Obama: “America is no longer what it once was”; Update: Rush reacts

posted at 11:25 am on August 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

When presidential candidates answer questions from children about why they want the job, most will give an answer that uplifts the child and the candidate.  Not Barack Obama.  At a campaign stop in Elkhart, Indiana, a seven-year-old girl asked the Democrat why he wants to be President — and he told her that America has gone downhill:

“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

Sound familiar? Michelle Obama sounded similar themes earlier in the campaign:

“Sometimes it’s easier to hold onto your own stereotypes and misconceptions. It makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That’s America.”

“Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”

Everyone feels that we can improve ourselves, but we don’t usually cast it in terms of the country no longer being what it once was. Coming from the Obamas, that doesn’t even make sense. They have talked about how difficult it was to break through barriers, not without some justification, to reach this point in their lives and American history.

Doesn’t that speak to the point that we continue to grow and to learn? And if not, which “good old days” did Obama mean? The 1980s? I doubt it, and if he means the Clinton era, then why did he run against Hillary in the first place?

Once again, Obama got off the teleprompter and put his foot directly in his mouth. He’s not selling Hope, he’s selling Despair, and himself as the snake oil that will cure us of all our ills.

Update: Maybe that seven-year-old was just another John McCain proxy.

Update II: Rush says it all in this clip:

LIMBAUGH: Alright, now here’s he’s brought it home. He had trashed his country in Germany, he has seen the result of that in his plummeting poll numbers. And now he does it again in Elkhart, IN. A 7 year old little girl. You’re running for President Sen. Obama, a little girl asks you a question, “Why did you start running for President?”

It’s a 7 year old Senator. Ya tell her because you love the country. You tell her because this is the greatest place on Earth. That we’ve got challenges, but you want to help the country through it. You don’t tell a 7 year old that her country isn’t what it once was. You do not lie to 7 year olds and tell them that your country sucks. You just don’t do it Senator.

America’s no longer what it could be? What it once was? How the Hell would you know Sir? Your experience has only been in one part of America. Elite, leftist academia.


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So now is it legitamate to ask Obama, “Why do you hate our country?”

just kidding, of course. not really, but yeah. just kidding.

Vincenzo on August 7, 2008 at 11:28 AM

He’s playing on our fears!

JammieWearingFool on August 7, 2008 at 11:28 AM

No, Virginia, there is no hope.

ambuldog on August 7, 2008 at 11:29 AM

America Sucks – Vote Obama

lovely…

D2Boston on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Oh.no.he.didn’t…

Immolate on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Darn. I saw the headline and was going to mention Michelle Obama’s comment because it dovetails so beautifully, and I see you put it on the page. Excellent.

Here’s to hoping that Obama goes off prompter as much as possible, and he continues to display what is really on his mind as much as possible. The fact that he associated with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wrigh shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone, as we see more of the real Obama off his script.

wise_man on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Well if he wants to run for Prime Minister of Canada why doesn’t he just come out and say so?

He has a point the leftys with their multi cultural agenda really have done damage to American Culture, that just so happens already has it’s own traditions…like Capitalism. The Obamas should really check out Canada.

Dr Evil on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Ya know, if you stand back a little bit that picture of Obama looks like a “peace sign”.

GT on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Nothing new from this marxist twerp check this out:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/obama_america_not_a_model_for.html

elduende on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

This is not the America that I knew.

munseym on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Doesn’t that sound more true describing the old europe?

Maybe he truly want to be elected President of the World.

Sir Napsalot on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

So when did it ever go uphill, then?

Because according to the left, our founders murdered the Indians, enslaved Africans, excluded women, etc. all the way to the 1960s.

America was horrible in the 70′s, because of Nixon. Even when Carter was around, the economy was terrible.

The 80′s were horrible because Reagan was President.

So the only good time this country has enjoyed, according to Democrats, were the eight years under Bill Clinton.

It’s unbelievable to me that Democrats even get one person to vote for them, much less tens of millions.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

His intelligence is quite over-stated.

I never wanted to sock Billy Jeff in the mouth for running down the US, but this Barry guy is such a smug prick that it would be something I would consider, but not really, because we can’t have any violence directed at a Presidential candidate.

Would a smack in the chops be a violent act?

This guy has been given everything that I haven’t and he’s bitching? He’s riding dirty on the US?

What a piece of work.

benrand on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

“It’s midnight in America…”

Slublog on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Typical dem. He can find a pile of dogpoo in a pristine meadow, and promptly step in it.

*squish*

RushBaby on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

You’re right Hussein, gas used to be a lot cheaper!

WisCon on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

So when was the Golden Era of the USA in Obama’s view??? 1700′s? 1800′s? 1900′s?

He better damn well “hope” it isn’t what it once was!!!

PappaMac on August 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I’ll cut him a little slack here. That 7 year old conducts a tough interview, she just threw him off his game a little with her brutal interviewing technique. She asked him why he wants to be president! I mean, wow, that’s a tough question. I don’t know how he could have um, er, ah, um anticipated that one.

forest on August 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

You know what “America should be” for democrats? Having a democrat as president. America with a republican president is the real nightmare for democrats.

And, coincidentally, a real nightmare for a lot of other people. Including the ACLU. And the New York Times. And Move On PAC. And people like the many people such as Ward Churchill in our educational system. Not to mention the terrorists who want us dead. It’s a nightmare for the president of North Korea. Its a nightmare for the government of Iran, and the government of Cuba and for Hugo Chavez. Personally, I like it when it’s the nightmare of these people. I sleep better at night knowing that these people fear going to far while a republican is the commander in chief.

wise_man on August 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

“Honey,” said Barack, “You must learn to blame America first like I do.” And the little girl’s eyes widened with liberal enthusiasm.

Travis1 on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

What future is that, Barry? The one where your kids are able to run for the highest office in the land, despite the color of their skin — like you have (during these so-called horrible times)? And, what good times are you referring to? The ones when you weren’t able to accomplish what you have accomplished today? Keep at it, Barry. Keep telling us how bad and miserable we really are — and how you are the only ONE that can bring us Hope and Change.

Rick on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

What a great public speaker Barry is!!!

Wonderful and marvelous!

benrand on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

How come no one ever accuses Obama of being TOO Patriotic?

America I really need to SAVE you, even if you don’t need or want SAVING. What justification “For your own good”

I am an Adult and I don’t want to be Saved. Obama your speaking in an echo chamber, only the leftys think things are so dire, they need immediate attention. It started right after you won your Party’s nomination…All of sudden Iraq isn’t dire, Afghanistan is dire…oh chicken little, the sky is falling.

Dr Evil on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

forest on August 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I agree. He was trying as hard to avoid another McCain mouthpiece, but the 7-year-old just blindsided him.

jimmy the notable on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

He’s nostalgic for slavery, maybe?

Cicero43 on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

He’s right.

We used to expect that people who ran for President of the United States had a more complete resume than an obscure back-bench do-nothing State Senator who is also a complete racial quota whore.

TexasJew on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

how big a bus does it take to put a whole country underneath?

trailortrash on August 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Keep talking Barry, with a little bit of luck you’ll get everything you want.

If it goes your way we’ll get an economic catastrophe in October reminiscent of 1929, and Iran will sink a couple of oil tankers. The democrat party will sweep the election, you’ll be in the White House, and you’ll have the success you have always been promised.

Just keep talking.

rockhauler on August 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

McCain seems to have a pretty good ad team. Roll one out by tomorrow with this clip.

Of course, that’ll be a negative attack ad.

JammieWearingFool on August 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Here’s the message I’m getting from the Obama campaign: “America sucks, and I’m the man to fix it because I’m better than you ignorant hicks.”

forest on August 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

RushBaby on August 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

We suck so we should vote for you? Umm…we are so a bunch of hopelessly stupid rubes that will bite on that one Our Great & Glorious Leader!

sabbott on August 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

We know President Bush loves his country.

I think Billy Jeff really does too (but himself more).

The Obama’s hate their country.

Here’s what scary. There are enough pinhead voters in America to elect a president who hates his country.

fogw on August 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Wow … just wow. What more is there to say? I certainly hope the McCain campaign is cataloging these statements.

Unfortunately for the little girl … she now wonders why America is so bad. A childhood interupted by a clown in a suit.

darwin on August 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Sorry Obama you are speaking in a liberal echo chamber you are not running for the primary anymore the majority of Americans are not “hating on their country”

Dr Evil on August 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

This is not the America I thought I knew!

–BHO

MB007 on August 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Somebody needs to ask him face to face to fully explain these types of statements. I truly think that he, like his wife, does not like America and wants to radically change it.

WisCon on August 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

He’s right, you know. America isn’t what it used to be.

Slavery used to be legal.

We used to have Jim Crow laws.

Interracial marriage used to be illegal in many states.

He’s right! America isn’t what it used to be. You’d think he would be aware of some of these changes.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Of course, that’ll be a negative attack ad.

JammieWearingFool on August 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

There’s no way to counter his statement without being negative. Obama’s statement itself was negative …

darwin on August 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I always have to wonder what 5 minutes of American history liberals want to return our country to?

From what they say, America has been evil and a tool of Satan since the pilgrims first set foot on American soil and raped the Native American women and got the men addicted to fire water…. than they broke for dinner and made the victims cook it.

RobertInAustin on August 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Obama Campaign ’08-Throwing America under the bus!

Catseye on August 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was.

It “once was” 13 colonies. Barry likes that. It’s so hard to remember all of the 57 states we have now.

Cicero43 on August 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM

My God, if this tool wins POTUS, his head will be too huge to fit in the White House.
His modesty is absent.

Geronimo on August 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Obama Campaign ‘08-Throwing America under the bus!

Catseye on August 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Hey! Kinda nice under here … lots of shade, a party here, a party there. Oh look! There’s Jeremiah Wright dancing with a bitter, clingy Pennsylvannian!

darwin on August 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

So much for the ‘shining city on the hill’, with Commie Obamies’ leadership we can strive to be the ‘Dark Ghetto in the Projects.’

cntrlfrk on August 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Is there that much difference between today and 2004? I seem to remember throwing a shoe at the television Democratic debates back then after hearing “miserable failure” for the hundredth time.

Marcus on August 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

“I truly think that he, like his wife, does not like America and wants to radically change it.”
(race-ally)
I think this is what you meant to say, if I may be so bold.

ambuldog on August 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Well that wasn’t very hope-y!

CP on August 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Obama will rename the White House either the Green House, or the Chocolate House depending on who forks over the most cash.

Obama/Nagin ’08!

darwin on August 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

The seething silent majority awakes from its slumber….

Fishoutofwater on August 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Nothing new from this marxist twerp check this out:

elduende on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

WOW! Just, wow! Here’s the transcript of that video:

“The Basic Outline of the government we possess and our civic religion as a people is such that potentially at least, we could create a society that is a model for the world, it isn’t right now.”</blockquote>

Weight of Glory on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

This is not the America I knew. Ignorance. Michelle’s children. Blah blah blah.

Paul-Cincy on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

It’s the friggin’ Eeyore candidacy.

Vizzini on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Barack Obama is an arrogant man.

carbon_footprint on August 7, 2008 at 11:50 AM

“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was.”

Orly? You’re telling me? That’s why we even consider a lying, socialist, anti-American like yourself. If America was as great as we once were, you wouldn’t have reached as far as you did in Illinois.

Grafted on August 7, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Even I was shocked to read this.

He has the gall to say this to a 7-year-old?

Children in this country have never had it so good. Their schools are better, thanks to George W. Bush. They have more and cheaper toys and clothes than any children before them, thanks to free trade. They probably have a computer in their home, thanks to American know-how and companies like Dell, Apple, Gateway, and H-P. The air they breathe is cleaner than what their parents breathed. There are medicines to cure their illnesses and relieve their pain that we didn’t have when we were kids. There is no more Soviet Union with 3000 nuclear misslies pointed at their heads.

This kind of talk, to children of all people, is simply inexcusable from a man who wants to be President of the United States.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Weight of Glory on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Amazing isn’t it I have never heard ANY American make such a statement that ists coming out of the mouth of this turd who is so close to becoming POTUS is scary.

elduende on August 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Ya know, if you stand back a little bit that picture of Obama looks like a “peace sign”.

GT on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Ya know, if you squint real hard, a peace sign kinda looks like Obama.

/ObamaNation

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Obambi needs to be told a quote made by Graham Chapman in a Monty Python skit:

“Things are more like they are today than they have ever been before.”

The more the guy talks the more his college degree screams social promotion.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Yes, Mr. Multi-millionaire Senator Presidential Candidate, life here in America is pretty grim for you and your family, isn’t it? As you hand your little girls their Prada bookbags and send them off in the limo with the Secret Service agents this morning to attend classes at their private school, just think about how dim their future prospects are because they have to live in this awful country.

Geez, this guy makes me sick.

AZCoyote on August 7, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Oh, but Amerikkka is what it once was – racist! Just ask Mary Mitchell at the Chicago Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/1095815,CST-NWS-mitch07.article

Here are a few highlights (lowlights):

He could distance himself from every black leader who has ever said anything that might have offended white people, and he will still be perceived by some as running to represent Black America.

And he can swill beer, hit the lanes and ride in a pickup truck, and a percentage of blue-collar workers won’t be able to bring themselves to vote for a black man who has surpassed them by every measure….

Using code words and nasty attack ads, the McCain camp might as well have called Obama an “uppity black.” Yet, they are the ones complaining that Obama has dragged race into the campaign.

The truth is, despite avoiding the topic as much as possible, Obama hasn’t transcended race….

How Floridians summed up the potential first ladies was especially telling.

Voters there said Cindy McCain — a former drug addict and thief — better fits their idea of a first lady than Michelle Obama, someone who has not had a hint of scandal attached to her name.

How does that make any sense?

The further Obama drops in the polls, the more hysterically racist his supporters and campaign will get. Remember whitey!…The only reason you wouldn’t vote for Obama is because you’re an inferior, inbred, racist bucket of s**t.

Django on August 7, 2008 at 11:55 AM

You just have to know that his handlers are looking at each other and asking……………. “What did he just say?”

HA! Go inflate your tires Obama……..

Seven Percent Solution on August 7, 2008 at 11:55 AM

If McCain could get Obama to participate in those townhall debates, he’d win by a landslide.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Come on folks… He’s RIGHT….

After all, if America was what it once was, he wouldn’t be running for President, he’d be a HOUSE SLAVE.

Apparently it was sooooo much better back then…

/sarc… kind of…

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Somebody needs to ask him face to face to fully explain these types of statements. I truly think that he, like his wife, does not like America and wants to radically change it.

WisCon on August 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Course he wants to radically change it. “Citizen of the World” Obama wants it to be just as fair and efficient as the United Nations.

TooTall on August 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Obama used to sound as if he wants to use Reagan as a role-model:

“Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not,” he said, describing Reagan as appealing to a sentiment that, “We want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism nad entrepreneurship that had been missing.”

But, Reagan didn’t scold or condescend and certainly didn’t tell the country that we’ve gone to hell in a handbasket and need to “return” to being a great country. Reagan told us how inherently good America is and urged us to live to our fullest potential.

O’s problem is he’s stuck to the “failed Bush regime” mantra and would be off-message if he said anything good about us.

obladioblada on August 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I imagine that David Axelrod is telling the Chosen One; “STFU! How many times do I have to tell you to keep to the script. You’re not John McCain, quit trying to ‘wing it’ in front of the crowd and the cameras. ‘Uh’, ‘Er’, ‘Emmmm’, ‘Uh’ ain’t going to win the election.”

GarandFan on August 7, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I’m sure he just said that because he once lived in Hawaii, and now he lives in Washington, DC. I know I’d be nostalgic.

NellE on August 7, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Also,

Now that Michelle Obama is finally proud of her country yet Obambi says America has gone downhill isn’t that suggestive that his overbearing wife prefers decline?

I doubt a suckup like Brian Williams or George Stuffinevelopes will (or debate moderators e.g. Jim Lehrer)will have any tough questions on Obambi’s latest self-created dilemma.

viking01 on August 7, 2008 at 11:58 AM

I like gardening. Kind of a hobby of mine.

I must have over 100 plants of all kinds growing healthy and green on my deck and in my house.

Beautiful, green and thriving all…expect one over near the end of the deck that for some reason failed to grow and mature.

The other day a visiter came by and said of my beloved grotto “That’s nice but what about that shriveled brown one over there,” pointing at the only failure out of hundreds, “it’s not doing too good is it? It makes the whole garden look kind of bad I think”

I noticed a “OBAMA ’08″ sticker on her car window.

It is impossible for them to see the good in the whole, but find it necessary to point out the bad in everything. Sad to see the pessimist in them all.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on August 7, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Maybe Barry would like us to return to antebellum days.

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM

elduende on August 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Indeed.

Weight of Glory on August 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM

This guy is despicable.

Lunkinator on August 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Second look at the 1950s!

Jaibones on August 7, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Wait. What?

Has Barack lost his mind? We’re not what we once were? We are a country where Woman and African Americans can now vote, isn’t that better? We’re a country that stands up for ourselves a country where if the people join their voices they can push for great things (Like drilling for oil) Not a country where we look the other way when our soldiers are killed and kidnapped and we’re struggling to survive.

Rbastid on August 7, 2008 at 12:05 PM

I agree it’s not what it used to be… Get the Democrats out of power in Congress now!

Texas Rainmaker on August 7, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Most dems think like this…they are just usually better at keeping it under wraps.

He’s a gaff-o-matic with these kind of statements. If the McCain campaign ever wants to get into the game, they can just play back his words in an ad and save money on scripts.

Asher on August 7, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Obama sighed, and Hope died.

What an egotist!

Right_of_Attila on August 7, 2008 at 12:07 PM

America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was.

If America isn’t what it once was, it’s because the Federal government has exceeded the limits set by the Constitution thanks in large part to the New Deal and the Great Society programs.

What’s Barry’s solution to “make America what it once was”? Why add more government programs and futher increase the size of the Federal Government.

Vote Obama: Ignorance and arrogance in the White House.

Mallard T. Drake on August 7, 2008 at 12:07 PM

I focused too much on the headline and missed this nuance from the Harvard Grad:

America is no longer what it could be.

Parlez-vous, Anglais, Barry?

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 12:08 PM

So the only good time this country has enjoyed, according to Democrats, were the eight years under Bill Clinton.
NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 11:33 AM

The moonbats have an incredibly vague, fuzzy recollection of the 1960′s as the time “when the Universe meant somethin’, man.”

Bill Clinton was just sort of a flashback to that.

logis on August 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM

What Barack and his wife are saying is…P.C. values-free godless liberalism has failed and we need to the conservative leaders and values that made America great.

econavenger on August 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM

focused too much on the headline and missed this nuance from the Harvard Grad:

America is no longer what it could be.

Parlez-vous, Anglais, Barry?

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 12:08 PM

No… No… it all makes PERFECT sense now…

Obama is a Terminator… he’s time traveling… he’s been sent back to destroy our country!!!!

Anyone named John Conner out there???

/puts on his tinfoil hat…

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 12:11 PM

How pathetic.
OT, YouTube seems to lose availability of videos critical of Obama rather quickly – shades of Amazon?

Think_b4_speaking on August 7, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Rush is on this now.

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 12:11 PM

“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

And this joker is calling us ‘ignorant’?

Holy crap this guy can’t put a sentence together without someone handing him a script!

cntrlfrk on August 7, 2008 at 12:12 PM

We suck. At least ~ when he gets elected ~ if he sticks to THIS week’s National Health Plan ~ therapy for sucking so bad will be covered.

Unless it doesn’t cover white people because we REALLY deserve to suck.

That would suck.

tree hugging sister on August 7, 2008 at 12:12 PM

The United States of America, for all its flaws, has been and remains the greatest force for good that the world has ever seen. Knowledgeable people do not need to be reminded of the myriad unselfish acts performed by the American people, often at great expense and risk, to protect and advance freedom in the world. Shame on the Senator and his wife for repeatedly denigrating our great country. May they be humiliated by the electorate for their arrogance.

horatio on August 7, 2008 at 12:13 PM

He’s right. America isn’t what it once was. Political Correctness has stifled debate on both sides of the issue. Republicans have surrendered the high ground, and now are debating the issues on the Democrats terms.

An example. To the charge that the Republicans are all greedy and racist, which is obviously asinine and false. The Republicans tend to respond with something like this. “I agree that racsim is a problem in our nation, which is why I’m putting forth a bill that has wide bipartisan support which makes it a crime to be a Conservative.

Snake307 on August 7, 2008 at 12:13 PM

The kind of intellectual dishonesty it takes to talk about the “good old days” when by your own standards, the old days were never good, is staggering.

The Obama platform is this:

Create despair, then sell hope and change. It’s a classic huckster tactic; if you can’t solve a problem, make up one you can solve.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Further evidence of his ineptitude. What answer should a candidate be able to roll off his tongue in the blink of an eye? Why you running for this office? The most basic and softball of a question. If a candidate cannot answer that question immediately without equivication, he doesn’t belong in the race.

Maybe the girl threw Barry off, because he never considered just why he is running. :-) Or maybe his arrogance got the better of him and he never thought he’d have to explain why he is running. It just should be apparent to everybody that he is the One.

Mallard T. Drake on August 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM

America is no longer what it could be.

Or…. is it… the MASTER? Just came back to America instead of Britain???

Anyone see Doctor Who running around?

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM

He would have some political troubles if america was what it once was

tomas on August 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM

It is amazing how much damage 2 short years of a Democrat Congress can accomplish. :oP

DannoJyd on August 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Does he want to return to the Isolationist days of the 1930′s and 1940′s? Because you know, other than a great Depression, a war that cost 72 million lives, and a Holocaust that proved people are not as good as everyone thinks, those years were bitchin’!!!! Plus Dems were in charge!!!!!!!! Score!!!!!!

Idiot.

mjk on August 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM

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