Military Town Hall meeting apparently is too scary for Obama!
Remember Democratic front-runner Barack Obama's oft-repeated assertion that he'd be happy to debate John McCain "anytime, anywhere" on foreign policy, Iraq, etc.?
Well, a group in Texas has called Obama's bluff, and it turns out that's exactly what it was. Once again, it has been proved that the words coming out of this man's mouth are false. Seems he has more in common with Hillary than he wants you to know.
If you missed it, here it is again. You only need to listen to the first 38 seconds.
Carissa Picard, whose husband is deployed to Iraq, is managing director of the Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium in Fort Hood, Texas, which, according to the New York Times, has a larger population of active duty troops than any other base in the country. When the Obama camp responded that he had a previous commitment for the August 11 date she suggested (and CBS has agreed to televise), she told them she'd be happy to re-schedule the event to a date when the candidate is available.
Despite several attempts, she was unable to get Obama to commit to any date.
Did you notice what that "schedule conflict" was that kept Obama from being available for the military town hall meeting?
You ain't gonna believe this! See the update below.
What happened to "anytime, anywhere?"
This man wants you to elect him as Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, yet he's afraid to stand up in front of 6,000 of them and their families and discuss his plans for foreign policy and the war on terror, which obviously will have a more immediate impact on their lives than on the rest of us? He's probably afraid he'll embarrass himself (again) because they know more about the war than he does. He has yet to make a single trip to Iraq, which even Hillary did, and McCain has done many times. [Since this was originally written, Obama has made a publicity tour to Iraq and Germany, cancelling out on opportunities to meet with wounded service members in favor of "working out" when told he could not bring campaign staff with him to the hospital, only Senate staff members.]
He wants to lead them, but he's afraid to stand in front of them and answer their questions because he might embarrass himself -- on TV? Please! Imagine the embarrassment he would cause to the U.S. if he were elected President!
It's becoming more and more clear that the ONLY choice in November is John McCain.
The country has remained safe since 9/11 because of the hard work being done by the Bush Administration and our military to keep it that way. In our book, more of that sounds like a good idea.
The terrorists know that McCain means business, and that he's not a moral weakling they can push around. That's one of the things that has kept us safe -- because President Bush is so strong, and unafraid of being unpopular. That's also why the leader of Hamas has said he hopes Obama is elected!
Obama has already spent at least 20 years promoting an anti-America agenda, despite his eventual denouncement of Jeremiah Wright's inflammatory oratory. We don't listen to Rush Limbaugh (we don't listen to talk radio, period), but he recently made an interesting comment about Obama's gaffe on the campaign trail about campaigning in 57 states. Apparently, there are 57 Islamic states that are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)! Now, there's a coincidence that should make you VERY uncomfortable.
At any rate, here's the story, as reported in the NY Times:
Obama Won't Commit to Event at Military Base
By KATE ZERNIKE
Published: July 12, 2008
A coalition of military groups is planning a nationally televised town-hall-style meeting with the presidential candidates near Fort Hood, Tex., the largest active-duty military installation in the country. But so far, only Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee, has agreed to attend.
CBS has agreed to broadcast the meeting live from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Aug. 11. The candidates would face questions directly from an audience of 6,000 people, made up of veterans, service members and military families from the base.
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"I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why," said Ms. Picard, whose husband is deployed in Iraq. "We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates."
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