Update: With video.
Obama is not qualified to be president, we know that. Obama does not have the experience necessary.
In case of national emergency Obama would vote “present” then run for the door.
We do not trust Obama to run a 7-11 store, let alone a 9-11 type emergency.
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
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During the Ohio primary Obama attacked Hillary savagely on NAFTA. Obama mail after Obama mail attacked Hillary Clinton on her character and how Hillary was not to be believed.
The piece targets not just Clinton’s record on trade but her credibility. It says that she is “changing her tune” now that she’s campaigning in places like Ohio, but when Obama says he will fix broken trade deals “we can believe him.”
In pictures and words Obama extolled his nonexistent record on NAFTA and attacked Hillary’s character and credibility on NAFTA.
The general campaign is on, independent voters are up for grabs, and Barack Obama is toning down his populist rhetoric – at least when it comes to free trade.
In an interview with Fortune to be featured in the magazine’s upcoming issue, the presumptive Democratic nominee backed off his harshest attacks on the free trade agreement and indicated he didn’t want to unilaterally reopen negotiations on NAFTA.
“Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified,” he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake,” despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy.
Does that mean his rhetoric was overheated and amplified? “Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don’t exempt myself,” he answered.
As the interviewer notes Obama’s tone stands in marked contrast to his primary campaign’s anti-NAFTA fusillades. And
Now, however, Obama says he doesn’t believe in unilaterally reopening NAFTA.
Readers of Big Pink will recall the category of Obama lies on NAFTA which we wrote about at the time of the Ohio primary.
Obama jumped into the anti-trade waters with Clinton even though his top economics adviser, the University of Chicago’s Austan Goolsbee, has written that America’s wage gap is primarily the result of a globalized information economy – not free trade.
On Feb. 8, Goolsbee met with the Canadian consul general in Chicago and offered assurances that Obama’s rhetoric was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy,” according to a Canadian memo summarizing the meeting that was obtained by Fortune. “In fact,” the Canadian memo said, Goolsbee “mentioned that going forward the Obama camp was going to be careful to send the appropriate message without coming off as too protectionist.”
“more reflective of political maneuvering than policy” is a fancy way of saying ‘Obama is just fooling with his dimwitted supporters and trying to bamboozle voters into voting for him but don’t worry Obama is just lying to those fools’.
“In their final head-to-head meeting before Tuesday’s Ohio and Texas primaries, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) declared that they would opt out of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico unless those two countries renegotiated the pact’s labor and environmental provisions to the United States’ liking.”
Obama’s promise is no longer, as the Nixon White House liars would say, “operative”.
One day after Clinton angrily accused him of distorting her record on the North American Free Trade Agreement in mass mailings, the Illinois senator was eager to rekindle the long-distance debate, using passages from the former first lady’s book as well as her own words.
“Ten years after NAFTA passed, Senator Clinton said it was good for America,” Obama said. “Well, I don’t think NAFTA has been good for America—and I never have.” [snip]
On Saturday, Clinton called attention to her plan to fix problems with NAFTA and a commitment against any future trade deals “unless they are positive for American workers.”
To an audience of Boilermakers Union members and their families, Obama promised the same thing, with particular attention paid to labor and environmental concerns.
Obama’s promises are no longer “operative”.
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Obama can’t be trusted – by anybody – friends, financial benefactors, donors, allies – anybody.
Muslims can’t trust Obama now even though (we’ll write about this in this “Voting For Barack Obama” series later on) Obama has a long history with some shady Muslim characters he “used to” be very close friends with and benefitted from those friendships.
“I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to,” said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. “The message that I thought was delivered to us was that they do not want him associated with Muslims or Muslim supporters.”
Obama’s supporters and donors and admirers are learning not to trust Obama.
Yesterday the New York Times editorialized, regarding the FISA bill:
Senator Barack Obama opposes immunity and voted against the temporary expansion of FISA. We hope he will show strong leadership this time. He might even take time off from the campaign to vote against the disturbing deal brewing in the back rooms of Congress.
Instead of fighting FISA, Obama was once again AWOL from the fight. At some point Obama’s supporters will learn that Obama and his allies like Nancy Pelosi are not to be trusted.
That’s a simple fact for voters when they considered Voting For Barack Obama – Obama can’t be trusted.