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Friday, March 02, 2007 

The New Face of The Democrat Party?

As Obama Becomes The New Face of Democrats, He Decides Now Is A Good Time To Talk Foreign Policy

Today, Obama Holds "In Depth" Discussion On Mideast Policy "For The First Time Since Becoming A Senator":

"For The First Time Since Becoming A Senator -- Much Less A White House Hopeful -- Barack Obama On Friday Will Talk In Depth About U.S. Policy Toward Israel And The Mideast." (Lynn Sweet, "Obama To Offer Pro-Israel Views At Chicago Gathering," Chicago Sun-Times, 3/1/07)

Obama's Glaring Inexperience In Foreign Policy:

As Senator, Obama Waited 11 Months Before Giving A Major Speech On Iraq. "Though Mr. Obama is framing his candidacy to appeal to Democrats who have long opposed the war, until recently he was not among his party's most outspoken voices against it. He campaigned strongly against the war in his bid for the Senate in 2004, but when he arrived in Washington he waited 11 months to deliver a major speech on Iraq." (Jeff Zeleny, "As Candidate, Obama Carves Antiwar Stance," The New York Times, 2/26/07)

  • "Indeed, Once Obama Got To Washington, He Made Only One Senate Speech On Iraq." (Richard Cohen, Op-Ed, "The Explanation Hillary Clinton Owes," The Washington Post, 2/13/07)

"And Only After Mr. Obama Opened A Presidential Exploratory Committee Did He Introduce Legislation To Withdraw American Combat Brigades From Iraq By March 31, 2008." (Jeff Zeleny, "As Candidate, Obama Carves Antiwar Stance," The New York Times, 2/26/07)

  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) On Obama's Iraq Rhetoric: "I Don't Recall Hearing A Word From Barack About A Plan Or A Tactic." (Jason Horowitz, "Biden Unbound: Lays Into Clinton, Obama, Edwards," The New York Observer, 2/25/07)

  • Seems Like Obama Had His Presidential Timetable Set Before His Iraq Timetable. "[Obama] decided to run [for President] now - about 10 years ahead of his personal timetable - because he saw a unique moment when people are listening and wanting change in the direction of the country, he told the group of 130 people at a downtown high-rise of luxury homes."
    (Julie Carr Smyth, "Presidential Contender Raises Money Across Ohio," The Associated Press, 2/26/07)
Obama's First Foreign Policy Senate Statement: "Shoot. Me. Now."?
"Listening To A Bloviating Colleague At His First Meeting Of The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama Slipped A Three-Word Note To A Member Of His Staff: 'Shoot. Me. Now.'" (Ben Wallace-Wells, "Destiny's Child," Rolling Stone, 2/7/07)

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