Defending Barack Obama

Well, the latest subject of mocking Senator Obama seems to be the decor of his campaign plane. Our own Cassy’s on this one, with photos and everything.

I’m going to have to disagree with her. I don’t think it shows arrogance or presumption from Obama.

What I think it shows is — as has been repeatedly demonstrated — that the Obama camp is just not ready for prime time.

The logo on the airplane seat looks less like a name plate and more like a campaign bumper sticker. What I suspect happened was that one of his campaign staff thought that slapping that logo on the seat would jazz up the place, make it look better, and did it.

That staffer simply didn’t think that having something on Obama’s plane that seemed to proclaim him already president was that big a deal, or didn’t make the connection. And no one over that staffer saw it that way, either — so much so that they didn’t see the possibility that it might be interpreted that way.

It’s the same sort of cluelessness that the campaign demonstrated when they blew off the scheduled visit to the military hospital at Landstuhl, Germany. They simply couldn’t conceive of the backlash that being seen as blowing off a promised visit to Americans wounded in service to their nation simply because he couldn’t bring along his campaign staffer.

One of the stronger criticisms against Obama is his inexperience — he announced his run for president after about a year into his first term in the Senate. He has virtually no list of accomplishments, no extensive legislative record, no background of his prior deeds that we can use to extrapolate how he might govern.

Incidents like this just to reinforce that label of “rookie.” The guy — and the people he’s chosen to trust his campaign to — just don’t have a clue what the hell they’re doing. They apparently don’t have anyone in a position of authority who can look at things and see how they might be interpreted.

And I don’t recall a candidate for president — let alone the presumptive nominee of one of the two major parties — who so desperately needed some “adult supervision.”

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