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Mitchell Defends Obama; Gushes about 'Love Fest' in France

By Media Research Center
July 28, 2008

While many in the media rather enjoyed Obama's speech in Berlin, particularly CBS which declared that it "confirmed his rock star status" (see item #4 below), conservatives felt that this speech, like others, lacked substance. But, Obama need not worry because NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, reporting from London, came to Obama's defense during the 3pm EDT hour of Friday's MSNBC News Live: "Well, [the Obama campaign] have rebutted that and I think when you look at this speech, this was a broad, overarching, thematic speech. It was never intended to be a checklist of legislative programs. So I think that they can fairly defend themselves and say this was the big picture of let's have the United States and Europe re-engage."

     Of course, it could be argued that with the rise of center-right leaders in Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Nicolas Sarkozy, and Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, that Europe has largely re-engaged President Bush's administration in the past few years.

     Earlier in the segment, Mitchell reported on Obama's meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, describing the meeting as a "love fest" and gushing about their "full scale presidential news conference": "[I]t was such a love-fest between Sarkozy and Barack Obama today in Paris....What [Obama] got in Paris at the Elysee Palace was a full scale presidential news conference with President Sarkozy. So there was no reluctance at all on the French to embrace this nominee."

     [This item is adapted from a Friday posting, by MRC intern Lyndsi Thomas, on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

     Mitchell then turned her attention to Obama opponent Sen. John McCain's and his speech in Denver. The Republican candidate, she argued, had "found his voice" although he had failed to keep on message throughout the week: "John McCain seemed to find his voice today and really, in Denver in that speech, really went after Barack Obama on all things Iraq and Afghanistan and the troop surge. He really seemed much more spirited and if he's had difficulty keeping on message on the economic themes this week and taking shots along the way at Barack Obama when he couldn't resist or when he was in all fairness asked a question by the group of reporters following him, today he brought it all together I thought in that speech and very effectively to present his point of view against Obama."



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