Saturday, September 13, 2008

Apology Watch: Day 2: Obama silent on Mocking War Injuries

It's now been almost 24 hours since Obama, who keeps promising he's going to talk about real issues, instead ran a paid advertisement falsely mocking John McCain for his war injuries.

This was an ad which lied about McCain's knowledge of technology, making fun of him because he had someone else type into his computer. McCain does this because it hurts him to type, because of injuries inflicted on him when he was a Prisoner of War.

Stories have been written about McCain's trouble with the use of his arms, and also about how technologically savvy McCain actually is. If Obama's campaign had done ANY research, they would have known that in the Senate, McCain is a leader on technology issues (Obama might have known that if he had spent any significant time actually IN the senate).

Instead, they picked up some news item where McCain, self-deprecating as always, made fun of his injuries, talking about how he needed others to do his e-mail. And Obama, being an elitist, and looking down on anybody who isn't Obama, immediately thought -- "What a great idea for a commercial -- we can make fun of McCain and make him look stupid".

Which itself deserves an apology. For whatever else you can say, McCain has never said Obama was stupid.

But if Obama wants to make fun of every old person who doesn't use the internet, I guess that's a "campaign strategy". Some would call that age warfare, pitting his largely young and inexperienced supporters against the older, wiser general populace.

Some can't believe Obama would be ignorant of McCain's injuries -- which would suggest he purposely attacked McCain for being disabled. Yesterday, I didn't think so. I figured Obama was simply to naive to realise what he was doing.

But if that were the case, Obama, once it was pointed out that he had committed the unpardonable sin of mocking an injured war hero, would have pulled the ad and apologized. And frankly, I expected him to do so. Obama may be naive, may be inexperienced, and certainly is in no way ready to be President. But he's not suicidal.

But shockingly, we have now gone 24 hours, and Obama has NOT pulled the false, dispicable ad from YouTube. And he has not issued an apology to the wounded veterans of our country who are unable to do what people like Obama, who never served, can do easily.

As someone said, it would be like attacking the blind governor of New York because he can't drive.

So, Obama has an advertisement that says that wounded Veterans who can't use their arms to get on the internet are not qualified to be President, and are instead to be objects of ridicule. And he has refused to apologize. And that is NOT someone we want as President of the United States.


Anonymous said...

Bellyachers and whiners need not apply. My oh-so-delicate feelings are hurt. Want Mommy to kiss your boo-boo?

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. We need a strong man as president, not a delicate flower who can't take it.

Charles said...

I think you will notice, Anon, that McCain has said nothing about this.

It is up to the good people of the country to stand up to this bullying, mockery of wounded Vets. McCain won't do it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so it's not the candidate who's the wus, it's just his supporters. Grow up. Good people don't bother with taking offense and "demanding" apologies. Good people get on the the job at hand.

Charles said...

My job is to make sure people make an informed choice for President.

Which means that, before they vote for Barack Obama, they understand that he takes pleasure in mocking Veterans for their war injuries.

Or if he doesn't take pleasure in it, at least he approves of it.

After all, he said so right on the ad : "I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message".

BTW, I don't know how you could stand being an Obama supporter -- it must drive you nuts every day that he whines about another perceived slight to his person.

Anonymous said...

What makes you think I'm an Obama supporter? I haven't said a word about him. But, if your complaining and fragile sensitivity to the slightest perceived insult is characteristic of supporters of McCain, it's not a pretty picture. Lay off the outrage. "Mocking"? Big deal. So what? How does that effect anybody's life?