Jun 12 2008

Obidiot Obama – Never Give A Rumor More Oxygen

I had put to rest the idea we would see a video of Michelle Obama ranting against whites since the mythical video was never produced to save Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  I have posted many times on the rumor while it swirled, condemning the whisper campaign and proposing the tape is not all that damning if does exist since it apparently needed a lot of hype to make it sound important.  I also have never trusted the source of the rumor, Hillary Clinton supporter Larry Johnson.  

The rumor ran wild for some time, but when Hillary suspended her campaign (as I predicted she would) I realized if the tape exists and the Clinton Camp wants to use it they need to wait until closer to the convention.  If the GOP has it and wants to use it they would do so close to the election.  And if it did not exist we would never see anything.  It looked like months without any credible discussions on the mythical tape, until the Obama Campaign screwed itself but good:

Lie:

On May 30th, Rush Limbaugh said he had heard a rumor that a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “Whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Truth:

No such tape exists. Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.


Lie:

Blogger Larry Johnson wrote on May 31st that he would add “New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I’ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours. Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning. Barack’s headaches are only starting.”

Read the post

Truth:

Johnson posted no such update.

Lie:

“The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th – July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.”

Read the post

Truth:

Michelle Obama was not on a panel, and the Rainbow Push Conference was at the Sheraton.

See the schedule

Folks, this rumor was dead and the hits on this site related to my posts on the rumor had dropped off.  But it seems the Obama campaign did not want it to die so they put up a amateurish website to keep the thing alive.  How dumb can you get?  I mean look at those “truth” statements – they are lame and off topic.  So what if Johson did not post an update at 0900 (he did post a lame update, I noted it here).  So what if the Rainbow/Push conference was at the Sheraton?  These ‘truths” are pathetic!  Here let me try one:

Lie:

Michelle Obama is seen with Louis Farrakhan on the tape

Truth:

The Sun sets in the West.

How dumb can they be to keep this alive and with such inane claims?  Time actually has an interesting take on this.  And, as expected, by elevating the rumor back into the limelight, Larry Johnson gets another 15 minutes of fame (and huge traffic numbers to his site – kaching!).

Update:  But Johnson does have a point – it seems Team Obama heard of the video before Johnson did (I have always suspected Johnson is just a tool of much more powerful and devious democrats, like the Clintons).  From the Time article:

When the Obama campaign got wind of the rumor in April, Michelle’s close friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett asked Michelle if there could be anything to it; the candidate’s wife dismissed it out of hand. But by mid-May, it was picking up steam on the Internet, and Michelle’s advisers decided it was time to have a serious talk with her about it.

From Johnson’s claim:

I did not hear about the tape until MAY. REPEAT. I DID NOT HEAR ABOUT THE TAPE UNTIL MAY. Yet, the Obama campaign knew about the tape in April. Got it? And I am the one responsible for the so called rumor?

We do know Johnson’s first post was on May 16th because I have posted on each one of Johnson’s claims since he started (see here for my first thoughts).  This is why you don’t revive dead rumors into life again. Now there is another source of the video rumor, known to the Obama campaign.

 

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Obidiot Obama – Never Give A Rumor More Oxygen”

  1. Soothsayer says:

    In point of fact, no human being with even marginal powers of rational thought believed the Whitey Video smear, and it doesn’t get any more convincing no matter how often the whacked-right blogosphere repeats it.

    The underlying reality is that every day since Hillary dropped out and called upon her supporters to rally behind Barack Obama, Obama’s position in the General Election has improved. All available metrics indicate that Obama support is growing, and that Grumpy McSameâ„¢ is mired in the muck of the Elephant’s Graveyard, aka George McBush’s Third Termâ„¢.

    McCain, who has already admitted he knows nothing about economics and is computer illiterate, stumbles on tellling America that bringing troops home from 12,000 miles away is not too important and remaining unable to stay on point or on topic in his rambling stump appearances before paltry numbers of disinterested onlookers.

    Oh, did I mention McSame can’t even get Republican elected officals to support his candidacy???:

    At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.

    Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war.

    BREAKING!!! Supreme Court slaps Bush Admisnitration upside the head and sez: It’s the Constitution, you morons:

    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

    In its third rebuke of the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners, the court ruled 5-4 that the government is violating the rights of prisoners being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

  2. Terrye says:

    The point is Soothie it sounds just like something Michelle Obama would say. I doubt that it happened, but it is believable.

    As for your other point, I am sure you are happy to know that terrorists have a better chance at being shot on sight now, after all that is legal. I am also sure you are thrilled at the notion that some of these guys might get out and kill some people. I know how you love to see dead people.

    BTW, I have used some of your ravings as an example of what the typical Obamabot is like. I talk about how much you hate this country and its military. I talk about how you believe any anti American propaganda that comes along. After seeing some of your posts I have convinced some moderate Democrats to vote for McCain. Keep up the good work, the GOP can use all the help it can get.

    BTW, I thought the Bush administration was an outlaw regime that had refused to allow the government to function as a republic. And yet, not only did the detainees get their day in court, they got several days in court. In fact they may get so many days in court that they will die of old age before all the appeals run out.

    So it seems that Bush is not a dictator after all. How about that?

  3. Terrye says:

    Scalia on the above noted decision:

    Today the Court warps our Constitution in a way that goes beyond the narrow issue of the reach of the Suspension Clause, invoking judicially brainstormed separation-of-powers principles to establish a manipulable “functional” test for the extraterritorial reach of habeas corpus (and, no doubt, for the extraterritorial reach of other Constitutional protections as well). It blatantly misdescribes [sic] important precedents, most conspicuously Justice Jackson’s opinion for the Court in Johnson v. Eisentrager. It breaks a chain of precedent as old as the common law that prohibits judicial inquiry into detentions of aliens abroad absent statutory authorization. And, most tragically, it sets our military commanders the impossible task of proving to a civilian court, under whatever standards this Court devises in the future, that evidence supports the confinement of each and every enemy prisoner.

    The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent.

  4. Soothsayer says:

    Terry, so much windage, so little useful information. As for hating this country, you would have no idea how stupid that remark is.

    My ancestor Deodatus Curtis arrived here in the 1600’s. One of my ancestors was Israel Putnam, who said: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” Another ancestor was Gen. Rufus Putnam, whose Ohio Company founded the first permanent settlement in Ohio at Marietta.

    And, yes, you correctly thought the Bush Adminsitratiion is an outlaw regime. When, in the due course of time, the folks who ordered illegal warrantless wiretapping of US citizens, and who allowed criminal torture of detainees are brought to justice, we will all be able to see the evidence of their many crimes.

  5. Terrye says:

    In truth I think this was expected by many people. In fact I think that is why McCain supported sending these men to a military prison.

  6. Terrye says:

    And Soothie, you better hope these guys have seen the light. I doubt if the military is going to give up all kinds of classified information to try them in civil courts. Many of them will be returned to their countries. Of course many of them will be shot as soon as they get there, but that’s the breaks.

    And if these guys have not seen the light and they kill a bunch of Americans, someone will get the blame and it won’t be Bush.

    But I forget, Soothie likes to see dead people.

  7. Terrye says:

    This is an interesting and slightly different take at Protein Wisdom by Karl:

    Like most with an interest in the issue, I am just beginning to skim the Supreme Court’s opinions on the habeas corpus rights of unlawful combatants detained in Guantanamo Bay (the case getting the buzz) and US citizens detained in Iraq (which is not getting much buzz at all).

    Michelle Malkin has already provided a good round up of early reactions, but folks including Ed Morrissey may be overstating things by suggesting that the “Supreme Court has basically ruled that the Constitution applies worldwide rather than just to the US and its residents.” The ruling does not directly address situations outside Gitmo, but the ruling seems to turn on the prior opinions of the Justices in Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466 (2004), that Gitmo is within “the territorial jurisdiction” of the United States — as explained briefly by Orin Kerr. Even more briefly, it has to do with the exact extent and nature of the jurisdiction or dominion exercised by the US over a territory.

    Similar reasoning seems to be at work in the other habeas case decided today, involving US citizens detained in Iraq. The Court decided unanimously that US citizens held by the US military in Iraq have a right to file habeas cases, but federal courts do not have the authority to bar their transfer to Iraqi authorites for prosecution under Iraqi laws. The first half of that rests on the plain language of the habeas statute, which applies to persons held “in custody under or by color of the authority of the United States.” (The Gitmo case involved the Detainee Treatment Act.) It also appears to rely in part on the fact that the petitioners are US citizens. The second half relies on the sovereign authority of the Iraqi government within its territory.

  8. Soothsayer says:

    What the military is no doubt reluctant to turn over will be the records of the CIA torture sessions and the total lack of evidence behind the vast majority of the detentions.

    As for killing a bunch of Americans, every year we Americans kill 36,000 of our fellows on the highway; we kill 30,000 of our countrymen with handguns; we kill 120,000 citizens thru medical mistakes that are easily preventable, yet we don’t want to lower speed limits, we don’t want to control hand guns, and we don’t want to encourage med mal litigation that tries to prevent easily avoidable deaths.

    However, some ignorant dupes of Islam are successful in a one time event and all you conservatives wet your panties and want to throw out the Constitution so that Big Brother can protect you.

    Screw that!! I am not afraid of a bunch of loser terrorists, and I’m certainly not willing to give up my Constitutional rights so that some nanny culture incompetents like TANG Bush and 5Dferment Cheney can protect me.

    Grow some spine, you sissies. Al-Qaeda comes to my town and I blow their friggin’ heads off.

  9. Snapple says:

    On Obama’s site he controls what is posted as a smear and what is called the truth.

    The reader can’t ask the question or comment.

    I don’t think Senator Obama listens when people try to tell him anything.

  10. The Macker says:

    Soothie,
    So, you are living off the contributions of your ancestors and undermining the sacrifices of this generation.

    The question is not if the War was worth it. But if you are worth their sacrfifice.

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