Sen. Barack Obama, the leading Democratic candidate for his party’s nomination, is very fond of telling receptive audiences the story about how last May he walked right into the automotive lion’s den of Detroit and told those industrialists they were going to have to shape up, change the way they do things and start making more fuel-efficient vehicles to protect our environment.
“And I have to say,” the straight-talking Obama tells his chuckling followers, “that when I delivered that speech, the room got really quiet. [Laughter] Nobody clapped.”
Well, in honor of Obama’s return campaign visit back to Michigan this week, someone — perhaps Republicans, perhaps someone closer to home politically — assembled videotape of Obama’s oft-told tale and spliced it side by side with videotape of that actual Detroit speech.
You’ll never guess what. The room wasn’t quiet at all. Obama, in fact, got a loud round of applause. And at the end of his address the camera’s view of him at the podium is partially blocked because the audience of local businesspeople and automotive executives was rising to give him a standing ovation.
You can view the video at that same link (I’m having trouble pulling it up here). Obama made similar remarks at the campaign stop he made here in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago.
Ed nails it:
This seems rather modest in comparison to the Tuzla Dash, however. In that instance, Hillary tried to fake physical courage of the kind shown by our troops in battle, a theft of honor that is particularly despicable. Afterwards, she compounded the error by dragging out witnesses to testify to her version of events and call everyone else liars. When clear evidence showed that she did not run to shelter but strolled across the tarmac to a welcoming ceremony — with her teenage daughter! — Hillary never apologized for her double-down, attributing the lie to “sleep deprivation” even though she had told the story for months.
Obama’s ovation hardly rises to that level of egregiousness. He could argue that it took a little courage to talk about mileage mandates in Detroit, but he was talking to an audience of supporters, not car-manufacturer executives. Obama also was couching the mandates as an exchange for some hefty corporate welfare, actually closer to a de facto tradeoff for government-run health care. That’s not exactly a Profile in Courage, and it’s not surprising that he got a standing ovation rather than chirping crickets.
This isn’t any different than Obama’s BS claim that it “took courage” to give an anti-Iraq war speech in October of 2002 … especially when you consider the fact that not only did he give it in front of an anti-war group, but contrary to his claim that he was in a contentious Senate race at the time of speech, in reality he didn’t even enter the race until January 2003. And his latest lie isn’t much different from the one he told about his family’s alleged Kennedy connections, also.
I could go on and on. This so-called “agent of change” is a proven serial exaggerator and liar, and yet he’s still being given a pass by his many fawning admirers in the MSM.
Oh, and get this: Later this afternoon or evening, we’ll all get the chance to read about Obama’s “official” response to Bush’s remarks in a campaign speech he’ll be giving in South Dakota. Isn’t this a trip? Every time the heat gets a little too hot for the The Man Who Loves To Hear Himself Talk, he has to give a big speech as though what he says should be the final word on the subject. He did it with his phoney Philadelphia speech on race, which he directly contradicted a month later, and he’ll be making this speech in an effort to get us all to “move on” from this latest “distraction.”
Will he be contradicting himself over this one in a couple of months, too? I’m breathless with anticipation.
PM Update 2 – 1:06: From Obama’s speech:
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Barack Obama has called President Bush’s comments on appeasement “exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s divided our country and alienates us from the rest of the world.”
Obama criticized Republican rival John McCain and President Bush for “dishonest and divisive” attacks in hinting that the Democratic presidential candidate would appease terrorists.
Obama strongly responded Friday to the comments Bush made in Israel on Thursday and McCain’s subsequent words. Obama told a town hall meeting, “That’s the kind of hypocrisy that we’ve been seeing in our foreign policy, the kind of fear-peddling, fear mongering that has prevented us from actually making us safer.”
Obama said McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up it’s nuclear program and support for terrorism.”
LOL! This from the guy who claims he’d be willing to talk directly, without conditions, with the leaders of Iran and North Korea? So I guess he’s into talk, just not “tough” talk.
Thanks for clearing that up, O’ Chosen One.
Update 3 – 1:48 PM: Here’s video of Obama’s speech.
The McCain camp fires back:
“It was remarkable to see Barack Obama’s hysterical diatribe in response to a speech in which his name wasn’t even mentioned. These are serious issues that deserve a serious debate, not the same tired partisan rants we heard today from Senator Obama. Senator Obama has pledged to unconditionally meet with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — who pledges to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust, sponsors terrorists, arms America’s enemies in Iraq and pursues nuclear weapons. What would Senator Obama talk about with such a man? It would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don’t have enemies. But that is not the world we live in, and until Senator Obama understands that, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment and determination to keep us safe.” —Tucker Bounds, spokesman John McCain 2008
And also via The Page, was this refutation of Obama’s mischaracterization of Sec. of Defense Gates’ position on discussions with Iran:
Additionally, see the points below which refute Barack Obama’s mischaracterization of Secretary Gates’ position as support for his unconditional meetings between the President of the United States and rogue regimes:
Sec. Of Defense Robert Gates Said That The U.S. Should Look For Ways To Engage Iran, But Did Not Say The President Should Meet With Iran Without Preconditions During His Or Her First Year In Office. “The United States should construct a combination of incentives and pressure to engage Iran, and may have missed earlier opportunities to begin a useful dialogue with Tehran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.” (Karen DeYoung, “Gates: U.S. Should Engage Iran With Incentives, Pressure” The Washington Post, 5/15/08 )
Gates Advocated Engaging Iran Outside Of Government Channels. “In the meantime, Gates told a meeting of the Academy of American Diplomacy, a group of retired diplomats, â€˜my personal view would be we ought to look for ways outside of government to open up the channels and get more of a flow of people back and forth.’ Noting that â€˜a fair number’ of Iranians regularly visit the United States, he said, â€˜We ought to increase the flow the other way . . . of Americans’ visiting Iran.” (Karen DeYoung, “Gates: U.S. Should Engage Iran With Incentives, Pressure” The Washington Post, 5/15/08 )
I’m glad to see that the McCain campaign is not backing down from this.
Update 4 – 3:06 PM: Heh. Perfect.
Ed Gillespie said today that Bush was talking about Jimmy Carter, not Barry O.:
“We did not anticipate that it would be taken that way, because its kind of hard to take it that way when you look at the actual words. … There was some anticipation that someone might say you know its an expression of rebuke to former President Carter for having met with Hamas. that was something that was anticipated but no one wrote about it or raised it.”
It makes sense, considering the crowd Bush was addressing, but I think he was talking about more than Carter. Obviously, The Guy Who Thinks The World Revolves Around Him took it to mean that Bush was talking about him personally, and as a result we got today’s grand This Should Be The End of It speech.
Forget the pillow. Anyone got any Kleenex they can spare for the whiny Mr. Obama? Perhaps a baby rattle or two?
Update 5 – 4:40 PM: Fox News has a java link up on their main page to McCain’s response to Obama’s SD speech. It’s definitely on between these two. If this is a sign of things to come, I say BRING IT ON.