TRAIL MIX: Obama Abroad, McCain Feels Right at Home?

By: Kathryn Carlson

Here is our review of some hot items from newspaper blogs as the hot race heats up. Sorry no links today — technical problem.

Palestinians Say Obama Pledged To Get Involved Quickly If He’s Elected
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

After visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and, according to the latest AP dispatch, pledged to engage in the conflict quickly if he’s elected, said Mark Memmott in a post at the USA Today’s On Politics. According to Memmott’s post which cites the AP dispatch, Abbas aide Saeb Erekat told reporters, “‘Obama confirmed to President Abbas that he will be a constructive partner in the peace process,’ Erekat said, adding that Obama told Abbas he would ‘not waste a minute’ if elected.”

Obama’s Royal Chauffeur
The Trail
The Washington Post
By Dan Balz

Nothin’ like rollin’ up in style — which is exactly what Obama did when he pulled up to the airport in Jordan in a Mercedes 600 personally driven by King Abdullah, according to Dan Balz at The Washington Post’s The Trail. “The candidate’s motorcade roared onto the tarmac about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night and rolled at high speed up to Obama’s campaign charter. From the driver’s seat came the king, from the passenger seat came Obama — the only people in the car,” said Balz.

More Jokes From McCain Campaign
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
By Elizabeth Holmes

“Things are hard for John McCain and his campaign these days, what with Barack Obama gallivanting through the Middle East and Europe stealing all the attention,” said Elizabeth Holmes at The Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire. In keeping with McCain’s jokester character, the campaign decided to have a little fun with the situation. “On Tuesday evening, a campaign staffer handed out ID badges to the traveling press with the ‘McCain Press Corps’ moniker and a picture of the Statue of Liberty. But they added a little something special. The wearers of these badges were dubbed members of the ‘JV Squad’ with the following text: ‘Left Behind to Report in America,'” according to Holmes. Check out the rest of her postto find out more about the ‘JV’ joke.

Husted: Democratic National Habitation
Politics West
The Denver Post

“The Dems are coming! The Dems are coming! But where are they going to stay?” asks The Denver Post’s Politics West. According to the post, “Barack Obama likes the gated Englewood manse of Level 3 CEO James Crowe,” while “Hillary and Bill Clinton are booked into the Brown Palace. That’s where Oprah is trying to stay,” said Politics West, adding she was heard to be “renting a house in Country Club — but she was sniffing around the Brown last week.”

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