First rule of holes ?
Obama On Letterman: ‘McCain Policy Is The Pig’
Presidential Hopeful Says Media Took His Words And Ran; Defends Bush Policies On Afghanistan, AIDS In Africa
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Presidential hopeful Barack Obama appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York on Wednesday after a day of heated debate by media and political pundits over comments some took as a slam against Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Obama spent much of his visit talking about Palin and clarifying his earlier comments.
“This is sort of silly season in politics, not that there’s a non-silly season, but it gets sillier,” Obama said. “And it’s a common expression in at least Illinois. I don’t know about New York City. I don’t know what you put lipstick on here.”
Obama said to him the expression “lipstick on a pig” in this case applies to having a bad idea and trying to pass it off as change.
“Just calling [ideas] change, calling them different doesn’t make it better, hence lipstick on a pig,” Obama said.
He then clarified his statements even more.
“Keep in mind, technically, had I meant it this way, [Palin] would be the lipstick. The failed policies of John McCain would be the pig, just following the logic of this illogical situation,” Obama said.
Earlier in the day, Obama accused Republican McCain’s campaign of using “lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics” in claiming he used a sexist comment against Palin.
Calling it “the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign,” Obama responded to the Republicans’ charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase “lipstick on a pig” at a campaign stop Tuesday.
“I don’t care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough,” he said.
During his visit with Letterman, Obama talked about visiting Disneyland, boyhood memories, joking with his 87-year-old grandmother and embarrassing his daughters on their first day back to school.
Obama said his grandmother’s reaction when he won the nomination was pretty simple: “That’s nice, that’s nice.”
Obama praised President George W. Bush’s efforts to send aid to countries in Africa. Obama, whose father was Kenyan, visited the African country in 2007.
“People there are more energetic and optimistic than you could possibly imagine,” said Obama.
Regarding rumors of former president Bill Clinton’s future as part of an Obama administration cabinet, the senator downplayed that possibility.
“If you’re a former president, I don’t think you settle for a cabinet position,” he said. “It’s sort of like Mickey Mantle playing AAA (baseball).
“There’s nobody smarter in politics,” Obama said of Bill Clinton. “I think he can be a great advocate for the campaign.”
The democratic party is one big tent (padded room)
Obama Sign In Yard Stirs Up Neighbors
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:11:10 PM
BAREFOOT BAY – A sign in one Barefoot Bay yeard is stirring up a controversy.
Neighbors of Andy Lacasse say the sign, which says “OBAMA HALF-BREED MUSLIN [sic]” breaches the fine line between free speech and inappropriateness.
“I got nothing good to say about Obama,” Lacasse told News 13.
Lacasse put the sign in his front yard four days ago.
“If I see anybody touching that sign, I got a club sitting right over there,” Lacasse said.
The Korean War veteran said he was a registered Democrat until Obama won the nomination.
“That’s the Democratic Party. They’re nothing but a bunch of cutthroats. Like I always said, you show me an honest politician, I’ll show you an honest thief,” Lacasse said.
But Lacasse’s neighbors are not all content with letting him show his opinion where everyone can see it.
“When you use words in that nature, people tend to discount anything you have to say,” said Steve Rice. “If you’re going to attract attention, at least make sure your spelling is right.”
Rice was referring to the misspelling of Muslim. He lives a couple streets away and says everyone is talking about the sign. He said he has no problem with free speech. He just doesn’t think it’s appropriate to bring race into the issue.
Also , the sign is just plain wrong. While many people think Obama is Muslim, he is a Christian.
Rice dropped by the chat with Lacasse, whom he hadn’t met. They talked about campaign tactics and the fact Rice was a Clinton supporter.
“Are you happy what they did to her?” Lacasse asked.
“Of course not, but am I going to post a sign going after a race or group of people because of it? No, I’m going to say vote for someone else,” Rice replied.
“Look what he’s doing to Palin. Come on. He got people going to Alaska, looking for something to say bad about her,” Lacasse said.
Lacasse said he plans to put a even bigger sign in place of the small handmade one that is already there.
Fox News Vaults To Top Of Primetime Ratings
RNC Addresses Set Course; ESPN Second With College Football
By R. Thomas Umstead — Multichannel News, 9/10/2008 11:15:00 AM
Who says no one watches political conventions?
Fox News Channel’s coverage of GOP Presidential nominee John McCain’s Sept. 4 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention drew 9.2 million viewers, topping all other basic cable shows last week, according to Nielsen Media Research data. All told, McCain’s moment was the most-watched convention coverage ever, drawing 38.9 million viewers between cable and broadcast outlets.
Coming in a close second for cable was Fox News’s Sept. 3 airing of the highly anticipated speech from Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, which drew 9.0 million viewers. The GOP acceptance speeches ranked as the third- and fourth-most-watched shows in the network’s history.
The acceptance addresses from St. Paul also marked the second week in a row that political programs were cable’s most- viewed shows: CNN’s 8 million viewers for its coverage of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s Aug. 28 address in Denver topped all shows during the last week of August.
Fox News Channel — repeating its 2004 performance, defeated all broadcast and cable competition during the three nights of the RNC from St.Paul — was the most-watched network in primetime for the week of Sept. 1 through Sept. 7, averaging a 3.2 household rating and 3.04 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
ESPN, riding the strong performance of two primetime college football telecasts, finished second with a 2.2 rating and 2.16 million viewers on average.
This year’s leader USA Network (2.1 and 2.02 million) dropped into a third-place tie with TNT (2.1 and 2.07 million). Boosted by the RNC, CNN was knotted with Disney Channel with a 1.9 rating and 1.85 million and 1.79 million viewers on average, respectively. MSNBC, embattled with the demotion of convention anchors Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, also received a bump from its coverage St, Paul: The service was tied for 20th for the week with a 0.9 mark and 856,000 watchers on average in primetime.
Obama has responded aggressively this week to Palin’s presence on the Republican ticket, using TV ads and campaign rallies to attack her contention that she is a political reformer who will take on the Washington establishment — a role Obama has long claimed as his alone.
A series of new polls suggests that Palin has given a major boost to John McCain’s campaign, exciting the GOP base, winning over white women and all but erasing Obama’s lead.
Concern among Democrats was high enough Tuesday that Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), one of Obama’s strongest supporters, felt it necessary to cite historical polling data at a lunch of Democratic senators to convince them that post-convention “bounces,” such as the one that has followed last week’s GOP convention, have often faded in past elections.
Still, Democrats expressed anxiety about the new challenge suggested by recent surveys showing McCain has gained ground among independent voters and women, who could decide the race in states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday, for instance, shows that McCain is now winning among white women 52% to 41% after having been statistically tied with Obama in that crucial category just a month ago.
“Whenever you see that kind of movement, you ought to be concerned; you ought to try to address it,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), a strong Obama backer.
David Bonior, the former Michigan congressman who managed Democrat John Edwards’ unsuccessful presidential bid, called the new poll findings a “real concern,” adding: “We can’t lose white women and expect to do well in this race.”