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That didn’t take long
Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 25, 2008

Sister Toldjah points out that the "substantive" Berlin speech by Barack Obama - which was supposed to be more than a campaign event - is out in video in an email soliciting donations. And yes, I got one too (every political blogger worth his salt has signed up at each campign site to receive their emails).

You may remember these quotes this week:
“He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator,” the [Obama] adviser added.
And:
Yet, a campaign aide at the briefing said the Berlin speech “is not for campaign purposes.”
Yet in under 24 hours that's precisely what it is being used for (not that anyone with an ounce of political savvy believed a word his campaign said - but it should be pointed out to those who did).

More of those "old time politics" disguised as "new" I guess.

Another sip of kool-aid anyone?
 
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From JOM:
Question for legal beagles here:

Germany paid for part of this trip/sermon/campaign rally. Obama has sent out a fund raising letter talking about his speech. Is it legal for him to split the cost of a campaign visit with a foreign government?
 
Written By: Neo
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Really good question, Neo. How does the Obama campaign ’stage’ this event for the video footage used in fundraising, then pass the bill to the German government. Maybe US campaign law was violated? Foreign contributions are expressly forbidden to US campaigns, unless of course you are Bill Clinton.

I think a FEC challenge is in order.
 
Written By: bill-tb
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This doesn’t bother me. I honestly believe that the spectacle of a nominee holding a political rally on foreign soil (while snubbing our injured troops natch) will hurt him in the long run.

I firmly believe that by the time the election comes around, the adults will take over from the star-dazzled mushminds currently driving the vehicle.

 
Written By: shark
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The only thing missing fom this spectacle was the thunderous "Sieg Heil" echoing down the alleyways of Berlin.
 
Written By: SShiell
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Where was his seal of office, gone AWOL?
 
Written By: looker
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