Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obama Fiddles on Letterman!



It's Worse Than Romney Said: 49% On Federal Aid, 49% Pay No Tax

The Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney underplayed the percentage of Americans receiving some federal aid in that new clandestine fundraising video that is giving liberals, the media and President Obama's team fits.

While Romney suggested that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government aid of some sort, the number is actually slightly higher. Over 49 percent of Americans live in a household where somebody is dependent on federal assistance, according to federal statistics.

And the percentage of people who don't pay taxes is worse than Romney pegged at 47 percent. According to the Heritage Foundation, it's over 49 percent. This is from a report they just issued: "In 1962, the first year measured in the Index of Dependence on Government, the percentage of people who did not pay federal income taxes themselves and who were not claimed as dependents by someone who did pay federal income taxes stood at 23.7 percent; it fell to 12 percent by 1969 before beginning a ragged and ultimately steady increase. By 2000, the percentage was 34.1 percent; by 2009, it was 49.5 percent. In short, the country is now at a point where roughly one-half of 'taxpayers' do not pay federal income taxes, and where most of that same population receives generous federal benefits."
U.S. Census figures cited by multiple sources including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Heritage, find that American reliance on federal assistance has surged under Obama. When he took office, it was 44.4 percent. And it's a trend: some 30 percent relied on assistance in the 1980s.
Some of that, of course, individual Americans paid for, such as Social Security and Medicare. According to the sources, the breakdown goes like this:
-- 15 percent of American households are on food stamps.
-- 15 percent tap Medicare.
-- 26 percent use Medicaid.
-- 2 percent are on unemployment.
-- 16 percent receive Social Security.
Overall, under Obama federal aid to health, welfare, housing and retirement programs has spiked. But it's dropped dramatically to education and rural and agricultural programs, said Heritage.
What Romney inartfully said has been echoed by small government advocates for years. But for critics of expanded federal aid that concern is reaching a crisis as they worry the government is spending itself into bankruptcy and American liberty and independence is evaporating.
Said Heritage's federal spending experts William Beach and Patrick D. Tyrrell in their latest report on government dependence: "Perhaps the greatest danger is that the swelling ranks of Americans who enjoy government services and benefits for which they pay few or no taxes will lead to a spreading sense of entitlement that is simply incompatible with self-government. Are Americans completely indifferent to history's many examples of republican government collapsing under the weight of just such populations? Are Americans near a tipping point in the nature of their government and the principles that tie it to civil life?"

The 2012 Election Will Come Down to Seven States

Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2012 | Larry Sabato

Republicans therefore are a lock or lead in 24 states for 206 electoral votes, and Democrats have or lead in 19 states for 247 electoral votes.

That's why seven super-swing states with 85 electors will determine which party gets to the magic number of 270 electoral votes:

Colorado (9), Florida (29), Iowa (6), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), Ohio (18) and Virginia (13).

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47% Romney attracts critical conservative base more than Mitt on stump!

Bayoubuzz.com ^ | September 18 2012 | Jeff Crouere

On the campaign trail and in media interviews, Mitt Romney is usually very cautious, making bland comments on the issues of the day. In “off the record” chats with major donors, he obviously tells the real unvarnished truth. It is time some of this real truth made its way into his campaign speeches.

According to the lame stream media, his presidential campaign is now consumed in another sham controversy. The candidate appeared at a hastily arranged news conference late last night to respond to a leaked video taken at a fundraising dinner May 17 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Mitt Sees the Emperor Without His Clothes: Will the Rest of America Listen?

The Patriot Post ^ | September 18, 2012 | Joan Fischer

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing ..." --Mitt Romney

In our relatively short 200+ year history, America has experienced a handful of watershed events. The Civil War was probably chief among them, with the fate of the union standing in the balance, and brothers fighting against brothers. Yet the 2012 presidential election may prove to be even more monumental than that tragic war. In large part, the 2012 election will determine whether the hard-working, taxpaying, law-abiding American citizen any longer has a voice, or whether those who have lost sight of the Founders' vision have seized ultimate control at the ballot box.
If the latter proves to be the case, the American experiment has failed, and not only our beloved republic, but the entire globe, will begin to feel the effects of the declaration, by the American electorate, that the sanctity of God-given individual liberty has been replaced by the belief that a powerful few have the right to dictate where the world's resources -- both natural and financial -- are spent, and who will benefit from them.
The Obama administration has had two main goals at the forefront of its policymaking: (1) to begin to bring America into parity with the rest of the world (since Obama himself is repulsed by our super-power status, and believes that we achieved it through colonization and oppression of the 'downtrodden') by destroying our economy and making us energy-dependent, and (2) to increase government power over our lives by making more people dependent on government for everything from food on the table to healthcare. 

As regards the first goal, all one has to do is recall the fact that the president sat in a pew for twenty years in Jeremiah Wright's 'God d*mn America!' Black Liberation Theology Church, learning (or, better, justifying his own beliefs) that America is not a prosperous country as a result of the inventiveness of its people and their willingness to work hard for their own personal rewards, but rather as a result of her oppressive colonization of downtrodden people. Followers of Black Liberation Theology, and most other leftist ideologies, believe that it is time for America to 'give back', to 'do penance' for her perceived sins. They are incapable of recognizing that, despite her faults, America has proved to be the most moral country in the history of mankind, having shared her wealth and her knowledge with others, and having sacrificed more than a million of her sons and daughters on the fields of war, most of which involved fighting so that other people might enjoy the blessings of liberty that formed the foundation of the American republic.
Add to the president's church affiliation his list of chosen mentors, many of whom are card-carrying Marxists (Frank Marshall Davis, first and chief among them), and it isn't difficult to comprehend why this president is presiding over a government that seems intent on bringing America's economy, and energy-dependence, down to the level of most of the rest of the world. To him, and to his lifelong mentors, it is all a matter of 'chickens coming home to roost'.
From 'Dreams of my Father':
To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structured feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpets or set our stereos so loud the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society's stifling conventions. We weren't indifferent, or careless, or insecure. We were alienated.
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>But this strategy alone couldn't provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.

Obama is still that anti-American 'rebel', only instead of being in the minority, he has most of the media, and many of the legislators on Capitol Hill, in his corner.
People who believe that America only achieved her greatness on the backs of others formulate that belief on the core idea that success is somehow a zero sum game. A nation cannot achieve prosperity unless it is somehow unfairly 'using' the people of other nations in order to do so.
This philosophy is evident in every corner of the president's re-election campaign, not only as regards America's rise to power, but also, domestically, in his view of 'the wealthy'. Successful businesses, and successful individuals, can only have achieved their success on the backs of more unfortunate, often brutally oppressed, 'others'. The 'You didn't build that' comment was not a simple slip of the tongue, but an actual indication of a deeply-held belief that has shaped much of this president's policymaking.
As for the president's dependence for his re-election on the Americans who are receiving government money, anyone who has paid attention to his 'leadership' over the past nearly four years cannot harbor any doubt about the fact that he believes that the proponents of entitlement – both those who receive government entitlement payments, and those who believe that such payments are an important part of government's purpose -- represent a large part, if not the majority, of his base.
As a result of the president's (mostly unconstitutional, and achieved by circumventing congress) policies, record numbers of Americans are moving from the unemployment rolls onto the Social Security 'disability' rolls, the number of food stamp recipients has increased seventy percent since 2008 with more than 46 million Americans (the equivalent of the entire populations of the states of Texas and New York) now on the rolls, and the requirement for welfare recipients to seek meaningful work has been gutted. The government is helping people with their mortgages, and will soon be helping them with their student loans. This administration has created an all-powerful nanny state because, by doing so, the sitting president has increased his voting base exponentially. The crusade to do so is all being done on purpose and for the purpose of insuring his re-election, and the election of nanny-state politicians from this point on.
Illegal immigrants are feeding at the through in record numbers as well, with their children receiving educations at the expense of the American taxpayer, and entire families enjoying access to free medical care, and more, with the American taxpayer footing the bill. And any attempts, even by sovereign American states, to effectively curtail the influx of illegals, have been met by lawsuits on the part of the American Department of Justice, the bill for which, once again, is paid for by the hard-working American taxpayer.
In an effort to increase the voting power of those who receive government entitlement payments, and those who are in this country illegally, this administration has also attempted to roadblock, at every turn, voter identification laws, by portraying laws that require photo I.D. as 'racially biased'. Once again, lawsuits have been filed, at the American taxpayers' expense, to declare such requirements somehow illegal and oppressive.
Connecting the dots in all of this maneuvering does not require anything more than a rational mind. This president is not relying on the average hard-working, taxpaying, law-abiding American's vote in order to win re-election. He is relying on a self-fabricated voting base consisting of people who want their entitlements to continue to flow unabated, and people who bear no allegiance to this country other than seeing it as a source of financial support, a cash cow. 

Mitt Romney sees the emperor without his clothes and, although he may not have wanted his comment to become headline news, it's about time the American electorate at least has access to the truth contained in it. They certainly aren't going to obtain that truth from the mainstream media. 

Romney may have killed his election chances, if the media have any say about it, but he shot from the hip. He wasn't talking about Social Security retirement recipients, or Medicare recipients, or hard workers like you and me. He was talking about those who have embraced the entitlement/victim mentality, and those who are seeking to reap the benefits of American's working class without having legally contributed to that benefit pool. This administration has created, and nurtured, a slick PR campaign selling such a mindset as a part of the American dream, and those who have swallowed that PR will crawl to the polls, if they have to, just to see to it that the entitlement mentality continues to be rewarded. 

Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw exactly this more than 150 years ago:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. 

“If you’re looking for free stuff, vote for the other guy" (Mitt Romney, Mar 12, in broad daylight)

dailycaller.com ^ | Sept 18 2012 | dailycaller

And?

By the way, there’s a reason you don’t know that woman’s name, address, tax status, rap sheet, and whatever else the media can find out about her: They agree with her. And they’re offended that Romney doesn’t.

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http://youtu.be/w6aLpf5OMKw

The market party is over!

CNNMoney ^ | 9/18/2012 | Paul R. La Monica

The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are doing everything they can to keep the market rally going. But guess what? It's time to channel Doris Day and Judy Holliday. The party's over.
When you take a step back and look at all the challenges that continue to face stocks, it's astonishing that they have done as well as they have this year.
"Absent accommodative monetary policy, there is no reason to expect the market to be doing this well this year ... especially during the past few weeks," said John Norris, managing director with Oakworth Capital Bank in Birmingham, Ala.
Another earnings warning from shipping titan FedEx (FDX) this morning is not good news. It could be a sign that several companies will have disappointing profits in the third quarter due to the sluggish global economy. According to data from FactSet Research, earnings for companies in the S&P 500 are expected to decrease by 2.6% in the third quarter, from a year earlier.
The good news (for now at least) is that analysts are expecting a profit rebound in the fourth quarter and beyond. Forecasts are for earnings to increase 10% in the fourth quarter from the same period a year ago, and that earnings will be 11% higher in 2013 than in 2012.
What's more, valuations (despite all the major indexes being at multi-year highs) are not completely unreasonable. The S&P 500 is currently trading at 13 times earnings estimates for the next 12 months.
Still, would it qualify as a monumental surprise if these profit projections wind up being too rosy? Analysts are often overly optimistic. And it just seems natural for stocks to take a breather right now when you consider all the macro risks.
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Romney's Right - Obama's 47% Dependency Rate Subverts Democracy

True Conservatives On Twitter ^ | September 18, 2012

The Republican challenger speaks an uncomfortable truth — that it's hard enough to beat an incumbent president without almost half the electorate feeling dependent on him for some kind of government benefit.

The conveniently timed release of a video taped in May and leaked by Mother Jones in September has the usual suspects in the mainstream media chattering that Mitt Romney's candidacy for president is now doomed. Even if it is true, you just can't say that 47% of Americans are dependent on government and that they're hard to reach politically because of that. In one clip, Romney describes how his campaign would not try to appeal to "47% of the people" who will vote for President Obama "no matter what."

They are, he says, "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them." No doubt there are people who are dependent on government due to circumstances beyond their control. But it's been a main thrust of this administration to make as many people dependent on government as possible — witness ObamaCare — and its motives haven't always been pure.
This is the administration from which comes a steady drumbeat of class warfare, that rails against the evil "1%" while seeking to redistribute their wealth, that supports the mob action of Occupy Wall Street, attacks those preaching personal responsibility as asking people to "fend for themselves" and tells the people who roll up their sleeves rather than hold out their hands, well, "you didn't build that."
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Multi-Millionaire Chris Matthews Mocks Mitt Romney By Singing 'If I Were a Rich Man'!

NewsBusters.org ^ | September 18, 2012 | Scott Whitlock

In a bizarre display, Chris Matthews began his show on Tuesday by singing "If I Were a Rich Man" as a way of mocking Mitt Romney for being wealthy. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Chris Matthews makes an annual salary of $5 million dollars.

Matthews opened the program by announcing, "Let me start tonight" by singing a selection from Fiddler on the Roof. Highlighting a leaked video of Romney at a private fund-raiser, he then derided, "It's one thing to be rich and have the majority of voters convinced you're out to help the rich. Is there anything dumber to be caught pandering to your fellow rich?" Later, while talking to journalist Joe Klein, Matthews insulted potential GOP voters, comparing them to the racist TV character Archie Bunker.

Chris Matthews Turns To Song To Slam Romney
The Hardball host slimed, "Will Thurston Howell talk like we've been getting from the elite talking to the other elite, will that sell with Archie Bunker?"

It was "conservative" New York Times columnist David Brooks who on Tuesday began calling Romney Thurston Howell.
Using liberal logic, what does the very rich Matthews know about the working man?

A transcript of the September 18 show open can be found below:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me start tonight with, [starts singing] 'If I were a rich man.' Dumb. It's one thing to be rich and have the majority of voters convinced you're out to help the rich. Is there anything dumber to be caught pandering to your fellow rich? "Hey, buddy, give me $50,000. I'll give you dinner and tell you what I really think." And what does Mitt Romney really think about that 47 percent out there, that ones who will never-- you will never catch at a party like this? He called them a bunch of free loaders who want breakfast in bed, who want the people at the $50k dinners to foot the bill. Well, tonight the morning after, and yes, we've got more tapes of that infamous dinner to remember. That tony get together where the Republican nominee for president of the United States shared his deepest beliefs about the two kinds of people in this country, those who give, like him, and those who take and loaf and vote for Obama.
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MATTHEWS: Will Thurston Howell talk like we've been getting from the elite talking to the other elite, will that sell with Archie Bunker? Will that sell with a guy making 20 or 30, killing himself with two jobs to get the income. Is he going to like that talk that everybody who isn't making a lot of money is a bum?

Middle age begins at 55 years!

bbc ^ | 17 September 2012

And Britons do not see themselves as elderly until they are nudging 70, the survey of 1,000 UK adults aged 50-plus for the Love to Learn online learning website says.

Previous studies have pinpointed the start of middle age as early as 36.

The research suggests that as the population ages, new cut-off points are being drawn.

According to official national data, there are now more adults over 65 than there are under-16s.
Although seven out of 10 early 50-somethings quizzed for the survey defined themselves as middle-aged, the average age at which the period of life was perceived to start was 54 years and 347 days old.
'State of mind'
However, a sizeable minority, nearly one in five, thought middle age did not begin until after the age of 60.
But almost one in five (19%) said that being middle age is a state of mind, rather than something that begins at a certain age.
The research also asked the panel at what age they thought middle age ends. The average came in at 69 years and 277 days.
This suggests middle age itself now spans 14 years and goes well beyond the government's planned state pension age of 66.
Recent research from charity Age UK, looking at how Europeans categorise themselves, found the average age at which old age is perceived to start is 62. But there was less consensus on when youth ended, ranging from 34 in Sweden to 52 in Greece, with an average of 40.
However the Love to Learn research also found that adults in their 50s were upbeat about the benefits of their age group.
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Obama In 1998: "I Actually Believe In Redistribution"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge3aGJfDSg4&feature=player_embedded

The Democrats think Romney just self-destructed by pointing out, um, THEIR ENTIRE STRATEGY

Daily Caller ^ | 09/18/2012 | Jim Treacher

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

I can see why Democrats are so offended. How dare Mitt Romney say they’re dependent on the government? Only Democrats get to say they’re dependent on the government!


Has everybody already forgotten “Julia”?

If you haven’t seen the whole “Life of Julia” slideshow on Obama’s campaign site, or if you need a refresher, check it out. The entire premise is that you’re dependent on the government from cradle to grave, and The Evil Mitt Romney is going to take it all away from you and make you fend for yourself.

That’s Obama’s reelection message: “Vote for me or Romney will take away all the free goodies you’ve got coming to you! By the way, can you believe he called you a mooch?” The Democrats based their whole convention around the premise that you need Obama just to survive. (Well, that and killing Bin Laden. Which they suddenly don’t feel like talking about anymore, for some odd reason…)
The economy is collapsing. Our embassies are being overrun. Our diplomats are being murdered, and our own government is blaming it on the First Amendment...

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The 25 Most Obnoxious Quotes From Barack Obama

Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2012 | John Hawkins


25) "No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something." -- Barack Obama

24) "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions." -- Barack Obama

23) "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." -- Barack Obama

22) "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society's stifling conventions. We weren't indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated. But this strategy alone couldn't provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so-called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names." -- Barack Obama

21) "I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer’s lobby." -- Barack Obama

20) "Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. Except the highs hadn't been about that, me trying to prove what a down brother I was. Not by then, anyway. I got high for just the opposite effect, something that could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory. I had discovered that it didn't make any difference whether you smoked reefer in the white classmate's sparkling new van, or in the dorm room of some brother you'd met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl. ...You might just be bored, or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection." -- Barack Obama

19) "...I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment -- this was the time -- when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals." -- Barack Obama

18) "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen." -- Barack Obama

17) "I am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations." -- Barack Obama

16) "It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth- or sixth-most interesting person." -- Barack Obama

15) "The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. . . . What I think we know — separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in their country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact." — President Obama on Gates’ arrest.

14) "But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking." -- Barack Obama

13) "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2." -- Barack Obama

12) "It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned: (White) People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved -- such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn't seem angry all the time." -- Barack Obama

11) "The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person..." -- Barack Obama

10) "The issue here is not gonna be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln." -- Barack Obama

9) "I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history." -- Barack Obama

8) "The private sector is doing fine." -- Barack Obama

7) "That's just how white folks will do you. It wasn't merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn't know that they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserving of their scorn." -- Barack Obama

6) "It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks' greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere...That's the world! On which hope sits!" -- Barack Obama quotes Rev. Wright

5) "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest..." -- Barack Obama

4) "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." -- Barack Obama

3) "I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe." -- Barack Obama

2) "...I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." -- Barack Obama

1) "You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." -- Barack Obama