Video: Obama rebukes Wes Clark, indirectly

posted at 2:50 pm on June 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

How happy do you think Team Barry is that, thanks to Clark, the big soundbite from Obama’s latest peroration is going to be his tribute to McCain’s patriotism instead of his own? Here’s the clip, in which Clark isn’t named but is clearly enough the target. Today’s disquisition follows in the grand Obama tradition of dressing up what is, essentially, a “Checkers” speech designed to get him out of a jam politically as some meditation on the American character for the leg-tingling pleasure of media fanboys across the spectrum. I wonder if any part of this one will be repudiated at a later date when it becomes inconvenient.

Hotline has the full transcript; the part on service is down near the bottom, after the salute to dissidents and his slap at MoveOn.org for the “General Betray Us” smear, which, you’ll recall, His Holiness couldn’t be bothered to condemn in a senate resolution given that he was in the thick of a primary fight at the time. The takeaway: “I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign.” Except, of course, he already has. He acknowledges at one point in the speech that part of the reason people question his patriotism is due to his own “carelessness,” an oblique reference to his choice to stop wearing the stupid flag pin. What he doesn’t acknowledge is the reason he stopped wearing it — namely, to draw a distinction between “true” and “false” patriots as he defines them. He was happy to play patriot games (just like he was happy with his church) until he got to the general election and realized they may not be a winner for him, which is why that pin’s clearly visible on his lapel in the video below. Out: “New politics.” In: Machiavellian cunning!

The one other interesting line, near the very end, was spotted by DrewM Equality of opportunity, not equality of results: Consider that another general-election pander from candidate Obama on which President Obama might differ.

Link: sevenload.com


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Did he say anything about women just being property or worth less pay in the workplace? I project a busy week ahead for Barry.

a capella on June 30, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Another Obama speech? God, make it stop! Make it stop!! I’ll spill whatever secrets I have.

I wonder which count is higher, the number of people he’s thrown under the bus or the “major” speeches he’s given?

jtorres138 on June 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Wes Clark greases the wheels of the bus.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

More space under that bus is needed!

IntheNet on June 30, 2008 at 3:00 PM

General Wussley Clark under the bus?

Entelechy on June 30, 2008 at 3:00 PM

I know, McCain has problems with his base, but if Mr. O. is going to continue to stand in front of flags that aren’t hung upside down, how long before his base deserts him?

VolMagic on June 30, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Clark is losing his grip on the bumper of the bus.

amerpundit on June 30, 2008 at 3:02 PM

just words

trailortrash on June 30, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Someone tell barry we still have a representative republic not a democracy. He went to the ivy league, he should know that.

peacenprosperity on June 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

“I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/02/12/obama-wants-to-define-patriot-corporations/

I guess he doesn’t count corporations and the shareholders behind them as “others.”

Mark1971 on June 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

This empty suit makes me sick to my stomach. What a go*damn phoney. When I see the flag pin on his lapel knowing how he used to feel about wearing it makes me want to smack the sh*t right out of him.

The fact that patriotism has to even be addressed by this creep of a candidate should be enough to not vote for him. All his minions and kool-aid drinking supporters are the lowest of the the low in I.Q.

Winebabe on June 30, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I really wish one of the teleprompters would stop working.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

I like what they said at NRO over this. Pledging to not call McCain unpatriotic is like pledging not to call Shaq short.

Dr. Manhattan on June 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

I want a personal and specific denunciation of:

moveon.org
Daily Kos
John Aravosis

And the rest of the nutroots who are going wacky today defending Weasely Clark and attacking John McCain’s service.

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

If B.O. had come right out and denounced Wesley Clark by name, he would have come off as a little more believable. Instead, he just glossed over the issue. I mean, throwing Clark under the bus would not have constituted any major loss.

pilamaye on June 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Y’ll check this out from an anti-Obama Democrat and former Wesley Clark fan:

My Fallen Idol

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

That bus is looking more and more like something out of a monster truck show.

Limerick on June 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Didn’t Obama vote against cloture to block the Petraeus resolution before skipping out on the actual vote 20 minutes later? A real Profile in Courage….

rw on June 30, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Funny all the attacks on McCain’s service today.

You can almost see the brain dead morons at MoveOn strategizing over the weekend:

“Come on guys, we need to attack McCain at his strongest point….yeah, that’s the ticket…send the faxes, send the PDF instructions”

So predictable.

mylegsareswollen on June 30, 2008 at 3:14 PM

I can’t wait for the debates. It’ll be 2 against 1. McCain and Obama against Obama. I love it when your own words come back to haunt you.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Funny all the attacks on McCain’s service today.

mylegsareswollen on June 30, 2008 at 3:14 PM

That’s because we are about to celebrate a particular national holiday which poses problems for Democrats.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Wes Clark greases the wheels of the bus.
OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Winner! For just barely getting the “thrown under the bus” joke in first!

SouthernDem on June 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

My, my. Obama’s purty speech on patriotism gets upstaged by one of his stooges smearing of McCain’s service.

Just like his leg-tingling speech on race was later upstaged by Rev. Wright’s wacky racial theories at the National Press Club. All these distractions aren’t helping Michelle’s kids.

I’d like to hear Obama’s answer to “What did you think of your friend Ayres’ posing for a magazine with his feet on the flag?” But the MSM would never ask.

Wethal on June 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

“Wes Clark is not the man I knew”

Capitalist Infidel on June 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Well done.
Very classy.
Thank You, Obama.
I still can’t vote for you, but this was highly appreciated.

bridgetown on June 30, 2008 at 3:29 PM

“Wes Clark is not the man I knew”

Capitalist Infidel on June 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

The whole thing is just a distraction, and doesn’t help Michelle’s kids in any event.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 3:29 PM

This is just an unbelievably amateurish campaign. I wonder when the politial reporters are going to be forced to admit it. Obama’s campaign is making John Kerry’s an even Mike Dukakis’ campaign look positively brilliant.

Campaign 101: when your guy is going to make a big speech on Monday, make sure your surrogates don’t go on the Sunday talk shows and crap all over the message.

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 3:30 PM

For those who have fought under the flag of this nation – for the young veterans I meet when I visit Walter Reed; for those like John McCain who have endured physical torment in service to our country – no further proof of such sacrifice is necessary. And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters on both sides.

This part is just bizarre. Have supporters of McCain been devaluing Obama’s military service? What is with the false equivilence?

JamesB on June 30, 2008 at 3:31 PM

I will tender my services (free of charge) to Barry O’bamma in welding some heavy duty skid plates to the bottom of th bus. I’ll even fab up and mount a grill guard for it. I swear he’s tossed enough carcasses under that thing, he needs to think about protecting the oil pan.

Wyznowski on June 30, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Obama is a multi-tasker, he was able to give a “major” speech and throw Clark under the bus at the same time.

jtorres138 on June 30, 2008 at 3:42 PM

I don’t need any lectures on patriotism from anyone, much less the likes of Obama.
And OhEssYouCowboys at 3:15 PM; that would only work if McCain went for it. If he chooses “be nice” again, it won’t matter.

tomk59 on June 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Wes Clark greases the wheels of the bus.
OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Winner! For just barely getting the “thrown under the bus” joke in first!

SouthernDem on June 30, 2008 at 3:21 PM

LOL. Well, with Obamaiavelli, you gotta be quick. It’s a target rich environment.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Sounded like just another drug dealer from Chicago who got caught………… “That’s not my Clark!”

Seven Percent Solution on June 30, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Idea:

How about the RNC or some 527, anyone really, renting a yellow school bus (or any bus).

Put some placards on it with names and photos of everyone Obambi has “thrown under the bus”…

And then drive it around and around the convention site during the Dem convention?

Other than fuel prices being so hi, this would a great visual.

catmman on June 30, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Who knew military people were so delicate?

Hasn’t McCain done anything of note in the past 40 years?

Guess not.

alphie on June 30, 2008 at 3:55 PM

No bus, that drags this much carnage, will ever reach it’s destination.

Conservative_SAHM on June 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Did he also throw MoveOn under the bus?

aunursa on June 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM

No bus, that drags this much carnage, will ever reach it’s destination.

Conservative_SAHM on June 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM

I’d like to be sure it’s a hybrid. Maybe someone can ask his campaign.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 4:04 PM

JamesB – I think Obama was probably referring to attacks on John Kerry whenever he speaks on behalf of Obama – and perhaps also about Gen. McPeak.

rockmom on June 30, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Did he also throw MoveOn under the bus?
aunursa on June 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM

He could name them by name, but he won’t. He’s lying. He says this because he has to. Not because he believes it.

wise_man on June 30, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Wes Clark greases the wheels of the bus.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

That’s a lot of blood, er grease, he’s got on those wheels now – no wonder he’s spinning out of control.

Rick on June 30, 2008 at 4:23 PM

BHO needs to stop, take a deep breath, and check to make sure that bus has a reverse gear. Take note how many of those he has thrown under the bus have come back for an encore appearence.

Barach needs to backup once in a while, pull forward, back up, then pull forward again. He needs to make sure that those who are thrown under the bus stay squashed.

Yoop on June 30, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Let me see, he has his little surrogate take his shot, then he gets up and denounces it before McCain can respond. So he gets his shot, but if McCain attacks then Obama can say…”I asked that his not happen, but McCain just can’t resist”.

right2bright on June 30, 2008 at 4:59 PM

If Obama can’t face down his own supporter, how exactly is he gonna face down foreign dictators?

Tantor on June 30, 2008 at 5:09 PM

If Obama can’t face down his own supporter, how exactly is he gonna face down foreign dictators?

Tantor on June 30, 2008 at 5:09 PM

.
The question requires the assumption that he intends to do that. Maybe not.

News2Use on June 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

I really wish one of the teleprompters would stop working.

JiangxiDad on June 30, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Then you would hear a real “period. Full stop.” Followed by uuuuuuuhhhhh…..well….hold on now……..uuuuuhhhhhhh……

Mallard T. Drake on June 30, 2008 at 5:27 PM

I’m just glad Obama finally cleared up with a speech, that he is actually patriotic… whew.
How soon before this speech is available in leather bound DVD?

christophercube on June 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM

If B.O. had come right out and denounced Wesley Clark by name, he would have come off as a little more believable. Instead, he just glossed over the issue.

pilamaye on June 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

What the hell were his idiot supporters cheering for? I’m guessing they have no idea who/what he was talking about, and thought this was aimed at Republicans (somehow).

As usual, he speaks with forked tongue, just close enough to the truth to give his Sunday morning surrogates room to argue that he was condemning Ashley Clark, without ever saying Ashley Clark.

Jaibones on June 30, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Clark and Fauxbama are Communists……That’s all…

adamsmith on June 30, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Step 1: Have a surrogate attack McCain.
Step 2: Make an oblique reference to disapproving of behavior of the same general class, noting that neither side should engage in it.
Step 3: Repeat.

Anybody got Dramamine? I’m getting a little nauseous.

DrSteve on June 30, 2008 at 6:47 PM

For the rest of us – for those of us not in uniform or without loved ones in the military – the call to sacrifice for the country’s greater good remains an imperative of citizenship. Sadly, in recent years, in the midst of war on two fronts, this call to service never came. After 9/11, we were asked to shop.

We know that is total BS. It was part of Pres Bushes platform and he raised it all the time.

In spite of this absence of leadership from Washington, I have seen a new generation of Americans begin to take up the call.

Already proven a lie.

I believe one of the tasks of the next Administration is to ensure that this movement towards service grows and sustains itself in the years to come. We should expand AmeriCorps and grow the Peace Corps.

Numbers from AmeriCorps website

October 1999
AmeriCorps celebrates five years and 150,000 members. General Colin Powell, Utah’s Governor Mike Leavitt, Coretta Scott King, and Sargent Shriver join President Clinton at the White House to honor the winners of the first All*AmeriCorps awards.

That is 30,000 a year over 5 years.

Under Bush

AMERICORPS STATISTICS FOR 2005:
• Members 74,689
• Hours Served 62.4 million
• Community Volunteers Recruited/Managed 1,376,194
• Fiscal Year 2005 Budget $550.1 million
(Programs + Education Award)
• Fiscal Year 2006 Budget $525.6 million
(Programs + Education Award)

So, in two years as many will go through the program as it took five years under Clinton.

The fraud Obama is once again prven a liar.

WoosterOh on June 30, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Obama you can’t fool all of the people, just remember that.

Chakra Hammer on June 30, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Is he saying that words don’t mean something?

drjohn on June 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

You’re not going to be called a patriot if you don’t even know how the Declaration of Independence begins.

corona on June 30, 2008 at 11:31 PM

Watch out, Barry!

Those little pointy General’s stars can puncture bus tires if the throwing isn’t precise.

profitsbeard on July 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM