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Fox on Obama: It Takes a "Large Village to Prop Up an Empty Suit"

Reported by Melanie - July 20, 2008 -

Friday (July 18, 2008) morning I read this headine: A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy. I thought, good for him! Managing a foreign policy that impacts every nation on Earth is complex beyond description so I say fantastic that he has a wide array of brains to pick on the myriad issues that face us, and will face him if he's elected. The more input the better, unlike what seems like the five or six people currently riding roughshod over the planet who seem only to talk amongst themselves.

Fast forward to 4:00 p.m. ET. I sit down to monitor Your World w/Neil Cavuto and lo and behold, they do a segment on it.

Substitute host Cheryl Cassone opens with this: The New York Times says today that Barack Obama "has what amounts to a mini State Department working for him. Some 300 advisers working behind the scenes providing all the questions, and the answers, that he needs on foreign policy. John McCain has 75 foreign policy advisers. But should this matter?"

(Read the article. Every morning, the team sends Obama two emails. One on "major world developments over the previous 24 hours" and the other "on a set of questions, accompanied by suggested answers, that the candidate is likely to be asked about international relations during the day." Betcha George gets something like that too, huh? What's with the big surprise here?)

After introducing Michelle Malkin (when I saw her I knew Fox was doing a hit piece), Cassone continued: "Ah, Michelle, he's got this mini State Department. Ah, shouldn't he already know the answers to the questions. Ah, I'm missin' somethin' here?"

Malkin - "You would think so." During the debates he said, "I lived overseas and I majored in international relations. Wooooohooo! So what does he need 300 foreign policy advisers for?!"

Cassone: "Has he been using this though, in his campaign speeches, the kinda, the Q and A stuff he's getting from these advisers? Have we heard it?"

Malkin: "Apparently, though many of these hundreds and legions" of advisers "are themselves bewildered by the entire behemoth" and one of them said "he didn't know if his advice ever even got to Barack Obama's desk. I mean, it really is hysterical and it does show you that it takes a village, a large village, to prop up an empty suit and those of us who are having a chuckle about this are doing it justifiably so because it just underscores the fact that he needs all of this window dressing to give him the aura of somebody who knows what the heck he's talking about."

Cassone, trying to sound "fair and balanced," said, we all need advise; "you can't know everything about all things."

Malkin agreed, "Yeah, that's true," but then went off: But "you did point out the disparity between John McCain's staff on this and Obama's" and "if you want to make a serious point, the point here is that despite these hundreds and hundreds of people advising, he still has made abominable foreign policy mistakes and botches on the campaign trail and if all of those people can't help him make sure that what comes out of his mouth makes sense, and is attached to reality, it does make you fear for the fact of a November where he's elected and he's put in the White House and these people are in the real State Department. Very scary."

Signing off, Cassone said, "Michelle Malkin, somebody who does know her stuff."

Here's the video:

Comment: Yeah. Right. Malkin really "does know her stuff." I wanted to reach into the teevee and strangle these two GOP whores. What a bunch of bull crap. To criticize someone who wants to know all he can know is just outrageous. Do we want another dumb guy, like Bush, in the White House? Should our presidential candidates actually strive to be ignorant? I know that no matter what Obama does, Fox will find fault with him but seriously, what message does this send to the country and the world? And - sigh - I could go on about McCain's "abominable foreign policy mistakes." Alas, Fox's audience will never hear about them.