Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Fairy Tale about the 'Fairy Tale'

For the record, Bill Clinton did not say that Obama or his campaign or his message of hope were a fairy tale. What he said was that Obama's claim to have consistently opposed the war in Iraq was a fairy tale. Here's the transcript:
"Second, it is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, numerating the years, and never got asked one time, not once, 'Well, how could you say, that when you said in 2004 you didn't know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war and you took that speech you're now running on off your website in 2004 and there's no difference in your voting record and Hillary's ever since?' Give me a break.

"This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.
"This whole thing" is plainly Obama "trumpeting his superior judgement and how he had been against the war in every year."


  1. Obama was trying not to undercut John Kerry when he said that. Obama said that he didn't have access to classified intelligence (the stuff that Hillary never got around to reading), and so he *might* have voted yes on the Iraq war resolution.

    Bill Clinton knows this, and he knows how misleading he is being. If it backfires for him, he deserves that.

  2. That's true. It's also true that it was natural for that fairy tale meme to overflow its grammatical boundaries. Frankly this post was not the swiftest.