Being a Democrat means never having to say your lying...
June 4, 2008 - Barack Obama, in a major policy speech at AIPAC, the largest American-Israel lobby organization:
"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." (read the entire speech here)
July 13, 2008 - on the CNN network show "Fareed Zakaria -- GPS":
"You know, the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech."
In the days following his AIPAC speech, a number of influential Jewish American leaders began to sing Obama's praises. Those who heard the speech first hand were quote as saying they believed Obama was a "mench (a an honest, decent person) and a friend of Israel. I read his remarks and I also came to the idea that perhaps I might have misjudged this man. After all the press that had been given to his relationships with his Pastor, his other influences and his rumored Muslim upbringing (which I admit I never believed), I still questioned his sincerity. But I began to think it was possible that he truly believed in the side of truth and justice in the Middle East.
But like with everything else he is "throwing under his bus", I guess his commitment to the Stae of Israel was also just words.
I think it's time we start taking notice of how many times Obama's comments have to be "explained." As was the case with John Kerry back in 2004, he often called his rhetoric "nuanced." Obama isn't nuanced. He's a liar and a politician who will say whatever it is he needs to get elected.
Of course, this isn't the first time Obama has lied. Not even close. But each and every time he's caught in one, the mainstream media either buries the story (maybe it ran up Chris Matthews still tingling leg), or it's so twisted in the press that it makes the candidate look good.
There have been so many changes in policy from Obama lately that I can't keep up. Remarkably, he figured out that although running far to the left in the primaries gave him the nomination, he knows that he needs to move to the center to win in November. In other words, for Obama to be elected, he has to abandon his party's beliefs, because if he doesn't he won't stand a chance.
So why would anyone believe he's changed? Or a better question is, is this the kind of change we can believe in?