Obama flashback: This McCain fellow is trying to distract you from the bad economy

posted at 5:21 pm on October 22, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Four years ago today, Barack Obama took the stage at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia, to the warm reception of roaring crowds in the new swing state. Wearing a more relaxed smile than 2012′s Obama and clearly relishing the trail life, the then-senator from Illinois spoke for 30 minutes, introduced by proud “national co-chair of Obama for America” Gov. Tim Kaine.

This clip starts with a description of the state of the economy, which may sound largely familiar four years later— wages down, trouble making ends meet, putting away for retirement, and making house payments— and ends with Obama’s assertion that Sen. John McCain’s campaign was a small one engaged in distracting voters:

“Now, John McCain’s doing his best to change the subject. He wants to distract attention from the economy,” Obama said to a smattering of boos at the mention of his opponent’s name. “Sen. McCain’s campaign actually said a couple weeks ago, they were gonna launch a series of attacks on my character because, and I quote, ‘If we keep on talking about the economy, we’re gonna lose.’ Now, that’s a promise my opponent has kept. He’s been on the attack. That’s what you do when you’re out of ideas, you’re out of touch, and you’re running out of time.”

Click to watch:

Obama 2008

On the same day in 2008, Obama held a press conference on national security (it seems challengers were allowed to do that back then). Standing behind a podium emblazoned with “Judgment to Lead,” flanked by advisers, Obama touted an endorsement from Colin Powell and suggested collaboration between G-20 countries to solve international economic problems. Though he mentioned Afghanistan, Iraq, and al Qaeda, his message was mostly one of connecting increased economic performance at home to the promise of greater security from threats abroad.

He also had to contend with a gaffe from his vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, who had said the day before that the young president would be tested were he to be elected:

And here’s the point I want to make. Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you, not financially to help him, we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.

Obama got two questions about Biden at his press conference, and referred to the assertion as “rhetorical flourish” from “Joe.”

“Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes. But I think that his core point was that the next administration is going to be tested regardless of who it is,” Obama told reporters after meeting with his national security working group. “The next administration is going to be inheriting a whole host of really big problems and so the president is going to be tested and the question is will the next president meet that test by moving America in a new direction by sending a clear signal to the rest of the world that we are no longer about bluster and unilateralism and ideology but we’re about creating partnerships around the world to solve practical problems.”

Tonight, Mitt Romney will make the argument that notwithstanding Osama bin Laden’s killing, the president has been tested and it’s not apparent that he’s been right.

In other news of Oct. 22, 2008, the press was talking about Sarah Palin’s clothing budget.

The Gallup tracking poll had Obama up 11 points with registered voters, 52-41, and a Gallup/USA Today poll showed the two candidates tied in Ohio (Obama later won by 4). A CNN poll showed a 5-point Obama lead while Rasmussen showed 4. An AP poll gave hope to McCainiacs with a 1-point margin— Obama up 44-43 with likely voters— about which Ed and I were too optimistic. And, Politico suggested Pennsylvania was closer than it looked. The Keystone state is always such a tease.


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What an embarrassment.

Gatsu on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Karma-geddon.

hillsoftx on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Obama touted an endorsement from Colin Powell…

LOL. Great pick Colin…
Where has he been hiding out lately?

albill on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

He also had to contend with a gaffe from his vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, who had said the day before that the young president would be tested were he to be elected

And the gaffes never ended. Of course, Obama’s whole Presidency has been one gigantic gaffe.

Bitter Clinger on October 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

In the old days you could say sh!t and 4 years later no one remembered it.

Those days are gone.

novaculus on October 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Oh how I wish for the economy four years ago before bho was elected! Hasn’t been the same since. In no way was it this bad, no way.
L

letget on October 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“Dear Mr. Obama, could we have our old BAD ECONOMY back, please?”

Sir Napsalot on October 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.

aunursa on October 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Oh please let this miserable stuttering failure be hoisted by his own petard.

Tacitus on October 22, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I know he won’t do it, but would love Romney to quote the Bible (or “First Knight,” if you prefer):

You have been weighed.
You have been measured.
You have been found wanting.

sulla on October 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Binders…!

… BINDERS!!!

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

H-P-O-E
F-I-A-L

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

*crickets chirping*
-lsm

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Cowboy…!

…COWBOY!!!

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Daniel 5:25-26
New International Version (NIV)

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[a]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Barry does not realize “Words” (BullSh!ts in his case) will come back to haunt him.

bayview on October 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Just saw a note come across twitter referencing a link at The Blaze. Apparently North Carolina already has 1600 early votes cast by voters who would have to be 110 years old or older. Want to bet they are all cast for the same candidate?

crosspatch on October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Where has he been hiding out lately?

albill on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Same place George W. Bush found him – Black Rock Canyon.

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

ROFL

Funny how things have changed for the boy king retard.

Bishop on October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Oops, try that pasting again:

Daniel 5:25-29
New International Version (NIV)

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Nutstuyu on October 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

crosspatch on October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

please tell me they are not being counted

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

i’m nervous about tonight…cuz i know bob schieffer will do everything in his power to help obama and will constantly interrupt romney ala candy crowley and then the post debate love fest for obama from cnn and msdnc…

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

48 minutes until one candidate is eliminated from the race.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

48 minutes until one candidate is eliminated from the race.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Heh. Doubt it, but I’m watching it too!

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Ah yes I remember this. This was when McCain had those binders full of big bird pictures right?

Ellis on October 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Heh. Doubt it, but I’m watching it too!

Lanceman

It would be funny if the surprise were Gumby saying that the polls show Romney will lose, lol.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Notice how fresh he looks, tie tied up, nice jacket (also clean, articulate, etc. [JB]).

but now he’s got that “I worked until 10 at night and we had pizza for lunch and dinner” look, tie looking sloppy, usually no jacket, screaming about binders, Big Bird, contraceptives, etc.

Yeah, he’s really blossomed, huh ?

williampeck1958 on October 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

On the issue of the economy, well look here! IT seems the taxpayers get the shaft again!

http://nation.foxnews.com/solyndra/2012/10/22/solyndra-nearly-twice-costly-developing

One has to wonder, this can’t be the only one we will get the shaft on? Gads, we have got to get rid of bho and I am deadly serious come voting time!
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letget on October 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

It would be funny if the surprise were Gumby saying that the polls show Romney will lose, lol.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Nah. Whatever it is, it’s made up crap (a la Dan Blather/Bill Burkett Bush desertion hogwash) meant to ostensibly hurt Romney.

Bet on it. Phony tax returns maybe.

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

i’m nervous about tonight…cuz i know bob schieffer will do everything in his power to help obama and will constantly interrupt romney ala candy crowley and then the post debate love fest for obama from cnn and msdnc…

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

You’re right. He will. Fortunately, it’s starting to seem like America is waking up. I don’t think the average American believes reporters/mediators (aka Obama volunteers) any more.

talkingpoints on October 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Just saw a note come across twitter referencing a link at The Blaze. Apparently North Carolina already has 1600 early votes cast by voters who would have to be 110 years old or older. Want to bet they are all cast for the same candidate?

crosspatch on October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Link please. would like to read about it myself.

TIdbIT on October 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Just like the speach he gave about why he was going to vote against a debt ceiling increase.

Too hilarious.

Scrappy on October 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Nah. Whatever it is, it’s made up crap (a la Dan Blather/Bill Burkett Bush desertion hogwash) meant to ostensibly hurt Romney.

Bet on it. Phony tax returns maybe.

Lanceman

Oh, I know. Just having a little fun with it.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Great find, MKH!

A+++++

Del Dolemonte on October 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I hope Mitt’s been practicing how to politely stomp Bob Schieffer’s butt into the ground if he tries to pull a Candy Crowley routine tonight.

Midas on October 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Obama didn’t know how bad the economy he was going to be inheriting was at this time.

akaniku on October 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I thought that that octobersurprise was a fake

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Obama touted an endorsement from Colin Powell…

LOL. Great pick Colin…
Where has he been hiding out lately?

albill on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What’s so hilarious about that endorsement by Colon is that up until that time, the Left considered him a War Criminal, and had even filed War Crimes charges against him at The Hague.

Funny how they them immediately embraced said War Criminal for endorsing O.

Del Dolemonte on October 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

This ain’t 2008,where its the Mc…Cains Mutiny Redux Part Deux,
and Mittens and Crew are a fighting this round!

canopfor on October 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Obama didn’t know how bad the economy he was going to be inheriting was at this time.

akaniku on October 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

No, he asked to “inherit” it, gumby.

F-

Del Dolemonte on October 22, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I thought that that octobersurprise was a fake

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

You’ll know in about 30 minutes.

But I thought I read somewhere that it was supposed to make the winner a landslide winner.

That was the first indicator that it was all hogwash.

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

48 minutes until one candidate is eliminated from the race.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Heh. Doubt it, but I’m watching it too!

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I’ll bet its something like Pizza Hut offering an October surprise sale on pizzas.

redeye on October 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

****************** POLL ALERT ****************

Poll: Romney virtually tied with Obama in trust to handle international affairs – @ABC, @washingtonpost http://t.co/hAXcUWib

55 mins ago from twitter.com/ABC by partner
———————————————–

Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm
Debate Ahead, Romney Gains on Int’l Affairs – But Continues to Lag on Economic Priorities
***********************

Mitt Romney carries newfound competitiveness in trust to handle international issues into the final presidential debate, combined with his highest personal popularity of the 2012 campaign. But continued weakness in his perceived economic priorities is keeping the race a close one.

Among other shifts, after last week’s second debate, which included a spirited exchange on women in the workplace, the contest now has its largest gender gap of the season – a 14-point lead for Barack Obama among women, vs. a 12-point advantage for Romney among men.

The result, as in previous ABC News/Washington Post polls since late summer, is essentially a dead heat between the candidates overall. In the first of what will be daily ABC/Post tracking polls for the rest of the contest, 49 percent of likely voters back Obama, 48 percent Romney.

See PDF with full results and charts here.

ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST POLL: Election Tracking No. 1
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AFTER 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

http://www.langerresearch.com/uploads/1143a1TrackingNo1.pdf
============================================================

(Alot More…)

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/debate-ahead-romney-gains-on-intl-affairs-but-continues-to-lag-on-economic-priorities/

canopfor on October 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

That’s what you do when you’re out of ideas, you’re out of touch, and you’re running out of time…

…He also had to contend with a gaffe from his vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden

…this form the campaign with the “Forward” slogan?

socalcon on October 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

That was the first indicator that it was all hogwash.

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Well daily caller tracked down the people who had this site and they admitted it was a Rick roll. The fact that the clock is still ticking is a bit unnerving. It can’t be Allred because she would have to call one of her “press” conferences and she doesn’t have time…

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I’ll bet its something like Pizza Hut offering an October surprise sale on pizzas.

redeye on October 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

You mean like The End Is Near episode of the Simpsons?

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

The fact that the clock is still ticking is a bit unnerving. It can’t be Allred because she would have to call one of her “press” conferences and she doesn’t have time…

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I could’a sworn that it was 11 hours last night at 11:30pm.

Lanceman on October 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

He’s been on the attack. That’s what you do when you’re out of ideas, you’re out of touch, and you’re running out of time.

If Team R&R has any sense, it will put an ad out juxtaposing this quote with some of Obama’s more egregious attack ads, or his personal statements attacking Romney, or just some clips of cable pundits talking about how low Obama has sunk with things like the cancer ad, and how he has no 2nd term agenda, and so forth.

RINO in Name Only on October 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Did I tell you there’s no creativity in the left? The same BS playbook they’ve always had. The Lack of creativity comes from the slavish Ideological bent of the Marxist Messiah! He has no ability to come up with something new, because he’s never challenged to defend his Failed policies. 100yrs of Failure in this Ideology and they can’t come up with anything new!
Update on:How to fight the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I swear, Joe Biden is the most incompetent, boorish, insulting, idiotic, doltish, debasing, inane, patronizing and, yes, stupid, politician I may have ever seen. I think we should demand our money back for the last four disastrous years.

Texlib on October 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

48 minutes until one candidate is eliminated from the race.

xblade on October 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I just now reading what the October surprise is:
.
Be..sure…..and ..drink..your…Ovaltine.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

FOWARD To The FEWCHAIR!!

jukin3 on October 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Seriously it was a rick roll?

Dumb

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Seriously it was a rick roll?

Dumb

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Well over at Daily Caller they tracked them down and allegedly they admitted it. Haven’t heard anything else about it..

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Well over at Daily Caller they tracked them down and allegedly they admitted it. Haven’t heard anything else about it..

sandee on October 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Guess we’ll have to wait from Trump. Got to love the guy – he makes me smile.

gophergirl on October 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM