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The image above now appears on Obama's home page.

I clicked it with trepidation. And I found good news, bad news, and the "yeah, right" news.

The good:

It includes a generally gracious (yeah, it's easy to be gracious once you've kneecapped your opponent) speech he gave in Minnesota on 6/3/08, where among other things, he gives a shoutout to Universal Healthcare. Impressively, there's no booing when he praises Hillary to his supporters (the things you can do with digital technology!).

Her commitment to UHC is also praised in text.

The bad:

The MN video clip starts with "At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office." Does he really think the qualification card is a strong one for him? Really? I know he had 12 amazing minutes in the Senate before he focused on his presidential run, but still...

The page is called ".../joinourmovement," and in big type it says "Join our National Movement for Change." Tone-deaf much? If we thought this were a movement for positive change, we wouldn't be paranoid holdouts, more'n likely. But we know in our bones that this is a movement of one, and the only change on the agenda seems to be moving rightward past triangulation into neoliberalism. Maybe that is change we can believe in... as in it will happen, but it's not change we like.

Finally, at the bottom of the page you're asked to sign up and "share your story." My story is over here. Trust me, you can't handle the truth. Not that you plan to do anything with the submissions but send vapidtalk e-mails and requests for money. Well, maybe if I posted a "conversion narrative" about my Opiphany, maybe that would get some mileage. But I'll bet dollars to arugula that no one reads 'em at all.

Like a dope, I was kind of hoping to see a little more sense of what Obamanation thinks motivates PUMAs.

Lip service to UHC is a nice touch. But is that all there is?

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Submitted by lambert on

Preferably out of the country. I don't want to share my fucking story, for pity's sake. Or maybe I should just make up a persona and share that story. Several of them.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

I looked yesterday and Mr. Obama had TWO SENTENCES about Hillary--the same in both places--one to send a thank you to her for her work and for supporting our candidate (Obama)...
The other was under the video of his speech (thanking her again for her support of HIM) and the video included air time for him about him that had nothing to do with Hillary...

He's going to hurt himself if he keeps working this hard for our votes...

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Submitted by MOBlue on

me about it. Don't think Obama is interested in my story on "How I decided not to to vote for Obama" so I doubt I will ever visit his site. I get my requests for contributions for Obama through snail mail. Have been sending them back w/o money asking them to remove my name from their lists since I no loner belong to the Democratic party. Maybe sooner or latter they will get tired of paying the postage and take my name off the list.

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Submitted by vastleft on

I'm trying my best to set up a form of rapprochement. I'm nobody in the scheme of things, but I think my man-without-a-country position affords me a valuable perspective.

I know exactly how pissed off Hillary supporters / Obama skeptics are, because I'm one of them, and I've watched every twist and turn in this death-march campaign (wasn't my term) with my eyes open all the while.

But I'm also dedicated to keeping McCain out of office. Not so dedicated, thanks to being on the business end of that death-march, that I'm going to be one of your more-active McCain bashers, but I truly want the Obama camp to understand how it *ought to* reach out to Hillary voters. It's a long shot, sure, and I don't blame dedicated Nobama Dems for feeling that's a non-starter. But, in my book, I think it's worth a try.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

To do what needs to be done to reach Hillary's hold out supporters he has to make admissions/apologies that undermine the legitimacy of his candidacy. I'm generally fine with negative campaigning. I think RFK went to a level that is unbecoming a progressive or person with a conscience, but would be able to suck it up. But the undermining of democracy (caucuses, FL, MI, the DNC/RBC, and the vote suppression), combined with the work of the Obama camp/liberal bloggers to legitimize MSM propoganda and misogyny make it hard for me to get over his sleazy campaign and general lack of qualifications. He has to address those issues to satisfy me, but doing so calls into question the legitimacy of his candidacy so I'm not holding my breath that he will really reach out.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

even if Obama said everything we wanted him to say, there would still be no reason to vote for him.

I mean, I know I'm not voting for Obama or McCain... but I might just wind up marking the ballot in the space set aside for McCain as a vote for a reformed DNC, and continued Democratic control of the House and Senate in 2010, and a Democratic President in 2012.

A vote for Obama is a vote for corruption, incompetence, and an almost certain dominance by the GOP of Congress and the White House starting in 2012, and extending for at least another decade.

Britney may think that the only question is "the lesser of two evils" but if we are going to use that logical construct as a basis for decision making, shouldn't the question be "the lesser of two long term evils"?

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Submitted by BDBlue on

I'm not sure it will be successful, but there's no harm in talking and it's always good to have sources of information who aren't paid by NBC.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

That Obama-esque framing is just as creepy around Hillary as it is around Obama. They haven't given her the full messiah treatment, but it's evocative enough of what they do with his photos to make my teeth itch. If I wanted a savior, I'd go to church.

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Submitted by Auntie Meme on

A confession: I'm trying very hard to find something to like about the candidate. Not yet succeeding, but looking nonetheless.
The bone thrown to Clinton supporters has neither meat nor marrow. In other words, the Obamians don't get it yet. I don't want an Opiphany. I don't want to be part of another movement. To me "movement" is a code word for "just have faith and trust the campaign." Note that I said the campaign, not the candidate. So caught up in the movement--in creating a movement--that they are blind and terribly, terribly tone-deaf.

I'm a practical woman who has earned the right to be cynical. I don't want to be part of this conversion narrative. Not. Gonna. Happen.
I am willing to get behind issue-driven, grassroots movements. (As opposed to faux movements crafted from the corporate handbook and portrayed as top-of-the-market "brands.") It's a long time 'til November, but I'm not hopeful the campaign and candidate will ever get it. I'd like my voice to be heard but it's drowning in a sea of hero worship on one side and outlandish rightwing attacks on the other.