Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama Can't Count?

A few months ago, Barack Obama told how he had visited 57 states during his primary run. While this was humorous, and was just one of many stupid things Barack has said, it seemed nothing more than a simple mis-statement.

But now there is additional evidence that Obama just doesn't know how to count. For example, several of his childhood stories show that he can't count from his age back to his birth.

In his latest indication that Barack is not ready to be the leader of anything, from Jake Tapper:

Today on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Afghanistan, told the paparazzi-pursued correspondent Lara Logan that "the objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki or President Sarkozy or others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years.

Ignore the blatant arrogance of Barack speaking as if he is already President (which goes along with Obama creating his own Presidential Seal). If Barack wins the Presidency, he will serve at most two terms. Which, as those with a 3rd-grade education know, is in fact 8 years long, not 10.

The notion that Obama will be dealing with world leaders for eighjt-to-ten years, possibly up through July 2018, suggests that either (a) he believes that not only will he be elected and re-elected, but the 22nd amendment will be repealed and he will be elected for a third term, OR (b) he was speaking casually and just meant two terms.

Of course, he probably was thinking "8", but then realised he wasn't President yet, and then couldn't figure out how many more months that would be, so gave a broad range so as not to get into trouble.

Jake had his own theory about Obama's inability to say things that aren't stupid:

Some Democratic allies of Obama's are -- off the record -- concerned that the senator too often doesn't consider the potential butterfly effect of his diction.

Take his support for an "undivided Jerusalem," or his remarks about women seeking abortions when they're "feeling blue," which upset feminist leaders.

Or the media kerfuffle after his "refine my policies" presser.

On his press plane on July 5, after that incident, Obama said, "I’m surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured."

A reporter noted that that is precisely what happens with the president, he can change world affairs with one word, finely calibrating your words is what happens.

Oops. As I noted in a post yesterday, Obama's campaign statement about Maliki put our ally in a terrible bind. But Obama isn't serious enough of seasoned enough to understand:

"Well, of course, no, I understand," Obama said. "But for me to say that I’m going to refine my policies, you know, I don’t think in anyway is inconsistent with prior statements and doesn’t change my strategic view that this war has to end and that I am going to end it as president."

Btw, of course the "war has to end". Generally that happens when you win the war, or when you lose the war. Sometimes it happens when the Democrats take over and surrender in the hope that people won't realise they just gave up.

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