The Note: McCain Gaffe is Obama Gift

By Hope Ditto

Aug 22, 2008 8:36am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports in Friday’s Note: An entirely fictitious memo that will be read some time before Sen. Barack Obama arrives in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday:

To: Number Two
From: Barack Obama

Congratulations. You have agreed to be part of a historic campaign to save the country from more of the same with a vision to take us to a better place, via a new course for America. Enclosed you will find your poncho for Thursday night.

Yes. We. Can. To make sure that we do, I thought I might provide a few pointers:

New kinds of leaders provide new kinds of leadership. Think of that before you hit the stump.

Remember how many houses you have. Also remember how many houses John McCain has. 

Pay attention to how few leaks sprung while your name and a few others were in the mix. Before you decide to leak something, call or Berry me — or get in touch with David Plouffe, and he can tell you why it’s a bad idea.

Once a week, John Kerry will call. Be polite.

Twice a week, Howard Dean will call. Let it go to voicemail.

Every day, Rahm Emanuel will call. Write down everything he says.

You will be asked about Hillary Clinton. Smile — but you’re on your own on this one.

PS: You will not influence me by trying to influence Michelle.

Read the rest of The Note — and get all the latest on the 2008 election, Congress, the White House and the wide world of politics every day — from Rick Klein by bookmarking this link.

Obama’s running mate arrives — soon (promise! with only a full week wasted on silly speculation!) — to a lovely big gift from McCain.

Forgetting how many houses you have is a maybe-three-times-an-election-cycle gaffe that breaks through and has a life of its own. (Yes, that WAS Mike Allen’s voice on the morning shows Friday . . . )

It provides a handy new storyline for a campaign that needed one — perfect defense for the elitism charge, and also a line that buttresses the charge that McCain is out of touch on the economy.

Continue reading today’s Note by clicking HERE.

ABC News’ Hope Ditto and Amanda Temple contributed to this report.

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