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Lohan refers to Obama as 'first colored president'

Lohan refers to Obama as 'first colored president'

Published - Nov 12 2008 05:34PM EST | AP

Lindsay Lohan referred to President-elect Barack Obama as thecountry's "first colored president" in an interview on "AccessHollywood." Describing her experience on Election Day, Lohan said: "Itwas really exciting. It's an amazing feeling. It's our first coloredpresident."

A spokeswoman for Lohan didn't immediately return messages left Wednesday.

InterviewerMaria Menounos didn't question the 22-year-old actress on her use ofthe term. "Access Hollywood" also didn't cite her remark in its onlinestory, but did post an "extended interview" video on its Web site thatincluded the remark.

A spokesman for the syndicated entertainment news program said in astatement Wednesday: "We believe the word in question that Ms. Lohanused was unintelligible."

Lohan blogged about her support of Obama during the presidential campaign.


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Entry #156

How Nation Sees Obama

Most in AP poll confident Obama will fix economy

Published - Nov 11 2008 04:46PM EST | AP

In one of the economy's darkest hours in decades, it looks as ifpeople are taking Barack Obama up on his exhortations for hope andchange. Seven in 10, or 72 percent, voice confidence thepresident-elect will make the changes needed to revive the stallingeconomy, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Tuesday.

Underscoringhow widely the public is counting on its new leader, 44 percent ofRepublicans joined nearly all Democrats and most independents inexpressing that belief.

The poll shows trust in Obama's abilityto succeed is even broader, at least for now. Sixty-eight percent saidthey think when he takes office in January, the new president will beable to enact the policies he pushed during his presidential campaign.

"I don't think one person, the president or otherwise, can fix theproblems," said Ryan Anderson, 31, a Democrat from Bloomington, Minn."But I have strong faith that he'll assemble the right group ofindividuals to address the problems. I think that's going to be abenchmark of Obama's presidency."

People signaled a willingnessto wait on one of the keynotes of his agenda _ tax cuts. Only 36percent said they wanted Obama to make income-tax cuts a top prioritywhen he takes office, and even fewer wanted higher taxes on the rich tobe a primary goal.

Instead, 84 percent said strengthening theeconomy and 80 percent named creating jobs as top-tier priorities.Democrats were a bit likelier than Republicans to say each should be aNo. 1 goal.

With Obama ending the GOP's eight-year hold on theWhite House under President Bush and about to become the first blackpresident, the AP-GfK poll showed three quarters saying the electionmade them feel hopeful, six in 10 proud and half expressing excitement.Newly elected presidents often embark on a honeymoon period in whichthe public has highly positive feelings about them.

Democratswere far likelier to feel upbeat, yet such feelings were not limited tothem. Half of Republicans said they were hopeful, a third proud andnearly a fifth excited about the election results. Another quarter inthe GOP said they were depressed.

"I feel let down by theAmerican people that they were so blind to many things I've seen inhim," said Shelli Pierson, 38, a Republican from Elmira, Ore. Piersonshe doubts Obama, a four-year senator from Illinois, has enoughexperience for the presidency and said she still questions hispatriotism.

Nine in 10 said Obama's race would have no impact on his ability to get things done.

Though Republicans were more negative about the election results,they were consistently more upbeat than Democrats were in 2004 whentheir candidate, John Kerry, failed to unseat Bush. Forty-four percentof Democrats said they were angry and half said they were depressed ina November 2004 AP-Ipsos poll, double the GOP's rates this year.

Highlightinganew how the Iraq war has faded as a paramount public concern, onlyhalf in Tuesday's AP-GfK poll said they wanted Obama to make a U.S.troop withdrawal a top focus.

The survey also spotlighted theenduring partisan split over the war. Two-thirds of Democrats want atroop withdrawal to be a top Obama priority, compared with just threein 10 Republicans.

In a November 2004 poll before the economy crashed, Iraq andterrorism were most mentioned as the issues they wanted Bush to makehis top priority. Until the weakening economy overtook Iraq as the No.1 problem on the public's mind nearly a year ago, Obama's pledge to seta timetable for withdrawing troops from the war was his highest-profileissue.

Six in 10 cited stabilizing financial institutions and reducing budget deficits as top goals in the AP-GfK survey.

Halfsaid they wanted national health care coverage _ another Obama priority_ to be a No. 1 concern, with few Republicans agreeing it should be atop goal. Permitting offshore oil drilling, a major GOP campaign issue,drew support as a top priority from just over one-third, mostlyRepublicans.

Nearly three-quarters _ including most Democrats _said they'd like Obama to name some Republicans in his Cabinet, as theDemocrat has said he would do.

Most also expressed no problemwith the lock Democrats will have on Washington beginning next year.Four in 10 said Democratic control of the White House and Congress willbe good for the country while another 2 in 10 said it would make nodifference.

Thirty-six percent said the country is moving in theright direction, about double the 17 percent who said so in lastmonth's AP-GfK poll. Reflecting the election results, half of Democratsnow see things heading the right way _ quadruple their number who saidso in October.

Bush and Congress remained mired in awful ratings,with 28 percent approving of the job Bush is doing and 21 percentapproving of Congress.

The AP-GfK poll was conducted Nov. 6-10 and involved cell andlandline telephone interviews with 1,001 adults. It has a margin ofsampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.

Entry #155

Rite of passage as once and future presidents meet

Published - Nov 10 2008 03:27AM EST | AP

By NANCY BENAC - Associated Press Writer

The first meeting of incoming and outgoing presidents has been arite of passage fraught with emotion, surprises and the rare exchangeof secrets between leaders of opposite political parties.

OnMonday, President Bush will welcome President-elect Obama to the WhiteHouse, and the 43rd and 44th presidents will make nice. This, after ahard-fought campaign in which one of Obama's most effective strategieswas to rail against the "failed policies" of the current president.

It'soften an emotional moment for both the incoming and outgoingpresidents. Although the formal transfer of power is still more thantwo months away, the "psychological transfer occurs then," former vicepresident Walter Mondale once said.

As significant as the first meeting can be, it isn't even mentionedin the Constitution or federal law, so there are no rules governing howto do it.

Putting Campaign '08 in the rearview mirror, "Bush willturn on his boyish charm, and I think he's enough of a political pronot to take the campaign criticism seriously," said presidentialhistorian Leo Ribuffo of George Washington University.

As forpast meetings between once and future presidents, Ribuffo said,"they've been bad, and they've been good and they've been in themiddle."

One of the most analogous transfers of power to theBush-Obama transition occurred when 70-year-old Dwight Eisenhower, aRepublican, made way after two terms for 43-year-old John F. Kennedy, aDemocrat whom the president had derided as a "young whippersnapper" and"this young genius."

After the three-hour meeting, an aide laterdescribed Eisenhower as "overwhelmed by Sen. Kennedy, his understandingof the world problems, the depth of his questions, his grasp of theissues and the keenness of his mind."

It wasn't all about weighty matters of policy, though.

Eisenhoweralso took time to show Kennedy how to use the panic button that wouldbring a helicopter to the back lawn. Eisenhower demonstrated its use,and "Kennedy watched the fluttering helicopter coming down outside thewindows within a few minutes," Kennedy aide Kenneth P. O'Donnell laterwrote.

When Republican Richard Nixon arrived to meet with departingDemocratic President Johnson, the two plunged into deep conversationabout the Vietnam War and the social unrest gripping the country.

"Onthat day our political and personal differences melted away," Nixonwrote in his memoir. "As we stood together in the Oval Office, hewelcomed me into a club of very exclusive membership, and he made apromise to adhere to the cardinal rule of that membership: stand behindthose who succeed you."

As they walked to one in a series ofWhite House meetings, Johnson pulled Nixon into his bedroom, and toldhim, "I wanted you to know about this." He showed Nixon a small safehidden in the wall.

Bush, for his part, setthe stage for an amiable meeting with Democrat Obama when he praisedhis election as "a triumph of the American story, a testament to hardwork, optimism and faith in the enduring promise of our nation." Bushhas promised to help make "America's first wartime presidentialtransition in four decades" as seamless as possible.

"I can'tremember as generous a statement about a winner of the opposite partythan that of Bush on the historic significance of Obama's win," saidFred Greenstein, a professor of politics at Princeton University.

Bush,the son of a president, was no stranger to the White House when he metwith President Clinton in the Oval office for two hours as thepresident-elect in 2000. At the outset, Bush seemed tense, sittingstraight in a wing-backed armchair, his hands clasped in his lap as herubbed his thumbs and tapped his foot. Twice he thanked the presidentfor his hospitality and said, "He didn't need to do this."

Not all meetings between once and future presidents have been a success _ or even come to pass.

PresidentCarter carefully prepared for his meeting with Ronald Reagan, accordingto Mondale, but "it all went over Reagan's head and Carter really wasshaken by it."

Franklin Roosevelt "did not respond to overturesfrom the discredited Hoover," according to Greenstein. "He wanted tomake a fresh start." As a result, Greenstein said, "Hoover was verychilly to him on the ride to the inauguration."

President Truman,who had the presidency thrust upon him without any transition periodafter Roosevelt's death, was eager to provide a smooth transition forhis successor, Eisenhower. Truman arranged for troops to line bothsides of Pennsylvania Avenue for Eisenhower's arrival.

Truman wrote later, "When the general and his aides left, I wastroubled. I had the feeling that, up to this meeting in the WhiteHouse, General Eisenhower had not grasped the immense job ahead of him."
Entry #154

Read want Snopes got to say about Obama's Citizenship


This smear was part of an email smear months and months ago.  Read about the Supreme Court thing here.  It's been thrown out once.  Waste of taxpayers' money.  Don't be ignorant of the law.  This remind me of the "losers" who are trying to steal stop the Lottery here in NC with Supreme Court Lawsuits.

By the way Snopes lists it as FALSE.

Entry #153

No charges for Obama threats at NCSU

 11/06/2008 02:19 PM
By:  News 14 Carolina Web Staff           

        Students walk through the Free Expression Tunnel at N.C. State after officials painted over racist graffiti.   
RALEIGH – Neither the Secret Service nor N.C. State Campus Police willpress charges against four people who say they spray-painted racistgraffiti about President-elect Barack Obama on campus.

Accordingto Campus Police Capt. Jon Barnwell, the individuals wrote threateningcomments early Wednesday morning about Obama in the university's FreeExpression tunnel. He said Campus Police called in the Secret Serviceto determine the validity of the threats, but the agency determinedthere was no danger.

Authorities said they are withholding the names of the individuals for their own safety and because they will not be charged.

University officials painted over the remarks, saying the graffiti was over theedge of what is acceptable. Students also held a rally in the Brickyardto denounce what they called hate speech.

Entry #152

GOP in tatters, looks to regroup

Published - Nov 05 2008 09:03PM EST | AP

By LIZ SIDOTI - Associated Press Writer

So much for a lasting Republican majority.

The Republican Partyis essentially in tatters, and not that long after George W. Bush's2000 election spurred talk of enduring GOP dominance.

John McCain's shellacking and Tuesday's congressional losses leaves the party searching for a new leader and identity.

"It's time for the losing to stop. And my commitment to you is thatit will," House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio told his rank and fileafter the party lost at least 19 congressional seats _ on his watch.

Sayingthe party's image has been tainted by "scandals and broken promises,"Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina declared: "We have got to clean up,reform and rebuild the Republican Party before we can ask Americans totrust us again." He called for party leaders to "embrace a bold newdirection" or hit the road.

Indeed, a leadership shuffle brewed in the House.

Boehnerannounced he will seek two more years as Republican leader. But Rep.Adam Putnam of Florida, the No. 3 Republican, was "reluctantly"stepping down from his post. And a GOP official said Virginia Rep. EricCantor intends to run for the second-ranking spot. The current whip,Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, was considering his options but did notimmediately announce a bid to keep his job, a sign that he'll likelystep aside.

Plenty of Republicans from the conservative to theliberal wings of the party agree the GOP is in shambles as the Bushpresidency comes to a close, leaving the party without a titular leaderwhen the president's term ends in January.

"Nationally, the Republican Party is going to go through a Dr. Phil, self-analysis moment," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said.

Nearlytwo dozen prominent conservatives planned to meet in Virginia onThursday to try to chart a path going forward. A fight for thechairmanship of the Republican National Committee is expected; severalstate party chiefs are maneuvering for the top national job even thoughMike Duncan is said to want to stay in the post. And plenty ofprospective White House hopefuls seem to be lining up for the chance torun against President-elect Obama in 2012.

McCain running mate Sarah Palin has signaled that she will remain onthe national political scene. She says: "I'm not doing this fornaught." Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the nominationthis year, has restarted his political action committee. And, LouisianaGov. Bobby Jindal is heading to the leadoff caucus state of Iowa onNov. 22 to deliver the keynote address to a conservative group. Anynumber of other Republicans may test the waters as well.

RNCChairman Duncan said it would be wrong to view the election results as"the death rattle of American conservatism," pointing to a roster ofGOP rising stars that includes Palin, Jindal, Cantor and Sen. JohnThune of South Dakota.

Republicans, Duncan said, "are going totake a deep breath and listen to the American people." The party iscreating a new online forum that will allow people to explain "how welet them down" and "what we can do to restore confidence in our party,"he said.

Tuesday's electoral losses for the GOP culminate a campaign thattook place in an extraordinarily challenging political environment forthe party in power amid two lingering wars and a spreading economiccrisis. Bush's job approval ratings are at record lows and much of thecountry is demanding change.

Republicans were severely punished _ for the second straight election.

McCain'sloss to Obama in an Electoral College landslide dramatically reordersthe divided political map that's been the norm during the last twoelections. Obama won in traditionally Republican states like Indianaand gained ground in just about every demographic group, including thefast-growing Hispanic bloc that Republicans have courted.

InCongress, House Republicans lost at least 19 seats, just two yearsafter losing 30 seats and House control. Democrats now have locked upevery seat in the Northeast.

Senate Republicans, for their part,will lose at least five seats, although the GOP blocked a completeSenate rout and thwarted Democratic hopes for a 60-vote majority neededto overcome Republican filibusters.

It's all quite a reversal from just eight years ago, when it was the Democrats in disarray.

In 2001, Bush set up shop in the White House with Republicans firmly in control of both the House and Senate.

His chief strategist, Karl Rove, envisioned building a long-termRepublican majority by broadening the party's base in part by buildingsupport among women, labor groups and Hispanics.

Two years later,Rove said: "Political parties kill themselves, or are killed, not bythe other political party but by their failure to adapt to newcircumstances."

That turned out to be true _ for the GOP.

"The party just simply lost its way," said Republican Dick Armey,the former House majority leader from Texas. "It was no longer aboutsmall government and individual liberties ... and the party becameenormously unattractive to the American people."

Many point to the Iraq war _ and anger over how it was handled _ as just the start of the troubles.

"Tryas it might, the party has been unable to get it off its back," saidFrank Fahrenkopf, a former RNC chairman. He also pointed to HurricaneKatrina and a spate of scandals, including the leak of a CIAoperative's identity, as kindling that fueled distrust of governmentand disgust with the GOP.

By 2006, the country issued a doublerepudiation of Bush and the party, giving Democrats control of both theHouse and the Senate.

Two year later, the GOP lost the White House in Obama's barrier-breaking election as the first black president.


Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor in Washington and Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn., contributed to this report.

Entry #151

Obama seizes command of race for the White House

Published - Nov 04 2008 09:45PM EST | AP

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama has seized command of the race for the White House.

The Illinois senator has beaten John McCain in Ohio and is building anear insurmountable Electoral College advantage as he bids to becomethe first black president.

Fellow Democrats are gaining strength in both houses of Congress.

Obama's Ohio victory denied McCain particularly precious territory. No Republican has ever won the presidency without the state

Entry #149

Florida tops states in concerns sent to pre-election hot line

(CNN) -- Registration and absentee ballot issues toppedlast-minute concerns among voters in the days before Tuesday'spresidential election, particularly in South Florida.

Voters wait in line in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Saturday.

Voters wait in line in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Saturday.

Of the more than 10,000 problems reported to CNN's Voter Hotline sofar, the largest number of complaints -- about 1,400 -- come fromFlorida.

In nearly 8 percent of those complaints, callers saidthey had not received their voter registration cards, and about 15percent said they had yet to receive the absentee ballots theyrequested.

Similar patterns were seen among callers nationwide.

From Cleveland, Ohio, Karen Terrance told CNN that she had not receivedher registration card despite calls to her local election board.

"I was born and raised here," Terrance said. "I don't understand whyI'm not getting any communication. So I hope next year and years after,I won't have that problem."

     Long lines at early voting stations were another top concern among Floridians, with more than 10 percent reporting lines that were too long.

More than 4.4 million Floridians have already cast ballots in theelection, according to the state Division of Elections -- about 40percent of the 11 million voters on the rolls.

Florida was thescene of a bruising recount that settled the 2000 election, and it is aclosely watched battleground state in this year's race betweenDemocratic candidate Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain. Both parties are already in court, battling over potential voter challenges Tuesday.

   A lawsuit that Democratsfiled to stop Florida Republicans from using foreclosure lists andmailing lists to challenge potential voters was suspended Monday at thestart of a hearing. Democrats told judges that the GOP has agreed notto use those lists. In court papers, the state and national Republicanparties dismissed the complaint as a "nonexistent threat."

PeterDavey, the Tallahassee judge assigned to hear the case, agreed tosuspend the hearing but said he would go ahead with it if problemsarose.

In Virginia, McCain's campaign asked a federal judgeMonday to order state election officials to count late-arrivingabsentee ballots from U.S. troops overseas. The suit requests thatballots mailed by Tuesday and arriving as late as November 14 betallied in Virginia, where McCain has trailed Obama in recent polls.

Meanwhile, a judge denied a request by the NAACP to order the state toreallocate voting machines and extend poll hours Tuesday. Attorneys forthe group said they would decide Monday night whether to appeal theruling.

Virginia state police said they will not bring charges against aman who printed up a bogus flier that instructed Obama supporters to goto the polls Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Nancy Rodriguez, secretaryof the State Board of Elections, called the flier "a joke that got outof control."

In Indiana, where early voting ended at noonMonday, Purdue University student Iqbal Siddique said he was told helisted his address incorrectly when he filled out his registration form.

"I called my voting election center in Tippecanoe, and they said Ican't vote or I have to do a provisional ballot because my address waswrong," said Siddique, a first-time voter.

Early voting has drawn long lines around the country. In Ohio,another battleground state, voters lined up well in advance of Monday's8 a.m. opening time in heavily Democratic Columbus, and Sunday's linestook up to seven hours to navigate.

CNN willbe tracking voter problems through Election Day. CNN's partner,InfoVoter Technologies, has also transferred more than 16,000 callersto their local election officials so they can get answers to theirproblems.

CNN Voter Hot Line

If you have a problem voting orsee a problem, call the CNN Voter Hot Line at 877-GOCNN08(877-462-6608); CNN will report on some of your calls, and our partnerInfoVoter Technologies can help get you in touch with your electionboard or find your voting location.

Entry #148

Can the Precients handle voter turnout

I can't wait to watch the numbers come in tomorrow.  I hope that there will not be too many voting problems.  America is not ready for more than 75% of it's voters to place ballots and many polling places don't have enough equipment and staff to accommadate the expected turnout.  It will be very interesting, epecially in certain precients.

It's predicted that people will be still voting at 3 a.m.  It's going to be a long night tomorrow night.

Entry #147

The Fat Lady is tuning up her vocal cords

Most people already know who they are going to vote for and 40% have already voted in early voting in NC (a swing state)  Already made history.  There are 52% registered democrats and 32% Pub here - do the math.  The pathetic Pub attempts with last minutes Obama smearing and desperate pathetic acts to get a McCain vote is futile.  How embarrassing that only 1,100 showed up in Tampa for McCain.  They ran from the camera crew.  The fat lady is singing.  Give up already with the smearing.  I know, I know.  That's all the pubs got left.

Entry #145

Only 1,100 people showed in Tampa to hear McCain

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) – Barack Obama may lead JohnMcCain by just 2 points in the latest CNN Florida poll of polls, butthe enthusiasm gap appears a bit wider.

John McCain’s first rally of the day, in Tampa outside Raymond JamesStadium, only drew about 1,100 people. Local reporters noting that atalmost the same spot just before the 2004 election, President Bush drewabout 15,000 people. Two weeks ago, Obama drew an estimated 8,000.

Republican Gov. Crist, who had previously agreed to do interviewswith CNN and various local affiliates, bolted right after the rallywith no explanation.

Entry #144

This is how desperate Republicans are

Casket with anti-Obama sticker raises ire in N.C.

Casket with anti-Obama sticker raises ire in NC

Posted: Nov. 1, 2008
Updated: Nov. 2 10:58 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — NorthCarolina officials are decrying the appearance of a casket with ananti-Barack Obama sticker at a Cravens County polling place.

StateDemocrats said Saturday the coffin and sticker are an attempt tointimidate people voting early. Republican Party spokesman BrentWoodcox told The (Raleigh) News & Observer that citizens should beoutraged.

The NAACP says the casket was in place for at leastseveral hours. A bumper sticker on it showed an image of Obama and thephrase "O' No!"

Craven County Director of Elections Tonya Pittssaid the casket was placed at the site by former County CommissionerBill Harper. It was originally for “Joe the Plumber” and had a signthat read “taxed to death.” Later in the week, Pitts said theanti-Obama stickers were placed on the casket.

The casket wasconsidered an act of free speech since it was further than 50 feet fromthe polls, Pitts said. The casket was removed by the sheriff’sdepartment on Friday.

An NAACP official told WRAL News Sundayevening that the organization is filing a formal complaint over thecasket with the Board of Elections, the Department of Justice and thestate Attorney General.

Meanwhile, federal officials say JusticeDepartment personnel will monitor voting Tuesday in several counties inNorth Carolina and South Carolina as part of a nationwide effort toprotect voting rights and prevent fraud.

Observers will be in Alamance County, N.C.; and in Dorchester and Georgetown counties in South Carolina.

(This story contains information from WCBI)

 Copyright2008 by WRAL.com and the Associated Press. All rights reserved. Thismaterial may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Entry #143

Obama holds lead

Polls should Obama with a 7 point lead.


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