The Harvard-educated Democratic senator says he plans to win all "57 states." And he has the nerve to question John McCain about his age?
I guess Barack Obama will ease up on the old-geezer remarks about John McCain.
Campaigning today in Oregon, Obama told a group of reporters that he is looking forward to becoming president of all 57 states. How's that again? Last time I checked the flag, we only had 50 stars. But whom am I to argue with a man who graduated from Harvard?
From the Los Angeles Times political blog, Top of the Ticket:
"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon," Obama said. "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
An LA Times reporter checked her tape recorder just to make sure she wasn't hearing things and the recording had Obama saying we had 57 states.
It was also reported that Obama misspoke at another campaign stop, expressing concern for the "100 million victims" of the cyclone in Burma. Officials estimated 70,000 to 100,000 victims, not 100 million.
As a Canadian friend pointed out, one of the first statements that Barack Obama made after declaring his run for the presidency was that the first thing he would do after being elected president was to meet with the "PRESIDENT" of Canada. As any fifth-grader knows, Canada has a prime minister, not a president.
If John McCain, 71, got the different militia groups in Iraq confused during a trip earlier this year, you can blame it on his advancing years, as the Democrats are so quick to point out. But what's Obama's excuse at age 46? Who doesn't know we have 50 states? And there's a difference between 100,000 and 100,000,000.
Early signs of senility? Or is it more evidence that Obama is not a stickler for details. It might be time for Obama to stop calling McCain an old man.
Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative political columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran journalist with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist for several newspapers. Phyrillas received recognition for column writing in 2010 from the Associated Press Managing Editors, in 2007 from Suburban Newspapers of America and in 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Phyrillas is the city editor and political columnist for The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. In addition to The Mercury website (www.pottsmerc.com), his columns are featured on more than a dozen political websites and blogs. Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs TV program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Phyrillas was named one of the '10 Leading Greek-American Bloggers in the World' in 2007 by Odyssey: The World of Greece magazine. BlogNetNews.com ranked Phyrillas the Most Influential Political Blogger in Pennsylvania for three consecutive years (2007-2010). You can follow Phyrillas on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas