Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Senator Obama's comments, the one's quoted in The National Review flowed from this context, didn't it?
Actually, Bob, I don't believe it did. I see nowhere in his speech where he mentioned and of the points you brought up. One would certainly think that, as a senator of the opposing party, he would have been happy to spell that out to the public but he simply called raising the debt limit as a sign of leadership failure.
Actually, I admire your attempt to tie in everything you tried to tie into it but, in fact, Obama himself has admitted he made a mistake back then,.
"President Obama now realizes that it is necessary to be of a more mature frame of mind as the occupant of the Oval Office than he was as a mere U.S. Senator. He now realizes we cannot afford to play politics with something as important as the debt limit.
To be fair, all of his fellow Democrats in the Senate cast the same vote. It was all about hardball politics against President Bush. Now that he is President himself, Barack Obama realizes this mistake."
Said Obama: "I think that it's important to understand the vantage point of a Senator versus the vantage point of a...President. When you're a Senator, traditionally what's happened is this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars... As President, you start realizing, 'You know what? We-- we can't play around with this stuff. This is the full faith in credit of the United States.' And so that was just a example of a new Senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I'm the first one to acknowledge it."
So, Bob, his speech was nothing about war expenditures concealed from the public or borrowing money to pay the rich people. It was simple politics, which he freely admits now. Nice try, though
Sincerely, I appreciate your response, I asked for an explanation and you delivered your thoughts. I appreciate it.