Former President George Bush (R) can testify to that. Remember the flak he caught for saying "no new taxes," before he gave in to the Democrats in Congress and let a tax increase through?
Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) can testify to that, too. Remember how much trouble he had overcoming the charges of flip-flopping on the issues? He does, that's for sure.
But there's a difference between these two men and Senator Barack H. Obama (D-IL).
Obama made a speech today about race relations, spurred by controversial comments his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made from the pulpit over the years. The pulpit in the church where Obama is a member.
In his speech today, Obama said he had heard the comments that Rev. Wright made:
Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely ... just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
But, just the other day, Obama wrote on Huffington Post that he hadn't heard the comments:
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign.
Do you see the difference?
Bush and Kerry changed their positions. They flip-flopped.
Obama didn't flip-flop. He has been caught in an outright lie.
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Media coverage: Washington Post, MSNBC