Tales from the Trail

McCain’s epiphany: Obama thinks he’s a political messiah

August 1, 2008

Barack Obama’s soaring rhetoric on the campaign trail has given rival John McCain yet another epiphany.
 
Not only is Democratic presidential candidate the most popular celebrity in the world, not only has he injected race into the election, but he also must think he’s some sort of political messiah.
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That’s the message the Arizona Republican put in a new video sent to his supporters.
 
“It shall be known that in 2008 the world will be blessed. They will call him The One,” the announcer intones in a voice of reverential authority.
 
The text of the one minute, 14 second video strings together phrases and pictures loaded with religious imagery and uses them to ridicule lines from Obama’s high-flying speeches.
 
“A light will shine down from somewhere. It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany and you will say to yourself, ‘I have to vote for Barack’,” Obama says.
 
In case you missed the point, McCain trots out Republican icon Charlton Heston in his role as Moses in the epic movie “The Ten Commandments.”
 
“Behold His mighty hand,” Heston shouts. And as the actor raises his staff to part the waters of the Red Sea, Obama’s presidential-style seal comes swirling through the waves while a chant of “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” swells in the background.
 
The video comes at the end of a week in which McCain has turned to negative attacks and ridicule in an effort to blunt Obama’s advantage in the polls for the Nov. 4 election. McCain’s campaign accused Obama of injecting race into the campaign and said he was attention-grabbing celebrity, more popular even than Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Obama has fought ridicule with seriousness.
 
“It’s downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency is spending all of his time and the powerful platform he has on these sorts of juvenile antics,” said spokesman Hari Sevugan.
 
“Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jump-start our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”
 
“We were having some fun with our supporters,” McCain told a news conference.
 
“I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts (Obama on Capitol Hill July 29)

Comments
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As a Christian I am sickened that McCain thinks it alright to have “fun” comparing Obama to Jesus Christ.

Has he lost his mind or is he just anti-Christian?

Do we really want he and his frat-boys in the White House poking at peoples’ religions for “fun”? Anyone worried about the potential for an international incident because of their religious mockery of others?

With McCain and his disciples of dirt, it could happen.Vote no. Give tolerance a chance.

Posted by McMary | Report as abusive
 

John McCain is showing his true colors. It is obvious to me he does not have any respect for Obama and conveying these feelings with the ad. He is a phony who is hiding behind an air of respectability because people continually refer to his military service. What bothers me is that mocking a man who has accomplished so much in life in a relatively small period of time is undeserved. McCain need to stick to issues and refrain from childish taunts. It is obvious to me Obama is the only adult in this election.

Posted by Flojo | Report as abusive
 

Oh, my goodness.

Old John is flailing and there is not a windmill in site.

If ever there was a reason to shorten the campaign in America it is John McCain.

Posted by Richard McDonough | Report as abusive
 

McMary – are you serious? Are you saying that this ad is the first time you have heard Obama compared to Christ? This has been going on for weeks by the mainstream media – WEEKS – and you either haven’t noticed, or you just got back from a relaxing vacation in a cave. As offensive as it is, don’t limit your offense to the person you hate while excusing those you typically agree with. The whole point here is that McCain’s ad was poking fun at those people who have been making those comparisons.

Posted by breeboo | Report as abusive
 

It’s about time someone pointed out how pompous and full of himself Obama has become. Very funny.

Posted by Fred Miller | Report as abusive
 

Umm.. the point of the commercial is to mock the fact that Obama has brought on these Messianic references himself. Listen to any one of his speeches, and he has this overtone that he is the chosen one to lift up “a people.”

I’m Christian too, and I don’t find it offensive whatsover to my religion. McCain isn’t trying to bash Christianity, he’s trying to poke fun at the self-infatuated candidate that is Barack Obama.

Hopefully people actually start looking into Obama’s policies and how they will affect our nation in the next 4 years, rather than getting sucked into his empty rhetoric. If he’s so worried about the economy, then maybe he should take a lesson from Reagan and bring the tax level back down to a reasonable percent. Not the 70% top rate he’s proposing. Talk about crippling the economy.

Posted by Nick | Report as abusive
 

“I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest.” Baffling, outrageous, and entirely predictable words coming from McCain. The guy and his campaign have completely checked out on reality and now live permanently within the neo-con echo chamber, exactly like Bush and his cronies.

Posted by Bane | Report as abusive
 

The last four ads have told me far too much about just what kind of man John McCain really is. He’s a liar (falsely accusing Obama of not visiting wounded soldiers in Germany because he couldn’t take reporters with him), a juvenile whiner (Obama is a celebrity of no more substance than Britney or Paris and his supporters are nothing more than drooling groupies), and now a blasphemer, ridiculing Obama and comparing him to Christ.

I have to wonder, has Senator McCain regressed to adolescence? Because these ads are so…so…well, if one of my teenagers had done something like this, she would have been grounded for months, just for being so disrespectful.

Worst of all, these four ads tell us everything we need to know about the temperament of the man who wants to sit in the Oval Office next year and represent the people’s best interests. Is that the kind of guy you want with his finger on the nuclear trigger. If he acts this immature and jealous during the campaign, is this how he will govern? I’m afraid it is, because these ads reflect very badly on the man.

Posted by windrider | Report as abusive
 

Obama has been acting as if he is the “Chosen One” for some time now, and the media has been eating it up. So what is wrong with McCain’s people simply throwing Obama’s words back in his face? If Obama can’t take the heat of a few jest-full campaign ads how would he react to the real pressure of the Ovaql Office?

Posted by Mike McAtee | Report as abusive
 

McCain has been forced into a corner because of his inherently weak presidential campaign and because of immense success of Barack Obama in Europe. McCain is now saying over the top political propaganda. His campaign has become a spectacle of negativism in his attempt to topple Barack Obama who on the other hand must defend himself everyday from absurd accusations from the McCain TV ads. Are these low down tactics going to continue to work in presidential campaigns. I remember catching Rev. Maggis, the TV evangelist one night in 2004 before the election saying with all his heart and soul to his audience that if they did not vote for George Bush something terrible was going to happen.
I couldn’t believe it when I recently saw John McCain laughing and saying he was amused at his terrible and false TV ad accusations against Barack Obama.

Posted by Carole H. | Report as abusive
 

How many times at rallies or small campaign events has John McCain miss-spoke about something?

I think the man’s inability to keep facts straight and his willingness to shoot from the hip would cause irreparable harm when (not if) he disses a foreign head of states’ religion by making in inappropriate attempt at humor. His sense of humor is very much out of touch – he’s perspective of the world is that of a 72 year old. The world has changed and he’s has not changed with it.

We need a Statesmen when dealing with foreign heads of state, as Barack Obama has so eloquently established that he IS such a statesmen during his recent tour of the Middle East and Europe. The reason Barack Obama was so well received is that the world is begging for fresh start in international relations with the United States. Barack Obama is NOT a rock star, NOT a messiah, NOT a celebrity. He’s the much needed “Statesmen”, that the President of the United States should be.

Kurt

 

“I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest.”
McLame was done at word #3.

Posted by Dr. Dave | Report as abusive
 

While McCain says it is only fun , Rome Burns.
Are we to forget the 10 trillion $ national debt?
The record deficit? The Jobless? The inflation?
The recession? The elderly trying to get by on
their savings? On and on of the Bush / McCain
lies ??? God help my Grandchildren if McCain is
elected president. WWii vet.

Posted by westexacan | Report as abusive
 

Its frustrating to see the McCain adds because they are sophiticated as the taunts of a 5th school yard social bully yet they will influence a significant number of voters towards McCain. Thanks for dumbing down the discussion John. Jez

Posted by Eric Doberstein | Report as abusive
 

As a Christian, I find Obama rallies to be more similar to a church service than a political rally. McCain is just repeating Obama’s words. Obama is the problem. Listen to his words. He believes he is the Messiah.

Posted by G Halley | Report as abusive
 

McCain is just having fun with the silly pompous rhetoric that Barack uses daily

Posted by George Q | Report as abusive
 

McMary misses the point entirely. It’s Obama that portrays himself as the Messiah reborn and vastly improved to boot. (“We are the person that we have been waiting for”.) If that’s not proof positive that this man has delusions of grandeur of the first order, then what are you looking for, an Ascension or two?

McCain is only accurately noting Obama’s Messianic images of himself.

Posted by Bill M | Report as abusive
 

Added to this, Obama started negative ads before these fun ads from McCain began. I can point to several against McCain that were in different states. Obama is the one changing his words and breaking campaign promises (remember, I will accept public funds no matter what). You are just upset because McCain is using his own words and actions against himself. Face the facts, Obama is a GREAT politician — not someone who is going to change things.

Posted by G Halley | Report as abusive
 

I think you either missed the point of the AD or you chose not to listen. If you will notice, the AD does liken Obama to some Messiah. The AD points out that Obama himself has likened himself to some political messiah, and the AD rightly questions whether that is so.

I am a Christian as well, and find myself really questioning who to vote for in this election. For me, this election is truly turning into the selection of the lesser of 2 evils. As a Christian, McCain would have to be the lesser of 2 evils. The question I think you have to ask yourself, as a Christian, is what answer would you give to Christ if you were standing in front of Him and He asked you why you voted for Obama when he obviously stands against basic truths mentioned in the Bible. McCain isn’t exactly a shining Christian example but I do think a selection of McCain is easier to explain. Just ask yourself, what would Jesus think of Obama’s support for partial birth abortion? or of his close radical left associations with the likes of Bill Ayers (a known terrorist) or Jeremiah Wright who condones the killing of babies solely at the whim of the mother or father? May I remind you that one of the primary reasons God allowed Israel to be overtaken by the Babylonians over 2000 years ago was the sacrifice of innocent children to idols. Sounds a lot like what happens today where mothers (and fathers) choose to abort their unborn children to the idol of convenience.

You mentioned tolerance. Tolerance is not the issue. As a matter of fact, tolerance in this day and time is just a code phrase for “Shut up Christians, we are tired of hearing what the Bible says.” As a Christian, we shouldn’t be espousing that kind of tolerance because what it yields is tolerance of all other beliefs except Christianity. That is not what the Founding Fathers wanted and that is certainly not what Jesus wanted either. True tolerance would be the environment that the Founding Fathers intended to create in a Christian based nation that allows people of all races and religions to live and worship peacefully together, and does not single out Christians as intolerant of other faiths simply because they believe in the basic tenets of the Bible.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

All Hail our Mighty King; Barak Hussein Obama. Kneel in his presence; lower your eyes.

Kind of has a ring to it doesn’t it?

Sure, One ring….to rule them all!!!!!!!!

People, you asked for a King…….that’s what you will get…

Posted by Trevor | Report as abusive
 

hey… you can’t have it both ways… Obama supporters have exhibited hero-worship in their adoration for him… now they have to withstand the scrutiny that comes with taking such an extreme position on any person or thing… if you can’t take it, maybe you don’t truly “believe”

Posted by lili | Report as abusive
 

Judging by all the teeth gnashing and shrill outrage from Obama’s supporters, the commercial is apparently quite effective.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive
 

If this is McCain’s attempt at ridiculing Obama, he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. Image is everything, and McCain is just giving voters more reasons to vote for the guy in the video. McCain is doing a great job at campaigning for Obama.

Posted by Johnny | Report as abusive
 

John McCain does not have a clue on how to run a campaign! His plan is to belittle his apponent. Instead of offering a well thoughtout plan on “anything,” Mccain stays in the sandbox as a 5th grader trying to beat Obama with 5th grade language. Mccain’s record in the Senate is anti POW and anti anything for the vet – Look at his voting record! It cannot be changed.

 

Ah, Mr. Rove, so nice to see you’ve come back…

Posted by Jake | Report as abusive
 

“I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest.” – John McCain

John McCain stating he’s proud of his campaign and the way they’ve been operating shows he is full of himself. And that would convince me to believe he’s being very negative. Just one point that many of my fellow Americans fail to realize is that yes, we do have the overall choice of who’s elected next president, but – at the same time the entire world is expecting us to get out of Republican rule and elect someone who is charismatic, honroable, intelligent, and can unite people to get things done! Think of how much more respect we’d receive from fellow peoples if we were to elect Barack Obama instead of John McCain! I am embarrased quite often from the way foreigners view us because of the present Administration. Not that I’m a perfect man – but I do know morals and I live by those day to day. It is depressing to know that there is so much ignorance in my country. People foreign to America: There are still good people in this country – don’t give up on us! We’ll soon eradicate the “hill-billys” and the “trash” that makes up roughly 85% of our population. Oh yes – it’ll be so sweet…

Posted by J. Houx, OR | Report as abusive
 

What a great ad.

I love hearing all the democrat whiners on this one. What’s the big deal, the man is acting like the chosen one.

Here is a great idea, Obama stops speaking to crowds in Germany and tries to seriously discuss how to help fix things here. If McCain is so full of it, Obama should take up McCain’s offer to debate him.

After all, if McCain has nothing to say Obama has a chance to prove that he is all he claims. WHY NO DEBATE MR. OBAMA????

Posted by Ernie | Report as abusive
 

I think a lot of Obama supporters are upset about McCain’s recent comments/advertisements because earlier in the campaign season he pledged to run a positive campaign, not one clothed in spite and personal attacks. So far I haven’t seen any such personal attacks coming from Obama’s camp…

Posted by Matt S | Report as abusive
 

Obama is a shell. Why can’t anyone see the guy has no substance? McCain is saying exactly what half of America is thinking. The other half of America is soaked up in either:
a. “I hate republicans”
b. “White guilt”
c. “Absolute Ignorance”

A lot of Americans are down right stupid to believe Obama will bring back manufacturing jobs, universal healthcare (that works!), and save the rest of the world. People are condemned for pointing out the obvious.

Posted by Toonces | Report as abusive
 

I have been following Obama and McCain the last couple of weeks and I fail to see how people are coming off that Obama is anymore egotistical than any other presidential candidate in the last 200 years. What you want him to stand up there and say, “well im not all that great. but you should vote for me cuz …well…. ”
Freakin Morons, McCain is doing the exact same thing that Obama is; he is trying to convince the US that he is a great and wonderful man who is smart, caring, basically an all around good and competent guy, though his political ads say otherwise.
At least Obama is acting like a man and not a child who is angry that he isnt getting all the attention.
“WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH OBAMA HAS MORE FRIENDS THAN I DO WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BOOHOO” is this really the man you want running the country? another idiot who lets his emotions get in the way of clear thinking.

Posted by gabe | Report as abusive
 

>We’ll soon eradicate the “hill-billys” and the “trash” that makes up roughly 85% of our population. Oh yes – it’ll be so sweet…
- Posted by J. Houx, OR

Now, if a conservative talked about “eradicating” America’s GLBT population or the African-Americans population… that’s bad.

But a liberal fantasizing about racial genocide is A-OK.

 

>hey… you can’t have it both ways… Obama supporters have exhibited hero-worship in their adoration for him… now they have to withstand the scrutiny that comes with taking such an extreme position on any person or thing… if you can’t take it, maybe you don’t truly “believe”

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

 

I am a deeply religious person, voted republican for decades. This ad is distasteful and mocking what I believe in. I am deeply offended and while I don’t vote for barack I won’t vote for McCain. He simply is not a religious man by taking our donations and spending it on comparing him with our Lord. It is blasphemy and I would have expected more. My friend has lost her job, 3 kids, no husband. While I see solutions presented by Barack, McCain is having fun with his Britney stunts and blasphemy games meanwhile his people are starving and in dire need of a solution.

I am deeply troubled that this is the best we have to counter the liberals. God save us all, and having our hard earned dollar’s spent on blasphemy that is offending to many of us is a shame.

Posted by David | Report as abusive
 

McCain’s campaign is surprisingly fun and fresh. he is enjoying himself and his Obama videos are onestly creative and very funny!
On the other hand, Obama was against drilling yesterday and for it today and he is going to raise taxes on your employer and tax “big oil” 65 billion dollars and on and on and on….
I think Obama is, and I mean this is truly my take, my opinion… a half-baked socialist who can’t even articulate his simple-minded, vaque, tax-and-spend environmental whacko message. Besides, after his mentor, Reverend Wright, no thinking person would vote for Obama.

Posted by Larry Clifton | Report as abusive
 

McWhiner has totally lost it. He wentt from someone people thought of as a honest, trustworthy person to a old grumpy man calling names. Whats next, is he gonna say Obama has cooties and likes girls?
Grow up John.

Being shot down doesnt make you a hero, it makes you a bad pilot.

Posted by Joe AMerica | Report as abusive
 

I think it matters less who the person is. A president heavily relies on how he can manage to get something done. So the ability to surround himself with quality people is crucial and much more important then the personality.

Obama has proven that he can run an excellent campaign, that is focuses and can take down the mightiest symbols (clinton). So I expect him to do the same in the white house… he is likely someone who can get stuff done. Picking the right people managing it correctly.. and the polls prove it.

McCain on the other hand never really got going. He wasted half a year with a bad campaign, while the liberals were fighting it out, and now he has the style of a 5 year old. He seems to me like those senile seniors that love watching cartoon again… and that would be ok if he’d know to leave the decision to others.. however it seems that the type of ads.. .britney, paris, messiah… is a heck of a lot of fun… but honestly all I see in those is Obama’s face… And yes I am sure he thinks that funny, but it proves that his management style is non existing. His campaign is a mess, unfocused, unguided. He can’t even talk straight, has no clue about many issues, gaffe’s about iran bomb bomb bomb iran… just show that the people he chose don’t know how to run a campaign or they would have stopped things like that from happening. So to summarize it, I don’t care about him, but he is NO LEADER. Obama is, and you can tell best by the way they run their campaign.

Posted by Lori | Report as abusive
 

This is an example of the kind of response we may expect from McCain when he feels pressure. You feel pressure when you know that you are not prepared for the task at hand. He’s not prepared so he tries to make a joke…(and it is usually a very bad one).

Posted by Bob Williams | Report as abusive
 

Barack has stood before millions and tried to tell us that he can change the nation, the world, heal all our ills and fill my pocket book, and make sure we all have a job to go to.. But, one thing i havent ever heard is HOW HE IS GOING TO DO ALL OF THIS? To me he is all blow and no show.
I dont trust him as a man making a speech, i dang sure wont trust him with MY country and with my 2 sons in the military.
How much is he going to raise our taxes, because that is the first thing a democratic president does…That is how they figure to fix all our problems.
Oh and how i would fix the gas problem is this, Tell the gas companies we want $2 a gallon gas again, if we dont get $2 a gallon gas we will tax them double the amout, and if they dont do it in say one week, we will triple their taxes and so on….
See if one athiest woman can change this country with no prayer in schools then why cant we as a whole countries people lower the price of gas?????

 

McCain is using code words for calling Obama an uppity you know what. Hasn’t Karl Rove caused our nation enough disgrace and created enough divisiveness? Is McCain really so desperate that he’d hire a loser like Rove to be his hatchet man?

Heaven help you Republicans this November … we’re taking the governorships, the Senate, the Congress, the school boards and we’re working on my home state of Texas.
Get ready for some changes.

Posted by aurum79 | Report as abusive
 

So, Obama talks about energy, health care, and joblessness while McCain talks about…Britney Spears? Umm…okay.

And he wonders why he can’t break 50% despite being in the public spotlight for almost three decades. He’s given us every reason to vote against him and not for him. How sad.

And to think, I used to respect him as a politician.

Posted by Tony S. | Report as abusive
 

To the poster Jim
Get over the Christian thing. You mentioned it so many times, I am not sure who you are trying to convince. We were forced to listen to the right wing nuts like by a Supreme Court who installed your leader over the constitutionally correct action. History will not be kind to your kind.

You are the reason we are in this mess. All religions are evil by nature. You are right that the rest of us who can think are tired of your hate filled garbage.

GOD did not write any books. Why would a being who created the universe care about your trivial pursuits? You people think that God loves you so he can torture you and test you! How human is that? A supreme being would not show such tendencies. The bible and the rest of the books are just error filled history books which do not have any intelligence. Get over it.

Read history, the bible and the rest were written by men. It is all about resources and power. It equates to Money.

Bush takes money out of soldier’s pockets (all services included here) by giving it to Big Corporations. DO you know how many lower ranking people in the military live just above the poverty level? Do you know how hard the Bushies have made it for the average soldier to get benefits? Yet you want us to wage other wars. Get over the need for oil and the bushies go away.

All politicians make compromises which may be over the legal limits or close but they do that to get elected. You want change, keep religion out of politics. Your god is a mean vengeful and hurtful being. We need something more peaceful now.

I do not like Obama and definitely think that McCain is a Bush clone now. Someone here said welcome Carl Rove. I think that poster is correct. We should vote and let the chips fall. I predict that AZ and Ohio will have issues with the election. It will be a close one but fraud in both states will give the election to McCain unless the young people of this country overcome this religious garbage and vote.

I ask the young folks to vote and even if Obama is inexperience and lot of other frailities, it will be a change from Carl Rove’s america. The founding fathers are rolling over in the grave with the last 8 years of depravity and rape of the constitution. The real terrorist is Carl ROve

Posted by sydney | Report as abusive
 

Hey, it’s his money, donated to his campaign, by his supporters. I would rather he talked about real issues, but the last I checked, freedom of speech is one of those ideals we hold with high esteem. If I were an opponent, I would simply ask what the ad has to do with real problems and then move on, talking about my suggestions for change.

Posted by Daniel Jones | Report as abusive
 

This week the McCain campaign has seemingly switched gears. At first I was shocked, but not anymore. The Celebrity ad, the Messiah ad, and calling Obama out on the race card were great moves. It shouldn’t be considered negative to show your opponent how you see them. All of those topics and how they were presented is how a large portion of the population sees him. If Obama, or his supporters have a problem with the content, then they might want to look at Obama’s message and his campaign tactics.

Posted by Leeballz | Report as abusive
 

“Being shot down doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a bad pilot”

AHAHAHAHA!!! Thank you, Joe AMerica!!! That is a perfect point!

And from anonomous mom – I don’t know what GLBT stands for.. but Barack Obama’s quote of saying most people cling to guns and religion.. It is true. I have witnessed it myself. And if you have experienced the hate and ignorance of many Americans as I have, you would consider my post to be valid. The ones who voted for Bush and wish to support McCain are ruining our chances of succeeding. It’s not because I’m liberal, it’s because I’m a critical thinker. I usually choose the best answer to a question. Conservatives seem to take the best outcome to their liking from a question. So give me a gun, give me a religion that says I can kill in the name of my lord, and I’ll be on their level. Until then – I will change this country with my man, Barack Obama!

Posted by J. Houx, OR | Report as abusive
 

Can we ALL agree that John McCain needs NEW set of Advisers? His recent erratic campaign ad movements leave many shaking their hands!

 

This is hillarious – Obama is over the top!

Posted by KC | Report as abusive
 

Now McCan will force Obama to speak about substance and McCan will run circles around him with that. Brilliant tactic, go negative to wash the hype out and force substance in the campaign instead of news media coverage of the “celeb” or “chosen one”!

Posted by Don | Report as abusive
 

Turns out that Sen. McCain has been a closet REPROBATE all along!

McCain thinks he’s even more entitled to be President than Obama. Heck, everyone who has ever run for President thinks they are “the one.” McCain is no exception. He thinks he is so entitled that he has thrown his personal integrity out the window.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive
 

“Being shot down doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a bad pilot”

By the same token, failing at making better lives for people as a community organizer (admitted by Barcak himself saying that e needed to get to a higher office to make changes in their lives)doesn’t make you Presidential material it makes you a failer at the lowest level.

Posted by Don | Report as abusive
 

“Being shot down doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a bad pilot”

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen: 80 confirmed kills – Shot down and killed in combat

Frank Luke: 18 confirmed kills – Shot down and killed in combat

Lilya Litvyak: 12 confirmed kills – Shot down and killed in combat

Katya Budanova: 11 confirmed kills – Shot down and killed in combat

I have only listed 4, but the above pilots are all “Aces.” They were also all shot down in combat. So you see the statement that getting shot down makes you a bad pilot couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The statement that being shot down doesn’t make you a hero is actually very true. However, what you do after you get shot down does. For example, Frank Luke was shot down in combat. Instead of surrendering he tried to fight off advancing German troops with his side arm until they eventually killed him.

What John McCain did on the ground after being shot down is what makes him a hero.

Posted by Leeballz | Report as abusive
 

If we cannot see past McCain’s campaign of character asassination and grasp the real danger of continuing the failed policies of the Bush administration, we are all in for some very dark times.
As a man who aspires to be a Christian, I ask how we can continue to sow the seeds of fear, wage brutal war, fill the pockets of the rich while the ranks of the poor swell, authorize and condone torture, stand silent as we allow species to go extinct and our dear earth to be poisoned, and spend the very hope of our children and grandchildren?
Who is it that comes in the name of the Lord and yet sows fear, hatred, violence, arrogance and disdain for the poor?

Posted by Andrew Elliott | Report as abusive
 

McCain has descended to the level of good-old-boy politicing. Not so many years ago a politician in NC, who shall remain nameless, would travel the rural areas addressing regular folk in little speeches and town meetings. He would tell lots of half-truths about his opponent. He even played on their ignorance. He’d say things like, “Did you know that *** has been seen masticating in public. It’s shameful.” It worked back then and, it may work again with an uninformed and ignorant electorate. Let’s hope for all our sakes that we are a bit more sophisticated and don’t succumb to the newly discovered base pandering of the McCain campaign.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive
 

He brought it all on to himself.

McCain is only putting into ads, saying publicly and in satire, what his supporters, the infatuated MSM, and Himself, have been saying in all seriousness for the past over 18 months. Admit it, it has reached the point of ridiculousness and, in some respects, I think it took a lot of “balls” to put these ads together and put it out there.

Did you see his phoney presidential nominee seal? How about the millions of dollars extra the not so wealthy DNC will spend on his coronation, annointing, or whatever you want to call it when he makes his acceptance speech? Double rent for a facility; double use of energy, ie electricity, EMS standby services for those overcome with fanaticism, and double or more Secret Service, closing airspace, it is disgusting. Somebody would have to be absolutely extraordinary and flawless to deserve that and there is no one out there who is and never will be.

When you take a look at this “phenomenon”, these are the perfect kinds of ads as one cannot deal with this by reason, logic, or any other sensible strategy. It is perfect and, it speaks for many, many out there who have no voice with which to express the same message that is carried in these ads.

Sorry. That’s life on the campaign trail.

Posted by nana | Report as abusive
 

I read a couple of posts here where people claiming to be Christians claimed that Obama was either anti Christian or believed he is some sort of messiah. I have followed this election more closely than any other during my lifetime. I used to be a great fan of McCain so I am not approaching this from the point of view of some liberal who would vote for anyone that the democrats picked to run. I can not recall any instance where Obama has made even a slightest hint that he is a messiah, or the chosen one, or the savior of America, or anything even resembling that. Obama speaches are often filled with admissions of his fallibility. He is a long time Christian and much to my dismay (since I believe in a strong separation of church and state) he speaks often and very respectibly of his christian beliefs. I don’t have any idea where this idea of Obama’s being the “one” came from. I suppose it was inevitable that McCain’s people would have to try and find some way to blunt theeffect obama’s obvious popularity might have on the election. The comparison of Obama to Spears and Hilton was a good example. It made absolutely no logical sense to compare Obama to Britany Spears of Paris Hilton, but McCain felt that he could some how convince people that since Spears and Hilton are celebrities and Obama is now becomming a celebrity therefor Obama must also be like Spears and Hilton.

As I said, I used to really respect McCain. He seemed to be a cut above many other politicians in his ability to do what was right even if it wasn’t towing the party line. However, now he seems every bit as bad as Bush Rove when they trashed McCain’s reputation in 2000. Maybe the only thing he learned from that experience was that going negative works. Well if the American people let these rediculous negative attacks work one more time we are going to pay a very heavy price in the future. We paid dearly for allowing Rove to scare us into voting for Bush (twice!), are we going to let it happen again.

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Sadly the American culture has become numb to sincere courtesy. I believe this mainly because courtesy has been sorely lacking for the last several decades. The field of candidates has been narrowed down to the most popular but, imo, the least desirable. This speaks volumes about the condition to which our culture has evolved. Our economy, among several critical issues, is in shambles and likely to get worse. Whomever we elect we should be prepared to demand that the next President stand and deliver on behalf of our NEEDS as a nation.

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I really wish McCain would tell me how he is going to fix this HUGE MESS the Bush Administration has made of this country? Instead he has takin the Republican low road of childish adds. I was a republican until recently and changed to the Independent Party today! I am so sick of same mud slinging politics of the past. All I wanted to know from McCain is how he is going to solve our countries problems and so far all I hear is how he is going to raise Social Secrity tax, then how he isn’t. How he is going to solve all of our energy needs by nuclear power and drilling for oil. I hate to say it but by the time we see a drop of oil or a power plant this country will be bankrupt and its citizens starving!
And these negitive attacks doesn’t help anyone! Even ol’ T Boone Pickens said drilling isn’t going to help and he has been in oil for 50 years. I am not that excited about Obama either but I don’t have much of a choice now because of these childish games the McCain camp has been playing. I really wish at this point I had serious presidential candidate! But it looks like Obama just got another vote!

 

McCain is plainly suffering from the Mozart-Salieri envy syndrome (bright, talented vs dull, ordinary): it happens in politics frequently. Bertrand Russell said envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. It is a universal and most unfortunate aspect of human nature because not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but also wishes to inflict misfortune on others.
The only problem is that McCain does not even level in politics with Salieri’s level in music.

Posted by Al | Report as abusive
 

McCain and his advisers get attack ad ideas straight from blogs and comment walls. They prey off the fears of people who disclose their innermost fears and prejudices through internet anonymity. Read the youtube comments section of Obama’s videos and watch the attack ads, for example. The ads are definitely not McCain’s “epiphany” about how to attack him.

Barack Obama’s campaign is definitely not about himself. He never uses “I” in his speeches, like “I will solve the problem of our broken health care”. He always talks about “we”, and “us”. It’s important to evaluate the way his campaign is run before leveling any wild accusations that he’s positioned himself as the one savior who will correct all our problems.

And let me tell you, from a volunteer’s point of view, he has built his campaign from the bottom up, and has a very impressive grassroots organization as a result. We, as volunteers, are not going to disband this organization as soon as Obama becomes president. Instead, we are going to continue getting involved in our community, backing legislation in our local governments, and opposing things we see as wrong in our towns and cities. That’s what his campaign is about– it’s not one man’s ambitious battle for the presidency, but a reengagement of normal people in their communities and government, to make things better for themselves, rather than relying solely on elected officials.

I, as a volunteer for his campaign, not a “follower” who “does the messiah’s bidding”, but a normal citizen who will always be skeptical of the things he, and any politician for that matter, says.

All this stuff is nasty, republican attack dog tactics. Disgusting really. Worse yet, because of all of the internet material (things that people would otherwise be too ashamed to say out loud) available to them, they know EXACTLY the fears that are running voters’ minds and exactly how to manipulate them.

Let’s hope the American people don’t fall for this crap again. Elect Obama ’08 America!!!

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Obama is weak. He’s not really a coward – I don’t believe he is spineless… he’s just never had to do anything that really tested his fortitude. If you’ve ever known real adversity, if you’ve ever been in the combat zone (for example) – you can often learn to recognize people who have never had the opportunity to fight for something.

Look in the man’s eyes… he’s soft. Not his fault necessarily – he just never did anything in his life that might give him some real backbone. One of the best president’s from our Party (JFK) was a WAR HERO – and even Clinton had real experience with command as a governor. Obama has NOTHING PEOPLE! NOTHING!!!!

And I honestly can’t believe he is the nominee for our beloved Democratic party. When in God’s name did our once proud party become a haven for people as radical as Obama!? He is no hero to true Democrats. True Democrats believe in real values, real virtues, and REAL morals. Obama has none. After all, it is one thing to SAY (however eloquently) “I care about values, virtue, and morals…” and quite another to have them.

As far as this commercial goes. It IS funny! I’ve watched my party go crazy for a person we know nothing about – and a large number of Obama fans (I refuse to give his crowds the dignity of the title “political supporters”) DO act like he is some sort of savior. This commercial isn’t saying anything we traditional Democrats haven’t been saying for MONTHS now.

I’ve watched our party slide further and further to the left – and it is sickening. I love my country (I am proud to call myself a combat veteran) and I care deeply for the Democratic party for many reasons… and I still consider myself a Democrat – but I will be voting for McCain this go round. I have no interest in lending any support to our nation becoming “The People’s Socialist Republic of the United States of America” under Obama.

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This has been enlightening. I have been a republican. But will vote for Obama. I am a Christian and am troubled by Obama’s stand on abortion. For as a woman who had an abortion, I will never forget the ignorance of that decision. I will live with that until I die. Yet rumors are out there that McCain will move to the same place. However, I believe something is at stake which I can not pin point. What has happened to a this country? I don’t watch TV but have learned about Obama the man, by reading his books. They are inspiring. He is a true citizen of the world. He is a black man from a white family. He is a gentleman. How amazing. The fact that he is where he is,in my book, I credit GOD himself. The Messiah will come but it’s not Barack Obama, but the Messiah might be interested in Obama to move HIS cause. People love the man and wouldn’t it be nice to love a leader. Bring him on.

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Hey, how come I’m seeing so much more of Barack Obama in John McCain’s ads than Obama’s?

Not only is this squirrelly little blob going down in flames this November, he’s intent on taking what remains of his reputation with him.

Maybe he’ll dump the current wife (like he did the first one) and run off with Britney Spears. He could use an intellectual challenge.

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“The statement that getting shot down makes you a bad pilot couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
While I agree, McCain was in fact a bad pilot. Prior to getting shot down he crashed three planes. None of these crashes were combat related. In one instance he was flying too low and took out some powerlines.

“What John McCain did on the ground after being shot down is what makes him a hero.”
There are some Vietnam veterans that see him as a traitor for what he did on the ground. He has been accused of collaborating with the enemy, which McCain confirmed to some extent. He admited to providing the Vietnamese with information in exchange for medical treatment. He also admitted that he recieved special treatment as a POW because his father was an admiral. (McCain’s aricle in the U.S. News and World Report from May 14, 1973 gives this information.)

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All I can say is that the country is in a lot of trouble. Our forefathers were truly responsible for country and now we have a couple of clowns. McCain’s a joke, and Obama is so full of himself, while becoming a puppet just like Bush. Truly I’m very very afraid of where this country is going and politics have taken us, at home, and across the world.

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Am I the only one who sees this supposed “negative” ad as actually benefitting Obama? I particularly enjoyed the chanting of his name, which clearly exhibits his overwhelming popularity. I also like his words “we are the ones we have been waiting for”. The first time I heard them, I thought “YES!” The words reminded me of JFK’s admonition to “Ask not what your country can do for you …” Enduring words that trumpet the true meaning of democracy. Long live Obama! Long live “The One!” Thank you, John McCain, for illustrating my chosen candidate’s assets. Finally, we have an opportunity to elect a truly charismatic patriot, a constitutional scholar, and most importantly, a true leader to the highest office of our land. I can hardly wait to cast my vote for Barack Hussein Obama!

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LATEST HEADLINE
“Obama Signals Support for Wider Offshore Drilling”

Obama was not in front of this proposal proving himself not to be a leader with foresight. I suspect that he is finding that the poll numbers are showing him that he was wrong. While it is nice to see that he is able to shift when he finds out that he is wrong (unlike his inability to agree that the surge worked…Men in uniform would probably like to see him back something that saves lives if we get into another messy war), we need someone who will be able to make the right decision immediately and who will stand up for good ideas even if it goes angainst the crowd. We need a unwavering, unbiased decision maker not a crowd pleaser!

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Let us not kid ourselves into thinking that any of the recent drilling proposals will make a sustainable difference to our longterm problems. The current clamor about drilling in the Arctic wilderness’ and on off our domestic shores only sidetracks us from concentrating on alternatives to oil. It worries me to think that, similar to the decades after the 1970′s fuel shortage, we will lose interest in advancing the technology that can reduce our dependency on oil.
McCain, as well as Obama, are politicians, thus, to get elected, they will tell us what we want to hear them say.

 

And on top of that, have you guys seens Obama? He thinks he is too good for America. His wife is the same. McCain served in the military for 22 years. He was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam for 5 and a half years. He has been in political office for 26 years. He has the experience to lead the country. Obama has never served our military. He has only been in political office for 12 years.

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McCain has no clue about the economy or anything else for that matter. He is obviously senile often misspeaking about the most simple issues. He is yet to read Adam Smith – which he should have done when he was in college. Also, he wont find the answers to today’s economic problems in that book.

His presidency will be the biggest disaster!

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While a president has very little decision making when it comes to the economy, I am wondering what credentials obama brings to the presidency to claim he can fix the economy. McCain has admitted he knows very little. That seems fine, as there are many other economic policy-making entities that have much more clout than the president…
But to claim you have credentials in spite of the obvious inability to affect the economic policy in Washington seems intriguing. Someone with as much power as Obama has shown he can drum up may be able to affect policy. It would be very interesting and perhaps, a bit overstepping of presidential duties(but our federal government has increasingly leaned this way lately).
So to my question; What makes Obama qualified to make economic policy? What business role has he held? Has he ever had a leadership position that would yeild some economic knowledge to display a sound economic judgement? Does he invest in the stock market? Does he have friends who run companies and their knowledge of the game has been passed on to him in sermons ? What knowledge has made him the presidential nominee with a monopoly on economic policy?
Know it seems to me the best argument for saying Barak knows the economy is that he has to know it better than McCain who said he knows very little. But if this is really a null and void point do to the fact that the president has nothing but the authority and power to suggest to the congress what should be done, it seems unlikely that either candidates knowledge of the economy, the self-proclaimed economic-dummy or the media touted economic-junkie with no real knowledge, is enough to help the obviously unwilling and inept Congress.

Now as for the war, the second biggest issue for most of you out there…McCain has been given by default, the monopoly on this sector simply due to the obvious lacking of any knowledge by Barack on this subject. McCain’s war years are supposed to have given him a look into how the military runs, and his frequent visits to see troops domestically and abroad has given him a fairly sound look into the modern military. Barack has just recently toured parts of the world where peace is present and parts where there has been war for thousands of years. He chairs a committee on Afghanistan which would have allowed for some insight into the working of the war, but having only showed up to one of the three mettings leaves him a bit out of touch in the sector. His trip was a whirlwind trip meant to aquaint himself with the world and make publicity domestically. It worked both ways. but the problem still remains; he is lacking in foreign affairs. Great at foreign relations, but lacking on the war. You can give him credit for being against the war and thus sticking to his guns and staying clear of becoming acquainted with it;however, it is difficult to think that just disagreeing with something makes it disappear. You could compare it to the Phil Gramm gaff where he said Americans are just a bunch of whiners. Not wanting there to be a recession hardly makes it so. Though I believe it is not a recession but merely a modest slowing that has left those living at an accelerated pace very unprepared to face their ever-mounting credit card bills and ballooning mortgages for homes they did not need. And there are several million legitimate failures out there where the truly poor were trying to make a life and got screwed over. but without the middle class speculators, they would never have suffered…the economy would just have overlooked their readjusting mortgages and subsequent foreclosures. Large scale foreclosure and subsequent economic slowing is in the hands of congress, the banks, and the citizens who speculated on homes or got into mortgages and homes they shouldn’t have gotten in to. So yes, Phil Gramm was right about americans, liberals and conservatives. He was talking about the ones that got us into this mess and still don’t see what they did wrong. the ones who have no financial compass. He knew what he was saying and he knew it would be controversial. The truth hurts. Though gas prices weren’t and aren’t imaginary, rising food prices and cost of living aren’t imaginary, it is the whiners who got us in this mess and are now whining for someone to help them out of the mess. Sadly, this is many americans now-a-days. If it isn’t you, you know it and that is all that matters. If you get mad when you here americans are whiners, then you are probably one of those whiners.

Anyways, back to credentials…Neither is truly qualified for what they yout, though McCain is quite knowledgable on the war. War policy relies more on what you want out of a war than what you know. It is what you know and have to draw on about how the war is currently going and what has worked in the past that decides whether or not those policies are positive or negative. Having something to base decisions on is required and in both the economy and the war, Barack has nothing. Hate the policy or agree with it, Mccain atleast has some knowledge to back his decisions, no matter how wrong those decisions may be. I prefer more of the same versus blind change. The economy will come around, McCain will pull out troops, however slowly, and new programs to redistribute wealth will have been thwarted. Though Obama may be a great president, his lack of knowledge on any of the solutions he puts forth is far scarier than anything McCain has put forth. McCain has been the only republican in favor of some level of environmental awareness for several years now, opposed many Bush war policies when other republicans were blindly following, and supported Bush on the Surge when he agreed with the policy. His knowledge has guided him well over the last decade. Though I disagree with many of his policies, he has knowledge to back them up and does what he feels that knowledge points to. Obama has pledged continuously to put forth many policies that I agree and diagree with. None of these policies are based on any knowledge that he has gained. The man, though hardly directly comparable to Britney Spears or Paris Hilton, is truly lacking in substance to back up his statements much as they lack substance altogether. His written speeches are filled with Rhetoric that hardly leaves his self-importance in question. He is quite arrogant though equally charismatic and stragely gentlemanlly.

McCain risked very little in putting out these ads. This election has been and will be, to quote the media, “a referendum on Obama”. Obama will win this race or lose this race. McCain can only deal with the results. The American populace’s view of Obama will be reflected in the election results. It will be obama winning or obama losing, not Mccain winning or losing. Whether race, shear lack of experience, his ability to overtake Hillary, or some other underlying factor, the media has taken quite an interest in Barack and made this all about him. McCain can only do the same. He can hardly ignore Barack’s ascension to rock-star status. He has turned that status around, however seemingly distasteful the ad amy be. I think it is clever and hilarious, though absolutely ineffective in changing swing voters minds. It is more of a ploy to make the media talk about his rock star status and question his true credentials. His ideas are grand but his means are lacking. Anyone can dream…having something to make those dreams happen is the tough part.
I think I covered almost everything I meant to….if I pissed you off, let me know. Could mean I have you to blame, along with Congress and banks and credit card companies, for my expensive gas and food…though I love this stunt in suburb growth. Makes buying a ranch alot cheaper and keeps you damn city people the hells away from my lovely quaint rural town. Bring on 10 dollar a gallon gas and a 20 year long recession. I ahve a garden and a few guns and skills to suffice getting me through hard times and being able to offer expertise in necessary fields that you city people have long neglected. Oh, it is us farmers and craftsmen that will save the lot of you city folk from falling off the planet. We feed you, cloth you,provide you with beer and liquor and provide you with shelter through our lumber production, cotton and crops, and barely and hops. We would love to see a nice long recession…force you all into the inner city since you can’t afford your hour commute anymore and then watch you die off slowly from disease and famine. Morbid huh….but perhaps then, our infrastructure could actually support the falling population. Maybe then we would learn from our mistakes and not waste. The great depression had just that affect. We should see about getting another one of those.

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I like this whole “experience” argument against Obama. I mean, yeah, we should definitely weigh experience more. When Bush won the white house he brought in some really experienced guys with him: Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Powell. One of those three didn’t agree much with the others so he was replaced. The experiences of Rumsfeld and Cheney led to some great decisions, right?

I’ll take good judgment over “experience” any day. So far in this race all I’ve seen McCain do is play by the Republican handbook to play to his base and to the fears of the rest. With 30 years in public office this is what McCain has to offer? Three cheers to “experience!”

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McCain is showing his “experience” by attacking Obama on the silliest of points. A page right out of Rove’s republican attack handbook. How sad to see an old man losing his mind.

Vote Obama, vote for freedom, vote for America!

Posted by BushGuiltyAsSin | Report as abusive
 

I watched the video clip, and my immediate response was “scary”. These were all Obama’s words. I have to shake my head in disbelief as I read the posts from all you Obama supporters. What if this video clip was produced by a person you respected? Would you still be blind to the scary truths about Obama’s character?

For me this election is about the lesser of two evils. I don’t like our options, but, again, my response to Obama’s own words is “scary”.

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I am a born again christian. I have to admit that in the last 3 or 4 elections we were voting for what was scraped out of the bottom of the barrell. Now the offering is what has been scraped off the underside of the barrell, that slime that a cockroach would not even go near. I think we should all just write in the Name of Colen Powell for president and get someone who would make a good PRESIDENT for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
GOD bless this country and save us from obama and mccain

 

“Posted by M”

“McCain was in fact a bad pilot. Prior to getting shot down he crashed three planes. None of these crashes were combat related. In one instance he was flying too low and took out some powerlines.”

Luckily, a pilot’s license or skill as a pilot has nothing to do with being President of the United States.

“There are some Vietnam veterans that see him as a traitor for what he did on the ground.”

There are some that may think that, but what does the majority think? There are some that think Elvis is still alive too I bet.

“He has been accused of collaborating with the enemy, which McCain confirmed to some extent. He admited to providing the Vietnamese with information in exchange for medical treatment.”

Actually the article stated he offered to give them military information, not that he did give it to them. It’s possible that he would have given them disinformation in exchange. Who knows what information he would have given them since the article states that they did not take him to the hospital in exchange for military information but because he was an Admirals son.

“He also admitted that he recieved special treatment as a POW because his father was an admiral. (McCain’s aricle in the U.S. News and World Report from May 14, 1973 gives this information.)”

You’re right. They patched him up because of it (as stated in the article). This makes since, he is worth more alive then dead. What other special treatment did he receive because of his father’s status other than solitary confinement and regular beatings?

Posted by Leeballz | Report as abusive
 

Wow! I think one can be fooled by this ad if you don’t critically think about the context of “when” and “where” Barack Obama said these quotes. A lot of sound bites can be taken out of the larger context, placed within the ad, and made to look much different than the original message. You have to consider that. I think McCain and his staff are emphasizing negative attacks on Obama instead of bolstering their own message. It makes me wonder if they have a message at all. And, furthermore, their attacks are not clear and forthright. In the ad, the commentator says, “He may be the one.” “But can he lead?” And, my response is, “Well, you just blatantly called Obama the one. So, that means you are admitting that he is very impressive.” Strange. On another point, have you noticed that a lot of McCain supporters are old, white, fat, and wealthy? Just wondering why that is. :)

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