Bush summons Obama

posted at 8:25 am on September 25, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday’s strange pas de deux between Barack Obama and John McCain ended with a form of Deus ex machina, as George Bush summoned Obama to Washington after he first refused to go.  McCain suspended his campaign and declared that he would, in effect, get back to work at his current job in order to help forge a solution to a national crisis.  Obama, in effect, said he wasn’t needed:

McCain called for his Democratic rival to agree to a postponement until Congress agrees on a $700 billion government plan to rescue banks from enormous debt, saying, “We are running out of time.”

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “deal with more than one thing at once.”

Both were heading back to Washington on Thursday, summoned by President Bush to attend a White House meeting with congressional leaders in hopes of securing the legislation to rescue the fragile economy.

So who prevailed?  McCain wound up with both of them in Washington, and managed to embarrass Obama in the process.  Obama held a press conference to explain why he thought it was a waste of time for him to return to the Senate — and he didn’t describe himself in terribly glowing terms:

As I said before, I think that one of the things we have to determine is how we can be most helpful.  It’s my sense that the most helpful thing we can do right now is, uh, to let everyone know this is a sufficiently important problem.  I can be helpful, and I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime.  So, uh, I think the message is, if I can be helpful, I am prepared to be there at any point.

Bear in mind that Senator Obama wants to run the executive branch starting in January.  At a moment when his country needs leadership and Congress is meeting to determine policy that will affect the executive branch for the next several months and years, he doesn’t consider his role as a Senator important enough to take part in those negotiations.  “If I can be helpful,” Obama says, indicating that he doesn’t consider fulfilling his current responsibilities helpful or even desirable.

Instead he wants to let everyone know that this is a “sufficiently important problem”.  Sufficiently important how?  Apparently, “sufficiently important” to issue press statements, but not “sufficiently important” to get back to work for a few days.  What would constitute a problem “sufficiently important” enough for him to do that?  Congress needs to address a $700 billion bailout that Obama has already stated will severely restrict his policy options if he wins the elections.  Doesn’t he have a “sufficiently important” interest in that, either?

Obama has another problem with returning to Washington, one that received little attention in the analysis of McCain’s challenge yesterday.  Obama has to raise $3 million each day in order to hit his target of $100 million a month.  He needs to conduct fundraisers constantly in order to make that goal.  Taking three or four days off the campaign trail means a potential loss of revenue for Obama, one he can ill afford at the moment.  That’s a “sufficiently important problem” that would keep Obama out of Washington.

McCain won this round.  He understood that the next leader of the nation had to put himself in a position of leadership in this crisis in order to have credibility.  McCain took the initiative, while Obama had to return after being summoned like a recalcitrant student.


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It seems to me that we have the makings of the “perfect storm.”

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 9:22 AM

And as the storm burns, in comes John McCain to put out the flames, while Nerobama fiddles.

Loxodonta on September 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Tom_Shipley: Why do you say this?

Why wife is a Columbia (Barnard) alumna from the same class. No one, I repeat, no one can recall who Hussein is/was, or whether he actually attended.

But there was plenty of action taking place outside the gates on Broadway… Why, Hussein even mentions his extra curricular activities in his hagiography.

kuhio on September 25, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Tom,
And Obama’s economic credentials in this matter are, what exactly? Your’re referring to a throwaway quote, at the end of a joking interview, sir.

To directly answer your question, he can fight the Democratic majority against their natural instinct to load this bailout with even more pork, which they are already trying to do.

You good with paying even more in taxes from this pork, because it will rush the passage of the bill even faster, Tom?

Also, as I’ve already said, as of yesterday, the reports were that only 4 Republicans had signed up to move the bill forward, and several Republican leaders had flatly denied it’s passage, like Jim DeMint.

So, you think Obama could flash his presidential seal, and get Republicans to vote on this, better than McCain, who has a proven record of bipartisanship?

hippie_chucker on September 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Tom Shipley at 9:18am

McCain is going to be the mediator between conservative republicans and Paulson.

I have a feeling that somewhere there will be requirements that the root causes of this problem will be addressed in the near future so that the crooked dems who have been blocking republican proposals and warnings these last few years will no longer be able to “oversee” programs that they get campaign funds from.

I also think that the issue of whether the federal government should be involved with Fannie and Freddie at all will come up – because when the government is involved there is an aura of entitlement, that the government as the good babysitter has to make sure everybody wins (except tax-payers). And THAT is the socialism that scares the crap out of a lot of us. McCain knows that.

justincase on September 25, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Let me ask you, hippie, what EXACTLY is McCain going to do aside from interrupts the negotiations with election year politics?

Tom_Shipley on September 25, 2008 at 9:18 AM

In January, Obama or McCain will inherit whatever comes out of these negotiations. Why did Obama need an engraved invitation to get involved with this situation? If I were even remotely going to become President in January, I’d make damned sure I had a say in whatever policy/decision comes out of DC over the next week. It really is that important! This is one issue where Obama isn’t going to be able to vote present and it disgusts me that the man is unwilling to suspend campaigning long enough to deal with the matter in his capacity as a US Senator.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Drudge Headline:

Bill Clinton – McCain acted in “good faith” on debate delay

The Clinton’s do NOT want Obama to win. I know that’s not a new revelation for anyone, but one can see more and more proof of that as time goes on.

Oink on September 25, 2008 at 9:31 AM

The Student Prince. What possible role could the heir to the throne have in formulating policy. He’s right you know. Two presidents in Washington would just be a distraction. Besides he was scheduled for a fitting of his Coronation Vestments and Crown.

ronsfi on September 25, 2008 at 9:34 AM

4. Less than two months before the President, entire House and 1/3 of the Senate have to face the voters.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 9:22 AM

If there is one positive aspect of this situation, this is it.

BigD on September 25, 2008 at 9:35 AM

. . . The only reason for Obama’s abrupt 180-degree pivot today was to provide his campaign and his party with a fig leaf: Now they can pretend that both his and McCain’s presence and participation in Washington were essential to the striking of any deal. To do otherwise would be to cede the election to McCain outright.

Nevertheless: Except for the sole purpose of maintaining his campaign’s dignity, Barack Obama is today the single most dispensable member of Congress.

That doesn’t mean McCain will win in November. But it means that he should. (Bill Dyer – Townhall)

Keemo on September 25, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Ditto. Senator McCain socked it to Obambi, right in the gut, by standing up, suspending his campaign, and heading back to Washington. Obambi was left flat-footed, holding onto the ropes.

Sure, it was a political move, but a masterful one: it showed the public who the leader is in this contest. And I’d be willing to bet that political considerations, though present, were secondary in John McCain’s mind to what he saw as his duty as a Senator and the titular head of his party. That’s how he thinks, and that’s why he should be President and not the feckless Obambi.

Moreover, John McCain yesterday afternoon called on President Bush to convene a conference of Congressional leaders and the two candidates. Sure enough, last night the President did.

Now the MSM will doubtless try to spin this in Obambi’s favor, by disparaging John McCain’s move as ‘purely political’. But I suspect the American public can recognize leadership—and its lack—when they see it.

The ‘rescue’ bill will be finalized by tomorrow morning, and the ‘debate’ will probably go on as scheduled. Sen. McCain does not need to prep for a discussion of foreign policy. Obambi does. Advantage McCain.

MrLynn on September 25, 2008 at 9:36 AM

At least when he was in the IL Senate, he was PRESENT!

The Monster on September 25, 2008 at 9:37 AM

McCain took the initiative, while Obama had to return after being summoned like a recalcitrant student.

Here’s what will happen: McCain will move front and center in the negotiations. Obama will sit back and speak only when it is poltically expedient to so so – and even then only in platitudes and generalities.

After much wrangling, McCain will secure a comprise that everyone can at least tolerate.

The Drive-Bys will spin the narrative wildly, claiming that McCain is a doddering old fart who actually did very little in the negotiations. They will remind the nation about the Keating Five and continue the meme that this whole mess was the fault of Republicans anyway.

Acting on this cue, Obama will take credit for saving the nation from the economic abyss.

The Drive-Bys will have a collective orgasm and pronounce that he is truly the Messiah.

ManlyRash on September 25, 2008 at 9:43 AM

He’s right, he’s not needed. There are people swabbing floors in the Capitol more qualified and experienced in economic matters than Obambi.

I know the Democrats are desperately trying to pretend this guy is Presidential material, but when the rubber meets the road, even they know Obama is absolutely useless.

Inexperienced. Unqualified. Hopelessly corrupt.

Worst – Presidential nominee – ever.

NoDonkey on September 25, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Because what exactly is he going to do? Remember this is the guy who a few months ago said he doesn’t now as much on the economy as he should (or something along those lines).

And you believe that there is anybody in congress who does?

MarkTheGreat on September 25, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Obama doesn’t want to get involved because if things go bad, he can blame the other guys. If he is in the middle of it, he may be required to make a decision instead of voting “present.” If things go well, Obama will try and take credit whether he’s there or not.

mindhacker on September 25, 2008 at 9:49 AM

McCain won this round. He understood that the next leader of the nation had to put himself in a position of leadership in this crisis in order to have credibility. McCain took the initiative, while Obama had to return after being summoned like a recalcitrant student.

Can you say, “Rope-a-dope?”

CurtZHP on September 25, 2008 at 9:49 AM

The Drive-Bys will spin the narrative wildly, claiming that McCain is a doddering old fart who actually did very little in the negotiations. They will remind the nation about the Keating Five and continue the meme that this whole mess was the fault of Republicans anyway

Yup, there was some guy pushing the Keating Five angle on FOX, this morning, looks like the talking points have gone out already.

neuquenguy on September 25, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Barry O: “So, uh, I think the message is, if I can be helpful, I am prepared to be there at any point.”

Tip to Barry O: You are supposed to be a leader. If Barry became President then he would have implement and live with what ever agreement Congress works out regarding this financial bailout. As future President he would want to make sure he got what he wanted in the package, felt comfortable with it, have input in it and not take whatever is handed to him by a Democratic party led Congress.
But Barry is taking a pass, voting “Present” again, not leading.

Be a leader, Barry, not a lackey of the Democratic party insiders.
As future President would he be saying on any nationally or internationally important issue, “If I can be helpful, I am prepared to be there at any point.”???

Obviously, Barry does not grasp the severity of the financial problems nor what it takes and means to be a leader.

albill on September 25, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Inexperienced. Unqualified. Hopelessly corrupt.

Worst – Presidential nominee – ever.

NoDonkey on September 25, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Yes, indeed. And the fact that the Dems (and the MSM) have pushed a candidate who was never vetted simply for the purpose of obtaining absolute control in D.C. tells me everything we need to know about that party.

Democrats are pure scum, self-interested partisan hacks who should always remain back-benchers.

Cody1991 on September 25, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Having not been able to check the internet and most TV since 3ish yesterday I was a little bummed when I heard about the whole pausing the campaign thing and thought it’d end up as a big stunt that backfired on McCain.

But again I doubt the thickheadedness of Obama. Lets hope this is a little more televised then other Obama screw ups so the people see how he can only do 1 thing at a time and was more worried about raising money then fixing our country.

Rbastid on September 25, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Can you say, “Rope-a-Hopey-dope?”

CurtZHP on September 25, 2008 at 9:49 AM

con permiso

RushBaby on September 25, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Once again Barack Obama puts his political ambitions ahead of the needs of the country.

He ends up looking like a school boy child being summoned to the Principal’s office.

TooTall on September 25, 2008 at 9:59 AM

At least when he was in the IL Senate, he was PRESENT!

The Monster on September 25, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Yes, but that was only a part-time, 2-days a week job, so Barry was free the rest of the week to collect campaign contributions from the sleazy crooks like Rezko and shake-down groups like ACORN that he was working to enrich while in the Illinois Senate.

As for the Keating Five scandal, let’s not forget that McCain was investigated and exonerated by partisan Democrat Bennett, the guy who was Bill Clinton’s lawyer.

AZCoyote on September 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM

CBS News reports that John McCain suspended his campaign as a response to a call from Henry Paulson to rescue the bailout plan, which would have headed for defeat without his leadership.

So CBS news says that Tom is lying?

MarkTheGreat on September 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM

God forbid Obama actually attempt to do the job the people of Illinois elected him to do. This guy is worthless.

loudmouth883 on September 25, 2008 at 10:03 AM

“Mr. President, Cuba has invaded Alabama!”

“Uh, keep me posted.”

Akzed on September 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “deal with more than one thing at once.”

Any President also has to prioritize, such as a developing crisis.

ThePrez on September 25, 2008 at 10:09 AM

What does this mean for the debate tomorrow?

Yossarian on September 25, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Still disagree. While I’m happy to see the guys stick it to Obama there’s only two outcomes, both of them negative for me.

1> McCain must… MUST come out of the legislature with the head of the dragon solution in his hands. If somebody else does it, if he’s not seen as critical this will be seen as nothing more than political showboating. (And you can bet that the Democrats are angling right now to ensure that McCain gets no credit, if not showboat Obama as the savior)

2> Even if McCain pulls off number 1… I STILL don’t like the solution. If we’re just buying bad debt that might still be repaid… isn’t that worth something to somebody on the open market?

Skywise on September 25, 2008 at 10:22 AM

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The JUNIOR Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, probably knows himself better than we do. He KNOWS he would be no help, as he has few qualifications to be President.

But WE THE PEOPLE, are paying the Senators $160,000,000 a year, PLUS their staffing costs to get this situation fixed for the GOOD of America.

People, John McCain wants to help and do his job, Barack Obama DOESN’T. Our choice is CLEAR.

originalpechanga on September 25, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Obama is also in the box because of talking solely to Pelosi and Reid. First, they are Democrats and there was no evidence of any bipartisanship because other than Paulson, who has he spoken with on the GOP side? You know the GOP side that is so called gumming up the works. Second, the two Democrats he is talking with have the claim to fame of being leaders of the DO NOTHING CONGRESS. Apparently that is Obama’s motto, do nothing.

Listening to Lauer the Liar interviewing Clinton. Amazing how now that Clinton is not on the Obama page they are now trying to be hardline interviewers! LOL!

freeus on September 25, 2008 at 10:27 AM

I also think that the issue of whether the federal government should be involved with Fannie and Freddie at all will come up – because when the government is involved there is an aura of entitlement, that the government as the good babysitter has to make sure everybody wins (except tax-payers). And THAT is the socialism that scares the crap out of a lot of us. McCain knows that.

justincase on September 25, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Speaking as a taxpayer who has always lived within my means, I will be livid if the US Government bails out companies and institutions who should be held accountable starting with the greedy “homeowners” who had no business taking out mortgages for more than they could afford, the lending institutions, the sencondary mortgage market (Freddie/Fannie), and those in government who failed to provide adequate oversight starting with Barney Frank!

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 10:30 AM

“rope a dope” what a racist term! First it brings up the whole ‘lynchings’ of African Americans in the South. They were roping dopes, a euphemism for African Americans, who got ‘uppity’.
Second, ‘dope’ is a colloquial for narcotics. The poster is thereby attempting both to bring up Barack’s prior ‘dope’ usage when he was younger, and thereby obliterate his subsequent rehabilitation and stellar adult life thereafter.
Third, using ‘dope’ is a slur on African Americans. It brings up their supposed tendency to use illegal drugs and their higher percentages in prisons resulting from alleged drug arrests.
So as you can see this term is fraught with a great deal of negativity and racist code words. For shame./sarc pc libnut tinfoil rant.

eaglewingz08 on September 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Any President also has to prioritize, such as a developing crisis.

ThePrez on September 25, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Exactly! Would Obama head off to a G-8 summit or official visit to Romania despite a massive domestic crisis looming at home?

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Would Obama head off to a G-8 summit or official visit to Romania despite a massive domestic crisis looming at home?

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 10:34 AM

For adoration & political contributions? Yes.

Loxodonta on September 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM

One birdbrain calling another.

bill30097 on September 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM

My impression was that it took not one, but two adults to finally get Obama to act responsibly — at least as far as he was capable. Barry seems to have felt he should be where his strongest talents could help, which for him meant standing in front of a camera and looking good. I’m sure when the vote for the relief bill comes, someone will have to stand behind him poking him with a poniard to make sure he doesn’t vote “Present”.

Socratease on September 25, 2008 at 10:41 AM

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 10:30 AM

But whats gong to be really interesting, is if there is a Mortgage BUYER bailout, just how much of that money will go to illegal aliens?

The Subprime problem was fueled by the illegals in California… there are Hundreds and hundreds of properties in foreclosure in Merced Country alone (I grew up there, Mom still lives there, she can’t sell her house…).

We need Tanc on this…

Romeo13 on September 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM

He’s right, he’s not needed.
NoDonkey on September 25, 2008 at 9:44 AM

The timing puts Obama and McCain in an interesting position. Both are the nominal leaders of their parties.
In theory, then, Obama should be able to tell Reid and Peloci what to do. Where he a real leader, they would follow.
It would be very Presidential to use some of the political capital earned with the respective parties by their nomination to help the country. You know, like they are theoretically campaigning to do?

Count to 10 on September 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Where==Were

Count to 10 on September 25, 2008 at 10:49 AM

I guess the upside of this crises is that it does take some of the spotlight off of Palin.

bopbottle on September 25, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Anyone watching Obama’s speech on cable news? Wow. He keeps pausing awkwardly and then restarting his sentences. And this is with a teleprompter!

Terrie on September 25, 2008 at 10:50 AM

P.S. “The landscape of the 21st century are still ours to shape.”

That’s what Obama just said to Clinton’s global initiative.

Terrie on September 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM

The Subprime problem was fueled by the illegals in California… there are Hundreds and hundreds of properties in foreclosure in Merced Country alone (I grew up there, Mom still lives there, she can’t sell her house…).

We need Tanc on this…

Romeo13 on September 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Hear! Hear!

I swear the financial problem we’re seeing now is directly due to the outflux of illegal immigrants from the country no longer paying for these loans.

I have no proof… just a very strong gut feeling.

Skywise on September 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “deal with more than one thing at once.”

President Bush tried that technique during Hurricane Katrina and the Democrats made much to do about him cutting a birthday cake while the hurricane raged.

Obama really should have the horse sense to know where that thought will go.

Personally, if McCain came in the form of a monitor on top of the podium and spoke from Washington, he will have saved at least three sorely needed legislative hours which would otherwise have been spent on the plane traveling to ‘Ol Miss. Obama’s welcome to show up and debate the monitor.

unclesmrgol on September 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM

I hope the debate goes on as scheduled. Obama will be angry and when he’s angry he’s way off his game.

RushBaby on September 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I agree that McCain won this round on substance but I’m not sure he won the round on Presidential politics because I don’t know that he can win the spin cycle. The media will continue to spin this as McCain being afraid to debate Obama. Obama will spin it that way. Will the public sort it out in McCain’s favor? I dunno….

t.ferg on September 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

These are the times I wish Romney were the nominee . . . *sigh*

That being said, McCain was right to do what he did.

McCain – Country First
Obama – Me first

Marybeth on September 25, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Obama’s stupid comment about ‘multitasking’ reveals how witless he truly is.

This is about prioritizing under pressure. Obama has failed, yet again, to demonstrate serious, credible maturity.

Your presidential ambitions are not what we the people pay you to indulge in. You are both Senators, representing Americans in Congress. McCain clearly sees his duty is foremost to the people, and sets about doing his constitutionally-defined job. Obama fails, yet again, and is derelict in his duty.

It took the current president to ‘request’ (order) this lazy slacker into the office to do his job.

Debates can be rescheduled. The economy is a realtime mission that Obama is utterly incapable of engaging as an adult.

Affirmative Action Loser. A disgrace to America.

LimeyGeek on September 25, 2008 at 10:58 AM

The Subprime problem was fueled by the illegals in California… there are Hundreds and hundreds of properties in foreclosure in Merced Country alone

Illegals, screwing up the economy since Americans won’t.

Seriously, a few years ago when I was living outside LA, all the homes being built had like 7 bedrooms to accomodate the “extended families” moving into the area. I wonder how many of those are in foreclosure these days.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 11:03 AM

McCain = country before campaign

Obama = campaign before country

Honestly, when I heard Obama say he would go back to work on the legislation .. if needed .. he clearly defined his influence as non-existent.

Texas Gal on September 25, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Obama has it right.

He is only a jr. Senator. He isn;t terribly important to this whole process.

paulsur on September 25, 2008 at 11:04 AM

neuquenguy on September 25, 2008

I prefer the Dire Straits lyric from “Solid Rock”:

“When you point your finger ‘coz your plans fell through
You got three more fingers pointin’ back at you”

either orr on September 25, 2008 at 11:07 AM

someone will have to stand behind him poking him with a poniard to make sure he doesn’t vote “Present”.

Socratease on September 25, 2008 at 10:41 AM

LOL! I had the same thought. Poor Obama is going to be forced to vote yea or nae on this one, does he have the conviction to do that?

Texas Gal on September 25, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I hope the debate goes on as scheduled. Obama will be angry and when he’s angry he’s way off his game.

RushBaby on September 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I know that Univ. of Mississippi went all out when they got this debate. I even saw a billboard proudly proclaiming the event near the Oxford exit off of I-55 when I evacuated to Memphis a few weeks ago. So it’s sad for them. But, somebody really needs to point out the obvious here. Obama and McCain are in DC. It makes much more sense to bring the debate and it’s moderator to them than it does for Obama to keep insisting that he’ll be in Mississippi tomorrow night.

What I’d really like to see is the debate go on- on the Senate floor without benefit of a moderator asking stupid (and often biased) questions. Let McCain and Obama go at it man to man- no prearranged rules or narrow topics hammered out by campaign staffers to avoid having to deal with the hard issues. Just the two candidates facing off and making their best case why voters should elect them to the presidency. It’s the only debate that is really needed.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Arrogant bastard.

Hussein, you are an arrogant bastard.

madmonkphotog on September 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Obama held a press conference to explain why he thought it was a waste of time for him to return to the Senate

bwahahahahahahaha!

Touché, Ed!

When a good job needs doing, OBAMA IS A WASTE OF TIME regardless of where he is or what he’s doing. That HE admitted as much shows his achilles heel, the very thing Qadhafi feared most in Obama, is proven: Obama suffers from an inferiority complex.

“This is dangerous. If our brother Obama fears that because he is black…such a feeling would make him behave whiter than white, and go to extremes in his persecution and degradation…We say to him, Brother, the whites and blacks are equal in America!”

maverick muse on September 25, 2008 at 11:25 AM

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Ole Miss has money to burn. This is Robert at his whiney best. My Dad went to Ole Miss long ago and I live in Mississippi. This is NOT something they cannot redo or adapt to and all this whining on Ole Miss’ part and Shep as well, just makes those of us in Mississippi look bad. I wish they would shutup. This school has been moving to the Left more and more each year. I am sure it is an ordeal to shift all this, but this is about the future of our country. Ole Miss would be well served to remember the purpose of the debates and not adapt Obama’s “it is all about me” attitude.

freeus on September 25, 2008 at 11:27 AM

What I’d really like to see is the debate go on- on the Senate floor without benefit of a moderator asking stupid (and often biased) questions. Let McCain and Obama go at it man to man- no prearranged rules or narrow topics hammered out by campaign staffers to avoid having to deal with the hard issues. Just the two candidates facing off and making their best case why voters should elect them to the presidency. It’s the only debate that is really needed.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Yes, a real debate for a change. Instead, we’ll get more of these ersatz ‘debates’ that are really just interviews. The moderators are all liberal Democrats. Why the heck did Sen. McCain agree to that? He should have insisted on Brit Hume.

Re campaign points scoredLet me point out again that President Bush did what McCain suggested: convene a conference of Congressional leaders and the two candidates. Hint to the media: even the President follows McCain’s lead!

MrLynn on September 25, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Hey Mississippi people, there was a great article by a Memphis, TN, columnist at commercialappeal.com called, “A Southern Survival Guide for the East Coast Media Elite.” The author is Kristina Goetz. It’s funny.

Link here.

BigD on September 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM

…so…senior Senator McCain is asked to return and, seeing his duty, does so. His involvement is seen by the administration as crucial to addressing what they and just about everybody else sees as a very urgent issue.

Senator Obama has to be reminded of his duty, and has to interrupt his march to power to do the job for which he’s being paid good Yankee dollars. His involvement, however, is only important as a gesture. Coming as he does from the party of gesture politics, this is fitting.

So…John McCain is valuable, while Barak Obama is expendable…and rather petulant.

…rather brilliant politically.

Puritan1648 on September 25, 2008 at 11:40 AM

It has been commented on before, but I believe Bush’s presidency was defined for all time when he stood on the rubble of the Twin Towers and shouted into the megaphone,
(approximate qoute)
“You may not be able to hear me, but those who brought down these towers can hear me, and soon the whole world will hear all of us.”

MarkTheGreat on September 25, 2008 at 8:57 AM

You are so dreaming. He will be remembered for the financial ruin of our country and for mishandling a war and for gutting the Conservative movement and for out of control spending.

MarkMyWords, MarkTheGreat

stenwin77 on September 25, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Senator Obama has to be reminded of his duty, and has to interrupt his march to power to do the job for which he’s being paid good Yankee dollars.

Sounds like a Gotcha Ad for the Southern market. (Picture of Obama as a deep voice says. “Barak Obama even accepted Yankee dollars). ;0

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 12:07 PM

So, Obama misses a vote on the economy?? Big deal. Not
like he never missed out on a vote before!!

gary on September 25, 2008 at 12:11 PM

So, Obama misses a vote on the economy?? Big deal. Not
like he never missed out on a vote before!!

gary on September 25, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Except for the fact that one would expect the potential president, come January, to be able to take a position on an issue as important as this one. McCain’s right- Presidents can’t vote present.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Obama said “Call me if you need me”…how many people need to call him?..McCain called, President Bush asked him to come back…whats the deal do they have preconditions?

christene on September 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM

As I said before, I think that one of the things we have to determine is how we can be most helpful. It’s my sense that the most helpful thing we can do right now is, uh, to let everyone know this is a sufficiently important problem.

Liberalism has run its full course. They have nominated for America’s highest office someone who’s not faking it — a pure subjectivist. He honest to God believes that saying he CARES about a problem is the same thing as DOING something about it. In the O’Reily interview, he was asked what he would do if Iran ignored his “really cool” diplomacy and continued building nuclear weapons and threatening genocide. He answered over and over again, “That’s unacceptable… That’s unacceptable.” It was like watching a five-year-old throw a tantrum: “I don’t wanna… I don’t wanna!”

Barack Obama is a full-grown man who doesn’t understand that he lives in a world that simply doesn’t care how he feels. He’s not fit for any responsibility, let alone the office of chief executive.

I’m not a huge fan of John McCain’s politics, but America has survived a lot worse than him.

But America has never had a President like Barack Obama.

logis on September 25, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Did Obama bring his fake presidential seal to get into the White House?

HornetSting on September 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Obama held a press conference to explain why he thought it was a waste of time for him to return to the Senate

For the first time, I actually agree with Obama. It was a waste of time for him to be in any elected position in the first place.

So, since he now concedes that he is worthless as a Senator, can we expect his withdrawal from the Presidential race? Or are we now voting on the Peter Principle and well as Affirmative Action?

Damiano on September 25, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Did Obama bring his fake presidential seal to get into the White House?

HornetSting on September 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I have been of the opinion, in recent months, that Obama is in a state of arrested development. He is still a child.

His fake “seal”, his columns, the coin, his unwillingness to do the job he was elected to do remind me of a little girl with an Easy Bake Oven, pretending to be a grown-up mommy. Seriously. It’s like he’s playing a childhood game.

I pray to God that come November, an actual MAN will be elected president – not this fourth-grade-level poser.

capitalist piglet on September 25, 2008 at 1:29 PM

HornetSting on September 25, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I picture Obama wandering into the Oval Office, sitting down at the President’s desk and signing/vetoing legislation as if already elected.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 1:43 PM

It’s time the media complex gets its due, and that can only happen when their candidate is actually installed. ONLY THEN can the entire system be seen for what it is, and be judged accordingly. They will never pay as long as they can carp from the sidelines.

It is with my deepest regret that I know believe the Socialist should win this election. Criminals do not learn by having the punishment held back… they need it, and now. Media will not be able to cover for him then.

leftnomore on September 25, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I pray to God that come November, an actual MAN will be elected president – not this fourth-grade-level poser.

capitalist piglet on September 25, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Palin is more of a man than Obama.

I somewhat disagree with your comparison of Obama to a child playing President in that I view all this stupidity more as the regallia and pomp that surrounds the coronation of a king or election of a Pope. I think it only a matter of time before we see the “presidential robes” “presidential hat and/or crown” and “Presidential ring” to be kissed by attendees to presidential audiences.

Child’s play is harmless. There is something far more sinister in Obama’s coins, seals, and stage sets.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Bush summons Obama

Careful Ed, I detect racial overtones in that headline!

geckomon on September 25, 2008 at 2:48 PM

I guess this whole thing is just above The One’s pay grade. Call me if you need me.

What a hoot.

Terrye on September 25, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Child’s play is harmless. There is something far more sinister in Obama’s coins, seals, and stage sets.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Can’t argue with that.

capitalist piglet on September 25, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “deal with more than one thing at once.”

Obama, the problem is that you ARE NOT the President, You are a Senator, do your damn job!

And Obama “If can be helpful call me” Is NOT being a leader its being a follower.. Nor is it taking the situation seriously.

I would not follow Obama ANYWHERE

Chakra Hammer on September 25, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to “deal with more than one thing at once.”

Obama, the problem is that you ARE NOT the President, You are a Senator, do your damn job!

And Obama “If I can be helpful call me” Is NOT being a leader its being a follower.. Nor is it taking the situation seriously.

I would not follow Obama ANYWHERE

Chakra Hammer on September 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Obama said “Call me if you need me”…how many people need to call him?..McCain called, President Bush asked him to come back…whats the deal do they have preconditions?

christene on September 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM

This is easy to understand: neither of the persons calling Obama were from a terrorist-sponsoring country like Iran. If Ahmadinejad or someone from Hamas called, BO would have immediately dropped everything and come running.

landlines on September 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Obamas is too busy buttering his own bread to give a crap about his country. They had to practically beg the man to come do his job and when he shows up he’s just jabbing his opponents. What a freakin dork.

johnnyU on September 25, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Obama is just trying to put as much distance as he can between himself and this vote so he can either claim that he “was for it” or “was against it” depending on how the bailout actually goes. Not voting or just voting “Present” is a great way to keep the blood off your hands.

Dagnar on September 25, 2008 at 7:57 PM

Chakra Hammer on September 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Fact of the matter is that Senators should be able to do more than one thing at a time to- that is if they are doing their job instead of jetting out to Malibu to attend fundraisers with Hollywood liberals.

highhopes on September 25, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Bwahahahahaaa!!!!

“Recalcitrant” is my favorite word!

csdeven on September 25, 2008 at 9:01 PM