“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, ‘he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, ‘he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”‘
It’s because they’re green, right?
John McCain’s campaign on Thursday accused Barack Obama of “playing the race card” one day earlier, when the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told voters that Republicans will try to scare them by saying he doesn’t look like “all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis issued a statement saying that Obama “played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck” when he told voters Wednesday that McCain will try to scare them into rejecting him. Davis called Obama’s remarks “divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”
Get ready for the real bull:
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that Obama was not referring to race.
“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said. “There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”
So when someone says “doesn’t look like” then they aren’t talking about visual characteristics? It’s about time. ‘Look’ refers to ‘time’. Riiiiiight.
” He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others.”
Lets take a look at that: (from Wiki)
“Washington’s refusal to become involved in politics buttressed his reputation as a man fully committed to the military mission at hand and above the factional fray.”
Washington’s retirement to Mount Vernon was short-lived. He made an exploratory trip to the western frontier in 1784, was persuaded to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, and was unanimously elected president of the Convention. He participated little in the debates involved (though he did vote for or against the various articles), but his high prestige maintained collegiality and kept the delegates at their labors. Washington was not a member of any political party, and hoped that they would not be formed out of fear of the conflict and stagnation they could cause governance.
Nope, doesn’t sound like he was a politician.
A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia. Jefferson at the end of 1793 retired to Monticello where he continued to orchestrate opposition to Hamilton and Washington. Indeed, he preferred working in the privacy of his office than the public eye.
Although he was involved in politics, it wasn’t his only passion. And from what I have read, he did most of his work from his home/home state. Not in DC.
Lincoln began his political career in 1832, at age 23, with an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois General Assembly, as a member of the Whig Party. In 1834, he won election to the state legislature, and, after coming across the Commentaries on the Laws of England, began to teach himself law. He served four successive terms in the Illinois House of Representatives as a representative from Sangamon County, and became a leader of the Illinois Whig party. Throughout the election, Lincoln did not campaign or give speeches. This was handled by the state and county Republican organizations, who used the latest techniques to sustain party enthusiasm and thus obtain high turnout.
Active in politics, but at a State level. He probably never even went to DC until after he was elected.
After Yorktown, Hamilton resigned his commission. He was elected to the Congress of the Confederation as a New York representative beginning on November 1782. Hamilton resigned from Congress, and in July, 1783, was admitted to the New York Bar after several months of self-directed education. In 1787, Hamilton served as assemblyman from New York County in the New York State Legislature and was the first delegate chosen to the Constitutional Convention. President George Washington appointed Hamilton as the first Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789; he left office on the last day of January 1795.
Doesn’t appear to be another Washington pol either, eh?
It’s hard to nail these guys down as lifelong politicians because they were in and out of politics and they had various activities and interests. It was quite a bit different since our country was being founded and many details needed to be refined.
So we are supposed to believe that McCain will ‘scare’ us because Obama doesn’t look like these folks? Heck, nobody running for office looks like these folks!
And Obama warning us that McCain ‘might’ do something that would ‘scare’ voters, isn’t a form of ‘scaring’ itself?
Oh the hypocrisy!