Pot meet kettle.
The Obama campaign seized on the house issue Thursday with an ad called “Seven,” claiming that’s the number of houses McCain has. The ad closes with a shot of the White House and the narration: “Here’s ONE house American can’t afford to let John McCain move into.”
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response: “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?
“The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket show he’s completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”
At a campaign appearance in Chester, Va., on Thursday morning, Obama said: “Somebody asked John McCain, ‘How many houses do you have?’ And he said, I’m not sure. I’ll have to check with my staff. True quote: I’m not sure, I’ll have to check with my staff. So they asked his staff and he said, at least four. At least four! …
“If you’re like me and you’ve got one house – or you were like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so that they don’t lose their home — you might have a different perspective. By the way, the answer is: John McCain has seven homes. So there’s just a fundamental gap of understanding between John McCain’s world and what people are going through every single day here in America.”
Oh please, please, please keep mentioning that one house you own. The one you brought with the help of convicted felon Rezko. The one that highlights your friendships with criminals, terrorists and corrupt politicians.
The MSM being the ever present lapdogs for Obama they are helping anyway they can. Here is In From The Cold:
A recent segment on “Inside Edition”–the syndicated news magazine that has offered fawning coverage of Barack Obama–offered a guided tour of John and Cindy McCain’s luxury mansion in Arizona. For only $12 million dollars, this home can be yours, the reporter intoned.
Only at the end of the segment did “Inside Edition” reveal the truth. Senator and Mrs. McCain sold the home two years ago, for under $4 million. The new owners have it listed for $12 million, and the next buyer will purchase it from them, not the McCains.
But that distinction is lost on the MSM, which is making Mr. McCain and his homes the issue of the day. That’s why the “Inside Edition” piece and the campaign trail question were anything but a coincidence. Talk about McCain’s real estate holdings has been swirling for days on the liberal blogs, and Frank Rich of The New York Times recently described the Senator as an “elitist.”
McCain is hitting back with this PDF on the facts of the Obama/Rezko ties. The class warfare crap will work with those on Obama’s side already, those kind of liberals eat that kind of stuff up but it comes down to this. McCain paid for his homes. Obama needed help to buy his (a home worth $1.6 million dollars by the way that comes equipped with 4 fireplaces and a wine cellar holding 1,000 bottles of the finest) and the help he received came from someone convicted of wire fraud, mail fraud, corrupt solicitation, and money laundering.
The man makes close to 4 million a year, lives in a mansion described by the WaPo as “a house with six bedrooms, four fireplaces, a four-car garage and 5 1/2 baths, including a double steam shower and a marble powder room. It had a wine cellar, a music room, a library, a solarium, beveled glass doors and a granite-floored kitchen,” and he wants to call McCain elitist? Is McCain making what the regular joe makes? Nope. Neither does Obama. But you will never hear McCain talk about those bitter rural folks clinging to guns and religion.
What a boneheaded move by Obama.