Someone call Barack Obama a wahhhmbulance. In a statement today following Sarah Palin’s tough speech, Obama complained that she ignored the work he did as a legislator in the Illinois and US Senates (via Brian Faughnan):
This is work I did three [sic] years ago They haven’t talked about the fact that I was a civil rights lawyer. They haven’t talked about the fact that I taught constitutional law. They haven’t talked about my work in the state legislature or the United States Senate. They’re talking about the three years of work that I did right out of college, as if I’m making the leap from 2 or 3 years out of college into the presidency.
First, Barack Obama himself has held out his community-organizing work on many occasions as one of the touchstones of experience that prepares him now to be President. But more to the point, he’s also the same person who forgot that Palin has been Governor of Alaska for two years in ridiculing her as the Mayor of “Wasilly”:
BO: Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I’ve passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.
One more point. Sarah Palin refused to act like a victim last night, although everyone who has followed the smears and the sneers of her critics know that she certainly could have legitimately claimed that status. Palin instead answered her critics with tough criticism of their own. Obama, on the other hand, whines that he didn’t get enough respect when he himself didn’t bother to provide that respect first.