Graciousness and the Lack Thereof

The Obama campaign was asked to comment on candidate  John McCain’s choice for his Vice President. The response was a spewing forth of dismissive comments about Mrs. Palin’s lack of experience, (believe it or not) her tenure as mayor of a small town (of which town was Obama ever a chief executive?), an investigation involving her ex-brother-in-law, and other comments meant to disparage the first woman governor of Alaska as a lightweight.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued an official spoken statement: “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.

Failing to take any notice at all of Palin’s place in American history by the breaking of barriers in politics as the first woman Republican nominee for VP, they denied her even a cursory compliment. Instead, the Obama campaign jumped into the political fight with all barrels loaded, swiftly going negative, something candidate Barack Obama has so vehemently railed against. So much for an historic woman as far as the Obama campaign is concerned. But of course, we already knew their feelings about women.

Obama’s Lack of Graciousness

Contrast Obama’s original statement to that of Governor’s Palin’s acceptance of John McCain’s offer, where she thanked Democrats Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton for paving the way for her to run for such an office. A few moments later Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman Vice Presidential candidate in 1984, spoke on FoxNews of her feelings about that gracious statement from a Republican woman. She was so touched that she seemed close to tears. Mrs. Ferraro said that it was the first time that anyone had ever thanked her publicly for the political trail that she had blazed for women.

Later in the day, about seven hours later to be exact, Senator Obama finally got around to personally phoning Governor Palin to congratulate her, according to GretaWire at FoxNews. There was no mention of Geraldine Ferraro nor Hillary Clinton.

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