Barack Obama's past

The Reporter and the Politician

We got a mountain of reader mail and online commentary on "Obama and Me," by Todd Spivak, February 28. Below is just a sampling:

Yes we can! You know, I actually enjoyed this story. Nothing in it changes my vote for Senator Obama, however. There seems to be a common theme in Senator Obama's career — people feeling that he has not "earned" his current status in politics. However, for me, it isn't a matter of "paying dues," it's a matter of getting things done. For whatever reason, he has been brought to this place and he is uniquely positioned to do something that has never been done before — take the will of the people directly to the White House.

P.S. The ending of this story did come across as just a little bit petty — kind of makes the entire article seem like sour grapes.

Comment by Nashville_fan

Feelings: Hopefully, there will come a day when reporters stop interjecting themselves into the stories they write. Factual information about Obama's past politics is legitimate and fair game and should be reported. But the focus of this story seems to be the reporter's relationship with Obama and how he "felt" when Obama criticized a story he wrote. Really, do we care? That has nothing to do with anything, except to try to victimize the reporter and make Obama look bad. Do I get to go off and write 2,500 words about how one of my clients got upset with me over something? Reporters need to stop making it about them and stick to reporting relevant facts.

Comment by Mike N.

Change is good: Great article on Obama. Anyone with half a brain would know that he is ambitious and stepped on a few toes to get where he is today.

 It took me a while to get over the fact that this guy decided to run for the presidency after only one term in the U.S. Senate. I thought he should wait his turn and believed that there were others more deserving. But as with many things in life, I realized that this election is not about me or how I want things to be. Other blacks, including our Civil Rights Era parents who resent him for challenging the status quo and taking on the beloved Clintons, need to realize this as well. This election is about America. For America's people to prosper the individualistic attitudes must pass away. Obama's movement is about us helping ourselves and finding common ground.

 It's good to learn that he's not perfect, and that he isn't afraid to piss people off, especially other black politicians who resent his rise because they had nothing to do with it and feel that they can't benefit from it. Working as a staff analyst at the City of Houston's Mayor's Office, I've come across many older blacks who shake their heads and suck their teeth about him — and laugh and shake their heads at me too. But then I smile and shake my head back at them, because I know that if it weren't for them and their struggles, neither Obama nor I would be where we are today. It's a shame that they can't welcome change.

 Andrea Young Jones
Houston

Thanks: I read your article and was compelled to write you a thank you note.

During this election, I have been dismayed to see that the U.S. media have ignored the most fundamental principle of journalism to stay neutral and independent and report the truth to the public.

The U.S. media censor themselves to promote Obama and condemn Clinton. This is worse than in China, where the government imposes the censorship. Here in the U.S., the media have the freedom to report the truth, but they choose not to. Have the U.S. media been bought, or blinded by their ignorance?

The media have the responsibility to help voters make informed decisions. But they have failed miserably. CNN disappointed me the most, as it's supposed to be the greatest news channel out there.

I now get information by watching the Euro News, which provides facts, not ­opinion.

Joey Sky
London, UK

More lies: Mark my words. Obama is a dangerous man because he is holding out a dream to people who have lost hope. Unlike George W. Bush, who only promised to make rich people richer (and did), Obama may break this country in two when he does to America what he has done to poor people on the South Side of Chicago. The people with whom his false message resonates the loudest are those most unable to handle another liar in the White House. The saddest thing of all is that were he what he pretends to be, I would be one of his most ardent supporters.

Hillary Clinton has spent 35 years working for women and children, low-income families and middle-class families, helping Americans with access to health care, taking care of our veterans, protecting the environment, and strengthening the economy of this country. She has already made things better.

I am proud to be an American, and I am even prouder to vote for Hillary Clinton for the next president of the USA.

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