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Obama to Reid in 2008: "Harry, What's John (McCain) Up to? It Sounds Crazy" [McCain's bailout stunt]
ABC News - Political Punch ^ | 2009-04-27

Posted on 04/27/2009 8:53:25 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

On Wednesday, September 24, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., phoned Reid and told him, “Harry, I am suspending my campaign to come back and help negotiate a deal.” McCain explained that he was also calling upon Obama to suspend his campaign, and together they could convene a meeting at the Bush White House to help come to a deal on a bailout for Wall Street.

Reid didn't think it was such a great idea...

"They were on the verge of an agreement, and any such McCain stunt would cost us valuable time," writes Reid, also noting that McCain "had no standing to do any such negotiating. He was neither a member of the pertinent committees, nor did he have any particular expertise, nor was he of influence with rebellious Republicans who were openly opposing the plan."

“John, please don’t come," Reid says he told the GOP presidential nominee. . . . . . "We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."

“That’s how I feel, John," Reid said.

“I hope you’ll reconsider, Harry,” McCain responded.

Almost immediately, Reid writes, he got another call, this time from then-Sen. Obama.

"Harry, what’s John up to?" Obama said. "It sounds crazy."

. . . . .

"And then, as the meeting that he had called disintegrated into acrimony and disunion, John McCain remained silent," Reid writes.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.abcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008elections; bailout; dementia; economy; erratic; financialcrisis; gwb43; idiots; mcbama; mccain; mccainsfault; mccaintruthfile; mcqueeg; obama; panicof2008; reid; rino; senile
"Harry, what’s John up to?" Obama said. "It sounds crazy."


1 posted on 04/27/2009 8:53:25 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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2 posted on 04/27/2009 8:53:52 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

I honestly believe if McCain had come out strongly against the initial $400 billion stimulus, the race would’ve gone to McCain, or at minimum been far, far closer than it was. As it was, with both sides agreeing on what was the biggest issue of the day, people saw no reason to vote for old, staid McCain vs. young, fresh Obama.


3 posted on 04/27/2009 8:56:46 AM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain has to call Reid to get permission to come to the Senate? Good grief!


4 posted on 04/27/2009 8:57:07 AM PDT by avacado
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To: rabscuttle385
"Harry, what’s John up to?" Obama said. "It sounds crazy."

Obama didn't even recognize McCain's pre-concession speech.

5 posted on 04/27/2009 9:00:56 AM PDT by calcowgirl (RECALL Abel Maldonado! - NO on Props 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F)
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To: rabscuttle385
About Obama and his speechifying, Reid writes: "Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: 'I have a gift, Harry.'

And, presumably, with a straight face.

6 posted on 04/27/2009 9:01:23 AM PDT by fullchroma (right-wing radical in pearls and lipstick)
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To: Terabitten

At the very least McLame should have said “THIS CAN WAIT 6 WEEKS UNTIL THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER to avoid making it a political issue”

But McLame was ... lame.. on the issue


7 posted on 04/27/2009 9:01:34 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: TigersEye; TADSLOS; cripplecreek; DoughtyOne; exit82; Grunthor

This one comes with a barf alert.


8 posted on 04/27/2009 9:02:41 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Rabs, the more that comes out about this campaign, the more our worst fears become realized.

McManchurianCandidate was out to lose this campaign by any means necessary. And with the Democrat voting Steve Schmidt run- ning his campaign,he had extra assistance.

This one needs a projectile vomiting alert.


9 posted on 04/27/2009 9:18:36 AM PDT by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Terabitten

Just imagine if McCain would have voted against it. We wouldn’t be in the mess we are in right now because Obama would have also voted against it. He would have had to. That is why when they took the vote, McCain went first.

McCain could have changed the way this whole bailout and world economy outlook. I know that sounds crazy but it is the truth.


10 posted on 04/27/2009 9:22:58 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: fullchroma

‘I have a gift, Harry.’

Talk about narcissism!


11 posted on 04/27/2009 9:23:02 AM PDT by maggief
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To: rabscuttle385
"Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: 'I have a gift, Harry.'

Snicker...!

12 posted on 04/27/2009 9:29:45 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: exit82

Yep, and that why he and his staff repeatedly tried to shove Sarah Palin under the bus, since she had no intention of going down without a fight.


13 posted on 04/27/2009 9:31:13 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: calcowgirl

McCain’s pre-concession speech

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Yep, reminded me of Ross Perot dropping out and getting back in


14 posted on 04/27/2009 9:35:02 AM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: truthandlife; Terabitten

I agree that McCain made a big mistake by bumbling the opportunity to actually be a ‘Maverick’ and vote against the robery of the taxpayers. Alas he proved beyond a doubt to many voters that he is just another POS politician.
This fool McCain will never get another chance.


15 posted on 04/27/2009 9:38:34 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Son House
Yep, reminded me of Ross Perot dropping out and getting back in

Yep. That was another one of those "terminal" errors that made the outcome inevitable.

16 posted on 04/27/2009 10:18:42 AM PDT by calcowgirl (RECALL Abel Maldonado! - NO on Props 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F)
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To: rabscuttle385

Don’t ask me why, but I strangely find this rendition utterly believable. We know parts of it are true, and the parts we don’t have proof of, sound like the only course McCain could have taken, if his goal was to do what he did.

So here I am for the first time in my life, thinking this description of Reid’s take on this, sounds very credible. Imagine, thinking Reid has credibility on an issue. Good grief.

And then you realize, it’s regarding our resident turn coat and Marxist/Fascist enabler.


17 posted on 04/27/2009 10:26:46 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: calcowgirl

McLame had all the appearances of a man deliberately trying to take a dive.


18 posted on 04/27/2009 10:30:46 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: truthandlife

McCain should have said hell no.


19 posted on 04/27/2009 11:00:34 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Chet 99
That was the day he lost the election.

I think the mob got to him.

20 posted on 04/27/2009 11:16:16 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Terabitten
I honestly believe if McCain had come out strongly against the initial $400 billion stimulus, the race would’ve gone to McCain, or at minimum been far, far closer than it was. As it was, with both sides agreeing on what was the biggest issue of the day, people saw no reason to vote for old, staid McCain vs. young, fresh Obama.

Yep. That is exactly where he lost me.

21 posted on 04/27/2009 2:56:59 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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