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Barack Obama willing to concede Indiana

When Barack Obama took the stage to bask in his big victory in North Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, all but one of the television networks remained unwilling to call the day's other contest, the primary in Indiana.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama campaigns in Indiana where he and Hillary Clinton ended up in a tight primary race But Obama showed no such hesitation, saying early in his remarks that he wanted to congratulate Hillary Clinton "on what appears to be her victory in the great state of Indiana."

Maybe Obama has great confidence in the number-crunchers at CBS, the one network that had broken from the pack earlier and given Indiana to Clinton. But more likely, his comment was simply in line with the tone he clearly sought to strike -- gracious about triumphing in North Carolina by a comfortable, and politically important, margin and anxious to start healing fissures within Democratic ranks.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of Obama's speech was his reference to exit poll findings that a growing portion of his partisans and -- to an even greater degree -- some Clinton backers are saying they would be unwilling to line up behind the Democratic nominee in November if their choice does not prevail.

"I don't believe it," Obama said, launching into a brief discourse on the need for Democrats to remember which side they truly need to be on.

Even as he spoke, the race in Indiana got closer -- with about three-quarters of the vote in there, Clinton's lead had shrunk to ...

... 4 percentage points.

But having easily won the race he could not afford to lose -- North Carolina -- and in doing so maintaining his edge in eventually nailing down the nomination, he was in no mood to quibble.

He also was back in his comfort zone, stressing themes of reconciliation throughout his speech, as well as emphasizing that he would keep to his commitment to running a "different" kind of campaign that accentuates the positive. And he devoted more time than usual to his family's background, obviously with an eye to chipping away at the "elitist" tag.

-- Don Frederick

Photo credit: Bloomberg News

[Update: Many thanks to the many readers who caught the various typos in the first draft of this item, posted with undue haste, and not enough care, as it turned out] 

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MEGA STORY OF THE NIGHT: North Carolina voters decided to reject televised media distractions from serious policy problems facing the nation. Stern repudiation to the nonsense peddled by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. America is paying attention.

The fact Indiana is not a wipe out victory for Clinton speaks volumes. Why cannot she wipe him out? Only 5 months ago she was the presumed nominee and Obama was a joke. Despite all the lies and the evil she allows to utter, anything to win, she will win Indiana but by a tiny majority. I'm so happy that despite Limbaugh's massive support she cannot win with a game changing margin. Without the Republicans it looks like Obama would have won both primaries.

Believe it, Mr. Obama -- I don't think you can take back that finger gesture of April 17 when speaking of Senator Clinton. How do you think her supporters felt? I'll sit this out if you are the nominee.

North Carolina's population is over 30% black. That statistic alone should put this "huge win" for Obama in the proper perspective.

Believe it, Mr. Obama -- I don't think you can take back that finger gesture of April 17 when speaking of Senator Clinton. How do you think her supporters felt? I'll sit this out if you are the nominee.

Election Journal has evidence of his campaign cheating, shown in this video of Crooked Creek in Indiana

this pic from NYT shows the same thing in Wyoming

look at the guy in the center casting his ballot--in California we call this cheating, don't we?

What else does he plan on doing to win this election?

There's a typo in the second sentence of the third paragraph: 'wsa' should be 'was'.

No comment, just a question. Don't you guys have editors? How could you miss this? "But more likely, it wsa simply in line with the tone he clearly sought to strike "

I am really surprised to read the coverage of some medias in our country. MSNBC is saying somewhere that Barack's victory in NC is "racially lopsided" REally what the hell does this means? So when HC wins by huge margin in Pensylvania because we whites voted mostly for her, isn't her victory there as in NHampshire et elsewhere racially motivated?
I believe we have to face reality. As long as people and medias want this country to be divided, we will be divided. MSNBC is a big shame to keep beating Obama's name after all what this guy has endured..

BHO graceful as usual.

Unlike HRC, who won Indiana only because of a karlrovish campaign (bonus : Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos). Clinton is bound to either win ugly or lose uglier.

Indiana is hers : she keeps a 40k vote edge even in the late / big cities (Chaos indeed). I don't see a 70% Obama lead on the less than 200k votes remaining

wsa? pervail? Even this comment box is telling me those aren't real words. Nothing says "top news story" like one that's riddled with typos.

Barack Obama willing to concede Indiana
Caroline Kennedy

Lucien --

My father called on Americans to ask what they could do for their country.

Those who answered his call built a movement that transformed our country and brought out the best in our national character.

Barack Obama has followed in that tradition -- dedicating himself to public service as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago and then as a state and U.S. Senator.

Now, Barack is calling on a new generation of leaders to get involved and help transform this country...

Montreal, February 20, 2008


The whole world has its eyes on you, on The United States Of America and its people.

Everyone expects you to be democratically elected and see that something happen in America.

In March 1983, one of humanity's most famous spokesmen, Pope John Paul II, came to our country - 'Haîti' - and loudly proclaimed what each and every one of us had been whispering:

'Something must change here.'

Today, more than ever, a lot of people of The United States of America stand up, longing for something and working to make something happen.

And, like in March 9, 1983, beloved Haiti, History - (which from then and now on rests in thy hands) - tells thee: "it is now time to let people speak to thee of love!', let's say today': 'Go thou America ahead and show us thy true countenance in a positive light.' It is up to everyone to play his or her part in order to let thee regain thy mark of excellence !"

With this letter, I am communicating with You, Senator Obama, and with the whole people of The United States of America.

You offer this country what it takes to be a 'Wonderfull Land.' Yes, let us say 'with a great people living together.'

Go thou, America, go ahead, following in the footsteps of one of thy sons who is now becoming one of thy statesmen.

With this in mind, Mr.Obama, to whom else could I entrust this letter sent to his Holiness Pope John Paul II when he set foot on Haitian soil for the first time, as well as its acknowledgment by the Vatican?

That letter to Pope John Paul II is intended to draw attention to the problem posed by anti-Black discrimination and its negative repercussions on the advancement of scientific progress in the West, and more precisely in the realm of Optics.

In the Western world, according to Newton's widely accepted theory, white is considered to be the synthesis of all colors. Actually, the opposite is true. White constitutes the analysis or 'visible' decoding of light or color, whereas black is its synthesis or 'invisible' composition.

In other words, darkness or blackness and, we might add, "Black Holes'"- a scientific misnomer designating invisible stars or 'Black Suns' - are a source of energy and light.

That basic raw material of light energy culminates, in its most radiant form, in the neutralization of all the colors of the spectrum in the form of so-called "white light."

Therefore "absolute blackness", the absorption of all the colors, is a divisible component of light. Needless to say, Newton's theory gives only a partial interpretation of the notion of light, by excluding black. Our contribution aims at demonstrating that the black color is not only an integral part of the color process, but its true synthesis. Light is therefore shown to be a divisible whole comprising an intensity or color scale in which black is the invisible or 'absorbed' form of the energy in question.

Allow me, Senator Obama, in order to support my statement concerning Black Holes and radiation, to pose a question asked by Hubert Reeves, Doctor of nuclear astrophysics and Scientific Consultant to NASA:

"What would have become of the Sun, if it were plunged into a high temperature radiance like the one that existed at the beginning of the Universe? [our translation]"

"Instead of emitting light, it would absorb it and, in the end, it would be completely reabsorbed into the cosmic fluid."

The cosmic fluid is what, due to an "optical mistake", is called "darkness" or the "blackness of space". We are talking about the electromagnetic flux, that immeasurable ocean in which the planets and stars are bathed, like the sea which links all the continents together. Darkness is thus "The Sea of Space."

"What would have happened if, instead of an ordinary star like the "White Sun", a Black Hole or "Black Sun" were injected into that primordial radiation?

"According to Einsteinian Physics, a Black Hole is a place where gravity is so formidably intense that nothing can escape it, not even visible light. Such a hole should suck in and absorb radiation and increase its own mass: E=MC2, always."

"But after Einstein came Bohr, Heisenberg, and Quantum Physic. From then on, nothing was the same as before.

"The Einsteinian version of the Black Hole is equivalent to a statement that the matter inside the Black Hole is definitely there to stay, in that volume of space. Let us quote Hubert Reeves: "Such an absolute statement is thus contrary to the "Quantum spirit", affirming that nothing is definitely localized in one place. There is always a probability of escape. If the enclosing wall is too high, a tunnel will be dug; if the prisoners are patient, they will escape. One has only to wait. [our translation]"

"According to that principle, Black Holes "evaporate." Matter constantly escapes as radiation. Black Holes "shine!" Their surfaces behave like those of any body heated to a certain temperature and that radiation endlessly feeds that marvelous "Cosmic Fluid" which, wrongly and in bad faith, people keep calling "Darkness."

Nigra sum "sed" formosa. Yes, but should we not say instead, I am black "and" comely? Darkness, which is both source and vehicle of light, does not have to defend itself for being the beautiful and infinitely discreet raw material of the Universe. Darkness is the "Mother of the Universe."

Also, beautiful and discreet art thou, Haiti. Discreet, yes, but never outshone! Just like the Black Virgin who inspires and sheds her love on thee from the hilltop and even beyond Cité Soleil (Sun City).

Our purpose was to offer a more constructive approach aiming at correcting the abusive traditional, so-called scientific, theories of Optics. That is why, we wrote to that authentic witness to the signs of this age, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the prophet of the new era.

Congratulations to You, Sir, and congratulations to the people of The United States Of America, for having made it possible for this day to mark the beginning of a "New Era of Hope !"

Lucien Bonnet

PLease, SEE :
Posted by: Lucien BONNET | May 6, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Checking in from North Carolina — Yes, we're repudiating the nastiness here. Obama did strike the right tone in his speech, but more importantly in his campaign. It's a pleasure to see, and we're celebrating tonight in the Tar Heel State.

Clinton's isn't for real. The voters have spoken. They want Obama!

I'm a 58 year old female. Finally, there is a candidate who seems capable of changing the way politics works. And I think Barack Obama has a lot of backing with other politicians. It's interesting that some Democrats backed Obama early on. Wouldn't you think Clinton was the next in line? Can there be a core group of politicians who really want to do what's right, and they see Clinton as just another member of the status quo? Remember the gas lines in the 70's? The 55 mile an hour speed limit on federal highways? Are you as disgusted as I am that nothing has been done to encourage alternative energy sources? I believe Obama can put us back on the right track.

The best chance the Republicans have of winning is if Obama gets the nomination. America is just not ready for a black President and surly not ready for a white hating American hating OBAMA. I am a life long democrat that will vote Republican as will all the people I know. I will move from this country before i call OBAMA my President.

When are you in the media going to admit what people with e-mail already know, that Barack Obama isn't Afro-American, he's ARAB-American, 50% white (mother was 100%), 44% arab (father was 88%) and 6% black (father was 12%). Also, his father officially listed himself as arab.

Additionally, what about his wife's racist college thesis on white racism at her college, and the student survey she did to try to prove her racist ideas? She stated that she was disappointed that her fellow students didn't share her racist beliefs! Their 20-year association with Wright since then, her "America is mean" and "pride" statements on national tv show that her thinking hasn't changed. How many ordinary people would be dumb enough to say those things on TV if they were hoping to become First Lady? Imagine what she might say if he won! Will she still be proud of America after he loses?
May God forbid that those two succeed in getting to the White House!


Barack Hussein Obama win NC by by a margin that is racialistic that is the black votes. All along his winning is along racial ground the black votes. The black have voted racially, how stupid the white are

It's a great night for the Republicans, for there is no way yet that an African-American gets elected president in the general election.

I have been a life long Democrat, but I will never vote for Obama, McCain got my vote this time.

Racism- Schmasism.

Obama is half white. Is he really that "scary" to Whites?

I just don't get that . . . listen to what he says . . . listen to what Hillary says . . . all they both offer are "just words" at this point . . . whose words mean more to you? Vote your conscience and hear. Don't vote for him because he's "Black" and don't vote for her because she's a "Woman"- vote for what they stand for-

LOL! Wayto go times. Concede? The contest hasn't even been finalized. so far 4 points seems like she got stomped. What happened to the supposid 8 point lead? HAHA!

I am amazed that out of 350 million Americans that I am left with these 3 people to choose from? I am backing Hilary but if she doesn't get the nomination it looks like I will have to switch parties after 25 years.

I've always disliked Rush Limbaugh but in times like these I am reminded of the saying "My enemies, enemy is my friend".

How can you say the country is not ready for a "black" president? He is not even stereotypically "black" for you republican loser who made that comment. Everyone knows that black people haven't been put in line to be president so it would be "unprecidented". Thats why we know there will at least be change because he came from not the usual presidential upbringing. Hillary is a wife of a former president! A woman would be fine but can we just agree we need one that doesn't have a name and belief of a former president? I mean didn't we learn our lesson with the Bush duo and politics 1980 - present? They are more concerned about helping themselves than the country... why do you think Bill had to sleep around even as President? And his wife could be our next? Get real.

How can anyone believe either Hillary or Bill and voted for them? Tthese two country hicks will do and say anything, power has gone to their heads. Remember he looked us in the face, pointed his finger at us and said "I did not have sex with that woman." when the truth came out I believed him. Hillary I dodged sniper fire, when the tapes came out she laughed in our faces

The only reason Obama's margin was so big in NC, is he got huge turnout from his usual coalition of black voters (35% of the electorate there) and voters under 29 (18% of the electorate there). And they voted in absolutely overwhelming numbers for Obama--over 90% of black voters went for Obama. It's that kind of a state.

But if you break out white voters, Hillary won every age category except white voters under age 29. Obama still can't break out of his youngsters-and-blacks coalition to appeal to anybody else in large numbers.

And that spells trouble for him against McCain, unless he can fix that somehow.

In response to the moronic statement that N. Carolina being over 30% black explains the outcome, I say Indiana is just over 50% female--that should explain that!

>Posted by: Michael Mouse

>no way yet that an African-American gets elected president in the general election.

A clown like you doesn't represent Republicans, only idiots and yourself in the mirror.

There is a way for Obama to be President of the United States, when voters the general election have more sense than you. Democrats are out voting GOP nationally and have registered more.

Democrats, independents, burned out Republicans vs. McCain. I know three long time voting Republicans voting for Obama or Hillary.

You can't reference what's better about McCain. You have to denegrate Obama's ethnic background to make your stupid points.

McCain will be very proud to have someone like you voting for him? You would be wrong.

Sorry Obie, but if you're not the nominee on Nov 4th I'm staying home. I don't like Clinton, she lies to much, and she dares to bamboozle us with the gas tax moronic idea, like if we weren't smart enough to know better. The Republican are just as busy throwing mud, racism, and hate as usual. You're our only hope. No, I'm not voting for Hillary, not even if you begged me to.

If you want a face for the Hillary operation, look at Lanny Davis: reality has no bearing whatsoever on their perception of the world but if anybody dares to hint at reality, they are livid, hysterical and venominous. Billary is a two-headed monster, but what distinguishes Hillary from Bill is the uncontrollable hatred that she (and her operation) has when things don't go their way. Bill is full of hatred for his enemies, too, but he is not as principled and hardened a hater as Hillary. James Carville is the face of the Bill operation. He is thuggish but he at least admits he cannot say anything bad about Bil because he loves the guy to death. Not Lanny. He is just consumed by hatred.

The "finger" gesture wasn't. It's been deconstructed online many times and proven to be a false allegation. How do you think we Obama supporters feel when you pull out the unfair attacks like that one?

Hillary isn't a bad person. Politics just does this to people. Please be gracious in defeat, for America's sake.

" I will move from this country before i call OBAMA my President."
Posted by: John D Hyatt | May 06, 2008 at 07:58 PM

Time to start packing!

It's funny to see all the extremists freaking out over Obama.

Go ask Rush for some drugs - everything will be ok!

Oh, how I love to watch the closet Marxist and the suedo-Communist intellectuals fight over who is more RED. Sometimes they call it green, but it is still red. Love you all. Hitlery, keep up the have not yet begun to damage the party of Stalin and Castro yet. GET WHITEY!!!!! STOP THE PENICRACY!!!!!!!!!!! Next thing I will be seeing is red subaru wagons running each other off the road. They both champion the blue collar, hard hat, worker but you hate when they actually build really you want them all to be unemployed so you can take care of them. You don't really care anyway, you prefer your latte drinking, paper weights, who do nothing but complain about our country. God.......sorry..........Big Bang be with you all. Peace.

You posters are pathetic.
He's American, period.
Please do leave the country if his ethnicity is a problem for you. Hint: there's a lot of people with ethnic history. They're all Americans. Her Royal Clinton is business as usual... no hope for change there and half the country is already against her. No chance winning with her... no chance her winning... without a backroom deal against the will of the voters. Polls don't prove anything, and basing decisions on them is a Clinton hallmark.

I'm a white male. I would as soon vote for a black person as one of any other color, as long as they are the best candidate, but never Obama, with his long association with Wright (which I'VE never heard him renounce, just a few of Wright's statements), his lies about what he knew of Wright's statements when, his racist wife, lies to voters about NAFTA (Canadian comments), withdrawing from Iraq (European comments), association with Ayers (see the picture of Ayers walking all over the American flag, etc.), the fact that he has the most liberal record of any senator, and his stupid claim to having good judgment! The DNC would rather lose with him as a candidate (and preserve their relationship with black voters) than admit that he can't beat McCain and give Hillary (who has a better chance of winning vs McCain) a chance (and lose their black voters). They're taking a dive! 0 for 3! The only good thing I can say about Obama is that he's better than that scumbag Kerry (the worst in American history to date!)


i think bill should not have his 3rd term. hillery should marry macain.

Steven Yang, the media and others: "All along his winning is along racial ground the black votes." ??

What? Like Main? Even NC was almost 70% white plus Bill Clinton on porches talking it up with all those rural white voters and still Obama won by double-digits. Please, you really need to get over it.

"racialistic" - LOL

Love will conquer hate. You can hate Obama and his supporters but I refuse to hate you back. You might hate to have a black president, but I will love you back. Because no matter what you are my American brother/ sister. We are in it together no matter who becomes president.


I can't believe how racist this country still is! We are all flesh and blood human beings. We ALL are made in Gods image, not just whites or blacks, but ALL of us! It's my opinion that racists are no different than the terrorists we are dealing with in the Middle East


Thank you my friends for proving why YOUR generation will never again be allowed to run this country. Obama is only the start, we have a new generation, a younger, more intelligent generation stepping up to the plate and ready to correct your mistakes of the past thirty years.

You can cry and fuss all you want, you are simply proving to be the very thing we Obama supporters see in Hillary. Bitterness, over-developed sense of entitlement, "dirty" politics and plain old stupidity. We are a connected, educated generation that can't be fooled by your smoke screens and it seems your last recourse, like any grade school bully, is simply to run away.

If you were any REAL DEMOCRAT you would stand your ground and vote like it. But if going home to cry about it better serves your country (in your head), so be it.

Good luck Obama, I hope to see you in the White House soon.

It's amazing that in the 21st century that we can't accept a black person as a nominee for president. I started first grade with all white kids except me and one other black person. I even have a picture where I dressed as a pilgrim. Its amazing how prejudice some people can be! Please let's move on into the future and treat people the way you would want to be treated. Please...Please...Please...stop the white supremacy!

Obama will do and say ANYTHING to get the nomination...He will kiss up to anyone that listens. Actions speak louder than words. What has Obama done as a senator that defines him as a leader? Nothing! What issues has an Obama "signature" on it? None! Those to whom one associates with and calls "mentor" and "acquaintances" and "friends" reflects on that person's character and integrity. You lay with dogs and you'll get fleas. How can anyone believe in a person who has associated himself with characters of ill-repute and those who have been part of anti-American plots and acts to bomb the Pentagon (and who regret not bombing more!). It is beyond imagination that a person such as this should even be considered as a candidate for the most trusted job of our country! WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THINKING????? Our forefathers are turning in their graves! WAKE UP AMERICA before we totally destroy this country by supporting a character such as Barrack Obama!

Any democrat that says that they will not vote for a democrat in November is forgetting what the last eight years have brought us. They are forgetting what John McCain and the republican tornado is capable of. Moreover, they are denying them selves from an America that we all have dreamed of and have the potential of achieving. We all need to stop being so selfish, we need to be responsible, we need to be objective and stop basing our decisions off of bitterness and rash thought. Listen, I am a dedicated Obama supporter. Consequently, I very much dislike Hillary Clinton, I do not trust her and believe that she has run a despicable campaign. Nevertheless, if she wins the nomination, I would support her. Not because I believe she is the best candidate out of the pick of millions of other Americans, but because she would be the best choice when weighed against McCain. Let us stop being little children, grow up, and unite. Let us together make our home a better place. Moreover, to paraphrase from Barack’s speech tonight, let us not let John McCain serve a 3rd term for George Bush and the conservative base.

Hillary "Pinocchio" Clinton? No way!

The racial argument is ridiculous. What is everyones excuse in Indiana. 60 years ago the KKK held every major position in state government. He is going to get half the vote and maybe a win. Clinton abandoned the 'black vote' by marginalizing Obama's wins in certain areas. Would women flock to John Mcain if he said Clinton was only in the race because they were dumb broads?How unperceptive are "free" American citizens today. It's 2008 and you are still falling for the same bull all those uneducated southerners fell for when the slave owning minority of rich boys convinced them they needed to fight for "their" rights. Wake up and get a GED

If you are switchin sides you never believed in nothin' no how.And most that are saying they will are either Republicans liars or the throwback bigoted Democrats from the old days. Too many liars in this country. Pick a side and vote and then shut up until the education system improves to the point that most of you learn to politely discuss facts and not fairy tales





Who says these primaries are not about race? It's absolutely clear that Blacks & college kids voted for Obama, and the regular folks voted for Clinton.

Yes, Obama won NC, BUT regardless of what happens in IND, this State had been previously claimed by Obama as his...

The real question, regardless of what the pundits say (and they are blah blah blahing all over the cable channels) is, WHO IS ELECTABLE IN NOV.?

IF what the pundits say is true that Clinton has no arguments left... WHY are the super delegates not declaring Obama the winner?

There is something going on, and I think the Dems are REALLY worried about the fact that Clinton supporters WILL NOT vote for Obama in Nov.

Once more, the Dems have shot themselves in the foot!

To all Obama supporters who wonder "why" Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama.

I can only speak for myself, but I was willing to accept a tax hike because I felt it was unfair that the Bush administration is depriving the middle class of this country an opportunity to improve their positions in life. But I distrust Obama's integrity because we still don't know "who" this man is! I am not willing to take a chance on someone who does not have the experience to lead this country, when there is such a confluence of negative factors (war, recession, etc.) facing our nation. We cannot afford ONE MISSTEP!
I question his JUDGEMENT. There are no mulligans, and FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!

This has nothing to do with color. It has everything to do with "credentials".

IF CLINTON is not the nominee, I will vote McCain and keep my tax breaks, thank you very much!

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