Mr. Obama also created a problem by canceling a visit to U.S. soldiers who were wounded in Iraq and are now recuperating at Landstuhl hospital in Germany. His campaign has offered a welter of explanations. What’s the real one? My rule is that when in doubt, see what a candidate said at the time and judge his candor. In a July 26 London news conference, Mr. Obama explained: “I was going to be accompanied by one of my advisers, a former military officer. And we got notice that he would be treated as a campaign person, and it would therefore be perceived as political because he had endorsed my candidacy, but he wasn’t on the Senate staff.”
The solution was obvious. Leave the campaign adviser behind and visit the wounded troops. Mr. Obama’s decision to work out in the hotel gym instead adds to his growing reputation for arrogance.
Obama supporters are furious that the public is angry with the wonder candidate over this callousness. But the public knows that character is best on display when candidates don’t think anyone will notice.