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The Obama following

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The fact that the two presidential candidates have been in eastern North Carolina within a week of each other underscores how important a battleground our state has become. Newschannel 3's Steve Rondinaro covered both the McCain and Obama events. There was in-depth coverage when John McCain visited Wilmington. Steve went to Fayetteville Sunday, wanting to get a similar first-hand look at Barack Obama in action. Barack Obama’s soaring oratory inspires a loyal and impassioned following. At times, he assumes a preachers rhythm, sweeping the willing crowd along with him "I think the winds of change are blowing. Not just here in North Carolina, but in Virginia…," said Obama. Barack wear is high fashion at the event in Fayetteville. From t-shirts to buttons all over. There is even a Barack Obama action figure. Retired school principal, Beverly Scott, was at the event wearing Obama earrings and an Obama watch. "It's time for change," she said. Super star swooning aside, that is the Obama message that is resonating with his supporters; across racial lines and genders. Carrie Bradley of Hope Mills said, "I like with the older adults what he's going to do about health care." "I like that he's the father of young children and cares about the future. That's what it's all about, the future," said Eileen Donagh of Fayetteville. "I believe he's a man of his word. I believe he's going to do what he says he's going to do," added Fayetteville resident, Herman Gordon. Obama's early voting message is being heeded here in North Carolina and across the country. The last break-down we saw showed Democrats in the heavy majority of those who have already voted.

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DEAR ANNE

AND I'M NOT TALKING TO LANDERS EITHER! YOU MAY LOOK LIKE A SOUTHERN WHITE FEMALE OUTSIDE....BUT BY YOUR COMMENT YOU GAVE YOURSELF AWAY. LONG LIVE THE STARS AND BARS AND GO MCCAIN!

I CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE

I CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE COMMENTS MADE ON THIS WEBSITE! THIS COUNTRY HAS GONE TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET IN THE PAST 8 YEARS!! ANNE YOU CAN'T CHANGE SIMPLE MINDS, AND HADN JUST PROVED THAT POINT WITH HIS COMMENTS! AS A BLACK MALE, IT MAKES ME FURIOUS THAT PEOPLE STILL THINK LIKE THIS IN 2008! AND DON'T YOU DARE SAY THE STARS AND BARS ARE HERITAGE AND NOT HATE!

What are your truly saying?

Are you saying that is Bush II's fault that some people remain racist and ignorant? That sir, (if that is what you are saying) is racism. If that is what you are implying then you need to take a step back and ask yourself a few hard questions. Do you look at every white person that you pass and think that they hate you because you are black? Do you think the white race owes you anything? If the answers are yes then you are the one who is a racist and you are playing the race card. If you are voting for Barack Obama because he is black that is certainly your choice and you should say it. If you are voting for Barack Obama because you have looked at his plans and beleive that his plans are just and right, then say it, but for goodness sake, say something meaningful that doesn't further the hate discussion in this country. It is useful to no one.

I can't believe YOU

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine. A little over one year ago: 1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high; 2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon; 3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%. 4) the DOW JONES hit a record high--14,000 + 5) American's were buying new cars,taking cruises, vacations overseas, doing well!... But American's wanted 'CHANGE'! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress and yes--we got 'CHANGE' all right. In the PAST YEAR: 1) Consumer confidence has plummeted ; 2) Gasoline is now over $3.50 a gallon & climbing again!; 3) Unemployment is up to 5.7% (a 10% increase); 4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS and prices still dropping; 5) 4% of American homes are in foreclosure. 6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another low~~ $6.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS EVAPORATED FROM THEIR STOCKS, BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS! YES, IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE...AND WE SURE GOT IT! .... AND WHAT HAS CONGRESS DONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. NOW THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT CLAIMS HE IS GOING TO REALLY GIVE US CHANGE ALONG WITH A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!!!! JUST HOW MUCH MORE 'CHANGE' DO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAND?

let's not forget

the banking and mortgage crisis had its beginnings in the Clinton administration. Let's not forget Senator Dood (D) and Rep Barney Frank (D) led the charge to force mortgage and lending institutions to make loans to people who had no chance to make the payments. And lets; not forget the 3 leading economic advisers to the Obama campaign are the 3 weasels who broke Fannie Mae and cost the tax payers NINE BILLION DOLLARS of lost equity.

Please do not elect B. Hussein Obama as President.

A vote for John McCain is a vote for the United States of America.

Correction

Correction: A vote for John McCain is a vote for Sarah Palin. Tell me that's not 100% true.

Yes. That's true.

And she's more competent that B. Hussein Obama will ever be. He's a public speaker, a 'community organizer' - and that's it. Period. Let's vote for the candidate that has the best interest of the United States in mind. McCain's loyalty to this nation is unquestionable. B. Hussein Obama's is vague and he's unwilling to discose much of his past. Vote for the AMERICAN.

Even Joe Biden, Obama's

Even Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, is trying to tell us that Obama is going to screw the American middle class and that he shouldn't be trusted. He just has to be a little more conspicous about it. After all, he does want to be VP. Don't beleive what I say? Just listen to Biden sometime. you'll see.

be careful

The news folk have a bad habit of lip-polishing the wrong butt. Seems that I remember them doing the same thing with Gore and Kerry. Both were first class losers, but they kissed up really hard before the election. Obama is nothing, just a flash in the pan. When all of the crying and whining is over, President McCain will get things back to normal. That this county has managed to survive the media and the bleeding-heart liberals is a testament to the strength of the American people. So go ahead losers and pucker up for Obama and get the kleenex ready for election night.

Change??

Change is coming but not the kind most will be expecting.You should listen to John Hagee, VOTE THE BIBLE, not your party or favorite, or your pocket book.If we do not get back to the basics of what this country was founded on it is going to pay for alot of bad choices that we will be accountable for.

Oh Good God

I apologize ahead of time for calling you ignorant, ronnie1970, but that's exactly what that comment reeked of. Unfortunately you don't remember what this country was ACTUALLY founded on, and that was ESCAPE FROM RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. This country was founded to give everyone the freedom to believe in whatever book they wanted to, not just the bible. You know, slavery was also a "basic" this country was founded on...should we go back to that too? I know, you're still going to be closed-minded after reading this. But at least it's there, and it is true.

oh good god

This is in response to "oh good god". Have you ever actually read the U.S. Constitution? The first amendment says "freedom OF religion", not "freedom from religious persecution". The first amendment was stated thusly to prevent the United States of America from either being like or becoming like England, where the Church of England was established to be THE church for ALL citizens of England. Freedom of religion gives ALL Americans the right to either HAVE a religion and to practice "it", or NOT to have one and not practice it. The Church of England was established in 1558, and because Protestantism was basically not allowed in England, this is what originally set the Pilgrims to search elsewhere to live. They first went to the Netherlands, then ended up settling on Plymouth Rock in 1620. Maybe you should go back to U.S. History and read the documents our nation's forefathers wrote for OUR freedoms today. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say anything about the Bible, nor does it mention God. Know what you are writing about or don't write. The constitution was not written until 1787, was ratified in 1788 and was adopted for use in 1789 and has been fully operational since then. Slavery was NOT a "basic" that our country was founded on. Do you actually know ANYTHING about the country you live in? In fact, slavery was in existence in Africa beginning in 740 A.D. in Ghana. That's right, Africa had slaves WAY before America did. Also, just for the record, America was founded in 1492, and there were no slaves here at that time. The first recording of slaves into our country was Jamestown in 1619. Also, the United States wasn't "founded". America was founded and the United States wasn't even mentioned until the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. Incidentally, the First Amendment declares that we are to have "freedom of speech". If THAT is what you are referring to when you say we have the right to believe in whatever book we want to, not just the Bible that is not correct. Not only do we have rights as individuals to express ourselves either orally or in written form. The amendment does not say "believe in whatever book we want". Therefore, your statements to ronnie1970 aren't the truth.

Just like lemmings...

the passionate following of Obama may very well lead to a similar demise...the demise of our great country. Obama is truly a media-made candidate.

Great story, Steve!

Did the DNC make the check out to you or to the station? So much for unbiased journalism. Please don't forget to do a follow-up on how admired he is three years from now.

Your right!

I couldn't have said it better myself. I have noticed their biased get more and more obvious as the election gets closer!! Come on WWAY, be a real news organization and do a news story on all the questionable Barack Hussein Obama connnections, NOT JUST AYERS. It doesn't take much to find them. Know the enemy within.

Well, if we're going to play

Well, if we're going to play the Guilt by Association game - let's go! Perhaps McCain would like to explain these associations to the American people, including why he chose to appear on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show less than a year ago and praise him. Here is a list: you might want to check into his past also: Jim Hensley, Convicted Felon G. Gordon Liddy, Convicted Felon Charles Keating, Convicted Felon Raffaello Follieri, Convicted Felon Rick Renzi, Under Indictment Rick Davis, Freddie Mac Lobbyist Charles Black, Lobbyist for Dictators Richard Quinn, White Supremist Pastor John Hagee, Bigot Pastor Rod Parsley, Bigot Todd Palin, Member of Secessionist Group Andrew McCain, Resigned Manager Savings & Loan Todd Palin Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states' rights group whose primary goal is for the state of Alaska to secede from the United States. Sarah Palin herself was never a member of the party, according to state officials. Founded in 1973 by Joe Vogler, Vogler stated, "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." "Keep up the good work," Sarah Palin told members of the Alaskan Independence Party in a videotaped speech to their 2008 convention six months ago in Fairbanks. She wished the party luck on what she called its "inspiring convention." HOW CLOSELY IS McCAIN TIED TO HIM: Todd Palin is the husband of McCain's vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin has attended their conventions and Sarah Palin herself sent them a videotaped address for their 2008 convention, telling them to "keep up the good work."

Back to play as well

Let me add a few items my friend Nobama08 hadn't mentioned, since I was out working today trying to make a living instead of sitting in front of my computer. Let's start with a little Obama history: Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California. He is very open about his two years at Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies. "Barry" (that was the name he used all his life) During this time he had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan. During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a "round the world" trip. Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia, next Hyderabad in India, three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate's family, then off to Africa to visit his father's family. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York. It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack - not Barry. Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia? It's not cheap! to say the least. Honestly for a man who grew up in poverty where did he get the money for his tuition and his worldly travels? Student Loans? Maybe. I grew up in a upper middle class family from Atlanta, and I certainly never had the money for such travels or schools. After Columbia, he went to Chicago to work as a Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Great experience to run for president. Must have been a great job for paying off all those student loans. Now lets move to some additional connections, notice how I point out how they were associated not just throw out names and don't waste my time mentioning Ayers (which is the worst of them all) Let's start with Renzko, where was he born--- SYRIA Rezko offered Obama a job, which he turned down. But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Guess what? They represented "Rezar" which is Rezko's firm. Rezko was one of Obama's first major financial contributors when he ran for office in Chicago. In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with "seed money" for his U.S. Senate race. In 2005, Obama purchased a new home in Kenwoood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price). It's funny how Obama's campaign ads have commented on McCain's expensive house(hypocrite). On the same day Rezko's wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price. The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama's new home was purchased. Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko. Very, very close ties to Renzko, who was convicted of fraud and bribery. Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama's boss. She is now Obama's chief advisor and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first. Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this? Shiraz, Iran On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was "sacked" after the press found out he was having regular contacts with "Hamas" I think we are all aware of who they are. Also, this past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama's visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will "Take care of things". Don't forget his college roommates that where born in Pakistan. They are now in charge of all those "small" Internet campaign contributions for Obama. Where is that money coming from? If you do the numbers based on what Barack's Campaign says the average donation is-- everyone in this country and then some would have to have made donations. Is he getting money from the Middle East? And the final bit of news. On September 7, 2008, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on "This Week" with George Stephanapoulos. Obama on talking about his religion was quoted as saying, "My Muslim faith". When questioned, "he make a mistake". Some mistake! I sure we all have some connections in our lives that we are not happy to have had, but when it comes to a Presidential nominee, who seems to have multiple connections to areas and contries as these--"Know the enemy within" I would love to keep going but it's late and I have to work in the morning.

nice copy and paste Guest35

Should have been in quotes or are you trying to make us think you actually penned this? More bull.

Well, we'll play too...

Well, if we're going to play the Guilt by Association game - let's go! Perhaps Obama would like to explain these associations to the American people, including why he chose to worship in Rev. Wright's church for over 20 years as recent as this year and praise him. Here is a list: you might want to check into his past also: Jerimiah Wright, bigot, racist, extremist Louis Farrakhan, bigot, racist, anti-semite extremist Bill Ayers, convicted felon, terrorist Tony Rezko, under indictment want more? just ask.. Posed for numerous photos with, and praised extensively, a prominent and unrepentant racist and anti-Semite (Farrakhan) who at least indirectly incited two fatal anti-Semitic and racist pogroms (Crown Heights, Freddy’s Fashion Mart) and played a major role in the racist Tawana Brawley scam. His pastor Jeremiah Wright has made racist remarks about “white America” getting its “wake up call” on 9/11, and the Trinity United Church of Christ awarded the “Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Trumpet” Award to Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan is on record as calling Judaism a “gutter religion” while saying that “white people are potential humans,” but they “haven’t evolved yet.”

NObama facts

These are FACTS. If you have a difficult time deciding who to vote for after reading these you are obviously in the herd that will be run off the edge of the cliff because you are not intelligent enough to think for yourself. Remember he is running for President of the United States NOT the American Idol Champ.To start,Obama's only experience is being a community organizer.He has admitted to using DRUGS. He cannot qualify have a security clearance or be a FBI agent because he has associated with known terriots. His pastor and mentor for 20 years is a radical extremist and he finally had to diassociate himself due to the election.He is going to give a tax break to 95% of people when 45% do not even pay taxes.He is going to spread the wealth(maybe it will be some of yours he takes to give to someone else). He says there are 57 states.I must have overslept with Old Ripvan cause I thought there was 50.VP Biden says we(Obama) will be tested witin 6 months by terriots.But what does he know he only the VP candidate that says Roosevelt went on TV during the 1929 Depression.Same TV the Flinstones used i quess.

when you look closely

ask yourself how so many Americans will survive in the future when he intends to reinstate the inheritance tax. ask yourself how older Americans, who might downsize to smaller homes and use some of the sales proceeds from the sale of their former homes to cover future living expenses will do so when he intends to do away with the tax free sale of homes. ask yourself how he will put a plan together to save our economy when his top three economic advisers led Fannie Mae to the brink of extinction under their leadership and caused the loss of NINE BILLION DOLLARS. It only took them 4 years to accomplish that. How will hard working Americans live when they see 40% or more of their wages going to fund his initiatives? How will small businesses, already strapped in today's economy, continue to do business with the new taxes they will face? This is the same guy who feels our flag is too offensive to third world extremists and would redesign it. This is the same guy who thinks our National Anthem is too offensive to Third World Extremists and would prefer a song like the Old Coke advertising jingle. We may all need the powdery form of coke to get by in an Obama led America. Perhaps he will want to bring in some Islamic laws to our country. Cut off the hand of a thief. Stone to death a woman accused of adultry. Behead the man. That's one answer to population control. Cut out the tongue of those who disagree. Blind those who read newspapers with dissenting opinions? So much for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. Check out Islamic law for the facts. Even Joe Biden admitted this past week-end, if elected, Obama will face a major terrorist challenge during his first 6 months in office. Given all of the above, what will he propose? Perhaps make bin Laden the new Secretary of Homeland Security? Wake Up America!!