The campaign’s final hours – a few more links and items of interest

Some final notes as we close out the 2008 presidential election.

First up, an incredible 5-second video. National Review’s Jonah Goldberg’s question is a good one — “Why wasn’t this an ad”? Watch it here. You might want to watch it again. I’m assuming that’s from an interview conducted right after he won the Illinois U.S. Senate seat four short years ago. Did Michelle really say this?

“It’s way too soon – he hasn’t done anything yet.”

She did. And he still hasn’t.

Evidently Mr. Obama was so busy planning his run for the White House that he was often late for Congressional hearings. Watch a short video here.

One poster on the Commentary Magazine’s website noted this:

“Too much is being made of Barack “Barry” Obama’s skin pigmentation. This is a secondary aspect of the phenomenon. A greater emphasis should be placed on his semi-fascist and anti-intellectual appeal. Obama is our very first postmodernist presidential candidate. He does not have mere voters. No, Obama has followers who look to him to provide existential meaning and hope to their lives. They perceive him to be their secular savior.”

Many of us have had conversations with friends and family members who are described in this good quote‘s Austin Hill:

“I suspect there are millions of Americans who have absolutely no comprehension of the substance of Obama’s proposals, yet they have worked for, and will vote for ‘Hope’ and ‘Change.'”

Mr. “hope and change” himself authorized this shot at Palin: Watch it here.

Watch McCain’s answer here.

And Team Sarah has its own answer — watch it here:

The satirical newspaper The Onion evidently fed Barack some truth serum before Mr. Hope and Change spokehere. That actually reads pretty well.

Back on a serious (sort of) note, the Wall Street Journal said this in an editorial last week titled “Barack wrote a letter…”

“Some may find it hard to believe that Mr. Obama had nothing to show for this herculean effort to shake up Washington. They may be shocked as well that such passionate language didn’t move the Fed and Treasury to action. For our part, we note that nowhere in his letter did Mr. Obama suggest that the government should stop subsidizing loans to people who can’t repay them.”

Here are a few of my all time favorite Barack Obama quotes — and yes, they are actual quotes.

“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

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“We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

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“We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world’s energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. That’s not leadership.”

We can’t produce more food or energy. That is zero sum silliness.

More from “THE ONE”:

“You know what? You can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we’d get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.”

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“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest… So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

And just this past weekend Obama is quoted here saying this:

“We have a righteous wind at our back.”

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“If you give me your vote on Tuesday, we won’t just win this election — together, we will change this country and change the world.”

Here is one of my favorite John McCain videos: “The One”

In that McCain video the interviewer asked him — “‘do you have any doubts?” – and he answered, “never.” This brings to mind the excellent column by Thomas Sowell this past weekend where he said –

“Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.”

NRO’s Paul Kengor wonders about “The Silencing of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright” and asks, “What in the world is going on here?” Good question.

Finally, you might have heard something about how much was spent for Sarah Palin’s clothes, but you might have also missed this: The Obama campaign “spent $700,000 for stage, lights in Berlin.”