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Obama Says “Cameras Change Things.” Apparently So Does the Lack of Cameras.

Obama is claiming that John McCain's presence, and presumably his own as well, hampered efforts to hammer out a compromise today.

“Here’s my observation and I think this may have been confirmed at the meeting today — when you inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations, sometimes it’s not helpful. The cameras change things,” Obama told FOX News after the meeting ended. “It’s not clear to me that having presidential candidates in a high-profile way in the negotiating process is useful.”

Let's break this rather amazing statement down a bit because there's a lot going on here. Wasn't it just yesterday that Obama was criticizing McCain for withdrawing from the debate, claiming that now more than ever, the American people needed to see and hear from their candidates? Did he think there were no cameras in the assembly hall?

How quickly the tune changes.

Even more puzzling is why he thinks the camera changes things. I'm sure that is true in Chicago style politics, but Obama has told us he is above all of that. He's the candidate of honest, open, and accessible government, right? He should have no problems voicing his opinion in the open light of the Senate floor.

Or maybe that was all just hype.

Of course, the most important thing about his statement is also the most obvious:

There weren't any cameras in the meeting! It was behind closed doors, and reports came from those inside. There were no reporters, cameras or microphones, so how could the cameras have changed things?

The guy is a master of spin, mainly because he feels no obligation to deal with messy little things like facts, truth and honesty.
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