Everbody’s Working For the Weekend (Well, Almost)

“Throughout the entire debate, he didn’t say the words “middle class.” Not once.”——Barack Obama talking about John McCain while praising himself for Friday night. 

I can’t say it enough.  Unfortunately for Senator Obama, actions speak louder than words.  John McCain was in Washington, not as part of a campaign stop but as a member of the 110th Congress, since last Friday working on what has become known as the “Emergeny Economic Stabilization Act of 2008”.   Senators Obama and Biden chose to disregard their duties as members of this Congress and continue their campaign stops. 

It is ironic that McCain can be/will be labeled ‘out of touch’ even though he is the only member of Congress currently running for President who could speak to the provisions BEFORE it hit the Internet.  It is also ironic that if Pres. Bush signs and Senator McCain votes for this bill, Senator McCain’s support  will be portrayed as ‘voting with Bush’ by the Obama campaign despite the presumed need for the bill by both parties. 

It’s 3am. America is facing an economic crisis.  The phone rings. Who do you want on the other end?  John McCain who is already working on a solution?  Or Barack Obama who gave specific instructions to his advisors to call only if he was needed?  On November 4, you decide!

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3 AM

It’s 3am.  Somewhere a phone is ringing.  But don’t worry, it’s just Obama sending text messages because he can’t sleep.

Published in: on August 23, 2008 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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It’s 3AM again!

The crisis in Georgia has highlighted the 3am issue Sen Clinton first brought up in the primaries.  Both candidates reacted to it differently and their reactions were a glimpse into the foreign policy each candidate would bring to the White House. 

First, Sen McCain.  When he called Pres Saakashvili, Sen McCain expressed support for Georgia in the struggle against Russia and rallied all Americans to get behind Georgia.  He condemned Russia’s aggression and noted that Russia invaded as a sign to other countries that attempt to deal with the West would only earn them the same fate.  Georgia was seeking NATO membership.  He also sought a diplomatic solution to the crisis. 

Next, Sen Obama.  He used his eloquent words to give a speech that condemned Russia and the military action it took.  He urged Russia to sign a cease fire agreement and wants international monitors to verify the terms of a peace treaty.  Sen Obama also wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis. 

Notice the two responses. John McCain was able to pick up the phone and call the President of Georgia to see what the situation was and vocalize his support to Pres Saakashvili.  Sen Obama was able to find a working microphone and denounce Russia and offer the services of international diplomats to resolve the situation. 

  Some people have called Sen McCain’s words saber rattling, others cite them as evidence of his thirst for war and still others ask where Georgia is and why should we care?  Some have even tried to sneak oil into the debate since BP has a pipeline there.  (By the way a Russian reporter even likened his country’s response to that of America after 9/11, saying “the US roared like a stuck pig even though the material and human loss was minimal” .)  Sen Obama has apparently taken all of these positions when he allowed his camp to make a statement on the situation.  Today John McCain was criticized by the Obama camp as being too aggressive and may have even “complicated” the crisis in Georgia.  “Complicated”? By taking a stand on the issue? 

Sen McCain may not be President yet and his words and actions may be just that at this point, but which response would you want from a sitting American President? The response that included a phone call or the one that included a calculated speech?  Let’s put it the Hilary Clinton way:

It’s 3am, John McCain is woken up and immediately gets the President of Georgia on the phone to assess the situation. 

or

It’s 3am, Barack Obama is woken up and immediately asks “Where is my speech writer and how fast can he get here?” 

You decide!