And during that short 150 days of work, he had to attend lots of meetings, listen to a lot of other senators give speeches, meet with lobbyists and money-men, and who knows what else.
Heck, he never even had time to hold a hearing for the subcommittee he actually leads.
So when Obama claims that he is on the Banking committee, maybe he really just doesn't know what committees he was assigned to since he never shows up (he showed up once for one committee he's on that deals with Afghanistan). It's not like Barack Obama is a leader. He's just a follower, a go-along-to-get-along guy.
A guy who would sit in a church for 20 years, fostering close personal relationships with the pastor only to be shocked to find the church is a racist church with a racist, anti-american pastor.
A guy who would take mortgages that look bad because he is told it's how things are done. A guy who lets a criminal buy the lot next to him and sell it to him at a discount.
Senator Reid, no real leader himself but obviously considered a much better leader than Barack Obama, simply assigns people to committees, and Barack shows up where he's told (or actually doesn't show up because they probably told him they didn't really need him, like the 3rd-string right-fielder on the softball team).
Barack Obama says that if you want to know what a man can do, look at what he's done. Well, if you look at what responsibility the Democratic Senators have given to Barack, you'll see they aren't really all that excited about his abilities. He's not the one they call on to lead or sit on the big committees, or to write the major legislation, or to make the big floor speeches. He's not doing the hard grunt work, or even heading the press conferences to explain the Democratic position.
He's just "good old Barack Obama", the guy they assign to committees but don't care if he shows up.
Hey, at least he didn't confuse himself with another Senator with a similar name, like John Kerry did.
So, as I said, it doesn't really bother me that CNN reports that Obama lied about membership in the Senate Banking Committee:
“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee - a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” Obama said at a press conference in Sderot, Israel.
Except that he isn’t a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
I wonder if Obama will throw himself under the bus for embarrassing himself with this -- "That's not the Barack Obama I knew", he'd say.....