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Barack Obama in State College, PA

Join Barack Obama at a Road to Change Rally in State College on Sunday, March 30.

Road to Change Rally with Barack Obama

Old Main Lawn
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP using the form to the right. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.Text PSU to 62262 for additional updates
For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.

Limited preferred viewing tickets will be available at:
Obama for America
224 S. Allen St.
State College, PA
P: 814-867-2689
Thursday, March 27 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Penn State University Hub
Pennsylvania State University
Hetzel Union Building
Pollock Road
University Park, PA 16802
Friday, March 28 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Senator Obama in Pittsburgh on Friday

News Flash!!!

Check this website for more details. The cross State trip is beginning!

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Is Pastor Wright the New Britney Spears?

For the past two weeks, it’s been non-stop Barack Obama and Pastor Wright. The media has fixated on some “snippets” taken from a speech and without the whole context of the speech, the snippets are meaningless. Hillary Clinton stated that she would have left Pastor Wright’s church however, it was the Pastor Wright that prayed with Bill Clinton for forgiveness after the Monica Lewinsky event. Hillary may not have wanted to attend Pastor Wright’s church but he was certainly welcomed in the White House.

The news keeps bringing up the racist comments. How strange that the media will focus on a few words from Pastor Wright and remain silent when Ann Coulter suggests that a Supreme Court Justice be poisoned. It’s okay for whites to make racist remarks about blacks. It’s been happening for years. When a black speaks up in anger about being treated with disrespect his whole life, it’s a different matter. The media wants to ruminate over it just like it ruminates over every appearance and every movement of Britney Spears. Remember the “Runaway Bride” story? That lasted for weeks. The media would rather obsess over nonsense then address the war in Iraq or Afghanistan or our forgotten veterans. These stories would require real journalism and today’s reporter’s just don’t have the skills, knowledge and ambition to report on more serious matters. No, today’s media is all about “flashy” stories.


How come the media is NOT ruminating about how John McCain courted the support of Rev. Hagee? You know, the very Reverend that called Catholics “satanists”, the very Reverend that supports Isreal for the sole purpose of Jews converting to Christianity, the very Reverend that calls for a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East that will kill millions of innocent children, women, PREGNANT women, and men so that the “Rapture” can happen. Rev. Hagee has followers that will do anything in their power to bring on the “Rapture”. This is dangerous because it effects the lives of millions of people.

Reverend Hagee’s followers call themselve Christians and yet cannot live by the words of Jesus (Joshua). They are more concerned about gays getting married and Pastor Wright’s justified words of anger then they are about following the road to Jesus. This would require that they feed the hungry, clothe the poor, give shelter to the homeless, and love others. No, instead they hate and spew anger. It is said that Jesus told his disciples to not judge others yet Reverend Hagee’s followers believe it is their duty to do just that. This is the man that John McCain sought for an endorsement, a so-called Christian that doesn’t follow the teachings of his Christ.

Pastor Wright just spoke words of anger, justified anger and he will forever pay for his words even though millions of people will not die because of what he said. As a woman, I understand feeling disenfranchised just because of my gender. However, I will never know what it feels like to be stopped by the police just because of the color of my skin, I will never know what it feels like to have people cross the street because of the color of my skin, I will never know what it feels like to be told that I can’t eat in a restaurant or use the bathroom because of the color of my skin, I will never know what it feels like to see someone I love hanging by their neck from a tree because of the color of their skin and I will never know what it feels like to hear that someone that I loved was left to die on the side of the road because of the color of their skin. No, I will never experience any of that. Pastor Wright has. He understands what it means to have people judge him by the color of his skin.
Enough of my rant…

I have provided a link to another point of view. Read it. You may learn something.

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Volunteer – Your Country Needs you

This is the last chance to register voters in Pennsylvania. If you need some convincing to volunteer, watch this video: Students for Obama


Stop by the Obama Campaign office located at 352 Penn Street, Reading.

The Patriots at Pennsylvania for Change will be at the Obama Campaign office today, helping with voter registration.

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The Obama Phenomenon hits Berks County

OK, I’ve been involved as a volunteer in campaigns for some time now, local state, and federal. Everything from township supervisor to president of the United States. I know when a candidate gets support, and I can sense the level of support, from disinterest to, well, passionately absorbed. I have to tell you that the Obama campaign, which has a small cadre of paid staffers in the little town of Reading PA (pop. 75,000?) has taken the region by surprise. The story is in the numbers. As was reported in these pages a few days ago, Berks County had about 3000 new Democratic registrants since the beginning of the year, while the Republicans have had 179. Well in less than a week, those numbers will increase by several thousand. Teams of enthusiastic volunteers from Berks County, under the direction of Obama staffers, are swarming out to all high traffic areas in the city and county and registering new and cross-over voters in droves. Yesterday, thanks to my wife, I had the grunt task of adding those new registrations to the Vote Builder data base. Folks, the two of us spent over 4 hours there, and barely made a dent in the pile. This man, and this campaign are combing through the under-story of the local political landscape to find tons of new registrants (folks who never bothered to care, from their early twenties to oldsters in their eighties), and party-switchers (about 10% of the registrations I handled). The story is plain and simple. No other candidate on the political scene in my memory has tapped into voter radar like Barack Obama. And these new registrants are being entered in to the state and national Democratic databases, under the Obama tag. Don’t think party regulars (read super delegates) aren’t taking notice. Another update: The Philadelphia campaign office has already exceeded its registration goals. Bob Roggio (candidate U.S. House of Rep. 6th Cong. District) do you know where your coattails are being made? Pollsters tapping Pennsylvania’s mood, do you understand why you will be way off mark in your opinion polling for this upcoming primary? (For the under-informed, pollsters contact likely voters… those who have voted often in several previous elections, and they don’t call cell phones, which I entered a lot of yesterday.). Hey Hillary… ‘a cold wind is gonna blow.

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My Letter from Governor Richardson


This morning, when I opened my email, there was a message from Governor Richardson. Here’s a copy.

During the last year, I have shared with you my vision and hopes for this nation as we look to repair the damage of the last seven years. And you have shared your support, your ideas and your encouragement to my campaign. We have been through a lot together and that is why I wanted to tell you that, after careful and thoughtful deliberation, I have made a decision to endorse Barack Obama for President.

We are blessed to have two great American leaders and great Democrats running for President. My affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver. It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall. The 1990’s were a decade of peace and prosperity because of the competent and enlightened leadership of the Clinton administration, but it is now time for a new generation of leadership to lead America forward. Barack Obama will be a historic and a great President, who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad.

Earlier this week, Senator Barack Obama gave an historic speech. that addressed the issue of race with the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him. He inspired us by reminding us of the awesome potential residing in our own responsibility. He asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together.

As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants–specifically Hispanics– by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences–and place blame on others not like them . We all know the real culprit — the disastrous economic policies of the Bush Administration!

Senator Obama has started a discussion in this country long overdue and rejects the politics of pitting race against race. He understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.

His words are those of a courageous, thoughtful and inspiring leader, who understands that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And, after nearly eight years of George W. Bush, we desperately need such a leader.

To reverse the disastrous policies of the last seven years, rebuild our economy, address the housing and mortgage crisis, bring our troops home from Iraq and restore America’s international standing, we need a President who can bring us together as a nation so we can confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad.

During the past year, I got to know Senator Obama as we campaigned against each other for the Presidency, and I felt a kinship with him because we both grew up between words, in a sense, living both abroad and here in America. In part because of these experiences, Barack and I share a deep sense of our nation’s special responsibilities in the world.

So, once again, thank you for all you have done for me and my campaign. I wanted to make sure you understood my reasons for my endorsement of Senator Obama. I know that you, no matter what your choice, will do so with the best interests of this nation, in your heart.


Bill Richardson

I’m feeling great. The “Governor” came through just like I believed he would.

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UK Perspective – “We the people…”

Thanks to our visitor, EurpeanView, for sending us links to on-line articles posted on European websites. As you can see, Europe is waiting and cheering for Barak Obama to become the next President of the United States.

The article is posted at the below link.

Times on-line UK

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Why Do You Support Barack Obama?


Let’s share our reasons why we support Barack Obama.

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Can Obama Really Win PA?… Answer… Yes Look To Rendells Strategy In 2002

So all eyes are on PA, at least in the media’s eyes anyway… We all are too well aware of the fact that the race will continue after that, and that is something Obama’s campaign seems to be doing this week, as he should pulling a win out in Indiana would be a big blow to Clinton and is possible so I say go for it. His campaign also has lowered expectations here in PA, the polls haven’t been favorable showing anywhere from a 14-20 point lead for Senator Clinton, Obama himself said that if he can pull within 10% on primary day he would see that as a win for his campaign… We’re also told by the pundidts how this state is Hillary’s Country, with the Major Catholic background of the state and white blue collar workers… yada yada yada… One person even said PA is more like OH than OH is… That in itself has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard… And while yes in the historical sence these pundits are right… They also seemed to have noticed that things have changed in PA. Major manufactoring here in this state for the most part has come and gone, while States like OH and MI are still behind in terms of their economy adapting to change… PA actually has been ahead of the curve (well at least their curve)… PA is much more liberal than OH is, one only has to look at the last two presidential contests to see that… OH went to Bush twice, PA went to Gore then Kerry… Although it was close it still shows that this state has become blue-er over time we haven’t been red since since 1988 for Bush I. There also been an explosion of afluent liberal minded people in the suburbs of Phl and the Lehigh Valley and also in South Central PA (Lancaser Co stretching back to the state’s capital in Harrisburg), also in terms of college areas there are alot of young voters (which have favored Obama) in area’s around Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and of course in Centre Count there is Penn State’s Main campus…

With all that said there are some things going against Obama here besides the polls. 1) largest Catholic Population in the country (Clinton has shown strength with these people) 2) I hate to say it but in my mind I worry that there is failry large problem with racism in this state, one thats under the surface but in the minds of many people… (mainly in the “alabama” middle of PA) 3) And this is a big one, the state Democratic party is behind Senetor Clinton so she can just take her Clinton machine and plug right in.

Those are some imposing problems but not impossible to overcome, the 3rd one many would think is more or less a nail in the coffin, but one only has to look to our Governor Ed Rendell to see that it is possible to not have that machine behind you. In 2002 he was up against Bob Casey in the democratic primary for the Governor spot on the democratic ticket. The states democrtaic party was beind Casey and Rendell was behind in the polls, indeed Rendell only won only 10 out of 67 counties in the state but it was still an overwhelming win for him, what he did was run up the score where he won. A little background…

The 2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial slugfest was a battle between two titans of the Democratic Party. It pitted the son and heir apparent of the former Governor Casey against the liberal, urban, upstart Rendell. Casey (Clinton?) was the prohibitive favorite with deep roots in state politics, a political brand name second to none in Pennsylvania (the advantage of his own and his father’s victories), and widespread Democratic Party establishment support. Rendell (Obama?) was a politician of vague and uncertain outline to a majority of state voters, a brash upstart from a city many Pennsylvanians regarded as the citadel of sin and corruption.

Yet in the end and contrary to most expectations, Rendell scored an impressive victory beating Casey by some 150,000 votes. How he did it is of more than passing curiosity. In fact if Obama is going to beat Clinton in Pennsylvania, he must follow closely the Rendell electoral roadmap hacked out in 2002.

Rendell did it by accomplishing three things:

Massive Concentration of Effort–Pennsylvania has 67 counties, and Rendell managed to lose 57 of them. But the counties he won were the big counties, and he won them big, for a 54 to 46 statewide victory. Key was the impressive percentages he recorded in Philadelphia and the four suburban counties. He rolled up 75% in Philadelphia and more than 80% in the suburbs. Rendell ended with 300,000 votes in the Southeast, twice his necessary statewide margin.

Iron Control of the Swing Vote–Rendell topped off Philly and the suburbs by winning the Lehigh Valley and much of the southcentral part of the state, capturing 60% or more in many of those counties. Rendell’s regional dominance in eastern Pennsylvania was critical. Nine of the ten counties he won were east of the Susquehanna.

Managed Statewide Turnout–Finally Rendell also was able to turnout a higher percentage of Democratic voters in the Southeast than voted in the Southwest. This was accomplished in part by increasing Democratic registration–including luring some Republicans across party lines, but mostly by exciting the voters in the Philadelphia TV market that overwhelmingly favored his candidacy.

Measured against Rendell’s 2002 template, Obama’s chances are not unpromising. He is positioned to emulate the Rendell strategy to a greater extent than is generally recognized. Essentially he must win the same ten counties Rendell won in 2002, while reducing Clinton’s margins in her strongholds. Currently he leads in Philly and will likely win the city decisively, making the suburbs a major battleground. The Democratic voters there largely mirror the upscale, affluent voters Obama has been attracting nationally: they are the most liberal in the state, strongly oppose the Iraq War, and have a low regard for President Bush. For insurance Obama needs to join the Philadelphia suburbs to the two pivotal swing areas, the Lehigh Valley and Southcentral, where the Democrats are moderate to liberal and where he currently polls well against Senator Clinton. Beyond this managing turnout will be crucial for him.

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Rendell in 2002 was able to turnout a higher percentage of Democratic voters in the Southeast than voted in the Southwest. This is central to any Obama victory. To win he must push his turnout higher in the Southeast. Here enthusiasm and Obama volunteers could make a big difference. The Obama campaign has already begun a major voter registration drive to add Democrats to the roles. The current Democratic pickup is 65,000, most of whom will be Obama voters.

The stakes in Pennsylvania are high for both candidates–but perhaps highest for Obama. A Pennsylvania victory virtually assures him the nomination. It also would help inoculate him against an unfavorable resolution (for him) to the sputtering messes in Michigan and Florida. And a Pennsylvania victory gives the lie to the argument Obama can’t win in an Electoral College battleground state.

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How long and how strong… The Obama Advantage

After the Democrat Foster’s win in Illinois, Democratic leaders are beginning to evaluate the length and strength of Barack Obama’s coattails.

From “The Hill”

by Alexander Bolton

Democratic lawmakers are becoming persuaded that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) would have a more positive impact on other Democrats on the November ballot than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Obama’s advantage over Clinton would be most pronounced in the Southern and Western states President Bush carried in 2000 and 2004, say lawmakers interviewed by The Hill. In total, 32 members of Congress from these “red states” have endorsed Obama. Twenty-two lawmakers from those states have backed Clinton.

Obama will “bring new people into the process in Southern states, there’s no question about it,” said Rep. James Clyburn, the House Democratic whip from South Carolina. “In these Southern states he’s bringing out more people, young people, African-Americans. They’re being energized by him.”

Clyburn, who has stayed neutral in the primary, said Obama at the top of the ticket would “certainly” do more to help other Democratic candidates, citing South Carolina and Mississippi specifically.

Bush won both South Carolina and Mississippi by nearly 20 points.

A Southern House Democrat who faces a difficult reelection this year said Obama “has the potential to bring more folks to the polls and swell the ranks of Democrats.” The lawmaker, who has not endorsed either candidate, declined to speak on the record because Clinton may become the nominee.

Lawmakers have begun looking more closely at how the nominee may affect their own reelections or influence races in their states. Sensing this, Obama supporters have pushed their colleagues to consider how Obama and Clinton would impact Democratic candidates in November.