Where in the World is Barack Obama?

"While Barack Obama wants to change American foreign policy to wind down the war in Iraq and address the grave threat posed by a resurgent al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, John McCain offers this patently misleading negative ad. Given his calls for a civil campaign, it's disappointing that Senator McCain has slipped so easily into the same, tired campaign tactics that have become so  familiar to the American people," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in response.

RATS Part II?

ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: There's a longtime tradition in political advertising to look beyond the message to the subtext -- and even to the subliminal.

In that spirit, a veteran Democratic operative offers an interesting observation of the newly released anti-Obama Web video produced by the McCain campaign. The video is an eight-minute montage of sometimes contradictory statements about the Iraq war made by Sen. Barack Obama.

At the very beginning, the title -- "The Obama Iraq Documentary" -- flashes into place in a blaze of orange. And for a single frame -- a tiny fraction of a second -- Obama's face is framed by the following prominent letters: "a l q D."

Some caveats: "al qD" is meaningless by itself. The "l" is actually the capital "I" in "Iraq," though in the typeface used in the video, it looks like like a lowercase "L." Other letters -- at either end of the title -- are simultaneously on the screen. And many editing programs do allow randomized letter placement.

But still. . . . For a brief moment, Obama's face is framed by letters that the brain may want to play with and spell something that does make sense. If you type "al qD" into Google, you get this response: "Did you mean: al qaeda."

Well -- is that what the McCain campaign meant?

No, said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers, adding that the admakers used a "text randomizer," where a computer randomly chose the order in which the letters would appear.

"The idea that it's in any way done by the campaign intentionally is preposterous," Rogers said when asked by ABC News whether the campaign meant to draw a link between Obama and al Qaeda.

SATURDAY, JULY 19

On the campaign front. . .

JOHN MCCAIN

-- Attends fundraising event, NY.

BARACK OBAMA

-- No public events scheduled.

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- No public events scheduled, Crawford, TX.

SUNDAY, JULY 20

On the campaign front. . .

JOHN MCCAIN

-- No public events scheduled.

BARACK OBAMA

-- No public events scheduled.

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- No public events scheduled, Crawford, TX.

MONDAY, JULY 21

On the campaign front. . .

JOHN MCCAIN

-- 11:30 am ET: Attends private fundraiser with President and Mrs. Bush, Kennebunkport, ME.

-- 12:30 pm ET: Attends public event with voters, South Portland, ME.

BARACK OBAMA

-- No public events scheduled.

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH

-- 10:05 am ET: Attends event with the 2008 United States Summer Olympic Team in the Rose Garden.

-- 10:55 am ET: Attends photo opportunity with the 2008 March of Dimes National Ambassador at the White House.

-- 1:15 am ET: Meets with the President of Kosovo and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Washington, DC.

-- 7:35 am ET: Hosts social dinner in honor of United States past and present Olympians, Washington, DC.

POLITICAL NEWS STORIES ON ABCNEWS.COM

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