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Sunday, 03 February 2008 03:55

Many members and supporters of the 80-20 Asian Initiative sent congratulatory messages to the 80-20 leadership. Many of the messages were sent to former Delaware Lt. Governor S. B. Woo, the 80-20 founder and prime mover. The messages came in after Dr. Woo announced that the Obama Campaign capitulated and signed a “Yes” pledge to the demands of the 80-20 for equality in the appointment of federal judges and other steps needed to promote the equal-opportunity demands of Asian Americans.


If you missed the original announcement of Senator Obama’s acceptance of the 80-20 demands, here is the link again, Senator Obama Capitulates to Asian Americans

Dr. Woo now asks: “Will you consider turning your appreciation of the 80-20 into action? Join the 80-20, renew your membership or donate. the 80-20 will have a BIG battle to fight in the General Election. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.the (easy to use) or
http://www.the (Paypal)

Make your PERSONAL checks are payable to "the 80-20 PAC" and mail them to:
            Jing-Li Yu, Treasurer
            P.O. Box 527340, Flushing, NY 11352-7340.

Write down your E-MAIL address and PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.  Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.”

Here are the Readers’ Reactions, including those received by the

1) Thanks for the political science education.      

                             Gary Tang

2) Congratulations on the great news!     


3) Great news! . . . This is a great achievement and a symbol of the power of the Asian Americans united . . . Let's get the Republican side now.

                                Daming Zhu and Liang Lin

4) Thanks for everything you have done for raising the voice of Asian Americans…. With Admiration and Respect,      

                                Shitao Huo

5) EXCELLENT!       Cwadudley

6) Great job done. You should be crowned the Saint for Asian American. Now I have to work to undoing my works in pursuing people voting for Clinton.

[Answer: I don't know where you live. Please note that we still endorse Senator Clinton in CA. Please re-read Paragraph 2 of our newsletter: "the 80-20 considers the commitment from Senator Obama to Asian ? American issues to be at least as strong as the commitment from Senator Clinton, Senator Edwards, and Governor Richardson. Henceforth, with the exception of California, the 80-20 is neutral in the primary contests between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama." ]

7) Very short messages from some of our Life Members:

     a) What can I do to help?       Henry Lee

     b) Great achievement, finally!       Carter Tseng

     c) It is great! I will send you another check of $1,000 in the next few days.      


8) I am beginning to see the value and strength of your email campaign and will do my best to encourage other Asian Americans to add their names (and emails) to your list.     

                         Armand P. Chau

[Answer: Forgive me for sounding like a broken record: In America, we must do politics the American way.]

9) By George! You did it! You did it! And you did it! I didn't think you could do it! You did it! And you did it! Congratulations! Good show!


10) Salute, brother: do you want us to donate money to the 80-20 or to candidate you endorse?            

                           Shaw Zhou

[Answer: Before Senator Obama replied with all Yeses, the 80-20 had bundled checks for Senator Clinton and spent $30,000 buying ads for her in newspapers and radio stations. Now, we need to get ready for the BIG general election battle. Send your money to the 80-20! :-) ]

11) Winning supporters one by one. Here are two examples.

A) The Obama party's altering of the questions to their comfort and context seems like a skirting of the true issue.     

                     Colin Takara

  [Answer: "Top priority" plus "whenever" and without the time limit of "your first term." Isn't that combination at least as stronger as "seek to nominate... during your first term?" Besides, we still endorse Senator Clinton in the Democratic primary in CA.     SB]

        Colin Takara emailed again: Yes, I will concede that point.

   B) "Exception of California" meaning the 80-20 still supports Clinton in CA or what?           

                      Ken Zhou

  [Answer: Yes, we still urge Asian Americans to support Senator Clinton in CA. We already endorsed Senator Clinton. If we take an endorsement back, who will believe in the 80-20's endorsement in the future?    SB]

         Ken emailed again: You are absolutely right. Thanks for the explanation. I didn't think it through. Congratulations for the great job you have done for all Asian Americans.      


  [I Answered again: Aren't you nice, Ken.      S.B.]

12) Messages from die-hard supporters of Clinton and Obama:
      a) the YESES are too late.      Gary Zhang
      b) You could still do a dual
California endorsement for Obama….


[Answer to both: Please give the interests of our community a bit more weight, and your own preference of candidates a bit less. We need to keep our eyes on the ball -- winning equal opportunity for the 13-million Asian Americans through the 2008 presidential election. Is that a deal?] :-)

14) I appreciate the work of the 80-20 greatly and this is certainly the best political effort any Asian am has put together, for which I throw whole heartedly my support to and my ultimate respect for the pioneers…..
          David Liu

15)What a way to go in making equal-opportunity demands for Asian Americans to the major presidential aspirants in Election 2008! And making them comply as a result of the boycott threat of their candidacy. Congratulations 80-20 President To and Dr. Woo, the initiative's founder and prime mover. 
“The Media Breakfast Club of Los Angeles.”

16) “Even if Senator Obama has accepted the 80-20 demands, perhaps the Asian-American community will still vote 80% for Senator Clinton and the rest to the gentleman from Illinois. Kudos to Lt. Governor S. B. Woo and 80-20 President To for forcing Senator Obama to recognize the political clout of our community. 
“Poet-pundit Fred Burce Bunao 
“Los Angeles, California”

The 80-20 sincerely thanks David Liu and at least 32 others who wrote very-sincere and moving "thank-you emails." THANK YOU. THANK YOU. # # #

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