Yellow Bird: Sen. Obama a presidential winner
"Sen. Barack Obama has some of the same characteristics. He made changes in his speeches and how he approached the presidential campaign. But most important, Obama stayed steady, even when his relationships with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers became national issues. Cool and steady made the day for him.

You can’t overlook the fact that he is intelligent and certainly has done his homework. That was evident in the two presidential debates. He knew facts and figures. Obama can figure things out intelligently, and he isn’t afraid to ask for advice of those around him.

Obama is a winner.

As I said in an earlier column, I admire Sen. John McCain because he put aside his own well-being and actually suffered for years as a prisoner of war. Yet as an elder, I also know that life takes a toll on your body. I give McCain credit for his efforts, but I don’t know if it’s worth his self-sacrifice at this time in his life’s journey.

And his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate was not a good one, in my view. I would fear for this country if something happened to McCain, and Palin vaulted to the presidency.

In coffee-talk conversations with several women, I find we all often get irritated at the reactions of some people to Palin. “Is she electable because she’s ‘hot?’” one woman asked. Do her good looks trump her inexperience and mistakes?"

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Enough, already, with Campaign 2008 (The Grand Forks Herald 10/11)

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