…or does he? Where’s Miss Cleo when you need her? Maybe we’ll have to wait for John Edward to tell us one day.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Tim Russert interviewed the eloquent and articulate State Senator from Illinois, and keynote speaker at this year’s Democratic convention in Boston. Mr. Russert, as he is prone to do, dug up something the Senator had said before, this time in 1996, regarding the Democratic convention in Chicago. Here’s what the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Mr. Obama telling its correspondent:
So, Russert noted, “150 donors gave $40 million dollars to this [Boston] convention. That’s worse than Chicago, using your standards,” and he asked, “Are you offended by that? And what message does that send the average voter?”
Obama replied, “I, it, it, you know, I, I think that politics, uh, and money, uh, are a problem in this, in this country, uh, for both parties. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Uh, one of the things I’m proud about though is that when you look at John Kerry’s record, uh, what you know is here’s a person who is consistently voting on behalf of what he thinks is best for America and this country. Uh, I don’t think a convention changes that. Uh, I do think that the more we as Democrats encourage participation from people who, at this point, feel locked out of the process, the stronger we are. One of the strengths of our party has always been, uh, the fact that, uh, we are closer to the Average Joe, the guy who is trying to make a living, the guy who is trying to send his kids to college and pay his bills. And it, we are actively reaching those folks, and talking about the policies that we have, uh, to make this a stronger country, to make us more respected abroad. And I’m absolutely confident that we’ll do well in November.”
Okay, is there a psychic in the house? Or someone who speaks Politickese? What was Obama’s answer? Is he offended? And what message does it send?