With Nomination in Hand, Obama Obfuscates and Panders

Obama has pushed transparency and straight talk in his campaign, but such values were absent from  notable actions he’s taken since the Tuesday night victory speech. He’s trumpeted openness in the Senate and on the campaign trail, but the theme was not evident yesterday when he snuck away from the press, and us, to meet with Hillary Clinton. (Lynne Sweet pointed out Obama’s inconsistencies on transparency a few months ago.) NBC’s Chuck Todd shoots down David Weinberger’s hopes for an open vetting process, and suggests maybe it’s not so bad:

“This is only a taste of the media deception to come, the granddaddy of them all when it comes to secret meetings is the vice presidential search,” Todd said, after calling an end to the hunt for information. “It’s a frustrating game campaigns play when it comes to these private meetings. But they rarely pay a real price because secretly the press corps enjoys the chase.”

Reviewing Obama’s AIPAC speech, Dana Milbank writes that  “as a pandering performance, it was the full Monty.”

He promised $30 billion in military assistance for Israel. He declared that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps‘ Quds Force has “rightly been labeled a terrorist organization.” He used terms such as “false prophets of extremism” and “corrupt” while discussing Palestinians. And he promised that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided”… [and] threatened to “do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my power. . . . Everything.”

Calling the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization seems to contradict his past criticism of Hillary Clinton‘s Senate vote; the latter comment uncomfortably echoed Clinton’s “totally obliterate” comment, which Obama criticized when it was uttered in April. Obama himself doesn’t seem to agree with his united Jerusalem push, as his campaign has already issued a “clarification.”

One thought on “With Nomination in Hand, Obama Obfuscates and Panders

  1. Obama’s unfortunate pandering to AIPAC makes me very uncomfortable with the prospect of inking a dot next to his name in November.

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