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Even Obama knows his resume needs a little padding.

This is one of my favorite quotes from this election season. Surprisingly enough, it's from Hillary Clinton:

"I have a lifetime of experience that I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."

I don't know that Hillary's life experience quite rivals John McCain's, but she sure did nail Barack Obama. Agree or disagree with him on the issues, how can anyone argue that he's got the credentials and the experience to back up his run for the Presidency? He hasn't even completed a full term as a United States Senator yet. It's ridiculous.

And Obama himself must know it, or else why would he feel the need to beef up his resume in his "Country I Love" ad? Watch:

See any problems? Probably not right offhand. But the Corner noticed a little something:

About 46 seconds into the ad, we are told that Obama "passed laws" that "extended healthcare for wounded troops who'd been neglected," and in the usual manner of these political commercials we are given a little citation at the bottom. The citation reads "Public Law 110-181 1/28/08". That law is the only federal legislation cited in the ad -- the other two items mentioned were from the Illinois legislature and referred to other issues raised in the ad.

Public Law 110-181 was the 2008 defense authorization bill. It passed the Senate by 91 to 3 in January, with six Senators not voting. Among those six absentees was Barack Obama. So he cites a bill he didn't even vote for. Did he contribute to it in some way that might be reasonably referred to as extending healthcare for wounded troops who'd been neglected? It certainly doesn't seem that way, as even Obama supporters at the Daily Kos discovered when they tried to answer some of the bloggers who pointed to Obama's citation of the bill. They found that Obama had tried to insert an amendment that had to do with screenings for service members returning from deployments, and one that would ease the discharge of service members found to have personality disorders, but neither amendment passed. Another part of the bill, calling for inspector general reports about hospital facilities, had come from a different bill Obama had sponsored.

Even under the most generous reading imaginable could any of that count as passing legislation that extended health care for wounded troops? The Chicago Tribune noted the problem on its blog last week but defended Obama by pointing out that John McCain didn't vote for the bill either. That would be an interesting piece of information if John McCain had cited this bill as among his chief legislative accomplishments.

Barack Obama just doesn't have the experience to back up a platform with any kind of substance. That's why he has to run on such superficialities like "HOPE!" and "CHANGE!". It's hard to figure out if Obama is really just an empty suit, or if he is masquerading as one to hide what he actually stands for. In any case, if you want to see an Obama supporter splutter indignantly, just ask them to name a single legislative accomplishment from Obama. (Voting "present" does not count.) He's spent most of his time in the Senate being as transparent as possible. Was it because he knew he'd be running for President and wanted to hide his ultra-liberal views as much as possible? Who knows?

It's irrelevant anyways. The point here is that it's pretty pathetic when you have to blatantly lie about what you've done in your short time as a Senator.

As Ace says,

The guy has no actual accomplishments, except, I guess, for having managed to have been born mixed-race and good-looking.


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First thing Obama needs is ... (Below threshold)

First thing Obama needs is a resume TO pad.

Hey, but Obama`s was a pret... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Hey, but Obama`s was a pretty prescient speech back on October 2, 2002:

I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

On the other side of the coin (or mind-set) the sophisticated and worldly John McCain, at approximately the same time as Obama was making his speech, McCain was urgingthe Administration on September 24, 2002:

But the sooner he (Saddam)is removed from power, the threat to the United States of America is -- literally disappears, and then I think we can build a free, open, Democratic society in Iraq with a much better economy than the one that has been declining ever since 1991.

Thanks John for your crystal ball forecast, born of all that experience in politics and your insightful knowledge of that part of the world.

In addition, in Washington, McCain has spent 25 years in the Senate and he's managed to author "not a single piece of legislation that's been signed into law."(with the exception of McCain-Feingold Law)

that helps any real people with any real problems. He's spent a lot of time posturing on the Sunday shows, and affiliated himself with a few pieces of modestly progressive legislation that didn't get passed, and then disavowed all those bills.

Of course conservatives will say not authoring any legislation that became law other than the Patriot Act is a good proof of conservative principles. But for me experience without qualification is a pretty empty suit as well.

Hillary tried to run on the `inevitable experience` mantra and provided the perfect backdrop for Barack Obama`s strong change theme and with 80% of Americans wanting a change in direction..you see where I`m going.

I don't doubt that McCain i... (Below threshold)

I don't doubt that McCain is no conservative on a large variety of issues and, if her were, he would have accomplished a lot more during his lengthy Senate tenure. On the other hand, at least he isn't claiming as a major legislative accomplishment a bill he never voted for. McCain also isn't the first Presidential candidate to repeatedly endorse public campaign finance - and then abandon it when he saw it was politically undesirable because of his greater fundraising abilities. McCain also didn't say he could never disown his pastor of 20 years - a ranting, racist who damns America - and then disavow and disown the same guy when the heat went up a couple weeks later. I realize none of this will matter in November so long as both Obama Girl and the MSM have a crush on the Democrat nominee.

Kind of sad, when you think... (Below threshold)

Kind of sad, when you think about it, that once any political figure says anything about any subject, that's supposed to be their stance on it now and forever more.

No possibility of changing their minds, no chance of going "Okay, based on the last couple of years, here's what I think NOW as opposed to what I thought THEN." - because it simply isn't acceptable in American politics these days to change your mind on something, or go "I was wrong, and after getting more information I've changed my mind and will support (or not) a particular action."

As far as Obama's resume goes - you could feed it like a Sumo wrestler, and in a few years it might bulk up to this.

Admittedly, there's something to be said for putting someone with virtually no leadership experience, business experience, or political experience (aside from in the Chicago machine) in charge of running the country, when his resume wouldn't support running much more than a small business with really, really deep pockets.

However, I doubt multitudinous obscenities are welcome here.

I'm not much of a McCain fan - but there's pretty much no way in hell I'd vote for Obama, and a very good chance I'll be voting against him.

In addition, in Wa... (Below threshold)
In addition, in Washington, McCain has spent 25 years in the Senate and he's managed to author "not a single piece of legislation that's been signed into law."(with the exception of McCain-Feingold Law)

That is simply not true.

Statistics: John McCain has sponsored 537 bills since Jan 21, 1993, of which 340 haven't made it out of committee (Extremely Poor) and 31 were successfully enacted (Exceedingly Good, relative to peers). McCain has co-sponsored 1224 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers). [On 4/2/08, the numbers were updated to consider companion bills in the other chamber identified as "identical" by the Congressional Research Service when determining if a bill was enacted or made it past the introduction stage.]

McCain since 1993:
Authored: 537
Rejected in Committee: 340
Passed through Committee: 197
Success Rate through Committee: 37%
Enacted into Law: 31
Success Rate into Law: 6%

Barack Obama has sponsored 132 bills since Jan 4, 2005, of which 119 haven't made it out of committee (Average) and 2 were successfully enacted (Average, relative to peers). Obama has co-sponsored 630 bills during the same time period (Average, relative to peers). [On 4/2/08, the numbers were updated to consider companion bills in the other chamber identified as "identical" by the Congressional Research Service when determining if a bill was enacted or made it past the introduction stage.]

Obama since 2005:
Authored: 132
Rejected in Committee: 119
Passed through Committee: 13
Success Rate through Committee: 9%
Enacted into Law: 2
Success Rate into Law: 1.5%

What were you saying about experience Steve?

Eric,Why did you hav... (Below threshold)

Why did you have to bring FACTS into this???

Look what experience has go... (Below threshold)

Look what experience has gotten us this last almost 8 years. McCain supported the majority of Bush policies that has gotten our country in the worse mess it has ever been in.
Experience does not mean a thing if not joined with common sense and brains. McCain and Bush have neither.

"McCain supported the major... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

"McCain supported the majority of Bush policies that has gotten our country in the worse (sic) mess it has ever been in."

Worst mess that it has ever been in? What is the horizon for your claim?

This country was born in a big mess. It was something called the American Revolution. It made what is now going on in Iraq look like a walk in the park.

I don't think we are in a worse mess than we were in in 1814, when, due to foolish decisions by our legislature and executive branches of government we got ourselves involved in a war that ended up with our nation's capitol being burned and large segments of Maine being occupied by a foreign power.

Certainly it is not in the worst mess it has been in since, say . . . 1863. We were in the middle of a war that divided the country and killed hundreds of thousands of American.

We are not in the worst mess we have ever been in since 1918-19. Then an influenza epidemic killed tens of thousands of Americans, combined with a sharp deep recession.

Nor are we are not in the worst mess we have been in since 1929-39. Then we were experiencing a depression so big that up to 25% of all Americans were unemployed. It was made worse by bungling government intervention. People born in that era or who grew up in that era were smaller on average than their parents or children because they did not get enough to eat due to the Depression.

And I don't think we are in the worst mess we have ever been in since December 1941. Then we were pitched, half-prepared, into a war for our survival. A war we could have lost.

Nor do I think we are in the worst mess we have ever been in since 1961 when we almost blundered into a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.

For that matter, we are hardly worse off than we were in the 1970s when the first oil shock, wage and price controls, and Keynsian economics led to staglaflation - a wicked brew of no economic growth combined with high inflation.

Certainly it is not in the worst mess it has ever been in since 1980. We had high unemployment and double digit inflation.

The late 1980s and early 1990s were pretty good, largely due to Reaganomics, despite a recession in 1991. Throughout the 1990s we had continuous and escalating terrorist attacks against the United States that culminated in the WTC attack in 2001. (We have not had any in this country since then, though.

I guess it is safe to say that we are in the worst mess we have ever been in since . . . well 2001.

If someone graduated from high school in that year, lacking any knowledge of what went on before, I guess they could conclude that in 2008 we are in the worst mess that this country has ever been in, but there is no other credible way of making that claim.

Katiec,Obama? Comm... (Below threshold)


Obama? Common sense???

You're joking, Wright?

Wait a minute. This guy loo... (Below threshold)

Wait a minute. This guy looks like a cross between Curious George and Alfred E. Newman and that counts as "good looking?" Granted, he has Al Sharpton beat all to hell, but then most human beings do. So...good looking???

Eric,McCain is too... (Below threshold)


McCain is too old, senile and too d%mn mean to be trusted president! We don't want 4 more years of George Bush! But don't worry, he won't even come close because Barack Obama will win in a landslide!

Get your popcorn ready!

It's a close call re empty ... (Below threshold)

It's a close call re empty suit vs. masquerading.

I think it's even more complicated--his masquerading causes cognitive dissonance and thus the peculiar statements and flip flops. He sort of knows what he wants, but he has to masquerade to get it, so it gets a little confusing.

When your stories change so much from telling to telling, you can't remember the version you're on now.

@#10--love the monkey compa... (Below threshold)

@#10--love the monkey comparison! Hahaha, black guys DO look like monkeys! You so funny, massa!
notiz=Way over the line buddy.

oh man, how classic is kati... (Below threshold)

oh man, how classic is katiec's comment, she first makes the most ridiculously idiotic comment of:

"...our country in the worse mess it has ever been in."

Then proceeds to talk about OTHERS' common sense and brains!!

J58,Taking a break f... (Below threshold)

Taking a break from persecuting lacrosse teams?

SCSIwuzzy,Someone ... (Below threshold)


Someone has to do so!

J58, how'd your prediction ... (Below threshold)

J58, how'd your prediction on the Duke lacrosse case work out for you? Maybe the same as your new Obama prediction will?

Mitchell,Crystal d... (Below threshold)


Crystal didn't get a chance to tell her side in a courtroom! Doubt will always linger because of that!

About Barack...it's in the bag already! He's gonna win that mofo! ;)

THE PIED PIPER OF ILLINOIS ... (Below threshold)
Anirban Ghosh:


The pied piper is in town. He is playing the tune of 'change.' Black America is dancing... Young America is dancing...

Why aren't women dancing yet pied piper?

Pied Piper: They have begun to! They were going through a bit of mourning phase, lamenting. Can't blame them, such an opportunity missed! Now they have begun to dance and will continue do so, in hoards. How can they resist the charm of the Pied Piper!

But many are still hoping that you will nominate Hillary as your running mate.They might go for McCain if you dont.

P P: No way! They simply can't go for that pro-life old fool. They have no choice, like Hillary herself. She has begun dancing too! How else can she expect to repay her twenty million dollar debt? She has to dance if she wants me to ease her burden.

So you are not going to nominate her?

P P: I feel sorry for that woman you know. She offered me the same job during the campaign and I blew it on her face! And now she is begging me for it!

But she still has many devoted supporters. Aren't you worried that they -

P P: You don't know women, they change their minds faster than their clothes! And this is 'change' season, everybody is changing. They have already begun to forget Hillary. It's only a matter of time, the remaining will begun dancing too... the way the Alpha Male will make them dance!

That sounded so sexist! Is it the same you who heaped praises on Hillary and the women who supported her in that congratulatory speech of yours?
P P: I change too Sweetie.

What about blue collar America? White I mean. Can you make them dance too?

P P: It'll be difficult. But do they have a choice really? The war is hurting and old McCain is not going to pull the troops out. He is not going to spend the tax dollars on them either. And surely he is not going to create jobs for them.

Are you?

P P: Sure.


P P: By passing a new energy policy that makes corporations pay for their pollutions and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future, on a energy policy that creates millions of jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced. That's the change we need Minnesota - oops!

Really pied piper? You will stop outsourcing? You will force the oil companies -

P P: Are you doubting my intent?

Let's talk about the war. The surge is working isn't it? McCain's is taking credit for that.

P P: He is an old idiot! Incapable of reading the pulse. Does it matter now whether the surge is working or not? Americans just don't care anymore. They simply want the troops out. And I have promised to do just that.

How soon? Hillary said she would within sixty days.

P P: That was a gimmick! Is it possible to undertake such a massive operation in just sixty days?

You mean it will take longer?

P P: Sure.

How long?

P P: Can't say now. Will have to discuss with the generals.

Three months? Six months? One year?

P P: Can't say now. Will have to discuss with the generals.

What if they want to stay longer?

P P: I am going to be careful in ending this war just as Bush was careless in starting it.

So no fixed time table?

P P: There is.

And what is that?

P P: Surely not another hundred years.

But won't there be a bloodbath if we pull out of Iraq now?

P P: Americans doesn't care.

There will be a civil war... What will happen to the Kurds?

P P: It is high time the Iraqi government takes charge of its responsibilities.

Iran will take control if we leave...


Won't you be talking to Iran?

P P: Unless I am absolutely sure it is in the interest of America.

Will you talk to Ahmedinijad?

P P: Not unless it is absolutely necessary. That too on my own terms.

But earlier you said you would talk to him without conditions!

P P: I made some changes on my intent.
Is it because McCain flayed you for that earlier intent of yours?

P P: An old fool he is! Living in a bygone era... Times are changing! You need to be flexible! You just can't stick to old positions and let thing pass by... We need to talk! We need to change our frozen mindsets... our attitudes...

But do you really believe you can change anything by talking to Ahmedinijad or any other Irani officials? Can you stop Iran from meddling in Iraq by talking to him? Can you stop him from developing nukes?

P P: We must let diplomacy talk. Hard diplomacy that is. From a position of strength. But we must also remain open to change.

What about this change - a nuclear Iran?


Will you be talking to Hamas? Like old Carter?

P P: Won't that be too much of a change...?

Is it possible that the U.S. voting for and not vetoing any U.N. resolution against Israel under you?
P P: That will be too much of a change!

Talking about change... Black America is expecting a lot from you.

P P: That I will be the first black man to rule from the White House isn't that change enough?

Can they expect a little less of Rodney King like cases?


Can they expect those white police officers who beat up blacks to be punished even if they are not caught red handed on camera?


Justice in Jena? A change of heart among white jurors if indeed you become the most powerful man in the country?

P P: Let's talk climate change. It's getting hotter...

Will you sign the Kyoto protocol?

P P: Can't we change the topic... My wife is going to have a complete change over you know, before she moves into the White House. You'll see a new Michelle. More charming... More sexy...

What about you?

P P: I am thinking of writing a new tune once I get there. This 'change' tune is getting a bit boring... isn't it?


I am Anirban Ghosh from Kolkata, India. Freelance writer, Graphic Designer.






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