Obama’s Gotcha Moment at the Debate

Could this be the view of what a Barack Obama adminstration might look like when it comes to National Security and Foreign Policy? Or could the exchange below between Obama and Clinton backfire and leave Obama out in the cold if Hillary takes the prize? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nKHBSFSosY

Here’s a transcript of the exchange from Greg Sargent at TPM’s Election Central:

MODERATOR: Senator Obama, you have Bill Clinton’s former National Security Adviser, State Department policy director and Navy Secretary among others, advising you. With relatively little foreign policy experience of your own, how will you rely on so many Clinton advisers, and still deliver the kind of break from the past that you’re promising voters?(Laughter)

Obama: You know I am —

Hillary: (Laughing) I want to hear that.

Obama: Well, Hillary, I’m looking forward to you advising me as well. (Laughter)

Well, Barack… Maybe no one ever told you about speaking too soon. Your vision could blow up in your face if Hillary takes the prize… I’m just saying… The votes haven’t been cast yet. Or better yet, who knows… “The Fix’s Iowa darkhorse” could come from behind and surprise everyone. Time will tell…

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4 Responses to Obama’s Gotcha Moment at the Debate

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    I was in favor, over the summer, of she and he forging a deal to share the ticket. Clinton would get the first eight years, and the Dems probably would have locked up the Whitehouse for at least sixteen. Opportunity lost, and the ugliness of political battling is threatening to spiral out of control. With a proces like this I’m not sure that there can ever be such a thing as a true winner.

  2. Darrell

    After the nomination is locked up, or once a frontrunner is revealed and candidates start dropping I think we’ll see a different attitude and much of the nit pikcing will be put aside in favor of taking back the WH.

  3. alrudder says:

    I think Reagan and George Bush Senior had a spat and made up. The other possibility is to President Hilary puts Obama on the Supreme Court. It would be a great appointment, and remove him as a rival in the party.

    As a lesson in political tactics, Obama was asked a serious question about using Clinton advisors, but Hillary raised the stakes by mocking him and he outwitted her. People forget about the question.

  4. I thought Obama missed an opportunity, that being: why are those Clinton advisers now working for Obama? The whole Bill Shaheen fiasco – the cheap attack from a weak surrogate, followed by the Hillary apology – reminiscent of the South Carolina Republican attacks on McCain, and later, on John Kerry and Max Cleland. Do we have to have candidate who exhaled only?