Who would have guessed: This was Barack Obama's ego trip abroad, too many people turned out to see him; speeches were too general but specific enough to undermine the office of the presidency; along with being too upbeat and positive.
It was perfectly fine for Sen. John McCain to whine incessantly about all the media attention Obama was getting. He even whined about the Iraqi support of Obama's 16 month withdrawal policy. And then McCain couldn't help but whined that Obama should only speak to the world once he's president, and not before. Obama's got no class.
What? You say the Republicans aren't getting enough attention? You can hear them now...why it sounds like a baby crying!
Hand 'em a Grand Old Pacifier.
Obama provides the answer to these spin meisters in this give and take from CNN:
Suzanne Malveaux: Senator, I want to use a word that you love to use, “audacity.” A lot of people looked at the trip and they saw the palaces, the world leaders, the 200,000 that were gathered in Berlin, and they said, “The audacity of this trip, it looks like he is running for president of the world.” And a lot of people looked and they want to know, what out of this trip did you take away that you feel makes you a stronger candidate to be a leader here?
OBAMA: Well, let me make a couple points. First of all, I basically met with the same folks that John McCain met with after he won the nomination. He met with all these leaders. He also added a trip to Mexico, a trip to Canada, a trip to Colombia, and nobody suggested that that was “audacious. I think people assumed that what he was doing was talk to world leaders who we may have deal with should we become president. That’s part of the job that I’m applying for.
And so — so I was puzzled by this notion that somehow what we were doing was in any way different from what Senator McCain or a lot of presidential candidates have done in the past. Now, I admit we did it really well.