Jun 12 2008
This morning I posted on the idiotic move by the Obama campaign to re-open the rumor about Michelle Obama raging against “Whitey” by posting some ‘truths’ about the ‘smear’ coming from Hillary supporter Larry Johnson. Â In that post I noted all the Obamabots were doing was feeding the rumor mill by giving it credibility and oxygen. Â And for a rumor that has no reason to show up again until the convention at the earliest, it seemed really stupid to fan the flames now, especially since it had just died down.
But lo and behold, the ‘truth’ being used to supposedly challenge the rumors did start to open new valid questions. Â Timed with Obama’s new internet battle was a Time’s peace about the effort from the pliant and gullible liberal news media (they so adore Obama!). Â In that article (linked in the previous post) Karen Tumulty reports the Obama campaign learned of the rumor one full month before Larry Johnson did and ran it on his website! Â So clearly the Obama campaign has its own sources about this supposed tape.
Now another blogger has torn apart the ‘truth’Â posted on the Obama site and notes that the Obama site confirms Michelle Obama did speak at the Rainbow/Push convention!
At his, Fight the Smears, web site Obama charges that the following statement is a 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 Womenâ€™s Event
Indeed, the event was held at the Chicago Sheraton not at Trinity United Church.
BUT,Â the site goes on to say:
Michelle Obama was not on a panelâ€¦ at the Sheraton.
It then links toÂ a scheduleÂ of the event that shows Michelle ObamaÂ WASÂ on a panel at the event, or at least a â€™special guestâ€ which certainly suggests the possibility of a speaking role, especially since two television personalities are MCâ€™s. What are they Master of Ceremonies of?(our italics):
M.C.â€™s: Cheryl Burton and Karen Jordan, ABC 7
Keynote Speaker: Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Shoshana Johnson, Retired United States Military
Michelle Obama, University of Chicago
I go to these kinds of panel discussion and plenary sessions for business (but they are about space technologies, etc – real geeky stuff). Michelle’s listing as a ‘special guest’ means she was attending (if not leading) one of the panels and also would have a voice at the plenary (the summary of the panel discussions). Â Here is the Obama campaign’sÂ ‘truth’:
Michelle Obama was not on a panel, and the Rainbow Push Conference was at the Sheraton.
But she was a special guest? Â And are they trying to be Clintonesque between a ’roundtable discussion’, ‘plenary’ and a ‘panel’? Â If the campaign wants to claim Michelle never spoke publicly on any topic in any forum at the convention in 2004, then that is a complete and bullet proof denial. Â But that lame ‘truth’ is as bad as the other ones I dissected in the earlier posts.
Not only did they give oxygen to the rumor, they through a couple of gallons of gasoline on the fire to boot! Â How did Obama’s campaign learn of the tape before Hillary supporter Larry Johnson posted on it? And did Michelle ever address a roundtable, plenary or panel using a microphone at the Rainbow/Push convention at any of its locations?
Want to lay best the pliant and gullible news media presses the questions or that Obama will give a straight, unambiguous answer?