The Washington Post and ABC News’ Jake Tapper have a gripe with the McCain camp. Since Tapper has been one of the stars of this campaign’s coverage so far, let’s pick it up from him.
Tapper quotes John McCain regarding Barack Obama’s refusal to visit wounded American soldiers in Germany’s Landstuhl Hospital.
“I have no idea except that I know that according to reports that he wanted to bring media people and cameras and his campaign staffers,” McCain said [to Larry king].
But Tapper is livid:
The part about wanting to bring the media is decidedly not true. There were never any plans for Obama to “bring media people and cameras.” Never.
His lividity mirrors that of an Obama spokesman, quoted in this morning’s Washington Post:
“Absolutely, unequivocally wrong,” Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in an e-mail after McCain’s comments to Larry King.
Yes, they are livid at the WashPost as well.
But where is the proof that McCain is lying? Where is the evidence that Obama and Axelrod weren’t planning another grand photo op, this one at Landstuhl?
Oh, there is no proof. They take the revised word of the Obama campaign, which he finally says came to light after multiple, botched attempts at explanation. The latest, the one Tapper believes, is that Obama wanted to bring one of his campaign advisors, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration.
There seems to be a consensus swallowing – hook, line, and sinker – of Saturday version from Obama himself:
“[W]e got notice that he (Gration) would be treated as a campaign person, and it would therefore be perceived as political because he had endorsed my candidacy but he wasn’t on the Senate staff. That triggered then a concern that maybe our visit was going to be perceived as political. And the last thing that I want to do is have injured soldiers and the staff at these wonderful institutions having to sort through whether this is political or not or get caught in the crossfire between campaigns.”
Obama could have visited the troops by himself. He opted not to do so, and that is the thrust of John McCain’s complaint. Barack Obama could have visited our wounded troops, the ones about whom he purports to care, but he blew them off. That he would suspect that Axelrod wanted a photo op, when the Obama campaign practically leaked the candidate’s Wailing Wall message to the Israeli press, is not too great a leap.
It is long past time that the media exhibited at least a modicum of skepticism about Barack Obama, his handlers, and the motives of these people. It is a political campaign, folks, not a visit to the home of Martha and Mary to speak to them about their deceased brother. Some things, one must accept as a matter of faith; other things, one must question. The tale of Barry’s cancellation of his trip to see the wounded soldiers at Landstuhl military hospital falls in to the latter category, and Barack Obama most certainly does not belong in the former.