Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Obama's Staff Not Serving Best Interests, It Seems

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2006�: "Illinois Senator Barack Obama warns citizens at his 50th Town Hall meeting about gas guzzling, WPSD-TV reports.
It was among many points made to the standing room only audience at the Metropolis Community Center. Obama spoke on everything from DC politics to global warming.
He says part of the blame for the world's higher temperatures rests on gas guzzling vehicles. Obama says consumers can make the difference by switching to higher mileage hybrids.
Today the Senator said, 'It would save more energy, do more for the environment and create better world security than all the drilling we could do in Alaska.'
'After the meeting... Obama left in a GMC Envoy after admitting to favoring SUV's himself,' claimed local News Channel 6.
Tommy Vietor, Senator Obama's press secretary, explains: 'What Senator Obama has long advocated is the use of vehicles that are more fuel efficient, including but not exclusively hybrids.
'The vehicle senator obama travels in while in illinois is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV), which can run on e85, a blended fuel made of 85 percent ethanol.
'So he in fact was practicing what he preached at the town hall meeting in Metropolis yesterday when he said we must drive fewer gas-guzzling vehicles.'
But it does not appear that GMC's Envoy is E85 ready."

If this is as Drudge reports it, this press secretary has done his boss a disservice by the simplest of sins...lying. Why do it? Just say that this is not his personal vehicle and that a politician has a great number of handlers that have to be present. Everyone knows that. No one expects him to show up in a Prius. He also needs to tone down his rhetoric a bit until he can live his own advice. Getting stuck in this mess is of their own doing, but just a dumb mistake.

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