Obama 'Puzzled' by Iraq Remarks Frenzy
Straw poll of 325,200 voters:Obama 38 % Mc Cain 62 %,What think you of those apples ?
ST. LOUIS (July 5) - Barack Obama celebrated "active faith" as an obligation of religious Americans and a chief agent of societal change while speaking Saturday to a nearly all-black roomful of churchgoers, but hoping to reach far beyond them.
Earlier in the day as he flew from Montana to Missouri, Obama told reporters he was surprised at how the media has "finely calibrated" his recent words on Iraq, and reaffirmed his commitment to ending the war if elected.
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said Obama needs to "understand that his words matter."
"We are all absolutely committed to ending this war, but on Thursday Barack Obama's words indicated that he also shared John McCain's commitment to securing the peace beforehand," he said.
Making a less than two-hour stop in the battleground state of Missouri, the Democratic presidential nominee implored the thousands attending a national meeting of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's largest and most politically and civically active black denominations, to help fix national and local ills.
He preached individual responsibility, saying he knew he risked criticism for "blaming the victim" by talking of the need for parents to help children with homework and turn off the TV, to pass on a healthy self-image to daughters, and teach boys both to respect women and "realize that responsibility does not end at conception."
But Obama's main message was the government's duty to address what he said are "moral problems" — such as war, poverty, joblessness, homelessness, violent streets and crumbling schools — and to employ religious institutions to do it.
"As long as we're not doing everything in our individual and collective power to solve the challenges we face, the conscience of our nation cannot rest," he said.
Obama, who has made history by becoming the first black major-party presidential nominee, made frequent references to the civil rights movement and continuing struggles in the black community.
Was reaction to Obama's Iraq remarks overblown?
No 60% 33,862
Yes 40% 22,815
Total Votes: 56,677
Will the situation in Iraq influence how you vote in November?
Yes, a lot 43% 23,612
No, not at all 34% 18,341
Yes, a little 19% 10,274
I won't be voting 4% 2,421
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Straw poll of voters 325,200 voters:
Obama 38 %
Mc Cain 62 %
What think you of them apples ?