Senator Do-Over

When my kids were small, they useed to insist on do-over when they played board games and didn’t like the roll of the dice.  But they were kids, and I’d let them have a do-over.  Eventually, they had to learn that there were no do-overs in real life, and that they had to play the game however the dice rolled.

It would appear that no one has taught the good Senator from Illinois that lesson yet.  

Recently, Senator Obama initiated another do-over with regard to a question that Pastor Warren posed to him regarding abortion.  When the Senator was asked at what point does a  baby gets human rights, the senator replied that it was “above my pay grade.”  Simple question with his very simple, albeit “flip” answer.  

It was just reported that Senator Obama, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, decided to give the answer that he should have given at Saddleback.  

“What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility about understanding when does the soul enter into … It’s a pretty tough question. And so, all I meant to communicate was that I don’t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.”

“What I do know is that abortion is a moral issue, that it’s one that families struggle with all the time. And that in wrestling with those issues, I don’t think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions.

“I think the better answer – and this was reflected in the Democratic platform – is to figure out, how do we make sure the young mothers, or women who have a pregnancy that’s unexpected or difficult, have the kind of support they need to make a whole range of choices, including adoption and keeping the child.

A better answer, particularly the humility part, but about a month too late.  

This guy has a history of looking for do-overs, and the MSM has just allowed him to get away with it.  Here are a few of Senator Obama’s do-overs.

In February 2008, in one of the debates:

Asked in last night’s debate to name a regret, Sen. Barack Obama said he would like to take back his vote authorizing Congress to intervene to save the life of the brain-injured Florida woman Terri Schiavo.

and in the press:

During his first press conference as a presidential candidate at Iowa State University, Obama, discussing his opposition to the Iraq war, said the war “should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we’ve now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”

Obama, in an interview with the Des Moines Register right afterward, told the paper, ”I was actually upset with myself when I said that, because I never use that term,” he said. ”Their sacrifices are never wasted. . . . What I meant to say was those sacrifices have not been honored by the same attention to strategy, diplomacy and honesty on the part of civilian leadership that would give them a clear mission.”  

In April, the Senator had the infamous “bitter” remarks about clinging to guns and religion.  It was reported in the News Observer that

He told Romoser that wording was unfortunate.

“Well look, if there – obviously, if I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that,” he said. “But the underlying truth of what I said remains, which is simply that people who have seen their way of life upended because of economic distress are frustrated and rightfully so.”

And then in July, from CNN:

Days after Barack Obama granted the first television interview with his entire family, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he regrets thrusting his two young daughters in the media spotlight.

“I think that we got carried away in the moment,” Obama told NBC Wednesday morning. “We were having a birthday party and everybody was laughing, and suddenly this thing cropped up, and I didn’t catch it quickly enough, and I was surprised by the attention it got.”

The veil around the children gives their interview a novelty effect, said Matthew Felling, a contributor to the American Journalism Review.  “But at the same time they are trying to have it both ways by saying … ‘Access Hollywood,’ you’re going to be friendly to us so we’ll let you come out,” he said. “What happens when the next organization says, ‘You let them do it. Why can’t we come to the door, too?”

Senator Do-Over wants to be president…but there are no do-overs come November.  We need a president who gets it right the first time.  

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