The subhead to William A. Jacobson’s post on “The Obama Tape” pretty much summarizes the meaning of this whole kerfuffle as it provides A timely reminder that we still don’t really know Obama.
Barack Obama, report the Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson and Vince Coglianese in releasing the video that their journal obtained, “gave the speech in the middle of a hotly-contested presidential primary season, but his remarks escaped scrutiny.” He gave a shout out to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright even after that prejudiced pastor “had told The New York Times that he would no longer be speaking on the campaign’s behalf because his rhetoric was considered too militant.”
Not only does he give a shout out to racist pastor, but he also manifests a patronizing attitude toward the poor:
We can’t expect them to have all the skills they need to work. They may need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office.
Interesting that the Obama camp senses this could be damaging to their man, with Democrats, using “comments from reporters speculating” about the video, “quickly” working to dismiss the story before they had even seen it.
So here’s Obama proudly advertising his relationship with Reverend Wright, and even imitating Wright’s divisive rhetoric on Katrina. Is anyone surprised? Essentially, every excuse Obama used to explain away his relationship with Reverend Wright during campaign 2008 was a lie. . . .
We also see here that Obama doesn’t want to build more highways out in the suburbs. That’s news to most, and there’s a lot more going on in that line than racial code. Obama’s hostility to suburbs stands behind some of his most transformative, yet least well-known, policy initiatives.
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To review, this tape simply confirms what those who’ve been paying attention should already know: Obama has been deceptive about his past influences and present policies, and will turn on his suburban middle-class supporters the first chance he gets if reelected.
And that’s the real issue. Obama has been deceptive about his past influences and present policies. And the media have been strangely incurious about them. This video merits at least as much discussion as that featuring Mitt Romney’s 47% reflection. But, I doubt very highly it will get at.
But, what it does do is remind voters yet again of Barack Obama’s association with the man he recognized in that speech, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. And that’s an association the Democrat would rather forget.