In the first couple of weeks after John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his VEEP, he led Obama in the polls.

For the first time, Obama wasn’t feeling so cocky. When someone asked him if Palin didn’t have more executive experience than he, he sputtered out this:

Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2,500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I’ve passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates the extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.

As Jonah Goldberg notes, this foreshadowed Obama’s confusion with campaigning and leading.