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Barack Obama benefits from key backing in North Carolina

The bulwark of Hillary Clinton's campaign in, for her, must-win Pennsylvania has been the unstinting support she's received from an array of established politicos -- especially Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. John Murtha, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (subject of a Washington Post profile Wednesday, which takes note of his 10-Diet-Pepsi-a-day habit).

Beverly Perdue lieutentant governor of North Carolina and a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in his race against Senator Hillary Clinton Increasingly, it appears Barack Obama will enjoy a similar advantage in North Carolina, the state he needs to win to help thwart whatever momentum Clinton would gain from a Pennsylvania victory on April 22.

The big statewide race being waged as part of the Tar Heel State's May 6 primary is the battle for the Democratic nomination to succeed popular, but term-limited, Gov. Mike Easley (also a Democrat). Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue (pictured at left) and state Treasurer Richard Moore (below) are trying mightily to differentiate themselves in the minds of voters. But on this they agree -- Obama is their choice in the party's presidential contest.

Perdue, in fact, felt compelled earlier this week to spotlight her previous endorsement of Obama, sending mailers to voters showing the two of them together. Moore, meanwhile, is running a television ad that notes he was the first gubernatorial contender to back Obama.

North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore who has endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama for president When the furor over Obama's preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, erupted a few weeks back, one poll showed that what had been a solid lead for Obama in North Carolina had essentially evaporated. And around that time, Clinton dispatched one of her top ground-game specialists, the appropriately named "Ace" Smith, to the state.

But since then, several surveys have shown Obama opening up a wide lead in the state -- indeed, in some of the polls, his margin is of blowout proportions.

Neither Clinton nor Obama, understandably, have yet to personally focus much on North Carolina. But their most formidable advance guards -- their respective spouses -- have.

Bill Clinton stumped in the state for a day last week, and he returns there for a couple of events Friday evening and five on Saturday.

Michelle Obama spoke at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on Tuesday and drew a crowd, to say the least. Officials estimated it at close to 6,000 -- an audience, according to the campaign, that was the largest for her "that did not involve an appearance with celebrity Oprah Winfrey."

Once the Clinton campaign more fully engages, the North Carolina race almost assuredly will tighten (much as Obama seems to have narrowed the gap in Pennsylvania). Still, barring unforeseen circumstances, he should add North Carolina ....

to his win column. Which would put him where's he been before -- in position to deal a devastating blow to Hillary Clinton's prospects.

The other state with a May 6 primary is Indiana. Although it borders Obama's home state of Illinois, the Hoosier State's demographics are more akin to the Clinton strongholds of Ohio and Pennsylvania. And the few recent polls conducted in Indiana have contained good news for her.

The Clinton camp already has started spinning the state as tough turf for her because of its proximity to Illinois. But a double loss for her that day should significantly increase the "time to drop out" chorus that she's been trying to silence.

-- Don Frederick

Photo credits: North Carolina lieutenant governor's office (Perdue); North Carolina Democratic Party (Moore). 

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Sorry NinaK I misread that you were the poster wondering about why Obama seems to be ahead in some polls and seems to be behind in others, *because there are lots of polls

HERE IS A QUESTION I HAVE YET TO HAVE ANSWERED BY AN OBAMA SUPPORTER: If Hillary Clinton had been going to a "white centered" church for 20 years; the fundamental theology of the church was one of white versus black; the pastor of the church often made racist remarks against blacks, and blamed all of society’s ills on black people; the pastor of the church gave David Duke a lifetime achievement award; the church supported the terrorist group, Hamas; and Hillary considered this pastor her "mentor and spiritual adviser"; would you give her the pass that you are giving Obama. I doubt you could answer this question honestly, so I'll tell you what would happen: The righteous indignation of Obama and the media would rise up, the demand would be made that Hillary withdraw from the nomination process immediately, and Hillary's political career would be over, period.

Sure Jerimiah Wright has issues!!! But I am voting for Obama not Jerimiah Wright.

I take Obamas word that:
#1. He wasn't there.
#2. He strongly disagrees.
#3. That's NOT the message that Rev. Wright has been preaching EVERY SUNDAY for the last 20 years. They are only snippets from a few sermons.
#4. When Obama learned about the statements, he didn't feel he needed to leave the church because he knew the Rev. was about to retire.

But you say "He was a member for 20 years!"
Realistically... how much time do you think Obama has to really be deeply involved church? First of all he's been an extremely busy politician for years, and before that a busy lawyer. So that tells you right there that his church attendance was more than likely sporadic. Politicians and celebs go to church Christmas, Easter, and here and there in between. Obama is too caught up in world events to be concerned about the pastor or wrap his brain around what's going on at the chuch.

Believe me.... Obama is a smart enough man that if he KNEW his Rev was saying stuff like "God 'D' American" he would have booted him as far from his presidential campaign as the eye can see.

These politicians always attach themselves to some popular ministry when truthfully they really have no idea whats going on.
Being a 20 year member and actually sitting in the pews, deeply involved are two totally different things.

Obama 08

Your expression, He threw his grandmother under the bus is false.

What he said is that lots of people, including his white own grandmorther, say racist comments at different times and in moments, and there are people in his life on both sides of such commentary.

Dont you ever hear such talk or are you only spending time with a boy scout?
My great aunt says racist things about blacks. She also let me live with her when I graduated from college, while I started my career. I dont approve of her speech, but then her husband has been held up at gun point in NYC several times, and they were all by blacks.
Stop acting like you miss the point. The point is that nearly everyone says evil things about other groups sometimes. We are all sinners, all scared of difference.
Be in allowance and stop the pretense that Muslims are bad and stop the pretense that only whites are good.
Every ethnicity has its good points and faults, its rascists and its saints.
Wise up. Stay with the basics: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.

There is a freshness, clarity and purpose about Obama which the other two hopefuls can never hope to achieve and it is these qualities that America desperately needs right now.

America, the world wants and needs to be able to respect you as a leader but respect does not stem from Guantanamo, Wolfowitz, WMD, Linking Iraq to 9/11, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Blackwater, Credit Crunch... The list goes on.

Please America, don't make the same mistake as last time. It's time for change.

I regret that this blog comments section seems to be filled with nasty extremes. For those of us, normal, everyday, fairly intelligent and informed, but willing to listen folks::: I just want to say, I don't want a pathological liar in the White House, --caricatured in newspapers around the world. I just want someone who will bring respect back to the Oval Office, and in whom other nations and global allies wil trust and seek discourse and help.

To answer your question hinnus:

There would be nothing wrong with Hillary going to a church that catered to a specific CULTURE of people (example: Irish, Italian, Aisian, Russian, Samoan, German, Persian, african- american)
There are churches like that in america and black people are not offended if you go.

However the term "White Church" is not a culture. White is a broad category. That would be a church that centers around everyone in america except for anyone with color in their skin. That's when it seems pointless and all about skin color, not community or culture.

IT IS OK FOR A CHURCH TO DEDICATE SERVICE TO LIFTING UP A PARTICULAR COMMUNITY. (Afro- American, Asian, Persian, Jewish (which is white), Irish (which is white), Dutch (which is white). As long as they don't reject people out side of their race, no problem.

As far as the rest of what you said, "white verses black", "racist remarks against blacks".... first of all I would need to attend service my self before I can pass a judgement that that is the overall message of the church. Not base it off of 2 or 3 fifteen second sound bites (over a 30 period) that were directed at racism in America. (not necessarily white people in general.)
And then if I found the church to be foul, I would then let Hillary state her case regarding her attendance & involvement, her knowledge of the matter, what she feels about it and whether or not she agrees.

After all of that, I would then make a gut feeling judgement and decision about Hillary based on my own personal experience in watching and listening to her. I would examine her nature and her character during this nomination process, pray about it, and make my own decision as to whether or not she was truly a racist.

The reason why Obama seems to have emerged un-scaved through this whole event is because the American people have come to their own gut feeling conclusion about him, and they don't feel he is a racist.

Obama 08

Yes Obama did throw his white grandmother under the bus.

In Obama's speech he says his grandmother once told him she was afraid of black men she passed on the street.

In his book DREAMS From My Fatrher, Page 88 he refers to this ONLY IT IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN HOW HE DESCRIBED IN HIS SPEECH!

He overhears his grandparents and walks in and asks his grandmother what is wrong.

She says "a man asked me for money yesterday. While I was waiting for the bus." Obama says "that's all". She says "her lips pursed with irritation." He was very aggressive, Barry. Very Aggressive. I gave him a dollar and he kept asking. If the bus hadn't come, I think he might have hit me over the head" Next Obama walks into the other room where Gramps is at & tells him "it's probably a little scary for her, seeing some big man block her way...."

His grandmother did not say the man was big or that he blocked her way.


Obama says on Page 88 he learned the harasser was black from his Grandfather--NOT GRANDMOTHER!!!

Obama is against at his grandmother's alleged racism, but had no problem with Jeremiah Wright's manifest racism.

Summers Mist,


Did you choose your parents? Your ethnicity? Your race (or combination of race?) Your gender? Were you indoctrinated into a religion? Why is it that we have such a need to see color?

Obama accepted what he was given and used his excellent brain to achieve the American Dream. He is intelligent, articulate, in excellent physical shape, and empathetic toward those who haven't been as fortunate.
There is not one candidate that could better represent our country at home and abroad.

Please get over the racial biases, and twisted opinions, and decide if you want to continue to be ruled by the military-industrial complex!

Hey, Kansas.

Did you read my post backwards or what?

Nowhere in my post did I say anything about anybodys color, except what I quoted about him lying about his white grandmother who he said,once told him she was afraid of black men she passed on the street. He either lied in his book, or lied in his speech. He tells a different story in his book.

Have you read Obama's book, Dreams From mt Father?

It is a sickeningly racist book "in his own words". His deep hatred toward whites is discussed in every chapter, and sometimes on every page in every chapter!

He ridicules his grandparents for the "world they were raised in."That was the world in which my grandparents had been raised, the dab-smack, landlocked center of the country, a place where decency & endurance & the pioneer spirit were joined at the hip with conformity and suspicion & the potential for unblinking cruelty" where white trash "farm boys" who got sewn into their woolen underwear at the beginning of winter and STANK LIKE PIGS as the months wore on." Page 13 DREAMS.


From 'Dreams of My Father',
"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites"

From Dreams Of My Father, "never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself..".

From Dreams Of My Father:
"That hate hadn't gone away," he wrote, blaming "white people — some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."

From Dreams Of My Father;
"There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs," he wrote. "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on,to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names"

Guess Obama didn't except what he was given after all, HUH?

The Palmetto State: This nickname refers to South Carolina's official State Tree, the Sabal Palmetto. The Palmetto is rooted in historical significance dating back to the Revolutionary War. On June 28, 1776, the British fleet's attack on Sullivan's Island was repulsed. The palmetto-log fort, under Colonel William Moultrie, withstood the barrage of British cannons until the fleet retreated.

The Tarheel State: In North Carolina's early years, tar was one of the state's major products. Tar is a dark brown or black sticky liquid created by the decay of organic material such as wood, coal or peat. There are two contradictory stories about the origin of this nickname. Both stories concern Civil War battles in which North Carolina troops were involved.

John S. Farmer's Americanisms - Old and New, published in 1889, tells of a battle involving Mississippi and North Carolina soldiers. The story goes that, during a battle, a brigade of North Carolinians failed to hold their position. The Mississippians taunted the North Carolinians with failure to tar their heels that morning. They meant by this that, if the North Carolinians had tarred their heels, they would have been able to "stick" to or hold their position.

North Carolina soldiers come out of a story by Walter Clark looking a little more heroic. In Mr. Clark's story, the North Carolinians had to fight it out alone after their supporting column failed to hold their position. The story goes that the derelict outfit (It's implied that they were from the Army of Northern Virginia.) later asked "Any more tar down in the Old North State, boys?" The North Carolinians responded "No; not a bit old Jeff's bought it all up." "Is that so; what is he going to do with it?" the derelicts asked. The reply; "He's going to put it on you'ns heels to make you stick better in the next fight." "Old Jeff" is a reference to the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis.

hey, did anyone notice that the Obama's are socialists????
"This is what she said at a North Carolina campaign stop, and I quote. "The truth is most Americans don`t want much. Folks don`t want the whole pie." I do. But I have a fat man screaming to get out of me. "Most Americans feel blessed to thrive just a little bit." Well, good, let`s lower the bar. "But that`s out of reach for them." And then she continued, "The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so someone else can have more.""

I do not know about you, but I want as big a piece of pie as I can get. This is scary stuff... Do NOT vote for these people.

thanks for reading.


- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court


Posted by BLACKSPIRIT3 at 02:20 PM : Apr 11, 2008

Leadership and taxes

“It’s important to have core principles and values, but if you’re going to be active in policy and politics, you have to be a realist.” —Hillary Clinton

“We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re going to cut short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” —Hillary Clinton, in a 2004 fundraising speech to wealthy liberals in San Francisco

Bipartisanship and reaching across the isle

“I believe in evil, and I think that there are evil people in the world.” —Hillary Clinton, in 1993, stating her opinion not of the terrorists who had just bombed the World Trade Center for the first time in 1993, but of those who opposed her health care reform plan

“You have got to hand it to them, these people are ruthless and they are relentless.” —Sen. Hillary Clinton, just a few months after 9/11, giving her opinion of Republicans

Health care

“We just can’t trust the American people to make these types of decisions. …Government has to make these choices for people.” —Hillary Clinton circa 1993, speaking to Rep. Dennis Hastert on the issue of who should control the allocation of money in her health care reform plan

“We can’t afford to have that money go to the private sector. The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better than the private sector will spend it.” —First Lady Hillary Clinton, in 1993, regarding health care reform

Free speech

“We’re all going to have to rethink how we deal with the Internet. As exciting as these new developments are, there are a number of serious issues without any kind of editing function or gate-keeping function.” —First Lady Hillary Clinton, in 1998, days after the Monica Lewinsky story was reported

Blaming America

“I pledge allegiance to the America that can be.” —Hillary Clinton, reluctant to say the Pledge of Allegiance, according to Chris Matthews

“The unfettered free market has been the most radically disruptive force in American life in the last generation.” —Hillary Clinton


“The fact of the matter is, I’ve always been a Yankees fan.” —Senate candidate Hillary Clinton, soon after launching her campaign in 1999, and ignoring prior public statements about growing up as a Cubs fan in Chicago

I'm with you, Mike. I want as big a piece of pie as I can get too.

Don't worry. Obama won't get my vote.

Summer Mist, I hate to inform you... But your vote don't mean Jack. Obama is WINNING. HELLO!!

The Dealio, I love to inform you, but my vote means just as much as your vote means.

Oh, and Obama hasn't won yet!, so don't count your chickens before they hatch!!

The quote about 'four times as many African-Americans' was actually referring to NEW registrants. Thanks

Indiana, North Carolina, USA!

Barack Obama has a fresh, new vision to improve our economy, create new jobs, research alternative energy, make health care affordable for all and bring our troops home.

My vote is for "Barack Obama" for President of The United States.

Go, Barack!

I think obama should be our next president OBAMA RULES!!!!!

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