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Poor Obama Needs More Time To Think

From our friend Jake Tapper at ABC News:

Microphone Picks Up Private Conversation Between Obama and British Leader on Need for Vacations and ‘Thinking’ Time

Microphone Picks Up Private Conversation Between Obama and British Leader on Need for Vacations and ‘Thinking’ Time

July 26, 2008

At British Parliament today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, met with Tory Leader David Cameron.

Seemingly unaware of an enormous fuzzy boom mike held by ABC News’ Eric Kerchner, the two chatted casually — and privately.

“You should be on the beach,” Cameron told Obama. “You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.”

“You’ve got to refresh yourself,” agreed Obama.

“Do you have a break at all?” asked Cameron.

“I have not,” said Obama. “I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who — not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process —  said that, should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be — ”

“These guys just chalk your diary up,” said Cameron, referring to a packed schedule.

“Right,” Obama said. “In 15 minute increments …”

“We call it the dentist’s waiting room,” Cameron said. “You have to scrap that because you’ve got to have time.”

“And, well, and you start making mistakes,” Obama said, “or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel– ”

“Your feeling,” interrupted Cameron. “And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.”

“That’s exactly right,” Obama said. “And the truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know ten times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.”

Of course there is some truth in what Messers Obama and Cameron said here. But how does it apply to Mr. Obama?

All the anointed one has done for the past year is campaign. Which involves giving the same stump speech once or twice a day and shaking hands with a few people — but mostly it entails a lot of (highly pampered) traveling.

Therefore, campaigning should afford a candidate plenty of time to think.

Moreover, before Mr. Obama deigned to become the leader of the free world, he had plenty of time for cogitation. Especially given that he has never had a real job.

So where are all of the grand ideas he has come up with? His “big picture”? Instead, he simply mouths every shopworn Democrat nostrum since the 1960s. And even those have been written out for him by the longtime Democrat hack David Axelrod.

And don’t get us started on Mr. Obama’s “judgment.”

In all, it’s not a very impressive output for such a supposedly brilliant man.

(And we are still waiting to see his college transcripts.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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