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Since Democrats and the mainstream media have awakened at long last to the notion that experience is important for a president, where before they were mesmerized by the audacious word 'CHANGE', CNN's Anderson Cooper actually asked Barack Obama about his experience (and to think, it only took 18 months or so into the campaign). Obama's answer is WAY revealing. Here's the exchange:
Anderson Cooper: Some Republican critics say, you don’t have the experience to handle a situation like this [Hurricane Gustav]. They’ve in fact said that Governor Palin has more executive experience as mayor of a small town and as governor of a big state like Alaska. What’s your response?
Barack Obama: Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I’ve passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect
The eloquent, uh, Obama is COUNTING HIS, uh, PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN as, uh, executive experience ! Yeah, THAT'S the same thing as GOVERNING A STATE, not that Obama even acknowledged the fact that Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska (Alaska has a $10 billion budget and employs 25,000 people). He compared the size of his freaking presidential campaign to Palin's town of Wasilly back when she was the mayor in order to make himself look bigger. That's a real profile in dishonesty, as is Obama's attempt to equate co-sponsoring legislation AFTER THE FACT of hurricane Katrina with executive experience.
And do I even need to mention that Obama doesn't run his campaign ? He has a campaign manager to do that. To buy into Obama's fallacious logic, Palin would also have executive experience just by virtue of running for political office ! So would everybody else who ever ran for office.
The McCain campaign had a response to Obama's buffoonery, oh yes:
“For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and it’s laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy as comparable to Governor Sarah Palin’s executive experience managing a budget of over 10 billion dollar dollars, and more than 24,000 employees.” —Tucker Bounds, spokesman John McCain 2008
I think Obama supporters better zip their lips about Sarah Palin's inexperience, because it only shines a spotlight on Obama's own inexperience, and forces The One to make ridiculous statements like this one.
Better the Dems should talk about the really important things, like how Palin's daughter is, gasp, pregnant, or how her husband had a DUI twenty years ago. Just to keep the campaign positive.