It starts out with Bob Schieffer quoting McCain supporters saying that McCain is obviously more qualified than Obama. Then Schieffer asks Clark about a comment that he had made, saying that McCain didn't have executive experience. The outrage and incredulity in Schieffer's voice is strong: "John McCain hasn't been tested? JOHN MCCAIN? But he was shot down in Vietnam!!! Obama was never riding in a fighter plane and got shot down!!!!!"
Clark: "I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president."
Schieffer: "REALLY?!?!" :stunned incredulity:
(here's more of the Clark quote)
He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has traveled all over the world, but he hasn't held executive responsibility.
OK, so now the McCain campaign issues a press release saying the following:
And today even Obama denounced Clark's comments, at least indirectly.
It seems to me that Clark was absolutely right to question the media's assumption that having been shot down and being a POW in Vietnam makes you more qualified to be president than Obama. That's not "questioning McCain's service to his country." And let's compare that to the swiftboating of John Kerry...