Daily Archives: June 19, 2008

Obama’s New Ad a Little Misleading or What’s Kansas Got To Do With It?

There’s a new campaign ad called “Country I Love” which attempts to make Obama a regular values guy.  He says he was “raised by a single mom and his grandparents; they didn’t have much money but they taught me the values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.”

But you have to listen carefully when BO speaks.  He seems to want to leave the impression that he grew up in the Kansas heartland, but NOT SO.  He says “where THEY grew up” because he grew up mostly in Hawaii and Indonesia.  He didn’t come to the mainland USA until he was in his twenties.

Why does he feel it necessary to be misleading about it?   Does it matter?

Link to the ad: 


“Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan father. When he was two, his parents, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii, divorced. Obama’s Harvard-educated father then returned to Kenya, where he worked in the economics ministry. Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather for part of his childhood, returning to Hawaii to finish high school.”


Posted: 06.19.08


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Russert Rainbow, God Smiled

                   “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

In a very elaborate memorial service at the Kennedy Center today (6/18/08), many important people gathered to honor Tim Russert, including the President of the United States.  He was a man well beloved and respected. 

At the end of service, they played the above version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and as they left the church there was a double rainbow in the sky.

“Outside, rain and a rumble of thunder fell over the Potomac River location of the Kennedy Center.

But, like the sunny disposition and optimism that friends time and again invoked at the memorial service, there was a silver lining in the dark clouds.

A large, bright rainbow shone over Washington, greeting mourners who left the Kennedy Center. ”

And so in this way God smiled and said, “Good job, Tim”.  What a tribute!


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