jfrazierjr wrote:In my opinion, he is yet another celebrity. The few people I have talked to (and seen interviewed on TV) have no real substance for liking him vs Hillary. He just makes them "feel" good.
And you know what; I liked Hillary too. I would have been happy if either got the nomination (though I was voting Obama from the start). Hillary, when 1st lady, had the great idea and initiative to try and give our nation an actual health care reform. If made president, It would have been easier for her to try again.
However, the main reason I like Obama has to do with the fact that he is a charismatic speaker and orator (I saw him speak in person and online several times) and that <i>is</i> one of the changes this country needs. Aren't you tired of everyone making fun of our president for all the "Bushisms"?
"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
"You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005"
For more of lovely quotes from our last completely incompetent leader, check out this site, http://politicalhumor.about.com/cs/georgewbush/a/top10bushisms.htm
Plus everything Azhrei said about Obama is also important, he isn't just "empty rhetoric" like some like to call it. Did you see his acceptance speech from the Democratic convention? Not only was it well-orated, but he gave specific examples of his plans for the country that I believe everyone would be happy with. Plus, the comments that he hasn't done anything major legislative-wise are completely false. Check out these sites if interested: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/03/AR2008010303303.html and
I have read through both candidates platforms and am much more impressed with Obamas. Apparently he actually hires smart and experienced advisors to help him, unlike McCain's who routinely say idiotic things. Like when Rick Davis said "this election is not about issues", apparently he thinks it is about personalities! Or when one of his advisers said noone in America is currently without health insurance so we should stop called them uninsured:
But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)
"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American - even illegal aliens - as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.
"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."
I am aware that this advisor was not on his payroll, but that doesn't mean that this idiot didn't help draft McCain's horrible health care platform. Plus when McCain makes jokes about killing Iranians, or his other tasteless jokes that prove he is not the eloquent leader we need. There are many good points of Obama. Did you know he actually went on the O'Reilly show and let that unprofessional self-inflated pundit drill him? That shows some real bravery. And after one of the McCain advisers didn't like how their interview went with Larry King, they canceled all future interviews regarding Sarah Palin with all news media that don't already eat out of their hands. That is cowardice. If Tigh/Roslin, ...I mean McCain/Palin are such a great ticket, why are they refusing to talk to the media?
The celebrity comment is just a jab because the Democrats actually like their candidate and are happy to watch him speak. If you have 40min to spare, I really recommend hearing Obama's acceptance speech (skip the first 3 minutes, it is all clapping). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ0gxF869NE Maybe after you have actually heard his eloquent explanation of his future policies, people won't make blind statements that he is all air.