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Monday, November 3, 2008

WAITING TO EXHALE IN THE USA

I have had to hold my breath for eight years.

I hope I can put my head on the pillow tomorrow night and be able to finally let the air out.

And if Obama wins, let's thank Bush for his mess and send him home early - he's served his time for too long. He needs a vacation. Even though it isn't August.


From the website watchingamerica.com
is the following article.

Dagsavisen, Norway

The World is Waiting for Obama



By Unsigned

Translated By Lars Erik Schou

01 November 2008

Edited by Louis Standish


Norway - Dagsavisen - Original Article (Norwegian)

After eight disastrous years of George W. Bush, there is a need for fundamental change in Washington, not just in respect to America, but for the entire world. The confidence in America must be rebuilt from the ground up. Barack Obama can do that. The world needs an America that can speak with moral authority and who is respected for its will to dialogue about the most pressing, global challenges we are facing.

The election is not over until the votes are counted. Barack Obama has a clear lead in the polls. But polls are not votes, and this year they are less certain than ever. But if the US really elects Obama – with a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas – as its president, it will remove many of the prejudices towards America that exists in the world.

During the campaign, Barack Obama has shown that he has the best understanding and the biggest grip on the incredibly complex challenges posed by economic crisis that we are all facing. The goal is to turn the economic recession around, protect jobs and make sure that all Americans have access to basic healthcare.

John McCain, however, has shown fully that the economy is an area he does not understand, something he also admitted at the start of the campaign. He has been confusing, unclear and has frequently changed his message. But in the end it all comes back to the traditional Republican mantra of tax relief. McCain’s economic plan is no different from the catastrophic policy of George W. Bush.

Barack Obama always looks cool, sober and pragmatic. Abilities that are perfect for a president. John McCain, however, has shown himself to be an angry hothead. McCain is also a gambler, something he has proved with his irresponsible choice for a vice presidential candidate. The world should be spared from a gambler in the White House. If John McCain loses on Tuesday, it will be fully deserved.




Full credit for the following article: Arizona Daily Star (this is the home state of Senator John McCain)

The online website of the Arizona Daily Star: www.azstarnet.com

Published: 11.02.2008

Barack Obama for president

We see America the way Barack Obama sees America.

Our future requires a steady, intelligent and, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell said, a "transformational" leader to guide us into a new era. Obama brings deep intellectual curiosity, equanimity and discipline.

The ground under America is moving. A generational change is under way with or without Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., or Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The core concerns are more about the future than the past, be it eight years ago or one day ago. They are about the moment and the movement to engage Americans in ways not seen before, especially against a backdrop of economic strife unmatched since the Great Depression.
McCain is correct that it's time to stand up. "Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history," he said at the Republican National Convention.
However, the ways of the past, which we believe McCain understands, will not work in this new America. The future requires new tools and new expertise. A premium must be placed on more than just love of country. We must re-embrace American ideals and lead the world on a stronger path to prosperity and peace.

The time is now and the leader is Barack Obama. The Star endorses Obama for president of the United States.

Like a race car driver going into a turn, a leader must see not only what confronts our nation today but envision where we come out on the other side. Obama sees how the United States is connected to other nations through our economic, immigration, national security and energy policies. No one can thrive alone.

Obama sees a foreign policy where force is but one tool. He envisions countries collaborating to confront bad actors and shared challenges such as global warming, poverty, terrorism, disease and religious extremism.

Obama sees a health-care system in which children can go to the doctor and families aren't forced into bankruptcy by medical bills. He experienced the same hardships many American families face. While his mother was dying of cancer, she battled her insurance company for care.
He embraces the strength of the free market, but sees that, in the United States today, the market doesn't meet people's health-care needs. He knows the heavy toll that inequitable public policies take on people's lives. We agree with Obama that health care should be as affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

Obama sees an economy creating jobs through innovation, helping families stay in their homes and lifting the middle class and small businesses. He would reduce taxes for the majority of Americans and not raise taxes on those making less than $250,000.
Obama sees education as an investment in America's prosperity, political system and national security. He would expand early childhood education and protect funding for public schools. A college education is out of reach for many Americans. He would help make it more affordable through tuition tax credits.

He's proved himself with his nuanced understanding of complicated issues. His vision is not built on rhetoric. He offers substantive, detailed policies and the acumen to make these changes a reality.

He demonstrates leadership by surrounding himself with smart people who will strengthen his administration. For vice president Obama chose Joseph Biden, a U.S. senator with 35 years of experience, a foreign policy expert qualified to be president.
Obama made a responsible, pragmatic and intelligent choice that shows us he puts the nation above party politics.

This moment in history requires courage to change. Our nation must find a way to restore the confidence that our government is of the people, by the people, for the people — all of our people.

We share Obama's vision of America. And we share his urgency. END of text.

Cheney's hometown paper endorses Obama

Miami Herald endorses Obama

Endorsements for Obama

My Endorsement: Obama and His Global Outlook by Madison J. Gray

Cheney's Parting Gift


Catch what the world's journalists are saying: watchingamerica.com



Le Monde, France
Why Obama?
Original Article (French)

"America is more disliked than she has ever been: caught up in two never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she’s short of both moral and political credibility. "




NOS, Netherlands
America with Warts
and Pimples

Original Article (Dutch)




Le Monde, France
The Day When
Obama Became Black

Original Article (French)




Dagsavisen, Norway
The World is
Waiting for Obama

Original Article (Norwegian)






Berliner Morgenpost, Germany
Why John McCain
Trails in the Polls

Original Article (German)



"We’re entering the finger-pointing and positioning-for-history part of the campaign. It’s every man for himself now. "




Cyberpresse, Canada
For Obama
Original Article (French)




L'actualite, Canada
Obama Has
Proved His Worth

Original Article (French)




La Prensa, Honduras
A Chat with Sarah Palin
Original Article (Spanish)



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Saturday_Night_Live November 1, 2008
John McCain and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin


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