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Resignations and Attacks: Obama and His Very Busy Day

Barack Obama's got a full plate this morning! A top aide quit, Muammar Gaddafi is after him, and his campaign has had to create a website to combat the negative messages swirling about him. That's a lot before 9 a.m.! Here are the scoops:

  • James Johnson, the head of Obama's veep-search team resigned unexpectedly yesterday in an effort to silence questions over his business activities, including favorable mortgage terms and his role on committees that awarded payouts to corporate executives. Obama said of the departure, “Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice-presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept.”

To see what else is going on, read more.

  • Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi has slammed Obama for saying Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Gaddafi said he was either ignorant of the Middle East conflict or lying for the benefit of his campaign. Calling Obama "our Kenyan brother," Gaddafi also said Obama might suffer from an inferiority complex because of his African origins, making him act "more white than white people" instead of acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations.
  • Spurred on partially by the Michelle Obama "whitey" rumors, the Obama campaign has created a website FightTheSmears.com as the one-stop shopping for the Obama response to damaging stories. Other rumors addressed on the site, include the Obama/Muslim question and the Pledge of Allegiance kerfuffle.

Phew! He's got his hands full today. And whoa, Gaddafi — those are some very strong words. Are these stories big do'ins or much ado about nothing?

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