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June 23, 2008

Kosovo Sniper Alert: Barack Obama Takes Credit for Vet Bill He Didn't Contribute to and In Fact Didn't Even Vote On

Same problem as Hillary, though three times as severe: The guy has no actual accomplishments, except, I guess, for having managed to have been born mixed-race and good-looking.

And so he follows Hillary down that sniper-infested Kosovo hill:

Barack Obama released his first general election ad on Friday...

About 46 seconds into the ad, we are told that Obama “passed laws” that “extended healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected,” and in the usual manner of these political commercials we are given a little citation at the bottom. The citation reads “Public Law 110-181 1/28/08”. That law is the only federal legislation cited in the ad — the other two items mentioned were from the Illinois legislature and referred to other issues raised in the ad.

Public Law 110-181 was the 2008 defense authorization bill. It passed the Senate by 91 to 3 in January, with six Senators not voting. Among those six absentees was Barack Obama. So he cites a bill he didn’t even vote for. Did he contribute to it in some way that might be reasonably referred to as extending healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected? It certainly doesn’t seem that way, as even Obama supporters at the Daily Kos discovered when they tried to answer some of the bloggers who pointed to Obama’s citation of the bill. They found that Obama had tried to insert an amendment that had to do with screenings for service members returning from deployments, and one that would ease the discharge of service members found to have personality disorders, but neither amendment passed. Another part of the bill, calling for inspector general reports about hospital facilities, had come from a different bill Obama had sponsored.

Next up: Obama points to his eight years as First Lady to Bill Clinton as having given him the experience to lead.


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