Obama Dismisses and Attacks, Then Whines About Dismissals and Attacks

I had to laugh when I heard Barack Obama’s plaintive whining about Sarah Palin last night.  I got the mental image of a kid sniffing while describing how a mean girl beat him up on the way home from school:

Wednesday night on stage in St. Paul, both Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani belittled Obama’s work as a community organizer in Chicago in the 80s. Obama called the reaction “curious,” as if he were trying to jump from a post-college job to the presidency.

“The question I have for them is that why would that kind of work be ridiculous? Who are they fighting for?” he said. “I think maybe that’s the problem – that’s part of why they’re out of touch and they don’t get it because they haven’t spent much time working on behalf of those folks.”

And he’s got his equally teary-eyed friends, like campaign manager David Plouffe, whining with him:

“Let’s clarify something for them right now,” Plouffe said in his Wednesday night posting. “Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.”

Plouffe mentioned that community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the womens’ suffrage movement, and labor rights. “Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up,” he said.

What makes it so so patently ridiculous that its funny is that they did the dismissing the value of such “valuable community contributions” firstIn fact, Barack Obama personally trivialized Sarah Palin’s record as Mayor of a small town:

OBAMA: “Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.”

How dare you do unto me as I did unto you!  How dare you!

Obama somehow managed to conveniently forget that – as Governor of Alaska – Sarah Palin governed a staff that was at least TEN TIMES as large as Obama’s campaign.  So when Obama laments Sarah Palin’s omission of his time spent as an (adjunct) law professor, et al, he has some ‘splainin’ to do about his own omissions.  And, just to put the icing on the cake, Obama’s own Convention bio didn’t mention Obama’s “law professor” status – or the abortion of the Constitution he presented to students.

What did Sarah Palin say?  She carved him up by first recognizing his dismissal of her work on behalf of real Americans:

I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.

When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

One of Palin’s other barbs was right on target there, as he talks about Obama being concerned about the “Constitution”:

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay … he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights? Government is too big … he wants to grow it.

And she’s absolutely right: that IS his worry.

If that wasn’t laughably hypocritical enough, Barack Obama, David Axelrod and David Plouffe ALL attacked Sarah Palin even as they moaned about how she had attacked them.

They think they’re voters are too stupid to follow events and understand them.  It may be the one thing they’re right about.

When I was in the fifth or sixth grade, there was this annoying little punk kid.  One day, as I was walking home from school, I saw him teasing this Somoan girl.  He mercilessly jibed her again and again; and then lightly ran out of the way when she charged after him.  Well, as taunters often do, he enjoyed himself a little too much, and – while trying to let her come close to make it “funnier” – he got too close to her and she grabbed him.  And that girl beat the living snot out of him.

To this day, I have to say it was one of the most satisfying things I have ever seen.

After all the destructive attacks against Sarah Palin by Barack Obama’s cockroaches, I felt something of the same vicarious satisfaction watching her speech.

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One Response to “Obama Dismisses and Attacks, Then Whines About Dismissals and Attacks”

  1. John/San Diego Says:

    Absolutely right on!!

    I saw the same interview and thought the same! First he says “she’s just a mayor”, then when she says “he’s just a community organizer”, he has the gall to say “why would you say that??”

    What’s more, the democrat convention had no substantiative explanation of what he plans to do, just a lot of rhetoric. So what’s he do after the republican convention?? complains how “they” didn’t offer any details or plans!?! What did HE offer?!?

    It’s like he doesn’t remember what he just said, or he thinks no one else will….

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