This is pathetic! Man’s an incompetent boob!
From HOTAIR, this report:
Anderson Cooper asked Barack Obama last night to answer the claim that Sarah Palin has more applicable experience than he does. In response, he completely ignores Palin’s status as governor, and then makes the claim that a campaign counts as executive experience:
AC: Some Republican critics say, you don’t have the experience to handle a situation like this [Hurricane Gustav]. They’ve in fact said that Governor Palin has more executive experience as mayor of a small town and as governor of a big state like Alaska. What’s your response?
BO: Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I’ve passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.
McCain’s response, via his campaign, is, first off, far more intelligent by comparison (and otherwise), as it is also far more “word efficient” and succinct. Gets the job done, issue addressed, question answered.
Update: The McCain campaign has responded to Mark Halperin at Time:
“For Barack Obama to argue that he’s experienced enough to be president because he’s running for president is desperate circular logic and it’s laughable. It is a testament to Barack Obama’s inexperience and failing qualifications that he would stoop to passing off his candidacy as comparable to Governor Sarah Palin’s executive experience managing a budget of over 10 billion dollar dollars, and more than 24,000 employees.” — Tucker Bounds, spokesman John McCain 2008
I can see it now, the huge and wasteful governmental-mess that Obama would create if he could: filled with waste, elaborations, circular avoidances of any conclusion, generalities enough to annoy even the most patient person, expenses to “pay for” all of that including an eventual, belabored conclusion that is dumbfoundingly foolish, such as Obama’s conclusion, that he’s experienced to be President “because (he’s) running for President.”
What a doofus!
Go McCain/Palin ’08!
Sarah Palin’s executive experience trumps Barack Obama’s.