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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:21 PM
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Obama Overseas! In Presidential Mode! Back Home, Itís McCain in a Golf Cart.
Love this title! :rofl:

Obama Overseas! In Presidential Mode! Back Home, Itís McCain in a Golf Cart.

Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Senator Barack Obama visited Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday.


By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
Published: July 23, 2008


It wasnít a television blackout of John McCain; it was worse: split-screen contrasts that at times made it seem as if Barack Obama was on a state visit while back home his opponent chafed at the perks and privileges of an incumbent commander in chief.

On Tuesday, Mr. McCain held a town hall-style meeting in Rochester, N.H. In the shadow of the ancient Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan, Mr. Obama solemnly described his vision for peace in the region while standing at a lectern, the Middle East sprawling out behind him. Reporters were cordoned in front of him like the White House press corps ó except that an audio snag kept their questions inaudible.

All three cable news networks carried Mr. Obamaís news conference live and in full. They showed only parts of Mr. McCainís forum and focused mostly on his reaction to Mr. Obamaís statements. Even Fox News broke away from Mr. McCain midevent to cover the rescue of a bear cub wounded in a California fire and nicknamed Lilí Smokey.

Mr. McCainís surrogates complained bitterly about the Obama news blitz; on Tuesday the McCain campaign put out a Web video mocking reportersí doting coverage with a montage of anchorsí gauzy looks and glowing praise set to the tune of the Frankie Valli hit ďCanít Take My Eyes Off of You.Ē

But itís not pro-Obama bias in the news media thatís driving the effusion of coverage, itís the news: Mr. Obamaís weeklong tour of war zones and foreign capitals is noteworthy because it is so unusual to see a presidential candidate act so presidential overseas. Mr. Obama looks supremely confident and at home talking to generals and heads of state, so much so that some viewers may find the pose presumptuous ó as if Mr. Obama believes that not only is his official nomination at the Democratic convention in August a mere formality, so is the November election.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/us/politics/23watch.h...
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Hieronymus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:23 PM
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1. President Obama .. nice sound.
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:31 PM
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2. What a luxury, to watch Obama with pride instead of cringing and wincing at every embarrassing word
of Bush's (usually accompanied by cuteness shrugs, winks, dumb faces and/or pretzel wounds).
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:43 PM
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5. And McSame is replicating the dim one way too much for me. nt
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:32 PM
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3. The contrast are astounding
How anyone could justify grumpy for president is beyond me.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:32 PM
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4. "'Hey, Barack!' I said. 'Dare ya to go to Iraq.' I said. What was I thinking!"
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:49 PM
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6. The stark contrast reveals the truth: Obama is presidential. McCain is not.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:51 PM
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7. The Temple of Hercules...
Me likey.
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