Obama then made a grand offer, saying that if he was needed back in Washington, just give him a ringy-ding-ding:
As I said before, I think that one of the things we have to determine is how we can be most helpful. It’s my sense that the most helpful thing we can do right now is, uh, to let everyone know this is a sufficiently important problem. I can be helpful, and I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. So, uh, I think the message is, if I can be helpful, I am prepared to be there at any point.
That’s right, Mr. President. If you need me, I’m just a phone call away. You can count on me to back you up whenever you might need me. You do have the number to my direct line, right?
So, is anyone else reminded of this comment by Obama when discussing his position on Iraq?
I’m surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured. I wasn’t saying anything I hadn’t said before, that I didn’t say a year ago or when I was a United States senator. (emphasis added)
Presidential politics have no place here? Please. The reaction of the candidates speaks volumes about their readiness to react to crisis. Remember the difference between McCain and Obama when Russia invaded Georgia? At the time, voters trusted McCain on the issue by a two-to-one margin. And as of this writing, the small gain by Obama in the polls over the last week or two has eroded, putting the candidates in a dead heat once again.
Is this proof that Americans still prefer a man of action to a man of words? We’ll find out in November. But McCain saw an opportunity to tout his leadership credentials and Obama was caught with those jeans that make reporters swoon down.
Watch out for the draft, Barry. It can be a mite chilly.