Skip to comments.Media Lies About Sarah Palin Korea Comments (Global Hit on Palin)
Posted on 11/25/2010 8:41:56 AM PST by kristinn
A hit piece by a liberal blogger about a slip of the tongue by Sarah Palin regarding the crisis on the Korean peninsula has become an international news story that is being spun to impugn Palin's credibility as a potential presidential candidate.
Palin has been dishonestly quoted out of context in dozens of articles and broadcast reports as saying on the Glenn Beck radio show on Wednesday, "We gotta stand with our North Korean allies."
Here, in context, is what Palin actually said (transcription by Kristinn):
Glen Beck: "Sarah you said, you said in the last few days that you are considering a run for president. And uh, polls show that you would probably win the Republican nomination. How would you handle a situation like just developed in, in North Korea?"
Palin: "Well, North Korea, this is stemming from I think a greater problem when we're all sittin' around asking, "Oh no, what are we gonna do?" and we're not having a lot of faith that the White House is gonna come out with a strong enough policy to, um, sanction what it is that North Korea is gonna do. So this speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms our national security policies. But obviously, gotta stand with our North Korean allies. We're bound to by, by treaty."
Beck: "South Korea."
Palin: "We're also bound by, yeah, we're also bound by prudence to stand with our, our South Korean allies. Yes. And, uh, you know to remind North Korea, well, we're not gonna reward bad behavior and we're not gonna walk away. And we do need to press China to do more to increase the pressure on North Korea."
The smear started with liberal blogger Oliver Willis who posted an entry with the title, AUDIO: Sarah Palin: "We Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies. The blog post did not transcribe Palin's interview with Beck, it just had a snarky comment, "Genius. Absolute genius. When Glenn Beck is correcting you on foreign policy, well genius."
Willis included the audio clip in his post which this transcription is based on. As can be seen, it was a simple slip of the tongue. But, because of how Willis disingenuously framed it, the slip has become "truth" to once again be used to smear Palin as ignorant of foreign affairs.
The hit piece was picked up by Mediaite, a site founded by former MSNBCer Dan Abrams, which titled their hit piece, Sarah Palin - North Korean Allies.
Mediaite also posted the audio clip. But even with the evidence that the comment was clearly a slip of the tongue, Mediaite smeared Palin as ignorant by quoting her out of context rather than publishing the entire exchange with Beck.
For good measure, Mediaite brought back a previous smear of Palin that claimed in 2008 when she was selected to be John McCain's running mate she did not know Korea was divided between North and South.
The Weekly Standard came to Palin's defense last night with a piece that chided her critics for the smear.
That did not stop the smear from going global, however. A Google News search shows nearly one hundred articles accusing Palin of not knowing that South Korea is our ally.
Wire services, broadcast networks and newspapers across America and the globe have gleefully picked up the smear.
The BBC piled on today with an article that said, "Her slip of the tongue over North Korea will provide more ammunition for critics who say she doesn't have sufficient knowledge or experience for high office."
The Times of India headlined their article, Sarah Palin's Latest Verbal Gaffe - North Korea an Ally.
It is a testament to Palin's global reach and influence that such a simple slip would garner worldwide headlines and be used by her enemies here and abroad to smear her.
However, the truth must be told and the media once more shamed for their duplicitious reporting.
“because the fraud by which Blue-states keep electing Red candidates is rooted in the community.”
By ‘Red’ candidates you mean socialists/commies?
“MSM works on the theory that a hollow brain is easy to convince. Unfortunately there are an abundance of hollow brains who vote and theyll select the candidate the MSM supports. They are no more than the MSM Zombies.”
This is indeed a problem in modern America, and probably a more basic one than we care to imagine. It’s starts with self perception (education, socialization, indoctrination) and whether people want to educate themselves for self rule and autonomy, or be led and ruled over.
“Surely, you and Scott have concern over others - or is it just for SARAH you show your ‘sincere concern’.”
Absolutely I do. I care about the Conservative movement and anytime I hear of a gaffe (or an error in judgment or corruption) I have concerns. I have concerns for DeMint and Rubio and want to see them grow. I want to see our pool of qualified Conservative candidates grow and mature - surely you do too?
Did you bother to read my other comments on this string? I’ve been defending Gov. Palin left and right. Hmmmph. Look Presently, you do your defense of Palin no justice by chiding others who don’t *absolutely* agree with you. Look, I’ve been saying on here over and over that we need to defend Palin againt the scum in the socialist press regardless - so why do you bring that up with me at all? You have no adversary in me on that count whatsoever.
So, what’s your point here with me?
You are clearly not worth my time.
“And NEITHER DOES THE MEDIA - you and Scott are in their camp.”
I’ll speak for myself, and Scott can speak for himself. This is bogus and untrue. I am all for chiding the idiots in the socialist press. I’m not for Conservatives chiding each other, when we don’t absolutely agree. I think we need to always attempt to unify and stick together as Conservatives - as much as it is possible. We also need to be iron that sharpens iron (to sharpen and help each other so we’re more effective in all of our respective spheres of influence. This is one of the greatest reasons I appreciate and financially support FR.)
I personally am completely for defending Sarah Palin on this matter - what more do you want from me that would cause you to make such an inflammatory comment like you made above, accusing me of such an egregious violation? ;)
If you look at the history of my comments - you will see how much I utterly despise the socialist press and how I have NEVER lost an opportunity to point that out in vast numbers of threads.
Your fight is not with me FRiend. I do appreciate your vigorous, energetic defense of Gov. Palin. Please just adjust your artillery guns bearings slightly and avoid the friendly fire - will ya?
By 1994, the United States believed that North Korea had enough reprocessed plutonium to produce about 10 bombs with the amount of plutonium increasing.
No excuse for being shallow. One can be brief and not shallow.
I dont see anybody critiquing any of the other potential nominees...
Although I can't speak for "anybody," I can for myself. I said, "We should be demanding more of all the candidates, not excusing their weaknesses."
Adding here that we are two years out from the next presidential election. I am keeping an open mind. Anyone who takes the next presidential election seriously will do the same until primary season. Not only making a candidate selection now, but becoming the worst kind of blind fanboy or fangirl this early reveals a narrow, closed mind. There are other conservatives who might become candidates. I want to hear from them all before making my choice.
At present, I see Palin as a shallow, glib gadfly celebrity. I'm one voter who wants to see genuine substance in any candidate I support. It's a candidate's responsibility to demonstrate it, not mine (or any voter's) responsibility to excuse their lack of it.
I don't care about the slip of the tongue. Happens to everyone. What I care about is that her response lacked substance. It was pure drivel. She does that a lot, unfortunately. Tries to give glib superficial answers to substantive questions. I don't care who else does it, who else flubs up, etc. This woman potentially could be the Republican nominee two years from now. I want to see growth in the substance of her pronouncements on the issues of the day. So far I'm not seeing it.
You diehard fans of hers -- instead of whining about how mean the MSM is, and excusing her shallowness -- you are the right people to pressure her to sharpen and deepen her knowledge, message, and image. Push her to become more substantive. That's what real friends do. They aren't yes men and women, but care enough to give constructive criticism when necessary.
Palin needs first and foremost a threshold level of credibility with voters on defense and national security which is the only Constitutional duty of the federal government. If she can’t speak with authority on foreign policy, and the bar has been set very, very low, it’s essentially over.
She can go back to being goddess of the Tea Party as the economy will no doubt play more heavily into Congressional races.
“I want to see growth in the substance of her pronouncements on the issues of the day.”
I agree with you. I’ve said as much on this and other threads.
“You diehard fans of hers — instead of whining about how mean the MSM is, and excusing her shallowness — you are the right people to pressure her to sharpen and deepen her knowledge, message, and image. Push her to become more substantive. That’s what real friends do. They aren’t yes men and women, but care enough to give constructive criticism when necessary.”
Not sure if *I* was your intended audience here, but I’m not actually supporting Palin as my first choice - which probably disqualifies me from ‘diehard fan’ status - lol. My first choice ticket presently is DeMint/Rubio. I will support Gov. Palin is she wins the Republican nod. But in any case, I think that Palin needs to walk in Reagan’s footsteps as AiT suggested in post 14 above.
Speaking of constructive criticism, let me give you some. May I? Perhaps you’re using this flub to highlight your concerns with what you perceive as a lack of substance - so granted. But I would suggest a little more context in your commentary, as in the acknowledgment of the press’ savaging of Gov. Palin and her family and how that may play into her ‘diehard fans’ concerns to defend her.
That’s if you really care to reach her ‘diehard fans’ or care to see Sarah Palin grow into more legitmate presidential timber in your estimation. But I really don’t know you from Adam, so perhaps my constructive criticism of you will not be well received - lol. ;)
I completely agree. For the record, I'm all for having her as President. I just want her more prepared when she takes her case to the voters between now and 2012. Unfortunately some on this thread can't or won't glean that meaning from my posts on this subject.
“Palin needs first and foremost a threshold level of credibility with voters on defense and national security which is the only Constitutional duty of the federal government.”
Doesn’t the federal government have the duty to “coin Money and regulate the Value thereof” according the Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution? But I digress...
“If she cant speak with authority on foreign policy, and the bar has been set very, very low, its essentially over.”
What’s over? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t expect more from SP, but what is over? Could you, I and all of us expect and want more foreign policy authority/knowledge from our POTUS - yes. Could Sarah Palin still be elected POTUS - yes. So what’s over?
“She can go back to being goddess of the Tea Party as the economy will no doubt play more heavily into Congressional races.”
With all due respect, you sound annoyed with Gov. Palin, and for that matter with the Tea Party. Or am I reading too much into your comments (would you like to elaborate?) Don’t you understand how instrumental the TPs were in the huge number of HoR and local seats that changed hands on 11/2. I’d say if Palin is goddess of that, she really helped out her nation. What have you and I don’t by comparison - LOL?
Look, Sarah Palin isn’t my first choice for POTUS - but I don’t think we have to essentially mock her, and the TPs, by using phrases like ‘go back to being goddess of the Tea Party’ - unless you really are into tearing her, and the Tea Parties down? Honestly, you sound like you’re writing for the New York Times...;)
“What have you and I dont by comparison - LOL?” = “What have you and I DONE by comparison...”
“I completely agree. For the record, I’m all for having her as President. I just want her more prepared when she takes her case to the voters between now and 2012. Unfortunately some on this thread can’t or won’t glean that meaning from my posts on this subject.”
This thread is a “safe place”, and you can share your ideas with us...LOL - totally kidding around.
btw, what did you think about AiT’s post #14 suggestions for SP to follow in Reagan’s footsteps to increase her foreign policy prowess?
The ideas in Post #14 are good ones. I think she should visit the DMZ. She should interact with the USFK leaders and get as high-level an orientation briefing as possible (assuming she has no current Secret or TS clearance). Ditto for other areas of conflict/potential conflict.
I wish the Palin Cultists would let their personality cult open up a bit to allow such things to happen. Rather than admit she could grow, however, many prefer she remain ignorant—rather than admit she’s less than a saint.
“No excuse for being shallow. One can be brief and not shallow.”
The answers weren’t shallow, they were shortened due to the length of the radio interview. That’s not an excuse, that is an accurate observation. The answers were fine and will be more detailed once the campaign and announcement begin.
“Adding here that we are two years out from the next presidential election. I am keeping an open mind. Anyone who takes the next presidential election seriously will do the same until primary season.”
Well, people who are tuned in to politics can see that the GOP Primary will come down to Palin and RINO Romney, so for conservatives the choice is an easy one.
“At present, I see Palin as a shallow, glib gadfly celebrity.”
Your opinion is a minority one among conservatives and your welcome to that opinion.
“I wish the Palin Cultists would let their personality cult open up a bit to allow such things to happen.”
What is the connection between Palin supporters and what Gov. Palin does? Your comment is incoherent.
It would be like saying the PDSrs should let their hate go to allow Romney to do something...bizarre.
However, she has a lot of learning to go through on foreign affairs, that just cannot be denied.
Some of the best managers are those who are NOT "Yes Men" to the management level above them, but give the the truth and give it straight, so things can be fixed.
There are some here who do not like Palin, no doubt. They are closet Romneybots, or somehow she is not conservative enough for them, I can get that.
But there are others who do not mind her, but sincerely and objectively see some areas that need buffing and polishing in terms of her depth, delivery and hands-on creds, and when they suggest it, they are nailed to the cross because of it.
This is the essence of famed FR Bushbotism cultist-like mindless thinking/blind following; you often cannot have any honest open discussion on some things in a Stalinist environment, that are for her own benefit sometimes here, it seems.
Oh well I guess they have to learn the hard way, and wait for Obama to cream her in the Foreign Policy debate of three debates in 2012, often with first-hand, authoritative narrative no matter how off-based or ill-advised from a foreign policy standpoint.
She needs to fortify this area of her personal portfolio post haste, and part of that is extensive overseas travel throughout 2011, get on first name basis with world leaders, no other way around it, so all this just flows naturally from her when she is on the spot. This is for her own good. If she really is intent on running for the whole enchilada year after next.
“And who is in this pool of qualified conservatives? Surely, you can list them. Unless you consider DeMint and Rubio are the ‘pool’.”
As to my favorites, which hopefully doesn’t exhaust the pool, I’ve talked about DeMint, Palin, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio. I will add Michele Bachmann to my favorites list. Perhaps there will be a rising governor or two that will come onto my favorites list. I think Chris Christie is interesting, emotionally appealing, and quite fiscally effective in New Jersey’s situation, but probably not Conservative enough on the environment, et al, to get core Conservative support for a POTUS run. Jim Thune is interesting but just had a problematic cloture vote.
Say Presently you haven’t explained to me why you wrote I’m in the same camp as the socialist propagandist scum. Just sayin’... In fact I’ve been defending Gov. Palin on threads related to the Korean slip for days, but that didn’t preclude you from making that weird claim.
Since you haven’t had a chance to read my other posts before you made such an egregious accusation, and haven’t had a chance to explain why, I’ll quote myself on this very thread and this one: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2632741/posts?page=535#535. In future, you can read what I’ve posted by clicking on my screen name, and reading through “In Forum” - before you make accusations about me that are baseless. And thanks in advance...;)
‘Confusing North Korea for South Korea, and not meaning it...
Especially when it was cued up: North Korea, North Korea, North Korea...North Korean allies - all within about 10 seconds.
Not a big deal.’
She also said she believed Saddam Hussein attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
If you read Stephen Hayes Connections you can see how Saddam Hussein had ties with Al Qaeda, and extensive ties with violent terrorism throughout the middle east. Iraq was clearly a rogue state and its Iraqi Intelligence Services and diplomatic priveleges (diplomatic pouches) were used to assist terrorist organizations and terrorists in their missions. It was all part of the greater Middle East leadership aspirations that Saddam Hussein had.
Sarah Palin needs to watch what she says. (sic)
You mean says. But youre right. Sarah Palin will be held to the Dan Quayle standard and not the barack obummer standard.
In her defense, she and the commentator said North Korea, 3 times before she made the mistake.
But hey the liberal wacko propagandists can just chalk it up to her being from the 57th state - a way out in the tundra.
Now shes done
No shes not - just cause she and the interviewer said North Korea (correct), North Korea (correct), North Korea (correct), North Korean allies (incorrect) in the space of 10 seconds?
Does it count - see onyx post above - that Sarah Palin has oft referred to our South Korean allies in speeches not long ago?
Why and how is she done then?
I apologize if Ive missed something. Id find it humorous if Obama werent laughing all the way to another 4 years should the dunces nominate her.
Who’s your choice for 2012? Very easy to tear down after a miscue. Not that easy to build up. I support DeMint, Paul Ryan, Rubio or Palin - and will defer to the wisdom and will of the American people.
“Ill stick with DeMint, Palin, Paul Ryan (despite convention), and Marco Rubio (as a bit of an outside chance.)”
“This is the issue. Its not Palin who flubbed once after getting 25 or 50 right. ITs the biased and bigoted propagandist press.”
“Its up to us, in part, to defend her in this crazed, loony environment.
I think some of us arent relishing that task even though we KNOW that Sarahs got our back as a Constitutional Pro-life Conservative THROUGH and THROUGH.”
“Vermont, youre misquoting this article/Palin. Please read it again. Shes just continuing her thought from just before the interviewers interjection. Shes not saying also in adding South to North allies, as you impute.”
“Bob, you admit it depends on the person. Palin might also have the strength of character and likeability that Reagan had. The big advantage Reagan had over Palin was being a favorite resident of California (favorite son of sorts). However Palin holds a star power that imitates the star power of Reagan, imho.
Shes also not a dunce by any means. No one runs and beats Murkowski for Governor in AK whos a dunce. Thats just simply untrue.”
“Try being hounded by the socialist pressers for two years, recording your every breath, and well see if youre gaffe free at that point, and still smilin like Sarah Palin.”
“Candor, I must say this is a great defense of Sarah Palin. I am bookmarking for later reference and citing. I dont know if Sarah Palin with be elected POTUS, but if she gets the Republican nomination, I will be front and center behind her in liberal infested Seattle, WA.”
All that and you didn’t mention the name or names who supercedes or is comparable to Sarah. It’s obvious no one can do that.
Just a list of some of your favorite names - and nothing how they compare to Sarah or how ‘flawless’ they are to you.
All you’ve done is post threads of where you supposedly defended Sarah to defend yourself. I like her but posts are a dime a dozen.
I have donated to Sarah`s PAC, traveled two hours to hear her speak, and have defended her repeatedly in countless forums. However, if I see a weakness, I`m going to point it out..and I don`t give two sh*ts whether I have the term "concern troll" thrown my way. I am a Palin supporter...but I drink kool-aid for no one.
Tis an ill wind, that blows.......
Reconsider your comment and let me know if you still can't understand.
Didn’t know you were here, I was out ‘surfing’!
Just 1 screen for now
Awww, poor baby!! Guess what I use - one monitor, lol. You are spoiled using a big screen!
I’m working on trying a reverse PIP on it -
There are several ways to route the cables - but using the non-standard way seems to speed up connection speed / loading
That would be good, hope you can get it working that way.
What is the connection between Palin supporters and what Gov. Palin does? Your comment is incoherent.
I guess if the Phil Eagles fans act a certain way, it impacts the Eagles actions. LOL, your comment makes no sense.
I’m using 3 remotes, 2 wireless keyboards to an amp, and a fiberoptic cable to get this to work right now -
Yikes, that sounds like more work than play devolve!
I’m gonna head off to bed, have to take Piper out yet!
Arguably Jim DeMint had as much or more impact as Sarah Palin on this past election in the Senate - and certainly wields more practical power than Palin as the earmark ban proves. That is not a slam on Sarah Palin in any way - even if you weirdly spin it to be such.
“where you supposedly defended Sarah”
There's no ‘supposedly’ about it, if you can read and comprehend English. You haven't supported your specious claim that I'm in the same camp as the enemedia. Why don't you do that and quit attacking the home team?
“and nothing how they compare to Sarah or how flawless they are to you.”
That’s because no one is flawless - which has been by defense of Gov. Palin all along!
Between you and me Presently, who’s talking about ‘flawless’ anybody? For crying out loud, you’re quoting Scripture and so do I in our taglines - I would assume you believe in the people’s sinfulness, as do I.
Further you and I and Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint are all sinners saved by the grace of God should we receive it.
Jim DeMint is no perfect person - having supported Mitt Romney in 2008. I sure hope he’s changed that weird tune - even though granted we had very few, if any, decent choices last time, and voting for McCain was only redeeemed by Sarah Palin on the ticket, as we all know.
Now please put to rest this double standard that you seem to think those of us who support, care about and would vote for Gov. Palin have, simply because we don’t agree with you on every last iota of your viewpoints, as it’s getting quite annoying.
Have you ever heard of that old Christian saying - “IN ESSENTIALS UNITY, IN NON-ESSENTIALS LIBERTY, IN ALL THINGS CHARITY?”
Are you interested in building unity and momentum for Gov. Palin with those who would vote for her? IMHO, it doesn’t help to blast her supporters for not being ‘pure’ enough for you.
“I like her but posts are a dime a dozen.”
Do you think Jim DeMint needs to grow in any way? I do. Do you think Sarah Palin needs to grow in any way? I do. Do you think this country can be salvage by one person? I don’t. This country needs to be salvaged by millions of average people, who care about their families and kids, and by tens of thousands of servant leaders, who will serve this country for a while and then go back from where they came (sounds a bit like our military heroes as well, doesn’t it?)
If Gov. Palin or Jim DeMint are elected POTUS, it’s just a part of this picture, an important part, but just a part. We all do well to remember that.
Bruce: ‘Are you interested in building unity and momentum for Gov. Palin with those who would vote for her?’
Presently: “I’m not interested in your kind of building...”
Bruce: Clearly. The question is, why not?
Presently: “I don’t trash a true conservative”
Bruce: Please explain how in the world I’ve done that. Are you kidding?
Presently: “You, Scott and the rest of the ‘she needs...’ have fun while you can - there are enough who want to bring this nation down ‘in their own way’.”
Bruce: Presently, you’re being absurd to accuse me of being in the same camp as those that want to bring the nation down; in the same camp as those in the socialist media (your earlier accusation which you never, ever supported in any way shape of form.) Your accusations are completely unsupported, nor do you even try. It’s quite amazing to me - and to think we’re really not that far off in our viewpoint of Gov. Palin. Whatever is your point in all this with me?
No to mention Bidens nasty, brainless temper. Utter scumbag and totally incompetent Obammy suck-up.
ScottinVA is more than able to defend his positions. He's already told you that he is a supporter of Sarah's, and has outlined how and why. As I've said Presently, just because people don't do things your way, doesn't make them wrong or a Sarah trasher. Again, this is just in the realm of absurdity - can't you see that?
“I'll defend SARAH because she is worthy of defending”
As will I. So guess what? You have no corner on that market. You'd better be glad about that. We'll get nothing done if we don't unify against the enemy.
“I'll defend SARAH because she is worthy of defending - she is a PATRIOT from the get go, she is a much needed conservative voice and ‘one of us, we the people’.”
“Anyone that is against her, is against every PATRIOT, against every God-fearing American.”
There seems to be a huge disconnect with you between someone that is not in agreement with you on all points, approach and strategy re: Sarah, and someone that is against Sarah Palin. If you can't see the difference Presently, I can't help you there.
“Of course, they say they aren't against her - but their ‘concern’ posts prove otherwise.”
Aha. So it's not allowed (by you) to talk of any areas of growth with Sarah Palin? Wow, really? If we post as many ‘concern’ or critique posts for Jim DeMint or Marco Rubio when headlines come up about them, will you then believe that we support Gov. Palin, or is it more than that with you? In any case, re: this whole slip of the tongue I defended Sarah. I did talk with her detractors about how I agreed she could follow in Reagan's footsteps (traveling overseas and such.) Apparently such an approach, such comments are deserving of derision in your sacrosanct Sarah world. I don't live in such a world. I live in a world where Sarah can make mistakes and grow - and that's OK and that's good. As can Jim DeMint (and I've mentioned specifics) and Marco Rubio, et al.
“Deception is always wrapped in some truth.”
You're fond of making these high minded accusations. You've yet to show me how I'm in ‘the same camp’ as the enemedia or those ‘who take the country down in their own way.’ My goodness Presently, do you know what you're accusing your FRiends of, and can you back it up, or just wave your arms about these things? Specifically, why are you accusing fellow Christians of deception (or of being deceived) while not looking at yourself? Is it possible you too are capable of being deceived by shades of truth, and even by your own self righteousness? I know that's possible for me!
“The liberals, commies and rino’s want their pound of flesh from her however they can get it - and I want no part of their demonic tactics. I would never align my self with it, much less turn from it but fight it, as SARAH has done so successfully for many years. If you have a problem with that, stand in line - for you won't be the first or last because evil knows no bounds.”
Look, I have no trouble with you spiritualizing this battle. We're both Christians, right? As in all things in life, there is a spiritual aspect. I'm not convinced however that President Palin is God's only course for carrying out His will for the USA. As I've said, I will support Gov. Palin should she become the nominee - but currently would like to see what Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann all bring to the table.
If that makes me a Sarah basher, then wow, I guess that's what I am in your alternate world...;)
Wow, Pres... my position is, in your opinion, "trashing of Sarah." So, anything short of kool-aid - induced genuflection is now "trashing." Got it.
If Sarah is the strongest conservative in the GOP primary field in 2012, she gets my vote for the nomination. If Jim DeMint, Mike Pence or Michele Bachmann jump in, she won't.
Of course he does, he has only won a single election in his 18 years of running, he failed in that office and left with 34% approval, and he is famous for his appearing desperate and ambitious, and for having no other reason for his drive to win the presidency than to fulfill bitter, family, ambition.