Tom Bevan at Yahoo News acknowledges a few more signs of a narcissistic ego.

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First from Rice:

SPIEGEL: Critics say the trip is nothing but a PR stunt to strengthen his foreign-policy credentials and that he has only rarely been to Europe before.

Rice: Senator Obama has travelled to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia many times before. He lived in Asia. He bows to nobody in his understanding of this world.

and then it’s his

We then asked, well, what about foreign policy — should we be concerned that you just don’t have much experience there?

He said, directly, two things.

First, he said, I’m on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where I serve with a number of Senators who are widely regarded as leading experts on foreign policy — and I can tell you that I know as much about foreign policy at this point as most of them.

bevan notes

Just who is Obama comparing himself to with this remark? Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee who would fit the description of “widely regarded as leading experts on foreign policy” include Joe Biden (34 years on the Committee), Dick Lugar (28 years), Chris Dodd (26 years), and Chuck Hagel (10 years). Together those gentlemen have nearly 100 years worth of experience on the Foreign Relations Committee, compared to Obama’s three.

and concludes:

Put another way, Obama responded to a question about concerns over his lack of foreign policy experience by saying, “it’s not what I’ve done but who I am that matters.”

The author concludes by asking if this may work (as it did for Bush).

Does it? Rassmunsen tells us

While Barack Obama has touted his travel to the Middle East and Europe this week as a “fact-finding” trip, 63% of Americans do not believe it makes the Democratic candidate any more qualified to be president.

and in another survey

In a separate survey this week, 45% said Obama is too inexperienced to be president. This number has risen from 41% over the past week. But the same number — 45% — believe the Democratic candidate does have the necessary experience.

Slightly more than half (53%) of Americans in the new poll do not approve of candidates making statements contrary to U.S. government policy while visiting U.S. troops in a war zone. Only 29% believe that it’s okay to do so.

So, MSNBC – keep it up! Work harder for those 5 million – he needs it!


Politico reports that the lucky mortals bused in to worship The One at the stadium will have to

The crowd enveloping Barack Obama when he accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Invesco Field at Mile High will be asked to get to work for the privilege

Will they erect  a pyramid? Not yet. But:

“We’re going to ask those 80,000 people in that stadium to march out of there and go with very specific instructions and goals to register millions of new voters,” Hildebrand said.

Lucky dogs!

And in the meanwhile the emperor is making plans for presidential transition

24 Jul 2008 08:55 am

With less than six months to go before he would be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president, Sen. Barack Obama has directed his aides to begin planning for the transition

Answers McCain

That brought this response from McCain spokesman Brian Rogers: “Before they’ve even crossed the 50-yard line, the Obama campaign is already dancing in the end zone with a new White House transition team. The American people are more concerned with Barack Obama’s poor judgment and readiness to lead than his inaugural ball.”

Which is peachy. meanwhile McCain gains in polls in 4 battleground states

McCain and Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota while the Illinois senator has a more comfortable double-digit edge in Wisconsin, according to polling conducted by Quinnipiac University

Funny, wasn’t Colorado the one with the big stadium speech?