Just another Rookie Mistake?

The Democratic candidate’s tough rhetoric backfired in Detroit. Plus, griping about gas prices.

This week, Sen. Barack Obama attempted to fuel his presidential run with a scalding speech to the Detroit Economic Club, castigating Motown’s big wheels for driving our dependence on foreign oil. “For years, while foreign competitors were investing in more fuel-efficient technology for their vehicles, American automakers were spending their time investing in bigger, faster cars,”

A sure-fire way to lose Michigan if I’ve seen one.

Obama told an audience stunned into silence after greeting him with a standing ovation.”Whenever an attempt was made to raise our fuel efficiency standards, the auto companies would lobby furiously against it, spending millions to prevent the very reform that could’ve saved their industry. Even as they’ve shed thousands of jobs and billions in profits over the last few years, they’ve continued to reward failure with lucrative bonuses for CEOs.”

This is where he trades the shovel and goes all-out for the backhoe. Keep digging, dude.

  “Sen. Obama embarrassed himself in Detroit with his lack of understanding of the problems facing the automobile industry, and what it will really take to fix them,” the conservative-leaning Detroit News said

You don’t have to be a conservative to understand Obama’s mistakes.

(One factual gaffe getting a lot of traction is Obama’s assertion that Japanese cars average 45mpg, when the actual mileage is closer 30mpg).

It really helps if you actually know what you’re talking about. We don’t want to wait until you get into office to see if you can actually do the job. Isn’t this what people complained about when Bush Jr. ran?

Yep, this will be brushed off as just another rookie mistake. Pay no attention. Just look at his nice smile and elect him. Life will be good. Yep. And I sell air-conditioners to polar bears too.


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