Barack Obama: Media Darling

If you follow politics closely, there is a distinct media bias in this country that is evidenced almost on a daily basis. In this current political season regarding Barack Obama, it is more observable than ever.

Never in my life have I witnessed one politician “misspeak” so many times in such a short period and have it utterly ignored my the main stream media. Most candidates are crucified for gaffes. Can you remember what happened with Dan Quayle spelled potatoe? Or when John Kerry said he voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it?

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Michelle Malkin compiled a list of gaffes made by Barack Obama in just the last year.

— Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

— Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

— Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, S.D., audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you, Sioux City. … I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”

— Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

— Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement:

“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”

Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole.”

— Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by homing in on a lack of translators: “We only have a certain number of them, and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi or other non-Arabic languages.

— Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multi-billion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear waste cleanup:

“Here’s something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I’m not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I’ll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.”

I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he’s voted on at least one defense authorization bill that addressed the “costs, schedules, and technical issues” dealing with the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site.

— Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama’s “Dreams from My Father”:

“Then, there’s the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, say the magazine’s own historians.”

— And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us” — cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm — and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave

People are going to eventually catch onto this. If he claims Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan or that there he’s been to 57 states during one of the debates with McCain, Obama will be in real trouble. The media won’t be able to hide that one anymore. Right now, he’s got the entire national media in his back pocket, so no one hears about the gaffes that he makes in Podunk City, Indiana.

The media and money machine that is Barack Obama will continue to roll through November unless:

1. The Republicans figure out a message (and a conservative one at that)

2. The public realizes out how clueless Obama is

3. Hillary figures out a way to steal the nomination. Don’t think it’s out of the question yet.

4. That “kill whitey” video of Michelle Obama surfaces (I’ve heard that one does exist)

I’m not too optimistic, but I’m hoping that at least #1 happens before 2012.

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Obama’s Race Speech Won’t Be Enough

In an America that is hungering to forget some of its ugly past such as slavery and racial separatism, it might seem that Barack Obama is the candidate to heal these ostensibly permanent wounds. His attempt at solidifying himself as the post-racial candidate in his race speech will likely only solidify his place in history as another Democratic presidential nominee to not win the White House. Barack Obama had a big chance to walk through that door and lead the nation into post-racial America, but he slammed it shut and threw away the key. While the speech was flowery and poignant, as Obama’s speeches are known, it lacked in some very significant areas.

Several weeks ago, I mistakenly thought that Obama was bigger than the race issue and that because he could unite the races that people would think he would automatically be able to unite ideologies. I was wrong. Instead of stepping past the race issue, Obama catapulted race right to the forefront of his campaign. While it may be true that he blew his chances over the years while he sat quietly in the pews of Trinity United Church of Christ, I think he could have weathered this storm and survived.

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Just some things I noticed:

Mistake #1- Talking about slavery. I hate to break it to anyone who doesn’t know, but slavery ended over 140 years ago. There probably isn’t a person alive whose parent or grandparent experienced it. It’s over and Americans don’t respond well when they are made to feel guilty about something that happened in the 19th century.

Mistake #2- Justifying Wright’s racism. Obama denounced his hate-speech, but rather asked that we understand where Wright is coming from. The Rev. Wright has said some over-the-top stuff, but justifying it doesn’t allow Obama to step beyond the race issue. In order to be the post-racial candidate, Obama has to be race-neutral. He can’t do that by having close associations with a guy that is well known for speeches with outrageous claims like “America created HIV for a black genocide”. Obama touched on the race issue, but didn’t mention the anti-American message that is prominent in the church, which is perhaps a larger problem than racism.

Mistake #3- Changing his story about when he heard Wright’s rantings. Perhaps his error was when he initially lied, however, now he is telling the truth. Originally he said he never heard anything controversial in what Wright had said. Now he admits to hearing them. Of course he heard them. How could he be in a church for twenty years and not hear them? It isn’t like Wright started this yesterday! What is going to be really damning is if the Clinton’s get some video of one of Wright’s “hate-America” sermons and the video shows Obama clapping after one of the rants.

Mistake #4- Throwing his Grandmother under the bus. Not a cool move no matter how you look at it. If you haven’t read it, you can read the full text of the speech here.

I do not believe that Barack Obama is a racist and I am not suggesting that he might be. However, you are known by the company that you keep, and Obama has quite a few interesting ties to people and groups with radical ideas and positions. How can he have such a close friend in Rev. Wright and disavow so much of what Wright says from the pulpit? Why does Obama have guys like Louis Farrakhan and the New Black Panther Party coming out to endorse him? What do these people and groups see in Barack Obama? Is there something that we’re missing here?

Even if Obama does win the nomination, he has all sorts of stuff coming down the pike right now to tie him up for at least 3-4 months. Right after his speech his campaign took down the link from his official website to the New Black Panther Party’s website. It’s also been discovered that Obama was the first presidential candidate to call for Don Imus to step down from his position after Imus’s comments. Why was Obama so quick to call for the resignation of a radio talk show host? Jeremiah Wright had been saying things a whole lot worse than Don Imus ever did for years and years and Obama never called for his resignation.

On top of just these things, Obama has another scandal coming in this Tony Rezko trial, several other ties to anti-American pastors, as well as ties to a terrorist organization known as The Weather Underground. Not too good.

Is it any wonder why McCain is now leading in the polls?

The Wright Problem for Obama

Beware of buyer’s remorse.

Many Democrats around the country are beginning to wake up to the fact that Barack Obama is not a Messiah or a Superman. In fact, he may not even be a good candidate at all. Obamamania and Obamapalooza are now over. After the mainstream media in this country are finally criticized for giving Obama a pass, they decide to crank into gear and report on what could be one of the most damning things Obama faces this campaign: the relationship he has with Trinity United Church of Christ and the (now retired former) pastor Jeremiah Wright.

I chronicled Jeremiah Wright’s relationship with Louis Farrahan several weeks ago, which of course poses it’s own problems, but this isn’t about Farrakhan. This is about how Obama has attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for twenty years and has never had a problem with what is preached there….until now. Obama has described Wright as his spiritual mentor, yet now denounces many of the things Wright says. Obama sure can “denounce” with the best of them, can’t he?

It’s no wonder that Michelle Obama has never been proud of America before now. If I went to that church and heard about how bad America is every week and how white people hate black people, I wouldn’t be proud of America either. Who can love a country when you are indoctrinated with disdain and hate for so many of your fellow American’s on a weekly basis?

God D— America? Are you kidding me? Barack Obama has been attending this church faithfully for twenty years and hearing messages of racial division and hating America the whole time. Obama cannot run away from this. This isn’t like some wacko minister of some kooky religion endorsing Obama and he can casually brush it off. This is the church that Obama gave $20,500 to just last year. This is the pastor that married Barack and Michelle and the same guy that baptized their kids. This is the guy that Obama got the title of his book “The Audacity of Hope” from.  This is also the same pastor that traveled to Lybia with Louis Farrakhan all the way back in 1984 and the same guy that called America the “U.S. of K.K.K.A!”

This is no minor issue. What is obvious here is that Obama is attempting to separate himself from his former life and his current political one that began only two years ago. The only thing you can conclude about Obama’s relationship with Wright is that he largely agrees with Wright. Otherwise why would he call Wright his “spiritual mentor”, attend his church for twenty years, have him marry he and his wife, baptize his daughters, and give over $20,000 in one year alone to Wright’s church?

The Obama campaign is doing it’s best to slip this one under the rug. The campaign is now referring to Wright as Obama’s “former” pastor and “former” campaign advisor. Wright was a formal member of Obama’s campaign until last week when the public started noticing this connection. Of course, now Obama “denounces” his former pastor’s statements….how politically convenient. Obama sat in Trinity United Church of Christ and shouted “Amen” and condoned the speech and rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright by remaining there, giving money, and involving his family. This is one case where actions definitely speak louder than words. Obama’s actions have supported this type of racist anti-American message preached in this church for twenty years. Yet, now he expects us to think that he had nothing to do with it or that he doesn’t believe any of it?

Senator Obama, you have a serious credibility problem.

Democrat Delegate Discussion Underway

It appears that a re-vote in Michigan and Florida for the Democratic Presidential primary is probably unlikely. The Florida Democratic party recently proposed that a re-vote be done by mail-in; all 4.1 million Democratic registered voters in the state would be mailed a ballot. The cost of this endeavor? $10 to $12 million. There doesn’t appear to be any taxpayer money for this, so the DNC would likely have to fund the repeat election itself, which probably isn’t going to happen. There are talks underway to do the same kind of vote in Michigan, but Michigan will probably run into the same kind of financial roadblocks that the Florida DNC has.

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According to The Page by Mark Halperin, these are the details of a possible compromise between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over these Michigan and Florida delegates.

  • Michigan’s 156 delegates would be split 50-50 between Clinton and Obama.
  • Florida’s existing delegates would be seated at the Denver convention—but with half a vote each. That would give Clinton a net gain of about 19 elected delegates.
  • The two states’ superdelegates would then be able to vote in Denver, likely netting Clinton a few more delegates.

The Clinton camp would probably accept this deal, but maybe not. She might really try to get all of Michigan’s delegates seated for her (even though Obama wasn’t on the ballot). Who knows whether the Obama camp would accept this deal or not. He’d likely still hold a 70-80 delegate lead even if this compromise was reached, but it’s still going to go all the way to the convention. This whole thing is going to be decided by the Superdelegates, not the voters.

In other interesting news, this is a recent Rasmussen poll of likely Democratic voters nationwide.

Black: Obama 81%, Clinton 7%

White: Clinton 50%, Obama 39%

Women: Clinton 51%, Obama 40%

Men: Obama 60%, Clinton 28%

The Clinton camp has just really begun to polarize this primary based off of race and it is beginning to show in the polls. What is remarkable is the clear evidence of identity politics in America. 81% of black voters are voting Obama and only 7% for Hillary? That is just amazing considering there is basically no difference between Obama and Hillary on issues. It just goes to show you that politics in America has become a popularity contest and it’s about who looks nice, talks nice, and promises to “help us out” the most. It’s really pathetic. What we really need is a candidate that gets government out of the way of everything.

Before you rush out and vote for either Obama or Hillary, consider their stances on a few things.

  • Both propose plans for socialized medicine with all of the accoutrements, including rationed health care and long waits for basic services
  • Both are promoting a plan that would legitimize coercion and intimidation as legitimate tools for unionizing the workplace
  • Both are moving forward with plans to increase the regulatory burden on small businesses, thus slowing their growth and job production
  • Both have pledged to raise taxes on the very people in this country that provide over 70% of the jobs
  • Both propose increasing taxes on American companies, yet these companies continue to flee our oppressive tax system for better tax climates overseas. These companies are taking their jobs with them.
  • Both have proposed fleeing Iraq, even though this is the very place that Al Qaeda is currently operating. Shouldn’t we fight Al Qaeda where they are instead of waiting until they come here to fight them? The best defense is a good offense.

Please think a little before you go out and vote for a candidate in November just because they have a (D) or an (R) after their name. The future of this country depends on it. The repercussions of electing a candidate because of identity politics may very well put America on the fast track to mirroring the USSR.

Democrat Delegate Update- March 9, 2008

The updated totals including Superdelegates according to CBS News after the Wyoming caucuses are as follows:

Hillary Clinton- 1460 total delegates

Barack Obama- 1570 total delegates

Total needed is 2025.

Obama picked up an additional two delegate lead over Hillary.  Like I have said before, unless something earth-shattering happens, this race is heading for a brokered convention where anything could happen.  I think when it gets there, Hillary will find a way to steal the  lead from Obama.  Could this result in chaos?  It depends on how Obama reacts to having the nomination stolen from him, and I don’t think he is interested in being Hillary’s VP selection.  He hasn’t taken too well to the mud her campaign has thrown at him.  However, if he does convince the public that he is okay not being the nominee, then the party will be unified. If he doesn’t, it would not only split the party, but it could take the party out as a serious contender for the presidency for 2-3 terms.  A long shot, I know, but still interesting to consider.

Did Clinton Ad Purposely Make Obama Look Darker?

This election is getting downright nasty. Personally, I’m enjoying it because it’s good entertainment. However, electing the next President of the United States is serious business. Right now on the Democratic side, it looks like it’s NOT going to be decided by the voters of this country. Based on the delegate math, the Democrats are going to have a brokered convention. Unless something MAJOR happens (health issues, criminal charges, etc), neither Obama or Hillary will have the required number of delegates by convention time. That’s just how it’s going to be folks.

So, the Democratic nominee will be decided at the Democratic National Convention in some smoke-filled room with Superdelegates receiving large amounts of cash under the table. The Superdelegates ultimately get to decide this, and if you think that none of the $50 million that Obama or the $30 million that Clinton raised last month is going to end up in the pockets of the Superdelegates, you are kidding yourself. The youngest Superdelegate on the Democratic side is Jason Rae, who is 21 years old. How sweet of a gig is that? Imagine that you’re a college kid selected to be a DNC Superdelegate. Both Hillary and Obama are trying to get your vote….imagine the possibilities. New car, free college education, $1 million deposited in a bank account in the Carribean?

Onto the nastiness…Hillary Clinton aired a campaign ad on her website that may or may not have been on TV yet, but it clearly makes Obama look darker. Is this dirty politics or did someone just screw up the lighting?

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It is certainly possible, and it has been done before. TIME Magazine did it back in 1996 to OJ Simpson. I wouldn’t put anything past the Clintons at this point. Hillary’s campaign did leak the Obama “Muslim” garb photo while he was in Kenya. Hillary threw pretty much everything and the kitchen sink at Obama this week and it worked. We’re starting to finally see some chinks in his armor.

Here is the Hillary Clinton ad that shows the “darkened” Obama.

Here is the orginal footage of the exchange off YouTube.

Judge for yourself. I’d love to hear what you think.

Democrat Delegate Update

According to NBC, here is the updated delegate count for the Democratic race.

SUPERDELEGATE COUNT (as of 3:40 pm ET, Feb. 29)
Clinton 254
Obama 208

The NBC News Hard Count stands at Obama leading Clinton 1,194-1,037.

GRAND TOTAL
Obama 1,402
Clinton 1,291

It’s still a lot closer than the media would have you think.  Maybe the Democratic National Committee will eliminate this silly “delegates based off percentage” thing for the next election.  If the Democrats did the nomination process like the Republicans do, Obama would have had this thing wrapped up a month ago.  If this thing isn’t decided by convention time, you’re gonna see some real fireworks.  I’ll enjoy watching the fights at the Democratic convention more than I did the Super Bowl this year.