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Obama to cable talk shows: drop dead

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PUEBLO, COL.--Hooking up with his wife, Michelle and daughters, Barack Obama on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon may have sent a lightening bolt to cable talk show bookers: "Stay off the cable news," he said at a rally in the city.

With three days left, Obama returning to a familiar theme, said there is need to get beyond ideology. Then he added something new, jabs at the cable news shows.

"The job of an elected official -- whether it's a President or a council member -- is to solve problems, deliver for the people, don't spend all your time bickering, stay off the cable news shows. You know, and I watch sometime those shows, and I realize, you know, you're arguing about the past, we need to be talking about the future."

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pretty smart guy, I've had it with the nasty talking heads..republicans and democrats ought to come together and put an end to appearing with these people who's life is about fighting. We've got big problems and it's about time we start working together to fix them.

Cable News Networks have a 24/7 need to fill time and space along with a thirst for controversy. The need for regularly communicating directly to the American people in an honest manner is paramount, the form is of secondary importance. Seeing how the Obama campaign communicated with its supporters, I suspect the internet will play a major role in such communications. Press conferences are vital to question or clarify Administration actions.

I agree. The cable shows are getting really nasty to watch. We need to focus on the problems this country has and try to work together to solve them. In order to do that we need honest people in government. Maybe we will get some of it this election.

This from the man who has his own channel on DISH TV? This from the man who purchased for millions 1/2 hour of air time for his own infomercial preceeding the world series game on the 29th?Please! Hypocrisy thy name is Obama.

Obama/Pelosi/Reid and Co. will wipe free speech off the face of the Constitution as we know it. The "Fairness Doctrine" will seem like small potatoes.

Obama has used his "truth squads" to intimidate station owners and managers of T.V. and radio alike. This many does not want his hypnotic music to the masses (lies) interupted with the truth of his planned Socialism lest the spell be broken.

Wake up America, wake up!!!

Jerry, are you kidding? Is this a joke? Wonder where you get the idea that he is a pretty smart guy?

He's so ungrateful ... after all CNN and MSNBC did to help him he should spend the rest of his career (or his "fame") giving them exclusives.

Interesting. One would think Obama would be more appreciative of the newsmedia selling its soul for him.

I suspect Obama is concerned less with "the future" and more with avoiding any questions or discussions about his past.

FOX NEWS SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE AIR!
RADIO ONLY FOR THESE GUYS, DON'T SHOW THEIR FACES
THEY HAVE SET JOURNALISM BACK 40 YEARS!

I MUST SAY THIS TO ALL YOU HATERS OF OBAMA. FIRST OF ALL, YOU NEGATIVE BUTT HOLES WHO CAN'T SURVIVE OFF OF POSITIVENESS, TRY PUTTING SOME IN YOUR PATHETIC, EMPTY, OBNOXIOUS LIVES! POINT BLANK, YOU ALL MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITH LOVE. BECAUSE BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD'S PEOPLE, OPERATE ON EVIL, AND THAT AIN'T GOOD! WE NEED OBAMA TO BE THE IMMACULATE LEADER HE HAS SO FAR PROVEN TO BE. I MYSELF HOPE HE WILL NEVER PAY ATTENTION TO ANY NEGATIVITIES, THAT WILL TAKE HIS ATTENTION AWAY FROM DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB FOR OUR COUNTRY BUT, WE ALL KNOW THAT OBAMA, AS WELL AS OTHER POLITICIANS, MOST LIKELY, WILL HAVE TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE NEWS COMMENTATORS COMMENTS, NEG OR POS, TRUE OR FALSE. BELIEVE YOU ME, OBAMA WILL PROVE TO BE THE MOST HONEST, MOST INTELLIGENT, MOST STRATEGIC, AND BEST MAN WE HAVE HAD IN OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION IN DECADES. HE IS CHANGE, AND WILL MOST DEFINITLY CHANGE A LOT OF NEGATIVE OPINIONS ABOUT HIM, HOPEFULLY ONE OF THEM IS YOURS, AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. OBAMA IS RIGHT ON CUE, WHEN HE SPOKE OF SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR THE PEOPLE, VERSES GIVING THE NEWS ALL THE NEGATIVE ATTENTION THAT A LOT OF THEM SEEK FROM OUR POLITICIANS. WE ELECTED THE MAN FOR CHANGE, RIGHT? THEN LET CHANGE REIGN! FURTHERMORE; OBAMA HAS PLENTY OF NEGATIVE ISSUES TO STRAIGHTEN OUT THAT BUSH IS LEAVING BEHIND. TELL ME THIS YOU NEGATIVE BUTT HOLES? WHY WEREN'T YOU ALL AGAINST THE BUSHES WHEN THEY STOLE THE LAST ELECTION IN 2004? JUST LOOK WHERE THAT GOT US! YEAH! MY ADVICE TO YOU ALL, LET OBAMA RUN OUR COUNTRY IN THE MANNER OF WHICH HE SEE FIT, GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE TO CORRECT MANY WRONGS THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO US AS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. STOP BEING AGAINST GOOD, LET EVIL TAKE THE BACK SEAT FOR ONCE PEOPLE! PEACE & LOVE YALL
BY THE WAY; OBAMA WILL BE IN THE NEWS SOME TIME OR ANOTHER WITH WONDERFUL NEWS OF GOOD THINGS HAPPENING FOR US ALL, NOW AINT THAT WHAT YOU ALL HOPE FOR? A CHANGE? YES WE CAN? YES WE CAN!

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