Monday, December 03, 2007

Child's Play

Just when you think that you've seen it all in political campaigns, along comes something so absurd that you just have to shake your head.

In their attempt to PROVE, without a doubt, that Sen. Obama has been planning on running for President forever, the Clinton campaign put out a press release yesterday with quotes from (I swear I'm not making this up) Obama's THIRD GRADE TEACHER and KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. The release states in part:
In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.’ "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said."
[AP, 1/25/07 ]
If they wanted to try to make their point via Barack's words and actions as an adult, fair enough. But to cite a kindergarten essay in support of their position is simply absurd. Let me congratulate the Clinton camp for resetting the bar when it comes to trivializing Presidential politics.


At December 3, 2007 at 11:16 AM, Blogger Pat Collins said...

Been reading the Standard again? *^^*

At December 3, 2007 at 4:32 PM, Anonymous DuPage Saint said...

I think the essay ais better than Bill's I want to do my teachers

At December 4, 2007 at 12:35 PM, Anonymous lake county democrat said...

More seriously, I'm really bothered by Obama's plan to have Illinois college students in Iowa temporarily switch residencies. It may be "legal" but it's very wrong: I don't like the Iowa/New Hampshire first process at all, but it's not for Illinois residents to swipe Iowa's primary. If *we* were the small population state and this were done to us, we'd resent the heck out of it.

Meet the "new politics," same as the "old politics." How much you want to bet that not a single one of Obama's supporters in state government will call him on this.

At December 4, 2007 at 4:37 PM, Anonymous CL said...

Is it worse to have wanted to be President as a five-year old in 1966, or to have supported Barry Goldwater for president in 1964 as a much more mature high-school student?


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