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August 21st, 2008
05:13 PM ET

Professor Obama and the August Curse

John King | Bio
CNN Chief National Correspondent

Do the Democrats have an August curse?

That's probably not the best way to put it, but in elections they have lost, Democrats often look back and view August as a wasted or just plain horrible month.

In 2004, for example, John Kerry led most national polls heading into August; his biggest lead was in the five-point range. But by early September, some surveys had President Bush up by as many as 10 points.

The Democratic collapse of 20 years ago is the stuff of legend. Michael Dukakis was up 17 points in some national polling after his July convention, but that lead started to fade in August and in the end Dukakis won just 10 states.

So will it happen again?

The numbers aren't as dramatic as 1988, but they do have many Democrats nervous.

In mid-July, the CNN poll of polls – an averaging of major national polling data – showed Obama with a six-point lead over Republican John McCain. Now, as we prepare for next week's Democratic convention, Obama has a tiny 1-point edge over McCain: 45% to 44%.

Too professorial, some Democrats say of their candidate. Too different, others worry.

Democratic pollster Peter Hart still believes Obama can and should win the race handily. But he says to do that, Obama needs a strong convention, stronger debate showings, and an adjustment in his communications approach.

"Democrats have all the advantages on the macro elements: the direction of the country, the mood toward the president, the sense of change," Hart says. "Voters are worried, though, about who is more experienced, who has got the right set of qualities, who is going to be safe, who is going to be able to deal as commander in chief."

Hart's advice?

"One thing Barack Obama has got to do is move from long paragraphs into simple sentences. 'Yes We Can' is a phrase. Now there needs to be meat on the bones and simple sentences that voters in voters in rural areas and suburban areas can understand and say – 'That is my man."'

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  1. LG

    He needs to choose a VP that will make us want to all say "I can finally be proud to live in America", just like his wife says.

    He needs to choose a VP like his friend Bill Ayers, someone that is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get his point across.

    He needs to choose a VP like his former mentor Reverend Wright, someone who is not afraid to stand up in front of a crowd and shout inflamatory remarks about people's race and culture.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm |
  2. chris

    too bad. the more i know Obama, the less i trust him. i could not figure out how this had happened. he was the man i wanted to vote for last month ... i changed my mind.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  3. Adam

    Obama's middle name is Hussein. He's a Harvard-educated former professor, who made his name in the rough and tumble arena of Chicago politics. He's the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas.

    McCain can't remember how many houses he has, that Czechoslovakia split up 13 years ago, and the difference between Sunni's and Shiite's. He's famously short-tempered, and has shown he'll change his tune to suit the moment. He might also be guilty of plagarism.

    The political discourse in this country is sad when we focus on crap like this. Let's talk about issues. How does McCain's economic plan create jobs or lower the cost of energy? How does Obama's plan make education more affordable, and help the less fortunate? Why not talk about stuff that matters, instead of garbage?

    Here's hoping for an Obama/Bayh ticket, so we can finally put McCain out to pasture, exactly where he belongs.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  4. Joseph

    I think it's a little sad that people want an intelligent man to dumb it down for america. I feel like by doing this we are implying that americans are to stupid to understand complex points, but we live in a complex world, and I'm very happy to see that Obama answers questions in a fitting manner. I don't want a candidate to treat me like i wont understand if he lays it all out for me, I want Obama the way he is, honest and true. He is complex in his responses because he believes (and rightfully so) that we live in an america smart enough to understand him. The real reason he is going down in the polls is because sadly the McCain campaign is praying on fear, and using dirty advertising to sully his name, just like the true washington politician he is.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  5. Galy

    I believe Borack Obama needs Hillary Clinton as VP if he has any chance of winning the presidency. I , as an Obama supporter, first thought Hillary was being a pain in the butt with all her demands; the truth of the matter is, her supporters would rather vote for McCain than for Obama not having her on the the ticket, Obama will not be able to win without the Clintons' supporters. Obama better hurry up and pick.

    Galy

    August 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  6. tommy cullar

    If the voters allow McBush to get in for four more years, I
    suggest Americans learn the Chinese or Russian language.
    Obama isn't Dukakis. However, some American voters will
    never learn. They will continue to vote out of fear and this time
    around make the most deadly error in history if they vote for
    McBush(McCain). I'm not a negative person. But, our country
    is in critical condition regarding democracy, freedom and our
    standing in the world arena. I can say with 100% confidence,
    this country will become unrecognizable regarding it's virtue and
    the fundamental foundation in which the forefathers built
    this country on. Wake up people!

    August 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  7. Harrie Operhall

    As a true Polish American, I want you to know I have been working 12 hours a day for many years so that my family could live a nice middle income life with my children going to the best schools. The oldest going to the greatest school in Texas, University of Texas at Austin.

    This thing about how many houses McCain has is something I am not concerned about because one house is enough for me. However, a wonderful vacation to Hawaii, (which I can'neither afford or take time due to the above) really bothers me. Especially during a close campaign. Now that's a slap in the face.

    Also, anyone who tells the Israeli's to make peace with their potential exteminators or the Georgia people to let the Russians do what they want on their land should be a "big" worry to the American Public. So, we are now looking forward to the "President" telling the American Public that we need to accept the Terrorists' attacks on American soil because we need to make "peace" with them and let them do what they want to us.

    Okay, I get to say when this happens that I did not vote for this Messiah.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  8. Jim

    What happened to the days when VP's were named at the convention after some decent thought went into it BY THE PARTY?

    In any event, if even 10% of what the bloggers are saying about Obama's baggage has any merit he is doomed in October. Heck, the stories about his half-brother George will be enough to make people think long and hard about someone who apparently doesn't even kick a fiver to his family once in a while.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  9. An

    If you're voting for Osama – I mean Obama – you don't know the facts.

    And since you don't know the facts, don't vote.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  10. Stu Smith

    Elizabeth,
    Your post shows the most ignorance of any on this blog. And that is sadly astounding considering some of your competition!
    1. What rock have you been hiding under that you didn't know what the H was for?
    2. Go back there.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  11. Wendy

    The postings from the Obama detractors clearly illustrate what is seriously wrong with this country. If Americans chose their leaders based on a name or how they look rather than taking the intelligent approach of thoroughly studying and contrasting the candidates, there is little hope for us. I am a college educated mom in my 40's and have spent countless hours researching and deciding for myself who these two men are and what they stand for. I have come to the conclusion that we need a thoughtful, insightful, intelligent person to lead us out of this mess we are in and Obama (the professor) is just the man for the job in my opinion.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm |
  12. Chris Mannoia

    It's a sad commentary that when a candidate shows intelligence, class, and education, that he loses points in the polls; what happened to Senator MCain's promise of "no negative attacks," huh?

    After the convention, Senator Obama needs to attack, and attack, and ATTACK!

    He was tough enough to beat Hillary, and he will win in November.

    Yes we can!

    Obama 08'

    August 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  13. Carlo

    I'm always amazed when reading these comments on how much hate there is directed at Obama. The man is not w/out his shortcomings, which he has admitted to. Here's my perspective – when this country elected "W", it chose a man w/little intellect and no intellectual curiousity. He was selected because people wanted to have a beer w/him at their backyard BBQ. As a result of his failed policies, people may want to invite him over for a beer but this time so they can poor it over his head. Now that the economy is in the tank and our international standing is crap, along comes John McCain. Does he have a grasp of the issues – that's debatable. Forget his age, look how he pandered to the far right this last year. He's a maverick? He is man who when pressed for an answer he doesn't know or remember, has his staff pull out the POW card. So he thinks we want to elect a man who was tortured and lived in a prison camp for 5 years – doesn't anybody think that all the mind games he suffered has effected his judgement? His staff (or former Bushies) have already shielded him from the media and roll him out under tightly controlled circumstances. Still he"ll make a mistake like forgetting he own's 10 houses – then again his staff rolled out the POW card again in his defense. So you mother's and father's out there with children nearing or at draft age – will you accept John McCain's excuse to nuke Iran or Russia because he was a former POW? Or if he screws up the economy even more, driving up energy prices because he flew off the handle with Russia - will you all rollover and say, oh he was a POW so he get's a free pass. I'm sorry but I'm fighting for my country and I'm voting for the intellectual who will work to solve problems..not create more. Think about it and choose the right candidate for all our sakes. Obama for Prez.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  14. GEORGE

    The fact that Obama's lead has shrunk so much is mind boggling. Are people nuts? Do they want to be at war for the next 25, 50, 100 years? Do they want gas to reach $10 a gallon? The Republican fear campaign is in full swing and I can't believe people are falling for it. These scoundrels have had control for 8 years and they are not going to give up their bank roll easily. And all the Hillary supporters who are voting for McCain, how could you vote against your own interests? She is a wonderful woman, she lost. Get behind the person that protects your interests. Under Obama she could be a Supreme Court Judge. Who do you think McCain will put on the bench?

    August 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm |
  15. Neps

    Elizabeth wrote:
    >Barack Hussein Obama
    >I was really stunned that until today I didn’t know what the H. was >standing. It’s Hussein, and not to mention Obama also sounds like >some other person who attacked us. It’s a little too disturbing to me.

    Please! Barack Obama was born and named in the early 60's! He did not choose his name –his parents did, and the world was very different then. Don't be put off by a name; consider the candidate's policies and make an *intelligent* choice. If people in this country aren't any brighter than this, there is no hope!

    August 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  16. Gloria New york

    The polls changed when Hillary was allowed to place her name on the roll call. Lets face it, she really did not have 18 million dem voters. They were Rep making a joke of the primaries. Hopefully she will realize this at the convention.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  17. RAY IN ARIZONA

    Should we pick another "aw shucks,dim-witted simple-minded, moron" like our current president? Or should we pick a pragmatic, intelligent, thinking man? If you think our country is better off after 8 years with Bush, vote for John McBush. If you think our country is worse off (do the math STUPID!) then please, please, Vote for Obama!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  18. dominic

    Elizabeth- You sound like an ignorant bigot and make me ashamed to think that you are a fellow American. Since when does a name sound like a threat?? How pathetically insecure a person must be use another individuals name as a reason for mistrust.

    Shame on anyone of that mindset.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  19. Lou in Illinois

    Obama is in a tough spot. There is a growing disconnect between what he says and what he does. This is becoming more apparent as the campaign goes on. His continued gaffes (i.e., the flip-flop on offshore drilling, the flip-flop on campaign financing, etc.) alienate more and more voters including Democrats, Republicans, and independents. This is not the kind of "change" people were expecting from Barack Obama. As a result he no longer seems forthright, believable, trustworthy, or a man of conviction. He only seems self-serving, and arrogant for believing Americans won't notice.

    Obama's polls aren't going down because Americans can't understand long sentences and big words. It's because people correctly see his long sentences and big words to be a means of avoiding real answers. McCain's short sentences aren't believable because they're short, but rather because they indicate he is a man who knows where he stands, and is not afraid to say so.

    In the end people will vote for who they feel they can trust, or not vote at all. This is why, in the end, Barack Obama will not win this election.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  20. Richard

    These polls are no big deal. Obama has been on vacation, resting up for the convention and general election. Meanwhile, McCain has been on the attack, while his buddy from Georgia tried to restart the cold war, just to help him a bit.

    This slump don't mean a thing....

    Obama's gonna win by an unprecedented landslide...

    Then a new age will begin...just wish I was younger....

    August 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  21. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    George W. Bush is such an idiot. That's why he graduated from Yale, was a successful governor in TX and businessman before that, beat Gore and John Kerry, actually has a set of principles he still stands on to this day, and has managed with his administration and our military to keep us safe from terrorism since 9/11. That makes him such a buffoon. Oh and John, I am part of rural America. I have a BA, MEd, and PhD (plus post-doc work). No one, especially Obama needs to speak to me like I'm an imbecile. As it is now he's an insult to my intelligence. Hell will freeze before he's ever my man. Sorry. Some of us just aren't that ignorant about reality in the world.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  22. Laurence

    Did any one catch CNN's McCain/Obama revealed last night? McCain finished almost last in his class at Anapolis, had to have Daddy's influence to even attend. After the war, along with hundreds of other POW's, again thinking only of himself, he cheated alot on his loyal wife and left her. Now he's married to one of the richest women! Seems like he's had to depend on someone all his life. I wonder who wipes his butt? and this is the man who just may be in charge of America? OMG.
    He can't make a statement without notes. How will he make decisions.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  23. Sharon Ohio

    He is not right for America, He is not the man.

    He has lied, mislead and manipulated peoples minds.

    He gives great speeches and a few ideas, some of them not even his own.

    He has no background, has done nothing for America or the people all the years he was in office.

    Much of what he said he wanted to do, would have been easier and able to be done as a senator. Yet, he fail to do any or work on them.

    His work history is horrible, His voting history is worse.

    Running around saying your all that, does not mean you are.

    When he failed to visit our wounded heroes in Germany, chosing his image over them was truly shallow and something a true leader would not of done. That was unforgiven, no excuse or trying to blame others can take that away. The decision and responsibility was all Obama's.

    Maybe in 4 years or 8 years, but He is not the one and he is not the man. To many times he has acted like a little boy.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  24. carrieinSterling, Va

    The problem is there is no meat to ad to the bone. Obama has been a senator for a mere 4 years, half of which he has spent campaigning for President. Now that's the audacity of ambition. How many junior associates expect to be Senior partner two years later. It's not that he seems arrogant, it is because he is arrogant. It's absurd to tell Americans that experience doesn't matter. The American dream tells us that if we work hard and put in the sweat in time we can acheive our goals.Obama is the ultimate permanent campaigner-but no matter how good he is at speaking or campaigning he can't change the essential fact" he lacks the experience needed to be president.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  25. Barry Shaw

    I cannot believe the comment regarding Obama's middle name by Elizabeth. Your comment is a sad statement on what matters in your country.

    You have had the worst president in the history of the US for 8 years and your ignorant comment demonstrates why.

    Obama will win but he needs to speak simple sentences for the simple minded folks who actiually vote in your country.He also needs Hillary as his VP to win.

    For the sake of the free world and restoring the good name of the US in the world. Vote Obama.

    Calgary, Canada

    August 21, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
  26. Adi Jandhyala

    Its beyond comprehension !

    This country doesnt want an intelligent President ,

    It needs Clowns like Bill O Reilly or Rush Limbaugh to like the President .. so we are left with choices very similiar to Bush : Vote for Mc Same...... Lets Rule this World... Invade Russia ...Iran .. North Korea ... WAR... we Love it!

    August 21, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  27. Courtney

    Truth is, CNN is contributing to this mess. With contributor's Begala and Carville leading the charge. Instead of uniting behind the Democratic nominee, they're still talking Clinton.

    You guys fell for McCain's argument that the media is "nice" to Obama and I invite you to step outside your ego's and watch your own coverage of Obama the past few weeks. Fox News already provides the Republican's with a media mouthpiece, and frankly, I am sad to see you guys follow in their footsteps.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  28. mel

    so obama has to pretend to be dumb so voters can understand him. sad that dumb voters get to choose our leaders.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  29. Jane

    Maybe anything other than a Obama supporter's post is not "deemed appropriate for posting!" It is their privilege, though, to support whichever candidate they want, but let them be up front about it! These Demos are real doozies complaining about cleaning out Washington when we have had to witness this character from NC lying all over the place about his shenanigans against a wife with terminal breat cancer. They really take the cake. There are plenty more Demos we could name that people fall all over to this very day who are not worth the ground that John McCain walks on. Obama is an empty suit with a big mouth. And he is a very good actor. Did you see the picture of his brother – the one he treats like a stranger? The guy is trying to live off $1.00 per month while his brother is here trying to run for president. I think I like Obama's brother better. At least he is honest.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  30. Sharon from Indy

    John:
    August curse? I don't think so. There is such an overwhelming momentum going on right now to oust the Bush Administration. Obama will be a tidal wave.

    I enjoyed the John McCain documentary, though.

    August 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  31. lucy

    Unfortunately there are a lot of "limited information" voters who become alarmed by an educated man who thinks before singing bomb-iran and who has wonderful crowd appeal. has anyone thought that McCain was desperately envious of Obama's reception in Europe? Hasanyone figured out that the president who got us into all these messes would rather fight than talk, and when he did talk, didn't tell the truth even as he knew it? So now we have another Republican candidate who loves to fight and hates diplomacy and doesn't tell the truth. And how can we expect him to identify with the middle classes when he lives in ten or so houses bought by his rich second wife. Who won't release her assets or income. Do you suppose she also has major oil interests, or stock in Haliburton? Come on folks, a middle name means nothing. Got over it!

    August 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  32. Vincent

    I would never vote for a Senator that voted to deny a day of rememberance for MLK jr.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  33. Sean from Orlando

    Maybe Obama is the August curse, he is one of the few Dems I have seen that is running for president who has so little experience and will have so many of his own party voting against him if he does not pick Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  34. Margaret

    LOL, the mainstream media is at it again! Can't let people think that things are more secure in Obama's camp than in McCain's, so make it a "horse race" to achieve good ratings. Listen, after the conventions, each candidate will get a bump. Then the debates will start, and McCain will begin to sound like the "one-trick pony" he is. Just like Guiliani–noun, verb, 911, but make it noun, verb, POW/Russia for McCain. Once again, the GOP tried to scare Americans into voting against their own best interest. Sad thing is, so many Americans are too ignorant to know their being gyped. My only criticism of Obama is, as stated above, he needs to create short sound bites for the public, because the average political knowledge in America is what Rush said last night. We look like fools to the rest of the world.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  35. Alex

    I can't believe how stupid some of us Americans are. We need someone smart in Washington (for a change), we have had the dummest presidents for far to long now, and you think Obama is to smart to be president? oh man do we need help.
    If some of you are not voting for a person because you don't like the sound of his name, god help us. All I do all day long is shake my head in disgust when I read the reasons you give for not voting for Obama. Wake Up America.
    Obama will win!

    August 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  36. Bobby

    Peter, Peter, Peter..Thats the attitude that's going to cost Barry the election. Talk down to the people why don't we? Use small words so
    the uneducated "Rural & Suburban" areas. This is why Barry will lose
    and I belive it is a very good thing that he will probably follow your advice. Mcain all the way.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  37. Moureen

    If Obama doesn't win it's because he comes across as an elitist snob. Why the Democratic Gods haven’t mentored him on his presentation is mystifying. I supported Hillary. I'm waiting to see who Obama picks for VP. If it's not someone I have faith in to mentor him through the War, dealing with Russia, and our financial crisis, I'm voting Republican. (Did the earth just move off center?)

    August 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  38. ernest

    People, I've just made a shocking discovery about John McCain: his first name is the same as that of the man who assassinated President Lincoln! And did you know that surnames beginning with 'Mc' often indicate that someone is from Scotland? I don't think I'm comfortable signing an 'x' beside dangerous-sounding, foreign name like that.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  39. Sonny

    Being a president isn't at all about experience, eloquent speeches, and popularity. It's about having a clear, articulate vision, an agenda that pushes the interests of the mass common people, the necessary resources to ensure those agendas are met, and the intelligence to navigate and change course if, and when, those alterations are needed. Obama possesses such qualities and, what he lacks in experience, I'm confident his V.P., our V.P., will certainly make up for. The problem is getting elected president requires the potential candidate to possess the popularity and eloquent speeches as well. Oh, wait...Barak has that too. Whew! Thought I was a republican for a second. O.B.A.M.A.!!!

    August 21, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  40. maria houston texas

    obama is my man all the way and from the beginning of his campaign.i have never doubt it and i have never changed my mind,you know why because obama has morals,has class,has intelligence and great personality.when obama walks in the whole room glows and that is who we want for commander in chief.he has tried to not get nasty with mccain but he is fed up and ready to attack and that is a man in power.obama is my man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love you obama

    August 21, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  41. Lori Mueller

    Wesley Clark will take care of that curse just fine. He has a very broad range of experience, yet he would still be considered "change." How about that? Someone who represent change, AND has experience?
    From Obama's recent words, it sounds like General Clark fits the bill nicely.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  42. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    I can not believe after the past 8 years, the American people are still buying into the Repug Fear Machine. How bad does it have to get before we are ready to change directions??

    August 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  43. Blake

    This is my favorite line thanks Los in LA- "Obama makes clear, articulate, and well-reasoned arguments, which is why he’s having difficulty connecting with an increasingly moronic nation."

    Hilarious and sadly true. Just because our nation is under-educated doesn't mean we need a leader to reflect that. Just look at the last 8 years!

    August 21, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  44. Rosie

    To Elizabeth,
    What has this Country, which was once the beacon light of hope, around the world, come to? Here we are, having made it all the way to the 21st century; yet we have not progressed past the lifestyle of trying to place our own doubts and fears upon others.
    Before 9-11, this was the most powerful and less fearful Country on this planet, but look where we are today. We are afraid of words; afraid of names; afraid of looks: not of strangers, but of those who walk among us every day.
    Its amazing that this young man's name was never feared until he chose to run for President of the Country he love. Is this what we have allowed to replace the greatness of a Country left to us by our ancestors; that we now are terrorized by names?
    How are we going to restore leadership, around the world, if a simple something, as one's name, can make us retreat in fear? Come on now, we are not that small.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  45. Katie

    Its time for America to wake up and see how we are betraying our self to the world. I'm sick of being called unpatriotic and I'm sick of people judging me for what I believe. Obama has so much more to offer our country and to the world. I hope we can get our TROOPS back to where they belong!!!

    August 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  46. timothy bonfield

    I am a Green party human cause I lost my cool with the DEMS,&REPUBZ! Back when Bush baby took over our freedom.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  47. Brian

    You who choose to focus on Baracks name and are incapable of using sound reasoning to select a president are the reason this country is spending more than a billion dollars a month outside the country to make the richest 100 American families richer, while the rest of our country and citizen's quality of living goes down the toilet along with that of innocent Iraqi's lives.

    Thanks for the last 7 years – No thanks for 4 more of your irrationality.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  48. Erik

    When the election is over, all of you Obama Bin Laden fans are going to have to eat crow. If you think that those of us here in America are stupid enough to vote for a man who does not know his ass from a hole in the ground, think again. Truth is that those of us with a brain in our heads will not vote for a man who does not know how to respond to the Soviet invasion of Georgia, chants the word change with an emptiness that could fill your gas tank full of BS. Just wait to see what happens in November, you will feel very foolish as John McCain will win this election with his experience, knowledge of foreign policy and his crossing of party lines.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  49. Sal Bongiorno

    Is this the kind of character of a president that we want? Certainly not I.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  50. Amy V.

    We are ready for some inspiration after nearly 8 years of underhandedness, embarrassment and belief that we either don't understand or care about our country. Senator Obama offers an educated, inspirational message and allows a sense of hope for the future with an invitation and opportunity for those from a variety of persuasions to participate.
    I continue to stand dumbfounded by the fears about name, background and heritage. If my name was Lizzie would people assume I was an axe murderer? If my parents were from Germany would it be suggested that I was a Nazi sympathizer? Surely we are beyond this sort of logic.
    Roslynn Carter said,"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be." I believe Barack Hussein Obama is just such a leader. He has my vote.

    August 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
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