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Obama goes toe to toe with O’Reilly during interview

With all of the interest surrounding John McCain and Sarah Palin at this weeks Republican National Convention, how many of you saw Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the last night?

In Part 1 of the interview broadcast last night, O’Reilly was as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues, all of which Obama answered decisively and with conviction.

New segments of the interview, conducted Thursday in York, Pa., will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on The O’Reilly Factor.

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Obama goes toe to toe with O’Reilly during interview

With all of the interest surrounding John McCain and Sarah Palin at this weeks Republican National Convention, how many of you saw Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the last night?

In Part 1 of the interview broadcast last night, O’Reilly was as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues, all of which Obama answered decisively and with conviction.

New segments of the interview, conducted Thursday in York, Pa., will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on The O’Reilly Factor.

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>Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity’

>Just when we thought that racial slurs and remarks about Barack Obama were over comes this story from The Hill – Leading the News.

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Other Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself.

In August, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) told reporters, “When I hear the word ‘elitist’ linked with Barack Obama, to me, that is a code word for ‘uppity.’ I find it extremely offensive and John McCain should know better.”

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Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity’

Just when we thought that racial slurs and remarks about Barack Obama were over comes this story from The Hill – Leading the News.

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Other Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself.

In August, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) told reporters, “When I hear the word ‘elitist’ linked with Barack Obama, to me, that is a code word for ‘uppity.’ I find it extremely offensive and John McCain should know better.”

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>The Words They Used

>The New York Times has an interesting analysis on the words that speakers used at the two political conventions to show the themes that the parties had highlighted. Republican speakers talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy.

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The Words They Used

The New York Times has an interesting analysis on the words that speakers used at the two political conventions to show the themes that the parties had highlighted. Republican speakers talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy.

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>The Republican Priorities: What The GOP Focused On (And Ignored) During The Convention

>Now that the Republican National Convention is over it has become quite evident to me that the McCain campaign had done everything in it’s power to try and distant it’s self form the Bush administration. President Bush spoke only briefly via satellite and Dick Cheney wasn’t anywhere near Minnesota, his name wasn’t even mention by any one of the speakers that addresses the convention.

Instead of ideas on how to lead the Country into the future all we heard were ideas from the past, no new ideas about the economy, healthcare, social security or energy. All we heard about was the same old, tired and failed policies of the last 8 years.

War and terrorism, with little mention of diplomacy was the main message people have walked away from this convention with.

ThinkProgress.org has put together an analysis based on the prepared remarks (a total of 38,055 words) of the convention speakers, looking at how many times Republicans said various words. A glimpse at conservatives’ priorities:

Bush Administration
Bush: 1
Cheney: 0
Gonzales: 0
Rumsfeld: 0
National Security
War/Wars: 38
Surge: 14
Nuclear Weapons: 4
Diplomat(ic)/Diplomacy: 3
Torture (McCain’s): 3
Guantanamo: 1
Osama Bin Laden: 1
Afghanistan: 0
Torture (not McCain’s): 0

Economy
Jobs: 36
Economy: 27
Middle Class: 2
Housing: 1
Social Security: 1
Unemployment: 1

Other
POW: 14
Maverick: 11
Hockey Mom: 5
Tyrannosaurus: 1
Elvis: 1

Health Care
Health Care: 26
Medicare: 1
Medicaid: 1
Environment/Energy
Drill/Drilling: 18
Nuclear (Power): 10
Clean Coal: 7
Environment: 7
Gustav: 6
Climate Change: 1
Global Warming: 1
Green Economy: 1
Katrina: 0

Science
Technology: 13
Internet: 1
Science: 1

Civil Rights
Immigration: 5
Gay/Gays: 0

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