Run for president, see the USA (at last)

Thomas Lifson
Another oddity of the Obama campaign: the candidate hadn't really bothered to visit very much of America, prior to deciding to become its leader. The New York Times brings us the heart-warming story of Barack Obama finally getting to really see the United States by running for president.

"Having grown up in Hawaii and Indonesia and spending much of his adult life in large cities, Mr. Obama, 46, is now acquainting himself more deeply with his country and finds himself unusually surprised by some of his findings."

The Times notes that it is rather unusual for someone to run for president without having already gotten to know America beyond the big (blue) cities:

"Most presidential nominees have been on the national stage for years or even decades, traveling the country raising money and building a network for themselves and others."

But the reason given is (of course) Obama's vows of poverty as a community organizer:

"His salary as a community organizer in Chicago - about $12,000 annually -- allowed him to travel only once or twice a year. Now, it is more likely to be once or twice a day, and he often christens his arrival in a new destination with a personal greeting as he soaks in his surroundings."

Nowhere in the Times article is mention made of the mysterious trip Obama managed to undertake as a college student: all the way to Pakistan. Somehow, there was money for jetting around Asia. Via Jake Tapper of ABC News' Political Punch blog: 

"Apparently, according to the Obama campaign, In 1981 -- the year Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University -- Obama visited his mother and sister Maya in Indonesia. After that visit, Obama traveled to Pakistan with a friend from college whose family was from there. The Obama campaign says Obama was in Pakistan for about three weeks, staying with his friend's family in Karachi and also visiting Hyderabad in Southern India."

Money issues haven't prevented Obama from visiting the Islamic world, but do explain his lack of interest in visiting America. Nice logic.

Hat tip: Russ Vaughn

Update: My friend Susan reminds us: "Do you remember the crap the left gave Bush for never having been out of the US?"
Another oddity of the Obama campaign: the candidate hadn't really bothered to visit very much of America, prior to deciding to become its leader. The New York Times brings us the heart-warming story of Barack Obama finally getting to really see the United States by running for president.

"Having grown up in Hawaii and Indonesia and spending much of his adult life in large cities, Mr. Obama, 46, is now acquainting himself more deeply with his country and finds himself unusually surprised by some of his findings."

The Times notes that it is rather unusual for someone to run for president without having already gotten to know America beyond the big (blue) cities:

"Most presidential nominees have been on the national stage for years or even decades, traveling the country raising money and building a network for themselves and others."

But the reason given is (of course) Obama's vows of poverty as a community organizer:

"His salary as a community organizer in Chicago - about $12,000 annually -- allowed him to travel only once or twice a year. Now, it is more likely to be once or twice a day, and he often christens his arrival in a new destination with a personal greeting as he soaks in his surroundings."

Nowhere in the Times article is mention made of the mysterious trip Obama managed to undertake as a college student: all the way to Pakistan. Somehow, there was money for jetting around Asia. Via Jake Tapper of ABC News' Political Punch blog: 

"Apparently, according to the Obama campaign, In 1981 -- the year Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University -- Obama visited his mother and sister Maya in Indonesia. After that visit, Obama traveled to Pakistan with a friend from college whose family was from there. The Obama campaign says Obama was in Pakistan for about three weeks, staying with his friend's family in Karachi and also visiting Hyderabad in Southern India."

Money issues haven't prevented Obama from visiting the Islamic world, but do explain his lack of interest in visiting America. Nice logic.

Hat tip: Russ Vaughn

Update: My friend Susan reminds us: "Do you remember the crap the left gave Bush for never having been out of the US?"