Jun 12 2008
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. Â 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. Â I also have never trusted the source of the rumor, Hillary Clinton supporter Larry Johnson. Â
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. Â If the GOP has it and wants to use it they would do so close to the election. Â And if it did not exist we would never see anything. Â It looked like months without any credible discussions on the mythical tape, until the Obama Campaign screwed itself but good:
On May 30th, Rush Limbaugh said he had heard a rumor that a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word â€œWhiteyâ€ from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ.
No such tape exists. Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.
Blogger Larry Johnson wrote on May 31st that he would add â€œNew and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. Iâ€™ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours. Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning. Barackâ€™s headaches are only starting.â€
Johnson posted no such update.
â€œThe 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 Womenâ€™s Event.â€
Michelle Obama was not on a panel, and the Rainbow Push Conference was at the Sheraton.
Folks, this rumor was dead and the hits on this site related to my posts on the rumor had dropped off. Â But it seems the Obama campaign did not want it to die so they put up aÂ amateurishÂ website to keep the thing alive. Â How dumb can you get? Â I mean look at those “truth” statements – they are lame and off topic. Â So what if Johson did not post an update at 0900 (he did post a lame update, I noted it here). Â So what if the Rainbow/Push conference was at the Sheraton? Â These ‘truths” are pathetic! Â Here let me try one:
Michelle Obama is seen with Louis Farrakhan on the tape
The Sun sets in the West.
How dumb can they be to keep this alive and with such inane claims? Â Time actually has an interesting take on this. Â 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: Â 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). Â 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?