It Depends on What the Definition of "Leaders" Is
2:27 PM, May 27, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
Barack Obama continues to use weasel words and equivocations in his lame effort to step back from his pledge that as president he would chat with any malefactor willing to stand still with him long enough for a photo-op. Let's first remember the policy pronouncement from the YouTube debate:
Just reading that clips gives me nostalgic pangs for the Obama of old: Bold, forthright, not given to avoiding delicate topics like so many politicians. The only problem with this policy was that it meant Obama would make a priority of sitting down with characters like Mahmoud Ahmadenijad. Not that such a pledge was a problem for everyone. The Atlantic's Matthew Yglesias lionized the pronouncement in the most recent issue of the magazine.
Still, the policy was enough of a problem for a sufficient number of voters that Obama and his eager acolytes like Joe Klein have gone to extraordinary lengths to make it disappear. Today, Obama "clarified:"