Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Aside from well-publicized attacks from Fox News, Senator Barack Obama has faced very little scrutiny from the mainstream media. For the most part, he is hailed as a "rock star" candidate with legions of adoring supporters in tow.
Now, as the first quarter of 2007 draws to a close, the reality of a marathon campaign sets in. The mainstream media has finally shown Obama in a more realistic lens. Having experienced his first minor missteps in recent weeks, the Illinois Senator finds his star settling back to Earth, at least for the time being.
Of even greater concern, however, is the notion that Obama has thus far soared on style and alone, and that unless he takes some serious policy stances, and soon, he may find himself flying on vapors.
Cheers to the mainstream press for asking a little more of Obama at a time when he really needs to capitalize on his momentum and differentiate himself from the competition on a policy level.
When campaigns report their quarterly fundraising numbers on March 31st, Hillary Clinton should come up strong, especially following her visit to California. Naturally, speculation will percolate whether Obama can compete with the Clinton money machine, especially with so much of the campaign trail left to blaze.
This subtle change of sentiment on behalf of the mainstream media, coupled with increased fundraising pressure from Clinton, means that now is the perfect time for Obama to get serious , to satisfy those Democrats who are sitting on the fence, hungry for serious policy discussion.
What subjects can Obama tackle to set himself apart from the pack? He's proven himself on the Iraq issue. Health Care is Hillary's pet project. The economy shouldn't be a major issue until gasoline breaks above $3.00 again.
Spring Break is over, Senator Obama. Let's hear more of what you have to say about education.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Watch the notorius "Vote Different" ad, a famous 1980's Apple Computer ad "mashed up" as a Hillary Clinton attack.
More than 2 million viewers have watched the ad, which was created by a digital artist with ties to Barack Obama.
Senator Obama denies any responsibility for the clip, which has brought attention to the huge potential impact of YouTube on the 2008 Election.
Posted by Christopher Arnold at 5:14 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Here's the link to an excerpt from CNN Video.
Here's another link to the rush transcript.
Finally, here's the link to Obama's October 2006 appearance on Larry King Live in support of "The Audacity of Hope."
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Critics argue that by dis-inviting the sometimes Afrocentric Reverand from speaking at his presidential announcement, Obama marginalized his black base. At the heart of this issue is Barack Obama's multiethnic biography, particularly whether his experience makes him "black" enough for the demographic that the media broadly paints as "black voters."
Pundit Debra Dickerson recently made waves as a guest on Comedy Central's Colbert Report, arguing that Senator Obama simply isn't black. (Click for video of Dickerson's remarks.)
I don't know why we can't just settle the debate right here--Obama isn't "black," or at least he doesn't fit the mold of the "Black American experience." His African father and white mother, coupled with his international upbringing, clearly put distance between him and the traditional "black experience."
This isn't to say that Obama and his family have never experienced racism, nor to say that race and racism will not be a factor in the election. Ultimately, though, the "black" experience in the United States is so diverse that any attempts to certify Senator Obama as a "black" candidate, or to quantify the level of his "blackness," are impossible anyway.
The notion that this country, which for so long has resisted a legitimate black candidate for the Presidency, is now ready to criticize a candidate's chances for "not being black enough" is preposterous, and simply a symptom of our desire to label, separate, and ultimately marginalize those who do not belong to the white majority, for at the end of the day, while the "blackness" issue is being raised by some black pundits, the message is being drilled to death by the white media conglomerates.
Instead, voters of all ethnic groups ought to be asking themselves not "Is Barack Obama black enough," but instead, "Is Barack Obama wise enough? Is he honest enough? Is he capable enough?" Those questions we cannot answer by looking at a candidate's skin or ancestry.
In this political climate, though, the real question may be whether Obama is tough enough endure the longest Presidential campaign in American history when this issue of race will be with him all the way until Election Day 2008.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
"And it is true that Barack Obama is on the move," said Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Alies at a Radio & Television News Directors Associates Foundation event in Washington on Thursday. "I don't know if it's true that President Bush called Musharraf and said 'Why can't we catch this guy?"
And so with one asinine comment by its President and Chairman, Fox News demonstrates once again that it is nothing more than a partisan press serving as a squawk box for Republican interests.
Not that this is any secret. The only difference is that now, instead of the drivel only being spewed by news anchors and commentators, it is being spoken publicly by the network's senior executives.
How has Senator Obama responded? By saying nothing. Since the beginning of '07, when Fox News began their slander campaign, Obama has taken the high road, essentially "freezing-out" Fox News reporters, choosing not to participate in a debate for Democratic candidates sponsored by Fox News on August 14th in Nevada.
The lack of Fox News coverage has not hindered his efforts, and now, after Alies's tasteless remarks at Thursday's event, Nevada Democrats announced they are canceling the August 14th debate, leaving Obama vindicated, allowing him to debate at another event not sponsored by a hostile organization.
Fox News responded, in predicable fashion, by attacking the Democrats: "News organizations will want to think twice before getting involved in the Nevada Democratic Caucus," the network's vice-president wrote in a statement, "which appears to be controlled by radical fringe out-of-state interest groups, not the Nevada Democratic Party. In the past, MoveOn.org has said they ‘own’ the Democratic Party. While most Democrats don’t agree with that, it’s clearly the case in Nevada."
MoveOn.org is pushing Fox News around? That's news to me.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
From the New York Times, details of Senator Obama's 2005 stock purchases of companies affected by his proposed legislation.
More details from TheStreet.com...
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
From the Chicago Tribune, coverage of a labor rally where Senator Obama pledged his dedication to passing the Employee Free Choice Act, a controversial bill that takes away the right of employers to demand a secret ballot before a union is recognized.
From The New York Times, coverage of Senator Obama's choice to disinvite his spritutal mentor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. from speaking at his presidential announcement.
Monday, March 5, 2007
In an effort to draw attention to Senator Obama's position on key issues, here is his official stance on Veteran care.
Also, from the Army Times, coverage of the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
From the New York Times, '08 candidates face intense competition for black voters...
Saturday, March 3, 2007
From the New York Times, news that Barack Obama white ancestors once owned slaves.
Bill Burton, spokesman for Senator Obama's, responds: “It is a true measure of progress that the descendant of a slave owner would come to marry a student from Kenya and produce a son who would grow up to be a candidate for president of the United States."