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    October 21, 2008

    The grandmother vote

    Posted by: Andoni

    Obamagrandma2xThe McCain campaign must be seething. Barack Obama is taking two days off to visit his sick grandmother.

    During the crucial final two weeks of the campaign, Barack Obama is leaving the campaign to visit his seriously ill grandmother in Hawaii. Talk about "family values," this is it.

    And to make matters worse, he made the announcement that he is going to do this while he was in Florida - probably the nation's capital for grandmothers living by themselves. Most of these grandmothers spend a great deal of their time wondering why their grandchildren don't come to visit them. So this is an even bigger coup for Obama.

    Maybe the McCain camp will end up calling it a ploy - since they have managed to generate so many phony negative accusations against Obama recently.

    The fact that Barack's grandmother raised him while his mother was away and that she is his sole surviving "parent" makes this moment particularly heartwarming. During his one week vacation in August, Obama chose to go to Hawaii, amid criticism that it was too exotic and would play into the accusations that he was elite. The main reason he went there was to visit his grandmother and did so every day.

    It's kind of hard to portray someone as "other" or "foreign" as the McCain camp has been trying to do to Obama, when that person displays the same emotions and family love that the rest of do. Actions counter accusations almost every time.

    I'm not sure what the next two weeks will bring, and I wish Barack Obama's grandmother the best. One thing I am sure about however, Barack Obama is doing the right thing to visit his seriously ill grandmother, regardless of the political cost of missing two days in the final two weeks before the electon.

    And maybe in this case doing the right thing sews up the grandmother vote in Florida securing its 27 electoral votes in the process.

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    1. Kris on Oct 21, 2008 12:30:34 PM:

      He hates his black grandmother. She lives in poverty in a hut in Africa. Oh yeah...She's Muslim just like Barrack Hussein Obama.

      George Washington
      John Adams
      Abraham Lincoln
      Theodore Roosevelt
      Woodrow Wilson
      Franlin Delano Roosevelt
      Harry Truman
      Ronald Wilson Reagan
      BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

      Which name doesn't fit in?
      It will be a sad day for our country when we elect a Socialist Muslim freak like Obama as President.
      All of you white guys who support Obama, and who refuse to hookup with black guys are going to get screwed by a big black one without lube everyday for 4 years soon. Just sit back and enjoy, you all deserve what you get.

    1. Allan on Oct 21, 2008 12:57:13 PM:

      Let's all pray that Kris finds the psychological help he so desperately needs.

    1. Lucrece on Oct 21, 2008 4:01:08 PM:

      I just think he needs to get laid. His UST is messing with his head.

    1. Tim on Oct 21, 2008 6:16:10 PM:

      LOL I thought families were off limits Andoni?

    1. mike/ on Oct 21, 2008 8:39:04 PM:

      and the nuts, led by Andy Martin, are pressing that Obama's really going to Hawaii to make certain the "cover-up" on his "real" birth certificate is guaranteed. so the righters are saying that is the TRUE reason he's going to Hawaii. one commenter on a Fox News website said something like "Typical white women"...always getting sick when it's convenient."

      some say it is not coincidence but because Andy Martin filed a suit in the Hawaiian courts yesterday requesting that the records be released. he says they would prove that Obama is not an U.S. citizen, thereby eliminating him from the presidency. the previously released photocopied versions aren't enough for him.

      what about McCain's health records and Palin's pregnancy records? they haven't even shown photocopied versions, only refused to release them.

      we here in Chicago are very familiar with Mr. Martin. he was banned from the Illinois Bar for “moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.” he still can't practice law.

    1. LACA on Oct 22, 2008 12:38:47 AM:

      Kris, do you promise to move to Canada if Obama wins the election?

    1. Allan on Oct 22, 2008 12:48:48 AM:

      If Kris moved to Canada, he would be imprisoned under their hate speech laws.

      Oops, I shouldn't have said that, now he won't go there.

    1. Tim C on Oct 22, 2008 12:11:09 PM:

      I was thinking about that the other day. There are a number of vocal Obama supporter who promise to move to Canada if McCain wins (just like there were a number of visible, vocal Kerry supporters who were going to move to Canada if Bush won --as far as I know, they're all still here), but I have not heard any McCain supporters say where they are going if Obama wins. Suggestions? Ideas?

    1. Tim on Oct 22, 2008 1:33:13 PM:

      @Timc it's pretty rare but i did hear one of my customers say he'd think about moving. It's not a typical statement form the right though. I have heard numerous bog friends say they would move if McCain one and one expatriate said he would renounce his citizenship. I always say go for it!

    1. SeaMex on Oct 22, 2008 2:47:31 PM:

      Is Kris related to Sarah?
      Just loosing my Grandmother last month I know Obama is doing the right thing.

      I will also encourage all to donate to the no on prop 8 for California. Please give what you can even if it is only $5.00

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