November 6, 2008
Fox News turns on their Republican VP candidate, bashing her campaign experience, intelligence, and attitude.
I’ve said this since the decision was announced, the biggest reason that John McCain has lost this election was because of a downright insulting VP pick of Sarah Palin. Now that the election is over, the gloves have came off against Palin and every media outlet has been bashing her and releasing all of the details about the infighting she had with the McCain campaign. Turns out that Palin didn’t even know that Africa was a continent and that she was using low level campaign staffer’s credit card’s to buy clothes for herself and her family after she had spent 150,000 in 67 days of campaigning.
Palin was going to high end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, spending $20-40,000 on her husband Todd’s threads and accessories alone. Palin was heavily criticized for the radio prank with the 2 canadian dj’s and it turns out she didn’t inform any of the McCain staff of her intention to speak to the President of France in the first place. Palin even wanted to speak before McCain gave his concession speak on Tuesday, but the idea was shot down by McCain’s campaign advisor as no VP in history has given a speech during a concession. Palin was far more concerned about her own future career in politics than contributing to the McCain campaign, and quite frankly the Republicans got what they deserved with such a mindless pick that ended up costing them everything. Below is an excerpt from the Newsweek article, outlining just how much Palin was spending on the campaign:
NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
November 5, 2008
It’s 12 hours since Senator Obama stepped off the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park, after delivering an emotional and inspiring speech, outlining the importance of unity from both parties to help bring this country out of the problems its been drowning in and to pave a better future. Obama was by far an underdog in this contest as just 4 years ago he was barely known in the political spectrum. To go from an up and coming junior senator in Illinois, to President elect of the United States is quite a feat. One that very few will be able to emulate. But that was the easy part. Now the real work begins.
The image above is the front page of todays New York Times. The racial barrier has been broken and American minorities have been validated by having a President that finally can truly represent them in office. Will this ease racism in America or do more to fuel it? The proposition to ban gay marriage in California just a short 5 months after it had been granted, has been passed. For every bit of forward progress our society was finally making, just like that in a blink of an eye it can be gone. We can put an African American into office, but we can’t allow a same sex couple to legally spend the rest of their lives together? This is something that should not be tolerated in the year 2008. Equality is a right, not a privelage.
What will happen to Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. Her notoriety may have done her more harm than good as far as being in a position of leadership. She has made many enemies in her home-state and her allies are now looking out to exploit her weaknesses. In just 67 days, Palin has become a household name. She could certainly have a bright future in entertainment judging by her appearance on SNL and interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson. Could we see a Sarah Palin day time talk show in 2009?
There are many questions which will be answered as we inch towards the inauguration of Obama as the 44th president. Expect for him to stay out of the spotlight over the next 76 days, as much of Obama’s time will be spent to picking his administration and daily briefings on important intelligence. President Bush has vowed to keep Obama informed on all decisions made over his final 3 months in office. Obama will also be spending time mouring the loss of his Grandmother and preparing to move his family into the White House.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done and Obama will have to hit the ground running as he will be inheriting a costly War in Iraq, an economic crisis, a crushed job market, and a health care system in steep decline. Fortunately, if there has been one personality in this election with the charisma, intelligence, and work ethic to bring together a nation, it’s been Barack Obama. This decisive victory has put to rest a lot of skeptical critics and political pundits, while inspiring the formerly apathetic with a renewed sense of hope in the American dream. The country has been due for major change, and finally we have a President who is worthy of bringing it.
November 4, 2008
Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the United States in a virtual landslide election, taking over all of the major swing states and winning the popular vote. The final vote was 333-146 making Obama the first African American President in history. This is a victorious night for our nation and CurryPopTart will have updates as they develop.
I’ve supported Obama since the beginning of 2008 and it’s such an amazing feeling to see him go from a candidate in the primaries that was seen to be not enough competition for Hillary Clinton, to go on and secure the party nomination, to get elected to become our next President. This is such a historic moment in our history as a country and to be a part of it is quite an honor. Congratulations go out to everyone on the Obama campaign and to VP Joe Biden as well! Change is here!
November 4, 2008
Barack Obama places his vote this morning in Chicago
It’s finally here, after 2 years of intense campaigning and one of the most historic election seasons this country has seen, we are finally a matter of hours away from crowning a brand new president (barring any unforseen obstacles). No matter what the result, history will be made. We could have a Black president, or the oldest president. We could have the first female VP. We could have an electoral tie. There are a lot of possibilities, but here at CurryPopTart our endorsement has been no surprise.
Senator Barack Obama from Illinois is the future of the US in our eyes and we encourage you to get out there and vote. Forget about the lines, taking time off work, or any other excuse you can come up with. This is the most important election of our generation and you must make your voice be heard. So enjoy the few hours before the full fledged media blitz begins as history is in the makings, and we are living in one of the greatest turning points this great country of ours has seen.
The future is now, change begins here.
November 2, 2008
Sarah Palin was pranked on Friday by a Canadian radio station’s morning comedy duo called the Masked Avengers. They pretended to be a Prime Minister and had her going for over 5 minutes. For this woman to be anywhere near the White House is just plain scary.
October 27, 2008
Hollywood filmmaker Charles Stone has resurfaced with a brand new Wassup commercial that he made famous back in 2000. This one is a commentary on our nation’s current status and endorses Obama for president:
October 3, 2008
This is the “Hamburger Fatty Melt” a 4 ounce beef patty between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches that act as buns. Quite possibly over 1500 calories but I’m sure its absolutely delicious.
– Last night was the highly anticipated Vice Presidential Debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. It was supposed to be a trainwreck as all eyes were on Palin to have some missteps like she has been having in her interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson. Instead she proved that intense cramming of 10 years worth of material can pay off as she didn’t do anything to really derail her ticket. I think Biden was a clear winner, but Palin did the republicans proud. The spotlight should be off of her now as far as being qualified but this wasn’t enough to get those ever so important swing votes in Ohio, Florida, and Pennslyvania that the Republican campaign desperately needs. I give kudos for Palin to run with the big boys but I think Obama will continue to gain steam in the polls and keep building momentum over the next 30 days til November 4th.
– Wall Street also finally got it’s wish today as the House approved the $700 Billion dollar bail out plan and the ink is drying on President Bush’s signature. The new amendments to the bill are supposedly going to protect the tax payer’s but I’ll believe it when I see it. For more info on what exactly the bail out plan is all about click here.
– Unemployment figures were also released today for the month of September. The bad news is that 150,000 more jobs were lost BEFORE the wall street meltdown. That means that when everything is said and done we could be looking any where from 7-7.5% unemployment rate going into 2009. This is heading to the worst unemployment rate since 1990-91 during Gulf Storm and a recession.
Major companies are already feeling the effects as a litany of lay offs were announced today. Gawker is axing 19 editorial jobs across its sites, Variety is getting rid of half of its sales force for its NY office, The New York Sun newspaper has gone out of business effective its Sept 30 edition, Wells Fargo buys out Wachovia Banks for $15.1 billion, and that’s just what has happened for today. Looks to be pretty bleak times and for those out of work I don’t think they should expect to find anything for the next 3-5 months under these conditions.