Presidential endorsements

Because even if the endorsement itself doesn’t sway you, the reasoning may be informative.

[quote=“Washington Post”]THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain’s disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama’s relatively brief experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes. [/quote]

Obama receives coveted CPUSA endorsement!

guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oc … arackobama

Colin Powell?

:unamused: They always endorse the non-Republican candidate… no big deal

:unamused: They always endorse the non-Republican candidate… no big deal[/quote]

Just ignore him.

San Francisco Chronicle endorses Obama

HSUS endorsements
Christopher Buckley
Kim Jong IL
FARC
The New Black Panther Party
A Former KKK member
The Mobsters–AFL-CIO
Da Teamsters
The Socialists

Basically, everyone just wants a life, TC. One that doesn’t included the GOP. Sorry, this election is like a nightclub at 1:55, lights flicking on and off, and with the bouncers going around telling everyone–You don’t have to go home, but you CAN"T STAY HERE!!!

ACORN is still endorsing their bagman, Obama.

What is it, under Federal investigation in 14 states now?

RICO charges in Nevada? Illinois? Ohio?..Pennsylvania RICO charges coming soon?

“But but but but I never worked for them” stammers Obama…LOL!..:sunglasses:

Un huh…sure Barry…sure ya didn’t. Just a bagman for their $800k…un huh. :hand:

[quote=“Andrew Sullivan”]Many papers that backed Bush in 2004 are endorsing Obama now:

This is 1964 territory. [/quote]

Sarah Silverman makes the Great Schlep for Obama

ACORN, and organization that hasn’t actually done anything wrong.

[quote=“Mawvellous”]http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/18/uselections2008-barackobama

Colin Powell?[/quote]
He did it. :bravo:

Colin Powell endorses Obama

Gotta love this:

[quote=“Rascal”]He did it. :bravo:

Colin Powell endorses Obama
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Yay! Now there’s a Republican leader I can respect.

[quote=“Chris”][quote=“Rascal”]He did it. :bravo:

Colin Powell endorses Obama
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Yay! Now there’s a Republican leader I can respect.[/quote]

Powel said all the right things in his endorsement. It was not about fear or hatred or exclusion, but the exact opposite. Obama is the better man for the times, and will preside over a generational shift toward the next level of American great spiritness. :bravo:

What a slap to McCain. :smiley:

Powell said Palin went overboard by linking Obama with terrorists. He also criticized McCain’s attempts to associate Obama with William Ayers.

Seriously, who gives a damn about these associations when people are struggling to put food on the table, keep their jobs, worry about their shrinking 401s, and keeping their homes away from foreclosure.

[quote=“reztrop”]

Seriously, who gives a damn about these associations when people are struggling to put food on the table, keep their jobs, worry about their shrinking 401s, and keeping their homes away from foreclosure.[/quote]

:notworthy: :bravo: Can I get an AMEN?

[quote=“Namahottie”][quote=“reztrop”]

Seriously, who gives a damn about these associations when people are struggling to put food on the table, keep their jobs, worry about their shrinking 401s, and keeping their homes away from foreclosure.[/quote]

:notworthy: :bravo: Can I get an AMEN?[/quote]

AMEN and WOMEN. :slight_smile:

Well done and well said, Colin Powell.

There is no Republican of higher stature or whose endorsement has more value.

10 things to know about Bill Ayers. A primer
By
Lynn Sweet

from the Oct. 12, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH AND CHRIS FUSCO
Sun-Times Staff Reporters

John McCain is hammering Barack Obama about his ties to Chicago educator Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground, a group that used violence in the 1960s and 1970s to try to end the Vietnam War.

For a week now, the McCain-Palin ticket has been making Ayers an issue. And the attacks continued Friday, with an ad that calls Ayers the “leader of a terrorist group that bombed the U.S. Capitol.” The ad also says “Obama’s first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers’ home.”

Bill Ayers has declined to comment to the Sun-Times or any other media since Sen. Hillary Clinton first raised his name in the Democratic primary.

Who is Bill Ayers? Obama responds to ad tying him to '60s radical What did Obama know about Ayers, when?

But is everything the Republicans are saying true? Here’s a look at the Obama-Ayers relationship.

1. Was Ayers the leader of a terrorist group?

The FBI labeled the Weather Underground “a domestic terrorist group” whose members took credit for bombings of the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon and other government buildings. The bombings were designed to cause property damage, not hurt people. Ayers never has been accused of killing anybody.

But three Weather Underground members accidentally killed themselves while making bombs in New York City in 1970. In 1981, two police officers and a security guard were killed when other members of the group committed an armed robbery.

2. How long was Ayers “underground”?

Ayers and his wife, Weather Underground member Bernardine Dohrn, were on the lam 10 years before surrendering in 1980.

3. Were they ever convicted of “terrorism” charges?

No. Ayers faced federal riot and bombing-conspiracy charges, but those charges were dropped because of illegal wiretaps, break-ins and mail interceptions by authorities. Dohrn served less than a year behind bars for non-bombing activities tied to the group.

4. How are Ayers and Dohrn viewed now?

At least before this campaign, they were mainly seen as respected college professors. After getting his doctorate in education at Columbia University, Ayers joined the University of Illinois, where he gained a national reputation pushing innovative – some say controversial – approaches to educating at-risk youth. Dohrn has a national reputation for pushing reforms of the juvenile justice system. Ayers has published 15 books. He sits on civic boards with Mayor Daley, who in 1997 awarded Ayers the city’s “Citizen of the Year” award. Ayers and Dohrn live in Hyde Park, not far from the Obamas.

5. So how well do Ayers and Obama know each other?

Ayers and Obama served on separate boards associated with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an education-reform group that Obama began chairing in March 1995 and continued to work with through 2000. Ayers served on the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, which made recommendations to the board on grant awards during those years. Ayers and Obama occasionally would see each other in those roles.

Also, Ayers served alongside Obama between December 1999 and December 2002 on the board of the not-for-profit Woods Fund of Chicago. That board met four times a year, and members would see each other at dinners the group hosted.

The RNC’s statement that “Obama’s first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers’ home” stems from a 1995 “meet-and-greet” coffee that Ayers and Dohrn held for Obama at their home when Obama was making his first run for the Illinois Senate. Obama’s presidential campaign has described the event as an opportunity for Ayers and Dohrn to introduce Obama to their neighbors.

In 2001, Ayers gave $200 to Obama’s campaign. A year ago, the two met walking through the neighborhood where they both live.

6. How does Ayers respond to the Republicans’ charges?

He doesn’t. He has declined to comment to the Sun-Times or any other media since Sen. Hillary Clinton first raised him as a potential problem for Obama in April during the Democratic primary.

7. What does Obama say about Ayers?

During a primary debate, Obama underplayed his relationship with Ayers: “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know, and who I have not received some official endorsement from,” Obama said. “He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. The notion that somehow, as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense.”

8. Is it fair for McCain to criticize Obama on this issue?

Factcheck.org has this take: “Voters may differ in how they see Ayers, or how they see Obama’s interactions with him. We’re making no judgment calls on those matters. What we object to are the McCain-Palin campaign’s attempts to sway voters – in ads and on the stump – with false and misleading statements about the relationship, which was never very close. And Ayers is more than a former ‘terrorist,’ he’s also a well-known figure in the field of education.”

9. Has Ayers ever apologized for what he did with the Weather Underground?

Not exactly. In 2001, Ayers told the Sun-Times he regretted that “people were hurt, that three of my dear friends were killed, that we were stupid, immature, intolerant and unwise. I regret that I hurt people’s feelings.” He did not regret “throwing myself as wholeheartedly as I could figure out into opposition to war and to the system of racial injustice.”

A review of Ayers’ memoir Fugitive Days that appeared in the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001, quoted Ayers saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Three days after the terrorist attacks, Ayers clarified: “My memoir is, from start to finish, a condemnation of terrorism . . .”

10. Are all former alleged terrorists/radicals shunned?

No. Former IRA bomber Gerry Adams is welcomed at the White House as a peacemaker. Former PLO leader Yasser Arafat was too. Former Students for a Democratic Society member and Ayers friend Tom Hayden was elected to the California State Assembly. Former Black Panther Bobby Rush is a congressman representing Chicago, as is former Puerto Rican independence activist Luis Gutierrez.

Thanks for posting this. It highlights how much the Republicans have been LYING about this issue.