Asked to name three wise people they would listen to, Obama named his wife, Michelle; his maternal grandmother, who lives in Hawaii; and, not limiting himself to only a third, named several Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
McCain named Gen. David Petreaus, head of U.S. troops in Iraq; U.S. Rep. and veteran civil rights leader , D-Ga.; and former eBay CEO , a top adviser to his campaign.
He lauded Whitman for turning a five-person business into a billion-dollar piece of the economy. "It's one of these great economic success stories," McCain said.
Jake Tapper takes a closer look at Obama's answer to that question:
"Who are the three wisest people you know in your life and who are you going to rely on heavily in your administration?" Warren asked.
Obama joked that obviously the question would have to exempt Warren himself, then mentioned his wife Michelle, "who is not only wise but she's honest. And one of the things you need -- I think any leader needs is somebody who can get up in your face and say, boy, you really screwed that one up. You really blew that."
"Your wife's like that, too?" Warren joked.
Look at the question again: it's not about people you admire, or respect--it's about "...who are you going to rely on heavily in your administration?"
And Obama's answer includes his wife? (Not to mention his maternal grandmother??)
Haven't we been down this road before?
And why does it suddenly feel like 1992 again?