Even though he touts himself as being "tough"... Obama's countenance looks tired and he seems gaunt and in need of rest. Truth be told... this should come as no surprise to anyone, as he has been getting 'whacked' pretty hard from all his recent flip-flops since being declared the Democratic nominee just over a month ago.
Not only has Obama had to rebutt, re-explain and re-define his position over-and-over again on every flip-flopping charge the media mirrors back at him daily, but he also has to bat-down each and every attack and counterattack lobbed at him by Senator John McCain and his camp...24/7.
It stands to reason why rumors are swirling that Obama has resorted to smoking cigarettes. Just in the past 30-days, Obama has had to deal with: the Women-in-scarves-fiasco (angering the Muslims); him calling that White female reporter "sweetie" (angering the women); General Wesley Clark's dissing of McCain's POW record (angering the Vets); the "it's not-my-job-to-vet-the- vetters" debacle (angering the Super Ds); and now, today... alienating his base with his blatant U-turn on FISA.
And that does not include "whacks" from Momar Khadafi, alleging that Obama was "less-than-a-man-of-African-descent" in his recent (flip-flop over the top) kowtowing to the Israeli audience; Independent Presidential nominee Ralph Nader all-but calling him an "Uncle Tom" for not addressing Black issues in his campaign; Green party presidential hopeful Cynthia McKinney coming out-of-the-gate referring to Obama as a "spineless" fake and fraud; and even Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr piled on...challenging Obama's leadership skills and referring to him as either "Tweedle dee or Tweedle dum"...
"When it comes to protecting the people's fundamental liberties, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum," observes Barr. "If Sen. Obama will not confront the Bush administration over years of lawless conduct, why is he running for president?"
All of this... and he hasn't even stepped foot in Iraq and Afghanistan yet. There is no telling what gaffes and 'switcheroos' await the world when he arrives there.