Friday, July 25, 2008

After I'm President...

In an NBC interview John McCain didn't like Obama speaking in foreign counrties:
"I would rather speak at a rally or a political gathering any place outside of the country after I am president of the United States," McCain told O'Donnell. "But that's a judgment that Sen. Obama and the American people will make."

Now I'm 55 years old and have a functioning memory so some things stuck in my mind, like NYT reporting on John McCain's stop in Mexico:
We must secure our borders and then we will address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform,” Mr. McCain said at a news conference in a helicopter hangar

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Mr. McCain, who flew to Phoenix on Thursday afternoon, was in Mexico on the third and final day of a Latin American tour intended to promote himself as a seasoned foreign policy hand compared with Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The WaPo talked about McCain's politicking in Colombia:
The news conference, which took place in front of a linear building designed by famed Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona, was not without its technical difficulties. At one point the lamp illuminating Uribe and the visiting lawmakers went out, forcing staffers to aim lights intended for the translators in the direction of McCain and his companions.

McCain also spoke in detail about the government's battle against the FARC, describing it in the same terms he often uses to characterize the war in Iraq.

"Certainly it's my view that significant progress has been made against the FARC in the presidency of President Uribe," he said. "These struggles are always hard. I, again, agree there is a long way to go. This struggle is far from over. But I'm proud of the leadership and work of President Uribe and his strong and brave men and women working in the military."

How about photo opportunity boat trips? WaPo talked about it:
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA -- After riding a fast boat on the Port of Cartagena and inspecting Colombian drug interdiction efforts this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) declared the Colombian government should be viewed as a key ally in stemming the flow of cocaine into the U.S. even as drug trafficking remains a serious program.

"We have a long way to go to stem the flow of drugs into the United States of America," the presumptive GOP nominee told reporters in a press conference here

But nobody should campaign in the Middle East, The Telegraph took issue with McCain regarding Iran, Iraq, Shia, Sunni:
At a press conference in Amman, Jordan, Mr McCain said he was concerned about Iranians "taking al-Qa'eda into Iran, training them and sending them back".

When challenged, he responded: "Well, it's common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qa'eda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That's well known. And it's unfortunate."

So McCain is talking about what done by whom? Straight Talk Express... Evidently the size of the crowd is the metric this is measured by, you know a quarter million versus a handful of reporters. I don't get very twisted up by policy disagreements but out and out lying about your opposition is pretty sad - particularly when the media is complicit.

1 comment:

WarrenTerra said...

Also note that State Dept. personnel were forbidden from attending Obama's speech in Berlin, while the ambassador to Canada and iirc also the ambassador to Mexico or the ambassador to Colombia arranged the speeches McCain gave during his visits.