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The Gaffe Machine Rolls On
By Ed Driscoll · September 2, 2008 02:16 PM · Muggeridge's Law · The Making of the President

John Hinderaker of Power Line spots, as he puts it, "this pathetic effort" by Barack Obama to defend his lack of executive experience:

Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin's town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.
Still though, bonus points for not calling her "sweetie."

As John writes:

Apparently Obama hadn't heard about Palin being Governor of the State of Alaska, which has a budget in excess of $11 billion annually and more than 24,000 employees. Also, on Obama's theory, the act of running for President gives you the experience you need to qualify to be President. That's convenient for a guy who has accomplished so little in his career in public life.
Before his death at age 93 in 2001, Harold Stassen must have racked up more executive experience than anyone!

Update: Ben Smith of the Politico writes:

The McCain campaign, happy to talk about Obama's experience, calls his using his campaign as an example "desperate circular logic" and pointing to Palin's tenure as governor.
As Orrin Judd writes, "Yes Barry, they're laughing at you."



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