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MINNEAPOLIS--Barack Obama told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday's edition of "360" that he has more executive experience than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He compares his national campaign organization to Palin's stint as a mayor of a small town and ignores that she is a governor.

On CNN's "360" Obama "also countered critics who suggest that he has less executive experience in this situation compared to Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin saying, "...my understanding is, is that Governor Sarah Palin's town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We have got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So, I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years.

And, certainly, in terms of the legislation that I passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina of how we handle emergency management, the fact that many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place as we speak, I think, indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect."

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ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, "ANDERSON COOPER 360": Senator Barack Obama was in Wisconsin, where he joined me for an interview. I spoke to him earlier, when I was still in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward, standing in front of some of the debris that is still in the Lower Ninth Ward from Hurricane Katrina.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: Senator Obama, in the last several days, I know you have talked to officials at the federal, state and local level. How do you assess their response to this storm?

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, clearly, we have learned some lessons from three years ago.

You were there three years ago, and you remember the heartbreak and tragedies that we saw unfold. Every conversation I have had indicates that the state, the federal, and local municipalities have coordinated them -- themselves well.

We have seen the evacuation of two million people, with relatively few glitches. So, I'm pleased, so far, in terms of the response. I just got off the phone with Secretary Chertoff. He indicates that they are now in the process of doing aerial surveys. They are in the process of activating search-and-rescue for people who may not have observed the evacuation order.

But it appears, at least, that so far, we have been doing what we need to do. And I'm very pleased that, so far at least, we're not hearing reports of loss of life.

COOPER: One of the biggest problems last time around was -- was FEMA, the federal government response. Are you confident? Do you believe that the Bush administration has in fact acknowledged and learned the mistakes of Katrina?

OBAMA: Well, the key is that they started planning early, which is something that, obviously, they did not do last time. So, you started seeing buses and -- and evacuation plans in place well before the storm hit.

I was proud of the fact that some of the changes that we made in Congress -- for example, I passed a bipartisan bill on family locator systems -- that was activated during Gustav -- that we had put in place
assurances that we would have plans for evacuating people with special needs. That was put in place.

So, a lot of the front-end planning that was done, I think, clearly paid off. But it's a little bit too early to tell whether or not the back end of the crisis, in terms of housing, in terms of dealing with flood damage, if there is any, whether small businesses and homeowners are getting the relief they need right away, whether that's being dealt with.

And -- and the other thing that I think we have got to once again look at is, how are we doing on things like wetland restoration? We can't be going through these kinds of crises every year or every two years.

COOPER: I'm coming to you tonight from the Lower Ninth Ward.
Behind me, there is storm damage from Hurricane Katrina. The storm damage folks are seeing behind me now, that's not from this storm. This is from three years ago. It's still sitting out here in the Lower Ninth Ward. It used to be a vibrant community, not a rich economy community
-- rich economically, but rich, as you know, culturally and socially.

There were a lot of folks here who are still spread around the United States who would like to come back. Do you think New Orleans has been forgotten, and what would your administration do differently?

OBAMA: Well, I -- it hasn't been forgotten by me, because one of the pledges that I have made when I was a senator, and one of the pledges that I intend to keep as president, is to make sure that we rebuild New Orleans and its vitality and its place in American culture.

There's nothing like New Orleans. And the truth is, is that we have been too slow. There was a report today -- or maybe it was yesterday -- in "The New York Times" indicating that the Road Home program, hundreds of millions of dollars that had not ended up being utilized just because of red tape and bureaucracy.

The American people are generous, and they understand that, during moments of crisis, we need to come together and provide people help.
But what we haven't seen are the kinds of efficient programs that get to the people that need help right away.

And one of the things that all of us have to recognize is that a government can't do everything, but one thing it can do is help communities recover after a flood, whether it's in Iowa and Des Moines or whether it's in New Orleans and Louisiana.

And that is going to be one of my highest priorities, making sure that we respond immediately after a storm, but, also, that we're putting in the levee systems and the pump systems that are necessary to survive a Category 5 hurricane, that we're dealing with wetland restoration, and that we are helping people rebuild their homes and their businesses, so that these communities can get back on their feet. We have been waiting too long. The time is now.

COOPER: John McCain was here on Sunday in Mississippi, looking over preparations for this storm. You chose not to come in advance. Why did you choose to do that? And do you have any plans to come in the days ahead?

OBAMA: You know, our experience -- this just happened when the flooding in Iowa and along the Mississippi River occurred.

With the Secret Service operation that we have around me these days, what happens is, is that, when we land anywhere, it -- there has to be coordination with local law enforcement officials. And it ends up drawing away resources from people who need to be doing the kind of job that they're doing to help folks on the ground.

So, what I didn't want to be is a distraction just for a photo-op.
What we're going to do is examine, over the next couple of days, the severity of the damage, how we can be most helpful. If I can be helpful by going down there, I will be down there in a hot second.

If it turns out that what local officials and those in charge recommend is that we do our work through our Web site and through activating volunteers and donors, that's what we will do. The main thing is to get help to the people on the ground.

COOPER: And, Senator Obama, my final question -- your -- some of your Republican critics have said you don't have the experience to handle a situation like this. They in fact have said that Governor Palin has more executive experience, as mayor of a small town and as governor of a big state of Alaska.

What's your response?

OBAMA: Well, you know, my understanding is, is that Governor Palin's town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We have got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year.
You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month.

So, I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years. And, certainly, in terms of the legislation that I passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina of how we handle emergency management, the fact that many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place as we speak, I think, indicates the degree to which we can provide the
kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.

COOPER: Senator Obama, thank you for your time.

OBAMA: Great to talk to you, Anderson.

(END VIDEOTAPE)


16 Comments

BARACK OBAMA WAS TELLING ANDERSON THE TRUTH!
SOME PEOPLE CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
BARACK OBAMA ISN'T ONLY A MAN FOR CHANGE, HE IS
A PERSON WHO WILL HELP YOU WHEN YOU NEED HIM!
IT WON'T TAKE HIM 8 YEARS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO
BE A PRESIDENT!
I DON'T THINK THE GOP REALLY WANTED CHENEY TO
SPEAK AT THEIR CONVENTION ANY WAY!
HE IS A LIABILITY NOT AN ASSET!

He hasn't run his Senate office, let alone Barack for America. And if had, how difficult are disciples to manage?

He's got experience not only in running the most efficient campaign in election history, but also national and foreign policy experience.8 years in the state senate and 3 years in the U.S. senate.

Year-by-year break down of Palin & Obama resumes:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/1613/27485/447/581295

And by the way, Obama is running for president to bring real change to America, as he has brought real change his entire carerr.

Palin is running for Vice President because of basicaly external factors. There were numerous women candidates who were better educated, more experienced. But they weren't good looking enough, huh?

Sarah Palin is a joke. And McCrazy has proved that he can't even make a VP decision. Country first? Yeah, right, McCrazy.

Give me a break, Obama states what makes him qualified to be president, is running his campaign? He has at least if not more than 2500 staffers, who do everything and more or less tell him what to do. That how he gets his foot stuck in his mouth so often. This election has real been the first hard fought campaign Obama ever been in, the others were handed to him, and for that reason he will loose. I hate to see the Chicago cronies, he plans to bring with him on the Hill.

"Governor Palin's town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We have got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month."

*Ding*

That is correct.

-- SCAM
so-called "Austin Mayor"
http://austinmayor.blogspot.com

Obama can not use his political campaign as experience unless he wants to manage another camapign. e.g. Karl Rove.
Obama is a community agitator funded by Tony Rezko, Nadmi Auchi and many other smarmy characters.
The driveby media especially in Chicago need to vet this Marxist who modeled his community organizing by Saul Alinsky who dedicated his book to Lucifer.
Obama is beyond the pale and journalists have an obligation to discuss his ties to Rezko, Wright, Pfleger and others who got tax money for their enterprises our tax dollars.
Rezko will be sentenced in late October just in time for reporters to have egg on their faces.

The Chicago Mafia has even more money than that, and seem not only to be able to manage it but to keep it hidden from the Feds. Besides, I think it is a bit hypocritical to be for or against sex-ed in public schools and then say that questions about any position as evidenced by teen pregnancy of a daughter out of wedlock, are unfair. I see Obama's role now in office as one of covering for the Mafia which is not the kind of change we need.

Finally, it's shamefull the way the Obama campaign will not even acknowledge that she is a governor. Skelator, I mean James Carville even held up a picture on CNN of Wasilla's town hall. Neither he nor the CNN host (I think it was Larry King) mentioned that she is governor of a state now. That's pretty desperate.

Amazing how CNN let him get away with this. Here are the facts:

Fact: Palin's current job is Governor, not Mayor.

Fact: Alaska state budget is $11.2 BILLION, which dwarfs Omaba's.

Fact: State of Alaska employs 15,000 people... several times over more than the Obama campaign.

Fact: So, by Obama's own twisted logic, Palin is more qualified than he is.

Next?

I love that he is comparing his campaign to her as a mayor not a Govenor. She handle executive decisions all of the time. Alsakan Gov empolyees over 77,000 Alaskan monthly budget over 1.2 billion dollars, dealing with two foriegn country borders and constant over seeing of international waters - daily, actually changing legislature, fighting big oil and raising their taxes to be more in line with other taxed busiiness in Alaska and then when the money comes in give each Alaskan $1,200 back this October. So who has more executive experience a guy that has people running his campaign or someone that actually runs a state and sits in all the meetings on the budget

The campaign is the one thing that we can judge each candidate's performance on. How does it respond to attack and criticism and changing realities? Is it efficient, well-run, disciplined? Does it control the candidate or does the candidate exert genuine leadership and independent thinking? How does it manifest the candidate's leadership and decision-making style?

Obama's vita is thinner than you'd expect for a presidential candidate, but his gifts are remarkable and his campaign outclasses anything I've seen in the last generation. McCain doesn't even come close. Political philosophies aside, that should concern all of us.

TELL DEAR SARAH DON'T SOUND SO SHRILLY NEXT TIME!
HARRY REID IS DISSAPOINTED IN YOU!
SARAH PALIN YOU ARE IN THE BIG LEAGUES NOW, I
HOPE YOU CAN HIT!
YOU AREN'T IN ALASKA ANYMORE!
OBAMA AND BIDEN ALL THE WAY!
TELL MCCAIN TO STOP HUGGING AND SQUEEZING SARAH
SO MUCH, MCCAIN'S WIFE HAS LET HER DOWN LIKE
PALIN!
HIRE A NANNY, THE BABY WAS MISTREATED AT THE
CONVENTION, THE FATHER DOESN'T WANT TO HOLD THE
BABY, THE YOUNGEST GIRL MEANT WELL, BUT SPIT ON
HER HAND AND WIPED IT ON THE BABY'S HEAD, HIRE
A NANNY!

He does have more experience!
But the Point I want to talk about is this:
Have you been following what Bush is doing lately?
He is trying to do almost everything Obama said he would do:
Reduce the troops in IraQ....and put them to use in Afghanistan!!!!!
Obama has said that over and over again!!!!
Obama stated: In reference to 911, that Our troops should have been deployed to Afghanistan to catch Bin Ladin not sent to Iraq to over throw Hussein!

Seems to me.....Mc Cain isn't the only 1 copying Obama these days.
Bush is also...........
THis election has become more and more of a joke from the Mc Cain side. They seem to be very desperate to not be beat by this powerful....wonderful Black Man!
(I do think Mc Cain's PRIDE is Racist)
He has a lot of Pride!!!!
When Mc Cain saw he was losing, (I mean LOSING)look what he does.....He threw his pride right out the door, and stooped to stupidity!!!!
Go get a Woman(that's all she is there for)....
A woman to make some waves and take the media off Obama and sway their attention to this Woman!! What about Mc Cain??? After all, You are the 1 running for President!
Crying cause Obama draws millions...(Celebrity staus) and Mc Cain......just Mc Cain the so called Maverick!
And.....they are trying to run away with Obamas Theme! CHANGE!!!!!
My God.....Can't they think of anything Original!?
What did happen to Experience????? Hummmmmm
Give me a Break!!!!
Obama / Biden
REAL CHANGE YOU CAN AND SHOULD BELIEVE IN!
They are the Originators....not the imitators.
Obama is the The REAL DEAL and not the Deal DOE!

Let us not be confused here!
Stick to your guns......Vote for Obama!!!

I would like to know one thing? Regarding John McCain`s involvement in the 1989 Lincoln Savings
and Loan, whom Keating was President at the time.
If you bring the keating scandel up on the inter-
net It states that John was the # two man. I could never vote for a man like this. Why is this being hushed up by the media?

year of the tiger next year my new years resolution is to read the story of the panther and the hind. Thought it might help profile war in afganistan. Hopefully naxos or some other label could put it on C.D. or Tape for us this year. Some really great exciting luminary narrating voices to flux cacoon butterfly my spirit. Know it will appeal to the intellect and concern for troops and homeland security.

MERRY CURRIE
Q U

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