Obama has taken up a line of attack on Sarah Palin which may come back to instantly bite him considering the fact that he can easily be attacked in the same manner for his pork barrel spending in the senate.
Obama unleashed this tirade against Palin’s claims that she can bring some kind of change, from Political Radar:
Obama then opened up rare criticism on VP nominee Sarah Palin, “I know the governor of Alaska has been, you know, saying she is change. And that is great. She is a skillful politician. But when you been taking all these earmarks when it is convenient and then suddenly you are the champion anti-earmark person. That is not change, come on. I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up. You canâ€™t just make stuff up. We have a choice to make and the choice is clear.”
However, an examination of Obama’s own record from the New York Times lists over $740 million in earmarked pork barrel spending sought after by Obama:
Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same.
The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obamaâ€™s wife works, money for several projects linked to campaign donors and support for more than 200 towns, civic institutions and universities in Illinois.
But as the Senate debated a bill to restrict the controversial method of paying for home-state projects â€” a measure defeated Thursday evening â€” Mr. Obamaâ€™s presidential campaign also said that only about $220 million worth of his requests had been approved by Congress. And among those that had been killed were his request in 2006 for $1 million for an expansion of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Mr. Obamaâ€™s wife, Michelle, is a vice president.
One can’t help but wonder if you should be clear on your own record before you begin attacking someone else’s.
Just thought I’d point it out..