The Campaign Spot

Obama Does Not Like Being Reminded of His Campaign Promises

Perhaps John McCain wasn’t the right person to remind Obama of the eight times he promised that all health-care negotiations would be televised on C-SPAN.

But Obama’s response did not hide his irritation about being reminded of his past grandiose promises, and reveals a certain breathtaking cynicism: “We’re not campaigning anymore, John. The election is over.”

I’m sure Obama wanted to paint McCain as bitter about his defeat, but in a way, it just underlines one of my favorite points about Obama: Everything he says sooner or later reaches its expiration date and gets forgotten when it becomes inconvenient.

His response really didn’t have anything substantive about McCain’s legitimate complaints about the process; he just said that he wanted to move on to the policy.