WASHINGTON--One of the biggest issues for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is to convince voters that he has the experience to be president. He turns 46 on Aug. 4 and has been in the Senate since January, 2005. And on Tuesday night he said his foreign policy judgement was better than anyone else running for president.
At an off-the-record session sponsored by Time-Warner in New York on Tuesday, Obama said, "Look, one thing I'm very confident about is my judgment in foreign policy is, I believe, better than any other candidate in this race, Republican or Democrat.''
(that quote and those below about the Tuesday Time-Warner event came from the Obama campaign late Wednesday night)
Obama also said, "And I don't base that simply on the fact that I was right on the war in Iraq. But if you look at how I approached the problem. What I was drawing on was a set of experiences that come from a life of living overseas, having family overseas, being able to see the world through the eyes of people outside our borders."
And this, "The notion that somehow from Washington you get this vast foreign policy experience is illusory."
These remarks go to the heart of the argument Obama makes that his total biography--living in Indonesia as a child, relatives in a variety of countries, a father from Kenya--give him an invaluable world outlook no one has who is running. The remarks Obama made leaked out as rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is chastising him as naive on foreign policy--and reveal the frame he is using to push back hard.
Jake Tapper of ABC News has a comprehensive report.
Here's an excerpt from Tapper...
"Obama told the crowd of roughly 125 that he didn't base his boast "simply on the fact that I was right on the war in Iraq, but if you look at how I approached the problem. What I was drawing on was a set of experiences that come from a life of living overseas, having family overseas, being able to see the world through the eyes of people outside our borders."
The speaking event, which was not a fundraiser but included a full bar and appetizers, and Time Warner Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Richard Parsons sitting on a stage with Obama, interviewing him for more than an hour. "
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