This is bound to irk people…

Despite those of us who think it was prudent for Obama as simply president elect to remain somewhat quiet on the scandal surround his state’s governor, there is one non-sensical journalist out there willing to compare it to 9/11 and Bush’s reading of a children’s book while NY city burned. And there we all were thinking that the economic collapse was more important than it taking Obama two days to become fully versed enough with the senate seat scandal to be more visibly angered by the situation…. Our bad.

Some choice selections from the article:

“I was appalled and disappointed by what we heard in those transcripts,” Barack Obama said Thursday about the documented misconduct of the governor of Illinois. That’s right. He was appalled. And it took him only 48 hours to realize it.

If the U.S. attorney is to be believed, we had Rod Blagojevich talking about auctioning off Obama’s old Senate seat. We had him trying to extort a newspaper. We had him trying to parlay a tollway project into a $500,000 contribution from a highway contractor. We even had him trying to shake down a children’s hospital executive.

The reaction from fellow Illinois Democrats was swift and severe. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn demanded that the governor step aside. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin urged the legislature to call a special election to fill the Senate seat. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan proposed to ask the Supreme Court to temporarily disqualify the governor from carrying out his duties (and later did it).

But Obama had a “My Pet Goat” moment, freezing up in the face of the shock. “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time,” he said. “It’s a sad day for Illinois.” You’d have thought the Bears had failed to make the playoffs.

Obama’s risk-averse reaction confirms he is sometimes too cautious and cerebral for his own good. That flaw has occasionally surfaced before. Asked in one debate what he would do in the event of a terrorist attack, he offered, “Well, the first thing we’d have to do is make sure that we’ve got an effective emergency response, something that this administration failed to do when we had a hurricane in New Orleans.” Hillary Clinton begged to differ: “I think a president must move as swiftly as is prudent to retaliate.” This is the downside of what is best about Obama: his careful, deliberate approach to decision-making. In the normal course of events, it’s far superior to the impulsive style of John McCain, which gave us Sarah Palin and “today we are all Georgians.”

  1. December 16th, 2008

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