The first rule for lawyers is this: never ask a question to which you don’t already know the answer. The first rule of political campaigns is to set up all public appearances with supporters – and make sure your candidate doesn’t get outside of the safe zone. Barack Obama and his campaign appears to have ignored both rules in a walkabout in Cleveland last week:
Obama was greeting different vendors at Cleveland’s West Side Market when he came upon the proprietor of Rolston Poultry.
According to the White House pool report, Obama asked the man how business was going.
“Terrible since you got here,” he replied.
Reporters were unable to get close enough to ask the man his political affiliation. According to the report, Obama “didn’t appear amused by the sentiment” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer said he “quickly shifted direction to another stand” after the encounter.
Obama did a lot of walking away last week, huh?
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