Obama and McCain Make Joint Appearance To Honor 9/11 Victims

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain made a special joint appearance in New York to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The two presidential candidates put their political differences aside, shook hands and walked together into the pit where the Twin Towers fell. They also talked with family members of the victims and placed roses in a reflecting pool in memoriam.

This is the second presidential campaign since 9/11 and the first year that both Democratic and Republican candidates have appeared at Ground Zero on the anniversary.

Almost 3,000 people perished in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on this day seven years ago.

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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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GIMME FIVE: Sarah Palin’s Most Quotable Moments at the RNC

Full of sass and armed with a string of one-liners, John McCain’s running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a surprisingly impressive speech at the Republican National Convention–that was actually entertaining in its outrageousness!

Blindie counts down the Top Five most cringe-worthy quotes from her big moment under the Republican sun:

1. Comparing her experience to Barack Obama, Palin says, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

2. Palin compares Obama and McCain: “In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

3. Of McCain, she urges, “Take the maverick out of the Senate. Put him in the White House.”

4. Getting tough on Obama, Palin says, “It’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform–not even in the state Senate!”

5. Further attacking Obama: “The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of ‘personal discovery.'”

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John McCain’s Veep Choice: A Tactical Distraction or Complete Oversight?

On the surface, Senator John McCain’s vice presidential choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 44, seemed like an obvious decision: she was young, attractive, female and inexperienced, and seemed to have those qualities that would rival Barack Obama.

But with all of Palin’s skeletons running out of the closet, it seemed the 72-year-old war vet and seasoned Washington politico had actually lost his damn marbles!

As we all know, Republicans have a track record of winning elections–even at the price of risking their candidates’ credibility. Remember, even Dubya won TWO presidential elections!

Last week, Obama was on top of the world: He made history as the first African American presidential nominee, gave a goosebump-inducing speech, and got tough with McCain.

BUT once McCain announced Palin as his VP pick, Obama’s spotlight faded…and guess who took center stage? Sarah Palin!

With her Miss America good looks, down syndrome baby, pro-life speak and teen daughter Bristol’s pregnancy, Palin beamed in the spotlight–and it seemed the Republicans and McCain made the most tactical choice: PULLING the media’s glare away from Obama, and turning the focus onto McCain’s unknown, headline-drawing VP pick.

Even pop tart Lindsay Lohan felt distracted by Sarah Palin’s teenage baby woes, writing on her MySpace blog:

“I am concerned with the fact that Sarah Palin brought the attention to her daughter’s pregnancy, rather than all world issues and what she believes she could possibly do to change them – if elected. I get Sarah Palin’s views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what.”

But what worries Blindie is this: Say the Republicans win this election and McCain happens to pass away during his first term (remember: he is in his 70s!), do we really want Palin and her baggage in the White House?!

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A Campaign of Change: Will America Choose A Black President or A Female VP?

It seems Senator John McCain flipped the switch on Friday, with his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.

Calling her “the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington,” McCain is not only tapping into a fresher, younger demo (Palin’s 44, three years younger than Obama), but he’s selected a woman–a beautiful one, who was actually a former Miss Alaska runner-up!

“To have been chosen brings a great challenge,” Palin said. “I know that it will demand the best that I have to give and I promise nothing less.”

Blindie suspects McCain is hoping to win over disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters who feel shafted that their female messiah was “cheated” of her White House dream by a less-experienced man.

Regardless, the 2008 Presidential campaign will be a historic one of change–whether it’s Obama in the White House, or Palin in the Vice President’s Residence.

New BFF Alert: John McCain and…Daddy Yankee?!

To the surprise of many reporters, instead of introducing his running mate, John McCain introduced his “special friend” Daddy Yankee (née Ramon Ayala) at Phoenix’s Central High School (his wife Cindy’s alma mater) on Monday.

Boasting not only the Latino vote, Mccain, who met the “Gasolina” reggaeton singer a party for Time’s Most Influential People list, is showing his hip, young factor by being seen with the hip artist.

“I’m here endorsing Sen. McCain,” said Daddy Yankee, who decided to endorse McCain after he supported the immigration reform bill. “I believe in his ideals to lead this nation…he’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community…he’s been a fighter for the immigration issue…”

“I just want to say thank you Daddy Yankee,” McCain added.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: Does Obama Have A Prayer With The Evangelicals?

For better or worse, Evangelicals have enough clout to carry elections and Senator Barack Obama has kept no secrets in his attempt to court them. But is Obama’s pandering another sign that he is drifting from his liberal base–or just a wasted effort to persuade a historically republican voter block?

The answer to all these questions is an emphatic NO! Senator Obama speaks openly of his Christian faith (he is not a Muslim…for the millionth time already), and his recent appearances at the Saddleback & Compassion forums, provided thoughtful, nuanced, and deliberate answers on faith.

Obama understands when it’s appropriate to quote the Bible, has broad knowledge in religious theology, and speaks the language in Christian terms effectively.

I admired his response, in particular, to our country’s greatest moral failure: “We still don’t abide by that basic precept of Matthew…that whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me.” The truth of his statement, especially when held to our last eight years under Bush (Katrina anyone?) could not have been more clear.

But when it was McCain’s turn at Saddleback, he delivered robotic lines that fed to the cheers of the crowd. With the question, “At what point is a baby entitled to human rights?” McCain growled, “At the moment of conception.”

I find his incessant reference to the audience as “My friends” to be ingratiating and insincere, like that of a used car salesman (he’s certainly no friend of mine…especially after these comments). (READ MORE)