During the 1976 Presidential debate between President Ford and then Governor Carter, Ford made a gaffe that many people say caused him the election:
“There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration.”
The Moderator gave Ford a chance to rehabilitate himself: “I’m sorry…did I understand you to say, sir, that the Soviets are not using Eastern Europe as their own sphere of influence in occupying most of the countries there?”
Ford responded: “I don’t believe…that the Yugoslavians consider themselves dominated by the Soviet Union. I don’t believe that the Romanians consider themselves dominated by the Soviet Union. I don’t believe that the Poles consider themselves dominated by the Soviet Union. Each of these countries is independent, autonomous, it has its own territorial integrity, and the United States does not concede that those countries are under the domination of the Soviet Union.”
The Media Skewered Ford mercilessly for that comment, Yet last night, Joe Biden had a similar moment and the press is giving him a pass:
When we kicked — along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said, and Barack said, ‘Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don’t know — if you don’t, Hezbollah will control it.”
Kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon? Excuse me Senator, but back in May when you were campaigning for the democratic nomination, Hezbollah was doing its best to turn Lebanon into Hezbollahstan. The Set Beirut on fire and the government gave in to the terrorist demands. Maybe your newspaper subscription elapsed, because it was in all the papers.
Man !!! This is supposed to be the guy who will give Obama the foreign policy credentials that Obama doesn’t have? Hezbollah is out of Lebanon. Its interesting how the 32 years ago the Press beat up on Gerald Ford for a similar lapse and Joe Biden Gets a free ride. Our “fair press” in action.