Ever been to a tennis match, watching it from center court? You get the picture. You'd get video too, if I could find it on youtube. Instead, you get this.
From Political Radar, Obama said yesterday:
A war that should have never been authorized, a war that should have never been waged. I've been against it 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8. And I will bring this war to an end in 2009. So don't be confused.
I appreciate Obama trying to disabuse me of any confusion. It may be futile, however. Here is Obama in an interview on CBS:
And you pull out according to that time table, regardless of the situation? Even if there's serious sectarian violence?" CBS's Kroft asked.
"No, I always reserve as commander in chief, the right to assess the situation," Obama replied.
At least when Arafat would say one thing to one audience (Western leaders and media) and then another antipodean thing to another audience (the Palestinians), he would do so in different languages.
Obama, however, is not so burdened. He is the Mirror of Erised. He can say whatever he wants and people will believe he is saying whatever it is they want him to say.
Unless they're cynical.
UPDATE: I botched the ping pong (sorry, table tennis) link above ("you get this"), now fixed. Wait it out -- the overhead view makes it worth the wait!!!