On the campaign trail, Obama has seized on McCain’s inability to remember how many houses he owns.
“Somebody asked John McCain, ‘How many houses do you have?’ And he said, ‘I’m not sure, I’ll have to check with my staff,'” Obama said with a tone of incredulousness at an outdoor event here.
“If you don’t know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy is fundamentally strong,” he said. “But if you’re like me, and you got one house, or you are like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so they don’t lose their home, then you might have a different perspective.”
The audience laughed and clapped, and then Obama added: “And, by the way, the answer is, John McCain has seven homes.” That, it turns out, is true.
McCain spokesmen Brian Rogers retorts by recounting the common themes of Obama’s elitism (his love for arugola, belief in the interplay of guns/religion/bitterness, and vacations in his home state of Hawaii) and wonders if Obama really wants to go there. While this point may be fair, it should be noted that John McCain probably should have asked himself the same question before forgetting how many houses he owns or prancing around in $520 Ferragamo loafers.
UPDATE: As I was writing this, I became aware that Obama has already turned the gaffe into an ad.