UnNews:Obama Dismisses Inartful FISA Statements
9 July 2008
PORTLAND, Oregon - Campaigning on the West Coast today, Barack Obama addressed crowds in Portland on the upcoming Senate vote on the FISA bill, which would give telecom companies immunity from breaking the law eavesdropping. Though Obama had previously made statements that some construed as being in opposition to any bill which did this, he explained that he was simply being "inartful" in his choice of words. "Let me be clear," Obama continued, "your liberties really aren't that important to me."
The statements in question date from February, when, in the heat of his bitter battle with Hillary Clinton for the nomination, he admits he was "saying anything it took" to get a competitive edge. While speaking to a crowded room of supporters, he said then that there was "no reason why telephone companies should be given blanket immunity to cover violations of the rights of the American people," and that "we must reaffirm that no one in this country is above the law." In a moment of candor today, Obama admitted he was "just blowing smoke."
Obama's chief strategist David Axelrod praised Obama, saying that he is in the midst of a "tiring campaign" for President of the United States, and for the American people. "Obama had gone several days without any substantive sleep," he explained. "In the heat of the moment, he said things he now regrets. I think the American people are willing to forgive him for that."
- Jake Tapper "Obama's FISA Shift" ABC News, July 9, 2008