Pictures – Barack Obama in Spartanburg 2007.11.03

November 9, 2007 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I should get a lot of video and audio uploaded this weekend. Here are the pictures from Obama’s visit to Spartanburg at the local Krispy Kreme.

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Videos – Barack Obama in Spartanburg 2007.11.03

November 5, 2007 by  
Filed under News

Below you will find the videos showing the crowd and intensity from Senator Obama’s visit to Converse College. Enjoy your education on the candidates.

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Part 5

Live Blog Barack Obama

November 3, 2007 by  
Filed under News

Live from Spartanburg…We’ll give a update @ 8:45

It is 9am, they finally let the media set up. We had to get searched and I was informed that folding chairs are a weapon. What is this world coming to?

  • 09:20
    • The auditorium is beginning to fill up.
  • 09:35
    • People are still filing in. Very diverse crowd.
  • 09:36
    • Working on a new method to provide video. Hope to have the videos up quicker after today’s event
  • 09:50
    • The auditorium is 3/4 full. Empty seats are in the balcony and press box. Several empty seats scattered through the bottom floor
  • 10:05
    • Awaiting Barack Obama
  • 10:20
    • Sen. Glenn Reese takes the stage to introduce Barack Obama
    • It’s important to register to vote, my first race I won by 4 votes.
    • I was amazed at how Obama won in Chicago, he is not a phone, he is for real and he is genuine.
    • We’re going to say RACK
  • 10:25
    • I’ve even practiced this in the bathroom at home
    • Here is “‘Rack Obama”
    • What a wonderful gathering
    • I am very grateful for all of you being here
    • By the way, free Krispy Kreme for everybody, just come on over to the store
    • I want to thank President Flemming (President Converse College)
    • Acknowledge Carrol Fowler (SC Democratic Chair)
    • A year from today, you will get to vote
    • Good news, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot
    • And my cousin Dick Cheney won’t be on it either.
    • We’ve been trying to hide that for a while, we all have a black sheep
    • Crazy uncle in the attic
    • Era of Scooter Libby Justice and Rove politics of fear and cynicism will be over
  • 10:30
    • I’m running because we find ourselves in a moment of great challenge
    • America is less safe and respect
    • And closer to the day climate change becomes climate disaster
    • Most Americans are working hard for less money
    • George Bush said whatever the politics of the moment allowed to get elected
    • And resulted in less faith in the government
    • Promised conservatism and got Katrina and wiretaps
    • Promised unity and got a divider
    • Promised kinder Washington, and got a bitter town
    • Only mission accomplished was fear
    • War should have never been waged
    • Not just democrats are listening, but independents and republicans are listening
    • I know this b/c Republicans tell me they are supporting me
    • And I whisper…thank you, but why are we whispering
  • 10:35
    • We need to offer the people a different choice in 2008
    • A chance to solve the challenges that were made worse by Bush
    • But they existed a lot longer before he took office
    • Healthcare, Education….
    • But it’s not all Bush’s fault, they existed before he took office
    • The System in Washington has failed the American People
    • This is what the debate is in the Democratic Party
    • All Democratics candidates would be vastly superior in comparison to the incumbent
    • Much has been said between Sen. Clinton and myself
    • She is a collegue and a friend and has run a text book campaign
    • The problem is with the textbook itself (generous applause)
    • Says very little about uniting the country
    • Sen Clinton is not the only one who has played this game
    • I understand the concept, and the game ususally gets politicians where they need to go
    • But it doesn’t get America there
    • When it comes to issues like war, diplomacy, energy, and healthcare; the people deserve more than the textbook
    • When we led by principal, we have helped this country more
  • 10:40
    • When I’m running for President, it is because the leadership that I provide is what America needs (LOUD APPLAUSE)
    • I’m reminded daily not by events, but my wife, that I am not a perfect man
    • We cannot keep telling different people what they want to hear, we need to be honest and tell them what they need to know
    • When I told them we need to change fuel standards, I told it to the Detroit automakers, not the environmentalist
    • I listened to my gut, and said Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time and Congress should stand up and say something
    • You deserve a President who is willing to fight for you everyday for the next 8 years
    • That is the change we can offer in 2008, not as a slogan, but what we can believe in
    • In a year, we can tell the corporate lobbyist that there reign is no more
    • I don’t take a dime of my money, and they won’t find a job in my White House (Loud applause)
  • 10:45
    • I will quit the tax breaks for corps that send jobs overseas
    • I will raise the minimum wage that reflects the economy
    • Workers deserve to know that someone is standing with them, I’ll picket with you
    • I helped reform healthcare in Illinois
    • We provided 150K people get healthcare
    • I will ensure that every individual get the same healthcare as Congress
    • And I will sign it by the end of my first term as POTUS of America
    • We will stop passing bills called No Child Left Behind with no funding
    • Recruit an army of new teachers and paying them better
    • So they are teaching to teach, not to a test
    • So college is in reach for every American child
    • One year from now, we can stop sending millions of dollars to foreign dictators for oil
    • Tell polluters they’ll have to pay for it
    • And use the money to invest in renewable energies
    • And that is the Change we can offer in 2008
    • Republican nominee will not be able to say i have flip flopped on war
    • I will close down Guantonomo and restore Habeas Corpus
    • We are not a nation who tortures, or wiretaps without warrants, and that is a change we can offer in 2008
    • Are you fired up? (Cheers)
    • When I’m President, I will end this war in Iraq
    • I will bring our troops home within 16 months
    • I will finish the fight against Al Qaueda in Afghanistan
    • I will lead the world against the common threats
    • That is what democrats stand for, and America should
    • I will send the message around the world
    • Your future is our future and the moment is now
  • 10:50
    • I want to lead the United States of America, not the red and the blue
    • This election is too important to settle for what we already know
    • I’m not running to fulfill plans,
    • It is unlikely that I was going to stand here today
    • I’m running for what Dr. King called the “fierce urgency of now”
    • I believe there is a thing that is “too late”
    • I don’t want to see the oceans rise
    • I don’t want to risk more American lives b/c we didn’t investigate
    • I don’t want to see veterans living on the streets
    • I run for the Presidency for the same reason I drove across America 2 years ago
    • I am standing here because someone stood up when it was unpopular….then everyone stood up

The end

John McCain Meeting in Spartanburg

July 25, 2007 by  
Filed under Press Release

John McCain will be the next Republican presidential candidate to begin making follow up rounds to the Upstate. He will be at The Beacon from 11:45am to 1:30pm on July 28th.

I plan on attending and providing a live blog of the event and YouTube videos of the event afterwards.

Many thanks to Rick Beltram and the Spartanburg County GOP for helping organize and publicize this event.

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