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Today Show Ready to Inaugurate . . . Barack Obama
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Posted on 07/28/2004 4:35:54 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

John Kerry should be nervous. He seems more and more like an afterthought at his own convention. Judging by its coverage this morning, instead of the lugubrious Kerry, Today would love to see inaugurated on January 20th Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for US Senate from Illinois.

Today led with a clip from Obama's keynote address in which he claimed there was "no liberal America, no conservative America, just the United States of America." Today claimed the speech "electrified" the crowd. It was a nice speech and certainly well received. But "electrified"? A bit of positive editorializing by Today.

Tim Russert, in a subsequent interview with Katie, joined in the gushing, speculating that Obama could one day become the first African-American President.

Campbell Brown surprisingly gave away the beans. She mentioned that Obama is a strong supporter of abortion rights and gun control, and is strongly opposed to the Iraq war. In other words, there's a very good reason for Obama to fudge over the differences between liberal America and conservative America - he is a big-time liberal, like every other national Democrat, and he knows that a significant majority of Americans reject liberalism.

Today mentioned this biographical note: Obama is the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas. He was raised by his white grandparents.

Those FReepers who watched Teresa's speech last night and/or read the multitudinous comments about it on FR threads know that it was an excruciating embarrassment, with many observers remarking that to all appearances Teresa seemed heavily sedated, speaking in a very slow, depressed monotone.

Katie gingerly asked Russert what he thought of the speech, and specifically of Teresa's comment that she wanted an America in which "opinionated" women (such as herself) would be respected as smart and knowledgeable. Russert said that "this is who she is and they did the best they could with her" [!] Translation: "they know they have a problem on their hands."

Then it was on to Katie's interview with Elizabeth Edwards, who will introduce her husband tonight, and their daughter Cate [sic] who will introduce her mother.

Katie asked about Teresa's "shove it" comment, made to a journalist "from a conservative newspaper." If a Republican wife had told a NY Times reporter to shove it, would Katie have described the Times as a "liberal" newspaper, despite the fact that the Times' own ombudsman admitted last week that it is?

In any case, Elizabeth expressed the pious hope that Teresa's "terrific" speech last night would get as much coverage as the "shove it" comment.

There was some unintentional humor. Cate Edwards, the 22-yr. old daughter who will introduce her mother, unfortunately seems to have inherited more of her mother's looks than her father's. I'm not sure whose brains she inherited, but she seemed like a confused, somewhat clueless young woman.

Couric tossed her a very generic, gentle question about what she has experienced out on the campaign trail. Cate screwed up her face in a befuddled scrunch, looking like a seventh-grader who had been asked to describe Einstein's theory of quantum physics.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dncconvention; kerry; obama
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1 posted on 07/28/2004 4:35:59 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show ping.


2 posted on 07/28/2004 4:36:45 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Someone needs to take a really good look at Obama's donor lists...


3 posted on 07/28/2004 4:37:03 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Someone needs to take a really good look at Obama's donor lists...

Why?

4 posted on 07/28/2004 4:40:08 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Jefferson Davis - the first 'selected, not elected' president.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Nicely written. The convention is quickly turning into a disaster for the Democrats, bringing up people time and time again that look and sound better than Kerry ever has. My, I can't wait for tonight(?) when Edwards gets up to show the world how great Kerry is.. Err, I mean, that's the plan, isn't it?

Maybe they should just rename the convention for 2008...


5 posted on 07/28/2004 4:40:14 AM PDT by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: mewzilla
Someone needs to take a really good look at Obama's donor lists...

Hmm, I just did. I wonder who this guy could be?: O. B. Laden, residence: somewhere in the mountains on the Afghan-Pakistani border, self-employed.

6 posted on 07/28/2004 4:40:18 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"speculating that Obama could one day become the first African-American President."

Not in my lifetime!

7 posted on 07/28/2004 4:42:58 AM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Lots of money coming in fast from interesting people and places. And heck, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (the folks who still have NOT returned Jack Grubman's six-figure bribe...er, donation) just sent Obama a big check, too.
8 posted on 07/28/2004 4:43:44 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Over on AOL, there was a news story on the main screen with a headline that was something like "Teresa Wows Convention."

"Wows"? Is that the verb you use to describe someone boring thousands of people into a mass coma?

9 posted on 07/28/2004 4:44:06 AM PDT by HHFi
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To: verity

I'd say Condi is much more likely to become President some day than Obama.


10 posted on 07/28/2004 4:44:07 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: mewzilla
Lots of money coming in fast from interesting people and places.

Like who? Where can I check it out?

11 posted on 07/28/2004 4:44:43 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Jefferson Davis - the first 'selected, not elected' president.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; mewzilla; Miss Marple

As long as Hillary is still breathing, she will be the #1 topic of 2004/2008 Presidential speculation. Everyone else is irrelevant.


12 posted on 07/28/2004 4:45:37 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Tim Russert, in a subsequent interview with Katie, joined in the gushing, speculating that Obama could one day become the first African-American President.

LOL I thought that was Clinton !!

13 posted on 07/28/2004 4:45:41 AM PDT by BSunday (YES AMERICA CAN !)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The mainstream media's days of annointing anyone are dwindling. Information flowing among life/freedom will see to that. Thanks for reporting live from the funeral of propaganda.


14 posted on 07/28/2004 4:45:42 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: HHFi

Claiming that Teresa "wowed" the convention is nothing short of journalistic malpractice. Like her or love her, or her speech, no one who watched the hall can claim the crowd was excited by it. As one observer mentioned, the predominant emotion seemed to be confusion.


15 posted on 07/28/2004 4:45:45 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Non-Sequitur
Go to the FEC's web site: click here.

Be sure to check out the donations from committees as well as those from individuals. Individuals who give to committees are also listed.

16 posted on 07/28/2004 4:47:22 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: MEG33; All

If you have a chance to watch the interview with the Edwards wife and daughter, I'd encourage you to do so for some comic relief. The confused expression on daughter Cate's face is truly priceless.

If one of our FR computer whizzes can capture the image and post it, that would be AWESOME!!


17 posted on 07/28/2004 4:48:03 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Elizabeth and Cate

Cate

18 posted on 07/28/2004 4:48:21 AM PDT by theophilusscribe ("America is too great for small dreams." óRonald Wilson Reagan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'd say Condi is much more likely to become President some day than Obama.

I honestly don't see Dr. Rice in elective office. She's never expressed any interest in it and, to be perfectly frank, why would she ever want to put herself through that process? I think she'll be Secretary of State in a second Bush term, followed by a academic career and service as a senior advisor on foreign affairs for future GOP administrations. That'll give her the opportunity to influence matters and leave her print on history, without anyting more annoying than a Senate confirmation hearing. And preserve as much of her privacy as possible.

19 posted on 07/28/2004 4:49:07 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Jefferson Davis - the first 'selected, not elected' president.)
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To: theophilusscribe

The bottom photo is flattering. Perhaps she was not at her best on this morning's show. No one would ever confuse her with her "heart throb" father.


20 posted on 07/28/2004 4:49:30 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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