The Speech Obama Made Against HimselfYou would do well to pay attention to the latest flip-flop in the 2008 election. In what seems to be a growing abandonment of the progressive politics that earned him the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama has announced that, in spite of his earlier promise to "keep in place the moratorium" against additional offshore drilling, he now supports the expansion of offshore drilling for crude oil. Here's an important speech on the subject. Can you guess who gave the speech?
"In what's become a bit of a regular occurrence in this campaign, Senator Obama once had a different position on offshore drilling, and it's clear why he did. It would have long-term consequences for our coastlines, but no short term benefits, since it would take at least ten years to get any oil. Well, the politics may have changed, but the facts haven't. The accuracy of Senator Obama's original position has not changed. Offshore drilling would not lower gas prices today. It would not lower gas prices tomorrow. It would not lower gas prices this year. It would not lower gas prices five years from now. In fact, President Bush's own Energy Department says that we won't see a drop of oil from his own proposal until 2017, and in fact, you wouldn't see any full production out of any oil drilling off the coast until 2030. It will take a generation to reach full production, and even then the effect on gas prices will be minimal, at best. So, let me just repeat: Barack Obama's proposal, George Bush's proposal to drill offshore here in Florida and other places around the country would not provide families with any relief this year, next year, five years from now. Believe me, if I thought there was any evidence at all that drilling could save people money who are struggling to fill up their gas tanks by this summer or the next year or even the next few years, I would consider it, but it won't, and Barack Obama knows that. The fact is, Senator Obama's decision to team up with George Bush on offshore drilling violates the bipartisan consensus that we have had for decades that has protected Florida's pristine coastline from drilling."Did you figure out who gave this speech? It was Barack Obama - only he was attacking John McCain for flip flopping on offshore drilling. The speech was delivered by Obama just a month and a half ago, in Jacksonville, Florida, All I did with this speech is replace John McCain's name with Barack Obama's name. Sadly, the criticism that Barack Obama sent McCain's way now applies to him as well. If Obama would measure himself up against his earlier standards, he would find himself failing. Bit by bit, Barack Obama is becoming an embodiment of the dirty old politics he promised us he would change. How disappointing Obama has become.
Show your support for Barack Obama by wearing this shirt, part of our series of Barack Obama shirts arrayed in a rainbow of hues. This version of our classic Barack Obama portrait shirt is displayed in various shades of brown. Barack Obama for President of the United States of America in 2008!
Sometimes the most powerful messages are the simplest. Peace. (Green Peace Symbol Bumper Sticker)
Show your support for New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as she runs for President with this Hillary Clinton Lawn Sign in Patriotic Colors, complete with the reminder: Vote!
Whichever way the presidential election turns, the campaign of Barack Obama for President marks a turning point for America, away from fear and toward hope. Commemorate the Obama '08 campaign.
Check out these awesome sweatshop-free t-shirts about the environment.
It's still the Economy, stupid!.
Most members of the Democratic Party in America are pretty disappointing, aren't they? It's about time we elected some Kick-Ass Democrats!
Peace on Earth (bumper sticker)
No, George, I'M the Decider. Pro-Choice America bumper sticker.
Violence is a Moral Issue (bumper sticker)