Archive for the ‘Barack Obama’ Category

Salty endorsements

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

UPDATE: The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, so contrary to what I wrote below, it probably is sort of a big deal that they endorsed Obama in 2012. I think what I said about the other newspapers listed below still stands, though I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

I want Obama to be reelected as much as anyone, but I’d really rather he win it fair and square, with full — and I mean FULL — transparency and honesty in pro-Obama stuff being posted online.

Much ado has been made in the last couple of days about the following newspapers endorsing Obama: Durango Herald (Colorado), Akron Beacon Journal, Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina), Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), and Salt Lake Tribune.

The Facebook postings and articles about these endorsements have made out like they’re a big deal because they’re all in important swing states where Republicans have traditionally done very well. The implication, which isn’t always stated explicitly but is clearly meant to be understood, is that it’s surprising that these newspapers have endorsed Obama. This implication is particularly strong in the case of the Salt Lake Tribune. After all, Romney is a Morman, Utah is the home state of the Mormons, so newspapers in Utah obviously should be endorsing Romney, right?

The truth is that these endorsements are not news, because every one of these newspapers also endorsed Obama in 2008 (funny how no one is mentioning this, eh?). Maybe that’s because their clear-thinking, visionary editorial boards recognized the potential danger in a McCain / Palin win, or recognized Obama’s greatness and a great moment in history, but frankly, I’m guessing it’s more likely it’s because they’re liberal newspapers.

It’s echo-chamber self-congratulatory chest-thumping to pretend that these are noteworthy endorsements. If you want Obama to win and you have time on your hands for gloating over these endorsements, it would probably be better spent canvassing or making phone calls for the campaign. Or just send them a check to help them run ads to combat the smear campaign by Romney and his SuperPACs in battleground states.

Astroturf for (or against?) Obama

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

An interesting comment showed up a few hours ago on an earlier blog posting of mine about Barack Obama: “Just wanted to say that I am eployed at a large Pharmaceutical company in Clayton NC and I support Barack Obama with all my heart. I would love for all my friends and colleagues to re-elect Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA.”

The commenter gave the name “Diane Pearce Votes for Obama Again” and linked to I thought it was slightly weird, but not weird enough to merit further investigation.

Then, three hours later, another comment came in on a different blog posting, this time from “Diane Pearce Loves Barack Obama”: “All I know is that I work at a large Pharmaceutical corporation in Clayton NC and I endroce Barack Obama with all my being. I would love for all my friends and colleagues to re-elect Obama in 2012!! I LOVE YOU OBAMA.”

That exceeded my weirdness threshold, so I looked into it a bit further.

The two comments gave two different email addresses, and, both of which appear to be based on people’s names and neither of which is related to the full name given by the commenter.

One of the comments was posted from an IP address in the United Arab Emirates. The other was posted from Indonesia.

I Googled for pages matching “Diane Pearce” and Obama, and there were 264 matches, many of which were similar comments. I did the same Google search a half hour later, and the count was up to 270.

Someone is clearly astroturfing here. The motives for this, and whether the people doing it are in reality trying to help or hurt Obama, are left as an exercise to the reader.

Diane Pearce Votes for Obama Again

Barack Obama is still my president

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The greatest crisis facing America is not the state of the economy, or the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the threat posed by al-Qaeda. These are all critically important, and we prolong them at our peril. But none of them is the one existential crisis that threatens to undo everything our country has achieved.

Many people are disappointed in Barack Obama for not standing up to his opponents. The previous administration had spent eight years ignoring the will and desires of half the population, and now it was time to turn the tables and give the other half a taste of their own medicine. If only Obama had turned the thumbscrews a little tighter on a few recalcitrant moderates, he could have gotten any legislation he wanted through Congress, the opposition be damned. Obama was not liberal enough / strong enough / smart enough to do the right thing.

In fact, Obama has been doing exactly the right thing. He knows that what most threatens us now is not economics, war, or terrorism. Obama has seen the enemy, and it is us.


The Obamas’ date in NYC: letter to the editor the Herald didn’t print

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I sent this letter to the Boston Herald on June 8.  Unfortunately, they declined to print it.  Although I wasn’t reading the entire paper every single day around that time, I don’t recall the Herald printing a single letter, column or article defending the Obamas against the attacks on them for their “date night” in New York City.  Shame on the Herald.



Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Some day I would like to be the first ballot counted by the machine on Election Day, but alas, with five kids in the house, I doubt that day will come for a while :-).

I was up before 5am — couldn’t sleep.  Got the kids up at 6:15.  Got breakfast and lunches made and packed up and out the door by 6:45am.  Got to the polls before 7:00; there was already a line.  My wife and I were the 22nd and 23rd ballots through the machine, and the line was longer when we left than when we went in.

One of the poll workers made me zip up my jacket to cover my Obama-Biden shirt, “Yes we can!” pin, and “” pin.  Go figure.

Reports are coming in from all over the place that turnout at the polls is like no one has ever seen before.  Finally, the fine citizens of the United States of America are going to reject the politics of hate and divisiveness that have ruled for far too long, and elect a president who can bring this country together and start fixing all the things that the demagogues have broken.

Yesterday was my son’s first birthday, and today is his grandfather’s birthday.  What a great birthday present this will be!

(And my son took his first unassisted steps on Sunday, one day before the deadline set by his demanding father. :-))

“Jewish Mother for Obama”

Monday, October 6th, 2008

This moving pro-Obama video testimonial is by Janette Hillis-Jaffe, an Orthodox Jew living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hillis-Jaffe was so offended by the anti-Obama smears being circulated in the Jewish community, that she felt compelled to respond by making this video.  Some excerpts:

I’m a Jewish Mother… so I worry! There was a time when I had a lot to worry about. You see, we lived in Jerusalem for four years during the peak of the Second Intifada…

I don’t want any Israeli to have to live like that anymore…

So because I love America, and because I pray for Israel’s security and peace every day, I’m going to vote for Barack Obama in November. I hope you will too!

Watch the video, then forward it to all your friends, especially those who still have doubts about Obama!


Monday, October 6th, 2008

Prohibited from participating in Allston Village Street Fair

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Awesome McCain flip-flop fact sheet from the NJDC

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Ted Belman and the anti-Obama Smear Machine

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Right-wing pro-Israel blogger Ted Belman has recently embarrassed himself by joining the stampede of conservative Republicans so desperate to keep Senator Barack Obama out of the White House that they’ll say just about anything to scare people out of voting for him.

Make no mistake, Belman and his ilk are scared. The smear tactics which worked so well against John Kerry in 2004 just don’t seem to be working on Obama. So, what’ an ideologue to do? The answer, apparently, is to take a gaggle of absurd accusations against Obama, combine them into a hastily written hodgepodge of rumor and innuendo, and throw them out into the blogosphere in the hope that “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Here’s what the smear-mongers want you to believe:

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