Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Now I’m Impressed

This is how to slap back, following up on zenbowl’s post about this. Enjoy:


August 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. Thanks for putting this up, Dansac!

    “It’s like they take pride in being ignorant.”

    It’s funny because it’s true. I’m so glad they’re not letting this one go.

    Comment by zenbowl | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well said!

    Comment by GTFOOH | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. HE’S BACK!!!

    And in a big way. So damn good to see.

    Former Chicagoan George Halas (former Bears owner) is looking down proudly right about now.

    Comment by 21stCentury | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Now every time they talk about tire gauges, they’re going to sound silly.

    Comment by dansac | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. This was great and so true McShame has no shame!!!!! I love to see senator Obama hitting back in a proactive way.

    Comment by Sheryl | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. I like this frame: We’ve all been complaining about the Obama team getting outspun, but his response here is, essentially, “Spinning is for people who aren’t serious.”

    Ever since I heard about the tire-gauge stunt, I felt like we finally reached the moment where the McCainiacs’ smugness had caught up with them. To paraphrase (and reverse) a line from “Return of the Jedi”:

    MCCAIN: Your faith in the voters’ intelligence is your weakness
    OBAMA: Your overconfidence is yours

    Comment by GDH | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. It was awesome, I was there and so glad I made it!

    Comment by Diane M | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. That was the smackdown of all smackdowns.

    Anyone know if this is actually getting any press in the Corporate media?

    Comment by smashartist | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. Good try, but the O-man is off key here. Talking about the GOP pride in “ignorance” and suggesting that they talk to “experts” reinforces the McCain meme that Obama is arrogant and thinks he is above the rest of us.

    He should have said: “They’re not making fun of me — they’re making fun of you. They think that all the solutions to our energy problems are going to come from Washington DC; I think citizens like *you* can participate in reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

    “What do *you* think?”

    Comment by albert parsons | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  10. There’s a blog at the Obama site ( that anyone who joins mybo can join to make suggestions.

    “He should have said: “They’re not making fun of me — they’re making fun of you. They think that all the solutions to our energy problems are going to come from Washington DC; I think citizens like *you* can participate in reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”

    I AGREE, but at least what he said was accurate.

    My pet peeve is ANYTHING that can be factchecked and found wanting… like today on CNN where there’s a link saying Obama’s statements about McCain donations from big oil not being $2M (but a lesser amount)… no one gets to the “lesser amount” information… they just see the “wrongness” because the link on CNN reads: “ Obama’s overstatement”

    Comment by Casey | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  11. I think this was a very good start, but I agree with Albert that Obama can get even more traction by making this issue more about how it’s the republicans that are the elitists that don’t care about the average American.

    I was waiting for something along the lines of:
    “these republicans that are being fed by the oil companies are actually laughing at you! I see what four dollar/gallon gas is doing to our country and is doing to the good people I meet around the country – and personally I don’t think this is a laughing matter! I don’t see the humor!”

    Comment by B Grate | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  12. I’ll be impressed when Obama gets the Dem’s to do something “PRIOR” to his election. Prove to me things will be different NOW. Asking me to pay attention for another 4 months then wait another 4 months to potentially see some movement is asking way too much.

    Quick telling me how the other guy thinks of me, when your doing nothing tangible to convince me TODAY.

    Comment by John Feeney | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  13. Living in Seattle, WA a city and State where Obama won the primary in every county, might make me a bit smug about our favorite person and candidate. I loved the statement, I loved the way he presented it and even more so, I loved the fact that he was straight on with the comment about their love of ignorance. I don’t know what Republicans are like in other parts of the country but I know what they have become in this state.

    Comment by Dawn in Seattle | August 7, 2008 | Reply

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