July 23rd, 2008
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Obama meets key Mideast leaders

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to maintain a close relationship between the United States and Israel.

He also said he will work toward bringing peace in the region regardless of whether he is elected president.

Obama spoke during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. It was one of many stops the senator from Illinois made during the day.

The senator is on an international tour aimed to boost his foreign policy credentials.

"I'm here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States and my abiding commitment to Israel's security, and I hope I can serve as an effective partner, whether as a United States senator or as a president, in bringing about a more lasting peace in the region," he said.

Peres said he had "high regard" for Obama and described his belief that "the future belongs to the young."

Obama began his second day in the Middle East on Wednesday by meeting Israeli leaders and laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

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  1. Love My USA

    Where is BO getting all of his donations from? You may start to ask WHY are these people contributing to BO????

    By MAUREEN DOWD

    OBAMA'S TROUBLING

    INTERNET FUND RAISING
    Published: June 29, 2008

    Certainly the most interesting and potentially devastating phone call I have received during this election cycle came this week from one of the Obama's campaign internet geeks. These are the staffers who devised Obama's internet fund raising campaign which raised in the neighborhood of $200 million so far. That is more then twice the total funds raised by any candidate in history – and this was all from the internet campaign.

    What I learn ed from this insider was shocking but I guess we shouldn't be surprised that when it comes to fund raising there simply are no rules that can't be broken and no ethics that prevail.

    Obama's internet campaign started out innocently enough with basic e-mail networking , lists saved from previous party campaigns and from supporters who visited any of the Obama campaign web sites.
    Small contributions came in from these sources and the internet campaign staff were more than pleased by the results.

    Then, about two months into the campaign the daily contribution intake multiplied. Where was it coming from? One of the web site security monitors began to notice the bulk of the contributions were clearly coming in from overseas internet service providers and at the rate and frequency of transmission it was clear these donations were 'programmed' by a very sophisticated user.

    While the security people were not able to track most of the sources due to firewalls and other blocking devices put on these contributions they were able t o collate the number of contributions that were coming in seemingly from individuals but the funds were from only a few credit card accounts and bank electronic funds transfers.

    The internet service providers (ISP) they were able to trace were from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for fund transfers was also located in Saudi Arabia.

    Another concentrated group of donations was traced to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges.

    It became clear that these donations were very likely coming from sources other than Americ an voter s. This was discussed at length within the campaign and the decision was made that none of these donations violated campaign financing laws.

    It was also decided that it was not the responsibility of the campaign to audit these millions of contributions as to the actual source (specific credit card number or bank transfer account numbers) to insure that none of these internet contributors exceeded the legal maximum donation on a cumulative basis of many small donations. They also found the record keeping was not complete enough to do it anyway.

    This is a shocking revelation.

    We have been concerned about the legality of 'bundling' contributions after the recent exposure of illegal bundlers but now it appears we may have an even greater problem.

    I guess we should have been somewhat suspicious when the numbers started to come out. We were told (no proof offered) that the Obama internet contributions were from $10.00 to $25.00 or so.
    If the $200,000,000 is right, and the average contribution was $15.00, that would mean over 13 million individuals made contributions? That would also be 13 million contributions would need to be processed. How did all that happen?

    I believe the Obama campaign's internet fund raising needs a serious, in depth investigation and audit. It also appears the whole question of internet fund raising needs investigation by the legislature and perhaps new laws to insure it complies not only with the letter of these laws, but the spirit as well.

    July 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Ifeyinwa C. Chineme

    This is real.

    July 23, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Ify from NY

    You can't make this up.

    July 23, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. D&D

    So far, so good...

    July 23, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Brian

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 23, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Rick FL

    Blessed are the peacekeepers.

    Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Looks like the Middle-East also likes this guy. What is it the we in the United States don't understand about CHANGE ??? Obama is TERRIFIC !!!! I wish the election were next week so we could get on with a NEW CHAPTER in America.

    July 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    mcWAR has to borrow a page from Senators Dodd,Joe Biden,Clinton and many others who challenged Obama in the primaries.This will add more experience to already bag-full.

    July 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. CMB

    I love all the photos of him and other world leaders – they always looks so warm towards each other. Unlike when Bush or McCain poses with people its totally stiff. You can read a lot by body language, and these world leaders are very receptive to the posibility of an Obama presidency. THE WORLD HAS HAD ENOUGH with Bush & Republican ways of doing things. We're all just tired out from these guys messing things up – at home and abroad.

    July 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. tornado1972

    With all the extra attention (and we all know why) like it or not Obama is the best choice for this country around the world and at home.

    We need to tend to our wounds and start a new chapter!!

    July 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Uncle Sam

    President Shimon Peres realizes that Obama will be President. McSame is stuck on surge with no where else to go.

    July 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Erika, KS

    It is truly nauseating to see Barack Obama running around the world like he's already president. This little media stunt is an eye opener as to how he would behave as president. Running all over the world at the tax payers expense talking to world leaders because it looks good on film.
    Empty suit, no substance.

    July 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Phil, FL

    It looks like everyone likes Obama – except the super old and the ignorant in this country.

    I'm so proud of him.

    Go Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. dont matter

    if Obama is president and iran attacks the Jews it wont matter if Obama wants to go to war or not. our hand will be forced and the American people wont stand by and watch our only friend in the middle east get attack. I hope Iran doesnt get stupid because picture this. We are at war in Iraq and In afganistan. Iran gets stupid and we will then be in a war in Iran. From left to right on the map is Iraq, Iran, and Afganistan. Thats a 3 country battle field. Say hello to WW3

    July 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. bill for barack

    Maybe here's a chance for an American leader to do what McBush refuses to do – bring peace instead of war to the Middle East.

    July 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    Sen Obama is doing a wonderful job overseas, while Mcattack is here at home lying, denying, and criticizing.

    Mccain is truly desperate and very pathetic. he should just retire with what little dignity he has intact.

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Obama_for_the world

    Wasnt this the same Jordan that was the only nation that favored McSame, per CNN's poll awhile back? I guess they were just trying to steal Obama's favor and at least give McSame some credit. The truth is Obama has stronger foreign policy and is well respected and will be more successful on diplomatic missions with other countries all around the World!

    Anyway, check out HUFFIGNTONPOST.com for the real truths. For the truth about the surge that the MSM seems to be promoting that the surge that McSame voted for worked, See "McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn't Air Footage"

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. On_fiayah

    What a picture. They look comfortable together and like a wise leader to the next generation. Go Obama, Go America. Let's recognize are position in the world....ON TOP!

    July 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Crush Rush

    Obama will NOT get my vote if he wont go after those whom have committed crimes in the present administration,period.I will vote for Ron Paul who believes NO ONE is above the law.

    July 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Greg. PA

    The media is hyping up this two bit trip, making a world wide tour isn't going to make Obama a foreign policy expert it just makes him a two bit traveler who still doesn't know crap about foreign policy.

    July 23, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    BARACK THE VOTE!

    July 23, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. TJ Johnson

    Oh, did BO ever admit that he is part Jew, too??? He has already claimed that he is Christian and part Muslim. Is he also Hindu??

    July 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. THE O

    Man how nice it will be to have Diplomacy and Intelegence back in the White House.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!

    BARACK / SEBE;IUS 08

    July 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Truth B Told

    Now that pic looks natural! Obama gets love all over the world! Can't say the same for other leaders of the free world!

    Obama 08 – Top of the World

    July 23, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. The Iraq war IS legal

    I hope he had a program of all the players.

    July 23, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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