Author: Thai Dinh

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Comparing McCain & Obama at Crunch Time

Senator John McCain

Privilege: As the son and grandson of 4-star US Navy admirals, McCain was untouchable throughout his military career, allowing him to crash several military planes yet still graduate at 5th from the bottom of his class. He went on to marry Cindy Hensley, giving him a family fortune with an excess of $100 million to launch his political career in Arizona.

Inclination to Fall into Peril: McCain, who at this point was already considered a reckless pilot, crashed his plane over North Vietnam on a bombing mission and would spend the next 5-1/2 years as a POW. As a senator, McCain’s involvement with the Keating 5 scandal nearly ended his career.

Begrudgingly Allows Circumstance to Take Control: In his quest for the presidency, McCain compromised his beliefs after losing the 2000 campaign to Bush. He sought the support of the religious right after calling them agents of intolerance and aligned with Bush to gain his party’s support after calling Bush a combination of the scarecrow, tin wood man, and the cowardly lion. He allows his campaign to be run by the same political team that smeared his character and crushed his 2000 campaign.

Senator Barack Obama

Empathy: Obama was born to a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, a union that challenged the status quo. His upbringing in places like Indonesia and Hawaii broadened his understanding of other cultures and allowed him to view the world from many perspectives. Out of college, he turned down lucrative jobs to rebuild a devastated Chicago neighborhood as a community organizer.

High Standard of Excellence: Obama was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, he’s written two bestselling books, won a Grammy award, and in the Senate, has passed a major ethics/lobbying reform bill. His campaign was the first to integrate a comprehensive campaign and networking website and has generated the most contributions in U.S. history.

Rises to the Moment: Obama’s 2004 DNC speech gave birth to his meteoric rise. His primary victory in Iowa stunned the Clintons, while he subdued the Reverend Wright controversy with a historical speech on race.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Presidential Debate Round Two

Rising tensions and fierce rhetoric served as the backdrop to the second Presidential debate.

Sen. John McCain’s Machiavellian rhetoric to paint Sen. Barack Obama as this dangerous “other” has gotten so insidious, that the call of death threats to the Illinois Senator can be heard from the voices of their supporters…all while McCain idly stands by.

The Obama camp countered the character attacks by raising McCain’s role in the Keating 5 with a short documentary. McCain’s past of stifling economic regulation while having his pockets lined with lobbyist wealth is a legacy that continues today. McCain’s campaign is run by the major lobbyists and his former chief economic advisor Phil Gramm, who called us a nation of whiners, was an architect of the deregulatory policies that led us to our current financial crisis.

Now, the second debate: a town hall style which McCain has been crying for throughout the election. It was a format that was supposed to favor McCain. But it was Obama that established further credibility as commander in chief with his empathy for the middle class, swift refutations of McCain’s false assertions, economic vision, and foreign policy wisdom.

McCain managed to make condescending arguments without factual support. He consistently attempted to diminish Obama and called him “that one”…terminology, intentional or not, that fits the pattern of his campaigns recent tone. Thankfully, the character smears managed to stay out of the debate.

Although McCain claims to put “country first,” it’s Obama who put the concerns of the nation foremost…ahead of campaign attacks and personal ambition. He has shown grit under the endless attacks from his political rivals.

But the new malevolent intent of McCain camp is the last straw. It is time to come to Obama’s defense. We will not be divided. We will not be conquered. We are one hope that will carry Obama to the White House.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Barack Obama & John McCain Go Head to Head in Debate

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain locked horns for the first of three debates on Friday, where each candidate appeared on the same stage and magnified their differences.

In terms of physical presence, Obama appeared much more comfortable, moving naturally, and maintained eye contact to clearly convey engagement.

McCain, on the other hand, looked awkward and irritated. His movements were also stifled, as his limited range of motion in his shoulders made him look like an outstretched Frankenstein. He rarely looked at Obama and chortled dismissively at Obama’s points.

As for substance, Obama reigned when it came to the economy while McCain was pretty much an expert on foreign policy.

One of the best zingers of the night though came after McCain patted himself on the back with his surge strategy, and Obama came back with a searing litany of McCain’s judgmental failures over the course of the Iraq war…an argument which left McCain befuddled as he was forced to dispute his own flawed words.

When directly compared to Obama, McCain simply does not match the capacity, conviction, and collective support to navigate the nation through these chaotic times. It’s easy to see why McCain used his campaign suspension stunt in a failed attempt to dodge going toe to toe with Obama.

Obama demonstrated, with clear purpose, the direction that the country should go…where it must go. The movement that began in Springfield on a cold February day, fortified with the hope of the American people, continues to march on to November.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: From Hurricanes & Floods to Bailouts & Billions

The United States has encountered one of its worst weeks: Hurricane devastation, Midwestern flooding, a U.S. embassy bombed, L.A. train crash, upending of Wall Street giants Lehman Bros. and Merril Lynch, government bailout of insurance juggernaut AIG, and President Bush breaking the news of a $700 billion price tag to save our wilting economy.

These overwhelming events have altered the tone of the election, giving us a chance to see how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain responded to the economic crisis.

Obama elevated the discourse, outlined his comprehensive economic proposal, and put partisanship aside with his call for both parties to stop the economic epidemic before it hits the middle class.

But McCain’s critical response was far less flattering. On Monday, he made the absurd statement about how the fundamentals of the economy are strong. He then backpedaled and said he meant the workers are strong, not the economy.

McCain transformed into Mr. Regulator after his entire career of being Mr. Deregulator. And as if he couldn’t debase himself enough, he went on to release a new slimy, disgraceful, and racially saturated ad that portrayed Obama in cahoots with an angry black man so they can both terrorize your poor white grandmother.

These are serious times that require a serious debate and what McCain is offering is an insult to the American people. When I hear disastrous news like this and watch Bush fumble around trying to pick up the pieces, I feel ashamed that he was elected.

This isn’t the America I know. This isn’t the country my parents sought to give opportunity to their children. Yet, as tumultuous and imperfect as this nation has been, it is able to bring us Obama.

There exists a limitless sum of obstacles that battle his candidacy. Yet here we are, at this moment, with him as our voice: A leader with reciprocity between the American people…who we desperately need as he desperately needs us. He’s our best hope!

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: The War with the Media Heats Up

In an ugly turn of events, the ever mutating Senator John McCain has fully embraced the Karl Rove swiftboat politics which he himself was victim to in the 2000 election, by flooding the airwaves with a new wave of offenses.

Alaskan Distraction, Governor Sarah Palin, renewed McCain’s campaign like a shot of botox after her effective (and outrageous) RNC speech. Her headline-grabbing persona has acted as a political smoke screen to leverage the McCain camp’s most devious and outright shameful attacks yet: Lipstickgate ‘sexist’ allegations and a perverse deception to paint Obama as a pedophile.

Palin coverage also overshadowed Obama’s engaging interview with Fox News’ Bill O‘Reilly, whose questions were aggressive, tough and fair (I NEVER thought I’d be giving props to O‘Reilly). But, the Fox hothead even defended Obama from McCain’s fabricated lipstick controversy.

So how long will the fawning Palin coverage last? Is the collective media that McCain once considered his base ever going to challenge (besides O‘Reilly factor…oh the irony!) the McCain campaign lies?

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Palin was clearly out of her element and circumvented with every answer: Chairperson of Alaska’s energy = national security experience? Trips to Canada, Mexico, Germany and Kuwait = foreign relations experience? Is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest? Was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it? Is willing to go to war with Russia?

And then there was McCain’s interview with the fine ladies of The View, where Barbara Walters and Joy Behar lit McCain up! When asked about Palin, McCain struggled to find answers about her national security experience (cited her head of Alaskan energy as qualifications…pretty flimsy!) and her alleged history as a reformer. When asked about his recent nasty attack ads, McCain actually asserted the ads were true!

Let’s hope that the watchdog nature of our press will continue to give the people what they deserve…the truth.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain vs. Obama in the Ultimate Convention Speech Off

The nomination acceptance speeches for both Barack Obama & John McCain were telling moments for their race for the White House.

Obama shattered expectations with an oratory masterpiece, while McCain managed to survive the night with the support of two crutches: his POW biography and sassy VP pick Sarah Palin.

When Obama’s moment came, he wiped the GOP’s character attacks of him off the map: Celebrity? Patriotism? Toughness? All arguments revealed to be nothing more than child’s play–the retorts in this speech were so delicious!!!

After a solid Joe Biden VP pick, a successful DNC, and Obama’s game changing speech, the Republicans had to make a desperate move in order to compete…that’s where VP pick Sarah Palin came in.

This pro-life, moose hunting, hockey mom-ing, miss congeniality-winning, right wing firecracker came out with venom for Obama, electrifying her base with an effective, substance free, biting performance. She gave the cowboy hat-wearing GOPs an early climax at the convention…and McCain put them to sleep afterwards.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: This Joe is No Average VP

It’s official: Senator Joe Biden of Delaware is on the Barack Obama ticket for Vice President–and now its Blindie’s turn to weigh in with a classic pro/con list.


  • Experience in Washington. With 36 years in Senate, Biden brings a lot of Judiciary and Foreign relations accomplishments to the table. He’s been around long enough to know how to work the fat cats and get things done.


  • Biden keeps it real…and keeping it real can go wrong. Biden’s outspoken style has gotten him into trouble. Like, when he said of Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” (Click in for full list!)
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