Bowling for Votes

March 30, 2008

ALTOONA, Pa – Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama might swoon at his speeches. They might stand in awe of his judgment and echo his call for change. But they probably are not impressed by his bowling skills.

The Illinois senator, who is on a six-day bus tour of Pennsylvania to “introduce himself” to the state’s voters, dropped in on a bowling alley in Altoona late on Saturday and, after chatting with some people, put on a pair of bowling shoes to try his hand in a competition with Sen. Robert Casey, who has recently endorsed him.

The candidate’s first attempt was a gutterball.

“I’ve got to get at least something,” he said as he turned around to face a growing crowd.

His next attempt, another gutterball, showed little improvement.

“No worries,” he said. “I’m not done.”

In his defense, Obama pointed out that he hadn’t bowled for 30 years.

Fellow bowlers — even Republicans — lined up for pictures and autographs, surprised that a presidential candidate was hanging out at their local alley. Obama probably is hoping that Pennsylvania voters are like the pins: once you get to know them, they fall more easily.

Obama eventually got a spare but it came after Casey had scored a strike and long after Roxanne Hart, a regular who joined the senators on the lane, had put them both to shame.

“I was terrible,” Obama said, smiling as he emerged from the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center bowling alley.

Hart put it a little more charitably: “He has a lot of potential.”

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Adorable story. What do you bet bowler Roxanne Hart votes for Obama ?

Posted by Sally | Report as abusive

yeah, he is a gutterball all right.

Well, I see that the good Rev. is still playing an ACTIVE roll in the church… why is obama still going to keep sending them his money for tithe?

And the replacement pastor has said that he is going to carry on with the same as Rev. Wright?

Does this send any red flags to ANYONE??? American people are NOT going to vote for an ANTI AMERICAN, ANTI WHITE, ANTI ITALIAN, ANTI JEW President!! Especially over McCain. Hillary has got the best chance to beat McCain.

Posted by Kevin | Report as abusive

Kevin, Please tell me where on earth you got this information from. Just post the source, I want to investigate it. Thank you.

Posted by Tracy | Report as abusive

Wow Kevin, it’s ignorance like that which is going to put McCain right in the White House. I, who has never voted for a Republican in my life, will be voting for McCain if Hillary gets the nomination.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Dearest Kevin
I strongly urge to take a gander at Obamas recent speech on race in which he so elegantly walks the thin line of strongly condemning rev. wrights words, while at the same time respecting him as an individual who is allowed their opinion based on life experience.
I assure you that if you Obama is not anti-jew/italian/white etc., though of course I have never met him his speeches speak for themselves.
As for him contributing to his local church, well Obama is a well off individual who has already greatly distanced himself from the negative and hateful comments associated with the church. But he also stresses that there is more to that church than the soundbites on youtube, and if he feels the need to support them he should be allowed, even as a presidential candidate.
FINALLY, on a quick note, Obama in most polls is doing much better against McCain than Hillary. How is it then she has the best chance?
I eagerly await replies from the other side

Posted by martin | Report as abusive

Kevin– what are you talking about? How on earth are you calling Barack anti-white? When has he EVER said anything anti-white? His own beloved mom is white! Anti-Italian? His own grandfather was called a Wop! Do you think he has all of a sudden forgotten all that and become a bigot? Read his books, and get educated about the man before spouting off such nonsense!

Posted by Rob H | Report as abusive

i think you are geting it wrong
first of all i would suggest that you listen to Rev entire Wright summon in question
the title of the sermon is God and Government he talks about the issue at length and he points out that we are not entitled to God’s blessing while we indulge in acts of evil that violate human rights, wage wars, instead we earn God’s blessings through acting right.
he further points out stuff things like past human rights violation, nuclear bombing japanese cities, palestinian suffering, and the war in iraq and in that context he says God damn America ..that doesnt mean he is unpatriotic but you and i know that sometimes you can express love and concern by decent or critism. Rev Wright has served in the marines and the Navy at a time when America didnt love him ..how patriotic can that be

it doesnt take a genious to know that the growing anti american sentiment around the world is a result of our failed foreign policy. Jimmy Carter and even Bill clinton among many have aknowledged that…in fact, the main selling point of this election is reforming foreign policy.so what is wrong when Rev Wright says that 911 is a result of our actions abroad!
we have failed as a world leader, we defied the UN and invaded iraq while at the same time we expect iran to respect the UN. In as much as Israelis are our stallwart allies the pain and suffering of palestinian refugees has made it easy for fundamental islamists to recruit terrorists, iraq has now become a breeding ground for terrorist because of our actions.

Posted by joe ombima | Report as abusive

Kevin
if you go to church you will understand that we tithe for the work of God, and not to the preacher. it is a personal commitment with God
another thing is that pastors serve as spiritual mentors they are human beings and may have some opinions different from yours but that doesnt mean that you defect from the church
for instance, if your pastor preaches against gays does that mean that you will defect because you dont agree, does that imply that nobody from that church can become a public servant those may be the pastors view but theres definitely more to him than just that.back in the days the aspect of race inequality was preached in white churches but people still went to churches and some of them even came out as civil rights activist and great leader in fact the great movers of American history had strong ties to a church. the reason is despite the political opinions the pastors spiritual role has been more beneficial and he also belongs to he fellowship

and a question for kevin, with all the media hype about the racist nature of the trinity church all thay could find is a 30 sec snippet in the 36 years of service? and why hasnt anybody tried to play an entire sermon so we could digest on how utterly racist this church is?? do you think this is a disfavor to the members of this church?

Posted by joe ombima | Report as abusive

Kevin: I applaud and support your comments, with total admiration for the audacity and courage that you display in using the same tone, sincerity and genuine vocabulary as Obama’s pastor. Finally, and thanks to the academically enlightened Black Americans that paraded their support for Obama and his Pastor in the media, White Americans can now say whatever is in their minds without the constant fear to be called racists. So go for it, Kevin, keep your fresh and stimulating comments coming, and never think for a minute that We the People are going to take anything that you say in the wrong way. I personally, think that Mr. Obama is just a smooth charlatan, without the audacity needed to be our President, or the character to inspire any hope in me.

Posted by margaret kensington | Report as abusive

Margaret, you belong to the school of pathetic losers
Hillary epitomizes the audacity of hopelessness she’s clawing, crying ,whining, flip-flopping,dirty-tricks, sabotaging and constantly blaming. Shes gained most of her votes from sympathy from old white women.
Barack is so suitable a candidate that all you can Complain about him is his eloquence? his retired pastor’s 30 sec bite? America is over Wright and Barack is ahead on polls.
it is unfortunate that he doesn’t inspire any hope in you. It is because of your mindset that youre still wallowing in hopelesness. You can find little pleasures blogging your ideologies its a free world, but the movement is on. you can’t stop the reign.
vote for Obama

Posted by joe ombima | Report as abusive