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Quotes to help unify the nation on the eve of Barack Obama's historic election victory.

"I didn't vote for him, but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."--John Wayne, following Richard Nixon's defeat by Senator John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election.

"Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children...

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!...

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true."--The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement

 Nov. 6--Barack Obama chooses Rahm Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff

Barack Obama's Victory Speech, Nov. 4, 2008--President-Elect Obama's Victory Speech in Grant Park, Chicago the night of his election.

John McCain's Concession Speech, Nov. 4, 2008--John McCain's gracious speech congratulating Senator Barack Obama on his victory.

CNN declared Barack Obama to be the winner of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election at 7:58 PM PT

See the CNN article below. It looks like the McCain camp is not seeing light at the end of the tunnel. At this point (7:28 PT), CNN shows Obama with 207 Electoral Votes to McCain's 135. When the results from Washington, Oregon, and California come in, Obama will be over 270 Electoral Votes. The McCain campaign is over.

From CNN:

November 4, 2008

McCain aides see 'no path to victory'

Posted: 7:23 PM PT

From CNN Correspondent Dana Bash

(CNN) — Two senior aides to John McCain see "no path to victory," given the night's results so far.

The two advisors, who were crunching numbers for the Republican contender, were responding to a question from CNN's Dana Bash, who has been covering the McCain campaign.

The aides asked not to named because the campaign is not commenting on internal discussions.

Three states that went Republican in 2004 have gone for Democrat Barack Obama, according to CNN projections — Iowa, New Mexico and Ohio.

The Electoral College Explained

Does Syria Raid Foreshadow an "October Surprise?"

The American helicopter raid into Syria this week which targeted an al-Qaida leader based there, may presage a similar attack into Iran in the near future. Just as missile strikes and a very similar commando raid into Pakistan's border region in September may have foreshadowed this raid into Syria's border area, the next logical target in the ongoing attempt to curtail cross-border aid and supply to al-Qaida and other insurgents into Iraq may be Iran.

Many analysts and pundits have mulled over the possibility of an "October Surprise" in the middle east which could affect the American Presidential race.  The theory being that an international crisis or event could highlight the foreign policy experience of John McCain over his opponent, Barack Obama.  Also, if a major military event took place, the American public may automatically back the party in power (the Republican), and this close to Election Day, that may translate into more votes for McCain.

This theory is faulty on several fronts.  First, the economy will continue to be Issue #1, and little short of a major terror attack on the U.S. homeland will change that.  Second, at this point in the war and in the election campaign, the American public would likely turn on the Bush Administration and, by extension, John McCain if it perceived an attempt to manipulate the election with the lives of American service members.

And then there is the real danger.  George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been clear that they view the development of Iranian nuclear weapons to be a grave and mortal danger the the United States and its allies, particularly Israel.  Rather than start something with Iran before the election, in what the history books and public opinion would surely condemn as a blatant and heavy-handed attempt to influence the election, it is far more likely that the long-feared "Iran War" will begin after Barack Obama wins the election, which, as of this writing, seems very likely to occur.

Were McCain to take office, Bush and Cheney would likely feel assured that their policies on Iran and the nuclear issue would be carried on by McCain.  The same is not true of a likely Obama Administration.  Thus, in order to save America, Israel, and much of Europe from a nuclear-armed Iran, it is highly likely that at some point in the 77 day transition period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, an incident will occur, or a commando raid similar to those carried out on Pakistan and Syria will take place on Iranian soil.  Or, Israel may elect to attack Iran itself, with the full assurance of American support and involvement.

If Obama wins, watch for signs of military buildup and preparation.  This Iran War scenario is all the more likely after the raids on Pakistan and Syria.  After all, what do President Bush and Vice-President Cheney have to worry about if the American public disapproves of such a war?  Elect them out of office?  President Obama may be faced with a much more dangerous, chaotic, and violent world than now exists.

Veep Pick Biden Now Under Secret Service Protection--August 22, 2008

The U.S. Secret Service dispatched a protective detail to the home of Senator Joseph Biden prior to Saturday's public announcement in Illinois that Biden is Senator Barack Obama's vice-presidential choice.

ABC News reported on the night of August 22 that:

The United States Secret Service has dispatched a protective detail to assume the immediate protection of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a source tells ABC News, indicating in all likelihood that Biden has been officially notified that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has selected him to be his running mate.

Joe Biden ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2004, but never advanced to the point where he received Secret Service protection.

Biden Named by CNN as Obama's Veep Choice

At 9:43 PM (West Coast Time), CNN reported that Senator Joseph Biden of Deleware, has accepted Barack Obama's offer to serve as his vice-presidential running mate.

Throughout the night, reports came in that other leading possibilities, including Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton, reported that they were not the vice-presidential picks.

Obama veep still a mystery --Associate Press, August 22, 2008

On a day and night of political suspense, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden emerged as a leading contender Friday to become Barack Obama's vice presidential pick as two running mate rivals learned they had been eliminated.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine spread word ...(more)

Paris Hilton Presidential Video--August 6, 2008

Paris Hilton, celebrity debutante, today aired a video response to John McCain's unauthorized use of her image in a campaign commercial. Hilton's video, released on the website Funny or Die, compares John McCain to other older Americans, such as the Golden Girls, Colonel Sanders, Larry King, and Yoda, before then cutting to an image of the white-haired Republican candidate. Paris Hilton, whose political party allegiance remains a mystery, outlined a compromise economic policy blending elements of both McCain's and Obama's stated policy positions.

John Edwards Affair Story--July 27, 2008

John Edwards, former candidate for President in both the 2004 and 2008 election campaigns, has, according to FOX News, been engaging in an affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter, and he was seen running and hiding from reporters in the Beverly Hills Hilton recently. Hunter was supposedly a guest in the hotel that night. FOX News quoted a hotel security guard, who said that he found the former presidential candidate trapped in a men's room, with reporters outside shouting questions at Edwards about his relationship with Rielle Hunter.

Rumors of an Edwards affair with Hunter have surfaced before, but this, if confirmed, would be more than a rumor. Video supposedly exists showing Hunter entering a hotel room, and then of Edwards leaving the same room later.

John Edwards is married, and his wife, Elizabeth is battling an incurable form of cancer. Edwards suspended his presidential campaign in January, after defeats in the early primaries and caucuses. He has endorsed Barack Obama, and has been mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate, a role he played in the 2004 election. Any talk of Edwards running on a national ticket as the veep again, is now sure to end whether this hotel tyst story turns out to be true or not.

Guard Confirms Late-Night Hotel Encounter Between Ex-Sen. John Edwards, Tabloid Reporters--FOX News

John Edwards' Concession (text and video) Speech--Jan. 30, 2008

Washington State Caucus Results (Republican)

About half of the Republican delegates will be allocated through the caucus system. The rest are to be determined through the Feb. 19 primary election.

McCain had 3,468 votes for 26%

Huckabee had 3,226 votes for 24%

Ron Paul had 2,799 votes for 21%

**As of Sunday evening, Feb. 10, Huckabee is disputing the results of the Washington Republican Caucuses, claiming that the party, led by Luke Esser, called the race for McCain too soon. Legal action may follow.

Washington State Caucus Results (Democrat)

All of the Democrat's Washington delegates were allocated through the caucus system. The primary election on Feb. 19 is essentially meaningless for Democrats in terms of delagate allocation.

Obama had 21,696 votes for 68%, which gives him 25 pledged delegates

Clinton had 9,992 votes for 31%, which gives her 12 pledged delegates

Feb. 7, 2008--Mitt Romney Exits the Republican Presidential Race--Super Tuesday knocks Romney out of the race.

Florida Republican Primary--Jan. 29, 2008

1st Place--John McCain

2nd Place--Mitt Romney

3rd Place--Rudy Giuliani (Dropped out of the race on 01.30.08)

4th Place--Mike Huckabee

5th Place--Ron Paul

Florida Democratic Primary--Jan. 29, 2008

1st Place--Hillary Clinton

2nd Place--Barack Obama

3rd Place--John Edwards (Dropped out of the race on 01.30.08)

South Carolina Democratic Primary--Jan. 26, 2008

1st Place-Senator Barack Obama

2nd Place-Senator Hillary Clinton

3rd Place-Senator John Edwards

Jan. 25, 2008--Dennis Kucinich Drops out of the Democratic Race

--Read the Kucinich Biography

Jan. 22, 2008--Fred Thompson Drops out of the Republican Race

South Carolina Republican Primary

Jan 19, 2008

Senator John McCain--Won with 33% of South Carolina Primary votes= 19 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Governor Mike Huckabee--Took 2nd with 30% of South Carolina Primary votes= 5 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Senator Fred Thompson --Came in 3rd with 16% of South Carolina Primary votes= 4 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Governor Mitt Romney --Came in 4th with 15% of South Carolina Primary votes= 0 Delegates to Republican Convention

Representative Ron Paul --Came in 5th with 48% of South Carolina Primary votes= 0 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani --Came in 6th with 2% of South Carolina Primary votes=0 Delegates to Republican Convention

Nevada Republican Caucuses

Jan 19, 2008

Former Governor Mitt Romney--Won with 51% of Nevada Caucus votes= 18 Delegates to Republican Convention

Representative Ron Paul--Took 2nd with 14% of Nevada Caucus votes= 4 Delegates to Republican Convention

Senator John McCain--Came in 3rd with 13% of Nevada Caucus votes= 4 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Governor Mike Huckabee--Came in 4th with 8% of Nevada Caucus votes= 2 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Senator Fred Thompson--Came in 5th with 8% of Nevada Caucus votes= 2 Delegates to Republican Convention

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani --Came in 6th with 14% of Nevada Caucus votes= 1 Delegate to Republican Convention

Nevada Democratic Caucuses

Jan 19, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton -- Won with 51% of Nevada Caucus votes= 12 Delegates to Democratic Convention

Senator Barack Obama --Came in 2nd 45% of Nevada Caucus votes= 13 Delegates to Democratic Convention

Former Senator John Edwards --Finished a very distant 4% of Nevada Caucus votes= 0 Delegates to Democratic Convention

Representative Dennis Kucinich -- 0% of Nevada Caucus votes= 0 Delegates to Democratic Convention

Governor Bill Richardson --0% of Nevada Caucus votes= 0 Delegates to Democratic Convention

Michigan Primary Update:

Updated Jan. 15, 2008


Clinton wins nearly-uncontested Michigan Primary. Obama and Edwards did not compete in Michigan.


Romney wins hotly-contested Republican Michigan Primary, McCain takes second, Huckabee takes a distant third, while Giuliani comes in behind Ron Paul and Fred Thompson.

New Hampshire Primary Update:

Updated Jan. 9, 2008


At Stake: 27 total delegates: 22 decided in the Jan. 8 primary, 5 "superdelegates"

Candidates in the January 8, 2008 New Hampshire Primary:

Senator Hillary Clinton--112, 238 votes=39%--The winner---Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 9

Senator Barack Obama--104,757 votes=36%--A very close second--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 9

Former Senator John Edwards--48,666=17%-- A distant third place finish. He may do well in parts of the South, especially in South Carolina, and in strong union states, but at this point, his best hope is to end up with enough pledged delegates in the Democratic Convention to be a king or queen maker in the event Clinton and Obama finish in a virtual dead heat by summer-time.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 4

Governor Bill Richardson--13,245 votes=5%--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 0

Representative Dennis Kucinich--3,912 votes=1%--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 0


Next Up:

Michigan Democratic Primary on Jan. 15

Nevada Democratic Precinct Caucuses on Jan. 19

South Carolina Democratic Primary on Jan. 26


At Stake: 12 total delegates: All 12 decided in the Jan. 8 primary

Candidates in the January 8, 2008 New Hampshire Primary:


John McCain--88,447 votes=37%--The Winner--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 7

Mitt Romney--75,202 votes=31%--Even though he took second place, as in Iowa, he was expected to do better in New Hampshire, which is literally in his neck of the woods, as Romney is a former governor of Massachusetts.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 4

Mike Huckabee--26,760 votes=11%--New Hampshire prides itself on ignoring the Iowa results, and the Evangelical base in N.H. is not comparable to that found in Iowa. Upcoming Southern States (The Bible Belt), may be good to Huckabee, perhaps at the expense of Romney.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 1

Rudy Giuliani--20,387 votes=9%--Did not run in New Hampshire. Giuliani is waiting for the Southern Primaries, where he has put most of his time, energy, resources, and his political future.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 0

Ron Paul--18,276 votes=8%--Paul is still hanging in there, representing the true Libertarian and anti-Iraq War wing of the Republican Party.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 0

Fred Thompson--2,884 votes=1%--Thompson did not look good in the last debate. This may be the beginning of the end for his latest co-starring role.--Number of Delegates from New Hampshire: 0


Next Up:

Michigan Republican Primary on Jan. 15

Nevada Republican Precinct Caucus on Jan. 19

South Carolina Republican Primary on Jan. 19

Hawaii Republican Precinct Caucuses on Jan. 25

Iowa Update:


Candidates in the January 3, 2008 Iowa Caucuses:

Senator Barack Obama--38%--The winner

Former Senator John Edwards--29%--Still alive as the campaign heads for New Hampshire

Senator Hillary Clinton--29%--Huge defeat for Hillary as she entered Iowa the clear front-runner, and is now in 3rd place. She can still pick it up in New Hampshire and hopes the Clinton magic can transform her into a new "Comeback Kid," like another Clinton did sixteen years ago.

Governor Bill Richardson--2%

Senator Joseph Biden--1%

Uncommitted--Less than 1%

Senator Christopher Dodd--Less than 1%

Former Senator Mike Gravel--Less than 1%

Representative Dennis Kucinich--Less than 1%





Candidates in the January 3, 2008 Iowa Caucuses:


Mike Huckabee--34%--The winner. Helped by the Evangelical turnout, and by Chuck Norris standing over his shoulder.

Mitt Romney--25%--Even though he took second place, he far outspent Huckabee, and losing by nine percentage points represents a big fall. May do better in New Hampshire.

Fred Thompson--13%--Not bad considering he entered the race late.

John McCain--13%--Not a bad considering he did not really run in Iowa and devoted his resources to New Hampshire. Must win next week in the Granite State to survive.

Ron Paul--10%--May do well in libertarian-minded New Hampshire.

Rudy Giuliani--4%--Did not run in Iowa. Competing in Iowa and then losing badly would have hurt him more than not competing

Duncan Hunter--1%--Irrelevant before, much more irrelevant now.

Tom Tancredo--Dropped out of the race on October 28, 2007. He endorsed Mitt Romney



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