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July 16th, 2008
07:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Is America ready for a black president?

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Morning people...

Last night on Larry King - Senator Barack Obama said that if he's elected president in November, he will seek input from military commanders on the Iraq war and the fighting in Afghanistan. "But ultimately, the buck stops with me...I am absolutely convinced that strategically it is time for this [Iraq] war to end," Obama said, adding he believes the United States can withdraw combat troops from Iraq within 16 months while leaving "a residual force to engage in counter terrorism activities" and protect diplomats. Obama also did some more finger pointing - saying the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts have "worsened" because the Bush administration has emphasized war tactics more than an overall strategy. Hmmmmm, I wonder if the President will respond...we will keep you posted...

Today, Barack Obama holds a summit on confronting 21st century threats...I am not really sure what "confronting 21st century threats" means exactly, but hopefully Candy Crowley can cut through it for us....

Meanwhile, John McCain is the featured speaker today at NAACP convention, Dana Bash looks at McCain and the black vote....The latest polling gives Barack Obama about 90 percent support nationally among black voters...John McCain has about 4 percent...yikes!...Why even bother John McCain? It seems like a lost cause, no?

AND it appears as we head into the first election where for the first time an African-American is on the ballot, Americans are sharply divided by race....BUT EVERYONE may be ready for a black president....According to a new NY TIMES/CBS poll, blacks and whites hold vastly different views of Senator Barack Obama, the state of race relations and how black Americans are treated by society, that Barack Obama’s candidacy, while generating high levels of enthusiasm among black voters, is not seen by them as evidence of significant improvement in race relations. So we will touch on this tonight...

Gary Tuchman takes us to South Carolina where the South Carolina legislature has approved the production of license plates featuring a cross and the words "I believe." It is the first state in the nation to approve a plate with a reference to one religion. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina spearheaded the effort and says while he would support other religions symbols on state plates, he believes the United States is a Christian nation, and that Christians shouldn't always back down to "separation of church and state types." And yes, those "types" have filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying this is a violation of the nation's constitution. Is it? YOU decide, tune in tonight and voice you opinion ...

BUT honestly folks, it appears to be pretty quiet out there today, so I am hoping for a big news story...a guy can dream can't he?

ALL for now....


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  1. Larry

    At least the NAACP was polite enough to admit they are not going to vote for Sen. McCain, they didn't say why.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:31 pm |
  2. lampe

    Teresa, Obama can not be the bi-racial why? because Blacks have made him the Black man running for POTUS. He tried to be different but you made him out to be just what he is. Fred, how come there are so many first time Black voters who are over the age of eighteen, by that I mean really over the age but like maybe 20-30 years or more. The never gave a rats ass about politics, before now all of a sudden they want to do the right thing and vote. WOW ! I wonder why,can't be because his black. explain why you never cared enough before and now it matters so much to you.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  3. Adam T. San Antonio, TX

    The fact of the matter is that race will always be an issue when it comes to anything and if it wasnt an issue then we wouldnt be asking the question about a black potential president or white one. People will always say in public what they consider to be the right thing to say and not what they feel. The reason why we as americans wont be able to fix problems in other countries is because we cant master our own problems, start at home first.

    July 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    Hi Anderson,

    I'm not sure we are ready for an African American President. There are those among us who are searching for any excuse not to vote for this African American Presidential Candidate. And have even gone so far as to make-up an excuse not to vote for him. He's Muslim, even when he's not a Muslim. I'm too tired to name them all but you get the picture.

    July 16, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  5. Carmelita

    Hi, as a Canadian it amazes me that there is so much talk about race and what color Obama is. Enough already Aren't you all Americans?

    How come there was no talk about color the previopus years, oh let me answer that. All the previous presidents were the "norm". Everyone is use to a cacausion as president and now it appears people feel threated that some one who does not fit the "normal" mode may just get through the doors of the white house.

    It is insulting that folkes are talking about Africans Americans are only voting for Obama, because he is black, why exactly did they vote for Bill Clinton? Why did they also vote for Hillary or other folkes who ran has democrats? Correct me if I am worong, but the last time I checked Bill, Hillary and the others were not African Americans or bi-racial.

    Please give the African American community some credit. I am sure they are just has intelligent has the other cultures who are voting for Obama. If only ninety percent of the African American community are voting for Obama then everyone's point is moot , since that percentage alone could not have given him the nomination over Hillary nor will that percentage gives him the presidency. He needs a hell of a lot more votes which I beleive he received and then some.

    As far has the McCain situation goes re: having more experience than Obama, I think they are two exceptional leaders, but both are inexperieced going into the white house to become president. I don't recall anyone saying that there is a prereqisite to become president.

    I was under the impression that you are choosen by the people and then surround yourself with a solid exceptional group that will enhance your presidency. I hope that America wakes up and make informed decesions, not on color alone, but on good judgement and integrity.

    PEACE
    Carmelita

    July 16, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Lesley

    Mike – I'm sorry but the only thing McCain learned at the naval academy was how to party. He graduated near the very bottom of his class and his carousing ways were well documented recently on tv by members of his own class. Are you proud of that? The only strategy he learned was how to have a good time. And btw Obama majored in international studies in college and graduated in the top 1% of his class at Harvard. He is clearly more intelligent and well schooled than McCain. McCain doesn't even know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites along with his stance in defense of Czechoslovakia, and Putin being the president of Germany, etc. He is an embarrassment.

    July 16, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  7. Jan from Wood Dale, IL

    What is the number of U.S. Military personnel Obama considers to be a "residual force" left in Iraq? One or two brigrades? More? Less?

    It now appears Obama intends to maintain U.S. military bases in Iraq. That is a BIG change from his previous positions. Where does he stand in continuing the use of private military contractors like Blackwater? Will those contractors continue to receive immunity from prosecution by either the Iraqi or U.S. government?

    Obama gives us the perception that he will end the war in Iraq, but by leaving "residual forces" in Iraq doesn't quite terminate our military involvement there.

    July 16, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  8. Adam East Meadow NY

    John McCain needs to pick Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln as his running mate. The young socialy conservative women will energize conservatives and it will help McCain fill the gender gap. McCain will also get the votes of working class Democrats in West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas.

    July 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  9. GAIL Centre,Al;

    No we are not ready for Obama, he is too inexpericened, Obama hasn't a clue of how to get us out of this mess. It's MCcain for me, and I'm a democrate. YES WE CAN, MCCAIN CAN, IF ANYBODY CAN. CINDY IN GA. YOU GO GIRL

    July 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  10. Rosie

    By what judgment ye give, shall ye also be judged: It is so sad, that in such a blessed country, the color of one's skin is the number one issue, and not whether or not he can restore the country to its once greatness and beyond.
    For those of us who say we love this country, but will not vote for Obama because of the color of his skin, has set skin color before the well-being of the country.
    Let me ask this question, to those who judge color and not character: If you could not swim, and found yourself on a sinking ship, with the only means of survival, being Obama, Would you allow him to bring you to the shore, or would you rather go down with the ship?
    Think about it, because America is that sinking ship, and her survival has been placed in the hand of Obama. Which is most important, the well-being of the country, we love, or passing judgment upon the container from which this help will come?

    July 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  11. Larry

    Why does the media refer to african americans as obama's 'key demographic'?
    Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson refers to Obama as 'our redemption'

    If McCain is such an idiot then who should have been the republican preumptive nominee?

    July 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  12. John Hart

    Thanks senator obama for the beautiful job. The recent stories carry that the president wants to visit china on vacation for the olympic,(thats an oppotunity),senator mccain wants to go to war when elected commander in chief. More greeze to your elbow.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  13. EJ (USA)

    Why does everyone assume that all blacks are voting for Barack Obama? Did it ever occur to some folks that some blacks are republicans and that it doesn’t matter that he’s black, he’s a democrat, right??

    AND the people who are black and are voting for Obama are not just voting for him because he is black.

    That is an insult to all well informed and educated black people in America.

    Blacks can't have legitimate reasons for voting for Obama? It has to be because he is black? Give me a break. (to anyone who thinks that – which is very many)

    I'm sure there is a portion of blacks (many who have not voted before) who will vote for him because he is black, but not every black person who is supporting him! Not even most!

    July 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  14. Rosie

    What a beautiful country we have! Is it not beautiful how we can pass judgment on one another, whether the judgment be true or false? What other country could next door neighbors speak their mind, be it accurate or fantisized, and their words be aired for all to see? We all should love this country, for there is no other country, on earth, where we could use words to hide the truth, or words to hide our own heart!
    Yes we all have a need to say, "God bless America!" for what other place, on earth, does such opportunities present themselves.
    Vote for Obama, or don't vote for Obama, just be sure that you are voting your heart and not your eyes.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  15. Nick from Idaho

    Well I think the simple fact of the matter is, the Iraq war was unjustified. An attack of preemption is barbaric. We need to pull out. An Obama has said he's going to pull out before the end of his term. McCain has made no such promises. His only solution is to surge Afghanistan now. He seems to like surging things.

    July 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Day

    It's funny that the issue of race is being heavily driven by the media. The entire coverage of the race is skewed. The idea of reporting fact and eliminating bias is long gone. It is sad.

    The issue here is competence not color. Just as with any other job it is inappropriate to suggest that race is a viable skill set.

    In this day and age we need a diplomat not another cowboy and we all know that the republican candidate is a cowboy, competence people not color.

    July 16, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Greg O.

    Obama has the advantage of hindsight in the Iraq war confrontation. Knowing his policies of the past he probably would have done nothing after 9-11. I thank you G.W. Bush for the past 7 years of no terrorists attacks on our homeland. You have led proudly our great nation in a time of terroristic turmoil. Although it was not popular with the always unsatisfied, depressed left you have shown great courage and a big set of balls in spite of the unpatriotic liberals who seem to want to bend at the whim of other countries toughts of us. To that I say B.F.D. if other countries are'nt with us then they are against us. Once again G.W. thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping my family safe!! God Bless you and your family!!

    July 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Larry

    Actually, Sen. Obama is not 'black' he's bi-racial, his mom was 'white'; there is a difference. Perhaps a question that CNN is really afraid to ask is 'Is America Ready For A Black First Lady'? I recall an episode of The View in which Whoopi said she woke up from a dream in which Obama had married a 'white' woman ( how's that for a topic?).

    I'd say almost all african-americans are voting for him because of the skin color, a lot of whites, asians, hispanics vote for him as well but probably for different reasons. I only care that whoever is sworn in as POTUS represents us all, equally.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  19. Emestee

    Why does everyone assume that all blacks are voting for Barack Obama? Did it ever occur to some folks that some blacks are republicans and that it doesn't matter that he's black, he's a democrat, right??

    July 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  20. JC- Los Angeles

    The question that needs to be asked is not "is America ready for a black President?" but rather is Barack Obama ready to lead the world's most diverse nation.

    After the general public was introduced to Rev. Wright and his separatist, racist views and after learning that Obama and his wife followed him for twenty years, it would seem logical to ask if Obama was ready to accept all types of Americans.

    When one uses race for convenience or as a lightening rod, it's often proven that those are the people that are most conflicted by the subject of race.

    Los Angeles contains over 140 different nationalities which helps make the American tapestry so brilliantly colorful; I'm hopeful someday our nation will be led by someone capable of representing all citizens equally.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  21. Larry

    It was actually after the Iowa Caucuses that the lion share of the african american vote went to Obama.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Marlon

    Yes, I believe America is ready for a black president. It's time that the United States not continue confining the role of Commander in-Chief exclusively to rich white men. Why does one have to be rich or white to be president? Obama represents a new America. An America that is progressive and ready to move beyond the divisiveness that has plague this country since day one. John McCain represents an oppressive government that we have endured for the past eight years. America needs to be returned to the people and taken away from greedy corporations. It's the people that make these corporations but benefit little from them. CEO's and shareholders benefit from it and keep the average workers down. Then they send our jobs overseas and create facilities overseas to avoid paying taxes in the U.S. Those are the things John McCain represents.

    So yes, we're ready for a black president. We're ready for any president who will take this country back and start taking care of home first. It just so happens that the candidate willing and wanting to do these thing is black.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Maritza

    A few of these bloggers hear little soundbites then run like rabid fools commenting on what they now nothing of, @ Angie , hate to inform you that McCain did NOT say he would keep the battle going for 100 years but rather he stated there could be a military presence ,a base such as in Germany, a military base, get it?... there simple terms . do not accuse before you do your own homework, I do not have to rely on any network to be informed and make my own conclusions about any issue , what is most revealing is what comes straight out of the politicians own mouth, "Obama ,"bitter Americans that cling to their guns and religion" Machelle Obama " for the first time I am proud of America" these are just tiny revelations of what lie beneath the real feelings of how they really feel about our country. I read Obama's book and it's very alarming , not impressed in any way . @ Greg O. your first sentence is correct, as others you made specific , Obama's voters are blinded in how they perceive their candidate , they ignore what's plain to see.

    Maritza

    July 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  24. carmen

    Barak Obama will be a great president. He is a credit to his race – the human race, that is.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Angie, You know that McCain's 100 year comment didn't mean in a combat capacity, but you continue to spread the myth. It was meant like we have had troops in Germany and Japan since the end of WWII. Please don't lie yourself. Also, Obama has now said he will keep residual troops in Iraq to fight terrorism. How many? For how long? Indefinitely? For 100 years? Obama knows he can't just pull the plug, so he's lying. I'm sorry, but McCain learned military strategy at the Naval Academy and in 22 years in uniform. I doubt if it was taught as part of Obama's law school curriculum. If I want a lawyer, I'll hire a lawyer. If I want a commander-in-chief, I'll hire someone who knows the military.

    July 16, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  26. FRED Atlanta, GA

    To Cindy from GA, Blacks FINALLY have a viable candidate they can vote for president and you are surprised that Obama has so much black support when it has been no one else but WHITE MEN in the white house no one was calling whites racist when they've voted for their own and now that blacks are voting for one of their own it's a problem, you didn't have a problem when we've supported white candidates as soon as we get a person of colored blacks are considered racist because of the overwhelming support obama gets you can't have it both ways!!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  27. Sara.Ro

    The question were if America were ready for a woman president...To the Buzz Master – take care about what you are dreaming,your dreams may come true

    July 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  28. Brian

    Cindy,

    To quote you

    "There is definitely a racial division in this country. Just look at the poll that you all just quoted. Obama has 90 % of the black votes…what does that tell you!? Who seems to be voting by race!? Whites aren’t the only racist in this country! That needs to be looked at in my opinion."

    In 1992 Bill Clinton won 83% of the African American vote compared to George H.W Bush's 10%

    In 1996 Clinton won 84% of the African American vote compared to Doles 12%

    In 2000 Gore won 90% of the African American Vote to GWB's 9%

    In 2004 Kerry won 84% of the African American Vote to GWB's 11%

    Obama is right up there with the previous 4 elections with the African American support. I don't think that his race has anything to do with the support he recieves from the African American community. I think that democrats are just better at identifying with African Americans.

    Brian, Cedar Rapids, IA

    July 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  29. Teresa, OH

    No, I'm not quite ready for a black president, but a Bi-racial one might do.

    Why does the media always refer to Obama as black? He isnt. He is biracial. I think if more was said about the beauty in being biracial... he might actually get more votes. As it stands, where do you think most of the votes are coming from?

    July 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  30. Cindy

    @ Angie...it's obvious that you haven't been paying attention. Obama did say he'd pull the troops out as soon as he got in office when he was debating with Hillary and McCain about it. Then he changed it to 6 months after he beat Hillary. Now he is saying 16 months. Just because you like him doesn't mean you can spin what he says and others will fall for it!

    And if you read correctly you would see that I said it was McCain who said the 100 year comment. I didn't say it was Obama. I said he jumped on McCain about it, which he did. But now he is saying the exact same thing as McCain. That we will have to leave troops there for a while to ensure peace. How are you going to spin that?

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 16, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  31. Michelle, Spring Valley,CA

    I'm pretty sure it was Bill Richardson who was talking about withdrawing in 6 months, then less than a year. But, he's been out of the race since January.

    July 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  32. ANGIE

    CINDY FROM GEORGIA;
    You really havent been paying much attention to Senator Obama have you?? probably because you dont like him he never said he would pull them out right away or even 6 months he has always said 16 months as i recall it was senator mccain saying we could stay there 100 years if we had too so from someone who has followed the primaries and the election very closely i have to say you are wrong so please stop. its clear you prefer mccain and that is your right but please dont lie and spin what senator obama has said

    July 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  33. Susan

    I would like to address comments made last night on AC 360 by Peter Bergen. When General David Petraeus took command
    ( in 2007 ) of the Multi-National Force in Iraq he developed an overall Iraq policy. They came to be known as the " Petraeus Doctrine".This included a multi level strategy to deal with the problems that we had in Iraq. The surge ( purposed before General Petraeus took over command ) was just one part of his strategy. The surge worked. Violence was down. Surge troops were redeployed and not replaced.
    The surge is over. As part of General Petraeus's multi level policy he is now deploying a counterinsurgency policy to further the gains made by the surge. It is mis -leading to say the the surge did not work as these are different parts of an overall strategy.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    July 16, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  34. willie bob

    ? who made the decisions, that the world has had to live by. I mean for wars the latest was iraq telling other governments what they should an should't do . Most of it turn into what we r today dictators for the last 450 years of this nations exsistance an most of it haven't work . An if U take a look it wasnt the man thats running for change time for change.

    July 16, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  35. Tiffany

    Don't worry...I've got some extra room in my place.

    July 16, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  36. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Is it America or Israel that has a policy of "no negotiations with terrorists".?
    The real name for the surge is the splurge!
    How many Americans even know the 'success' of the surge was because of bribe money paid out to the terrorist enemy?
    One day, with cash in their pockets, they are suddenly 'allies'!
    What will they be when the money runs out? (or do you pay them for 100 years.)
    What are they doing with the money, creating democracy or rearming?
    McCain wants to copy this 'strategy' in Afghanistan!
    How much of that dirty money is funding the terrorists in Afghanistan?

    July 16, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  37. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Ok so after my own online search I realize that story I mentioned above happened back in June. Why was this not a story covered by the media? Yall covered The New Yorker cover for a few days and this got nothing. I find it very strange this did not make the list to news worthy stories.

    If America is going to be ready for a black president our media needs to step up to the plate and not be scared to tell whole the truth regardless of how people will react to it.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:54 am |
  38. Michelle, Spring Valley,CA

    Unfortunately, i think there's a definite racial divide in this country...

    However, in recent elections, haven't the majority of black voters supported the Democratic candidate, by a substantial margin, regardless of the race of the candidate? He's the Democrat.

    Black voters tended to favor Hillary when she was still in the running, over Obama.

    Nobody was yelling racism before.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  39. Larry

    Its my understanding that the plates are 'vanity' plates; while other 'vanity' tags go for about $70 the xian ones cost about $5.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:47 am |
  40. Kim in NY

    Please don't dream for a big news story. People get hurt and die, children go missing, during big news stories. We have enough to worry about – jobs, gas, war, – wow war is not a big story – we are all desensitized – A quiet day in the news room is a good thing.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  41. Annie Kate

    Are the license plates that say "I Believe" the required plate for all drivers or a vanity plate you can get like those in other states that represent special interests. We have one in Alabama for wildlife which is what is on my car.

    As long as the license plate is something you can choose and that design is not required I fail to see the issue. Some people are going to either express their beliefs through the license plate or through a million bumper stickers plastered all over their car. If the plate is required then there is a problem that I bet the Supreme court either at the state level or the federal level will get to speak on.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 16, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  42. Greg O.

    The choice of president has nothing to do with the color of someone's skin but rather their beliefs and all I hear out of Obama is: 1] Tax the Rich, doesnt he realize the ones who hire employees are the rich and if you tax them to death they lay off employees, stop expansion of their business, and do what they have to do to not lower their standard of living. 2] Abortion is the law of the land but is a vile procedure which ends a beating heart of a HUMAN baby, Obama's own word "if my daughter's made a mistake I would want abortion to be an option" a baby considered a mistake? 3] No border control and the continued anarchry along our southern border, illegal immigration is as the words say "ILLEGAL". Why should any law be enforced in the U.S.A. against citizens if we dont enforce laws against aliens? And then his idiotic comments of Americans learning Spanish [ THIS TELLS YOU EXACTLY WHERE HE STANDS ON ILLEGAL immigration] istead of Mexicans learning English. 4] Then we come to one of the Biggies, UNWILLINGNESS TO DRILL FOR OIL IN ANWAR, OFF OUR COAST, AND DOMESTICALLY. Also refusing to build new refineries to process additional capacities of new found oil. He has done NOTHING in the Senate to develop alternative sources of ENERGY! These are all policy concerns Americans should have regarding Obama and has nothing to do with the color of his skin. I have not even got into some of his personal deep seeded flaws, Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Farrakhan, Pflegger, and yes the "creme de la creme" " for the first time in my life I'm proud to be an American" Michelle Obama. So who is the ultimate racist? answer Michelle Obama!! Obama makes Bill Clinton look like a choir boy. We dont need another unethical president like Clinton in office!! Obama is not the answer to our problems, he is gas being thrown on the firestorm of problems we already have. Obama KEEP YOUR CHANGE, VOTE MCCAIN 08'!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  43. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Hey AC folks I just got an email about this exhibit in New York that was shut down before it even opened. It was called “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama". I would like to know more about this outrageous story. I think it's pretty big.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  44. Larry

    McCain will get heckled. Obama must be wondering why he's not getting 100% of the black vote. Was reading that Barack says he's been a Christian for a long time, whatever that means; as well, CNN (Chicago News Network?) asked the principal at Barack's Indonesian school if he was a Muslim and was told the school wasn't religious. That's some in-depth reporting. As to why Barack's campaign has maintained an interest in Kenya and Indonesia, I guess CNN will let us know what that is about when they do a bio on Barack's life before Chicago. For example, did Barack ever date any girls?
    CNN will probably get around to letting us know about the Obama/Kennedy relationship going back to JFK's involvement.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  45. deborah, OH

    To the writer of the morning buzz: (Anderson, that you?) 'Be careful what you wish for!' LOL.

    And there's that 'separation of church & state ' thing again–sounds to me like the governor has a 'problem'!

    And, yes, Candy will help us understand the rhetoric.
    Have a good day all...

    July 16, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  46. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Good Morning Ac

    Why does everything to do with religion and beliefs bring up such controversy?People should be rpoud to display their love for faith in the case of the licence plates in a world that is so topsy -turvy with violence and troubled economy problems it should bring people together and give out better signals .

    Michelle

    July 16, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  47. cynthia P

    America is ready for some truth!

    Truth is, McCain keeps talking about the "surge" working ... but, but, but ... McCain fails to mention part of the "surge" is the United States is paying the Iraqi Insurgents NOT TO SHOOT AT US!

    Last night on 360, CNN Terrorists Analyst said, ""If it was just about the surge, the violence would be back up again, because the surge is over. There are some underlying factors that are much more important in Iraq, in my view ... Now we have put a 100,000 Sunni militia on the American payroll, people who used to be shooting at the United States who are now on our payroll."

    Pretty easy to keep violence down in Iraq when the WE ARE PAYING THE PEOPLE SHOOTING AT US NOT TO SHOOT AT US.

    Anderson just glossed over that very DISTURBING fact. WHY? Is the media trying to keep that fact from the Voters?

    One more reason America hates the media.

    July 16, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  48. Cindy

    So now Obama has moved the pull out completion date again from Iraq. First it was as soon as possible, then six months, now he is saying sixteen months....what's up with that? Is he finally realizing that he has no idea what he is talking about? He is even now saying that he will leave a residual troop there to hold the peace....Isn't that what John McCain has always been saying even when he said the stay for one hundred years comment and Obama jumped all over him for it? Yep...looks like Obama has come around to John McCain's way of thinking to me! Guess John does know what he is talking about.

    There is definitely a racial division in this country. Just look at the poll that you all just quoted. Obama has 90 % of the black votes...what does that tell you!? Who seems to be voting by race!? Whites aren't the only racist in this country! That needs to be looked at in my opinion.

    I say good for SC voters for voting in the "I believe" license plate. Not everything has to be so PC these days! If you don't like it then don't look. Not everyone has to bow down to the ones that always complain about every little thing.

    Cindy....Ga.

    July 16, 2008 at 8:11 am |
  49. Beth Beardslee-Romeo

    As someone who frequented South Carolina often, and is a Christian, I had difficulties shopping their because I often felt that Christianity was being "shoved down my throat " so to speak, and those of many other tourists that went to enjoy the beaches there.

    The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina sounds to me as if he is a bit arrogant. The United States may be , "a christian nation" but that does not mean that everyone that resides in it is.

    Since when can a Governor make such an arrogant decision , without consideration of ALL those INDIVIDUALS who are not, and still would have to drive around with license plates that clearly do NOT express their viewpoints.

    THIS goes way over the top in my view
    Beth
    Ware, Ma

    July 16, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  50. Lois in upstate NY

    To "the Buzz master"

    Hope you get the "BIG" story today – I think there is enought going on with job loss, gas problems and economy – guess that is old news! If the "the Buzz master" is Anderson Cooper, upstate NY always has Black Bear stories – not breaking news – but fun news. Hope you have a great day!

    July 16, 2008 at 7:36 am |
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