There are plenty of media people out there ready to write-off
Illinois' senator-in-absentia Barack Obama's
quest to be the Democrat candidate for President, but we think that would be premature. We are concerned about BO's
latest number gaffe, however. While we were willing to overlook his gross mis
-statement of the number of persons killed (10 vs. 10,000) as a result of the Kansas tornadoes as a mistake anyone as green as Obama
is could make, his latest wrong number
shows a growing disregard for facts that is downright troubling. At a fundraising speech
in Detroit, Obama
stated that Japanese cars get 45 miles to the gallon, markedly different from the 30 mpg actual figure.
The Detroit News reacted with an harsh editorial
. "Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois says the problems facing the Big Three automakers aren't entirely of their own making, but for those that are, he's willing and able to help if they'll turn their businesses over to the government"
begins the editorial, and concludes, "Sen. Obama embarrassed himself in Detroit with his lack of understanding."
“He is going to stumble. He is going to make mistakes,” says Mrs. Obama
, who has now quit her $275,000/yr job to regale small groups of voters with tales of her husband's dirty socks
and other important matters.
As to the Senator's self-assessment? "You know, sometimes when you're in the heat of the moment, and you're talking fast and people are clapping, you misspeak," Obama said
When you're the President, there is a lot of "heat of the moment" time; people clap, too. Cause for concern? Yeah, I do think. On the other hand
, take a brief look at the comments of "friends" of Barack Obama's at Myspace
. When it comes to misspeaking, I don't think many of them would notice the difference . . .Update, there he goes again:
This one is a more enjoyable gem
uttered by Obama
: "I think that we should take into account white kids who have been disadvantaged and been brought up in poverty and shown themselves to have what it takes to succeed,”
said. He added, “There are a lot of African-American kids who are still struggling — even those who are in the middle class may be first-generation as opposed to fifth- or sixth-generation college attendees."
Fifth or sixth generation college attendees? Obama
has to be joking or simply deluded--very, very few of those around. In fact, following explosive growth in colleges at the end of the 19th
century, at the beginning of the 20th
century fewer than 1,000 colleges with 160,000 students existed in the United States--and that was only four generations ago for the 66%
of high school graduates who now enroll in college. (The population of the United States in 1900
was 76,212,168, meaning 2/10 of one percent of the population was attending college.) In fact, it wasn't until 1918 that every state required an elementary school education. College attendance was rare indeed until after World War II. By 1955, there were 670,000 college freshman
in the United States; that number climbed to 2,630,00 college freshmen by 2004.