On April 21, 2008, the day before Pennsylvania's Democratic primary, Barack Obama sat at the counter of the Glider Diner in Scranton. Senator Bob Casey Jr., who had endorsed Obama and was traveling with him throughout the state, occupied the next stool. It had all the makings of a great photo-op--home state senator, local eatery, lots of cameras. There was just one problem: those pesky reporters.
As Obama cut into his butter-soaked waffle--fork in his left hand, knife in his right--one newshound wanted the candidate's reaction to the news of the day. Former President Jimmy Carter had traveled to the Middle East to meet with leaders from Hamas. In an exchange during one of the primary debates, Obama had promised that his administration would seek to engage America's enemies--a position that Hillary Clinton had called "naïve" and "irresponsible."
"Senator, did you hear about Jimmy Carter's trip?"
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