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Why Barack Obama is, and always will be, My President


Like it or not, for anybody who like me, voted in their first Presidential Election on Tuesday, Barack Obama, come January 20th, 2009, will become then, and forever, our President.

I’m among those who voted for him, so the connection I’ll have with the new President Elect sits well with me, and though it may not sit as well for those who didn’t, there is a much greater relationship to be had with Obama, regardless.

What I mean when I refer to Obama as our President is that for the rest of our lives, the young people who took part in this election as first time voters will always be associated with having Barack Obama as the very first President of this country they played some role in electing.

I understand that there plenty of first time voters who didn’t vote for Obama, however the association will always remain, and even if you didn’t vote for him, I find it hard to believe that anybody will overlook the significance in his victory and the role they were able to play in it.

The 2008 election will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most historic in the history of this country.

This election will be forever linked to the fact that Barack Obama is of course the first ever black man to hold this nation’s highest executive office; however this election will always be remembered for its record voter turnout, a big part of which was the youth vote.

The Obama campaign did a masterful job of connecting with the younger voters, really revolutionizing political campaigns. His campaign team utilized this modern technological age we live in to make sure that young people who in the past have been traditionally apathetic when it comes to voting would no longer feel such indifference.

The big knock among young voters was our resignation to the idea that our vote didn’t matter.  Well, that became a notion that was loudly put to rest in the 2008 election as 68% of new voters voted for Obama.

Make no mistake, young people played a very significant part in the victory of Barack Obama, who for a number of reasons really captivated the imagination of people at or around my age (21).

Part of it was his own age in comparison to that of his opponent. The fact John McCain, 72, at times appeared very out of touch with today’s culture didn’t serve him well. And putting technology aside for a moment, to symbolize how out of touch McCain may be couldn’t have been made clearer by the crowd and their reaction during his concession speech. Aside from the despicable booing when Obama’s name was mentioned, how many African American’s were you able to find in that crowd?

Barack Obama and his campaign team really made a difference with the younger voters by proving he was very much in touch with how the world works in 2008, utilizing television, the internet and even cell phones.

From Facebook to his television infomercial to appearances on The Daily Show, Obama made sure that wherever young people were looking, they would be seeing his face and his message of change.

And in talking about his constant preaching of change, what better way to get the attention of first time voters and young people by telling them that not only could their votes matter in simply choosing a President, but if they were to choose him, they would be an vital part of making sure changes were made.

I can’t really describe it any other way, but Obama was also a more trendy choice.

If you were at a store choosing which cell phone you wanted to upgrade your plan with, John McCain was the equivalent of one of those big, bulky car phones that first came out way back when, the ones that never actually left the car and often didn’t work the way you wanted them to. Barack Obama was the iPhone. He offered a chance to do things that (at least during the last eight years) we never really figured could be done before.

I bring all of this up because I couldn’t be prouder to know that I was among that contingency of young voters who have fulfilled our civic responsibility and voted.

I’ll likely live long enough to vote in another 15 Presidential elections, however as is often the case with anything in life, the experience will likely never measure up to the first time.

The election of Barack Obama, who, for whatever my reasons, was my candidate.

And for the rest of my life, despite the fact I’ll vote and decide the fates of other Presidential hopefuls, because he was the first candidate I voted for, and because he was the first candidate whose political fate I helped decide, Barack Obama is and always be My President.


November 7, 2008 Posted by | Election '08 | , , , | Leave a comment

President-Elect Barack Obama’s Victory Speech


Below is the victory speech given by President-Elect Barack Obama, with both video and transcipt.

As is usually the case with Obama, his speech was inspiring, uplifting and provided hope that America can now move on following the election and unite as a country in tackling the steep hill of challenges we face.

I know I’m not alone in sharing this sentiment, but wasn’t this man just born to be a public speaker?


If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics – you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends… though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world – our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down – we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security – we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America – that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Election '08 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John McCain’s Concession Speech


I have decided to post the video and transcrpit for both John McCain’s concession speech and Barack Obama’s victory speech from election night.

Both speeches provided an extraordinary end to an extraordinary election.

Congratulations to both men.

Here is John McCain’s concession speech.

Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.

My friends, we have — we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

I’ve always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt’s invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer in my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day, though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.

Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

It is natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought as hard as we could.

And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset. But your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.

I am especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.

You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate’s family than on the candidate, and that’s been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude, and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.

I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength. Her husband Todd and their five beautiful children with their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.

To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly month after month in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.

I don’t know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I’ll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I’m sure I made my share of them. But I won’t spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.

This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life. And my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.

I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.

Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.

And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history.

Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yes He Did! Obama Elected; History Made


Yes he did.

Last night was one of the moments that Americans and citizens of the World will likely remember for the rest of their lives.

It had just struck 11 p.m. on the east coast, and the announcement was made: Barack Obama was projected as the winner of the 2008 general election.

I bet I’m not alone when I say that when I went to sleep after watching President Elect Obama’s victory speech, as well as when I woke up this morning that I was immediately living in a new America.

Sure, President Bush will serve out the remaining 11 weeks of his Presidency before Obama is inaugurated in January; however there is a sense of both joy and hope that comes with the election of the first African American President in the nation’s history.

Along with his running mate, the democratic senator from Delaware Joe Biden, Obama will officially take office on January 20th, 2009.

I realized that last night, Barack Obama became my generation’s Jackie Robinson; in breaking both a social and political color barrier that many had figured would never be broken.

I realized that last night, Barack Obama also became my generation’s John F. Kennedy; a young, inspiring politician whose victory gives this country some much needed promise heading towards a major crossroads in its history. It’s been some time since the younger generation was so inspired by a Presidential candidate, but like Kennedy, Obama will be an iconic figure of a political youth movement.

And I realized this morning that last night, Barack Obama reignited the spirit of what makes this country so great, which is that democracy can still triumph, while anything truly is possible.

In regards to Senator John McCain, who delivered a stirring concession speech following the announcement of Obama’s projected victory, was both gracious and selfless, stating that while he and his now former opponent may not agree on all issues, he was looking forward to working for and with his new President elect in making sure the United States of America gets back on track.

I’m no political expert; however it isn’t difficult to figure out that McCain’s defeat was as much due to the discontent with the last eight years as it was to anything McCain was trying to promise for the next four.

In addition, one can’t help but wonder how McCain’s campaign would have turned out had he selected a different running mate, a decision that ultimately was his and is one he may one day look back on and regret making.

Governor Sarah Palin from Alaska was tapped as the Republican nominee for Vice President, and certainly sparked a renewed interest from her own party; however it may have come at the cost of victory.

Palin performed miserably during early interviews, and was involved in a number of off-the-ballot issues, among them her daughter’s teenage pregnancy.

Ultimately, her questionable domestic executive experience as well as her nonexistent foreign policy knowledge probably brought her ticket down considerably.

If nothing else though, the republican ticket provided us with some great entertainment thanks both during interviews and debates while fictionally on Saturday Night Live.  (Congrats to Tina Fey who can finally get some sleep now)

Following a long and tedious campaign season, America took to the polls yesterday in record numbers, and spoke loudly and clearly that they wanted to find out if all the change that had been promised to them by the new President elect would in fact become a reality.

Obama didn’t just win an election, he dominated it.

While the popular votes was relatively close, a 52%-47% advantage for Obama, he blew out McCain in the electoral college, securing 338 electoral votes McCain’s 163 as of early this morning, with three states still too close to call.

How did he do it?

Pundits agreed last night that Obama ran one of if not the most impressive Presidential campaign in history, reaching out to hoards of different voters, all of whom seemed to respond to the prospect of change Obama pledged throughout the campaign process.

Heading into last night before any of the polls had officially closed, Obama had seemed to have a mathematical edge with electoral votes, however McCain was given a fighting chance with upwards of 90 electoral votes that were made up of swing states Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Montana and North Dakota.

In addition, McCain’s advisers repeatedly stated how important it was for the Arizona Senator to win Pennsylvania, which we would eventually fail to do.

The loss in PA was the first real blow McCain would take last night; however it would also turn out to be a sign of things to come.  Both Ohio and Florida, with 48 electoral votes between them, landed in the lap of Obama.  When the polls closed at 8 p.m. local time on the West Coast, California’s 55 electoral votes along with the announcement that Virginia went blue allowed the official projection of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

It was an exciting night if you’re a democrat or just an overall Obama supporter, however on a greater scale it was one of the most significant events in the 232 year history of this country.

The election of an African American to the country’s highest political office was perhaps a final knockout blow in the ongoing civil rights movement that still unfortunately has lingered more than a half-century after it started back in the 1950’s.

What is more impressive than his victory, is the fact that Obama looks to move forward not as the first black President, but simply as the nation’s President, eager to take on the challenges that await his early days in office.

For one night, it was easy to forget that this country finds itself in severe economic turmoil, while still at war over seas.  There is an ongoing environmental threat which will also demand the attention it’s been denied throughout much of the last eight years.

Regardless of who you voted for, any American who can’t appreciate how monumental last night’s victory for Barack Obama is needs to re-examine their beliefs in the ideals of the country they live in.

You may not like him, but if you have to respect what the new President Elect was able to accomplish on his road to the White House.

Obama’s inexperience is noteworthy, and will likely be sticking point for his critics heading into his Presidency.  However, to rise as quickly as he did in the American Political arena proves the land of opportunity we’ve always read about in textbooks was validated last night.

I can honestly say that although I may be young (21), I have never felt the rush of excitement I did yesterday, first in making my inaugural trip to the voting booth, and secondly when watching the announcement that Obama had been elected President.

I’ll also admit that I did in fact vote for Obama, although mainly because I had felt he was simply the lesser of two evils, as neither candidate had appealed much to me through the campaign.

And even upon his election, I’m wary of just how much change Obama can make, and whether or not he’ll be able to pull this country out the hole it’s dug itself into.

But I can tell you that no matter how much or how little I may support his ideas, I could not be prouder as an American citizen this morning, knowing that our democratic process worked, and produced a winner of historic proportions. Being able to take part in that, as simple as pulling that lever was- was pretty powerful.

Come January, when officially sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama will venture off on what President Bush referred to last night as “one of the great journey’s of life” in his congratulatory phone call following the announcement of Obama’s victory.

Obama will lead this country’s citizens into the next frontier of what is right now a great unknown for the United States of America.

I’ll finish with an excerpt of Obama’s victory speech he gave in Chicago last night:

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there.”

America can celebrate now, but must get back to working on restoring the potential and prominence this country is capable of achieving.

As American citizens, we can now only hope we selected the right man to lead us there, and if you ask Barack Obama whether or not we’ll get there, I have a feeling his answer would sound something like this:

“Yes we can.”

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Election '08, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Needs Football in an Election Year?


On the eve of the most historic Presidential Election in modern American History, time seems to be standing still.

Our country, facing troubled times of equal hisotical significance, will head to the polls in only a matter of hours (or as you’re reading this for all you Pacific Timezone nuts), and I can’t help but feel somewhat overwhelmed with excitement and intrigue in waiting to see how this election plays out.

While the candidates were spending this final night (surprise surprise) filling up prime time television minutes during halftime of Monday Night Football, I don’t know about you, but tomorrow’s election has all the drama and suspense of a big time football game.

Call it the Super Bowl of elections, but as a sports fan who has within the last year taken a great interest in politics, I’ve been rewarded with not only some great political commentary, but some lasting entertainment.

I could talk about how great the Saturday Night Live sketches have been, from Tina Fey’s dead on impression of Sarah Palin, to re-enactment of the debates and so on, or even how magically both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have covered the election.

(This might have been the funniest thing SNL has produced in a while)

However, the entertainment I’ve enjoyed most has been from the candidates themselves.

Sure, Palin’s Katie Couric interview was classic, but having watched all four debates (3 presidential and the memorable VP debate), I found myself eyes glued as though it was a Sunday afternoon and my Jets were playing.

Except I wasn’t watching Brett Favre throwing touchdown passes (or interceptions of late), I was watching the priceless facial expressions of John McCain, and the avoiding of issues by Governor Palin.

Personally, I got a kick out of the second Presidential debate, where the town hall format was the perfect setting for Senator McCain to show off his inner ‘old-creep’, pacing around the stage as though he was lost, while getting uncomfortably close to the people asking questions.

Listen, I’m not going to pretend to be unbiased.

I’m a registered Democrat, and while I won’t disclose who I’m voting for, I’ll admit I’ve grown quite fond of both Senator McCain and Goveronr Palin.

Does that mean I would ever vote for their Presidential ticket?  I’ll let you guess, however the two of them have provided some of the most memorable moments in recent election history.

While both have been making plenty of headline, many of which for all the wrong reasons, both have come acorss to me as people I wouldn’t mind spending the next four years on television….just not necessarily as the next President and Vice President of this country.

With Palin, like most American males, the camera loves this woman.  She attractive and “folksy”, and while she probably is a sandwich or two short of a picnic, she has a career in show business waiting for her should her ticket fail and she decide to persue a different path for her post political career (which may be ending about as quickly as it was thrusted into the national spotlight).

All the drama surrounding her pregnant daughter coinciding with her stance on abortion and abstinance is stuff you just can’t make up.  And just to reiterate, how good does she look in those glasses?

With “McRage” as WIll Ferrell’s George W. Bush referred to Senator McCain as during a skecth on SNL a few weeks back, you gotta admire his lack of camera savyness.

Rolling his eyes while Senator Obama was discussing the difference in their policies was priceless, and ot’s difficult for me to hate a guy who considers all of us his “friends”.

Do you hate your grandfather, because I know I don’t, and that more or less what John McCain is to this country.

I’ll call him Grandpa John, and like most grandfathers, he’s older, distinguised, a war veteran, loves to offer advice even if you don’t want it and often forgets where he is and who he is talking to, as noticed during a speech he was giving in Pennsylvania (clip below).

…oh Grandpa John you old goof

This election will forever remembered as one of the most historic in American history, as much for the entertainment value and political importance.

Assuming we can avoid a repeat of the 2000 election debacle, tomorrow night around this time, we should have a projected winner in this election, as the 44th President of the United States will be either Barack Obama or John McCain.

That man will be responsible for dealing with a historically unpopular war, a devastated economy and an ongoing environmental crisis, and whoever is elected, needs to get to work quickly in restoring this nation to prominance.

If you can, go out and vote tomorrow.

I don’t care who you vote for, but make sure you can say you took part in something truly historic, as an election of this magnitude may never occur again in our lifetime.

Then again, depending on who wins and how they’re able to handle the problems facing this country, we might be back here again in four years going through this all over again.

Then again, even if we’re still at war, still in the midst of financial turmoil and Florida falls completely underwater, at least we’ll have another round of great TV.

Election day has finally arrived.

With all the entertainment and drama, who needs football in an election year?

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Election '08, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

One ‘Hill’ Of A Race; McCain ‘Bush’whacked



On the night that John McCain ended the race of the Republican Presidential nomination, thanks to a great night by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic race is just getting started again.

Barack Obama was cruising.

Having won 11 consecutive primaries, he appeared to be gaining momentum, and the general feeling was that he was going to eventually prevail come this summer at the Democratic National Convention.

That was before Hillary transformed herself into the queen of the comeback, and picked up must have victories in the Ohio and Texas primaries, along with a win in Rhode Island.

Ohio has traditionally been known as one of the biggest swing states, and as Hillary pointed out when addressing her fans last night, no President in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the general election without carrying the official support of the Buckeye State.

Winning Ohio and Texas was crucial, as Hillary was facing an upward climb in chasing the ever growingly popular Senator from Illinois.

Obama was looking to put the proverbial nail in the coffin last night, but failed to do so as he was only able to muster up a victory in the state of Vermont.

Meanwhile, regardless of who is able to earn the Democratic nod, their opponent is no longer up in air.

John McCain, the republican senior senator from Arizona, officially became the Republican nominee for the Presidential election this upcoming November, as Mike Huckabee, his lats remaining hurdle, bowed out.


McCain surpassed the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination following a win in the Texas Republican primary, and will now begin the task of preparing his Presidential campaign, searching for a potential Vice President and getting ready to go head to head with either Obama or Clinton.

Or both?

According to the New York Post, Hillary hinted early this morning that the idea of a joint ticket, featuring both herself and Obama, was certainly a possibility, as long as her name was on top.

She was quoted as saying “That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”

McCain would certainly face a dogfight going up against either candidate, but how would he fare against a teaming of the two big names?

The bigger question might be would would Democratic voters respond to the two joining forces?


Supporters of both sides are very loyal to their candidates, and it will be really interesting to see what (if anything) happens should the race remain so close (which it appears it will)

Unable to put the race away, Obama now must look ahead, and perhaps he should keep a close eye over his shoulder.

Personally, I am still under the impression that when all is said and done, it will be Senator Obama who pulls out the Democratic nomination, however after the showing Hillary had last night that is far less a certainty than I thought it would be.

This race continues to fascinate, as the more I think about it, the more I realize how truly historic this upcoming election will be.

McCain may have sured up the Republican nomination, but he still has a lot of work to do in gaining universal support from his own party.

He also continues to be a strong advocate of the War in Iraq, and being a former War Hero, his stance won’t be changing anytime soon.

He does present a very worthy challenge to whoever prevails as the Democratic nominee, as he is far more moderate a Republican than Bush, and may be able to entice the Democratic voters unable to connect with Clinton or Obama to cross over.

Clinton and Obama both present interesting scenerios should they become the nominee on the Democratic side, as both have become incredibly popular and both are big name, recognizable candidates Americans can idenitfy with like never before, when you consider that one is a woman and the other is African American.

While sex and race should ideally have no additional sway in the minds of Democratic voters, the reality is that in 2008 being a woman and being black are characteristics which raise red flags if you think you belong in the oval office.

I could not disagree more with that notion, and while both Obama and Clinton are flawed in a variety of ways, being a woman and being black are utterly irrelevant.

This country is in the midst of one its most troubled periods in history, as there are 2 wars going on over seas (Iraq and Afghanistan), the economy is struggling and the threat of global warning continues to grow (just to name a few of the seemingly endless number of issues facing this country).

And so, although the election remains 8 months away, things continue to heat up on the Democratic side, as Hillary Clinton appears to be back from the brink in her battle with Barack Obama, setting the stage for a really exciting race to determine the Democratic Presidential candidate.

Too steal the closing line from my last election post, as it proves to be even more relevant now…

…Game on.



The ultimate good news/bad news situation has become a reality for John McCain and the Republican party, as McCain was officially endorsed by President George W. Bush.

The good news?

It is generally seen as a great sign to have the support of an incumbent President finishing his second term in office.

The bad news?

That President happens to be Bush the second, who is as popular a President as Yoko Ono was to Beatles fans.

Being 8 months away from election day, it is far too soon to tell what sort of impact this will have on McCain’s voter support, however it certainly will prove to be one of the first times in history a two term President has issued an endorsement to a Presidential hopeful under so much scrutiny.

Just another twist in the ongoing saga that is the Race for the White House 2008.

March 5, 2008 Posted by | Election '08 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment