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By Golf11 - Posted on 04 June 2008

Introduce yourselves here. We're seeing lots of new names and we'd love to know where you're from and any other details, like how your stumbled upon our little corner of the world.

Hi fellow Republicans.

I've been a card carrying Republican ever since I could vote. Just how old is that? Well, for my first presidential election, I went with Dole. I used to reside in NY (boy was I upset when Lazio lost the Senate) and when I fell in love with my now-husband I moved to South Carolina and re-registered to vote here as a Republican.

I relate to the Repubulican ideals of fiscal managment, yet when Bush started taking over various financial institutions and leaving others in the bad market dust, I was aghast. This pick-and-choose methodology for "saving" our economy felt more Communist than free market to me. Obama's economic stance not only made more sense to me yet his positions on specific hot button issues stuck with me.

That's why I'm a Republican for Obama.

Hi everyone!

I'm Savy from Northern California, 29 y/o, and I've voted 3 times. I'm an independent whose always voted Democrat, so I guess I am a Dem, but I like to keep my options open and always consider the individual over party.  Being a young woman, concerned with reproductive rights has kept me leaning Democrat.  I have a diverse group of friends from all walks of life and have found my really good Republican friends (and in-laws) tend to be quite disrespectful, dismissive, and denigrating towards others who do not  agree with them.  It has really turned me off because although I don't agree with a lot of the Republican platform stances, I still think we all have the right to have our opinions with dignity and respect to one another. 

You guys here in these forums have shown me that not all Reps are like the ones I know, which I knew you guys were out there, I just didn't know where to find you!  It is like a cold drink of water in the desert, a breath of fresh air, a renewal of hope and respect among people who may disagree but do not demonize and demoralize eachother for it. 

We are all just people who usually want the same thing out of life: peace, prosperity, and happiness.  I love this country so deeply, on a level that, thankfully, most people will never have to know.  What I mean is that when you are not only saved from genocide, but given a chance to live your dreams, even if you're just a poor immigrant girl who has lived in abject poverty most of her life.  America has given me so much that everyday, I thank God for the privelidge of living here and I try to live my life in a way that is worthy of all my salvation and blessings. I am voting for Obama! not a big shocker, but I wanted to tell everyone here how grateful I am to get to dialogue with a group of people who think for themselves and express their ideas without being condescending and self-righteous.  I think there are people like that on both the left and right. 

You guys give me hope that we while we can disagree on certain things, we can all be Americans at the end of the day and realize that's what makes this country so great.  Freedom of expression!!!  How boring would it be if we all agreed, all the time.  You guys give me prospectives that I may not see from my experiences and you do so with integrity and a GREAT sense of humor.  This site is so Obama-esque, coming together based on common ground instead of dividing and degrading!  Thank you RFO!!!

Hi Savy let me first apologize to you and your generation for the mess my generation has left for you.

We served to save this country for you and then we allowed poor leadership to gain power and begin the systematic destruction of the very foundations of our form of government.

I so while I wished we had left for you the shining city on the hill  you must now serve to save our nation.  

SeabeeWWII,  Thank you for your words and knowledge.  Most people don't even know what a Cambodian is, let alone about the genocide that took place in the 70's there.  I have much sadness and grief in my heart for my country of birth, it's like a wound that never quite heals, but your acknowledgement brings that healing that I seek in this life.  The only people I blame for the atrocities are Pol Pot, the Khmer Hilter, and his followers.  It is too painful to live with even justified blame so I try to focus on healing and evolving.  I truly LOVE this country despite it's imperfections.  It had allowed to live up to my potential and use my gifts of music and entertaining.  Thaks again, you have lifted my spirits! 

Just wanted to pop in and say hi! I am 31 y/o and I am originally from Da Bronx, NYC and moved to Central Florida in 1999. My decision to support Obama is something that just recently transpired. As I was doing research for my policy proposal (for a scholarship) I found that Obama supports mental health legislation! This was enough for me! I could not find one piece of mental health legislation that was sponsored or co-sponsored by McCain. I need a President that speaks to my passions! and Obama has done that. Is there anything I can do in community? Are there local Republicans for Obama offices? I work full time and I also go to college full time and I would be willing to host something on my campus.


Hi.  Just found the website.  I have been a Republican woman all of my life but I am truly scared of the man that McCain has become just for the sake of winning.  He is totally erractic and will say or do anything to win.  He lives in the past and this country need change.  We cannot continue on the path this country is on for the sake of our children.  Obama gives me hope and I have listened to him and there is a sense of sincerity.  I'm glad there are others that are looking at the overall picture and not simply voting party line. 

Welcome to the new members that I've missed.  We are gald to have you with us, and hope you will feel free to post and share your thoughts and ideas.  We all need to work together to make this happen.  We can do it...


I confess-I've been a lurker the past month or so. My name is MaryAnn, am an RN working for a VA Hospital (God bless our veterans) and although I consider myself a moderate Democrat, I have no problems crossing party lines on issues and candidates. I am a 29 yr old 2nd generation Filipino-American living in the Heart of Dixie. I discovered this site by googling "republicans for obama" after being so disheartened by repub. friends, family and coworkers who supported McCain's choice for Palin as VP.  I mean, I know these people well so it just confounded me that they couldn't see through his trickery.  (I had really liked and respected him 'til this campaign). 

I read a few posts and just became addicted. LoL

I have even sent my 2nd cousin a link to this site after he kept spamming me with the Obama smears....

 Thanks y'all and I'm glad to see people, regardless of political affiliation, who still believe in and can recognize integrity, honesty, and true leadership. After being in a political "funk" for the past few yrs, I am so happy that someone has come along to inspire so many people again.  Honestly, I don't think my generation has really had a leader that inspired us to take action at the grassroots level like Sen.Obama, soon to be President elect Obama.  *Man, that just sends shivers down my spine. President Obama. It fits, doesn't it? President McCain? ACK*

(BTW-I'm on the night shift for anyone who is wondering why I'm posting so early in the AM!)

Hi everyone!  I am also new to this site but I have 2 family members who have been telling me about it for months!  My mom is Suzi and my twin sister is LesleyM. I am a 37 (UGH) year old nurse, turned stay at home Mom this spring.  I have 3 wonderful sons, ages 14, 11 and 4 months!! My husband and I are a small business owner. I have always voted for the GOP in every national, state and local election.  I admit, I was the hold out in the family!!  It's not that I ever liked McCain, because I haven't, it was just that he was the "Republican" candidate and I was feeling some sort of guilt or disloyalty for even considering voting out of the GOP.  The only other time I have had this same type of "guilt" feeling was when I stopped practicing the Catholic religion and started attending a different church! ( But that's a topic for a whole other board LOL)  Anyway, this year I am supporting Obama/Biden. This is HUGE for me!  For anyone that knows me, they know it is very hard for me to step out of my "comfort zone" and take some sort of chance...I am very much a creature of habit! But this election is even "feels" different! I think Obama has some "fresh" ideas for this country and may actually be able to make the nation proud again!  The "state of the union" is deplorable. It scares me to death to try to imagine what this country will be like when my boys are adults if there isn't CHANGE soon!  What type of legacy would we be leaving our children if we don't TRY to make a difference?!?!?!  I never thought I'd think $3.80/gallon of gasoline would be a "good price" and that store brand milk would be $5.00 per gallon....I could go on and on...but I won't waste your time LOL  Thanks so much for this site and each of your commitments to this country!!  Talk to you soon!
Hi Lauren, and welcome to RFO....finally. ;-)  We all came to our decisions in our own time.  That just shows that you decided to think for yourself, and are willing to leave your comfort zone for the good of our nation. 

Hi I'm Heather and I've been a registered republican since 1988.  I currently reside in NC and hopefully our red state will swing blue this year.  I decided on Obama because I like his ideas and his calmness under pressure.  He seems the most sincere, and he won me over completely during his talk at Saddlebrook Church.

I'm terrified of McCain or Palin being in control of this country and can only imagine our great nation slipping further into oblivion should they win.   I am married to a former Marine who will also be supporting Obama.  McCain's record on helping Vets is awful and our men/women deserve decent medical care and opportunities when they get home.  I believe Obama will make that a priority in his adminstration.

Hi everyone! I'm a native Texan who now resides in the beautiful state of Colorado (currently a 'purple' state LOL) and had to (unfortunately) suffer through the era of Bush as governor... it was disturbing to see the direction the state began to take under his leadership, and ultimately -disastrous- to see him take many of his same policies into the White House with him... and heartbreaking to see it unfold on a national scale....

if we are LUCKY, it will only take one full generation to undo the damage done... and I feel that Obama is not just the 'lesser of two evils' as the saying goes, but is actually THE BEST CHOICE we have as our next leader.

I can't help but feel tremendous respect for someone, who despite -everything- that's been said and done by the McShame campaign, that the Obama camp has taken the high road and stuck to it... maintaining integrity and not lowering themselves to the level of mud-slinging 3 year old children, who are having a tantrum because they know they are about to be put into TIME OUT... hopefully for the next 8 years! *grin*

I also want to mention, I was so pleased to find out about the anti-Palin protest that took place in Alaska over the weekend.... for THAT many people to show up, presenting a unified front AGAINST their own governor, that really speaks volumes... why isn't the rest of the nation up in arms like they are?! I can only imagine what kinds of B.S. ads are being run in the South... here's to hoping that the Fear Factor no longer holds any sway over even partially intelligent people there...

Is anyone else planning on throwing a 'celebration party' for Obama? My roommate and I are considering doing so, and expect we'd have a great turn out if we did... :-)

Obama/Biden, yes we can!!!!! (and WILL!)

My husband and I are planning to take the family to Washington DC for the inauguration.

Felicia - Texas

I am a white female republican from the state of Kansas.  I had aways admired John McCain over the years, but since this campaign has progressed, I had lost a bit of that.  His choice of Sarah Palin gave me a lot of reservations, and after her comments about Obama's "palling around with terrorists" did it for me.  Not only does he scare me, but the idea that Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from being president is more than I can take.  My vote will be for Barak Obama.

Glad to have you with us! I'm a Republican from the state just north of you. :-) 


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I was in the middle of typng a very long and courageously in-depth introduction, when my finger slipped and pressed something and I lost it all.  Heres the condensed version ...My name is Kim, Im 34 and  live in Baltimore MD.  As I mature,  I have grown less selfish and begun care about the greater good of everyone and believe in the trickle up effect .  On social issues, I have always been liberal, but I usually voted for my bank account because the social issues dont affect my life on a day to day basis.  Barack Obama inspires me to work harder, give more, complain less and be a better person.  I have done more volunteering and outreach in my community in the past year than in my entire life, and Im passing that spirit along to my children. It takes everyone UNITED, and working together to keep this country great and I am happy to be a part of it.
What a great name you have chosen. I expect to get the full blown version soon and am pleased to hear from a fellow Republican that refuses to make excuses for the horrible mistakes of those that currently control the party. May I welcome you even though I am a relatively new member myself.

Hello from the Pacific Northwest.

wrp9 = my initials and I'm the 9th w_p in my lineage.  My oldest son is #10.

Found RFO while searching for Live Chats during the Presidential Debates.  I only got in the last 10 minutes or so, but it was fun.

 I'm glad I found y'all.



I have been a registered R for many years, been fairly active as a Republican Woman, helping start a club, and serving as an officer/board member for the State Federation. I worked for 10 years for a wonderful Republican U.S. Senator, whom I am supporting for reelection. I retired from that position about 17 months ago and spent the better part of the past year exploring our wonderful country in a motor home. This country is worth fighting for, worth saving!


I have watched the primaries, the conventions, and now the first two debates with great interest and have come to the conclusion that Barack Obama is the man our country needs right now.   As I observe the wide range of Americans who embrace this man, I see a leader who has the charisma to help us through our economic crisis, through our national identity crisis, and can help us restore our role as a positive leader in the world.  I am frustrated with the petty political bickering, finger-pointing, blaming that is happening in Washington DC and I believe his even-handedness and the respect he gives and at the same time draws will help us get past political polarization. That is the only way we can climb out of this hole we are currently in: by working together, by setting aside political parties, race, gender, socio-economic class and being open to each other. We have so many more things that we hold in common that that divide us; we need someone who can help us figure that out. I think Senator Obama is the one who can.




Hey guys!!!
I too feel like I have to hide my views from all of my republican/on the conservative christian bandwagon friends. They think I am an idiot for even considering supporting Obama. I feel like I am the only one really thinking and looking at both sides!! I'm not filled with hate and fear!!

They keep throwing out the same old line....if you are a christian and believe in the scriptures then how can you vote for someone who supports abortion??!!

My answer is this: Obama does not agree with abortion. He wants to continue to limit them. There are so many other issues in the bible that the republican party ignores. Realistically is roe vs. wade going to be overturned??? NO way. It wasn't during the last 8 years and it won't be in the next 4. Obama has better plans, a better past, a better heart, and a better future for our country. I am out of the closet!! GO OBAMA!

You go girlwithabrain!!! You have joined with others that just could not and would not put devotion to the party ahead of right and country.
Hey Brain Girl I just joined 5 minutes ago, and I'm in the same boat as you.  Regarding the abortion issue, I have long wondered why the right is so adamant about it?  Did God prevent Adam & Eve from sinning? Of course not, they had the choice.  I believe that God created America so that we would have freedom to choose, and those who choose a righteous path prove their love & obedience to God.  Which will God want to hear on judgement day... "I didn't sin because it was against the law" or "I didn't sin because I loved and obeyed you".  Separation of church & state IMHO is God's plan for America!

The general argument, if my memory's good, is that murder is universally condemned, but abortion is accepted legally. To a pro-lifer, this is a contradiction. The question then tends to fall on whether the unborn child's death should be treated as murder, and that's where you get the quagmire shouting match of "it's a human life!" "it's part of the woman's body!".

I think that precisely because it's such a polarizing issue that Republicans use it as a smokescreen now. Now, do Democrats think addressing teen pregnancy with more abortions is a good thing? Of course not, but you won't hear many Republicans running for office telling you that. This is why I think evangelicals have to let go of Roe v. Wade as a decision of the secular government, and find ways to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and as a result, the perceived need for abortion.

Unfortunately, a lot of evangelicals still have considerable sway over Republican leaders, so you can bet that they'll still try to move heaven and earth to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A believer who reads both the Bible and the Constitution, and who understands that legislating Biblical values violates the 1st Amendment.

You are a true gift from God. Keep your mind sharp!


  I read The Audacity of Hope.  Senator Obama makes sense.  I'm really disappointed with the Bush administration.  It's time for new leadership.

Welcome to RFO, BB! Feel free to jump into the conversations going on.

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Hello fellow Obamacans. This is the first time I will vote democratic. Obama's policy positions are just so much more appealing to me than McCain's. I am happy to have found this site. I went and did phone bank calling for Obama this morning. It was a good experience and I plan to go back next Sunday.

Welcome to RFO, Chris! Great to have you with us - and thank you SO much for helping out with the campaign. No matter how good things look in the polls, we can't afford to get lazy. Join us in the threads!

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Chris I spent the afternoon going door to door for Obama with another fellow Republican. It was a great experience and it was very fruitful even in our strong Republican county.

I am still uneasy but feel more hopeful and your post adds to the hope. Glad to be in your company as we work to discard those that led our Nation so poorly. 

Welcome to all of our new members!  I apologize for being late and not greeting you each individually.  It makes me so happy and proud to see more and more Americans being willing and able to think for themselves, and vote for the good of their country, instead of the party line.

We have a lot of work to do still, please don't get complacent.  We can do it, YES WE CAN!

I am an expat here living in Asia. Living abroad has made me realize what true freedom and progress are. The way that others view us is important, we are not an island. I feel excited about Obama, which is a political first for me. He is a true uniter- look at us! 

I agree! I too am an expat, living in Italy. I can't wait to stop having to say "I didn't vote for him, it's not my fault"! Welcome to RFO!

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Welcome! I have done my time as an expat in Hong Kong few years back. It was quite an eye opener. The rate at which Asian metropolises are developing is staggering. For example, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Bangkok, Shanghai and Beijing.

All this reminicing is giving me the itch to work abroad again!

Hi!  My name is Nicole and I'm from Southern New Jersey. 29 and a lifelong Republican who has become disenfranchised with the party leadership lately. I just think it is such a shame that McCain used to be one of the leading moderate Republicans (there are more of us out there than the top brass want to believe) and now he's being forced to take a more radically conservative stance by the party leadership, especially with the addition of Palin. It's just really disappointing that the focus has gone to a more radical minority where, unfortunately, the money is coming from.


I just think that if Obama wins the party will be forced to take a look at itself and its initiatives and turn in a new, more productive direction.


I hope that made sense. haha. Nice to meet you all and I look forward to perusing the site in these last few weeks of the election!


-nic- :-)

Welcom to RFO, Nic! Do join us in our current discussions!

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I'm actually a Democrat - I hope it's OK that I'm crashing your party!  I've been lurking for a while...

For what it's worth, I wanted to come and say thank you for being Republicans that are truly putting, "Country First".

 I also come here for the true "no spin" zone.  Some sites are way too left to be objective and others way to right -- I feel there's a common sense here that I find refreshing.

 I am comforted here because even though I'm a democrat, most of my friends, co-workers and family happen to be very Republican.  To the point that most are barely speaking to me because I'm contributing to "the downfall of the country" with my vote.  I do not argue as I'm trying to salvage my friendships and find that no matter what I say, their mind is made up... though, I continually "debunk" propaganda.  But my very act of sending just a link, proving something false, incites my friends to think I'm being defensive and aggressive.  It's been a real tough couple of weeks.

 Truthfully, I respected McCain before this campaign started.  Had he chosen another running mate and perhaps didn't get so dirty along the way, I may have been open to him in the white house. 

Anyway, whenever I've had a day of getting beat up by my circle of Republican loved ones, I do come here and appreciate your voice of reason.  Ironically, it makes me feel less alone than visiting the "democratic liberal" web-sites. 


Thanks, Jen! Lurk all you want, but don't be afraid to throw in your 2c.

thank you Barbara!  While I know it's idealistic - we are all Americans first and whatever party, second.  A little less division and a little more unity would do us all some good. Looking forward to doing some more lurking and being a token Dem around here. ;)

Hi Mama! Great to have you here. While most members are Republicans, there are a few Dems and Independents (like myself). Do join the threads, and share this site with your Republican family members.

Help stop the hate. Sign the petition to end incitement of hatred by McCain/Palin.

thanks Alina!  I'll send this on to them... we shall see, remaining optimistic.


PS:  signed the petition -- it's great. 

Welcome to our newest family members! I sat with a family friend from church at a meeting tonight and he asked how my campaigning for Obama went (my husband let out my secret to him-I was a little taken aback.) Since he is very Catholic/religious and Republican, I figured he'd give me a hard time about it. Instead he told me he was voting Obama, too! I really think there are lots of "closet" Obama supporters out there to balance out any Bradley effect. Keep the faith! -Kelly (Izzy)
So glad I'm not the only dem in this position.  You are braver than me and it inspires me!  thank you!

Hi everyone. Glad to see I'm not alone. I registered Republican when I was 19 so I could vote for Ronald Reagan's 2nd term. I adored him and still do. I am also a Christian. I have voted Republican in every election until 2004.  I didn't particularly like GWB but couldn't stand (and still can't stand) Al Gore. Kerry didn't excite me but I knew we had to do something about Bush. I wil admit- I originally supported the war in Iraq. I knew of course there were no WMDs (everyone did) but we seemed to be embroiled in an endless quagmire and I believed in the idea that if we planted democracy there it would spread in the Middle East. I was wrong, and our nation is in tatters. The money we have spent on that war could have gone a long way toward building alternative energy infrastructure, eventually making the Middle East irrelevent.  I have not become a liberal, but I see sparks of great leadership in Obama.  I know the voters will not let him ruin our country. We are weakened as a country because of GWB and we need support of other nations to again be in a position to lead. We can't get that support with beligerant GOP ideology.  Actually I could live with McCain, but Sarah Palin is a dangerous, idiotic choice for VP.  I am supporting Obama.

When Sarah Palin was chosen for VP, this caused me some inner reflection.  As a Christian I think I would have been attracted to her as a candidate in my younger years- but now I was repulsed. I wondered to myself if there was something wrong with my faith.  I have prayed heavily about this offering God to change my heart if it was wrong. Instead, I have grown even stronger in my belief that Obama is the right leader for today. We cannot be a one-party government, and the time for the pendulum to swing is now.

Thank you for creating this site.


you're welcome, Eric! Great to have you here. You're certainly not alone, far from it. And there's always room for more!!

Greetings Eric!  No, I don't think there's anything wrong with your faith.  There is something very wrong with how McPalin and company demonstrate their Christianity;  lies, distortions, displaying and inciting hatred.  Now compare that with the very Christian-like behavior of Barack Obama.


 I am Zee from Santa Monica, California and I have been following the election very closely; compared to prior years I was not very interested because both sides Democrats & Republicans were about bashing his opponent's character. This election Obama was a breath of fresh air and not willing to play the game, which peaked my interest in the election. It is really not an us against them but a lot of politicians continue to play that game. - even Hilary Clinton.  Anyway, I wanted to see if there were any "Republicans" who felt the same and saw that McCain is sticking with the old way of politics and was open to voting for someone who had a different perspective such as Obama.  I entered "Republicans for Obama"  in the search engine box and your website was the first one that popped up. Good job!

Hi Zee and welcome to RFO.  You've found a group of like minded people.  I look forward to hearing more from you. 

I am a Republican.  For most of the 1990s, I was a legislative aide to a prominent Republican Senator.  Then as now, I look for leadership from a party grounded in a time-tested foundation of fiscal soundness, free markets, thoughtful leadership in foreign affairs, and wise investments in the public good. 

But where I once saw principled stewardship, I now see unprecedented incompetence, corruption and arrogance by Republicans in power in Washington.  The list of failures is disheartening:  Impotence in a time of economic crisis.  A baseless war.  Katrina.  Politicization of the Justice Department.  Political pressure on environmental agencies.  Bribery and scandal at the highest levels of Congress.  All with an enormous price tag: the national debt is now a ten-trillion dollars albatross hanging most prominently around the necks of those, like me, under age 40.     

The McCain-Palin campaign has solidified my concerns and disappointment.  Lacking meaningful responses to mounting economic, environmental and international crises, the presidential ticket shamelessly distracts, obfuscates and hides.  Senator McCain suspended his attack-filled campaign only to further politicize the financial bailout.  His moose-in-the-headlights running mate turns U.N. meet-and-greets into photo-ops to somehow buttress her foreign policy expertise (no questions please).  Their advertisements insult our intelligence as voters.  Britney Spears?  Lipstick?  The “Straight Talk Express” has taken a sorry detour.  It is out of gas, and “drill, baby, drill” is not the answer for long-term economic, environmental, or comprehensive national security. 

Where is the vision?  But more importantly, where are the high standards that must serve as the foundation for civic responsibility?

In contrast, the Obama-Biden campaign seeks a higher standard; grounded in substance and largely above petty slander.  The Obama tax plan promises a bigger tax cut for middle class families like mine.  I believe Senator Obama’s raw intelligence makes him the best equipped to handle the financial crisis.  He seeks to bring a measure of fairness to the international marketplace and help keep American jobs paying American mortgages.  Senator Obama has the potential to transform the image of “Bush’s America” around the world.  He was right on Iraq from the start.  The terrorists were and are primarily in Afghanistan, and our efforts there have suffered from misplaced emphasis elsewhere.   As a former teacher, I have noticed that Senators Obama and Biden have been the only candidates to even mention education in debates.   On the issues and in personal makeup, I am very impressed with the Obama-Biden ticket.  

I remain a Republican.  My fundamental attitude about the proper role of government remains largely unchanged.  I still vote for the candidates who best promote fiscal soundness, fair and open markets, thoughtful foreign policy, and well-conceived public investments. 

In 2008, those candidates are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Of course, I do not agree with them on every issue.  But on the whole they have my confidence.   They will have my vote.  This year especially, there is too much at stake to reflexively pull the lever under the elephant.      

Hello All, I have been lurking over here for a few weeks and I am glad that you all are here.  I am Democrat, but I do tend to lean toward the middle on some issues.  I look forward to being able to chat with you all about Obama and the status of the race for the white house.  I enjoy a little debate, but I have to say that I am so tired of the nastiness that I am getting on other sites.  I can respect a voter that doesn't support Obama based on the issues, but I cannot stand the one who spew hate.


Hello from Southern CA again. Since this is the actual introduction thread, I'll toss in my post here.

It's a good thing I'm not running for office, because I voted Democrat in 1996 and 2000, and maybe Republican in 2004-- cue the "flip-flopper" catcalls. I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure I used the absentee ballot as a dart board before dropping it off at the polling place. I'm pretty sure I didn't bother in 2006, because it all seemed like a waste of time, and Pelosi's putting the kibosh on impeaching Bush even with the torture scandal giving her the edge turned me off from politics completely.

I don't remember where I first heard Senator Obama speak. It may have been a clip on CNN or Youtube, but I from those few moments, I heard him speaking to my intense dissatisfaction with how the government, the Bush administration in particular, ran the country into the ground and rendered civil liberties moot, all in a quest for forcing American-friendly democracy creation in the Middle East. I heard him talking about changing the priorities of Washington from a focus on big corporations to a focus on the working Americans, the families, and those crushed under the heel of poverty and forgotten by a generation that desires wealth over service.

Not even Bill Clinton, the Democrats' modern hero, could match the depth and insight of this junior Senator from Illinois in my view. I went straight to his website and tore through his policy positions, all of which were clearly written out and easy to understand. Finally, I thought, a politician who doesn't sound like a pull-string doll or a college dropout, who thought carefully and painstakingly about how America can change for the better and wrote up an ambitious but believable plan to make it happen. For the first time in my life, I donated to a politician's campaign.

The more I learned about this man, the more I liked; and I didn't learn by reading his books. I decided to watch him throughout the campaign, looking for character traits that would help him in a hypothetical administration. I found that he was methodical, organized, diplomatic, empathetic, compassionate, consistent, willing to learn, and dedicated-- the seeming antithesis of the much-derided stereotypical "politician".

It was with this conviction that he would govern far more wisely than Bush ever could, that I silently stuck with Obama as the Internet firestorm raged over his FISA votes, particularly in Slashdot, home to much of the cynical idealism of young tech lovers like me. There, the highest-rated commenters by and large abandoned Obama as "just another politician", casting aside as rubbish his desire to see them all safe and secure both from terrorists and their own government. He didn't lose the progressive vote per se, but he certainly lost the libertarian vote.

Nothing cemented this conviction, or vindicated my support of Senator Obama, more than his conduct in September as Lehman Brothers' failure triggered a full-scale, worldwide financial panic. Whereas McCain stumbled to find a way to play the crisis to his advantage, Obama was on the phone with every economic mind he could reach, looking for ways to shield or cushion ordinary Americans from the effects of the panic. He stood up to Bush's proposed "gimme more power" bailout, and asked for more protections for those facing foreclosure. Meanwhile, "I'm gonna fix it" McCain tried to take the reins of a Congressional debate already in progress, and pissed off several Senators who remembered a similar performance during the immigration brouhaha-- not to mention Dave Letterman. In the face of a crisis, Obama remained the eye of the hurricane.

How would he perform in another 9/11 situation? I think he would mobilize this country as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in 1942, and utilize the world's support and compassion to build a coalition to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible.

Senator Barack Obama, therefore, is a man I would be honored and proud to call my President, which is not something I have been able to say for over a decade.

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