Obama Conference Call 3/7/08: A Note, UPDATED WITH AUDIO

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I listened to this one while driving, so please excuse the absence of notes and the failure to ask a question. In any case, the most outstanding feature of this call, by my lights, was how the reporter (Margaret Talev, McClatchy) introduced her question with, “I’m sorry, this is about policy.” Sigh. It’s not her fault, it’s just what we’ve come to. I’ll buy the next round, Margaret.

It was, of course, the most substantive question they got: She asked, given what Samantha Power has said about Iraq, and the admission of Clinton supporter Gen. Jack Kean that Clinton would not “act irresponsibly and issue orders to conduct an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, regardless of the consequences, and squander the gains that have been made,” wasn’t it just more honest to leave yourself “wiggle room” when it comes to military decision that are nearly a year away? I couldn’t quite hear their response as well as the question, but it sort of sounded like their answer was that Obama is committed to leaving Iraq… which is a way of leaving one wiggle room, I suppose…

Audio ASAP.

UPDATE: And here it is.