In spite of both calls coming during working hours.

He was in Hawaii eating shave ice when Russia attacked Georgia – couldn’t be bothered with a coherent statement then either

He is…not doing homework on Fridays when the markets need swift measures

Reports LA Times

– Sen. Barack Obama today met with some of his many economic advisors and made an announcement that he was not going to make an announcement about any new plan to plan plans.

Being from LA, we get the Leno take

Obama’s inaction prompted Jay Leno in his opening monologue tonight on “The Tonight Show” to point out an essential presidential campaign unfairness, that Obama has criticized McCain’s economic plan but the Republican can’t respond because “nobody knows” what Obama’s is yet.

and then back to Obama

“Given the gravity of this situation,” Obama said with gravity, “based on conversations I’ve had with both Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke, I will refrain from presenting a …

… more detailed blueprint about how an immediate plan might be structured until I can fully review details of the plan proposed by the Treasury and Federal Reserve.”

Should we remind Barack that the lady already has one? And what to make of the media indignation that Bill Clinton praised Hillary’s plan (instead of Obama’s  lack of it)

And let’s recall Obama’s outrage about being accused of not supporting something he doesn’t support. McCain’s ad was on the spot.

He is repeating his debate performances. Only now, as he’s not following Hillary, he’s less sure he should say “what he sad”

At the Swamp, one comment captures it

Yesterday Messiah
“John McCain can’t decide whether he’s Barry Goldwater or Dennis Kucinich,” he said, referencing one of the heroes of Republican politics and the populist representative from Ohio. “He’s not clear about what he thinks or what he believes.”

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Todays Messiah:

“Given the gravity of this situation, based on conversations I’ve had with both Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke, I will refrain from presenting a more detailed blueprint about how an immediate plan might be structured until I can fully review details of the plan proposed by the Treasury and Federal Reserve,” Obama said.
“I think it’s critical at this point that the markets and the public have confidence that their work will be unimpeded by partisan wrangling.”

Update

In spite of this pathetic failure, Politico declares Obama winner of the day, the week, the decade and the millennium (I just skipped a bit ahead the predictable little book)

Obama’s performance today made this business week a clean sweep for the Democrats. When the Illinois senator called McCain “panicked” during a campaign stop in Florida, he was overstating the case, but this week the Democrats have defined the economic debate every single day. And though Obama has yet to lay out an especially detailed or substantive response to the economic crisis, he’s kept up an series of attacks on McCain-Palin that have taken their toll.

While a few days ago, polls were totally ignored, they are now back in the news – as they can support the preordained “win”