WASHINGTON---Just finished short conference call with retired Gen. Tony McPeak, who is endorsing White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.
McPeak, who cut a 30-second ad for Obama being launched in Iowa today, was asked about the Obama pin flap. Obama in an interview with an Iowa tv reporter talked about why he is no longer wearing a flag pin. The story is dominating national news. Obama's team notes that Iowa papers are not playing the story.
Obama is on his judgement and experience tour--that's their label-- and McPeak used the key message words in the conference call..judgement..experience...conventional (as in "inside the beltway conventional thinking.")
McPeak, a combat veteran who is outspoken in his opposition to the Iraq war said what makes Obama different is his "life experience" which "I think prepares him to deal with questions (of) international security." He downplayed "this business about the lapel pin." McPeak said he met Obama after one of his Senate staffers called him to arrange a meeting about six or eight months ago.
"I think the Senator understands that patriotism is hard work," McPeak said. "You know, if you could do it by just putting a flag on your lapel, that would be pretty easy."
What matters, said McPeak, is what "comes from the heart, not the clothing…the difference between petty symbolism and real substance, real courage, real judgement."
Link to McPeak ad in previous post.....