Thursday, 24 July 2008

Another Barack Obama misspeak

Barack Obama seems to have a problem with exaggerating, some might say with telling the truth. There are plenty of examples on the web and many on this blog, see my last post for some examples.

The latest example comes from a news conference in Israel

How odd, Barack Obama calls the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, "my committee". Very odd as the members of this committee are listed as:

"Christopher J. Dodd Chairman (D-CT)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Robert P. Casey (D-PA)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Richard C. Shelby Ranking Member (R-AL)
Robert F. Bennett (R-UT)
Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)
Mel Martinez (R-FL)"

As far as I am aware, in his long and brilliant career in the US Senate, Barack Obama has held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans' Affairs up until December 2006. In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He is also Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs. Barack Obama's website seems to agree with me and not him - here.

What was he thinking of? Surely he wasn't deliberately fibbing so presumably he will set the record straight at the earliest opportunity.

I presume Barack Obama's mistake will be headline news on the BBC today, or is that privilege reserved for American Republican and British Conservative politicians not for American Democrats and British Labour politicians?

UPDATE: The story gets even more strange, it appears that Barack Obama is on record as opposing the bill he claimed to have

PowerLine report that (my emphasis):
"Senator Obama did not appear in the Senate to vote on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment calling on the government to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist entity and thus suffer the imposition of sanctions. On the day of the vote on the amendment, however, Obama issued a statement announcing that he would have voted against it. In the statement, the closest he came to addressing the merits of the amendment was his assertion that "he does not think that now is the time for saber-rattling towards Iran." The amendment passed the Senate 76-22 on September 26, 2007, with many Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Richard Durbin, and Chuck Schumer voting in its favor."
Do read the PowerLine piece as it also details the three very different positions on this matter that Barack Obama has taken subsequent to the vote.

Many people have fallen for Barack Obama in the way that many fell for the easy charm and the "pretty straight guy" persona of Tony Blair. I believe that Barack Obama is as straight a politician as Tony Blair was. Just like Blair, Obama wants power and probably also the money and lifestyle that goes with that power.

Eventually the penny dropped that Tony Blair was not a "pretty straight guy" and one day the same will happen re Barack Obama. I just hope that America and the world do not have to suffer because the US electorate were taken in by a smooth talking (when on auto-cue) salesman, supported by a star-struck liberal media.

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