Your advice to John McCain and Barack Obama

Both men have plenty to ponder today. What advice would you give them as they try and win the Presidency? What are the critical things that they need to do if they are to overcome their opponent? Here are the suggestions of one commentator. Let’s hear yours.

33 Responses to “Your advice to John McCain and Barack Obama”

  1. 1 Abdi in Mandera Kenya
    June 4, 2008 at 14:55

    Dear Senator Obama!

    We are proud too that once an African American has achieved a feat we never thought we would see in our lifetime. We are proud not only of Barrack Obama but the American people who have risen to the occasion, to demostrate to the world that America indeed is a land embracing equality and dreams can be realised there.

    As it is, he has already broken a lot of racial barriers and we only hope he goes ahead to clinch the Presidency come November.

    Our prayers are with him in this contest.

    I totally agree that yes america is finally embracing equality and the African american dream can finally be realized in America. Great! How can we right here in Kenya emulate that? Break the ethnic barriers and create a workable template for progressive leadership in this country. I believe we are all young minds in this forum therefore the rightful custodians for our destiny, change must begin with us. Food for thought or thought provocative? My debut here.

  2. 2 Will Rhodes
    June 4, 2008 at 14:57

    One thing has to be said about McCain – DON’T ever make another speech like that!

    He was dire, he was old and he didn’t come across as anything other than a make-up-the-race candidate!

    Obama? What he now has to do is get his message out – exactly what he wants to do – and, even though I have attacked Clinton mercilessly on my blog, change his healthcare proposal to hers – or better still to John Edwards’.

  3. 3 VictorK
    June 4, 2008 at 15:07

    To both: get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

  4. 4 judy
    June 4, 2008 at 15:18

    Don’t even EVER think about Clinton as VP!

  5. 5 steve
    June 4, 2008 at 15:23

    My God, there’s still 5 more months until the election. My advice to them is to build a time machine, and transport us all to november so we don’t have to hear about this every single day about how thinks they are important enough to be President. I wish we could have a robot as President, someone without an ego.

  6. June 4, 2008 at 15:45

    Here are some worthless pieces of advice from someone who has never been to the USA and who has more admiration to US movie, sport and pop stars than to US politicians!

    1) John McCain should stop giving the impression that he is a war-monger. In a speech, he said that he was ready to give up presidential candidacy rather than be soft on the situation in Iraq and other parts of the world.

    He should continue to look invigorated and vivacious as his age can play against him.

    2) For Obama, he shouldn’t sound too soft when it comes to foreign policies. He still has Iran and Russia to deal with militarily. Iran is “threatening” the USA with its nuclear programme. Russia is back to the world stage through its new military policy and its huge reserves of oil and gas.

    President Bush tarnished the image of the USA through his invasion of Iraq and its huge cost running into trillions of dollars. Obama has the chance to redress the situation by having more lenient approaches. Tough approaches by the current administration have brought little results. They have made the USA a more paranoiac society, fearful of many nationalities around the world. Entering the USA has become like camel trying to go through a needle’s eye!

  7. 7 mohammed fadhl
    June 4, 2008 at 16:36

    dear president really it is demogratic country and we are in all over the world must be intrested to this election so irrespective of who will win the race to the white house i want advice both men to help all nations white or black we are human beings are equal . also thier responsbility towards spread the peace in all over the world ..

  8. 8 Mohammed Ali
    June 4, 2008 at 16:36

    Let the republicans forge more peace than war.

  9. 9 Justin in Iowa
    June 4, 2008 at 16:41

    Talk about the economy. Talk about Iraq and Iran. Talk about health care. Talk about energy. And don’t give us random political fluff. Give us something to sink our teeth into. Make us understand why you should be president. Don’t try to distract us.

  10. 10 Janet T
    June 4, 2008 at 16:59

    To Both men- keep to the issues- leave the personal attacks out of it. We have enough to talk about in this country and solve without dragging your wives, children, et al thru the mud.

    To McCain: Find the dynamic man you were in the 2000 election and have HIM run for President again! He was not a war-monger, he was in the center on most issues- he sounded like someone that would listen to the world as well as the US people- Find him and bring him back!

    To Obama: Find a central ground and stick to it- extreme left leaning views will only scare the hell out of most of the voters. We want change, but change happens slowly. Look at Bill Clinton’s terms in office- he worked with both sides of the aisle, stole good ideas from both parties and enacted them.
    Have solid answers- health care for all? how are we financing this? college for all? how are we financing this?

  11. 11 Anthony
    June 4, 2008 at 17:11

    McCain: Dont forget your pills.

    Obama: Put Clinton on your ticket.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  12. 12 umoh, amos (from Nigeria)
    June 4, 2008 at 17:20

    Be cool. Be calm. Never be over assuming. Booby traps and tough day still lie ahead.

  13. 13 ogola Benard
    June 4, 2008 at 18:09

    To conceed defeat doesnt mean you lost but appreciation of a race which otherwise you
    would have won.
    Hillary is wright given her background and
    involvements as a concerned citizen of her
    country.Nobody yet has got her opinion!
    For the sake Nelson Mandela, he was a
    freedom fighter, fighting apartheid for the
    cause of or not only Africans but also white
    Mugabe Robert has got his his ideologies.
    He is currently attending a conference somewhere
    in Europe with other african heads of state.
    Kofi Anan’s presence meant a lot for the crisis
    in kenya, He was the former secretary general of the UN.
    We hope it does’nt take the current course of the

  14. 14 Guillermo Mendoza
    June 4, 2008 at 18:33

    Sit together and forget politics. The world is in huge need of a concerted action on poverty, climate change, food crisis, polution, energy, etc etc. You have a wonderful opportunity to make history, don’t waste it. People are waiting for a real change all over the world.

  15. 15 Scott Millar
    June 4, 2008 at 19:11

    My advice to Mr. McCain – Condoleezza Rice.

  16. 16 viola anderson
    June 4, 2008 at 19:18

    To McCain: Stand in front of a mirror and practice making your smile look totally natural. Look at films of yourself and have someone really good at it critique your smile and other body language. Your voice is excellent–very believable. For good or ill, such things in this day and age of television and sound bites count. Sympathy for women via respect and sympathy for Hilary is good. Don’t lay it on too thick, though.

    To Obama: Good looks and a charming manner are good, particularly with young women just out of high school or college. Keep it up. You’ll have to find some connection to older women if you’re interested in getting their votes. They are past the hormonal, idealistic response. Loving America and proving it will help, as did your great speech about your former pastor.

    Sorry if this all sound superficial. It’s unfortunate that lots of people vote for someone for superficial reasons, not even aware of doing so. At least that’s how I read past election results.

  17. 17 Roberto
    June 4, 2008 at 19:21

    What advice would you give them as they try and win the Presidency?

    —— They’ve already taken the critical step.

    They’ve become politicians, not working class people. They are completely dependent on corporate lobby funding for their elections.

    Oh, I hear about the funding Obama gets from private citizens, but dollars to donuts, most of those private citizens work for corporations and are paid well enough to have lofty unrealistic political views. The bulk of the money will be spent by those spurious PAC group attack ads that always poison the process and are funded by the global power structure.

    Heck, if some group of Saudi businessmen have a big development deal going on in my hometown, they can create their own PAC to influence our mayoral and council races to further their cause. Our very own supreme court whose taxes are paid by US citizens and are picked by leaders chosed by our US citizens have ruled that the Saudis and anyone else with the means in this world has more free speech than I and 95% of the rest of voters.

  18. 18 John LaGrua/New York
    June 4, 2008 at 19:32

    They both must place the restoration of the honor and reputation of our country at the center of the pledge to the American people, Restoration of trust and faith in the government is essential if either candidate is to succeed.US politicians have cravenly cultivated special interests to the detriment of the nation as a whole.in both the domestic and interntional area.The display of kow towing to AIPAC is not encouraging as there will be other elements as well seeking self serving policies and the past will only be prologe.Americans want a new beginning built on decency .respect and fairness.As the world has become more complex there will be little margin for error.America’s strength was always in it’s ideals which inspired the entire world .Moral courage is in short supply in Washington and without a ephinany there will be no brave new world.

  19. 19 zaharaddeen
    June 4, 2008 at 19:50

    my advice to barrack obama and john mc cain is that all of them be aware that president bush’s policies in iraq and afganistan is in human he dont know how much a life cost, he is seing how innocent people are dying jevery day just because o f his cruel , brutal and inhuman policies. the duo should please take not if possibly one of them is elected and propose an appropriate policies that will lead to lasting peace in middle east at large…

  20. 20 Thomas Murray
    June 4, 2008 at 21:10

    To Barack Obama, I’d say follow your instincts about peace-making in the Middle East. Ahmadinajad’s overtures have been clumsy, but at least he’s making the effort. And Syria’ Al-Assad would give his right arm for better relations with the states.

    To John McCain, if Obama takes Hillary Clnton as a running mate, the only way the Republicans are going to survive this election is if you take Condoleezza Rice as your running mate. Personally, if I were her, I’d want a vacation. But she’s fishing around for it, and you could do a lot worse — all the other male candidates remind me of Dan Quayle — except for Ron Paul, who’s smart and crafty and has some pretty astute ideas, except he reminds me of Ralph Nader after taking angry pills.

    –Regards, Louisville, Kentucky, US.

  21. 21 Syed Hasan Turab
    June 4, 2008 at 22:27

    Please try to presant best public agenda like best human charter of USA, otherwise go to school to learn meaning’s of election & importance of ballot power. Talk about future callanges to USA beside self created war threat & hijack public openion to support old timer foreign policy. Your priorities suppose to support USA as enough suffering’s been created because of a tiny little Isriel issue.
    Reduce size of army & defence expenditure’s with a proper financial planning to bring comfort in common people residing in USA. Assure to the public that our forces will fight for USA only.
    Best of luck for both of you because you are US choosen people, please prove it with your crystel clean & clear public agenda. May god bless uSA.

  22. 22 David
    June 5, 2008 at 00:44

    I remember in this blog some one saying that MaCain, as president of US, would be Bush on steroids.

  23. June 5, 2008 at 01:15

    As being seen Obama has crossed his all opponants in the presidential race.He is won and standing in the first line,no doubt has become presidential candidate of the United States of America.

    As for as my advice is concerned,in the first instance i would like draw his attention on the foriegn policy,relations with other ststes which are avoiding to move forward and refused to support in some mattters and in this way united states have to face some serious setbackes.

    What bush policies has given to the world people,nothing,except war,conflict,bloodshed,death for innocent peoples He is responsible for death of large number of innocent people in Fghanistan and tens of thousand in Iraq, but the issue is still their stand it moved no single inch.

    Talban are in better position in Afghanistan,American with the total help of local government has totally been failed to overcome insurgencey and terrorism in Iraq.Be sure there is no peace different religious faction are fighting against eachothers.Street walls are smeared with blood.Iraqi Government with American supporthad made the life of common people a worthless toy.

    Such policies are failed and can not any good turn so need to chage them forthwith.It is depend on new president what he will do with his political wisdom.

    It will have to set a policy and based on plan to negotiation with all factions moving inside the political egg.

  24. 24 Robert Hastings
    June 5, 2008 at 02:09

    My advise to John McCain…get out of the race. We have to look forward, not backwards.

    BobO from Milford PA

  25. 25 Shakhoor Rehman
    June 5, 2008 at 23:19

    My advice is stop being all froth and no substance.

  26. June 6, 2008 at 00:32

    in such circumstances,while the world has become a heel due to wrong policies of the super power,single super power of the world.

    There were ,as famous intlecyuals says,many options on the table using them requisited changes can brought in Iraq or Afghanistan.There was no need adopting bloodletting ways.

    Vide the situation has created in such areas like the land as abovenarrated,people has been deprived of food dringing water and other thing essential for living like humanbeing.They are dying before the natral death.

    Peace is solution of all the situation badly complicated by the warlords and powerfull countries.As for as Obama is concerned ,war effected people hope that the new president will change American policies and they will be able pass their life like human being.

    So peace is the greatest issue of the day,my advice to pls change this war that is still going in particular part of the subcontinant and the middle east into peace .

  27. 27 Raul Pelaez Prada
    June 7, 2008 at 03:13

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    Don’t fail me. This is the first time I have ever prescribed to an institutionalized form of political activism. I have never been proud of living in this country and ashamed of what it has done to others. I have been proud of those opponents of empire and oppression in the Americas and oppression promulgated by the Americas: Malcom, Cesar, Marti, Guevara, Dr. King, Marcos, Mumia, Tookie Williams, Angela Davis, Galan, Chuck D, Eduardo Galeano, Law Prof. S. George, B. Marley, Mercedes Sosa, Garcia Marquez, Dr. Moncayo “El Caminante,” Joyce Coleman, Marta Prada de Pelaez, Dr. Raul Pelaez Antelo. This is the very first time that I risk this much. I believe in your revolution. It would turn the world. It would not divide. Yet, it would mean sacrifice. To turn the world requires a force with foundation. I study law at St. Mary’s in San Antonion and search for the ever elusive concept of selfless-judicial ethics. I do find it in individuals but not in the judicial institution. Yet, there is no equal-footed dialogue in US Institutions for bridging the divide between the left and right. In Colombia we say: “Hablando se entiende la gente.” In essence…”Talking is the way people understand eachother.” For the first time I am happy that a leader is willing to listen and not talk over others. Please be brave as you have been and do address culture and race. If there was ever a people that needed it, it would be this people. Thank you.

    Dear Mr. McCain,

    I admire your will. I live two blocks down from Hagee and I am very glad that you broke ties with him. He does not do you any honor. Thank you for your proposal to reform immigration. Despite my political inclinations I would never cast stones in your direction but I will neither cast a vote for you. I believe that you have conviction and I respect that. You are not a Bush. You are wiser. However, I humbly ask you to recall the horrors of your Vietnam and the suffering you endured and continue being the survivor and patriot that you have been since. Do not seek victory through violence. It turns to dust and shame for me, you and all.

    Thank you both

  28. 28 Offor N. Victor
    June 7, 2008 at 04:52

    Dear Senator Barack Obama,
    Your deserved victory was greeted with joy here in Calabar,Cross River State especially among students of English and Literary Studies University of Calabar,Nigeria.Fortunately we are studying a course titled African American Literature and Harlem Renaissance.
    Please consider Mrs Clinton as your running mate,to avoid loosing her supporters.Because should Democrat loose the Presidecy,Bush third term will be actualised and Americans will remain unsafe.
    Most believers in Africa are praying for you and i want to assure you that you will surely be the President of the United States of America.America is in for a change they can believe in as you’ve always told them.Goodluck.

    June 7, 2008 at 13:04

    Dear Obama,

    It was indeed a tough race and enlongated but finally you have emerged victoriously defeating a never give up easily lady Hillary Clinton. However, there is no time to celebrate nor waste you must get down to business and this will only be done effectively by articulating your anticipated policies, priorities in a coherent manner and applicable to the fundamental needs of the targetd populace (US citizens who hold the key to white house)and most importantly you must unity the party that is currently acutely dividend.

    Obama you must make it clear that your so called “CHANGE” is not intended to symbolise independence of the black Americans but that its a change that brings effective policies that will better the lives of people and realign the US economy that currently appears to be failing to balance itself. This change also must quench the current global wars being perpetuated by the Bush Administration and realistically make the world a better place to live in unlike is the case. This change must clearly outline what change it will bring to Africa, the continent that has always been treated as third class. Africa needs a US leader that will have a listening ear and accord respect to her abilities and potentials. While many people in Africa have regarded Obama’s victory as a land mark and green light for better things to come, I must mention that I do not see Obama taking Africa on his priority list. Therefore, Africans particularly here in Africa must not be extra jubilant thinking all is well if Obama won the US Presidential elections.

    Obama must clearly and in a more feasible explanatory manner inform the world how he hopes to minimise the tension in the middle east.

    My question to Obama is that if he won can he facilitate the quick discovery of the HIV/AIDS CURE? I ask this question because this is what is acutely effecting the African, Pacific and Carribean countries and has succeeded in sustaining the snail pace economic growth of many of these nations. We need to break the silent monopoly of firms manufacturing these drugs (ARV) and using human beings particularly Africans as a stable market to accumulate exponential abnormal profits, this is unacceptable and unfair for this generation. While the existence of the HIV/AIDS has paid direct residue interest to some people and mostly African governments through employment creation and enlarged access to donor funds respectively the fundamental reality and broader damage is to the many ordinary people that are infected and lavaging in poverty.

    Obama must make the following promises:
    1. Will stop or minimise the escalations of global wars currently being spearheaded by Bush Administration.
    2. Will accelerate the efforts to discover the CURE for HIV/AIDS and not promoting the discovery of an effective vaccine as desired by Bill Gates. Bill Gates, too must desist/stop such enterpreneural strategies that are inhuman, why searching for a vaccine when the majority populace is alraeady infected and only needs a cure. People are being infected by HIV almost every second of time globally and the chances of a vaccine being an effective measure in the fight against the virus is all very ZERO.

    I would like to wish Obama all the very best in this year’s elections and urge him to quickly unite with Hillary Clinton so that he could be assured of a landslide victory against Mccain.


    Kelvin Kamayoyo
    From Lusaka – Zambia

  30. 30 arshams
    June 7, 2008 at 20:46

    For the both: Please keep no-war attitude with the rest of the world nations!

  31. 31 Sohail
    June 9, 2008 at 06:59

    Senator Obama, Next President of the US!

    You deserved to win the nomination of the democratic party for president of the United States. I admire your policies and plans, particularly in regard to tackling and fighting terrorism which in fact is a global problem and challenge nowadays. The decision you have made to fight terror in the Pakistan soil is a pretty clever choice. The policy you have to fight Taliban in Afghanistan is a clever one and that you are going to put more troops in Afghansitan is really fantastic. (My advise is to stick to your these promises Mr. President)

    Go Obama!!!

  32. June 9, 2008 at 22:58

    please. Stop saying what eachother isnt doing, the more important thing is what you are going to do. Show a list. and Give a time frame. Both of you want to do good things, we know. Be specific.
    People want mccain becuase hes white and becuase he went to iraq and actually physically and mentally faught for our country. –I vote for Mccain. we havnt had a president in years that actually faught in a war for us Americans.
    I think that Americans who would die for us should be our president.

    Obama goes back and fourth between his mom in America, and his dad who lives in Iraq. How does that look, having a presidents parents one american (us) and the other our enemy. It looks horrible. Honestly, do u trust Obama having the control of our country?
    Also, it says in the bible that someone of the middle east race, will take control, but will have family still in the middle east, and people will think they are good, and they will pursuade us into thinking they are good.. but once they have us they will turn against us. (hitler for example, by the time they knew he was bad.. it was too late). and honestly do it for god. Im not racist or anything but i truly believe mccain will do a completely better job.
    Obama is black, and its correct, you choose not on race, but on what they will do for our country. the only thing i see so far that he is promising he will do is tax us. Great, just what we need. Now that the gas prices are going up, now we need to add more tax to things. WOow lets vote for obama becuase hes gonna make us personally more in debt than we already are.
    No, we need someone who knows how the normal person lives, Goes to school, then college, then work, plus, if you want to go into more details.. fights for our country.. not by being a wuss and trying to take control. But by actually being tortchered, running threw mud. starving for weeks, not taking showers/no sleep. And keeping a secret threw all this. and on top of it. Being hung by a wooden log with your arms tired around it for days. Having a perminant disorder because of all this. And still after all that, being true to your country and keeping that secret.. because as i said before. Mccain is there for us. And that just prooves it right there. Now think about that for a moment. ANd have it sink in.
    Now, what did Obama so, Oh right, he travels back and forth to his daddy, who is our enemy, and wants to become president where hell be fighting against his parent. Yeah, right. Somethings not right in that situation!!

    Please vote mccain! I have a bad feeling about Obama!

  33. 33 Raul Pelaez Prada
    November 22, 2008 at 05:08

    A sun has burst and it’s YOUR choice to shield your face or embrace. Do doubt the sun as you do the nothing behind eyelids. This is only a beginning. There are many beginnings, but only one end. Let’s stay together and hold it now.

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