Obama and his 2003 Vote:Lacking Intelligence

Obama and his 2003 Vote:Lacking Intelligence

Clarice Feldman

These days Obama cannot remind us enough that he voted against authorizing force in Iraq and Clinton authorized it. As Tom Maguire joked of Obama’s response to Hillary’s latest  red- phone- ringing- in-the-White-House-at- 3 am.- advertisement:”Obama’s response we have only heard about ten thousand times – if the phone rings at 3 AM we can be sure that he won’t invade Iraq in 2003.”
But earlier on –in  an interview in November 2006–he was more candid about what separated his and Hillary’s votes on this important issue–She knew more about the matter than he did:
[Question:] Where do you find yourself having the biggest differences with Hillary Clinton,
[Obama:] You know, I think very highly of Hillary. The more I get to know her, the more I admire her. I think she’s the most disciplined-one of the most disciplined people-I’ve ever met. She’s one of the toughest. She’s got an extraordinary intelligence. And she is, she’s somebody who’s in this stuff for the right reasons. She’s passionate about moving the country forward on issues like health care and children. So it’s not clear to me what differences we’ve had since I’ve been in the Senate. I think what people might point to is our different assessments of the war in Iraq, although I’m always careful to say that I was not in the Senate, so perhaps the reason I thought it was such a bad idea was that I didn’t have the benefit of U.S. intelligence. And, for those who did, it might have led to a different set of choices. So that might be something that sort of is obvious. But, again, we were in different circumstances at that time: I was running for the U.S. Senate, she had to take a vote, and casting votes is always a difficult test. (Emphasis supplied.)
h/t: syl

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