September 9th, 2008
09:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama: These folks are shameless

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as agents of change."]

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan (CNN) – Barack Obama's mocking of John McCain and Sarah Palin casting themselves as the agents of change reached new heights Monday night as he called their message "shameless" and "empty words."

"What are they talking about?" Obama asked incredulously. "How do they have the nerve to say it? When you've been supporting this current president, your party has been in power, you are not offering anything new, how is that you're serious about change? You're not! It's just empty words.

"I mean think about it," Obama continued after saying they were trying to adopt the 'change' label because it has worked so well for him. "It was just like a month ago they were all saying 'experience, experience, experience.' Then they chose Palin and started talking about 'change, change, change.' What happened? What happened?"

He also took aim again at an ad released by the McCain campaign Monday morning claiming that Palin was against the infamous pork barrel project known as "the Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. The campaign says Palin was a proponent of the project before stopping it as governor.

Watch: McCain-Palin stealing Obama's theme?

"I got to admit these folks are shameless," Obama said to cheers from the audience.

"Now she's out there acting like she was fighting this thing the whole time!" Obama laughed. "I mean I'm not perfect," he continued, "but you know what I'm not going to do is, I'm not going describe in an ad that I did something that's the opposite of what I did!"

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in response that Obama has been uniformly negative against the Republican ticket's message.

"Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin have shook up the the establishment and delivered real reforms – Barack Obama has a speech he gave in 2002," said Bounds.

Halfway through his energized speech Obama said, "I'm not going to be mean," to which the crowd shouted back, "be mean!"

But Obama relented for a moment, saying McCain and Palin both having compelling biographies and complimenting Palin's "moose shooting" hobby.

"I mean that sincerely," Obama said as the crowd laughed, "Mother, governor, moose-shooter, I mean I think that's cool, that's cool, that's cool stuff."

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soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. MD for Obama

    That's right Obama! These are the Bush clones so they steal your mesage.

    You said last year Afghanistan was a threat and now they are going to send troops there.

    You said you wanted to talk to our enemies as well as our friends and Bush said this was treason. Now, Rice is in Libya talking to Gaddafi.

    You wanted to withdraw troops and that is exactly what they are planning to do.

    You have been scrutinized up and down and the Republicans are shielding this Palin woman from the press! What a joke.

    When Black and Hispanic 17-year old non-working and non-married girls get pregnant, it is a crisis and a sin but this pregnancy with Palin's daughter is being treated like a blessing.

    Yet, you are the inexperienced one. Please! Keep taking the high road. These people are digusting.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. McCain = Bush 3rd Term

    McCain & Palin are not just shameless for lying about the idea that they're agents of change. They are shamelessly preying on the UNINTELLIGENT in America. Take a look at John McCain's lies – some of which are featured on video on the Daily show's site from yesterday. Take a look at his mediocre, at best, performance over the past 25 years in office. IF HE DIDN"T do anything worthy then, he is not going to do it when in the office of president.

    He had a 25 year interview – It didn't go so well.

    Palin has had a 10 day interview so far. And so far, we know that she certainly has a strong voice, but a VERY QUESTIONABLE background for holding – possible the office of the presidency. Her background may be a special human interest story in the makeing, but It's just not good enough to be president. There are millions of women in our country with interesting family issues that are strong voiced and organized. Are all of them qualified too?????????????????????

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Ron from Baltimore

    This should be the job of the press, to uncover the facts and ensure they are presented correctly. Have they all been cowered by Republican bullies? What's going on here?

    Time to get all of the surrogates on message and on the record, Dems.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Shari, NY

    Sen,. Obama, they are copycats. Imitation is the sincerest form of flatter.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Purely Independent

    These seem like stronger words than usual for Obama. I feel as though the Democrat camp is trying to create a little drama, simply because that is what draws the eye of the American voter, which is sad. The only thing this has going for it is that this statement is true. McCain just needs to shift the message to some kind of slogan that will cover both change and experience....oh well. Still leaning Obama, but mostly undecided.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Steve, Madison WI

    You better start attacking hard – cause we know McCain will pull the same sleazy, "make things up as you go" politics. Unfortunately, too many folks are guilty of listening to the lies rather than searching out the facts. And don't rely on the corporate run media to help educate. They are all too happy to under-report like they did with Bush/Cheney, the runup to the Iraq War, etc.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. J from DC

    Yes John McCain is switching his colors and talk to match Obama's. In fact they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. By being typical Conservative Republicans, who are running as Democrats.

    But, be not fooled. This is not the reason for his recent poll bumps. The fact is that women identify with her because she looks and feels familiar to them. The problem is that they really can’t see how different she is from them, like us men can.

    When Palin and McCain switch the Supreme Court next year, pro-choice goes out the window with it. But not for 4 years, but for the next 20 years. That is the wool being pulled over womens eyes.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Terri

    McCain & Polin are the highway to no where

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Southern Girl

    Obama, I agree. What shameless cowards! It looks like your message will transcend all. I'm glad the repubs have jumped on the bandwagon too.

    September 9, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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