This is one of my favorite quotes from this election season. Surprisingly enough, it’s from Hillary Clinton:
“I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”
I don’t know that Hillary’s life experience quite rivals John McCain’s, but she sure did nail Barack Obama. Agree or disagree with him on the issues, how can anyone argue that he’s got the credentials and the experience to back up his run for the Presidency? He hasn’t even completed a full term as a United States Senator yet. It’s ridiculous.
And Obama himself must know it, or else why would he feel the need to beef up his resume in his “Country I Love” ad? Watch:
See any problems? Probably not right offhand. But the Corner noticed a little something:
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. Did he contribute to it in some way that might be reasonably referred to as extending healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected? It certainly doesn’t seem that way, as even Obama supporters at the Daily Kos discovered when they tried to answer some of the bloggers who pointed to Obama’s citation of the bill. They found that Obama had tried to insert an amendment that had to do with screenings for service members returning from deployments, and one that would ease the discharge of service members found to have personality disorders, but neither amendment passed. Another part of the bill, calling for inspector general reports about hospital facilities, had come from a different bill Obama had sponsored.
Even under the most generous reading imaginable could any of that count as passing legislation that extended health care for wounded troops? The Chicago Tribune noted the problem on its blog last week but defended Obama by pointing out that John McCain didn’t vote for the bill either. That would be an interesting piece of information if John McCain had cited this bill as among his chief legislative accomplishments.
Barack Obama just doesn’t have the experience to back up a platform with any kind of substance. That’s why he has to run on such superficialities like “HOPE!” and “CHANGE!”. It’s hard to figure out if Obama is really just an empty suit, or if he is masquerading as one to hide what he actually stands for. In any case, if you want to see an Obama supporter splutter indignantly, just ask them to name a single legislative accomplishment from Obama. (Voting “present” does not count.) He’s spent most of his time in the Senate being as transparent as possible. Was it because he knew he’d be running for President and wanted to hide his ultra-liberal views as much as possible? Who knows?
It’s irrelevant anyways. The point here is that it’s pretty pathetic when you have to blatantly lie about what you’ve done in your short time as a Senator.
As Ace says,
The guy has no actual accomplishments, except, I guess, for having managed to have been born mixed-race and good-looking.