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Flashback: Obama Used his Campaign as Example of Executive Experience

Back in early September, Barack Obama said he had more executive experience than Sarah Palin because he has managed his campaign for the past 18 months. So, how has he done running his own campaign for president? Well, according to Dean Reynolds of CBS News, he's an epic fail:

I would love to have someone from Obama's campaign explain why the entire press corps, the Secret Service, and the local police idled for two hours in a Miami hotel parking lot recently because there was nothing to do and nowhere to go. It was not an isolated case.

The national headquarters in Chicago airily dismisses complaints from journalists wondering why a schedule cannot be printed up or at least e-mailed in time to make coverage plans. Nor is there much sympathy for those of us who report for a newscast that airs in the early evening hours. Our shows place a premium on live reporting from the scene of campaign events. But this campaign can often be found in the air and flying around at the time the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" is broadcast. I suspect there is a feeling within the Obama campaign that the broadcast networks are less influential in the age of the internet and thus needn't be accomodated as in the days of yore. Even if it's true, they are only hurting themselves by dissing audiences that run in the tens of millions every night.

The McCain folks are more helpful and generally friendly. The schedules are printed on actual books you can hold in your hand, read, and then plan accordingly. The press aides are more knowledgeable and useful to us in the news media. The events are designed with a better eye, and for the simple needs of the press corps. When he is available, John McCain is friendly and loquacious. Obama holds news conferences, but seldom banters with the reporters who've been following him for thousands of miles around the country. Go figure.

The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama's, which is cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.

The other day in Albuquerque, N.M., the reporters were given almost no time to file their reports after McCain spoke. It was an important, aggressive speech, lambasting Obama's past associations. When we asked for more time to write up his remarks and prepare our reports, the campaign readily agreed to it. They understood.

Similar requests are often denied or ignored by the Obama campaign aides, apparently terrified that the candidate may have to wait 20 minutes to allow reporters to chronicle what he's just said. It's made all the more maddening when we are rushed to our buses only to sit and wait for 30 minutes or more because nobody seems to know when Obama is actually on the move.

Yikes, he can't even manage his presidential campaign in an organized manner. I have a feeling this is how he'll run his administration.

Exit question: If Obama treats the press so disrespectfully, why are they still overwhelmingly in the tank for him?


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Because they are paid to.</... (Below threshold)

Because they are paid to.

And they think they'll be t... (Below threshold)

And they think they'll be treated better if Obama actually gets to the White House?

They'll be placed on very short leashes and if they dare question him too 'aggressively', watch out.

That's why he was whining about being asked questions by Chicago reporters. They knew his history, and he couldn't BS them by parroting his usual 'Hope and Change' thing which the rest of the MSM eats up.

"If Obama treats the pre... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"If Obama treats the press so disrespectfully, why are they still overwhelmingly in the tank for him?"

He treates the press so disrespectfully BECAUSE they are in the tank for him.

He treats the voters the same way. He's reversed on almost everything he promised during the primaries because he knows the devout Marxist far leftists who put him where he is toady will not abandon their Marxist messiah.

And he'll treat the rest of America the same way. After he's elected he'll raise taxes on everyone (just like Clinton did after repeatedly lying and saying the same things Obama is saying today on the campaing trail).

It's just a simple fact that people like Obama have no respect for those they consider their lessers. In Obama's mind, his lessers are everyone else.

So - random, sloppy transpo... (Below threshold)

So - random, sloppy transportation governed by arbitrary rules changed without any explanation is a supposed indicator of executive experience?

I've said it before - Obama couldn't manage a 7/11 and turn a profit. Just think what he'd do to the country!

Don't forget, once Obama ch... (Below threshold)

Don't forget, once Obama chaired the Middle School Students Council because the permanent chairman was busy bombing federal buildings. Tee-hee. ww

Exit question: If ... (Below threshold)
Exit question: If Obama treats the press so disrespectfully, why are they still overwhelmingly in the tank for him?

Because they hate George W. Bush and the Republican party enough to plug their noses and pretend the stench is a figment of their imagination. They are so enamored with Obama, he could fart in their face and they would say "ummmm, that smells just like rose pedals".

When the "blind" are leading the blind, do you think they really care if the toilet seat is up or down?

Suddenly the right is conce... (Below threshold)

Suddenly the right is concerned about the proper care and feeding of the media. If it were Palin doing the mistreatment you'd cheer her for putting them in their place.

And to Obama's comments about how his campaign has prepared him for the presidenct, you needn't look any further than comments made my arch neocon David Frum for clarity on exactly that subject:


as bloggers like to say "read it all"

rob:glad to see I ... (Below threshold)


glad to see I am not the onlt one who misses the y when touch typing.

The point isn't "mistreatment of the media" but the effectiveness and sensitivity of the campaign organization to folks serving it. As a sign of what the rest of the country has to look forward to in an Obama administration.

[Anyone wanna lay bets on who his Secretary of Education might be? Ayers? Wright?]

As Obama 'manages' the smal... (Below threshold)

As Obama 'manages' the small things, he'll manage the large.

Arbitrary scheduling and pickup times for the press, with long waits while someone figures out what's going on? Unhelpful administrators managing press accomodations? Smelly, uncleaned airplane? Refusal to accomodate press requests which would HELP their campaign?


Let's expand that out. Are you looking towards a government bureaucracy that's even MORE arbitrary and capricious than it is now? Are you looking forward to transportation rivalling AEROFLOT at its worst? How about a whole slew of executive orders to implement desired policies, bypassing Congress because those intransigent bastards wouldn't know a good idea if it crawled up their pants and bit 'em in the wallet, the best explanation you'll get for is "Because I'm the President and I said so, that's why!"

Maybe this is a sign of the press waking up. Then again - they can just excuse it. "He's busy." "He's campaigning." "It's not his responsibility to oversee details."

But it IS his responsibility to put together a functioning administration - and if his campaign is this poorly managed and run, I don't see his administration being much better.

Let Obama in the White Hous... (Below threshold)

Let Obama in the White House and it will stink like his campaign airplane. Nastiness is next to unGodliness.

Yeah but Obama's management... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

Yeah but Obama's management of his campaign has shown he's really, really good at wasting money, which is apparently the most important qualification for our elected officials.

It took 4 disastrous years ... (Below threshold)

It took 4 disastrous years of Jimmy Carter to get us to Ronald Reagan. But I'm afraid 4 years of Obama would be much worse and I don't see the next Reagan out there. Jindal maybe?

That is a threat to the Oba... (Below threshold)

That is a threat to the Obama Campaign.

The press is saying "We've made you King, now it's time to bend your knee before us."

Sean P~LOL! That m... (Below threshold)

Sean P~

LOL! That made my morning.

I especially like the last part of the article:

"Maybe none of this means much. Maybe a front-running campaign like Obama's that is focused solely on victory doesn't have the time to do the mundane things like print up schedules or attend to the needs of reporters.

But in politics, everything that goes around comes around."

"Suddenly the right is c... (Below threshold)

"Suddenly the right is concerned about the proper care and feeding of the media."

That was pretty funny. If you don't care to comprehend what you read, it's not our fault.

This post shows the difference in the associations between the media and the opposing campaigns.

I'll spell it out for you. Obama apparently doesn't care if they have schedules or any creature comforts and they lap it up and turn around to write one puff piece after another about him pretending everything he says came from a burning bush.

McCain treats them respectfully, understanding they have schedules and accommodates them (and apparently provides a clean environment while traveling) and they write pieces about his wife's past addiction two pages long and can't say enough about his divorce 20 years ago.

But to you, we're "concerned about the proper care and feeding of the media"? Have you been paying attention?

sorry oyster, but you're dr... (Below threshold)

sorry oyster, but you're drawing your own conclusions here. I was commenting on the actual content not your imaginary subtexts.

Battered spouse syndrome?</... (Below threshold)

Battered spouse syndrome?

A lot of people have mental... (Below threshold)

A lot of people have mental problems which make them enjoy pain, even to the point of hurting themselves. The media fits right in that catagory, they kiss a** the man who will destroy the news industry and nothing will hit the airways or be printed that isn't written by the Hussein regime. Take it to the bank, the media is committing suicide and are so stupid they don't know it or care about it. Once the brain is dead, nothing enters. The followeres of Communism, Islamism, and Nazism all had or have Idols that led them to destruction.

Reality check! 1st just in ... (Below threshold)

Reality check! 1st just in case u all have not realized it yet u all are talkin to urselves. I can not believe any of u are spending time talking about Obama's campaign. Be honest if not to each other to yourself. It is because Obama has run an exemplary campaign is the reason he is winning. So what the media is sitting idle for hours, if it does not upset Obama should not upset them. The stinch goes beyond the plane but has permeated the Republican campaign which does not need a disgruntle reporter to bring it to the forefront. As an Obama supporter, the economy is in a crisis, there are 2 wars and the morale of our country is as low as it can go. At the end of the day, we will only have one president and then we need to come together as one NATION!! I am an African American and I can live with either choice because one thing is certain it will be a win win situation. The man that inherit this mess will be happy he won because of the position and the one who is defeated will be also win because the mess will be the other. Have a blessed day and let us all PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!

The media following Palin a... (Below threshold)

The media following Palin around have it the worst.

During Palin events the media are placed in a pen. If they attempt to leave the pen and mingle with the crowd, Palin aids block them and send them back to the pen.
ugot2Bkiddin:Thank... (Below threshold)


Thanks for the text message. But I don't read chatspeak.

Cockroach:That's j... (Below threshold)


That's just dumb. We don't care how you control your kids.

Young people, and those who... (Below threshold)

Young people, and those who never want to grow up, love Nietzsche. They forget that the great mind was also responsible for our present postmodernist predicament and before that the rise of Hitler. More specifically, that type of thinking leads to fascism. Yes, it is exactly the type of thinking that is going on right now within the Democratic party. They think that it is some kind of freedom, but in fact it is a form of fascism and they don't even recognize it. Their leader just happens to be Obama.






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