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article imageOp-Ed: Strawberries and Whipped Cream or Maple Syrup, Senator Obama?

By Mr Garibaldi     Apr 21, 2008 in Politics
We've learned a few things about Senator Barack Obama since the Philadelphia Debate, in light of his backing out of the April 27th North Carolina Debate. First, he's not big on having to answer tough questions; second, the man just wants his waffles...
Hillary Clinton has been handed a veritable restocking of ammunition by the Obama Campaign, although it is doubtful that was the intent of the Obama team.
After a poor showing at the Philadelphia debate, and the subsequent stream of complaints issued by Obama and his campaign over the alleged "unfair treatment" of the Senator by moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos,
The day following the debates, the Obama campaign sent out a letter criticizing ABC and Senator Clinton, asking for new contributions to his campaign. This has also been fuel for political pundits as well as team Clinton.
Obama's lead has dropped by as much as 11 points since the debate, not a good sign for the Senator as he heads into the Pennsylvania primaries tomorrow.
And now the cancellation of the slated April 27th North Carolina Primaries by team Obama shows that perhaps the strain of the campaign, the tough questions that have finally been coming out in regards to his positions on actual issues, are too much for the Senator from Illinois.
We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for April 27 has been canceled due to time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event.
You have shown tremendous passion and interest in being a part of history as Democrats are poised this year to elect the first female or African-American President. However, there were also growing concerns about what another debate would do to party unity.
We hope your interest in the North Carolina Democratic Party will not end with the cancellation of the debate.
Today has found both candidates in Pennsylvania preparing for tomorrows primaries, both making one last campaign run in the state before the polls open in the morning. Clinton is projected to win Pennsylvania tomorrow, which may factor in to Obama's reaction to questions asked of him at a diner this morning, where supporters had gathered to meet the Senator.
At the diner, Obama listened to a trumpet solo from a high school student. A waitress said the 17-year-old had been waiting outside the diner for several hours before Obama arrived.
On the other side of the diner, two high school seniors had skipped school to meet Obama and got him to sign passes saying "Excuse Colin!" and "Excuse Joey!"
Why can't I just eat my waffle?" he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner.
A sign of stress? Or maybe Senator Obama just really loves waffles...
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