Michael Moore endorses Obama

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    Apr 22, 2008 1:07 AM GMT



    ok..not that he's anyone special..but..Well said?



    Michael Moore is finally endorsing a candidate for the White House.

    The muckraker and gifted filmmaker explains on his blog:

    "My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) …by Michael Moore

    Friends,

    I don't get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn't get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

    So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote — and yours — on Tuesday for Senator Barack Obama?

    I haven't spoken publicly ’til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares?; and 2) I (and most people I know) don't give a rat's ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there's a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word "Democratic" next to the candidate's name.

    Seriously, I know so many people who don't care if the name under the Big "D" is Dancer, Prancer, Clinton or Blitzen. It can be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Barry Obama or the Dalai Lama.

    Well, that sounded good last year, but over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I've watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name "Farrakhan" out of nowhere, well that's when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the "F" word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama's pastor does — AND the "church bulletin" once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!

    This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!

    Yes, Senator Clinton, that's how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity. How sad that I would ever have to write those words about you. You have devoted your life to good causes and good deeds. And now to throw it all away for an office you can't win unless you smear the black man so much that the superdelegates cry "Uncle (Tom)" and give it all to you.

    But that can't happen. You cast your die when you voted to start this bloody war. When you did that you were like Moses who lost it for a moment and, because of that, was prohibited from entering the Promised Land.

    How sad for a country that wanted to see the first woman elected to the White House. That day will come — but it won't be you. We'll have to wait for the current Democratic governor of Kansas to run in 2016 (you read it here first!).

    There are those who say Obama isn't ready, or he's voted wrong on this or that. But that's looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the candidate.

    That is not to take anything away from this exceptional man. But what's going on is bigger than him at this point, and that's a good thing for the country. Because, when he wins in November, that Obama Movement is going to have to stay alert and active. Corporate America is not going to give up their hold on our government just because we say so. President Obama is going to need a nation of millions to stand behind him.

    I know some of you will say, 'Mike, what have the Democrats done to deserve our vote?' That's a damn good question. In November of '06, the country loudly sent a message that we wanted the war to end. Yet the Democrats have done nothing. So why should we be so eager to line up happily behind them?

    I'll tell you why. Because I can't stand one more friggin' minute of this administration and the permanent, irreversible damage it has done to our people and to this world. I'm almost at the point where I don't care if the Democrats don't have a backbone or a kneebone or a thought in their dizzy little heads. Just as long as their name ain't "Bush" and the word "Republican" is not beside theirs on the ballot, then that's good enough for me.

    I, like the majority of Americans, have been pummeled senseless for 8 long years. That's why I will join millions of citizens and stagger into the voting booth come November, like a boxer in the 12th round, all bloodied and bruised with one eye swollen shut, looking for the only thing that matters — that big "D" on the ballot.

    Don't get me wrong. I lost my rose-colored glasses a long time ago.

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    Apr 22, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    Gifted? Michael Moore does have the gift of propaganda I suppose. Hamas endorses Senator Obama too.
    They turned on Hillary.

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    Apr 22, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    I find Michael Moore's documentaries manipulative and intellectually shallow at times. And I am a Liberal. I did find his "Bowling For Columbine" kind of interesting, but "Fahrenheit 9/11" was pretty unfair to Bush, and I am not a Bush admirer by any stretch of the imagination.

    His support for Obama will hardly be a big boost, if anything it might turn some fence-sitters off.
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    Apr 22, 2008 1:54 AM GMT
    Fahrenheit 451 was another movie...http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060390/

    Moore's was Fahrenheit 9/11.

    But, I see your point about unfair to Bush. I don't like Bush, but I don't need hyperbole to get there. Moore, as a marketer does a good job of spinning his point, and juxtaposing the story of one thing with the face of another to create fury by association. I get that.

    But, this letter was well-written, and lacking in hyperbole. I think he presents a cogent, palpable opinion that I've felt for awhile.

    I will vote for Clinton over McCain any day; but I really feel more in line with Obama, and I'd endorse him too.

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    Apr 22, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    You are right icon_redface.gif I corrected my original post. Fahrenheit 451 was a great book and movie! I think Michael Moore endorsing Obama is like preaching to the converted to be honest. Obama is probably the most liberal of the three candidates so it is no big surprise. Now if Rush Limbaugh, George Will or Ann Coulter came out in support of him I would probably keel over dead.
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    Apr 22, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    If they endorsed him, my cynical side would wonder what the hell they've got up their sleeve (like Limbaugh encouraging his listeners to register as Democrats and vote for Hillary). I'm just not a trusting guy, I guess.
  • Salubrious

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    Apr 22, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    Wysiwyg60 saidI find Michael Moore's documentaries manipulative and intellectually shallow at times. And I am a Liberal. I did find his "Bowling For Columbine" kind of interesting, but "Fahrenheit 9/11" was pretty unfair to Bush, and I am not a Bush admirer by any stretch of the imagination.

    His support for Obama will hardly be a big boost, if anything it might turn some fence-sitters off.


    Michael and Me was pretty good from what I remember. I mean, at least he didn't make another Canadian Bacon.
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    Wysiwyg60 saidI find Michael Moore's documentaries manipulative and intellectually shallow at times. And I am a Liberal. I did find his "Bowling For Columbine" kind of interesting, but "Fahrenheit 9/11" was pretty unfair to Bush, and I am not a Bush admirer by any stretch of the imagination.

    His support for Obama will hardly be a big boost, if anything it might turn some fence-sitters off.


    I feel exactly the same. While I'm leaning more and more toward Obama, an endorsement from Michael Moore is not exactly reassuring for me.

  • SkyMiles

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    Michael Moore gets called a propagandist by right-wingers, but that's only because there's nothing else they can do. He's got the facts straight and well-documented, knowing he's going to be challenged and sued and he has been. Each and every challenge has been dismissed because there's nothing there. Calling him names is all his detractors got. Pretty lame, actually.

    He got his start asking very basic questions about the relationship between governmental and corporate power, and the people whose interests they're supposed to represent or at least take into account. Are we really supposed to take him as a latter-day Karl Marx for asking why Americans kill each other in vastly greater numbers than any other industrialized nation? (Bowling for Columbine) Why a corporation can pack up their production facilities and leave a city to descend into crime and poverty? (Roger and Me) Why America is anchored to a for-profit health insurance model that shuts out 47 million people from access to health care and costs our country twice what it costs other countries? (Sicko) Or why, given the deceit surrounding the Iraq war and continuing occupation, what the real motivations might be? (Fahrenheit 9/11)
    Gee! Asking questions and holding those in power accountable! Sounds like a 'radical' to me! icon_rolleyes.gif

    As far as his 'celebrity' endorsement, it's not going to change that many minds. This is a contentious primary with two strong candidates (and that hot tempered old guy, but who cares?) and most people have already decided for the most part. In any case, Moore's a thoughful guy whose actually put some thought and research into some of these issues. Take note that in HIS documentaries, he actually talks to the people involved and affected (what a concept!). If you're going to listen to anybody for their endorsement, you could do a lot worse.
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    Apr 22, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    What?!!! "Canadian Bacon" in my opinion, was the best work Michael Moore ever did. It was so hilarious and not billed as a documentary it was obvious fiction.
    Beauty eh.

    Mickeytopopgigio, I agree that the Rush Limbaugh campaign to register Republicans to vote for Hillary was a downright dirty trick. I hope you know most of us Republicans didn't follow his sinister edict.

    As far as being more Liberal, being a Republican it's hard to tell just who is more Liberal between the last remaining Democratic candidates. No one really knows what Senator Obama's agenda is, not even his supporters. Hillary is vague but not quite as vague as Senator Obama.
    I would like to point out that in the true definition of the term "Liberal", the Democrats do not meet the criteria. Marxists is closer to the mark. The Republicans fit the term "Liberal" far better. It's unfortunate that the media trained the American public in Political Science and they have it all wrong.

    Senator Obama seems like a nice guy and has a very charismatic personality, but, beware the charismatic.

    Since Reverend Jeremiah Wright is his mentor, I suggest you check him out more. He draws crowds to complain about the condition of black America and he retires to a three million dollar home in a predominantly white section of Chicago. Preaching victimization puts a lot of money in his pocket and he owes it all to charisma. Will Senator Obama do that to the country?
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    Apr 22, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    It's fairly obvious Moore would never support McCain, but I came across this interesting diary entry by a republican who supports Obama.

    Updated: Why this Republican is Voting FOR Obama
    by recoveringrepub
    Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 03:49:17 PM PDT
    Why this republican is Voting FOR Obama

    Let me first put my bona fides to the test, lest someone think I'm not serious about what I am about to say. I am an over 40 white male from Georgia who clings to guns and religion and served as {local chair} the College Republicans, even supporting Jack Kemp in '88. I successfully ran for office as city councilman in my small rural town. I've voted republican in every election since '84. I've contributed to the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth and I am a Life member of the NRA (the horror). And I now call Enough is Enough to my party. What is my rationale? As they say - do the jump ...

    recoveringrepub's diary :: ::
    Over the last few presidential election cycles I've grown weary of the constant republican push to vote AGAINST the lesser of two evils. I much prefer to vote FOR a cause or a person.

    I want to make clear that my reason to renounce and reject republican tactics is it serves no purpose but to foment divisiveness. Race baiting, jingoistic attitudes and an absolute disdain for constitutional protections has left me scratching my head and becoming more and more pissed off!

    What has moved me to Senator Obama? Not just one thing - but the entire package. Let me explain:

    1. Republican jingoism is one major issue. Over the last several years as illegal immigration has reached a feverish crescendo in policy circles, republicans have gleefully pursued all people of dark melanin as a threat to U.S. security. Hogwash, I say! Republicans wish to round up not specific people, but an entire ethnic population while federalizing local law enforcement to do it.

    Mexicans we know to be like people everywhere, good bad and ugly. They wish to immigrate to the US like the Irish, Dutch, Jews and others have throughout history. Yes, I know everyone came by boat but some did not. Nevertheless, we had a way of making sure people entered legally. Where are the immigration checkpoints in Arizona? None there, but Mexicans wish to make their homes here, and no one is at the border to greet them.

    Instead members of my party prefer to castigate, round-up and drive them underground, while tearing apart families and businesses to find wayward illegals. Can you say police state!

    Shame on Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others in right wind radio who serve this pox on republicans. [Let it be known that I adamantly renounce and reject their insinuations on Senator Obama and other Americans]

    But my enmity for the republican party doesn't stop there:

    2. President Bush's unconstitutional power grab and violation of citizen rights to privacy is a travesty. He ignores the constitutional safeguards that our founders put in place just for exigencies this nation faces now. Constitutional protections are not to be used in times of fair weather but are precious in times of the foulest of weather - when politicians wish to set them aside for more power at our expense. Sure, they'll use language and fear to motivate voters to acquiesce their rights. (Remember Ben Franklin's admonition on security and liberty).

    Anyway, warrantless wiretaps; expansive SWAT teams in small town America; suspension of habeas corpus because we divine a threat to national security, but ALL are threats to our civil liberties.

    3. Hypocritical moralizing decorated as family values. My party is obsessed with regulating personal proclivities, a woman's womb and prayer in schools. We all differ in one degree or another over these issues, but to use the full force and coercion of government to champion one belief structure over another is, IMMORAL. To make it worse, republican officials are caught with their pants down; tapping their shoes; IMing teenage interns about sex and trying to explain it all a way. Their behaviors serve to eviscerate whatever legitimacy they may have wielded.

    4. Finally, my children's future is too important to be voted away out of FEAR and JINGOISM. We have real problems to confront in this nation: education and access to college; healthcare; great access to jobs and so on. Political pablum over lapel flags, pledge of allegiance or contact with anyone whose ideas differ or behavior runs counter to my mind is as, Senator Obama makes clear - manufactured distraction.

    UPDATED
    5. An illegal war perpetrated by a coupd'etat within our own government. When politicians can lie, make-up excuses why to invade a sovereign nation and place our wealth and personal treasure on the line, we need to re-evaluate our priorities. The war in Iraq has torn too many families apart for a revenge killing. (Saddam Hussein). We've taken our eye off the ball in the war on terror and violated a basic principle to not invade sovereign nations without a declaration of war. A declaration never asked for by this president and contrary to what the Constitution prescribes.

    Anyway, I've had enough of this bigotry and hate. Its time to stop it and lets move this nation forward and do good without splintering us into factions or tribes intent on destroying ourselves. America is indeed the last best hope (to borrow from Abraham Lincoln) and its about time we act like it.

    As far as other republicans - I challenge them to read this and to challenge their thinking based on civic values and not FEAR. FDR said it best - We have nothing to fear but fear itself - thats what it means to make change, though. To accept change is to accept uncertainty and to stretch your cloak of comfort beyond what you are used to. That is good.

    Obama is a symbol to the world that the US is a good and decent place to live and work, to raise a family and to know that all are accepted into our society. Georgia has voted and I cast my lot with the Senator from Illinois. He deserves my vote in the fall for tackling the tough issues no one else wishes to touch. I embrace change and look forward to an Obama administration. (I have other reasons I'm moving to progressive politics, but I've already intruded on enough of the readers time)

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:57 AM GMT
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    I haven't spoken publicly ’til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares?; and 2) I (and most people I know) don't give a rat's ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there's a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word "Democratic" next to the candidate's name.ters — that big "D" on the ballot.


    Thats where I draw the line between myself and many other gays.

    I don't see the democrats and anything more than just a different color of the same neoconservatives only interested in the power of their own party. There are red ones and blue ones but in the end they are all alike.
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    Apr 24, 2008 1:37 PM GMT
    It looks to me like "recoveringrepub" was just a contrived entity of some democrat.

  • TexanMan82

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    Apr 24, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    Well, another reason why I probably won't vote for Obama.
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    Apr 24, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    I sideline political conversations usually, people have made up their minds it is never really a discussion. But I do want to throw in my 2 cents about Michael Moore - cause I think he's a crazy manipulator.

    I'm just going to paste a short interview on here. One of many. Watch it, make up your own mind.


  • May 02, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    TexanMan82 saidWell, another reason why I probably won't vote for Obama.

    While I see where you are coming from on this, TexanMan82, I hope that others won't feel the same way. It is not clear to me how much of an opinion leader Moore will prove to be.

    The problem, as I see it, with Michael Moore is that he is a very polarizing figure. If I were Obama I think I would have paid Michael Moore some hush money (yes, even Watergate style hush money) in order to keep him quiet.

    Haing said all this, I (a political Independent that just so happens to lean a bit left of center) personally favor Obama in the Obama/HRC race for the Democratic nomination and predict that Obama will, in fact, be the nominee. Go Obama!!
  • jarhead5536

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    May 02, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    Frankly I'm suprised. I figured Moore was a Nader guy. I think his vote is less for Obama and more against Clinton.

    He should stick to bashing Republicans, his anger is more effective there.
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    May 02, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    Mr. Moore is an imbicile - it is difficult to imagine anyone who has been more of an embarassment to our country. I would not want his endorsement at all.