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Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize – Congratulations! Oct 9 2009

Congratulations to President Barack Obama on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize!

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

2009 Nobel Peace Prize press release:

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Oslo, October 9, 2009

See the video announcement here:

On November 4th, 2008 Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States Nov 4 2008

Never prouder to be an American than today.

It’s Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Vote for Barack Obama today, vote for your future, vote. Nov 4 2008

Do your duty as a citizen of this fine country and vote today.

Gabriel and flag at 100,000 person Obama rally in St. Louis

May we choose wisely this time. For me, I choose THAT ONE.

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Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama Oct 19 2008

I hope this makes people think seriously about what they believe about Democrats / Republicans this election season. Colin Powell explains quite clearly why he is going to be voting for Barack Obama in this election. Finally someone actually says what we’ve been thinking every time we hear the myth about Obama being a Muslim:

“The really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no, that’s not America.”

Powell nails it. +1 America.

The smart money is on THAT ONE.

Yes Pecan Oct 19 2008

Yes Pecan.

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Watch out for HOPE – it could happen to you. Jul 28 2008

A very clever and funny little video.

If you’d like to see it air on national television, go here and chip in $25.

Unsubscribed. (Open letter to Barack Obama re: FISA vote) Jul 10 2008

FISA vote = unsubscribed from Obama's emails. Now member ACLU.

UPDATE: Lessig weighs in on the reaction to Obama’s vote. Lessig is the man. His analysis of the possible reasons for this vote is very well stated. It doesn’t change my mind about unsubscribing from Obama’s email money train (for now).

Dear Barack,

You know I love you. Your voice and message has given me actual real hope in a presidential candidate for basically the first time in my life. That’s why it pains me to unsubscribe from your mailing list today and suspend my ongoing giving of time and money to your campaign.

On July 9, 2008 you used your power as a U.S. Senator to vote for giving telecoms retroactive immunity for actions that they KNEW were illegal. I’m just…baffled by your action on this issue. Perhaps you’re playing some kind of election chess or something. Maybe you have some masterful plan that you’re just waiting to execute. This was a pretty big disappointment for me, and many of my friends. Whatever your reasons, it comes across as being very uncharacteristic of your previous strong stances for freedom, the rule of law, accountability, etc.

I want you to know that today I joined the ACLU and donated $50 to their efforts to defend American civil rights that I would have gladly given you instead.

So far, I’ve contributed $700 of my own money to you to help you win, because I believed in you. That you were intelligent (finally!), understood sensible and subtle approaches to policy, war, and other issues. Lately, however, with your seeming backsliding on a number of issues that you previously strongly stated support for, well, it’s been harder and harder for me to consider clicking the nice red Donate button that you include in each of your emails.

I hope you win the election. I have zero desire to see McCain in the White House. Don’t be like Kerry, where in the end, it was like, oh well, guess he just wasn’t strong enough or good enough or tough enough to win it. Against Bush for God’s sake.

Have fun at your ‘open’ convention in Denver. I still hope that you really do, in fact, mean all the things that you said when you were busy drumming up support by delivering your inspiring messages. You had me inspired. Now you have me disappointed, and wondering if you’re actually real, if you really and truly have the integrity you promised. Your well-developed brand of authentic leadership has just taken a major, major hit.

Be the strong leader we want, that we need. Being strong means taking a principled stand, and not backing down, watering down, or standing down.

I still want you to win. With your recent vote, however, I’ve been ‘inspired’ to take my own action, to go ahead and donate future contributions and time to other people and parties who have demonstrated their willingness to stand up against the errors of our day.

Thanks for the ride. Good luck, and peace out.



Cross-posted to the biggest group on Barack’s social networking site: SenatorObama-PleaseVoteAgainstFISA.

Video of Olberman’s commentary on Barack’s opportunity to do the right thing on FISA, before the vote.

More info: Barack+Obama+FISA

I BELIEVE I CAN UNSUBSCRIBE.  Result of Barack Obama's FAIL vote on FISA.

America’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost – the importance of context, and the power of selective quoting Mar 21 2008

One of the clips that has been played over and over again was of Barack Obama’s pastor saying that America’s chickens were coming home to roost. This video reveals that he was quoting a U.S. Ambassador who had said this. Fox News and other media outlets played the quote, over and over, making it sound like it was the pastor who thought that. See the video for yourself, and see the power of selectively quoting a speech or talk.

Originally linked by Bald Eagle 08.

They’ve got some more good contextual video clips on their homepage too.

Full text and video of Barack Obama Speech: ‘A More Perfect Union’ Mar 18 2008

Watch Barack Obama’s speech on his vision of the future of the perfection of the United States of America:

My favorite quote from this deeply nuanced, insightful and intelligent speech:

“This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn; that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy.”

You can also view it on YouTube:

See the comments on Barack’s site:

Full text of the speech below:


Possible future First Lady Michelle Obama: Be not afraid Feb 29 2008

“Don’t base your votes, this time, on fear. Base them on possibility.”

The time for a thinker as our leader has come.

Watch on YouTube – Michelle Obama: Be not afraid

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