Friday, July 25, 2008

Careful What You Wish for

Some people are complaining that the news media is pro-Obama, especially after the Democratic candidate's overseas trip this week.

Well, what exactly was the media supposed to do? Ignore his visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Europe? One of the chief criticisms of Obama has been his lack of foreign policy credentials. If you believe it to have been true, it certainly seems like he has confronted those shortcomings head-on. Besides, for a presidential candidate to make such an overseas trip--especially before he's even been officially nominated--is unprecedented. So was the news media supposed to somehow ignore this trip?

Was the media also supposed to gloss over the fact that an estimated 200,000 people gathered to hear Obama's speech in Berlin yesterday? Hell, when's the last time 200,000 Europeans gathered for an American political leader and did anything except throw rocks and bottles? Even more amazing, people in the crowd were waving American flags instead of burning them!!!!

The chief whiners about all the attention being paid to Obama are the Republicans. Quite frankly, they need to just shut the f*ck up. It was their own idiot of a candidate--McCain himself--who criticized Obama for never having visited Iraq in the first place. And now that Obama that has taken McCain up on the suggestion, his supporters are bitchng about it?!?!

Sometimes you just have to be careful about what you wish for.

So in the interest of equal time, here's what McCain was supposed to do this week: Make a trip to an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico to highlight the candidate's support of offshore drilling. The trip was canceled because of Hurricane Dolly. Then, in a bit of REALLY bad timing, there was a tanker accident at the mouth of the Mississippi River which resulted in a 12 mile oil slick.

Apparently some campaign officials decided that promoting offshore drilling while crews in the background are frantically trying to contain a nearby oil spill would have looked bad on the news.

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