…When he could not remember the soldier’s name on his bracelet.
I was convinced that there were no real gaffes in the debate last night. I knew that Obama had agreed with McCain a lot and that that would be in an ad just as I knew that McCain not mentioning the middle class (he mentioned no social classes) would be in an Obama ad.
It looks like there is a defining moment that I had not picked up. I was not watching the screen at the time so I did not see it but it is starting to get traction today. It is well known that John McCain wears the bracelet bearing the name of a soldier killed in Iraq and he tells the story about how it was given by the mother of the dead man and how she asked not to let her son die in vain by losing (The Obama Plan). Obama must have known McCain would say something, or at least his handlers prepared him for the possibility. After McCain told his story Barry said something like, me too, me too, I have a bracelet too and it has the name of uhh, uhh, uhh, it was given to me by the mother of (looks at bracelet to get name) Sgt. Ryan Jopek who said to me not to let other mothers go through this grief. Watch the video:
Obama could not remember the name of the soldier that is engraved on the bracelet he has. I am not saying his story is untrue or that he only wore the bracelet for the debate (though if anyone on the campaign trail could get a picture of him without it…). Before all the liberal twits get their panties in a wad, I don’t think wearing one is some requisite to be president. However, if you are going to wear one you need to wear it all the time and not for political gain and if you are going to reference it you need to know the name on it.
I think the McCain camp or one of the 527s could make a great ad out of this gaffe by Obama. This is worse than a sigh or looking at a watch. He was conveying to America that the mother of a soldier asked him to wear the bracelet with her son’s name and not to let this happen to another mother and that he was so moved by it he wears that bracelet. But he also conveyed that he was not moved enough to remember the guy’s name.
With regard to “me too”, The New Republic points out that Obama agreed with admitting Georgia and the Ukraine to NATO. This is the same position that Sarah Palin had when Charlie Gibson interviewed her and the answer that caused him to have seizures at the idea we might have to assist Georgia, were it in NATO, if the Russians attacked it. It is the position all the Palin bashers say was the wrong one but nary a word when Obambi said it.
At least he did not have to look at a bracelet to get the name of the country…
In a related story, a study shows liberals tend to be cowardly and conservatives do not. Might explain why there are so many conservatives in the military and why liberals refuse to confront our enemies.
UPDATE: NewsBusters reports that the family of SGT Jopek asked Obama not to wear his bracelet earlier in the year. Seems that mom gave it to him as a personal thing and she is upset Obama is using it for political stunts.