ANIMALS, PROTECTS THE INNOCENTS AND WANTS THE BEST FOR ALL, THAT IS ALL PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. SHAME ON YOU! JUST STOP THE HATE AND START THINKING WITH THE TRUTH.

It is so disappointing to me that the Republican Party has any chance of winning this election. This election should be a no-brainer. For the last 8 years the Republican Party has run this country into the ground. And now, Americans, are actually considering voting another Republican into office. C'mon people...aren't we better than that. For all those individuals who believe that Barack Obama will destroy America, I have one question...what do you think George W. Bush has been doing for the last 8 years?

Palin is not running for President. John McCain is. Her experience is being called into question...just as Barack's is. At the RNC she made some very snide remarks in regards to Barack Obama. I think it's only fair that he fight back. And as far as that lipstick comment Obama made...John McCain made that same remark in regards to Hillary Clinton's health care policy. The Republicans aren't hurt about this comment, their just using it as a distraction, so that John McCain doesn't have to talk about the issues. McCain/Palin commercials are half truths. She did support the bridge to no where until it was pulled by Congress. He opposed off-shore drilling till his party pushed him to change his mind. The RNC spent more time attacking Obama than explaining what they were going to do to help this country get out of this mess that "they're party" put us in. The people who are for McCain are going to be for McCain no matter what, as well as for the Obama supporters..but for those who haven't made up their minds yet..remember this, 9/11 happened on who's watch?..and which party forced us into a war under false pretenses?..and which party created a $389 billion deficit?

I was certainly looking forward to seeing the lighter side of Obama. No better place than SNL. I do hope there will be an appearance later. If he had appeared, the Media would have blasted Him for being too uncaring and non-chalant in the face of all the recent catastrophies. Smart Man. Again, He shows good judgement.

I just watched SNL, having tuned in for the first time in years. It is a very poor excuse for fuuny, unlike its few golden hilarious seasons in its early years.

Obama didn't appear. It didn't matter much to me because the other night I was looking at some YouTube videos of him in the primary campaign and thought he was very funny in a low key kind of way.

When I saw he had canceled because of the hurricane, I figured he decided that since all the stupid people would look at him and say,"He doesn't care!” it was better not to appear. And the McCain campaign would launch an ad declaring Obama was yukking it up on SNL instead of... something. Oh, like the way Bush and McCain goofed off playing a guitar on McCain’s birthday when the levees that should have been redone by then except the federal government wasn’t interested in doing anything it’s supposed to do to protect its citizens.

Moreover, I'd guess he had become aware there would be a spoof on Palin and he properly did not wish to participate. THAT is appropriate. You don't have to like someone to behave respectably. Obama has given us a good example of keeping out of the mud while waging the most intense, lengthy and grueling campaign ever.

I have not been an Obama fan, but I do think we need a president who can think, who takes a little time to consider the problems and questions. His charisma and eloquence are simply gifts, and he has learned to use them well. They are valuable political tools, and he has the ability to improve relations with the rest of the world, unlike Bush and McCain, who are hell bent to dominate the world. You know, and spend all the money and more, guarantee the deaths of 4000-plus Americans, which is more by one-third than died on 9/11.

But never mind all that. Palin is the new exciting thing so what’s the big deal.

I agree with the poster who declared the whole thing isn’t decided by elections anyway. It is so disheartening. For years I have said – naively, I now see = that “At least we always have the Constitution.”

Hah.

Looking forward to seeing Barack on the show next week, and in the White House next year! God bless the USA.

How great it will be to have caring and INTELLIGENT leadership for a change--the kind that actually makes our country stronger (unlike the Bush-McSame posers who talk tough but create nothing but economic and military and environmental chaos and decay)!

Re: (Amy Poehler's comment)"Chicken. Now the show will have to bring in unrehearsed skits to fill the time. The show is based in New York, not Texas. Who cares about the rednecks who can't swim?"

Who cares about a bunch of racist Zionist Marxists who want wealth redistribution to have their way puppeteering the airwaves with whom they see fit to control? If Texas became a republic again, you would be one of the first loudmouth do-nothing liberals to move here.

John - Texas

I cannot believe that you Barry supporters do not realize what State and what County this man resides from? You are the same people who have voted in the most inept politicans ever in charge of this state! I like how libs think they are so much smarter then rebs? You people certainly do not fool me because of Nerdy Stroger, Jones and the rest of them. Also your man supported these idiots so what does that say about him?

The media like I said does not have the guts to ask the working people how they feel about Barry and his band of tax happy politicans are doing to the State of Illinois.

Time to pack up if Barry is elected and get in line for the Political Reducation Camp.

Valuable resource of saturday night live news summaries: http://www.ng2000.com/fw.php?tp=saturday-night-live

White people are still very racist. I am white, and I know many whites who will swallow all of the Republican lies and vote against their own economic interests because Republicans use fear, ridicule, hatred, and lies to get working class whites to support them. Wake up America! Working class does not equal middle class. A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for the elite!

SOME OF YOU ARE STUCK ON STUPID!
BARACK OBAMA KNOWS THAT PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING,
HE HAS A HEART, A BIG HEART FOR HIS FELLOW MAN,
HE WOULDN'T FLY OVER HOUSTON 4 DAYS LATER, HE
WOULD MOBILIZE AND HELP AMERICANS IN STRESS, HE
IS A TRUE LEADER, SOME OF YOU NEED TO GET OFF
THE POT OR BLANK!
BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN BEFORE WE ARE WAITING
FOR THE BANK TO OPEN AND IT DOESN'T!

The new code word for disqualification of a black or to feel good about yourself for not voting for a black person is "EXPERIENCE" LOL People are funny I only respect the people that would come out and say "I am not voting for him because he is black" e.g. The KKK or skin heads those are the groups I would respect. The rest of them that hide behind the "Experience" tag are pussy.

To Philip E. Crabtree:

McCain has been on SNL. Apparently, you opted to throw a childish tantrum about the media and the left before actually looking into it. Who cares about the left anyway? Or the right for that matter. Both display and instigate the same tantrums that you so skillfully portrayed.

The media is irrelevant? What do you think is swaying the people of this country without logic to vote for who they think they want? The media is everything in the election unfortunately.

McCain didn't appear during an election cycle, either time. It is inappropriate for SNL to extend a request to Obama without extending it at a later date to McCain. I for one don't care to see either one of them on SNL. Tina Fey was great in her impersonation of Sara Palin. Now, if only the cast can be allowed to parody the other candidates, including Obama.

I think it is funny that SNL, often criticized for being too liberal, but always going after politicians regardless is being singled out. Maybe SNL is just getting a little free publicity. Other times SNL sketches make the news, regardless of who they are targeting, look at how Tina Fey's Sarah Palin imitations were played on the network news last year. It was so frequent people actually think it was Sarah Palin who said "I can see Russia from my house", not Tina Fey. But my argument for years has been, whether it is Fox or CNN or whatever, networks should be neutral ground. Both sides can give their comments or editorials, as long as they are stated as such. But I don't think a network or station should be 'liberal' or 'conservative'.

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