Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

My apologies for posting two consecutive diaries, but this is too good to pass up.

Two days after Illinois State Senator Barack Obama became United States Senator-elect Obama, the Chicago Sun-Times ran an article in which Barack Obama definitively answered the question as to whether he would be running for President of the United States in 2008.

Here's what Obama said:

"I was elected yesterday," Obama said. "I have never set foot in the U.S. Senate. I've never worked in Washington. And the notion that somehow I'm immediately going to start running for higher office just doesn't make sense.

"So look, I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I'm the best possible senator on behalf of the people of Illinois."

Source:  11/4/2004 Chicago Sun-Times article "Obama for president? That's 'silly'"

Four years ago, Obama seemed to be suggesting that you needed experience to be elected President.  Four years ago, Barack Obama said that he would be "running for national office in four years."
"I am not running for president in 2008," Obama said. "I mean, come on guys. The only reason I'm being definitive is because until I'm definitive you will keep asking me this question, but it's a silly question."
I guess saying what you mean and meaning what you say is "silly" to Obama.

Update [2008-1-10 14:46:27 by andrewalker08]:: Thanks to some good research by blueflorida, here's a quote from the October 22, 2006 edition of Meet the Press. Barack Obama was a guest on that show:

MR. RUSSERT: Well, nine months ago, you were on this program and I asked you about running for president. And let’s watch and come back and talk about it.

(Videotape, January 22, 2006):

MR. RUSSERT: When we talked back in November of ‘04, after your election, I said, “There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your full six-year term as a United States senator from Illinois?” Obama: “Absolutely.”

SEN. OBAMA: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things, but my thinking has not changed.

MR. RUSSERT: But, but—so you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?

SEN. OBAMA: I will not.

Source: 10/22/2006 NBC/Meet the Press transcript, page 3

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Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly'

let's see if the media picks it up; one guarantee: NBC won't because Lee Cowen, who is supposed to be NBC's point man for Obama cannot be "objective"; that from Brian Williams.

by American1989 2008-01-10 09:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly'

Yeah, I was surprised the media didn't make a bigger deal out of this when he announced, but then again, I figure they thought Tim Russert gave him enough of a hard time about it.

by blueflorida 2008-01-10 09:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly'

Yup, between asking what Halloween costume Obama would wear and how the two girls are, Tim Russert SURE grills and skewers Obama with abandon every single time.  

by georgep 2008-01-10 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

MR. RUSSERT: But, but--so you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?

SEN. OBAMA: I will not.

Was this a statement under oath?  Do you consider this perjury of some sort?

Yet another tidbit to file in the WGAS (Who Gives A Shit) section of my brain.  You all are really desperate to swiftboat, huh?  It's getting laughable at this point.

by PD1769 2008-01-10 10:13AM | 0 recs
doesn't keep his word

he can't be trusted to keep his word.  That's what it means.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-10 11:34AM | 0 recs
Re: doesn't keep his word

You do know Bill Clinton explicitly promised that he wouldn't run for president while running for re-election in Arkansas about a year before declaring for the presidency, right?

People change their minds and sometimes opportunities emerge that you don't expect.  That isn't failing to keep your word.  To say otherwise is nothing but playing gottcha.  

by HSTruman 2008-01-10 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

Russert asked him about this again after he had announced.  His answer was -- and god knows this is shockign to hear -- he changed his mind based upon what was going on around him.

Everything I've read suggests that the Obama team anticipated running for president in 2012 (if the 'D' lost) or, preferably, in 2016.  There was even a memo about him possibly leaving the senate to run for Governor of Illinois in advance of a presidential run.  He only decided to run this cycle after he became convinced that it was a rare moment in time where sweeping change might be possible.  You can disagree with that if you want, but his changing his mind is hardly newsworthy.    

by HSTruman 2008-01-10 10:15AM | 0 recs
The key phrase here is...

"...he changed his mind..."

Just like Mr. Washington, John Kerry, who endorsed him today.

by Andre Walker 2008-01-10 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: The key phrase here is...

Oh my god, NO!!!!!  A politician has never done THAT before -- and he even...admitted it.  

by HSTruman 2008-01-10 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

This has no legs. I smell desperation.

by X Stryker 2008-01-10 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

I smell dishonestly and untrustworthiness.  Why must everything have legs to matter.  I hope I don't ever see another comment by you about anyone's character.  You don't seem to care that Obama is nothing like he is being sold.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-10 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama for president? That's 'silly' [UPDATED]

I can't get exercised about this. Either he changed his mind, or it was the political thing to say at the time that he was serving out his term.

Maybe someone can use the idea that it'd be "silly" for him to run as an argument that he's unprepared, but there are no integrity issues here.

by OrangeFur 2008-01-10 12:49PM | 0 recs


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