Obama: Politics as usual (updated) or not Posted by: McQ
on Thursday, February 28, 2008
Or "don't take this seriously, it's something I have to say on the campaign trail to gather the votes I need for office". Yeah, that's new.
Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.
Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama's campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.
The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.
How's that for "change?"
Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member's warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.
"Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn't intend to keep," the spokesperson said.
Uh, huh ... I'm sure Ambassador Wilson is just making this all up, isn't he?
Oh, and if you read the rest of the article you'll see that Canada is not at all pleased or impressed with the populist rhetoric being spouted by either Democratic candidate. As Dale notes, it's a wonderful way to begin improving our relationships with other nations, isn't it?
Canadian TV (CTV) caused a kafuffle yesterday when they reported that a “senior member” of Obama’s campaign called the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Wilson to warn him that the Illinois Senator would be taking some “heavy swings” at NAFTA but not to take such language too seriously as it’s all just “campaign rhetoric.”
The Canadian Foreign Ministry today flatly denied the story:
"I can categorically say that no one has contacted our embassy or our ambassador," said Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andre Lemay. "None of our officials at the embassy discussed anything with the runners up in the presidential campaign. We realize that one of the Canadian networks mentioned yesterday that such a call had been made. The report is untrue."
When asked whether Ambassador Michael Wilson, the Canadian emissary to the U.S., had received a call from anyone in the Obama campaign, Lemay said he had not.
Wilson "was not contacted by anybody," said Lemay. "Nor was any official in our embassy."
"We are saying the story is untrue," Lemay reiterated.
So, with the Democratic party we have two nominees that will, 1) pi$$ in the face face of our allies and put NAFTA on "hold" for "review", making our word and contractual bonds worthless to the world, while 2) sitting down with our enemies and all about world thugs, without conditions, and treat them as equals, in the likes of Castro and Ahmadinejad.
If this isn’t enough to give any American of whatever political stripe fear and loathing in voting a Democratic ticket, then I don’t know what will.
I wish I had more choice than McCain in stopping these Democrats, but I’ll go to war with the weapons I have rather than wait for the one that I want...
You know, with our economy in such a bad way, with so many victims of cruel subprime peddlers out of a home, with all those jobs shipped away.....it would be a criminal waste of money to throw an inaguration party for any Dem that becomes Pres.
I think that if they win, a Pres. St. Obama or Hillary should quietly take the oath in private, and give all the money for their party to the poor, poor victims.