Barack Obama came up with probably the best comeback line of the 2008 Elections so far in last night’s Democratic debate. In doing so, he gave Hillary Clinton a superb nose cut. Here is what happened:
Moderator: Senator Obama, you have Bill Clinton’s former national security adviser, State Department policy director and Navy Secretary, among others, advising you. With relatively little foreign policy experience of your own, how will you rely on so many Clinton advisers and still deliver the kind of break from the past that you’re promising voters?
(the audience breaks into a grin, and Hillary Clinton laughs monstrously)
Clinton: I want to hear that…
Obama: Well, Hillary, I’m looking forward to you advising me, as well. I want to gather up talent from everywhere.
(All-round applause… Clinton smirks uncomfortably at her blonde moment.)
That, in effect, sums up the difference between Obama and Clinton. Clinton’s strength might lie in her experience, but the fact that she absolutely lacks spontaneity (you bet she never could have come up with a comeback line half as good) has been one of the reasons for her recent downfall. In a race where personality is important, Clinton’s rehearsed “When I’ll be President…” lines sound jarring after the first few times, and loses out to Obama’s vivacity and enterprise.
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