Hey! He cheated! Do I get my Saddleback?

From The New York Times:

Senator John McCain was not in a “cone of silence” on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.

Members of the McCain campaign staff, who flew here Sunday from California, said Mr. McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the church as Mr. Obama was being interviewed by the Rev. Rick Warren, the author of the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life.”

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The matter is of interest because Mr. McCain, who followed Mr. Obama’s hourlong appearance in the forum, was asked virtually the same questions as Mr. Obama.


Mr. Warren, the pastor of Saddleback, had assured the audience while he was interviewing Mr. Obama that “we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence” and that he could not hear the questions.


Mr. Warren started by asking Mr. McCain, “Now, my first question: Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?”

Mr. McCain deadpanned, “I was trying to hear through the wall.”


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31 responses to “Hey! He cheated! Do I get my Saddleback?

  1. You could be right….errrr left. Senator OBama is the only one honest here. EVERYONE at in Senator McCain’s motorcade is a liar and Reverand Warren is a liar.

    Why would Reverand Warren lie?

    You do understand that by “cone of silence” it was understood that Senator McCain was not listening.

    However, I certainly understand you having to believe everyone but OBama cheated. My goodness he did terrible.

    Here is my absolute OBama quote of the night. “Ummm, errrr (pause)…(more pause) well….” He just kept making that same remark all night! rofl

  2. jeb

    Hmmm, why would Rev Warren lie. He’s gone to great lengths to appear even handed, so he must be. It’s not like he would actually prefer one candidate over the other, is it?

  3. Friend of the court

    A Republican candidate for president and a TV preacher who might try to bend the truth?!?!!!!! I am shocked, I’ll tell you. What’s next, a crooked AG?

  4. nightowl724

    This incident keeps reminding me of SNL. Do you remember the Coneheads? And, then there’s the line, “Yeah, yeah. That’s the ticket!”

    And, we’re supposed to trust McLame because??? I mean, he has such a sterling record of being constant and faithful…

    Nice work, nonnie! 😀

  5. Friend of the court

    Hey nonnie! are you safe from the storm? Take care and stay dry.

  6. mssc54,
    welcome to the raisin, and thank you for your thoughtful response.

    p.s. reverend is spelled with an e, not an a, and only the first letter of Obama should be capitalized.

  7. jeb,
    what i don’t understand is this–capt underpants is going to be in a forum that will attract a large tv audience and then will be rerun on other channels for even more viewers, and he is still in the limo a half-hour before he is going to appear? and why didn’t he mention that he was not in the cone of silence when warren asked him about it?

  8. jeb,
    forgot to add–isn’t it interesting that the rev didn’t get a chance to ask about stuff like global warming, but he was able to get in all the hot button fundie issues? he even managed to stick something in about adoption. i bet it’s just a coincidence that capt u has an adopted daughter, huh?

  9. fotc!
    sit down, honey, before you get the vapors. i know, i am shocked, too, at the thought of a rethug and a tv preacher being dishonest! 😯
    don’t worry about me. it’s very, very wet out, but, other than that, it’s still pretty calm. the wind is picking up a bit, but i don’t anticipate anything horrible happening.

  10. nightowl,
    everything capt u does should remind you of snl, since he hosted it and has appeared on it several times. he was on 24, too. why, it’s almost like he’s some kind of celebrity! 😮

  11. Hello deranged Raisins!

    Now keep it down, I’m in my cone and I can almost hear you……………..

  12. nightowl724

    Wow! That’s a big gun, Buffoon! Does it shoot paintballs?

    nonnie, I didn’t watch those SNL episodes. I never watch a comedy show if I know ahead of time that it won’t be funny. CU ain’t funny and my fear of him becoming preznit is no joke, “my friend”…

  13. Crikeys, no one uhmembers me???

    Yes NightOwl, lead filled paintballs 🙂

  14. trm! how the hell are ya? long time, so see. (oops! power just went out for a minute. was that because of the storm or does trm suck the energy out of a room?) so, trm, is fay visiting you or are your too far north?
    did you stop by because those hugs you stockpiled finally ran out, or did i say something that particularly offended you? 😉

  15. nightowl,
    every time he says my friends, it grates on my nerves. it either sounds phony or forced, or it sounds like some kind of verbal tic. i guess it’s the septuagenarian equivalent of y’know.

  16. nightowl724

    TRM!!!!! {{{{{hugs}}}}}

    My one remaining brain cell was just thinking about you last week, actually. No sh*t! However, there apparently was not enough room to imprint your “new” name on it.

    You remain my favorite “righty!”

  17. Nonnie(numbers) I’m S. of Ocala so (sissy) Fay hasn’t arrived fully yet, listenin to Johnny Cash because its what us crazed warmongers do. Wake me up when there’s a real storm muhaaa. I’m prepared though… I have a match, two beers and a copy of the Cheney Survival Handbook. I’ve just been very busy getting D=S where I want it to be. G-D no, no one here has ever offended me, frustrate the piss out of me but I know you can’t help it. It’s a mental disorder and I’m your little yellow bus here to take you to the Blackwater small arms course.

    Night Owl… Now you are a different story, I have actually missed your living room corner fern, may I use it again?

    TRM is my undercover name, my Drivers License say’s Buffoon Asswhooper, so let’s start using my proper “christian” name 🙂

    Storm? What Storm?

    Seriously though, I’m adding you to my feed reader now… and remember… you asked for it…. I am the date who wouldn’t leave…

  18. nightowl724

    TRM, of course you can “use my fern.” (Whatever THAT means!) (Unless it’s dirty or kinky!)

    Me fern y su fern

    Never let it be said that us bleeding-heart liberal raisins don’t know how to share…

    And, I mean that in the nicest way!


  19. 😡 sorry for not answering sooner. the power kept going on and off. then, the outlet that had the modem and router plugged into it, which is all connected to a new–don’t remember the name, but it works like a circuit breaker, and you have to reset it by pushing a button. anyway, every time i would push the reset, it would pop out again. that went on until a little while ago, and i couldn’t watch tv or get on the internets.
    it’s still raining, so i don’t know if the power is going to go haywire again. if i am awol, it is because i lost power again.
    now, gonna try to get some sleep.
    p.s. trm, glad fay didn’t cause any mischief up there.
    p.p.s. don’t pee in nightowl’s fern!

  20. Friend of the court

    Hey Buffoon!!! It’s just like a flip flopper wing nut, to change names after I figured out how to spell TRM. You must stick around. Gota Grip would be crushed, if she missed you.

  21. jeb

    Nonnie, I didn’t see the interview but I’m sure it was fair and balanced.

  22. Alfie

    help me out here….the event was like pay per view at the Saddleback campuses. It wasn’t on live national tv right ? I am honestly in the dark here since I don’t watch a lot of tv-hell I don’t even have cable. My working premise is that Obama gave a couple of really suckie answers but otherwise plowed right through. McCain gave like 3 great answers and otherwise was well…..McCain. What am I missing ???

  23. nightowl724

    fotc, you crack me up! You, too, jeb…

  24. Apparently those questioning Reverand Warren’s integrity know nothing about the man. Why would he risk his reputation for something as inconsequential as these interviews.

    Why would a man who made millions on book sales and then gave 90% of his income to the church and benevolance work to something like try to give either candidate a heads-up?

    Take off your tin foil hats and come down to earth.

    Alfie; the interviews aired live. Obama’s most often used quote of the night was “Ummmm, errrrr, (pause…. more pause) well….”

    If I were an OBama supporter I too would be grasping for straws. Surely it is not the candidates fault that he came of as ill prepared. Obama does much better when he can just read something.

  25. nightowl724

    mssc54, I honestly don’t know that much about Reverend Warren. so it’s not him I mistrust at this point.

    It’s McCain and company, including his adviser Karl Rove. I believe he cheated in regard to the interview. McCain is not a moral man. He and his crew will stop at NOTHING.

    McCain talks about family values, but he himself doesn’t have any. He dumped his first wife after her accident. He cheated on his second wife. He lies constantly.

    McCain is a fear monger. He believes in endless war, thereby the deaths of countless civilians and soldiers, and the destruction and waste of priceless resources and sacred places.

    He consistently votes against bills to help soldiers, sick people, poor people, and immigrants even thought he was a soldier, has had health care all his life paid for with MY taxes, was born white and privileged, and is wealthy beyond all belief.

    Except for what are likely to be your views on abortion, Obama practices and preaches more family values that McCain possesses in his baby finger.

    Just because Obama might not have done that well in Rev. Warren’s interview in what I consider an environment hostile to him, does NOT mean he is a bad person or that he isn’t the better candidate for president.

  26. hi alfie 🙂
    when the forum aired on msnbc, it was live. it was rerun later on cnn. not sure if it was run on any other stations. not pay per view, but it seems that it cost a lot to sit in the audience–anywhere from $500-$2000.

  27. mssc54,
    it always amazes me how people find this little blog whenever i dare to mention some tv evangelical. it’s like they have their little hit squads that rush out to defend them whenever someone questions their actions. i have no idea if warren has integrity or not, and i really don’t care. i do think that what i saw had little to do with restoring civility to politics and a lot to do with the self-aggrandizement of rick warren and pandering to the religious right.
    i don’t think religion should be a qualification for any public office. it sickens me that either candidate took part in the forum. it just reinforced the fact that, if you are not a christian, you have no chance of being elected president in the united states. for that to be true in 2008 shows the immaturity and prejudice of american voters.
    as for reading something, did you see capt underpants’s little press conference on the oil rig today? he was reading off index cards. he wasn’t citing any statistics or anything that might be hard to remember exactly. he was just spouting off his usual talking points.

  28. nightowl; fearmongering? Fear is an emotion that one has to take up. You can decide to be fearful or brave.

    I have so many emotions in me right now. Hear’s why. EXACTLY at this time eighteen months ago two dress green army uniforms showed up at our front door and changed my “little girl’s” life forever. If you have a mind to you can Google “Sgt Buddy James Hughie.”

    I have become weary of those who use the death of our family members to get a job promotion or to make a political point.

    The way I see it is that at least McCain has lead a life which includes some of the hardships the military in war zones go through.

    nonnie; evangelical hit squads. lol you are to rich. I told you once before to take off your tin foil hat. I simply clicked on a tag and there you were. It was my lucky day!

  29. mssc,
    i hope that you will take this comment in the spirit in which it is written.

    first of all, and most importantly, whether you believe it or not, my heart goes out to Alexis, Cooper, and the entire family.

    i don’t agree with you at all about mccain. we will probably never agree. the same goes for rick warren. this is the part of my response that i hope i can say the right way. this website is simply my take on the events of the day. it is not designed to aggravate or anger those who disagree with me. in fact, there are a few people who are diametrically opposed to my view of the world who visit here often. they are respectful, and we get along very well. they are quite welcome here, as are you. however, i don’t think this is the place for you to visit if it leaves you feeling angry. the raisin is a lighthearted tiny corner of the internet and is of very little consequence. no battles will be won here, and i doubt that any minds will be changed by my silly posters. therefore, you have to ask yourself if it is worth your time or aggravation to visit here. i hope you will read that with the kindness that was intended. you are welcome to visit and comment here whenever you like, mssc, but i hope that, for your own sake, you will treat yourself kindly and do things that make you feel better, not angry.

  30. nightowl724

    nonnie, what a beautiful response.

  31. thank you, nightowl. i hope mssc thinks so, too.