Barack Obama: September 2007 Archives
An email from Barack Obama on the anniversary of September 11th:
Six years ago, on a bright and beautiful Tuesday morning, a new kind of enemy came to America's shores.
We will never forget the images of that terrible day -- the planes vanishing into buildings, the thick black clouds of smoke, and the haunting pictures of the missing.
On this anniversary, we pause to remember each and every victim of those attacks.
We celebrate the lives that were tragically cut short. We grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We honor the service and sacrifice of the emergency responders who set an example to the whole world that in America we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper.
And we pause to honor the brave men and women of the United States military -- and their families -- who have borne such a heavy burden for the last six years.
We also remember how Americans were stirred to a common purpose. On the lines to donate blood or the candlelight vigils that stretched across our country, there was no red America and there was no blue America. We were united in our grief for our fellow citizens. We were united in our resolve to stand with one another and to stand up to terror. We were united as Americans.
Six years later, the threat to America has only grown. Al Qaeda has reconstituted a new safe-haven where it trains recruits and plots attacks. Al Qaeda's top two leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, continue to disseminate their hate-filled propaganda and inspire legions of followers. Like-minded extremists have struck in scores of countries. The war in Iraq continues to fuel terror and extremism. A Taliban insurgency rages on in Afghanistan. In too many disconnected corners of the world, hate is casting a shadow over hope.
Our calling today remains the same as it was on 9/11. We must write a new chapter in American history. We must bring justice to the terrorists who killed on our shores. We must devise new strategies, develop new capabilities, and build new alliances to defeat the threats of the 21st century. We must extend hope to the hopeless corners of the world and reaffirm our core values to counter the hateful message of the extremists. And we must secure a more resilient homeland.
To write that new American story, we must recapture that sense of common purpose that we had on September 11, 2001.
America is bigger than the challenge that came to our shores. Let us honor the legacy of those we lost by coming together anew. Let us always mark this day by affirming that hope will triumph over fear, and that a new generation of Americans will seek a safer, freer, and more perfect union.
Here's an AP video about Oprah's Saturday fundraiser for Barack Obama. Stevie Wonder performed and Hollywood's biggest stars were in attendance.
Way too much information.
Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, revealed in a recent interview with Glamour magazine that her husband is too "snore-y and stinky" to be in her bed and that she has morning chats about mentruation with her (adorable) little daughters. She has also snitched in the past that that her husband puts his smelly socks everywhere but in the laundry hamper.
Yes, we need more information about Sen. Obama so that we can make an informed decision in the voting booth, but do we really need to know all that? Just where he stands on the issues is enough info for us, thank you.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama introduced legislation yesterday that would require federal campaigns to disclose the identities of their "bundlers." Bundlers are people with extensive professional and social networks who raise lots of money (or "bundle" contributions) from their friends and professional colleagues for campaigns. Since an individual can only contribute a maximum of $4,600 to a federal campaign under federal law ($2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election), campaigns often rely heavily on bundlers for bigger (bundled) donations.
Hat Tip: Baltimore Sun
After months of press and blogger speculation, actress and Obama fan Halle Berry has confirmed that she and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey are expecting: "Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I've waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!"
George Clooney is the hottest political commentator we know! Read his "analysis" of the Demoratic primary below.
From the Associated Press (as published in The Chicago Tribune):
Obama's Lika A Rockstar
Barack Obama has the aura of a rock star, says George Clooney, who also had some kind words for other Democratic presidential candidates.
"You've been in a room once in a while with a rock star. He walks into the world, and he takes your breath away. I'd love him to be president, quite honestly," the actor told reporters Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where his legal thriller "Michael Clayton" was premiering.
Clooney, who banked a check for Obama at a private $1.3 million fundraiser in
But with more than a year until the election, Clooney also said he liked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards -- and pondered whether former Vice President Al Gore might vie for the presidency again.
"It could be interesting," he said.
The politics of war was in the air at
Clooney -- who said he made "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," out of anger that he was labeled a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war -- told reporters he thinks change is coming.
He said he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.
Fixing things, "that's what Americans have been really good at," he said.
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