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Elections 2008, who is your choice?

I have been answering questions for a long time, and I think it is time to ask you one:

"Who would you vote for president? As you all know Obama is my choice for president for all the reasons mentioned in my past posts. Now, what is your choice? Who will have the privilege to receive your vote?"

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Obama is the best.

hello mr jabbar, recently i was at the ucla bb game that featured you and your teammates and i want to ask you a question . a little history about my connection to you and ucla basketball and football. i was a laborer that worked on the installation of the football field known as spaulding field. we installed the turf and surrounding landscape. i also worked on many other buildings at ucla and being a lifelong bruin fan that was quite a good time in my life. i am 65 yrs old. my father ended up working at ucla as a groundsman until retiring years ago . he has since passed away but was a great bruinsfan as is our whole family . i happened to be at spaulding field/ pauley pavillion one day on one of your first visit to ucla. you were walking with mike lynn and another player whose name escapes me right now.you dont know and i hope we didnt let you see how excited we were to see you ballplayers . i dont think we gushed until you guys had passed us but believe me we were really excited.i must have been about 23 or 24 but that was so cool. anyway back to why im blogging you i think thats what its called right. at that game i mention earlier i was following you and some of the other players, and happened to see you go back to your seat in the students section and as you reached where neville saner was sitting he stood up and appeared to offer you a program and i guess asked

Only one "r" in "Barack," Karreem!

He and Clinton aren't too far apart on the issues. But he was right about invading Iraq, and Hillary (and I) were wrong. Plus I think he's got the ability to draw more people into the political process. And I like the tone of his campaign more than I like hers.

McCain was once a personal hero of mine. But his willingness to stay 1000 years occupying Iraq without any mention of costs and benefits, his caricature of those who disagree as favoring "surrender," his indifference to the debt, and his unwillingness to fight to prevent our country from torturing, have been a grave disappointment. Obviously he served this country to the highest of human ability. But that doesn't mean he's got the right ideas to be president, any more than Duke Cunningham does.

Thanks for accepting comments, and more importantly, thanks for taking the time to write your engaging essays on this blog.

Being from Switzerland, I have nothing to say, but would without any doubt vote for Obama

Being from Switzerland, I have nothing to say, but would without any doubt vote for Obama

How do we undo the damage to this country that eight years under the current regime has brought? The first step would be to elect someone who would represent a paradigm shift in our countrys policys internationally and domestically. Mr. Obama stands alone in this regard

McCain 82%?

There go the Republicans cheating again. I'm telling you, you can't put nothing past those people.

They're fascists!

Go Obama!

Kareem,
Just today, I was walking our dog along an arroyo that runs along our neighborhood. A homeless veteran came out from behind the brush to introduce himself and two other veterans who have been living along the arroyo for eight months. He had announcements to make. They were American Veterans, prayed to God and they were not sex offenders, drug addicts nor criminals. They were admittedly alchoholics who drank to ease their pain from Post Tramatic Stress.
It is now clear that if McCain were elected President, he would help to create three more generations of homeless veterans.
Charles Keating of the failed Savings and Loan industry over 20 years ago that cost the taxpayers 3.4 billion dollars was a highly influential friend to MCain. Before Charles Keating was incarcerated, he drank $1200.00 bottles of wine with his dinner and walked into federal court with thirty attorneys wanting 4 million dollars in fees from his bankrupt estate. McCain gave Charles Keating the license to rob Lincoln Savings and Loan by opposing the appointment of a highly credentialed regulator of the industry. McCain has never answered for his role in this financial disaster that resembles the present mortgage and credit crisis. This is only one reason that the current administration is at its lowest approval rating at 28%, second only to the 22% Hoover received in 1933. The voters also understand that the war in Iraq benefits no working American taxpayer. The only intended benficiaries are the defense contractors and oil companies.
Hillary Clinton understood this when she cast her vote in favor. My vote goes to Barak Obama.

What makes a hero a leader?

Kareem entered my life when I was 13 years old. It was 1968. He and Lucius Allen would come into the Orange Julius store in Encino. I attended St. Cyril's Catholic School which was next door. At the time, L.A. basketball was everything to me. West and Baylor, Goodrich and Hazard. But Kareem, "Oh wow!'. So I adopted everything Kareem. Imagine me, "Opie from the valley" going through my grade school pregame warmups casually chomping on gum, my proudly wearing my U.C.L.A. sweatshirt. Mimicing Kareems gait and style. My uncle had tickets to all the games. I even went to Pauley and watched on a giant screen as Houston took advantage of Mr. Alcindor's scratched eye. So needless to say I have always been a huge fan. But what I really admire about "Cap" is his thoughtful eloquence. The search for the right word. Always calm and insightful. Unfortunately, in today's trash talking world, demeanor such as humble discourse is considered a weakness. In reality, Kareem's words are way taller than "the big fella". So when Mr. Obama emerged on the scene, I noticed how his stage presence somehow resembled Jabbar's. Like Kareem, he doesn't fall for the pointed inane questions that reporters tend to throw. He is calm and concise. Effortlessy efficient. People can brag, yell and thump their chests all they want. I turn a deaf ear and will always follow the quiet leader. OBAMA IN 08! Maybe Serene Kareem can be his running mate!

After studying voting records, stance on issues and who most reflects my vision of the future, I will vote Obama in November. Clintons had their "buy one get one free" two terms. If the public wants a Bush/Clinton dynasty and war with Iran (she calls Iran "make-up" "fantasize" a non-issue and her yes vote "lies" that her "enemies" are spreading) I have no choice but to vote for Cynthia McKinney in November.

I do not understand people who think Obama and Clinton are close on policy. He wants a people's government; she wants a dictator style ruling government, with favortism towards the wealthy. She is against diplomacy; he is for it. She is for war as solution; he believes war is a last resort.

Obama is probably not above some little white lies; the Clintons are chronic liars. Obama lies are on the scale of what we say when an obese lady friend shows up with a skin tight red dress with horizontal stripes and asks: how do I look? Clinton lies are the kind to cover up misdeeds, defame other's character, and on the Paul Bunyon tall tale level.

Obama knows the reason people do not buy health insurance is they can not afford it. Clinton wants to penalize people who do not buy insurance with government penalty. It takes away freedom of choice and discriminates against segments of the population. Healthy college students premiums are needed to make the insurance plan profitable. Yet the premiums are too high for cash strapped students to pay and still stay in school. Hopi/Americans, perhaps may use alternative sources of healing not covered by mainstream insurance.

She has lead her followers to believe she is going to fight special interests in DC and implies Obama is part of that. Truth is she can easily fight them by just saying no, the way Obama does.

Sorry for long comment. Thanks for asking (poll).

It's an hour past the game and my new friend Ashley says he would vote for Kobe for President - go figure.
Acatually, he meant MVP and President...

But seriously, I vote for Obama and I have respect for
Hilary and John.

Only in America can we discuss the merits and demerits of each candidate as we sort out our priorities and preferences.

My Grandmother used to say, "It's good to be in America!"

And she was only one generation from slavery.

She would say those words just outside the voting building as she waited for hours for her few minutes to vote. She would say that as she allowed me to pull the lever for her vote. And she would say that on the way out of the voting building, with her vote receipt held tightly in her hand.

Agnes has crossed over now, but I know if she was here for this voting season, she would proudly say those same words. Now I say them for her.

"It's good to be in America."

It's an hour past the game and my new friend Ashley says he would vote for Kobe for President - go figure.
Acatually, he meant MVP and President...

But seriously, I vote for Obama and I have respect for
Hilary and John.

Only in America can we discuss the merits and demerits of each candidate as we sort out our priorities and preferences.

My Grandmother used to say, "It's good to be in America!"

And she was only one generation from slavery.

She would say those words just outside the voting building as she waited for hours for her few minutes to vote. She would say that as she allowed me to pull the lever for her vote. And she would say that on the way out of the voting building, with her vote receipt held tightly in her hand.

Agnes has crossed over now, but I know if she was here for this voting season, she would proudly say those same words. Now I say them for her.

"It's good to be in America."

Hi Kareem, and Happy Bday from us to you. I hope you remember Sharley. Her Bday is the same as yours. She was always delighted to wish you Happy Bday in the Forum at the half time break when we were all in the hall way making our way back to the game from the Forum club. We are still avid Kareem fans of all your activities.

I will vote Hillary in November or if the dems are fools and nominate Obama then I and everyone I know here in MA will vote McCain. Obama strikes me as racist because he falsly claimed the commentby Bill Clinton "Jesse Jackson won SC too." to be a racist comment when in fact it was clearly a fact of history. Obama has received the votes of many white people but without the 80 to 90% of balck votes he would not be in this race today. If blacks were voting on issues instead of skin color Obama would not be in this race today. If Obama had come out and stated the fact that Bill Clinton's comment was a historical fact and certainly not a racist comment then he would at least have my respect but the way he and Michelle have made everything out to be racist is unacceotable. Hillary got my vote and if she is not on the Nov. ballot then McCain gets my vote.

I wish that someone would make it known to CNN, MSNBC, and FOX news that the Clintons have far more baggage than Obama could possibly imagine. They declared 109 million dollars on their tax returns from 2000 - 2006. Everyone keeps saying 2007 but that isn't true. They did not include their 2007 taxes yet. Not only that, Bill Clinton is taking money, $800,000.00 from the Columbian government to push through their trade agreement with this government. Hillary benefits from this money because they have a joint bank account. Under the circumstances, she says she is against any agreement with Columbia on a trade agreement, and at the same time, enjoys the benefits of their payment to her husband. I wonder what will happen to the people in Pennsylvania if she is elected. I think they will need THEIR RELIGION AND THEIR GUNS FOR HUNTING FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS AT LEAST. GOOD LUCK TO THEM. OBAMA IS THEIR ONLY HOPE.

With his recent comments -- Obama is openly displaying his elitist and condescending attitude to us plebeians. And, being a proper disciple of Jeremiah Wright Jr. for 20 years, he's spreading the reverend's teachings.

Wow only 71% for BHO on a blogg site hosted by Kareem. I would say Barry Soetoro is in a tailspin.
Don't know who Barry Soetoro is? You don't know jack! Barry Soetoro is non other than BHO before he changed his name for easy access to Harvard Law school, Trinity Church, Chigago votes and a sham run at the oval office as a Oreo "uniter" of the races and the nations's inspirational speaker.

Hillary Clinton is the Devil.

j.aswell -

This is a poll for our 2009 US Presidental Candidates Barack Hussein Obama Jr., Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton and John Sidney McCain III.

Please do not denigrate the blog forum of the Great Mr. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - take your hateful posts elsewhere.

Go Obama!

Go Bruins!

Go Lakers!

J. Aswell - very good!!!!

A President who truly believes in, "A GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, AND OF THE PEOPLE"!! President Obama!!

We have not had such a President in 50 years!!

I`m from Bulgaria and I think tham Obama should be chosen for president. Afro-americans are equal with white people and they should not be descriminated.

I think the American public has done a great job in paring down the eventual president down to these three. Any one of them gets the vote, they will make a great leader.

I cast my vote for Hillary during CA's primary. I liked the experience-aspect of her. Plus all-in-all, her issue positions just seem to match up with mine a little bit more than Mr. Obama's.

Unfortunately for her, it seems like she's running 1990's style campaign against an Obama camp that is running cutting-edge. That may be making the difference.

Mike in S.D.

Kareem for President!

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered by many fans and sportswriters to be the greatest basketball player of all time. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center, famous for his indefensible skyhook, dominated the NBA for 20 years, first with the Milwaukee Bucks then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Before that he was the star of the UCLA Bruins teams that won three consecutive NCAA championships. Kareem was the NBA's MVP six times, a 19-time all-star and set the NBA all-time records in nine categories. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, a record that may never be broken.

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