This remark by Obama is just amazing... I hope it's been flagged by the McCain campaign and is ready for mass distribution. (Assuming they don't find this to be "outside the bounds of polite discourse.")
H/T to NRO, this little nugget from Obama's Oregon trip is just hilarious:
He also attacked McCain's plan for a gas tax holiday to cope with rising pump prices, which Clinton supports, as well as his other environmental plans, saying the Republican had consistently opposed fuel efficiency standards.
"For him to come to Oregon as an environmental president, but his big strategy is to do more drilling and to have a gas tax holiday for three months, that's a phony solution," he said.
Pitching his message to Oregon's environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
I suppose that Obama's idea of leadership is to ask other countries how cool we can have our homes, how much food we can eat, and what kind of car we can drive.
Is he going to ask the Europeans, the Iranians, or the North Koreans for their thoughts on how we can curtail our lifestyles?
When you compare Obama's "leadership" with McCain's, who's actually looking to increasing production of fuels, it's pretty clear who knows how to reduce the price at the pump.
Brian points out that Obama's just calling for the US to lead by example... Well, yes... he is. But implicit in this leading by example is the desire for other countries to be "OK" with our lifestyles.
Is it leadership to seek the approval of others on the world stage? And if that's Obama's ultimate goal, how will this desire play itself out in the UN and in his one-on-one discussions with the Iranians?
ARC: St Wendeler