Ken Burns backs Obama

Looks like the fear tactics of Camp Clinton have turned off this NH resident.

"Manchester, N.H. - New Hampshire resident and famed filmmaker Ken Burns said today that he is throwing his support behind Sen. Barack Obama for president, complaining that "recent events" and the negative tone of the campaign compelled him to come forward."

""I'm really just disappointed in the tone this campaign has taken on their part," Burns said, referring to Clinton. "I think she's getting some bad advice."" itics/blog/2007/12/obama_brings_out_a_he avy_nh_hi.html

Tags: Barack Obama, Endorsements, Hillary Clinton, ken burns (all tags)



Another pass for Obama

Obama is virgin.  He is pure as driven snow.


Give me a break.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-18 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Another pass for Obama

Hi Dickie Flatts

by General Sherman 2007-12-18 11:44AM | 0 recs
It seems that Ken

has not been paying attention.  The attacks FROM Obama started weeks ago.  Ken didn't mind those?

by MollieBradford 2007-12-18 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: It seems that Ken

I suppose theirs a difference between hinting at someone being a corporate Democrat, and saying your opponent is a drug dealer.  

by SixthElement 2007-12-18 10:49AM | 0 recs
Nobody called Obama a drug dealer

That is just silly nonsense.

Someone simply pointed out what should be friggin' obvious to anyone who is not naive.   Republicans will target Obama's admitted drug use.

As I have pointed out Obama must be okay with talking about his drug use if he mentioned it off the cuff in a classroom full of kids.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-18 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Nobody called Obama a drug dealer

If it were that simple why was he pushed to resign?  

by SixthElement 2007-12-18 11:20AM | 0 recs
Obama- Gibbs Day One

"The Clintons Sold Out the Lincoln Bedroom"

by Seymour Glass 2007-12-18 03:03PM | 0 recs

but Obama is a saint who could never ever do anything unsaintly.

by MollieBradford 2007-12-18 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama- Gibbs Day One

After Bill's performance the other day all bets are off.  They are capable of anything and whatever lies in the path of the ambition of their weird duopoly is marked for destruction.  I am beginning to see, as you said, that it has always been this way.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-18 11:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Who ???

by lori 2007-12-18 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

The award winning historian well known for his seminal treatment of the Civil War in a sensitive, provocative and emotional ten-hour documentary.  Highly recommended.  I often listen to the soundtrack which carries a strong, soothing message of the greatness, and the tragedy, of the sacrifices and moral courage of Americans on both sides of this defining event, from the uplifting gospel of 'Climbing Jacob's Ladder' to the unforgettably haunting refrain of 'Ashokan Farewell.'  Heroic, deeply moving and satisfying stuff.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-18 11:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

You forgot the bit about Ken Burns sponsored by Exxon Mobil, General Motors, Anheuser Busch, and Bank of America. You know, all those dreadful corporate people Obama is going to spank and give a stern warning.

by superetendar 2007-12-18 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Hell, I sponsor Anheuser Busch myself most days after work, I'm probably worth a six-pack per diem to them.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-18 02:00PM | 0 recs
You should watch more PBS

Any public broadcasting fan will recognize Ken Burns for his documentaries on the Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and this year's World War II documentary. He's done for televised documentaries what David McCullough has done for popular historical writing.

Really, if you've never heard of him, go to your public library today and see if they've got any of his documentaries. They're usually not at a normal video rental place, but a good library should have them. Most of them are pretty long, but definitely worth watching.

Will his endorsement really help Obama? Probably not, because most people will react the same way you did. But I'm impressed.

by Fitzy 2007-12-18 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: You should watch more PBS

Yes, low-info types won't recognize him. Figures.

by General Sherman 2007-12-18 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Check it out for yourself.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-18 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

The most compelling documentary I have ever seen on American television.  It's full (like a great meal) and extremely well done.  It represents the peak of his career so far and that is saying something.

As an historian and the one with the greatest impact on the larger public,  Burns can see the big picture- the whole arc and I defy anyone who understands this, not to be drawn to Obama.    

by mboehm 2007-12-18 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Exactly.  That mighty arc that bends...  Man, I love that arc.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-18 11:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

He's just so quintesscentially American in personal history, talent and message that it's scary.  (I have a theory that Clinton supporters are Europeans and Obama supporters are Americans).

A few months ago, I was doing volunteer informational meetings for the campaign when the flag pin flap came up.  That he wasn't wearing one and that bothered some people that I talked to.  I told them that Obama was a 6'2" flag pin with arms and legs.      

by mboehm 2007-12-19 12:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

It seems he's an embodiment of our living history, defined only by the values of our exceptionalism, which we Americans have inherited from previous generations through our myriad personal family histories.  And perhaps he will begin to liberate us from the failure of confidence we have had when it comes to choosing our leadership on the criteria of those same values, the ones by which we judge ourselves.  It is a failure which compels us to defer to the dynastic, gentrified or patrician in spite of our better instincts.  

The comparison with Lincoln is apt.  And timely.

by Shaun Appleby 2007-12-19 01:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Oh well, looks like Burns can get to work on his next tedious epic titled  "Barack of Indonesia via Kenya via Hawaii: A 12 Part Series of the Life of the Golden Child Miracle Worker." Ho hum.

by superetendar 2007-12-18 11:26AM | 0 recs
Conrad Burns?

wha? who?

by KainIIIC 2007-12-18 11:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Ken Burns backs Obama

Ken Burns Jazz miniseries on PBS was pretty cool. Some priceless footage in that...

Every citizen has a right to endorse and become politically active..

However, I doubt this will have much impact.

What Obama needs is a nice christmas present from Al Gore (I know I know it probably won't happen).

by crackityjones 2007-12-18 12:31PM | 0 recs
Ken Burns siding with the Dems?

Well I guess, since brown people don't exist to him, immigration isn't a big deal.


by MNPundit 2007-12-18 01:06PM | 0 recs


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