Today an official McCain spokesman blasted Barack Obama for using his campaign plane to visit his very ill 85-year old grandmother in Hawaii. She’s been frail for a long time, and broke her hip, which can be devastating. In the past, Obama didn’t make it in time to see his mother before she died, so he wanted to make sure he didn’t make the same mistake twice.
My opinion, which is admittedly biased since I am an Obama supporter and a grandmother, I don’t think it was wrong, but I’d say the same about Mr. McCain (if his grandmother is still living), and it’s not fair to say that Obama should have taken a commercial flight. Besides his entourage, which, sure, he could have left on the mainland (though that doesn’t make sense, since he has to keep on top of so many different details and needs these people), there is his Secret Service detail to deal with.
I just don’t get why McCain couldn’t have just left this alone, but this thread isn’t about McCain’s opinion, it’s my wondering what Dopers, left, right, Republican, Democrat, Independent, other political, non-political, every stripe, think.
What do you think?
(I know there’s another thread about this in IMHO, but it’s more about if you were a grandparent, would you want your grandchild to come visit you if you were ill and they were in the middle of something important. It’s a very different thread. This one is specifically about Obama.)