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Can Obama sustain this until November? Does he even have to?

I'm starting to think charisma may be enough, especially if the 'slacker' vote gets off the couch and takes part.


Obamamania verges on obsession

By: Lisa Lerer
Feb 20, 2008 12:29 PM EST

BALTIMORE — Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings has held elected office for more than a quarter-century, so he's seen his fair share of politicians come and go. But apparently he's never seen one quite like Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

"This is not a campaign for president of the United States, this is a movement to change the world," he said as he introduced Obama last week in Baltimore.

"You do not get 13,000 people in this auditorium with a campaign."

As over the top as it may have sounded, Cummings' sentiments weren't all that unusual. Because when it comes to Obama, hyperbole seems to be the rule, not the exception. His charms seem tough to resist, even for some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

"He walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere," George Clooney told talk show host Charlie Rose.

"I'll do whatever he says to do," actress Halle Berry said to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear."

Welcome to the cult of Barack Obama.

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Obamamania verges on obsession - Lisa Lerer - Politico.com


By the way...

The Citizens Voice - Obama Girl doesn’t cast her vote for Ill. senator
Obama Girl doesn’t cast her vote for Ill. senator
02/18/2008

Obama Girl may have a crush on Sen. Barack Obama, but apparently not enough to actually vote for him.

Amber Lee Ettinger, a 26-year-old from Hazleton who gained fame with her Internet video “I Got a Crush on Obama,” is registered to vote in New Jersey but did not go to the polls for the state’s primary Feb. 5.

An illness kept her in New York City, she told The New York Times.

“I was in Arizona for the Super Bowl. Every time I get in the airplane, I get sick,” Ettinger told the newspaper’s Web site. “I’m a little upset, but I really couldn’t help it today.”

It’s true that she couldn’t help — Obama lost New Jersey to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 

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Barack inspires change in baby names

Perhaps the nation will see some baby "Baracks" arriving over the next few months no matter who wins the presidential election.

Sen. Barack Obama's name brand recognition has much currency these days as Americans mull over the appeal of the Illinois Democrat's name for their own precious offspring.

Barack has been crowned Name of the Year by Laura Wattenberg, creator of Baby Name Wizard, a popular online trend-tracking tool for parents-to-be at IVillage.com, offering instant advice in the crucial baby-name derby.

"This is no political statement, just a statement on names in our culture. Senator Barack Hussein Obama is leading American political names into uncharted territory. If he should win the presidential election, his name would be a landmark for a major party nominee. Already it's started to create the unprecedented spectacle of first name as a campaign issue," noted Mrs. Wattenberg, who also authored the 2005 book "The Baby Name Wizard."

Barack has yet to appear on the official roster at the Social Security Administration, which charts the popularity of boys' and girls' names from year to year, based on birth-certificate statistics.

Findings from the federal agency are not particularly promising for a certain New York Democrat, however. In the current top-1,000 names for girls, Hillary weighs in at 982. A well-known Arizona Republican can feel some satisfaction. On the top 1,000 names for boys, John is at No. 20.

Some wonder whether Barack would play well on the playground.

"Barack  better than Obama, but too many potential rhyming possibilities. Who wants their name in a limerick?"

She also vetoed Hillary, Mitt and McCain, waggishly observing, "Not unless you follow it up with his brother, McAble."

Politically engaged Americans approve of the name Barack, at least according to a CBS News survey, which asked respondents whether Mr. Obama's name troubled them because it was "foreign sounding, reminds them of Osama bin Laden or terrorism." The poll of 1,072 voters found that 58 percent said the name would not pose a problem to them.

One 13-year-old already is a Barack test case.

Noah Barack Bunnell of New London, N.H., was named — well, partially named, anyway — in honor of Mr. Obama. Parents Deborah Schachter and Tom Bunnell were inspired in 1994 after Mr. Obama — then a law student — became the first black to be named president of the Harvard Law Review.

"Whenever anyone talks about him and I hear Barack, I think, 'Oh, that's my middle name, too,'" young Noah told the Concord Monitor. "That's cool that I'm named after somebody who's famous and maybe someday could be president."

"Naming babies. Is there a Barack-o-rama in the future?" asked Karen Murphy, a writer for Strollerderby, a blog for new parents.

Barack inspires change in baby names - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
 

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Barackorama?

Cinerama. It only lasted for a while. When you went to the movies, there were these two annoying lines, one on each side of the screen.

I wonder when people will start noticing the flaws in Barackorama?
 

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Great article! Here are a couple 'graphs:

One reason this socialistic mind-set resonates favorably with many is due to the shift in the last half-century from promoting hard work, self-sufficiency, marriage, personal responsibility and accountability and living within one's means, to a mentality that I am entitled to the fruits of other people's labor. That used to be called robbery before government started doing it more than a century ago through the income tax.

Another reason the Obama (and Clinton) class envy works is that too many people are economic illiterates. They can't tell the difference between compound interest and a compound fracture. How many politicians today talk about looking out for one's self, not relying on government? Too many Republicans negotiate with Democrats over the size of new programs and budget increases, rather than reducing the cost and size of the nanny state. The era of big government is not over, as Bill Clinton proclaimed in his 1996 State of the Union address; it has just begun. If either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama becomes president, government will grow even larger and become more intrusive.
 

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Thats the best source you got Jay, Jewish World Review?
 

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Great article! Here are a couple 'graphs:

One reason this socialistic mind-set resonates favorably with many is due to the shift in the last half-century from promoting hard work, self-sufficiency, marriage, personal responsibility and accountability and living within one's means, to a mentality that I am entitled to the fruits of other people's labor. That used to be called robbery before government started doing it more than a century ago through the income tax.

Another reason the Obama (and Clinton) class envy works is that too many people are economic illiterates. They can't tell the difference between compound interest and a compound fracture. How many politicians today talk about looking out for one's self, not relying on government? Too many Republicans negotiate with Democrats over the size of new programs and budget increases, rather than reducing the cost and size of the nanny state. The era of big government is not over, as Bill Clinton proclaimed in his 1996 State of the Union address; it has just begun. If either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama becomes president, government will grow even larger and become more intrusive.
Like any other pres. has or will stop this ridiculousness? Plz.
 

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