Below are a few bits of data to put Senator Obama’s trip abroad into context. In my opinion, it was the total lack of his usual eloquence that was striking. Gone were the platitudes, messages of hope, change, and political transcendence. All were replaced by ‘uhh’ every few words. Uhh, Israel. Uhh, terror. Uhh, Palestinans. Uhh, friend of Israel’s. Whatever message he was attempting to share was lost in the Sea of UH.
McCain may be imperfect – but he’s not selling himself as the Messiah, either.
Just minutes ago at his press conference in Israel, Barack Obama completely misstated his pledge one year ago today to meet with Iranian leader Ahmadinejad without preconditions. Obama said today that during that debate last year, he said he would meet with leaders “at a time and place of my choosing,” with preparations, etc. That’s just not true, as the transcript below shows. Indeed, his answer to the question of whether he’d meet with leaders of Iran and other rogue nations “during the first year of your administration” was simply, “I would.”
One Year Ago Today On July 23, 2007, Barack Obama Announced He Would Personally Meet With Leaders Of Iran, North Korea, Syria And Other Hostile Nations “Without Precondition.” QUESTION: “[W]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?”… OBAMA: “I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration – is ridiculous.” (CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)
· Watch Barack Obama Say “I Would” Meet Unconditionally With Leaders Of Iran, North Korea, Syria, And Other Nations
Obama also said that the idea of demanding the precondition that Iran suspend uranium enrichment before meetings was a Bush Administration idea. Again, not true. As Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post pointed out last month, that precondition is “is a European concept, not something forced on them by the Bush administration.”
The Washington Post: European Officials Say Precondition “Is A European Concept.” “European officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be seen as interfering with U.S. politics, said the demand that Iran first suspend its uranium enrichment is a European concept, not something forced on them by the Bush administration.” (Glenn Kessler, “Europe Fears Obama Might Undercut Progress With Iran,” The Washington Post, 6/22/08)