This video is from Countdown with Keith Olbermann where he talks about Rush Limbaugh’s statement that Senator Obama is white!?! The video was downloaded to YouTube in February 2007. The nation has come a long way since then on the discussion of race. But when we look at this video we realize that we have not come far enough. Please Watch…

Obama “empathizes” with Clinton over

Kennedy comment

By Thomas Ferraro Sat May 24, 9:06 PM ET

Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama empathized with rival Hillary Clinton on Saturday for the firestorm she ignited by referring to the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy.

“I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here,” Obama said in an interview with Radio Isla Puerto Rico during a campaign visit to the Caribbean Island and U.S. territory”

On Friday, Clinton cited the June 1968 assassination of Kennedy during his Democratic presidential campaign to help explain why she was still in the race for the party’s nomination.

“My husband (Bill Clinton) did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” she told a South Dakota newspaper’s editorial board.

Clinton’s reference to the Kennedy assassination drew a quick rebuke on Friday from Obama’s campaign and she apologized.

Kennedy, brother of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles just after winning the California Democratic primary.

Obama has a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates to the party’s nominating convention after months of contests that began in January, but Clinton has refused to give up until the last votes are cast and counted. The Democratic nominee will face Republican John McCain in the November election.

With Puerto Rico set to hold its Democratic nominating contest next Sunday, Obama and Clinton both campaigned on the island on Saturday. Fifty-five delegates will be up for grabs in the June 1 vote, with Clinton favored to win the bulk of them. The territory cannot vote in the presidential election.

Clinton made no reference to the Kennedy remark in addressing a rally of several hundred people in the coastal town of Aguadilla after Obama went on a parade-style walk through San Juan.

Instead, she sought to rally the crowd, saying, “If you stand for me, I will fight for you every day in the White House.” They responded with chants of “Hillary, Hillary.”

Obama Empathizes With Clinton…

ABOUT THE TABOO TOPIC:

While Clinton’s remarks drew headlines and became a hot
topic of debate on talk shows, her campaign made it clear it
believed the flap had been overblown and would subside.

“Senator Clinton was very clear yesterday when she explained she was simply
raising historical references,” noting some Democratic primary campaigns had stretched into June, Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said on Saturday.”

There have long been concerns about the safety of Obama,
who would be the first black U.S. president. The Illinois
senator was given Secret Service protection 18 months before
the November election — earlier than any other candidate has
received increased security.

Clinton’s comment brought up the taboo topic of the
possibility of a rival’s assassination, and political analysts
said the remark was a serious gaffe.

“This is serious. It’s more serious because there were
already questions about why Hillary Clinton was still in the
race and what she was hoping for,” said Calvin Jillson,
political science professor at Southern Methodist University.”What she articulated was the most catastrophic
possibility,” he said. Jillson said the reference to Kennedy’s
assassination made the chance of Clinton being asked to be
Obama’s vice presidential running mate even more unlikely.

The state-by-state nominating contests end on June 3, when
15 delegates will be awarded in South Dakota and 16 in Montana.
Clinton will spend much of the rest of next week campaigning in
those two states.

The Democratic nominee will likely be decided by the nearly
800 superdelegates — members of Congress and other party
insiders — free to vote for whomever they want. Most have
endorsed Obama.

Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States is the
central issue in the island’s politics. Both Clinton and Obama
support allowing Puerto Ricans to decide for themselves whether
they want to try for statehood or keep their current status.

There are 3.9 million residents on the island, which has a
median income half that of the poorest U.S. state, and an
almost equal number of Puerto Ricans live on the mainland.

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Dream…Hope…Change….Seeing an article like this makes me know the “Dream” is alive and well.

Who Is Asher Heimermann? | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Special Assignment

Who Is Asher Heimermann?

Shelley Walcott

SHEBOYGAN — He could be one of the most politically active people in the state of Wisconsin , and he’s not even old enough to vote! 14-year-old Asher Heimermann is a self described youth activist who is making sure his voice is heard everywhere from Sheboygan City Hall to the White House.Today’sTMJ4’s Shelley Walcott caught up with Asher as he stood at a street corner in Sheboygan, holding an “Obama ’08” placard. It’s something he does about two to three times a week. “I’m taking on my first amendment right to express myself,” he said. And he’s not kidding.Asher’s website, asherheimermann.com, reveals a teenager who is really tapped in. He discusses economic stimulus, global warming and Wisconsin politics. Asher has even released a statement on the assassination of Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto. “I like to release news releases and tell my supporters where I stand on the issues,” he says…read more

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IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES: I have purposefully stayed out of the recent fray concerning Senator Hillary Clinton’s infamous “assassination” statement. The well known political analysts and pundits have certainly said much in the last few days concerning her “misspeak. But when I got this letter today from one of my friends at the ObamaBrigade [NationForChangeYesWeStand], it sincerely brought tears to my eyes. The letter is from Dennis Egan and the forward is from one of the faithful.

The letter is forwarded from Marla Turner and her comments also warrant mention here:

Senator Clinton’s latest verbal faux paux is further evidence that she is not the person who should become the next president of the United States. Her newest justification for staying in the race (beyond the time where she can win it) is because things like assassinations can happen in the month of June? Referencing Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was a stupefying, horrific comment that epitomizes the mindset of a tired woman who forgot her game face for just a moment.

Considering that many Barack Obama supporters have long feared for the senator’s safety, this comment was especially reckless. I find it despicable and disgusting – and unforgivable in the face of the lame apology that she offered. Even if she didn’t mean it the way it sounded, it will be hard to convince some people of that considering how intelligent she is. Surely she can connect the dots! We as Americans cannot afford for our president to make stupid comments like that. Imagine if she made such a comment during negotiations with the Middle East!

I can only imagine how hard it is for Hillary Clinton to swallow her own insufficiency but she has lost this election by her own hand. Barack Obama has won it fair and square, despite her desperate maneuvering and manipulating. Please don’t let her grandstanding and her distractions allow her to usurp what Barack Obama has already done, which is to win the nomination and to unify this country in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 years.

If anything happens to Senator Obama, I hope Ms. Clinton realizes her own culpability. Surely she must be aware of the considerable influence she wields. Should anyone take her comments to heart and harm Senator Obama or any member of his family, she should know that we will see the blood on her hands, even if she doesn’t or won’t.

Her comment was inflammatory, stupid, reckless, inciting, insensitive, provocative, and shows clearly that she does not have the judgment to be the next president of the United States of America. She needs to leave the race immediately.

Sincerely,

Marla Turner

Las Vegas, NV

This is the letter. Please read on…it is informative and brought a tear to my eye. This is a past we would like to forget.

Is it not a story that this woman is incapable to admitting fault or apologizing?

Assuming this is was truly an accident vs. a Freudian slip. Where is the apology, where is the remorse.

She was [is] the wife of a [former] president, for God’s sake how can she not have any remorse. How can this just be brushed off?

Abraham Lincoln (1865)

James Garfield (1881)

William McKinley (1901)

John F. Kennedy (1963)

RFK (1968) – during the primary

Assassination Attempts

Andrew Jackson (1835)

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933) (as President-elect)

Harry S Truman (1950)

Gerald Ford (1975)

Ronald Reagan (1981)

Then add Black Leaders

Malcolm X

Martin Luther King

And it is so unspoken a fear and so alive in our public consciousness – Do you remember the song “Cult of Personality” – 1989

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/living+colour/cult+of+personality_20084475.html

My wife actually looked ay[at] me and said – “she just gave some crazy the code”.

Regards,

Dennis


Marla goes on to say…My comments to the DNC and others – feel free to use if you like:

Senator Clinton’s latest verbal faux paux is further evidence that she is not the person who should become the next president of the United States. Her newest justification for staying in the race (beyond the time where she can win it) is because things like assassinations can happen in the month of June? Referencing Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was a stupefying, horrific comment that epitomizes the mindset of a tired woman who forgot her game face for just a moment.

Considering that many Barack Obama supporters have long feared for the senator’s safety, this comment was especially reckless. I find it despicable and disgusting – and unforgivable in the face of the lame apology that she offered. Even if she didn’t mean it the way it sounded, it will be hard to convince some people of that considering how intelligent she is. Surely she can connect the dots! We as Americans cannot afford for our president to make stupid comments like that. Imagine if she made such a comment during negotiations with the Middle East!

I can only imagine how hard it is for Hillary Clinton to swallow her own insufficiency but she has lost this election by her own hand. Barack Obama has won it fair and square, despite her desperate maneuvering and manipulating. Please don’t let her grandstanding and her distractions allow her to usurp what Barack Obama has already done, which is to win the nomination and to unify this country in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 years.

If anything happens to Senator Obama, I hope Ms. Clinton realizes her own culpability. Surely she must be aware of the considerable influence she wields. Should anyone take her comments to heart and harm Senator Obama or any member of his family, she should know that we will see the blood on her hands, even if she doesn’t or won’t.

Her comment was inflammatory, stupid, reckless, inciting, insensitive, provocative, and shows clearly that she does not have the judgment to be the next president of the United States of America. She needs to leave the race immediately.

Sincerely,

Marla Turner

Las Vegas, NV

This ia another great video from Will.i.am. It is very entertaining. Please Watch…


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Trail of Tall Tales: Hillary Clinton – America’s Election HQ  
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Sen. Hillary Clinton presents the image of a seasoned, ever-disciplined politician whose experience as first lady and a New York senator makes her ready to be commander-in-chief. But a series of misstatements — exaggerations, half-truths and lies — made by Clinton over the last 15 years have at times undermined her image and called her credibility into question.

1. Travel gate, June 23, 2000
An investigation was launched into the firing of seven long-time employees of the White House travel office, all of whom were replaced with friends and relatives of the Clintons.

Non-truth: In a sworn deposition to the General Accounting Office, Clinton was asked if she had any involvement in the decision to fire the staffers: “No, I did not,” she replied. She said she did not know the “origin of the decision” to fire the staffers, “had no role in the decision to terminate the employees” and “did not direct that any action be taken by anyone” regarding the matter.   read whole story…

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From Gina Gray: Speaking of the Clintons’ behavior, here’s my essay on Lanny Davis’ appearance on the Ed Schultz Show this past Thursday… During Bill Clinton’s impeachment ordeal, Lanny Davis was there. In fact, throughout the ’90s, Davis was the Clintons’ chief legal counsel and has been a loyal friend and very close confidant for at least 25 years. So if one wanted to produce a list of people who could bring quality, unbiased insight into the minds of Hillary and Bill Clinton, that list would include James Carville, Paul Begalia, David Gergen and Terry McAuliffe. But Lanny Davis is your best bet and should appear at the very top of that list. That is why some have expressed dismay with Lanny’s words when he appeared as a guest on the Ed Schultz Radio Talk Show the other day. On Thursday, Lanny tells Ed that Hillary is depressed because she feels betrayed by Obama supporters, particularly her colleagues in the Senate with whom she has known for many years; the superdelegates like Jim Andrew (former DNC Chair) and George McGovern (former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate), and others that she felt should have remained loyal to her rather than defect to Barack Obama’s camp. Understandably, she was upset at Obama and Edwards for not allowing her to enjoy a day basking in the glory of her WV win before trotting out John Edwards in MI for an endorsement. I do understand her gripe there. I thought that it was a little tacky for the Obama team to do this, but I guess that it became tiresome for them (and for many of us who found her comments quite detestable), listening to her and the media repeat ad nauseam that Obama can’t win “hard-working white” voters. Further, Lanny tells Ed that she is disappointed by what she called “the arrogance of the Obama camp” because they are planning to declare victory on May 20 before all the primaries are finished and before the Credentials Committee meets on May 31. Again, on this point I agree with the Hillary camp wholeheartedly. I hope the Obama team will rethink this strategy because it could do more damage than good, and may anger Hillary supporters. Why not allow the voting continue until the primaries are completed before declaring victory? I believe that he has the nomination wrapped up, but the more he throws it in her face, the more despicable her behavior becomes. But the aspect of the Lanny discussion that is most troubling–and I have been thinking about this now for two days–is that he told Ed that Bill and Hillary have worked tirelessly throughout their lives on behalf of civil rights and racial justice. Lanny stated that civil rights is one of the issues that is “nearest and dearest” to Hillary’s heart, and therefore the “betrayal of African Americans” was most hurtful. Lanny kept using the words “hurtful” and “betrayal”. Why are Lanny’s words disturbing? Because it speaks to the larger issue of who Bill and Hillary Clinton really are. The Clintons really believe that nothing else matters besides loyalty. They are convinced that they are entitled to the presidency. Judging based on Lanny’s account of Hillary’s state of mind, the concept of loyalty is much more important than doing what one believes is right. Their behavior so reminds me of how the Bush administration operates: rewarding loyal friends, punishing others who fall out of line even when doing so is the right thing to do. When Hillary Clinton announced that she was running for the presidency, she enjoyed nearly 80% of black support. When Kucinich, Edwards, Dodd, Biden and others announced, that support declined to about 60% or thereabouts, mainly because Edwards is also very popular in the black community. (I became a supporter when Dennis dropped out, and Martin Luther King, III praised Edwards’ Poverty Initiative.) Despite the fallacy that African Americans supported Obama from the beginning, the media, Clinton supporters and their surrogates, and the Clintons themselves, continued to repeat that falsehood. The unvarnished truth is that many blacks were distrustful of Obama and didn’t believe that he should run for office. Black women especially were concerned for his safety. But many of us also believed that he didn’t have enough experience. Perhaps he should finish out his term in the Senate and wait until 2012 to run. Additionally, there was a question of whether or not Obama could relate to the African American experience, since he spent a good portion of his life outside this country. I remember that even Jesse Jackson was highly skeptical. The ultimate irony is that he was squarely in Hillary’s camp until his own son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., convinced his father that Obama was “an o.k. guy.” Cornel West and other prominent African American intellectual stalwarts questioned Obama’s integrity. It is highly offensive when White America assumes that blacks simply fall in line without any critical thought. There was much critical analysis going on prior to the SC primary. If anyone listened to black talk radio, there was some serious analysis going on. Support for the Clintons all but fell apart the closer we got to the SC primary and Obama started doing well… The Clintons damaged any good will left from the black community when both Bill and Hillary–aided by the media and their surrogates, black and white–started making veiled references to race and using subtle, racially coded language to drive a wedge within the Democratic party. My point is that it is blacks who feel betrayed by the Clintons, not the other way around. Like any other candidate, one has to earn voters’ trust and support. It’s not just about loyalty. The Clintons have specialized in the Art of Projection, accusing their opponents of doing exactly what they are doing, then feigning outrage at the reaction of their opponents who are disappointed and frustrated by their offensive actions. The bottom line is that whatever you feel about Obama supporters, it is the Clintons who must make amends to the black community for their despicable behavior throughout this campaign–for the Bob Johnsons and the Geraldine Ferraros. For the Ed Rendells and the “hard-working white” folk. For subtly downgrading the role of MLK, Jr., a man who they say they admire greatly. For suggesting that Obama is not a Muslim…as far as she knows. It is the Clintons who owe blacks the biggest apology if they are really sincere about wanting to bridge the divide and move forward. It behooves Hillary and her husband to want to work to bring healing to the party. I believe that Obama supporters will be forgiving and will apologize, too, for their behavior. But the politics of division always fails and will destroy this party, despite what Lanny Davis says! I am confident that the Democrats will come together in the fall no matter what but, it would be nice if the healing started now rather than later…

Warmly, Regina “Fool me once…shame on…shame on you. Fool me…can’t get fooled again!” – George “Dumbya” Bush “