Video: Obama hits back on McCain’s gas prices ad

posted at 8:42 pm on July 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

Close your eyes, jog your memory, and try to recall a single Obama ad from the campaign thus far. Can you do it? I can’t. As wealthy and well run as his organization is, it’s astounding how badly his television spots reek. I remember McCain ads (the one referenced here, the POW one, the Hillary “Woodstock” goof) and Hillary ads (the “3 a.m.” phone call, the NATO subcommittee ad), but the only image that pops to mind when I think of Barry is him standing on a street, yakking at the camera. What makes it even more astounding is that there’s no shortage of creativity among his disciples, from the infamous “1984″ viral spot last year to the “Yes, we can” music video to this punchy attack on McCain posted just yesterday. You’d think at the very least he’d buy the rights to some of them and give them a limited run on TV. I can only assume it’s a strategic decision, that he believes as the neophyte he has to impress the electorate with his seriousness of purpose and stay away from attacks or frivolity lest they tarnish his halo, but is this really the best he can do to swat McCain for accusing him of singlehandedly causing the global rise in gas prices? It’s so feeble and generic. In fact, it reminds me of a brilliant parody from a few months ago (which I think was posted here) of what Apple products would look like if they were marketed by Microsoft. Obama’s image is very Apple-ish: Cool, sleek, glowing with style. Here’s what happens when halfwit Gates-ian ad men get hold of it. Zzzzz.

Update: Remember too that Obama was outspending Hillary on ads by margins of three to one in some states towards the end of the primaries, and she was still kicking his ass. And no wonder. Your ad team bites, Barry. Time for Change.


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I think Americans understand that “Raise Mileage Standards” means they will be pressured to get out of their big safe roomy vehicles and into little wreckbait cars.

RushBaby on July 29, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Your ad team bites, Barry. Time for Change

Shhhh…uhm, awesome add BO!

javamartini on July 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM

I remember “it,s raining McCain”–it was so bad.

dragondrop on July 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Yes, I have seen McCain adds blaming Obama for higher gas prices…thanks for reminding me.

bard on July 29, 2008 at 8:55 PM

I’m convinced. This ad is going to make me vote for a socialist.

Buford Gooch on July 29, 2008 at 8:55 PM

“Barack Obama believes that rising gas prices require real change. He is fully prepared to put you in smaller cars. Hold your objections, SUV drivers – he’s also fully prepared to personally eat your children.

“Change you can believe in.”

Why not? It says as much about him as that ad does: nothing.

emailnuevo on July 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Obama already released an ad before McCain’s recent one, in which he said McCain and Bush were part of the energy problem. He said McCain had been in Washington for 26 years and flashed a picture of him with Bush.

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM

ummmm…Obama, America wants to drill, keep running those ads, as the price of gas hovers around $5…keep running these ads.

right2bright on July 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Isn’t it interesting that McCain hasn’t launched a McCain anybody else bill to open Drilling anywhere? I find it even more interesting that McCain got a big block of donations from Oil Industry companies and executives after he promised to open drilling off the shelf, if elected.

Apparently Special Interest money is OK, in his pocket.

Snake307 on July 29, 2008 at 9:00 PM

All McCain has to do is run another ad using this one verbatim followed by the Obama clip telling us how he doesn’t mind four bucks a gallon gas just that the price went up to quick.

lowandslow on July 29, 2008 at 9:04 PM

McCain for accusing him of singlehandedly causing the global rise in gas prices? It’s so feeble and generic.

Hey AP!

Now I know that Mark Twain said that a man who only spelled a word one way showed lack of creativity and I am not the worlds greetest speeler myselfer, but that word is not spelled “generic“, it’s spelled “geriatric“.

MB4 on July 29, 2008 at 9:08 PM

So weak.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 29, 2008 at 9:08 PM

we haved sinned:

There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.
The Hawaii-born senator, who has told local reporters that he supports the federal recognition bill for native Hawaiians drafted by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, noted other ethnic groups but did not mention native Hawaiians when answering a question about his thoughts on a formal U.S. apology to American Indians.

“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

http://starbulletin.com/2008/07/28/news/story05.html

So when is the ad for 40acres and a mule coming:

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM

That is fantastic! It makes Obama look even more like a tool. :-) First, he shows McCain’s ad (no charge!) then states his positions which come across as basically “anything but drilling, no we can’t”

I hope he spends millions on it.

tee hee

JustTruth101 on July 29, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Vapid. Uninspiring. How about, “I’m so angry about (John McCain, gas prices, etc.,) that sweat droplets are forming on the medial surfaces of my buttocks, clenched in outrage!.”

whitetop on July 29, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Yep pretty crappy ad. But at least it wasn’t misleading and dishonest like McCain’s was. I’m still trying to figure out how you can blame rising gas prices that have their roots in economic and political factors as far away as China and Nigeria on a junior senator from Illinois.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Yep pretty crappy ad. But at least it wasn’t misleading and dishonest like McCain’s was. I’m still trying to figure out how you can blame rising gas prices that have their roots in economic and political factors as far away as China and Nigeria on a junior senator from Illinois.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM

The same way the left blames everything — including things he could have absolutely no control over — on Bush. Not pleasant, is it?

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:16 PM

With all those Hollywood types suporting him too, you’d think BHO would have something better – Anything – I mean just have 30 seconds of Scarlett Johansonn standing there in a clingy Obama t-shirt.

sbvft contributor on July 29, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Or the way Dick Morris was blamed for the Tennessee church shooting.

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:17 PM

sbvft contributor on July 29, 2008 at 9:16 PM

it’s a vision thing
or lack of one. it is very hard to sell misery but somehow the dems have managed to do it.

We haved sinner and we need to repent. Oh yeah btw milage driven in the US fell again last month:

U.S. motorists, paying record prices for gasoline, drove less for a seventh consecutive month in May, pointing toward the first annual drop in road travel since 1980.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a8QLru4vOjx0&refer=worldwide

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Gas prices are as high as they are today because of democrats. Obama is the chosen leader of the democrats. Democrats refuse to allow us to mine shale and drill ANWR.

I agree with you that it is a stretch to single-handedly blame Obama, after all it was Clinton that vetoed drilling ANWR 10 years ago, BUT as chosen leader of the democrats, he gets the blame now.

JustTruth101 on July 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM
by being part of the 30 year problem called environmentalism in which animals are more important than humans.

GOP slogan should be nuke the polar bear

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM

You know, this guy thru and thru claims to be all things to all people. And if he wins I can hear Pelosi now….”With the mess Bush left, it will take sometime for President Obama (yeccch) to get around to his plans and promises.”

The arab world is suspiciously quiet, they know if they endorse him, he’s done. After the election they will publicly rejoice. McCain better start getting some fire, and demand some debates, the MSM doesnt even mention debates. WTF? If they were confident in barrys debate skills, theyd be screaming for one.

malkinmania on July 29, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Yep pretty crappy ad. But at least it wasn’t misleading and dishonest like McCain’s was. I’m still trying to figure out how you can blame rising gas prices that have their roots in economic and political factors as far away as China and Nigeria on a junior senator from Illinois.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:14 PM

An idiotic comment.
The Dems have destroyed our energy policies since the 1970′s and have caused the dramatic decline in our national oil and gas production to the tune of 3-4 million barrels of oil per day by denying us domestic exploration for the political kickbacks they receive for placating the green lobby.
Besides kicking up the cost of gas and endangering our national and economic security, just the balance of trade issues from this insanity can easily add up to well over a trillion dollars.
And for what? Not one damn thing.

TexasJew on July 29, 2008 at 9:29 PM

we haved sinned:

There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ‘08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM

My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man. For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last. The white men told lies for each other. They drove off a great many of our cattle. Some branded our young cattle so they could claim them. White men had found gold in the mountains around the land of winding water. We gave up some of our country to the white men, thinking that then we could have peace. We were mistaken. The white man would not let us alone. We soon found that the white men were growing rich very fast, and were greedy. General Howard informed me, in a haughty spirit, that he would give my people 30 days to go back home, collect all their stock, and move onto the reservation. I only ask of the government to be treated as all other men are treated. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises. I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition. It required a strong heart to stand up against such talk, but I urged my people to be quiet and not to begin a war. When my young men began the killing, my heart was hurt. I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people. You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up.
- Chief Joseph

MB4 on July 29, 2008 at 9:29 PM

If they were confident in barrys debate skills, theyd be screaming for one.

They know McCain will eat BHO alive in a “town hall” style confrontation. No teleprompters, no speeches, just off the cuff answers would make Barry look and sound pretty vapid.

Tim Zank on July 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Democrats refuse to allow us to mine shale and drill ANWR.

I agree with you that it is a stretch to single-handedly blame Obama, after all it was Clinton that vetoed drilling ANWR 10 years ago, BUT as chosen leader of the democrats, he gets the blame now.

JustTruth101 on July 29, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Drilling in ANWR 10 years ago, and especially drilling now would have little to no effect on price. The only reason Republicans support it is because, as McCain demonstrated, it’s an issue you can demagogue the crap out of.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

By the way, where have they locked up that crazy wife of his?

TexasJew on July 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

And what part of “the plan” produces more oil? What a frickin’ tool.

SouthernGent on July 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Barry, Nancy, Harry, etal – SOS (same ol $h!T). Do absolutely nothing about energy problem and try to push the blame onto the Republicans. Your ad just proves my point. Well, your game is up. Your do nothing policies have been revealed and your time will soon be over. You guys can’t go away soon enough to suit me. Good riddance.

SoldiersMom on July 29, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Drilling in ANWR 10 years ago, and especially drilling now would have little to no effect on price. The only reason Republicans support it is because, as McCain demonstrated, it’s an issue you can demagogue the crap out of.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

So.. let me get this straight – America having locked up 1/3 of its domestic production just in ANWR for no apparent intelligent reason will have no effect on its price or balance of trade (ie, US dollar), etc.
You are full of crap, you ignorant disingenuous putz Dimocrat.

TexasJew on July 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM

The Dems have destroyed our energy policies since the 1970’s and have caused the dramatic decline in our national oil and gas production to the tune of 3-4 million barrels of oil per day by denying us domestic exploration for the political kickbacks they receive for placating the green lobby.
Besides kicking up the cost of gas and endangering our national and economic security, just the balance of trade issues from this insanity can easily add up to well over a trillion dollars.
And for what? Not one damn thing.

TexasJew on July 29, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Ok, so it’s not ANWR, it’s environmentalism? Can you please specifically demonstrate how environmentalism is responsible for the recent enormous spike in oil prices? In the last 3-4 years have tree huggers all of a sudden gone ape sh*t?Why wasn’t the green lobby a factor when gas was a buck a gallon in the late 90′s? If you’re mad about about lack of oil exploration, don’t hate the green lobby, hate oil companies. They only spend something like 4-5% of their massive profits on oil exploration.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Raise fuel standards, because you can will the laws of physics to change. . .He is the Messiah!

I’m sorry, but you can’t force technology or innovation.

- The Cat

MirCat on July 29, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Drilling in ANWR 10 years ago, and especially drilling now would have little to no effect on price. The only reason Republicans support it is because, as McCain demonstrated, it’s an issue you can demagogue the crap out of.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Wow, that’s a new one. Usually the Democratic line is that domestic drilling wouldn’t have an effect on oil prices for 7 years or more. Now you’re saying it wouldn’t have an effect at all.

Well

Any policy that causes the expected future oil price to fall can cause the current price to fall, or to rise less than it would otherwise do. In other words, it is possible to bring down today’s price of oil with policies that will have their physical impact on oil demand or supply only in the future.

For example, increases in government subsidies to develop technology that will make future cars more efficient, or tighter standards that gradually improve the gas mileage of the stock of cars, would lower the future demand for oil and therefore the price of oil today.

Similarly, increasing the expected future supply of oil would also reduce today’s price.

But what does he know? He’s only Martin Feldstein, a Harvard economics professor and chief economic adviser to Ronald Reagan.

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:39 PM

So.. let me get this straight – America having locked up 1/3 of its domestic production just in ANWR for no apparent intelligent reason will have no effect on its price or balance of trade (ie, US dollar), etc.

TexasJew on July 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Yep pretty much. Ask the Energy Department.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:39 PM

It really is a terrible ad. The way he’s in a room talking to people, you’d think he was running for state senate in the middle of nowhere.

By the way, if any of you were curious about the “If Microsoft ran Apple’s advertising” video that AP mentioned (as I was), here it is:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=36099539665548298&q=microsoft+ipod

Apparently it was something made inside Microsoft for internal stuff, but it got leaked.

jimmy the notable on July 29, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Obama’s image is very Apple-ish: Cool, sleek, glowing with style. Here’s what happens when halfwit Gates-ian ad men get hold of it. Zzzzz.

Slightly off-topic, but I think that this is surprisingly clever (if not entirely original) coming from MS’s marketing people.

DaveS on July 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:39 PM

You expect me to believe the EIA predictions?

For example, in 2005 the EIA made predictions for oil prices for every five years extending through 2025. On the low end, the EIA predicted the average cost of crude oil would close at $33.99 at the end of 2005, drop into the $20 to $30 price range in the next 20 years and then close at $30 in 2025.On the high end, EIA predicted oil prices would close in 2005 at $43.63, then range between $30 and $37 the next 20 years and close at $35 in 2025. On Monday the price of oil closed at $145 a barrel. So the EIA was only off, at the least, by 392 percent.

How are you enjoying that $30/barrel oil, crr6?

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM

My old car runs on very old oil refined at old refineries. Too bad McCain and Obama don’t get that message. Drill here, drill now numbnuts!

Valiant on July 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM

How are you enjoying that $30/barrel oil, crr6?

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Owned. Thank god somebody put him in his place.

jimmy the notable on July 29, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Drilling in ANWR 10 years ago, and especially drilling now would have little to no effect on price. -crr6

Of course it would. Just talking seriously about it is enough to put a downward pressure on prices. RIght now, futures traders are already getting spooked by plummeting demand for the oil that is out there (and, some might say, symbolic moves to allow drilling). If we start seriously considering and moving toward drilling in ANWR and other areas, then it will almost certainly go a long way toward popping this ridiculous oil bubble (which is already on the ropes).

DaveS on July 29, 2008 at 9:48 PM

But it’ll take 10 YEARS to get a bunch of new high mileage vehicles going!

gmoonster on July 29, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Yeh, those alternative fuels are starving people in Africa because it raised corn prices so high that now we need a goobal poverty initiative to give money to Africans to buy the food we turned into ethanol for cars instead of drilling for oil. Then we get to pay higher prices for food because the africans are competing with us using our own donated money. Makes sense to some people I guess.

KW64 on July 29, 2008 at 9:52 PM

As has been said by myself and many others, Obama seems to think that this country can’t do two things simultaneously. Yes, we can fight a war in Afghanistan while at the exact same time, fight one in Iraq. The same is true for energy. We can develop viable alternatives while at the same time, drill our own oil and keep prices down!

Drill ANWR, Drill OCS! Drill Any Democrat That Stands In The Way

Pam on July 29, 2008 at 9:54 PM

How are you enjoying that $30/barrel oil, crr6?

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Owned. Thank god somebody put him in his place.

jimmy the notable on July 29, 2008 at 9:44 PM

dude…you should put “Owned” all in caps. Just a suggestion.

Seriously though, are you arguing that being wrong=always being wrong? If you are just arguing that all speculation as to the future price of oil is faulty at best then we’re in agreement. But then why depart from decades of governmental policy because you think maybe just maybe drilling will alleviate oil prices…in 7-10 years?

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Time for Change, my ass. Time for this sissy to stay the course, and keep up the lame ads. Wallow in it, O’Bambi.

Jaibones on July 29, 2008 at 9:59 PM

Seriously though, are you arguing that being wrong=always being wrong? If you are just arguing that all speculation as to the future price of oil is faulty at best then we’re in agreement. But then why depart from decades of governmental policy because you think maybe just maybe drilling will alleviate oil prices…in 7-10 years?

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:55 PM

I’m saying that I’m not going to take the EIA’s predictions at face value, just like you’re not going to take Bush’s future claims about WMDs at face value.

It shouldn’t take 7-10 years for oil prices to be effected, as the post I linked to by the Harvard economics professor and Reagan adviser stated. If you increase the expected future inventory while decreasing the current demand, oil prices go down. They slid after Bush announced he had lifted the executive ban on it.

amerpundit on July 29, 2008 at 9:59 PM

we haved sinned:

There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ‘08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Chief Joseph, as we all know, had a claim to the Wallowa Valley in Oregon, dating from the Stevens treaty in 1855, and conceded again to him and his tribe of about 500 Indians in 1873 by General Grant, while the latter was President. Two years later the concession of June 16, 1873, was revoked, and the Wallowa Valley was thrown into the public domain along with all of Oregon west of the Snake River.

In 1877 it was determined to remove the Nez Perces from Oregon to the reservation in Idaho, and General Howard reported that they had agreed to go, not willingly, but under constraint. Some whites were killed, and Chief White Bird sent word that he would not remove, whereupon an unequal war began between retreating bands of Nez Perces and companies of United States cavalry, aided by volunteers. The Indians crossed the Yellowstone Park and River, endeavoring to escape into British territory, but were followed closely by Howard, and headed off by General, then Colonel Miles. In the battle that ensued near the mouth of Eagle Creek 6 chiefs and 25 warriors were killed, and 38 men wounded. Two officers and 21 men were killed and 4 officers and 38 men wounded on the side of the pursuers. The whole camp of about 450 men, women, and children fell into Colonel Miles’s hands. General Howard reached the battle-field just in time to be present at the surrender.

Chief Joseph conducted this retreat with very extraordinary skill. He beat Colonel Gibbon with 15 officers, 146 troopers, and 34 volunteers, though with much loss of men. He stampeded General Howard’s horses and pack-train, fought Colonel Sturgis on the Yellowstone River, losing many horses, and came very near making good his retreat to British America. Of this campaign General William Tecumseh Sherman has said: “The Indians throughout displayed a courage and skill that elicited universal praise; they abstained from scalping; let captive women go free; did not commit indiscriminate murder of peaceful families, which is usual; and fought with almost scientific skill, using advance and rear guards, skirmish lines, and field fortifications.”

These facts only make harder the fate that awaited them, for it shows that no forbearance, no bravery and generalship, are able to win for Indians justice. The right of the Nez Perces to the Wallowa Valley was perfect, and the killing of four white men possibly but not certainly by Indians was made the pretext of hunting them down and letting them die of disease at Fort Leavenworth. By neglecting to provide means to prevent tyranny and land-grabbing on the part of its white citizens our government is constantly forced to violate the most solemn treaties, and confess itself unworthy of trust.
- Harper’s Weekly, August 16, 1890

MB4 on July 29, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Yep pretty much. Ask the Energy Department.

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Oh, like I’m suppose to trust the Energy Department that’s pushing the Global Warming fraud for all it’s worth. Find a reliable source of information please, the Energy Department is as full of commie-greens as Greenpeace.

I’ve looked over their site before, leftist propaganda from top to bottom. The Carter Administration “gave” us the Energy Department, by the way, in the midst of the fake energy crisis HE CREATED by fiat in the 1970′s. So what do you expect?

Maxx on July 29, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Close your eyes, jog your memory, and try to recall a single Obama ad from the campaign thus far. Can you do it? I can’t.

You live in NY, so you don’t get hit with the damn things 24 hours a day like we do in PA. But your point is good, Obama’s ad people suck. The only ad I remember is the Lugar ad about nuclear weapons that plays 24/7.

malan89 on July 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Were overlooking a great source of wind for T. Boone’s project.
Michelle, Rev. Wright, Louis Farkahan and the rest of the Chicago crowd could power the wind farms until we get the oil drilled and processed.

Beto Ochoa on July 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM

One more thing about the Energy Department. Why do we need them? This department’s entire purpose is so our country NEVER gets into the VERY SITUATION WE ARE IN NOW!!! Fire them all, let them get real jobs and get off the back of the taxpayers! Disband the agency and lets save a few billion a year. WHAT A TOTALLY WORTHLESS AGENCY THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT IS….. TOTALLY!

Maxx on July 29, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Tell yuh what Biraq O’Possum, I’ll believe you, only when I see you walking your campaign on foot. No more SUV convoys, and no more private jets…is that deal. I didn’t think so!

byteshredder on July 29, 2008 at 10:12 PM

tyranny and land-grabbing on the part of its white citizens (insert city gov, name here) our government is constantly forced to violate the most solemn treaties(read constitution), and confess itself unworthy of trust.(read current representation),

Beto Ochoa on July 29, 2008 at 10:15 PM

McCain should just run this video with a “I’m John McCain and I approve this message” at the end. It needs no introduction, explanation, or closing. He just plays what Obama said and believes.

malan89 on July 29, 2008 at 10:22 PM

tyranny and land-grabbing on the part of its white citizens (insert city gov, name here) our government is constantly forced to violate the most solemn treaties(read constitution), and confess itself unworthy of trust.(read current representation),

Beto Ochoa on July 29, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Some things never really change.
- Chief Joseph

MB4 on July 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

The benevolent Obama will allow you to put your life in jeopardy in a tiny motorized tin can rather than let you defy his command to quit using oil, gas, coal, nuclear, or wood power. You must not even THINK of these things!

And then he’ll take your money…since you’ll be dead (crushed, frozen, and/or starved).

Obama almost makes Fidel Castro look benevolent…and slightly to the right of the Democrat nominee.

landlines on July 29, 2008 at 11:14 PM

crr6 on July 29, 2008 at 9:55 PM

but somehow continuing the status quo will lower prices? keep copying and pasting the talking points. congress has “tried” a few things since 1980, such as legislating vehicles w/ higher gas milage for one example. maybe trying something new, such as increasing the supply. basic economics you twit.

chasdal on July 29, 2008 at 11:17 PM

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Right, Barry, because the U.S. just hasn’t done enough for African-Americans. The Civil War and hundreds of thousands of dead Americans wasn’t enough. Decades of affirmative action, racial preferences, subsidized housing, welfare, busing school kids, etc., wasn’t enough. It’s never enough, is it Barry?

Here’s what I want to know: if the U.S. agrees to pay “reparations” to descendants of African slaves brought forcibly to the U.S., are we white taxpayers going to be entitled to a set-off for the benefits those descendants have obtained from being able to live in the U.S.? In tort law, which is what we’re talking about, if the tort “victim” has obtained some benefit as a result of the tort that he or she otherwise would not have obtained, the tortfeasor (the wrongdoer) gets to deduct (or set-off) that amount from the amount paid to the victim.

Since the average black citizen on the African continent lives a pretty crappy life today, it seems only fair that we take into account the quality of life that the average African-American would be living today if his or her ancestors had been left in Africa. I bet if we crunched the numbers, the A-A’s screaming for “reparations” would end up owing us — not the other way around.

AZCoyote on July 29, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Same old politics?

Ok Obama.. why do you keep calling McCain, President Bush and saying that McCain is President Bush’s 3rd term?

I think demonizing President Bush has been played out long enough..

Chakra Hammer on July 29, 2008 at 11:35 PM

“Your ad team bites, Barry. Time for Change.”

One can only Hope. NOT!

Dusty on July 29, 2008 at 11:37 PM

MB4 on July 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM

the date is 1873 not 1973 or 2003. The past is the past. reliving old hate is what has cause Europe to fight 2 world wars, is what has caused the middle east to fight wars since the dawn of time. has caused millions upon millions of deaths.

Has our country been 100% noble in its history? no. Did our country act within the bounds of “normal” behavior at that point in time? yes

Is the world better that the USA was formed from sea to sea. Becoming the world’s only superpower? IMO yes.

Were great wrongs stopped by America? yes

the people that committed those actions are long dead and buried. Our nation has propeled the rest of the world into a new civilization where slavery is not the way of mankind, where women have equal rights, Where people of different nations, races and skin colors can live is relative harmony.
where people have freedom to persue their life passions.

Do the means justify the ends? that is the question. I think the answer is yes.

think of what could have been. The Native Americians where technology inferior. If the USA did not conquer from sea to sea what chance would Spain, England, or France or some other European power lay claim to the lands (in fact they did). Would it have been better to have a fractured hodgepodge of European powers constantly fighting over boundries? To have world wars on this land? To not have a bastion of freedom in the world?

Make no mistake the Native Americian societies where doomed when the first ships sailed. The question was who and/or what would lay claim to the land after the wars.

All technology inferior people were doomed in that age. And in this age also. Reagan pointed the way. Peace thru strength.

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 11:37 PM

coming to a healthcare near you when BHO is elected King for life President for 8 -10 years

However, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) the Government’s drugs watchdog, ruled that Aricept, which has been shown to improve the memory and day-to-day life of those in the late stages of the disease, was too expensive for widespread use in Britain.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2471076/Alzheimerandrsquos-sufferers-given-hope-by-new-generation-of-drugs.html

unseen on July 30, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Pot, kettle.
Both are wrong. Obama is a little more wrong; The difference is that Obama is smart enough to know that he is he is wrong.

LegendHasIt on July 30, 2008 at 12:20 AM

Ridiculous.

- Remember McCain’s add?
- Where? Which one? Can I please watch?

It’s not so much Microsoft advertizing Apple’s products. It’s Microsoft advertizing their own product as follows:

- Remember Apple iPhone? The one that’s slick and cool as hell?

Have they even taken marketing classes?

freevillage on July 30, 2008 at 12:33 AM

chasdal on July 29, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Increasing the supply is a temporary solution. Eventually we won’t be able to increase the supply and it will drain to unusable levels. I like high gas prices. It might get some real progress going in the field. I’d love it if the damn thing became obsolete as a fuel.

Darth Executor on July 30, 2008 at 12:34 AM

McCain can spend $5 and counter this ad, just play this ad along side a video of Obama driving around in his Hemi powered 300 cc that gets 16 MPG.

Rbastid on July 30, 2008 at 12:43 AM

the date is 1873 not 1973 or 2003. The past is the past. reliving old hate is what has cause Europe to fight 2 world wars, is what has caused the middle east to fight wars since the dawn of time. has caused millions upon millions of deaths.

I am aware of the date and I am also aware that he who does not learn the right lessons from the past is doomed to repeat it.

Reagan pointed the way. Peace thru strength.

unseen on July 29, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Yes, and not “Might makes right” nor “Greed rules all”.

MB4 on July 30, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Increasing the supply is a temporary solution. Eventually we won’t be able to increase the supply and it will drain to unusable levels. I like high gas prices. It might get some real progress going in the field. I’d love it if the damn thing became obsolete as a fuel. Darth Executor on July 30, 2008 at 12:34 AM

If you call the next 100 years temporary. We have more oil here than Saudi Arabia and Iraq combined. A bit of research is in order on your part. The energy crisis is merely a crisis of leadership, not a crisis of energy.

Same with immigration. No crisis but a leadership crisis.

Mojave Mark on July 30, 2008 at 1:22 AM

Dime a dozen.

Sorry but this old gent prefers class to a**.

Limerick on July 30, 2008 at 2:02 AM

Whoopsie doodle whamabamadingdarn….
That was supposed to be in the Kerry thread.

I’ll go to bed now.

Limerick on July 30, 2008 at 2:04 AM

AP, unbless you’re trying to help The Obamboozler win the Presidency of the United States, I suggest you cease helping him by pointing out what he is doing ineffectively…and just let him waste as much of that cash of Soros’ his as possible.

Lockstein13 on July 30, 2008 at 5:31 AM

None of Obama’s ‘solutions’ addresses the current problem of oil supply.

Crackdown on speculators – Great, you’ll just send them overseas.
Raise mileage standards – Great, we are doing that already. Way to be ahead of the curve.
Fast-track alternative fuels plan – 10 years is not ‘fast’. Neither is it a guarantee that that anything will be ready by then. And how can your ‘alternative fuels’ plan tout plug-in hybrids as a solution while you are against the Nuclear Power Plants, Coal Plants, etc that would be needed to power the plug-ins?

Queasy on July 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM

How can we blame Obama for rising gas prices?

Does Obama oppose any and all drilling, like the rest of the Democratic leadership?
If yes, the Obama shares blame with them. Since none of them are running for president at present, it doesn’t make sense to mention them as well.

MarkTheGreat on July 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Raise the Mileage Standards: Already done by Congress, people are buying more small cars and fewer SUVs anyway, because they can’t afford the gasoline.

Crack down on Speculators: Oil is an international commodity. The speculators will take their markets outside the United States, where we can’t control them.

Alternative Energy: Wind and solar electricity are not enough, doesn’t put anything in the tank. Hydrogen power is a net energy loser, you need to burn something to get it.

McCain needs to do another ad, where he starts with Obama saying “Yes We Can”, then McCain says Yes We Can lower oil prices by drilling offshore and using shale oil, Yes We Can build clean coal plants, Yes We Can build 45 nuclear power plants, Yes We Can create jobs for American coal miners and oil rig workers.
Barack Obama says No We Can’t do these things, McCain says (have crowd chanting) Yes We Can.

Another idea (maybe a little more risky) would be to say Americans pay $700 billion a year for imported oil to these men (show Saudi princes) and this man (show a raving Hugo Chavez). America has plenty of oil resources here at home, and we can pay these men (show American workers on an offshore oil rig) and keep our oil money in America for Americans, but the Democrats want to keep sending our money overseas. John McCain wants American energy from America, and to create American jobs to get it.

Steve Z on July 30, 2008 at 10:36 AM

I just watched it, and I already can’t remember anything about it. I’m hoping for a $100 million ad buy.

steadyrock on July 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Have you seen McCain’s new ad?

Barack Obama supports plans that will take 15-20 years or more to have any effect whatsoever; but he will call this “fast track” while stating the 5-10 years for new oil to come to market is a solution that will take too long.

This statement would probably also be supported by B.O. seeing as he’s not clever enough to realize that if he doesn’t actually propose a solution that has a chance of doing anything in the next decade he’s going to have trouble with this issue.

gekkobear on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM


Barack Obama believes that rising gas prices require real change. He is fully prepared to put you in smaller cars. Hold your objections, SUV drivers – he’s also fully prepared to personally eat your children.
emailnuevo on July 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM

You were riding on strong ignorance there until the last sentence where you simply became a clown. McCain wanted a gas tax holiday for Christ’s sake! A holiday but not a complete repeal? McCain is tied at the waist with Hunt Oil, Inc. Why do you suppose he likes drilling so much as opposed to alternative sources, forcing caps on speculators similar to the caps we have on the DOW/NASDAQ and requiring manufacturers to better their mileage output similar to Japan?

Hmmm?

DanKenton on July 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM