- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2008


The current strategy of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign gives new meaning to the phrase “consummate gall.” Let’s connect the dots. First, the senator speaks from a podium decorated with what looks like a faux presidential seal bearing his image, which his campaign hurriedly disowns as a mere “oops!” moment.

Next, Mr. Obama’s campaign wants the German government to let him deliver a major public speech before the powerfully symbolic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a privilege heretofore accorded only to the sitting presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Now we have Mr. Obama’s visit to Iraq and Afghanistan, which projects more like a commander in chief’s inspection tour than an open-minded fact-finding mission more appropriate to a congressional visitor, let alone a presidential candidate.

Clearly, the Obama campaign has decided to present an Obama presidency as a fait accompli, perhaps even an entitlement. This is an outrage, and the only way the Obamaniacs are getting away with it is through the enthusiastic connivance of the mainstream media. Consider Sen. John McCain visits our vital ally Colombia, and the press studiously ignores the whole thing. Now, Sen. Obama will belatedly visit Iraq and Afghanistan, and CBS, NBC and ABC are sending their national television news anchors to cover it, a red-carpet treatment afforded only to sitting presidents - and rarely at that - and never before to a mere candidate on the campaign trail.

The audacity of presumption driving the Obama campaign is not only objectionable in itself, but it also raises disturbing questions about what an Obama administration might be like. For example, if his adoring supporters and the shamelessly fawning establishment media already have the nerve to treat candidate Obama as if he were already president and commander in chief, what will they make of him if he actually is elected to the Oval Office? De facto dictator?


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