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Obama's Robert Gibbs tangles with "Fox and Friends" over soldier bracelet.

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WASHINGTON--Over at The Page, Mark Halperin has the tape--Barack Obama adviser Robert Gibbs and the folks at "Fox and Friends" squaring off over a post debate matter much discussed in the blogosphere--Obama's mention of a bracelet he wears with the name of a soldier, Ryan David Jopek, killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb.

After John McCain made a point of highlighting a bracelet he wears, Obama piped up to host Jim Lehrer, "Jim, let me just make a point. I've got a bracelet, too, from Sergeant -- from the mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, given to me in Green Bay. And she asked me, "Can you please make sure that another mother's not going through what I'm going through?"

At issue: Jopek's mother Tracy, who lives in north central Wisconsin, later asked Obama not to mention the bracelet during debates and speeches, AP reported, because it may be misinterpreted.

Ryan's father, National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian Jopek in a Wisconsin Public Radio interview on March 20 said something a little different--that Obama was asked not to wear the bracelet at "public appearances."


"So, that's his own choice. I mean that's something Barack Obama, that's a choice that he continues to wear it despite Tracy asking him not to," he told Wisconsin Pubic Radio.

AP reported "Tracy Jopek said she didn't hear the interview but that her ex-husband, who is currently stationed in Cuba, mischaracterized her viewpoint."

BOTTOM LINE: Tracy Jopek told AP after the debate she is not upset.

"I think he knew my intention, he understands it was a gesture between me and Sen. Obama," she said. "It was just little piece of peace for us. I don't understand how people can take that and turn it into some garbage on the Internet."

She wouldn't directly say whether she wanted Obama to refrain from mentioning the bracelet again, but she hopes the whole issue will just go away."


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FOX NEWS SHOULD BE PUT ON THE DISNEY CHANNEL!
WHAT A CAST OF CHARACTERS ON THIS NEWSCAST!
THE GOP SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR THE
LACK OF INTEGRITY THEY HAVE SHOWN DURING THIS
ELECTION!
THE GOP AND MCCAIN AND GOVERNOR PALIN ARE A LOST
CAUSE, BUT FOX NEWS IS STILL IN THEIR CORNER,
BIRDS OF A FEATHER DO FLOCK TOGETHER!
LOSERS!
AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA!

I read on another blog she was happy Obama mentioned Her son's bracelet and had no problems with him using it in the context in which he did. Fox and Friends needs to get a break

You have to feel a little sympathy for the folks at Fox and Friends. They're trying so hard to find some way to spin John's performance in the debate into a win, when all the polls show the exact opposite.

So let's focus on bracelets.

Or better yet, ties. I though John's was much prettier.

Bush, McCain can run. But they cant hide anymore.

What ever congress does to try and fix our stunning economic catastrophe needs to be done very carefully. Congress needs to take their time, and be sure of what they are doing. Whatever is done needs to be sharply focused at helping, and protecting the best interest of the ordinary Americans. In particular the vast American middle class. 700 billion dollars is a lot of the peoples money to spend to bail out a bunch of corrupt Bush loan sharks.

When have you ever known any government plan, or project to only cost what the government said it would. Remember the war in Iraq. Bush and his so-called advisers said it would only cost you about 80 billion dollars. But we now know that the war in Iraq will cost you, and your children, and your grand children over a trillion dollars, and still counting.

So if 80 billion can end up costing you over a trillion dollars. How much could 700 billion end up costing you. Any math wizards out there. I come up with 9 trillion...:-(

My fellow human beings, just as I warned you ahead of this catastrophic economic meltdown, I must now warn you that what is ahead has the potential to be even more catastrophic than what we are going through now. The worlds geopolitical landscape has been booby trapped by the Bush McCain administration and their republican allies in congress. These booby traps are poised to spring at any time.

Fortunately the Worlds Nations have been blessed with many excellent leaders (except the US) who have been careful, wise, strong, and self-restrained in dealing with the provocations, and antagonism's of the Bush, McCain administration.

Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best you can, and vote for them like your life, and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. Because it does. You will not survive 4 more years of Bush McCain.

JACK SMITH - WORKING CLASS...

This is the whole reason why people don't want to get involved. Here is this lady, who lost her son, who wanted to do something for a candidate she supported... and now the opposition media is politicizing her involvement. Enough already! Let the issue go!

Tracy said recently in an interview that even though she didn't want Obama to mention it regularly in all his stump speeches, she was "estatic" that Obama mentioned it in the debates because it was an important counter point to mccain. McCain can't claim to represent the views of every soldiers family anymore than Obama.

Conservative paper. You forgot to mention how she said that she was "ecstatic" that Barack had mentioned the bracelet in the debate and how she felt honored to be remembered when he did so.

But your candidate is down in the polls so I expect as much...

With Robert Gibbs the Obama campaign has a media advisor who is unafraid to go 3 on 1 versus the Fox News team. He won the debate on air and has the ability to handle the Karl Rove tactics of the McCain-Palin crowd.

The unfair and unbalanced reporters at Fox news did not bother to check with the mother --
http://www.startribune.com/29863889.html?elr=KArksDyycyUtyycyUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Good ole Anonymous,
Whenever people want to snow you they use your name Anonymous or if they report something untrue
they use a "reliable source". And if you will look at polls, she is in the bottom 20% of military families that believe their kids are fighting because they believe in what we are doing there. Wake Up America! Quit listening to the liberal media, which has been proven to lie. Hence, no more Dan Rather, Chris Mathews, Keith Olbermann,etc., etc.

It just baffles me how ignorant the radical right sounds each time they open their mouth! WOW!

The AP said that she was "estatic" about the incident. But, much to the GOP's credit, they found something to harp on, which has nothing to do with policies. Though, if you're like myself who doesn't think another 4 years of already faltering policies are good for this nation, you shouldn't worry about it. Palin is doing more damage to the McCain campaign than the Democrats could ever do.

Obama will be like the fox guarding the hen house. The cause in part for the current financial crisis is the aversion to oversight for Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. It was the democrats that thwarted republican attempts to rein in these organizations. And this was back at least to 2004.

On the bracelet and Obama. All you had to do is watch the debate. It was a "me too" moment where Obama stumbled very badly. He had to look at the bracelet to recall the name. The "-" in print in the article doesn't do justice to the pause and the stumble by Obama.

Wow Gramps is a joke and the pig with lipstick is so dumb it is an insult to real pigs and the best Faux news can do is debate rather a Mother who gave Sen. Obama a braclet is mad he mentioned it?

Why don't they talk about how living close to Russia is akin to foreign policy experience? Why don't they explain how Gramps is going to fix an economy he thought was strong two weeks ago?

That is all too much like real journalism for that bunch of losers who only advocate for neo-cons no matter how silly they look and sound doing so.

FOX NEWS ALIAS STUCK ON STUPID!
REAL NEWS PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE AFFILATED WITH THIS
GARBAGE OF JOURNALISM!
DON'T GET USED BY FOX NEWS!
THESE PEOPLE WON'T BE ABLE TO GET ANOTHER JOB
ON TELEVISION IN THIS LIFETIME!
GET AWAY FROM FOX NEWS AND START YOUR CAREER ALL
OVER AGAIN!
READ THE FACTS BEFORE YOU START AN ARGUEMENT WITH
SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE FACTS!
DON'T BE ARGUMENTATIVE ALL THE TIME, BE A GOOD
LISTENER AS WELL AS A TALKER!
WHEN BARACK OBAMA IS PRESIDENT YOU GUYS WILL LOOK
MORE FOOLISH!
AND BELIEVE ME THAT'S HARD FOR NEWS SHOW TO TOP!
START ACTING LIKE PROFESSIONALS!

don't expect anything positive about senator obama from shane hannity and others on fox news.it hurt their feelings to report the truth about senator obama.watch hannity when he talks about senator, you can see the malice in his eyes for the senator.happy the know ,there is good and bad in all of us,and it is shown through out the country how some many nice people are supporting the obama/biden ticket.my advise to the folks at fox is to read their bible,especially the tenth commendment , and hebrew 13-9.

I can not understand how so many people can be so far off base when they talk about the government and the people in office. There are more dishonest people in Washington than any where in the world. The dems. have many in washington who should be in jail, and the GOP is not far behind them, the lesson here is that they no longer CARE what you and I think for they now run this country the way THEY want, so if you want to place blame for what is wrong with this country look to your self.

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