Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Obama: The Man Without Qualities

In Obama's latest campaign ad directed toward white voters (he already has the Black vote), he says of his grandfather ("never saw combat") and grandmother ("typical white person") and mother (whose race he began to keep secret): "They taught me values straight out of the Kansas [i.e., almost all white] heartland." That was the heartland presumably where, in his words, "the farm boys stank like pigs." C'mon Barack, tell us how you really feel -- or do we have to rely on Michelle for that?

"I have a lifetime of experience. Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience. Barack Obama has a speech [against the Iraq War] he delivered in 2002." (Senator Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Primaries)

Many years ago, an author named Robert Musil wrote a book called "The Man Without Qualities." It might as well have been about Barack Obama. He has no real legislative record, so he feels called upon to invent one.

The following is from National Review Online:

"Barack Obama released his first general election ad on Friday... It’s a well made ad, but it also offers an example of the kind of brazen padding of the resume that Obama will inevitably need to engage in, and which will carry serious risks for him.

"About 46 seconds into the ad, we are told that Obama 'passed laws' that 'extended healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected,' and in the usual manner of these political commercials we are given a little citation at the bottom.

"The citation reads 'Public Law 110-181 1/28/08.' That law is the only federal legislation cited in the ad — the other two items mentioned were from the Illinois legislature and referred to other
issues raised in the ad.

"Public Law 110-181 was the 2008 defense authorization bill. It passed the Senate by 91 to 3 in January, with six Senators not voting.
"Among those six absentees was Barack Obama. So he cites a bill he didn’t even vote for."

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