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Obama in Cuba

Our President has landed in Cuba.

Wait…I’m going to type that again.

Our President has landed in Cuba.

The President of the United States has flown in Air Force One to a country we’ve hardly acknowledged in the past 90 years. He’s attempting to normalize relations with the Castro regime, claiming that our economic blockade has done nothing to prevent the continuation of communism there.

So far, there’s not much to show for it.

Obama’s whirlwind trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro’s ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. While deep differences persist, the economic and political relationship has changed rapidly in the 15 months since the leaders vowed a new beginning.

Wielding an umbrella on a rainy Havana afternoon, the president stepped off of Air Force One and was greeted by top Cuban officials — but not Raul Castro. The Cuban leader frequently greets major world figures upon their arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, but was absent on the tarmac. Instead, he planned to greet Obama on Monday at Palace of the Revolution.

You caught that, right? Raul Castro didn’t even greet him at the airport. Once again, the U.S. looks like the chump to the rest of the world. Castro should be at that airport on his knees praising the United States for the infusion of cash that comes with normalized relations. Instead, he snubs us.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Cuba is a dictatorial regime. It’s the same today as it was a year ago. Or 10 years ago, or more. Repression is still common here.

I’m not sure what Obama believes is going to happen now that we’ve opened up Cuba. So far, it looks like it’s just another show of capitulation on the part of this liberal President of ours.

"It's the delegates, period."

The politico outlines three reasons why the Democrats will nominate Barack Obama for president. The question is, why so they wait? They wait because they fear Bill & Hillary Clinton. Wimps.

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Obama "Dressed"

So, here we are, greeted on a Monday morning by such nonsense as this:

Obama Accuses Clinton of Smear Campaign after Circulating Photos of him Dressed as ‘a Muslim’

Barack Obama’s campaign chief today accused Hillary Clinton’s aides of “shameful offensive fear-mongering” by circulating a smear photo designed to trick voters into once again thinking the black presidential hopeful is a Muslim. David Plouffe claimed members of the former First Lady’s team had e-mailed an image of the Democratic frontrunner dressed in a tunic and turban. Mr Obama, who was raised as a Christian by his white mother despite his Kenyan father being Muslim, has been dogged for months by claims he is secretly following the Islamic faith.

I’m sure you’ve seen the photo by now, but if you haven’t, it’s here.

It didn’t take long to assume the truth in the narrative that the Clinton campaign circulated the photo. Maggie Williams, who recently took over the Clinton day-to-day strategy, all but implicated the organization with her non-denial denial.

Enough. If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely. This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry. We will not be distracted.

Politics is ugly, to be sure. And this stunt is just that – a Clinton quick chump hit to Obama’s knees in an attempt to gain political footing. After the debate in Texas last week, the media picked up on what many saw as a conciliatory gesture by Hillary signaling that she knew her ’08 presidential aspirations were coming to a close. That was the last thing the Clinton campaign wanted. The proof of this was revealed this past weekend, with Hillary suddenly turning from a state of reflection to a state of fury to blatant sarcasm. Let us not forget the ‘do anything to win’ mentality of this bunch.

Informed and engaged voters need less than 1 minute to see through this game and see the absurdity in it. We take a look at Obama in his Somali garb and realize it’s nothing more than ceremonial appeasement to a constituency. Yet, both campaigns know that the average voter doesn’t know squat. They’re impressionable. They’re fickle. They’re shallow. They vote for the candidate who color matches their clothing. They get excited over the candidate who plays a saxophone on late night television. We know these types. They’re paper thin.Stories like this wouldn’t gain traction if it weren’t for the gullibility of the average American. Want a presidential election that focuses on the issues? Want substance? You won’t find it as long as the “man on the street” refuses to become interested.

The real story here is the epidemic vacancy of the electorate.

Résumés

Derbyshire.

Hillary: U.S. Senator (7 yrs). Wife of president (8 yrs). Wife of state governor (12 yrs). Amateur, but sensationally successful, trader/investor (2 yrs). Wife of state attorney general (2 yrs). “Rainmaker” lawyer (on and off). Law school, lawyering.

Obama: U.S. senator (3 yrs). State senator (8 yrs). Lawyer on behalf of community groups and discrimination claims (4 yrs). Part-time lecturing (12 yrs). Community organizing (2-3 yrs). Office work (2 yrs). Law school, lawyering.

Compare:

John McCain: U.S. senator (21 yrs). U.S. congressman (4 yrs). Businessman (2½ yrs). U.S. Navy (22 yrs, including 5½ yrs as a prisoner of war).

Heh.

Today's Read

Jim Geraghty.

Every aspiring Democratic president deemed “the next JFK” has revealed feet of clay — be it from scandal, domestic- or foreign-policy failures, a sense of opportunities squandered or great promise unfulfilled. In every instance, there was always a man behind the curtain whom it became impossible to ignore.

Could Barack Obama go on to be a successful president? It’s possible, and if he attains the office, Americans of all political stripes will wish him well in his duties to protect the country. But history, and human nature, tell us that no president could live up to the inhuman expectations being created at this moment.

Gasping for Breath

Clearly, that’s what the Clinton campaign is doing by pushing this non-story today.

Pitiful.

Dick "Emily Latella" Morris

Didn’t he say that Hillary would win the nomination by losing South Carolina?

Nevermind.

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"Must Win Ohio and Texas, or She's Out"

That’s the reality of Hillary’s world today.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination is not slipping away from her, aides said on Monday.

Mrs. Clinton held a buck-up-the-troops conference call on Monday with donors, superdelegates and other supporters; several said afterward that she had sounded tired and a little down, but determined about Ohio and Texas.

They also said that they had not been especially soothed, and that they believed she might be on a losing streak that could jeopardize her competitiveness in those states.

And then there’s the money quote…

“She has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she’s out,” said one superdelegate who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, and who spoke on condition of anonymity to share a candid assessment. “The campaign is starting to come to terms with that.” Campaign advisers, also speaking privately in order to speak plainly, confirmed this view.

Several Clinton superdelegates, whose votes could help decide the nomination, said Monday that they were wavering in the face of Mr. Obama’s momentum after victories in Washington State, Nebraska, Louisiana and Maine last weekend.

One has to believe this is not what Hillary anticipated. Remember, the grand master plan was to front load the primary season to insure a quick win for the Queen. They completely underestimated Barack Obama. When will the main stream media report that story?

After Hillary loses Ohio and Texas.

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