Obama Plays "Gotcha" with RFK Assassination
by Jacob Freeze, Mon May 26, 2008 at 07:28:21 AM EDT
As a media gamesman, Barack Obama is obviously good enough for the imbecile media that he plays, and he gets to play it both ways on almost every issue.
During an interview in South Dakota, Hillary Clinton mentioned than Bobby Kennedy was still campaigning when he was assassinated in June 1968, and as soon as the first fragmentary quote hit the internet, Obama's spokesman was pushing the campaign's "shocked" and inflammatory reaction:
Senator Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
Why was this remark so "unfortunate," except for the spin it acquired in the imbecile media? Does anyone seriously believe that Hillary Clinton was calling for the assassination of Barack Obama? Does anyone seriously believe that Hillary Clinton only continues to campaign because she thinks Obama will be assassinated?
The Obama campaign couldn't sell either of those absurd scenarios, so Obama sent out his spokesman to hint darkly about something, anything that would promote the buzz on Drudge and MSNBC, and then...
After Obama had thrown all the gasoline he could throw on this ridiculous little fire, and it was becoming obvious that there was nothing to it, and after all the damage had been done to Hillary Clinton that this nonsense could possibly do...
Obama jumped on the last ripple of the wave of publicity with a "gracious" concession:
"Sen. Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it, and I will take her at her word on that."
What possible "offense" was he talking about? By this time, Robert Kennedy Jr. had already said that he had heard HRC make exactly the same remark before, in reference to the timeline of the nomination, and he wasn't offended, so who does Barack Obama think he is that would entitle him to be "offended" by someone talking about a Kennedy assassination in a way that didn't offend the Kennedys?
Barack Obama let his spokeman fan the flames around this non-story until it was ready to die, and then played "gracious" for the cameras because it's automatic for Barack Obama to play everything both ways, just like he played Jeremiah Wright both ways, and NAFTA, and gun control, and everything else in the fictional life-story that he invented to dazzle the imbecile media.Update: Jerome Armstrong has an excellent summary of the progress of this non-story here.
Jerome's quotes from Politico make it clear that both Politico and the Obama campaign were promoting this "story" before anyone knew anything about the context of Senator Clinton's remark.
"I urged Martin to keep his foot on the gas: Be the first to post reaction from the Obama campaign. Obama spokesman Bill Burton quickly obliged, denouncing Clinton's comments and saying such sentiments have "no place in this campaign." Burton not only "obliged" the boys at Politico, he also emailed every reporter on his email list:"Burton's e-mail included a link to a New York Post story which noted that Obama, who received a Secret Service detail early in the campaign, has been the subject of threats." What else could Burton do? Draw them a picture? But the little story of about an interview with the editorial board of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls already had enough legs to climb onto the front page of the New York Times.
At least the guys at Politico have published a sort of apology: "But Clinton's clumsiness does not excuse news media clumsiness in making a minor story seem like a major one."
Obama complained about "gotcha" politics after his debate with Hillary Clinton on ABC, but when he got his chance to play "gotcha" with the assassination of Robert Kennedy, he played out a shameless little skit of outrage and "forgiveness" to embarrass Hillary Clinton, and it was just business as usual for his duplicitous campaign.