To which Obama responded: "Well, first of all, I became chairman of this committee at the beginning of this campaign, at the beginning of 2007."
He was too busy running for President to (a) do the things a Senator is paid to do, or (b) learn the things that a President needs to know.
I told this reporter that, as far as I was concerned, someone like [NY Congressman] Charlie Rangel might make a formidable candidate for President having served in the US Congress since 1991 and, (according to Wikipedia) is the "Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He is the first African-American to chair the committee. Rangel earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War."
Compare and contrast that to Barack Obama who didn't serve a day in military service, and has spent two-thirds of his entire three-year US Senate career running for President.
Thus he has been, by his own admission, too busy to do any substantive work on the important Committees to which he is assigned:
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
See what I mean?
Not only that, but according to the New York Times, in his eight years as a State Senator in Illinois, Obama "effectively sidestepped" difficult issues by voting "present … nearly 130 times as a state senator."
Hillary won big in West Virginia last night and only a fool would bet the family homestead that she will be leaving this race any time soon. New Topic: The Lad has, once again, published an essay which I would not have thought of in 1,257,350 years. You can read it from a link on the Secret Decoder Ring page.