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October 31, 2008

obambulo : to walk up and down; backwards and forwards

(in the past imperfect – heh)

In January 2008, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and Edwards as “special interest” money. (WAPO 2/25/08)


Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of “working people” and says he is “thrilled” by their support.  (WAPO 2/25/08)

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Obama replied “yes” in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same.  (WAPO 2/25/08)


Citing the specter of attacks from independent groups on the right, Senator Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would opt out of the public financing system for the general election.  (NYT 6/20/08)

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In January 2004, Obama said it was time “to end the embargo with Cuba” because it had “utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro.”  (WAPO 2/25/08)


Speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not “take off the embargo” as president because it is “an important inducement for change.”  (WAPO 2/25/08)

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 In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should “crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.” He replied “Oppose.”  (WAPO 2/25/08)


In a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that “we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation.”  (WAPO 2/25/08)

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At A July 2007 Debate, Obama said he would meet with hostile leaders during his first year in office. Question: “[W]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your
administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?”…Obama: “I would….”  (RNC Press Release, 6/6/08)


In his remarks to the AIPAC Conference [6/4/08], Obama claimed that he would only meet with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place” of his choosing.  Obama: “Contrary to the claims of some, I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking. But as President of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place of my choosing – if, and only if – it can advance the interests of the United States.”  (RNC Press Release, 6/6/08)

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“I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us….You know, Iran, they spend one-one hundredth of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn’t stand a chance.”  (KNDO footage via YouTube 5/18/08)


“Iran is a grave threat. It has an illicit nuclear program. It supports terrorism across the region and militias in Iraq. It threatens Israel’s existence. It denies the Holocaust… ” (John McCormick, “Obama Counters McCain on Appeasement,”, Billings, MT  5/19/08)

obambulo : to flip flop; to prevaricate

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