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Hey Bam, that’s not the door!. (Daily News)

It looks like President Obama hasn’t gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings. On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.

Doors didn’t open automatically for Obama’s predecessor either. While making a hasty exit from a 2005 press conference in Beijing, former President George W. Bush tugged on the handles of a door, only to find it locked.

Bush laughed off the blunder, but the pictures still live on as part of Bush’s lame duck legacy. However, there was little note taken of Obama’s rookie mistake.

Obama, who was returning from meeting with Congressional leaders, may have been distracted by Republicans’ icy reception to his $825 billion stimulus package, which is poised to pass on Wednesday even without a groundswell of Republican support.

Editorial: Now regardless of which individual you voted for, which party you represent, which type of leanings you may have if any, clearly you can see the press at “it’s finest”. What used to be fact reporting in the early days of journalism has now turned into a competition over who can steer the majority’s opinion in their favor.

The media should reexamine their roles and responsibilities as a journalist. Start separating yourselves from the fluff and personal bias. Reread your articles and reports from the perspective of a visitor from another planet and not as Mrs. Kravitz.

So back to the matter at hand. Why should not walking through the right door deem one person a lame duck while the other is deemed a rookie mistake? Don’t give me an obvious response for what’s on the surface, either.

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I know there was the question of a few items that remained “up in the air” regarding things we want to know more of Obama but apparently, someone’s compiled a list. I honestly do not recall any other president have this many holes in their past. Why is this the case?

Obama Inaugural Address

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Inauguration Day.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”

On the morning of a historic changing of the guard, please continue to have your head firmly planted and your focus in the right direction. Just as you have easily let one man bring your mood down, you’re now letting another shoot it into the stratosphere. After 4 years, will you still feel the same? No president should ever go through what Bush has gone through towards his final days so does that mean Obama will be fair game? Being the president is a thankless job and only after you’ve left office, will you be given proper perspective. Put this country first! Do what needs to be done!

Because he’s a crackpot? A nutjob? A patriot? Not shiny and polished as our current president-elect? A true upholder of the Constitution? Since when does serving 10 terms in office, delivering babies, and having a lock on why the economy is in the crapper somethinng to be frowned upon that’s not worthy of assigning him the task of fixing the current state of affairs with this great nation? After all, that’s why so many American’s voted for BO. First order of business is to fix the economy, right? That is what all of you wanted, right?

Why does the media love to get sound bites and interviews with him? Why did so many people contribute so much money is so little time to help this man’s presidential campaign? Why were they silenced after he wasn’t nominated? Why did Ron Paul refuse to run as an independent? The answers are out there if you know where to look.

In the meantime, CNN is featuring RP again on his views and thoughts about our economy and state of the G.O.P. Why is he the only one with the clarity to not only explain the problems of this country but to offer the paths towards reaching solutions? Talk about a massive FACEPALM!

(taken from CNN)

During the debates in the Republican Presidential primary, even though I am a 10-term sitting Representative Member of Congress, I was challenged more than once on my Republican credentials. The fact that I was repeatedly asked how I could be a Republican when I was talking a different language than the other candidates answers the question of how the Republican Party can slip so far so fast.

My rhetorical answer at the time was simple: Why should one be excluded from the Republican Party for believing and always voting for:

• Limited government power

• A balanced budget

• Personal liberty

• Strict adherence to the Constitution

• Sound money

• A strong defense while avoiding all undeclared wars

• No nation-building and no policing the world

How can a party that still pretends to be the party of limited government distance itself outright from these views and expect to maintain credibility? Since the credibility of the Republican Party has now been lost, how can it regain credibility without embracing these views, or at least showing respect for them?

I concluded my answer by simply stating the Republican Party had lost its way and must reassess its values. And that is what needs to be done in a hurry.

Polls are an interesting piece of the election puzzle. They’re meant to give you a picture of the current state of people’s opinions. The problem, however, is that polls only tend to measure a small group in a small part of the area. When one group starts to believe that another group’s polls are not a true reflection, guess what? “We’ve got our own poll that best represents how the nation feels about the candidates!” Pretty soon, we’re bombarded with “polls a here, polls a there, polls a everywhere”. What this ends up turning into is the equivalent of throwing a freshly made cow patty into a wall and seeing what sticks. The problem, however, is that if you don’t look at what sticks right away, it will eventually slide off the wall. Barely a reminder of the statement it hoped to make.

So here’s a freshly made cow patty in my hand and I’m about to throw it into the wall of American perspectives (realclearpolitics.com):

 

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample MoE Obama (D) McCain (R) Spread
RCP Average 10/20 – 10/27 50.3 44.1 Obama +6.2
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby 10/25 – 10/27 1202 LV 2.9 49 45 Obama +4
Rasmussen Reports 10/24 – 10/26 3000 LV 2.0 51 46 Obama +5
Gallup (Traditional)* 10/24 – 10/26 2448 LV 2.0 50 45 Obama +5
Gallup (Expanded)* 10/24 – 10/26 2343 LV 2.0 53 43 Obama +10
Diageo/Hotline 10/24 – 10/26 879 LV 3.6 50 42 Obama +8
ABC News/Wash Post 10/23 – 10/26 1314 LV 2.5 52 45 Obama +7
IBD/TIPP 10/22 – 10/26 886 LV 3.0 47 44 Obama +3
GWU/Battleground 10/20 – 10/26 1000 LV 3.1 49 46 Obama +3
Newsweek 10/22 – 10/23 882 LV 4.0 53 41 Obama +12
CBS News/NY Times 10/19 – 10/22 771 LV 52 39 Obama +13
FOX News 10/20 – 10/21 936 LV 3.0 49 40 Obama +9
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 10/17 – 10/20 1159 RV 2.9 52 42 Obama +10
Associated Press/GfK 10/16 – 10/20 800 LV 3.5 44 43 Obama +1
Ipsos/McClatchy 10/16 – 10/20 773 LV 3.5 50 42 Obama +8
CNN/Opinion Research 10/17 – 10/19 764 LV 3.5 51 46 Obama +5
Pew Research 10/16 – 10/19 2382 LV 2.5 53 39 Obama +14
Democracy Corps (D) 10/15 – 10/19 1000 LV 50 46 Obama +4
F&M/Hearst-Argyle 10/13 – 10/19 LV 3.5 50 45 Obama +5
LA Times/Bloomberg 10/10 – 10/13 1030 LV 3.0 50 41 Obama +9
CBS News/NY Times 10/10 – 10/13 699 LV 53 39 Obama +14
USA Today/Gallup (Traditional)* 10/10 – 10/12 761 LV 4.0 50 46 Obama +4
USA Today/Gallup (Expanded)* 10/10 – 10/12 1030 LV 3.0 52 45 Obama +7
Pew Research 10/09 – 10/12 1191 LV 49 42 Obama +7
Ipsos/McClatchy 10/09 – 10/13 1036 RV 3.0 48 39 Obama +9
Democracy Corps (D) 10/08 – 10/12 1000 LV 51 42 Obama +9
ABC News/Wash Post 10/08 – 10/11 766 LV 3.5 53 43 Obama +10
FOX News 10/08 – 10/09 900 RV 3.0 46 39 Obama +7
Newsweek 10/08 – 10/09 1035 RV 3.7 52 41 Obama +11
Rasmussen Reports 10/07 – 10/09 3000 LV 2.0 50 45 Obama +5
Gallup 10/07 – 10/09 2784 RV 2.0 51 41 Obama +10
Hotline/FD 10/07 – 10/09 838 LV 2.0 48 41 Obama +7
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby 10/06 – 10/09 1200 LV 4.2 48 43 Obama +5
GWU/Battleground 10/06 – 10/09 800 LV 3.5 51 43 Obama +8
Time 10/03 – 10/06 1053 LV 50 44 Obama +6
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 10/04 – 10/05 658 RV 3.8 49 43 Obama +6
CBS News 10/03 – 10/05 616 LV 48 45 Obama +3
CNN 10/03 – 10/05 694 LV 3.5 53 45 Obama +8
Ipsos/McClatchy 10/02 – 10/06 858 RV 3.3 47 40 Obama +7
Democracy Corps (D) 10/01 – 10/05 1000 LV 49 46 Obama +3
Marist 09/28 – 09/30 943 LV 49 44 Obama +5
CBS News 09/27 – 09/30 769 LV 50 41 Obama +9
Associated Press/GfK 09/27 – 09/30 808 LV 3.4 48 41 Obama +7
ABC News/Wash Post 09/27 – 09/29 916 LV 3.0 50 46 Obama +4
Pew Research 09/27 – 09/29 1181 LV 4.0 49 43 Obama +6
Ipsos/McClatchy 09/26 – 09/29 1007 RV 3.1 48 45 Obama +3
Time 09/26 – 09/29 1133 LV 50 43 Obama +7
Gallup Tracking 09/24 – 09/26 2759 RV 2.0 49 44 Obama +5
Rasmussen Tracking 09/24 – 09/26 3000 LV 2.0 50 44 Obama +6
Hotline/FD Tracking 09/24 – 09/26 914 RV 3.3 48 43 Obama +5
GWU/Battleground 09/21 – 09/25 1000 LV 3.3 46 48 McCain +2
CBS News/NY Times 09/21 – 09/24 LV 4.0 48 43 Obama +5
FOX News 09/22 – 09/23 900 RV 3.0 45 39 Obama +6
Marist 09/22 – 09/23 689 LV 4.0 49 44 Obama +5
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 09/19 – 09/22 1085 RV 3.0 48 46 Obama +2
ABC News/Wash Post 09/19 – 09/22 780 LV 3.5 52 43 Obama +9
LA Times/Bloomberg 09/19 – 09/22 838 LV 49 45 Obama +4
Ipsos/McClatchy 09/18 – 09/22 923 RV 3.2 44 43 Obama +1
CNN/Opinion Research 09/19 – 09/21 697 LV 3.0 51 47 Obama +4
F&M/Hearst-Argyle 09/15 – 09/21 1138 LV 3.0 45 47 McCain +2
Gallup Tracking 09/15 – 09/17 2815 RV 2.0 48 44 Obama +4
Rasmussen Tracking 09/15 – 09/17 3000 LV 2.0 48 48 Tie
Hotline/FD Tracking 09/15 – 09/17 912 RV 3.2 46 42 Obama +4
GWU/Battleground 09/11 – 09/18 800 LV 3.0 47 47 Tie
CBS News/NY Times 09/12 – 09/16 LV 3.0 49 44 Obama +5
Quinnipiac 09/11 – 09/16 987 LV 3.1 49 45 Obama +4
Pew Research 09/09 – 09/14 2307 LV 46 46 Tie
Reuters/Zogby 09/11 – 09/13 1008 LV 3.1 47 45 Obama +2
Newsweek 09/10 – 09/11 1038 RV 3.8 46 46 Tie
GWU/Battleground 09/07 – 09/11 1000 LV 3.1 44 48 McCain +4
Associated Press/GfK 09/05 – 09/10 812 LV 44 48 McCain +4
FOX News 09/08 – 09/09 900 RV 3.0 42 45 McCain +3
Gallup Tracking 09/07 – 09/09 2714 RV 2.0 43 48 McCain +5
Rasmussen Tracking 09/07 – 09/09 3000 LV 2.0 48 47 Obama +1
Hotline/FD Tracking 09/07 – 09/09 902 RV 3.2 45 45 Tie
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 09/06 – 09/08 860 RV 3.3 46 45 Obama +1
ABC News/Wash Post 09/05 – 09/07 LV 3.0 47 49 McCain +2
USA Today/Gallup 09/05 – 09/07 823 LV 4.0 44 54 McCain +10
CBS News* 09/05 – 09/07 655 RV 4.0 44 46 McCain +2
CNN/OpinionResearch 09/05 – 09/07 942 RV 3.0 48 48 Tie
IBD/TIPP 09/02 – 09/07 868 RV 3.3 45 40 Obama +5
CBS News 09/01 – 09/03 734 RV 3.0 42 42 Tie
Gallup Tracking 08/30 – 09/01 2772 RV 2.0 50 42 Obama +8
Rasmussen Tracking 08/30 – 09/01 3000 LV 2.0 51 45 Obama +6
USAT/Gallup Tracking* 08/30 – 08/31 1835 LV 3.0 50 43 Obama +7
CNN 08/29 – 08/31 927 RV 3.0 49 48 Obama +1
Hotline/FD 08/29 – 08/31 805 RV 3.5 48 39 Obama +9
CBS News 08/29 – 08/31 781 RV 4.0 48 40 Obama +8
Gallup Tracking 08/23 – 08/25 2784 RV 2.0 44 46 McCain +2
Rasmussen Tracking 08/23 – 08/25 3000 LV 3.0 46 46 Tie
CNN 08/23 – 08/24 909 RV 3.5 47 47 Tie
Hotline/FD 08/18 – 08/24 1022 RV 3.0 44 40 Obama +4
USA Today/Gallup 08/21 – 08/23 765 LV 4.0 48 45 Obama +3
ABC News/Wash Post 08/19 – 08/22 LV 49 45 Obama +4
FOX News 08/19 – 08/20 900 RV 3.0 42 39 Obama +3
CBS News/NY Times 08/15 – 08/19 869 RV 3.0 45 42 Obama +3
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 08/15 – 08/18 1005 RV 3.1 45 42 Obama +3
LA Times/Bloomberg 08/15 – 08/18 1248 RV 45 43 Obama +2
Gallup Tracking 08/15 – 08/17 2660 RV 2.0 46 43 Obama +3
Rasmussen Tracking 08/15 – 08/17 3000 LV 2.0 47 46 Obama +1
Reuters/Zogby 08/14 – 08/16 1089 LV 3.0 41 46 McCain +5
Quinnipiac 08/12 – 08/17 1547 LV 2.5 47 42 Obama +5
Battleground 08/10 – 08/14 1000 LV 3.1 46 47 McCain +1
IBD/TIPP 08/04 – 08/09 856 RV 43 38 Obama +5
Pew Research 07/31 – 08/10 2414 RV 3.0 46 43 Obama +3
CBS News 07/31 – 08/05 906 RV 45 39 Obama +6
Gallup Tracking 08/01 – 08/03 2659 RV 46 43 Obama +3
Rasmussen Tracking 08/01 – 08/03 3000 LV 2.0 46 47 McCain +1
Time 07/31 – 08/04 808 LV 3.5 46 41 Obama +5
AP-Ipsos 07/31 – 08/04 833 RV 48 42 Obama +6
CNN 07/27 – 07/29 914 RV 3.0 51 44 Obama +7
USA Today/Gallup 07/25 – 07/27 791 LV 4.0 45 49 McCain +4
Pew Research 07/23 – 07/27 1241 RV 47 42 Obama +5
Democracy Corps (D) 07/21 – 07/24 1004 LV 50 45 Obama +5
FOX News 07/22 – 07/23 900 RV 3.0 41 40 Obama +1
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 07/18 – 07/21 1003 RV 47 41 Obama +6
Gallup Tracking 07/13 – 07/15 2638 RV 2.0 47 44 Obama +3
Rasmussen Tracking 07/13 – 07/15 3000 LV 2.0 48 45 Obama +3
CBS News/NY Times 07/07 – 07/14 1462 RV 3.0 45 39 Obama +6
ABC News/Wash Post 07/10 – 07/13 LV 49 46 Obama +3
Reuters/Zogby 07/09 – 07/13 1039 LV 3.1 47 40 Obama +7
Quinnipiac 07/08 – 07/13 1725 LV 2.4 50 41 Obama +9
IBD/TIPP 07/07 – 07/11 854 RV 40 37 Obama +3
Newsweek 07/09 – 07/10 1037 RV 3.6 44 41 Obama +3
Gallup 06/30 – 07/02 2641 RV 2.0 47 43 Obama +4
Rasmussen 06/29 – 07/01 3000 LV 2.0 49 44 Obama +5
CNN 06/26 – 06/29 906 RV 3.5 50 45 Obama +5
McLaughlin (R) 06/26 – 06/29 1000 LV 46 38 Obama +8
Pew Research 06/18 – 06/29 1574 RV 48 40 Obama +8
Democracy Corps (D) 06/22 – 06/25 2000 LV 49 45 Obama +4
Time 06/19 – 06/25 805 RV 3.5 47 43 Obama +4
LA Times/Bloomberg 06/19 – 06/23 1115 RV 49 37 Obama +12
F&M/Hearst-Argyle 06/16 – 06/22 1501 RV 2.5 42 36 Obama +6
Newsweek 06/18 – 06/19 896 RV 4.0 51 36 Obama +15
FOX News 06/17 – 06/18 900 RV 45 41 Obama +4
USA Today/Gallup 06/15 – 06/19 1310 LV 50 44 Obama +6
ABC News/Wash Post 06/12 – 06/15 RV 3.0 49 45 Obama +4
Cook/RT Strategies 06/12 – 06/15 880 RV 3.3 44 40 Obama +4
Reuters/Zogby 06/12 – 06/14 1113 LV 3.0 47 42 Obama +5
Ipsos 06/05 – 06/11 LV 50 43 Obama +7
Rasmussen 06/08 – 06/10 3000 LV 2.0 49 44 Obama +5
Gallup 06/07 – 06/09 2633 RV 2.0 48 41 Obama +7
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 06/06 – 06/09 1000 RV 3.1 47 41 Obama +6
Hotline/FD 06/05 – 06/08 806 RV 3.5 44 42 Obama +2
IBD/TIPP 06/02 – 06/08 916 RV 43 40 Obama +3
CNN 06/04 – 06/05 921 RV 49 46 Obama +3
CBS News 05/30 – 06/03 930 RV 48 42 Obama +6
USA Today/Gallup 05/30 – 06/01 803 RV 47 44 Obama +3
Cook/RT Strategies 05/29 – 05/31 802 RV 44 43 Obama +1
Pew Research 05/21 – 05/25 1242 RV 47 44 Obama +3
Newsweek 05/21 – 05/22 1205 RV 46 46 Tie
Reuters/Zogby 05/15 – 05/18 1076 LV 48 40 Obama +8
IBD/TIPP 05/12 – 05/18 953 A 3.2 48 37 Obama +11
Rasmussen 05/13 – 05/16 3000 LV 2.0 44 45 McCain +1
Gallup 05/12 – 05/16 4385 RV 2.0 44 47 McCain +3
Democracy Corps (D) 05/13 – 05/15 1014 LV 48 46 Obama +2
Battleground 05/11 – 05/14 1018 LV 49 47 Obama +2
Quinnipiac 05/08 – 05/12 1475 RV 2.4 47 40 Obama +7
ABC News/Wash Post 05/08 – 05/11 1122 A 51 44 Obama +7
POS/GQR 05/07 – 05/08 800 LV 48 43 Obama +5
LA Times/Bloomberg 05/01 – 05/08 1986 RV 46 40 Obama +6
Ipsos 04/30 – 05/04 755 RV 46 42 Obama +4
USA Today/Gallup 05/01 – 05/03 803 LV 47 48 McCain +1
CBS News/NY Times 05/01 – 05/03 601 RV 4.0 51 40 Obama +11
Hotline/FD 04/30 – 05/03 803 RV 47 43 Obama +4
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CBS News/NY Times 04/25 – 04/29 956 RV 45 45 Tie
NBC/WSJ 04/25 – 04/28 1006 RV 46 43 Obama +3
Rasmussen 04/24 – 04/27 1600 LV 46 46 Tie
Pew Research 04/23 – 04/27 1323 RV 50 44 Obama +6
AP-Ipsos 04/23 – 04/27 760 RV 46 44 Obama +2
Newsweek 04/24 – 04/25 1203 RV 47 44 Obama +3
USA Today/Gallup 04/18 – 04/20 1016 A 47 44 Obama +3
Cook/RT Strategies 04/17 – 04/20 802 RV 45 44 Obama +1
Newsweek 04/16 – 04/17 1209 RV 48 44 Obama +4
Reuters/Zogby 04/10 – 04/13 1049 LV 45 45 Tie
ABC/Wash Post 04/10 – 04/13 1197 A 49 44 Obama +5
Rasmussen 04/10 – 04/13 1600 LV 42 49 McCain +7
AP-Ipsos 04/07 – 04/09 749 RV 45 45 Tie
Gallup 04/02 – 04/06 4380 RV 2.0 45 45 Tie
CBS News/NY Times 03/28 – 04/02 1196 RV 47 42 Obama +5
Hotline/FD 03/28 – 03/31 799 RV 44 46 McCain +2
Rasmussen 03/27 – 03/30 1600 LV 42 47 McCain +5
NBC/WSJ 03/24 – 03/25 800 RV 44 42 Obama +2
Pew Research 03/19 – 03/22 1,248 RV 49 43 Obama +6
FOX News 03/18 – 03/19 900 RV 43 44 McCain +1
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CNN 03/14 – 03/16 950 RV 47 46 Obama +1
USA Today/Gallup 03/14 – 03/15 685 LV 49 47 Obama +2
Reuters/Zogby 03/13 – 03/14 1004 LV 40 46 McCain +6
NBC/WSJ 03/07 – 03/10 1,012 RV 47 44 Obama +3
Cook/RT Strategies 03/06 – 03/09 802 RV 43 45 McCain +2
Newsweek 03/05 – 03/06 1,215 RV 46 45 Obama +1
ABC/Wash Post 02/28 – 03/02 LV 53 42 Obama +11
Cook/RT Strategies 02/28 – 03/02 802 RV 47 38 Obama +9
LA Times/Bloomberg 02/21 – 02/25 RV 42 44 McCain +2
AP-Ipsos 02/22 – 02/24 755 RV 51 41 Obama +10
USA Today/Gallup 02/21 – 02/24 1653 LV 47 48 McCain +1
Pew Research 02/20 – 02/24 1240 RV 50 43 Obama +7
CBS News/NY Times 02/20 – 02/24 1115 RV 50 38 Obama +12
FOX News 02/19 – 02/20 900 RV 47 43 Obama +4
Hotline/FD 02/14 – 02/17 803 RV 48 40 Obama +8
Reuters/Zogby 02/13 – 02/16 928 LV 47 40 Obama +7
USA Today/Gallup 02/08 – 02/10 706 LV 50 46 Obama +4
AP-Ipsos 02/07 – 02/10 1,029 A 48 42 Obama +6
Time 02/01 – 02/04 958 LV 48 41 Obama +7
CNN 02/01 – 02/03 974 RV 52 44 Obama +8
Cook/RT Strategies 01/31 – 02/02 855 RV 45 43 Obama +2
ABC/Wash Post 01/30 – 02/01 1249 A 49 46 Obama +3
FOX News 01/30 – 01/31 900 RV 44 43 Obama +1
NPR 01/29 – 01/31 1000 LV 47 48 McCain +1
Rasmussen 01/25 – 01/27 1200 LV 41 47 McCain +6
NBC/WSJ 01/20 – 01/22 1008 A 42 42 Tie
LA Times/Bloomberg 01/18 – 01/22 1312 RV 41 42 McCain +1
Rasmussen 01/16 – 01/17 800 LV 46 41 Obama +5
USA Today/Gallup 01/10 – 01/13 1106 LV 45 50 McCain +5
Hotline/FD 01/10 – 01/12 803 RV 41 39 Obama +2
CNN 01/09 – 01/10 840 RV 49 48 Obama +1
Rasmussen 01/04 – 01/06 800 LV 43 46 McCain +3
FOX News 12/18 – 12/19 900 RV 40 44 McCain +4
Zogby 12/12 – 12/14 1000 LV 47 43 Obama +4
CNN 12/06 – 12/09 RV 48 48 Tie
Rasmussen 11/26 – 11/27 800 LV 44 44 Tie
Rasmussen 11/16 – 11/17 800 LV 46 43 Obama +3
Gallup 11/11 – 11/14 897 RV 47 44 Obama +3
Quinnipiac 10/23 – 10/29 1636 RV 43 43 Tie
LA Times/Bloomberg 10/19 – 10/22 522 RV 44 36 Obama +8
FOX News 09/25 – 09/26 900 RV 40 38 Obama +2
Rasmussen 09/19 – 09/20 800 LV 46 41 Obama +5
Quinnipiac 08/07 – 08/13 1545 LV 43 39 Obama +4
Rasmussen 08/01 – 08/02 800 LV 46 40 Obama +6
FOX News 07/17 – 07/18 900 RV 47 37 Obama +10
Rasmussen 07/16 – 07/17 1029 LV 47 38 Obama +9
Zogby 07/12 – 07/14 1012 LV 45 42 Obama +3
CNN 06/22 – 06/24 907 RV 48 44 Obama +4
Newsweek 06/20 – 06/21 831 RV 51 41 Obama +10
Rasmussen 06/13 – 06/14 800 LV 46 38 Obama +8
USA Today/Gallup 06/11 – 06/14 927 RV 48 46 Obama +2
Quinnipiac 06/05 – 06/11 1,711 RV 43 41 Obama +2
LA Times/Bloomberg 06/07 – 06/10 1056 RV 47 35 Obama +12
Zogby 05/17 – 05/20 993 RV 46 43 Obama +3
Hotline/FD 05/16 – 05/20 800 RV 42 39 Obama +3
Newsweek 05/02 – 05/03 831 RV 52 39 Obama +13
Marist 04/26 – 05/01 823 RV 39 46 McCain +7
Quinnipiac 04/25 – 05/01 1166 RV 42 42 Tie
Hotline/FD 04/26 – 04/30 801 RV 48 37 Obama +11
NBC/WSJ 04/20 – 04/23 1004 A 45 39 Obama +6
Rasmussen 04/09 – 04/10 800 LV 48 42 Obama +6
Time 04/05 – 04/09 1102 RV 47 42 Obama +5
LA Times/Bloomberg 04/05 – 04/09 603 RV 48 40 Obama +8
Time 03/23 – 03/26 1102 RV 43 45 McCain +2
Rasmussen 03/14 – 03/15 800 LV 44 44 Tie
Time 03/09 – 03/12 1500 RV 44 41 Obama +3
American Res. Group 03/02 – 03/05 2104 LV 42 46 McCain +4
Newsweek 02/28 – 03/01 1202 RV 45 43 Obama +2
Time 02/23 – 02/26 1144 RV 46 42 Obama +4
Zogby 02/22 – 02/24 1078 LV 44 40 Obama +4
Quinnipiac 02/13 – 02/19 1536 RV 43 43 Tie
Marist 02/12 – 02/15 978 RV 41 44 McCain +3
USA Today/Gallup 02/09 – 02/11 936 RV 48 48 Tie
Rasmussen 02/07 – 02/08 800 LV 44 44 Tie
Newsweek 01/24 – 01/25 837 RV 48 42 Obama +6
Time 01/22 – 01/23 1064 RV 42 49 McCain +7
ABC News/Wash Post 01/16 – 01/19 1000 A 47 45 Obama +2
Rasmussen 01/17 – 01/18 800 LV 47 44 Obama +3
Newsweek 01/17 – 01/18 1003 A 46 44 Obama +2
Hotline/FD 01/11 – 01/14 800 RV 38 43 McCain +5
Battleground 01/08 – 01/11 500 LV 39 51 McCain +12
IBD/TIPP 01/02 – 01/04 951 A 36 48 McCain +12
CNN 12/15 – 12/17 1019 A 43 47 McCain +4
Rasmussen 12/12 – 12/13 1000 LV 40 46 McCain +6
Newsweek 12/06 – 12/07 1000 A 43 45 McCain +2
FOX News 12/05 – 12/06 900 RV 30 49 McCain +19
Rasmussen 11/06 – 11/07 1000 LV 39 47 McCain +8

"… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote" - Barack Obama

“Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in return.” - John McCain

"And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him." II Chronicles 30:7-9

This is just my opinion. Take it for what it’s worth. Overall, if this isn’t your cup of tea, then at least think about which candidate has the desire to put their country first and their glory last. It’s not going to be an easy four years ahead of us but we have to unite behind this country – not the individual leading the country. Remember, we’re all the same on the inside.

“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” – Psalm: 119:34

Howard Stern secretly replaced Obama’s policies and replaced them with McCain. Will the staunch supporters be able to tell the difference? Let’s find out…

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All of the information via television, radio, internet, and newspapers. All the debate watching, the pundits, the bloggers, the wikipedia entries, the campaigning, the good and not so good ads, the parodies on SNL, all this and even more – NULLIFIED BY YOUR IGNORANCE! WHY DO WE EVEN BOTHER VOTING? NO WONDER THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS THE REAL CLINCHER IN THIS AND EVERY ELECTION!

People! When are we going to start learning on our own!!!

People! When are we going to start learning on our own!!!

TRANSCRIPT: “I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that’s a really scary thing because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’ll know anything about her.

[Uh HELLO? Since McCain announced her as her running mate – nearly TWO WEEKS AGO, the media has gone into a frenzy trying to answer the very question you and the rest of this country wanted to know! Have you not picked up a paper? Read the news online? Talk to a fellow human being? Where were you Damon? Hiding under a rock?! Oh wait, it appears that you were in the parental bliss of being a father to your newborn baby girl on August 20th. Congratulations! Now that you’ve decided to come out of the baby bubble and join the rest of the society, how’s about catching up on your news facts before allowing the AP to get a sound bite you deemed important. I remember when my son was born, my wife thought I was a complete moron for weeks from the lack of rest and euphoria that comes with being a parent.]

I know that she was mayor of a really, really small town and she’s been governor of Alaska for less than two years. I think the pick was made for political purposes but in terms of governance it’s a disaster.

[OK, Matt, let’s look at the numbers. Wasilla, AK, according to 2007 estimates, has a population of nearly 10,000 people. Your current residence of Miami has almost 410,000. Almost 41 times more people. Most of those 10,000 Wasillians probably know Sarah Palin on a more personal level than your neighbors probably do at your own block! She was there everyday being the mayor FOR TWO TERMS! You’ve been out of town making movies and when you were home, you were hopefully attending to your family, right?

So now that we’ve established Wasilla, AK is a small, small town, let’s keep looking at the numbers. After Wasilla, she tried to be lietenant governor and was unable to get elected. Did she stop? Nope, Palin then shook things up within her own party as Ethics Supervisor AND if that wasn’t a good stopping point, she went ahead and ran for governor AND WON! You don’t take a whizz in your party’s pool and still win the governorship! Did your “in the know” neighbors already tell you this? Did you read about it online? Based on your transcript, sounds like a resounding ,”no”.]

If you do the actuary tables, there’s a 1 out of 3 chance – if not more – that McCain doesn’t survive his first term and it’ll be President Palin. (You know) we were just talking about it earlier. Its like a really bad Disney movie. You know, the hockey mom (saying) “Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska!” And she’s the president! and its like, she’s facing down Vladimir Putin (using the) folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. Its just absurd. Its totally absurd and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is. Its a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we’ve gotten this far…and we’re that close to this becoming a reality…is ….crazy. Crazy. I mean, did she, I mean I really need to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. That’s an important…I wanna know that, I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes. You know, I wanna know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. Or if she banned books, or tried to ban books. I mean, this is…this is…we can’t have that.”

[When Vice President Dick Cheney was experiencing all of his health issues during his term in office, why didn’t I hear about how great it potentially was that Nancy Pelosi was the runner up for the Office of President? Oh but, Matt, aren’t you that familiar about the U.S. Presidential Line of Succession? I would have loved the discussion about Pelosi, mother of five, grandmother of seven, facing Putin with her getting warm and fuzzy with the nuke codes. And where did Damon come from by making the reference to dinosaurs?! What does that have to do with leading the country and having access to the nuclear codes?! And what about the banning of books? This ain’t the 1940’s or 2000 B.C., get in the now and stay out of the political limelight and finish up your education that you haven’t completed at Harvard!]

There’s nothing that bugs me more than entertainers who come crawling out of their little sheltered rich hovels and decide to voice their politics and their (ahem) wisdom upon the masses before going back to their posh abodes. Why the Associated Press decided to let this little creature roam the tubes can only be incendiary. Do they honestly believe that Matt Damon’s political viewpoints are considered newsworthy for the public to engage watercooler talk? I’d like to see the AP wander into gangland cities of this country and interview the thoughts and political concerns of their organized leaders. Why not? They’re more in tune with the American community than the A, B, C, or D-listers that travel the world to exotics shoots and walk the red carpets with their bodyguards and entourages!

Today, CNN gives us an explanation on why the political race for the White House remains even. With less than two months before we hit the polls and decide the fate of the nation, we’re being given a brief snapshot on how the two campaigns are basically neck-and-neck with each other. So according to them, the score might as well be 0-0. Just in case there are factual changes to their permalink, I will copy and paste their explanation below and interject where necessary.

Posted: 06:14 AM ET

[McCain: 0, Obama: 0]

From

The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

[Nice choice of photos, guys. You are basically telling me that either you are for Obama or against him. So we’re going down the victim exploitation path? Are we reporting the facts or the fact that you are already biased? Oh wait, the article actually begins after this next sentence.]
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The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

(CNN) — Why is the presidential race dead even after both parties have had their conventions? In a nutshell, it’s because the conventions have not changed the basic dynamic of the race.

Earlier: CNN poll shows race dead even

New numbers released by CNN Monday explain just how the presidential race remains so close with 57 days to go until voters weigh in at the polls: the conventions were so successful for both parties that that each essentially canceled the other out.

[So if both parties essentially canceled each other out, then the point is moot to even elaborate. Oh, but you’re going to anyway…]

The candidates’ favorable ratings are identical (60 percent) — and almost identical to what they were before the conventions began. The GOP convention made Republicans more enthusiastic (an increase of 17 points). But Democrats are more enthusiastic as well (up 14 points), so an 11 point “enthusiasm gap” favoring remains: 71 percent of Democrats say they are enthusiastic about the election, compared to 60 percent of Republicans.

[Dems: 60% = 60% (before convention) + 0% (after convention), GOP: 60% = 60% + 0% (after convention), got it. So then the point is moot to elaborate further. Oh wait, enthusiasm numbers increased (and why are we measuring emotional states of feeling?) for GOP and Dems, but Dems overall have more enthusiasm and thus our “enthusiasm gap” shows we’re higher than you. Let me throw some numbers at you that also work in your favor: you just spent about 72% of the last paragraph telling us that Dems are still ahead! Yay!]

The candidates’ strengths and weaknesses on the issues also have not changed over the last month — Obama retains his edge on the economy and health care; McCain’s advantage remains on Iraq and terrorism.

[Now that we managed to get that little nugget of golden goodness out of our system. We can start reporting facts again. As a matter of fact (no pun intended), here’s a PDF you can download from CNN and see the results for yourself! But if the race is dead even as you just restated and there hasn’t been anything new to report about the candidate’s platform, do we need to elaborate further? Oh, OK, let’s see what you have to say.]

Full poll results [PDF]

In fact, the Iraq issue is instructive of just how effectively the conventions molded public opinion. Before the Democratic convention, McCain had a 9-point edge; after the Democratic convention it was a tie, and now McCain has a 14-point lead on Iraq.

[Obama: 0, McCain: 5]

But not every convention theme appears to have resonated — although the GOP convention portrayed McCain as a maverick reformer, more Americans see Obama as a “real reformer” (48-41 percent) and as someone who is “not a typical politician” (56-34 percent)

[Obama: more than 0, McCain: 5]

Who would Americans be prouder to have as president? That’s a tie — 46 percent say Obama, 44 percent say McCain, despite the emphasis on McCain’s war record at the GOP gathering in Minnesota. On the other hand, McCain may have managed to best Obama on values (49 percent say McCain is more likely to share their values compared to 45 percent for Obama; in mid-August Obama had a 4-point margin on that measure).

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 5; wait….scratch that last one. Obama: >0, McCain: 9, more likely]

It appears McCain was able to gain some ground on “change,” a theme that the Obama campaign has long called its own. But in the wake of McCain’s pick of Washington outsider Sarah Palin, the Arizona senator has narrowed Obama’s lead on that item from 18 points to 8.

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 18 = 9, more likely + (18-8) -> mental throbbing is starting]

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says both party’s conventions clearly had their desired effect.

“Although McCain’s acceptance speech did not get the same rave reviews as Obama’s speech, the two conventions appear to have had the same overall effect — 48 percent said that the GOP convention made them more likely to vote for McCain, 51 percent said the same about the Democratic convention and Obama,” he said.

[Obama: >51, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) = 18 more likely + 48 more likely]

But even as polls tighten in McCain’s favor, a slim majority (52 percent) of Americans still think Obama will win in November.

[Obama: >103, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) Does this still sound like it’s an even race?]

“We’ll see if that number changes later this fall once the public sees the latest round of polls,” Holland said.

[MORE POLLS?! WTF! I thought it was even?]

Filed under: Barack Obama

[Oh, they just had to throw one more golden nugget before the report was officially filed! Not under Politics, or Election 2008, or even Polls. Just for kicks, I decided to count how many times Obama and McCain were mentioned in this report and it was dead even… until they added “Filed under: Barack Obama”.]

Overall, this article may have been glossed over by the majority who are already in the political loop. However, I am not in this loop. I’m trying to be but it seems better to stand firm where I am and see things for what they represent (Fox News, you’re next!). Right now, this article is fluffy with very little nutritional value. Those who watch what we consume will pick through the fluff while the rest of us will likely become obese to the point of incapacitation. Why exercise our minds when we can be spoon fed what everyone else feels I should eat? This is madness!