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Obama's Strengths are His Weaknesses

9:55 AM, May 5, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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On Meet The Press yesterday, Obama was asked about a report that he apologized to Rev. Wright for not letting Wright perform the invocation at Obama's presidential announcement ceremony.

Obama replied: "Well, what happened was is that, you know, I was sorry that he felt, that he felt hurt by that decision. And, you know, that is--that may be a fault of mine that I own up to, which is, is that I'm concerned about how other people feel, particularly somebody who I've known for quite some time."

Remember how Obama mocked John Edwards after Edwards said his greatest weakness is that "I sometimes have a very powerful emotional response to pain that I see around me"? The candidates had been asked to state their greatest weaknesses during a January 15 debate, and Obama said he was disorganized. At a campaign stop a couple days later, he riffed:

"Because I'm like, an ordinary person, I thought that they meant what's your biggest weakness?" Mr. Obama said. "So I said, 'Well, I don't handle paper that well. You know, my desk is a mess. I need somebody to help me file and stuff all the time.' So the other two they say uh, they say well my biggest weakness is 'I'm just too passionate about helping poor people. I am just too impatient to bring about change in America."

As the room erupts in laughter, he continues: "If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. I could have said, 'Well you know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible.'"

Now that was funny. Too bad Obama has decided to become just another conventional politician whose "fault" is that he feels your pain.