William Katz: Urgent Agenda
OBAMA - THE INTERVIEW
Posted at 1:12 p.m. ET
Reader Peter Madsen writes this: "A college professor who hasn't been off campus much: Obama sans teleprompter on the Stephanopoulos show. When I was in Toastmasters we always had an ah-counter. You'd need two of them to keep up with this bird."
Mr. Madsen makes a valid point. The Obama in interviews is not the Obama with a prepared speech, addressing the multitudes. He has difficulty answering questions. He stumbles. He often seems at a loss for facts. You get the impression of a man constantly conniving, trying to express, not his own opinion, but the politically useful opinion. I've also had the feeling that he doesn't prepare very well.
The Politico reports on Obama's interview with George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." Obama does not shine.
So why hadn't he communicated those things? He's dealt with the abortion issue throughout his political career.
Then there's this, which leans to the bizarre:
Do you understand the logic of what he said? He considered joining the military because it was "an ennobling and, you know, honorable option." But there was no war on, so that's why he didn't? It isn't ennobling or honorable in peacetime?
What is Obama saying? I recall that Hillary Clinton once "disclosed" that she'd tried to join the Marines. The story fell flat. I don't think anyone took her seriously. Now Obama comes out with this weird pronouncement on joining the military.
Strange. Very strange.
September 7, 2008.