Obama referring to Bush now as “John McCain’s president”; Update: Video added

posted at 6:25 pm on August 18, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sufficiently noteworthy that the AP flagged it in the lede, although I’m suspicious of the fact that they didn’t give us the whole quote.

So much for hugging in church. A day after Barack Obama and John McCain exchanged an embrace during a faith forum at a California megachurch, Obama called the U.S. economy a disaster thanks to “John McCain’s president, George W. Bush,” and chided his Republican rival’s campaign team for trying to make him look unpatriotic and weak.

Media Blog’s less than amused to find the candidate of Hopenchange pulling tired shadow-government rhetoric from Ace’s Little Leftwing Book of Civil Political Discourse, but we are after all talking about a guy with his own presidential seal. This reminds me of when Democrats go abroad to commiserate with enemy leaders in that I’m never sure what the proper response is: Tit for tat, or take the high road? Complaining about it doesn’t do any good, but “let’s see how you like it when we do it” seems vastly worse. Exit question: How do you solve this problem? Besides, of course, putting Obama on the spot by asking him to tell us who “his” president is.

Update: No, the AP didn’t take him out of context. Click the image to watch.


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The underdog?? Are you insane? On one hand you keep flapping your gums about what a great year this is for Democrats and then you call Obama the underdog?

He has raised more money than any candidate in history. You can get your picture taken with him for 15 grand, alphie. Maybe you should consider it. The poor little underdog could use the cash.

Terrye on August 18, 2008 at 8:53 PM

Although it is horribly impolitic for a typical white blogger to bring up, does anyone else think “angry black man” might not be the best branding strategy for the general election?

What made Obama special was his optimistic, hopeful message of national reconciliation. If Obama doesn’t turn back into the “post-racial healer” at his convention, McCain could turn November into a rout.

Exurban Jon on August 18, 2008 at 8:56 PM

I’ll never understand how so many people follow the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. That would be all those libs out there. I would never, ever be swayed to follow those arse—– idiots. On a happy note, many Americans are now beginning to see through the global warming hoax. But the success of the corrupt news media in dumbing people down might prove to be too powerful in this election cycle.
I think I’ll go have a glass of wine and think happy thoughts. I still have confidence in the wisdom of most of the American people who have not become brainwashed. Cheers!

Travis1 on August 18, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Nice. Hope he keeps this up. McCain’s got to expect it considering his economic policies promise to be nearly identical to Bush’s.

crr6 on August 18, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Congress and the Presidency frequently go to different parties, Terrye.

Just one of underdog Obama’s struggles.

Put down them right-wing comic books and read a few real books.

I understand that you guys need the idea of John married rich McCain being an underdog is a coping mechanism for y’all…but that doesn’t make it real.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:00 PM

I think I’ll go have a glass of wine and think happy thoughts. I still have confidence in the wisdom of most of the American people who have not become brainwashed. Cheers!

Travis1 on August 18, 2008 at 8:58 PM

I’ll join you in a drink, and cheers to you! I don’t share your confidence in the wisdom of the American people, however. ;)

LimeyGeek on August 18, 2008 at 9:01 PM

alphie:

You are spinning and you know it. But hey, just remind everyone that people in flyover country are all a bunch of illiterate racists, that will do wonders for the Democratic brand. And then remind them that Hollywood people are more typical Americans than people from some awful place like say, Oklahoma or Missouri. Yep.

Terrye on August 18, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Let’s just hope that in NovemberJanuary, John McCain will be George W. Bush’s President (and Senator Obama’s too).

Fixed it for you.

Immolate on August 18, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Oops . . . you’re right, of course. That should have been President-elect, not President, in November.

AZCoyote on August 18, 2008 at 9:15 PM

And alphie, why should I care if McCain married someone with money? Obama has money. The Clintons have money. The Kennedys have money. Nancy Pelosi is absolutely filthy rich, one of the richest women in California..and that is saying something. Al Gore lives in mansions flies around in private jets while he lectures the rest of us.

meanwhile, they want to help the poor by doing what? Giving them some more free stuff? Guilt. That is what that is, I give the poor people a better hand out and then I don’t feel so bad about having so much.

But in the end, what have they accomplished in the last 2 years? Nothing, nada, and that will hurt them more than any socalled attack ads.

Terrye on August 18, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Nancy Pelosi is absolutely filthy rich

Sugar Mommy McCain has 5 times as much money as Pelosi.

More than enough to fund Gigolo Johnnys little boost to his, er…sense of self-worth.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Where the hell is that flyswatter!! Somebody get it quick!!

relpayme on August 18, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Sugar Mommy McCain has 5 times as much money as Pelosi.

More than enough to fund Gigolo Johnnys little boost to his, er…sense of self-worth.

::cough:: JOHNKERRY ::cough, cough::

Exurban Jon on August 18, 2008 at 9:24 PM

I agree Ex…John McCain and John Kerry are a lot alike.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Cindy McCain does not have as much money as Sugar Money Heinz had, and who the hell cares? The Democrats have become the party of the rich alphie, face it. The billionare hedge fund operators, the moguls, and the CEO’s have no problem hanging out with Democrats. When Obama made his infamous remarks about clingy people in Pennsylvania he was at a fundraiser in Billionare’s Row in San Francisco. They say it is the richest block on earth. And there he was wining and dining the blue bloods.

Terrye on August 18, 2008 at 9:31 PM

And besides, after Obama lied and said that he was not going to keep his word and stay in the public financing, the pressure is on to raise even more money. They will say it is all from people who are poor and middle class. Bull, no sane person believes that. Obama is raking in the bucks and he intends to spend it.

McCain has to stay in that system. No matter how much money his wife has.

Terrye on August 18, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Hey Obama….GW Bush is OUR president…all of us including you.

kanda on August 18, 2008 at 9:46 PM

BigWyo on August 18, 2008 at 8:52 PM

We could all make a gentlemen’s agreement to stop responding. And help remind others to do the same. After a while, it might stop? But in order for that to happen, we need to agree.

Just offering an opinion.

wise_man on August 18, 2008 at 9:47 PM

GW Bush is our Lyndon B. Johnson, kanda.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:48 PM

GW Bush is our Lyndon B. Johnson, kanda.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:48 PM

What are you babbling about, alphie?

Kevin71 on August 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Kevin71 on August 18, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Read this please.

wise_man on August 18, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Sugar Mommy McCain has 5 times as much money as Pelosi.

More than enough to fund Gigolo Johnnys little boost to his, er…sense of self-worth.

alphie on August 18, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Documentation? Or is this like that “Andrew Sullivan” line again?

john1schn on August 18, 2008 at 10:21 PM

I caught the “Bush is McCain’s president” when he said it. But he says so many silly, stupid things, I’m not going to catalog them all. My reaction was … he’s not your president too? So, you’re not going to be everyone’s president?

Paul-Cincy on August 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM

wise_man on August 18, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Hey, I’m in…
But it’s kinda like seeing a 5 year old kid eating a cat turd. You just want to say ‘What in the Hell is Wrong With You?!?!?’

BigWyo on August 18, 2008 at 10:44 PM

This man is going to unify the country how?!?!?!
With this sort of talk?!!?!?!

ToddonCapeCod on August 18, 2008 at 10:45 PM

His president: Hugo Chavez of course.

wepeople on August 18, 2008 at 10:50 PM

One thing that impressed me at the Saddelback forum was that John McCain said that he would visit people in areas whom he knew wouldn’t vote for him, but that he assured them he would be a president of all the people with America’s best interest as his goal.

When people talk about the division in our country, its coming form the left a they point their fingers at the right.

Obama’s little comment was to attach Bush to McCain, which is fine because Bush has done a fantastic job on many fronts, and everyone knows that McCain is not a cookie cutter Bush. He has been a stick in Bush’s eye on more htan one occassion and everyone knows it.

I think this is why Obama is struggling right now, despite the fact he should be crushing McCain in the polls because of the fact that Republicans have dominataed the last 8 years and history has its pendulum: he’s demagoguing more and more, strattling both sides of the fence for votes (like on the abortion question at Saddleback) and people notice he’s being a typical liberal politician. I think he’s disappointing a lot of people, and that can only be a good thing for America.

Amy Proctor on August 18, 2008 at 11:03 PM

I think this is why Obama is struggling right now, despite the fact he should be crushing McCain in the polls because of the fact that Republicans have dominataed the last 8 years and history has its pendulum:
Amy Proctor on August 18, 2008 at 11:03 PM

One theory is that if a very strong conservative won the republican primaries, that he would be too much like bush, and that obama would be doing so much better. McCain, as ridiculous as he is for believeing in bipartisanship, actually wants to be all of America’s president, and work with the democrats. I also don’t like the idea of working with them. When they are in power, they have no intention in reciprocating any good will. Partly because bush was president for 8 years, but also because they want massive payback for clinton’s impeachment. ANd mostly because they are tremendous d*bags.

But back to the point, McCain is doing well because he’s not an aggressive, right wing, full blown conservative nominee. While his conservative score that rates his voting record places him in the conservative arena, all of America knows his moderating positions. And if it were obama against the typical conservative republican, that he would be very far in front of them in the polls. While Obama wants people to think hes more in the center, his voting record clearly shows the most liberal senator that he is. For the undecides and the moderates in the US, McCain is a genuine person to be a president for all America.

While obama’s hopenchange is appealing, I think that the majority of people see him as an in experienced politician. And while Jon Stewart’s audience may want him for president, a lot of the people in flyover country, middle America, aren’t satisfied with his promises.

wise_man on August 18, 2008 at 11:15 PM

McCain is losing, wise_man.

I’d hardly call that “doing well.”

alphie on August 19, 2008 at 12:10 AM

McCain is losing, wise_man.

I’d hardly call that “doing well.”

alphie on August 19, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Losing what?

The moment MCcain was picked he won the election, there is no way in hell Barry can win.

All the hope n change and long winded speeches will not help him win the states he needs to win. He talks way to long and it gives people a chance to figure out he is full empty promises.

TroubledMonkey on August 19, 2008 at 12:31 AM

What’s it all about……Alphie?

Well I will tell you….Alphie, you had better have your bottles of Excedrine Migrane and Tums ready because you will need them both come the morning of Nov. 5th!!!!

Winebabe on August 19, 2008 at 12:53 AM

McCain is not losing, alphie, you half-wit pathetic bint

2/12 more months of this dreck, and then we get to spend weeks and weeks watching Dem-freaks like alphie tear out their hair and foam at the mouth

Their Messiah has feet of clay, as they used to say:
he as dumb as he is dishonest, and both ‘qualities’ are becoming harder and harder to ignore

Janos Hunyadi on August 19, 2008 at 12:58 AM

chided his Republican rival’s campaign team for trying to make him look unpatriotic and weak.

Barry Serototo seems to be doing that just fine himself.

His initials are either BO or BS. Either is adequate.

BKennedy on August 19, 2008 at 12:59 AM

Obama sounds angry and that he has a temper problem, also seems that he’s suffering from Bush derangement syndrome.. ..

hey media always told us that McCain was the one with the temper problem..

Chakra Hammer on August 19, 2008 at 2:14 AM

You must mot believe in polls, Janos.

Every single one says Obama wins the election.

I’m pretty sure McCain will beat the only Conservative in the race, Bob Barr.

alphie on August 19, 2008 at 2:44 AM

I hope Alphe knows comparing GWB to LBJ is not a good comparison. LBJ was a democrat who brought us the great society and extended the Vietnam War while tying the hands of the military to fight it, until RMN got us out with honor. Then JEC, another democrat, let our Embassy in Iran be overrun and occupied. not to mention his poor economic policy. He was defeated for re-election by the greatest president of all time RWR who got the hostages in Iran released day 1 and took down the Soviet Union without firing a shot. GWB hammered the terrorists into the ground in Afganistan and then took out Saddam in Iraq. He also has saved thousands of American lives by pursuing the war agaist the terrorists on their turf instead of here on US soil. Unlike LBJ, GWB will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents during a difficult time.

kanda on August 19, 2008 at 4:05 AM

Polls, alphie?

How’s President Kerry working out for you?

The only poll that matters happens in November.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 19, 2008 at 4:09 AM

Gee Alphie,
You have been on this thread making comments for 7 hours. You either need to get a job or get a life.

bopbottle on August 19, 2008 at 4:09 AM

God alphie, you have to be a plant?

At least from the neck up.

soundingboard on August 19, 2008 at 5:28 AM

McCain is losing, wise_man.

I’d hardly call that “doing well.”

alphie on August 19, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Wouldn’t that make him the underdog, alphie? Or are you using an Orwellian definition of the word?

Esthier on August 19, 2008 at 9:26 AM

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