Now Obama wants experience?

posted at 1:02 pm on August 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Since when did Barack Obama value experience so highly?

Barack Obama’s campaign is blasting John McCain for putting “the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

The scathing description of Sarah Palin, from Obama spokesman Bill Burton, comes as Democrats scramble to gather a response to a selection that nobody in the political world expected.

“Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” added Burton.

What a desperate statement!  Here’s Barack Obama on his massive foreign-policy credentials:

To counter opponents’ accusations that he lacks experience in foreign policy, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois often cites his ties to relatives in poor villages in Kenya and the years he spent growing up in Indonesia. Now he has added a new personal detail to that résumé: a trip to Pakistan while a college student.

Wow.  So his mother took him to live in Indonesia when he was eight, and he took a trip in college.  Meanwhile, Palin has governed a state surrounded by foreign nations.  Which has the practical experience in foreign policy and diplomacy?

During the entire primary campaign, Obama kept telling voters that his judgment overruled his lack of experience.  Now, suddenly, it doesn’t — but that puts Barack Obama at the same level as Sarah Palin, or even below, as Palin has the executive experience that Obama lacks.   Moreover, Palin has spent her time in politics actually accomplishing reform and challenging the political machine in her own party.  Did Obama do that?

And let’s not forget that Palin is running for the Vice Presidency.  Obama, with his complete lack of the experience his campaign now suddenly believes is crucial for the job, wants to be President.

This is a foolish, bitter, and tone-deaf message.  As one source close to the McCain campaign put it, “We already know what Barack Obama thinks about small town America. But the bitterness of the Obama campaign’s knee jerk attack says more about them than anything else.”

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So Obama’s team says that McCain has put Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency. This will only be true if McCain wins.


Kingbee on August 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

The presidential race is between Hussein and Sen. McCain, not Biden and Gov. Palin.

You lose, Hussein.

madmonkphotog on August 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM

The Obamanation is PO’d because there is someone in the race, no pun intended, who can dribble and shoot better than he can. Palin is a better mayor, better governor, better executive, better sports announcer, better hockey player, better bowler, better snow whatcha ma call it driver, better fisherman, better rifleman, better CIC of a National Guard.

bit_boy on August 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Yes, but Obama would do better in the swimsuit competition.

Laura in Maryland on August 29, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, she actually ran something Hussein, you on the other hand have not. Ever.

dogsoldier on August 29, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Obama’s response to his own campaign’s ridiculous statement:

“I think that, you know, campaigns start getting these hair triggers,” Obama said at Pennsylvania Biodiesel Inc. in Monaca, Pa. “The statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments.”

or the Cliff’s Note’s version:

“This in the the campaign that I thought I knew…”

*sings* The wheels of the bus go round and round, over Grandma, Wright, and Obama’s own campaign../sings

Damiano on August 29, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Say what you like, Obama truly is a good public speaker. When coupled with an increasingly dumbed down public, he is real trouble. He doesn’t know $hit about running anything, but he sure can bamboozel the sheep.

She will need to match is oratory because McCain is kind of a dud speaker.

Let see what happens. I am “guardedly cautious” about making up my mind on how smart this pick is.

He’s a good public READER. He isn’t at all good at off-the-cuff. Wait till the debates.

twoarmman on August 29, 2008 at 6:42 PM

McCain should make an ad using Obama’s infamous “sweetie” comment with Palin daring him to call her sweetie.

jnelchef on August 29, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Yes, but Obama would do better in the swimsuit competition.

???? wha?

twoarmman on August 29, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Yeah, she actually ran something Hussein, you on the other hand have not. Ever.

I beg to differ! He ran his mouth until the teleprompter broke down, then he sort of… umm… uhh… ugh… you know what I mean.

electric-rascal on August 30, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Experience… hmmm… more executive experience making actual decision than Senators Obama and Biden combined.

Foreign Policy Experience… hmmm… I seem to recall another governor being on a national ticket with no foreign policy experience. I think he defeated the Soviet Union.


CapedConservative on August 30, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Permit me to correct my own post….

When I said the “Barracuda” has more executive experience in making actual decisions than Senators Obama and Biden combined, I should have said more than Senators Obama, Biden and McCain combined…..


CapedConservative on August 30, 2008 at 8:30 AM