Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama's Record

I've got to admit that the only one of these I caught at the time was Biden's claim about Obama and Walter Reed.

Doing the work that the MSM refuses to regarding their favoured candidate, here's the Weekly Standard on Biden's list of Barack's "accomplishments".

Mr. Biden also praised Mr. Obama for three specific legislative accomplishments.

Okay? Here we go-

One of them was an ethics bill, called by Mr. Biden in his acceptance speech "the most sweeping in a generation." However, many critics--including Hillary Clinton--criticized it as weak. For example, under Mr. Obama's bill, lobbyists may buy politicians meals if they are eating standing up but not if they're sitting down. Mr. Obama's bill didn't ban privately funded travel for congressmen or authorize an independent investigation office.

Fair enough, Obama did do something. And the other two?

Mr. Biden asserted Mr. Obama "made his mark literally from day one, reaching across the aisle to pass legislation to secure the world's deadliest weapons," a claim similar to one Mr. Obama made earlier in the campaign.

Wow. Important stuff this.

In reality, the Lugar-Obama Bill was passed on a voice vote on December 11, 2006. It was so routine, there was no recorded vote. The media didn't consider it important or controversial. Neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported its Senate passage...It was not the subject of a story on the CBS, ABC or NBC evening news--not when it passed, not when it was signed, not ever. No story about it appeared in Roll Call or The Hill, the daily newspapers that cover the minutiae of Congress.

That's some mark you made, Barry.

And the last?

Saturday, Biden proclaimed: "But I was proudest, I was proudest, when I watched him spontaneously focus the attention of the nation on the shameful neglect of America's wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital." The problem for Mr. Biden (and the object of his praise, Mr. Obama) is the problems at Walter Reed were revealed in articles in the Washington Post, starting February 18, 2007. Unless Mr. Obama writes for the Washington Post under the nom de media of Anne Hull or Dana Priest, he didn't "spontaneously focus the attention of the nation." The two reporters did. The legislation to correct the shortcomings emerged from a Senate committee Mr. Obama doesn't serve on and he played no significant role in drafting or pushing it through the legislative.

But this is all common knowledge- the national media has, of course, covered these embellishments in detail. On prime-time TV. I mean, the watchdog press wouldn't let a VP candidate get away with trying to pull the wool over the American voters' eyes would they?


Almost forgot this part- Biden's not the only one talking up Obama's negligible record, his wife does it too.

Monday night, Mrs. Obama talked about "what he's done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure that the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care--including mental health care."

That would be this-

an apparent reference to the Dignity For Wounded Warriors Act, a bill Mr. Obama introduced that never made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee, despite its Democratic majority.

Even with a Dem majority he can't get anything done? I'm shocked.

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