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The Obamas: Portrait of an American Family (By Gwen Ifill)
Essence ^ | Gwen Ifill

Posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

Soon we will vote for our next president, and for the first time in history, one of the two candidates is a Black man. For a year, Essence pursued an interview with the entire Obama family‹to no avail. Finally, this summer ESSENCE became the only Black media outlet allowed a glimpse into the lives of Barack, Michelle and their two girls, Malia and Sasha, when we were invited to their South Side Chicago home. Weeks later, veteran political journalist Gwen Ifill was with the family as they campaigned in a small mostly White western town, and she flew with them to a Black church in the urban Midwest.

Barack Obama is sitting in the back of his rented luxury campaign bus with its granite counters and two flat-screen TVs. The Illinois senator's arms are wrapped around his wife, Michelle, whom he doesn't get to see much these days. At this very moment he is, of all things, singing.

I've just asked them how their lives have changed since he won the Democratic presidential nomination. There have definitely been changes, especially for Michelle Obama, who used to pride herself on campaigning by day and rushing home to her daughters each night. Now she is spending more of her days and nights on the road, but seldom in the same place as her husband. And when their daughters‹Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 get to see their dad, they likely have to share him with thousands of adoring strangers. "Daddy's gone a lot," Sasha notes. "We don't see him that much."

(Excerpt) Read more at essence.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; blackfamily; debate; democrats; dncmediamachine; elections; gwenifill; ifill; leftwingconspiracy; mediabias; msm; nobama08; obama; obamafamily; obamedia
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1 posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Unbelievable, my Queen.

She’s moderating the debates tonight...fair and balanced.


2 posted on 10/02/2008 7:39:53 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

First thing I noticed is that she capitalizes Black.

Sorry, I won’t read the article, just had breakfast.


3 posted on 10/02/2008 7:40:59 AM PDT by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Portrait of an American Family?”

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Good one .....


4 posted on 10/02/2008 7:41:12 AM PDT by Clarinet_King (Det 4 21st Operations Group - Siempre Vigilantes Del Cielo - Detect, Track, Deter HUA!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yeah... like the Rosenbergs


5 posted on 10/02/2008 7:41:45 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You should’ve given this a ‘barf alert.’ This is the moderator of the VP debate?


6 posted on 10/02/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT by djrakowski
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

First thing I noticed is she is another idiot that insists on calling a half black man a Black man. How sad that in order to make race the issue, they have to depend on someone who isn’t entirely of their race - not even close!


7 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:02 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Screw you Ifill. What goes around comes around. You will get yours and I will be clapping and cheering as it slams you.


8 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:22 AM PDT by jrooney (Obama's mentor says God Da*n America. That explains Obama's refusal to put his hand over his heart.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

Hi, RITM.

We’ve missed you on the threads.


9 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:33 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: arichtaxpayer

She capped White too. What up wit dat, dog?


10 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:37 AM PDT by nhwingut (,)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Portrait of a disfunctional, American, Kenyan, Indonesian family whose son had to be raised by more traditional American grandparents...but who turned out smoking dope, doing coke, and turning to American haters anyway.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA


I'M VOTING FOR SARAH

11 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:48 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: djrakowski

Yes, indeedy.


12 posted on 10/02/2008 7:43:18 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightinthemiddle

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/04/15/imus-ifill/

Gwen Ifill on Imus


13 posted on 10/02/2008 7:44:24 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Lipstick wearing Okie Moosehead!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

She doesn’t just like Obama, she worships him. She has pursued him professionally and been granted exclusive access by him.

She has capitalized on him by writing a book with his name in the title. She appears to be building her career around him.

Yet, she derisively dismisses these concerns as “one day blog chatter”, not a serious ethical problem with disclosure.


14 posted on 10/02/2008 7:44:36 AM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“....one of the two candidates is a Black man.”

By phenotype...perhaps.

By genotype he is actually Arabic and Caucasian...since racist blacks seem to care about those things so much.

By environment he is White, having been raised in a fully white extended family, after daddy did the ...ahem... typical family abandonment thing....

But, by all means, carry on with your propaganda, Ifill....


15 posted on 10/02/2008 7:44:59 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Obama will deliver America on a Leash to an envious world.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Children who put themselves to bed with no goodnight hug from either parent

Children who get no birthday or Christmas presents

This is the American family.

Not likely.


16 posted on 10/02/2008 7:45:07 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............but does have a bracelet!!!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
morning ducky ...

Fascinating that those who demand that we move beyond race, remain so sharply focused on skin color.

I thought that I had left this behind when I emigrated here. Very depressing ...

17 posted on 10/02/2008 7:46:19 AM PDT by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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To: rightinthemiddle

DON’T GIVE A 5#1t THAT HE IS BLACK!! He’s a COMMUNIST!

Thomas Sowell is the kind of bloke should be runnin this race.


18 posted on 10/02/2008 7:46:40 AM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavor survives an excess of "adult supervision" (read bureaucracy)!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And McCain sees nothing wrong with this debate moderator. Now you see why the left did so much voting for McCain to be the repub nominee. We have a moron representing the well-being of the nation and what remains of the rights of the American people. Don’t know about you, but I’m buying another Glock...while there is still time.


19 posted on 10/02/2008 7:47:07 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He’s a half breed at best!


20 posted on 10/02/2008 7:49:13 AM PDT by devistate one four (H I V Homophobia Is Vindicated)
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To: petro45acp
No kidding... I'm not voting for Obama, but it's not because of his race or ethnicity. It's because he's just plain wrong. I'd happily vote for a non-white Republican, though.
21 posted on 10/02/2008 7:49:39 AM PDT by djrakowski
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Nothing to see here, move along...


22 posted on 10/02/2008 7:52:40 AM PDT by ajwharton (FL GOP Pollwatcher, ACORN-buster)
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To: Jeff Head

Are you sure you spotted a bumper sticker in CA? I haven’t seen ONE, not a ONE! I live in the Sacramento area and that’s not even mega-lefty country either, although it’s getting worse and worse.

I’d put one on my car, but I value my windows, tires, paint, and prefer not to get forced off the road by some frickin’ moonbat!

That’s probably why I don’t see one on anyone else’s car either.


23 posted on 10/02/2008 7:52:48 AM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: sofaman

Morning, sofa.

So much for the “post-racial” candidate.


24 posted on 10/02/2008 7:53:47 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"Barack Obama is sitting in the back of his rented luxury campaign bus with its granite counters and two flat-screen TVs. The Illinois senator's arms are wrapped around his wife, Michelle, whom he doesn't get to see much these days. At this very moment he is, of all things, singing."


It's upscale, but still "back of the bus."

I wonder what the song was? Perhaps the Shahada?

(Don't feel too sorry for him not seeing Michelle all that much - the world is full of Larry Sinclairs.)
25 posted on 10/02/2008 7:53:49 AM PDT by shibumi (...vampire outlaw of the milky way...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The way this thing reads I hope she remembered her extra-protection that day, sounds like the One really hits the G-spot, alright.


26 posted on 10/02/2008 7:58:07 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The HONEST title for tonight's debate:

BIDEN-IFILL
vs.
PALIN


Ifill isn't going to be the moderator...she's one-half of the
TAG-TEAM that's going to try to pin Palin to the mat.

I'm praying for Palin.
She's going to be in a REAL-WORLD version of every "outnumbered
hero standing up to a larger number of thugs" Hollywood movies.
27 posted on 10/02/2008 7:59:31 AM PDT by VOA
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To: rightinthemiddle

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Is this sheer insanity or what? Letting a black Obama supporter and pro-Obama book author have control of the one and only vice presidential debate??

She stands to make $350 thousand dollars MINUMUM on her book if Obama wins the election. I’d say there’s just a bit of conflict of interest here.

McCain/Repubs said they didn’t know about her and her book.
How could they NOT know? That is sheer incompetence not to have investigated this woman before approving her.
McCain said yesterday he was confident Ifill would be fair and impartial. Say WHAT?

Here’s the e-mail address of Janet H. Brown, Executive Director of the Debates Commission:
(FREEP HER OUT! FREEP HER OUT WITH PROTESTS. DEMAND IFILL BE REPLACED. It may be too late to change the moderator, but we can let her/them know how we feel. We can raise h*ll!)
jb@debates.org

FREEP
Commission on Presidential Debates
2008 National Sponsors
http://www.debates.org/pages/natspons.html

FREEP PBS:
http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/feedback.html


28 posted on 10/02/2008 8:00:40 AM PDT by patriot08
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

it’s disgusting.


29 posted on 10/02/2008 8:01:15 AM PDT by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
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To: nhwingut

“She capped White too. What up wit dat, dog?”

It’s because those that would cry racism live in a world defined by race.

(I’m suppressing the urge to write something witty about how Ifill “put a cap in that black man.”)


30 posted on 10/02/2008 8:04:30 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: EyeGuy

His Dad was black. Very black. He was muslim, but NOT an arabian.


31 posted on 10/02/2008 8:04:59 AM PDT by Mr Rogers ( When you value bipartisanship over the truth, the truth suffers.)
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To: sofaman

Two against one. It will be interesting to hear. (we don’t have tv).
I just hope that Palin is allowed to be herself and attack the people in DC for curruption..mention the loans, the contributions, the curruption at Fannie and Freddie, the big pay offs to Rat exec etc. Say that she wants to take that on and do what she did in Alaska. I have a feeling Awfil will hit her with the Stevens case,since NPR has been featuring that today..Palin could take that and run with it.
BTW..call you local NPR/PBS and tell them you won’t be donating.


32 posted on 10/02/2008 8:06:29 AM PDT by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: VOA
I join you in this...my guess....Gwen has back doored as well as accepted suggestions from the biden camp....she is INVESTED in an Obama win.

And she demonstrates that she has NO CLASS and no HONOR by refusing to RECUSE herself as moderator.

33 posted on 10/02/2008 8:10:22 AM PDT by Republic (nw)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yet she has the audacity to play the race card and say her book is not even finished - why are we assuming it’ll be pro-Obama?? We must be racist.

Arrogant witch - seriously, is there ANY Dem/GOP white journalist who would NOT have been yanked from the debate agenda weeks ago with this magnitude of a conflict of interest that they did not bother to reveal? It’s jaw-dropping, and she is snubbing her nose at what seems to be the most basic of journalistic ethics.

Note to McCain campaign: I don’t expect the candidate to read every publication, but apparently this info was floating around in late July - the mods were named Aug 5. SOMEBODY was asleep at the wheel or we wouldn’t have this jerk. As for trusting Ifill will be fair, if she’s not, Sarah doesn’t get a do-over!!


34 posted on 10/02/2008 8:13:02 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: devistate one four

Halfrican American is the PC term/ sarc


35 posted on 10/02/2008 8:13:09 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Why does everyone keep insisting that N0bama is black. He is not black - he is bi-racial. Everyone keeps ignoring the fact that he is half white as well. Guess that half doesn’t count for nothin’.


36 posted on 10/02/2008 8:15:06 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Christ would not vote for Barack Obama...Alan Keyes)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Gwen, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

For me, this just makes me want to work even harder to get McCain in. Wouldn’t it be great if Gwen’s book came out the day McCain was sworn in?

Nice to have a goal.


37 posted on 10/02/2008 8:17:04 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Beagle8U

Good one!


38 posted on 10/02/2008 8:17:15 AM PDT by devistate one four (H I V Homophobia Is Vindicated)
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To: Carley

Meanwhile Sara gets slammed for being a bad mother!

I hate these people!


39 posted on 10/02/2008 8:17:18 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: bboop

“Wouldn’t it be great if Gwen’s book came out the day McCain was sworn in?”

A whole book devoted to “Dewey Wins!!”...Bet that will be a big seller.


40 posted on 10/02/2008 8:19:37 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
There have definitely been changes, especially for Michelle Obama, who used to pride herself on campaigning by day and rushing home to her daughters each night. Now she is spending more of her days and nights on the road, but seldom in the same place as her husband. And when their daughters‹Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 get to see their dad, they likely have to share him with thousands of adoring strangers. "Daddy's gone a lot," Sasha notes. "We don't see him that much."

Hmmmmm - who is raising the children if both parents are on the road campaigning? The DEMS were so dang concerned over who was raising Sarah Palin's children when she became McCain's running mate yet their candidate is doing the very same thing!

What a bunch of hypocrites - yeah I know. . .what do we expect.
41 posted on 10/02/2008 8:20:45 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Christ would not vote for Barack Obama...Alan Keyes)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"(O)ne of the two candidates is a Black man."

I did not know that. Thanks for clearing that up. So, isthe black half superior to the white half?

42 posted on 10/02/2008 8:34:23 AM PDT by bonnieblue4me (You can put lipstick on a donkey (or a dimrat), but it is still an ass!)
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To: arichtaxpayer

Another racist snivelling liberal, this dingbat. When is the GOP going to grow some balls and reject crap like this?


43 posted on 10/02/2008 8:38:38 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Title should read “Portrait of a Communist Family”


44 posted on 10/02/2008 8:40:48 AM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: RogerWilko
The second largest users of these bumper stickers is in the state of California, after Texas.

Lots of 'em have gone to VA, FL, MI, OH, WI, and NC too, with modest numbers to SC, OK, SD, PA, WA, ID, NM, and Others

As to CA, here's one that was sent in to me little while ago.




I'M VOTING FOR SARAH

45 posted on 10/02/2008 8:50:33 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head; pissant; Grampa Dave; devolve; potlatch; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; LucyT; ...

46 posted on 10/02/2008 8:55:24 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: rightinthemiddle
She’s moderating the debates tonight...fair and balanced.

We can only hope that Biden asks her to stand up and be applauded for giving him the questions to research in advance!


47 posted on 10/02/2008 8:58:21 AM PDT by meandog (please pray for future President McCain, day minus 105-Jan. 20--and counting)))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Time to pressure the debate commission through their sponsors. We need to substitute Hannity for Ifill! Freep away:

2008 National Sponsors

Anheuser-Busch Companies
BBH New York
The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
EDS, an HP Company
International Bottled Water Association
The Kovler Fund
YWCA USA

* Communications Support provided by The Kaiser Family Foundation


48 posted on 10/02/2008 9:04:23 AM PDT by Snerdley (You can put a Suit on a Community Organizer, but it's still an EMPTY SUIT!)
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To: Jeff Head
The second largest users of these bumper stickers is in the state of California

I wonder where that person lives. I bet most of the bumper stickers are going to rural areas, where you don't have much contact with the urban jungle and the apes that live there!

I'd say for this election, you're asking for trouble if you put a Palin/McCain sticker on your car in the urban areas!

49 posted on 10/02/2008 9:09:30 AM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Been shooting some TV spots...hard to Freep from there.

I hope to post Hannity today.


50 posted on 10/02/2008 9:13:38 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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