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Mr. and Mrs. Clinton -- media critics

Manchester, N.H. -- As New Hampshirites trooped to the polls today, the morning news cycle was dominated by comments Hillary Clinton made in an interview broadcast on ABC's "Good Morning America": her assertion that her two main rivals in the Democratic presidential race, Barack Obama and John Edwards, have been "given pretty much a free ride."

You can read about it here.

Clinton's comments were of a piece with complaints her husband, Bill Clinton, aired Monday during a campaign appearance. The ex-president argued that Obama had been allowed to exaggerate differences between himself on Hillary Clinton, in terms of their opposition to the Iraq war.

"Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," a clearly exasperated Bill Clinton exclaimed.

Somehow we doubt that "free ride" was the reaction Edwards ...

had months ago, when he was the butt of endless jokes over his $400 haircut -- as well as more serious criticism that his former work for a hedge fund firm undercut his populist campaign message.

And we imagine Obama didn't see it as fairy tale this summer when, after he said that as president he would be willing to meet without precondition with leaders of renegade nations, he was roundly castigated as "naive."

And just today, the Chicago Sun-Times has a piece that takes a tough look at Obama's fundraising practices. It reports that that while he is "making transparency a centerpiece of his White House bid," his campaign "continues to with-hold details of his higher-end fundraising operation."

Positive and negative press ebbs and flows, as the Clintons -- of all people -- know full well.

-- Don Frederick

 
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I follow the news CONSTANTLY, I am NOT an American and the media has been blasting Clinton for a long time...plus it is being highly irresponsible in not paying attention to the issues Mrs. Clinton is putting forth regarding her adversary. Edwards...sorry he is pathetic and I used to like him, but what he is doing is just pathetic and it is showing.

I follow the news CONSTANTLY, I am NOT an American and the media has been blasting Clinton for a long time...plus it is being highly irresponsible in not paying attention to the issues Mrs. Clinton is putting forth regarding her adversary. Edwards...sorry he is pathetic and I used to like him, but what he is doing is just pathetic and it is showing.

Ah, the drama of it all. Indeed, a Tale of Two Tears. On Monday morning, Hillary lets out a tired tear of despair; by Monday nite at a very late "rally", Bill wipes a tear from his eyes, sad, or calculated? Check out CSPAN's coveraage of Manchester ). And now, Tuesday morning it's snarling and whining as usual. And now, the supporters are showing all the loyalty of alley cats! And the campaign is planning a big shakeup. Now that's called CHANGE.

I beleive that this race is definately giving the clinton family most especially hillary clinton a lof of fear. Now the strategy of the clintons is to try to dig up as much information as possible in order to make sure that Obama does not win the democratic nomination. But right now it seems like this is a runaway for obama and i definately support him all the way

The Clintons are distorting the facts again, resorting to traditional politics.

When Senator Obama made his remarks in 2004 about not being able to know for sure how he might have voted if he was given the same faulty intelligence as John Kerry or John Edwards, he was trying to avoid being critical of the Democratic party's nominees. (Obama himself has admitted this in interviews.) Obama might call it being gracious, some might call it lawyerly parsing (he didn't know "for sure" because it's a hypothetical -- even though he almost certainly would have voted against it) but it's hardly the inconsistency that the Clintons are distorting it to be.

I think the whole change vs. experience debate is leaving out a critical part of Obama's argument -- that he is the best candidate to unify the country and coalesce a strong majority, thereby earning political mandate for change. Hillary Clinton can't and doesn't make that argument, as she is too polarizing, and Edwards implicitly rejects that philosophy with his "fighting not negotiating" approach.

Wow,Hillary can't come up with anything better than this.I think it's fairto say Hillary has had more than fair treatment in the press(xcept for certain FOX op ed shows)

I am not a fan or Hillary Clinton, and really what goes around comes around, BUT the media has pretty much given Obama a free pass. He is a celebrity elected official that pretty much acts more like an inspirational speaker than a candidate that is running for president. It is wonderful that he has inspired the youth to vote, but I would challenge that youth to tell us what they are actually supporting. As far as I can see so far, supporters of Obama are supporting change, any sort of change. I get that and feel pretty much the same except I am very concerned that Obama is a lightweight and has no real solutions that he can be certain he can implement. This campaign has morphed into a likeability contest which is rather disturbing. I do not care for Hillary Clinton as a woman, BUT if she had solutions to many of our nation's problems I most certainly would set aside my personal bias and listen. We should be listening not with our hearts, but instead using our brains and asking hard questions. Oh wait - that is your job.

WOW! The Clinton really believe the white house is their birth right. Bill Clinton is really starting to anger me. They are both power hungry maniacs who would sell their souls for power.

Besides, Hilary hasn't got much experience either. They keep saying experience but being the wife of a president doesn't make you qualified.

The Clintons want to CRY their way to the nomination.

I support Obama but I will NEVER vote for Clinton. I will rather support the republican.

Hillary quoted and accused Edwards and Obama of having been given a "FREE RIDE?"

Here, from a woman who -as a first lady- carried herself around like an "elected" official. Eventually, her husband began "smokin' " cigars with a young talent named Monica and Hillary somehow became "co-president". How many votes did Hillary accrue to become "co-president?" Wait a minute, it was FREE. She rode on her husband's coat-tails to establish her own political agenda. In a way, Monica was getting a free ride too, right Hill?

Well, maybe I'm wrong, Hillary has exercised the term "free-ride" so much, she's able to spot anyone else who chooses to do so themselves. Wow, she's good!


Behind a great man is a great woman, I understand this clearly. However, the voters went to the polls to vote for the "great" man because it was HIS name that was ON the ballet, not hers.

When one manipulates and claims 18 first lady "un-elected" years (10 with Arkansas) and incorporates them under the guise of 35 years of political office experience, deserves every humiliating and painful emotion one is currently suffering.

This woman really has AUDACITY to call the kettle black.

For me, only one candidate has spoken about a change this country needs. The change that I am hoping for is the marriage rights for gay men and women. Neither Obama or Edwards has spoken out about gay marriages (maybe because of fear of losing the election, it did help President Bush re-enter his term in 2004). Obama and Edwards have been given a free ride; and as always dodges the questions about gay marriages and homosexuality. Now lets get this straight GAY AMERICAN CITIZENS, are just like any other human being in this great country. We work, we pay taxes, we abide by laws, but we still do not have the same rights as those that are heterosexuals. We get harassed at work, and we stay quiet because we want the job and break the glass ceiling. Will Obama or Edwards change the marriage laws to allow gay marriage to be legal? Federally? I have not heard anything from them about gay marriage laws or giving gays the equal rights as any straight person. Now, how about that for change Democratic candidates?

For me, only one candidate has spoken about a change this country needs. The change that I am hoping for is the marriage rights for gay men and women. Neither Obama or Edwards has spoken out about gay marriages (maybe because of fear of losing the election, it did help President Bush re-enter his term in 2004). Obama and Edwards have been given a free ride; and as always dodges the questions about gay marriages and homosexuality. Now lets get this straight GAY AMERICAN CITIZENS, are just like any other human being in this great country. We work, we pay taxes, we abide by laws, but we still do not have the same rights as those that are heterosexuals. We get harassed at work, and we stay quiet because we want the job and break the glass ceiling. Will Obama or Edwards change the marriage laws to allow gay marriage to be legal? Federally? I have not heard anything from them about gay marriage laws or giving gays the equal rights as any straight person. Now, how about that for change Democratic candidates?

has anyone said anything truer all week than the media has given obama a free ride.
you'd think the man was curing cancer with his breath.
i am totally sick of obama already.
i can hardly wait for the media to get bored and turn on him . at least it will be fun then. this constant adoration of Saint Obama is working my last nerve.

I support John Edwards. If he does not get the nomination I will look elsewhere perhabs a third party. I won't vote for Hillary or Obama they are both the status-quo candidates. There is not a dime's worth of difference between them.

The Clintons are absolutely right that Obama has gotten a free pass in the pass, as "the annointed one," while she's been blasted from way before Iowa -- this paper and others running stories along the lines of "Why don't people like Hillary?
Why is she so divisive?" Giving her opponents openings to say that she can't get elected and unite -- stacking the decks against her from the start. Meanwhile giving Obama the opposite.

He is an inspirational speaker who gives no specifics and waffled on issues, and his church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, describes itself as "Unabashedly Black and Unabashedly Christian," that "we're true to our African roots," it's pentecostal and charismatic (must be where Obama gets his preacher like inspiration), gives out info on creationism, etc. It's even more wacky than many people see Mormonism as or Huckabee's evangelical faith, but NEVER is it commented on as a key formative aspect for Obama.

He and his followers deny that they're making race an issue, ;and that's a "no no" topic, but at the same time he belongs to this all-black Church and reflects that culture -- he picks and chooses when he's black, and when he's not, but no one can ever call him on this, whereas all the other candidates are grilled on their views and records on race. Like most others, I think it's wonderful that people of all colors are willing to elect a (half) black man, but when he's treated like everyone else, with the same level of fierce grilling and accountability, is when we'll really be a color blind society. Meanwhile Bill and Hillary, who made this sort of color blind society, are considered passe, because so many young people don't remember how it used to be. Billary have a right to be angry and feel slighted -- but they have to stop showing it, especially Bill. They have to act like the pioneers they were and can be.

I'm a Dem, and my party is so blind I can't figure out why I'm still a Dem. The RNC is playing the Obama card to our demise, and we're falling for it. They will tear Obama to shreds if he is the nominee -- that's why they're 'supporting' him so much now.

WAKE UP AMERICA. Nominating Obama is the same thing as voting for a Republican.

What do you think Obama is actually going to change? I think there's a naive misconception that he's going to change the way the government works. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN PEOPLE.

The Clinton's observation that the media isn't looking at Obama, but rather the 'phenomenon' of Obama, is accurate and true. Blasting them for it shows a profound lack of intelligence.

Susan, you say we should be listening with our brains, not our heart. But who was really listening when they voted "yes" for Bush's war? Who was listening to the thousands of Americans marching in the streets across America, before they voted for Bush's war? Seems to me, Obama was the only one listening, and understanding the facts. If the other candidates had his WISDOM, perhaps we wouldn't be in the terrible position we're in today. Obama will bring this country and hopefully the world back together, and recapture the imagination of the planet's people, that will make the U.S. a respected leader again. Before you assume that he has no experience, look to see the great work he has been doing his entire life. We would be fortunate if all politician had such a distinguished background and helping make people's lives better, instead of their own wallets larger.

Everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that Bill Richardson is the one who actually has the experience. The most experience. At a federal level. Those are the facts. He is not a one or two term senator or the the spouse of an elected official.

I am a US citizen living abroad and am a supporter of Hilary Clinton. I have lived overseas off and on for 14 years and understand some of the issues that Mrs. Clinton stands for and one of which is health care. I did not understand how inadequate our (USA) healthcare system is until I moved overseas and saw what other countries do for their own. It is very disturbing knowing that as much as we Americans are taking care of everyone else in different nations, we can't give every American health care. This may not mean a great deal to many people but for me, someone who has many health issues and elderly parents, it is extremely important. I live overseas for professional reasons but am very blessed that I am in a country that takes care of their own. The change that Americans need and so long for, is the change that Hillary Clinton can bring. We have been so rapped up in, all the reasons to not like a candidate and have made it a popularity contest rather than seeing what needs to happen for the good of our country. Have we not come further in our thinking than this? I don't want to believe that because Hillary Clinton is female that America would rather put any man in office including someone who for the most part has very little experience. Let's get real America, when will we get it right? Make no mistake, you may think at the end of the day Obama can make it to the white house but it won't happen. We are still very behind in our thinking, you are not ready for a black president but you're more ready for a black male president than a woman. The republicans are strategically planning their victory. Hillary Clinton is the best person for the job. I am a black American woman and I am not a supporter of Obama simply because I know from a democratic, working class female point of view that this election should be all about the needs of our country and nothing else! Mrs. Clinton may come across as being unemotional, or cold, well let me just say from women who have ever loved a man and stuck with him no matter his faults, given birth to his children, supported him through hardships that may not be known to all, made a commitment and always loyal no matter how many people say to leave, how uncaring can that person really be!? She has stood the test of time under tremendous scrutiny and yet continues to press forward, that's who I want to be on my team! That's the type of person I would be proud to call Madam President. I will vote by absentee ballot make no mistake and I hope that we as Americans get it right this time. We've only had eight long years of the wrong person on the job, let's please don't make it any longer.

SKANDAL! SKANDAL! SKANDAL!

Nödfall!

SOME OF THE WORST CASES OF RACIAL PREJUDICE IN WORLD HISTORY!

PLEASE MAKE SURE KING CARL XVI GUSTAF GETS THE INFORMATION BELOW!

(There are thousands of copies of the information below on the Internet in Sweden.)

The American people are thrilled to have their first African-American president.

Speaking of Barack Obama—Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual and does not like racism:

And Michelle Obama is a racial-minority individual and does not like racism:

WORLDWIDE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION RELATING TO SCANDALS:

(I) I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed atrocious, racist, hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention. Many people know what Bush did. And many people will know what Bush did—even until the end of the world. Bush was absolute evil. Bush is now like a fugitive from justice. In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

(II) It is opined that Bill Clinton committed terrifying, racist, hate crimes during his presidency, and I am not free to say anything further about it. ‘Be sure your sins will find you out’ (Numbers 32:23).

(III) What if basically all racial-minority people would subscribe to the interpretations that George Herbert Walker Bush committed monstrous, racist, hate crimes while he was the President of the United States? It will eventually come out: it is only a matter of time.

(IV) I know it may be hard to believe. However, Ronald Wilson Reagan committed horrible, racist, hate crimes during his presidency.

Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang, J.D. Candidate
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

(There are thousands of copies on the Internet indicating the contents of (I), (II), (III), and (IV). For example, one can go to Google right now, type “George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism,” hit “Enter,” and readily find 1,000 or more copies indicating content of (I). For example, one can go to Msn right now (14 April 2009), type “It is opined that Bill Clinton committed racist hate crimes, and I am not free to say anything further about it,” hit “Enter,” and readily find more than 460 copies indicating content of (II). For example, one can go to Msn right now, type “George Herbert Walker Bush committed monstrous, racist, hate crimes,” hit “Enter,” and readily find more than 210 copies indicating content of (III). For example, one can go to Msn right now, type “Ronald Wilson Reagan committed horrible, racist, hate crimes during his presidency,” hit “Enter,” and readily find more than 180 copies indicating content of (IV). The contents of (I), (II), (III), and (IV) exist very extensively in all major search engines. And there are thousands of copies in very many countries around the world. For example, there are countless copies on the Internet in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, etc.)

“BAD NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES: ON THE RACIST HATE CRIMES AND ETERNAL INFAMIES OF GEORGE W. BUSH, BILL CLINTON, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, AND RONALD REAGAN” BLOG OF ANDREW YU-JEN WANG
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‘If only there could be a BAN against invention that bottled up memories like scent & they never faded & they never got stale.’ Off the top of my head, it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.


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