Obama 2004: Nah, I can’t run for president in 2008

posted at 5:56 pm on February 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

In his defense, this was back before he realized he was Jesus. Add it to his list of flip-flops, not that any of them will do him much damage.

He did co-sponsor that bill on making earmarks searchable via the Web, didn’t he? What more do you want in a president?

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I guess “change” includes changing one’s mind.

Blacklake on February 25, 2008 at 6:01 PM

I didn’t realize that Obama was Hispanic…?

d1carter on February 25, 2008 at 6:01 PM

In his defense, this was back before he realized he was Jesus.

Uh, don’tcha mean Mohammed?

Anyway, nice catch.

Tony737 on February 25, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Ouch…that will leave a mark. Unfortunately McCain made the comment about not knowing anything about economics, so the two will cancel each other out

Dirthead on February 25, 2008 at 6:02 PM

didn’t hillary say the same thing at one point?

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on February 25, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Glorious.

Kralizec on February 25, 2008 at 6:04 PM

After 3 years of people blowing smoke up my a$$, I’m ready.

Geronimo on February 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Changey McChangerson.

Frozen Tex on February 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Frozen Tex on February 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Don’t forget his wife…… Hope

mrfixit on February 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Well, gee, I guess Obama has gotten quite the education on how to run a country in his three years in the Senate–or would that be two since he’s been campaigning for the last year–does it count? He’s a mighty fast learner!

I’ve been wondering: If he wins, will he be our first affirmative action president?

Special K on February 25, 2008 at 6:10 PM

I must be in a cranky mood, here`s my contribution: WE`RE SCREWED, WE`LL BE 100 TRILLION IN DEBT IN 30 YEARS OR SO, IT`S ALL OVER!

Time for my nap.

ThePrez on February 25, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Stock up on canned food and gold, it’s gonna be a painful Greater Depression. Don’t forget canned fruits- you don’t want the scuuuurrrrvy!

NTWR on February 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Jimi Hendrix LuLu Show 1969 **FULL** Voodoo Child, Hey Joe

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:15 PM

I`m thinking of buying a small aluminum boat and fight my way down to the carribean, find a spit of an island and live off fish, wait it out.

ThePrez on February 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM

In his defense, this was back before he realized he was Jesus.

Tisk Tisk Bad Form, AP Very bad form. Why give the Liberals the ammo that they want?

DailyKos slamming this Blog as Racist in 5….4…3..2..1

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

ThePrez on February 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM

I like the way you think

Hunt035 on February 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Tisk Tisk Bad Form, AP Very bad form. Why give the Liberals the ammo that they want?

DailyKos slamming this Blog as Racist in 5….4…3..2..1

Humorless DailyKos writer not taking what I said in a previous thread about Tom Cruise being a Nazi as a joke in 5…4….3….2….

They’ll take anything we say about anything as being racist. Even the stuff about the terrorist bunny in Gaza. So whatevs.

mjk on February 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

His bill to make the federal budget far more transparent and accessible to Americans via the Internet – we could use that openness in Texas.

They do have that openness in Texas.

its vintage duh on February 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

…not that any of them will do him much any damage.

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

ChrisM on February 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

theprez on February 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM

I have a vision of you with a umbrella drink….and whats that coming in on the waves? Bottles filled with 1040 EZs! Good Luck friend.

AIRBORNESHUFFLE on February 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

In his defense, this was back before he realized he was Jesus.

Exactly.

Obama’s main selling point is his personality. He has the personality of unification, the persona of change, the aura of hope. The assumption many have is that he is the right individual to end all negative aspects of recent partisan politics. All he needs is experienced advisers making up for his lack of experience. Somewhat similar to the oracle of Delphi. He speaks of hope and change and his advisers will translate these into concrete policy.

darii on February 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

DailyKos = Internet Romper room for useless baby boomers and their trash offspring.

If loosing argument call other person Racist, Nazi etc etc

TroubledMonkey on February 25, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Chakra, you are brilliant!

winemkr on February 25, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Stock up on canned food and gold, it’s gonna be a painful Greater Depression. Don’t forget canned fruits- you don’t want the scuuuurrrrvy!

NTWR on February 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

I turned the TV on for some reason this morning and caught about 5 minutes of the “700 Club“.

Pat had some charts and a pointer out – so I knew he was serious.

He was pointing out the sharp increase of commodities – wheat, corn, copper, gold, platinum, and he was discussing the folly of ethanol, the falling dollar, and ultimately he said that these numbers will lead to one thing.

Then he started spelling out the word C-R-A-S-H.

He thought it might be a good idea if we dumped our savings in dollars and held them in Canadian Loonies, or maybe Euros.

Runaway inflation is right around the corner. Fuel and food prices are already out of control.

My plan? I’ve been learning how to make all kinds of soup.

Soon people will be flocking to my soup line.

Dorvillian on February 25, 2008 at 6:32 PM

He is a fast learner.

After that I am starting to believe that the DNC saw that ONE speech he gave, saw the publics’ reaction, and pushed him along into the race. They are still riding the momentum.

Vigilante on February 25, 2008 at 6:36 PM

You know, I’m just askin’

But, why did the barackobama.com domain name get “Created on: 28-Dec-04″, and hillaryclinton.com not get her site name until “Record created on 21-Apr-2005″?

Just askin’…

sandcrab on February 25, 2008 at 6:40 PM

But, why did the barackobama.com domain name get “Created on: 28-Dec-04″, and hillaryclinton.com not get her site name until “Record created on 21-Apr-2005″?

Sandcrab, Don’t quote me on this, someone else registered it and the campaign bought it off of them. I seem to remember in the vast spaces of my quite small pointed mind/head, that I read that somewhere. Where is another story, I don’t remember.

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 6:43 PM

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

While I personally HATE it when AP calls B Hussein jesus or the messiah ( especially w./ a capitalized M), you wayward better get used to it.
It’s just AP.
( oh , and AP’s not a Christian…{yet})

shooter on February 25, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Chakra, you are brilliant!

winemkr on February 25, 2008 at 6:29 PM

A little innuendo, why not the NY Times can do it.

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Barry’s a quick study.
Does that surprise you that a half-black man can learn as quickly as a white man?

Friggin’ racist!!

/duh

omnipotent on February 25, 2008 at 6:50 PM

And Larry says that Barry is VERY Experienced.. >:}

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

While I personally HATE it when AP calls B Hussein jesus or the messiah ( especially w./ a capitalized M), you wayward better get used to it.
It’s just AP.
( oh , and AP’s not a Christian…{yet})

I hear ya. It’s not a big deal. I just pointed out the obvious, that’s all. I know, AP’s a Atheist. I’ve been reading for a quite a while.

And you know what? That’s his right. My personal Religous convictions aside. I believe that each man has a right to believe what he wishes. The idea that MY personal religious beliefs should be shoved down anyone’s throat, is, IMHO, just plain wrong.

This might have something to do, with the fact that I’m not much involved with Church anymore.

-WFC

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 6:53 PM

[ThePrez on February 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM]

You can’t escape Barak that easily. Michelle “We’ll make you work” Obama will see to that.

Dusty on February 25, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Jimi Hendrix says that Crack is wack.

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 7:06 PM

You can’t escape Barak that easily. Michelle “We’ll make you work” Obama will see to that.

Dusty on February 25, 2008 at 6:54 PM

I`ll be the Moby Dick to her Capt. Ahab. Pursue me to the ends of the Earth Mrs. O!

And besides, who says rebel/pirate isn`t a career? :)

ThePrez on February 25, 2008 at 7:08 PM

The Tenets of his religion only talk about Black People not Gods.

PrezHussein on February 25, 2008 at 7:19 PM

-WFC

Welcome as a commenter (unless I’ve just missed your posts in the past)
Interesting website ya got there, for a ‘not much involved in church Christian’, it’s a bit inspiring.
I would hope going to church doesn’t make anyone cram religion down any throat.

shooter on February 25, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Wait a minute.

It has been blatantly obvious that Obama has been actively running for President since two days after he was sworn in as a Senator.

Anyone who believed his statement must have been a weak minded fool who fell for his Sith Mind Tricks.

LegendHasIt on February 25, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Soon people will be flocking to my soup line.

Dorvillian on February 25, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Including the wealth re-distributing taxman! Try not to make a profit…

NTWR on February 25, 2008 at 7:39 PM

LegendHasIt-
or maybe since the 4th grade?

shooter on February 25, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Obama repeatedly promised that he would not run for President during his first term in the Senate. (E.g., See his comments in his 2006 appearance on Meet the Press). Obama is just a sleazy, old-style politician — willing to promise whatever he thinks he needs to promise in order to get elected, then ignoring those promises as soon as they become inconvenient. But this is the guy the Dims think is going to “change” Washington and “politics as usual.” Right.

As for earmarks, being able to search them online is nice. What would be even nicer is to do away with them entirely, since they’re a waste of taxpayer dollars. But since Obama secured over $90 million worth for his Illinois constituents last year, I’m guessing that Mr. “Change” isn’t really interested in doing that.

AZCoyote on February 25, 2008 at 7:52 PM

In his defense, this was back before he realized he was Jesus.

It is perfectly possible to make the same point without offending Christians with the blasphemy but, I guess that is what you get from the crowd that attacked the faith candidates and left us with a Stegasaurus as the GOP nominee. I realize that faith= evil person in your world but you sometimes really go over the bounds of tolerance. This is one such example of you being a Christian-bashing jerk.

highhopes on February 25, 2008 at 8:03 PM

highhopes

Wow. You need to get a grip, bro. As an evangelical Christian, I understand that AP has no intention of blaspheming or being a jerk. He’s merely saying what a lot of us think, that Obama’s campaign has a religious atmoshere, with him being the “messiah” figure. What’s the big deal? Don’t be so sensitive. There are a lot of things in life worth getting upset over; that’s not one of them.

jgapinoy on February 25, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Sen. Obama sure doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Sen. Clinton knows what’s she’s doing and what she’ll do.

Sen. McCain knows what he did, what he’s doing and what he’ll keep on doing. McCAIN!!

HotAirJosef on February 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

What’s the big deal? Don’t be so sensitive. There are a lot of things in life worth getting upset over; that’s not one of them. jgapinoy on February 25, 2008 at 8:24 PM

As an evangelical Christian, we are going have to disagree with AP’s motives and respect and tolerance of Christians. He bashes religion every chance he gets and was merciless in his attacks on Romney and Huckabee for their faith. We can agree to disagree about religion but he routinely mocks Christ and Christians. I would suggest you wake up a bit instead of ignoring this intolerant bashing of faith if you really are an evangelical Christian.

I’ve held my tongue with all the messiah references but his comment that brings in Jesus (with a capital J) is offensive to me. Sorry if you don’t understand why that would be deemed intolerant.

highhopes on February 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Awesome album. I think one of the best ever.

This will make a great ad for the fall. The candidate’s own words can be their worst enemy, as we’ll see with McCain’s “100 years” and “economics” lines.

BadgerHawk on February 25, 2008 at 9:09 PM

First, Everyone needs to just lighten up, just a wee bit. Too serious in here ya’ll…

Second:

Welcome as a commenter (unless I’ve just missed your posts in the past)
Interesting website ya got there, for a ‘not much involved in church Christian’, it’s a bit inspiring.
I would hope going to church doesn’t make anyone cram religion down any throat.

Well, I would get into why I’ve kinda parted ways with “The Church” as it were. It’s a bit of a long story. It’s not to say that I’m against it. It’s great for some, but not for me. There’s a long story as to why I feel this way.

Believe it or not, however, there are Christians out there, that believe that you’re not shoving your beliefs down everyone’s throat, that you’re failing God. and that’s about wrong, IMHO. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock.” He didn’t say he would kick the door in and demand a surrender. Sadly, that’s what many Christians, Fundamentalist and Evangelical, believe that Christians are supposed to do. and it’s a sad mentality. Also, many Pastors suffer from what I like to call, a “C.E.O.” Mentality, they’re interested in building a business, than they are interested in Ministering the Gospel.

Anyhow, enough of this, I don’t want this to become a thread about me. I’m a guest.

-WFC

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Sorry if you don’t understand why that would be deemed intolerant.

I don’t. And maybe others don’t. Are you willing to explain? It seems pretty mysterious to me at this point why this comment set you off, and quite unlikely that it was intended to have the hostile meaning you’ve somehow inferred from it.

Splunge on February 25, 2008 at 9:39 PM

As late as Nov ’06, Obamma was saying he did not have the experience or knowledge it would take to be President. Then in Mar/Apr ’07, he said he was ready for the task, and was the best person for the job. Did I miss the epiphany?

McCain is the only one who has proven and demonstrated his experience, leadership, morals, ethics, and Guts

fatherclay on February 25, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Also, many Pastors suffer from what I like to call, a “C.E.O.” Mentality, they’re interested in building a business, than they are interested in Ministering the Gospel.

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 9:10 PM

John 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

John 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

labrat on February 25, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Say it ain’t so! I’d expect a congenital liar like Hillary to lie…Remember? She said she wasn’t gonna run…but not THE MAN!!!! You’re breakin’ my heart…

CynicalOptimist on February 25, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Very true, Labrat, Very true. :)

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 25, 2008 at 10:08 PM

highhopes on February 25, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I’m not offended by his snarcasm, knowing that his point isn’t intolerance or insult to Christians, but to the blasphemy of this human running a self-promoting political campaign based on promoting himself as a messianic savior.

Since you’re out trolling for ways to be insulted, you better sharpen up your game a bit. And speaking of religious intolerance, how does a thin-skinned Evangelical tolerate Huckabee’s bigotry toward Mormons? Wasn’t this country founded in part on the principle of religious freedom? Why would you revere a bigot?

See, this works a few different ways, HH.

Jaibones on February 25, 2008 at 10:37 PM

I don’t think anyone is as surprised to be where he is as Barack Obama is – I think he was testing the water and got swept away!!

Flag Gazer on February 26, 2008 at 1:07 AM

Apparently he doesn’t realize that it is not experience, but being both fully human and fully divine that qualify Him to be president. He needs to read up on His ancient church creeds if he is going to be the next Messiah.

ReaganEvangelical on February 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Since you’re out trolling for ways to be insulted, you better sharpen up your game a bit. And speaking of religious intolerance, how does a thin-skinned Evangelical tolerate Huckabee’s bigotry toward Mormons? Wasn’t this country founded in part on the principle of religious freedom? Why would you revere a bigot?

See, this works a few different ways, HH.

Jaibones on February 25, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Wow! If I find something offensive and part of an overall Christian-bashing theme, I’m “trolling” for ways to be insulted? That’s the same logic that rape victims were just “asking for it.” You clearly have lower standards than I do when it comes to this stuff.

As to Huckabee, I don’t know why you think I “revere” him. I find him a populist hypocrite who uses faith like a club. There is nothing that I can see in his message or time as governor that matches up with the “Christian leader” tag he gave himself. I do find his brand of intolerance offensive which is why I never supported him in the first place. I don’t agree with everything about Romney’s faith but I do agree with the values he brought to the campaign as a result of that faith.

Which gets us back to the bigots of HA who routinely slam Christians for no other reason than they don’t believe the secular humanist agenda of the left. There was a period of time when there were 14 active anti-Christian threads going simultaneously. It’s fine to be a Christ-hating idiot just so long as you are tolerant of those of us who hold different views.

highhopes on February 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

So, Obama NOW knows what he is doing??!! Let’s bomb our allies and TALK to our enemies!
And while we are at it let’s give ourselves the biggest tax increase in American History to pay for all the new and improved federal government give-away socialist programs he can think of before Hillary does.
Democrat Party = America is fucked!

jimbo2008 on February 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM

He bashes religion every chance he gets and was merciless in his attacks on Romney and Huckabee for their faith.

This is completely untrue. Allah posted about how Christians don’t consider Mitt a Christian but didn’t agree with the post and didn’t understand the conflict.

Christians bashed Mitt more than any atheists did.

As to Huck, Allah’s view has been:

He “find[s] him a populist hypocrite who uses faith like a club. There is nothing that [he] can see in his message or time as governor that matches up with the ‘Christian leader’ tag he gave himself. [He does] find his brand of intolerance offensive which is why [he] never supported him in the first place.”

Why do you have a problem with that?

We can agree to disagree about religion but he routinely mocks Christ and Christians.

I’ve felt the way you do at times, but I’ve come to the realization that Allah does respect those who believe in God. It doesn’t always seem like it, but clearly he wouldn’t be able to work with people like Bryan, Michelle and Mary Katherine Ham otherwise.

I’ve held my tongue with all the messiah references but his comment that brings in Jesus (with a capital J) is offensive to me.

highhopes on February 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM

And seriously, here, you’re acting like the Muslims who won’t let a kid name his own teddy bear.

Jesus is a name, so it’s going to be capitalized just like all proper nouns. God is sometimes lowercase, like: Obama is a god to liberals with white guilt.

Calling Obama Jesus isn’t bringing Jesus into the conversation. It’s just admitting that Obama and his followers act as though Obama is a magical creature sent from heaven to save us all from ourselves.

Is that not an accurate depiction of the Obama campaign? Actually calling him Jesus doesn’t change the metaphor. Either you get it and accept it that Obama is practically worshiped as a savior, or you don’t. But if you do, you shouldn’t object to reading the same exact metaphor written in a different way.

Esthier on February 26, 2008 at 1:31 PM