ITEM 1: Another advisor gaffes an attempt to equate him with President
“It is not going to be a political speech,” said a senior foreign policy adviser, who spoke to reporters on background. “When the president of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.
“But he is not president of the United States,” a reporter reminded the adviser…
ITEM 2: Logan Act and his negotiations, er discussions, with Maliki
A comment notes:
Sen. Obama has left himself open for prosecution under the Logan Act which addresses individuals interfering with negotiations with governments we are in engaged in conflicts with. Treaties are the priviledge of the executive branch so the Senators remarks about any agreements being ratified by legislative branches of both governments to the Iraqi government may as well be a usurping of executive powers since the President may have been opting for a sole executive agreement as opposed to a formal treaty which Sen. Obama has now asserted won’t be the case. At the very least it would seem appropriate to compel the various news agencies to release all portions of their coverage to be scrutinized for this potentiality.
CNN tries to cover for Obama by calling it a mere 'mistake':
CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360"
July 21, 2008
David Gergen: "I think it was the first — Barack Obama made the first mistake of his trip, in my judgment, in releasing a statement in which he said exactly what Maliki had said in those conversations. We have a long tradition in this country that we only have one president at a time. He's the commander in chief and the negotiator in chief. I cannot remember a campaign which a rival seeking the presidency has been in a position negotiating a war that's under way with another party outside the country. I think he leaves himself open to the charge tonight that he's meddling, that this is not his role, that he can be the critic, but he's not the negotiator. We have a president who does that. So, I think the underlying facts support him, but I think it would be a real mistake — and I think it was a mistake — to get into these conversations and let it be used politically."
CNN's Anderson Cooper: "That's interesting. Gloria, do you think this is the first mistake he made on this trip?"
Gloria Borger: "You know, it's very interesting, I do agree with David. And Candy, in her earlier piece, talked about walking the fine line between being this candidate and being presumptuous. And I think that he may just have crossed that, because, you know, it is a tradition. You don't talk about these private conversations. And it's not up to Barack Obama right now to negotiate troop withdrawals. It's up to Barack Obama to be on a fact-finding mission, which is indeed what he has said he was on."