Posted: 20 Aug 2008 12:47 PM CDT
According to The Telegraph, George Hussein Onyango Obama has only met Barack Obama, his older brother, twice in his life, once when he was five years old and again in 2006 when Obama toured East Africa and visited Nairobi.
Reporters have tracked down Barack Obama's youngest half-brother, George Hussein Onyango Obama, living in Kenya, where he spoke of his life which is a stark contrast to his well-known older brother.
Obama speaks of his brother in his autobiography, saying he was a "beautiful boy with a rounded head".
George Obama was found by Italy's Vanity Fair in a home which is described as a "two metre by three metre shack," that has football posters, a calendar of exotic beaches of the world and a front page newspaper picture of Barack Obama.
George Obama was born by a different mother than Barack was and sired by the same father, Barack Hussein Obama.
George told Vanity Fair that he likes to live as a recluse and that no one knows he exists and he further states that when he asked about his name, Obama, he denies that he is related to Barack Obama, stating "I say we are not related. I am ashamed."
Not ashamed of Barack Obama, but of his own extreme poverty.
George has hopes of attending a local technical college in the hopes of bettering himself.
He describes his second meeting with his famous brother saying it was brief, they spoke for a few minutes and then stated, "It was like meeting a complete stranger."
He also describes what it is like to live where he lives, detailing riots and people being hacked to death during the last elections, saying that the police do not arrest a person, they just shoot them.
He ends by saying, "I have seen two of my friends killed. I have scars from defending myself with my fists. I am good with my fists."
A stark contrast to how his older half-brother lives as well a huge difference regarding the opportunities that one brother has had and the other might never get.
Posted: 20 Aug 2008 11:59 AM CDT
The video above is the CBS4 News investigative report, found at YouTube here, H/T to Hot Air.
Recently it was reported at WUA that people were told they would have to "volunteer" to be able to get the "free" tickets to the Barack Obama speech on August 29, 2008, where he will officially accept the Democratic nomination for president.
On August 29th, Barack Obama is slated to give his acceptance speech at Invesco Field. Controversy has been surrounding the tickets to that speech and the latest news, via CBS4, is that the Obama website had a secret page which sold those "free" tickets.
His campaign denied it, yet others spoke to reporters with firsthand accounts of what was said to them and what was happening.
Today, as shown in the video above, CBS4 of Denver was alerted to a secret page on the Barack Obama website that was selling the tickets that the campaign has maintained were to be given away freely.
CBS reports said they tried to access the URL where the supposedly free tickets were being sold and they could not do so from the main site, but that when they directly typed in the URL that their source provided them, bypassing the need for a link, the page came up and the tickets were listed as $1,000 each.
The source that tipped off CBS4 claims he was solicited three times to buy the tickets from the website. CBS4 reports that the person that solicited the Democratic supporter was a consultant for the Obama campaign.
Make no mistake, selling tickets to the speech is not illegal.
What is being questioned by the CBS4 source is the ethics of publicly claiming the tickets would be free and then secretly selling them on a page that cannot be accessed except by those with the specific URL.
CBS4 was able to find the Web site only by directly typing in the URL provided by the source. While CBS4 attempted to contact the Obama campaign about the selling of tickets, the pay-for-tickets page was changed to say no more tickets were available.
An Obama spokeswoman that CBS4 contacted assured them that only a small percentage of the 75,000 tickets were sold and that the campaign was proud that the event was opened up for free to the public.
Posted: 20 Aug 2008 08:34 AM CDT
Yesterday I brought some news about recent polls showing that Barack Obama was taking a few hits and while still ahead by a statistically insignificant amount, his numbers continued to drop with John McCain's rising. Obama also suffered a hit in favorability ratings and his unfavorable ratings rose.
Today I see the pattern continues and while the individual polls show different statistical numbers, they all show the same pattern emerging.
Obama is losing voters.
Starting with the Reuters/Zogby Poll we see that in July, Barack Obama held a 7 percentage point lead over McCain and when Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr were added in, Obama held a ten point lead over McCain.
The August Reuters/Zogby Poll shows that Obama has not only lost his 7 point lead over McCain individually, but has lost the 10 point lead in the four way race.
The August poll brings good tidings for John McCain, he now leads Obama by 5 points and keeps the same five point lead over Obama in the four way race with Nader and Barr included, which is a 12 point swing against Barack Obama when individually matched up with McCain and a 15 point swing against Obama in a four way race.
Zogby calls it a dramatic reversal.
Between July and August Obama has lost 9 percentage points among Democrats, lost 8 points among women, lost 11 points among catholics, lost 12 points from people over 35, lost 11 points from college graduates, lost 11 points from those living in cities, lost 7 points from those with an income over $50,000 and lost 11 points from Southerners.
McCain's surge follows a month in which he has aggressively portrayed Obama as an out-of-touch elitist and celebrity not prepared to be President. McCain also continues to accuse Obama of being willing to lose in Iraq in order to win the election. While Obama was on vacation last week, McCain took the spotlight, talking tough about Russia's military action against the Republic of Georgia.
This matches the pattern, if not the exact numbers from the L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll and the Quinnipiac poll from yesterday, both showing the same pattern of Obama dropping as McCain rises.
CNN's new polling of polls still shows Obama with a slight lead (3 percentage points), which is within the margin of error, but the pattern is evident there as well and his lead has been cut in half in just one week.
According to CNN's average of several recent national surveys, Obama's lead is now a slim 3 points over the Arizona senator, 46-43 percent — half of his advantage in a CNN poll of polls one week ago, and down from a high of 8 points in mid-July.
McCain's latest focus on Obama and his celebrity vs experience has paid off and the conflict between Russia and Georgia has given McCain a boost as the person better ready to lead in the minds of voters.
As Obama heads into the Democratic convention and prepares to announce his vice presidential choice, his numbers should see a slight bounce, but he appears to be in downward spiral right now and that bounce may not be sufficient to hold any type of lead considering that the week after the Democratic convention, the Republicans hold their convention and John McCain is expected to announce his VP a day after Obama is officially nominated.
Somewhere privately, Hillary Clinton is saying "I told you so".
She did warn the Democrats....they didn't listen.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 06:42 PM CDT
In researching a piece I held my nose and went through a ton of liberal blogs and found some interesting items.
So, consider this a mix and match post with some tidbits of interest.
Let me start with Gallup showing a majority of support for John McCain by veterans... no big surprise there.
Gallup finds that registered voters who have served in the U.S. military solidly back McCain over Obama, 56% to 34%.
Next the new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll shows the race has tightened considerably between John Mccain and Barack Obama, with a two percent, within the margin or error, lead for Obama.
More startling though as the Top of the Ticket explains:
The new, just-released poll not only shows the race between the two dramatically tightening -- into a virtual dead heat, with Obama leading in the head-to-head by only 2 percentage points -- but it also identifies a distinct McCain asset: a huge advantage on the question of experience.
The new poll found that 84% judged McCain strongly patriotic, while just 55% said that of Obama. Only 9% said they have questions about McCain's patriotism; 35% expressed doubts about Obama's.
Also interesting is that Nader seems to be taking more from Obama than Barr is from McCain when their names are added into the mix:
When Ralph Nader and Bob Barr are added to the mixed, the race tightens even more. The results in the four-way contest: Obama, 42%; McCain, 41%; Nader, 4%; Barr, 1%.
Obama still has the enthusiasm gap but with the examples I am going to show you below, you will see that even that is fading fast.
Read the other LA Times article about that poll also.
One more poll, then I will get to the meat and potatoes of this post.... Obama's squandering what should have have been a easy win in November to some supporters already declaring that he has lost. (More on that after the Quinnipiac poll)
American likely voters say 55 - 27 percent that Arizona Sen. John McCain is better qualified than Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to deal with Russia and now trails the Democrat 47 - 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
(Waiting for some off the wall liberal to suggest McCain conspired with Russia for just this purpose- twilight zone music plays here)
Now....on to the good news for conservatives and the bad news for Obama and his supporters.
First off that concept of unity is shot to hell, my previous post shows Clinton supporters and Obama supporters still going at it like you wouldn't believe.
Crawling around the lefty sites I am seeing a pattern start to emerge....my first example to show you what I mean is Steve Soto from the Left Coaster who declares that Obama has already lost the election.
Kerry at least lost his race in August, after the convention, whereas Obama lost this race in June and July, because he had a Sally Field-esque "You like me" moment over and over again. He believed the hype from his own Stepford cult about a new kind of politics, assumed he didn't need to define his opponent because it was beneath him, and gutted the ability of the Democratic Party and its infrastructure to hold McCain accountable.
Talk Left isn't exactly overly excited either as the ending of their post speaking about polls and reactions, shows this comment:
I doubt putting G-d on their side and adding a Joe Biden or Evan Bayh type to the ticket is going to bring it home for the Democrats. How sad it will be if the operative word for the 2008 campaign turns out to be "squandered."
Talk Left led me to AmericaBlog where they are showing frustration and harsh criticism for how Obama has been handling his campaign as well.
Joe and I know a lot of people in politics. A lot of them are very smart. They're not the people you hate, the Cokie Roberts' and the Mrs. Greenspan's of the world. They're the kind of people you like and you trust. And those people are now telling us that they fear we're going to lose the election. What Josh said today, and what Josh has written between the lines of a lot of posts on his blog of late, is something we're hearing a lot of from a lot of people. There is an incredible discontent out there with the way this campaign is being run. The fact that the discontent isn't being recognized, isn't being assuaged, is disturbing. People aren't worried about the election, they're becoming despondent about it. They're not motivated to work twice as hard, they instead feel as if they've had the wind knocked out of them. This is far beyond a healthy skepticism as to whether Obama can win. While Obama's attacks today on McCain are heartening, we need to see more of it. People need to see that Barack Obama has as big of balls as John McCain and, well, Hillary Clinton.
Showing all this gives one that warm and fuzzy feeling but the bottom line is things change fast in politics and McCain needs to continue to keep Obama on the defensive, off message and pound the inexperience factor as well as the empty suit, teleprompter dependent, rhetoric speaking, empty suit meme that shows Obama for what he is.
Getting cocky just because Obama supporters are getting depressed would be a sure fire way to hand the advantage back to Obama.
Things are looking up for conservatives and the emerging pattern looks good for McCain, but make no mistake, the fight is long from over and now is the time to crush the opponent with every hammer available.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 04:26 PM CDT
Bill Clinton has praised John McCain before, as shown by NewsMax back in March, but that was during the highly contested primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and his most recent comments show that he favors Barack Obama's energy ideas, but praises John McCain and says "either candidate would be progressive on the issue of climate change."
It is not often you see Democrats or Republicans praise an opposing party member's policy unless there is some political benefit on that specific day. Bill Clinton praises Obama and McCain on energy and commenters on liberal blogs react.
The New York Times' The Caucus reports that Bill Clinton spoke at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas and said, "Obviously, I favor Senator Obama's energy positions, and Democrats have been by and large the more forward-leaning actors. But John McCain has the best record of any Republican running for president on the energy issue and on climate change." I'm very encouraged about where the presidential rhetoric is in this campaign."
This type of bipartisan praise probably wouldn't have stood out so much if it weren't for the reactions over it in the progressive blogosphere and the comment sections.
For example, peacetrain from Democratic Underground reported the statement and the comment sections went from "oh no not again'" to "Clinton's think McCain would be a better president than O. They Said That," with the followup comment saying Clinton was deliberately trying to undermine Barack Obama.
The conversation went downhill from some people there with one commenter asking why Senator Clinton's should be kissing Senator Obama's ass?
The conflict seems to be occurring between Clinton supporters and Obama supporters, as evidence by the comment section over at Huffington Post.
The three newest comments at this moment bear that out with Soundfury saying, "B i ll doesn't give a fck about jmac's energy plan. He doesn't even believe his own statement. He just wants jmc to win so that h can try again in 2012. So he drops hints and inuendo and insult.
I will never, ever vote for h after this blatant display of treachery and disloyalty."
Justobserve agrees with soundfury by stating, "I wonder whether Bill Clinton remembers the time he won with 43% votes in 1992? Could he have won if a Democrat ex-president had praised his Republican opponent instead of working for Bill's win when voters had doubt of an unknown governor from Arkansas? If Bill doesn't love himself so much, he would have worked for Obama to help him win this time as Bill had gone through the same doubt. But instead, Bill is working to undermine Obama whenever possible. It's clear Bill doesn't want anyone to make history just like himself. Poor soul!"
Then the Hillary supporters start with Joeinvt saying, "Bill continues to get vilified. Imagine if he had said the following at any point.
"I would have to think about it (i.e., supporting Clinton) if she is the nominee."
Michelle Obama, Feb. 4, 2008."
On and on it goes with the original statement by Bill Clinton taking a back seat to arguing between Obama and Clinton supporters.
This is representative of each liberal blog I have visited that has reported Clinton's statement, with the last one being on the Barack Obama website itself, with the writer titling their piece "Bill Clinton Praises McCain On Energy," listing the Huffpo URL and saying just one sentence:
Bill, for the love of God stop it
What none of them focus on is that Clinton did say he favored Obama's policy. Somehow that portion, although reported, didn't make it to the headlines nor was it acknowledged in the discussions.
Unity in the Democratic Party? Not so much.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 02:24 PM CDT
CNN's Senior Political Analyst, David Gergen, gives analysis to how Republican presumptive nominee John McCain has managed to turn the tides in his favor as he points to the recent performances by each presidential candidate and says that "McCain showed that he can be a much more formidable and effective campaigner in a joint appearance than hardly anyone imagined."
CNN's AC360 titles their piece "Is The Tide Turning" and they proceed to show that they believe it is turning in the Republicans favor as well as McCain taking a slight lead in three battleground states now.
He declares that the "myth" that young charismatic Obama would have the upper hand against the old meandering John McCain, can be kissed goodbye after their joint appearance at the Saddleback Church.
McCain came roaring out of the gate from the first question and was a commanding figure throughout the night as he spoke directly and often movingly about his past and the country's future. By contrast, Obama was often searching for words and while far more thoughtful, was also less emotionally connective with his audience.
Gergen also asserts that John McCain seems to be on a roll since shaking up his organization a few weeks ago and becoming much more focused on getting through to voters.
The evidence he provides is the trending patterns of the nation polls which has tightened in the last few weeks as well as McCain taking a slight lead in the three key battleground states of Ohio, Virginia and Colorado.
Gergen also believes that while Obama did not lose any of his base with his performance at the Saddleback Church, McCain's support strengthened and he probably gained approval from people who were undecided.
Then he makes the pronouncement that many never thought any publication owned by CNN would ever make when he says, "And the realization is setting in that McCain might just win."
In the meantime, the message of the moment is that John McCain is no old fuddy-duddy who isn't sure where he is going; he was on fire at Saddleback and for the first time, he looks like he could win in November.
Last but not least he gives his opinion on the three thing the Democratic presumptive nominee must do to counter the tide that has turned and those are, pick the right running mate and one that is a fighter, completely unite the party at the Democratic convention and Obama must find his voice in debates making his case as to why he thinks he is strong enough to lead the United states.
When CNN publications can see the tide turning and publish word of it, then the Democrats and Obama really have a problem.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 01:25 PM CDT
URL to video above of Democratic lawmakers questioning Barack Obama's experience, found at YouTube here.
In a piece titled "Biden the clear frontrunner for Veep", MSNBC speaks to insiders that point to the possibility that Joe Biden will be Barack Obama's choice of a vice presidential running mate.
MSNBC is reporting that according to insiders, Joe Biden is the "clear frontrunner for Veep". yet questions about former Biden statements regarding Barack Obama crop up.
Howard Fineman writes that he has spoken to two of the finalists and two other sources about who will be picked by Obama as his running mate and that the bottom line is, "Barring a big surprise or last-minute change of heart, the choice is likely to be Sen. Joe Biden of Deleware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee."
Fineman lists the reasons for that popular line of thought but Biden's own words during the primaries before he dropped out of the presidential race could come back to haunt Obama as well as Biden if he is the choice.
On ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, 8/2/07, Joe Biden lashed out at Obama saying, "Having talking points on foreign policy doesn't get you there."
As reported by SunTimes, George Stephanopoulos asked Biden and said, "You were asked is he ready. You said 'I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
Biden's response was clear when he stated, "I think that I stand by the statement."
(That exchange with Biden is shown at the 34 second mark in the video above)
These statements, should Obama choose Biden, would be used just as Hillary Clinton's statements have been used, via video in questioning Obama's experience.
Having the words of Democratic lawmakers used against the Democratic presumptive nominee is something that is already being done by the McCain campaign and it has seen some success in the opinion of some political pundits, but having those words shown over and over again from someone chosen to the vice presidential candidate is not a visual or and idea that would be considered pleasant to many presidential candidates.
According to Fineman, the upside of choosing Biden in some people's minds is that Biden "won't be afraid to get in McCain's face, which is what Obama needs," as others assert that the identical line of thinking is why Biden would be difficult to control as the vice president.
Either way, the Obama's campaign is expected to announce his choice "at the earliest on Wednesday morning" according to the International Herald Tribune.
[Update] Biden says he is not the guy according to MSNBC!!
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