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Naked Politics comes to the end of the road

Img00051_2 PORT ORANGE -- After three days on the road talking to voters, Naked Politics reached the end of Interstate-4 and made one more stop. 

Patty Tropea, 47, is the manager of a waterfront pavilion used for weddings and other events in this coastal town. She's a Republican who hasn't made up her mind about the presidential race. But she is certain about one thing: her anger about the federal government's management of the economy.

"I've paid my bills. I didn't go out for lavish dinners or take expensive vacations, and now I have to pay for what other people have done?'' demanded Tropea. "I would like to see one of the candidates prove to the American people that they can stabilize the economy."


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Change We Can Believe In"

Barack Obama's Advisers:

James Johnson: CEO of Fannie Mae from 1991 to 1998. Johnson was forced out of Fannie Mae due to questionable loans. Johnson has 5 questionable loans with Countrywide Bank = $7M

Franklin Raines: Took over Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2004. Raines lent billions of dollars in risky mortgages and made $90M at his time with Fannie Mae. Obama chose Raines as his adviser for mortgage and housing policies.

Angelo Mozilo: Bank of America CEO. Sold all his stock in Countrywide Bank right before Bank of America "rescued" Countrywide.

Johnson and Raines both were involved in multiple loans with Countrywide while they drove Fannie and Freddie into the ground.

John McCain on May 25, 2006 warned congress about Fannie and Freddie and told them they were in serious trouble and needed immediate attention. Congress ignored him. Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank all said that the problems with Fannie and Freddie were being exaggerated by McCain and Fannie and Freddie were doing fine.

Some interesting information about Obama:

At the beginning of Obama's campaign he said that he would end the war in 16 months and now he says that "the pace of the war would be dictated by the safety and security of the troops and the means to maintain stability".

Since the beginning of his career he has been a supporter of gun restrictions. Then after the courts struck down the Washington DC handgun ban, he suddenly changed his position and said that "the second amendment was an individual right".

In October of last year, Obama stopped wearing his American flag lapel pin because it was an "empty substitute for patriotism". He now wears his pin again.

On 3/18/08 Obama said he could not denounce Reverend Wright because he is "like family". A few months later Obama decided to denounce the Reverend.

On 4/28/08 Obama said he would go along with Senator McCain and use public financing for his campaign. A few months later Obama decided to use private financing instead.

On 6/4/08 Obama said that Jerusalem should not be divided and it shall remain the capitol of Israel. Less than 24 hours later Obama changed his mind and said "Well, obviously it's going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues and Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations. My belief is that, as a practical matter, it would be very difficult to execute".

Back in June Obama backed the new Phiser Bill, which exempts telecommunication companies from lawsuit wire tapping cases. He was against this in the primaries.

On 7/1/08 Obama said he would expand Bush's funding for religious initiatives. He was against this in the primaries to appease his liberal supporters and now he's for it.

Fortune Magazine July, 2008. Obama said "I think that sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets over heated and amplified and politicians are always guilty of that and I don't exempt myself".

"Change We Can Believe In"

The only thing Obama has changed.......is his mind.

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