Video: Obama praises economy’s “long-term fundamentals”? Update: Out of context
posted at 5:12 pm on September 29, 2008 by Allahpundit
Via Geraghty, the question mark’s there because I can’t quite believe The One, opportunistic poseur though he is, would be quite this hypocritical. Didn’t he and his disciples spend a good three or four days two weeks ago hammering McCain for suggesting that the fundamentals of the economy are “strong”? Just today, he dropped this on an audience in Denver:
You see, Senator McCain just doesn’t get it – he doesn’t get that this crisis on Wall Street hit Main Street a long time ago. That’s why his first response to the greatest fiscal meltdown in generations was to say that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong,” and why he didn’t say the words “middle-class” once in an entire 90-minute debate.
The quote you see here isn’t in the prepared remarks so it must be from the Q&A. Can anyone find the full transcript? I can’t, but I’m guessing the clip must have been yanked out of context. No one is this big of a hypocrite. Right?
Update: People seem confused in the comments. Maybe I was unclear. The money quote is in the video; contrast it with the blockquote, in which Obama takes McCain to task over fundamentals. He appears to be saying the same thing himself in the clip. I’m looking for a transcript to see if the video was taken out of context or if he really is this oblivious.
Update: Patterico sends along a belated update: It looks like Obama was, in fact, taken out of context. He was talking about the fundamentals of his economic plan, not the economy.