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Obama cranking up charismatic heat

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- After 21 months of running for the White House, by this time next week Barack Obama will know whether he is the president-elect or the junior senator from Illinois facing an indeterminate sentence over at the Hart Senate Office Building.

Virginia and more centrally, Pennsylvania, are key, and Obama stumped in both Tuesday.

The Keystone State is John McCain's last stand.

As Obama spoke at James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley, where the fall foliage will soon peak, I was struck by how little-changed the essential Obama message of change has been.

In the final stage of the campaign, he is back to turning on the charismatic heat, which had been tamped down for a while in order to quell snickers about him running for Messiah in Chief.

Obama started with hope and change. He's ending with hope and change.

"Despite what my opponents may say, there are no real or fake parts of this country," said Obama, a reference to Sarah "I'm from a small town" Palin.

"There's no city or town that is more pro-American than anywhere else. We're all pro-America, we're one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots," he said.

"Virginia, that's what hope is, that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better is waiting behind around the bend, that insists there are better days ahead if we're willing to work for it," Obama said as the cheers from the mainly student crowd in the gym reached a crescendo.

Carefully choosing words
Earlier, at Widener University in Chester, Pa., he offered a line that has been with him since the beginning.

"Change," said Obama, as if for the first time, comes "not from the top down but from the bottom up."

As it became clearer in recent weeks that Obama will likely be the next president, he has been more careful with his words, concerned, his aides said, that as the economic crisis worsened, a wrong phrase could drive markets down further around the globe.

If Obama indeed becomes president, one reason will be that he has raised enough cash -- more than $600 million -- to bankroll ad wars and a grass-roots-and-Netroots army everywhere, not just in swing states.

At 7 Chicago time tonight, Obama will deliver a penultimate, 30-minute rationale for his presidency -- from battleground Florida -- televised on NBC, CBS, Univision, BET, Fox and MSNBC.

At 11 p.m. -- timed for the top of the evening news -- Obama will be at an Orlando rally with Bill Clinton in their first joint appearance.

Now that's a change.

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I see you all have not lost your fight :

GOOD! Because we have a lot to do. You! (the American people) are going to have to take back control of your elected government at every level, and set your government back on the right path of service to you, and the greater good of the World.

Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope of doing that now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best they can. Because the Bush McCain vote fraud, vote cheating, vote buying, vote manipulation machine is already hard at work to cheat you again. And we all know what a disaster that has been the past 8 years of Bush McCain.

Barack Obama and the democrats will need all the power you can give them at every level of government (Federal, State, County, and local City elected governments). Obama and the democrats will have an enormous mess to fix for the American people, and the rest of the World. A mess caused by the corrupt Bush McCain administration.

You see, starting back in 2000, and before 911, it was mostly the Republican governors, Republican legislatures, and county elected Republican officials that conspired with the corrupt Bush McCain administration to raise college, and university tuitions by the fastest, and highest rate increases in American history. Some state tuitions went up by as much as a WHOPPING! 30% in one year.

The reason the Bush McCain administration did this was to force struggling working class kids into the military to pay for the sudden jump in tuition. Which was forced on them by the corrupt Bush McCain administration, and their corrupt Republican Governors, and republican controlled state legislatures.

See, Bush McCain had plans to get us into all these immoral, foolish, criminal, and unnecessary wars from the start. So they could use these wars to seize power, and later to get reelected. But, for their evil plan to work they needed more volunteer soldiers struggling to pay for an education whose blood they could spill to help them seize more power. Remember Bush McCain's "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!" theatrics.

The exploitation, and lost lives of these finest Americans is despicable, disgusting, immoral, corrupt and criminal. And it makes me SICK, and ANGRY!

You will have to vote for Obama, and the democrats in overwhelming numbers to overcome the Bush McCain vote fraud machine. Vote early if you can. Then help your fellow Americans cast their votes now, and on through election day. Vote for Obama, and the democrats like your life, and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. Because it does. You will not survive 4 more years of "Let Them Eat Cake" Bush McCain, and their republican allies.

Just look at the mess we have now.

You can fix this mess with your votes for Obama, and the democrats. And REMEMBER, no matter which of us may stumble or fall, the rest of you must continue to surge forward for Barack Obama, and the democrats, and for your-selves most of all. The children, and the World are counting on us.

It's in your hands now. And I know you will get it done.

God bless all of you.


JACK SMITH - WORKING CLASS... :-)

Jack Smith, thanks for your comments.Now more than ever, the working class needs a leader; as a matter of fact,all the classes need a strong,calm leader who can guide America out of this tumultuous storm.
and yes the wealth needs to be distributed, because although some of us might want to fool ourselves that we are middle class based on our profession, middle class has become extremely poor.That salary can no longer purchase what it originally could. Moreover, there is a huge discrepancy between pay on paper and "take home" pay.
The creation of wealth is ineffective if it is not distributed. It needs to spread to every area of society.Stagnation will continue the present dilemna. so "my friends", created wealth needs to spead to the Joes and Janes.Just ask Joe the plumber boss or Jane the caregiver boss who spread the wealth by hiring! Better yet ask the hundreds of small businesses,the wealthy, middle and lower class who benefited from the distribution of wealth, distributed by the Obama campaign. Where do you think that money is? Not on Michelles dress.Instead ask FOX, NBC, the waiters, restaurants, musicians, custodians, stage and light directors, DJ's and the list goes on.Is that SOCIALIST?

BARACK OBAMA'S CHARISMA ALONE WILL KEEP US OUT OF
HARMS WAY!
HE IS DIPLOMATIC, HE ISN'T TRYING TO MAKE HIS
FATHER PROUD OF HIM, HE ISN'T TRYING TO OUTDUE
HIS BROTHER, SOUND FAMILIAR, AFTER WATCHING THE
MOVIE W, I UNDERSTAND WHY OUR COUNTRY IS IN THE
MESS IT IS IN!
BARACK OBAMA IS A HARVARD TRAINED LAWYER, WHO LED
LAW REVUE, MCCAIN IS A GUY WHO DARNED NEAR FLUNKED
OUT OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY!
BARACK OBAMA IS RESPECTED WORLDWIDE, HE ISN'T
STUCK ON STUPID FOR WAR, WHEN DIPLOMACY IS BETTER
IT DOESN'T GET ANYONE KILLED!
MCCAIN SHOULDN'T HAVE LISTENED TO KARL DROPOUT
ROVE, AND TUCKER I NEED A JOB BOUNDS!
BARACK OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE, AS LONG AS EVERYONE
VOTES!
IT'S A NO BRAINER! MCCAIN UNDERSTANDS THAT ONE!

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