Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee focuses on patriotism as his supporters question the military expertise of Republican counterpart John McCain.
"I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign," Obama told a cheering crowd of 1,150 in the city where former Democratic president Harry S. Truman was raised. "And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine."[Obama supporter and potential running mate] Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that McCain was "untested and untried" and hadn't held "executive responsibility."When host Bob Schieffer said that Obama, unlike McCain, hadn't been shot down in a fighter plane, Clark said: "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."In his speech here, Obama sought to define patriotism, suggesting that military service is not the only criteria for patriotic feeling.He mentioned that his grandmother worked on bomber assembly lines during World War II, while his grandfather served in the Army.As a 4-year-old living in Indonesia, he said, his mother would read "me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence."
I call "Bullshit!" on that last sentence, especially since the woman is dead and cannot refute the claim. But I am waiting for Barack to refute General Clark's mean-spirited statement. Nearly six years as a guest of the Viet Cong - two of which were in solitary confinement - leaves a man untested and untried?