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Resignations and Attacks: Obama and His Very Busy Day

Barack Obama's got a full plate this morning! A top aide quit, Muammar Gaddafi is after him, and his campaign has had to create a website to combat the negative messages swirling about him. That's a lot before 9 a.m.! Here are the scoops:

  • James Johnson, the head of Obama's veep-search team resigned unexpectedly yesterday in an effort to silence questions over his business activities, including favorable mortgage terms and his role on committees that awarded payouts to corporate executives. Obama said of the departure, “Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice-presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept.”

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  • Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi has slammed Obama for saying Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Gaddafi said he was either ignorant of the Middle East conflict or lying for the benefit of his campaign. Calling Obama "our Kenyan brother," Gaddafi also said Obama might suffer from an inferiority complex because of his African origins, making him act "more white than white people" instead of acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations.
  • Spurred on partially by the Michelle Obama "whitey" rumors, the Obama campaign has created a website FightTheSmears.com as the one-stop shopping for the Obama response to damaging stories. Other rumors addressed on the site, include the Obama/Muslim question and the Pledge of Allegiance kerfuffle.

Phew! He's got his hands full today. And whoa, Gaddafi — those are some very strong words. Are these stories big do'ins or much ado about nothing?

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cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I turned Platinum!!! :dance:
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I turned Platinum!!! :dance:
NYFashionista NYFashionista 8 years
"the reality of that statement will always be an impediment to lasting peace and unless Israel learns how to share a treasure that belongs to the world of faith and not just to Israel they will never know peace."What a great statement. Thanks Hypno!
NYFashionista NYFashionista 8 years
"the reality of that statement will always be an impediment to lasting peace and unless Israel learns how to share a treasure that belongs to the world of faith and not just to Israel they will never know peace." What a great statement. Thanks Hypno!
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I'm w/ hypno... I want Obama to have (and hope he has) an allegiance to the ideals and policies he runs on, not a solidarity with any particular group.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi has slammed Obama for saying Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Gaddafi said he was either ignorant of the Middle East conflict or lying for the benefit of his campaign. Calling Obama "our Kenyan brother," Gaddafi also said Obama might suffer from an inferiority complex because of his African origins, making him act "more white than white people" instead of acting in solidarity with African and Arab nationsthat might help his campaign here, thanks libya for that, we appreciate it
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi has slammed Obama for saying Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Gaddafi said he was either ignorant of the Middle East conflict or lying for the benefit of his campaign. Calling Obama "our Kenyan brother," Gaddafi also said Obama might suffer from an inferiority complex because of his African origins, making him act "more white than white people" instead of acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations that might help his campaign here, thanks libya for that, we appreciate it
stephley stephley 8 years
I think every campaign has been skittish on the VP issue since McGovern had to replace his first choice within days. Eagleton forgot to mention (i think) that he had undergone electro-therapy treatments. That kind of thing you want to know early...
stephley stephley 8 years
I think every campaign has been skittish on the VP issue since McGovern had to replace his first choice within days. Eagleton forgot to mention (i think) that he had undergone electro-therapy treatments. That kind of thing you want to know early...
Jillness Jillness 8 years
That is funny, Hypno! ;) I think the vetter issue is a bit blown out of purportion...it makes sense to have a washington insider dig up all the dirty secrets and possible liabilities of a running mate, IMO. But I see why he would let him go. Nip it in the bud.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
That is funny, Hypno! ;) I think the vetter issue is a bit blown out of purportion...it makes sense to have a washington insider dig up all the dirty secrets and possible liabilities of a running mate, IMO. But I see why he would let him go. Nip it in the bud.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I can't stand smear campaigns.. they are nothing but destructive. I will say that it seems like McCain is not too bad on that front, being republican and all. And I have to respect him for that. I completely agree with Hypno, I don't get why shady people keep sticking their heads out for the candidates making them look bad. I suppose the best campaign people are the ones with track records, and I'm just naive.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I agree, we do get sidetracked by nonsense. I like Obama, and he needs to keep going. He needs all negative people far away from him as he tries to win this election in Nov. The last thing we need is another 4 years of Bush attitude towards the people. McCain is almost a pure replica of Bush in my opinion. The economy and health care issues cannot take another 4 years of that no care attitude. Barack all the way baby!! :) All the way to the White House :)
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I agree, we do get sidetracked by nonsense. I like Obama, and he needs to keep going. He needs all negative people far away from him as he tries to win this election in Nov. The last thing we need is another 4 years of Bush attitude towards the people. McCain is almost a pure replica of Bush in my opinion. The economy and health care issues cannot take another 4 years of that no care attitude. Barack all the way baby!! :) All the way to the White House :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
:true: stephley
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
:true: stephley
stephley stephley 8 years
I think it's sad that either side has to put so much effort into fighting off the stupid rumors. I've seen articles that the Repubs are going to target Michelle and articles about McCain's first marriage keep popping up: we're at war, the economy's a disaster the potty, we've got a health care crisis... and we risk getting sidetracked by nonsense.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
hypnotic I always love your posts. You're so reasonable and logical. I agree with you especially about the aid stepping down (although I hate the whole excuse of it's a distraction - it's getting old for me). and omgosh the Israel thing and learning to share. I couldn't agree more. and LOL on the Jill thing - cute!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
hypnotic I always love your posts. You're so reasonable and logical. I agree with you especially about the aid stepping down (although I hate the whole excuse of it's a distraction - it's getting old for me). and omgosh the Israel thing and learning to share. I couldn't agree more. and LOL on the Jill thing - cute!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's the rumor Hypno ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's the rumor Hypno ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think it was a good call for the aid to step down. I honestly don't know why these people bother offering themselves up to serve on a committee if there past can come back to haunt them. President Gaddafi's accusations just go to show that Sen. Obama's allegiance do not lye along blood lines or skin color. Having said that I also disagree with Sen. Obama's statement not for the same reasons as Pres. Gaddafi but the reality of that statement will always be an impediment to lasting peace and unless Israel learns how to share a treasure that belongs to the world of faith and not just to Israel they will never know peace.As for the new website to fight rumors about Sen. Obama something tells me that Jillness was behind that one.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think it was a good call for the aid to step down. I honestly don't know why these people bother offering themselves up to serve on a committee if there past can come back to haunt them. President Gaddafi's accusations just go to show that Sen. Obama's allegiance do not lye along blood lines or skin color. Having said that I also disagree with Sen. Obama's statement not for the same reasons as Pres. Gaddafi but the reality of that statement will always be an impediment to lasting peace and unless Israel learns how to share a treasure that belongs to the world of faith and not just to Israel they will never know peace. As for the new website to fight rumors about Sen. Obama something tells me that Jillness was behind that one.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
GTB! 8)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
GTB! 8)
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