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There is no doubt that picking Joe Biden as VP will help Obama with the "blue collar" vote.  And I do think that it is a problem Obama has, and I think Biden will help him "connect" more with this group of voters.  But is anyone just sick of hearing about it in the media?

I find it hard to watch any of the media these days, though to me MSNBC is the most tolerable of the major networks (though I really only watch Countdown).  But I of course watched the coverage of the Obama/Biden rally on Saturday.  And it was just infuriating to me how much they talked about this issue.  As Biden said during the rally, Obama's story is the quintessential American story.  Yet people still aren't getting this.  Somehow, we need to get Obama's story out there to people.  And I mean the people who are unaware of his background or unwilling to do the research.  I think Biden will help with this, but somehow we need to get this out there.  I think the campaign needs to stress his background more.  He did have a good ad out at the beginning about this, though I admit I cannot remember where it aired.  I think it would be good to put another ad like that out in those "blue collar" states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.  As unfortunate as it is, people still don't know who Obama is.  Tell your friends who are undecided!  I know I am.

Another thing that I'm curious to see is how Senator Biden responds to the ad McCain campaign put out showing him praising McCain and ripping Obama on inexperience.  I also read an article on Politico that had more quotes they can use against him particuarly something like this:

"To his credit, John repudiates some of the Bush administration's approach to the world," Biden said. "He recognizes that the power of our example is as important as the example of our power ... that allies we respect, not disdain, can advance our interests. He is especially eloquent about his abhorrence for war — as John is uniquely placed to be."

I think most of the quotes can be easily thrown out because McCain used to be a praise-worthy person.  This quote, however, is from April.  I am not trying to insinuate that Biden is a bad VP pick, on the contrary I love the pick and I think they work very well together, but I hope he is prepared to respond to these quotes.  

Originally posted to Zanath on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:14 PM PDT.

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  •  You can start with.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ozarkspark

    The Obama Scrapbook! Click on my signature for it. It's a project done by Kossack Peace Puppy that tells Barack's life story and all about his family.

    If you know anyone who thinks Barack is "exotic" show them this slideshow and it will go a long way towards neutralizing those feelings and helping to see where he comes from.

    Obamascrapbook Proud Citizen of Barack America!

    by jenontheshore on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:19:21 PM PDT

  •  I thought Obam did this with his books (2+ / 0-)
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    amRadioHed, ozarkspark

    but many people refuse to read them. I walked through Wal-Mart the other day and all I saw was jerome corsis book and the case against barack obam. No other political books and neither book written by Barack. Though some ads would probuly work fine.

  •  Well they are spending the whole first night of (1+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright

    the convention trying to combat this, it seems like, telling Obama's story and showing how American it is.

    That's about all you can do.  

    "There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always." -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by duha on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:40:33 PM PDT

  •  Joe is the consummate politician... (2+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright, alexnovo

    He wasn't the VP before yesterday. Now he is. He will do what it takes to win.

    He wants it as badly as Obama does.

    Don't worry. You'll end up with grey hair like Obama -- and Biden -- if you do...

  •  John "Wonder Bread" McCain. Johnny "Mac and (0+ / 0-)

    Cheez" McCain. John "Fluffernutter" McCain.

    Oops. Never mind. That might get the average American voter drooling in their La-Z-Boys.

  •  You and I know (0+ / 0-)

    that Obama's life story is very American - indeed more typical than that of McCain.  Admittedly neither is truly typical as both have risen to the highest level of power, but leaving that aside, Obama is more typical.  More people grow up on food stamps than do as the son and grandson of Admirals, more people struggle financially than have eight homes, more people need student loans than have connections that can get them into the Naval Academy, more people marry a woman who pulled herself up than marry an heiress.  We all know that.  The problem is that many people still live in a fantasy world where the US looks like a '50s sitcom even if their own lives look more like Roseanne than Father Knows Best.  

    What Obama is up against is the fake image of what the US is.  This is a very deep problem and one that cannot be overcome easily.  Thus, what I suggest is stop focusing on trying to convince people Obama is typical, and start focusing on the issues that matter.  Couple that with a campaign that shows McCain is not typical either.  This has begun and must continue.  This is why I like Biden because he can do this well.  If we let the Republicans make this all about Obama we are in trouble.  Let's make this about the issues first and McCain second.

    Non, je ne regrette rien

    by alexnovo on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:55:54 PM PDT

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