+1 Surreality

Ok, this is just getting weird now.

Obama said, “[McCain] called me back at about 2:30 this afternoon after our rally, and I asked him to join me in issuing a joint statement to let this Congress and this administration know where we stand and what we expect from this proposal, because of the past few days, it’s been clear that we have come to agree on some broad principles.”

Obama added that McCain agreed to the suggestion of issuing a joint statement.

McCain, according Rogers, suggested that the two presidential candidates have a meeting in Washington “to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem” and that they both suspend their campaigns and hold off on Friday’s presidential debate.

Obama said his intent was focused on issuing a joint statement first.

But shortly after the call ended, Obama said, his rival appeared on television announcing the suspension and the subsequent debate no-show.

“I think the only possible miscommunication that might have been how quickly there was an announcement and someone was on television. I think my assumption was that the joint statement would go out initially,” Obama said.

But McCain, appearing live on “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” challenged Obama’s claims that he supported a joint statement.

“This is not the time for statements. … I think the American people expect more of us. And I would hope that we would respond that way,” he said.

“We discussed that we do agree, and I’d be glad to — to join in a common press release or statement, but now is not the time for statements. Time is now to act,” he added.

Not to mention this:

Letterman told the audience during the taping of Wednesday’s show that McCain had called him personally to apologize for bailing. According to Letterman, McCain said he couldn’t appear because he was rushing to the airport to get back to Washington.

But midway through the broadcast, Letterman appeared to learn that the Arizona senator was actually still in New York. In fact, McCain was just a few blocks away, at the CBS News headquarters. He was preparing for a last-minute exclusive interview with Katie Couric.

Incredulous, Letterman interrupted his interview with Keith Olbermann (who had filled in as a substitute guest for McCain) to show the audience a live shot on the internal CBS News feed of a makeup artist putting the finishing touches on McCain while he waited to talk to Couric.

“He doesn’t seem to be racing to the airport, does he?” Letterman said, shouting at the television monitor: “Hey, John, I got a question! You need a ride to the airport?”

The Republicans are supposed to be the professional politicians. What the hell is going on?

Here’s the Letterman Video


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5 responses to “+1 Surreality

  1. Anonymous

    What is going on is right!! Sounds like someone is running scared.
    I think what the media should be talking about now is what Dave mentioned: If you are going to suspend, why not put up your VP??

  2. Lisa

    That Letterman clip was precious. He made some good points! This McCampaign just gets weirder and weirder.

  3. Anonymous

    What McCain is doing is “Grandstanding” to the 700 billionth degree. Such self sacrifice – I’ll suspend my campaign, save some of my tight dollars and get the news to do my campaigning for me. Fat chance I’d ever vote for Mcain.

  4. Anonymous

    If this wasn’t such a serious situation, it would be hilarious. McCain is talking out of both sides of his neck. Trying to postpone the debate for the reasons he is giving is hogwash. What better time to let America know what his position is? Oops! Could it be he has no position and the thought of Obama calling him out in front of America at such a critical time was just more than he could deal with right now?
    Another possibility, if his VP choice is so ‘ready’ to step in, why not let her take his place at the debate? That would be even funnier than the recent SNL skit. Or should I say ‘scarier’?

  5. Anonymous

    yea, this has been an eye-opener. At one point I actually thought he was going to be an excellent candidate. McCain and his campaign have turned into a big Joke full of lies and insulting the public. I don’t even trust him, he’s so 2-faced (ie the Letterman blowoff). Do we really want to elect a man that is “so in your face” with his lying and flipflopping on the issues? (We currently have 1 president like this, BUSH) Just a week ago he blurts out the economy is “fundamentally” sound but now he is ready to rush off to DC to rescue our economy and cancel his campaign. WHAT A MAVERICK!!!!! NOT. He is sliding in the polls and this is just his way of trying to build his momentum back up. What a sour loser……go thru with the Debate, John. What are you scared of?

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