While John McCain took some heat last week for his ties to lobbyists in the gambling industry, Obama took a pro-active move himself to avoid any Republican charges of his own gambling leanings – primarily towards poker.
An old photograph of John McCain throwing the dice in a casino was widely circulated last week on the week on the web. His opponent, Obama could have taken it and ran with it but unfortunately had concerns of his own about his past playing time in a Springfield poker game where lobbyists often joined the game. Realizing that the pot can’t call the kettle black in this scenario, he tossed this out in a speech this past Monday:
“I read the other day that Senator McCain likes to gamble. He likes to roll those dice. And that’s OK. I enjoy a little friendly game of poker myself every now and then”.
He then went on to say, “But one thing I know is this – we can’t afford to gamble on four more years of the same disastrous economic policies we’ve had for the last eight,” he said.
I say you two battle it out heads up for the big win on PokerStars come election day. I’m sure PokerStars would have no problem arranging the match. In fact, I’d bet they’d even make it a free roll.