Obama Adviser Did Talk about NAFTA Despite Campaign’s Denials
The brand of Sen. Barack Obama as political messiah and bringer of a new politics began crumbling today over comments by an adviser about NAFTA:
Barack Obama said Monday that his campaign never gave Canada back-channel assurances that his harsh words about the North American Free Trade Agreement were for political show — despite the disclosure of a Canadian memo indicating otherwise.
According to the memo obtained by The Associated Press, Obama’s senior economic adviser told Canadian officials in Chicago that the debate over free trade in the Democratic presidential primary campaign was “political positioning” and that Obama was not really protectionist.
The adviser, Austan Goolsbee, said his comments to those officials were misinterpreted by the author, Joseph DeMora, who works for the Canadian consulate in Chicago and attended the meeting.
In Carrollton, Texas, Obama told reporters: “Nobody reached out to the Canadians to try to assure them of anything.”
Asked why he had appeared to deny a report last week that such a meeting had taken place, Obama said: “That was the information I had at the time.”
Obama put himself up on that precipice. Enticing swoons and affection with oratory he claims is more authentic than the politics of the past. The tough part is living up to it. Obama rose up in the wild and woolly world of Chicago politics. How long did he actually think he could live up to the expectations of New Political Man?
In a post partially titled “Politics as Usual” Big Tent Democrat writes,
Now it appears, the Obama camp accepts the meeting DID occur and NAFTA WAS discussed, but not in the way portrayed in the meeting. Riiiight. Thank Gawd for the Obama Rules.
Ed Morrissey sums it up well,
Team Obama wants people to think that their candidate represents a new kind of politics. Instead, we see the same lies and obfuscations that Barack Obama likes to accuse others of indulging. They got caught talking out of both sides of their mouths, and after that they tried stonewalling and lying to make the story go away.