August 7th, 2008
07:40 AM ET

Morning Buzz: What does Hillary have up her sleeve?

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Morning folks...

Lots of scuttle yesterday and today about what "the heck is Hillary up too?" Thus forcing the Clinton and Obama press offices put out a joint statement of unity in response to the ABC News report from a California fundraiser suggesting that Clinton hasn't totally surrendered her convention bargaining chips.
Asked by a supporter at a California fundraiser whether she would consider putting her name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention later this month, Clinton suggested she was considering the option. "I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified," she said. "No decisions have been made. And so we are trying to work all this through with the DNC and with the Obama campaign." In an email from the Clinton and Obama press offices, the campaigns downplayed any potential conflict. "We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success.....But a veteran of Democratic Convention mechanics, Matt Seyfang, explained that Clinton holds some real procedural power, and could probably - if she chooses - force a symbolic vote at which her supporters could express their public dissent with the Democratic Party's decision....sound like trouble with a capital "T" if you ask me...but no one really is, so I will move on...

With Obama hanging with Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and Michelle Obama appearing with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine yesterday, Senator Hillary Clinton couldn’t escape questions about the vice presidential search. The prospect of Clinton joining the ticket remains the subject of much speculation, as even as some believe her odds of being chosen may have diminished in recent weeks. Clinton reacted to reporters saying her name may not top Obama's VP list, Clinton told reporters “I’ve consistently said I’m very happy being a senator for New York. I love my work. I love representing the people of New York.” "Happy being a senator for NY?" come on.... This all on the eve of Hillary making a campaign stop in Las Vegas tomorrow for Obama... Candy Crowley will look at what Hillary as up her sleeve for us tonight...

John McCain will be in Ohio today (my guess is you will not see more of Paris Hilton) and will talk about the issues. Ed Henry is out on the trail with McCain for us tonight...

Barack Obama seems to be launching a few more bombs lately...Yesterday, he released a television advertisement that questions John McCain's claims to be a "maverick," and he charged in a campaign appearance that the Republican displays independence only when it suits him politically. Obama aides said Democratic hand-wringing about polls showing that the presidential race remains tight had nothing to do with the volleys. "We are not going to base our campaign on the concerns of so-called campaign strategists on cable TV," spokesman Bill Burton said. But the ad and the Democrat's rhetoric in Indiana appeared to up the ante in a campaign that took a distinct turn toward the negative last week. We will explore that tonight, too.

On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, Randi Kaye is Keeping Them HONEST... topic? CHINA'S BROKEN PROMISES. In 2001, China secured the bid for the 2008 Olympics amid controversy by promising a more open society, freedom of press, acceptable levels of pollution and said in general the games would "enhance all social conditions, including education, health and human rights." 7 years later and it seems none of those promises have been kept...Randi will investigate.

The war in Afghanistan reached a milestone of unfortunate note...June was the second deadliest month for the military in Afghanistan since the war began, with 23 American deaths from hostilities, compared with 22 in Iraq. July was less deadly, with 20 deaths, compared with six in Iraq. On July 22, nearly seven years after the conflict began on Oct. 7, 2001, the United States lost its 500th soldier in the Afghanistan war....AND just across the border...Pakistan's ruling coalition plans to make an announcement TODAY on whether it will impeach President Pervez Musharraf. A decision has been made that he has to go now, and all the parties have agreed on this point." said Capt. Wasif Syed, spokesman for the Pakistan People's Party - which leads the governing coalition.

AND for those of you who are Brett Favre fans...he is coming to the BIG APPLE... The Green Bay Packers reached a deal Wednesday night to send quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets. "I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform," said Woody Johnson, the Jets chairman and CEO. "He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible product on the field." The trade ends a 16-season stay in Green Bay for Favre, who holds numerous NFL passing records. Favre led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 and has been named the NFL's MVP three times. He holds league records for touchdown passes, yards passing, passing attempts, completions and victories by a starting quarterback.

Phewwwwwwwwwww so glad that is finally settled...ALL for now...

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  1. alaina

    Hillary and Obama better start acting like friends..not stabbing
    each other in the back. If they do act like friends they can pull this thing off by deceiving the public and win the election. Obama will
    let Hillary and Bill speak at the convention. Of course, while endorsing Obama, Hillary will remind every one what a close race it
    was. Bill will do the same.. The Clintons will have their agenda met
    by planting in the minds of Americans that if Obama doesnt save the
    world like hes promised then she can be the savior in 2012.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Ron

    Is Barack really having issues with Hillary backers? Will Obama have to re-consider putting her on the ticket in order to win the election? Get a clue people. Want to know just how strong the Clinton machine is right now, count the number of people that show up to hear her speak. Her audience may be as large as a John McCain's audience. In regards to Bill Clinton, take it from me as a Black American. Bill Clinton is and never have been a racist. He opened his mouth and had filet of sole for dinner that evening. Should he be concerned about regaining his standing in the black community, no. All he has to do is campaign for Barack as hard as he can. It's that simple. His only mission is to help get Barack elected and then be willing to lend his knowledge and experience to help him lead and restore this country to it's rightful place. JUST A THOUGHT!!

    August 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  3. Bill

    There is always a runner-up in political campaigns; often a close runner-up. Hillary's supporters need to get over the fact that she lost. She lost fair and square. Her insistence that her name be put in nomination because her supporters need a voice is utter crap. They would rather lose than have the Democrats elect a male. She still harbours a slim hope of defeating Obama for the nomination. That won't happen – but her selfish behaviour may lead to the defeat of the Democrats in November. If the Democrats are defeated she will have destroyed both the Democratic Party and her own career. The charge will be made and be irrefutable that she wanted Obama to lose so that she could run in 2012. Her and Bill's behaviour during the primary campaign have convinced many former Hillary supporters that she is prepared to sacrifice the well-being of the country for her own political goals. She will be unable to shake this perception and will have succeeded only in destroying the viability of the Democratic Party for decades to come. It is sad that many of Hillary's supporters are more concerned with electing a woman than they are in ending the Republican debacle we have been subjected to. And even sadder that Hillary is willing to use these supporters to undermine Obama. Shame on her and on Bill!

    August 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm |
  4. Sue in Florida


    The same bias can easily be said "for the first woman prez" so that
    won't cut it. Are you reading the facts behind Obama's promises as in
    how realistic can they be...obviously not.. This is where McCain is going to step in. Your dream is going down the drain without some
    help from Hillary. I'm a democrat but I'm also a realist and he won't
    make it w/o her so.. no, am not biased and playing the race card as
    some of you so eagerly pull each time. Just wanting the nomination
    for our party and facing the facts.

    August 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  5. lampe

    Obama and Clinton, both made the remark that they are still working things out for The Convention. It would be real nice if Obama supporters would listen to both of their remarks, before passing judgement. And until the end of August, Obama, is still The Pursumptive Nominee, which means nothing is set in stone yet.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  6. Strykyng

    Hell hath no fury...watch out for the "other" dream ticket. McCain/Hillary She couldnt have said it any better, a few months ago , when she quipped, "Senator McCain and I are ready to lead from day one."

    August 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  7. elizainhollywood

    I am a die-hard Hillary supporter, and I will begrudgingly vote for Obama. Not because I think he's the better candidate, but only because we need a Democrat in the White House. But to all those Obama supporters, who got behind the message of change, I hope that you have opened your eyes to realize that the post-victory Obama is not a candidate of change. The message of change vs. experience got him the votes, but the message he's been sending since he Hillary dropped out of the race, has been one of just another middle-of-the road democratic candidate.

    Hillary does not need to do ANYTHING for Obama or the Democratic party. She's done enough. After all the fundraising and years of service, the Democratic party abandoned her and did not once stand up against the blatant sexism she faced during the primaries. Now she's being asked to unify the party. I feel deep sadness how the media treated Hillary Clinton and how the Democratic leaders turned a blind eye. She should NOT take the VP spot. She is the more experienced, more qualified, more capable candidate. She should not even consider it. And if Obama can win this election, let him win on his own.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  8. Larry

    How interesting would it have been if Jesse Jackson had not got the democrats to do away with the winner-takes-all and replaced it with proportional delegates?

    Obama owes Jackson big time.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  9. Marlon

    Sue, those of us who may be "blinded" by Obama are so for good reasons. He ran a very clean campaign and kissed "master Bill's wife's butt" practically through out the campaign while she was basically siding with McCain. Obama won the delegates and superdelegates needed to grasp the nomination. He ran his campaign carefully and strategically. HRC made serious mistakes and because she's a woman everyone is suppose to feel sorry for her. Horse puckies! What lessons are really being taught here? That just because you're a female and you lose a race you should cry and throw a tempertatrum so you can have your way? Hillary did not reach the numbers needed to win the nomination. Even after they raised the bar she still couldn't get it. It's not Barack's fault. It's just how the game is played. Obviously, everyone is not a fan of the Clinton's. Not accepting that appears that the Clinton have some entitlement issues. Or maybe they don't feel African-Americans should be president. The latter is starting to seem almost accurate.

    If Clinton and her supporters don't grow up and realize that it's not about her, it's not about Barack Obama we will have a better chance to beat McCain. And Hillary should not be selected for VP. She is not a team player. Barack needs someone who is willing to support the team not their own agenda.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  10. Deborah

    If I were Obama I would not trust Hillary Clinton as far as He could throw her!

    I have never seen anything like this in my life, someone from his own party trying to take the election. The primaries are over!

    She needs to go and take care of her husband, Bill needs a friend right now. He lost his reputation and "Hood-Pass" defending her antics!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  11. charles

    Hillary will be on the ticket..I believe that decision was made a while back..why would they announce it now??the longer they wait , it gives the GOP less time to attack her. its ok to dream isnt it??

    August 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  12. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    lampe, I don't think its only Hillary's responsibility to unite the party but when she makes statements like "no decisions have been made yet..." What decisions need to be made, she won’t be the nominee so just give it a rest. It just starts dumb conversations that don’t help Obama who will be the nominee to unite the party. Having a symbolic vote at the convention does what? All the Hillary supporters were heard loud and clear when they so rudely kept voicing their thoughts at that rules committee meeting. What else is there to be said by them?
    I don't have a problem respecting her supporters but if they won’t give Obama the respect a presumptive nominee deserves then why should I cater to them. This has to be a give and take relationship and at the moment Obama has the upper hand in being the presumptive nominee.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  13. Sue in Florida

    Well, it might just be an exciting convention. I too want unity but with that, we must have fairness. Go blame the DNC and Howard Dean
    for where we are. And you can blame the media for bias reporting
    while you are at it, guess my comment will now be tossed. Dems
    unite with Hillary on the ticket as Obama appears to be losing that
    charm some of you are blinded by. As people begin to look closer
    at the issues, his popularity seems to lessen. That's inexperience folks and you want that? A joint ticket will be easier to overcome even
    with supporters on both sides opposing than to think we will win
    the White House without it. Think about it, a win is a win. Don't do
    us in with your grudges. Obama is not thinking as he entertains
    another inexperienced person to join him, so sad.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  14. jt

    I agree.

    In addition, Obama is becoming to be a big joke.

    How long Obama can pretend like he knows what he is talking about.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  15. lampe

    Kristen; HRC, has done everything, that she has been asked to do. Tell me exactly what it is that you think she should do to unite this party? also it is not only her job, to do this. The DNC and Obama, have done their fair share to divide this party, where is their blame, in all this mess. All Clinton supporters, are asking for is that the same respect shown to Obama, and his supporters, be shown to her and her supporters.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  16. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Hillary probably has no intention of helping to unite the party. Why else would she make comments like that? I would bet money she is looking forward to seeing her crazy supporters outside protesting at the convention. It’s unfortunate she lets her own interests get in the way of what’s best for this country.
    Nothing at the convention is going to change Obama being the nominee. Her doing anything else but endorsing Obama only helps John McCain. Even if miraculously she took the nomination from Obama what is that going to do but literally hand McCain the presidency on a silver platter. What’s done is done, democrats unit and BARACK THE VOTE in November. If McCain wins it’s because democrats are idiots. Has there ever been one party in the White House for 3 consecutive terms?

    August 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  17. mark hoffman, Phoenix AZ.

    Here's to the '68 convention. Wouldn't that be something if it was repeated in Denver. Obama vs. Clinton. Can't wait. Finally some excitement. just hope it does not usher that old gas bag McSame into office. LOL.

    August 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  18. lampe

    You Obama supporters, make me laugh. What is it exactly, that you think HRC, should do? If she's out on The Campaign Trail, you say she's stealing his thunder. If she's not out there, you say she's not backing him, or has something up her sleeve. You people do realize that this is Obama's doing, if he wants her out there or not that's his decision, not yours. Her name should be put in nomination at The DNC Convention. Why, you may ask? So it goes down in the records book that not only a Black Man ran, but a women was also on the ticket, it's about History. And also that it was a very close race. I find it hard to believve sometimes, by your blogs that you have ever voted, or been involved in an election before. Please grow-up before you vote.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why shouldn't Hillary put her name in nomination? She got almost as many votes as Obama, and earned the right. It may also provide closure to her supporters. It's not Hillary's job to unite the party, it's Obama's. If Obama can't unite his own party, he has no hope of uniting America, and he should lose.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  20. Larry

    Obamas followers do not want Hillary on the ticket; it just won't happen. The DNC has really screwed themselves, well done Howard Dean.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  21. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Hillary Clinton has done several campaign and fund raising events for Obama, but she and Bill, can only appear when instructed by the Obama campaign. They can not go off on their own on Obama's behalf. For instance, on July 31st, HRC delivered a rousing speech on Obama's behalf to thousands of Union workers in San Francisco, After that, she attended two fundraisers in the area. Just because the MSM just doesn't cover these events doesn't mean they aren't happening. Have you heard what the Kennedy/Shriver's, Kerry, Gore, Edwards, Carter, or Richardson have been doing on Obama's behalf?

    In regards to the convention, a simple roll call might be taken. This is where each state calls out their delegation support. The media hates it because it eats up a lot of TV time, but it gives Clinton and her supporters the recognition they deserve. The bigger question is whether or not Obama will have Bill Clinton speak at the convention.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  22. Mary

    In regards to Andrea's comment, I think that more people are actually paying attention to the election now than there has been in the past. Maybe more voters will be educated about the candidates when they actually start talking about their policies. I think that this campaign is very interesting.

    August 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  23. Trisha, North Carolina

    I don't think even the Clinton's really know what's up with their actions, but it does seem that they are bitter and not trying to help Obama or the Democratic party at all. Those delegates (are people with minds of their own) aren't Hillary's to release. She is killing any chance she may ever have again of successfully running for president. Obama shouldn't choose her as VP (mostly because of how Bill has and still is acting). He should choose someone that is in his corner 100% and clearly Hillary isn't.

    It appears that maybe she wants him to lose afterall. The DNC convention is only to unequivocally announce the Democratic choice for President and to gear up the Democrats to win in November. That's going to happen with or without the blessings of the Clintons. They would do themselves a favor to stop acting childish and hop on the train. Afterall, it's about Hillary having a later chance to run for anything.


    August 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  24. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Their will be a vote of delegates at the Dem convention. Jesse Ventura said it best on Larry King when he said "If their is anyone that can screw up a sure win in a Presidential election it is the Democrats". As an Independent I have to agree. Shame on all of the so called Democrats, and the Clintons for halting progress on unifying their party. Even the Republicans, who would agree have a mediocre candidate, are united behind him.

    Brett Favre...........you are exceptional, and the Jets are lucky to get you. Looks like we need to watch the Jets this year...............

    August 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  25. Andrea (Suitland, MD)

    I'll be glad when the whole thing is over with. I wonder if they truly care about the voters. I am an adamant Obama supporter and I strongly believe that Hillary belongs on the ticket with Barack. This keeping us guessing game is only making us more and more frustrated and likely not to even vote this November. I've talked to friends of mine and they feel the same way. Get on with it already and stop "playing" political chess. Stop worrying about what people will say if Barack picks Hillary. The advesary will have something to say no matter who he picks. Geez.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  26. J.V.hodgson

    Gosh, what do you mean up her sleeve.This has been a obvious possibility from the moment Obama became the presumptive nominee, and the lack of overt support from her or Bill on an unequivocal, or words containing no evasion or mental reservation of any kind are crystal clear.
    Many bloggers have already identified this possibility at the upcoming democratic convention.
    Bills silence speaks volumes,as do her equivocal and evasional words.
    My view is and remains HRC and Bill wiil demand a vote a the democratic convention, destroy any democratic candidates shot at the presidency as it equals a broken a divided party. But HRC and Bill believe it means she has a shot at being the Presumptive nominee in 2012 and also President .Thats all they care about.
    Watch old wounds not heal and say thanks for another disastrous 8 years of Repubonomics and preemptive non interactive international diplomacy at which time god will really need to bless America as internationally at least your reputation will be the pits and even lower than it is now,difficult ,but certain to happen under a republican presidency and ideology!!

    August 7, 2008 at 11:43 am |
  27. Cynthia

    If she plans to continue to have a political career and is smart – nothing. If Senator Obama were to loose the election and it is perceived that she had a hand in it – she can run in 2012 and will will not win

    August 7, 2008 at 11:08 am |
  28. Kim

    I am and have always been a Jets fan.... It is not an easy life. They just seem to know how to break your heart, but we fans forgive over and over. I am however, not a Brett Favre fan. I know he plays well, some say he's the best. But I don't believe he is or ever has been a team player. He had a great career, he has a great life. He chose to retire (un-retire, retire, un-retire.....) be re-instated. He just seems like a spoiled brat to me. I will be happy if the Jets have a successful season, but for the rest of the team. I think Brett Favre is all about Brett Favre. I also think this whole thing is a bad message for kids. "If you're good a sports, contracts and decisions don't matter, you can do what you want when you want." I will be cheering on the Giants this year with my husband and son.....

    August 7, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  29. Jim

    Hillary should not be the focus point anymore. She has done her part. The Obama people need to to do their part: win the election. Good luck with that.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  30. Gary Chandler in Canada

    They should announce that Clinton will take on the health portfolio, responsible for initiating medicare.
    While it has kept the GOPs guessing about her as vp, it is taking too long to to let the pumas GET OVER IT.
    Hillary should have put Bill on the shelf during her campaign, Obama REALLY should.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:32 am |
  31. Mary

    As I watched the news this morning I had the same thought as you, Senator Obama has got to be just a little bit nervous. I also wonder what conversations Senator Clinton and Pres. Clinton are having.
    I tuned in to 360 a few nights ago and I was very impressed with the neutrality of the reporters. Thanks for allowing me to make up my own mind. I am looking forward to the coverage on the Olympics tonight, promises, promises may cast more than a blanket of smog on this Olympics. Have a great day.

    August 7, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  32. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Good Morning Anderson and staff
    I can't beleieve Hillary is happy just being a senator in NY she's just dogging the question and keeping everyone guessing .I would be too easy to say one way or the other .It's a nail bitter just wait until the convention that'swhen all the drama's going down.
    tha's all for now see on 360 .

    August 7, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  33. Alex

    This is getting interesting. Could this signal the start of some payback after the Democratic Party freight train tried to railroad her? Stay tuned. This is better than watching Mr. Hollywood and the older gent go at it.

    August 7, 2008 at 9:21 am |
  34. Marlon

    I think many people have some reservations about Hillary and how she going to behave at the convention. If she does not show any signs of support for Obama, the republicans will have this election in the bag. Hillary cannot just think about her supporters, she has to think about the party as a whole. The Dems cannot show any division at stage of the game. If she decides to throw her name back in the race she will lose more than she will gain. Most of all she will lose respect.

    How is it a person can win a nomination fair and square and by the books and yet be challenged? That's all the more reasons why Obama should not even include Clinton on his list of VP's candidates. She would not compliment him. She would only work against him.

    August 7, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  35. deborah, OH

    Good morning, Anderson, Erica & all,
    Looks like the Dems convention just got 'funner' (my invention) to watch. Trouble with a capital 'T' is right! Can't wait!

    Candy can straighten things out, as she usually does for us. Doesn't anyone who can really help want to be VP?!

    I can't figure Obama out, & he moves farther away from me, in my understanding of him?!

    Beijing is a joke! But, I do admire our athletes competing there, & wish them Good Luck!

    Afghanistan is a tragic & unfortunate situation–& hardly anyone is paying attention.

    And, am glad that Brett Favre has settled SOMEWHERE! lol.
    Have a good day, Anderson, Erica, & all.

    August 7, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  36. Lou

    It would be nice if you mentioned the number of Canadians that have been killed in Afghanastan fighting the "war on terror" while US troops fight an illigitimate war in Iraq. I feel deeply sorry for all of the families that have lost loved ones= coalition forces and US forces but I feel that this is worth mentioning. The US are not the only ones losing good men and women in this war

    August 7, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  37. Dolores & Linda, Austin Texas

    Morning Anderson, my co-worker and I are in the valley helping these poor folks with issues regarding to Dolly, you wouldn't believe the mosquitos, The mosquitos are hungry, aggressive and large enough to be on a leash or ridden by a small jockey. I could have sworn I saw one that had on a watch. Thank goodness for bug repellent. Have a wonderful day.

    August 7, 2008 at 8:46 am |
  38. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    it was a big mistake to gave the Olympic Games to china.they promis free games.there will be never free games without free media,and free poeple.now china shows his real face to wold.when this happen to all of us,what must be happen for the china poeple themself.did the wold realy
    forget the students demonstration even 20 years ago.china brok their
    promises,they ly.if there is no free press possible,let the press go home.
    lets see chinas reaction

    August 7, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  39. Cindy

    I don't think that Hillary is up to anything. She is just doing her part as she said that she would. But I do think that it is looking more and more like Obama will have to chose her as VP to get the win since the polls are so tight. If he doesn't pick her he will lose.

    Does the Obama camp think that we are stupid? Of course they put out a negative ad on John McCain because the polls show that the race is very tight. Why else would he do it now when he hasn't before? He may as well tell the truth, I mean we all see it! Well maybe his followers accept everything he says as the gospel but no one else does. OK...maybe the media...

    So Musharraf has been ousted huh? LOL That is funny. I hope who ever they pick as the next president of Pakistan will be more apt to really chase down and arrest the terrorists living there.


    August 7, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  40. Annie Kate

    And here I thought the conventions would be boring. Sounds like the Democratic convention might turn out to be interesting after all. HRC's delegates should be able to place her name in nomination and vote for her on the first round; after that round then the delegates are allowed to vote for either candidate and Hillary will deliver her delegates to Obama but she will have made sure that her run for the Presidency at least gets a footnote in history.

    I've read reports on China's air pollution/smog for weeks now. Even though they closed a lot of highly polluting industries for several months and limited car driving to every other day, they still have a smog problem and it can't be healthy for the athletes – so who decides if its too risky to have the athletes participate each day and what do they do about their events or does the IOC just expect the competitors to take their chances?

    So if the Pakistan ruler is impeached what implications does that have for the US and for our troops in Afghanistan? Its starting to sound like the old saying – just when you think things can't get any worse – they do.

    It would be nice if Obama and McCain played nice – the negative ads and jabs on the campaign stump are tiresome and do not advance us toward positive change. I guess though politicians are still all the same.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 7, 2008 at 8:27 am |