MSNBC’s First Read:
“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama freely admits he doesn’t have the experience to run a bureaucracy. But he’s banking on the fact voters aren’t looking for a ‘chief operating officer’ in this election. ‘I have a pretty good sense of my strengths and my weaknesses,’ he said today during a meeting with the Reno Gazette-Journal editorial board. ‘I am very good at teasing out from people who are smarter than me what the issues are and how we resolve them,’ he said. ‘I don’t think there is anybody in this race who can inspire the American people better than I can. And I don’t think there is anybody in this race who can bridge differences … better than I cann. But I’m not an operating officer. Some in this debate around experience seem to think the job of the president is to go in and run some bureaucracy. Well, that’s not my job. My job is to set a vision of “here’s where the bureaucracy needs to go.”’
This quote is like a negative ad waiting to be run. I get what he’s trying to say but this is a very very foolish way to explain his stance. Clinton probably won’t use it against him during the primary, but if Obama wins the nomination watch this quote wind up everywhere. It’s one thing to run as a transcendence candidate who’s really just a motivational speaker, but it’s another thing to say you’re a transcendence candidate who’s really just a motivational speaker. A lot of American’s want to be inspired. But a lot more American’s, particularly general election voters, want a commander – in- chief.