It began when Senator Barack Obama, in an interview on CNN, was asked about Mr. McCain’s past statements suggesting that he would be the candidate of Hamas. Mr. Obama called the charge a “smear” and added that “for him to toss out comments like that, I think, is an example of him losing his bearings as he pursues this nomination.”
-On Bearings and Age
Obama later comments on his comments;
As he spoke to reporters, with the Cascade Mountains in the distance, Mr. Obama sought to clarify a remark he made the other day when he suggested Mr. McCain was “losing his bearings.”
Was that a veiled reference to age? No, Mr. Obama said today.
“His team somehow took this as an ageist comment,” he said. “How that was interpreted in that fashion still is not clear to me.”
Then, he added: “Last I checked, people lose their bearings at every age.”