Apparently the Obama campaign took some of Bush’s statements today personally and issued a response. I’ll let the story and video below explain it all for you.
A video report from the Associated Press:
Here’s the report from Political Radar:
ABC News’ Ed O’Keefe Reports: The Obama campaign is taking issue with a comment President Bush made while speaking to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s statehood.
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” the President said to the country’s legislative body, “We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is â€“- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”
In a statement, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shot across the bow: “It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power — including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”
ABC News’ White House troops point out that the President has made similar statements in the past and Bush did not specifically cite Obama by name, though he did reference Sen. William Borah’s immortal reaction upon hearing that Hitler had invaded Poland and begun World War II, something he has not highlighted in the past.
Whether or not Bush was directly referencing Obama isn’t the point, however, what strikes me is that Obama’s campaign actually felt the need to dignify the statements. One would think they would brush it aside considering Bush has such low approval numbers and Democrats claim nobody pays attention to him, right? Either way, Obama did indeed say he would meet with our enemies without preconditions, and here’s the video:
No hesitation, he says “I would” about meeting without preconditions. I think that’s going to be haunting him for a bit on this issue, especially when it comes between him and McCain. He needs to counter this notion that he’s in favor of somehow negotiating with terrorists. No doubt the McCain campaign will pick up on this issue since it’s Obama’s own words.
That and that alone is the reason his campaign felt the need to respond and try to dispel criticism. He’s been trying to rewrite his answer to that debate question as of recent.