Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hillary Confirms a Clear Choice!

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After playing nice during the Nevada debate, Hillary Clinton is back to picking at Barack Obama for what she sees as an open wound. But I’m not so sure she is seeing what she thinks she is seeing! It all started with this revelation by Obama, when asked to comment on an earlier statement about his role as president:
Well, I think what I was describing was how I view the presidency. Now, being president is not making sure that schedules are being run properly or the paperwork is being shuffled effectively.

It involves having a vision for where the country needs to go.

It involves having the capacity to bring together the best people and being able to spark the kind of debate about how we're going to solve health care; how we're going to solve energy; how we are going to deliver good jobs and good wages; how we're going to keep people in their homes, here in Nevada; and then being able to mobilize and inspire the American people to get behind that agenda for change.
He followed with this honest admission of a perceived weakness:
And my desk and my office doesn't look good. I've got to have somebody around me who is keeping track of that stuff.

And that's not trivial; I need to have good people in place who can make sure that systems run. That's what I've always done, and that's why we run not only a good campaign, but a good U.S. Senate office.
After smelling blood, Hillary’s response came quickly, with an explanation of why she’s soooooo much better prepared to be president than Obama:
I was somewhat taken aback about what he said, that was reported yesterday. I think it’s important that we have a president who understands that you have to run the government.

(People) want a president who they believe gets up every single day and works for them, that requires a president who is hands-on. Who after you set the goals and give the speeches, you go back to the White House and you start holding people accountable and you want to know what they’ve done today to help the American people.

You’ve got to take on this government, you’ve got to to run this government, you can’t leave it to others.
Right, Hillary! Like Bill was a president who was sooooo hard-working and detail oriented that he got up every morning and filed his own paperwork! As I recall, he made full use of interns in order to keep his systems running!

Barack Obama is striving to be a president who is an inspirational, visionary leader who, in common business parlance, “empowers” others to play an integral role in achieving the vision they helped create.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, thinks the American people deserve a micro-managing, autocratic, know-it-all, control freak in the Oval Office!

The choice is clear: Do we want a president who runs the country like Steve Jobs runs Apple . . . or do we want a president who runs the country like Al Davis runs the Oakland Raiders?


  1. Great analogy Seenos. Obama might want to use that.

    He should refer to her as a micro manager. Great "framing" of the argument.

  2. Giraffe7:34 AM

    She annoys me more each time I hear her, because she is so into herself. I like Obama's calm delivery. He doesn't seem to have anger or seem like such a political animal.

  3. Lost Wages Joe10:10 AM

    This is pretty trivial sniping by both Obama (I think the unspoken implication of his statement is that at least one of his rivals IS a micro-manager, and its not hard to figure-out which rival he's implicitly referring to) and Hillary (she's making a more obvious criticism, but I think that there's an unspoken implication in her case as well; that Obama might have some of W's negative traits). Thankfully, regardless of their respective management styles, either one is incalcuable better than what we're stuck with now.

    I'm happy to see that my man Edwards hasn't waded into the mud to join the party on this "issue", but alas, he probably will...

  4. LWJ - I think the most ridiculous aspect of Hillary's criticism is that Obama's statement shows he's like GWB. If anything, it shows that Obama is willing to assemble a good team and to listen to them. To me, it sounds more like Hillary wants to be the "Democratic Decider!"

    And Edwards just happened to pick a different issue to snipe about. Just wait for my next post!