Senator Barack Obama has an unpleasant habit of blaming others for his problems. ABC's The Note spots the pattern now that his campaign's clumsy "D-Punjab memo" that disparaged Hillary Clinton for the ties between the Clinton family and Indian-American contributors:
Does this strike anyone as presidential?
ABC's Jake Tapper reports that Obama labeled the opposition-research document "stupid and caustic" and went on to blame his staff -- at least the third time in the past five months he has foisted blame for a campaign hiccup on his underlings. "Boy, it must be tough to be so continually disappointed with your staff," Tapper writes
Obama has blamed his staffers for other campaign mishaps.
In February, after Obama contributor David Geffen slammed Bill and Hillary Clinton in Maureen Down's New York Times column, the Clinton campaign demanded that Obama return money Geffen had raised for them. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said "We aren't going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom." (LINK)
Obama later distanced himself from that comment, telling reporters he had been flying from Los Angeles to Iowa during the whole dustup and that, "I told my staff that I don't want us to be a party to these kinds of distractions because I want to make sure that we're spending time talking about issues. My preference going forward is that we have to be careful not to slip into playing the game as it customarily is played."
In May, Obama blamed staffers for his missing an event with firefighters in New Hampshire. "I have to tell you, I wish I was there," Obama said over a speakerphone. "My staff had already scheduled some things and they couldn't wiggle out if it. They heard from me a little bit because I wasn't happy I couldn't be there personally." (LINK)
Boy, it must be tough to be so continually disappointed with your staff.
Not to mention to have a campaign you have so little control over!
Update: Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light wields his sharp edged wit adroitly, commenting on Obama's response to the latest scandal:
"Getting caught was a dumb mistake. We thought we had protected ourselves with the ‘no attribution' caveat, but we underestimated the loyalty the media has to the Clinton machine."
What is truly hilarious is that with all the ammunition the recent disclosures that the Clintons have profited richly from big oil, big pharm, defense and Wal-Mart stocks - that Obama would decide to attack their involvement with Indian companies.