August 25th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Explaining Obama's early Chicago years

DENVER (CNN) - There are Chicago people speaking who worked with Obama personally. The speakers are describing his early career as a community organizer.

I wonder how many Americans know what a community organizer does? When he describes himself as a “community organizer,” I wonder what that means to most people — they’re probably unfamiliar with the term.

It is now 10 o’clock on the East Coast — the hour when the audience usually expands, and the hour when the big speakers come out. This is ultra-prime time.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Ray from CA

    They need people to speak who worked with him, it helps to know the real Obama.

    August 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Betty

    Claire McCaskill was dynamite....well done!

    August 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Franky

    Take that Hillary!! My ChiSox won!!! You ain't got nothing on us!!

    August 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. REPUBLICAN FOR OBAMA

    We just turned to C-Span. We are sick of the negative comments from Wolfe, Anderson and David. All you all do is talk over the speakers, run everyone down and divide. If you all are bored why don't you leave.

    Barack Obama will be the next President and a great one.

    August 25, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Penn Voter

    Nobody cares.

    August 25, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. susie

    The more they talk about Obama the more I don't want him as our President.

    August 25, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. BrooklynDodger

    I have been a fan of Claire McCaskill ever since I saw her have Carly Fiorina for lunch on one of the Sunday morning talk shows.

    I've since turned from CNN because there is too much negativity without any real substance.

    susie, care to explain why not? do you think you'd feel the same about McCain?

    August 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Otto Von Hinkie

    FISA: FLIP FLOP

    NAFTA: FLIP FLOP

    OFFSHORE DRILLING: FLIP FLOP

    Change is fun!

    August 25, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Betty

    I agree Replican for Obama...I had to turn to C-span as well. Are you listening CNN....ppl want coverage of the convention...not your commentary right now!

    August 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. BrooklynDodger

    Why does the critique from Castellanos remain at the top of the page? Interesting.

    August 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. tedious898

    Susie...simply turn off your tv if you don't want to hear about Obama. Have you been hearing that people don't know Barack? Duh!

    Geesh...its amazing you have the intelligence to plug in your computer and log in to gripe about what is news. How dumb are you?

    August 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. benjamin

    Michelle's brother finally left the stage, thank God!!

    August 25, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. benjamin

    let's see if Michelle can provide any substance for this campaign - no one else has yet tonight!

    August 25, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    After tonight everyone can and should put the rest the elitist term and other doubts that you may have about them. They are just everday people.

    August 25, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Gays for Obama

    its good to hear the word " gay" used in an non incendiary way.
    thanks Teddy

    August 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Denise

    God, I wish I had been off work tonite! I only saw bits of Kennedy's speech!

    August 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. Voter

    A street organizer can be the leader of the free world????

    I'm voting for McCain!

    Choosing Biden is finally admitting BO is totally out of his league.

    He clearly could use the help.

    August 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  18. Angela

    Michell was great........ Obama all the way...

    August 25, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  19. tamluvu

    I WATCH CNN EACH AND EVERYDAY AND NOW, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN TURNING THE CHANNEL. THE NEGATIVE COVERAGE FROM CANDY CROWLEY, BLITZER AND THE REST JUST REMIND ME OF THAT OTHER SO UNFAIR AND UNEQUALLY BALANCED STATION. YES, OBAMA GETS LOTS OF COVERAGE BUT IT'S 80% NEGATIVE. FOCUS ON THAT.

    August 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. David

    Yes, Let's hear ALL about Obama's Chicago years.

    August 25, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. Mulatorico in Canada

    Has anyone here really paid attention to Schneider's comments? He says (and I quote): "When he describes himself as a “community organizer,” I wonder what that means to most people — they’re probably unfamiliar with the term".

    Schneider, are you implying that most Americans do not know what a "community organizer" is? Michelle Obama actually explained in her speech some of the duties fulfilled by a community organizer. I wonder what else they have to do and say to make themselves clear. If it is not clear to someone like you, then maybe the average American did not get the message either.

    August 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Alicia Malone

    What we need in this Country is some one who care. White or Black the (USA) is Hurting so many in our country are hurting because of color. so many people was crying tonight because of family vaules all we need is peace and love and from what I see this is what the american people is Missing We just want to Be Happy.

    August 25, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Rob indetroit

    America it's time to vote for Barack Obama,he is ready

    August 26, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |