Obama urges supporters to take Election Day “off”

No joke here, in an official release from the Obama campaign, supporters are being urged to take the day off of work, school or whatever it is they may normally be doing on Election Day, November 4th. Obama is urging supporting to volunteer with his campaign, make phone calls, or help with get-out-to-vote efforts.

Here’s the video put out by the campaign:

Report from Fox News:

A new 30-second spot on Barack Obama’s Web site is urging voters to “talk to your boss” or professor and then take the day off from work or school to volunteer for his campaign on Election Day.

The “Take the Day” campaign suggests voters sign up to go to battleground states or work in phone banks closer to home on Nov. 4, when they would normally be at work or in class.

“We can’t win this election unless every Obama supporter gets out and votes on November 4th. To do that, we need a massive team of volunteers helping us. Can you take next Tuesday off from work, join the final push, and make sure that everyone who supports Barack turns out to vote?” asks the Web page hosting the ad.

On the trail, Obama has been encouraging voters to go to the polls for early voting, and reports from several states are that Democrats are going into the voting booths in larger numbers than Republicans.

John McCain’s campaign, though, scolded Obama for encouraging voters to skip work on his behalf.

“Apparently Barack Obama believes that you can’t ‘make history’ by doing your job, or going to school, or caring for your kids. Apparently Barack Obama thinks the only way Americans can make history is by voting, and working, for Barack Obama,” McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement to FOXNews.com. “It’s the arrogance of a man who believes Americans either support his candidacy or cling bitterly to guns and religion out of fear and xenophobia.”

On Tuesday, several thousand people came out in a cold and steady rain to hear Obama address an outdoor rally at Widener University, outside Philadelphia.

“I just want all of you to know that if we see this kind of dedication on Election Day, there is no way that we’re not going to bring change to America,” he told the shivering crowd.

As an employer, I think I’d be willing to give people maybe a couple hours to go vote, but if everyone calls in for the day off, that might be an issue.

Still, voting is important and more employers are accommodating.

  • Avi

    On the first day? already telling everyone to stop working? what is America all about if not hard work and sucsess? stop working? welfare?

  • the_don

    Avi

    Shhhhhhh. No one likes idiots

  • Jake

    well, the message does say “Talk to your boss, Talk to your professor about taking the day off.” It doesn’t say “TELL YOUR BOSS TO SHOVE IT, WHO NEEDS SCHOOL! GO VOTE!”

  • Jim Beam

    Well most Democrats don’t work anyway, so this won’t have much effect.

  • dale

    Got to agree with Fox News heads on this one, it’s probably going a bit far.

  • JD

    I have to agree with Jake. The Ad is saying to ask not be irresponsible. If people can take off to help get others to the polls than I don’t see a problem.

  • bdjnk

    This might be the most absurd thing I have ever heard. If you want to encourage people to vote for the best candidate, start with those at your job, or at you school. Influence you friends and family. There is no need whatsoever to take the day off.

    The fact that Obama runs this kind of nonsense is just another sign of how deep in la la land he really is. The guy hasn’t a clue what it means to be a responsible individual.

  • Jake

    I disagree that this is “irresponsible”. The wording for the posting of this article is misleading. The Obama campaign hasn’t been quoted as saying that they are “urging” voters to take the day off (for no reason). I agree that if they were it would be outlandish and absurd, but this merely suggests that voters speak with those whom they have obligations to – such as employers and school officials about devoting themselves to a day of political involvement. The ad doesn’t say to just “Take the day off because you feel like it.” It suggests that you “Make calls and knock on doors”, which, if you are involved and enthusiastic about your candidate, you might already be doing.

    The irresponsibility would come from those who take advantage of an employer or school’s willingness to permit this one-time occasion.

  • Sorry Nate but your article seems biased to say the least and you’re normally unbiased.

    I can’t remember who it was who made the suggestion a while ago that election day should be a public holiday, so those who are able to help with polling stations can. Seems like a good idea to me.

  • People.. come on now..

    The title of the article is just the way I fit it into the space, no bias intended. I added a line stating that Obama asked his supporters to go volunteer, etc.. Just to clarify since I didn’t realize you would all accuse me of purposely omitting it for cynical reasons, which I didn’t.

    Of all the stories, you call this one biased. It’s funny to me because of anything I’ve ever posted, I would never have wagered you call this one out. I have the full ad from Obama, which explains what they want supporters to do, a report from Fox explaining what Obama wants people to do, and yet you call me bias.

    The title is the truth! He wants people to take the day off to vote, volunteer, whatever. Sheesh.. you’re a difficult bunch.

    I never said Obama was just asking people to take the day off and do nothing, hence the reason I posted the FULL ad from his campaign, did you all miss that aspect?

    Truly though, never meant to be misleading or biased, I can’t believe you’re hung up on this innocent story, I didn’t think anything of it when I posted, barely thought it was worth mentioning.

    Then I come in and see you all throwing me under the bus for reporting on Obama’s efforts to get his supporters to the polls and felt the need to defend myself.

    Can’t win! Lighten up people..

  • marzzbar

    Aww Nate, it’s okay…calm down, we still love you.
    I think someone needs a hug…

  • Babs

    I think Obama’s target here is the youth. I know, I know, he says take off work as well. But the youth vote is the strongest for Obama, yet the most unreliable historically. Every election (at least the last two), it’s been touted that the youth are going to carry the election – but it’s never happened. Obama is afraid it won’t happen this time, as well, and he’s pushing them.

    In light of the fact that our state has had early voting, our employees have already been encouraged to go vote, and has been given clock hours to do so. There’s no excuse to ask for a day off on election day, and if you work for us and don’t show up Tuesday because you’re hanging out at the polls for either candidate, your happy butt is unemployed.

    By the way, the thing that looks like a remote control in the ad is a Wii game controller – that’s another reason I say the ad is targeting the youth.

  • Odonata28

    Actually Babs,

    it’s pretty well known that the Wii has been very popular among many age groups including elderly. In fact, one was brought to a BBQ we had and the adults (including seniors) played it more than the kids did…..

    Jim Bean,

    Don’t be absurd. If Democrats didn’t work, only 2 people would work where I do out of about 15. If Democrats didn’t work, nearly 1/2 the work force wouldn’t be there. What a silly thing to say.

  • Stalin

    The last thing this country needs is reduced productivity. I don’t think some of you realize what the cost of a mandatory shutdown of the US economy would cost. Billions! There is plenty of time to vote, and employers are bound by law to give their employees adequate time to vote.

  • susan

    Well,I think what the Obama campain in suggesting is how important this election is and it certainly is.Your country is in ruins from 8 years of Republican control.Taking one day off to support new leadership is a responsible request.I think Obama fears if you don`t,you may not have a job soon enough.And from Japan and Canada,We would like to tell … ** Edited by Admin **

    Note: Unnecessary personal insults aren’t welcome, thanks!

  • Babs

    “redneck republicans”? susan, please accept my personal invitation to fly from China to America to sit at the polls for Obama. This redneck republican will personally pick you up at the airport.

    Odonata28, I know how popular Wii is with all age groups, I own one. But the target audience for them is still youth.

  • Stalin

    Susan,

    Go play with your Hello Kitty and let the adults talk.

  • JD

    Stalin,

    “Unnecessary personal insults aren’t welcome here…” at least that is the last time I checked the what the Moderator on this sited had to say the last time he edited someone’s comment.

    Suggesting that Susan plays with a “hello kitty” is making fun of the fact she is or is from asia. Which sounds like an unnecessary personal insult.

    If she is not allowed to make fun of americans by saying “redneck republicans” than it is only fair that you don’t make fun of asians by saying “go play with hello kitty”.

  • Stalin

    JD,

    Who died and made you the PC police? I thought it was funny. Lighten up bud..

  • Babs

    My response to Obama’s ad:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS0OYjMKCdc

  • JD

    Stalin,

    I have just noticed a rise in the Conservatives being able to say whate ever unnecissary personal insults that they want while watching others on here get nuked for simular comments.

    I am just suggesting that if Susan has to play by the rules than you should too. Since you have not been nuked…I am only making the suggestion.

    Now back on the issue. I don’t see how asking people to take of if they can is a bad thing.

    Stalin – “what the cost of a mandatory shutdown of the US economy would cost. Billions”

    I and others are well aware of the costs and yet we all take time off for christmas, new years, thanksgiving, forth of july… so on and so forth.

    Again, he only asked those who were able to take off to do so and to ask not demand the time off.

    I do agree with babs that this is directed mostly to the youth who alot of times have the extra and flexible jobs.

  • DJS

    Babs…what a great ad from McCain.

    I will not be one of the fortunate people who will be taking Tuesday off. Although I would love to be there rallying the people to vote right and vote for McCain/Palin.
    We had a meeting this morning and they will be laying off 80 people next week. My job isn’t on the line at this time but I am a training instructor so the less people they have the less they are going to need a full time trainer.

    Susan…this is a very important election for us. We could be looking at the worst 4 years of our lives with Obama wanting the government to control so much. I guess if you live with that all the time it doesn’t seem to be that bad but when you have lived with the freedoms we have and now we have a candidate that wants to take a lot of that away from us, not to mention that the congress will be a majority of democrats so they will push through anything they want and we won’t have any representation. That was the purpose of our forefathers putting in 3 branches of government, for checks and balances.

  • Stalin

    JD,

    Hello Kitty getting nuked? I can’t bear the thought. I don’t see the comparison between that and being called a Redneck, just ask Jack Murtha. There is no need to take off work for election day. The polls are open early in the morning and into the evening. People need to suck it up and stop complaining that they need a day off to do their civic duty that many men have died to provide.

  • Bill Hedges

    Jd- you in last few minutes decided to stop personal attacks. Way to go. ..Congraduations

  • susan

    I would like clear up a few things,First of all,I do not live in China,nor ever would.who ever cleverly wrote that obviously has never left the USA,like Palin.Secondly,I am a Canadian,who has enjoyed all the freedoms of Americans all my life plus a few extra perks such as free medical,Don`t you think those freedoms have been carried out just alittle to far.Collapsing markets around the world.I honestly believe you Americans just don`t know what is really going in your own country.As for the free pick up at the Airport,I don`t think Obama needs my support because I believe he will win on his own and if he doesn`t.I never intend to step foot in your country again in my life.

  • Babs

    You may be a canadian, but your avatar here is Japan.

  • susan

    That is because I currently live here.Japan like America,has a large population,But they manage to have a unique medical system.The government pays 70% and the other 30% is paid by reasonable private insurance,if a person can not buy private insurance then the whole tab is picked up by the government.America spends so much on war and not on it`s people.America is the only developed countries that does not care for the welfare of it`s people.Under Obamas leadership I believe this could change because that is what he so desperately wants for all of you.The way some of you talk about him with such disrespect,I wonder if your worth his trouble.Is the American dream abot the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,sounds like a nightmare to me.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- You don’t live here. How do you know what we think or what we care about. We only hear things

  • susan

    I have pleny of friends in the USA and like me are backing Obama strongly!

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- I worry when someone talks crash and burn. Says market and politics is controled by Jews. It has a hint of a term not liked in America. You speak as if you know the world view of us.

  • susan

    I do and it is not pretty,particularly these days.Deregulation is not freedom,It is careless!Most world economists believe that this carelessness has caused a world recession that could last up to 10 years.Don`t tell me I don`t know anything about the world,I have been living in Tokyo for 20 years,and have had the pleasure to work with some of the best brains in the country.Anyway,what I tell is no different than anyone in any country would tell you.It is common knowledge about out the Jews owning and controlling America.Check it out.

  • Bill Hedges

    Jews rule. You said it. You prove it. You are not the voice of the world. You speak for your self.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–Like you I have High officals keeping me informed. Tomorrow a poll will come out saying people now trust McCain more than Obama on the economy. Recession will not last ten years in America. Not even a year. mY FRIENDS THROUGH-OUT THE WORLD LOVE AMERICA.

  • susan

    Hint,Start with the names of the securities companies,All Jewish.Sorry if I broke your naive world.Speilburg controls Hollywood,he is Jewish too and Hollywood endorses Obama!

  • Ramona Acord

    Does Obama have any touch with the real world, proposing that his supporters take a day off work on Nov. 4 to get out vote. Has he considered the consquences:

    1. Teachers – as one, I can tell you right now there won’t be enough subs to cover the classes. Right now, many times we have to split classes up and put extra students in other classrooms (4-6). The effect on carrying out your
    instructional program is severly hampered. Imagine is many teahers were absent. Forget teaching, you are just babysitting. Instruction on Nov. 4 = zero = zero
    learning times all the students. Teachers have usually one personal day they can use; so if used for this the effect on learning would be massive.

    2. Service Workers – Posts not filled places unbelieveable burden on the other workers = angry customers = maybe people losing jobs with lost business, delivery Schedules not met with the resulting “workers waiting and wasting time”. Has Obama ever heard of the major concept of “just in time deliveries”. Companies do not warehouse their inventory and supplies now; they depend on timely scheduling and delivery of what the people, who work for them, need to accomplish their task. If I were one of the workers reporting for work, I would be very angry with the ones who ask me to double up and try to do my job without help and sometimes, proper materials and supplies – Talk about company moral!

    3. Production Type Businesses – Missing workers mean critical jobs to finish products would be slowed down. You get the picture.

    There are other examples, you can think of. I am giving you a few. Does Obama have any clue as to the value of workers and what they do?

    I think he minimizes the worth of American workers if he thinks their absence on voting day would not have a severe impact on the workplace and services and production.

    This raises serious doubt about Obama’s understanding ofeconomics. Maybe he is used to academia at the university level, where serious students are independent and responsible for learning on their own. The professor can be missing and students will still study, research, complete assignments, etc. Obama is a classic example of living in an Ivory Tower.

    Is this the kind of programs he would offer if he became President, mandating programs without serious thought of consequences. The American worker is valuable and unique. We can’t think of them as a mass of nonindividuals and do justice to the American system of economics.

  • Bill Hedges

    SUSAN–I understand you do not wish to prove Jews control the Market and Politics. Should not have asked you to prove you point. Just write it off as your opionion

  • Wow if you have lived in Japan for the last 20 years you need to walk down the streets of the USA more. The young voters do not vote but they sure go to rallys. I am a hard workiing American and I vote at every election, even the in my small comunity ones. As far as the universal health care in Canada, I know that if you need an operation you need to wait months if not years to get approved. I can call my Health Insurance carrier which I pay part thru my employer and get an operation tomorrow. No thanks to Universal Health Care

  • Ramona, your reasoning is all over the place and it doesn’t make any sense.

  • Bill Hedges

    Ramona–Of course you make complete sense. In my job I was given two hours to vote. I am guessing you are to. Some at my work was given time off at begining of work and others end of work. So as to reduce strain on workers to a minumal.

  • Bill Hedges

    Speedy–Can’t agree more. To get special care or M.R.I., etc., You might have to travel a long distance.

  • Stalin

    Susan,

    You are a Canadian living in Japan? Then shut the hell up. You can’t vote here and I’m tired of your anti-American attacks. I don’t mind the opinion of foreigners if they are respectful of our country, but you are not. Please leave.

  • susan

    You seem to think this election is all about America,well not.The whole world is watching,not just me.The American affects all economies,so we have some concerns on your choices.Nothing personal.

  • Babs

    Nothing personal, Susan? First you call us all racists who will not support Obama, then you claim Jews rule the country. Then you say our country will pay the price if we do not elect Obama. You call Sarah Palin “stupid and ugly”. If you’re any indication of the type of person that is watching our country, we should cut off trade with both Canada and Japan, as you don’t deserve what we give you.

    The next time I pick up an item in the store that says “Made in Japan”, I’ll put it back down and buy American. And if we all do that in America, where will you and your great society be then? Without America, Japan and Canada would be just another poor 3rd world country. Maybe that’s what people like you deserve, as you have no respect for the country that turns your wheels. Not even the “jew” that brings you your movies, apparently.

    Respect us, or as Stalin says, shut the hell up.

  • susan

    Well,It is a fact about the Jews,
    There are about 8 central players,
    The biggest 2
    !) Ben S. Bernanke
    Chairman of the private Jew owned federal reserve bank,also Obama`s economic advisor
    2) Lloyd Blankfein
    CEO of Goldman Sachs Bank of New York
    You guys can get more info on sites such as realjew.com,radicalpress.com or just check ot Lehman and jews.

  • susan

    Also you can try radicalpress.com “America is run by Jews”

  • susan

    Canada supplies America with 70% of it`s energy,so that is not such an smart idea,we do not buy anything from America,the other way around and frankly speaking Canada doesn`t care who buys our oil,including China.You build your homes from our lumber,I thought this was supposed to be a site with smart people,and if any of you have the nerve to check into it,You will clearly see your country is run by American Jews.That is not a put down,just stating the facts.And they indorse Obama

  • susan

    Also, You might want to think about the shameful things this sight has to say about one of your fellow Americans Obama,I would say that is disgraseeful,Terrorist ect….
    Now who are the racists here.

  • Babs

    Jews endorse Obama? Then what is this, oh wise one?

    http://www.rjchq.org/

    And here’s some anti Obama videos for you from “the jews”.

    http://www.rjchq.org/Multimedia/multimedialanding.aspx

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan– It is great Canada sells us oil. I tell you what. Susan, Tell Canada to stop selling us oil. Go girl !!

  • susan

    You guys must really hate blacks and the fact that your candidate is going to lose.Folks.You know,How can I expect you to know anything about Canada,when you know nothing about America.
    Good Night,
    Obama/biden08

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan I see you spreading your love early today.

  • DJS

    Susan…if you know so much about the US then you know that Bush talked about regulating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2001. It was the democrats in congress, especially Barney Frank who said they were solid. Bush brought it up a number of times as did republicans in congress. They were critized for questioning the almighty democrats. Don’t believe me check out the democrats and Fannie Mae on youtube. There is also one about the democrats including Obama who were part of the Fannie Mae family. Easy to see why Obama got the second highest payoff from Fannie Mae.
    The democrats pushed the banks and mortgage companies to give loans to people who they knew couldn’t afford them. And Obama was part of that group when he was involved in ACORN.

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS- and McCain did again, in what 2005. You might want to read some of Susan’s comments to get an idea about her

  • bdjnk

    One of my rabidly pro-Obama college professors preemptively told us we are not getting the day off. Even she thinks this is an absurd idea.

  • Babs

    susan, what exactly is it with you and blacks and jews? Are you trying to say that Obama, as a black man, will take all the power you believe that Jews now have? That jews run our country (that’s what you say), and we should elect Obama, who is no Jew. What’s the deal with you?

  • susan

    Wait a minute everybody,This Jew thing has gotten way out of hand.From the beginning,I simply said,That if the Jews thought Obama was a Terrorist then they wouldn`t be supporting him,If they thought he would be endangering their homeland that they wouldn`t be supporing him.That is all,Somehow this is turned into something racial? And what ever negative You Tube Videos are out their,the fact that Ben S.Bernanke Jew owned Federal Reserve Bank Term End 2020 is Obama finacial Advisor.If it were true abot the Democrats the sub loan deals,I would think that McCain would be pushing that fact in his ailing Campain.In any case,Bush is not popular within America and certainly not on the International scene.I think for American to regain International trust,Obama needs to win.Frankly speaking a McCain win would only benifit me,A weak dollar increases my salary and the Japanese wold do better under a McCain administation because they like deregulation,it helps their exports.But this is living in complete denial about the future and in the end America will be hurt most.America imports 1000% more cars then they export.That is because of
    strict regulations here in Asia.This is what went wrong in the first place.Obama wants a stop to this and I agree with him.You can`t continue import with no exports or your business will be bankrupt.Obamas theory,If you want to do business with us,it will be fair trade.I believe McCain will continue this pattern of self destruction.He is too old for the job because he has no new ideas and that is the bottom line.I believe McCain will continue this war in Iraq only out of pride and not reality,Iraq is making much money while Americans get poorer everyday.It is madness,And before any of you vote,if you haven`t already,please think about these issues.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–You said Jews rule the stock market and politics.

  • susan

    They own all the securities companies the foudation of any country.Look,Without writing another book,Obama believes in fair trade,not free trade,big difference!About the only thing America is exporting these days is jobs.I don`t think the sub prime loans wouldn`t have been such a bad idea,if Americans were not losing so many jobs,McCain is married to a billionaire,What would he know about financial problems or a job loss.In fact,Until a month ago,he wasn`t even aware America had a crisis.Is all McCain and Bush have on their mind is this relentless war.This war is costing many countries big money,and I am afraid they are pulling out if America doesn`t.Then their is the reality of Palin,She is a 72 year old heatbeat away from the job,She only got a passport a year ago to enter Canada.You feel comfortable about this? I know the Japanese,they will take what they can.

  • Bill Hedges

    Sub-prime–loaning money to those without checking their credit. No or little down payment. Unable to pay normal payment for house. Susan, you call this ..wouldn’t have been such a bad idea

  • Bill Hedges

    susan Oct 30th, 2008 at 11:16 am
    You guys must really hate blacks……………………………………………….You know how to make friends.

  • susan

    cont.America has to face the fact that the Japanese have won the financial war and start creating untapped indstries.
    Despite what everyone might think,I feel sad about this situation,but it is a reality,and it is time to move on.It is like being in a dysfunctional relationship,you can`t see it,but your friends can,that is the position I am in,I know both cultures well.Too bad I am Canadian,I would run for the job myself!

  • susan

    Maybe that comment was too harsh,but I know alot of Americans will vote McCain just because they won`t vote in a black president,particularly KKK members.It is even shocking,that in the 21st century,that group even exists

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- this site is to hear opionion. Not hatred. Yes soon do, but you go way overboard. Read what you wrote and compare to others. You should see what I mean. Talk like you would to a neighbor.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- I don’t know why you talk about KKK. There may be a very few left in America. There are similar hate groups around the world. You have been harsh in many comments. Leave hate of Jews you have used and KKK, it would be appreciated. Fair enough ?

  • susan

    You know Hedges,It is the strong believe by myself and many others,that this campain wouldn`t even be a contest if Obama were white,4 years ago,many Americans said,”Who voted for Bush” I fear the same words in 2012.The names are changing,but the party and policies are not.

  • Bill Hedges

    You know John Kennedy lost the popular vote. But we elect by electorial College. Bush is a good Presient, my opionion, and elected using our system. Congress caused the sub-prime problem. Congress writes and passes the bills. President only choice is to pass or veto. It is possible if Obama was all white, he would not be where hr is today, I do not know. He is a great speaker with ability to sway a audience. I am not sure what policies you refer to.

  • susan

    Back to the Jews,I have no hatred for them or anyone else,I read alot of negative comments on this site about Obama,I was simply defending him that is all.Policies? deregulation.America will never sell cars in Asia.Asia doesn`t need America anymore,there is nothing left,America even tried the beef industry,no go,Asian won@t buy American beef.India,China,they are growing by the day and America is out of the loop.I don`t want to discuss the plolitics side of this because you obviously are one of those rare Americans that like Bush,In Europe and Asia they gave him the benifit of the doubt going into Iraq,and everyone so sorry about that.What America needs a leader,Whitee or Black that in touch with what is going on and I feel Obama does.I have nothing to lose or gain in this election.I am just concerned about North Americas future.In Canada,we believe in no more blood for oil.Asians like Obama,he is the best chance you have got to survive

  • susan

    And maybe,if Americans thought Bush was a good President than maybe Obama wouldn`t be where he is.

  • susan

    I have read everything from terrorist to Kenya connections about Obama on this site,so I hope alot of people are reading your comments.I was beginning to think this was a Republican only site.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- According to polls for Mcain, it is safe to say50 % of Americans like Bush. All the wars America has been in since WW 2 had no oil, except Iraq. Why you say this war is for oil, I do not understand. America is not stealing their oil. We wiill leave Iraq. 500,000 Iraq people was killed by their dictator, but we went there for there oil. You know America has lots of of oil Congress will not be drilled. If Iran takes over Iraq and joins with Russia, Japan will be at the mercy of that union for oil. America would be hurt but we can develop our oil.. Look at the harm America did to Japan after WW 2. We helped develop her. That’s what America does.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- All sorts are on this site, including Democrats and Republicans.

  • susan

    Hedges,I agree about the loans,but alot of people were crushed about Hilary and she must have been part of it too being a Dem

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- I don’t know about Hillary. Democrats Dodd and Frank had a big part though. As did ACORN. Bush and McCain actually warned of this problems years earlier, asking for more regulations. But Congress failed to act.

  • susan

    Hedges,I wish I could agree with you,but it is too naive.Do you know that Bush and Cheny opened offices in Canada 5 years ago,Don`t tell me it wasn`t about oil.As for Japan,they were out of control,but America went over-board with their attacks.I am not defending either counry because I think war is just plain wrong,Maybe 500,000 Iraqis were killed,but this unprovoked war has killed tens of thousands more from all over the world.The Bush`s are about oil plain and simple,Or is it just just a coincidence that the last war was when his father was president,again about oil

  • susan

    Also,I think that the American people wish the Government would start worrying about them rather than the Iraqis

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–In America we believe that each person has a right to their opionion.

  • susan

    America didn`t stick around to rebuild Viet Nam? Another shameless war

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–Congress approved Iraq war and funded it every year. UN resolution that allowed the war. As far as viet nam, our people wanted us out and we left in defeat. So no re-buildng possible. We help re-build Japan. Do you want to talk about Japan war WW

  • susan

    I understand that,so do most countries.

  • Bill Hedges

    I believe Japan is a great county. A free country.

  • susan

    Well no,because I doubt we would agree about it,I know both sides of the story very well.Japan has paid dearly for it`s aggresion in Asia.However,It is written into their constitution that they can never fight again,and Japanese today are quite happy about that,It is a very peaceful nation today,America rebuilt Japan,because they needed Japan in Asia as a base,I don`t think it was out of guilt.Truth be known,they won the war,but they lost the economic war,they shot off their own foot so to speak.Are you familiar with Clyde Prestiwich,My spelling may be wrong,he wrote a book on this very topic,Titled Losing the war with japan,very good book.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan.–Russia keep their countries they defeated. Like most countries. We could have. And had our bases. Without re-building. America does not do those kind of things. The world is in recession. We have good sign that it will be short lived here. But, I have no hard feelings if Japan is or will be better than us economically . Japan pulls themselves up by individual work. So I hope same for Iraq, unlike other middle east countries

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–You mentioned guilt. I hope you are not talkig about the two bombs. We have no guilt for that.

  • susan

    Well,it was alittle more than just 2 little Bombs

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan–I am not familar with the author or book Sounds interesting. I will look it up later and see if I want to read it.

  • susan

    How do yo go from Hiroshima to Tokyo with a concience,It is like going from California to New York

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan-ok you want to discuss. Remember Perl harbor. No decaration of war until after attack. Japaneese fought to last man in that war. Numbers expected to die going into mainland Japan was super high. We warned of great bomb we would drop if they did not give up. We warned again before the second.

  • susan

    Hedges,There are 2 sides to war and I am not taking either,I do know that the Japanese have learned their lesson and wish only peace in the world,as do I and you I am sure,thinking about that book,the title may be Trading Places,I will find out and get back to you.It is very interesting reading,he is a well versed American on this topic.I think you are a very knowledgeable person and have enjoyed talking with you,but it is bedtime here in Tokyo,I hope we can continue this tomorrow.
    Good Night

  • susan

    I understand Pearl harbour was unprovoked,no dispute by me or the Japanese
    good night

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- I did not call rhem small bombs. I did not want to discuss it. You mention guilt, which could mean only one thing. I feel for those that died and suffered. It saved untold number of our soilder’s lives.Yes I kno Japanesse are great people. I understand you can walk downtown toyeo late at night in safty. Can’t do thar in New York. Good night

  • susan

    Hedges,
    Couldn`t sleep til getting it right,The author is Clyde Prestowitz,The Title Trading Places,He also has a new book out,Leaders in Reverse,I am going to read it myself,He is super smart.

  • Bill Hedges

    Susan- Is the story about Japans healing to today ?

  • DJS

    Susan…you talk alot about hate and discrimination but you are accusing people of this only because of their personal choices for our government. I could care less if Obama was purple. If Colon Powell was running I would be first in line to vote for him. I can agree with you on Bush. His family is big into oil. His mother’s family was part of the Federal Reserve when it started in the early 1900s. So there is money there. But McCain isn’t part of oil. His inlaws owned a beer distribution company. And if we can’t be concerned about Obama and all his questionable associates then you need not worry about McCain and his association with Bush.

    Did anyone hear last night that either Ayers or his wife wrote a book in the 1970s and it was dedicated to the killer of Robert Kennedy? Another fine choice Obama has made. And he neglects to say that he actually meet Ayers and his wife in 1988. While he and Ayers wife were working at a law firm together. “Just a guy in the neighborhood”. the neighborhood moved from New York to Chicago.

    Interesting reading about Obama’s mother. Obviously he grew up with a lot of the ideals he believes in.
    http://www.wral.com/golo/blogpost/2888742/

  • DJS

    Bill…we can be grateful for one thing, that is that Susan can’t vote in this election. One less vote for the Messiah.

  • Babs

    No, DJS, as I understand it, it’s Ayers NEW Book “Race Course Against White Supremacy” that is dedicated to JFK’s assassin. Here’s the summary of his new book, seems all the country’s ills are the fault of white people:

    “Product Description

    White supremacy and its troubling endurance in American life is debated in these personal essays by two veteran political activists. Arguing that white supremacy has been the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days—and that it is still very much with us—the discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education. The book draws upon the authors’ own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

    About the Author

    William C. Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and a senior university scholar at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He is the author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher and Fugitive Days, a memoir about his life with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn. Bernardine Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University. She is the coauthor of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Justice in the Making. They live in Chicago.”

    http://www.amazon.com:80/exec/obidos/ASIN/088378291X/littlegreenfo-20

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS= Susan is nice. I enjoy talking to her. We do differ politically…..Just heard on FOX NEWS..Speaker of House has compitition for her seat. Believe this or not, says Speaker is not LIBERAL enough !!!!!

  • Will

    ““redneck republicans”? susan, please accept my personal invitation to fly from China to America to sit at the polls for Obama”

    Babs, you just proved yourself to be one, you can’t even distinguish the Chinese flag from the Japanese flag. I’m at least giving you that benefit of the doubt, I’d hate to think that you think all people living in Japan are Chinese.

  • Babs

    No, Will, I proved that I can type a typo, it comes from not paying an overt amount of attention to people like you. 😉

  • DJS

    Babs…I wasn’t paying a lot of attention last night so thanks for the info.
    Bill…I can’t believe someone doesn’t think Pelosi is liberal enough. Does Obama have an evil twin sister who is running.

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS—That seat is in California…Need I say more. Frankly, I hope she wins. I watch CSPAN..Cheap entertainment. And I hate The Speaker…

  • Babs

    DJS, I think the evil twin sister’s name is Sheehan. She’s the one that wants Bush arrested for treason, and various and assorted other crap.

  • Bill Hedges

    I am watching FOX NEWS, of course. One of Obama people was shown on video saying tax break lowered to $120,000. Obama person on show said that was wrong….. Now reporter is saying Obama camp wants to start lowering expectation of what Obama will do. So like McCain said, soon the rich people over $42,000 will be taxed higher. ha-ha-ha-ha. No wonder Obama want his flock to vote early…..

  • Bill Hedges

    Babs- Right. Forgot to say that

  • DJS

    Bill…I knew Pelosi was from CA. I have sent emails to her requesting she have the ethics committee do an investigation into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I know it will never happen but McCain says he will hold people accountable and he will tell us who is putting earmarks into bills. I hope he really means it.

    Babs…His world as he sees it seems to be starting to tumble down.

    Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5051118.ece

    If by some mistake Obama does win will he spend the next four years running for reelection like he has spent most of his time in the senate running for president? Who will run the country? Biden?????

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS- I have sent e-mal to her. Guess what, no response. If Flim Flam Man gets elected there will be no investigation. Of course you know that. It’s all the C.E.O.’s fault you know. Maybe FBI investigation ? Of course Congress would cut their budget and man-power.

  • Taylor

    Wow, I wish I could just take the day off but I work in a ER and I sure would hate for something to happen to Obama on election day and not have any health care workers to take care of him. Obviously he is talking about the people that don’t work, and in my own opinion should people that don’t work or pay taxes really be eligible to vote. I think those people take enough from the working class. Let the people who actually pay the taxes decide on who and where OUR money goes. As for the people who draw a check they should spend their day looking for a job!