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Obama Ephemera

1. I know there’s a lot of gnashing of teeth over the Obama team’s intensive vetting process, but just because you wrote something stupid on a Facebook page doesn’t mean you won’t get your dream job, it just means the incoming administration wants to know about it in advance.

2. “Without a doubt, Barack Obama creamed John McCain when it came to links,” Search Engine Watch reports in “Obama’s Link Strategy Fuels Election Victory.”

3. Obama won the T-shirt wars too.

4. Don’t blame Anchower.

5. The final stats on statements by Obama vetted by Politifact:

* True: 49
* Mostly True: 31
* Half True: 33
* Barely True: 19
* False: 25
* Pants on Fire: 2

By McCain:

* True: 30
* Mostly True: 28
* Half True: 28
* Barely True: 27
* False: 34
* Pants on Fire: 7


Searching for Sarah

Here are the top 10 searches involving the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the four weeks ending Sept. 27, according to Hitwise.

1. sarah palin
2. sarah palin biography
3. sarah palin pictures
4. sarah palin photos
5. tina fey sarah palin
6. sarah palin bio
7. sarah palin hot photos
8. sarah palin affair
9. sarah palin hot
10. sarah palin interview

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Field Notes: Indonesia

Relayed to Division Street from a loyal reader:

On Wednesday morning I went to the Obama house before the neon gets fitted and the coach park installed. Very nice area but they rented a small outbuilding. Perhaps it will be a stable in the movie. The owner of the house having declined to sell to some retired general who wanted to commercialise it suddenly died on Monday. Journalists are a sniffing. Then I went to his school. They have not forgotten Fox New reporting it as a madrassa. The world’s media and me was there. I was with a friend who is a BBC journalist and I assumed he talked our way in. He told me later he never mentioned the BBC and they simply unlocked the gate when they saw me the white man arrive. Just as it should be. I was brought down to earth later when I had the honour of being shoved out of the way by an Al Jazeera cameraman. The kids erupted when he won but I suspect they think one of their own wins the presidency now and then. When I was that age we were bundled into the school hall to watch the moon landings but I never realised it was an unique event. I later saw that the BBC gave us about 15 seconds. CNN covered the Kenya connection where Saint Barry never even lived.

The head of the school asked the us embassy for posters of Obama but they refused unless he took McCain as well. The school was not so neutral. The local paper reported that for a week before the election the kids were allowed 15 minutes a day to pray for an OB victory.

The Obama Aftershock

These comments landed in my in-box from various correspondents on Wednesday.


My conductor on the Blue Line this morning came over the intercom to say, “To all of you who came out to vote in the historic election last night, thank you. Thank you for riding the Blue Line. Enjoy life.”


It’s great to be living on the South Side right now. Folks down here are happy this morning.
Very happy.

Laughing, singing, horn-honkin’, cryin’-ass happy. And this morning there’s nothing but smiles and lots of talk of it being a truly blessed day. I can’t think of a place I’d rather be right now.

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Changing Daley

I had to shake my head when I heard Richard M. Daley tell reporters approvingly today that Americans want change. It reminded me of something Barack Obama said over the weekend:

“Here’s my question for you, Ohio: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?”

Here’s my question for you, Chicago: do you think Richard M. Daley is delighted to support Barack Obama because he thinks Barack Obama’s going to bring change? Do you think Barack Obama and Richard M. Daley have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Only if he leaves them alone in Chicago.

Ad Wars

Barack Obama’s unprecedented ad spending continues to set records.

A new study out by the Wisconsin Advertising Project has found that Obama is oustpending John McCain by three to one on television, and that 75 percent of the spending is in red states.

“From October 21st to October 28th, spending on television advertising in the presidential campaign has totaled nearly $38 million. Over this time period, the Obama campaign spent nearly $21.5 million while the McCain campaign spent nearly $7.5 million. Another $6.7 million was spent by the Republican Party and $2.2 million was spent by interest groups.”

Additionally, the campaign of the candidate who keeps repeating that Americans are tired of attack politics and has built his campaign on a theme of changing the political discourse has sharply upped his negative ad buys “even as McCain’s team has mixed in a little sunshine into what had been one massive ad front of foreboding,” Crain’s Chicago Business reports, citing data from the Wisconsin study.

“[F]rom Oct. 21-28, 63% of the Obama ads and 79% of the McCain ads were negative. In its previous report, about ads running from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, the project said that 100% of the McCain campaign’s ads and 34% of the Obama campaign’s ads were negative.”

Gaming the Presidency

I just came across this by accident; seems the lottery in Mesa, Colombia chose to put Obama’s visage on its new tickets.

“We’re always looking for somebody people are raving about,” Mesa Lottery manager Luis Enciso told the AFP news service. “We’d never think of using John McCain. McCain has the look of somebody who’s standoffish, unpleasant and tiresome.”

The American gambling industry has a different view, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“Gaming has bet the house on the presidential campaign of Republican John McCain,” the paper says in its examination.