FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Barack Obama says he’s “tired of listening to folks who talk tough and act dumb,” then proceeds to talk tough and act dumb
Perhaps earplugs are in order the next time you speak, Mr. Obama, so that you don't make yourself tired by listening?
Barack Obama shot off at the mouth at a Sunday evening speech in Michigan, saying the following:
We are going to change our foreign policy, because I am tired of listening to folks who talk tough and act dumb.
If John McCain wants to have a debate about foreign policy, I am happy to have that debate.
If Barack Obama making recklessly aggressive statements and bragging about how eager he is to debate the Republican nominee sounds familiar to you, well, you’ve been paying attention to the former community organizer’s braggadocios speeches over the last few months.
On May 16, Barack Obama bravely declared that he would debate John McCain “anywhere, anytime.”
“If John McCain wants to meet me anywhere, anytime, to have a debate about our respective policies in Iraq, in Iran, in the Middle East or around the world, that is a conversation I am happy to have,” said Obama to an adoring audience of “objective reporters” in Waterstown, South Dakota. “I believe that there is no separation between John McCain and George Bush…and I think their policy has failed.”
Of course, the McCain campaign responded to this with an immediate call for ten town hall-style “debates” — a style and quantity unheard of in recent presidential campaigns, when most candidates want to be able to limit the damage that can occur as a result of going off-script at any time.
The Obama campaign responded with a North Korea-style offensive, refusing to participate (clearly, they too have heard Obama speak without a TelePrompTer — it is not pretty) but claiming that it was the McCain campaign that actually declined the opportunity.
“It’s disappointing that Senator McCain and his campaign decided to decline this proposal,” said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, who was either the most confused man on the planet at the moment he released that statement, or simply a bold-faced liar (those aren’t “new” in politics, Barry, just FYI).
In Springfield, MO at the end of July, Obama did the same thing, comparing himself to Wild Bill Hickok and blurting out, “I’m ready to duel John McCain on taxes right here, quick draw.”
Again, the McCain campaign responded with an offer of real debates – and again Obama holstered his pistol and spurred his horse out of town before being made to back up his lip.
For a good ol’ boy who claims to want to change so much, and to be so eager to put his words, ideas, and “experience” to the test against the GOP’s nominee, Barack Obama sure does a whole lot of what he claims to be tired of: “talk[ing] tough and act[ing] dumb.”