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RebootedCorpse
02-24-2007, 06:15 AM
By KELLEY SHANNON

Associated Press Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama ridiculed Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday for saying Britain's decision to pull troops from Iraq is a good sign that fits with the strategy for stabilizing the country.

Obama, speaking at a massive outdoor rally in Austin, Texas, said British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision this week to withdraw 1,600 troops is a recognition that Iraq's problems can't be solved militarily.

``Now if Tony Blair can understand that, then why can't George Bush and Dick Cheney understand that?'' Obama asked thousands of supporters who gathered in the rain to hear him. ``In fact, Dick Cheney said this is all part of the plan (and) it was a good thing that Tony Blair was withdrawing, even as the administration is preparing to put 20,000 more of our young men and women in.

``Now, keep in mind, this is the same guy that said we'd be greeted as liberators, the same guy that said that we're in the last throes. I'm sure he forecast sun today,'' Obama said to laughter from supporters holding campaign signs over their heads to keep dry. ``When Dick Cheney says it's a good thing, you know that you've probably got some big problems.''

A spokeswoman for Cheney, traveling with him in Australia, said they had no comment on Obama's remarks.

Cheney told ABC News earlier this week that Blair's announcement was good news, calling it an affirmation that parts of Iraq have been stabilized.

Obama's Austin appearance was part of a campaign swing across the country to raise money for his two-week old candidacy and build his reputation nationally.

While in Texas, Obama raised money in Houston Thursday night, where he said he'd like to see an end to the ``tit-for-tat'' that dominates politics.

The Obama and Clinton campaigns fired off dueling press releases this week over a top Hollywood donor who was a supporter of Bill Clinton but is backing Obama in this race.

Obama told the Austin crowd that they should try to recruit their friends to support his campaign. ``I want you to tell them, 'It's time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy,''' Obama said. ``We've got work to do.''

Tickets to the rally were free, but Obama asked the attendees to give even $5 or $10. ``I don't want to have to raise money in Hollywood all the time,'' he said.

Foolish Mortal
02-24-2007, 07:11 AM
Obama told the Austin crowd that they should try to recruit their friends to support his campaign. ``I want you to tell them, 'It's time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy,''' Obama said. ``We've got work to do.''
Uh oh, Obama has gone and offended the ultra-powerful GameBoy lobby! He has no chance of winning now!

evilgenius
02-24-2007, 10:20 AM
Uh oh, Obama has gone and offended the ultra-powerful GameBoy lobby! He has no chance of winning now!

Man, get with the times Obama!īThe DS is what's hot now!...

Then again, govermental figures wouldn't know that :P Probably stuck with their stupid GB Advances..

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
02-24-2007, 11:24 AM
Bitch slapping Cheney is like shooting lawyers in a barrel.

LenNWallace
02-24-2007, 11:28 AM
Bitch slapping Cheney is like shooting lawyers in a barrel.

In the face...?

Ryan Elliott
02-24-2007, 11:42 AM
Yeah!

Ray G.
02-24-2007, 02:21 PM
Obama is going on the attack way too early and often. You don't open the campaign by trying to be the most confrontational candidate. Look at how that worked for Howard Dean. This just reinforces my belief that Obama believing the hype and running now will be the biggest mistake of his political life.

Dennis K
02-24-2007, 02:24 PM
I wouldn't call that a bitch-slap as much as I would common sense.

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
02-24-2007, 02:28 PM
In the face...?

Bingo!

Daniel K.
02-24-2007, 02:36 PM
I was there, and it was awesome. He is a really good orator.

Greenville 90210
02-24-2007, 04:00 PM
Obama is going on the attack way too early and often. You don't open the campaign by trying to be the most confrontational candidate. Look at how that worked for Howard Dean. This just reinforces my belief that Obama believing the hype and running now will be the biggest mistake of his political life.

This makes me smile really big.

Ha!

Jamie Howdeshell
02-24-2007, 04:04 PM
This makes me smile really big.

Ha!

all your post is doing is reinforcing ray's belief.

:nonono2:

Greenville 90210
02-24-2007, 04:08 PM
all your post is doing is reinforcing ray's belief.

:nonono2:

Why? I don't have anything to do with the Obama campaign.

I think it's funny that Ray thinks a canidate from the opposite party should be holding back and giving the VP a break.

Ray G.
02-24-2007, 04:14 PM
Why? I don't have anything to do with the Obama campaign.

I think it's funny that Ray thinks a canidate from the opposite party should be holding back and giving the VP a break.

It's almost two years out. Obama needs to remember that he needs to win against Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, not Dick Cheney and George Bush. He's acting like he's riling up the base to get out and vote in November with anti-Bush fervor, while he needs to remember that he needs to convince them that he's the guy they want leading them. There's a reason he's dropping in most polls. He does not know how to run a primary campaign.

RebootedCorpse
02-24-2007, 04:39 PM
It's almost two years out. Obama needs to remember that he needs to win against Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, not Dick Cheney and George Bush. He's acting like he's riling up the base to get out and vote in November with anti-Bush fervor, while he needs to remember that he needs to convince them that he's the guy they want leading them. There's a reason he's dropping in most polls. He does not know how to run a primary campaign.

Which polls are thse? I can find no such trend.

Daniel K.
02-24-2007, 04:42 PM
I just found out, the final tally for the rally he said this at: 21,841 people.

Also, I just looked at the pictures on Obama's website, and in one of the huge crowd shots, you can pick out my friend on top of her boyfriend's shoulders, and you can almost see my head. I have to say, being there was an awesome experience.

Ray G.
02-24-2007, 04:47 PM
Which polls are thse? I can find no such trend.

Hillary continues to extend her lead everywhere, except Iowa, where Edwards still leads. Obama is strong, but a bit of the hype that surrounded him when he first debuted is fading. Although he might be helped by Hillary's recent shrill antics over the Geffen fiasco.
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Democratic%20Primaries/DemocraticPresidentialPrimary.htm

Oh, and here's some more nice polls for you. ;)
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Republican%20Primary/2008GOPPresidentialPrimary.htm
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Presidential%20Match-Ups/Giulianivs.Clinton20070223.htm

RebootedCorpse
02-24-2007, 04:55 PM
Hillary continues to extend her lead everywhere, except Iowa, where Edwards still leads. Obama is strong, but a bit of the hype that surrounded him when he first debuted is fading. Although he might be helped by Hillary's recent shrill antics over the Geffen fiasco.
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Democratic%20Primaries/DemocraticPresidentialPrimary.htm

Oh, and here's some more nice polls for you. ;)
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Republican%20Primary/2008GOPPresidentialPrimary.htm
http://rasmussenreports.com/Political%20Tracking/Presidential%20Match-Ups/Giulianivs.Clinton20070223.htm

Ray...jesus, dude.
The very site you quote shows Obama at his highest poling since 1/17 and Sen. Clinton at her second-lowest