Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama gets it wrong. Is he channeling Joe Biden?

President Elect Obama stuck his foot in his mouth during his first press conference following his historic election victory. Here are some of Obama's erroneous money quotes:

"At a news conference in Chicago, Obama said he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepares to take office in January. Then he smiled and said, "I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances."The 87-year-old former first lady had consulted with astrologers during her husband's presidency. But she did not hold conversations with the dead."

Obama got this wrong. What was he thinking? Maybe about that other first lady Hillary Clinton?

"In his book "The Choice," Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward described how Clinton consulted with a spiritual adviser who led her through imaginary conversations with her personal hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. Newsweek magazine, which was promoting the book, characterized the visits as "seances," a term that White House officials quickly tried to squelch."These were people who were helping her laugh, helping her think," said Neel Lattimore, Clinton's spokeswoman. "

Perhaps we should chalk this faux paus by Obama to the Biden Effect.

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