Pundits are worried that voters have started getting the idea that Barack Obama is a rather arrogant and full of himself. Itâ€™s hard not to notice. He doesnâ€™t just start many of his sentences in the first person or self-referentially, but repeats the â€œme, myself and Iâ€ two or three times. Itâ€™s either an odd verbal tic or he is even more conceited than anyone thought, Here are his answers to Tom Brokawâ€™s questions on the July 27, 2008 edition of â€œMeet The Pressâ€:
Brokaw: Â When you get home and Michelle says to you â€¦ â€œdid you change your mind about anything based on this entire trip?”
Obama: Well, I, I, I didn’t see a huge shift in the strategic policies that I’ve laid outÂ â€¦
Brokaw: Do you believe that President Maliki would â€¦ endorse your timetable of getting troops out within 16 months if it had not been for the surge?
Obama: [W]e were going to have a civil war and we could not stop a civil war simply with more troops.Â Now, I, I …Â
Brokaw: [T]he Anbar awakening â€¦ was successful in large part because the American troops did come in and make it possible for them to have the kind of political reconciliationÂ â€¦
Obama: I’m, I’m – the fact that – the…Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Brokaw: This is what USA Today had to say about your position on the surge.Â “Why can’t Obama bring himself to acknowledge the surge worked â€¦ What does that stubbornness say about the kind of president that he would be?”
Obama: I, I actually think â€¦
Brokaw: How is it possible â€¦ a candidate for president â€¦ and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [is] making his first trip to what you call the central front in the war on terror?
Obama: I’ve been busy also working on issues like Iraq, on nuclear proliferation.Â â€¦ So I, I think â€¦
Brokaw: You met with a wide variety of Israelis; you only met with Palestinian President Abbas.Â â€¦Â
Obama: Well, I, I, I don’t think â€¦
Brokaw: Are you going to break the old rules [about picking] a vice presidential candidate â€¦
Obama: I, I think â€¦Â
Brokaw: Is [Hillary Clinton] on your list [with] Bill Clinton as a surrogate for you day in and day out, throughout the campaign?
Obama: Oh, you know, I maybe – I think â€¦ I’m not going to, I’m not going to â€¦ I, I would love to have Bill Clinton campaigning for me.Â I – he was very effective â€¦Â
Brokaw: Why not just reconstitute [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] as pure government agencies?
Obama: Well, I – you know, I think thatÂ
Brokaw: How many more times have you heard from Jesse Jackson about his comments?
Obama: I haven’t heard too much â€¦ I, IÂ look â€¦
Brokaw: Finally, Senator Obama, you said earlier when John McCain raised the possibility that the two of you could appear on a regular basis during the course of the campaign at town halls â€¦Â
Obama: Well, here’s the thing, I mean, listen, I, I, I think -I can say a little something about debates â€¦
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