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Obama video reminds us of a media incredibly incurious
about the Democrat’s “past influences and present policies”

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.

No wonder.  According to Glenn Reynolds this is “video proof” of what Stanley Kurtz says we already know (but which I would add the legacy media dismiss or downplay):

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.

. . . .

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.

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  1. Look. I can’t stand Obama, am 100% opposed to his policies, and like most conservatives have known he was a lefist radical since before the 2008 election. However, this video simply validates what each side already knows or wants to hear, and does nothing to “change the game”. It even smacks of desperation a bit because there weren’t any true “gotcha” moments that would make Obama supports say, “whoa, who is this guy. I didn’t vote for that.”

    To liberals he’s spewing more social justice and class warfare baloney that they eat up. To conservatives, he’s a pandering phony who plays uniter but is really a grievance-mongering divider and redistributor. In the end the video was pretty much anti-climactic, as you can tell because most conservative sites have little to say about it other than what this article says, and what I have alluded to here.

    Finally, it makes us look bad when we misquote or misrepresent even Obama. That passage about teaching people to have “basic skills” was not directed to “the poor” but to people who grew up in the Foster Care system, without true role models and parents. It makes us look petty and tacky, as well as manipulative to try and spin it like he was “dissing the poor” in an effort to offset Romney’s unfortunate remark. If he had said “poor people are stupid” that’s one thing. But talking about inner city kids that grow up basically without supervison is another. Even a conservative can understand that without making ourselves look foolish trying to find fire where there is no smoke.

    Comment by JonInVa — October 3, 2012 @ 8:07 am - October 3, 2012

  2. Desperate flailing. Nobody cares about this. Romney’s video is still worse. What an embarrassing time to be a conservative.

    Comment by Levi — October 3, 2012 @ 8:19 am - October 3, 2012

  3. Please provide an explanation of your assertions, i.e. “nobody cares about this.”

    And please try not to cut-and-paste your answer. (I know, that’s asking too much, but try nonetheless.)

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 3, 2012 @ 9:16 am - October 3, 2012

  4. Look. I can’t stand Obama, am 100% opposed to his policies, and like most conservatives have known he was a lefist radical since before the 2008 election. However, this video simply validates what each side already knows or wants to hear, and does nothing to “change the game”. It even smacks of desperation a bit because there weren’t any true “gotcha” moments that would make Obama supports say, “whoa, who is this guy. I didn’t vote for that.”

    To liberals he’s spewing more social justice and class warfare baloney that they eat up. To conservatives, he’s a pandering phony who plays uniter but is really a grievance-mongering divider and redistributor. In the end the video was pretty much anti-climactic, as you can tell because most conservative sites have little to say about it other than what this article says, and what I have alluded to here.

    Finally, it makes us look bad when we misquote or misrepresent even Obama. That passage about teaching people to have “basic skills” was not directed to “the poor” but to people who grew up in the Foster Care system, without true role models and parents. It makes us look petty and tacky, as well as manipulative to try and spin it like he was “dissing the poor” in an effort to offset Romney’s unfortunate remark. If he had said “poor people are stupid” that’s one thing. But talking about inner city kids that grow up basically without supervison is another. Even a conservative can understand that without making ourselves look foolish trying to find fire where there is no smoke.

    Great post!

    Comment by Levi — October 3, 2012 @ 12:36 pm - October 3, 2012

  5. ” Even a conservative can understand that without making ourselves look foolish trying to find fire where there is no smoke.”

    So what we seem to have here is a combination of (a) an effort to produce a “secret video” featuring Obama to cancel out the continuing baleful impact of Romney’s “Boca Moment,” and (b) an excuse to get another image of the Scary Black Man with his Scary Black Preacher into the campaign narrative, despite the absence of any new examples to cite.”

    Comment by Passing By — October 3, 2012 @ 1:50 pm - October 3, 2012

  6. Wow – Levi still can’t answer the question without cutting-and-pasting, and he even plagiarizes another person’s post!

    Simply amazing, but not surprising given the room-temp-IQ of the average libtard troll.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 3, 2012 @ 2:52 pm - October 3, 2012

  7. Romney’s video is still worse. What an embarrassing time to be a conservative.

    The optics of Romney’s video might not have been good, but that is only because the electorate is ignorant. I really wish Romney would campaign on the message of that video, but, like most politicians, he’s only concerned about “looking good” (not that I necessarily blame him, considering the ignorance of the electorate).

    And I’m not sure why Passing By thinks people here would care at all about what some leftist thinks.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — October 3, 2012 @ 6:49 pm - October 3, 2012

  8. Oh really, JonInVa?

    Why don’t you list Obama’s policies that you oppose and state why you oppose them?

    Until then, we’ll file you under “concerned Christian conservative”.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 3, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - October 3, 2012

  9. Meanwhile, you can tell the damage by how much Obama’s pathetic trolls Passing By and Levi are screaming and bawling.

    They never expected that their racist liar would actually be shown screaming that all white people are racists.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 3, 2012 @ 7:32 pm - October 3, 2012

  10. Sniff.

    Sniff.

    Did a Concern Troll just fahrt in here?

    Comment by V the K — October 3, 2012 @ 7:51 pm - October 3, 2012

  11. Meanwhile, let’s show JonInVa, Levi, Passing By, and the like what exactly is going on here.

    First.

    “Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later,” Obama says, “there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you’ve got to give a 10 percent match. The local government’s got to come up with 10 percent. Every 10 dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s got to give a dollar.

    “Now here’s the thing, when 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you got to put in. Well, here’s 10 dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not going to wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’ … What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense. Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much.

    Now, the reality:

    Commenter “Ken” points out something I hadn’t been aware of before: Obama was one of a small minority in the Senate who voted against the bill that waived the Stafford Act in order to make assistance funds available to the New Orleans Katrina victims without their having to match them with a 10% contribution.

    That’s the same Stafford Act he lied about in his 2007 Hampton speech, the waiver that had actually occurred several weeks before he made the speech, the waiver that he voted against.

    See this for a list of those who voted for and against. You’ll note that Obama’s “nay” vote was one of only 14 cast against the act, almost all of them liberal Democrats.

    So put bluntly: Obama screamed that the US government was racist for not waiving a law that it not only waived, but whose waiver he personally voted against.

    Again. Obama lied about there being no waiver. He knew there was a waiver, because he voted against it.

    Obama called white Americans and the American government racist based on not only an outright lie, but an obvious deliberate and malicious lie.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 3, 2012 @ 9:23 pm - October 3, 2012

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