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September 5th, 2008
10:54 AM ET

GOP shouldn't knock community organizers

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Roland S. Martin | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN Political Analyst

The Republicans have made it clear where their focus is this week with their convention slogan, "Country First."

With the abundance of flags, chants of "U.S.A., U.S.A." and tributes to those in the military, they have been laying it on thick.

Sen. John McCain has often talked about the need for Americans to dedicate themselves to service, namely military, and he is on the money.

But a line of attack that was used consistently by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and later by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, tried to call into question whether community organizers put their country first.

Palin focused on the issue, mainly to criticize the Obama campaign for offering up his community organizing work opposite her experience as mayor.

But when you examine Giuliani's dismissive tone - and the subsequent laughter by the Republicans in the XCel Energy Center - regarding the community organizer jabs, the Democrats could have an opening.

After praising Palin's speech, I said as much, and that they can expect the Obama-Biden camp to seize on that point. This morning, I read an e-mail from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, who incorporated the community organizer argument into a fundraising appeal.

Republican operatives I talked to said the lines were brilliant and that community organizers don't play to the GOP's strength.

I disagree. And so do the many folks who have sent me angry e-mails. They include white Republicans, black Democrats, people from Small Town, U.S.A., and Big City, America.

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  1. Halina

    The issue brought up by Palin was an answer to Obama's inital attack that she had no experience. She pointed out that the experience of a mayor might be close to the same or better then a community organizer. No one knocked the fact that community organizers were not needed and did wonderful work. She pointed out that she has that same + she is the governor of Alaska and actually has Executive experience. How easily we forget that Obama threw the rocks first and then hid his hand. hmmm. Maybe he is a hypocrite.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 am |
  2. serena

    Go to Glenbeck.com and read the real story on Obama's Radical Followers. You might be surprised about Obama's community organizers.

    September 5, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  3. rusty

    Roland, wasn't Ghandi a community organizer? Not to put Barack in that realm, but, wasn't he? What better way for a future leader to begin his career is there? What better way is there to demonstrate a "servant's heart". The Republicans used that term, both McCain, and Palin did. Meanwhile, reports are that Cindy McCain's outfit alone cost $300,000. The hypocrisy of these smug people is astounding. They are not servants, they are predators.

    September 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  4. Julie San Diego, CA

    Palin has about 6 vaild years of work experience. If she tried to get a job as a CEO of a small company, they'd laugh her out the door – especially for listing "hockey mom, beauty queen, moose hunter, eBay re-saler, and PTA parent" on her resume.

    I didn't vote for Obama in the primaries, and I too, wish he had more experience, but at least I don't have to worry about foreign Heads of State laughing at him. He sealed the deal when he showed good judgement, picking Biden as his VP.

    Is McCain in the first stages of dementia / Alzheimers?

    We didn't recognize it in Reagan until years later.

    Something to think about.

    September 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm |
  5. Heather

    Fran thank you

    Joe So what!

    I want to make it clear that I am not voting for McCain or Obama.
    I don't care if Obama was a community organizer for 50 years. It does not change the fundamental basic experience a person needs to be pres of this country. If Obama thinks he can carry hundreds of advisors to the white house to make decisions for him,not going to happen. This is a 24 hour seven days a week job including vacations. Plus being the leader of the free world. Pres Clinton was Gov for a long time before he made it to the white house.

    Like I said before community organizers are very valuable and important. But in no way is it a qualified work experience for DC or the world we live in.
    I could care less that Palin was in a beauty pageant. That's petty.
    I'm being realistic not idealistic. Thank you again Fran for getting my to the point comment.

    September 5, 2008 at 7:47 pm |
  6. Charles

    When Republicans try and force feed Palin's experience as mayor and governor as being so much more in touch with knowing what is what politically than Obama and Biden it's insane.

    The State of Alaska has a population of 670,000

    Let's take Chicago Illinois whose population is 2,873,790, a CITY in Sen. Obama's State, for a comparison.

    Let me draw you an illustration:
    People that live pay check to pay check aren't likely to be the people that are on the front lines to "save the whales".
    Whereas probably the most likely people to engage in these additional indirect essential life's concerns would be people with expendable income. (follow me now)

    In the City of Chicago it is likely that fine details slip through the cracks b/c of the enormous responsibility of managing budget demands, regulating law enforcement along with meeting public education woes, etc. The more people populating a jurisdiction the more issues exist for the governing body to maintain order.

    In Alaska, which is the largest state, where the population is four times less than the CITY of Chicago there is obviously less complexity involved in governing. Most of the circumstances in Alaska would have to be of static appeal in that there are not enough people to create tide shifting issues on a large scale.

    With that being said, Sarah Palin should have had the time to nitpick the books of the state and straighten a few things out. Further more, If she were given the same office in a state like Illinois or New York would the same claims be possible to be made about her?

    I conclude with, among governors HAS SHE REALLY BEEN PROVEN?

    September 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  7. o jones

    it,s all about her ,the fact that shee is a woman, she is not able to be the leader of this country, because obama is a black man ,now they will vote for mcsame ,it,s all about race and the fact that she is a woman. and she is a liar already proved that.

    September 5, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  8. Jim Shamanski Florida

    Roland,

    Will somebody ask John McSame to pick a platform and stop stealing Obama's platform of change and hope. It isnt very becoming...

    September 5, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  9. brandyn

    McCain and palin are doing a good job of buring them selves, Obama
    has outlined an objective McCain and Palin were in two states outlining bios agin have not heard one real plan yet.. I don't care about
    the past what areyou going to actually do for this country now.... Palin is ranting about what shes done ,great you sold the plane ( for a loss) at lease make a prfit on it... Hilary was a better canidate .. but Hilary is to strong minded of a woman to play second to Obama it decent he didn't choose her.. 4 more years of republicans my wallet can't take it ... as for the war, we went war under false pretense, we should have pulled out and focused more Afganistan thats were the individual hit the towers are ... they should focus more on our americans... to hell with everyone else they don't ask for why give it ... Republicans are running a campaign on scare tactics.. Obama is a new face on politics thats why the american people chose him..McCain the same old (out of touch) bully scare tactics .. Its great what he has done for his country but his views are out dated ... using images of 911 that really showed what he was about .. since the convention he has not spoke on the important issues only spoke on his and Palins bio I can truly care less I'm neither Rep nor Dem I chose my fight before i jump in and looks like i may in the fight with Obama .

    September 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  10. Charles

    Fran's synopsis on Heather's comment can't be real. Palin did what Giuliani did just before her. They mention "community organizer" and then either pause or (as Palin did) make the assertion that community organizers don't have responsibilities.

    Responsibility: something for which one is responsible for, BURDEN.

    Are people's hardships and the quest to help them find solutions during such a time worthy to be called "SOMETHING"? On all accounts no one has said that Sen. Obama handled these issues carelessly.

    And with all the talk of values you can rest assure that there will be no apology made for what was obviously offensive to others who share that common BURDEN. From Limbaugh, Hannity, Giuliani and now Palin they all put their whole foot in their mouth and never own up to their folly only calling it "comments taken out of context". It's always everyone else misunderstanding.

    Let's face it, slamming community organizers didn't help Republicans with working class folks and shouldn't.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  11. Megan

    Nelson Mandela started off as a community organizer. He became a president. Together with "the people" he changed the face of a nation that had become the pariah of the world. There is a message here that Republicans of the Palin ilk should heed!

    September 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  12. Jim from Northen Ca.

    Slamming community organizers is just what I would expect from the surreal Republican elitist nominees. The only justification for their distain for community organizers is their envious perceptions of how grass roots organizations can actually accomplish successful results with minimal funding.
    What has John McCain & Sarah Palin successfully accomplished over the last eight years for the American people other than fill lobbyists, corporations and their own pockets with tax dollars. Enough!
    Being a community activist for over eight years & providing drug prevention to thousands of adults and children for free because government supposedly does not have the resources needed to adequately do it themselves. I find Sarah Palins comments as short sided as her experience and qualifications to be Vice President.
    Vote for Obama, he is one of us. One other thing! Obama hit the nail on the head "John McCain just does not get it" and why would he the man doesn’t even know how many homes he has.

    Jim B.
    Northern California

    September 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  13. eddy

    Roland, get a grip, you missed the point. No one was laughing at community organizers. Of course you saw it live, perhaps at home with subtitles on your TV you know..
    How about this: the Democrats ridiculed the experience of mayors and governors.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  14. Ginna Gray

    The remarks about community organizers are proof of what Obama has been saying about McCain and the Republicans. They just don't get it! I doubt Palin or I should say the Bush speechwriter who tells her what to say even know what a community organizer is. And I'm sure that they don't care since the Republicans don't represent the people community organizers help every day. In fact, if politicians did their jobs, community organizers wouldn't have so much responsibility. I just can't believe someone has not brought up how mocking organizers could be viewed as racist. Was MLK not a community organizer? John Lewis? I am a Republican. Or I guess I WAS a Republican until Palin was selected VP. I just can't in good conscience vote for a party that caters to the extreme right, doesn't care about any class except the rich and practices devisive politics. Listening to their mocking and sarcastic monologue directed to an almost all white male audience, I felt a little sick. I will support Obama by campaigning and sending money.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  15. FRAN

    Heather's comment above is spot on.
    How can so many people distort an easily understood campaign statement?

    September 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  16. Carol, PA

    I agree with you Roland. It is a part of his life he is proud of, and rightfully so. He didn't do it for the money, that's for sure. He didn't do it for the fame–otherwise we would have all heard about this. It may not be military, but it is certainly a form of service (to his country, I might add) that he should be proud of. That reflects his character. He is not pretend-compassionate for the camera only, he actually did something.

    I watched both conventions, at least as much as I could. Trying hard to be objective here, and I do believe Sen. McCain delivered his speech well, however, the bulk of what he had to say was either all the things that have been said before (by Bush) or very misleading. Notice the only reference to education had to do with the already failed school voucher programs. Did he mention anything about higher education or how middle class families could be able to better afford it?? If this is "straight talk" then some people are being misled as he only seems to relate half-truths and old ideas.

    I didn't really understand the USA chants at all. Did they need to be reminded of the country in which they run for office? There are Dems in the military and also have military families. Suddenly the Iraq war has been morphed into a just war, although many in this country still do not view it as that. Our memories aren't that short! It's time to end it and bring our boys home.

    I think all this talk about personalities, race, gender, age, education, religion etc. doesn't help us decide on the best person suited for the job. It may even further divide us as a country. We need to look past these things and make a sound choice based upon which direction our country should go.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  17. Joe

    Hey Heather, Obama was a community organizer over twenty years ago when Palin was trying to win a beauty pageant to become Miss Alaska for god sake. Palin was a mayor of a town of less than ten thousand two years ago, and she ran that town into debt. Obama's community organizing was the first of many experiences he's been able to place on his resume. Palin has no resume, she looks pretty reading a teleprompter. Obama helped a lot of people in a tough neighborhood in a city that has a larger population than Palin's entire state. The district Obama represented in the Illinois legislature has a larger population than Alaska, and many, many more tough problems to deal with.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  18. Charles

    Wendell Phillips- Community Organizer
    Harriet Tubman- Community Organizer
    Susan B. Anthony- Community Organizer
    Mahatma Gandhi- Community Organizer
    Nelson Mandela- Community Organizer
    Martin Luther King Jr.- Community Organizer
    JESUS CHRIST- Community Organizer

    As mayor or as governor has Sarah Palin accomplished more than these with her "actual responsibilities"?

    September 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  19. Sue from KC

    Roland, please do whatever you can to get CNN to focus on the issues – and not on the circus side show known as Palin.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  20. Heather

    Palin wasn't knocking community organizers. She was specifically talking Obama's qualifications for being president. Being a community organizer is not experience or a qualification for being president. Community organizer's play a very valuable and important role in the community. But they in no way have the responsibilities, duties or qualifucations that a major or gov of a state has. Most Gov's make great Pres because they have run an entire state and have had the executive exp a pres needs to run the country. A community organizer doesnt deal with legislation ,tax issues, the states national guard etc, Community organizers are important,but they in no way qualify as experience for the white house.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  21. lampe

    Tyrone: Where do you live, in a bubble? Twenty some years ago Walter Mondale picked a White women, as his running mate, for V.P. Learn your History, before you give obama, credit for something he had nothing to do with. Roland: Once again, you are just trying to stir up trouble. The Obama camp, said. " Gov. Palin, had no experience, because she was only a Mayor, and a Gov." Now Gov. Palin, said she had more experience then Obama, because he was only a Community Organizer. Where exactly do you see the difference? So, if everyone who was or is A Community Organizer, is offended by her remarks, then I guess, everyone who is or has been a Mayor, or A Gov., can be offended by Obama's remarks RIGHT? Stop trying to start trouble, we all know your in love with Obama, get over yourself.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  22. eric

    Wasn't Al Capone a community organizer in Chicago?

    September 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  23. Vincent in Baltimore

    Palin's speech was strong... and negative. I'll say, she gets her point across. She helped us understand that her role is to be "Attack Dog". But does America need a divisive "Pitt Bull" linked with the same old John-George BushCain Policies. We've had an attack dog for the past eight years and look where it's landed us...
    To criticize Obama's work as a community organizer is to be completely out of touch with the needs of "We the People". Isn't "leadership" also about "Service" and "Community"? Was not the convention's own theme "Service"?.
    Well since John S. BushCain says he works for me, John Q. Public... here's a message for the BushCain/Palin ticket, no more business as usual! No more fear-mongering, divisive politics or the same selfish policies that benefit the few. Your brand of service is not what I need. It's time for a change! and not the confused, flip-flop running scared empty change BushCain offered in his speech.
    Since you work for me and I am not happy with your performance, your services are no longer needed. Here is your official notice. Effective, November 4, 2008, You're Fired!
    My name is John Q. Public and I approve this message!

    September 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  24. Tyrone

    Community organizing is a process by which people are brought together to act in common self-interest and compel others to join them. While organizing describes any activity involving people interacting with one another in a formal manner, much community organizing is in the pursuit of a common agenda. Many groups seek populist goals and the ideal of participatory democracy. Community organizers are often times foot soldiers for the local political machine. Political machines were once very prevalent in the older and larger U.S. cities in the first half of the 20th century, especially around the time of Al Capone. Only a few political machines prevail today, most notably in Chicago. Community organizers create social movements by building a base of concerned people, mobilizing these community members to act, and developing leadership from and relationships among the people involved.

    Community organizers act as area-wide coordinators of all the programs of different agencies so as best to meet community needs for health and welfare services. They also facilitate self-help programs initiated by local common-interest groups, for example, by training local leaders to analyze and solve the problems of a community. Community organizers work actively, as do other types of social workers, in community councils of social agencies and in community-action groups. At times the role of community organizers overlaps that of the social planners.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  25. Sherri

    Cindy,

    As far as Obama not doing or accomplishing anything as a Community Organizer, how would you know? Where you or someone in your family living in Chicago during this time? I doubt you or one of your family memebers were one of the families that were out of work or losing their job.

    Maybe we should stop saying what he did not accomplish and speak to some of the people he did assist. Then maybe those of you that do not understand what it takes to organize a community that was in the shape as those in Chicago were, would and could understand that this work is takes making Executive decisions, and Executive organization. You are talking about people's lives that were at stake. Maybe the Bush/McCain camp should have called on Obama and other proud Community Organizers to organize FEMA when they set back and watched hundreds of people die, right before our own eyes, on national TV when Katrina hit. Not to mention is still not "organized". We should be mindful to speak what we KNOW and HAVE TRUE KNOWLEDGE about and not what we hear or read on the web!

    Illinois born, residing in GA

    September 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  26. WA

    Roland, I wouldn't expect any more from Palin. The reports about her position as Mayor and Govenor of Alaska tells us all we need to know!
    She is a woman who wants to show power in a divisive and arrogant way. This woman actually believes her hard line stands on the abortion issue, gun control, State Legislation and Control is to admired! Thankfully Americans realize this woman is just another cloned copy of McSame and Bush rolled into one. If you want Government dominating your every move, your every choice, your every right and freedomIt Sarah is your gal! However she's not mine!
    No Way, No How, No McSame and No Gun Toting, Arrogant, Unqualified, pseudo Christian, will be my choice!

    September 5, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  27. Tyrone

    WHITE WOMEN HAVE OBAMA TO THANK FOR WHITE MEN RESPECT

    Had it not been for the fact of Senator Obama running for President. There would have never been a white female Vice President. 43 white only male only Presidents and NEVER in the history of the country did a white Republican respect a white female for President or Vice President. Just think about it America, all you had to do to get white presidents to respect a white female was to support a black American for President! Senator Obama is the only reason for Gov. Palin. Blacks are accuse of only voting for Senator Obama because he is black. This is so un-true and surly not base on black voting history. Black voted for Bill Clinton 89% and Jimmy Carter 87%. Blacks not whites fought and died to vote for white men. In 1920 the passing of the 19 Amendment gave white women the right to vote for white men. McCain's pick is affirmative action 101. A token female is a understatement.!!! But Obama is to thank for the first time in history a white women is finally respected by white male president candidate republican. Gov. Palin has no overseas experince.! She only been in elected office for 6 years. Four years as Mayor of about 9,000 and 2 years as Governor of Alaska population 700,000. She is a mother of five and under investigation for abuse of office! Another thing that the white pundits will not say is never in the history of the country did a white male repubican candidate feel the need to respect a white woman for vice president! WHITE WOMEN....ALL TOGETHER.."'SAY"' THANK YOU OBAMA!

    September 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  28. eric

    That's an interesting article in today's AmericanThinker website on foreign contributions to the obama/biden campaign.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  29. Jonathon P Cooper

    What is a community organizer?

    September 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  30. david

    A community organizer is someone who tries to whip people up to vote for certain candidates. In chicago, it's often little more than thuggery and intimidation.

    And who gets paid to do this dirty work? B.O.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  31. MidwestVicki

    Obama has never attacked Palin's experience. I have been watching it all and have never missed a BEAT! Maybe the Republicans need to do the same.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  32. eric

    Why don't you canadians try to look after your own country's elections, you seem to have one every other month.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  33. eric

    Cindy took the words outta my mouth.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  34. Mel

    Thanks Roland for pointing out this glaring inconsistency in the McCain/Palin message. How can you talk about the importance of service and community values and at the same time wage an attack on those that provide exactly that. This ticket and it's negative campaign is at odds with the very idea of change and reform. Momma was right – every time you throw a little dirt, you lose a little ground.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  35. Suzy

    Roland, great article and a very valid point.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  36. Malia

    Give me a break ... the UNBELIEVABLE imbalance in media coverage between McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden is a greater imbalance than I have ever seen in my adult life. I have NEVER seen such widespread media bias for a particular political candidate, to the point that the coverage is about their opinions and yet they're calling it "journalism" - that is a slap in the face to every sincere journalist that has ever come before them. No matter what "side" you're on, you should always be on the side of truth, something that mainstream media has seems to have forgotten. The laughter regarding "community organizers" was in reference to the Obama campaign's discrediting of Palin's Mayoral experience - she and others are saying basically, how can you talk about Palin's lack of experience, when she was a Mayor and Obama's highest level of experience prior to the Senate was as a community organizer .. they were not slamming community organizers, they were saying that if you are going to slam Palin for lack of experience, you need to look in the mirror - I am a "community organizer" and even in my position as an Exec. Director of a community non-profit organization in my State ... and I would NEVER think that, that role has given me more experience than being a Mayor, or that I am qualified to discredit a candidate for lack of experience, when she/he has been a Mayor. Hypocrisy is what they were trying to point out.

    September 5, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  37. Tyrone

    Barack Obama's Record
    Health Insurance: In 2003, Barack Obama sponsored and passed legislation that expanded health care coverage to 70,000 kids and 84,000 adults. In the U.S. Senate, Obama cosponsored the Healthy Kids Act of 2007 and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007 to ensure that more American children have affordable health care coverage.
    Women's Health: Obama worked to pass a number of laws in Illinois and Washington to improve the health of women. His accomplishments include creating a task force on cervical cancer, providing greater access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, and helping improve prenatal and premature birth services

    September 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  38. Tyrone

    SENATOR B. OBAMA

    Senator Obama is a very good pick for President. He will bring real change to the White House! He will be the leadership that America needs and wants.A much better pick then Senator McCain who is too old and out of touch with the country and the world! 27 years in the senate and no one can tell me or the country one thing he done in the senate! But voted for a horrible war that cause the needless death of Americans and Iraqi citizen. Obama is a attorneys a Howards College former President of his student body he worked 17 years as a Community Organizer 4 years as a senator . And ran the best campaign for President then anyone ever running for President. He beat out 7 other candidates for the spot. For anyone to say that Obama is inexperince is stupid and insulting to American value and patriotism. Obama is a father and a good one he a husband and a good one! There no family scandals he was marry one time to one woman . That he loves! He is serving his country in the senate. Just saying over and over I'M A WAR HERO! I'M A WAR HERO! Don't make you a PRESIDENT! McCain has proven his horrible judgement. The Iraq War his pick for vice president . The surge! That is not working as well as it should be. The Iraqi government should be taking care of there country by now!

    September 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  39. Tyrone

    OBAMA & BIDEN

    Thousands of supporters were expected at a Saturday rally in Springfield, Illinois, to see the debut of Sen. Barack Obama and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as a presidential ticket.
    Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, announced his selection of Biden as his running mate with a 3 a.m. text message and a statement on his official Web site.
    "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee," the text message said.
    "Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois - the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago," Obama said in an e-mail sent to supporters Saturday morning.
    "I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone," he wrote. "We need your help to keep building this movement for change."Now stand by for all the hate and lies to start. Against Sen. Biden and as normal...OBAMA!
    Before the text messages were distributed, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to CNN early Saturday that Obama wanted the Delaware senator as his vice president. I'm waiting for the attacks that will have to come. There are the comments Sen.Biden said about Sen. Obama while he was a candidate for President and was up against OBAMA! The shameful thing is that the country needs Obama & Biden. FOR CHANGE!

    September 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  40. Jacie - San Leandro, Ca

    Martin I thought Sarah Palin was way out of line for knocking Senator Obama as a community organizer. This is proof of how the republicans operate. Senator Obama has done more as an U.S. Senator than she has accomplished as an a govenor of a small town in Alaska for 20 months.

    BTW she was for the bridge to nowhere when she was running for Gov. in 2006 then when she got elected in 2007 she decided to fight against the federal adminstration because she thought it a bad idea (she already has master the skills of flip/flopping) but what happen to the 398 million dollar she got from the people of Alaska did she give it back No she used to for other projects and now she boldily claims No Thanks to bridge to nowhere Alaskians will build there own bridge.

    Senator Obama has done a noble cause to give back to his community in Chicago to reach out to the those who are in need of a hand up. It is so easy for those to critised Obama when they haven't walked in his shoes.

    Now if you want to campare the two records who is more credible?

    Obama/biden -08

    September 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  41. Ed from Chicago

    I fear that the Republican Party may be doing something rather ugly. I fear that they are attempting to redefine the words "community organizer" to mean "someone who rallies angry, black people". It is obvious that the old Republican tactics, including frightening the unsophisticated, are in full force, in this year of change. Could they be attempting to make "community organizer" into this campaign's Willie Horton?

    September 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  42. David W., Florida

    There were many differences between the RNC and DNC conventions. Of particular mention is the offer of genuine inclusion of all Americans. The RNC seemed to promote disrespect for the hard work of American who don’t share RNC core ideals. This is basically to say, we of the GOP don't care how much you contribute or how good a person you are if you don't think like us. To the contrary, the DNC acknowledged both party's differences and made it clear where the GOP leaders got it wrong. But never was a speaker at the DNC disrespectful of the public service of the GOP leaders. Mr. Obama went as far as praising Mr. McCain for his service in the Navy as well as his time in the house and senate.

    What's harder to believe are the delegates, professionals, and basic Americans in the RNC crowd who find such disrespectful rants amusing.

    September 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  43. John

    The whole comment about community organizers was the show the experience is insufficient to lead the country. Don't twist it all around to serve your liberal bias.

    September 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
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