Posted: 03 Aug 2008 12:47 PM CDT
The John McCain ad in question was called "Celeb" and compared Barack Obama to celebrities asking if Obama was prepared to lead and 22 percent of the nation's voters thought the ad was racist with 63 percent saying it was not.
Rasmussen released it's report today which states 22 percent of the nation's voters saw McCain's Paris Hilton/Britney Spears/Barack Obama ad as racist, while 53 percent perceived Obama's "dollar bill" comment as racist.
The comment in question is where Barack Obama told a crowd in Springfield, Missouri, "So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making."
That dollar bill remark started a media storm with the McCain campaign accusing Barack Obama of playing the race card from the bottom of the deck and members of the Obama campaign denying it, then admitting that it was partially in reference to his ethnicity with Obama himself stating that his being African American was a small part of what that comment meant.
Rasmussen asked the nation's voters what they thought about the two instances in question, the "Celeb" ad and the "dollar bill" comment and while 22 percent saw the celeb ad as racist, 53 percent of the nation's voters saw Obama's "dollar bill" comment as racist in nature with 38 percent disagreeing.
There were also significant partisan divides. Democrats were evenly divided as to whether the McCain commercial was racist, and they were also evenly divided on the Obama comment. Republicans, by an 87% to 4% margin, rejected the notion that the McCain campaign ad was racist. But, by a 67% to 26% margin, GOP voters believe that Obama's comment was racist.
The demographics reported also showed that 58 percent of African American voters saw the McCain ad as racist, 18 percent of white voters saw it that way and 14 percent of all other voters saw it that way.
Obama's comment was seen as racist by 44 percent of African Americans and 53 percent of white voters with 61 percent of all other voters seeing it as racist.
You can see the actual questions asked at Rasmussen.
Posted: 03 Aug 2008 11:17 AM CDT
Remember when Barack Obama made one of his speeches (the ones where he doesn't stutter) and said "I'll meet John McCain 'anytime, anywhere' to debate foreign Policy"?
If you don't remember, you can see it for yourself at YouTube and below:
For the second time, Obama has refused to keep to that promise.
There are three scheduled debates to be held but John McCain had proposed 10 townhall style debates with Obama and back in June negotiations for those proposed debates broke down when Obama's campaign made a counter offer.
Obama has offered to meet McCain in five joint appearances between now and the Nov. 4 election, but only one of those would be town hall-style and it would be on the July 4th Independence Day holiday, when few Americans would be watching. McCain called the offer "a very disappointing response."
Three of the other joint appearances are the scheduled debates for Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss., Oct. 7 and Oct. 15, 2008.
Lo and behold, the townhall style debates to which the McCain campaign again re-issued their challenge for, has once again been turned down by the Obama campaign.
Barack Obama's campaign released a letter this afternoon from campaign manager David Plouffe to the Commission on Presidential Debates only agreeing to the traditional three sanctioned fall debates and single vice presidential forum.
Obama and his supporters have been insisting that John McCain needs to focus on the "issues" during his campaign and yet when John McCain accepted Barack Obama's "anytime, anywhere" statement at face value and tried to make plans to discuss the issues, it is Obama and his campaign that has been refusing for months now to stand toe to toe with John McCain, in front of ordinary Americans, no teleprompters, and speak to those issues.
The McCain campaign's response to this latest news by stating, via Brian Roges, a McCain spokesman, "We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he'll reconsider."
Posted: 02 Aug 2008 04:21 PM CDT
Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times as did Fox embed, Bonney Kapp, wrote about it and provided photos of the new makeover of the Obama 757, with the words "Change We Can Believe In" on the side of the plane and one of the photos also shows that the American flag that used to be on the tail of the plane, is gone and it was replaced with the Obama logo.
The Obama airplane which jets the Democratic candidate around the world underwent a makeover. One of the changes in the plane's appearance is the American flag that was on the tail was replaced with Obama's logo.
The North American jet that flew Obama and his traveling crew around for much of the primary season was refurbished with new seats and power for each passenger a must on the campaign trail. And the plane that once had an American flag on its tail now sports the Obama "O." "Change We Can Believe In" and the candidate's website are splayed across both sides of the fuselage, making this 757 anything but inconspicuous.
You can see more photos of the plane at both articles and there is no law against removing the American flag from the tail of the plane and replacing it with anything the candidate or his staff chooses.
Snopes provides photos of prior candidates Bob Dole and John Kerry's campaign planes as well as a photo of George Bush's plane in 2000.
Obama plane was leased by North American Airlines, to which photos show that the American flag was on the tail prior to the new makeover.
For the sake of accuracy, John McCain's plane also does not have the American flag on the tail. His plane was chartered from Swift Air, to which in looking at at the specs (2 page PDF), never had an American flag on the tail, so he added his to the fuselage area, but never removed it from the tail to replace it with his website name. There was no flag shown on the Swift Air plane at all and McCain had one added.
Hat tip to Len and Lew for their informational help.
Posted: 02 Aug 2008 03:04 PM CDT
HYSTERICAL. (H/T Andrew Malcolm)
From the howling on the left over this ad, I think it pretty much cut so close to the truth of what Obama and his supporters think, that it makes it even funnier.
For the record, McCain tried to set up legitimate time, via 10 townhall meetings, to discuss the legitimate issues, and what did Mr. "anytime, anywhere" Obama do? He chickened out, so this "claim" that McCain should focus on the issues is nothing more than manufactured outrage by those that do not want to admit that when the challenge to do exactly that, focus on issues and debate, came along.. Obama ran with his tail between his legs.
"The One" is humorous and spot on and I would suggest to those now saying, "focus on the issues" to email Obama and tell him that he was challenged to speak about the issues and he wussed out. Hold his feet to the fire if you believe in him so much, but quit criticizing McCain for speaking the truth about "The One".
Can't stand the heat.... doors thataway, do not let it hit you in the ass on your way out.
[Update] McCain issues another challenge to discuss the issues and Obama backs out.
Anyone still believe or want to pretend that Obama wants a legitimate debate? If so, I have some prime swampland in Florida to sell...any takers?
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