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Rep. Anna Eshoo endorses Obama; decision 'moves beyond gender or race'

Original post made on Jan 30, 2008

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Her announcement today delivers a blow to the Hillary Clinton election campaign, which has been bolstered by strong female support, including that of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 4:25 PM

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Posted by mike sullivan
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jan 30, 2008 at 8:27 pm

That should be very entertaining. If you do not evedn like politics, just the name recognition and the nastalgia will more than be a positive sign for Obama. If he can get the people ou there and have them see who he is, not flase rumors, but the man who he really is, then an upset is in the makin. go to www.barackobama.com


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Posted by Seth Robbins
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Thank you Representative Anna Eshoo for your endorsement of my candidate of choice, and the one true leader that can repair the damage that has been done to our great nation. I am sure you are aware that the one the key weaknesses for Obama is the lack of public recognition. While Clinton is a family name, Obama struggles to earn the attention of voters in some areas. While he is far ahead of Clinton in the educated voter polls, he struggles with the less informed crowd. As for older women voting for Hillary, it is not a vote against Obama, they simply don't know enough about him to make a properly informed decision. I am a campaign volunteer so I have made many many phone calls only to find that those demographics that support Hillary over Obama in the polls, also lack any real knowledge of Barack. They don't know that he has 4 more years of experience as an elected official, or that he has sponsored and cosponsored more bills than Hillary during his 11 year career. They don't even know recent facts similar to his getting the highest grade on his economic plan to help fix our troubling economy ( Obama gets an A- to Hillary's C+) Some economic analysts went so far as to call her plan "stupid" and that it would do more harm than good!

So much information needs to be brought to the publics attention. Facts like these can really change the minds of voters. They changed mine, and my mothers. Well, what really changed my moms mind were the false and misleading attacks by Hillary.

Get the word out to everyone you possibly can. It's not enough that people vote, they need to make a decision based on truthful and relevant information.

Thank you again for your endorsement and I hope that you put in all the time and effort that you can spare, just like myself and hundreds of thousands of other Obama supporters in ever state of the United States Of America!


Sincerely,

Seth W. Z. Robbins


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Posted by Major Man
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I'm from waaaay across the country in Virginia. But, I thank you Rep. Eshoo for endorsing Sen. Obama. He is "Change we can Believe in."


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Posted by Jing
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Thank you for endorsing Sen.Obama, this country need leadership of excellent judgement and character, we need a breakaway from the clash and burn politics of the 90s


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Posted by Laurie
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2008 at 3:18 am

Thank you, Rep. Eshoo, for endorsing Senator Obama. He is a man of vision, the right experience, sound judgment and the ability to bring Americans together for the better good.


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Posted by Jacquelyn H. Miller
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:25 am

The Women's Suffrage movement began in 1847 but not until 1920 were women permitted to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment to the Consitution. Stanford opened in 1885. Jane Stanford who fought for Women's Suffrage insisted women be admitted to Stanford University 35 years before they could vote.

American women have been waiting 88 years for a winning woman candidate for President. We now have the very best prepared candidate for president in the field. Hillary Clinton is not only experienced, she's shrewd and smart. I'm voting for Hillary.



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Posted by Hillary fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:36 am

As much as I like Obama's rhetoric, I want a President who's ready on day one to lead our country out of the national and international messes created by our current one. That's clearly Hillary Clinton.
I am hopeful that President Hillary Clinton will tap into Obama's oratorical talents with some major role in her administration.


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Posted by Jackie Miller
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:37 am


The Women's Suffrage movement began in 1847 but not until 1920 were women permitted to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Stanford opened in 1885. Jane Stanford who fought for Women's Suffrage insisted women be admitted to Stanford University 35 years before they could vote.

American women have been waiting 88 years since 1920 for a Woman to be elected President. We now have the very best prepared candidate for President in the field. Check Wikkapedia, click on names of those running for President. You'll find Hillary Clinton is not only trained and experienced, she's ready. I'm voting for Hillary in the 2008 election. I'll seriously consider Obama eight years from now.

- - - Jackie Miller




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Posted by huh?
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm

"we are looking for a new washington" and "we want to inspire our youth with a new approach and a new era" for the "common person"...

Ted Kennedy, one of the old politikos
Oprah, one of the elite
And now Anna, another veteran of politics...


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Posted by Hos before bros
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jan 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I like Barak, but I'm voting for Hillary. Most of the criticism she's faced is just sexism, both blatant and subtle.

Check out Gloria Steinem's opinion piece in the New York Times:
Web Link


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Posted by John Martin
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm

After Running Palo Alto Furniture for 13 years in Palo Alto , I have met more people in Palo Alto then most people could hope to meet , They are smart ,kind, and know who their friends . I believe Hillary Clinton is the best person to be President at this time . I starting my store in 1991 and Bush 1 bombed Iraq . The Clinton's not only sent their child to our area for schooling but Mr.Gore helped develop the internet that has made the region so well off . Your lack of loyalty to a proven family ( and your backing of someone other then a Stanford supporter ) has me wondering why you are pandering to someone that has NO experience in our area at all, and could and will bring little gain, having no experience outside our country ,( we just went through that and it did not work out so well for the country as a whole) . I respect and admire Hillary Clinton and will be voting for her and hoping she is our next president .


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Posted by Tricia
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm

This was a big dissapointment to many of us in Santa Cruz County.


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Posted by PAT DEL
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 16, 2008 at 5:22 am

You voted for Obama. That is audacity because Obama lost to Clinton in; California, New York, New Jersey, JFK'S Massachussetts, Florida (straw poll), and now Ohio and Texas as well as Pennsylvania. No presidential candidate has ever won the general election after loosing every large state. After super delegates vote for Obama, large blocks of Democrats are voting for Mccain in the November in retaliation. Mccain is a war hero with 20 years experience in the Senate. Middle class Americans are being forced into the civil rights movement that we can't afford.

Super delegates are being pressured by George Soros and Moveon.org to vote for Obama. This cult of personality has got to stop. %60 of
Americans make under $50K a year and are struggling. The U.S. has two wars, foreclosures, credit crisis and a recession. We do not trust him. Obama is scary to a lot of people who don't have the means to champion his civil rights cause.


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Posted by Grace
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 19, 2008 at 11:34 am

I haven't seen Obama running on a civil rights platform, and I don't understand why someone must have "means" to champion civil rights. Sounds like a not-so-subtle code for "he's black."

I'm an independent, I voted for Hillary in the primary, and there is no way I would vote for McCain over Obama.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I am an independent who voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary. I believe in her talents, capabilities, experience and decision making to be a good president of our country. Contrary to popular opinion, I believe that Senator Clinton is a more eloquent speaker than Senator Obama. In addition, Senator Clinton displays more professionalism as seen in her debates with Senator Obama, which I strongly believe is very good character of a president. I do not dislike Obama but I think he is jumping too fast to become a president. His speeches are in the style of a preacher which may be inspiring to people, but I do believe that years of public service justify knowledge and experience…and this I believe is where Senator Clinton has the advantage. Our country needs a president who is knowledgeable not only in putting plans into words, but rather into actions. I understand that Senator Obama is a good public servant as far as the couple of years he has served as a senator; however I do not think that he is ready for presidency. He needs more years of experience to show for it. My wife is a registered democrat and we both share the same sentiment with regards to electing the next president of the United States.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Peter


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Posted by Jeannine
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 5, 2008 at 8:03 am

I am a cross over Rep to Hillary. So is my parter, my children and other family members. We all agree,if Obama gets the nod, we will all vote for McCain. If you think that Hillary supporters will turn to Obama if Hillary doesn't get the nod, think again.


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Posted by Monica
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 6, 2008 at 7:01 am

It's time to stop the dynastic and monarchist presidencies of the Clinton and Bush families serving narrow interests. With 300 Million citizens, we should be able to find more than just 2 families with limited work experience. Phony Hilary became a NY resident only for her political career. Sounds like our own Kelly Fergusson.


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Posted by ExcuseMe?
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 6, 2008 at 8:45 am

Monica, I couldn't agree more with your initial comments about ending dynastic rule in this country. But could you please explain how you got from Hilary Clinton's move to NY to Kelly Fergusson? Hope you didn't strain your hamstrings.


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Posted by Valerie
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Very disappointed with Eshoo's choice to endorse Obama. I have difficulty understanding how people can vote for a candidate with such little experience running for the highest office in the world. Why would we take such a gamble?

We now start learning that even the few accomplishments he touts were just credited to him to afford him some legislation history:

NY Times article -By KATE ZERNIKE and JEFF ZELENY
Published: March 9, 2008:

"I've been very blessed," Mr. Obama told the crowd assembled in March 2006. "Keynote speaker at the Democratic convention. The cover of Newsweek. My book made the best-seller list. I just won a Grammy for reading it on tape.

"Really, what else is there to do?" he said, his smile now broad. "Well, I guess I could pass a law or something." INTERESTING! THAT EXPLAINS WHY HE WAS GIVEN CREDIT IN HIS FINAL YEAR IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE TO BUILD A RECORD; BECAUSE HE ACCOMPLISHED LITTLE...

Web Link

AND THERE'S THE DOUBLE STANDARD:

Obama says he has no Illinois records- November 14, 2007
By Mike Baker and Christopher Wills
Associated Press
Advertisement


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Barack Obama, who's been scolding Hillary Rodham Clinton for not hastening the release of records from her time as first lady, says he can't step up and produce his own records from his days in the Illinois state Senate. He says he hasn't got any.

"I don't have - I don't maintain - a file of eight years of work in the state Senate because I didn't have the resources available to maintain those kinds of records," he said at a recent campaign stop in Iowa. He said he wasn't sure where any cache of records might have gone, adding, "It could have been thrown out. I haven't been in the state Senate now for quite some time." HYPOCRIT, I SAY!

AND FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...HE STANDS BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ONE OF THE DEBATES AND SAYS WHAT "SHE" IS REFERRING TO IS FIVE HOURS OF BILLABLE WORK HE DID FOR REZKO ON BEHALF OF HIS LAW FIRM. THE REALITY WAS REZKO IS A FRIEND OF SEVENTEEN YEARS FROM WHOM HE PURCHASED HIS HOME FOR A $300K DISCOUNT AFTER HE BECAME AWARE REZKO WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI.

SO, HE'S COMFORTABLE LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ESHOO ENDORSED HIM. IS SHE OKAY WITH THIS? ARE YOU SUPPORTERS OKAY WITH THIS?


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:56 pm

I you will reconsider your endorsement of Barack Obama, a truly divisive candidate that is tearing the democratic party apart.

I believe that the comments rom his preacher, Rev Wright, are inexcusable as a Presidential Candidate.

As a Californian, I would hope that you would consider voting for the most experienced candidate in this election, a WOMAN, Hillary Clinton


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Posted by Marline
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I am an Assyrian from Iraq, I am shocked that you would endorse Obama !
Unlike Boxer and Feinstein, you choose to go against CA votes, ho choose Hillary !! I lost all respect for you, and will not stop informing everyone in my community about your reprehensible action.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I agree with Marline's (Assyrian from Iraq) comment. Rep. Anna Eshoo's endorsement of Obama is disastrous for the minorities of Iraq. Sen. Clinton is much more qualified to deal with the problems regarding the war in Iraq. Obama's "hope and change" are not enough to achieve peace in Iraq.


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Posted by S. Vickler
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on May 13, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I am very disappointed you have chosen to ignore the wishes of the individual voters of the state of California by endorsing Mr. Obama. You profess a belief in the democratic process, and yet now you seem to be purposely trying to negate the decision reached via that process in our state. I do hope you run for re-election soon - so you can be held accountable for your utter disregard for the voter, and your insult to the great process of democracy. You should be truly ashamed of yourself.


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Posted by Sarah. Vickler
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on May 13, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I am very disappointed you have chosen to ignore the wishes of the individual voters of the state of California by endorsing Mr. Obama. You profess a belief in the democratic process, and yet now you seem to be purposely trying to negate the decision reached via that process in our state. I do hope you run for re-election soon - so you can be held accountable for your utter disregard for the voter, and your insult to the great process of democracy. You should be truly ashamed of yourself.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2008 at 12:29 am

I am a CA resident and a female. Didn't Clinton win your state?? How can you not vote for her????? You have no reason not to, she WON the state you represent.


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Posted by Gloria
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Rep. Anna Eshoo,

I cannot believe it! Why are we voting, you say? Did we not make ourselves clear who we wanted for the candidacy of President of this United States. Are you kidding me! Did we not speak loud and clear? I will not ever want to hear your voice again if you cannot hear mine. You shame me for not following the voices of Californians.
G


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Posted by Voter
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Obama carried Rep. Eshoo's district decisively.


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Posted by Susan Craze
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Congresswoman Eshoo - On this gloomy day I've been clicking around "the internets" and found first, a great site listing all the superdelegates for the Dem Convention and second, your wonderful AND early endorsement for Barack Obama. You are so smart, way to go!
My primary choice on the vote-by-mail ballot was Dennis Kucinich (for his support for REAL universal healthcare) which I fortunately hadn't mailed and could void and turn in at my polling place. I voted for Obama and agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments stated in the piece above. 240 days until Inauguration Day and the end of an error. I am also optimistic that Obama will have coattails for a big Dem majority Congress! Best regards.


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Posted by Isa Marcus
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 25, 2008 at 11:53 am

You lost my vote, democrats like you will open the gates of hell just like UK and Denmark did, by supporting a shady character like Obama.
We refuse to put our guard down, we will vote McCain.

Assyrian from Iraq


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