Barack Does Wear Flip-Flops

In spite of the repeated accusations by John McCain, the “Mainstream” media and your typical Republican I find it interesting that none of these groups are taking the time to check to see what Barack actually said. From the New York Times, MSNBC and even NPR.

The only fair thing to do is search for the truth.

Case #1: “We’re looking to see if we can preserve the option,” spokesman Bill Burton said, when asked if the campaign was committing, conditionally, to public financing.

I asked Burton again today if this was a “pledge,” and he repeated that it’s an “option.”

“The only reason this is an option is because we pursued the decision from the FEC. As the Clinton campaign continues to remind you, Obama is not the nominee, but this is a question we will address when he is,” he said in response to Davis’ remark.” ( – 02/14/08 “Obama Spokesman: Public financing just an option”)

Case #2: FEC Commissioner Michael Toner (a GOP Appointee)
Commissioner Toner tells Vogel the commission’s answer could “have a ripple effect on both parties’ presidential fields.” He said he hasn’t decided how he’ll come down on the issue, but he sounded to be leaning toward approving the request.

My general approach is to provide presidential candidates with as much flexibility as possible in this area unless the law clearly prohibits it.

I ask you the question who’s really wearing the flip-flops here?

Case #3: McCain Campaign Manager, Terry Nelson said “Should John McCain win the Republican nomination, we will agree to accept public financing in the general election, if the Democratic nominee agrees to do the same.

Well Mr. Nelson, the Democratic nominee decided to not to accept public financing. So why did you go back on your promise by accepting public financing?

Case #4: Senator Obama words, “My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election….If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” (MDN National Release)
I don’t want to belabor the point, but why can’t the “mainstream media” who is far better funded than me to do the research before towing the same tired old standard republican-like talking points to Americans who believe everything they see on television. It’s documented.

Flip-Flop — We will not bring up McCain’s recent position change when it comes to off-shore drilling.

I expect this from FOX News and even Lou Dobbs on occasion. Why not give me the money for research or better yet check to see if Rockport makes orthopedic flip-flops for Mr. McCain.

(:) I’m sorry that was unnecessary. I actually like Rockport, they make some great shoes.)

Additional Articles:
Huffington Post “Obama’s Non-Promise Not Broken” 06/24/08
The Politico “Obama: No Commitment” 02/07/07
The Politico “Obama Wants Public Financing” 02/07/07