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Obama fights smear: Michelle Obama and the "whitey" rumor

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WASHINGTON -- When I phoned the Obama press shop a few times in recent weeks to check out rumors about whether there was a videotape with Michelle Obama using the word "whitey," the campaign declined to issue a denial or to pass along the question to Michelle's staff to find out what might be fueling the rumors.

That's been a standard tactic in dealing with the mainstream press. Unless there is some evidence, ignore the matter and reporters for mainstream outlets probably won't publish anything about racially charged language without proof.

But the rumors about Michelle were kicking around the Internet and working their way into some broadcast outlets; Rush Limbaugh, for example, said rivals of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama were "waiting to use it in October of Michelle going nuts in the church, too, talking about 'whitey' this and 'whitey' that."

Talking a week ago, Obama gave a frosty answer to McClatchy Newspapers reporter Margaret Talev, who asked about rumors concerning his wife.

"There is dirt and lies that are circulated in e-mail," he said. "And they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about them. And then that gives legs to the story."

"He was visibly angry at being asked to dignify the rumor by denying it -- and so was his staff," said Talev, writing in her blog.

Note that Obama never simply said it was not true; he was concerned, as he said, that if he did, he would create a story. But the exchange got Obama to thinking it was time to shift tactics.

As detailed by Karen Tumulty in Time Magazine, Obama then told his "top aides it was time for a more aggressive solution to the rumors that have been popping up on the Internet about him and his family for months."

The result was the launch Thursday of an Obama Web site called www.fightthesmears.com. Though the Obama campaign has been running a fact-check site, there was no special attention to smears. Now there is.

From now on, rather than try to ignore rumors when they start -- that Obama was a Muslim, did not say the Pledge of Allegiance, was not born in the U.S., etc., the Obama team will activate its millions of followers into an Internet-based truth squad to separate lies from facts, based on information at the anti-smear site.

There is even a copy of Obama's birth certificate. Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu. (I did not know about the II.)

"The Obama campaign isn't going to let dishonest smears spread across the Internet unanswered. Whenever challenged with these lies we will aggressively push back with the truth and help our supporters debunk the false rumors floating around the Internet," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement.

If you hear that Michelle Obama gave a 'whitey' rant from, of all places, the Trinity United Church of Christ -- the church the Obamas quit recently following controversies with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the Rev. Michael Pfleger -- don't believe it.

"No such tape exists. Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word," the campaign said on the site.


Before the January primary in South Carolina, I pressed several different people on the Obama team about whether they had concerns about rumors circulating there that Obama was a Muslim. All I got in reply was jabberwocky; no one wanted to generate a story. But then Obama started talking about the internet rumors on the campaign trail.

He asked supporters not to delete the scurrilous e-mails but to reply with a message that he is a Christian. “Don’t let them bamboozle you with these dirty tricks,” he said.

Will an anti-smear Web site stop all the divisive, destructive chatter about Obama that is not true? I'm not sure. But it's better than trying to pretend that questions don't exist.


48 Comments

America, don't let "THEM" swiftboat us again. If they do, it will be to our own peril.

All candidates for President are going to have their wives or husbands scrutinized.
It seems to me Michelle Obama brought this on by her remarks that she was not proud of America till now.
Laura Bush, Lynn Cheney and Nancy Reagan have been attacked by the driveby media and they learned to live with it.
As Harry Truman was quoted: If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.
I think the fightthesmears website is over the top propaganda. Obama thinks if you mention he or his weird friends you are dealing in smears. Not so we have a right to look at his charater flaws and judgements. Its how he gets vetted. Get over it Obama!

Well, what can I say? I was SO high on Oxycodone when I said that...it was probably a mistake. I spend 24 hours a day high and 12 hours sucking on little boys, so I dont even know where I would find time to investigate this stuff. Sorry folks.

This is the most comprehensive reporting I have seen thus far on this potentially damaging situation. Thanks for giving us the facts as they are now known Lynn.

there is too much wiggle room in the whitey denials.
"no tape exists" she did say it with this guy or that
If she did not say it, why doesn't she just say that she did not say it?
Obama always makes these carefully worded (Clintonesque) comments.
we are not lawyers but we are not fools.

Will you folks in the media do any fact-checking of what Obama says on his website? Kinda like vetting the vetters...perhaps the debunkers need debunking.

I am assuming this is just a false rumor started by some zealous nut. So this will fade away........However, if some video pops-up and she did say it, then its 'bye-bye Barack' as far as his candidacy goes. Nobody would tolerate such a racist (whether president or first-lady) residing in the White House. Especially since '7 out of 10 voters' come November are going to be White people.

Who cares if there is a video of Michelle Obama using the word "Whitey". Without context it is of no importance. You have to understand how she used the word if she used the word. Perhaps she was decribing a feeling that other people had about "whitey" and was trying to convey some sort of message or lesson?
This type of reporting is a waste of font and server disk space.
Shame on you suntimes.

Thank for bringing this up, Lynn. It's exactly what I thought. The Republicans have been using the time Clinton and Obama were struggling for the nomination to put together a smear campaign against Obama.

Just putting the word "whitey" out there, even though it's false, may get a few more votes from borderline Obama fans. By the end of the campaign, they will have tried to paint Obama and his wife as black muslim supremacists with terrorist ties.

Let's hope Obama can keep his good name and people vote based on serious issues facing this country.

Ms. Sweet, is **jabberwocky** a word you use frequently in conversations with others? If not, maybe the people did not comprehend your nonsense question, and replyed more or less in the same fashion with similar language if any was given and did not know it.

Another thing - with your vast vocabulary after the displayed of this word - it would have been better / nice to state Obama REBUFF Smear, not fight...*Obama supporters do not resort to fighting*

Also, if I use the analogy of Margaret Talev of another person's demeanor when asked a question, I would want to know what was hers when asking the question? Was it hostile, forceful, demeaning, condescending and so forth?

This reminds me of the online Wiki-pedia encyclopedia where individuals create and mis-inform or mis-direct people into thinking a topic means one thing when it is actually not that at all. UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE CORRECTS IT!!!!!!!!!

Wow the "W" word. I'm going to call Al Sharpton!

By addressing the smears head on, Obama will help direct the discussion to the issues that matter to people such as high gas prices, what to do in Iran/Iraq, who to pick for VP, etc. Great move!

This rumor doesn't have to be true. It's obvious from MOs previous statements and writings what she is.

God help us all if Obama gets elected President along with his prejudice sidekick and wife Michelle!! Michelle is a very BITTER WOMAN!!!!!

In case people are not aware of this; Whitey is sometimes used as a nickname. My exbrother in law has a brother whose nickname is Whitey. Whitey was also a character on Leave It To Beaver.

In case people are not aware of this; Whitey is sometimes used as a nickname. My exbrother in law has a brother whose nickname is Whitey. Whitey was also a character on Leave It To Beaver.

LET US BE TOLD THE TRUTH, OBAMA WAS NOT BORN IN HAWAII AS HE SAID... HIS BIRTH PAPERS ARE FORGED ...THEY DO NOT SAY WHAT AMERICAN BIRTH SAY, THE ARABS MESSED UP ON THAT ONE THING ALSO, BETTER BEWARE HE IS A PLANT, GROOMED TO TAKE OVER AMERICA WITHOUT A FIGHT. BETTER STOP HIM NOW BEFORE IT;S TOO LATE. ARTIE

I have been hoping since the primary started that it would not come to this. If you don't have enough on Senator Obama, then start on his family. I guess the next thing we will read is something that one of his daughters said. When will it end. I have had little interest in the election process since John F Kennedy ran for President. I will be glad when it is over. The Senator and his wife have to make sure that they have nothing to say to those that they think are there friends. One of them will say something and it will end up on the internet. I hope that Americans will over look all this garbage and realize that Senator Obama, is the best thing for this country at this time. Getting this country on the right track is what is important.

Great post, Lynn. I have to say, I'm concerned with the lack of a broader denial about the Michelle 'whitey' tape. The Obama campaign seems to be trying to muddy the waters and to challenge specific rumored details ("Michelle has never spoken from the pulpit of Trinity" -- okay, but that still leaves possible other scenarios), but it's not denying the core charge that a tape exists of her making racially-charged remarks.

We as americans deserve to know who we are voting for and what is behind the faces and all
the pretty talk. We need more substance. The Obamas came out of nowhere as far as people
know. I had never heard of them> Most Americans have not. We have to sort through all the talk
and really see the real people. The only way to do this is get to the truth> But will we? Both parties
are good at hiding things. I say let the truth be known!!!!

It wasn't conservatives who started or spread any of these unsubstantiated stories. We like to be able to point to proof when we start something. We don't like to be beaten over the head with the truth. If a lie was started and the outcome is that the Obama camp is the benefactor by being made to look like a persecuted people and the opposition, "conservatives", are made to look bad then look to those who profit for the source of the rumor.
We will not be that easy we aren't that stupid!

I have been hoping since the primary started that it would not come to this. If you don't have enough on Senator Obama, then start on his family. I guess the next thing we will read is something that one of his daughters said. When will it end. I have had little interest in the election process since John F Kennedy ran for President. I will be glad when it is over. The Senator and his wife have to make sure that they have nothing to say to those that they think are there friends. One of them will say something and it will end up on the internet. I hope that Americans will over look all this garbage and realize that Senator Obama, is the best thing for this country at this time. Getting this country on the right track is what is important.

What do you expect? Most of America is a bunch of insecure moronic sleaze balls that vote republican because they think there taxes will stay low - yea, only if your a millionaire, otherwise republicans use the middle and lower classes as pawns by keeping them in line with Jesus-talk and horribly offensive rumors and scare tactis - and against the guy's wife of all things! Most Americans are those type of idiots, they don't care how offensive and wrong they are, which is why Obama will probably loose, can you ever imagine all the suburban white people voting for a black guy and his family? How many times do you think this conversation happens:

"I'm not racist, at all, but for one reason or another I just think it would be bad to have a black president." I assure you that is what 80% of white people are saying right now, I should know, I'm white. And white people in the suburbs think they know everything anyway, they have an inability to learn new things because they don't see the value in not being an arrogant jerk. Mcain is their guy.

Try writing a different headline for the newspaper article, your headline reads like it was written to be rasist.

I have to say that I am starting to think that B.O. is a plant. I think that he might be a racist Muslim freedom fighter in disguise. I mean we have terror cells all around us in this country; dr's, lawyers, students at our most esteemed academic institutions. Who's to say they have not managed to infiltrate the government? The Bush Family is and has always been an undercover profiteer of the Saudi Royal Family so why is it so outrageous that this guy was not planted decades ago? He was born in HI in a time that confirmation of his birth is not going to be conclusive. Any data prior to the information age is inconclusive. I really hope she did say those things as it would be the only way to ensure this potential terrorist is not voted into office. Her being shown on tape using the word Whitey will be a clincher to keep this country safe.

"I have been hoping since the primary started that it would not come to this. If you don't have enough on Senator Obama, then start on his family."
I guess you call Rev Wright, Rev Pfleger, Rezko, etc nothing.
Do so, that's OK. But it's a big deal to the people that are concerned WHO is trying to lead our Country. Obama is not trying out for a kindergarten class leader here.
And, close your eyes and wish on the toot fairy (that's right, toot fairy, Obama learned what that when he was doing Cocaine) as much as you like, none of these issues are going away, in fact, there's more coming.
However, forget about the smears. Even if your above statement is true, the reason there's nothing on Obama is that he has DONE NOTHING. He has no record of accomplishing anything but being a disciple of Black Liberation Theology and snorting coke.

Unless you want to count his efforts at legalizing prebirth abortions. You know the one where they pull the living fetus out, jab a pair of scissors in the back of it's neck, wait till it quits jerking, then calls it an abortion. Yep, that's the kind of guy Obama is. The kind that thinks it would be a punishment to his daughter to allow her to have a baby when she doesn't "really" want it.
God I hate Obama.

"I have been hoping since the primary started that it would not come to this. If you don't have enough on Senator Obama, then start on his family."
I guess you call Rev Wright, Rev Pfleger, Rezko, etc nothing.
Do so, that's OK. But it's a big deal to the people that are concerned WHO is trying to lead our Country. Obama is not trying out for a kindergarten class leader here.
And, close your eyes and wish on the toot fairy (that's right, toot fairy, Obama learned what that when he was doing Cocaine) as much as you like, none of these issues are going away, in fact, there's more coming.
However, forget about the smears. Even if your above statement is true, the reason there's nothing on Obama is that he has DONE NOTHING. He has no record of accomplishing anything but being a disciple of Black Liberation Theology and snorting coke.

Unless you want to count his efforts at legalizing prebirth abortions. You know the one where they pull the living fetus out, jab a pair of scissors in the back of it's neck, wait till it quits jerking, then calls it an abortion. Yep, that's the kind of guy Obama is. The kind that thinks it would be a punishment to his daughter to allow her to have a baby when she doesn't "really" want it.
God I hate Obama.

THIS IS FOR HERB AND EDWIN !YOUR RIGHT, FORGET ABOUT JUDGEMENT, OBAMA'S THE MAN ! WHO EVER HEARD OF THE PEOPLE MOST IMPORTANT IN HIS LIFE ! AYERS,WRIGHT,THE GOOD FARTHER,JOHNSON, AND THE GUY HE BOUGHT PROPERTY FROM ! HE DID SAY THAT WAS A BONEHEAD MISTAKE, I FORGOT THAT HE DID ADDRESS THAT ! RC

"I have been hoping since the primary started that it would not come to this. If you don't have enough on Senator Obama, then start on his family."
I guess you call Rev Wright, Rev Pfleger, Rezko, etc nothing.
Do so, that's OK. But it's a big deal to the people that are concerned WHO is trying to lead our Country. Obama is not trying out for a kindergarten class leader here.
And, close your eyes and wish on the toot fairy (that's right, toot fairy, Obama learned what that when he was doing Cocaine) as much as you like, none of these issues are going away, in fact, there's more coming.
However, forget about the smears. Even if your above statement is true, the reason there's nothing on Obama is that he has DONE NOTHING. He has no record of accomplishing anything but being a disciple of Black Liberation Theology and snorting coke.

Unless you want to count his efforts at legalizing prebirth abortions. You know the one where they pull the living fetus out, jab a pair of scissors in the back of it's neck, wait till it quits jerking, then calls it an abortion. Yep, that's the kind of guy Obama is. The kind that thinks it would be a punishment to his daughter to allow her to have a baby when she doesn't "really" want it.
God I hate Obama.

If you have any concerns about Obama, listen to the BBC. They are interviewing Kenyans who are expecting the US will now do anything and everything for them when their son is president of the US. BBC is not conservative. It definitely makes one think!!!

I see the GOP trolls are in full force on this BLOG. Please don't let them allow them to lie and manipulate you in order to give McCain your vote. McCain has hired trolls to do and say anything so that he can win.Do not be Sheep!

WILL ALL THE FEAR-MONGERS STOP BLOGGING!
BARACK OBAMA IS MORE AMERICAN THAN MOST OF YOU, BECAUSE A REAL
AMERICAN WOULDN'T SPEW SUCH VENOM, EITHER VOTE FOR THE MAN OR
VOTE FOR THE OTHER MAN, BUT STOP WITH THE FEAR-MONGERING, IT
DIDN'T WORK IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, AND IT CERTAINLY WON'T
WORK NOW!
LISTEN TO HIS VISION FOR THE COUNTRY, OPEN YOUR EARS, AND YOUR
MIND! THE OTHER GUY IS STUCK, ON WHAT HE DOESN'T KNOW!

The first "lie" Obama cites is this:
LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United


Rush Limbaugh only talked about the fact that a rumor exists.. one in which he doubts is true... and he only talked about it after Larry Johnson (A Democrat) created the stir that he did in the final week of the primaries.

So Obama mischaracterized what Rush said.. false inflate Rush's contribution to the spread of the rumor.. and omits the fact that Rush doubts there is even a tape.


Then he states, falsely, that:
Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian

Now, to me, what matters here isn't what religion he was when he was younger. What matters is the fact that he is LYING about these things. Why the deception?

For reasons why Obama being a Muslim before coming to Chicago you can see http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5544


So Obama's Fight the Smears site is seriously flawed, just as the man himself.

It's pathetic how he wont meet John McCain in unmoderated townhall debates and that Obama counter-offered to have one July 4 - WHEN NO ONE WILL BE WATCHING.

Truly pathetic.. Mr Hope and Change has no clothes.

Michelle Obama has not been a help to her husband. In spite of being giver every advantage possible due to her race dhe complains and whines about being on the fringe of white society. Well I don't think her carreer and her life style bear out those feelings. She is rich and privilaged. However I still hear resentment in her voice and actions. She LECTURES instead of give speeches. And When Obama finaly cut his ties To Trinity church, she looked as if she was going to have a cow. Notice she was silent on the subject. That is because she still believes in the BLACK VALUE SYSTEM. If we had a white value system we would be in court fighting for our freedom. She is angry, and arrogant. DO NOT PUT THIS WOMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

Here are some quotes from his book "Dreams of My Father"

"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

"I found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mothers race"

"I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. I was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

And from "Audacity of Hope"

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

If you want to gain an understanding of what Obama means when he refers to healing the acrimonious partison divisions in this country, all you have to do is read public comment sections in this or any other political blog. Unless the comments are screened to remove hateful rants, you will see the same sort of vile stuff everywhere.

This is objective evidence of what Limbaugh and his ilk have done to the country over more than a decade of unrelenting hate-mongering. I would say it's like a cancer except I think it is not fatal and our "immune system" of democracy and informed citizenry is already well into the process of fighting it off. Besides, free speech is protected. Let them say anything they want...but don't be afraid to say the truth right back to them.

It's actually fascinating to study the mentality of the various Obama haters. They are remarkably ill-informed, yet totally sure of their 100% negative opinions, and they embrace hate without shame. It's amazing. They do not make any pretense about doing research on the guy's actual opinions and background, or finding out what the people who know Obama best think and say about him. People who probably scraped through college with D's, if they graduated at all, call Obama an "empty suit" when Obama has edited the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law and gained as much political experience as Abe Lincoln did before he was elected. Amazing!

But maybe it's all to be expected in this country. Lincoln was slimed, too, in his own time. Maybe it's not the Limbaugh influence at all...maybe such acrimony is just inevitable when you have truly contested elections, and it's the unmoderated nature of blog comment sections that explain the vile stuff online.

I do think Obama has provoked an unusually strong reaction because he is an unusually progressive figure, and he really does represent a fork in the road. Consequently the rants against him have a reflexive (not "reflective") quality. They never reflect a shred of doubt or intellectual curiosity; everything is already known and decided and painted in the most grotesquely exaggerated form.

You can see this knee-jerk reaction against any form of modernism that intrudes on a pre-existing culture. The response tends to be wounded, inarticulate, irrational, but very intense. Obama is a catastrophic figure to some folks (like those who make racism a major part of their identity). In a way, Obama is the same Great Satan facing the ayatollahs of Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan: the intrusion of modern attitudes and international values on somebody's (narrow) culture.

The big offender--modernism, often called "liberalism" in our society--is now found all over the globe. You can see the "type" in any science documentary. Put whatever label you want to put on it, you can find people sharing a common cultural ethic now, all over Europe, South America, North America, Australia, Asia... wherever you find people who have gotten a good education or grown up with the internet. They tend to be tolerant, inclined to believe science when it clashes with any particular religion, respectful of the environment, and they want peaceful, friendly relations with other like-minded people all over the world. This "type" is almost 100% in Obama's corner.

After a while, the hateful anti-Obama comments cease to amaze. Just like trashy TV programs. You realize, "I can't stop it, I'll just ignore it." That is certainly one option. I usually skip comment sections these days for that reason. But now and then I try the other option. Post what you hope is a sane and rational response. It might actually stand out in the pool of slime.

Obama always makes these carefully worded (Clintonesque) comments.
we are not lawyers but we are not fools.

Are you sure about that last one?

I find it very interesting how Obama chooses his words to try to deny what Michelle did in church. We've seen it before how he stuttered and tried to choose words that he did not know about his close friend, like an uncle, the Rev. Wright. Now he's doing the same about Michelle. To say she's never spoken from the pulpit, is probably a TRUE statement, but it does not deny she said "whitey this" and "whitey that" from her church pew. Michelle has not been happy with "White America" until some of them started to vote for her husband. Suddenly, she has a different attitude. How sad, that she has had to live her life with hatred in her heart for White Americans, when 90% of us long got over any dislike of Negroes. She is not a forgiving and loving person. She carries this hatred on her shoulder and it is constantly showing with her forced fake attitude towards the White Americans in the crowds attending functions to see her husband. Both Barack and Michelle need to live a few more years with an open mind of what America truly is before they push their fake patriotism down our throats.
Elaine

Obama was never a Muslim, Phil, and your stupid webpage is wrong. It is not true that a baby born to Muslim is automatically considered to be a Mulim in Islamic tradition. Islam is not a rce and is not considered to be genetic and it's inane to say that a baby is even capable of belonging to any specific relihgion in any case. Not only that, but Barack Obama's father wasn't even a Muslim himself. Barack's grandfather was a Muslim convert, but his father had stopped practicing and become an atheist before Barack was born.

Barack Obama has never in his life been a Muslim.

I was on the website that Barack has created titled "Fight the Smears" reviewing Barack's birth certificate and asked the following questions.

Question: Why was the area that lists the certificate number blacked out?

Question: Will Barack make public a valid certificate that has the certificate number listed?

But this also is Michelle's first effort, as Democratic wife, to come to grips with coiling all the fingers towards the center of the palm with the thumb.

Don't forget she told a cheering crowd in February: "For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud to live in a labyrinth of grim corridors lined with terrorist-fist-jabs."

THERE IS SOMETHING PUZZLING ME, AND I WOULD LOVE YOUR COMMENTS OR THE ANSWER FROM MICHELLE OBAMA ...

WILL MICHELLE OBAMA EVER BE A PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN?

IF YES ... SHE HAS TO BE FIRST LADY TO BE A PROUD AMERICAN?

IF NOT ... WHAT THE HECK IS SHE DOING IN AMERICA?

PERSONALLY, I WAS BORN IN A COUNTRY THAT DID NOT MAKE ME PROUD TO BE PART OF. SO I IMMIGRATED AND LEFT. I HOPE MICHELLE WILL DO THE SAMETHING.

ANY COMMENTS?? ... CAN THE BARACK OBAMA ARMY CAMPAIGN ANSWER ME, SINCE I COULD NOT GET AN ANSWER IN THE BO WEB PAGE. THEY JUST IGNORED MY QUESTION AND IN ADDITION, THE CURTAILED MY ACCESS TO THE BLOG!!!!

As long as we're binging up the subject of the candidate's wives, how about the super-rich "philanthropist" wife that McCain first took as his mistress and then when he ditched his first wife married. Let's worry about whether Michelle Obama (faithfully married mother of two) may have said whitey, not whether McCain, an admitted philanderer and cradle robber is the right guy to run the country. I'm quite sure they, like all republicans, have the working families in their minds and hearts, after we're needed to wash their cars and wait on them as they gorge themselves at a feast made from the work of our hands. WAKE UP AND SMELL MACHINE OIL, YOU TOOLS.

Check your facts, Lynn. He's released a certification of birth. This is basically a computer printout made by the state at your request. He has not released his original birth certificate which would be more detailed.

If the tape is indeed a hoax, why use whitey? Why not use a term that would have been more powerful and less likely to be confused with "why'd he?"

I can believe that she may have used sloppy enunciation with "why'd he," but I have a hard time believing that she has never spoken these words from the pulpit (or as another commentor suggested, within the walls of the church). or that the tape is a lie.

People also suggest whitey is a dated term. Michelle Obama is a dated generation. Also, what is another label, other than whitey, that is the equivolent to nigger for a white person? I can't think of many. My vocabulary is limited in this regards though.

All black voters are voting for Obama . . . even Republican black voters have suggested an unwillingness to vote against him and admit that they will vote for him because of his skin color.

White voters, on the other hand, are making a decision to vote for him based on his message and politics. I find it funny that black voters relate to this man . . . as his cultural background and, yes, even his way of speaking could be more so associated with the white population.

I have always thought that the term African American was a stretch. Obama might be considered African American, but the majority of so called African Americans in the USA are more aptly described as Black Americans.

Forgive my musings.

Although I believe the tape exists, I cannot know if the Obama campaign has quashed it through the purchase of the tape (with the limitless funds of the Obama campaign) or if the Republicans are holding the tape for release later in the election . . . closer to the voting process. If I had dirt, I'd drop the dirt right before the voting to eliminate the possibility of a rebuttal.

The total lack of critical thinking that is embodied in the readiness to believe rumors about Senator and Mrs. Obama is also responsible for the fact that we keep electing leaders who do not care about us.

Former Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin is long-dead (he died in 1957), but his spirit lives on in the form of all the reactive
and unthinking parrots who call Obama and his wife Marxist, Communist, etc.

Even worse are the people who are anti-Muslim and spread false rumors about Obama's religion to discredit him. But worst of all by far are those who make racist remarks about Mrs. Obama, from labeling her educational and professional accomplishments as the result of affirmative action to comments I read on another blog saying she was ugly and looked like a field hand.

As for his father being from Kenya, most of us are descendents of immigrants, and at some point someone in each such family became a first-generation American. So, where does anyone get off saying he is not an American? Not to mention the overlooked fact that his mother was a white American.

This country is suffering greatly as a result of unwarranted arrogance, coupled with just plain bone-headed ignorance. And as long as we continue on that path, we will continue to suffer as a country. No one in his or her right mind would vote for policies that continue this country's slide under GW Bush.

SORRY PEOPLE to bust your bubbles - - -

But I SEEN the tape, and she did say it with a hateful face on her. I MAY still have a copy of it, if it hasn't been removed by now - which I'm sure it is.

Obama in one of his speches on TV - he said about his own white grandparents - "Like Those other types of Folks" - "You know what I mean"!

"IT'S RACISTS WITH A CAPITAL R"!!!!

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